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Wednesday football as it happened



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By Chris Bevan

2225: Wowsers. So, a night to remember for Burnley fans, and one to forget for Manchester United, Stoke City and Hull. Tottenham and Liverpool enjoy thumping wins, while James McFadden's last-gasp penalty sees Birmingham sink luckless Portsmouth. That's me done for tonight - join Caroline Cheese for more on Saturday, when we might even get our first draw of the Premier League season... not that I'm promising anything.

2220: Hull City boss Phil Brown after his side's 5-1 home defeat by Tottenham: "I don't think, hand on heart, 5-1 flattered Tottenham tonight - they were fabulous. It's difficult to say to our boys to go out there and do what Spurs do because the gulf in class looks alarming. Luckily, though, we don't have to play Tottenham every week and next up we have Bolton, where we'll need to dig in and respond. The fact is, though, that anyone who played Spurs tonight will have got a hiding, I think."

From onithor on 606: "This season is going to be fun, unpredictable, and tense. Bring IT!"

2216: Burnley match-winner Robbie Blake after his side's famous win over Manchester United: "Turf Moor is a difficult place to come to on a big night like this with a full ground - our fans make it difficult for opposing teams and I'm glad we have sent them home happy. With my goal, they either go in, or into row Z and luckily for me this one has flown into the top corner."

From 'The Stretford End' via text on 81111: "United were distinctly average tonight. I'm disgusted to tell you the truth. Without Ronaldo we'll be lucky to finish fourth. Fergie, spend the money or retire - we were dreadful."

2212: Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez after his side's thumping win over Stoke: "We have plenty of room for improvement. Some players are still short of full fitness. "We are working hard to see if we can announce good new signings. We have enough money for now."

2208: Poor old Sir Alex Ferguson has had a very frustrating night and it just got even worse when his first post-match interview was interrupted by a fault with the camera. The Manchester United boss is not well-known for his patience but he even raised a smile while the problem was fixed, and was happy to give credit to Burnley for their victory too.

2206: Ever so slightly surreally, while Manchester United were losing 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor, their neighbours City took the lead against Barcelona thanks to Martin Petrov's goal. It's only a friendly at the Nou Camp but Mark Hughes' side lead the European champions on their own patch.

2204: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his side's defeat by Burnley: "We're disappointed and it wasn't a great performance by us but maybe it was Burnley's night - so many things happened in their box I don't know how we didn't score. With the chances we had, we should have won."

2203: And it's been goals, goals, goals in Europe tonight. The five Champions League qualifying first-leg ties conjured up a poptastic 20 of them, with Lyon leading the hit parade with a 5-1 smashing of Anderlecht. There were also wins for FC Zurich, Debrecen, Atletico Madrid and Maccabi Haifa. Not a stalemate to be had anywhere. It's the season without draws remember?

2202: Lost in the drama of the Clarets downing Manchester United was Newcastle holding on for another valuable three points with a 1-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday. 'Oh Shola' Ameobi the match winner once again. Does he count as a Geordie messiah yet?

2201: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after his side's 5-1 win at Hull City: "It really was a fantastic performance from us tonight. The way we moved the ball, passed the ball, hit them with pace and skill, it was terrific. We started with a great performance against Liverpool and, if anything, this was even better."

From David in Greenwich via text on 81111: "Results like this won't overly surprise a lot of Spurs fans. We know we have real quality, we know we have underachieved in recent seasons but a quiet summer is bearing fruit - continuity brings consistency."

2158: Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, star of his side's win over Manchester United: "I'm paid to make saves - with the penalty save I was a little bit surprised that Michael Carrick took it but it didn't go in the net which is the main thing. We thought we could beat them. But it is just one game, now we need to keep our standards high for the rest of the season."

2156: Huge cheers ring out at Anfield when they announce that Burnley have beaten Manchester United. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard allowed himself a big grin too.

2155: Burnley boss Owen Coyle after his side's shock 1-0 win over Manchester United: "We are not kidding ourselves, we know at times we rode our luck but against Manchester United you need that. It is a terrific night for the football club, lots of people having been writing us off and I have nothing against opinions. People have been looking at our first five fixtures have been thinking we might end up with zero points so its nice to prove that wrong."

