Premier League Power Rankings: Liverpool, Arsenal flying high

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Ladies and gents, we have a new top two in our rankings of power this week.

Arsenal and Liverpool are on a roll and with Chelsea and Manchester City stumbling, they are no longer the form teams. Take a look below to see who else is steaming into the upper echelons as the business end of the season is just around the corner.

[ Archive: Premier League Power Rankings ]

In case you are new around here, each week we put our neck on the line to analyze the strength of each Premier League team. Forget about the official league standings (here they are in case you actually do want them) that doesn’t mean squat.

The Power Rankings take into account the strength of schedule, injuries, suspensions, playing well but still losing and plenty of other variables. The W-D-L bracket shows each PL team’s current record and you can now see how many spots each team has moved, up or down, from week-to-week.

Let’s get to it!

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1 UP 4 Arsenal: The Gunners have won three on the spin, five of their last six and have shored things up at the back. Can they climb into the top four by beating Spurs in the North London derby? Wilshere may be celebrating with a cigar… (12-6-5)
 source:  2 UP 3 LiverpoolThe recovery is on. No defeats in seven and five wins in that spin says the Reds are back to their best. Plus, Sturridge is back. Can they beat Everton in the Merseyside derby to keep it going? (11-5-7)
source:  3  – Chelsea: Still top of the actual standings, Chelsea missed Diego Costa and Fabregas vs. Man City and were lucky to get a draw. Trundling along just fine, but not red-hot. Not at all. Aston Villa up next. (16-5-2)
source:  4 DOWN 4 Manchester City: No win in three games see City fall from top to fourth in our rankings. Manuel Pellegrini’s men improved vs. Chelsea, but they need Yaya Toure and Bony back from AFCON. Fast. Hull at home this weekend. (14-6-3)

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5 UP 1  Tottenham Hotspur: With three wins from four, Spurs are sneaking up towards the top four. A win vs. bitter rivals Arsenal on Saturday would see them momentarily in the UCL places. Plus Kane re-upped, which is huge. (12-4-7)
source:  6 DOWN 4 Southampton:  Saints are still in fourth, but a damaging home defeat to Swansea hurt. They dominated play but couldn’t find a goal. Can they beat struggling QPR this weekend to stay fourth? (13-3-7)
source:  7 UP 1 Manchester UnitedThe Red Devils have won two-straight but that was against basement boys QPR and Leicester. A trip to West Ham this weekend will be tough going. Oh yeah, LVG’s in trouble with the FA. (12-7-4)
source:  8 UP 2 Crystal PalaceAlan Pardew’s revolution continues. Even though the Eagles went down to Everton, they are looking much better going forward. That said, they’re only four points above the drop. Leicester away this week. HUGE. (5-8-10)
source:  9 UP 2 West Brom: The Baggies are becoming tough to beat, but Spurs put on a clinic as the 3-0 scoreline flattered them. If Pulis can find a pure finisher, WBA would easily stay up. Burnley away this week. MASSIVE. (5-7-11)
 source:  10 UP 8 Everton: Relief. The Toffees won for the first time in seven matches at Palace. That has set them up nicely for the Merseyside derby this Saturday. Tim Howard is back in training too. (6-8-9)
source:  11 UP 3 Swansea CityThe Swans performed a perfect smash and grab away at Saints with Jonjo scoring a screamer. Can they beat Sunderland at home to keep climbing? (9-6-8)
source:  12 DOWN 5 West Ham: A 2-0 defeat at Liverpool is nothing to be ashamed of, but the Hammers are drifting away from the top four slightly. Can they stun Man United? (10-6-7)
source:  13 Stoke CityBack-to-back wins for the Potters as Jon Walters scored a perfect hat trick to see off QPR. Newcastle away this week. (9-5-9)
source:  14 UP 2 Newcastle United: Speaking of Newcastle, the Magpies got a massive 3-0 win at Hull as John Carver is in charge until the end of the season. Is he the right man to take over permanently? (8-6-9)
source:  15 UP 2 Sunderland: Staying in the north east, the Mackems got what they wanted. Goals. Jermain Defoe scored and Poyet’s boys beat Burnley. Can they beat Swansea to climb into midtable? (4-11-8)
source:  16 DOWN 4 Leicester CityStill bottom, the Foxes were soundly beaten by United and lost a close one to Stoke. Will they drag Palace into the relegation battle this weekend? Need a win. Big time. (4-5-14)
source:  17 DOWN 8 Burnley:  All is not lost for Sean Dyche’s men despite two-straight defeats. They have kept hold of Danny Ings and will fancy their chances vs. WBA at Turf Moor. (4-8-11)
source:  18 DOWN 3 QPR: What a week in west London. Harry Redknapp walked out, as the R’s are managerless and still without a point in 11 away games. Can they stun high-flying Saints? The home fans at Loftus Road will be crucial. (5-4-14)
source:  19 Aston Villa: Villa’s miserable time continues as the pressure mounts on Paul Lambert. The 5-0 drubbing at Arsenal was embarrassing. They beat Chelsea at home last season… can they do it again on Saturday? (5-7-9)
source:  20 Hull City:  Talking about pressure, Steve Bruce is under plenty too as his side were booed off in the defeat to Newcastle. Three defeats on the spin and Man City away next. Oh dear… (4-7-12)