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Sam Lyon
By Sam Lyon
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1945: That's that for Muck and Nettles Saturday, then - who fancies a bit of Glitz and Glamour Sunday in, oh, just over 16 hours? Oh ho yes. First up, don't forget to check out Match of the Day 2230 followed by The Football League Show at 2350 - and then join me, Sam Lyon, again from 1200 BST tomorrow for the small matters of Newcastle v Fulham, Tottenham v Man City, West Brom v Stoke and, oh yes, Man Utd v Arsenal. Bonanza. Night all.

pp0u20e8 on Twitter: "I reckon Owen Coyle could really use £6 million to buy some new players right now..."

Anon via text: "Who said we're a one man team. Excellent performance. With Steven Gerard and Glen Johnson to return, we can only get better!"

Nabil Hassan reports:
"Liverpool fired themselves to the top of the Premier League with a polished performance against a disappointing Bolton. King Kenny's men already look a force to be reckoned with."

Aled Williams reports:
"Surprise, surprise, another stalemate at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea had the chances - but so, too, did Sunderland. In fact... how did it finish goalless?"

Owen Phillips reports:
"Don't be fooled by the scoreline thanks to two late-ish goals. Chelsea are showing plenty of spirit but are by no means convincing and Norwich played with freedom and quality and could easily have grabbed at least a point. A compelling game."

Andy Sokill reports:
"Lucky Everton snatched their first win of the season after Blackburn dramatically missed two spot-kicks - but they owe much of it to the outstanding Tim Howard, for sure."

1932: WIGAN 2-0 QPR
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Wigan deserved the win, even though QPR hit the woodwork three times and deflected both goals in. Luck may have played its part, but there was also a small gulf in quality."

Jamie Lillywhite reports:
"Both teams will be content with a point - but with only 30,000 in attendance, one of the few highlights was the Wolves fans singing 'we are top of the league.'"

1928: Who wants a reporter round-up of today's action?

AlexStevenson96 on Twitter: "Man Utd will go top and Man City second tomorrow, then we'll have our top four for the season. Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea."

Biased via text: "I almost cried when we bought he seems better than Ashley Young."

thezanussi on Twitter: "Carra ruined an almost impeccable display. I'm mildly annoyed by that consolation goal."

1924: Does that Bolton goal take the edge off a fine Liverpool performance? Hardly. Encouraging signs for the boys in red and no mistake today - and more love than ever being aimed in the direction of 'King' Kenny Dalglish. 'Appy Anfield.

Full time
1921: FULL-TIME Liverpool 3-1 Bolton

1920: I don't know if Reds keeper Pepe Reina was banking on a clean-sheet bonus there, but he's gone absolutely postal at conceding that goal. Commitment.

Bolton goal: Well there you go - Liverpool take their eye off the ball just long enough to allow Bolton a consolation goal, Martin Petrov's break only half-stopped by Jamie Carraagher and Ivan Klasnic sweeping in from 12 yards.

1919: GOALFLASH Liverpool 3-1 Bolton (Klasnic)

1918: We'll have two minutes of injury time.

1915: If anyone (else) deserves a goal for Liverpool, it's Stewart Downing - but this time, cutting in from the left, he slashes high and wide with his right foot.

1913: Into the last five minutes and Liverpool, like a group of wide boys driving a convertible past their old high school on a sunny afternoon, are cruising.

1909: If this were a boxing match, Bolton boss Owen Coyle wouuld have thrown the towel in a while ago.

1906: Striker's dream - Stewart Downing whipping a beauty of a cross between the Bolton keeper and defence - but Andy Carroll has yet to wake up, and he fails to get on the end of it.

1904: Time for Liverpool to flex their muscles off the bench - Andy Carroll and Maxi Rodriguez come on to replace Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson. Both Suarez and Henderson received standing ovations too. Deserved.

1900: Erm, first (unjustifiable) mistake from Lee Probert - failing to give an indirect free-kick when Jussi Jaaskelainen picks up Paul Robinson's clear back-pass under pressure from Luis Suarez.

1859: Is this Bolton throwing the towel in? Kevin Davies is taken off to be replaced by midfielder Darren Pratley.

1858: They're all having a go now - Daniel Agger striding out of defence, making his way all the way to Bolton's box with the ball, and then scooping a rubbish effort way into the stands.

1857: Into the last 20 minutes at Anfield.

1853: Liverpool just allowing themselves a time out here - and Bolton are just grateful for the respite.

RetroGirl on Twitter: "It's great to see Liverpool back - proper owners and a proper manager. And I'm a Spurs fan."

1849: Hold up... I'm going to have to hold my hands up here... a replay of that earlier penalty shout by Luis Suarez (see 1834) shows Zat Knight did trip the Uruguayan in the box - with his hands. Should definitely have been a penalty. But then the referees don't have all the angles and 87 TV replays, I suppose. Yet.

Breaking News
are in talks to sign Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios and hope to agree a deal in the next 48 hours, BBC Sport understands.

1843: Liverpool are rampant. Luis Suarez fires their latest chance into the side netting from a tight angle - but on this evidence you'd have to say the Red half of Merseyside are on for a bit a stonking season, no?

Liverpool goal: Blimey - if that Martin Skrtel fact is to remain true, we aint half in for a storming Bolton comeback now. Charlie Adam drifts at goal unchallenged and then unleashes a low shot into the corner from 20 yards out. First goal for Liverpool.

1840: GOALFLASH Liverpool 3-0 Bolton (Adam)

1839: Liverpool fans worry - your side has never gone on to win a match in which Martin Skrtel has scored.

Liverpool goal: Simples. Charlie Adam whips in a delightful corner and Martin Skrtel powers past Zat Knight to thump home an unstoppable header.

1839: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-0 Bolton (Skrtel)

1837: A glimpse at what Arsenal are probably after as Gary Cahill produces a fine block to cut out Jordan Henderson's cross.

1836: Referee Lee Probert is having a splendid game, he really is. Ivan Klasnic goes into the book for a rash challenge on Lucas - and deservedly so.

1834: Immediate break from Liverpool - and Luis Suarez is screaming for a penalty when he goes down under Zat Knight's challenge - but the foul, if there was one, was outside the area, and Suarez's rather theatrical fall once inside the area deserved no less than a 5.8 on the judges' scorecards.

1833: We are back under way at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson on Twitter: "Good half lads. Same again please!"

colidog56 on Twitter: "I detest football and don't understand twitter. I should have gone to the shops."

Richard from Maidstone via text: "I'm sure if you stuck a moustache on Suarez and squinted slightly you would see he is a ringer for Freddie Mercury."

1825: Right, last chance. Today, anyway. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). No excuses.

alexwebster5 on Twitter: "This game reminds me of our opener against Sunderland, dominance in the first half but only one goal. I hope it ends differently."

Half time
1818: HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-0 Bolton
Nabil Hassan's HT snap-shot:
"Liverpool need a win by one more goal to go top of the Premier League and on the evidence of the first-half it won't be too far away. They have been superb."

1816: The half-time whistle blows. Entertaining.

1813: Referee Lee Probert - that is a fantastic decision. Stewart Downing, picked out by a fabulous Charlie Adam pass,goes to take on Gretar Steinsson, only for the Bolton full-back to handle and halt the winger's progress. Downing is adamant it was inside the area, but replays show it was inches outside. Kudos, Mr Probert.

