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By Caroline Cheese

1940: I'm off. Thanks for your company today - particularly you international types. Do not forget, dear UK people, that Match of the Day is on at 2230 GMT on BBC One. DON'T MAKE ME TELL YOU AGAIN. See you tomorrow!

From TorreSamK9 on Twitter: "Seven points from 12 against the 'big four' should leave Mark Hughes happy, and just when Chelsea looked like running away with it."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Nigel de Jong races to the Manchester City fans and throws his shirt into the crowd as Eastlands goes wild in celebration. A deserved win for City and another result few expected in the Premier League after Chelsea's comfortable win at Arsenal last week. Chelsea now just two points ahead of Manchester United."

From anon via text: "Cheesy, I can accept defeat. We didn't deserve victory. Howard Webb will not be at the World Cup. He's not very good. Well done to City, we have a race..."

1930: City's win means their friendly neighbours at Old Trafford are now only two points behind the leaders. City up to sixth, a point behind Villa but with a game in hand. And a point ahead of Liverpool.

1929: What a way to bring to an end a run of seven straight draws. And Mark Hughes even gets nice a handshake at the end of it all from Carlo Ancelotti.

1927: FULL-TIME Man City 2-1 Chelsea

1925: Corner for Chelsea. Florent Malouda takes it. Didier Drogba actually heads it away from goal.

1923: Pablo Zabaleta replaces the ineffectual Robinho for City. We are about a minute into five of added time.

1922: Carlos Tevez races through on the left, but he can't escape the Chelsea defence and has to shoot from a difficult angle, with Petr Cech saving at his near post.

From emmetmcevoy on Twitter: "Not a good day for penalties, is it? Dindane, Fabregas, Lampard..."

1919: Is it the start of metatarsal season already? John Terry limps off to be replaced by Florent Malouda. Actually, on second thoughts, looks like it might be a hamstring. Not turning out to be a great day for Chelsea... so far.

1918: Michael Essien splits the City defence with a lovely pass for Didier Drogba, who takes it in his stride but prods the finish wide of Shay Given's left-hand post.

Yellow card
1916: This is a frantic finish. Ashley Cole is the latest Chelsea defender to go into the book for a foul on Carlos Tevez. And now Deco gets a yellow - I have no idea what for.

1914: Didier Drogba chests the ball down in the area and is fouled from behind by Nedum Onuoha. Clear penalty, and not even the City players are complaining. But Frank Lampard delays a couple of times in his run-up, and it's not brilliantly struck, allowing Shay Given to make the save.

1914: PENALTY MISSED Chelsea (Lampard)

Someone has won a penalty

1912: Less than 10 minutes remaining. Tackles flying in on a sodden pitch. A red card is not out of the question. Chelsea seem to be stepping up the pressure.

Yellow card
1909: Branislav Ivanovic joins the yellow card party for a check on Emmanuel Adebayor. From it, Carlos Tevez tries to get past Branislav Ivanovic in the box, then goes down himself. Free-kick to Chelsea.

1907: Wayne Bridge is stretchered off against his old club. Vincent Kompany comes on to make his fourth league appearance of the season.

Yellow card
1906: Juliano Belletti is the latest man to go into Howard Webb's little black book after a wild, sliding challenge on Wayne Bridge. The City fans are screaming for red, but it's yellow. Bridge still down.

1905: Frank Lampard plays a free-kick quickly, putting Nicolas Anelka in a good position on the left - but it's an awful cross.

1904: What's going on? Didier Drogba is rolling around in agony, but the ball is miles away... He appears to have hurt his shoulder somehow. He goes off, but he's back on again now.

From Adam, Exeter, via text on 81111: "A goal by Carlos Tevez, for Man City, against Chelsea! As a Man Utd fan my head hurts just trying to think how to appropriately react to that."

1900: Micah Richards hobbles off the pitch to be replaced by Nedum Onuoha.

1858: Chelsea piling on the pressure. Shay Given is scrambling to stop a corner from creeping straight in, but I don't think he got a touch. John Terry is complaining to the referee that he was pulled over by Joleon Lescott - which seems a fair complaint. From the next corner, Branislav Ivanovic heads narrowly over.

1855: A double change by Carlo Ancelotti. Deco stays on, Joe Cole stays off. Instead, Juliano Belletti replaces Ricardo Carvalho, and Jon Obi Mikel comes on for Michael Ballack.

Yellow card
1854: Gareth Barry sees yellow for a late challenge on Deco on the touchline. Frank Lampard pumps the ball into the box. Branislav Ivanovic meets it with a volley, but it's not particularly well struck and it's easy for Shay Given.

1850: As that City goal went in, I heard the strange sound of a United fan cheering. As it stands, United will be two points behind Chelsea. City will be sixth, a point ahead of Liverpool and a point behind Villa, but with a game in hand.

City goal: Ricardo Carvalho is penalised for a challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips just outside the box. Carlos Tevez steps up to curl home the free-kick, possibly taking a slight deflection off a City team-mate on the way through.

1847: GOAL Man City 2-1 Chelsea

1846: Great work by Shaun Wright-Phillips, holding off Ashley Cole and driving to the byeline. His cut-back is met by Emmanuel Adebayor, but his effort is cleared by Ricardo Carvalho.

