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By Jonathan Stevenson

1817: Let's wrap it up then, shall we? It wasn't a blinder, but a decent day of Premier League action, with a Brazilian stamp all over it. Deco (I know, he plays for Portugal) won three points for Luiz Felipe Scolari and Chelsea, while Elano's brace put West Ham to the sword at Man City. Join Spoony on BBC Radio 5 Live now for 606 and get stuck into Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and online at 2230 BST. I'll see you on Wednesday for some Champions League chat. Happy bank holiday.

1816: Final word on Player Rater from Danny the Stat: "Plenty of decent scores for Man City, particularly up front. Martin Petrov retains his lead with 7.66, but let's also mention his team mates, many of whom also "broke the seven" (it'll catch on). Elano (7.37), Vincent Kompany (7.28) and Dan Sturridge (7.02) also fare well. But you can have your say to, should you be using the world wide web...""
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1812: "Curbs, you are a waster of skin and oxygen. We need to buy a striker and left-back and a team who can muster a shot against Man City. No shot on target... one goal scored past them in seven games! Curbs for the sack!"
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1810: "I just loved it. I loved it. I've only trained once, today I played and didn't even know everyone's name. But it was a lot of fun."
Man City's new signing Vincent Kompany

1807: Great win that for City and new boss Mark Hughes, but problems for West Ham and Alan Curbishley - tell you what, when West Ham lose they don't do it half-heartedly do they? City up to seventh in the ridiculously embryonic Premier League table, while West Ham sit 15th. They've got the same number of points, too!


1758: Hayden Mullins gives away a free-kick on the right-hand side of the 18-yard box at the byline by hauling back Michael Johnson, desperately close to giving away a penalty. The set-piece is promptly wasted.

1756: Dean Ashton fires in a free-kick from 30 yards that flies a foot over Joe Hart's crossbar with the keeper right behind it.

1756: "Please, please, please West Ham for the love of our sanity buy a striker... we've been so quiet in the market and yet desperately need a striker. With injury and lack of depth we might as well have Curbs re-reg'd and up front."
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1753: Stephen Ireland volleys a shot about 40 yards over Robert Green's bar, but I'm guessing he's probably not that bothered. Ireland's had a good game today.

1751: There are exactly 10 minutes of stoppages. Great predo that, Stevo, you clown.

1750: Julien Faubert smacks in a right-foot shot and Stephen Ireland flicks out a boot to deflect it over the bar. A minute of normal time to go, probably 10 minutes of injury time still to play.

1747: "I think Ireland looks like Gianluca Vialli, definitely looks Italian to me. That haircut does not suit the Superman pants though."
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1744: Kelvin Etuhu has pulled a hamstring and limps off. City have made their three subs, so it's 10-a-side.

1741: "I'm following the game whilst watching another bluesman - Seasick Steve at Leeds Festival. Sturridge for England. Blue moon."
Rick Martin, via text

Mate, you are a 'y' away from having a shocker there. Phew.

1738: Elano is taken off and Ched Evans comes on, while Kelvin Etuhu replaces Martin Petrov.

1737: GOAL Manchester City 3-0 West Ham
See 1731. Same combination, same result. Vedran Corluka plays in Stephen Ireland down the right, he crosses to the edge of the six-yard box and the Brazilian Elano volleys in. Crisis, what crisis?

1736: Luis Boa Morte has come on for Matthew Etherington, who frankly hasn't been at the races today.

1735: Now I'm being hammered for a lack of automatic updates. I always thought half the fun was pressing F5 like a maniac all day, no? Well, be assured it's on its way to the Premier League, but the Olympics crew were just making sure it all worked OK before we unleash it on the greatest sport in the world. Patience, people.

1733: "Does anyone else think Stephen Ireland's new shaved head makes him look like Robert "you talkin to me?" De Niro in Taxi Driver?"
From Dom in London, via text

Not really, no mate.

1731: GOAL Manchester City 2-0 West Ham
Elano doubles the advantage and pretty much wraps up the points with a left-foot strike into the bottom corner from eight yards after Stephen Ireland had pulled the ball back from the byline.

1729: "Finally, a goal! That kid will be playing for England one day."
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1727: West Ham nearly get an immediate reply but as Matthew Etherington and Julien Faubert burst through, they get in each other's way and lose the chance to get in a shot.

