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Premier League Week 33 Table: Breaking Down Biggest Storylines and Key Results

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Mats Moller Daehli of Cardiff City celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City at The Hawthorns on March 29, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

Coming into the weekend, most folks would have assumed Chelsea beating Crystal Palace was a given. After all, the Blues were atop the Premier League table, while Palace were lingering near the bottom.

That's why they play the games, folks.

Chelsea's stunning loss to Crystal Palace completely opened up the title race between the top four teams and was the most stunning result in a weekend full of intriguing ones. Let's take a look back at the key results and the updated table.

 

Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea32216562243869
2Liverpool31215584394568
3Manchester City29213579275266
4Arsenal31196655361963
5Everton30169546301657
6Tottenham Hotspur3117594040056
7Manchester United321661052381454
8Southampton32139104940948
9Newcastle United32144143847-946
10Stoke City321010123745-840
11West Ham United3197153441-734
12Aston Villa3197153446-1234
13Swansea City3289154548-333
14Hull City3296173340-733
15Norwich City3288162651-2532
16Crystal Palace3194182039-1931
17West Bromwich Albion31514123648-1229
18Cardiff City3268182961-3226
19Sunderland2967162746-1925
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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Analysis

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Wait, what? Did Crystal Palace really beat Chelsea?

Yes, yes, they did, as John Terry's own goal off a Joel Ward cross did the Blues in. From ESPNFC:

There is no question that result will have a gigantic impact on the title race, as Manchester City and Arsenal are yet to square off, while Liverpool face Tottenham Sunday. Suddenly, the top of the Premier League feels very wide open.

May the best team win. 

If you prefer wild finishes to top clubs losing, well, West Brom versus Cardiff City was certainly your flavor. Going into stoppage time, the scored was tied, 2-2, and then, well, madness happened.

From NBC Sports Soccer:

That result was certainly a relief for other clubs toiling in or near the relegation zone, as both West Brom and Cardiff escaped with just a point and kept things close in the basement. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United and David Moyes quieted the critics (at least for a day) with an impressive 4-1 win over Aston Villa. Wayne Rooney notched a brace for the Red Devils, while Juan Mata opened his United account, and Javier Hernandez added a late goal to seal things up for last year's champions. 

While support for Moyes has continued to wane, he received mostly roaring cheers when he entered Old Trafford Saturday. Moyes had the following to say after the match, via the Premier League's Twitter account:

A big win doesn't change the fact that United is still seventh on the table, of course. But for a day, the supporters were appeased.

In other action, both Southampton and Swansea City rolled, beating Newcastle 4-0 and Norwich City 3-0, respectively. Stoke City also earned a victory, knocking off Hull City 1-0.

In the day's final game, Arsenal and City drew even, leaving Chelsea at least temporarily atop the table. Liverpool will have the chance to go ahead of the Blues on Sunday, however, as they host Tottenham. Could the Reds put themselves in the title driver's seat?

It's all up in the air in the Premier League. An amazing weekend of footy only promises to get more intriguing.

 

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