The first 11 weeks of the 2013 Barclays Premier League schedule have been incredibly unpredictable, as no team has emerged as the clear-cut favorite to take home the title this season.
Yes, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester sides have all looked impressive at times, but none has risen above the rest on a consistent basis.
This week, we saw first-place Arsenal fall to previously unimpressive Manchester United at Old Trafford, Manchester City lose a stunner to Sunderland, as well as disappointing performances from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in critical matches.
For now, the Gunners remain at the top of the table, but Liverpool, Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester United all sit less than two victories back of Arsene Wenger's club.
After 11 weeks of matches, here's a look at the complete table and a breakdown of which teams moved the most with their performances over the weekend.
|Barclays Premier League Table|
|10||West Bromwich Albion||11||3||5||3||14|
|16||West Ham United||11||2||4||5||10|
|Barclays Premier League|
The first few weeks of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford has not gone according to plan, but Manchester United secured a very important victory over a surprisingly successful Arsenal squad on home turf on Sunday.
Despite United's disappointing performances in past weeks, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and company put together a solid match, and the club's defense held the Gunners at bay for much of the afternoon.
Arsenal's offensive attack had been unstoppable in league play over the last nine weeks, so this result for Man United has to bode well for the future.
With only one victory over a marquee club (Liverpool) heading into this clash, Moyes' boys needed a win and did everything required to get one. As a result, the team climbed into fifth place.
That being said, United are within one match of every team in front of them outside of Arsenal, so perhaps this group has finally figured things out under its new manager.
Since falling to Sunderland on Oct. 27, Newcastle have quickly turned things around, notching two encouraging league victories in the past two weeks.
First, Newcastle took down Chelsea in stunning fashion at home, and this week, the club emerged with yet another big win over favored Tottenham on the road.
Against the Spurs, Tim Krul was the difference for Newcastle, as the keeper fended off 14 shots on target and faced 31 in total. But the club managed just enough offense to get the 1-0 result, as Loic Remy's early strike held up as the decisive goal.
Going forward, Newcastle cannot continue to concede such a large percentage of possession, but the Magpies' recent efforts will certainly give this club confidence for the rest of the season.
For a club that was expected to contend for the EPL crown this year, Manchester City's start to the season has been disappointing.
Yes, City remain just six points back of Arsenal, but after a 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City last weekend, much more was expected of this group against Sunderland.
On the road at the Stadium of Light, Manuel Pellegrini's club dropped a very disappointing 1-0 decision against a team that had just one victory heading into the match.
And, with four straight losses away from home already, this is a team that appears to be on the brink of falling out of contention far too early in the season.
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