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    [yellow-card]Dembele and Shawcross are booked for an altercation. Eriksen fires the resulting free-kick over the bar.
    12/29/2013 5:09:14 PM
    [liverpool]So close! The ball is chipped into the box by Henderson and met by Sakho, whose header seems to take an eternity to drop towards the goal before hitting the bar and bouncing clear of danger.
    12/29/2013 5:12:13 PM
    [chelsea]Mignolet comes to Liverpool's rescue. Eto'o is put through on goal by Hazard and shoots on goal from an angle but the Reds keeper stays big to block the effort.
    12/29/2013 5:13:39 PM
  • Eto'o can't believe it after going close to a second for Chelsea

    12/29/2013 5:13:56 PM
    Leicester were involved in undoubtedly the game of the day at the King Power Stadium. Nigel Pearson's side trailed 2-1 and 3-2 at home to Bolton before recovering to draw level at half-time before second half strikes from Dyer and Taylor-Fletcher saw them home.
    Derby kept up the pressure at the top with a 2-1 win at Barnsley, while Nottingham Forest rounded off a hat-trick of victories for East Midlands club as they dispatched Leeds 2-1 at the City Ground.
    Burnley and QPR both lost ground on the leaders as they were held in goalless draws by Watford and Wigan, respectively.
    At the other end of the table, managerless Millwall drew 0-0 away to Doncaster, while Yeovil were thrashed 5-1 by Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

    Click here for the full results rundown from the Championship.
    12/29/2013 5:14:14 PM
    [tottenham]Soldado spurns the chance to double the lead as he directs an effort straight at Sorensen when well-placed.
    12/29/2013 5:15:51 PM
    Meanwhile, over at White Hart Lane, Stoke are 11/2 to salvage a draw but it doesn’t look like happening, making Tottenham 1/8 favourites to collect another three points. Bet in-play here.
    12/29/2013 5:16:35 PM
    [liverpool]Suarez has been very quiet so far but he finally has a clear sight of goal when the ball is cut back from the byline. It is not an easy chance as he has to strike it first time from the edge of the box, but when it is the Uruguayan you suspect fireworks. He doesn't quite catch it properly, though, and Cech can save.
    12/29/2013 5:17:50 PM
    Brentford took advantage of Leyton Orient and Wolves drawing 1-1, leapfrogging both to go top of the table with a 3-1 win over MK Dons at Griffin Park.

    Here are all the results from League One.
    12/29/2013 5:18:11 PM
    [substitution]Rookie midfielder Brad Smith is on for Liverpool in place of Allen, who limps off holding his leg.
    12/29/2013 5:19:23 PM
    [substitution]Tim Sherwood is forced to make a change, with Capoue on for Paulinho, who looked to be caught in a challenge with Adam. The Scotsman, by the way, came on a short while ago for Ireland.
    12/29/2013 5:20:47 PM
  • [goal]TOTTENHAM 2-0 STOKE (Dembele)
    Dembele teases the Stoke defence, turning them one way and then the other, before drilling a low 20-yard shot past Sorensen and into the bottom corner.
    12/29/2013 5:21:50 PM
    [liverpool]Suarez is fouled to give Liverpool a free-kick in the Chelsea half. Coutinho chips the ball into the box, causing chaos before the ball is finally hammered away. It remains 2-1 to the home side. Suarez wants a penalty for what he feels is a foul by Azpilicueta, but Howard Webb waves away his protests.
    12/29/2013 5:22:47 PM
    [liverpool]Another free-kick, this time given for a foul on Sterling, allows Continho to fire the ball into the box again, but once more the home side deal with it. 
    12/29/2013 5:24:04 PM
    Celtic take an 11 point lead into the New Year after a 1-0 win over Inverness. Motherwell cemented second place with a 5-1 thrashing of Partick Thistle, while Aberdeen stay third after a 1-0 win over Ross County. Hibernian and St Johnstone claimed 3-0 wins and rock-bottom Hearts held St Mirren to a 1-1 draw.

