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By Sam Lyon
2005: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that for Stonking Saturday. Gargantuan efforts from you lot today - you're all legends - and I expect you'll all be tuning in this evening for a spot of Match of the Day at 2230 BST on BBC One and this website (for UK users) followed by the Football League Show at 2350 BST, right? Good decision. Make sure you're right back here tomorrow from around 1145 BST, though, for our Premier League/Championship/Scottish Premier triple whammy yeah? Nice one.
out. See ya!
1957: Just time for a quick Sir Alex Ferguson update on Wayne Rooney... "Rooney's is not a serious hamstring (injury) but it's enough to keep him out today. I think maybe a few weeks." That doesn't sound great does it?
bombayorange on Twitter:
"The league table at the moment - possible bet that the top six will be the same come May, just swapping Arsenal for Newcastle? Well here's praying!"
Chris via text: "Sam, loved Stonking Saturday! RVP scores his 100th goal for Arsenal and Bolton now have worst GD in the league!"
STOKE 1-1 MAN UTD Michael da Silva
reports: "A thrilling match of big saves, big misses and big tackles draws to a close. You suspect Manchester United will be pleased to have got this one out of the way."
WIGAN 1-2 TOTTENHAM Kevin Core reports: "First half errors sink Wigan Athletic, but Harry Redknapp was still furious at the end as Spurs failed to kill off the Latics. Still a good away win nonetheless for improving Tottenham."
WEST BROM 0-0 FULHAM Andy Sokill reports: "No goals but plenty of goalmouth incident - West Brom will know they got away with one here."
NEWCASTLE 3-1 BLACKURN Emlyn Begley reports: "Demba Ba scores a hat-trick as Newcastle continue their brilliant start to the season with another win - but Blackburn's toothless attack will be a major concern for manager Steve Kean, whose side drop into the relegation zone."
LIVERPOOL 2-1 WOLVES Arindam Rej reports: "Liverpool deserved the win but it was an uninspiring one against a Wolves team that fought back well in the second half after switching to their usual 4-4-2."
CHELSEA 4-1 SWANSEA Aled Williams reports: "Even with 10 men Chelsea looked comfortable, the perfect response after Old Trafford. However it will be Fernando Torres that will make all the headlines once again."
MAN CITY 2-0 EVERTON Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "Big win for Man City. Everton's ultra-defensive approach - negative if you wish to be even more blunt - presented a real test today but they showed the persistence and patience they needed to come through."
1940: What, though, did our match reporters think? Well...
mattharding007 on Twitter:
"Can't be too disappointed with a point. No Rooney. Hernandez off early. Not many will win there this season."
simsher1 on Twitter:
"So Man Utd, despite convincing wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, fail the litmus test of a cold night in Stoke."
1930: The last remaining 100% record in the Premier League falls, then, but a point is still enough to keep Man Utd top of the table above rivals City on goal difference. Stoke, hugely deserving of a point you have to say, are up to seventh. And at the end of nearly 10 hours of commentary... how did you enjoy Stonking Saturday?
1925: FULL-TIME Stoke 1-1 Man Utd
1925: Time for one more attack?
1924: Anderson dink over the top... Michael Owen through on goal... nope, offside. Good decision, too.
1922: Massive chance!! And Ryan Giggs has fluffed his lines. Nani's clipped deep cross finds Giggs running in beyond the far post but his volley attempt flies wide from the angle when anything on target would surely have brought a winner. Stoke's turn to breath a sigh of relief.
1921: We'll have four minutes of stoppage time...
1919: Entering the last minute of normal time - and Stoke are controlling possession. The Britannia is loving every last minute of this.
1917: Close! Peter Crouch out-muscles Antonio Valencia at the back post to earn himself a clear shot on the Man Utd goal eight yards out, but he snatches at it and flays it wide. Let-off for the visitors.
1916: Into the last five minutes - are Man Utd about to drop points for the first time this season?
1914: Moments after the introduction of Robert Huth, Stoke go close from a corner, Peter Crouch at the back post heading narrowly wide. This match still up for grabs...
1912: Stoke starting to sit deeper and deeper here, surely a dangerous tactic...
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Full time: Watford 0-1 Nottingham Forest. Ishmael Miller's solitary strike after a mix-up between Watford's Scott Loach and Carl Dickinson gives Steve McLaren a pressure relieving victory, with BBC coming up for Forest..Burnley, Birmingham and Coventry. Watford have still not won at Vicarage Road in the league this season, and are at home again on Tuesday against Millwall.
1908: Into the last 12 minutes of normal time now - who's going to snatch this?
1907: Man Utd upping the pressure here, Ryan Giggs' cross from the left scrambled clear by the Stoke defence with Michael Owen lurking.
1905: Anyway, amongst all the hullabaloo, Danny Welbeck and Ryan Giggs came on for Ashley Young and Dimitar Berbatov.
1902: I've seen it again - and for me it's a spot-kick. Take Michael Owen out of the equation and all that's happened is Ryan Shawcross, turning his back on Patrice Evra's shot, deflects the effort away from goal with his elbow. It's not clear cut, necessarily, but...
1900: How is that not a penalty? Man Utd defender Patrice Evra's long-ranger is clearly handled in the box by Ryan Shawcross - but the officials contrive to give offside for the inactive Michael Owen. Bizarre.
1859: ...save! Marc Wilson's thumping effort is beaten away by United keeper David de Gea.
1858: At one end of the pitch Dimitar Berbatov launches a half appeal for a penalty when he goes down under the slightest of shirt pulls from Jonathan Woodgate - nothing doing - and then at the other, Stoke earna free-kick 22 yards out following Antonio Valencia's high boot. Decent chance, this...
1855: Danny Welbeck looks like he is going to come on here. Time for a Fergie roll of the dice?
GoodKopBadKop on Twitter:
"RE: 1837 - You can run off a 'deady' or a 'super deady' but an 'izer' might put you out till at least lunch play-time."
1852: That's a bit better from the visitors, mind, Anderson driving at goal and unleashing a firm low shot, Asmir Begovic down to save.
1849: Wibble... wobble.. Man Utd are looking about as comfortable as a stinging nettle vest right now.
andybell88 on Twitter:
"As good as Jones is, he was at fault for the goal in my eyes. Stoke and Crouch are a match made in heaven."
1846: Chance! And Stoke should be ahead... Jermaine Pennant's chipped pass finds Peter Crouch at the back post and the former Spurs man chests down before firing tamely at goal, David de Gea - standing tall - deflecting the effort over from point-blank range. Good save, bad miss.
Stoke goal: He cost £9m in the summer - consider that the first of what Stoke fans hope will be many re-payments. Matthew Etherington's corner is met by the flying Peter Crouch, who heads home to draw the hosts deservedly level.
1843: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-1 Man Utd (Crouch)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Watford 0-1 Nottingham Forest. It's a gift! Lee Camp's long punt up field is not dealt with by opposite goalkeeper Scott Loach or defender Carl Dickinson as Ismael Miller sneaks in to nick the ball into the net.
1840: Bright start to the half from Ashley Young and Nani, the pair twinkle-toeing their way in and around the Stoke defence before the former' cross is poked wiof the Stoke goal six yards out. Tough chance, but could he have done better?
1837: News reaching us here that apparently Javier Hernandez went off with a dead leg earlier. A dead leg? Isn't that the sort of thing that wouldn't ordinarily keep you from running about like a mad man in the playground at play-time?!
1836: Here we go, Stoke 0-1 Man Utd...
1835: The players are back out and about at the Britannia Stadium, one half of football left on this very Stonking of Stonking Saturdays.
23nickc on Twitter:
"Key to have Rio back for these games. His calmness in possession and great positioning makes defending seem easy."
Anon via text: "Is it too controversial to say Phil Jones more than a bit reminiscent of Duncan Edwards?"
1827: Last orders please, ladies and gentlemen. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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1822: HALF-TIME Stoke 0-1 Man Utd Michael Da Silva's
HT snapshot: "Nani's well taken goal - the third consecutive time United have scored in the 27th minute against Stoke - and David de Gea's brilliance separate the sides."
1820: The half-time whistle blows.
1819: Into the last minute of stoppage time in the first half at the Britannia - orange slices (do they still have orange slices?) beckon...
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Half time in the Championship's late kick-off and its goalless, Watford 0-0 Nottingham Forest. A point won't do Steve McLaren's side much good, piling the pressure on the former England manager and leaving his side in the relegation zone. Forest's Joel Lynch came closest to breaking the deadlock, forcing a good save out of Watford keeper Scott Loach.
1817: A question for you all: how good is Phil Jones? Answer: Blooming good. A marauding run from Man Utd's summer signing charging at the Stoke defence from his centre-half position and forcing a corner with a firm shot. He only made his senior debut two years ago that boy. Unbelievable.
