Tottenham Hotspur FC kept alive their hopes of earning a top-four spot in the Premier League by defeating Cardiff City FC 1-0 to move within four points of Manchester City FC.
Beaten at Norwich City FC last time out, Spurs returned to winning ways as Roberto Soldado guided a shot into the corner on 28 minutes. Central defender Steven Caulker crashed an effort against the crossbar for Cardiff, but the south Wales outfit were unable to stave off a third loss in four league games and remain second from bottom.
Aston Villa FC moved seven points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 4-1 home win against Norwich City FC, who took an early lead through Wes Hoolahan. Christian Benteke's 25th-minute volley restored parity and the Belgium forward registered again two minutes later, with Leandro Bacuna and a Sébastien Bassong own goal rounding off the scoring before half-time.
As for Swansea City AFC, they missed out on the chance to go tenth in a 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace FC. Jonathan De Guzmán put the hosts ahead, but Glenn Murray's 82nd-minute penalty – after Chico had been sent off for Swansea – rescued Palace a point.
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De Guzmán 25
Murray 82 (P)
Walters 76 (P)
Schürrle 52, 65, 68
|4||Manchester City FC||26||57|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur FC||28||53|
|7||Manchester United FC||27||45|
|8||Newcastle United FC||28||43|
|10||West Ham United FC||28||31|
|11||Aston Villa FC||28||31|
|12||Hull City AFC||28||30|
|13||Stoke City FC||28||30|
|14||Swansea City AFC||28||29|
|15||Norwich City FC||28||28|
|16||Crystal Palace FC||27||27|
|17||West Bromwich Albion FC||27||25|
|19||Cardiff City FC||28||22|