Power Rankings: Alternative PL table after week 29

Date published: Monday 7th March 2016 1:37

Manchester City: Joint biggest Power Rankings winners of the weekend

Manchester City, West Brom, West Ham, Stoke City and Sunderland were the five biggest Power Rankings winners of the weekend.

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 29

Manchester City – 5: Odds-on to beat Aston Villa, City still chalked up the biggest Power Rankings score of the weekend courtesy of a convincing 4-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom team.

West Brom – 5: They are only mid-table in the Premier League table, but West Brom are now into the top four of the Power Rankings after beating 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

West Ham – 5: Leicester have been chipping away at their lead, but West Ham are now 11 points clear at the summit after coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at Everton.

Bournemouth – 4: Facing a Newcastle side under immense pressure, Bournemouth moved 11 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone – and above the Magpies in the Power Rankings – with a crucial 3-1 win at St James’ Park.

Stoke City – 3.5: After Leicester and West Ham, the Power Rankings table shows Stoke as the biggest over-achievers of the season. They claimed more points against the odds on Saturday, holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland – 3.5: They will have left St Mary’s feeling beaten after Virgil van Dijk’s late equaliser for Southampton, but Sunderland may well look back on their 1-1 draw as an important point gained in their battle against relegation, with the bookmakers among those expecting a home win beforehand.

Leicester City – 3: Things are getting nervy for Leicester, but they continue to overcome hurdles in one way or another. They lost ground in the Power Rankings but moved further clear at the top of the Premier League with a narrow 1-0 win at Watford on Saturday. In the real world, 1-0 wins are worth just as much as any other.

Liverpool – 3: There has been much debate over whether they deserved their late penalty at Crystal Palace, but the bottom line is that Liverpool won 2-1 at Selhurst Park, climbing into the top half of the Power Rankings as a result.

Swansea City – 2: A recent upturn in form saw Swansea go into their game against Norwich as odds-on favourites, meaning they claimed only two Power Rankings points for a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium. But moving nine points clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League is a more important statistic.

Arsenal – 1.5: It’s not very often it happens, but Arsenal went into Saturday’s north London derby at Tottenham as genuine outsiders. The odds certainly appeared stacked against them when a goal and a man down at White Hart Lane, but Alexis Sanchez earned them a potentially crucial draw.

Tottenham – 1: It hasn’t been a great week for Tottenham, but they at least maintained the gap between them and Arsenal in the Premier League. They have dropped out of the top four of the Power Rankings, though.

Chelsea – 0.5: Guus Hiddink set a new record of going 12 Premier League games unbeaten since his appointment, but a home draw against Stoke will certainly go down as dropped points for Chelsea.

Southampton – 0.5: They will be pleased to have got anything at all having trailed Sunderland going into stoppage time, but Southampton can hardly celebrate a home draw against Sam Allardyce’s side as they chase a possible European spot.


Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. West Ham 88.5 49
2. Leicester City 77.5 60
3. Stoke City 70 43
4. West Brom 66 39
5. Tottenham 62.5 55
6. Man City 57 50
7. Everton 54.5 38
8. Liverpool 53 44
= Watford 53 37
10. Southampton 52 41
11. Crystal Palace 51.5 33
12. Manchester United 50.5 47
13. Bournemouth 49 35
= Arsenal 49 52
15. Newcastle 47 24
= Sunderland 47 25
17. Swansea City 43.5 33
18. Chelsea 41 40
19. Norwich City 37.5 24
20. Aston Villa 27 16

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