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Sunday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Chris Bevan

1829: And that brings a sizzling Sunday of action to an end. You can see all today's Premier League goals on Match of the Day 2 at 2230 GMT on this website (in the UK) and on BBC Two. Thanks for your company and be sure to join Sam Lyon for more of the same on Tuesday. See you soon.

1825: There's no Monday night game tomorrow but if you are in need of some football fix then tune into 'The real Wayne Rooney' on 5 live at 2000 GMT. Ian McGarry has been talking to some of the people closest to Rooney, including England team-mate Frank Lampard. "I think he's a very cute, worldly lad for how young he is," revealed Lampard. "I think there's a sensitive side to him."

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti after his side's disappointing display at Anfield: "Liverpool played very good defensively - it was difficult to find the space but the mentality of my team was good. Fernando Torres played very well and scored two fantastic goals. We have to be positive. It's impossible to win every game. We played well in the second half but we don't have to react. We just have to win the next game."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Liverpool ended Chelsea's run of eight consecutive league wins against the 'Big Four'. Phoenix."

cypherspace on Twitter: "That game shows the value of sticking with a manager. How are the people who were calling for Roy Hodgson's head feeling?"

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson on his side's victory over top-of-the-table Chelsea: "Thanks to Pepe Reina and the crossbar we kept our clean sheet. I am very happy with the way the team performed. The players are getting more comfortable with the way we want them to play and the shape of the team."

West Brom 0-2 Man City
Ian Hughes reports: "Balotelli, Tevez and Silva had Manchester City fans dreaming of Bell, Lee and Summerbee in the first half. Then Balotelli lost the plot, and they swiftly woke up to smell the cappuccino. Mixed day for the billionaires."

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres after scoring twice in his side's 2-0 victory over Chelsea: "We were not good enough at the start of season. We're now going forward in the table and getting better every day. We needed time to work with a new manager and new players - we now have an opportunity to keep winning games against teams in the middle of the table. It is three more points but it gives us more confidence and especially that it's been a tough week with three games."

1759: Here's a little reminder of what happened earlier today:

Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle
Ian Hughes reports: "Newcastle's stunning victory should ease the pressure on manager Chris Hughton - after all, they're now fourth in the table! Conversely, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be feeling the strain as five years without a trophy may well turn into six if they misfire like this too often - and the Frenchman really must address Arsenal's goalkeeping issue once and for all."

1756: So, three Premier League wins in a row for Liverpool, who climb to ninth place - level on points with sixth-placed Bolton. That's the first time Roy Hodgson's side have been in the top half of the table all season. Chelsea? They remain two points clear at the top.

Full time
1752: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
Phil McNulty reports:
"The Liverpool recovery continues with a third successive Premier League victory - and it was the magical contribution of Fernando Torres that made the difference. Chelsea showed signs of life after the break, but the disappointing league leaders left it far too late."

1751: Liverpool should have a third goal... and they think they should have a penalty. Maxi Rodrigues is clean through and tries to round Petr Cech. There might have been some contact there, but not much - and Rodrigues went to ground in dramatic fashion. Referee Howard Webb shakes his head, and it won't make any difference anyway.

1750: Another change by Liverpool - Jay Spearing is on for Raul Meireles. We are halfway through three minutes of added time.

Yellow card
1748: Alex takes out David Ngog with a clumsy challenge and the Anfield crowd want a red card. Alex wasn't the last man, though, so Howard Webb shows him yellow instead.

1747: Daniel Sturridge has a pop from the edge of the box but doesn't really get hold of his shot, and that's easy for Pepe Reina.

1745: The man of the moment is coming off - Fernando Torres, scorer of both Liverpool's goals today, is replaced by David Ngog.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1744: Er, I'm not really sure how that stayed out. Nicolas Anelka's shot is touched on to the bar by Pepe Reina but Didier Drogba is perfectly placed to tap in the rebound... and would have done, if not for a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Jamie Carragher inside his own six-yard box.

From anonymous Liverpool fan, via text: "Lucas has played brilliantly today, but is tiring. Bring on David Ngog! "

1742: Six minutes to go, and Liverpool's turn to make a substitution. Dirk Kuyt, who has put in a decent shift today, comes off to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.

1741: Lucas is dispossessed by Ashley Cole, who tears down the left before firing over a cross. There's no-one in the area to meet it, however, and Martin Skrtel hoofs the ball clear.

1739: Fernando Torres tries to run straight through the Chelsea defence. It almost works. The Blues are back on the attack now though.

