Premier League Power Rankings: Big climbers galore as momentum kicks in

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Well, there are a bunch of streaky teams out there as we enter the final five weeks of the Premier League season. Arsenal has made a run to the top two, Manchester United aren’t far behind and Leicester City are absolutely flying to try and save themselves from relegation.

All of that means our rankings of power are looking drastically different compared to the last edition.

[ 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!

RANKING
Up/Down

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1 UP 1 Arsenal: Eight wins on the spin is the Gunners’ best run since 2004. They are flying and could finish second and win an FA Cup. Is that a good season? I think so. Huge game vs. Chelsea this Sunday. (20-6-6)
source:  2 UP 1 Manchester UnitedYes, LVG’s boys lost to Chelsea but they impressed and handled injuries well and should have got a point. Six wins from their  last seven means they will finish in the top four, surely. Next up: Everton away. (19-8-6)
source:  3  UP 1 Chelsea: Mourinho loves a defensive masterclass and he has churned out four-straight wins by a one-goal margin without Diego Costa. Superb. Arsenal away this Sunday. Can they show the Gunners which team rules London? (23-7-2)
source:  4 DOWN 3  Liverpool: Two defeats in their last three PL matches and a damaging FA Cup semifinal defeat to Villa means Liverpool’s season is ending with a whimper. Their top four hopes are still alive, but barely. WBA away this week. (17-6-9)

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5 UP 14 Leicester CityHands up who saw this coming? Yep, didn’t think so. The Foxes are flying, have won three-straight and are within a point of getting out of the bottom three. The biggest jump in a single week in Power Ranking history. HUGE, HUGE game at Burnley. (7-7-18)
source:  6 UP 4 Everton:  The Toffees have finally found some form in a season to forget. Martinez’ men are unbeaten in five and are one win from being in the top 10. United at home this weekend. (10-11-12)
source:  7 UP 2 Tottenham Hotspur:  Spurs are clinging on to their top four dreams but an inconsistent few weeks has cost Pochettino’s men. Massive game at Saints this week as the Argentine boss heads back to his old club. (17-6-10)
source:  8 DOWN 3 Southampton: Same could be said for Saints as inconsistency has crept in. They just can’t seem to find their shooting boots. Big chance to climb ahead of Spurs in the race for the Europa League this weekend. (17-5-11)
source:  9 DOWN 3 Manchester City: Oh dear, it really has unraveled in the past three weeks for Pellegrini with three defeats in five. City are holding onto fourth but could still blow it. Villa at home this week. (19-7-7)
source:  10 UP 1 Aston Villa: Speaking of Villa, they stunned Liverpool to reach the FA Cup final but all focus must now switch to staying up. They are four points above the drop zone with five games left. (7-7-15)
source:  11 UP 1 Stoke City: The Potters are going for a record PL points tally and to better their best-ever finish of 10th last season. Good win vs. Saints, next up is Sunderland. (13-7-13) 
source:  12 DOWN 4  Crystal PalaceThe Eagles were flying until old boss Tony Pulis clipped their wings when his WBA side came to town. Pardew is still happy with his side who are safe from relegation. Can they finish in the top 10? (11-9-13)
source:  13 DOWN 6 West BromPulis steered the Baggies through a rough period to bag that big win at his former club. They should be safe for another season now. Liverpool at home will be a tough one this weekend. (9-9-15)
source:  14 Swansea City: The Swans suffered their first defeat in five at Leicester and missed the injured Gomis badly. Still, a fine season for Monk’s men. Newcastle away should be another win… (13-8-12)
source:  15 Burnley: If they could score goals, they’d be flying but the Clarets have now gone 389 minutes without hitting the back of the net. Can Dyche’s boys prevail in the relegation six-pointer vs. Leicester? Their survival will likely depend on it. (5-11-17)
source:  16 UP 2 QPR: Chris Ramsey’s side are running out of time but they are just two points from safety. They simply have to be out-of-form West Ham at home on Saturday. They have to. (7-5-21)
source:  17 West Ham:  Speaking of the Hammers, things are going from bad to worse for “Big Sam” as they have just one win in 11. Surely he’s leaving this summer? Anyway, five games to go in a season that promised so much. (11-10-12)
source:  18 UP 2 Sunderland: That Tyne-Wear derby win is keeping Dick Advocaat’s head above water. Just. A defeat to Stoke could be bad news this weekend if other results go against the Black Cats. Not a good time in the north east right now. (5-14-13)
source:  19 DOWN 6 Hull City:  Further down the coast, Hull have lost three on the spin and have no win in seven. Steve Bruce must be very worried. They are out of the bottom three on goal difference and must beat Palace this weekend. (6-10-16)
source:  20 DOWN 4 Newcastle United: Six defeats in a row for the Magpies, plus fans refusing to turn up, spells bad news for interim boss John Carver. They still aren’t safe from relegation but should be okay. Just. (9-8-16)