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Premier League Table 2013 Week 20: Updated Standings Following Matchday 19

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11:  Luis Suarez (C) of Liverpool holds off the challenge of Branislav Ivanovic (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta (R) of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on November 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

With the English Premier League being so competitive, it is important to take advantage of every opportunity to get points. Some clubs had a hard time accomplishing that in Matchday 19.

Saturday's fixtures started with a wild 3-3 match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion, and the day got even stranger from there. Manchester City struggled against Crystal Palace and barely escaped with a 1-0 home win, while Manchester United also only earned a 1-0 victory over the poor defense of Norwich City.

Still, this was just an appetizer for Sunday, which will feature eight of the top 10 clubs in the table entering the week. 

All of the action played a big role in the standings from the top to the bottom. Here is an updated look at the table after the league's most recent matches. 

English Premier League Table (as of Dec. 29)
PositionTeamWinsDrawsLossesGoal Diff.Points
1.Arsenal13331942
2.Man City13243341
3.Chelsea12431640
4.Everton10721337
5.Liverpool11352136
6.Man U10451034
7.Tottenham1045-234
8.Newcastle1036533
9.Southampton766627
10.Hull City658-123
11.Swansea568-121
12.Stoke568-1121
13.Aston Villa559-720
14.Norwich City5410-1619
15.West Brom397-518
16.Cardiff469-1518
17.Crystal Palace5113-1616
18.Fulham5113-2216
19.West Ham3610-1015
20.Sunderland3511-1714
via PremierLeague.com
English Premier League Fixtures - Matchday 19
DateHomeScore/Time (GMT)Away
Dec. 28West Ham United3-3West Bromwich Albion
Dec. 28Aston Villa1-1Swansea City
Dec. 28Hull City6-0Fulham
Dec. 28Manchester City1-0Crystal Palace
Dec. 28Norwich City0-1Manchester United
Dec. 28Cardiff City2-2Sunderland
Dec. 29Everton2-1Southampton
Dec. 29Newcastle United0-1Arsenal
Dec. 29Chelsea2-1Liverpool
Dec. 29Tottenham3-0Stoke City
via ESPN FC

Manchester City were expected to have an easy time against Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium, but they struggled offensively in a scoreless first half. 

As NBC Sports Soccer notes, the club was able to finally get a goal in the 66th minute from Edin Dzeko, but it was not easy:

Still, earning a win is all that matters, as City have now won all 10 of their matches at home this year.

Manchester United also struggled offensively on the road against Norwich City, scoring only a second-half goal off the foot of Danny Welbeck. The forward entered for Ryan Giggs at halftime and provided a positive contribution in the win. 

Also notable was the offensive outburst of Hull City, which scored six times in a dominant victory over Fulham. Although this will not change much in the table, it was still an impressive showing for a team that has been inconsistent all year. 

HULL, ENGLAND- DECEMBER 28: Tom Huddlestone (2nd R) of Hull city celebrates with team after scoring Hulls 4th goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Fulham at KC stadium on December 28, 2013 in Hull, England. (Photo by Richard
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Of course, the most exciting match of the day did not play a big role in the table. West Ham held a 1-0 lead for much of the first half before Nicolas Anelka scored twice for West Brom to earn a 2-1 lead before intermission.

Still, the action was just getting started as West Ham regained the lead with scores by Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan, followed closely by an equaliser by Saido Berahino. BBC Sport captured the excitement of the action:

The battle ended with a 3-3 draw, which will keep both sides low on the table.

On Sunday, the action will continue with some high-profile matches between the top clubs in the league. Arsenal will try to retain first place with a match against Newcastle, a squad that has performed extremely well as of late.

Liverpool will continue a difficult stretch with a matchup against Chelsea. The Reds are coming off a 2-1 loss to Manchester City that knocked them out of first place in the table.

Everton faces Southampton and Tottenham takes on Stoke City in what should be a thrilling day of football.

All of these contests will play a big role in the standings as every club fights for as many points as possible heading into the new year. 

 

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