Chelsea have taken another step towards clinching the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League title.
Jose Mourinho's Blues held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to maintain their 10-point advantage on the rest of the competition which has them in an enviable position with five fixtures remaining.
Chelsea frustrated the Gunners who were in desperate need of all three points in order to challenge the west Londoners but it appears as though the gap will be enough for the Blues to secure a first title since 2010 and fifth in England's top flight overall.
Manuel Pellegrini's side overcame Aston Villa 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium courtesy of a late winner from Fernandinho at the end of a tense affair.
Sergio Aguero was gifted an opener in the third minute when Villa keeper Brad Guzan produced a calamitous error when attempting to pass to a teammate on the last line. The ball fell in the path of Aguero who needed no second invitation to slot home for his 21st league goal of the campaign, putting him one clear at the top of the Golden Boot chart.
Aleksandar Kolarov's clever free-kick in the 66th minute gave City a two-goal buffer before Tom Cleverley rocketed home from the edge of the area and Carlos Sanchez shrewdly side-footed an aerial ball past Joe Hart after a corner.
However, Fernandinho's late intervention allowed City to grab maximum points which saw them move back to second with a game in hand on third-placed Arsenal.
Louis van Gaal's heaviest loss as United boss came courtesy of goals from James McCarthy, John Stones (first for Everton) and Kevin Mirallas as the Toffees moved up to 10th on the table while the Red Devils remained fourth.
Jamie Vardy's close range finish on the hour-mark gave Nigel Pearson's Foxes all three points which saw them move out of the relegation zone, a point clear of Sunderland who occupy 18th position, with the Clarets firmly at the foot of the standings.
The Black Cats dropped into the mire after an unlucky 1-1 draw at Stoke City in a match where they had the better of the chances.
Connor Wickham's had two cracks at it to toe-poke home inside the first minute before Charlie Adam produced a right-footed rocket just before the half-hour mark to give the ninth-placed Potters a share of the points.
Elsewhere, Tottenham fought back twice from Graziano Pelle's double to draw 2-2 at Southampton in Mauricio Pochettino's return to the south coast, Dame N'Doye scored a brace as Hull City got the better of Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park, QPR and West Ham United drew 0-0 at Loftus Road while West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool also played out a goalless stalemate at The Hawthorns.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, who supplied the equaliser, gave the Swans the lead early in the second half before Jack Cork helped himself to his first Swansea goal before Siem de Jong, upon his first team return, slotted a consolation goal for the Toon.
2014/14 Barclays Premier League - season scores