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

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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On the heels of an action-packed opening week, the EPL season kicked into another gear on Matchday 2 with yet another entertaining slate of games.

The Premier League table is going to fluctuate a ton from week to week early in the campaign, and that was certainly the case Saturday. It is difficult to accurately say which teams are contenders and which are pretenders two weeks in, but they should start to separate themselves in the near future.

Here is a breakdown of the Matchday 2 scores and the EPL table, as well as a closer look at the most notable results of the day.

 

EPL Results

EPL Matchday 2 Results
Home TeamRoad TeamResult
Aston VillaNewcastle United0-0
ChelseaLeicester City2-0, Chelsea
Crystal PalaceWest Ham United3-1, West Ham
SouthamptonWest Bromwich Albion0-0
Swansea CityBurnley F.C.1-0, Swansea
EvertonArsenal2-2
TottenhamQueens Park Rangers4-0, Tottenham
Hull CityStoke City1-1
SunderlandManchester United1-1
Manchester CityLiverpool3-1, City
PremierLeague.com

 

EPL Table

EPL Standings After Week 2 Results
POSTEAMPLDWDLGDPTS
1Tottenham2200+56
2Chelsea2200+46
3Manchester City2200+46
4Swansea2200+26
5Arsenal2110+14
6Hull2110+14
7Aston Villa2110+14
8West Ham2101+13
9Liverpool2102-13
10Everton202002
11Sunderland202002
12West Bromwich Albion202002
13Manchester United2011-11
14Stoke2011-11
15Southampton2011-11
16Leicester2011-21
17Newcastle United2011-21
18Crystal Palace2002-30
19Burnley2002-30
20Queens Park Rangers2002-50
PremierLeague.com

 

Breaking Down Notable Results

Chelsea Take Down Leicester

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Diego Costa of Chelsea is mobbed by team mates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Pa
Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Chelsea proved once again why they are considered by many to be the EPL favorite this year with a 2-0 victory over Leicester City Saturday. The Blues gave the Stamford Bridge faithful a great result, and they remained atop the table in the process.

Although Chelsea dominated the match in terms of possession and shots by the time it concluded, they didn't look great in the first half. In fact, Leicester was just as menacing, as evidenced by this stat, courtesy of BBC Radio's Mike McCarthy:

As the Blues so often do, though, they turned it on in the second half. It started with a goal from striker Diego Costa in the 63rd minute, and Chelsea didn't look back from there. According to WhoScored.com, the addition of Costa has already paid dividends and given Chelsea a dimension they didn't have last year:

Eden Hazard eventually added an insurance marker in the 77th minute to make it 2-0, and that ended up being the final score. It was a solid victory for Chelsea, and one that manager Jose Mourinho had to be happy with.

Leading up to the match, he wasn't taking anything for granted against a hungry team like the Foxes, per Chelsea FC on Twitter:

The Blues have beaten teams they were supposed to beat through the first two weeks of the season, so the challenge moving forward will be to defeat the EPL's upper-tier squads.

 

West Ham Roll Past Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Carlton Cole of West Ham celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on August 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott He
Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Several teams have been pegged as potential breakout squads during the 2014-15 season, but West Ham United made a great case for that title Saturday with a 3-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace. The Hammers were relentless throughout the match, as they peppered goalkeeper Julian Speroni with eight shots on frame.

West Ham jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half when Mauro Zarate and Stewart Downing netted spectacular goals in the 34th and 37th minutes, respectively. Marouane Chamakh pulled the Eagles within one with a tally in the 48th minute, but Carlton Cole put it away for good in the 62nd minute when he scored West Ham's third goal of the match.

According to OptaJoe, the Hammers' offensive outburst on the road essentially came from out of nowhere:

The bulk of West Ham's squad looked great against Crystal Palace, but Dan Silver of The Sun was especially impressed with midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate:

He was all over the place throughout the match and had a great assist on Downing's goal. He seems like a good fit for West Ham's free-wheeling style, and it will be interesting to see if they can keep this up all season long.

Even if the Hammers are nothing more than a mid-table team, they should at least be exciting to watch.

 

Swansea Outlast Burnley

Scott Heppell/Associated Press

It is still incredibly early in the season, but Swansea City are even with Chelsea atop the EPL standings with six points after a 2-1 win over Burnley F.C. Saturday. The Swans pulled off a shocking upset last week by defeating Manchester City on the road, and they managed to maintain the momentum with a home triumph on Matchday 2.

Midfielder Nathan Dyer put Swansea City on top in the 23rd minute, and that was the extent of the scoring. Swansea didn't necessarily dominate that match, but they were never threatened or tested, which is a testament to their preparation.

BBC's Jason Roberts was extremely complimentary of the way Swans manager Garry Monk utilized his talent throughout Saturday's tilt:

It is difficult to fathom Swansea being among the elite teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, but perhaps they will prove worthy of entering that conversation. It wouldn't be fair to judge them based on two wins, though, just like it wouldn't be right to judge a team after two losses.

With that said, the Swans are clearly much improved from last season, and they are playing great football in the early going. Watching their progress over the course of the season could be one of the most intriguing storylines of the entire Premier League campaign.

 

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