Manchester United struck another blow in the title race with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Norwich taking the Red Devils 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
With City not in action until Monday night, United were able to take full advantage as they broke down an initially resolute Norwich shortly before half-time.
Shinji Kagawa became the first Asian player to score a Premier League hat-trick when he netted his and Manchester United's third of the afternoon, before Wayne Rooney completed the scoring with a pearler for the champions elect.
Chelsea are back up to third having relinquised their position to Tottenham on Monday, as Rafael Benitez ended a testing week with a narrow victory over West Brom.
Demba Ba, starting ahead of Fernando Torres, struck the only goal of the game, but Chelsea could be in the top three for only 24 hours with Spurs due to play Arsenal on Sunday.
Everton reinforced their European credentials with a 3-1 defeat of Reading at Goodison Park, which leaves the Royals one point away from safety.
The Toffees were able to consolidate fifth position courtesy of goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas, while Hal Robson-Kanu headed a late consolation.
Queens Park Rangers are now only three points behind Reading as a late Jay Bothroyd winner provided Harry Redknapp with the ideal birthday present on his return to Southampton.
Gaston Ramirez cancelled out Loic Remy's opener for QPR, before Bothroyd struck with only 13 minutes remaining.
Sunderland were able to leapfrog rivals Newcastle as they fought back from two goals down to draw with Fulham, while the Toon lost 1-0 to League Cup winners Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Finally, West Ham managed to secure a potentially vital three points away at Stoke City, with Jack Collison scoring the solitary goal in the encounter.
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