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Sunday football as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

1853: And that's a wrap. Derby day went well for Tottenham and Fulham but today was capital punishment for Arsenal and QPR. If you like goals, and hat-tricks, I recommend you watch Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two and this website (in the UK) at 2200 BST. I've been Chris Bevan and I hope you've enjoyed yourselves today. Thanks for keeping me company and I'll see you very soon. Stay across the BBC Sport website tonight, though, because Fabio Capello is due to announce his England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro in the next hour or so. Cheerio for now.

scstopp on Twitter: "A couple of seasons ago, Arsenal fans would have slaughtered their team for that performance. Now they praise it."

Arsenal fan RocksteadySimcx on Twitter: "I know we lost, but the performance as a team was top notch. Turning point from now on for me."

1845: Both of today's hat-trick heroes, Frank Lampard and Andrew Johnson, had points to prove. Johnson's future is in doubt, while Lampard has largely been written off as a midfield force. His Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas said afterwards: "We have to respect the media's stance on this. For us his talent was never in doubt. I'm very happy with his overall performance."

Full time
FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
Phil McNulty reports from White Hart Lane: "Spurs win a real thriller and desperate disappointment for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger and Clive Allen in a bit of handbags at the final whistle - but all smiles among the rest of the Spurs contingent."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 6-0 QPR
Kevin Core reports: "A 6-0 hammering and a day to forget for Queens Park Rangers, as Fulham's Andrew Johnson scores a hat-trick, wins a penalty and does his contract negotiations no harm at all."

Full time
FULL-TIME Nottingham Forest 1-3 Birmingham
"The problems mount at the City Ground, with Forest fans calling for the board to be sacked at the final whistle."

Full time
FULL-TIME Swansea 2-0 Stoke
Aled Williams reports: "Have Swansea come of age as a Premier League side? They survived a tough test against streetwise Premier League opposition in Stoke to record their second win of the season. The Liberty Stadium could be the key to their top flight survival - they are yet to lose or concede at home so far this season."

Full time
FULL-TIME Bolton 1-5 Chelsea
Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Man of the match Frank Lampard dispelled recent criticism by proving he can still influence games at the highest level. And his Chelsea side underlined their title credentials with a thumping victory at the Reebok - their favourite hunting ground."

Full time
FULL-TIME Hearts 2-0 Celtic
Colin Moffat reports: "Hearts move up to fourth place in the Scottish Premier League thanks to excellent second-half goals from Rudi Skacel and Ryan Stevenson. Celtic's cause was hindered by a foolish red card for Kris Commons and the defeat leaves Neil Lennon's side trailing behind Motherwell and 10 points adrift of league leaders Rangers."

1835: Time for a quick reminder of what has happened in our six matches today... lots of goals, for a start.

QPR boss Neil Warnock on what he said to his players after they were drubbed 6-0 at Craven Cottage: "If I started shouting at them today I'd never shut up."

From Tom, via text: "Not sure why some people are so quick to slam Arsenal. We played a close game away against the form team in the Premier League and looked like a proper team. I think that game has been more encouraging than our wins this season, and if we play like that more often we are still well in there for the Champions League places!"

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp on his side's win in the north London derby: "Arsenal had lots of possession and I nearly changed it at half-time and thickened us up in the midfield. They got the goal and but we upped it in the second half and we deserved it. We had all the good chances."

1819: It's been an eventful day, with plenty of goals and a couple of hat-tricks as well. Here's some stats too, courtesy of Infostrada Sports. Swansea became only the sixth different club to keep a clean sheet in each of their first four home PL matches of the season and the first promoted club. Arsenal have 7 pts from 7 matches. The last time they had seven or fewer points after seven top flight matches was in 1974/1975, when they had seven points (after recalculation to the 3-point-rule). Last but not least, Chelsea raced to their fastest 4-0 Premier League lead ever.

From anonymous Arsenal fan, via text: "Sick of seeing defeat after defeat. Good result Spurs, plenty of work to do for the Gunners though."

From Keval, via text: "After seven games, Arsenal have fewer points than all three promoted teams. Who expected that?"

Not me. Don't think that will be the case after 38 games though.

Arsenal fan ChrisJack28 on Twitter: "We play badly, we lose. We play well, we lose. We are now officially in a crisis!"

sammyd1969 on Twitter: "Really disappointed to lose to Spurs today. Arsenal deserved at least the draw, thought we were almost back to our best."

Tottenham match-winner Kyle Walker on his goal which won the north London derby: "It doesn't get much better than that. I just picked ball up and thought why not have a go? Arsenal are a ball possession team and we found it difficult at times but we dug deep and got the result we needed."

1808: So, a good win for Tottenham but they didn't half have to work hard for it. Arsenal lost, and had some dodgy moments at the back, but overall they played pretty well. Thoughts?

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:"The game got very open in the last 15 minutes. In truth, although Arsenal had a lot of the play and a lot of the football, they didn't have enough thrust and they didn't have enough efforts on goal."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Arsenal disappointed at the end of another thrilling north London derby. And of course a little bit of a row at the end with Wenger unhappy and Clive Allen in close attendance."

ArthurOzols on Twitter: "Szczesny is world class. Stunning saves. He will be disappointed about the Walker goal though..."

From Fred in Milton Keynes, via text: "Good result for Spurs today, it seems they're not the shaky side that appeared at the start of the season. Arsenal looking in even more trouble."

Jukebox_Jack on Twitter: "Well Arsenal may yet be beaten but at least they looked more of a team on occasions, Szczesny had an OK game until Walker's goal."

Full time
1800: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

1800: Younes Kaboul clears, but Arsenal have another corner. There's barely time to take it, though.

1759: One last chance for Arsenal. We are into the last 30 seconds and they have a corner. Here comes Wojciech Szczesny...

1757: Again Tottenham break, and it takes a last-ditch interception by Francis Coquelin to stop the ball reaching Jermain Defoe in front of goal. The Gunners have pushed Per Mertesacker up front and are taking a lot of risks at the other end.

1755: Scott Parker, another Tottenham player to have impressed today, is off. Vedran Corluka is on instead. We will have five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the 90.

1754: Spurs come forward again. Luka Modric is near the left byline and should probably look for a team-mate... but he goes for goal instead, firing into the side-netting.

