Premier League Power Rankings: Chelsea awaits its crown

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The Premier League Power Rankings include a remarkably muddled middle, with so many teams still harboring top half hopes thanks to significant drop-offs from clubs like West Bromwich Albion.

Let’s see where we stand ahead of the final two weeks of fixtures.

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TEAM RANKING
200px-Middlesbrough_crest 20 (19) Middlesbrough: Officially relegated, Boro drops a spot (and, yeah, Sunderland winning a match helped the move, too).
source: 19 (20) Sunderland: Beginning the race for re-promotion with a win over desperate Hull City. It’s something.
Hull City logo 18 (17) Hull City: Still not sure the loss to Sunderland actually happened.
source: 17 (18) Swansea City: Gylfi Sigurdsson calling upon the spirit of Iceland, and Fernando Llorente continues to come good at the right time.
source: 16 (11) Crystal Palace: Three-straight losses, two to Premier League powers, could have the Eagles in a precarious spot should Hull take three points at Selhurst Park this weekend.
source: 15 (10) Watford: Thumped by Leicester to walk its losing streak to three.
source: 14 (14) West Bromwich Albion: When the preseason goal is clearly “survive”, should it be any surprise when the Baggies start yawning soon after the 40-point mark?
13 (14) Burnley: Sean Dyche has the Clarets primed for another Premier League season. Unlike West Brom, this is a fine preseason goal come good.
source: 12 (16) Stoke City: The PL’s muddled middle is keeping a top half finish possible for Mark Hughes‘ Potters.
source: 11 (9) Southampton: The Arsenal loss is no shame, and Saints’ shutout of Liverpool was pretty good, too.
source: 10 (12) Bournemouth: The wins over Boro and Sunderland were nice (and important), but the 2-2 draw with Stoke shows that Eddie Howe remains in control of the Cherries’ upward growth.
logo_westham 9 (15) West Ham United: Unbeaten in five with four clean sheets since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
8 (6) Everton: It’s probably difficult to play with desperation when you’re dead set in 7th, but we still expect more from Ronald Koeman‘s bunch.
7 (8) Leicester City: With respect to the Craig Shakespeare effect, we can’t help but wonder if the Foxes would still be competing for a spot in Europe if Wilfried Ndidi was signed in August instead of January.
source: 6 (5) Manchester United: See: The Red Devils can lose. They just need to play a second-tier lineup and be focused on a match in the future.
source: 5 (7) Arsenal: With the odds very long, the Gunners are finally piling up wins. Too little, too late for the Top Four?
source: 4 (3) Liverpool: Disappointing draw, even given Saints’ dogged defense.
Logo_Manchester_City 3 (4) Manchester City: Back in the win column with style, cruising past Palace 5-0.
source: 2 (2) Tottenham Hotspur: Everyone loses (besides Celtic) every now and then.
source: 1 (1) Chelsea: Will be popping champagne come Friday unless West Brom reverses form in fabulous fashion.