Overall, it was a pretty ho-hum Week 10 this week, at least as far as our Power Rankings go. The majority of the clubs are not moving from last week, with only some minor shuffling at the bottom of the top 10.
As a reminder, these Power Rankings are only for matches played in the league, so even though Crystal Palace lost this week in the Carabao Cup against Championship club Middlesbrough, they still move up a spot after a draw against the much higher-ranked Arsenal. Additionally, with half the Premier League playing in the Carabao Cup this week, we may see some tired legs this weekend, which could impact performance for some of the clubs.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 29 October 2018
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||4-2-4||10||2↑||11|
|13||West Ham United||2-2-6||13||—||13|
Everton saw the largest fall this week after losing at Old Trafford to Manchester United, unable to take advantage of United’s play in the Champions League earlier in the week. The loss snapped a three match winning streak for the Toffees, though at this quarter point on the season, they remain only six points out of fifth place (and an automatic qualification in next year’s Europa League). They have improved on last season’s pace to this point, nearly doubling their points thus far compared to the same point last season (15 versus 8 last season). They are also eight points ahead of the pace they set last year, and would finish with 57 points this season should they maintain form for the next 28 matches.
Brighton & Hove Albion managed to defend their home pitch against an up-and-down Wolverhampton Wanderers squad to join the aforementioned United club in moving up two spots, the largest climb this week. It was their third straight victory in a row, all by the same 1-0 scoreline. The Seagulls are pretty much playing at the same clip they did last year through 10 matches – in both scoring (-2 goal differential this season, -1 GD last season) and record (3-3-4 last season), and seem poised to finish middle of the table yet again in just their second season in the Premier League.
Until next time…
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