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By Chris Bevan

1959: Right, it's time for me to go home for a lie down. It's been another spectacular day of action in the Premier League and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Check out all 31 of today's top-flight goals on Match of the Day at 2220 BST (on BBC One and this website in the UK) and all the goal action from the Football League in The Football League Show immediately afterwards (2350 BST, ditto). Don't forget to put your clocks back before you go to bed either. I've been Chris Bevan - thanks for keeping me company, see you again on Sunday.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on his side's 2-0 win over West Brom: "The players played very well against a team who themselves had been doing well. They made an awful lot of chances today and they got two goals from it. I think they deserved the victory and the approach and attitude towards the game and each other was important."

1954: Time for some stats, courtesy of Infostrada Sports. Manchester City are the first club in PL history to score more than once in each of their opening 10 matches of the season, Connor Wickham scored his first PL goal for Sunderland. At 18 years and 212 days old he is the youngest player to score in the division this season. And Danny Graham becomes the first PL player to score at both ends in 11 months since Martin Skrtel in Liverpool's defeat at Tottenham in November 2010.

From Luke, West Brom fan, via text: "Re 1932. No pressure on Liverpool today. Odemwingie hasn't started playing at all this season. Need Long back in asap. Too sloppy, no invention, and made it a stroll in the park for Liverpool."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "10 - Liverpool have hit the woodwork 10 times in the Premier League this season, four more than any other side. Thud."

Liverpool goalscorer Andy Carroll on his side's comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom: "All the lads worked hard and I think we deserved the win. West Brom did well but we stuck together and proved it by earning the three points."

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson on Liverpool's penalty: "Most people watching will think it was a very harsh decision and there was no intention to foul the player. It put us on the back foot and it meant our task became a lot harder. I think we didn't play well in the first half and the goal we conceded on the counter-attack in the 45th minute was the critical one."

Full time
FULL-TIME West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
Alistair Magowan reports: "A poor showing from a Shane Long-less West Brom, who offer no real threat to Liverpool as Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam seal the points."

Full time
FULL-TIME Norwich 3-3 Blackburn
Neil Johnston reports: "That's got to hurt Blackburn. A penalty that should not have been awarded has denied struggling Rovers a victory they thoroughly deserved."

Full time
FULL-TIME Swansea 3-1 Bolton
Peter Shuttleworth reports: "Home is certainly where Swansea City's Premier League survival hopes lie as they continued their unbeaten Liberty Stadium record with a commanding win which adds to Bolton's worries."

Full time
FULL-TIME Wigan 0-2 Fulham
Emlyn Begley reports: "Wigan have suffered an eighth-consecutive defeat and slumped to last place in the Premier League table after failing to take their chances against relegation rivals Fulham, who did not make the same mistake."

Full time
FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa
Becky Ashton reports: "In the end a draw was probably a fair result as both side dominated for long spells. Steve Bruce will be the happier man though after seeing his side show real character to come from behind twice."

Full time
FULL-TIME Man City 3-1 Wolves
John Sinnott reports: "Nervy at the end but Man City stay five points clear at the top of the table. Unbeatable - even with 10 men."

Full time
FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal
Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge: "Arsene Wenger insisted Arsenal were on the road to recovery and this victory at Chelsea is a big statement. Ropey at the back yes, but so much to offer going forward and a real class act in Robin van Persie."

Full time
FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 Man Utd
Phil Dawkes reports: "Just the result Manchester United needed: a solid win, built around a strong defensive performance. Everton are again left to wonder what might have been had they a cutting edge to go with the rest of their good play."

1939: Eight games and 31 goals. This is how Saturday unfolded in the Premier League...

AaronJohal on Twitter: "Its no coincidence Liverpool kept a clean sheet today, Dalglish has to consider dropping Carra to the bench from now on!"

1932: We didn't see much from West Brom tonight and I haven't heard much from Baggies fans either. What was wrong with your mob? Does six weeks without Shane Long feel like too Long? (sorry). Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

_msutton on Twitter: "The amount of times Liverpool has hit the post or bar this season is crazy! I hope it doesn't cost us when May comes."

Full time
1926: FULL-TIME West Brom 0-2 Liverpool

Mike7077 on Twitter: "Poor Rooney having to force down pasta at 9am. I'd almost consider tearing up my six-figure a week contract over that!"

liverbuddy on Twitter: "West Brom have had Halloween early today! Suarez has scared the living daylights out of them! (007 PUN :) "

Someone has struck the woodwork
89 mins: Liverpool almost make it 3-0 at the death when Stewart Downing cuts in from the right and fires through Jonas Olsson's legs. Ben Foster is not going to reach that, so is relived to see the ball smash his left-hand post and rebound to safety.

87 mins: Graham Dorrans is behind another free-kick, this time from a more central position and about 30 yards out. Can he test Pepe Reina? Nope. He fails to clear the wall. Not long left until the final whistle puts West Brom out of their misery here.

From Damien in Liverpool via text: "Carroll and Suarez linking up really well tonight. Charlie Adam pulling the strings in midfield. Confident of a Champions League place this season."

Alan_Oliver on Twitter: "He rarely gets plaudits or headlines but @LucasLeiva87 has been imperious today, breaking up what forward play #WBA have had"

84 mins: If only West Brom had put Liverpool under a bit of pressure in this game? If only... Jose Enrique and Pepe Reina both try to deal with a deep ball into the Reds box and Enrique slices it behind. That could have gone anywhere.

81 mins: Another glimpse of what West Brom are capable of, with James Morrison jinking into the box before his pull-back is blocked by Martin Skrtel. Liverpool have just brought on Craig Bellamy for Luis Suarez, who has had another eventful night.

Football League latest: It's nothing more than a consolation but Jonjo Shelvey, on loan from Liverpool, has pulled one back for Blackpool just before the final whistle sounds at Turf Moor. Final score: Burnley 3-1 Blackpool.

77 mins: This sums up West Brom's night. Graham Dorrans stands over a free-kick out on the left and the Baggies have pushed everyone forward waiting for the ball to be delivered into the box. Dorrans curls it straight out of play.

75 mins: Strikers are meant to be selfish but Andy Carroll has no excuses for shooting from the edge of the box when he should really slip in Jordan Henderson to his right. He fires wide too. Greedy boy. Still, it's been a productive evening for him so far.

From Tom, via text: "Suarez grabs the headlines as always but Charlie Adam is class, really makes LFC tick over."

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Just have to say 12 o'clock kick off is no good for players. Trying to force pasta down at 9 in the morning is not nice."

71 mins: Another West Brom change... Well, I guess they have to try something different. Somen Tchoyi is off, Simon Cox is on.

70 mins: Luis Suarez and Andy Carrol link up again, with Suarez teeing up his team-mate on the edge of the area to slam in a low shot which Ben Foster does well to deal with, low and near his right-hand post.

NicBillot19 on Twitter: "Suarez and Carroll have both looked sharp tonight, just need to convert a few more chances and we will have a partnership!"

Football League latest: And that's game, set and match. Marvin Bartley's first goal for Burnley, a well drilled effort, has settled this Lancashire derby with Blackpool. The Clarets lead 3-0 with nine minutes to go.

65 mins: Here come Liverpool again, with Jose Enrique charging forward on the overlap and letting fly with a cross-shot that Ben Foster tips wide. From the resulting corner, Stewart Downing drives the ball across the face of goal and wide. A West Brom goal might make this interesting, but I can't see it coming myself.

62 mins: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is making another substitution, with Graham Dorrans on for Youssuf Mulumbu. Will he spark them into life? Half an hour left, and Liverpool still lead 2-0.

59 mins: Well, at least we know Luis Suarez does know where the net is tonight. He runs clear and lifts the ball over Ben Foster, but there are no celebrations because the flag is up for offside.

58 mins: Time for that West Brom change - James Morrison is coming on for Scharner. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez continues to torment the Baggies defence, without hitting the target. His first shot is blocked by Jonas Olsson, and his second effort - a cheeky chip - sails harmlessly over.

54 mins: Good defending by West Brom's Gareth McAuley, who leaps to beat Andy Carroll in the air and gets bashed in the back of his head for his troubles. He needed treatment but is back on his feet now. The Baggies are still down to 10 men at the moment, though, because Paul Scharner has a knee problem and cannot continue.

