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Liverpool took the win against Sunderland as Liam Bridcutt was sent off for two yellow cards. Getty Images
  • Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool FT
  • Burnley 2-1 QPR FT
  • Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle FT
  • Everton 1-1 Manchester City FT
  • Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa FT
  • Swansea 1-1 West Ham FT
  • West Brom 1-0 Hull FT

4:51pm: And full-time is ringing around England, with Chelsea taking a good win despite looking second best on many occasions; City will be disappointed to go behind the Blues after falling to a draw with Everton; And West Brom, Leicester and Burnley all take top points leaving QPR, Crystal Palace and Leicester in the bottom three. Thanks for joining us today, stay tuned for all the latest Premier League news.

4:50pm: RED CARD RED CARD - Two reds at once! One for Leicester's Matty James for a rough challenge and the other for Aston Villa's Ciaran Clarke.

4:40pm: Getting closer towards the final 10 minutes now - while QPR will be desperate to get a goal and get out of the drop zone, which they're a part of if results stay as they are, City are equally pushing for a goal to stay even on points with Chelsea.

4:35pm: GOAL! West Brom are in the advantage against Hull thanks to Saido Berahino, who takes full advantage of Hull being penalised for a pass back to the keeper and slots it in.

4:35pm: GOAL! Steven Naismith equalises quickly for Everton and it's game on as City look to keep up with Chelsea at the top!

4:30pm: GOAL! Manchester City are in the driving seat after Fernandinho takes them up 1-0 - his header was the finishing touch on some good work by Samir Nasri and David Silva.

4:14pm: GOAL! Chelsea go up 2-0 against Newcastle thanks to a goal from Diego Costa, who is absolutely clinical after collecting Oscar's pass.

3:47pm: And that's a wrap on the first halves.

3:45pm: GOAL! Paul Konchesky takes Leicester to a 1-0 advantage over Aston Villa as half time rolls around.

3:40pm: GOAL! Andy Carroll is on target and West Ham go up 1-0 against Swansea. He uses his size and strength to his advantage as he beats every defender and powers the ball into the net.

3:40pm: GOAL! Chelsea go against the trend and Oscar scores to take a 1-0 advantage against Newcastle. It came off a corner and Oscar was lucky to be unmarked in a dangerous area as he scooped up the ball and shot straight into the net. Newcastle will be shattered after dominating for so long.

3:38pm: GOAL! Burnley are back in the advantage and go up 2-1 thanks to Danny Ing, with special credit going to QPR's defence as Richard Dunne fails to contain Ing.

3:37pm: QPR and Burnley are delivering on goals but there isn't much happening elsewhere right now. Newcastle are currently littering the goal with nine chances compared to Chelsea's one but they can seem to get it in.

3:34pm: GOAL! Charlie Austin scores for QPR and the scores are level once more.

3:33pm: PENALTY - Dean Marney trips Charlie Austin in the box and QPR have a lifeline...

3:25pm: No more goals as yet, but Newcastle are looking very in control at Stamford Bridge despite the Blues having the majority of possession. West Ham have also come close on goal but Swansea have had the majority of chances so far.

3:13pm: GOAL! Burnley go up 1-0 against QPR thanks to Scott Arfield, who curls the ball past Rob Green. Rangers are losing at home again... things aren't looking good for Harry's side right now.

3:06pm: No goals yet but Manchester City are already dominating a struggling Everton, while Chelsea are doing the same against Newcastle. The Toon look equally dangerous when they get the ball though as Moussa Sissoko forced Petr Cech to work early on.

3:00pm: And we're off!

2:55pm: This is your five minute warning people!! Here's a nice little stat for you from OptaJoe:

13 - West Ham have had 13 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season, the joint most of any club, along with Chelsea. Pals.

2:40pm: And now we move on to the five game fixture this afternoon with Chelsea and Newcastle in action while Manchester City take on Everton. There have been problems at Goodison Park with the turnstiles but the game will apparently go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile Leicester and Aston Villa are in action as well as Swansea and West Ham, with the Hammers currently closing in on a top four place. West Brom and Hull are also set to play one another as both sides look to climb out of the relegation zone. And speaking of relegation candidates, Burnley is a favourite to go down at the moment while QPR are just out of the bottom three. They'll be looking to take maximum points when they face each other today.

2:37pm: And that's a wrap - after a testy corner for Sunderland Liverpool hold on and take a 1-0 win. The pressure is mounting on Gus Poyet, how much longer will the side hold onto a manager whose side are now three points off the relegation zone? Meanwhile, the Reds stay in eighth place.

2:35pm: Into injury time and it's very tense as Liverpool hope a late equaliser doesn't come through. It's close as Mikeal Mandron heads just over the bar, if Sunderland score now it'll be a disaster for Rodgers...

2:33pm: Balotelli has certainly been entertainment today and after losing his footing in front of goal - much to the crowd's amusement - he looks less likely to score than Sunderland right now as he fluffs another chance in front of the net.

2:25pm: Into the last 10 minutes now and I keep saying it - Sunderland should be a lot more behind than they can currently boast. According to Squawka:

Sunderland have failed to complete a single pass inside Liverpool's box today. They're at home...

2:22pm: In between the chances from Balotelli, Glen Johnson gets a chance for Sunderland but it's flagged offside as he passes to William Buckley.

2:18pm: Team news for Swansea v West Ham is as follows:

Swansea XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Carroll, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis.

West Ham XI: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, Cresswell, Noble, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Valencia

2:15pm: And Balotelli's straight in on the action, having two attempts blocked in a matter of minutes. Liverpool are pushing very hard for a goal here...

