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EPL Results Week 38: Premier League Scores and Top Scorers from Final Matchday

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Joe Hart of Manchester City celebrates with his team-mates at the end of 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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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

They've done it again—Manchester City are the Premier League champions after defeating West Ham on Sunday, 2-0.

SportsCenter on Twitter shared the news and captured this image of the celebration:

Manuel Pellegrini's men were worthy champions, leading the Premier League in both goals scored (102, one more than Liverpool) and goal differential (65). Though clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea spent more time atop the table than City did this season, the Citizens—as Arlo White of NBC said on the broadcast of their championship-winning game—"timed their run perfectly."

Indeed they did. Let's take a look at Sunday's results:

Premier League Matchday 38 Results
HomeScoreAway
Cardiff City1-2Chelsea
Fulham2-2Crystal Palace
Hull City0-2Everton
Liverpool2-1Newcastle United
Manchester City2-0West Ham United
Norwich City0-2Arsenal
Southampton1-1Manchester United
Sunderland1-3Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur3-0Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion1-2Stoke City
ESPN

And here are the day's top scorers:

Matchday 38 Top Scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Dwight GayleCrystal Palace2
Chris David Fulham1
Cauley WoodrowFulham1
Andre SchurrleChelsea1
Fernando TorresChelsea1
Craig BellamyCardiff City1
James McCarthyEverton1
Romelu LukakuEverton1
Daniel SturridgeLiverpool1
Daniel AggerLiverpool1
Vincent KompanyManchester City1
Samir NasriManchester City1
Aaron RamseyArsenal1
Carl JenkinsonArsenal1
Rickie LambertSouthampton1
Juan MataManchester United1
Fabio Borini Sunderland1
Nathan DyerSwansea City1
Marvin EmnesSwansea City1
Wilfried BonySwansea City1
Emmanuel AdebayorTottenham1
PaulinhoTottenham1
Stephane SessegnonWest Brom1
Gareth McAuleyStoke City1
Charlie AdamStoke City1
ESPN

Finally, here is the season's final table:

Premier League Table
POSTEAMPLDWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester City382756102376586
2Liverpool382666101505184
3Chelsea38257671274482
4Arsenal38247768412779
5Everton38219861392272
6Tottenham Hotspur38216115551469
7Manchester United381971264432164
8Southampton381511125446856
9Stoke City381311144552-750
10Newcastle United38154194359-1649
11Crystal Palace38136193348-1545
12Swansea City38119185454042
13West Ham United38117204051-1140
14Sunderland38108204160-1938
15Aston Villa38108203961-2238
16Hull City38107213853-1537
17West Bromwich Albion38715164359-1636
18Norwich City3889212862-3433
19Fulham3895244085-4532
20Cardiff City3879223274-4230
Sky Sports

What a season it was. Coming into the season, major clubs like Manchester United (David Moyes), Manchester City (Pellegrini) and Chelsea (Jose Mourinho) all had new managers. Huge talents were brought into the league, highlighted by Mesut Ozil joining Arsenal, while other talents departed, namely Gareth Bale going to Real Madrid. 

Liverpool provided some of the most exciting moments in the league this year and came up just short in the end. Luis Suarez (31) and Daniel Sturridge (21) led the Premier League in scoring, and Steven Gerrard had another excellent season. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool with his son Benjamin after the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool finish as runners-up in the Premier Lea
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Chelsea were many pundits' pick in the preseason to win the title, and they certainly looked the part for much of the season. Eden Hazard (14 goals, seven assists) continues his ascent toward being one of the top players in the world. 

Arsenal sat atop the table for much of this season, but injuries to key players—including Theo Walcott, who was lost for the year and will miss the World Cup—ultimately ruined their title hopes. Still, as they always do under Arsene Wenger, they will return to the Champions League next season. The club will also expect to compete for a title next season, as their 79 points this year were the most they've earned since 2007-08 (83).

Roberto Martinez's first campaign with Everton was a rousing success, as the Toffees finish fifth and qualified for the Europa League. Tottenham's season was far more rocky, but Spurs still finished sixth and will be headed back to Europe.

And then there was Manchester United, who went from winning the league title last year to finishing seventh this season. It was a horrid first campaign without Sir Alex Ferguson, and David Moyes was axed before it concluded. Not even the huge addition of Juan Mata in January from Chelsea could right the ship.

The beloved Ryan Giggs took over as manager, but his future remains uncertain, as he noted after the final game of the season, via Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe:

Finally, there will be disappointment for Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City, as all three were relegated. Sunday was a day to celebrate for some and one to lament for others. 

But all in all this year was quite brilliant, and depending on how the clubs approach the summer transfer period, up to seven teams could compete for a title next season.

Liverpool have re-established themselves as a national power. Chelsea are a striker away from being very hard to beat. A healthy Arsenal side might have won the title this year. Manchester United will surely be better. Everton took huge strides this year. Tottenham need stability at manager and a true star, but they have a lot of talent in place.

And of course, City are the defending champs, and they'll be tough to dethrone. So yes, this season was fantastic.

But next year might be even better.

 

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