Power Rankings
          Who's top after the international break?

          Playmaker power rankings

          2021/11/22 18:23
          Richard Cole

          Two teams are in perfect form making the Playmaker Power Rankings impossible to separate, no matter how hard we try.

          10th, Forest Green Rovers

          Last 5 (league): WDWDW

          The League Two leaders drew two and lost one of their October league games. It's a patch that has stopped them from building a bigger cushion at the top of the table, but they've now won three of their last five in the league and topped their EFL group. It's now all looking good again for Forest Green... if you ignore the shock exit to St. Albans in the FA Cup.

          Rob Edwards' teams cruised away to Hartlepool and remain undefeated on the road in the league this season.

          9th, Rotherham United

          Last 5: DWWDW

          Rotherham are now up to the automatic promotion places in League One after winning 3-1 at home to Cambridge United, although third-placed Wigan Athletic have one game in hand. Still, the Millers looked good last weekend and have now gone 11 league games unbeaten.

          Paul Warne's team next face Ipswich Town, who have been listening to too many Slayer records this season with 6 wins, 6 draws, 6 losses this season.

          8th, Portsmouth

          Last 5: DWDWW

          Between the end of August and early October, Pompey had lost 8 out of 11 games in all competitions but they've turned that form around completely now. Portsmouth left it late against Wimbledon until Marcus Harness popped up in the 89th minute to give Danny Crowley's team all three points.

          7th, MK Dons

          Last 5: WLWWW

          Max Watters is in exceptional form MK Dons right now, his winner against Burton Albion on Saturday was his sixth goal in as many games in all competitions. It was a difficult game, but in the end the Dons were worthy winners.

          MK Dons have had some disappointing games in the cups, having been beaten by Stevenage on penalties midweek in the FA Cup, but their league form is keeping them in the play-off positions.

          6th, West Ham United

          Last 5: WWWWL

          West Ham didn't manage to make it five wins on the bounce away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday due to Raúl Jiménez's only goal. However, they were on a fantastic run before that, culminating in that win over Liverpool before the international break.

          It's going to be a tough week for David Moyes though. After Thursday's upcoming trip to Austria, the Hammers then take on Manchester City at the Etihad, which leads us nicely on to fifth in the Power Rankings...

          5th, Manchester City

          Last 5: WWLWW

          Pep Guardiola's team are starting to look just too good for much of the rest of the league, made evident by the way they brushed aside Everton on Sunday. A quick glance at City's upcoming fixtures and it looks like they have the ability to go on another one of those winning runs for Cancelo and co.

          4th, Chelsea

          Last 5: WWWDW

          Another team making it look all too easy, Leicester City were swept aside by Chelsea in a game that on paper looked much closer. Tuchel's team has goals all over the pitch with a defender, midfielder, and forward scoring each in the 3-0 win. Ben Chilwell and Reece James also continued their goal contributions as each provided an assist.

          3rd, Charlton Athletic

          Last 5: WWDWW

          A month ago, Charlton Athletic were 22nd in League One but since the departure of Nigel Adkins, Johnnie Jackson has moved the Addicks up 10 places. League leaders Plymouth Argyle were stunned at the Valley by a dominant Charlton Athletic team who were well worth their 2-0 win.

          With Morecambe and Shrewsbury Town up next for Charlton, they might fancy moving up a few more places.

          =1st, Exeter City

          Last 5: WWWWW

          Exeter manager Matthew Taylor quite rightly said that his team deserve more recognition for their 20-game undefeated run that has seen them win their last five league games. Well, what more recognition could he want than what is essentially a joint first place in the Playmaker power rankings?

          In truth, the job against Carlisle United became much easier when Jonathan Mellish was sent off in the 43rd minute. The only thing that Exeter need to worry about is not fielding too many substitutes.

          =1st, Fulham

          Last 5: WWWWW

          Fulham did exactly what was expected of them at home to Barnsley last weekend: win comfortably. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored as well (goal #21 in the league), but at this point that looks more like an inevitability. Young midfielder Fábio Carvalho also deserves praise for his performance as the young midfielder returns from injury.

          Bournemouth's shock defeat to Derby County means that the Cottager are top of the table. Next up? Derby County.

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