Week 5 of the Premier League is in the books, and with the clubs at the top of last year’s table prepare for their first matches in Champions League, there could be some interesting shifts at the end of action this weekend. Four teams stay put from last week’s rankings, with eight teams moving up and eight teams moving down.
We’ll be including the clubs’ actual table position from here on out, and you can see how they’ve started to align, and next week we will present our first look at current qualifiers for Championship/Europa, as well as those in the relegation spots. 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..
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|11||Brighton & Hove Albion||1-2-2||12||1↑||14|
|15||West Ham United||1-0-4||20||5↑||16|
West Ham United finally earned a point on the season, and it was in a pretty convincing 3-1 win at Everton. It moved them up five spots in our Power Rankings – and four spots in the table – but we need to see more consistency from the Hammers before we complete forget about their pointless start over the first four matches. Picking up the three points against Everton was probably for the best as well, with upcoming matches against undefeated Chelsea and other “Top Six” side Manchester United during the next two weeks. They may enter October with only three points, which was probably not what they expected when the season started.
And even though they technically are above both Newcastle and Burnley in the league table, Cardiff City (3 goals) and Huddersfield Town (2 goals) are the lowest scoring clubs in the Premier League, and the Terriers also have the largest goal differential (-9). Granted, most of those goals came in one match against Manchester City, but if they continue to have the fewest goals, their chances of staying in the Premier League diminish. They managed to stay up last season despite scoring only 28 goals (0.74 per match), but lightning hardly ever strikes the same place more than once and their luck may run out if they can’t score more this season.
Until next time…