The English football Premier League leader Liverpool has ground out a nil all draw at struggling Stoke City, missing the chance to open a six-point gap at the top.
Aston Villa has moved into third, five points off the pace, after a 2-1 home victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Second placed Chelsea can close the gap on Liverpool to one point by winning at fourth-placed Manchester United tomorrow.
Arsenal has kept in touch with a 1-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers.
Everton beat Hull City 2-0 to remain sixth while Newcastle United drew 2-2 at home to West Ham United and Middlesbrough and Sunderland shared a 1-1 draw at the Riverside.
Portsmouth's home game against Manchester City and Fulham v Blackburn Rovers were postponed because of frozen pitches.