KopMaestro Sports on Twitter: "Can someone please tell me how John Terry constantly avoids bookings? After 6ft high tackles and constant abuse to the ref today. Wow."


He's er, committed, isn't he?

1734: Another change for Chelsea. With 15 minutes left, Daniel Sturridge has replaced Yuri Zhirkov.

1732: Blimey. More pressure from Liverpool and, when a corner is only half-cleared, Dirk Kuyt forces Petr Cech into a brilliant instinctive save with his legs. It's a corner but Chelsea's players seem to think referee Howard Webb has awarded a penalty. They surround him to protest. He hasn't.

1730: A rare sight of goal for Liverpool, who have done virtually nothing in attack since the break. Steven Gerrard lofts a free-kick into the box and Didier Drogba's clearance is smashed goalwards by Maxi Rodriguez, but straight at Petr Cech.

1728: A change for Chelsea. Jose Bosingwa is on for Branislav Ivanovic.

1725: It is still ALL Chelsea at the moment. Liverpool look a teeny bit desperate... and this is with more than 20 minutes left.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Some sounds of anxiety around Anfield despite Liverpool's precious two-goal lead. The mood is being affected by Liverpool's failure to keep possession, an open invitation even this off-colour Chelsea will welcome."

1723: Now that is a save... and a half. Didier Drogba crosses from the right and Florent Malouda meets it at point-blank range. It should be a goal, but it isn't, because Pepe Reina is in the right place to keep it out, with his face and his chest by the looks of things. Instinctive.

From Alex Webster on 606: "Liverpool are sitting too deep - I can see Chelsea getting back in this."

1720: Just past the hour-mark at Anfield and Pepe Reina finally has a save to make. Yuri Zhirkov cuts into the area and lets fly - I think his shot would have hit the post but Reina is across anyway to push it away.

1718: A real waste this. Ashley Cole (I think) crosses from the left and Ramires rises to meet it, unmarked, only to send his header sailing over the bar.

1717: Didier Drogba and Alex size up a free-kick from a dangerous position, about 30 yards out. It is Drogba who takes it... but he shoots harmlessly wide.

From Will in Swansea, via text: "Good effort from the Baggies in the second half, moment of madness from Balotelli almost gave us an opening but in the end the damage was done in the first half and we only have ourselves to blame."

1714: Florent Malouda sends in a free-kick from the left, but Liverpool clear easily. Chelsea need to do better than that because Pepe Reina has still not had a meaningful save to make.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on his side's eventful win at West Brom: "We played a fantastic game. My players played football so well, and we can score more goals than that. We always had the ball. I'm very happy for us. The fans were amazing today. For me, Mario Balotelli played very well. The referee should not have given a red card, absolutely not. It's possible we may appeal."

1710: Liverpool cannot keep hold of the ball at the moment but their defending is definitely up to scratch. Lucas is buzzing around the midfield and proving to be a right nuisance for Chelsea as they try to probe for weaknesses in the Reds' backline.

1706: Chelsea are already showing more intent than they did in the first half, but they are still lacking quality. Ramires tries to find Didier Drogba but smacks the ball straight out of play.

1703: Here we go... Liverpool start the second half. What price a third for Fernando Torres? Or a couple by Didier Drogba?

1702: Manchester City's next match? Just the Manchester derby at Eastlands on Wednesday. At Anfield, we are waiting for a couple of Chelsea players to emerge for the second half - and Didier Drogba is coming on for Salomon Kalou.

1701: Quite a day for Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, then. He scores twice and is then sent off in his side's victory over West Brom that keeps them in fourth place. Infostrada Sports tell me the last player to score twice and receive his marching orders in the same Premier League match was Robbie Keane in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-3 defeat against Birmingham City on 2 December 2007. He also received a straight red card.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "44 - Fernando Torres has scored 44 goals in 47 Premier League appearances at Anfield. Rebooted."

1658: Aaron Webster's 85th-minute winner against Oxford has sealed Burton's place in the second round of the FA Cup. They will play Chesterfield at home in the next stage.

1657: FULL-TIME West Brom 0-2 Man City

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton on his side's 1-0 victory at the Emirates: "This is a fantastic win. For anybody to come here and get a result is a difficult ask. We needed a spirited performance by 11 players on the park and that's what we got."

From United6060 on 606: "Chelsea were complacent thought they could show up and walk this game, complete arrogance. Glad Liverpool are teaching them a lesson, says it all when Lucas is dominating the midfield."

1652: City are back in control at the Hawthorns, where we are into four minutes of added time. The bite has gone out of West Brom since Youssuf Mulumbu saw red.

hazza55555 on Twitter: "The big man is back on Merseyside."