1726: GOAL Man City 1-0 West Ham
Daniel Sturridge gets his first goal at home for City, taking a touch and hammering a shot into the roof of Robert Green's net from 10 yards after Matthew Upson spectacularly failed to clear Martin Petrov's left-wing cross.

1724: Good work, Vincent Kompany. Julien Faubert swings over a cross from the right all over the floor directed at Dean Ashton and the former Hamburg defender gets to the near post first to avert the danger.

1720: The ball gets away from Elano on the edge of the Hammers box and he toe-pokes a shot straight at Robert Green. The chance came about because Julien Faubert broke the first rule of playing football - he tried to take someone on in his own third of the pitch. Naughty.

1718: Nice football from City. Daniel Sturridge slides in Stephen Ireland but his drag-back on to the penalty spot is cleared by a West Ham defender - surely City should be gambling on getting more players in the box playing against 10 men?

1716: Micah Richards is stretchered off - he didn't move for about six minutes, that is a particularly brutal clash and he's in a bad way with an oxygen mask covering his face. Vincent Kompany will go to centre-back on his debut and Dietmar Hamann comes on in midfield. Let's hope Micah is OK, poor lad.

1714: Micah Richards is still receiving treatment. He's going off, but this is a very bad one.

1710: Micah Richards and Tal Ben Haim clash heads going for the same ball, looks a nasty one that. Richards needs more treatment than the Israeli.

1709: "Stevo, watching the beloved Blues on poolside TV in Bulgaria. We're playing well, Kompany looks class. Crisis, what crisis?"
Bruce with beer in hand, via text

Sofia so good, eh?

1707: We're back under way in Manchester. But Freddie Sears will play no more part in proceedings, after 14 minutes as a sub he's been withdrawn for defensive midfielder Hayden Mullins, as 10-man West Ham seek to hold out for a point.

1702: Hang on, it's 1702 BST. It must be Danny the Stat o'clock: "Martin Petrov is the star of the show with a whopping 8.42. West Ham keeper Rob Green is currently the only man to even have the faintest hope of catching him. He's on 7.56. Meanwhile, red card-receiving midfielder Mark Noble has not impressed and is languishing in the doldrums of 4.88. The beauty of these numbers is that they could all change... "
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1657: "Stevo, I want to enter the newspaper dream team and win big! Who would you put in your dream team?"
Warren, on the loo, via text

Wrong on so many levels. And in case you missed me last season, I don't do dream teams/fantasy football. I'm not 12 (though I appreciate that many of you, in fact, are).

1654: "Perhaps Fabio can get some idea from this match that speed and aggression in play is what he needs to get 'team England' doing. That and sticking guys where they belong on the pitch."
Bill from ever sunny Macclesfield, via text

1650: Half-time Manchester City 0-0 West Ham

1647: The ball falls to Michael Johnson 25 yards out and he arrows a shot towards the top right-hand corner that Robert Green does really well to scramble across his line and tip away for a corner.

1646: Michael Johnson is barged off the ball and referee Howard Webb gives a free-kick against him! That smacks massively of trying to even things up - but there's no need because Mark Noble deserved to go.

1645: "I think Michael Owen would be perfect for City. With his contract up next summer we could steal him for 5m or 6m. Definitely would give us a cutting edge."
Robbo, via text

1642: A corner is swung into the West Ham box, Lucas Neill gets into a horrible position and the ball cannons against his arms, but no penalty is given.

1641: That was the first red card of the new Premier League season, by the way. Wonder what the odds were on it being an Englishman?

Mark Noble has gone for West Ham. He lunges in at Michael Johnson and takes the City man's standing foot away from him. Referee Howard Webb has no choice but to show him a second yellow and dismiss the England Under-21 captain in front of Fabio Capello. Whoops.

1637: It's all gone quiet on 606 and the texts on 81111. Sometimes I think all you lot ever want to talk about is Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Come on, there's more to life than how rubbish England are!
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1635: Mark Noble is shown the yellow card for a deliberate handball.

1634: "It is always worrying when City don't take chances, we normally end up paying for it big style."
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1632: Carlton Cole is replaced by West Ham's teenage sensation Freddie Sears.

