Premier League Table 2013 Week 16: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 16

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A dejected Olivier Giroud and Mesut Oezil of Arsenal prepare to restart after Gerard Deulofeu of Everton (not pictured) equalised during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Everton may have brought Arsenal back down to earth on Matchday 15, but the Premier League leaders will still kick off Week 16 as the squad to beat.

The Gunners had their three-match winning streak snapped after a 1-1 draw with Everton this past weekend, but are still five points clear of second place in the league table. However, that lead could shrink in a hurry with Arsenal scheduled to face off against Sergio Aguero and Manchester City this coming weekend.

With that matchup and several others already generating plenty of buzz, let's take a closer look at the latest league table ahead of Matchday 16 and predict which clubs are poised to come out on top this weekend.

Week 16 Premier League Table
4Manchester City159242629
7Newcastle United15825-126
9Manchester United15645322
10Swansea City15546119
11Aston Villa15546-219
12Hull City15537-618
13Stoke City15456-517
14Norwich City15528-1417
15West Bromwich Albion15366-415
16Cardiff City15357-1114
17West Ham United15348-613
19Crystal Palace154110-1213


Matchday 16 Predictions
Manchester City3-2Arsenal
West Ham United1-0Sunderland
Chelsea3-0Crystal Palace
Newcastle United1-1Southampton
Cardiff City1-1West Bromwich Albion
Hull City2-1Stoke City
Aston Villa1-2Manchester United
Norwich City2-2Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur1-3Liverpool


Manchester City 3, Arsenal 2

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City in action 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/G
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If there's a squad capable of keeping pace with the Citizens at Etihad this year, it's Arsenal. But even the Gunners are guaranteed to struggle with City's firepower.

No Premier League club has scored more goals than City this season, and no one has come close to matching their offensive production inside their home stadium. Manuel Pellegrini's squad has netted 29 goals in seven league matches at Etihad in 2013-14, and is 7-0-0 in those matches as a result.

Perhaps even more impressive, City have conceded just twice total over those seven victories.

It goes without saying that Arsene Wenger's team faces a tall task this weekend. Though Arsenal have defended extremely well outside of Emirates for the most part this season, they'll need to be on an all-new level if they are to slow an offensive juggernaut that's averaging well over four goals per match at home this year.

Watch for Aguero, who has 12 goals in 14 appearances this season, to spark the Citizens on Saturday.


Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 2

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey
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Although defending champions Manchester United have been lackluster since topping Arsenal 1-0 back in Week 11, the Red Devils are poised to get back on track this weekend as they're set to take on a struggling Aston Villa squad at Villa Park.

David Moyes and his slumping United squad will hit the road in Week 16 and attempt to end their drought against the Lions, who have won just twice in seven tries at home this year.

And with Robin van Persie set to join forces with Wayne Rooney at the top of United's lineup for the first time in a long time, expect the Red Devils to cash in on a pair of goals as the talented tandem overwhelms Villa's defense.

Keep in mind the defending champions' attack has been much more potent away from Old Trafford this season for whatever reason, tallying two goals per game in Premier League road matches. That's a considerable amount given that the Red Devils have scored just eight goals in eight league matches at Old Trafford.


Tottenham Hotspur 1, Liverpool 3

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool shoots at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Week 16's final showdown will pit Spurs up against Liverpool at White Hart Lane in an intriguing matchup of two of the league's top clubs.

Both squads are in the top six heading into the weekend and both are in top form ahead of Sunday's meeting. However, the X-factor will be Reds striker Luis Suarez, who leads all Premier League scorers with 14 goals this season despite having missed Liverpool's first five matches because of suspension.

Suarez is on fire a the moment, having scored five goals total over Liverpool's past two matches and single-handedly outscoring Norwich City in Week 14.

For an offensively-challenged club like Tottenham, who have totaled just seven goals in seven home games this year, Suarez and the Reds are sure to present a nightmare matchup.

Spurs boast capable scorers in Roberto Soldado and Gylfi Sigurdsson, but without a go-to talent like Gareth Bale, Andre Villas-Boas' side will need to turn in a remarkable defensive effort on Sunday evening. 


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