The English Premier League power rankings essentially stays the same this week, although the favorites opened up the gap on the rest of the league. The teams from Manchester continue to hold their buffer but it’s still very early on in the season. Looking at the lower part of the power rankings, one new team enters at the bottom. A few teams have European games this week as well, which will factor into how they line up this week in the EPL. Here’s a look at this week’s EPL power rankings, which are based on the Premier League futures set by the odds makers.
1. Manchester City
Last Week: 1
EPL Title Odds: -110
City tops the league after a 5-0 dismantling of Crystal Palace on the road, with Leroy Sane getting the ball rolling just before halftime. Raheem Sterling added two, while Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph scored in the second half for City, who lead the league with 21 goals scored so far this season. On Tuesday, they’ll host Shaktar Donesk in the Champions League, and then they have a marquee matchup with the defending EPL champions from Chelsea on Saturday on the road. They could be without fullback Benjamin Mendy, who has a knee injury.
2. Manchester United
Last Week: 2
EPL Title Odds: +275
United are second in the table and level on 16 points with City after a 1-0 win at Southampton, in which Romelu Lukaku scored once again. It was a tough game for United, who lost midfielder Marouane Felliani to a knee injury and he might not be back for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow. United will host Crystal Palace on Saturday, and they’re also awaiting word on midfielder Paul Pogba, who might need surgery on his hamstring.
Last Week: 3
EPL Title Odds: +550
Chelsea remains third in the table after a 4-0 destruction of Stoke City on the road, thanks to a hat trick from Alvaro Morata, and a single from Pedro. Chelsea will be hoping that defender David Luiz can return from a wrist injury as they have a big week, heading to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, and then they host Manchester City on Saturday.
Last Week: 4
EPL Title Odds: +1600
Tottenham are fourth in the table after holding on for a 3-2 win at West Ham, where Harry Kane scored twice and Christian Eriksen added another to give Spurs the lead. However, they allowed two goals to make the game far more interesting than it needed to be, and Tottenham can’t afford to do that against better clubs. They’ll head to Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday in the Champions League, then Spurs will travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Midfielder Moussa Dembele has been added to the injury list with an ailing knee.
Last Week: 5
EPL Title Odds: +2000
Liverpool continued to struggle defensively in a 3-2 win at Leicester City to come in fifth in the table, as they managed to get goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. However, they needed a penalty save from Simon Mignolet to seal all three points, and Liverpool will be punished by better teams if they don’t sort things out at the back. On Tuesday, they’ll head to Spartak Moscow and on Sunday, they’ll travel to Newcastle in the league.
Last Week: 6
EPL Title Odds: +4000
Arsenal is 12th in the table as they head into Monday’s home game with West Brom, and they won 1-0 in the EFL Cup against Doncaster, although they should have won by more than that. That is worrying as they head to BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday, and then they’ll return home on Sunday to host Brighton Hove and Albion. Striker Danny Welbeck is on the injury list with a groin problem.
Last Week: 7
EPL Title Odds: +5000
Everton moved to 14th place with a much-needed 2-1 win at home over Bournemouth as Oumar Niasse scored twice in a five-minute span in the second half. Had Everton lost, manager Ronald Koeman might be looking for another job, but he isn’t off the hot seat yet. Everton has some injury problems as defenders Michael Keane (foot) and Phil Jagielka (hamstring) are on the list, although Keane could play this weekend. Striker Wayne Rooney is also a slight doubt with an eye injury for Everton, who will host Apollon Limassol on Thursday in the Europa League, and then they’ll host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
8. Leicester City
Last Week: 8
EPL Title Odds: +50000
Leicester City is 17th in the table after their 3-2 home loss to Liverpool as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy netted, but Vardy’s penalty miss will be something that they might rue later in the season. Also, Okazaki’s goal was controversial as well as he held Mignolet during the corner kick from which he scored, so it all evens out in the end. Leicester has to find something and quickly as they head to Bournemouth on Saturday; they got off to a terrible start last season and recovered, but two seasons in a row is a lot to ask of a team.
Last Week: —
EPL Title Odds: +75000
Watford sits sixth in the table after a 2-1 win at Swansea City as Andre Gray opened the scoring, and Richarlison scored late to give Watford all three points. It was a great response from Watford after they had been destroyed 6-0 at home by Manchester City in their previous match, but they have to keep it rolling as they head to West Brom on Saturday.
10. Huddersfield Town
Last Week: 10
EPL Title Odds: +75000
Huddersfield sits seventh after drawing 0-0 at Burnley, and any time that they get a point on the road, regardless of the opponent, that is a good thing for Huddersfield. They have nine points from six games already, and the theory is that 40 points gets you to safety in the Premier League, so they’re off to a good start. Huddersfield will be back home on Saturday to host Tottenham. Striker Colin Quaner is likely out with a calf strain, while midfielder Daniel Williams has a fractured foot.
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