Premier League Table: Updated 2014 EPL Standings Following Matchday 13 Results

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 29, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Frank Lampard of Manchester City celebrates with Pablo Zabaleta (L), Yaya Toure (top) and Fernandinho (R) as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea dropped points for just the third time this season on Saturday evening as they ran to a 0-0 stalemate at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland's eighth draw of the 2014-15 campaign.

Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders are fortunate enough to be able to afford the stumble and still have a six-point lead at the summit, but that won't leave their manager any more content.

Manchester United continue their rise up the ranks after beating Hull City, while Arsenal, West Ham United, Liverpool and Manchester City each took victories to inspire their hopes of top-four finishes on Matchday 13.

Here's how the standings look after this weekend's:

2014-15 Premier League Table
2Manchester City1383227131427
4Manchester United136432215722
5West Ham United136342116521
7Tottenham Hotspur136251818020
8Swansea City135441714319
9Newcastle United135441416-219
12Stoke City134361316-315
14Crystal Palace133461822-413
15West Bromwich Albion133461318-513
16Aston Villa13346718-1113
17Hull City132561420-611
18Queens Park Rangers133281425-1111
20Leicester City132471321-810
Premier League: Matchday 13 Results
Nov. 29West Brom 0-1 Arsenal
Nov. 29Burnley 1-1 Aston Villa
Nov. 29Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City
Nov. 29Man Utd 3-0 Hull City
Nov. 29QPR 3-2 Leicester City
Nov. 29Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace
Nov. 29West Ham 1-0 West Ham
Nov. 29Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea
Nov. 30Southampton 0-3 Manchester City
Nov. 30Tottenham 2-1 Everton

Manchester City Teach Southampton a Lesson at St. Mary’s, while Roberto Soldado Breaks His Duck

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Despair for Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton as Sergio Aguero (16) and Yaya Toure (42) celebrate a goal by Gael Clichy of Manchester City (not pictured) for their thir goal during the Barclays Premier League match betwee
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Sunday’s action saw two mouth-watering ties in prospect, with second taking on third as Southampton welcomed Manchester City to St. Mary’s, before Everton travelled to Tottenham.

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In the day’s early kick-off, the champions simply blew Southampton away in a 3-0 victory, but it could so easily have been an afternoon to forget for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Yaya Toure gave City a deserved 1-0 lead on 51 minutes, but defender Eliaquim Mangala was given his marching orders 23 minutes later for a second bookable offence.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City challenges Shane Long of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Southampton, Englan
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That sprung Southampton into life, and were it not an off day for Ronald Koeman’s side, they could have been coming away from the match with at least a point against the 10 men of City.

As it was, though, late goals from Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy put the result beyond doubt, leaving Gary Lineker to enter into a bit of pondering:

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

I think Lampard has been rather better value for money for Manchester City than Mangala.

The victory saw City leapfrog their opponents and move into second place, six points back of the seemingly unbeatable Chelsea heading into Matchday 14.

However, Pellegrini himself believes that his players have the ability to catch the runaway leaders, having praised their spirit in a post-match interview with BBC Sport:

We can complain about a lot of things from this team this year. But the only thing we cannot complain about in the squad is the spirit, the personality, the character and the ambition to continue winning. We have to play 25 games more. It is a lot of points and nobody knows what will happen in the future.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester St Mary's Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Gett
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As for Southampton, their first test on a run of tricky fixtures was a miserable failure.

The Saints have been fantastic to watch at times this season, but they never got going against City, whose class shone through from first whistle to last.

Koeman’s men will now travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Wednesday, and unless they drastically step up their performance level, will come away empty-handed.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Roberto Soldado of Spurs scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on November 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Ima
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Everton’s showdown with Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s late kick-off was a clash of the great underachievers this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal with Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on November 30, 2014
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Both sides are blessed with heaps of talent and the necessary managerial prowess behind them, but it’s safe to say that neither side have had a big impact on the Premier League as of yet.

However, when Kevin Mirallas gave Everton the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, it looked as though the Toffees’ fortunes were about to change.

Just six minutes later, though, Cristian Eriksen brought Spurs back on level terms with a cheeky finish after Harry Kane saw his shot parried by Tim Howard.

Then came the decisive moment of the match, as Roberto Soldado notched his first Premier League goal since March on the stroke of half time to hand Spurs all three points in a 2-1 victory.

