Power rankings: Manchester United on a roll

November 8, 2012, 3:27 PM

Every week I will break down the balance of power in the English Premier League.

1) Manchester United [up from #2]

Record: 8-0-2, 24 points

League position: 1st

Streak: four wins

The Red Devils are on a roll, with a big win at Stamford Bridge and a dominating performance over Arsenal to leapfrog Chelsea into first place. United is a picture of poise and calm.

2) Chelsea [down from #2]

Record: 7-2-1, 23 points

League position: 2nd

Streak: one draw (winless in two)

The Blues have hit a bit of a rough patch, and their draw away to Swansea opened the door for United. But the Blues will rebound and continue to battle for the title.

3) Manchester City [unchanged]

Record: 6-4-0, 22 points

League position: 3rd

Streak: one draw (unbeaten in ten)

Another laboured performance, this time away to West Ham. Mancini has to get his tactics and player selections right, and he needs to figure out how to inspire this team on the road.

4) Everton [unchanged]

Record: 4-5-1, 17 points

League position: 4th

Streak: four draws (unbeaten in seven)

The Toffees let another one slip away at Craven Cottage. All of these draws could come back to hurt them and their aspirations of a Champions League spot. Marouane Fellaini remains a beast.

5) West Bromwich Albion [up from #9]

Record: 5-2-3, 17 points

League position: 5th

Streak: one win

In truth, beating Southampton at home isn’t all that impressive. But a win is still a win, and the Baggies are one of the best stories of the season as they remain in Europa League picture.

6) West Ham United [unchanged]

Record: 4-3-3, 15 points

League position: 9th

Streak: one draw (winless in two)

The Hammers were a little hard done by against Manchester City, having a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. But they should still take comfort in the fact they played the champions so close.

7) Tottenham [down from #5]

Record: 5-2-3, 17 points

League position: 6th

Streak: one loss

A shocking performance in a loss to visiting Wigan showed how much of a yo-yo team Spurs are and how much work AVB still has to do.

8) Fulham [down from #7]

Record: 4-3-3, 15 points

League position: 8th

Streak: two draws (unbeaten in four)

The Cottagers have to be one of the most entertaining teams in the league to watch. Even with Clint Dempsey gone, they’re finding the back of the net. Now they just need to tighten up a bit more on the defensive end.

9) Arsenal [down from #8]

Record: 4-3-3, 15 points

League position: 7th

Streak: one loss

The Gunners were totally flat against Manchester United. If Wenger thought the Cazorla-Giroud-Podolski was going to make up for RVP’s goals, he’s sadly mistaken.

10) Newcastle United [unchanged]

Record: 3-5-2, 14 points

League position: 10th

Streak: one draw (unbeaten in three)

The Magpies were a bit lucky to escape Anfield with a point, although Yohan Cabaye’s volley was sublime.

11) Liverpool [unchanged]

Record: 2-5-3, 11 points

League position: 12th

Streak: two draws (unbeaten in five)

More and more, this is becoming Luis Suarez’ team. Steven Gerrard earned his 600th appearance for the Reds against Newcastle, but as Suarez goes, so goes Liverpool.

12) Wigan Athletic [up from #16]

Record: 3-2-5, 11 points

League position: 13th

Streak: two wins

Two wins on the bounce for the Latics! Martinez’s team has shown real life the past two weeks, with a hard-fought win over West Ham and a brilliant performance at White Hart Lane.

13) Swansea City [unchanged]

Record: 3-3-4, 12 points

League position: 11th

Streak: one draw (winless in two)

The Swans gave as good as they got against visitors Chelsea, and were full value for their draw against the European champions. And it’s encouraging to see someone other than Michu score.

14) Norwich City [up from #15]

Record: 2-4-4, 10 points

League position: 14th

Streak: one win (unbeaten in three)

What has got into the Canaries? Suddenly they’re punching above their weight and showing a bit of fight and class. Let’s see how long it lasts.

15) Aston Villa [up from #17]

Record: 2-3-5, 9 points

League position: 17th

Streak: one win (unbeaten in two)

That was a huge win over Sunderland, one that the Villains badly needed. It’ll be interesting to see if this is the start of a turnaround under Paul Lambert or if they’ll quickly return to their dire ways.

16) Sunderland [down from #13]

Record: 1-6-2, 9 points

League position: 16th

Streak: one loss (winless in four)

Well, they didn’t draw! How badly would the Black Cats love to have Asamoah Gyan back right about now?

17) Stoke City [down from #14]

Record: 1-6-3, 9 points

League position: 15th

Streak: one loss (winless in four)

The Potters continue to be one of the dullest teams in t he league to watch.

18) Reading [up from #19]

Record: 0-5-4, 5 points

League position: 18th

Streak: two draws (winless in nine)

Could have easily earned a victory at Loftus Road. They’re slowly getting there.

19) Queens Park Rangers [up from #20]

Record: 0-4-6, 4 points

League position: 19th

Streak: one draw (winless in ten)

It’s only a matter of time before QPR’s managers wise up and give Mark Hughes his walking papers.

20) Southampton [down from #18]

Record: 1-1-8, 4 points

League position: 20th

Streak: three losses (winless in five)

The Saints continue to leaks goals and give teams the lead. Little wonder they’re bottom of the table.

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