1811: Boom. Dirk Kuyt drills at goal from the angle 20 yards out, Trotters keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen getting the slightest of touches on it as it flies over. Not that a corner was given, mind.

1809: Oh nice - Bolton's Mark Davies goes on a surging run through the heart of Liverpool's midfield from his own half but his dragged shot from the edge of the area is tame and easily saved. Shame.

1808: Crowd-spot - prospective Liverpool signing Sebastian Coates is sitting in the stands watching his new (to be) team-mates. The Uruguayan is expected to officially join early next week.

1806: Liverpool still knocking it about fairly nicely here, but Bolton are just getting a finger-grip on the game a touch.

1803: I tell you what, though, that's half a chance for Bolton - Gary Cahill causing problems from a corner and Gretar Steinsson just failing to react quickly enough when the ball falls to him at the back stick, his snap-finish flying well wide.

1800: Some rare respite for Bolton as they earn themselves a corner - but Kevin Davies heads it over under pressure from the Liverpool defence.

1759: An enforced change for Liverpool, now, with Martin Kelly forced off with what looks like a hamstring strain - Martin Skrtel on to replace him.

Breaking News
Micah Richards
has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester City.

1755: Enforced early exit for Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton midfielder's 150th appearance curtailed by injury and he is replaced by Mark Davies.

1754: He's missed one! Jordan Henderson - who has started fabulously - plays in Luis Suarez through on goal, but the Uruguayan's attempted chip over the onrushing Jussi Jasskelainen drifts over the bar. Should have scored.

1752: And now Jordan Henderson's fabulous low cross from the right eludes Dirk Kuyt's slide six yards out by a matter of inches. Bolton living dangerously.

1751: Luis Suarez looks a real threat on this form, Charlie Adam's exquisite ball over the top so close to picking out the Uruguayan's run, only for the ball to just elude him.

1749: Liverpool bounce up the other end with a fine break - orchestrated again by Luis Suarez - and it ends with a slap wide by Charlie Adam.

1748: I tell you what - not a bad response at all, Martin Petrov, found by Chris Eagles's deep cross, powering a superb volley at goal that forces Pepe Reina into an instinctive save on his goalline.

1747: That, of course, was Jordan Henderson's first goal for the club - and it was no more than Liverpool deserve. What response have Bolton got in them?

Liverpool goal: Great strike. Liverpool work it well and after Jussi Jaaskelainen saves Stewart Downing's volley from a Luis Suarez cross brilliantly, Jordan Henderson - at the second attempt - thrashes home from inside the area, arrowing a shot into the top corner.

1744: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Bolton (Henderson)

1741: The pattern of the match seems to have been set early doors here - Liverpool, with Luis Suarez very much their stand-out player, looking to pass the ball around, Bolton looking to hit Kevin Davies at the earliest opportunity on the counter.

1739: A glimpse, there, of Steven Gerrard in the stands - I'd almost forgotten he was still on Liverpool's books. What a boost it will be when he gets fit again, no?

1737: That, is a great chance. On the counter-attack, Jordan Henderson threads a ball through the Bolton defence and Stewart Downing is clear in on goal. It's a terrible touch from the winger, though, and Paul Robinson gets back to clear. Wasteful from Downing.

1734: ...straight into the wall. Ho hum.

1733: Three minutes in at Anfield, Liverpool have a free-kick 22 yards out, Charlie Adam over it...

Breaking News
An update on that Dider Drogba injury from Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas: "He will have a full exam. He was completely unconscious. The doctor did a great job. He is showing progressive signs of recovery but we need a full exam which is being done. We hope for his wellbeing as a person first."

1730: Liverpool get us up and running at Anfield.

1728: Here come the teams... bring us goals please...

1725: LIVERPOOL v BOLTON (1730)
Nabil Hassan reports:
"Liverpool have four points from their opening two games and manager Kenny Dalglish has declared himself "happy" but "not surprised" with his side's start to the new season. Bolton boss Owen Coyle has other concerns, meanwhile, with his star centre-half Gary Cahill the subject of an Arsenal bid - "it was a million miles short of what Gary's valuation is," said the Scot. How will he get on today?"

rasbainieks on Twitter: "Transfer window, please close soon, you're making me nervous."

1721: Yes, I am trying to give this the big sell.

1720: Full house, potential for Liverpool to go top, Bolton keen to further their reputation as one of the Premier League's growing forces, transfer speculation concerning both sides... I declare the evening match at Anfield a doozy, and it's not even kicked off yet.

graemesch13 on Twitter: "After strenuous calculations based on missed penalties, lack of goals and the new moon, I predict a cracker at Anfield!!"

1715: LIVERPOOL v BOLTON (1730)
Nabil Hassan reports:
"Luis Suarez starts up front for Liverpool, but Andy Carroll is on the bench. Defender Glen Johnson misses out with a hamstring injury. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future Gary Cahill starts for Bolton in defence, while Gretar Steinsson is passed fit to play."

lewismmc on Twitter: "RE: Tim, Halifax (below) - how about an icon of an England shirt?"

Matt via text: "Despite the win and good performances from the new signings its frustrating that its taken us so long to buy a player of mata's quality and flair, however three points well earned!"

1710: LIVERPOOL v BOLTON (1730)
Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Adam, Lucas, Kuyt, Henderson, Downing, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Spearing, Shelvey, Skrtel, Robinson.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Sanli, Mark Davies, Blake, Pratley, Wheater, Riley.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

lfcfaninhk on Twitter: "Liverpool will be top of the league this evening if they can manage to beat Bolton by two clear goals at Anfield."

1707: LIVERPOOL v BOLTON (1730)
Nabil Hassan reports:
"What a difference a year makes. In the corresponding fixture last season, Roy Hodgson was in charge of a Liverpool side who had Fernando Torres up front. During that game Torres scored his last goal for Liverpool at Anfield in front of a crowd of just 35,400 - their lowest attendance for almost seven years. Hodgson has since left Anfield, as has Torres, and Liverpool continue their mini-transformation under 'King Kenny'. Bolton, though, have started nicely, thumping QPR and impressing in defeat against Manchester City - should be a cracker."

1705: Don't think about going anywhere folks... Liverpool v Bolton is coming up - and Arsenal target Gary Cahill starts...

logos8 on Twitter: "Brighton top of the Championship. Would welcome them with open arms in the premiership. Nice city to have away games in."

Tim, Halifax via text: "I think you need a better icon for a missed penalty! A goal keeper with a smile on his face perhaps?"

EPLchat on Twitter: "Real lack of quality in the final third for Blackburn, Everton and Sunderland today. All lacking quality up front."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "In the Championship, Southampton and Derby both lose their 100% record, Saints beaten 3-2 by Leicester and the Rams defeated at home by Burnley. Brighton take advantage by moving to the top after a 2-0 victory against Peterborough. In League One, a Charlie Macdonald goal is enough to give top side MK Dons the win against Stevenage, Charlton come from behind to defeat Bury 2-1 and in League Two Rotherham go top as they easily defeat Gillingham 3-0, while Macclesfield crush AFC Wimbledon 4-0.

rdoyle88 on Twitter: "Juan Mata, finally we have a replacement for Robben."

Full time
1659: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-1 Norwich

1658: Nice - the entire Chelsea team congregated by the corner flag to greet that Juan Mata goal. Teamwork.

