EPL Table: 2019 Week 32 Standings After Sunday's Premier League Scores

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2019

Liverpool's English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (C) and teammates celebrate after a late own goal from Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld (not pictured) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 31, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Toby Alderweireld's 90th-minute own goal moved Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday. The Reds needed the late stroke of fortune to survive a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield and go two points above Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.

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Earlier, Chelsea staged a late and controversial comeback to plunge Cardiff City deeper into the relegation mire. Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek found the net to move the Blues level with Arsenal and a point adrift of Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.


Sunday Scores

  • Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea
  • Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Standings (Played, Won, Goal Difference and Points)

1. Liverpool: 32, 24, +52, 79

2. Manchester City: 31, 25, +60, 77

3. Tottenham Hotspur: 31, 20, +24, 61

4. Manchester United: 31, 18, +19, 61

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

6. Chelsea: 31, 18, +18, 60

7. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 31, 12, 0, 44

8. Leicester City: 32, 13, -1, 44

9. Everton: 32, 12, +3, 43

10. Watford: 31, 12, -3, 43

11. West Ham United: 32, 12, -7, 42

12. Bournemouth: 32, 11, -15, 38

13. Crystal Palace: 31, 10, -3, 36

14. Newcastle United: 31, 9, -9, 35

15. Brighton & Hove Albion: 30, 9, -11, 33

16. Southampton: 31, 8, -15, 33

17. Burnley: 32, 9, -22, 33

18. Cardiff City: 31, 8, -31, 28

19. Fulham: 32, 4, -43, 17

20. Huddersfield Town (R): 32, 3, -41, 14


With the weekend's results, four teams are separated by just one point as they chase the final two Champions League places. Manchester United helped keep the pressure on their rivals after a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday, while Arsenal can move back into the top four and ahead of rival Tottenham with a win against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

As for the title race, Roberto Firmino couldn't miss when he met quite possibly the best cross of the season from left-back Andrew Robertson. The latter and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold were finding joy out wide against Tottenham's 5-3-2 shape.

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Their overlapping runs routinely stretched Spurs and manufactured chances. Liverpool would have been further in front at the break had Sadio Mane been able to find his range.

The missed chances gave Tottenham the confidence to steadily grow into the game. Spurs should have been level 10 minutes after break, but Robertson was the hero again when he blocked Christian Eriksen's close-range shot.

Reward eventually came for the more enterprising Lilywhites when a quickly taken free-kick from Harry Kane ended with Kieran Trippier and Eriksen combining to tee up the impressive Lucas Moura.

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It looked like a precious point for Spurs until Mohamed Salah's downward header was spilled by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The ball then touched off centre-back Alderweireld and crept over the line.

While Liverpool have the title race back under control, Spurs suddenly find themselves scrapping just for a place in the top four.

Victor Camarasa had the Bluebirds dreaming of a great escape when he scored a minute after the break in Wales. It was just reward for the hosts' endeavour and ingenuity.

Camarasa and Cardiff bossed most of the game but were undone by a late Chelsea rally.
Camarasa and Cardiff bossed most of the game but were undone by a late Chelsea rally.Cardiff City FC/Getty Images

Those qualities were in sharp contrast to the sluggish form of the visitors. Chelsea struggled to move the ball at pace between the lines against a stubborn Cardiff rearguard action.

It was left to right-back Azpilicueta to head in five minutes from time. The scored from a set piece, despite appearing to be in an offside position.

Understandably, Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock was far from impressed:

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Things continued to go against Cardiff when Antonio Rudiger escaped a red card after hauling down Kenneth Zohore moments after the goal. Another cruel twist of fate saw Loftus-Cheek head the winner during stoppage time.

The powerhouse midfielder had risen to meet Willian's cross, proof of his growing comfort in front of goal:

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Chelsea have kept themselves in the thick of the scrap to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League. However, manager Maurizio Sarri will know his team needs to play with a lot more impetus and consistency if they are going to overtake the Gunners, Spurs and United.