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By Chris Bevan

1803: And that is all I've got time for, I'm afraid. Thanks for your company over the course of the last few hours - there was plenty to keep you entertained I hope. The good news is there is more to come on Sunday. Arsenal-Newcastle, West Brom-Man City and Liverpool-Chelsea in the Premier League, plus a riveting Welsh derby in the Championship (Cardiff-Swansea) and a couple of tasty-looking FA Cup ties (Southport-Sheff Wed and Burton Albion-Oxford Utd). I can't wait - see you in a few hours or so...

OptaJoe on Twitter: "4 - Four of the five non-league teams to win an FA Cup tie (1st round onwards) at Gillingham have been from Kent. Spitfire."

Full time
Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa
Ian Hughes reports: "Aston Villa will wonder how they threw away two points at Fulham after carving out enough chances to seal victory before Brede Hangeland's late equaliser. Their disappointment will be matched only by Fulham's relief."

1752: One other game is still going on this evening - Cambridge United versus Huddersfield in the first round of the FA Cup. Just over 20 minutes played at the Abbey Stadium, and it's still goalless.

West Ham manager Avram Grant after his side saw a 2-0 lead slip away in their 2-2 draw at Birmingham: "We came and played well but we were not awarded a clear penalty [for a tug on Lars Jacobsen's shirt]. I saw it on the pitch and I was 50 yards away, the referee was five yards away and did not give it. As my friend Harry [Redknapp] would say, it is a farce."

1749: Derby are ahead at Pride Park, leading Portsmouth 1-0 through a Robbie Savage penalty. Aaron Mokoena brought Tomasz Cywka down in the box to concede the spot-kick.

Full time
Man Utd 2-1 Wolves
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"A cruel twist at the end for Wolves who outplayed United."

Full time
Sunderland 2-0 Stoke
Catherine Etoe reports: "Pride is restored to Sunderland thanks to two goals from record signing Asamoah Gyan but it is a controversial win after Kenwyne Jones is denied a clear goal and Ryan Shawcross is dismissed for Stoke late-on."

Full time
Blackpool 2-2 Everton
Mark Ashenden reports: "Sizzling. A hatful of chances. Two charming managers. Four goals. Fair result. Fair?"

Full time
Birmingham 2-2 West Ham
Paul Fletcher reports: "West Ham just cannot win on the road - with their last Premier League victory away from Upton Park at Wolves on the opening day of last season. It must be very frustrating for Avram Grant to see his side squander a 2-0 lead."

Full time
Blackburn 2-1 Wigan
Les Roopanarine reports: "The first half threatened to infuse adjectives like tedious, uneventful and soporific with new meaning, but marvellous free-kicks from Morten Gamst Pedersen and Charles N'Zogbia saved the day. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was unhappy to see N'Zogbia's first-half effort ruled out, but in truth David Dunn should have scored a late third for Rovers, who probably deserved the three points - just about."

1737: Today's football is not quite over yet - in the Championship, Derby and Portsmouth have just kicked off, but here is a (handy) game-by-game summary of what happened in the top-flight today:

OptaJoe on Twitter: "29 - Blackpool have now scored in 29 consecutive home matches; last failing to score at home on 18/10/09. Pleasure."

1731: The biggest shock in the FA Cup first round today was Dover's 2-0 win over Gillingham in the Andy Hessenthaler-derby (Hess left Dover to take charge of the Gills in the summer, and then appointed his Dover replacement Ian Hendon as his assistant at Priestfield soon after). The fabulously-named Swindon Supermarine won too, as did Tamworth and Darlington.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Park's 94th-minute goal was the latest winning goal by Man United since Owen's 96th-minute winner against Man City in September 2009."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy on his side's last-gasp defeat by Manchester United: "I am delighted with our performance and I felt we could have won the game so to end up losing all the points is hard to take but that is what has happened."

Everton boss David Moyes on his side's eventful draw at Bloomfield Road: "In the last 10-15 minutes Blackpool put us under pressure. We showed a lot of character but we started badly. We made the wrong decision too many times."

ChrisRowe26 on Twitter: "Re TRWBURROWS. If that's the form of champions, Liverpool would have won the league already this season!!"

1723: In case you missed it earlier, Bolton beat Tottenham 4-2, to move fifth in the table. Read all about it here:

Full time
Bolton 4-2 Tottenham
Sam Lyon reports: "Tottenham brought back down to earth with a bump as Bolton saunter past the Londoners in an early-afternoon cracker."

1720: Plenty going on at the other end of the Premier League table too. West Ham remain bottom after being pegged back by Birmingham, three points behind Wolves. But Blackburn's win over Wigan means Rovers leapfrog the Latics, who replace them in the bottom three.

TRWBURROWS on Twitter: "Man Utd ticking over nicely, not defeated, beat an in-form Wolves without playing well - form of champions."

jd6470 on Twitter: "Yes, a below-par effort by United, but you can't deny their brilliance in persistence. Relieved we got 3pts."

1716: So, a mixed afternoon for Manchester United. Yes, they are two points off the top of the table after that last-gasp win over Wolves, but they struggled for long spells against Mick McCarthy's men... particularly when they were trying to keep possession. And there is that new injury to Owen Hargreaves too of course - the England midfielder lasted less than six minutes in his first game for more than two years. I'm still waiting for more news of what actually happened to him.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway on his side's 2-2 draw with Everton: "I was pleased with my team and it looks like we're getting to grips with this league. It's wonderful to see us play that well against Everton."

Alex_Cartlidge on Twitter: "Joy of that last minute Man Utd winner doesn't hide disappointing performance and result."

1711: Meanwhile, Dundee Utd striker David Goodwillie, in the news earlier in the week for alleged involvement in an early morning incident in Glasgow, hit the headlines for the right reasons this afternoon, scoring the winner against Hamilton in a largely forgettable match. An Own goal from Michael Duberry and late strikes from Connor Sammon and Liam Kelly gave Kilmarnock a comprehensive win over an out-of-sorts St Johnstone in Perth, while Motherwell left the Highlands with a 2-1 win, a second-half goal from Stuart Duff not enough to cancel out first-half strikes from Alan Gow and Nick Blackman.

