Tottenham started off today's Premier League action earlier this afternoon after beating Newcastle 2-1 at White Hart Lane. An in form Gareth Bale struck twice either side of new boy Gouffran's first half strike for the Toon to move to within five points of second place City, and solidify their Champons League spot.
In the 3pm kick offs, Chelsea led by Spurs' example with a thumping 4-1 win over strugglers Wigan. Goals from Ramires and Eden Hazard gave them a comfortable lead, before Shaun Maloney hit back for Wigan. Fears of Chelsea capitulating like in recent games were ill founded however, as two goals in the last five minutes from the always excellent Frank Lampard and Marin respectively ensured the win.
Chelsea are just a point ahead of Spurs behind them, but they will be looking up the table, as four points from City is now a tantalizing target. Meanwhile Wigan remain two points from safety by virtue of Reading having lost too, but will need to find some form soon if they want to get out of trouble.
Reading's defeat came at the hands of Stoke, who had a two goal advantage going into the closing stages thanks to goals from Robert Huth and Cameron Jerome. Despite a Mariappa goal giving hope of another late Reading come back, it turned out to be little more than a conosolation, and they remain only two points from safety.
QPR's relegation battle became even more desperate after they were thrashed 4-1 at the hands of Swansea, with Michu grabbing a brace to move the Swans to seventh, whilst QPR's position at the foot of the table is looking more and more ominous.
With Spurs and Chelsea both winning, Arsenal will be glad of their 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, the points coming thanks to a solitary Carzola effort. The Gunners were reduced to ten men with half an hour to go when Carl Jenkinson was sent off for his second bookable offence, but they held on to move above Everton to fifth, though they have now played a game more.
In the last of the 3pm kick offs, Fulham and Norwich played out a goalless draw at Carrow Road, and now are both level on 29 points with Sunderland, though by virtue of goal difference Fulham are above whilst Norwich are below the Black Cats.