Premier League Power Rankings For Week 28
Premier League Power Rankings For Week 28
The Premier League did not disappoint this weekend. After a midweek set of Champions League games, clubs were back at it on home soil squaring off for title glory. The set of domestic fixtures this week provided plenty of goals as well as some low-scoring matches for you defense lovers out there.
Manchester City once again did not participate in the league this weekend as they were competing against Sunderland in the Capitol One Cup final. How exciting. The Black Cats scored first, but were thoroughly dominated for the rest of the game as City went on to win 3-1. Manuel Pellegrini won his first piece of silverware with the club, and was most likely overjoyed that there were no Swedish referees on hand to ruin the day for him.
As for the league itself, visiting teams got the better of their hosts this past weekend. 22 goals were scored in all, 10 from home clubs and 12 from their visitors. Aston Villa and Newcastle United scored the most with four each, while Chelsea and Liverpool both put three past their competition.
Honorable mentions go out to Tottenham and Stoke City. The Lillywhites beat Cardiff City 1-0 at home, maintaining their fifth-place spot and moving that much closer to a Champions League position. The Potters knocked off second-place Arsenal 1-0 on a penalty. This allowed Chelsea to extend their lead and Liverpool to leapfrog the Gunners to second place on goal difference.
With all that transpired, lets take a look at the Premier League power rankings for Week 28.
Check back next Tuesday to see the updated power rankings for week 29.
5. Aston Villa
Aston Villa got back to business on the back of a brace from Christian Benteke. Say that five times fast. Or don't; either way, the Villains ran Norwich City rampant. Benteke's overhead beauty was the highlight of Villa's 4-1 win as the home side came from a goal down to earn themselves all three points and move up to the 11th spot in the table.
Thanks to the FA Cup, Aston Villa's game against Manchester City next weekend is postponed. Their next league match will be at home to league leaders Chelsea on March 15.
4. Newcastle United
Have Newcastle United rediscovered their form? After losing Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, the Toon became the league whipping post for three consecutive weeks. Now the Tyneside club are on a two-win streak, most recently thrashing a good Hull City side 4-1 on the road. Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy both have taken up the scoring responsibilities for their club, and are the players whose form will decide the rest of Newcastle's season.
Next, Newcastle will travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on March 15. Their game next weekend against Everton is postponed due to the FA Cup fixture congestion.
Everton are quietly taking care of business at the moment. It has become exceedingly apparent in the last few weeks just how much they rely on Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian wunderkind returned from an ankle injury last weekend against West Ham United, scoring the game's only goal. While Lukaku was gone, the Toffees won only one of their three games and slipped down to sixth in the table. They currently have one game in hand on Tottenham, but we will have to see if they can dig deep and overcome the Spurs for the single Europa League spot.
Everton's next game, against Newcastle United, is postponed due to their FA Cup fixture against Arsenal this upcoming Saturday. They will return to league play on March 15 at home against Cardiff City.
Liverpool are on fire right now. Forget suspect defense, the Reds went to St. Mary's and hung three on a very good Southampton team. The last team to beat the Saints 3-0 on their own pitch was -- you guessed it -- league leaders Chelsea. Liverpool now have a goal difference of 38, better than every other team except for Manchester City, who have 42. They also have the top two goal scorers in the Premier League in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Things can't get much better at the moment.
Next, Liverpool will travel to Manchester United in what will be the co-Match of the Week -- if only United were better, it would be the Match of the Month.
Chelsea proved why they were No. 1 during the west London derby. After a tepid first half, the Blues went on to crush Fulham 3-1 -- and the score could have been much worse. Andre Schurrle bagged himself a hat-trick, while Eden Hazard provided two assists and pulled the strings in midfield. The back line had a solid outing aside from the consolation goal for the host side.
Next, Chelsea will host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in what will definitely be the Match of the Week.