Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs. Everton and All Matches
The Premier League returned to action this weekend after the FA Cup fifth round last week.
Chelsea played host to Everton in the big game of programme on Saturday, while Arsenal looked to bounce back from their Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich when Sunderland arrived at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City were also looking to exorcise the disappointing midweek loss to Barcelona when Stoke City travelled to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United were at Crystal Palace for the evening kick-off, with Liverpool at home to Swansea City on Sunday.
All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com.
Liverpool 4-3 Swansea City
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson scored two goals each to earn Liverpool victory in a pulsating Premier League encounter with Swansea City at Anfield.
Sturridge opened the scoring after just three minutes before his team-mate added a second in the 20th minute.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey pulled a goal back for Swansea three minutes later, before Wilfried Bony levelled the scoreline in the 26th minute.
Sturridge then found space inside the Swansea area to head home Liverpool's third goal 10 minutes before the interval.
But Bony again equalised three minutes into the second period after picking himself up from Martin Skrtel's foul inside the area to slot home from the penalty spot.
With 15 minutes remaining, Henderson saw an initial shot blocked by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, but the England international pounced on the loose ball to seal the points for the Reds.
On target: 10-5
Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa
Loic Remy returned from a three-game suspension to fire Newcastle United to an injury-time victory over Aston Villa at St James' Park.
The on-loan Queens Park Rangers striker had been sorely missed by the Magpies, who had lost their three Premier League matches without scoring a goal.
But Remy was alert to the late opportunity provided by Luuk de Jong's blocked strike, and he cut inside Ron Vlaar before firing home.
Gabriel Agbonlahor had gone close for Villa with three attempts in the first period, but Newcastle regained a hold on the game after the interval before sealing the points to end a run of four successive home defeats in the league.
On target: 5-2
Norwich City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City gained three valuable points and put a dent in Tottenham Hotspur's top-four challenge with a 1-0 victory over Spurs at Carrow Road on Sunday in the Premier League.
After a first half of few chances, Robert Snodgrass scored the game's only goal in the 47th minute with a curled finish. Tottenham had multiple opportunities to equalise, but Norwich had perhaps the best chance for a second goal when Bradley Johnson hit the crossbar in the closing minutes.
The win was Norwich's first in the league since Jan. 18, at home to Hull. The Canaries had not beaten Spurs at home in the league since April 1991, per SoccerBase.com.
For Tottenham, it was a missed opportunity to keep pace with Liverpool in the race for a top-four finish. Spurs, currently in fifth place, are now six points off the pace for the Premier League's final UEFA Champions League place.
Norwich moved up to 14th on 28 points, but the Canaries remain just four points above the relegation places.
On target: 3-2
Chelsea 1-0 Everton
John Terry returned to the Chelsea team to snatch a crucial three points with a 93rd-minute winner against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The former England international had been out with a muscle injury, but he connected with an injury-time free-kick from Frank Lampard to poke the ball past Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
The result ensured Chelsea would remain top of the Premier League this weekend, after the win opened up a four-point gap at the top, albeit for a few hours only.
But Chelsea were fortunate to gain the victory after being dominated by Everton for the majority of the first period in which Gareth Barry produced a midfielder masterclass for the Blues.
Leon Osman forced a brilliant stop from Petr Cech early on, but Everton paid the price for failing to convert their midfield dominance into goals.
And an improved Chelsea returned to the field after the break, with Howard pulling off a fine double block from Eden Hazard and Bransilav Ivanovic in the second period.
However, in injury-time, Chelsea substitute Ramires was adjudged to have been felled on the left-hand side of the Everton area by Phil Jagielka. The award by referee Lee Probert seemed harsh, but Lampard sent over the set-piece into the Everton area.
The cross missed the visiting defence, but Terry stuck out a leg to prod the ball against Howard and into the back of the net.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted the win could be a crucial one in the race for the Premier League title, as the official Chelsea Twitter feed reported him saying, "If today we had a draw, I think in a couple of hours we would be third in the table. This is the reality in this competition."
Chelsea will now travel to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday. Everton will play host to West Ham United next Saturday in Premier League action.
On target: 8-2
Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
Olivier Giroud scored twice as Arsenal put the disappointment of their Champions Legue defeat by Bayern Munich behind them with a comfortable win over Sunderland.
Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny were also on target for the Gunners, who omitted Mesut Ozil from their squad for the game.
Giroud opened the scoring in the fifth minute before grabbing a second in the 31st minute after taking advantage of a poor Sunderland backpass.
Rosicky benefitted from a tremendous passing move in the closing stages of the first period before clipping the ball over Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal.
Defender Koscielny was left unmarked inside the area in the 56th minute to head home a Santi Cazorla corner.
Emanuele Giaccherini scored an 81st-minute consolation for Sunderland, who will return to London next Sunday for the Capital One Cup final.
On target: 9-3
Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City
Manchester City struggled to break down a stubborn Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium before Yaya Toure eventually came up trumps late on.
With 20 minutes remaining, the Ivorian was on hand to slot home an Aleksandar Kolarov cross to maintain their Premier League title chase.
City striker Edin Dzeko was guilty of squandering an excellent chance to ensure the three points when he failed to convert an open goal from just two yards out.
Earlier, Charlie Adam forced Joe Hart into a great save as the Potters looked for a shock result.
But the victory did put smiles back on the faces of the fans after the disappointing Champions League defeat by Barcelona in midweek.
On target: 7-2
Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City
Cardiff City suffered a damaging four-goal demolition at the hands of Hull City, where Nikica Jelavic was the destroyer-in-chief for Steve Bruce's team.
Tom Huddlestone opened the scoring at the Cardiff City Stadium in the 18th minute, before former Everton striker Jelavic scored either side of the interval.
Jake Livermore grabbed a fourth for the Tigers in the 67th minute, but the defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team second bottom of the Premier League and three points off safety.
On target: 5-6
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Fulham
New Fulham manager Felix Magath was denied a debut victory by a late West Bromwich Albion equaliser at The Hawthorns.
Ashkan Dejagah had opened the scoring for the Craven Cottage side in the 28th minute when he fired home from a Kieran Richardson cross.
But with just four minutes remaining, Albion striker Matej Vydra saw his shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg before rolling over the line for the equaliser.
The late equaliser left Fulham at the foot of the table, while West Brom are just one point above the drop zone.
On target: 5-3
West Ham United 3-1 Southampton
West Ham United maintained their recent run of good form with a 3-1 comeback victory over Southampton at Upton Park.
The Saints had taken an eighth-minute lead when Maya Yoshida headed home a Steve Davis free-kick, but Matt Jarvis levelled for the Hammers in the 20th minute after good work by Kevin Nolan.
Moments later, West Ham took the lead when Stewart Downing's corner bounced off a post to fall invitingly for Carlton Cole.
Hammers captain Nolan sealed the points in the 71st minute with a volley from Cole's header after a Downing cross.
The win represented West Ham's fourth consecutive Premier League victory, but it was Southampton's first loss in seven league games.
On target: 5-5
Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
Wayne Rooney celebrated the signing of his new contract with a fine goal as Manchester United won 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park to pull within eight points of the Premier League's top four.
Robin van Persie put Manchester United in front with a 62nd-minute penalty. Rooney, fresh from signing a lucrative new contract this week, doubled the lead six minutes later with a volley.
The victory put United on 45 points, eight behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who host Swansea City on Sunday. Palace, meanwhile, remain entrenched in the relegation fight. Currently in 15th place with 26 points, Eagles are two points above the drop zone.
On target: 6-5