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EPL Results Week 2: Premier League Scores, Top Scorers and 2014 Table Tracker

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, center, celebrates his goal against Leicester City with teammates during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

The English Premier League came back in full force last week, bringing with it all the excitement associated with the start of a new season. Week 2, however, got rid of all the warm feelings and allowed clubs to start making a case as the best in the world. 

Week 2 got started with Aston Villa and Newcastle United battling to a scoreless draw. While not exactly the ideal result for either club, the Lions were able to get points for the second consecutive week. 

With a close, competitive field still jockeying for position, one point can make all the difference when you look back on the standings at the end of the year. Here is an updated look at the standings, scores and top scorers from the second week of EPL action. 

English Premier League Standings Table
Pos.ClubGPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Tottenham220050+56
2Chelsea220051+46
3Manchester City220051+46
4Swansea220031+26
5Arsenal211043+14
6Hull211021+14
7Aston Villa211010+14
8West Ham210132+13
9Liverpool210134-13
10Everton20204402
11Sunderland20203302
12West Bromwich Albion20202202
13Manchester United201123-11
14Stoke201112-11
15Southampton201112-11
16Leicester201124-21
17Newcastle United201102-21
18Crystal Palace200225-30
19Burnley200214-30
20Queens Park Rangers200205-50
WhoScored.com
EPL Matchday 2 Results
DateHomeScore/Time (BST)Away
August 23Aston Villa0-0Newcastle
August 23Chelsea2-0Leicester City
August 23Swansea City1-0Burnley FC
August 23Crystal Palace1-3West Ham
August 23Southampton0-0West Brom
August 23Everton2-2Arsenal
August 24Hull City1-1Stoke
August 24Tottenham4-0Queens Park Rangers
August 24Sunderland1-1Manchester United
August 25Manchester City3-1Liverpool
WhoScored.com
EPL Matchday 2 Top Scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Nacer ChadliTottenham2
Stevan JoveticManchester City2
Mauro ZarateWest Ham1
Stewart DowningWest Ham1
Carlton ColeWest Ham1
Marouane ChamakhCrystal Palace1
Eden HazardChelsea1
Diego CostaChelsea1
Nathan DyerSwansea City1
Seamus ColemanEverton1
Steven NaismithEverton1
Olivier GiroudArsenal1
Aaron RamseyArsenal1
Eric DierTottenham1
Emmanuel AdebayorTottenham1
Nikica JelavicHull City1
Ryan ShawcrossStoke City1
Juan MataManchester United1
Sergio AgueroManchester City1
Jack RodwellSunderland1
WhoScored.com

After finishing four points behind Manchester City in last year's Premier League standings, Chelsea is off to a fast start this year with two wins in two matches. 

While the Blues have yet to get into the difficult part of their schedule, defeating Leicester City on Saturday, being able to take care of the clubs you are supposed to beat is critical to taking that next step. 

It's even more entertaining when your best players are taking care of business. Chelsea got a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in the second half, via SportsCenter on Twitter: 

Hazard, in particular, was brilliant for Chelsea. In addition to his goal, the 23-year-old was creating opportunities for his teammates, as you can see in this graphic from Squawka Football on Twitter:

When you have that kind of efficiency from Hazard, it's difficult enough to stop Chelsea. Throw Costa's contributions into the mix, which OptaJoe points out have been perfect thus far, the Blues are going to be impossible to stop.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was very complimentary of the job Leicester City did, especially in the first half, via Frank Lampard UK:

With Leicester City in the rear-view mirror, Chelsea can move ahead to next week's matchup against Everton. The two clubs played a fantastic match last February, won by Chelsea, 1-0, thanks to an injury-time goal from John Terry. 

Joining Chelsea atop the very early EPL standings is Swansea thanks to its 1-0 victory over Burnley. The lone goal was courtesy of Nathan Dyer in the 23rd minute following a beautiful assist from Gylfi Sigurdsson, via the Premier League's official Twitter:

Swansea is in an interesting spot this year. It vastly underperformed during the 2013-14 season, with just 42 points and a 12th-place finish. Yet the numbers didn't totally back up that poor finish. 

The Jacks had an even goal differential with 54 for and 54 against, yet everyone else in the lower half of the standings had a goal differential of at least minus-11. Tottenham was the worst team in the top 10 with a plus-four goal differential. 

Scoring has been the biggest problem for Swansea, and that hasn't corrected itself thus far with three goals in two matches. As long as the club can get out ahead early and play the kind of defense it has thus far, a better finish is easy to imagine. 

One thing that is always important to remember is not getting too high or low based on early-season results. All the matches count in the standings, of course, but you can't win or lose a title two games into the season. 

The separation isn't starting to show yet, though Chelsea certainly looks to be making an early statement to Manchester City and Liverpool. 

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