EPL Survival Sunday Power Rankings: Grading Each Team's Season

Adam HartAnalyst IMay 13, 2012

EPL Survival Sunday Power Rankings: Grading Each Team's Season

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    It is done. 

    All 38 rounds of Premier League football are completed.

    Manchester City have pulled off an epic finale against QPR. They won their first EPL title in 44 years. Hats off to a job well done.

    Here are the final EPL Power Rankings of the season. Each team has secured something after this match; read on to find out what.

    Enjoy!

    Please do not hesitate to leave your opinion in the comment section below.

20. Aston Villa

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    Survival Sunday Result: 0-2 Loss to Norwich City

    Final League Position: 16th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Aston Villa finished off their season with a loss. Their poor performance against the Canaries was disappointing, but they will stay another season in the EPL. Unfortunately, they might not be joined by star Darren Bent, who has been subject to rumors of a summer move.

    Final Grade: D-

19. Newcastle

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    Survival Sunday Result: 3-1 Loss to Everton

    Final League Position: 5th

    Secured: Another EPL Season and Europa League Qualification*

    Other Comments:

    Newcastle had an unusually poor performance against the Toffees. They did not finish high enough to secure a spot in next year's Champions League, but they did beat out Chelsea to play in the Europa League, provided Chelsea lose next Saturday's match against Bayern Munich.

    Final Grade: B+

18. Fulham

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    Survival Sunday Result: 2-0 Loss to Tottenham

    Final League Position: 9th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Fulham went into the match without their star Clint Dempsey. They lacked the scoring prowess they usually had. While they finished relatively high on the table, they will need to do some work to keep the American from leaving. 

    Final Grade: B-

17. Sunderland

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    Survival Sunday Result: Lost 0-1 against Manchester United

    Final League Position: 13th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Sunderland only let in one goal against English powerhouse Manchester United. They were very lucky to have only lost by one, considering United had several opportunities that they failed to capitalize upon. 

    Final Grade: C-

16. Liverpool

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    Survival Sunday Result: Lost 1-0 to Swansea City

    Final League Position: 8th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Liverpool ended their season on a disappointing note with a loss to Swansea City. The Reds have been making a steady descent down the table. Even so, they managed to take home the Carling Cup. They show potential as a winning team, yet I don't think they'll be winning any titles until they part ways with manager Harry Redknapp. 

    Final Grade: B


15. Blackburn

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    Survival Sunday Result: 1-2 Loss to Chelsea

    Final League Position: 19th

    Secured: A Spot in the Championship

    Other Comments:

    Blackburn was already in the relegation zone before the match, so there was nothing riding on its outcome. Even so, Aiyegbeni and Blackburn put up a fight against the Blues. Hopefully they'll do better next year in the Championship.

    Final Grade: D-

14. Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    Survival Sunday Result: 2-3 Loss to Wigan

    Final League Position: 20th

    Secured: A Spot in the Championship

    Other Comments:

    The last-place finisher in this year's Premier League campaign ended their season poorly. With only five wins on the year, Wolverhampton don't deserve another year in the EPL. Perhaps if they step their game up in the Championship, they'll have another shot at England's best league.

    Final Grade: F

13. Stoke City

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    Survival Sunday Result: Drew 2-2 with Bolton

    Final League Position: 14th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Stoke battled it out with Bolton. Neither team came out victorious today, but only one will spend another year in the Premier League. 

    Final Grade: C

12. Bolton

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    Survival Sunday Result: Drew 2-2 with Stoke City

    Final League Position: 18th

    Secured: A Spot in the Championship

    Other Comments:

    Bolton looked to spend a 12th consecutive season in the Premier League a couple months ago. Yet with just one win in their past eight outings, it gave Queens Park Rangers the chance to play spoilsport. They will join Wolverhampton and Blackburn in the Championship next season.

    Final Grade: F+

11. Wigan

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 3-2 against Wolverhampton

    Final League Position: 15th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Wigan faced the league losers Wolverhampton today. They pulled off the victory to finish the season in 15th place. While they have secured another season in the EPL, I do not think they will be moving out of the bottom half of the table any time soon.

    Final Grade: C

10. West Brom

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    Survival Sunday Result: Lost 2-3 Against Arsenal

    Final League Position: 10th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    West Brom could have finished the game as a 2-2 draw if their keeper hadn't made such a terrible mistake in the opening minutes. Other than that, West Brom were able to penetrate Arsenal's defense, twice hitting the target. While they did lose, it was a successful outing for them. A nice way to end the season.

