After an international break this past week, the Premier League returns to full action this weekend. Week 8 seems like it was forever ago, and we didn’t update the Power Rankings after those results because of the break (we did publish our first look at the championship and relegation standings during the week though).
As always, these rankings only include league play during the week, but if something dramatic happens in the EFL Cup or Champions League, it might affect the teams’ performance elsewhere and thus affect these rankings.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 7 October 2018
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|12||Brighton & Hove Albion||2-2-4||14||2↑||13|
|13||West Ham United||2-1-5||13||2↓||15|
I didn’t see any reason to disrupt the top of my rankings after Manchester City and Liverpool played to a scoreless draw to close out Week 8. They were among nine teams that didn’t move in the rankings this week. It was a week that went mostly as expected, at least according to our Power Rankings, so it was simply just some settling happening across the league.
Our new bottom club failed to score yet again, but remain tied in fewest goals scored (4) with former bottom club Huddersfield. The Terriers were able to claw their way off the bottom of these rankings by nabbing one point in a 1-1 draw on the road against Burnley. Picking up their third point on the season was not enough to move them from the relegation zone, and with a league worse goal differential (-13, tied with Cardiff City), they need to start picking up some points, but that might not happen until Thanksgiving with the stretch of games they are entering, though three of the four will be at home: Liverpool, at Watford, Fulham, and West Ham United. Grabbing two points in those four matches might be difficult, and anything more would be a holiday miracle.
I’m still waiting for Manchester United to show a bit more consistency this season before elevating in the Power Rankings to a spot closer to their table position. This weekend’s match at Chelsea could be a super critical match at this early point in the season. ManU showed some resilience in coming back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Newcastle 3-2, but Newcastle is also a team they should have never trailed by two in the first place.
Until next time…
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