EPL Table 2016: Week 24 Top Scorers After Wednesday's Premier League Scores

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EPL Table 2016: Week 24 Top Scorers After Wednesday's Premier League Scores
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Ross Barkley crept up the Premier League's top scorers standings as he fired home a late brace as Everton dispatched Newcastle United 3-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The Englishman pulled level with Diego Costa on eight goals, with the Spaniard left frustrated by Chelsea's 0-0 draw away at Watford.

Read on for a closer look at how the two got on. But first, here are all the results from Week 24 of the Premier League, along with the final standings after those results and how the race for the Golden Boot is shaping up:

EPL Week 24 Results
Home Score Away
Arsenal 0-0 Southampton
Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool
Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City
West Ham United 2-0 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth
Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Swansea City
Everton 3-0 Newcastle
Watford 0-0 Chelsea

BBC Sport

Latest Standings
POS CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Leicester City 24 14 8 2 44 26 18 50
2 Manchester City 24 14 5 5 46 23 23 47
3 Tottenham Hotspur 24 12 9 3 44 19 25 45
4 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 37 22 15 45
5 Manchester United 24 11 7 6 31 21 10 40
6 West Ham United 24 10 9 5 38 28 10 39
7 Southampton 24 9 7 8 32 24 8 34
8 Liverpool 24 9 7 8 30 34 -4 34
9 Watford 24 9 6 9 27 26 1 33
10 Stoke City 24 9 6 9 24 28 -4 33
11 Everton 24 7 11 6 43 34 9 32
12 Crystal Palace 24 9 4 11 25 29 -4 31
13 Chelsea 24 7 8 9 32 34 -2 29
14 West Bromwich Albion 24 7 8 9 23 31 -8 29
15 Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 29 39 -10 28
16 Swansea City 24 6 8 10 23 32 -9 26
17 Norwich City 24 6 5 13 28 46 -18 23
18 Newcastle United 24 5 6 13 25 44 -19 21
19 Sunderland 24 5 4 15 28 47 -19 19
20 Aston Villa 24 2 7 15 18 40 -22 13

PremierLeague.com

Premier League Top Goalscorers
Player Club Goals
Jamie Vardy Leicester City 18
Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 15
Romelu Lukaku Everton 15
Odion Ighalo Watford 14
Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 13
Sergio Aguero Manchester City 13
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 12
Jermain Defoe Sunderland 9
Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United 9
Diego Costa Chelsea 8
Ross Barkley Everton 8

WhoScored.com

Ross Barkley

The midfielder should have had his first—and Everton's second—shortly before half-time when a poor attempted clearance by Rob Elliot fell at his feet, but he couldn't capitalise.

Barkley continued to toil away in the second half, with football journalist Chris Waugh noting the ease through which he was allowed to cut through the hapless Magpies:

The 22-year-old soon came close to scoring, per Scott Wilson of the Northern Echo:

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Rolando Aarons felled opening goalscorer Aaron Lennon, and Barkley duly stepped up to dispatch the penalty.

In the 94th minute, Jamaal Lascelles saw red for a bad foul on Barkley, and the England international coolly dinked in a panenka from the spot.

Squawka Football highlighted his impressive form:

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman believes the youngster will attract plenty of attention in the transfer market this summer:

Though he's not likely to challenge for the golden boot, Barkley has been outstanding this season. He has an exciting future ahead of him, and a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 surely beckons.

Diego Costa

It was yet another fruitless night in front of goal for Costa, who had been enjoying a revival of form under interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.

Per PA Sport's Matt McGeehan, the 27-year-old was perhaps fortunate to escape a booking just 10 minutes into the match:

As McGeehan further revealed, not being sanctioned early on allowed him to remain on the pitch when, shortly before the break, he clashed with Juan Carlos Paredes:

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Perhaps frustrated at the lack of service, Costa found himself drifting out of position to get involved in the play—but as football journalist Dan Levene noted, he did little to help himself in doing so:

The only clear-cut chance to fall to the Spaniard came late on when Willian picked him out with a delightful cross, but Heurelho Gomes—who put in a man-of-the-match-winning performance—made a wonderful save to keep out his powerful header.

As Wednesday's result showed, both Costa and Chelsea still have some way to go in order to return to their best.

Despite a mixed performance, the striker could easily have got on the scoresheet if not for Gomes' excellent save, though, so he was still at least somewhat more effective than he was under Jose Mourinho for much of the season.

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