1816: That earlier injury to Javier Hernandez means we'll have four minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
1813: Ooh... a dipping cross from the right eludes the head of Peter Crouch by a matter of inches six yards out inside the Man Utd box. Close.
1812: A burst from Nani and a square pass and it looks like a chance for Michael Owen, but Ryan Shwcross is there to clear.
1810: A period of relative calm as Man Utd enjoy a spot of keep-ball. Stoke still hunting in packs, though - their work-rate is really rather impressive.
1808: Golly - we're nearly 40 minutes in. Where has the first half gone?
1806: Save! Again! Man Utd keeper David de Gea pulls off his second world class save of the evening, diving full stretch to tip Jonathan Walters's cross-shot inches past the post. Brilliant.
1805: This is quite the open game now. Nice.
1804: Stoke bounce up the other end and a low effort from 30 yards from Rory Delap zips wide.
1803: Oh it should be 2-0. It's sloppy defending from Stoke and Nani finds himself with the ball at his feet on the edge of the box, but he snatches at his lobbed attempt and it goes wide.
1800: He might look dodgy under crosses David de Gea, but my word that was a world class save.
1759: Wow, what a response that nearly was. Andy Wilkinson - who has never scored for Stoke - lashes a rising drive at goal that looks for all the world like going in until Dave de Gea pulls off a fabulous one-handed save, tipping it on to the bar.
Man Utd goal: A terrific goal. A spell of umpteen Man Utd passes ends with Nani one-two'ing with Darren Fletcher, bursting into the box and clipping low into the near post.
1757: GOALFLASH Stoke 0-1 Man Utd (Nani)
1756: And just as I type that, Man Utd enjoy their best spell of pressure of the match and...
1754: Stoke are definitely more than holding their own so far - and not just through a physical approach, but also with their foot on the ball. Man Utd finding things a touch tough right now.
1749: ...headed wide by Dimitar Berbatov, pulling off the back of Jonathan Woodgate.
1749: Corner to Man Utd...
1747: The first 15 minutes has not been too pretty from Stoke - but they can play when they want to, and that's a nice build up involving Peter Crouch, Glenn Whelan and Jermaine Pennant - the latter's cross well cut out by Phil Jones.
1744: ...and it is well defended, headed behind for a corner with David de Gea refusing to come for it.
1743: Another Stoke long throw...
1741: And now a half chance for Stoke - breakneck start to this game in many ways - a corner falling to Jermaine Pennant, whose snap-shot is blocked inside the area.
1740: Who is coming on for Javier Hernandez? Only Michael 'two goals in midweek' Owen. Who said England recall bandwagon?
1739: Moments after Phil Jones heads at goal from Anderson's free-kick - it is cleared - we see Javier Hernandez limping from the pitch, unable to carry on. The poor fella looks in tears, too.
1738: Lively ol' start isn't it?
1737: Deary me, Stoke are flying into tackles early doors here - and Man Utd are convinced Glenn Whelan should see red for a lunge at Patrice Evra - Peter Walton gives a yellow. Correct decision this time, for me.
1736: Javier Hernandez received quite a long period of treatment following that challenge but he is back up and running and in the action now.
1734: Oh big penalty shout as Javier Hernandez latches on to a ricochet off Peter Crouch to stride through on goal, only for his progress to be halted by Jonathan Woodgate bundling into the back of him in the box. Referee Peter Walton gives nothing - I think that's generous to Stoke.
1733: ...and it's an early flap from David de Gea - highly unconvincing from the Spanish stopper - as Rory Delap's long throw causes Man Utd's keeper all sorts of problems, the visitors fortunate Matthew Etherington's follow-up is not great.
1733: Two minutes in, long throw to Stoke...
1731: The Britannia Stadium - as always - is absolutely rocking as Stoke v Man Utd gets up and running.
1729: Right Stoke - the good news is that the leading, in-form striker of the opposition in the form of Wayne Rooney is absent. The bad news is that he's been replaced by last season's top Premier League goalscorer. Gulp.
Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney
on Twitter: "Gutted I'm missing game today. Hopefully ok for Tuesday. Tough game v Stoke. Hopefully three points. Berba first goal I think."
1727: STOKE v MAN UTD (1730) Michael Da Silva
reports: "A hamstring injury keeps Wayne Rooney out of the trip to Stoke. It's believed to be a minor problem but it means a start for Dimitar Berbatov, Man Utd's top scorer last season. Rio Ferdinand returns to partner Phil Jones in defence. Jonny Evans pulled up in the warm-up, meaning Antonio Valencia comes in as a makeshift right-back. Stoke make three changes from the side that got hammered 4-0 by Sunderland last week. Andy Wilkinson, Jermaine Pennant and Glenn Whelan all come in."
TimCreak on Twitter:
"Stoke are a physical team and that long throw could be a threat, especially with Crouchy up front..."
Joe, London via text: "Won both games at Stoke last year without Rooney. Nani and Hernandez will step up again I'm sure."
1723: STOKE v MAN UTD (1730) Michael Da Silva
reports: "Sir Alex Ferguson is under no illusion of the task his side face at the Britannia Stadium: "You can see the progress Stoke are making," said the Man Utd boss. "They have signed two or three players, they are playing European football and having a right go. They have a great attitude and their support is brilliant. If you don't attend to that you just get engulfed."
1721: LATE MAN UTD TEAM CHANGE Jonny Evans has sustained an injury in the warm-up so is replaced in the starting XI by Antonio Valencia, who will play at right back, with Phil Jones reverting to centre-back.
1719: ...and secondly, Wayne Rooney is absent today for Manchester United because of a slight hamstring strain suffered in training. It is hoped the Englishman will be fine for Basle at home in the Champions League on Tuesday.
1717: Two points of order, by the way... firstly Watford v Nottm Forest is under way on BBC Two and on this page at the top for your viewing pleasure...
graemesch13 on Twitter:
"Real test for Man Utd's attacking football today. No doubt Stoke will be physical and try to break up the play."
Gregory, United Fan via text: "Would be satisfied with a point at the Britannia, sans Wayne."
1716: I can imagine a few of you are wondering how Manchester United will get on without Wayne Rooney tonight, right? Well you might not need to worry United fans - Rooney has never scored in three previous league matches against the Potters. The news goes from bad to worse for Stoke, doesn't it?
1713: STOKE v MAN UTD (1730) Michael Da Silva
reports: "Manchester United's record against Stoke doesn't make easy reading for Stoke fans: The sides have met six times in the Premier League and United have won every single one of them. Javier Hernandez has faced Stoke twice and, somewhat bizarrely, has netted in the 27th minute on each occasion."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Middlesbrough drew 0-0 against Ipswich in the Championship, missing the chance to go top as Morgan Schneiderlin came to Southampton's rescue to secure a point at Burnley. West Ham's 1-0 win against Peterborough means they are now hot on the heels of the top sides. Derby eased past Millwall with a 3-0 win, Birmingham score a late equaliser at home to Barnsley and Dean Saunders, the new Doncaster manager, leads his team to their first win of the season against Crystal Palace.
NufcDazzla84 on Twitter:
"Alan Pardew deserves a lot of credit. Newcastle are six games in, we're still unbeaten and playing some great football - onwards and upwards."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Charlton eased past Chesterfield 3-1 in League One to become clear leaders of the division. Sheffield United suffered a surprising defeat at Wycombe and Preston continue their impressive run win with a 2-1 win against Tranmere. Huddersfield threw away a two-goal lead as Leyton Orient hit back with strikes in the last five minutes. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday thumped Exeter City 3-0 as Gary Madine bagged a brace and Brentford were victorious against Oldham.
MidjetJames on Twitter:
"I can only imagine Ferguson has picked Berbatov above Owen and Wellbeck because of his size."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Some surprising results in League Two. Morecambe went down 3-2 at home to Bristol Rovers as Joe Anyinsah scored the winner for the visitors. Rotherham were trounced 4-0 at the Don Valley Stadium against Southend, and their terrible record against The Seasiders continues. Shrewsbury took full advantage by defeating Torquay 2-0 to go joint top. At the bottom, Carl Fletcher gave Plymouth fans something to cheer about as they grabbed their first win of the season against Macclesfield.
1708: STOKE v MAN UTD (1730) Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Whitehead, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios. Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia. Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
listen_to_alex on Twitter:
"Not getting too excited yet, Arsenal SHOULD be winning that game. Now let's win the next one and push forwards."
Chelsea fan fro mIran via text: "People can say what they want about Torres' tackle. But the old Nando is almost back with his sharpness and finishing."
SeriousShortbrd on Twitter:
"Blackburn have just put the pressure back on Steve Kean with that performance. So much for all the hard work last week."
