Premier League Table: 2016 Standings, Week 23 Fixtures After Week 22 Results

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 18:  Ashley Williams of Swansea City celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Watford at the Liberty Stadium on January 18, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Sports Photo Agency)
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Swansea City beat Watford 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium to move back out of the relegation zone in the Premier League on Monday.

Ashley Williams opened the scoring midway through the first half, and his strike proved decisive in a game of few chances.

After an energetic start, the two sides produced a fairly tedious encounter as Watford failed to trouble their hosts, who were largely content to sit back on their lead.

Over the weekend, Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 in a smash-and-grab win at Anfield, while a goalless draw with Stoke City was enough for Arsenal to retain their position at the top of the league thanks to Leicester City's stalemate with Aston Villa.

Read on for further details of Swansea's win over Watford and the rest of the weekend's action, as well as the final standings after Week 22 and the fixtures to look forward to in Week 23.

Premier League Matchday 22 Results
Saturday, Jan. 16
Newcastle2-1West Ham
Manchester City4-0Crystal Palace
Bournemouth3-0Norwich City
Aston Villa1-1Leicester City
Southampton3-0West Brom
Sunday, Jan. 17
Liverpool0-1Manchester United
Stoke City0-0Arsenal
Monday, Jan. 18
Swansea City1-0Watford
BBC Sport
Premier League Table
3Manchester City2213454321+2243
5Manchester United2210752820+837
6West Ham229853426+835
8Crystal Palace229492324-131
13West Bromwich Albion227692230-827
18Newcastle United2256112439-1521
20Aston Villa2226141838-2012
Premier League Week 23 Fixtures
Saturday, Jan. 2312:45 p.m. GMTNorwich City vs. Liverpool
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTCrystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTLeicester City vs. Stoke City
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTManchester United vs. Southampton
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTSunderland vs. Bournemouth
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTWatford vs. Newcastle United
Saturday, Jan. 233 p.m. GMTWest Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa
Saturday, Jan. 235:30 p.m. GMTWest Ham United vs. Manchester City
Sunday, Jan. 241:30 p.m. GMTEverton vs. Swansea City
Sunday, Jan. 244 p.m. GMTArsenal vs. Chelsea
BBC Sport


Week 22 Recap

There was an electric start to the match at the Liberty as both teams began at frantic pace, the ball quickly shifted from end to end, though the hosts looked far more threatening than the visitors as they pushed forward in numbers.

Swansea took a deserved lead in the 27th minute when Ashley Williams headed home Ki Sung-Yueng's cross following a corner.

As Squawka Football pointed out, the Swans haven't often been the first to break the deadlock in the Premier League this season, but as Sky Sports Statto revealed, in doing so the omens looked good for them:

The Hornets improved in the wake of the setback, and Jose Jurado forced a save from Lukasz Fabianski shortly before the break.

Watford continued to improve after half-time and put more pressure on the hosts but struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the match.

Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (L) challenges Swansea City's English midfielder Leon Britton (R) during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Watford at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on January 18, 2016.

The visitors were arguably unlucky not to earn a late penalty when Williams grappled with Odion Ighalo in the penalty area, but referee Michael Oliver waved away their protests.

Bafetimbi Gomis hit the post in injury time, but Watford remained unable to punish Swansea's failure to kill off the game. Quique Sanchez Florez's side have now lost four consecutive games in the league, while Swansea move back out of the relegation zone.

As in their previous encounter this season, Manchester United's clash with Liverpool left much to be desired for the neutral.

The Red Devils were poor throughout while Liverpool had much the better chances, but with the Reds unable to take any of them, there was relatively little excitement to be had.

United were able to punish Liverpool's profligacy, though, when Wayne Rooney smashed home a half-volley from close range after Marouane Fellaini's header rebounded off the bar. Football writer Liam Canning ran the rule over both sides:

The single goal was more than Arsenal and Stoke could muster, though, as they played out a bore draw at the Britannia Stadium with chances proving few and far between.

Two of the best chances fell to Olivier Giroud, but twice the Frenchman was denied by the excellent Jack Butland.

Chelsea's showdown with Everton offered enough thrills to make up for both of Sunday's games. A John Terry own goal and a powerful strike from Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees a 2-0 lead before goals in quick succession from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas saw the Blues pull level.

Everton looked to have secured a late winner when Ramiro Funes Mori scored in injury time, but in the 98th minute of the game, Terry redeemed himself with a controversial backheeled winner from a clearly offside position.

Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Football writer Miguel Delaney noted that Funes Mori's celebrations led to the excessive amount of injury time added, while fellow writer Tony Barrett praised Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink for admitting the equalising goal should not have stood:

Leicester had the opportunity to put pressure on Arsenal in Saturday's late kick-off and took the lead through Shinji Okazaki in the first half. Riyad Mahrez spurned a golden opportunity to double the Foxes' lead from the penalty spot, and Villa punished them in the second half through Rudy Gestede's fortunate equaliser.

Sunderland took a surprise lead against Tottenham Hotspur through Patrick van Aanholt, but the Black Cats were in front for just two minutes before Christian Eriksen equalised.

Mousa Dembele's deflected effort put Spurs in the lead before the Dane added a second, while Harry Kane rounded out the comprehensive win with a penalty.

Tim Ireland/Associated Press

Dan Gosling gave Bournemouth an early lead against Norwich City, and goals from Charlie Daniels and Benik Afobe in the second half secured an invaluable win for the Cherries.

Southampton continued their resurgence in form with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. James Ward-Prowse scored a free-kick and a penalty in the first half before Dusan Tadic's narrow finish killed off any slim hopes of a comeback from the Baggies.

Newcastle United earned their first win in six matches at home to West Ham United thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum, though the Hammers pulled one back through Nikica Jelavic.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16:  Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James Park on January 16, 2016 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by
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Jonjo Shelvey made his debut from the start while Henri Saivet came on from the bench for the Magpies, and both impressed according to the Chronicle's Mark Douglas:

Indeed, Shelvey in particular stood out in an all-round excellent display, per Squawka Football:

If the pair can continue to add quality and steel to Newcastle's play, the Magpies may yet claw their way out of danger.

Newcastle face Watford in their next outing and will be hoping to take advantage of the Hornets' poor form in order to claim back-to-back wins and potentially move out of the relegation zone.


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