1631: Remarkably, Fabio Capello is at the City of Manchester Stadium too. Maybe Jack Bauer picked him up in a chopper just before the end of the Wigan-Chelsea match. So who is Capello looking out for today? Meanwhile, Carlton Cole is still limping heavily. Get yourself off, son.

1626: Man City have turned into Arsenal. Stephen Ireland and Daniel Sturridge both refuse about 14 chances to pull the trigger after they work a good opening and eventually Sturridge drags one wide from inside the penalty area. City buzzing now.

1624: Valon Behrami is booked for obstructing Martin Petrov down the City left and the home fans are really getting behind their team in this little purple patch.

1623: Wrong again, Stevo. Elano is too injured to launch one and Martin Petrov hits a screamer instead, curling a little gem over the wall and against Robert Green's left-hand post with the keeper nowhere to be seen. Green wasn't even in the same postcode.

1622: Elano skips past a couple of tackles and is brought down 30 yards out. He's got a knock to his right thigh, but he'll surely get up and have a pop at this one.

1621: So there's a week (and a bit) to go until the transfer deadline, City and Hammers fans - who would you buy?
Transfer deadline to be extended

1619: West Ham players are dropping like flies - and Dean Ashton isn't one of them! Vincent Kompany jumps (fairly) into a tackle with Carlton Cole at the same time as Tal Ben Haim tries to win the ball and the Hammers striker needs a bit of treatment too. He'll carry on for a bit, but he looks utterly dismayed.

1615: Unbelievable. What drama in the West Ham box. Daniel Sturridge wants a penalty after the Hammers fail to clear a corner, Stephen Ireland then has a header cleared off the line by Callum Davenport and the same defender deflects Tal Ben Haim's follow-up shot on to the bar. Meanwhile, Davenport requires some attention for a head injury. No wonder.

1613: "I would like to have Behrami instead of Brown, he looks very sharp."
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Instead of England's Wes Brown? Yeah, I like the look of Behrami. Not sure he's a right-back though - surely his quality is better used in midfield?

1609: Elano plays a sublimely-Brazilian ball over Callum Davenport and into the path of Daniel Sturridge, but England discard Robert Green races from his line and gathers.

1606: Elano takes a tumble in the penalty area and it's a bit dangerous that from Callum Davenport, though referee Howard Webb waves the home team's appeals away.

1602: If you've just arrived having enjoyed two weeks of the Olympics, it's a great pleasure to have you here. I hope you enjoy the next 3.95 years of our coverage until London 2012. West Ham get us under way in Manchester.

1558: I quite enjoyed the Wigan-Chelsea banter there. As the teams come out at the City of Manchester Stadium, I'm moved to start some more chat. I reckon Dean Ashton should start for England whenever he's fit. He's brilliant, isn't he?

1555: To clarify my prediction, at 1326 I did go for a 2-2. I don't do goalscorers, I look stupid enough anyway. "What a ridiculous head Stephen Ireland's got," chimes in your match report writer Chris Bevan. He's right, as well.

1552: "Dean is fit, we had to be careful with him last week and Fabio was careful not picking him for the England squad too. We're looking forward to a little bit of last week."
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley

A bit of last week? Great, great phrase that Curbs.

1550: "Should be a good game, both attacking teams who should end up in the top half - that is if city sort out their off-the-field-issues and Ashton can stay fit for West Ham for once. I'm going for 2-2, goals from Ireland, Petrov, Ashton and Noble."
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1547: Incidentally, Kathryn Jenkins is singing Nessun Dorma on BBC One right now. Ah, Italia 90. The Olympics - GET YOUR OWN SONGS!!!

1544: "(1530) Stevo, he doesn't love Joga Bonito. He loves to win by any means necessary. Watch his club performance in Brazil. Playing beautiful was only a bonus to his first love, WINNING."
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Oh. Did someone forget to tell Roman Abramovich?

1542: Danny the Stat has lost the plot: "You might not be sat at your computer reading this. You might be down at The Mall in London watching Scouting For Girls at the Olympic pre-party. Or maybe you're at The Mall, the massive shopping complex just north of Bristol, shopping. Or maybe you are at home but you're popping out to The Mall (posh London street) or The Mall (major shopping complex) later. Let's not get bogged down in it.

All I want to say is that if you're out and about now, or later, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). And remember - the cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract."

