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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 September 2007, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Live - Premier League

Bolton 1-2 Everton Fulham 3-3 Tottenham Liverpool 6-0 Derby Manchester Utd 1-0 Sunderland Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham Newcastle 1-0 Wigan Reading 0-3 West Ham


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By Charlie Henderson

Player of the day: West Ham boss Alan Curbishley said Craig Bellamy scored a "fantastic" goal and you also think pretty highly of the Welshman's performance today. He is out in front with a mark of 8.97, edging out fellow goalscoring strikers Fernando Torres and Dimitar Berbatov.

1914: And stick with the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5live for the reaction from Old Trafford and any other footballing fall-out from Saturday's action.

1912: Later in the evening tune into BBC One for Match of the Day from 2235 BST. Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer are on the sofa with Gary Lineker.

1910: BBC Radio 5live's 606 is just around the corner. Give Alan Green a call on 0500 909693 or text in on 85058. Alternatively, log on to 606 and have your say on things there.

1909: FULL-TIME Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland
Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane shake hands after a dull match and walk down the touchline side by side. Three points for United. Not convincing but they're heading in the right direction and Cristiano Ronaldo will be back for their next game away to Everton. Sunderland will hope to snap their losing run at home to Reading in a week.

"Yawn. Man U scrape a 1-0 win. Boring, boring Man U. They look nothing like champions and all their glory hunting fans are leaving the game early."Lokaka90 on 606

1908: Manchester United earn a late corner. They play it short. They keep it by the flag. They win another corner.

1907: Roy Keane's exasperated on the touchline. His team are going nowhere as United professionally run down the clock.

1906: Three minutes of added time. Even if they had 103 minutes you wonder if Sunderland could break down United.

1904: Wes Brown comes storming up the right but his boomer of a shot is blocked. It was a handball but Danny Collins had no chance of getting out of the way. Sunderland protect their goal thereafter... just.

1902: Five minutes plus added time to go. United are in an armchair at the moment.

1900: Roy Keane has taken a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial book when it comes to chewing gum with menace on the touchline. He's sporting an understandably stern look.

1858: A response from the Manchester United bench. Nani is withdrawn for John O'Shea.

1857: Two Sunderland substitutions. Liam Miller and Anthony Stokes on. Ross Wallace and Dickosn Etuhu off. That means four former United players are now out there for the visitors.

Player rater: Craig Gordon may have been at fault for Manchester United's goal but he is still out in front on a mark just over eight. Louis Saha's his nearest challenger and is on the charge.

1855: Own Hargreaves had a pop shot from distance earlier that stayed low. This one's from further out and is rising, rising, rising just over.

1852: We are into the final 15 minutes. If Sunderland don't score in that time it will be a third successive league loss for them, and a fourth in all competitions.

1850: Despite going behind Sunderland fans are bellowing a rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. It is getting right up the noses of some of the more boorish home supporters.

1848: Dickson Etuhu gets close to meeting Ross Wallace's free-kick from the left, but not close enough.

1847: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland
Nani's corner into the near post is met with a glancing header from Louis Saha ahead of two Sunderland defenders and keeper Craig Gordon. That is the deadlock broken.

1846: Ross Wallace's effort from the free-kick hits the top of the jumping wall and is cleared.

1845: Daryl Murphy replaces the hard-working Kenwyne Jones ahead of a Sunderland free-kick in an attacking position.

1843: A fierce drive by Owen Hargreaves which bounces just in front of Craig Gordon. The Scot fumbles the effort but gathers at the second attempt from the on-rushing Paul Scholes, who catches the keeper. Needless from the Manchester United man.

"Man U have lost it. All these people say don't be so melodramatic but 7 points plus a possible 2 is too much to make up with Chelsea's consistency and Liverpool and Arsenal looking good."
artetarocksmyboat on 606

1841: A second change for Manchester United and Chris Eagles makes way for Darren Fletcher.

1839: Foul by Michael Chopra on Patrice Evra and the sight of a yellow card has Roy Keane racing to the touchline to remonstrate with Martin Atkinson.

1835: Edwin van der Sar is out quickly to punch away a bouncing ball ahead of Kenwyne Jones, although the Sunderland striker would have needed the elasticity of a gymnast to get anything on that and turn it on goal.

