Premier League Power Rankings

2021-22 Premier League Club Power Rankings, Vol. I

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Our Premier League Club Power Rankings are here just in time for the international break.

[ USMNT: CCV to Celtic | Richards, Hoppe transfer ]

That’s the best time to assess who’s looking right and who’s putting on airs.

In a certain sense, power rankings are set-up by a heavy dose of, “What if any two teams met 10 times on a neutral ground?”


Premier League Club Power Rankings: 2020-21 Methodology

As a reminder, ProSoccerTalk is using a different method to ranking teams this season, at least until everyone’s played each other once.

Here are our considerations:

  • Form — Winning and losing in three recent matches plus notable injuries
  • Sense and strength matter — If the champs lost two-straight hard luck matches and a relegation candidate got 2 weird VAR breaks to win, we note the big picture over the little.
  • The table — Of course it matters.
  • Head-to-head — The results better be notable if a head-to-head loser goes above a team that beat it recently.
  • Numbers > Luck— Did a wicked deflection or bad bounce make a dominant side fall to a poor one? Let’s look at xG, shots, chances, possession, and other indicators.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Vol. I

20. Norwich City

A brutal run of fixtures to start the season (Liverpool, Man City, Leicester) so it feels like we haven’t gotten a real feel for the Canaries.

19. Watford

The defense was good versus Spurs, but still no goals since banging in three against Villa in the opener.

18. Burnley

Love the Maxwell Cornet signing, but how will Sean Dyche use this electric and versatile player?

17. Newcastle United

One point from West Ham, Villa, and Saints is not good. Manchester United and Leeds are next, and match-up problems for the Magpies. Is 0-1-4 enough for Steve Bruce to be gone by a late September trip to Vicarage Road? Cause the record seems likely.

16. Southampton

Seem destined to be streaky in attack as Adam Armstrong and Che Adams come to terms with leading a PL attack as the focal points.

15. Crystal Palace

Honestly might’ve deserved a win at West Ham. Patrick Vieira is getting the ingredients to win and his team has looked stubborn while shorthanded.

14. Arsenal

It’s been really bad and Norwich City and Burnley on the schedule means Mikel Arteta is likely to create a hopeful vibe heading into the North London derby. But will it be a false dawn?

13. Leeds United

Has allowed more than 1.52 expected goals in all three of their matches and alarmingly are being outscored (xG and real goals) in open play.

12. Aston Villa

Four points when they would’ve expected nine.

Next up? Chelsea, Everton, Man United, Spurs, Wolves, Arsenal, West Ham.

Godspeed, Dean (and Leon Bailey).

11. Wolves

0-3 with no goals scored but too many talented attackers not to start turning their chances into goals. With Adama Traore staying and Raul Jimenez still finding his footing after a terrible injury last season, it will turn around.

10. Leicester City

Decidedly poor in wins against Wolves and Norwich City (wins nonetheless). West Ham loss a 10-man wash.

But what’s going on here? We know Wes Fofana is out, but 39 minutes of Kelechi Iheanacho? James Maddison off a cliff in key passes, xG, and xA per 90 minutes. A weird one here.

9. Brentford

Undefeated Bees. Who would’ve thought?!?

8. Brighton and Hove Albion

They might just have turned the corner on that whole “not getting bounces” thing.  Second in possession, third in pass accuracy, joint-second in tackles per game. Imagine if Neal Maupay’s two goals in three matches to start the season is his “getting it.” We still would’ve liked a center forward in the window, but okay, let’s see about Maupay or January.

7. Manchester United

Raphael Varane was terrific against Wolves, fiery, physical, and loud: the very real deal.

6. West Ham United

Six sounds crazy but as good as the Irons have looked, but the teams above it have looked better.

5. Everton

Taking the fifth-most shots with the second-worst possession? Ladies and gentlemen, the majesty and discipline of Rafa Benitez winning without his favored ingredients.

4. Liverpool

No one’s taking more shots than the Reds (23.3 per game). It’s going to be fine. But do we see Ibrahima Konate soon? And how long before Thiago Alcantara gets his due?

