With the first round of the Premier League season complete it is time to assess every team and how they performed with our Power Rankings.
With our Power Rankings, it is not done just on the result. It also takes into account how far above or below their pre-match expectations a team fares, as well as the manner of their performance.
See our countdown below…
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20 – West Ham United
No one wants to draw the champions on the first day of the season and while the Hammers had some chances, City cut through them like a warm knife through butter. They will of course improve and there is every chance that playing City will just be a bonus game for many teams this season, considering how good they are.
19 – Watford
Watford’s squad looked like it was in with a shout of the top 10 but the way in which they completely folded at home to Brighton – a team with a far weaker squad on paper – will be concerning. With Everton away up next, the Hornets need to find their sting quickly.
18 – Chelsea
Frank Lampard probably couldn’t have imagined a worse start to his Chelsea career than to lose 4-0 to arch rivals Manchester United. It will be of little comfort to Lampard, but the Blues certainly didn’t deserve to lose by four. It could have been so different had Tammy Abraham and Emerson managed to aim their shots just a few inches further right.
17 – Southampton
Southampton had a strong finish to last season but they have not managed to carry that into this season as they were resoundingly beaten by Burnley, a team expected to be below them come the end of the season. Conceding three goals and not offering too much in attack will be a worrying start to the season for the Saints.
16 – Bournemouth
It wasn’t the best game but a season opener at home to a newly promoted team like Sheffield United is every manager’s dream start. Bournemouth never really pushed home their advantage after taking the lead however and were frequently caught out around the back. Eddie Howe would certainly have hoped for more.
15 – Everton
Everton have a kind start to the season, playing only two top-six sides in their first 14 games and this one against Crystal Palace would have been one they highlighted as a winnable fixture. Given their impressive recruitment, more would have been expected from Marco Silva’s side from the offset.
14 – Newcastle United
This was a team who was written off as doomed this season by nearly everyone given their ownership issues and their managerial change, but they could very easily have nicked a point against Arsenal. Jonjo Shelvey hit the post and Joelinton had a good effort well saved. Steve Bruce would have seen plenty of positives to work with.
13 – Aston Villa
They were probably a Christian Eriksen away from returning to the Premier League with a real statement win. Spurs used their experience to get through in the end but Villa gave them a fright and Jack Grealish surely won’t be waiting too much longer to end his unwanted losing EPL streak.
12 – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves were denied a win by VAR and while there was nothing actually wrong with the technology, it was the actual interpretation of the handball which left them seething and arguably cost them the win. Even still, Wolves only managed the command 30 per cent of possession away to Leicester.
11 – Leicester City
They dominated possession and shots against Wolves, but were missing that end product. They can be disappointed not to get an opening day win but they look good value for one of the teams who can potentially upset a member of the top six.
10 – Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace went into the season with their best player trying to leave and being sent home to calm down after it didn’t happen and their manager as many people’s tip to get sacked first. However they managed to hold and frustrate Everton, whose recruitment has excited a lot of people.
9 – Norwich
This may seem strangely high for a team that lost 4-1 but they did win the second half 1-0 against the reign European champions. Norwich continued their attacking philosophy from the Championship and should be commended for that as it caused Liverpool a lot of problems. Win or lose, the Canaries will be entertaining this season.
8 – Sheffield United
Of the three newcomers to the Premier League this season, Sheffield United were arguably the least fancied but put in the best performance to snatch a late point against Bournemouth. They find themselves this high in the rankings on how they exceeded their expectations, even if they didn’t play a top-six side like the two other new boys.
7 – Arsenal
Given Unai Emery left out all of the Gunners’ summer signings and the trouble the team had with away games last season, to grind out a 1-0 win at Newcastle can be counted as a pretty decent start. They will only get better when the rest of the squad returns to fitness and Arsenal can finally unleash the PAL strike partnership.
6 – Tottenham
Had Christian Eriksen not come off the bench, there is a good chance Spurs would have found themselves a lot further down the list. The wantaway Dane came on to rewrite the game, even if it was Harry Kane who put the ball in the net. Spurs will be desperate for him to stay for the rest of the season.
5 – Burnley
How valuable a win will this be come the end of the season? The battle for the drop is expected to be as tight as ever and a win like this against Southampton, who could also be near the bottom, cannot be overstated. Burnley’s mission now is to keep it going.
4 – Brighton and Hove Albion
Like Burnley, Brighton were a team tipped for the drop in many pundits’ preseason predictions but they put on a bit of a show away to much-fancied Watford, scoring three goals and putting in a fine defensive performance with Mat Ryan between the sticks. With Aaron Mooy still to come in, their creativity could get even better.
3 – Liverpool
A strong start to the season from the Reds in an attacking capacity, thumping Norwich for four goals by half time but there is still plenty to work on for Jurgen Klopp’s men. The visitors had far too many chances and a better team may have made Liverpool pay more often than Norwich were able to.
2 – Manchester United
Surprised? There can’t have been too many who predicted a 4-0 thumping of a fellow top-six team on the first day of the season given all of the criticism around their recruitment in the transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put faith in his youngsters and they repaid it, but it is doing it consistently which will be the real challenge.
1 – Manchester City
Who else? If a “sloppy” Manchester City team can do this to a team expected to finish top 10, what can they do when they’re on song? It was an ominous performance to say the least and with their summer reinforcements it might be difficult to see City dropping out of top spot in our rankings.