With Week 17 of the Barclays Premier League officially underway, Saturday's games caused the latest table to shake up quite a bit, with some new faces at the top of the latest standings.
There were seven matches played on Saturday, with some breakout performances and one big scare, as one of the worst teams in the league nearly took down one of the best. There will be three more games played this week, with two on Sunday and one big one on Monday, that will also feature some great matchups.
Below is a look at the results from Saturday and the updated Premier League table, followed by a breakdown of how the games impacted the standings.
|Crystal Palace||0-3||Newcastle United|
|Manchester United||3-1||West Ham United|
|Stoke City||2-1||Aston Villa|
|West Bromwich Albion||1-1||Hull City|
Results for Saturday, Dec. 21
|16||West Bromwich Albion||17||3||7||7||16|
|17||West Ham United||17||3||5||9||14|
Table Updated After Saturday, Dec. 21 Games
Of course, the biggest news of the day was the fact that Liverpool moved up to the No. 1 spot after the 3-1 victory over Cardiff City. Luis Suarez had yet another impressive outing, scoring twice in the first half, giving him a league-leading 19 goals this season and 10 goals in December. According to the Premier League Twitter account, those 10 goals were a record.
RECORD Luis Suarez's second goal v Cardiff was his 10th #BPL goal in December; He's the first player to hit double figures in a single month— Premier League (@premierleague) December 21, 2013
Arsenal and Chelsea will be going head-to-head on Monday, and if the Gunners don't pull out the win, then the Reds would likely have the top spot based off of goal differential if that game ends in either a draw or a win for the Blues.
Manchester City moved to No. 2 for the time being, although it wasn't the most impressive match they've played recently. They were up 2-0 at half-time over Fulham before Kieran Richardson scored in the 50th minute. Then Vincent Kompany accidentally scored an own goal on a wild play to tie things up with just over 20 minutes remaining.
Fortunately for City, their substitutes stepped up when they needed to. In the 78th minute, Jesus Navas scored a goal to put them up, and then James Milner scored five minutes later to put things away. City is now No. 2 in the standings with 35 points, while Fulham is still in the relegation zone at No. 19, recording just four wins, a draw and 12 losses this year.
The final major move of the day came from Manchester United, as they grabbed yet another win, this time taking down West Ham United 3-1. Danny Welbeck was able to score at Old Trafford for the first time in what felt like forever to draw first blood for the Red Devils. He then found 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj 10 minutes later on a nice assist to put them up 2-0 before half-time.
Ashley Young was able to put things away in the 72nd minute with another goal for United. Carlton Cole scored with around nine minutes remaining, but it was too little too late.
This was the fourth straight win for the Red Devils, as they continue to climb back up the table with some very impressive performances. This team has a lot of talent, and now it's all finally starting to mesh together. West Ham was hoping for a win to move up a few spots, but they stay at No. 17 and just barely outside of the relegation zone.
Overall, it was an exciting day of matches, and with how it's gone so far, the top teams are bound to keep sliding up and down the table.