Premier League Stock Exchange: Man United take a hit as Man City and Liverpool pull away

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Liverpool remain the only team intact with a 100 percent record after Chelsea’s draw at West Ham but they weren’t the big winners this past weekend.

Indeed, Burnley and Leicester stopped their respective rots while Tottenham got back to winning ways to remain in touch with the top sides.

Keeping tabs on all 20 Premier League teams is the Sport360 Stock Exchange (360SE), our season-long measurement for top flight sides as we track each club throughout the campaign and take into account their results to assign positions.

We initially used reputation and squad worth to determine the starting price but from Gameweek 2 onward, we’ve examine their output to create a new value.

The total points gained for the season are used as a tiebreaker but sides which have produced big wins against strong opposition get a big boost and vice versa.

Without further ado, here’s the rankings after GW6.

1. Manchester City: 528 / 536 / +8

Total for 2018/19: +36

A 300th appearance in Manchester blue for Sergio Aguero and the Argentine delivered a “This is City” performance to knock the stuffing out Cardiff. The champions responded from their Champions League shock defeat to Lyon by dismantling the newcomers 5-0 in a wet Wales. Too slick, too fast and too clinical, it was emphatic stuff from Pep Guardiola’s side.

2. Liverpool: 515 / 520 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +45

For the first time in Liverpool’s history they have won their first seven games of the season, but not for the first time this season, three points arrived with little trouble. The Reds haven’t conceded at Anfield in their last eight league games and Southampton barely threatened to leave a mark on their fortress. Xherdan Shaqiri started his first game since signing from Stoke and was outstanding. Liverpool lead the way at the top of the table but still remain a little away from City’s valuation.

3. Chelsea: 461 / 457 / -4

Total for 2018/19: +27

Jorginho broke the Premier League record for passes attempted with a dizzying 180, but it wasn’t enough to help Chelsea find a route to goal and break West Ham’s resistance. It was the first time under Maurizio Sarri the Blues had dropped points in the Premier League and credit is due to West Ham. They strangled the influence of Eden Hazard and while Chelsea dominated possession, they failed to translate that into tangible reward.

4. Manchester United: 445 / 440 / -5

Total for 2018/19: -20

Jose Mourinho described the draw with Wolves as a more disappointing result than the defeat to Tottenham. He said: “It looks a contradiction, but I’m more disappointed than I was against Tottenham. Because against Tottenham, obviously we lost the game, but I liked very, very much my team’s performance. (Against Wolves), of course, we had a better result – one point is better than zero. But I did not like my team.” Paul Pogba then questioned United’s negative tactics at home to indicate the feeling maybe mutual between team and manager.

Jose Mourinho

A disappointing result for Jose Mourinho’s United.

5. Arsenal: 433 / 438 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +8

An odd result for Arsenal in the sense their defence was still left horribly exposed in the 2-0 win over Everton as Unai Emery’s stubborn insistence for a high line should have been punished by the away side. They went in front through a piece of pure elite striking from Alexandre Lacazette and then his forward partner Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang plundered from a blatantly offside position. In reality, the Gunners owed a lot to the brilliance of Petr Cech, an indication of the pressure they were under.

6. Tottenham Hotspur: 430 / 434 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +14

Talk of a crisis at Spurs following Mauricio Pochettino’s worst run at the club – three straight losses in all competitions – is as much fickle as it is farcical, but they needed to rebound against Brighton and did so. Harry Kane ended a mini drought in the deluge of rain with his 143rd goal for the club coming via the penalty spot. Credit to the home side who were spirited but Spurs more than deserved the three points across the 90 minutes. Still not quite back to their best just yet, though.

7. Everton: 358 / 358 / 0

Total for 2018/19: -12

Marco Silva was right to feel hard done by after Aubameyang’s palpably offside second ultimately buried Everton at the Emirates Stadium. But they did enjoy their moments and the return of Richarlison in particular, was a bright spark. They were the better team before the break, displayed far more fluency then they have in previous weeks and it was performance fans and team alike can be pleased with, even if the result went against them.

8. Leicester City: 343 / 348 / +5

Total for 2018/19: -2

The vultures are circling above Claude Puel and when his Foxes went behind to Huddersfield, they would have been licking their lips. However, Leicester recovered and eventually saw off the visitors 3-1. It was an important win for Leicester after two defeats and James Maddison’s third goal in six league games will certainly delight the French boss, as will his instrumental performance in an impressive front three alongside fellow scorers Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy.

James Maddison

In the goals: James Maddison.

9. West Ham: 330 / 340 / +10

Total for 2018/19: -20

Give the Hammers their due because their awkwardness really frustrated a Chelsea side which was perfect coming into the clash at the London Stadium. In fact, had it not been for a glaring miss from Andriy Yarmolenko, comparative to that of Mamadou Sakho’s for Palace, they may well have stolen all three points. After a horror show after the curtain call, the players are still clearly invested in Manuel Pellegrini because the belief is obvious.

