TWO weeks and three matches since the last Rankings so some big moves, especially slumping Spurs. What, exactly, has happened to Mauricio Pochettino’s men? They can look like World-beaters at times (Real Madrid anyone?) but are also prone to looking very ordinary (since Real Madrid) and haven’t even looked Champions League material recently – except in the Champions League.
Elsewhere, the honeymoon is clearly over for Huddersfield and, in truth, all three promoted clubs are looking nervously over their shoulders. Much will depend there on moves made in January if Town, Toon and Albion are to keep clear of the relegation fight.
Will new bosses at Goodison, The Hawthorns and The London Stadium have the desired effect? Can the Champions-elect at the Etihad keep up their possibly record-equalling run? Are Burnley and/or Leicester European contenders? For the answers to these and many other gripping questions tune in over the next 23 matchdays!
1 (-) Manchester City
Made hard work of it against the Hammers. But they still won whilst below their best which is what champs do.
2 (+1) Manchester United
Had the keeper to thank for their win, but that’s what he’s paid for and Jose now has a big stage for his men.
3 (+1). Chelsea
Not exactly setting the League alight but Blues look clear top three material. Can they go even higher?
4 (+1) Liverpool
That’s more like it. Statement win after the previous week’s surprise omission of Mane and a CL thrashing to follow.
5 (+1) Arsenal
Deserved something from the game against United but the balance between attack and defence needs to be right.
6 (-3) Tottenham Hotspur
Shocking slump that cannot all be put down to Wembley. Will Lamela’s return change things?
7 (-) Burnley
Missed a chance to climb even higher but few at Turf Moor will be disappointed with the position after 15 matches.
8 (+2) Leicester City
More good form from the Foxes who are becoming feared opponents.
9 (-1) Watford
A deserved point against slumping Spurs proves the Hornets deserve their position.
10 (+3) Southampton
The Saints have righted things although this position is probably as good as it gets.
11 (+5) Everton
Toffees have surged up the table but now the matches get tougher for the new boss.
12 (-3) Brighton & Hove Albion
Is the recent poor run a blip or a sign of things to come? It’s up for debate for Chris Hughton’s men.
13 (-1) Stoke City
Mid-table obscurity seems to be the Potters’ destiny and a fairly happy one for most.
14 (+1) AFC Bournemouth
Eddie Howe is slowly righting the ship but they need more to avoid the dogfight.
15 (-4) Huddersfield Town
It been a poor run for the Terriers. Slightly easier opponents next could stop it but we fear for the Terriers.
16 (-2) Newcastle United
A run of tough matches continues against surging Leicester next. They need to stop the freefall quickly.
17 (-) West Bromwich Albion
New-man Pardew put a point on the board. He’ll expect more against the bottom club next time out.
18 (+1) West Ham United
Decent performance at the Etihad, no points to show. Another big game next.
19 (+1) Crystal Palace
Nice little unbeaten run for the Eagles. Next task; turning those draws into wins…
20 (-2) Swansea City
One feels for Paul Clement who is starting to look doomed, like Swans