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By Chris Bevan
2004: And that's me done and dusted. I've been
and you've been fantastic. Thanks for keeping me company today, and for all your banter. Don't forget to watch Match of the Day (2245 BST on BBC One and this website in the UK). Worth watching for Michel Vorm's howler and Daniel Sturridge's sublime finish if nothing else. Then catch all the action from the Football League in the Football League Show straight afterwards at 0005 BST. Two games to look forward to tomorrow,
Hope to see you then.
From Royser in London, via text: "Calling all Premier League teams: throw the towel in now! This season will be a Manchester duopoly. The only bone of contention is who will finish top goalscorer. Kun? Or Roon?"
1958: Before I go, here's Sunderland boss Steve Bruce speaking about Asamoah Gyan's loan move to UAE side Al Ain today: "I had a conversation with him 48 hours ago and he shook my hand and assured me he wanted to stay at Sunderland but within a few hours things changed. It baffles me how he can leave the best league in the world to play halfway across the world in the United Arab Emirates. I'll let people make their own conclusions why. It's very disappointing and the whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't really believe he'll have a future here."
1955: Incidentally, United play Chelsea at Old Trafford next Sunday. Might be worth trying to stay across that one if you can.
ND_Cooke on Twitter:
"2 horse race? You must be joking! Chelsea boys will be there till the end like the last 5+ seasons!"
MOTDEditor on Twitter:
"MOTD running order- 1. City v Wigan 2. Bolton v United 3. Stoke v L'pool 4. Sland v Chels, 5 EFC v Villa 6 Ars v Swans 7. Wolves v Spurs."
1951: The below is your stat of the day. Now for what you can expect on Match of the Day, which starts at 2245 BST on BBC One and this website (in the UK)...
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"There have been 91 goals scored in the Premier League season - 33 of those have been scored by Manchester United and Manchester City combined (36%)."
FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea Owen Phillips reports: "A Juan Mata-inspired Chelsea had too much quality for a lacklustre Sunderland side lacking belief and pace in the final third."
FULL-TIME Everton 2-2 Aston Villa Arindam Rej reports: "Villa nick a point they didn't deserve. Their first equaliser came out of nowhere then Everton switched off late on. The home team had battered them for long periods."
FULL-TIME Wolves 0-2 Tottenham Sam Lyonreports: "The merchants of doom surrounding Tottenham Hotspur can have the night off after a fine win - and plenty of positives, too, for a Wolves side that matched their opponents up until the first goal. Entertaining stuff."
FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Swansea Phil McNultyreports from the Emirates Stadium: "Arsenal get their first Premier League win of the season - but it was not impressive. Swansea had them hanging on in the closing stages, but manager Arsene Wenger will simply take the three points and be relieved about it."
1937: Time for a recap of today's Premier League action...
Jayjay_89_ on Twitter:
"Strange negativity about City and Utd's form. Both teams are a pleasure to watch at the moment so can we not just enjoy it?"
1934: Wayne Rooney after scoring his seventh Manchester United hat-trick in his side's thumping win over Bolton: "We got the early goal, controlled the game and it could have been a lot more." He's right on all three counts there.
urrrmesy on Twitter:
"two horse race?! Chelsea are only two points off the top! Its only September. Let's not get carried away here."
Stratford91 on Twitter:
"Last season, Chelsea started off in a similar fashion City & Utd both have this season. This is far from a two horse race."
christofarcher on Twitter:
"I'm sensing a pattern. City thrash an opponent, United obliterate an opponent. For the love of football, make it stop."
1925: Wayne Rooney walks off, grinning and grabbring the match-ball. Not a bad night's work for him or United, who are in record-breaking form. Let's pick up on our conversation from earlier, then - is the Premier League now a two-horse race?
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1924: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-5 Man Utd
92 mins: Javier Hernandez does Bolton another favour, this time unwittingly. Nani cuts in from the left and powers a shot goalwards. I am pretty sure it would be heading for the back of the net if not for the Mexican, who knows nothing about it until it hits him at around 100mph.
90 mins: There will be three minutes of stoppage time at the Reebok. Tuncay just had another sniff of a consolation for Bolton but failed to connect properly with a hoisted cross at the far post. Chance gone, I'm afraid.
1919: Full-time at the Ricoh and three points in the bag for Coventry, who have beaten Derby 2-0. They broke the deadlock through a controversial penalty but, in the second half, they were well on top.
From anon, via text: "As a Spurs fan, a 3-0 beating at Old Trafford doesn't look too bad now... "
87 mins: Another golden chance for Javier Hernandez, who sprints on to a delicate Nani pass inside the box. Hernandez tries to square the ball for Anderson, but over-hits it. He should have gone for goal himself there, especially since he is on a hat-trick too.
86 mins: Michael Carrick tries an ambitious dummy on the edge of the area with Wayne Rooney waiting, It doesn't come off but United still look like they can score again, at will. Bolton look like they want this nightmare to finish, as soon as possible. A lot of the home fans have already called it a night.
1913: It looks like Tom Cleverley's injury is the only cloud on United's horizon tonight. The midfielder, (or someone claiming to be him) hurt early on by Kevin Davies's sliding challenge, has just written this on
his Facebook page:
"Not feeling good. Feeling like I have broken my foot. Won't know more until a scan, when I know more will update, thanks guys."
1910: By the way, Coventry are now 2-0 up. Carl Baker volleys in after Derby fail to clear a long throw. Not long left in that one now.
80 mins: We've had a brief hold-up so Patrice Evra can have treatment. He gets what I suspect is a dead leg while challenging Darren Pratley. He seems fine now, though.
ewarren14 on Twitter:
"United are absolutely awesome to watch... Unless they're beating your team 5-0, tough, tough start to the season."
76 mins: That's not to say Tuncay isn't a useful player, far from it. He almost gets Bolton a consolation immediately after coming on when he meets a pin-point Martin Petrov cross but cannot keep his header down.
74 mins: A change for Bolton, for what it's worth. Tuncay for Ivan Klasnic. I can't see it changing things. United lead 5-0, with 15 minutes left.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"18 - Man Utd have now broken the PL record for the most goals scored after four games of the season (18). Extraordinary."
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Wayne Rooney becomes the 4th player in Premier League history to score consecutive hat tricks after Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba."
71 mins: United should be 6-0 up. Honestly. Wayne Rooney rampaged forward again, but his cross for Javier Hernandez somehow eluded his team-mate, who was right in front of goal. I am starting to feel sorry for Bolton, because they have been utterly outclassed tonight.
Man Utd goal: Back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks for Wayne Rooney, following his treble against Arsenal last month. A superbly-worked goal, too. Made by Ryan Giggs, and finished with aplomb by Rooney, who swivels to find the bottom corner.
1858: Er, I'm now quite glad I didn't actually bet that United wouldn't score eight tonight (see 1725)
67 mins: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-5 Man Utd (Wayne Rooney hat-trick)
66 mins: Another change for Bolton. Kevin Davies is off after demonstrably failing to terrify David de Gea in the fashion we were promised. He did end Tom Cleverley's night prematurely, mind, and pick up his 100th Premier League booking. Anyway David Ngog, who arrived from Liverpool on deadline day, is on instead.
64 mins: United are stroking the ball around beautifully but Bolton have not given up yet. Darren Pratley spins to fire goalwards from the edge of the area but his low shot is straight at David de Gea.
62 mins: Jonny Evans has an injury and is replaced by Chris Smalling, while Ryan Giggs is on for Ashley Young. For Bolton, Darren Pratley replaces ex-United winger Chris Eagles, who began brightly but faded quickly.
61 mins: Nigel Reo-Coker rattles David de Gea's cross-bar with a shot from distance. We are about to see what I believe is known as a "flurry" of substitutions.
Man Utd goal: Nani skips into the box and, although Bolton half-clear, the ball eventually falls for Javier Hernandez to turn the ball home from about eight yards out. This is now officially a rout.
