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By Jonathan Stevenson
1828: After a truly astonishing performance from Sunderland, it's time to wrap things up for this weekend. Congrats to the Black Cats - I'm off to read
Mandeep Sanghera's match report
and set the video for MOTD 2 at 2230 GMT tonight.
back for England v France on Wednesday, and I'll almost certainly see you soon. Be good.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "It all went wrong. We didn't play how we wanted - Sunderland put on fantastic pressure and were better and we weren't able to get back in it. It was a bad day. We were not able to play our football for 90 minutes - everything was difficult and we have to look forward. We had a poor game. It was a strange performance and we now have to come back and we have to do better in the next game."
Sunderland's Nedum Onuoha: "That defeat against Newcastle was the lowest moment of a lot of our careers. As for my goal, I'll take that. I picked up the ball from 30 yards out and thought there's no way I'm shooting from there. So I got the ball and hoped that something would happen. From the keeper to the strikers, everyone was magnificent."
Sunderland's Danny Welbeck: "We're delighted with that win and the performance was excellent. We've played really well for the last couple of weeks and we're looking forward to getting more points."
From MJ, St Johnstone fan, on text: "Marvellous from Sunderland. Magnificent from Gordon to Gyan. The midfield were gritty in defence but creative, energetic and dynamic in possession. Absolutely magnificent."
1814: If you see the score and think that was a freak result, you're wrong. According to our stats, Sunderland had 53% possession and had 19 shots compared to Chelsea's 14. Watch their goals on Match of the Day 2 tonight at 2230 GMT on BBC Two and online and tell me the first two aren't world-class.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "Two weeks ago we were hung, drawn and quartered and we wanted a response. We're not looking at systems, we're just looking at how well we played and they thoroughly deserved to win today. Chelsea are a great team, but all-round I'm delighted for the boys because they worked hard to get over the Newcastle performance. Two weeks ago was the worst, today... well, I'm not going to come to Chelsea and win 3-0 very often. We'll enjoy a few glasses tonight and take it easy."
From InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Chelsea suffer biggest home defeat in the Premier League since a 0-3 vs Man Utd in Apr 2002 and biggest vs a non-Big Four team since Mar 1995 vs Leeds 0-3."
From mduchezeau on 606:
"Diabolical today, but well played to Sunderland. Desperately missing the likes of Lampard, Essien and Terry (who has been superb this season). The defeats at City and Liverpool were annoying, this is gutting. Doesn't fill me with hope for the next few weeks with tricky games at Birmingham and Newcastle."
1803: Full-time Chelsea 0-3 Sunderland You'll have to go a long way to find a better team performance in the Premier League this season - that, from Sunderland, is as good a display as I've seen for a long time. Chelsea remain first, the Black Cats are deservedly up to sixth.
1802: Standing ovation and pat on the back #3 for Sunderland, this time Lee Cattermole is taken off and replaced by Cristian Riveros. Kieran Richardson drags a shot wide from out on the right.
From Mackem Stu, on text: "A quick poll around pub in Sunderland - would you swap this possible win with a draw against Newcastle three weeks ago? Answer was a resounding 'yes' - almost bewilderment here with this performance."
1759: We're into four minutes of injury time and Sunderland are piling forward looking for a fourth. Lee Cattermole, who has also been magnificent, almost gets on the end of a pass forward but Petr Cech denies him.
1757: About a minute left and this one is game over. Ahmed Elmohamady comes on for the dying stages and Danny Welbeck, after the performance of his young career so far, is warmly applauded off. Stunning display.
Sunderland goal: That's so unlike Ashley Cole, but the scoreline cannot be argued with. A ball into the corner is chased down by Kieran Richardson, with Cole seeming to be in control - but his right-foot pass to Petr Cech is over-hit and not very accurate, and it gives Danny Welbeck a simple chance 10 yards out to slam low into the Chelsea net. They've destroyed the champions of England.
1755: GOAL Chelsea 0-3 Sunderland (Welbeck)
1753: Haha, clearly Asamoah Gyan clearly needed treatment for CRAMP. You knew, I'm sure. Cheeky. Nicolas Anelka fires over from 18 yards, still not happening for Chelsea.
1752: About six minutes of normal time left at Stamford Bridge and the shock score remains Chelsea 0-2 Sunderland. The home team do not look like getting back into this.
