|Premier League Table|
|11||West Ham United||33||10||7||16||-7||37|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||32||6||14||12||-11||32|
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.
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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