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

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko (c) scores the opening goal past Tim Krul during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on January 12, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the top of the table, Manchester City.

Following a somewhat controversial 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, City highlighted a weekend full of action by leaping into prime position in the Premier League standings. Here is the updated table following Week 21’s results, with Arsenal set to play Aston Villa Jan. 13:

Premier League Table
Machester City154247
Tottenham Hotspur125440
Manchester United116437
Newcastle United108333
Hull City610523
Aston Villa69523
Stoke City59722
Swansea City510621
West Bromwich Albion48921
Norwich City511520
West Ham United411618
Cardiff City411618
Crystal Palace514217


Key Results

Manchester City 2, Newcastle United 0

On the surface, goals from Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo were the difference as Manchester City took care of business against Newcastle.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring their sixth goal with Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Sta
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However, the Premier League leaders did not stretch their unbeaten streak to 15 consecutive games without a bit of controversy. Cheick Tiote tied the score for Newcastle late in the first half, but it was waved off for offside. 

Newcastle never recovered from the discounted goal and eventually allowed a late score to put the game out of reach. Manchester City were actually out-possessed during the contest, but unlike Newcastle, they took advantage of their opportunities when they arose.


Chelsea 2, Hull City 0

Chelsea’s time atop of the Premier League Table was short-lived thanks to Manchester City’s victory over Newcastle, but that doesn’t take away from the significance of the Blues’ victory.

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  George Boyd of Hull City and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Grif
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Chelsea handled Hull City with a 2-0 victory on Jan. 11 and temporarily put themselves in the coveted top spot in the standings. In the face of rumors surrounding Paris Saint Germain considering an offer for Eden Hazard, per Samuel Stevens of The Independent, the Chelsea star put home the first and decisive goal early in the second half against Hull City.

Fernando Torres put the game away with the second goal for the Blues in his 200th Premier League appearance. 

Goalie Petr Cech told John Drayton of the Daily Mail that he wants his team to be comfortable near the top of the standings:

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.

It was a somewhat sloppy game from the start, but Chelsea controlled possession and tallied more shots on goal (five) than Hull City (two).


Liverpool 5, Stoke City 3

Don’t write off Liverpool just yet.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool (C) controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffi
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Despite an injury to vice-captain Daniel Agger, the Reds held off a spirited effort from Stoke City in a back-and-forth offensive affair to the tune of 5-3. It may not have been easy on the heart-rate for Liverpool supporters, but the most important takeaway was the fact that the Reds moved back into striking distance at a solid fourth place in the Premier League table.

Liverpool peppered the goal with plenty of looks and collected goals from Ryan Shawcross, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. Suarez totaled two goals, and Gerrard’s came on a penalty. 

Stoke ended up with slightly more possession, and every time it looked like the Reds were going to pull away, Stoke answered. Eventually, Liverpool’s offense was simply too much to overcome.


Other Results

West Ham United 2, Cardiff City 0

Everton 2, Norwich City 0

Sunderland 4, Fulham 1

Southampton 1, West Bromwich Albion 0

Tottenham Hotspur 2, Crystal Palace 0

Manchester United 2, Swansea City 0


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