1709: It wasn't just Celtic playing in the SPL today, although they scored enough goals to share around a few teams. A sorry Aberdeen finished up on the wrong end of a 9-0 scoreline at Celtic Park. Four down at the interval, a Josh Magennis own goal was followed by strikes from Gary Hooper, Joe Ledley, Anthony Stokes - like Hooper the scorer of a hat-trick - and a Paddy McCourt penalty to leave Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee facing an uncertain future.

1703: Sincere apologies if one or more of the automated scores on the right of this page are incorrect. At the moment they show Fulham won 2-1, which is clearly wrong... Villa and the Cottagers drew 1-1. The Birmingham-West Ham scoreline has been playing up too - that one finished 2-2. We are working on getting them fixed, as I write. Sorry.

From Louie in London, Wolves fan, via text: "Fantastic Wolves, so unlucky to lose. Keep this up and there is no way we will go down."

1659: You should have seen the reaction of Wolves manager Mick McCarthy when that late Man Utd winner went in. To say Mick had been kicking every ball in the closing minutes would be an understatement. He was absolutely gutted at the end.

1654: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa

1653: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Full time
1652: FULL-TIME Birmingham 2-2 West Ham

1652: FULL-TIME Blackpool 2-2 Everton

Fulham goal: Another last-gasp goal, this time to earn Fulham a point. Danny Murphy curls over a deep free-kick from the left and Brede Hangeland leaps highest out of a crowd of players to nod home the equaliser.

Championship Macca: "Late drama at Boro as an own goal from Palace's Patrick McCarthy has put the hosts 2-1 in front. Looks like Palace will be rooted to the foot of the table still this evening. Scunthorpe have gone in front against Hull in the 89th minute and Leicester's Andy King has made it 2-0 at Barnsley."

1652: FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-1 Wolves

1652: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa (Hangeland)

1652: FULL-TIME Blackburn 2-1 Wigan

Man Utd goal: Deep into injury time, it looks like United have done it again. Ji-Sung Park weaves in from the right, dances round a couple of defenders and smashes home his shot.

1650: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-1 Wolves (Park)

FA Cup Macca: "Heartache for Dartford as Port Vale level six minutes from time. Luton have cancelled out Corby's lead. Carlisle lead Tipton 6-0, Bournemouth are 5-3 up against Tranmere, Swindon are 4-0 at Plymouth, Crawley Town are 5-0 at Guiseley, Accrington lead Oldham 3-2 and it's Colchester 4-3 Bradford. And Crewe have pulled it back to 2-1 at Tamworth."

1648: There will be FOUR minutes of injury time at Old Trafford.

Sunderland goal: We haven't heard the last of the 'Stoke-goal-that-wasn't'... you can be sure of that. But it looks like Sunderland have secured the points, after Kieran Richardson's low cross is cleared only as far as Asamoah Gyan on the edge of the area, and he scores his second of the game with a cool finish.

1646: GOALFLASH St Johnstone 0-2 Kilmarnock (Conor Sammon)

1645: GOALFLASH Celtic 9-0 Aberdeen (McCourt)

Championship Macca: "A nervous few moments for QPR there as Reading pulled it back to 2-1 but Tommy Smith makes it 3-1 and they look headed for a first win in six. At t'other end Boro have a leveller at home to Palace and Bristol City have done likewise against Preston. Norwich have scored but still trail at home to Burnley, 2-1 now."

1644: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-0 Stoke (Gyan)

1642: Does anyone want to win this game at Old Trafford? Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is currently celebrating every tackle but his side are not exactly hanging on. Steven Fletcher blazes over for the visitors from eight yards and at the other end Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is booked by Phil Dowd for diving inside the area as he looked to claim a penalty.

1641: A rare chance for a Fulham equaliser, and their best opportunity of the second hald. Substitute Andrew Johnson is played clean though but he gets the ball a little caught up in his feet and the on-rushing Brad Friedel is able to make a fine save at the striker's feet. Good chance for a Fulham equaliser goes begging.

Red card
Stoke red card: Ryan Shawcross body-checks Danny Welbeck on the edge of the area. That's his second booking = red.

1639: RED CARD Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

Someone has struck the woodwork
1638: It's still all happening at St Andrew's. Cameron Jerome's goalbound shot just took a massive deflection off Danny Gabbidon and flew against the bar.

Championship Macca: "QPR look like getting back to winning ways as Alejandro Faurlin has doubled their lead at home to Reading. They're going top again if that remains the same. Doncaster trailed at home to Millwall but have turned things around and David Healy has put them 2-1 in front. Coventry have pulled it back to 2-3 at home to Leeds through Ben Turner. All to play for with 20 minutes or so to go."

1638: GOALFLASH Hamiltion 0-1 Dundee United (David Goodwillie)

1637: GOALFLASH Celtic 8-0 Aberdeen (Anthony Stokes hat-trick)

1636: GOALFLASH Celtic 7-0 Aberdeen (Joe Ledley )

Birmingham goal: Birmingham are level at St Andrew's as Liam Ridgewell pounces to strike home the rebound after Rob Green parries Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.

Wigan goal: Charles N'Zogbia curls a brilliant free-kick through the Blackburn wall and in off the post from some 25 yards out. The Latics fightback starts here?

1631: It took a bit of working out by referee Martin Atkinson and his assistant but that goal awarded to Stoke's Kenwyne Jones has been ruled out. His header may or may not have been over the line when it was headed/punched by Lee Cattermole (he appeared to do both). Anyway, play continued and another Jones header was cleared off the line by Phil Bardsley. It's all happening at the Stadium of Light but it is still Sunderland 1-0 Stoke.

1630: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-2 West Ham (Ridgewell)

1630: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-1 Wigan (N'Zogbia)


Blackburn goal: Rovers increase their lead with a well-worked goal. Brett Emerton makes a decent run down the right and sends over a low cross for the unmarked Jason Roberts to turn the ball home from close range. Work to do for Wigan now.