1648: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
Phil McNulty's half-time snap-shot:
"Two moments of brilliance from Fernando Torres and 2-0 to Liverpool. Torres is a real tormentor of Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti's decison to leave out Didier Drogba looks highly questionable."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: Ashley Cole loses the ball as he tries to break forward and Raul Meireles charges forward before finding Fernando Torres in the area. The Spaniard steadies himself before curling an inch-perfect shot beyond Petr Cech and into the far corner. Quality stuff.

Red card
West Brom red card: It's 10-men apiece at the Hawthorns now. Youssuf Mulumbu is shown his second yellow card after going through the back of Carlos Tevez.

1645: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea (Torres)

1643: RED CARD West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu

jlittlewood on Twitter: "In a few years Martin Kelly will be England's first choice right back. Brilliant talent."

1643: Less than 10 minutes left at the Hawthorns now and the Baggies can still find no way through. They are reduced to shooting from distance, and Chris Brunt has just skied his 25-yard shot high over the bar.

1640: Chelsea seem to have stepped things up a bit, well they have won their first corner anyhow, after Florent Malouda had his shot deflected. Liverpool clear it easily.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side's home defeat by Newcastle: "It was a big disappointment because our performance was not good enough. But I think we were unlucky because they had one shot on target the whole game and we lose 1-0."

brianyerkes on Twitter: "Re 1624. Mancini cannot complain when this happens with Balotelli. Everyone knows about his attitude. Mancini bought him knowing this."

1635: The Baggies are still working hard, and Peter Odemwingie is giving the Manchester City defence plenty to think about... but the visitors are still holding out.

1634: John Terry gets in the way of Martin Kelly's fierce left-foot strike, then chases the rebound. The Blues captain is pumped for this game, but I'm not sure about some of his team-mates.

1632: Chelsea have been pretty poor going forward so far. Let's not forget that Didier Drogba is on the bench, though.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Liverpool's goal was reward for an enterprising start, Fernando Torres once again demonstrating his ability to torment Chelsea. Dirk Kuyt created the goal with a clever pass, and his return has given Liverpool extra energy as well as invaluable support for Torres."

1629: West Brom are pressing now. Nicky Shorey's free-kick might just be dipping under the bar - Joe Hart takes no chances and tips over.

Red card
Man City red card: He was only booked a few moments earlier, now Mario Balotelli is heading for an early bath. It looked a bit harsh, because he didn't kick out at Youssuf Mulumbu, more swung a leg in his direction as the pair tangled for possession. About 25 minutes left for City's 10 men.

1624: RED CARD Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

1623: Another chance for Liverpool. Well, half a chance anyhow. Maxi Rodriguez blazes over on the half-volley after latching on to a Fernando Torres knockdown. At the Hawthorns, Peter Odemwingie is on for West Brom, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune.

1621: Yuri Zhirkov fells Lucas about 35 yards out and Steven Gerrard is standing over the free-kick. The Reds skipper lobs it into the box but Chelsea clear it easily.

1619: Not a lot in response from Chelsea yet. They have had one opportunity, but Salomon Kalou could only manage a tame header from Ashley Cole's cross and Pepe Reina saved comfortably.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1617: Chance for West Brom... from nothing really. Simon Cox tries his luck from 20 yards out and sees his shot cannon against the inside of the post.

1615: At the Hawthorns, David Silva releases a perfectly weighted pass for Jerome Boateng... but Scott Carson is there just in time to collect the ball at his feet.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: There's that quality I was talking about. Dirk Kuyt lofts a lovely pass towards Fernando Torres, who controls it brilliantly before slotting home past Petr Cech. A simple move but perfectly executed.

1612: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Torres)

1611: It's still high-tempo stuff at Anfield but a lack of quality in the final third is letting down both teams at the moment. Liverpool are probably seeing more of the ball right now.

1607: Manchester City are late emerging for the second half at the Hawthorns. Referee Lee Probert is shaking his head in disapproval... but we are finally back under way.

1605: Lots of tackles flying in in the early stages of Liverpool-Chelsea. A couple of (wasted) free-kicks from promising positions are all we've had in terms of chances though.

1602: Today's other FA Cup first round game, between Burton and Oxford, is goalless at the break. If you want a full look at the draw for round two, you can do so here.

1601: Chelsea get things started at Anfield.

1559: I've used a few comments from Newcastle fans praising Magpies manager Chris Hughton via text and Twitter after that impressive win over Arsenal, but I could use many, many more. Even Gunners fans seem impressed.

