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By Chris Bevan
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1832: Right, time for me to call it a night. Thanks for your company on what has been an entertaining day of football in the Premier League, Championship and League Two, and make sure you tune into Match of the Day 2 at 2225 BST on BBC Two and this website (in the UK) to see all of today's top flight goals. Worth watching for the Bolton-Man City game alone, I'd say, although I'd obviously recommend it to Wolves fans too. Join Chris Whyatt on Monday as Tottenham belatedly begin their season against Manchester United. I've been Chris Bevan and I'll see you all again very soon.

5haks on Twitter: "Remember Chelsea demolishing everyone at the start last season & then collapsing badly? Well, the same thing will happen with Man City."

Man City fan JDownie93 on Twitter: "Re noorkhan15. We do not have a "weak defence" - it's the same as last year. De Jong's absence is the problem."

1823: Here's some news. Transfer news. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been talking about his hopes of signing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. "I hope we can have this player in the next days," Mancini tells Sky.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his side's entertaining 3-2 defeat by Man City: "I'm disappointed with the result but we have to accept that we faced a very good City side which created a lot of chances. There's plenty of positives for me to take though from what was a very exciting game."

jiggerthakker on Twitter: "City can win a trophy. the team looks good...its the games against the big boys that will count."

noorkhan15 on Twitter: "I'm sure all other Premier League clubs will be takin notice of City's weak defence."

doswillrule on Twitter: "City are more than capable of winning the title this season, but David Silva cannot get injured. Fulcrum of the side."

Full time
FULL-TIME Bolton 2-3 Man City
Alistair Magowan reports: "See what Manchester City can do when they play with two strikers? As The Jam said: "That's entertainment."

Full time
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-0 Fulham
John Sinnott reports: "Heady times for Wolves as Mick McCarthy's side topped the table, even if it was just for a couple of hours. But having been scrapping in the relegation zone for the last two seasons, it makes a welcome change for Wolves to be looking down on the rest of the Premier League."

Full time
FULL-TIME Norwich 1-1 Stoke
Gareth Roberts reports: "Paul Lambert slammed a water bottle to the floor when Kenwyne Jones scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Stoke - it's easy to see why. His Norwich side deserved more. The Potters showed they are a tough side to beat."

1812: It's been a good day for Man City and Wolves, and a frustrating one for Norwich. Here's how our reporters saw today's three top-flight games...

From Winston, working in Newport Pagnell, via text: "Cue the influx of 'City title winning' texts and tweets following an impressive away win on paper, for me however I see next Sundays game as a real insight into how close they will be come May!"

Winston is referring to City's trip to White Hart Lane next Sunday. Will Tottenham be the first real test of their title credentials?

More from Roberto Mancini, firstly on their attacking play: "3-2 is ok, but sometimes 1-0 is good for the defenders." And on City's winning start: "The season is very long."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on his side's thrilling win at Bolton: "We played very well - a very good game. I don't know how it finished only 3-2 because we had many more chances. I am happy because Edin Dzeko continued to score and Carlos Tevez played 20 minutes. Carlos is here and he will continue to play for us."

jonwynedwards on Twitter: "Stuff the Community Shield, can't wait for United-City in the league."

The first Manchester derby in the Premier League this season takes place at Old Trafford on 23 October. Might be worth watching, that one...

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - Manchester City have won five games in a row for only the second time in the Premier League. Juggernaut."

1757: So, Man City are top of the league, leapfrogging Wolves, but they did not beat Bolton without a fight. What a great game that was, with both sides going for it. Shame it had to finish really.

Full time
1753: FULL-TIME Bolton 2-3 Man City

1752: You don't need me to tell you that time is running out for Bolton. Less than 60 seconds of stoppage time to go, and City have the ball near the Bolton area.

1751: What's this? A cheeky attempt by Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic to nod the ball out of Joe Hart's hands, in the manner of Gary Crosby and Andy Dibble for Nottingham Forest against City many moons ago. It works too, but referee Mike Jones blows for a foul... I think that is classed as being against the spirit of the game these days.

Blackburn striker Jason Roberts at the Reebok Stadium on 5 Live: "The emphasis last season for Roberto Mancini was on the defence, and now they have that defensive unit they can be more expansive. But you see from this game that creates gaps for the opposition and they will get chances."

1749: One last push from Bolton, or at least an attempt at one. They are trying to find Kevin Davies, a tactic which has brought some success today, but City are holding firm for now. There will be four minutes of injury time for Wanderers to find a way through.

1747: Pablo Zabaleta is coming on for City, replacing David Silva... who has been magnificent today. Mancini looking to shut up shop, I suspect.

1745: Looks like Carlos Tevez has left his shooting boots in Argentina. He comes to the near post to get on the end of David Silva's cut-back but spoons his first-time shot about a mile over the bar. Less than five minutes left of what has been an extremely entertaining and open game.

1743: Speaking of Adam Johnson, the City winger dances past Zat Knight inside the box and comes within a whisker of setting Carlos Tevez up for a fourth goal. In answer to the question below, he probably would if he didn't play for City - I think Roberto Mancini sees him as an impact player.

TraumaticThrash on Twitter: "Why doesn't Adam Johnson ever start a game? Decent footballer. It baffles me."