The Spaniard has come under intense scrutiny for his lack of goal scoring in his Spurs career so far, and you could see the weight lift from his shoulders as he found the back of the net—something that Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas commented on:

Lyall Thomas @SkySportsLyall

A fantastic moment for Roberto Soldado. The pressure and burden rose off him like steam as he wheeled away in celebration. #Tottenham #THFC

Being the match-winner will undoubtedly lift Soldado’s confidence, and although he’ll be up against the rock-solid back four of Chelsea’s next week, belief goes a long way in front of goal.

The win lifts Spurs into seventh, level on points with Arsenal and just two points adrift of the top four, while Everton still sit in 10th with plenty of points to prove.

Manchester United at Their Best in Tigers Mauling

Louis van Gaal's men surged back into the top four and now sit just two points away from Manchester City after battering Hull City 3-0 on Saturday.

The 2-1 win away at Arsenal last weekend was satisfactory, but against an opponent threatened by relegation, United were ruthless this time around, as shown by Squawka:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Man United 3 - 0 Hull City FT: Possession: 68%-32% Pass accuracy: 92%-78% Chances created: 9-2 Shots: 12-4 http://t.co/YMIq6xY7lw

In arguably Manchester United's most complete performance of the season, Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were all on target for the hosts.

However, Steve Bruce's men are an easy target at present, and with defeat at Old Trafford, last season's FA Cup finalists have now failed to win in six, losing their last four games in a row.

Per Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News, the Tigers chief was sure to lump blame on his own playing staff, who he labelled as more than partly to blame for the result:

Rob Dawson @RobDawsonESPN

Steve Bruce says Hull 'gifted' United their goals. "To say it was a difficult afternoon is an understatement."

Midfield issues have created concern for Van Gaal, but the Dutchman will have found it especially pleasing to see Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera star, but Van Persie shone as the man of the moment.

Given his experience, the United boss won't be getting ahead of himself in light of recent results, but after putting together three wins on the bounce, there's certainly cause for optimism at Old Trafford once more.

Arsene Wenger Can't Escape Critics Despite West Brom Win

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Following the midweek win over Borussia Dortmund, Arsene Wenger might have been given space to breathe in his never-ending struggle against scrutiny at the Emirates Stadium.

However, even with Danny Welbeck handing his side a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday, the Frenchman came under fire from his own fans, per ESPN:


Arsene Wenger silent on Arsenal fans' protest during win at West Brom: http://t.co/QzrfOsd2N3 http://t.co/TpPZAM2sOE

Having failed to win either of their previous two Premier League clashes, the Gunners were in need of a result and temporarily rose up to fourth in the table after Saturday's early victory.

When questioned on the banner erected in protest of his management at the club, Wenger was quoted by ESPN as saying: "I don't comment on that." Again, Wenger was quizzed on the sign, to which he replied: "Do I need to say it again? I don't comment on your question."

The Gunners' dressing room will undoubtedly take their positives from the West Midlands, though, while Alan Irvine's side are struggling for momentum, having now won just one of their last seven league fixtures.

QPR Best Foxes in Battle of the Premier League New Boys

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City at Loftus Road on November 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Ima
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In any promotion campaign, besting those who came up alongside you will be seen as a something of a more feasible task. Playoff champions Queens Park Rangers did just that against 2013-14 Championship winners Leicester City on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp's men emerged with a 3-2 victory at Loftus Road to rise off the bottom of the Premier League standings into 18th, their highest position since late September. Centre-back Rio Ferdinand was among those pleased by the result:

Rio Ferdinand @rioferdy5

Big result that today! Grit & determination got us through...build on this 3points now #QPR

Esteban Cambiasso gave the visitors a lead after just four minutes, but goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin piled hurt on Leicester after Wes Morgan helped QPR equalise with a comical own goal.

Austin was among the star players of the five-goal display and currently sits as the most prolific English man in the Premier League, with The Sun confirming just what an entertaining result this turned out to be:

Squawka Football @Squawka

No Englishman has scored more Premier League goals (7) than QPR's Charlie Austin this season. Man on fire. http://t.co/uC5aeortSy

Redknapp will hope to see further performances of this nature in an attacking sense, but the gaps in his defence are still showing and stand to have further impact on their battle against the drop.


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