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By Jonathan Stevenson

1852: That's quite enough of quote hour, time to let you read the masterpiece reports from today's games. Hope you enjoyed this Premier League season as much as I did, luckily there's still a bit of football left to look forward to. Match of the Day is on BBC One and online at 2225 BST and Chris Bevan's in the chair for the small matter of Nottingham Forest v Blackpool on Tuesday. I'm off to fail miserably in trying not to think about it. Bye bye.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp: "We had the game in complete control and it looked like we would go on and score two or three more, but it wasn't to be - Burnley got one back and in the second half they played really well and we faded. Perhaps I should have rested a few but I wanted to give them the chance to finish the season off. It's a dream to be in the Champions League but it's just a shame we didn't finish the job and I'll go home with the hump tonight!"

Chelsea's Frank Lampard: "It's the best feeling you can get in club football. We've been close for three years but you can't win it every year and Man United are a great side. But we've worked our socks off - teams are getting harder to beat in this league."

From redandblackT on 606: "I fancy Wigan to get relegated next season."

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "We played with continuity. We played as a team and at the training ground the players always did a good job. It was time for Chelsea to win the title, but Manchester United and Arsenal were fantastic rivals."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish: "I thought it was a good game between two teams who played a lot of good football. Before Bolton scored, we should maybe have been ahead, but Bolton are very tough. But to finish ninth is a great achievement."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "I think we played a good game. We had a lot of chances to score. It's important to finish in fifth, it is a good result for us. Adam Johnson is a good player. The future of Johnson is to play in the national team. Fabio Capello knows him as he saw him in the Under-21s but I don't know if he will get the call for the World Cup. For me, it is a good season. A record for Manchester City, we had chances on Wednesday to get fourth but this is football. We must build a team and buy new players to improve."

1834: I think it's fair to say everyone involved with Chelsea is feeling pretty happy right now, don't you think?

Chelsea's Didier Drogba: "Yeah, I feel very proud because for three years we were chasing this title. This is fantastic, it's for the fans. Everyone is happy and it's amazing to win the Golden Boot after being away for a month in the middle of the season."

Chelsea's Florent Malouda: "I was waiting for that trophy for so long. What a finish, amazing. We will think about the double now."

Chelsea captain John Terry: "We were brilliant today. We were tense before, but that's the fourth time we've scored seven or more. I want more of this every year and we want to go down in the club's history."

Chelsea's Ashley Cole: "I'm over the moon. As everyone knows I've not had the greatest of years but this makes up for it, and we've still got the FA Cup to look forward to to make history for this club. Hopefully now people won't doubt why I came here."

Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins: "The season the guys have had has been superb and we wanted to do it in style today. I thought it would go to the wire, but these guys are winners and coupled with a fantastic manager they deserve it. We want to entertain - even in training sessions, we want to score goals."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson: "We went a goal down to a rare mistake from Mark Schwarzer - he said the ball bobbled but I don't believe it. He has blamed the pitch, but I think he was being tongue-in-cheek. After going in 3-0 down at half-time, my aim was to 'draw' the second half and we almost did that. But we didn't have enough in our locker to beat a good Arsenal team and an Arsenal team determined to win the game."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez: "We had a meeting last week which was positive. We will have another meeting on Wednesday next week. It is very clear what my situation is with the club. I have four years remaining on my contract and I have made a strong commitment to the club. I am really pleased to have been here for a long time and hopefully I can stay here is the conditions are right."

1821: It looks a bit like the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, circa 1978, at Stamford Bridge right now with blue-and-white ticker tape covering the playing surface. The Chelsea boys are currently on a lap of honour.

From Rich in Sheffield, via text to 81111: "Had a bet on Chelsea to win 7-0. Ashley Cole makes it eight and I'm an Arsenal fan. Brilliant."

From Liam, delirious Chelsea fan from Bradford, via text to 81111: "Woo! Sooo happy. Not only Chelsea win the title but at start of season I had a £1 bet on Chelsea, Newcastle, Norwich, Notts County and Rangers to win their respective leagues and so am now over £1600 richer."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Wayne Rooney's injury: "I think it is his groin again unfortunately but I do not think it is too serious."

1814: Ooh Didier Drogba, you cheeky... he gets his medal and kisses the Premier League trophy before joining his team-mates on the podium. So does Frank Lampard, in fairness, before John Terry steps up and lifts the Premier League trophy. Cue champagne being sprayed out - it's officially party time at the Bridge.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Chelsea's 8-0 win is their biggest ever league victory, beating their 9-2 win over Glossop in 1906."

1810: Carlo Ancelotti leads his Chelsea players out to a terrific ovation at Stamford Bridge. John Terry, of course, will be last out as he is going to lift the Premier League trophy.

Chelsea captain John Terry: "It's about Chelsea Football Club and our day today. It's been a hard three years, not winning the Premier League, but we've done it today and we deserved it. It's been inside of me for three years, seeing Man United lift it season after season and every single one of us has sat there and watched it. And now it's their turn to sit there and watch us today."

1807: At West Ham, Manchester City's Carlos Tevez donned a Hammers shirt at the final whistle and received a standing ovation from the whole of Upton Park. Home is where the heart is.

1806: The Premier League trophy is being brought out at Stamford Bridge as the players' wives and children gather on the pitch for the celebrations.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "Next year we will hopefully bring back the title to the best place in the world."

1803: The stage is quite literally being set for Chelsea to lift the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich looks very much like a man planning to get the beers in (though not for himself, as he's teetotal).

1801: Let's have a shout out for Liverpool's Jack Robinson, who came on three minutes from the end at Hull to become the club's youngest ever player. He's 16 years and eight months old.

BBC Sport's Dan Roan at Old Trafford: "OT is a sea of green and gold. Deafening whistling and anti-Glazer chants. It only abates when Sir Alex addresses the crowd."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea's players go into a dance of celebration. Ashley Cole's goal, their eighth of the afternoon, provided a fitting conclusion to another scintillating attacking display. And great recognition from Stamford Bridge for Carlo Ancelotti, who has gone about the job of bringing the title back to Chelsea with a quiet dignity. The ghost of Jose Mourinho may not be banished yet, but Ancelotti has claimed his place in Chelsea history."

