West Ham, Chelsea, Norwich City and Sunderland all made gains in the Power Rankings over the weekend, but Liverpool’s struggles continue.
In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 10, 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.
With last season’s top four of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United losing an incredible 23 games between them already this season, it sees some surprise names at the top of the Power Rankings…
West Ham – 6: The Power Rankings leaders extended their lead at the summit with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, strengthening their European hopes in the process.
Chelsea – 5: They remain in the bottom three of the Power Rankings, but a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday provided the clearest sign yet that Chelsea are on the road to recovery under Guus Hiddink.
Norwich City – 4: They were helped by Victor Wanyama’s second-half red card, but a 1-0 win over Southampton was an impressive and hugely important result for Norwich in their battle against relegation.
Sunderland – 4: In a must-win game for both teams, Sunderland kept their survival hopes alive and hammered another nail into Aston Villa’s coffin with a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
Manchester City – 3: After six games without an away win in the Premier League, City must have feared the worst when Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road. However, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored late goals to get the Blues’ title challenge back on track.
West Brom – 3: Stoke City were tipped to mount a push for Europe after winning both of their fixtures over Christmas, but West Brom brought them back to earth with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns on Saturday, with Jonny Evans scoring a late winner after Geoff Cameron had been sent off.
Arsenal – 2: A win is a win, in the real world at least, but Arsenal earned only two points for edging past Newcastle having gone into the game against the 18th-placed Magpies as resounding favourites.
Bournemouth – 2: They were grateful for Riyad Mahrez’s penalty miss, but a 0-0 draw at second-placed Leicester City, however it was achieved, goes down as an excellent result for Eddie Howe’s relegation-battling side.
Manchester United – 2: United ended a run of eight games without a win with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford, but they once again failed to truly convince.
Everton – 1: After losing 4-3 at home to Stoke City last time out, Everton adopted a much more defensive approach to claim a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Tottenham – 1: Spurs were the dominant side on Merseyside but could not turn that into a victory, thus also having to settle for only a point.
Leicester City – 0.5: After a defeat to Liverpool and then goalless draw against Manchester City, Leicester may have seen a home game against Bournemouth as a great opportunity to get back to winning ways. However, Mahrez’s missed penalty proved costly as Claudio Ranieri’s side failed to score for the third game in succession.
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||65.5||32|
|2. Stoke City||49.5||29|
|3. Leicester City||49||40|
|4. Crystal Palace||48.5||31|
|5. Manchester City||44||39|
|8. West Brom||41||26|
|12. Norwich City||36.5||23|
|13. Manchester United||34||33|
|20. Aston Villa||16||8|