Matchday 17 won't be in the books until Arsenal host Chelsea in a thrilling Monday, Dec. 23, matchup, but the rest of the table is set heading into the Week 18 slate of matches.
Liverpool currently top the league after another lopsided and persuasive victory, this time at home in a 3-1 win over Cardiff. Depending on what the Gunners and Chelsea do in their match, Brendan Rodgers and Co. could hold the outright table lead heading into Week 18.
On Sunday, Everton and Tottenham both made statements by notching three points. The Blues clawed back into the top four with a late win over Swansea, while Spurs disposed of a hungry Southampton squad in a 3-2 road win.
That's far from the only results from Matchday 17. Let's take a look at the updated table and the biggest results from the weekend.
|EPL Table: Week 18|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||17||3||7||7||16|
|17||West Ham United||17||3||5||9||14|
|Updated after Sunday, Dec. 22 games|
Liverpool Cruise to EPL Lead by Toppling Cardiff
In a league where nothing comes easy (with the exception of securing points against Sunderland), Liverpool have cruised in a rather dominant fashion over the past month. Nothing changed on Matchday 17, as the Reds beat Cardiff 3-1.
Once again, Luis Suarez was an unstoppable force. He scored two of his side's three goals to up his season tally to 19—six more than anyone else—in just 12 matches played. The ink on his new extension hasn't even dried yet.
Young striker Raheem Sterling also continued his confident play, adding a first-half goal for Liverpool and continuing to prove that Daniel Sturridge's injury is far from a death sentence for this club.
Liverpool will have to wait to see how things play out before claiming the EPL lead—Chelsea could tie them with a win over Arsenal, or the Gunners could retake the lead with their own victory. But regardless of how Week 17's final match plays out, the Reds are on fire and look to be a serious title contender.
Spurs Rediscover Offense at Southampton, Get Much-Needed Win
It's been quite the week for Tottenham. Between a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool, the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as manager and being eliminated from the Capital One Cup, you couldn't imagine more misfortune in one seven-day span than Spurs have experienced.
Their Sunday result at Southampton won't erase that treacherous week, but it's a start.
Spurs trailed early before Emmanuel Adebayor showed his form of old, scoring two goals, and a Southampton own goal resulted in a 3-2 Tottenham win.
Offense has been a lost art form for this club as of late, but the squad started to dispel those worries by being aggressive and taking what the defense gave it. Adebayor connected with Roberto Soldado early and often in an attacking pairing that looked formidable all match long.
Tottenham still have plenty of work to do to erase a bad start to the season, but Sunday's result was a step in the right direction.
Manchester City Tested, Emerge Late over Fulham
Manchester City are a perfect 8-of-8 in wins at home this EPL season, but it's been a different story on the road. That trend reared its ugly head against Fulham.
Fulham rallied back to equalize the score line in the second half thanks to a woeful Vincent Kompany own goal, but James Milner and Jesus Navas both scored late goals to see City to a 4-2 road win.
Scoring 22 goals in their last four home matches combined, City were able to continue that spectacular performance of goals with more of the same on the road.
In doing so, City kept pace with Liverpool at the top of the table. Entering Monday, Dec. 23, the Citizens sit just one point behind the Reds at the top of the league table.
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