The results mean the Premier League now looks more familiar with the `Big Four` filling the top four slots.
Chelsea`s lunchtime demolition job gave the leaders 20 points from eight games but Liverpool joined them on the same total after scoring twice in the last 10 minutes against 10-man Wigan to snatch a 3-2 victory.
Arsenal moved up to third on 16 points after netting three second-half goals to record a 3-1 victory against Everton.
In Image: Uliano Belletti of Chelsea is congratulated after he scores the his teams second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Chelsea at the Riverside Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Middlesbrough, England.
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