Premier League Power Rankings 2014 Week 32: Examining Each EPL Club

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Premier League Power Rankings 2014 Week 32: Examining Each EPL Club
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Chelsea blew Arsenal out of the water with their 6-0 win, showing their power in the title race.

Manchester City's 5-0 win over Fulham also showed that you can't discredit the Citizens' title chance.

Southampton also suffered a last-gasp heartbreak against Tottenham, as Spurs' power grows with each week under Tim Sherwood.

Let's take a look at how each team ranks, going into Week 32.

 

1. Manchester City (3rd, 63 pts)

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City's 5-0 win over the Cottagers has kept Manuel Pellegrini's side in the hunt to regain the title.

Sitting six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, the Citizens still hold three games in hand over Jose Mourinho's outfit.

Immense power, as the Citizens will decide their own title fate depending on results in their spare matches.

 

2. Chelsea (1st, 69 pts)

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The Blues' 6-0 demolition of Arsenal will give the side great confidence as they next take on Crystal Palace.

Tony Pulis' side remain just one place above the drop zone.

With Mourinho's men in fine form against the Gunners, they will have to continue their work rate against a plucky Eagles side.

 

3. Liverpool (2nd, 65 pts)

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The Reds are the form team going into Week 32, having won six games in a row.

Their 6-3 victory over Cardiff showed the side's excellent attacking power.

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick against the Bluebirds, while two goals from Martin Skrtel highlighted firepower from defence.

OptaJoe tweeted of the importance of Skrtel's strikes:

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his squad share the goal trail as the side search for their first-ever Premier League title.

 

4. Tottenham (5th, 56 pts)

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Spurs showed plenty of grit and determination to reign supreme in a 3-2 win over Southampton.

Sherwood's side had found themselves two goals down after half an hour.

However, his words must have struck a chord with his players, who fought their way to a second-half comeback.

 

5. Arsenal (4th, 62 pts)

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Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game as Arsenal boss didn't go to plan, as Chelsea romped to victory.

That result has also caused a big dent to the side's power in the title charge, now sitting seven points adrift of the league leaders.

It means that the Gunners must win their game in hand over Swansea on March 25 before meeting Manchester City at the Emirates on March 29.

Defeat against the Swans would cement the seven-point deficit, leaving plenty to do if the club are to win their first title in 10 years.



6. Everton (6th, 54 pts)

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Roberto Martinez's men survived a late scare in their 3-2 win over Swansea.

That courage, endeavour and fight to keep a firm grasp on all three points will boost confidence as a midweek trip to Newcastle awaits.

Speaking after the match, Martinez' hinted that his side still hold hopes of European football next season, per the Guardian's Richard Jolly:

What we want to do is make sure this season affects the seasons after. The only way you can do that is qualifying for Europe. It's a big target of ours to make sure that the good work we have done this season can [help us] kick on next season. That will be [by] being in Europe. Whichever the competition.

The side travel to St. James' Park on March 25 before taking on bottom-placed Fulham just four days later.


7. Manchester United (7th, 51 pts)

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Wayne Rooney's wonder strike may have stolen the headlines in the 2-0 win at West Ham.

However, there's no doubting that the win will boost confidence going into the Manchester derby. 

The Red Devils face City on March 25, with the Citizens needing a win to keep top-spot aspirations burning.

David Moyes' men may be out of the title race but hold plenty of power to dent their rivals' chances at Old Trafford.

 

8. Stoke (10th, 37 pts)

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Victory at Villa Park has boosted Stoke's power going into Week 32.

The 4-1 win over Paul Lambert's side marked the club's first away win since August, per WhoScored.com.

It also marked back-to-back victories for the first time in the same time frame. 



9. Newcastle (8th, 46 pts)

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Newcastle's power took a slight knock, despite a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Papiss Cisse's last-minute strike earned all three points for the Toon Army.

But, per WhoScored, Alan Pardew's men had 21 shots on goal, hitting the target on eight occasions and failing to make 73 percent of possession count.

Sitting seven points outside of the Europa League places, the side must do better if they're to work their way back into Europe.



10. Southampton (9th, 45 pts)

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Gylfi Sigurdsson's late strike ended any hopes of Saints taking a point away from White Hart Lane.

Despite taking a two-goal lead, and Adam Lallana linking well with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, the side couldn't kill the game off.

The England trio, who will all be hoping for a World Cup place, impressed during the match.

However, Dejan Lovren's effort gifted Spurs the winner, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's men eight points away from Europa League qualification.

 

11. Hull (12th, 33 pts)

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A big 2-0 win against West Brom will give the side plenty of confidence.

Now sitting eight points away from the drop zone, Steve Bruce's side have some breathing room between themselves and the struggling pack.

 

12. Norwich (13th, 32 pts)

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Alexander Tettey's fine strike helped the Canaries to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

The side gleaned the much-needed three points and have steered themselves seven points above the relegation places.



13. Aston Villa (11th, 34 pts)

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Lambert's men took the lead after five minutes, thanks to Christian Benteke.

But that was all Villa fans had to shout about during their heavy defeat against Stoke, undoing the good work after victory over Chelsea.

The side travel to Old Trafford next time out and will need to pull off another giant-killing to move further from the bottom three.

 

14. West Ham (14th, 31 pts)

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Wayne Rooney's double may have grabbed a few headlines, but it certainly hasn't damaged West Ham's survival hopes.

The side have looked well-drilled under Sam Allardyce, despite back-to-back defeats, but must be wary of Hull on March 26 and Sunderland on March 31.

 

15. Sunderland (18th, 25 pts)

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Still holding two games in hand over those above them, Sunderland could move out of the bottom three with a win over West Ham.

The power is in the Black Cats' hands regarding survival, who could ensure a clear gap from the drop by winning their leftover fixtures.

 

16. Swansea (15th, 29 pts)

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The Swans' slippery slope continued against Everton, and the side travel to Arsenal as they slide further towards the drop zone.

Just four points separates Sunderland and Gary Monk's side, who then face Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

 

17. Cardiff (19th, 25 pts)

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Three goals against Liverpool proved Cardiff's never-say-die attitude.

Going into the match at West Brom, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men travel to the Hawthorns knowing that they could go level with safety following a win.

Victory over the Baggies would also draw Pepe Mel's men further into the mire.



18. Crystal Palace (17th, 28 pts)

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Pulis' side need a miracle if they are to overcome Chelsea; however, Aston Villa proved it is not impossible.

Palace will also know that they could dent their London rivals' title hopes with a win at Selhurst Park, holding plenty of power.

 

19. West Brom (16th, 28 pts)

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The Baggies have, arguably, their biggest match of the season against Cardiff next time out.

A win would breathe a sigh of relief back into the club, but defeat could edge the club within goal difference of the bottom three.


20. Fulham (20th, 24 pts)

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Four points adrift, Fulham and Cardiff have played an extra match compared to their fellow survival scrappers.

The Cottagers host Europa League-chasing Everton in their next fixture and must win if they are to retain hopes of maintaining Premier League football next term.

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