Wolves goal: Matt Jarvis lays the ball back to Nenad Milijas and his mis-hit shot falls to substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is fresh off the bench. The former Manchester United trainee controls with his first touch of the match and then fires past Edwin van de Sar with his second touch from six yards out. All-square again.

Birmingham goal: Nikola Zigic heads down a cross into the path of Cameron Jerome, who sweeps the ball home from close range. The Blues are back in this one.

1624: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-0 Wigan (Roberts)

1623: GOALFLASH Celtic 6-0 Aberdeen (Gary Hooper hat-trick)

1623: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-1 Wolves (Ebanks-Blake)

1622: GOALFLASH Celtic 5-0 Aberdeen (Magennis og)

1622: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-2 West Ham (Jerome)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1621: Almost a third goal for West Ham. Victor Obinna dances into space and blasts against the bar.

FA Cup Macca: "Swindon Supermarine have had their lead cut at home to Eastwood Town. It's 2-1 to the Southern League side. Swindon Town's progress looks likely as they are 3-0 ahead at Plymouth. Tranmere have pulled it back to 3-3 at Bournemouth, having been 3-0 down and Fleetwood are 1-1 against Walsall, Accrington lead Oldham 3-0 and Tamworth have gone 2-0 up against Crewe."

West Ham goal: The Hammers are further ahead, thanks to a fine team goal. Valon Behrami was involved in the build-up and, after a succession of slick passes, he is in the right place to finish off a flowing move on the edge of the box.

Blackburn goal: A top-class free-kick by Morten Gamst Pedersen breaks the deadlock at Ewood Park... curling a super shot in from far out on the right flank and into the top corner. Quality.

1615: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-2 West Ham (Behrami)

1614: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-0 Wigan (Pedersen)

1611: Here's a quick update on what is happening in Scotland: It's a day of drama at Celtic Park with doubles from Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes putting Celtic 4-0 up. Stokes' two goals have come from the penalty spot with Aberdeen captain Paul Hartley and Celtic defender Thomas Rovne both seeing straight red cards in the first half in separate incident. Elewhere in the SPL, goals from Alan Gow and Nick Blackman have put Motherwell 2-0 up at Inverness CT, while Kilmarnock are 1-0 up on St Johnstone through a Michael Duberry own goal. Hamilton v Dundee Utd is goalless.

West Ham goal: West Ham take a deserved lead through Frederic Piquionne, whose low first time finish eludes Ben Foster after he runs on to a piercing through ball from Luis Boa Morte.

Everton goal: Er, I'm sure this has happened before today - Everton are quickly level (again). Seamus Coleman bursts into the box after latching on to Stephen Crainey's poor defensive header and his low shot squirts under Matt Gilks' body. The Seasiders keeper will not like watching that one again.

1608: GOALFLASH Blackpool 2-2 Everton (Coleman)

Blackpool goal: The Seasiders are back in front, and through another of their Welsh players too. After an almighty goalmouth scramble, David Vaughan's shot is deflected back into his path and he slams home a bouncing shot. Second time lucky.

1606: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-1 West Ham (Piquionne)

1605: GOALFLASH Blackpool 2-1 Everton (Vaughan)

1604: Not to mention, Birmingham, Blackburn, Fulham and Blackpool.

1603: And at Sunderland too...

1602: We are back under way at Old Trafford.

From The Understudy - Heskey for PM on 606: "Villa's goal today: Barry Bannan assist, Marc Albrighton goal, also Ciaran Clark and Nathan Delfouneso playing for Villa. Four players raised by Villa's academy. And three of them played earlier this week against Arsenals reserves as well!"

From anon, via text: "Does Tim Cahill actually have feet? Every goal he scores is with his head!"

Iam_jackia on Twitter: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Hargreaves started, couldn't believe my ears when I heard he had gone off."

1557: Not many goals about in the top-flight then, so far at least. Let's call it the calm before the storm.

Half time
HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Aston Villa
Ian Hughes' half-time snap-shot: "Marc Albrighton ended a 385-minute goal drought for Aston Villa to give them a half-time lead that is perhaps a little flattering. Both sides missed chances in an open first half, with Fulham the more profligate of the two. All set up nicely for the second half."

Half time
HALF-TIME Sunderland 1-0 Stoke
Catherine Etoe's half-time snap-shot: "Sunderland ahead thanks to an early goal by the lively Asamoah Gyan, but a missed penalty keeps Stoke in the game."

Half time
HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Wigan
Les Roopanarine's half-time snap-shot: "Unless things change dramatically, you'll be in for a late night if you want to catch this one on Match of the Day. Blackburn have looked vaguely threatening from set-pieces, Wigan have occasionally menaced in open play, but the game has otherwise had all the tempo of a snail-racing convention."

Half time
1547: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Wolves
Saj Chowdhury's half-time snap-shot:
"Even the hearts of Wolves fans must have sunk a little when Owen Hargreaves came off. Manchester United looked a shambles after that until Ji-Sung Park's goal."

Half time
HALF-TIME Blackpool 1-1 Everton
Mark Ashenden's half-time snap-shot: "A cracking free-kick, one flying Aussie header and two very noisy managers constantly on the move for 45 minutes. One goal apiece. Quite lively. My money's on the Toffees nicking it in the second half. I'd pay good money to be a fly on the wall to listen to Ian Holloway's team talk."

FA Cup Macca: "Elliot Bradbrook has put Conference South side Dartford 1-0 up at home to League Two Port Vale. Carlisle are 5-0 up against Tipton Town thanks to a first-half Gary Madine hat-trick. Accrington Stannley are 2-0 ahead against Oldham while Tranmere, who trailed 3-0, have pulled it back to 3-2 at Bournemouth."

Half time
HALF-TIME Birmingham 0-0 West Ham
Paul Fletcher's half-time snap-shot: "West Ham have been the vastly superior team at St Andrew's and Birmingham have Ben Foster to thank for the fact that they are on level terms, with the Blues keeper brilliantly saving from Carlton Cole."

