kept in touch with rivals Chelsea after a convincing 3-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney scored his first of the season and his first goal for five months from the spot after Ryan Giggs was brought down by Jonathan Spector. Manchester United continued to over power the Hammers with two second half goals from Nani and Berbatov.
Chelsea kept a foot hold of top spot after beating Stoke 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Malouda opened the scoring in the first half with Lampard having the chance to double from a spot kick, but the England international failed to convert the opportunity. It was left to Didier Drogba to show Lampard how it was done burying a spot kick in the Stoke net after Anelka was brought down in the box.
Arsenal also took three points from Ewood Park to keep in contention with the top two teams before the international break. Theo Walcott opened the scoring with Diouf equalising for Blackburn in the 26th minute. Arshavin latched on to a blocked Fabregas shot to give the Gunner the three points.
Liverpool passed a ten-man West Brom side thanks to a goal from Fernando Torres, the Reds striker seemed to have some of the sharpness back that he had been missing in previous games. The striker was also apart of the sending off after James Morrison lunged at the striker four minutes from time and was instantly dismissed.
Sunderland took three points from Manchester City at the Stadium of Light after Darren Bent buried a spot kick in the last minute of injury time. This is Manchester City's first defeat of the season after Tevez could have given them a point but the Argentinian fired over the bar in the opening minutes of the game.
Aston Villa got back to winning ways after a six goal hammering from Newcastle last week, defender Luke Young was was firing on all cylinders to score in the ninth minute to secure the three points for Villa against Everton.
Wigan were suprise victors over Tottenham with a goal from Rodallega ten minutes from time.
Wolves and Newcastle shared the spoils at Moineux with Wolves opening the scoring just before the break after Newcastle applied a lot of first half pressure. The pressure soon pain off in the second half with Carroll grabbing the equalizer.
Bolton and Birmingham also shared the spoils at the Reebok with the midlands club opening the scoring only four minutes into the game. Boltons task for an equalizer was made harder when goalkeeper Jaaskelainen was dismissed for raising his hands to Roger Johnson after the player was involved in a tackle in the box. Gardener doubled Birminghams lead in the 50th minute before before ten men Bolton fought back with a spot kick from Kevin Davies, Blake then equalized for home team giving Owen Coyles men a point.
Blackpool and Fulham were also involved in a highly tense game after Zamora opened the scoring for the visiting team he was the subbed early in the second half. Blackpool got an equalising goal thanks to John Pantsil finding his own net, Varney then added a second for the Seasiders leaving for a tense closing few minutes in which Fulham were able to grab a late equalizer.