1752: It's Arsenal who need the goal, but it is Tottenham who look more likely to get one. They are defending well, especially now Sandro is on, and break quickly here, feeding Jermain Defoe who goes for the spectacular with a chip from the right-hand side of the pitch. It loops wide.

1751: Emmanuel Adebayor won't get on the scoresheet in this particular north London derby. He's just been replaced by Jake Livermore. The former Arsenal striker laps up the applause from the Spurs fans on his way off the pitch.

1748: Gareth Bale has had a cracking game today, and has just come close to capping it with a goal. He surges down the left and fizzes in a shot that Wojciech Szczesny leaps to push away. A good save, but one for the cameras.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had been excellent up until Kyle Walker's second for Spurs, but once again Arsenal's defence was also slack. Per Mertesacker not up to speed with his team-mates, as proved when non-communication with Alex Song almost let Gareth Bale in for a third."

1745: I meant to tell you about another Arsenal change. Andrey Arshavin is on for Gervinho. We are into the last 10 minutes of the 90 at White Hart Lane.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:"Arsenal could be threatened on the counter attack here. They more they push forward in search of an equaliser, the more Tottenham's speed could trouble them in these final minutes."

QPR boss Neil Warnock after his side were battered 6-0 by west London neighbours Fulham: "We had injuries and we were at sixes and sevens at the back and it showed. They cut through us like a knife through butter, but there won't be many days like this hopefully."

pokergazuol, and a couple of dozen others, on Twitter: "I think Nick the Gooner might have spoken a bit too soon..."

1741: Arsenal's defence had switched off in the build-up to that Kyle Walker goal and they are quickly in trouble at the back again. Per Mertesacker lets the ball bounce through to Wojciech Szczesny but Gareth Bale nips in instead. He only has the keeper to beat but his low shot rolls the wrong side of the post.

Tottenham goal: I'd expect Wojciech Szczesny to save this. I say that because I rate him. Luka Modric is crowded out on the edge of the area but the ball comes out to Kyle Walker, who takes a touch and slams in a dipping shot which swerves at the last moment and seems to go through the Arsenal keeper. Tottenham are back in front.

1737: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Kyle Walker)

1735: Arsenal's turn to make a change. Yossi Benayoun replaces Theo Walcott, who started well but faded. Badly.

From Nick the Gooner in Watford, via text: "Szczesny Hawks: He is the one and only. Play and commands his box like a young Peter Schmeichel. Finally we have replaced Seaman."

1734: Here comes Carl Jenkinson now. I think Bacary Sagna has an ankle injury, but more on that when it is confirmed. He has just been stretchered off down the tunnel. On the pitch, we have about 20 minutes left of what has been a pulsating north London derby, which is level at 1-1. Up for grabs, I reckon.

1732: Play carries on, though, because Bacary Sagna is already off the pitch. Carl Jenkinson is about to come on, but the Gunners are down to 10 men for now.

1731: That's got to hurt. Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Bacary Sagna collide at full pelt as they chase a bouncing ball by the touchline and the Arsenal defender comes off worse, falling awkwardly and being left in a heap by the billboards. I don't think he is going to be able to continue.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle after his side's disastrous display against Chelsea, which included a couple of goalkeeping howlers in a 5-1 defeat: "Adam Bogdan knows he's had a difficult day today - the third and fourth goals should have been easily mopped up. That gave us an absolute mountain to climb."

1727: Rafael van der Vaart, who was arguably lucky not to be sent off earlier, is being taken off now. Sandro is coming on to plug a few gaps in the Spurs midfield and Luka Modric will move to the right flank.

1725: I'm hearing that a few hundred Nottingham Forest fans are protesting outside the City Ground following their defeat by Birmingham. 'Sack the board' seems to be the gist of it. Steve McClaren is probably quite relieved about that. His future remains very much in doubt, though.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Redknapp arms outstretched in frustration after Arsenal equaliser. Think the name Van der Vaart might get a mention. Terrible defending."

1723: Emmanuel Adebayor is onside this time, though, and he should score when Rafael van der Vaart plays him in. The reason he doesn't is that Wojciech Szczesny is off his line to make an absolutely top-class save.

ErnestHemingMay on Twitter: "Van der Vaart might as well have been sent off with defending like that."

1719: End to end stuff at the Lane at the moment. Arsenal are buzzing at the moment, understandably, while Tottenham are on the back foot but still threatening on the break. Emmanuel Adebayor would be in here if he times his run correctly, but he is a few yards offside when Scott Parker slips him clear.

Arsenal goal: The Gunners respond in the best possible way. Younes Kaboul heads away a cross but Alex Song picks up the loose ball and charges to the byline after being given far too much space by Rafael van der Vaart. Song drills in the low cross which is met by Aaron Ramsey, who turns the ball in at the near post. All-square again.

1715: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (Aaron Ramsey)

1714: Gareth Bale does get a shot away this time. It's a scorcher too, which flies over Wojciech Szczesny's crossbar. It wasn't far away, mind.

1713: Early pressure from Spurs at the start of the second half. Gareth Bale is blocked off down the left as he shapes to shoot then, after a couple of corners, Luka Modric also hesitates when he has a sight of goal.

Injured Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Van der Vaart should be sent off! He celebrated with the fans? I'm sure that is a yellow?"

From Sam, via text: "Stoke just don't have a large enough squad to deal with the European hangover and that could hold them back this season in the league."

1709: Problem solved. Arsenal have just got the the second half started.

1709: There's a hole in one of the goal nets at White Hart Lane, so we are waiting for it to be repaired.

Football League latest: Birmingham's come-from-behind victory at the City Ground sees them rise to 17th in the Championship table as Nottingham Forest remain one place outside the relegation zone. Steve McClaren's men are still without a home win all season and they have lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions. That's why he's under pressure, I'd suspect.

1705: Incidentally, Andrew Johnson's first goal for Fulham is definitely the fastest of the season so far in the Premier League. It's been clocked at 79 seconds.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Stoke created plenty of opportunities but the delivery wasn't anywhere near as good as it should have been."