1558: The Chelsea and Liverpool players emerge from the tunnel at Anfield. If you give this page a manual refresh (and you live in the UK), you can listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live.

coulsontom on Twitter: "Crisis at MCFC. Mancini's men are (currently) level with Arsenal in 3rd place. The hunt for a new manager starts here!"

Half time
1550: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-2 Man City
Chris Whyatt's half-time snap-shot: "Cockier than Muhammed Ali in his prime, but Mario Balotelli proving he is the man to cure all City's ills. West Brom crushed."

From Emma, via text: "On cloud nine as a Newcastle fan at the moment! Hats off to Chris Hughton. Get that man a new contract NOW!"

Yellow card
1545: Yaya Toure makes a powerful run down the left but then fails to pick out Mario Balotelli, who is in acres of space on the other side of the area. West Brom break forward and Gareth Barry goes in referee Lee Probert's book for a foul on Paul Scharner.

1544: Chris Brunt is easily West Brom's best player at the moment but even he has not been able to create much for the home side at the Hawthorns. Man City are hardly firing on all cylinders either but Mario Balotelli is making quite an impact - as well as his two goals, he has just showed a lovely touch of skill to find Nigel de Jong with a delightful flick.

From anonymous Gunners fan, via text: "An awful performance from Arsenal, absolutely clueless and gutless. Referee Mike Dean didn't help either but well done to the Toons, who defended and played with an attitude I only wish Arsenal could have conjured. "

From Neale, via text: "Give Chris Hughton the Newcastle job for life!"

1539: Newcastle were up to fourth, briefly, thanks to that hard-fought win over a disappointing Arsenal side. But that quick-fire brace from Mario Balotelli means, as things stand, City are still above them. The Gunners had already lost to West Brom at the Emirates this season, meaning they have now lost at home to two newly-promoted side.

1536: Manchester City have a free-kick, about 25 yards out. Carlos Tevez waves away Mario Balotelli and says this his his... before bending a shot on to the roof of the net. The visitors are in control here, with about 10 minutes or so to go until half-time.

Liverpool v Chelsea team news
Phil McNulty reports from Anfield:
"Didier Drogba is only on the bench for Chelsea, who are also without the influential Michael Essien, who was ruled out with a toe injury. Liverpool are lifted by the return of Dirk Kuyt after an ankle injury but Joe Cole, as expected, misses out with a hamstring injury. Sotirios Kyrgiakos is out with illness, so youngster Martin Kelly comes in at right-back with Jamie Carragher moving into the centre of defence alongside Martin Skrtel."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: David Silva started the move that led to City's first goal, and he has just made their second too. His precise lofted pass finds Mario Balotelli on the edge of the box who, despite a poor first touch, holds off Gabriel Tamas before burying his shot into the bottom corner of the net. City have breathing space.

1529: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-2 Man City (Balotelli)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: A neat move by the visitors and a first Premier League goal for Mario Balotelli. He is in the right place to meet Carlos Tevez's low cross and slide the ball home at the far post, after good work by David Silva on the edge of the area.

1526: FULL-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle

Red card
Arsenal red card: A bad day for the Gunners just got even worse. Laurent Koscielny holds back Nile Ranger as he runs through on goal from a wide position and referee Mike Dean decides he was the last man. That's a straight red.

1523: RED CARD Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny

1523: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Man City (Balotelli)

1522: There will be four minutes of added time at the Emirates.

Liverpool v Chelsea line-ups
Liverpool:
Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Meireles, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Torres. Subs: Hansen, Jovanovic, Wilson, Ngog, Spearing, Poulsen, Shelvey.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Drogba, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Sturridge, Kakuta, McEachran.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

1521: Plenty of possession by Manchester City at the Hawthorns, but zero penetration - so far.

1520: Newcastle are working their socks off to hold on to this lead. It reminds me of the effort Wolves put in at Old Trafford yesterday, and we know what happened there.

Liverpool v Chelsea (1600 GMT KO)
Phil McNulty reports from Anfield:
"Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will be hoping to build on Premier League wins against Blackburn and Bolton - but faces a huge test against leaders Chelsea here at Anfield. Chelsea's aim will be to strengthen their grip at the top of the table, but a real chance for Hodgson and Liverpool to make a statement."

From Will (Spurs fan), via text: "I've been saying this for weeks but today's Toon performance reiterates my point. Anyone questioning Chris Hughton's work at Newcastle needs their heads looked at!"

1516: Newcastle goalscorer Andy Carroll is caught in possession on the edge of his own area and it opens up for Andrey Arshavin to have a go at goal... sadly for the Gunners, his shot is a mile off target.

