Can somebody hold onto third place in the Premier League table for longer than a week? Neither Chelsea nor Spurs seem able to do so, and Arsenal remain on the outside looking in regarding Champions League spots. At the other end of the table remain QPR and Reading, two teams that will need miracles to avoid relegation this spring.
2012-13 Week 32 Premier League power rankings
20. Queens Park Rangers (19h in the league, 23 points): Guilty of some shameful defending during the first half of Monday night's match at Fulham, QPR now seem destined for relegation. Looking ahead, they may have to beat the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal to just have a shot at staying in the Premier League.
19. Reading (20th in the league, 23 points): Reading looked like dead men walking at the Emirates. I'm not so sure changing managers back at the start of 2013 would have saved them.
18. Aston Villa (18th in the league, 30 points): You have to earn at least a point when you take a 1-0 lead into the break, especially when in the midst of a relegation battle. That young Villa squad is in for what will thus far be the toughest battle of their careers.
17. Sunderland (16th in the league, 31 points): They're still in the safety zone, so that's nice. It's also the only good thing I can say about Sunderland after Saturday's lackluster performance against the uncrowned league champs.
16. Newcastle United (15th in the league, 33 points): Newcastle weren't playing for the draw at City as much as they were waiting for the inevitable. They need to be worried about Premier League fixtures and not Europa League right now
15. Stoke City (13th in the league, 34 points): It sometimes looks and feels as if Stoke are trying to not score. I know blaming Tony Pulis for his side's woes is the popular thing to do, but it's not the boss who is squandering chances inside the penalty area.
14. Norwich City (14th in the league, 34 points): I continue to be baffled that Norwich aren't better than they are. They could finish in the bottom five of the league table when all is said and done.
13. Wigan Athletic (17th in the league, 30 points): Here we go again? Wigan are getting some fortunate breaks and positive results at the start of springtime, and they now get to travel to a QPR side that may be down and out.
12. Southampton (12th in the league, 34 points): With Chelsea looking ahead to the FA Cup Replay against United, Southampton earned what is, to date, their biggest win of the season. They are now atop the "34 points and under" group in the table.
11. Swansea City (9th in the league, 40 points): Swans really only got into the match after Spurs put two on the scoreboard. That first half deficit would have been even bigger had Emmanuel Adebayor remembered how to finish.
10. West Bromwich Albion (8th in the league, 44 points): They're safe, and they aren't catching Arsenal or Everton in the league table. Maybe I'm reading into things too much, but West Brom sure looked like they're ready to phone in the rest of the campaign this past weekend.
9. West Ham United (11th in the league, 36 points): So THAT'S what it looks like when Andy Carroll scores twice in a single match.
8. Fulham (10th in the league, 39 points): Fulham tried to give the game away on Monday evening, but QPR weren't interested in accepting the gift. Martin Jol and company will be just fine with being average from now until the end of the season.
7. Liverpool (7th in the league, 48 points): The up-and-down ride continues for Liverpool, who showed great fight in rallying from behind when away to Villa. Their lack of consistency is why they will again fail to earn European football.
6. Everton (6th in the league, 51 points): All Everton can do is win the games on their schedule and then hope to defeat both Spurs and Arsenal when away. Their Champions League dreams remain alive for at least another week.
5. Chelsea (4th in the league, 55 points): Rafa Benitez really wants to win a trophy before leaving Chelsea. He's risking a top-four finish in order to do so.
4. Arsenal (5th in the league, 53 points): Beating up on lowly Reading isn't enough to move Arsenal up in EPL power rankings. Four games over an upcoming 14-day stretch will tell us all quite a bit about the Gunners.
3. Tottenham Hotspur (3rd in the league, 57 points): Postpone your "Tottenham collapse" parties for at least a few weeks, especially if Villas-Boas is ready to put Europa League aside in favor of earning Champions League.
2. Manchester City (2nd in the league, 62 points): It all comes down to April 8 and City's showdown with United. What happens after that contest could affect up to five total teams, especially if City decide that the FA Cup is the top priority.
1. Manchester United (1st in the league, 77 points): The top spots in the league and in power rankings are again United's. Losing out on the double doesn't change that fact.
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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