3. Manchester City

Lead the league in goals, possession, expected goals, expected goal against, and passing. That passing figure is at almost 91% accuracy. And Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden have barely played.

2. Tottenham Hotspur

Not really comfortable including Spurs above Man City but Week 1 happened, so here we are.

1. Chelsea

Are they 3-0 if Reece James isn’t sent off? Like Andreas Christensen’s pre-half red card last season, it’s a shame we didn’t get the true tale of Liverpool vs Chelsea.

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Man City – Everton, stream live! How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

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Premier League champions Man City say hello to their home fans on a Championship Sunday that visiting Everton hopes to ride back into Europe (start time 11am ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Everton needs a win to keep pressure on seventh-place Tottenham and sixth-place West Ham United, with only two of the three qualifying for either the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.

WATCH MAN CITY – EVERTON STREAM LIVE

The Toffees have 59 points, the same as Spurs but well before them on goal differential, and they are three points behind West Ham.

City looks to finish its championship season on 86 points, which would be tied for the seventh-most since the PL went to a 38-match season in 1995-96.


Injury news (Injury report)

Manchester City injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Raheem Sterling (undisclosed), Ilkay Gundogan (knee), Kyle Walker (undisclosed), Sergio Aguero (adductor) | OUT: Joao Cancelo (suspension)

Everton injuries

QUESTIONABLE: James Rodriguez (undisclosed) | OUT: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee), Seamus Coleman (knock)


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Man City is -239 to get back in the win column while an Everton result would be considered a big upset despite the difference in stakes. A draw is +375 while an Everton win pays +550.

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Prediction

Man City will be feeling pressure to deliver a vintage performance going into the UEFA Champions League Final, and it’s a big ask for Everton to take all three points. Kevin De Bruyne is the star of Man City 3-1 Everton.


How to watch, stream and start time

Kickoff: 11am ET Sunday
TV Channel: CNBC
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com

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Liverpool – Everton stream live! How to watch the Merseyside derby, odds

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Liverpool – Everton: Could it be? Could Saturday be the first time Everton takes all three points off Liverpool since 2010 (start time 12:30pm ET Saturday on NBC and online via NBCSports.com)?

The Toffees visit the Reds at Anfield for the second Merseyside derby of the 2020-21 season, the two sides having split the spoils in the fall as well as their final meeting of the 2019-20 campaign.

The most recent affair changed the course of the Premier League season, as Jordan Pickford’s foul on Virgil van Dijk sent the influential defender to the sidelines for the rest of the season.

WATCH LIVERPOOL – EVERTON STREAM LIVE

Everton failed to join sixth-place Liverpool on 40 points when it lost to Man City on Wednesday, a day after the Reds took advantage of RB Leipzig mistakes to take a 2-0 lead in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Everton has a match-in-hand on Liverpool, so a win wouldn’t just make recent history; Three points would give the Toffees an advantage on table moving forward.

[ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]  

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool – Everton.


Team news

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are fit, which is a huge boost for Everton, but they begin on the bench. Yerry Mina (calf) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) are out. Jordan Pickford starts over Robin Olsen in goal.

Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip are out for the Reds. Fabinho and James Milner are both out too but Naby Keita will be available off the bench.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Liverpool is favored to the tune of -223 for a win, while a draw gets +340 odds, and an Everton win pays +550.

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links


Prediction

Derbies are difficult to predict, especially with both Liverpool and Everton desperate to right their season ships. While it’s romantic to predict an upped run-in for both sides via an Everton win, the Reds seem just a bit more on-song. Liverpool 2-1 Everton.


How to watch Liverpool – Everton stream and start time

Kick off: 12:30pm ET Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com

Premier League Club Power Rankings, Vol. III: Manchester Rising

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We’re still not halfway through the Premier League season, and the balance is not going to return to the matches played column any time soon.

So the irregular litmus test that is our Club Power Rankings rolls on without worry.

[ MORE: Previous power rankings – November | Vol. I – Oct ]

Buckle up, we’ve had two months since our last run through the league, and one of those months held most of the Festive Fixtures.