1840: Blimey, that TV station must be desperate. But wait a minute: predictable? That hurts... By the way, I forgot to ask: how was your user journey today (see 1227)? If you're on the web, you can click on the scorelines on the right of this page and you'll go straight to the match reports. Exciting huh?

From Tome in Lagos, via text: "There is a TV station here in Lagos who's half-time analysis is always cribbed from the BBC live text. It's hilarious and so predictable. Hopefully it's not illegal is it?"

1836: Second half begins.

From Keith, NI, via text: "Get Deco off - he's a passenger - Joe Cole on!"

From Jimmy, Accra, via text: "What's taking Liverpool so long to score? Match is not live on TV and I am on tenterhooks here!"
Jimmy, I don't know how to tell you this...

1828: Right, I've had another look at the City goal. Shaun Wright-Phillips' shot doesn't brush Micah Richards' arm, it smacks right into it. Richards appears to be trying to jump out of the way of it, and the ball is going at about a million miles an hour. But I can see why Chelsea feel a bit aggrieved.

1822: What a thoroughly entertaining 45 minutes of football that was. 1-1 about right, I'd say.

1820: HALF-TIME Man City 1-1 Chelsea

Yellow card
1819: John Terry gets a yellow card for a foul on Carlos Tevez by the touchline. Looks a bit harsh.

1817: How close can you get? Nigel de Jong's foul on Frank Lampard gives Chelsea a free-kick about 25 yards out, and Didier Drogba's dipping effort is just inches off target.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Manchester City have shown great spirit to respond after that early setback. Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has been subjected to something of an aerial bombardment and it was predictable that a set piece would lead to Emmanuel Adebayor scoring at the right end. The early swagger has disappeared from Carlo Ancelotti's side. Eastlands is alive with noise amid a torrential Manchester downpour."

1814: Chelsea players were appealing for handball in the aftermath of the goal, with Shaun Wright-Phillips shot appearing to hit Micah Richards's arm on the way through.

It's raining
1813: Rain teeming down now, so there's got to be a very good chance of another appearance by Carlo Ancelotti's funny little hat.

City goal: Corner cleared only to Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose shot is blocked near the goal-line. Emmanuel Adebayor is onto the rebound, and though his first effort comes off John Terry, the ball comes straight back to him and he smashes in the equaliser. Probably a deserved one too.

1809: GOAL Man City 1-1 Chelsea

1807: Petr Cech comes out to meet a long ball but he's absolutely nowhere near it. Micah Richards heads it goalwards but Ricardo Carvalho intercepts, heading it behind for a corner.

1805: Benitez adds that Alberto Aquilani is fit and might start against Fiorentina on Wednesday. "Although I think he really suits sitting on our bench," he does not add.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez after the draw at Blackburn: "It was a difficult game and we had some good chances, we could have scored. I'm disappointed because we couldn't win but positive because we kept another clean sheet and we're playing better. The team is doing well and we will have chances if we continue playing at this level."

1803: City fans in good voice despite their team trailing to that Adebayor own goal. Massive roar as they win a corner. Decent spell from City this.

From Mete, London, via text: "Re Chelsea goal: It shouldn't have been a corner. Which can only mean Man City now get to go to the World Cup."

1759: Bit better from City now. Gareth Barry's shot is deflected behind off Michael Essien's boot.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "Technical area watch. Mark Hughes and Carlo Ancelotti standing well apart and no indications of any harsh words between the pair so far. All on course for a good old-fashioned firm handshake at the final whistle."

1753: Chance for City now as Gareth Barry takes advantage of a slip by the Chelsea defender to get to the byeline, but his cut-back is a bit behind Emmanuel Adebayor and the Togo striker can only find the side netting.

1752: Kolo Toure brings the ball out of defence... and keeps going. Weak shot though, easily saved by Petr Cech.

1750: Well done, Ollie, you can come again. Robinho takes on Branislav Ivanovic, and the Chelsea right-back comes out on top, winning the ball back and clearing the danger.

From Ollie, London, via text: "Already 20 goals and a couple of penalties today. I'll do your Match of the Day plug for you - I can't wait to watch it all on BBC One at 2230 GMT!"

1747: Shay Given heads the ball out by the touchline and then goes charging back to his goal. Maybe he saw Hull keeper Matt Duke's mishap earlier (see 1529).

Chelsea goal: Shay Given is so unlucky as he makes a stunning save first from Branislav Ivanovic and then from Nicola Anelka, but the second time, the ball hits Emmanuel Adebayor on the back and goes in for an own goal. That all came from a corner - which replays show should have been a goal-kick after the ball came off Ashley Cole and went behind.

1741: GOAL Man City 0-1 Chelsea

1739: Great chance for Chelsea as the ball comes out to Didier Drogba on the right hand side of the box, but he can't beat Shay Given. Manchester United fans have got to be backing City today, right? How does that feel?

1737: Decent start by City. Carlos Tevez takes a free-kick short to Nigel de Jong, almost catching the referee out as he has to jump over the ball, but the shot goes wide.

1733: We're off!

1733: And there's Mark Hughes, his hand unshaken for a whole week. Poor Mark Hughes' hand.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill after the 3-0 win over Hull: "The first half we were exhilarating. It was probably as good a performance as we've had this season."

