Manchester United pummel Wigan on Boxing Day
The traditional post-Christmas fixture programme saw a 5-0 thrashing of Wigan by Manchester United.
Ji-Sung Park opened the scoring, calmly slotting home after good work by Patrice Evra down the left-hand side.
Dimitar Berbatov scored the second after picking up a Darron Gibson cross that was flicked on by Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez got the faintest of flick-ons on to Gibson's cross, so a double assist was awarded.
Berbatov scored his second of the night after bamboozling the Wigan defence with a fine first touch, after Luis Antonio Valencia played a dangerous ball into the box.
Valencia scored goal number four himself, smashing the ball home from the edge of the area after a Michael Carrick lay-off.
And Berbatov deftly completed his hat-trick from the penaly spot after Park was fouled in the area.
The traditional West London derby saw Chelsea held to a 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Juan Mata scored for the Blues after being set-up by Fernando Torres.
But Clint Dempsey hit home the equaliser from four yards out after Bryan Ruiz had sent a low cross into the box.
Newcastle got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Bolton after Hatem Ben Arfa came off the bench to inspire the win.
Ben Arfa scored his first goal of the season, smashing home a Ryan Taylor cross.
And Demba Ba continued his fine run of form after impressive build-up work by Gabriel Obertan.
Liverpool fans were left deflated after the Reds failed to beat basement team Blackburn, but it could have been even worse after Charlie Adam opened the scoring by deflecting a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner into his own net.
Maxi Rodriguez hit back to spare the major blushes, heading in an inch-perfect cross by Martin Sktrel after the Rovers defence failed to clear their lines.
Honours were split between Sunderland and Everton as both teams scored one goal apiece.
Jack Colback struck first with a deflected effort after fine build-up play by Stephane Sessegnon.
And the Toffees' equaliser came in controversial circumstances after Leon Osman tripped in the area to set up a Leighton Baines penalty.
Arsenal were pegged back to a 1-1 draw against Wolves after Gervinho had opened the scoring after a fine pass by Yossi Benayoun.
Steven Fletcher scored the equalising goal with a reflex header after a Stephen Hunt shot had been deflected acorss the penalty area.
No assist was awarded to Hunt because TV replays show that his shot - which was initally on target - took a significant deflection off Laurent Koscielny's body to divert it towards Fletcher.
Swansea and Queens Park Rangers served up an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Danny Graham struck first for the Swans after picking up a Wayne Routledge pass under heavy pressure from the Rangers defence, before spinning and slotting the ball past a fully-stretched Paddy Kenny.
But QPR hit back the share the spoils after Jamie Mackie latched on to a Kenny punt that was flicked on by Swans midfielder Leon Britton and slotted the ball home.
An assist was awarded to Paddy Kenny for his punt downfield because TV replays show that Britton's intervention did not significantly change the speed or horizontal trajectory of the ball before it reached Mackie.
Tottenham made sure they stayed on the tail of the league leaders with a convincing 2-0 win at Carrow Road against Norwich.
Gareth Bale scored both Spurs goals, firstly converting Emmanuel Adebayor's lay-off, before latching on to a Luka Modric through ball and hitting home the second after a thunderous run through the heart of the Canaries' defence.
Finally, there were two no score draws during this set of fixtures, as league leaders Manchester City were held at West Brom, while Stoke and Aston Villa played out a drab encounter at the Brittania Stadium.