EPL Table: 2016 Standings After Saturday's Week 26 Results and Top Scorers

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EPL Table: 2016 Standings After Saturday's Week 26 Results and Top Scorers
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Diego Costa continued his remarkable revival since Guus Hiddink took over as Chelsea manager, netting his 10th Premier League goal of the season to help Chelsea thrash Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Costa moved up in the top scorers charts on a day in which Everton's Romelu Lukaku couldn't close the gap on Leicester City hotshot Jamie Vardy. Lukaku drew a blank during a disappointing home defeat for the Toffees against West Bromwich Albion.

Here are the full results from Saturday's games:

Premier League Week 26 Results: Saturday Scores
Home Score Away
Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United
Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City
Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
Everton 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 2-2 West Ham United
Swansea City 0-1 Southampton
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United

Sky Sports

Here's what those results mean for the standings:

Premier League Standings: Week 26
Position Club Played Won Drawn Lost Goal Difference Points
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 20 53
2 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 9 3 26 48
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 17 48
4 Manchester City 25 14 5 6 21 47
5 Manchester United 26 11 8 7 9 41
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 10 40
7 West Ham United 26 10 10 6 9 40
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 1 36
9 Stoke City 26 10 6 10 -5 36
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 11 35
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 -4 35
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 2 33
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 -5 32
14 West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 -10 32
15 Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 -14 28
16 Swansea City 26 6 9 11 -10 27
17 Norwich City 26 6 6 14 -20 24
18 Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 -22 24
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 -18 23
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 -20 16

PremierLeague.com

These are the division's top scores:

PL Top Goalscorers
Position Player Club Goals
1 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 18
2 Romelu Lukaku Everton 16
3 Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 15
4 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City 14
5 Odion Ighalo Watford 14
6 Sergio Aguero Manchester City 14
7 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 12
8 Diego Costa Chelsea 10
9 Jermain Defoe Sunderland 10
10 Georginio Wijanldum Newcastle United 9

WhoScored.com

 

Diego Costa, 10 Goals

Costa netted the first of three rapid-fire goals for Chelsea, all scored within the first 20 minutes. He made a smart run to connect with Willian's excellent through pass before slotting home confidently.

Costa's improved confidence under Hiddink has led directly to more prolific form in front of goal. Sky Sports Statto detailed exactly how much more effective the ex-Atletico Madrid star has been since Hiddink succeeded Jose Mourinho:

There's certainly been a greater spring in Costa's step since Hiddink arrived. He's making quicker, more decisive runs between the lines. The 27-year-old has rediscovered his ruthless streak as a finisher whenever he gets a chance.

Costa is playing so well he has people, including Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, thinking about what might have been this season:

Chelsea's Premier League campaign will bear no fruit, but with a striker in this sort of form, the Blues have to be considered a genuine threat in both the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.

 

Romelu Lukaku, 16 Goals

Lukaku was one of many misfiring Toffees players against West Brom. The beefy Belgian striker and his teammates aimed 34 shots at the Baggies goal, but it was telling only six were on target, per Sky Sports.

What should really frustrate Lukaku is that he received plenty of support in forward areas, in sharp contrast to Albion's match-winner, Salomon Rondon, according to Richard Jolly of the Guardian:

The range of those who came close is an indication of the commitment to attack. Funes Mori and Phil Jagielka in effect constituted a back two as everyone else swarmed forward. Their notional lone striker, Romelu Lukaku, was surrounded by colleagues. His Albion counterpart, Rondón, came off with an acute case of loneliness.

Ultimately, Lukaku cut a frustrated figure, knowing he missed the chance to usurp Vardy at the top of the scoring charts. Playing for a team as inconsistent as manager Roberto Martinez's Everton is likely to eventually undermine Lukaku's attempts to finish the season as the division's highest scorer.

As for Costa, he won't win that accolade, but he can win over the Chelsea supporters with his increasingly impressive improvement during the crunch period of the season.  

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