Chelsea goal: Debut goal, 11 minutes into injury time. He's deserved it, mind, Juan Mata - impressive since coming off the bench and capping a fine cameo with a fine goal, latching on to a defensive error to drive into the box and curl in from the angle.

1657: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-1 Norwich (Mata)

d_mat90 on Twitter: "I feel really sorry for Blackburn boss Steve Kean right now... can't catch a break."

1654: We're well into 11 minutes of injury time at Stamford Bridge - but Norwich are showing few signs of snatching a second leveller against Chelsea here.

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME Swansea 0-0 Sunderland

1652: FULL-TIME Blackburn 0-1 Everton

Everton goal: It's not been a great game, but what a finale we have. Blackburn defender Chris Samba - mystifyingly, if you ask me - is penalised for climbing on Marouane Fellaini from a long throw, referee Lee Mason pointing to the spot, and Mikel Arteta fires an injury-time winner from the spot. Drama.

1649: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-1 Everton (Arteta, pen)


1647: Awful miss. Terrible. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is picked out seven yards out by Frank Lampard's cross, but with the goal at his mercy he heads wastefully wide.

1644: Matters petering out at the Liberty Stadium a touch - both sides seemingly happy with a point there.

Someone has won a penalty
Missed penalty, Blackburn: Oh dear. For the second time in the match, Blackburn miss from the penalty spot. Mauro Formica - again - earns the spot-kick as he is felled by Phil Jagielka, but - taking it himself - he drills it against the post and away. Steve Kean looks like he's got a mouthful of month-old milk.

1641: MISSED PENALTY, Blackburn.


FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Derby's fine start to the Championship season looks severely under threat as they trail 2-1 against Burnley, Charlie Austin to the double, and Brighton are now 2-0 up against Peterborough. Charlton have turned it around against Bury and now lead 2-1 in League One, while an Alan Lee double has put Huddersfield in a commanding position against Wycombe. Despite the impending departure of striker Adam Le Fondre to Reading, Rotherham lead Gillingham 2-0 in League Two."

Red card
Chelsea goal: Relief all round Stamford Bridge as Ramires, clear on goal, goes over John Ruddy's outstretched arm - the Norwich keeper sent off for his troubles - and Frank Lampard drills the spot-kick down the middle.

1639: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-1 Norwich (Lampard, pen)

1637: RED CARD, John Ruddy, NORWICH


1636: Oh, top work again by Everton keeper Tim Howard - he's kept the Toffees in this all day - as David Goodwillie's excellent approach play ends with a pass to Mauro Formica, but his goalbound effort is kept out by the American stopper.

1635: Sorry.

1634: The Swansea keeper - signing of the season? He's certainly got some va-va-Vorm.

1633: Swansea continue to press for an opener at the Liberty Stadium - and they're getting close. Neil Taylor's cross squirms its way through to Danny Graham but his tame shot at the back post was straight at the Sunderland keeper. At the other end, Asamoah Gyan forces a fine sprawling save by keeper Michel Vorm.

1632: The woodwork is taking a pounding today isn't it?

Someone has struck the woodwork
1631: Oh - what an introduction that would've been. Blackburn new-boy David Goodwillie has been on the field barely a minute and he almost breaks the deadlock, running on to Mauro Formica's pass to drill past Everton keeper Tim Howard - and against the bar.

1630: Massive chance for Norwich... Grant Holt's hook over the top finding Steve Morison striding clear one-on-one... but he dallies far too long and John Terry gets back to challenge. Let-off.

Sufyan88 on Twitter: "So there's your goal... now where's your kingdom?"
Erm... yeah... about that...

1628: Deary me - after six/seven minutes of treatment, Didier Drogba is only just being stretchered from the field, oxygen mask on and all, and it looks a serious injury to the Ivorian. Fingers crossed for him. Juan Mata and Nicolas Anelka are now on.

1627: Another chance for Everton - who are improving the longer this game goes on - but Marouane Fellaini contrives to spoon over from 18 yards with the goal gaping.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "A terrible day for the promoted sides in League Two, with Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon both losing heavily. There's a humdinger of a game between Port Vale and Southend with the away side 3-2 in front, while managerless Bradford are 3-1 up against Barnet with James Hanson bagging a brace. Up into League One and Leyton Orient are on their way to securing their first win of the campaign after taking the lead against Carlisle. In the Championship, pointless Doncaster look to be staying that way, losing 1-0 at home to Bristol City."

1624: Decent effort from Leighton Baines at Ewood Park, cutting in from the left and striking right-footed at goal, his effort beaten away by Rovers keeper Paul Robinson.

1622: Bad to worse for Chelsea - Didier Drogba is going to have to be replaced after taking a punch in the head from Norwich keeper John Ruddy going for a deep cross. Nicolas Anelka - and Juan Mata too - look like they are going to come on.

Norwich goal: Would you Adam it? Hilario gets it all kinds of wrong as he comes unnecessarily to try to punch away Kyle Naughton's cross, gets muddled with John Terry, and allows Grant Holt to hook over his shoulder and into an empty net.

1620: Ey fank yaow...

1620: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (Holt)

1619: A goal, a goal, my kingdom for a goal.

1617: Deary me - how is it still goalless at the Liberty Stadium? Craig Gardner is the guilty party this time, the Sunderland new-boy heading John O'Shea's cross over the bar unmarked eight yards out.

ConnorSmith97 on Twitter: "RE:Anon via text - if I here juan more un-funny joke I'm going mata-phorically hurt myself."

1613: And now Swansea bounce up the field and force a fine save, Danny Graham heading Neil Taylor's deep cross at goal, Simon Mignolet across well to stop.

1611: Sunderland should be ahead at the Liberty Stadium, but after good build up play by the Black Cats Asamoah Gyan's control lets him down in front of goal as he is played in by Jack Colback.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Of six penalties in the Premier League this season only one has been scored (17%). Average conversion of penalties last 10 seasons was just under 78%.

1609: Blackburn have started brightly in this half - and only another neat block by Tim Howard prevents Jason Roberts turning in Chris Samba's nod-back across goal six yards out.

1607: Headed chance for Chelsea, John Terry nodding a corner at goal, but Norwich substitute Anthony Pilkington does well to clear his near post, up and over the bar.

1606: While all that was going on - we're back under way in Swansea.

Someone has won a penalty
Missed penalty, Blackburn: How many missed spot-kicks have there been already this season? Mauro Formica earns - and I mean earns - a penalty when he throws himself over Ross Barkley's outstretched leg in the box, only for Tim Howard to save Junior Hoilett's spot-kick low to his right.

1604: MISSED PENALTY, Blackburn, SAVED


1602: Back under way at Blackburn and Chelsea - Swansea/Sunderland being lazy...

CalumWardd on Twitter: "Noone has scored for Brighton, and yet it's 1-0?"

Anon via text: "Juan can only assume its a Mata of time until Chelsea's new boy makes an appearance from the bench."

1600: As ol' Delia Smith might say... where are you?? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK).

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Ross McCormack's strike for Leeds deepens Paul Jewell's worries in the Championship, where Alex Baptiste has put Blackpool ahead at Crystal Palace. In League One, Bury hold a 1-0 lead against promotion contenders Charlton and Tranmere are ahead in their contest at Brentford. Dropping down in to League Two, Crawley Town have been brought crashing down to earth with a bump, being 3-0 behind against Cheltenham and Morecambe lead Northampton 2-0."