53 mins: West Brom are struggling to stop Luis Suarez at the moment but his finishing is not as hot as his dribbling skills. Again he dances into the area, but this time blazes over. He claims a deflection and wants a corner but that's just wishful thinking.

51 mins: Charlie Adam lofts a long ball forward which Luis Suarez gallops after and then heads towards goal. He skips past one challenge inside the area but cannot quite repeat the trick and sinks to his knees in frustration. That wasn't a dive, in case you were wondering.

ChrisE_89 on Twitter: "I reckon the most amazing thing about today was Richard Dunne scoring at the right end!"

47 mins: This is more like it from the Baggies. Somen Tchoyi wriggles into space on the edge of the box and lets fly, sending a low shot about a yard or two wide. I'd say that's their best effort so far, and they still haven't forced Pepe Reina into a meaningful save.

46 mins: Er, in answer to my question at 1837... no, not yet anyway. Andy Carroll nods down a ball into the box for Jordan Henderson but he drags his snap-shot wide.

1838: West Brom get us back under way. No changes from either side at the break.

1837: Right then, the players are back out at The Hawthorns. Will the Baggies be any better this half? They can hardly be any worse.

From Greg, Bolton fan who watched the game, via text: "Don't know who these Bolton fans are trying to kid. A valiant effort with 10 men against a Swansea side who were yet to concede at home. In Coyle We Still Trust."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy on his keeper Wayne Hennessey, whose mistake let Manchester City break the deadlock in their 3-1 win at the Etihad: "We played well. We had to defend in the first-half. Wayne Hennessey made a couple of magnificent saves. You can imagine how he feels. He is as good as any keeper in the league. It is such a shame it has cost us."

DanDowning_ on Twitter: "As a disgruntled Wolves fan, it gives me great pleasure in seeing Liverpool dominate the Baggies."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce on injured goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who was forced off after a clash with Emile Heskey: "He's got a horrible horrible broken nose, he's in hospital now and will have an operation tomorrow but we're hoping it's not gone into his cheekbone and teeth."

jamieacourt on Twitter: "I am petrified of the thought of Suarez getting injured. Every goal we score, he is involved somewhere."

1827: Ah. Note to self, if you try to add a bit of info to somebody's tweet then make sure you get it right. Apologies for briefly making Steve Kean Baggies boss earlier (particularly to richmond4). But, for those of you out there who think I have been too harsh on West Brom/too kind to Liverpool so far then please be aware of how poor the home side have been at The Hawthorns. They have offered next to nothing all night... and I'm pretty sure Roy Hodson would agree (as would Steve Kean if he actually was in charge).

Half time
West Brom 0-2 Liverpool
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"West Brom fans' frustrations with referee Lee Mason may be better directed towards their team. The Baggies have been second best so far, whatever you think about the disputed penalty."

1823: HALF-TIME West Brom 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool goal: Like I said, far too easy for Liverpool. Jonas Olsson gives the ball away from a free-kick near the half-way line, Luis Suarez picks it up and frees Andy Carroll - who is in acres of space and coolly fires past the advancing Ben Foster.

45 mins: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-2 Liverpool (Andy Carroll)

43 mins: Half-time is fast approaching, and West Brom seem to be waking up. Somen Tchoyi is involved again down the left but, when the cross comes in, Pepe Reina reaches it before Jerome Thomas.

40 mins: At last, West Brom come forward with purpose. Somen Tchoyi plays in a useful low cross from the right aimed for Peter Odemwingie but it is half-cleared by Liverpool and the loose ball bounces behind Jerome Thomas, who had arrived a bit later in the area.

37 mins: This is just far too easy for Liverpool right now. I would say West Brom have run out of ideas in attack but, apart from that cute Chris Brunt free-kick, I don't think they have had any.

Yellow card
36 mins: I don't think Jonas Olsson and Andy Carroll are the best of buddies and their feud continues to develop. Olsson cleans out the Liverpool striker as they chase a ball out on the right flank and that is a booking. The Baggies clear the free-kick when Charlie Adam bends it goalwards but their marking is less secure from the resulting corner when Martin Skrtel is all alone at the back post and plays the ball back across goal where Luis Suarez lifts his shot wastefully over the bar.

richmond4 on Twitter: "Feel sorry for Blackburn boss Steve Kean. He's doing what he can. They should have won today but still he gets grief"

33 mins: It's been a pretty poor opening first half-hour or so by West Brom and they continue to give the ball away cheaply while looking decidedly vulnerable down the flanks. Liverpool look comfortable, but won't be happy while their lead is still only 1-0.

29 mins: Roy Hodgson is not a happy chappy, hurling his jacket to the floor when his side concede a free-kick about 25 yards out. Luis Suarez is behind it, but he fires a long way over... and Hodgson has now put his coat back on.

27 mins: Lee Mason does get this one wrong though. Billy Jones nips in when Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson takes a heavy touch on the edge of his own area, and gets all of the ball with his sliding tackle too. Mason gives a foul to the Reds.

26 mins: On this evidence, the Baggies are missing the energy and work-rate of Shane Long up front. Somen Tchoyi is working hard as the link man between midfield and attack but Peter Odemwingie is struggling to get into this game.

24 mins: The West Brom crowd are convinced every decision is going against them, and are singing "1-0 to the referee". In truth, their side have made a pretty insipid start.

From Andy LFC, via text: "Sick of constant comments on Suarez and the possible dives. Appreciate the lads hunger and talent."

20 mins: Guess what? Yep, another Liverpool penalty appeal. This time Luis Suarez floats over a deep cross from the right. Andy Carroll heads it goalwards but it clearly comes off Steven Reid's hand. I've seen them given, but it was at point-blank range and would have been incredibly harsh. There was no way Reid could get out of the way of the ball.

Will7691 on Twitter: "It wasn't a penalty at all, it's about time Suarez started getting banned for diving, it is becoming ridiculous now."

infostradaLive on Twitter: "This will be Pepe Reina's 162nd consecutive PL match in goal for Liverpool - the last match he missed was their 2-2 home draw with Charlton in March 2007."

Football League latest: It's looking good for Burnley at Turf Moor. Ross Wallace curls a left-foot shot from a freekick into the top corner to make it 2-0. Lucky he pushed team-mate Andre Bikey out of the way when it came to taking it.

17 mins: It's not only the home fans who are unhappy with the referee, Andy Carroll is too, and he's not exactly being shy about it either. The big Liverpool striker is on the wrong end of a couple of decisions - the first for handball when it dropped off his shoulder, and the second when he gives Jonas Olsson (I think) a shove. The first incident wasn't a foul, the second one was.

From Phil from Chelmsford, via text: "Re: Steve Kean at 1726.. Does he not tell his players to play to the whistle? My dad taught me that aged six playing school football. Handball is handball unless play has stopped. It didn't stop."

Football League latest: "Charlie Austin has headed Burnley into the lead in the Lancashire derby against Blackpool. That's a big boost for Eddie Howe, whose side have struggled at Turf Moor this season."

JamesWard80 on Twitter: "No real appeal from Suarez, but replays show a definite foul. Brave linesman, well done that man! "

12 mins: Liverpoool could have had a second penalty you know. Jonas Olsson barges over Andy Carroll as they run in to meet a corner. Lee Mason blows his whistle, but it is to award a foul to West Brom. The home fans give an ironic cheer, but they were a bit lucky there.

Someone has won a penalty
Liverpool goal: There's always going to be a question mark when Luis Suarez is awarded a penalty but this one is the right decision. Referee Lee Mason misses the clip from Jerome Thomas which sends Suarez tumbling in the area, but his linesman does see it. Mason eventually points to the spot and, after a long delay, Charlie Adam steps up to send Ben Foster the wrong way.

9 mins: GOALFLASH West Brom 0-1 Liverpool (Charlie Adam)

7 mins: PENALTY to Liverpool

6 mins: Clever from Baggies schemer Chris Brunt, who takes a quick free-kick and finds Peter Odemwingie running into the box. Liverpool have enough men back to force him backwards, and eventually clear their lines when Youssuf Mulumbu tries his luck from the edge of the area.

From William, a Bolton fan of 39 years, via text: "Can't see Owen Coyle being at Bolton much longer if Bolton are to have a chance of staying in the Premier League."

TerryNutkinsDad on Twitter: "Bolton fan here. You should never say you're down in October but we're down in October. Thankyou and goodnight."

mcg0825 on Twitter: "Can no-one outside Blackburn see that Steve Kean is taking us down?"