1740: Paul Robinson and David Silva chase down a loose ball, and the Bolton defender catches the City playmaker with a stud in what Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce calls a "delicate area", if you catch my drift. Before play resumes, City make a switch too. Edin Dzeko is off after an impressive display, and on comes Adam Johnson.

1737: Time for a Bolton change. Chris Eagles, who has flitted in and out of the game, is off. Darren Pratley is on instead. We have got 12 minutes left of the 90.

1735: After my prediction of a goalfest in the closing minutes at the Reebok, things have gone a bit quiet. Aleksandar Kolarov has just had another shot for City, but it was more of a toe-poke than a thunderbolt and rolled harmlessly wide. We have not seen much of Mr Tevez since he came on.

BenjaniT09 on Twitter: "Re 1726. Quite possibly the world's greatest substitution. Being able to bring someone of the calibre of Tevez on is insane."

From Aaron, via text: "Of course the title isn't over, Wolves are real contenders and hot on City's heels."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "2 - Manchester City have conceded at least two goals in six of their last eight Premier League away games. Cavalier."

1729: About 20 minutes left at the Reebok. It's still end-to-end stuff. Zat Knight denies David Silva with a last-ditch block tackle inside his six yard box, then Martin Petrov dashes down the left and fizzes over a tempting cross that just eludes Kevin Davies. This one could still go either way you know...

1726: Yep, here comes Carlos Tevez, who is replacing Sergio Aguero. A few boos (possibly for Aguero from the Bolton fans), which quickly turn to huge cheers for Tevez. Welcome to Bolton.

1725: Carlos Tevez is warming up.

Bolton goal: City are playing the flowing football but Bolton are far from dead and buried. Paul Robinson lifts a free-kick into the area and Kevin Davies rises above Joleon Lescott to steer his header into the bottom corner of the net. This is a cracking game by the way. More goals to come? Probably... and at both ends.

1721: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-3 Man City (Kevin Davies)

1720: City threaten again. Aleksandar Kolarov makes another raid down the left and his cross is heading for Sergio Aguero until Gary Cahill sticks out a leg. Cahill is apparently being watched by Arsenal scouts today - he might be wishing they had watched him against QPR last week instead.

1718: Is it fair to say that David Silva would walk into any Premier League side? He's been outstanding today, picking passes and instigating attacks. Anyway, Bolton make a change - Mark Davies is on for Fabrice Muamba.

1717: Manchester City have already scored seven goals in their first two games for the first time since 1964, and this is the first time they have managed it in the top flight since 1961. Can they get more? Not this time because Vincent Kompany cannot get on the end of David Silva's free-kick.

From Jack in east Yorkshire, via text: "People will rave about this City performance, but in reality Bolton have been clumsy and cumbersome in the tackle, and given the ball away cheaply, and done so in risky areas. Two goal lead handed to them on a nice china plate. Other plates are available."

outroversion on Twitter: "Re 1700. I wasn't sold before last week with Man City but everything since then has made me think it's already over. Too good."

nsaraswat on Twitter: "Re 1700. Too soon to hand the title to the Blue Moon. You don't win the league in August."

1712: Can Bolton respond again? They might do here, when Chris Eagles exchanges passes with Ivan Klasnic and finds himself in space in the area. Eagles tries to bend his shot into the far corner but makes a right mess of it, sending the ball dribbling tamely past the near post. He hit that one like he had square feet.

1709: One of City's biggest failings last season was that they were not ambitious enough, but that is not a problem today. They are going for more goals too. James Milner tries to curl one into the top corner, but Jussi Jaaskelainen reads it well.

Man City goal: Far, far too easy for Edin Dzeko but he doesn't half take it well. He holds off Zat Knight to get on the end of James Milner's hoisted flick, and coolly slots home to restore City's two-goal lead. The Bosnian is starting to look like a £27m player, which he didn't last season.

1705: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-3 Man City (Edin Dzeko)

1703: Bolton get us back under way.

1703: The City players are back out on the pitch at the Reebok... And here, belatedly, come Bolton. Hope the second half is as good as the first...

1700: As things stand, Man City are top of the table - ahead of Wolves on goal difference. So, does anyone else apart from WojciechFalenta (below) think they are going to win the Premier League this season? Let me know... I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball please). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

WojciechFalenta on Twitter: "I honestly start to believe Man City might win the League THIS season. "

binary_dinosaur on Twitter: "Odds of Silva getting man of the match again? He's been cutting apart a fantastic Bolton defense brilliantly so far."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis on an eventful draw at Carrow Road: "To play in Switzerland on Thursday then Norwich today was difficult but the players' attitude was fantastic. In the second half we can't believe we didn't get a hatful."

Norwich boss Paul Lambert remains upbeat despite seeing his 10-man side denied victory by Stoke's last-gasp leveller: "The performance was excellent, we played really well. Their penalty, although it was saved, changed the course of the game with the sending off. It was miles outside the box, it wasn't a penalty. I'm frustrated we didn't win it."

HALFTIME Bolton 1-2 Man City
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"City could have been 4-0 up, but Ivan Klasnic has given Bolton a lifeline. They will need to cling onto it tightly, though, as City look menacing in all areas."

Full time
1651: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 3-1 Birmingham

Blackburn striker Jason Roberts at the Reebok Stadium on 5 Live: "Bolton haven't done anything wrong in this match, and at half-time they should tell themselves they are doing well and are still in it."