1538: More inane ramblings fromDanny the Stat, who has been accused by some of having a bet on Titus Bramble winning Player Rater today (that is a joke, this is the BBC, remember): "Well, it's a bunch of middling ratings over on Player Rater - not surprising after that mediocre second period. Deco is the only man to "break the seven" (seriously, that's going to catch on), and he's not exactly monstering it with a score of 7.00 exactly. Breathing down his neck? Why, that'll be defensive legend Titus "6.96" Bramble. Do you perceive this as wrong? Then get involved...."
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1535: "Who won? who is top? Who has the best keeper in England? Who is England's captain? I knew you would find all the right answers, now go and get yourself a cookie."
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Brilliant rage in victory. Or, as the great Diego Armando Maradona would have it, awesome bronca. Sometimes you want to just punch the world, don't you?

1532:Team news Manchester City v West Ham
Manchester City's new 6m signing Vincent Kompany goes straight into the team, partnering Michael Johnson in midfield instead of Gelson Fernandes. Michael Ball returns for Javier Garrido at left-back, Stephen Ireland comes in for Kelvin Etuhu on the right flank and Daniel Sturridge replaces Ched Evans up front. West Ham striker Dean Ashton has recovered from a calf strain so the visitors are unchanged from the team that beat Wigan on the opening day.

1530: Well, that was thoroughly rubbish. Actually, that's a bit harsh. The first half was quite enterprising, with Wigan matching Chelsea and only Deco's moment of magic separating the two teams. The second half - well the less said about that, the better. But a win's a win, even for a Brazilian who loves joga bonito.


1522: Olivier Kapo hammers it into the wall.

1521: Free-kick to Wigan, 25 yards out. Into added time, now. If only they could borrow Deco...

1519: Luiz Felipe Scolari animatedly tells Florent Malouda what to do in the two minutes he's on the pitch, as the once-good French winger comes on for Nicolas Anelka.

1518: Brilliant save low down to his right there from Petr Cech, after Olivier Kapo hammered in a right-foot shot from the edge of the box. Closest Wigan have come in the second half, that.

1516: Mario Melchiot is taken off and Henri Camara comes on for Wigan, getting a decent hand from the locals. Five minutes plus stoppages left.

1515: Ashley Cole limps off with what looks suspiciously like hamstring trouble, so his England and Chelsea shadow Wayne Bridge comes on. Fabio Capello has already left the JJB - can someone text him to let him know?

1512: "Stevo, tell us how much Wigan deserve a point."
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At least 8/10. But they've both been disappointing in the second half.

1509: Egyptian 'gladiator' Amr Zaki has a run at the Chelsea defence and wins a corner down the left. But Daniel de Ridder hits a woeful right-foot shot that screws miles off target. Wilson Palacios is taken off and Olivier Kapo is on.

1507: Lee Cattermole plays a nice one-two with Daniel de Ridder but he leans back and smashes a right-foot drive over the crossbar. Olivier Kapo is taking his jumper off.

1505: Ricardo Carvalho is booked for a foul on Amr Zaki as Wigan continue to press for that elusive equaliser.

1504: Daniel de Ridder goes on a mazy run down the right, but slips when taking on John Terry in the box. How many of that Dutch U-21 team in 2006 have struggled since getting big moves? De Ridder, Maceo Rigters, Royston Drenthe?

1459: Lee Cattermole prevents an almost certain goal for Chelsea as he sprints back to stop Frank Lampard getting in a clear shot 12 yards out. Fabulous tracking back from the former Boro man and he's only gone and perked the crowd up a bit too.

1457: Michael Essien tries to play in Nicolas Anelka and when the ball is blocked back to him, he shoots low from 25 yards that Mike Pollitt gets down easily to save. There is a real lack of genuine threat about both teams right now.

1453: Stevie Bruce is screaming instructions on the touchline. Has a man ever looked more permanently like he was going to explode? Wigan have got Henri Camara and Antoine Sibierski on the bench, by the way.

1448: Wigan are having a lot of the ball in the Chelsea half, but those boys in black know how to defend and the Latics will have to do something a little bit special to break them down. Meanwhile, Salomon Kalou comes on for the disappointing Joe Cole.

1445: "Chelsea may not play a beautiful game, but they certainly have beautiful players. Lamps, Coley, Malouda, Deco... a bit of Robinho would top it off."
Hanna, via text

Women, eh?

