After Week 1, there hasn’t been any major surprises in the Premier League, other than that we may have underrated a couple of teams during the preseason. But the teams at the top of the table – and these Power Rankings – shouldn’t be a surprise, especially after only one week. Here’s how the Week 1 results impacted our Premier League ratings:
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
|14||West Ham United||0-0-1||9||5↓|
|18||Brighton & Hove Albion||0-0-1||17||1↓|
Our two big movers up the rankings this week won convincing games – Crystal Palace beat Fulham 2-0 on the road and Bournemouth defeated Cardiff City 2-0 at home – against teams that were promoted after their success in the Championship last week. We’ll see if they can continue their winning ways when they have to face Liverpool and West Ham United, respectively, this week. Liverpool has to be the favorite against Crystal Palace this week, but anything can happen.
West Ham United team was the big mover down the ranking, losing five spots after getting demolished 4-0 in Liverpool. They return home this weekend, however, facing off against the previously mentioned Bournemouth in a match we see going West Ham’s way. The results will help to determine whether West Ham deserves some of the preseason praise we heaped on them, or if they are going to settle into a mid-table finish yet again.
Until next time…