Championship Macca: "Tony Mowbray is not enjoying the best of starts to his reign at Boro as they trail at home to Crystal Palace through Pablo Counago. Burnley have extended their lead at Norwich, as have Leeds at Coventry. Sheff Utd had equalised at home to Ipswich but Gareth McAuley has restored Roy Keane's side's advantage."

1550: GOALFLASH Inverness CT 0-2 Motherwell (Nick Blackman)

1549: It's half-time in all six of our Premier League games.

1548: GOALFLASH Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen (Anthony Stokes pen)

Man Utd goal: Darren Fletcher's clever pass splits the Wolves defence and Ji-Sung Park has space to pick his spot and put United ahead. Harsh on Wolves, who have certainly not been second-best in the first 45 minutes.

1546: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Wolves (Park)

1545: Sunderland's Steed Malbranque almost makes amends for that missed penalty with a powerful volley from the edge of the box but Ryan Shawcross gets in the way to deflect the ball away from the goal.

1544: RED CARD Celtic's Thomas Rogne

Aston Villa goal: Villa lost their skipper Nigel Reo-Coker to injury earlier but they have the lead thanks to one of the rising stars of English football. Barry Bannan finds Marc Albrighton with a searching diagonal ball and Albrighton cuts inside with a super first touch before finding the bottom corner of the net. Mark Schwarzer kept out a Luke Young effort moments earlier but could do nothing to keep that one out.

1541: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Aston Villa (Albrighton)

1540: GOALFLASH St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock (Michael Duberry Og)

1538: Here's a special stat from Infostrada Sports on Neal Eardley's special day. Today is the Penrhyn Bay-born full-back's 22nd birthday and his goal against Everton means he is the first Premier League player to score on their birthday this season. It previously happened when Christian Benitez notched for Birmingham City against Burnley on 1 May.

rrengland3 on Twitter: "As Preston manager Moyes only won one of five against Blackpool. Not a good sign for Toffees fans."

FA Cup Macca: "In the first round of the Cup, Dover lead 2-0 at Gillingham, Swindon Supermarine are also 2-0 up at home to Eastwood Town and Corby are beating Luton. Plenty of goals at Bournemouth, where the hosts lead 3-1 against Tranmere, and at Carlisle, who are four up against Tipton Town."

1536: GOALFLASH Inverness CT 0-1 Motherwell (Alan Gow)

1535: GOALFLASH Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen (Gary Hooper)

1533: Nemanja Vidic got lucky at Old Trafford a few moments ago when a Nenad Milijas shot hit him and span a fraction wide, and his Manchester United team-mates don't seem to be at the races at the moment. They have managed to prise open the Wolves defence once, when Ji-Sung Park wriggled clear in the box but Marcus Hahnemann was off his line quickly to smother.

Championship Macca: "A few goals to fill you in on in the Championship: Preston took the lead at Bristol C early on and that moves them up to 19th. It's still 0-0 in the basement battle between Boro and Palace. At the top QPR have just taken the lead at home to Reading through an Adel Taarabt penalty. Otherwise it's a good day to be the visitor so far. Leeds lead at Cov, as do Ipswich at Sheff Utd, Millwall at Doncaster, Leicester at Barnsley and now Burnley at Norwich. Forest have just cancelled out Watford's opener."

1531: GOALFLASH Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen (Gary Hooper)

Someone has won a penalty
Missed Sunderland penalty: No doubt about the decision, when Jon Walters tugs back Asamoah Gyan in the area... but Steed Malbranque makes a bit of a mess of his spot-kick. The Frenchman fails to get any power behind his shot and Asmir Begovic plunges to his left to easily keep it out.

1529: GOALFLASH Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen (Anthony Stokes pen)



1525: Wolves are causing Manchester United a few problems down the left. Matt Jarvis is looking lively, again, and Kevin Doyle is buzzing around on the same flank.

1523: While those goals were flying in at Bloomfield Road, I meant to tell you that Stoke almost managed an instant reply of their own. Kenwyne Jones ran clear... only to be denied by Simon Mignolet's outstretched leg. Very little goalmouth action to tell you about since then.

1521: Some non-sprinkler news for you from St Andrew's, where West Ham have come agonisingly close to an opening goal. Ben Foster brilliantly tipped Carlton Cole's volley against the post and then saw the ball roll across the face of goal.

1520: Over at Craven Cottage, Aston Villa carve out the first clear chance of the game when Marc Albrighton's cross from the right picks out an unmarked Nathan Delfouneso but he directs his header wide. Shortly after Fulham go close, first when Brad Friedel beats away a shot and the rebound falls to Zoltan Gera who smashes over the bar.

1519: Almost an instant impact by Bebe. He makes some space in the area but his goalbound shot is blocked by Richard Stearman.

1517: Quite a high-tempo start at Ewood Park, where Wigan have seen plenty of the ball early on but Blackburn, always dangerous from set pieces, have carried the greater goal threat. Christopher Samba in particular has made his presence felt from Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw-ins and corners.

1517: It was Bebe who eventually came on for Owen Hargreaves at Old Trafford by the way. Fabio was acting as translator when Michael Phelan gave the young Portuguese striker his instructions.

Everton goal: The perfect response by the Toffees. Yakubu crosses from the left and Tim Cahill meets it with a powerful header that Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks cannot keep out. The Seasiders' lead lasted all of three minutes.

1513: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-1 Everton (Cahill)

Blackpool goal: With just eight minutes on the clock Neil Eardley strokes in a sumptuous curling direct free-kick from just outside the box. Keeper Tim Howard didn't have a chance. Manager David Moyes will not be happy with Mikel Arteta who hacked down Charlie Adam.

Sunderland goal: Asamoah Gyan has waited a long time for his first Premier League start, but he has already marked it with a goal. John Mensah's shot is saved, but Gyan follows up to slot home the rebound from close range.

