Power Rankings: United trail shock leaders; another Leicester?

Date published: Monday 22nd August 2016 9:33

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped fire a majestic Manchester United into second spot, but they could not knock leaders Hull off the summit.

After an impressive opening showing last weekend Manchester United powerfully brushed aside Southampton to keep up their momentum, while noisy neighbours City also impressed with a comfortable victory at Stoke to go third.

Neither however could topple the week one leaders Hull, who surprised the majority of people again with an away-day win at Swansea. Are they this season’s Leicester?

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 2 

Burnley – 5pts: A possession-less, but ruthless display.

Hull City – 5pts: Leicester all over again?

Man City – 4pts: Together, promising attacking show.

Man Utd – 3pts: Looked like champs again with another powerful display, but Jose Mourinho was sad.

West Ham – 3pts: Uninspired showing from a depleted side at the vast Olympic Stadium.

Middlesbrough – 3pts: Slick away showing against very limited opposition.

Everton – 3pts: Adaptable and growing in confidence.

Chelsea – 2pts: King Conte spot on with substitutions as Blues show character.

Tottenham – 1.5pts: Looked solid and nicked the points.

Arsenal – 1pt: Dominant and defensive solid against the champions.

Leicester – 1pt: Struggled to open up opposition.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Hull City 9 6
2. Man Utd 6 6
3. Man City 5.5 6
4. Burnley 5 3
5. Everton 4.5 4
6. Chelsea 4 6
= Middlesbrough 4 4
= West Brom 4 3
9. Liverpool 3 3
= Swansea 3  3
= West Ham 3  3
12. Tottenham 2.5 4
13. Watford 1.5  1
= Stoke 1.5  1
15. Leicester 1  1
= Arsenal 1  1
17. Southampton 0.5  1
 =Bournemouth  0  0
= Crystal Palace  0  0
= Sunderland  0  0

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