Premier League Table 2014 Week 34: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 34

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVApril 8, 2014

Nobody is safe at the top of the Premier League, but three elite clubs are distancing themselves from the pack entering Week 34.

Liverpool enter the weekend with 74 points, two points clear of second-place Chelsea. However, it's Manchester City with the advantage, as they have two games in hand and sit four points back of the league lead.

With a number of other squads still competing for Champions League and Europa League qualification, the final few weeks of the season are guaranteed to be chock-full of enticing matchups and star-studded affairs. 

Let's break it all down and take a look at who has the upper hand in the Matchday 34 fixtures. 

Week 33 Results
Home ClubResultRoad Club
Manchester City4-1Southampton
Aston Villa1-2Fulham
Cardiff City0-3Crystal Palace
Hull City1-0Swansea City
Newcastle United0-4Manchester United
Norwich City0-1West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea3-0Stoke City
West Ham United1-2Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur5-1Sunderland
2013-14 Premier League Table: Week 34
3Manchester City3122455570
6Tottenham Hotspur3318510059
7Manchester United33176101857
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
19Cardiff City336819-3526
Week 34 Predictions
DateHome ClubPredictionAway Club
April 12Sunderland0-2Everton
April 12Stoke City1-1Newcastle
April 12Fulham1-0Norwich City
April 12Crystal Palace1-2Aston Villa
April 12West Brom1-2Tottenham
April 12Southampton3-0Cardiff City
April 13Liverpool3-2Manchester City
April 13Swansea City1-3Chelsea
April 15Arsenal2-0West Ham



Liverpool vs. Manchester City

Week 34 doesn't offer many high-flying matchups, but this one makes up for all of it.

A Reds win at home on Sunday, however, would put Brendan Rodgers and company in quite a favorable position.

On the other hand, Manchester City have a big few weeks coming up as they are set to make up their two games and take the Premier League lead. But that will be awfully tough to do without leaving Anfield with at least one point on Sunday afternoon.

Can City's defenders keep up with Liverpool? The Reds' two star goalscorers, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, have combined for 49 goals this season. But City's defense has only given up 29 goals all year, and they beat Liverpool 2-1 the first time these two clubs squared off this season. 

If Sturridge and Suarez are kept under wraps, City's chances of heading home with a point or more are very high. But nobody has proven able to keep them under wraps at home, and not even potential title-winning City will change that.

Prediction: Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1


Swansea City vs. Chelsea

Jose Mourinho and the Blues enter Matchday 34 with a golden opportunity, but they need help.

Chelsea can take the Premier League lead entering Week 35 if they are able to beat Swansea after Liverpool lose to Manchester City. The Blues can tie the Reds at the top of the table with a win and a Liverpool draw.

But it will be a bitter ending for Chelsea if they are too consumed on that. Don't let Swansea's 15th-place spot in the table fool you: They enter the match as a formidable challenge.

Swansea's minus-four goal differential suggests that they are much closer to the middle of the table than the bottom of it. And with them much closer to the relegation line than they should be, the Swans will be looking for any result possible to keep from being knocked down a league.

Chelsea are the more talented club and have everything left to play for, but they won't be facing a hapless club by any means over the weekend. 

Prediction: Chelsea 3, Swansea City 1


Sunderland vs. Everton

Few, if any, clubs in the EPL can match Everton's form at the moment.

Having won their last six matches in league play, the Toffees are on an absolute tear at the moment. Everton are now just one point shy of the EPL's fourth and final Champions League spot. 

It's tough to see them slipping up despite having to go on the road in Week 34. Sunderland just traveled to Tottenham, hung around for a half before getting smacked in the second en route to a 5-1 loss—and their lone goal was due to a gaffe in the defending third from Spurs. 

Everton showed that they are going to mean business over the final month of the season by crushing Arsenal 3-0 at home last weekend. And they won't be deterred despite inferior competition in Week 34. 

Prediction: Everton 2, Sunderland 0


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