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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 September 2007, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Premier League as it happened
Newcastle 3-1 West Ham, 1330
Aston Villa 2-0 Everton, 1400
Blackburn 0-1 Portsmouth, 1500
Bolton 1-1 Tottenham, 1500
Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea, 1600


Send us your views, comments and opinions on Sunday's games - text us on 81111 or use 606

By Chris Bevan

Player of the day: Two-goal Newcastle striker Mark Viduka wins your vote as Sunday's star man, with a present mark of 8.70. His Magpies team-mate Charles N'Zogbia and Portsmouth duo Niko Kranjcar and Kanu also figure highly, while you rated Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United's best player.

So who was you champ and chump of the day? Get busy and get voting.

1803 BST: Join Spoony right now to discuss all Sunday's action on BBC Radio 5live's 606. Give him a call on 0500 909 693 or text 85058. The show is set to start. You can also listen via the BBC Sport website and get involved by using your keyboard.

1800 BST: "There was no way that contact could lead to that kind of dive - it is cheating."
Graham Taylor describes how Louis Saha won himself a penalty on BBC Radio 5live

Graham Taylor isn't pulling any punches but what do you think? Text 81111 at any stage or get involved in the banter on 606.

1757 BST: FULL-TIME Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
It's all over at Old Trafford and Manchester United's win lifts them to second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Arsenal.

Not a day to remember for Avram Grant but luck was against the Chelsea boss and he can be proud of his players' efforts.

1756 BST: Louis Saha has a chance for a third goal but shoots wastefully wide. That would have been harsh.

1755 BST: Poor old Avram Grant must feel the world is against him. Two highly debatable decisions by referee Mike Dean - Jon Mikel Obi's red card and then Louis Saha's penalty - have gone against him in his first game in charge. Things can only get better for the new Blues boss....surely?

1752 BST: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea
Louis Saha picks himself up after his acrobatics and calmly slots home the penalty down the middle of Petr Cech's goal. Game over.

Louis Saha throws himself to the deck in the penalty area after the slightest of touches from Tal Ben Haim and Manchester United have a chance to wrap this up. Referee Mike Dean will probably change his mind once he sees the replay - that was never a spot-kick.

1749 BST: Chelsea are still battling and at least they are putting Manchester United under a bit of pressure now. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks on impassively, slowly chewing his gum.

1746 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick goes straight through the Chelsea wall but straight at Petr Cech.

At the other end Chelsea have not exactly peppered Edwin van der Sar's goal with shots and Claudio Pizarro's effort does not trouble the Dutch keeper either.

1743 BST: Carlos Tevez's work is done - Sir Alex Ferguson replaces his goalscorer with Louis Saha. Maybe the French striker can finish this game off for Manchester United as nobody else seems capable of doing so.

1740 BST: Avram Grant is out into his technical area, alongside his assistant Steve Clarke, and urging his side on. United are still in charge though.

1738 BST: At last, another Chelsea striker emerges. Claudio Pizarro is on - for Joe Cole - and Salomon Kalou has some help up front. That is Chelsea's third substitution and Avram Grant's last throw of the dice as he looks to salvage something from his first game in charge.

1737 BST: Chelsea haven't heeded Graham Taylor's advice. They are persisting with only one up front and that man, Salomon Kalou, is hopelessly isolated.

With 15 minutes left, time is running out for Chelsea but they are still in this game.

1735 BST: "Isn't it surprising that United are missing that cutting edge up front with all the quality players they possess?"
Graham Taylor at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live

Referee Mike Dean has just given Wayne Rooney his final warning. The England striker, who is having one of his moodier days, has already been booked and has been told that if he clatters anyone else, he will be off.

1731 BST: United are having all of the possession but don't seem to have much idea in the final third. That hasn't stopped most of the Old Trafford crowd from staying on their feet for the last 10 minutes though.

Another change for Chelsea with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Florent Malouda. Can he change things round for our Avram?

1730 BST: Petr Cech has to come out sharply to deal with a looping ball into the box and in the process he catches Wayne Rooney. No injury worries here though.

1727 BST: "If Chelsea are going to get back into this game they need to change their formation to a 4-3-2 and try to give Salomon Kalou some support"
Graham Taylor at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live

1723 BST: Another good chance for Manchester United as Ryan Giggs meets a floated Michael Carrick cross but sends his volley wastefully wide.

