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Barclays Premier League Table Week 23: Biggest Storylines Across Standings

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton at Stadium of Light on January 18, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

Things are really heating up in the Premier League.

Despite 16 more matchdays left on the schedule in England, there are so many tight races across the table, each and every point is starting to feel dire. With that in mind, let's review the top storylines from this week's results in the Premier League.

Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Arsenal22163343192451
2Manchester City22162463253850
3Chelsea21144340192146
4Liverpool22134553282543
5Everton21118234191541
6Tottenham Hotspur2112452625140
7Manchester United21114635241137
8Newcastle United2211383228436
9Southampton228772925431
10Aston Villa2266102229-724
11Hull City2265112228-623
12Norwich City2265111835-1723
13Stoke City2257102236-1422
14Swansea City2156102630-421
15West Bromwich Albion214982328-521
16Crystal Palace2262141431-1720
17Fulham2261152248-2619
18West Ham United2246122233-1118
19Sunderland2246122136-1518
20Cardiff City2246121738-2118
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Manchester City Can't Stop Scoring

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with teammates Jesus Navas (L) and Edin Dzeko (R) after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Cardiff City at the
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The Citizens didn't go atop the table on Saturday due to Arsenal beating Fulham 2-0, but they did continue to score at a record pace, beating Cardiff City 4-2 in a game that was at times a little too close for comfort. 

That brought Manchester City up to 103 goals on the season in all competitions and put them on a record-setting pace in the process. From OptaJoe:

City's goal differential is now plus-38, easily better than Arsenal (plus-24) and Chelsea (plus-21). That leaves the Citizens in the ideal position to earn any tiebreakers for the Premier League title if they finish tied atop the table with another team in points.

And given how tight things are atop the table these days, that seems like a distinct possibility.

 

Every Single Spot on the Table Remains Closely Contested

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (L) celebrates with Olivier Giroud (R) as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2014 in London, England.  (
Clive Mason/Getty Images

Results from Chelsea and Liverpool will clear things up a bit at the top of the table, but for now, a mere point separates Arsenal from Manchester City at the top. Coming into the day, Chelsea were just two points behind the league-leading Gunners and Liverpool were just four behind.

Then there is the battle for fourth and fifth place. At the time of publication, just five points separate four teams doing battle for the last European qualifying positions, with clubs that have disappointed to this point in the season like Tottenham (sixth place) and Manchester United (seventh place) lurking behind Liverpool and Everton.

Meanwhile, the bottom of the table is one giant mess. Eleven teams are within five points of one another, and seven teams are within three points of each other (though clubs like West Brom and Swansea City have a game in hand).

At this point, the battle to avoid relegation encompasses over half of the league.

It was certainly a good weekend for Crystal Palace, as their 1-0 win over Stoke City—and losses from West Ham, Cardiff City and Fulham—propelled them to 16th place, free of the dreaded bottom three.

 

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