Newcastle and Bournemouth are this week’s big Power Rankings winners, with Liverpool claiming two points for their 0-0 draw at Arsenal.
We’re not going to be petitioning FIFA for a change to the points system any time soon, but imagine if points were awarded based on the difficulty of the result achieved.
So, as an alternative to the official table, this season we’ll be using an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins to award points from 0.5 up to 10, ensuring the teams that attack and go for glory with the odds stacked against them are rewarded more than those teams that claim their points through a series of 1-0 home wins over the league’s struggling teams.
Newcastle – 5: This week’s big gainers are Newcastle, who were 9/1 outsiders to win at Manchester United but claimed a credible point at Old Trafford.
Bournemouth – 4: In a low-scoring week, Bournemouth were the only other gainers in the Power Rankings, but some fairly stingy odds – the Cherries were only 11/5 to beat West Ham – means they pick up only four points for their brilliant win at Upton Park.
Manchester City – 3: The only team to win by more than a goal over the weekend, City’s consistency so far this season has helped them to the top of the table.
Chelsea – 2: Jose Mourinho’s side, meanwhile, fall further behind the early leaders after claiming their first win of the season – but at odds-on and only by one goal.
Crystal Palace – 2: Another side getting the minimum two points for their win are Palace, who edged past Aston Villa at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool – 2: A point behind their actual total going into Monday night’s game at Arsenal, a 0-0 draw for the outsiders redresses the balance.
Stoke – 1.5: Despite the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke were still outsiders at Norwich on Saturday, claiming an extra half a point from their draw.
Sunderland – 1.5: The same applies to Sunderland, who were at home but unfancied against Swansea after their dreadful start.
Leicester – 1: A fine start to the season for Claudio Ranieri’s team saw them installed as narrow favourites against Tottenham, meaning their point in reality is worth just that in the Power Rankings, too.
Norwich – 1: Alex Neil’s side stay a point clear of their actual tally after being denied a win by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Southampton – 1: A 0-0 draw at Watford on Sunday keeps Southampton level.
Swansea – 1: A 1-1 draw at Sunderland was also worth a point to Swansea.
Tottenham – 1: As was a 1-1 draw at Leicester for Tottenham.
Watford – 1: A raft of draws means few changes in the Power Rankings, with the Hornets the sixth team to claim one point.
Arsenal – 0.5: Having been odds-on to beat Liverpool on Monday night, a goalless draw sees the Gunners claim only the minimum tally.
Manchester United – 0.5: Losing out again, however, are Manchester United after their goalless draw against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
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