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Week 2: Premier League Power Rankings – Bluebirds rising

Aug 27, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

Arlo tipped Cardiff for success this season. Can they build off their stunning win against Man City? Arlo tipped Cardiff for success this season. Can they build off their stunning win against Man City?

One shock result stole all the headlines during Week 2 of the Premier League, as Cardiff City registered their first win in the top-flight for over 50 years against much fancied Manchester City.

A result like that will do wonders for your position in the Premier League Power Rankings. So find out where the side from the Welsh capital sit and which teams were the other big movers this time out.

Every Tuesday we will put our neck on the line each to analyze the strength of each Premier League team. Forget about the official league standings, that doesn’t mean squat.

(MORE: Premier League Power Rankings archive)

The Power Rankings take into account the strength of schedule, injuries, suspensions, playing well but still losing and plenty of other variables.

The W-L-D bracket shows each PL teams current record and we’ve added an extra factor as you can now see how many spots each team has moved, up or down, from week-to-week.

So please feel free to debate the Week 2 Power Rankings… that’s what they’re here for.

RANKING
source:  1 UP 1 Chelsea: They move up to the top of the rankings after easily shutting down United away from home. Okay, Chelsea had no real chances to score but they had a gameplan, and it worked a treat. Two home wins and a great point on the road. (2-0-1)

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2 DOWN 1 Manchester United: David Moyes‘ side ran out of ideas against Chelsea. Sure they forced the issue, but you can you remember Rooney, RVP or Welbeck getting in behind the Blue wall? Rooney’s performance was the real highlight for United. (1-0-1)
source:  3  UP 1 Tottenham: Two games, two 1-0 wins, two PK game-winners from Roberto Soldado. Solid from Spurs against Swansea, a few kinks here and there. Life could be bright after Bale. (2-0-0)
source:  4  DOWN 1 Manchester City: A shock defeat at Cardiff exposed Manuel Pellegrini’s injury-hit defense, a bad day at the office. City have the perfect chance to recover next time out as Hull head to the Etihad. (1-1-0)

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5  - Liverpool:See Tottenham. Almost a mirror image of their opening day win against Stoke as the Reds beat Villa 1-0 thanks to a Daniel Sturridge goal. Another team built on defensive solidity. (2-0-0)
source:  6  - Arsenal: That’s more like it. The Gunners put in a great counter-attacking display vs. Fulham at a drenched Craven Cottage. Podolski grabbed two, Giroud looked sharp and Ramsey is finally delivering. Back on track but still work to do. (1-1-0)
source:  7  - Everton: Roberto Martinez‘ side just couldn’t score against West Brom, they looked going forward and solid at the back. Solid start with two draws, but will they add a few creative players before the window slams shut? (0-0-2)
source:  8  UP 1 Southampton: The Saints should have comfortably beat Sunderland, but ended up grabbing a point late on. Mauricio Pochettino‘s men had 64 percent of possession and numerous chances. Need to be more clinical going forward. (1-0-1)
source:  9 UP 1 West Ham: Sam Allardyce‘s team haven’t conceded after two games played and went close to beating Newcastle away. On another day they could have scored 2 or 3 but the old adage “win your home game, get a point away” prevailed. (1-1-0)
source:  10  DOWN 2 Swansea: Two tough games to open up the season for the Swans and confidence must be low for Michael Laudrup‘s men. They need to turn things around fast, they have the talent. All about mentality to get back on track. (0-2-0)
source:  11 - Fulham: The Cottagers looked off the pace against a fired up Arsenal on Saturday. But they did dictate the play for large chunks and tried to force the issue. The Berbatov-Bent partnership looks promising. (1-1-0)
source:  12 - Aston Villa: A tough week for Villa is over, as they faced Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in seven days. Two tight defeats and a win later, Paul Lambert‘s men look dangerous on the break but still a little shaky at the back. (1-2-0)
source:  13 UP 3 Stoke: A real confidence boosting win at the Britannia in Mark Hughes’ first home game in charge. Palace took an early lead but the Potters had plenty of chances and rallied in the second half to turn things around. (1-1-0)
source:  14 DOWN 1 Norwich: The Canaries suffered a bad loss at Hull City and couldn’t score against the newly promoted team, despite having a one man advantage for over 60 minutes. Norwich’s attack need to fire next week against Southampton. (0-1-1)
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West Brom: The Baggies ground out a good point on the road at Everton, but they rode their luck as the Toffees struck the woodwork and threatened throughout. News of Ben Foster‘s broken foot won’t help matters. (0-1-1)
source:  16  UP 3 Cardiff: What a win. The Bluebirds first ever victory in the Premier League came thanks to Fraizer Campbell‘s heroics. A 3-2 win against Manchester City showed they could be here to stay.(1-1-0)
source:  17  DOWN 3 Newcastle: The Magpies didn’t lose against West Ham, but they didn’t really impress either. Alan Pardew may need to get a few new faces in this week, otherwise it will be a long, hard winter in the North East. (0-1-1)
source:  18 - Hull: Steve Bruce’s team battled to a much-needed win at home against Norwich after being down to 10-men. Not much poise or creativity about this one, they ground out a result when it mattered. Great character. (1-1-0)
source:  19 DOWN 2
Sunderland: Paolo Di Canio‘s men scored early against the Saints but didn’t kick on. They were content to protect their lead and offered nothing going forward. The Mackems still need to gel. (0-1-1)
source:  20  - Crystal Palace: Ian Holloway will be a busy man this week as he desperately searches for new players. Palace started well against Stoke and went into the break 1-0 up, but sloppy defending was their downfall. Pivotal week for Palace. (0-2-0)
  1. 76bean - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Liverpool v MUFC next week may shake these power rankings up a bit, but being only two weeks in, these seem fair.

