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By Chris Bevan

1950: And this is where I have to call it a night. Be sure to watch all today's Premier League action on Match of the Day on BBC One and this website (in the UK) at 2220 BST and all the goals from the Football League in the Football League show straight afterwards at 2345 BST. I've been Chris Bevan and you lot have been great. I hope to see you lot on Sunday too, starting with Black Country and Steel City derbies and ending with Newcastle-Tottenham, with plenty in between. Cheerio for now, though.

1946: Everton boss David Moyes on his side's defeat by Chelsea: "We made mistakes for the goals and when you play Chelsea you have to defend well. I was disappointed with the goals but the players showed spirit and they kept going until the end. We always had a chance at 1-0. But the goal at half-time took the wind out of our sails and at 2-0 we had a mountain to climb."

1945: Manchester City midfielder James Milner after scoring against his old side Aston Villa to go top of the table: "It's always nice to hear, that's where we want to be and stay. These are very early days and we've got to take one game at a time but we'll try and keep it up." And on their next two fixtures against Villarreal and Manchester United: "We've got two massive games. We'll take the Champions League game first and try to win that. It's up to us to play well - we can beat anyone on our day. We'll have fresh legs and this win helps the momentum. We'll try and carry that on."

Evertonized on Twitter: "We spent nothing in the summer window, we were away against a quality team who spent millions..I'm not disheartened."

Full time
FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-1 Everton
Arindam Rej reports: "Chelsea's third goal summed up their display. Looking quiet and dull for ages then, all of a sudden, conjuring a burst of skill and speed to overwhelm Everton. "

Full time
FULL-TIME Wigan 1-3 Bolton
Michael da Silva reports: "Bolton come out on top of this frenetic derby thanks to Wigan's poor finishing and two costly individual errors. Relief for Coyle, frustration for Martinez."

Full time
FULL-TIME Stoke City 2-0 Fulham
Owen Phillips reports: "A boring start but a thrilling finish sees Stoke take the spoils."

Full time
FULL-TIME QPR 1-1 Blackburn
Paul Fletcher reports: "Two points dropped or one gained? It is a question that both managers might be asking themselves after an entertaining match."

Full time
FULL-TIME Norwich 3-1 Swansea
Graham Chase reports: "A cracking game cooled after half time. Three wins in four for Norwich but Swansea must cure their miserable away form."

Full time
FULL-TIME Man City 4-1 Aston Villa
David Ornstein reports: "Top of the league and brimming with confidence, it's time for the Premier League to stand up and take note of Manchester City. They're at a level Villa can only dream of reaching."

Full time
FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd
Phil McNulty reports from Anfield: "Manchester United supporters cheering a point in the Anfield Road end - suggests they are happier with a point than Liverpool. The champions may just have escaped here after an unconvincing team selection and an unconvincing performance."

1936: Thrills and spills, and piles of goals. This is what happened today in the top flight...

Clarkeyisafox on Twitter: "Cheer up Everton fans, you're still ahead of Arsenal."

Football League update: This is how those late Championship games ended up. Portsmouth began life after Steve Cotterill with a 2-0 win over Barnsley at Fratton Park. Two goals in 80 seconds from David Norris and Luke Varney wrapped up the win for caretaker managers Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham. Meanwhile, Brighton drew 0-0 with Hull City at the Amex Stadium with the visitors having the better of the chances.

bjdyke on Twitter: "38 years proudly followed Everton and am now finally getting sick of the inequalty of top flight football."

jGooderson on Twitter: "Too little too late as usual from Moyes. Needs to get his act together or get out. Fans been crying out for Vellios all game."

Full time
1924: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-1 Everton

1922: There will be four minutes of stoppage time at the Bridge, and we've already had half of it. Chelsea are heading for third spot in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Manchester City, and a point off Manchester United.

1921: Chelsea are hardly just sitting back and seeing this one out, mind. Didier Drogba had a sniff when he met a cross t at the near post but could not quite bring the ball down and, after doing his Big Daddy impression, Lampard fired a shot straight at Tim Howard.

Handbags
1919: This is nice, a bit of all-in wrestling between Frank Lampard and Phil Neville after they tussle for the ball in midfield. Lampard threw Neville to the floor, but it was the Everton midfielder who got more of a talking to from referee Mike Jones. I think he started it.

1916: We are into the last three minutes of the 90 at Stamford Bridge, and Everton are hardly knocking on the door looking to pull another one back. They cannot even get the ball back at the moment.

1915: Speaking of quick goals, Anthony Pilkington's opener for Norwich today was after just 50 seconds, making it the quickest in the Premier League so far this season. It beats Daniel Sturridge's effort from a couple of weeks ago for Chelsea against Bolton.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Everton goal: Apostolos Vellios had only been on the pitch for 18 seconds when he got on the end of Royston Drenthe's cross from the left. He slides in at the near post to divert the ball into the far corner. At leas the Everton fans have got something to cheer them up on their long journey home.

1910: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-1 Everton (Apostolos Vellios)

1908: Sorry, haven't seen much of Oriol Romeu, but he is clearly more of a midfielder judging from where he has slotted in to the Chelsea side. Anyway, here comes Apostolos Vellios for Everton. He is DEFINITELY a striker.

1906: And here comes that Chelsea double substitution. Juan Mata is going off, which is a shame, as is John Mikel Obi.

1903: Time for a couple of Chelsea changes too. Nicolas Anelka and Oriol Romeu, are about to come on. This game is all over as a contest by the way.

Jimjjo on Twitter: "Re Rob. Does that top 5 include Newcastle?"

1901: Into the last 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge and Everton are making a change - Phil Neville is on for Tim Cahill.

Yellow card
1859: A great decision by referee Mike Jones, who books Daniel Sturridge for diving over - what he thinks will be - a challenge by Royston Drenthe to try to get a free-kick. It looked comical in the end because Drenthe didn't even try to get the tackle in. Sturridge is a great talent but he should be above all that.

From Rob, Villa fan in Brum, via text: "The Premier League is increasingly looking like being all about the top five and everyone else just being the whipping boys and it is just going to get worse. I might stop watching if it continues because sport is only interesting when you do not know what is going to happen and the field is open."

1855: Not such good news for Ramires now, though. He is hobbling off with what looks like an injury to his right ankle, and Florent Malouda is coming on instead. Bad news for Chelsea if it proves to be serious, because his tireless running is vital to the Blues' cause.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Chelsea goal: And I was about to talk about whether Drenthe could inspire a comeback. It all seems a bit pointless now because Chelsea appear to have wrapped this one up with a devastating breakaway goal. Didier Drogba brings the ball forward and slides in Juan Mata down the left. He still has work to do, but drills in a pinpoint low cross for Ramires to slide in and net from close range. Simples.

1852: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-0 Everton (Ramires)

1850: An hour gone, and Royston Drenthe is about to come on for Everton, replacing Seamus Coleman. On his day, this boy is a worldbeater... but is this his day?

1847: Andre Villas-Boas is doing his peculiar brand of touchline aerobics because, for all those impressive possession stats, his side have just given the ball away in a dangerous area. Leon Osman picked it up and had another pop from the edge of the area, but this time his shot was high and wide.

1843: They had to survive that early scare, but Chelsea have enjoyed 72% of the possession so far in the second half. They are just passing it around in their own half at the moment.

Football League latest: The wait for goals is over, well it is at Fratton Park anyway. Portsmouth take the lead through an excellent finish from David Norris, who scores his 50th career goal with a sweet half-volley after Barnsley failed to clear. Just 80 seconds later it's 2-0, with Luke Varney scoring with a simple finish after some good work down the right by Dave Kitson.

From anonymous Everton fan, via text: "No-one should pity Everton, the lads will always put a shift in!! Moyes is a legend and if we can hold on to our younger players we will be fine."

1839: Everton need a quick goal, badly, so it would have been interesting had that one gone in. Still, you know they are never going to give up so, equally, Chelsea need a third to put this one to bed.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1837: The Toffees are straight on the attack too, with Leon Osman turning a first-time shot from the edge of the area against the outside of the post. Petr Cech hardly moved.

Whistle
1835: Everton get the second half under way.

Wfman on Twitter: "RE 1815. Juan Mata is a peach of a player, but if he were English, he would have been shoe horned into the right side of midfield in a 442 ages ago."

Football League latest: On the subject of unconscious Championsip footballers, there's also good news for Reading's Jay Tabb, who was also knocked out during their 1-0 win away at Burnley. The midfielder was struck in the face by a clearance from Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant and left the pitch in a neck brace after a lengthy delay but manager Brian McDermott confirmed he is recovering well in hospital.

ajpickering80 on Twitter: "Time and time again Tim Howard fails to command his box, and it has cost us there."


Ah. I realise now I accidentally appointed Tim Howard as Everton boss just then, which will be news to him and David Moyes...


El_noni on Twitter: "I pity Everton... So much spirit, not enough quality... "

Football League latest: The news is sounding better for Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy, who was out cold for several minutes after colliding with a post during his side's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest (see 1655). He is apparently sitting up and talking to colleagues in the dressing room, so didn't go to hospital after all.