Chelsea make a change with Avram Grant bringing Andrei Shevchenko off for Salomon Kalou. The Ukraine international gets a standing ovation from 'his mate' Roman Abramovich in the stands for his efforts.

"This looks like a damage limitation exercise for Chelsea."
Graham Taylor at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live

1719 BST: A free-kick in a promising position for Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs both fancy it but Carlos Tevez gets the gig, only to sky his effort hopelessly high over the bar. He might not get the next one...

1717 BST: "Is malouda even on the pitch?!"
James via text on 81111

Chelsea are playing pretty deep at the moment and no, Florent Malouda is not exactly heavily involved!

1713 BST: Scrappy stuff so far but Chelsea, with Andrei Shevchenko on his own up front, are not posing much of a threat considering they have to find a way back into this game.

The Blues have won only four of their last 15 games in all competitions but that was during the Jose Mourinho era of course.

1707 BST: Chelsea get the second half under way. It is pouring with rain at Old Trafford - will it be a grey day for Roman Abramovich and Avram Grant though?

1702 BST: Time for some more player rater chat. Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's highest ranked player with 7.64 while Chelsea's top performer is John Terry with 7.18. Still time for YOU to change all that though.

1657 BST: The final whistle goes at Ewood Park and Portsmouth have claimed their first away Premier League win of the season thanks to Kanu's goal.

It's all over at the Reebok Stadium too and, in a game where both managers needed a win, struggling Bolton and Tottenham share the points in a 1-1 draw.

1655 BST: "Avram Grant has to show confidence and belief in his players. Chelsea have done well in the first half but things have gone against them. It is a real test for them now though."
Graham Taylor at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live

1652 BST: Tevez's goal is the last action of the first half at Old Trafford, the players head off with Manchester United leading 1-0.

1650 BST: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea
Ryan Giggs bends in a cross that Carlos Tevez meets at the near post with a diving header. The Argentine is off the mark for Manchester United and Chelsea are behind in Avram Grant's first game in charge.

We had played longer than the allotted time by the time Tevez found the net but the clock at Old Trafford is notoriously slow when United are attacking.

1647 BST: It is actually Tottenham who almost snatch victory. Robbie Keane ends a great move with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box, which is well saved by Jussi Jasskelainen.

1645 BST: Bolton boss Sammy Lee has taken off El Hadji Diouf, suggesting he is happy with a point. I thought he needed a win under his belt myself.

1643 BST: "The ref has just ruined the game as a spectacle - harsh red."_Fowler_The_Prowler 606: Comment, create, debate

It certainly looks like an uphill struggle for Chelsea now.

1641 BST: Manchester United are turning the screw here and only a good save from Petr Cech keeps out Nemanja Vidic's header from a Ryan Giggs free-kick.

1639 BST: Portsmouth have a chance to wrap things up but Papa Bouba Diop misses from six yards out after Benjani's cross from the right.

Jon Obi Mikel is shown a straight red card for his high tackle on Patrice Evra - it was a wild challenge but perhaps a sending off is a bit harsh. If things were tough for new Chelsea boss Avram Grant beforehand then they are doubly difficult with his side down to 10 men.

1634 BST: Michael Essien gives the ball away in his own area to Wayne Rooney who crosses for Giggs to volley wide. Sloppy stuff from Essien, he should know better.

1630 BST: So new Chelsea boss Avram Grant has the job for keeps? I think our friend Avram should take a look at the Old Trafford directors' box where Holland coach Marco van Basten is sitting right behind Blues supremo Roman Abramovich. Make your own mind up on that one.

1628 BST: Bolton have a penalty claim turned down when Michael Dawson tangles with Kevin Davies but do win a free-kick moments later when an identical incident takes place between the pair outside the box. There's nothing like consistency is there?

1624 BST: Blackburn boss Mark Hughes makes a couple of changes to try to shake things up at Ewood Park. Tugay and Matt Derbyshire are on for David Dunn and Benni McCarthy but Portsmouth are holding on to their lead comfortably enough.

1620 BST: A big early decision for referee Mike Dean at Old Trafford. Joe Cole tracks back to tackle Patrice Evra in the area and appears to bring him down. Dean dismisses United's appeals for a penalty though and who am I to argue?

"I really do think that Joe Cole got the ball"
Graham Taylor at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live.