  2. zdeb93 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Is it W-L-D or W-D-L? because you use both; Chelsea is 2-0-1 which is correct under the W-L-D format but Fulham is listed as 1-0-1, and Southampton is listed as 1-1-0 which are correct record under W-D-L, please be consistent.

  3. Mike Prindiville - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Pretty darn close to how I would’ve had it. Nice work JPWs.

    But I think you’re showing a bit too much love to Fulham. They had one shot their first match (Kasami’s goal) but were outplayed by Sunderland. Then they got worked at the Cottage, in the rain against a depleted Arsenal. I’ve got Fulham in 18th and Hull City is currently safe.

    I think Stoke is a little too high as well. They got the W on Sat but looked dis-jointed, struggling to figure out they’re style of play. (Someone needs to just tell Sparky it’s ok, let them be direct.) To their credit, they were decent against Liverpool (but that was mostly Begovic having a night).

    Finally, and it pains me to say this, Everton look a bit over-ranked at 7. They’ve got the pieces but it has yet to really click under Martinez. I think when it does they’ll be really fun to watch but right now they’re playing only slightly above average football.

  4. NtrlDipMOtl - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Fair assessment.nice novel,prindiville.

  5. bman0921 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Man Utd and Chelsea are ranked the same as last week even though it says Man Utd moved down and Chelsea moved up. Man Utd should have been ranked 1st last week and they probably should still be 1st this week. Chelsea haven’t looked good in any of their games so far and look as if they are going to struggle to find goals this year. They were also helped out by two missed handballs in the box in each of their last two games. It’s also interesting that Chelsea got props for the way they played against Man Utd, because you would never see Man Utd park the bus like that against any team in the premier league. But I guess that’s the way you play when your not as good as the team your playing against.

  6. NtrlDipMOtl - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Winning titles in the premiership means not losing to the big 4.moyes and mourinho were happy to draw.united should’ve done better seeing as though they were hosts.it was a tactical match conducted by two outstanding managers.neither could afford a loss and the ramifications that would’ve ensued.think,then comment,half-wit

  7. bman0921 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Maybe that’s how Chelsea finishes 3rd but Man U wins titles my beating teams. Mourinho was more than happy to draw but Moyes wasn’t. Moyes brought 3 strikers while Mourinho didn’t start any. The Champions play to win; they don’t play to tie. I’m not saying it wasn’t a good result; it was fantastic for Chelsea because they were playing away against a better team and they got a point. But that’s the point, Man U is the better squad.

    Just because Chelsea played for a draw and they got it doesn’t mean they should be ranked higher. It wasn’t a tactical match at all; it was shit soccer. Neither team could pass or get anything going with great effect, but Man U still looked more dangerous. Chelsea doesn’t even look good when they win. They were lucky to get 3 points against Aston Villa and fortunate to get a result against Man U as well.

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