The 15th weekend of games in Premier League play has come and gone, and with it, another exciting round of matches. In fact, this past weekend brought us a number of surprising results that, for at least for another week or two, should keep us guessing on the status of some top clubs. Here's a quick round-up of the Week 15 matches.
Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa
This was an interesting win at Craven Cottage for Fulham, featuring a gorgeous assist and PK goal from Dimitar Berbatov, who's rumoured to be looking to leave the club in January.
Arsenal 1-1 Everton
Gunners fans will be disappointed with this result at home. However, this is where Arsenal's red hot start comes in handy; the club remains atop the Premier League standings with a 5 point cushion, and are right alongside Manchester City as betting favourites in the league.
Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle
This is yet another devastating result for a Man U team that simply seems unsure of itself. Most have been expecting the club to come around at some point, but hope is waning. Popular sports betting odds site Betfair features an article on why Man U is no longer a strong bet to finish in the top-3, and the betting odds on the same site agree. These odds suggest that Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea are locks for the top-4, and Man U has a great deal of competition for spot #4.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City
Neither side will be relevant to the league barring a dramatic turnaround, but Crystal Palace made the most of the opportunity to avoid sinking further.
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
This Liverpool squad just keeps looking better. The emphatic win kept them at 2nd in the standings behind Arsenal, and oddsmakers are beginning to notice. 10/1 current odds to win the league are good for 4th best overall for Liverpool.
Southampton 1-1 Manchester City
In another surprise, Southampton continues to show flashes of very strong play. Even after Sergio Aguero got City off to an early 1-0 lead, Southampton hung tight, grabbing the equaliser on a 42nd minute goal by Pablo Osvaldo.
Stoke City 3-2 Chelsea
While trying to make a move toward the very top of the league, Chelsea still seems to stumble every few weeks. Anything can happen away from home, but a 3-2 loss to Stoke City behind a 90th minute goal to break the tie isn't encouraging.
West Bromwich 0-2 Norwich
West Brom has had its moments this season, despite sinking toward the bottom of the standings. An 0-2 home loss to Norwich was a bit of a surprise, but it wasn't a dramatic one.
Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
The Spurs took care of business against the worst team in the league. Tottenham continues to stay within range of a top 3 or 4 finish in league play, though they've only got the 7th best betting odds for a top finish.
Swansea 1-1 Hull City
Hull was on track to pull off the victory at Swansea on Monday evening to cap off Week 15 before an equaliser from Chico Flores put the score at 1-1, where it remained.