Playmaker’s top tier Power Rankings

          2019/11/04 16:46
          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, with European and the EFL Trophy excluded as not all teams participate in either. Point percentage is used to compare teams' season long performances, mitigating different leagues and number of games played.

          10th, Preston (Re-Entry)

          Last 5: WWDLW Point Percentage: 62% League Cup Status: OUT (Third Round)

          Preston move to the top of the Championship and back into our rankings with a 1-0 away win over Charlton on Sunday. One of three teams on 28 points, it’s hard to pick from a competitive pack, but Alex Neil’s three wins and a draw in their past five is bettered only by Huddersfield in the division. Jamaican Daniel Johnson is continuing to establish himself as one of the best players in the league, but things change quickly in the Championship with some tasty fixtures to come.

          9th, Manchester City (Re-Entry)

          Last 5: WWWWL Point Percentage: 75% League Cup Status: IN

          A pair of wins over lowly Southampton this week in the League and EFL Cup help City recover from recent defeats to Wolves and Norwich, and things could improve even further when they travel to Anfield this weekend. Conversely, defeat against Liverpool could be painful, as Leicester and Chelsea sit only two points back and don’t look like they’re planning to stop winning any time soon. Defensive injuries have hindered recent performances, but there can be little excuse for one Europe’s most expensively assembled sides.

          8th, Colchester (Re-Entry)

          Last 5: WWWDL Point Percentage: 50% League Cup Status: IN

          Colchester’s dream continues with a quarter-final EFL Cup birth booked following victory away at Crawley in midweek. What will please manager John McGreal even more is that their cup exploits haven’t distracted recent league results, with wins over Newport and Mansfield either side of them booking a trip to Old Trafford. Colchester’s three wins on the trot see them just outside of the League Two play-off places, and who knows what could happen when the take on Manchester United in December.

          7th, Bradford (Re-Entry)

          Last 5: WLWWW Point Percentage: 62% League Cup Status: OUT (First Round)

          Bradford just dropped out of our rankings last week with a disappointing home loss to Port Vale, but a 2-0 win against high-flying Exeter leapfrogs the Bantams into second place on goal difference, and the best form in the division puts them right into a competitive play-off race. There’s division leading potential throughout the top-six, but Bradford are currently finding it the easiest to take wins where others stumble.

          6th, Huddersfield (=)

          Last 5: WWDDW Point Percentage: 35% League Cup Status: OUT (First Round)

          It’s all aboard the Cowley hype train as Huddersfield continue their league best form with another victory, this time over a Brentford side that were on a winning run of their own. Karlan Ahearne-Grant scored in the impressive away win as the Terriers stay unbeaten in seven and begin to breathe easy as they pull away from the relegation zone.

          5th, Wycombe («1)

          Last 5: WWDWD Point Percentage: 68% League Cup Status: OUT (First Round)

          With the Gareth Ainsworth drama now over, Wycombe have pulled together to stay first in League One taking a narrow win over Shrewsbury at the weekend. Narrow is the key word for Wanderers though, who have only scored four times in their past four games, despite being undefeated. Capitalising on an inconsistent set of promotion pushing teams in League One, Wycombe are looking both stable in the league and our rankings, but could really do with some more regular goal scoring.

          4th, Chelsea («3)

          Last 5: WLWWW Point Percentage: 69% League Cup Status: OUT (Last 16)

          Frank Lampard didn’t seem too disheartened to be knocked out of the EFL Cup by Manchester United midweek, but that loss knocked Chelsea off our top spot even though they continue to rack up the league wins. An edgy 2-1 over Watford at the weekend was uncomfortable, but enough to open up a top four gap, whilst keeping close to Manchester City in second, before they meet at the end of the month. If Chelsea can keep winning through November, people will have to start taking this young team incredibly seriously.

          3rd, Liverpool (=)

          Last 5: WDWDW Point Percentage: 93% League Cup Status: IN

          Around quarter to five on Saturday, Liverpool were down to three points ahead of Manchester City, with the chance of quickly losing their favourites status when the two meet this weekend. Late goals from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane quickly changed perceptions, and now Liverpool have the chance to go nine clear, whilst their stunning 5-5 shootout victory over Arsenal in the League Cup shows strength in depth from a line up full of kids. It’s early still, but this title race is already one to behold, and the real tests begin for a Liverpool team experiencing serious fixture congestion to close out the year.

          2nd, Oxford (=)

          Last 5: DDWWW Point Percentage: 54% League Cup Status: IN

          Quickly becoming a permanent fixture in our top 10, Matt Taylor’s stoppage time equaliser against Portsmouth at the weekend for Oxford stopped them edging down further. Their shootout win against Sunderland in the EFL Cup goes down as a draw after 90 minutes, but just shows once again how Oxford’s current power streak isn’t just a flash in the pan. An untidy display against Pompey keeps them off returning to what would have been a deserved first place, but the nature of their salvaged point shows the spirit of this side and makes you curious if they could pull a surprise against Manchester City in the League Cup quarter-finals.

          1st, Leicester (»4)

          Last 5: WWWWL Point Percentage: 69% League Cup Status: IN

          The big question over Leicester was the hole left by the departure of Harry Maguire, but while that doubt was already closing, Çağlar Söyüncü’s opener against Crystal Palace went a long way to ending the debate. While the new continue to impress, the old still keep on going, with Jamie Vardy finishing off a beautiful attacking move to kill-off a tricky Palace side.

          Leicester continue doing what many in their position don’t, taking the cups seriously, and making it look easy, fielding a half-strength side in an easy win over Burton, with it having zero impact on league form. And that league form sees them now looking like a solid bet to return to the Champions League, creating plenty of space from United, Arsenal and Tottenham, with a two point gap to Manchester City potentially shrinking even further when they take on leaders Liverpool.

          While the 9-0 over Southampton was as big as statements come, 10 wins and two losses in their last dozen fixtures is elite, and as solid as any team on the continent right now.

          Dropping out;

          Peterborough; (Previously 8th) Just when Posh were starting to look like they could convert their ridiculous goalscoring into consistency at the top of League One, they got pulled into a slog fest with Blackpool and ended up on the wrong side of a 4-3 goal fest.

          Cheltenham; (Previously 7th) League Two is tight, and things can be quickly repaired, but losing 2-1 to Forest Green who move top is a hard one to take for Cheltenham, who's unbeaten run comes to an end.

          Wolves; (Previously 10th) Mid table in the Premier League is an odd place to be right now, and a win could've seen Wolves as high as eighth, however they made it three draws on the bounce with a respectable 1-1 away at Arsenal and lose their spot in our top 10.

          Crewe; (Previously 9th) It's the same old story in League Two as Crewe lose top spot with a rare defeat but remain only a point back. It takes something extrodinary to stand out in a division full of competative sides.

          Potential Risers;

          Northampton, Hull, Forest Green, Swindon, Salford, Sheffield United.


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