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Premier League Power Rankings 2014 Week 32: Examining Each EPL Club

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates the second goal with David Luiz of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Chelsea blew Arsenal out of the water with their 6-0 win, showing their power in the title race.

Manchester City's 5-0 win over Fulham also showed that you can't discredit the Citizens' title chance.

Southampton also suffered a last-gasp heartbreak against Tottenham, as Spurs' power grows with each week under Tim Sherwood.

Let's take a look at how each team ranks, going into Week 32.

 

1. Manchester City (3rd, 63 pts)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring his hat trick with Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on March 22, 2014 in M
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City's 5-0 win over the Cottagers has kept Manuel Pellegrini's side in the hunt to regain the title.

Sitting six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, the Citizens still hold three games in hand over Jose Mourinho's outfit.

Immense power, as the Citizens will decide their own title fate depending on results in their spare matches.

 

2. Chelsea (1st, 69 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Mohamed Salah of Chelsea celebrates scoring their sixth goal uring the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Image
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The Blues' 6-0 demolition of Arsenal will give the side great confidence as they next take on Crystal Palace.

Tony Pulis' side remain just one place above the drop zone.

With Mourinho's men in fine form against the Gunners, they will have to continue their work rate against a plucky Eagles side.

 

3. Liverpool (2nd, 65 pts)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Luis Suarez after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Ca
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The Reds are the form team going into Week 32, having won six games in a row.

Their 6-3 victory over Cardiff showed the side's excellent attacking power.

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick against the Bluebirds, while two goals from Martin Skrtel highlighted firepower from defence.

OptaJoe tweeted of the importance of Skrtel's strikes:

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his squad share the goal trail as the side search for their first-ever Premier League title.

 

4. Tottenham (5th, 56 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Ros
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Spurs showed plenty of grit and determination to reign supreme in a 3-2 win over Southampton.

Sherwood's side had found themselves two goals down after half an hour.

However, his words must have struck a chord with his players, who fought their way to a second-half comeback.

 

5. Arsenal (4th, 62 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  A dejected Lukas Podolski of Arsenal looks to the ground during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game as Arsenal boss didn't go to plan, as Chelsea romped to victory.

That result has also caused a big dent to the side's power in the title charge, now sitting seven points adrift of the league leaders.

It means that the Gunners must win their game in hand over Swansea on March 25 before meeting Manchester City at the Emirates on March 29.

Defeat against the Swans would cement the seven-point deficit, leaving plenty to do if the club are to win their first title in 10 years.



6. Everton (6th, 54 pts)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on March 22, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Roberto Martinez's men survived a late scare in their 3-2 win over Swansea.

That courage, endeavour and fight to keep a firm grasp on all three points will boost confidence as a midweek trip to Newcastle awaits.

Speaking after the match, Martinez' hinted that his side still hold hopes of European football next season, per the Guardian's Richard Jolly:

What we want to do is make sure this season affects the seasons after. The only way you can do that is qualifying for Europe. It's a big target of ours to make sure that the good work we have done this season can [help us] kick on next season. That will be [by] being in Europe. Whichever the competition.

The side travel to St. James' Park on March 25 before taking on bottom-placed Fulham just four days later.


7. Manchester United (7th, 51 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores the opening goal with a long range shot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at Boleyn Ground on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (P
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Wayne Rooney's wonder strike may have stolen the headlines in the 2-0 win at West Ham.

However, there's no doubting that the win will boost confidence going into the Manchester derby. 

The Red Devils face City on March 25, with the Citizens needing a win to keep top-spot aspirations burning.

David Moyes' men may be out of the title race but hold plenty of power to dent their rivals' chances at Old Trafford.

 

8. Stoke (10th, 37 pts)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Peter Crouch (C) of Stoke and teammates celebrate following their team's 4-2 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on March 23, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Pho
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Victory at Villa Park has boosted Stoke's power going into Week 32.

The 4-1 win over Paul Lambert's side marked the club's first away win since August, per WhoScored.com.

It also marked back-to-back victories for the first time in the same time frame. 



9. Newcastle (8th, 46 pts)

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22:  Papiss Cisse (2nd R) of Newcastle United celebrates with team-mates (L-R) Tim Krul, Paul Dummett and Cheik Tiote after scoring a late goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal
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Newcastle's power took a slight knock, despite a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Papiss Cisse's last-minute strike earned all three points for the Toon Army.

