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

Alex Rea 25/09/2018
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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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Mourinho hoping Carabao Cup can lift Man United spirits after tough start

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It's been a difficult season so far for Jose Mourinho's men.

Jose Mourinho insists he relishes the pressure cup competitions can create as he seeks to draw a line under another turbulent weekend at Manchester United.

The Portuguese criticised United’s attitude in a 1-1 Premier League draw against Wolves on Saturday and midfielder Paul Pogba risked inflaming tensions further by appearing to hit out at his manager’s tactics.

Pogba took to Twitter on Monday, seemingly lamenting that his “attack, attack, attack” comments in the wake of the stalemate against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had been used to “create drama”.

United have an opportunity to move on from the past couple of days as they welcome Sky Bet Championship outfit Derby to Old Trafford in a Carabao Cup third-round encounter.

Extra-time in this season’s edition has been scrapped and four-time winner Mourinho explained his ambivalence at the idea.

He said: “I like the cups. I like the feeling of the knockout: you win you are in the competition, you lose you are out. I like that pressure and honestly I think fans also like it.

“In this moment you don’t even have the possibility of, after a draw, playing 30 more minutes – you go straight to a penalty shootout which obviously is a 50/50 situation.

“I think it’s good because no extra-time, no more extra minutes that we already have, especially the teams that are playing European competitions and especially when it goes to the end of the competitions – extra-time is really, really difficult.

“But I think it is a good advantage to the teams that are not favourites because a draw takes the game immediately to a penalty shoot-out and we know that it’s a lottery.

“So there is a better chance for the teams not considered favourites, which brings more possibility of killing giants because how many times (do the) big teams in 30 minutes of extra-time win the ties?”

In the opposite dugout to Mourinho on Tuesday evening will be Frank Lampard, who enjoyed some of the finest moments of his playing career under the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss while the pair were at Chelsea.

Mourinho believes one of his old stalwarts is capable of making an impact at Derby, who have had a decade in the second tier but have been tipped by some for promotion.

Mourinho added: “I don’t consider them favourites because it is really hard to do that in the Championship.

“But I think when Frank goes there he goes with the intention of being promoted. He has experienced players, he has good players coming from good academies like Chelsea and Liverpool.

“They are playing well, they are in the fight for promotion and we all know that a fight in that competition will be for promotion, for play-offs and will last until the end.”

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe wants to see a reaction from his players in the League Cup following their weekend drubbing.

The Cherries have enjoyed an impressive start to the season but suffered a 4-0 Premier League thrashing at Burnley on Saturday.

They return to the field against another Lancashire club on Tuesday, with Championship side Blackburn visiting the Vitality Stadium for a third-round cup tie.

“We’re looking forward to getting back into action and looking forward to having the chance to respond,” Howe said at his pre-match press conference.

“We won’t underestimate Blackburn in any way, we know we’ll have to play well to get through.”

Other ties that see a Premier League club take on Championship opposition include Millwall against Fulham and West Brom against Crystal Palace, which will see former Baggies boss Roy Hodgson return to the Hawthorns.

Another eye-catching clash sees Derby go to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, where former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will go up against his former boss Jose Mourinho.

Pep Guardiola is contemplating whether to hand a Manchester City debut to teenage goalkeeper Arijanet Muric at Oxford.

Muric was recalled from a season-long loan at NAC Breda last month following an injury to back-up custodian Claudio Bravo. He has been on the bench for City’s last five games and will come into the reckoning if Guardiola decides to give first-choice Ederson a rest.

“I don’t know. I haven’t made a decision. I want to speak with Xabi (Mancisidor, head of goalkeeping),” said the City manager.

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour looks set for his first appearance of the season against Burton.

The Belgian has not featured for the Clarets since January after undergoing knee surgery, before then suffering an injury setback during pre-season.

“Steven is pushing again now and he’s in a very strong frame of mind. He’s very clear-minded about his body and the readiness to go. He will have some involvement (at Burton),” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche at his pre-match press conference.

An all-Championship clash at Deepdale sees Preston host Middlesbrough. North End have endured a tricky start to the season and are bottom of the league table, and manager Alex Neil is hoping his side can discover some form in the cup.

“We need to find a solution and a winning habit where we can play well and get what we deserve because it hasn’t been great so far and we need to try and turn that round – and turn it round quickly,” Neil told the club’s official website.

Tuesday night’s only all-Premier League encounter is at Molineux where Wolves host Leicester.

Elsewhere, Wycombe host Norwich and Blackpool take on a rejuvenated QPR at Bloomfield Road.

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