1832: Best moment of the match. Sunderland attempt to play their way out of defence but only play their way into trouble. The ball is worked to Louis Saha and in the blink of an eye he turns and shoots. Craig Gordon is down low to his right to turn the ball behind. Excellent all round - apart from the initial over confidence in defence.

"Saha is bringing the best out of Tevez now and Scholes. In the opening few minutes in the second half he has caused havoc to the Sunderland defence."Manchester_Reds on 606

1826: Lax defending again as Danny Higginbotham heads straight at Carlos Tevez. The Argentine's low shot is saved by Craig Gordon.

1824: Bad play from Nyron Nosworthy on the retreat. His wayward pass finds Chris Eagles but the Manchester United man fails to make him pay as his cross sails harmlessly over the box.

1822: Talking of Andersons, James Anderson is in the Old Trafford house. It seems Sunderland fan Paul Collingwood is spreading the Black Cat word through England's one-day squad as he is in the away end with Anderson, Monty Panesar, Alistair Cook, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen.

1820: The action resumes and Louis Saha is on for his appearance of the season. Anderson makes way.

1816: Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio 5live's 606 pretty soon after the game between Manchester United and Sunderland finishes if you've anything to get off your chest. You can call 0500 909693 or text 85058.

Player rater: Craig Gordon is the only man on show at Old Trafford to merit a score above seven according to you guys.

1804: HALF-TIME Manchester United 0-0 Sunderland
Not much to set the pulse racing.

"Man Utd look really average. They've looked average all season. They are the footballing equivalent of a coma."
Aarfy_Aardvark on 606

"Manchester United lack ideas against Sunderland's game plan which is 10 men behind the ball and Roy Keane will take 0-0. Louis Saha needs to come on for United."
Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5live pundit

1802: Nani squares a free-kick to Paul Scholes who lets fly from 25 yards. His wicked, low drive takes a deflection off Danny Collins and squeaks past Craig Gordon's right post. From the corner Gordon saves at that same post.

1800: The travelling support are revelling in this.

1758: That was a false dawn from Manchester United. They lack a cutting edge and are playing around in midfield and not the final third again.

1755: REACTION Reading 0-3 West Ham
Royals boss Steve Coppell has "alarm bells clanging in my brain" at the state of his defence. In stark contrast Alan Curbishley revels in a "fantastic" victory and hails the efforts of Craig Bellamy, who has not given him a "minute's problem".

1753: Manchester United are beginning to turn things up... a bit. Patrice Evra's on a direct run but his shot from distance is blocked.

1751: Another save for Craig Gordon, and another comfortable one, this time from Chris Eagles.

1750: A first chance on goal and it goes to United. Anderson collects the ball in midfield on the left and picks out Carlos Tevez with a raking crossfield pass. Craig Gordon saves at his near post.

1748: REACTION Fulham 3-3 Tottenham
Angry? Deflated? Shocked? You name it Martin Jol is it and his assessment of the game is blunt. "We only have ourselves to blame and we have to cut out this sort of rubbish and these mistakes." Will he get the chance to oversee the eradication of those mistakes though? Lawrie Sanchez goes all Ian Fleming on us: "It's like a James Bond film where you think why doesn't the villain kill him and when they don't he eventually comes back to bite them. That's what we did."

1746: REACTION Newcastle 1-0 Wigan
Sam Allardyce hopes the win, and more significantly a first home goal since February, can kickstart Newcastle's season. "Now we've got the bogey off our back we'll hopefully get more goals," he says. Opposite number Chris Hutchings is aggrieved by the refereeing as "decisions went against us". He also dismisses the Kevin Kilbane red card incident as a "clash of heads".

"It was a controversial decision from Steve Bennett."
Garth Crooks, BBC Score pundit

You can make your own decision on that by tuning in to Match of the Day on BBC One at 2235 BST.

1743: Be careful if you've been with us all day - too much time in front of a computer can damage your dexterity. A Chinese man made a promise to his wife to spend less time on the internet, but the next time he was on the web he felt his hand go numb. His wife had come in and chopped it off as he had broken his oath.

1740: All pretty sedate and there is a growing hint of frustration amongst United's home support. Sunderland have had 54% of the possession.

1738: Roy Keane strides down from his seat in the visiting dug-out to bark some instructions at his Sunderland charges. A brief rendition of the Keano chant again.

1736: Kenwyne Jones is flying as he connects with Paul McShane's cross to the edge of the United box. He can't keep the effort on target.

