EPL Table Week 34: Latest Standings and Predictions for Premier League Fixtures

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EPL Table Week 34: Latest Standings and Predictions for Premier League Fixtures
Jon Super

There are only five weeks left in the 2013-14 English Premier League season, and people on heart medication would be better off tuning out for the next five weeks altogether.

The title race, battle for the European tickets and the fight against relegation are all still very much ongoing in what has turned into one of the most exciting EPL seasons in recent history.

Everton thrashed Arsenal 3-0 at Goodison Park and will take hold of the final Champions League ticket if they can beat Sunderland next Saturday, while Fulham shocked Aston Villa and closed the gap with Norwich to five points.

With the FA Cup somewhat blurring next week's matchday, only nine matches will be played between Saturday and Tuesday. Let's have a look at the updated league table prior to Tottenham-Sunderland as well as what's to come in Week 34.

Premier League Week 34 Fixture List
Date Time Home Away Prediction
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET Crystal Palace Aston Villa 1-1
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET Fulham Norwich City 2-1
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET Southampton Cardiff 3-0
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET Stoke City Newcastle 1-1
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET Sunderland Everton 0-2
Saturday, 12 April 3.07 p.m. BST /10:07 a.m. ET West Brom Tottenham 1-2
Sunday, 13 April 1.37 p.m. BST/8:37 a.m. ET Liverpool Man City 3-2
Sunday, 13 April 4.07 p.m. BST/11:07 a.m. ET Swansea Chelsea 1-3
Tuesday, 15 April 7.45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET Arsenal West Ham 2-0

BBC

Premier League Table Week 33
POS TEAM PLD W D L GD PTS
1 Liverpool 33 23 5 5 50 74
2 Chelsea 33 22 6 5 41 72
3 Manchester City 31 22 4 5 55 70
4 Arsenal 33 19 7 7 16 64
5 Everton 32 18 9 5 21 63
6 Manchester United 33 17 6 10 18 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 17 5 10 -4 56
8 Southampton 33 13 9 11 6 48
9 Newcastle United 33 14 4 15 -13 46
10 Stoke City 33 10 10 13 -11 40
11 West Ham United 33 10 7 16 -7 37
12 Hull City 33 10 6 17 -6 36
13 Aston Villa 32 9 7 16 -13 34
14 Crystal Palace 32 10 4 18 -16 34
15 Swansea City 33 8 9 16 -4 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 32 6 14 12 -11 32
17 Norwich City 33 8 8 17 -26 32
18 Fulham 33 8 3 22 -41 27
19 Cardiff City 33 6 8 19 -35 26
20 Sunderland 30 6 7 17 -20 25

BBC

The fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City will be the most anticipated of the entire season, as the result of that match will most likely determine who wins this year's league title.

Liverpool have a four-point lead over the Citizens, who will travel to Anfield with two games in hand and could take the EPL lead even with a draw on Sunday, providing they don't drop any points in their rescheduled matches.

But the Reds have won an incredible seven straight matches and haven't dropped any points at Anfield since a 2-2 draw against Villa all the way back in January, setting the stage for what should be an all-out war this Sunday.

Chelsea are also still in the mix for the EPL title and will be watching this match very closely prior to their fixture against Swansea. Fans AllStar Football shared the remaining schedule for all three teams:

The Citizens have only conceded 29 EPL goals all season, per WhoScored.com, the second-lowest total in the entire league. Liverpool lead the league with an astonishing 90 total goals. Something will have to give.

Looking at the schedule for all three clubs, City will have the easiest path to the finish line, providing they can navigate the two extra fixtures. Everton have looked very solid at Goodison Park in recent weeks, but the rest of the matches look very manageable.

Liverpool and Chelsea will still play each other before the end of the season in what should be each team's only truly difficult matchup remaining, so Chelsea will most likely be forced to beat the Reds at Anfield to win the title.

That means Liverpool have to beat City on Sunday, as the Citizens could mathematically gain the top spot on the table with their two games in hand and don't look likely to drop any more points before the Reds' match with Chelsea.

Rui Vieira

Less glamorous but equally as important will be the match between Fulham and Norwich, as both teams are separated by five points right on the edge of the relegation zone.

Fulham appeared to be dead in the water for much of the past four months, but three points against Villa suddenly has the club alive and well in the battle to avoid the drop, and a win against Norwich would give the club a very solid chance to do just that.

On the other hand, a win for Norwich would all but guarantee the Canaries remain an EPL side beyond the summer of 2014 with an eight-point gap between them and Fulham and just four matches left to play.

With Norwich appointing a new manager just ahead of this crucial match, as reported by BBC Sport, this match suddenly has the feel of an all-or-nothing event. Alison Bender agrees:

While the tie between Liverpool and City might steal all the headlines this week, don't be surprised if Fulham and Norwich play out the more intriguing and dramatic match at Craven Cottage in Week 34.

 

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