Premier League Scores Week 21: Highlighting Saturday's Most Important Results

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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If you are a club competing for a top spot in the English Premier League table, you cannot afford to miss out on potential points. On the first day of Week 21, the top squads made sure to take care of business.

There were few surprises early on as most of the favorites were able to escape with easy victories. The biggest shocker involved two clubs looking to avoid relegation, as Sunderland earned a 4-1 road win over Fulham.

Still, plenty of Saturday's action will have an impact on the entire league table. Here is a full look at the results from Jan. 11 as well as a breakdown of the bigger matches of the day.

English Premier League Results - Jan. 11
Hull City0-2Chelsea
Cardiff City0-2West Ham United
Everton2-0Norwich City
Southampton1-0West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham2-0Crystal Palace
Manchester United2-0Swansea City


Chelsea 2, Hull City 0

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second 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 Ima
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Although things will likely change in the coming days, Chelsea put themselves at the top of the league table with a win on Saturday.

After the match, Petr Cech had this to say about the rise in the standings, via John Drayton of the Daily Mail:

The most important thing is that we keep winning games and winning trophies. We want to win the league if we can and hopefully clean sheets will help us achieve our targets. Now we're top of the league for the first time in a long time and hopefully we can stay there.

We hope to keep going. We are getting better and today was a very difficult game. But we were very solid and good in attack and that's why we score goals.

Of course, this was a big match for Cech on a personal level as well, as noted by BBC Sport:

The veteran took care of business in net, and Chelsea got enough offense from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres to help secure the important victory.


Everton 2, Norwich City 0

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates his goal with Leighton Baines during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on January 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruge
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Everton came into the day with one of the best defenses in the EPL, and they kept up the strong play by earning yet another clean sheet against Norwich City.

Of course, the question in many cases is how effective will the offense be on a given night. While Everton were aggressive with 23 shots, only five of them went on net, and the club had trouble actually getting goals.

Fortunately, they were able to finally get onto the scoresheet thanks to some excellent shots from distance. Gareth Barry started things off with an impressive left-footed shot from outside the box to go up 1-0.

In the second half, Kevin Mirallas added to the lead with a skillful free kick that even impressed the EPL Twitter account:

That was more than enough for the talented squad to maintain possession and leave with a victory that puts them in the top four of the table for the moment.


Tottenham 2, Crystal Palace 0

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur scores during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Im
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A home match against Crystal Palace is certainly an easy way to build up points, but you truly never know what will happen until the match gets started.

Crystal Palace almost got the early lead with a penalty shot in the eighth minute. However, Jason Puncheon could not come through from the spot, as noted by ESPN FC:

This was one of the final chances for Crystal Palace on the offensive end, as Tottenham held possession for 68 percent of the match.

Christian Eriksen got the first goal of the match in the 50th minute to put his side up, but the more surprising score was that of Jermain Defoe. As NBC Sports points out, the veteran is on his way to Toronto FC next month:

Still, the veteran came on as a substitute and scored quickly to give his current club a nice boost.

Spurs then were able to hold on for an easy home win to remain competitive at the top of the league table.


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