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By Chris Bevan
1951: This is where I bid you farewell. Thanks for keeping me company for the last 10 hours or so and don't forget to tune in to BBC One and this website in the UK to watch Match of the Day at 2230 BST and alll the goals from the Football League in The Football League Show straight afterwards at 2350 BST. I've been
and you've been fantastic. See you on Sunday for more of the same.
"1. Ars v Liv, 2. Ev v QPR 3. NE derby 4. Chels v WBA 5. AV v B'burn 6 Swans v Wigan. 5 wins, 1 draw. Min 8 mins of everyone. 1030pm BBC1."
From Adam in Kidderminster, via text: "As a fan of West Brom it's mixed emotions after that game, played the top two teams and only just lost twice, we're playing very well but have nothing to show for it, bittersweet start if ever there was one... "
QPR boss Neil Warnock on his side's win over Everton: "It's an amazing result. Yesterday we lost three players with a virus. One of them, DJ Campbell, collapsed. But everybody played as a team. I felt we deserved it in the end. We've just got to get on with it after last week. It's a fabulous league, I love it. We've got to enjoy it."
1942: Happiest man of the day? Try QPR boss Neil Warnock. His side were trounced 4-0 at home last week but, fresh from a boardroom takeover at Loftus Road, Rangers recorded a battling victory at Goodison Park.
FULL-TIME Swansea 0-0 Wigan Dewi Hughes reports: "The Swans enjoyed more possession and looked more likely to score apart from a frantic five minutes when Wigan twice struck the woodwork and had Ben Watson's penalty savedl."
FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Nabil Hassan reports: "Aston Villa go top, Blackburn go bottom. It is early days I know, but Steve Kean's position as Blackburn boss is looking increasingly precarious."
1930: Almost time for me to wrap things up. But first, a reminder of what happened in the top flight today...
1928: So, a winning start for Andres Villas Boas at Stamford Bridge, but not without a fight. After last week's narrow defeat by Manchester United, West Brom have pushed both of last season's top two close but have nothing to show for it. And Baggies boss Roy Hodgson will once again rue being on the wrong end of a deflected goal. Isn't this where people say your luck evens out over the course of the season?
1924: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 West Brom
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Full time at London Road, Peterborough United 7-1 Ipswich Town. Lee Tomlin takes home the match ball as he secures his first senior hat-trick and rounds off a romping victory for the home side. Paul Jewell has a bit of work to do to pick his side up for their next match against Leeds.
1923: There will be four minutes of injury time at the Bridge. Of which there are about 90 seconds left.
1922: Calm down boys, this is all a bit unnecessary. Ashley Cole dives in on Peter Odemwingie this time, but it is the latter who ends up in Lee Mason's book. I'm not sure why.
1921: A bit of afters between John Terry and Peter Odemwingie ends when Terry grabs the Baggies striker by the scruff of the neck. That's a yellow card for the Chelsea defender, who felt Odemwingie caught him deliberately.
1919: Into the final three minutes of the 90 at the Bridge. Things don't look good for West Brom but hang on... Steven Reid's cross finds Peter Odemwingie unmarked at the back post. This is a real chance, but Odemwingie's volley is straight at Hilario. Chelsea fans can breathe again.
Chelsea goal: It's been coming. Jose Bosingwa dances past two men down the right and sends over a perfect cross which finds Florent Malouda arriving late at the back post to steer it home.
1913: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-1 West Brom (Malouda)
1913: A BIG chance for Chelsea goes begging, as Ben Foster survives a rush of blood to his head. The Baggies keeper has no need to charge off his line to try to reach a hopeful ball before Nicolas Anelka, but he does. Anelka gets there first and curls the ball goalwards but it rolls agonisingly wide of the post. A huge let-off for the visitors.
1911: Chelsea have another penalty shout when Jonas Olsson tangles with Branislav Ivanovic just inside the area. But, even if referee Lee Mason saw it, he didn't give anything.
pp0u20e8 on Twitter:
"If Chelsea fail to win today, can we all call for AVB's head and say they're in decline, is that just for Arsenal?"
1908: Ashley Cole is still getting forward whenever possible and this time his low cross has to be blocked at the near post with Didier Drogba waiting in the middle to turn it in. In contrast, it's been quite a while since West Brom got forward with any purpose.
1906: The Baggies' turn to make a switch. Somen Tchoyi is off, and Peter Odemwingie is on. They might be making another change soon because Gabriel Tamas has been having treatment too.
1901: A couple of ominous signs for West Brom. First, another sniff for Nicolas Anelka, who is first to a clipped ball into the box but cannot keep his shot down as Ben Foster russhes off his line. Moments later, Branislav Ivanovic swings over a delightful cross for Didier Drogba who, perhaps surprised it reaches him, completely miscues in front of goal.
1856: A change for Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic is on. Alex is off.
1855: A nice move by Chelsea, but it comes to nothing. Ashley Cole gets forward well down the left and drives a cross towards Didier Drogba at the near post. Drogba reaches it first but cannot divert the ball on target.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Football League fact of the day: Having come on at half-time for Ipswich, Tommy Smith was on the field for one minute and eleven seconds before being sent-off. Still Peterborough 6-1 Ipswich.
1852: Don't you go thinking that this is just Chelsea's game to be won though. The Baggies are still a threat, especially when some nifty footwork by Somen Tchoyi gives him time to bend a shot towards the top corner. Hilario scrambles across to push it away.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"8 - Didier Drogba has netted eight goals in seven Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion. Impact."
1850: Yep, here comes Didier Drogba now. Fernando Torres is the man coming off.
1847: Chelsea up the ante. Nicolas Anelka's fierce effort is kept out by Ben Foster's legs and Florent Malouda's follow-up is brilliantly blocked by Steven Reid. Didier Drogba is about to come on, by the looks of things. Just over 30 minutes left and it is 1-1.
1846: Chance at both ends. Paul Scharner heads over at the far post for West Brom and then Florent Malouda's goalbound shot is cleared by Shane Long. It had taken a couple of deflections too.
Chelsea goal: Another deflection costs West Brom dear, just like last week against Manchester United. The Baggies canot clear their lines and Nicolas Anelka fires in a low shot from the right that nicks off Jonas Olsson and bounces into the far corner of the net. Chelsea have been well below par, but they are level.
1843: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 West Brom (Anelka)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Great entertainment if you're a neutral, not quite the same if you're an Ipswich fan! Town are now down to nine-men as Tommy Smith is sent-off for bringing down Tomlin and he was the last man. However, the referee awards a penalty despite the infringement taking place a few yards outside the box. The Tractor Boys trail Peterborough 5-1 as captain Grant McCann steps up confidently to slot home the spot-kick. Minutes later, it's six. A wonderful, passing move eventually ends up with skipper McCann having a strike at goal, but a cruel deflection off Jack Ainsley sees the ball go into the net past a helpless Stockdale.
1839: Chris Brunt wraps his left foot around the ball at a free-kick out on the right but he gets too much on it and it sails through to Hilario. Still, a bright start by the Baggies and the home crowd are getting a little bit frustrated.
1834: I just had another look at that Chelsea penalty shout, and it stands up pretty well. Nicolas Anelka got a touch on the ball before Ben Foster collided with him. Something for AVB to discuss afterwards, I suppose. In the meantime, the second half has started at Stamford Bridge.
mrgmusicmadman on Twitter:
"Re 1828. It still is an advantage, hence United's home record last season, this spate of poor home results is surely an anomaly?"
From Matt A, a disappointed Chelsea fan, via text: "Can't help but think AVB should've thrown our new boy Romelu Lukaku straight in the mix here... but I've not won a Europa League, so what do I know, right?"
1828: A quick question for you. Why is playing at home in the Premier League no longer an advantage? Only Manchester City and Aston Villa have won on their own patch this season... and, currently, Chelsea do not look like improving that statistic.
