Everton, Manchester United and Norwich City were the week’s big Power Rankings winners, with West Ham extending their lead overall.
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 only six points in the actual Premier League table but have 23 in the Power Rankings having won at Arsenal and Liverpool. 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 and Anfield counting for little in reality due to home defeats against Leicester and Bournemouth.
Arsenal on the other hand are down on their real tally, with all three of their wins coming against opponents they were expected to beat. The challenge for the Gunners will be to take points from their title rivals – a win at Chelsea next weekend, for example, would send the Gunners shooting up the table.
Everton – 5: Chelsea have endured a terrible start to the new season, but the Premier League champions were still favourites to win at Goodison Park on Saturday. A hat-trick from Steven Naismith sent Jose Mourinho’s men home empty-handed, however, and earned Everton five Power Rankings points, the biggest haul of the weekend.
Manchester United – 4: Although United were favourites, the bookmakers were far from convinced they would get the three points against Liverpool. They did exactly that, though, and earned a bonus point for a two-goal winning margin courtesy of Anthony Martial’s fine late solo goal.
Norwich City – 4: Also 3-1 winners, Norwich climb to seventh in the Power Rankings, one place above their actual position, having got the better of fellow Premier League new boys Bournemouth at Carrow Road.
Arsenal – 3: Having won all seven of their previous home games against Stoke in the Premier League, Arsenal were the biggest favourites of the weekend at 3/10. A two-goal winning margin helped them to three points, but their overall points tally hints there are tougher challenges ahead for the Gunners.
Watford – 3: Swansea’s strong start to the season saw them go into Saturday’s trip to Vicarage Road as slight favourites, but Odion Ighalo’s goal saw Watford to an impressive three points.
West Ham – 3: A 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday night moved Slaven Bilic’s side up to to fifth in the real Premier League table but some six points clear in the Power Rankings, helped by two maximum-point hauls at Arsenal and Liverpool.
Leicester City – 2: Claudio Ranieri’s side produced a sensational comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Sunday, but it was a win they had been odds-on to collect before the game. Leicester are one of only two teams, along Liverpool, with the same amount of Power Rankings points as Premier League ones.
Manchester City – 2: Unfortunately for City, their tag of champions-elect sees them go into tough games such as Saturday’s at Crystal Palace as odds-on favourites. Having won by only one late goal, Manuel Pellegrini’s side failed to collect any bonus points, though their consistency still sees them joint second in the table.
Tottenham – 2: Also needing a late goal were Tottenham, who claimed their first win of the season – but at odds-on. Having previously failed to beat Stoke, Leicester and Everton, Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain in the bottom three of the Power Rankings table.
West Brom – 1.5: This is a result that will please Tony Pulis – a 0-0 home draw that earns West Brom half an extra point than in reality against a Southampton side that were favourites to win at The Hawthorns.
Southampton- 1: Favourites they may have been, but Saints were still an attractive 8/5 shot going into their trip to the West Midlands, with a draw the bookmakers’ predicted result. Another point keeps Ronald Koeman’s side just ahead of their tally in reality.
|Power Rankings, 2015-16|
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||23||9|
|2. Crystal Palace||17||9|
|= Manchester City||17||15|
|5. Swansea City||13||8|
|6. Leicester City||11||11|
|7. Norwich City||9||7|
|8. Manchester United||8.5||10|
|= West Brom||7||5|
|15. Aston Villa||5.5||4|
|17. Stoke City||4.5||2|