EPL Table Week 2: Latest Results, Scores and 2014 Premier League Standings

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The opening weekend of EPL play kicked off in shocking fashion, signaling that the 2014-15 Premier League campaign could be as unpredictable as ever.

Every club has a long season ahead of them and plenty of time to move toward the top of the table, but there is no question that some teams are feeling a lot better than others with their first match officially in the books.

The standings promise to change rapidly on a weekly basis throughout the early part of the season, but here is a look at where every club currently stands, as well as a breakdown of some of Saturday's more significant results.


Matchday 1 Results

EPL Matchday 1 Results
Home TeamRoad TeamResult
Manchester UnitedSwansea City2-1 Swansea City
Leicester CityEverton2-2
Queens Park RangersHull City1-0 Hull City
Stoke CityAston Villa1-0 Aston Villa
West Bromwich AlbionSunderland2-2
West Ham UnitedTottenham1-0 Tottenham
ArsenalCrystal Palace2-1 Arsenal
LiverpoolSouthampton2-1 Liverpool
NewcastleManchester City2-0 City
BurnleyChelsea3-1 Chelsea


Current EPL Table

EPL Standings
2Manchester City110023
5Swansea City110013
6Aston Villa110013
7Hull City110013
8Tottenham Hotspur110013
10Leicester City101001
12West Bromwich Albion101001
13Crystal Palace1001-10
14Manchester United1001-10
16Queens Park Rangers1001-10
17Stoke City1001-10
18West Ham United1001-10
20Newcastle United1001-20


Breaking Down Most Intriguing Results

Swansea Shocks Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal speaks with Assistant Ryan Giggs (L) prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England
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After sacking David Moyes at the tail-end of last season and bringing in Louis van Gaal as manager, things were expected to be different for Manchester United this time around. They finished a disappointing seventh last year, but most prognosticators had them pegged to rebound to the tune of a top-four finish at the very least.

Perhaps that will still happen, but the Red Devils didn't inspire much confidence Saturday in a 2-1 losing effort to Swansea City. The Swans were a mid-table team last year, and while it is conceivable that they have improved, Man Utd will undoubtedly receive a great deal of criticism.

Van Gaal's tenure couldn't have gotten off to a much worse start, and he is well aware of that, according to Nicholas Mendola of NBC's Pro Soccer Talk.

"We have built up a lot of confidence (in preseason) and it shall be smashed down because of this result," Van Gaal said. "It's disappointing for the fans, for the players and also for me. It's a very bad day for us."

Swansea were massive underdogs, and they were well aware that few expected them to upset United at Old Trafford, per Rob Harris of The Associated Press:

As big as this win is for Swansea, the talk will focus largely on Manchester United's shortcomings. ESPN's Ian Darke accurately points out that this loss is a huge step in the wrong direction as the Red Devils look to put last season behind them:

United have a great deal of talent and Van Gaal has proven to be an excellent manager, so this one match doesn't necessarily indicate the trajectory of Man Utd's upcoming season.

It is eerily similar to some of the losses they suffered last year, though, which means they will be very much under the microscope moving forward.


Leicester Enjoy Successful EPL Return

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Chris Wood of Leicester City celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at the King Power Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Gett
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Leicester City played their first EPL match since the 2003-04 season Saturday, and they shocked Everton with a late goal to earn a 2-2 draw. The Toffees are in search of an elusive top-four finish this year after a fifth-place result in 2013-14, and their pursuit didn't get off to an ideal start.

Everton's greatest strengths were quite apparent during much of Saturday's match, as they were on the attack throughout. In fact, Everton's first goal of the season may prove to be their best, as winger Aiden McGeady put this gorgeous, curling strike past Kasper Schmeichel to go up 1-0, per Footy Vines:

The Toffees' leaky defense allowed Leicester to equalize two minutes later when Leonardo Ulloa scored, but Everton answered at the end of the first half with Steve Naismith putting them ahead.

Leicester did their best to get back into the mix, but they simply couldn't get the ball away from Everton for most of the second half. According to Greg O'Keeffe of Liverpool Echo, the Toffees essentially rendered the Foxes moot:

Just when it seemed as though a loss was certain, Leicester received a stroke of luck when a defended ball bounced to a wide open Chris Wood, who beat goalkeeper Tim Howard to level the match, per Premier League on Twitter:

The competition will get tougher for Everton as the season progresses, so coming away with only a draw may be disheartening for their fans. They can take solace in the fact that the Toffees dominated the match, though, and probably would have won on almost any other day.

This is a great result for the Foxes, but also one they were fortunate to escape with.


Tottenham Steals Win Over West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16: Eric Dier of Spurs turns away to celebrate after scoring the match winning goal past Adrian of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014
Julian Finney/Getty Images

All signs pointed toward Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United playing to a scoreless draw to open their respective EPL seasons, but Spurs were able to secure a huge road victory thanks to a stoppage-time goal from defender Eric Dier, according to SportsCenter:

Despite being viewed as a potential top-four team this season, Tottenham didn't separate themselves from the Hammers for the bulk of the match. Tottenham had a slight possession advantage, but West Ham had eight more shots toward goal and looked the more dangerous side at various points.

The score at the end of the match is all that matters, though, which means Saturday's tie was a rousing success for Spurs. This particular win also means that Tottenham were able to carry over the momentum they built up at the end of last season, per OptaJoe:

Tottenham will have to be much better, and they will need to show a more consistent attack in order to compete with the big boys moving forward. With that said, good teams find ways to win despite not playing their best. That is precisely what Spurs did against West Ham, and that is certainly a good sign.


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