10th – West Ham
West Ham are my dark horse this season. I think they still have time to creep into the top 6 if they remain hungry and pinpoint and solve their problems. In their recent game against Arsenal, they played beautiful football and the recent signing of Samir Nasri, the midfielder aided their attack tremendously and showed patience and control. Nasri was a factor in subduing Arsenal The big news from the game was a beautiful goal from teenager Declan Rice who is only 19 years old. This young talent was also a key piece in West Ham’s 1-0 win over Arsenal. T.H.
9th – Leicester
Three years on from their Premier League title win, Leicester are still feeling the financial benefits of the biggest triumph in sporting history. In addition to the near £100m profit from that season, Leicester sold its star player Riyad Mahrez for £60m in the January 2018 window, contributing strongly to the budget for the summer window. Leicester have reinvested that money in the likes of James Maddison and Ricardo Perreira, which have added much needed depth to the squad. And although another Premier League title looks unlikely, a strong legacy and continued success as a top 10 team in the league looks likely with the calibre of signings and the progress of prospects such as Maddison, Ben Chilwell, and Demarai Gray. J.O.
8th – Watford
Watford have scored 32 goals this season, and are steaming through this season, sitting 7th behind Manchester United. They have won 9 games out of 22 and are showing no signs of slowing down. But they are 9 points below United and I don’t see Watford brushing past them anytime soon, considering how well United are playing after the sacking of Jose Mourinho. T.H.
7th – Everton
Understandably, Everton are the best of the rest, having signed three Barcelona players, Richarlison for £35m, and promising young manager Marco Silva in the last year. Everton are the one team that consistently threaten to separate the top 6 but they are also a team that can frustrate with inevitable dips in form over the course of a season. As previously mentioned, Everton have signed three Barcelona players in the form of Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne, and Andre Gomes, but their recent transfer success can also be measured by the number of underperforming players they’ve signed in recent years. As well as the promising signings, Everton have sent big money signings Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, and Yannick Bolasie out on loan having underwhelmed during their time at Goodison. Everton currently sit just inside the top 10 in the table, but considering their net spend in recent seasons you’d have to guess that the club and its fans are probably mildly disappointed by the lack of progress. J.O.
6th – Arsenal
As a Gooner myself it’s disappointing to say that I believe Arsenal won’t reach the top 4 this season and may even drop a few places in the table. Arsenal have been troublesome in the past few games; losing to West Ham showed how this Arsenal side have started to slow down and reveal the cracks in the team. Players such as Alex Iwobi and Granit Xhaka are not aiding the team in its pursuit of a title and need to be sold by next season if there is a chance of success. They are hindering the team in my opinion, due to a lack of execution and too many mistakes which are plaguing the team. However, this season Arsenal were anticipating it to be a training season for the new coach and the new style of play. We have seen glimmers of hope in this side, (such as when Arsenal destroyed Fulham 5-1) but overall, the play hasn’t been great from the squad. Arsenal need to finish the season strong if they can and look forward to a very successful season next year. T.H.
5th – Manchester United
Since appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager, Manchester United have enjoyed a healthy vein of form in the league, reasserting themselves as top 4 contenders. The likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have looked particularly good under Solskjaer and as for squad depth, United are probably only exceeded by Chelsea and Manchester City at this moment in time. However, there is still the issue of their lack of Premier League titles, or even realistic challenges, since Sir Alex Ferguson vacated the club in 2013. Considering the uncertainty that continues to surround United, they remain 5th in our power rankings. Should they kick on under Solskjaer next season (assuming his tenure is made permanent), perhaps United will rise up the league table and the rankings. J.O.
4th – Tottenham
It pains me to say that Tottenham have been better than Arsenal this season, especially when you compare the two styles of play. Tottenham are very patient and execute chances perfectly, almost like a football symphony. Tottenham are maintaining form and composure, sitting 3rd in the league with 16 wins and only 6 losses. Harry Kane has bagged 14 goals this season, along with the team scoring 46 goals as a whole this season; Tottenham are truly one of the titans of the Premier League. T.H.
3rd – Liverpool
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have looked like a far more exciting and competitive team, having reached two finals and solidified themselves as a consistent top 4 team during his time at the club. But with the much needed signing of a great goalkeeper in Alisson Becker and the signing of an even greater centre back in Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have addressed the problems that have hindered them over the last decade. And as a result, Liverpool have challenged title favourites Manchester City throughout the campaign and look to be building a squad with better depth and crucially one that could serve the club for a least the next three or four seasons. Although not as potent as last season, Liverpool’s devastating trio, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino continue to cause defences problems, having notched 36 goals between them. Player for player, Liverpool probably still have the best attack in the league and even when they’re not firing, there’s less pressure with van Dijk and Alisson behind them. J.O.
2nd – Chelsea
Chelsea are 4th in the Premier League, but they are playing beautiful football and could make their way into the top 2. Their recent game against Newcastle was phenomenal with beautiful goals from both Pedro and Willian. This team is all about pace. And pace is a key factor in how to compete at the highest level; each of the top four teams have fast players but Chelsea seem to have an abundance in high speed. Chelsea fans just have to hope that key pieces of their squad remain in the team such as winger Eden Hazard, who is linked with a move to Real Madrid. T.H.
1st – Manchester City
With Pep Guardiola at the helm and a startlingly good squad at his disposal, its no surprise to see the record-breaking reigning champions atop the power rankings. Last season, City became the first team to accrue 100 points over the course of a Premier League season, winning the league by the biggest margin ever (19 points). Guardiola’s pedigree as a manager has not only been proven by his progress at City, but the moderate decline of previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Both teams continue to excel in their respective leagues but neither are the all-consuming powers they were when Guardiola was manager. However, with the challenge of Liverpool, this season hasn’t been as straightforward as the last but City have proven their strengths in other ways. City have remained resilient in the face of resistance and when key players have been injured, squad members have stepped in and proved their worth. Whether they retain the title or not, City still remain the favourites for next season’s title – and that’s without another potentially big spend in the summer taken into consideration. J.O.