Half time
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "Chelsea weren't getting much joy initially, but finished the half looking in total control. First-class vision and touch from Juan Mata to unlock Everton for the opener too."



Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Chelsea goal: Everton keeper Tim Howard will not enjoy watching replays of this one. He hesitates when Frank Lampard curls in a free-kick from the left, then flaps at the ball as John Terry leaps to send a downward header bouncing over the line.

1818: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-0 Everton (John Terry)

From anon, via text: "Another game where Chelsea look incredibly unconvincing as a team and yet still scrape through because their individual talent just wont let them lose. They are last season's Man City."


Has this text been sent from the future?

1815: Chelsea are knocking it around nicely now, as we approach half-time. As many of you have noticed, Juan Mata is an absolute pearl of a player. If he was English, he would be a national hero. As a Spaniard, he can barely get in their side.

Football League update: A few things to clear up from earlier... In the Championship, a goal deep in injury time from Jem Karacan gave Reading a 1-0 over Burnley while leaders Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby. In League One Jordan Rhodes scored a hat-trick to help Huddersfield to a 4-0 win over Exeter City, who remain bottom, while leaders Charlton lost their unbeaten record with a 1-0 defeat at Stevenage. In League Two, Gillingham scored five away at Torquay to win 5-2, while Plymouth secured their first away win by beating Dagenham 3-2.

Yellow card
1810: Another booking for Mike Jones to dish out, when Ashley Cole needlessly takes out Tony Hibbert. Leighton Baines fires in an inswinger from the resulting free-kick but Petr Cech claims it without any problems whatsoever. We are still seeing lots of huff and puff from Everton, but they are lacking a bit of quality in the final third.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge scores his fourth #PL goal of the season, just as many as Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka combined."

Cotsy90 on Twitter: "Whats not there to like about Juan Mata? A touch of class Chelsea needed and cretor of a beautiful goal!"

shivamLM on Twitter: "STURRIDGE!! Are you watching Capello?"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Chelsea goal: They've been poor but, crucially, they are ahead. Juan Mata's clipped ball finds Ashley Cole rampaging into the area and he dinks it back across goal for Daniel Sturridge to arrive unmarked and slot home from close range. A simple finish, but a nicely constructed goal.

1802: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Daniel Sturridge)

andhisdogspot on Twitter: "Drogba is having one of those days by the look of it."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1800: No goals in either of our Championship games either. Barnsley keeper Luke Steele has just made great save from David Norris, as he looked to break the deadlock at Fratton Park. Barnsley then went straight up the other end and Jacob Butterfield beat Stephen Henderson in the Portsmouth goal, only for ball to cannon back off the post and away to safety.

1757: Chelsea have a corner which is a lot more than they have managed until now I suppose. It is over-hit and easily cleared, and Tim Howard comfortably catches when the ball is hoisted back into the danger zone. Almost half an hour gone, and still 0-0. Room for improvement from the home side, that's for sure.

1753: Fair to say this is not the start Chelsea would have wanted. They are yet to mount a meaninful attack, while Everton continue to look dangerous down the flanks. Leighton Baines charges down the left this time, and his low cross finds Marouane Fellaini at the near post... but his first touch is heavy and John Mikel Obi is back to help hustle him out of play.

1749: Oh dear. Didier Drogba appears to have just got out of bed, judging by the sluggish way he tried to sprint away from Phil Jagielka after turning the Everton defender inside the box. Jagielka was able to recover, and brush Drogba off the ball, with ease.

Yellow card
1747: Marouane Fellaini is the first player into referee Mike Jones' book, clattering into Ramires after losing control of the ball.

dinosaurblue on Twitter: "Re 1731. Grey? That's Glacier Marl to you sir."


Apologies, and how come you're not wearing 'hot pink' today anyway?

1743: Everton continue to threaten, and cap a useful first 10 minutes or so by forcing another stop from Petr Cech. Louis Saha cuts into the area from the left before letting fly, but his low effort lacks zip and is gathered at the second attempt by the Chelsea keeper

1740: Everton have a corner, which Leighton Baines bends in and Petr Cech has to punch clear from under his own crossbar despite the sizable distraction of Marouane Fellaini's hair lurking nearby.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "6 - Chelsea have gone six games without a clean sheet and they have not had a run of seven without a shutout since September 2003. Porous."

1737: This is a solid start by Everton, with Sylvain Distin tidying up at the back as Chelsea try to break, before the Toffees come forward again. This time, Tim Cahill heads weakly wide from a Leon Osman cross from the left. Seamus Coleman was waiting behind him if he had flicked it on.

1735: I should point out by the way that Chelsea will not miss John Mikel Obi at the African Cup of Nations because Nigeria didn't qualify. Thanks to those of you who pointed it out.

1734: This is a slightly sloppy start by Chelsea, with Ashley Cole dwelling on the ball inside his own area and Seamus Coleman blocking his clearance. Tim Cahill tries to latch on to the loose ball, but fouls Branislav Ivanovic while doing so.

1731: Away we go. Chelsea (in blue) kick-off against Everton (in grey).

1728: The players emerge from the tunnel at Stamford Bridge, which means kick-off is just moments away. Don't you dare go thinking a Chelsea win is a foregone conclusion either, because Everton are unbeaten on their last five visits here in the league.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis after his side's hard-fought win over Fulham which maintains their strong start to the season: "It was great result, Fulham are a decent side. They looked dangerous off their long throws and set-plays but in general play I don't think they caused us too many problems. In the second half the fitness levels were very good and we're delighted. We had six or seven good chances."

From Phil in Leeds, via text: "Re 1714. In the first 8 games played by Man City they have played only one of last year's top six whereas for Man Utd they now have played four of last years top six. The only club they haven't played is City. The question is how will City perform when the play the 'top four'?"

bwfchaiden on Twitter: "As Del Boy and Rodney once said, We're the Trotters and we're back!"

Crossaayy on Twitter: "I can see City being there for a while, same with Chelsea, but once the African Cup of Nations starts they might both fall away"


Pretty sure it's only the Toure brothers out of the City squad who will be heading to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January. Will that make a huge difference? Chelsea will miss Didier Drogba but Salomon Kalou and Michael Essien, who is injured anyway, are hardly integral to their plans.

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers after his side shipped two early goals in their defeat by Norwich: "We were disappointed to be 2-0 down before we even got going but the response and reaction to that was terrific. We've had four clean sheets and identified the threat at set-pieces from wide areas so to concede two of the goals from set-pieces is disappointing."

1715: Two other games to keep us entertained tonight as well as the showdown at Stamford Bridge. In the Championship, managerless Portsmouth host Barnsley (1720 BST KO) and Brighton face Hull City (1730 BST)

1714: So, Manchester City are top, but how long will they stay there? (yes, I know it will be at least a week). And how big a threat do Chelsea pose? Questions, questions, questions. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

1711: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on leaving some big names on the bench at the start of his side's win over Aston Villa: "We played with players who were here this week and we played well. It was important [to start Silva, Dzeko, Nasri and Kolarov on the bench] because they played two games this week - if not it could be bad later in the season."

CHELSEA v EVERTON TEAM NEWS
Arindam Rej reports: "Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic will line up alongside John Terry in central defence as David Luiz is rested. Brazil defender Luiz only returned to the club on Thursday from international duty. Jon Obi Mikel starts in midfield but, up front, Fernando Torres is still banned. Unchanged Everton feature both Louis Saha and Tim Cahill, who recovers in time from an ankle concern. John Heitinga, who has been suffering a knee problem, is on the bench.

Scottish Premier League update: Leaders Rangers were stunned by a St Mirren equaliser in the third minute of injury time, with Steven Thompson getting on the end of David van Zanten's cross. Motherwell won 1-0 at Hibernian to keep the pressure on Rangers and Celtic in the title race, while Aberdeen beat Dundee United 3-1, St Johnstone defeated Inverness 2-0 and Hearts won by the same scoreline at Dunfermline.

1705: Phew, the goals were flying in at various times today, notably at Carrow Road just after 3pm. Just as well Norwich and Swansea didn't keep up their early scoring rate, really, otherwise it would have ended up about 21-10. I saved a lovely mistake for when things got busy late on, mind, giving Stoke's assist for their second goal to Jermaine Pennant when he had already been taken off. It was actually Matthew Etherington who swung the ball in. Sorry about that.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "27 - Man City have netted 27 goals so far this season, no side has ever scored more after 8 PL matches (Arsenal hit 27 in '09/10). Prolific."

Chelsea v Everton line-ups
Chelsea:
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Malouda, Meireles, Lukaku, Alex, Anelka.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville, Vellios.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

CHELSEA v EVERTON (1730 BST)
Arindam Rej reports: "Chelsea face a bogey team, having won just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Everton. This is a more attack-minded Chelsea, whose home form is excellent, but Everton's five consecutive league draws at Stamford Bridge are no coincidence. The visitors know how to stifle Chelsea. Everton manager David Moyes man-marked Manchester City's David Silva to good effect and might use similar tactics to combat Juan Mata's creative artistry."

mattharding007 on Twitter: "City maybe top of the league but they haven't played Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal yet. Utd have had a tougher start. "

LukeShirley on Twitter: "City= quality. Real contenders."