3 mins: A fast start by Liverpool here. First Jose Enrique's pinpoint pass sets Luis Suarez free, but the ball skips off the turf and he cannot control it. Moments later, Charlie Adam has a pop from the edge of the box but lifts the ball over the bar. The Baggies are already under a bit of pressure - this reminds me of how the Reds began against Norwich last week.

1736: Right then. Liverpool get the last Premier League match of 2011 to be played in British Summer Time under way.

1735: We're having a minute's silence at The Hawthorns because this is West Brom's last home fixture before Remembrance Day.

From Steve, via text: "One of these days Liverpool are going to be clinical in front of goal and will run up a rugby score."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez after his side were beaten by Fulham, for their seventh straight Premier League defeat: "The stats tell the story. I'm not disappointed with the performance but with our run, the result becomes even more important. It is not time to feel sorry for ourselves. It's time to try to improve ourselves, try to change the negative dynamic that's affecting us at the moment."

1728: But here they come now. By the way, further to that stat at 1720, there have been more Premier League goals than any other single day this season, and the most since there were 32 goals on 22 May.

1726: The players have been in the tunnel for an awfully long time at The Hawthorns...

Blackburn manager Steve Kean on the stoppage-time penalty decision that cost his side victory at Carrow Road: "I asked the referee why he awarded a penalty and he told me that Steven Nzonzi handled the ball. But I've seen it 10 times and he was only appealing for a free-kick because he was actually fouled by a Norwich player."

1722: What are we expecting from the Baggies and Liverpool, then? Goals, probably. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

Sandler41 on Twitter: "I genuinely feel bad for Steve Kean. He's going to end up taking the blame again, but that is ridiculous."

1720: So, just the 29 goals in our seven Premier League games so far today. We're going to make it to the big 3-0 at The Hawthorns, aren't we? I'd be disappointed if not.

Alistair Magowan reports:
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says his team have become more 'conscious' of failing to convert chances in recent games. 'The most important thing for us is to be creating them,' he said, and Luis Suarez looked sharp when he scored twice in the Carling Cup win over Stoke in midweek. If the Uruguayan plays, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is well aware of his quality. 'Suarez is outstandingly good,' he said."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert after his side's incredible late comeback against Blackburn, earning a point with a controversial stoppage-time spot-kick: "I couldn't really see the penalty. We've had our fair share of bad luck with penalties this season but got some good fortune this time. I'm delighted with the desire my players showed not to be beaten."

From BJ at the Etihad, via text: "Apart from the penalty a truly abysmal refereeing display by Stuart Attwell, ridiculous decisions and inconsistent to book. Not fit to referee in the Premier League, and I've never said that about a ref before."

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Somen Tchoyi replaces injured striker Shane Long in West Brom's only change after their win over Aston Villa last weekend. For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard misses out with a reported knock, but Luis Suarez is fit to start. Jamie Carragher is also missing, while Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, Martin Skrtel, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing all return"

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after his side's 3-1 win over Wolves: "We were very strong with 10 men for the final 20 minutes. We know it was a difficult match because if you don't start well in the first half you don't close the game and in football, in every moment, the game can change as we saw with the sending off."

West Brom v Liverpool line-ups
West Brom:
Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Jones, Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas, Odemwingie, Tchoyi. Subs: Fulop, Morrison, Dorrans, Shorey, Gera, Dawson, Cox.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Flanagan, Bellamy.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Last season Roy Hodgson was in the home dugout for both games between these two sides and on both occasions his side won. This time may prove more difficult for the Baggies boss with in-form striker Shane Long out injured but they have come through stern tests against local rivals in recent weeks. Liverpool could shuffle the pack as they aim to extend an unbeaten run of six games."

Scottish Premier League update: Motherwell's defeat of Inverness keep them in second spot above Celtic who could only manage a goalless draw with Hibs. Dundee United secured only their third SPL victory of the season by beating 10-man Dunfermline. Hearts lost 1-0 from a Kilmarnock penalty and also suffered a referee's wrath with manager Paulo Sergio sent to the Tynecastle stand as well as midfielder Ian Black dismissed while a single goal for St Mirren gave them the full points at St Johnstone.

Football League latest: "Southampton maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Championship with a 3-0 victory over promotion rivals Middlesbrough. David Connolly's late strike added to Guly Do Prado's double. West Ham looked to be strolling against managerless Leicester but ended the game hanging on by their fingertips and grateful for the three points after a 3-2 win."

RossJamesMurray on Twitter: "Blackburn, Blackburn, Blackburn.....tut, tut, tut. The players obviously want Kean out too if they let a 3-1 lead go like that"

Villa fan tomrobbo89 on Twitter: "Surprise surprise, another draw! Conceding late again could cost us come the end of the season. Zero inspiration, missed Bannan."

1659: Looking back to 1533, it seems my plea for goals was answered. I just wish they had been spread out a bit more evenly over the course of the afternoon.

1658: FULL-TIME Norwich 3-3 Blackburn

1656 FULL-TIME Wigan 0-2 Fulham

Full time
1656: FULL-TIME Swansea 3-1 Bolton

1656: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa

1656: FULL-TIME Man City 3-1 Wolves

Norwich goal: A controversial end to events at Carrow Road. Referee Anthony Taylor points to the spot when he spots a handball by Steven Nzonzi inside the Rovers box. I've seen the replays and it looks harsh to me. Anyway, Grant Holt steps up and fires home a late, late equaliser. Blackburn boss Steve Kean looks like he has just been punched in the kidneys.

Swansea goal: It's at the right end this time, and apologies for writing 'swansea goal' before. I'm right this time, though, because Danny Graham has just sealed the points for the Swans. Bolton's 10 men were all up-field looking for an equaliser when they lost the ball and Angel Rangel fed Graham to coolly find the net.

1654: GOALFLASH Norwich 3-3 Blackburn (Grant Holt, pen)

1653: PENALTY to Norwich

Man City goal: Panic over for City. In the first minute of stoppage time Adam Johnson's beautifully judged curling shot is too good for Wayne Hennessey.

Sunderland goal: The goals keep on coming, don't they? Sunderland are level again with Seb Larsson the architect. His free-kick is met by Stephane Sessegnon, who heads home from close range. Shay Given got at least one hand to it, too, and by his standards that was poor.

Fulham goal: Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa had just hit the post with a curling effort from 30 yards out but Moussa Dembele responds with a killer blow, latching on to Steve Sidwell's pass after Figueroa gives the ball away and slots home from the edge of the box.

1649: GOALFLASH Swansea 3-1 Bolton (Danny Graham)

1648: GOALFLASH Man City 3-1 Wolves (Adam Johnson)

Norwich goal: A lot of luck about this strike, but the Canaries are back in it. Bradley Johnson's shot hits Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe and loops up over Paul Robinson's head before dropping underneath the crossbar.

1646: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa (Stephane Sessegnon)

Villa goal: Villa had been looking the more likely in the last few minutes and they have just got their reward. Stiliyan Petrov sends over a free-kick from the left and Richard Dunne towers above the Sunderland defence to head his side back in front.

1644: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-2 Fulham (Moussa Dembele)

1643: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-3 Blackburn (Bradley Johnson)

1642: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa (Richard Dunne)

Football League latest: West Ham are wobbling as Andy King hits a quick double to make it 3-2 for the Hammers. It's bad news for new Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill - Aaron McLean has just scored for Hull at the City Ground to make it 1-0 and push the Tigers into the top six."

1640: Wolves are pushing hard for an equaliser at the Etihad, where the home fans are unhappy with referee Stuart Attwell, and are letting him know their feelings in no uncertain way. Norwich are also on the attack, and have brought on their Anfield hero Grant Holt in search of a lifeline. Rovers still lead 3-1, though.

Scottish Premier League update: Celtic just can't make the breakthrough against Hibernian. Winger James Forrest, their midweek goal hero in the League Cup victory against Hibs, sees his thunderbolt from the edge of the area smack the top of the bar You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

1638: The points are still in the balance at the Stadium of Light, where Seb Larsson has tested Villa keeper Shay Given with a free-kick and, for the visitors, Darren Bent should have done far better after running through on goal, failing to test stand-in Sunderland keeper Kieren Westwood.