1443: "Wigan play Industrial football, is it fair to say that?"
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No, it isn't. Not anymore. They've played some very pleasing-on-the-eye stuff today so far.

1439: "(See 1432) Wrongest is a word. Any monosyllabic adjective can be turned into a superlative by adding 'est'."
Gaz, via text

Yeah, as if I didn't know that. (Eh?)

1436: Here endeth the great Lampard/Gerrard/Scholes debate. The players are back out and Daniel de Ridder is on for the injured Jason Koumas for Wigan. Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka get us under way.

1432: "Agree with you about the 'wrongest' comment ever (see 1422). Even though that isn't a word."
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1429: So just to summarise: I'm getting hammered by 50% of you for being anti-Chelsea, and 50% of you for banging on too much about how good Chelsea are. I know football fans are passionate, but this is ridiculous. Let me fill you all in: I don't support Chelsea, and I've got nothing against them. Fact.

1425: Very good afternoon to Danny the Stat, the big Bristol legend. Here's his chat: "Here's a sentence I never thought I'd sensibly write. Deco is leading Player Rater, a fraction ahead of Titus Bramble. Hey, I enjoyed that so much, I'm going to write it again. Deco is leading Player Rater, a fraction ahead of Titus Bramble. There really isn't much in it - the Portuguese playmaker has 7.33, the English immovable brick wall of defence is on 7.23. Brilliant Titus. It can all change though, if you want to see Bramble at the top - or vice versa - get involved. "
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1422: At the risk of upsetting joebaia, I'm now going to publish the wrongest 606 comment there perhaps has ever been:

"I say give Deco a few months and he'll be performing at nowhere near the level he currently is. He never shone at Barca in his time there and his performances at Euro 2008 were merely to put himself in the shop window. After that goal today he's been anonymous. That's the type of player he is. The odd moment of actual quality and then a whole lot of nothing. One of the most overrated midfielders of the past five years."
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1419: Half-time Wigan 0-1 Chelsea

1416: Wigan loft in another free-kick to test Petr Cech, but he's plucking balls out of the sky with nonchalant ease at the moment. Only takes one though, remember the Euros?

1415: "Remember when England fans wanted Lampard in the team instead of Scholes? It just shows you should be careful with what you wish for!"
Anonymous, via text

Damn right Anonymous. Paul Scholes - what a wasted talent at international level. He could have done all sorts of damage. Thanks for that, Sven.

1412: "Stevo, me and my mates have been wondering: how can you be so neutral when writing about teams? What team do you actually support?"
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Hahaha. I wish you could see all the other comments. Forest. Meanwhile, Nicolas Anelka tumbles in the box, but rightly no penalty is given.

1410: I'm being accused of all sorts of Chelsea bias. Meanwhile, a London bus appears in Beijing at the closing ceremony. Really??
Live - Olympics finale

1407: Titus Bramble clears away from danger - that was a dangerous cross put into their box. How often have we seen Chelsea soak up pressure and grab a goal at a crucial time? 10 minutes to the break.

1403: Chelsea have a great chance to break, but Nicolas Anelka plays a lazy, careless pass and the chance goes begging. Imagine how awesome this Chelsea team will be when Didier Drogba is playing instead of the insufferable Anelka?

1401: "You all have such short memories. Lamps was England player of the year in 04 and 05 and has better goals per game for England than Gerrard. Only difference is the media is dominated by ex-Liverpool players."
Nick, Watford, via text

Well, firstly 2004 and 2005 were ages ago. Ronaldinho was the best player in the world then and Cristiano Ronaldo was just some forgeigner who kept falling over. And secondly, I can assure you I've never played for Liverpool. Ever.

1357: Wigan? It's just like watching Chelsea. A lovely little one-touch move leads to Amr Zaki having another left-foot shot parried away by Petr Cech. Since the goal, Wigan have been the better side. Super stuff.

1355: Deco miscontrols the ball. Note it, I probably won't say it again this season.

1354: "(See 1350) So is Steven Gerrard but does he get booed?"
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But he's not as rubbish on as regular a basis for England as Lampard. I mean if you had to pick one (and you do have to pick one, because they're a shambles playing together), you wouldn't pick Lampard. You wouldn't, I'm telling you.

1350: Frank Lampard is getting some proper boos from the Wigan fans. 'Why does he get booed so much?' asks a colleague. Because he's so rubbish when he plays for England, me and my gaffer chime back. Thoughts?