1656: All change at both ends of the Premier League table, then. Manchester City are top, and Blackburn are bottom. We still have one game left to come too, with Chelsea versus Everton coming up at 1730 BST.

Football League latest: In the Championship there's been a big delay in the action after what looked to be a serious injury to Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy. He left the field at the Ricoh Arena on a stretcher and was rushed straight to hospital after colliding with the post.

EssienTafsiri on Twitter: "Two England internationals are scoring and assisting goals for City, yet both aren't regulars for their country."

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-3 Bolton

1654: FULL-TIME Norwich 3-1 Swansea

1654: FULL-TIME Stoke 2-0 Fulham

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME QPR 1-1 Blackburn

1653: FULL-TIME Man City 4-1 Aston Villa

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Wigan's defending has been their downfall today, and it lets them down again badly here. Antolin Alcaraz gives the ball away, Bolton charge forward and Chris Eagles fires into the bottom corner. Too easy. Bolton are off the bottom and out of the bottom three, as things stand.

1650: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-3 Bolton (Chris Eagles)

1650: Bolton fans breathe again. Some great work by Victor Moses down the right is followed by a pin-point cross but Dedryck Boyata is back to clear as Franco di Santo shapes to shoot from point-blank range.

BREAKING CHELSEA AND EVERTON TEAM NEWS (1730 BST KO)
Chelsea bring John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic back into their side as David Luiz - who played twice for Brazil in a week - and Raul Meireles are left out. Everton are unchanged from their outing against Liverpool.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: The points should be in the bag for the Potters now. Matthew Etherington bends in a free-kick from the left and Rory Delap runs across his marker, rising to nod home his side's second goal.

1645: GOALFLASH Stoke 2-0 Fulham (Rory Delap)

infostradaLive on Twitter: "(After Kevin Davies's effort was parried). More than half of the 23 penalty kicks this season have not been converted (12 not converted, 11 converted), whereas a 75% success rate is standard procedure in penalty taking."

1643: A BIG penalty appeal at Loftus Road where Adel Taarabt goes down under a clumsy challenge by Blackburn defender Michel Salgado. I've seen them given but, this time, Rovers survive.

JohnTedTony on Twitter: "If Tevez is watching this he must be wishing he should have come on against Bayern Munich. He is not being missed"

Football League latest: In the Championship, Millwall are back level at Middlesbrough thanks to Brian Howard's first goal since joining on loan from Reading, while managerless Bristol City are trailing 2-0 at home to Peterborough with George Boyd and Lee Tomlin on target for the Posh. In League Two, Dagenham have battled back from 2-0 down at home to bottom side Plymouth with goals from Scott Doe and Jon Nurse have cancelling out Matt Lecointe and Conor Hourihane's efforts. Leaders Southend are trailing to Morecambe after Phil Jevons opened the scoring, but the Shrimpers striker has since been sent off for violent conduct.

1640: Swansea are enjoying a whole heap of possession at Carrow Road, but they are not able to do much with it. Looks like they are going to have to wait a bit longer for their first Premier League point on the road.

1639: Owen Hargreaves is on for Manchester City, to make his league debut. He replaced Adam Johnson.

Scottish Premier League update: Andrew Considine's third goal of the season makes it 3-0 to Aberdeen against Dundee United. Leaders Rangers and second-placed Motherwell are both holding on to 1-0 leads. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: I told you it was livening up. Matthew Etherington's cross-shot is heading wide, until Jon Walters pops up to divert it into the net from close range. Stoke have the lead.

1637: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Fulham (Jon Walters)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1636: Stoke are on top and go close again at the Britannia as Marc Wilson's header is blocked on the line by the expertly positioned Danny Murphy. At the other end, John Arne Riise has gone close too, smashing a free-kick against the bar. That one has livened up a bit, which wasn't difficult.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: Manchester City restore their three-goal advantage when James Milner starts and ends a fine move. The former Aston Villa midfielder pings a cross-field pass to Adam Johnson, who cuts in from the right and finds Milner via Gareth Barry and the England man curls home a superb first-time finish. To his credit, he doesn't celebrate against his old club.

Someone has won a penalty
Bolton missed penalty: Bolton have been all over Wigan, with only a couple of great Ali Al Habsi saves keeping them in it. He did exactly the same when he faced a penalty too, rightly awarded when Dedryck Boyata was pushed by Gary Caldwell. Kevin Davies stepped up to take the spot-kick but Al Habsi easily kept out his weak effort.

Football League latest: Despite a change of manager Nottingham Forest's luck doesn't seem to have changed after going a goal down at Coventry, with Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring his fifth of the season, meanwhile Championship leaders Southampton have levelled things up at Pride Park thanks to Rickie Lambert's 11th goal of the season. In League Two, Swindon Town, who have lost five of their six away games, are leading 2-0 at Accrington Stanley.

1631: MISSED PENALTY (saved by Ali Al Habsi)

1631: A great chance for QPR goes begging. Adel Taarabt runs through but rushes his shot as Chris Samba comes across to cover and skews his effort wide.

1629: PENALTY to Bolton

vincent737 on Twitter: "Manny in Sevenoaks (see 1617) is right, but he's forgetting there's also no Nasri or Dzeko either! Even scarier!!"

1628: GOALFLASH Man City 4-1 Aston Villa (James Milner)

1628: Wigan are still pouring forward but cannot find a way past the Bolton backline. This time, Gary Cahill recovers to make a crucial block from Victor Moses' rasping low drive.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1627: Stoke almost take the lead following a Rory Delap throw in which sees Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer make a terrible hash of his attempts to claim the ball. The visitors clear their lines but it's more by luck than judgement. Moments later a fine, deflected Delap strike hits the post. Pressure building from the home side.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: City not home and dry just yet. The hosts fail to clear a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross and it gets through to the back post, where Stephen Warnock is on hand to slam home a first-time finish via the crossbar. That's the first home goal City have conceded in the Premier League this season, and will make him feel better after his howler earlier.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Norwich goal: Norwich have breathing space after a nicely-taken goal. David Fox's corner is not dealt with and Bradley Johnson shapes to shoot from a narrow angle before cleverly playing the ball across to Anthony Pilkington who swivels to turn the ball in.

1623: GOALFLASH Man City 3-1 Aston Villa (Stephen Warnock)

1622: GOALFLASH Norwich 3-1 Swansea (Anthony Pilkington)

Scottish Premier League update: Nikica Jelavic lifts leaders Rangers out of their lethargy against St Mirren with a clinical finish from 12 yards to make it 1-0. Aberdeen are now 2-0 up against Dundee United thanks to a Youl Mawene header. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.



Football League latest: Lots happening in the Championship, where Sam Baldock has scored his first goals for West Ham and Jack Collison has also found the net to give the Hammers a 4-0 lead at home to Blackpool. Michael Chropra has scored against his former club Cardiff City to give Ipswich a 2-1 lead at the Cardiff City stadium. In League One Chesterfield have pulled a goal back against Notts County with Craig Westcarr scoring against his former side to make it 2-1. I. In League Two Torquay have come from two goals down to level it at 2-2 thanks to goals from Chris Robertson and Danny Stevens.

From Manny in Sevenoaks, via text: "The fact that Man City are 3-0 up with out Tevez or Aguero is terrifying."


Hmmmm, I think we'd better get used to seeing them without Tevez, but remember David Silva is only on the bench too.

1617: Wigan made a couple of changes at the break with Hugo Rodallega - who is making a welcome return from injury - and Maynor Figueroa coming on, and it seems to be paying off. They have put Bolton under a lot of pressure in the second half, and Rodallega's presence has definitely lifted the fans too. The Colombian's best effort so far saw him fire straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen from Victor Moses' pullback.

1613: No chances to speak of at Carrow Road, so it's just as well we had our fill of incidents earlier. QPR are building up a bit of momentum against Blackburn but Rovers are holding out, so far anyway.

EaglesForever on Twitter: "A goal and an assist for Adam Johnson today - that's him dropped next week then."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: This is turning into a stroll for City, who will be top of the table tonight unless Villa can find a very special reply. This time Adam Johnson turns provider, and his corner is met by Vincent Kompany at the near post to beat Shay Given with a well-directed header.

1610: GOALFLASH Man City 3-0 Aston Villa (Vincent Kompany)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: City's first attack of the second half and they extend their lead, although it owed a lot to Stephen Warnock's slip. He loses his footing as he watches Yaya Toure's ball over the top, allowing Adam Johnson to nip in and beat Shay Given with a confident first-time finish. Johnson looks a bit embarrassed, while Warnock appears inconsolable. It's a long way back for Villa from here.

1604: GOALFLASH Man City 2-0 Aston Villa (Adam Johnson)

Whistle
1604: And at Carrow Road and the Britannia too.

1603: We are back under way at the DW Stadium, Loftus Road and the Etihad Stadium...

BBC Radio 5 live football commentator Conor McNamara at Carrow Road: "If the first 11 minutes of this game was a horse race, Norwich and Swansea would've been reprimanded for excessive use of the whip."

