TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League staff. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.ca's soccer editors.
1. Arsenal (Last Week- 1)
The Gunners remained atop the table thanks to a clean-sheet at home over Crystal Palace. Arsenal once again pounced on lesser opposition, after their Week 8 win over Norwich sent them back to the top of TSN's rankings. Mikel Arteta scored a penalty and was then sent off on a straight-red when he was adjudged to have denied a goal-scoring opportunity.
2. Chelsea (LW- 2)
Fernando Torres had himself a game at Stamford Bridge, helping Chelsea hold firm at number two both in the table (where they are level with Liverpool) and in our rankings. The Spaniard set up a pretty marker for Andre Schuerrle in the first half before a Joe Hart howler gifted him the winner in the 90th minute.
3. Liverpool (LW- 4)
Luis Suarez was in top form on Saturday as his hat trick provided more than enough backing for the Reds' 4-1 victory over West Brom at Anfield. The win bumped them up a spot in the rankings as the Merseysiders kept a share of second in the Premiership with the win.
4. Tottenham (LW- 5)
It took a Roberto Soldado penalty, but Spurs was able to salvage three points over Hull at White Hart lane on Sunday. It was a tense 80 minutes of scoreless play before Soldado's spot strike, but the victory helped keep Tottenham just a point back second and within one win of a share of first at 19 points.
5. Manchester City (LW- 3)
The already ticking clock on Joe Hart's subpar season spun its gears a bit faster on Sunday after his 90th-minute gaffe wound up on Fernando Torres' foot and in the back of the net. The goal gave Chelsea full points and dropped City not only to seventh in the table but, more troublingly, a mere two points ahead of their struggling cross-town rivals.
6. Southampton (LW- 6)
Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scored to propel the Saints to yet another win and – at the time of the victory - to third in the Premier League standings. While Spurs and Chelsea both pulled back ahead on Sunday, the St. Mary's faithful will be more than pleased with a share of fifth at nearly the quarter-mark of the season.
7. Everton (LW- 7)
Romelu Lukaku scored his fifth goal in five games and substitute Leon Osman added an insurance marker for Everton in their 2-0 road win at Villa Park. The victory helps them hold on to the seventh spot in the rankings and a share of fifth in the table ahead of both Manchester clubs.
8. Manchester United (LW- 8)
It was another nail-biter at Old Trafford but once David Moyes decided to go all-in on his offensive firepower, the Red Devils were able to turn the tide and earn three points. Second-half goals from Wayne Rooney and Chicharito got United just its second home win of the campaign.
9. Swansea City- (LW- 12)
A goalless home draw may not be a lot to show for a week's work from Swansea, but the draw against West Ham was good enough to keep them in the top half of the table as the Swans withstood 15 attempts at goal to earn the point.
10. Hull City (LW- 13)
If you're going to get hung with a loss there are far less tolerable ways to do so than losing a one-goal game at White Hart Lane by virtue of a penalty. Hull remains in a tie for ninth in the table and has had an admirable year so far, losing only to teams ahead of them like Man City, Chelsea and Everton in addition to Spurs.
11. Aston Villa (LW- 11)
Villa's 2-0 loss against Everton may have prevented them from keeping pace with the top half of the table but the team is still being buoyed by early season upsets over Arsenal and Man City.
12. West Bromwich Albion (LW- 9)
West Brom got absolutely torched by Luis Suarez and Liverpool last weekend, but the team still had a productive October earning points from each of their remaining October games including an improbable win over Manchester United.
13. Newcastle United (LW- 10)
It had to be someone, didn't it? Newcastle became the first team to fall to Sunderland in the 2013-14 season, losing a 2-1 road match thanks to Fabio Borini's late derby decider.
14. Fulham (LW- 14)
Fulham saw its two-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Southampton at St. Mary's. Putting just two shots towards the net and absolutely none on target is not exactly a way to win at England's top level, so it's of little surprise to see Fulham's run come to an end.
15. West Ham United (LW- 15)
The Hammers were able to leave Swansea with a point, by virtue of the scoreless draw against the surprising Swans. The November schedule will be a bit kinder to West Ham with three of their four matches coming at Upton Park.
16. Cardiff City (LW- 18)
Cardiff did well to get a point in Week 9 despite getting outshot 31-6 in their visit to Norwich. The Welshmen were unable to extricate themselves from the log-jam that's developed between 12th and 18th in the table (a two-point difference) but road points are always a nice bonus for a newly-promoted squad.
17. Stoke City (LW- 16)
They thought they were destined to become the latest cellar-dwelling world beaters as Stoke looked on, 15 minutes from victory at Old Trafford. Then David Moyes pulled out all the stops, adding Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj to a side that already featured the likes of Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and RVP. The goals came fast and the points vanished faster.
18. Norwich City (LW- 17)
Former Canary David Marshall made a point of frustrating his former team, making 10 saves and holding Norwich to a scoreless draw at home. Could they have gotten more than a third of their 31 attempts actually on the target, perhaps one might have snuck by, but they didn't and a goalless affair is what they got.
19. Sunderland (LW- 20)
Go crazy, Sunderland fans! You're finally on the board! Borini came off the bench to end the two months of misery at the Stadium of Light and vault them out of the Premiership basement.
20. Crystal Palace (LW- 19)
The run of futility upped itself to six in Week 9 for Crystal Palace, who were blanked at home by the table-topping Gunners. The good news for the Eagles could be that they don't see a premiership giant like Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs until mid-December, but that could merely be good news for the mid-table teams that have Palace to look forward to.