Premier League Power Rankings, Vol. IX: Spurs go top

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Leicester City have been top of the table for the past five weeks, but Tottenham Hotspur overtake the Foxes in our latest Premier League Power Rankings.

A statement win over Manchester City has Pochettino’s men two points behind the leaders as Spurs are the hottest team in the league heading down the stretch.

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With the Premier League on hiatus this week, we break things down as only 12 matches remain before the trophy is lifted in May.

TEAM RANKING Up/Down
source: 1 UP 1 Tottenham Hotspur: Five wins on the spin (including a huge 2-1 victory over Man City last weekend) have Spurs second in the league and one of the top names in the title race.
source: 2 UP 3 Arsenal: A stoppage-time winner saw the Gunners defeat leaders Leicester and climb to within two points of the Foxes at the top of the table.
source: 3 DOWN 2 Leicester City: Leicester lose their top spot in the Power Rankings after the defeat at Arsenal, although they fought valiantly with ten men and still sit first in the league.
source: 4 UP 2 Southampton: Saints’ mercurial season has currently hit a high, as Ronald Koeman‘s men have won five of their last six and are just a point outside the top-five.
source: 5 DOWN 1 Manchester City: A late strike from Spurs keep City fourth on the table and six points behind leaders Leicester. They’re still in the race, but need to rattle off a series of wins.
source: 6 UP 3 West Ham United: The Hammers fought back from two goals down to earn a draw at Norwich, with Dimitri Payet looking better each week.
source: 7 UP 2 Chelsea: The Blues thrashed Newcastle 5-1 and are still unbeaten in the PL under Hiddink. Now just three points outside the top half of the table.
source: 8 UP 2 Liverpool: The Reds smashed six past lowly Aston Villa, and the win will be good for confidence. Liverpool sit eighth and must continue scoring to lock up a spot in Europe.
source: 9 UP 4 Stoke City: Record-signing Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as the Potters downed Bournemouth to end a three-game skid. Consistency will be key moving forward.
source: 10 DOWN 7 Manchester United: A lifeless United side lost at Sunderland for the first time in Premier League history. As of now, LVG still has a job…
source: 11 Watford: Troy Deeney scored both goals in Watford’s win over Palace, as the captain continues to impress in his debut PL season. The Hornets have quietly been one of the best stories of the year.

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12 DOWN 5 Everton: Kept scoreless at home in a loss to West Brom, the Toffees drop into the bottom half of the league. For such a talented side, they should be much higher up the table.

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13 DOWN 1 Swansea City: Swansea fell to a red-hot Southampton side, but have shown improvement under Francesco Guidolin. They should have enough to stay up.
source: 14 UP 3 West Bromwich Albion: In a Tony Pulis classic, the Baggies got an early goal and shut things down to earn a 1-0 win at Everton. Always in the mix for an upset.
source: 15 DOWN 1 Bournemouth: With just 13 points at home all season, the Cherries must start finding results at the Vitality Stadium to keep their distance from the drop.
source: 16 UP 3 Sunderland: The Black Cats got an improbable win over Manchester United, but are still in the bottom-three. A point below safety, does Big Sam have enough to survive?
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17 DOWN 2 Crystal Palace: A loss at home to Watford sees the Eagles winless in nine PL matches. After sitting fifth at New Years, Palace has now dropped all the way to 13th on the table.
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18 UP 2 Norwich City: The Canaries gave up a two-goal lead and settled for a draw, safe from relegation only on goal differential. Norwich are in trouble, but luckily not as much trouble as the two teams below.
source: 19 DOWN 3 Newcastle United: A 5-1 loss at Chelsea has Steve McClaren‘s men back in the drop zone as the Magpies must find some magic down the stretch to stay in the PL.
source: 20 DOWN 2 Aston Villa: Villa were embarrassed when they conceded six goals at home to Liverpool, essentially putting a nail in the coffin that was already being lowered into a Championship grave.