1703: There's always some controversy, isn't there? Having seen the Rafael van der Vaart goal again, I can see why it was given - it definitely hits his arm but you cannot expect Mike Dean to spot that. He should have been booked for his celebration, though. It's in the rules. Agree? Disagree? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK). Don't be shy.

spoticusmaximus on Twitter: "no second yellow for Van der Vaart as went to the crowd but not 'into' it, in my opinion..."

HaddyTheBaddy on Twitter: "Arsenal fans crying about the referee again, get over it. Shocking defending was to blame."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:"Tottenham set their stall out very well. They knew exactly what they wanted to do; they wanted to stop Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin playing. I thought Arsenal played very well for quite a long period. But Tottenham on the break were always a threat."

Half time
Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from White Hart Lane:
"Frustration does not sum it up for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger at the conclusion of this 45 minutes. The Gunners had more than matched Spurs only to concede late in the half - and with a real sense of injustice with appeals for handball by scorer Rafael van der Vaart, Desperately poor defending though."

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Swansea 2-0 Stoke

1655: FULL-TIME Nottingham Forest 1-3 Birmingham

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Andy Johnson scores his first Premier League hat-trick and becomes the first player to score three or more goals for Fulham in a Premier League match."

1654: Andrew Johnson marches off, match ball in hand, and his boots too. He's still managing to applaud the Fulham fans though. A great afternoon for them. The only consolation for QPR fans is that they probably don't have to travel far to get home.

1653: A few of you are asking why Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart wasn't booked for running into the crowd to celebrate his goal. I don't know, because he should have been. He'd already been shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Kieran Gibbs, so technically, he should be off. Only referee Mike Dean can explain why he isn't.

1650: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal

1650: FULL-TIME Fulham 6-0 QPR

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:"There was a suggestion from the Arsenal players that Rafael Van der Vaart handled the ball when he scored. I don't think he did."

1648: GOALFLASH Nott'm Forest 1-3 Birmingham (Chris Wood)

Swansea goal: It would appear that good things come to those who wait. Record signing Danny Graham opens his Swansea City account with his side's second by lifting the ball over Asmir Begovic. Stoke had been pushing hard for an equaliser too.

1646: A second goal for Spurs almost follows immediately. Gareth Bale lets fly with a swerving shot from about 20 yards out, which curves a fraction wide of Wojciech Szczesny's right-hand post.

1645: GOALFLASH Swansea 2-0 Stoke (Danny Graham)

Tottenham goal: A whiff of handball here, when Rafael van der Vaart finds space in the area to bring down Emmanuel Adebayor's clipped past with his chest, and at least some of his arm. No doubt about the finish though. The Dutchman beats Wojciech Szczesny with a low angled shot and finds the bottom corner. Spurs lead, with five minutes to go until the break.

1641: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal (Rafael van der Vaart)

1639: GOALFLASH Nott'm Forest 1-2 Birmingham (Chris Wood)

1639: A rare reason for QPR fans to be cheerful this afternoon. Jamie Mackie is on, making his first appearance after several months out with a double broken leg. Meanwhile, Fulham's hat-trick hero Andrew Johnson has departed, to a standing ovation. Bryan Ruiz is on instead.

1637: Gervinho and Theo Walcott are linking up very well so far, and combine again here. This time, Walcott cuts in from the right and goes for the top corner. He's not far away either, but his rising shot clears the bar by a couple of yards.

1636: Another scare for Swansea. Great defensive work from Ashley Williams coming across to block a close range shot from Jon Walters.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Arsene Wenger jumped from his bench and shook his fists in frustration as Gervinho missed that great chance. He knows how important opportunities like that will be today. Wasteful."

1635: GOALFLASH Nott'm Forest 1-1 Birmingham (Chris Burke)

1635: Arsenal's best chance follows moments later. Robin van Persie skins Younes Kaboul down the left and makes it to the byline, but despite cutting the ball back to Gervinho 10 yards out, the Ivorian cannot hit the target. He should have scored there, no excuses.

Fulham goal: Bobby Zamora has got his goal now. He cuts in from the right and finds the opposite bottom corner of the net from just inside the area.

1632: GOALFLASH Fulham 6-0 QPR (Bobby Zamora)

1630: Tottenham's best chance so far, and it falls to Rafael van der Vaart. Jermain Defoe's cross finds him in front of goal but his flicked shot is kept out by Wojciech Szczesny.

brettrowlands on Twitter: "No wins for the season - check, not scoring enough goals - check, no decent strikers - check... COME ON FULHAM!"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Spurs and Arsenal will both take encouragement from the opening exchanges. Emmanuel Adebayor looks in the mood against his former club while Arsenal have enjoyed spells of possession. Plenty to keep England coach Fabio Capello interested."

1628: This is a good spell for Arsenal, who are playing 4-5-1 and have an extra man in midfield. Can they make it count, though? Theo Walcott has just had another effort saved by Brad Friedel, but it was comfortable for the Spurs keeper.

Fulham goal: Fulham are really rampant now. Andrew Johnson surges down the left and his cross is flicked into Clint Dempsey's path by Bobby Zamora, and he tucks his shot past Paddy Kenny. No goals for Zamora (yet) today but he has made at least two, and gone close a few times himself.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1624: Almost an equaliser for Stoke, but Glenn Whelan can only look on in frustration as his long and precise free-kick rebounds off the bottom of the post. There have been a few niggling tackles since the resumption of play and the Potters are pushing hard for a goal.

1622: GOALFLASH Fulham 5-0 QPR (Clint Dempsey)

1620: Arsenal's best moment so far. Two moments, actually. Theo Walcott cuts inside and fires in a low shot that Ledley King deflects wide. When the corner comes over, Aaron Ramsey's header is cleared by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Not sure that was going in, but it would have been close.

Fulham goal: QPR's defence is still fast asleep, I'm afraid. Danny Murphy takes a quick free-kick, slipping Andrew Johnson clear and he slams his shot past Paddy Kenny, who is hopelessly exposed. Like Frank Lampard, he will be taking the match-ball home with him tonight.

1617: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 QPR (Andrew Johnson hat-trick)

callumleeds on Twitter: "Is there a much better midfield than the midfield #Spurs have? Bet there is not many, can only think of #Barca and maybe #Bayern."

