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Weighted La Liga Table: Winter Break edition

Last look at Power Rankings as 2016 comes to a close.

After surviving the black death, the Weighted La Liga Table is back! The bad news is that it’s the last one of 2016.

If you’re new to the Weighted La Liga Table, scroll to the bottom to find out what this is all about. For those of you who are in the know, let’s get to the table shall we?

LL: La Liga WLL: Weighted La Liga

Weighted La Liga Table

Club La Liga wLa Liga
Club La Liga wLa Liga
Barcelona 2 264
Real Madrid 1 270
Atletico Madrid 6 318
Espanyol 9 345
Sevilla 3 356
Real Sociedad 5 372
Alaves 11 397
Valencia 17 419
Celta Vigo 12 448
Malaga 13 487
Eibar 8 492
Villareal 4 494
Real Betis 14 499
Athletico Bilbao 7 529
Deportivo 16 529
Leganes 15 563
Sportling Gijon 18 563
Las Palmas 10 570
Granada 19 575
Osasuna 20 755

Leading the way is FC Barcelona, but they only lead by six points and Real Madrid have a game in hand. So Los Blancos could easily take over the top spot on the Power Rankings once we return to football. Real were supposed to play Valencia, but winning a trophy got in the way of their La Liga schedule.

It’s interesting how the rankings shook out for the first half of the season. A team that has surprised me is Espanyol. They currently hold down that 4 spot on the weighted table. Their form has been excellent in their last six matches - they were on a 5 match unbeaten run until they lost to Barca in the Derbi.

Sevilla over the last couple weeks have dropped on the weighted table to 5th, while they occupy 3rd on the traditional table. Though their form seems to be okay if you look at the last six matches. They’re 4-0-2 headed into the winter break. While they may have dropped on the weighted table, I think they’ll be in the mix in the second half of the season (if they can keep up their form).

The break could have a negative effect on Los Rojiblancos, as there’s nothing like being on a roll and then having to take time off for the holidays.

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Las Palmas, while they maintain the 10th spot on the traditional table, they find themselves in the relegation zone in the weighted table. Speaking of Las Palmas, rumor has it that Jese is on the move from Paris Saint-Germain (where minutes are scarce) to Los Amarillos, which happens to be his boyhood club.

Other teams flirting with relegation include Granada, Osasuna and Sporting Gijon.

What will 2017 have in store? Guess we’ll have to wait and find out. I personally can’t wait for football to start up again! Let's get the second half of the season underway already!

The Premise

This pretty much sums it up:

Think of this as an objective way to calculate a "Power Ranking" or "Level of Impressiveness." As games are played and I provide updates, the quality of the whole season to date is impacted. For instance, in any one week a home win against a 'cellar dweller' (not all that impressive) would actual flavor the winning teams seasonal average worse than the team with an away loss to a team at the top of the table (not all that unexpected). Over the course of the season though, everyone plays all the teams so the week-to-week flux evens out.

- goldenwave91; Source

Here is a breakdown of the points.

Road Win: 1
Home Win: 2
Road Tie: 3
Home Tie: 4
Road Loss: 5
Home Loss: 6

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