Premier League Club Power Rankings: 2020-21 Methodology

As a reminder, ProSoccerTalk is using a different method to ranking teams this season, at least until everyone’s played each other once.

Here are our considerations:

  • Form — Winning and losing in three recent matches plus notable injuries
  • Sense and strength matter — If the champs lost two-straight hard luck matches and a relegation candidate got 2 weird VAR breaks to win, we note the big picture over the little.
  • The table — Of course it matters.
  • Head-to-head — The results better be notable if a head-to-head loser goes above a team that beat it recently.
  • Numbers > Luck— Did a wicked deflection or bad bounce make a dominant side fall to a poor one? Let’s look at xG, shots, chances, possession, and other indicators.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Vol. III

20. Sheffield United

October: 17
November: 20

Why? You serious, Clark?

19. West Bromwich Albion

October: 18
November: 18

Why? Sam Allardyce has been in charge for four matches. He’s drawn Liverpool and got angry that anyone would infer they had fortune smile on them. He’s lost the other three games in blowout fashion and basically said his players aren’t good enough and that his “never been relegated” record is basically because his clubs have bought him better players than were there when he got there.

18. Brighton and Hove Albion

October: 13
November: 14

Why? The world’s biggest head scratcher. The anti-Burnley (see below). Graham Potter’s Seagulls are winless since a Nov. 21 defeat of Aston Villa, and they’ve won the xG battle in five of those eight matches.

They’ve now had the following matches on their xG record:

  • Lost 2-3 to Man United (xG advantage 2.98-1.58)
  • Drew 1-1 with Liverpool (xG advantage. 2.31-0.28)
  • Lost 2-1 to Southampton (xG advantage 2.03-1.35)
  • Drew 1-1 v Sheffield United (xG advantage 2.90-1.04)

It’s wild.

17. Fulham

October: 20
November: 17

Why? The table matters, and the table spot stinks, but four-straight draws before COVID came to Craven Cottage in large numbers. No one really wants to play Scott Parker’s hard-fouling bunch and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is one of the division’s most overlooked players.

16. Burnley

October: 19
November: 19

Why? A huge tree falls in the forest, leaving a massive tree-shaped dent in the cold, wet ground and bouncing to the side. It fills with water to finish off any of the Aesthetically-pleasing flowers that survived impact. Sean Dyche signs that dead tree. The worst-passing team in the league with the fourth-worst shots-per-game and possession, winning more aerials than anyone else, and completing fewer dribbles than anyone else, are still going to find a way to stay in the PL. Have won the xG battle just twice since the start of November but have a 4W-3D-2L record in that span. BURNLEY. Let’s see how they look post-takeover.

15. Newcastle United

October: 16
November: 16

Why? If you’re going to try and get by with a manager like Steve Bruce, someone players will play for but also be left unprepared when things go off-script during the flow of the game, you need a dominant midfielder going box-to-box. With apologies to passing maestro Jonjo Shelvey, industrious Isaac Hayden, and buzzing bee Matty Longstaff, that’s not there right now. Also, the COVID-19 absence of Allan Saint Maximin is terrible on so many levels. Bring us our entertainers!

14. Crystal Palace

October: 11
November: 11

Why? Where would they be without Wilfried Zaha? Well, they are 5W-2D when he scores or assists, 1W-2D-4L when he doesn’t, and have lost both matches without scoring when he doesn’t play.

13. Leeds United

October: 5
November: 15

Why? They are who they are — Very entertaining and great to have in the league but maddeningly inconsistent. Incredible numbers: Leeds have 24.89 xG and 22.95 xGA from open play alone (no set pieces, corners, or penalties). Those numbers would put them ninth amongst all teams in all scenarios for goals scored and give them the eighth-worst goals conceded. Tighten it up (but also, don’t).

12. Wolves

October: 14
November: 6

Why? Out-performed Tottenham in a 1-1 draw just after Christmas but have been unconvincing in nearly every game since Raul Jimenez was injured. Decent against Villa and had a nice period versus Manchester United, but they don’t look like the Wolves we’ve come to love (and fear).

11. Arsenal

October: 9
November: 10

Why? Turns out playing Alexandre Lacazette more as if he was an really good finisher more times than not is a good idea. It’s the lone reason for the rebound but it’s up there. And Thomas Partey should be back soon.