2153: Lots of goals tonight - 12 in total, and big wins for Liverpool and Spurs. But no doubt who the men of the moment are - Burnley, who thanks to Robbie Blake's stunning strike, and several stunning saves by Brian Jensen, have beaten the defending champions Manchester United in their first home top-flight game in over 33 years.

2152: FULL-TIME Liverpool 4-0 Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen struggles to deal with Glen Johnson's cross, which looks like it will fly straight in. The Stoke goalkeeper only succeeds in palming the ball to David Ngog, who nods home from two yards to score Liverpool's fourth of the night.

2151: GOAL FLASH Liverpool 4-0 Stoke City

2150: Tottenham sit on top of the Premier League table after two games, and two wins. A bit different to last year when they took nine games to pick up their first win.

2148: We will have three minutes of added time at Anfield. Liverpool lead Stoke 3-0 and are about to collect three points.

From George at Turf Moor via text on 81111: "No penetration. No pace. United looked thoroughly out of ideas tonight. When teams overload midfield and pack their own box like that you have to stretch them across the flanks and through the middle, and we never looked like doing it. A world-class creative midfielder to replace Scholesy please, Fergie."

2145: Liverpool are hunting for more goals against Stoke - Andriy Voronin chases and wins a loose ball on the edge of the area but does not get enough power on his shot to trouble Thomas Sorensen.

2144: Portsmouth had a desperate late effort to equalise before the final whistle went at St Andrews. John Utaka found space for a shot in the area but his powerful effort flies over. Pompey are not having much luck at the moment are they?

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting at Turf Moor: "All over at Turf Moor and mayhem all round. Stunning win for Burnley, but Manchester United seriously lacking in inspiration tonight."

2141: Full-time Hull City 1-5 Tottenham

2140: FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Portsmouth

That's the hat-trick for Jermain Defoe, who scores a goal of real beauty. Aaron Lennon tees him up on the edge of the area and Defoe wallops a rocket shot into the roof of the net.

2140: GOAL FLASH Hull City 1-5 Tottenham

2138: FULL-TIME Burnley 1-0 Manchester United

Dirk Kuyt scores Liverpool'sthird goal. But the Steven Gerrard deserves all the credit after he deceives his marker with a lovely turn on the right and delivers a low ball to the Dutchman who pokes in from close range.

Just as we seemed to be heading for our first draw of the Premier League season, Birmingham are handed a controversial penalty when David James, who has his eyes on a high ball, collides with Sebastian Larsson. James McFadden steps home to slot home from the resulting spot-kick.

2136: GOAL FLASH Liverpool 3-0 Stoke City

2135: GOAL FLASH Birmingham 1-0 Portsmouth

2135: We will have four minutes of time added on at Turf Moor. Can Burnley hang on?

2134: PENALTY to Birmingham

2133: Burnley's heroes tonight have been goalkeeper Brian Jensen and centre-back Clarke Carlisle. We're into the final seconds of normal time - this would be a famous victory for Owen Coyle side if they can cling on to their 1-0 lead.

2131: United attack again. Wayne Rooney plays a dangerous ball across the face of goal and Tyrone Mears makes a wise decision to leave it - any touch there and we would be talking own goal. As it is, Burnley survive.

From RampagingAlbatross on 606: "United just can't put away any of their chances. Burnley's goalkeeper is playing an absolute blinder. How many attacks do United need to SCORE?!?"

2129: No sign of a Stoke comeback at Liverpool - the Reds are still on top despite the very vocal encouragement of Potters boss Tony Pulis.

2127: United are pressing hard at Turf Moor in search of an equaliser. Wayne Rooney links up well with Dimitar Berbatov but Brian Jensen is again off his line sharply to deny the Bulgarian. The champions have seven minutes less to salvage something from this one.

From John in Edinburgh via text on 81111: "These are the games United would still expect to get something from with Ronaldo on the pitch. Without him you just can't see where the goal is going to come from."

2125: More news from League Two. The full-time whistle goes at Saltergate and Sven-Goran Eriksson gets his first taste of defeat in the lower leagues as Chesterfield beat his Notts County side 2-1.

Robbie Keane has had a stormer tonight and he has surely sealed Tottenham's victory now. He starts the move, feeding Aaron Lennon on the right and is first to Lennon's cross at the near post to glance his header into the opposite corner of the net - a great finish.

