Premier League Power Rankings: Matchweek 19

Both sides of Manchester dominate the PL hierarchy as the second half of the league calendar ensues

By: Maxwell Argento

1. Manchester City (2nd — 18mp, 38pts)

John Stones is finally showing consistent signs of being the player Pep Guardiola envisioned having when he first made his big-money move from Everton several seasons ago.

2. Manchester United (1st — 19mp, 40pts)

The belief that the red-half of Manchester can hoist the trophy after 38 Premier League matches has been growing steadily and surely over the last handful of matches, and reached a crescendo after a vital 2–1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last Wednesday.

3. Leicester City (3rd — 19mp, 38pts)

Is there a more grooved side in the league right now than Leicester City? I am not sure there is. After a disappointing end to last season’s campaign that culminated in the Foxes missing out on the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers’ side have “gone again”, and look a real threat to achieve the highest level of European competition this season.

James Maddison’s increase in end-product has him knocking on the door for a place in the England European Cup squad this summer.

4. Everton (6th — 17mp, 32pts)

The Carlo Ancelotti Effect has Toffee fans buzzing, and for good reason. Only being two points behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool despite having two matches in hand speaks to the effectiveness of the Italian manager’s tenure thus far, and the ability he has to improve the quality of every single player on his team.

5. Tottenham Hotspur (5th — 18mp, 33pts)

Tottenham find themselves in a serious scrap for the top-4, but will be buoyed by the notion that they have the right manager to get them over the line when the last match of the season is played, in the form of José Mourinho.

6. Liverpool (4th — 19mp, 34pts)

The champions are human.

7. Aston Villa (8th — 17mp, 29pts)

Over the course of one offseason window (which we need to remember was shortened due to the truncated schedule caused by the pandemic) Aston Villa have transformed themselves, from a team that avoided relegation on the last day of the season last year into a side capable of beating any club in the division.

8. Arsenal (11th — 19mp, 27pts)

As we all know, winning cures all ailments. In the case of Arsenal, four wins and a draw in their last five matches (albeit against floundering clubs in the bottom half of the table with much less talent) has not only given the club from North London a bit of momentum, but has more than likely saved Mikel Arteta’s job.

9. West Ham (7th — 19mp, 32pts)

There may not be a team in the division who has benefitted more from their manager giving them a defined style of play than West Ham with David Moyes. The former Manchester United boss has totally transformed the vibe in East London by filling his squad with players who are not only capable of playing his brand of football, but are eager to do so as well.

Amidst continued speculation that Rice may join Chelsea at the end of the season, the West Ham skipper hasn’t put a foot in wrong for David Moyes.

10. Southampton (10th — 18mp, 29pts)

The Saints are a perfect example of a mid-table club doing mid-table things. An astonishing victory over Liverpool was followed by a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Leicester City twelve days later, which has then propelled them to two important victories in the FA Cup (one of which coming against Arsenal).

11. Chelsea (9th — 19mp, 29pts)

Frank Lampard, we hardly knew ye.

12. Crystal Palace (13th — 19mp, 23pts)

Palace find themselves in a puzzling predicament.

13. Leeds United (12th — 18mp, 23pts)

We know a lot of things about Leeds United at the halfway point.

14. Wolves (14th — 19mp, 22pts)

We knew that Raúl Jiménez getting sidelined after his traumatic head injury earlier in the year would be a big miss for Nuno Espirito Santo and Wolves, but I’m not sure we thought it would be this big.

15. Burnley (15th — 18mp, 19pts)

Sean Dyche seems the man keen to lead Burney into their new age under fresh ownership.

16. Brighton (17th — 19mp, 17pts)

Graham Potter looks in no danger of losing his job as Brighton manager, mainly because of how well he has done in transforming the way in which they go about playing their football.

17. Fulham (18th — 18mp, 12pts)

Fulham are the only team in the bottom five that look like they are steadily improving, which is a good sign for Fulham fans everywhere. Scott Parker, after looking ill-prepared early in the season for the rigors of getting his team properly set up week in and week out in the league, has all of a sudden made his team much harder to break down.

18. Newcastle (16th — 19mp, 19pts)

At the rate Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are going in the league currently, relegation seems a near certainty. Out of the 20 teams in the division I don’t think any team makes scoring goals look harder than the Geordies, as they’ve only scored two in their last nine matches. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure that is going to get it done.

19. West Bromwich Albion (19th — 19mp, 11pts)

Big Sam Allardyce gambled by putting his perfect record of keeping teams up from relegation on the line when he took over West Brom earlier in the year, and right now it doesn’t look like the best choice.

20. Sheffield United (20th — 19mp, 5pts)

I’ll go easy on Chris Wilder and Sheffield United by saying this: I’m not too sure five points is going to get it done.

Chris Wilder’s men have fallen from grace after finishing ninth in the Premier League last year as a freshly promoted club.

My name is Maxwell Argento and I am a John Carroll University and Connecticut School of Broadcasting Alum who is an aspiring sports media professional!