Premier League Table Sees Movement In Top Half
Another week is down in the Premier League, and the table has changed some since last week. Favorable matchups for most of the top half should have meant little movement in the table. However, a couple surprises saw the top-six change.
League leaders Arsenal traveled to Cardiff City in what could have been a tough test for the Gunners. Lucky for them, Aaron Ramsey continued his goal scoring by nabbing a brace, helping the Gunners cruise to a 3-0 victory to stay atop the table for another week.
Right on Arsenal’s tail was Liverpool and Chelsea, who both should’ve secured three points with ease. Unfortunately, only one club walked away victorious. Liverpool traveled to the Kingston Communications Stadium to face a bottom-half Hull City in what most Reds fans expected to be a cakewalk. The Tigers, however, made sure the second-place club didn’t leave Hull smiling.
Scoring a trio of goals, Hull City took three points from the heavily-favored Reds in a 3-1 victory. Chelsea hosted a reeling Southampton team in a battle of third and fifth. The Saints scored in the first minute, but Chelsea brushed them aside with ease, scoring three goals and taking all three points.
Next up, Manchester City played host to Swansea City and performed the way most expected them to. A brace from Samir Nasri and a third added from the summer addition Alvaro Negredo saw the Citizens take three points with ease to move into third place. Manchester United travelled to the white half of North London to face Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs struck first, but then allowed Wayne Rooney to score a brace. A 56th-minute equalizer from Sandro saw both clubs earn a point.
Everton and Newcastle United hosted mid-table Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion respectively. The Toffees thumped Stoke 4-0 following big performances from the pair of loanees, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu. Lukaku scored his eighth goal of the campaign, while Deulofeu scored in his league debut. Newcastle secured a 2-1 win over the Baggies following goals from Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, giving the Magpies their fourth consecutive victory.
With Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham and Manchester United dropping points, the top half of the table was shuffled some. Arsenal stayed as league leaders, while Chelsea moved into sole possession of second. Manchester City holds third place by a single point over the Merseyside clubs, Liverpool and Everton. Newcastle United, Southampton, Manchester United, Tottenham and Hull City round out the top-10.