Liverpool and Chelsea remain in the bottom six of the Power Rankings, with Tottenham and Watford the week’s biggest winners.
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.
Tottenham – 6: Up against struggling Bournemouth, Tottenham still managed to secure the joint biggest Power Rankings points haul of the week with a convincing 5-1 win at Dean Court, aided by a Harry Kane hat-trick.
Watford – 6: Also boosting their tally for the season were Watford, who claimed a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win at Stoke, who went into the game on the back of three consecutive victories.
Sunderland – 5: Climbing off the bottom of the table, meanwhile, are Sunderland following a 3-0 win over Newcastle in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light in which Fabricio Coloccini was sent off before half-time for the visitors.
West Brom – 5: Outsiders going into their game at Norwich, West Brom climb the table courtesy of a 1-0 win at Carrow Road, with Salomon Rondon scoring the Baggies’ winner.
West Ham – 5: Their odds with the bookmakers tumble each week; West Ham are being taken seriously. They were still outsiders to beat Chelsea on Saturday but inflicted yet more misery on the champions with a 2-1 win to further extend their lead at the top of the Power Rankings table.
Leicester City – 3: In a battle between two of the season’s biggest achievers so far, Jamie Vardy scored for the seventh Premier League game in succession in a 1-0 victory for high-flying Leicester.
Swansea City – 3: It was billed as a battle between two managers battling to save their job, but while Swansea denied the claims about Garry Monk, the reports proved to be correct about Tim Sherwood with Aston Villa announcing his sacking after a 2-1 win for the south Wales side at Villa Park.
Arsenal – 2: Odds-on to beat Everton, Arsenal claim only two points for their 2-1 victory. Nevertheless, it was a result which Arsene Wenger believes provided proof of his side’s ability to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Southampton – 2: With Jurgen Klopp taking charge of his first Premier League game at Anfield, Southampton were expected to be the fall guys, but Sadio Mane’s late equaliser earned Ronald Koeman’s side a deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool – 1: Klopp’s men, however, claim only a point having been firm favourites to coast to victory. The new boss was not too disappointed, declaring he had already noticed an improvement in performances.
Manchester City – 1: While most were left underwhelmed by a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, Gary Neville described the first half as the best 45 minutes he had seen ‘anywhere in the Premier League this season’. Either way, the result was worth a point for City.
Manchester United – 1: Narrow favourites to claim the win, United also had to settle for a point. Once again, questions were asked of Wayne Rooney after he lost the ball more than any United player despite having the least touches of any outfielder to start the game.
|Power Rankings, 2015-16|
|Team||Power Rankings Points||Official Points|
|1. West Ham||46||20|
|2. Manchester City||29||22|
|3. Crystal Palace||24||15|
|5. Manchester United||22.5||20|
|6. Leicester City||22||19|
|11. Swansea City||18||13|
|13. Stoke City||17.5||12|
|16. Norwich City||13||9|
|20. Aston Villa||5.5||4|
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