2125: GOAL FLASH Hull City 1-4 Tottenham

2124: At last, a bit of real goalmouth incident at St Andrews. James McFadden's long free-kick for Birmingham is knocked back by Garry O'Connor into the path of Kevin Phillips, whose snap shot is pushed behind for a corner by the outstretched right hand of David James.

2123: Hmmm, that sums up United's night so far. Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov chase a hoisted ball into the Burnley area - but then leave it to each other and it bounces out of play.

2122: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "Time running out for Manchester United now and Burnley closing in on a memorable victory. Antonio Valencia has provided some thrust on the right flank for the champions but they have not been on top of their game tonight - and that is to Burnley's eternal credit. "

2120: Tottenham's Jermain Defoe cuts into the area but slightly scuffs his low shot and it rolls harmlessly past Boaz Myhill's near post.

2119: Glen Johnson has clearly got his shooting boots on tonight. He goes close again, with a low effort that is well saved by Thomas Sorensen.

From mdfactor on 606: "I dont know why people are slating Michael Carrick for missing United's penalty. If you look at his record every penalty he has taken for Man Utd has gone in the top corner. So I see it as a good save by Brian Jensen."

2116: The second half at the KC Stadium has been a lot quieter than the first, so far, but the Tigers are still looking for a way back into the game. Geovanni rises highest to meet a long throw into the area but his looping header is somehow pushed away by Carlo Cudicini. Spurs still lead 3-1.

2115: That man Brian Jensen saves Burnley again. Wayne Rooney slides Ryan Giggs clear but the big Dane is out quickly to stick out a leg and poke the ball away as the Welshman prepares to shoot.

2113: News from League Two and there are goals galore at Chesterfield all of a sudden. The home side's Jamie Lowry scores twice from the spot within the space of four minutes, but Notts County pull one back almost immediately through a Mike Edwards header.

2112: A great chance for Dirk Kuyt to extend Liverpool's lead at Anfield - he is first to react when Thomas Sorenson spills Steven Gerrard's swerving shot but cannot adjust to meet the bouncing ball and his scuffed volley flies over the bar.

2111: Dimitar Berbatov has his first shot on goal, dinking a curling effort wide of Brian Jensen's left-hand post. I think the keeper would have got there if it was on target.

2109: United are having a lot of possession but Burnley don't half look dangerous when they break forward. Martin Paterson works his way into the box but his cut-back is just behind Robbie Blake, who was lurking at the back post. United living dangerously, and Burnley still lead 1-0.

2108: Dimitar Berbatov is on for United, replacing Michael Owen, who had a frustrating night.

2106: A decent start to the second half for Stoke, who have just had their best effort of the match. Rory Delap's low stinging shot from just inside the area is deflected and well parried away by Liverpool's Pepe Reina.

From Mike in Manchester via text on 81111: "Dimitar Berbatov will be on soon for United, and all will be well, mark my words."

2105: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "Burnley have kept up the energy levels and Turf Moor has kept up the noise levels. Manchester United need inspiration from somewhere and Dimitar Berbatov has just gone for a leisurely stroll along the touchline. Fabio Capello's here, but not many chances for Wayne Rooney or Michael Owen to impress so far."

2104: The second half has just started at Anfield, where Liverpool lead Stoke 2-0. At Turf Moor, United bring on Antonio Valencia for Anderson, perhaps in a bid to give more width to their attacking options.

2103: Tottenham's Robbie Keane leaves Michael Turner looking foolish with a lovely turn that allows the Irishman to run clear, but, with Jermain Defoe unmarked in the centre, Keane's cross only finds Anthony Gardner - who clears behind for a corner.

2102: Wayne Rooney is getting more and more frustrated at United's inability to break down this well-organised Burnley side. He tries his luck from range, through a crowd of players, and sees the ball sail high over the bar.

From Jane Doe via text on 81111: "More like the real Stoke tonight."

2100: Two setbacks for Birmingham - Cameron Jerome and Gregory Vignal are both forced off injured, to be replaced by Stuart Parnaby and veteran goal-getter Kevin Phillips.

2058: Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen comes rushing off his line to slide in and dispossess Wayne Rooney who is surging into the area. Those two are big units and that is not a collision I'd like to be in the middle of - Jensen gets there just in time too.