"I am not so sure"
Alan Green at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5live.

1618 BST: "Tal Ben Haim will be given the runaround by Rooney today. Why didn't Chelsea start with Alex? We've all seen how Rooney brushed aside Ben Haim while playing against him when he was at Bolton."HelloThere

Rooney is certainly looking lively so far but Chelsea have settled down after a shaky start.

1613 BST: This is better from Chelsea. At last they have some decent possession in the United half but it is still the home side who look the most dangerous when they have the ball.

Jose Mourinho may no longer be Chelsea boss but both sets of fans have not forgotten him, judging by the chants echoing around Old Trafford.

1607 BST: Blackburn versus Portsmouth is back under way, closely followed by Bolton against Tottenham.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand needs treatment after a collision with Andrei Shevchenko. It looks serious and a stretcher is brought on but, before you know it, Rio is back up on his feet and back in action. No more injury scares please!

1605 BST: Almost a perfect start for Manchester United. 'Almost' because Wayne Rooney's curling shot is brilliantly tipped wide by Petr Cech as it heads for the top corner. A superb save.

1605 BST: Don't forget to tell us what you think of everyone's respective performances today with our player rater.

Tottenham strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov are leading the scoring in their game at Bolton. At the moment Keane is top-scoring on a mark of 8.31 and Berbatov 8.21.

Kanu is having a stormer for Portsmouth but their top scorer is Nico Kranjcar with 9.12. Roque Santa Cruz is highest for Blackburn with 8.29

1603 BST: Manchester United kick off to get Avram Grant's first game in charge of Chelsea under way.

1555 BST: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
Goals from John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor give Villa the points against a lacklustre Everton.

Agbonlahor turned on his Villa team-mate Marlon Harewood at the final whistle and the pair had to be separated. Always a strange sight when an opposition player (in this case Phil Neville) has to break things up.

1552 BST: "Please stop with the anagrams now - haha! C'mon you Reds! Let's destroy Chelsea!" andrewt15381

Yep, that's probably it on the anagram front - probably for the best really, considering most of the ones I used weren't actually anagrams...

1550 BST: It's all-square at the break between Bolton and Tottenham.

1548 BST: Half-time at Ewood Park and Portsmouth lead Blackburn 1-0.

1546 BST: No sign of a comeback from Everton at Villa Park either. Yakubu has just shot straight at Scott Carson but David Moyes' side are short of inspiration.

1541 BST: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Tottenham
Spurs lead for all of three minutes. El Hadji Diouf sends over a deep cross and Ivan Campo, making his first appearance of the season, leaps high above the defence to head home an equaliser.

1539 BST: It's all gone a bit flat at Ewood Park since Portsmouth took the lead. No response from Blackburn just yet.

1538 BST: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Tottenham
Didier Zakora tees up Jermaine Jenas for a shot that is well saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen but Robbie Keane follows up to put Spurs ahead.

1536 BST: "I must be the only Chelsea fan looking forward to this (in a strange kind of way admittedly). If Grant does lead us down the plughole and we start dropping points every week, it'll hopefully make the defeats slightly less painful and the wins slightly more enjoyable in their rarity. Hopefully."
Gibbo via text on 81111

A Chelsea fan who misses the days when they were slightly rubbish and didn't win every game...any more of you feel the same way?

1532 BST: TEAM NEWS Manchester United v Chelsea
Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez replaces Nani as he is promoted from the bench to start up front with Wayne Rooney.
Chelsea manager Avram's Grant's first game in charge sees him replace right-back Juliano Belletti with Paulo Ferreira, central defender Alex with Tal Ben Haim and midfielder Mikel Jon Obi with striker Salomon Kalou.

1529 BST: FULL-TIME Newcastle 3-1 West Ham
The final whistle goes at St James' Park and Mark Viduka's double strike has helped the Magpies claim all three points. It's not all good news for Sam Allardyce though - Michael Owen's groin has been playing up again.

1527 BST: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Portsmouth
Kanu bulldozes his way through the Blackburn defence and past Brad Friedel before calmly firing into the net. Friedel had just made two brilliant saves to deny the Nigerian but there was no stopping him this time.

1523 BST: A moment to forget for Gary Speed too. The Bolton midfielder tries a cheeky trick but instead stands on the ball and falls over. Oops!

