Premier League POWER RANKINGS: Virgil van Dijk continues his defensive dominance but who is No 1? – What We Know!

Rodri scored Manchester City

With the lead of the Premier League altering fingers twice and massive ends in the battle to keep away from the drop, it proved to be one other action-packed weekend in England’s prime flight.

Liverpool briefly went prime after holding onto a 1-0 victory over in-form Newcastle within the lunch-time kick-off on Saturday, earlier than Manchester Metropolis immediately responded with a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Leeds to return to the summit.

In the meantime on the backside, Leeds are properly and really within the relegation scrap now after Burnley and Everton each picked up large victories in opposition to Watford and Chelsea respectively.

Fourth place additionally modified fingers twice over the weekend with Tottenham taking the ultimate Champions League spot by beating Leicester – just for Arsenal to leap again forward after making it three wins out of three.

With that in thoughts, meet your newest Prime 10 of our Energy Rankings.  

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10

10. Wout Weghorst (Burnley)

9.  James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

8. Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

7. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis)

6. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

5. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

4. Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis)

1. Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle) 

10. Rodri (new entry)

With all of Manchester Metropolis’s attacking expertise, their supremely gifted defensive midfielder Rodri can go below the radar regardless of his constant shows.

The Spanish midfielder enters the Energy Rankings for the primary time this season after his commanding efficiency in opposition to Leeds on Saturday afternoon. 

Rodri acquired the ball rolling for Pep Guardiola’s aspect on the weekend, getting throughout his man to look a header previous Illan Meslier from a Phil Foden free-kick.

It follows his gorgeous aim within the 5-1 win in opposition to Watford per week earlier than through which he chested down Gabriel Jesus’ lofted cross and unleashed an unstoppable half-volley into the highest nook.

However it’s his defensive exploits that hold Metropolis ticking whereas defending their again 4 and he has an enormous position to play over the approaching weeks if they’re to win each the Premier League and Champions League.

Rodri scored Manchester Metropolis’s first aim of 4 as they reclaimed the highest spot within the league

9. Kevin De Bruyne (Down seven)

The second Manchester Metropolis participant to make the checklist however there’s an argument to say he’s lucky to take action.

Kevin De Bruyne was rested for the journey to West Yorkshire as he was left an unused substitute forward of their large Champions League semi-final second leg conflict in opposition to Actual Madrid.

The Belgian playmaker was not wanted as a really sturdy Metropolis staff have been in a position to dismantle Jesse Marsch’s aspect with relative ease.

Because of this the brand new LaLiga champions should cope with a recent and harmful De Bruyne.

Given his current kind within the Premier League, which is the explanation why he stays in our prime ten, he would be the man that Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect most must be cautious about on the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.  

Kevin De Bruyne tumbles down the rankings after he was rested for the Champions League

Kevin De Bruyne tumbles down the rankings after he was rested for the Champions League

8. Bruno Guimaraes (Down seven)

One other man who slides down our prime ten is final week’s primary Bruno Guimaraes.

There have been intervals of the sport the place the Newcastle midfielder was left chasing shadows of their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool – their first loss at St James’ Park within the league in 2022.   

Regardless of this he was nonetheless the Magpies’ most vigorous and efficient midfielder out of their beginning three.

He appeared the more than likely to unlock Liverpool’s formidable defence together with his ahead passing and he had a late effort saved by Alisson.

Although he, nor his team-mates, might halt the Liverpool juggernaut, there have been nonetheless some constructive indicators from the brand new hero on Tyneside.

It’s going to take a giant efficiency from the Brazilian to stay in our prime ten subsequent week, as Eddie Howe’s aspect journey to league leaders Manchester Metropolis.  

Bruno Guimaraes was lively despite chasing shadows at stages against Liverpool on Saturday

Bruno Guimaraes was vigorous regardless of chasing shadows at phases in opposition to Liverpool on Saturday

7. Jordan Pickford (new entry) 

England’s primary goalkeeper is the second participant on this checklist to make the rankings for the primary time this season.