Timmo13 on Twitter:
"Re derekryan on Twitter. Shane Long cost £7m. I'm not sure Everton have £7 at the moment."
samsloman on Twitter:
"Worst half of football played by Chelsea in a long time. Anelka, Mikel too slow. Embarrassing."
From P-Lo in London, via text: "Re 1803. Gervinho is new to London, hence being Billy No Mates in the stands, he has two fellow Ivorians playing for Chelsea, Kalou & Drogba, hence being at the game. Don't you wish you were as clever as me?"
I had quite a few responses to that one, some of them polite, some not so polite. And only a couple suggesting he has had enough of Arsenal.
derekryan on Twitter:
"Shane Long woulda been a great buy for Everton this summer. Cheap & great finisher- exactly what they need."
1819: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-1 West Brom Saj Chowdhury's
HT snapshot: "Hesitant at the back and lacking bite in attack until the very end of the half - no, not the Baggies, but Chelsea. Strange times at Stamford Bridge."
1818: Ben Foster has had a busy few minutes. Alex smashes in a low free-kick, which Florent Malouda gets a touch to as it flies goalwards. Foster, though, is down swiftly to gather it. Another decent stop by the Baggies keeper.
1817: Nicolas Anelka goes tumbling in the box and Chelsea want a penalty. They might have a point, because Ben Foster failed to collect the ball as he dived at Anelka's feet and the Frenchman would have reached it if he had stayed on his feet. Worth another look, I think.
1814: Better by Chelsea, and at last Ben Foster is called into action. Ashley Cole lets fly from the edge of the box, and the ball is zooming into the top corner until Foster brilliantly gets across to tip it to safety.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: If you're looking for lessons on how to strike a football, thenPeterborough versus Ipswich is the game to watch. There has been three thunderous goals in this game. Paul Taylor equalised Edwards' opener with a rocket of a strike, cleanly struck from the edge of the area, before Lee Tomlins' swivel and shot ended up in the top corner of David Stockdale's net. Suicidal defending from Ipswich put Taylor clear and he dinks the ball over the Ipswich keeper and Tomlin adds his second for the home side. This game has been turned on its head with four goals for the Posh in the space of 12 first-half minutes. To add to Ipswich's nightmare, Lee Martin has been dismissed for a lunge on Mark Little. Half time: Posh 4-1 Ipswich
1811: Still no way through for Chelsea. Florent Malouda manages to break down the left but, once he feeds Nicolas Anelka down the same flank, the Baggies hold them up. Anelka and Malouda are gradually forced backwards before losing possession and then concede a free-kick. About six minutes to go until the break and the visitors are sitting pretty.
andymccoy612 on Twitter:
"Going on this performance by WBA, I'm quite relieved we got that scrappy 2-1 win at The Hawthorns last week."
1807: Well, that's one way to stop Shane Long. Frank Lampard launches himself into a pretty desperate tackle on the Baggies frontman and gets booked for his troubles. Chelsea boss Andres Villas Boas has seen enough, and makes his first change of the game. Florent Malouda is on for Salomon Kalou.
1803: Hmmm. Suspended Arsenal striker Gervinho is at Stamford Bridge, seemingly sitting on his own. Does anyone know why he might be there? On the pitch, John Terry attempts to hoist the ball goalwards - not sure whether that was a shot or a cross, but it went nowhere near where he intended it.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship's late kick off, Ipswich take the lead at Peterborough through on-loan Blackburn Keith Andrews, who rifles an absolutely cracking volley from outside the area, which bounces in off the post. How Rovers fans wished they had him in their side today!
1800: Half an hour gone at the Bridge and so far, so good for the Baggies. They are keeping Chelsea subdued and looking extremely dangerous on the break too. This is turning into a big test for Andres Villas Boas, who is squinting from the dug-out in the late summer sunshine.
1758: A golden opportunity goes begging for West Brom, with Shane Long again getting behind the Chelsea defence, running on to a sublime Chris Brunt pass. Long only has to square the ball for Somen Tchoyi to tap it in, but he overhits his cross. Chelsea survive but some work to do for Andres Villas Boas on this evidence - his side just cannot cope with Long's movement.
sheggers1987 on Twitter:
"Shane Long is looking a pretty good buy so far. Maybe Chelsea should have spent 50 mil on him instead?"
Just watching Long's goal again, and what a nice finish it was. He waited for Hilario to commit himself before shooting, so clearly a confident boy. Not made a bad start to life in the Premier League has he?
1752: Fernando Torres is yet to sparkle today in the same way he did last week, but he is at least starting to get involved. The Chelsea striker cuts in from the right-hand side of the area but does not connect with his shot, which sails harmlessly over.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Shane Long's goal was the first scored by a WBA player in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge and first there in the league since 1988."
1748: West Brom are not just defending though. After a neat build-up, they find Paul Scharner on the right-hand side of the box and he unleashes a fierce shot that is beaten away by Hilario at his near post.
1747: Salomon Kalou runs at the Baggies defence and makes room to get away a shot on the edge of the area. It's just a shame for him that he skies it high over the bar. The visitors are well organised and making things difficult for Chelsea, as you would expect from any Roy Hodgson side. Unexpectedly, they also have a lead to protect.
From anon, via text: "I think HenryWhitfield (via Twitter) meant Shane Long and West Brom not Torres and Chelsea."
1741: Referee Lee Mason dishes out his first booking of the evening when Gabriel Tamas trips Salomon Kalou. Not much of a response so far from Chelsea.
West Brom goal: Where did that come from? There seems no danger as Chelsea pass it around at the back but, out of nowhere, Alex is muscled off the ball by Shane Long, who is about half his size. Long outsprints Alex too, making for goal before coolly slotting the ball past Hilario.
1736: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-1 West Brom (Long)
Blackburn boss Steve Kean after his side's defeat by Aston Villa. (I'm not sure Rovers fans will agree with his assessment of the match): "I'm disappointed with the result but not with how we played. We were controlling the game and went behind to a very good goal. We approached the game in the right manner and were positive; we were excellent in the second half and played some very good football. That third goal finished us off though."
1734: Hilario has to come out of his area to head clear as Shane Long chases Chris Brunt's ball over the top. It is the Blues who have had the majority of possession so far, though.
1732: We are under way at Stamford Bridge, and I have pictures. All is well.
HenryWhitfield on Twitter:
"Torres to bag two and Chelsea to return to rampant form. Expect a goal explosion for the London side."
1729: Right then, kick-off is fast approaching at Stamford Bridge. Normally this would be a good thing, but at the moment I don't have any TV pictures. Bear with me...
CHELSEA v WEST BROM (1730 BST) Saj Chowdhury
reports: "Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said this week that it is OK for the top teams to have "average" performances at the start of the season. His West Brom counterpart Roy Hodgson is targeting a "draw or a victory". Based on optimism, it is a pools panel result away win."
cypherspace on Twitter:
"Re Everton. It's not Kenwright's fault that football is insane. He has no money and is "desperately" trying to sell the club. A fine man."
From CP, via text: "Re Chelsteve at 16:50. Spot on - Everton haven't bought a single player and neither have Arsenal. Well, aside Gervinho from Lille. Oh, and Chamberlain from Southampton. Wait, and Jenkinson from Charlton and Campbell from Deportivo Saprisso. Good job the window doesn't close for another ten days. *Yawn* "
jonny_smith87 on Twitter:
"Everton an absolute disgrace, Kenwright not bothered, Moyes seems bored and has every right to be, time for some changes!"
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who scored in his side's comfortable 3-1 win over Blackburn: "The key was we got out the blocks really well. It's a massive result for the manager and we all believe in him. Four points from the opening two games is a good start."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In League Two, Rotherham lost their 100% winning start to the season, but maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-2 draw against Barnet. Crawley Town continued their impressive form by beating Torquay 3-1 and Gillingham defeated Plymouth easily with a 3-0 win. Shrewsbury picked up their first win of the season against Crewe, leaving them pointless and Port Vale hammered Accrington Stanley 4-1, where Sean Rigg bagged two for the home side.
