Wednesday football as it happened

Live text commentary as QPR win at Chelsea, Liverpool defeat Sunderland and Everton see off Newcastle in the Premier League.

2 January 2013 Last updated at 22:31 GMT

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  1. 2228: 

    So that was the festive period, Premier League style. I hope you got everything you wanted and no, you can't exchange all those defeats at the shops.

    The Premier League takes a break this weekend but we don't - it's FA Cup third-round day on Saturday so I'll be losing my mind trying to keep you across 30-odd games. It will be a pleasure to see you there. Adios.

  2. 2226: 

    So the great escape may be on for QPR after all. Their remaining three league games this month are Spurs at home - a big night for 'Arry that one - West Ham away - a big night for 'Arry that one - and then Man City at home.

    And it's the transfer window. You won't be able to move for Redknapp this month.

  3. 2222: 

    Jamie on Twitter: "RE 2215 : why would Gary Hooper want to move to Newcastle when his team is in the QF of the Champions league?"

    Dan Brunsdon on Twitter: "So - Owen, Rooney...Sterling? Too soon or is he the new boy wonder?"

  4. 2218: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt - who played as the lone striker tonight: "I have never played in that position in my life. I was surprised when the manager told me I will be playing there. It worked today and I think I did well for the team."

  5. 2217: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "Signing Mathieu Debuchy is just a question of the medical really. He has quality and experience and that is what we missed tonight.

    "Those key moments are costing us. Demba Ba has been hanging over us but we have drawn a line under it now. For us it's about bringing someone else in and we are working on that now."

  6. 2215: 

    Tom, Everton fan on text: "Good performance tonight. Perfect night to play Newcastle though, no Demba Ba, Cabaye or Ben Arfa."

    Jack, Norwich on text: "Newcastle could probably buy Gary Hooper or Rickie Lambert with that £7m. Both proven goal scorers, and they're both hungry as they've played in the football league relatively recently."

  7. 2213: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez: "A lot of things went wrong today. We knew we were playing against the bottom of the table side and we spoke about that. We knew we had to be focussed but we did not have the tempo and some players may have been tired. It was going wrong against a side who played deep and were organised.

    "I have not spoken with our people so don't know the situation regarding Demba Ba. Fernando Torres has been playing every game and you could see he was tired.

    "The main thing for me is to analyse why we were making the mistakes, then reinforce the players and keep pushing."

  8. 2212: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp has just said that he tried to sign Joe Cole this morning but "he is going home to West Ham." That one looks a done deal then...

  9. 2210: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    QPR match-winner Shaun Wright-Phillips: "We needed three points today and having frustrated them, we deserved it.

    "I learnt playing football there are lots of ups and downs. It plays on your mind when you don't score but hopefully that thought at the back of my mind is gone now.

    "The results have not gone our way but the players have defended like that all season. We have never doubted our ability and if we dig deep, we will get the great escape."

  10. 2209: 
    Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Joe Cole's future: "I spoke to Joe earlier. He is a really good lad and has been brilliant during my time here in terms of as a human being. He is obviously speaking with West Ham at the moment and if they can get something organised it will be a terrific move for Joe."

  11. 2208: 

    Sean, Newcastle on text: "Garbage - Pardew out no more excuses the tactics were awful tonight long ball and no fight - pack your bags and get out of our club."

  12. 2206: 
    Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on new signing Daniel Sturridge: "I have known Daniel since he was 12 at Coventry and then coming through the ranks at Man City. He can score, he has pace and power.

    "He is also hungry and what we need at Liverpool is players hungry to do well. He recognises this might be his chance at a big club and he has to produce. I am looking forward to working with him."

  13. 2203: 
    Shaun Wright Phillips

    He hasn't won over many QPR fans since joining the club, but that goal from Shaun Wright-Phillips could be a massive moment in the club's season.

  14. 2201: 

    So QPR fans, your first January signing looks like being former Bolton, Chelsea and Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim...

  15. 2200: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    And a bit more from QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "The boy [Marko Marin] is not a malicious player, he does not have that tackle in him. He would not hurt a fly but maybe he could have got a red if he was a dirty player.

    "We might take a lad who has been training with us, Tal Ben Haim and he may be added to the squad. He is keen to have a go with us."

    Marko Marin was certainly lucky not to be sent off inside the first five minutes.

  16. 2158: 

    Dozza, Northants on text: "Does this make Rafa a 'dope' then Arry?"

    Baggy, Didcot on text: "In the space of about 3 weeks Liverpool thrashed QPR away who beat Chelsea away who annihilated Villa who handsomely beat Liverpool away. It's a funny old game!"

  17. 2157: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    Here's some more from Harry Redknapp: "The defeat against Liverpool was a terrible day for us. Today we all knew where we were, against Liverpool, we got picked off too easily and had lads there who did not speak English. Today Shaun Derry did a terrific job for us."

  18. 2156: 
    Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp: "We worked hard on the training ground. They worked their socks off and they got their rewards, we deserved it and it was a fantastic performance. We restricted them.

    "I played Adel Taarabt up front, telling him to drop into holes and to hold the ball. We worked on it yesterday morning and I am really pleased. They have set the standard tonight and to get out of this mess , they have to do it every week."

  19. 2155: 

    So Everton up into fifth place after that fine win. If you see many better goals than Leighton Baines's free-kick this season you'll do well. Newcastle - what can you buy with £7m to improve that team?

  20. 2153: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-2 Everton
  21. 2153: 

    Mitch, Newcastle on text: "We are really starting to see the effects of not investing in the summer. I feel sorry for our fans and Pardew, just hope our owner shows faith in Pardew to back up the faith shown in his contract."

  22. 2151: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Brilliant from Leighton Baines. He has the legs to put in an overlapping run from deep in stoppage time, then tricks his way into the penalty area but can't decide whether to shoot or pass and ends up running into Tim Krul. Everton moments away from victory now.

  23. 2150: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Victor Anichebe does really well to hold the ball up on his own and kills a good 30 seconds for Everton. Marouane Fellaini then takes the ball into the corner - you try and get the ball off him. Good game management from Everton.

  24. 2150: 

    Arthur, Newbury on text: "QPR have quality in their squad, there's no doubting that. All Redknapp needs to do is motivate them and get them playing as a team. Hardly the gargantuan job people are making it out to be!"

  25. 2148: 

    Levi Agwulonu on Twitter: "Champions Of Europe beaten by the WORST team in the WORLD.. I'm ashamed of this result."

