West Ham sealed a hard-earned 1-0 Premier League victory against Swansea at Upton Park on Saturday to end their stretch of four games without a win.
Mauricio Pochettino’s reign as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw in an encouraging display at home to Everton.
Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a serious contender to become Chelsea’s next full-time boss.
Manchester City moved back to within seven points of the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory against Arsenal as both sides finished with 10 men on a hostile afternoon in north London.
Sunderland made an emphatic return to form with a 3-0 win over an out-of-sorts West Ham on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.
Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is nearing a comeback from the knock he sustained on Boxing Day, although he may only make the bench for this game.
Frank Lampard gave the Chelsea hierarchy a timely reminder of his value as the soon-to-be out of contract midfielder scored both of the visitors` goals against Everton in a 2-1 win.
An early flurry of goals, including two for Luis Suarez, saw Liverpool breeze to a 3-0 victory against QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday evening.
Chelsea have maintained their recent run of good form thanks to a fairly comfortable 1-0 win at Norwich City on Boxing Day, gaining ground on Manchester City in the process.
Veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been left devastated after the Blues refused to offer him a new contract that would keep him at the club for yet another year and told him to find himself a new club.
Newcastle snatched a 1-0 victory over QPR to inflict a first defeat for the Hoops under Harry Redknapp.
Manchester City kept pace with title rivals Manchester United as they claimed a last-gasp victory over Reading thanks to an injury-time header from Gareth Barry.
Mikel Arteta coolly slotted home a second-half penalty to send Arsenal third in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Wigan.
Liverpool ended their 2012 home commitments with a dominant 4-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
An unconvincing Liverpool made Chelsea pay for their profligacy by coming from behind to steal a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
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