1701: So Arsenal return to winning ways with a thumping victory over Bolton, Chelsea earn an equally emphatic win over Swansea, Tottenham and Liverpool battle to three points apiece, Newcastle make it no defeats in nine with another fine triumph - and Fulham draw. Again. Wonder what Stoke and Man Utd have in store for us...
AhmerMurad on Twitter:
"Three points in the bag for Liverpool! Kuyt & Gerrard made such an impact when they came on, it was unlucky that we didn't get one more."
Richard Lee via text: "Ferguson should have given Michael Owen the chance instead of Berbatov. He deserves it after his brace last week!"
1657: Erm... right... pick the bones out of that would you? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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1654: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-2 Tottenham
1654: FULL-TIME Chelsea 4-1 Swansea
Chelsea goal: Back on the pitch and back in the goals, Didier Drogba nets for the first time in eight matches with a fine turn-and-finish 16 yards out from Florent Malouda's pin-point centre. Salt in the Swansea wounds.
1653: GOALFLASH Chelsea 4-1 Swansea (Drogba)
1652: FULL-TIME Newcastle 3-1 Blackburn
1652: FULL-TIME West Brom 0-0 Fulham
1651: Chelsea midfielder Ramires, chasing a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, skews wide when well placed inside the area.
1651: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 Bolton
1651: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Wolves
1649: Arsene Wenger is not smiling now - Theo Walcott, moments after England boss Fabio Capello left his seat in the stands, pulls up with an apparent hamstring tear. He's had a good game, too, the Englishman.
1648: Wigan throwing the kitchen sink at Tottenham - long balls, long throws, the lot. Spurs preferring to play a spot of keep ball in response. Minutes ticking down there.
Arsenal goal: Here come the Arsenal party tricks - they've even got their defensive midfielder on the scoresheet. Alex Song receives Bacary Sagna's cut back, dances around Zat Knight, and then curls into the corner. Arsene Wenger is... smiling.
1646: GOALFLASH Arsenal 3-0 Bolton (Song)
Swansea goal: Consolation... or start of a remarkable Swansea comeback? Mark Gower's free-kick is met unmarked at the far post by Ashley Williams who heads home with Jose Bosingwa wtaching on helpless.
1644: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-1 Swansea (Williams)
1642: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Wayne Rooney misses Manchester United's trip to Stoke with a hamstring strain so in comes Dimitar Berbatov. Rio Ferdinand also starts.
1641: Crossbar! Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is teed up from a free-kick at Wigan and his deflected drive flies up and on to the bar. Close.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Bristol City have equalised against Hull in the Championship, Brett Pittman the scorer. With Southampton losing, Middlesbrough can go top but are 0-0 against Ipswich. In League One, Bournemouth and Hartlepool are locked at 1-1, while Brentford lead 2-0 at Oldham and in League Two, Swindon and Southend are both 4-0 up against Barnet and Rotherham, respectively. Leaders Morecambe are 3-2 behind at home to Bristol Rovers.
1639: Still all Arsenal against 10-man Bolton. What a tonic this win could be for them.
1637: Big cheer from the Anfield faithful as Steven Gerrard comes on for the last 10 minutes. Work for him to do here, still, too with the match poised at 2-1.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST: Hibernian have
come from two goals down
with Junior Agogo's strike making it 3-3 against Dundee United. Celtic still lead Inverness 2-0.
1635: Deadlock so close to being broken at the Hawthorns, John Arne Riise's 25-yard free-kick forcing a fabulous save from Baggies keeper Ben Foster, tipping the effort on to the post.
Chelsea goal: A striker's finish, that, from Ramires as 10-man Chelsea make things comfortable again, the Brazilian receiving Jose Bosingwa's pass, beating a man, and clipping past helpess Swans keeper Michel Vorm.
1634: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-0 Swansea (Ramires)
1632: And nearly a third for Tottenham at Wigan - Younes Kaboul heading over the bar from a searching Gareth Bale cross.
1631: Almost an immediate impact from Hatem Ben Arfa, the Frenchman's run and cross from the left almost finding Leon Best, but Blackburn defender Jason Lowe is back brilliantly to clear.
1630: Applause galore at St James' Park as Alan Pardew brings off hat-trick hero Demba Ba for playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, who makes his first Premier League appearance in almost a year following an injury nightmare.
Arsenal goal: It's been coming - and it's 100 goals for Arsenal for Robin van Persie, the Dutchman nudging Theo Walcott's whipped cross home at the near post.
1629: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-0 Bolton (Van Persie)
1628: Great chance for Wolves at Anfield to equalise - Christophe Berra heading wide after Pepe Reina races out unwisely. Liverpool getting nervous.
1627: Two quick chances for Arsenal - who are looking rampant now - as Robin van Persie's header from Theo Walcott forces a fine stop from Jussi Jaaskelainen, who then denies Laurent Koscielny moments later. Bolton hanging on by their fingertips there.
Red card, Blackburn: How many sending-offs? Martin Olsson is the latest man to take an early bath, the Rovers man receiving his marching orders for a second yellow card after clipping Leon Best's ankles.
1626: RED CARD, Olsson, BLACKBURN
1625: Glorious chance for West Brom as Peter Odemwingie strides through on goal, only for Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer to pull off a fabulous save. What an afternoon.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Carl Fletcher, Plymouth's caretaker boss in League Two, is in dreamland. His side now lead 2-0 against Macclesfield. Despite going ahead, Bradford are now 2-1 behind at home to AFC Wimbledon. In League One, Wycombe are ahead, surprisingly, against Sheffield United and Notts County lead Rochdale 1-0. Robert Koren has given Hull the lead at Bristol City in the Championship, where leaders Southampton are behind against Burnley.
1624: It is so very wide open at Anfield, where Liverpool still lead Wolves 2-1 - but there are surely more goals in that.
1623: A fantastic effort by Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka, who hits the bar from 25 yards after he was just allowed to run and run. Swansea seeing more of the ball in this second half but are susceptible to that kind of chance on the counter attack.
1622: Blackburn make a double substitution as Jason Roberts and Ruben Rochina come on for Scott Dann and Mauro Formica. Rovers need something because the game is creeping away from them
Red card, Wigan: The Latics's resurgence hits a wall as Steve Gohouri is dismissed for a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Tottenham flyer Gareth Bale. The third dismissal of the afternoon in the top flight, that.
1621: RED CARD, Steve Gohouri, WIGAN
1620: Double save from Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen, the first clawing away Theo Walcott's cross and then Mikel Arteta's follow-up shot.
1618: Bolton brought defender Dedryck Boyata on for Fabrice Muamba following that David Wheater red card - and Arsenal are bang on top.
1616: How goals change games - Wigan are a different side following Mohamed Diame's reply at the start of the half. They were staring down the barrel in the first half, they're now hunting an equaliser.
Red card, Bolton: Simple decision, this. Aaron Ramsey releases Theo Walcott with a slide-rule pass and the Arsenal man is clean through on goal - only for David Wheater to halt his progress with a cynical shirt pull. Professional foul, Wheater off.
1613: RED CARD, Wheater, BOLTON
1612: Liverpool come agonisingly close - twice. Downing crosses from the left and Carroll hits the post with a close-range header. Then Hennessey pulls off another brilliant save to keep out Downing.
1611: Early second-half chance for Swansea against 10-man Chelsea - Nathan Dyer cuts in from the left and sends a dipping drive crashing against the bar. Raul Meireles almost steered the ball into his own net moments earlier. A sluggish start to the second half by the 10 men of Chelsea.
Newcastle goal: Demba Ba scores his first hat-trick in English football. The Senegal international headed across goal from Cheik Tiote's ball and his strike partner Leon Best just failed to get a touch on it but the ball goes in anyway.
1609: Clint Dempsey hits the post as West Brom are caught napping as the game resumes after the interval. Defender Jonas Olsson and keeper Ben Foster very relieved.
Wigan goal: So dominant in the first half, Tottenham are pegged back - Ronnie Stam latching on to Benoit Assou-Ekotto's poor clearance and finds Mohamed Diame, who drives into the box and slots home.
Wolves goal: Lifeline for Wolves, now - Steven Fletcher in the right place at the right time to sweep home a fine finish from Stephen Hunt's cut-back - and all of a sudden Liverpool's lead looks more than tenuous.
Arsenal goal: Arsenal take the lead through Robin van Persie's 99th goal for the club. Referee Marc Clattenburg plays a fine advantage after Gretar Steinsson's challenge on Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey feeds Van Persie, who shoots low past Jussi Jaaskelainen at his near post. The goal comes just 40 seconds into the second half.
1607: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-2 Tottenham (Diame)
1605: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-1 Wolves (Fletcher)
1604: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Bolton (Van Persie)
1603: A double substitution for Wolves as they go to 4-4-2. Steven Fletcher comes on for Dave Edwards. 19-year-old Matt Doherty is making his Premier League debut, replacing Richard Stearman.
