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By Sam Lyon

1815: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap. As always, make sure you check out Match of the Day 2 tonight from 2230 on BBC Two and then join Chris Whyatt tomorrow evening for a spot of Liverpool v Aston Villa. I'm back on Tuesday and Wednesday to talk you through the conclusion of the Champions League group stages, so see you then. Thanks for you company folks, until next time...

1811: Sunderland match-winner Jordan Henderson: "It's been a long time since I score. I've been working on my finishing in training and it paid off today. I think the manager does want me to score more from midfield, so that was good, but the main thing was the performance and the points. I've been disappointed with the way I've played the last couple of weeks so it was good to put it right today."

Mike Lawrence reports:
"Sunderland were pushed all the way by the Hammers but deserved the win courtesy of Jordan Henderson's strike. Avram Grant's men dumped back to the bottom of the table."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"Two good goals from Peter Odemwingie but he took advantage of some hopeless Magpies defending. Where will both sides finish at the end of the season?"

1805: It's been another cracking weekend of football, then, hasn't it? In case you're joining us late, here's what's happened today...

Andy, Southampton via text: "Could we refer to the relegation zone as the www drop?"

1757: So West Ham return to the bottom of the Premier League table on goal difference and remain three points off safety. Sunderland, however, leapfrog West Brom into seventh just six points off a Champions League spot.

GavJB on Twitter: "Hmmm, the curse of beginning with 'W' still haunts all but the Baggies then."

Full time
1752: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

1751: We're two minutes into the added three minutes and Victor Obinna, rather wastefully, fires off-target to gift Sunderland back possession. That's surely that for the Hammers.

lostlibertine on Twitter: "James Tomkins has been a brilliant, rare highlight for West Ham today."

Yellow card
1749: With Sunderland looking to keep the ball by the corner flag, Scott Parker lunges in aggressively on Asamoah Gyan and earns himself a booking - and few wasted seconds - as a result.

1747: What looks a promising West Ham break ends when Julien Faubert's poor cross is cut out, and Sunderland break to earn themselves a corner at the other end. We're into the last minute of normal time.

1744: Danny Welbeck should have wrapped it up there and then for Sunderland, the frontman latching on to Rob Green's spill under a challenge from Kieran Richardson to fire a shot on goal with the keeper absent, but James Tomkins does brilliantly to block what would have been a certain goal.

1742: Last throw of the die from Avram Grant as the West Ham manager replaces Tal Ben Haim with Julien Faubert.

1741: Good wing work from Victor Obinna on the left and Scott Parker, this time at the right end, is unfortunate to see his stretch-volley from eight yards out fly across goal and away.

1739: Oopsa daisy, Scott Parker's attempted clearance from a Sunderland corner is skied and looks like it might be dropping into his own net until Rob Green gets back to push it over the bar.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1738: West Ham knocking on the door now and Victor Obinna rattles the near post with a firm effort from just inside the area, though Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon might say he had it covered.

1734: And that's practically Darren Bent's last involvement, the striker replaced by Steed Malbranque as Steve Bruce resorts to a more traditional 4-4-2 for the last 15 minutes.

1732: Darren Bent almost escapes the attentions of Matthew Upson to meet a free-kick from deep inside the are but the ball just evades him. Neither team sure whether to stick or twist by the look of things at the moment.

joshjlj on Twitter: "I know Jonathan's been playing well recently, but I just don't ex-Spector rich vein of form to continue..."

1728: Just over 20 minutes to and West Ham are going to make a double change, Frederic Piquionne and Zavon Hines replacing Luis Boa Morte and Kieron Dyer.

1724: Great business in midfield by Lee Cattermole, nicking the ball back off West Ham and sliding a through-ball for Danny Welbeck to run on to, the Sunderland striker forcing a smart stop from Rob Green with his angled shot.

1722: Sunderland threaten again, first Danny Welbeck forcing a good block from James Tomkins on the back of a forceful run and then Kieran Richardson firing straight at Rob Green from the edge of the area.

1719: Great chance for Luis Boa Morte as Carlton Cole's cross finds its way to the Portuguese midfielder, but his shot 16 yards out is tame and easily hacked away by John Mensah.

1718: Sunderland starting to get back on top of things after that bright start to the half by West Ham. I fancy there are more goals in this, either way.