Manchester United's former Liverpool striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Good game today. Not many teams will win at Anfield this season."

KevinOnEarth on Twitter: "Ngog scored a goal??! Can you write that again, I think I'm seeing things!"

bradley_french on Twitter: "Anthony Pilkington not getting enough credit for his great start, especially when coming back from a horrific injury."

LukeShirley on Twitter: "When City have the bench they do, it's hard to see Villa being able to keep them out in the 2nd half, even if we get a goal."

Scottish Premier League update: Leaders Rangers are being held at St Mirren, giving second-placed Motherwell - who lead 1-0 at Hibernian - the chance to close the gap. Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone all went into the break leading 1-0. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

Football League latest: Championship leaders Southampton are still trailing at Pride Park, after Theo Robinson gave Derby an early lead and four games remain goalless. In League One Tranmere Rovers are leading 1-0 at home to Oldham, Jose Baxter, on loan from Everton, scoring the only goal. Angelo Balanto has also scored to give the MK Dons a half time lead at home to Bournemouth. In League Two goals are in short supply but Gillingham have now scored two at Torquay, Jo Kuffour scoring twice against his former club. Crawley have also scored twice at home to Shrewsbury, Sergio Torres and Dean Howell both on target.

Half time
Wigan 1-2 Bolton
Michael da Silva's HT snapshot:
"This local derby has been full of passion and intent, swinging one way then the other. Mohamed Diame's exquisite long drive the pick of the goals and, given how open this one is, you wouldn't rule out another three goals in the second half."

Half time
QPR 1-1 Blackburn
Paul Fletcher's HT snapshot:
"An entertaining, tight and slightly tense encounter. Both teams' determination to attack aided by some questionable defending."

Half time
Stoke 0-0 Fulham
Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Pretty soporific stuff at the Britannia where there are no goals, very few chances and certainly very little excitement. It's got to get better."

Half time
Norwich 2-1 Swansea
Graham Chase's HT snapshot: "Very open game after a blistering start. Steve Morison has bullied the Swansea defence and Norwich are worth their lead."

Half time
Man City 1-0 Aston Villa
David Ornstein's HT snapshot:
"That man Balotelli hits his fourth goal in as many games - and what a goal - to put City on course to go top of the league."

1550: It's half-time in all five of our Premier League games. Plenty of goals so far. More to come hopefully.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: A defensive disaster for Wigan, with Kevin Davies shrugging off Steve Gohouri near the right-hand touchline and heading for the area before feeding David Ngog to slot home from about 10 yards out. Too easy, and not what Latics boss Roberto Martinez needed just before the break.

1547: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-2 Bolton (David Ngog)

1546: Stoke save the best until last at the end of the first half, with Jermaine Pennant cutting in from the right, exchanging passes with Peter Crouch and surging into the box. Just a shame for the Potters that he drags his shot wide.

Football League update: It's all happening at Spotland in League One, as Colchester lead 2-0 against Rochdale but are down to 10 men after Magnus Okuonghae was sent off on 29 minutes. Notts County are leading 2-0 in their local derby at Chesterfield, through Ben Burgess and Alan Judge. Meanwhile, in the Championship Ipswich Town are back on level terms after Jason Scotland equalised. Middlesbrough are also ahead, at home to Millwall, after Barry Robson scored his fourth goal of the season and West Ham are leading Blackpool thanks to John Carew's third goal in as many games.

1543: Better by Blackburn. Junior Hoilett, who continues to impress, goes close at the end of a jinking solo run. He cuts in from the left flank before letting fly but his strike is cleared close to the QPR goal-line by Anton Ferdinand.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Wigan goal: Ah, Wigan are not joint bottom anymore. No doubt about who scored this one either, with Mohamed Diame looking up about 25 yards from goal. and curling the ball into the corner. A peach of a strike by the Frenchman.

1540: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-1 Bolton (Mohamed Diame)

1539: The closest we have got to another goal at Loftus Road has been another mazy run by Rangers winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, which ended with him slamming a shot a few yards wide. By the way, Blackburn are bottom of the table as things stand, level on points with Wigan and West Brom.

WisdomUnited on Twitter: "Arsenal MUST pick up Samba, he is the man to take them back into the top 4. They can score but need to stop shipping goals."

1536: Cottagers striker Moussa Dembele limps off at the Britannia, and Damien Duff is on instead. That is about as exciting as Stoke-Fulham has got to be honest. Not one for the purists so far.

IssyBobat9 on Twitter: "Welbeck deserves praise today as a lone striker. Are you watching Capello."

1532: No more goals at Carrow Road, which is a bit of a shock considering the start Norwich and Swansea made. It has quietened down quite a bit, although Anthony Pilkington has just fired into the side netting when well-placed inside the area.

Football League latest: In the Championship, Cardiff City have taken the lead at home to Ipswich Town, Rudy Gestede opening the scoring. Leaders Southampton are a goal down at Derby County, Theo Robinson scoring for the Rams. In League One, Huddersfield are 2-0 up at bottom side Exeter, Alan Lee and Jordan Rhodes both on the scoresheet. And in League Two, bottom side Plymouth Argyle are ahead at Dagenham with 16-year-old Matt Lecointe giving Pilgrims fans some cheer.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: Mario Balotelli has been getting a bit of stick from the travelling Villa fans (and giving them a bit of banter back) but he has just silenced them in the best way possible. Adam Johnson's corner isn't cleared, Micah Richards takes a touch and Balotelli leaps acrobatically to score with an overhead kick from about eight yards out. A top quality finish.

1528: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Aston Villa (Mario Balotelli)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: Rovers are not behind for long, with Chris Samba rising above Fitz Hall to meet a corner and send a bullet header into the top corner from 12 yards out.

1525: News from the Britannia Stadium, where we have seen chances at either end. A sweet strike from Fulham's John Arne Riise that flies over the bar finally brings something to raise the interest levels and that also provokes the hosts into action as Peter Crouch makes a real mess of a decent volleyed chance and the ball bobbles harmlessly to safety.

1524: GOALFLASH QPR 1-1 Blackburn (Chris Samba)

1523: Regardless of who scored their first, Bolton are pressing for a second goal at the DW Stadium and Kevin Davies has just shown some brilliant control to bring down a deep ball into the box and turn past a defender. His eventual shot was blocked but that briefly reminded me of THAT Dennis Bergkamp goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. I did say briefly.

1520: That Bolton goal has actually been given to Nigel Reo-Coker for now, but that might change when people see the replays. Gary Caldwell, definitely got the last touch.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
QPR goal: Blackburn only half clear from a corner and Heidar Helguson tries to loft his cross towards the far post... instead the ball drifts in to the top corner of the net. He never meant it in a million years, but it is still his 100th goal in English football.

KevinOnEarth on Twitter: " One thing Dalglish & #LFC will have learned today is they have to be FAR more clinical in front of goal. Could've scored 5!"

1517: GOALFLASH QPR 1-0 Blackburn (Heidar Helguson)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1516: Rovers are finding their feet at Loftus Road and they almost take the lead after Anton Ferdinand makes a mess of trying to clear a low cross from Martin Olsson, his skewed effort skimming against the top of his own team's crossbar.

1515: Stoke are not getting much of the ball at the Britannia Stadium against a confident-looking Fulham side in the early stages. Back at the Etihad, and Mario Balotelli has spurned a great chance at the other end, firing wide from Yaya Toure's cross.

1515: A big chance for Aston villa to take the lead at the Etihad Stadium. Gabriel Agbonlahor beats Jolean Lescott on the left and surges into the box, only for Joe Hart to save well and then Stephen Warnock see his follow-up deflected wide.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Swansea goal: Erm, the goals just keep coming at Carrow Road don't they. Excellent work by Scott Sinclair sees him wriggle into the box and to the byeline, and he slips over before stabbing the ball across for Danny Graham to turn the ball home into the opposite cornert of the net.

1512: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-1 Swansea (Danny Graham)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Norwich goal: Things have just got better for Norwich, and a lot worse for Swansea. David Fox sends over a free-kick which Russell Martin heads home.

1510: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-0 Swansea (Russell Martin)

1508: No goals at Loftus Road, but a bright start by QPR as they take on struggling Blackburn. Alejandro Faurlin creates space but shoots wide and Heidar Helguson is unable to direct a cross from Armand Traore on target.

1506: Almost a second goal for Bolton, where Chris Eagles is denied by Ali Al Habsi. Things are a lot quieter at Eastlands and the Britannia Stadium, where there have been no attacks of note.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Chris Eagles sends over a cross from the right and Gary Caldwell reaches the ball before Nigel Reo-Coker at the near post, getting just the touch he needs to send the ball spinning into his own net. Disaster for the Latics, but boy does Bolton boss Owen Coyle need a bit of luck.

1504: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-1 Bolton (Nigel Reo-Coker)

Norwich goal: Inside the first minute at Carrow Road, and Norwich are ahead. Elliott Bennett's deep cross from the right is headed back across goal by Steve Morison and Anthony Pilkington buries his first-time shot. Some start by the Canaries.