But, per WhoScored, Alan Pardew's men had 21 shots on goal, hitting the target on eight occasions and failing to make 73 percent of possession count.

Sitting seven points outside of the Europa League places, the side must do better if they're to work their way back into Europe.



10. Southampton (9th, 45 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton is congratulated by Adam Lallana of Southampton after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 23, 2014
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Gylfi Sigurdsson's late strike ended any hopes of Saints taking a point away from White Hart Lane.

Despite taking a two-goal lead, and Adam Lallana linking well with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, the side couldn't kill the game off.

The England trio, who will all be hoping for a World Cup place, impressed during the match.

However, Dejan Lovren's effort gifted Spurs the winner, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's men eight points away from Europa League qualification.

 

11. Hull (12th, 33 pts)

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: David Meyler (R) of Hull City tackles Steven Reid of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Bromwich Albion at KC Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tony Marsh
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A big 2-0 win against West Brom will give the side plenty of confidence.

Now sitting eight points away from the drop zone, Steve Bruce's side have some breathing room between themselves and the struggling pack.

 

12. Norwich (13th, 32 pts)

NORWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Russell Martin of Norwich City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Sunderland at Carrow Road on March 22, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
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Alexander Tettey's fine strike helped the Canaries to a 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

The side gleaned the much-needed three points and have steered themselves seven points above the relegation places.



13. Aston Villa (11th, 34 pts)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Christian Benteke #20 (R) of Aston Villa celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on March 23, 2014 in Birmingham, E
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Lambert's men took the lead after five minutes, thanks to Christian Benteke.

But that was all Villa fans had to shout about during their heavy defeat against Stoke, undoing the good work after victory over Chelsea.

The side travel to Old Trafford next time out and will need to pull off another giant-killing to move further from the bottom three.

 

14. West Ham (14th, 31 pts)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Goalkeeper Adrian of West Ham looks on in vain as the long range shot from Wayne Rooney of Manchester United opens the scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at Boleyn Gr
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Wayne Rooney's double may have grabbed a few headlines, but it certainly hasn't damaged West Ham's survival hopes.

The side have looked well-drilled under Sam Allardyce, despite back-to-back defeats, but must be wary of Hull on March 26 and Sunderland on March 31.

 

15. Sunderland (18th, 25 pts)

NORWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (2nd L) of Norwich City reacts after missing a chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Sunderland at Carrow Road on March 22, 2014 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Alex Bro
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Still holding two games in hand over those above them, Sunderland could move out of the bottom three with a win over West Ham.

The power is in the Black Cats' hands regarding survival, who could ensure a clear gap from the drop by winning their leftover fixtures.

 

16. Swansea (15th, 29 pts)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Angel Rangel of Swansea City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on March 22, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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The Swans' slippery slope continued against Everton, and the side travel to Arsenal as they slide further towards the drop zone.

Just four points separates Sunderland and Gary Monk's side, who then face Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.

 

17. Cardiff (19th, 25 pts)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Jordan Mutch of Cardiff celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by B
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Three goals against Liverpool proved Cardiff's never-say-die attitude.

Going into the match at West Brom, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men travel to the Hawthorns knowing that they could go level with safety following a win.

Victory over the Baggies would also draw Pepe Mel's men further into the mire.



18. Crystal Palace (17th, 28 pts)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 22 : Fabricio Coloccini (L) and Paul Dummett of Newcastle challenge Kagisho Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle and Crystal Palace at St James Park on March 22, 2014 in
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Pulis' side need a miracle if they are to overcome Chelsea; however, Aston Villa proved it is not impossible.

Palace will also know that they could dent their London rivals' title hopes with a win at Selhurst Park, holding plenty of power.

 

19. West Brom (16th, 28 pts)

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Manager Pepe Mel of West Brom gestures as Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on February 11, 2014 in West Bromwich, En
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The Baggies have, arguably, their biggest match of the season against Cardiff next time out.

A win would breathe a sigh of relief back into the club, but defeat could edge the club within goal difference of the bottom three.


20. Fulham (20th, 24 pts)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Manager of Fulham Felix Magath looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Four points adrift, Fulham and Cardiff have played an extra match compared to their fellow survival scrappers.

The Cottagers host Europa League-chasing Everton in their next fixture and must win if they are to retain hopes of maintaining Premier League football next term.

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