1728: Here are the teams at Eastlands. A draw for City would make it a top flight record-breaking eight in a row. But they'd settle for a point, wouldn't they?

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Eastlands: "German great Franz Beckenbauer claimed Manchester City's Robinho would be more at home in a circus because his skills do not adhere to a team ethic - but he gets the chance to bring his show to town against the Premier League's most formidable opposition in the shape of leaders Chelsea, with Craig Bellamy out. Chelsea restore all the big guns after the midweek Carling Cup semi-final defeat at Blackburn, and City boss Mark Hughes might look with regret at captain John Terry, the man he tried so hard to bring to Eastlands in the summer. Heavy rain in Manchester might make things a bit lively."

1722: Rafa Benitez not getting a lot of support from the Liverpool fans via text and on 606. The Alberto Aquilani situation is mystifying indeed. Once again, he stayed on the bench today, as David Ngog and Nabil El Zhar were both sent on. Maybe he's just cracking good company for the Liverpool bench.

1720: Craig Bellamy is injured, hence his absence from the City matchday squad. Shame for City, because he was excellent against Arsenal in midweek.

Hull boss Phil Brown on Jimmy Bullard's injury: " I feel for the lad. The diagnosis is too early at the moment. Positively, it's the other leg to the one he injured before."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "David James and Chris Kirkland injured. Ben Foster now third choice at Man Utd and Rob Green at fault for Scholes goal. Keeper a real worry for Capello."

1712: A League One and Two summary "In League One, the three teams closest to leaders Leeds, Charlton, Norwich and Colchester all won, while at the bottom there were surprise wins for Brighton at Exeter and Tranmere against Brentford. In League Two Bournemouth remain in second spot after a late goal gave them victory over Shrewsbury. Rochdale stay a point clear at the top after beating Macclesfield 3-0.

1708: TEAM NEWS Man City v Chelsea
Robinho returns to the Manchester City starting line-up in place of the injured Craig Bellamy, while Nigel de Jong plays in midfield, with Stephen Ireland ruled out by a knee injury. Chelsea make two changes from the team that beat Arsenal last weekend, with Michael Ballack and Deco in for John Obi Mikel and Joe Cole, who are both on the bench.

1705: A Championship summary: Unbelievable scenes at Pride Park - Graham Dorrans puts second-placed West Brom 2-1 up in the second minute of injury time and on course for another three points against Derby. But incredibly, DJ Campbell smashes the equaliser in the fourth minute, much to the disbelief of the travelling Baggies supporters. The late goal allows Newcastle to move four points clear at the top of the Championship following a 2-0 win over Watford. Middlesbrough give Gordon Strachan his first win as boss with a thumping 5-1 victory at QPR, while two late goals sees Blackpool lose to Barnsley at home and bottom side Peterborough grab a late leveller at Swansea.

1704: TEAMS Man City v Chelsea
Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, De Jong, Barry, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Robinho, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Johnson, Santa Cruz, Petrov, Kompany.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Deco, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Mikel, Malouda, Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Belletti.

1659: Wolves' win - only their third of the season - moves them off the bottom to where they were briefly demoted by Portsmouth earlier. Bolton now 19th, albeit having played a game less, and Gary Megson's future looks less than bright.

1657: Liverpool slip back to sixth after that goalless draw at Ewood Park, with Villa moving up to fifth. Manchester United's 4-0 win over West Ham closes the gap on Chelsea to two points. The Blues face Manchester City shortly, and if City win, they will also go above Liverpool with a game in hand.

1656: FULL-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

1655: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 3-0 Hull

1652: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-1 Bolton

1651: FULL-TIME West Ham 0-4 Man Utd

1651: FULL-TIME Wigan 2-3 Birmingham

Villa goal: Ashley Young is through on goal and is sent flying by Matt Duke. Sub John Carew smashes the penalty straight down the middle. Game over.

1648: FULL-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Liverpool

Wigan goal: Three minutes of injury time at Wigan - and they'll be frantic ones thanks to Jordi Gomez's free-kick.

1647: GOAL Aston Villa 3-0 Hull


1646: GOAL Wigan 2-3 Birmingham

Arsenal goal: Substitute Aaron Ramsey finishes with the outside of his right boot to make the points safe for Arsenal.

1641: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

1640: Steven Gerrard heads across goal but there's no one there to turn it in for Liverpool. Still goalless at Ewood Park. It's looking like another bad day for Rafa.

Bolton goal: Corner headed back into the mixer and Johan Elmander scrambles it home to set up a nervous finish for the home fans at Molineux.

1638: GOAL Wolves 2-1 Bolton

1637: How about a word from Macca? "It is two years and three days since Birmingham last came from behind to win a top-flight game. That was in Alex McLeish's first match in charge after leaving the Scotland post when they won 3-2 at Spurs with a last-minuter from Sebastian Larsson."

1635: Junior Stanislas should have scored a consolation for West ham but dragged his shot wide.

1634 Championship update: Goals galore at Loftus Road as Leroy Lita nets twice for Middlesbrough to put his side 3-1 up against QPR, who pull a goal back through Patrick Agyemang. Elsewhere Chris Burke puts Cardiff 1-0 up against Preston at home while basement club Peterborough have a precious 1-0 lead against Swansea through Chris Whelpdale.

