EPL Table Week 37: Breaking Down Risers and Fallers in Premier League Standings

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2014

SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 26:  Wilfried Bony of Swansea City celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Aston Villa at Liberty Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The big game is yet to come, but the table took further shape on Saturday. There were risers and fallers, those rejoicing and those crestfallen, clubs with satisfaction nearly ensured and other clubs in dire straits.

While Premier League fans eagerly await Chelsea facing Liverpool on Sunday, Saturday's action took us one step closer to determining which teams will reach Europe next year and which teams will be demoted to the Championship. 

Let's break down Saturday's risers and fallers on the table:

Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35255596445280
2Chelsea35236667264175
3Manchester City34235691355674
4Arsenal35217762412170
5Everton36209757362169
6Tottenham Hotspur36206105249366
7Manchester United351861160402060
8Southampton361410125245752
9Newcastle United35144173954-1546
10Stoke City361111143950-1144
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12Swansea City36109175152-139
13Hull City35107183645-937
14West Ham United36107193849-1137
15West Bromwich Albion35715134254-1236
16Aston Villa3598183653-1735
17Norwich City3688202860-3232
18Fulham3694233779-4231
19Cardiff City3579193165-3430
20Sunderland3478193357-2429
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Fulham should have been on the "risers" list for this weekend. In the 58th minute of their match against Hull City, they held a 2-0 lead and looked sure to earn a vital three points in their efforts to avoid relegation.

But this is Fulham we're talking about, the club that has allowed a league-worst 79 goals (only Cardiff City, which has allowed 65 tallies, is anywhere close to that dreadful mark). So it was hardly a surprise when Hull found two late goals and earned a 2-2 draw against the Cottagers. 

Still, technically speaking, Fulham was a riser, at least for a day, as they moved to 18th place and just one point behind dreadful Norwich (who was crushed by Manchester United and still has Chelsea and Arsenal to come).

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United applauds the fans after a rousing victory in his first match as manager during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014
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Speaking of Manchester United, the club certainly felt like risers after spanking Norwich 4-0 in Ryan Giggs' managerial debut. The club played an attacking, proactive form of football and looked—at least for a day—like the United of old. 

Juan Mata started the day on the bench but made his impact felt when he was subbed on, notching a brace (Wayne Rooney had one as well). Giggs might be wise to start him in the next contest given Mata's recent form. 

From OptaJoe:

Whether that resurgence will be enough to get them into the Europa League—oh, how far they've fallen—remains to be determined, as Tottenham also won on Saturday over Stoke City, 1-0. Tottenham remain six points clear of the Red Devils, though United have a game in hand and the goal differential advantage.

If Spurs falter, United could overtake them.

Everton continued to drop points in their quest for a Champions League spot, losing 2-0 to Southampton on two own goals, adding insult to injury. That keeps the Toffees a point shy of Arsenal, who hold a game in hand and seem virtually assured of maintaining their place in fourth. Everton's loss also tied the teams in goal differential, hurting their Champions League hopes even further.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  A dejected Tim Howard of Everton goes to pick the ball out of the net after Seamus Coleman of Everton scored an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on Apr
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Aston Villa is trending downward hard after losing to Swansea City, 4-1. The Villains are now in 16th place and just four points clear of Fulham. Worse, they still have to face Hull City, Manchester City and Tottenham left on the schedule, so points will be hard to come by. 

The Villains are in serious trouble. If Fulham win their last two games, the Villains may very well end up going down. Plus, Sunderland are six points behind with a game in hand, and Cardiff are five points behind. Suddenly, facing Hull is the most important game of Aston Villa's season.

Manager Paul Lambert, sitting on a seat so hot you could cook a meal on it, knows just how important that meeting will be, as he told Sky Sports:

I don't know all the results but I heard one or two and that keeps you there above that line which is the most important thing. But next week's game is a must win game. Three very tough games we've got. The lads know how big the game is next week and they know it's a cup final.

Finally, West Brom probably vaulted themselves into safety with a 1-0 win over West Ham. With a game in hand on Fulham, West Brom holds a five-point advantage. Nothing is guaranteed, but it would be shocking if they were relegated.