59 mins: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-4 Man Utd (Javier Hernandez)
58 mins: A massive let-off for Bolton this. David de Gea hoofs the ball upfield, and Javier Hernandez nicks the ball off Jussi Jaaskelainen who rashly has come out of his area to try to clear. Hernandez takes too long to shoot, and Zat Knight is back to clear off the line.
57 mins: Nothing came of the corner and the offending object has been handed to fourth official Kevin Friend. At the other end, Martin Petrov lets fly with a dipping shot from outside the box. Plenty of zip but not enough dip on his shot, and it fizzes just over.
54 mins: Jussi Jaaskelainen answers his critics (well, me!) by superbly tipping away an inswinging Anderson free-kick. There is a bit of a kerfuffle before the resulting corner can be taken because an object was thrown from the crowd at United winger Ashley Young.
51 mins: David de Gea was expected to come under scrutiny tonight but it is actually Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who is wobbling. He spills a Nani free-kick then makes a hash of the resulting corner. Bolton, eventually, clear their lines.
1839: Coventry have made the breakthrough against Derby, getting their reward for a bright start to the second half when Jason Shackell was adjudged to have fouled Richard Keogh - although it looked like minimal contact - leading to a penalty. Lukas Jutkiewicz, who had missed some sitters, had the guts to step up and score from the spot.
48 mins: Bolton have the first effort of the second half. Ivan Klasnic's low shot is saved by David de Gea, who collected it despite not looking especially comfortable as he dived to his left.
Arsenal picked up their first league win of the season today. Here's what their manager Arsene Wenger made of new signing Mikel Arteta and his side's future prospects: "He is a class act. He had a very good first half like the team but overall he did very well and you could see he has all the ingredients to be a perfect Arsenal player. Andrea Arshavin is getting back to good form, you can see that in his confidence and the way he got the ball. With Alex Song and Gervinho coming back, we can rotate a little bit from game to game and it gives us more options."
1835: Bolton get the second half under way.
1835: Let's not get carried away folks. It is only September, after all.
From Paul in Norwich, via text: "Are we beginning to see the emergence of a top two team premiership as in Spain and Scotland? Can't blame Utd or City but this is getting ominous..."
From anon, via text: "Re: Dalglish's comments. Of course all the decisions have gone against Liverpool this season, especially the offside goals against Arsenal. Hypocrisy!"
JonnyGreen0 on Twitter:
"No-one's catching Manchester this season. United to win on experience and a better defence."
pestypest on Twitter:
"I'm a Utd fan 35 years, most exciting young team in ages - and the fullbacks take the ball out of defence!"
1830: Lukas Jutkiewicz has just gone close for Coventry. Twice (sort of). he mis-kicked his first effort but his second was cleared off the line by Derby's Kevin Kilbane. Still 0-0.
1828: Yep, City definitely need to up their game. Same with United. Ahem.
1826: Manchester City have won four out of four this season, scoring 15 goals. Not good enough, according to their manager Roberto Mancini: "We had 15 chances in the first half and we scored only one goal - this is a problem because the game can change any moment. Next time it's better if we close out the game in the first half. We need to improve because we have started the season very well but the season will be long. If we want to arrive at the end of the season still at the top we need to improve."
1824: News from the Ricoh now. There were few chances in the first half as struggling Coventry managed to keep Nigel Clough's side at bay. Chris Hussey looked the big danger for City as they look to move out of the bottom three of the Championship. The second half has just got under way.
1822: Impressed by United so far? I'd expect so. The question is, can anyone stop the two Manchester clubs this season? And, if so, who? Let me know your answers.
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1820: BOLTON 0-3 MANCHESTER UNITED Michael da Silva's
HT snapshot: "It's business as usual for United, who have torn Bolton to shreds at every opportunity. Phil Jones is having another storming game and, in this form, you wouldn't bet against United hitting another cricket score."
47 mins: The points already look in the bag for United but they definitely want more goals. Nani cuts in from the right this time and, a touch selfishly, take a pot-shot himself. He finds the side-netting. He should have tried to find a team-mate, really.
45 mins: Nani has large glob of vaseline applied to the back of his head and is about to come back on. There will be four added minutes at the end of the first half at the Reebok. Dare I say the game is over already? Yes.
GavJB on Twitter:
"The Manchester teams are really playing well, but they just happen to be in a rich vein of form. Others will have theirs too."
44 mins: The Bolton fans are angry now, because Mark Davies has kicked the ball out to allow Nani to have treatment. The United winger had clashed heads with a team-mate, and Wanderers had, for once, broken forward looking fairly dangerous.
41 mins: There is a strange old atmosphere at the Reebok. The home fans are eerily silent, seemingly unable to think about rousing their team. United's supporters are making all the noise as we approach half-time.
39 mins: Ashley Young clips a cross into the box and Javier Hernandez leaps highest to get on the end of it at the back post. He cannot direct his header, however, and Bolton survive.
Here's Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, reflecting on his side's defeat at Stoke, and seeing two penalty decisions go against them: "Every game this season there has been a contentious decision and everyone one has gone against us. I'm doing my best to be respectful to the referee's body - but I'm going to talk to owners to see what course of action I should take in future."
35 mins: Credit to Bolton, they have not given up. And, even if Martin Petrov is not much use tracking back, he continues to threaten going forward. He pings another cross in, and Mark Davies has a shot blocked, but United remain supremely comfortable.
From Tarm in London, via text: "Anything City do, United can do better! Cmon you Red Devils!!!"
saminho1 on Twitter:
"As an Arsenal fan can't see anyone catching United and City this season... unfortunate but true."
EddHilton on Twitter:
"2 horse race? Chelsea started brilliantly last season and then fell. Chelsea & Liverpool still in it. still 34 games to go!"
30 mins: Martin Petrov finds Kevin Davies in the box but the big Bolton striker cannot control his cross. Wanderers look a bit shell-shocked, to be honest.
28 mins: This is getting silly. Javier Hernandez gets the ball in the net again, from another cross. It is ruled out because he was marginally offside, but United's full-backs and wingers are having a field day here. They are lethal on the break.
Man Utd goal: Er, the goals just keep on coming, don't they? Phil Jones rampages forward from the right and is only denied a superb solo goal by Jussi Jaaskelainen's outstretched foot. The Bolton keeper, however, can only divert the ball into the path of Wayne Rooney to slot home from six yards out.
25 mins: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-3 Man Utd (Wayne Rooney)
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Kevin Davies received his 100th ever yellow card in the Premier League - the second player to reach this milestone after Lee Bowyer."
Man Utd goal: Too easy for United, but still a real poachers' finish. Phil Jones swings in the ball from the right and Wayne Rooney gets on the end of it to prod the ball home from close range. Manchester United and Manchester City are joint top of the table at the moment (as things stand), both having scored 15 goals. United have got 70 minutes to get another goal and go top outright.
21 mins: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-2 Man Utd (Wayne Rooney)
20 mins: Mark Davies joins Kevin Davies in the book for hauling down Nani as he attempted to break.
19 mins: Much better by Ivan Klasnic this time. He has a pop from outside the box and gets plenty of power behind it. David de Gea does well to dive to his right and push the ball away.
17 mins: Half a chance for Bolton when the ball drops for Ivan Klasnic at the back post but he gets his shot all wrong and fires it into the ground, making it easy for David de Gea to deal with it. Moments later, Chris Eagles lets fly from distance but his daisy-cutter rolls harmlessly wide. Twenty minutes gone and United still lead 1-0.
14 mins: Kevin Davies goes in referee Andre Marriner's book for a very late challenge on Patrice Evra. Bearing in mind he could have been booked for taking out Tom Cleverley, Davies is perhaps fortunate to still be on the pitch. Meanwhile, more pressure from United, who look extremely dangerous.
