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TSN.ca Barclays Premier League Power Rankings: Week 4

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TSN.ca Staff
9/20/2013 7:31:56 PM
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TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League staff. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.ca's soccer editors.

1. Liverpool (Last Week- 2)

The 100% start is over but Liverpool still sits at the top of the table after a 2-2 draw with Swansea.  Daniel Sturridge scored in his fourth straight game, though this time with a huge assist from his opponents and Victor Moses found the net in his first game with the team.  Liverpool are one of two Premier League teams that have not suffered a defeat.

2. Manchester United (LW-3) 

The big guns were firing for the defending champions as Robin van Persie scored from the penalty spot in the first half and Wayne Rooney fired home a beautiful free-kick in the second half for a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.  The losing side was reduced to 10-men on the play that spawned the van Persie penalty goal.

3. Arsenal (LW- 5)

Mesut Ozil made his debut and Aaron Ramsey made a statement in the Gunners 3-1 victory over Sunderland.  The debut winger showed his class with an assist on the Arsenal opener and after Sunderland tied it from the spot, Ramsey scored two second half goals for the victory.

4. Tottenham (LW-6)

No Gareth Bale, no problem once again for Spurs who earned a 2-0 victory over Norwich City in their first game following the big money transaction with Real Madrid.  Gylfi Sigurdsson answered the call scoring on each side of the half to secure the victory.

5. Chelsea (LW-1)

Samuel Eto'o making his debut did little to nothing to change the fortunes of Chelsea, who lost for the first time this season, 1-0 to Everton.  Chelsea looked the more active of the two squads but were not able to find an equalizer to share the points.

6. Manchester City (LW-4)

Former City boss Mark Hughes almost pinned a loss on his old club but had to settle for the 0-0 draw in a game Stoke dominated.  City started with Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo up front but they failed to impress in their partnership.  Negredo did have a late chance but was unable to convert.

7. Everton (LW-12)

There are two teams that have yet to suffer a loss in the Barclays Premier League, and thanks to a goal from Steven Naismith just before halftime of their 1-0 defeat over Chelsea, Everton is one of them.  After three draws, Roberto Martinez finally has his first win in charge of Everton.

8 Stoke City (LW-7)

The Potters will feel as though they should have been better rewarded for their efforts in a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.  Stoke forward Jonathan Walters head wide a clear goal scoring chance early in the first half and Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic almost put the winner into his own net.

9. Newcastle United (LW-15)

Things continue to improve at Newcastle after a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.  Under fire at the beginning of the season, boss Alan Pardew's fortunes seem to improve with each contest.  Though he didn't score, having Yohan Cabaye back in the lineup was a huge boost for the Magpies.

10. Southampton (LW-9)

Still looking for their first home victory of the season, Southampton threw everything they had at West Ham but were not able to come away with anything better than a 0-0 draw.  Rickie Lambert had two clear chances for his side but one hit the post and the other was well saved to protect the goose egg.

11. Cardiff City (LW-12)

The Welsh side continued their mid-table existence with a 1-1 draw on the road against Hull City.  Peter Whittingham evened the score for Cardiff to earn his side a hard fought road point.

12. West Ham (LW-10)

Thanks to the keeping of Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham was able to escape Southampton with a point in a game in which they were pushed to the brink.  Ravel Morrison made his first start for the Hammers and the 20-year-old showed promise they hope to cash in on going forward.

13. Swansea City (LW-14)

What a game, or at least opening five minutes, it was for former Liverpool man and current Swan Jonjo Shelvey.  After opening the scoring in the second minute against his former team, he made a horrendous back pass mistake to allow Daniel Sturridge to pot the equalizer.  He also picked up an assist on what would be the tying goal from Michu in a 2-2 draw.

14. Aston Villa (LW-11)

Villa slumped to their third straight loss this season with a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle.  Christian Benteke scored an equalizing goal but the stalemate only lasted for six minutes before they conceded the winner.

15. Norwich City (LW-8)

Norwich never really looked to be part of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham.  Only the play of keeper John Ruddy and work from the back-line kept the defeat from being worse.

16. Fulham (LW-16)

Steve Sidwell had given Fulham the lead, but they looked anything but home and cooled in their game with West Brom.  As the game headed into injury time the questions was, could the Cottagers hold on for the victory, the answer was no.

17. Hull City (LW-18)

Hull was unable to protect a 1-0 lead over fellow promoted side Cardiff City and were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.  Hull, as the home side, slightly edged the game but a draw was a fair result for both sides in the end.

18. Crystal Palace (LW-17)

Things were going to be hard enough for the promoted side at Old Trafford but their fates were sealed when Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off just before half leading to a Robin van Persie penalty spot goal.  There was no way back into what ended up being a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

19. West Bromwich Albion (LW-19)

The Baggies looked headed towards another defeat and their fourth consecutive scoreless game when Gareth McAuley fired home two minutes into stoppage time for his team's first goal and second point of the season.  West Brom had been piling on the pressure leading up to the tying marker.

20. Sunderland (LW-20)

Bottom of the table with only one point, Sunderland fell 3-1 to Arsenal in a game that saw their manager Paolo Di Canio sent off.  The point of contention was a Jozy Altidore goal that was disallowed due to a foul called on Arsenal when Sunderland felt they should have been given advantage. 

Victor Moses  (Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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