The top three teams in last week's power rankings all picked up victories over the weekend, and there are no changes when it comes to the top six spots in this week's list. West Brom continue to fall down in the table and in league power rankings, Villa are flirting with absolute disaster, and Spurs reminded us all that they could use some creativity in the midfield. The so-called "Super Sunday" wasn't nearly as good as advertised, a fact that left me and several fellow east coast fans I know wishing we would have just slept in.
I would have been fine catching the RvP goal via replay.
2012-13 Week 23 Premier League power rankings
20. Queens Park Rangers (20th in league table, 14 points): QPR fall back to dead last in Premier League power rankings despite earning a draw against Spurs. Parking the bus was fine on Saturday, but 'Arry is going to have to be more creative if his team is to avoid relegation this spring.
19. Aston Villa (18th in league table, 19 points): Some criticized me for picking Villa to go down in my preseason predictions. Don't look now, but...
18. Reading (19th in league table, 16 points): Showed the heart and fight of a team that's not yet ready to go down in their rally against West Brom. That result will need to be a launching point for Reading if they are to climb up to safety in the table.
17. Newcastle United (16th in league table, 21 points): Newcastle earned such a low spot in this week's power rankings after being half-responsible for one of the most boring and missable games of the season. That was truly a terrible match.
16. Wigan Athletic (17th in league table, 19 points): Franco di Santo's brilliant hit 19 minutes from time earned Wigan a draw at Craven Cottage and also kept the team in the safety zone for at least one more week.
15. Fulham (13th in league table, 25 points): All excuses aside, Fulham have no business dropping points at home against lowly opponents such as Wigan. Truth be told, they were somewhat lucky to sneak out of that one with the draw.
14. Southampton (15th in league table, 21 points): The win at Villa gave Southampton a little breathing room in the table. Repeating that performance at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday may prove to be impossible, though.
13. Norwich City (12th in league table, 26 points): I am bitterly dropping Norwich in power rankings because of the stinker they and Newcastle produced on Saturday. Both clubs owe fans from around the world 90 minutes of their lives back.
12. West Ham United (11th in league table, 26 points): It sure would have been nice if somebody would have alerted West Ham that they had a match to play this weekend.
11. Stoke City (10th in league table, 29 points): Whenever life has got you down, reflect on the day had by Jonathan Walters this past Saturday. He's next in line for starring in a "want to get away?" ad.
10. Sunderland (14th in league table, 25 points): Sunderland enjoyed what was mostly a walkabout after Adam Johnson gave the hosts a two-goal lead two minutes into the second half. At this rate, they could be favorites to finish above the bottom one-third of the table.
9. West Bromwich Albion (7th in league table, 33 points): The nightmare continues to get worse for West Brom. Hosting Villa should, in theory, prove to be an easy contest.
8. Swansea City (9th in league table, 30 points): Earning a point at Goodison Park is a fine result. Don't be shocked if they upset Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday.
7. Liverpool (8th in league table, 31 points): Perhaps starting Sturridge against United would have been wise. Just throwing that out there.
6. Arsenal (6th in league table, 34 points): Cry about Mike Dean all you want, Arsenal fans. The Gunners can only blame themselves for the loss to City.
5. Everton (5th in league table, 37 points): Everton remain ahead of Arsenal and within striking distance of Spurs. That's good enough midway through January.
4. Tottenham Hotspur (4th in league table, 40 points): Spurs really missed Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart on Saturday, Emmanuel Adebayor's struggles continued, and Sandro picked up a knee injury. This is not the way you want to go into a home game against the league leaders.
3. Chelsea (3rd in league table, 41 points): Chelsea didn't even need to score to beat Stoke. They've got a busy week ahead of them with Southampton on Wednesday and Arsenal on Sunday.
2. Manchester City (2nd in league table, 48 points): Give it up to City for not letting United run away with the league title, at least not yet. I like them to pick up another three points versus Fulham on Saturday.
1. Manchester United (1st in league table, 55 points): The kings of all Premier League power rankings took care of their business against Liverpool. They'll have a chance to earn some revenge when they travel to the Lane to face Spurs on Sunday.
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