    12/29/2013 5:25:39 PM
  • [goal]TOTTENHAM 3-0 STOKE (Lennon)
    Good work from Adebayor in the build-up, the ball falls invitingly to Lennon in the area and he hits a lovely looping shot over Sorensen and into the net.
    12/29/2013 5:26:13 PM
    [chelsea]Eto'o is fouled for a free-kick in Liverpool territory. Luiz hammers it at goal but the wall does it job by blocking,
    12/29/2013 5:28:09 PM
    [chelsea]Superb work by Oscar sees him battle and win the ball from Lucas before carrying it to the edge of the box and shooting just past the far post.
    12/29/2013 5:29:49 PM
    Just to round things off, here are all today's results from League Two.
    12/29/2013 5:30:25 PM
    [substitution]Goalscorer Lennon takes his bow and leaves the pitch, with club record signing Lamela on to replace him. Lamela almost scores with his first touch but his shot is deflected behind by Shawcross.
    12/29/2013 5:32:51 PM
    [liverpool]Liverpool are far from out of this game. Johnson shows just why as he cuts inside on to his left foot and fires a low shot towards the corner of the goal. It presents an awkward save for Cech but he manages it and Chelsea remain in the lead.
    12/29/2013 5:33:39 PM
    [chelsea]Willian gets in down the left and finds Eto'o with a pull-back but the striker is surrounded by red shirts and is unable to control before the ball is hammered clear.
    12/29/2013 5:37:20 PM
    [substitution]Adebayor missed a sitter but has worked hard and won the penalty. He leaves the field to a positive response from the Spurs fans, to be replaced by Chadli.
    12/29/2013 5:38:03 PM
    [yellow-card]Cahill clatters into Suarez in the Chelsea half and is booked. The Liverpool striker takes the free-kick himself, swinging it into the box, but Cech does well to punch away.
    12/29/2013 5:38:29 PM
    [substitution]Stoke boss Mark Hughes also rings the changes, with Muniesa on for Wilkinson, after Palacios had earlier been replaced by Pennant.
    12/29/2013 5:40:49 PM
    [liverpool]Eto'o just got away with one there. Suarez is dispossessed by Hazard in the Chelsea box but then Eto'o comes in with a late swipe down the Liverpool striker's leg. It's a foul. It should be a penalty. Howard Webb was in a decent spot to see it but chose not to give it.
    12/29/2013 5:43:24 PM
  • Penalty? You decide.....

    12/29/2013 5:43:53 PM
    [substitution]Eto'o is withdrawn with what appears to be cramp and Torres comes on to face his former club.
    12/29/2013 5:45:09 PM
    [chelsea]Torres almost makes an immediate impact by cutting in from the right, past Sakho and Skrtel in the box and into a clear sight of goal, but his shot is saved by Mignolet.
    12/29/2013 5:48:23 PM

  • Dembele lets fly to score Tottenham's second goal. 

    12/29/2013 5:50:47 PM
  • [full-time]TOTTENHAM 3-0 STOKE
    All over at the Lane then, where a penalty from Roberto Soldado followed by classy strikes from Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon secured the points for Spurs.
    12/29/2013 5:51:24 PM
  • Want a lively finale at Stamford Bridge? You got it....

    12/29/2013 5:53:37 PM
    There's some aggro at the end here, three minutes into four minutes of added time. Oscar dives in late on Lucas and the two Brazilians square up. Howard Webb steps in to calm matters. The resulting free-kick is launched into the Chelsea box but the home side survive.
    12/29/2013 5:53:54 PM
  • Jose Mourinho wants more noise in the dying minutes

    12/29/2013 5:55:04 PM
  • [full-time]CHELSEA 2-1 LIVERPOOL
    A magnificent first half was followed by a battle in the second. But Chelsea come through with the three points to claim third place in the league for the start of 2014. Liverpool will end the year fifth.
    12/29/2013 5:55:23 PM
  • All hugs at the final whistle...well kind of

    12/29/2013 5:56:04 PM

  • Lennon then completed the scoring for Spurs to condemn Stoke to consecutive festive defeats.

