EPL Table Week 18: Updated Standings After Saturday's Matches

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 21, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez (2nd right) of Liverpool celebrates with team mates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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With another exciting Saturday of matches, the Barclays Premier League table saw some interesting shakeups, as well as continued dominance from some of the league's top teams to start off Week 18.

With a big win today, Liverpool are on top of the latest table, although that could certainly change over the next couple of days. They have a one-point lead on Arsenal, but the Gunners will be playing Chelsea on Monday, and both of those teams will be looking to continue to assert their dominance and try to grab the top spot in the table.

Below is a look at the updated table after all of the matches on Dec. 21, followed by a recap of some of the top games.

Barclays Premier League Results
Score
Liverpool3-1Cardiff City
Crystal Palace0-3Newcastle United
Fulham2-4Manchester City
Manchester United3-1West Ham United
Stoke City2-1Aston Villa
Sunderland0-0Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion1-1Hull City
Results for Saturday, Dec. 21
Barclays Premier League Table
POSTEAMPWDLPTS
1Liverpool17113336
2Manchester City17112435
3Arsenal16112335
4Chelsea16103333
5Everton1687131
6Newcastle United1793530
7Manchester United1784528
8Tottenham Hotspur1683527
9Southampton1666424
10Stoke City1756621
11Swansea City1655620
12Hull City1755720
13Aston Villa1754819
14Norwich City1754819
15Cardiff City1745817
16West Bromwich Albion1737716
17West Ham United1735914
18Crystal Palace17411213
19Fulham17411213
20Sunderland17241110
Table Updated After Saturday, Dec. 21 Games

Results

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his second goal with team mate Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in
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With yet another big match, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez continued his blazing pace this season during the 3-1 win over Cardiff City.

Suarez got the Reds on the board first with a nice goal in the 25th minute. Things opened up at the end of the first half, with Raheem Sterling getting a goal in the 42nd minute and Suarez getting his second of the day just three minutes later before half-time. According to the Premier League Twitter account, that was the 10th goal for Suarez in December, making him the first player to ever do that.

Cardiff City were able to get closer early in the second half thanks to a goal by Jordon Mutch in the 58th minute, but they were unable to get anything else going for the rest of the match. Overall, the Reds had possession 69 percent of the time, out-shooting Cardiff City 27-10, with seven of them on goal opposed to Cardiff's three.

The win for the Reds moves them to the top of the table, at least for now. Still, this is a big move, and they'll be looking to stay near the top as the season continues. Cardiff City are currently No. 15 in the table, and the future of manager Malky Mackay is up in the air.

 

Manchester United 3-1 West Ham United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, Eng
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After a sluggish start to the season, Manchester United are beginning to turn things around, as they recorded their fourth straight win on Saturday over West Ham United.

The Red Devils got things rolling in the 26th minute thanks to a strike from Danny Welbeck. They got a second goal from Adnan Januzaj 10 minutes later off an assist from the England striker. It was the first goal at home for the 18-year-old phenom who's generating a lot of buzz.

It wasn't all good for the Red Devils, as Welbeck left the game early in the second half after limping off the field. Ashley Young was able to grab a third goal for Manchester United, and Carlton Cole was able to get West Ham on the board before the match ended at 3-1.

Things are looking good once again for Manchester, with that win moving them to seventh on the table for now—although that could change after this weekend. Still, considering how poorly this season started, things are looking good for this team. West Ham are certainly struggling, as they're one spot away from the relegation zone.

 

Fulham 2-4 Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrates scoring their second goal with Martin Demichelis of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on December 21,
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It was the highest-scoring match of the day—and certainly the most intriguing one—as Manchester City could have had an embarrassing blunder cost them a win if not for two key substitutes stepping up late.

Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany were able to get City on the board in the first half to go up 2-0, but Fulham were still trying to pull off the big upset. Kieran Richardson scored for the Cottagers in the 50th minute, then something wild happened.

With just over 20 minutes left in the match, Kompany had a wild own goal. Suddenly, things were tied at 2-2 and not looking good for City.

Fortunately for them, two key substitutes were able to step up. In the 78th minute, Jesus Navas was able to find the back of the net, and James Milner was able to grab another goal just five minutes later, giving City the win.

It wasn't pretty, but it was still three points for City, as they're now second on the latest table, just behind Liverpool. Fulham is in the exact opposite situation, currently 19th in the latest table with 13 points all season. They're facing relegation if they don't turn things around.