    Demba NOT Ba on Twitter: "QPR are unbeaten in 2013."

  26. 2147: 
    INJURY TIME- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Bad news for Everton - we have SIX MINUTES added on here!

  27. 2147: 

    Aaron in Kingston via text: "Just when you think Rafa Benitez knows what he's doing he rests a full strength squad before an FA Cup match against Southampton. Have to win your home games, terrible decision to leave Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard on the bench!

  28. 2145: 
    FINAL FIVE- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Into the last few minutes at Newcastle, where Everton are hanging on a bit now. Superb defending from John Heitinga to close down a Davide Santon shot.

  29. 2145:  
    Jan Molby, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    "Liverpool were at it from the go and they took their chances tonight. The second half was an exhibition and they are starting to look a good team. They still need to bring in some players though. The system that Liverpool try to play gives the players confidence.

    "Some will not be good enough and they look better players than they are. Glen Johnson is excellent, Steven Gerrard is coming back to his best and they have Luis Suarez."

  30. 2142: 

    What a remarkable result for both clubs at Stamford Bridge. That win means QPR are now just five points short of the safety mark - and leaves Chelsea a point behind third-placed Tottenham.

  31. 2142: 

    Ilyas Najib on Twitter: "Harry Houdini has started his magic."

    James Woodcock on Twitter: "I wonder if Guus Hiddink fancies a spring/summer job... #CFC."

    Graham on Twitter: "Is this the beginning of the rise of Redknapp and the fall of Benitez? Congrats to QPR."

  32. 2141:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-1 QPR

    "It looks like the spark for QPR to escape relegation, there are celebrations going on from the fans, just like last season when they stayed up. This might be the start of something great for Harry Redknapp.

    "Rafa Benitez will look back at this and say he should not have rested the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, he should have started them and then taken them off. Credit to QPR, they did not cave in but Chelsea did not create enough and they may have underestimated their opposition today.

    "Every game is tough when you are the bottom but if they show the spirit, desire and determination like this win, they could get out of it. The expectation here was Chelsea will win. There is a different expectation at home so a lot of hard work is still to be done yet."

  33. 2139: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Victor Anichebe and Phil Neville are back in action, they both took a heavy whack there.

    There's a bit of reorganization at the back and Newcastle almost take advantage! Davide Santon waltzes into space on the left of the area but his shot is tame and Tim Howard kicks the ball away.

  34. 2137: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Ouch indeed! Everton captain Phil Neville and Victor Anichebe head each other as they battle to clear the ball, Neville has a heavy covering of blood on the back of his head, I'm not sure if it's his or Victor's though. They both need treatment.

  35. 2136: 

    Harry Redknapp punches the air - he knows that is a massive win! The QPR fans are going bonkers. Bonkers.

  36. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-1 QPR
  37. 2134: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Leighton Baines lines up the free-kick - and flicks it just wide.

    Still 15 minutes or thereabouts left in this one.

  38. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
  39. 2133: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Marouane Fellaini dishes out some treatment at times but he takes it as well. He runs in on goal and is piled into by Newcastle sub Gael Bigirimana. Free-kick time...

  40. 2132: 

    Matt Collingwood on Twitter: "Rafa's Chelsea looking a little like Rafa's Liverpool: struggling in the games they should win comfortably."

    Benjamin Taylor on Twitter: "Worst Chelsea performance of the season by a country mile. Utterly unacceptable. Abramovich should refuse to pay their wages."

    Will Taylor on Twitter: "What a joke, why would Demba Ba even want to come to our side? Absolutely useless."

  41. 2131: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-1 QPR

    He's arguably been their biggest goal threat tonight, and defender Branislav Ivanovic again goes close to a goal, heading substitute Juan Mata's cross a foot over. Chelsea aren't going to rescue this one are they?

  42. 2131: 

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "42 - Shaun Wright-Phillips had 42 shots in the Premier League in 2012 without scoring, more than any other player. Resolution."

  43. 2130: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Almost an embarrassing own goal for Newcastle as Mike Williamson slices Leighton Baines' cross toward his own goal and Tim Krul has to get across to turn over the top.

  44. 2129: 

    We are into the final five minutes in our 1945 kick-offs. Can QPR hang on to a big win?

  45. 2128: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Nope, Joe Allen isn't going to score his first goal for Liverpool tonight. He caps a lovely move by blasting into the roof of the net but Stewart Downing was offside before he cut the ball back, Sunderland are a dog's dinner in defence.

  46. 2127: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Joe Alen almost adds a late fourth but shoots into the side-netting from Glen Johnson's cross.

  47. 2126: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Newcastle almost level now. Papiss Cisse sees his header at the back post hit Jonny Heitinga, and when Cisse reacts on the floor his shot is well saved by Tim Howard.

  48. 2126: 

    Neil Desai on Twitter: "Did Chelsea use up all their goals against Aston Villa? Good result for both Manchester clubs."

    Mike Wall on Twitter: "Rafa was starting to grow on a couple of fans...not anymore. back to square one."

    Keith Gray on Twitter: "Is Uncle 'Arry beginning another re-run of The Great Escape?!!"

  49. 2124: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Everton look in the mood now. A smart move down the right sees Phil Jagielka cut the ball back to Marouane Fellaini, whose shot is blocked. The play is called back though as Cheick Tiote is booked for clattering Jagielka after he crossed it in. That's 29 bookings in 64 Premier League games. His fine bill must be keeping the club afloat.

  50. 2124:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It is a fantastic strike from Shaun Wright Phillips but the touch from Adel Taarabt was superb. QPR have been dangerous on the counter-attack. Half of the Chelsea players will have been thinking they could get five or six here and Rafa Benitez will be wondering if he should not have rotated his team."

  51. 2123: 

    Ben Seal on Twitter: "Embarrassing to watch... Maybe being relegated will wake us up a bit. With or without Demba Ba, we've been poor."

    Josh Keeling on Twitter: "How long before the Pardew out chants start?"

  52. 2122: 
    Newcastle 1-2 Everton

    Newcastle rally after going behind, with Gabriel Obertan leading the charge. The winger tricks his way into the box but Tim Howard stands up well to save his shot at the near post.

  53. 2120: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 QPR - Shaun Wright-Phillips (78 mins)

    Hold the phone! QPR lead in superb fashion! A corner is headed out by David Luiz, Adel Taarabt cushions a pass into stride of Shaun Wright-Phillips and the former England man smashes a low shot right into the corner. Brilliant hit, but the former Chelsea man doesn't celebrate. The fans do though, don't you worry about that...