Someone has won a penalty
Wolves goal: Hope for Wolves after Joe Hart spills Adlene Guedioura's shot and Vincent Kompany is deservedly shown red for holding back Kevin Doyle as they chase the rebound. Stephen Hunt steps up to reduce the deficit from the spot and City will have to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men. Stefan Savic is on for Sergio Aguero as they try to shut up shop.

Bolton goal: Not sure what he is doing in his own box, or what he was trying to do with the ball but Swansea striker Danny Graham slices Chris Eagles' inswinging left-wing cross into his own net to hand Bolton Wanderers a lifeline.

1632: GOALFLASH Man City 2-1 Wolves (Stephen Hunt pen)

1631: RED CARD Man City's Vincent Kompany

1631: PENALTY to Wolves

1629: GOALFLASH Swansea 2-1 Bolton (Danny Graham og)

Man City goal: More woe for Wayne Hennessey. The Wolves goalkeeper is unable to hold David Silva's shot and Aleksandar Kolarov is quick to the rebound to make it 2-0. City have just brought on Mario Balotelli for Samir Nasri, and the Italian is greeted by loud cheers. What has he got in store for us today?

Blackburn goal (1-3): Blackburn have not won on the road since the last day of last season but they are well on their way here. Morten Gamst Pedersen curls in a free-kick from the left and Chris Samba dives in to get his head on it and nod past John Ruddy. Not much the keeper could do with that one.

Blackburn goal (1-2): Rovers are back in front and you could say that Yakubu really put his weight behind this one. Sheer power from the Nigerian is enough to beat John Ruddy at his near post after he had muscled his way through the Norwich defence. Not sure the Canaries keeper will enjoy watching the replays of that one - he should have done a lot better.

1625: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-3 Blackburn (Chris Samba)

1624: GOALFLASH Man City 2-0 Wolves (Aleksandar Kolarov)

1622: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-2 Blackburn (Yakubu)

davehudson77 on Twitter: "The Blackburn defence seem incapable of keeping a clean sheet which can only mean one thing in the long run - relegation."

Someone has struck the woodwork
Someone has struck the woodwork
1619: No more goals at the DW Stadium, but it's not for the want of trying. Victor Moses hit the woodwork with a brilliant dipping volley from 25 yards out, and Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has just shaved the top of the bar at the other end after linking up with Danny Murphy. The Cottagers still lead 1-0.

infostradaLive on Twitter: "If Bolton lose today they will have lost eight of their first ten top-flight league matches for only the second time, and first in more than a century ago: 1902/1903. They finished last that season."

From Joel in Notts, via text: "Looking at Dzeko's goal it's luck like that what wins you the PL."

richhill17 on Twitter: "Feel sorry for Hennessey, hardly put a foot wrong all season... dread to think where we'd be without him this year."

Norwich goal: Junior Hoillet's opener for Blackburn was a bit special but so is this equaliser by Steve Morison. Leon Barnett meets a hoisted ball into the box and his knockdown is sweetly met by the Wales international, who fires an absolute pearler of a volley past Paul Robinson. Straight for the restart, Robinson keeps out a Bradley Johnson header from point-blank range, and the Canaries are in the ascendancy here.

Swansea goal: Bolton's day just got worse. Former Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley trips Joe Allen in the area and Scott Sinclair steps up to smash home his third penalty at the Liberty Stadium this season.

1614: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-1 Blackburn (Steve Morison)

1613: GOALFLASH Swansea 2-0 Bolton (Scott Sinclair, pen)

Man City goal: Disaster for Wolves and particularly Wayne Hennessey. The Wolves keeper dawdles trying to clear the ball and his clearance is blocked by Sergio Aguero. The ball bounces handily to Edin Dzeko, who has the simplest of tasks in putting the ball in the net. City had been struggling to make the breakthrough but that was a gift.

1612: PENALTY to Swansea

Swansea goal: Bolton allow Joe Allen a free run down the left and into their penalty area and his low shot beat Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen at his near post. A big ask for Bolton's 10 men to come back from this.

1609: GOALFLASH Man City 1-0 Wolves (Edin Dzeko)

1608: Sunderland are forced into a change after Emile Heskey flattens goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as they leap for the ball. That's a broken nose for the Belgian and Keiren Westwood is on instead.

Red card
Bolton red card: Ricardo Gardner's heavy touch allows Nathan Dyer to nick the ball off him, and the Swansea winger is away and clear down the right. Or at least he would be if Gardner hadn't hauled him back. That's a second yellow card, which equals red. Bolton are down to 10 men.

1606: Finally, Norwich get us going again.

1605: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 Bolton (Joe Allen)

1604: RED CARD Bolton's Ricardo Gardner

1603: In fact, the second half has started everywhere apart from at Carrow Road.

1602: We are back under way in Wales, where Danny Graham has flashed a shot a fraction wide for Swansea after running clear in the first minute of the second half.

TTS_bluemoon on Twitter: "Boos at half time at the Etihad directed at Stuart Atwell - 10 fouls to 1 against City, extremely harsh on the home side."

Scottish Premier League update: Shaun Hutchinson's headed equaliser just before the break against Inverness is enough to put Motherwell back in second spot. Celtic are struggling to hit the target against Hibs, and need to find some inspiration in the second half. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

1558: Ah. Just to clear something up, Connor Wickham is making his first Premier League start at the Stadium of Light, not his first Premier League start. That came last week at Bolton.

cuddy123 on Twitter: "The more I see of Hoilett, the more I think our entire season rests on his shoulders."

Mase159 on Twitter: "Clint Dempsey scores again for Fulham - one of the Prem's most consistent players. Deserves more recognition."

Football League latest: There's no stopping Championship leaders Southampton - and there's no stopping Guly Do Prado, who has netted both goals for the Saints against third-placed Middlesbrough. West Ham are on their tail and they also lead by the same scoreline against managerless Leicester. Leaders Charlton are 2-0 up at Hartlepool in League One, but there could be a shock in League Two with leaders Crawley trailing at home to Accrington."

From Jonny at the DW stadium, via text: "If there is any justice in the world then Wigan will get at least a point come full time."

Scottish Premier League update: The pressure is beginning to ease on Dundee United manager Peter Houston with his side two goals up at Dunfermline. Celtic, now 12 points behind leaders Rangers, are being held at home by Hibernian. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

Half time
Wigan 0-1 Fulham
Emlyn Begley's HT snapshot: "After a frankly appalling first 20 minutes of 'football', Wigan started to dominate proceedings but they trail to Clint Dempsey's goal from close range, which came entirely against the run of play."

Half time
Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
Becky Ashton's HT snapshot: "It's all square but Steve Bruce will be the happier manager after his side dominated in the first half. Aston Villa and Darren Bent in particular need to do more in the second half."

Half time
Swansea 0-0 Bolton
Peter Shuttleworth's HT snapshot:
"It may be goalless, but the Liberty Stadium crowd have enjoyed an entertaining open game with half-chances aplenty with Bolton's David Ngog having the best of them but Swansea keeper Michel Vorm's acrobatics denied him."

Half time
Man City 0-0 Wolves
John Sinnott's HT snapshot:
"Manchester City are averaging 3.6 goals a game this season in the league. If they are going to keep up that record against Wolves, Roberto Mancini's side need to get their skates on. After the Lord Mayor's show?"

Half time
Norwich 0-1 Blackburn
Neil Johnston's HT snapshot: "Junior Hoilett's goal gives Blackburn the edge in an absorbing fast-paced game. Elliott Bennett will rue his miss while Yakubu has also been guilty of a glaring miss."

Blackburn goal: Rovers will go in at the break a goal up after Junior Hoilett embarks on a mazy run across the edge of the box before unleashing a peach of a shot that rockets past John Ruddy. Unstoppable. The more I see of Hoilett, the more I like.

1550: GOALFLASH Norwich 0-1 Blackburn (Junior Hoilett)

1549: Half-time everywhere in the top flight apart from at Carrow Road....

Football League latest: If you want goals, League One is the place to be, with 15 scored so far. Leaders Charlton lead at Hartlepool, but Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield are both drawing, while other promotion hopefuls, Sheffield United, are trailing 2-0 at home to Exeter.

1547: Bolton end the first half on top at the Liberty Stadium. David Ngog and Darren Pratley have both seen openings come and go, while winger Martin Petrov's 25-yard free-kick has just whistled past Swansea keeper Michel Vorm's left-hand post.

marcwebber on Twitter: "Fox in the box at Crystal Palace. Fox run on pitch, shimmied past 3 Reading players, then went back to stand. Sign him up!"