1523 BST: It really should be game over at St James' Park. Obafemi Martins steals the ball off Matthew Upson and rounds Rob Green but with the goal at his mercy he misses the target altogether. No somersaults there.

1521 BST: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
Gabriel Agbonlahor latches on to a long ball over the top of the Everton defence, takes a brilliant first touch, then buries the ball into the back of the net to double Aston Villa's lead.

Agbonlahor gets booked for his celebration but I'm sure he doesn't mind too much.

1516 BST: The official line from Newcastle is that Michael Owen was taken off "as a precaution" because of his groin injury.

"The way he went down you could tell he had tweaked something"
Pat Nevin at St James' Park on BBC Radio 5live disagrees.

1512 BST: Never mind being an anagram of 'lineman riot', Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill almost started his own there. Everton take a quick throw while Villa try to make a substitution and the home side are eventually glad to see Andy Johnson scuff his shot wide. Not very sporting by the Toffees and O'Neill was not a happy bunny.

1509 BST: GOAL Newcastle 3-1 West Ham
Charles N'Zogbia, who had a hand in both of Mark Viduka's goals, bundles Obafemi Martins' cross into the net from close range. Breathing space for the Magpies but will it be enough?

1508 BST: West Ham are going all out for a goal at St James' Park. Henri Camara is off the bench to make his debut, just in time for Lee Bowyer to force a fine low save from Newcastle keeper Steve Harper.

1506 BST: A whirlwind start at Ewood Park. Roque Santa Cruz hits the post with a header from David Bentley's cross.

1505 BST: The second half has started at Villa Park too. What has David Moyes said to his men at the break and will it make a difference?

1502 BST: We are up and running in both our 1500 BST - Blackburn v Portsmouth and Bolton v Tottenham. Bolton had to kick off twice after being pulled back first time around.

"The big four, now Blackburn away. Someone up there really doesn't like us."Pompey_Chimes

1457 BST: Freddy Ljungberg is on for West Ham as they look for an equaliser. This game still looks wide open.

1455 BST: More player rater chat, this time from Villa Park. John Carew's goal ensures he leads the standings with 7.92 at half-time but he has Ashley Young snapping at his heels on 7.91. Everton defender Tony Hibbert is languishing on 4.40 despite that goal-line clearance. Get involved!

1453 BST: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Tottenham
Both sides make changes from their midweek Uefa Cup exploits and there is no place in the Tottenham squad for Jermain Defoe, despite his two goals.
Dimitar Berbatov replaces Darren Bent alongside Robbie Keane and Teemu Tainio, Ricardo Rocha, Jermaine Jenas and Paul Robinson all return.
Bolton recall the O'Briens to their starting line-up, Joey replacing Cid at the back and Andrew in for Nicky Hunt. Ivan Campo replaces Gavin McCann in midfield.

1450 BST: "He's scored two goals and he's fantastic when he holds the ball up but I think he's got even slower. He's a great player though."
Pat Nevin assesses Mark Viduka at St James' Park on BBC Radio 5live

I can't believe Mark Viduka has got that possible? Apart from John Carew he was the only Premiership footballer (outfield) I fancied my chances against in a sprint.

1447 BST: Gabriel Agbonlahor has a header cleared off the line by Tony Hibbert after Stefan Vessels completely misses a corner. That's the last action of the first half at Villa Park.

1445 BST: Not good news for Newcastle or England. Michael Owen has limped off and gone straight down the tunnel - looks like that troublesome groin injury again. I'll keep you posted.

1443 BST: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Portsmouth
Blackburn's Christopher Samba comes in for Ryan Nelsen, who misses out because of a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek Uefa Cup tie.
For Portsmouth, Nico Kranjcar replaces Benjani Mwaruwari so Pompey look likely to start with five in midfield.

"Another anagram. When trying to get his players in the right mood before a game, Mark Hughes tells them 'Hug me shark'." Blue Canoe

1439 BST: Newcastle start the second half at St James' Park. Can Mark Viduka complete his hat-trick or will there be a twist in that particular tale?

1437 BST: Right, that's it. Come on guys - it's not all down to me. Where is the 'a' of David Moyes in 'My void side'? You can do better than this...surely?

Villa are still pumping long balls into the Everton penalty area. Goalkeeper Stefan Vessels - he of the shaggy hair - deals comfortably with the latest one.

