Manchester united maintained their top spot with a comfortable 1-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie took just 33 seconds to put the hosts in front but United failed to convert easy chances throughtout the game.
Manchester City are not far behind their city rivals United, separated only by a point after a 2-0 away win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Mario Balotelli and James Milner scored second-half goals to ensure City's unbeaten run.
Gareth Bale scored at both ends in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Tottenham ended the Reds eight-match unbeaten run with Aaron Lennon scoring the opener. With back-to-back wins Spurs moved to fifth place in the league.
Arsenal failed to close in on top-four position after a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park. Gunners could not capitalise on Theo Walcott's first minute goal as Marouane Fellaini equalised at the hour mark. Arsene Wenger's side are seventh, five points off fourth place.
West Brom dropped to fourth place after losing 3-1 at Swansea City. The South Wales side scored three first half goals to end Baggies four straight wins in a row.
Newcastle United continued their miserable run with four defeats in a row after Stoke City came back from a goal down to win 2-1 with only 10 minutes remaining.
Southampton remain down in the relegation zone after drawing 1-1 against Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium.
Harry Redknapp's reign as Queens Park Rangers manager began with a scoreless draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Rangers are left with five points in 14 games while the Black Cats difficult run continued with just two wins in 21 matches.
QPR managed to end their run of three consecutive defeats and earn their first clean sheet in 14 games.
Christian Benteke scored a late-winner as Aston Villa Reading 1-0 at Villa Park. Villa boss Paul Lambert left out club record signing Darren Bent but his replacement Benteke scored in the 80th minute which took Villa out of the relegation zone.
The 21-year-old Belgium international Benteke ended a four-match run without scoring and has cemented his place as first choice striker ahead of Bent who was signed for £24 million two years ago.