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Unpredictable Premier League season takes new twist with surprise defeats to Chelsea, United

Newcastle's manager Alan Pardew, left, smiles as he offers his hand to Manchester United's manager David Moyes after their English Premier League soccer match at the Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Newcastle won the game 1-0 with a goal by Yohan Cabaye. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
December 07, 2013 - 9:17 AM

MANCHESTER, England - The most unpredictable Premier League season in years threw up more surprises Saturday when Chelsea conceded an injury-time winner at Stoke and beleaguered defending champion Manchester United lost to Newcastle for a second home defeat in four days.

With Manchester City being held 1-1 at Southampton, Liverpool was able to capitalize on its rivals' slip-ups by thrashing West Ham 4-1 to go second, with Luis Suarez following up his spectacular quadruple in midweek by scoring again at Anfield.

It was a good day for Arsenal, which retained its four-point lead ahead of its game against Everton on Sunday. Chelsea's 3-2 loss at Stoke saw Jose Mourinho's side drop to third on goal difference behind Liverpool.

United's flimsy title hopes took another battering by losing 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford, keeping the champions ninth.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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