Lots to catch up on and we'll start with last week's results.
Norwich 1 Man United 0
This was as bad as it looked. No energy, no invention. Not for the first time, Giggs was on the periphery. Two great passes but how many times did he give the ball away? It would be unfair to single out Giggsy, most of the team were poor, and it didn't get any better to find City at the top of the league.
Liverpool 3 Wigan 0
Liverpool hitting some sort of form, against a spirited Wigan side who are still struggling for consistency.
Man City 5 Aston Villa 0
The form that made City champions. Hitting five against an inexperienced Villa side that gave United a lot of problems.
Newcastle 1 Swansea 2
Swansea back on song but the Toon must be getting worried. No calls yet for Pardew's head, but it won't be long in the fickle North East.
QPR 1 Southampton 3
The game that would inevitably end with a manager getting the sack, and Southampton picked exactly the right time to hit form. The Saints are a long way from being out of the mire, but QPR are running out of opportunities, even at this stage of the season.
Reading 2 Everton 1
Two goals for LeFondre and a real shocker for Everton. Reading's first win of the season could well be a flash in the pan, and I'm sure Everton will bounce back.
West Brom 2 Chelsea 1
The Baggies are heading for Europe according to the press. Over achieving, but certainly deserving of a place in the top 6, for now. Chelsea falling apart in the Premier League, and not doing any better in Europe.
Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2
Tottenham get their usual comeuppance at the Emirates, despite going ahead. Adebayor's sending off could have been crucial, or was the result always inevitable?
Fulham 1 Sunderland 3
A much needed win for Sunderland, otherwise O'Neill could have been under pressure. Jol is probably safe, but the Fulham fans won't want too many days like this.
West Ham 1 Stoke 1
Two teams that will probably just about stay safe because of the rest of the dross at the foot of the league. An honourable draw with both managers claiming they were the better side.
And so to Europe, with City getting a draw against Madrid that saw them eliminated from the Champions League, and in real danger of missing out on the Europa League. Arsenal got a comfortable victory at home to Montpellier to secure their qualification, but once again Chelsea struggled. A 3-0 loss to Juventus gave Di Matteo a headache that he would not have to worry about for too long. United travelled to Galatasaray and lost 1-0, but it was a promising performance. Of course, we are already guaranteed top spot, but the doom mongers pointed out that that is two defeats in a row!
QPR dispensed with the services of Mark Hughes, and its not surprising. There is no doubt they have a talented squad, but it seems that Sparky is not the man to get the best out of them. Harry Redknapp has been appointed as his replacement, but not quite in time to take charge of the team at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Di Matteo was sacked by Chelsea, and with indecent haste Rafa Benitez was installed. Fact! The Chelsea fans have not taken the decision well, and its not surprising. Di Matteo delivered the Champions League to the club for the first time ever, but at the end of the day the club are Abramovich's plaything and he will continue to do as he pleases. Anyone backing the Glazer's? So two managers sacked in a week, and a few now feeling the heat. Merry Xmas from the Premier League. And its not just the Premier League. Brazil sacked Mano Menezes, claiming they want to introduce new methods in advance of World Cup 2014 which just happens to be in Brazil. Pep Guardiola is currently favourite, but Brazilians would not take well to a foreign coach for such an important competition on home soil, as well as the Confederations Cup, also in Brazil, next summer. Big Phil Scolari is also amongst the favourites, but the smart money is on Tite of Corinthians or Ramalho from Santos.
Not surprisingly United have been linked with Crystal Palace starlet Wilfred Zahar, and its not even January yet!
Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0
Both sides had plenty of chances to win this, and Villa will be encouraged after their crushing defeat to City. Arsenal would have liked to build on the Spurs win but at least they didn't lose.
Everton 1 Norwich 1
Another good result for the Canaries who grabbed a last minute equaliser. Everton will be concerned after defeat to Reading and failing to win at home. Looks like they are missing Fellaini.
Man United 3 QPR 1
After going behind again United stormed back for a regulation win. Hernandez enhanced his probably unwanted reputation for being a supersub, whilst the days of United never being able to score from corners are long gone, or at least until Nani comes back and constantly hits the first man! And I suppose with a nine foot statue of Sir Alex unveiled the day before I guess the team simply dared not lose.
Stoke 1 Fulham 0
Another defeat for Fulham but they are still comfortable. With the sackings of Di Matteo and Hughes still fresh in the mind I wonder if Jol is concerned? Stoke consolidated their position, but I don't expect too many more wins for them.
Wigan 3 Reading 2
A barnstorming game that Wigan snatched in the dying moments. Reading can take heart in their performance though ultimately they are still struggling. Wigan are back on track for relative comfort.
Sunderland 2 West Brom 4
For 70 minutes Sunderland were simply awful, then they improved to mediocre. West Brom's attacking mentality gave the Black Cats chances to come back, but the Baggies are now up to 3rd and O'Neill must be wondering if he is in line for Santa's sack.
Chelsea 0 Man City 0
Stalemate that could have gone either way. Boo boys were out for Benitez - I wonder how far away they are for Mancini?
Tottenham 3 West Ham 1
Spurs back on track after the horror show at Arsenal, whilst West Ham will not have expected anything different at White Hart Lane.
Southampton 2 Newcastle 0
The Saints go from strength to strength after disposing of Mark Hughes and QPR. Pardew is probably safe for now, but watch this space!
Swansea 0 Liverpool 0
Liverpool becoming draw specialists as Swansea pick up another point that could so easily have been 3.
Preston managed to draw with Brentford and high flying Notts County before a disappointing defeat at in form Leyton Orient. Preston now languishing in 11th, six points from the play off spots.
I leave you this week with the hilarious news that Carlow Tevez has been banned from driving just two weeks after having his Porsche impounded. Apparently the speeding offence was in Morecambe after Tevez played for City's reserves (how the mighty have fallen), but the Porsche incident is even funnier as the car was removed when the infamous Argentinian failed to provide photo id! Now, as United fans we can laugh at this, but the same thing happened when he played for United because he only has an Argentinian driving licence, which is apparently only valid for twelve months after which he has to apply for a full UK one, including taking a proper test. Maybe he only ever intended to stay over here for twelve months, That would explain a lot!