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EPL Table Week 33: Latest Premier League Standings and Updated Outlook

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates scoring the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

A few surprising results have created a dramatic shift at the top of the English Premier League table.

Chelsea suffered the biggest upset of the day as Crystal Palace earned a 1-0 home victory over what was the top team in league. A John Terry own goal was the only mark on the scoresheet in this shocking result.

Liverpool were then able to take advantage of the opportunity to take over first place with a dominant 4-0 victory over Tottenham. Meanwhile, Manchester City and Arsenal played to a 1-1 draw in what was likely a disappointing finish for both clubs looking to move up in the standings.

This battle for the top spot is only one of many intriguing storylines to follow in the final few weeks of the season. Perhaps most interesting is the battle between Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United to earn various spots in European competitions.

Finally, Cardiff City, Sunderland and Fulham will all attempt to get out of the relegation zone before times run out.

These competitions and more help keep things exciting heading into Week 33. Here is an updated look at the standings and a breakdown of what to expect going forward.

English Premier League Table (as of March 30)
POSTEAMPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Liverpool32225588394971
2Chelsea32216562243869
3Manchester City30214580285267
4Arsenal32197656371964
5Everton31179549311860
6Tottenham Hotspur32175104044-456
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
20Fulham3273223173-4224
via PremierLeague.com

There are few clubs in the world performing better than Liverpool as of late, and it is why they are currently on top of the league table.

The Reds have now won eight league matches in a row and have not lost since the start of 2014. The latest 4-0 win over Tottenham also puts them just three goals away from matching Manchester City in goal differential.

Still, the club is not looking ahead with six matches remaining. Jordan Henderson—who scored the fourth goal in Sunday's win—discussed the mindset, via Richard Jolly of ESPN FC:

Of course. We all dream of winning the Premier League one day and we have a chance. We just have to take each game as it comes and focus on the next game which is West Ham. It will be difficult going there. That's what we all want (winning the Premier League) but each step at a time.

Despite this lead, a title is far from secure. Liverpool still have matches against Chelsea and Manchester City. Fortunately, both are at home. They will hope that playing at Anfield will give them the necessary advantage to come away with wins.

While Chelsea sits in second place after the latest run of matches, Manchester City is the one with the best chance to take the title away from Liverpool. They have played two fewer matches than either of the clubs above them, giving them more opportunities to grab points.

Five of the eight matches remaining for City are against clubs in the bottom half of the table, meaning they have a good chance to come away with a victory in each. This is especially the case if they continue to perform well defensively. The club had an incredible streak going until the Arsenal match, according to WhoScored.com:

As long as Manchester City do not drop unnecessary points, they have a chance to pass both teams in front of them and take home the trophy.

Meanwhile, Arsenal remain mathematically in the title hunt, but they should be more focused on securing a top-four finish against the red-hot Everton. The two squads face play next week in Goodison Park, and the result can have a huge effect on the table, as noted by Paul Carr of ESPN:

If the Gunners could pull out a road victory, it will bring some peace of mind to the players and fans.

As exciting as the battle at the top has been this year, the race to avoid relegation is interesting as well. Colin Trainor of Statsbomb.com provides a look at the current odds:

Crystal Palace's win over Chelsea put them into 16th place, five points clear of Cardiff City in 18th. Based on the way the bottom three clubs have performed this year, this could be enough to remain in the Premier League.

No matter what happens, the final month of play is going to be incredibly exciting.

 

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