12 mins: A corner for Bolton. A first test for David de Gea? Not really, no. Martin Petrov meets it a the near post but the ball spins to safety. United break swiftly down the other end and, about 10 seconds, later have a corner themselves.
9 mins: Tom Cleverley was crocked in that challenge by Kevin Davies, so Michael Carrick is on instead. Ten minutes gone, and United lead 1-0. It's not been dull, has it?
7 mins: A decent response by Bolton, this. A Martin Petrov cross causes havoc in the United area and Chris Eagles' shot is cleared off the line by Wayne Rooney. Moments later, Petrov lets fly from distance and the ball sails harmlessly wide.
Man Utd goal: The perfect start for United, who score with their first real attack. With Tom Cleverley off the pitch and receiving treatment, United spread the ball to Nani on the right and his low cross is met by Javier Hernandez, who steals in at the near post to poke past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
5 mins: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Man Utd (Hernandez)
5 mins: Kevin Davies slides in on Tom Cleverley and gets man before ball. That angers Sir Alex Ferguson who is on his feet to complain. Davies cleaned him out.
3 mins: David de Gea gets an early touch from a backpass... Kevin Davies can't really hurl himself at those. Phil Jones and Paul Robinson have just had a collision that looked nasty but Jones is a tough nut and is able to carry on without treatment.
peterwdj on Twitter:
"Not surprised at all by United's starting line up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
1730: Here we go then. David de Gea versus Kevin Davies (aka Bolton v Man Utd) has just got under way.
BOLTON v MANCHESTER UNITED (1730 BST) Michael da Silva reports: " Sir Alex Ferguson has backed striker Javier Hernandez to make an impression in what is his first start of the season: "He turned our season with the goals he scored last season," said the United boss. "He's back and he's ready." As discussed below, Dimitar Berbatov is on the bench.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Ashley Young has scored five goals in his last six Premier League matches against Bolton, netting in five in a row from Dec 2008 to Sept 2010."
1725: The players emerge from the tunnels at the Reebok (there are two). Can United go goal crazy again today? I'm betting they won't get eight this time... surely?
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero, who helped his side sink Wigan: "Sergio is a fantastic striker. He scored three fantastic goals he had other chances. I'm sorry for Carlos Tevez because he had the chance to score but this is football, this can happen, and I hope he can score in the next game."
dazzmiester on Twitter:
"Cant believe no Berbatov or Smalling in the starting line-up. especially with Berba's record against Bolton."
United4Lif3 on Twitter:
"Berbatov must be wondering what does he have to do to get into the United starting XI, he is not even given a chance."
1716: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Championship side Brighton continued their impressive start to the season after a late goal by Ashley Barnes gave them a 1-0 win against Bristol City. Blackpool ended their three-game losing streak after defeating Ipswich 2-0 at home. Leeds and Crystal Palace were involved in a goal feast but it was 18-year-old Ross McCormack's second goal on 84 minute which gave the home side a 3-2 victory. In League One, 10-man Scunthorpe were denied victory after Sheffield United battled back to finish 1-1. Chesterfield romped to a 3-0 away win against a poor Bournemouth side. In League Two, Crewe beat Barnet 3-1 with goals from Luke Murphy, Shaun Miller and an injury time strike from Adam Dugdale.
BOLTON v MAN UTD TEAM NEWS Michael da Silva reports: "The champions welcome Rio Ferdinand back to the starting line-up in place of Chris Smalling, with Phil Jones moving to right-back. Javier Hernandez starts for the first time this season and, despite the rumours, David de Gea takes his place in goal as Manchester United seek to maintain their 100% start. Bolton boss Owen Coyle hands a debut to deadline day arrival Dedryck Boyata as he looks to mastermind a first win over United since 2007."
1714: Manchester City are top of the Premier League thanks to Sergio Aguero's hat-trick against Wigan. Their neighbours Manchester United will replace them, however, if they beat Bolton by two goals or more. It's already been a good day for London, though, with Arsenal and Tottenham recording their first league wins of the season and Chelsea beating Sunderland, thanks to a wonderful goal by Daniel Sturridge. But not such a good one for Merseyside, with Liverpool losing at Stoke and Everton being held by Aston Villa, despite both sides dominating.
Bolton v Man Utd line-ups Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Muamba, Sanli, Pratley, Ngog, Kakuta, Wheater. Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Smalling, Park, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
Ruts1 on Twitter:
"You can say what you want about City's spending but by gum, what an attacking force they are."
1703: David de Gea starts in goal for Manchester United. So those rumours earlier were just that. Full team news in a tick.
BOLTON v MAN UTD (1730 BST) Michael da Silva reports: "Manchester United travel to Bolton rich in confidence after that 8-2 dismantling of Arsenal almost a fortnight ago. But Owen Coyle would take a repeat of last season's 2-2 draw at the Reebok. Particularly given that the Trotters have won only one of their last 17 league meetings with United."
1701: So, just two late games remaining on Saturday. Bolton play Manchester United at the Reebok (1730 BST) and Coventry play Derby at the Ricoh Arena (1720 BST).
1700: Scottish Premier League update: Celtic leapfrog Motherwell into second place after a comfortable 4-0 victory. James Forrest banged in two goals for Neil Lennon's men. Paul Heffernan also scored twice in a ding-dong battle with Dunfermline at Rugby Park, the home side prevailing 3-2. Hearts earned a draw in the Highlands, with Stephen Elliott cancelling out Gregory Tade's opener for Inverness. St Mirren and St Johnstone let us down with a drab goalless draw. Earlier in the day, leaders Rangers edged out 10-man Dundee United 1-0.
1659: Just a reminder: PLEASE IGNORE our automated score which is WRONGLY suggesting it finished 1-1 at the Britannia. Liverpool did create a load of chances but Stoke won 1-0.
1656: FULL-TIME Everton 2-2 Aston Villa
1656: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea
Sunderland goal: Sorry, a bit late with this one. A consolation for the Black Cats in injury time, as Ji Dong-Won slots home from about 12 yards out with a cool finish.
1656: FULL-TIME Stoke 1-0 Liverpool
1655: FULL-TIME Man City 3-0 Wigan
1655: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Swansea
1655: FULL-TIME Wolves 0-2 Tottenham
1653: Swansea should be level too. Wojciech Szczesny does not deal with a cross and Danny Graham is in the right place to meet the loose ball... but he cannot keep his shot down or on target. He still has his head in his hands now - Swansea are still waiting for their first Premier League goal.
1652: And a great chance goes begging for Liverpool, right at the death. Asmir Begovic drops a cross at the feet of Luis Suarez but he pokes his shot wastefully wide.
1651: Drama at the Britannia too, with a huge handball claim by Liverpool's Luis Suarez against Matthew Upson. No penalty. Suarez is booked for prolonging the argument.
1650: Everton are pushing hard for a winner in stoppage time against Villa. Only Shay Given is stopping them at the moment, and he has just made a superb save from Apostolos Vellios before clawing the ball away from Marouane Fellaini from the resulting corner.
1648: FIVE MINUTES of injury time for Liverpool to find an equaliser at Stoke.
1648: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea (Ji Dong-Won)
1645: It is getting awfully late but Liverpool are still knocking on the Stoke door. Repeatedly. Craig Bellamy gets on the end of a Stewart Downing cross but his header is well off target. Stoke still lead 1-0. The Reds are getting desperate.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Portsmouth have levelled against West Ham in the Championship after David Norris's strike on 60 minute makes it 2-2. Watford have scored a second goal against Reading through John Eustace's 51 minute strike. Blackpool are in control against Ipswich after a Barry Ferguson goal on 60 minutes put them 2-0 up. In League One, Rochdale are now 4-2 up against Bury and Charlton lead 1-0 against Exeter City. In League Two Crewe are now 2-0 up against Barnet, and Oxford are drawing 2-2 against Burton at home.
