English Premier League Power Poll, Week 16

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 12, 2012

English Premier League Power Poll, Week 16

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    The battle at the top is over, and only one Manchester team can claim the Premier League throne.

    Manchester United defeated Manchester City 3-2 on Sunday in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash. With the victory, United opened up a six-point lead atop the league.

    Not coincidentally, the Red Devils also remained on top of this week's B/R EPL Power Poll.

    As for the rest, you'll have to keep reading to find out.

Methodology

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    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.

    Eight 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.

    NOTE: Voters did not take into account Tuesday's match between Sunderland and Reading. Sunderland won the match 3-0 at home. The result is listed under both teams' slide, but voters did not consider the match in their rankings.

     

    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.

Meet the Voters

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    John Greely: B/R world football assistant editor. @johnwgreely 

    Adam Hirshfield: B/R deputy editor. @ahirshfield

    Dan Levy: B/R national lead writer. @DanLevyThinks

    Karl Matchett: B/R world football full-time writer. @karlmatchett  

    Sean 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

    Michael Cummings: B/R world football lead writer and poll organizer. @MikeCummings37

Complete Rankings

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    1. Manchester United

    2. Everton

    3. Manchester City

    4. Chelsea

    5. Tottenham Hotspur

    6. Liverpool

    7. Arsenal

    8. Stoke City

    9. Norwich City

    10. Swansea City

    11. West Bromwich Albion

    12. Southampton

    13. Fulham

    14. West Ham United

    15. Aston Villa

    16. Newcastle United

    17. Wigan Athletic

    18. Sunderland

    19. Queens Park Rangers

    20. Reading

20. Reading

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    Points: 19

    Last time: 20

    Table: 19th, 9 points

    Results: Lost 1-0 at Southampton, lost 3-0 at Sunderland

    Fixtures: Home to Arsenal, Monday

    Reading have lost five straight. Up next is a home date with Arsenal. Last time the teams met, Reading scored five times—and lost.

19. Queens Park Rangers

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    Points: 22

    Last time: 19

    Table: 20th, 7 points

    Results: Drew 2-2 at Wigan

    Fixtures: Home to Fulham, Saturday

    Good news first: QPR are unbeaten in three matches.

    Now the bad news: QPR remain winless on the season. The three-match unbeaten run is actually a run of three draws.

18. Sunderland

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    Points: 26

    Last time: 18

    Table: 15th, 16 points

    Results: Lost 3-1 home to Chelsea, won 3-0 home to Reading

    Fixtures: At Man United, Saturday

    The Black Cats pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Reading. It was just in time, too. A trip to leaders Manchester United is next.

17. Wigan Athletic

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    Points: 37

    Last time: 15

    Table: 18th, 15 points

    Results: Drew 2-2 home to QPR

    Fixtures: At Norwich, Saturday

    After a run of two defeats and a draw at bottom feeders QPR, Wigan suddenly find themselves in the drop zone. Can Roberto Martinez rediscover the magic formula?

    Dan: Again, can I go back to asking why Roberto Martinez didn't leave when he had the chance?

16. Newcastle United

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    Points: 47

    Last time: 13

    Table: 14th, 17 points

    Results: Lost 2-1 at Fulham

    Fixtures: Home to Man City, Saturday

    Newcastle broke a four-match losing skid last week but lost again Monday. With champions Manchester City coming to town next, another losing run might be in the cards.

    Sean: You're not in Champions League contention anymore.

15. Aston Villa

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    Points: 56

    Last time: 14

    Table: 17th, 15 points

    Results: Drew 0-0 home to Stoke

    Fixtures: At Liverpool, Saturday

    Villa have not lost since the ugly 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Nov. 17. Even so, Paul Lambert’s team remains above the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

14. West Ham United

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    Points: 67

    Last time: 8

    Table: 11th, 22 points

    Results: Lost 3-2 home to Liverpool

    Fixtures: At West Brom, Sunday

    West Ham have lost three of four but remain seven points above Southampton and 13 ahead of Reading. So far, the Hammers have clearly been this season’s most successful promoted side.

13. Fulham

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    Points: 68

    Last time: 16

    Table: 13th, 20 points

    Results: Won 2-1 home to Newcastle

    Fixtures: At QPR, Saturday

    The seven-match winless run is over. Now the Cottagers try to climb back up the table: As recently as Oct. 27, Fulham sat sixth in the table.

    Adam: Should be so much better than they are, but Monday's win over Newcastle could get them back on the right track.

12. Southampton

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    Points: 69

    Last time: 17

    Table: 16th, 15 points

    Results: Won 1-0 home to Reading

    Fixtures: Home to Sunderland, Dec. 22

    The Saints have won three of their last six matches. The other three results? A pair of draws and a narrow 1-0 loss at Liverpool.

    With Chelsea playing in the FIFA Club World Cup, Southampton’s trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend has been postponed. That means the Saints’ momentum might have slowed by the next time they take the pitch.