1750: Steed Malbranque comes on for Asamoah Gyan and the Ghanaian hero gets a standing ovation from the delirious visiting supporters. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce pats him on the back.
1749: With 10 minutes to go, some people seem to be leaving Stamford Bridge. That's not on. John Terry is involved in a discussion with the fourth official, not sure what that's about. Asamoah Gyan is still struggling.
1748: Sunderland mop up some more pressure and hit Chelsea on the break again, but after good work from Lee Cattermole and Asamoah Gyan, Danny Welbeck's pass does not reach Bolo Zenden. A few seconds later, Gyan slams a shot from an almost impossible angle on the right miles over, and needs some treatment for cramp.
From Tom, Nottingham, on text: "Isn't 2-0 meant to be a dangerous score?"
1745: Steve Bruce is roaring out his instructions on the touchline, he's barely sat down all afternoon. Nedum Onuoha goes on another surge forward and collects a pass inside the area, his shot taking a deflection and looping on to the roof of Chelsea's net.
1743: Gael Kakuta comes on for Yuri Zhirkov just moments after the Russian blazes a cross miles over the Sunderland bar from the Chelsea left. A few too many poor performances today from Blues players.
From InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"Chelsea are two goals behind. The last time they came back from two goals down in the Premier League was on Boxing Day 2007, a 4-4 vs Aston Villa."
1740: Sunderland are knocking the ball around the pitch without a care in the world, it's astonishing to see a team play like this in the home of the Premier League champions.
1738: The ball falls for Nicolas Anelka on the edge of the Sunderland box, but it flies a few yards wide of Craig Gordon's right-hand post. Tennis player Andy Roddick watches on from the Bridge, motionless.
1737: Chelsea make another change, with Josh McEachran coming on in place of the disappointing Brazilian Ramires.
1735: We're halfway through the second half, and for those of you who don't know the score, it's Chelsea 0-2 Sunderland.
From SH on 606:
"Ancelotti looks to his bench for game-changing players. Hmm..."
1732: Asamoah Gyan pulls away to the right and whips over a devilish cross into the Chelsea box, where Bolo Zenden slides it forward, Petr Cech making a pretty comfortable save.
1731: Chelsea are doing some pressing, but Sunderland's defence is holding firm at the moment. This is making Spurs' draw at home to the Black Cats on Tuesday look like a very good result.
From Sean, on text: "It looks like your workmate is in for a nice pay out. Or have I just jinxed him?" I think he jinxed himself, mate, when he forgot to press 'GO' on the bet. Fair to say he's suffering from mixed emotions right now.
1727: Seriously good. Danny Welbeck fizzes a low, inswinging cross in from the Sunderland left and Michael Turner narrowly fails to get a touch as the ball flies a couple of yards wide of the far post.
1726: Didier Drogba tries to climb up above Phil Bardsley at the back post, but he's clambering all over the Sunderland full-back and that's a free-kick. Chelsea make a change, with Florent Malouda making way for Salomon Kalou.
1722: Sunderland soak up more Chelsea half-pressure and then Lee Cattermole tries to spring them away on the break again, only for Chris Foy to get in the way. This is a seriously good performance.
Sunderland goal: He might be worried now. That is another stunning goal from the visitors and they deserve this 100%, don't think they don't. The Black Cats carve Chelsea open as Danny Welbeck finds Jordan Henderson and he slips a pass in to Asamoah Gyan - the Ghana striker gets into the box and, cool as you like, slots nonchalantly past Petr Cech. The visiting fans are in dreamland.
1720: GOAL Chelsea 0-2 Sunderland (Gyan)
1719: Carlo Ancelotti stands on the touchline, hands in pockets. He doesn't look unduly worried, but he won't want the score to stay like this for too much longer.
1717: Pressure from Chelsea, but Titus Bramble from Didier Drogba and then Jordan Henderson from Florent Malouda get in timely blocks to prevent shots flying at Craig Gordon's goal.
1716: Lee Cattermole sticks a foot in and wins the ball clean as a whistle and Danny Welbeck curls a shot a few yards wide from an ambitious position out on the Sunderland left. They aren't sitting back, though, which is great to see again.
1715: Chelsea have a little bit more urgency in the second half, there's no doubt they are going to put Sunderland under an enormous amount of pressure in the next 45-odd minutes.
1713: The players are back out at Stamford Bridge and referee Chris Foy gets the second half under way.
