English Premier League Power Poll: Week 6
Clint Dempsey finally got his big stage, and the Deuce's big goal gave Tottenham Hotspur a famous win at the weekend.
But was that enough to move Spurs to the top of this week's B/R English Premier League Power Poll? Or did Chelsea hold onto the top spot for another week?
Keep reading for our rankings of every team in the English Premier League.
Meet the Voters
20. Queens Park Rangers
Last-place votes: 7
Last week: 19
Table: 20th, 2 points
Results: Lost 2-1 home to West Ham
Fixtures: At West Brom, Saturday
QPR lost again this week, and it's time to start wondering if this team just isn't as good as their expensive and impressive-looking roster would suggest.
Dan: Dear Queens Park Rangers, instead of the little engine that could, you're suddenly the big engine that can't.
Last week: 20
Table: 19th, 2 points
Results: Drew 2-2 home to Newcastle
Fixtures: At Swansea, Saturday
Reading still haven't won a match, though that probably wouldn't be true if the ref had spotted a certain Demba Ba handball over the weekend.
18. Norwich City
Last week: 18
Table: 18th, 3 points
Results: Lost 5-2 home to Liverpool
Fixtures: At Chelsea, Saturday
Norwich, Reading and QPR are the league's only winless clubs. They also occupy the bottom three spots in the league table and our rankings.
Last week: 16
Table: 17th, 3 points
Results: Lost 3-1 at Everton
Fixtures: Home to Fulham, Sunday
If nothing else, watching Southampton is entertaining. Through six matches, the Saints have scored 10 goals and allowed 18.
With high-scoring Fulham (13 goals scored so far) visiting this weekend, more fireworks seem inevitable.
16. Wigan Athletic
Last-place votes: 1
Last week: 15
Table: 16th, 4 points
Results: Lost 1-0 at Sunderland
Fixtures: Home to Everton, Saturday
After another loss, Wigan's annual appointment with the relegation scrap is looking likelier.
Dan: Every week, I wonder why Roberto Martinez didn't leave for a better job when he was wanted.
15. Aston Villa
Last week: 17
Table: 15th, 5 points
Results: Drew 1-1 home to West Brom
Fixtures: At Tottenham, Sunday
There's not a lot to be excited about with this team, but coming from behind to draw with high-flying rivals West Brom is a baby-step in the right direction.
14. Swansea City
Last week: 11
Table: 11th, 7 points
Results: Lost 2-0 at Stoke
Fixtures: Home to Reading, Saturday
Remember when Swansea were mowing down all opponents at the beginning of the season? Yeah, neither do we.
Sean: Swans' dream start is fading away in a hurry.
Last week: 14
Table: 14th, 5 points
Results: Won 5-2 at Norwich
Fixtures: Home to Stoke, Sunday
We all knew they were capable of that kind of game. Now we'll find out whether Liverpool can sustain a run of results.
John: That's more like it! Suarez needs to put on his Canary-tinted glasses every match.
12. Stoke City
Last week: 13
Table: 12th, 7 points
Results: Won 2-0 home to Swansea
Fixtures: At Liverpool, Sunday
Stoke picked up a victory last weekend, and, rather inexplicably, it's been a couple weeks since Tony Pulis' team has drawn a match. How very contrarian of the Potters.
Last week: 12
Table: 13th, 7 points
Results: Won 1-0 home to Wigan
Fixtures: At Man City, Saturday
Sunderland, the league's other draw specialists, picked up their first victory at the weekend. Steven Fletcher has scored all five goals for the Black Cats.
Last week: 7
Table: 9th, 9 points
Results: Lost 2-1 home to Man City
Fixtures: At Southampton, Sunday
With the potential for lots and lots of goals, the Cottagers' match at Southampton could be the under-the-radar game of the weekend.
9. Newcastle United
Last week: 8 (tie)
Table: 10th, 9 points
Results: Drew 2-2 at Reading
Fixtures: Home to Man United, Sunday
Demba Ba can't stop scoring, in part because it's apparently kosher for him to use his hands in the other team's box. Hey, when you're in the zone, you're in the zone.