BenjaniT09 on Twitter: "David Silva just oozes class, sort of like a perfect cake."

Do cakes ooze class?

Half time
1648: HALF-TIME Bolton 1-2 Man City

Yellow card
Yellow card
1646: Fabrice Muamba and Kevin Davies are both now in Mike Jones' notebook. Muamba threw the ball away and Davies cleaned out Sergio Aguero. Jones is a busy boy at the moment because City are unhappy over a foul on Yaya Toure that leaves him clutching his wrist and looking in real pain. He is OK to continue though.

1644: Jussi Jaaskelainen is wobbling again, like a big pink blancmange. He comes dashing out to the edge of his area and just about gets there before Edin Dzeko, who is chasing a clipped through-ball. It was close though.

Middlesbrough goal: Three minutes later and Boro wrap up the win. French midfielder Malaury Martin, who signed from Blackpool in the summer, with a scorching effort from outside the area that flies into the top corner.

Bolton goal: Some response from Bolton, this. After a neat build-up, Nigel Reo-Coker finds Martin Petrov down the left and his driven cross is smartly turned in by Ivan Klasnic at the near post. Wanderers are back in it.

1640: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-2 Man City (Ivan Klasnic)

Man City goal: Wow. Pick that one out. From the resulting corner, the ball is worked out to Gareth Barry on the edge of the area and his ferocious first-time shot almost takes Micah Richards' nose off on its way past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the roof of the net.

1638: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-2 Man City (Gareth Barry)

1637: Surely not another bad miss by Sergio Aguero? Yep, exactly that. Edin Dzeko stands up the ball from the left and Aguero attempts to head it back across goal and into the opposite corner... But directs it wide of the post. City are still pressing hard, though, and James Milner's shot-cross is deflected into the side-netting by Paul Robinson's desperate slide.

1635: GOALFLASH Middlesbrough 3-1 Birmingham (Malaury Martin)

Fulham manager Martin Jol insists the Europa League is not the reason for his side's limp display in their defeat by Wolves: "You can be tired in October and November but not now and that wasn't the reason. We lost the ball too much in the first half. Second half was better and if Clint Dempsey had scored, who knows. But they deserved it."

Middlesbrough goal: Belgian debut boy Faris Haroun, who signed for Middlesbrough on Thursday, becomes an instant fans' hero as he fires home from Joe Bennett's pass.

iJaHumes on Twitter: "Reasons not to wear pink on a football field. #jussishocker"

1632: City have the ball in the net again, when Micah Richards nudges Martin Petrov off the ball and crosses for Sergio Aguero to sweep it home. It won't count though, because referee Mike Jones felt Richards fouled the Bolton winger.

1629: GOALFLASH Middlesbrough 2-1 Birmingham (Faris Haroun)

Man City goal: Ouch. The more times I see this, the worse it gets for Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Bolton keeper, in a shocking pink shirt, has an absolute, er, shocker when he lets David Silva's speculative shot from 25 yards zip past him. He was right behind it too, although it did bounce just in front of him.

1626: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Man City (David Silva)

1624: A brief bit of handbags between Ivan Klasnic and Vincent Kompany but they seem to sort things out between them even before referee Mike Jones gets involved. Still, any excuse to get that graphic out...

1621: Again, Sergio Aguero should do better. He dashes on to a quickly-taken free-kick by James Milner but cannot control the bouncing ball under pressure from Paul Robinson on the edge of the area. If he had done, that would have been another shooting chance. Even so, City are enjoying a decent spell at the moment.

1619: So Sergio Aguero is human after all. Edin Dzeko crosses from the right and the ball comes through to the Argentine striker at the far post. He should bury it, really... but he scoops it over the bar instead.

1618: It was David Silva who sent Aleksandar Kolarov galloping down the left and the Spaniard has just brought another save from Jussi Jaaskelainen. Much easier this one, though, because Silva did not get much behind his shot from the edge of the box.

1617: Man City's best moment so far. Aleksandar Kolarov gets to the byline and sends over a wicked low cross that James Milner would have swept home if not for Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who makes an excellent stop from point-blank range.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy after his side's comfortable win over Fulham: "We gleaned an advantage that they had played on Thursday night - they looked like they had run out of legs. Let's hope it gives us confidence to go on and win games. We've got players who are prepared to work hard. Last year we got a reputation - when Bobby Zamora broke his leg - but today we footballed them off the pitch."

Middlesbrough goal: Birmingham's Curtis Davies brings down Boro striker Marvin Emnes on the edge of the area and Scotsman Barry Robson steps up to score directly from the resulting free-kick.

1612: Bolton force a corner from an outswinging Gretar Rafn Steinsson cross. Strangely, Man City leave three players on the halfway line - an interesting tactic by Roberto Mancini. When the ball comes into what is hardly a crowded penalty area, Zat Knight pokes the ball a fraction wide.

1610: Man City are trying to settle down and get David Silva on the ball. No joy at the moment, though. Bolton are well organised at the back and getting forward well down both wings, with Martin Petrov and Gretar Rafn Steinsson heavily involved.

