Power Rankings: Alternative PL table after week 31

Date published: Monday 21st March 2016 7:22

Manchester United: Biggest Power Rankings of the weekend

Manchester United: Biggest Power Rankings of the weekend

Manchester United, Arsenal, Norwich City, Stoke City and Tottenham were the weekend’s five biggest 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.

Week 31

Manchester United – 5: Marcus Rashford’s dream season continued as he scored the winner in his first Manchester derby to keep United’s Champions League hopes alive and move them up five places in the Power Rankings as the biggest winners of the weekend.

Arsenal – 4: Also silencing some of their critics over the weekend were Arsenal, who claimed an impressive 2-0 win at Everton to at least stay in touch with Leicester City and Tottenham in the Premier League. They are even into the top half of the Power Rankings, climbing four places.

Norwich City -4: Written off as relegation certainties after no wins in 11 games, Norwich moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a timely 1-0 success at West Brom. They also moved above Chelsea in the Power Rankings.

Stoke City – 4: A 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday kept Stoke in contention for a Europa League place, but their lofty position of third in the Power Rankings is a reminder that this is a side that ought to be doing much better but have lost six games at home in the Premier League already this season, more than anyone else in the top 10.

Tottenham – 4: Back up to fourth place in the Power Rankings, Spurs recorded a resounding 3-0 win over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with Harry Kane becoming only the fifth Englishman to score 20 Premier League goals in successive seasons.

Leicester City – 3: The unlikely Premier League leaders are still not top of the Power Rankings, but they gained another half a point on West Ham courtesy of another 1-0 win, this time at Crystal Palace. They have seven games to complete the miracle.

Southampton – 3: When Sadio Mane missed a penalty at 2-0 to Liverpool, Southampton must have assumed their luck was out. Mane went on to score twice, though, either side of a Graziano Pelle strike, as Saints completed a thrilling win. They remain seventh in the Premier League but move up a spot to sixth in the Power Rankings.

West Ham – 2.5: A 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday means West Ham have now completed an unbeaten run against last season’s top four having already taken seven points from trips to Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. It explains why the Hammers are still the Power Rankings leaders.

Swansea City – 2: Now all but certain to retain their Premier League status, Swansea are still struggling at the bottom of the Power Rankings courtesy of a season described as “unacceptable” by Ashley Williams.

Sunderland – 1.5: Sam Allardyce said Sunderland were “hugely frustrated” to only draw at Newcastle United on Sunday, but it will still go down as a decent result for the Wearsiders at St James’ Park, earning them 1.5 Power Rankings points.

Newcastle United – 1: Despite losing their last six Tyne-Wear derbies, Newcastle were favourites to win in Rafael Benitez’s first game in charge. As it turned out, the Magpies needed a late goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic to even earn a point, but it does at least keep them within one win of safety.

Chelsea – 0.5: Cesc Fabregas scored twice to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but it will ultimately go down as two points dropped rather than one gained for Guus Hiddink’s side, who the Power Rankings rate as the Premier League’s biggest under-achievers after Aston Villa.

 

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. West Ham 91 50
2. Leicester City 82.5 66
3. Stoke City 74 46
4. Tottenham 69.5 61
5. West Brom 66 39
6. Southampton 58 47
7. Man City 57.5 51
8. Man Utd 55.5 50
9. Everton 54.5 38
10. Arsenal 53 55
= Liverpool 53 44
= Watford 53 37
13. Crystal Palace 51.5 33
14. Bournemouth 51 38
15. Sunderland 48.5 26
16. Newcastle 48 25
17. Swansea City 45.5 36
18. Norwich City 44.5 28
19. Chelsea 41.5 41
20. Aston Villa 27 16

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