10. West Ham United

October: 7
November: 12

Why? Back-to-back strong defensive performances against good attacks in Saints and Everton. Don’t be surprised if David Moyes is getting Manager of the Year talk in the press if the Irons handle their business in a run of Burnley, West Brom, and Palace, the first two at home.

9. Aston Villa

October: 2
November: 9

Why? Very much in the top-end discussion. But given a chance to prove that their four-match unbeaten run had restored their early-season power, Villa was outplayed by Chelsea in a 1-1 draw and Manchester United in a 2-1 loss. Work to do.

8. Chelsea

October: 6
November: 4

Why? Followed up a nine-match unbeaten league run by taking four of 18 points. Frank Lampard’s public face and words has been confusing and he better hope his players have a better idea of what he’s trying to do than the rest of us have been able to figure out after 17 games. That City loss was a wake-up call for plenty of people who believed Chelsea had made it back.

7. Southampton

October: 15
November: 5

Why? The defeat of Liverpool was solid and deserved but also a bit fortunate, too. They’ve allowed one goal from their last four, and it was to Man City, but they’ve also scored one goal in that stretch. Up ahead? Leicester, Leeds, Arsenal, Villa, and Manchester United. That’s a proving ground!

6. Tottenham Hotspur

October: 3
November: 1

Why? There are valid individual excuses for all of the matches of their recently-ended four-match skid but combined they don’t work. Villa, Sheffield United, and Liverpool are next. Better find 5-7 points there if you want to be in the title fight, and at least one better come at home to the reigning champions.

5. Leicester City

October: 8
November: 3

Why? It’s challenging to get a feel for the ceiling of Brendan Rodgers’ men. Are they the team that bossed Palace and drew or the one that looked meh at Newcastle but found the requisite winner? There are numbers that scare us: Outscored 9-0 on corner kicks and set pieces. Ten goals from penalties. And of their surface-level extremely impressive 23-11 advantage in goals from open play? It shrinks to approximately 17-15 in terms of expected goals. Look out.

4. Everton

October: 1
November: 7

Why? Carlo Ancelotti has taught the Toffees how to win a different way since James Rodriguez was injured. He returned in a 1-0 loss to West Ham, and Everton had four-straight before that while allowing just one goal from a gauntlet of Chelsea, Leicester City, and Arsenal (then Sheffield United).

3. Liverpool

October: 4
November: 2

Why? The Reds are winless in three PL outings for the first time since May 2018, and this the first time the Reds have scored just one goal in three matches since Sept. 12, 2015. That said, Liverpool out-attempted West Brom 17-5, Newcastle 11-8, and Saints 16-7, holding 78, 74, and 68 percent possession in those games. They simply didn’t score enough. That was enough to have some claiming Pep Guardiola had lost his touch earlier this season, so it’s one thing or the other here. We bet it’s unlucky.

2. Manchester United

October: 12
November: 13

Why? A 10-match unbeaten run in the league is nice, but we’re more interested in how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men responded to taking zero of six points from the final two UEFA Champions League group stage matches by collecting 14 of 18 points in the Premier League by a combined score line of 14-7. That seven, though. And winless against the traditional Big Six despite all four matches coming at home.

1. Manchester City

October: 10
November: 8

Why? Unbeaten in seven league matches while conceding a total of two goals, City has also beaten Manchester United and Arsenal away in the League Cup and blasted Marseille in the UEFA Champions League. Since allowing eight goals in season-opening matches against Wolves and Leicester City, Pep Guardiola’s men have allowed multiple goals just once while kept 14 clean sheets in 23 matches across all competitions. Now if they can keep Sergio Aguero healthy…

Premier League Club Power Rankings, Vol. II

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As we embark upon a second Premier League Club Power Rankings of the 2020-21 season, let us also note the power of a single player to drive the fortunes of a club.

This can be challenging at some big clubs but there is rarely a big debate about the identity of the top performer at a club. Liverpool knows that nine times out of 10 it’s Virgil van Dijk. For Man City, it’s Kevin De Bruyne.