1609: GOALFLASH Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham (Barry Robson)

From someone who thinks Arsene Wenger should spend some money, via text: "For the first time ever I think Wolves are better than Arsenal!"

funnyspencer at Molineux on Twitter: "My first prediction this season: it's just goin to be a draw at the Reebok Stadium. Aguero might just be City's saving grace. 2-2"

jlee345 at Molineux on Twitter: "Ecstatic over win. How many times have we been top of the league!?"

1603: Kevin Davies is involved again, winning a free-kick from Vincent Kompany. Chris Eagles has a go at goal from 25 yards out, bringing a diving stop from Joe Hart, who cannot hold it. Joleon Lescott has to hack clear. A lively start.

1601: And we start with a typical no nonsense challenge by Bolton striker Kevin Davies on Aleksandar Kolarov. He did get the ball too.

1600: Manchester City get us under way at the Reebok.

1559: Just the one Premier League game left then. Will Wolves still be top at the end of the day, or will Bolton or Man City displace them? Let me know... I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball please). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

Full time
1557: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-0 Fulham

1556: Time for one last Wolves change. George Elokobi is on for Steven Fletcher.

jonny_smith87 on Twitter: "Looking like a great result for Wolves, well done to them! (from a sad Everton fan)"

1554: There are three minutes of added time to be played at Molineux but, as things stand, Wolves are heading for the top of the Premier League.

1552: Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara has had a few pops from long range in the second hald, most of them way off target. This one is a bit closer, but curls away from goal. Mick McCarthy makes another change with Matt Jarvis replaced by Michael Kightly.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Wolves have already scored 4 goals this season, 1st time they have scored 4+ in opening 2 top-flight matches since 1979/1980."

1550: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 0-1 Birmingham

1550: A change for Wolves, with Kevin Foley replacing his Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Hunt, who limps off. Wolves are playing keep-ball and counting down the clock.

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Bolton boss Owen Coyle is convinced his team can beat Manchester City despite not doing so since November 2008. Coyle said this week: "They will get the ultimate respect but we also know when we are at our very best, regardless of who we are playing, we can win." City manager Roberto Mancini has promised to be more attacking, and by playing two strikers at the Reebok he has already backed up his intention to "take more risks than last year."

1544: That's the closest Fulham have come to a goal today. Wayne Hennessey can only parry Andrew Johnson's shot and, as Clint Dempsey steadies himself to tap the rebound into an empty net, Stephen Ward slides in to nick the ball away. A superb saving tackle.

Someone has won a penalty
Birmingham goal: Boro goalkeeper Carl Ikeme brings down Birmingham's Adam Rooney in the box, for which he gets booked. Rooney picks himself up, dusts himself off and slots away the resulting penalty.

1541: Wolves are still threatening too, mind. It looks like Stephen Hunt has dwelled too long on the ball outside the box, but he cleverly works space for a bouncing shot that Mark Schwarzer has to push round his post.

Bolton v Man City line-ups
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Alonso, Mark Davies, Blake, Pratley, Wheater, Blakeman.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Savic, Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1538: Clint Dempsey tries his luck from about 30 yards out but his shot is well off target. Signs of desperation from Fulham as we move into the last 20 minutes at Molineux. Wolves lead 2-0.

1536: GOALFLASH Middlesbrough 0-1 Birmingham (Adam Rooney pen)

Alistair Magowan reports: "Bolton
name an unchanged side and Nigel Reo-Coker and Fabrice Muamba may be happy they are not up against a five-man midfield or Nigel de Jong. On the other hand, with Manchester City picking Sergio Aguero to start alongside Edin Dzeko, they could have their work cut out in other areas. Carlos Tevez is on the bench, De Jong is not."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "53.3% - For the first time ever in the PL (116 games) Stoke have recorded more than 50% possession in a single match. Patience."

1531: Fulham are looking tired here, and short of ideas too. Have their midweek Europa League exploits caught up with them? Hope not, it's only August. Steven Fletcher almost extends Wolves' lead when Danny Murphy loses possession, but his long-range drive drifts just wide.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "93 - Fulham have won only one of the 93 Premier League away games in which they've conceded two or more goals (v Man City, April 08). Doomed."

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Bolton and Manchester City began their campaigns with 4-0 wins against newly-promoted teams, and managers Owen Coyle and Roberto Mancini must decide whether to tinker now they are facing established Premier League sides. That may be an easier call for Coyle as the City boss has Carlos Tevez available and will ponder whether to play Sergio Aguero from the start. A good early test of the Italian's attacking intentions this season."

1525: I admit I was a bit harsh on Leeds earlier when I said they barely deserved their point - seemed like a cracking game. Their last-gasp equaliser did come out of nothing though, so they definitely did nick it!

Full time
1524: FULL-TIME Norwich 1-1 Stoke

Stoke goal: The Potters finally find a way past Norwich's 10-men. After a long spell of pressure, Matthew Etherington feeds Glenn Whelan and his dinked cross is firmly headed home by Kenwyne Jones.

1521: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-1 Stoke (Kenwyne Jones)

1521: Mark Schwarzer's goal is being peppered with shots by Wolves. First Matt Jarvis and then Stephen Hunt fire efforts in. No sign yet that Fulham fightback is in gear. But then I said that about Leeds, didn't I?

Wanderers field the same side that thumped QPR 4-0 last week with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic their front partnership.

1516: Five minutes of injury time to be played at Carrow Road.

Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko start up front. Carlos Tevez is on the bench. Bolton team news will be with you in a tick.

