Premier League Table 2013 Week 19: Big Winners and Big Surprises on Boxing Day

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Lukas Podolski of Arsenal (L) celebrates with Theo Walcott as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Few things are better during the holidays than a full slate of Premier League matches on Boxing Day, and Matchday 18 did not disappoint.

With five teams all within two points of each other atop the table coming into the day, the Boxing Day games promised to provide a bit more clarity between the contenders and pretenders gunning for a title. And with just one match left until the second half of the season, the table is most certainly set for an exciting race to the title.

Below, you'll find an updated table and this week's biggest winners and biggest surprises on Boxing Day. Here's hoping you enjoyed the day in football.

 

Matchday 18 Premier League Table
POSTeamGWDLFAGDPTS
1Arsenal18123336181839
2Manchester City18122453213238
3Chelsea18114333181537
4Liverpool18113443212236
5Everton1897229171234
6Newcastle United1810352923633
7Manchester United189453122931
8Tottenham Hotspur189451924-531
9Southampton187652518727
10Stoke City185671826-821
11Swansea City185582324-120
12Hull City185581623-720
13Aston Villa185491724-719
14Norwich City185491631-1519
15West Bromwich Albion183871924-517
16Cardiff City184591328-1517
17Crystal Palace1851121227-1516
18Fulham1851121935-1616
19West Ham United1835101525-1014
20Sunderland1834111330-1713
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The only surprise in the premier matchup of the week, Manchester City versus Liverpool, was probably that just three goals were scored in total between the league's two most prolific attacks in City's 2-1 win. Oh, and that City's defense somehow kept Luis Suarez from scoring.

It was a huge win for the Citizens, who not only remained perfect at home but slid up to No. 2 on the table behind Arsenal, while Liverpool dropped to fourth. With the Reds next traveling to Chelsea over the weekend, Liverpool's lead atop the Premier League table could turn into a four- or six-point deficit just days later.

Manchester United's 3-2 win over Hull City wasn't much of a surprise, but the fact that Hull City took a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes most certainly was. Still, Wayne Rooney once again played the role of hero, scoring a goal, assisting another and playing a key role in James Chester's own goal.

United are very quietly steaming back up the Premier League table. The defending champions are finally playing like they might yet enter the title race.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United reacts as he prepares to restart the game after his team conceded a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KC Stadium on December 26, 201
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It took Arsenal 68 minutes to get their first goal against West Ham, but they quickly added two more to defeat West Ham, 3-1, led by Theo Walcott's brace. After two draws and a loss in their last three Premier League matches, the win was much needed and (at least temporarily) put them back atop the table.

You might say that Everton's 1-0 loss to Sunderland was the biggest surprise of the weekend, but it was aided in large part to Toffees keeper Tim Howard being sent off in the first half on straight red after taking down Sung-Yong Ki in the box. Ki promptly scored the penalty, and Sunderland held onto the win behind the man advantage.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Tim Howard (L) of Everton receives a red card from referee Lee Probert after fouling Ki Sung-Yueng (not pictured) of Sunderland inside the penalty box during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderlan
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Newcastle were the biggest winners on the scoresheet in the earlier games, absolutely smoking Stoke City 5-1 behind Loic Remy's brace. Of course, Newcastle played the entire second half up two men, and the scoreline reflected it.

Southampton ended their six-game winless streak in the Premier League in dominating fashion, brushing aside Cardiff City with ease, 3-0, behind Jay Rodriguez's brace. Even more promising was Rickie Lambert scoring his second goal in as many matches, while also adding an assist.

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 26:  Jay Rodriguez of Southampton is congratulated by team mates after his second goal goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Cardiff, Wa
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Southampton have been winning matches despite Lambert scoring just six goals on the season. If he can get hot, look out.

Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Fulham also won, while Tottenham and West Brom played to a 1-1 draw.

 

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