Hanns86 on Twitter: "I don't know how it looks from the replays but from the stands, the ref at rovers is having a shocker!"

Half time
1555: HALF-TIME Swansea 0-0 Sunderland
Aled Williams's HT snap-shot:
"An entertaining opening 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, but that hasn't translated into goals just yet. And I mean, just yet."

Half time
1553: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Everton
Andy Sokill's HT snap-shot:
"David Dunn came the nearest to scoring in a feisty contest, with defences on top."

Half time
1551: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Norwich
Owen Phillips's HT snap-shot:
"Chelsea are far from having it all their own way at Stamford Bridge despite their brilliant start and Jose Bosingwa's early strike. More goals seem inevitable."

DJ_Matt_Black on Twitter: "It has to be said that Norwich keeper is Ruddy good."

Eric in Hatfield via text: "Been looking for a new worktop for the kitchen so great to see a Formica surface in Blackburn."

1547: Half time at Ewood Park, at Stamford Bridge... and now at the Liberty Stadium.

1546: Not too many goals about today are there? Again.

1543: That's a decent hit - it really is end-to-end at the Bridge - as Florent Malouda slaps left-footed from range, Norwich keeper John Ruddy down to save well.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "In League One, Ben Marshall doubles Sheffield Wednesday's advantage over Scunthorpe and shirt-printers delight Troy Archibald-Henville gives Exeter the lead against Chesterfield in the bottom-of-the-table clash. Another wonderfully-named player, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro cancels out Adam Boyd's opener for Rochdale against Hartlepool. In the Championship, Leicester now lead Southampton 2-1. In League Two, Cheltenham hold a surprise 2-0 lead against Crawley and James Constable scores for the second game running, putting Oxford 1-0 up at Aldershot."

1541: Free header - six yards out - Danny Graham nods Kemy Agustien's cross wide. Big chance, big miss. Swansea's wait for a first Premier League goal continues.

1540: Fiiiiiiight. Well, not quite, but it's definite handbags, Lee Cattermole wearing a Kemy Agustien arm across his face, going down heavily, and sparking a bit of a melee. Nothing doing in terms of punishment - one might want to keep an eye on Cattermole now.

1537: More open than an all-night corner store at Stamford Bridge, where Norwich are battling gamely - and they're more than in this - while Chelsea look a danger every time they attack.

1534: Mauro Formica and Radosav Petrovic are on for Blackburn with Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn unable to continue.

1532: This doesn't look good for Blackburn - Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn looking like they're struggling with injury now against Everton. I'll keep you posted. Very much even Stevens there so far.

1530: Swansea have turned the game against Sunderland on its head, they're bang on top - and only a fabulous block from Wes Brown denies Danny Graham following a super pass from Leon Britton.

1529: And now referee Mike Jones stops play to pop a couple of balloons at Stamford Bridge. Not significant I hear you say? Well he was the ref who allowed Darren Bent's winner for Sunderland stand in 'Beachball-Gate' against Liverpool season before last. He's not making that mistake again, oh ho no.

1527: Out of nowhere - massive chance for Norwich at Stamford Bridge, Chris Martin getting in behind the Chelsea defence one-on-one with Hilario, the Blues keeper preserving the hosts' lead with a smart stop.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1525: Deary me - that is a superb strike from Scott Sinclair - only the woodwork denying the Swans a beauty of a first goal of the season, with Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet a mere spectator.

1523: Ouch. Leighton Baines feels the full force from Junior Hoilett's late, late challenge - and replays show the Rovers' man's tackle is a horrid one. Fortunate to get away with a yellow.

1521: Signs that the Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres partnership could start bearing fruit as the latter almost slides the ball into the big Ivorian, who just fails to get a touch at goal six yards out. Norwich still wobbling.

1519: All Sunderland in Swansea - and the Welsh outfit are going so far as to help them out at every opportunity - this time a stray back-pass finding only Black Cats striker Asamoah Gyan, who is again denied by home keeper Michael Vorm.

1517: After a slow start the Blackburn-Everton match is firing now, and only a fine slide-tackle from Sylvain Distin prevents Rovers frontman Jason Roberts striding through on goal.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "A flurry of early goals. It's poetry-in-motion in League One as Colchester's Anthony Wordsworth scores the fastest goal of the Football League season so far, after just 17 seconds, and a good day for the Sheffield clubs continues as Wednesday go ahead against Scunthorpe. In the Championship, Leicester take the lead over top side Southampton via a strike from former England striker Darius Vassell and Brighton's Craig Noone puts his side in front against Peterborough. In League Two, Macclesfield are 1-0 against high-flying AC Wimbledon and Southend hold a 2-0 advantage at Port Vale."

1516: Norwich are trying their best to get back in the game at Stamford Bridge and Grant Holt almost got on the end of a teasing cross but Chelsea are still looking dangerous every time they go forward.

1514: And the deadlock should be broken, too, at the Liberty Stadium - Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan set clean through on goal, only for Michael Vorm to stop the striker's effort with his legs. Let-off for Swansea.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1512: Oh - closest we've come at Ewood Park, with that game sparking into life somewhat, David Dunn worming his way into the box and then slamming across goal - his shot crashing back off the post.

1511: Sunderland have certainly started the better of the two teams at the Liberty Stadium with Asamoah Gyan in particular looking lively. The Ghanaian striker has just fired wide from 12 yards after finding space inside the Swansea box.

1509: There's half a penalty shout for Blackburn now, though, Gael Givet going down theatrically under the attention of Victor Anichebe but referee Lee Mason is unmoved - quite rightly, too.

1508: Fairly quiet start at Ewood Park - who saw that coming?

Chelsea goal: Foot like a traction engine! Chelsea have started brighter than a mid-summers day on Mercury and Jose Bosingwa rewards them with a fabulous strike, drilling into the top corner from 22 yards. Norwich staring down the barrel.

1505: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Norwich (Bosingwa)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1504: Chance for Sunderland - and it's so close - debutant John O'Shea thumping a header from Sebastian Larsson's corner against the crossbar from 16 yards.

1503: Fine early chance - Chelsea threaten as Ramires sees an early long-range effort tipped wide by the sprawling figure of Norwich keeper John Ruddy. Good stop.

1501: We. Are. Up. And. Running. Boom.

Dan_Auld_T15 on Twitter: "If Lukaku comes off the bench and scores today - surely it's the end of Anelka / Kalou?"

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Full time: Yeovil Town 0-1 Sheffield United. The Blades pick up the three points in the early fixture, as Chris Porter's solitary goal maintains the Yorkshire side's unbeaten start to the season."

1457: Righto, then, folks - the players are out and about, your 1500 kick-offs are imminent. Man I'm pumped.

jlivesey2290 on Twitter: "I can't be the only one thinking that Norwich are going to win 3-0 with Holt getting a hat-trick... Can I?"

rossmachin on Twitter: "Genuinely excited to see the possibility of Mata and Lukaku making an appearance today!"

Disappointed Everton fan via text: "Moyes has lost the plot.. Nobody on the pitch that can score a goal. Where is Saha?"

1453: A reminder, folks - Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). It's the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

berianhuw on Twitter: "Only the third Premier League game but the Swans strike force need to make an impact. Couple of goals for Graham a priority."