1513: A couple of changes to tell you about at Molineux too. Steve Sidwell and Moussa Dembele came on for Fulham at the break with Etuhu and Kasami withdrawn. Sounds like Martin Jol was busy at half-time.

1511: We are back under way at Molineux, and into the last 10 minutes at Carrow Road. Norwich are making a change - Chris Martin is coming off, and Simeon Jackson is on instead. A striker for a striker.

Full time
1510: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-2 Leeds

1507: Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, who has already been booked, bangs into Chris Martin on the halfway line. The home fans want a second yellow, but referee Neil Swarbrick is not getting his cards out. By the way, any other rock stars turning out for teams today apart from Adam Clayton and Chris Martin?

Leeds goal: Apologies to Hammers fans for tempting fate there, but Leeds had not been in the home side's half for about 15 minutes. Jon Howson slams a shot against the bar and the rebound falls for Adam Clayton to drill it straight into the net. That's his first goal for Leeds, who appear to have nicked a point at the death.

1504: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-2 Leeds Utd (Adam Clayton)

1503: Into injury time at Upton Park. No sign of a Leeds equaliser at the moment.

TheEnglishTom on Twitter: "Never a penalty, but what a FANTASTIC save from Ruddy there to keep Norwich alive."

1501: Jon Walters is not having a great day so far, this time spooning a shot into the crowd. In fairness to the Stoke forward, he was off balance because Canaries defender Ritchie De Laet was tugging at his shirt. The 10-men of Norwich survive.

Full time
1459: FULL-TIME Swindon 1-2 Oxford

HALF-TIME Wolves 2-0 Fulham
John Sinnott's HT snapshot:
"Hungry Wolves look set to top the table, however briefly. First Kevin Doyle and then Matt Jarvis display the home's side greater appetite for goals. Plenty of work to do for Fulham manager Martin Jol at the interval."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1457: It's all happening at Upton Park too. Leeds need a leveller but they are having to do a lot of defending at the moment. Andy Lonergan just denied Winston Reid from point-blank range before Scott Parker fires against the post after a one-two with Julien Faubert.

Wolves goal: Mark Schwarzer can't get to Stephen Hunt's cross, but Roger Johnson does and although his header hits the post, Matt Jarvis is on hand to lash the ball into the net.

Red card
Someone has won a penalty
Stoke missed penalty: Right, where do we start? Firstly, Leon Barnett is extremely unlucky to be sent off for fouling Jon Walters, who seemed to be outside the box when the Norwich defender stumbled into him. Walters picks himself up to take the spot-kick himself, but sees his shot brilliantly saved by John Ruddy, who dives to his left to push it away. The Canaries fans enjoyed that, especially seeing as Walters is a former Ipswich man.

Half time
1453: HALF-TIME Wolves 2-0 Fulham

1453: MISSED PENALTY by Stoke's Jon Walters - saved by John Ruddy

1452: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-0 Fulham (Matt Jarvis)

1451: RED CARD to Norwich's Leon Barnett

1451: PENALTY to Stoke

Yellow card
Wolves goal: A quickly-taken short corner catches Fulham cold and Matt Jarvis squares for Kevin Doyle, who rides a couple of challenges and slams his shot past the helpless Schwarzer. Doyle enjoyed that, so much so he is booked for removing his shirt in his celebration.

1448: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Fulham (Kevin Doyle)

1447: Stoke's best effort for a while. Matthew Etherington stands over a free-kick about 25 yards out, and fires in a curling shot that is tipped over by John Ruddy. About half an hour left at Carrow Road and the Canaries still lead 1-0.

1445: John Carew's first shot for West Ham is an acrobatic (for him) volley that flies about five feet wide. The crowd yell "Carew" in appreciation. At Carrow Road, things have got a wee bit scrappy - chances were few and far between before the break but they are non-existant at the minute (cue a flurry of goals, probably).

Middlesbrough v Birmingham line-ups
Middlesbrough: Ikeme, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Robson, Rhys Williams, Bailey, Arca, Emnes, McDonald. Subs: Coyne, Hines, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun.
Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Spector, Fahey, Redmond, Beausejour, Rooney. Subs: Doyle, Dann, Wood, Asante, Hubbins.
Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

1441: A change for West Ham. Carlton Cole is off, and here comes John Carew for his Hammers debut. I swear Carew gets bigger every time I see him, and not in the same way Benni McCarthy did either...

1440: Another Wolves attack to tell you about. Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is quickly back into action after that Kevin Doyle miss, as he palms away a Jamie O'Hara shot from distance.

West Ham goal: Scott Parker released Julien Faubert down the right, and his driving cross was turned into his own goal by Patrick Kisnorbo under pressure from Carlton Cole.

1438: We are back under way at Carrow Road. Stoke, understandably, went on the attack immediately with Danny Pugh and Jon Walters both blasting over.

1436: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-1 Leeds Utd (Patrick Kisnorbo og)

1435: Wolves should be ahead. Kevin Doyle does brilliantly to dispossess Brede Hangeland by the byline, as they chase a ball over the top, and then cuts back across goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to open up a shooting angle. But, with an empty goal gaping he lifts his shot over the bar. He was off balance but should have hit the target.

Leeds goal: Andy Keogh and Rob Snodgrass combine to set up Ross McCormack to fire home a well-worked goal from six yards out. Keogh's backheel made it happen.

