Power Rankings: Chelsea nudge ahead at the summit

Date published: Monday 6th March 2017 9:49

They may be way behind Chelsea in the real table, but Tottenham’s win over Everton pulled them closer to the Blues, while Arsenal are well off the pace in our Power Rankings.

Chelsea nudged back ahead again on Monday night after seeing off West Ham, but Tottenham are only 1.5 points behind with us.

Man City are fifth after overpowering Sunderland, while Man Utd could not make any headway after drawing with Bournemouth.

The weekend’s big movers were Crystal Palace, who are now 14th, while Leicester are out of the bottom three and Middlesbrough are rock-bottom of our rankings.

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 9th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

 

Matchday 27

Crystal Palace – 5pts: Big movers up to 14th after a huge win at WBA.

Leicester – 3pts: Renewed vigour under Craig Shakespeare and out of our drop zone.

Southampton – 3pts: Bounced back from cup final defeat and sit 10th.

Liverpool – 3pts: Third after disposing of Arsenal.

Stoke – 3pts: A routine win puts them just ahead of their real tally.

Man City – 2.5pts: In cruise control at Sunderland; still only fifth in our table.

Tottenham – 2pts: Level with Chelsea now after sinking Everton.

Swansea – 2pts: Looking like a team who could finish in mid-table.

Chelsea – 1.5pts: Looked like the champions elect en route to three points at West Ham.

Bournemouth 1.5pts: Looked an impossible task early on, but steadied the ship and deserved their point.

Ma Utd – 0.25pts: Way back in eighth; cannot make any headway.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 63.25 66
= Tottenham 61.75 56
 3. Liverpool 57 52
 4. Everton 53 44
5. Man City 49.5 55
6. West Brom 44 40
7. Arsenal 43.25 50
8. Man Utd 38.5 49
9. West Ham 38 33
10. Southampton 37.5 33
11. Watford 37 31
= Burnley 37 31
= Stoke 37 35
14. Crystal Palace 36.5 25
15. Swansea 36  27
16. Bournemouth 34.5 27
17. Leicester 31.5  27
18. Hull 30  21
19. Sunderland  28.5  19
20. Middlesbrough 25  22

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