2015-16 Premier League Power Rankings, Vol. II: Manchester-heavy top of the pops
We haven’t checked in with the Premier League Power Rankings since Aug. 26, and plenty has changed.
What hasn’t changed, though, is that Chelsea is still shockingly low while Claudio Ranieiri’s Leicester City Foxes continue to defy the odds.
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Looking forward, it’ll be late October before we see teams No. 1 and 2 in the new rankings meet... and we expect both sides will remain at or near the top of the table.
Let’s stop yammering, and start ranking. As is the case with MLS, we won’t do these every week in order to limit overreactions from a single result.
|Manchester City: The Citizens stay atop the charts despite their loss to West Ham United, due mostly to their spate of injuries on the back end. Perhaps West Ham doesn’t find its advantage without City playing midweek in the Champions League and Kompany, Clichy and Zabaleta available.
|Manchester United: Anthony Martial continues to look legit, snaring Premier League Player of the Week honors after helping to slip United past Southampton. Now can their European fortunes improve? Or League Cup?
|Leicester City: The Foxes continue to show their mettle. Still feels a little high for Leicester, which has yet to face a true Top 4 test.
|Arsenal: Cheated pretty harshly in the Chelsea defeat, and still nearly found a point out of it. Yeah, Gabriel Paulista needs to be smarter and Arsene Wenger should’ve bought a striker, but the Gunners are okay (though Wenger’s criticism of the Martial deal could start to look silly. Who has the Monaco connection again?). By the way, Gabriel is really good, too.
|West Ham United: Big Sam Allardyce seems to disagree, but Slaven Bilic’s side is thriving despite the absence of Enner Valencia and the health struggles of Andy Carroll. If they can get to January in good enough shape to viably add to their back line? Look out.
|Everton: A horrific slate of fixtures to start the season has been well-navigated, but isn’t over. After brief relief with West Brom, the Toffees get Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
|Swansea City: If Garry Monk’s side can stop playing down to its opponents on occasion, it can live up to its Top Six aims. Must make sure the Watford loss is the exception, not the rule.
|Tottenham Hotspur: After a tough bunch of matches to start the year, Spurs have won a pair and are unbeaten in five. Good to see Son get a hot start, and give Harry Kane some help.
|Crystal Palace: Back-to-back losses to Spurs and Man City show “Pardiola” has a ways to go, but there’s no doubting they are carrying over the mid-table form from the second half of last season.
|Watford: Quique Flores’ club rarely looks rattled. Back-to-back wins come after their sole loss this season, which was to mighty Man City.
|Chelsea: The Diego Costa antics and Doctor Caneiro treatment make us want to drop the struggling Blues a bit lower, but Kurt Zouma, Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard make us feel good about their future.
|Southampton: Having a maddening time keeping up with their congested schedule, but we have a hard time dropping Saints too low at this point.
|Stoke City: Yes, they have just three points, but their run deals with a difficult bunch of opponents and some bizarre obstacles -- like nearly snatching a draw from a 9-man battle against 11-man West Brom -- and leaves us far from a freak-out.
|Norwich City: The Liverpool draw gives the Canaries hope, but it’s not like the Reds are flying right now. Carrow Road can feel better about its chances with a win over someone not named Bournemouth or Sunderland.
|Bournemouth: Seven points from 10 matches have the Cherries feeling better than their season’s open. Can they string together more points and move up?
|West Bromwich Albion: Nice to see Saido Berahino producing, but their three-match unbeaten streak feels a bit wonky. Let’s see some more points before we move the Baggies any higher.
|Liverpool: Just awful to watch. Nice to see Danny Ings on the scoresheet, but Brendan Rodgers needs to be getting more points from a very talented lineup (even with Christian Benteke injured). Bad form, Reds. Is the planned anti-Rodgers, pro-Klopp protest from the fans worse?
|Newcastle United: Only bailed out by a toughish batch of matches and insipid play by the clubs below them.
|Aston Villa: Tactics Tim has four points -- three from Bournemouth and one from Sunderland. How tactical.
|Sunderland: There are no words.