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EPL Results Week 32: Updated Table and Title Outlook After Midweek Fixtures

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring his second goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2014

Manchester City went into Old Trafford and dominated Manchester United on Tuesday to remain in the driver's seat for the EPL title. 

City now trail table leaders Chelsea by three points, but they have two games in hand. 

After the Manchester Derby triumph, City manager Manuel Pellegrini watched as other title contenders in midweek action were less than inspiring.

Arsenal suffered a draw with Swansea City on Tuesday after an own goal from Mathieu Flamini in the 90th minute. Liverpool were then in action on Wednesday, and although the Reds picked up three points, it was a listless performance in a 2-1 over lowly Sunderland

All of this sets up for a wonderful title race, which Jason Pettigrove of B/R and beIN Sports excitedly points out: 

Have a look at the results and the table following this action, and then we'll delve further into the title outlook.

Premier League Week 32 Results/Schedule
DateFixtureScore
March 25Arsenal vs. Swansea2-2
March 25Man United vs. Man City3-0
March 25Newcastle vs. Everton3-0
March 26West Ham vs. Hull2-1
March 26Liverpool vs. Sunderland2-1
March 29Man United vs. Aston VillaTBD
March 29Crystal Palace vs. ChelseaTBD
March 29Southampton vs. NewcastleTBD
March 29Stoke vs. HullTBD
March 29Swansea vs. NorwichTBD
March 29West Brom vs. CardiffTBD
March 29Arsenal vs. Man CityTBD
March 30Fulham vs. EvertonTBD
March 30Liverpool vs. TottenhamTBD
March 31Sunderland vs. West HamTBD
Source: BBC Sport

 

Premier League Table
Pos.TeamGPWDLGDPts.
1Chelsea3121643969
2Liverpool3121554568
3Manchester City2921355266
4Arsenal3119661963
5Everton3016951657
6Tottenham Hotspur311759056
7Manchester United31156101151
8Newcastle United3114413-546
9Southampton3112910545
10Stoke City3191012-937
11West Ham United319715-734
12Aston Villa309714-934
13Hull City319616-633
14Norwich City318815-2232
15Swansea City317915-630
16West Bromwich Albion3051312-1228
17Crystal Palace308418-2028
18Sunderland296716-1925
19Cardiff City316718-3225
20Fulham317321-4024
Source: PremierLeague.com

The Citizens title hopes are looking better than ever. Just don't tell Pellegrini this. 

The manager shared his thoughts on the title race following his team's victory over United, and Yahoo! Sports passed them along in an article by PA Sport:

I don't think so. We will continue fighting with the other three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we have to win the two postponed games and continue playing the way we play. I am not thinking about the title. Tomorrow we are thinking about Arsenal. 

City will be thinking of Arsenal because the Citizens will next travel to Emirates to take on the Gunners this Saturday. That is a must-win match for Arsenal. 

The Gunners trail Manchester City by three points and have played two more matches. The Gunners have just seven league matches left. After City, they will travel to take on Everton. Beyond that, the schedule is very manageable. 

Still, it will be time to start thinking of next season if the Gunners drop another. Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell, as Football-News tweets, knows the Gunners are hanging by a thread: 

The crushing draw to Swansea City came on the heels of their 0-6 embarrassment against Chelsea. The Gunners need a performance to rally around. 

Speaking of Chelsea, the Blues remain in a strong position.

Although they need City to slip up. Jose Mourinho's men trail the Citizens in goal differential by 13. So essentially, they must finish with more points than City. That means, if Chelsea picks up three points in all of their remaining matches, they will need City to miss out on at least four points. 

Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Chelsea have just one daunting league match remaining, and that is a huge one. The Blues travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on April 27. That is the same Liverpool squad that trails Chelsea by just a point. 

Liverpool were listless against Sunderland, and had Jake Livermore hit the net instead of the crossbar, the Reds would not have escaped with the win. 

Still, Liverpool have been strong prior to that match. Squawka Football helps highlight: 

They will have to remain strong to stay in the title race.

Leading up to their showdown with Chelsea, the Reds have some tough matches ahead. That includes a home date with Tottenham, an away match against West Ham and a home date against Manchester City. 

As for City, if they are going to take the league crown, they will definitely earn it. The Citizens have the previously mentioned away matches against Arsenal and Liverpool as well as a May 3 away match with Everton

The Citizens have the depth and talent to withstand this schedule, but this is also a team that has struggled with consistency this season. For example, it was just five league matches ago that they limped to a 0-0 draw with Norwich City. 

The only certainty for the remaining Premier League season is that it is going to be exciting. 

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