Chelsea, Liverpool end 2012 with away wins
LONDON (AP) -Frank Lampard boosted Chelsea's hopes of catching the Manchester teams in the Premier League title race, scoring twice in a 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday to remind the club of his enduring class with his future still in the balance.
However, beleaguered Queens Park Rangers edged closer to relegation with a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool, leaving the last-place club eight points adrift of safety heading into 2013.
Chelsea fell behind after just 63 seconds at Goodison Park but hit back through goals either side of the halftime by Lampard, who is free to talk to other clubs from Tuesday with his contract up in the summer.
A fourth straight win kept Chelsea four points behind second-place Manchester City with a game in hand going into the new year.