From Frank in Banbury, via text: "I don't think Arsenal's problems have been mentioned for a while? I feel they are heading for a big dip... A bit like Liverpool a couple of seasons ago... but worse. The Arsenal fans need to stop the 'InArseneWeTrust' tweets and Facebook status updates and really start to look at the facts."
From Sam, via text: "I know its very early doors but is this an indication of things to come from Blackburn? Can't see them moving out of the relegation zone for a long time."
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who picked up a point on his return to Swansea: "When you miss a penalty you have to be disappointed. Swansea took control of the first half, we kept our concentration and had three chances in the second half. We grew into the game and deserved the three points, but you have to give Swansea great credit for the way they started."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In League One, there were goals galore. Charlton conceded to Scunthorpe in injury time as the The Iron nicked a late draw courtesy of a Robert Grant double and Sheffield United were held to a 1-1 draw against Tranmere. MK Dons went top on goal difference, though, as they trounced Chesterfield 6-2 with Sam Baldock scoring a hat-trick. Brentford eased to a 5-0 win against bottom side Leyton Orient and there were wins for Huddersfield, Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.
CHELSEA v WEST BROM TEAM NEWS Chelsea start with Fernando Torres while fellow forwards Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou are also in the first XI. Striker Didier Drogba is on the bench. Henrique Hilario replaces the injured Petr Cech in goal. West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie recovers from an ankle injury to take his place among the substitutes. The Baggies line-up remains unchanged from the one that started against Manchester United.
I'd imagine it feels pretty bad... although they aren't the only ones to be below Tottenham. Everton and West Brom (who have thus far only played once) make up the bottom three.
Chelsea v West Brom line-ups: Chelsea: Hilario, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Torres, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Benayoun, Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira, McEachran. West Brom: Foster, Reid, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Morrison, Long, Tchoyi. Subs: Fulop, Cech, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, McAuley, Odemwingie, Cox. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, Derby maintained their winning start to the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Doncaster, who are still pointless, as Southampton kept up pace with a slim 1-0 win against Millwall. Sven-Goran Eriksson's 10-man Leicester City side were held to a 2-2 at Nottingham Forest as George Boateng equalised in the 94th minute for Steve McClaren's men. Brighton dropped points for the first time this season as they were pegged back by a brace from Blackpool's veteran striker Kevin Phillips.
1659: BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: Didier Drogba is on the bench as Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou all start. Hilario is in goal. West Brom team news with you shortly.
CHELSEA v WEST BROM (1730 BST) Saj Chowdhuryreports: "Chelsea were unlucky not to come away from Stoke with more than a point in their opening fixture. Striker Fernando Torres had arguably his best game in a Blues shirt - although he failed to score again. He may have more luck against a less suffocating Baggies defence. West Brom began their campaign with defeat at home to Manchester United. On paper that result is nothing out of the ordinary, but it was an was an evenly contested match and they were undone by a late own goal."
1657: So, just the one Premier League game left today. Chelsea v West Brom is about half an hour away.
1655: It's been a good week for QPR, no? A new owner, some new money, and now their first win since their return to the Premier League. Not such a good one for Everton. Boos ring out around Goodison Park on the final whistle, and some troubling times ahead for chairman Bill Kenwright, I suspect.
1653: FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 QPR
1653: FULL-TIME Swansea 0-0 Wigan
1652: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn
1652: Still no joy for Everton. Marouane Fellaini gets on the end of a Leighton Baines free-kick but heads straight at QPR keeper Paddy Kenny. The flag was already up, so it would not have counted.
1650: There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the Liberty Stadium. As things stand, Swansea are on course to pick up their first Premier League point.
From chelsteve, via text: "I suspect we will witness the further decline of two of the league's greats in Arsenal and Everton this year. Both need to invest but don't seem able to."
1647: Everton are getting increasingly desperate, hoisting balls into the QPR box with little effect. The 90 minutes are up, but the Toffees will have five minutes of injury time to try and salvage something.
1646: The points look like they are in the bag for Villa, who are playing keep-ball with Blackburn unable to muster any sort of threat. In fact, Rovers look happy to just be 3-1 down.
1644: Swansea's turn to attack and Stephen Dobbie forces a great save from Ali Al Habsi with a well-struck shot from 20 yards which the Wigan keeper pushes away to his right for a corner. Leroy Lita replaces Danny Graham for the Welsh side, with less than five minutes to go.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, Barnsley hold a surprise 2-1 lead against Reading at the Madejski Stadium and Forest have pulled a goal back from the spot against Leicester. Kasper Schmeichel has been sent-off for the Foxes! It's a turnaround for Yorkshire sides in League One where Huddersfield now lead Colchester 3-2 in a topsy-turvy match and Sheffield Wednesday have reversed a deficit to go 2-1 up against Notts County but in League Two, Bradford are behind at home against Dagenham & Redbridge.
taggart4800 on Twitter:
"Lets not get too hasty about Kean or the owners.They have made many sensible but unfashionable moves. Lets take stock at Xmas."
1641: Every time Everton pick up the ball they are up against a wall of QPR players who, unsurprisingly, are happy to sit back and defend in numbers. That leaves the Toffees to take pot-shots from range, with 17-year-old Ross Barkley denied by Paddy Kenny this time. Barkley has looked promising but this has been a frustrating afternoon for David Moyes and his men.
ISayPorter on Twitter:
"Enough Welsh gags. Last thing we need is Wigan to score and some shining wit to tweet that Swansea are Rhondda ropes."
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Darren Bent has scored in August in each of last 7 seasons - a total of 14 goals - more than any other player since start of 2005-06"
1637: What of Everton? They have brought on Louis Saha for Johnny Heitinga, but still cannot break down a determined QPR side.
Wigan missed penalty: I'm not sure really how Swansea are still level but they are, just about. Victor Moses fires against the bar and Ashley Williams brings down Jordi Gomez from the rebound. Ben Watson steps up to take the spot-kick but goalkeeper Michel Vorm, fast emerging as a Swans hero, dives to his right to keep out Watson's low effort. A super stop.
1632: MISSED PENALTY (Ben Watson saved by Michel Vorm)
1631: PENALTY to Wigan
1629: A close shave for Swansea, with Wigan's Jordi Gomez - their former player - bending a shot past Michel Vorm and against the far post from about 25 yards out. The Latics are just starting to come to life after a subdued first hour or so.
Villa goal: Grant Hanley blocks a speculative long range shot by Stiliyan Petrov but only succeeds in diverting the ball into the path of Darren Bent inside the area, and the England striker makes no mistake, smashing the ball over Paul Robinson and into the net. The Rovers comeback is, seemingly, stopped in its tracks.
1625: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn (Bent)
1624: Still a distinct lack of penalty-box action at the Liberty Stadium where the crowd of 19,028 are getting increasingly desperate for a goal. Swansea still on top, but Wigan holding firm.
1623: Aston Villa are not playing with anything like the same rhythm they managed before the break but they are still threatening occasionally and Marc Albrighton just sent an angled shot whistling past the post. At Goodison, another change for Everton, with Marouane Fellaini coming on for Jermaine 'don't call me Jason' Beckford and instantly setting up Tim Cahill for a shot which Paddy Kenny pushes round the post.
From anonymous (and pessimistic) Villa fan, via text: "Cue the typical Villa capitulation and watch the Blackburn comeback. 2-2 by 75mins, with a late winner around 87mins. Guaranteed. Same old Villa."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In League One's local derby, it's the Oldham fans that are holding the bragging rights so far as their side lead Rochdale 2-0 and in the same division, joint-top side Sheffield United hold a slender 1-0 lead at Tranmere. Brighton and Derby consolidate their positions at the summit of the Championship by taking 2-0 leads and in League Two, Crawley Town are comfortable against Torquay, 3-1.