1633 League One and Two update: In League One, the three sides chasing leaders Leeds are all still ahead, while at the bottom, Wycombe trail Stockport and bottom club Tranmere lead Brentford. In League Two, Rotherham and Rochdale both lead but Bournemouth are still being held 0-0 by Shrewsbury.

Birmingham goal: Alex McLeish is smiling broadly as Sebastian Larsson steps up and curls in another free-kick. Birmingham's excellent run continues.

Man Utd goals three and four: It's raining goals at Upton Park and Manchester United grab their third. Wayne Rooney links up well with Anderson on the left and Antonio Valencia slides in, before Valencia turns provider and crosses in from the right to Wayne Rooney who bangs it in.

1630: GOAL Wigan 1-3 Birmingham

1629: GOAL West Ham 0-4 Man Utd

1628: GOAL West Ham 0-3 Man Utd

Someone has struck the woodwork
1627: Woodwork hit at Ewood Park and the Emirates. Arsenal launch a fast counter-attack and the ball is worked across goal before a deflected Andrey Arshavin shot makes against the bar. For Liverpool, David Ngog somehow manages to hit the bar from about two yards out from Glen Johnson's ball across the box.

Birmingham goal: Birmingham go ahead at the DW Stadium, Christian Benitez beating Titus Bramble for pace to steer Lee Bowyer's long ball beyond Mike Pollitt.

Wolves goal: Daylight for Wolves - and in some style. Kevin Doyle wins the ball and lays it off to Nenad Milijas fires home a swerving shot from 30 yards.

Man Utd goal: I knew that Boost bar would work. With a classic counter-attack, Manchester United burst forward with Ryan Giggs and his ageing feet slot the ball across to Darron Gibson and the man who scored two blinders midweek in the Carling Cup pulls another cracker out of the bag from the edge of the box. Game over? Not quite. Seconds after the goal West Ham sub Alessandro Diamanti blasts a free-kick and Tomasz Kuszczak palms it over. It's all livened up in the London rain.

1623: GOAL Wigan 1-2 Birmingham

1622: GOAL Wolves 2-0 Bolton

Birmingham goal: Yes, it was at the DW Stadium, manually refresh please. Anyway it goes this: Sebastian Larsson swings over a free-kick from the left. Lots of people jump for it, including the keeper, but no-one actually gets a touch and it floats straight in.

1619: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Man Utd

1619: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Birmingham

1617: Emmanuel Eboue hobbling off for Arsenal now. Aaron Ramsey replaces him. Injury curse sweeping through the Emirates Stadium it seems.

1615: Andrey Arshavin's low shot tests Sorensen, but the keeper does well to get down to his left to push the ball out for a corner. Arsenal have started the second half well.

1613: Steven Gerrard goes over very easily in the penalty area, but ref Martin Atkinson isn't falling for that. Replays show that there was little or no contact with Steven Nzonzi.

1610: Did I not say that was Paul Scholes' 99th goal in the Prem? I meant to. Sorry.

1607: David Ngog replaces Albert Riera for Liverpool. These are heady times for substitution fans. I'm going to open my Boost bar, see if that sparks a goal or two (other chocolate, caramel and biscuit bars may be available).

1606: Another injury for Arsenal? Carlos Vela is replacing Tomas Rosicky for the second half. That game is now back under way, along with the rest.

1603: Or maybe not. Steven Nzonzi plays in Franco di Santo, who delays his shot for far too long, allowing Jamie Carragher to come back and challenge.

1601: No hanging about at Ewood Park. They're off and running again. Let's hope they take the same attitude to scoring goals.

From bluesboyz on 606: "Felt really sorry for Jimmy Bullard, what a great personality, hope he ain't out for too long. Chin up Jimmy."

1557: Pick of the half-time entertainment comes from Molineux with a ladies' dance troupe. They'll catch their deaths dressed like that. Fortunately, they've got an energetic routine to ward off the cold. Unfortunately, one of them's just taken a tumble. Crowd looks on completely unmoved...

From In_Fergie_We_Trust on 606: "Please don't go Scholsey!"

1548: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

1548: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

1548: HALF-TIME Wolves 1-0 Bolton

1547: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Liverpool

1547: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-0 Birmingham

1547: HALF-TIME West Ham 0-1 Man Utd

Man Utd goal: That was almost bound to happen given his comments in the papers today. Paul Scholes chests the ball down and unleashes a sizzler, which Rob Green gets a good hand on but can't keep out.

1545: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Man Utd

From Marc, Travelling Red, via text: "I'm very thankful for the BBC online coverage today. All the bars in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand are either closed or not selling alcohol due to it being the King's Birthday. And you lot back home think you've got it bad with a bit of cold and rain."

From Des in Brighton, via text: "Does Sidwell get an assist for the Villa goal? I need all the help I can get with my fantasy team."

1540: Stoke are being overrun at the moment, with Arsenal taking full control in the midfield. Another fluid Gunners move ends with Arshavin laying the ball off to Fabregas, who is denied again as his shot towards the bottom corner is palmed away by Sorensen.