1613: By the way, QPR made a couple of changes a the break. Neil Warnock brought on Tommy Smith and DJ Campbell, replacing Shaun Derry and Adel Taarabt. It hasn't had too much effect so far, though.

1611: Tottenham have launched a couple of swift counter-attacks in the opening minutes, and that tactic almost pays off here when Emmanuel Adebayor feeds Scott Parker from a long Brad Friedel clearance. Parker is in on goal too, but stumbles as he shoots from an angle and can only fire weakly straight at Wojciech Szczesny. Chance gone.

1609: Rafael van der Vaart has started on the right for Spurs and has already sent across a couple of dangerous deliveries. One of them almost finds Emmanuel Adebayor, who stopped his run for some reason. If he had kept going, he would have been on the end of that.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat at White Hart Lane on BBC Radio 5 live:"Today's a big game for Arsenal, particularly for their midfield. Can they control the threat of Scott Parker, who's been outstanding since he came to Tottenham, and of course the little magician Luka Modric?"

1605: And at the Liberty Stadium too. As expected, it's been a fast and frantic opening at White Hart Lane, and we've had a half-chance too. Jermain Defoe has just found space to head over for Spurs.

1603: The second half starts at Craven Cottage. Let's see if that Neil Warnock 'team-talk' (or rant) has worked...

1602: Here we go. We are under way at the Lane.

yellif on Twitter: "Hate to say this but Spurs team looks tasty. Am sure I'm not the only nervous Gooner right now."

darrenrix on Twitter: "I fear Arsenal getting spanked, and that hurts saying that!"

1214: Right then. It's north London derby time. Tottenham fans are confident, Arsenal's seem worried. How are you feeling? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK). Don't be shy.

It's sunny
1558: The Tottenham and Arsenal players emerge into the autumn sunshine at White Hart Lane. The atmosphere? Absolutely electric.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from White Hart Lane: "Arsenal
boss Arsene Wenger is typically confident in himself and his team as he insists: "Maybe people expected us to crumble completely with the start that we had but they don't know us well enough. We have a very strong mentality in the team, we are highly focused and motivated and we are no fools."

Half time
Fulham 3-0 QPR
Kevin Core's HT snapshot: "Fulham's man of the moment Andrew Johnson scores a brace and wins a penalty too. QPR are stunned - the Cottagers have been stunning."

Half time
Swansea 1-0 Stoke
Aled Williams' HT snapshot: "The half-time whistle couldn't have come quickly enough for Swansea. Having started brightly and taken the lead on eight minutes, the Swans have had to endure a period of constant Stoke pressure as Tony Pulis' side flexed their muscles with quite a few tasty tackles."

1551: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's short trip down the Seven Sisters Road to White Hart Lane: "We try to win and dictate the game against a team which is good going forward so we need to defend well and master possession. We are still in the rebuilding phase with our confidence so one game with a good result today could increase that."

1549: Swansea are dealing with this bombardment well enough though. Referee Mike Jones blows his whiste, and that's the end of the first 45 minutes.

1548: It's half-time at Craven Cottage. In Wales, Stoke are hoisting a succession of balls into the Swansea box.

1547: QPR started this half with Shaun Wright-Phillips letting fly with from distance, and they've ended it in the same way. Just a shame about what has happened in between, really.

From Daniel in east London, via text: "I can't see anything other than an emphatic Tottenham win today. Arsenal to crumble under the pressure."

JimboNorwood on Twitter: "Andy Johnson for England?"

AlexRDownes on Twitter: "Why are people behaving as if this Arsenal side have no quality whatsoever? get a grip."

Yellow card
1544: Andy Wilkinson is arguably lucky to escape with a booking after a truly horrible challenge on Swansea forward Nathan Dyer. The Stoke defender is late and high - and elsewhere this weekend that would definitely have meant a red card.

1543: Fulham can smell more goals here, and all their players are trying their luck now. Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy are the latest to pepper Paddy Kenny's goal. QPR's players will be glad to get off at the break... but they will not be looking forward to what their manager Neil Warnock has to say to them.

1540: Angel Rangel heads over the Stoke crossbar under pressure from Robert Huth, but it has been the visiting team who have been looking the most threatening over the last few minutes as they push for an equaliser.

Fulham goal: Neil Warnock is looking decidedly glum on the sidelines, and for good reason. His QPR side are at sixes and sevens at the back and, frankly, are being torn apart. Fulham come forward again, and although Clint Dempsey's shot is blocked, Bobby Zamora turns the ball back across goal for Andrew Johnson, who supplies the neat finish.

1537: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-0 QPR (Andrew Johnson)

1536: GOALFLASH Nott'm Forest 1-0 Birmingham (Ishmael Miller)

From anon, via text: "Blackburn Rovers fans may not like their manager but they'll be loving what's happening a few miles down the road. Tactics so wrong it's embarrassing."

Scottiboi89 on Twitter: "Cannot see Arsenal getting anything with that line up. Not as much strentgh and depth as Spurs, and that's from a Gunner!"

AdrianDonohue1 on Twitter: "I'm predicting Adebayor to score and Spurs fans to break into ironic chant of "Arsenal reject."

1531: QPR are still seeing plenty of the ball, and are still not doing much with it. Fulham are happy for them to pass it around in their own half and, when it is played forward, Jay Bothroyd is offside.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from White Hart Lane: Spurs
manager Harry Redknapp has offered his support to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger after he has suffered increased criticism this season, saying: "I don't think it's ever an issue that they would sack him. He is a top manager and they know they are well off."

1529: That crushing defeat by Chelsea means is Bolton's worst league start in 109 years, which I'm sure you'll agree is a long time. It would still be madness to sack Owen Coyle on the back of it, although I would suggest some extra defensive work in training this week.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I've been really, really impressed with Swansea so far. Stoke haven't really got going. Their midfield pairing of Dean Whitehead and Marc Wilson have found it hard going."

1525: Frank Lampard left the pitch at the Reebok clutching the match-ball. Just an England call-up to come later, which should complete a good weekend's work for the Chelsea midfielder.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1524: Stoke come agonisingly close to an equaliser after a powerful long-range strike from Jon Walters that is undoubtedly heading into the roof of the Swans goal before Michel Vorm makes a brilliant finger-tip save to push his effort on to the crossbar.