1449: BLACKBURN v EVERTON (1500)
Andy Sokill reports:
"Blackburn boss Steve Kean feels his side have been unlucky in suffering defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa, insisting "I don't think there was anything dramatically apparent where we were miles off the pace. The stats will tell you both were very close games." Everton counterpart David Moyes expects more from his side. "We have got good, international players in our squad from several countries. We have a good level of stability at the club and because of that, the group know what is expected."

1448: CHELSEA v NORWICH (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas now has the creative spark he so desired in Juan Mata. "He's an addition that everybody was looking forward to. He has an eye for goal and a magnificent record for assists," the Portuguese purred. Norwich counterpart Paul Lambert could be forgiven for looking to frustrate but he insists that is not in his team's nature. "We don't do it any other way, we go to try and win. The lads have never sat back and waited for things to happen." Fighting talk."

Aled Williams reports:
"Two bosses feeling the heat? Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes criticism of his side has been "unjust and unfair" after their disappointing start to the season, which included the midweek Carling Cup exit at Brighton. "Every game is a pressure game" is how Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers describes life in the Premier League, as his side search for their first win."

BBremner4 on Twitter: "Swansea to run out winners today - with the Black Cats gloomy and depressed"

Saul via text: "Torres is still quality, back him to prove that today!"

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "League-leaders Southampton have a tricky fixture at Leicester in the Championship, hoping to keep up their 100% start to the season. Derby, who can also boast four wins out of four, are at Pride Park against Burnley. Paul Jewell described his Ipswich team's 7-1 defeat to Peterborough as "embarrassing", and will be looking for an improved performance in their game against Leeds. Promoted sides Brighton and Peterborough face off at the Amex Stadium."

1444: BLACKBURN v EVERTON (1500)
Andy Sokill reports:
"Everton, like Rovers, come into the match without a point, but welcome back Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini after injury. They are joined by Victor Anichebe as Tim Cahill, without a league goal in 2011, is dropped to the bench. Brett Emerton starts as Blackburn skipper for the day on his final appearance for the club, while Chris Samba makes his first appearance of the season after a groin injury."

Aled Williams reports:
"John O'Shea makes his Sunderland debut replacing former Manchester United team-mate Kieron Richardson while Craig Gardiner is in for Ahmed Elmohamady. Having shown nine changes for the midweek game at Shrewsbury, Swansea revert to the side who started against Wigan last weekend."

1440: CHELSEA v NORWICH (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"Chelsea make three changes from the side that beat West Brom, with Didier Drogba making his first start of the season and Florent Malouda replacing Salomon Kalou. Branislav Ivanovic also comes in for Alex at centre-half while new signings Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku are named on the bench. Norwich, who are without the injured Daniel Ayala, make two changes from the side that so nearly beat Stoke in their last league outing, defender Zak Whitbread and midfielder Wes Hoolahan both coming in."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "MK Dons, currently at the top of League One, will be a side depleted having lost the league's top-scorer Sam Baldock to West Ham on Friday. They begin life without their star-striker at home to Stevenage. Fellow unbeaten side Charlton face Bury, who have also started the season well. Bottom-side Leyton Orient hope to pick up their first points of the campaign against Carlisle. Struggling Exeter and Chesterfield do battle, with both sides searching for their first win."

IainFordyce17 on Twitter: "John O'Shea and Wes Brown in defence for Sunderland. Fantastic signings! Great business from Steve Bruce."

1435: People, a refresh of this page will see Final Score appear at the top. Make it a cheeky refresh, if you will.

Ste via text: "Ross Barkley to score his first senior goal today, quality prospect for Everton and England!"

SunnyLyngdoh on Twitter: "Are my eyes deceiving me? Drogba and Torres in the same starting XI? Ought I to be licking my lips in anticipation?"

Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Rangel, Britton, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Graham, Agustien. Subs: Moreira, Tate, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Allen, Gower.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Cattermole, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, Gyan, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Wickham, Richardson, Vaughan, Ji, Bramble, Elmohamady.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "An appetising clash in League Two sees unbeaten sides Rotherham and Gillingham square off, with the clubs currently occupying second and third places in the table. Crawley Town, who have had a dream start to life in the Football League, travel to Cheltenham. Struggling Bradford, whose manager Peter Jackson resigned this week, are at Valley Parade against Barnet. Crisis club Plymouth come up against Crewe, who sit bottom of the division. Neither side have won this season and have just one point between them."

Bakar_SG8 on Twitter: "Can't see Torres and Drogba scoring. Mata and Lukaku possible game changers."

Matt via text: "From being a controversial choice Danny Wilson has brought the 3rd summer of love to sheff utd. What a manager. Up the Blades."

Hilario, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Drogba, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Lukaku, Ferreira, McEachran, Alex, Anelka.
Norwich: Ruddy, Barnett, De Laet, Whitbread, Naughton, Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson, Crofts, Tierney, Holt, Chris Martin. Subs: Rudd, Russell Martin, Morison, Jackson, Pilkington, Fox, Bennett.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1428: Chelsea, meanwhile, will host Norwich with Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres up front - new signing Juan Mata on the bench.

1427: BLACKBURN v EVERTON (1500)
Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Emerton, Nzonzi, Dunn, Pedersen, Hoilett, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Formica, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Hanley, Lowe.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Heitinga, Arteta, Barkley, Fellaini, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Cahill, Vellios, Baxter.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1426: And talking of Everton...

DanielBroda on Twitter: "QPR hammered 4-0 by Bolton and outplayed by Wigan today, yet beat Everton away, ominous signs for the boys in blue."

calummcclurkin on Twitter: "I wonder what Neil Warnock thinks of the league cup now."

Full time
1423: FULL-TIME Wigan 2-0 QPR

1421: Well I almost spoke too soon - Jay Bothroyd played in by Adel Taarabt, but the QPR new-boy scuffs wide when he should have done a lot better.

1420: He'll keep on shooting, Adel Taarabt. This effort from range curls wide. And this game is all but done.

1418: Two minutes left at the DW.

1416: Oh great refereeing decision, Michael Oliver, Shaun Derry appealing for a penalty when he goes down under Ali Al Habsi's dive - but the keeper just got a touch on the ball.

1414: Luxury of a late change for Wigan - Jordi Gomes replaced by Ronnie Stam.

1412: Though I'd just like to point out, I have never worn red satin velvet gloves. Erm, honest.

1411: Time ticking down at the DW... and Wigan looking more comfortable than red satin velvet gloves.

1407: And close again for QPR - you get the feeling it isn't their day - as Ali Al Habsi tips Adel Taarabt's curled free-kick over the bar.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1406: Woodwork! Again! That's three times QPR have been denied by post or bar, this time Bruno Perone heading Adel Taarabt's corner firmly at goal - and watching on aghast as it crashes back off the bar. If the goals had been three inches wider and taller, QPR would be 3-2 up. But they're not. So they're not.

Aled Williams reports:
"Following shock Carling Cup defeats against lower league sides during the week, Swansea and Sunderland will be aiming to bounce back at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon. Neither side has won so far this season so three points so would be very welcoming. Swansea are yet to score in the Premier League while Sebastian Larsson scored the Blacks Cats only goal so far this campiagn. All set for a goal-fest then?"

1404: CHELSEA v NORWICH (1500)
Owen Phillips reports:
"Depending on your take then Chelsea have either been resolute, disciplined, steady and patient and showing signs of a team who could soon click - or conversely, ponderous and predictable. Torres? Lively, dangerous and back to somewhere near his best? Or a £50m striker who still can't score? There's less debate about Norwich's impressive start. Two points from two games is more than respectable and, but for a cruel injury-time leveller against Stoke, they would be level with their hosts."

