After another high-scoring victory over the weekend, Manchester United remained atop both the Premier League table and this week's B/R English Premier League Power Poll.
That much was simple. The rest was anything but.
Swansea, Stoke and West Ham are flying high. Arsenal and Chelsea are reeling. Where did your team land this week?
Keep reading to find out.
For these rankings, the voters cast their ballots based on the "power rankings" style.
That means voters ranked each club based on which teams they thought were the best, keeping in mind recent results and the league table.
Nine B/R personalities voted in this week's poll. All the votes were counted on a points system. A first-place vote counted as 20 points, a second-place vote as 19 and so on.
Explanation of terms
Points: The total number of points the team received via our voters' rankings. A first-place vote counted as 20 points, a second-place vote as 19 and so on.
Last-place votes: The number of last-place votes the team received from our voters.
First-place votes: The number of first-place votes the team received from our voters.
Last time: The team's ranking in the previous poll. Click here for the previous rankings.
Table: The team's position in the English Premier League table, along with current points total. Click here for the full table.
Results: The team's results since our last rankings.
Fixtures: The team's upcoming matches.
Aliko Carter: B/R front-page editor. @AlikoCarter
Michael Cummings: B/R world football lead writer and poll organizer. @MikeCummings37
John Greely: B/R world football assistant editor. @johnwgreelyAdam Hirshfield: B/R deputy editor. @ahirshfield
Dan Levy: B/R national lead writer. @DanLevyThinks
Karl Matchett: B/R world football full-time writer. @karlmatchettSean Swaby: B/R featured columnist coordinator. @seanswaby
Will Tidey: B/R world football lead writer and editor. @willtidey
Sam Tighe: B/R world football tactical analyst. @stighefootball
1. Manchester United
2. Tottenham Hotspur
3. Manchester City
4. Swansea City
6. Stoke City
7. West Bromwich Albion
8. West Ham United
10. Norwich City
13. Newcastle United
14. Aston Villa
15. Wigan Athletic
19. Queens Park Rangers
Last-place votes: 4
Last time: 19
Table: 19th, 9 points
Results: Lost 4-3 home to Man United
Fixtures: At Southampton, Saturday
Reading twice went ahead of Manchester United at the weekend, but came away with nothing from the match. This weekend’s trip to Southampton could feature plenty more goals. The teams have combined to concede 59 times already this season.
Sam: Three losses in a row, eight goals conceded. Panic stations?
Last-place votes: 4
Last time: 20
Table: 20th, 6 points
Results: Drew 1-1 home to Villa
Fixtures: At Wigan, Saturday
The good news is that QPR are unbeaten in their last two matches. The bad news is that both of those matches ended in draws and Rangers still haven’t won a single game this season.
Dan: They can't even get a lead, let alone win a match.
Last time: 18
Table: 17th, 13 points
Results: Lost 2-1 at Norwich
Fixtures: Home to Chelsea, Saturday
Sunderland keep sliding deeper into the relegation mess. With a trip to Chelsea approaching, the Black Cats sit only one point above the drop zone.
Sam: The hapless Black Cats have a plethora of problems, and Martin O'Neill probably can't wait for January 31 to roll around so he can start shopping.
Last time: 16
Table: 18th, 12 points
Results: Lost 1-0 at Liverpool
Fixtures: Home to Reading, Saturday
Rickie Lambert is tied for eighth in the league with six goals this season.
Last time: 10
Table: 13th, 17 points
Results: Lost 3-0 home to Spurs
Fixtures: Home to Newcastle, Monday
It’s all gone a bit wrong for Fulham, who are winless in seven matches. Most recently, the Cottagers have lost three of four.
Last time: 15
Table: 16th, 14 points
Results: Lost 3-0 at Newcastle
Fixtures: Home to QPR, Saturday
Wigan have lost four out of five. A home date with QPR this weekend might just cure some of the ills facing Roberto Martinez’s team.
Last time: 14
Table: 15th, 14 points
Results: Drew 1-1 at QPR
Fixtures: Home to Stoke
Villa have not lost since that ugly 5-0 drubbing at Man City last month. First-year manager Paul Lambert says he’s happy with his team’s progress (via ESPN FC).
Sam: Unbeaten in three, a successful rendition of three at the back and into 15th place. All without Darren Bent.
Last time: 17
Table: 14th, 17 points
Results: Won 3-0 home to Wigan
Fixtures: At Fulham, Monday
Newcastle have picked up four points in two Monday night matches this season. Another awaits this week.
Last-place votes: 1
Last time: 7
Table: 10th, 21 points
Results: Lost 2-0 home to Swansea
Fixtures: Home to West Brom, Saturday
No need to remind, but here goes. This is Arsenal’s worst start to a league season under Arsene Wenger—their worst league start, in fact, since 1994. Yeah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was an infant then.
Dan: Arsenal are in 10th in the standings? That's almost too hard to understand, which, in a way, makes it so understandable.
