Premier League Table 2013 Week 20: Breaking Down Biggest Storylines and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and  Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 28, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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There were offensive onslaughts. There was a blowout. There were tightly contested, fascinating matchups. 

And in the biggest twist of all, none of the above happened in the matchups you might have expected.

Manchester City and Manchester United held on to tight wins. West Ham and West Brom put on a goal-scoring show. Hull City romped. The best matches of the week may be coming on Sunday, but boy, was Saturday fun.

Let's take a look at the updated table and break down the storylines from the week thus far.

Matchday 19 Premier League Table
1Manchester City19132454213341
6Manchester United19104532221034
7Newcastle United1810352923633
8Tottenham Hotspur189451924-531
10Hull City196582223-123
11Swansea City195682425-121
12Stoke City185671826-821
13Aston Villa195591825-720
14Norwich City1954101632-1619
15West Bromwich Albion193972227-518
16Cardiff City194691530-1518
17Crystal Palace1951131228-1616
19West Ham United1936101828-1015
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Coming into Matchday 19, Manchester City had won every Premier League match they'd played at the Etihad Stadium and had an amazing goal differential of plus-31 at their home digs. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace had won just two away games and lost the other seven, with a goal differential of minus-nine on the road.

So while it's hardly surprising that City won the match, it's pretty shocking that they only did so by a 1-0 score from an Edin Dzeko score. Sure, City didn't play all of their regulars after a key Boxing Day win over Liverpool, but there was still a pretty obvious talent disparity in this contest.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City is congratulated by team-mates Javi Garcia (r) and Jesus Navas (l)  during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on December 28,
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Give Crystal Palace credit—they weren't intimidated by a trip to the Etihad and played well. City remain perfect at home, but both Liverpool and Crystal Palace have made them look human on their own turf. 

Manchester United continued their climb up the table, winning their fourth straight game in a tight affair with Norwich City, 1-0. Danny Welbeck was the hero in this one, scoring a 57th-minute goal after the Canaries dominated the first half. It was a crucial win for United, who played the match without injured star Wayne Rooney

While the traditional powers scraped wins, Hull City absolutely dominated Fulham, 6-0, a scoreline you might have expected Manchester City to have posted against Crystal Palace. Six different players scored for Hull, all in the second half, headlined by a goal and overall impressive performance from Tom Huddlestone.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Tom Huddlestone of Hull City celebrates 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 Sellers/Getty Im
Richard Sellers/Getty Images

And then there was the day's most exciting match from its unlikeliest of sources, the 3-3 draw between West Ham and West Brom that featured three lead changes and a five-minute stretch in the second half that saw three goals scored.

It was pretty enthralling stuff between a West Ham side that had scored just 15 goals coming into the day and a West Brom team that remains winless in its last nine matches.

It was a wild, wacky and fun Saturday, that much is for sure.

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