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Premier League Power Rankings: Chelsea awaits its crown

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Nemanja Matic of Chelsea celebrates with team mates and David Luiz after he scores his sides fourth goal during The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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The Premier League Power Rankings include a remarkably muddled middle, with so many teams still harboring top half hopes thanks to significant drop-offs from clubs like West Bromwich Albion.

Let’s see where we stand ahead of the final two weeks of fixtures.

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20 (19)Middlesbrough: Officially relegated, Boro drops a spot (and, yeah, Sunderland winning a match helped the move, too).
19 (20)Sunderland: Beginning the race for re-promotion with a win over desperate Hull City. It’s something.
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18 (17)Hull City: Still not sure the loss to Sunderland actually happened.
17 (18)Swansea City: Gylfi Sigurdsson calling upon the spirit of Iceland, and Fernando Llorente continues to come good at the right time.
16 (11)Crystal Palace: Three-straight losses, two to Premier League powers, could have the Eagles in a precarious spot should Hull take three points at Selhurst Park this weekend.
15 (10)Watford: Thumped by Leicester to walk its losing streak to three.
14 (14)West Bromwich Albion: When the preseason goal is clearly “survive”, should it be any surprise when the Baggies start yawning soon after the 40-point mark?
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13 (14)Burnley: Sean Dyche has the Clarets primed for another Premier League season. Unlike West Brom, this is a fine preseason goal come good.
12 (16)Stoke City: The PL’s muddled middle is keeping a top half finish possible for Mark Hughes’ Potters.
11 (9)Southampton: The Arsenal loss is no shame, and Saints’ shutout of Liverpool was pretty good, too.
10 (12)Bournemouth: The wins over Boro and Sunderland were nice (and important), but the 2-2 draw with Stoke shows that Eddie Howe remains in control of the Cherries’ upward growth.
9 (15)West Ham United: Unbeaten in five with four clean sheets since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal.

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8 (6)Everton: It’s probably difficult to play with desperation when you’re dead set in 7th, but we still expect more from Ronald Koeman’s bunch.
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7 (8)Leicester City: With respect to the Craig Shakespeare effect, we can’t help but wonder if the Foxes would still be competing for a spot in Europe if Wilfried Ndidi was signed in August instead of January.
6 (5)Manchester United: See: The Red Devils can lose. They just need to play a second-tier lineup and be focused on a match in the future.
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5 (7)Arsenal: With the odds very long, the Gunners are finally piling up wins. Too little, too late for the Top Four?
4 (3)Liverpool: Disappointing draw, even given Saints’ dogged defense.
3 (4)Manchester City: Back in the win column with style, cruising past Palace 5-0.
2 (2)Tottenham Hotspur: Everyone loses (besides Celtic) every now and then.
1 (1)Chelsea: Will be popping champagne come Friday unless West Brom reverses form in fabulous fashion.

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