Free-scoring City hit five to go top of the league English Soccer Wed 29 Jan 2014 After Arsenal dropped points on Tuesday, Manchester City had the chance to go top on Wednesday night. Sergio Aguero (16) got the ball rolling with a goal in the first 15 minutes at White Hart Lane. Worryingly for City he had to go off before halftime with a hamstring injury. Tottenham's Michael Dawson (left) hit the net but it was ruled out for offside. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez After Aguero's departure, City nerves were steadied with goals from YayaToure, from the penalty spot (above), and Edin Dzeko. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images City were all but confirmed as league leaders when Steven Jovetic (left) scored their fourth goal, their 67th in the Premier League this season. Their 68th followed shortly afterwards when Vincent Kompany crowned a 5-1 win over Tottenham. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Chelsea passed up an opportunity to draw level on points with Arsenal after a scoreless draw with lowly West Ham at Stamford Bridge. This Mark Noble and John Obi Mikel (left) challenge was a good example of the underdogs' determination. Photograph: Reuters/Eddie Keogh ADVERTISEMENT It's safe to say Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was not happy with his team's performance. The match finished 0-0 even after Ireland international Joey O'Brien was forced off injured for the final 10 minutes, leaving West Ham with 10 men as they had used all their subs. At Villa Park, Villa and local rivals West Brom were involved in a goal bonanza, sharing six goals in the first half alone. Andreas Weimann (centre) got Villa going with their first after they had gone two behind. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA/ Villa's comeback was sealed with a copule of goals from Christian Benteke, his second from the penalty spot putting the home team on their way to a 4-3 victory. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland's steady progres under Gus Poyet was marked by another goal from a rejuvenated Adam Johnson (11). Photograph: Russell Cheyne Stoke's cause was not helped when Steven N'Zonzi was shown a red card by referee Bobby Madley. Photograph: Russell Cheyne ADVERTISEMENT The Merseyside derby was all about Liverpool as they went three up in the first half, Steven Gerrard heading the opener. Photograph: Peter Powell Daniel Sturridge added two further first-half goals before striking partner Luis Suarez hit Liverpool's fourth after half-time. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images. Suarez scores Liverpool's fourth with his customary panache after a run from the halfway line. Photograph: Peter Powell Daniel Sturidge slightly spoils his performance with a missed penalty but Liverpool close out the night 4-0 winners. Juan Mata's debut may have dominated the build-up to Manchester United's home game with Cardiff but it took only six minutes for the returning Robin van Persie to score his team's opening goal. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images ADVERTISEMENT Ashley Young scores United's second in a 2-0 victory Leaders Arsenal faced a tricky visit to Southampton and went behind to a 21st minute goal from Jose Fonte. Sam Gallagher had a chance for a second (above). Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Arsenal levelled through Olivier Giroud (left) before Santi Carzola (right) put them ahead. It didn't last long as Adam Lallana brought Southampton level within moments of the restart. Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini (obscured) is shown the red card by referee Lee Mason. The league leaders held on for a 2-2 draw. Newcastle, who agreed a fee to sell Johan Cabaye to PSG, lost another Frenchman in their game with Norwich. Referee Chris Foy showed Loic Remy red at Carrow Road. The game ended scoreless. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images ADVERTISEMENT Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon scores the winner in a 1-0 win over Hull City at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images Swansea City's Chico Flores celebrates scoring his side's second goal during their 2-0 win over Fulham at the Liberty Stadium.