Dan: They should be better than 10th in the standings, shouldn't they? Maybe they need to give out more extensions.
7. (tie) West Bromwich Albion
Last week: 6
Table: 6th, 11 points
Results: Drew 1-1 at Aston Villa
Fixtures: Home to QPR, Saturday
West Brom's fast start has slowed a bit, but Steve Clarke's men still qualify as one of the league's surprise packages.
7. (tie) West Ham United
Last week: 10
Table: 7th, 11 points
Results: Won 2-1 at QPR
Fixtures: Home to Arsenal, Saturday
Monday's win over QPR put West Ham above Arsenal in the table. The two clubs will play this weekend in a suddenly tasty London derby.
Last week: 4
Table: 8th, 9 points
Results: Lost 2-1 home to Chelsea
Fixtures: At West Ham, Saturday
It was all looking so good for Arsenal—until the old Gooners showed up again.
Sean: Missed offensive opportunities? Giving up goals on set pieces? Diaby hurt? OK, this is the Arsenal we've all gotten to know oh so well.
Mike responds: Yeah?! Well, yeah, you're kinda right.
Dan: I know it's early, but one loss in the league and still mired in eighth place seems like a terrible start, even though it's entirely mediocre.
5. Tottenham Hotspur
Last week: 8 (tie)
Table: 5th, 11 points
Results: Won 3-2 at Man United
Fixtures: Home to Aston Villa, Sunday
Spurs recorded the result of the weekend by winning at Manchester United. It was the club's first win at Manchester United in 23 years.
Sean: Clint Dempsey wanted to showcase his talents on the biggest stage(s) possible. I think Old Trafford qualifies as a big stage.
Adam: Yes, they only had about three percent of the possession against United last weekend, but this is a very, very solid side top to bottom with semi-serious European aspirations.
4. Manchester United
Last week: 2
Table: 3rd, 12 points
Results: Lost 3-2 home to Tottenham
Fixtures: At Newcastle, Sunday
United lost to Tottenham at the weekend, but somehow remained above Spurs in our rankings. How's that now?
Adam: I know, I know...how can they be ahead of Spurs? Well, the Red Devils dominated the game when they wanted to, they've been more impressive outside of that matchup and they have a higher ceiling as the season goes on. Still, their defense—especially Rio Ferdinand—is getting exposed more regularly than Kate Middleton in British lad mags. Seriously, Google it...Actually, don't.
Sean: United's defense and midfield have been exposed all season. In Spurs, they finally faced a team strong enough to expose them in whole.
Dan: Losses to Spurs and Everton are not how Sir Alex wanted to start this season. Or any season.
3. Manchester City
Last week: 5
Table: 4th, 12 points
Results: Won 2-1 at Fulham
Fixtures: Home to Sunderland, Saturday
City left it late against Fulham, but ultimately deserved victory. Now, Roberto Mancini must figure out a way to shore up his defense. City still haven't kept a clean sheet this season.
Adam: They've looked surprisingly beatable at times, but it almost feels like they're playing dead with their opponents. I have a bad feeling they're going to go on a long winning streak at some point this season.
Last week: 3
Table: 2nd, 13 points
Results: Won 3-1 home to Southampton
Fixtures: At Wigan, Saturday
The Toffees were a unanimous second-place pick after yet another victory. Can the strong start continue?
Or is this the new normal for Everton?
John: Is this Everton team for real? In a league with a whole bunch of flawed title challengers, these Toffees are looking mighty promising right now.
Dan: There is another shoe, somewhere, waiting to drop.
First-place votes: 8
Last week: 1
Table: 1st, 16 points
Weeks at No. 1: 5
Results: Won 2-1 at Arsenal
Fixtures: Home to Norwich, Saturday
Another win and another week at the top of the B/R power poll for Chelsea. The Blues beat Arsenal and once again earned every first-place vote from our panel.
Adam: Drogba who?
Dan: Nearly a perfect start to the season, with just a draw to QPR as the lone blemish from perfection. QPR. I love this sport.
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