1509: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-0 Everton (Eardley)

1509: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-0 Stoke (Gyan)

1506: Owen Hargreaves IS coming off. His comeback lasts less than six minutes - I don't think it's his knee, just a pulled muscle, but it means his afternoon is over already. Absolutely shocking luck for him.

1505: Bad news from Old Trafford. Owen Hargreaves is limping, and it looks like he is coming off.

1504: No early chances to tell you about... but something a bit odd is happening at St Andrew's, where the on-pitch sprinklers have been turned on... and in spectacular fashion too. There will be a bit of a delay until they are switched off properly.

From BBC Sport's David Garrido at Old Trafford: A dramatic-sounding fanfare to accompany the players on to the pitch here... and as you'd expect a huge cheer for Owen Hargreaves and as he gets his first touch on his first start for United in 777 days... is that a lucky omen?

1501: Wolves get the game started at Old Trafford... meaning all six of our top-flight 1500 GMT kick-offs are under way.

jack_j_allen on Twitter: "Sir Alex Ferguson relying on a clean sheet at the back and some magic from Hernandez. Not to much creativity in Man Utd's midfield."

1456: Let's hope Owen Hargreaves comes through the afternoon's action unscathed. There have been times when the England midfielder's whole career has been under threat because of injury so it is very good to see him back in action.

Blackpool v Everton team news
Mark Ashenden reports: "Everton are unchanged following last week's win against Stoke which means winger Seamus Coleman goes up against the side he played for in last season's successful promotion campaign. Blackpool make just one change with Keith Southern making a first Premier League start in place of Elliot Grandin in the midfield."

Sunderland v Stoke team news
Catherine Etoe reports: "Sunderland boss Steve Bruce makes two changes from the side that lost so heavily in last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby. Darren Bent injured his hamstring in training on Friday so £13m signing Asamoah Gyan will lead the line with Danny Welbeck and on-loan John Mensah comes in for the suspended Titus Bramble. Stoke manager Tony Pulis makes no changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Everton last Saturday, meaning ex-Sunderland players Dean Whitehead, Danny Collins and Kenwyne Jones start against their old club."

Blackburn v Wigan team news
Les Roopanarine reports: "Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sam Allardyce keeps faith with the same Blackburn line-up that had Chelsea sweating until the closing stages last weekend. Equally understandable is Wigan boss Roberto Martinez's decision to shuffle the pack after last Saturday's abject defeat at Fulham. With Tom Cleverley and Franco Di Santo relegated to the bench, Ivory Coast international Steve Gohouri comes in to add defensive steel, while Spaniard Jordi Gomez features in midfield."

Sunderland v Stoke
Catherine Etoe reports: "Sunderland will be looking to put last weekend's 5-1 defeat by Newcastle behind them as they entertain Stoke City. The Black Cats are unbeaten at home since Boxing Day 2009 and as Stoke arrive on the back of three league defeats, there is cause for optimism on Wearside. With six ex-Sunderland players in their squad, however, the home team are not the only ones with something to prove today and Tony Pulis will be hoping his Stoke side can get back to winning ways."

Fulham v Aston Villa team news
Ian Hughes reports: "Fulham name an unchanged side, while Aston Villa make three changes, bringing in Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso for Ciaran Clark, Steve Sidwell and Emile Heskey."

Birmingham v West Ham team news
Paul Fletcher reports: "Birmingham make one change from the team that drew 0-0 at Aston Villa, as fit-again striker Cameron Jerome replaces Craig Gardner. West Ham are looking to end a four-game winless streak in the Premier League and make two changes, with Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole coming into the side."

Blackpool v Everton
Mark Ashenden reports: "Blackpool and Everton are level on points going into their meeting at Bloomfield Road - and Ian Holloway's Tangerines are looking to build on their first home win in the top flight since 1971 when they defeated West Brom 2-1 on Monday."

From Ryushinku on 606: "Credit to Bolton for attacking there at 3-2. They could've tried to defend, defend, defend, biting their nails and possibly conceding that equalizer, but instead they pushed forward and settled the three points."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "777 - Owen Hargreaves will be making his first Premier League start for 777 days against Wolves today. Return."

Man Utd v Wolves team news
Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves makes a shock start - his first in two years. Gabriel Obertan, who scored in the midweek win against Bursaspor, will provide support for Javier Hernandez in attack. Wolves are unchanged from the side that beat Manchester City last week."

MPH1982 on Twitter: "The two goals Spurs scored papered over the cracks. we CANNOT keep giving away the lead and letting sides go 3-0 up."

1442: It took a while to get going (as did Tottenham) but there were certainly no shortage of thrills and spills (or goals) at the Reebok Stadium in the second half. Bolton hold off a late Spurs fight back to collect all three points, and move above them in the Premier League table - climbing to fifth place.

1440: FULL-TIME Bolton 4-2 Tottenham

Bolton goal: That really should be game over. With Tottenham pushing everyone forward, Kevin Davies flicks on a Bolton clearance and Martin Petrov has the space to run clear and find a clinical low finish.

1438: GOALFLASH Bolton 4-2 Tottenham (Petrov)

Sunderland v Stoke line-ups
Sunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Mensah, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Welbeck, Gyan. Subs: Gordon, Richardson, Zenden, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Ferdinand.
Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Walters, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington, Sanli, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Whelan, Fuller, Pennant, Delap, Wilkinson.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Fulham v Aston Villa line-ups
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies, Greening, Murphy, Gera, Dembele, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Andrew Johnson, Duff, Etuhu, Eddie Johnson.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Bannan, Reo-Coker, Downing, Ashley Young, Albrighton, Delfouneso. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Ireland, Clark, Cuellar, Hogg, Lichaj.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1435: It's going to take another Bolton goal to finish Spurs off, and they almost get one. Martin Petrov meets a cross from the right but his volley slams into the side netting. Wanderers have decided the best form of defence is attack...

1434: There will be four minutes of added time.

1433: We are into the final minute of the 90 at the Reebok Stadium. The closing stages of this one are going to be interesting...