1514: Time for a Newcastle change - Nile Ranger is on for Shola Ameobi. There are eight minutes of the 90 to go.

1513: At last Arsenal produce a decent delivery. Andrey Arshavin makes space for a cross and finds Cesc Fabregas, but his stooping header is straight at Tim Krul.

1512: We had bit of a delay at the Emirates while Newcastle keeper Tim Krul had treatment. He is fine to carry on, though, and play has just restarted.

1510: There's been a frantic start at the Hawthorns. Yousuff Mulumbu brilliantly splits the defence from deep, Chris Brunt nearly forces an own goal from Kolo Toure. His clearance had City keeper Joe Hart scrambling across his goal, but the ball span wide. Open game already.

1509: Arsenal are dominating possession now but their final ball is still letting them down, and time is running out.

1507: Newcastle don't get many goals here but Andy Carroll's header was not their first at the Emirates. Kieron Dyer found the target in a 1-1 draw back in November 2006

1504: A third and final change by Arsenal. Nicklas Bendtner is on for Jack Wilshere. The Gunners have upped the ante in the last few minutes or so - can Newcastle hold out?

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium: "Swansea dominated possession and created the bulk of the high-quality openings. They deserve their three points. The question is - will this be a Premier League fixture next season?"

1503: We are under way at the Hawthorns.

1502: FULL-TIME Cardiff 0-1 Swansea

1501: Another great chance spurned by Cardiff's Craig Bellamy, who is unmarked when he meets a cross at the back post but sees the ball spin off his shoulder and wide of the target.

1500: Four minutes of added time to be played in Cardiff, and that is almost up. In London, Arsenal have got 20 minutes of normal time to try to salvage a point.

1459: Newcastle win their first corner of the game.... it reaches Andy Carroll, who shoots wildly over, but it took a touch on the way. That means corner number two, which Mike Williamson meets firmly enough, but heads wide.

From Hello My Name Is Vermaelen on 606: "What am I watching here? This performance is worse than the one against West Brom, we should be winning games like this with relative ease - pathetic."

Handbags
1453: Arsenal have a free-kick about 34 yards out but Andrey Arshavin's whipped delivery fails to beat the first defender - Arsenal are going to have to do better than that if they want an equaliser. Over in Cardiff, Michael Chopra, who escaped a booking earlier for a wild challenge on Joe Allen, goes in referee Mike Jones' book for a spot of handbags with the same player.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Newcastle's Carroll scores his third header of the season, equalling Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City) and Tim Cahill (Everton) for lead in the division."

From Jean Claude, via text: "Arsenal need to leave nice football behind them now; football is a game, and you play to win."

1449: Yep, here he comes. Robin Van Persie replaces Marouane Chamakh, to make his first appearance since the end of August.

1447: It looks like Robin van Persie is coming on for the Gunners as well.

1446: A first change for Arsenal. Samir Nasri is replaced by Andrey Arshavin.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Swansea goal: It's a fine individual effort from Marvin Emnes as he holds off two men to turn and fire in a low left-foot shot, but question marks over the Cardiff defence and their goalkeeper Tom Heaton who are both beaten too easily. A goal that Swansea probably deserved, however.

1445: Things have really opened up in the Arsenal-Newcastle game. The Magpies hoist a couple more dangerous crosses into the box but Shola Ameobi takes an air-shot and Andy Carroll fails to get a meaningful touch on Joey Barton's curling ball beyond the far post.

1442: GOALFLASH Cardiff 0-1 Swansea (Emnes)

1441: The Emirates holds its breath as Lukasz Fabianski comes out to collect another deep free-kick... but this time the Arsenal keeper catches the ball easily.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1440: Arsenal hit the woodwork again, for the second time this afternoon. Jack Wilshere feeds Marouane Chamakh inside the box but Theo Walcott takes over, and smacks a rasping shot against the bar with Tim Krul seemingly beaten.

West Brom v Man City team news
Chris Whyatt reports: "Enforced change, just the one, for West Brom. With Gonzalo Jara suspended, Marek Cech comes back into the side at left-back after no Premier League action in almost three months with Nicky Shorey shifting over to right-back. Real boost with key forward Peter Odemwingie back on the bench after a month out with injury. Manchester City make three changes from the side that lost to Wolves last weekend. Talismanic striker Carlos Tevez returns in place of Emmanuel Adebayor, while Pablo Zabaleta and Nigel De Jong replace Micah Richards and James Milner."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium: "Swansea have definitely had the better of this contest and can consider themselves a touch unfortunate not to be in the lead. Bluebirds skipper Craig Bellamy has been eclipsed by the Swansea winger Scott Sinclair so far."

