Sunderland sealed their Premier League safety and remarkably climbed into the top half of the Power Rankings on Wednesday.
In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 10, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.
It rewards teams scoring lots of goals and also those defying expectations but sees odds-on favourites penalised for sneaking past inferior opponents by the odd goal.
West Ham continue to lead the way, helped in no small part by their early-season wins at Arsenal and Manchester City, which earned them 20 points alone. Chelsea on the other hand remain second from bottom as they continue to pay the price for their under-achievement, while the rest of last season’s top four battle it out in the top half having also failed to hit their targets.
Week 37 – midweek games
Sunderland – 4: They’ve done it again. Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Everton was worth only four points in the Power Rankings, but it was worth a hell of a lot more in real terms as Sunderland once again secured their Premier League status for another season.
Norwich City – 3: Down in East Anglia, meanwhile, Norwich also produced an impressive performance to beat Watford 4-2, but the Black Cats’ win rendered their result meaningless. It’s back to the Championship for the Canaries.
West Ham – 3: Their lead over Leicester City at the top of the Power Rankings was cut to just two points at the weekend, but it’s back up to five now after the 19/10 shots came from behind to beat Manchester United in the last game at the Boleyn Ground.
Chelsea – 1.5: Going into the final game of the season, Chelsea are still only three points clear of Swansea City in 11th in the Premier League. They can finish no higher than ninth. Their position in the Power Rankings, third from bottom, sums up much more accurately just how much the Blues have under-achieved this season, but a 1-1 draw at Liverpool gives them a chance of escaping the bottom three on the final day.
Liverpool – 0.5: They needed a late mistake from Asmir Begovic to claim anything at all, but the draw at Anfield on Wednesday night was still only worth half a point to the odds-on favourites.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||106||62|
|2. Leicester City||101||80|
|4. Man City||78||65|
|5. Stoke City||76||48|
|6. West Brom||75||42|
|9. Man Utd||66.5||63|
|= Swansea City||66||46|
|13. Crystal Palace||63.5||42|
|19. Norwich City||50.5||34|
|20. Aston Villa||29.5||17|