  54. 2119: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Liverpool have the ball in the net again but it won't count, with Glen Johnson called offside. It was close though, with the defender straying just offside before rolling the ball beyond Simon Mignolet. Still 3-0 Liverpool.

  55. 2118: 

    Peter Steele on Twitter: "Have been mightily impressed with Jordan Henderson tonight. Finally beginning to show how good we all knew he could be."

    Dominic O'Caollaí on Twitter: "Jordan Henderson has been brilliant since he regained his place at Liverpool. Does simple things very well."

  56. 2118: 
    BLUE SQUARE PREMIER LATEST: Tamworth 1-1 Nuneaton

    All-square so far in the Blue Square Premier game between Tamworth and Nuneaton. The visitors took the lead through Simon Forsdick who struck from close range before the home side restored parity with Scott Barrow's strike. Gavin Cowan has been sent off for Nuneaton for violent conduct, an hour gone.

  57. 2116: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-2 Everton - Victor Anichebe (60 mins)

    The Premier League has a new super sub in town! He's only been on the field for 90 seconds, but Victor Anichebe has put Everton in front. It's great play down the left by Nikica Jelavic, beating his man before putting a chance on a plate for Anichebe to slide in and guide through the legs of Tim Krul.

  58. 2115: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 1-1 Everton

    This is really, really close for Newcastle! Marouane Fellaini loses the ball in midfield, Vurnon Anita spins the ball over the top and Shola Ameobi takes it on his chest before flicking a shot toward the corner. It spins inches, inches wide.

  59. 2114: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Martin O'Neill - look away now. More horrible defending from his side as a cross is twice not cleared, and Joe Allen has a shot which is eventually blocked. The basics are beyond Sunderland tonight.

  60. 2112: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Steven Gerrard thumps in a volley which hits Glen Johnson and is tipped over the bar by Simon Mignolet. Great save!

    Moments later Joe Allen finds Luis Suarez running into the box, he is on a hat-trick but can't get the ball out of his feet and Mignolet makes another save.

  61. 2111: 

    Ryan on Twitter: "Chelsea cant get through QPR's defence so just shooting from anywhere ... absolutely ridiculous."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Fernando Torres is struggling to out pace 34 and 35 year olds! Demba Ba already putting him under pressure?"

  62. 2109: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 1-1 Everton

    Everton have a free-kick in Leighton Baines range, as Mike Williamson earns a booking for wrestling with Nikica Jelavic.

    Disappointingly Baines crosses in this time, and Marouane Fellaini can't do anything with the header at the back stick. Everton are having a good spell now though.

  63. 2109: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Almost the breakthrough! Frank Lampard smashes into the corner with typical power but he is instantly flagged offside. He was as well I think, about half a yard off. Just before that Victor Moses had flashed a shot wide. Chelsea piling on the pressure.

  64. 2107: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    David Luiz shoots over the bar at the end of a flowing move from Chelsea. they are looking a bit short of ideas though as we enter the last 25 minutes. What a point for QPR if they hang on...

  65. 2106: 
    Luis Suarez celebrates scoring for Liverpool

    Luis Suarez's second goal against Sunderland means he has now scored back-to-back braces in the Premier League for the first time.

  66. 2102: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    QPR almost in again, and Gary Cahill has to make a superb tackle to deny Jamie Mackie as he runs in on goal. What a tackle - he had to get that right.

    From the corner Shaun Derry has a free header but it's straight at Ross Turnbull.

  67. 2102: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle 1-1 Everton

    Back in play in Newcastle.

  68. 2102: 

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Steven Gerrard's total of eight PL assists this season is only one short of his personal best in a PL season (9 in 2008-09). Vintage."

  69. 2059: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    QPR have been under the cosh since the break but here's a sniff of a chance. Quick feet from Esteban Granero enables him to buy half a yard of space in the area and he whips in a host which Ross Turnbull hangs on to. Chelsea counter and Clint Hill mows into the back of Marko Marin. That is the end of Marin's night - Eden Hazard is on.

  70. 2059: 

    Phil Vieira on Twitter: "Steven Gerrard back to his best assisting form!? Don't tell him that was route 1 though!"

    Joe Blackmore on Twitter: "Assist of the season without doubt by Gerrard! Absolutely incredible!"

    Cameron Main on Twitter: "Gerrard is a different class when he plays like he is tonight!"

  71. 2059: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    Raheem Sterling is a genuinely exciting prospect, he's been superb again tonight, but he gets a rest for the last half hour or so as Joe Allen comes on.

  72. 2057: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Chelsea are knocking on the door now. A Clint Hill clearance falls for David Luiz on the edge of the area and, after his shot was blocked by two QPR defenders, Julio Cesar recovered to spread himself and block Fernando Torres' follow-up.

  73. 2057:  
    Jan Molby, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Sunderland

    "You have to question Sunderland again. It was a 60 yard pass straight through their defence and the form Luis Suarez is in, he was always going to tuck that away."

  74. 2054: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland - Luis Suarez (52 mins)

    This is pathetic defending from Sunderland. Steven Gerrard has the ball in the right-back position, there is no attempt to close him down at all and Gerrard takes his time before rifling a long ball into the path of Luis Suarez. There is so much room between the centre-backs, and Suarez just takes the ball on his chest before firing in from eight yards. So, so easy.

  75. 2053: 

    Sam Kamau on Twitter: "Memories of Roberto Carlos."

    Daniel Kimber on Twitter: "Baines looks like he has been spending some time with Thomas Hitzlsperger at the training ground!"

    Mhla on Twitter: "That's Baines adding a number on his price tag."

  76. 2052: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have a lovely understanding building. Suarez again helps the ball on over the defence with a first-time touch, Sterling is in again but this time shanks his shot wide. Liverpool are looking for more goals.

  77. 2050: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Oh what a chance! Marko Marin comes alive with a jinking run down the left, he leaves Shaun Derry for dead and flashes the ball across goal but Victor Moses stabs the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. Brilliant from Marin. Better from Chelsea.

  78. 2050: 

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "27 - Since Aug 2010 Leighton Baines has scored (12) or assisted (15) 27 PL goals, 10 more than any other defender in that period. Vital."

  79. 2049: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Chelsea force an early corner but QPR are looking firm at the back. Not something you can say often about a team who have kept one clean sheet in 26 away games in the top flight.

