Although Matchday 22 only features a couple of marquee contests, every match is key for the top clubs to remain in contention for a league title.
Arsenal took care of business on Saturday to remain in first in the league table, although Manchester City remain one point behind thanks to their own victory.
That led up to arguably the best matchup of the weekend as Chelsea hosted Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 19. A Samuel Eto'o hat trick allowed the Blues to cruise to a 3-1 home win.
These matches, and many others, have had a big effect on the standings as the league starts to get more intense every week. Here is an updated look at the table and fixtures for Week 22.
|Jan. 18||Crystal Palace||1-0||Stoke City|
|Jan. 18||Manchester City||4-2||Cardiff City|
|Jan. 18||Norwich City||1-0||Hull City|
|Jan. 18||West Ham United||1-3||Newcastle United|
|Jan. 18||Liverpool||2-2||Aston Villa|
|Jan. 19||Swansea City||1-3||Tottenham|
|Jan. 19||Chelsea||3-1||Manchester United|
|Jan. 20||West Bromwich Albion||8 p.m.||Everton|
The weekend started with an impressive comeback as Sunderland forced a draw after being down 2-0 in the first half. Adam Johnson scored an equaliser in the 71st minute and now has four goals and two assists in his last two matches for Sunderland.
This continues a poor stretch for Southampton, who started the season with a bang but have faded lately. They now only have two wins in the last 11 EPL matches.
Arsenal have not had these struggles as they remain on top of the league table after another impressive win. While things started slow, Santi Cazorla turned things around with two goals in a six-minute stretch:
The floodgates have opened! Cazorla gets his 2nd, this time from outside the 18. Arsenal up 2-0.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 18, 2014
Meanwhile, Fulham could barely muster any offense while getting shutout for the seventh time this season.
Manchester City also used a late rally to break away after some trouble early. A Jesus Navas goal put the club up 2-1 at the 33-minute mark, and Cardiff had a few opportunities to even the match.
However, the aggressive City offense kept after it and were able to break it open with goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. The Premier League Twitter account showcased how good the club has been at Etihad Stadium this year:
ASSIST Yaya Toure's raking pass set up Aguero for Man City's 4th - their 42nd goal in 11 home games this season. They lead 4-1 #MCICAR— Premier League (@premierleague) January 18, 2014
One of the bigger surprises of the day came from Crystal Palace, who edged their way out of the league basement thanks to a 1-0 win over Stoke City. The battle for relegation will be close, so every win becomes huge at this point of the year.
Aston Villa also pulled off a bit of a shocker with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool that could hurt going forward.
On Jan. 19, Chelsea cruised to a win at Stamford Bridge over a desperate United side that sputtered to a 3-1 loss. Eto'o's three goals in the first 49 minutes of the match were the difference for the Blues, who look poised to remain in the thick of the title hunt.
Everton and West Brom will round out the weekend's action with a Monday affair.
At this stage of the season, any mistake could end up being devastating to hopes of winning a trophy.
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