Tottenham goal: Er, wow. Gareth Bale's free-kick is headed clear, but the ball drops for Roman Pavlyuchenko - who is at such a tight angle he is almost in Marco van Basten Euro 88 territory. He watches it as it drops on to his foot and unleases a venomous volley that fizzes into net. Absolutely unstoppable... game on.

1430: GOALFLASH Bolton 3-2 Tottenham (Pavlyuchenko)

Blackpool v Everton
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Vaughan, Southern, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney. Subs: Kingson, Harewood, Grandin, Sylvestre, Phillips, Carney, Keinan.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Heitinga, Pienaar, Cahill, Yakubu. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Beckford, Rodwell, Baxter.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

1429: Tottenham continue to attack. David Bentley, who came on a few minutes ago, bends a cross over from the right but it eludes Roman Pavlyuchenko at the far post.

Blackburn v Wigan line-ups
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Jones, Mame Diouf, Emerton, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Mwaruwari. Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Kalinic, Hoilett, Goulon, Roberts, Chimbonda.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, Stam, Gomez, N'Zogbia, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Di Santo, Watson, Boselli, Moses, Steven Caldwell, Cleverley.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Man Utd v Wolverhampton line-ups
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Obertan, Fletcher, Hargreaves, O'Shea, Park, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Smalling, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Macheda, Bebe.
Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Edwards, Henry, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle, Hunt. Subs: Hennessey, Van Damme, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Mancienne, Mouyokolo.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Tottenham goal: Hang about. Hope for Tottenham? Maybe. Whatever happens next, this is a goal of real quality from Alan Hutton, who cuts in from the right and curls an unstoppable shot into the opposite top corner of the net.

1423: GOALFLASH Bolton 3-1 Tottenham (Hutton)

1422: Bolton want more goals, by the looks of things, and it takes a super bit of goalkeeping by Heurelho Gomes to deny Johan Elmander as he runs clear. There are around 10 minutes left at the Reebok.

Bolton goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto bundles into the back of Chung-Yong Lee and referee Chris Foy, rightly, points to the spot. Kevin Davies steps up and confidently clips home his penalty. Tottenham's bad day just got a whole lot worse.

1419: GOALFLASH Bolton 3-0 Tottenham (Davies pen)

1418: PENALTY to Bolton

Someone has struck the woodwork
1417: I'm not really sure how Matty Taylor has not scored today. This time, he meets Tom Huddlestone's poor clearance on the edge of the box and sends a precise first-time shot against the post.

Birmingham v West Ham line-ups
Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Hleb, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Bowyer, Gardner, Phillips, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Beausejour.
West Ham: Green, Jacobsen, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Boa Morte, Obinna, Cole, Piquionne. Subs: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Dyer, Barrera, Kovac, McCarthy.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1415: Well, it's a shot... and Tottenham haven't had many of them today. Luka Modric feeds Nico Kranjcar on the right of the area, but he gets under the ball and skies it high over the bar.

1413: Yep, it's confirmed. Owen Hargreaves will make his first start for Manchester United today since September 2008. I wonder what his hair looks like these days?

1411: Harry Redknapp is trying to get Tottenham going, and wants them to push up more, but Bolton remain very much on top in this one. Johan Elmader almost makes it 3-0, reaching a corner first at the near post but seeing his flicked effort fly narrowly wide.

1410: And some breaking team news from Old Trafford that I will confirm as soon as I hear for sure. Owen Hargreaves will make his first start in over two years for Manchester United against Wolves this afternoon.

1408: Some news from Scotland: Dundee Utd's David Goodwillie is relegated to the bench by manager Peter Houston following his alleged involvement in an incident in Glasgow in midweek, St Johnstone v Kilmarnock is on after McDiarmid Park passed a late pitch inspection and referee Dougie McDonald returns to action at First Division Falkirk following the recent controversy surrounding him.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "2 - Johan Elmander has assisted more goals in this match (2) than he had in his last 40 Premier League appearances put together (1). Creator."

1406: Another change by Spurs. Sandro is off, and Tom Huddlestone is on. About 30 minutes left for Tottenham to try to salvage something here... otherwise Bolton will leapfrog them into fifth place.

1404: Tottenham played their best football of the first half after falling behind and, again, they respond well to conceding a goal. Alan Hutton's cross finds Sandro inside the six-yard box but he fails to make a clean contact with his shot and the ball whizzes off his shin and across the face of goal.

Bolton goal: Gretar Steinsson's day is going an awfully lot better than most people thought. After a neat move from the home side, he picks up Johan Elmander's cut-back from the right, takes a touch, and buries his low shot into the opposite corner of the net. Bolton have got breathing space.

1400: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-0 Tottenham (Steinsson)

1358: Bolton are still looking dangerous though. Very dangerous. Matty Taylor finds Johan Elmander in the box but Heurelho Gome saves with his legs. Then, a minute later, Gary Cahill is a whisker away from finding the top corner with a rasping effort from the edge of the box.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1357: Tottenham's best moment of the match... and who do you think is behind it? Yep, Gareth Bale. He steps up to bend a wicked 25-yard free-kick goalwards... but with Jussi Jaaskelainen well beaten, the ball shaves the angle of post and bar.

1355: A first yellow card of the day, shown to Bolton's Paul Robinson for a late lunge on Sandro. I keep wanting to write Sandra, instead of Sandro, but rest assured that Mrs Redknapp is not in today's Tottenham squad.

Blackburn v Wigan
Les Roopanarine reports: "Blackburn came within six minutes of a draw against Chelsea last weekend, and might even have won had Jason Roberts converted a late chance. Wigan, meanwhile, were woeful, losing at Fulham in a performance manager Roberto Martinez rated their worst of the season. So third-from-bottom Rovers will secure a much-needed win, landing 17th-placed Wigan in the relegation mire as they go, right? Maybe not. Both teams have won just twice in the league to date, and there is no compelling reason to suppose that statistic will change today."

