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.
|15||West Bromwich Albion||21||4||9||8||23||28||-5||21|
|18||West Ham United||22||4||6||12||22||33||-11||18|
Manchester City Can't Stop Scoring
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:
34 - Manchester City have hit 100 goals in all comps nine games faster than any other side in a single season in the PL era. Juggernaut.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 18, 2014
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
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.