Friday, March 26, 2010
No real movement this week in our EPL Power Rankings. Chelsea remains on top, but there's really very little difference among the top three. Arsenal has won six matches in the EPL in a row and are scorching hot. Plus, they have Fabregas back. If anyone can beat Barca right now over in the Champions League it's the Gunners in absolute peak form. It should be an exciting last couple of months in the EPL, with three teams competing for the title and four teams (five if you include Everton) competing for the fourth automatic spot in next year's UEFA Champions League: Spurs, Villa, Liverpool and Man City are neck-and-neck for the fourth spot.
Of the four teams competing for number four, Villa is our dark horse, and the team closest to our hearts. They have given up the fewest GA of all four teams (25) and have the second-best GD at 17 (Man City is first at 16). Villa are four points behind Spurs with tough away games at Chelsea and Man City left to play; so it certainly won't be easy. Their last two outings have been disappointing home draws to down table Wolves and Sunderland. On this basis, some are counting them out, which would be premature.
At the bottom end, Hull City is by far the poorest performer statistically, with a Luchametric score well over a one full standard deviation off the average and behind Fulham.