1616: A change for QPR too, who have brought on Jay Bothroyd for the injured Patrick Agyemang. No more chances to tell you about at Villa Park but Emile Heskey and Fabian Delph have both just been booked for a couple of late tackles.
1615: Swansea have a free-kick on the edge of the area, and Scott Sinclair is standing over it. This looks dangerous... but in the end it is a tame effort, straight into the wall. News from Goodison too, where Everton have brought on Mikel Arteta for Jack Rodwell, who lifted a weak shot straight at Paddy Kenny just before he came off.
Blackburn goal: Maybe Rovers aren't out of this one just yet. Junior Hoilett sends over a useful cross from the left and Morten Gamst Pedersen times his run perfectly to nod home from close range. Pedersen scored twice against Villa last season by the way.
1610: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn (Pedersen)
A grinning Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when asked whether Samir Nasri's move to Manchester City was off: "I don't know anything about it."
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Blackburn have lost their last 19 PL away matches when two goals behind at half time, since a 2-2 draw at Bolton in August 2003."
1605: We are back under way in Swansea too.
1604: One change to tell you about for the home side at Villa Park. Gabriel Agbonlahor has a hamstring injury and is off, replaced by Marc Albrighton. They have just started the second half there, and at Goodison Park too.
1602: Er, I know I promised to avoid Welsh stereotypes, but Max Boyce is on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium, leading a bit of a sing-song.
From anonymous Blackburn fan, via text: "Rovers look dead in the water and utterly shell-shocked after that first half. Steve Kean needs to leave asap to avoid a long miserable season."
BluePacino on Twitter:
"Why oh why is everybody blaming Kean. The problem lies with Blackburn's owners. More interested in promoting chicken than football."
1556: Ah, looks like I've inadvertently brought in ex-Manchester City and Stoke striker Jason Beckford (now aged 41) to bolster Everton's squad (at 1543). I meant Jermaine. Everton are not quite that desperate. At least I didn't call him Jermaine Pennant this time though...
Everton 0-1 QPR Chris Whyatt's
HT snapshot: "There's little in Everton's pocket to pick, but QPR have done a real Fagin nonetheless."
Swansea 0-0 Wigan Dewi Hughes' HT snapshot: "Swansea City look comfortable, while Wigan have been woeful, but at least the Latics managed their first shot at goal in the final minute of the half."
Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Nabil Hassan's HT snapshot: "The pressure on Blackburn boss Steve Kean mounts by the minute with his side seemingly already beaten by half-time."
1548: HALF-TIME Swansea 0-0 Wigan
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"8 - Emile Heskey has now scored more Premier League goals against Blackburn Rovers than any other club. Prolific."
1547: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: League One frontrunners Charlton are looking good value to keep up their perfect start to the season as Johnnie Jackson's strike gives them the lead against Scunthorpe. Championship side Brighton pulled off a transfer coup by signing Craig Mackail-Smith in the summer and he's repaying boss Guy Poyet's faith in him by scoring the Seagulls' goal against Blackpool, while in League Two Port Vale are thumping Accrington Stanley 3-0 with the game still in the first half.
1546: HALF-TIME Everton 0-1 QPR
1543: Another chance for Everton. Johnny Heitinga retrieves the ball on the left and sends it back across goal for Jermaine Beckford, but his header is straight at Paddy Kenny.
1542: More pressure from Swansea to tell you about, with two corners in quick succession - which the Wigan defence deal without alarm - while defender Antolin Alcaraz is off receiving treatment. It turns out that he can't continue so Roberto Martinez brings on Ronnie Stam instead.
1541:Everton really should be level. The Toffees claim Danny Gabbidon handled the ball as QPR cleared a free-kick but there was nothing in it. Play continues and Jermaine Beckford picks up the ball on the right before bending in a bouncing cross that Tim Cahill meets with a stooping header... but sends the ball wide of the far post. A real waste.
From anon, via text: "Rovers boss Steve Kean needs to go now before its too late."
Hmmm, I might ask the owners a few questions first before I pointed the finger at Kean, I think...
1537: No respite for Blackburn, I'm afraid. They are having to contend with wave after wave of Aston Villa attacks. It could be a long old afternoon for Rovers fans.
From Greggsy in Manchester, via text: "Re 1505. Could certainly be a Taff season for Swansea. Not just the defence, they need to Bangor few goals in too... "
pp0u20e8 on Twitter:
"Nick in Kent clearly wasn't around for 94-95 when Arsenal finished 12th. We Arsenal fans need to realise just how good life is."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Leicester City take a 2-0 lead against Nottingham Forest in the Championship's big game. David Nugent and Gelson Fernandes the scorers, with the goals coming two minutes apart, and leaders Southampton consolidate their position at the top as they go ahead against Millwall through Guly. Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn may have some investing to do in his squad as The O's fall further adrift at the bottom of League One by going behind at Brentford and Shrewsbury go 1-0 up against pointless Crewe in League Two.
QPR goal: NOT a good goal from Everton's point of view, but a lovely finish all the same. Phil Jagielka sloppily gives the ball away and Akos Buzsaky feeds Tommy Smith in the box, who takes a touch, turns and curls the ball into the bottom corner, just as Jagielka gets back across to try and stop him.
1531: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 QPR (Smith)
1530: Speaking of the Swans, Wigan's Jordi Gomez is shown the yellow card for a rash tackle on Neil Taylor. The home side still look the better side but they've still not created a clear-cut chance on goal apart from that Danny Graham chance.
From Gary Jones, via text: "Re 1505. Yes, no more Welsh stereotype puns please. Let's hope Swansea's defence is less leeky today though."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's 2-0 defeat by Liverpool: "It looks like both goals were offside. The referees are (supposed to be) professional."
Villa goal: Too easy for Villa, again. Gabriel Agbonlahor holds off his marker and rolls the ball into Emile Heskey's path on the edge of the box. Heskey is falling as he shoots but still gets enough on his low shot to beat Paul Robinson. If Rovers boss Steve Kean didn't already know he needs some reinforcements at the back, he does now.
1525: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn (Heskey)
1523: Better by Everton this time. We already know all about Leighton Baines' left foot and so now do QPR. Baines unleashes a fierce free-kick that cannons back off the underside of the bar and to safety, before Paddy Kenny can even move.
1521: Villa continue to look dangerous. Gabriel Agbonlahor tries his luck again after coming in from the left, forcing a sprawling save from Blackburn keeper Paul Robinbson.
1520: Wigan seem to have settled down at Swansea, where the pace has slowed after the Welsh side's bright start. At Villa Park, David Goodwillie wastes a good chance to level for Rovers when he blazes over at the back post.
1517: Handbags at Villa Park where David Dunn and Luke Young tangle in a tackle and then have a bit of afters too. Not much in it, and referee Stuart Atwell declines to get his cards out.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Irish veteran Kevin Kilbane puts Derby 1-0 up against Doncaster and Charlie Austin gives Burnley the lead over Cardiff in the Championship. Jordan Rhodes gave Huddersfield an early advantage against Colchester at the Galpharm Stadium in League One, but the visitors hit back immediately through former Barnsley man Kayode Odejayi and League Two new-boys Crawley Town go ahead against Torquay.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on his side's win over Arsenal: "To bring those two (Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles) on against Arsenal when it's 0-0 (and then win) shows you're only as good as your squad. We're stronger than we were last year. Arsenal weren't full strength but that's not my problem."
Villa goal: A super strike by Gabriel Agbonlahor opens Villa's account for the season. He cuts inside from the right, brushes aside Michel Salgado and curls the ball past Paul Robinson. A peach of a goal, and his 50th in the Premier League.
1512: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Blackburn (Agbonlahor)
1510: An anxious moment for Blackburn when Ryan Nelsen's back header to Paul Robinson is a bit weak. Villa striker Darren Bent is on to it in a flash, but his control lets him down and the Rovers defence recovers. Chance gone.
