Premier League Week 22 Table: Biggest Winners and Losers in Matchday 21

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Adam Johnson (R) of Sunderland celebrates with team mate Sebastian Larsson (L) after scoring a hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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While most of the big boys in the Premier League avoided one another this week—the biggest matchup is Manchester City traveling to Newcastle on Sunday—there are still plenty of implications across the table in this week's matchups.

Will places atop the table be shuffled? Will top-four contenders flourish or flounder? Will the relegation zone look any differently heading into next week?

As always, there were winners and losers. Let's break down each alongside this week's updated BPL table.


Premier League Table
3Manchester City20142457233444
5Tottenham Hotspur2112452625140
7Manchester United21114635241137
8Newcastle United2010372925433
10Hull City2165102227-523
11Aston Villa206591925-623
12Stoke City205781930-1122
13Swansea City2156102630-421
14West Bromwich Albion214982328-521
15Norwich City2155111735-1820
17West Ham United2146112130-918
18Cardiff City2146111534-1918
20Crystal Palace2152141331-1817
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Big Winner: Sunderland 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Fabio Borini (L) of Sunderland and Sascha Riether (R) of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty
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Both literally and figuratively, Sunderland was a big winner, absolutely creaming Fulham 4-1. The win not only propelled them up a spot on the Premier League table, it also put them just one point behind Cardiff City and West Ham.

Sunderland was paced by Adam Johnson's hat trick, while Clint Dempsey's return to Fulham on loan was less than memorable. The bottom of the Premier League table is getting tight, and Sunderland's big win over Fulham indicates that they won't be going into the relegation zone quietly.

Gus Poyet has this team moving in the right direction.


Big Winner: West Ham

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 11:  West Ham player  Carlton Cole (l) is congratulated after opening the scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and West Ham United at Cardiff City Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (P
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Welcome back, Andy Carroll. 

While the big striker didn't tally against Cardiff City, Carlton Cole and Mark Noble did, as West Ham earned a crucial 2-0 win against floundering Cardiff City. The win moved West Ham up to 17th place on the table, putting them past Cardiff City based on goal differential.

With Carroll now back in action, the Hammers will hope to make a second-half surge and avoid the beckoning relegation zone. Saturday's result was a good step in that direction.


Big Losers: Fulham and Cardiff City

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 28:  Cardiff owner Vincent Tan (c) looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Sunderland at Cardiff City Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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No surprises here. Cardiff City sunk into the relegation zone after another loss, and they have now won just once in their last six matches. It's hard to imagine the sacking of Malky Mackay hasn't had an effect on this team, and Vincent Tan's already controversial ownership will hit a fever pitch with supporters if they are ultimately relegated.

Meanwhile, Fulham continue to disappoint. While they've taken six points in their last four matches, they've followed each win with an embarrassing loss. At this point in the season, Fulham are far from a sure thing to avoid relegation. 


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