Everton goal: If that's the last goal of the Premier League season, it's a hell of a way to bow out. The ball comes to Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov 30 yards out and the Russian's left-foot screamer flies into the top corner, an absolute crackerjack of a strike.

1756: GOAL Everton 1-0 Portsmouth

1755: The celebrations begin in earnest for Chelsea and the man with the biggest smile is Didier Drogba, who has finished as leading scorer ahead of United's Wayne Rooney. It's a day of jubilation for the Stamford Bridge club as they win their first title since 2006.

1753: Full-time Chelsea 8 (eight)-0 Wigan

1753: Full-time Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City


Chelsea goal: Incredible stuff. After some good work from Joe Cole, a cross from the right falls for Ashley Cole at the far post and he volleys home.

1751: SENDING OFF (Jack Colback, Sunderland)

1751: GOAL Chelsea 8-0 Wigan

Burnley goal: What a second-half performance that is from Burnley. Wade Elliott fires in a cross-shot and Steven Thompson gets a deflection on it to send it in.

1749: GOAL Burnley 4-2 Tottenham

1748: Chelsea have shown a flagrant disregard for the usual final-day nerves you'd expect from a title-chasing team. What a performance this is as they lead Wigan 7-0 with a few minutes remaining.

1747: Blackburn's goal might be attributed as an own goal for Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne, just to keep you informed.

1746: What a consolation that would have been for Wigan. Victor Moses hits a screamer from 35 yards that is flying into the top corner, until Petr Cech pulls off a brilliant fingertip save.

Blackburn goal: Junior Hoilett steals in front of Richard Dunne to guide Martin Olsson's cross past Brad Friedel with a deft header and put Blackburn's third league win of the season away from Ewood Park in sight.

Man Utd goal: Poor defending from a corner results in Manchester United substitute Park Ji-Sung heading home his team's fourth at the far post.

Arsenal goal: Brilliant. Samir Nasri sends Carlos Vela clean through and the Mexican chips impudently, nonchalantly over Mark Schwarzer, a la Lionel Messi v the Gunners.

1743: GOAL Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City

1742: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn

1742: GOAL Arsenal 4-0 Fulham

Chelsea goal: What a way to win the Premier League title. Chelsea score seven for the fourth time in the league at home this season after Joe Cole's shot is well saved by Mike Pollitt and Didier Drogba bundles in the rebound to complete his hat-trick.

1740: SENDING OFF (Michael Turner, Sunderland)

1740: GOAL Chelsea 7-0 Wigan

1739: Wayne Rooney goes off for Manchester United. Didier Drogba's brace at Chelsea means the United forward will not end the season as the Premier League's top scorer. More concerning is the fact that Rooney was holding his sore groin as he left the field...

1738: Aston Villa have a penalty appeal turned down as John Carew falls under pressure from Christopher Samba but the big Norwegian looked like he was heading away from goal.

Wolves goal: Ronald Zubar's fine interception from a cross field ball feeds Adiene Guedioura, who thunders the ball past Craig Gordon from the edge of the box. No more than Wolves deserve.

Birmingham goal: Eventually, the Blues get their goal. Chucho Benitez goes down in the box and a penalty is given. His attempt is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, who makes a better save from the rebound from Lee Bowyer, before James McFadden slams in from close-range.

1736: GOAL Wolves 2-1 Sunderland

1735: GOAL Bolton 2-1 Birmingham


1734: Rory Delap's header brings an amazing save from Edwin van der Sar.

Burnley goal: I bet Clarets fans and Brian Laws wish they'd played like this in the last few weeks. Steven Fletcher swings over a ball from the left and Martin Paterson sweeps into the Spurs net.

1732: GOAL Burnley 3-2 Tottenham

1729: Michael Ballack comes off at Chelsea, perhaps for the final time, replaced by Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea goal: That's the Premier League's Golden Boot for Didier Drogba, then. He flicks a ball through to Ashley Cole and Cole is clipped in the box by Mario Melchiot. This time from the spot, Frank Lampard lets Drogba take it and he rifles in-off the post to move on to 28 goals for the season.

1728: GOAL Chelsea 6-0 Wigan


BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea's fans are bouncing - literally - and this a title being clinched in the most emphatic style possible. Stamford Bridge is alive with celebration and with more than 20 minutes to go there is every chance Wigan could go the same way as Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke and being on the receiving end of a seven-goal beating."

From bujubanter on 606: "Congratulations Chelsea. Been imperious these last few weeks, well done. Congratulations to Carlo Ancelotti too, who has really impressed me this season."

1724: Any doubts that Ledley King should be on the plane to South Africa this summer are surely erased by a fabulous goal-saving tackle to deny Steven Thompson after a free-flowing move from the home side. It's King's third game in nine days, too.

Chelsea goal: Now he's in front of Wayne Rooney. Chelsea score their 100th Premier League goal of the season - moments after Didier Drogba's overhead kick is saved, he heads in Frank Lampard's cross at the back stick. Too easy by miles.

1722: GOAL Chelsea 5-0 Wigan

1721: Didier Drogba almost adds a fifth but fizzes a shot across the face of the goal from Joe Cole's neat pass. At Everton, Pompey have the ball in the net thanks to Antony vanden Borre, but it's ruled out for offside. He wasn't even close to being offside, silly decision.

Bolton goal: Double your money for the Trotters as Vladimir Weiss tees up Ivan Klasnic to fire past Joe Hart from inside the Birmingham penalty area.

1720: GOAL Bolton 2-0 Birmingham

1719: David Dunn looks perplexed after being given a yellow card by Steve Bennett for diving when challenged by James Collins in the box and replays suggest he may have a point. Meanwhile at Old Trafford, Stoke fans to United fans: "You're not champions anymore."

1718: For some reason, Chelsea fan John Major is at Molineux watching Wolves v Sunderland rather than watching his side win the league. He is wearing a blue tie though. Joe Cole and Juliano Belletti come on for Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou.

