EPL Table: 2019 Week 30 Standings After Sunday's Premier League Scores

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2019

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool FC celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield on March 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table after beating Burnley 4-2 on Sunday. The Reds are just a point adrift of the leaders thanks to Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both helping themselves to a brace at Anfield.

Things didn't go as well for Chelsea, with the hosts frustrated for over 90 minutes by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. It took a fine strike from Eden Hazard in stoppage time to allow the Blues to escape with a point that's hardly boosted their hopes of a top-four finish.

The race to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League took another turn after Arsenal beat Manchester United comfortably at the Emirates Stadium. A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty helped seal a two-goal win and ensure a first league defeat for United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sunday Scores

  • Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
  • Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Standings (Played, Wins, Goal Difference and Points)

1. Manchester City: 30, 24, +58, 74

2. Liverpool: 30, 22, +51, 73

3. Tottenham Hotspur: 30, 20, +25, 61

4. Arsenal: 30, 18, +24, 60

5. Manchester United: 30, 17, +18, 58

6. Chelsea: 29, 17, +19, 57

7. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 30, 12, +2, 44

8. Watford: 30, 12, -2, 43

9. West Ham United: 30, 11, -6, 39

10. Leicester City: 30, 11, -4, 38

11. Everton: 30, 10, -1, 37

12. Bournemouth: 30, 11, -13, 37

13. Newcastle United: 30, 9, -9, 34

14. Crystal Palace: 30, 9, -5, 33

15. Brighton & Hove Albion: 29, 9, -10, 33

16. Southampton: 30, 7, -16, 30

17. Burnley: 30, 8, -23, 30

18. Cardiff City: 30, 8, -30, 28

19. Fulham: 30, 4, -40, 17

20. Huddersfield Town: 3, -38, 14

Liverpool fell behind after just six minutes when Ashley Westwood's corner curved all the way into the net. It was an unfortunate start, but rather than be deterred, the Reds were level 13 minutes later when Firmino reacted quickest to prod home from inside the box.

Squawka Football @Squawka

Roberto Firmino has now scored six goals in his last five Premier League home games for Liverpool. Back in the starting XI with a bang. 💥 https://t.co/7Q3RkwXqwX

Sadio Mane's curled effort just before the half-hour mark gave the title-chasers a lead they merited. It took a second close-range effort from Firmino in the 67th minute to ease some nerves.

The points looked safe, but anxiety returned when Johann Berg Gudmundsson swept in a shot in the first minute of stoppage time. Fortunately, Mane was soon on hand to restore the Reds' two-goal cushion.

Squawka Football @Squawka

Only five Liverpool players have scored in six consecutive home Premier League appearances: 🔴 Michael Owen 🔴 Fernando Torres 🔴 Luis Suárez 🔴 Mohamed Salah 🔴 Sadio Mané 🆕 Kings of the Kop. 👑 https://t.co/QPilhaH8We

While Mohamed Salah continues to struggle, at least the other members of Liverpool's vaunted front three have found their scoring range at the business end of the season.

Firmino and Mane impressed, but no striker is catching the eye as often as Raul Jimenez. The Benfica loanee continues to lead the line for Wolves with intelligence, pace and ruthless efficiency.

Jimenez took his superb debut campaign to new heights when he gave the visitors the lead 11 minutes after the break at the Bridge. The Mexico international has made a happy habit of saving his best games for the biggest clubs in the division:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Raúl Jiménez vs. top six sides this season: ❌ vs. Man City ❌vs. Liverpool ⚽️⚽️ vs. Spurs 🅰️ vs. Man Utd 🅰️ vs. Arsenal ⚽️⚽️ vs. Chelsea Very impressive debut season. 🙌 https://t.co/QSwjcN89g3

Wolves appeared to have three points in hand until Hazard was allowed to cut inside on the edge of the box. As he often does, the classy No. 10 made an overwhelmed defence pay with a pinpoint shot into the bottom corner.

It was harsh on Wolves and stubborn goalkeeper Rui Patricio, but Chelsea needed the goal to help stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification. Having a game in hand gives the Blues an edge over Arsenal and United, but Hazard and Co. will need to play better during the remaining fixtures.

The Gunners have the edge in the top-four race after ending Solskjaer's impressive winning run. Arsenal went in front in the 12th minute thanks to a long-range shot from Granit Xhaka that deceived David De Gea in the United goal after swerving in the wind.

He's arguably the best player at this position on the planet, but De Gea is starting to show a worrying proclivity for being beaten from distance:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

David De Gea has conceded 6⃣ goals from outside the box in @premierleague this season - only conceded more than that once in his 8 seasons at @ManUtd (conceded 9 from outside box in 2013-14) #ARSMUN https://t.co/I8OBWOJ0Rp

United stayed in what was an open game, with Romelu Lukaku hitting the bar and Fred striking the post. Marcus Rashford was also denied by a superb last-ditch tackle.

Things were a lot more cagey after the break, but Arsenal got the slice of fortune they needed when Fred conceded a penalty. The Brazilian midfielder was adjudged to have shoved Alexandre Lacazette to the floor in the box.

Lacazette's strike partner Aubameyang made no mistake from the spot. The successful conversion made up for Aubameyang seeing one saved during last week's 1-1 draw away to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Unibet @unibet

🤩 Aubameyang has been directly involved in 35 goals in 42 PL appearances. #AFC ⚽️ 27 goals 🅰️ 8 assists £56m well spent! https://t.co/hr4YejGKK0

The Gunners were now in a commanding position, and managed to preserve the lead without too much fuss. Head coach Unai Emery adjusted his team's shape after Thursday's 3-1 defeat to Rennes in the UEFA Europa League, switching to a back five and nullifying United's threat on the break.

Arsenal's growing tactical flexibility could yet prove decisive in the scrap for fourth, a race sure to take a few more turns before the end of the season.


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