1431 BST: "An insight into the Everton manager's thoughts. An anagram of David Moyes is 'My void side'." Fergus_Of_The_Shire

1429 BST: Victor Anichebe and Andy Johnson are doing a lot of running in the Everton attack but having little joy so far. It will be interesting to see who will be taking Everton's penalties, should they win any, after Johnson's debacle in the Uefa Cup on Thursday.

1425 BST: Lets have some player rater chat. Newcastle's two-goal hero Mark Viduka has scored 7.33 so far - but Top of the Pops at St James' Park is West Ham goalscorer Dean Ashton with an average score of 8.25. Don't forget, though, YOU can change that.

1422 BST: Half-time at St James' Park and Newcastle lead West Ham 2-1 thanks to Mark Viduka's double strike.

1419 BST: "I was just about to leave a comment asking for Carew's purpose in the team because he doesn't score many goals!"Irishfootballguy

John Carew is a right handful. Just ask BBC Sport columnist Micah Richards.

1416 BST: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 West Ham
A long punt upfield frees up Charles N'Zogbia who tricks his way inside and, for the second time in the half, he picks out Mark Viduka who bundles the ball in from close range. A two-footed finish - not often you see that!

1414 BST: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
John Carew is off the mark for the season. Everton can't deal with another lofted ball into the box and the big Norwegian is on hand to smash the ball home.

1410 BST: Villa seem to be following West Ham's direct approach. Another free-kick is whipped into the Everton area only to be headed clear.

1407 BST: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 West Ham
All-square at St James Park. Dean Ashton plays head tennis with Carlton Cole from Lucas Neill's long throw before turning to smash the ball home. Game on.

1405 BST: We're under way at Villa Park by the way. Martin Laursen has almost put Villa ahead but his header from Gareth Barry's free-kick was blocked.

1404 BST: "Appropriate anagram for Jose Mourinho, while he relaxes and waits for offers would be "Home, I sojourn" RedNosedBurglars

It's not easy trying to vet your anagrams and keep across two Premier League matches but I will try my best!

1401 BST: West Ham's best effort so far, and it didn't involve a long ball. Mark Noble finds space on the edge of the area and drills in a shot that Steve Harper does well to push wide.

1358 BST: "West Ham have won their last four away matches and you expect more innovation from them going forward"
Darren Fletcher at St James' Park on BBC Radio 5live

1356 BST: A decent run down the right flank by Habib Beye for Newcastle but his cross into the box doesn't find a team-mate.

1355 BST: "Newcastle are playing with a lot of invention but West Ham are the total opposite. It is intriguing to see them play so one dimensional - all their attacks are going long into the box"
Pat Nevin at St James' Park on BBC Radio 5live

1349 BST: The Hammers are using a direct approach to get the ball to Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton as quickly as possible. It's working, partially, but they need to get other players up to support them quicker than they are doing at present.

1345 BST: Ah. Apologies if some of the early anagrams I published were somewhat astray. It's been pointed out to me that 'rosenbourg one' is not an anagram of Jose Mourinho. I'm not feeling so special myself just now...

1343 BST: West Ham have won on only two of their last 15 visits to St James' Park and they have not won here since claiming a 3-0 victory in October 1998. Mark Viduka's early goal means they have some work to do to change all that.

1341 BST: Mark Viduka clearly fancies his chances today. He lets fly from 30 yards but his shot rolls harmlessly wide.

1336 BST: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 West Ham
Blimey, neither team are hanging around. Charles N'Zogbia whips in a cross and Mark Viduka meets it at the near post to nod the Magpies ahead. A simple goal but beautifully worked.

1334 BST: We're under way at St James' Park and West Ham are on the attack immediately. Carlton Cole fires over the bar with only 25 seconds gone.

1327 BST: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Everton
Aston Villa are unchanged from their defeat by Manchester City, that means John Carew leading the attack with Luke Moore and Ashley Young.
Everton drop 11.5m striker Yakubu for Academy product Victor Anichebe, goalless Andy Johnson partners him up front despite missing two penalties in the Uefa Cup. South African midfielder Steven Pienaar also starts.

"Martin O'Neill - 'Nil Tie Normal', so we can expect an exciting game there..." Entrypoint

1326 BST: "Never mind if Man U and Chelsea draw, If the Hammers win they will be second! Is this unassailable?" Kimbohammer

That opening day defeat by Manchester City seems a long time ago for West Ham. It won't be easy against the Magpies though.