Full time
1523: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-5 Chelsea

Tottenham v Arsenal line-ups
Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Sandro.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Coquelin, Walcott, van Persie, Gervinho. Subs: Fabianski, Park, Andre Santos, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Benayoun.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Fulham goal: The Cottagers had just gone close through a sweet Andrew Johnson volley from Bobby Zamora's knockdown when a moment of madness by QPR keeper Paddy Kenny gifts them a second goal. Kenny comes dashing out to the right-hand side of his area for no apparent reason to send Andrew Johnson tumbling. That's a definite penalty, which Danny Murphy despatches into the roof of the net. Breathing space for the Cottagers.

1519: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-0 QPR (Danny Murphy)


Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from White Hart Lane: "Emmanuel Adebayor
leads the Spurs attack against former club Arsenal in the north London derby. Arsenal are lifted by the news that Theo Walcott and Gervinho are fit to start while Alex Song will be Per Mertesacker's partner in central defence. Francis Coquelin gets a real vote of confidence from Arsene Wenger as he gets the nod in midfield."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1515: Chances at both ends at the Reebok. Firstly Daniel Sturridge goes within an inch or two of completing his hat-trick, with a low shot that skids past the post. Bolton respond with a long-range rasper from Chris Eagles which deceives Petr Cech and comes back off the post.

Alex Song is picked at centre-back as Francis Coquelin replaces him in midfield for the derby with Tottenham. Theo Walcott also comes in in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Gervinho and Robin van Persie are also restored to the attack.

Swansea goal: It's a needless penalty to concede this one, with Ryan Shawcross taking out Scott Sinclair as the Swans forward runs away from goal. Anyway, Sinclair picks himself up and fires confidently home from the spot. Just the start the Welsh side wanted.

1512: Superb defending from Branislav Ivanovic, who keeps out a certain goal when he gets back to hack away Kevin Davies close-range finish from Martin Petrov's pull-back. Hang about, though, because replays seem to show the ball was already over the line. Don't think it will make much difference to the result, though.

1509: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 Stoke (Scott Sinclair, pen)


1506: Chelsea are still looking for more goals. Raul Meireles plays a peach of a pass to find Nicolas Anelka and he feeds Daniel Sturridge on the edge of the area. Zat Knight is doing rather better at keeping Sturridge quiet than Gretar Steinsson did earlier, and his block takes the sting out of his shot, which bounces through to Adam Bogdan.

Folahann on Twitter: "I think Bolton will be fine after this game. They have played Man United, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and now Chelsea this season."

aidansweeney93 on Twitter: "That Lampard bloke is finished, he should just retire right?"

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd at the Liberty Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "These are the sort of games that Swansea will need to pick up points. There are players in this team that can create, and if they can withhold the Stoke onslaught they have a chance."

Fulham goal: Daniel Sturridge's opener for Chelsea after 92 seconds was the fastest goal in the Premier League this season. It was, because Andrew Johnson has just beaten it, by about two seconds I think. He follows up after Moussa Dembele's shot is pushed away, to slot Fulham ahead from close range.

1501: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 QPR (Andrew Johnson)

1500: We are under way at Craven Cottage and the Liberty Stadium.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from White Hart Lane: "Tottenham
start the north London derby as favourites after finding a rich vein of form following an uncertain start to the season - but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is talking with renewed optimism after a declaration of confidence from his board and victories against Bolton and Olympiakos. With Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea regarded as the teams who will fight for the title, these two will have eyes on the Champions League places."

1458: Right, our three 1500 BST games are about to get under way, but a reminder we've got Tottenham-Arsenal to look forward to later. I'll give you team news as soon as I get it.

Nottingham Forest make three changes from Tuesday's 5-1 thrashing at Burnley as Clint Hill, Lewis McGugan and Marcus Tudgay replace Chris Gunter, Andy Reid and Jonathan Greening. There are two changes for Birmingham following Thursday's Europa League win at Maribor - Boaz Myhill returns in goal and Nikola Zigic is preferred to Marlon King up front.

Nottm Forest v Birmingham line-ups
Nottm Forest:
Camp, Chambers, Morgan, Lynch, Hill, Majewski, Moussi, McGugan, Derbyshire, Miller, Tudgay. Subs: Smith, Reid, Greening, Gunter, Findley.
Birmingham: Myhill, Spector, Caldwell, Ibanez, Ridgewell, Burke, Gomis, Elliott, Fahey, Beausejour, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, King, Redmond, Wood.
Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

1451: The points will be heading back to London with Chelsea but there might still be more goals in this one for Bolton. John Obi Mikel, who came on for Ramires before Frank Lampard made it 5-1, gives the ball away and it is fed to Kevin Davies, who tries to lob Petr Cech from the edge of the area but doesn't get enough loft on his shot.

Chelsea goal: Say what you like about Bolton's defending but Frank Lampard's finishing has been top-class today. He exchanges passes with Didier Drogba and calmy sets himself up to fire past Adam Bogdan. An exquisitely worked goal to complete his hat-trick.

1447: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-5 Chelsea (Frank Lampard hat-trick)

Kevin Core reports: Fulham boss Martin Jol makes six changes after their midweek win over Danish side Odense in the Europa League, with Mousa Dembele and Bobby Zamora coming in to join Andrew Johnson up front in a very attacking line-up. There is just the one change for QPR, with Bradley Orr in for the suspended Armand Traore, as these two teams meet for the first time in a decade.

1446: Ah. Adam Bogdan's afternoon is not getting much better though. The Bolton keeper spills another corner and the ball drops for Ramires, who lashes his first-time shot high and wide. Another Chelsea goal would kill this one but, as things stand, Bolton fans have got the faintest glimmer of hope.

Swansea v Stoke line-ups
Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Monk, Rangel, Sinclair, Dyer, Routledge, Allen, Gower, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Richards, Lucas.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Shawcross, Delap, Woodgate, Whelan, Pennant, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Sidibe, Upson, Shotton, Arismendi, Jerome.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1442: A change for Chelsea at the back. Branislav Ivanovic is on for Jose Bosingwa. Another Bolton goal would certainly make things interesting...

