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Premier League Week 27 Table: Complete Standings After Wednesday's Action

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on February 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Alex EspinozaCorrespondent IIIFebruary 13, 2014

Mother nature put a halt to two Premier League matches on Wednesday, but there were still four contests that featured some of the EPL's top clubs.

Heavy winds near Goodison Park reportedly caused roof tiles to fly all over local streets, postponing the Everton versus Crystal Palace matchup. In a statement posted on the team's official website, Everton said it will speak with the league on Thursday morning about rescheduling the fixture.

Likewise, Manchester City called off its home match due to the extreme weather and will have to find another day to play Sunderland. Sitting just three points off the pace of first-place Chelsea, Man City fans surely wish they could have seen how their club fared against a lowly opponent.

The stakes are rising with every passing matchday as the EPL season heads to the home stretch. Here's a look at the updated league table following Wednesday's action and a look at the evening's top matches.

EPL Standings Following Feb. 12 Action
PositionClubPWDLGDPTS
1Chelsea2617632757
2Arsenal2617542256
3Manchester City2517354154
4Liverpool2616553453
5Tottenham Hotspur261556450
6Everton2512941145
7Manchester United2612681042
8Southampton261097839
9Newcastle United2611411-637
10Swansea City267712-328
11West Ham United267712-528
12Aston Villa267712-928
13Hull City267613-627
14Stoke City266911-1427
15Crystal Palace258215-1626
16Norwich City266713-2025
17West Bromwich Albion2641210-824
18Sunderland256613-1324
19Cardiff City265714-2522
20Fulham266218-3220
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Week 26 Results
DateHomeScoreAway
Feb. 11West Ham2 - 0Norwich City
Feb. 11Hull City0 - 1Southampton
Feb. 11Cardiff City0 -0Aston Villa
Feb. 11West Brom1 -1Chelsea
Feb. 12Arsenal0 - 0Manchester United
Feb. 12Stoke City1 -1Swansea City
Feb. 12Newcastle0 - 4Tottenham
Feb. 12Fulham2 - 3Liverpool
Feb. 12Manchester CityPostponedSunderland
Feb. 12EvertonPostponedCrystal Palace
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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United claimed a 1-0 victory over Arsenal the last two times these two played, but Wednesday's tilt at the Emirates resulted in a scoreless tie.

The Gunners entered the contest just two points behind Chelsea, which played to a 1-1 draw against a West Bromwich Albion outfit that is trying to avoid relegation, but couldn't come up with much on offense. In fact, both Arsenal and United seemed to be lagging on the pitch until the final stages of the match.

Phil McNulty of BBC Sport noted that both teams were trying to rebound after disappointing results, as Arsenal lost to Liverpool 5-1 on Saturday while United surprisingly tied bottom-feeding Fulham 2-2 on Sunday.

It showed in a game that was desperately disappointing in between a flurry of chances in the opening and closing minutes, ending in a result that did not serve the purposes of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or United counterpart David Moyes, other than in avoiding defeat.

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie came closest for the visitors but his early effort was saved by Wojciech Szczesny, who also turned the Dutchman's late header onto the bar.

The Gunners showed some late life but couldn't put anything past keeper David de Gea, who also got some nice help from his defense.

Following the match, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger acknowledged that his team was playing conservatively.

For now, Arsenal holds second place, a point behind Chelsea, while Manchester United is still 11 points back of fourth-place Liverpool.

 

Fulham 2-3 Liverpool

Pesky Fulham was at it again on Wednesday, playing a powerhouse tough for 90 minutes. 

This time around, Fulham looked like the aggressor, taking leads on two different occasions against Liverpool. An embarrassing Kolo Toure own goal put the Reds in an early 1-0 hole, but Daniel Sturridge notched an equaliser in the 22nd minute. It marked his 16th score of the season, second only to teammate Luis Suarez.

Fulham charged up their home fans in the second half when Kieran Richardson scored in the 63rd minute, but the lead didn't last long by way of a Philippe Coutinho goal. That all set the stage for some dramatic stoppage-time theater.

Two minutes into added time, Fulham right-back Sascha Riether clumsily brought down Sturridge in the box, allowing Steven Gerrard to secure the victory with a spot kick. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shared lofty praise for Gerrard with Neil McLeman of the Mirror.

“Steven Gerrard is peerless in situations like that,” Rodgers said. “He showed brilliant composure. There’s no better person to take a penalty right at the end to win the game.”

Liverpool needed the three points in the race for fourth place and a coveted Champions League berth, as Tottenham claimed a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday. For now, the Reds will stay three points clear of Spurs.

Last-place Fulham, meanwhile, is four points away from safety with 12 matches to play.

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