11. West Bromwich Albion

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    Points: 81

    Last time: 7

    Table: 6th, 26 points

    Results: Lost 2-0 at Arsenal

    Fixtures: Home to West Ham, Sunday

    West Brom have lost three in a row but remain sixth. Is this the beginning of a slide down the table or merely a blip?

10. Swansea City

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    Points: 94

    Last time: 4

    Table: 8th, 23 points

    Results: Lost 4-3 home to Norwich

    Fixtures: At Spurs, Sunday

    Swansea and Norwich played the most entertaining match of the weekend. It’s just a hunch, but we think the Swans’ trip to North London this weekend will produce fireworks as well.

    Sean: It's OK, guys, Arsenal and United know what it feels like to get Norwich'd.

9. Norwich City

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    Points: 101

    Last time: 10

    Table: 12th, 22 points

    Results: Won 4-3 at Swansea

    Fixtures: Home to Wigan, Saturday

    Norwich have gone nine matches without losing. During that time, the Canaries have won five times and climbed from 19th to 12th.

    Sean: World beaters or relegation fodder? Might as well flip a coin weekly.

    Dan: Since a loss at Chelsea on October 6 that saw Norwich earn just three points in their first seven matches, Norwich have four wins and four draws in their last EIGHT. This turnaround is the story of the season.

8. Stoke City

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    Points: 103

    Last time: 6

    Table: 9th, 23 points

    Results: Drew 0-0 at Aston Villa

    Fixtures: Home to Everton, Saturday

    Stoke last lost a league match on Nov. 3. Only two clubs—Everton and Manchester City—have lost fewer matches.

7. Arsenal

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    Points: 108

    Last time: 12

    Table: 7th, 24 points

    Results: Won 2-0 home to West Brom

    Fixtures: At Reading, Monday

    The Gunners righted the ship by beating West Brom at home, but victory came with controversy. Did Santi dive, or didn’t he?

    Either way, Arsenal suffered another humiliating defeat Tuesday, this time to fourth-tier Bradford City in the Capital One Cup.

6. Liverpool

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    Points: 110

    Last time: 11

    Table: 10th, 22 points

    Results: Won 3-2 at West Ham

    Fixtures: Home to Aston Villa, Saturday

    Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool on a bit of a roll. Luis Suarez is in form, but as the weekend showed, they can win without him.

    Dan: Three goals, on the road, without Suarez? Well then...

    Adam: A hard-fought win at West Ham keeps their bullish run alive in the EPL table. The Reds have lost just once in their last 11 EPL matches.

5. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Points: 117

    Last time: 2

    Table: 5th, 26 points

    Results: Lost 2-1 at Everton

    Fixtures: Home to Swansea, Sunday

    Stat of the week: If matches lasted only 80 minutes, Spurs would be sitting atop the table right now (via 101 Great Goals).

    Dan: Hey, at least Clint Dempsey woke up.

4. Chelsea

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    Points: 120

    Last time: 9

    Table: 3rd, 29 points

    Results: Won 3-1 at Sunderland

    Fixtures: Home to Aston Villa, Dec. 23

    The win on Saturday was Chelsea’s first since Oct. 20. Because of their involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup this week, the Blues won’t play again in the league until Dec. 23.

    Sean: Torres scored? Oh, right, Mayans.

    Dan: This is going to be another roller coaster year, isn't it?

3. Manchester City

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    Points: 136

    Last time: 3

    Table: 2nd, 33 points

    Results: Lost 3-2 home to Man United

    Fixtures: At Newcastle, Saturday

    City finally lost for the first time this season—and it came at probably the worst time. The champions have no time to lick their wounds, though. United are already six points clear at the top of the table.

    Dan: The team showed who they were in the second-half comeback against Man United. Sadly, so did their supporters.

2. Everton

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    Points: 139

    Last time: 5

    Table: 4th, 26 points

    Results: Won 2-1 home to Spurs

    Fixtures: At Stoke, Saturday

    That's right. Everton at No. 2.

    David Moyes' side stayed in the top four with a home win over Spurs. Now, if only the Toffees could stop drawing so many matches (joint-most in the league with eight).

    Dan: How important were the 90th-minute goals by Pienaar and Jelavic? Everton went from ninth in the EPL standings to fourth in a matter of four minutes.

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    Points: 160

    First-place votes: 8

    Weeks at No. 1: 3

    Last time: 1

    Table: 1st, 39 points

    Results: Won 3-2 at Man City

    Fixtures: Home to Sunderland, Saturday

    Is the title race on life support already? Sure, it’s only a six-point lead, but United’s offense is good enough to beat anyone, anytime.

    If the defense comes together, watch out.

    Sean: As Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri "combined" on RvP's winner, every Arsenal supporter threw up. In other news, United are really, really good.

    Adam: Seems like they're often playing down (or up, on occasion) to the level of their opponents, and they keep winning in controversial of fluky ways. But that's what makes a champion.