Manchester City displayed the attacking power that could drive the team to the Premier League title by brushing aside Southampton 4-1 on Saturday.
The 2012 champions are now just a point behind leader Liverpool with a game in hand ahead of their meeting next Sunday. Liverpool plays at West Ham this Sunday.
Chelsea will end Saturday on top of the standings if it beats Stoke but Jose Mourinho's side will have played more games than its title rivals.
Manchester United has paid the price this season for its poor home form. Away, it's a different story, with David Moyes' sixth-place side claiming a league-leading 10th away win by beating Newcastle 4-0 with Juan Mata scoring twice.
Fulham climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa to 18th place, five points from Norwich, which lost 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion.
Crystal Palace's recovery continued with a 3-0 win at Cardiff that moved the London club seven points clear of danger above Swansea, which lost 1-0 at Hull.