1433: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-1 Leeds Utd (Ross McCormack)

1432: Another effort by Ross McCormack, this time saved by Rob Green. Just over half an hour left for Leeds to find an equaliser or West Ham to hang on, depending on your point of view.

1430: No need to worry, as Pajtim Kasami is coming back on. He has recovered well enough to give Berra a volley of abuse as he does so too. Replays show it wasn't exactly a text-book tackle - Berra went right through him and was nowhere near the ball. Referee Mike Dean did not even give a foul.

1428: A potential problem for Fulham. Pajtim Kasami has been motionless on the ground since he was sent tumbling by Christophe Berra, and play has just been stopped so he can get treatment.

1426: Only a super block by Rob Green keeps West Ham in front. Green is off his line to block Andy Keogh's shot as he runs through, and Ross McCormack fires the rebound over. Leeds are definitely knocking on the door now.

1426: Andrew Johnson is looking dangerous for Fulham, but Wolves also have a dangerman in Matt Jarvis. The flying winger has surged down the left flank on couple of occasions causing problems for the Cottagers.

1425: Another penalty shout for Leeds when Scott Parker slides in on Aiden White as he bursts into the area. On first glance, I though Parker just about got enough of the ball there but replays show he actually got the man. The visitors only get a corner though.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "13 - Stoke conceded 13 headed goals in the PL during 2010-11, only Villa (14) and West Ham (15) conceded more. Frailty."

Hmmm. Quite an unexpected frailty, too.

1419: We are back under way at Upton Park. At Molineux, Andrew Johnson tees up Dickson Etuhu this time but his effort from distance is a daisy cutter which is simple for Wayne Hennessey to deal with.

Norwich 1-0 Stoke
Gareth Roberts' HT snapshot: "Norwich deservedly in the lead after growing into the game. Stoke bossed it from the start without creating anything clear cut."

Half time
1418: HALF-TIME Norwich 1-0 Stoke

1417: A decent chance for Fulham. Andrew Johnson's pull-back finds Damien Duff near the penalty spot, but his first-time shot is straight at Wayne Hennessey.

MatthewGoodbun on Twitter: "Better De Laet than never! Come on you Canaries!"

1414: A positive start from both teams at Molineux. Karl Henry's shot is blocked by Philippe Senderos and at the other end, Fulham striker Andrew Johnson is just unable to get on the end of an enticing ball into the box.

West Ham 1-0 Leeds
Paul Plunkett's HT snapshot:
"An absorbing first half. West Ham deserved their early lead but great credit to Leeds for clawing their way back into the game, and they will feel unlucky to go into the break a goal down."

1409: All Norwich at the moment, and Jonathan Woodgate almost scores an own goal when he slides in to try to block Elliott Bennett's shot. Asmir Begovic is forced into a sprawling save.

Norwich goal: That's got the home crowd going, and probably Delia too. From that Bennett foul, Bradley Johnson bends the ball into the area and Ritchie De Laet escapes the Stoke defenders to glance his header home.

1407: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-0 Stoke (Ritchie De Laet)

Yellow card
1406: Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate gets the first Premier League booking of the season at Carrow Road, for bringing down Elliott Bennett. We are under way at Molineux, by the way.

Half time
1404: HALF-TIME West Ham 1-0 Leeds Utd

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches - more than any other PL player since the start of May."

1401: Finally, Jermaine Pennant is coming off for Stoke. He was injured in the warm-up and has hobbled through the first half hour. Danny Pugh, who scored in Switzerland on Thursday, is on instead.

1359: The players are out on the pitch at Molineux. Plenty of early season optimism there by the looks of things.

1357: Ah. Did I mention that Robert Snodgrass hit the woodwork for Leeds earlier on? No? Sorry. Anyway, both teams are passing it around nicely at Upton Park. Five minutes to go until the break and the Hammers still lead 1-0.

1353: Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant is still limping, but still on the pitch. Norwich are still pressing too, and Anthony Pilkington is the latest Canaries player to have a goalbound shot blocked.

1352: West Ham feel they should have a penalty too when Carlton Cole goes down in the box, but nothing doing. Since then, Leeds have continued to look lively.

Half time
1351: HALF-TIME Swindon 1-2 Oxford

1351: This is better by Norwich, who have upped the ante a bit in the last couple of minutes. First, Elliott Bennet breaks down the right and fires over a dangerous cross and, moments later Bradley Johnson has a rasping shot deflected over. Still goalless but Canaries boss Paul Lambert is urging his team forward.

Oxford goal: It's that man James Constable again, who links with Peter Leven once more to give the visitors the lead just before half-time.

John Sinnott reports:
"No tinkering from Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, who names the side that won away at Blackburn on the opening day of the season. Fulham manager Martin Jol makes four changes to the side that beat Dnipro on Thursday, recalling Andrew Johnson, Dickson Etuhu, Philippe Senderos and John Arne Riise. Bobby Zamora was not included in Fulham's squad, but there is a Premier League debut for one of the bright young things of Swiss football - Pajtim Kasami, who joined Fulham from Palermo during the summer."

Someone has won a penalty
Missed Leeds penalty: Oh dear. It's definitely a spot-kick because Matty Taylor clearly handles from a corner but Max Gradel makes a real mess of it, firing wide of Rob Green's right-hand post. I think the Hammers keeper would have stopped it even if it had been on target too.