1602: We're getting up and running folks...
km21394 on Twitter:
"Torres has to be the most entertaining footballer atm...more so than Joey Barton!!"
Anon via text: "Food for thought: Spurs were just 1-0 up at HT in 2009 and scored eight goals in the second half..."
1600: Keep the comments coming, folks. Sooo much to talk about, no? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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AdrianDonohue1 on Twitter:
"All we need is one Bolton goal for Arsenal to go into North London derby bottom of the Premier League. Come on Kevin Davies!"
1558: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-0 Fulham Andy Sokill's HT snap-shot: "Goalless at the Hawthorns but entertaining nonetheless. Fulham on top and only still on level terms thanks to Sian Massey's - correct - early offside decision."
1557: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-0 Wolves Arindam Rej's HT snap-shot: "Wolves unlucky to be 2-0 down, having been positive and aggressive but Downing and Suarez have looked sharp for a so far hit-and-miss Liverpool."
1556: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-2 Tottenham Kevin Core's HT snap-shot: "Disorganised in defence and wasteful in possession, Wigan are lucky to not to be on the end of a 2009-style mauling from Spurs who are still in second gear."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, goals from Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick put Derby County 2-0 up against Millwall and Barnsley lead at Birmingham. In League One, Gary Madine has bagged his eighth goal of the season for Sheffield Wednesday as the Owls lead 2-0 against Exeter. Preston are 1-0 up against Tranmere through a Graham Alexander penalty, he doesn't miss from the spot! In League Two, Bristol Rovers hold a surprise 1-0 lead at Morecambe and Rotherham are 1-0 behind against Southend.
1554: HALF-TIME Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn Emlyn Begley's HT snap-shot: "Blackburn lucky to still be in this game, Junior Hoilett's goal the only chance of note for the visitors after Demba Ba's first two goals for Newcastle."
1552: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Bolton David Ornstein's
HT snap-shot: "An exciting start and finish but nothing in between. These are of two of the league's most out-of-form teams - and it's easy to see why."
1550: HALF-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Swansea Aled Williams's HT snap-shot: "Who would want to be Fernando Torres right now? Just when you thought things were getting better he gets himself sent-off. Lifeline for Swansea."
sanj06 on Twitter:
"Torres hero to zero for the 2nd week in a row! It just won't go right for the guy does it!"
1548: The half-time whistles blow up and down the country. Take a breather.
1547: Ooh cracking work David Wheater, the Bolton defender out brilliantly to block Robin van Persie's shot from Theo Walcott's cut-back. Frustrating afternoon so far for the Gunners.
1545: Liverpool - despite rarely getting out of third gear this afternoon - could be 3-0 up against Wolves, Luis Suarez poking wide from the angle after more good build-up play from Stewart Downing.
1544: Since that Fernando Torres red card, Juan Mata has switched to the Chelsea left wing and Nicolas Anelka has been pushed into a lone frontman role. John Terry, meanwhile, is struggling with a knee problem at the moment too. Not a great couple of minutes for the hosts.
1543: Almost a third for Tottenham at the DW Stadium as Emmanuel Adebayor goes oh so close to punishing more slack Wigan possession, receiving Gareth Bale's pass and shooting - but Al Habsi had his long range effort covered well.
1541: Both Arsenal and Bolton are struggling for rhythm at the Emirates. The home side have overcome their early nerves but lack inspiration going forward. Bolton's defence is comfortably coping with their attacks and the home fans are already getting restless. The visitors also lack spark but do look threatening on the counter-attack.
Red card, Chelsea: Mike Dean is the referee - it's his first red card of the season - but I don't think he had any choice. Fernando Torres, inexplicably, flies in two-footed, both off the floor and on the run at Mark Gower. The contact was minimal but he had to go. Just as he was looking to find some form, too.
1539: RED CARD, Torres, CHELSEA
Liverpool goal: Luis Suarez scores after a long ball over the top from Enrique. The Uruguayan twists and turns to leave Christophe Berra struggling and then fires beyond Wayne Hennessey. Nice finish.
Blackburn goal: Game back on at St James's? Martin Olsson's cross finds its way to Junior Hoilett at the back post and the striker does well, taking a touch and then smashing into the roof of the net.
1538: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-0 Wolves (Suarez)
1537: GOALFLASH Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn (Hoilett)
Chelsea goal: From one end of the pitch to the other, Swansea cut open like a hot knife through butter, and Ramires is on hand to drill home low from the angle after a swift counter involving Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole.
1535: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-0 Swansea (Ramires)
1534: Liverpool produce their best move of the match so far against Wolves, down the left, ending in Stewart Downing crossing for Luis Suarez, who shoots wide.
1533: Fulham bossing the game at the Hawthorns still, the Baggies restricted very much to isolated attacks. But the Cottagers don't quite appear to have their shooting boots on at present, Moussa Dembele firing their latest chance well over.
Newcastle goal: Three minutes after the first, comes the second at St James's Park. It's Demba Ba again, the frontman heading home from close range after Blackburn fail to deal with Steven Taylor's ball across the box.
Chelsea goal: Oh that's a peach. Juan Mata, with all the time in the world, dinks a gorgeous pass to Fernando Torres, who chests the ball down in the area and drills low into the corner.
1530: GOALFLASH Newcastle 2-0 Blackburn (Ba)
1529: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Swansea (Torres)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, West Ham go ahead against Peterborough through a Mark Noble penalty, after Henri Lansbury was brought down in the box. Coventry have been pegged back by Reading after going 1-0 up. In League One, an Alan Lee strike has put Huddersfield 1-0 up against Leyton Orient while Charlton also lead against Chesterfield. In League Two, it's a dream start for Carl Fletcher as Plymouth take the lead against Macclesfield and Swindon hold a 2-0 advantage against Barnet.
1528: Best chance of the game so far for West Brom at the Hawthorns - albeit a half one - Shane Long ripping an effort wide from range,
Newcastle goal: A first goal for Newcastle - and it's a lovely one from Demba Ba, the Senegal striker turning on Leon Best's cross, getting the better of Scott Dann, and crashing a rising shot home from 12 yards out.
1526: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-0 Blackburn (Ba)
1525: After a nervy start from Arsenal - despite their clear-cut chance of earlier - the hosts have settled a touch now. Pretty even so fat there, though.
1524: Another effort from range from Raul Meireles at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea new-boy's low shot zipping wide. The stand-out player so far, the Portuguese.
Tottenham goal: Simple. Luka Modric's outswinging corner is met at the near post by the unmarked Gareth Bale, who heads home on the flick. Easy street so far for Tottenham.
1523: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-2 Tottenham (Bale)
1521: Liverpool bang on top since that goal against Wolves - a complete reversal of the first 10 minutes - and Luis Suarez is starting to enjoy himself now. Roger Johnson being given a torrid afternoon by the Uruguayan.
1520: Bolton striker David Ngog is going to be forced off at Arsenal with what looks like a head injury - Kevin Davies will be his replacement. That should be fun for the Gunners defence.
1518: Tottenham will be wondering how they are not already out of sight at Wigan - the movement of Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor up front is causing the hosts all sorts of problems, while Kyle Walker has the run of the DW Stadium down the Spurs right.
1517: Swansea finding their feet at Stamford Bridge but it's Chelsea with the first big chance of the game, Raul Meireles firing over from a half clearance. Moments later Ramires is denied by a last-ditch challenge by Leon Britton. Chelsea starting to exploit some gaps in the Swansea defence.
1515: Another chance for Newcastle, Leon Best blazing well over from the edge of the box after Gabriel Obertan's good run and pullback.
1513: There have been a couple of chances for Fulham at the Hawthorns, meanwhile - where Martin Jol set the fire alarms off pre-kick-off with a crafty cigarette, the cheeky so-and-so. Carlos Orlando Sa, making his League debut for the visitors, was well placed to open the scoring but had his shot blocked by Nicky Shorey. And then Pajtim Kasami had the ball in the net pouncing on a spill by Baggies keeper Ben Foster - but he did so from an offside position.
Liverpool goal: It's not been the brightest of starts from Liverpool but they'll take that all day long, Roger Johnson unfortunately heading Charlie Adam's wayward shot from range into his own net.
1510: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Wolves (Johnson og)
1509: Tottenham could already be three up against Wigan - Emmanuel Adebayor wasting their lastest chance, skewing over at the near post from Kyle Walker's cross. Wigan all over the place.
1508: Clear-cut opening for Arsenal now as Mikel Arteta puts Gervinho through on goal with a perfectly-weighted through ball, but the Ivorian striker is punished for a heavy first touch as Jussi Jaaskelainen comes out to gather.
1507: At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are utterly dominant against Swansea - with Juan Mata playing in behind Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka floating here, there and everywhere.
