This past weekend in the Premier League showed us that the title is Manchester City’s to lose. Let’s get right into these power rankings.
The list can be viewed as what I think the Premier League table will look like after Matchweek 38, given current situations.
Teams Scrapping for Survival
20. Norwich City
It’s a shame that Dean Smith won’t get a full season in charge of Norwich in the Premier League, as they are inevitably going down. The Canaries have been on a downward spiral after defeating Everton and Watford back-to-back in January, and their loss to Brentford this weekend accelerated their demise.
Watford are the other newly promoted team in the Premier League that is likely going down. They played well against Arsenal this past weekend, but everything they have done this season just doesn’t seem to be enough. With a tough run of games to finish the season, Watford will need a miracle to stay up.
Dyche’s men are fully bought into the annual fight for survival, but their second half against Chelsea on Saturday will be a huge momentum killer. Burnley looked to be the better team in the first half against the Blues, but football is a game of two halves. I don’t think Burnley are as strong as Everton, Leeds, and Brentford, and that being said, I think they will go down.
Frank Lampard knew what he was getting into when he signed as Everton manager, but the nerves around Goodison will now have reached a new high after a humiliating display against Tottenham. Spurs’ 5-0 win over Everton dramatically highlighted their issues, as the players seemed to give up before the game ended. It will be catastrophic for Everton if they go down, and it’s looking as likely as ever now.
A much better display against Leicester on Saturday and a piece of encouragement for new manager Jesse Marsch. They were unlucky not to walk away with any points in that match, and after losing their fifth straight, they are also at risk of being relegated. Marsch definitely brought a level of structure to the team that we had not seen under Bielsa in ages.
Brentford’s win over Norwich on Saturday will give them a massive boost in their fight for survival. Ivan Toney scored a hat-trick for the Bees, and Christian Eriksen also made his debut, which was an incredible moment. Thomas Frank’s men will stay up.
Lower End Mid-Table Sides
The Magpies can probably take their foot off the gas pedal now in the relegation battle; however, nothing suggests they will. Eddie Howe has done an incredible job turning this team around, and the funds he was given have helped massively. They can now focus on bringing players in this Summer and push for European football next season.
Brighton’s recent form has relayed how dramatically you can fall in the Premier League table after a month of losing. Four straight losses have dropped them to 13th in the Premier League, which is painful to see after consistently being in the top half of the table. Potter’s men do not need to worry about relegation.
It’s been a very disappointing Premier League season for Leicester, but they have won their last two games. This puts them in a position to climb to ninth on the table if they win their games in hand.
11. Crystal Palace
Palace have been very difficult to beat this season. They produced a fantastic result against Wolves this weekend, and Wilfried Zaha has three goals in three Premier League games. Patrick Viera’s side are enjoying their football.
Southampton had only lost one of their previous thirteen matches in all competitions before being stomped on at Villa Park. Not that the match had massive implications, besides dropping below Aston Villa in Aaron Jaffe’s Premier League power rankings.
9. Aston Villa
This week, Steven Gerrard‘s side are massive climbers after defeating an in-form Southampton side 4-0. They have been inconsistent, but their starting eleven is as strong as it’s been all season now. Phillipe Coutinho has been an outstanding bargain, and Villa will continue to perform for the rest of the Premier League season.
Europa League Chase
The defense that has held up all season is finally starting to leak, and Wolves’ performances have suffered. They are on their worst run of form this season, losing three straight to Arsenal, West Ham, and Crystal Palace. They can still potentially qualify for the Europa Conference League.
7. West Ham
West Ham have picked up their form recently in the Premier League and did not play badly this past weekend in a 1-0 loss to Liverpool. The Irons may qualify for the Europa League next season, but they will need to finish above Manchester United to do so.
Champions League Qualification Battle
6. Manchester United
It’s always embarrassing to lose a derby match but to lose it 4-1 is even worse. United got completely outplayed against City, and their attacking options are not that strong all of a sudden.
Antonio Conte’s side has been so inconsistent recently, but if they can beat Manchester United the race for top-4 becomes a two-legged one between Spurs and Arsenal. They have scored nine goals in their last two Premier League games, and Harry Kane is in fine form. Matt Doherty has also solidified his place in the starting eleven, and his consistent wing-back play will be something Spurs will need for their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
After their 3-2 win over Watford, it’s safe to say that fourth place is Arsenal’s to lose. Mikel Arteta has his team playing beautiful football, yet they have a very difficult run of form ahead of them. If they remain at the standard they have kept these past few months, it will be difficult for Manchester United and Tottenham to catch up.
Reece James is back in the Chelsea side, and boy did they miss him. In his first start back from injury, he bagged a goal and added an assist, contributing to a 4-0 win over Burnley. They are in a very comfortable position to qualify for the Champions League next season, and will likely finish third. Thomas Tuchel’s side hasn’t lost since January 15th, when Kevin De Bruyne’s late strike made the difference.
With a game in hand on City, if they are able to win it and beat Manchester City themselves in Matchweek 32, the two teams will be tied on points. Liverpool are so strong at the moment, and their League Cup win against Chelsea will give them confidence going into the final eleven games of the Premier League season. They have so many brilliant attacking options, and Virgil Van Dijk is back to his best.
1. Manchester City
City thrashed their Manchester rivals this weekend, showing how dominant they are in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s side is at full strength, and Jack Grealish is slowly adapting to his system as well. After defeating Liverpool in this year’s title race, I believe City will make it four Premier League titles in five years.
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