Manchester United, Chelsea and West Brom were the biggest Power Rankings winners over a weekend of tight Premier League games.
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.
Manchester United – 4: On a weekend of favourites edging to victories, United were remarkably the longest-odds winners having been 12/5 to beat Arsenal at Old Trafford. It completed a fantastic week for Louis van Gaal.
Chelsea – 3: A slightly stingy 7/4 to win at Southampton, Chelsea claim only three points for their impressive come-from-behind win over the in-form Saints.
West Brom – 3: They were made to sweat in the end, but a first-half blitz from West Brom against Crystal Palace helped them to a standard three-point haul.
Leicester City – 2: One of three teams to pick up only two points for a win, Leicester will not care a jot about how they got past Norwich City on Saturday. It was tight and arguably even undeserved, but it keeps them clear at the top of the Premier League.
Stoke City – 2: Up against the Premier League’s bottom side, Stoke were also awarded only two points for scraping their way to victory via the odd goal in three.
Tottenham – 2: Like Leicester, Spurs will not care how their win came about. With Arsenal losing at Manchester United, their come-from-behind 2-1 win over Swansea City at White Hart Lane could prove to be a crucial moment in the Premier League title race.
West Ham – 2: Ditto Stoke. The Hammers hosted the league’s second bottom side, Sunderland, but won only 1-0 in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Bournemouth – 1.5: It could have been more were it not for the heroics of Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal, but Bournemouth at least got an extra half a point in the Power Rankings having gone into the game as outsiders.
Watford – 1: A goalless draw against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road was worth only a point to Watford, with Odion Ighalo’s poor spell in front of goal continuing.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||79.5||43|
|2. Leicester City||74||56|
|3. Stoke City||63.5||39|
|5. West Brom||58.5||35|
|7. Manchester City||52||47|
|10. Crystal Palace||50||32|
|11. Manchester United||48.5||44|
|18. Norwich City||37.5||24|
|19. Swansea City||32.5||27|
|20. Aston Villa||27||16|