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PL Club Power Rankings: Week 7

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The theme of this week’s power rankings is statistics, and we’ve included some quality nuggets in our descriptions of why teams are rising and falling on our list.

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Green: New season-high ranking
Red: New season-low


20. Newcastle United — Possibly the least effective midfield, or tactical deployment of one, we’ve seen in some time. Maybe Fabian Schar is the answer, but 37.6 percent possession over the course of a season is abysmal.
Last week: 19
Season high: 19
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 5-0 at Leicester City
Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET v. Manchester United

19. Watford — Moving up only because Newcastle was that bad against Leicester, but look below to see some serious hope for the Hornets. They just aren’t finishing, but are producing more key passes than everyone besides Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Those will turn into goals, you’d think.
Last week: 20
Season high: 19
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 2-0 at Wolves
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Sheffield United

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18. Brighton and Hove Albion — Aaron Mooy has looked a lot better in his last two starts. Can the former Huddersfield Town midfielder be the one to unlock the Seagulls attack?
Last week: 18
Season high: 6
Season low: 18
Last match: Lost 2-0 at Chelsea
Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Spurs

17. Norwich City — Something to monitor as the weather gets colder and the pitch compacted: The Canaries are only attacking directly through the middle of the pitch on 17 percent of plays.
Last week: 13
Season high: 10
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Aston Villa

16. Wolves — And exhale. Wolves finally get their win and not a moment too soon with a Man City trip ahead of them. With two days less rest than the reigning champs, Sunday could be a long day.
Last week: 17
Season high: 7
Season low: 17
Last match: Won 2-0 v. Watford
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Man City

15. Aston Villa — Why do I believe Villa is ultimately going to emerge from the fire into another Premier League season? Dean Smith‘s men lead the league in shots blocked and crosses blocked per game. While that means they are giving up a lot of attempts, that full-blooded desperation is going to pay off (or break an arm).
Last week: 11
Season high: 8
Season low: 15
Last match: Drew 2-2 v. Burnley
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Norwich City

14. Everton — A much better looking side against City, but that’s kinda the frustrating life for Everton supporters. Sure, you got up for the big boys. Can you get up for a trip to Burnley? Also, to answer trivia from the Palace ranking, Seamus Coleman (!!) is second in the Premier League in successful dribbles this season.
Last week: 14
Season high: 5
Season low: 14
Last match: Lost 3-1 v. Man City
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley

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13. Southampton — Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s men move from a near miss against Spurs to a match with in-form but potentially weary Chelsea. Shock on the cards at St. Mary’s?
Last week: 16
Season high: 13
Season low: 19
Last match: Lost 2-1 at Spurs
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Chelsea

12. Burnley — Completing 64.2 percent of its passes, Burnley continues to defy the laws of logic, statistics, everything. Chris Wood is big.
Last week: 12
Season high: 5
Season low: 15
Last match: Drew 2-2 at Aston Villa
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Everton

11. Sheffield United — We just love that Chris Wilder wasn’t content that his side deserved a point against the leaders. Can likely move two wins clear of the drop zone with a win at Vicarage Road.
Last week: 10
Season high: 10
Season low: 17
Last match: Lost 1-0 v. Liverpool
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Watford

10. Crystal Palace — Wilfried Zaha‘s 32 successful dribbles are the most in the Premier League. Non-Palace fun fact. I’ll give you 50 chances to guess who’s second and like my odds (but the answer is in this post).
Last week: 15
Season high: 10
Season low: 18
Last match: Won 2-0 v. Norwich City
Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at West Ham United

9. Manchester United — Please, for all of our sakes, get Anthony Martial healthy.
Last week: 9
Season high: 2
Season low: 15
Last match: Drew 1-1 v. Arsenal
Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Newcastle United

Martial has been out since Aug. 24 (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

8. Tottenham Hotspur — A team in no man’s land, where several players need to be axed and the manager probably wants a new experience. The fullback corps is a mess.
Last week: 8
Season high: 2
Season low: 8
Last match: Won 2-1 v. Saints
Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Brighton

7. Arsenal — How about this stat: Arsenal is spending 33 percent of every match in its own third, the third-highest percentage in the league. That’s not legendary when your defense is so leaky.
Last week: 4
Season high: 4
Season low: 7
Last match: Drew 1-1 at Manchester United
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Bournemouth

6. Bournemouth — Six is a good number for the Cherries, who’ve scored half of their 12 goals from set pieces. Probably deserved a win over West Ham, but probably doesn’t move you up the table.
Last week: 6
Season high: 6
Season low: 17
Last match: Drew 2-2 v. West Ham
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal

5. West Ham United — The Irons move from week-to-week with different tests of mettle. This week, it’s whether they can go about their business and handle a decent Palace team at home.
Last week: 5
Season high: 5
Season low: 18
Last match: Drew 2-2 at Bournemouth
Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday v. Crystal Palace