From Chris Nathan on 606:
"I think everyone is getting ahead of themselves. Chelsea don't lose here easily. They will bombard that Sunderland defence until it breaks."
From Marblex, on text: "Is this really the same team that lost 7-2 in this fixture last year and 5-1 to Newcastle just weeks ago?"
1704: I'm not joking - I think the last 10 minutes of that half was the best performance from a team I've seen this season so far. Sunderland were absolutely magnificent. Can they really win at Chelsea for the first time since March 2001?
Football League Macca: "Full-time at the Liberty Stadium and Scott Sinclair's late goal has won it for Swansea. They go three points behind QPR in second place while Boro remain just above the drop zone on goal difference."
1700: Half-time Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Sunderland were knocking at the door against a shaky Chelsea and Nedum Onuoha gives them the lead in brilliant style. Do they now have the belief to go on and beat the champions?"
1658: Yeah, the Sunderland fan in the office was quite excited.
Sunderland goal: That's a goal that will live long, long in the memory and my word do the Black Cats deserve it. Paulo Ferreira fails to cut out another pass forward and Asamoah Gyan and Kieran Richardson both force brilliant saves from Petr Cech. But the ball comes out to Nedum Onuoha - from 35 yards out, he goes on a sensational run forward, jinking his way Messi-esque around three defenders and keeping his cool wonderfully to slot into the far corner. That's incredible.
1656: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland (Onuoha)
1654: Sunderland are easily the better of the teams at the moment, so they'll probably concede a goal soon, isn't that how it works sometimes? Chelsea are playing at too slow a tempo - they will need to raise it after the break.
1651: Hmm... you know, I think that might be a red card. Ramires gives the ball away and Sunderland break with pace and as the ball is played forward, Branislav Ivanovic brings down Danny Welbeck, who seemed to be going through on goal. Ivanovic is booked and there was a covering defender, but with Welbeck's pace he might have been away there and you've seen reds given for them.
1650: That's another fabulous chance, another one for Sunderland. They are two on two inside the Chelsea half and Asamoah Gyan floats a lovely pass into the stride of Danny Welbeck - he takes it forward and shoots low from the edge of the box, Petr Cech getting down well to divert it behind for a corner.
Football League Macca: "The deadlock has been broken in the 84th minute at the Liberty and it's gone to Swansea and ex-Chelsea man Scott Sinclair. Boro keeper Jason Steele should have possibly done better with his low shot. Either way it's Swansea 1-0 Boro."
1648: From the corner, the ball falls for Kieran Richardson about 15 yards out at an angle on the left and his low strike flies across the face of goal - I reckon Asamoah Gyan was an inch away from getting a touch on that.
1647: My word, that's the closest we've come - and it was Sunderland. A lovely move culminates in Nedum Onuoha's fine cross from the right and Danny Welbeck's header towards the bottom corner is palmed away from the bottom left-hand corner by a sprawling Petr Cech.
1645: ... Didier Drogba's well-struck shot flies into the arms of Craig Gordon. It remains Chelsea 0-0 Sunderland in the Premier League.
1645: Another free-kick in a dangerous position for Chelsea, this time it's Lee Cattermole who brings down Didier Drogba. This one's a bit further out, maybe 30 yards...
1643: Steve Bruce is not happy on the touchline, I think he feels most of the 50-50 decisions are going Chelsea's way at the moment. Danny Welbeck is flagged offside, and he's not happy there either.
1641: ... Didier Drogba steps up and smashes it goalwards - the ball takes a nick off Nedum Onuoha's thigh and flies behind for a corner, which doesn't come to anything.
1639: First yellow card of the game for Michael Turner of Sunderland for a lunging tackle on Didier Drogba, little bit careless from the defender. Good, powerful run from Drogba, and now he's got a free-kick almost dead centre 20 yards out...
1638: Sunderland continuing to play their stuff, they don't seem daunted by the occasion as maybe they have been in the past. Danny Welbeck looks like a breath of fresh air thus far.
1635: A corner from the Chelsea left falls to the edge of the Sunderland box and Ramires heads it back first time, his looping effort caught just in front of his top corner by Craig Gordon. The Blues seem to be upping the tempo a little in their search for an opener.
From sambloke on 606:
"Ramires definitely needs a good game. Time to start proving some value for his transfer fee. So far he seems little more than average. Maybe a goal will give him confidence."
