Premier League Table 2013 Week 10: Updated Standings Following Matchday 9
With a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Arsenal continued the impressive start to their season and remain atop the Premier League table with 22 points.
On Sunday, Chelsea won a thrilling 2-1 match with Manchester City to slide into second and join Liverpool with 20 points.
The battle at the top of the table clearly remains intense. Have a look at the table below or the full results here, and then I'll offer up a closer look at some of the more compelling matches.
|12||West Bromwich Albion||9||2||4||3||-2||10|
|15||West Ham United||9||2||3||4||0||9|
Coming off of a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in Champions League play, the Gunners sent Cryatal Palace to a 2-0 defeat. The loss moves Crystal Palace to just 1-0-7 on the season—a season which has already seen the departure of manager Ian Holloway. Keith Millen has assumed duties for the 19th place side and suffered a defeat in his first effort.
The defeat came despite the fact that Crystal Palace was playing at home and that Arsenal was playing with 10 men for much of the second half. Mikel Arteta received a straight red card early in the second half by referee Chris Foy.
Liverpool managed to keep pace with Arsenal on the strength of a dominant 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. The Reds didn't have much to worry about on Saturday at Anfield—they can thank talisman Luis Suarez for that.
Suarez netted two goals before 20 minutes had passed. His third, which came in the 55th minute, seemed just plain greedy as West Brom had yet to score. It appears as if Suarez is intent on making up any ground he lost in scoring, while finishing off last season's suspension at the start of this year.
The hat trick was Suarez's fourth for the Reds, and that is moving him into some elite territory.
Luis Suárez tallied his 4th PL hat trick today, tying Carlos Tévez for most by a South American.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) October 26, 2013
Only Robbie Fowler (8) & Michael Owen (7) have more PL hat tricks for Liverpool than Luis Suárez (4).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) October 26, 2013
Having weathered the storm of Suarez's suspension, Liverpool, in second place with 20 points, is in a strong position in the table.
However, they do sit just two points ahead of Everton—who beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday.
Christian Benteke should have given his side the early advantage in that contest. In the eighth minute, he missed a penalty at Villa Park. That would certainly prove to be a costly miss. While the two played a scoreless first half, Everton began to take control over their 13th-place EPL rival.
Romelu Lukaku and substitute Leon Osman accounted for the scoring in this match, and that was more than Everton needed.
That win for Everton ensured that David Moyes' old side would continue to do better than his new one.
Manchester United picked up a 3-2 win over Stoke on Saturday to improve to 14 points on the season, and that leaves them in eighth. At this point, United is not in a position to complain about wins, but there wasn't much in that sloppy victory to suggest United is about to go on a run of dominance.
Meanwhile, Sunderland managed to climb out of the basement with a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday. Fabio Borini picked up the winning goal in the 84th minute to give the suffering squad their first victory of the EPL year.
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