Barclays Premier League Table: Updated 2014 EPL Outlook After Week 2 Results

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

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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The English Premier League has returned with a vengeance in 2014-15, as Week 2 brought fans plenty of goals, upsets and controversy during Saturday's slate of fixtures.

Title favourites Chelsea did what they had to do, beating newly promoted Leicester City 2-0. Swansea City continued their fine form with a 1-0 win over Burnley. The Blues and the Swans currently lead the Premier League standings ahead of Sunday's matches.

The full Premier League table, after six of Week 2's 10 fixtures:

EPL Standings: Week 2
2Swansea City22003126
4Aston Villa21101014
5Manchester City11002023
6West Ham United21013213
8Hull City11001013
8Tottenham Hotspur11001013
11West Bromwich Albion20202202
14Leicester City201124-21
15Newcastle United201102-21
16Manchester United100112-10
17Queens Park Rangers100101-10
17Stoke City100101-10
19Crystal Palace200225-30
EPL Schedule: Week 2
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 City1:30 p.m.Stoke
August 24Tottenham1:30 p.m.Queens Park Rangers
August 24Sunderland4 p.m.Manchester United
August 25Manchester City8 p.m.Liverpool

Chelsea's biggest weakness during the 2013-14 campaign was a lack of consistent production from the team's attackers, and if the Blues' early showings this season are any indication, manger Jose Mourinho solved that problem—and then some.

Leicester City gave Chelsea everything they had, and although the Blues never seemed to get into a nice rhythm, they got goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard to give them a routine win against the Premier League newcomers.

As shared by Frank Lampard UK, Mourinho wasn't happy with his team's performance in the first half, as the Blues seemed to lack pace in their game and nearly ran into several sharp counters from the visitors:

The Blues didn't play well but still came away with a 2-0 win, avoiding any bookings. This is what top teams do. Not every week can be filled with fireworks and world-class performances, but as long as the team keeps winning, they'll remain in the Premier League driver's seat.

Hazard was the top performer for the hosts, as the Belgian has clearly moved on from a disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup. Per Squawka, his numbers were truly phenomenal:

The Blues will take on Everton in Week 3, who once again squandered a lead to record their second consecutive 2-2 draw, this time against Arsenal.

Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith had given the hosts the lead in the first half, but a late rally from the Gunners made sure they wouldn't be going home empty-handed, with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud netting for the visitors.

Arsenal have now twice showed a ton of resiliency late in matches, a good sign this early in the season. The flanks have struggled to contain advancing full-backs, however, and manager Arsene Wenger will need to get that issue sorted before the end of the transfer window.

Nathan Dyer scored early for Swansea, helping the Swans get past a feisty Burnley side. The Welsh outfit continue their perfect start, and as shared by OptaJoe, former Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has played a large part in the team's success:

West Ham United recorded an entertaining 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, pushing the Eagles back into a crisis that seemed to have been averted following their promising performance against Arsenal.

Mauro Zarate, Stuart Downing and Carlton Cole scored for the visitors, with Marouane Chamakh briefly restoring hope for Palace early in the second half.

Football Funnys couldn't help themselves:

Three more matches will be played on Sunday, as Manchester United will attempt to avoid a nightmare start when they visit Sunderland.

Fans will be eagerly anticipating Monday's clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, however, as the defending champions will host their main title challengers from last year.

Both clubs showed signs of rust in the first week of Premier League action but still came away with easy wins, and Monday's tie promises a lot of attacking football from two of the league's most exciting teams.


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