  80. 2047: 

    Buife on Twitter: "Psychedelic funkadelic strike from Baines ..Bliss."

    Shanaka Kahakachchi on Twitter: "Who needs clean sheets when your full back has a left peg like that. Screamer."

    Sadek Hussain on Twitter: "Thunderbolt by Baines. Best freekick specialist in the PL by far!"

  81. 2047: 

    We are back under way at Chelsea and at Liverpool.

  82. 2047: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland are forced into a change at the interval, with Stephane Sessegnon replaced by Fraizer Campbell.

  83. 2046: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 1-1 Everton
  84. 2046: 

    Stuart Pearce will be loving that goal. Loving it. A proper left-back's free-kick.

  85. 2045:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' ParkNewcastle 1-1 Everton

    "Tim Krul gambles and is expecting him to go over the ball, he takes a brief side-step and Leighton Baines cuts across the ball. It is a blistering strike. Krul may be disappointed he moved too soon, if he stands still, he saves that."

  86. 2043: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 Everton - Leighton Baines (43 mins)

    Hello! Hello! What a goal!

    My word. Leighton Baines hits a free-kick from 30 yards, I was expecting a curler but he just drives through the ball with the outside of the foot and sends a swerving piledriver into the top corner. Sensational. Sensational!

  87. 2042: 
    Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring for Newcastle

    Pappiss Cisse's second-minute header was the second fastest goal Everton have conceded this season, after conceding after 52 seconds to Arsenal (Theo Walcott) at Goodison Park in November, according to infostrada. They went on to draw that match 1-1.

  88. 2041: 

    Mikeygnfl on Twitter: "Typical performance from this QPR team. Always up for a game vs the top four but not too bothered about anything else."

    Xavier Edmonds-Allen on Twitter: "Chelsea need Moses to part the QPR defence, Ryan Nelsen is having a great game."

  89. 2041:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 QPR

    "With Rafa Benitez leaving out the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, Harry Redknapp will have told his players "Let's go out there and show them we can defend and then work on the counter-attack," but Chelsea have the ammunition to bring on and change the game."

  90. 2040: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Newcastle are still complaining about that penalty decision as Papiss Cisse sees yellow for clattering Leighton Baines on the touchline. No arguments with that. Into the last five minutes of the half.

  91. 2039: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Is that a penalty for Newcastle? Shola Ameobi is sent to the turf by a Phil Neville challenge - play on is the verdict...

  92. 2037: 

    Defending in the Premier League is not too clever this season is it? Raheem Sterling's goal was a fabulous finish but came directly from a Sunderland goal-kick, while Papiss Cisse's goal for Newcastle came as a result of John Heitinga nad Sylvain Distin heading each other instead of the ball.

  93. 2036:  
    Jan Molby, BBC Radio 5 live at AnfieldLiverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    "The difference between the two teams has been the defences. Luis Suarez has been on fire, and has been involved in both goals. When Sunderland have had the opportunities to go forward, they have not taken them. They will take heart from their first half performance but Raheem Stirling and Suarez have caused problems on the break."

  94. 2035: 

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "165 - Liverpool's Premier League home record in games in which they've had a two goal lead is P167 W165 D2 L0. Safe."

  95. 2034: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    This game has opened up a treat now. Davide Santon gets to the byeline, puts Steven Naismith on his backside with a lovely turn and whips in a fine cross which evades Papiss Cisse. There are more goals to be had here...

  96. 2033:  
    Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge:HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    "A frustrating evening so far for Chelsea and their manager Rafael Benitez. QPR have set their stall out defensively and it is working - it is goalless at the break after a first-half of few chances."

  97. 2033: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Almost an equaliser for Everton after a fine move down the left. Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar have been linking up all season, and Baines finds a beauty of a through ball to release Pienaar inside the area. Tim Krul comes charging out though and makes the save with his feet.

  98. 2031:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Anfield:HALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    "2-0 Liverpool, the first goal created by Luis Suarez and finished by Raheem Sterling, the second created and finished by Suarez. Sunderland have had their moments but they have not taken their chances and Liverpool have the lead the break."

  99. 2031: 
    Luis Suarez (left) and Raheem Sterling

    Goals from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling ensured Liverpool led 2-0 after 26 minutes. Only Manchester United (19) and Chelsea (13) have scored more goals in the first 30 minutes of Premier League matches this season than Liverpool, who have 12.

  100. 2031: 

    Mohamed Ali on Twitter: "Liverpool playing well AND winning without Joe Allen. Coincidence?"

    Tim Purcell on Twitter: "Was gutted when LFC lost Torres but Suarez has all the goals and twice the work rate #irresistible."

    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Suarez is a phenomenal player, goal after goal. He will be a threat against Man United. Goal machine."

  101. 2029: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Almost 2-0 to Newcastle! Everton have been doing the pressing but James Perch comes mighty close to a second, rising at the back post to head a Vurnon Anita free-kick against the post with Tim Howard rooted to the spot. Everton look all at sea defending crosses.

  102. 2028: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Chelsea do nearly find a way through as Oscar shoots from range, it takes a deflection off Frank Lampard and Julio Cesar makes the save with his feet. The Brazilian goalkeeper was going the wrong way momentarily there and did well to adjust. Can Chelsea find a breakthrough?

  103. 2026: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Branislav Ivanovic has just had another hugely ambitious shot from 30+ yards sail wide. He must be on a new goal bonus for 2013, but that is poor decision making. A sign of how hard QPR are working though as he had no easy options available.

  104. 2026: 

    Sam, Watford on text: "Coloccini versus Fellaini, hairstyles would make you think you were watching a game from the 80s!"

    Tom, Hull on text: "If Coloccini and Fellaini keep battling like this we might need some shears to seperate them."

  105. 2024: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Everton are beginning to threaten, with Maroune Fellaini the main danger. He has one shot blocked by Davide Santon as the Belgian shows no signs of rustiness after three games out with suspension.

  106. 2022: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Rafael Benitez is out into his technical area bellowing at his players, the Chelsea boss is not happy here. Branislav Ivanovic chooses to shoot from 40 yards and unsurprisingly skies it into the crowd. Not great from Chelsea, but QPR are well organised.

  107. 2021: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland should have one back! After Seb Larsson hits a tame free-kick into the wall, the ball is turned back in and Steven Fletcher volleys toward goal from an angle. He is only five yards out but Pepe Reina makes the stop, and then manages to shovel the ball out for a corner with Matt Kilgallon waiting to pounce.

