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EPL Table: 2016 Standings After Saturday's Week 30 Results and Top Scorers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2016

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring a penalty during the English League Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Only three Premier League matches were on tap Saturday due to postponements, and although that didn't lead to a ton of movement in the standings, there were certainly some interesting developments in the goalscoring race.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero had an opportunity to gain some ground on EPL leading scorer Jamie Vardy of Leicester City Saturday, as the table-topping Foxes were not in action. Elsewhere, a few players further down the list attempted to make a run at cracking the prestigious top 10.

On the heels of Saturday's Premier League action, here is a full rundown of the scores, standings and scoring leaders with the season's stretch run quickly approaching.

Saturday Scores

Premier League Week 30 Results: Saturday Scores
HomeScoreAway
Norwich City0-0Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth3-2Swansea City
Stoke City1-2Southampton
PremierLeague.com

EPL Standings

EPL Table: Week 30
PositionClubPlayedWonDrawnLostGoal DifferencePoints
1Leicester City2917932160
2Tottenham Hotspur29151042755
3Arsenal2915771652
4Manchester City2915682151
5West Ham United29131061249
6Manchester United2913881047
7Southampton3012810841
8Liverpool281288644
9Stoke City3012711-443
10Chelsea2910109440
11West Bromwich Albion2910910-639
12Everton2891181238
13Bournemouth3010812-938
14Watford2910712-137
15Crystal Palace299614-733
16Swansea City308913-1033
17Sunderland296716-1925
18Norwich City306717-2325
19Newcastle United286616-2524
20Aston Villa293719-3316
PremierLeague.com

EPL Scoring Leaders

EPL Top Goal Scorers
PositionPlayerClubGoals
1Jamie VardyLeicester City19
2Romelu LukakuEverton18
3Harry KaneTottenham Hotspur17
4Sergio AgueroManchester City16
5Riyad MahrezLeicester City15
6Odion IghaloWatford14
7Olivier GiroudArsenal12
8Diego CostaChelsea11
9Jermain DefoeSunderland11
10Marko ArnautovicStoke City10
WhoScored.com

Sergio Aguero: 16 Goals

Saturday represented a day of missed opportunities for both Aguero and Manchester City as a whole, as they were forced to settle for a scoreless draw against Norwich City.

The Citizens entered the day 10 points behind Leicester City for first place in the standings and five points behind Tottenham Hotspur for second. A win could have gone a long way toward making things interesting, but City had no scoring touch, despite winning the shots battle 15-5.

Expectations were particularly high for Aguero, since he entered the match with an impressive goalscoring history against the Canaries, according to OptaJoe:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

5 - Sergio Aguero has scored 5 goals in 5 Premier League apps vs Norwich and also netted in the FA Cup meeting back in January. Chirpy.

Also, the Argentinian star had been on a scoring tear prior to Saturday's match, per the Premier League's official Twitter account:

Premier League @premierleague

Sergio Aguero's last 14 #BPL appearances... 27 shots on target 15 goals https://t.co/xQ7vyaHvGG

Even so, there was a bit of negativity regarding the 27-year-old due to comments he recently made about his future with the Sky Blues.

According to James Robson of the Manchester Evening News, Aguero told Argentinian radio station Independient en la Uno that he intends to leave Manchester City when his contract expires in 2019: "In the last few months a lot of things have been said about a new contract, but I didn't pay any attention. It's clear to me that when my contract ends, after the World Cup, I'm going to Independiente."

Aguero could have eased tensions by scoring Saturday and lifting the club to victory, but questions about his future will likely continue to linger until the next time he breaks through.

He remains three goals off Vardy's league-leading pace, and while there is still time to chase him down, he may need some help in the form of a Vardy goalscoring drought down the stretch.

Marko Arnautovic: 10 Goals

Although Stoke City fell to Southampton at home Saturday and squandered a chance to move past Liverpool in the standings, the Potters' leading goalscorer did his part to give the club a chance to win.

As seen in this video courtesy of NBS Sports Soccer, Marko Arnautovic scored a gorgeous goal from a ball into the box in the 52nd minute to cut the Saints' lead in half:

NBC Sports Soccer @NBCSportsSoccer

Marko Arnautovic breathes life into Stoke. #scfc #BPLonNBC https://t.co/idRPZZrftB

According to OptaJoe, it represented the continuation of a recent trend for Arnautovic, who has performed spectacularly on his home pitch as of late:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

7 - Marko Arnautovic has scored seven goals & assisted one more in his last 10 Premier League appearances at the Britannia Stadium. Homely.

Per Squawka Football, his overall form over the course of the season has been excellent as well:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Marko Arnautovic has now been directly involved in 14 goals in 27 Premier League matches this season (10G, 4A). https://t.co/zQDhPXwMOS

The goal represented Arnautovic's 10th of the season, and while chasing down Vardy for the lead would take a miraculous effort, he did manage to find his way into the top 10.

The 26-year-old Austrian was previously tied with Newcastle United's Georginio Wijnaldum on nine goals, but he now holds sole possession of 10th spot.

That likely isn't much consolation for Stoke fans, since the loss allowed Southampton to leapfrog them in the standings, but Arnautovic's great play bodes well for the club in the latter stages of the campaign.

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