Separation could be coming at both halves of the table during a pair of Sunday matches before Manchester United and Southampton finish the week’s slate on Monday.
All bets appear off after Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Chelsea showed that the Blues can be beaten if rare chances are finished, and both West Ham and Swansea City will have had their eyebrows raised by Saturday’s result.
[ ROUNDUP: Chelsea, Arsenal shocked; Man City wins ]
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert hopes Villa Park can be the site of another win against a newly-promoted side.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City – Live on NBCSN and Live Extra, 8:30 a.m ET
It’s a clash between surprise Top Four contenders, and Sam Allardyce’s Irons have been pretty darn good at the Boleyn Ground. West Ham has taken 13 of the last available 15 points at home, and Swans have just two of their last 15 possible road spoils.
Allardyce recently admitted he signed Andy Carroll instead of the Ivorian striker that eventually went to Wales: Wilfried Bony. Which one is the best bet to score on Sunday?
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City – Live on NBCSN and Live Extra, 11 a.m ET
The Villans are about as shaky of an “unbeaten in four” as you can get, but the last of that quartet was a skid-snapping 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Perhaps Christian Benteke and the Villa attack are awake. It can take another step forward against Nigel Pearson’s struggling Leicester City.