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Sunday's Premier League as it happened



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By Ian Hughes

1800: And that concludes a genuinely thrilling day of football. Ten goals in the two big derbies, Chelsea and Manchester United flexing their muscles once more and wins for Everton and Wolves, too. Thanks for your company today, and for your comments. Have a good evening.

1757: That was up a club record 11th consecutive win, in all competitions, for Chelsea. It also maintains their 100% start in the league this season and on this evidence they look very strong title contenders. they sit at the top of the table this evening, and what price they will be there at the end of the campaign?

1756: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham

1754: Crouch rounds Cech and slots into an empty net but there is to be no consolation for Spurs as the goal is ruled out, correctly, for offside.

1752: Kalou fires straight at Cudicini , who does well to use his legs to keep out the striker's shot. Chelsea ending the match with a swagger.

From patterdalesforus on 606: "Only two teams in it this year United and Chelsea...The rest may as well forget it."

1750: Even if there was another 45 minutes to play, Chelsea would be in no danger of losing this one. They have been ruthless, incisive and very impressive.

1747: Fabio Borini, 18, comes on for Chelsea, replacing Nicolas Anelka. He'll have eight minutes (or so) to impress as the board shows that is the minimum amount of injury time to be played.

1745: Kalou drives down the left side of the penalty area and shoots from a tight angle but cannot beat Cudicini at the keeper's near post.

1742: Now Drogba leaves the field on a stretcher after injuring himself when taking a shot. Salomon Kalou comes on as a replacement. Prepare yourselves for about 10 minutes of added time.

1739: Sebastien Bassong leaves the field on a stretcher after a six-minute delay while the player receives treatment. Looks to be a nasty injury although it is not yet clear what the exact problem is.

1731: John Mikel Obi almost puts his side 4-0 up when his volley squirms out of Carlo Cudicini's hands, but the former Chelsea keeper just recovers to push the ball around the post.

1730: Tottenham are trying to grab a lifeline and substitute Peter Crouch has made himself busy since coming on. But Chelsea look as though they could go up another gear if they need to.

1724: Benoit Assou-Ekotto appears a little fortunate not to concede a penalty as it appears he uses his arm to deflect Lampard's free-kick over the bar. I suppose these things even themselves out.

Drogba's touch to control the ball as it drops is sublime, he gets a little lucky when Vedran Corluka's tackle takes the ball goalwards and the striker slots in to an empty net.

1720: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham (Drogba)

1720: Everton boss David Moyes is pleased with his side's return to top form. Here is what he had to say after the 3-0 win over Blackburn:
"I enjoyed the result and the performance. At times we were very good. Blackburn made it difficult but we were able to defend their set pieces. I think Saha is a terrific player and he's right up there with the best I've ever worked with. I thought Pienaar played very well. He's starting to do things that are making a difference to us now. The quality of the players we have, we're much better than we've shown so far."

1718: Chelsea look eager to ram home their advantage, and Hutton heads away from goal as pressure is applied from a corner. Shortly after Bosingwa tries his luck with another shot from just outside the box.

That is harsh on Tottenham, just after they were denied what looked a clear penalty. But it's clinical by Chelsea as Drogba's shot is saved, Lampard turns the ball back across goal and Michael Ballack sweeps the ball in.

1714: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (Ballack)

1712: Robbie Keane goes down under challenge from Ricardo Carvalho and there looks to be clear contact but the striker's penalty appeals are waved away. Fortunately, no booking for 'diving' either. A kind of non-decision then. Odd.

1710: Hutton has walked straight into a contest with Drogba and it could be a torrid time for the Scot over the next 40 minutes.

1707: More good work from Drogba, who is causing all sort of problems with his pace and power, but his cross evades his team-mates. King's departure is a big blow for the visitors.

1704: Drogba twists away from Ledley King, who pulls up immediately, and lays a square ball to Frank Lampard but the midfielder drags his shot wide. King is then substituted and Alan Hutton takes his place.

