Sunday was derby day in the English Premier League, with three derbies being played to claim the local bragging rights.
In the day's late kick-off, Chelsea made the short trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur knowing that a win could take them to the top of the league. The game ended 1-1 though, with Didier Drogba's 70th minute strike cancelling out Roman Pavlyuchenko's 15th minute opener for Spurs. Chelsea could have won the game had Drogba converted a penalty in stoppage time.
Despite the miss, the Blues have plenty of positives to take, not to mention the return of Frank Lampard, in a performance which seemed to suggest an end to a miserable period in which they have managed only six points in seven games. The draw pushed them to fourth in the league, with 31 points, while Spurs sit at fifth with 27.
Elsewhere, ten-man Bolton Wanderers rallied to beat Blackburn Rovers at home for the first time in a decade with a 2-1 win. The game burst into life early in the second half with the sending of Bolton's Mark Davies for an elbow on Phil Jones. Despite being a man down, Bolton opened the scoring in the 65th minute through Muamba's strike. Diouf equalized for Blackburn in the 87th minute but Bolton reclaimed the lead a minute later through Holden which proved to be the winner in a thrilling encounter.
On the day's other game, Wolves claimed the bragging rights against Birmingham, with a Stephen Hunt goal at the stroke of half-time giving them a 1-0 win in the Birmingham derby.
Saturday's action ended with an interesting result at Newcastle, where the Geordie club beat Liverpool 3-1 in Alan Pardew's first match in charge. The club were deemed to be in crisis after a week which saw the surprise sacking of manager Chris Hughton and the appointment of his replacement Alan Pardew. They showed no signs of crisis though, with Nolan opening the scoring in the first half from an indirect free-kick. Though Kuyt equalized early in the second half, Joey Barton gave his side the lead again, ten minutes from time, before Andy Carroll's long-range effort in stoppage time sealed the win.
Manchester City went up to second, level on points with top-of-the-pile Arsenal on 32, with a 3-1 at West Ham. A brilliant Yaya Toure opened the scoring for City with a 30th minute goal. They doubled the lead in the 70th minute when Toure's shot hit the crossbar and rebounded in off Rob Green's back before Adam Johnson made sure of the win with an 81st minute third. Tomkins scored a consolation for West Ham one minute from time, as City gained momentum going into the crucial period of the season.
Aston Villa secured a hard-fought win over local rivals West Brom with goals from Stewart Downing and Emile Heskey, despite a late surge from Villa which saw Paul Scharner pull one back. Villa held on for an impressive win, quashing questions over Gerrad Houllier's future.
Elsewhere, Blackpool secured their fourth away win of the season when Campbell's goal early in the second half gave them a 1-0 victory at Stoke City, while Wigan's visit to Everton and Fulham against Sunderland both ended in goalless draws.
The cream of this weekend's action takes place at Old Trafford with Manchester United hosting bitter-rivals Arsenal on Monday.