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Premier League Club Power Rankings: Week 7

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There’s a new look in the Top 3 ahead of Sunday’s massive tilt between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.

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20. Huddersfield Town — Eight matches in all comps + three goals = two points. Bad math.
Last week: 20
Season high: 18
Season low: 20

19. Cardiff City — Added to its own misery by thoroughly outplaying Burnley only to lose 2-1.
Last week: 19
Season high: 19
Season low: 20

18. Newcastle United — Need January in a big way. Well, they would need January if Mike Ashley was willing to spend on a difference maker. So what they need is a couple good bounces to find a win. Hey, at least they have a chance to get Jose Mourinho sacked?
Last week: 18
Season high: 13
Season low: 18

17. Burnley — Beating Cardiff while being outplayed doesn’t get you much of a bump in our book, but Sean Dyche‘s men look a bit more like themselves lately.
Last week: 17
Season high: 15
Season low: 20

16. Fulham — Simply must figure out the defense, because the attack is mid-table.
Last week: 15
Season high: 11
Season low: 17

15. Southampton — A very difficult task ahead at Chelsea following a rough loss to Wolves.
Last week: 16
Season high: 13
Season low: 17

14. Brighton and Hove Albion — Winless since their upset of Manchester United, the Seagulls would’ve been looking at this weekend as the beginning of fixture respite. Not-so-fast, West Ham’s been looking good.
Last week: 14
Season high: 9
Season low: 19

13. Crystal Palace — The Eagles have every reason to spread their attacking wings against Wolves this week after a disappointing setback at Bournemouth.
Last week: 12
Season high: 6
Season low: 13

12. Watford — Winless in four ahead of a surprisingly big mutual litmus test versus Bournemouth.
Last week: 8
Season high: 4
Season low: 12

11. Everton — A fun if fulsome defeat of Fulham sets the table for a contender-pretender bout with Leicester City. And Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a penalty kick in the 3-0 win.
Last week: 13
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

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10. Manchester United — Reports say Jose Mourinho could be shown the door if United fails to beat Newcastle. Will the players show up for their man(ager)?
Last week: 7
Season high: 4
Season low: 14

9. West Ham United — Drew Chelsea, beat Manchester United. Smoked lower division competition in between. Beating Brighton on Friday could see them comfortably mid-table heading into the international break.
Last week: 11
Season high: 11
Season low: 2

8. Bournemouth — Solid win over Crystal Palace, if greatly aided by a silly Mamadou Sakho handball.
Last week: 6

Season high: 6
Season low: 12

7. Leicester City — Easily dispatched of Newcastle United, and taking care of business almost every time it’s expected of them. Sneaky look at the Top Six?
Last week: 10
Season high: 7
Season low: 13

6. Spurs — It’s the injuries that have Tottenham sitting this low. If there was a game right now against Wolves, there’d be struggles. Power rankings, y’know?
Last week: 8
Season high: 3
Season low: 8

5. Wolves — Maintaning a spot ahead of Spurs for equal bits of style (and Spurs current injury bug).
Last week: 6
Season high: 5
Season low: 13

4. Arsenal — Unai Emery‘s men are still figuring out defense in his system, but the Gunners have scored two or more goals in 8 of 9 matches heading into Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Qarabag.
Last week: 4
Season high: 4
Season low: 9

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3. Liverpool — Winless in three, all will be forgiven with a fourth consecutive defeat of Pep Guardiola‘s City this weekend.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 3

2. Chelsea — Outside matches are not supposed to play into the power rankings, but the Blues win at Anfield in the League Cup and draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in league play would make it stupid for us to put them underneath the Reds.
Last week: 3
Season high: 2
Season low: 4

1. Man City — In first place despite missing Kevin De Bruyne for most of the season, maintaining this place against an ornery Mohamed Salah and Liverpool will be tough. That said, they are in first place despite missing Kevin De Bruyne for most of the season.
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 2

Premier League Club Power Rankings, Week 1

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The champs should need to be dethroned, except maybe when the season sample size is just one game deep?

A few grains of salt — or 300 — are always recommended when dealing with power rankings, and our Premier League club power rankings are intended to be a show of how the clubs look in both form and forecast at a moment in time.

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Manchester City beat new-look Arsenal 2-0 despite being quite shorthanded at the Emirates Stadium, and is coming off the most impressive PL season in recent memory.

