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English Premier League Power Poll: Week 28

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 6, 2013

English Premier League Power Poll: Week 28

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    The balance of power has shifted in north London, but with 10 matches left the top of the table looks much the same as it has all season.

    Tottenham Hotspur topped Arsenal in a testy north London Derby on Sunday, and in the process asserted superiority over their nearest and fiercest rivals. Meanwhile, both Manchester clubs won again and maintained their hegemony at the top of the table.

    What did all that mean for this week's edition of the B/R EPL Power Poll? Keep reading to find out.

    Click here for last week's rankings. Recent results are here, upcoming fixtures are here and the league table is here.

How It Works

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    Seven 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.

    In each slide, "Points" refers to the number of points accumulated by each team via the voters and "Previous" refers to each team's ranking in the previous edition of our poll.

    The voters this week were:

    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 

    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. Tottenham Hotspur

    3. Manchester City

    4. Chelsea

    5. Liverpool

    6. Arsenal

    7. Everton

    8. Swansea City

    9. West Bromwich Albion

    10. Fulham

    11. West Ham United

    12. Newcastle United

    13. (tie) Stoke City

    13. (tie) Sunderland

    15. Queens Park Rangers

    16. Norwich City

    17. Southampton

    18. Aston Villa

    19. Wigan Athletic

    20. Reading

20. Reading

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    Points: 17

    Previous: 18

    Reading have dropped three straight after an encouraging run of three wins from four matches. Now the Royals sit just three points above the cellar.

    Saturday's home match against Aston Villa is obviously huge for both teams.

19. Wigan Athletic

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    Points: 22

    Previous: 14

    Dan: Based on current form, there is no way Wigan avoids relegation. There can't be.

18. Aston Villa

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    Points: 26

    Previous: 19

    We'll call it now. The loser of Saturday's Reading-Villa match—if there is one—will definitely be relegated.

    Adam: To butcher a memorable scene from "Swingers," the Villans are "the guy in the PG movie everyone's reeeeeeeeally hoping makes it happen." But they don't. They played their hearts out on Monday against City, but they just weren't good enough.

17. Southampton

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    Points: 32

    Previous: 16

    The Saints have lost three of five but remain three points above the drop zone.

16. Norwich City

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    Points: 36

    Previous: 12

    The thumping at Old Trafford was probably to be expected. This weekend the Canaries are home to Southampton, and defeat would make either club nervous—though Southampton more so.

15. Queens Park Rangers

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    Points: 37

    Previous: 20

    Over the weekend, QPR won for the third time this season. And Harry Redknapp morphed into Harry Houdini again, apparently.

    Sean: For how miserable they've been for stretches, 'Arry's got them only four points away from escaping the relegation zone.

    Dan: A WIN!

13. (tie) Stoke City

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    Points: 54

    Previous: 13

    Stoke have won just once in their last eight matches. Depending on how you feel about the Potters, that's probably either rather shocking or entirely unsurprising.

13. (tie) Sunderland

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    Points: 54

    Previous: 17

    Sunderland, meanwhile, have gone five matches without a win. Suddenly hot QPR is next this weekend.

    Could the Black Cats really slide back into the relegation mess?

12. Newcastle United

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    Points: 58

    Previous: 11

    For all their new signings, Newcastle remain just six points above the drop zone.

    Interesting fact: Newcastle have drawn only one of their last 18 Premier League matches.

11. West Ham United

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    Points: 70

    Previous: 15

    With nine points between West Ham and the relegation zone, are the Hammers safe for another season?

    We think so.

10. Fulham

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    Points: 76

    Previous: 9

    Tenth-placed Fulham are the highest-ranked team with a negative goal differential in the Premier League (minus-five).

9. West Bromwich Albion

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    Points: 82

    Previous: 5

    West Brom have drawn just four matches this season, the second-lowest total in the Premier League (Manchester United: 2).

8. Swansea City

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    Points: 93

    Previous: 8

    Michu is tied for fourth in the Premier League with 15 goals this season.

7. Everton

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    Points: 99

    Previous: 10

    Dan: After hosting Man City this weekend, of the Toffees' final nine matches, they face Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all away. They could finish fourth, 10th or anywhere in between.

6. Arsenal

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    Points: 103

    Previous: 4

    Adam: I continue to be impressed with the play of Santi Cazorla, who is making a solid run at the EPL's Best XI for 2012-13. Of course, the Gunners defense is shambolic...so that's not so good.

    Sean: As an Arsenal supporter, I'm not sure what's more embarrassing: Arsenal's defensive lapses on Sunday or Piers Morgan just being Piers Morgan.

    Dan: Based on remaining games, Arsenal truly should finish in the top four. If they do, is that enough to quell the fans, knowing the title is out of reach? Is another UCL finish not enough for the [Arsene] Wenger haters?

5. Liverpool

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    Points: 108

    Previous: 6

    Sean: Reds have quietly outscored Swansea and Wigan 9-0 in consecutive Premier League blowouts.

4. Chelsea

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    Points: 111

    Previous: 7

    Dan: With their closing schedule, this has to be the most nervous five-point gap on fourth place in quite some time.

3. Manchester City

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    Points: 125

    Previous: 2

    Manchester City have lost once in nine matches, and their last two matches have yielded six points without the opposition scoring.

    Clearly, then, our voters had some reason to demote them one spot in the rankings.

2. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Points: 130

    Previous: 3

    Dan: Just remember, when Gareth Bale goes to Spain this summer, I'm not the Dan Levy to blame.

    Adam: Without Gareth Bale, this team would be soooooooooo middle of the table. With him, they're soooooooooo in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

1. Manchester United

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    Points: 137

    Previous: 1

    Manchester United have been so far ahead of the pack for so long that they've almost been replaced in the narrative of the season.

    Which story have you heard more about lately: Spurs' surge or United's runaway title run?

    Dan: This feels like watching a car race where only one car is on the lead lap and everyone else is hoping for a crash.

     

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