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Barclay’s Premier League Power Rankings

Written by on August 23, 2011 | 25 Comments »
Posted in English Premier League

I have never understood the North American fascination for “Power Rankings” features.

Nonetheless after watching how popular they seem to be I have decided to acquiesce and so here is my first attempt at the Soccer Report Extra Barclay’s Premier League “Power Rankings”.

Who knows if the posting is popular I might update it after every round of matches. I might even do it for other countries as well – I have to admit that this turned out to be far easier than I thought. There seems to a lot information on the web.

1. Manchester City

2. Manchester United

3. Wolverhampton

4. Aston Villa

5. Liverpool

6. Chelsea

7. Newcastle

8. Bolton

9. QPR

10. Norwich

11. Stoke

12. Wigan

13. Sunderland

14. Arsenal

15. Fulham

16. Swansea

17. Everton

18. West Brom

19. Blackburn

20. Tottenham

Do you think the Power Ranking is fair?

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25 responses to “Barclay’s Premier League Power Rankings”

  1. LA says:

    Excuse me Bobby.

    Can you clarify if this is for the past weekend or for the season to date?

    How is QPR ahead of Arsenal?

  2. tim says:

    LA …cuz Arsenal sucks…i think these rankings take all stats into account…so if QPR played a better game and didnt win then their ranking could be higher

  3. Russell Berrisford says:

    A great feature.

    Be interesting to see how these rankings change as the season progresses.

  4. LA says:

    Win loss then. “past performance is not an indication of future results” as they say (in deepest tottenham..:-).

  5. Brian says:

    Spot on to my “power rankings” too. Great minds think alike. 🙂

  6. Ed Gomes says:

    I like the rankings and would love an update every so often. Let’s say every 10 matches.
    It will be interesting to see how thoughts change as teams go through rough patches.

    Arsenal is in for a world of hurt, and it could lead to further demise in factors that everyone ignores.

    The EPL is currently 1st in UEFA’s coefficient rankings, and that is mostly due to their “Top 4” always making it deep into the CL. With all EPL clubs ignoring the Europa League (excluding Fulham), the league will take a hit. Especially if Arsenal will be ignoring and if City (newbie) doesn’t get far.
    Yes it’s silly to think that the EPL would ever drop off below 3rd, but years ago the same was said of Serie A. Ironically it would be Serie A’s own problems that would most likely stop the EPL from dropping too far.

  7. LA says:

    Love wolves in top 4 and Bolton deserves 8. Well played. This ranking will get interesting 2 months in.

  8. LA says:

    Arsenal will be fine with a few signings. What factors Ed?

  9. Brian says:

    You can keep running Power Rankings yourself week in and week out with a little help from.

  10. Myles says:

    I hope you guys realize this is simply the EPL table.

  11. john says:

    it seems your power rankings match up well with the table, hmm. still a bit early to even bother looking at the table.
    re: QPR above arsenal? simple. better kit

  12. Roger says:

    I do like the Power Rankings lists, but I wonder what parameters do you use to make the list up?

  13. TomL says:

    I think your first thought was right – I don’t see the fascination with Power Rankings either. Most of them that I’ve seen are based on no criteria other than what the writer pulled out of his (backside). Don’t encourage any more of this nonsense.

  14. Andy says:

    sorry, but what’s the algorithm used ?

  15. Stumpy Pepys says:

    Folks, I think Bobby is having a little fun. These are the current standings!

  16. Patrick says:

    Great Formula!! 3 pts for a win, 1 point for a draw. Then order them from top to bottom, but I can help but think I’ve seen this somewhere before. LOL!

  17. Al Harris says:

    Who would have thought Puck would have been reincarnated as a Scottish soccer commentator. Well, done, Bobby. 🙂

  18. I have been rumbled!!!
    No harm intended.

  19. rahul says:

    your funny Bobby.

  20. rahul says:

    you’re funny Bobby.
    (i did some editing)

  21. Shannon says:

    Doh, what is a “Power Ranking”? Whats is it based upon,
    what is it intended to accomplish?

  22. Shannon- because many North American leagues are split into different conferences many pundits will spend valuable hours rating how the standings would look if they were all playing together.

    It really is a huge waste of time.

  23. Shannon – just my way of poking a bit of fun.

  24. Ed Gomes says:

    LA sorry it took so long to respond.
    The factors I was talking about was the country coefficient. The EPL is heads above everyone and now with Arsenal qualifying they should continue to dominate. Birmingham advancing in Europa also helped.
    Serie A should be tremendous this season, because they have lost a CL spot. They were surpassed by Germany and now only have 3 CL spots with one of them being a qualifiying spot.
    Italy ignored Europa League, and it has come back to bite them.

    Interesting in how Group A of the CL is the “Group of Death” but I would also consider Arsenal’s Group to be one as well. The level of squads is really tight in that group as well.

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