Power Rankings: Man Utd close on leaders as Chelsea climb

Chelsea: Our biggest Power Rankings climbers this week

Chelsea: Our biggest Power Rankings climbers this week

Chelsea’s impressive win over Burnley saw them jump up our Power Rankings table, while Manchester United closed the gap on early-season pacesetters Hull with a win over the Tigers.

United were indebted to a last-gasp strike from Marcus Rashford for their win at KCOM Stadium and they now trail the Tigers at the summit by just one point.

However, it is Man City who are second in our table after Raheem Sterling’s double helped them to a 3-1 win over West Ham to leave them just half a point behind Mike Phelan’s battlers.

Liverpool’s draw at Tottenham did not yield the result their performance deserved and Danny Rose’s equaliser also cost the Reds the chance to go second 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 claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Week 3

Chelsea – 3.5pts: Conte’s getting his points across at the Bridge.

Arsenal – 3pts: Energetic and efficient display gets season underway.

Man City – 3pts: Sterling stars as Man City stay 100% under Pep.

Manchester United – 2pts: No Rash judgements, but United look hard to beat this season.

Everton – 2pts: Fortunate winner – but impressive start continues.

Leicester – 2pts: Champions finally click into gear.

Liverpool – 2pts: Should have claimed a victory.

Tottenham – 1.5pts: Rose earns dogged draw.

Bournemouth – 1.5pts: Denied at the death by Dann header.

Sunderland – 1.5pts: Cruel keeper error prevented south-coast success.

Middlesbrough – 1pt: Favourites to win at West Brom but bore draw was instantly forgettable.

Crystal Palace – 0.5pts: Earned late point after second-half recovery.

Southampton – 0.5pts: Puel indepted to Rodriguez’s leveller.

West Brom – 0.5pts: Dour and dismal. Just as Tony Pulis likes it.


Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Hull City 9 6
2. Man City 8.5 9
3. Man Utd 8 9
4. Chelsea 7.5 9
5. Everton 6.5 7
6. Middlesbrough 5 7
= Burnley 5 3
= Liverpool 5 4
9. West Brom 4.5 4
10. Tottenham 4  5
= Arsenal 4  4
12. Leicester 3 4
= West Ham 3 3
= Swansea 3 3
15. Watford 1.5  1
= Bournemouth 1.5  1
= Sunderland 1.5  1
 =Stoke  1.5  1
19. Crystal Palace  0.5  1
= Southampton  0.5  1