1633: Chelsea win a corner and when it is ploughed into the Sunderland box it lands on the head of Branislav Ivanovic, who helps it on wide of the far post. It was a bit like a cross-shot, but with his head, if you understand.
Everton boss David Moyes: "Overall I can't have any complaints. One or two decisions could have gone the other way but it didn't go for us. You make your own luck and we didn't do enough to make some luck. I don't think either team were at their best but we never really got hold of the game and we weren't able to generate an atmosphere inside the ground which we normally do."
1630: Cracking, slaloming run from the Russian Yuri Zhirkov, who eases his way past three statuesque Sunderland players before dragging a left-foot shot wide of the far post from about 10 yards out. Chelsea are coming into it a bit more now.
1629: Case in point. Long ball from the back for Chelsea almost gets Nicolas Anelka clean through, but Craig Gordon gets off his line quickly to thwart the French striker.
1629: It's a very even game so far at Stamford Bridge. Sunderland are maybe having a little more possession, but Chelsea look a bit more dangerous when they get forward.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas: "It was a good performance. Defensively we looked solid, our only regret is that last minute goal. We played very well, we were in control. We knew their game was long ball but we did well against it."
1623: Better from Chelsea - the usually exceptional Florent Malouda curls a cross over from the right and just as it looks like Didier Drogba has got there first, Nedum Onuoha gets in sharpish to head the ball away.
1622: Sunderland have settled really well and Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck are causing Chelsea some problems here. Gyan is denied on one occasion by some quick-thinking from Petr Cech, before moments later curling wide from just outside the Blues box.
1619: Bolo Zenden breaks forward from midfield for Sunderland, but his 25-yard shot is blocked by Paulo Ferreira. I'd say Sunderland have started off the better of the two teams.
From a Chelsea fan at the Bridge, on text: "Very disappointed Bruma isn't playing. What's the point of having young talent if we don't use it? If we pick an average right-back over the young centre-back he'll never get a chance to develop."
1616: Sunderland's Phil Bardsley gets possession on the left inside the Chelsea half, but he wastes a decent chance to do something with a right-foot shot miles and miles wide from all of 30 yards.
1615: Decent start for the visitors, only one scare in the opening stages as Ashley Cole bombed into their box from left-back, but it's easily enough cleared. Sunderland were difficult to break down against Spurs on Tuesday, I wonder how they'll play today.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It's always very difficult to come here and that is three very important points, based on great spirit, great resilience - more than style. These are very important ingredients to be successful. You need those qualities to win the title. The team deserves a lot of credit."
1612: The Chelsea Pensioners who led the teams on to the pitch are given a very generous hand by the crowd as they walk off, and moments later we are under way in west London.
1610: Fabio Capello, fresh from his
remarkable England squad selection,
is in the stand at Stamford Bridge and he, along with everyone else present, impeccably observes a minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday.
1607: Led by captains Didier Drogba and Lee Cattermole, the Chelsea and Sunderland players emerge from the tunnel at Stamford Bridge.
1606: OK, so here's the deal - I'm sat next to a Sunderland fan today, and he's put a cheeky little bet on his boys to A) win the game, at odds of 19-1, and B) draw the game, at odds of 6.8-1. Tell me, faithful readers: is he crazy?
From OptaJoe on Twitter:
"Chelsea will set a new PL record of 12 consecutive wins by one team against a single opponent if they beat Sunderland. Favourites."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Vital three points for Arsenal after surviving that late siege from Everton. And manager Arsene Wenger will point to the late contribution of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for keeping Everton at bay and securing the win. Referee Howard Webb is not, shall we say, being well-received as he leaves the pitch."
1600: Chelsea v Sunderland kicks off at 1610 GMT, don't forget.
Football League Macca: "We've reached half-time at the Liberty Stadium and neither Swansea nor Middlesbrough have managed to break the deadlock. The home side have had the lion's share of the ball and created a couple of decent chances through Scott Sinclair and Joe Allon, but Boro are making things tough for the Swans and it remains 0-0."
1556: Full-time Everton 1-2 Arsenal Big win for Arsenal who were put under an enormous amount of pressure in the last 15 minutes. They looked like they were cruising before that, though. You can never count your chickens. Top entertainment.
1555: Jack Rodwell flicks on a cross, but there is Lukasz Fabianski to claim a very important catch. That might be it...