But is that enough to hold off mighty Liverpool, who has invested the resources for a true title fight and looked dynamite all preseason before pummeling West Ham United at Anfield?

Read on…

20. Cardiff City — Could be a long season in Wales
19. Brighton and Hove Albion — Biggest disappointment of the weekend
18. Huddersfield Town — No shame in losing to Chelsea
17. West Ham United — Defense should buy Pellegrini his breakfast this week
16. Southampton — Couldn’t beat a thin, tired Clarets at home
15. Burnley — Joe Hart looking like a man back in form
14. Fulham — Performed better than its 2-0 loss indicates. Seri is the truth.
13. Newcastle — Deserved a point vs. Spurs; Need Rondon, Muto fully fit
12. Bournemouth — Did what was expected against new boys Cardiff
11. Leicester City — Demarai Gray was fine, but more needed from playmakers
10. Wolves — Promising, but 2-2 against 10 shows there will be growing pains
9. Arsenal — When Mesut Ozil isn’t going, this team goes nowhere
8. Everton — 2-2 feels like a false start thanks to Jagielka red, but a good battle
7. Watford — Totally shut down a Brighton side with high expectations
6. Crystal Palace — Wilfried Zaha is a nasty talent.
5. Tottenham Hotspur — Rusty but industrious at Newcastle.
4. Manchester United — Fortunate Vardy was rusty, but same true for LCFC-Lukaku
3. Chelsea — If Maurizio Sarri gets Morata humming, can contend with anyone
2. Liverpool — Keita very much looked the missing piece in cueing up Mane, Firmino, Salah
1. Man City — Solid away win without KDB, Sane, Kompany, David Silva in Starting XI; Keeping Aubameyang off the scoreboard keeps City just ahead of the Reds.

Premier League Power Rankings

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After an exciting and eventful Premier League weekend, let’s take stock in the rise and fall of teams in the latest edition of the Premier League Power Rankings.

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The last time we updated our rankings was in mid-January, and you can see the ranking of the clubs back then in the parenthesis after their club name in the list below.

We’ve had some fascinating movement, up and down.

Here is the latest batch of Premier League Power Rankings as we sort the 20 clubs based on their current form.

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Premier League Power Rankings: Stoke, Spurs, Reds rise

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Chelsea’s unfettered advantage over most opponents through N'Golo Kante and Antonio Conte has made for some boredom when it comes to No. 1, but the race to stay in the Top Ten has been a fun part of our weekly power rankings.

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Mark Hughes‘ Potters are the latest to make a move, while Liverpool and Tottenham also dance a bit higher this week. It’s the opposite direction for Hull City, Bournemouth, and Burnley.

TEAM RANKING
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20 (20) Sunderland: This is the kind of season the Black Cats have had: After Southampton, Everton, and Man City, they had a shot at struggling Middlesbrough in a Northeast Derby this week only to see the match postponed. Fortunately, Burnley is next.
200px-Middlesbrough_crest 19 (19) Middlesbrough: Aitor Karanka‘s side needed the week off badly, but a visit from Manchester United is next.
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18 (17) Hull City: Looking improved only means so much, and the Leicester loss could be followed by another 6-point loss to Swansea City. Time to pony up, Tigers.
source: 17 (16) Bournemouth: Winless in 2017
source: 16 (18) Crystal Palace: Big Sam may have led the Eagles into the drop zone, but he’s also guided them to two big wins and an escape… for now.
source: 15 (15) Swansea City: Fate (or officiating) nearly conspired to rob Swans of a win versus Burnley, but the Welsh side overcame the bad fortune. Now they can really pad their status by beating Hull.
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14 (14) Leicester City: Two in a row, but it just feels so hollow given the players clearly weren’t playing for a manager who led them to the heights. No, this isn’t about 2015-16 Chelsea.
burnley fc crest 13 (10) Burnley: No wins in five across all competitions, including losses to Watford, Swansea, and Lincoln City. I’d hate to be on Sean Dyche‘s bad side during this stretch. Also, how is Tyrone Mings not banned for the season?
source: 12 (13) Watford: A thrilling loss to Saints is still a loss, and a third in a row.
source: 11 (12) Southampton: Finally putting it together. Nathan Redmond and Manolo Gabbiadini are tactical issue for opponents.