2:10pm: It's all Liverpool in front of goal right now with Lovren, Coutinho and Moreno all having shots on goal. Balotelli comes on for Fabio Borini, who has done some right things and some terrible things on the pitch today.

2:07pm: Meanwhile over at the Stadium of Light Brendan Rodgers looks to be considering his striking options as Mario Balotelli gets ready to come on. Liverpool have played well today but they should be more than one goal up by now, and Rodgers will be keen to kill off the game.

2:05pm: For Leicester v Aston Villa:

Leicester XI: Hamer; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky; James, Hammond, Albrighton, Nugent, Knockaert; Ulloa.

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho; Cleverley, Cole, Westwood, Sanchez; Benteke, Agbonlahor.

For West Brom v Hull:

West Brom XI: Foster; Wisdom, McAuley, Lescott, Baird; Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Sessegnon; Berahino, Ideye.

Hull XI: McGregor; Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Chester, Elmohamady; Meyler, Livermore, Quinn; Jelavić, Hernández.

2:02pm: Some team news for the later kick-offs- for Chelsea v Newcastle:

Chelsea XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Newcastle XI: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran, Perez.

For Everton v Manchester City:

Manchester City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Nasri, Jovetic.

Everton XI (to face MCFC): Joel, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Besic, Barry, McGeady, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku.

1:57pm: Henderson sees yellow after tripping up Johnson, then Lovren goes in the book for a foul on Van Aanholt. Liverpool are collecting cards at the moment!

1:55pm: Sunderland hit back hard after the red and Johnson gives it all he's got but hits the crossbar - a lucky turn of events for Liverpool.

1:53pm: RED CARD - And it's gone from bad to worse for Sunderland as Liam Bridcutt is sent off for a second yellow card. It was definitely a soft one as he made very little contact with Emre Can, who made the most of it.

1:51pm: It's still all Liverpool as Lazar Markovic has a shot but it misses to the right. That takes their shots on goal to nine now compared with one for Sunderland.

1:48pm: And we're back - can Sunderland turn this around? They're only one goal down, there could be a fight to come in this half! Liverpool make a change with Dejan Lovren replacing Steven Gerrard; Jordan Henderson takes the captain's armband.

1:33pm: And that's a wrap on the first half, with Liverpool looking dominant but unable to fully capitalise on their form in the scoreboard so far.

1:28pm: Lazar who? It's all about Steven Gerrard at the moment as he has another shot saved, once again with Borini providing the assist. Half-time is fast approaching and Liverpool should make the most of their dominance as Sunderland pray for the whistle...

1:25pm: Fabio Borini has had an interesting day so far, but he's part of something positive as he provides an assist for a shot from Gerrard that's so close but misses just to the right.

1:22pm: Liverpool are dominating right now and with six shots on goal you'd think the score will change soon. Meanwhile Liam Bridcutt and Philippe Coutinho both go in the book within a minute .

1:17pm: Lazar Markovic has another shot but it hits the bar - he's definitely the most likely on the park to score next at the minute.

1:13pm: A yellow card is handed to Santiago Vergini for a tackle on Alberto Moreno, but Steven Gerrard makes nothing of the free kick.

1:05pm: Sunderland only have 42% of possession but they're looking good when they have the ball - meanwhile Coutinho and Gerrard are collecting chances for Liverpool but nothing is sticking at the minute.

1:01pm: Fabio Borini goes in the book for a clash with Emanuele Giaccherini.

12:57pm: That's just one shot on goal for Liverpool and it was a highlight in an otherwise very docile match where both sides are playing with the upmost caution.

12:52pm: GOAL! Lazar Markovic powers one in from the centre of the box to give Liverpool a one goal advantage. The ref might have made a mistake earlier with the penalty call but he gets it spot on with this one, allowing Markovic to play on after Fabio Borini is fouled on the line. He beats the keeper and Liverpool are up 1-0.

12:49pm: Liverpool have a fair penalty shout as Lazar Markovic is taken out by Wes Brown in the box, but the ref waves it away.

12:47pm: It's all Sunderland at the minute but Liverpool are piling on the pressure early on.

12:45pm: And we're off!

12:40pm: Minutes until kick-off now as the teams prepare for battle, and Steven Gerrard will no doubt be thinking about the fact that these are now his last games in the Premier League.

12:35pm: Meanwhile, for Sunderland, the season has been even more of a disaster so far and they currently have one win in their last 10 matches. Gus Poyet said before the game:

We had a difficult month against lots of top teams and although I don't think we did fantastic we did okay. Now we go into the second part (of the season) knowing we need to win more games and we need to be more clinical at home. Everything starts against Liverpool and the challenge is clear.

12:25pm: Currently Liverpool are eighth on the table and are seven points away from a Champions League spot for next season after they exited the competition in the group stages this time around. They will be desperate to pick up a third win in four games and get their season back on track - those Champions League places aren't set in stone just yet.

12:20pm: The line-ups for Sunderland v Liverpool are as follows:

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Giaccherini, Wickham.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Markovic, Gerrard, Borini, Coutinho.

12:15pm: Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's coverage of all the Premier League action. To kick us off today Sunderland take on Liverpool and both sides will be keen to take maximum points as they suffer from disappointing seasons. Then 12 teams are on the park this afternoon with Chelsea and Manchester City both looking at the top of the table as a possibility, and later Tottenham will look to build on their good start to the new year with a win over Crystal Palace.