1502 GOALFLASH Norwich 1-0 Swansea (Anthony Pilkington)

1501: We are under way in all five of our Premier League games.

WIGAN v BOLTON TEAM NEWS
Michael da Silva reports:
"Each side make three changes for this Lancashire derby. Steve Gohouri, Antolin Alcaraz and David Jones return for Wigan with Hugo Rodallega back on the bench after injury. Chris Eagles, David Wheater and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen are back in the starting line-up for Owen Coyle's side."

SkymanMUFC on Twitter: "Man United's MOTM was definitely De Gea, no one can have any doubts about him after today."

LorriTurnerReal on Twitter: "Anyone else fancy Villa to nick a draw today? Bent and Aggy will cause problems!"

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "With #MUFC having been behind at Anfield, #MCFC are the only side that has not been behind in this #EPL season."

1454: Right then. Perhaps not the greatest Liverpool-United game ever, but still no shortage of thrills and spills. A point apiece means that Manchester City can leapfrog their neighbours at the top of the Premier League table if they beat Aston Villa. No pressure then...

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard on his side's 1-1 draw with United: "I'm sure our fans will feel a little hard done by. We're playing the best side in the league, so I suppose it's fair enough." And on his goal after Ryan Giggs jumped out of United's defensive wall: "I don't think [my] free-kick was the best. I was trying to get it over the wall. Maybe that was the bit of luck I was looking for? I'm really happy with that. Our goal was to close the gap down to three points but we never got there."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live: "Sir Alex Ferguson came here today and he got his formation wrong, his tactics wrong, and his personnel wrong. Manchester United were awful. There's no other word for it. The concern for Liverpool is that they still didn't manage to beat them."

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on his foul on Charlie Adam to concede the free-kick that led to Liverpool's goal: "There was the slightest contact but not enough to make a 12 or 13 stone man fall over." And on the draw: "I'll take a point. They created a couple of chances but we controlled parts of the second half and played good football. Considering what we've gone through in the past couple of years [losing three times at Anfield in a row], it's not a bad result."

STOKE CITY v FULHAM (1500 BST)
Owen Phillips reports: "Influential winger Matthew Etherington is fit to play for Stoke after injections to help his back injury and Matthew Upson also starts - the only other change from the side beaten by Swansea last time out. Jermaine Pennant also plays following a knee injury while Kenwyne Jones is back on the bench. Not surprisingly Fulham change very little from the team that thumped QPR in their last league outing, with the only amendment seeing fit-again defender Aaron Hughes replace Zdenek Grygera."

MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA (1500 BST)
David Ornstein reports:
"Roberto Mancini has reassured Manchester City fans the Carlos Tevez saga "will not affect me or the squad" and has underlined the importance of a victory against a "very good" Aston Villa team following the international break. Opposite number Alex McLeish sees this as a "bonus game" that City "should win" but he insists the visitors will "go up there and cause City some problems."

Wigan v Bolton line-ups
Wigan:
Al Habsi, Gohouri, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Watson, McCarthy, Diame, Jones, Di Santo, Moses. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Maloney, McArthur, Sammon, Rodallega, Figueroa.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Sanli, Gardner, Knight, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Kakuta.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

NORWICH v SWANSEA TEAM NEWS
Graham Chase reports: "Paul Lambert has decided to stick with the same Norwich team that put in a decent performance despite slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United before the international break. Midfielder Leon Britton returns to the Swansea starting line-up, with Mark Gower dropping to the bench, in the only change made by Swansea manager from the 2-0 victory over Stoke last time out."

Norwich v Swansea line-ups
Norwich:
Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Pilkington, Fox, Johnson, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Wilbraham, De Laet.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Dyer, Allen, Routledge, Britton, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Lita, Moore, Gower, Richards, Moras.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

QPR v BLACKBURN (1500 BST)
Paul Fletcher reports:
"Blackburn boss Steve Kean is doing his best to sound like a man in control, arguing that there are 'so many complex situations as a manager' that he is not worried about the security of his own position. Kean flew to India during the international break to meet the club's owners, while Rovers fans are planning a protest before next weekend's home game. One thing is for certain, a win at QPR would do wonders for his current standing."

Stoke v Fulham line-ups
Stoke:
Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Jones, Diao, Whitehead, Shotton, Jerome.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Dembele, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Kasami, Duff, Etuhu, Briggs.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

NORWICH v SWANSEA (1500 BST)
Graham Chase reports: "Brendan Rodgers insists Swansea have learned from their defeats at Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea and he said: "We are going down to Norwich in a different manner and once we get that win it can ignite our away performances." Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson insists he will not be distracted by being told Fabio Capello is considering calling him up. "They've said they are watching me but I've got to keep my performances up for Norwich," Johnson said."

MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS
David Ornstein reports: "Manchester City
make four changes from the side that started at Blackburn as Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Nigel De Jong and Gareth Barry replace Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Silva, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Owen Hargreaves are among the substitutes. Just the two alterations for Aston Villa following their win against Wigan; Ciaran Clark deputises for James Collins and Emile Heskey comes in for Stephen Ireland. Darren Bent leads the line with Gabriel Agbonlahor."

QPR v Blackburn line-ups
QPR:
Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Hall, Traore, Derry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Mackie, Helguson. Subs: Murphy, Orr, Taarabt, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Smith, Puncheon.
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Lowe, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Olsson, Hoilett, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Formica, Rochina, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Hanley.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

QPR v BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS
Paul Fletcher reports: "QPR
lost their last game 6-0, while Blackburn were defeated 4-0, and both Rangers boss Neil Warnock and Rovers manager Steve Kean have made three changes as they look for an up-turn in results. QPR wide man Jamie Mackie starts for the first time since suffering a double leg break in an FA Cup tie against Blackburn in January, while Heidar Helguson and Armand Traore also come into the starting XI. Jason Roberts, Michel Salgado and Martin Olsson have been named in the Rovers side."

Man City v Aston Villa line-ups
Man City:
Hart, Richards, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, Milner, Johnson, Toure Yaya, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Kolarov, Nasri, Hargreaves, Silva, Toure.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Clark, Warnock, Delph, Petrov, Ireland, Heskey, Agbonlahor, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Cuellar, Bannan, Weimann, Herd.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Full time
1436: FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd

1435: Another Liverpool attack, and they should have scored. Stewart Downing sends over a beauty of a cross but Jordan Henderson, unchallenged, can't keep his header down.

1433: The 90 minutes are up and Liverpool are piling on the pressure. Jordan Henderson brings the best out of David de Gea with a dipping strike and then it takes a superb defensive header from Wayne Rooney in his own six-yard box to deny Luis Suarez.

BREAKING QPR TEAM NEWS
QPR's Jamie Mackie starts for the first time since suffering a double leg break in an FA Cup tie against today's opposition Blackburn in January. More details of both teams in a tick.

Scottish Premier League update: It's all over at Kilmarnock, and that late three-goal burst by Celtic has earned them a point. It was a game of real brilliant entertainment. Anthony Stokes' miss in the first half was astonishing, while Paul Heffernan's header over the bar two minutes from time will haunt him for weeks. You can follow a live text commentary of today's other SPL games, here.

1431: The tackles are flying in now too. Jordan Henderson slides in firmly on Nani near the half-way line but Andre Marriner is happy for play to continue. Liverpool try their luck from distance this time, with Stewart Downing blasting over from about 30 yards out.

1428: BREAKING MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri are all on the bench for a Manchester City side featuring four changes from that which started at Blackburn last time out. Mario Balotelli is the lone striker against Aston Villa.

1426: There is an incredible pace to this game now, and only a brilliant stop by David de Gea, who plunged to his left to keep out Dirk Kuyt's stretching shot from Stewart Downing's cross, stopped Liverpool from instantly retaking the lead. We are set for a barnstorming last few minutes at Anfield.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man Utd goal: There is no better man to be on the end of things when the ball is bouncing around the box than Javier Hernandez. Danny Welbeck flicks on a corner at the near post and the Mexican is in the right place to nod home from point-blank range. Not sure what the Liverpool defence was doing, mind. Martin Skrtel, in particular, was caught napping there.

1424: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd (Javier Hernandez)

1422: United have had a decent shout for a penalty, though, when the ball hit Jose Enrique's arm after some juggling by Nani. Similar to the Jonny Evans handball at the other end, in that he didn't know much about it. Referee Andre Marriner, again, gives nothing.

1421: United have made their third and final change, with Javier Hernandez replacing Phil Jones. Not much of a response by United in terms of chances, although they have had 72% of possession since going behind.

Scottish Premier League update: What's been happening in Scotland? An amazing comeback at Kilmarnock, that's what, with Celtic scoring three goals in eight minutes to level the scores. Anthony Stokes grabbed the first two and Charlie Mulgrew the other. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"The wall simply did not do its job for Gerrard's goal. That appears to have gone straight through. Steven Gerrard took control at the situation. The wall was non-existent, which is basic defending. You're put in the wall for a reason. That's why Manchester United are now losing this game."

itstimcraven on Twitter: "United just haven't looked the same without Cleverley!! Bring back Cleverley!!!"

kevinhkelly on Twitter: "Absolutely brilliant Stevie - the boy is back!!!!! #LFC needed that given Rooney and Nani on."

harikara on Twitter: "Come on you Reds. A great return for Gerrard as captain for the mighty Reds. Let's build on this and get more goals."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Patrice Evra kisses his Man Utd badge in front of Liverpool fans at The Kop end. Brave man."