1315 BST: Apologies for the confusion! Craig Bellamy didn't pass his fitness test, despite initial reports, so Dean Ashton partners Carlton Cole up front for West Ham.

1309 BST: "An anagram of Sammy Lee is 'two more games sunshine, then it's curtains'" Brianlee55

Clearly not an anagram but not good news for Little Sammy either!

1255 BST: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v West Ham
Michael Owen is passed fit to continue up front for Newcastle, with Mark Viduka preferred to Shola Ameobi alongside him. Habib Beye is handed his first start in place of Steven Taylor.
West Ham Reports suggest striker Craig Bellamy has recovered from a foot injury as he lines up against his former club, while Carlton Cole supports him. Lee Bowyer also faces his former club but there is no St James' Park return for Nolberto Solano or Scott Parker.

"Newcastle are now the most boring team to watch in the Premier League as they do not score too many but do not concede to many either, Awful for the neutral!" fatboyjohnmulhern on 606

The Magpies have scored six goals and conceded four in their five league games so far...let's hope they are a bit more exciting today.

1253 BST: Thanks for working so hard on the anagrams for us Sam. His latest is 'lineman riot' for Martin O'Neill. Well, I suppose it could happen!?

Chaz weighs in with 'May's devoid' for Everton boss David Moyes - a reference to the Toffees' lack of trophies perhaps? - and a couple for dear old Jose Mourinho too: 'I'm so euro John' and 'rosenbourg one'.

1247 BST: It's not just about Man Utd-Chelsea though. There's a big game at the bottom of the table too between Bolton and Tottenham - and both teams need to kickstart their season sooner rather than later.

"Anybody else think the losing manager of the game between Bolton and Spurs could lose their job?" jimweeks on 606

1241 BST: At last, some non-rude anagrams! A couple of you have spotted that Sir Alex Ferguson displays 'regular foxiness' - which works for me - and also that he is a 'fearless ruing ox'...not so good that one but keep them coming...

1238 BST: "Football throws up some strange results, but United will be firm favourites for Sunday because of the turmoil that has gone on at Stamford Bridge."
Lawro may have plumped for a draw but fellow BBC pundit Gary Pallister feels his old club should beat the Blues.

1229 BST: Lots of chat in the Sunday papers about Avram Grant, including a gem in the Sunday Mirror. Apparently our Avram was known during his days as technical director at Portsmouth as "the man from the BBC - Balls, Bibs and Cones" or "Coneman the Barbarian".

Footballers can be so cruel.

1218 BST: "An anagram of the new Chelsea manager's name is 'vagrant arm', perhaps a hint at a new, more economical, source of players? Or perhaps not."
Ally via text on 81111

Hmmm I'd go for perhaps not! But has anyone got any other vaguely appropriate football manager anagrams for the teams in action today? And let's leave Neil Warnock out of this one please!

1212 BST: "If Man U and Chelsea draw, Arsenal could have a potential seven-point lead over the two. Is it unassailable?" bengalibengali on 606

Steady on, it's only September! I may be a Man City fan but even I don't let myself get carried away that easily...

1200 BST: "Grant won't last, but new managers always win their first game."
Calum via text on 81111

I haven't got the statistics to hand about new managers but I'm pretty sure this is not totally true Calum...I know what you are getting at though.

1152 BST: Manchester United only won one of their six Premier League meetings with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. He may be gone but BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson doesn't think the Reds will improve on that this time around.

1140 BST: New Chelsea boss Avram Grant has managed the Israeli national team but has little other top-level experience. Former Blues captain Marcel Desailly feels he is the wrong choice - what do you think?

1133 BST: And don't forget you can get involved too. You can text 81111 at any stage or get involved in the banter on 606.

1113 BST: Morning all. It is going to be a busy old Sunday of Premier League action, with five games for your delectation.

The game of the day is undoubtedly Manchester United versus Chelsea. What will life be like for the Blues after the departure of the 'Special One'? We will find out at 1600 BST.

But there is plenty more going on, starting with Newcastle taking on in-form West Ham at 1330, before Aston Villa play host to Everton, Blackburn take on Portsmouth and the basement battle between Bolton and Tottenham. Enjoy!

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

Sunday's football photos
23 Sep 07 |  Football


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