English Premier League Power Poll, Week 17

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 19, 2012

English Premier League Power Poll, Week 17

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    Queens Park Rangers finally won their first match, Arsenal finally took some heat off Arsene Wenger, and Aston Villa finally scored two goals in one half.

    All of those accomplishments counted in the English Premier League table. So how much did they count in this week's B/R EPL Power Poll?

    Click through to find out where your team ranks this week. Then be sure to add your thoughts in the comments below.

Complete Rankings

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    1. Manchester United

    2. Manchester City

    3. Tottenham Hotspur

    4. Arsenal

    5. Norwich City

    6. Everton

    7. Chelsea

    8. Stoke City

    9. West Bromwich Albion

    10. Aston Villa

    11. Swansea City

    12. West Ham United

    13. Liverpool

    14. Southampton

    15. Fulham

    16. Queens Park Rangers

    17. Newcastle United

    18. Wigan Athletic

    19. Sunderland

    20. Reading

How It Works

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    Nine B/R personalities ranked all 20 Premier League clubs. A first-place vote counted as 20 points, a second-place vote as 19 and so on.

    Each team's score is listed along with results and fixtures.

    The voters this week were:

    Aliko Carter: B/R front-page editor. @AlikoCarter

    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

20. Reading

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    Points: 10

    Result: Lost 5-2 home to Arsenal

    Up next: At Man City, Saturday

    Reading have lost six straight matches. Up next is a trip to champions Manchester City.

    Shall we just say it's seven straight, then?

    Will: Goodbye, Reading.

19. Sunderland

4 of 22

    Points: 34

    Result: Lost 3-1 at Man United

    Up next: At Southampton, Saturday

    Sunderland looked thoroughly outclassed in losing 3-1 at leaders Manchester United last weekend. That's fine. Many other Premier League clubs can commiserate.

    More revealing will be this weekend's trip to Southampton.

18. Wigan Athletic

5 of 22

    Points: 35

    Result: Lost 2-1 at Norwich

    Up next: At Arsenal, Saturday

    Wigan have lost five of seven and seem destined for another relegation fight next spring.

    So, in other words, they're exactly where Roberto Martinez wants them.

17. Newcastle United

6 of 22

    Points: 45

    Result: Lost 3-1 home to Man City

    Up next: Home to QPR, Saturday

    After losing six of seven, Newcastle suddenly have a relegation six-pointer against QPR this weekend.

16. Queens Park Rangers

7 of 22

    Points: 51

    Result: Won 2-1 home to Fulham

    Up next: At Newcastle, Saturday

    It took QPR nearly half the season to win a league match. Now the fight to avoid relegation begins.

    Sean: It was a good run. A great run. Why does it now seem inevitable that they'll easily escape the relegation zone?

15. Fulham

8 of 22

    Points: 54

    Result: Lost 2-1 at QPR

    Up next: At Liverpool, Saturday

    Fulham rank fifth among Premier League teams in goals scored (28) and fifth worst in goals conceded (29).

14. Southampton

9 of 22

    Points: 65

    Result: None

    Up next: Home to Sunderland, Saturday

    Southampton's match against Chelsea was postponed due to Chelsea's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Saints resume league play Saturday with a key match against fellow strugglers Sunderland.

13. Liverpool

10 of 22

    Points: 72

    Result: Lost 3-1 home to Aston Villa

    Up next: Home to Fulham, Saturday

    Back-to-back home games against Villa and Fulham must have seemed like a golden opportunity for Liverpool to gather six points. Villa's 3-1 victory at Anfield instead served as a sobering reminder of how much work Brendan Rodgers still has to do.

12. West Ham United

11 of 22

    Points: 87

    Result: Drew 0-0 at West Brom

    Up next: Home to Everton, Saturday

    West Ham come as close as any team to being perfectly average in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce's Hammers have won six, lost six and drawn five with a goal differential of plus-one.

    That's currently good for 11th in the table.

11. Swansea City

12 of 22

    Points: 94

    Result: Lost 1-0 at Spurs

    Up next: Home to Man United, Sunday

    The blissful high of winning at Arsenal has been replaced by back-to-back defeats. Sunday's home match against United presents an opportunity for another high-profile win.

10. Aston Villa

13 of 22

    Points: 97

    Result: Won 3-1 at Liverpool

    Up next: At Chelsea, Sunday

    Fun facts abounded in Aston Villa's 3-1 away win over Liverpool: for starters, Villa scored three goals for the first time this term. For another thing, Paul Lambert's side scored twice in one half—something they hadn't done all season.

9. West Bromwich Albion

14 of 22

    Points: 99

    Result: Drew 0-0 home to West Ham

    Up next: Home to Norwich, Saturday

    West Brom have won eight matches. That's more than Arsenal or Everton.

    Unfortunately, the Baggies have lost six. That's more than Stoke, Norwich or Liverpool.

    Sean: "Welcome to Earth."

8. Stoke City

15 of 22

    Points: 113

    Result: Drew 1-1 home to Everton

    Up next: At Spurs, Saturday

    Stoke's run of seven matches without defeat has been built on a miserly defense and a stagnant offense. The Potters have allowed only 13 goals all season (best in the league), but have scored only 15.

7. Chelsea

16 of 22

    Points: 129

    Results: None

    Up next: Home to Aston Villa, Sunday

    Chelsea's trip to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup was supposed to serve as a chance to win a trophy and rediscover form. Instead, the Blues return with more negativity after losing to Corinthians in the final.

6. Everton

17 of 22

    Points: 131

    Result: Drew 1-1 at Stoke

    Up next: At West Ham, Saturday

    So that's how Marouane Fellaini overpowers opponents. Yikes.

    Sean: Fellaini's three-match ban is going to hurt Everton a lot worse than Ryan Shawcross' head felt on Monday morning.

5. Norwich City

18 of 22

    Points: 136

    Result: Won 2-1 home to Wigan

    Up next: At West Brom, Saturday

    Norwich's rise through the table has been astounding. After losing to Chelsea on Oct. 6, the Canaries were 19th.

    On Saturday they'll head to West Brom only one spot below the seventh-place Baggies.

    Sean: They're the new Swansea. Who may be the new West Brom. Who may be the next Stoke.

4. Arsenal

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    Points: 144

    Result: Won 5-2 at Reading

    Up next: At Wigan, Saturday

    Winning 5-2 at Reading was nice, but a couple words of caution are in order.

    First, it was Reading. Second, we all know Arsenal are perfectly capable of following that with a loss to Wigan this weekend.

    Sean: Theo (finally) got his chance up top and flourished. Now please "sign da ting."

3. Tottenham Hotspur

20 of 22

    Points: 153

    Result: Won 1-0 home to Swansea

    Up next: Home to Stoke, Saturday

    Spurs have drawn only twice this season. Their 17 matches have featured 55 goals.

    Tottenham's opponents this weekend, Stoke City, have drawn nine times. Their 17 matches have featured 28 goals.

    What does all that mean? You tell us.

2. Manchester City

21 of 22

    Points: 167

    Result: Won 3-1 at Newcastle

    Up next: Home to Reading, Saturday

    Mario Balotelli almost took Manchester City to a tribunal over a fine before backing down, according to the Daily Mail. Yes, this ended better than originally anticipated.

1. Manchester United

22 of 22

    Points: 174

    Result: Won 3-1 home to Sunderland

    Up next: At Swansea, Sunday

    Three more goals. One more conceded. Most importantly, another win.

    It was already starting to look like no one would outscore United this season. With captain Nemanja Vidic returning to the defense, that's looking even less likely.

    Sean: Three-goal outings: as constant as gravity.