1555: One minute of stoppage time left. Tim Howard launches it forward...
1554: Sylvain Distin gives the ball away but Everton are soon on the attack again. Steven Pienaar slips past two players and sends a pass forward to Seamus Coleman, but Tomas Rosicky covers superbly. Not long left now...
1553: Two balls pumped into the Arsenal box, three balls, block by Gael Clichy, it's bodies on the line time for both teams...
1552: Arsenal take Marouane Chamakh off and send on Emmanuel Eboue. We've just started four minutes of injury time, and the Gunners are going to face a barrage...
Everton goal: Hold the phone, we're not done here yet. Everton pump a cross from the left to the back stick, Louis Saha rises high to head it back into the six-yard box and there is Tim Cahill to ram a shot past Lukasz Fabianski. See, he can score with his feet, too. Game very much on.
1550: GOAL Everton 1-2 Arsenal (Cahill)
1549: Yep, more good goalkeeping. Louis Saha bends a left-foot shot towards the top corner from 18 yards but it's not quite enough in the postage stamp and Lukasz Fabianski dives across to make a lovely flying save. Great one for the cameras.
From ArgieWizard on 606:
"Arsenal are beginning to worry, very poor last five minutes. Playing into trouble, hoofing aimlessly to Chamakh who can't get near the ball. An Everton goal changes everything."
1547: Everton are continuing to get into promising positions, but Arsenal are holding firm. Leighton Baines fizzes over a low cross from their left, but Lukasz Fabianski gets down well and his handling is good as the Gunners avert yet more danger. Not much more than five minutes left.
1545: The ball breaks on the edge of the Arsenal box to Steven Pienaar, but with the whole goal to aim at he hits it hard straight at Lukasz Fabianski, who gets enough in the way to make the save.
1544: Chelsea v Sunderland team news: Mandeep Sanghera reports:"Chelsea centre-back John Terry is out of the game because of an injury suffered in training on Saturday and Paulo Ferreira comes in for the Blues skipper. Ramires replaces suspended midfielder Michael Essien, while Nicolas Anelka also returns to the Chelsea starting line-up as Salomon Kalou drops to the bench. Sunderland make two changes as full-back Phil Bardsley and forward Danny Welbeck come in for Anton Ferdinand and Cristian Riveros."
1542: Super stuff. Jermaine Beckford lets a high ball into the Arsenal box drop, spins round and hits a fabulous volley towards the far corner, only to see Lukasz Fabianski get across wonderfully well to his left to fingertip the ball away for a corner. The set-piece is headed over by Louis Saha.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Goodison Park getting increasingly frustrated as Everton fail to make any serious impact on Arsenal's defence. And Everton's increasing desperation to get back into the game leaves them open to the Gunners' counter attacks. Tough afternoon for David Moyes and his team."
1538: As you were at Goodison, as Everton continue to have most of the ball but continue to struggle to break Arsenal down. Time's running out for the boys in blue to salvage something.
1536: Chelsea v Sunderland line-ups: Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Zhirkov, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Kalou, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran, Sala. Sunderland: Gordon, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Henderson, Zenden, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Elmohamady, Adams. Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
1534: David Moyes barks instructions to his players from the touchline, but Everton are struggling to break Arsenal down. Obviously there's a huge risk of tempting fate here, but the Gunners look very comfortable.
1532: Breaking news: John Terry misses Chelsea's match with Sunderland.
1530: Everton make their second change with striker Yakubu on for midfielder Mikel Arteta, and their third isn't far behind as skipper Phil Neville is sacrificed for Jermaine Beckford. It's attack attack attack now for the hosts.
1529: About halfway through the second half and Everton really need to take one of their chances if they are going to take anything from this one. Still Everton 0-2 Arsenal.
1526: Denilson lets fly from about 22 yards, but it sails harmlessly wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post. Arsenal make their second change, with Czech schemer Tomas Rosicky on in place of Russian flier Andrey Arshavin.
From Anon, on text: "This was a game I feared the Gunners would be bullied out of, but so far so good. If we win this one it will be a great confidence boost from a side who have in recent years been physically stronger than us."
1524: Everton go close again - it's another clever cross from the right and this time Louis Saha's shot is flying in until Alex Song throws his body in the way and makes the block. It's a really lively, entertaining game.