1714: Danny Welbeck's having a good game today as well as it happens, and he causes a mild spot of panic in the West Ham box with a couple of nice touches, but Matthew Upson tracks him well to clear.

THFC_Jake on 606: "I personally think Ben Foster has been the best signing this season. He has been constantly fantastic throughout the season."

Brummerdickens on 606: "Gyan is nowhere near one of the BEST signings. Odemwingie, Van Der Vaart, Ben Foster, Hernandez, Da Silva, Ben Arfa and Kenwyne Jones are all far more impressive acquisitions."

1710: There's Scott Parker again, this time halting a fine Sunderland break with a doozy of a tackle on the edge of the box to rob Danny Welbeck. Good start to the half, this, from West Ham.

1707: Close! Hammers striker Carlton Cole turns on Victor Obinna's lay-off in the box and spanks a top effort across goal from the angle, the ball ripping inches past the far post.

1706: Nice spot of keep-ball from West Ham as they look to settle in at the start of the half - Scott Parker's quite the player isn't he? He really is the string-puller-in-chief for the Hammers.

1704: Here we go...

1702: Right then, the players are out and about and the start of the second half is imminent.

James, at work, Warrington via text: "Any better summer signings than Gyan, Sam? Hernandez/Chamakh possibly but he's up there no?"
Definitely up there. Rafael van der Vaart?

England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "I'd like a goal from Danny Welbeck as well! He has some nice silks does our Danny W!"

England and Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd on Twitter: "Good game so far - Sunderland worth the lead. West Ham don't look confident!!!"

Half time
1650: HALF-TIME Sunderland 1-0 West Ham
Mike Lawrence's HT snap-shot:
"Entertaining enough with both sides keen to go forward. But it's Jordan Henderson's well-worked goal which separates the two sides."

1648: That's the half-time whistle.

1646: West Ham finishing the half quite well here, Scott Parker firing in an effort from range that zips narrowly wide of the Sunderland goal.

1644: Ooh that's close. Jonathan Spector, fresh off the back of his two-goal effort against Manchester United in midweek, fancies getting in on the goal action again and, on the back of a strong run into the Sunderland box, is perhaps a touch unfortunate when his slapped snap-shot creeps wide of Craig Gordon's upright. The Hammers' best moment, that.

1640: Sunderland have really got their tails up now and Kieron Richardson can barely believe it when his goalbound shot ricochets off the back of team-mate Danny Welbeck and away. West Ham boss Avram Grant will be keen for the half-time break here I'd wager.

Yellow card
1639: Carlton Cole's not having the best afternoon at all and he has him name taken now after running his studs down the back of John Mensah's leg.

mbell88 on Twitter: "Great decision by the linesman on the goal. Could've easily put his flag up there."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1636: It's almost two immediately, Asamoah Gyan's cheeky chipped effort from 20 yards drifting over Rob Green and on to the crossbar.

Sunderland goal: Fabulous goal. Nedum Onuoha sets Asamoah Gyan through behind the Hammers defence on the right and the Ghanaian's slide-rule pass is fired into the corner on the run by Jordan Henderson from 12 yards.

1634: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-0 West Ham (Henderson)

1633: Effort from 20 yards by Darren Bent, easily saved by Rob Green.

kaufman39 on 606: "It's a tense game more than an exciting one - had high hopes but it's still to get going. Still cautiously optimistic we can get at least a point!"

1630: Half an hour gone at the Stadium of Light and for all the hosts' possession, West Ham can be quite content with their performance so far. They certainly haven't created a hatful of chances so far, Sunderland.

1626: Blimey, has Carlton Cole just rolled out of bed or something? A John Mensah slip lets in the West Ham striker for a clean run on goal 40 yards out, but Cole's touch is poor and his running sluggish and Anton Ferdinand is able to get across to clear.

1624: Crackerjack cross from Jordan Henderson, and Tal Ben Haim does well to hold off his man to head behind for a Sunderland corner... the set piece comes to nothing, though.

1622: ...and it's a fairly decent strike from Victor Obinna, well struck, but Craig Gordon gets himself fully behind it to save comfortably.

1621: A good run by Jonathan Spector is ended by Nedum Onuoha's foul, and West Ham have a free-kick 25 yards out in the middle of goal...

