Premier League Table 2014 Week 30: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 30

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2014

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho reacts during their UEFA Champions League Round of 16, First Leg match between Galatasaray and Chelsea at Turk Telekom Arena Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo)
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With Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all idle this past week in the Premier League, Chelsea were able to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The Blues hosted Tottenham and took them to school, as Jose Mourinho and company emerged with a 4-0 triumph.

This pushes Chelsea to 66 points in 29 games played. Liverpool and Arsenal are next with 59 points in 28 games played. The margin for error for both of those clubs is rapidly diminishing. 

Then there is Manchester City sitting in fourth with 57 points, but with just 26 league matches under their belt. 

Have a look at the table following Week 29, then I'll offer up a prediction for all of the upcoming action.  

EPL Table Following Matchday 29
Pos.TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostGDPoints
1Chelsea2920633466
2Liverpool2818553859
3Arsenal2818552459
4Man City2618354257
5Tottenham291658053
6Man United2814681548
7Everton2713951148
8Newcastle2813411-243
9Southampton291199442
10West Ham288713-431
11Aston Villa288713-731
12Stoke2971012-1431
13Hull288614-530
14Swansea287813-429
15Norwich297814-2229
16Crystal Palace288317-1927
17West Brom2841311-1125
18Cardiff296716-2825
19Sunderland266614-1624
20Fulham296320-3621
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The Blues will be travelling this week, but they are also facing the mediocre Aston Villa. This means the clubs pursuing Chelsea will be best served to pick up three points to avoid sliding even further behind.

Fixtures and Predictions for Week 30
FixtureDateTimePrediction
Hull vs. Manchester CitySaturday, March 1512.45 p.m. GMT/07.45 a.m. ET0-2
Everton vs. CardiffSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-1
Fulham vs. NewcastleSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-2
Southampton vs. NorwichSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-1
Stoke vs. West HamSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-2
Sunderland vs. Crystal PalaceSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-0
Swansea vs. West Bromwich AlbionSaturday, March 153 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-1
Aston Villa vs. ChelseaSaturday, March 155.30 p.m. GMT/12.30 p.m. ET0-2
Manchester United vs. LiverpoolSunday, March. 161.30 p.m. GMT/8.30 a.m. ET1-3
Tottenham vs. ArsenalSunday, March. 164 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET1-2

 

Predictions

Manchester United 1-3 Liverpool

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jonny Evans of Manchester United competes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England.
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Picking against Manchester United at Old Trafford has become shockingly easy, and I expect them to get handled by Liverpool.

The Red Devils' season took yet another downturn with a 2-0 loss at Olympiakos in Champions League play. United did rebound in their next match, which was their last time on the pitch, by pulling out a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Even after wins, however, things are a mess for this proud club, which this tweet from 101 Great Goals helps highlight:

The article in the link cites rumors coming from sources of RVP's unhappiness with his situation at Manchester United, via the Mirror's Simon Mullock. The Dutch striker also creates a little speculation with his own comments. 

This quote from van Persie is from Goal.com and it was also featured in the above 101 Great Goals piece:

Certain managers can hit the right nerve with a player. They have that quality. As I have got older and more experienced, I have become more sensitive to what my coaches are doing.

Granted, that is a rather vague comment, but it's transparent enough to leave fingers pointing at manager David Moyes—not that they weren't already pointing in that direction.  

At any rate, these are the conditions which the defending league champions must overcome to take down the explosive Liverpool attack.

The Reds have won their past four league matches and have scored a combined 15 goals in that stretch. Manchester United's shallow midfield will be overwhelmed and Liverpool will cruise. 

 

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Danny Rose of Spurs is brought down by Serge Gnabry of Arsenal during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive R
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Tottenham have had a valiant run this season, and they sit in fifth in the table.

That doesn't mean Spurs have the talent to hang with the teams in front of them, however. That much was on display their last time on the pitch when Chelsea made mincemeat out of them with a 4-0 victory.

Now they must face an Arsenal squad desperate to get back to the top of the table, and one that is recapturing some of the form that helped them get off to such a blazing start. 

Arsenal's last time on the pitch came in the FA Cup against a good Everton squad. Mesut Ozil netted a goal and three assists as the Gunners cruised 4-1.  

That was exactly what Arsenal and Ozil needed. Gooner Updates passes along a quote from manager Arsene Wenger that helps explain:

Arsenal will play the second leg of that matchup with Bayern Munich five days prior to their match with Tottenham. That shouldn't slow down the Gunners.

The Gunners may not win on aggregate over Bayern Munich, but they will offer a solid performance. After that, Ozil will continue his personal redemption tour with a great performance against Tottenham.  

  

Hull City 0-2 Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Samir Nasri of Manchester City celebrates his goal during the Capital One Cup Final between Manchester City and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium on March 2, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have been busy, and they will get no respite from their hectic schedule heading into this contest.

Just three days prior to taking on Hull City, the Citizens will take on Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League encounter. City trail 0-2 on aggregate and that contest will come at Camp Nou.

In other words, a comeback is not likely, but it is close enough that Manuel Pellegrini isn't likely to rest his stars. This will leave the Citizens a little drained for this match, but this deep team can overcome that. 

With just 30 goals on the league year, Hull don't have the firepower to hang with the Citizens. 

Manchester City will make easy work of this one and keep pace with Chelsea in the process.