1733: REACTION Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
Gareth Southgate liked Boro's "ruthless streak" and Steve Bruce didn't like anything apart from Cameron Jerome. "He was our only player to come out with any credit," he says. "We were awful."

"It was a shame to see empty seats at the Riverside, but I thought Boro played very well and they'll be a comfortable seventh or eighth."
Carlton Palmer, BBC Score pundit

1730: What of the debutants on show? Kenwyne Jones is looking lively, the dreadlocked Anderson is feeling his way into things and Danny Higginbotham has looked fairly solid.

1728: The Black Cats last took the spoils at Old Trafford in May 1968 when Louis Armstrong was at number one with 'What A Wonderful World'.

1725: Sunderland have started well at Manchester United are are certainly not overawed.

1723: REACTION Liverpool 6-0 Derby
Reds boss Rafael Benitez is not getting carried away. It's "nice to score six goals" and he's "happy" to be top after an "almost perfect performance". Here comes the but. "There's a long way to go," he adds.

"Rafa Benitez has assembled a first-class squad."
Garth Crooks, BBC Score pundit

1718: We are up and running at Old Trafford.

"I'd like Keano's Cats to do well but I fear the players he so blatantly criticised before leaving are going to leave the egg all over his face."
red-dingo on 606

1715: So Roy Keane has shaken hands with the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils mascot, probably the tea lady and the car park attendant... but the verdict here is that he snubbed Sir Alex Ferguson.

1714: Chants of "There's only one Keano" are still going as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks out through a guard of honour to applaud the fans and bathe in the glory of their adulation. After a stroll around the centre circle the Norwegian returns to the touchline and seeks out Roy Keane for a handshake and hug.

1713: Black Cats boss Roy Keane is the personifaction of relaxed as he ambles up the Old Trafford tunnel in suit and tie shaking hands with all and sundry. He gets a quite astounding reception. "Keano, Keano, Keano".

1711: The players are in the tunnel at Old Trafford.

1709: The Old Trafford PA urges supporters to show their appreciation for the retiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They need no second invitation. Standing applause from one and all.

1704: REACTION Bolton 1-2 Everton
Wanderers boss Sammy Lee concedes people are probably getting fed up of him taking positives from defeats, but he likes his team's "commitment". The fact the winner came from a set-piece has left him particularly annoyed.

1700: TEAM NEWS Manchester United v Sunderland
United hand a debut to Anderson up front alongside Carlos Tevez, with Louis Saha only making a bench that also features Michael Carrick. Ryan Giggs was ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury in training on Friday. Sunderland manager Roy Keane hands debuts to new signings Kenwyne Jones and former Manchester United trainee Danny Higginbotham.

1659: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Wigan
A first goal at home for Newcastle since February and three points which send them up

1656: Still going at Newcastle where the hosts are playing out time. England head coach Steve McClaren left before Michael Owen's goal!

1655: FULL-TIME Reading 0-3 West Ham
Who's going to mention second syndrome first then? Things don't seem to be going for Reading at the moment.

1654: FULL-TIME Fulham 3-3 Tottenham
Remarkable. Is that the sound of Daniel Levy sharpening a knife?

1654: GOAL Reading 0-3 West Ham
Matthew Etherington breaks from the halfway line on the left and fires a low shot past Marcus Hahnemann into the far corner for his second of the game.

1653: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-2 Everton
Everton climb up to second and it's a Merseyside one-two. Bolton are right down at the other end, a place off bottom spot.

1652: FULL-TIME Liverpool 6-0 Derby
The Reds go top of the Premier League for the first time under Rafael Benitez and it is their best start to a league campaign since 1998. It will be a long, hard season for Derby.

1652: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
Easy for Boro who climb into the top half.

1649: GOAL Fulham 3-3 Tottenham
Spurs only have themselves to blame and Fulham draw level with an amazing goal. Diomansy Kamara latches on to the ball with an acrobatic overhead kick and his effort loops high over Paul Robinson into the top corner.

"You won't see a more one-sided three-all draw. I'm going to call a copper because I've seen a robbery."
Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5live pundit

1648: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Wigan
Goals in every game now and the Magpies end their St James' Park goal drought with an effort from Michael Owen. An assist for substitute Obafemi Martins.

1647: GOAL Bolton 1-2 Everton
Joleon Lescott climbs high between two Bolton defenders at the back post to head in Thomas Gravesen's corner.