1619: Oh dear. Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck combine to set up Kieron Richardson for a shooting chance on the edge of the area, but the midfielder's shot is so wild it threatens only those sat 25 rows back behind the goal.

1617: It's very open at the Stadium of Light, with both teams looking to make the most of plenty of space in the midfield. Sunderland on top in these early exchanges.

1615: Decent strike from 22 yards by Lee Cattermole but it's straight down the throat of Hammers keeper Rob Green in the centre of goal.

1613: Some lovely build-up play from Sunderland leads to Asamoah Gyan heading in the direction of Darren Bent in the box - but it is blocked by James Tomkins and the hosts' muted appeals for handball and a penalty fall on deaf ears in referee Martin Atkinson. Rightly so.

Yellow card
1610: And now Lee Cattermole goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on... Luis Boa Morte. Of course. This could get spicy.

alexedwards07 on Twitter: "Hmmm, Boa Morte was totally fired up against United, too. Passion is passion but you can't go around risking breaking legs."

Yellow card
1608: I tell you what, that's a bad challenge. Luis Boa Morte might consider himself a touch lucky not to have been sent off for that - and had it been later in the game, maybe he would have been. The Portuguese winger launches himself into a tackle with Kieron Richardson with both feet, studs up. He got the ball, but it was awfully reckless. The Hammers midfielder goes into the book.

1605: Danny Welbeck looks like he'll be cutting in from the left for Sunderland, and some good work by him leads to a corner for Sunderland. It is eventually cleared by West Ham, but this is a bright start from the hosts.

1602: Sunderland straight on to the front foot and an early hint at some nice link-up play in attack, Darren Bent nodding down for Asamoah Gyan to crash in a shot from the edge of the area, blocked by Matthew Upson.

1600: Right then, ready? We are up and running at the Stadium of Light.

Robi1993 on Twitter: "Cattermole and Parker against each other in the middle of the park? Could be spicy."

TheSportsDirector on 606: "The Apprentice theme is playing at the Stadium of Light. Is it a sign? West Ham lose, Avram 'you're fired'?"

1555: Wahey! The great West Ham sub-keeper mystery appears to be drawing to a conclusion... Sky commentator Martin Tyler says it's Marek Stech on the bench, and dammit I believe him. Job done.

1554: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce: "We're playing with three strikers as they are all playing out of their skins. Plus, with the injuries to defenders we've got, I've decided attack is the best way to go against West Ham."

Ben, Port Talbot, via text: "Looking at the table... sixth to 16th you would have expected to be completely the reverse of what it actually is."

1551: The Press Association are now saying that Marek Stech and not Ruud Boffin is on the bench for West Ham. I won't lie, I haven't a clue what's going on. When I know, I'll let you lot know. Obviously.

Mike Lawrence reports:
"So Sunderland will be looking to maintain this season's unbeaten home record in the league but their preparations have been hampered by the bad weather. Steve Bruce's side have had to train on the Stadium of Light pitch and assistant boss Eric Black has been snowed in at home. But what a week it's been for the Hammers. Having beaten Wigan in the Premier League game dubbed the "Save our Season" fixture last Saturday, Avram Grant's men then thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in midweek to reaching the League Cup semi-finals for the first time in 20 years. The Londoners should be full of confidence today then..."

1545: If you give this page a refresh then, folks, a link to the radio commentary for Sunderland-West Ham will appear on the right-hand side. Which is nice.

1543: Actually, folks, according to the official West Ham website, keeper Ruud Boffin (what a name that is) is on the bench in place of Jordan Spence. So, tomvictor, it looks like there could well be a mistake on the team-sheet I've been given!

Nidzumist on Twitter: "Wow, Steve Bruce has gone from playing one striker to playing three. Overconfident much?"

Mike Lawrence reports:
"Record signing Asamoah Gyan, who appeared only as a substitute in last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Wolves, returns to the Sunderland starting line-up at the expense of Bolo Zenden, who takes his place on the bench. West Ham boss Avram Grant makes three changes to the side which dumped Manchester United out of the Carling Cup in midweek as Danny Gabbidon, Kieron Dyer and Scott Parker all return."

artillery_john on 606: "West Ham playing with four centre-backs in defence! They will struggle to cope with the wide play of Welbeck and Henderson..."

tomvictor on Twitter: "No sub keeper for West Ham? Or is there a mistake on that teamsheet?"
No error I don't think mate so, yep, a bit of risk for the Hammers?

