Premier League Week 16 Table: Breaking Down Saturday's Most Important Results

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Fernandinho of Manchester City and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Although Saturday's results did not create a significant shift in the English Premier League table, a few of the matches will have a large effect on the remainder of the season.

Arsenal entered Matchday 16 with a significant lead in the standings, so they will remain in first place for the moment. However, a 6-3 loss to Manchester City narrows the gap at the top of the table, providing an opportunity for others to gain ground.

Meanwhile, a few other battles between top clubs also have significance that will be felt throughout the league.

Here is an updated look at the table following the majority of Week 16, followed by a breakdown of the most important matches of the day.

English Premier League Table (as of Dec. 14)
3Manchester City1610242932
6Newcastle United16835-127
9Manchester United15645322
10Swansea City15546119
11Aston Villa15546-219
12Hull City16547-619
13Stoke City16466-518
14Cardiff City16457-1017
15Norwich City15528-1417
16West Bromwich Albion16367-515
17West Ham United16358-614
18Crystal Palace164111-1313
English Premier League Results - Dec. 14
Manchester City6-3Arsenal
Cardiff City1-0West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea2-1Crystal Palace
Newcastle United1-1Southampton
West Ham United0-0Sunderland
Hull City0-0Stoke City


Manchester City 6, Arsenal 3

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Ph
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This is not a score you usually see in this sport, but Manchester City have been playing at an unusual level at home this year. The club knows how to work in space, and it is simply deadly on the counterattack. When City are able to get the ball in the box, they can score at a very high rate.

That ability was seen early on with goals by Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo to take a 2-1 lead into intermission. However, the squad really piled it on late, with Fernandinho, David Silva and Yaya Toure all scoring in the second half. 

Arlo White of NBC Sports was simply amazed by the offensive effort:

As far as the injury to Aguero is concerned, manager Manuel Pellegrini seems to think it will be a long-term issue:

Still, there is enough depth to make City one of the best in the league, even without their top scorer.

Arsenal did not have much to be happy about in this match, with the exception of the return of Theo Walcott. The midfielder made his first start since September after missing time with an abdominal injury, and he scored two goals in the loss. His presence will help the Gunners move forward after this loss and remain a top contender for the EPL title.


Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:   Vurnon Anita of Newcastle United looses position under pressure from James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on Dece
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Southampton have been one of the toughest defenses to score against this year, so Newcastle really had to work in this one. They were fortunately able to get onto the scoresheet early after a deflection off a set piece. Yoan Gouffran tapped the ball in to score his fifth goal of the year, which ranks second on the club behind Loic Remy.

However, Southampton would not go down without a fight. The squad did a good job of maintaining possession, but it did not turn that into too many opportunities near the net. That is, until Jay Rodriguez was able to score a goal in the 65th minute on a nice pass from Steven Davis, who helped create a fast break.

The two competitive sides continued to play great defense to prevent a game-winning goal, and the match ended in a draw. Of course, this was not without some excitement at the end, as noted by NBC Sports:

Still, the important takeaway is what happened on the pitch between the players. These two clubs have a lot of talent and will remain in competition with the best in the league all season. 


Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Ramires of Chelsea scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on December 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Considering this match took place at Stamford Bridge and featured one of the clubs attempting to avoid relegation this year, most expected Chelsea to cruise to victory. However, that was not the case on Saturday.

The Blues had a lot of chances throughout the match and could have easily left with four or five goals. However, poor finishing and a great effort by goalkeeper Julian Speroni kept this battle close.

Fernando Torres scored the game's opening goal in the 16th minute, but Marouane Chamakh fired back shortly after with the equalizer for Crystal Palace.

However, Ramires came through with an impressive score from outside the box six minutes later, as described by Fox Soccer Trax:

Despite a number of chances for both sides, there were no more goals in the match and Chelsea were able to leave with a 2-1 victory.

Although they might not be thrilled with this narrow win, the Blues did enough to earn three points, which is big after Arsenal lost earlier in the day. With a lot of season remaining, they are clearly still one of the top contenders for a title.


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