[ MORE: Club power rankings archive ]

Yet in a shorter sample size — say, 7-8 matches — players can take the wheel from the biggest names on the club. While no one at City or Liverpool wants to lose KDB or VVD, a rich vein of form can put a Raheem Sterling or Sadio Mane front and center.

So in this PLCPR, we’ll acknowledge the best performer of the first two months of the season. As always, we’re happy to debate our choices.


Premier League Club Power Rankings: 2020-21 Methodology

As a reminder, ProSoccerTalk is using a different method to ranking teams this season, at least until everyone’s played each other once.

Here are our considerations:

  • Form — Winning and losing in three recent matches plus notable injuries
  • Sense and strength matter — If the champs lost two-straight hard luck matches and a relegation candidate got 2 weird VAR breaks to win, we note the big picture over the little.
  • The table — Of course it matters.
  • Head-to-head — The results better be notable if a head-to-head loser goes above a team that beat it recently.
  • Numbers > Luck— Did a wicked deflection or bad bounce make a dominant side fall to a poor one? Let’s look at xG, shots, chances, possession, and other indicators.

Premier League Club Power Rankings: Vol. II

20. Sheffield United

Last ranking: 17

Why? It’s difficult to find anything redeeming about the Blades season, which has admittedly featured a tough early schedule. Two of their four goals came from the spot. Last in possession, second-last in shots per game, fourth-worst in completing passes, and second-worst in shots allowed per game.

Top performer: Sander Berge has been their best hope to do much of anything, though Chris Basham has also been decent at the back.

19. Burnley

Last ranking: 19

Why? Have scored one goal in its last six games and are on a 390-minute scoreless run. The Clarets have produced less than 1 expected goal per game in five of their eight matches.

Top performer: James Tarkowski.

18. West Bromwich Albion

Last ranking: 18

Why? Still winless. Faced Burnley, Brighton, and Fulham in three-straight outings and came away with one goal and two points. Good news: After Man United on Nov. 21, will meet Sheffield United, Palace, and Newcastle in consecutive matches.

Top performer: Matheus Pereira. The only player averaging better than one shot, key pass, and completed dribble per game on a team that scored half of its season goals in one match. Keep an eye on Conor Gallagher. The 20-year-old midfielder is averaging five tackles a game through four appearances and his .8 key passes trails only Matheus Pereira.

17. Fulham

Last ranking: 20

Why? The Cottagers are showing gumption and deserved a point or more against West Ham, but four points from 24 won’t allow for moral victories and Everton, Leicester City, Man City, and Liverpool are next.

Top performer: Tom Cairney (Alphonse Areola) — Leads the Premier League in accurate opposition half passes (312) by 16 over Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

16. Newcastle United

Last ranking: 16

Why? For every impressive point or three, and there’s a nice win over Everton this month, there’s a big question or four. The biggest being whether Steve Bruce can orchestrate a midfielder without Jonjo Shelvey. Credit to the defenders, though, and special recognition to Federico Fernandez and the Newcastle treatment team, as the Argentine’s 14 blocked shots are five more than anyone in the league.

Top performer: Allan Saint-Maximin — There’s no question the Frenchman is Newcastle’s game-by-game hope of goals.

15. Leeds United

Last ranking: 5

Why? Marcelo Bielsa’s men allowed seven goals in their first two games then limited Blades, Man City, Wolves, and Villa to a total of two… only to lose back-to-back 4-1 matches to Leicester and Palace.

Top performer: Luke Ayling.

14. Brighton and Hove Albion

Last ranking: 13

Why? Insanely unlucky, still, the Seagulls are ninth in expected goals for, fifth in expected goals conceded, and somehow 1W-3D-4L on the season.

Top performer: Leandro Trossard — As the Seagulls continue to be the most snakebit team in the league, Trossard leads the team in plenty of categories in addition to leading the league in hitting the frame of the goal (four).

13. Manchester United

Last ranking: 12

Why? Maybe the 3-1 win over Everton was the start of United’s attack and defending finding form at the same time. Harry Maguire’s been much better and the Red Devils have three good chances to collect points before its next Manchester Derby.

