Premier League Week 13 Table: Winners and Losers from Saturday's Early Action

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Saturday's Premier League action featured arguably the game of the season thus far (Liverpool and Everton's captivating 3-3 draw), the league leaders extending their league and a bit of jostling atop the league table. 

It's good to have it back, isn't it?

So which teams were the biggest winners and which the biggest losers on Saturday? Which teams are feeling great about where they stand, and which are lamenting opportunities left wanting?

Let's find out.

 

Table

Premier League Table
Pos.ClubGPWDLGDPTS
1Arsenal129121428
2Liverpool127321124
3Chelsea127321124
4Southampton12642822
5Everton12561421
6Manchester United11623520
7Tottenham11623320
8Newcastle12624020
9Manchester City116141619
10Swansea City12335012
11West Brom11353014
12Aston Villa11435-115
13Hull City12426-614
14Stoke City12345-213
15Cardiff City11335-612
16Norwich City12327-1311
17West Ham12246-510
18Fulham12318-1010
19Crystal Palace12219-147
20Sunderland12219-167

 

Big Winner: Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal rounds goalkeeper Artur Boruc of Southampton before scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Lond
Clive Rose/Getty Images

Not only did the Gunners extend their lead atop the table over Southampton—which came into this fixture in third place—with a 2-0 win, but Liverpool's draw against Everton ensured that the Gunners extended their lead over the rest of the table to four points. 

It was an altogether good day for Arsenal, as Theo Walcott also made his return to the side. He should offer a bit of pace on the wing or a deputy to Olivier Giroud, who has been a very busy man early in the season for Arsenal. 

The Gunners have survived essentially from turning last season's 4-2-3-1 into a free-flowing, interchanging 4-5-1 with wingers who generally play centrally (with the exception of Santi Cazorla, who has been utilized as a winger in the past). While it has worked, the pace of Walcott gives opposing defenses one more threat to account for. 

 

Big Winner: Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at Boleyn Ground on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike H
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The Blues were able to slide even on points with Liverpool after beating West Ham 3-0. While Liverpool still hold the advantage in goal differential, Chelsea caught up in that department too.

With a fairly soft schedule until the Blues face Arsenal on December 23 (with next week's matchup against Southampton the exception), Chelsea could find themselves overtaking the Premier League lead right before Christmas, as Arsenal face Everton and Manchester City before then.

 

Big Loser: Hull City

HULL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull City is tackled by Dean Moxey of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at KC Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Tony Marsh
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It's hard to imagine how Hull—which have generally had a strong start to this season—not only lost to hapless Crystal Palace, but did so at home and without scoring a single goal. Palace have given up 21 goals on the season, tied for 17th in the Premier League, and Hull couldn't score one in front of their supporters?

A very, very disappointing performance.

 

Big Loser: Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Artur Boruc of Southampton looks dejected after the goal scored by Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, Engla
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It's not that Southampton lost—there's no shame dropping points to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium—it's how they lost that is so disappointing. Artur Boruc completely fudged a back pass and basically handed Olivier Giroud a goal on a silver platter. Jose Fonte was penalized for holding Per Mertesacker in the box, setting up Arsenal's second tally.

Yes, the Gunners were the better team and deserved to win. But Southampton have to feel as if they didn't put their best foot forward. Worse, they face Chelsea next week, followed by Aston Villa, Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham—a brutal stretch. 

This may be the last time we see Southampton near the top of the table this season. 

 

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