Manchester United, Newcastle United, West Ham, Manchester City and Stoke City were the weekend’s five 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 17 points in the actual Premier League table but 41 in the Power Rankings having won at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. 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 counting for little in reality due to home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.
Manchester United – 6: It doesn’t matter who you are, a 3-0 win at Everton is impressive. United were favourites to prevail at Goodison Park, but to do so by three goals earns them the joint highest score of the week.
Newcastle United – 6: Also claiming six points were Newcastle, who ended their wait for a first Premier League win of the season in style as they put six past Norwich City in an end-to-end encounter at St James’ Park on Sunday.
West Ham – 6: The other big winners were, once again, West Ham, who extended their lead at the top of the table even further courtesy of a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. Can Slaven Bilic’s men be caught this season? Not if they keep shocking teams away from home, they can’t.
Manchester City- 5: Up to second in the Power Rankings are the Premier League leaders, who were odds-on favourites to beat Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium but made sure of a decent points haul with five goals, three of which came from Raheem Sterling.
Stoke City – 5: Despite their contrasting form going into the game, Stoke were outsiders to win at Swansea on Monday night. An early Bojan penalty, however, earned Mark Hughes’ side five Power Rankings points.
Arsenal – 4: Another of the title chasers to enjoy a good weekend were Arsenal, who had to be patient at Watford on Saturday evening before racking up four Power Rankings points with three second-half goals.
Chelsea – 3: A routine 2-0 home win earned the Premier League champions a routine three points in the Power Rankings to move them out of the bottom three, but they are still down on their real-life tally after a disastrous start to their title defence.
West Brom – 3: In one of the more predictable results of the weekend, West Brom edged their way to a 1-0 win over Sunderland at The Hawthorns on Saturday, earning three points to maintain their mid-table position.
Leicester City – 2.5: Never, ever, write Leicester off. Two goals down at Southampton on Saturday, Claudio Ranieri’s men once again came from behind to earn a point – and 2.5 in the Power Rankings having gone into the game as outsiders.
Liverpool- 1.5: It was not the result Jurgen Klopp had dreamed of in his first game in charge of Liverpool, but a 0-0 draw at Tottenham was a decent start for the German, especially in the absence of so many first-team players.
Tottenham – 1: Despite the anticipated Klopp effect, Spurs were favourites to beat Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Simon Mignolet, however, made sure they collected only a point – in both forms.
Southampton – 0.5: A 2-0 win over Leicester would have been worth three points, but throwing away a two-goal lead saw Southampton surrender half a point.
|Power Rankings, 2015-16|
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||41||17|
|2. Manchester City||28||21|
|3. Crystal Palace||24||15|
|4. Manchester United||21.5||19|
|7. Leicester City||19||16|
|9. Stoke City||17.5||12|
|12. Swansea City||15||10|
|13. West Brom||14||11|
|14. Norwich City||13||9|
|19. Aston Villa||5.5||4|