2056: That's more like it at St Andrews - we've just had a rare effort on goal. In the first minute of the second half, Birmingham's Cameron Jerome bears down on goal and, from the edge of the box, shoots just wide.

2054: Chris McCann runs at the United defence and is felled by Wes Brown, right on the edge of the area. This is dangerous, and Ben Foster does not see Robbie Blake's low curling free-kick until the last minute - luckily for him, it flies just wide.

From Steve from Bath via text on 81111: "Liverpool's Glen Johnson is looking class tonight. Worth every penny and must now be first choice right back for England."

2052: Burnley have picked up where they left off at the end of the first half - some neat passing moves are taking the heat off their defenders and mean Manchester United have plenty to think about. The home side are working incredibly hard when the ball is in their half too.

2049: We are back under way at St Andrews and Turf Moor. Over at the KC Stadium, former Tottenham star Nick Barmby is coming on for Hull City.

From anon via text on 81111: "More like the real Liverpool tonight."

2048: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Stoke City

2047: Tottenham are deservedly in front at the KC Stadium with 45 minutes to go but only after Geovanni's introduction had threatened to get Hull City firmly back into the match during a pulsating finale to the first-half. The next goal could be key if the second half is as open as the first...

James Beattie clears Dirk Kuyt's header off the line from a dangerous Liverpool corner but the ball only goes as far as Glen Johnson, who acrobatically leaps to volley home the rebound from inside the six-yard box. A great way to open his account for his new club.

2044: GOAL FLASH Liverpool 2-0 Stoke City

From Cookie Monster in Manchester via text on 81111: "Michael Carrick? Why isn't Wayne Rooney taking the penalties or Anderson?"

2041: A drab goalless first half at Birmingham - the home side had the better of it, but that's not saying much. Sebastian Larsson's header over from close range was Birmingham's best chance, with a Frederic Piquionne shot from the edge of the box, down to Joe Hart's right, the only real chance for a particularly sleepy-looking Portsmouth.

2040: Glen Johnson is felled by a wild Richard Cresswell challenge near the bye-line on the right-hand side of the area. It's a chance for Liverpool but they waste it - Steven Gerrard's free-kick is far too deep and Stoke clear. The good news for the Reds is that Fernando Torres is back on the pitch.

2039: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "Sir Alex Ferguson has not exactly got a spring in his step as he makes his way behind the goal to the Turf Moor dressing rooms - but he looks like he might have a few words to say to his Manchester United players. If Burnley reproduce the same energy levels and inspiration as their deafening support after the break, three points may well be within their reach."

2037: As you may (or may not) know, there are a few Champions League qualifying games going on tonight. Atletico Madrid are leading away to Panathinaikos 1-0 at half-time and Lyon are going goal crazy at home to Anderlecht, leading 4-0 at the break in the first leg game.

2036: Bad news for Liverpool fans. Fernando Torres comes off worst from a clash of heads with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and is carried off to be patched up - there was plenty of claret so he might need a few stitches there before he can continue.

2034: Half-time everywhere else in the Premier League but we are still playing at Anfield of course - Liverpool seem to have lost their way a little bit when coming forward and Stoke are now reading their attacks all too easily.

2034: HALF-TIME Hull City 1-3 Tottenham

2033: HALF-TIME Burnley 1-0 Manchester United

2032: HALF-TIME Birmingham 0-0 Portsmouth

A quick free-kick is flicked on beautifully by Robbie Keane, Michael Turner fails to cut it out, and Jermain Defoe strolls clear of the defence before lashing confidently past Boaz Myhill. Just what Hull didn't need.

2030: GOAL FLASH Hull City 1-3 Tottenham

Someone has won a penalty
Michael Owen plays in Patrice Evra, who is felled in the area by the sliding Robbie Blake. Michael Carrick steps up but Brian Jensen plunges to his right to make a brilliant save. Burnley still lead 1-0.

2028: PENALTY to Manchester United

2027: I might have been wrong about Brian Jensen having to earn his sausages tonight (see 2017) - Burnley are giving as good as they get at Turf Moor and United have not given the big Dane much to do recently.

2026: It's half-time at Chesterfield and Sven-Goran Eriksson and Notts County are finding life a tad harder against John Sheridan's side. It's goalless but Chesterfield look to have shaded the opening 45 minutes. Stat fans will be interested to see Chesterfield have had 59% of the possession and 10 shots on target to the Magpies' two. So there.

