Burnley 1-2 ChelseaJohn Terry grabbed a late winner for Chelsea to deny battling Burnley a point at Turf Moor, heading home home a corner from Florent Malouda in the 83rd minute.
It was a cruel blow for the hosts, who had drawn level through Steven Fletcher after Nicolas Anelka had opened the scoring.
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester UnitedNani opened the scoring on 33 minutes when his chip across goal was palmed in by Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia, before in-form England striker Wayne Rooney swept home a second following a quick counter attack.
A third on the break from Ji-Sung Park at the start of the second half effectively ended the contest, although defender Thomas Vermaelen netted a consolation for the Gunners.
Birmingham City 1-1 TottenhamLiam Ridgewell's last-minute strike denied Tottenham a precious victory at Birmingham and left Harry Redknapp's men clinging onto fourth place.
Ridgewell finished off a header across goal by Cameron Jerome to snatch a 1-1 draw for the home side after Spurs looked set to claim victory through Jermain Defoe's 69th-minute effort.
Liverpool 2-0 BoltonLiverpool coasted to a 2-0 win over Owen Coyle's Bolton at Anfield.
Dirk Kuyt stabbed home the opener in the 37th minute and Liverpoolmade the game safe in the 70th minute when a shot from Emiliano Insua took a huge deflection off Kevin Davies and squirted past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Bolton goal.
Fulham 0-2 Aston VillaVilla also kept up the pace with a 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage thanks to two goals just before half-time from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The striker opened the scoring when he headed home Stiliyan Petrov's 40th-minute cross, and four minutes later he turned Brede Hangeland in the box before firing the second past Mark Schwarzer.
Manchester City 2-0 PortsmouthManchester City closed to within a point of fourth-spot with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Portsmouth.
There was no joyous celebration as Adebayor rattled his 40th-minute goal past David James, instead he acknowledged the heavens in remembrance of his Togo team mates.
Vincent Kompany then powered home a header from Martin Petrov's corner to ensure the Blues moved to within a point of Tottenham.
English Premier League Top Ten Standings
Team Pl GD Pts 1 Chelsea 23 +38 54 2 Man Utd 24 +36 53 3 Arsenal 24 +32 49 4 Tottenham 24 +20 42 5 Liverpool 24 +16 41 6 Man City 22 +14 41 7 Aston Villa 23 +13 40 8 Birmingham 23 -1 34 9 Everton 23 -1 32 10 Blackburn 24 -15 28