Premier League Table 2014 Week 38: Final EPL Standings Following Matchday 38

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Samir Nasri of Manchester City celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Pablo Zabaleta (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City are the new English Premier League champions after a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the final day of the season.

The club entered the day with a two-point lead over Liverpool on top of the table and likely only needed a draw to secure the top spot due to its advantage in goal differential. They were able to do more than that by earning a victory to ensure they bring home the title for the second time in three years.

Meanwhile, Liverpool fell just short despite a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.

Here is a final look at the EPL table following the action on Sunday:

2014 English Premier League Final Table
Pos.ClubPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester City38275610237+6586
2Liverpool38266610150+5184
3Chelsea3825767127+4482
4Arsenal3824776841+2779
5Everton3821986139+2272
6Tottenham38216115551+469
7Manchester United38197126443+2164
8Southampton381511125446+856
9Stoke381311144552-750
10Newcastle United38154194359-1649
11Crystal Palace38136193348-1545
12Swansea38119185454042
13West Ham38117204051-1140
14Sunderland38108204160-1938
15Aston Villa38108203961-2238
16Hull38107213853-1537
17West Bromwich Albion38715164359-1636
18Norwich3889212862-3433
19Fulham3895244085-4532
20Cardiff3879223274-4230
via PremierLeague.com
Matchday 38 Results
HomeScoreAway
Cardiff1-2Chelsea
Fulham2-2Crystal Palace
Hull0-2Everton
Liverpool2-1Newcastle
Sunderland1-3Swansea
Manchester City2-0West Ham
Tottenham3-0Aston Villa
Norwich0-2Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion1-2Stoke
Southampton1-1Manchester United
via WhoScored.com

Manchester City had the advantage for much of the first half at Etihad Stadium, but it took a long time to break through on the scoresheet. Finally, Samir Nasri was able to give his side the lead on a screamer, as described by BBC Sport:

This caused the home fans to go crazy as they knew their club was in great shape going forward. Oliver Kay of The Times noted that this virtually ended the race for a title:

City continued to press the action in the second half when Vincent Kompany scored in the 49th minute. At this point, even the club's Twitter account felt the victory coming:

The home team was able to hold onto this score to become Premier League champions. Bleacher Report UK was able to capture the scene at Etihad Stadium immediately following the final whistle:

There was not quite as joyous of an atmosphere at Anfield. Liverpool struggled early on against Newcastle United, but got two quick goals to take the lead:

Unfortunately, the win was not enough to catch the leaders and they will end the year with a very respectable second-place finish.

Of course, the Reds truly gave up their chance at the title over the past few weeks. A home loss to Chelsea was followed by an epic collapse against Crystal Palace. They had a 3-0 lead but ended up leaving with a 3-3 draw, costing the club an important two points.

Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Chelsea will finish in third place with a come-from-behind win over Cardiff that actually had little effect on the standings.

Arsenal earned a spot in Champions League before the day started as well but will close the year with a 2-0 win over Norwich.

While UCL is a big prize for EPL clubs, the battle for spots in the Europa League was more interesting than usual due to the clubs involved. Everton had clinched one spot, but Tottenham and Manchester United were fighting for the other.

United interim manager Ryan Giggs noted that he was going to try hard for a spot in the continental tournament, via Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail:

It is a consideration with my team selection as I want to be in Europe. I think United should be in Europe. Obviously everyone wants to be in the Champions League but with the squad we have got it would be good if we were in Europe. [...]

It could be beneficial if we were in the competition. It could bring on players or give people games where they need it. I played in Europe at 17 and 18 and it helped me as it was a different experience. It definitely brings you along quicker.

Unfortunately for the big club, Tottenham were not going to give up their spot as they were able to win 3-0 over Aston Villa. Then again, Rob Harris of the Associated Press thinks this is a good thing:

Still, it will be strange to see Manchester United not competing in any European competition next season.

Then again, this is nowhere near the disappointment of Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff. All three clubs will officially be relegated to Championship next season after finishing in the bottom three spots in the league table.

They will all hope not to be down there for long before coming back to the top-flight league.

None of this should take away the spotlight from Manchester City. The club completed an excellent season that featured an incredible offense with 102 goals scored and two trophies, including the League Cup.

With a roster full of talented young players and money to spend on transfers in the summer, you can imagine this squad will be a favourite to win the title again next season.

If things go according to plan and they are able to avoid injuries, a Champions League title may not be out of the question going forward.

 

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