The Premier League title chase now looks like a two-horse race between Manchester United and local rivals Manchester City.
But the competition for Champions League qualification via a top four finish is as fierce as ever, with five teams battling it out for 3rd and 4th spot.
We run through the list of competitors...
Arsenal - 3rd
Five victories on the spin has seen a resurgent Gunners close the gap on their north London rivals to a solitary point.
Tottenham Hotspur - 4th
Three consecutive league defeats has left Harry Redknapp's side looking over their shoulders with key fixtures against Stoke and Chelsea to come.
Chelsea - 5th
Roberto Di Matteo has changed Chelsea's fortunes since taking over until the end of the season, and will be striving to ensure a return to Europe.
Newcastle - 6th
Alan Pardew's surprise package have been the dark horses of 2011-12, but have proven their European credentials with a number of impressive wins.
Liverpool - 7th
The Reds are the draw specialists in the top half of the table this season, with eight stalemates undermining their fight for Champions League qualification.