1402: BLACKBURN v EVERTON (1500)
Andy Sokill reports:
"Both Blackburn and Everton go into this with concerns on and off the pitch. Neither have managed a point between them so far and both are desperate to recruit new talent before the transfer window shuts. Both enjoyed 3-1 Carling Cup victories against Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, respectively, in midweek and will hope that provides the catalyst going into this fixture. Blackburn beat Everton at Ewood Park for the first time in seven attempts last season while the Toffees' last seven league goals have been scored in the second half."

1400: With Wigan comfortable against QPR, then, let's look ahead to our three 1500 BST kick-offs shall we?

1358: Franco di Santo's day's work is done - Conor Sammon on to replace the two-goal hero - while James McArthur replaces Victor Moses. Wigan think this is in the bag.

Full time
1357: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves

1356: Time for a winner in the Villa-Wolves game?

Wigan goal: It's his day today, Franco di Santo - and he's deserved it for his work-rate alone. The Argentine nicks the ball off Hugo Rodallega's toes just outside the box, ignores his team-mates complaints, and powers the ball into the top corner via a deflection. Di Santo goals - like London buses. Game over?

1355: GOALFLASH Wigan 2-0 QPR (Di Santo)

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Half time in the game between Yeovil and Sheffield United. It's the away side who lead courtesy of a strike from former Derby County man Chris Porter."

1352: I tell you what - that's not a bad shout for a Wolves penalty - Stephen Ward clattered over by Chris Herd in the box going for a header, but referee Martin Atkinson ruling it was a coming together. Hhmm.

1350: Close! With the clock ticking down, Darren Bent - who has been kept quiet today by Wolves - gets up to meet Barry Bannan's cross, but his looping header dips inches over the bar on to the roof of the net.

1348: And now a half-chance for Wigan against QPR, Franco di Santo cutting in from the left and forcing a smart stop from Paddy Kenny in the visiting goal from the angle.

1346: Half-chance for Villa, Darren Bent's cross-shot palmed back into the danger area by Wayne Hennessey, who is fortunate to look up and find not a single Villa player following Gabriel Agbonlahor into the box and the Wolves defence can clear.

1345: Attendance at Villa Park - 30,776. The lunchtime kick-off curse strikes.

1343: Bit broken in terms of play back at the DW Stadium - it's difficult at present to see how QPR are going to get anything out of this game that doesn't involve Adel Taarabt. "One Size" Fitz Hall is up and running again after a bit of treatment, meanwhile.

Breaking News
Luke Young has joined QPR from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, the London club have confirmed.

1337: Aston Villa substitution now - Charles N'Zogbia off, Barry Bannan on. Barry Bannan on - try saying that after a few glasses of the falling-down-water later. Just for a laugh, like.

1334: Back at the DW, QPR kick off the second half.

1333: Bit more even since those substitutions, this match, though Charles N'Zogbia has just pinged an effort wide for Villa. About 20 minutes left in this.

1330: What's that coming on to the field, is it a monster? No, it's George Elokobi. Kevin Foley also on for Wolves, Stephen Hunt and Matt Jarvis off.

1326: Wolves might wonder how they're still level here - Gabriel Agbonlahor the latest to go close for Villa with a low effort wide from range. Will Villa rue these missed chances, though?

1323: And now a fine Wayne Hennessey save! Chris Herd powering Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross at goal with his head, Hennessey tipping the effort over the bar. Wolves on the rack and basted here.

1323: Off the line! Richard Dunne gets on the end of a corner - Villa's ninth of the game - but his firm header is scrambled desperately off the line by Kevin Doyle.

1322: Aston Villa starting to turn the screw now at Villa Park. One-way traffic.

Half time
1320: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-0 QPR
Phil Dawkes's HT snap-shot:
"A moment of class from Franco Di Santo is the difference in what is a largely evenly-matched contest between Wigan and QPR. QPR still right in this, though."

1318: And that's practically the last action of the half as the whistle goes at the DW.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1317: Post! Again! Adel Taarabt lines one up from a free-kick and when his shot takes a big deflection off the wall it looks for all the world like it's going to go in, but Ali Al Habsi changes direction well to push it on to the post.

1315: Back at Villa Park and it's so close to an opener for the hosts, Gabriel Agbonlahor's low firm effort kept out on the stretch by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey. Fine stop.

1313: That, by the way, is only Franco di Santo's second Wigan goal in 32 appearances. It was an absolute doozy, though, to be fair.

Wigan goal: That... is a goal. Cracking strike from Franco di Santo, the Argentine teeing up Hugo Rodallega's pass with one touch and then lashing a superb scissor volley into the top corner with the next. Wigan lead.

1311: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-0 QPR (Di Santo)

1309: Derby fans - we are back under way at Villa Park, the hosts kicking off the second half...

KarlChippindale on Twitter: "Fabregas + Nasri depart, but as Scott Parker seems destined for Spurs Arsene Wenger opts for ANOTHER striker?"

1307: He's almost just watched his new team go behind, mind, Hugo Rodallega picking a delightful through-ball to find Victor Moses beyond the QPR defence wide on the right, but the Wigan striker's low shot is straight at Paddy Kenny and easily saved. Waste.

1305: He's not playing today, but Joey Barton is watching his new team-mates from the stands at the DW Stadium nonetheless. Cracking acquisition QPR have got there, if you ask me.

Matt_B_0431 on Twitter: "Some cracking draws there, who says the Carling Cup is no fun :)"

Tom at Leeds Festival via text: "Following the live text commentary from a field at Leeds Festival. Sure, there are bands I could be watching, but this is football!"

1302: Well, it all kicked off there didn't it? Villa-Wolves HT, Carling Cup draw - including that stonking Leeds-Man Utd tie - Wigan-QPR action, and then Arsenal transfer news. No better time to get involved. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Jubbly.

Breaking News
South Korean striker and captain Park Chu-Young, currently at Monaco, is on his way to London to undergo a medical at Arsenal, BBC Sport understands.

1258: Chances at both ends at the DW, meanwhile. Akos Buzsaky has plenty of space to cross from the right and he finds Bruno Perone at the back post, but the QPR defender is unable to get his header on target. At the other end, Franco Di Santo has a shot tipped over by Paddy Kenny. Lively.

Half time
1256: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves
Jamie Lillywhite's HT snap-shot:
"A surprisingly low-key encounter for a local derby involving two teams currently in the top four. Expect an improved second half."

1254: And that's the half-time whistle at Villa Park.

Cardiff City v Leicester City
Wolves v Millwall
Chelsea v Fulham
Aldershot Town or Carlisle United v Rochdale
Arsenal v Shrewsbury Town
Burnley v MK Dons
Leeds United v Manchester United
Brighton v Liverpool
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers v Leyton Orient or Bristol Rovers
Swindon Town or Southampton v Charlton or Preston North End
Everton v West Brom
Crystal Palace or Wigan v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
Ties played week commencing 19 September.

1252: ...Everton v West Brom, Aston Villa v Bolton, Stoke v Tottenham...

1252: ...and the hits just keep coming... Brighton v Liverpool, Nottm Forest v Newcastle, Man City v Birmingham...