1702: Chelsea get the ball rolling for the final 45 (or 51?) minutes of football in the top flight today.

From Didier Drogba's Bald Patch on 606: "The great thing about Chelsea is that is that we have Zhirkov and Joey Cole coming back to add some much needed flair to our 'power'. "

1652: FULL-TIME: Everton 3-0 Blackburn
Impressive victory for Everton, who were by far the better side. Blackburn created nothing and already look like they could be relegation candidates.

1649: After an impressive opening, Spurs faded a little as Chelsea's power started to tell. But the result is still in the balance as both sides created chances in an end-to-end first half.

From strcprstskrzkrk on 606: "Most consecutive wins: 14, joint record:
Arsenal (Premier League between 10 February 2002 and 24 August 2002), Manchester United (Second Division, 1904-05), Bristol City (Second Division, 1905-06), Preston North End (Second Division, 1950-51)"

Half time
1646: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

1641: Tottenham trying to break quickly, but Chelsea look organised and disciplined. The Blues' football may not be that pretty under Carlo Ancelotti but it is effective.

1639: Drobga falls to ground and receives a few accusatory glances from the Spurs players. But as Uefa found recently it's very hard to prove if a player dived or not.

From Rafael & Fabio - Perfect Combination! on 606: "Six wins in a row for Chelsea? What's the record number of consecutive wins?"

From ArsenalArseneArshavin on 606: "Record number of consecutive wins? I think 13, set by Arsenal"

Excellent finish by left-back Cole, connecting with Didier Drogba's cross from the right to score with a diving header.

1632: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham (Ashley Cole)

1627: Back to the London derby and the match has settled down into a slower rhythm. Spurs are holding their own, while Chelsea look in no hurry to force the game.

1625: The debate about injury time played at old Trafford is rumbling on over at 606. As many of you have pointed out, the number of minutes of injury time displayed on the board (four in this case) are the minimum to be played. Doubt that makes City fans feel any better.

Looks like the points are going Everton's way. A corner from the right is flicked on by Saha and Joseph Yobo is on hand to poke the ball past Paul Robinson.

1617: GOALFLASH Everton 3-0 Blackburn (Yobo)

1615: Jermaine Jenas lets fly with a drive that flashes past the post. An open, fast-paced game developing nicely at the Bridge.

Everton get the all-important second goal to put breathing space between themselves and Blackburn and it's Saha again. Marouane Fellaini gains a yard on the right wing and swings over a cross which the French striker rises to head into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

1612: GOALFLASH Everton 2-0 Blackburn (Saha)

From Greg in Watford, via text on 81111: "Good to see Jermaine Jenas back in the starting line-up; a player who always gives 100% and is no slouch in front of goal. Come on you Spurs!"

1611: A superb pass from Wilson Palacios sets Jermain Defoe on his way towards goal and the striker hits a low shot but is denied by the leg of Petr Cech.

1607: Chelsea are inches away from taking the lead as Jose Bosingwa smashes a fierce drive from the right edge of the area and it cannons back off the angle of the goal.

1606: Good start from Tottenham, and they almost create a chance for Robbie Keane. Both sides playing at a fast tempo.

1604: The second half starts at Everton.

1602: Blackburn taking to pitch at Goodison, waiting for their Everton counterparts. Hoping for a bit more quality in the final third.

1600: Ready for more derby action? Spurs kick off the match at Stamford Bridge. Another seven goals, and a last-minute winner too much to ask for?

1557: So what did Sir Alex Ferguson think of his side's win. Humble in victory? Not likely.

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: We gave three goals away today. It could have been an embarrassment - we could have won 6-0 or 7-0 today. But in the end we still we won one of the best Manchester derbies. We have a neighbour, and sometimes neighbours are noisy, but we showed our power today and we get on with life.

Full time
1553: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-1 Fulham

Half time
1547: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 Blackburn

From Phil in Kent, via text on 81111: "Oh dear, a classic example of normal time, added time, and then big-four time. Such a shame, as it was a great game until that."