1643: Arsenal still need a goal to wrap things up against Swansea, and they almost get it. Kieran Gibbs crosses for Marouane Chamakh but his header is brilliantly kept out by Michel Vorm. Not sure that makes amends for the Gunners goal, though.
Villa goal: Everton should have wrapped the points by now. Instead, Villa are level. Marc Albrighton crosses for Gabriel Agbonlahor to head home at the back post.
1642: GOALFLASH Everton 2-2 Aston Villa (Gabriel Agbonlahor)
1641: Scottish Premier League update: A couple of crackers from Ki Sung-Yeung and James Forrest have put Celtic 4-0 up on Motherwell, while Hearts have snatched an equaliser up in Inverness, courtesy of Stephen Elliott.
1640: By the way, PLEASE IGNORE our automated score which is WRONGLY suggesting it is 1-1 at the Britannia. Stoke still lead 1-0 through that Jon Walters' penalty.
1638: It is rresembling the Alamo at Stoke. The ball constantly in Stoke half and Luis Suarez flashes a shot narrowly wide in Liverpool's latest chance. I should also tell you that Wilson Palacios now on to make his debut for the Potters, and they have some work to do to hang on there.
Tottenham goal: Another fine finish from a Tottenham striker - this time Jermain Defoe - the diminutive striker swapping passes with Niko Kranjcar bursting into the box and firing low into the far corner to double the visitors' lead. Looks like Spurs are going to pick up their first points of the season today.
1637: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-2 Tottenham (Jermain Defoe)
1635: Royston Drenthe has got bags of pace by the looks of things, and more beside. He steals the ball off Alan Hutton down the left and finds Leon Osman for a shot that is bravely blocked by Richard Dunne. Villa need an equaliser but Everton are looking the most likely at the moment.
1634: Scottish Premier League update: Inverness are in front against Hearts thanks to a Gregory Tade strike and the goals are flying in at Rugby Park, where Kilmarnock lead Dunfermline 3-2. Celtic are still 2-0 up on Motherwell, with the visitors rarely threatening. St Mirren and St Johnstone remain stubbornly locked at 0-0.
1634: Sunderland are trying to raise their game but are not looking particularly dangerous at the Stadium of Light. Substitute Connor Wickham has at least raised hopes in the stands but Chelsea look more likely to get a third and Fernando Torres - just on a substitute - will be desperate to be the man to do so.
1632: More changes than chances at the moment. Not all of them happy ones. Villa wideman Charles N'Zogbia storms off after being replaced by Marc Albrighton, while Fernando Torres is on for Chelsea in place of the impressive Juan Mata.
Man City goal: Game over. Sergio Aguero gets his hat-trick with a simple finish, tucking in David Silva's through ball to finally put Manchester City out of sight.
1630: A few substitutions to tell you about, firstly Sergio Aguero is off and gets the ovation he deserves. Mario Balotelli is on instead. Liverpool have brought on Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy and, at Goodison, Royston Drenthe is on for his Everton debut.
Everton penalty: Fabian Delph climbs all over Phil Jagielka at a corner and that's a definite penalty. Leighton Baines takes it and confidently fires home to restore Everton's lead.
1628: GOALFLASH Man City 3-0 Wigan (Sergio Aguero hat-trick)
1627: GOALFLASH Everton 2-1 Aston Villa (Leighton Baines pen)
1627: PENALTY to EVERTON
Tottenham goal: Two of Spurs new boys combine to devastating effect with Scott Park slipping Emmanuel Adebayor through to round the keeper and slot home.
Man City goal: Samir Nasri does not take long to make an impact, poking David Silva's lay-off to Sergio Aguero, who tucks in his fifth goal of the season. Fair to say that it had been coming. A long way back for Wigan from here.
1624: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Tottenham (Emmanuel Adebayor)
Aston Villa goal: A cracking finish this from Stiliyan Petrov who takes aim from the edge of the area and sneaks a curling shot between Tim Howard and his left-hand post. Out of nothing, really, but Everton gave him far too much room.
1623: Best chance of the game so far for Liverpool but Stoke hold on. Jordan Henderson breaks free and with just Asmir Begovic to beat put he shoots straight at the Stoke keeper. Begovic then saves a second shot from Henderson and another effort from Charlie Adam after the Scot's shot is blocked by Shawcross.
1623: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 Aston Villa (Stiliyan Petrov)
1622: GOALFLASH Man City 2-0 Wigan (Sergio Aguero)
red_chump on Twitter:
"So frustrating watching this Stoke match. They've got 15men in defence, "parked a plane" as Mourinho would say."
1619: Carlos Tevez is coming off at the Etihad, to be replaced by Samir Nasri, who has his broken hand in a bandage. Arsenal have just gone close again by the way, with Robin van Persie shooting over this time.
1618: A let-off for Man City this time, with Hugo Rodallega meeting Victor Moses pass and shooting straight at Joe Hart. It should be a routine save for the England keeper but he lets the ball wriggle out of his grasp and is relieved to see it roll wide of his right-hand post.
1617: More woodwork at the Emirates, this time at the other end. Robin van Persie fights off a couple of Swansea defenders on the edge of the box and fires in a bending effort that hits the outside of the post.
1615: Comparatively quiet stuff at Molineux - though both defences are looking a touch vulnerable. Still reckon there are goals in this and Spurs have just gone close when Karl Henry denied Gareth Bale with a last-ditch tackle on the edge of the six-yard box from a Jermain Defoe cross.
1615: Swansea have not let their heads drop at the Emirates and are almost level. Almost. Scott Sinclair is fouled on the edge of the box and fires in the resulting free-kick. It's a real rasper too, which smacks against the bar with Wojciech Szczesny beaten. Good stuff from the Welsh side.
1612: A penalty shout for Manchester City too, as Sergio Aguero's shot hits Gary Caldwell's arm. Would have been harsh if it was given. Still all City in that one by the way, with Carlos Tevez in the thick of things. Being stripped of the captaincy this week doesn't seem to have affected him too much.
Danny_15 on Twitter:
"Kenny is going to unleash Bellamy in the 2nd half to break down this robust Stoke defence, I'm sure of that."
1610: Lots of Liverpool pressure, but no end product at the moment. Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy look on from the bench. Meanwhile, Everton have just had a big shout for a penalty when Barry Bannan appeared to clip Leighton Baines. Replays show there was contact, but nothing given.
Chelsea goal: Finishes just do not come any cooler than this. Daniel Sturridge runs clear but is under pressure from Wes Brown with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet closing him down too. That's not enough to stop Sturridge though, who slips the ball past Mignolet with the cutest of backheel finishes.
1608: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-2 Chelsea (Daniel Sturridge)
1605: Arsenal and Swansea get the second half started. Villa have come out of the blocks quickly and could be level had Darren Bent not miscued from eight yards out. Manchester City have picked up where they left off, with Carlos Tevez having his header well saved.
PachecoAli on Twitter:
"Its not all that bad, not even Barcelona would be able to beat Stoke at the Britannia."
1604: And at Goodison and the Etihad too. Just waiting on Arsenal, then.
1603: We are back under way again at Molineux. And the Stadium of Light and the Britannia Stadium too.
1602: Make sure you watch Match of the Day tonight for that Michel Vorm howler. It needs to be seen to be fully appreciated! In the meantime, let me know how your day is going so far.
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BBC Match of the Day commentator John Motson at the Britannia Stadium, on Stoke's first-half penalty: "The referee was right to give it. Jamie Carragher's hand was on around Jon Walters for some time. You can't do that in the box."
