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Premier League Table 2014 Week 34: Updated Standings Following Matchday 33

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United  at St James' Park on April 5, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014


Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLGDPTS
1Liverpool3323555074
2Chelsea3322654172
3Manchester City3122455570
4Arsenal3319771664
5Everton3218952164
6Tottenham Hotspur3318510059
7Manchester United33176101857
8Southampton3313911648
9Newcastle United3314415-1346
10Stoke City33101013-1140
11West Ham United3310716-737
12Hull City3310617-636
13Aston Villa329716-1334
14Crystal Palace3210418-1634
15Swansea City338916-433
16West Bromwich Albion3261412-1132
17Norwich City338817-2632
18Fulham338322-4127
19Cardiff City336819-3526
20Sunderland316718-2425
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What a matchday of action. Epic stuff, really. And heck, we're just seven games in.

Two title contenders earned huge wins and kept pressure on the competition. The relegation zone was impacted in a huge way. And several of the league's biggest clubs, like Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, have yet to even play.

There's nothing quite like the Premier League. Let's take a look at the updated table and a look back at the action thus far.

 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  The injured Jay Rodriguez of Southampton is stretchered off the pitch after landing awkwardly during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Mancheste
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Recap

Everton showcased they are for real about their Champions League aspirations with a 3-0 drubbing of Arsenal at home Sunday. 

Steven Naismith got Everton on the board in the 14th minute, Romelu Lukaku added another in the 34th and Mikel Arteta's own goal in the second half made it a snoozer of a second half for both squads. 

With the win, Everton moved one point shy of Arsenal for the fourth and final Champions League spot that the EPL offers. 

Manchester City earned a 4-1 victory over Southampton in the weekend's first game, though the scoreline was a bit harsh on the Saints. In more than one way, actually. 

Not only did Southampton lose, but they may be without Jay Rodriguez for the duration of the season as well, as the in-form forward had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after landing funny on his leg in the first half.

It isn't just a blow for his Premier League season, however—the injury looked serious enough that it could cost him a chance to compete at this summer's World Cup too. Devastating, especially when you consider how good he was playing this year.

Before the match, WhoScored.com compiled some of his key statistics:

Southampton also had a pretty justifiable gripe on City's go-ahead goal late in the first half, as David Silva was clearly offsides when the ball was played through to him. Somehow, the linesman missed it, and Silva sent a lovely pass to Samir Nasri to give the Citizens a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

City's win was matched by Chelsea, however, as the Blues retook the top spot on the table by brushing aside Stoke City, 3-0. It was a clinical performance from a Blues team that's certainly capable of winning the title, no matter what head games Jose Mourinho is engaging in at the moment.

But boy, oh boy, did the relegation battle become even more interesting Saturday morning. Both Fulham and West Brom earned crucial away wins over Aston Villa and Norwich City, respectively. For the moment, that elevated Fulham from last place, though Sunderland still have three games in hand.

Crystal Palace moved themselves seven points clear of 18th-place Fulham—with a game in hand, to boot—with a 3-0 victory over Cardiff City that left Cardiff firmly buried in the relegation zone with just 26 points. And Hull City are almost assuredly safe from relegation after earning a 1-0 win over Swansea.

The loss means the Swans are just six points clear of the relegation zone, however, a far cry from the team that finished ninth on the table a year ago. 

Finally, Manchester United earned an easy-as-you-like win over Newcastle, 4-0. Juan Mata (two goals, an assist) and Javier Hernandez (one apiece) were the main men for United, as the defending champions didn't miss a beat without Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie in the lineup.

David Moyes had nothing but praise for Mata after the Spaniard's brilliant showing:

That's a huge result for a United team that next travels to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. The tie is currently even on aggregate, 1-1.

City and Chelsea's wins put all the onus on Liverpool on Sunday. Remember, after this weekend's action, the Citizens will have two games in hand on both Liverpool and Chelsea, so the Reds can't afford to drop points from here on out.

Meanwhile, Arsenal taking on Everton will be the match to watch Sunday, as the two teams will duke it out for fourth place. If the Gunners get key players back, they may yet have a say in the title race, but that ship has seemed to sail in recent weeks.

And Tottenham have a battle on their hands to qualify for Europe at all next season, though a Monday match against Sunderland should aid their efforts. 

 

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