There was all kinds of movement in Premier League power rankings this week. The top-three of the league table has once again shifted, and there's a new "worst team in the league." All things considered, the current EPL relegation battle may be the most exciting thing about the league as the middle of April approaches.
2012-13 Week 33 Premier League power rankings
20. Reading (20th in the league, 23 points): Fans are still willing to pay money to watch you play, Reading. You may be going down, but those people still deserve better between now and the middle of May.
19. Queens Park Rangers (19th in the league, 24 points): Losing the lead on a stoppage time free kick is about as QPR as it gets this spring. It really does look like there's no way out for Ol' 'Arry now.
17. Stoke City (15th in the league, 34 points): Stoke are definitely a side that cannot survive giving up three goals in a single contest. They could find themselves in the drop zone soon if they can't end their current swoon.
16. Wigan (18th in the league, 31 points): They were saved by a free kick at the death, but Wigan would still be relegated if the season ended today. Having an extra league match to play is their saving grace right now.
14. Norwich City (14th in the league, 35 points): Both Norwich and Swansea failed to remember that they had to defend on Saturday. That match was far from a technical wonder.
13. Newcastle United (13th in the league, 36 points): Papiss Cissé saved more than just two points with his ST goal. Newcastle should now, in theory, be safe.
12. Fulham (10th in the league, 39 points): Mark Schwarzer can only do so much. It's hard to win when your 'keeper sees over two dozen attempts on his goal in a game.
11. West Bromwich Albion (8th in the league, 44 points): It's several days after the fact, and I'm still amazed that West Brom couldn't find at least an equalizer in the final 20 minutes of their game against Arsenal.
10. Swansea City (9th in the league, 41 points): Another weekend, another "meh" result for Swans. What is the cure for a cup hangover?
9. Southampton (11th in the league, 37 points): Southampton did what the likes of QPR and Wigan couldn't, and that's defeat a side that is currently facing relegation. I guess Nigel Adkins really did deserve to get sacked, after all.
8. West Ham United (12th in the league, 37 points): Keeping Liverpool off the scoreboard and earning a point at Anfield is a fine result for West Ham. They still have a decent shot at a top-ten finish.
7. Liverpool (7th in the league, 49 points): Their Champions League dreams are just about dead. Even Europa League may be slipping away from Liverpool.
6. Tottenham Hotspur (4th in the league, 58 points): Spurs don't have another Premier League game until April 21. Arsenal will have played three league contests between the posting of this piece and the third Sunday in April.
5. Everton (6th in the league, 52 points): One could argue that Everton deserved more than just the draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Fourth place is still within reach for The Toffees.
4. Arsenal (5th in the league, 56 points): Arsenal are now in control of their Champions League destiny. Is a repeat of last spring inevitable?
3. Chelsea (3rd in the league, 58 points): "Better lucky than good" was the mantra for Chelsea this past Sunday. Their journey toward earning Champions League and also winning at least one trophy continues.
2. Manchester City (2nd in the league, 65 points): City reclaimed a bit of respect and they remained seven points clear of Chelsea and Spurs. That's a job well done.
1. Manchester United (1st in the league, 77 points): One three-point swing is not enough to remove United from the top spot in Premier League power rankings. They remain the uncrowned EPL champs.
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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