Gordon, Onuoha, Mensah, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Bent, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Zenden, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Elmohamady.
West Ham: Green, Gabbidon, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Dyer, Parker, Spector, Boa Morte, Obinna, Cole. Subs: Stech, Reid, Barrera, Kovac, Faubert, Hines, Piquionne.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1530: That victory takes West Brom up to seventh in the table, by the way - a fabulous return so far for a club many expected to struggle this season. Newcastle stay 11th on 19 points.

Goowli24 on 606: "West Brom are looking good again. Regaining form, and long may it continue. Very refreshing to see the newly promoted sides do so well. Europa league?"

Kieran Dyer and Scott Parker return to the West Ham midfield - though not in place of two-goal midweek hero Jonathan Spector - while Asamoah Gyan starts for Sunderland.

Full time
1523: FULL-TIME West Brom 3-1 Newcastle

manfrombelmonty on 606: "On this form Sol Campbell would be lucky to get a game at Notts County again."

Newcastle goal: Consolation for the visitors, Peter Lovenkrands sweeping in from close range after Andy Carroll's initial effort had been blocked.

1520: GOALFLASH West Brom 3-1 Newcastle (Lovenkrands)

West Brom goal: Game, set, match. It's all too easy for West Brom as Peter Odemwingie ghosts in behind Sol Campbell to dash on to Marek Cech's ball over the top, the Nigerian going on to round the keeper and slot home.

1517: GOALFLASH West Brom 3-0 Newcastle (Odemwingie)

1516: Two minutes of normal time remaining at the Hawthorns, and the hosts look like seeing out a comfortable victory here. Newcastle just not threatening enough.

1514: Second Baggies change - Steven Reid on for James Morrison.

Yellow card
1513: Looks like Sol Campbell's 500th Premier League appearance is going to be most memorable... for a yellow card. The Newcastle defender, now captain, goes into the book for a block on Giles Barnes.

1511: If Newcastle are to get anything from this match they need to score soon - and Alan Smith does his best with a stinging effort from the edge of the area, forcing a cracking block on the dive by defender Gonzalo Jara.

1508: He has got a lovely left foot, but that's hugely ambitious from Chris Brunt if he's shooting, the Baggies midfielder driving at goal from outside the area two yards in from the byeline. Toon keeper Tim Krul is able to beat it away.

1507: Oh you've got to do better, son. Andy Carroll's flick looks to have released Peter Lovenkrands, but the Dane brings out the air shot and fails to fire goalwards from just inside the area.

1506: A change for West Brom, now, Giles Barnes replacing Jerome Thomas.

Yellow card
1503: Immediate impact by Alan Smith... on Jerome Thomas. The Newcastle substitute goes in a touch late on the West Brom winger, who actually avoids any contact by vaulting the tackle, and referee Mike Dean brandishes the yellow card barely a minute after Smith came on.

1502: Double change for Newcastle in response - Alan Smith and Nile Ranger on for Danny Guthrie and Wayne Routledge.

West Brom goal: That's why they call him Peter Snow (see 1323). It's out of nothing really as Peter Odemwingie pounces on a slip inside the centre circle by Danny Guthrie, dashes into the box, and with team-mates screaming for a pass slips a neat finish into the corner.

1500: GOALFLASH West Brom 2-0 Newcastle (Odemwingie)

1459: James Morrison is starting to boss this game and a low effort from the Baggies midfielder zips just past the far post from the edge of the area. Close.

1458: A nice stat from Infostrada Sports for you - West Brom have won nine of their last 11 PL home matches in which they led at half time. Two other matches were draws. Their only ever PL home defeat after leading at the break was against Arsenal (1-2 after 1-0 at HT) on 26 December 2002.

1455: Ooh fine effort. West Brom build patiently before James Morrison receives the ball running at goal, the midfielder taking a touch and firing in a low effort that Tim Krul gets down well to save.

1453: A lovely Sol Campbell pass releases Jonas Gutierrez down the left and the Argentine's cross is a good one - Scott Carson is out well to punch clear, though.

