Premier League Week 22 Table: Complete Standings After Sunday's Action

Alex EspinozaCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the second goal 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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There were only four clubs in action Sunday for the Barclays English Premier League, but both matchups had major implications on the top of the table. While Luis Suarez played a huge role in Liverpool's 5-3 win over Stoke City, Manchester City earned a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United to claim sole possession of first place.

But Manchester City could be knocked off its perch as early as Monday, with Arsenal trailing by just two points heading into its matinee against Aston Villa. Things are getting tight atop the EPL standings as the second-half drama heats up. Here's a look at the updated league table and a wrap up of the Jan. 12 action.

Premier League Week 22 Table
1Manchester City21152447
6Tottenham Hotspur21124540
7Manchester United21114637
8Newcastle Unted21103833
10Hull City21651023
11Aston Villa2065923
12Stoke City2157922
13Swansea City21561021
14West Bromwich Albion2149821
15Norwich City21551120
17West Ham United21461118
18Cardiff City21461118
20Crystal Palace21521417


Manchester City 2, Newcastle 0

City's two-goal victory was marked by controversy at St. James' Park, as referee Mike Jones disallowed a would-be equalizer in the 34th minute by Cheick Tiote. Teammate Yoan Gouffran was ruled to be in an offside position while interfering with an opponent, via PA Sport (h/t ESPN). You be the judge:


Clearly, Newcastle wasn't happy with the call, which played a huge role in the outcome of the contest.

In the end, Tiote's big blast was negated, and City maintained the 1-0 lead, earned on Edin Dzeko's strike from close range after connecting on an effective cross. Alvaro Negredo capped off the 2-0 victory by making a nice run and winning a one-on-one battle with Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

While Tiote's wiped-out goal was the topic of discussion after the match, the victory was key for City. The club has now won six straight league contests heading into Saturday's match with Cardiff City.


Liverpool 5, Stoke City 3

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates as he scorea their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Phot
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The deadly duo of Daniel Sturridge and Suarez was reunited Sunday as Sturridge returned for the first time since injuring his ankle Nov. 23. While Suarez knocked home two more goals to bring his EPL-leading total to 22 in just 16 matches this season, Sturridge sealed the win with another score in the 87th minute.

The 24-year-old was happy to play such a big role in a Liverpool win, as he shared on Instagram after the match:

Britannia Stadium was the site for the high-drama affair which featured an early own goal to benefit Liverpool. Suarez pushed his club's lead to 2-0 after taking advantage of a defensive lapse by Stoke, outgunning two defenders and the keeper to knock through his first goal of the day.

Stoke City would tie it up before halftime with goals from Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam, but Liverpool took a commanding 4-2 lead in the second period with a successful penalty kick from Steven Gerrard and Suarez's second goal from close range. 

After the match, Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers labeled Suarez as "near unplayable," via With a nine-goal lead over his next closest competition, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (13), Suarez is backing up his manager's claim.