League One and Two update: Midway through the first half, of the leading sides in League One only Norwich are ahead, while in League Two, leaders Rochdale hit two in three minutes to lead Macclesfield, with rivals Bournemouth and Rotherham both still at 0-0.

1537: Just the 37 minutes in, and we have a half-chance to speak of at Ewood Park. Steven Gerrard opens up his body and shoots across goal, but it's deflected behind.

1536: As promised: Arsenal were denied a second goal in bizarre circumstances as first Armand Traore's cross was deflected on to the post and then Cesc Fabregas volleyed the rebound at his own team-mate Emmanuel Eboue, who unwittingly prevents a certain score.

1534: Man United's defensive woes continue with Gary Neville pulling up with what looks like a groin problem. He's incensed as he trudges off to be replaced by substitute Michael Carrick. So that's Carrick at centre-half (Vidic is already out with illness) and Darren Fletcher at right back. The United physio will be working overtime this weekend.

Wigan goal: What a strike. Hugo Rodallega lays the ball off to Charles N'Zogbia on the right, and he curls a lovely finish into the top corner. One of these days, I'm going to tell you about the hilarious scenes that followed Arsenal's goal...

1533: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Birmingham

A quick Championship update: Peter Lovenkrands puts league leaders Newcastle in front against Watford with a 20th-minute strike. Not much net twitching around the other fixtures though.

Villa goal: Matt Duke comes out of his area to head the ball out - to where sub Steve Sidwell just happens to be warming up. He quickly chucks the ball to Ashley Young, who throws in to James Milner, who beats the back-pedalling Duke with an outrageous lob. Milner, who has scored five goals this season, immediately celebrates with Sidwell.

1529: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

Arsenal goal: Maybe spot-kicks are just too easy? Andrei Arshavin exchanges passes with Cesc Fabregas and finishes low into the far corner.

1526: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

1524: A blow for Wigan as Chris Kirkland is forced to come off with a back injury. Mike Pollitt is the man to replace him and he immediately makes a superb save to deny Christian 'Chucho' Benitez.

1523: Birmingham defender Roger Johnson is absolutely fuming after having his nose bloodied while contesting a header with Hugo Rodallega. In fairness to the Wigan attacker he had eyes only for the ball, but referee Lee Probert - who was well-positioned - nonetheless issues a yellow card. Johnson thought it should be red. Tempers frayed, watch this space.

1522: We reckon Jimmy Bullard injured his left knee today, and it was his right knee which caused him all the problems, so hopefully that's a bit of good news.

1520: Rory Delap's trip on Andrei Arshavin gives Arsenal a penalty - but Thomas Sorensen guesses correctly and dives to his left to keep out Cesc Fabregas's spot-kick.

1520: MISSED PENALTY Arsenal (Fabregas)

Someone has won a penalty

1517: Not great scenes at Villa Park if you're a Hull fan - or a fan of Jimmy Bullard. The midfielder, who has played a key role in his side's mini-revival, is injured in a challenge with James Milner. Bullard is in tears as he leaves the pitch. Looks like his knee again. Upsetting.

1515: Stoke have weathered the early storm and started to get into the game at the Emirates. Rory Delap's long throw-ins are causing problems for the Gunners with keeper Manuel Almunia looking very uncertain.

Villa goal: A well-deserved goal for Villa, who are all over Hull. Richard Dunne, still up with the attack after a corner, collects James Milner's pass and hammers the shot high into the net. Emphatic finish, I think you call that.

1513: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

1510: Ryan Giggs makes an awful mistake - but then almost immediately makes up for it. The Welsh winger gives away possession on the edge of his own box to Zavon Hines, who twists and turns before sending a low cross to the far post, but it's Giggs who is there to hook the ball away from Jack Collison.

1507: Emile Heskey, who keeps his place ahead of John Carew today, badly scuffs a decent chance after being put through by Ashley Young. And at the DW Stadium, Birmingham survive an early scare. Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia puts fellow midfielder Paul Scharner through on goal with a clever turn and pass, only for the Austria international to send his effort wide. Big let-off for Birmingham.

1506: Arsenal have come flying out of the blocks and create another good chance but Samir Nasri's blasted shot is beaten away by Thomas Sorensen at his near post.

Wolves goal: Christophe Berra flicks on a free-kick for Jody Craddock, who looks a touch offside as he lashes the finish into the roof of the net. Craddock's fourth goal in five games.

1504: GOAL Wolves 1-0 Bolton

1503: Cesc Fabregas puts Andrei Arshavin clean through at the Emirates but the little Russian's second touch is poor, allowing the keeper to recover.

1501: Hull keeper Matt Duke makes a great save to deny Luke Young an early goal for Villa. Meanwhile, they're finally up and running at Molineux which means all the 3pm kick-offs are now in progress.

A remarkable, but possibly fake although I really hope not, text: "Am Ken in Nairobi, a cop busy controlling traffic jam in the city. Grateful to BBC mobile cos can still follow Premier League via mobile phone. Chelsea tumbles and Man U to win."

1455: "Heard it on the grapevine," says anon via text. "Scholesy leaves in the summer?" Less heard it on the grapevine, more read it in the Sun this morning, I reckon. He said: "I don't feel I am making as much of a contribution as I'd like. I wouldn't say I am playing some of my best football. I always preferred when I was playing regularly and scoring a lot more. Now, it's different."