1646: Juusi Jaaskalainen goes walkabout in the Bolton goal but recovers to get a big mitt to Mikel Arteta's attempted clip into the box.

1644: Thomas Gravesen and Mikel Arteta work well on the Everton right near the corner flag, but Leon Osman fires the pull back from the Portuguese high.

1642: With all this action it is hard to focus on the two draws. Thomas Gravesen's introduction has helped Everton, but no way through for them. With the help of an extra man Newcastle are pushing for that elusive goal.

"It will be so frustrating if Newcastle can't win - 6 points from 4 games does not sound good. And against 10 men. Annoying stuff."nat113 on 606

1641: A glorious chance for a Derby consolation, but Craig Fagan has an airshot when one-on-one with Pepe Reina.

"Derby must surely be on course to be worst prem team in history!" Tommy Danger, via text on 81111

1640: Newcastle have the ball in the net again, but for the second time the offside flag goes up, this time against Steven Taylor.

1638: GOAL Fulham 2-3 Tottenham
There is hope for Fulham. Alexei Smertin shoots from the edge of the area and his effort loops off the diving Ricardo Rocha and over Paul Robinson in the Spurs goal.

1637: PENALTY SAVE West Ham
Dave Kitson is fouled in the box by Robert Green, but the West Ham keeper makes amends with a fine spot-kick save to deny Kevin Doyle.

1636: GOAL Liverpool 6-0 Derby
Terrible defending from Andy Todd and Fernando Torres pounces to score.

1634: GOAL Liverpool 5-0 Derby
Stephen Bywater parries Dirk Kuyt's shot from the left straight to Andriy Voronin who makes no mistake from close range.

1632: Thomas Gravesen, sporting the number 10 shirt instead of the 16 he wore when last in Everton blue, slides a pass forward for Andrew Johnson on the right, but the striker can't get his shot on target under pressure.

1631: Inside the final 20 minutes everywhere and four games look in the bag. Different story at the Reebok and St James' Park where we will attempt to concentrate our energies.

1630: A first real effort for Derby at Anfield, but Steve Howard heads over.

1629: Message for all Fulham fans. Here comes David Healy. Maybe a bit late in the day, but you never know.

1628: Tottenham skipper Robbie Keane is not a happy-chappy as he sees his number come up in lights on the fourth official's board. Jermain Defoe is set to replace the Irishman.

1627: GOAL Liverpool 4-0 Derby
A sumptuous second for Xabi Alonso. The ball breaks for the Spaniard on the edge of the box and his crisp effort flies low through a crowded box.

1625: Chris Baird deflects Dimitar Berbatov's goalbound shot behind for a corner. Antti Niemi is having a shocker. He races off his line to the edge of the area but collides with Dejan Stefanovic and the ball falls for the Bulgarian.

1621: GOAL Fulham 1-3 Tottenham
A first Tottenham goal for the wonderful Gareth Bale. He is fully deserving of the score after racing on to Robbie Keane's flick in the middle of the park. The Welshman bears down on goal and shoots under Antti Niemi.

"Bring on Healy!" paulwall13

1620: And another debut. Marcus Bent is on for Wigan with Jason Koumas making way. Antoine Sibierski was sacrificed after the red card with Emmerson Boyce coming on.

1619: The yellow-booted Thomas Gravesen makes his second Everton debut. Bald midfielder for bald midfielder as Lee Carsley trots off.

1618: Steve Bruce clearly doesn't like what he sees at Middlesbrough and in an effort to change it makes three changes. Gary McSheffrey, Mehdi Nafti and Garry O'Connor are on.

1615: Tottenham's Steed Malbranque hits the post with a half volley off his weaker left foot after pouncing on Antti Niemi's parry.

1614: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Derby
One-sided and that's the three points in the bag for Liverpool. Javier Mascherano slides in to dispossess Robert Malcolm, the ball breaks for Fernando Torres who runs at the Derby defence before slotting home from the edge of the area. The boys in the BBC Score studio like it... a lot.

1612: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Everton
Everton fail to clear an El Hadji Diouf cross and Nicolas Anelka watches the dropping ball like a hawk before thundering a rasping shot in off the underside of the bar.

1609: GOAL Reading 0-2 West Ham
Craig Bellamy and Matthew Etherington play a one-two on the edge of the Royals area after a sweeping counter-attack and the latter pings his shot high past Marcus Hahnemann.

