Power Rankings: Surprise sides in Champions League places

Date published: Monday 6th February 2017 10:08

Arsenal lost ground on the top four, Everton made hay, while Sunderland leapt off the bottom and into 15th place in our Power Rankings.

Arsenal’s predictable away defeat at the champions-elect Chelsea sees them slip further behind the top four, while Antonio Conte’s men look home and hosed. We can surely crown them now.

Everton’s bid for a top-four place continued with a powerful showing as they hammered a brittle Bournemouth side, while Sunderland are off the bottom with a maximum seven-point haul after smashing Big Sam’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Middlesbrough, Leicester and Swansea are all joint-bottom and prop up the rest. Could the champions be relegated?

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 9th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Matchday 24

Sunderland – 7pts: Only 35% possession and scored four from just seven shots on target. Ruthless.

Hull City – 5 pts: Just 28% possession on home soil but battled to a crucial win.

West Ham – 5pts: Solid away-day showing in a “crazy league”, according to Slaven Bilic.

Everton – 4pts: Had less possession than Bournemouth but scored with six of their 10 shots on target.

Manchester Utd – 3.5pts: Jose Mourinho: “If we tried to transform the unlucky draws to victories, we would be in an amazing position.” Yep, and if my auntie…

Watford – 3pts: A Burnley red card was a massive help as Watford ground out a 2-1 win.

Chelsea – 3pts: Given them the title now. Looked like champions as they brushed off Arsenal.

West Brom – 3pts: Had little possession but looked more dangerous than Stoke and deserved the win.

Tottenham – 1.5pts: Edged out a deep and defensive Middlesbrough side.

Man City – 1.5pts: Pep Guardiola: “He is Gabriel Jesus. We are happy to have him.”

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 59 59
2. Tottenham 54.25 50
 3. Liverpool 50 46
 4. Everton 48.50 40
5. Man City 44.5 49
6. Arsenal 43 47
7. West Brom 39.5 36
8. Man Utd 38 45
9. West Ham 36 31
= Watford 36 30
11. Burnley 34 29
12. Bournemouth 33 26
13. Stoke 31 29
14. Hull 29  20
15. Sunderland  28.5  19
= Southampton 28.5 27
= Crystal Palace 28.5 19
18. Swansea 28  21
19. Leicester 23.5 21
= Middlesbrough 23.5  21

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