1452: Steven Gerrard making his 500th Liverpool appearance today against Blackburn. Guess who his first appearance was against? Blackburn! I know, unbelievable, isn't it?

From GordonBaisley on Twitter: "Who is playing in attack for Arsenal? The team looks like a 4-6-0. Arshavin is hardly a target man."

From Will, Pompey fan in Norwich (not quite Tanzania) via text: "Say we're not bottom of the league, say we're not bottom of the league!"

1445: Nemanja Vidic is ill apparently, while Rafael and Fabio, or Rabio as they're collectively known, are both injured, hence Gaz Neville at centre-back and Darren Fletcher at right-back.

1441: That win takes Portsmouth off the bottom, where they are replaced by Wolves. Hermann Hreidarsson is so pumped about it, he slaps Aruna Dindane around the head. Poor old Dindane looks terrified.

1441: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 2-0 Burnley

1438: Dele Adebola makes it Nottingham Forest 5-1 Leicester. They're into four minutes of added time at Fratton Park, Pompey closing in on three precious points.

1437: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Birmingham
Having both presided over 1-0 wins last time out, against Sunderland and Wolves respectively, neither Wigan boss Roberto Martinez nor Birmingham counterpart Alex McLeish make any changes. A Wigan victory would lay to rest the memory of that 9-1 mauling at White Hart Lane once and for all, while Brum will be eager to continue a run of five Premier League games without defeat.

1435: TEAM NEWS Wolves v Bolton
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy brings in Stephen Ward at right-back in place of on-loan Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne while Greg Halford's failure to recover from a minor knock means Nenad Milijas wins a starting spot in midfield. Bolton make just one change from the side that earned a point away at Fulham last time out, with Chung-Yong Lee replacing the suspended Kevin Davies on the right-hand side of a familiar 4-5-1 formation.

1433: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Liverpool
Blackburn make four changes from the side that beat Chelsea in the Carling Cup on Wednesday as Gael Givet, Vince Grella, El-Hadji Diouf and Franco di Santo come in for Michel Salgado, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jason Roberts and Nikola Kalinic. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his 500th appearance for the Reds, who are still without Fernando Torres but hand starts to Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera in place of David Ngog and Fabio Aurelio.

1432: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Stoke
Arsenal retain only three players from the side that started the Carling Cup defeat by Manchester City - skipper Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, William Gallas and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia are among the big names to return. Stoke make three changes from the side that drew with Blackburn, bringing in Abdoulaye Faye, Rory Delap and Tuncay for Ryan Shawcross, Dean Whitehead and Ricardo Fuller.

Portsmouth goal: Jamie O'Hara delivers the cross from the left to where Aruna Dindane is gloriously unmarked to head home. Awful defending, and that could be a priceless goal for Portsmouth. Five minutes remaining.

1429: GOAL Portsmouth 2-0 Burnley

1429: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Hull
Emile Heskey keeps his place for Aston Villa after scoring in the 4-2 Carling Cup quarter-final win at Portsmouth on Tuesday. John Carew has to make do with a spot on the bench. Stewart Downing starts his first league match after also scoring midweek in his first full start for the club. Brad Freidel returns in goal in place of Brad Guzan. Hull make one change from the side that drew at Manchester City last Saturday. George Boateng starts against his old club in place of Geovanni, who drops to the bench.

1428: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Man Utd
West Ham are still without Matthew Upson with defender James Tomkins coming in and injured striker Carlton Cole replaced by Zavon Hines. As for Manchester United, centre-back Nemanja Vidic is a surprise exclusion with Gary Neville and Wes Brown drafted into the middle of defence and Darren Fletcher expected to play at right back. Anderson, Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia fill the midfield. There have been more goals scored at Upton Park this season than at any other Premier League ground. Probably a 0-0 then.

1426: TEAMS Wolverhampton v Bolton
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Stearman, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Milijas, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: Hennessey, Keogh, Surman, Mancienne, Foley, Maierhofer, Castillo.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Lee, Gardner, McCann, Cohen, Taylor, Klasnic. Subs: Al Habsi, Muamba, Elmander, Knight, Mark Davies, Ricketts, Obadeyi.

1425: TEAMS West Ham v Man Utd
West Ham: Green, Spector, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Collison, Kovac, Parker, Stanislas, Franco, Hines. Subs: Kurucz, Dyer, Faubert, Da Costa, Nouble, Diamanti, Payne.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Fletcher, Neville, Brown, Evra, Gibson, Anderson, Valencia, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Owen, Berbatov, Park, Carrick, Nani, De Laet.

1424: TEAMS Aston Villa v Hull
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delph, Reo-Coker, Beye, Clark.
Hull: Duke, McShane, Zayatte, Gardner, Dawson, Garcia, Boateng, Bullard, Marney, Hunt, Altidore. Subs: Myhill, Fagan, Barmby, Geovanni, Kilbane, Mouyokolo, Vennegoor of Hesselink.

