After this past weekend’s results, the bulk of the movement in our Power Rankings is confined to the clubs toward the bottom of the table. Our top seven clubs align perfectly with the top seven in the league table, and only two matches this weekend will feature clubs from the top 7 facing off against each other.
As always, these rankings reflect performance in Premier League matches only, and are more about the week-to-week trends instead of the whole season picture. A club is rewarded more for victories against teams there weren’t expected to defeat and vice versa, with draws treated fairly neutral unless there is a massive ranking disparity.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 26 November 2018
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|10||Brighton & Hove Albion||4-3-6||12||2↑||12|
|15||West Ham United||3-3-7||15||—||14|
Behind the Rankings
A new manager seems to have done the trick for Fulham, at least if one match is a large enough sample size to judge Claudio Ranieri‘s impact on the club. Southampton scored first, and evened it all up with a goal 10 minutes into the second half. But Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his second goal in the 63rd minute, and Fulham was able to hang on for the 3-2 victory in front of relived supporters at Craven Cottage. I don’t like their chances in extending their winning streak to two with a match against Chelsea on Sunday, but maybe Ranieri has some magic touch.
Speaking of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs welcomed the Blues to Wembley and handed them their first league loss of the season, a 3-1 victory that was five minutes from being a shutout for the Spurs. I fear that Fulham will bear the brunt of the Blues’ anger at the loss, though Chelsea could relieve some of that anger in Europa League play later today. Either way, I expect Chelsea to return to their winning ways this weekend.
Perhaps the most shocking result of the past weekend was Huddersfield Town looking dominant in a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road at Molineux. Aaron Mooy scored both goals for the Terriers – one in each half – and the end result led Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo to say that it was one of their worst performance since he became manager in 2017.
The Wolves are in the midst of a winless streak, gaining only one point in their last five matches, a slide that has dropped them from 7th to 11th. Huddersfield, on the other hand, hasn’t lost in three matches (2-1-0) and looks to extend that streak in a winnable match against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend. They’ve also managed to double their scoring output on the season over those three matches – though they remain tied with Crystal Palace as the lowest scoring cub in the Premier League.
Until next time…