Power Rankings: Liverpool and Stoke among big winners

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2015 12:52

Liverpool: Eight Power Rankings points after 4-1 win at Manchester City

Liverpool: Eight Power Rankings points after 4-1 win at Manchester City

Liverpool, Stoke City, West Brom, Everton, Leicester City and Tottenham were the weekend’s six biggest Power Rankings winners.

In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 10, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.

It helps, particularly in the early stages of the season, before every team has played all the others, to highlight the real value of the points won and lost.

West Ham, for example, have 21 points in the actual Premier League table but have a massive 47 in the Power Rankings having won at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. Chelsea on the other hand have two less points than in reality, with results like Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Norwich City failing to impress.

For the Irons, this alternative table highlights the true value of the points they’ve won – points that relatively few other teams will get – but also leaves them wondering ‘what if’, with bonus points at Emirates Stadium, Anfield and the Etihad tempered by home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.

Week 13

Liverpool – 8: It was one of several impressive results over the weekend, but Liverpool claim their share of top billing after a comprehensive 4-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Stoke City – 8: Joining them are Stoke City, who were perhaps surprisingly given their good form the longest-odds winners of the weekend. After Bojan’s early goal, the Potters defence held firm for a fourth straight clean sheet on the road in the Premier League.

West Brom – 8: Completing the trio of big winners are West Brom as Tony Pulis continued his fine home record against Arsenal, who missed a late penalty through Santi Cazorla to slip from fourth to ninth in the Power Rankings.

Sunderland – 7:

Everton – 5: The biggest winners of the weekend were Everton, who thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 at Goodison Park, but Roberto Martinez’s side were odds-on favourites against the Premier League’s bottom side and so have to settle for five points.

Leicester City – 5: Also claiming five points were Leicester City as Jamie Vardy scored for a 10th consecutive Premier League game to help them to an impressive 3-0 win over struggling Newcastle United at St James’ Park. West Ham and Crystal Palace are the only top-10 sides the Foxes have beaten so far, however, explaining their relatively low Power Rankings points total.

Tottenham – 4: It might seem harsh, but Tottenham were odds-on to beat West Ham at White Hart Lane on Sunday and so claim only four points following Manuel Lanzini’s late consolation for the visitors. Like Leicester, Spurs are in need of a big scalp to climb the Power Rankings table having so far beaten only Manchester City of last season’s top nine.

Manchester United – 3: It was far from straightforward, but Troy Deeney’s late own goal allowed Manchester United to claim a standard three points following a 2-1 win at Watford.

Bournemouth – 2: They will rue two dropped points after blowing a two-goal lead, but Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw at Swansea City at least earns them an extra point in the Power Rankings after they went into the game as firm outsiders.

Chelsea – 2: The Premier League champions, however, lose another point despite getting back to winning ways against Norwich City. They will need to chalk up some far more impressive results if they are to climb out of the lower reaches of the Power Rankings table.

Swansea City – 0.5: Garry Monk argued Swansea City’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth was a point gained after they fought back from 2-0 down, but in reality it represented another poor result for the struggling Welsh side.

Power Rankings

Power Rankings, 2015-16
Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. West Ham 47 21
2. Crystal Palace 33 19
3. Leicester City 32 28
4. Manchester City 31.5 26
5. Everton 31 20
6. Stoke City 31 19
7. Manchester United 29.5 27
8. Tottenham 28 21
9. Arsenal 27 26
10. West Brom 27 17
11. Liverpool 26 20
12. Southampton 24.5 20
13. Watford 22 16
14. Newcastle 20 10
15. Swansea City 18 13
16. Sunderland 17 9
17. Norwich City 16 12
18. Chelsea 12 14
19. Aston Villa 9.5 5
20. Bournemouth 8 8

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    Mark Holmes

    Liverpool, Stoke City, West Brom, Everton, Leicester City and Tottenham were the weekend’s six biggest Power Rankings winners.

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    Mark Holmes

    I know this isn’t everyone’s favourite piece of content, but I think the table is starting to tell us quite a lot.

    Leicester are top in reality but only third in Power Rankings. Why? Because they’ve only beaten two of the current top 10 – West Ham and Crystal Palace.

    Spurs are only eighth. Why? Because Manchester City are the only team from last season’s top nine they’ve beaten so far.

    Arsenal are ninth. Why? Because Man Utd and Swansea are the only teams from last season’s top nine they’ve beaten so far.

    Until the end of the season, the actual table CAN lie because some teams have had easier fixtures than others…



    As you say, it’s all shit’s and giggles (although you did put it far more eloquently), but can I point out one small flaw?

    My Spuds tonk the team that is currently 14 points clear at the top of the table, very clearly indicating that they are the team “to beat” this season, but only receive 5 points because they happened to be rubbish last season? 🙂

    Wouldn’t it be a better idea to do a table based on the same fixtures from last season, then you can tell if a team is on track to improve their points total or not? I think that would be a much better indication on whether a team has improved or not.


    Mark Holmes

    The points are decided on the odds, banjo, and Spurs were odds-on to win yesterday. I don’t necessarily agree with that myself, but if we decided the points ourselves it would be an absolute minefield!

    You idea for the other alternative table is a decent one (I often do the comparisons for my team), but it’s too late now!



    was it 2 or 3 times that “rubbish” team beat you last season? ;P



    Steve… if you’re referring to the Spammers, they didn’t beat us at all last season! But don’t let that ruin a good trolling attempt! 🙂

    Just for the record, last season we drew 1-1 with the Goonies at the Hemorrhoids and 2-2 with the Spammers at the Lane so this year we’ve got more points than last year, so we’re gonna win the league or something…




    It will be interesting to see just how closely this table resembles the actual table come the end of the season, if the people behind it have got their calculations right it should end up almost spot on. I very much doubt it will but I am willing to be proven wrong.


    Mark Holmes

    I don’t think it’ll be massively different, but West Ham are already quite far ahead. If they happened to get another shock away win they’d take a lot of catching even if they go on a long losing run.

    I also think Chelsea will finish even lower in this than they do in the real table – unless they suddenly start beating teams 4 or 5-0, which I can’t see at the moment.



    For what it’s worth (not a lot, I know), I compared the mighty Spuds results from this season against last season (not including results from promoted/relegated sides) and we’ve managed to accumulate 8 more points from the same games…

    Guess that means we’re improving… 🙂

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