Premier League – Week 10 Power Rankings

Note: You didn’t miss a week. I’ve changed the week number to reflect the week of the upcoming weekend instead of the prior one, if only because this is typically published on Thursday, and because it was starting to confuse me. I’ve also gone back and changed the prior entries in this series so that there is less confusion.

Week 9 is in the books, and we have one less winless team in the Premier League, with Cardiff City finally finding the winning column (much to my personal chagrin). But most of the movement in this week’s Power Rankings is at the bottom, with the bad teams remaining bad – Cardiff’s win was only against last week’s #16 team, after all – and the top five remaining unchanged for yet another week.

As a reminder, these Power Rankings are only for matches played in the league, though playing games elsewhere – like our six clubs with Champions/Europa League matches this week – might impact the rankings due to tired legs in the second match of the week.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 22 October 2018

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The Future of Professional Soccer in North America

We focus a lot on European Football on this site, primarily in England and the various continental competitions. This is kind of odd in a way, since we (Chris and I) are located in the United States, which has its own professional soccer league as well. We even have a club – Real Salt Lake – that actually won the MLS Cup, and tends to do better than most in the league.

My personal dislike of the league has multiple facets, but primary on the list is that the level of play – and quality of players – just isn’t on par with a lot of the European leagues. In FiveThirtyEight’s Global Club Soccer Ratings,* Sporting Kansas City, the first MLS club on the list, is ranked 170th, behind all 20 Premier League clubs, six Championship clubs, and even three clubs from Liga MX. The average ranking of all 23 MLS clubs is 340 (median of 335), and range from Sporting KC’s 170 to Colorado Rapids’ 539 (out of 628 total clubs). By average club ranking, MLS ranks 19th out of the 33 leagues ranked by FiveThirtyEight, just behind the Greek Super League and just ahead of the Japanese J1 League, which aren’t leagues that are known for their overall quality.

*As of 22 October 2018.

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Small Club of the Week – Hampton & Richmond Borough

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Hampton & Richmond Borough F.C.

Nickname: The Beavers
Founded: 1921 (as Hampton FC)
Location: Hampton London, England
Team Colors: Blue & Red / Black & White
Ground: Beveree Stadium
Capacity: 3,500 (644 seated)
Current League: National League South (Tier 6)
Twitter: @HRBFC

Reason For Notice

While there were clubs from lower tiers that advanced to the FA Cup first round, the Beavers are back in the first round for the first time since 2007! And they reached the first round by defeating Tier 5 club Eastleigh. So, it wasn’t as big a win as some of our other Small Clubs, but it was impressive nonetheless.

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 11 Slate

The Championship clubs find themselves playing two again this week, and if last weekend is any indication, we could see a lot of upsets in the results. As always, the number in parenthesis before each team in their current spot in the Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST

(15) Birmingham City 2-1 (19) Reading
(1) Middlesbrough 0-0 (21) Rotherham United
(22) Millwall 2-1 (8) Wigan Athletic
(4) Norwich City 2-1 (11) Aston Villa
(18) Queens Park Rangers 3-0 (12) Sheffield Wednesday
(3) Sheffield United 1-1 (16) Stoke City
(13) Swansea City 3-1 (10) Blackburn Rovers

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45 EST
(14) Bristol City 1-0 (23) Hull City
(6) Leeds United 2-0 (24) Ipswich Town
(20) Preston North End 4-3 (7) Brentford
8:00pm BST/3:00pm EST
(17) Bolton Wanderers 0-3 (9) Nottingham Forest
(5) West Bromwich Albion 1-4 (2) Derby County   

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EFL Championship – Week 11 Power Rankings

Lots of upsets this weekend in the Championship, with eight of our top 12 teams losing to lower ranked teams. As such, there has been a lot of movement up and down these rankings from last week, with only four teams staying put.

There will be two games this week for each team, so expect some shakeups next week as well. As a reminder, these rankings are only for league play only, though only a handful of teams are still alive in the EFL Cup anyway. Those matches resume next week for Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and new #1 Middlesbrough.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 20 October 2018

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(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 9 Slate

The Premier League took a week off for international play last week, but they are back with a full slate this weekend.  While the matches are missing the marquee games of the past two weeks – where we saw back-to-back duels ending in draws between the top two clubs (at the time) – we are a bit light on the high drama. Nevertheless, there are a couple of games that should be worth checking out, including the match that kicks off the weekend and the one that ends it.

As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our weekly Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the weekend progresses.  Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

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