Jordan Pickford has confronted his fair proportion of criticism throughout his top-flight profession, with doubts all the time raised about whether or not his membership kind matches his spectacular shows for the nationwide aspect.

There have been some heroic performances by Everton gamers of their large 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with explicit notable shows by goalscorer Richarlison and Yerry Mina who put in a giant defensive shift. 

Pickford although will get our nod after some large second-half saves which might be the distinction between the Toffees staying up, or taking part in second-tier soccer for the primary time since 1954.  

Mason Mount’s fantastically hit volley struck each posts and bounced out to Cesar Azpilicueta who appeared like he had a straightforward end with Pickford down on the bottom.

Pickford did brilliantly to cowl his floor and cease the Chelsea captain from scoring.

From the ensuing nook he then made one other nice save to disclaim Antonio Rudiger from shut vary.

It meant Everton held on and are actually simply two factors behind Burnley and Leeds, with a sport in hand over the pair.  

Jordan Pickford made some heroic saves that could keep Everton in the Premier League

Jordan Pickford made some heroic saves that would hold Everton within the Premier League

6. Luis Diaz (Up two)

There’s not many extra compliments we will pay for Liverpool’s dazzling winger Luis Diaz.

The 25-year-old Colombian is a continuing supply of hazard each time he performs for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect and regardless that he solely joined the membership in January, he’s a powerful shout for signing of the season.

Each time he was on the ball he had Newcastle’s defenders petrified and it was a efficiency worthy of a aim.

The £37.5m signing performs with a swagger you’d anticipate of somebody who has been taking part in Premier League soccer for 3 seasons, but alone simply over three months.

It’s very telling that Diaz has been picked over Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino for some large video games in current instances and if he continues to enhance then Premier League defences shall be dreading developing in opposition to him for a very long time to come back.  

Luis Diaz was again a constant menace as Newcastle defenders struggled to handle him

Luis Diaz was once more a continuing menace as Newcastle defenders struggled to deal with him

5. Bukayo Saka (Up one)

A couple of weeks in the past, it appeared like Arsenal had thrown away a top-four end after consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.

But with 4 video games to go, Arsenal are within the driving seat after victories over three of their rivals for European locations in Chelsea, Manchester United and now West Ham.

A key a part of their spectacular return to kind is the shows of Bukayo Saka, who once more made a aim contribution in opposition to West Ham.

After scoring in his earlier two matches, it was the 20-year-old’s cross which was headed in by Rob Holding to place the Gunners forward on the London Stadium.

It wasn’t simply his help although, it was his general show as he had the beating of Ryan Fredericks each time in an avenue which was most likely not exploited sufficient.

He was changed by Emile Smith Rowe with over ten minutes to play and appeared in a bit little bit of discomfort, having picked up a slight knock in opposition to Manchester United.

Maintaining the teenager match shall be key for Arsenal’s prospects of creating the Champions League for the primary time in six years.  

Bukayo Saka bagged an assist as Arsenal beat one of their rivals for Europe in West Ham

Bukayo Saka bagged an help as Arsenal beat certainly one of their rivals for Europe in West Ham

4. Son Heung-min (New entry)

After a grand whole of 1 week outdoors our prime ten, Son Heung-min has jumped straight again in after his gorgeous efficiency in opposition to Leicester.

The 29-year-old is now simply three objectives behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah within the race for the Golden Boot following his brace in opposition to the Foxes, whereas he linked-up with Harry Kane as soon as once more to supply his companion an help.

Son’s in-swinging nook discovered Kane who opened the scoring within the 3-1 victory.

He then confirmed nice composure when Dejan Kulusevski discovered him within the second-half, as he allowed the ball to run throughout him, turned and fired house to double their benefit.

His second aim of the sport was the choose of the bunch and arguably the weekend, as he unfurled a depraved curling strike into the top-left nook which Kasper Schmeichel couldn’t do a factor about.

Antonio Conte’s aspect journey to Anfield to play Liverpool on Saturday earlier than they then face Arsenal within the North London derby subsequent week.

