Premier League Table 2014 Week 30: Updated Standings Following Matchday 29

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2014

Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o, center, competes with Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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There may have only been five matches this week in the Premier League, but there were still plenty of exciting moments, huge results and storylines to follow. 

The Premier League table is a bit hard to judge at the moment, as many teams hold several games in hand on their competitors, making the races for the league title, Champions League spots and relegation zone still a bit muddled. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the updated table and a look back at this week's results.



Premier League Standings
4Manchester City26183569274257
5Tottenham Hotspur2916583737053
6Manchester United28146846311548
8Newcastle United28134113739-243
10West Ham United2887133135-431
11Aston Villa2887133138-731
12Stoke City29710122943-1431
13Hull City2886143035-530
14Swansea City2878133741-429
15Norwich City2978142244-2229
16Crystal Palace2883171938-1927
17West Bromwich Albion28413113142-1125
18Cardiff City2967162250-2825
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Matchday 29 Fixtures
West Brom0-3Manchester United
Cardiff City3-1Fulham
Crystal Palace0-1Southampton
Norwich City1-1Stoke City



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Boy, did Manchester United need that win.

Behind goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, the Red Devils stormed past West Brom 3-0. Marouane Fellaini earned WhoScored's Man of the Match distinction with an 8.9 rating, while Rooney came in just behind with an 8.8 rating, adding an assist to his goal as well.

Juan Mata, Rafael and Chris Smalling also played quite well for the defending champions, who earned a vital three points.

Meanwhile, Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail offered a pretty scathing and humorous critique of Robin van Persie after the match:

Van Persie, of course, complained after United's 2-0 loss to Olympiakos that his teammates "are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in." 

You can imagine that that didn't go over well with his teammates. Days later, Javier Hernandez posted the following picture on his Instagram account with the caption, "Without your teammates you can't be somebody in football, always be thankful..."

But all was apparently well on Saturday.

Enough of the United soap opera. After all, there was the little matter of Chelsea hosting Tottenham in the Premier League's match of the week. It didn't quite live up to that hype, however.

Tottenham gifted the game's first goal to Samuel Eto'o, saw Younes Kaboul sent off after Eto'o flopped to set up the game's second goal and handed Demba Ba a late brace with two more turnovers, as Chelsea romped, 4-0.

So much for Chelsea's striker woes, huh?

Eto'o pounced on a turnover to get Chelsea on the board, and followed it up with a brilliant celebration that poked fun at Jose Mourinho, after the manager was caught on tape doubting just how old the striker was. From BBC Sport:

He then set up the second goal with a nice flop in the box, and Hazard stepped up and easily slotted home the game's second goal. 

Ba would come on late and earn two goals on turnovers from Sandro and Kyle Walker. After Tottenham's shoddy effort at the back, it's hard to say if Chelsea won this game or Spurs simply handed it away.

In other action, Cardiff City earned a huge 3-1 win over Fulham behind Steven Caulker's brace, a game with huge implications in the relegation zone. That pushes Cardiff City up to 18th and only goal differential behind West Brom, though the latter does have a game in hand.

Southampton kept Crystal Palace uncomfortably close to the relegation zone, beating them 1-0 behind Jay Rodriguez's somewhat fortuitous 37th-minute goal. Rodriguez beat keeper Julian Speroni to a 50-50 ball near the edge of the box and managed to swipe the ball into the empty net after.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Jay Rodriguez of Southampton beats Palace keeper Julian Speroni to the ball to score the first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on March 08, 2014
Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Finally, Stoke City and Norwich City played to a 1-1 draw, a game that will probably be remembered for Jonathan Walters' awful, awful challenge on Alexander Tettey that resulted in the Stoke man being sent off on a red card.



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