1436: The second half has started at the Emirates. No changes from either side at the break.

West Brom v Man City line-ups
West Brom: Carson, Shorey, Tamas, Pablo, Cech, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Cox, Thomas, Fortune. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Barnes, Miller, Reid, Dorrans, Odemwingie.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Boateng, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli. Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Kolarov, Vieira.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1435: A golden chance for Craig Bellamy in the South Wales derby... but he wastes it. A slip by a Swansea defender lets him in, but his shot is far too close to Dorus De Vries. I was just about to write that Swansea are on top too, because Scott Sinclair had seen his shot deflected a whisker wide of the post at the other end moments earlier.

1432: Breaking team news from the Hawthorns. Carlos Tevez will start for Manchester City. More on that in a tick.

From Desolation_row on 606: "Just out of interest, which address do you need to send applications for the Arsenal goalkeeper role to?"

West Brom v Man City (1500 GMT KO)
Chris Whyatt reports: "Three precious points could pierce the excruciating pressure on a Manchester City busy trying to convince everyone they're not teetering on the brink of mutiny. But Roberto Mancini's feisty big-money signings must halt a run of three straight defeats at the Hawthorns, where free-flowing West Brom are proudly unbeaten this season. Another home victory would leapfrog a team who spent 11 times less than City this summer into that much-coveted fourth Champions League spot. And who knows what for the Blues…"

1428: Here's a bit more info on that FA Cup second round draw: Dover were rewarded for knocking out Gillingham with a home tie against Brentford or Aldershot, while Tamworth were handed a trip to Carlisle. FC United of Manchester will face a trip south, either to Brighton or Woking, while Crawley will host Swindon. The tie of the round could well be AFC Wimbledon against MK Dons, although both sides need to come through replays to make that happen. We'll have the full draw for you in due course.

mdriver11 on Twitter: "What a time for Newcastle to get a goal, upset on the cards? Arsenal really need to invest in a new goalkeeper in January."

1426: As things stand, Newcastle are fourth in the Premier League.

1423: HALF-TIME Arsenal v Newcastle
Ian Hughes' half-time snap-shot: "Newcastle go in at half-time in the lead after scoring with their only attempt of the match - a bad mistake from Arsenal keeper Lucasz Fabianski has allowed Andy Carroll to give Newcastle a real chance of pulling off their first win over the Gunners in almost five years."

1421: The half-time whistle goes at the Emirates.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Newcastle goal: Ouch. Arsenal's goalkeeping problems are not over yet, on this evidence. Lucasz Fabianski comes a long, long way to collect Joey Barton's deep free-kick, but is beaten to the ball by Andy Carroll. Not sure that was keeper's ball anyhow, but he got nowhere near it.

1417: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle (Carroll)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1416: Swansea's Scott Sinclair lets fly from the edge of the area and the ball squirms under the body of Tom Heaton and comes back off the post.

vincent737 on Twitter: "This game needs a goal!"


I'm not sure which game vincent737 is referring to... but both of them do, I think.

1414: We are back under way in Cardiff.

1413: Better from Arsenal, as first Cesc Fabregas fires into the side-netting and then Samir Nasri brings a super diving save from Tim Krul after being teed up by Fabregas on the edge of the area. I was just about to say that Arsenal are being overly-intricate in their passing, but they are looking very dangerous at the moment.

1409: End to end stuff at the Emirates, but not in a good way. Newcastle commit a lot of men forward but, when that attack breaks down, Arsenal pour forward in numbers, only to give the ball away sloppily themselves.

1406: The draw for the second round of the FA Cup is happening right now. FC United of Manchester face a trip to Brighton or Woking, but more news on the whole draw to follow.

1403: Ah, I've just watched that Cardiff penalty appeal again (in slow motion this time), and the ball actually appears to hit Swansea defender Alan Tate on the chest. Looks like referee Mike Jones got that one right after all - apologies to him.

1402: Cheik Tiote is back on the pitch now, and Newcastle have a free-kick about 40 yards out on the left flank. Joey Barton swings it in, but it is far too deep and Lukasz Fabianski collects.

1400: Newcastle are down to 10 men at the moment. Cheik Tiote is receiving treatment.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium: "No goals so far but the atmosphere definitely ratcheted up a notch or two in the minutes before the break, largely down to Cardiff's players and fans taking umbrage with some of the decisions made by referee Mike Jones. I get the feeling that both teams have yet to hit top gear."