1415: Steven Gerrard was quick to signal 'five times' to the Liverpool fans when he celebrated his goal, in reference to his side's European Cup wins. The United fans at Anfield have mentioned their 19 league titles a few times already today of course.

1413: Wayne Rooney and Nani are both on for United, replacing Ji-Sung Park and Ashley Young. They have got 20 minutes left to salvage a point.

Liverpool goal: My oh my, what is Ryan Giggs doing here? The United winger jumps out of the wall when Steven Gerrard fires in his free-kick, and is fizzes straight into the bottom corner past a helpless David de Gea. Rio Ferdinand is still arguing about the foul, but it won't do him or United much good now. Liverpool have the lead.

1411: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd (Steven Gerrard)

1409: Rio Ferdinand is a lucky boy here. He is already on a booking and catches Charlie Adam (just) as the Liverpool midfielder surges goalwards. That's a free-kick, but no card is produced.

Yellow card
1409: Great news for United fans, but not so good for Liverpool supporters. Wayne Rooney is getting warmed up. By the way, Evra is now in Marriner's book after more verbals with Dirk Kuyt.

Handbags
1407: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra are still at it and Andre Marriner is forced to have a word when they tussle as they wait for a corner to come across. It's not finished yet, either. Suarez pats Evra on the head as they walk away from the referee, and he has to get involved again.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Liverpool still have the momentum here with Manchester United unable to apply any concerted pressure in attack. This has been noted by the United supporters as they call for the introduction of Wayne Rooney."

1405: An hour gone at Anfield, where it is still goalless, and where Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Nani are all still sat on the bench for United.

From Jontattz in Harborne, via text: "Given all the fuss about United's attacking options, Dalglish must fancy unleashing a pumped up Carroll against this flighty defence!"

1402: Patrice Evra is down and writhing in agony near his own corner flag. TV replays reveal why - Luis Suarez had a little kick at him after Evra came out on top in a tussle for possession. Not sure it deserved that sort of reaction from the United defender, but I guess Suarez does enough of that sort of overacting himself. It must be contagious.

1400: A first change for Liverpool. Jordan Henderson is on for Lucas, who was on a booking and living dangerously whenever he slid in for a tackle.

1358: Sorry about that, don't think this page was updating for a while. Technical issues, don't you just love em? Anyway, glad to be back with you because this game is livening up. Rio Ferdinand just got booked for going through the back of Luis Suarez, who tested David de Gea with a low shot from distance soon afterwards.

1355: A big penalty appeal by Liverpool here. Some silky skills by Luis Suarez see him wriggle free of Chris Smalling inside the box, who recovers to concede a corner. When that comes across, Dirk Kuyt meets it, and his header hits Jonny Evans on the arm. I don't know if Andre Marriner sees it, but he doesn't give it anyway.

AshleyAkerman on Twitter: "Fergie needs to change things and give us more options in the final third. Scrappy game,but tight and tense."

cmmrya002 on Twitter: "No second half changes for Utd? Surely we not waiting to go behind before we change the structure of this team."

From anon, via text: "Ferguson will be delighted by this! He is well aware that early kick offs are slow burners and the gamble was to hold Liverpool with the defensive line up in the 1st half."

1351: It is Ashley Young to take this one too, and Pepe Reina gets a little lucky. He cannot hold Young's curling shot and the ball spins away from him and, crucially, Danny Welbeck who was following up. A bit of a scare for the home side but they survive it.

1349: The ball breaks for Ashley Young about 25 yards out and tries his luck. Just a shame his pot-shot is a long, long way off target. Pepe Reina might get tested now, though, because Lucas has just conceded a free-kick roughly the same distance from goal...

Whistle
1348: The second half has just started at Old Trafford. Phil Jones is OK to carry on despite that problem with his knee just before the break, and there are no other changes from either side. That means Wayne Rooney et al are still on the bench

OptaJoe on Twitter: "3 - Celtic have conceded three first-half goals in an SPL game for the first time since December 2002 (v Rangers). Sinking."

WIGAN v BOLTON (1500 BST)
Michael da Silva reports:
"It may be a little early to be talking about 'six pointers' but both these sides crave a win after woeful starts to the season. Roberto Martinez's Wigan team have lost four straight games while Bolton have lost six on the spin; their joint-poorest run ever in the Premier League. Don't expect quality but expect passion as 18th takes on 20th at the DW Stadium."

QPR v BLACKBURN (1500 BST)
Paul Fletcher reports: "QPR
hammered 6-0 at Fulham in their last fixture; Blackburn are second from bottom in the table after one win in their seven Premier League fixtures so far. It is fair to say these two sides could both do with a win this afternoon. However, with Rangers sitting 11th on their return to the top flight, the situation is hardly desperate for boss Neil Warnock. Not so for Rovers counterpart Steve Kean, who appears to be a man on the edge.""

NORWICH v SWANSEA (1500 BST)
Graham Chase reports: "Carrow Road sees two newly-promoted teams meeting for the first time this term, with both sides knowing these clashes are crucial in the survival fight. In five of the last six seasons, the club that finished bottom in this three-team mini-league was relegated. Swansea have lost each of their three away matches, while Norwich have won just once in three games in front of their own fans."

STOKE CITY v FULHAM (1500 BST)
Owen Phillips reports: "Although Fulham mauled London rivals QPR 6-0 last time out to end their worrying winless league start, they will have probably welcomed the international break having already played a mind-boggling 18 games so far this season. The Cottagers should be brimming with confidence but Stoke have looked steady, lie eighth and - despite the 2-0 defeat at Swansea and being the lowest scorers with just four in the Premier League - they are unbeaten at home following games against Liverpool Manchester United and Chelsea."

MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA (1500 BST)
David Ornstein reports:
"Regardless of events at Anfield in the early kick-off, Manchester City will be confident of maintaining their superb start to the season - especially against a team they have seen off in 10 of their last 11 meetings. Like City, Aston Villa are unbeaten in the Premier League this term, but they have yet to win away and despite the ongoing furore surrounding Carlos Tevez, a home victory looks likely."

1340: Just a reminder there are FIVE 1500 BST Premier League games today. Here's what we have got to look forward to...

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"If Phil Jones is unable to continue in the second half it could do Manchester United massive favour. He's like a fish out of water in midfield, playing in an unfamiliar position, and it's thrown United off their entire game."

World number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Postponed my gym session so I can watch Liverpool v Man Utd! Lets go Liverpool!! #ynwa :)"


Can't help thinking that Wozniacki probably should have skipped the first half and done her work-out. Might have helped her bid to win a first Grand Slam title too.

Half time
Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Anfield:
"Not quite the sort of match the reflects Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that this stands alongside the Glasgow derby as the biggest game in British football. Liverpool on top - but Manchester United with threat to add in the shape of Wayne Rooney, Nani and Javier Hernandez."

1333: The half-time whistle goes at Anfield, where we await our first goal. It's not been a thriller so far but that means it is bound to get better, right?

From anon, via text: "This half has to get chalked up as Liverpool's with United not threatening and Suarez's two glorious chances."


Hmmm, I think United will still be pretty happy, no?

Scottish Premier League update: Celtic are in big trouble here. Charlie Mulgrew makes a mess of a pass-back to his keeper and in steps Kilmarnock's James Fowler to lob Fraser Forster and celebrate a three-goal lead. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.



1331: Charlie Adam whips it in, but David de Gea does well to punch clear. Liverpool are still on the attack, mind, but play is stopped when Lucas and Phil Jones collide, innocently I think, on the edge of the box. There was a clash of heads but Jones is limping too.

Yellow card
1327: Another shot for United, this time by Ji-Sung Park, and again it is well off target. To be fair, Park did superbly to steal the ball off Jose Enrique but he should have done better after advancing to the edge of the area. At the other end, Ashley Young is booked for bringing down Steven Gerrard, and this is another dangerous free-kick for Liverpool on the right-hand side of the area...

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"Liverpool must create some chances because I simply cannot see Manchester United coming out after the break and playing this formation this poorly."

SamBurleton on Twitter: "No invention just congestion in the midfield. United just keep kicking it."

jackmosley12 on Twitter: "The longer Liverpool go without scoring, the more I'm beginning to worry about United's impact subs."

1325: United have not exactly peppered Pepe Reina's goal with shots so far - in fact they are yet to manage a significant effort on target. Darren Fletcher is right to have a pop after looking up about 25 yards out, but he drags his effort well wide in the end.

1322: This is more like it by Liverpool. Charlie Adam's shot is blocked but Luis Suarez reacts quickly to reach the loose ball, twists away from Jonny Evans and into space inside the box... but then fires straight at David de Gea. A good stop from the United keeper, but Suarez should have done more after making his own shooting opportunity.