1546: A few disgruntled City fans here in the office, wondering where all the added time came from.

1545: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Tottenham Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa return for Chelsea after being suspended for Tuesday's Champions League win over FC Porto, replacing Salomon Kalou and Branislav Ivanovic. Tottenham make one change from the side that lost to Manchester United last weekend, handing midfielder Jermaine Jenas his first start of the season in place of striker Peter Crouch, who drops to the bench.

1541: Former West Brom striker Diomansy Kamara, introduced to a chorus of boos as he comes off the bench, almost levels for Fulham as the home side's attempt to play offside goes horribly wrong.

1541: That was one of the best Manchester derbies I have seen. United showed their class in the second half, but City did extraordinarily well to keep coming back, although they succumbed right at the death. What do you think it says about the sides' title chances? Seems to me that United aren't as "weak" as has been suggested and City not as "cocky". Bodes well for the rest of the season!

1539: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Time to try and take a breath after all that. Incredible scenes as Michael Owen reminded anyone who had dared to forget him that he is still around. Cue some amazing dancing from Sir Alex Ferguson that would draw harsh words on a certain Saturday night entertainment programme. And make no mistake, City boss Mark Hughes will be asking how the winner could be scored six minutes into four minutes of stoppage time. What a game. The hype was good... the game even better."

1535: With barely time to catch our breath, thoughts start to turn to another derby - this time in London, where Chelsea can regain top spot in the league with a point from their match against Tottenham.

1532: TEAMS Chelsea v Tottenham
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Mikel, Kalou, Belletti, Hutchinson, Borini.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Palacios, Defoe, Keane. Subs: Gomes, Hutton, Bentley, Crouch, Naughton, Giovani, Kranjcar.

1530: On the touchline, a fuming Mark Hughes just about manages to shake Sir Alex Ferguson's hand. Questions will be asked about the amount of time added on. But it was a derby that had just about everything. Stunning!

1528: FULL-TIME Man Utd 4-3 Man City

Outrageous drama at Old Trafford. In the sixth minute of injury time, Giggs plays in substitute Michael Owen, who coolly slots past Given to snatch three points for his side. City are furious.

Moments after seeing their crossbar struck, Everton take the lead. Leighton Baines swings in a low free-kick from the left and Louis Saha finds plenty of space to place a side-foot volley past Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson.

1525: GOALFLASH Man Utd 4-3 Man City (Owen)

1521: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Blackburn (Louis Saha)


Michael Mancienne drags down Bobby Zamora as they vie for the ball and referee Kevin Friend awards a penalty that Danny Murphy duly converts to half the deficit.

Absolutely incredible. Unbelievable! City have somehow gone and done it again - and Ferdinand will be hanging his head in shame. The United centre-back gives the ball away and then cannot catch Craig Bellamy, who races away before slotting in from a tight angle.

1520: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-3 Man City

1518: City go close twice in a matter of seconds. First Shaun Wright-Phillips forces a five save from Foster and then from the corner Micah Richards is inches away from turning the ball in at the far post.

1518: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Sir Alex Ferguson is pacing the touchline looking at his watch and the message to his players is clear. Let this slip again at your peril. Manchester City have goals in them, but if they continue to defend like this they will have plenty of goals against them as well. United fully deserve their lead, but Mark Hughes will want a full and frank explanation of how Darren Fletcher has punished his side with two headed goals."

1513: City make a substitution, bringing on Martin Petrov for Nigel De Jong. Can they possibly come back from behind once again? They have been outplayed in this half.

It had been coming. Giggs fires in another excellent cross - this one from a free-kick - and Darren Fletcher powers home his header to put United ahead for the third time in the match.

1510: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-2 Man City (Fletcher)

1508: The unfortunate Berbatov - who might have had a hat-trick on another day - is replaced by Michael Owen.

1507: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Real surge of power here from Manchester United - and only the superb Shay Given is keeping Manchester City on level terms. If there was a battle of the goalkeepers today there would be only one winner."

