Power Rankings: Win does little to lift Man Utd; Liverpool close gap

Date published: Thursday 15th December 2016 12:22

Power Rankings: Liverpool close the gap

Liverpool have closed the gap on leaders Chelsea after their win at Middlesbrough, but Manchester United have failed to make up ground in our latest Power Rankings.

Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded an emphatic 3-0 win away at Middlesbrough last night to move within 3.75 points of leaders Chelsea, whose routine 1-0 win at Sunderland bagged them just 1.5 points.

Manchester United though failed to make up any real ground on the leading pack, despite their late 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace. The real standings have Jose Mourinho’s men in sixth spot, but we’re not so kind and have them down in 10th.

Everton, Liverpool and West Brom top-scored with four points – and Tony Pulis’ Albion are shock top-six contenders along with Bournemouth, who sunk Leicester’s revival on the south coast.

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 joint-bottom this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.


Week 16

Everton – 4pts: Fantastic late win secure over Arsenal. Pressure off Koeman…for now.

Liverpool – 4pts: Superb away-day showing without some key performers; title-winning stuff?

West Brom – 4pts: Tony Pulis continues to get results and goals too.

Tottenham – 3.5pts: Routine home win.

Bournemouth – 3pts: Knocked Leicester back out of their stride. Big three points.

Man City – 2.5pts: A rare clean sheet for under-fire Pep. Can they mount a serious challenge?

Man Utd – 2 pts: Zlatan rescued a late win; Pogba showed his class.

West Ham – 2pts: Churned out a crucial home win.

Stoke – 1.5pts: Only had 10 men for the majority of the game and 29% possession but made a bold point.

Chelsea – 1.5pts: Fabregas winner makes it 10 wins on the spin. They’re are looking ominous…

Southampton – 1pt: Failed to break down Stoke.


Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Chelsea 41.5 40
2. Liverpool 37.75 34
 3. Arsenal 33.25 34
 4. Tottenham 32.5 30
5. Man City 29.5 33
6. Bournemouth 26 21
= West Brom 26 23
8. Watford 25.5 21
= Everton 25.5 23
10. Man Utd 23.25 27
11. C Palace 22 15
12. Southampton 20.5 21
= Stoke 20.5 20
14. Burnley 19.5 17
15. Leicester 18.5 16
16. Hull City  17 12
17. Middlesbrough  16.5 15
18. Swansea 16  12
19. Sunderland 15.5  11
= West Ham 15.5 16


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