Playmaker’s top tier Power Rankings

        2019/10/07 20:45
        By Connor Andrews

        We rundown our top 10 best performing teams from England's top four tiers. Number of games played are taken into consideration, as are domestic cups. Point percentage is used to compare teams season long performances, mitigating different leagues and number of games played.

        10th, Cheltenham («1)

        Last 5: DDWWW Point Percentage: 61% League Cup Status: OUT (First Round)

        Cheltenham just hang on to their place in our top 10 with two draws in their last two keeping them one of the form teams in England following four wins on the bounce. The Robbins really need to start winning again soon if they’re to remain in our rankings and at the top of League Two, although they keep their place as the league's top scorers.

        9th, West Brom («3)

        Last 5: WLWWD Point Percentage: 66% League Cup Status OUT (First Round)

        West Brom lost their record as the only undefeated team in the Championship with an away loss to Leeds midweek, which moves them down massively in our rankings. A bounceback 4-2 victory over a charging Cardiff side, who just missed out on our top 10 because of the defeat, keeps West Brom just in our rankings, and just at the top of an ever competitive Championship.

        8th, Bristol Rovers (New Entry)

        Last 5: WWDWD Point Percentage: 54% League Cup Status: OUT (Second Round)

        A 1-0 win over Rotherham moved Bristol away from mid table and towards the promotion places in League One, showing some serious consistency in a league where most teams not named Ipswich are struggling to put a run together.  Yet to lose at home in the league this season, Rovers are moving up the division with the help of seven goal Jonson Clarke-Harris, and make a first appearance in our rankings.

        7th, Forest Green (»3)

        Last 5: WWDDW Point Percentage: 66% League Cup Status: OUT (Second Round)

        With a big 3-1 win over a decent Crawley team, Forest Green move clear at the top of League Two and up our rankings. Undefeated in their past six conceding only once in that time, Forest Green are currently one of the best teams in the country, and as they continue adding goals to their incredible defence, (conceding only six times in 12 games) promotion looks very much on the cards.

        6th, Nottingham Forest («3)

        Last 5: WDWLW Point Percentage: 66% League Cup Status: OUT (Third Round)

        A third round League Cup thumping by Arsenal’s B team aside, Forest have the best league form in the Championship and are joint on 22 points with first placed West Brom. A slightly disappointing 1-1 draw against Blackburn midweek was followed up by their favourite scoreline this season, beating Brentford 1-0 at home. With some impressive results throughout the rest of the divisions, Forest move down in our rankings, but in a topsy-turvy Championship, they’re beginning to look set to stick around for a while.

        5th, Chelsea (New Entry)

        Last 5: WWWLW Point Percentage: 58% League Cup Status: IN

        The debate this season has always been whether Lampard’s Chelsea side have been unlucky to be giving way leads, or a lack of control is built into their way of playing. Now with some domestic consistency, winning every game outside of a competitive loss against top of the table Liverpool, it's beginning to appear that Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are as good as many were saying they are. Tammy Abraham scored his league-leading eighth goal in a 4-1 win away at Southampton, as Mason Mount got his fourth, and a returning Callum Hudson-Odoi looked dangerous throughout. In a league where the previously unbreakable top six has begun to look under threat, Chelsea’s performances have been consistently good, and now their results are catching up.

        4th, Oxford («2)

        Last 5: DWWWD Point Percentage: 44% League Cup Status: IN

        Oxford missed their chance to match Liverpool’s perfect form, drawing 2-2 away to lowly Accrington Stanley, raising concerns their playoff push might have been a bit early for a mid-table team. Oxford move down in our rankings but can surely stick around, as they continue to avoid losses, with only Peterborough scoring more League One goals than their 24.

        3rd, Colchester (New Entry)

        Last 5: WDDWW Point Percentage: 52% League Cup Status: IN

        Colchester hit the headlines with their shootout League Cup win over Tottenham (although wins after full time go down as a draw in the form books,) but it didn’t tell the full story for a team slowly creeping up League Two. With only one loss in their last 11 fixtures, Colchester added a Spurs giant killing to their Crystal Palace scalp in the previous round, and now have some of the best form in England, earning them a place in our rankings for the first time. A 3-1 win over Stevenage keeps consistency going after some impressive showings, not just in the cup, with the highlight a 3-0 away win over Swindon two matches previous. Goalkeeper Dean Gerken loves a clean sheet, and with an even spread of goalscoring forwards, Colchester could quickly become a promotion candidate.

        2nd, Ipswich (»3)

        Last 5: WWWWD Point Percentage: 81% League Cup Status: OUT (First Round)

        With the second best form in the country, and four points clear at the top of League One with a game in hand, Ipswich are paying their fans back big time for a miserable Championship campaign last season. One of only two remaining undefeated teams in ‘The 92,’ Ipswich’s five goals conceded is the least in England. Four wins on the bounce move Ipswich up to second in our rankings, and with three of those being 1-0 away wins, they already look like champions in the making.

        1st, Liverpool (=)

        Last 5: WWWWW Point Percentage: 100% League Cup Status: IN

        James Maddison’s 80th minute equaliser for Leicester at the weekend looked like the goal to end Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season. But when James Milner stepped up for a stoppage time penalty, there was only going to be one result. City’s loss to Wolves the following day means Liverpool are now eight points clear at the top of the table, and the only remaining team with a perfect record in Europe’s top five leagues after Inter’s loss to Juventus yesterday. The biggest plus for Liverpool in scraping victory over Leicester was that when the going gets tough, Sadio Mane gets going. Four of the forward's five league goals have been the first of the game, more than any player in the league, and with a world class player regularly deciding games, Liverpool have the perfect weapon to maintain their eight point lead.

        Dropping Out;

        Sunderland; (Previously 4th) Consistency is key for a Sunderland side looking for promotion, and a 2-0 loss to Lincoln was a huge stutter for a team off the back of a Premier League upset in the League Cup.

        Leicester; (Previously 7th) Brendan Rodgers side were minutes from taking the first points of the season from former team Liverpool, but some panicky defending from Marc Albrighton gave Liverpool a stoppage time win. While a loss to the team in first place can be forgiven, that's two losses in four league games for a team with high ambitions.

        Manchester City; (Previously 8th) City looked set for a big jump up our rankings after recovering from their Norwich loss, but a stunning 2-0 home defeat to Wolves sees them plummet straight out of our rankings.

        Potential future risers;

        Brentford, Bristol City, Fleetwood, Walsall, Arsenal, Preston, Fulham, Derby, Newport, Crewe


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