Chelsea goal: Party time. Nicolas Anelka scores a stunning fourth for Chelsea, volleying home Branislav Ivanovic's superb right-wing cross. The party is well and truly under way at Stamford Bridge.

1717: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Wigan

Burnley goal: They deserve that for a fine second-half display so far. Martin Paterson whacks over a cross from the right and Jack Cork gets into the mixer to head home.

1715: GOAL Burnley 2-2 Tottenham

Chelsea goal: Yeah, that's it. Chelsea fans can get the champers out now as Salomon Kalou plays a fine one-two with Frank Lampard and rolls coolly into the Wigan net from eight yards. The Premier League trophy is heading back to Stamford Bridge.

1714: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Wigan

Man Utd goal: Well they've done everything they can and United are finishing their season in style too. Wayne Rooney turns well inside the Stoke box down the left and hammers it across goal where Danny Higginbotham slices into his own net. Yet another own goal for the Red Devils this season.

1712: GOAL Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

From Thomas, Belgium, via text to +44 7786200666: "Stevo, goal difference doesn't come into it in Italy. They decide on the games the two teams played against each other. If Inter and Roma finish on level points, Roma are champions."

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1709: Robin van Persie is denied by a brilliant Mark Schwarzer save at the Emirates and then from the rebound he slams against the post. Arsenal are threatening to run up a hefty score against the Europa League finalists.

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1707: Spurs break at Burnley and Jermain Defoe tees up Aaron Lennon to fire a shot against the Clarets' post.

BBC Sport's Dan Roan at Old Trafford: "Turns out the Glazers aren't here to see the protests as their plane couldn't fly in over Ireland because of the ash cloud! Club official just told me they don't expect more demonstrations after the match."

1705: The Chelsea players have a little on-pitch huddle that includes the stroppy Didier Drogba. The champions-elect are under way and 45 minutes away from winning the Premier League title. The other games are all under way too.

From HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Oooh Stevo, you just put your foot in it. Second best team in England? Haha have fun with the angry Man Utd fans!"

1700: Great spot, eagle-eyes. Phil McNulty is of course at Stamford Bridge today, not Old Trafford. As if we'd send our chief footballer writer to the home of the second-best team in England...

1659: You couldn't make Germany up, could you? This just in from the Associated Press: Tens of thousands of fans have celebrated Bayern Munich's 22nd German championship as the team's lederhosen-clad players sang and danced on the balcony of the city hall.

BBC Sport's Dan Roan at Old Trafford: "The anti-Glazer sentiment was more intense than at any stage this season outside OT before kick-off. A mass protest by the Green and Gold campaign turned unpleasant when hundreds of supporters clashed with police in front of the East Stand. Horses were used to dispel the crowd but the protesters then made their way to the directors entrance where they were again involved in heated exchanges with police."

1657: Apparently, there are some complaints about a lack of mentions from Aston Villa v Blackburn. Maybe if they scored, they might get their names up in lights... Actually Villa have been on top but they cannot find a way through a stubborn Blackburn defence.

1656: Over in Italy, Francesco Totti has assured the Serie A title race will go down to the final day as well after giving AS Roma a nervy 2-1 victory at home to Cagliari. However, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan have a two-point advantage, a far superior goal difference and play already-relegated Siena.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "As smooth as Chelsea would have wanted it. This game looks over and the title is on its way back to Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba's childish response to not being allowed to take the penalty provides a nice sub-plot to the second half. Will he get the goal or goals he needs to win the Golden Boot? Dread to think what will happen to his toys if he doesn't."

From Jonno, via text to 81111: "United fans almost wistfully singing "Viva Ronaldo" at OT. Indicative of how much we've missed him and Tevez this season."

1649: Half-time Chelsea 2-0 Wigan

1648: Half-time whistles are being blown across the country. It's not quite the dramatic final day we might have hoped for a few weeks ago, is it?

1648: Half-time Manchester United 2-0 Stoke City

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1646: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani hits the bar with a right-foot shot at Hull and from the rebound Daniel Agger slices horribly wide.

1646: Birmingham's players are furious after referee Kevin Friend harshly chalks off a James McFadden effort for handball. McFadden's initial effort was saved by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, but the midfielder continued his run and bundled the rebound in off his torso. McFadden, Sebastian Larsson and Roger Johnson are all booked during the ensuing recriminations.

Burnley goal: The Clarets are back in it in their last Premier League game for heaven knows how long. Steven Fletcher flicks the ball through to Wade Elliott and he fires well past Ben Alnwick in the Spurs goal.

1644: GOAL Burnley 1-2 Tottenham

1643: Didier Drogba is not looking like a man playing for a team in a fabulous position to win the league. The Ivorian still seems to be throwing a mini-tantrum because he was overlooked for penalty-taking duties for Chelsea's second goal. He's got 26 Premier League goals, same as Wayne Rooney in the battle for the Golden Boot.

1642: Quiet, isn't it?

Man Utd goal: Manchester United double their lead at Old Trafford with a crisp first-time strike from the evergreen Ryan Giggs. However, the home fans realise Chelsea are winning at Stamford Bridge and the celebrations are somewhat low-key.

Arsenal goal: Theo Walcott sends in a low cross from the right, Emmanuel Eboue flicks it on and Chris Baird tries to clear but turns the ball into his own net for an unfortunate own goal.

1639: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Stoke City

Spurs goal: Sensational second goal for Spurs. Gareth Bale again slices open Burnley's marking and creates space for Luka Modric to beat Steven Caldwell with a neat stepover before slamming an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner of Brian Jensen's net.

1638: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Fulham

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1637: Alessandro Diamanti is inches away from giving West Ham the lead again at Upton Park. He cuts inside Pablo Zabaletta and unleashes a well-struck shot from 22 yards but it hits the outside of Marton Fulop's right-hand post and goes wide.

Bolton goal: The Trotters take the lead through Kevin Davies, who angles a header across Birmingham keeper Joe Hart from Paul Robinson's free-kick.