    Final Grade: B-

9. Arsenal

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 3-2 Against West Brom

    Final League Position: 3rd

    Secured: Champions League Spot and Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Arsenal were missing many of their players for this crucial match. The defense flustered at times, but they did what they had to and came out with a win. To finish in third is a great improvement after starting the season so poorly.

    Final Grade: A-

8. Norwich City

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 2-0 Against Aston Villa

    Final League Position: 12th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Their return to the Premier League was rather successful for the Canaries. While they finished in the bottom half of the table, they showed they can play with the big clubs, drawing with Arsenal and Manchester United. 

    Final Grade: B

7. Chelsea

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 2-1 Against Blackburn

    Final League Position: 6th

    Secured: Another EPL Season and Champions League Spot*

    Other Comments:

    Chelsea finished off their EPL campaign with a win against relegation-bound Blackburn. If they win next Saturday's Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, they will clinch their spot in the tournament once more, knocking Tottenham out of the running. While they did have a mid-season collapse with the sacking of AVB, they recovered to defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup final and knock heavy favorites Barcelona out of the Champions League.

    Final Grade: A-

6. Swansea City

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 1-0 Against Liverpool

    Final League Position: 11th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Another team promoted to the Premier League, Swansea proved they are ready to play in the big league with their win over Liverpool. While they may not be in contention for the title or any major competition spot, Swansea will continue to perform well in the EPL.

    Final Grade: C+ 

5. Tottenham

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 2-0 Against Fulham

    Final League Position: 4th

    Secured: Another EPL Season and Champions League Qualifying*

    Other Comments:

    Tottenham pulled off a solid win against Fulham. While they have finished in fourth, their Champions League dreams have not yet come true. They have to wait until next Saturday's final in Munich. All in all, this was a successful season for them.

    Final Grade: B+

4. QPR

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    Survival Sunday Result: Lost 3-2 Against Manchester City

    Final League Position: 17th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    QPR narrowly avoided relegation in a Survival Sunday loss to EPL Champions Manchester City. It looked like they had pulled off the upset of the season beating City at the Etihad. That was, until City did the impossible. Apart from Joey Barton's temper tantrum, QPR played incredibly.

    They looked destined for relegation towards the beginning of the season. Then they started winning and drawing matches, racking up enough points going into today's match. If they can control Barton and play like they did in the latter half of the season, they could turn some heads next season.

3. Manchester United

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 1-0 Against Sunderland

    Final League Position: 2nd

    Secured: Another EPL Season and Champions League Spot

    Other Comments:

    Manchester United were so close to winning their 20th EPL title. 

    While it still would have been a long shot, if United had finished all of their chances, they might have been able to beat Manchester City on goal differential. 

    Even so, it was business as usual for Fergie and United.

    Final Grade: A

2. Everton

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 3-1 Against Newcastle

    Final League Position: 7th

    Secured: Another EPL Season

    Other Comments:

    Everton played the best football they have in a while. No Newcastle players scored today. 

    Even with Tony Hibbert's own goal and Cahill's red card, Everton managed to win and spoil Newcastle's hopes of Champions League play. Everton shut Newcastle down, allowing just 3 shots on goal and 11 total.

    They still must improve to reach Chelsea and higher, who were eight points ahead.

    Final Grade: B 

1. Manchester City

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    Survival Sunday Result: Won 3-2 Against QPR

    Final League Position: 1st

    Secured: Another EPL Season, Champions League Spot and EPL Title

    Other Comments:

    Amazing.

    What Manchester City did in the last minutes of play was amazing.

    They needed a win. Down 2-1 against a team fighting relegation, it seemed over for them. Then Aguero and Dzeko scored in stoppage time to put them ahead and clinch the title.

    At the start of the season, Manchester City were already supposed to win the title. It almost finalized the prediction when they beat rivals United 6-1 at Old Trafford. Then they hit a slump, drawing games that should have been an easy three points. They finally put their best foot forward once more to win Manchester City's first EPL title in 44 years.

    Job well done!

    Final Grade: A+

Conclusion

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    We reach the end of the 2011-2012 EPL season.

    Manchester City have won their first title in 44 years. Bolton, Blackburn and Wolverhampton will be leaving the Premier League.

    Hopefully next year's season will be as if not more exciting than this year's.

    Cheers!

    Be sure to check out Arsenal FC Transfer News: Why Clint Dempsey Would Be a Great Fit.