Wolves are all over Fulham at the start of the second half and Dave Edwards steals the ball in midfield before finishing a swift attack with a powerful a finish into the roof of Mark Schwarzer's net from Andy Keogh's return pass.

1505: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-0 Fulham (Edwards)

1504: Everton have an early chance. Steven Pienaar finds fellow Toffees midfielder Leon Osman on the move in the area but his shot is deflected narrowly wide for a corner, that ultimately comes to nothing.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "City are playing extremely deep now and asking for trouble. Mark Hughes is shouting at his players to try to get them forward."

1503: Just how long can Given hold out against the red tide? He - and City - have 17 minutes to keep United out. Ferguson's side are coming on very strong.

From jrcjohnny99 on 606: "Shay Given has been outstanding today and all season; he has easily been Hughesy's best buy, That being said, he's going to let at least one more in today... "

1501: Yet another United chance goes begging. This time Giggs is denied by Given, who tips the Welshman's effort over.

1500: Bobby Zamora taps the ball to Andy Johnson to get the second half of Wolves' match against Fulham under way.

1500: Everton kick off against Blackburn.

1459: Given makes another outstanding save to deny Berbatov again, the City keeper diving to his left to push away the striker's header from Giggs' cross.

1458: Feels like there are more goals to come at Old Trafford. United look likeliest, but City's powers of recovery today have been immense.

1456: United are pushing forward more and more, enjoying the greater possession and territorial advantage. And what a fantastic save from Shay Given to keep out Berbatov's close-range header. City hanging on.

1453: City have been forced into a tactical change, switching to 4-4-2, with Bellamy joining Tevez up front and Stephen Ireland now playing on the left.

From TeleKemis on 606: "This is what makes football the best thing in the world. Two teams going at it head to head, putting their all into it. City are more than proving their critics wrong in this game, regardless of the eventual outcome."

1450: The Manchester Derby has come alive. The first 15 minutes of the second half have been much better. United have raised their game but City are refusing to be completely dominated.

From rocboys on 606: "Wow! Game of the season? This won't be topped! My word!!"

I think he's referring to the Manchester derby, not Wolves v Fulham.

1447: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Combine the skills of both the absent Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor and they would not have come up with anything better than that strike by Craig Bellamy for Manchester City's second equaliser. Real character from City and the entire backroom staff were on the touchline ordering their players to keep their concentration."

From memnoch666 on 606: "Ah I now see City's philosophy it's the Brazilian one.... We just try and score more than the other team and forget defending!"

Half time
1445: HALF-TIME Wolves 1-0 Fulham

1443: Just as United seemed to be turning the screw with two chances in quick succession, City strike back. Tevez finds space in the United half and feeds Craig Bellamy on the left side of the pitch and the Welshman cuts inside before unleashing a rising 25-yard shot that flies into the top left-hand corner of Ben Foster's net. No blame attached to the goalkeeper for that one.

1443 Fulham are struggling to muster a response to Kevin Doyle's opener for Wolves. A determined, but unsuccessful, burst into the box from Bobby Zamora is the only time they have seen the whites of Wayne Hennessey's eyes.

1441: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-2 Man City (Bellamy)

Giggs delivers a swinging cross from the left and Darren Fletcher sprints in to leap above Barry and power a header home. It's another rapid start from United in a replica of the opening of the match.

1438: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-1 Man City (Fletcher)

1436: There are reports that City substitute Javier Garrido was hit by an object thrown from the crowd that was aimed at Tevez as the visitors headed towards the tunnel at half-time. Garrido is unhurt but it would seem to be an unsavoury incident.

1436: And United begin the second half.

1434: The players are emerging for the second half at Old Trafford.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting at Old Trafford: "Carlos Tevez should have put Man City ahead. Awful miss. Mark Hughes will be the happier manager at half-time."

