The 2017/18 season of the Premier League finished last month. Manchester City ran away with the title, finishing with 100 points out of a possible 114. Manchester United came second, 19 points behind, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool rounding out the top four. At the other end of the table, Swansea, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion were relegated.

Only two teams beat Manchester City this season (Manchester United and Liverpool) and just four managed a draw (Burnley, Everton, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town). City’s strong performance is clear in the heatmap below, with deep blue cells running along much of the top row (the points City took off other teams) and, conversely, mostly white cells down the leftmost column (the counterpart failure of other teams to take points off City).

By PageRank, the top eight teams in the table are the same. The only (slight) difference is in the order, with Tottenham and Liverpool swapping places. This reflects Liverpool’s better performance (their one win) against Manchester City. Liverpool also had a good run in the Champions League, making it to the final but ultimately losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.

The bottom half of the table is quite different by PageRank. Notably, AFC Bournemouth falls five places, from 12th to 17th. The heatmap shows that Bournemouth were the only team to lose all their matches against the eventual top four.

On points, West Bromwich Albion were bottom of the table this season. Interestingly, the heatmap shows that West Brom fared relatively better against the stronger teams, taking points in the bigger games. This explains their higher apparent strength by PageRank.

Data source: Football-Data

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