EPL Week 17 Scores: Dissecting Every Result from Saturday's Action

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVDecember 21, 2013

The Premier League hasn't been short on shocking results in this crazy season thus far, but things returned to a somewhat normal state for the Week 17 action on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Arsenal, who led the table entering the day, don't take the pitch until Monday, Dec. 23, but most of the rest of the league was in action. They were knocked from their perch of No. 1 in the league, but the Gunners will have something to say about that come Monday. 

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and more were featured on a Saturday slate that saw more predictable results than we've grown accustomed to this year.

Here's every result from Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Premier League.


Liverpool 3 - 1 Cardiff City

In a season of unpredictability, there's one thing you can put your money on every week—Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan monster poured in another splendid showing in Liverpool's 3-1 home win over Cardiff.

Suarez netted two goals to up his season total to 19, putting in the match's first score in the 25th minute. He added his second just before halftime. 

Raheem Sterling continued to impress, netting a 42nd-minute goal. The 19-year-old was thrust into a starting slot and lacked confidence in his early tenure, but he has been a man on a mission in recent fixtures and is making Reds fans forget all about the injured Daniel Sturridge. 

Jordon Mutch's 58th-minute goal for the away side gave them a sliver of hope, but no points were in the cards for Cardiff, who struggled to 31 percent possession and put just three shots on goal.

With the win, Liverpool—incredibly enough—moves into first place in the Premier League. Arsenal will have a chance to take that spot right back against Chelsea. 


Crystal Palace 0 - 3 Newcastle

Crystal Palace entered the day undefeated in their last three home fixtures, despite being on pace for relegation in the table. The latter effect played a bigger part in the 3-0 loss to Newcastle.

The Magpies played like a squad hungry to get back into the top-four mix, holding 66 percent possession and ripping six shots on goal with seven corner kicks. It resulted in some instant offense when Yohan Cabaye broke the scoreless game in the 25th minute.

Crystal Palace aided their foe when Daniel Gabbidon netted an own goal in the 39th minute, and any shot of an improbable comeback was thwarted when Hatem Ben Arfa converted from the penalty spot in the 86th minute.

Newcastle climb into fifth place with the win—just one spot shy of fourth-place Everton. Crystal Palace has 13 points and is still facing a possible relegation. 


Fulham 2 - 4 Manchester City

It'd be just like Manchester City to come off a handful of jaw-dropping home wins and lopsided scores to fold on the road.

They nearly did, but pulled out a 4-2 win at Fulham thanks to late heroics.

Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany both scored in the first half as a City win looked to be cruising to three more points. But Kieran Richardson of Fulham netted one just after halftime, and some 19 minutes later, Kompany gave the opponent the equalizer off a crazy own goal. 

Another woeful City result was in the works before Jesus Navas saved his side with a 78th-minute goal. David Silva hit him on a through ball and Navas slipped the ball into a small space of the goal from the right side.

Five minutes after that, James Milner put the win on ice with an 83rd-minute goal.

City won't get any style points for the win, but they'll get three points, and that's all they can ask for. It moves them up into second place, tied with Arsenal before their Week 17 match. 


Manchester United 3 - 1 West Ham

The reigning title winners continued their recent impressive form with a 3-1 win against an overmatched West Ham squad at Old Trafford. 

Danny Welbeck kicked off the scoring in the 26th minute, and Adnan Januzaj put United up 2-0 just nine minutes before the halftime break. 

Ashley Young put the game out of reach with a 72nd-minute goal for United, and it was more than enough to hold off West Ham's only goal—an 81st-minute score from Carlton Cole. 

Again, it was Wayne Rooney facilitating the offense at an effective pace without getting a goal of his own. He finished with two assists and was the creator in the attacking midfield. 

It's been a season to forget for David Moyes in his first year in the EPL. But slowly and surely, United are clawing back into title contention—they're eight points off the league lead and three points out of the top four. 


Stoke City 2 - 1 Aston Villa

Stoke proved to be victorious over Aston Villa in a tightly contested battle in Britannia Stadium, and Peter Crouch was the hero.

It was a defensive battle early on, as scoring chances were tough to come by, and neither side impacted the scoreboard in the first half. Things changed early in the second, when Stoke's Charlie Adam netted the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute. 

But Aston Villa put the heat on when Libor Kozak scored the equalizer to give his side a share of the lead. Then, it was Crouch time, as the former Liverpool and Tottenham forward put Stoke up for good in the 70th minute. 

Aston Villa squandered an opportunity to move into the top half of the table. They currently sit at 13th, as Stoke's win propelled them above Aston Villa and into 10th place. 


Sunderland 0 - 0 Norwich City

Sunderland again failed to take advantage of a chance at escaping the Premier League cellar, drawing in a scoreless affair at home to Norwich.

Despite knocking Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup earlier in the week, Sunderland couldn't take that momentum into one of their more winnable matches. Sunderland held a 59 percent possession advantage and fired off 19 shots (four on goal), but it wasn't nearly enough to get on the scoreboard. 

Norwich came closest to taking the lead off a 59th-minute shot from substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel that bounced off the post. The frustration was evident for Sunderland near the end of the match, as defender Wes Brown earned a red card in stoppage time. 

Sunderland trail everyone by at least three points, while Norwich sit at 14th now. 


West Brom 1 - 1 Hull City

Two clubs that sorely need some momentum to get out of the bottom half of the table didn't quite get it when West Brom drew at home to Hull City.

A week after firing manager Steve Clarke, West Brom eyed a shot at notching a morale-boosting three points at home against an average Hull squad. That didn't happen.

Hull actually looked poised to take the victory on the road early on. Jake Livermore scored in the 28th minute for Hull, who held on to that small lead up until there were four minutes left in the match.

Then, it was West Brom's Matej Vydra score that tied things up and secured a point for a West Brom squad that hasn't had an easy go of things as of late.

Hull find themselves in 12th place after the result, while West Brom is treading water at the bottom of the league—they're three points away from the relegation zone.


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