1428: TEAM NEWS Everton v Blackburn
Everton captain Phil Neville is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament at Fulham last weekend. Marouane Fellaini steps up from the bench, Johnny Heitinga replaces Tony Hibbert at full-back and top scorer Louis Saha starts in attack ahead of Jo. Blackburn have the luxury of picking from a fully fit squad. They make one change from the side that beat Wolves 3-1 last weekend with Miguel Salgado replacing former Toffee Lars Jacobsen in defence. Midfielder Steven Nzonzi (foot) and striker Benni McCarthy (ankle) were doubts after missing the win over Wolves, but both make the bench.

1425:TEAMS Everton v Blackburn
Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Osman, Rodwell, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Saha. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Jo, Gosling, Yakubu, Agard, Wallace.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Chimbonda, Andrews, Grella, Diouf, Dunn, Pedersen, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Nelsen, Emerton, McCarthy, Nzonzi, Kalinic, Hoilett.

From Chasney on 606: "Carlos Tevez is putting in the kind of performance that endeared him to so many Man Utd fans last season."

From Tim in Brighton, via text on 81111: "United need to pull their socks up or they will be made to look like mugs."

From Steve, on way back from Newcastle, via text on 81111: "Come on City, if I can do The Great North Run, you can beat United."

Half time
HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-1 Man City

1418: Craig Bellamy's fierce free-kick hits the wall and the ball drops invitingly for Lescott. The defender smashes over from outside the box.

Full-back Greg Halford's monster of a throw-in is flicked on by Christophe Berra and Kevin Doyle is perfectly positioned to apply the finishing touch past Mark Schwarzer and notch his first goal for the club.

1415: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Fulham (Doyle)

1415: What a miss! Tevez hits the post from eight yards out. The Argentine should have put the visitors 2-1 up, but it has to be said that Evra did really well to put him under pressure.

1414: Early days at Molineux but Kevin Doyle is looking lively up front for Wolves as he searches for his first goal for the club. A long-range shot and then a header both slide wide of Mark Schwarzer's left-hand post.

1411: After the flurry of early action, the Manchester derby is not really living up to hype at the moment.

1408: Referee Martin Atkinson stops the game for another free-kick and the flow of the match is being disrupted. Giggs takes the set-piece and delivers for Berbatov, but the Bulgarian heads over the bar.

1406: Most of the action is taking place in the middle third at Old Trafford. It has been a competitive game, as you would expect, but a little short of chances.

1403: Rooney digs the ball out from under his feet to loft a shot goalwards, but it rises too high and drifts off target. The England man looks fired up for this one.

1401:Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "United have started playing like City were in the first 15 minutes - every time they come forward, they give the ball away."

1400: Referee Kevin Friend, making his Premier League debut today, gets the action under way at Molineux.

1359: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester United keeper Ben Foster was guilty of his second piece of ill-judgement when attempting to collect the ball around his penalty area. Carlos Tevez almost caught him once and did so successfully at the second time of asking. Gareth Barry made a difficult finish look very easy. Sir Alex Ferguson will be fuming at how United have allowed City back into this game. Joyous scenes among the City fans."

1358: Carlos Tevez is in the thick of it again, enraging the home fans further by hacking down Rio Ferdinand and earning a booking in the process.

1355: For those of you who are wondering, I am not related to Mark Hughes. No bias here!

From natural beast on 606: "Poor Ben Foster, he needs to start performing more consistently if he wants to be Man Utd's number one, or England's number one."

From Shaun in Dublin, via text on 81111: "Come on City! It's very early, the Blues will win 2-1."

1353: City looking shaky at the back. Kolo Toure just gets his foot in as Ryan Giggs almost plays in Rooney.

1351: Superb opportunism by Tevez to drag City right back into the match. And great composure from Barry. We have a cracker on our hands here. How will United respond?

Carlos Tevez chases a nothing through ball and nicks the ball off keeper Ben Foster, who is dithering on the right-hand side of his area. The Argentine coolly feeds Gareth Barry, who slots in precisely for his first goal for City.

1348: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Barry)

1347: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester City look shaken by Wayne Rooney's goal - no surprise there. Sloppy defending by Mark Hughes' side and assistant manager Mark Bowen is already out in the technical area barking instructions. United have started at high tempo, always their best policy, and City are struggling to establish any rhythm."

