Power Rankings: Chelsea lead cut; Man Utd slip into mid-table

Date published: Monday 28th November 2016 9:39

Liverpool climbed back to the summit alongside Chelsea, while Manchester United lost more ground and sit in 10th place in our Power Rankings.

Liverpool’s gritty 2-0 home win over ‘park the double decker bus’ Sunderland was enough to see them assume joint top spot with Chelsea, who ended Tottenham’s unbeaten record to make it seven straight wins.

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as his uninspired United drew 1-1 with West Ham at Old Trafford and they are now a mammoth 15.75 points behind the leaders.

Stoke’s 1-0 away win at Watford was enough to see them top the weekend’s points chart as they surged into 12th spot, while Swansea are now just a point adrift at the bottom after their 5-4 success over faltering Crystal Palace.

In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 7, 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, who are 18th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Charlie Adam Stoke

Week 13

Stoke – 4pts: Battling away-day win with key men.

Swansea – 3pts: A first win for Bob and now they must build on the win.

Southampton – 3pts: Put one over on former boss Ronald Koeman and deservedly so.

Arsenal – 2.5pts: The 3-1 scoreline flattered them against Bournemouth.

Chelsea – 2pts: Finding some ominous form. Not yet favourites, but should be.

Liverpool – 2.5pts: Crucial win after being without Lallana and losing Coutinho.

Man City – 1.5pts: Still favourites but made hard work of Burnley.

Middlesbrough – 1.5pts: Were better than the champions and denied at the last.

West Ham – 1.5pts: Good performance and might have claimed all three points at Old Trafford.

Hull – 1.5pts: Improved second half showing was enough to earn a point.

West Brom – 1pt: Playing with a ‘swagger’, according to Pulis.

Leicester – 0.5pt: “We are fighting for a relegation battle,” admitted Ranieri.

Man Utd – 0.25pts: Drab home draw, Mourinho sent off. At least Pogba made his first assist.

Liverpool: Left it late

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 33.5 31
= Liverpool 33.5 30
 3. Man City 27 30
 4. Arsenal 26.25 28
 5. Tottenham 23.5 24
6. Watford 21.5 18
7. Everton 20 19
8. Bournemouth 19 15
9. West Brom 18 17
10. Man Utd 17.75 20
11. Southampton 17.5 17
12. Stoke 16.5 16
= Burnley 15.5 14
= Hull 15.5 11
15. C Palace  15  11
16. Middlesbrough 14.5 12
17. Leicester 13.5 13
18. West Ham 12 12
19. Sunderland 11.5 8
20. Swansea 11 9

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