1352: It's Bolton who are first to attack. Kevin Davies links up well with Chung-Yong Lee down the right but referee Chris Foy spots a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto as Lee bursts into the box. Not sure about that one myself.

TommyMc87 on Twitter: "Tom Huddlestone is a massive miss at the base of the Spurs midfield... his ability on the ball and passing range are vital."

1349: Here we go. Bolton get the second half under way.

1348: Right then, the players are emerging from those tunnels again, meaning the second half is about to start. Spurs are bringing Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Wilson Palacios.

1346: Info on the other three Premier League games to come later... and there' a whole load of action in the FA Cup first round as well of course. Call them what you like - shocks, giantkillings, even Cupsets: I can almost guarantee there will be a few this afternoon. Hythe Town, Swindon Supermarine, and Corby are among the teams in action... as well as Harrow Borough, featuring my favourite non-league player (Rocky Baptiste), who kick-off their game against League Two leaders Chesterfield at 1400 GMT.

Fulham v Aston Villa
Ian Hughes reports: "The last time Fulham achieved back-to-back league victories was in February, while visitors Aston Villa are without a win since September - so both sides will be keen to end their unwanted records. Villa will also be desperate to score, having gone 344 minutes without a league goal, but they have a serious striker shortage. On the flip side, Gerard Houllier's men have conceded only once in their last three league games. This one could be very tight."

Man Utd v Wolves
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Wolves at home five days before the big derby against City - sounds ideal for Manchester United? Yes and no. Yes, because Wolves have not won at Old Trafford for 30 years. No, because Mick McCarthy's side are in good form and outplayed City last week. Prediction? A victory for entertainment."

Birmingham v West Ham
Paul Fletcher reports: "West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold return to Birmingham for the first time since they sold the club - and they will be desperate for their new side to pick up some points. The Hammers are anchored to the bottom of the Premier League, three points adrift of their nearest rivals, Wolves and Blackburn."

Championship Macca: "With Cardiff playing Swansea in an all-Welsh ding-dong on Sunday, there's a chance for QPR to move back to the top of the Championship pile today. But they will need to overcome a stuttering run of four straight draws and an in-form Reading side to do so. There's a couple of smashing six-pointers at the bottom, with second-bottom Boro hosting basement side Crystal Palace and the two sides above them - Bristol City and Preston - facing each other."

1336: Let's have a little look at what else is to come today, shall we?

Tomst7 on Twitter: "Re 1314. The lack of English players is due to injuries to Lennon, Defoe, Dawson, King, Woodgate. Or the need to rest others. We're NOT Arsenal."

Half time
1333: HALF-TIME Bolton 1-0 Tottenham
Sam Lyon's HT snap-shot:
"Kevin Davies' opener may have been offside, but it's a reality check for Tottenham so far nonetheless."

From Shabba76 on 606: "Spurs need Van der Vaart. They were out of the game as soon as he came off against Man Utd. He brings the best out of Modric, Crouch, and Bale. Without him the Spurs midfield lacks balance, and it shows in possession stats and creativity."

1331: We are into the last minute of the first half. After a slow start, this game has got extremely lively.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - Kevin Davies has scored five goals in his last four games against Spurs in all competitions at the Reebok Stadium. Bully."

1329: Jussi Jaaskelainen is a lucky man. The Bolton keeper makes a bit of a mess of William Gallas's shot, after the Spurs defender cuts in from the left and lets fly, but the loose ball spins away from the waiting Peter Crouch and Luka Modric. Tottenham are not done yet, though, and force a corner soon after... but when the ball drops to Younes Kaboul in front of goal, he slices his shot high and wide. Bolton breathe again.

1326: Tottenham are really pushing forward now. Gareth Bale breaks forward down the left but his low cross takes the merest of touches of Gary Cahill and is deflected just beyond Peter Crouch, who is sliding in to convert at the far post. Referee Chris Foy gives a goal kick.

1324: This is a decent response from the visitors too. Gareth Bale and Alan Hutton have sent over a couple of dangerous crosses from either flank, but Peter Crouch has been unable to capitalise. Maybe going behind has woken Spurs up?

1321: All hope is not lost for Tottenham, mind. This is the seventh straight Premier League game in which they have conceded first... and they have come back to win three of their last six matches.

Bolton goal: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will not be happy. Fabrice Muamba steals the ball off Sandro and Matty Taylor slips Kevin Davies clear. The Bolton striker is a yard offside but play continues and he slams a superb finish past Heurelo Gomes and into the bottom corner of the net.

1317: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 Tottenham (Davies)

1316: Gareth Bale gets a looping cross in from the left but Peter Crouch's knockdown is easily cleared. The visitors have not had a particularly productive opening half-hour.

1314: While we wait for this game to get going, here's Infostrada Sports with a stat for you. Peter Crouch is the only Englishman in the Tottenham starting line up at the Reebok - meaning this is the lowest number of Englishmen Spurs have ever had in their starting line-up for a Premier League match.

1310: Better by Bolton. Matty Taylor is involved again, as he tries to get on the end of Johan Elmander's cross from the right, but Alan Hutton reaches the ball first in the six-yard box to clear the danger.

1307: It's all gone a bit scrappy I'm afraid. Bolton are playing with a bit more purpose but are not exactly knocking on Tottenham's door. The best chance remains that early opening which Matty Taylor spurned.

1302: Bolton's turn to attack and, unwittingly, defend. Kevin Davies heads down a free-kick for Matty Taylor on the edge of the box but his shot is blocked by his team-mate Johan Elmander, who is also off-side. It was off-target anyhow.

JimPansy on Twitter: "Of course, Gareth Bale may be the most over-rated player of the season. Player du jour of the hype over quality culture."

1300: Tottenham come forward again. Luka Modric and Wilson Palacios work the ball into the area, and tee up Sandro on the edge of the box.... sadly for the Brazilian, he slices his first time effort a mile wide.

1257: Gareth Bale may be worth £50m (apparently) but he's not perfect (who is?). He picks up the ball in space on the left but his hoisted cross on the run sails straight out of play. For all his Champions League heroics, the Welshman has the grand total of zero assists in the Premier League this season... so still some room for improvement.

