EPL Results Week 34: Tracking Final Scores and Top Scorers for Matchday 34

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Hugo Rodallega of Fulham celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on April 5, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Following a string of weeks where high-scoring matches took center stage, goals were at a premium to open matchday 34 on Saturday. Five of the six games ended with a 1-0 scoreline as clubs played far more conservative as the season nears its conclusion.

All three championship contenders took the pitch on Sunday, highlighted by Liverpool's crucial victory Manchester City. The appetizer to open the weekend action was a group of matches critical for European berths and relegation.

Since the matchday has taken on a defensive tone at the outset, the importance of each goal was elevated. Knowing that, let's check out a complete list of results for the week, followed by the players who found the net and a recap. The lists will be updated through the end of play on Sunday.


Matchday 34 Results

Premier League Fixtures and Results - Week 34
DateHome ClubRoad ClubFinal Score
April 12Crystal PalaceAston Villa1-0
April 12FulhamNorwich1-0
April 12SouthamptonCardiff0-1
April 12StokeNewcastle1-0
April 12SunderlandEverton0-1
April 12West BromTottenham3-3
April 13LiverpoolManchester City3-2
April 13SwanseaChelsea0-1
April 15ArsenalWest Ham3-1


Matchday 34 Goal Scorers

Premier League Week 34 Scorers
2Lukas PodolskiArsenal
1Jason PuncheonCrystal Palace
1Hugo RodallegaFulham
1Erik PietersStoke
1Matej VydraWest Brom
1Chris BruntWest Brom
1Stephane SessegnonWest Brom
1Harry KaneTottenham
1Christian EriksenTottenham
1Raheem SterlingLiverpool
1Martin SkrtelLiverpool
1Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool
1David SilvaManchester City
1Demba BaChelsea
1Olivier GiroudArsenal
1Matthew JarvisWest Ham


Recap of Top Performances

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on April 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Christ
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Nobody was able to put together a multi-goal performance on Saturday so the focus instead shifts to attacking players who scored key tallies.

Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace certainly fits the bill. The 27-year-old winger put together another very strong performance for the Eagles and capped it off with the only goal of the match as Palace were able to edge Aston Villa.

It marks the third straight victory for the Eagles, which have moved themselves from the brink of relegation to safety. The last two have been highlighted by the strong play of Puncheon. He scored twice in the win over Cardiff last week.

Mark Ritson of the Croydon Advertiser passed along a skeptical response from the Englishman about getting a World Cup call from the national team despite his surge in recent weeks:

He may not be heading for Brazil, but his form over the past couple weeks has helped ensure Palace should enjoy another season of Premier League football.

Another player rising to the occasion to a club in the relegation race was Hugo Rodallega. The Fulham striker hadn't scored during the Premier League campaign heading into last week and now the Colombian international has found the net in back-to-back weeks.

In turn, the Cottagers, who found themselves at the bottom of the table for awhile after an extended run of terrible form, are back in contention to get out of the relegation zone. They are now three points from safety with four matches to play.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Hugo Rodallega of Fulham celebrates the teams win with Lewis Holtby and Pajtim Kasami at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Norwich City at Craven Cottage on April 12, 2014 in London,
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With Rodallega suddenly bringing life to an attack that's been dormant throughout much of the season, Fulham's hopes are on the rise. They may be able to ride that wave of momentum outside of the bottom three. It would represent an outstanding recovery.

In the one Saturday match that did feature some scoring, it was Christian Eriksen who provided a very late equalizer for Tottenham against West Brom. Spurs fell behind 3-0 within the first 31 minutes before fighting all the way back to get the draw.

Eriksen has elevated his form as of late and it's come at a good time for Tottenham, which is still battling for a place in European competition next season. WhoScored notes he's played a role in 10 goals over his past eight games:

The 22-year-old midfielder has run hot and cold during his first season with Spurs. He's finally starting to showcase the immense potential he possesses, though, and the club hopes he's able to keep it up over the final month.

Sunday's action started with the match everybody has been waiting for between Liverpool and Manchester City. They met the hype, delivering a thrilling contest in one of the week's two matches not settled by a 1-0 tally.

Liverpool jumped to a 2-0 lead on early scores from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, but Manchester City evened the score with two goals separated by five minutes. Before City could cap off the rally, Philippe Coutinho broke the tie in the 78th minute to award Liverpool their 10th straight victory.

On the road, Chelsea survived a tricky test against Swansea to conclude the matchday. Demba Ba broke the scoreless stalemate during the 68th minute to earn his fourth goal of the season during Premier League play.

The Blues earned all three points to stay on course with Liverpool, who maintains a two-point lead in the standings. First place will likely be on the line when these two titans meet on Sunday, April 27. 



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