1556: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Crystal Palace have turned the tables on Leeds and now lead 2-1 through goals by McCarthy on 12 minutes and Scannell on 21 minutes. Watford are leading 1-0 against Reading away from home. Middlesbrough have taken a 1-0 lead against Burnley. In League One Rochdale are now 3-1 up against Bury and Oldham have equalised against hot-shots Stevenage to level 1-1. Huddersfield are beating Tranmere 1-0 and Hartlepool are 1-0 up away from home against Carlisle. In League Two Morecambe are now 2-0 up against Crawley and AFC Wimbledon have taken the lead against Aldershot through a Max Porter strike. Chesterfield lead Bournemouth 1-0 and Crewe are beating Barnet 1-0.
1555: Scottish Premier League update: It's half time and Celtic lead Motherwell 2-0 thanks to goals from James Forrest and Joe Ledley. A double from Paul Heffernan has Kilmarnock 2-1 up against Dunfermline, while Inverness and Hearts are goalless and St Mirren and St Johnstone are also drawing a blank.
HALF-TIME Wolves 0-0 Tottenham Sam Lyon's
HT snap-shot: "Not sure how it's still goalless at Molineux after a half full of chances - the best of them falling to Wolves. Entertaining stuff, this, just missing a killer pass or goal."
Stoke 1-0 Liverpool John Sinnott's HT snapshot: "Stoke strength trumps Luis Suarez devilment. Will that be the case in the second half?"
Man City 1-0 Wigan Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot: "Carlos Tevez is taking centre stage with Manchester City rampant. But while it is 1-0, Wigan's sporadic goal threats are causing nervous moments for the hosts."
Everton 1-0 Aston Villa (1500 BST) Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "Hard-working Everton are dominating a tame Villa side that is struggling to create chances."
Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Juan Mata's making the difference for Chelsea, who deservedly lead. The Spanish playmaker is looking bright and demanding the ball at every opportunity."
Arsenal 1-0 Swansea Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from the Emirates: "Swansea will be furious to have conceded in such a soft fashion after surviving in relative comfort in the first half. Arsenal's goal has relieved the tension that was just starting to build up. Mikel Arteta making a good impression on his debut."
1550: The half-time whistle goes at the Emirates.
AhmerMurad on Twitter:
"Suarez can work space like nobody's business! Some of those turns are super, but he doesn't like being alone up front."
1548: Right, Arsenal-Swansea is the only game where it is not the interval.
1547: It is half-time at Sunderland and Stoke.
1547: Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara is caught napping in his own half by Jermain Defoe and the Spurs striker strides on to force a fine fingertip save around his right-hand post from Wayne Hennessey with a 20-yard dipper. Gareth Bale has just fired narrowly wide for the visitors too.
1546: Wigan have not just been defending, you know. Franco Di Santo goes close as the Argentine latches onto a deflected shot, but Joe Hart comes out to make a brave stop to deny him.
1545: Sunderland have just had their only shot on target. Stephane Sessegnon's low effort is easily kept out by Petr Cech.
Arsenal goal: An absolute shocker this for Swansea keeper Michel Vorm. He collects a bouncing ball on the edge of his area and throws the ball out... straight at his own defender Angel Rangel, who knows nothing about it. The ball hits Rangel's legs and bounces into the path of Andrey Arshavin, who gratefully converts from a tightish angle. An absolutely dreadful error.
1541: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Swansea (Andrey Arshavin)
1540: More Luis Suarez bedevilment as the Uruguayan works some space to provide a cross that reaches Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian is unable to get a clean connection on his shot thanks to the attentions of Matthew Etherington. That tackle has left the Stoke winger in some discomfort and requires medical attention.
1540: Scottish Premier League update: Joe Ledley has doubled Celtic's lead at home to Motherwell, while Kilmarnock and Dunfermline are tied at 1-1; Paul Heffernan's penalty cancelling out a rather fortunate Jason Thomson opener for the visitors at Rugby Park. No goals yet in the games at Inverness or St Mirren
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"It is over two years since Liverpool came from behind to win a Premier League away match - 3-2 at Bolton in August 2009."
1538: How are Wolves not ahead? Michael Kightly's superb free-kick delivery from the right is met at the back post by Roger Johnson, but - a yard out - he can only head wide. A huge let-off for Tottenham.
1537: Man City go close, again. Vincent Kompany heads against the post from a corner and then Joleon Lescott cannot turn in Micah Richards' driven cross. One-way traffic but still only one goal in it. Wigan are still alive, just.
1534: Arsenal are dominating possession but not making Michel Vorm count enough. Same old Arsenal, really. And Aston Villa are coming into things a little at Goodison Park but their only effort on goal so far has been a long-range Barry Bannan shot that was easy for Tim Howard.
1532: Juan Mata is having a cracking game for Chelsea at the moment, and seems to be everywhere. The Blues are showing a lot more urgency than they have in their previous games this season, and Nicolas Anelka has just had another shot blocked as they continue to threaten.
1531: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Rochdale are 2-0 up against local rivals Bury after Ashley Grimes and defender Marcus Holness scored inside the first ten minutes in League One. Also in League One, Stevenage have scored early against Oldham through Mark Roberts. Ross McCormack's eighth-minute strike has given Leeds a 1-0 lead over Crystal Palace at Elland Road, and elsewhere in the Championship, Southampton and Nottingham Forest have both found the back of the net to level their match 1-1. Morecambe are leading Crawley 1-0 in League Two.
1530: Spot the deliberate mistake at 1525? Yes, I know Wolves are playing Tottenham at Molineux, not White Hart Lane (or even Whiter Hart Lane!). Sorry about that.
1530: Man City just don't want to score a second goal at the moment. Micah Richards is clean through from a Carlos Tevez pas but toe-pokes against the bar and the ball bounces down and on to the line. Then Sergio Aguero, who looks pretty lively as you might expect, curls wide from the edge of the box.
1527: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has just appeared on the big screen at Goodison Park and a lot of fans have applauded him. A fair few will have booed him too, I think.
1526: Any response from Liverpool? Yes. Luis Suarez glimpses goal as Asmir Begovic is unable to hold the ball from a Jordan Henderson cross, but the Stoke goalkeeper is rescued by Ryan Shawcross' brave block on the line.
1525: Everton keep attacking. Phil Jagielka has headed into the side-netting against Villa, and should probably have found the target. Plenty of chances at Molineux too. Niko Kranjcar's corner is met unmarked by Ledley King, but the defender's header is down into the ground and over the bar 12 yards out. As with Jagielka, he should have done better.
Stoke goal: Jamie Carragher wraps his left arm round Jon Walters' midriff and referee Mark Clattenburg points to the spot. Walters blasts the penalty straight down the middle with Pepe Reina diving to the right.
Everton goal: A tidy passing move ends when Tim Cahill pulls the ball back for Leon Osman to find the net with a first-time finish from 10 yards. Osman just passes the ball into the net.
Chelsea goal: John Terry shows great composure to slot Chelsea ahead after Sunderland fail to clear their lines following a free-kick on the edge of the box. Juan Mata hit the post but the Blues retained possession and Terry sidefoots home at the second attempt following Daniel Sturridge's clever cross.
1522: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Liverpool (Jon Walters pen )
Man City missed penalty: A stinker this one by Carlos Tevez, who scuffs his shot and sees it easily saved by Ali Al Habsi, who dives to his right.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at the Emirates:
"Mikel Arteta has made a very creative start for Arsenal, seeing plenty of the ball. Per Mertesacker was caught on his heels though as Danny Graham forced that brilliant save from Wojciech Szczesny. Good game."
1520: PENALTY to STOKE
1520: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Aston Villa (Leon Osman)
1519: MISSED PENALTY by Carlos Tevez
1518: A great chance for Wolves as Karl Henry is denied a first league goal in three years. Dispossessing Niko Kranjcar, Henry drives in from the right and lets fly from 18 yards but Brad Freidel gets down brilliantly to get his right palm to the ball. Chances at both ends so far.
1519: PENALTY to MAN CITY
1518: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea (John Terry)
1518: Sunderland have just had the first chance of the game against Chelsea, Nicklas Bendtner glancing a header wide from a free-kick when he should have done better.
