Premier League Table 2014 Week 22: Updated Standings Following Matchday 21

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The elite clubs in the English Premier League kept pace with each other on top of the table in Week 21, taking advantage of favorable matchups throughout the weekend.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea remain in a tight battle for the top spot in the league, while Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham are not far behind. However, none of the top seven clubs entering the week faced each other, providing all of them an opportunity to gain three points.

Here is a recap of Matchday 21 with a look at the latest standings in the EPL.

English Premier League Table (as of Jan. 11)
2Man City2115243647
7Manchester United2111461137
10Hull City216510-523
11Aston Villa216510-723
12Stoke City21579-1322
13Swansea City215610-421
14West Bromwich Albion21498-521
15Norwich City215511-1820
17West Ham United214611-918
18Cardiff City214611-1918
20Crystal Palace215214-1817
English Premier League Fixtures - Matchday 21
DateHomeScore/Time (GMT)Away
Jan. 11Hull City0-2Chelsea
Jan. 11Cardiff City0-2West Ham United
Jan. 11Everton2-0Norwich City
Jan. 11Fulham1-4Sunderland
Jan. 11Southampton1-0West Bromwich Albion
Jan. 11Tottenham2-0Crystal Palace
Jan. 11Manchester United2-0Swansea City
Jan. 12Newcastle United0-2Manchester City
Jan. 12Stoke City3-5Liverpool
Jan. 13Aston Villa1-2Arsenal

Chelsea earned the three points they needed with a 2-0 road victory over Hull City. After a scoreless first half, Eden Hazard got the Blues on the scoresheet before Fernando Torres helped the squad pull away late.

However, the story of the day was Petr Cech in net, who earned yet another clean sheet for his club to set a new record, according to BBC Sport:

This 2-0 score seemed to be a common theme on Saturday as it was the same positive result for Tottenham, Everton, Manchester United and West Ham United.

Everton likely had the most dominant effort of the day as Norwich City had little chance to keep up. The home side held possession for 63 percent of the match and took 25 shots to secure the victory.

Meanwhile, Tottenham got a much-needed goal from Jermain Defoe, who is on his way to Toronto FC of the MLS in February. 

One of the few surprises that took place on the first day of action was Sunderland's 4-1 victory over Fulham. Ian Darke of BT Sport discusses Sunderland's ability to surprise people:

The play continued on Sunday as Manchester City blanked Newcastle 2-0 at St. James' Park. Edin Dzeko put the Citizens ahead in the eighth minute and Alvaro Negredo would put the match away late in injury time, handing the Magpies just their third league home loss of the season. 

Additionally, Liverpool overcame Stoke City on the road. Luis Suarez scored a brace for the Reds as they won 5-3 in an offensive struggle.

Matchday 21 concluded on Monday with Arsenal topping Aston Villa 2-1. The Gunners scored twice in a one-minute span in the first half to all but bury the Lions. Christian Benteke would narrow the gap in the 76th minute but Villa weren't able to equalize on their home pitch as Arsenal reclaimed the top spot in the league table. 


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