From Nick in Kent, via text: "As a 21 year old and an Arsenal fan for about 18 years, I can say for sure that I don't know of a worse time for Arsenal. It's completely fallen apart in two weeks. Who's going to want to come and play for Arsenal right now? It's seriously worrying."
1508: A first sniff for Everton, as striker Jermaine Beckford, being tailed by Leicester, miscues with an acrobatic scissor kick. In the only other top flight game currently being played, Aston Villa are putting Blackburn under a bit of pressure but are yet to create a meaningful chance.
1505: The Swansea crowd are in good voice in the early stages too, but I will try to steer clear of any more Welsh stereotypes. At Goodison, QPR are the first to threaten with Tommy Smith curling a first-time effort just wide from just outside the box.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Magpies' matchwinner Ryan Taylor's goal against Sunderland: "That right foot of his is a fantastic weapon. We are playing him at left-back and we are looking to bring in another, but he will have to be a good one to take Ryan out of the team."
1502: Early pressure by Swansea in their first home Premier League match, and almost a dream start. Wayne Routledge's header falls for Danny Graham but he shoots straight at the keeper from about eight yards out.
1500: We are under way under way at Villa Park, Goodison Park and the Liberty Stadium.
AhmerMurad on Twitter:
"3pts in the bag for LFC, but more down to Arsenal's bad luck than our performance. Need to improve the final ball to contend for 4th place."
1458: New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish gets a rousing reception from the home fans as he heads for the dug-out. A win today would really win them over.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"0 - The last time that Arsenal failed to score in their first two league games of the season was 42 years ago, back in 1969/70. Blunt."
1455: Given their red card/injury/offside/own goal woes today, just about the only positive news I can offer Arsenal fans right now is that news that Samir Nasri's move to Manchester City appears to have broken down. If Arsene Wenger speaks about it, I will let you know.
EVERTON v QPR TEAM NEWS Chris Whyatt reports: "Playmaker Mikel Arteta is fit but only a substitute for Everton's first game of the season while human chimney sweep Maroune Fellaini is also on the bench. Teenager Ross Barkley starts in midfield. Following their 0-4 trouncing by Bolton, there's less adventure for QPR. Patrick Agyemang comes in up front while Jay Bothroyd drops to the bench. No DJ Campbell. Midfielder Akos Buzsaky takes his place. Defender Matthew Connelly starts as Clint Hill is suspended. Bradley Orr plays because Kieron Dyer is, depressingly, injured."
1451: FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS: Striker Adam Le Fondre will be Rotherham United's dangerman as the League Two frontrunners welcome Barnet to the Don Valley Stadium. Impressive Crawley Town are away at Torquay in a top-of-the-table clash while fellow high-flyers AFC Wimbledon contest bottom-of-the-table Hereford United at Kingsmeadow. Shrewsbury and Crewe face off, looking to drag themselves away from the wrong end of the standings, and Gillingham meet Plymouth. The last time these sides played each other was in the 2004/05 season when they were both in the Championship. How things change!
Swansea v Wigan line-ups Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Agustien, Britton, Routledge, Dyer, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Moreira, Tate, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Allen, Gower. Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, Watson, Gomez, McCarthy, Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega, Stam. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
ASTON VILLA v BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS Nabil Hassan reports: "Aston Villa are unchanged so that means keeper Shay Given has shaken off a groin strain and is fit to face his former club but Carlos Cuellar remains side-lined after knee surgery. Ryan Nelson returns for Blackburn in place of Mauro Formica but fellow centre-back Chris Samba is not fit enough to resume. Summer signing Radosav Petrovic is named on the bench for Steve Kean's men and is line to make his Premier League debut having been ineligible last weekend. Forward David Goodwillie replaces Brett Emerton in the only other change for Rovers."
SWANSEA v WIGAN TEAM NEWS Dewi Hughes reports: "Two changes in the Swansea team from Monday's defeat at Manchester City. Wayne Routledge in for Stephen Dobbie in midfield and left-back Neil Taylor replacing Alan Tate. Wigan make just one change after the opening day draw with Norwich City as Antolín Alcaraz comes in for Adrian Piscu. "
Aston Villa v Blackburn line-ups: Aston Villa: Given, Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Delph, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Bent, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Makoun, Clark, Bannan. Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen, Hanley, Olsson, Hoilett, Dunn, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Goodwillie, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Formica, Petrovic, Rochina, Blackman, Ribeiro, Lowe. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
1443: Er, this is not a good time to be an Arsenal fan is it? Another injury, a red card, two offside goals, one an own goal too. Liverpool leave the Emirates with the spoils.
1440: FULL-TIME Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool goal: Again, suspicions of offside against Luis Suarez, who this time applies the finishing touch. Lucas feeds Raul Meireles on the right, who plays it back across goal for Suarez to tap home. The Uruguyan was offside when Lucas made the first pass but the goal stands and it is game over for Arsenal. Many of their fans are making for the exits.
1436: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (Suarez)
1435: Henry Lansbury is the latest Arsenal player to be booked, after catching Charlie Adam. The Gunners are running out of time to get an equaliser, but they need to get the ball back first.
1432: It was February 2000 when Liverpool last won a Premier League game at Arsenal. Titi Camara got the winner, in was surely the highlight of his time as a Red.
1431: A lot for Arsene Wenger to chew over on the back of this game. His side created less than Liverpool, even when they had 11 men. Robin van Persie's shot was the only time they really opened the vistors' defence up. About six minutes left for the Gunners to change that.
1426: TV replays show that Luis Suarez was - marginally - offside when he picked up the ball for that Liverpool goal, which will make it even more difficult for Arsenal fans to swallow.
Liverpool goal: Harsh on 10-man Arsenal, but Liverpool have the lead with six minutes left. Ignasi Miquel tries to mop up when Raul Meireles and Luis Suarez combine in the box but his attempted clearance hits Aaron Ramsey and loops into the net.
1424: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Liverpool (Ramsey own goal)
1423: Thomas Vermaelen, who has been a rock for Arsenal at the back today, almost caps a fine performance when he charges forward and slams a shot a couple of yards wide. Close but no cigar.
1422: That Emmanuel Frimpong red card means referee Martin Atkinson has now sent off five Arsenal players in his career - more than any other team he has refereed.
1420: Liverpool are knocking on the door now. Stewart Downing runs through from the left and his angled shot is, just, pushed round the far post by Wojciech Szczesny.
1419: Changes ahoy at the Emirates. Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles are both on for Liverpool, replacing Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll. For Arsenal, Henri Lansbury replaces the ineffective Andrey Arshavin.
Arsenal red card: Our second red of the day and again the correct decision. Emmanuel Frimpong is horribly late when he catches Lucas and sends him flying about a mile into the air. The Gunners will play the last 20 minutes with 10 men.
1416: RED CARD Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong
1415: At last, as sight of goal for Arsenal. Andrey Arshavin muscles Martin Kelly off the ball on the left-hand side of the pitch and squares it for Robin van Persie... who sees his first-time shot saved by the legs of Pepe Reina. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is soaking wet, ruffles his hair vigorously in frustration.
1412: FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS: Leaders Charlton host Scunthorpe as the home side look to maintain their winning start to the season in League One. Sheffield United, locked on nine-points with the Addicks, will he hoping to keep pace as they face a tricky away fixture at Tranmere, with the Blades' Richard Cresswell looking to add to his tally of three goals. Local pride is at stake in the north-west where Oldham face Rochdale, and unbeaten MK Dons are at home to struggling Chesterfield. Supporters of Yorkshire outfits Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday will be expecting an improvement on their side's performances in their home fixtures against Colchester and Notts County respectively.
1410: Less than half an hour to go at the Emirates, and still no sign of Luis Suarez, who remains on the bench.