Yellow card
1451: Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie's name is taken now for a foul on Jerome Thomas.

1448: Off the line! Jonas Gutierrez powers in from the left touchline into the box and his clipped finish looks like squeezing in courtesy of a deflection but a Baggies defender gets back well to clear from goal.

Yellow card
1445: Cynical. Jose Enrique finds himself on the wrong side of Somen Tchoyi by the right touchline and responds by dragging the Baggies midfielder to the ground - a definite booking. Chris Brunt's delivery from the resulting free-kick is easily claimed by Toon keeper Tim Krul.

1444: It's a bit more end-to-end now, thankfully, and this time Newcastle forward Andy Carroll blazes wide from the edge of the area when he might have been better to cross for Peter Lovenkrands in the centre of goal.

1441: And now it should be 2-0 to West Brom. Chris Brunt's corner has Newcastle keeper Tim Krul flapping and the cross falls to Paul Scharner, unmarked at the back post, only for the Baggies (not Wigan) defender to volley wildly over with the goal gaping.

1440: By far the best moment for Newcastle so far as Wayne Routledge bursts down the right and swings in a cross that Steven Taylor gets on the end of, heading firmly at goal and forcing Scott Carson into a smart save above his head.

1437: They'll still want to improve defensively, though, as Jerome Thomas's cross is flicked on by Toon defender Steven Taylor inches over his own bar.

1436: Much improved start to the half from Newcastle, who were clearly on the wrong end of a rollicking at half-time. Bit more verve and aggression about their play so far.

1434: Bit sluggish on the restart, but we're back under way at the Hawthorns.

1432: We're going to have change at the break, with Peter Lovenkrands coming on for Newcastle in place of Shola Ameobi. Something had to change for the Magpies, that's for sure.

1428: While we have a moment, then, it looks like the England manager's job is going to be in the headlines again - this time thanks to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne. Interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek, he revealed Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is very much in the running to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss. "I would expect Harry to make a long list [for the England job]." There are no other contenders are there? Though I'm sure Tottenham fans would want to suggest an alternative or two.

Luke via text: "Saj, I believe the term is 'Famous Last Words'!"

moi_uday on Twitter: "Absolutely lackadaisical attitude from Newcastle, we are making WBA look like Barca! Tch Tch."

Half time
1419: HALF-TIME West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
Saj Chowdhury's HT snap-shot:
"A poor first half was brought to life - albeit for half a second - by Somen Tchoyi's lovely strike. Newcastle cannot play any worse, surely?"

1417: And there's the half-time whistle.

1415: ...but Danny Guthrie curls his attempted cross over everybody and out for a goal-kick. Waste.

1415: Newcastle do have a free-kick in a nice area here, though...

1412: Newcastle hanging on a touch at the moment as West Brom move the ball about nicely in the midfield area. James Morrison has a pop at goal from range, but Tim Krul gets down comfortably to save.

Chowdhury_92 on 606: "So Tchoyi's goal is given and yesterday Tevez's was not - what is the offside rule? What was the difference?"

1408: Fine effort. West Brom build well down the left through Peter Odemwingie and the ball is played into Somen Tchoyi, who turns well and crashes a fierce effort in that Newcastle keeper Tim Krul beats away from his near post.

1406: That goal came just as Newcastle were starting to get into the game - but it's hard to argue West Brom don't deserve to lead. Replays show Peter Odemwingie was offside as Somen Tchoyi curled in, by the way, but referee Mike Dean obviously ruled he wasn't interfering. Hhmmm.

West Brom goal: It's a brilliant finish but Newcastle boss Chris Hughton won't like the defending one bit. Somen Tchoyi collects Chris Brunt's pass in the box and has all the time in the world to take a touch and curl it home. Breakthrough.

1403: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-0 Newcastle (Tchoyi)

The Midland 20 on 606: "It's getting worse!! 1353: It's her 500th appearance today... and the innings look to have taken their toll on Sunderland's Sally Campbell's legs at the moment. He's had a wobbly start to say the least, and another scuffed clearance lets in Frank Obama, the Dubliners frontman bursting through on goal and slapping her effort wide from the edge of the City area under pressure from Cheryl Taylor and Jose Enrique. Best chance of the match so far for both Wigan and Charlton."