1545: Controversy at Carrow Road as Blackburn players appeal for a goal after Morten Gamst Pedersen's free kick is collected by keeper John Ruddy who looked, at first glance, to have crossed his line while carrying the ball. Television replays showed the referee did get it right. It's still 0-0.

1544: Wolves survive - just. And that they do is down to Wayne Hennessey. David Silva and Sergio Aguero create the chance for Edin Dzeko but the Bosnian's shot is superbly saved with one hand by the Wolves keeper. Save number three from Hennessey.

1543: Wigan had gone close through Victor Moses' deflected effort just before Fulham took the lead, and Mark Schwarzer has come to Fulham's rescue again, keeping out a Ben Watson shot which took a nick off Moses on its way through.

From Dave T via text: "At this rate there's a good battle for last place on MOTD tonight."

Fulham goal: It's totally against the run of play but the Cottagers are ahead. Bobby Zamora escaped down the left and fired over an enticing cross that Clint Dempsey sweeps home from close range.

1541: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-1 Fulham (Clint Dempsey)

Sunderland goal: How to mark your first Premier League start at your home ground? How about by scoring your first Premier League goal. Connor Wickham has done exactly that, latching on to Stephane Sessegnon's pass and firing past Shay Given.

1538: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa (Connor Wickham)

1537: We're still waiting for the goal-rush. A single goal would be nice. Norwich have just wasted a great opening when Elliott Bennett fired into the side-netting when well placed.

1535: Wigan have been on top against Fulham with Mark Schwarzer doing well to tip Ben Watson's brilliant dipping shot just over the bar. And from the corner Gary Caldwell heads over unmarked from six yards out, when he really should have scored. The Cottagers have only really managed one effort of note, with Ali Al-Habsi keeping out Andrew Johnson's swerving shot.

1534: Sunderland go close to levelling when Connor Wickham's header from a Seb Larsson corner is cleared off the line by Stephen Warnock. At the other end, Charles N'Zogbia sees his shot deflected wide but Villa still lead 1-0.

1533: Er, not many goals about so far are there? Sorry, I'll see what I can do about that...

1532: A real heart-in-your-mouth moment for Bolton defender Ricardo Gardner at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea full-back Neil Taylor's inswinging right-wing cross ricochets off Gardner's leg and flies narrowly wide of the Bolton goal.

Scottish Premier League update: The pressure is beginning to ease on Dundee United manager Peter Houston with his side two goals up at Dunfermline. Celtic, now 12 points behind leaders Rangers, are being held at home by Hibernian You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

1530: More chances for Manchester City as Wayne Hennessey is unable to get both hands to an Edin Dzeko cross. The ball is cleared but City are soon back in the Wolves penalty area as Micah Richards crosses for Aguero, whose deft touch is narrowly wide. The Argentine forced a low save from Hennessey a couple of minutes ago too.

1527: No goals at Carrow Road but Blackburn are in danger of running out of shirts. Morten Gamst Pedersen has had to change his three times after his collision with team-mate Gael Givet left them both bleeding badly. Terry Butcher eat your heart out. Givet is on his second shirt too.

1526: News from the DW Stadium too. Wigan's David Jones has had a couple of pops but his shot from 20 yards out was held by Mark Schwarzer, before he fired wide from 12 yards out after meeting Emmerson Boyce's cross from the right wing.

1525: Bolton's first real chance of the match at the Liberty stadium. Chris Eagles' attempted drive is charged down by a defender but deflects to David Ngog and his shot on the turn is palmed over by home keeper Michel Vorm. It remains 0-0.

1523: Almost an instant Sunderland reply. Nicklas Bendtner bends in the cross and Michael Turner gets his head to it but cannot direct his header goalwards.

ScubaGoodingJnr on Twitter: "how many more goals are we going to be treated this weekend, make Gary Lineker work for his money."

Villa goal: Sunderland had seen more of the ball, but it is Villa who take the lead. Gabriel Agbonlahor is the instigator, pinging a lovely long ball up to Alan Hutton on the right. Hutton feeds Stiliyan Petrov on the edge of the box, and the Bulgarian steadies himself before firing high into the roof of the net.

1520: GOALFLASH Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa (Stiliyan Petrov)

1518: Norwich's first attack ends with a fine stop by Paul Robinson, to keep out a stinging drive from David Fox which was flying into the net until the former England keeper, at full stretch, sticks out a paw to push it to safety.

1516: Darren Bent was promised a Wayne Rooney-like reception at the Stadium of Light today but a goal might silence the Sunderland fans. He has just had his first sniff, meeting Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross at the back post, but Kieran Richardson is on hand to avert the danger.

1515: Blackburn cannot waste too many chances like this. Ruben Rochina slips in Yakubu on the left-hand side of the area, but the big (and he is big) striker rushes his shot and skews it well off target.

Football League latest: "Craig Bryson grabbed the first goal of the day in the Championship, putting Derby ahead against Portsmouth. Millwall lead Ipswich thanks to a Jay Simpson strike, and Watford's Mark Yeates has given his side a flying start against Peterborough."

1512: Our first glimpse of David Silva's twinkling toes. His quick interchange with Sergio Aguero provides the Argentine striker with space to shoot, though his effort goes well over the Wolves bar. Fulham, by the way, are being forced into a change. Mohamed Diame cannot continue after that early knock and James McArthur is on instead.

Sir Alex Ferguson on Chris Smalling's injury: "Smalling has a small fracture on his foot. I think he'll be out for a month and it's unfortunate that one." And on Ashley Young: "Ashley Young has a toe injury that is not going away so he could be out for a couple of weeks."

1510: Ouch, this has gotta hurt. Blackburn duo Morten Gamst Pedersen and Gael Givet collide at full pelt near the half-way line at Carrow Road. Pedersen came off worse, but both of them are bleeding. They are back on their feet now, though.

1509: A first chance for Wolves as a slip by Micah Richards gives the visitors a glimpse of goal. But Kevin Doyle's aim is awry and his shot goes well wide.

1507: An update on Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who limped off at Goodison Park earlier. Sir Alex Ferguson says Cleverley felt his ankle but is likely to be fit for their Champions League game in midweek. Not so good news for Chris Smalling, though. He is out for a month while Ashley Young is sidelined for around two weeks.

1506: It's hardly been a quiet opening at the Liberty Stadium either. The Swans have had the first sniff of goal, with Nathan Dyer scurrying forward on the break but just failing to find Scott Sinclair with his cross.

Yellow card
1503: No chances at the DW Stadium yet, but we have had a yellow card. Fulham's Zdenek Grygera is booked for wiping out Mohamed Diame near the halfway line after a surging run from the Senegal international. Diame is now receiving treatment after another foul, this time by Steve Sidwell. It's been a tasty start.

1502: And Blackburn have gone close too, with Mauro Formica sending a fizzing shot just over the Norwich bar from 25 yards out. Meanwhile, at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland's free-kick expert Seb Larsson has just curled his first set-piece effort straight at Villa keeper Shay Given from a similar distance.

1501: Man City almost start with a bang against Wolves, with Samir Nasri's volley from a corner being tipped over by Wayne Hennessey. Anyone else expecting a few goals at the Etihad today?

1501: We are under way everywhere in the top flight.

1459: A few more stats for you on the back of that extraordinary game at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of Infostrada Sports. Robin van Persie is the fourth player to score a hat-trick v Chelsea after Dion Dublin, Kanu and Patrick Berger. Chelsea conceded five at home in a top-flight league match for the first time since 16 Dec 1989, when Liverpool won 5-2. And Arsenal scored five against Chelsea for the first time in the league since 1934 (a 5-2 victory).

bencooke7 on Twitter: "Chelsea haven't kept a clean sheet for 9 games and have shipped 5 at home to a weak Arsenal team. Defence needs serious work"

Peter Shuttleworth reports: "Swansea
name an unchanged side from their 2-2 draw at Wolves as Brendan Rodgers' men look to extend their unbeaten home record this season. Bolton, meanwhile, include former Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley in their line-up but captain Kevin Davies is on the bench as boss Owen Coyle will play just David Ngog up front."

