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Manchester City claims top spot in latest BPL power rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
1/31/2014 3:34:16 AM
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TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. 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. Manchester City (Last Week-2)

Manchester City climbed to the top of the table with another emphatic victory, 5-1 on the road against Tottenham.  Sergio Aguero scored the first of the five goals but then limped off the field just before halftime with a hamstring injury, causing some concern for the new league leaders.

2. Chelsea (LW-1)

Chelsea heavily dominated the action, firing 39 shots on goal including two clear scoring chances in added time but were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with West Ham.  Frank Lampard had probably the best chance of the game in the 97th minute but was denied the goal that would have won the game.

3. Arsenal (LW-3)

Arsenal was only able to get a point out of their trip to St Mary's Stadium as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Southampton.   Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla scored four minutes apart but the elusive third goal never arrived for the Gunners.

4. Liverpool (LW-5)

The 222nd Merseyside Derby was painted red by Liverpool's emphatic 4-0 victory over Everton.  Steven Gerrard converted a Luis Suarez corner to open the scoring, before Daniel Sturridge scored twice in two minutes to put the game away.  Suarez would get one of his own and Sturridge would miss a penalty in the one-sided contest.

5. Manchester United (LW-8)

Juan Mata debuted, while Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney returned to lead Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City.  Van Persie opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Ashley Young put the game away with a screamer in the 59th minute.

6. Tottenham (LW-4)

A red card to Danny Rose and a penalty for the same offence doomed Tottenham in their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.  Michael Dawson also had a goal controversially ruled out for offside that would have equalized the game early and could have changed Spurs' fortunes.

7. Everton (LW-6)

There were not many positives for Everton as they were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.  Adding injury to insult, Romelu Lukaku was stretchered from the field with an ankle injury.

8. Newcastle United (LW-7)

Loic Remy was sent off for Newcastle in an altercation with Norwich's Bradley Johnson who was also shown red in a game that ended in a 0-0 draw.

9. Southampton (LW-9)

Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana scored on either side of halftime as Southampton drew Arsenal 2-2 in a wild, back and forth contest.  Lallana tied the game for good just two minutes after Santi Cazorla had given the Gunners their first lead of the match.

10. Aston Villa (LW-10)

The West Midlands derby was a wild affair that was settled in the favour of Villa, 4-3 over West Brom.  Christian Benteke scored the deciding goal from the penalty spot after his team battle back from an early 2-0 deficit.

11. Swansea City (LW-14)

For the first time in nine games, Swansea earned all three points in a Barclays Premier League game after beating Fulham 2-0.  Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores found the scoresheet for the Swans.

12. Norwich City (LW-13)

Norwich traded red cards with Newcastle but neither team scored in a 0-0 draw.  Bradley Johnson was shown red for Norwich City after getting into an altercation with Newcastle's Loic Remy who was also sent off for the infraction.

13. Crystal Palace (LW-16)

Jason Puncheon earned himself another Barclays Premier League winning goal as he led Palace over Hull City 1-0.  Tony Pulis continues his efforts to save Crystal Palace from the relegation zone.

14. West Bromwich Albion (LW-11)

Chris Brunt and a Fabian Delph own goal gave West Brom an early 2-0 lead but in the end they dropped the West Midlands derby 4-3 to Aston Villa.
 
15. Hull City (LW-12)

Hull's new strike partnership of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic were not able to find the net as the Tigers fell to Crystal Palace 1-0.  Hull dropped their fourth straight Barclays Premier League match.

16. Sunderland (LW-17)

Adam Johnson was the difference as Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.

17. Stoke City (LW-15)

Steven Nzonzi's red card early in the second half ended any thoughts of a Stoke fight back as they fell 1-0 to Sunderland.  This was Stoke's sixth straight league game without a victory.

18. West Ham United (LW-18)

With only one shot on target and 28% of the possession, West Ham managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.  Keeper Adrian was forced to be brilliant many times during the contest and answered the bell each time he was called upon to secure the point for his team.

19. Cardiff City (LW-19)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's return to Old Trafford was spoiled as his Cardiff side were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United.  The Welsh side remains at the bottom of the table.

20. Fulham (LW-20)

Brede Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah both failed to convert first-half chances for Fulham as they fell 2-0 to Swansea City. 



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