Straight to the results - and an interesting one at Anfield.
Liverpool 1 Aston Villa 3
Brendan Rodgers came out with a bold statement before this one that Liverpool are aiming for the top two. To be honest I don't think he's got much to worry about. They will certainly be in the top two on Merseyside for years to come - though Tranmere have had some good results recently. Liverpool should have been home and dried with all of the chances they had early on - but look at their strikeforce and therein lies the problem. Villa took full advantage and are looking safe in a season when they are giving a lot of youth their chance.
Man United 3 Sunderland 1
When the second went in I thought this could have been ten. When the third went in we definitely eased off, and after other games earlier in the season there were a few nervy moments before the end. On the plus side Jones, Smalling and Vidic look to be well on their way back to fitness.
Norwich 2 Wigan 1
Norwich's amazing run continues, whilst Wigan will be starting to look nervously over their shoulder. I still expect them to put a run together and pull clear of the relegation places.
QPR 2 Fulham 1
QPR finally got a win, and it lifted them off the bottom. I expect them to pick up from here, but Fulham are another side that will be getting a bit twitchy.
Stoke 1 Everton 1
Gutsy point for Stoke against a solid Everton side. Everton clinging to hopes of the top four, Stoke happy in mid table.
Newcastle 1 Man City 3
Routine win for City against a struggling Newcastle. The Toon are likely to lose a number of players to the Africa Nations Cup in January - can anyone hear calls for Pardew's head yet?
West Brom 0 West Ham 0
A welcome draw for both teams after recent reversals.
Tottenham 1 Swansea 0
Spurs hung on for three points but I suspect Swansea won't be too downhearted. Still in the top half whilst Spurs remain in the top four.
Reading 2 Arsenal 5
Another goal fest in Reading - but it leaves them at the foot of the table. Arsenal looked quite impressive - but they were only playing Reading.
In other news Chelsea lost the World Club Championship 1-0 against Corinthians. The visitors had a massive victory parade, whilst Chelsea returned home to eventually thrash Leeds in the Carling Cup. Apparently Chelsea's South American contingent were devastated at the defeat in a championship that obviously means more to Brazilians than it does to us Brits.
And speaking of Chelsea, their boys could have a lie in today as they didn't need to be glued to the radio to tune in to the Champions League draw. Real Madrid lie in wait for United - at least its not Barcelona, and it will be good to see Ronaldo again.