Manchester City and Tottenham earned victories Saturday, while Leicester picked up a point to keep pace in the increasingly entertaining Premier League championship chase. With each of those sides already securing points, it puts added pressure on Arsenal as they prepare to battle Stoke on Sunday.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chelsea could only manage a home draw with an Everton side that has seen their defensive woes return after a brief uptick in form. Manager Guus Hiddink’s group is now just six points clear of the relegation zone, and that number could drop to four by Monday night.

Let’s check out all of the important information from Saturday’s play around England’s top division. That’s followed by a closer look at some of the most notable outcomes from the action.

Matchday 22 — Saturday Scores
EPL Week 22: Schedule and Saturday Results
Date Home Away Result
Jan. 16 Tottenham Sunderland 4-1
Jan. 16 Bournemouth Norwich 3-0
Jan. 16 Chelsea Everton 3-3
Jan. 16 Manchester City Crystal Palace 4-0
Jan. 16 Newcastle West Ham 2-1
Jan. 16 Southampton West Brom 3-0
Jan. 16 Aston Villa Leicester 1-1
Jan. 17 Liverpool Manchester United Sunday
Jan. 17 Stoke Arsenal Sunday
Jan. 18 Swansea Watford Monday

Current Premier League Table
2015-16 Premier League Standings
Rank Club MP W D L GD PTS
1 Leicester City 22 12 8 2 13 44
2 Manchester City 22 13 4 5 22 43
3 Arsenal 21 13 4 4 16 43
4 Tottenham Hotspur 22 10 9 3 20 39
5 West Ham United 22 9 8 5 8 35
6 Manchester United 21 9 7 5 7 34
7 Stoke City 21 9 5 7 2 32
8 Crystal Palace 22 9 4 9 -1 31
9 Liverpool 21 8 7 6 -2 31
10 Southampton 22 8 6 8 7 30
11 Everton 22 6 11 5 7 29
12 Watford 21 8 5 8 1 29
13 West Bromwich Albion 22 7 6 9 -8 27
14 Chelsea 22 6 7 9 -3 25
15 Bournemouth 22 6 6 10 -11 24
16 Norwich City 22 6 5 11 -14 23
17 Newcastle United 22 5 6 11 -15 21
18 Swansea City 21 4 7 10 -11 19
19 Sunderland 22 5 3 14 -18 18
20 Aston Villa 22 2 6 14 -20 12

Updated Championship Odds
Premier League Title Odds After Jan. 16 Matches
Rank Club Odds
T-1 Manchester City 11-10
T-1 Arsenal 11-10
T-3 Tottenham 18-1
T-3 Leicester 18-1
5 Manchester United 33-1
Odds via Oddschecker

Breaking Down Key Results
Trending Up: Manchester City

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City put together one of their most complete efforts of the campaign to cruise past Crystal Palace, 4-0. It represented a much-needed result and a confidence-building performance after the club struggled to finish scoring opportunities in a scoreless midweek draw with Everton.

Although the Sky Blues remained firmly in the title chase throughout the first half of the campaign, it still felt like they had another gear available. It seemed they could still showcase a consistently higher level of form. Perhaps Saturday’s blowout win is the start of that rise.

Squawka Football passed along the numbers from the lopsided fixture:

Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace FT: Shots: 17-9 Pass accuracy: 84%-78% Chances created: 12-7 Possession: 54%-46% Top.

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 16, 2016
There’s obviously plenty of praise to go around after that type of match. That said, the main source of optimism for City will be the play of striker Sergio Aguero, who finished with two goals and an assist. The side could become borderline unbeatable down the stretch if he begins playing his best football.

Now the question is whether those signs of progress will endure. City face a tricky away test against West Ham next weekend, which should begin to provide the answer.

Trending Down: West Ham

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Speaking of the Hammers, they made a quiet rise up the table with an eight-match streak of earning at least a point, including a three-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s clash with Newcastle. That run of success ended with a 2-1 loss, however, and brought their surprising charge to a halt.

West Ham weren’t expected to compete for a top-four spot, but it’s reached the point of the campaign where every club still in the mix must be taken seriously. A match with the relegation-endangered Magpies is one those with European hopes should win, though.

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The club’s official site highlighted comments from manager Slaven Bilic, who admitted the disappointment before quickly turning his focus to the next match.

“We have to be fair and realistically say that they were better on the day and they deserved to beat us,” Bilic said. “Unfortunately, it’s the end of the positive run and now we have to come back in shape and prepare for our next game.”

That aforementioned meeting with Manchester City is now even more crucial. Getting a positive result would quickly erase this defeat from the memory bank and get them back on track. Of course, another loss could start a slide that drops them from European contention.

West Ham are one of several clubs to exceed most expectations through this point in the season. It’s a group led by Leicester while more usual suspects like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea search for better form. But now, it’s starting to reach make-or-break time for those unlikely contenders.