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Week 1: Premier League Power Rankings – Don’t doubt the Champions

Aug 20, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT


Well folks, it’s that time of year again.

The Premier League season has begun and there have already been a few upsets here and there on the opening weekend (ahem, Villa) but plenty of results went as expected.

This time of year also means we will be rolling out plenty of new series’ at ProSoccerTalk, and here is the latest.

Premier League Power Rankings.

In case you’re new to our Power Rankings and don’t know how they work, here’s a quick refresher. Basically, each Tuesday we will put our neck on the line each by ranking each Premier League team by how good they really are. Forget about the official league standings. That doesn’t mean squat.

The Power Rankings take into account the strength of schedule, injuries, suspensions, great displays but still losing and plenty of other variables that the black and white of an PL standings table do not.

So please feel free to debate the Week 1 Power Rankings… that’s what they’re here for.

source:  1 Chelsea: A comfortable win at a canter against newly promoted Hull City won’t have impressed José Mourinho too much, but positive signs were there as Oscar and Hazard linked up well. (1-0-0)


2 Manchester United: Everyone has written David Moyes‘ men off… then they go and hammer Swansea and the doubters disappear. Great start for United. (1-0-0)
 source:  3 Manchester City: A resounding home win over 10-man Newcastle was to be expected. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will grow into themselves this year. great defense plus added offensive weapons equals success. (1-0-0)
 source:  4 Tottenham: Not the most inspiring display against a poor Palace side. But Andre Villas-Boas side have a new midfield solidity I really like. Just above Arsenal and Liverpool early on. (1-0-0)


5 Liverpool: Created chances galore against Stoke, but they nearly paid the price for their wastefulness in the 1-0 win. If Suárez does stay a concerted push for Champions League is on the cards. (1-0-0)
 source:  6 Arsenal: They need new signings, and they need them now. Poor performance against Villa where everything went wrong. Two penalties conceded and a red card. But hardly vintage Arsenal before that. (0-1-0)
 source:  7 Everton: An exciting start to the season. Not many teams go to Norwich and get something but they had to work for this. Great going forward, suspect at the back. Roberto Martinez‘ tactics used at Wigan are certainly surfacing again. (0-0-1)
 source:  8 Swansea: A hiding from the reigning Champions on opening day isn’t a true reflection of the Swans. But they do need some extra cover in defense before the end of the window. New striker Wilfried Bony is a fine player. (0-1-0)
 source:  9 Southampton: A great opening day win at West Brom for the perennial slow starters. With Italian international striker Pablo Osvaldo joining for a club record $22 million on Monday, the Saints are marching up the rankings. (1-0-0)
 source:  10 West Ham: An routine win for the Hammers against a Cardiff side devoid of ideas going forward. Sam Allardyce‘s men were direct and their wingers gave the Bluebirds plenty of issues. Solid start. (1-0-0)
 source:  11 Fulham: Bit of a smash and grab win for Fulham at the Stadium of Light on opening day. But they’ll take it. Martin Jol‘s men have quietly added some good players, Scott Parker will be a good buy. (1-0-0)
 source:  12 Aston Villa: The Villans played really well at the Emirates. They rode their luck at times and Brad Guzan was in tremendous form to thwart Arsenal, but a confidence boosting win to start the season always helps. (1-0-0)
 source:  13 Norwich: They had a real go against Everton but looked a bit short in midfield and were over run by Fellaini and Barkley. Chris Hughton may need to strengthen there. (0-0-1)
 source:  14 Newcastle: Poor display from Alan Pardew‘s men against City. But what can you do when your 2-0 down and down to 10 men at the Etihad at half time? Regroup and go again for the Magpies. (0-1-0)
 source:  15 West Brom: Bit of a blah performance from Steve Clarke‘s side. The Baggies were out-possessed by Saints and were definitely second best. Another top striker is needed at the Hawthorns. (0-1-0)


16 Stoke: They could have snatched a late point at Anfield but Walters fluffed his lines. The Potters will be solid as always, but I struggle to see where the goals will come from. (0-1-0)
source:  17 Sunderland: It will take time for Paolo Di Canio‘s 10 new signings to gel. They looked great in spells vs. Fulham but gave up a sloppy goal and paid the price. Another team who will struggle to score. (0-1-0)
 source:  18 Hull: Despite going 2-0 behind in the first half, acquitted themselves well and stuck to the task. Hull won’t be anything special, but with two solid banks of four they can grind out 1-0 wins at home and pick up draws on the road. (0-1-0)
 source:  19 Cardiff: I worry for Cardiff. They’ve spent big money this summer but I’m not sure if it’s on the right players. Against West Ham there was no cutting edge. Another forward is needed. (0-1-0)
 source:  20 Crystal Palace: Ian Holloway’s men battled hard at Selhurst Park against Spurs, but apart from a few flurries near the end they didn’t look like threatening. The Eagles need a top striker. (0-1-0)
  1. jrocknstuff - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Don’t forget Norwich played without Snodgrass. Arguably their best midfielder.

  2. bman0921 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    So out of the top 3 teams, Chelsea played at home against the lowest ranked team and had the narrowest margin of victory, but they’re ranked 1st? On the other hand, Man Utd, the defending champions, went on the road against the highest ranked team and had arguably the most convincing win, since, unlike Man City, they played against 11 men for both halves. Let’s fix that:

    1. Manchester United
    2. Manchester City
    3. Chelsea

    Let’s make these rankings based on actual play and not who the coach is.

    • The Strange Attractor - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Eh – I’m fine with a power ranking that isn’t just a stack ranking of teams by points. Granted, the explanation for why Chelsea is above ManU or ManC isn’t elaborate, but I’m willing to give it a pass given we’ve seen exactly 1 game from all teams.

      • bman0921 - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        I do agree, I think the rankings should be based on how the teams actually perform on the field, and yes, we have only seen 1 game so we can’t be too nit picky, but my point is that Man Utd looked a lot better on the road against a better team, while Chelsea didn’t look as good at home against a newly promoted squad. Based on that, I just don’t see how Chelsea would leap the defending champions in the rankings, but I guess we’ll find out for sure next week when they play each other.

    • atxnole - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      There is no arguing that Man U had the most convincing win. City were dominant and could have won 8 or 9-0. Swansea were as good or better than United most of their game.

  3. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    It’s week ONE, rankings mean nothing, lets get to week ten, then we’ll have a decent sample.

  4. NtrlDipMOtl - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Fair enough.did see vidic fuming at evra for being an absolute pillock.there was also clear discord between vidic and de gea on occasion.all will be sorted in the coming weeks.

  5. mrtuktoyaktuk - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    MCFC at 3rd and Arsenal at 6th? Comedy gold.

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