1408: FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS: Promoted sides Southampton and Brighton sit proudly at the top of the Championship boasting a record of three wins out of three from their opening games. Both sides are at home on the south coast as Millwall travel to St Mary's and Blackpool make the journey to the new Amex Stadium. Derby, also with a perfect record, entertain Doncaster, who have lost all their games, while former England managers Steve McClaren and Sven-Goran Eriksson go head-to-head at the City Ground with both bosses needing a win to ease the early season pressure. The two clubs have managed only one win from their opening three fixtures.
1408: It's raining pretty heavily at the Emirates now, which might be why both teams have lost their way a bit. Liverpool are looking the most likely to change that, if only because Andy Carroll is putting himself about up front.
1403: Yep, safe to say Andrey Arshavin is not having one of his better games in an Arsenal shirt. He has got a pretty good scoring record against Liverpool, though, so best not write him off just yet.
From anonymous Arsenal fan, via text: "Fellow Gooners alongside me at Emirates are very frustrated with Andrey Arshavin but very pleased with Frimpong. Vermaelen's bossing the game though. "
1400: Apart from the Samir Nasri news, things have been a bit stop-start at the Emirates since the break, although Liverpool have just hit the outside of the post when Andy Carroll teed up Martin Kelly for an angled drive. One of those that the keeper had covered had it been on target.
1359: After their hard-fought Tyne-Wear derby win, Newcastle are top of the Premier League (as things stand), although perhaps we shouldn't read too much into that, seeing as they have played twice as many games as most of the other teams. Magpies boss Alan Pardew still looked pretty happy at the final whistle, mind.
1357: Hopefully Arsene Wenger will elaborate about Samir Nasri's future when this match has finished. Might be a bit tricky to ask him during the next 40 minutes or so.
1355: Reports are coming in from French TV that Samir Nasri's move to Manchester City has broken down. We will try to get to the bottom of that for you... in the meantime, Nasri is putting in a very decent shift in the Gunners midfield.
1353: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle
AshleyTiffen on Twitter:
"Can't find the match on in Bali, all Aussie Rules. Wife is not happy - we're onto dessert. C'mon Liverpool."
1352: Sunderland are huffing and puffing but not exactly piling on the pressure. Being a man down is unlikely to help their cause.
1351: We are back under way at the Emirates.
1349: Dan Gosling should really make thing safe for Newcastle, but shoots straight at Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet when well placed in front of goal. There will be five minutes of injury time at the Stadium of Light. Newcastle still lead 10-man Sunderland 1-0.
SUNDERLAND RED CARD: No doubt Howard Webb gets this one right, as Phil Bardsley slams into Fabricio Coloccini - getting none of the ball and all of the man. That was arguably worthy of a straight red, but Webb shows Bardsley his second yellow of the day instead. The end result is still the same - an early bath.
1346: RED CARD Sunderland's Phil Bardsley
ASTON VILLA v BLACKBURN (1500 BST) Nabil Hassan reports: "Two of the Premier League's seven Glaswegian managers go head-to-head. Alex McLeish takes charge of his first competitive match at Villa Park following his summer move from arch-rivals Birmingham City and will be hoping to build on last week's draw against Fulham. His counterpart Steve Kean is the bookies favourite to become the first manager for the chop this season and failure to pick up any points will add to the increasing pressure on him following their opening day defeat to Wolves."
1345: A couple of changes by Newcastle, which have the whiff of a side looking to shut up shop. Dan Gosling and Mike Wilkinson are on for Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez
SWANSEA v WIGAN (1500 BST) Dewi Hughes reports: "History beckons at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City prepare to stage their first game in the Premier League. And as fate often dictates on such occasions, former Swans manager Roberto Martinez will be in the visitors' dug-out as his Wigan Athletic side aim to spoil the party. Current Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has built on the solid foundations laid down by Martinez before his exit in 2009, and a fascinating encounter should be in store between two sides who will hold firm to their philosophy of possession football."
EVERTON v QPR (1500 BST) Chris Whyatt reports: "Ironic that promoted west Londoners QPR - described as a "rough diamond" by cash-flow friendly new owner Tony Fernandes - should strut into impoverished Goodison Park today with a brick-like wad of crisp fifties in their sky rocket. The Hoops now want to buy a few players before the transfer window closes, skint Everton are trying to pacify the bank while holding on to theirs. But would David Moyes trade his battle-hardened rottweilers for Neil Warnock's fumbling puppies? No chance."
1341: Sunderland are pressing harder now. Asamoah's snapshot is deflected clear by Steven Taylor, who flung his body in the way.
More from Graham Taylor on 5 Live at the Emirates: "Liverpool have just edged it in terms on brightness and sharpness. But Arsenal have always looked a threat and have put on a decent performance."
1340: A change for Sunderland. Connor Wickham is on, Seb Larsson is off.
1338: Sunderland have 10 minutes of the 90 left to find an equaliser. Their latest attempt sees substitute Craig Gardner get on the end of Phil Bardsley's cross but his looping header is easily dealt with by Tim Krul.
Graham Taylor on 5 Live at the Emirates: "Arsenal have competed very well, considering the problems they have had. Frimpong has impressed me - he looks a great prospect."
1336: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool Chief football writer Phil McNulty's
HT snapshot from the Emirates: "Arsenal ended the first half stronger but Liverpool will be satisfied with their contribution too - especially with Luis Suarez to come off the bench if required."
1335: Joey Barton has the ball in the net for Newcastle, but he is well offside when he gets on the end of a ball into the box. At the other end, Asamoah Gyan scuffs his shot well wide. It has been a frustrating afternoon for the home fans, who are not happy.
1334: Samir Nasri makes space for a shot on the edge of the area when he dispossesses Lucas, but his eventual effort is, shall we say, disappointing. High and wide.
1333: I'll tell you what, Emmanuel Frimpong hasn't half improved as this game as gone on, and he wins a free-kick in a dangerous position when Lucas hauls him down about 30 yards out. That's a booking for the Liverpool midfielder, but Robin van Persie sees his effort deflected wide from the resulting free-kick. That means Arsenal have their seventh corner of the first half... but it is punched clear by Pepe Reina.
From Jim, via text: "Luis Suarez is kicking every ball on that bench, Arsenal must be hoping he stays there!"
1328: About two minutes to go until the break at the Emirates. Both teams are looking to get forward whenever possible, but the closest either have come recently was a skewed Stewart Downing shot by the visitors. It drifted a long way wide.
1327: Here you go. As predicted, Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole and Newcastle's Joey Barton are both now in Howard Webb's notebook. Cattermole catches Jonas Gutierrez, sparking a melee. Joey Barton was shown yellow at the end of it for dissent.
1323: What a story it would be if Samir Nasri scores for Arsenal today... and he almost does exactly that. The Frenchman runs the length of the pitch, beating a couple of Liverpool defenders, but his shot from the edge of the area flies a yard wide.
Newcastle goal: A bit of confusion over which Taylor gets the final touch but it looks like Ryan Taylor's arrowed free-kick from the left-hand side of the area flew straight into the top corner despite Steven Taylor's attempt to get on the end of it. Newcastle lead, with less than 30 minutes to go.
1317: Half an hour gone at the Emirates and Arsenal and Emmanuel Frimpong come to life. Frimpong picks up the ball about 25 yards out when Andrey Arshavin's free-kick is cleared and fires in a vicious low shot that Pepe Reina has to tip round his post. A great effort and an even better save.
1313: Yep, the tackles are flying in AGAIN in the north-east derby. Quel surprise. Liverpool are still on the attack too, but Charlie Adam's Beckham-esque lob from the halfway line drops just over the bar. That would have been special, but Wojciech Szczesny had it covered anyhow.
1312: Not much happening at the Stadium of Light, in terms of chances or yellow cards but I am sure that will change soon - Joey Barton and Lee Cattermole are both on the pitch, remember. At the Emirates, we are still waiting for our first proper Arsenal attack, but Liverpool seem to be growing in confidence. Jordan Henderson gets on the end of Dirk Kuyt's hooked cross but his header is straight at Wojciech Szczesny
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"Samir Nasri's lively early contribution has already won the approval of Arsenal's fans but the departure of Laurent Koscielny to a back injury is a real blow. Chance for Andy Carroll to test youngster Ignasi Miquel - but honours pretty even so far."
