League-leading Chelsea's taken a one goal lead into halftime, while Manchesters United and City have played to a standstill at Eastlands. Meanwhile, Arsenal, Blackburn, and Liverpool took leads into halftime of their Wednesday English Premier League matches.
Michael Essien, missing from the lineup on Sunday at Anfield, has Chelsea up 1-0 on London rivals Fulham. Essien got to the edge of Mark Schwarzer's six yard box and put a Salomon Kalou cross home for the match's only goal.
In Manchester, United early control of the match waned as the half went on, with City seeing as much of the play by half's end. The rivals went to halftime scoreless, with Carlos Tévez's mid-period direct kick coming closest to opening the scoring.
In Wolverhampton, Marouane Chamakh's first minute goal remains the match's only tally, giving Arsenal a halftime lead. Likewise, Blackburn used an early road goal from Morten Gamst Pedersen to take a 0-1 lead into halftime in Newcastle.
In Birmingham, a Marlon Harewood goal just before half has Blackpool even with Aston Villa, whose goal came from Stewart Downing. That same scoreline has West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion even at Upton Park, with a Peter Odemwingie penalty kick pulled back five minute later by Scott Parker.