EPL Power Rankings Week 12: Examining Where Each Club Stands

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EPL Power Rankings Week 12: Examining Where Each Club Stands
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The English Premier League is set to get going again this week, and Arsenal will look to continue to maintain their top spot in the EPL power rankings.

Arsenal failed to find the back of the net in their last fixture against Manchester United, but they still hold a two-point lead in the standings.

It's still early, so these rankings will change quite a bit between now and the end of the season. Through the early part of the season, there have been some surprises, such as Arsenal having the most points.

Rankings are determined by not only how the clubs have played all season, but more importantly, how they've been playing recently.

Here's a look at the latest EPL power rankings, with current points in parenthesis. 

 

1. Arsenal (25)

As mentioned, they couldn't score against Manchester United, but Arsenal still have the most points of any club in the league. Although points don't necessarily determine a club's spot in the power rankings, the Gunners have earned the top spot.

Arsene Wenger has done a good job of getting his team back on track after a disappointing start to the season. 

The Gunners' eight wins lead the league. They lost their first match of the season and went until their last fixture without losing.

 

2. Liverpool (23)

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Liverpool have done their best to keep pace with Arsenal, but right now they trail them by just two points. 

Offense has been the key for Liverpool. They rank third in the EPL with 21 goals, trailing only Arsenal and Manchester City. The defense has done fine as well, as they are tied for the third-fewest goals against.

Winning away from home has been what has kept Liverpool behind Arsenal. Liverpool are only 2-2-1 away from home, so there is room for improvement.

 

3. Southampton (22)

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Southampton have been an intriguing club to watch. Unlike the rest of the teams near the top of the standings, they have gotten the job done with defense.

They have allowed only five goals through 11 matches. Only one other club has allowed fewer than 10, so they are doing something right. 

Southampton have scored more than one goal four times this season, but the defense has been good enough to pick up six wins and four draws. They have scored seven goals in the last three matches, so it looks like they are waking up.

 

4. Manchester United (20)

Here is where the standings don't necessarily agree with the power rankings. The Red Devils have only 20 points, but their squad is loaded with talent.

Manchester United are talented. They were able to shut out Arsenal in their last match, and the victory was good enough to bump them up a spot in the rankings.

 

5. Chelsea (21)

They may have more points than Manchester United, but Chelsea are ranked behind the Red Devils.

Chelsea's inability to win on the road hurts them. They are 5-1-0 at home, but they have struggled, at 1-2-2, away from home. Those kind of struggles will catch up to them if they can't fix them.

 

6. Manchester City (19)

Manchester City have the top offense in the EPL this season. Their 28 goals are six more than Arsenal's 22, which is good enough for second.

The Sky Blues were helped by a 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City, but they have been held to one goal or fewer in two of their last three EPL fixtures. A shocking loss to Sunderland in their last match can be put to the side, but City must not have a similar letdown in the future.

 

7. Everton (20)

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Everton have gone through some struggles in recent matches, which explains why they aren't ranked higher. 

They have been held to one goal or fewer three times, including being shut out twice, in their past four matches. 

A big match against Liverpool will tell a lot about Everton. A win would put them among the best in the league, but a loss would certainly be tough to handle, especially if they fail to score.

 

8. Tottenham (20)

When you look at Tottenham's results so far, they have been involved in a lot of low-scoring matches. Teams have scored no more than one goal in eight of their first 11 fixtures. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense to not allow opponents to get past it.

Tottenham have scored only one goal in their last three matches. They have done a great job of keeping opponents off the board, as they have allowed only six goals all season. Unless they begin to score more, they will have a hard time keeping up with the top teams.

 

9. Newcastle (17)

Since suffering a tough loss to Sunderland, Newcastle have gotten back on track. They have outscored Chelsea and Tottenham 3-0 in the last two matches.

Those are good results against clubs that are ahead of them in the standings. Take a look at the club's next three fixtures: Norwich City, West Brom and Swansea City. Those are all winnable matches, and they give Newcastle a chance to grab some points.

 

10. West Brom (14)

It doesn't get any more balanced than looking at West Brom's numbers. They are 3-5-3 and have an even goal differential. They have an upcoming match against Aston Villa, but they get the edge as of right now.

West Brom are 1-4-1 on the road, which isn't too bad but could get better. They have done a good job of staying with their opponents, but now they will have to find a way to come out on top more often.

 

11. Aston Villa (14)

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Aston Villa will have their chance to make a jump in the next set of power rankings. They will face West Brom and Sunderland in November, so it will be important for them to be be focused.

They were held scoreless in October and in their first match of November before finally scoring against Cardiff City in their last fixture. Those scoring woes are a cause for concern, but maybe they have turned the corner.

 

12. Swansea City (12)

Another change from the standings, Swansea comes in right behind Aston Villa. Their goal differential gives them the nod over Hull City despite having fewer points.

For Swansea, it has been feast or famine. They have been shut out three times in their last five matches, but they have scored seven total goals in the other two fixtures.

They have beaten up on some of the lesser clubs, and now they have to find a way to score against the tougher squads.

 

13. Hull City (14)

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Hull City have been outscored by five goals this season. Goal differentials are sometimes misleading, but not in this case. They haven't had many ugly results, other than a 4-1 defeat in their last match.

They have only nine goals on the season, and three of those came in one game. They knocked off Newcastle 3-2 back in September, but they have struggled to score recently. Hull City have only two goals in their last five matches.

 

14. Cardiff City (12)

Well, Cardiff City could be in for some struggles. They get Manchester United and Arsenal before the month ends, which will make it tough for them to climb the rankings.

They have only three goals in five games and have allowed seven goals in the last four. It's tough to stay competitive when the offense isn't scoring.

 

15. Norwich City (11)

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From the beginning of October to their first match in November, Norwich City scored two goals in four matches. They scored three in a good showing against West Ham United in their last match.

Their goal differential (minus-12) looks bad. However, they haven't been as bad as that might look. Yes, they were beaten pretty easily by Manchester City (7-0), Arsenal (4-1) and Chelsea (3-1). Those scores are responsible for most of the goal differential, and Norwich have stayed competitive in their other eight fixtures.

 

16. Stoke City (10)

There can be some debate for the next few spots, but Stoke City are currently playing the best of the clubs tied with 10 points. 

It seems odd to say that about a club that hasn't won since August, but Stoke have found a way to stay competitive in recent matches. They have three draws in their last four fixtures, and they nearly stunned Manchester United. They held a 2-1 lead, but the Red Devils came back to win by one thanks to a pair of late goals.

 

17. West Ham United (10)

West Ham was beaten pretty soundly against Norwich (3-1). After a date with Chelsea, their schedule lightens up slightly.They will get Fulham and Crystal Palace in the following two games, so that will be their chance to get some separation from the bottom of the EPL.

 

18. Fulham (10) 

After winning three straight games at the end of September and the beginning of October, Fulham have been overmatched recently. They have been outscored by a combined total of 9-1 in their last three games. 

If those results continue, Sunderland could quickly pass them.

 

19. Sunderland (7)

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Sunderland are 2-1-8, but they have pulled off some surprising results this season. In their last three matches, they have knocked off both Manchester City and Newcastle. They also played Manchester United tough this season, so they don't back down from some of the top teams. 

 

20. Crystal Palace (4)

Crystal Palace haven't scored in three games and haven't won since the end of August. They ended a seven-match losing streak with a scoreless draw in their last fixture, but they are still not close to coming out of the bottom spot.

 

*All stats are courtesy of PremierLeague.com

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