Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Stoke enjoyed a good Power Rankings weekend, with a bottom four including Chelsea now being cast adrift.
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.
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.
Crystal Palace – 7: In a relatively low-scoring week, Palace claimed the biggest scalp as they became the first team to inflict a defeat on Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager, earning seven Power Rankings points in the process to go second overall.
Aston Villa – 4: Remi Garde led Villa to a credible 0-0 draw with Manchester City in his first game in charge at Villa Park on Sunday, but unfortunately an improved performance was worth only a point. However, in Power Rankings world it’s worth four, moving the Midlanders off the bottom of the table.
Newcastle United – 4: They barely deserved it, but a 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday earned Newcastle four points to move them to double their actual Premier League tally. That made it seven points from four games – Steve McClaren’s side are on the up.
Stoke City – 4: Beating Chelsea right now is not the shock it would have been 12 months ago, meaning Stoke also claimed only four points over the weekend for beating the Premier League champions at the Britannia Stadium.
Manchester United – 3: A straightforward 2-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford earned Louis van Gaal’s side a straightforward three points. It’s still not particularly exciting, but you can’t argue with the Red Devils’ results.
Norwich City – 3: A first win in seven Premier League games earned Norwich a standard three points to build a gap between them and the struggling bottom four, which still includes Chelsea.
Tottenham – 2.5: Kieran Gibbs’ late equaliser earned Arsenal a share of the spoils in the north London derby on Sunday, but Tottenham are at least rewarded for their fine display in Power Rankings. They were 21/5 outsiders going into the game at Emirates Stadium and so earn a handy 2.5 points.
Leicester City – 2: Losing a point, however, are Leicester, who beat Watford by only the odd goal in three at the King Power Stadium. Still, a win is a win for Claudio Ranieri’s men, who remain third in the Premier League and climb a place to fifth in the Power Rankings.
Southampton – 2: Also dropping a point were Southampton, who were perhaps surprisingly odds-on favourites to win at Sunderland. Clearly the bookmakers have little faith in Sam Allardyce in turning around the Black Cats’ fortunes – and on this occasion at least they were right to be pessimistic.
Everton – 1: Romelu Lukaku continued his fine record against West Ham, but Everton were unable to build on his equaliser and so had to settle for a point at Upton Park. They slip to seventh in the Power Rankings.
West Ham – 1: The hosts claim exactly the same from the draw as Crystal Palace closed the gap at the top of the Power Rankings. Still, the Hammers remain a long way clear at the top.
Arsenal – 0.5: While Spurs claimed a handy 2.5 points from the draw at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal picked up only half a point having been odds-on favourites going into the north London derby.
Manchester City- 0.5: Arsenal’s stumble followed that of Manchester City earlier in the day at Aston Villa. Raheem Sterling had the Citizens’ best chance but headed straight at Brad Guzan as Remi Garde secured a point in his first game in charge of Aston Villa.
|Power Rankings, 2015-16|
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||47||21|
|2. Crystal Palace||33||19|
|3. Manchester City||31.5||26|
|5. Leicester City||27||25|
|6. Manchester United||26.5||24|
|10. Stoke City||23||16|
|12. Newcastle United||20||10|
|13. West Brom||19||14|
|15. Swansea City||18||13|
|16. Norwich City||16||12|
|19. Aston Villa||9.5||5|
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