EPL Table Week 14: Squads That Will Continue Rising in Standings

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Samir Nasri of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his second goal (Citys third) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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As Week 14 of the English Premier League approaches, the table is beginning to shape up, offering less drastic alterations. Little changed last weekend, but expect some more squads to swap places this time around.

Arsenal continue to rest in first while the pecking order near the bottom remains eerily quiet, but expect the game of musical chairs to resume during the upcoming matchday.

This week provides a golden opportunity for these select clubs to climb up the EPL ladder. Expect them to capitalize.

Premier League Table
3Manchester City138142525
6Newcastle United13724123
8Manchester United13653522
9Tottenham Hotspur13634-321
10Hull City13526-417
11Aston Villa13445-116
12West Bromwich Albion13364-115
13Swansea City13436-215
14Norwich City13427-1214
15West Ham United13346-213
16Stoke City13346-613
17Cardiff City13346-913
20Crystal Palace132110-157


Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Sandro (#30) of Tottenham Hotspur puts the ball into his own net after a shot by Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium
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After toiling way lower in the table than their talent merited, Manchester City have soared to third place after winning three of their past four matches.

Their strong goal differential suggested City deserved better than residing in the middle of the pack, and it's finally showing in the standings. After topping Swansea City over the weekend, they jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 with 25 total points.

Third is much better than sixth, but City still sport the EPL's highest goal differential at plus-25, eight goals more than runner-up Arsenal. With 17 goals through their past four matches, this is a squad firing on all cylinders and gunning for first.

This week, City square off against West Brom, who has not collected a victory since Nov. 2. At worst, they should hold their ground in third. But if Arsenal or Chelsea falter, Man City will inch even closer to the top spot.


Newcastle United

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Tim Krul the Newcastle United goalkeeper makes a save under pressure from Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on
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Once representing the middle class of an unequal Premier League table, Newcastle United have turned their season around by hanging with the big boys. 

After a lackluster start, Newcastle have rattled off four consecutive victories, working their way up to sixth place. During that stretch, they surrendered just two goals behind strong performances from goalkeeper Tim Krul.

This weekend they will take on Swansea City, who conversely have won just one of their last five bouts. With each club veering in opposite directions, look for Alan Pardew's squad to stay hot with another victory.

Since Everton play Manchester United in Week 14, don't be surprised if Newcastle climb into the top five.


West Ham United

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Joe Cole of West Ham United (26) is congtratulated by team mates as he socres their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Fulham at Boleyn Ground on November 30, 2013 in London, Eng
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After five weeks, West Ham United posted five points and looked like a prime candidate for relegation. While they're hardly taking the league by storm, they are slowly distancing themselves from the danger zone.

A 3-0 win over Fulham upped their season point total to 13, and they now reside just four points out of tenth place. With Crystal Palace on the schedule, West Ham must pounce against the last-place squad on Thursday.

Crystal Palace enter the match with seven goals scored through 13 matches. They're the only club that have already reached double digits in the loss column, and only Sunderland tout a worse goal differential (-16) than the Hammers (-15).

For West Ham to elude obscurity and rise to relevancy, it's crucial they leave the weekend with three points over a friendly opponent. The fact that Norwich City face Liverpool while West Brom square off against Manchester City makes the path even smoother for West Ham to move up the table.


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