Barclays Premier League Table Week 22: Examining Saturday's Big Disappointments

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  (L-R) Fulham players Darren Bent, Dimitar Berbatov and Scott Parker react as they prepare to restart the game after conceding a goal 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 Images)
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

For every club that exceeds expectations, there is another one that constantly falls down. This has happened quite a bit in the English Premier League season.

While the top of the table has been extremely competitive, so has the bottom, as a number of teams are in danger of relegation after poor starts to the year.

In the first part of Matchday 21, these struggling squads continued to disappoint with weak showings against both good and bad opponents. 

Here is a look at the updated league table and results from Jan. 11, along with a breakdown of the most disappointing clubs from the day of football.

English Premier League Table as of Jan. 11
Pos.TeamGWDLGDPTS
1Chelsea2114432146
2Arsenal2014332145
3Man City2014243444
4Everton2111821541
5Tottenham211245140
6Liverpool2012352339
7Manchester United2111461137
8Newcastle201037433
9Southampton21867430
10Hull City216510-523
11Aston Villa20659-623
12Stoke City20578-1122
13Swansea City20569-221
14West Bromwich Albion21498-521
15Norwich City215511-1820
16Fulham216114-2419
17West Ham United214611-918
18Cardiff City214611-1918
19Sunderland214512-1517
20Crystal Palace215214-1817
via PremierLeague.com
English Premier League Results - Jan. 11
HomeScoreAway
Hull City0-2Chelsea
Cardiff City0-2West Ham United
Everton2-0Norwich City
Fulham1-4Sunderland
Southampton1-0West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham2-0Crystal Palace
Manchester United2-0Swansea City
via PremierLeague.com

 

Hull City

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  A dejected Jake Livermore of Hull City looks on 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)
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Heading into the weekend, there were only two matches featuring two teams both on the top half of the league table. One will be played on Sunday when Manchester City travels to Newcastle United, but the other might have been tough to find.

Hull City currently sit at 10th in the league table, but they looked nothing like that on Saturday, as they could barely muster any offense against Chelsea.

With the 3-5-1-1 formation, Hull spent little time in the attacking zone and ended up getting only two shots on goal and a single corner kick. Obviously, it would be tough to score on Petr Cech regardless, as this was a historic match for him:

However, this was an embarrassing home performance for a club trying to prove it belonged. Losing to Chelsea is not a bad thing, but they did not give themselves any chance to win this match.

 

Cardiff City

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 11: Steven Caulker of Cardiff City is dejected after his sides 0-2 defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and West Ham United at the Cardiff City Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo
Michael Steele/Getty Images

Things have not gone well for Cardiff lately with only one win in the last 10 matches. However, a recent win over Newcastle United in the third round of the FA Cup should have given the squad some confidence.

That did not happen, as they lost to West Ham United, a squad that entered the day in 19th place in the league table.

Cardiff held possession for 63 percent of the match and found a way to get seven shots on goal. However, they could not get the ball in the back of the net, even when their opponent went down to 10 men after a James Tomkins red card.

The good news is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still confident. According to BBC Sport, the new manager said after the match:

We'll work at it. I know this is not going to be all singing and dancing of course, I expected it to be a tough job but we'll look forward to going to Manchester City next weekend.

We're five points off 10th place. There's two leagues: it's so tight from 10 and down so we'll be competitive in that league, don't worry.

There is a lot of season left, but Cardiff have to do a better job of taking advantage of winnable matches like this; otherwise, they will find themselves in the Championship again next season.

 

Fulham

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Rene Meulensteen the Fulham manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Steve Bardens/Getty Images

A few years ago, Fulham were regulars on the top half of the table and constant competitors for the European tournaments. However, they have been constantly dropping and are now nothing more than an embarrassment.

It is one thing to have a bad loss to Arsenal or Manchester City, but Fulham allowed four goals in a defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.

Not only is this the most Sunderland have scored in a league match this year, but it is only the fourth time they had more than one goal. As Ian Darke of BT Sport puts it, Fulham were "leaking goals":

Defense has been a problem for Fulham all season, and they now have the worst goal differential in the league at minus-24.

Although they are not currently in position for relegation, they will have to turn things around soon to avoid dropping out of the Premier League for the first time in over a decade.

 

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