Premier League Table 2014 Week 31: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 31

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Premier League Table 2014 Week 31: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 31
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With table leaders Chelsea succumbing to Aston Villa in Week 30, the title race heading into Week 31 is even more jumbled.    

Manchester City now have the edge in that race. The Citizens have played three fewer matches on the league season, but they trail Chelsea by just six points after downing Hull this previous matchday. 

Meanwhile, with both Liverpool and Arsenal picking up wins, they now trail Chelsea by just four points and have played one less game. 

We are set for a wild finish to the season. Have a look at the table following Matchday 30 and then we'll get into the upcoming action. 

Week 31 Premier League Table
Rank Club GP W D L GD PTS
1 Chelsea 30 20 6 4 33 66
2 Liverpool 29 19 5 5 41 62
3 Arsenal 29 19 5 5 25 62
4 Manchester City 27 19 3 5 44 60
5 Tottenham 30 16 5 9 -1 53
6 Everton 28 14 9 5 12 51
7 Manchester United 29 14 6 9 12 48
8 Southampton 30 12 9 9 6 45
9 Newcastle 29 13 4 12 -3 43
10 Aston Villa 29 9 7 13 -6 34
11 Stoke 30 8 10 12 -12 34
12 West Ham 29 8 7 14 -6 31
13 Hull 29 8 6 15 -7 30
14 Swansea 29 7 8 14 -5 29
15 Norwich 30 7 8 15 -24 29
16 West Brom 29 5 13 11 -10 28
17 Crystal Palace 29 8 4 17 -19 28
18 Sunderland 27 6 7 14 -16 25
19 Cardiff 30 6 7 17 -29 25
20 Fulham 30 7 3 20 -35 24

Source: ESPNFC.com

EPL Fixtures and Predictions for Week 31
Date Home Team Predicton Away Team
March 22 Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
March 22 Manchester City 4-0 Fulham
March 22 Norwich City 1-2 Sunderland
March 22 Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace
March 22 Everton 2-1 Swansea City
March 22 Hull City 1-1 West Brom
March 22 Cardiff City 0-3 Liverpool
March 22 West Ham 2-2 Manchester United
March 23 Tottenham 1-0 Southampton
March 23 Aston Villa 1-0 Stoke City

 

Predictions

Chelsea vs. Arsenal 

All eyes will be on this match next week. With two of the top four battling head to head, there is obviously lots of room for table jumbling. Gunners head man Arsene Wenger knows the match must take center stage. Arsenal Info helps highlight that with this quote: 

Chelsea will be looking to atone for their failure against Aston Villa, but they will be doing so at less than full strength. The tweet by 101GreatGoals helps explain: 

The Brazilian duo of Willian and Ramires were sent off in their match against Aston Villa. It created for an odd and questionable end to the contest, which BBC presenter Gary Lineker helps highlight: 

While it is fair to debate whether Arsenal should have these players available, there is no debating the fact that the Blues won't be as dangerous without them. 

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This is going to weaken Chelsea's three-man attacking midfield system and leave the Blues struggling to find consistency. Still, Chelsea will be strong in defense, and Arsenal have been performing better in defense than on the attack.

All of this will set up for a match that is eerily reminiscent of last time these two met in league play and battled to a 0-0 tie.  

Prediction: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal 

 

Tottenham vs. Southampton

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Fifth-place Tottenham continue to sit just outside the top four of the EPL table, and there is little reason to believe that they can close the gap to join the upper four. 

Struggling to score, Tottenham are in serious danger of plummeting down the table.

Meanwhile, eighth-place Southampton continue to exceed expectations, but they've struggled to pick up points against other top-half sides. 

Both of these teams play sound defense and aren't typically looking to light up the scoreboard. In the first meeting of the two, however, Tottenham prevailed 3-2. 

I expect Tottenham to emerge victorious by the same margin this time around, but with far less scoring. 

Both of these teams are far more comfortable playing a 1-0 match than a 3-2 affair. 

Tottenham will find a way to score in the first half and then focus on the back to keep Southampton out of the net.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-0 Southampton

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