Manchester City, Sunderland and Newcastle United were the weekend’s three biggest Power Rankings winners, with West Ham extending their overall lead.
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: It’s fairly rare for one of the Premier League’s traditional elite sides to post the highest Power Rankings score of the weekend, but City were outsiders to win at Chelsea on Saturday yet did so in style, cruising to a 3-0 victory.
Sunderland – 6: Also 3-0 away winners over the weekend were Sunderland, who are the week’s biggest Power Rankings movers courtesy of a success at Norwich that gave their survival bid a massive shot in the arm.
Newcastle United – 5: A defeat would have been disastrous following Sunderland’s win earlier in the day, but Newcastle remain well in contention for survival after comfortably seeing off Swansea City at St James’ Park.
Crystal Palace – 4: They remain a point off the mark traditionally associated with Premier League survival, but Palace are back into the top half of the Power Rankings after an impressive 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Sunday.
Watford – 4: Like Palace, a terrible run of form had dropped Watford into the edges of a relegation battle, but a 1-0 win at West Brom have put those fears to bed and left the Hornets safely in mid-table.
Liverpool – 3: Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes following the amazing Europa League comeback against Borussia Dortmund, yet the Reds were still able to win at Bournemouth to keep their top-six hopes firmly on track.
Manchester United – 2: A win is a win, but scraping past Aston Villa at home is hardly something to crow about and so earns United only two points in the Power Rankings having been odds-on to prevail at Old Trafford.
West Ham – 2: Was Sunday the day West Ham made certain of the 2015-16 Power Rankings title? There are still plenty of points to play for, but the Hammers increased their lead at the summit to five points over Leicester after their 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Everton – 1: A draw against Southampton means Everton are now guaranteed to finish this season with their worst points tally at home since the change to three points for a win. As a result, the Toffees find themselves 13th in the Power Rankings.
Southampton – 1: It would generally be regarded as a good point for Southampton at Goodison Park, but such has been the Blues’ home form this season that Saints were only marginal outsiders going into Saturday’s game, meaning they too collected only a point.
Arsenal – 0.5: A point is better than the half of one Arsenal managed for their draw against Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. It left Arsene Wenger facing up to a fight for fourth place.
Leicester City – 0.5: A 1-0 win against West Ham would have cut the gap to just 1.5 points with four games to play, but now the Foxes might have to win at Manchester United or Chelsea to clinch the Power Rankings title. They’ll probably be happy enough with the Premier League trophy if not…
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||95||53|
|2. Leicester City||90||73|
|4. Stoke City||75||47|
|5. Man City||71.5||60|
|6. West Brom||68||40|
|9. Crystal Palace||60.5||39|
|= Man Utd||60.5||56|
|17. Swansea City||51||40|
|18. Norwich City||47.5||31|
|20. Aston Villa||27||16|