1358: HALF-TIME Cardiff 0-0 Swansea

Yellow card
1355: Our first booking at the Emirates. Arsenal's Gael Clichy goes in Mike Dean's book after a late lunge on Jonas Gutierrez.

From Steve on 606: "Arsenal need to score a goal soon. We are creating chances left right and centre carving through Newcastle's defence with ease. Just need to get the final touch to put it in the net."

1352: A bit of controversy in the South Wales derby. Big penalty shouts from Cardiff come to nothing after Michael Chopra's close-range shot hits Alan Tate. Replays show the ball did strike Tate's arm... or was it his chest?

1349: Arsenal are stepping things up a bit now. Alex Song's searching through-ball finds Cesc Fabregas and his clever turn makes space for a shot in the area... which is deflected wide.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1346: So close for Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas fires in a curling free-kick that takes a deflection off the wall and loops on to the bar. Newcastle keeper Tim Krul was struggling to reach that.

1343: Newcastle are still enjoying their fair share of possession, though, and Joey Barton has just fired a cross into the box that was just too deep for Andy Carroll. Jonas Gutierrez had a shout for a penalty a few moments ago too, when he tangled with Bacary Sagna inside the Gunners' box. Referee Mike Dean said 'nothing doing' - I've just seen the replay and he got that one right.

1339: A first sniff for Arsenal when Theo Walcott chases a through-ball, but Newcastle have enough defenders back to deal with the danger.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium: "A wonderful contrast of styles here, with Swansea playing some some fluent and cohesive passing football, while Cardiff look dangerous on the break and are clearly loaded with individual attacking threat. There is so much pace on display that I would like to see the players indulge in a 100 metres race at the break."

1335: This is a positive start by Newcastle. No chances to speak of but they have seen plenty of the ball in the opening couple of minutes.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - Arshavin being dropped means no Arsenal player has started all 11 PL games this season - the only team with no ever-presents. Ditched."

1332: We are under way at the Emirates.

1332: Chances ahoy at both ends in Cardiff. First Swansea's Nathan Dyer forces a decent near-post stop from Tom Heaton after a sweeping move. Then Cardiff's Peter Whittingham fires narrowly wide from the edge of the area. Still 0-0 at the moment though.

From Andrew, via text: "Serious kudos to Newcastle boss Chris Hughton for sticking with two up front. Would have been all too easy to revert to five in midfield. Right decision I feel."

1327: The players are in the tunnel at the Emirates. Over at Haig Avenue, the goals are still flying in: Tommy Spurr has just put Sheff Wed 5-2 up.

1326: A lucky escape for Swansea keeper Dorus de Vries, who drops the ball from a corner then holds back Michael Chopra as he attempts to retrieve it. The referee gives a free-kick in favour of the Swans.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton: "There's no tougher place to come than Arsenal, but we arrive here on the back of a couple of wins and spirit and confidence is high. We need to make sure we stay in the game and produce moments when we can."

1322: Yet more goals at Haig Avenue. Three more in fact. Matty McGinn levelled again for Southport but two goals in two minutes by Clinton Morrison quickly put Sheffield Wednesday back in control. The Owls now lead 4-2, with around 25 minutes left.

Arsenal v Newcastle team news
Ian Hughes reports: "Arsenal make five changes from the side that lost to Shakhtar in midweek, with Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Chamakh all back in the starting line-up. Robin van Persie makes an unexpected return to the bench having been out since August 28 with an ankle problem. Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan and striker Andy Carroll were both in the team, despite making front-page headlines this morning following allegations about their private lives. Ex-Gunner Sol Campbell is on the bench."

From Paul, via text: "Look at the strength of Arsenal's bench. Who says they don't have a strong squad??"

1318: Swansea have made by far the stronger start in Cardiff. Marvin Emnes has just had a decent effort blocked for the Swans, who are looking very lively so far. The Bluebirds are yet to find their feet.

1316: One step forward, two back for Southport. The Sandgrounders are briefly level against Wednesday, thanks to Paul Barratt's goal... but Wednesday promptly go straight up the other end and restore their lead through Neil Mellor. It's currently Southport 1-2 Sheff Wed in that one.

From Matt in Whitley Bay, via text: "Newcastle remain unchanged with two up front. A risky move or is Chris Hughton going to give us an open-ended game?"

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium: "A fairly sensational atmosphere here in Cardiff. The Swansea supporters very cheekily seem to have an awful lot of tangerine coloured balloons with them. Not gone down well with the home fans, unsurprisingly."

