Premier League Table 2013-14 Week 19: Updated Standings Following Matchday 18

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 26, 2013

After just a one-week stay, Liverpool were ejected from the top spot of the Premier League. The Reds became the latest victims of Manchester City at Etihad, as they fell 2-1.

With Arsenal waltzing to a 3-1 away win against West Ham, the Gunners are back in first.

After thrilling Boxing Day matches filled up the pitches of the Premier League, these weren't the only changes. 

Check out the updated table, and then I'll take a closer look at some of the more intriguing results. 

Matchday 18 Premier League Table
2Manchester City18122453213238
6Newcastle United1810352923633
7Manchester United189453122931
8Tottenham Hotspur189451924-531
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
19West Ham United1835101525-1014
Source: Sky Sports


Surprise at Etihad

The anticipated showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool was shocking. The Citizens' victory wasn't the source of the surprise—they are 9-0-0 at home this league season. The shock came in the fact that this match produced just three goals. 

These are the two most prolific attacks in the EPL. For their part, the Citizens have been dumping in goals in their home stadium at an insane rate. Heading into this match, they were averaging more than four goals per home league contest. 

In this one, however, not a single goal was delivered in the second half. 

Although the Reds will undoubtedly be disappointed about falling out of the top spot, they can take solace in their performance. The Citizens have been destroying teams at Etihad, and Liverpool played well enough to earn points from this visit. 

Raheem Sterling had a goal taken away on a bogus offside call, and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a bad play before narrowly missing the save on Alvaro Negredo's winner. 

In the end, they walk away with zero points and are now in fourth in the table, as the Citizens jumped past the Reds and into second. 


Arsenal's Strong Finish

Arseanal and West Ham played to a scoreless draw in the first half at Upton Park. The second half did not have the same goal-deficiency problems. 

Carlton Cole put West Ham on top with a goal in the 46th minute. That score held for over 20 minutes, but then the Arsenal onslaught began. 

Theo Walcott dumped in two goals in three minutes with the first coming in the 68th. Lukas Podolski added a score of his own to go with Walcott's brace and help give the Gunners an easy 3-1 away win. 

The Gunners were dominant on the day and wound up controlling 66 percent of possession, making twice as many tackles and firing off over twice as many shots. 

With the win, the Gunners are back on top of the table, and West Ham are now just a point up over Sunderland for the bottom of the table. 


Shocking Sunderland

Speaking of bottom-feeding Sunderland, they authored the biggest upset of the day. They went into Goodison Park and took down Everton to hand the Toffees just their second loss of this league season. It was also just Sunderland's third win. 

Sunderland pulled out a 1-0 win, and it is easy to pinpoint the defining moment of this match. 

In the 25th minute, Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard was sent off with a red card after taking out Sung-Yong Ki in the box.

The Toffees had to play the remainder of the match a man down. Considering that Ki drilled the accompanying shot that came with Howard's penalty, being a man down proved to be more than they could overcome.

Everton wound up winning 55 percent of possession and took twice as many shots, but they will get no points to show for it.

Everton sit in fifth in the table and now trail Arsenal by five points.


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