Sam: Dropping like a stone, Arsene Wenger needs to hit the laboratory and come back with a seriously impressive formula to arrest this slump.
Sean: Getting into the Champions League isn't as simple as closing your eyes and tapping your heels together.
Will: Arsenal are planning for their long-term future, by which time they'll be mid-table fodder unless they make some moves in the transfer market.
Last time: 12 (tie)
Table: 11th, 19 points
Results: Won 1-0 home to Southampton
Fixtures: At West Ham, Sunday
Here’s a quirky question that illustrates this wacky season. Will Liverpool be the underdogs for this weekend’s trip to West Ham?
Last time: 11
Table: 12th, 19 points
Results: Won 2-1 home to Sunderland
Fixtures: At Swansea, Saturday
Norwich are unbeaten in eight matches, during which time they’ve won four times. This after a winless seven-game stretch to start the season.
At this rate, they too will overtake Arsenal soon.
Will: Chris Hughton is the mastermind of the form defence in the Premier League right now.
Last time: 6
Table: 3rd, 26 points
Results: Lost 3-1 at West Ham
Fixtures: At Sunderland, Saturday
The winless run now stands at seven matches. Rafa Benitez still hasn’t won a league match. Would you feel comfortable if you were him?
Sean: This Rafa-Abromovich marriage will not end well. Or it will end hilariously, depending on who you support.
Dan: Which is worse, losing 1-0 to Stoke to drop out of the top four or losing 3-1 to West Ham with a manager everyone hates? Advantage, West Brom, for now.
Last time: 12 (tie)
Table: 8th, 22 points
Results: Won 3-1 home to Chelsea
Fixtures: Home to Liverpool, Sunday
West Ham recorded a famous and deserved victory at home to Chelsea last weekend and now are eighth in the table. Sam Allardyce’s Hammers have not been outside the top half all season.
Will: Stood up to Chelsea and steamrolled them in the second half at Upton Park. Diame is a beast.
Last time: 4
Table: 5th, 26 points
Results: Lost 1-0 home to Stoke
Fixtures: At Arsenal, Saturday
Uh oh. West Brom have lost two in a row. Is it all over?
In more encouraging news, the Baggies get to play Arsenal next.
Last time: 9
Table: 9th, 22 points
Results: Won 1-0 at West Brom.
Fixtures: At Villa, Saturday
The Potters are ninth in the table—above Arsenal—after winning four of five. Heady days indeed.
Last time: 5
Table: 6th, 23 points
Results: Drew 1-1 at Man City
Fixtures: Home to Spurs, Sunday
While generally playing well this season, Everton have drawn a league-high eight times in 15 matches. As one observer put it (via Twitter), watching the Toffees is like dating a beautiful person who is saving it for his or her wedding day.
Dan: I've been saying "get to January" for months. They're almost there, and three teams above them are vulnerable. This could be a special year if they can have their traditional second half.
First-place votes: 1
Last time: 8
Table: 7th, 23 points
Results: Won 2-0 at Arsenal
Fixtures: Home to Norwich, Saturday
After beating Arsenal behind Michu’s stunning late brace, Swansea are unbeaten in six matches. Up next is a showdown with another of the league’s hottest teams…Norwich.
How about that?
Will: Michu, coolest player in the Premier League this season.
Sean: Swans out "Arsenaled" Arsenal. No major feat these days, though.
Last time: 2
Table: 2nd, 33 points
Results: Drew 1-1 home to Everton
Fixtures: Home to Man United, Sunday
City remain the league’s only unbeaten team, but they’ll have to beat rivals Manchester United this weekend to climb back to the top of the table.
Dan: A loss this week could put the Premiership out of reach before the New Year? Something better happen soon.
Adam: How is it that they haven't lost all season long, yet they're three points behind their Mancunian neighbors?!?! Oh, right...you can draw in soccer.
Last time: 3
Table: 4th, 26 points
Results: Won 3-0 at Fulham
Fixtures: At Everton, Sunday
Lose three. Win three. Play poorly. Look like world beaters.
Ladies and gentlemen: Your 2012-13 Tottenham Hotspur.
Sam: Three wins in a row for AVB, but it'll probably be followed by three losses. Story of their season.
Will: AVB is proving to be more than a short man in a sharp suit of late.
First-place votes: 8
Weeks at No. 1: 2
Last time: 1
Table: 1st, 36 points
Results: Won 4-3 at Reading
Fixtures: At Man City, Sunday
United could allow three goals every week and score four to win anyway. Oh, uh, that just happened, eh?
Until further notice, let’s assume something similar will happen every week.
Will: United are the big kid who gave you a headstart in the playground. If they could defend, they'd be frightening.
Dan: They should just give up defending altogether and start 10 attacking field players. Oh, that's what they're doing? Very well then.
Adam: Good God, their defense is terrible. But good God, their offense is soooo good.