  108. 2017: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland continue to come forward, despite their poor start. Seb Larsson tests Pepe Reina with a low drive from 15 yards but it's an easy save. At the other end Jordan Henderson shoots from 30 yards but never looks like scoring.

  109. 2017: 

    Jack Ireson on Twitter: "WOW! great persistence and quality finish, Suarez has got to be up there with the best in the world now."

    David Boateng on Twitter: "Love him or Hate him #Suarez."

    Daniel Brown on Twitter: "And they say Suarez dives, I don't care what he does when you got a player like him doing stuff like that..... Magnificent!!!"

  110. 2015: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    It's been a frustrating half hour for Chelsea, who are yet to hit their recent form.

    But this is better. Marko Marin is quick to nip in and steal the ball in midfield, and he finds Oscar to shoot toward goal. A deflection carries the ball out for a corner.

  111. 2014: 
    Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    The linesman was flagging for a foul against Carlos Cuellar in the build up to that Luis Suarez goal, but he was so strong anyway he just went on regardless. That was Suarez's 17th goal of the season.

  112. 2014:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    On Twitter: "Suarez stays on his feet when he was clearly fouled and goes on to score. They'll be calling him honesto Luis next."

  113. 2013: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Newcastle are well on top at the minute. They are bossing it, but Marouane Fellaini is making his physical presence felt in that midfield for Everton. A big plus having him back.

  114. 2013: 

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "1 - Tim Krul is the first goalkeeper to provide an assist in the Premier League this season. Playmaker."

  115. 2011: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland - Luis Suarez (26 mins)

    Sunderland are playing such a high line, and they have been punished again. It's just a routine ball forwards from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez is far too strong for Carlos Cuellar, shrugging off the defender before running into the area and driving in at the near post. That man is on fire.

  116. 2010: 

    Ross Yell on Twitter: "Cisse is one of the most clinical strikers...Ba none."

    Amad Ali on Twitter: "Everton can't keep a clean sheet for Toffee."

  117. 2009: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland really should have equalised just now as James McClean gets between two Liverpool defenders inside the area and has just Pepe Reina to beat, but his low drive flies agonisingly wide of the far post.

  118. 2009:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    On Twitter: "Fabulous finish from Sterling after some silver service from Suarez."

  119. 2008:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit David Pleat:Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    "QPR may have looked at Luis Suarez at the weekend and put Adel Taarabt up front on his own. It may work with his quick feet and trickery. He is a clever dribbler and may induce a penalty. He is a selfish player who likes to play on his own but does not have the physical presence."

  120. 2008: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Chelsea want a penalty as Ryan Bertrand goes down in the area but nothing is given - and replays show that the left-back fell over his own feet. Top decision.

  121. 2006: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-0 Everton

    Leighton Baines didn't cover himself in glory for the Newcastle goal, but the Everton man almost redeems himself moments later with a trademark free-kick which is flying into the corner until Tim Krul gets a fingertip to it. Great effort.

  122. 2006: 

    Ben Hagyard on Twitter: "Papiss Cissé really, really didn't like Demba Ba."

    Ralph Brown on Twitter: "Howay the lads! Demba Ba who?"

    Joseph on Twitter: "On a positive note to Newcastle, this may just free up Cisse and he just may continue from where he left off last season."

  123. 2006:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at St James' ParkNewcastle 1-0 Everton

    "It is incredible. It is just a long, hopeful ball from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, as the ball is allowed to bounce and he loops a header over Tim Howard. Awful defending from Everton."

  124. 2004: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland - Raheem Sterling (19 mins)

    Great finish. This boy is going to be very, very good. Luis Suarez plays the ball around the corner to catch the Sunderland defence square and Raheem Sterling is in. Simon Mignolet comes out to meet him but the youngster floats a deft lob over him and into the net.

  125. 2001: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Everton - Papiss Cisse (2 mins)

    Who needs Demba Ba? Terrible defending from Everton allows Papiss Cisse to put Newcastle ahead. Tim Krul lamps a long ball down the field, the Everton defence fail to win the header and after drifting away from Leighton Baines, Cisse lobs his header over Tim Howard and into the net.

    "Are you watching Demba Ba?" rings around the stadium.

  126. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle 0-0 Everton

    We are away at Newcastle.

  127. 2000: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    An early blow for QPR. Junior Hoilett has done his hamstring and he is off, replaced by former Chelsea man Shaun Wright-Phillips.

  128. 1958: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Victor Moses buys himself a yard of space down the right and when his cross is deflected out to the edge of the box, David Luiz shoots into the turf and it bounces on to the roof of the net. Chelsea trying to kick on a gear.

  129. 1958: 

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Jonjo Shelvey got a red card for that, Marin didn't! Where is the consistency in that? And this is coming from a United fan."

    Harry Chalvet on Twitter: "This is what I mean about top sides getting lucky decisions, Marin should be off, ridiculous challenge."

    Matt Chapman on Twitter: "Horror tackle from Marin - Lee Mason has bottled it early on."

  130. 1957: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

    Liverpool win a free-kick on the edge of the box as Luis Suarez is clipped, and Stewart Downing whips in the shot to the near post but Simon Mignolet is equal to it, making a flying save. Jordan Henderson then heads on against his old club but it's easy for the keeper.

  131. 1956: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    There is a large away following at Stamford Bridge this evening and it is making for a decent atmosphere. QPR fans are in full voice, and their side have settled in pretty well so far. Adel Taarabt is coming deep though so there's no real out ball for them.

  132. 1956: 
    New Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge at Anfield

    In signing for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge became the second player to transfer directly from Chelsea to Liverpool in the Premier League era after Joe Cole in 2010, according to infostrada. With Cole seemingly on the move, don't expect to see too much of them playing together.

  133. 1952: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

    Liverpool mount an attack and after Steven Gerrard sprays the ball out wide, Andre Wisdom hits a shot from 25 yards which rises over the crossbar. Decent hit from the youngster.

  134. 1951: 

    Tom Knights on Twitter: "Late and over the top of the ball, Marin massively lucky not to be sent off."

    Jack Cobbold on Twitter: "Marin should be off without any shadow of a doubt - shameful."

  135. 1950: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have the first real sight of goal, they whip in a free-kick from the left and it is eventually hammered towards goal by Craig Gardner. Martin Skrtel makes the block though and it is away for a corner. Good start from Sunderland.