Becky Ashton reports: "Sunderland are unchanged from the side that beat Bolton last weekend, so again there is no place in the starting XI for Phil Bardsley or Lee Cattermole. While Aston Villa make just one change from the side that lost to West Brom, with Emile Heskey coming in for Barry Bannan, who has been suspended by the club for disciplinary reasons. Chris Herd also starts after his red card was rescinded."

Emlyn Begley reports: "Wigan midfielder James McCarthy misses out with a hamstring injury, while striker Franco Di Santo is on the bench after recovering from a similar problem. Fulham are without defenders Philippe Senderos and Aaron Hughes through thigh injuries, while injured duo Orlando Sa and Simon Davies miss out as expected"

zaakzus on Twitter: "C-H-3-L-5-E-A happened... simple"

TomNewbold on Twitter: "Who are Arsenal playing next week, and do I have enough money to get RVP in my fantasy football team?"

teewhy77 on Twitter: "Who needs Fabregas and Nasri when you have van Persie? A player in a class of his own!"

Wigan v Fulham line-ups
Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, Watson, Jones, Moses, Rodallega, Crusat. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Stam.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Riise, Dembele, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Ruiz, Duff, Etuhu, Briggs.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Football League latest: In League Two, leaders Crawley Town have the firepower of Matt Tubbs to call upon, hosting Accrington Stanley at Broadfield Stadium but second-placed Southend, who are in hot form, winning eight of their last nine games, face a trip to Macclesfield. At the wrong end of the table, Bradford could drop into the relegation zone if they don't win at Paolo di Canio's Swindon, and results go against them - and Plymouth won't get off the root of the table, even if they win at Cheltenham.

Swansea v Bolton line-ups
Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Dyer, Gower, Britton, Allen, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Orlandi, Routledge, Lita, Moore, Richards, Moras.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Gardner, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Mark Davies, Petrov, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Muamba, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Kakuta.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Football League latest: In League One, top side Charlton travel to Hartlepool looking to extend their three point lead at the summit, but on their heels are Huddersfield who travel to bottom side Yeovil, hoping to maintain their incredible 40-match unbeaten run. Preston, who have not won in five, host Bournemouth while Scunthorpe will have to contain a Tranmere side in excellent recent form. The Sheffield sides will be confident of victories as United welcome Exeter to Bramall Lane and Wednesday make the journey to second-bottom Wycombe.

Sunderland v Aston Villa line-ups
Mignolet, O'Shea, Brown, Turner, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Bendtner, Wickham. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Cattermole, Gardner, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Herd, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Delph, Clark, Cuellar.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

John Sinnott reports: "Manchester City
manager Roberto Mancini rewards Mario Balotelli's eye-catching performance in the Manchester derby with a place on the bench. Is that the carrot or the stick for Super Mario? It is one of four changes Mancini makes from the team that won 6-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United with Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko coming in. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy makes six changes to the side that was beaten 5-2 at Molineux by City in their midweek Carling Cup tie."

Norwich v Blackburn line-ups
Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Johnson, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Wilbraham, De Laet.
Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Rochina, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Petrovic, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - Chelsea have conceded five goals at home in the league for the first time since December 1989 (2-5 vs Liverpool). Hammered."

Man City v Wolverhampton line-ups
Man City:
Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure Yaya, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Johnson, Savic, De Jong, Balotelli.
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, O'Hara, Guedioura, Henry, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Neil Johnston reports: "Steve Kean reacts to Blackburn's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham with two changes for the trip to Norwich. Yakubu and Ruben Rochina are recalled at the expense of Jason Roberts and Simon Vukcevic. Unsurprisingly, Norwich are unchanged after their highly creditable 1-1 draw at Liverpool."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 football pundit David Pleat at Stamford Bridge: "If I was Arsene Wenger I'd invite Robin van Persie out for dinner and get that contract signed. I don't think Petr Cech has conceded five before - certainly not at Stamford Bridge. Stamford Bridge has been rocked by Arsenal."

1438: Got your breath back yet? What a game that was. The Arsenal players are celebrating near their fans as if they have won the league, and this result suggests they might yet be capable of doing so this season. One lucky fan has got himself Robin van Persie's shirt as a very nice souvenir - his hat-trick continues his remarkable run of scoring in 2011, and he has now bagged 28 goals in 27 Premier League games in this calendar year.

Full time
1438: FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal

From anon via text: "In the words of Mark Twain, with regard to recent criticisms of Wenger and Arsenal in general; "reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

1_1andrew1_1 on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger needs to put a rush on this guy's contract. Take a bow Robin Van Persie!"

ARLFC on Twitter: "I bet this game has produced more mistakes than any other in the history of the PL"

edhewings on Twitter: "The Premier League appears to have gone slightly mental this season... "

tef90 on Twitter: "Where else in the world would you find football like this? Superb entertainment."

Arsenal goal: It looks like Arsenal are going to have the last word in this one, though, and even if they are not a one-man team (!) it is their talisman who has sealed victory. The Gunners have men over as they break forward in lethal fashion and Robin van Persie cuts in from the left before lashing his shot past Petr Cech, who gets a hand to it but cannot keep it out. That's his hat-trick and that's the three points.

1434: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal (Robin van Persie, hat-trick)

1432: There will be four minutes of added time for Arsenal to survive.

1431: Another change by Arsenal and, yes, it is a defensive one. Thomas Vermaelen is on for Gervinho. We are in the 90th minute at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal goal: If this scoreline stays the same (which is maybe unlikely), then John Terry will DEFINITELY make the headlines tomorrow. He slips and falls flat on his face as he tries to retrieve a stray pass by Florent Malouda, allowing Robin van Persie to run clear, round Petr Cech and slot home. Now, can the Gunners hold on this time?

1427: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-4 Arsenal (Robin van Persie)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on his side's narrow win over Everton: "It's an important result to come away from home and win. Everton is never an easy game and they put everything they could into the game. First half we played some fantastic football and scored a good goal. Hernandez is fantastic in the box. It's a good result and we worked hard for it."

Chelsea goal: Er, wow. What a strike this is! Arsenal defender Andre Santos gives the ball to Raul Meireles, who feeds Juan Mata on the edge of the box. Alex Song tries to get across to cover but his desperate challenge is too late to stop the Spaniard from drilling an unstoppable shot past Wojciech Szczesny. The Gunners aren't happy by the way, because they feel Romelu Lukaku held off Santos as he tried to retrieve the ball from Meireles. Looked a block to me, too, but we are all-square again. Anyone want to pick a winner?

1422: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-3 Arsenal (Juan Mata)

Yellow card
Yellow card
1419: A bit of handbags between Robin van Persie and Branislav Ivanovic, which ends with Van Persie shoving Ivanovic, and the Chelsea defender throwing himself to the floor - the replays made him look ridiculous - and I think it's fair that they both ended up getting booked. A rash of substitutes to bring you up to date with too. Chelsea have brought on Raul Meireles for John Obi Mikel while Carl Jeninkson and Tomas Rosicky are on for Arsenal, replacing Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou.

Mario Balotelli is on the bench for City against Wolves, with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero up front.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 football pundit David Pleat at Stamford Bridge: "What a fascinating game, it's wide open. Arsenal are looking very dangerous on the break. The front three for Arsenal have been brighter than Chelsea's front three."

1416: Almost a fourth for Arsenal. Robin van Persie holds up the ball on the right-hand side of the area before teeing up Aaron Ramsey, who arrives at speed but sees his first-time shot deflected a couple of yards wide. There will be more goals in this game - I can smell them from here.

1414: I thought Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was the most animated manager I would ever see, with his touchline aerobics, but Arsene Wenger is out-doing him at the moment - you can tell how much an away win here would mean to him. Anyway, the Blues make a change, with Ramires off and Romelu Lukaku on. Less than 20 minutes left for them to find an equaliser.

1411: It's end to end stuff at the moment at the Bridge, where Arsenal want a penalty, or at very least a free-kick when Jose Bosingwa tangles with Gervinho. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is not best pleased to see play continue, especially when Chelsea break forward, but the Blues fail to capitalise when Florenty Malouda stumbles inside the area.

Football League latest: There is a massive clash in the Championship today where leaders Southampton take on third-placed Middlesbrough. The Saints will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace the last time out. Second-placed West Ham will fancy their chances against managerless Leicester as Birmingham, unbeaten in seven in all competitions, take on Brighton, who have not won in their last seven league games. At the other end of the table, Doncaster entertain Coventry with both sides desperately looking for a victory.