Top performer: Bruno Fernandes.

12. West Ham United

Last ranking: 7

Why? The 1-0 win over Fulham wasn’t the emphatic release we wanted to see following draws against Spurs and Man City and a close loss to Liverpool. Still, much improved.

Top performer: Pick a center midfielder, as Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice have both been outstanding. We’ll take Soucek, just to be a little different.

11. Crystal Palace

Last ranking: 11

Why? Wilfried Zaha has five goals this season and he’s been joined by six other Eagles on the score sheet. Palace is still overperforming but wins are wins and Roy Hodgson’s men have four.

Top performer: Zaha.

10. Arsenal

Last ranking: 9

Why? Maybe it’s time to try Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at center forward and give Nicolas Pepe a chance to shine, because the Gunners have lost three of four while scoring one total goal (in the 1-0 win at Manchester United).

Top performer: Dani Ceballos. This will soon be Thomas Partey, but Ceballos has controlled games and his performance against West Ham United was elite.

9. Aston Villa

Last ranking: 2

Why? The 3-0 defeat of Arsenal was a solid response to consecutive losses to Southampton and Leeds. Watch out for a forthcoming schedule that could see Villa take a point or more until their last fixture of 2020 versus Chelsea.

Top performer: Jack Grealish

8. Manchester City

Last ranking: 10

Why? Ruben Dias, Rodri, and Aymeric Laporte have combined to give City a real foundation underneath their dangerous attack. Plus Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the league.

Top performer: KDB.

7. Everton

Last ranking: 1

Why? You mean why not a farther slide, and why ahead of a Manchester United side that beat it 3-1? Depth is a big problem for the Toffees but its three-match slide happened in its first three matches without suspended Richarlison. With Fulham, Leeds, and Burnley next, we’ll see if Carlo Ancelotti steadies the ship before a next huge test against Chelsea on Dec. 12.

Top performer: James Rodriguez, when healthy, has been one of the three or four most dynamic players in this young Premier League season.

6. Wolves

Last ranking: 14

Why? A loss to Leicester City was a setback, as was drawing Newcastle, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been the better team more often than not.

Top performer: Ruben Neves — Take out goalkeepers and there are only two players in the PL’s top 10 in accurate long balls: Neves and teammate Conor Coady. Neves is one of only two in the league’s Top 20 above 70 percent in completion percentage on long balls (James Rodriguez). Given the volume, that’s nuts.

5. Southampton

Last ranking: 15

Why? Ralph Hasenhuttl has proven that patience was in Saints’ fans best interests, and Southampton was so much better organized than Newcastle in a comprehensive win without Danny Ings.

Top performer: James Ward-Prowse. He can do absolutely anything on the pitch.

4. Chelsea

Last ranking: 6

Why? Buried Burnley and Sheffield United and might’ve taken Man United, too, if a certain penalty was called against Harry Maguire on Cesar Azpilicueta. Timo Werner is a true star.

Top performer: N’Golo Kante – A PL-high 24 interceptions shows that the former Ballon d’Or candidate remains one of the best in the game.

3. Leicester City

Last ranking: 8

Why? The Europa League hasn’t slowed Brendan Rodgers’ men, who’ve beaten Arsenal, Leeds, and Wolves to the tune of a combined 6-1 score line.

Top performer: Youri Tielemans. The 23-year-old has helped Leicester run the show despite injuries to Wilfred Ndidi, Caglar Soyuncu, and — for a time — Jamie Vardy.

2. Liverpool

Last ranking: 4

Why? Because losses of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and now Trent Alexander-Arnold have not stopped Jurgen Klopp’s men from staying within a point of the top.

Top performer: Mohamed Salah – level with De Bruyne for most key passes in league, his shoot-first reputation sometimes precedes him but the Egyptian remains Liverpool’s best feature.

1. Tottenham Hotspur

Last ranking: 3

Why? Have not lost since the opener against Everton despite the challenging Thursday-weekend doubleheaders of the Europa League.

Top performer: Harry Kane. Leads the PL in assists, shots, shots on target, and big chances created. Scores a bunch, too.