Manchester City's hope of winning the Premier League this season took another blow as they could only draw with Birmingham. The draw leaves City eight points behind league leaders Manchester United, having played one more game than their rivals.

City started the game positively, scoring after just four minutes when a speculative shot from Carlos Tevez hugely deflected a Birmingham defender into goal. Birmingham showed great determination and did not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the Manchester millionaires and the home side scored the equalizer in the 20th minute through Nikola Zigic. A serious City injury to Micah Richards caused a long delay before Aleksandar Kolarov took a free kick to restore the visitors' lead, however veteran defender Patrick Vieira conceded a 77 penalty, allowing Birmingham to share the points and left visitors thinking of more drop points.

Tottenham Hotspur continued their quest for a place in the Champions League for the upcoming season with a 1-0 win over Blackburn, the victory placing them within three points of big spending by Chelsea, which currently ranks important fourth in the league. .

Liverpool played their first game without Fernando Torres, who saw a dream start for the newly signed forward Luis Suárez. The new striker could quickly replace Torres as Kop's hero after he came on as a substitute to score Liverpool's second goal in a comfortable 2-0 win against Stoke City. Liverpool's other new billionaire signing Andy Carroll is likely to be absent for several weeks following an injury he suffered at former club Newcastle United.

West Ham secured a much-needed victory against Blackpool, who are now just four points above the relegation zone. The Hammers now move from the bottom of the table after their 3-1 win as they continue their perennial battle for relegation.

Newcastle, now without top scorer Andy Carroll, who left for Liverpool for the week, lost 1-0 to Fulham and, more worryingly, will now be without Shola Ameobi, who suffered a broken cheekbone and is likely to be away for at least six weeks.

The Wolves lost 1-0 to Bolton at Reebok Stadium, thanks to an injury-time win by Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge. The defeat now leaves the Wolves at the bottom of the Premier League having lost more games than any other team this season.

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Manchester City's hope of winning the Premier League this season took another blow as they could only draw with Birmingham. The draw leaves City eight points behind league leaders Manchester United, having played one more game than their rivals.