2025: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "Not Michael Owen's night so far. Two presentable chances have both passed him by. Manchester United need an injection of pace into their play. Might be made for Antonio Valencia after the break."

2023: It's still end-to-end stuff at the KC Stadium, where Hull are still looking lively but leaving space at the other end - where Jermain Defore fires wide after good work by Aaron Lennon. That game is wide open.

2021: Another chance for Liverpool at Anfield. Fernando Torres' cross from the right eludes Dirk Kuyt but falls for Emiliano Insua, who is unmarked at the far post. Insua has time to take a touch but snatches at his shot, which bounces tamely into the side-netting.

2018: Hull City could be level - and Spurs have Alan Hutton to thank that they're not, the defender's saving tackle denying Stephen Hunt 12 yards out with the away goal exposed by Vedran Corluka's defensive error. Geovanni's all-action introduction has definitely swung this match - Tottenham hanging on to their 2-1 lead.

2017: It looks like Brian Jensen is going to have to earn his sausages tonight - United have dominated possession since falling behind, and Wayne Rooney has just fired over.

2015: Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen was handed a five-foot sausage named "the Beast with big hands" by a local butcher in honour of his performance against Arsenal in last season's Carling Cup quarter-final... I wonder what he will get tomorrow morning if his side hold out for a famous win against United tonight?

2013: Portsmouth really are living dangerously, offering nothing up front and looking sleepy at the back. Sylvain Distin has just put keeper David James under unnecessary pressure with a back-pass James was clearly not expecting, when Birmingham's Cameron Jerome was lurking. James then hacked it clear straight to Garry O'Connor, who shot wide. Pressure building from the Blues.

2011: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "Turf Moor is rocking - literally - as Robbie Blake scores the goal this club has waited 33 years for. It had been coming because after a spell of early Manchester United supremacy Owen Coyle's side have settled to their task. One thing is clear, there will be no straying from the passing style that brought promotion. Some night this."

That switch by Phil Brown has clearly done the trick - Hull are back in it. Stephen Hunt sends in a looping free-kick from the right and it beats everybody before sailing straight into the net. Geovanni might have got a faint touch on it but the goal has been awarded to Hunt.

2010: GOAL FLASH Hull City 1-2 Tottenham

2009: Over in the Championship, Newcastle lead Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 after 15 minutes through Shola Ameobi. That's four goals in 67 minutes of football for the Magpies striker, who grabbed a hat-trick at the weekend. Shola Ameobi is unstoppable - that's a sentence I never thought I'd write...

2007: Trailing 2-0 to Tottenham, Hull boss Phil Brown has seen enough and makes his first change of the night after just 22 minutes. He brings on midfielder Geovanni for striker Daniel Cousin and switches to a 4-5-1 formation.

Fernando Torres opens his account this season for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard's pull back from right finds the Spaniard who swings his boot at the ball from 10 yards and fires in low past Thomas Sorensen.

An absolute scorcher from Robbie Blake gives Burnley their first Premier League goal. The ball is fired into the United box after good pressure from the Clarets and, when it drops for Blake, he buries an unstoppable volley past Ben Foster and into the top corner. Brilliant.

2005: GOAL FLASH Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City

2004: GOAL FLASH Burnley 1-0 Manchester United

2003: It's not all going Tottenham's way tonight though...Heurelho Gomes lands awkwardly on his knee after coming to collect the ball and is in real trouble. He is stretchered off and replaced by Carlo Cudicini.

2002: Chances at either end at St Andrews. Anthony Vanden Borre has a chance to make an instant impact at the start of his Portsmouth career, tiptoes through the defence and then hoofs the ball embarrassingly high over the bar. Birmingham then go straight up the other end and Keith Fahey draws a good save from the unsighted David James, who only sees the Irishman's shot late but gets his hands on it.

2001: Stoke kick-off at Anfield to get our fourth Premier League match of the evening started.

Tottenham are running riot at the KC Stadium. Robbie Keane slips in Wilson Palacios and he fires through Boaz Myhill's legs for his first goal in English football.