1407: There's a full programme in the Football League today too, so I'll give you a taste of what is to come there in between Chelsea and Arsenal chances, which show no sign of drying up. The Blues' latest attack ends when Fernando Torres is held up down the right by Laurent Koscielny. Torres feels he got a hand in his face, but referee Andre Marriner says play on.

1406: Things are still wide open at Stamford Bridge, where Gervinho has just run through only to be denied by Petr Cech, who had come rushing from his line to reach the ball first. Both sides look brilliant coming forward but are all over the place at the back.

1404: A change for Chelsea, with Florent Malouda on for Daniel Sturridge, who has just been denied again by Wojciech Szczesny. It's not been Sturridge's day in front of goal.

Peter Shuttleworth reports:
"What a difference a year makes. Bolton had twice as many points at stage of the season last year and were sitting pretty in eighth. But a run of only three wins in the last 15 games has left Owen Coyle's men in the relegation zone. A year ago, Swansea were in the Championship - now they will be confident of consolidating their place in the top flight today after not allowing a goal at home this season."

1402: There was one other 1500 BST Premier League game I didn't tell you about earlier...

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 football pundit Pat Nevin at Goodison Park: "A highly satisfactory display by the United defence. There were few chances for Everton. It'll be a very, very happy United manager. He can go on from here. The three points were never in doubt."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Arsenal have got the taste for this and their fans are in jubilant mood after Theo Walcott's goal. Arsenal's defensive weaknesses have been flagged up before - but can't recall the last time Chelsea looked so vulnerable."

Scottish Premier League update: The second half provided all of the goals in todays first SPL encounter. A rare defensive error from the Dons let in Kyle Lafferty while Nicika Jelavic converted a penalty on the hour mark. The Scottish champions lost their first away league goal of the season when Richard Foster slammed a 25 yard shot straight at Rangers keeper Allan McGregor who spilled the ball into the net. You can follow a live text commentary of the later SPL games, here.

Arsenal goal: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This is one of the greatest solo goals you will see this season. Theo Walcott runs at the Chelsea defence, beats two men, slips, picks himself up and wriggles past a couple more men before slamming the ball past Petr Cech. Only one man made that goal, and it wasn't my mate Robin van Persie. Arsenal lead for the first time in what is turning out to be a truly dramatic match.

1358: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

1357: It wasn't a spectacular or particularly stylish victory for United today but I'm guessing Sir Alex Ferguson will be very happy with a clean sheet and three points?

Andy_Lamont23 on Twitter: "Not much of a defender, but thats a great finish from Santos."

Scottish Premier League update: Suddenly Aberdeen are back in the game at Pittodrie. Former Ger Richard Foster shoots from 25 yards straight at goalkeeper Allan McGregor who spills the ball into the back of his net. A real howler for the Scotland international. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

Full time
1355: FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 Man Utd

Yellow card
1353: Phew. Plenty of drama at the Bridge today, where Wojciech Szczesny is shown a yellow card for tripping Ashley Cole after he dashed from his area. There were Arsenal defenders back, so it wasn't a red card, even if the Chelsea fans were demanding one. The Gunners are glad Szczesny is still on the pitch to keep out the resulting free-kick, too, because he does brilliantly to push away Frank Lampard's dipping effort.

Arsenal goal: He's too slow, or so they say, but he can definitely finish. Andre Santos runs on to a precise Alex Song pass and slots the ball through Petr Cech's legs to bring Arsenal level again.

1351: A BIG shout for an Everton penalty at Goodison Park, where Magaye Gueye goes down under a challenge from Patrice Evra from a corner. Didn't look like much contact was made to me, though.

1350: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (Andre Santos)

1349: Arsenal come out with all guns blazing, and Robin van Persie has his shot saved before Aaron Ramsey fires over from a Gervinho pass. At the other end, Fernando Torres has a pop from distance but his shot is easily kept out by Wojciech Szczesny.

1348: Right, fourth official Phil Dowd is now running the line at Goodison Park, where there will be SIX additional minutes of stoppage time.

1347: We are back under way at Stamford Bridge. No changes from Chelsea or Arsenal.

1346: There's going to be a bit of a delay at Goodison, because one of the linesmen has done his back in (that's a medical term) and is currently having treatment.

Scottish Premier League update: Aberdeen defender Darren Mackie pulls down Sasa Papac in the area and Nikica Jelavic makes no mistake from the penalty spot to double Rangers' advantage at Pittodrie You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

LdOs5 on Twitter: "We Need One More Goal To Kill This Game Off! Let's Go Man Utd!!!"

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 football pundit Pat Nevin at Goodison Park: "It's been a good structured and organised display by Manchester United. There's been a red wall and United's players have put their bodies on the line."

1342: Another Everton change. Magaye Gueye is on for Louis Saha, who has not had his most effective day in front of goal.

Emlyn Begley reports: "Goal fans might want to find another game to follow. These early season relegation rivals' previous 12 Premier League encounters have seen just 18 goals. Wigan start the day in the relegation zone but a win would see them leapfrog Fulham. At least one run will come to an end, with the Latics losing seven consecutive games and the Cottagers suffering three back-to-back reverses but Fulham have not won away to Wigan in 13 meetings, their last success was in the third tier in 1992."

Becky Ashton reports: "Darren Bent returns to the Stadium of Light for the first time since swapping Sunderland for Aston Villa in January. He'll be hoping to add to his tally of three so far to help Villa to only their second win since August. Sunderland on the other hand are looking for their first back to back wins since January, following their 2-0 victory at Bolton last weekend."

Neil Johnston reports: "Blackburn arrive at Carrow Road bottom of the table and two points adrift of safety. Without a league win in four, Steve Kean desperately requires a victory yet he has masterminded just two victories in 14 away league games. Norwich, who have taken 10 points from the last 15 available, will provide a tough test particularly as they are seeking a third straight home win."

John Sinnott reports:
"If you are a Wolves player or a fan maybe look away. A team with two points out of a possible 21 faces a side that has just dropped two points all season and has scored 14 goals in their last three league games. The form book suggesst the only question to ask is how many goals Manchester City will put past Wolves, who they beat away 5-2 in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, rather than whether they will successfully protect their five-point lead at the top of the table. Occasionally though the form book can make us all look "idiotic", can't it?"

1339: Here's a reminder of what we have to look forward to in our five 1500 BST Premier League kick-offs...

1337: Everton are knocking on the door now. Tony Hibbert's curling cross causes panic in the United defence and Nemanja Vidic nervously puts it behind for a corner. When that comes across, Phil Jones - who is on the floor - seems to block Louis Saha's shot with his hand, but replays show it was actually the Everton striker who handled.

1334: Any sign of an Everton equaliser at Goodison Park? Erm, not really. Greek teenager Apostolos Vellios, who knows where the goal is, is on for Leon Osman and joins Louis Saha up front. The Toffees have just over 10 minutes of the 90 left to salvage something here, and injury time too of course. Remember what happened in this game last season?

Half time
HALF-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Stamford Bridge:
"John Terry's goal right on half-time has swayed an entertaining game back in Chelsea's favour. A mixture of exhilerating attack and appalling defence."

1333: HALF-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Chelsea goal: Again, the Arsenal defence goes AWOL, with Per Mertesacker allowing John Terry to meet Frank Lampard's corner at the near post and sort of shin the ball past Wojciech Szczesny. He's made the headlines for all the wrong reasons all week, and that should keep the Chelsea skipper on the back pages all weekend.

1330: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (John Terry)

1329: United are definitely not showing much ambition to get a second goal at Goodison and are content to play it around in their own half at the moment.

albertmercer4 on Twitter: "Classic Arsenal. Superb goal one end, asleep at the other. Bring back Sol Campbell."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 football pundit Pat Nevin at Goodison Park: "Sir Alex Ferguson has sent his team out in the second half and said to his players 'We're not going to be open as we were against Manchester City'. It's up to Everton to break United down and it's so far so good for United."

Scottish Premier League update: Poor defending from Aberdeen allows Steve Davis to send a short pass to team-mate Kyle Lafferty who shoots from 12 yards on the angle to open the scoring for Rangers at Pittodrie. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

1326: Hang on, here come Chelsea. Ramires plays in Daniel Sturridge, who makes no mistake (this time) to fire past Wojciech Szczesny. His celebrations don't last long, mind, because the linesman's flag is up. The chances keep coming, though, and at the other end Robin van Perise lifts a free-kick over the bar.

