Premier League Table Week 35: Matches with Potential to Shake the Standings

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Premier League Table Week 35: Matches with Potential to Shake the Standings
Kirsty Wigglesworth

The Premier League is nearing season's end, making the final matches of the current campaign crucial for teams looking to secure one of the top four spots on the table.

The competition for said four spots is stiff—possibly the stiffest in Premier League history, as Jonathan Liew of The Telegraph points out: 

One of the curiosities of this year’s Premier League is that despite Liverpool’s glorious spring offensive, despite Manchester City’s record-breaking goal glut, despite Chelsea’s persistent habit of snatching triumph from the jaws of crisis, none of them have actually qualified for the Champions League yet.

Champions League positions will likely begin to get claimed within the coming weeks, but it's clear which teams belong at the top. Week 35 will have implications on the top, however, as multiple teams are in contention.

Here are the matches that have the most potential to shake up the standings.

Premier League Table Week 35
Pos. Team GP W D L GD Pts.
1 Liverpool 34 23 5 5 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 22 6 5 42 75
3 Manchester City 33 22 5 6 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 20 7 7 18 67
5 Everton 34 19 9 6 21 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 18 6 10 0 60
7 Manchester United 33 17 6 10 18 57
8 Southampton 34 13 9 12 5 48
9 Newcastle United 34 14 4 16 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 11 10 13 -10 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 12 4 18 -14 37
12 West Ham United 34 10 7 17 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 10 6 17 -6 36
14 Aston Villa 33 9 7 17 -14 34
15 Swansea City 34 8 9 16 -5 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 6 15 12 -11 33
17 Norwich City 34 8 8 18 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 9 3 22 -40 30
19 Cardiff City 34 7 8 19 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 6 8 19 -25 26

Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Matt Dunham

There are two interesting facts regarding Sunderland surrounding this match. For one, Sunderland have not won away since February's 3-0 win over Newcastle. That being said, Sunderland were also the last team to upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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At No. 20 on the table, Sunderland are obviously in no competition for the Champions League. They can look to play spoiler, however. At No. 2, Chelsea are just two points behind Liverpool for the top spot. Liverpool take on Norwich City in Week 35.

The Blues can steal the top spot from Liverpool if they win each of their remaining fixtures. That all starts against Sunderland. Avoiding a slip-up against one of the lesser teams in the league will show that the Blues are ready to make a push at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho will have his team ready for Saturday's action.

Everton vs. Manchester United

Jon Super

Wayne Rooney will be ready to go against Everton, reports David McDonnell of the Mirror, and that will be a huge help to Manchester United.

Gemma Thompson of reports that Robin van Persie will remain sidelined with a knee injury, however. This is what manager David Moyes had to say regarding the injury (via Thompson):

"Robin is in Holland and improving but we always thought it would be four to six weeks. We'll have a better assessment in the next week or so. Our medical team is heading out there to see him this week to get a better feel as to exactly where he is."

United have nothing to play for with 57 points and a No. 7 standing on the table, but Everton are within striking distance of a Champions League berth. This will be a hard-fought match right from the opening.

United may be a little short-handed, but they'll still throw enough at Everton to keep this match close. Everton will have the motivation of a Champions League berth on their mind, though.

Hull City vs. Arsenal

Kirsty Wigglesworth

Hull City are looking to avoid relegation, and one more positive result would likely end any fears they have of dropping out of the Premier League. Arsenal, on the other hand, are currently the No. 4 team on the table.

Arsenal are just one point ahead of Everton and four points back of Manchester City. This game has major implications for their side. 

Despite winning just seven games at home all season, the Tigers haven't lost a home match in a month. That being said, Arsenal have not lost to the Tigers at KC Stadium since April 1915—yes, 1915. The odds are in Arsenal's favor.

With so much at stake for both teams, this match has the potential to be one of the top results of Week 35.

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