1959: GOAL FLASH Hull City 0-2 Tottenham

1956: Blimey, Burnley's Stephen Jordan gets back to dispossess Michael Carrick but sends the ball flying past his goalkeeper Brian Jensen. Jordan was relieved to see it bounce a foot wide of the post.

Tom Huddlestone feeds Jermain Defoe on the edge of the area and he works space for the shot before burying the ball past Boaz Myhill and into the far bottom corner.

1953: GOAL FLASH Hull City 0-1 Tottenham

1951: United have definitely settled down quicker than Burnley at Turf Moor. Michael Owen put the ball in the net a few moments ago, but the flag had long ago gone up for offside.

1949: Tottenham are on top at the KC Stadium, where Jermain Defoe sees a cheeky 25-yard lob drift just over the bar with Boaz Myhill beaten.

1946: An early chance for Manchester United and Michael Owen at Turf Moor, where Patrice Evra sends in a low cross from the left - but a slight deflection takes it away from the England striker, who was waiting to pounce.

1945: We're under way at Turf Moor, St Andrews and the KC Stadium.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting at Turf Moor: "Unprecedented demand for match programmes at Burnley. A new print-run commissioned for tomorrow to satisfy the souvenir hunters."

1943: There's been something missing from the Premier League season so far...We've had 12 top-flight games now, at the weekend and last night, and have not seen any draws. American sports fans will not be complaining (they don't really do draws over there) but, for me, this season won't have truly begun until we've had our first dreadful 0-0 or thrill-a-minute 3-3. Fingers crossed for tonight then...

1942: Burnley manager Owen Coyle: "It's fitting that our first home game in the Premier League is against Manchester United, one of the best teams in the world. It will be sold out and we all know the atmosphere Turf Moor generates when that's the case - we had that last year, particularly against Arsenal and Tottenham in the Carling Cup. It's a great game for everybody involved at the club - but what we have to do is make sure we do ourselves justice and go and get some points."

1941: Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has just walked out on to the St Andrews pitch, wearing a bright pink kit - not like him to make a spectacle of himself. It's for charity, apparently.

1940: Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead on his side's trip to Anfield: "We are going there to get something from the game, not to lay down and die. Liverpool will want to put things right after losing at the weekend. But hopefully we can frustrate them as much as Spurs did. If we can keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres quiet, we will be in with a chance. We need to stand strong and keep a good shape."

1939: One more Stoke change for you - Potters boss Tony Pulis has also brought in Richard Cresswell to replace Liam Lawrence.

1937: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez on his side's title prospects following Sunday's defeat by Spurs: "I have been surprised by the reaction from the first game, and comments about our prospects for the season. It is too early to judge. Now we have another game, quickly. A win will make things easier but I do expect similar comments from the critics if we do not."

From graduatefast on 606: "I'm delighted to see Michael Owen starting for Man Utd. Not surprised to see Dimitar Berbatov on the bench. Burnley will definitely park the bus, the ball will end up loose in the box and who else but Owen to finish? Good choice Sir Alex Ferguson!"

1934: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Portsmouth
Birmingham make one change to the side beaten at Manchester United on Sunday - Garry O'Connor comes in for Lee Carsley, who takes his place on the bench. Portsmouth also make one change, with new signing Anthony vanden Borre replacing John Utaka wide on the right, with Utaka dropping to the bench.

1932: Around 15 minutes to go until kick-off at Turf Moor, St Andrews and the KC Stadium. Liverpool-Stoke starts at 2000 BST. If you give this page a manual refresh, you will be able to view Score at the top for the duration of tonight.

From Addy via text on 81111: "Just got into Turf Moor, there's an amazing atmosphere, I'm expecting a fast paced game! C'mon United!"

1929: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Stoke Liverpool's Daniel Ayala will partner Jamie Carragher in central defence after Martin Skrtel fails to recover from the head injury sustained in the defeat at Tottenham and Yossi Benayoun comes in for Ryan Babel in midfield. Stoke bring in Glenn Whelan to make up a five-man midfield, with forward Ricardo Fuller dropping to the substitutes bench.

1926: Hmmm, a few of you have picked up on the chat about Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez apparently stepping down today, but it does appear to have just been a rumour. I say that, because Rafa is at Anfield tonight ahead of the Reds' game with Stoke - which appears (to me anyway) to suggest he is still in charge.

