Premier League Week 38 Table: EPL Standings Heading into Last Week of the Season

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIMay 3, 2014

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, right, celebrates with teammate James Milner after scoring the second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Saturday May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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The races are heating up in the Premier League table, at both ends of the spectrum. There is only one week left in the EPL season, so all the points, results and goals are amplified. Here are Saturday’s results and the lay of the land after the action, followed by some of the most important takeaways from the first slate of weekend games.

EPL Results
HomeScoreAway
West Ham United2-0Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City0-1Southampton
Stoke City4-1Fulham
Newcastle United3-0Cardiff City
Manchester United0-1Sunderland
Aston Villa3-1Hull City
Everton2-3Manchester City
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EPL Table
POS.TEAMGPWDLGDPTS
1Manchester City362556+5980
2Liverpool362556+5080
3Chelsea362466+4378
4Arsenal362277+2473
5Everton372098+2069
6Tottenham Hotspur3720611+166
7Manchester United3618612+1960
8Southampton37151012+855
9Newcastle United3715418-1549
10Stoke City37121114-847
11Crystal Palace3613419-1543
12West Ham United3711719-940
13Swansea City3710918-239
14Aston Villa3610818-1538
15Hull City3610719-1137
16West Bromwich Albion3571513-1236
17Sunderland369819-1935
18Norwich City368820-3232
19Fulham379424-4531
20Cardiff City377921-4130
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Key Storylines

Cardiff City and Fulham Are Relegated

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Both teams still have one game to play, but they will be only for honor and pride as the points—much like Whose Line Is It Anyway?—just don’t matter. Unfortunately, both sides received their fate away from home, and both were handily beaten by a combined score of 7-1.

Sadly, both teams also looked defeated from the outset. Fulham manager Felix Magath faced relegation for the first time in his managerial career, and his words said it all, via PremierLeague.com:

I've never been relegated until today. I feel very sad. I have to apologise for not managing the situation. The club asked me to come - I tried.

At the end it was better than before but not good enough. Regarding today, the only thing I can imagine there was too much pressure for the players. There was no reason for that performance - it's the worst game since I've been here. I didn't expect it. We were fighting against relegation. I told the team, today was a great chance but we never took the chance.

 

Sunderland Stave Off Relegation

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Lee Cattermole of Sunderland celebrates following his team's 1-0 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on May 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Cli
Clive Mason/Getty Images

The Black Cats seems like an appropriate nickname for this Sunderland side because they seem to have nine lives and refuse to die. They walked into Old Trafford and left with a one-goal victory that lifted them out of the relegation zone—if only for this week.

They certainly aren’t in the clear sitting only three points clear with two games remaining, but the remaining schedule seems to be in their favor—especially compared to that of Norwich City, who occupy the last relegation spot.

 

Historic Title Race

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea marshalls Raheem Sterling of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Make sure you are appreciating the gravity of this year’s title race—it’s rare that it’s still so wide open this late into the season. Paul Hayward of The Telegraph elaborates on that fact:

At Christmas eight teams were within range of the 2013-14 Premier League trophy. With eight days left there are still three. The lead has changed 22 times. Thirty-three campaigns have passed since the top three were so close at this point in the cycle.

Only in 1999 and 2008 were three teams mathematically still in the race with two/three games to go. Mourinho said back in the Christmas period: ‘It is a unique situation, an unbelievable championship because we are all there.’ The spirit of that declaration still holds true.

Manchester City took control of the race with their 3-2 win over Everton. Thanks to a superior goal difference, they will lift the trophy if they can win their next two matches. Liverpool are tied with them on points, however, and will be ready to pound if City slips up.

Chelsea need a lot of help in the form of losses from both of the teams ahead of them, but this season has seen so many shocking results that it seems unwise to write off Jose Mourinho’s men while they still have a chance—regardless of how slim it is.

The one thing we do know is that you don’t want to miss any of the remaining action as the three sides battle for Premier League glory.