1506: Looks like Wolves are playing 4-5-1 for the first time since this season - and they've started well at Anfield, too. Lively start there with a few tackles flying in, too.
1505: Chance at Newcastle as Demba Ba goes on a run from insdide his own half before lashing over the Blackburn goal. Close.
Tottenham goal: Lightning quick start at the DW Stadium and Tottenham lead, Emmanuel Adebayor latching on to Maynor Figueroa's wayward pass, running through at goal and then squaring to Rafael van der Vaart to lash into the top corner left-footed 12 yards out.
1503: GOALFLASH: Wigan 0-1 Tottenham (Van der Vaart)
1502: Bolton almost take the lead inside two minutes at the Emirates as former Gunners trainee Darren Pratley gets in front of Kieran Gibbs to poke a volley towards goal, only for Wojciech Szczesny to make an outstanding one-handed save to his left.
1501: Right... you lot ready? We're up and running in our 1500 kick-offs...
1458: WEST BROM v FULHAM (1500) Andy Sokill reports: "West Brom boss Roy Hodgson searching for his first home point of the campaign said: "I'm looking forward to seeing old friends. I might not be too happy to see Fulham trooping off at the whistle if they've got their fists held high in jubilation." Fulham's Brede Hangeland who played under Hodgson for two and a half seasons said: "I suppose Roy will know our team as well as we know his style. I should make for an exciting game"
1457: CHELSEA v SWANSEA Aled Williams reports: "Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will stick to his attacking philosophy despite criticism after last week's defeat to Manchester Uniited: "We are putting the attacking path, the good football path ahead of results, but we are trying to mix it together." Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm added: "If you can pick up points from a top four club it's a bonus point. That's what we are after, those bonus points."
Fletch via text: "All the talk seems to be about Rooney's brilliant form, people seem to be forgetting how well Aguero has slotted in. Assists as well as goals."
1456: LIVERPOOL v WOLVES (1500) Arindam Rej reports: "Kenny Dalglish isn't happy about the spotlight on striker Andy Carroll. "I don't understand the paranoia with Andy," said Liverpool manager Dalglish ahead of the match at Wolves. "People talk about him like they know him. They don't know him. They talk about his lifestyle - what lifestyle? Everybody is obsessed with Andy Carroll." After Craig Bellamy's decent show at Brighton, Carroll is under even more pressure today though."
1455: WEST BROM v FULHAM (1500) Andy Sokill reports: "West Brom boss Roy Hodgson hands a Premier League debut to defender Gareth McAuley. Graham Dorrans and fit-again skipper Chris Brunt start. Fulham's Damien Duff was left out for 'personal and private reasons' and Fulham boss Martin Jol gives league debuts to defender Zdenek Grygera and striker Orlando. Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson miss out through illness."
1454: NEWCASTLE v BLACKBURN (1500) Emlyn Begley reports: "Blackburn have won their last five games away to Newcastle and Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "It's an amazing stat, and I couldn't tell you why. All I do know is that for us, it's an important game because it would mean a really great start to the season." Rovers boss Steve Kean said: "We have a great record up there but we have to be very cautious at the back."
1452: WIGAN v TOTTENHAM (1500) Kevin Core reports: "Harry Redknapp says Tottenham must improve against the bottom six, having taken just 17 of 36 available points from struggling sides last season. He said: "If we'd have done better against those teams it would have made a massive difference to us." Wigan boss Roberto Martinez meanwhile says if you play Spurs and focus on Gareth Bale "you will get damaged by the others"."
saqrajan on Twitter:
"With the "anything you can do I can do better" still going on will Utd win 3-0 at Stoke? tough but doable! Common Utd!"
1448: NEWCASTLE v BLACKBURN (1500) Emlyn Begley reports: "Injury-plagued Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is named on the bench, almost a year after his last Premier League appearance, while Demba Ba partners Leon Best up front, with injured Shola Ameobi missing out, as Alan Pardew names the same line-up as last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Blackburn make just one change to the team who played in last weekend's 4-3 victory over Arsenal, with Martin Olsson replacing Ruben Rochina and two-goal debutant Yakubu again starting."
1447: WIGAN v TOTTENHAM (1500) Kevin Core reports: "Jermain Defoe is out and Rafael Van der Vaart starts for Tottenham - while Franco Di Santo leads the line for Wigan with Hugo Rodellega injured. Elsewhere for Tottenham, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was a doubt with illness but plays, as does Sandro."
1445: ARSENAL v BOLTON (1500) David Ornstein
reports: "Arsenal make wholesale changes after
Tuesday's Carling Cup victory over Shrewsbury
but only two from
Saturday's loss at Blackburn.
Kieran Gibbs comes in for Andre Santos at left-back and Theo Walcott replaces Andrey Arshavin on the left wing. Bolton lose Gary Cahill - a summer target for Arsenal - to illness so David Wheater starts at centre-back, while striker Kevin Davies drops to the bench."
1444: CHELSEA v SWANSEA (1500) Aled Williams reports: "Frank Lampard, who spent a loan spell with Swansea early in his career, is on the bench for Chelsea with John Obi Mikel getting the nod, while Nicolas Anelka starts ahead of Didier Drogba. It's same again for Swansea following their first Premier League win against West Brom last weekend with fit-again record signing Danny Graham on the bench."
1443: LIVERPOOL v WOLVES (1500) Arindam Rej reports: "Steven Gerrard is left on the Liverpool bench, paving the way for Charlie Adam to start again after his suspension. Andy Carroll is up front, while Craig Bellamy is a substitute. Martin Skrtel takes the central defensive place of injured Daniel Agger. Wolves welcome back Roger Johnson, who has been rested recently, but Kevin Doyle is up front alone. Steven Fletcher recovers from his groin injury but is a sub."
1442: Have you refreshed yet? We've got Final Score up there now, people!
WazzaQuinn on Twitter:
"It would be between Rooney, Ashley Young or David Silva for the best player so far this campaign. All world class at the minute."
Dom, Liverpool via text: "Still a decent performance from Everton defensively, considering they had to play 120 minutes on Wednesday."
T_Duncan242 on Twitter:
"Torres hat-trick today. Looks back to his old self, hair and all. Swansea wont be able to cope with him."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: League-leaders Southampton travel to struggling Burnley looking to extend their lead at the top of the Championship. Second-placed Middlesbrough will be hoping that their manager Tony Mowbray, who made over 100 appearances for today's opposition Ipswich, can get one over on his old side, and West Ham host Peterborough. Newly-appointed Dean Saunders will take charge of bottom club Doncaster for the first time against Crystal Palace. Elsewhere, Derby face Millwall and Portsmouth entertain Blackpool.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Joint League One leaders Charlton will have to cope with the threat of Chesterfield's Leon Clarke if they want to keep hold of their position at the top of the table as fellow high-flyers Sheffield United travel south to face struggling Wycombe. Promotion-chasing Huddersfield, unbeaten in six, are at the Galpharm Stadium against bottom club Leyton Orient and staying at the wrong end, Scunthorpe host Yeovil. Preston face Tranmere, Notts County are at home to Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday welcome Exeter City.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Front-runners Morecambe, who have not lost in League Two since the opening day of the season, entertain Bristol Rovers today. Second-placed Rotherham face sixth-placed Southend. The Millers have beaten their opponents only once in 12 games since 1984 - away banker? Two sides going well, Gillingham and Burton Albion, face off at the Priestfield Stadium. It's Carl Fletcher's debut as a manager, albeit caretaker, as he takes control of bottom club Plymouth against Macclesfield. Bradford host AFC Wimbledon and Swindon face Barnet.
SCOTTISH PREMIER UPDATE: Rangers eased to 4-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic, streching their lead at the top of
the Scottish Premier League
to seven points - at least for a couple of hours before second-top Celtic host bottom side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu put the Ibrox side ahead at half time at East End Park before Steven Naismith scored twice after clinical second-half breaks.
1439: Big three points for City? Voodoo broken? Top of the table? All of the above for Manchester City. A good afternoon's work all round from Roberto Mancini's men, then.
1438: FULL-TIME Man City 2-0 Everton
1437: Still time for Everton to come the closest they have all afternoon to a goal - Marouane Fellaini's snap-shot cleared off the line by Stefan Savic.
1436: Well into the four added minutes of stoppage time at the Etihad Stadium - how big a win might this prove when the season draws to a close? They had to hang in there at times, but they've come away with a big win.