  136. 1948: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    Marko Marin has waited all this time for a Premier League start, and he could have been sent off inside five minutes. The German loses the ball with a heavy touch and as he slides in to try and win it back, he is very high on Stephane Mbia, He is booked but that could have been red, his studs were up. Lucky boy.

  137. 1947: 
    Chelsea 0-0 QPR

    I wondered who was going to play through the middle for QPR with no Djibril Cisse, and in the opening stages it is Adel Taarabt who is the most central of their attackers. He will drop deep though from that role.

  138. 1946: 
    Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Here's a bit more from Alan Pardew on the departure of Demba Ba:

    "We prepared yesterday with Demba in the side. I was assuming that, I was in the dark as I have been on most of this particular deal because obviously the ball was in Demba's court. We had no inclination yesterday, we set up the team with Papiss in his normal role when Demba played. Although I'm tempted to change, I haven't, I've just put Shola straight in for Demba. But going forward, Papiss will go through the middle for us. Tonight he starts out on that right hand side where he has done terrific for us."

  139. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Away at Anfield as well.

  140. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Game on...

  141. 1943: 

    So Demba Ba to Chelsea is a done deal according to Newcastle. I guess he could always fail to agree terms.

    Anyway, the players are out on the pitch, let's get this game on...

  142. 1942:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    "With this squad of players and the way Chelsea are playing, you just can't write them out of the title race.

    "For QPR, even Harry Redknapp cannot get them out of this one. If they get beat tonight, they are in massive trouble. If Chelsea get an early goal, it could be a drubbing."

  143. 1941: 
    Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the sale of Demba Ba: "There is no swift resolution, it's done, he will go to Chelsea with our blessing. He has done fantastically for us, it's a big club, good luck to him.

    "For us, it's not a bad thing because of all the uncertainty of whether he was going to stay is now done. We can move on, we're a massive club here. This club is bigger than any player for sure. In some respects, I'm pleased."

  144. 1939: 

    Clint Hill leads the QPR players out into the tunnel at Stamford Bridge. He was skinned by Luis Suarez at the weekend - will he fare any better against Fernando Torres, Oscar and Victor Moses?

  145. 1938: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "13 - Since August 1998, Everton v Newcastle has seen more penalties than any other fixture in the Premier League. Recurrent."

  146. 1936: 

    As Michael Owen says, the days of 4-4-2 are pretty much over. I wouldn't expect to see Demba Ba and Fernando Torres start up top too much together at Chelsea.

  147. 1935: 
    Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is still in shock after his side's 7-3 defeat last weekend. "I was hurt, as you would imagine, after Arsenal," he said. "That last 20 minutes really hurt."

    Everton boss David Moyes is in confident mood after seeing his side enter 2013 in sixth spot. He said: "We have made a pretty good start, we're not disappointed with what we've done. I think the players have improved this season, the football has got better.

    "All the players are playing well, we have very few players who are not in good form and that has given us the opportunity to be close to winning games or winning them."

  148. 1935: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen on BBC Radio 5 live: "The way the game has gone over the last few years is that strike partnerships are few and far between, whereas five to 10 years ago it was popular such as the SAS (Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton).

    "Players like me are a dying breed now, ones that play off the big man. A month or so ago I would have said Chelsea were out of the title race but I am impressed with how they are playing now and Rafa Benitez is a great manager for them.

    "I was not sure when they appointed him he was what the owner wanted because they would have wanted a Barcelona-style of play but Rafa is shaping his team into the style of play he likes."

  149. 1933: 
    Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea will look for their fifth successive Premier League win when they face QPR tonight, and will climb back above Tottenham and into third place if they manage it. But interim Blues boss Rafael Benitez says he is not thinking about catching leaders Manchester United, who would remain 11 points ahead.

    "I don't like to think about this," Benitez said. "I like to think about the next game and three points. It is important to give the players this mentality. My job is to think about the next three or four or five games and if I have to adjust something I will do it. But the players just have to think 'This is my game, I have to give 100 per cent to win this game'."

  150. 1931: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Obertan, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Ferguson, Tavernier, Abeid.

    Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  151. 1930: 
    Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea made their move for Newcastle striker Demba Ba earlier today and interim manager Rafael Benitez says current Blues striker Fernando Torres will be happy to fight for his place - or be part of his squad rotation system - if he does get a new striker in. "We are trying to manage the team so when I can change Fernando I will do it," said Benitez. "He wants the team winning games and he understands that is the way so he will accept this."

    Will he though?

  152. 1929: 

    We are 15 minutes away from kick-off at Chelsea and Liverpool. This your kettle warning.

  153. 1928:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Danny Mills at Stamford Bridge:

    "Realistically, Chelsea are out of the title race so I am not sure why they are signing Demba Ba. Is he going to really add that much to their side long term? He has been very good at Newcastle but I am not sure he is Champions League quality or someone you need in your side to win the Premier League."

  154. 1925: 

    As Daniel Sturridge comes in at Anfield, there may be one on the way out. There has been plenty of chat surrounding the future of Reds midfielder Joe Cole, and BBC Sport understands that he is currently having a medical at West Ham with a view to a permanent move back to his first club.

    He can't join West Ham on loan as they already have Andy Carroll - but QPR are also interested in a deal. Watch this space...

  155. 1922:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit David Pleat:

    "I think Shola Ameobi is a really improved player and he may cement his place in the side. Newcastle may go for Loic Remy to replace Demba Ba but it will be difficult for them because a lot of defenders respected the pairing of Ba and Papiss Cisse."

  156. 1922: 
    Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has warned his side they will come up against some of the best players in the Premier League when they face Liverpool.

    He said: "It will be a test for anybody at Anfield regardless of what side Liverpool have.

    "They have still got quality players - Suarez is an absolute top quality player, and so is Steven Gerrard, and they have got a couple of lads at the back who have been stalwarts for quite some considerable time. And then you can take the full-back - Glen Johnson - into consideration, who is one of the best in the league."

  157. 1921:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jan Molby at Anfield:

    "Luis Suarez is the main striker here so Danny Sturridge may occupy one of the wide roles. He has a big opportunity now at Liverpool but we are still waiting for him to fulfil his potential. Raheem Sterling has made incredible progress this season, he has great work rate but he looks mentally tired and jaded so the signing will add to the squad."

  158. 1920: 

    A few of you are excited about Marko Marin getting a start for Chelsea tonight then. I've not seen much of him play - I don't think anyone has since he came to Chelsea - but he has a chance to impress now.

    He will have to put in a remarkable performance to get ahead of Juan Mata or Eden Hazard in the pecking order, mind you. Chelsea have been playing some wonderful stuff in patches recently.

