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Premier League Week 33 Table: Updated Title Outlook After Wild Matchday

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers, second right, hugs Luis Suarez  as he celebrates with his players after their 4-0 win against Tottenham in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super
Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2014

The intense race for the Premier League title took another wild turn during Matchday 33 as table leaders Chelsea suffered a shock loss to lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

This opened the door for both Manchester City and Liverpool to leapfrog them in the standings. Only Liverpool were up to that challenge, but it's still the Citizen's who are in the league's driver's seat.

It's probably easier to get a feel for the title race by looking at the table. Take a look at the Week 32 results and the table following Sunday's action, and then we'll break down the title race a little further. 

Premier League Results - Week 32
DateHome ClubResultRoad Club
March 29Manchester United4-1Aston Villa
March 29Crystal Palace1-0Chelsea
March 29Southampton4-0Newcastle
March 29Stoke1-0Hull
March 29Swansea3-0Norwich
March 29West Brom3-3Cardiff
March 29Arsenal1-1Manchester City
March 30Fulham1-3Everton
March 30Liverpool4-0Tottenham
March 31SunderlandTBDWest Ham
Source: BBC Sport
Premier League Table
Pos.TeamPWDLGDPts.
1Liverpool3222554971
2Chelsea3221653869
3Manchester City3021455267
4Arsenal3219761964
5Everton3117951860
6Tottenham Hotspur3217510-456
7Manchester United32166101454
8Southampton3213910948
9Newcastle United3214414-946
10Stoke City32101012-840
11West Ham United319715-734
12Aston Villa319715-1234
13Swansea City328915-333
14Hull City329617-733
15Norwich City328816-2532
16Crystal Palace319418-1931
17West Bromwich Albion3151412-1229
18Cardiff City326818-3226
19Sunderland296716-1925
20Fulham327322-4224
Source: Sky Sports

I don't think there were many out there who expected Chelsea to take the title by winning the remainder of their matches this season. However, I don't think there were many who expected the Blues to drop to Crystal Palace. 

As they have all season, the Blues played stout defense against relegation-threatened Palace. Unfortunately for the Blues, the only goal they could muster came on themselves, and it came from John Terry. 

NBC Sports passed along the news: 

There is no doubt this result was a huge blow to Chelsea's title hopes, but there is also no doubt that manager Jose Mourinho went a little far with his post-match comments tweeted by SuperSport

Chelsea is not that dependent upon other clubs. If Chelsea can turn their play around and pick up three points in each of their remaining league matches, they would only need Manchester City to drop just one match. The Blues also need Liverpool to miss out on two points, but they will face each other before their season ends. 

Speaking of that, let's take a look at the remaining schedule for for the top four: 

Remaining League Schedule for EPL Contenders
LiverpoolChelseaManchester CityArsenal
@ West HamStoke CitySouthampton@ Everton
Manchester City@ Swansea City@ LiverpoolWest Ham
@ Norwich CitySunderlandSunderland@ Hull City
Chelsea@ LiverpoolWest BromNewcastle
@ Crystal PalaceNorwich City@ Crystal PalaceWest Brom
Newcastle@ Cardiff City@ Everton@ Norwich City
Aston Villa
West Ham
Source: ESPN

It is fairly safe to write off Arsenal at this point, but after a draw with Manchester City in Week 32, the Gunners still have a glimmer of hope. Mourinho's comments about his own team being too dependent on the results of others is far more applicable to Arsenal. 

The Gunners are seven points off of Liverpool's lead.

The race for the title now starts with Liverpool and Manchester City. Both clubs control their own destiny, which in this instance means Liverpool have the advantage.

The Citizens and the Reds will play on April 13 at Anfield. The Reds are 14-1-1 at home this year, and the Citizens are 8-4-4.

Justifiably so, Liverpool's success is bringing on a lot of accolades for manager Brendan Rodgers. ESPN's Richard Jolly is one of the latest to tout Rodgers' excellence:  

That certainly doesn't mean the Reds have this title sewn up. Two weeks after hosting Manchester City, Liverpool will also have to host Chelsea, which makes them the only top team with more than one match remaining against another top-four club. 

When it comes to this year's title race, don't listen to Mourinho. Chelsea is very much alive, and it is going to be a fascinating close to the season.  

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