1517: A golden chance for Arsenal this. Andrey Arshavin sends Theo Walcott clear but Swansea keeper Michel Vorm gets a foot on the ball and a Swans defender is back in the nick of time to clear the ball off the line.
1516: Scottish Premier League update: James Forrest has slammed Celtic into an early lead against Motherwell. No other goals to report in Scotland's top flight.
Man City goal: A lovely build-up to this one, with Carlos Tevez and David Silva combining to allow Sergio Aguero to slot home. Not the start Wigan would have wanted.
1513: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Wigan ( Sergio Aguero)
1513: Everton are still all over Aston Villa. The visitors cannot get near the ball. Maybe the Toffees should have a protest every week?
From Glenn via text: "Arteta making a massive impression here at the Emirates and we're only five minutes in!"
1509: A real chance for Swansea too. Danny Graham gets on the end of a cross from the left but Wojciech Szczesny brilliantly denies him. An open game at the Emirates so far.
1509: Everton are enjoying plenty of early possession and have just had a couple of great chances. First Phil Jagielka had a header cleared off the line, and then Leon Osman fired against the post from 12 yards. Unlucky.
1508: We have just had our first Rory Delap long throw on to the head of Peter Crouch. It comes to nothing, but I think Liverpool can expect more of the same.
1506: A first sniff for Man City against Wigan. Gael Clichy crosses from the left and finds Adam Johnson inside the box, who takes a touch and lifts his shot over the bar. Should have done better from there.
1505: Mikel Arteta is standing over a free-kick at the Emirates... a chance of a debut goal for Arsenal? Yes... and no. He fires straight into the wall.
1504: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Shrewsbury took all three points after defeating local rivals Hereford 3-1 in the early kick-off thanks to a brace from striker Marvin Morgan and a clinical finish by winger Mark Wright. Shrewsbury striker Terry Gornell was sent off for serious foul play and Hereford managed to pull a goal back through striker Tom Barkhuizen but it was not enough.
1503: Already a scrap going on between two old team-mates at the Britannia. New Stoke striker Peter Crouch wins a free-kick as he fouled by Jamie Carragher. Those roles are quickly reversed when Crouch fouls Carragher from the resulting free-kick.
1502: Right, every one of our six Premier League games has started. Arsenal should be ahead already, and Mikel Arteta was involved... sliding Aaron Ramsey clear, but he was off balance when he took aim and skewed his shot off target.
1500: And Everton too...
1500: We are under way at Sunderland.
1458: So, which deadline day signing will have the best debut today? Mikel Arteta, Craig Bellamy... or someone else?
1457: Here comes the players at the Emirates Stadium. Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers sadly not with his side today following the death of his father.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Tottenham were the only team to go unbeaten in all Premier League matches against West Midlands clubs last season."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"4 - Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in four league games against the Wigan Athletic for Manchester City. Recall."
1455: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Marvin Morgan finds the net for the second time in the match with a goal from inside the penalty area to restore Shrewsbury's two goal advantage against Hereford and make it 3-1.
MAN CITY v WIGAN (1500 BST) Alistair Magowan reports: "This is where Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini can demonstrate the depth of his squad and put the club's executive issues behind them. "We have one month where we play every three days and they are all important," said Mancini. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes the change in their opponents over the last three seasons has been "phenomenal". He said: "I think it is fair to say Eastlands is going to be one of the toughest places to visit this season."
1451: More news: give this page a manual refresh and you will be able to watch Final Score and listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary of Arsenal-Swansea (if you are in the UK)
1450: Right, less than 10 minutes to go until our 1500 BST games kick-off... how are you feeling? Nervous, confident... excited? All of the above?
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Arsenal v Swansea line-ups Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Frimpong, Arteta, Arshavin, Walcott, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Park, Andre Santos, Djourou, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin. Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Agustien, Britton, Allen, Sinclair, Dyer, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Gower, Richards. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray at Eastlands: "I think Roberto Martinez deserves a lot more credit than he gets for what he's done at Wigan, but this will be their biggest test so far with Manchester City starting with Aguero and Tevez in attack flanked by Johnson and Silva."
Man City v Wigan line-ups Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Nasri, Toure, Balotelli, Razak. Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Rodallega, Diame, Watson, McArthur, Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, McCarthy, Crusat, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Stam. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
MAN CITY v WIGAN TEAM NEWS Alistair Magowan reports:"Manchester City make four changes with Wednesday's Champions League game in mind. Out goes four-goal hero against Tottenham Edin Dzeko and in comes Carlos Tevez. Adam Johnson replaces Samir Nasri, while the Frenchman will sit next to Kolo Toure, who is back in the squad after his ban. For Wigan, the only change from the win over QPR is James McArthur replacing Jordi Gomez in midfield. "
1440: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: It's a red card at Shrewsbury for Town striker Terry Gornell, and Hereford have taken advantage immediately by pulling a goal back through Tom Barkhuizen. It's now 2-1 to the Shrews.
SUNDERLAND v CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Owen Phillips reports: "Sunderland manager Steve Bruce hands a debut to striker Nicklas Bendtner while centre-half Titus Bramble makes his first start of the season as they look for their first win in five attempts so far this term. Chelsea make five change from the team that
finally saw off a stubborn Norwich in their last league outing,
dropping Fernando Torres to the bench and bringing in Daniel Sturridge and Nicolas Anelka up front. Raul Meireles makes his debut, Juan Mata makes his full debut and Petr Cech returns in goal."
ARSENAL v SWANSEA TEAM NEWS Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from the Emirates:
"Arsenal give debuts to two of their new signings, with Germany international Per Mertesacker alongside Laurent Koscielny in central defence and Mikel Arteta in midfield after his £10m move from Everton. Yossi Benayoun and Andre Santos are on the bench and Emmanuel Frimpong returns after suspension, but Gervinho and Alex Song are still banned. Ju Young Park, who has now received his visa, is also on the bench for Arsenal. For Swansea, Joe Allen comes in for Wayne Routledge. Left-back Federico Bessone, who returns to the club after a spell at Leeds United, is on the substitutes bench after signing on deadline day. Fellow acquisitions Darnel Situ and Rafiq Halliche miss out as they have not yet received international clearance."
WOLVES v TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Sam Lyon
reports: "Wolves make a change to their team for the first time this season, Matt Jarvis - who had been struggling with an ankle injury - replaced by Michael Kightly on the wing. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hands debuts to Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor in what looks a traditional 4-4-2 line-up, featuring Ledley King in place of the injured Michael Dawson and Luka Modric for the first time since his dream move to Chelsea fell through."
EVERTON v ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS Arindam Rej reports: "Although Mikel Arteta's gone, Everton have options aplenty in midfield. Shame about up front though. Tim Cahill is poised to lead the line for them. Elsewhere, Ross Barkley and Phil Neville begin on the bench. For Aston Villa, Darren Bent's groin problem has healed sufficiently for him to play and Richard Dunne, all stitched up, will also start. New signing Alan Hutton makes his debut but Jermaine Jenas misses out after suffering a strain in training."
1433: More on that protest outside Goodison Park (see 1415) now. Slogans on banners included a message to Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright "If you love the club set it free".
Everton v Aston Villa line-ups Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Cahill. Subs: Mucha, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios. Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Clark, Bannan, Herd. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
STOKE v LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS John Sinnott reports:
"Stoke's most expensive signing Peter Crouch makes his Stoke debut with Kenwyne Jones making way, but the club's other transfer window signings - Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome - are on the bench. Matthew Upson comes in the injured Jonathan Woodgate, with Rory Delap also in the Stoke starting line-up. Liverpool make just one change from the side that beat Bolton 3-1 before the international break, with Martin Srktel coming in for the injured Martin Kelly. That means Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy are substitutes for the visitors, as is new Uruguayan signing Sebastian Coates."
