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2012-13 Week 29 Premier League Power Rankings

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One weekend does not shift the balance of power, but Tottenham are a little bit closer to being the kings of north London, and maybe all of London, after beating Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Elsewhere around the league, QPR showed that they still have some fight, and Stoke continued to be, well, Stoke. At the very top of the list remain Manchester United, who are settled in atop the league table.

2012-13 Week 29 Premier League power rankings

20. Queens Park Rangers (20th in the league, 20 points): The win isn't enough to catapult QPR out of the basement of the table or power rankings, but they'll be hoping it's a start to a run. Maybe 'Arry still has a little magic left in him.

19. Reading (19th in the league, 23 points): Reading weren't much of a test for Everton this past weekend. A loss to Aston Villa on March 9 could be fatal.

18. Aston Villa (18th in the league, 24 points): Villa can take plenty of positives from the loss to City. They should, in theory, avoid the drop if they can routinely play as well as they did on Monday night. That's a big "if," though.

17. Southampton (16th in the league, 27 points): When you can't earn even a point when facing the worst team in the league at home, you're asking for trouble. It wasn't long ago that I was certain Southampton were safe. Maybe I was wrong.

16. Wigan Athletic (17th in the league, 24 points): The latest victims of Luis Suarez, Wigan can at least be thankful that Villa have the worst goal difference in the league.

15. Newcastle United (15th in the league, 30 points): Newcastle were a bit unlucky to not take something from their showdown with Swans. They're not safe yet, but I'm still convinced that they'll be OK.

14. Sunderland (14th in the league, 30 points): Give Sunderland credit for fighting back and earning an important point against Fulham. The Black Cats nearly won it late, but a controversial no-call kept them from having a second PK of the contest.

13. Stoke City (11th in the league, 33 points): Tottenham's Gareth Bale has 11 league away goals this season. Stoke have eight. It's a good thing they defend so well, as otherwise they'd be fighting for their EPL lives.

12. Norwich City (13th in the league, 32 points): United are obviously a tough team to beat, especially at Old Trafford, but that doesn't cover up the fact that Norwich are often just lousy when away from home.

11. Fulham (10th in the league, 33 points): Blowing a two-goal advantage to Sunderland explains why Fulham won't rise much further in the table than where they're at right now.

10. West Ham United (12th in the league, 33 points): Somewhat out of nowhere, West Ham are candidates to creep into the top ten by spring. To do so, they'll have to get positive road results against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, City and Everton.

9. West Bromwich Albion (9th in the league, 40 points): Almost broke Chelsea hearts at the death, but the loss coupled with teams ahead of them earning wins sees West Brom fall out of the top six of these power rankings.

8. Swansea City (8th in the league, 40 points): I guess Swans haven't given up on league play. They're just seven points from Arsenal. Just sayin.'

7. Liverpool (7th in the league, 42 points): I'm not sure that they have the goods to catch Spurs or Chelsea, but Liverpool could give Arsenal a scare if Mr. Suarez continues to be arguably the best player in the league.

6. Arsenal (5th in the league, 47 points): Last season, a comeback win over their north London rivals began a sequence of events that ultimately saw Arsenal finish ahead of Spurs. Could their most recent loss to Tottenham be the beginning of the end of the Arsène Wenger era?

5. Everton (6th in the league, 45 points): Everton have Wigan in an FA Cup contest this coming Saturday before they host City in what will be one massive game for both sides. Is a cup really more important than European football?

4. Chelsea (4th in the league, 52 points): Time to halt those "Chelsea are in crisis" discussions for at least a few days. The Blues are feeling just fine heading into Europa League action and a FA Cup match against United.

3. Tottenham Hotspur (3rd in the league, 54 points): Do not even think about belting out a "mind the gap" chant, Spurs fans. There is still a lot of football left to be played.

2. Manchester City (2nd in the league, 59 points): City just won't go away. They'll need tons of help if they're going to make this an actual title race, but they took care of business on Monday.

1. Manchester United (1st in the league, 71 points): The kings of all Premier League power rankings just keep rolling. Tuesday's United vs. Real Madrid game could be one for the ages.

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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