Swansea City is now four points clear of the drop zone, which feels like rarefied air given their plight at the turn of the calendar to 2017.
Manchester City has climbed into second place in the Premier League table, and the gap to first is in single digits.
Both sides have made big marks in this week’s PL PR’s.
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Here is the latest batch of Premier League power rankings…
|20 (20)||Crystal Palace: Allardyce is running out of excuses. Steve Parish can yell all he wants — and he deserved to get loud –n but maybe he’s got the wrong man for the job.|
|19 (18)||Sunderland: From thumper to thumpee in one week’s time. Hopefully that New York City air has the cure.
|18 (19)||Leicester City: Outside the relegation zone, so why do the reigning champs feel relegated? Maybe it’s defense.
|17 (15)||Hull City: No shame in losing a game.|
|16 (16)||Middlesbrough: Drawing Everton is a legit result, but goals need to come in a hurry.|
|15 (17)||Bournemouth: Winless since New Year’s Day and very much in trouble… just not as much as the teams behind it.
|14 (10)||Watford: Pretty severe drop for a loss to United, but spots 14-10 are very tight.
|13 (13)||Swansea City: Another week of Paul Clement of proving doubters wrong.|
|12 (14)||Southampton: Thumping Sunderland is enough to rise up the ranks two spots.
|11 (12)||Stoke City: Beating a desperate Palace is a decent, if uncomfortable, win.|
|10 (11)||Burnley: The Chelsea draw is another impressive result for Sean Dyche.|
|9 (9)||West Ham United: Didn’t take the next step in a 2-2 draw against West Brom… or did they? The referees didn’t help.
|8 (7)||West Bromwich Albion: Good battle, but the litmus test draw against West Ham shows that both clubs sit where they should in the PRs.
|7 (8)||Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp‘s men took advantage of a depleted Spurs back line to gain their first PL win of 2017.|
|6 (5)||Everton: The draw at Middlesbrough hurts the Toffees’ surge.
|5 (6)||Arsenal: Odd to read given the embarrassment in Munich, but the Gunners did win at the weekend.
|4 (4)||Manchester United: One more slip-up from Spurs has United making it an all-Manchester race for second (in our Power Rankings).|
|3 (2)||Tottenham Hotspur: Losing to Liverpool is just one loss, but it’s one that costs Spurs the catbird seat in the race to second (in the Premier League).|
|2 (3)||Manchester City: Pep Guardiola‘s squad is rolling after a nice road win against Burnley, but the season-ending injury to Gabriel Jesus stings. Don’t worry, Sergio Aguero is his backup.|
|1 (1)||Chelsea: The lead shrinks to eight after a draw against Burnley. The Blues host Man City on April 5.|