October 6, 2008

Premier League Power Rankings, Week 7

Some might say it's a week late, but Hull proved themselves not to be one-hit wonders and have taken their rightful place in this week's Power Rankings. As always, tell me how much I suck in the comments.

Team Rk (Prv) Points Remark
Chelsea 1(1) 17 Don’t let the 2-0 scoreline fool you; Chelsea dismantled Villa mercilessly and showed the rest of England what they're capable of.
Liverpool 2(2) 17 Another injury time winner, this time courtesy of Dirk Kuyt. Where does their luck stop? Oh right, Skrtel is out for months with a PCL tear.
Man U
Man Utd 3(3) 11
Wayne Rooney continues to shine as Blackburn are easily dealt with. If Man U win their game in hand they would be in 3rd.
Hull 4(10) 14 Hull for Champions League! Also, how crazy is it that no one is hailing their defeat of the other half of the North London Derby as something special?
Arsenal 5(4) 13 Fabregas saved them from dropping out of the top four, but no team could use the international break more than Arsenal.
Aston Villa
Aston Villa 6(5) 13 So, yeah, about that unchanged lineup every game. Might not be the best idea after all.
Man City
Man City 7(6) 9 For a team that is supposedly built around its defense (at least it was last season), losing after building a 2-0 lead is inexcusable.
Portsmouth 8(12) 12
How does Peter Crouch get horizontal like that? Must be some magic he shares with Jermain Defoe: the two have already combined for 11 goals.
Sunderland 9(11) 8
Tough luck against Arsenal, but the rest of the month sees the Black Cats playing three of the bottom four teams. Seven out of nine points is the bare minimum if Sunderland want to challenge for a spot in Europe.
Blackburn 10(9) 10 The Rovers were helpless against Man U, but manager Paul Ince's complaining about the refereeing and Man U's payroll won't help the club get its confidence back.
Wigan 11(8) 8 The Latics got screwed, but that happens. Now Steve Bruce has to keep the squad focused so they don't find themselves in a relegation battle.
West Brom
West Brom 12(13) 10
Enjoy the victory over Fulham while you can; after the international break you're headed to Old Trafford.
West Ham
West Ham 13(7) 12 The Hammers had a chance to go to the top of the table but failed. At home. Against Bolton. Yep, the 'new manager' bump has definitely worn off.
Middlesbrough 14(16) 9
A 1-0 win on the road should give this team the burst of confidence it needs before welcoming Chelsea in two weeks. At least, that's what Gareth Southgate will tell everyone.
Bolton 15(18) 7
A 3-1 win despite only having one-third of the possession? A win is a win, but Bolton aren't clear yet.
Stoke 16(17) 4 Stoke don't appear to be all that bad despite their record. Maybe they can get out of the relegation zone when Spurs come to town after the break.
Everton 17(14) 8
No Carling Cup, no UEFA Cup, and now only three points out of the drop zone. That new owner better get there, pronto.
Fulham 18(15) 6 Shut out by a newly promoted side. One point clear of relegation. It's the same old song and dance: Fulham manage to achieve no progress every season.
Newcastle 19(19) 5
A draw at Everton isn't a bad start for Joe Kinnear. But the more important question: How did the postgame press conference go?
Tottenham 20(20) 2 The last time Spurs were this bad the Titanic sank. Life has a way of coming up with some really obvious metaphors.

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