Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea were the weekend’s three biggest Power Rankings winners of the weekend as Leicester City closed on the summit.
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.
West Ham continue to lead the way, helped in no small part by their early-season wins at Arsenal and Manchester City, which earned them 20 points alone. Chelsea on the other hand remain second from bottom as they continue to pay the price for their under-achievement, while the rest of last season’s top four battle it out in the top half having also failed to hit their targets.
Manchester City – 6: Down in fourth place in the Premier League, out of contention for the title, City did at least move up a place in the Power Rankings courtesy of their resounding 4-0 win at Bournemouth. They’ll need a few more results like that to catch the sides above them, however.
Arsenal – 5: Another side to climb courtesy of a 4-0 win, Arsenal are still only eighth overall, behind both Manchester clubs despite being above them in the Premier League. If you think that is strange, consider this: since the start of November, the Gunners have only won four Premier League games by more than one goal – against Bournemouth (twice), Aston Villa and Sunderland.
Chelsea – 5: The third team to record a 4-0 win, Chelsea remain second bottom in the Power Rankings, though they are now within touching distance of several sides above them. They are on a 15-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, but eight of those games ended in draws, explaining the Blues’ position in the alternative table.
Leicester City – 3: Games are running out for Leicester to overhaul West Ham at the top of the Power Rankings, but they did at least cut the gap by 2.5 points over the weekend courtesy of their 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday. The Foxes will need to beat the Hammers and perhaps win at Manchester United or Chelsea to win the alternative title, though they’ll likely be satisfied with the Premier League one if that’s all they manage.
Manchester United – 3: Anthony Martial scored with United’s first shot on target against Everton on Saturday, with Louis van Gaal admitting his side were “lucky” to win. But it was still an extremely handy three points in the race for Champions League places.
Norwich City – 3: In a crucial game against a fellow relegation rival, Norwich left it until stoppage time to finally beat Newcastle United on Saturday, moving four points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League in the process. They remain 17th in the Power Rankings, too.
Crystal Palace – 2: Still without a Premier League win in 2016, Palace will not have been too unhappy about the 14th game of their winless streak after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at West Ham. After a fine first half to the season, the Eagles remain in mid-table Power Rankings obscurity.
West Brom – 2: They failed to register a single shot on target, but Tony Pulis said he was “doing somersaults” after West Brom moved on to 40 points for the season with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland. Say what you want about the Welshman’s methods, but the Baggies have done well on the road this season, have never been in danger of relegation, and are a lofty fifth in the Power Rankings.
Swansea City – 1.5: Having appeared beaten at 2-0 down, Swansea staged a Jefferson Montero-inspired comeback to claim a 2-2 draw at Stoke City that moved them 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. This season has still been a disappointing one for the south Wales side, however, explaining their position still in the bottom three of the Power Rankings.
Tottenham – 1.5: With Leicester City beating Southampton the next day, Tottenham’s draw at Liverpool has to be regarded as two points dropped. It was a good result in any other circumstances, however, and may still go down as such come the end of the season if the Foxes falter.
Liverpool – 1: The bookmakers made Liverpool favourites to beat Spurs at Anfield, meaning they collect only a point for holding their title-chasing visitors. Were it not for Hugo Lloris, it could have been more.
Stoke City – 1: Two goals to the good at home against Swansea, it seemed Stoke were coasting their way to a win which would have moved them up to seventh and within two points of West Ham in sixth. A late collapse, however, leaves them still in eighth, knowing they can be overtaken by Liverpool and Chelsea, who both have games in hand.
Sunderland – 1: A fourth successive draw saw Sunderland slip to four points from safety, making next week’s game against Leicester City at the Stadium of Light a must-win one according to Sam Allardyce.
West Ham – 0.5: The Power Rankings leaders have had their lead cut to six points, but it remains a healthy advantage with so little of the season to play. They will have been disappointed not to beat Crystal Palace having come from behind to lead, but the controversial sending-off of Cheikhou Kouyate proved crucial.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||91.5||51|
|2. Leicester City||85.5||69|
|3. Stoke City||75||47|
|5. West Brom||68||40|
|6. Man City||63.5||54|
|7. Man Utd||58.5||53|
|12. Crystal Palace||53.5||34|
|17. Norwich City||47.5||31|
|18. Swansea City||47||37|
|20. Aston Villa||27||16|