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2012-13 Week 28 Premier League Power Rankings

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The Premier League continues to be Manchester United's to lose, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of interesting storylines heading into the first weekend of March. The race for second is still very much so on, and at least six sides are candidates for relegation. This week's list starts with a familiar team, one that seems destined for the drop.

2012-13 Week 28 Premier League power rankings

20. Queens Park Rangers (20th in the league, 17 points): Let's retire those "Quite Possibly Relegated" jokes once and for all. QPR are going down, and Ol' 'Arry is going to be wishing he would have fought harder for the New York Red Bulls gig come this May.

19. Reading (19th in the league, 23 points): It wasn't that long ago that Reading were a side ready to climb out of the bottom five. They didn't look all that good on Saturday before going down a man in the second half.

18. Aston Villa (18th in the league, 24 points): Villa were rather Villa-esque in that they showed plenty of fight at the Emirates before surrendering a late game-winner. Somebody please save Benteke and Guzan this summer.

17. Sunderland (15th in the league, 29 points): Following a first half of wasted chances, Sunderland only really came to life on Saturday after Romelu Lukaku buried his second goal of the match. They remain a side that are unable to pull away from the bottom five.

16. Southampton (16th in the league, 27 points): Give Southampton credit for not just taking the loss at Newcastle. Truth be told, they were a little unlucky to not earn a point at St. James'.

15. Wigan Athletic (17th in the league, 24 points): It's about that time of the year for Wigan to start a run that keeps them a Premier League side for another season. Back-to-back matches against Liverpool and City could keep that from happening, though.

14. West Ham United (14th in the league, 30 points): Jussi Jaaskelainen deserved better on Monday night. It's Gareth Bale's world right now, though, and we're all just along for the ride.

13. Newcastle United (13th in the league, 30 points): Somewhat out of nowhere, Newcastle have won four of their last five. Norwich, Stoke and Fulham had all better be on the lookout.

12. Stoke City (10th in the league, 33 points): Stoke being a watchable team lasted one week. They should, in theory, be able to find the back of the net at home against West Ham. You never know, I suppose.

11. Norwich City (12th in the league, 32 points): How about that Kei Kamara, non-MLS fans? His US domestic league days could be done.

10. Fulham (11th in the league, 32 points): Dimitar Berbatov still has plenty of magical moments left in him. Don't look now, but Fulham could soon flirt with breaking into the top ten.

9. Swansea City (9th in the league, 37 points): Congrats to Swans on winning a trophy. Now, just don't give up on the league.

8. Everton (6th in the league, 42 points): It's all going wrong for Everton at the end of winter. Losing to Oldham in the FA Cup Replay on Tuesday may not be the worst thing for them.

7. Liverpool (8th in the league, 39 points): I still believe Liverpool have more quality than do West Brom or Everton. As we've seen from them throughout this campaign, though, that doesn't mean they'll put it all together and finish no lower than sixth.

6. West Bromwich Albion (7th in the league, 40 points): Slowly but surely, West Brom are sneaking back toward the top five. It doesn't hurt that at least a couple of teams above them in the table look rather shaky at the end of February.

5. Chelsea (4th in the league, 49 points): Here's a thought: A Chelsea squad better than last year's which won Champions League could realistically finish fifth in the league this May. Rafa has some serious work to do and fast.

4. Arsenal (5th in the league, 47 points): Sunday could be the final North London Derby for Arsène Wenger. As a Tottenham supporter, I'm not sure how I feel about that.

3. Tottenham Hotspur (3rd in the league table, 51 points): With Gareth Bale in the team, Spurs always have a chance of not losing. Tottenham are the best side in London, if only for a week.

2. Manchester City (2nd in the league, 56 points): So you're saying there's a chance? It's a long shot, yes, but just imagine if City are able to get on a roll and then beat United at Old Trafford in April.

1. Manchester United (1st in the league, 68 points): I'll actually care about RVP picking up an injury when United's league lead is cut to single digits. They're kings of all EPL power rankings until further notice.

Zac has been covering Tottenham Hotspur, Major League Soccer, RBNY, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.

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