Power Rankings: Man City, Southampton, Arsenal gain

Date published: Monday 5th October 2015 11:13

Manchester City: Demolished Newcastle United to claim six points

Manchester City, Southampton and Arsenal are the biggest Power Rankings climbers, while Liverpool and Chelsea remain in the bottom half.

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 14 points in the actual Premier League table but have 35 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 counting for little in reality due to home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.

Week 8

Manchester City – 6: Up against bottom-of-the-league Newcastle, Manuel Pellegrini’s odds-on favourites managed to record the joint highest points haul of the week as Sergio Aguero ran riot at the Etithad Stadium.

Southampton – 6: Also claiming six points were Southampton, with Chelsea once again made strong favourites to win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday despite their appalling start to the new season. Saints took advantage of the bookmakers’ generosity to climb to fifth in the Power Rankings.

Arsenal – 5: The next biggest winners of the weekend were Arsenal, who were favourites to beat Manchester United but did so in style as three early goals at Emirates Stadium edged the Gunners just ahead of their actual points tally in the Power Rankings.

Leicester City – 4: Norwich were four games unbeaten going into Saturday’s clash with Leicester at Carrow Road, but the visitors continued to defy the pre-season doubters with an impressive win.

Stoke City – 4: Aston Villa were not the most of formidable opponents, but Stoke had not started the season too well themselves and so were outsiders to win at Villa Park, despite doing so on their previous two trips there. Marko Arnautovic ensured they made it three in a row.

Crystal Palace – 3: A comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom at Selhurst Park saw Palace to another three points to keep them second in the Power Rankings, just ahead of Manchester City.

Sunderland – 1.5: If there is a benefit of being down at the bottom, it is that it doesn’t half help you in the Power Rankings. Sunderland were outsiders to beat West Ham on their own turf on Saturday so claimed 1.5 points. They remain bottom, however, and are now searching for yet another new manager.

Watford – 1.5: Claiming the same points were Watford, who held Bournemouth to a 1-1 draw at Dean Court to continue their solid start to life back in the Premier League.

Bournemouth – 1: Slight favourites to win, the Cherries remain level with their actual tally – but it would have been better had Glenn Murray put away his late penalty.

Everton – 1: Still comfortably ahead of their real-life tally are Everton, who claimed another point with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Liverpool – 1: It wasn’t enough to keep Brendan Rodgers in a job, but Liverpool were actually slight outsiders going into the game. They too collect a point but drop a place in the Power Rankings to 15th.

Swansea City – 1: Narrow favourites to beat Tottenham, Swansea were held to a point as Christian Eriksen scored two free-kicks to save the visitors.

Tottenham – 1: Spurs are still some way off a top-four place in the Power Rankings, however, despite being slightly ahead of their actual points tally.

West Ham – 1: The final team to claim a point, West Ham remain well clear at the summit after fighting back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.

Power Rankings

Power Rankings, 2015-16
Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. West Ham 35 14
2. Crystal Palace 24 15
3. Manchester City 23 18
4. Everton 20 13
5. Southampton 17 12
6. Arsenal 16.5 16
7. Leicester City 16.5 15
8. Manchester United 15.5 16
9. Swansea City 15 10
10. Tottenham 14.5 13
11. Norwich City 13 9
12. Stoke City 12.5 9
13. Watford 12 10
14. West Brom 11 8
15. Liverpool 10.5 12
16. Newcastle 9 3
17. Bournemouth 8 8
18. Chelsea 7 8
19. Aston Villa 5.5 4
20. Sunderland 5 3

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