1346: Dimitar Berbatov swivels just outside the box and unleashes a decent drive that appears to take a deflection off Joleon Lescott but United are not given a corner.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "This is better from City. They seem to be waking up slowly but surely, and are giving themselves some options when they have got the ball."

1345: After suffering a torrid opening 10 minutes, City have finally got some possession. They need to settle their nerves.

Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Manchester United are doing everything much quicker and better than Manchester City at the moment. City need to get the ball down and start passing it."

1340: So now it's a massive test for City, who will need to regain their composure after conceding so early. United look confident and are stroking the ball around with a swagger.

1337: TEAM NEWS Wolves v Fulham:
Wolves midfielder Segundo Castillo makes his debut for the hosts, Nenad Milijas drops to the bench while George Elokobi and Dave Edwards come in for Richard Stearman and Matt Hill. Michael Kightley's long-awaited return is getting closer with the winger named alongside Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on bench.
Fulhamkeeper Mark Schwarzer is back between the sticks for Roy Hodgson's men in place of David Stockdale as the only change from the side that beat Everton last time out in the league.

From anon, via text on 81111: "Im going for Manchester United to win 2-1. Hopefully this result will show Mark Hughes its time and effort that count (a la Fergie) not just millions!"

Patrice Evra cuts in from the left and finds Wayne Rooney in the box and the striker evades a challenge before slotting in to put United in front. Some start for United!

1335: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Man City (Rooney)

1331: And we're underway, with City getting the ball rolling in the 153rd derby between the teams.

1330: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "And we have now our answer to how Carlos Tevez will be received by Manchester United's fans - badly. Loud jeers when his name is read out. United's fans have also unfurled their own "Welcome To Manchester" banner in answer to City's effort which so irritated Sir Alex Ferguson. This one comes complete with a Manchester United honours list. Point made."

1328: This is like football's Rocky v Apollo Creed, and a song from the soundtrack of that film blasts out around Old Trafford. But who will come out on top - will it be the champions or the challengers? And will anyone be proposed to at the end?

From Scraggy on 606: "This is the perfect game for the neutral fan. But will Rio Ferdinand be ready to contain a team bristling with talent? My sources (being me) suggest there is a high possibility the answer will be an emphatic no."

From Steve in Oxford, via text on 81111: "Looking for a bone crunching 4-4 draw in Manchester today! And for Spurs to be put in their place by Chelsea. No bias here!"

1322: Let's not forget there are other matches going on today. No, really, there are! Wolves take on Fulham from 1400 and here is how the teams line up:
Wolves: Hennessey, Halford, Berra, Mancienne, Elokobi, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Jarvis, Keogh, Doyle. Subs: Hahnemann, Hill, Zubar, Milijaš, Kightly, Maierhofer, Ebanks-Blake.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Murphy, Duff, Johnson, Etuhu, Dempsey, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Gera, Kamara, Smalling, Greening, Davies.

From mjumrani on 606: "I wish Man Utd show City their place. just cause one wins a lottery and starts wearing expensive clothes, doesn't mean they automatically become part of the elite. Oh there is a lot more work involved than you think."

1320: So we're only 10 minutes away from kick-off. All the talk will be over, and the action will begin. I. for one, cannot wait to see how it turns out. It's too close to call, so I'm not going to stick my neck out and make a prediction. I'm not Derren Brown!

1316: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Carlos Tevez is out there warming up - but with a very obvious strapping on his right knee. Is Manchester City boss Mark Hughes taking a gamble on fate decreeing the Argentine will make a significant contribution to this derby? Chants of "Fergie, Fergie Sign Him Up" from the City fans. Cruel taunts those. Or not."

1315: Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "We know all about Manchester United already. Today will show us how far Manchester City have come after all the investment they have made. Last year they had a problem with the balance of the team and they struggled defensively but the signs are they are getting it together."

