Swansea City, Chelsea, Leicester City, Southampton and Tottenham were the weekend’s big Power Rankings winners.
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.
With last season’s top four of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United losing an incredible 25 games between them already this season, it sees some surprise names at the top of the Power Rankings…
Swansea City – 6: There were five away wins in the Premier League on Saturday and Sunday, but the one which took the bookmakers most by surprise was Swansea’s at Everton. Francesco Guidolin’s new side were 9/2 to win at Goodison, making them the longest-odds winners of the weekend.
Chelsea – 5: They haven’t featured at the top end of the Power Rankings too often this season, but Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday made them the joint second biggest winners of the weekend. They’re still second from bottom overall, though.
Leicester City – 5: Firm favourites to beat Stoke City, Leicester did it in style as goals from Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa saw them to an extremely comfortable 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
Southampton – 5: There was a time when winning at Old Trafford would have won a team maximum points in the Power Rankings. Not now. Southampton were only 7/2 to beat Manchester United on Saturday; the bookies were right not to trust Louis van Gaal’s side.
Tottenham – 4: Another team to win away, Tottenham picked up four points for a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace which will long be remembered for the tremendous goal scored by Dele Alli.
Liverpool – 3: In arguably the most exciting Premier League game of the season so far, Liverpool eventually prevailed 5-4 at Norwich City courtesy of Adam Lallana’s stoppage-time winner. Comebacks are worth no extra points, though – the Reds were firm favourites to win at Carrow Road.
Watford – 3: It was a rather more straightforward win than Liverpool’s, but Watford also claimed three points for beating Newcastle United 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, climbing two places in the Power Rankings as a result.
West Ham – 2.5: The Power Rankings leaders continue to show few signs that they can be caught, drawing 2-2 with Manchester City at Upton Park on Saturday evening to rack up another 2.5 points.
Aston Villa – 1.5: It almost certainly won’t be enough to save them from relegation, but Villa are now three games unbeaten in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday. They are even further adrift at the bottom of the Power Rankings, however, with Chelsea and Swansea both winning away from home.
Bournemouth – 1: It is all rather more slow and steady than spectacular, but Bournemouth continue to pick up points to stay clear of the Premier League relegation zone. Another goal for Benik Afobe earned them a credible point at Sunderland.
Sunderland – 1: Sam Allardyce said it was a “good achievement” for Sunderland to claim a point against Bournemouth having gone a goal behind. Not all of the fans at the Stadium of Light would agree, but it was certainly better than losing.
West Brom – 1: A set of supporters that definitely weren’t happy with a home draw was West Brom’s, who had to sit through a dire goalless draw against bottom-of-the-league Aston Villa. Still, it’s a point closer to Tony Pulis’ target of survival.
Manchester City – 0.5: Sergio Aguero is back on top form, but Manchester City are still struggling to find their top form. A 2-2 draw at West Ham earned them only a half a point in the Power Rankings in a game they were odds-on favourites to win.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||73||36|
|2. Leicester City||60||47|
|3. Stoke City||55.5||33|
|4. Manchester City||50||44|
|6. Crystal Palace||48.5||31|
|7. West Brom||46.5||28|
|13. Manchester United||38.5||37|
|15. Norwich City||36.5||23|
|18. Swansea City||30||25|
|20. Aston Villa||23||13|