1347: John Terry manhandles Emile Heskey and gives away a free-kick. Note to Premier League referees: If someone muscles Heskey off the ball, it's probably a foul. Terry is booked and the watching Fabio Capello mutters something under his breath to right-hand man Franco Baldini, who is literally sitting at his right hand.

1344: "Deco has proved me wrong. I really doubted him saying he's past it, he will never get used to the pace and power of the Premier League. I take it all back sir. Magnificent goal."
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1342: "Oh my God what a goal, what a goal."
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1340: Wigan are not, repeat not, lying down here. Jason Koumas slides in Amr Zaki and the Egyptian rifles a left-foot shot along the floor that Petr Cech does well to get down and save. This is just brilliant!

1337: All-action. Wilson Palacios cuts in from the left and fires in a shot from an angle that Petr Cech parries away for a corner. Very lively start.

1335: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Chelsea
Genius. After four years of watching Ronaldinho take free-kicks for fun for Barca, finally Deco is first-choice and bang, the Brazilian-born midfielder swings one up over the wall and into the top corner. Mike Pollitt's positioning wasn't brilliant, but who cares? That was magnificent.

1334: Trouble here. Free-kick to Chelsea 22 yards out, after a handball by Lee Cattermole...

1332: We are green for go at the JJB Stadium.

1330: "Why are all the Chelsea fans acting like they play like the Brazilians? I know your first game was good and all, but the football wasn't as attractive as you think it was. Your perception was probably put off by the past three years of the drab, boring Chelsea."
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1327: The referee has to bang on the Chelsea dressing room to get them out and Michael Ballack has to pop back in to lose his neck chain. They look too cool for school today.

1326: It's Stevo Predo time - hold on to your betting slips! Wigan 1-4 Chelsea and then Manchester City 2-2 West Ham. If I lose you money today, then you really should know better.

1324: "(See 1315) I bet Paul Jewell wishes it was 2005 too."
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No comment.
Derby 0-1 Southampton

1323: "You better not have any slip ups today Jon. Reading this and watching Formula One... what more could you ask for on a Sunday?"
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Firstly, it's Stevo, not Jon. And I'm not sure I like your tone there sunshine. Even though she's a Leicester fan (they're League One, to save you having to look down the divisions), please do enjoy Sarah Holt's European Grand Prix updates, but not at the expense of the footy. Bread and butter, innit?
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1319: So apparently, some competition taking place in Beijing is drawing to a close right now. It'll be back in four years, I'm sure. Wonder where though? Anyway, the inspirational Ben Dirs is banging on about it and he's quite funny, so why not pop along for a sec and have a quick look?
Live - Olympics finale

1315: "Chelsea to win 1-0 , Wigan will play well but Crespo will score a late stunner..."
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Awesome. If it's August 2005, England are about to win the Ashes. Great, great times for sport.

1312: Hammer blow for Wigan in the warm-up (no, not that Titus Bramble has come through unscathed), with the news that injury's Chris Kirkland has got, well, injured and has been replaced in goal by Mike Pollitt.

1310: Fletch thought you lot were awesome yesterday, so I'm expecting a similar display today. If only there was a User Rater in which we could mark you. Stevo would give you 10 every time. So get those witty texts flying in to 81111 and join in with the debate on 606. They're quite a friendly lot, once you get to know them.
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1307:Team news Wigan v Chelsea
Wigan make two changes from the side that lost to West Ham as Titus Bramble replaces Paul Scharner at centre-back and Jason Koumas comes in for Olivier Kapo in midfield. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has recovered from a calf injury and starts at the expense of Jon Mikel Obi in boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's only change from the team that walloped Portsmouth.

1305: Of course I have. I missed England turning the clock back to, er, 2007, when we were equally pathetic. I missed Ricardo Fuller morphing into Romario and sending Stoke fans into actual dreamland. And I missed the return of the great Djibril Cisse, goalscorer on his Sunderland debut and holder of the peerage title Lord of the Manor of Frodsham. And there aren't any characters left in the game anymore?

1300: If Dan, who is my gaffer today, mentions Bristol Rovers beating Hereford 6-1 yesterday one more ti- Oh, hello. I've been away for a few days. Did I miss anything?

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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