05 December 2013

Power Rankings: Matchday 14

No changes this week as all four of last week's top-four won their matches. Looking further down the table, Liverpool is still on the outside looking in despite demolishing Norwich 5-1 because, well, Norwich. Further down, there are four teams within a point of each other—Spurs (6th; 24), Newcastle (7th; 23), Southampton (8th; 22), and Man U (9th; 22). Much as I hate to say it, Spurs seem to be right were they're supposed to be. We'll keep an eye on them, though, as they continue to search for some cohesion and direction. Newcastle, by contrast, may be punching above its weight, as evinced by a 3-0 dressing down by Swansea. What's with Southampton? They've conceded eight goals in three consecutive losses after only conceding seven in their previous eleven matches. Last but not least, let's all revel in Man U's ignominious defeat as they now sit 12 points behind us. A certain amount of post-Fergie fall-out was to be expected, but to be just three points from falling to the bottom half of the table is shocking. Still a lot of football to be played—24 matches—so we'll leave the gloating at that. For now. Here, then, are my power rankings...

Team (previous)
Latest
(old to new)
Record
(W-D-L)
Table
Comments
Next Fixture
1.    Arsenal (1)
2-0 Hull
(WLWWW)
11-1-2
1 (34)
The run continues as, even with heavy rotation, we saw off Hull with little trouble. A crucial string of fixtures awaits; will the four-point lead over Chelsea hold?

Everton
Sunday
2.    Man City (2)
3-2 West Brom (LWLWW)
9-1-4
3 (28)
City cruised to a 3-0 lead only to see the Baggies pull back two late goals, but the outcome was never really in doubt.

At Southampton
Saturday
3.    Chelsea (3)
4-3 Sunderland
(LDWWW)
9-3-2
2 (30)
Barely escaped the Stadium of Light thanks to a late own-goal. Unconvincing, but it’s the kind of win that keeps a team in contention.

At Stoke
Saturday
4.    Everton (4)
1-0 Man U
(DDDWW)
7-6-1
5 (27)
For the first time in David Moyes’s Prem League coaching career, Everton won at Old Trafford. Too bad he was coaching Man U. Everton remains the only one-loss team in the Prem.

At Arsenal
Sunday