1310: The South Wales derby is go, go, go. A win for Cardiff sends them back to the top of the Championship. Swansea stay third whatever happens.

evanpritchard on Twitter: "If West Brom & Newcastle win, they'll be up to 4th & 5th in the table! Wow. C'mon TOON!"

Arsenal v Newcastle line-ups
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Fabregas, Walcott, Chamakh, Nasri. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, van Persie, Djourou, Arshavin, Eboue, Bendtner.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi. Subs: Soderberg, Campbell, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Smith, Steven Taylor, Ranger.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1300: Some of you might be interested to learn that Robin van Persie is on the bench for Arsenal today. He last played on 28 August because of an ankle injury.

1259: I know I often claim to have 'good news' for you all, but today I really do. Honest. If you give this page a manual refresh (and you live in the UK) you will be able to watch Cardiff v Swansea right here. It's also on BBC One (again in the UK only). Fill. Your. Boots.

sharksarecool on Twitter: "Somehow I doubt Hughton's future is going to rest on this game - which will be an inevitable 3-0 win to the Arsenal."

Cardiff v Swansea team news
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Cardiff City Stadium:
"Both teams make two changes for this highly anticipated south Wales derby. Cardiff are without suspended top scorer Jay Bothroyd, while Chris Burke also drops to the bench, with Andy Keogh and Danny Drinkwater coming in. Swansea are without midfielder Darren Pratley, who is also suspended, so Mark Gower replaces him, while fit-again Garry Monk replaces Neil Taylor."

1248: It's half-time in the first FA Cup tie of the day, featuring Southport of the Blue Square Premier, and Sheffield Wednesday of League One. This tie looked like a (sorry, cup cliche coming up) potential banana skin for the Owls but the signs are they are going to avoid any slip-ups... Gary Teale has notched to put them 1-0 up.

Arsenal v Newcastle
Ian Hughes reports: "Newcastle should be confident after last week's 5-1 hammering of rivals Sunderland, but they face an Arsenal side eager to keep in touch with league leaders Chelsea and determined to put their disappointing midweek Champions League defeat behind them. And what are the chances of Arsenal recording a fourth consecutive 3-0 home win over Newcastle? If that happens Magpies manager Chris Hughton could again face the kind of pressure that came after the 4-0 Carling Cup loss to the Gunners."

1244: Plenty for you all to get your teeth into today then, so don't be shy. Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, join the regulars on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

Cardiff v Swansea line-ups
Cardiff: Heaton, McNaughton, Naylor, Hudson, Gyepes, Whittingham, Olofinjana, Drinkwater, Bellamy, Chopra, Keogh. Subs: Marshall, Rae, McPhail, Burke, Koumas, Blake, Matthews.
Swansea: De Vries, Williams, Tate, Monk, Rangel, Orlandi, Dyer, Sinclair, Allen, Gower, Emnes. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Taylor, Cotterill, Beattie, Dobbie, Agustien, Richards.
Referee: M Jones (Wales)

1241: Here's exactly what's happening in the Premier League and Championship in the next few hours - but there are also a couple of FA Cup ties (not to mention the second round draw) that I will keep you across too:
Cardiff v Swansea (1310 GMT KO)
Arsenal v Newcastle (1330)
West Brom v Man City (1500)
Liverpool v Chelsea (1600)

1238: Mr Hodgson is not the only manager under pressure whose team are in action today, though. There have been murmurs about the future of Newcastle's Chris Hughton in recent weeks, while three defeats in a row have not done Roberto Mancini many favours at Manchester City. Having to deal with constant rumours about unrest in his squad has not exactly helped, either.

1233 GMT: Crisis? What crisis? I know the Premier League is notoriously volatile but this is ridiculous - a Liverpool win today would officially transform their season from a basement battle to a Champions League chase. Yep, three points against Chelsea could send Roy Hodgson's side rocketing up the table from fifth-bottom to (joint) fifth-top. I'm sure Carlo Ancelotti's side will have something to say about that though...




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7 Nov 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 22 25
2 Man Utd 11 11 23
3 Arsenal 11 11 20
4 Man City 11 5 20
5 Newcastle 11 6 17
6 Bolton 11 1 15
7 Tottenham 11 -1 15
8 Sunderland 11 -1 15
9 Liverpool 11 -2 15
10 West Brom 11 -5 15
11 Everton 11 2 14
12 Blackpool 11 -6 14
13 Fulham 11 1 13
14 Aston Villa 11 -4 13
15 Birmingham 11 -2 12
16 Blackburn 11 -2 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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