Chelsea goal: Good break from the hosts as Didier Drogba flicks through to Frank Lampard and he goes past Gary Caldwell, who appears to grab the shirt of the midfielder as he goes down. Caldwell is shown a straight red card and Lampard slams home the penalty.

1634: GOAL Burnley 0-2 Tottenham

1633: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Birmingham

Man Utd goal: Not their prettiest goal of the season, but they're doing what they can. Nemanja Vidic heads a corner goalwards and after a couple of deflections, Darren Fletcher sticks it in from close range.

1632: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Wigan

1632: SENDING OFF (Gary Caldwell, Wigan)


1631: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Stoke City

1629: Chelsea haven't been that impressive so far - but they put together a decent move down their left this time that ends with Nicolas Anelka firing in a cross and Ashley Cole not making any contact on his attempted flick between his legs a la namesake Joe at Old Trafford a few weeks back.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has just spent at least two minutes trying to attract the attention of Charles N'Zogbia - and it still doesn't look like he has got his message across. Wigan have responded pretty well to going behind so early. Plenty of possession but need more threat to go with it."

1628: Adam Johnson is causing all manner of problems for the West Ham defence. He jinks in from the right and draws a lunging tackle from Matthew Upson in the box, but referee Howard Webb waves away penalty appeals, with replays showing the defender just got a toe to the ball.

1628: Busy, isn't it? As things stand, Chelsea are Premier League champions. They lead Wigan 1-0, while Manchester United are 0-0 at home to Stoke.

Arsenal goal: Too easy for the Gunners. Bacary Sagna plays Theo Walcott through on the right and his pass is fired goalwards by Robin van Persie - it's brilliantly saved on to the bar by Mark Schwarzer, but Van Persie slams in the rebound.

1626: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Fulham

1624: Nabil El Zhar forces Matt Duke into a fine one-handed save as Liverpool begin to find their feet against Hull and from the resulting corner, the hosts are fortunate when George Boateng heads a mis-hit Dirk Kuyt shot off the line.

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1623: Bolton are hammering at the door at the Reebok Stadium, where Zat Knight has just shuddered the post with a lovely curled effort - struck from all of 25 yards - from Ivan Klasnic's layoff. At Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov heads Nani's impudent cross against the Stoke crossbar.

Man City goal: Manchester City back on level terms within minutes. Adam Johnson digs out a cross from the right to the far post where Shaun Wright-Phillips - the shortest man on the pitch - is waiting to direct a neat header back across goal and in.

1622: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Manchester City

Arsenal goal: Disaster for Mark Schwarzer. He takes a heavy touch and Andrey Arshavin is in like a flash, taking the ball off the keeper, dribbling in from the byeline and beating Schwarzer again before slipping it past two players on the line.

1620: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Fulham

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BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "It's almost like Chelsea are playing as the away team at the moment, trying to catch Wigan on the break. Strange."

Hammers goal: We might not get a better goal all day long - superb. Alessandro Diamanti produces an outrageous back-flick a la Paolo di Canio to set up Luis Boa Morte and the returning forward clips expertly over Marton Fulop.

1617: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Man City

1616: What a chance for Bolton as Jack Wilshere does brilliantly to tee up Matty Taylor in acres of space inside the Birmingham box, but he is foiled by a fabulous Joe Hart save.

1615: Dimitar Berbatov should open the scoring for Manchester United but heads Nani's cross over from six yards.

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1614: Decent half-chance for Wigan at Stamford Bridge but Charles N'Zogbia curls a shot high and wide from on the right. At Wolves, Sunderland's Steed Malbranque acrobatically volleys against the post.

1612: Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski flaps at a high ball and his defenders barely manage to scramble the ball clear. Moments later Robin van Persie goes close at the other end, his shot is heading for the top corner before Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer makes a magnificent tip away.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Sounds like a party is getting under way inside Stamford Bridge - and that is because Nicolas Anelka's goal has given Chelsea the start of their dreams. Carlo Ancelotti's touchline celebrations illustrated the importance of that early, nerve-settling goal. Everything they wanted. The job is on the way to being done."

Wolves goal: Wolves striker Kevin Doyle scores from the spot despite Craig Gordon getting a hand to his low effort, after Alan Hutton brought down Matt Jarvis. Just over two minutes between the two goals.

1610: GOAL Wolves 1-1 Sunderland


Sunderland goal: Kenwyne Jones, after good work by Frazier Campbell, beats one challange and shoots, with a deflection off former Sunderland man Jody Craddock taking in past Marcus Hahnemann and in via the post.

1609: Word spreads quickly around Old Trafford about Chelsea's goal. The Stoke fans chant: "Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea." It does not go down well.

1608: GOAL Wolves 0-1 Sunderland

Chelsea goal: Is that it already? A Didier Drogba free-kick clips the top of the Wigan wall and when it's played back in, Florent Malouda might be offside. But he chests it down to Nicolas Anelka and he drills in at the near post from close range. The Bridge erupts.

1606: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Wigan

Spurs goal: First goal of the afternoon and it's the new superstar of Tottenham Gareth Bale who gets it, slamming into the roof of the net from 12 yards after great work down the right from Aaron Lennon. What a time to be a Spurs fan.

1605: GOAL Burnley 0-1 Tottenham (Bale)

1604: Patrice Eva whips in a cross from the Manchester United left that Ryan Shawcross does well to clear with several United players waiting for a chance to shoot. Over at Chelsea, Wigan have made a decent start you know.

1602: By the way, Scooby Doo, Iron Man and Batman are all in attendance at the Reebok Stadium, where a generous proportion of Birmingham's travelling support have turned up in fancy dress in celebration of their team's achievements this season.

1601: Chelsea v Wigan is one of the last games to get under way. There's a blinding atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

1600: Let the carnage commence.

1557: Gary Neville leads the Manchester United players out at Old Trafford as they prepare to face Stoke and a few seconds later John Terry emerges from the tunnel at Stamford Bridge to a tumultuous roar from the Chelsea fans ahead of their game against Wigan.

