Premier League Table 2013-14 Week 17: Updated Standings Following Matchday 16

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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While every match in the English Premier League season is important, Week 16 features some battles that will truly have a lasting effect throughout the year.

In the first match of the weekend, Manchester City defeated Arsenal at home to narrow the gap on top of the table. 

This kicked off an exciting set of matches, including Newcastle against Southampton and Liverpool vs. Tottenham. These battles all had a big impact on the current league table as the season nears its halfway point.

Here is a look at the latest standings and full results from Matchday 16.

English Premier League Table (as of Dec. 14)
4Manchester City1610242932
6Newcastle United16835-127
7Tottenham Hotspur16835-627
8Manchester United16745625
10Swansea City16556120
11Aston Villa16547-519
12Hull City16547-619
13Stoke City16466-518
14Norwich City16538-1418
15Cardiff City16457-1017
16West Bromwich Albion16367-515
17West Ham United16358-614
18Crystal Palace164111-1313
English Premier League—Matchday 16 Fixtures
Dec. 14Manchester City6-3Arsenal
Dec. 14Cardiff City1-0West Bromwich Albion
Dec. 14Chelsea2-1Crystal Palace
Dec. 14Everton4-1Fulham
Dec. 14Newcastle United1-1Southampton
Dec. 14West Ham United0-0Sunderland
Dec. 14Hull City0-0Stoke City
Dec. 15Aston Villa0-3Manchester United
Dec. 15Norwich City1-1Swansea City
Dec. 15Tottenham0-5Liverpool

Easily the most highly anticipated match entering the week was between Arsenal and Manchester City. This battle pitted the top club in the league against a team that won all seven previous matches at home.

Theo Walcott scored two goals in his first start since September for Arsenal, but City's offense was simply too tough to stop. Five different players scored in a 6-3 win that sent a message to the rest of the league. 

Bleacher Report UK provided a look at how dominant the club has been at Etihad Stadium this year:

Newcastle United and Southampton were also involved in a thrilling match between two squads fighting on the top half of the table. Each side struggled in the final third in this one, but they were both able to come away with one score in a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea were able to get a win at home against Crystal Palace, but it was not as easy as it should have been with the road team challenging throughout the match. However, the Blues got goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires to leave with a 2-1 victory.

Football analyst Iain Macintosh points out that the crowd was not thrilled with the effort despite the win:

Everton had an easier time with Fulham, dominating the opponent for a 4-1 victory. Only a Dimitar Berbatov penalty shot prevented another clean sheet for the home club.

The action continues on Sunday with some of the most popular clubs in England.

Manchester United will look to end their recent slide with a road match against Aston Villa. After losing the last two EPL contests at home, perhaps this trip to Villa Park could be beneficial.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are hoping to continue their recent strong offensive play after scoring two goals in three straight matches. Of course, this will be necessary against Liverpool, who can score with anyone in the league.

These battles and more help create the weekly excitement in the always-competitive English Premier League.


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