1431: WOLVES v TOTTENHAM (1500 BST) Sam Lyon
reports: "Wolves boss Mick McCarthy may still believe Tottenham will finish top six, but he doesn't deny the Londoners are a club in the eye of a storm coming into today's game. "They'll be nervous," he says. And Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp agrees. "I did feel things weren't right here,"
he said this week.
Backlash beckoning? Or chance for Wolves? Not an easy one to call, this."
CPS:EVENT >From Steve at the Etihad Stadium, via text: "Lovely touch at the Etihad as a montage of goals from departed fans' favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips is played on the big screens outside. Shows this club still has more soul than a Motown review tour."
1428: BREAKING SUNDERLAND AND CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Sunderland hand Nicklas Bendtner his debut while Chelsea leave Fernando Torres on the bench. More to follow on both teams.
1427: Scottish Premier League update: FULL-TIME Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers. Ally McCoist's side stretch their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League thanks to Kyle Lafferty's second-half header. The home side played for more than an hour with 10 men after Johnny Russell's foolish red card but put up a real fight.
1425: BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Liverpool are unchanged from the team that thumped Bolton in their last game, meaning Andy Carroll and new signing Craig Bellamy are on the bench.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger speaking to the media about his side's difficult start to the season and the transfer window: "In my job, you expect to suffer. That's why when I go to hell one day, it will be less painful for me than you, because I'm used to suffering."
1422: FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Mark Wright has doubled Shrewsbury Town's lead against Hereford and continues his rich vein of goals against his former team after scoring a hat-trick in the same fixture last season.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"During Mikel Arteta's seven years at Everton, they won 75 of 174 PL matches with him in the side (43%) and only 25 of 70 without him (35%)."
1420: BREAKING EVERTON TEAM NEWS Both of Everton's deadline day signings, Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe, are on the bench against Aston Villa. Tim Cahill will lead the line, by the looks of things.
MTCooper1 on Twitter:
"Need the fans to get behind the team today at the Emirates! Swansea are a solid defensive unit, and we need to be patient."
ICurryI on Twitter:
"Re1337. Why all the focus on Bendtner, has Connor Wickham been forgotten already?"
1416: BREAKING MAN CITY TEAM NEWS Edin Dzeko is on the bench against Wigan despite scoring four times in Manchester City's last game against Tottenham. Samir Nasri, who broke a bone in his hand on international duty in midweek is also a sub. Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero start up front. Full line-ups to follow...
1415: I've not got pictures, but I'm guessing that the "peaceful protest march" by Everton fans at Goodison Park is now under way. Underfire chairman Bill Kenwright responded to their criticism this morning, saying he has "no issue with fans having their say". And he has re-iterated his desire to sell the club, adding: "If people think I don't want to let go, that means I'm being dishonest and it simply isn't true."
1413: BREAKING TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor both make their debuts, and Ledley King makes his first start of the season. More on that, and Wolves team news too, in a tick.
1412: Time for some stats too.
tell me that, if Peter Crouch scores against Liverpool, he will have netted for his sixth different Premier League club, equalling the record held by Les Ferdinand, Craig Bellamy, Andrew Cole, Nick Barmby and Marcus Bent. And Sunderland fans beware: Frank Lampard has scored six career top flight goals against Sunderland, including five goals in his last four matches against them.
MAN CITY v WIGAN (1500 BST) Alistair Magowan reports: "Much of the focus at Eastlands has been off the pitch this week, culminating in the resignation of chief executive Garry Cook over claims he emailed defender Nedum Onuoha's cancer-suffering mother mocking her illness. It will be interesting to see how this affects the players on the pitch. Wigan will have to stop striker Edin Dzeko, who has already scored six this season, and they could also face Kolo Toure, available after a six-month ban."
STOKE v LIVERPOOL (1500 BST) John Sinnott reports: "Peter Crouch is set to make his Stoke debut against his former club after a deadline day move from Spurs. And he should be joined in the starting line-up by summer signings Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome. Liverpool have never won at Stoke in the Premier League, and the home team will be looking for its 700th victory in the top flight. Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is likely to keep Andy Carroll and new signing Craig Bellamy on the bench as he looks to maintain an unbeaten start to the season."
EVERTON v ASTON VILLA (1500 BST) Arindam Rej reports: "Everton's transfer window activity hasn't gone down well. A pre-match fans' protest will urge Bill Kenwright and his board to go. Villa have stuck to a tight budget too, but their squad has been strengthened and they roll into town feeling confident. They love the sight of Everton, having gone 10 games unbeaten against them in the Premier League. Everton haven't even managed a clean sheet in their last 15 matches with Villa."
SUNDERLAND v CHELSEA (1500 BST) Owen Phillips reports: "Last season's
3-0 drubbing dished out by Sunderland to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
lingers painfully in the memory for Blues fans and proved a pivotal moment for both sides. Chelsea's trophyless campaign and unconvincing start to this term leaves plenty of questions while the Black Cats have been in disastrous form since that November day. They have lost 11 of their last 17 Premier League games and have yet to win this season. Chelsea - despite their unbeaten start - lack fluency, Sunderland lack belief. Any confident predictions?"
ARSENAL v SWANSEA (1500 BST) Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from the Emirates: "Arsenal have had almost a fortnight to recover from the 8-2 mauling at Old Trafford - with Arsene Wenger attempting to cure the obvious frailties by signing Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Andre Santos. He is upbeat in his programme notes, pointing out that his side have only one point less that at the same stage last season. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will miss the game today after the death of his father, but his side will be hoping to get a reward for the good impression they have created with their first Premier League goal."
1402: Right, less than an hour to go until our 1500 BST Premier League games. Let's find out a little bit more about those six matches...
MikeAaronhall on Twitter:
"Re 1337. Nicklas Bendtner will score a hat-trick today, guaranteed. That'll be your lot though, Mackems."
1358: Scottish Premier League update: Rangers are ahead at Tannadice as Kyle Lafferty rises to nod in a cross from Gregg Wylde. It had been coming Can the 10-men of Dundee United find any way back?
1356: There's been a goal in League Two too. Shrewsbury Town's leading scorer Marvin Morgan gave his side an early lead in their local derby against Hereford. It's now half-time.
1352: Oh dear. The gremlins that were affecting our SPL commentary seem to have crossed the border and infiltrated my computer too. Give this page a manual refresh and, HOPEFULLY, everything should return to normal.
1349: How was your international break anyway? Did you have an
or was it more of a
Good or bad, basically?
1348: Scottish Premier League update: Rangers are stretching 10-man Dundee United but the home side are still holding on at 0-0. A close range effort from Kyle Lafferty was kept out by Dusan Pernis, although the keeper didn't know too much about it.
1346: An interesting suggestion from Angel below, but I'm not sure whether many Premier League sides would have have enough players left to get a team out...
From Angel, via text: "Chris, I missed you! Don't like these International breaks, football needs to take a leaf out of Rugby books and continue league games during internationals for addicts like myself!"
From Rishi in London, via text: "Re 1247. I'm not sure letting de gea start for Bolton and his then conceding a couple of goals from the likes of Davies & co will help his confidence - or Man Utd. Reckon it's better to get him sharper in training first an build his confidence in other first team games."
1339: FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Gus Poyet's Brighton are unbeaten in the Championship, and travel to Bristol City, who have not won a game at home. Blackpool have failed to win any of their last three games and take on Ipswich, who ended their three-game losing streak by beating Leeds in their last outing. Leeds host Crystal Palace at Elland Road, having won only one of their first five matches. Newly-promoted Peterborough, who managed to beat Ipswich 7-1 recently, take on Hull at London Road. And West Ham will be hoping for their first home win of the season when they take on Portsmouth.
1338: The second half has just started at Tannadice. We are having a couple of technical hitches with our
SPL live text commentary,
but I'll bring you news of any action in that Dundee United-Rangers game in the meantime.
