2013/14 Barclays Premier League Updated Table

Manchester City

Manchester United

Norwich City vs Everton

Finally the new football season has began. All twenty clubs have seen action and we have already started talking about who needs to go. The 2013/14 Barclays Premier league looks to be one of the best in recent years. Thanks to NBC, American fans of the sport will be able to watch every match live.

The season kicked off on August 17th with seven matches. The first match of the season was Liverpool hosting Stoke City. Liverpool would win that matchup 1-0 with great goalie play that saved them. In the first somewhat upset of the season Aston Villa defeated Arsenal 3-1 on the road. That could mean the beginning of a great season for Aston Villa or just a fluke win. No matter what it is those three points are a great plus for the club. Norwich City hosted Everton in another match-up. Both clubs scored twice as the match ended in a draw. This was the only draw of match-day one. Fulham got a good road win at Sunderland 1-0 to have a positive start on their season. Another club getting a 1-0 road win was Southampton who defeated West Bromwich Albion. West Ham United started their season off with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at home. The defending champions Manchester United started their season with a great 4-1 road win over Swansea City to end the action on day one.

Four clubs opened their season on Sunday August 18th. Crystal Palace hosted Tottenham Hotspur in their first match back in the Premier league. They played hard but a penalty goal was all Tottenham needed to win 1-0. Chelsea the favorite to win the title this year but most people started their season with a 2-0 win over newcomer Hull City.

On Monday August 19th Manchester City started their season with a big 4-0 win over Newcastle United. That win put them at the top of the league table after one match.

On Wednesday Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 2-1 to move to six points and take an early lead on the new season.

Premier league Table

1. Champions
Chelsea
6pts +3
2. Champions
Manchester City
3pts +4
3. Champions
Manchester United
3pts +3
4. Champions
West Ham United
3pts +2
5. Europa
Aston Villa
3pts +1
6. Europa
Liverpool
3pts +1
7. Europa
Tottenham Hotspur
3pts +1
8.
Fulham
3pts +1
9.
Southampton
3pts +1
10.
Everton
1pt +/-0
11.
Norwich City
1pt +/-0
12.
West Bromwich Albion
zero -1
13.
Sunderland
zero -1
14.
Crystal Palace
zero -1
15.
Stoke City
zero -1
16.
Arsenal
zero -1
17.
Cardiff City
zero -2
18. relegation
Hull City
zero -2
19. relegation
Swansea City
zero -3
20. relegation
Newcastle United
zero -4

The season consists of 19 home matches and 19 away matches. The first goal for every club is to finish above the relegation zone. If a club can win 14 of their 19 home matches that should be good enough to avoid relegation. So, any road win is a plus for any club. A home loss to a opponent that they should beat is devastating for a club. With all that said Aston Villa's win at Arsenal has to be the biggest win of the week. For them to go in their and steal three points is a great feat.

The second goal for every club would be to earn a spot in one of the UEFA tourneys the Champions or Europa Leagues. Last year 64 points would have got you a spot in the Europa League. The year before that 57 points would have been enough. So if a club can win 14 home matches for 42 points they need only 15 to 22 points in road matches to get them in. That is another reason why Aston Villa's win was great for them. The only problem was that Fulham, Southampton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur also won on the road. Everton's draw is also good because it earns them a point on the road. Arsenal, Sunderland, West Bromwich, Swansea City and Crystal Palace can not afford too many more losses at home if they have any desire to place in the Europa or Champions League next season.



As mentioned before Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 2-1 on Wed. These clubs played this match early as Chelsea will meet Bayern Munich in Super Cup at the end of the month.

Aston Villa will be back on the pitch come Saturday when they host Liverpool. Fulham will look to get another win on Saturday as they host Arsenal. Arsenal will play on Tuesday in a Champions League match. Everton will host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday while Hull City hosts Norwich City. Newcastle United look to rebound from terrible loss to Manchester City when they host West Ham United on Saturday. Southampton with welcome Sunderland while Stoke City welcomes Crystal Palace also on Saturday.

Cardiff City will welcome Manchester City on Sunday to kick off the action while Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Swansea City. Swansea has a match on Thurday in this years Europa League so they could be a little tired.

The second week ends with Manchester United welcoming Chelsea in a Monday Contest that will surely have a championship fell to it.

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