1345: GOALFLASH Swindon 1-2 Oxford (James Constable)

1344: MISSED PENALTY by Leeds' Max Gradel, who fires wide

1344: PENALTY to Leeds

allan4me on Twitter: "Cannot see many goals @ Carrow Road. Stoke are masters of the low scoring games."

Wolverhampton v Fulham line-ups
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Milijas, Foley.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Hughes, Hangeland, Senderos, John Arne Riise, Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Kasami, Dempsey, Johnson. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Sidwell, Gecov, Frei, Briggs, Dembele.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

John Sinnott reports:
"Wolves escaped relegation on the final day of the season but they were quick out of the blocks this time around, beating Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last Saturday. Manager Mick McCarthy may opt to stick with the same attacking formation, using Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher in attack. This will be Fulham's ninth match of the season due to their Europa League exploits, and they're proving tough to break down - they've kept 10 clean sheets in their last 13 games."

1340: Not a long ball in sight at Upton Park. West Ham are playing some nice passing football and remain well on top. Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan is having a busy afternoon, and his side remain 1-0 down.

1339: Norwich's turn to appeal for a penalty when Leon Barnett tangles with Robert Huth as they challenge for a hoisted ball into the area. Again, Mr Swarbrick is unimpressed.

1338: Still all Stoke, in terms of attacks, at Carrow Road. They want a penalty when Jon Walters goes down in the area, but referee Neil Swarbrick is having none of it. The best the home side have offered is a blocked shot from Anthony Pilkington.

1335: Hmmm. Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant is limping a bit, and looks in difficulty. He was even talking to the Potters physio pre-kick-off so clearly all is not well.

1333: Stoke are doing most of the attacking so far and they have just had the first shot too, by Jon Walters. He had a pop from a tight angle on the right of the area, bringing a comfortable near-post save from John Ruddy.

TheSunRun on Twitter: "I have a feeling Norwich may pull off an upset today! Delia gives a mean half-time team talk!"

1330: Norwich get us started.

1328: Looks like a cracking atmosphere at Carrow Road. Opposing managers Paul Lambert and Tony Pulis have just shared a pre-kick-off embrace and Stoke's ex-Ipswich forward Jon Walters got roundly booed when his name was read out. Just time for a team huddle from both camps and we will be under way.

Swindon goal: It doesn't take long for Swindon to draw level, as winger Matt Richie ghosts into the box to despatch a header past the despairing dive of Ryan Clarke.

Gareth Roberts reports: "On paper, this is a home banker: Norwich won their last four Premier League home games the last time they were in the top flight in 2004/5, keeping a clean sheet in three of those wins. In contrast, travelling Stoke fans haven't had much to shout about recently - their last league win on the road was a Boxing Day win at Blackburn. Things might be different on the pitch, mind"

1324: GOALFLASH Swindon 1-1 Oxford (Matt Ritchie)

West Ham goal: Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan tips a couple of headers over his bar as the Hammers pile on the pressure, which eventually tells. Another corner comes over and Carlton Cole sticks out a leg to meet the dropping ball and turn it into the net. The perfect start for Big Sam's side.

1322: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-0 Leeds Utd (Cole)

Oxford goal: The U's take an early lead as Peter Leven swings a corner in from the left and the man who has been the centre of attention prior to kick-off, James Constable, rises highest to power in the header at the near post.

Robrock33 on Twitter: "Re. 1304. Really Chris? It looks like pretty much the same team that came 20th last season to me!"

Should that team have gone down, though? I think not...

1317: England boss Fabio Capello is at Upton Park, where we have just kicked off. Plenty of prospective picks for him to look at.

Gareth Roberts reports: "Norwich manager Paul Lambert has left new signing Daniel Ayala and last week's goalscorer Wes Hoolahan on the bench. Canaries centre-half Zak Whitbread is out because of a knee injury picked up at Wigan so Leon Barnett comes into the defence. There are also starts for summer arrivals Anthony Pilkington, Elliott Bennett and Kyle Naughton. Stoke have made four changes from the team which beat FC Thun in their Europa League play-off on Thursday night. Asmir Begovic is back between the sticks, while Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Pennant and Glenn Whelan start."

1314: GOALFLASH Swindon 0-1 Oxford (James Constable)

1313: The players emerge from the tunnel at Upton Park. West Ham are in claret and blue, as you would expect. Leeds are in black with fluorescent yellow bits, which you wouldn't.

IainFordyce17 on Twitter: "Leeds are good enough to get promoted but could do with Becchio back. Also should dip into the loan market again like last season!"

From Andrew, on a beach in South of France thinking of the Irons, via text: "Does anyone have an update on Scott Parker? Is he staying at West Ham??? I am desperate that he does."

1304: I've just been looking at that West Ham team - and don't think it would do too badly in the Premier League to be honest. Big things are expected from Big Sam's side this season, and you can see why.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "4 - Norwich City have won each of their last four Premier League home games, keeping a clean sheet in three of those wins. Fortress."

From Allen James, via text: "Man City top by tea time. Another four goal haul today I reckon. Aguero to bag another brace."

simonb373 on Twitter: "Preparing for Stoke v Norwich kick off, predicting a solid 1-0 win, Pennant to get the goal. Come on you Potters!"