1308: This time, Liverpool succeed in finding Andy Carroll in the box, when Stewart Downing's cross is headed goalwards by the big striker. The ball is flying in too, until Wojciech Szczesny dives to his left to push it away.
1304: The second half is under way at the Stadium of Light.
1303: I saw Ignasi Miquel play against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup last season. He looked pretty classy but, as I said, it was against Leyton Orient...
1302: Yep, Laurent Koscielny can hardly move and is having to be helped off. Another defensive injury for Arsenal to deal with, and 18-year-old Spaniard Ignasi Miquel is coming on instead.
1301: A problem for Arsenal. Potentially a big one. Almost as soon as play restarted, Laurent Koscielny just pulled up and looks in real pain. A back injury, I think. There was nobody near him.
1300: This is good possession from Liverpool but can they do anything with it. No. The ball is played up to Andy Carroll on the edge of the box but he fouls Laurent Koscielny as he tries to get on the end of it.
1257: A first half-chance for Liverpool, as Charlie Adam swings in a dangerous free-kick from the right. Andy Carroll is looking to get on the end of it but Thomas Vermaelen does well to get behind the ball and clear.
1255: Samir Nasri gets a round of applause from the Arsenal fans as he goes to take a corner. No hard feelings there, obviously, even if this does prove to be his farewell appearance. Emmanuel Frimpong, meanwhile, is doing his best impression of a bull in a china shop and his booked for a tangle with Jordan Henderson.
1253: Quite an open start to proceedings at the Emirates, but no clear-cut chances yet, although Andrey Arshavin should do a lot better when a corner is cleared as far as him on the edge of the box. He has time to take a touch but instead he miscues an attempted volley, which is way off target and easily cleared.
From Spence, via text: "Watching the game at the home of the Liverpool supporters club in Kiev! Great atmosphere, Andy Carroll due a big performance today."
Sunderland 0-0 Newcastle Alistair Magowan's
HT snapshot: "Sunderland in the ascendancy but Joey Barton will feel a correct sense of injustice that the handball to deny his goal-bound header went unpunished."
1248: Emmanuel Frimpong does not take long to get involved on his first Premier League start for Arsenal, sliding in to concede an early free-kick. Samir Nasri has got the backing of the home fans by the way, so far anyway.
1247: HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-0 Newcastle
1247: Sunderland go close at the Stadium of Light when Asamoah Gyan clips the bar with a curling left-foot shot. At the Emirates, Arsenal get us underway.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"5 - Arsenal v Liverpool has seen more hat-tricks scored than any other in any other Premier League fixture (5). Treble."
1243: The players emerge from the tunnel at the Emirates. Most of the Arsenal team applaud the home fans - but Samir Nasri, notably, is not among them.
1241: Another escape for Sunderland. Not down to a bad refereeing decision this time, just the fact that Shola Ameobi strayed needlessly offside before getting on the end of Gabriel Obertan's cross. Ameobi missed with a free header in front of goal anyway, but it would not have counted had he hit the target.
1236: Wes Brown joins Yohan Cabaye in Howard Webb's book, after catching him with a late challenge. It is Sunderland who are quickly on the attack, mind, and Stephane Sessegnon has another shot... easily pushed away by Tim Krul. Ryan Taylor becomes the second Newcastle player to be shown yellow, for bringing down Ahmed Elmohamady as they chased the loose ball. Five minutes to go until the break at the Stadium of Light and still goalless.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Only once in the last 18 PL seasons have Arsenal failed to win either of their opening two PL matches - in 2006-07."
1235: Less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off at the Emirates. All eyes will be on Samir Nasri there. He may or may not be on his way to Manchester City, but he starts for the Gunners today.
1232: Hmmm, it's all gone a little bit scrappy at the Stadium of Light... Or at least it had until Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye fires in a rasping shot from 30 yards out. There is real swerve on the ball and Simon Mignolet has to readjust to tip it over. A great save.
DavePayn on Twitter:
"Re 1215. If you don't see it you can't give it but if referee/assistant are amongst the few that didn't, then their positioning must be questioned."
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger: "Arsene has had some criticism recently, but it's very seldom that managers are praised. He's been fantastic for that football club. That doesn't exempt him from criticism, but it's something people should remember."
From Craig, via text: "Re 1215. I hate to say 'bring in goal line technology' again but... well, you get the idea."
1224: There's been a few lunging challenges for Howard Webb to deal with, but he has kept his cards in his pocket so far. Until now. Yohan Cabaye is very late and very wild when he slides in on Phil Bardsley and earns the first booking of the day. That was nasty.
1223: Sunderland are having to do more defending but still look full of confidence after that let-off. They break forward when Joey Barton loses the ball and Stephane Sessegnon is unlucky not to get on the end of a teasing ball into the box. The tackles are flying in now, though...
1221: Another sniff for Newcastle. Fabricio Coloccini gets on the end of a deep corner but cannot divert his header on target. At the other end, Phil Bardsley has a pop from distance but his mis-hit shot is horribly wide.
1218: So, by rights, Newcastle should have had a penalty there, and Sunderland should be down to 10 men. No wonder the Black Cats fans cheered the decision when Howard Webb had finished speaking to his linesman. Joey Barton, by the way, is still having his say to the referee. Expect him to be busy on Twitter later...
Arsenal v Liverpool line-ups Arsenal: Szczesny, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Sagna, Frimpong, Ramsey, Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Miyaichi, Lansbury, Miquel, Bendtner. Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Meireles, Suarez, Maxi, Spearing, Skrtel, Flanagan. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
1215: A HUGE let-off for Sunderland. Simon Mignolet fails to deal with the corner and Shola Ameobi nods it back for Joey Barton to divert it goalwards. His header is going in, until it hits Seb Larsson on the line... Replays show Larsson stuck out an arm to keep it out, but referee Howard Webb and his linesman both fail to spot it. Newcastle have to settle for a corner instead... and Barton is furious.
1212: Football Focus is about to start on BBC One and this website in the UK. Give this page a manual refresh if you want to watch. Meanwhile, Newcastle have a corner...
danesayer on Twitter:
"I'm glad Nasri's playing. Wenger has every right to play him and expect a performance from him."
1210: Stephane Sessegnon's second shot of the game is a lot better than his first. He lets fly from the edge of the box and this time Tim Krul has to make the save, leaping to tip the ball over the bar. A few moments later, Sessegnon is at it again, this time dribbling into the area before dragging his shot wide. It is still one-way traffic.
1208: Sunderland threaten again. Jack Colback and Seb Larsson combine down the left and Colback's driven cross flies across the face of goal. Nobody got a touch.
1206: Apologies, I forgot it is 'Lord Sugar' now. Anyway, Newcastle have managed their first attack, but Jonas Gutierrez's cross was collected comfortably by Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet.
1205: It's still all Sunderland, but their final ball into the box, be it a cross or a corner, is not quite good enough at the moment. Newcastle need to settle, and fast.
1203: This is a decent start by Sunderland, who are keeping the Magpies pegged back in their own half, and looking very lively indeed. Ahmed Elmohamady beats Ryan Taylor down the right and cuts into the area, but his cross is easily cleared.
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Chief football writer Phil McNulty
reports from the Emirates: "Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shocked many by including Samir Nasri - but no deal has been agreed with Manchester City and his midfield resources are stretched to the limit so the unsettled star gets the nod. Robin van Persie is back for his first game since being appointed captain and Andrey Arshavin is also back. Liverpool counterpart Kenny Dalglish also springs something of a surprise by dropping Luis Suarez to the bench and recalling Dirk Kuyt. Martin Kelly comes in for John Flanagan at right-back."
1201: The Magpies immediate lose possession and Sunderland come forward. Within 15 seconds, Stephane Sessegnon lets fly from about 30 yards out... but his shot dribbles harmlessly wide.
