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Premier League Table 2014 Week 35: Updated Standings Following Matchday 34

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu, center, celebrates after his shot was turned into the goal by Sunderland's Wes Brown during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Scott Heppell
Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

Upsets. Amazing comebacks. Huge results with implications for the top-four and relegation races. 

And that was just on Saturday. And that was before we even got to the game of the week, Manchester City versus Liverpool. What is better than the Premier League?

With a memorable Saturday in the books, let's take a look back at the day's action, a look ahead to the match of the week and update the league table. Every point is vital for most teams in the league at this point, and Saturday's play certainly represented the desperation some clubs are feeling.

Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool34245593425177
2Chelsea34236566244275
3Manchester City32224686325470
4Arsenal34207759411867
5Everton33199553312266
6Tottenham Hotspur34186104848060
7Manchester United331761056381857
8Southampton34139125045548
9Newcastle United34144163852-1446
10Stoke City341110133848-1043
11West Ham United33107163744-737
12Crystal Palace33114182439-1537
13Hull City33106173440-636
14Aston Villa3397173549-1434
15Swansea City3489174550-533
16West Bromwich Albion33615124051-1133
17Norwich City3488182653-2732
18Fulham3493223474-4030
19Cardiff City3478193064-3429
20Sunderland3267192954-2525
Sky Sports

 

Analysis

Rui Vieira

Liverpool taking on Manchester City on Sunday morning may be the highlight of the Premier League week, but Tottenham may have earned the result of the matchday with a 3-3 draw against West Brom that was shocking for a number of reasons.

For starters, Spurs were down 2-0 within four minutes. By the 31st minute, they trailed by three. And somehow, someway, they managed to earn a 3-3 draw, as a Jonas Olsson own goal in the 34th minute, a Harry Kane tally in the 70th and a timely Christian Eriksen score four minutes into stoppage time saved the Spurs and potentially saved their chances at a spot in Europe next season.

It was the rarest of rare comebacks for Spurs, as OptaJoe noted:

The loss kept West Brom dangerously close to the relegation zone, as they are just three points clear of 18th-place Fulham.

Meanwhile, there is a new member of the top four, as Everton pushed two points past Arsenal after a win over Sunderland. A fortuitous own goal from Wes Brown was the difference, and Everton are now five wins away from guaranteeing themselves a place in the Champions League.

Of course, the Toffees still have matches against Manchester United and Manchester City at home and Southampton on the road—while Arsenal play West Ham, Hull City, Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich City, all very winnable games—so the race for the Champions League is still very much up in the air.

Meanwhile, the relegation battle keeps getting more and more interesting. Fulham's huge 1-0 win over Norwich City means the Cottagers are just two points behind the Canaries in their race to escape the relegation zone.

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,
Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Crystal Palace may have sealed their place in the Premier League for next season with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, as they stand seven points clear of Fulham with a game in hand. And Cardiff City's surprising 1-0 win over Southampton put them just three points behind Norwich, as they look to battle out of relegation in a season that has been full of controversy and disappointment. 

Finally, two teams pretty safe in the middle of the table clashed, with Stoke City coming away a 1-0 winner over Newcastle. 

Now, all eyes turns to a huge matchup on Sunday between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. The Reds are atop the table with 74 points, but City is sitting in third at 70 points with two games in hand. A win for City would mean they could win the league title by winning out.

A win by Liverpool would mean the same for them. 

And a draw—and a win by Chelsea—would mean Liverpool would remain atop the table on goal differential alonethough Chelsea would be tied in points, and City would still be in a position to win the title by winning out. In other words, the Citizens will be quite content to earn a draw.

But doing so in Anfield will be no easy task. As Brendan Rodgers told Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, the famous grounds once again have an aura about them:

It's a different place. I've sensed it. Even the roar is different.

I sense a real nostalgia, a real feel of the old Liverpool. I use the word nostalgia because, for me, growing up as a kid, watching on TV, hearing the noise, seeing the bloom of Anfield ... there's a touch of that again now.

City not only have to beat Liverpool, they also have to beat the roar of the crowd; the years of pent-up frustration from a club that was once the class of England but in recent years has been something far different; the entire history of one of Europe's most famous clubs.

Of course, City are probably more worried about Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. As they should be. Any way you slice it, City facing Liverpool could be the defining game of the Premier League season. 

 

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