Gunner77JF on Twitter:
"That was a devestating through ball from Silva for Milner's goal...SILVA = WORLD CLASS "
1434: WEST BROM v FULHAM (1500) West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Long, Thomas. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Morrison, Dawson, Jones, Cox, Scharner. Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Grygera, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Kasami, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Dembele, Orlando Sa. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Ruiz, Senderos, Gecov, Etuhu, Briggs. Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
1433: ARSENAL v BOLTON (1500) Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Gervinho, van Persie, Walcott. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Frimpong, Chamakh. Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Robinson, Knight, Steinsson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Pratley, Petrov, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Sanli, Gardner, Kevin Davies, Mark Davies, Boyata, Kakuta. Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Man City goal: That's game, set and match - and it's all down to a sensational through-ball from David Silva. The Spaniard latches on to Royston Drenthe's misplaced pass and picks a superb pass to release James Milner, who pokes under keeper Tim Howard and home. That's why they call him "Merlin".
1431: GOALFLASH Man City 2-0 Everton (Milner)
1431: CHELSEA v SWANSEA (1500) Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Mata, Meireles, Ramires, Torres, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Lampard, Drogba, Malouda, McEachran, Kalou. Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Gower, Allen, Dyer, Lita, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Graham, Dobbie, Routledge, Moore, Bessone, Richards. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
1430: NEWCASTLE v BLACKBURN (1500) Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Best. Subs: Harper, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Perch, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi. Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Dann, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Olsson, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
1429: Disallowed! Mario Balotelli works some space well in the box and squares for David Silva to tap in - but the Spaniard is well offside. Into the last five minutes, still Man City 1-0 Everton.
1429: WIGAN v TOTTENHAM (1500) Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Caldwell, Figueroa, Van Aanholt, Diame, Watson, McCarthy, Moses, Di Santo, Gomez. Subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Maloney, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Stam. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll. Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
1427: It's another day off for Carlos Tevez - City boss Roberto Mancini employing Stefan Savic as his last substitute, replacing Samir Nasri. Moments later, Yaya Toure forces another sprawling low save from Tim Howard from range... he's had a good day, the Everton keeper.
1426: ...which is punched away by Joe Hart only as far as substitute Royston Drenthe, the Dutchman's long-ranger flying over.
1426: And now Everton have a corner...
1424: He came on as substitute to score last week and how Everton need him to do it again, here comes Apostolos Vellios in place of Seamus Coleman.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "Howard Webb has just stood four yards away from the most blatant foul of the game on Louis Saha on the edge of the area. And gave nothing."
1422: James Milner is on for Man City, replacing Sergio Aguero. The first sign Roberto Mancini is looking to shut up shop on a 1-0 win?
1421: BREAKING TEAM NEWS All eyes on Matt and Greg below as it is confirmed Bobby Zamora is indeed missing for Fulham at West Brom. So, too, is Damien Duff due to "private and personal" reasons.
1420: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Steven Gerrard is again on the Liverpool bench against Wolves, with Andy Carroll displacing midweek goalscorer Craig Bellamy up front.
1419: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Two changes for Arsenal from their defeat at Blackburn - Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott starting. There is no Gary Cahill for Bolton, though - he's unwell.
1418: At the Etihad Stadium, Man City are stroking the ball around with bundles more confidence since that goal. Everton scratching their heads a touch now - their gameplan just did a flip-flop reverse.
1417: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Hatem Ben Arfa is on the Newcastle bench against Blackburn, for whom Martin Olsson starts.
1416: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Sandro and Rafael van der Vaart both return to the starting line-up for Tottenham at Wigan. Jermain Defoe is out with a virus, it would appear.
1415: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Frank Lampard is on the bench for Chelsea against Swansea, with Fernando Torres again up front.
1414: Their response, in fact, is almost to fall 2-0 down, David Silva following up his own initial blocked shot with a low snap-shot, the left-foot strike crashing back off the foot of the Everton post.
1413: Deadlock broken, then, what of Everton's response?
Man City goal: Ask, Michael Gray, and ye shall receive. Sergio Aguero is the creator, dashing across goal and then back-heeling for Mario Balotelli to curl into the bottom corner from 20 yards out, courtesy of a helpful deflection off Phil Jagielka.
1411: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Everon (Balotelli)
1409: Good effort, Samir Nasri stinging an effort at goal from 20 yards, Tim Howard across well to palm it away. Meanwhile, Tim Cahill will not be able to carry on and Louis Saha is thrown on in the Australian's stead.
Former England player Michael Gray on Radio 5 Live: "We're still waiting to see something special from Mario Balotelli. This would be the perfect time for him to deliver."
1408: Hold on... Tim Cahill is back down again receiving treatment - he looks in some pain - and as a result Louis Saha, on the verge of an introduction for Everton, must wait a little longer.
1406: ...much to the displeasure of the nearby City fans, Tim Cahill is back on his feet. Their howls of derision are tempered when the Australian becomes the fourth Evertonian into the book for the foul, mind you.
1405: Ouch. Tim Cahill might have done himself a mischief here, fouling Vincent Kompany with an untidy lunge and then howling in pain as he clutches his left ankle. Looks like Kompany caught him with his studs on the way through...
1403: Carlos Tevez... stay where you are... it's Mario Balotelli who is given the nod for City's first change, the Italian on in place of the ineffective Edin Dzeko.
1402: City still finding it tough to get in behind this staunch Everton defence - but a few more runs like the one Micah Richards has just produced may go some way to helping that, the full-back's bustling dash almost forcing a clear opening but for Sylvain Distin's last-ditch clearance.
Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "Good test for Man City this. Everton have posed this sort of problem for Man Utd before at Old Trafford - and Man Utd have usually found a way to win."
1357: Oh that's not far away, you know. For anyone else it would have been an impossible header but Everton's frontman Tim Cahill rises well 16 yards out to meet Seamus Coleman's cross, but his effort at goal flies narrowly off target.
1355: An Everton striker has been spotted! Warming up. Louis Saha - a man with a point to prove, I'd say - is going about his warm-up routine. Time for the Frenchman?
1352: Better from Everton, too, as Leon Osman collects the ball on the edge of the area before pinging a stinger at goal - but it's straight at home keeper Joe Hart.
1350: And already half a chance - City's Sergio Aguero getting in down the right and his low cross is headed inches wide of his own post by Sylvain Distin. Good defending... just.
1349: Right then, plenty more chat on your 1500 BST kick-offs to come, then, but for now it's back to the Etihad Stadium, where the second half of Man City-Everton is getting under way...
SCOTTISH PREMIER UPDATE: Rangers are easing to victory against Dunfermline Athleticat East End Park.
Poor marking allowed Carlos Bocanegra to head the opener from a corner after nine minutes. United States team-mate Maurice Edu fired the second eight minutes later past a lethargic-looking Paul Gallacher from 22 yards. The Pars have looked lively in attack without creating many chances but have been brittle at the back.
MikeAaronhall on Twitter:
"Mancini can tear his (luscious) hair out but there are days when there is absolutely no way past Tim Howard!"
Dowl via text: "City need a big response second half, if they draw again you know Utd will crush Stoke."
1348: WIGAN v TOTTENHAM (1500) Kevin Core reports: "After back-to-back Premier League victories Tottenham look to extend Wigan's run of three straight defeats in all competitions. The Latic's Hugo Rodallega is injured but the in-form Franco di Santo has three league goals from five this season. Home fans won't forget
the 9-1 hammering meted out by Spurs two years ago,
but the Londoners took only one point off Wigan last season."
1347: WEST BROM v FULHAM (1500) Andy Sokill reports: "Hands up who remembers Martin Jol as a rugged defender for West Brom in the 1980s? He actually made 63 appearances for the Baggies alongside the likes of Cyrille Regis. Now he's on the opposition bench today hoping to lead his Fulham side out of the relegation zone. West Brom, bottom of the table, also have just three points while statistics shows Roy Hodgson has a worse win percentage with the Baggies than he did as Fulham boss. Hhmm."
1346: NEWCASTLE v BLACKBURN (1500) Emlyn Begley reports: "Newcastle are looking to continue their sparkling start to the season, one of only four unbeaten teams in the Premier League, with Alan Pardew set to make changes after
going 120 minutes with Nottingham Forest
in midweek. Blackburn are seeking a second league win of the season although the
4-3 victory over Arsenal
3-2 win over Leyton Orient
have eased some of the pressure on manager Steve Kean."
1345: LIVERPOOL V WOLVES (1500) Arindam Rej reports: "Wolves at Anfield. It brings back bad memories for Liverpool. Mick McCarthy's team won 1-0 there last season as Roy Hodgson's reign collapsed. Kenny Dalglish is going through a sticky spell now, but Steven Gerrard could be fit today. Defence remains a concern with just one clean sheet in seven. Wolves are expected to pack midfield, after their mauling against QPR, but are normally strong against the bigger clubs."
1343: CHELSEA v SWANSEA (1500) Aled Williams reports: "Jose Mourinho might well have departed Stamford Bridge four years ago to this month but his influence will loom large over today's game. The respective managers, Andre Villas-Boas and Swansea's Brendan Rodgers, worked under the Real Madrid boss at Chelsea before going it alone. Both are new to the Premier League, but which apprentice will be deemed the 'Special One' later this afternoon?"
