EPL: QPR stun Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool and Everton win

Chelsea were stunned by rockbottom West London neighbours Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez had gone into the match in a seemingly confident mood as he rested the playmaking duo of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard against a QPR side who hadn't won away from home all season.

However, a tepid match at Stamford Bridge was won by former Blue Shaun Wright-Phillips's fizzing low strike in the 78th minute.

Rangers defended resolutely throughout and created more chances to score in an entertaining second half.

It was a crucial victory that ended their three-match losing run, giving Harry Redknapp his second win since becoming manager last month, and while they remain bottom of the table on goal difference the result invigorated their relegation battle.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez dropped Ramires, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard to the bench, but the Blues still created more than enough chances to be out of sight before Wright-Phillips pounced.

The lack of a goal will have added urgency to Chelsea's pursuit of Demba Ba after today tabling the £7million bid that has triggered the release clause in the Newcastle striker's contract.

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Newcastle 1-2 Everton

Everton came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James' Park and leave the host just two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

The Magpies got off to the perfect start as Papiss Cisse looped a header over Tim Howard, but Leighton Baines hit back just before the break with a superbly-struck free kick from 30 yards.

Substitute Victor Anichebe snatched the points for the Toffees immediately after coming on in the second half, firing home with his first touch.

Demba Ba was absent from Newcastle's side as he was in London to discuss terms with Chelsea over a prospective 7 million pound move and replaced by Shola Ameobi, while Marouane Fellaini's return from suspension was a boost for David Moyes.

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Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

Luis Suarez scored twice and set up another goal as Liverpool beat Sunderland 3-0 on Wednesday to win consecutive Premier League matches for only the second time this season.

On the same day Liverpool bought Daniel Sturridge to ease the scoring burden on Suarez, the Uruguay forward found the net in the 26th and 52nd minutes for his 14th and 15th league goals of the season — one behind leading scorer Robin van Persie.

Raheem Sterling gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead in the 19th at Anfield after receiving Suarez's lobbed pass and then calmly chipping the goalkeeper.

Liverpool, which won 3-0 at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, has now risen two spots to eighth in the standings, seven points behind fourth-place Chelsea but having played a match more.

Sunderland stayed 14th, four points above the relegation zone.


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