Things are still crowded at the top of the Premier League after Matchday 24 continued on Feb. 2, leaving one final match to decide who will lead the table after the weekend.
Week 24 has not been short on surprising results and thrilling matches with great displays of offense from stars and high-flying clubs, and that only continued on Feb. 2 with two enticing fixtures. Both Arsenal and Liverpool were in action, but they didn't receive similar results on the day.
Feb. 3 will decide the top spot in the table as Manchester City host Chelsea and could get ahead of Arsenal in the standings with the win. A Blues victory or draw, however, would allow the Gunners to remain leaders and bring Chelsea closer to the top spot.
Let's take a look at the table after the Feb. 2 games:
|Premier League Table (after Feb. 2 matches)|
West Bromwich Albion 1 - 1 Liverpool
Liverpool started the season on fire and couldn't be denied a mention among the EPL's top clubs in the first few months of the season. Recently has been a different story, and that compounded with a disappointing draw to West Brom on the road.
The Reds fought through an evenly matched opening half and struck early on in the final period when Daniel Sturridge scored a 50th-minute goal. But it was a defensive blunder that cost Brendan Rodgers three points.
Liverpool's Kolo Toure played a pass in the defensive zone straight to West Brom striker Victor Anichebe in the 67th minute, which turned into the home side's equalizer. Neither squad could muster up the game-winning scoring chance in the final minutes as Toure's mishap turned out to be decisive.
The Reds still hold a spot in the top four after the draw, but Everton's deficit behind them is just two. With a home match against Arsenal looming, Liverpool's Champions League aspirations are very much in doubt.
Arsenal 2 - 0 Crystal Palace
Coming off a disappointing draw to Southampton on Jan. 28, the Gunners needed an easy three points to build momentum heading into a crucial road test against Liverpool.
Well, it wasn't quite easy. But three points were earned by Arsenal in a Feb. 2 win over Crystal Palace at home, 2-0.
Arsenal dominated possession with a decisive, 73-27 advantage. But it wasn't easy going for Arsene Wenger and company early, as the two sides entered half in a scoreless stalemate.
That changed in the second half thanks to a double from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored in the 47th and 73rd minutes to seal the win for Arsenal and get them back to the top of the table—at least for a day.
The Gunners await Manchester City's fate on Feb. 3 before they can claim themselves as league leaders after Week 24.
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