1522: What a run from Samir Nasri, that's super stuff from the midfielder - he runs full pelt at the Everton defence from inside his own half and brilliantly gets into the box, his shot superbly saved by Tim Howard. Moments later, Cesc Fabregas's cross from the right is somehow diverted over three yards out by Marouane Chamakh. How did he miss that?
From Chef Baabs on 606:
"Arsenal really need to slow the tempo down a bit and regain some composure, it looks pretty hectic out there, but great game either way, Everton really playing with intent."
1518: The Goodison faithful are really not happy, but they are relieved there as Phil Jagielka gets in a super last-ditch tackle just when it looks as though Andrey Arshavin is about to shoot from 12 yards. Up the other end and Steven Pienaar's pass from the right falls perfectly for Jack Rodwell inside the Arsenal box, the sub only able to side-foot way over the bar. Great chance.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Howard Webb - who is described as "England's finest referee" almost as a reflex action these days - is not having a great afternoon and Goodison Park is letting him know about it. Arsenal have that two-goal lead now and as Everton have barely threatened since very early on, it is hard to see a way back for them."
1513: Cesc Fabregas tries to block a Sylvain Distin clearance and there doesn't appear to be much doing at all - though they both go down and need some treatment, the crowd go mental wanting Fabregas to be sent off and Howard Webb books him too. Looked innocuous to me.
1511: Boos reverberate around Goodison - the home fans think Sebastien Squillaci should be sent off after his foul on Louis Saha. He is the last man, but Gael Clichy is covering. Seen them given either way, Howard Webb plumps for a yellow and from 20 yards, Leighton Baines curls the free-kick into the arms of Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal goal: Everton now have a mountain to climb. Denilson has been on the ball impressively at the start of the half and he flicks a pass through into the box for Marouane Chamakh - from his lay-off, Cesc Fabregas fires a shot from 15 yards into the far corner past Tim Howard's despairing dive.
1509: GOAL Everton 0-2 Arsenal (Fabregas)
1508: First sight of goal in the second half falls to Cesc Fabregas, but his shot is straight down Tim Howard's throat. Decent start from the visitors.
1507: As a rumble of thunder noisily crashes through the gloom outside our west London office, there's a change apiece at Everton - the hosts bring Jack Rodwell on for John Heitinga and Arsenal replace Jack Wilshere with Denilson. Back under way.
1504: Think we might have a change coming up. Players are on their way back out.
1501: Line-ups and team news on the way from Stamford Bridge by the way, and they are under way in the Championship with Swansea taking on Boro. The sprinklers are out in force at Goodison, not long until we're back under way.
1458: Chelsea v Sunderland scene-setter: Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Chelsea have had a troublesome few days since beating Fulham on Wednesday with the departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins and key midfielder Frank Lampard being ruled out of action until early December. But they face a Sunderland side who have lost 11 on the trot against them since a draw in December 2001. The Black Cats face a daunting task, especially considering Chelsea have not let in a league goal at Stamford Bridge in a club record-equalling nine games."
Football League Macca: "Yesterday we saw a whopping 35 goals in the Championship. Hopefully Swansea and Middlesbrough can keep pace today in what promises to be an intriguing battle. Boro have managed just four goals away from home all season but are showing signs of a resurgence under Tony Mowbray with two wins in a row. The Swans, meanwhile, suffered a rare defeat at home in midweek and have slipped six points off the automatic promotion pace."
From Ebishavin on Twitter:
"Goals are our priority - pretty football is just a bonus! Good to see Arsenal realise that now as well."
1449: Everton 0-1 Arsenal Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Arsenal deservedly ahead after surviving early Everton pressure. David Moyes' side, as so often this season, need to find a threat from somewhere. The Gunners looking comfortable."
1447: Into one minute of added time, with Everton fans fuming after a free-kick is not given for a blatant Alex Song foul on Steven Pienaar 20 yards out. From a corner, Louis Saha sneaks in at the far post and his header from point-blank range hits Lukasz Fabianski on the back of the head and flies away to safety.
1446: Better from Everton as they force a corner after some decent pass and move on the edge of the Arsenal box, but it comes to nothing. They look a bit blunt up top, as they have done a fair bit this season, the home team.
1444: Arsenal are controlling possession, Everton seem a bit flat all of a sudden and the fans do too. Maybe everyone just needs a nice half-time cuppa and then we can get going again?