1608: RED CARD Wigan
It is a second yellow for Kevin Kilbane after he catches Alan Smith with his arm. Contentious. His first card was for a foul on Mark Viduka. It could have been even worse for the Latics! When Emile Heskey is booked for complaining Steve Bennett reaches for his pocket and inadvertently pulls out another red instead of a yellow.

1607: Two changes at half time - one at Bolton and one at Newcastle. Wanderers defender Gerald Cid is injured and replaced by Andy O'Brien. Injured Magpies striker Mark Viduka is replaced by Shola Ameobi and not Obafemi Martins.

1606: A fizzing shot on the turn from Dimitar Berbatov. From 25 yards he fires a dipping effort on goal which Antti Niemi fumbles over the crossbar.

1605: Same old story at Anfield where it's men against boys. Liverpool sweep forward on the left and the ball ends up with Xabi Alonso on the right of the goal in space. He hooks a tame effort over.

1604: The action resumes.

Player rater: Everton always seem to rank highly and it is no different this weekend. New boy Yakubu is leading the way with a mark of 9.80.

"I've just realised that 'Yak' stands for Yakubu. Here I was picturing a winter animal running along a football field."
jpalongo on 606

"The West Ham match is a good reminder of how well Curbs has done in just over six months. Even with most of the squad's midfield injured we are still winning."
ollyole on 606

There's the whistle for the first 45.

1547: Newcastle's Steven Taylor hits the Wigan crossbar with a header from a corner.

1546: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Derby
Alvaro Arbeloa pulls the ball back to the edge of the box at the end of a serene seven-pass move where Ryan Babel shows enormous cool. He takes his time, steps inside the desperate defence and picks his spot.

"He looks in one corner and shoots in the other - it was a superb goal."Garth Crooks, BBC Score pundit
"Babel shows his quality with a well taken goal."Torres' right peg on 606

1544: GOAL Fulham 1-2 Tottenham
Out of nothing, something. Simon Davies swings in a left-footed corner and the spring-heeled Clint Dempsey thumps an arrowing header past the flat-footed Spurs defence at the near post.

"Spurs should be four goals up. I'm not exagerrating - Spurs should be up four."
Garth Crooks, BBC Score pundit

1543: West Ham clear an intial Reading shot which falls to Stephen Hunt. His effort leaves the crossbar rocking.

1542: Fulham are really rocking at the back. Lawrie Sanchez may have been busy buying over the summer but quality not quantity is waht's needed in the Premier League. Has he introduced his defence to each other?

"Fulham are just awful. You can see why Harry let Stefanovic go."
delboy6568 on 606

1540: Bolton's Mikel Alonso hits the Everton crossbar from 25 yards with a wonderful angled drive from the left.

1537: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
Boro open up Birmingham at the back as George Boateng heads Andrew Taylor's cross down to Stewart Downing who crashes a shot beyond the exposed Maik Taylor. All too easy.

1534: Chance for Tottenham to make it three, but Jermaine Jenas dawdles. He cuts inside a sliding tackle and straight into a Carlos Bocanegra last-ditch tackle.

1533: Referre watch. A first yellow card of the day from Rob Styles and it is fully deserved from Fabrice Muamba for a sliding tackle. That weekend off has clearly benefited the man in the middle. A weekend off?

1530: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Tottenham
That's how to finish. Dimitar Berbatov is released on the right by Robbie Keane and he holds off Dejan Stefanovic before blasting the ball home. BBC Radio 5live pundit Steve Claridge is simply purring over that one.

1528: May need to rethink that stuff about Michael Owen's predatory instinct. He profits from an Andreas Granqvist slip at the back but loops his shot from a bouncing ball high while clean through.

1526: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Derby
A high, floated free-kick from Xabi Alonso evades everyone before nestling in the back of the net. It was from 40 yards, maybe more, and County keeper Stephen Bywater clearly expected Dirk Kuyt to get something on it.

"Derby have been working so hard and that was a soft goal to give away."
Garth Crooks, BBC Score pundit

1524: Birmingham back off Jeremie Aliadiere, but Maik Taylor parries his shot over the bar.

1523: Shouts for a penalty at Newcastle for a handball against old boy Titus Bramble. A good shout and it seemed to strike the arm, but nothing given.

1522: A hobbling Liam Ridgewell needs treatment with his Birmingham side on the attack. Boro hold form.

