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Chelsea holds on to top spot in TSN.ca BPL power rankings

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TSN.ca Staff
1/24/2014 12:48:40 PM
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TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. 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. Chelsea  (Last Week -1)

Samuel Eto'o fired home a hat-trick to help Chelsea keep pace with the other title contenders as they scored a 3-1 victory over Manchester United.  This triumph is the sixth victory in seven Barclays Premier League games for Chelsea.

2. Manchester City (LW-2)

Manchester blew past the 100 goal mark for the season in a 4-2 victory over Cardiff City.  Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero were all on target for City, who once again dominated on their home field.

3. Arsenal (LW-3)

Santi Cazorla scored twice in five minutes in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory for top of the table Arsenal over Fulham.  The Gunners sprung to live in the second half after a quiet first, to collect all three points.

4. Tottenham (LW-6)

Emmanuel Adebayor scored a goal in each half as Tottenham earned a 3-1 victory over Swansea.  Spurs are now level on points with fourth place but behind on goal differential.

5. Liverpool (LW-4)

Steven Gerrard's second half penalty rescued a point for Liverpool as they drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield.  Daniel Sturridge scored their other goal in first half injury time and Luis Suarez drew the foul that earned the crucial penalty.

6. Everton (LW-5)

Kevin Mirallas' first half goal was not able to stand up as Everton had to settle for a 1-1 draw with West Brom.  Everton slipped out of the European places and now sit sixth in the table.

7. Newcastle United (LW-8)

Yohan Cabaye scored a brace and Loic Remy added the goal that turned out to be the winner as Newcastle bested West Ham 3-1. 

8. Manchester United (LW-7)

Substitute Javier Hernandez scored the only goal for Manchester United as they fell 3-1 to Chelsea.  The loss leaves the champions 14 points off the top of the table.

9. Southampton (LW-9)

After goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren, Southampton were not able to hold on for the victory as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.  The Saints controlled the play but were not able to find the third goal to put the game away.

10. Aston Villa (LW-13)

Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke scored first half goals as Aston Villa earned a road point in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool. 

11. West Bromwich Albion (LW-12)

Diego Lugano scored in the 75th minute to steal a point for West Brom from Everton in a 1-1 draw.  It was Lugano's first Premier League goal and it helped his side avoid a loss.

12. Hull City (LW-10)

Hull were hanging on in a game they were out played in, until a goal and a red card in the final three minutes doomed them to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Norwich.  Tom Huddlestone was the man sent off after fouling Leroy Fer.

13. Norwich City (LW-15)

Defender Ryan Bennett's 87th minute header was the difference as Norwich bested Hull City 1-0.  This was Norwich's first victory at Carrow Road since November.

14. Swansea City (LW-11)

Swansea continued their trend towards the bottom of the table as they fell 3-1 at the hands of Tottenham.  Wilfried Bony's 78th minute marker was their only goal and came after the game had already been decided.

15. Stoke City (LW-14)

Stoke had a few chances but in the end were not able to get anything past Julian Speroni as they fell 1-0 at the hands of Crystal Palace.

16. Crystal Palace (LW-20)

Tony Pulis led his new club against his former charges and Jason Puncheon scored the only goal as Crystal Palace beat Stoke City 1-0.  This was Palace's first league win since Boxing Day.

17. Sunderland (LW-18)

Adam Johnson scored his fourth goal in a week to earn a point for Sunderland as they drew 2-2 with Southampton. 

18. West Ham United (LW-16)

A Newcastle own goal was the only offence West Ham would get as they slumped to a 3-1 loss.  Newcastle defender Michael Williamson did the deed two minutes into first half injury time but in the end had no effect on the final outcome.

19. Cardiff City (LW-17)

Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell both found the net at Etihad Stadium but Cardiff became the 11th team to lose a road game to Manchester City, 4-2. 

20. Fulham (LW-19)

Fulham was able to control Arsenal during the opening half but Santi Cazorla goals in the 57th and 62nd minute condemned them to a 2-0 road loss.

Samuel Eto'o (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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