What everybody has known for at least the past month is now official. Manchester United are once again champions. With that now out of the way, all eyes turn toward the pursuit of Champions League spots and also the relegation battle that has already claimed two clubs as (just about) guaranteed victims. Since all of the good biting jokes have already been used up, I've decided to skip it entirely and just move on to this week's list.
2012-13 Week 35 Premier League power rankings
20. Queens Park Rangers (19th in the league, 24 points): It's over for 'Arry and QPR. What an absolute joke that team proved to be this season.
19. Reading (20th in the league, 24 points): Two quick goals in the second half sunk Reading at Norwich. Their dreadful 2013 will see them out of the Premier League next season.
18. Wigan Athletic (18th in the league, 31 points): Wigan may be forced to sit starters for a Cup Final. They're undeniably in trouble, and time is running out.
17. Aston Villa (17th in the league, 34 points): Robin van Persie put Villa out of their misery in under two minutes on Monday night. Their upcoming home contest against Sunderland is a must-win game.
16. Stoke City (15th in the league, 37 points): Things would be a lot more fun for Stoke supporters if their team could face off against QPR every weekend. With that said, a home match against Norwich seems very winnable at the moment.
14. Norwich City (13th in the league, 38 points): Have Norwich finally awoken from the nightmare that was one win in 16 league games? They have too much talent to be on just 38 points this late into the season.
12. Sunderland (14th in the league, 37 points): Paolo Di Canio continues to work his magic for Sunderland, who aren't safe just yet. They are very, very close to being so, though.
11. Southampton (12th in the league, 39 points): The draw at Swans was good enough for Southampton. They could be one positive result away from guaranteed safety.
10. West Bromwich Albion (8th in the league, 45 points): Maybe I'm being a tad harsh on West Brom, but I feel as if they are a side that's already on the beach.
9. Liverpool (7th in the league, 51 points): Hope it was all worth it, Luis Suarez. It really is a shame, because all of that talent comes with a guy who absolutely isn't worth the trouble.
8. Swansea City (9th in the league, 42 points): Swans were the other half of that completely missable affair against Southampton. Replays of that game are a cure of insomnia.
7. West Ham United (10th in the league, 42 points): Here's a random fact: West Ham haven't lost a league match in over a month. They could still catch West Brom in the table.
6. Everton (6th in the league, 56 points): The draw at the Emirates coupled with the loss at Sunderland were two more nails in the coffin of Everton's Champions League hopes.
5. Chelsea (4th in the league, 62 points): Chelsea were a bit unlucky on Sunday in that the man who scored the equalizer in stoppage time never should have been on the pitch in the first place.
4. Tottenham Hotspur (5th in the league, 61 points): That three-goal onslaught against City is the type of performance that ends a "spring swoon." Tottenham picked a great time to grab their biggest win of the season.
3. Arsenal (3rd in the league, 63 points): It really has felt that all of the breaks have been going the way of the Gunners as of late. Is it just meant to be for Arsenal, or is their luck about to run out?
2. Manchester City (2nd in the league, 68 points): The loss at the Lane will sting, but City are still in a better spot than are the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. That's why they remain behind just one club in Premier League power rankings.
1. Manchester United (Champions): Congrats go out to United and to all of their fans. They are again kings of the league.
For more: Last week's power rankings
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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