Scottish Premier League update: Paul Heffernan side-foots Dean Shiels' low cross from the left past Fraser Forster to put Kilmarnock 2-0 up against Celtic. A big shock is on the cards. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.



1318: Nice play by Liverpool, with Lucas, Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing all combining to play the ball out to the right where Steven Gerrard is waiting. The less said about his cross, though, the better. It flies straight out of play. We have had half an hour of play and this game is still yet to really get going.

Twin_Blady on Twitter: "Expecting another criticized player to shut up his critics. Fancy Rio to do a Lampard today."

hgeorge1 on Twitter: "Ferdinand vs Suarez, feeling a bit worried."

Duncan_Davies on Twitter: "Liverpool happy to sit back at pump long balls up to Suarez. You wouldn't think that they're the home team."

Yellow card
1314: Our referee at Anfield, Andre Marriner, is yet to send a player off this season but he has just got his yellow card out for the first time today to book Lucas after he caught Ji-Sung Park.

1312: Luis Suarez is getting a lot of attention for his, how shall I put it, tendency to go to ground easily, but he is also a fantastic striker, no? Maybe not from 40 yards out, though, which is where he is when he tries to catch David de Gea out with a quick lob on the turn. Good idea, but poor execution... it sails harmlessly wide.

1308: Considering this is meant to be the biggest match in the world (copyright Sir Alex Ferguson), it's all gone a teeny bit flat, hasn't it? Liverpool need to lift the crowd, and almost do exactly that when Steven Gerrard bends in a delicious cross from a quickly-taken corner. Luis Suarez is sharp enough to try to get on the end of it, but is not quite able to get a decisive touch.

MattBennett15 on Twitter: "How is it that Vidic is fit enough to play for Serbia but not 4 United, it's a joke, we pay his wages not Serbia"

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"Phil Jones really should have done better and headed that back across Pepe Reina's goal. He ghosted in completely unmarked at the back post. Perhaps he wasn't quite expecting it or got a little excited, but that was poor and it should have been on target."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Sir Alex Ferguson has gone for a Manchester United team with a more solid feel today and so far Liverpool are subdued - but Luis Suarez's constant movement is keeping Rio Ferdinand fully occupied."

Scottish Premier League update: Kilmarnock take the lead against Celtic, Manager's son Dean Shiels got into the Celtic box to support Paul Heffernan and he was well placed to receive the Irishman's low pass and smack a shot beyond Fraser Forster. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.



1304: United come forward again, and this time they go a lot closer. Phil Jones starts the move, which progresses down the left with Patrice Evra going on the overlap before standing up an inviting cross. Jones leaps to meet it at the back post... but can not find the target with his header.

1301: The first time United have really threatened, and it's with a free-kick of their own out on the left. Ashley Young whips it in well enough, but Pepe Reina is off his line to claim the cross. After 15 minutes, we await our first real opening, let alone our first goal of the afternoon.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"For me midfield is going to be key today, and Liverpool are on top. Adam, Lucas, Gerrard want to get to the ball first, and their passing is sharper."



JoseCoaching on Twitter: "If Welbeck leads the line well today, he could be leading the line next summer for Capello & England."

1258: ...It's Steven Gerrard who takes it, but he elects to chip it in rather than go for goal. Patrice Evra reads it brilliantly, though, and gets back to head clear at his back post.

1256: Luis Suarez goes down under a challenge by Rio Ferdinand as they tussle for a high ball, and this is a free-kick for Liverpool about 30 yards out. This is dangerous...

From Danny, via text: "Utd may be lacking in firepower today, but we do have an extra striker in Carragher. OG extraordinaire."

Scottish Premier League update: It's goalless at Kilmarnock but Celtic fans are wondering how after a jaw-dropping miss by striker Anthony Stokes! The Irishman got on the end of Cha Du-Ri's incisive ball across the six-yard box but somehow knocked the ball high over the bar when a tap-in was all that was required. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

1253: Cool defending by United's Patrice Evra, who chests the ball back to his keeper after Jose Enrique had got the better of Chris Smalling down the left and fired over a decent cross. Liverpool are maintaining their high-tempo start, and trying to put United under pressure in all areas of the pitch.

1252: Lucas nicks the ball on the halfway line and Liverpool drive forward. This looks promising, but Dirk Kuyt overhits an attempted throughball to Luis Suarez, and the chance is gone.

1249: Fast and frantic stuff in the opening minutes, as you would expect. No chances yet, but Liverpool have seen slightly more of the ball.

1247: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is squinting in the bright autumn sunshine. His side are playing into the sun in the first half... always used to be a big factor in my Sunday League days. That, and the direction of the wind of course.

United fan SoakyDavies on Twitter: "Big shock for me is the absence of Anderson, been a big player for us this season."

DannyCulley on Twitter: "Liverpool's bench is one of the weakest I've seen a "title contender" put out. Stark contrast to United's powerhouse."

Whistle
1246: Here we go. The 193rd meeting of Liverpool and Manchester United is under way.

infostradLive on Twitter: "Liverpool's next goal will be their 1,200th in the history of the Premier League. The first was scored by Mark Walters on 19 August 1992."

1244: Well, United have turned up, which is just as well. A huge roar greets both teams as they emerge on to the pitch. How are you lot feeling? Excited, nervous, confident... or all three?

It's sunny
1240: Right then, kick-off at a sunny Anfield is fast approaching. The Liverpool players are in the tunnel, but no sign of the United side yet.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England defender Danny Mills at Anfield on BBC Radio 5 live:"Sir Alex Ferguson knows Wayne Rooney better than anybody. He's maybe just thought that this might be too much for him, and his head's maybe not in the right place. Players like to wind him up and this crowd likes to wind him up. The last thing Sir Alex needs is going down to 10 men and a domestic suspension for Rooney."

From Adam from Manchester, via text: "We have a five-man midfield making sure Liverpool don't score then second half the subs can really make an impact. In Fergie we trust."

From Graham in Winchester, via text: "How can people still question Fergie's tactics after all these years?"

OptaJoe on Twitter: "72% - Man Utd's PL win % with Rooney starting since he made his debut in 2004, compared to 60% without him in the starting XI. Gamble."



Liverpool v Man Utd line-ups
Liverpool:
Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Agger, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Bellamy, Robinson.
Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Jones, Fletcher, Park, Giggs, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Carrick, Nani, Valencia.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on handing Steven Gerrard his first start in seven months: "He is one of the best midfielders in the world when he's playing. We've been very patient. He's been patient. We're delighted to have him back and it's great for him." On United's team: "Whatever ideas Fergie's got is up to him. It's up to us to be better than them on the day."

BenniiiP on Twitter: "In Fergie we trust. Impact substitutions will tear Liverpool apart later on. 3-1 United."

Tramp211090 on Twitter: "Time for Welbeck, Jones and Smalling to live up to the hype. Fergie has put his trust in them, vote of confidence in Rio as well."

Scottish Premier League update: There is a full programme in the SPL starting with Kilmarnock versus Celtic, which kicks off at 1230 BST. Second placed Motherwell are in action at Hibernian while league leaders Rangers will be looking to keep up their unbeaten start to the season when they host St Mirren. At the other end of the table, bottom side Inverness travel to St Johnstone looking for their first away win of the season.

From Danny in Hastings, via text: "Looks like Fergie playing for 0-0! I'm seriously worried now, nerves were bad enough before seeing line up. Predict IF Utd can hold out for 75mins, then Rooney and Nani will come on for 1-0 win.....here's hoping!"

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson explains his team selection at Anfield: "We felt we've been far too open recently. Bringing Phil Jones in midfield gives us more security. Wayne Rooney's had a bad week. He was devastated at the suspension. I just felt he'd be better starting on the bench. Ji-Sung Park's very fresh. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling missed the internationals, while Chicharito played a full 90 minutes against Brazil and didn't come back until Thursday."

zachgoodchild on Twitter: "This is the day where Liverpool will become real title contenders with victory! Just you wait..."

1217: How does Lawro see Liverpool-Man Utd ending up then? Looks like he and Frankie Dettori are hedging their bets a bit, with both of them going for a 1-1 draw. Check out the rest of his predictions too.

1213: Time for ANOTHER manual refresh folks. Football Focus is about to start, live from Carrow Road...

JKoenza77 on Twitter: "I think this may the game that Welbeck announces himself. watch this space!"

CR_Watkins on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted Rooney's not starting against us, he normally bottles the Anfield games. Buzzing!!!"

Kash__Tweets on Twitter: "Rooney, Hernandez, Nani ALL on the bench?! What is going on?! I hope this is a Fergie masterplan, I really do..."

1205: Give this page a manual refresh to get the correct league table (would be a good start, wouldn't it?) and also to get the correct fact at 1153. That last bit is only true when Kenny Dalglish is in charge of Liverpool...

LIVERPOOL v MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Anfield:
"General amazement here at Anfield as the Manchester United team-sheet is produced. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Nani are all put on the bench by Sir Alex Ferguson - while Rio Ferdinand returns in central defence. Danny Welbeck gets the nod up front in what looks like a real gamble of a selection. Liverpool, meanwhile, recall captain Steven Gerrard for his first start since the 3-1 win in this fixture at Anfield last March. Kenny Dalglish clearly feels his captain is now fully fit after groin surgery, with Andy Carroll dropping to the bench."

