Premier League Table 2013 Week 26: Updated Standings Following Matchday 25

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIFebruary 8, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Eden Hazard (2nd left) of Chelsea is congratulated by team mates including Frank Lampard (right) after scoring his third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Cheslea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The English Premier League saw a change at the top of the table last weekend, and the shakeup continued in Matchday 25 with a new club ahead of the pack. Chelsea’s 1-0 road win over Manchester City last week helped Arsenal claim first place, but the Blues jumped all the way to the head of class thanks to Arsenal’s 5-1 shellacking at the hands (or feet) of Liverpool.

 

Standings

Before we recap the weekend’s action, here is how the league stands at the moment:

Premier League Table After Week 25
Pos.TeamGWDLGDPTS
1Chelsea2517532756
2Arsenal2517442255
3Manchester City2517354154
4Liverpool2515553350
5Tottenham251456047
6Everton2512941145
7Manchester United2512581041
8Newcastle United2511410-237
9Southampton25997736
10Hull City257612-527
11Swansea City257612-327
12Aston Villa257612-927
13Stoke City256811-1426
14Crystal Palace258215-1626
15West Ham United256712-725
16Norwich City256712-1825
17Sunderland256613-1324
18West Bromwich Albion2541110-823
19Cardiff City255614-2521
20Fulham256217-3120
PremierLeague.com

 

Recap

Matchday 25 Results
HomeScoreAway
Liverpool5-1Arsenal
Sunderland0-2Hull City
Southampton2-2Stoke City
Norwich City0-0Manchester City
Crystal Palace3-1West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea3-0Newcastle United
Aston Villa0-2West Ham United
Swansea City3-0Cardiff City
Tottenham1-0Everton
Manchester United2-2Fulham
PremierLeague.com

The week started with a bang as Arsenal lost their first match since December 14—but they lost in startling fashion.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffi
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Liverpool gave the Anfield crowd a dream start with a blitz attack that—for all intents and purposes—ended the match before Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had any time to blink.

Martin Skrtel got a shin on the end of a Steven Gerrard free kick to give the Reds the lead just one minute into the match.

The same duo hooked up just nine minutes later—this time off a corner—for a looping Skrtel header that beat the keeper and men on the goal line.

Ten minutes, two goals. That’s not completely insurmountable, is it?

But the humiliation was far from over. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge scored two more goals before the 20-minute mark that decided the outcome with 70 minutes of action left.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on February 8, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty I
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There were two more goals—one for each club—to bring the final score to 5-1, but Arsenal looked shell-shocked and completely outplayed.

What’s even more astounding is that the scoring disparity doesn’t completely reveal the utter dominance of Liverpool in this contest. Fortunately, Jason Burt of The Telegraph does:

For 20 astonishing first-half minutes Liverpool produced the most exhilarating football seen in the Premier League this season. Or any season. They scored four. They should have scored six. The emphatic score-line did not reflect Liverpool’s superiority. It should have been more. There were outstanding performances from Suarez, Philippe Coutinho andin front of the watching England assistant manager Ray Lewingtonfrom the superb Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling who must be pushing hard for the World Cup squad.

Arsenal’s devastating loss was the first domino to fall atop the league table. The result gave Manchester City the chance to reclaim pole position with a win or a draw—a result that seemed inevitable against a Norwich City club that was sitting just above the relegation zone in 15th place.

The matchup of Manchester City’s overwhelming and goal-hungry attack with the most goals scored in the league (68) against a Norwich defense that had given up the fourth-most goals (37) entering the match seemed to favor the Citizens.

Manchester dominated possession, but real chances were few and far between.

Match Stats
TeamPossessionShotsShots on GoalCornersSaves
Manchester City68%152142
Norwich City32%7242
ESPN FC

Unfortunately for manager Manuel Pellegrini, the offense eluded his side for the second consecutive match and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Pellegrini’s men blew their chance to overtake Arsenal in the standings, leaving the door wide open for Chelsea to take full advantage.

The Blues were hosting a Newcastle United side desperate to bounce back from an embarrassing home defeat to rival Sunderland last week, but Jose Mourinho’s men took care of business with ease thanks to an Eden Hazard hat-trick.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Cheslea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

With the win, Chelsea are now in first place and have the second-best chance of hoisting the Barclays Premier League trophy at the end of the year—at least according to the Soccer Power Index of ESPN:

For what it’s worth, manager Jose Mourinho is not getting caught up in the hype according to PremierLeague.com:

I know today we are top of the league but I look to fifth place. I look to Tottenham v Everton and Manchester United v Fulham tomorrow and I want to be far from fifth. When we are far from fifth and have a Champions League position under control, then it will be time to look at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool and see where they are and see the distances. From that point, we can start thinking about other things.

The end of the EPL season will be full of excitement at the top of the table, but each side will be taking the same approach: one week at a time.