1924: TEAMS Birmingham v Portsmouth
Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Roger Johnson, Queudrue, Vignal, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, McFadden, O'Connor, Jerome. Subs: Maik Taylor, Carsley, Benitez, Phillips, McSheffrey, Parnaby, O'Shea.
Portsmouth: James, Kaboul, Wilson, Distin, Belhadj, Vanden Borre, Diop, Mokoena, Mullins, Kranjcar, Piquionne. Subs: Begovic, Hughes, Kanu, Nugent, Utaka, Basinas, Ward.

1922: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Turf Moor: "A vibrant atmosphere inside Turf Moor already. First top tier game between Burnley and Manchester United in more than 33 years - and the home fans inside and outside the ground are relishing every second. Burnley's Owen Coyle is a progressive young manager with a growing reputation and he will enjoy pitting his wits against Sir Alex Ferguson."

1921: TEAM NEWS Burnley v Manchester United
So Michael Owen will make his first Manchester United start as Sir Alex Ferguson shuffles his pack following Sunday's win over Birmingham, with Michael Carrick and Park Ji-Sung also drafted into the starting XI. Burnley hand a debut to £2.8m new-boy Andre Bikey in their only change following Saturday's defeat by Stoke.

1920: TEAMS Liverpool v Stoke
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Ayala, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Voronin, Riera, Babel, Ngog, Kelly, Dossena.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Delap, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Beattie, Cresswell. Subs: Simonsen, Griffin, Cort, Lawrence, Fuller, Kitson, Pugh.

1919: I'm not forgetting about you lot either - get in touch now on 606, via text on 81111 or drop me a tweet on Twitter. Please.

1917: TEAMS Burnley v Manchester United
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Bikey, Carlisle, Jordan, Blake, McCann, Alexander, Elliott, Steven Fletcher, Paterson. Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Thompson, Guerrero, Eagles.
Man Utd: Foster, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Brown, Evra, Park, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Owen, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Berbatov, Scholes, Valencia, Gibson, De Laet.

1915: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Burnley is a fantastic story.You think back to the 1960s and the great players like Jimmy McIlroy, so this will be a terrific experience for them. They have not been in the top division since 1976 so you can imagine what the atmosphere will be like. It will be absolutely red hot. That is where we hope our experience comes into it."

1913: Some early team news for you from Turf Moor - Michael Owen will make his first competitive start for Manchester United.

From G-FORCE-GERRARD on 606: "Big game for Rafa today with rumours spreading about his departure, and will heap an extra load of pressure on a very tough game for the Reds."

1908: TEAM NEWS Hull City v Tottenham
Hull boss Phil Brown makes just one change to the starting XI that lost narrowly to Chelsea at the weekend, with striker Daniel Cousin coming in for injured midfielder Dean Marney. As expected, Ledley King misses out for Tottenham, with Alan Hutton coming in at right-back and Vedran Corluka moving across to centre-back. Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe continue up front, meaning Peter Crouch's wait for a full Spurs debut goes on.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting at Turf Moor: "Burnley fans packing Harry Potts way outside Turf Moor in buoyant mood. Very warm reception for Sir Bobby Charlton from home fans."

1906: TEAMS Hull City v Tottenham
Hull: Myhill, Mouyokolo, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Mendy, Boateng, Olofinjana, Hunt, Folan, Cousin. Subs: Duke, Barmby, Geovanni, Halmosi, Kilbane, Ghilas, Zayatte.
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Corluka, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric, Keane, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch, Naughton, Chimbonda, O'Hara.

1905: Of course, there's plenty of other action tonight too - with three other Prem clashes - Liverpool v Stoke, Hull City v Tottenham and Birmingham v Portsmouth. I'll bring you news from all of those, plus updates from Newcastle-Sheff Wed in the Championship, Chesterfield-Notts County in League Two and a smattering of Champions League qualifiers as well. Phew!

1903: Yep, there is sure to be a very special atmosphere for Burnley's first home Premier League game, which sees them take on the defending champions - can Owen Coyle's side shock their illustrious near-neighbours? We will find out very soon folks...

1900 BST: Evening all - it's a big night tonight, especially in east Lancashire. Exactly 33 years and four months ago, Lou Macari's goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor and consigned Burnley to relegation from the old First Division. Tonight sees the Clarets host their first top-flight match since that season... and guess who is back in town?

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