1251: Highlights so far - Arsenal v Shrewsbury, Chelsea v Fulham, Leeds United v Man Utd... deary me...

1250: Anyway, who said Carling Cup draw? It's happening...

1248: QPR bang in the game now at DW Stadium following that bright Wigan start - Neil Warnock will be liking this. A lot.

1246: Quite quiet at Villa Park again, this match passing in fits and starts.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1243: Post! He's a mercurial talent is Adel Taarabt - and that was almost the best of him there, the Moroccan laid in 25 yards out and curling first time past the outstretched hand of Ali Al Habsi, only the woodwork denying QPR a fine opener.

davidabarrow on Twitter: "It's all gone a bit Doctor Who today. Results in before games have started, goals while the players are still lining up. Madness."

1240: That's a fine effort from Shaun Derry, mind, the QPR midfielder drilling at goal from 30 yards and forcing Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi to parry behind.

1238: Second Wigan chance at the DW Stadium - Victor Moses dancing into the box from the left, wriggling around a couple of defenders, and then blazing across goal from a tight angle, much to the relief of the QPR faithful. Wigan on top.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: "Just the one early game today, as Yeovil Town entertain Sheffield United in League One - the Blades looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Full rundown of the 1500 BST kick-offs to follow later, folks."

1236: Lower league fans, you'll be wanting to hear from our man Shamoon Hafez ...

1234: Back at Villa Park, and it's a half chance for Wolves, Jamie O'Hara heading Kevin Doyle's stand-up cross wide on the stretch. Punch and counter-punch being landed by both sides here - no knock-out blows to speak of yet.

1233: ...and an early free-kick for Wigan, 25 yards out, centre of goal... curled narrowly over by Jordi Gomez.

1230: Under way at the DW Stadium...

1229: Villa Park - chance - wide. And it's so close. Gabriel Agbonlahor zips down the left, beats his full-back, and crosses for Emile Heskey to slide home... but the big man's prodded finish rips inches wide. Great break, good effort on the slide from Heskey, let-off for Wolves.

1228: By the way, these staggered starts don't make the chronology of these text commentaries any easier do they? It's almost as if my stresses don't cross the Premier League's mind when they schedule these games. Pfff. This country...

1227: Over at the DW Stadium, the teams are emerging into bright sunshine. Happy days.

1225: Best chance of the game so far at Villa Park - by a mile - Stephen Ward's deep cross finding Stephen Hunt coming in at the back post, only for the midfielder's downward header to lose pace off the turf, allowing Shay Given a simple save. Decent chance.

1224: WIGAN v QPR (1230)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"So Wigan are without defender Antolin Alcaraz, who tore a leg muscle against Swansea last weekend, Adrian Lopez replacing him, with the Latics' only other change seeing striker Hugo Rodallega come in for James McCarthy. Bradley Orr is injured for QPR so Bruno Perone starts in defence, while Joey Barton did not sign from Newcastle in time to play - he is likely to make his debut against his former club a week on Monday."

1221: We're 15 minutes in at Villa Park, then and no great fireworks so far. Even contest, decent intent from both sides, little in the way of goalmouth action thus far. Thus far...

1218: ...and it's a whipper from Charles N'Zogbia, forcing a desperate punch away under his own bar by Wayne Hennessey, who did well in the end. Not so well, now, is Chris Herd - who has just run full pelt into the post chasing in that set-piece. Ouch.

1218: Back at Villa Park, meanwhile, Aston Villa have a corner...

1217: And while there's a brief break in play at Villa Park, why not get involved in this here commentary? Same deal as always... Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Beautiful stuff.

1215: WIGAN v QPR (1230)
Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Gomez, Diame, Watson, Moses, Rodallega, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, McCarthy, Thomas, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Stam.
QPR: Kenny, Perone, Gabbidon, Hall, Connolly, Taarabt, Faurlin, Derry, Buzsaky, Smith, Agyemang. Subs: Murphy, Bothroyd, Helguson, Ephraim, Hewitt, Andrade, Harriman.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1214: Coming up, by the way, I'll bring you the Carling Cup third-round draw as it comes in, but first Wigan-QPR teams...

1213: First shot in anger on goal, Stiliyan Petrov firing low - and wide - from 20 yards.

Yellow card
1211: Ooh - who had six minutes for the first booking in the sweepstake? Fabian Delph is your man, chopping down Matthew Jarvis.

1210: ...Stephen Hunt takes, but his first is cleared behind and the second cut out at the near post. Waste.

1209: First chance here, though... corner to Wolves...

1208: Plenty of thrust, not much cut so far at Villa Park - though a few tackles already flying in. The early morning start has not tempered the derby fire too much, it would seem.

1205: Here we go, up and running at Villa Park...

DalePedersen1 on Twitter: "Big day for my betting career. I stand to win or lose a fairly significant amount of money (for a student). First up, Villa."

1204: ASTON VILLA v WOLVES (1205)
Jamie Lillywhite reports:
"Could the unthinkable be happening? Could the Aston Villa fans be warming to Alex McLeish? Or thawing? After a draw at Fulham, a resounding win over Blackburn and a more positive approach to the Carling Cup than several other bosses? The Big Eck also holds a 3-2 record over 'the big Mick,' who has quietly presided over two opening victories thus far. Since Wolves returned to the top flight there have been two draws and an away win apiece between the teams."

1203: For now, though, let's emerse ourselves in all things Aston Villa-Wolves. Claret and blue and gold and black - it's a fashionista's nightmare, but gawd we love it don't we?

BurntwoodVilla on Twitter: "BIG day for Stephen Ireland today apparently... and yet sat on the bench again...?"

1200: WIGAN v QPR (1230)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says that when you play newly-promoted sides, you play "more than the football team", alluding to the confidence and mentality that comes with earning promotion. He should know, his side have played two already, with a third to come today. Just to worry Martinez further, QPR boss Neil Warnock says his team have been given a "massive lift" by gaining their first win of the season last time out at Everton."

1158: Talking of Wigan-QPR - I suppose you lot will tell me you knew that today's meeting will be only the seventh ever match between those two sides - and that there has only ever been one home win in the previous six games? And that Wigan, on the back of two draws, have managed to avoid defeat in their opening two matches for the first time in their Premier League history? Or that QPR boss Neil Warnock has managed a side against Wigan in all four English divisions? All right, it's getting silly now.

MrAnthonyFox on Twitter: "Football is back AGAIN, and I'm at work!.. can it get any better/worse?"

Lewis, on the 125 to Swans, via text: "Is it too early for Christmas presents? Well if not, Santa (Sam) please can Swansea have a goal today?"

1155: WIGAN v QPR (1230)
Phil Dawkes reports:
"After that opening day hammering, QPR will be feeling much better about things now they have new owners with looser purse strings and three points in the bag, courtesy of a win at Everton. Neil Warnock's men are the third promoted team to take a pop at Wigan this season, aiming to become the first to beat them. The Latics though are unbeaten at home since February and will be hoping to do to Rangers what the Warriors have planned for Leeds Rhinos at Wembley this afternoon."

1153: And did you also know there's another early kick-off today alongside Villa-Wolves? Of course you did. Phil 'hardest working man in showbiz' Dawkes is your man for Wigan-QPR...

