Chelsea FC bounced back from their midweek League Cup defeat with a 4-0 triumph over Stoke City FC.
Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to Swansea City FC in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday, but had little trouble picking up their fourth straight away win in the Premier League. Two Jonathan Walters own goals, a Frank Lampard penalty and a stunning Eden Hazard strike earned them victory at Stoke, who had not lost at home in the league since 4 February 2012.
The Blues are therefore up to third, a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur FC following their goalless draw at bottom side Queens park Rangers FC. Harry Redknapp had a handful of fine Júlio César saves to thank for a point against his old club.
Everton FC, meanwhile, are fifth, three points behind Spurs, having been held 0-0 at home to Swansea. West Bromwich Albion FC looked set to move to within a point of the Toffees but, 2-0 up with eight minutes left, lost 3-2 at Reading FC. Reading nevertheless remain in the bottom three along with QPR and Aston Villa FC, beaten 1-0 at home to Southampton FC.
Elsewhere, Fulham FC drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic FC, Sunderland AFC won 3-0 against West Ham United FC and Norwich City FC versus Newcastle United FC ended goalless.
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|2||Manchester City FC||21||45|
|4||Tottenham Hotspur FC||22||40|
|7||West Bromwich Albion FC||22||33|
|9||Swansea City AFC||22||30|
|10||Stoke City FC||22||29|
|11||West Ham United FC||21||26|
|12||Norwich City FC||22||26|
|16||Newcastle United FC||22||21|
|17||Wigan Athletic FC||22||19|
|18||Aston Villa FC||22||19|
|20||Queens Park Rangers FC||22||14|