This past week in the Premier League went kind of as expected; the top teams won – or beat each other – and the bottoms team lost. Nevertheless, fourteen teams are in different spots then they were last week but the clubs are generally in the same spots in our Power Rankings that they are in the league table.
This week’s slate is abbreviated a bit, with only 10 clubs in action due to scheduling problems from the six clubs playing in the FA Cup quarterfinals. That action leads to a week-long break, with all the clubs coming back on 30 March to finish out the last eight or nine matches of the season.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 10 March 2019
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|10||West Ham United||11-6-13||9||1↓||9|
|14||Brighton & Hove Albion||9-6-14||15||1↑||15|
Behind the Rankings
Burnley has found themselves tumbling down the rankings as of late, having lost three matches over the past two weeks. Prior to that, the Clarets where unbeaten over eight matches (5-3-0), getting as high 13th in the table. Those three losses have moved Burnley back down the table, and they currently sit in 17th place, two points out of the relegation zone.
Tottenham Hotspur are also in the midst of a winless streak, losing three of their last four (0-1-3). The first lost in that streak was to the aforementioned Burnley, and if not for their lofty position separate from the rest of the league, the Spurs probably would have found themselves in a different table position. Instead, they’ve stayed in third position, though the streak has allowed the top two to pull further away, while also allowing the clubs behind them – Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea – have been able to close the gap and become competitive for the lucrative top four spots at the top of the table.
Speaking of Arsenal and Manchester United, the clubs have been neck and neck since 2019 started for the last Champions League spot, and Arsenal moved ahead by two points after winning 2-0 against the Red Devils this past weekend. With the upcoming break, the clubs won’t be playing until the end of the month, but this could be one of the more exciting races in the league down the stretch, especially with 6th-place Chelsea only three points behind 4th-place Arsenal.
Until next time…