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EPL Table: 2018 Standings After Saturday's Week 26 Results and Top Scorers

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2018

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Manchester United gained a little ground on Manchester City at the top of the standings, after the leaders were held by Burnley and the Red Devils beat Huddersfield Town in Week 26.

City manager Pep Guardiola created a minor controversy by naming just six players to his bench, while Alexis Sanchez opened his account for his new club.

Elsewhere, Arsenal dominated Everton and Swansea City earned a draw at Leicester City. 

               

Results

Burnley 1-1 Manchester City

Leicester City 1-1 Swansea City

Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Southampton

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City

Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Ham

Arsenal 5-1 Everton

   

Standings (Team, Points)

Manchester City, 69

Manchester United, 56

Liverpool, 50

Chelsea, 50

Tottenham Hotspur, 48

Arsenal, 45

Burnley, 36

Leicester, 35

Bournemouth, 31

Everton, 31

Watford, 27

West Ham, 27

Brighton, 27

Southampton, 26

Crystal Palace, 26

Newcastle United, 24

Swansea, 24

Stoke, 24

Huddersfield, 24

West Brom, 20

   

Harry Kane of Tottenham remains the top scorer, with 21 goals, ahead of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, on 19. Neither player featured on Saturday. For the full top scorers, visit WhoScored.com.

             

Recap

A key miss from Raheem Sterling and Guardiola's decision to place just six players on the bench dominated the storylines from City's draw on Saturday. Danilo had given the Citizens the lead, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson tied things up inside the final 10 minutes.

Sterling has been among City's top performers all season long and is the team's second-leading scorer, but he missed a huge chance with 20 minutes left to play. Had he converted, he would have doubled the lead and all but secured the win.

Afterwards, Guardiola had no issues with the result, via Goal's Sam Lee:

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

Guardiola: “I am so happy, I don’t have any regrets. What we have done here today, wow. Last season for example we had two shots, we scored two goals and we won, maybe we didn’t deserve it. Today was the other side of the coin.”

In Manchester, Sanchez had an up-and-down match. Early on, he lost possession frequently, but he ended with plenty of positives, including a first goal in the United shirt.

The Chilean was by far the team's most active player and doubled his team's advantage from a rebound, after his penalty was saved by Jonas Lossl. Romelu Lukaku had opened the scoring.

The former Arsenal man showed plenty of positives, but Paddy Power noted some of the fans didn't follow suit (the banner was removed almost immediately):

Paddy Power @paddypower

Manchester United should be deducted points for this. Good lord. https://t.co/hhkUbsHz3e

In the late kick-off, Arsenal ran right through Everton, with Aaron Ramsey scoring a hat-trick and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang adding a debut goal.

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring early after an assist from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the Welshman added his second after Laurent Koscielny had doubled his side's lead. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored before half-time, leading to this tweet from Footy Accumulators:

Footy Accumulators @FootyAccums

Physically painful watching this Everton team try to defend.

The Toffees improved after the break, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin got a consolation goal after 64 minutes. Ramsey would complete his hat-trick, putting the 5-1 final score on the board.

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