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

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EPL Table: 2016 Week 20 Top Scorers After Sunday's Premier League Scores
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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 Palace 0-3 Chelsea
Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

BBC Sport

The current Premier League standings:

Premier League Standings
Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Arsenal 20 13 3 4 34 18 +16 42
2 Leicester 20 11 7 2 37 25 +12 40
3 Manchester City 20 12 3 5 39 21 +18 39
4 Tottenham 20 9 9 2 34 16 +18 36
5 Manchester United 20 9 6 5 24 17 +7 33
6 West Ham 20 8 8 4 30 23 +7 32
7 Crystal Palace 20 9 4 7 23 19 +4 31
8 Liverpool 20 8 6 6 22 24 -2 30
9 Watford 20 8 5 7 25 22 +3 29
10 Stoke 20 8 5 7 21 21 0 29
11 Everton 20 6 9 5 36 29 +7 27
12 West Bromwich Albion 20 7 5 8 20 25 -5 26
13 Southampton 20 6 6 8 26 24 +2 24
14 Chelsea 20 6 5 9 26 29 -3 23
15 Norwich 20 6 5 9 23 32 -9 23
16 Bournemouth 20 5 6 9 22 34 -12 21
17 Swansea 20 4 7 9 17 26 -9 19
18 Newcastle United 20 4 5 11 19 35 -16 17
19 Sunderland 20 4 3 13 22 39 -17 15
20 Aston Villa 20 1 5 14 16 37 -21 8

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

EPL Top Scorers
Pos Player Team Goals
1 Romelu Lukaku Everton 15
1 Jamie Vardy Leicester 15
3 Odion Ighalo Watford 14
4 Riyad Mahrez Leicester 13
5 Harry Kane Spurs 11
6 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 10
7 Sergio Aguero Man. City 8
8 Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle 7
8 Marko Arnautovic Stoke 7
10 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 6

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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.

 

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