Power Rankings: Man Utd fall a place; Liverpool lose ground

Date published: Monday 23rd January 2017 11:05

Swansea’s brilliant 3-2 win at Liverpool lifts them off the bottom of our Power Rankings, while the Reds lost ground in third place.

The Swans climbed into 15th place after their four-point haul, while Liverpool lost ground after being humbled on home soil – their first defeat at Anfield this season.

Chelsea remain top and stretched their lead after disposing of Hull, while Tottenham and Man City’s draw did little to improve their top-six positioning.

Southampton hammered Leicester to collect four points, while West Ham also claimed a four-point haul after winning at Middlesbrough.

West Brom climbed into seventh above Manchester United, after Jose Mourinho’s men had to rely on a last-gasp Wayne Rooney goal to rescue a point at Stoke.

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 10th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Matchday 22

Southampton – 4pts: Demolition job on the worst Premier League champions ever.

Swansea – 4pts: Provided the shock of the season at Anfield and deservedly off the bottom. A penny for Bob’s thoughts…

West Ham – 4pts: Fired by Andy Carroll, they’re starting to make some headway.

Chelsea – 2.5pts: The Blue Machine churned out another three points; only two clear though in our rankings.

West Brom – 2.5pts: This season’s surprise package and above Manchester United in our table.

Arsenal – 1.5pts: Late drama keeps them in the frame, but still 11.5pts behind Chelsea.

Tottenham – 1.5pts: Managed a draw with little possession.

Watford – 1.5pts: They were a big price at Bournemouth & lead twice before being pegged back.

Stoke – 1.5pts: Big outsiders at home to United and almost pulled it off.

Man City – 1pt: Missed the chance to make up some ground.

Man Utd – 0.5pts: Struggling to make an impact on the leaders.

Bournemouth – 0.5pts: Fought back twice for a point; looked a short price.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 54.5 55
2. Tottenham 52.5 46
 3. Liverpool 49 45
 4. Everton 43.50 33
5 Arsenal 43 47
6. Man City 38.5 43
7. West Brom 35.5 32
8. Man Utd 34.25 41
9. Bournemouth 33 26
10. Burnley 31 26
= West Ham 31 29
12. Stoke 29.5 28
13. Watford 29 24
14. Southampton 28.5 27
15. Swansea 24  18
16. Crystal Palace 23.5 16
= Leicester 23.5 21
18. Middlesbrough 22.5  20
= Hull 22.5  16
20. Sunderland  20  15

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