    12/29/2013 5:57:39 PM
  • Top at Christmas and down to fifth for defeated Liverpool in four days

    12/29/2013 5:57:46 PM
  • [chelsea]David Luiz talking on Super Sunday:
    It was bad to concede a goal in the first minute but it showed a great mentality and the team gave everything on the pitch. I am happy with the three points and that we kept fighting.

    12/29/2013 6:05:42 PM
  • [jamiecarragher]Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Super Sunday:
    For me, Eden Hazard was the stand-out player. He was a threat all day. For someone so small and slight he very rarely loses the ball. 

    12/29/2013 6:08:59 PM
  • Here's how Sky Bet rate the title odds following this weekend's games. Man City remain the favourites with Chelsea now considered their biggest challengers at 4/1. Arsenal may be top heading into 2014 but they're only third favourites with the bookmakers at 9/2.

    12/29/2013 6:15:18 PM
  • [chelsea]Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Super Sunday:
    The players in this country deserve a fantastic respect because what they do is amazing., They are monsters in a  good sense of the world. I'm not just speaking about this game, but every game.

    12/29/2013 6:17:56 PM
  • [chelsea]Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Super Sunday:
    I think there was a big case for a penalty for a foul on Hazard. It is happening every week and I don't know why referees are not giving them. He is a fair boy and for him to fall is very difficult. It is a big penalty. The other situation with Suarez is that it should be a yellow card for Luis Suarez because I hate players trying to provoke situations. He is an amazing player and I have respect for his quality and attitude but he tries too much to provoke these type of situations.

    12/29/2013 6:21:40 PM
  • I thought it was a great effort by my players. We have had two tough fixtures (against Manchester City and Chelsea), so to get them back-to-back over this period was always going to be a tough ask. But the game was in the balance until the very end and I want to give credit to my players.
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts on the 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
    12/29/2013 6:34:28 PM
  • [jamiecarragher]Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Chelsea:
    Chelsea might not have the best team or the best squad, because I think that is Manchester City. But they have the best manager with the most experience. If they perform like they did today they have a great chance towards the end of the season.

    12/29/2013 6:38:03 PM
  • Luis is coming out of the box and is looking to challenge the player. Eto'o is not even looking at the ball, he is being streetwise and is looking to block Luis. He wasn't playing the ball and if he is intentionally blocking our man it is a penalty, is it not?
    Brendan Rodgers feels Liverpool should have had a penalty for Samuel Eto'o's challenge on Luis Suarez.
    12/29/2013 6:40:17 PM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, following his side's 1-0 win at Newcastle:
    There were two aspects to the game, when we were leading 1-0 and quite in control of the game and after that we subconsciously only wanted to defend and conceded some chances in the box but our spirit got us through.

    12/29/2013 6:46:27 PM
  • [newcastle]Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after his side's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal:
    I'm proud of the team, I thought they played very well. As the game went on we knew we would get stronger. It was a shame the goal came at that time because we had just started to push and it just gave them something to fall back on.

    12/29/2013 6:48:13 PM
  • They desperately need a striker if they are to go and win the league this season and I would expect them to go and get somebody. It's not easy in the January window, you don't normally get the best choices, and if you do, you have to pay over the odds.
    [glennhoddle]Sky Sports analyst Glenn Hoddle feels Arsenal must invest in a new striker
    12/29/2013 6:50:41 PM
  • That's your lot then for another busy old Christmas period. There have been thrills and spills at both ends but it is Arsenal who top the table going into the new year. The pundits don't think the Gunners will keep up the pace though. Gary Neville and Glenn Hoddle think Manchester City will claim the crown, while Jamie Carragher feels only Chelsea can stop Manuel Pellegrini's side.
    Will they be proved right? Join us again in 2014 to find out. 
    12/29/2013 6:58:25 PM
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