1440: David Moyes looks worried on the Everton bench, and well he might do because there's only one team in it right now. Still a few minutes to go until half-time, too.
Arsenal goal: It was coming, for sure. Samir Nasri stings the palms of Tim Howard with a left-foot shot from 20 yards, but Arsenal get another chance when Andrey Arshavin gets to the rebound first and pulls it back for Bacary Sagna, the full-back punting a ferocious drive into the roof at Howard's near post, giving the keeper no chance whatsoever.
1437: GOAL Everton 0-1 Arsenal (Sagna)
1436: And Arsenal again - Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere choose not to shoot from the edge of the Everton box so Alex Song shifts it on to his left and fires one a few yards over the bar. The Gunners are in the ascendancy just now.
1434: More neat interchange from Arsenal gets Cesc Fabregas to the byeline down the right, but his cut-back cannot find a team-mate. Both teams getting into promising positions, just missing that final ball at the moment.
From jackshep23 on Twitter:
"Last league goal Chelsea conceded at home was against Villa all the way back in March. In a 7-1 win. Extraordinary record."
1429: Utterly pointless - sometimes you have to wonder what's going on inside someone's head. John Heitinga knows his next foul will bring a yellow card, but he clips the feet of Jack Wilshere anyway and sure enough is booked. Louis Saha curls well wide with his left foot from 22 yards.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Everton getting joy down their right flank through Seamus Coleman, but Arsenal showing one or two signs of their own with Andrey Arshavin posing a threat. Howard Webb has had several conversations with John Heitinga. World Cup final red card memories?"
1426: John Heitinga goes in a bit recklessly on Jack Wilshere and he's pretty lucky only to get a ticking off from Howard Webb. Plenty of meaty challenges as well as some decent football so far on Merseyside.
From BullOnParade on 606:
"Arshavin looks up for it today, he usually waits until everyone else is tired before he springs into life."
1422: Brilliant- Cesc Fabregas to Marouane Chamakh to Samir Nasri to Jack Wilshere, and with the youngster pulling the trigger, his England squad colleague Phil Jagielka slides in to make a fabulous block.
1421: There is some good stuff being played, but no real saves have had to be made as of yet. Still, after some of the first halves we've seen recently, this is a classic in comparison.
1419: Andrey Arshavin plays the ball high into the air on the edge of the Everton box and it drops off Jack Wilshere back to Arshavin, who hits a left foot volley from 20 yards that drifts wide of Tim Howard's right-hand post. There's enough going on at Goodison, no doubt. Moments later, Arshavin cuts in from the left only to fire a right-foot shot over from about the same distance.
From Rob, Newbury, on text: "Re: All the comments about Capello's selection - this is a friendly, you know. He is clearly using it to have a look at players for the next couple of years. Good for him."
1416: Tim Cahill barges into Jack Wilshere inside the Everton half and the Gunners midfielder needs a little bit of treatment, looks a bit groggy after that one.
1414: Wow, that is genuine pace and no little quality either. Seamus Coleman runs from inside his own half, taking on Cesc Fabregas and beating him on the outside on the right, whipping in a cross that Tim Cahill, unmarked 12 yards out, can only head over. Should hit the target, the Australian - especially as he's usually so deadly with his bonce.
1412: Better from Arsenal. Everton get caught short as Alex Song feeds Samir Nasri down the right and he's got acres of space to move into, getting into the box and a bit selfishly shooting, with Sylvain Distin getting in a decent block.
1410: ... haha, shows what I know (again). Mikel Arteta boots it low and into the Arsenal wall. The Gunners just keep giving the ball away at the moment, not like them at all.
1409: Seamus Coleman is tripped by Gael Clichy and Everton, who have started much the better of the two teams, have a free-kick 25 yards out, right of centre. It's got Leighton Baines written all over it...
From BWFC4EVA1981 on 606:
"What is the point calling target men up when he's not picking players that can deliver the ball into them, yesterday Capello saw Downing put on a crossing masterclass and Jarvis for Wolves put in some decent balls too. What does Capello see when he goes to these matches?"
1406: Corner shoved into the Arsenal box and Louis Saha and Tim Cahill jump for the same ball - think it was the Australian who eventually nodded it wide. There's a mini clash of heads, but they're both fine.
1403: Oof, that's an early reducer as Steven Pienaar, linked with Arsenal in his time, goes straight through Bacary Sagna near the touchline. He's warned by Howard Webb and he won't get another let-off, the South African.
