Everton and Liverpool were the week’s biggest Power Rankings winners, with Arsenal and Watford also faring well.
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 20 points in the actual Premier League table but have a massive 46 in the Power Rankings having won at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
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, Anfield and the Etihad tempered by home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.
Everton – 5: Despite being up against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, Everton secured the joint highest Power Rankings tally of the week courtesy of a thumping 6-2 win over the struggling Wearsiders at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Liverpool – 5: It was a good weekend for the Merseyside clubs, with Liverpool also claiming five points courtesy of a 3-1 win at Chelsea. Despite their continued struggles, Jose Mourinho’s men continue to go into most of their games as favourites. For the first time all season, Liverpool’s Power Rankings tally is now greater than their Premier League one.
Arsenal – 4: Manchester City won again – just about – to stay top of the Premier League, but Arsenal at least cut the gap on their title rivals in the Power Rankings with an impressive 3-0 win at Swansea City.
Watford – 4: Another team enjoying a good weekend were Watford, who made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over the runaway Power Rankings leaders, West Ham.
Leicester City – 3: The comeback kings did it again on Saturday, recovering from going a goal down to win at West Brom, but Rickie Lambert’s late penalty denied them a bonus point as they won by only the odd goal in five.
Southampton – 3: A straightforward 2-0 win over Bournemouth at St Mary’s on Sunday earned Southampton a straightforward three points in the Power Rankings.
Crystal Palace – 2: They might not be quite the side they once were, but few teams in mid-table would turn their nose up at a draw against Manchester United. Having been 3/1 outsiders going into the game at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace claim two points to maintain their top-four place.
Manchester City – 2: Conversely, Manchester City drop a point after needing a late penalty to secure a 2-1 win over struggling Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium. With West Ham losing, this was something of an opportunity missed for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Stoke City – 1.5: They needed Jack Butland to be at his best to get it, but Stoke held on for a decent 0-0 draw at Newcastle United, claiming an extra half a point in the process having been outsiders going into the game at St James’ Park.
Manchester United – 1: While Palace claimed two points for the draw at Selhurst Park, another lacklustre attacking display from Louis van Gaal’s side was good enough for only the one.
Newcastle United – 1: Also picking up a point were Newcastle, who were narrow favourites to see off Stoke but failed to find a way past Butland despite a performance which suggests they are on the right road.
|Power Rankings, 2015-16|
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||46||20|
|2. Manchester City||31||25|
|4. Crystal Palace||26||16|
|6. Leicester City||25||22|
|7. Manchester United||23.5||21|
|11. Stoke City||19||13|
|12. West Brom||19||14|
|14. Swansea City||18||13|
|15. Newcastle United||16||7|
|16. Norwich City||13||9|
|20. Aston Villa||5.5||4|
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