1337: Ah yes, Nicklas Bendtner. Does he still wear pink boots? Time to see if he is as good as he thinks he is, I guess...
tomrobbo89 on Twitter:
"Re 1322. With Gyan's departure, the onus is really on Bendtner to get the goals for Sunderland this year. Big season for him."
1333: FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Last season's relegated teams, Scunthorpe United and Sheffield United, will meet at Glanford Park in League One, and Danny Wilson's Blades will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Bournemouth face Chesterfield, with both sides hoping for a win to climb away from the relegation zone. Manager of the Month winner Karl Robinson takes his MK Dons to ninth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who have won all three home games so far. Charlton will be hoping to protect their unbeaten home record against Exeter City. Meanwhile, Notts County, who opened Juventus's new stadium in midweek, host Walsall, and Oldham Athletic will entertain Stevenage, who smashed four goals past Rochdale last week.
1332: FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Crawley and Morecambe meet for the first time in the Football League in the top of the table clash in League Two. Shrewsbury face Hereford, whose manager Jamie Pitman took his side to a local boxing gym in preparation for the derby game (which has already kicked off). Terry Brown takes his AFC Wimbledon team to his former club Aldershot and will be hoping to come away with all three points. Second-placed Rotherham welcome Dagenham & Redbridge after suffering their first defeat of the season to Swindon in their last match. And troubled Plymouth face a difficult task at home against Port Vale, who will be missing influential winger Lewis Haldane after he suffered a broken leg.
1331: As promised earlier, here's a rundown of what we can expect in the Football League today....
1323: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has spoken about Asamoah Gyan's exit, and seems to suggest all was not right with the 25-year-old frontman. Bruce said: "Anyone who has seen Asamoah play will know that he hasn't been himself in recent months. This option suits all parties at the present time and the club is well-protected in the deal. Asamoah has three years remaining on his contract and of course my wish would be that he finds his spark again and we see him in red and white stripes next season in the form that first attracted us to him."
1322: Scottish Premier League update: Half time at Tannadice and it remains Dundee United 0-0 Rangers. The home side are down to 10 men following Johnny Russell's foolish dismissal but have been working like tigers to keep the visitors at bay.
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
1322: Yep, Asamoah Gyan is goin'... in fact he's gone.
Sunderland have confirmed on their official website
that the Ghana striker has indeed joined UAE side Al Ain on loan. Not completely out of the blue that, because he's been linked with a few clubs in the last couple of weeks, including a switch to Turkey... but still a bit of a shock.
shwinr on Twitter:
"Off to the Emirates today, with all the new signings, it almost feels like a new season!"
1312: We've had team news rumours today, thanks to David de Gea, but what about a transfer rumour too? Check this out, Sunderland fans. Black Cats striker Asamoah Gyan has reportedly joined UAE side Al Ain on loan. More on that when we can firm it up.
1309: Not team news so much as squad news this, but still significant if you are en-route to the Emirates. BBC Sport's
says new Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has received his visa and is in the Gunners squad for today's visit of Swansea. A new-look Arsenal side will (potentially) be in action against the Welsh side... but are you Gunners fans expecting anything different in terms of defending and/or end product?
1305: Scottish Premier League update: A red card at Tannadice, where it remains 0-0. Dundee United are down to 10 men after Johnny Russell is given his marching orders for aiming a headbutt at Kirk Broadfoot. Silly boy. The Rangers defender is booked for his part in the spat.
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
1303: Hmmm. I'm yet to receive a Tweet/text saying David de Gea should be left out today. Got to admit I thought these first few games were all about him feeling his way in the Premier League, so would be odd if he is dropped after only four matches (including the Community Shield). He is growing in confidence and surely will keep doing so if he keeps playing. Still, what do we know... Sir Alex knows best.
From anon, via text: "Re 1247. Surely Ferguson won't leave out De Gea, and therefore acknowledge to the rest of the Premier League that his keeper is weak?"
1257: Scottish Premier League update: Still 0-0 at Tannadice. It's an open game played a cracking pace, with both sides threatening. A defelected shot from Dundee United's Willo Flood whistled inches wide of the post, while Rangers forward Steven Naismith hammered a shot over from close range.
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
DubstepDons on Twitter:
"Re 1247. De Gea should be given a chance against Bolton, if not how will he survive against the other premier league bully boys."
1252: Fair to say that David De Gea has been a hot topic since the season began, mainly thanks to a couple of errors in his first games. He's made some decent saves but a few people had already highlighted he might be vulnerable to balls hoisted into the area. Former United keeper Gary Bailey told
BBC Radio Manchester show Red Wednesday:
"I think that he's a good shot stopper, he's had two good seasons at a top level in La Liga but my concern for him is that he's not used to being challenged in the air. I don't think that you get that a lot in Spanish football. As your keeper goes up for the ball, everyone tends to leave him alone. Obviously, in the English Premiership, he's going to get challenged. He's got to work on his timing. Bolton away and then Stoke away are not the easiest games to go to."
1248: Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to the media on Friday as if David de Gea would be playing, but I guess we won't find out until their team sheet drops.
1247: Right, still more than a couple of hours until today's six 1500 BST Premier League games get under way, so let's get our teeth into a rumour that is doing the rounds ahead of Manchester United's trip to Bolton in Saturday's late kick-off.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is considering 'resting' young Spanish keeper David de Gea at the Reebok
because he is concerned Wanderers, and striker Kevin Davies, may employ a direct and physical style to try to unsettle him. So, should De Gea play? Or should he continue his 'English education' with Davies & co? Your thoughts please...
iansteele on Twitter:
"I would not be surprised if stubborn Wenger started with all the new signings on the bench...just to make a point."
1238: Like Everton, Arsenal have had a difficult start to the season. Unlike Everton, they spent some money before the transfer window shut. Problem over for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger?
BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer doesn't think so.
"I still think they will find it difficult to get into a Champions League slot," Shearer said. "In fact, I see them fighting it out for fifth and sixth place with Tottenham."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"6 - Tim Cahill has scored six goals in 10 PL games v Aston Villa, more than against any other side he has faced in the competition. Bonzer."
1231: Everton boss David Moyes has responded to some of the criticism his board have faced over Mikel Arteta's exit: "Let's be clear about Mikel, I make the decisions here, so it was my decision that the player went. It wasn't the chairman telling me I have to sell the player or anything like that. Mikel wanted to go and we had turned down a chance to sell him last year."
1220: Scottish Premier League update: Rangers boss Ally McCoist has come in for some flak in his first campaign as manager at Ibrox but his team sit top of the pile and have not conceded a league goal since the opening day of the season. The Old Firm always know they have been in a game when they visit Tannadice, although a callow Dundee United side are yet to win in three attempts on home soil.
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
1214: The Toffees are one of the clubs who are under particular scrutiny today, for reasons connected to their deadline day dealing. Everton fans group The Blue Union
will hold a "peaceful protest march"
outside Goodison Park before kick-off of their game with Aston Villa to protest about the "stagnation" of the club under its currrent owners.
1211: A few players are in line to make their Premier League debuts today, not just their bows for their new clubs. Step forward Arsenal duo Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Everton pair Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi. How much do we know about the latter? Not a lot. Even Toffees boss David Moyes
sees him as a bit of a gamble.
"It looks like he can finish," said Moyes. "He has a good goalscoring record in Argentina but I'm not sure yet, we'll find out in time."
I was a bit alarmed when I saw this Tweet, to be honest.
1205: Er, well maybe it's not quite 'all-new'. But some things have definitely changed since the last domestic action a couple of weeks ago. Today's top flight games are the first since
a typically hectic deadline day at the end of August,
so we will see some familar faces in some unfamiliar shirts and surroundings. Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Peter Crouch, Raul Meireles, Scott Parker, Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner (to name but seven) - I'm talking to you.
1202: Afternoon all. Welcome back to the all-new Premier League. Yes, I've missed it too...
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