1519: Panic at the back for Tottenham. Paul Robinson makes a hash of a low cross from Hameur Bouazza's cross and Steven Davis thumps the rebound high and over.

1516: Newcastle's Michael Owen has the ball in the net - but it won't count. He was offside, although there was more than a glimpse of that old predatory instinct in the box.

1515: Cheers for the heads up about the scores (no rabid abuse either, which is always nice) at the top and apologies to Newcastle fans who found themselves 1-0 down to an invisible goal. All got a bit hectic.

"Oh dear. Wigan have had a goal disallowed on the basis that it never happened. I think they'll be taking legal action on that one."shopassistant on 606

1513: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham
The Blues half clear a corner which is run back into the box on the left. His cclipped cross into the box is met by a thundering header from David Wheater.

"They've started very very brightly, nothing more than they deserve - they've been the better side."
Carlton Palmer, BBC Score pundit

1512: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Tottenham
Younes Kabul scores his first goal for Tottenham - and he'll never have a simpler one. Fulham keeper Tony Warner has made a few clangers this season, and now his replacement Antti Niemi is in on the act. He fumbles Gareth Bale's corner and the French defender is in the right place at the right time to tap in.

1511: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Everton
A debut goal for Yakubu. Andrew Johnson races down the right and bides his time before picking out Everton's new number 22. Yakubu peels off at the back post to side foot in an accurate square pass.

1510: Injured Liverpool duo Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard have a watching brief high in the stands at Anfield. Both chewing gum. Not much chat. The Reds are on top.

1508: Mark Viduka flicks on a long ball and Michael Owen is free on the left. The Newcastle striker bears down on the area, but his low shot is tipped round the post by Chris Kirkland.

1507: GOAL Reading 0-1 West Ham
On their last visit to the Madejski the Hammers were, well, hammered. It won't be 6-0 this time. Lee Bowyer pounces on poor Reading play in midfield and releases Craig Bellamy who shoots across Marcus Hahnemann from the right.

1504: Referee Rob Styles has had an immaculate first 90 seconds in the game between Middlesbrough and Birmingham. Just the next 90 minutes or thereabouts to negotiate.

1503: The London derby has started and former Tottenham player and present day Score pundit Garth Crooks puts the mockers on the visitors: "They won't lose today."

1502: All matches but the London derby are up and running.

1501: A minute's silence at Craven Cottage in memory of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.

1500: A minute's applause at the Reebok for Rhys Jones and Sevilla player Antonio Puerta.

1457: Players out everywhere and at Bolton it's a birthday party for the Reebok. It is 10 years old today and Everton were the visitors on that occasion as well. A certain Gary Speed, then a sprightly 27, was playing for the Toffees.

1455: Newcastle new boy Habib Beye gets a rousing reception as he's introduced to the Toon Army. The former Marseille man looks a bit non-plussed by all the fuss.

1454: Fans are asked to take their seats at Craven Cottage as Tottenham emerge and are kept in the ground's 'holding area'.

"Spurs to beat Cottage boys by five goals."
Sanjay via text on 81111

1450: Newcastle's St James' Park is filling up. People take their seats with Kasabian's 'Shoot the Runner' playing in the background. No running in the corridors please - and certainly not up that vertiginous climb to the away seating.

1449: Danny Murphy, Shefki Kuqi and Seol Ki-Hyeon are introduced to the Fulham fans after the club's busy day. Defender Dejan Stefanovic will have to wait for his welcome as he's in the dressing room listening to Lawrie Sanchez's team talk.

1447: Last but by no means least, over to St James' Park where Newcastle are looking to break a quite remarkbale record. They have not scored a league goal at home in 560 minutes since the now departed Nolberto Solano slotted against Liverpool in February. Wigan include former Magpies Antoine Sibierski and Titus Bramble.

1444: Bright sunshine on Teesside and fingers crossed referee Rob Styles will have a bright game in his first return to the middle since that Liverpool-Chelsea fiasco. Middlesbrough last lost at home to Birmingham in November 1980.

1441: Merseyside's other club are looking for their best start to a season since 1998. With Liverpool hosting Derby that has home banker all over it. doesn't it? Well, in that 1998 season the Reds lost twice to County so strange things can happen.

"Apparently there are no easy games to be had in the Premier League. No disrespect meant but there is and it's playing Derby at home. Good luck Derby."
Jim, in Surrey, via text on 81111

1437: We can expect goals at the Reebok. Bolton have scored in their last 19 league games, while Everton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12.

