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Liverpool grabs the top spot in TSN.ca's BPL power rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
10/12/2013 4:57:35 AM
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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 -4)

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were both on target while Steven Gerrard converted a penalty as Liverpool earned a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.  With the victory, Liverpool gains a share of the top of the table.  Suarez has 19 goals in 22 games while Sturridge has 19 in 24 games. 

2. Arsenal (LW-1)

Jack Wilshere scored a huge goal to rescue a point for his side as Arsenal tied West Brom 1-1.  Not surprisingly both Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud were key in the Wilshire goal but despite a possession advantage, that was all they could muster in the draw.

3. Chelsea (LW-3)

Oscar scored early and Chelsea got two late markers to pick up a 3-1 victory over Norwich City.  Eden Hazard and Willian scored the deciding goals after entering the game as second half substitutes to put away the victory.  With the victory, Chelsea finds themselves in the top three of the table.

4. Manchester City (LW-6)

After giving up the opening marker of the game, City's offence took over as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.  Alvaro Negredo brought the score level just one minute after his team fell behind and Sergio Aguero scored and had a second credited as an own goal to Everton keeper Tim Howard. 

5. Southampton (LW-7)

The good feelings for the Saints continued as they beat Swansea 2-0 to maintain their place in the top four of the Premier League table.  Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez provided the scoring for Southampton, who have only been beaten once so far this season.  Keeper Artur Boruc was solid when needed in this contest.

6. Tottenham (LW-2)

Coming into the second half of a scoreless game against West Ham, Tottenham and their fans could not know what was in store.  West Ham rode three second half markers to what turned out to be an easy 3-0 victory over Spurs.  The loss is the worst at home during the tenure of head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

7. Manchester United (LW- 8)

It only took six minutes for Adnan Januzaj to seize control in United's 2-1 victory over Sunderland.  After the home side grabbed an early 1-0 lead, the teenager rescued the win for the champions with his second half brace.  Keeper David De Gea was solid when called upon to help his team earn the points.

8. Everton (LW-5)

When Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring it looked like Everton was going to cruise to another victory.  Unfortunately it was their only high spot in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City, their first loss of the season.  Everton was the last unbeaten team in the Premier League.

9. Aston Villa (LW-10)

Without Christian Benteke in the lineup, Aston Villa was not able to convert any chances as they drew Hull City 0-0.  Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor created chances but they were not able to find the finish to win the game for Villa.  Keeper Brad Guzan was not required to make a save in the game.

10. Hull City (LW-9)

Despite being out played for large portions of the game, Hull claimed a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa.  Keeper Allan McGregor was called on a few times to keep the score level and he answered those calls to earn his side a point.  Hull's best sustained pressure came early in the contest but they were not able to find a goal.

11. West Bromwich Albion (LW-11)

Claudio Yacob scored a first half marker for the Baggies but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Arsenal after giving up a goal in the second half.  Stephane Sessegnon was strong for West Brom who played well in the middle of the park but were not able to find the finish they needed to capture the game.

12. West Ham United (LW-17)

In what is surely the upset of the week, West Ham rolled to a 3-0, road victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.  Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison were responsible for the scoring as the Hammers completely took over the game in the second half.  Sam Allardyce's side now has one of the signature wins of the season.

13. Newcastle United (LW-16)

Loic Remy fired home twice in the first half and Newcastle hung on for a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City.  Cardiff actually controlled more of the ball and pulled back their goal in the second half but in the end, it was Newcastle that enjoyed the victory.

14. Swansea City (LW-13)

Though they dominated large chunks of the game, Swansea could do nothing but watch Southampton roll to a 2-0 victory.  Michu and Wilfried Bony both had chances to get on the scoreboard and Nathan Dyer hit the inside of the post but was not able to find the finish to get his team back into the game.

15. Stoke City (LW-15)

Stoke will walk away from their 1-0 loss to Fulham believing they should have at least gained a point from the contest.  Twice in the game they thought they were going to be awarded penalties but neither was given.  Defender Robert Huth also had a header cleared off the line and Marko Arnautovic shot a clear chance wide of the net.

16. Cardiff City (LW-12)

After going two goals down in the first half, Cardiff staged a second half comeback that fell just short as they lost 2-1 to Newcastle.  Peter Odemwingie scored in the 58th minute and the Welsh side pressed to the final whistle for the equalizer that never came. 

17. Norwich City (LW-14)

Keper John Ruddy was not nearly good enough when he needed to be as Norwich fell 3-1 to Chelsea.   Anthony Pilkington leveled the score for the Canaries in the 68th minute and they tried to hold on and gain a home point against a top side.  They conceded twice in a minute and were forced to go home with nothing from the game.

18. Fulham (LW-18)

Substitute Darren Bent fired home the only goal as Fulham beat Stoke City 1-0.  The Cottagers picked up their first win since opening day but had to withstand the pressure of Stoke's attack to earn the points.  Twice it looked as though Fulham had committed penalties but the referee waived away both offences.  Keeper David Stockdale earned the clean sheet.

19. Crystal Palace (LW-19)

Dwight Gayle's 76th minute goal was the only consolation Palace would take away from a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.  They were dominated from the start of the game, giving up all three goals in the first 38 minutes of play.  Palace was able to eventually put pressure on Liverpool leading to the goal, but it was already too late to make a difference.

20. Sunderland (LW-20)

It was great start for the Black Cats as they took a 1-0 lead against Manchester United just five minutes into the game through Craig Gardner.   Emanuele Giaccherini failed to double the advantage before the half and United turned the game in the second, sending Sunderland to a 2-1 defeat.  They have only earned one of a possible 21 points on the season.

Daniel Sturridge (Photo: Canadian Press)

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