1400: Newcastle starting to show signs of having finally settled and Andy Carroll is inches away from meeting Jonas Gutierrez's whipped cross from the left at the back post.

1357: And now Shola Ameobi rises well to meet Danny Guthrie's corner - but he heads over.

1356: First glimpse of goal for Newcastle, but Andy Carroll's attempted overhead kick from Sol Campbell's nod-down is scuffed, and Steven Taylor also fails to make a decent contact on an attempted hook on the follow-up.

1354: Quite impressively, I've had Paul Scharner playing for Wigan... twice. Good from me. And now corrected - please refresh, cheers.

1353: It's his 500th appearance today... and the matches look to have taken their toll on Sol Campbell's legs at the moment. He's had a wobbly start to say the least, and another scuffed clearance lets in Peter Odemwingie, the Baggies frontman bursting through on goal and slapping his effort wide from the edge of the area under pressure from Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique. Best chance of the game.

Yellow card
1350: Our first booking of the day, Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez into the book for a pull on the shirt of Gonzalo Jara.

1348: Newcastle launch a ball forward and Andy Carroll leaps with Paul Scharner, with the Baggies defender coming off worse in that exchange. Replays show Carroll caught him with an elbow - and it might be worth keeping a close eye on that mini-battle today. Both players look quite happy to mix it up today.

1345: West Brom still making all the play at the Hawthorns and Chris Brunt looks to get his eye in with a 25-yard effort, but it flies over the bar. Cracking left foot, though, that boy.

Ricardo dos Santos on 606: "Even after reading your prediction joke three times I still don't get it! Someone explain!!!"

1343: That's half a chance, that. Chris Brunt's corner flicks off the head of Sol Campbell and falls to Paul Scharner at the back post, but the former Wigan defender's volleyed effort is well off target. It wasn't an easy one to be fair.

Charlie Tilley on 606: "I had to read your predictions joke three times before I understood it!"

1340: I read a nice little stat in our preview on Newcastle's form man Andy Carroll earlier, by the way - his first three Premier League goals came with his left foot, the next four with his head, and his last two with his right foot. His next few will be off each knee, a back-heel and his backside, I reckon.

1337: West Brom, on the back of last week's 4-1 win at Everton, are certainly enjoying the better of the opening exchanges and record-maker Sol Campbell has already had a couple of nervy moments dealing with balls into the box. No clear chances thus far, though.

1335: West Brom are clearly wary of Andy Carroll's threat in the air by the look of things, Paul Scharner has already twice gone through the back of the Newcastle frontman.

1333: And a nice lively start, too. It's looking nice and open at the Hawthorns - and James Morrison attempts to do his best Samir Nasri impression with a fine jinking run into the Newcastle box that is only ended by a smart piece of defensive work by midfielder Cheik Tiote.

1331: We're up and running in the West Brom v Newcastle tie.

nufc4me on 606: "Hoping to see somebody besides Carroll score for my Toon today, he's had all of them since Halloween. Scary."

1327: Here come the players at the Hawthorns, then, which just leaves me time to point you in the direction of Lawro's Predictions (with a guest appearance from Prime Minister David Cameron). He's plumped for a home win in the early kick-off and a draw at the Stadium of the Light later on. Me? I say it every week - I don't do predictions. And I never will... ba dom boom boom... tish!

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "RE: iwasrory - How about Best Goalkeeping saves of the season? Reina also has to be on that list!"

1323: Also, did you know... Peter Odemwingie's nickname at former club Lokomotiv Moscow was "Peter Snow" because of his knack of scoring goals during Russia's cold wintery conditions. Well it made me laugh. And judging by conditions in the midlands today, the Baggies could be in for a treat today.

iwasrory on Twitter: "Goalkeeping howlers of this season......surely Pepe Reina has got to be somewhere on that list!"

Anon via text: "Sam, perhaps we could have two different competitions - Screamers and Silkies? You get the idea..."

1317: A nice little addition to Mr Saj Chowdhury's team news - Newcastle defender Sol Campbell makes his 500th Premier League appearance today, 18 years to the day that he made his debut for Tottenham. Only David James, Ryan Giggs and Gary Speed have featured in more. Isn't that nice.

