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Manchester City tops final BPL Power Rankings of the season

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TSN.ca Staff
5/9/2014 12:38:06 PM
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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-1)

Two huge victories have Manchester City one point away from clinching their second Premier League title in three years.  A 3-2 road victory over Everton and a 4-0 home win against Aston Villa means that City needs only a draw from their final game to celebrate the championship.

2. Liverpool (LW-2)

After building a three point lead, Liverpool conceded all three goals and were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw.  Liverpool will now need Manchester City to lose to West Ham to have a chance at claiming the Championship.

3. Chelsea (LW-3)

The three horse title race was reduced to two as the single point Chelsea earned from a 0-0 home draw against Norwich was not enough to keep them in the title picture.  They did secure a third place finish and direct entry into the group stage of the Champions League.

4.Arsenal  (LW-4)

The fourth English team headed for the Champions League is Arsenal who earned a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

5. Everton (LW-5)

Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku  both found the net for Everton, but their faint hope of qualifying for the Champions League was dashed after a 3-2 loss at the hands of Manchester City.

6. Tottenham (LW-6)

Tottenham will need one point from their final game to guarantee themselves a place in Europa League next season after they were beaten 2-0 by West Ham United.

7. Manchester United (LW-7)

Three points from two games for Manchester United as they defeated Hull City midweek after dropping a 1-0 game to Sunderland.  United still has an outside shot at qualifying for Europa League.

8. Southampton (LW-8)

Rickie Lambert scored in the 93rd minute to give Southampton a 1-0 victory over Swansea City. 

9. Stoke City (LW-9)

Peter Odemwingie, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi and Jonathan Walters all found the net as Stoke City demolished Fulham 4-1.

10. Crystal Palace (LW-10)

Crystal Palace threw a major wrench into the Premier League title picture when Damien Delaney and Dwight Gayle twice, found the net in a nine minute span to snatch a 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

11. Swansea City (LW-11)

Swansea City lost 1-0 to Southampton after conceding the winning marker in injury time.

12. Newcastle United (LW-13)

Shola Ameobi, Loïc Remy and Steven Taylor all scored for Newcastle as they broke a six game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Cardiff City.

13. West Ham United (LW-15)

Attempting to finish the season strong, West Ham earned a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in their home finale.

14. Sunderland (LW-16)

Sunderland became just the second team in the history of the Premier League to be bottom of the table at Christmas and survive relegation as they picked up six points and safety with wins over Manchester United and West Brom.

15. Hull City (LW-12)

A pair of 3-1 defeats for Hull City as they were defeated by Aston Villa on the weekend and Manchester United during the week.

16. Aston Villa (LW-17)

Aston Villa had an up and down week as they defeated Hull City and held Manchester City scoreless for the first half of their midweek fixture.  They conceded four times in the second half to drop that second game at Etihad Stadium.

17. West Bromwich Albion (LW-14)

Barring disaster West Brom will survive relegation, despite picking up nothing from losses to Arsenal and Sunderland.  The Baggies enter the weekend with a three point, +17 goal differential advantage over Norwich City in the battle to avoid the final drop position.

18. Norwich City (LW-20)

It will take a major miracle to keep Norwich in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  They will need a West Brom loss and to overturn a 17 point goal differential to have a chance at survival.

19. Fulham (LW-18)

Kieran Richardson's 80th consolation marker was not nearly enough as Fulham were relegated from the Premier League following a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.

20. Cardiff City (LW-19)

Straight back down to the Championship for Cardiff City as they were relegated from the Premier League with a 3-0 loss to Newcastle.

Manchester City Celebrates (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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