EPL Table: 2016 Week 20 Top Scorers After Sunday's Premier League Scores

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2016

Chelsea's Oscar, front left, hugs Diego Costa, centre, and, Pedro, right, as he celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park stadium in London, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw during Sunday's Week 20 Premier League action, as two of the league's top young scorers failed to build on their impressive tallies.

Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane both produced fine performances and came close to scoring, but ultimately, they couldn't make the difference as Dele Alli cancelled out Aaron Lennon.

Chelsea marched to an easy 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, starting the new year in impressive fashion. Here's a look at Sunday's results:

Sunday's Premier League Results
Crystal Palace0-3Chelsea
Everton1-1Tottenham Hotspur
BBC Sport

The current Premier League standings:

Premier League Standings
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Arsenal2013343418+1642
2Leicester2011723725+1240
3Manchester City2012353921+1839
4Tottenham209923416+1836
5Manchester United209652417+733
6West Ham208843023+732
7Crystal Palace209472319+431
8Liverpool208662224-230
9Watford208572522+329
10Stoke208572121029
11Everton206953629+727
12West Bromwich Albion207582025-526
13Southampton206682624+224
14Chelsea206592629-323
15Norwich206592332-923
16Bournemouth205692234-1221
17Swansea204791726-919
18Newcastle United2045111935-1617
19Sunderland2043132239-1715
20Aston Villa2015141637-218
BBC Sport

The top scorer's list after Sunday's action:

EPL Top Scorers
PosPlayerTeamGoals
1Romelu LukakuEverton15
1Jamie VardyLeicester15
3Odion IghaloWatford14
4Riyad MahrezLeicester13
5Harry KaneSpurs11
6Olivier GiroudArsenal10
7Sergio AgueroMan. City8
8Georginio WijnaldumNewcastle7
8Marko ArnautovicStoke7
10Alexis SanchezArsenal6
BBC Sport

 

Recap

Fans of high-scoring matches probably tuned in to Sunday's clash between Everton and Tottenham expecting big things, given the fantastic form Lukaku and Kane have found themselves in this season, per NBC Sports:

Defence ruled the day, however, as both teams managed just a single goal.

Kane came close to adding to his tally within the first 10 minutes, smashing a fantastic drive from long range off the post. But it was Everton who took the lead after 22 minutes, with Lukaku setting up Lennon.

Per WhoScored.com, the Belgian has already handed out a remarkable amount of assists for a striker:

Alli pulled his team level moments before half-time, capping off a great first half for the youngster, and both teams had their chances to take the lead in the second half. Gerard Deulofeu's cross missed Lukaku's head by inches, and Alli wanted a penalty after a rough challenge inside the box.

There were no more goals to be found, however, as the match ended 1-1.

Diego Costa had a great start to the new year, scoring once and putting together a fine performance in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Spaniard was one of the Blues' most disappointing players during the first half of the season, but judging by his showing on Sunday, he seems ready for a resurgence under interim manager Guus Hiddink.

As shared by Squawka Football, Costa seems to be loving life under Hiddink:

The 27-year-old set up Oscar for the opening goal, cutting the ball back to the Brazilian to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Willian made it 2-0 with a spectacular strike, before Costa added a third goal, cleverly following a cross from Willian and anticipating goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey's push of the ball.

Willian deserves a ton of credit for his fine showing, but Costa should soak up all the headlines. The striker was active from the opening minute and worked harder than arguably anyone else on the pitch, to the delight of Henry Winter of the Times:

As shared by Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC, Hiddink was happy to see him focus more on football than picking fights―although he can't guarantee it will last:

Costa's physical style of play and aggressive demeanor are part of what make him special, but he's at his best when he uses those traits as secondary assets and focuses on scoring goals.

The Blues need him at his best to have any chance of going on a run of results. Qualification for the Europa League is still a possibility, but they will have to play at the level that won them the Premier League title last season.