Week 4 of the Premier League is in the books, and as all the clubs are set to take a break for a week for international duty, we felt we shouldn’t leave you hanging until next week to update our Power Rankings from last week. And as we started last week, we’ll include the clubs’ actual table position, which have started to align for most of the clubs. As always, these rankings only include league play during the week, so if your favorite club happened to lose to a Championship club in the EFL Cup, it won’t affect them here.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|12||Brighton & Hove Albion||1-1-2||14||2↑||14|
|20||West Ham United||0-0-4||17||3↓||20|
Most of the movement occurred within the bottom half of the table, with West Ham United finally falling all the way to the bottom as they continue to seek their first points of the season. Others joining the Hammers in moving down three spots are Newcastle United – a team we felt had Top 8 potential in the preseason – and Crystal Palace. We appear to have vastly overrated Newcastle, though we aren’t even through a tenth of the season yet and they still have plenty of time to round into form.
Cardiff City finally found the net at this early stage of the season, albeit in a loss to Arsenal, and were also among the few Premier League teams to lose to Championship clubs in the EFL Cup during the week, losing at home to Norwich 3-1. Though that EFL Cup loss didn’t impact their rankings here, you would have hoped that they could have used the opportunity to figure some things out. Instead, they lost to Norwich City, a team we have in the bottom half of our Championship Power Rankings. It won’t get much easier for Cardiff when they return to action, with a road match against Chelsea and a home match against Manchester City, so I would expect things to get worse before they get better for the Welsh club.
Until next time…