Watford’s Odion Ighalo has topped the Sky Sports Power Rankings after scoring in the Hornets’ 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Monday and 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Boxing Day to clinch the number one spot ahead of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane.
The Power Rankings methodology reflects a player’s performance over the previous five weeks – with each preceding week worth fewer points. This means the Power Rankings reflect the in-form players of the moment.
Tottenham were the only team to have more than one player in the top 10, with Harry Kane at No 2 and Dele Ali at No 7 after Spurs won both of their Christmas fixtures against Norwich and Watford.
Matchday 18 and 19 were combined for the latest Power Rankings edition, which saw Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez drop to No 4, following three weeks at No 1.
Mesut Ozil rose five places to No 3 after scoring in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates on Monday – a win that ensured the Gunners as Premier League leaders heading into 2016.
Bournemouth’s Adam Smith dropped one place to No 5 after the Cherries’ defeat to Arsenal, but the 24-year-old defender helped Eddie Howe’s men keep a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic fired 84 places up the charts to No 6, scoring in Stoke’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United and 4-3 win against Everton over the festive period.
Kevin De Bruyne also soared up the Power Rankings, rising 81 places to No 8 after scoring in Manchester City’s 4-1 demolition of Sunderland on Boxing Day.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku returned to the top 10 at No 9, boosted by a brace in the Toffee’s 4-3 defeat to Stoke on Monday.