English Premier League Power Poll: Week 30

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 20, 2013

English Premier League Power Poll: Week 30

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    If the Premier League title race wasn't already over, it surely is now. Meanwhile, the B/R English Premier League Power Poll keeps on keeping on.

    Everton's home win over Manchester City helped Manchester United go 15 points clear atop the table—so the Red Devils are obviously No. 1 in our poll.

    But who's second this week? And which clubs fill out the bottom of the rankings?

    Keep reading to find out. Click here for the league table.

How It Works

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    Eight 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. "Previous" refers to each team's ranking in the previous edition of our poll.

    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

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

Complete Rankings

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    1. Manchester United

    2. Chelsea

    3. Arsenal

    4. Everton

    5. Manchester City

    6. Tottenham Hotspur

    7. Fulham

    8. West Bromwich Albion

    9. Liverpool

    10. (tie) Aston Villa

    10. (tie) Southampton

    12. Swansea City

    13. Newcastle United

    14. Norwich City

    15. Stoke City

    16. Wigan Athletic

    17. West Ham United

    18. Sunderland

    19. Queens Park Rangers

    20. Reading

20. Reading

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    Points: 17

    Previous: 20

    Result: Lost 1-0 at Manchester United

    Next: At Arsenal, March 30

    Manager out, same result: Reading have lost five straight, only four of which they can blame on Brian McDermott.

19. Queens Park Rangers

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    Points: 19

    Previous: 12

    Result: Lost 3-2 at Aston Villa

    Next: At Fulham, April 1

    Manager Harry Redknapp said QPR need five wins to stay in the Premier League (via BBC Sport). With eight matches remaining, Rangers have won only four times all season.

    Dan: Just when we thought it was safe to go outside...

18. Sunderland

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    Points: 43

    Previous: 19

    Result: Drew 1-1 home to Norwich

    Next: Home to Manchester United, March 30

    Sunderland under pressure? You bet: The Black Cats have not won in the league since Jan. 19.

17. West Ham United

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    Points: 45

    Previous: 13

    Result: Lost 2-0 at Chelsea

    Next: Home to West Brom, March 30

    West Ham's recent run has been almost as poor as Sunderland's. The Hammers have lost five of seven in the league.

16. Wigan Athletic

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    Points: 55

    Previous: 18

    Result: Won 2-1 home to Newcastle

    Next: Home to Norwich, March 30

    Wigan remain in the relegation zone but have a game in hand on the three teams directly ahead. Plus, the Latics have won two of three.

    Now if their chairman would stop saying crazy things.

    Dan: A huge win in the relegation battle over Newcastle. Will it matter? It should.

15. Stoke City

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    Points: 56

    Previous: 17

    Result: Drew 0-0 home to West Brom

    Next: At Everton, March 30

    Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to West Brom was Stoke's sixth scoreless draw of the season.

14. Norwich City

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    Points: 64

    Previous: 14

    Result: Drew 1-1 at Sunderland

    Next: At Wigan, March 30

    Norwich suddenly can't stop drawing matches. After earning a hard-fought draw with 10 men at Sunderland—their fifth in seven matches—the Canaries have drawn 13 times this season, joint most in the league (with Stoke, of course).

13. Newcastle United

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    Points: 67

    Previous: 9

    Result: Lost 2-1 at Wigan

    Next: At Manchester City, March 30

    Newcastle lost the match against Wigan, but a more egregious outcome is the FA's decision not to ban Callum McManaman for that tackle. Filthy, absolutely filthy.

12. Swansea City

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    Points: 71

    Previous: 11

    Result: Lost 2-0 home to Arsenal

    Next: Home to Spurs, March 30

    Swansea have lost three of five and have another tough match coming up against Spurs. Regardless of how the season finishes, though, it's been a successful one already for Michael Laudrup and company.

10. (tie) Southampton

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    Points: 79

    Previous: 16

    Result: Won 3-1 home to Liverpool

    Next: Home to Chelsea, March 30

    Beating Liverpool was not just glamorous for Southampton; it kept the Saints four points above the drop zone in the suddenly white-hot relegation scrap.

10. (tie) Aston Villa

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    Points: 79

    Previous: 15

    Result: Won 3-2 home to QPR

    Next: Home to Liverpool, March 31

    Villa have won two in a row and three of five. They're out of the relegation zone. Is the sun starting to shine in England's second city?

    Sean: All's not lost for Villa, after all. Consecutive wins over relegation rivals will do that.

9. Liverpool

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    Points: 93

    Previous: 3

    Result: Lost 3-1 at Southampton

    Next: At Aston Villa, March 31

    In an attempt to answer Sean's question below, we'll cite a couple stats. Liverpool have won two or more games in a row three times this season and have not lost back-to-back matches a single time.

    So, in other words, maybe.

    Sean: Is there a more infuriatingly inconsistent team than Liverpool?

8. West Bromwich Albion

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    Points: 100

    Previous: 7

    Result: Drew 0-0 at Stoke

    Next: At West Ham, March 30

    West Brom have been rather inconsistent themselves. The Baggies have won 13 times and lost 12.

7. Fulham

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    Points: 105

    Previous: 10

    Result: Won 1-0 at Spurs

    Next: Home to QPR, April 1

    Dimitar Berbatov has scored 11 goals, tied for 12th place in the league this season. Yeah, we thought his total was higher too.

6. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Points: 106

    Previous: 4

    Result: Lost 1-0 home to Fulham

    Next: At Swansea, March 30

    Spurs have lost back-to-back games in the league and three straight overall. Uh oh.

    Dan: At least now Spurs fans know the match they can look back on this season if it all falls apart.

    Adam: Where would they be without Gareth Bale? Well, Bale was far from dominant on Sunday in Spurs' loss to Fulham. So...

    Sean: So are these those wobbly late-season Spurs that Arsenal fans have been waiting for?

5. Manchester City

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    Points: 122

    Previous: 2

    Result: Lost 2-0 at Everton

    Next: Home to Newcastle, March 30

    Now that the title challenge is really, really, definitely over, expect City to focus on the FA Cup—and clearing out the squad this summer.

    Adam: They're not going to catch United, but when Joe Hart is at his best, City still may be the most solid side in England front to back. Of course, Hart has been ehhhhhh for much of the campaign.

4. Everton

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    Points: 127

    Previous: 8

    Result: Won 2-0 home to Manchester City

    Next: Home to Stoke, March 30

    Is this the late-season push we've come to expect from Everton? If so, it could make for an interesting race for the top four.

    Dan: It's insufferable rooting for this team, but rewarding almost all the time.

3. Arsenal

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    Points: 134

    Previous: 6

    Result: Won 2-0 at Swansea

    Next: Home to Reading, March 30

    After beating Swansea, Arsenal are four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a match in hand.

    Sean: Of course Lukasz freakin' Fabianski steps in and inspires consecutive clean sheets for Arsenal. Because that makes perfect sense.

2. Chelsea

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    Points: 144

    Previous: 5

    Result: Won 2-0 home to West Brom

    Next: At Southampton, March 30

    Chelsea rank second in the league this season with 58 goals scored. They also hold the league's second-best goal differential (plus-28).

    One guess which team ranks first in both categories…

1. Manchester United

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    Points: 153

    Previous: 1

    Result: Won 1-0 home to Reading

    Next: At Sunderland, March 30

    Who else would it be? United have won six straight and are cruising toward title No. 20.