Power Rankings: Chelsea pull clear; Liverpool, Arsenal anomaly

Date published: Monday 12th December 2016 11:09

West Ham slumped to the foot of our Power Rankings despite gaining a point at Liverpool, while Chelsea stretched their lead at the summit.

There were some big scores from the league’s strugglers this weekend with Leicester and Swansea top-scoring with five points after crucial wins over Man City and Sunderland respectively.

Burnley also chalked up a huge win and banked four points and just six points separate the bottom nine in our alternative table.

Chelsea’s 1-0 win meant they stretched their lead at the top and we have them ahead of their official points tally. Liverpool are still second and they are rated above their official points tally, while Arsenal, who stay third are rated below their official 34-point tally.

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


Week 15

Leicester – 5pts: Finally back in last season’s groove.

Swansea – 5pts: Most significant result of the weekend. Bob means business.

Watford – 4pts: Impressive fightback.

Burnley – 4pts: Turf Moor is becoming a fortress.

Man Utd – 3pts: Positive signs at Old Trafford as Spurs are slayed.

Arsenal – 2.5pts: Showed character to come from behind. Are they the real deal?

Southampton – 2pts: Routine home win.

Hull – 1.5pts: Solid home point. Showing some fight.

Chelsea – 1.5pts: The bandwagon keeps rolling.

West Ham – 1.5pts: Impressive display at Anfield, but not enough to keep them off the bottom.

Crystal Palace – 1pt: Hard done by with Snodgrass penalty.

Liverpool – 0.25pts: 



Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 40 37
2. Liverpool 33.75 31
 3. Arsenal 33.25 34
 4. Tottenham 29 27
5. Man City 27 30
6. Watford 25.5 21
7. Bournemouth 23 18
8. West Brom 22 20
= C Palace 22 15
10. Everton 21.5 20
= Man Utd 21.25 24
12. Burnley 19.5 17
= Southampton 19.5 20
14. Stoke 19 19
15. Leicester 18.5 16
16. Hull City  17 12
17. Middlesbrough  16.5 15
18. Swansea 16  12
19. Sunderland 15.5  11
20. West Ham 13.5 13


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