These two fixtures might outline Tottenham’s season and Conte shall be hoping that his entrance three of Son, Kane and Kulusevski are working completely in tandem for each video games.  

Son Heung-min took his goal tally up to 19 in the Premier League this season against Leicester

Son Heung-min took his aim tally as much as 19 within the Premier League this season in opposition to Leicester

3. Gabriel Jesus (Up 4)

Gabriel Jesus is in arguably the type of his life at Manchester Metropolis and he adopted off his four-goal effort in opposition to Watford together with his thirteenth end of the season in opposition to Leeds on the weekend.

The Brazilian was initially dropped at the membership as the person to exchange Sergio Aguero, and regardless of netting 58 objectives in 156 Premier League appearances, he hasn’t satisfied Pep Guardiola that he’s the person to supply the membership with the world class striker they need.

Nonetheless, he has stepped up when Metropolis most want it within the dying phases of the season as they hunt Premier League and Champions League success.

In April, he netted six top-flight objectives which marked a substantial enchancment on the 2 he had scored on this marketing campaign earlier than the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

He additionally discovered the again of the online in Metropolis’s 4-3 victory over Actual Madrid within the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final final week.

Given his present run of kind it appears a certainty that he’ll begin within the second-leg on the Santiago Bernabeu, as properly within the majority of the video games that Guardiola’s aspect nonetheless must play within the closing weeks of the season.  

Gabriel Jesus scored six league goals in April compared to just two before then

Gabriel Jesus scored six league objectives in April in comparison with simply two earlier than then

2. Virgil van Dijk (Up three)

Mohamed Salah scooped up the prize for the FWA Participant of the Yr, although in case you have been to have a look at one other Liverpool participant to be handed the achievement then Virgil van Dijk would current an excellent argument to the case.

The Dutchman has been again to his dominant greatest within the second-half of this season, with Liverpool holding 20 clear sheets – ten of which have been of their final 12 league matches.

In opposition to Newcastle he was once more calm each time referred to as upon, whereas the Magpies’ forwards couldn’t match him within the air – even with the emergence of Chris Wooden within the last phases of the sport.

He confirmed a specific nice second of composure as he accomplished a dribble to get out of hassle when closed down by a number of Newcastle gamers.

Liverpool have conceded simply six league objectives in 2022 and a giant a part of that has been all the way down to Van Dijk’s dominance on the again, in addition to the superb partnerships he has shaped with Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate.

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool have looked very difficult to break down since the start of 2022

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool have appeared very troublesome to interrupt down because the begin of 2022

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Up two)

Cristiano Ronaldo is again on prime of the Energy Rankings after scoring his sixth Premier League aim in his final 4 outings.

Just like Son Heung-min, Ronaldo has been edging nearer in direction of Mohamed Salah and the highest of the Golden Boot charts in current weeks.

It’s a giant ask for the Portuguese famous person with simply two matches remaining however you possibly can by no means rule him out and he has two hat-tricks to his identify within the final two months.

Throughout United’s 3-0 victory over Brentford, the 37-year-old thought he had doubled their lead after he discovered the online on the again of a Juan Mata cross – just for it to be disallowed for offside after a VAR assessment.

Ronaldo later gained a penalty after a superb little bit of ahead’s play when he outmuscled Rico Henry just like the Brentford participant wasn’t even there. A pissed off Henry then clattered into the again of Ronaldo contained in the penalty field.

Given Bruno Fernandes’ poor run of kind from the spot, Ronaldo was the one to take it this time and he made no mistake to smash it into the bottom-left nook.

So it’s Ronaldo who takes the highest spot after making the most of the absent Kevin De Bruyne and final week’s primary Bruno Guimaraes slipping down the order.

Ronaldo might face stiff competitors from the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Gabriel Jesus, Son Heung-min and others, if he’s to stay on prime of the pile. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is back to the top of the list thanks to his display against Brenford

Cristiano Ronaldo is again to the highest of the checklist due to his show in opposition to Brenford