Premier League Table 2014 Week 24: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 24

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 29, 2014

Chelsea's John Terry, right, puts his foot up to block a pass to Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Oct.  27, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Week 24 in the Premier League ushers in a new team at the top of the table. With Arsenal picking up a draw against Southampton and Manchester City taking down Tottenham, the Citizens have moved into the top spot of the table. 

The Citizens will have to work to avoid pulling a Liverpool and having just a one-week stay atop the table. Chelsea are up next for Manchester City.

That match will come at Etihad Stadium, however, and Manchester City fans have to like their team's chances of picking up three points, no matter who the opponent is. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be hosting Crystal Palace. Although Crystal Palace have been resurgent, Arsenal will likely pick up three points to put the pressure on City. The Gunners play on Sunday, Feb. 2, and the Chelsea-Manchester City showdown will not take place until Monday. 

Needless to say, we have an interesting week of fixtures on tap for the Premier League. I'll offer up my predictions for all fixtures and then highlight the two matches I just mentioned and one other affair, but first we'll take a look at the current table, how we got there and what will shape it for next week. 

Premier League Table after Week 23
1Man City2317244253
7Man United2312471140
10Aston Villa237610-627
11Swansea City236611-424
12Norwich City236611-1724
13Hull City236512-723
14Crystal Palace237214-1623
15West Brom234109-622
16Stoke City235711-1522
18West Ham234712-1119
20Cardiff City234613-2318
Premier League Week 24 Fixtures and Predictions
DateHomePredicted ScoreAway
Feb. 1Newcastle2-1Sunderland
Feb. 1Stoke City1-3Manchester United
Feb. 1West Ham1-1Swansea City
Feb. 1Cardiff City2-2Norwich City
Feb. 1Everton1-0Aston Villa
Feb. 1Fulham0-2Southampton
Feb. 1Hull City1-2Tottenham
Feb. 2West Brom1-4Liverpool
Feb. 2Arsenal2-0Crystal Palace
Feb. 3Manchester City3-1Chelsea

Manchester City vs. Chelsea 

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Ashley Cole of Chelsea and Samir Nasri of Manchester City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on October 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by
Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manchester City crushed Tottenham, 5-1, on Wednesday, but that match was closer than it appeared. The Citizens were in a dog fight until a controversial red card on Danny Rose left the Spurs with little hope of overcoming the 1-0 deficit they faced at the time:

Meanwhile, playing at home, Chelsea failed to get on the board against West Ham and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea have now been held scoreless in their last two league matches, and both of those came at home.

That does not bode well for Chelsea, as they must now head into Etihad to try to give the Citizens their first home outcome of the season that didn't result in them picking up three points.

The Citizens are not just 11-0-0 at home this league year; they have outscored opponents 42-8 in league matches at Etihad. 

Although the Blues beat the Citizens, 2-1, earlier in the year, considering Chelsea's recent problems scoring, it would be foolish to expect them to go on the road and duplicate the feat.


Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Clive Rose/Getty Images

Arsenal couldn't earn more than a 2-2 draw on the road against Southampton this past week. It was a well-played match, and the Gunners can't be too disappointed about picking up a point.

Still, those are the exact kind of matches Arsenal have been finding a way to win to help them stay atop the table.

Now, Arsenal will return to Anfield to host Crystal Palace, and that is definitely the kind of match the Gunners have proven they can handle with consistency.

Crystal Palace have been wildly improved since their terrible start to the season and have climbed to 14th in the table. Palace are now 3-1-2 in their last six league matches, but this side is still struggling to score. They have not scored more than a single goal in any of those six matches. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal haven't allowed a goal in any of their last five home matches across all competitions. 

I expect Arsenal to come out of the gate strong to get back on the winning track, and Crystal Palace will not find a way to net a goal. 

Everton vs. Aston Villa

Prediction: Everton 1-0 Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Christian Benteke of Aston Villa (L) holds off Sylvain Distin of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on October 26, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris B
Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Everton's stingy defense was humbled in Week 23. Liverpool is good at that kind of thing, however. 

In the 222nd Merseyside derby, the Reds dumped in four goalsthree of which were in the first halfto easily dispatch Everton, 4-0. 

As a result, Everton went from being tied for the fewest goals allowed in league play to having the third-fewest allowed at 24.

Allowing four goals appears to be more of a function of a bad day and a stiff opponent rather than a slumping defense. Heading into that contest, Everton had allowed just one total goal over their previous four matches across all competitions. 

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have scored six combined goals in their last two matches and appear ready to test Everton's defense. 

Prior to that stretch, however, Villa had not scored more than a single goal in any match since Dec. 4. 

As the Guardian tweets, Everton did receive good news on the injury to Romelu Lukaku, but that won't help them for this match:

Everton won't need him against Villa, however. 

Look for Everton to come out feisty after their humbling by Liverpool. This team has proved resilient all season, and I expect they will do so again by putting Aston Villa on a defensive lockdown. 


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