1422: TEAMS Blackburn v Liverpool
Blackburn: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Nzonzi, Grella, Diouf, McCarthy, Di Santo. Subs: Brown, Roberts, Pedersen, Andrews, Kalinic, Hoilett, Salgado.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Gerrard, Riera, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, El Zhar, Skrtel, Dossena.

1421: TEAMS Arsenal v Stoke
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Eboue, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Rosicky, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Senderos, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Merida.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Collins, Lawrence, Delap, Diao, Etherington, Sanli, Sidibe. Subs: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Cort, Whelan, Beattie, Fuller, Pugh.

1419: TEAMS Wigan v Birmingham
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Thomas, Scharner, Diame, Rodallega, Scotland. Subs: Pollitt, Amaya, Koumas, Gomez, Sinclair, Kapo, McCarthy.
Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Dann, Roger Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, Benitez, Jerome. Subs: Maik Taylor, Fahey, McSheffrey, Queudrue, O'Shea, Carsley, Vignal.

1418: Kevin-Prince Boateng makes a darting run into the area but makes a mess of the shot, lashing it into the side netting.

1417: Only nine minutes into the second half at the City Ground and Forest are now 4-0 up against Leicester after Rob Earnshaw completed his hat-trick and Paul Anderson added another.

1414: Midway through the second half at Fratton Park and Steven Thompson replaces Robbie Blake for Burnley.

Portsmouth goal: Lovely move from Pompey. Arune Dindane to Kevin-Prince Boateng to Kanu, who provides the lay-off for Hermann Hreidarsson to arrow the finish low into the far corner. Burnley have a couple of complaints though: suspicion of handball by Dindane, and suspicion of offside about Hreidarsson.

1411: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Burnley

1408: Another brilliant save by Asmir Begovic. Steven Fletcher catches a dipping left-foot shot perfectly, but the Pompey keeper tips it around the post. All over at Elland Road, and it ends Leeds 2-2 Huddersfield.

From Kris, Tanzania, via text: "Avram Grant needs to buy in January... Dindane not dun da job."

1405: Anyone else a bit dreary-eyed like Colin? I know I am. Aruna Dindane half-appeals for a penalty after a tangling with a defender (sorry, didn't see who). Kanu is on now, replacing former Watford legend Tommy Smith.

From Colin, Cape Town, via text: "I am in Cape Town still dreary-eyed after a night of partying following a quite popping draw ceremony. Now it's time for my Prem fix. Oh, and am not watching because I am stuck at the World Press Day event."

1359: Flying save by Asmir Begovic from a vicious Kevin McDonald shot, which is heading for the top corner. Moments later, Steven Fletcher's angled shot is a little too angled, as it goes past the post. Decent stuff from Burnley.

1355: Kevin-Prince Boateng hammers a shot just wide of the post for Portsmouth.

1352: We're back under way at Fratton Park. Kit Symons reckons Hermann Hreidarsson didn't appeal for that first-half penalty, and just stumbled over... Meanwhile, Huddersfield have drawn level at Leeds. It's 2-2.

From Rob, mooching at work in the north, via text: "Me and a girl a work are having a weekly predo contest for the Premier League. She's won past three weeks with conservative and frankly boringly accurate scorelines. My low point was Arsenal going down 1-0 last week, I'd put them for a 6-2 victory. Today i feel good though. I've gone for three goals for Pompey, 5-1 for Chelsea, the Hull surge to continue and wolves to edge a seven-goal thriller. Just need Spurs to put six past the Toffees tomorrow and victory will be mine. Am I too optimistic?"

From Lee in Dubai, via text: "Re 1342: Don't worry about the phone bills we have loads of money over here!"

From kebabsrus on 606 "Two poor teams playing today. I reckon these joined by Wolves will go down at the end of this season. Mick McCarthy has won only five from 52 Premier League games in his career, Burnley are overachieving and Portsmouth are rubbish!"

1342: Leeds are back in front against Huddersfield thanks to super-sub Max Gradel. I am loving the international-flavoured texts by the way. Some of them are bringing a small tear to my eye. I am a bit worried about your escalating phone bills though...

From Ugo, Nigeria, via text: "Stuck in Victoria Island traffic on a hot Lagos afternoon. BBC Football is almost my mobile phone's home page, glad I can finally contribute. Sincerely hope Chelsea don't slip up today and Burnley continue their fairy tale start to the season."

From Dave, via text: "Hi. I'm a student, I'm from Portsmouth (bottom of PL), studying in Newcastle (relegated), on a year out in Strasbourg (2nd bottom in French League 2). I'm obviously cursed. I think I might move to Manchester next year just to see what happens."

1335: "Boooooooooo" say the Pompey fans as the half-time whistle goes. Can't say I blame them. Meanwhile, the Forest fans will be buzzing as Rob Earnshaw bags his and their second against Leicester.

1334: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Burnley

From Josh at Fratton Park via text: "You know you're doomed when everyone around you says 'he's gonna miss it' and he does. And when your calming influence at the back is 22 and was playing reserves footie last year."

From Tony via text: "I'm in a rice field in mwea irrigation scheme in Kenya trying to work while following the game on BBC mobile. Man City to win big today."

1328: Aruna Dindane in a promising position on the right after winning the ball from Andre Bikey but he can't pick out a team-mate.

