Power Rankings: Alternative PL table after week 28

Date published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 5:17

Liverpool: Hammered Man City 3-0

Swansea City were the biggest Power Rankings winners in midweek, while Liverpool, West Ham and Bournemouth all chalked up big wins.

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.

Week 28

Swansea City – 9: Since Swansea’s first Premier League season in 2011-12, they have won more points away at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal than any other team (10). The Swans seem to have the knack of rolling over Arsene Wenger’s men and they did it again, despite going a goal down, to bank nine points.

Liverpool – 5:  It’s not often you seen Liverpool at odds against at home, but after making five changes they looked refreshed and battered Man City 3-0. City only made three changes, including goalkeeper Joe Hart, to the side that saw off the Reds on penalties in the League Cup final on Sunday, but they were second best on Wednesday and Liverpool deservedly banked top points.

West Ham – 4: The Hammers extend their lead at the top of the table with a hugely impressive 1-0 win over London rivals Tottenham. The Hammers were 33/10; we should have known they would have done the business after rolling over big gun after big gun already this term.

Bournemouth – 4: The Cherries are on the move after a fine 2-0 home win over south-coast rivals Southampton and at just short of 2/1 the hosts were a good price.

Stoke City – 3: Stoke closed the gap on real leaders Leicester with a 1-0 home win over Newcastle, but after such a narrow victory their haul was limited.

Everton – 3: Everton moved into sixth spot, five places up on their real position in the table, after a two-goal win at Villa.

West Brom – 2.5: Albion sit in fifth spot in our table after an impressive 2-2 draw at Leicester. But in real terms they still face the threat of relegation.

Manchester United – 2: United edged out Watford at Old Trafford, but Louis van Gaal’s men still cannot make the top 10 in the Power Rankings.

Chelsea – 2: Earned just the two points for winning 2-1 at Norwich – a result that keeps them close to the foot of our table.

Crystal Palace – 1.5: Pegged back at Sunderland and sit in mid-table after a run of poor results.

Sunderland – 1: Rescued a late point against out-of-form Palace and claim just a point on our scale.

Leicester City – 0.5: Leicester saw West Ham extend their lead at the top after drawing 2-2 with West Brom. The Foxes were odds-on but couldn’t see off a well-drilled Albion.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. West Ham 83.5 46
2. Leicester City 74.5 57
3. Stoke City 66.5 42
4. Tottenham 61.5 54
5. West Brom 61 36
6. Everton 54.5 38
7. Watford 53 37
8. Man City 52 47
9. Southampton 51.5 40
= Crystal Palace 51.5 33
11. Manchester United 50.5 47
12. Liverpool 50 41
13. Arsenal 47.5 51
14. Newcastle 47 24
15. Bournemouth 45 32
16. Sunderland 43.5 24
17. Swansea City 41.5 30
18. Chelsea 40.5 39
19. Norwich City 37.5 24
20. Aston Villa 27 16

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