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EPL Table: Latest Week 3 Results, Scores and 2014 Premier League Standings

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  Angel di Maria of Manchester United runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on August 30, 2014 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

The 2014-15 EPL season is still young, but there have already been enough wild and unpredictable matches to fill the quota for an entire campaign.

That trend continued Saturday, as there were several surprising results that had a major impact on the Premier League table. The current standings are likely to look much different when the season reaches its conclusion in several months, but it is interesting to assess regardless.

With that said, here is a look at all of the results from Matchday 3 thus far, as well as a full rundown of the current EPL table.

 

EPL Results

EPL Matchday 3 Results
Home TeamRoad TeamResult
Burnley F.C.Manchester United0-0
Manchester CityStoke City1-0, Stoke
Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace3-3
Queens Park RangersSunderland A.F.C.1-0, QPR
Swansea CityWest Bromwich Albion3-0, Swansea
West Ham UnitedSouthampton FC3-1, Southampton
EvertonChelsea6-3, Chelsea
Hull CityAston Villa2-1, Aston Villa
LiverpoolTottenham3-0, Liverpool
ArsenalLeicester City1-1
PremierLeague.com

 

EPL Table

EPL Standings After Week 3 Results
POSTEAMPLDWDLGDPTS
1Chelsea330079
2Swansea City330059
3Aston Villa321027
4Manchester City320136
5Liverpool320126
6Tottenham320126
7Arsenal312015
8Southampton311114
9Hull City311104
10Stoke City311104
11West Ham3102-13
12Queens Park Rangers3102-43
13Sunderland3021-12
14Manchester United3021-12
15Leicester City3021-22
16Newcastle United3021-22
17Everton3021-32
18West Brom3021-32
19Crystal Palace3012-31
20Burnley FC3012-31
PremierLeague.com

 

Breaking Down Notable Results

Stoke City Shock Manchester City

On the heels of winning the Premier League title last season, many are expecting Manchester City to repeat. Their defense hit a major snag Saturday, however, as they were shocked at home by unheralded Stoke City 1-0.

The Citizens dominated statistically with 73 percent of the possession, but they were unable to beat Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. In the end, Stoke picked up the unlikeliest of victories, per SportsCenter:

The difference was a 58th-minute goal by Stoke City forward Mame Biram Diouf. That marker shocked the home faithful at the Etihad Stadium, and it was with good reason.

According to WhoScored.com, Diouf made Stoke City history by ending their goalscoring futility as visitors against Manchester City.

The Sky Blues won each of their first two matches, and another win Saturday would have kept them atop the table. Instead, they find themselves three points off the pace. Manchester City are most definitely talented enough to bounce back from this loss, but these are the types of matches that they can't afford to lose regularly.

As for Stoke, they are now 1-1-1 through three contests, and this win figures to give them a ton of confidence moving forward. If they can keep this up, then they may prove to be a mid-table team or possibly even better.

 

Manchester United Remain Winless

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  Assistant Ryan Giggs of Manchester United and Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on August 30, 2014 in Burnley, Eng
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Manchester United entered the 2014-15 season with hopes of putting a nightmarish campaign behind them. Things couldn't have gotten off to a worse start with a Matchday 1 loss to Swansea City, though, and there hasn't been much improvement since then either.

The Red Devils faced a Burnley team pegged as a top relegation candidate Saturday, but they remained unable to tally a victory. United played the home side to a disappointing 0-0 draw, which clouded the debut of new acquisition Angel Di Maria.

Di Maria showed flashes of brilliance throughout the match, but his day ended early when he was removed by manager Louis Van Gaal in the 70th minute. There was some concern that he was injured, but Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph is reporting that it was simply precautionary:

As encouraging as that is, United's play is exactly the opposite. The uninspiring draw makes the side look even worse on the heels of Van Gaal's comments prior to the match, per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail:

"We can be the champions still in England now, in my first year," Van Gaal said. "Maybe you shall laugh, but also in my former clubs I have started like this, so for me it's not big news or different, because I have already said that."

The Red Devils have a great deal of talent, but it didn't jell last year and it hasn't meshed through three matches this season either. Perhaps they simply need more time, but the fans at Old Trafford are getting restless.

 

Swansea City Continue to Roll

There has been no more pleasant surprise in the EPL so far this season than Swansea City. Swans surprised Manchester United in the opening week, but they have proven that they are far more than flash in the pan over the ensuing weeks. In fact, Swansea had their best performance to date Saturday in a 3-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion.

Swansea struck right off the bat as midfielder Nathan Dyer scored in the second minute. They didn't look back from there with Wayne Routledge scoring in the 24th minute and Dyer netting another in the 71st.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson assisted on both of Dyer's goals, and he has unquestionably been Swansea's most valuable player after a trio of tilts. The 24-year-old Icelander now has four assists this season, which matches what he did during his entire tenure at Tottenham, according to OptaJoe:

It is unclear if Sigurdsson and the Swans will be able to maintain this pace, but they are definitely worth watching moving forward. The true test will come when Swansea have to face some of the EPL's elite teams, however, they are in that discussion currently.

There always seems to be one club that obliterates expectations and finishes much higher than originally thought. Perhaps Swansea are that team in 2014-15.

 

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