1159: BREAKING MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Nani are all on the bench. Rio Ferdinand starts, as does Jonny Evans and Phil Jones. Full line-up to follow.

1158: So, is this the start of Liverpool's title challenge, or will United maintain the form that has put them top of the pile so far this season. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

LIVERPOOL v MAN UTD (1245 BST)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Anfield:
"Wayne Rooney returns to domestic duties after a week of turmoil following his sending off for England in Montenegro and subsequent ban for the group stages of Euro 2012 as Manchester United visit Liverpool. Anfield is fast earning a status as United's bogey ground after losing on their last three Premier League visits. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to put mattters straight and open up a gap of nine points between the champions and Kenny Dalglish's side. Liverpool, meanwhile, will be banking on Luis Suarez repeating the torrid time he gave United's defenders in the 3-1 win last season."

1155: BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Steven Gerrard starts, and Andy Carroll is on the bench. Full details in just a tick.

1153: This, by the way, is the 193rd meeting between the two sides in all competitions. United edge the head-to-head record by 71-61 but have not beaten a team managed by Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in the League since Sir Alex Ferguson's very first visit, on Boxing Day 1986.

1151: Here's someone who doesn't see things the same way as Sir Alex, and hasn't done for some time. Reds boss Kenny Dalglish reacted to Ferguson's comments by saying: "I don't view any match in this league as bigger or smaller than any other." Anyone believe him though? Nope, me neither.



1149: Morning all. So, Sir Alex Ferguson sees this as his side's biggest game of the season, and the biggest club game in the world. Whether you agree with him or not, Liverpool versus Manchester United is the only match that matters for the next couple of hours. Give this page a manual refresh and we can enjoy it together.

By David Ornstein

1145: But there's only one place you should be right now. This very page. And without further ado... I give you Chris Bevan. It's sure to be a very special day. Whoever you support, enjoy!

1140: A bit early, I know, but don't forget you can watch highlights of today's Premier League games on Match of the Day on BBC One at 2220 BST with Gary Lineker, Alan Hanson and Alan Shearer. After that, it's worth staying up for the Football League Show with Manish Bhasin on the same channel at 2345 BST.

BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter at Anfield: "Liverpool MD Ian Ayre has moved to clarify his comments regarding the sale of television rights http://goo.gl/0hjr3"

Twitter
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Weetabix, feed Archie, now waiting for the Football! What's everyone predictions?"

1133: Judging by your tweets and texts, there's a rather large amount of excitement building for Liverpool v Manchester United. Many eyes will be on Wayne Rooney after his red card in England's draw with Montenegro and subsequent three-match ban. Former England striker Alan Shearer, ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, Tottenham's Harry Redknapp and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew have all given BBC Sport their thoughts on the situation.

Calvin, Glasgow, via text on 81111: "Up in the SPL today, Celtic are in desperate need of a win to keep up with Rangers, I hope we bag 3 points and the midweek speculation of Gary Hooper going to the EPL is false! C'mon the hoops!"

Text in your views on 81111 (UK)
Si, deflated Pompey fan, via text on 81111: "Looking for 3 points today from Pompey but fear another loss and a step closer to relegation with no manager."

1119: We're edging ever closer to the big one at Anfield. Chris Bevan will be in the chair to guide you through that one, with chief football writer Phil McNulty at the ground. One essential piece of pre-match reading is Paul Plunkett's analysis of John W Henry's first year in charge of Liverpool. Today marks the exact one-year anniversary of the takeover of Liverpool by Henry's NESV group.

Text in your views on 81111 (UK)
Alex, Chris and Jay via text on 81111: "Looking for a great win for Everton today. Always play well against Chelsea, let's hope we can keep it this way... COYB!"

JamesBrowning96 on Twitter: "United to win 3-1.... Jones, Nani and Welbeck goals Villa will grab it at the death at Etihad against an arrogant City team :D"

Twitter
TheKieranFitz on Twitter: "Can see a wonderful Merseyside double today and City to beat villa to go top!"

1102: Keep the tweets and texts coming with predictions for the early kick-off and the rest of today's matches. Thoughts on all others footy-related subjects welcome too.

1058: "The incentive is so great for Kenny Dalglish's side that I am backing them to inflict the first defeat of the season on the champions" - Match of the Day pundit Alan Hanson gives his expert view on Liverpool v Manchester United.

AliBinZahid on Twitter: "Expecting Chelsea to drop points today and fairly comfortable wins for both Manchester teams."

1053: On the subject of that match, the Daily Express say "By Eck, City rejects have been my rocks" - Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish feels his club have been the beneficiaries of Manchester City relentless drive for dominance. Big day for Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland and Shay Given, should they play.

Twitter
SamAllison99 on Twitter: "Predicting a slip up for Man City at the Etihad stadium today. Aston Villa have had a great start for the EPL with Agbonlahor."

1047: The 1745 BST kick-off sees Chelsea host Everton at a stadium that might not be Chelsea's home at some stage in the not too distant future. The Daily Telegraph says "Chelsea lobby council over two new sites" - club making provisional plans to build a new ground although preferred 'move' is to stay at Stamford Bridge.

1043: Lots of today's column inches go to Newcastle, who remain unbeaten in fourth with 15 points from seven games. They host Tottenham on Sunday and The Times run a headline "Man about Toon sets out his vision in black and white" - boss Alan Pardew tells George Caulkin battle-hardening experiences elsewhere have enabled him to build a platform for better times at St James' Park.

1038: The same paper says "Refs are wrecking image of the Premier League" - Everton boss David Moyes believes poor refereeing decisions are doing more damage to the English top flight than poor discipline from players and managers.

1037: Back to the papers and the Sun runs a back-page lead with the headline "I NEVER WANT FABIO'S JOB" - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rules himself out of managing England, for good.

1032: In the meantime, why not have a watch of Friday Focus - Dan Walker catches up with Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham at the Potters' training ground to preview Football Focus. The programme includes an interview with Blackburn co-owner Venkatesh Rao and the pair discuss the impact foreign investors have had on the Premier League.
Football Focus is available to watch online in the UK and on BBC One at 1215 BST.

BBC Radio 5 live
1030: A reminder that BBC Radio 5 live has full commentary of Liverpool v Manchester United at 1245 BST followed by Manchester City v Aston Villa at at 1500 BST, along with news of the goals as they go in elsewhere. On air at midday.

Twitter
WaysKid on Twitter: "City 3 Villa 0. Silva will be the man to end unbeaten run for Villa. McLeish will regret Tuesday's comments #BBCFootball"

1025: Sticking with the Guardian, there's an excellent interview with Lille midfielder Joe Cole, on loan at the French champions from Liverpool. "Winger has refound his joie de vivre since moving to France, so much so that he has gone back to school to learn the language," writes Dominic Fifield.

Twitter
Shuff264 on Twitter: "Can we get a bit of love for Derby v Southampton? 4th highest attendance in the country today!"

1020: Indeed, it will be interesting to see if Ferdinand starts at Anfield today, especially following Sir Alex Ferguson's suggestion that the former England captain and fellow centre-back Nemanja Vidic no longer have guaranteed places in the Man Utd side.

1015: A quick skim through the morning leads my eyes straight to the Guardian and their headline "The bell tolls for Ferdinand" - the most elegant centre-back of his generation is out of the England squad and running out of time, writes Daniel Taylor.

1010: Lots to get through before Chris Bevan jumps into the hotseat in a little while but, first and foremost, an appeal to you fine people. It's a massive day of sport and we appreciate your time here at BBC Football. So make sure you get in touch to let us know your thoughts, predictions, hopes and expectations for today's games. Just tweet me @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in on 81111 (UK).

1005: Come on, admit it, you thought I was talking about Wigan v Bolton, right? Didn't you? Oh... well, that's another north west derby taking place today. There are seven Premier League matches in all today, a further 10 in the Championship, 11 in League One, nine in League two and six in the SPL. But dominating our attention for now is the 1245 BST kick-off on Merseyside.

1000: The north west was treated the mother of all sunrises this morning - a fitting start to one of the most important days on the sporting calendar in these parts. History. Pride. Honour. Passion. Ferocity. Heartache. Glory. Failure. Success. This is local rivalry at its finest. LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER UNITED at ANFIELD. Welcome.



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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 8 21 22
2 Man Utd 8 19 20
3 Chelsea 8 11 19
4 Newcastle 7 5 15
5 Liverpool 8 2 14
6 Tottenham 6 1 12
7 Stoke 8 -2 12
8 Aston Villa 8 1 11
9 Norwich 8 -1 11
10 QPR 8 -8 9
11 Swansea 8 -5 8
12 Fulham 8 1 7
13 Everton 7 -4 7
14 Wolves 7 -4 7
15 Arsenal 7 -6 7
16 Sunderland 7 1 6
17 Bolton 8 -10 6
18 West Brom 7 -5 5
19 Wigan 8 -8 5
20 Blackburn 8 -9 5

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