1556: Chelsea v Wigan The Latics have not won in their last 17 Premier League games in London, a run that goes back to a 2-0 victory away at West Ham in December 2006. But this is a Wigan team that did for Chelsea 3-1 at the DW earlier on in the season and that ended Arsenal's title hopes with a 3-2 win in April.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "On all 4 previous occasions the PL title has gone to the final day, the team in 2nd place has never overtaken the leaders to become champs."

1551: There will be a bit of jostling for position in the Premier League today but the top two apart, nothing is more important than who comes third out of Arsenal and Tottenham. There's bragging rights and St Totteringham's day to consider of course, but third place gets an automatic place in the Champions League group stage, while fourth means you have to qualify.

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged Aston Villa side for the sixth successive match. Austrian Under-21 international striker Andreas Weimann had been expected to earn a place on the bench but is left out of the match-day 18. Blackburn have two debutants in their first XI with French midfielder Amine Linganzi making his first start since a January move from St Etienne and defender Grant Hanley promoted from the club's Academy. Vince Grella and Ryan Nelsen drop out. Canadian David Hoilett steps in for Moten Gamst Pedersen on then right wing while Steven Nzonzi (wisdom teeth) and El Hadji Diouf (tonsillitis) sit out.
Full line-ups from Aston Villa v Blackburn

make three changes, with Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell replacing Joseph Yobo, Phil Neville and Tim Cahill. FA Cup finalists Portsmouth make five changes, with goalkeeper David James rested and replaced by Jamie Ashdown. Ricardo Rocha, Hayden Mullins, Papa Boupa Diop and Marc Wilson all return, in place of Lennard Sowah, Michael Brown, Richard Hughes and Aruna Dindane.
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From Steve from Blackburn, via text to 81111: "Ludek Miklosko is still a hero at Ewood Park, his name regularly chanted at games against West Ham."

Manager Iain Dowie names the same Hull side that drew with Wigan on Monday. Will Atkinson makes his home league bow after scoring on his top-flight debut in that match but injured pair Jimmy Bullard and Caleb Folan do not feature. With Maxi Rodriguez injured, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hands Nabil El Zhar his first start of the season. Ryan Babel is also named in the starting line-up with Yossi Benayoun missing out. Jamie Carragher plays in his 435th league match - surpassing the record of Alan Hansen - after recovering from a twisted ankle.
Full line-ups from Hull v Liverpool

West Ham
make three changes. Valon Behrami misses out with a twisted knee and is replaced by Luis Boa Morte, while defender Fabio Daprella and forward Alessandro Diamanti come in for Jonathan Spector and Mark Noble. Man City's Gareth Barry is out for four weeks due to the ankle injury he picked up during the 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday. Patrick Vieira takes his place in midfield. In other changes, Shaun Wright-Phillips starts in place of Craig Bellamy, Sylvinho plays at left-back in place of Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz plays up front with Carlos Tevez dropping to the bench.
Full line-ups from West Ham v Man City

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's important that we win the match, that's all. We'll play our normal game and everything at Chelsea is out of our control."

make two changes, with Gael Clichy and Andrey Arshavin coming in for Armand Traore and Carlos Vela. Fulham, who play in the Europa League final on Wednesday, make wholesale changes - eight in total - with the likes of Zoltan Gera and Danny Murphy dropping to the bench.
Full line-ups from Arsenal v Fulham

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "John Terry has just led Chelsea's players out for their warm-up in a very low-key atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Not exactly Premier League title fever yet. Terry has delivered a very public demand to everyone at Chelsea at the conclusion of his match notes when he says: "Let's Win The Double"."

Mick McCarthy makes three changes to the Wolves side, bringing in Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Adiene Guedioura and Matt Jarvis. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce also makes three changes, including Alan Hutton, Matt Kilgallon and Kenwyne Jones, with Frazier Campbell switching to the wing.
Full line-ups from Wolves v Sunderland

1535: Man Utd v Stoke City: Any Chelsea slip-up, and United must ensure they are ready to capitalise. Sir Alex Ferguson will know miracles can happen - in 1995, United went into the final day behind Blackburn, who lost 2-1 at Liverpool. But Fergie's team could only draw at West Ham and the title went to Ewood Park.

As expected Chelsea keep faith with the side that beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield last week, meaning the in-form Salomon Kalou once again keeps England World Cup hopeful Joe Cole on the bench. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez makes three changes from the side that drew with Hull. Mike Pollitt replaces Vladimir Stojkovic in goal and Charles N'Zogbia and Emmerson Boyce come in for Jordi Gomez and Victor Moses.

Manager Harry Redknapp resists the temptation to make wholesale changes to the Spurs team, with his side having already secured a Champions League place. Instead, he makes just one, goalkeeper Ben Alnwick enjoying a rare start after Heurelho Gomes failed to shake off a groin injury. Burnley remain without central defender Clark Carlisle and also make just one change, Andre Bikey replacing Leon Cort in the centre of the Premier League's leakiest defence.
Full line-ups from Burnley v Tottenham

Owen Coyle names an unchanged Bolton side as he looks to mastermind a winning conclusion to a season he started as manager of Burnley. Alex McLeish, meanwhile, makes two changes to the Birmingham team that saw off Burnley last weekend, captain Stephen Carr returning from suspension while midfielder Miguel Marcos Madera is also given a run out.
Full line-ups from Bolton v Birmingham

1531: If you manually refresh, web users, you'll see Final Score appear at the top of your page. You'll also get rid of the horrible bold type at 1525. Whoops.

1530: Stevo's Predos:
Arsenal 3-1 Fulham
Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn
Bolton 1-1 Birmingham
Burnley 1-2 Tottenham
Chelsea 3-1 Wigan
Everton 3-0 Portsmouth
Hull City 1-2 Liverpool
Man Utd 4-0 Stoke
West Ham 2-2 Man City
Wolves 0-0 Sunderland
Lawro's predictions

1527: Chelsea v Wigan Surely, surely, surely, needing to win the title at home to Wigan, Chelsea will not slip up? Carlo Ancelotti's side have won 16 of 18 league games at Stamford Bridge this season, scoring 60 goals. They've put away Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool and if they score three more goals, they will break the Premier League record for most goals in a single season (Man United, 1999/2000).