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10 (7) West Brom: After losing a court case against Crystal Palace, you know Tony Pulis wanted to heap misery on the lowly Eagles. Instead, he managed a 2-0 home loss. Woof.
source: 9 (9) West Ham United: No shame in losing to Chelsea. We might put that sentence in each team’s column at some point this season.
source: 8 (11) Stoke City: Handled Sunderland before holding Man City to a draw at the Etihad Stadium. Geoff Cameron’s return has helped Mark Hughes’ side, for sure.
source: 7 (6) Arsenal: It’s bad, relatively speaking.
source: 6 (8) Liverpool: Ah, the side that loses to bad teams and “gets healthy” against bigger sides. So odd, but that’s how it was for Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, too. Gotta be a coincidence, right? Right?
5 (5) Everton: 3-2 loss to Spurs shows that Ronald Koeman‘s side needs a few more pieces to contend for Europe.
source: 4 (4) Manchester United: A frustrating draw does have a silver lining in the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s head wasn’t caved in by Tyrone Mings’ stamp.
Logo_Manchester_City 3 (2) Manchester City: Surely Pep Guardiola didn’t see a 0-0 against Stoke at home as a likely result.
source: 2 (3) Tottenham Hotspur: Really showing mettle this year, and would have to fall apart to finish below Arsenal. Spurs supporters, I swear I’m not jinxing you.
source: 1 (1) Chelsea: Another day, another three points for Conte and Kante, who really should get some Ballon d’Or love.

 

Premier League Power Rankings: Man City climbs, Swans soaring

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Swansea City is now four points clear of the drop zone, which feels like rarefied air given their plight at the turn of the calendar to 2017.

Manchester City has climbed into second place in the Premier League table, and the gap to first is in single digits.

Both sides have made big marks in this week’s PL PR’s.

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Here is the latest batch of Premier League power rankings…

TEAM RANKING
source: 20 (20) Crystal Palace: Allardyce is running out of excuses. Steve Parish can yell all he wants — and he deserved to get loud –n but maybe he’s got the wrong man for the job.

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19 (18) Sunderland: From thumper to thumpee in one week’s time. Hopefully that New York City air has the cure.
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18 (19) Leicester City: Outside the relegation zone, so why do the reigning champs feel relegated? Maybe it’s defense.
Hull City logo 17 (15) Hull City: No shame in losing a game.
200px-Middlesbrough_crest 16 (16) Middlesbrough: Drawing Everton is a legit result, but goals need to come in a hurry.
source: 15 (17) Bournemouth: Winless since New Year’s Day and very much in trouble… just not as much as the teams behind it.
source: 14 (10) Watford: Pretty severe drop for a loss to United, but spots 14-10 are very tight.
source: 13 (13) Swansea City: Another week of Paul Clement of proving doubters wrong.
source: 12 (14) Southampton: Thumping Sunderland is enough to rise up the ranks two spots.
source: 11 (12) Stoke City: Beating a desperate Palace is a decent, if uncomfortable, win.
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10 (11) Burnley: The Chelsea draw is another impressive result for Sean Dyche.
source: 9 (9) West Ham United: Didn’t take the next step in a 2-2 draw against West Brom… or did they? The referees didn’t help.
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8 (7) West Bromwich Albion: Good battle, but the litmus test draw against West Ham shows that both clubs sit where they should in the PRs.
source: 7 (8) Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp‘s men took advantage of a depleted Spurs back line to gain their first PL win of 2017.
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6 (5) Everton: The draw at Middlesbrough hurts the Toffees’ surge.
source: 5 (6) Arsenal: Odd to read given the embarrassment in Munich, but the Gunners did win at the weekend.
source: 4 (4) Manchester United: One more slip-up from Spurs has United making it an all-Manchester race for second (in our Power Rankings).
source: 3 (2) Tottenham Hotspur: Losing to Liverpool is just one loss, but it’s one that costs Spurs the catbird seat in the race to second (in the Premier League).
Logo_Manchester_City 2 (3) Manchester City: Pep Guardiola‘s squad is rolling after a nice road win against Burnley, but the season-ending injury to Gabriel Jesus stings. Don’t worry, Sergio Aguero is his backup.
source: 1 (1) Chelsea: The lead shrinks to eight after a draw against Burnley. The Blues host Man City on April 5.