EPL Table: Updated 2016 Standings, Top Scorers After Saturday's Week 25 Results

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

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Leicester City stamped their authority on the Premier League title race as they travelled to Manchester City and defeated the Sky Blues 3-1 on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez led the Foxes to a vital win at the top of the table, further adding to his impressive goal haul this term. 

Romelu Lukaku defied injury to feature for Everton's visit to Stoke City, and the striker opened the scoring for the Toffees in an impressive 3-0 away win.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe was the hero of the hour as the Black Cats visited Anfield, with the former England international grabbing a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool, who had a two-goal lead with eight minutes remaining.

Here's a full look at the results and latest standings from the Premier League, including the division's top scorers:

Premier League Results
DateTime (GMT/ET)FixtureScore
Saturday, Feb. 612:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.Manchester City vs. Leicester City1-3
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Aston Villa vs. Norwich City2-0
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Liverpool vs. Sunderland2-2
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion1-0
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Stoke City vs. Everton0-3
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace1-1
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m./10 a.m.Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford1-0
Saturday, Feb. 65:30 p.m./12 a.m.Southampton vs. West Ham United1-0
Sunday, Feb. 71:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.Bournemouth vs. ArsenalTBD
Sunday, Feb. 74 p.m./11 a.m.Chelsea vs. Manchester UnitedTBD
Premier League Standings
1Leicester City2515822053
2Tottenham Hotspur2513932648
3Manchester City2514562147
5Manchester United2411761040
6West Ham United251096939
11Stoke City259610-733
12Crystal Palace259511-432
14West Bromwich Albion257810-929
16Swansea City256910-927
17Newcastle United256613-1824
18Norwich City256514-2023
20Aston Villa253715-2016
Premier League Top Scorers
1Jamie VardyLeicester City18
2Romelu LukakuEverton16
3Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur15
4Riyad MahrezLeicester City14
5Odion IghaloWatford14
6Sergio AgueroManchester City14
7Olivier GiroudArsenal12
8Jermain DefoeSunderland10
9Georginio WijnaldumNewcastle United9
10Diego CostaChelsea8


Romelu Lukaku, 16 Goals 

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton converts the penalty to scores his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Stoke on Trentl, Engl
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Lukaku was back to goalscoring ways for his club after it seemed he could miss the match at Stoke with injury.

The Everton striker added another notch to his impressive strike count at the Potters, scoring a penalty for the opener in a 3-0 win.

The Toffees have struggled to maintain consistency during the first half of the campaign, but the maturity and progression of Lukaku has kept them afloat.

The Belgium international will need to maintain his fitness if the Goodison Park club have aspirations to finish in the European places at the end of the season.  


Riyad Mahrez, 14 Goals

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, Engla
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The story of Mahrez's season will go down in legend if the Foxes become the most unlikely Premier League champions of all time. 

Leicester were once again confounding their critics on Saturday, slaying Manchester City in style and winning 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. 

Mahrez danced through the City defence to earn his 14th strike of the season, and the Algerian wizard has been central to his team's incredible run.

The midfielder showed glimpses of his ability last season as Leicester avoided relegation, but this year he has reached world-class heights in terms of his consistency and potency.

WhoScored.com highlighted Mahrez's amazing numbers:


Jermain Defoe, 10 Goals

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Jermain Defoe of Sunderland applauds away supporters after the 2-2 draw in the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on February 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunski
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The extent of Liverpool's defensive problems were highlighted against Sunderland at Anfield, as the Reds gave away two late strikes and two precious points.

Defoe rolled back the years to score an 89th-minute equaliser, as Liverpool collapsed in the closing stages.

The striker has always had astute predatory senses in front of goal, but the Black Cats fans were sent into delirium by his very late effort from 10 yards. 

The Times' Gabriele Marcotti tipped his hat towards Defoe as the player struck to break Liverpool hearts:

Defoe remains Sunderland's best outlet for avoiding relegation this season, and a strong run of goalscoring form from the ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker could facilitate an escape.

Sam Allardyce's team are four points from safety, but they showed on Merseyside that they will not be going down without a fight. 

Newcastle United's 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion put increased space between themselves and Sunderland, but the Magpies are still within striking distance of Allardyce's men. 


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