Premier League Week 9 Table: How Standings Shake Up After Saturday's Matches
Little has changed in the Premier League after the top squads took care of business during Saturday's slate.
Three of the fixture's top clubs took the field to kick off the weekend, and each one rattled off multiple goals. Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton maintained their distance between one another by obtaining three points through victory. Pending Chelsea's highly anticipated bout with Manchester City, those three winners from Saturday sit on top of the table.
Here is an updated snapshot of the EPL table after an exciting day of action.
|Rank||Club||Points||Matchday 9 Opponent|
|1||Arsenal||22||Crystal Palace (2-0 W)|
|2||Liverpool||20||West Brom (4-1 W)|
|3||Southampton||18||Fulham (2-0 W)|
|4||Everton||18||Aston Villa (2-0 W)|
|7||Tottenham Hotspur||16||Hull City|
|8||Manchester United||14||Stoke City (3-2 W)|
|11||Swansea City||10||West Ham|
|12||West Brom||10||Liverpool (4-1 L)|
|13||Aston Villa||10||Everton (2-0 L)|
|14||Fulham||10||Southampton (2-0 L)|
|15||Cardiff||9||Norwich (0-0 D)|
|16||West Ham||8||Swansea City|
|17||Stoke City||8||Manchester United (3-2 L)|
|18||Norwich||8||Cardiff (0-0 D)|
|19||Crystal Palace||3||Arsenal (2-0 L)|
Notable Results Early in Matchday 9
Arsenal Shuts Out Crystal Palace
The Gunners remain on top of the Premier League table after handing the Eagles their eighth loss of the young season.
During the final 25 minutes, Arsenal was forced to compete with 10 men after Mikel Arteta, who earlier scored the match's first goal, was sent off with a red card after bumping into Marouane Chamakh. While Chamakh slipped after the two collided, it appears Crystal Palace's forward initiated the contact before falling.
Nevertheless, Arsenal avoided a disastrous upset by defeating Crystal Palace, 2-0, to notch their seventh win in nine matches. Olivier Giroud scored his fifth goal of the season in the match's waning minutes on a header set up by Aaron Ramsey.
The victory secures a two-point lead for Arsenal, whose 20 goals ties Manchester City for a Premier League high heading into Matchday 10.
Everton Rides Late Goals to Victory over Aston Villa
It took a while to get on the scoreboard, but Everton eventually broke the drought and notched two goals to escape with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Entering the second half in a scoreless draw, Romelu Lukaku finally found the net during the 68th minute on a well-timed pass from Leon Osman. Later in the match, Osman added a goal of his own to cement the squads's fifth win in their last six matches.
Christian Benteke had a chance to put Aston Villa on the board early, but he failed to nail down a penalty kick during the eighth minute. Everton's official Twitter page was excited to see its goalkeeper prevent the club from experiencing an early deficit.
Liverpool Pummels West Brom
Luis Suarez continues to cruise for Liverpool.
After a tumultuous offseason, Suarez has now scored six goals for the Reds through four matches after collecting a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over West Brom.
Suarez scooped up two goals, separated by five minutes, early in the first half to propel Liverpool to a quick lead. He further put the match out of a reach with another goal during the 55th minute. BBC's Simon Clancy noted that Suarez's recent scoring outburst adds to an already sturdy track record for his Liverpool tenure.
Luis Suarez has 36 goals in his last 46 games for Liverpool. That's great scorin' #weapon— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) October 26, 2013
Despite the decisive triumph, Brendan Rodgers left Anfield wanting more. The manager was upset that his opponents were able to null the shutout with a late goal from James Morrison. Via the Premier League's official Twitter account:
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "1st half we were outstanding, very impressive. But we're disappointed as we wanted a clean sheet" #LIVWBA— Premier League (@premierleague) October 26, 2013
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