Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were the biggest midweek 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…
Bournemouth – 4: In a relatively low-scoring gameweek, Bournemouth were one of five teams to claim four points in the Power Rankings courtesy of their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace which moved them seven points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
Everton – 4: After beating Carlisle in the FA Cup at the weekend, Everton further eased the pressure on Roberto Martinez with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night, earning four Power Rankings points in the process.
Leicester City – 4: West Ham are still well out in front in the Power Rankings courtesy of some impressive away wins, but Leicester chipped another point off their lead with a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Manchester United – 4: Two first-half goals helped United follow up their FA Cup win at Derby with another improved performance in a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Tottenham – 4: Now above Arsenal in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino’s young side moved into the top four of the Power Rankings with a convincing 3-0 win at Norwich City.
West Ham – 3: Top of the Power Rankings since the opening day, when they won at Arsenal, can West Ham be caught? Their lead is now down to 12 points, but a 2-0 win over Aston Villa keeps Slaven Bilic’s side looking comfortable.
Southampton – 2.5: Ronald Koeman said Arsenal created more chances against Southampton on Tuesday than any side have managed since he took charge of the club. But the brilliance of Fraster Forster earned Saints a draw – and 2.5 points in the Power Rankings.
Manchester City – 2: Any sort of win is worth three points in the real world, but a 1-0 win at lowly Sunderland is worth only two in the Power Rankings for City, who were odds-on favourites to prevail at the Stadium of Light.
Watford – 2: They had to withstand some late pressure from Chelsea, but Watford held on against the Premier League champions to claim a deserved draw and two more points in the Power Rankings to climb a place.
Swansea City – 1.5: Salomon Rondon’s late goal for West Brom denied Swansea a third straight win and also prevented the south Wales club from moving out of the bottom three of the Power Rankings.
Chelsea – 1: One club that does not look likely to climb out of the bottom three just yet is Chelsea, who drew for the fifth time in seven Premier League games under Guus Hiddink at Watford on Wednesday night. At least they’re not losing…
West Brom – 1: The odds on West Brom beating Swansea City at The Hawthorns were surprisingly generous, meaning Salomon Rondon’s late equaliser was worth a point to the Baggies in both tables.
Arsenal – 0.5: A home draw for Arsenal, however, was worth only half a point, with Fraser Forster’s heroics seeing the Gunners slip to fourth in the Premier League – and further into the bottom half of the Power Rankings.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||76||39|
|2. Leicester City||64||50|
|3. Stoke City||55.5||33|
|5. Manchester City||52||47|
|6. Crystal Palace||48.5||31|
|= West Brom||47.5||29|
|12. Manchester United||42.5||40|
|16. Norwich City||36.5||23|
|18. Swansea City||31.5||26|
|20. Aston Villa||23||13|