  159. 1918: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "6 - Liverpool have won only six of their last 21 Premier League games in January. Hangover."

  160. 1917:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Robbie Savage:

    "If Danny Sturridge is as good as he thinks he is, then he will be an unbelievable signing for Liverpool. He is a great talent, but that needs hard work and desire as well. At times when he played for Chelsea, it was all about him. Time will tell if he is worth the £12m."

  161. 1915: 
    Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    The year 2012 was a tale of two halves for Newcastle. For the first half they were utterly brilliant, belying a wafer-thin squad to finish fifth in the league, but this campaign is not going as well and ever since manager Alan Pardew was handed his bumper contract extension until 2020 they have been a team in freefall.

    As for Everton, they travel to St James' Park knowing that their recent record there is poor, but David Moyes's side cannot afford many more slip-ups in the race for a Champions League spot.

  162. 1914:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Anfield:Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    "Liverpool seldom seem to take one step forward these days without taking another one back. Win at West Ham, lose to Villa; win against Fulham, lose at Stoke; win at QPR. If they lose to Sunderland, another opportunity to get near the top five would have been spurned.

    "Sunderland have certainly proved to be tough opponents for Liverpool in recent times, taking a point from Anfield on each of their last two visits. Another draw would be a good way for them to start 2013."

  163. 1914: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Luiz, Lampard, Marin, Oscar, Moses, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Ferreira, Piazon.

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Da Silva, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett, Granero, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Faurlin.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  164. 1912: 

    JP knows his stats, and here they are:

    Only one team which were bottom of the league on New Year's Day has escaped Premier League relegation. QPR go to Stamford Bridge without an away win in 23 league games over 13 months, with just three points taken from a possible 51 on their travels. They have not kept an away league clean sheet since 27 November 2012 and they have not won a league match at the Bridge since 1983. Oh, and Harry Redknapp has just two victories in his last 22 meetings with the Blues.

  165. 1912:  
    Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    "Chelsea have heralded in the new year with a wave of optimism. But 2013 has slunk in for QPR. Their first half-hour performance against Liverpool on Sunday was the poorest I've witnessed this season. Defenders ignored the basics, Samba Diakite and Stephane Mbia were awful in central midfield and too many players didn't work hard enough. That way relegation lies.

    "But Harry Redknapp is still remarkably buoyant. I remember him convincing me in 2006 that Portsmouth would stay up, and they did. He was in the same mood in Saturday's post-match interview. I want to be convinced again. But the statistics are too gloomy."

  166. 1912: 

    Jimmy, a happy Chelsea fan via text: "Think Mark (see 19:00) is being a bit negative there, Sturridge not really improved since coming to Chelsea, just makes the same mistake over and over ie. learning how to pass! Profit and an upgrade, in my opinion good business for a change!"

  167. 1912: 
    Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech misses out because of the groin injury he sustained in his side's 2-1 win at Everton at the weekend, so Ross Turnbull replaces him for his first Premier League start of the season. The Blues make four other changes, with Ashley Cole, Ramires, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard all dropping to the bench. Ryan Bertrand starts at left-back and Oscar, Victor Moses and Marko Marin come into midfield, the latter for his first League start since joining Chelsea from Werder Bremen in the summer.

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes from the team that lost heavily to Liverpool in their last outing. Fabio is in for Armand Traore at left-back, while Esteban Granero and Shaun Derry come into midfield for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Samba Diakite. Up front, Junior Hoilett comes in as Djibril Cisse drops to bench. Park Ji-sung, out for a month with a knee injury, is among the Rangers substitutes.

  168. 1911: 

    Harshad Pathak on Twitter: "Biggest news for CFC? Sturridge? Ba? Nope. Marko Marin starts!"

    Daniel Walter on Twitter: "No Mata or Hazard. Step forward Marko Marin, huge night for him."

  169. 1910: 

    Blackburn were one of the clubs to change managers over the festive period and their global advisor, Shebby Singh has been telling BBC Lancashire that the club are planning to offer their next boss an initial six-month contract.

    Singh also told the six-month contract option for their new boss should be seen as a way to "reward success and not failure."

    He said: "If they achieve set targets during the six month contract they could earn themselves a long-term contract."

  170. 1907: 

    Andrew in London via text: "Chelsea board making the right decisions for once, Sturridge out, a player who has been very disappointing and selfish, Ba in with a great goalscoring record, and change to spare!"

  171. 1907: 
    Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Andre Wisdom starts his frist game since November for Liverpool as manager Brendan Rodgers makes two changes. Defender Wisdom replaces left back Jose Enrique, who suffered a hamstring tear against QPR on Sunday.

    Joe Allen drops to the bench as Lucas Leiva is brought into the side by Rodgers, who has recovered from illness to take his place in the dugout.

    Sunderland, meanwhile, make one change to the side that lost to Tottenham at the weekend, with the injured John O'Shea (hamstring) replaced by Danny Rose.

  172. 1907: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Carragher, Allen, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey, Robinson.

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, Kilgallon, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  173. 1906: 

    Matthew Ball on Twitter: "Unbelievable! Pardew is STILL starting with Cisse out of position tonight."

    Alex Clark on Twitter: "So Ba leaves and Cisse STILL doesn't play up top!? Pardew…"

  174. 1906: 

    From Andy in Newcastle via text: "It's Ba's loss. He's going to a smaller club, mainly for more money, which is sad. Still, as an NUFC fan, I'm grateful for his positive contribution and wish him well."

  175. 1905: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    As expected, Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is back in the Everton side after suspension, and captain Phil Neville also returns.

  176. 1902: 

    I've just seen Daniel Sturridge going into the Liverpool dressing room to meet his new team-mates. He was not eligible to play tonight so will be watching from the stands in his smart new club suit. Is he going to end up replacing Stewart Downing on the right wing? He won't want to - but he may do.

  177. 1901: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Shola Ameobi is handed a starting role for Newcastle in place of Demba Ba. Papiss Cisse is also in attack.

  178. 1900: 

    Everton had a good 2012 in anyone's book. They may have been beaten by Chelsea last time out in an excellent game, but they remain a force at the top of the table. And tonight they have the supremely-haired, supremely strong Marouane Fellaini back from suspension. Can Newcastle stop the big man?

