Chelsea 87-0 Sunderland; Bolton 7-33 Man City

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On Monday we passed on our pearls of football wisdom and explained to anyone that would listen (and indeed read) why Chelsea losing at home to Liverpool may just help their title bid.

We say ‘our pearls’ but actually we had a bit of assistance from those dashing men in suits at Catalyst, using their rather nifty Power Table (What is this? Click here for a full explanation).

The ‘score lines’ in our headline don’t refer to our predictions for this weekend’s matches, they aren’t even the scores managed when playing FIFA 09 on ‘World Class’ last night. In fact they’re the effectiveness ratings of the four sides matches against sides of the stature they face this weekend.

Chelsea’s overall effectiveness against ‘Tier 3’ sides at Stamford Bridge is 87%, while Sunderland are 0% effective away from home to ‘Tier 1’ sides (the 'Big Four' and Villa).

This means it’s pretty likely that the Blues are going to pick up three points on Saturday, which probably isn’t telling you anything you don’t already know, but maybe this is…

Bolton Wanderers are only 7% effective against ‘Tier 2’ sides (Sunday’s opponents Manchester City included), while City themselves are only 33% effective against the likes of Bolton and their ‘Tier 5’ chums.

So it looks like being a case of the painfully bad versus the startlingly mediocre at the Reebok on Sunday, with City probably relying on a bit of magic from a world class forward to tip the balance in their favour and prevent a stalemate.

If only they had someone like that on their books…

For the in depth subscribers edition go to and read more about the Catalyst Power Table in the December issue of FourFourTwo, out November 5.