Premier League Table Week 32: Biggest Risers, Fallers Heading into Matchday 33

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Leon Osman of Everton celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on March 25, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Week 32 of the 2013-14 Premier League season is in the books, with five great matches played out over two days.

Arsenal failed to secure all three points at home against Swansea City and looks to have fallen out of the title race after the 2-2 draw, while Manchester City underlined its title credentials with a convincing 3-0 win over city rival Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Liverpool survived a scare when the club beat Sunderland 2-1, and West Ham recorded a vital 2-1 win over Hull City.

This late in the season, movement on the EPL table is generally limited, but that doesn't mean teams can't be on the rise or falling fast.

So, who are some of the biggest risers and fallers going into Matchday 33?

EPL Table Week 32
PositionTeamWonDrewLostPoints
1Chelsea216469
2Liverpool215568
3Manchester City213566
4Arsenal196663
5Everton169557
6Tottenham175956
7Manchester United1561051
8Newcastle1441346
9Southampton1291045
10Stoke City9101237
11West Ham971534
12Aston Villa971434
13Hull City961633
14Norwich City881532
15Swansea City791530
16West Bromwich Albion5131228
17Crystal Palace841828
18Sunderland671625
19Cardiff City671825
20Fulham732124
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Fallers: Arsenal

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Coming into Week 32 of the EPL season, the Gunners still had an outside chance at the league title despite losing to leader Chelsea in embarrassing fashion in Week 31, but a draw with lowly Swansea City, combined with wins from City and Liverpool, has all but sealed the team's fate.

Arsenal looked to be on its way to securing all three points before a last-minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave the Swans a vital point in their bid to avoid relegation.

As shared by FootballFacts101, Arsene Wenger all but conceded the title is now lost for the Gunners:

Paul Scholes was very harsh on some of Arsenal's top players, speaking to Sky Sports:

Arsenal must now focus on preserving its fourth-place spot on the league table and the ticket for the UEFA Champions League that comes with it.

 

Risers: West Ham

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It wasn't pretty, but West Ham was able to pull out a 2-1 win over the Hull City Tigers that all but guarantees the club will be playing in the EPL again next season. That alone would put the Hammers in the "Risers" group.

A Mark Noble penalty and an own goal from James Chester were enough to overcome a goal from Nikica Jelavic, and West Ham was greatly aided by an early red card for Hull's Allan McGregor in a match that hung in the balance until the final whistle.

West Ham News perhaps summed up the team's performance best:

Beautiful football is one thing, but the Hammers can at least be relieved that, in all likelihood, the club will not be going down at the end of the season.

 

Fallers: Sunderland

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The Black Cats fought bravely and came close to pulling off the upset when Jake Livermore's thunderous strike hit the crossbar, but in the end, a loss at the hands of Liverpool was the result everyone was expecting.

But Sunderland needs anything it can get in its bid to escape the relegation zone, and coming so close against arguably the top club in the EPL right now has to hurt.

Following the loss at Anfield, the Black Cats still trail Crystal Palace by three points with a game in hand, and the club will need to start putting together some results in order to survive the drop as the end of the 2013-14 season draws near.

 

Risers: Everton

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Leon Osman of Everton celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on March 25, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo
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Everton is one of the few clubs that actually moved on the EPL table, taking the fifth spot from Tottenham Hotspur. With a game in hand, Everton could close the gap with a struggling Arsenal squad to as little as three points.

Beating Newcastle at St. James' Park is a tremendous feat regardless, but a comprehensive 3-0 win speaks volumes as to the quality of Roberto Martinez's men.

Arsenal superfan Samuel has noticed Everton has looked very solid and is closing in on the Gunners in a hurry:

The Times' George Caulkin was equally impressed:

Everton could yet make a late push for the final Champions League ticket in what has already been a spectacular season for the young squad. And with a big showdown with the Gunners waiting on Matchday 34, the club will have its fate in its own hands.