4. Chelsea — Is this week the Blues climb back into the Top Four?
Last week: 7
Season high: 4
Season low: 12
Last match: Won 2-0 v. Brighton
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Southampton

3. Leicester City — Brendan Rodgers has his men playing on fire (in a good way). Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Premier League in tackles this season. Ndidi is also leading the league in interceptions (23) and is performing on an N’Golo Kante level so far this season. Huge match on Saturday.
Last week: 3
Season high: 3
Season low: 10
Last match: Won 5-0 v. Newcastle United
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool

Ndidi  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

2. Manchester City — On pace to score 146 Premier League goals this season. Take out the 8-star performance against Watford, and it’s a 120-goal pace. That’s 14 more than their record.
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 3
Last match: Won 3-1 at Everton
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Wolves

1. Liverpool — Since the Reds are getting the job done and look a complete team, how about a seemingly ugly stat that shows how important fullbacks are to Liverpool’s attack? Trent Alexander-Arnold has lost possession a league-best 184 times, 28 more than second place Lucas Digne. Andrew Robertson is 7th with 136.

Obviously, this is because they have the ball a lot and are counted on tactically to put the ball into danger areas — look at where they rank in terms of accurate opposition half passes, stunning stuff — but wow.

https://www.sofascore.com/tournament/football/england/premier-league/17

Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 3
Last match: Won 1-0 at Sheffield United
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Leicester City

VIDEO: Ricardo Pereira scores superb solo goal

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Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira is at it again.

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The Portuguese right back scored against Newcastle United, and for the second Premier League game on the trot. It was a beauty.

Pereira picked up the ball on the halfway line, played a one-two and then surged forward over 30 yards with the ball before slamming home.

Take a look at the superb solo goal in the video above, as Pereira is one of the most underrated right backs in the game.

Ungiven penalty leaves Klopp seething after Liverpool draw

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot understand why his men weren’t given a penalty when Naby Keita was taken down in the box during the second half of a 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Wednesday.

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“It was probably the clearest penalty situation we have had,” Klopp said. “The ref was in the best position on the pitch. You will have to ask him why he didn’t give a penalty. You cannot change it.”

Ricardo Pereira stepped on the side of Keita’s back foot as the Liverpool midfielder attempted to flick a ball with the outside of his front peg, but referee Martin Atkinson was not impressed with the shout.

Klopp won’t like the reaction of Leicester City boss Claude Puel when asked if it was a penalty. Puel said, “Are you a Liverpool fan? I think we had the right decision from the referee. There is no excuse for Liverpool.”

Yeah, Claude, except it sure looked like a penalty from nearly every angle. The Reds got a bum call on Wednesday.

Vardy pushes Leicester City past Everton

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  • First PL match of 2019
  • Everton out shoots Foxes 17-8
  • Keane error lets Vardy score
  • One win in eight for Everton

Jamie Vardy‘s second half goal was all Leicester City needed to move past Everton and into seventh place with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

Marco Silva‘s seat will be feeling hotter with Everton a possibility to finish the match day in the bottom half of the table. The Toffees have 27 points.

Leicester has 31 points, four back of sixth place Manchester United.

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After a sleepy 45 minutes highlighted by Jonjoe Kenny striking the bar for Everton, the second half at least provided a goal.

A Michael Keane mistake gave the ball away to Ricardo Pereira deep in Everton territory, and Pereira quickly found Jamie Vardy.

Vardy did what he tends to do when given a terrific chance, beating Sergio Rico and celebrating the first Premier League goal of 2019 with an acrobatic celebration.

Keane’s rough day could’ve gotten worse if referee Martin Atkinson had a quick whistle, but was rightly let off the hook when a Leicester header struck his arm later in the frame.

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Man City slides third with loss to Leicester

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  • Bernardo scores early
  • Albrighton levels it
  • Ricardo wins it for Foxes
  • Delph sent off

Ricardo’s outstanding second half goal gave hosts Leicester City a memorable win as Manchester City lost for the second-straight match and dipped to third on the Premier League table with a 2-1 loss at King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.

Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira scored for Leicester City, who moves 7th with 28 points.

Fabian Delph was given a late red card for Man City, who led 1-0 through a Bernardo Silva goal.

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City broke Leicester down for the first time in the 14th minute, with Bernardo finishing his chance after Aymeric Laporte‘s incisive pass was flicked into his path by Sergio Aguero.

Albrighton surprised Ederson and City to make it 1-1 with a picture perfect header across goal and inside the far post in the 20th minute. Jamie Vardy‘s cross served as the assist.

City had several big chances to make it 2-1, but the biggest threat of the remaining play came when Ederson had to stop Jamie Vardy and Hamza Choudhury.

The 82nd minute found the winner, as Sane cleared a Leicester City corner kick just outside the 18. Ricardo settled it then hit a seeing-eye rocket through a sea of players and inside the far post to give Leicester a fairly deserved lead.

Aguero was particularly wasteful on the day, still finding his rhythm after a break from the team.

By the way, Pep, this stat ain’t that legendary:

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