1439: Bolton are enjoying a decent spell here. Why on earth didn't they start the game like this? Martin Petrov is at the centre of it, being on the wrong end of a marginal offside decision and then taking an optimistic pot-shot. Wanderers, at last, are taking the game to Chelsea but they are going to have to watch the Blues on the break...

Full time
1438: FULL-TIME Hearts 2-0 Celtic

gheiprateek on Twitter: "Never say never!"

Bolton goal: As I was saying, I can't see a Bolton comeback here. Or maybe I can! Wanderers start the second half with a bang when Martin Petrov bends in a free-kick and Dedryck Boyata makes the most of some sloppy Chelsea defending to nod home at the back post.

1435: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-4 Chelsea (Dedryck Boyata)

1434: We are back under way at a subdued Reebok Stadium. Bolton have made one change, with Zat Knight on for Gretar Steinsson.

gheiprateek on Twitter: "Re Bolton 0-4 Chelsea. I can't help but think of the Arsenal game at St James' Park last year. It can't happen again, can it?"

Well, I can't see it happening today. We might get more goals at the Reebok, but Chelsea will probably get most of them.

Aled Williams reports: Swansea show two changes to the side which started against Chelsea last Saturday with fit again Danny Graham replacing Leroy Lita and Wayne Routledge in for the injured Leon Britton. Dean Whitehead for Matthew Etherington is the only change to the Stoke side which started the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend. Former Swansea striker Mamady Sidibe is among the Stoke substitutes.

Kevin Core reports: "Fulham boss Martin Jol says he is looking to turn draws into victories... a first of the season in the Premier League would be nice. "So far this season it's not been a matter of defeats, it's been a case of us drawing too many games," he said. "We want to climb the table and I think we've got the team, if the balance is right, to do well."

Hearts goal: This is turning into a terrible afternoon for Celtic, who are two down against Hearts with just a matter of minutes remaining. A brilliant backheel from David Templeton is collected by Ryan Stevenson, who skips around Fraser Forster before drilling the ball into the net from eight yards.

Fulham v QPR line-ups
Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Riise, Dempsey, Sidwell, Murphy, Dembele, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Ruiz, Senderos, Duff, Etuhu.
QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hall, Ferdinand, Young, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin, Taarabt, Barton, Bothroyd. Subs: Murphy, Campbell, Mackie, Buzsaky, Perone, Smith, Helguson.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

KeithKnight05 on Twitter: "Boring boring Chelsea... love our new attacking style of play under AVB, great 2nd goal by "finished" Lampard!"

1425: GOALFLASH Hearts 2-0 Celtic (Ryan Stevenson)

Aled Williams reports: "Swansea won't be intimidated by Stoke according to manager Brendan Rodgers: "You come up against teams like Stoke and the game plan may be different to others, but whatever it is you have to stand up and be counted." And Stoke boss Tony Pulis is not underestimating Rodgers' side; "He has put a belief into them that they can win matches. It is going to be a massive game for us and a tough one."

DC47Promotions on Twitter: "Re Stuartyk18. How many more comments are we going to see describing Daniel Sturridge as a "great prospect"? He's a great player now!"

Half time
1419: Bolton 0-4 Chelsea
Jonathan Jurejko's HT snapshot: "Write Chelsea off as title challengers at your peril. The Blues have ruthlessly brushed aside hapless Bolton in a majestic first half performance - though they have been helped by two howlers from home keeper Adam Bogdan. And you just knew Daniel Sturridge would come back to haunt Owen Coyle."

Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Moussa Dembele all start for the Cottagers. More news on that, and QPR's line-up, in a tick.

From Lauren on the M6, via text: "How gutted must Fernando Torres be to be missing out on the fun today?!"

1414: A couple of minutes of the first half left at the Reebok. Bolton, to their credit, are still trying to get back into this game. But it's going to take something special from Owen Coyle at half-time to turn this one around. Wanderers need a miracle, essentially.

Stuartyk18 on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge is a class apart today, great prospect for the future."

gilbertadam on Twitter: "How long till the Bolton boardroom follow the team in un-Coyle-ing?"

Red card
Celtic red card: It goes from bad to worse for Celtic, who are down to 10-men at Hearts after Kris Commons sees red for a late and poor challenge on Adrian Mrowiec.

1410: RED CARD Celtic's Kris Commons

1409: Every time Chelsea come forward, I worry for Bolton. Their defence gets in a tangle from a Juan Mata corner and Gary Cahill's header against his team-mate could easily fly in. It doesn't, but Bolton are still in all sorts of trouble at the back.

Aled Williams reports: "There will be two contrasting football philosophies on show at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon. Stoke City under Welshman Tony Pulis are renowned for their direct approach which has seen them become an established Premier League side. Swansea on the other hand have won plaudits for their brand of football and manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed they won't compromise in order to prolong their top flight stay."

Kevin Core reports: "Fulham boss Martin Jol must be hoping the midweek victory over Odense in the Europa League will kick-start his side's campaign, and soon bring to an end the Cottagers' unenviable status as the only Premier League side without a win this season. Fulham have had four draws and two defeats in this league, but there can surely be no better way to end that winless sequence than against west London rivals QPR in their first meeting since March 2001."

Hearts goal: Somewhat against the run of play, but Hearts take the lead with a cracking finish from Rudi Skacel, who was about to be substituted. David Templeton lays the ball into his path and Skacel lashes the ball home with a low and powerful left-foot strike that skims across the wet turf and nestles in the bottom corner.

TheJohnBoden on Twitter: "Sturridge for England? Tearing Cahill and co to pieces."

YellowBeanz on Twitter: "Bogdan is having a shocker but will Lampard be starting for England on Friday night? Glad Sturridge is scoring."

1403: GOALFLASH Hearts 1-0 Celtic (Rudi Skacel)

1402: It has been all Celtic since play restarted at Tynecastle, and Mo Bangura almost breaks the deadlock with a vicious strike from a tight angle that takes a deflection and flies over the crossbar. You can follow a dedicated live text commentary of that game, here.

Chelsea goal: We've not even had half an hour at the Reebok and Chelsea are home and dry. They've got Adam Bogdan to thank for that, again. The Hungarian keeper could only parry David Luiz's shot after a rampaging run forward from the Chelsea defender, spilling the ball into the path of Frank Lampard who says 'thank you very much' and slots home. This is becoming embarrassing for Bolton.