Rio Ferdinand returns to the Manchester United side, while Gary Neville also starts as Sir Alex Ferguson makes two changes from the team that won at Sunderland, with John O'Shea and Jonny Evans dropping to the bench. Stoke name the same team that won at Fulham in midweek.

1523: Fifteen years ago at Upton Park, a Czechoslovakian goalkeeper called Ludek Miklosko made save after save after save after save to thwart Manchester United and deny Sir Alex Ferguson's men the league title. Wigan's custodian today Mike Pollitt, at that time, was playing for Darlington. I wonder if he remembers...

1520: Chelsea v Wigan line-ups:
Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Ballack, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Sturridge, Matic, Belletti.
Wigan: Pollitt, Melchiot, Gohouri, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Diame, N'Zogbia, Rodallega.
Subs: Stojkovic, Thomas, Scharner, Scotland, Moses, Cywka, Mostoe.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1518: This just in from the Press Association: A mass anti-Glazer protest has taken place at Old Trafford ahead of the game between Manchester United and Stoke. With feelings running high on the final day of the season, hundreds of supporters congregated outside the directors' box and chanted venomous anti-Glazer songs before being moved on by police.

Last word from BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Heart-rates have risen through the Walkers Stadium roof here after that frantic final 10 minutes and what a world-class point-blank save by Cardiff keeper David Marshall from Alex Bruce's bullet stoppage-time header. Leicester aggrieved not to be awarded three second-half penalties - as we will soon hear."

1514: Manchester United v Stoke line-ups:
Man Utd:
Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs: Foster, Park, Carrick, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Macheda, Gibson.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Sidibe, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Pugh, Diao, Sanli, Collins, Abdoulaye Faye.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

1512: So, on to the final fixtures in the Premier League we go.

1510: Full-time Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City

1510: What a save. The corner is floated in, Alex Bruce thumps a header goalwards and David Marshall sticks out his right hand to pull off a stunning reflex stop. Brilliant.

1509: Seconds left and Leicester have a corner...

1507: Leicester are swarming all over Cardiff and from Paul Gallagher's close-range shot the ball appears to hit Mark Hudson's right arm. Have to say, how Leicester have not been given a penalty today is beyond me.

1505: That could have been tie over. Ross McCormack latches on to a through ball and on the slide forces a fantastic save from Chris Weale, while on the rebound Alex Bruce gets in a brilliant block to deny the Cardiff sub again.

1504: Michael Chopra is replaced by Ross McCormack for Cardiff. We've just started five minutes of added time.

1503: The Leicester crowd are cheering their boys on as they plough forward for a leveller, but Dany N'Guessan's cross just evades Matty Fryatt inside Cardiff's six-yard box.

1500: Leicester have recovered and are trying to get back on level terms, but Paul Gallagher curls a couple of yards wide from the edge of the Cardiff area.

1500: Leicester have sent Dany N'Guessan on for Richie Wellens in the closing stages at the Walkers Stadium.

From philmcnulty on Twitter: "Carlo Ancelotti & Ray Wilkins (complete with glasses) signing autographs for fans at Stamford Bridge. All very relaxed."

1457: What a chance for Leicester and their golden boy Matty Fryatt. He races on to a pass sandwiched inbetween two Cardiff defenders and as they get into a muddle, he's suddenly clean through one-on-one with David Marshall. But Fryatt, who hasn't played much football in recent weeks, rustily shoots straight at the keeper and the chance goes begging.

1455: That free-kick comes to nothing, but Leicester look visibly disappointed to have fallen behind at such a late stage. They can ill afford conceding another one here.

Yellow card
1454: Midfielder Peter Whittingham has now scored 24 goals this season. Midfielder, I said. That's remarkable. Richie Wellens picks up a booking now and Cardiff have another free-kick on the edge of the Leicester box.

Cardiff goal: That's the one they wanted. Leicester concede a free-kick 25 yards out, about seven yards right of centre, and Peter Whittingham hits a sizzling left-foot shot that beats Chris Weale's despairing dive, clips the inside of the post and nestles in the back of the net. Super strike.

1451: GOAL Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City (Whittingham)

1450: Leicester send on Yann Kermorgant for Martyn Waghorn.

1449: Ben, below, is not wrong. Unless you've seen your boys in a play-off game, you haven't lived. I feel physically sick about Tuesday evening already. At Leicester, it almost looks like they're both settling for 0-0, as Cardiff take off Chris Burke and send on Kelvin Etuhu.

From Ben in Cardiff, via text to 81111: "I've never felt so tense watching a football match before. Bothroyd is losing it and I wouldn't bet against another yellow for him. That would be disastrous."

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Expectancy rises here at the Walkers as Leicester's proverbial Fox in the box goal-poacher Matty Fryatt comes on in place of Lloyd Dyer to a rapturous applause as Nigel Pearson ditches his five-man midfield game-plan to go orthodox 4-4-2 like Cardiff."

1442: It's unbearably tense at the Walkers all of a sudden - there's nothing to choose between these teams right now. David Marshall comes for a ball into the Cardiff box and takes out his own player Stephen McPhail in the process. Everyone has a breather.

1440: Referee Alan Wiley has a long, long chat with Jay Bothroyd as the striker commits yet another foul. He brings captain Mark Hudson in too - one more foul and Bothroyd, who has already been booked, is off.

1438: Nigel Pearson is apoplectic with rage and he might just have a reason to be there. A cross into the Cardiff box sees Kevin McNaughton challenge Martyn Waghorn - and he seems to bundle into the back of the Leicester man, before the ball hits McNaughton's arm. Could have been two reasons to give a peno.

From vj_cfc on Twitter: "Man Utd comfortably winning. Chelsea go behind, score one at the stroke of 90 and a Lamps screamer in ET. SB goes mad. Sweet."

1436: Huge cheers from the home faithful at the Walkers Stadium as Lloyd Dyer is withdrawn and Matty Fryatt comes on for the last half hour or so.