1313: I need you to get involved today too, of course. You can use 606 or text via 81111

1308: Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "So Carlos Tevez does start for Manchester City after all - but will he be fully fit after all the concerns surrounding his knee injury? Great news for the game itself though and just adds another layer of interest to a Manchester derby that is being played after some frank words from both Sir Alex Ferguson and Mark Hughes. Tevez was an idol to these Old Trafford fans just a few months ago. Just how far will his popularity rating have fallen?"

From WS_MUFC_87 on 606: "I can only see a Man United victory today. Going for a 4-1 victory to the United. Rooney bags a couple, one from Berbatov and another from Anderson."

1305: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Man City:
United midfielder Paul Scholes is suspended following his sending off in the 3-1 win at Tottenham last weekend, so Park Si-Jung starts in his place. Defender Rio Ferdinand missed the Champions League match at Besiktas but returns after overcoming a groin problem.

City striker Carlos Tevez starts against his old club, coming in for suspended top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor. Other than that it is the same City side that beat Arsenal 4-2 at Eastlands last Saturday. Stephen Ireland was nursing an ankle injury but has shaken it off to start.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting at Old Trafford: "Glorious day at Old Trafford. Time for the words to stop and action to start. Mark Hughes showing no fear of Sir Alex Ferguson."

1258: There has been quite a battle off the pitch ahead of the match, with Ferguson accusing City of "being cocky" and his counterpart Mark Hughes claiming United are "weaker than before".

From Mark in Stockton, via text on 81111: "As a neutral, I hope Carlos Tevez does come back to haunt Man Utd! Wonder if he'll celebrate if he does score?"

1252: TEAMS Man Utd v Man City
Man Utd: Foster, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Owen, Carrick, Nani, Jonathan Evans, Valencia.
Man City: Given, Richards, Lescott, Toure, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Ireland, Bellamy, Tevez. Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Garrido, Petrov, Weiss, Ball, Sylvinho.

From Gointokopdprem on 606: "If Man City win today or even get a draw they are without a doubt serious title contenders."

1250: Did you hear that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's helicopter was spotted buzzing around City's training ground on Saturday? Could this be football's F1-style spygate?

1245: Rio Ferdinand has shaken off a groin problem to claim his place in the United line-up. It should be a fascinating battle between him and Tevez. Who is going to come out on top there?

1240: But first, there's no doubt that all eyes are going to be on Old Trafford. Will the match live up to the hype? How much will City miss Emmanuel Adebayor? Will Carlos Tevez - who starts for the visitors - come back to haunt his old club? Will the champions brush aside the challenge from their neighbours?

1235: And that's not all. There are four matches in the Premier League today, involving four of the top five teams in the table. After the almighty derby in Manchester, it's Wolves v Fulham, followed by Everton v Blackburn and rounding things off there is another derby match as league leaders Chelsea take on Tottenham.

1230: It's the old guard in the red corner against the new pretenders in the blue corner, the establishment facing up to the new wave.... it's Manchester United v Manchester City. And it promises to be an absolute cracker.

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Championship table

Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Championship table
1 Burnley 14 17 33
2 Leicester 14 11 32
3 QPR 14 9 31
4 Blackpool 14 6 27
5 Reading 14 5 23
6 Nott'm Forest 14 5 23
7 Watford 14 7 22
8 Leeds 14 2 20
9 Blackburn 14 4 19
10 Wigan 13 4 19
11 Derby 14 3 19
12 Brighton 14 1 18
13 Ipswich 14 2 17
14 Huddersfield 14 2 17
15 Bournemouth 14 -9 17
16 Middlesbrough 14 1 15
17 Charlton 13 -4 14
18 Millwall 14 -11 14
19 Bolton 14 -7 13
20 Doncaster 13 -11 12
21 Sheffield Wed 13 -3 11
22 Birmingham 14 -7 11
23 Barnsley 14 -15 10
24 Yeovil 14 -12 9

see also
Man Utd 4-3 Man City
21 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Everton 3-0 Blackburn
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Wolves 2-1 Fulham
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Premier League photos
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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