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Premier League Table 2014 Week 37: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 37

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, right, keeps the ball from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super
Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 28, 2014

With Chelsea toppling Liverpool to end the Reds' league win streak at 11 matches, the race for the Premier League title is wide open. 

B/R UK captured the moment: 

The top three teams all have a solid shot. Chelsea trail Liverpool for the table lead by two points. Manchester City trail Liverpool by three points but have a game in hand. They also lead the Reds by eight in goal differential.

None of those teams play each other again this campaign, but the Citizens certainly face a challenge. They must go on the road to face fifth-place Everton. Liverpool are also on the road against a rapidly improving Crystal Palace. 

Chelsea need the most help, and they have the potential to get it. The Blues host Norwich City in a match they should easily handle. 

Here are the standings through Week 36, along with a look at how Matchday 37 will play out. 

Premier League Table Entering Week 37
Pos.TeamPlayedWDLFAGDPts.
1Liverpool36255696465080
2Chelsea36246669264378
3Manchester City35245693355877
4Arsenal36227765412473
5Everton36209757362169
6Tottenham Hotspur36206105249366
7Manchester United351861160402060
8Southampton361410125245752
9Newcastle United36144183957-1846
10Stoke City361111143950-1144
11Crystal Palace36134192843-1543
12Swansea City36109175152-139
13Hull City35107183645-937
14West Ham United36107193849-1137
15West Bromwich Albion35715134254-1236
16Aston Villa3598183653-1735
17Sunderland3588193757-2032
18Norwich City3688202860-3232
19Fulham3694233779-4231
20Cardiff City3679203169-3830
Source: Sky Sports
Matchday 37 Schedule and Predictions
DateTime (BST/ET)HomePredictionAway
May 312:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.West Ham1-1Tottenham
May 33 p.m./10 a.m.Aston Villa0-0Hull
May 33 p.m./10 a.m.Man Utd3-0Sunderland
May 33 p.m./10 a.m.Newcastle1-1Cardiff
May 33 p.m./10 a.m.Stoke0-1Fulham
May 33 p.m./10 a.m.Swansea1-2Southampton
May 35:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Everton1-1Manchester City
May 41:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.Arsenal2-0West Brom
May 44 p.m./11 a.m.Chelsea3-0Norwich
May 58 p.m./3 p.m.Crystal Palace1-2Liverpool
Source: BBC Sport

 

Everton vs. Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City shoots past Sylvain Distin (R) and Tim Howard (L) of Everton to score his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium
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After making a serious run at a place in the Champions League, Everton have struggled and now need a total Arsenal collapse to grab fourth. 

Everton have lost two of their last three league matches to Crystal Palace and Southampton. Their last time on the pitch was the loss to Southampton, and it was an exceptionally ugly 2-0 affair.

Both of Southampton's goals were scored by Everton players, and the first came in the first minute. It will be tough for Everton not to lament the missed opportunity, but this team still has a small shot at fourth, and the Toffees have a very positive manager.

Following their last loss, The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg passed along this quote from Roberto Martinez:

I'm excited about the players we have and the football we've played and today is a defeat we need to accept if we want to improve and get better. It's hurtful but I think it shows the standards and how much we've raised them when you get eight wins in 10 and feel really disappointed in the end of it.

So it is under these crushing circumstances that Everton will look to quickly rebuild that sense of hope, and it will be a charged environment at Goodison Park when they try to derail City. 

The Citizens have seemingly been on the verge of taking control of the EPL all season until they find some way to blow it. This is going to be another case where they blow it.

Everton have been stingy at home all season. They've surrendered just 16 goals to the visiting team this league year. Manchester City can and have scored anywhere, but they've been far less prolific away from Etihad

The Citizens will struggle to get good looks in this match, and when they do, they will find it difficult to beat goalkeeper Tim Howard. 

The Citizens will earn an away draw against a top-five club, but in this case, that will be a crushing defeat. 

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Manchester City

 

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action with Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on October 5, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Br
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool will travel to Selhurst Park for the matchday's final contest, so the Reds will be fully aware of Manchester City's draw or whatever result may occur that defies my prediction. What happens at Goodison will factor into this match. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers has done a wonderful job keeping his squad ready all campaign, but Liverpool won't have the same intensity in this match if the Citizens grab three points from their stiffest test remaining on their schedule. 

Earlier in the year, that wouldn't have been a problem. Liverpool would have rolled Crystal Palace had they played with barely a shred of interest. However, Crystal Palace have made tremendous strides. 

Manchester City easily handled Crystal Palace 2-0 this past matchday, but prior to that, Crystal Palace had been sprinting up the table with five straight league wins. That included wins over Everton and Chelsea.

Playing a fully inspired Liverpool side, Crystal Palace's admirable defense won't be able to hold back Liverpool's fluid and deadly attack. 

The Reds have displayed a lethal attack at home and on the road. Of their 96 goals this league year, 45 have come on the road. Luis Suarez will rise to the occasion and deliver a brace while helping his team earn this pivotal win.   

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

 

Chelsea vs. Norwich City

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Demba Ba of Chelsea and Alexander Tettey of Norwich City battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on October 6, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie
Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Chelsea have had recent success in the Champions League and Premier League by parking a bus in front of goal. It helped them earn a 0-0 draw on the road against Atletico Madrid and then the 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield. 

They won't need similar tactics in this one. For starters, they will be returning to the comfy confines of Stamford Bridge, but more than that, they are playing a Norwich City side that have allowed seven goals in the last two matches. 

Norwich are toiling in the relegation zone and badly need to pick up some points but won't be able to do so against Chelsea. 

On Oct. 6, Chelsea went into Carrow Road and pulled out a 3-1 victory. Chelsea will have an even easier go this time around.

The Blues have been struggling to score lately, but they will build on the momentum from their two-goal effort against Liverpool. 

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Norwich City

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