Premier League fixtures may have been the highlight of the weekend, but there was still yet another mouth-watering encounter on Monday, bound to attract our attention.

We've played 24 games now, and are well over half way through the season. We now have a slight idea which teams could win the title and who will fall down to the dreaded Championship is still undecided.

A poor Manchester United side, with both Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, lost 2-1 against Mark Hughes' Stoke City side. Yet another disappointing result for the Red Devils.

Rene Meulensteen's Fulham invited Southampton to Craven Cottage, with the Cottagers looking for a passage out of the bottom three. They were a long way from their best, losing 3-0.

Crystal Palace's resurgence came to a halt for now, losing 2-0 to Arsenal. They remain out of the bottom three, but will need to pick themselves up against West Bromwich Albion next week if they are to stay up. Arsenal however, remain in top spot.

Both Fulham and Cardiff remain in the relegation zone. Cardiff picked up an important win, as did West Ham, but wasn't enough to pull either of them clear.

Tottenham made the trip to the KC Stadium, with full-time boss for now Tim Sherwood still in the hunt for the reward of Champions League football. The final score though was 1-1, which really was a fair result.

Liverpool made the trip north to face West Bromwich Albion, with the Reds looking to get back in contention for the title after last weeks disappointment. The final score though was 1-1 after a terrible mistake from Kolo Toure.

Everton and Newcastle were aiming to carry on their rich run of form, with both still remaining in contention for the top four. Everton welcomed Aston VIlla, with the final score being 2-1 to the Toffees.

Newcastle had the hard job of entertaining rivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, although the hosts struggled, with Sunderland winning the game 3-0 and renewing their hopes of safety.

Chelsea beat Manchester City to bring their 100% home record to a sudden halt. The final score was 1-0, which surprisingly should have been more to the away side.

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