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EPL Results Week 31: Tracking Final Scores and Top Scorers for Matchday 31

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Luis Suarez after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2014

There was no shortage of goals around the Premier League on Matchday 31. In fact, certain clubs went on an absolute scoring bonanza on Saturday, highlighted by some of the best individual performances of the season to date.

Three different teams found the net at least five times, and there's still a couple more matches to come on Sunday that could push the total even higher. Unsurprisingly, the outstanding attacking efforts came from clubs in the championship chase.

Let's check out the results for Matchday 31, which will be updated through the completion of play on Sunday. The scores are followed by a complete list of goal scorers for the weekend and a recap of the top offensive performances.

 

Matchday 31 Results

Premier League Fixtures and Results - Week 31
DateHome ClubRoad ClubResult
March 22ChelseaArsenal6-0
March 22CardiffLiverpool3-6
March 22EvertonSwansea3-2
March 22HullWest Brom2-0
March 22Manchester CityFulham5-0
March 22NewcastleCrystal Palace1-0
March 22NorwichSunderland2-0
March 22West HamManchester United0-2
March 23TottenhamSouthampton3-2
March 23Aston VillaStoke1-4
ESPNFC.com

 

Matchday 31 Goal Scorers

Premier League Matchday 31 Scorers
GoalsPlayerClub
3Luis SuarezLiverpool
3Yaya ToureManchester City
2Wayne RooneyManchester United
2OscarChelsea
2Martin SkrtelLiverpool
2Jordon MutchCardiff
2Christian EriksenTottenham
1Samuel Eto'oChelsea
1Andre SchurrleChelsea
1Eden HazardChelsea
1Mohamed SalahChelsea
1Daniel SturridgeLiverpool
1Fraizer CampbellCardiff
1Leighton BainesEverton
1Romelu LukakuEverton
1Ross BarkleyEverton
1Wilfried BonySwansea
1Ashley WilliamsSwansea
1Liam RoseniorHull
1Shane LongHull
1FernandinhoManchester City
1Martin DemichelisManchester City
1Papiss Demba Cisse Newcastle
1Robert SnodgrassNorwich
1Alexander TetteyNorwich
1Jay RodriguezSouthampton
1Adam LallanaSouthampton
1Gylfi SigurdssonTottenham
1Christian BentekeAston Villa
1Peter OdemwingieStoke City
1Peter CrouchStoke City
1Steven NzonziStoke City
1Geoff CameronStoke City
ESPNFC.com

 

Recap of Top Performances

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot d with James Milner of Manchester City (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadi
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Manchester City are in control of their destiny when it comes to the Premier League title race. They are still playing catchup due to matches in hand, however, so there's a lot of pressure on their shoulders every time out to hold that edge.

The extra sense of urgency didn't seem to have any negative impact on Yaya Toure against Fulham. The veteran midfielder scored the Sky Blues' first three goals in a 5-0 triumph, the first two of which came from the penalty spot.

Toure reached 20 goals across all competitions with the hat trick, including 16 in Premier League play. It led City manager Manuel Pellegrini to praise him for his attacking contributions after some early-season criticism for his defense, as quoted by Mark Booth of the club's official site:

At the beginning of the season, Yaya received criticism for not defending well.

For me, it would be easy to let him defend and not get forward but then we would lose something from our attack.

I don't think it's easy for a midfielder to score 20 goals, it's a great achievement.

He now leads the team with 16 league goals, one ahead of Sergio Aguero.

Toure's hat-trick was matched by the Premier League's leading scorer, Luis Suarez. The dynamic Liverpool striker continued his run of tremendous form with a trio of goals, including a pair in the second half, as the Reds finally pulled away from Cardiff.

Suarez missed the early portion of the campaign and has still managed to build what's likely an insurmountable lead in the scoring race. He has found the net 28 times in league play after Saturday's outing, and teammate Daniel Sturridge is in second place with 19.

More interestingly, the hat-trick brings him within striking distance of setting a new Premier League mark for a 38-game season. Fox Soccer noted he's just three tallies short of trying the record currently shared by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo:

Suarez also has 11 assists to go along with those 28 goals.

Among the players who scored twice, the one that stood out was Wayne Rooney. Not only did the longtime Manchester United superstar net the only two tallies in the club's clean sheet victory over West Ham, but the first one was of the highlight-reel variety.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores the opening goal with a long range shot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at Boleyn Ground on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (P
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Rooney unleashed a volley from just inside the attacking half that soared through the air perfectly, bounced about a yard in front of goal and then went into the net. It caught West Ham goalkeeper Adrian completely off guard.

It's one of those moments that will surely be in the conversation when it comes to the goal of the year debate after the season. While the keeper made a mistake, the precision by which Rooney delivered the long volley was extraordinary.

He was one of several players to put together great performances in Week 31.

 

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