There was no shortage of surprises in the Premier League this past weekend, as several mighty clubs turned out lackluster performances.
Week 11 was highlighted by the defending champions earning an impressive shutout win over Arsenal. Manchester United was powered by a beautiful combination play between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Old Trafford and is now right back in the mix at the top of the table.
Elsewhere, Manchester City was upset by 19th-place Sunderland, who took advantage of numerous missed opportunities from the Citizens to earn just its second win in 2013-14.
Here, we'll look at the latest league standings and analyze the most notable changes from Week 11.
|Week 12 Premier League Table|
Liverpool Inches Closer to Top Spot
After routing Fulham this past weekend, Brendan Rodgers' Reds are in position to move into first place in the league table with a win over Everton and an Arsenal loss two weeks from now.
A Liverpool win and Arsenal draw would pull the Reds even with the Gunners atop the table.
With Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both losing and Chelsea and Everton drawing against West Brom and Crystal Palace, respectively, Liverpool is now just two points out of first place and in sole possession of second place.
But there's a good chance the Reds could be at least tied for the top spot after Week 12. After all, the Gunners will be hosting a dangerous Southampton team that has moved into third in the table and has conceded just five goals in 11 matches. That mark is the best of any club in the league.
As far as Liverpool's upcoming matchup is concerned, Everton is no slouch, but it's certainly beatable. The reason: The Reds are the third-highest-scoring squad in the league this year, averaging nearly two goals per game.
Manchester United Seizes Momentum, Jumps into Fifth
Despite a sluggish start to David Moyes' first year at Old Trafford, Manchester United is right back in the thick of things this November after stunning league-leading Arsenal 1-0 in Week 11 behind a Robin van Persie header.
An eight-point deficit has become five points, and with three straight wins in the Premier League, the Red Devils have seized momentum and appear as dangerous as ever.
United will battle Cardiff City on Matchday 12 in a match it will be favored to win. Moyes knows as well as anyone that there's a lot of work left to do, but things are beginning to look for the reigning title holders.
The Citizens Fall After Shocking Loss
Manchester City suffered a devastating loss to Sunderland at Stadium of Light in Week 11. As a result, the Citizens have watched rival United leapfrog them in the league table.
Manuel Pellegrini's squad was unable to crack the Black Cats' defensive code after conceding what turned out to be the decisive goal from Phillip Bardsley in the 21st minute. The result would have been a shocking one for any of England's top clubs, but it's especially surprising for the league's most explosive team.
City had scored 28 goals in 10 league matches coming into Sunday, but it was somehow shut down by the worst defensive team in the league. Although there's plenty of football left to be played this season, if City come up just a few points short of first place next spring, this is sure to be the match that haunts the squad all offseason long.
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