10. Wolves: 320 / 330 / +10

Total for 2018/19: +30

They don’t look like a typical promoted team and certainly don’t act like one either. Nuno Espirito Santo has a philosophy and the Portuguese sticks to it regardless of the opposition. They play fluent and fluid attacking football, with Helder Costa a dynamic force at the heart of a very impressive display full of tenacity and quality. Better decision making in crucial areas and Wolves would be sitting far higher than the mid-table spot they inhabit both here and in reality.

11. Bournemouth: 310 / 302 / -8

Total for 2018/19: +32

One to forget for Bournemouth and quickly. Indeed, it was an extraordinary scoreline as they were beaten 4-0 at Burnley, especially when you consider the opportunities created, particularly in the second-half. At times Burnley couldn’t live with their pass-and-move style but the counter-attack then opened them up as they pressed to get back into the fixture and it made for an unattractive scoreline.

12. Watford: 292 / 294 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +44

For a club which has embraced the chaos of constant managerial change, an unchanged team for the sixth straight league game has brought about an air of calm. Javi Gracia’s side should have captured a far bigger advantage going into the break given the way they played. Watford buzzed and pressed, caused Fulham to collapse on several occasions but were poor in the final moments. They paid for that, but still justify a little bump in value.

13. Fulham: 292 / 294 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +4

The game was almost gone after 87 seconds when Andre Gray capitlised on yet more generous defending from Fulham, but Slavisa Jokanovic’s team fought back for a point. They did so through one of the toughest predators out there in the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic. His intensity in the second period was rewarded with a very clever finish as he wrestled across his man to deftly finish Luciano Vietto’s low cross. Fulham deserved a point purely for the way they finished the game as opposed to the way it started for them.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Clinical: Frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic.

14. Crystal Palace: 292 / 294 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +4

Outside of Wilfried Zaha, Palace just don’t sparkle. They were incredibly flat at home to Newcastle and even though Mamadou Sakho produced a stunning miss late on, there are some issues more glaring than his shocking header in front of an open goal. Still, they didn’t concede and for all their problems in attack, it’s difficult to discipline them too harshly.

15. Newcastle United: 285 / 289 / +4

Total for 2018/19: -1

A horrible run of fixtures has left Newcastle with just on point but they doubled their tally through a display hallmarked by resilience at Palace. Granted, Newcastle offered very little going forward, yet Rafa Benitez will be happy with his side’s organisation. That might be the only thing which brings a smile to the Spaniard right now, given the issues with club owner Mike Ashley who appeared in the stands of a Newcastle game for the first time in 18 months.

16. Burnley: 268 / 278 / +10

Total for 2018/19: -12

Burnley have been in rotten form this season and there has been little sign of home comfort at Turf Moor as they welcomed high-flying Bournemouth. Sean Dyche’s men had only mustered two league home wins in 2018 and accumulated a paltry nine points from their last 12 games as hosts. Stretch that out to away fixtures as well and they hadn’t managed a win in their last 10 games. That run came to an end as they battered Bournemouth 4-0 with Aaron Lennon reminding everyone of his quality with an influential display and a goal.

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon was part of a valuable win for Burnley.

17. Southampton: 272 / 272 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +2

When you travel to one of the league’s big six, the last thing you need is to gift the opposition goals. Mark Hughes will be extremely disappointed Southampton conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes from set-pieces. Getting the basics right in games like against a rampant Liverpool are absolutely fundamental and they paid the price for an errant display.

18. Brighton: 268 / 270 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +20

They were superb in the second-half against Tottenham and Erik Lamela’s sucker punch to put the visitor’s two up arguably arrived against the run of play. Anthony Knockaert scored a consolation but he missed a golden opportunity when it was still 1-0 and they paid the price for that profligacy. However, they gain a little jump in stock value for the ferocious desire to get back into the game and test Spurs.

19. Huddersfield Town: 216 / 214 / -2

Total for 2018/19: -6

The Terriers are struggling to find a route to goal this season and it was said before the trip to Leicester, their best chance would arrive from the set-piece. Mathias Jorgensen gave them lift off by scoring from a corner in the opening five minutes but they failed to build on that lead. They haven’t scored more than once in the league since February and it doesn’t take an oracle to easily predict a season of strife for boss David Wagner.

20. Cardiff City: 202 / 200 / -2

Total for 2018/19: 0

It rained in Cardiff but unfortunately for the home side, they were ultimately drowned by Manchester City. They made mistakes, gave City far too much space and were invariably punished by the ample quality of a side destined for the top two spots in the league.

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