1358: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-4 Chelsea (Frank Lampard)

Chelsea goal: After a couple of defensive errors, why not throw in a goalkeeping howler too? Bolton's afternoon gets even worse when Daniel Sturridge cuts in from the right and lets fly with a bouncing shot that Adam Bogdan should keep out, but can only help into his own net. Painful for the home fans.

1356: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-3 Chelsea (Daniel Sturridge)

1355: Martin Petrov is much better going forward, mind, and he has just fired in a couple of wicked corners that caused havoc in the Chelsea defence. None of his team-mates got on the end of them, though, so the Blues survive.

1353: Chelsea are enjoying themselves down the right, where Jose Bosingwa and Daniel Sturridge are giving Paul Robinson a torrid time. Robinson is not getting much help down that flank from Martin Petrov, who is notorious for his failure to track back, and, after another Blues attack ends with Juan Mata blasting over, the Bolton left-back points out that he could do with a bit of help.

1350: The second half has started at Tynecastle.

1348: Chelsea are close to running riot here. Again, Bolton cannot cope with their pace and passing coming forward and it takes a decent stop from Adam Bogdan to deny Didier Drogba at his near post. Then Daniel Sturridge escapes down the right and his cross finds Raul Meireles, who should hit the target, but doesn't.

Chelsea goal: Well, it WAS a decent response by Bolton. Defensively they are still all over the shop and, after a neat passing move, Daniel Sturridge feeds Frank Lampard to sweep home Chelsea's second goal.

1346: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-2 Chelsea (Frank Lampard)

1344: ... Martin Petrov is standing over it, but his eventual effort is a tame one. Straight into the Chelsea wall. Still, this is a decent response by Bolton.

Yellow card
1341: The first booking at the Reebok goes to Bolton striker David Ngog, who catches David Luiz as he chases the ball. Not sure why Chelsea's Raul Meireles doesn't get a yellow a couple of minutes later when he brings down Darren Pratley on the edge of the area, but Bolton have a free-kick about 25 yards out...

Half time
Hearts 0-0 Celtic
Colin Moffat's HT snapshot: "Hearts' Lithuanian-based owner Vladimir Romanov is making a rare appearance at Tynecastle and he will be pleased with what he's seen so far. The fired-up home side are matching Celtic in an end-to-end contest, full of bone-shuddering tackles. The goalkeepers can boast one fantastic save each, although Mo Bangura really should have nodded Celtic in front from close range." You can follow a dedicated live text commentary of that game, here.

1338: David Ngog lets fly with Bolton's first effort, which is about 10 miles off target. His follow-through is a lot more dangerous than his actual shot, with his boot taking out John Terry in what can only be described as an extremely sensitive area. Ouch. The Chelsea skipper felt that one.

1335: Daniel Sturridge didn't celebrate his goal by the way - a nice sign of respect to Bolton fans. He clearly wants more goals, though, letting fly with a long-range effort, that zips a yard or two wide.

Chelsea goal: He's done this at the Reebok before, but usually in a Bolton shirt. The home defence switch off at a corner and Daniel Sturridge escapes Gretar Steinsson to nod Chelsea in front after just 92 seconds. A nightmarish start for Wanderers.

1333: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Chelsea (Daniel Sturridge)

1332: HALF-TIME Hearts 0-0 Celtic

1331: We are up and running at the Reebok. The weather isn't great there, either. I'm missing the sunshine already - and we might not see it again for a few months.

From Will, via text: "Before we all jump on the Bolton relegation bandwagon let us remember who they have played. To open the season with Utd, City, Arsenal, Liverool and now Chelsea would give any manager sleepless nights. This game will be more interesting than at first glance I reckon!"

Wardooooo on Twitter: "This is one of the best Chelsea line-ups I've seen in years... COYB!"

1327: The players are in the tunnels at the Reebok. It's the only Premier League ground to have two of them...

1325: It looks like Bolton and Chelsea will both be lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Wanderers using Kevin Davies and Martin Petrov on either flank, alongside David Ngog. Chelsea's front three will be Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata. Expect a bit of flexibility from both sides, though.

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Andre Villas-Boas has backed Owen Coyle to lift the Trotters out of the relegation zone. The Chelsea boss said: "His teams are well-organised and bad phases during the Premier League can happen to anybody. I think due to his competence he will come out of it." I'm sure he's hoping any revival comes after this afternoon's game at the Reebok, though.

1320: Another decent effort by Hearts. Jamie Hamill curls a free-kick over the Celtic wall, a bit like Ronald Koeman did for the Netherlands against England in that 1993 World Cup qualifier. Fraser Forster, like David Seaman, is covering the opposite end of his goal but the difference is that the Celtic keeper is able to get across and get a hand to the ball. A great attempt, and an excellent save.

Bolton v Chelsea line-ups
Bogdan, Steinsson, Cahill, Boyata, Robinson, Petrov, Pratley, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Ngog, Kevin Davies. Subs: Lainton, Muamba, Eagles, Sanli, Knight, Mark Davies, Vela.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Mikel, Malouda, Lukaku, Anelka.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1317: Bespectacled Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp ahead of the north London derby (1600 BST KO): "It is a game between two evenly-balanced sides and has the makings of a good and open game. We have got a good squad and everybody is ready."

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Bolton make five changes from the team which lost at Arsenal last weekend. Veteran keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen misses out through injury and is replaced by Adam Bogdan, while Dedryck Boyata will partner Gary Cahill in a new centre-half pairing. Kevin Davies and David Ngog lead the line together for the first time in the Premier League, with Ricardo Gardner also coming in. Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge return to the Chelsea attack with Fernando Torres suspended and Raul Meireles takes over from John Obi Mikel in the holding role."

Jdoyle1901 on Twitter: "I predict a Bolton win... bottom, worst run has to come to an end and a shock is on the cards."

1309: Extraordinary. I've just seen Spurs boss Harry Redknapp being interviewed on Sky Sports ahead of today's north London derby, wearing a pair of what I can only describe as a pair of 'Ronnie Corbett' glasses. I just hope he leaves them on for the game...