1402: Howard Webb goes "peep" and Everton get us under way at a bustling Goodison Park.
From Duncan in Carlisle, on text: "I'm predicting both underdogs to come good today. Everton 2-1 win and Sunderland to get a 1-1 draw. It's been that sort of weekend in the Prem, what odds would you get on none of the top four getting three points? That's why it's the best league in the world, so unpredictable."
1400: With poppies proudly embedded in their football shirts, the players line up outside the centre-circle for a minute's silence
on Remembrance Sunday,
as the sport pays tribute to those who died in wars and conflicts.
1356: Led by World Cup Final Referee Howard Webb, to give him his full name, the teams emerge from the tunnel at Goodison Park. As per usual, I'm buzzing. You?
1353: I know you love the
Euro Club Index,
brought to you by
I do too. Here, the ECI tells us what chance today's Premier League clubs have of winning, with their ECI ranking in brackets: Everton (27) 36% v Arsenal (7) 33% Chelsea (4) 84% v Sunderland (124) 4%
1349: Everton v Arsenal team news: Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:"Everton have John Heitinga back in midfield to replace Marouane Fellaini, suspended after his red card against Bolton in midweek and Seamus Coleman comes in for Diniyar Bilyaletidov. Tim Cahill will provide attacking support for Louis Saha. Samir Nasri is back for Arsenal with Tomas Rosicky dropping to the bench."
1346: I'll be honest - I was tempted by Haye-Harrison, but chose instead to put my feet up at Casa Stevo and treat myself and the missus to Barcelona v Villarreal. Boy did we get lucky as
Villa, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta put on another masterclass,
though it must be said the visitors played their part in a hugely entertaining game. It ended 3-1 to Barca, Messi scoring his 49th and 50th goals of 2010. That's 49 in 46 for Barca this calendar year. Ridiculous.
Arsenal and Everton legend Anders Limpar: "I've done a few bits and pieces for Everton recently, gave them my FA Cup winners' medal. I sold my bookmakers in December and now I'm a coach in Sweden's League Two. I've been an Evertonian since I was 10 years old, even though I had some great years at Arsenal. But Everton are a bit down in confidence and I think Arsenal will win today."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Overall away from home we might be a bit more cautious, that could be an explanation for why we've done better away. Cesc is still missing a bit in his performances, but I hope he'll get to 100% today. Players who play in the World Cup finals always take until November or so to recover because mentally it's very demanding. But he'll be fine. Nicklas Bendtner has had some medical problems."
From Jay in Liverpool, on text: "Amazed that yet again Baines is overlooked for England, I guess consistently high level performances and regular assists are not what you need to play for England! Maybe getting on the front pages of the tabloids will help?"
1335: According to
Arsenal have scored a total of 73 Premier League goals against Everton, the most against a specific opponent (excluding own goals). Middlesbrough are second on this list - the Gunners have scored 61 against them.
From genericToon on 606:
"Carlton Cole, you've got to be joking! Capello mustn't have watched his hilariously awful miss last night which has typified his terrible season..."
1323: Everton v Arsenal scene-setter: Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:
"Arsenal know victory at Everton will see them cash in on Manchester United's draw at Aston Villa and leapfrog them into second place in the Premier League. Everton, however, will also hope to seize the opportunity to make a healthy leap up the table with victory. Arsenal's last visit to Goodison Park ended in a 6-1 win on the opening day of last season. What are the odds on a repeat of that?"
From Stephen from Newbury, on text: "As an Aston Villa supporter, I am astonished that Young is in the England squad but Downing is not. Downing is in the form of his life and is now much more consistent and influential than Young."
From samcandlin on Twitter:
"I'm more confused about Smalling being in the England squad than Bothroyd... Capello's selection policy continues to bemuse me."
1311: Breaking news: Carlton Cole has been called into the England squad for Wednesday's international friendly against France as cover for injury doubts Andy Carroll and Gabriel Agbonlahor, the Football Association has confirmed. So, still no Kevin Davies. It's all a little bit odd, isn't it?
1300: Waking up this morning, it must have felt a bit like Christmas Day for four footballers whose boyhood dreams came true last night. I'd like to start today off with an enormous congratulations to
Chris Smalling, Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll and Jay Bothroyd:
the most brand, spanking new members of the England football squad.
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