Manchester City climbed back within four points of first place in the English Premier League courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from Gareth Barry. Chief rival Manchester United could only muster a draw with Swansea.
Chelsea provided the weekend's most impressive performance. The Blues racked up an eye-popping eight goals in a victory over a reeling Aston Villa side. Fernando Torres struck in the third minute and a barrage of goals followed.
As clubs around the league get prepared to enjoy the holiday, the table has taken on a more normal look. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have moved up the ladder in recent weeks, while early surprises like West Brom and West Ham have begun to fade.
It's a busy week around the EPL with the January transfer window fast approaching and two sets of matches during the holiday week. Knowing that, let's take a look at some of the latest news and rumors followed by match predictions.