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John Terry and Phil Jagielka battle for the ball as Chelsea threaten the Everton goalmouth

Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Chelsea left it late to break down Everton and maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table as Juan Cuadrado played in his first full start for Chelsea since his £27m move from Fiorentina.

Manchester City returned to winning ways in impressive style as they produced a brilliant second-half display to beat Stoke City 4-1 at the Britannia and Chris Smalling scored twice as Manchester United beat Burnley.

Elsewhere, Liverpool edged Tottenham in a closely contested game with Mario Balotelli scoring the late winner; Arsenal, QPR and Hull city were all winners.

Hull City 2 - 0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Hull City on Tuesday night.

Debutant Dame N'Doye proved the key figure in a scrappy contest, setting up Nikica Jelavic's 22nd-minute opener before scoring himself to secure only a third home win of the season.

The Tigers move up to 15th in the table but Villa, whose fans held up a 'Lambert Out' banner for most of the match, slip into the bottom three following a fifth straight defeat.

Villa came into the clash without a victory in their last nine league games but after an improved performance against league leaders Chelsea at the weekend, the travelling support were expecting a more spirited showing than they have had to endure of late.


Liverpool 3 - 2 Tottenham

Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season with seven minutes remaining to give Liverpool a 3-2 win over Tottenham at Anfield.

The Italian came on as a substitute and turned home from close range to hand Liverpool all three points after an entertaining encounter in which Spurs had twice come from behind.

Lazar Markovic gave the hosts the lead with a low effort from just inside the area, before Harry Kane scored his fifth goal in three games as his shot from 12 yards out went through Simon Mignolet’s legs.

Steven Gerrard regained Liverpool’s lead from the penalty spot after Daniel Sturridge was brought down by Danny Rose, but Mousa Dembele levelled again on 61 minutes before Balotelli’s late winner.

The result leaves Liverpool in seventh, but the Reds are now just a point behind sixth-placed Tottenham.


Sunderland 0 - 2 QPR

QPR moved out of the relegation zone after recording their first away points of the season with a 2-0 win at Sunderland.

Chairman Tony Fernandes might be closing in on his "dream" new manager following the departure of Harry Redknapp but caretakers Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond were the men who oversaw a first result on the road after 11 successive defeats.

The west Londoners had the game sewn up by half-time, thanks to Leroy Fer, who was later taken off with a knee injury and a corking half-volley from Bobby Zamora.

QPR made six changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Southampton as Ramsey spoke of introducing more flair and attacking momentum to their game.


Arsenal 2 - 1 Leicester

Arsenal saw off a resilient Leicester side as they registered a 2-1 victory at the Emirates on Tuesday night and climbed back into the Champions League places.

First-half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott put the hosts in a commanding position at the break, before Andrej Kramaric pulled one back for Leicester.

Riyad Mahrez and Kramaric had chances to level for the visitors, but Arsenal held on to make it 22 home games unbeaten against the Foxes in all competitions.

The result leaves Leicester rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, while Arsenal move into fourth place above Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal’s men playing Burnley on Wednesday night.


Stoke City 1 - 4 Manchester City

Manchester City returned to winning ways in impressive style as they produced a brilliant second-half display to beat Stoke City 4-1 at the Britannia.

Sergio Aguero gave the Premier League champions the lead in the 33rd minute with a brilliant solo effort but Stoke quickly replied through Peter Crouch’s stooping header.

City played with more purpose after the break and James Milner headed them back in front before a penalty from Aguero and a fine strike from Samir Nasri sealed victory.

The win was City’s first in the league since New Year’s Day but they remain seven points behind Chelsea, who won 1-0 against Everton.


Chelsea 1 - 0 Everton

An 89th-minute deflected strike from Willian gave Chelsea a victory over Everton that maintained their seven-point Premier League lead.

The goal came moments after Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic went unpunished for a clash with James McCarthy that followed Gareth Barry's red card.

Everton keeper Tim Howard had earlier denied Chelsea trio Loic Remy, Nemanja Matic and Willian with fine saves.

At the other end, Petr Cech brilliantly denied Romelu Lukaku from close range.


Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace and Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night in Alan Pardew’s first meeting with his old club.

The visitors had led at the break through top-scorer Papiss Cisse’s 10th goal in just 16 Premier League games this season on what was the Senegal striker’s first start for the club since December.

But Pardew – who endured some unsavoury chants from the away end – saw his side deservedly draw level after 71 minutes thanks to substitute Fraizer Campbell’s well-taken strike.

Palace, who have now taken 10 points from a possible 15 under Pardew, sit 13th in the table, two places behind Newcastle.

Manchester United 3 - 1 Burnley FC

Chris Smalling came off the bench to score twice as Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford and moved back into the Champions League places.

Headers from Smalling either side of a Danny Ings goal gave the hosts the lead at the break, despite Burnley being well on top for most of the first half, and Robin van Persie’s late penalty secured the victory for Louis van Gaal’s men.

Ings missed two close-range chances and Ashley Barnes fired wide, but the visitors’ challenge faded as the game went on and United continued their fine run of home form.

The result moves United back above Arsenal and Southampton into third place as they made it three Premier League wins in their last four outings.

Southampton 0 - 0 West Ham

Ten-man West Ham earned a hard-fought point after holding Southampton to a 0-0 draw in their Premier League clash at St Mary's.

Adrian was sent off on the hour mark after Sadio Mane got the better of him and he handled the ball outside the area.

But though it looked like the home side - who had 20 shots on target - would get the winning goal their possession deserved, two late saves from substitute Jussi Jaaskelainen ensured the Saints had to settle for their first goalless draw since August.

West Brom 2 - 0 Swansea City

Saido Berahino scored on his return to the starting line-up to help West Brom edge clear of the relegation zone after a 2-0 win over Swansea.

The striker has endured a difficult few weeks on and off the pitch but, back in the starting XI, he added a well-worked second to help seal a vital victory after record-signing Brown Ideye had opened the scoring on the hour mark.

Brown Ideye's strike was his second in as many games after almost leaving the club on deadline day, but Tony Pulis will be pleased the Nigerian stayed put if he continues this form.

Pulis, who has tasted defeat only once since taking charge at The Hawthorns, sees his men climb to 14th - four points clear of the drop zone - while a Swansea side who rarely threatened stay ninth.





Match reports from skysports and BBC were used in this compilation.




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