Norwich v Stoke line-ups
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Barnett, De Laet, Tierney, Bennett, Crofts, Bradley Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Chris Martin. Subs: Rudd, Russell Martin, Jackson, Surman, Hoolahan, Fox, Ayala.
Stoke: Begovic, Shawcross, Huth, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Pugh, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Arismendi.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

LEAGUE TWO NEWS, from Shamoon Hafez: Today sees a local derby with plenty of bite as Swindon Town host Oxford United. Both sides are in need of victories having only won once this season and there has been plenty of spicy activity between the sides prior to the encounter. Vandals broke into the Kassam Stadium and burnt STFC into the pitch last week, while Town boss Paolo Di Canio claims United striker James Constable is a Robins fan. Expect fireworks!

West Ham v Leeds line-ups
West Ham: Green, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Ilunga, Collison, Parker, Noble, Nolan, Taylor, Cole. Subs: Boffin, Carew, Barrera, Faubert, Piquionne.
Leeds: Lonergan, Lees, Kisnorbo, O'Dea, White, Gradel, Howson, Clayton, Snodgrass, Keogh, McCormack. Subs: Rachubka, Connolly, O'Brien, Sam, Nunez.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

IainRussell83 on Twitter: "Tell me Blackburn are signing some defenders this week Chris, please tell me so..."

I think bids for Kaka, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are more likely, given Rovers' recent record...

Gareth Roberts reports: "Canaries boss Paul Lambert has warned opponents Stoke that if they have come spoiling for a fight his side is geared up for it. Lambert said: "We are going to have to stand up to the battle of it. It will be a physical game and we're going to have to adjust accordingly to it.""

From Acko in York, via text: "Come on the Wolves! A win today and we will be top for at least two hours!

Paul Plunkett reports:
"West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels a responsibility to entertain the fans at the Boleyn Ground: "You have got to send your fans home happy so they come back and support you the next time out." But Leeds manager Simon Grayson is confident of upsetting one of the promotion favourites: "We'll go there as underdogs, which will make a nice change, but there's no such thing as a home banker in this league."

1240: Erm, shall I start again Swindon/Oxford fans? That one is at the County Ground, NOT the Kassam. Apart from that, and the fact I forgot to mention it in the first place, I've done quite a good job there...

OptaJoe on Twitter: "15 - If the Premier League had started 26 February (Carling Cup Final weekend), Arsenal would be 15th after 13 games. Beleaguered."

Paul Plunkett reports:
"It's a fusion many said would never work: West Ham's tradition for playing attractive football and Sam Allardyce's direct style of play. But so far so good, as the Hammers look for their third consecutive Championship win - although they haven't won at home since March. Leeds are making more headlines off the pitch with fans holding a demonstration last week against Ken Bates and the chairman subsequently calling them 'morons'. It's been a struggle on the pitch too, as Simon Grayson's men have lost two of the opening three games."

Swindon v Oxford Utd line-ups
Swindon: Phil Smith, Caddis, Devera, Flint, Kennedy, Ritchie, Jonathan Smith, Ferry, Esajas, De Vita, Clarke. Subs: Lanzano, Risser, Connell, Gabilondo, Kerrouche.
Oxford Utd: Clarke, Whing, Duberry, Wright, Davis, Potter, Heslop, McLaren, Leven, Constable, Guy. Subs: Batt, Smalley, Pittman, Hall, Worley.
Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

Young_Riles on Twitter: "On my way to Carrow Road, looking forward to Grant Holt and Steve Morison taking on the Stoke back four - it won't be pretty!"

AADZ13 on Twitter: "Awaiting Mancini's version of attacking City. Aguero to have another cameo!!"

michaelholder on Twitter: "One of the biggest & most intense derby games in the country - Oxford v Swindon - & you don't even acknowledge it's existence?!"

Ah. Apologies to all U's/Robins fans, I will also be bringing you news from the County Ground. That one kicks off at 1300 BST, when we will find out whether Paolo di Canio's mind games have worked...

1220: And whether you are full of early season optimism or dealing with August doom and gloom, I want to hear from you. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc (using the hashtag #BBCFootball please). Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

1216: Here's the 'fab five' fixtures we will be staying across for the next few hours. Firstly in the Premier League:
Norwich v Stoke (1330 BST)
Wolves v Fulham (1400 BST)
Man City v Bolton (1600 BST)
And in the Champ (although they sound like they should be top-flight fixtures, don't they?):
West Ham v Leeds (1315 BST)
Middlesbrough v Birmingham (1500 BST)

1211: No crises at any of the six Premier League clubs in action today, though. Well, not yet anyway. Lots to look forward to, starting with the return of top-flight football to Carrow Road after a six year absence. And a couple of stonking Championship matches too.

1209: Arsenal, Everton and particularly Blackburn fans will no doubt be hoping that is NOT the case. And, to be fair, the Toffees have only played once - West Brom have lost twice already. But it's not just results that give you a vibe about teams, and things are certainly not all sweetness and light off the pitch at any of those clubs (the Baggies excepted of course).

1205: Hello folks. Now, I know we are only halfway through the second weekend of the Premier League season... so, is it too early to say that things are already taking shape?

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Premier League table

Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20
5 Man City 10 17 19
6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9
18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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