SirRyanGiggs on 606: "I remember Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring a superb volley from a tight angle. Think it was against Bolton. Great."

ianbeany1989 on Twitter: "Forget the 30 yarders, Elmander's goal v Wolves was a piece of genius I expect from the likes of Ibrahimovic."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"A year ago these two clubs met on the opening weekend of the Championship season. On that day the Magpies, who had been backed to suffer more misery in the second tier, battled from a goal down to claim a point. Both sides went on to clinch promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Expect another tight encounter from the rejuvenated clubs. Prediction: Feisty."

Mr Chelsea on 606: "WBA 0-0 New, Sun 0-0 WHU."
I won't lie, I think I prefer LFC_Koptastic's predictions...

LFC_Koptastic on 606: "WBA 2-2 New, Sun 3-1 WHU."

Saj Chowdhury reports:
"West Brom's Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner, Peter Odemwingie and James Morrison all start despite earlier doubts regarding their fitness, while Nicky Shorey makes the bench. Newcastle are unchanged from the side that drew with Chelsea last week. Joey Barton was set to return to the starting line-up following his three-match ban but did not travel because of a groin problem."

SRobinsonTRFC on Twitter: "What about O.G. of the year? Paintsil vs Blackpool for me, great finish!"

Jesus Was A Geordie on 606: "Barton is a huge miss, his distribution and physical presence are both superior to Guthrie. Still young Danny is only just back from injury, let's hope his quality returns along with his fitness!"

West Brom:
Carson, Jara, Scharner, Tamas, Cech, Tchoyi, Morrison, Dorrans, Thomas, Brunt, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Pablo, Barnes, Reid, Shorey, Fortune, Cox.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi. Subs: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Best, Kadar, Ranger.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Anon via text: "What about Hatem Ben Arfa v Everton? Might have seen a few more of those if it weren't for that horrific leg break."

RobChesworth on Twitter: "Sam - last night's Goal of the Month on MOTD was better than Goal of the Season last year. All of Nov/10 goals were sublime."

Chris Brunt, Peter Odemwingie and James Morrison all passed fit to start for West Brom, while Newcastle are unchanged with Joey Barton unavailable because of a groin injury.

1255: So we've got a couple of corkers today...
West Brom v Newcastle
Sunderland v West Ham

So while I'd be happy talking about goals of the season all day... I guess we better include live action too. Team news coming up.

CAFC-Sam on 606: "Parkers lob against Chelsea? Varney's piledriver, Bale's supreme volley early on in the season, Berbatov's overhead kick, Onuoha's mazy run (not unlike Nasri's, but he's a defender, and it was at Stamford Bridge!!!)"

Logos on 606: "I was disappointed in Nasri's second. He should have back-heeled it in when he was facing away from goal instead of doing a 180 degree turn to hit it."

1252: Basically, being the eternal optimist that I am, I'm expecting big things today. Good people of the Premier League, don't let me down. And don't you lot let me down either. I've given you your starter for 10 - your goals of the season - but really I'm after whatever chat inspires you. Tweet me @sampatricklyon, text me via 81111 or get yourselves on over to 606. Happy days.

1248: Off the top of my head, I'm thinking Mark Davies v Blackpool, Luke Varney v Wolves, Dimitar Berbatov v Blackburn, Scott Parker v West Brom... actually, they were all within the last month weren't they? What a set of crackers we've had the absolute honour of witnessing this season, huh? I wonder what today has in store...

1245: I tell you what, I watched Samir Nasri's second goal against Fulham again last night. What a finish that was, wasn't it? Super stuff. It got me thinking... your goals of the season so far?

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5 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 5 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 16 16 32
2 Man Utd 15 19 31
3 Chelsea 16 19 30
4 Man City 16 9 29
5 Tottenham 16 3 26
6 Bolton 16 5 23
7 Sunderland 16 2 23
8 West Brom 16 -4 22
9 Stoke 16 0 21
10 Blackburn 16 -4 21
11 Newcastle 16 -1 19
12 Liverpool 15 -2 19
13 Blackpool 15 -6 19
14 Birmingham 16 -2 18
15 Everton 16 -2 17
16 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
17 Fulham 16 -4 15
18 Wigan 16 -15 15
19 Wolves 16 -13 12
20 West Ham 16 -13 12

see also
Sunday's football photos
05 Dec 10 |  Football

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