1151: Right - let me hit you with some knowledge - did you know that Villa are looking to go unbeaten in their opening Premier League matches for the first time in five years? Or that Wolves are on their best run at the start of a season since 1979? What about the fact that Villa have won five of their last six home matches against Wolves? Blimey you really are a knowledgable lot. Kudos.

footballuncut on Twitter: "Down to earth today - Wolves, Swansea, QPR & Norwich will be battered."

1147: ASTON VILLA v WOLVES (1205)
Jamie Lillywhite reports:
"With both teams starting their first derby of the season proudly sitting in the top four, Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is forced into one change as QPR target Luke Young misses out because of knee trouble to be replaced by Chris Herd, while Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is able to retain an unchanged side for a third successive match as the Old Gold seek a third successive league win."

JamesSawyer10 on Twitter: "Villa-Wolves has the potential to be an absolute cracker."

1144: ASTON VILLA v WOLVES (1205)
Aston Villa:
Given, Herd, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Petrov, Delph, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Makoun, Clark, Bannan.
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Fletcher, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Kightly, Vokes, Hammill, Milijas, Foley.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1143: Teams...

1142: With just over 20 minutes until the day's action kicks off, we have literally zero time to mess about today folks. Zero time. So refresh this page, settle in to that nook in your sofa and prepare for eight full hours of doing absolutely nothing other than soaking in top-level football from in front of a computer. Oooh I love life, me.

1140: A midlands derby, a trio of new-boys, reputed lightweights looking to box above their weight and your garden variety big guns and title hopefuls - there is no such thing, ladies and gentlemen, as a dull day in the English top flight. Tomorrow's matches may boast glitz and glamour, but today's games are your muck and nettles. Your earthly pleasures. The grit, dirt, nuts and bolts that make this great league of ours the most competitive division in Europe. Ish. Ready?

By Phil Dawkes

1139: And it's over to Mr Sam Lyon...

1138: Shortly I'll be handing over to my colleague Sam Lyon. Hello to you Sam... er... he's waving. But before that here are a couple of interesting pieces in today's papers to point you to. First up is a fascinating interview with former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who is refusing to give up (it's so moving and deep), and a piece in the Times on Tom Cleverley, the cheeky young scamp who took Hargreaves' spot at Old Trafford.

1130: Sticking with all things Arsenal and former Gunners defender Sol Campbell has been having his say on the current situation down at the Emirates in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. "Arsenal definitely need a few players to come in and shake things up," says Campbell. He also explains that he is currently without a club. Rearrange these words: me, come, plea, get, and.

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Mike in Middlesbrough, via text on 81111: "All this talk of Eriksson and McClaren but no mention of Boro's five game winning streak and only one defeat in 18 games? Mowbray has transformed the club and it goes unrecognised."

1122: Transfer chat part two. The row between Arsenal and Bolton over England international defender Gary Cahill continues to simmer, while occasionally boiling over and leaving that black stuff on the hob you can't clean off properly because it's too hot. The Gunners offer either is or isn't £6m, but either way it's not enough and it's caused a right, old stink. Let it cool fellas, then get the cloth out for a good wipe.... the metaphor doesn't work. Abandon it.

Harry Jones on Twitter: "I fancy Mata to come off the bench to score and create one for Torres, new beginning..."

1115: Let's switch tack and chuck some transfer banter at your face. First up, there's new Manchester City signing Samir Nasri explaining that his switch from Arsenal to Eastlands was not motivated by money. He did it for the titles apparently. Well, that and the noise. The sweet, sweet stadium noise.

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Dave in Southampton, via text on 81111: "I think the biggest game in the football league today is Southampton vs Leicester City, if Saints win that then Sven will be under immense pressure, Saints are flying and with Adam Lallana, they have a player who I feel would grace even Man United."

1107: Right, back to the football and to one of the week's big stories. Sir Alex Ferguson is all over today's papers after declaring that the FA don't appreciate what Manchester United do for England and that they treat the club like, well, something not very nice. Why can't everyone just get along?

1100: Just to let you know, we have had a few little technical issues that have undermined the auto refresh, but these have now been resolved so if you manually refresh at the top of your interweb browsery thing you'll get the full service as advertised.

1057: Another man who is hitting back at the critics this morning is Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, who is laughing out of his joke hole at the folk who seem determined not to take his side seriously. Well, if you will insist on driving that collapsible car Kenwyne.

1050: It wouldn't be the Premier League without rumours of managers getting the axe 14 days into the season. The first man ludicrously on trial is Sunderland's Steve Bruce, who signed 10 players in the summer but had the nerve to lose a whole game of football last weekend. The Black Cats boss has hit out though, calling the criticism of him "pathetic".

1046: Update for you on BBC Radio 5 live coverage for today: Commentary of Aston Villa v Wolves starts at 1205 BST, followed by Chelsea v Norwich at 1500. Mark Chapman presents the show from Ewood Park where Blackburn play Everton. There will be reporters at every Premier League game, plus the key matches in the Football League and SPL. Consider yourselves informed.

Gunner77JF on Twitter: "I fancy Suarez for a hat-trick today....and chelsea to draw with Norwich...."

1040: There was no such lifeline for Joey Barton from Newcastle, who this week sold the controversial midfielder to QPR. The tweet-happy 28-year-old reacted to United's decision to let him in go in typically outspoken online fashion. "I will always have a special relationship with the Geordie nation but, sadly, they are not the decision-makers at St James's Park," he explained on Twitter.

1033: Starting with today's early kick-off and you may have read in this morning's Mirror that Alex McLeish is backing the "potentially world class" Stephen Ireland to shine for Villa. That, Stephen, is what they call a career lifeline.

1027: Well, yes I do, partly because it's my job and also as there's a boat-load of Football League fixtures to get your watching/listening equipment round. You can of course follow all of this here or you can listen to BBC Radio 5 Live, which is currently chucking out Fighting Talk and will then start on with the football from 1200 BST.

1024: ... and then there's Bolton - still the owners of Gary Cahill hoping to kick up a fuss at Anfield and Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea hoping Juan Mata sparks them fully into life. Do I need to go on?

1020: At a glance you could be forgiven for thinking there's nothing truly stellar on offer, but that could be because you're not looking hard enough. There is plenty of intrigue in Everton's trip to Blackburn following the Toffees defeat to newly-promoted QPR, who themselves will be looking to build on that win. Sunderland will also be looking to put to bed any strife caused by their home derby loss to Newcastle...

1012: First up on today's schedule is a derby match between two top four sides, who have yet to lose this season. Neither side hails from Manchester either. It's Aston Villa v Wolves, kicking off at 1205 BST at Villa Park.

1005: Morning all. So, the latest Premier League season is two weeks old today and to celebrate we're bringing you comprehensive coverage of the day's games along with the usual irreverent chat and hopefully some scintillating correspondence from your good selves.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 3 4 7
2 Chelsea 3 3 7
3 Wolves 3 3 7
4 Man City 2 5 6
5 Man Utd 2 4 6
6 Aston Villa 3 2 5
7 Wigan 3 2 5
8 Newcastle 2 1 4
9 Bolton 3 1 3
10 Everton 2 0 3
11 QPR 3 -5 3
12 Stoke 2 0 2
13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
14 Norwich 3 -2 2
15 Swansea 3 -4 2
16 Arsenal 2 -2 1
17 Fulham 2 -2 1
18 West Brom 2 -2 0
19 Tottenham 1 -3 0
20 Blackburn 3 -4 0

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