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Former Liverpool striker Crouch plays his first match for Portsmouth

Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth: Peter Crouch is blocked out by the Blues defence as the home side begin their season in style

Cole celebrates Chelsea's first goal of the season

Sadly for the visitors, it is Chelsea who take a 12th-minute lead when Michael Ballack picks out Joe Cole who finishes well

Fabio Capello manager of England looks on with fitness coach Massimo Neri (L)

England coach Fabio Capello and fitness coach Massimo Neri (left) watch on ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Czech Republic

Anelka makes it 2-0 to Chelsea

The hosts go 2-0 up shortly before the half-hour mark when Deco's lob is nodded in by Nicolas Anelka despite the efforts of Glen Johnson

Scolari urges his players on

Having seen his new side make a fantastic start, a relaxed Luiz Felipe Scolari issues some instructions in the hunt for a third

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp

In the other dugout, Pompey boss Harry Redknapp urges more from his players as they struggle to get into the game at Stamford Bridge

Lampard beats David James to make it 3-0

Things worsen for the Hampshire club when Frank Lampard converts a penalty on the stroke of half-time following Sylvain Distin's handball

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James

Portsmouth's misery is complete when Deco hits a late thunderbolt which Pompey's David James can only parry into the top corner

Micah Richards of Manchester City battles with Ashley Young of Aston Villa

Aston Villa 4-2 Man City: In the day's second match, Micah Richards tangles with Aston Villa's Ashley Young


John Carew puts Villa ahead with a powerful header but Elano soon levels from the penalty spot after a foul on City's Michael Johnson

Gabriel Agbonlahor

With the score at 1-1 with 21 minutes to go, City capitulate as Gabriel Agbonlahor hits a seven-minute hat-trick

Kevin Keegan

Manchester United 1-1 Newcastle: At Old Trafford, champions United face Kevin Keegan's Magpies and don't have it all their own way

Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United and Man Utd's Wayne Rooney

Fabricio Coloccini (left), making his Newcastle debut after signing from Deportivo La Coruna, challenges Wayne Rooney

Cristiano Ronaldo

Injured Man Utd right winger Cristiano Ronaldo is in the main stand at Old Trafford as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery

Obafemi Martins of Newcastle United

Obafemi Martins leaps highest from a corner to head Newcastle into a shock 1-0 lead to silence the 70,000 Old Trafford home fans

Darren Fletcher levels for Manchester United

Newcastle's lead is short lived as Darren Fletcher gets on the end of a Ryan Giggs low cross to steer an equaliser past Shay Given

Darren Fletcher

Fletcher's goal meant the teams went in at 1-1 at half-time

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United

Man Utd pressed for a second-half winner and Nemanja Vidic headed against the crossbar before going down injured

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson saw Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs also pick up injuries but refused to talk about potential new signings afterwards

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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