Power Rankings: Liverpool stay top, Man Utd languishing mid-table

Date published: Monday 24th October 2016 9:08

Liverpool: Moved on from United draw

Chelsea were the big movers in our Power Rankings thanks to their 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United – but Liverpool remain top.

Antonio Conte taught Jose Mourinho a lesson or two as Chelsea stunned United thanks to Pedro’s goal after only 30 seconds, before putting the visitors to the sword with further strikes from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante. The result left the Blues only one point behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, who are tied on 20 points at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool remain top of our Power Rankings, but perhaps should have extended their lead further having missed a host of chances and conceding late on to Gareth McAuley in their 2-1 victory over West Brom.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were frustrated by Middlesbrough at the Emirates, but were ultimately left with Petr Cech to thank for securing a 0-0 draw – a result which sees the Gunners drop out of the top four in our Power Rankings.

Elsewhere, Burnley, Stoke and Leicester all recorded morale-boosting victories to move further away from the bottom three in our table.

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 18th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Philippe Coutinho Sadio Mane

Week 9

Chelsea – 6pts: Thrashed Manchester United to reignite their title challenge.

Burnley – 4pts: Last-gasp victory over Everton helped the Clarets move away from drop zone.

Leicester – 4pts: King Power remains a fortress after an impressive win over Crystal Palace.

Stoke – 4pts: Greater class told at Hull.

West Ham – 2pts: Needed a last-minute winner to beat Sunderland.

Liverpool – 1.5pts: Big favourites to beat West Brom and should have scored more.

Middlesbrough – 1.5pts: Impressive draw at Arsenal, could have snatched a win.

Bournemouth – 1.5pts: Well-organised display to hold out Tottenham.

Southampton – 1.5pts: Gifted a draw at City thanks to John Stones’ blunder.

Watford – 1.5pts:  Solid away result at Swansea.

Swansea – 1pt: Off the mark under Bob Bradley.

Arsenal – 0.25pts: Frustrated to drop points against Middlesbrough.

Manchester City – 0.25pts: Extended their winless run to five matches.

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Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Liverpool 21.5 20
2. Chelsea 20.5 19
 3. Tottenham 19.5 19
4. Man City 19.25 20
5. Arsenal 18.25 20
6. Watford 18 12
7. Bournemouth 17.5 12
8. Everton 16.5 11
9. Crystal Palace 15 11
10. Manchester Utd 13.25 10
11. West Brom 13 10
= Southampton 13  13
13. Leicester 11.5 11
 14. Stoke 11  9
15. Hull 10  7
= West Ham 10 10
= Burnley 10 10
18. Middlesbrough 7.5 7
19. Swansea 6.5 5
20. Sunderland 2.5  2

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