1340: Right, plenty to get through this afternoon - as I'm sure you know - so let's start looking ahead to our 1500 kick-offs shall we?
1339: Don't forget, my friends, to send me your thoughts today will you? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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camelofdoom on Twitter:
"If you looked up 'playing for a draw' in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Everton."
Matt and Greg via text: "Early team news: Bobby Zamora won't be playing for Fulham today as he (or, to be precise, his full-size cardboard cutout we found in a shop) is currently residing in our lounge."
InfostradsaLive on Twitter:
"Everton have had 71 total red cards during the Premier League era - equal-most in the division with Blackburn. They need one more to have the outright record."
1334: HALF-TIME Man City 0-0 Everton Chief football writer Phil McNulty's
HT snap-shot from the Etihad Stadium: "Man City suffering real frustration. Everton have hardly shown a shred of attacking ambition but are superbly drilled at the back. This one still very much in the balance."
1332: There's your half-time whistle.
1330: A rare Everton attack, Seamus Coleman getting a header in on goal at the far post, but it's never in danger of going in.
1327: And, yep, Sergio Aguero is indeed Argentine. I was just checking you were on your toes. Well done one and all.
1326: I don't think David Moyes will be too unhappy with this half so far. City restricted to long-range efforts and half-chances.
1325: Samir Nasri starting to get on the ball a bit more now, with David Silva being well shackled in the last 10 minutes, but when his cross falls to Gael Clichy on the edge of the area at the far post, the full-back skews his effort tamely wide.
gouldie7 on Twitter:
"Webb's booked four players already, and the worst of them was no more "than just about a yellow"!"
1322: City starting to pick locks again as Edin Dzeko lets fly from range, his dipping shot flying wide.
1321: Sergio Aguero - quite good at football. The ball drops to the lively Argentine on the edge of the box and he curls a fine effort that's creeping in the far post, only for Tim Howard to pull off a flying save.
1319: Just as I say that, City string together a move worthy of note, David Silva feeding Micah Richards down the right, the full-back's centre spooned over on the turn by Edin Dzeko. Could have done better, there.
1318: Everton have done well to upset the hosts' rhythm here and so far - by hook and by crook at times - they've taken the sting out of City's passing game. So far.
1316: Is it Valentine's Day at the Lyon household? There's plenty of cards about anyway. City's Yaya Toure the latest name in the book for a scythe at Seamus Coleman.
1314: And that's three Everton players booked now - Leon Osman having his name taken for a challenge on Micah Richards. Odds on it being 11 v 11 come 90 minutes?
Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "Everton have made a special plan for David Silva here. Not all of it legal. Jack Rodwell and Phil Neville are passing the baton - or the Spaniard in this case - and are both on yellow cards for fouls on this most elegant of players. Not subtle, but City have been frustrated so far."
1311: All a touch bits-and-pieces at the moment - which may be exactly what Everton want.
1309: David Silva is getting a bit of treatment here - Ron Atkinson might call one or two of the challenges going in on him "reducers" - and Phil Neville is the next man into the book for an ankle tap on the Spaniard. Not sure if that was intentional, to be fair.
Former England player Michael Gray on Radio 5 Live: "Rodwell's momentum took him on after he won the ball in that challenge with Silva - it looks worse than it was."
Steve via text: "At a wedding in Australia, very hopeful of a Liverpool win. Drunk all of the table wine to numb the possible pain."
1305: And Jack Rodwell's task just got that little big bigger... the youngster sliding in on David Silva, catching the Spaniard on the ankle, and going into the book. Disciplinary tightrope.
1303: Ooh he's a little livewire, this boy, Sergio Aguero giving due warning to Everton of his potency in and around the box with a neat turn and shot that beats the defence... but also the bar. Decent game so far, City just edging a close encounter.
DKayB07 on Twitter:
"Has anyone else noticed six of the bottom seven teams have played against a Manchester side - hence the negative goal differences?"
1259: Everton have barely touched the ball for a good few minutes now, with City knocking the ball about nicely. Jack Rodwell, it would appear, has been tasked with a man-marking job on David Silva. An order so tall it makes Stephen Merchant look like a Borrower.
"Manchester City are one of two Premier League clubs yet to fall behind in a match this season - the other is rivals Manchester United."
1256: David Silva - the man they call 'Merlin' in the Man City ranks - again shows his class with a mind-boggling dribble down Everton's left-hand side before, eventually, the visitors manage to hack the Spaniard's centre away. The hosts very much starting to settle.
1253: Oh dear - and a bright start is so nearly undone in one fell swoop, Phil Jagielka's dire back-header falling short and allowing Edin Dzeko to nip in ahead of keeper Tim Howard, but the big striker's first touch is heavy and the chance goes awry. Let-off for Everton.
Former England player Michael Gray on Radio 5 Live: "Everton look like they're going for the game."
1251: Another Everton attack here, though, with Leighton Baines surging at the City defence before lashing with his right, weaker foot well off target from range. Encouraging, though, for the visitors.
1250: ...but it's well cleared by Vincent Kompany under pressure from Leon Osman.
1249: And they have an early free-kick just outside the box, Everton...
1248: Everton have won seven of their last eight matches against Manchester City don't you know - and it's a decent start from them here, too, the boys in (dark) blue controlling possession early doors.
1245: Right, here we go, Man City-Everton kicks off.
1243: With our radio coverage now on the right-hand side and kick-off at the Etihad Stadium fast approaching, just time for me to point you in the direction of
I love that man. His prediction for our 1245 kick-off? 2-0. I dare you to do better...
alKoks on Twitter:
"Did anybody notice Arsenal have the worst goal difference of all teams in the league!! Gaffer in denial!? Yes."
Tom from Cambridge via text: "RE: 1226, if you fancy that punt, try Saints winning at half and full time - they've won their last 30 games when they've been leading at half time!"
1239: I think I heard the cries of delight from Aldershot all the way from here, then. What a draw for the League Two Carling Cup giant-killers. Happy with that, folks? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK). A smidgen of time to get in touch before kick-off...
1237: CARLING CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW Wolves v Man City Cardiff v Burnley Blackburn v Newcastle Arsenal v Bolton Stoke v Liverpool Aldershot v Man Utd Crystal Palace v Southampton Everton v Chelsea Ties to be played week commencing 24 October
1235: Before the live action, mind, fancy a bit of a Carling Cup fourth-round draw? Let's do this...
1234: MAN CITY v EVERTON (1245) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "So Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not spare a thought for Tuesday's Champions League game against Bayern Munich in Germany as he names the same starting line-up that lost a two-goal lead to draw at Fulham. Owen Hargreaves may have made a successful return in the Carling Cup against Birmingham but he is not even on the bench today. Everton make one change, with captain Phil Neville returning in place of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Louis Saha is on the bench, along with loan signing Royston Drenthe."
SCOTTISH PREMIER UPDATE: Reigning champions Rangers return to the starting 11 that defeated Celtic 4-2 in last week's first Old Firm derby after making four changes for the shock midweek defeat by First Division Falkirk in the Scottish Communities League Cup. Dunfermline Athletic make one change, with the height and mobility of Andrew Barrowman being preferred up front to Andy Kirk. Follow all the action as it happens with
our dedicated live text commentary,
hosted by Colin Moffat.
fatbertt on Twitter:
"Re mrswarveish: I fancy Everton to grab a win at Man City. Done it before. Can do it again."
1228: MAN CITY v EVERTON (1245) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "Everton's David Moyes takes a side built on a shoestring to mega-rich Manchester City today and he knows the size of the task: "This is like going into a gunfight with a knife." As if to underline the disparity in the club's riches, Roberto Mancini's biggest concern is keeping Carlos Tevez happy despite Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko's run in the team: "Carlos understands that we have other strikers who played well and are scoring," said the Italian."
1226: Phil's been a busy boy this week, by the way, setting the scene nicely ahead of today's Man City-Everton clash by way of a chat with BBC football pundit Alan Hansen.The 'haves' vs the 'have-nots'
is how the Scot describes it. Intriguing.
rahulm3 on Twitter:
"Punt of the week has got to be Southampton to be up at half time. They been leading 8 out of 9 games this season so far."
1223: MAN CITY v EVERTON (1245) Chief football writer Phil McNulty
at the Etihad Stadium: "For all Manchester City's millions, manager Roberto Mancini will be rightly wary of the side built with barely a fraction of his budget when Everton visit The Etihad Stadium today. Everton have won their last four games against City and will be hoping to continue their steady start to the season with another good result. City, meanwhile, will want to forget the memory of carelessly casting aside a two-goal lead in the draw at Fulham last Sunday."