1255: Speaking of Johan Elmander, he's just had a pop at goal after Stuart Holden nicked the ball off Luka Modric. That percentage below has just taken a knock, mind, because it wasn't the greatest effort... he scuffed it horribly off target.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "24 - Johan Elmander has scored with 24% of his shots this season in the Premier League, compared to 9% in 2009/10. Improvement."

1253: Part II comes very soon afterwards. Gareth Bale tears down the left and whips in a dangerous low cross that is just about cleared at the near post. Part III? Bale nut-megs Steinsson but Chung-Yong Lee is back to cover. Looks like those two are doubling up on him down that flank.

1251: Hmmm. Gretar Steinsson vs Gareth Bale part I: The Icelandic defender blatantly chops down the Welsh winger. More of that to come, I fear.

1249: More pressure by Bolton... Heurelho Gomes flaps at a Matty Taylor corner but the ball is hoofed clear.

1247: What a start! Bolton should be ahead, inside the first 30 seconds. After a mistake by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Chung-Yong Lee's deflected cross finds Matty Taylor inside the area but, under pressure from Alan Hutton, he blazes his shot over the bar.

1247: And we're off...

1246: No anthems today for Spurs, just a pre-match huddle. Sorry EmJayLambert, but it looks like Gareth Bale is on the left.

From rowingisamanssport on 606: "If you want to cope with Bale, simple! Don't give him so much space to run at your back four! Give anybody that much space in the Premier League and they will punish you."

1242: Bolton, and now Spurs, emerge from the tunnels (there are two separate ones) at the Reebok. If you want to listen to BBC Radio 5 live coverage of this game (in the UK), then give this page another manual refresh.

EmJayLambert on Twitter: "Received wisdom amongst Spurs support is that Bale will be on the right & Kranjcar on the left... You heard it here first."

Bolton v Tottenham team news
Sam Lyon reports:
"So Bolton are unchanged from the side that lost to Liverpool on Sunday, with fit-again Martin Petrov having to settle for a place on the bench. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes to his side for the trip to the Reebok, two forced because of injuries to Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon. Heurelho Gomes, Wilson Palacios, Sandro and Niko Kranjcar - for the first time this season - all start."

1234: Kick-off at Bolton is now only 10 minutes (or so) away. The Reebok Stadium is currently bathing in late-autumn sunshine, although I bet it is a bit nippy in the shade.

hazza55555 on Twitter: "After Maicon's disaster lets see how Bolton copes with Bale."

Bolton v Tottenham line-ups
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Ricketts, Mark Davies, Petrov, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake.
Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios, Sandro, Kranjcar, Bale, Modric, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Huddlestone, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Corluka.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

From Fitch, via text: "Re OptaJoe. Keane's not gonna get much opportunity today... he's not even on the bench."

1223: Full team news from Bolton-Spurs to follow but, in the meantime, I will very quickly tell you that Tottenham are without the injured Rafael van der Vaart, but Niko Kranjcar makes his first league start of the season.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Robbie Keane has scored eight Premier League goals against Bolton, his joint-highest tally against any opponent. Opportunity."

1217: These, then, are the seven top-flight games in store for us today (1500 GMT KO unless otherwise stated):

Bolton v Tottenham (1245 KO)
Birmingham v West Ham
Blackburn v Wigan
Blackpool v Everton
Fulham v Aston Villa
Man Utd v Wolves
Sunderland v Stoke

From mrneil on 606: "I think after last nights FA Cup game, there could be a few more shocks on the cards! Well done FC! Fingers crossed for a nice draw in the next round."

1214: Lots going on then, which means I'm expecting lots of chat from you lot too. You know the score by now, don't you? Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, get involved on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

Sam Lyon reports:
"What a difference a year makes. In this fixture 13 months ago, Gareth Bale was an unused, uncelebrated substitute - he returns to the Reebok today as one of the most talked about footballers on the planet. Where Maicon failed, Gretar Steinsson will hope to succeed - and on the back of a run of one Premier League win in eight it could be a long afternoon for Bolton. Still, with Tottenham back down to earth following their midweek Champions League party, and having never won a Premier League match at the Trotters, Owen Coyle's side will rightly fancy their chances of troubling the Londoners. It's got 'draw' written all over it."

1212: First up, at 1245 GMT, is Bolton versus Tottenham. In the meantime, I've got a little treat for you... if you give this page a manual refresh, you will be able to watch Football Focus (if you are in the UK). Got that? Good.

1209: We've got a wonderful weekend ahead of us too by the way. SEVEN Premier League games, FOUR SPL games, a FULL programme in the Championship and more SHOCKS ahoy in the FA Cup first round.

1205: Yes, on the same day Liverpool's new American co-owner Tom Werner threw his backing behind the possibility of playing competitive Premier League games abroad (think '39th game'), a club set up five years ago by Manchester United fans who were disillusioned with their (American) owners and the direction of the modern game were busy showing us what real football is all about. FCUM v MUFC? It could still happen.

1201 GMT: It's funny, isn't it? Just when you think another nail is going to be driven into the soul of English football, something happens that makes you think that maybe, just maybe, the moneymen won't have it all their own way. What am I talking about? FC United of Manchester's stunning FA Cup win over Rochdale last night, of course.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 10 24 25
2 Man Utd 11 11 23
3 Arsenal 10 12 20
4 Man City 10 3 17
5 Bolton 11 1 15
6 Tottenham 11 -1 15
7 Sunderland 11 -1 15
8 West Brom 10 -3 15
9 Newcastle 10 5 14
10 Everton 11 2 14
11 Blackpool 11 -6 14
12 Fulham 11 1 13
13 Aston Villa 11 -4 13
14 Birmingham 11 -2 12
15 Blackburn 11 -2 12
16 Liverpool 10 -4 12
17 Stoke 11 -6 10
18 Wigan 11 -12 10
19 Wolves 11 -7 9
20 West Ham 11 -11 7

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