Power Rankings: Everton close on Chelsea; Arsenal cut adrift

Date published: Monday 20th March 2017 10:08

Everton’s thumping win over Hull has lifted them into third place, while Manchester United might have moved in real terms, but they are stuck in eighth in our Power Rankings.

Two late Romelu Lukaku goals lifted the Toffees over city rivals Liverpool and into third spot. Tottenham closed the gap on Chelsea to just a point, while West Brom find themselves in the dizzy heights of sixth after cornering Arsenal.

Leicester’s continued resurgence saw them move clear of the bottom three and Crystal Palace are on the move after a crucial home win over Watford.

Bournemouth’s win over Swansea has seen them move level on points with Man Utd, who managed to see off rock-bottom Boro at The Riverside.

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 12th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.


Matchday 29

West Brom -5pts: Too strong and clever for Arsenal; a push for Europe?

Everton – 5pts: Turning Goodison into a fortress; Champions League prospects.

Leicester – 4pts: Charging away from danger.

Bournemouth – 4pts: Level on points with Man Utd after solid home win.

Man Utd – 3pts: A fine away win, despite Mourinho suggesting a draw was all they could hope for.

Tottenham – 2pts: Closing the gap on the leaders; title tilt is on.

C Palace – 2pts: Eased relegation fears without a shot on target.

Liverpool – 1.5pts: A point earned in a game which swung both ways.

Chelsea – 1.5pts: Fantastic away win keeps them ahead of Spurs.

Man City – 1pt: Fail to close the gap on fourth place. Pep was happy though.

Sunderland – 1pt: Rode their luck early on in front of the watching owner Ellis Short.

Burnley – 1pt: Cannot break their away-day hoodoo.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 64.75 69
2. Tottenham 63.75 58
 3. Everton 61.5 50
 4. Liverpool 60 56
5. Man City 50.75 57
6. West Brom 49 43
7. Arsenal 43.25 50
8. Man Utd 41.5 52
= Bournemouth 41.5 33
10. Stoke 38.5 36
= Crystal Palace 38.5 27
12. West Ham 38 33
= Burnley 38 32
14. Southampton 37.5 33
15. Watford 37 31
16. Swansea 36  27
17. Leicester 34.5  30
18. Hull 33  24
19. Sunderland  29.5  20
20. Middlesbrough 25  22

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