Tomst7 on Twitter:
"People asking pointless questions about how often teams play at certain times/on the same day. How often does that happen?"
1218: MAN CITY v EVERTON (1245) Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Kolarov, Savic, Tevez, Balotelli. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Coleman, Cahill. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Vellios. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
1217: People, your Man City-Everton line-ups...
Chris via text: "After seven years of watching football at 4am in Australia, I move back to Blighty to watch Arsenal have their worst start to a season in decades. Maybe I should leave the country again...."
1215: Ladies and gentlemen, your first cheeky refresh of the day if you please - Football Focus is getting under way on BBC One and at the top of this very page. Which is nice.
ameypv on Twitter:
"City, Arsenal, Chelsea, United, Liverpool and Tottenham all to win today. How often has that happened?"
BenJermaine on Twitter:
"But when was the last time Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Man City and Tottenham all kicked off at 1500 BST on Saturday?" Can't think... brain... melting...
1208: Before we dive into today's action, then, don't forget that Robbie Savage answers the best of your tweets in the
latest edition of 'Savage Says',
including his thoughts on Man Utd's goalkeeping selection dilemma, and the Red Devils' chances of going through the season unbeaten. Robbie also names his most irritating opponents. You can send your questions to Sav each week on Twitter via
. He's a dancer these days of course, bless 'im.
dillidale on Twitter:
"One goal in his first game, two goals in his second... hat-trick for Adebayor today?"
Mario via text: "RE: Dan the Newcastle fan - you are wrong, I'm afraid. We beat Wolves 4-1 at St James' at the end of last season on a Saturday 1500 BST k/o!" And, erm, Birmingham at home a fortnight later. Dan Dan Dan...
1202: And you know what else we've got, by the way? Only
Watford v Nottm Forest
live on BBC Two and this website from 1715 BST. I know... we really do spoil you lot sometimes.
SCOTTISH PREMIER UPDATE: Leaders Rangers have the chance to bounce back from their surprise midweek League Cup defeat by Falkirk as they take on Dunfermline in the 1245 BST kick-off at East End Park. A win over the promoted side will put Ally McCoist's side seven points clear of Celtic before their city rivals host Inverness Caledonian Thistle at 1500. Elsewhere, Aberdeen travel to Motherwell, Hibernian host Dundee United, and St Mirren face St Johnstone in a match between two sides who reached the League Cup quarter-finals.
Anon via text: "Expecting a big reaction from Celtic after last week's horror show at Ibrox. Lennon has to leave out Loovens and Mistakeovic as both are liabilities."
1154: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Just the one change for Everton at Man City, Phil Neville back in the side in place of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Louis 'The Sulk' Saha is back on the bench after missing out completely last week.
1152: Fancy getting involved today? Of course you do, you lovely lot. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK). Easy peasy.
1149: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Manchester City are unchanged from the side that drew with Fulham against Everton in our 1245 kick-off, meaning Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko again keep Carlos Tevez out of the starting XI.
vr2312 on Twitter:
"At work in India, waiting for the matches to start so that I can feel that my day has begun amidst this boring work"
Fulham fan Farrell via text: "On my way up to The Hawthorns today, very excited. Can't wait to see Fulham today and give Roy Hodgson a fantastic reception!"
1147: But whatever, forget that, I'm calling today Stonking Saturday and don't anybody try and stop me. The
line-up is a doozy, the
set-ups fabuloso and Scotland's fixture list is a barn-stormer. Throw in a
Carling Cup draw
and you might as well call it Christmas.
1145: And thanks to
for shattering all the illusions and dreams I had about today's fixture list. "Happens Quite Often Saturday" hasn't really got that ring to it, has it?
Newcastle fan Dan via text: "Hopefully Newcastle can beat Blackburn for the first time in five years at home and win their first Saturday mid-afternoon game for a year!"
1143: For your consideration, people, the inner workings of my brain in the lead up to a matchday commentary and the pitfalls of trying to second-guess statistics in football. I'm
and I need help.
1140: So finally you think to yourself, 'OK so those six play each other really rather often and even the fact none of them are playing against each other is not particularly stand-out. I bet, then, that when Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are all involved on the same day, a shedload of goals are banged in.' Yep, you guessed it, no - not really footy fans. On the last 10 days those six teams have all been involved, there has been an average goals per games ratio of 2.8. The average goals per games ratio this season? 2.7. Indeed.
1137: So then you look at today's fixtures and you think; 'All right, but Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are all involved on the same day and none of them are facing each other. Surely that can't happen much.' Again, nope, wrong. Today will be the 34th time that's happened. And do you know when it last happened, my friends?
A fortnight ago.
1135: I tell you what, you take a look at today's
Premier League fixtures
and you think; 'Hold up. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all involved on the same day? That can't happen often.' Well it does. All the bleeding time. 91 times since the Premier League began, in fact.
By David Ornstein
1130: On that note, I'll leave you in the capable hands of
Enjoy the action, bye for now.
1127: "Mops," you say... MOPS? Excuse me? Ahhh... mops. And brooms. For those of you who haven't the faintest idea what I'm banging on about, cast your minds back to May 2010 and the
Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final between York and Luton.
It was marred by on-pitch violence and police said they made seven arrests outside the Luton ground after officers were attacked by fans wielding brooms and mops taken from a local DIY store.
littlewood87 on Twitter:
"Biggest game is surely York city vs luton in the blue square premier, good rivalry, hopefully no mops this time."
Joe, MCFC, via text on 81111: "I really hope that the fulham result doesn't knock our confidence. Mancini said we needed more midfielders but I'll have to disagree. We badly need De Jong back just to support that midfield!"
Loz, Toon fan in Bridlington, via text on 81111: "We'll take anyone in carling cup because we have the almighty goal scoring machine they call Ameobi, Shola Ameobi."
1058: If you're in the UK, I'd heartily recommend you have a watch of
- Dan Walker and Garth Crooks preview the weekend's football, including interviews with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock and Manchester United legend Denis Law.
by the way, starts at 1215 on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.
GabrielOguda on Twitter:
"Arsenal v Bolton is the standout fixture. Relegation dog-fight in September. Will be a cracker!"
1052: An important reminder for fans of Aldershot, Arsenal, Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley, Cardiff, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Southampton, Stoke and Wolves... the Carling Cup last-16 draw takes place shortly after 1200 and we'll be keeping you right across that. Who do you want to get? And avoid? Fancy your team's chances of making it to Wembley? Keep the
and texts coming this way.
Frankie, Fulham fan, via text on 81111: "I'm over the moon with the 2nd half vs Man City and the whole game vs Chelsea in midweek, I'm very positive and think old gaffer Roy Hodgson will be on the losing side today"
Anon via text on 81111: "Really fancy torres to score a hatrick today. Then again ive said that before..."
1040: The Daily Telegraph run quotes from Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish railing against what her perceives as
the country's "obsession" with Andy Carroll,
insisting the striker will prove to be an asset for Anfield in the long-term and describing his £35million price tag as "irrelevant".
1030: Lots more paper chat for you to get your teeth stuck into before the on-field action begins with Manchester City v Everton in the Premier League's early kick-off at 1245...
1025: One the subject of Arsenal, today's Daily Mirror runs a back-page lead with the headline "Arsene Bears his Soul". Basically, Gunners boss
Arsene Wenger has claimed he is the club's polar bear
and will soak up "bullets" to save his young players. Under-pressure Wenger made the bizarre comparison as he admitted it is difficult for him to look at Arsenal's position in the Premier League table after their worst start for 58 years.
Jack Wilshire on Twitter:
"Been in a boot for a month and the bone is not responding. i will have surgery on my right ankle on monday with the two best surgeons around. hopefully i will return to action around christmas time. i am in good hands! thanks for your support everyone!"
1016: But we've plenty of footy-related shenanigans to chew our way through before then, so let's get going...
1014: Brighton and Leeds did a magnificent job of whetting the appetite on Friday night, playing out a
at the Amex Stadium. We're expecting plenty more drama across the leagues today and, crucially, you good people are going to be keeping us company every step of the way. Normal drill -
tweet me @bbcsport_david
using the hashtag
or send over a text on 81111 (UK). The mercurial
takes over at 1130.
1005: As a colleague just pointed out, "it's a busy one today". Boy is he right. Eight Premier League matches, a further 10 in the Champo, 12 in League One and 12 in League Two. That's a bumper package of 42 fixtures in England's top four divisions coming your way. Not to mention five SPL games including an early start for Rangers.
1000: This is one of those days when you're actually quite excited to hear the alarm clock chime. You hop out of bed, scuttle into the shower, belt out your team's entire songsheet, haul on your replica shirt, pop the kettle on, shove a slice of bread in the toaster, open the papers and get yourself bang in the mood. Or is that just me?
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