1326: Three minutes into the second half at Elland Road and League One leaders Leeds no longer lead local rivals Huddersfield. Lee Novak heads in to make it 1-1.

1322: Not sure giving penalty duties to the goal-shy Dindane was one of Avram Grant's better ideas. The striker's body language suggests he may take a while to get over that penalty miss.

1319: JUSTICE. Hermann Hreidarsson takes a touch in the area and then falls down in the vague vicinity of Wade Elliott. A dive, but Phil Dowd points to the spot. Aruna Dindane's spot-kick is too close to Brian Jensen and the Burnley keeper also saves the weak, headed follow-up from Dindane.

1319: MISSED PENALTY Portsmouth (Dindane)


1315: Lucky for you, Mark, you don't have to choose. Stay right here. In the Championship, third-placed Nottingham Forest have taken the lead against four-placed Leicester.

From Mark, Stockport, via text: "I'm sitting at a cold (I'm convinced asbestos-infested) prefab school swimming pool watching my kids have a lesson and wondering which game to follow today. Advice please."

1310: Aruna Dindane looks to muscle his way into the box for Portsmouth, but Clarke Carlisle does well with a well-timed sliding challenge.

BBC 5 live analyst Kit Symons: "Portsmouth are at sixes and sevens. Burnley have had two or three good opportunities already and they're clearly the better side at the moment."

1304: Golden chance for Burnley. Steven Fletcher chests down the cross from the right and escapes his marker but completely mis-hits the shot.

1303: It's half-time at Elland Road where League One leaders Leeds lead local rivals Huddersfield 1-0 after Rob Snodgrass's second-minute goal.

1301: Sounds like Sonia off EastEnders is at Fratton Park today. We're being treated to an awful, trumpet rendition of the Great Escape from someone in the crowd. Andre Bikey heads a corner goalwards, but the ball just canons off Chris Eagles' foot.

1258: Aruna Dindane is free in front of goal, but he thinks he's offside so he doesn't really bother to shoot. He's onside. Silly.

From Pacharo, Malawi, via text on 81111: "I have actually saved the worldwide number as Cheesy. Is that ok with you?"

1253: Kevin-Prince Boateng makes space for a shot and it's a stinging effort, which Brian Jensen spills, but there's no one there to take advantage.

1250: Four minutes gone. Nothing of note has happened. Except I've had a relaxing shoulder massage from BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden. In return for this, I must tell you that the UK Championship snooker starts today.

1247: Seems a bit threatening that last text. Not sure I like these new international missives. We're under way at Fratton Park.

From hawkeye_dk via text: "Re 1235: Cheesy! I'm really glad I can finally text you from Denmark. Please bless Arsenal with a win today, otherwise I might have to do something drastic ;)"

From anon via text: "I can't believe you haven't mentioned the most important game of the day. Leeds already winning and flying high at the top of League One. 38,000 fans here too."

1235: Why not let your user journey take you to a mobile phone near you and perhaps drop me a text on 81111 (UK) or the even easier to remember +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Or get on 606 or Twitter

1229: Sixteen minutes until kick-off at Fratton Park and a game between the side with the worst home record in the Premier League and the side with the worst away record. Neat.

1227: These are exciting times for BBC Sport web users. You can now click straight through to match previews from the live scores on the right hand side of this page. Those previews magically become individual live text commentaries, and then match reports. In the words of a person paid a whole lot more than me, this is a "better user journey". I'll let you be the judge.

1221: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Burnley
Two changes for basement side Portsmouth from the side that lost to Manchester United. David James is still not fit to take his place in the starting XI, so Asmir Begovic continues in goal. Tommy Smith is recalled up front in place of Federic Piquionne while Republic of Ireland international Steve Finnan slots in at right-back for the suspended Younes Kaboul. Just the one enforced change for Burnley with Kevin McDonald replacing the suspended Steve Caldwell.

1218: TEAMS Portsmouth v Burnley
Portsmouth: Begovic, Finnan, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Hreidarsson, Yebda, Brown, O'Hara, Smith, Dindane, Boateng. Subs: Ashdown, Mullins, Piquionne, Vanden Borre, Hughes, Kanu, Belhadj.
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Elliott, Alexander, McDonald, Eagles, Steven Fletcher, Blake. Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, Duff, Gudjonsson, Easton, Thompson, Guerrero.

1215: Back to reality today after the glitz and glamour* of the World Cup draw. And there is no game more real than Portsmouth v Burnley.
* ie Charlize Theron

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Premier League table

Saturday, 5 December 2009 19:35 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 15 27 36
2 Man Utd 15 21 34
3 Arsenal 14 20 28
4 Tottenham 14 14 26
5 Aston Villa 15 11 26
6 Man City 14 8 25
7 Liverpool 15 11 24
8 Birmingham 15 -1 21
9 Sunderland 14 1 20
10 Stoke 15 -4 20
11 Fulham 14 2 19
12 Blackburn 15 -12 18
13 Burnley 15 -14 17
14 Wigan 15 -17 17
15 Hull 16 -17 16
16 Everton 14 -8 15
17 West Ham 15 -6 14
18 Wolverhampton 15 -14 13
19 Bolton 14 -12 12
20 Portsmouth 15 -10 10

see also
Saturday's football photos
05 Dec 09 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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