In the busiest week of Premier League football this season, the main fixtures all fell on Saturday. With all 20 teams having played three matches in seven days, the chances were there for certain teams to put some daylight between them and their main rivals.
The early kickoff saw the action started at the Boleyn Ground, where Rafael Benitez and Sam Allardyce, the respective managers of Chelsea and West Ham United, renewed a rivalry that has run since 2009 after Fernando Torres scored for Liverpool against Blackburn.
The under-pressure Spaniard led his team to West Ham's lair after just two games in charge and with a team who last won in October against Tottenham Hotspur.
From there it was on to the six 3 p.m. kickoffs (GMT), which saw Arsenal take on Swansea in a game that could leave the purists purring—while leaving everyone else snoring.
Spurs, off the back of two successive victories against West Ham and Liverpool, travelled to the graveyard that is Craven Cottage to take on Martin Jol and flamboyant Fulham.
Would the game turn out to be the grudge match many were predicting? Jol was unceremoniously sacked by Spurs in 2007, while this week he claimed that American international Clint Dempsey only joined Spurs for the money during the summer.
Lucas Leiva made all the headlines at Anfield when he returned to the Liverpool team for the first time since August 26. Would his appearance be enough to inspire the, so far, uninspired Reds against lowly Southampton?
West Brom, fourth in the table prior to today's matches, welcomed a Stoke City side who were slowly starting to warm to the pace of this season's Premier League.
Harry Redknapp led QPR out at Loftus Road for the first time against an Aston Villa side with the hottest young striking prospect in the league—Christian Benteke. Would the crafty Cockney lead his team to a much-needed win?
The biggest fixture of the day saw Manchester City face an Everton side at the Etihad Stadium. City are unbeaten at home since December 20, 2010—Everton won 2-1—while the Toffees have only won once in their last eight games.
The late kickoff saw Manchester United, the highest away-scoring team in the Premier League, take on Reading, who have conceded 23 goals in just 13 matches.
Read on to find out what happened.