  179. 1900: 

    From Mark, a dejected Chelsea fan via text: "As a Chelsea fan I am gutted to be losing Sturridge! He is a fantastic young English talent who has pace, skill and is a quality finisher. £12m is a bargain in the long run. A great buy by Rodgers. I'm disgusted that Roman has let him go, and to Liverpool of all places. It's his money but he is clueless when it comes to transfers. Also there is no point in getting Ba. Roman won't want him picked over Torres."

  180. 1859: 

    Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has taken the chance to rest a few of his big names tonight. Juan Mata, Ashley Cole and Eden Hazard are all on the bench.

  181. 1858: 

    Andy Hall on Twitter: "Great deal. Ba is a proven Premiership goalscorer with a decent goal record against the so called big clubs."

    Scott Lennon on Twitter: "With Ba's goals, Newcastle 2 points above relegation zone. Can they find someone who will score more than him for £7m? not sure."

    Jonny Hurrell on Twitter: "If everything goes to plan, Chelsea get a top class striker and 12m back from the 50 we spent on Torres. All works well."

  182. 1855: 

    Demba Ba has been prolific since arriving on these shores two years ago, and with a very public release clause of £7m there was every chance he would be on the move this month.

    It looks like a no-brainer for Chelsea. Where this leaves Newcastle's striking options is anyone's guess. At least Shola Ameobi is staying put - he hasn't joined up with the Nigeria squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. Is Xisco still around?

  183. 1854: 

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Sturridge not a bad shout for a young player with some talent. But needs to make good decisions on the pitch."

    Vinny Person on Twitter: "Pains me to say it, but Sturridge is a cracking signing from CFC. Proves Rafa still has #LFC at heart letting him go at that price."

    Russell Sanderson on Twitter: "I do believe Sturridge will be a quality addition. I'm hating all the dull noise about LFC's progress though. Its coming."

  184. 1854: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Shaun Derry is recalled to the QPR side, with Harry Redknapp making changes. Fabio and Junior Hoilett are also in.

  185. 1852:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    The boys from BBC Radio 5 live are on hand to talk you through the build up to tonight's games and have a look at the opening of the transfer window.

    Robbie Savage and David Pleat are in the studio with Mark Chapman from 1900 GMT, with input from Ian Dennis and Andy Brassell.

    From 1945 we are around the grounds with Ian Brown and Jan Molby at Anfield, Connor McNamara and Danny Mills at St James' Park and Alistair Bruce Ball and Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge.

    You can listen to all the action live online.

  186. 1852: 

    Jethro Colmer on Twitter: "What a Ba-rgain! Much more quality than Sturridge and it will mean that Torres will have to play well to stay in starting XI."

    Richard on Twitter: "NUFC can let Cisse get on with the job now, let Ba gones be Ba gones."

  187. 1850: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Ross Turnbull starts in goal for Chelsea in place of the injured Petr Cech. Marko Marin also starts.

  188. 1849: 

    Steven Jerijan on Twitter: "From his occasional games, Sturridge has shown potential for me, and he should get a run of starts at Anfield now to prove it."

    Tom Fuller on Twitter: "Sturridge and Suarez, the 2 most selfish strikers in English football. I can see Liverpool fans getting frustrated by him fast."

    Waqar Hussain on Twitter: "Yet again Liverpool sign an overrated British player for a high price...."

  189. 1849: 

    At the bottom of course, it's a big night for QPR at Stamford Bridge. Harry Redknapp has only won one game since taking charge at Loftus Road, and even if they win tonight Rangers will still be five points short of safety.

    There are 17 games left after tonight. If an escape is to happen, it is certainly going to be great...

  190. 1848: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Andre Wisdom starts for Liverpool, but there is no Daniel Sturridge in the matchday squad.

  191. 1841: 

    Effectively, and if the fees being reported are anywhere near accurate, Chelsea are looking to sign Demba Ba and have £5m change after flogging Daniel Sturridge.

    I'm no mathematician, or football manager, but that looks like good business to me...

  192. 1840:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "If Daniel Sturridge becomes the player he thinks he is, he could be one hell of a signing for Liverpool."

  193. 1839: 

    So two strikers on the move, and all the relevant clubs all in action this evening. What more could you ask for?

    My questions tonight are easy. Chelsea fans, will you be pleased to get Demba Ba in the building? Sad to see Sturridge go?

    Liverpool fans, is Sturridge a good signing? Where is he going to play? Is he going to score goals?

    And lastly, Newcastle fans. Is this a disaster? Or just a low point you all knew was coming? Will this bring the best out of Papiss Cisse? Who do you want in to replace Ba?

    Text me on 81111 (UK Only), or Tweet us on the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  194. 1836: 

    Aside from the wheeling and dealing, we have three important matches in the top flight this evening to keep us all entertained.

    Here's the line-up:

    Chelsea v QPR (1945 GMT)

    Liverpool v Sunderland (1945 GMT)

    Newcastle v Everton (2000 GMT)

  195. 1834: 

    There is a chance that you may have missed the transfer news in and around Stamford Bridge this afternoon - so allow me to bring you up to speed.

    Liverpool have announced the signing of Chelsea and England striker Daniel Sturridge for an undisclosed fee.

    And Chelsea have also triggered the release clause in Newcastle forward Demba Ba's contract. Ba has been given permission to speak to Chelsea and will miss tonight's game against Everton.

    This is supposed to happen on deadline day - not 2 January! We've gone big, and we've gone early.

  196. 1830: 

    After a hectic festive schedule of eating, drinking, some more eating, watching sport and a bit more eating, today was the first day back at work for many.

    It always takes a few hours to locate your mug, delete thousands of unnecessary emails and get back to people you'd promised to call before Christmas - it must have been a busy day.

    But you've definitely not been as busy as the secretary at Chelsea. The transfer window has only been open 42 hours and the Blues have already sold one striker and had a bid accepted on another. Oh, and they are playing QPR this evening.

    It is all go...

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 21 26 52
2 Man City 21 22 45
3 Tottenham 21 12 39
4 Chelsea 20 20 38
5 Everton 21 9 36
6 Arsenal 20 18 34
7 West Brom 21 2 33
8 Liverpool 21 8 31
9 Swansea 21 5 29
10 Stoke 21 1 29
11 West Ham 20 0 26
12 Norwich 21 -10 25
13 Fulham 21 -5 24
14 Sunderland 21 -8 22
15 Newcastle 21 -12 20
16 Aston Villa 21 -24 19
17 Southampton 20 -11 18
18 Wigan 21 -17 18
19 Reading 21 -17 13
20 QPR 21 -19 13