1200: Here we go. Newcastle get us started.
1158: BREAKING ARSENAL-LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS: Samir Nasri starts for Arsenal and Luis Suarez is on the bench for Liverpool. Hmmm, I wonder what sort of reception Mr Nasri will get from the home fans?
Sunderland v Newcastle line-ups Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Brown, Ferdinand, Richardson, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Gyan. Subs: Westwood, Gardner, Wickham, Vaughan, Ji, Bramble, Laing. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Barton, Obertan, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Lovenkrands, Gosling, Ba, Best, Marveaux. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
1156: They like a build-up in Sunderland. The music is still being blasted out, and we are still waiting for the players to appear... ah, here they come now.
1155: The theme from TV's 'The Apprentice' is the pre-match tune at the Stadium of Light. Otherwise known as Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev, which obviously I knew without looking up. No sign of Lord Sugar though...
1152: A couple of Newcastle fans are walking around the away section at the Stadium of Light with a French Tricolor flag, with the words 'Le Toon' written on it. There are five French speaking players in the Magpies squad today, so they will appreciate it. Well, they might appreciate it.
IainFordyce17 on Twitter:
"I expect Wes Brown to shine again for Sunderland today! Could be one of the signings of the season! Great experience for Steve Bruce to bring in."
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL (1245 BST) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
reports from the Emirates: "Liverpool are tipped by many to emerge as the most serious challengers to Arsenal's place in the Premier League top four after Kenny Dalglish embarked on a £100m rebuilding programme since returning to the club in January. They will get the chance to confirm those credentials at The Emirates against The Gunners, playing out the early days of season against a backdrop of transfer uncertainty and manager Arsene Wenger facing the most serious questioning of his time at the club."
SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE (1200 BST) Alistair Magowan reports: "Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole praised opponent Joey Barton this week, saying he should be in the England team, and believes both are unfairly typecast. "It's just over-hyped," he said. "Once you get that over your head, people think that's how you are." Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants a controlled display from his team. "Usually the team which is calm and gets the ball down and plays are the victors," he said."
sellymeKong on Twitter:
"Gotta love how Swansea has more than twice as many English players as Wigan. It's just farcical."
1137: Yep, there's going to be some atmosphere at Swansea City's Liberty Stadium today. Throw returning Wigan boss Roberto Martinez into the mix and I think the end result will be pretty tasty, no matter what happens on the pitch.
SportsAntidote on Twitter:
"Forget the early kick-offs, the biggest moment today is undoubtedly the English Premier League's first trip to Wales!"
1135: So, taking into account those last two stats, who thinks today's Tyne-Wear derby is going to be a goalless draw?
SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Alistair Magowan reports:
"Sunderland stick with the same side that faced Liverpool last Saturday. Asamoah Gyan starts, as do Wes Brown and Sebastian Larsson, who had impressive debuts. For Newcastle, Gabriel Obertan makes his full debut and could play on the left of a three-man attack behind Shola Ameobi."
1127: The sun is out at the Stadium of Light, which is slowly filling up by the looks of things. It looks glorious out there. A few of Steve Bruce's summer arrivals are mingling with the fans and signing autographs, which is nice.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"6 - Shola Ameobi has netted six times in 10 games against the Black Cats including four in his last four. Threat."
sam23taylor on Twitter:
"I wonder what the odds are on only Super Shola scoring in the derby match (which in my prediction involves two own goals...)"
mcnamara89 on Twitter:
"The Toon to win 2-0 today, Ba and Barton with the goals, and if the home fans boo Joey, they will bring out the best in him."
1111: BREAKING SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS: The Black Cats are unchanged from their opening day draw at Anfield. That means Asamoah Gyan, who got that last-minute leveller last time out, shook off his ankle knock in time to start.
From Nigel in Essex, STILL an optimistic Gooner, via text: "I don't buy into this 'get Wenger out' business. He's done wonders for the club. Despite the lack of spending I still believe we can sneak a win against Liverpool today, go through midweek, and then hopefully Wenger will strengthen the squad. Van Persie and Walcott in a 2-1 win. Adam for Liverpool. Whilst we're at it, Sunderland will beat Newcastle 2-0."
SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE (1200 BST) Alistair Magowan reports: "Enough has been said this week about Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, and Sunderland will be concentrating on overturning a poor return from this fixture last season where they were thrashed 5-1 at St James' Park and pinched an injury-time equaliser at the Stadium of Light. With both teams earning decent draws last weekend it will be interesting to see if they go for a momentum-building victory or settle for a point and a game without any repercussions."
From Claire in Stafford, via text: "Re 1050. Us Everton fans will have something to shout about this season... Ross Barkley. Remember that name!"
Barkley is a 17-year-old midfielder who might have made his Toffees debut last season had he not broken his leg playing for England Under-19s. Big things expected from that boy this year though.
1104: BREAKING NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS: Gabriel Obertan makes his first start for the Magpies, and Joey Barton keeps his place. Demba Ba is on the bench and Shola Ameobi is up front on his own.
1100: An hour to go until the north-east derby kicks off. I hope referee Howard Webb remembered to set his alarm...
From Sam, Newcastle fan at the Stadium of Light, via text: "I feel like I'll be crying at the end of the match! Happiness, sadness, despair! Only derby games can make you feel like this! Super Shola to score a pen 1-0 Newcastle."
1050: If you thought there was a shortage of early season optimism at the Emirates, then spare a thought for Everton fans. The Toffees have not bought a single player over the summer, don't have any money and, apparently,
cannot borrow any either.
Their season starts, belatedly, against QPR today.
Tom_McDowall on Twitter:
"I'm not buying all this Sunderland hype. They only came into the match last week once Liverpool fell off it. Newcastle 3-1."
1038: Time for some Tyne-Wear derby stats, a game in which Newcastle have a slight edge historically. The Magpies lead by 52 wins to 46, and the Black Cats' only win in the last 13 league encounters between the two teams was
a 2-1 home success in October 2008.
Any of you remember the Kieran Richardson free-kick that won it? It was little a bit special.
From Lee in Hants, via text: "Re 1019. As a Spurs fan it makes a change seeing Arsenal struggle and I agree with your friend, they do look worse than I can ever remember. Arsenal fans I know will be booing him today in the hope he leaves, his time has come, they say."
From Ben, sad Arsenal fan in Hemel, via text: "Re 1019. Morning Chris, I'm an Arsenal fan and have today off. My missus has asked me to clean the house today rather than watch the game and, with the way Arsenal are at the minute, I might just take her up on that."
craigmoore123 on Twitter:
"Liverpool's starting team too strong for Arsenal and so is Sunderland's for Newcastle, so only one outcome for me: 2-0 in both."
scottduncan7 on Twitter:
"Excitement and nerves building as we make the annual pilgrimage from Edinburgh for the derby! Come on the Black Cats!"
1026: It's going to be a long day, but also a great one, hopefully. But only if you lot get involved.
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1019: It will be also interesting to see how the Arsenal crowd respond to Arsene Wenger, of course, given some of the criticism the Frenchman has come under recently. Former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein thinks supporters
have to give Wenger the respect he deserves, or risk losing him.
One Gunners fan I know has described the current Arsenal team as being the "worst for 25 years". Where do you stand?
1013: Plenty else to look forward to later on too, including what Alan Hansen has described as an early season 'mega-game' between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates,
the Roberto Martinez derby
at the Liberty Stadium and
Alex McLeish's first game in charge
at Villa Park. Not sure what sort of reception either manager will get, to be honest, but I suspect there might be a few boos involved.
1008: Yep, the 146th clash between Sunderland and Newcastle starts at the Stadium of Light at 1200 BST - nothing like beginning the day with a bang, is there?
1005: Morning all. An early start today for a north-east derby featuring Joey Barton and Lee Cattermole. Should be nice and quiet, I reckon.
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