English Premier League Power Rankings: Week 13

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2011

English Premier League Power Rankings: Week 13

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    This week, the Premier League saw a variety of surprising results where most of the top clubs drew while some bottom-of-the-table clubs were able to take points in games they should not have gotten points.

    Both Manchester clubs drew with top six opposition while Arsenal were held back by one of their fellow London clubs.

    Wigan and Stoke pulled off much-needed wins while Bolton, Wolves and Blackburn continued to struggle in the relegation race.

    As always, last week's ranking is in parentheses.

20. Blackburn (18)

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    Blackburn continued their seven-game winless streak on Saturday on the road at Stoke.

    Rovers fell 3-1 and their only goal was a 86th-minute strike from Ruben Rochina.

    Surprisingly, Steve Kean's club managed to stay alive in the Carling Cup and will travel to Cardiff on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the competition.

19. Bolton (16)

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    Bolton lost their fourth in five games on Saturday as they fell to Everton at home.

    The Trotters were at a disadvantage early in the 2-0 loss due to David Wheater's 19th-minute red card.

    With the loss, the Trotters are still two points behind Wolves to get out of the bottom three. Now, they face a tough schedule in the next two weeks to change their standing as Tottenham and Aston Villa await the club.

18. Wolverhampton (15)

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    Wolves stood no chance from the start as they were dominated on the road at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea.

    The 3-0 loss is the second in a row and eighth of the season for a club that have been stuck in the relegation race since the beginning of the season.

    A home match at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday vs. Sunderland will be a measuring-stick game as Wolves will look to take down one of their fellow relegation contenders.

17. Fulham (20)

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    Fulham were able to secure their second straight draw on Saturday against London rivals Arsenal.

    In the 1-1 game, the Cottagers had to rely on a Thomas Vermaelen own goal to put them on the scoresheet.

    Before they host Liverpool in their next league game next Monday, the Cottagers will travel to Holland to face FC Twente in the Europa League on Thursday.

16. Sunderland (11)

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    Sunderland lost a very winnable game at home on Saturday to Wigan.

    Sebastian Larsson put the Black Cats in the lead early with an eighth-minute goal but the defense could not protect the lead and it led to a 2-1 loss to the bottom feeders of the Premier League.

    The Black Cats must not dwell on this loss, as they have to play two more games against relegation contenders in the next two weeks, starting with an away match at Wolves on Sunday.

15. Wigan (19)

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    One week after having a win stolen from them at the last minute, Wigan won their match at Sunderland in the last minute.

    Franco di Santo scored in the 90th minute to give the Latics their second win of the season. Jordi Gomez scored the club's first goal of the match on a 44th-minute penalty.

    Now even on points with 18th-place Bolton, the 19th-place club will host Arsenal on Saturday at the DW Stadium.

14. Swansea City (13)

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    Swansea played in their fourth goal-less draw of the season on Sunday against Aston Villa.

    The draw at home gave the Swans their 14th point of the season and moved them up a spot in the table to 13th position ahead of West Brom.

    Up next for Brendan Rodgers and Co. is a trip to Ewood Park on Saturday to face Blackburn.

13. West Brom (9)

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    Things were looking good for West Brom early in their match with Tottenham on Saturday when Youssuf Mulumbu scored in the 10th minute, but then it was all downhill from there.

    The Baggies gave up three unanswered goals and the game ended in a 3-1 loss for Roy Hodgson's club.

    The loss is the third in four games for the club, and they will look to stop adding to that streak when they visit QPR on Saturday.

12. Queens Park Rangers (8)

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    QPR fell victim to a late Norwich goal on the road Saturday and lost 2-1 at Carrow Road.

    Luke Young scored his second goal of the season in the losing effort.

    QPR will play host to West Brom on Saturday at Loftus Road before a daunting two-game stretch against Liverpool and Manchester United right before the holidays.

11. Everton (14)

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    Everton won their second straight game with a 2-0 victory over Bolton.

    Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios scored in the win on the road against a 10-man Bolton side.

    The Toffees now get to play three out of their next four games at home, starting with Sunday's game with Stoke.

10. Stoke City (17)

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    Stoke put an end to their four-game losing streak on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Blackburn.

    Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch each contributed to the winning effort with a goal.

    The Potters will now look to extend their winning ways on the road against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

9. Norwich City (12)

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    Norwich were able to come out victorious over QPR on Saturday at home.

    Grant Holt's 73rd-minute winner gave the Canaries their first win in over a month.

    And just as the positive momentum gets going at Carrow Road, it will most likely stop on Saturday as the Canaries have to visit Manchester City.

8. Aston Villa (8)

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    Villa recovered from their defeat at Tottenham last week with a 0-0 draw at Swansea on Sunday.

    The draw pushed the Villains up to eighth place in the league table ahead of their home match with Manchester United on Saturday.

7. Newcastle (6)

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    Newcastle were the beneficiaries of bad officiating on Saturday on the road at Old Trafford.

    Demba Ba scored a 64th-minute penalty that was controversially awarded by the linesman. The goal equalized the game and gave the Magpies a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

    The Magpies end their three-game run against top-five clubs on Saturday as they host Chelsea at the newly named Sports Direct Arena.

6. Liverpool (5)

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    Liverpool were able to hold on to a draw at home with league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

    The 33rd-minute equalizer for Liverpool was originally credited to Charlie Adam but then it was ruled an own goal by City's Joleon Lescott as Adam's firecracker of a shot deflected off Lescott and into the net.

    The Reds will now visit Stamford Bridge for the second time in nine days, as they face Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarterfinal before visiting London again next Monday to face Fulham.

5. Chelsea (7)

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    After suffering two tough losses in the past week, Chelsea got back on track with an easy 3-0 win over Wolves.

    John Terry, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata scored in the win as the Blues regained their confidence after losses to Liverpool in the Premier League and Bayer Leverkeusen in the Champions League in their two games prior to Saturday.

    The fixture list does not get any less crowded for the Blues as they have a Carling Cup quarterfinal at home with Liverpool on Tuesday before visiting Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

4. Arsenal (3)

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    Arsenal were able to get a late equalizer at home on Saturday to draw with Fulham by the score of 1-1.

    Thomas Vermaelen scored for the Gunners in the 82nd minute to atone for his own goal just 17 minutes earlier.

    The Gunners now sit in seventh place in the table ahead of an intriguing match with Manchester City at home in the Carling Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

3. Manchester United (4)

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    Manchester United outplayed their opponents, Newcastle, on Saturday but were robbed of a full three points due to a bad call by a linesman and missed opportunities.

    Chicharito scored the only goal for United in the 1-1 draw in the 49th minute before all of the controversy hit Old Trafford.

    Rio Ferdinand's tackle in the box of Hatem Ben Arfa was clearly a legal tackle but the linesman did not think so. He awarded Newcastle a penalty, which they converted to equalize the score at 1-1, which was the match's final.

    United had plenty of late chances but could not convert and, more importantly, were not able to gain any ground on Manchester City in the table.

2. Tottenham (2)

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    Tottenham won their fifth game in a row on Saturday by defeating West Brom 3-1.

    Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice to put his goal total up to seven, while Jermain Defoe netted his fifth goal of the season in the match as well.

    Spurs will play two games at home this week as they host PAOK Salonika on Thursday in the Europa League and Bolton in the Premier League on Saturday at White Hart Lane.

1. Manchester City (1)

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    Manchester City were held to a draw at Anfield on Sunday and finished 1-1 with Liverpool.

    Vincent Kompany scored in the 31st minute for City and then two minutes later, Joleon Lescott scored an own goal to tie the game up.

    City are still five points ahead of Manchester United in the table and will host Norwich on Saturday, four days after visiting Arsenal in the Carling Cup.