1308: Ah. That changed as soon as I'd finished writing it. James Forrest did brilliantly again, sending over an enticing cross that Mohamed Bangura should bury from point-blank range but instead meets with a weak header that Jamie Macdonald is able to turn around his post. From the resulting corner, Hearts fall asleep and Celtic play in Kris Commons who sees his thumping shot saved by Macdonald at his near post.

1305: Celtic have had their moments coming forward, especially down the right through James Forrest, but their only effort on goal so far has been a hopeful long-range shot by Kris Commons that flew a long way off target. It's still 0-0 at a soggy Tynecastle, with 20 minutes gone.

Kevin Davies and David Ngog are up front for Bolton - the first time the pair have started a Premier League game together. Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata all start for Chelsea, as does Frank Lampard. More details with you shortly.

andhisdogspot on Twitter: "Strong line up for Chelsea today, should be coming home from the Reebok with all 3 points."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1257: Another Hearts chance, and they are getting closer. Marius Zaliukas fires the ball back in after a corner is half-cleared and David Templeton tries to help it in with a cheeky back-heeled flick. Not sure if he got a touch, but the ball slams against Fraser Forster's right-hand post. Celtic can breathe again.

HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Sturridge to start and score three, setting up the future England star striking pair: Welbeck and Sturridge."

I must admit the recent talk of Michael Owen getting back in the England squad made me think 'what, ahead of Daniel Sturridge?'. He can't be far away...

1252: Hearts are first to threaten, with Ryan Stevenson launching himself at a hoisted ball into the box and sending a downward header skidding goalwards off the wet turf. It might just be creeping inside the post but Fraser Forster, who is taking no chances, scrambles across to push it away.

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Bolton boss Owen Coyle admits he would have loved to have lured last season's loan star Daniel Sturridge back to the Reebok. But he was given no encouragement from his old mate Andre Villas-Boas, having met the Chelsea manager when they studied together on a coaching course. The Wanderers boss said: "I asked him on a number of occasions about having Daniel back. But his first text back was 'Coylie, you must be crazy to think I'm letting this lad out of here'."

1248: By the way, Bolton fans, how much are you missing Daniel Sturridge right now? Not sure you want him back at the Reebok today, seeing how much he liked scoring there last season...

1247: And we're off. Hearts get us going.

1245: An incredible din at Tynecastle when the players emerge from the tunnel. It doesn't look like Edinburgh got much of the heatwave that has hit most of Britain this week. They just got a lot of rain instead...

From Ian in St Annes, via text: "Not really sure how I want Bolton to line up today. I loved it when Coyle came in and we started passing the ball around but we've paid a heavy price against the big teams so far this season. Might be worth playing 10 at the back today. Come on you super white men!"

From anon, via text: "Can Stoke overcome this suggested 'European hangover'? Lets hope so, come on Pulis, fire them up, bring back 3 points!"

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Bolton have lost their last 8 PL home games v Chelsea, the longest losing run of any team at home to a single opponent in the PL. Tough."

Jonathan Jurejko reports: "Yesterday's victories for the two Manchester clubs and surprise package Newcastle means the pressure switches to fourth placed Chelsea this afternoon. Beating Bolton at the Reebok, where the Blues have won their last eight Premier League games without conceding a goal, would move Andre Villas-Boas' men back above the Magpies - and within striking distance of the top two. Meanwhile rock-bottom Bolton are hoping to avoid a sixth straight home defeat - their worst run in 108 years - and climb out of the drop zone with a morale-boosting win."

BenniiiP on Twitter: "All home wins today, guaranteed."

OriginalT44 on Twitter: "If Birmingham beat us today at Forest does that mean that Steve McClaren will give us yet even more excuses? He needs to go!"

Colin Moffat reports: "Kris Commons returns to the Celtic midfield after a lengthy absence and Mo Bangura makes his first SPL start. Victor Wanyama retains his place in central midfield, with Joe Ledley and Beram Kayal missing through injury. Rudi Skacel makes a rare start for Hearts, with Ryan Stevenson leading the line." You can follow a dedicated live text commentary of that game, here.

From Danny, Spurs fan, via text: "I don't like going into this as favourites! On paper our squad looks stronger, but the form book goes out of the window in a north London derby."

Arsenal fan jacobbold on Twitter: "I'm 17 and terrified that today we will have it confirmed that Spurs are better than us for the first time in my lifetime."

Hearts v Celtic line-ups
MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Templeton, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Skacel, Stevenson. Subs: Balogh, Elliott, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Gordon Smith, Robinson.
Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Ki, Wanyama, Commons, Hooper, Bangura. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Stokes, Mark Wilson, McCourt, Rogne, Slane.
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

1227: Oh, and the 'law of the ex' means at least one of the goals (I'm expecting a few) at White Hart Lane today will be scored by Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor. He bagged eight goals in nine games in this fixture when he played for the Gunners - what price a very special derby day celebration today too? He's got history...

1221: I'm expecting big things from our capital derby games today. Goals are practically guaranteed in Tottenham-Arsenal clashes these days, while a little further west Fulham and QPR are meeting for the first time ever in the top flight.

From Will, via text: "Is it wrong to still be an optimistic Arsenal fan?! 4-0 to the Gunners?! Yes please Wenger! From a happy, probably soon to be inconsolable Gunner."

Colin Moffat reports: "This game DOES go ahead after Tynecastle passes a morning pitch inspection. The rain has been lashing down all across Scotland, so expect a few dramatic slide tackles on the soggy pitch. There will be extra security around the dugout area as Celtic boss Neil Lennon returns to Gorgie for the first time since he was attacked by a fan in May. Hearts have been up and down this season but are always formidable at home. Celtic start the day 10 points adrift of league leaders Rangers and one point behind Motherwell, with two games in hand over both." You can follow a dedicated live text commentary of that game, here.

1214: And the only other thing you need to know is how to get in touch. It's easy: Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK). Don't be shy.

1206: Yep, we had our opening derby of the weekend ruined by a ludicrous red card, so let's hope today's two all-London clashes (and the rest) escape similar treatment. It would make a nice change if we were just talking about some great games/goals at the end of it all.

1202: Afternoon folks. Welcome to a busy Sunday of football. Is it too much to ask that the outcome of any of today's games isn't decided by a ridiculous refereeing decision? Fingers crossed...

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

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

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