1433: Lloyd Dyer - that's almost fabulous. He cuts in from the Leicester right, skipping past one Cardiff defender and getting into the area before lashing a left-foot shot just past the far post from the angle.

1433: Richie Wellens tries to score from 45 yards. It sails way, way, way over the Cardiff crossbar. Coming up to an hour gone, still Leicester 0-0 Cardiff.

1431: Matty Fryatt goes through some limbering up exercises on the touchline for Leicester, much to the delight of the home supporters. He'd give them a bigger cutting edge, no doubt.

Yellow card
1429: Jay Bothroyd goes in strongly on Jack Hobbs, elbow raised, catching the Leicester defender around his neck and pole-axing him. Bothroyd deservedly picks up a yellow card.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Nigel Pearson is furiously urging his Leicester team to raise their intensity while, as Jay Bothroyd goes close, Dave Jones will know his Cardiff side must start taking their goal-scoring chances or risk being punished by the Foxes."

1427: Leicester shift it from left to right along the Cardiff area and Richie Wellens chances his arm from 25 yards, firing inches wide of David Marshall's left-hand post.

1426: Cardiff do look the better of the two teams. Nigel Pearson and Dave Jones stand side-by-side on the touchline, chatting amicably. The Bluebirds gaffer will be happier, but he'll want a lead to show for their dominance.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1423: Wow that's close. Kevin McNaughton curls over a cross from the Cardiff right and Jay Bothroyd - who's almost undefendable today - bullets a header that looks like it clips the top of the bar and goes over. Leicester keeper Chris Weale might have got fingertips to that, too.

From AJ_2094 on 606: "Jack Hobbs could be a very good player. A 60-yard pass that Xabi Alonso would be proud of and made some fine tackles too and he's only 21. If he breaks into the PL he could have a bright future ahead of him."

1420: Leicester create an opening for Jay Spearing just outside the Cardiff box, but his left-foot shot ends up about 20 yards over.

1419: Back under way at the Walkers Stadium. Remember, the final round of games in the Premier League kick-off at 1600 BST, so team news straight after full-time in the east Midlands.

From HonestFrank on Twitter: "The FA has written to clubs asking them to ensure fans stay off pitch this weekend after crowd trouble at Luton, Sheff Wed and Burton."

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Cardiff captain Mark Hudson leads by example, taking a boot in the chops as it is body on the line time for the Championship's Premier League wannabes. Nigel Pearson, though, will want his team to step it up after a lacklustre first-half conclusion."

1411: By the way, BBC Sport's World Cup photo album is up and running. But while Kuyt, Kanu and Crouch are on the 'got' list, we still need to fill some gaps! If you haven't sent us a pic of yourself with a World Cup star of 2010 yet - send 'em in! Email us snaps of yourself with players and head coaches to, or send them to us via Flickr, but check the BBC terms and conditions first. THANKS!

From Anon, via text to 81111: "However much I think Cardiff would be best prepared to stay up next season, who can honestly say they don't want Ian 'I took my heart off my sleeve and put it in my mouth' Holloway in the Premier League?"
Ooh, ooh, I know the answer to that. Is it me?

1405: Leicester had a bit more pressure of their own just before the break and were threatening until Andy King tried to control a cross by accidentally kicking Mark Hudson in the face. Even-steven.

1403: Half-time Leicester City 0-0 Cardiff City

1402: Into first-half injury time now at the Walkers and we'll have one added minute.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "The Walkers Stadium is now drenched with anxiety as Cardiff striker Michael Chopra misses two great opportunities - one coming back off Chris Weale's left-hand post - as Leicester wobble on to the back foot of this pulsating play-off clash."

Yellow card
1359: From the sublime... moments later, Jay Bothroyd nicks the ball past Jack Hobbs and the Leicester defender brings him down, earning the first booking of the afternoon from referee Alan Wiley.

1358: What a pass that is - Jack Hobbs plays a glorious 60-yard pass so Martyn Waghorn doesn't have to break his stride, but the forward's cross is whacked away by a Cardiff defender. Touch of the Glenn Hoddle's about that ball.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1356: Closest we've come. Chris Burke gets away down the right for Cardiff and pings a cross in to the near post that Michael Chopra deflects on to Chris Weale's left-hand post from inside the six-yard box.

1355: Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has a little chat with Richie Wellens on the touchline. The Foxes have dropped a bit deeper in the last few minutes, perhaps worried by the Cardiff threat.

From Rasmus_Chelsea on Twitter: "I put money on Chelsea scoring 100 goals this season way back in August! I will be a rich man if Chelsea win 5-0 or more."

1352: It's Cardiff's turn to exert some pressure now - Jay Bothroyd is winning everything in the air and Michael Chopra has come to life in recent moments too. What a handful that pair are.

1349: Cardiff get the ball into the Leicester box with a corner and after it is half-cleared, Darcy Blake's overhead kick from 18 yards is deflected into the arms of Leicester keeper Chris Weale.

1347: We're half an hour in at the Walkers Stadium and it remains Leicester 0-0 Cardiff. The hosts are having the better of it, but the Bluebirds - and in particular Jay Bothroyd - do look dangerous up top.

From Parkes in Bris, via text to 81111: "As much as I enjoy watching the pain of my Cardiff-supporting mate, I do feel that after losing out last year on goals scored, to the team they lost 6-0 to, they probably deserve a bit of luck."

1343: Martyn Waghorn is given a lecture by referee Alan Wiley after committing another foul. One more and he'll be in the book. No yellows so far, perhaps surprisingly.

1342: For those of you furious about the Jamie Carragher comment, let me explain: for my money, he's been hugely disappointing this season and I feel someone like Michael Dawson deserves to be in the squad more. If they're being picked on form, it's no contest.

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Hopefully Nigel Pearson and Dave Jones have both applied sun-block as they are enjoying some rays prowling their technical areas. Jones is the more agitated as Cardiff continue to concede corners and needless free-kicks in dangerous areas."