1434: We've tipped our hat in the direction of Fulham and Tottenham, and down towards the bottom Reading and West Ham are also in need of points. The Royals have never lost at home to the Hammers and are already one up on their rivals having held on to full-back Nicky Shorey this week.


Bolton keep Kevin Davies on the bench, despite his recovery from a hamstring injury, with Nicolas Anelka up front, and are unchanged. Everton give a debut to record 11.25m signing Yakubu alongside Andrew Johnson, but their other pre-deadline arrival Thomas Gravesen is a substitute. Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar also make their first Premiership starts for the club, with Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert making way.

Dejan Stefanovic makes his Fulham debut after signing on Friday. Hameur Bouazza and Antti Niemi also start, but there is no place for striker David Healy who is left on the bench. Antony Gardener is missing for Tottenham, but Younes Kaboul is fit to replace him. Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov start in attack and Michael Dawson is on the bench.

Liverpool make five changes from their midweek win over Toulouse with Steve Finnan, Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres all coming in. Derby, who went out of the Carling Cup on penalties to Blackpool in midweek, do the same with boss Billy Davies bringing back Andy Griffin, Claude Davis, Andy Todd, Craig Fagan and Tyrone Mears.

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate names the same starting line-up that drew with Newcastle as Gary Neil's Friday move came too late in the day for him to make his debut. Birmingham makes one change from side that beat Derby 2-1, Sebastian Larsson replacing Gary McSheffrey in attack.

Newcastle make five changes to the team that defeated Barnsley in the Carling Cup, but Michael Owen keeps his place and starts alongside Mark Viduka. Wigan make seven changes to the team that lost in the Carling Cup to Hull, though new signing Marcus Bent has to be content with a place on the bench.

Reading welcome back full-backs Graeme Murty and West Ham target Nicky Shorey, while England Under-21 striker Leroy Lita makes his first league start of the season. Dean Ashton is back in the West Ham XI with Bobby Zamora the man to miss to out. Lee Bowyer replaces the injured Kieron Dyer.

1422: Injured Fulham skipper Brian McBride takes time out to talk to BBC Radio 5live about the "freak injury" that did for him against Middlesbrough. He tore the tendon in his knee but is super confident he'll be back after six months out.

1419: Despite that poor record on the road against Fulham, and their underwhelming start to the campaign, Tottenham looked in high spirits when they disembarked from their coach about 45 minutes ago. Manager Martin Jol came barrelling through the gates in a brusque, businessmanlike manner, while further down the line Steed Malbranque gave a wry smile as he walked off the bus at his former club.

"Rising Scorpio (impulsive & competitive) with Jupiter (abundance & entertainment), suggests we are on for a great afternoon's football with plenty of action and goals. Those with a greater degree of professionalism and courage should prevail. Starmen - Lennon, Torres & Viduka."
Astrologer on 606
Lennon's defnitely not going to be a star. He's injured.

1417: The team news will start rolling in very soon and when we get it you'll be the first to know. Not "you'll" as in Gordon, but all of you.

"Rafa better play Torres. I really can't be done with another season of rotation. Play your best players. United did it last season and look what happend."
Gordon, via text on 81111, gets in early

1414: As ever, get in contact with us either via 606 or text on 81111. We want to hear your thoughts on all the action.

1411: Stick Lawro's guesses - sorry, astute tips -into the BBC Sport predictor and Liverpool end the day top of the pile. Have a go yourself...

1410: Spurs have won just once in 40 years in the league at Fulham when Teddy Sheringham and Gus Poyet scored the goals in March 2002. However, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson expects them to come out on top today.

1407: That London derby at Craven Cottage is the commentary game on BBC Radio 5live. Mark Pougatch's the MC on 693 & 909 MW.

1405: In those half dozen earlier games, Wigan, Liverpool and Everton all have the opportunity to take top spot from Chelsea. Down at the other end of the table Derby are looking for a first win and Fulham and Tottenham, both in the bottom four, go head-to-head at Craven Cottage.

1404: What action have we got? Six 1500 BST games before Manchester United and Sunderland and Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane go mano-a-mano at 1715 BST.

1402: Hope you made the most of a first lazy Saturday morning of the season after last night's transfer shenanigans. Let's hope the players put on a better show in this afternoon's action than their tight-wad chairmen did on Friday.

1400: Fancy seeing you here.

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15


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