1338: Got to hit the target there. Jay Bothroyd does really well to keep possession and plough forward and he clips in a pass for Michael Chopra, inside the Leicester area down the right - but the former Newcastle striker drags wide of the far post.

1336: After a decent start, Cardiff are now conceding an awful lot of the ball to Leicester. The hosts are very much in the ascendancy at this juncture.

From TheSportsDirector on 606: "Rumours, Capello's 30-man squad will feature Adam Johnson, Ledley King, Bobby Zamora and Jamie Carragher. Thoughts Stevo?"
Good, excellent, blinding, disappointing. In that order.

1332: ... Nobby Solano curls it over the wall, but David Marshall makes a pretty routine save. The Peruvian is playing at right-back today, having played for most of his career as a winger.

1331: Leicester have another free-kick right on the edge of the Cardiff box for a foul on Paul Gallagher...

1329: Martyn Waghorn's deliveries from the right have been magnificent so far - another corner under the crossbar is punched away by Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Chelsea 'Champions' T-shirts being sold outside Fulham Broadway Tube. Entrepreneurs have to speculate to accumulate..."

1327: Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd controls a pass, shrugs off a defender and fires a left-foot shot wide from 30 yards.

1325: Good pressure from Leicester, with Martyn Waghorn firing over two corners and a cross from the right with his trusty left boot, causing real problems in the Cardiff area. Great delivery from the on-loan Sunderland man.

1323: There's a theme emerging... Stephen McPhail fouls Richie Wellens and Leicester have a free-kick 30 yards out, just left of centre which is deflected behind for a corner.

1322: Richie Wellens gets a bit of revenge on Stephen McPhail with a strong challenge of his own. Referee Alan Wiley has already had to have a word with the pair. Lively.

1320: A Cardiff corner is half-cleared and falls for Peter Whittingham, but the goal-getting midfielder's left-foot volley thumps against a Leicester defender and rebounds to safety.

1318: Richie Wellens needs a moment early on after a naughty little challenge from Cardiff's Stephen McPhail. Expect tackles to fly in from every angle imaginable.

1317: In the beautiful east Midlands sunshine (it's always like that, trust me), Cardiff City get us under way in their bright yellow shirts.

From Alex, Leicester fan in Brighton, via text to 81111: "Stevo, as a Forest fan will you be supporting Cardiff as much as I was Blackpool yesterday?"
Mate, I just want football to be the winner ;)

1312: The teams are out at Leicester. Unlike this time yesterday, I'm breathing quite normally. Nearly good to go.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "All four sides who have earned the right to be here have a realistic chance of progressing. We all deserve to be here, we've all taken different paths and it's about who's better on the day. Form won't dictate what happens."

BBC Sport's Peter Shuttleworth at the Walkers Stadium: "Blue is most certainly the colour here and the atmosphere will hit a crescendo as Leicester and Cardiff swagger onto the pitch for Championship play-off crunch time at the Walkers Stadium in the sunny, if a little chilly, east Midlands."

Cardiff manager Dave Jones: "This would be a life-changing event for everyone involved with Cardiff City if we were to achieve promotion. We're just trying to get that holy grail that everyone in this divisions is chasing."

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "If 40 goals are scored in today's Premier League matches, there will be a new record for most goals in a 38-game PL season."
Hmm. Am I allowed to not want that to happen?

From mnchsterr on 606: "Although I'm gunning for United all the way, I just feel that Wigan are going to get battered by at least seven goals today."

1303: Congratulations to Leeds United for winning promotion back to the Championship on Saturday. If you're a web user, why not read Fletch's blog on how events unfolded at Elland Road?

1300: Stevo's Predo:
Leicester 2-2 Cardiff

From Wayne, N Ireland, via text to 81111: "I like play-offs! As a Liverpool fan, pity there wasn't one for the final Champions League spot this year..."

1256: Leicester v Cardiff line-ups:
Weale, Solano, Hobbs, Bruce, Berner, Wellens, King, Spearing, Dyer, Waghorn, Gallagher.
Subs: Logan, Morrison, Oakley, Fryatt, Adams, N'Guessan, Kermorgant.
Cardiff: Marshall, Blake, Hudson, McNaughton, Kennedy, Burke, Ledley, McPhail, Whittingham, Chopra, Bothroyd.
Subs: Enckelman, Gyepes, Capaldi, Quinn, Etuhu, Wildig, McCormack.
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

1254: Whatever your chat, I want it - whether it's Forest abuse, general Champo chat, Leagues One and Two banter or even your thoughts on the Premier League title race. The usual methods apply - there's Twitter, also texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) and the 606 debate too.

1250: First up, though, there's some hugely important Championship business to deal with. Now I hate play-offs as much as the next man (actually, make that a lot more), but they don't half make for entertaining football matches. At 1315 BST, Leicester City meet Cardiff City at the Walkers Stadium in their first leg, with the winners meeting Blackpool or Nottingham Forest at Wembley.

1248: Yep, today's the day that legends can be born. Chelsea, at home against Wigan, will win the Premier League as long as they match Manchester United's result at home to Stoke City. The odds are heavily stacked in favour of the Blues, but football can be a funny old game.

1245: "At 68, when you go to sleep at night all you want to do is just wake up the next morning." I think Sir Alex Ferguson probably wished for something else when he went to bed last night, too.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 38 71 86
2 Man Utd 38 58 85
3 Arsenal 38 42 75
4 Tottenham 38 26 70
5 Man City 38 28 67
6 Aston Villa 38 13 64
7 Liverpool 38 26 63
8 Everton 38 11 61
9 Birmingham 38 -9 50
10 Blackburn 38 -14 50
11 Stoke 38 -14 47
12 Fulham 38 -7 46
13 Sunderland 38 -8 44
14 Bolton 38 -25 39
15 Wolves 38 -24 38
16 Wigan 38 -42 36
17 West Ham 38 -19 35
18 Burnley 38 -40 30
19 Hull 38 -41 30
20 Portsmouth 38 -32 19

see also
Premier League photos
09 May 10 |  Premier League
Championship play-off photos
09 May 10 |  Football
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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