Arsenal goal: No surprise who scores Arsenal's equaliser - but, in spite of what I was saying in jest earlier, this was a real team goal. Aaron Ramsey slides Gervinho clear with a through-ball which is a thing of beauty and, with Petr Cech rushing off his line, the Ivorian passes sideways for Robin van Persie to slot into an empty net. The Dutchman has now scored 26 goals in 27 Premier League games in 2011 - more than any other player.

1321: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Robin van Persie)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "No-one could accuse Arsene Wenger of adding pace to Arsenal's defence with the addition of Mertesacker and Santos."

1318: United's first attack for a while, and it's a good un. Javier Hernandez finds Danny Welbeck in the box and he gets away a fierce shot that Tim Howard does well to tip over at his near post.

1317: Arsenal are seeing plenty of the ball but they don't half look vulnerable at the back when they lose it. The Gunners have to be careful here, with about 10 minutes to go until the break.

Ben from Nottingham via text: "Arsenal look so much more dangerous than Chelsea, but they're like a tiger with toothache."

1315: It looks like Tom Cleverley just twisted his ankle as he went to play a long ball forward - there were no Everton players near him when he went to ground. I'll keep you posted when I hear any more news of his injury.

1313: Arsene Wenger is unhappy when an offside decision cuts short an Arsenal attack but he almost has more cause for concern. A glorious clipped pass by Frank Lampard releases Daniel Sturridge, but he makes a total mess of his finish by slicing it horribly wide of Wojciech Szczesny's right-hand post. Back at Goodison, it is Nani who is coming on for United, who are back up to 11 men.

1312: Tom Cleverley has just limped off for United, who are down to 10 men at the moment.

1311: Everton go close to an equaliser when Jonny Evans carelessly gives the ball away down the right. Seamus Coleman feeds Jack Rodwell, who fires in a rasping shot that David de Gea misses with his hands but keeps out because it smacks him straight in the face.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "22 - Arsenal have come from behind to claim 22 points against Chelsea in the Premier League, more than any side against any other. Tenacity."

1307: No chances so far in the second half at Goodison Park, mainly down to a brilliant interception by Phil Jagielka just when Tom Cleverley looked like he was going to break clear for United. That one is still in the balance too.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "No parking the bus here - in fact both defences wide open and how Arsenal might regret those two missed chances from Gervinho and Robin van Persie. Arsene Wenger was the picture of fury and frustration when Chelsea scored - and who can blame him?"

ChrisMStephens on Twitter: "LOVE THAT MAN LAMPARD!! And well done by Mata!"

SubSeaSwan on Twitter: "Arsenal give a great example of why you need to take your chances at PL level. 2 gilt edged chances, but now they're behind."

1305: It's still breathless stuff at Stamford Bridge, where Arsenal have not stopped going forward - is attack the best form of defence for them at the moment? Anyway, Per Mertesacker is up for a corner, but cannot direct his header on target.

1302: The players are back out at Goodison Park. Everton have made a change too, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replaced by Ross Barkley, and that game has just restarted.

LukeShirley on Twitter: "Andre Santos versus Sturridge looks to be a key battle already."

Greg from Cardiff, via text: "Cardiff have got to fancy their chances against a very mediocre Blackburn Rovers, especially at home."

Chelsea goal: Arsenal should be ahead but instead they are behind. Juan Mata, who has wandered out to the right, bends in a wizard of a cross that Arsenal just cannot deal with and Frank Lampard stoops to head home. That is Chelsea's 6,000th league goal by the way.

1259: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Frank Lampard)

1258: They had to wait a while for their first chance but it is Arsenal who are looking very dangerous at the moment. Theo Walcott is involved again, sending in another cross for the right. This time Robin van Persie is on the end of the bouncing ball, but he cannot direct his shot on target.

1256: ... It is Theo Walcott who bombs forward down the right, out-pacing Ashley Cole and sending an inviting low cross for Gervinho, who is all alone and about eight yards from goal. He should score, no MUST score, but scuffs his first-time shot and sends the ball rolling wide. What a waste.

1255: This time Chelsea have a free-kick, about 25 yards out. Frank Lampard fires straight at Alex Song in the wall, though, and the Gunners are breaking forward...

1254: It's still Chelsea who are doing all of the attacking at Stamford Bridge, where Arsene Wenger is cutting an animated figure on the touchline, probably to try to organise his defence. At the moment he is barking instructions at all of his players.

Scottish Premier League update: The goalless first-half at Pittodrie has been frantic and pretty even. Both teams lost the services of key players after a clash, Dons midfielder Rob Milsom with a gash in his leg and Rangers' top goalscorer this season, Steven Naismith, was stretchered off with a knee injury. On the half-hour Aberdeen fans were howling for a penalty after Darren Mackie tumbled in the box after a challenge by Dorian Goian but referee Willie Collum waved it away. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

Half time
Everton 0-1 Man Utd
Phil Dawkes' HT snapshot:
"Manchester United lead, but they've not had this half entirely their own way. Had Leighton Baines' free-kick been an inch lower, Everton would be level at the halfway point of a match they have steadily grown into."

1250: Another decent chance for Chelsea, again from an attack down the flank. This time Daniel Sturridge beats the offside trap and tries to find Fernando Torres in the centre, when he could go for goal himself. Sturridge's cross is weak, and easily cut out by Wojciech Szczesny, but the Gunners need to sort out their offside trap because, at the moment, it is just not working.

1247: HALF-TIME Everton 0-1 Man Utd

Anon via text: "Chelsea to win 3-1. That Arsenal defence can't deal with Chelsea's pace up front and look vulnerable from set pieces. RVP will still get on the scoresheet, he is on fire right now!"

infostradaLive on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger has lost four of his last six PL visits to Stamford Bridge, having gone unbeaten in his first nine visits to the stadium with Arsenal."

1246: Everton end the half on the attack, with Louis Saha shooting straight at David de Gea. Chelsea have started their game in similar fashion, with Fernando Torres getting on the end of Ashley Cole's low cross but seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner.

1245: Just the one minute of stoppage time to be played at Goodison, where Louis Saha has just had a deflected shot saved by David de Gea. They have just kicked off at Stamford Bridge too.

1244: United's first foray forward for a while sees Javier Hernandez's daisy-cutter from the edge of the area roll straight at Tim Howard. Still a nice build-up to give him a shooting chance, though.

PhilJones28 on Twitter: "I think i'm psychic, what a joke! United have the luck of the devil in cup draws!"

Quabena_Antwi on Twitter: "When was the last time Chicharito scored from outside the 6-yard box?"

It's sunny
1242: The Chelsea and Arsenal players are on the pitch at a sunny Stamford Bridge - you can listen to the first half of that game on 5 live Sports Extra.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1240: ... It is Baines, and he is within an inch of equalising. He expertly lifts the ball over the United wall and, with David de Gea statuesque, sees it crash back off the underside of the bar and away. So close. Just four minutes of the first-half left for Everton to make this good spell count.

1239: Another Everton free-kick just outside the box, when Darren Fletcher blocks Marouane Fellaini. Looks like Leighton Baines is behind this one...

1238: Here's the Carling Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea v Liverpool, Arsenal v Man City, Man Utd v Crystal Palace and Cardiff v Blackburn.

1236: Everton keep the pressure on, though, quickly hoisting the ball back into the United box and bringing an unconvincing punch from David de Gea. He is soon called into action again, keeping out Leon Osman's low shot and, when United fail to keep hold of the ball, Jack Rodwell drills another shot just wide of De Gea's right-hand post. This is the Toffees' best spell of the game.

1235: Here's a chance for Everton. A free-kick on the edge of the box after Nemanja Vidic handles the ball. They don't make the most of it, though, because Louis Saha's shot is blocked by Javier Hernandez.

Chelsea v Arsenal line-ups Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge, Torres. Subs: Blackman, Luiz, Romeu, Malouda, Meireles, Lukaku, Bertrand. Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Song, Arteta, Walcott, van Persie, Gervinho. Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Park, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Frimpong. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

1233: We are still waiting for the Carling Cup draw by the way... although I think it is about to happen.

infostradaLive on Twitter: "Manchester United have won each of the last five PL matches when Javier Herrnandez has opened the scoring, including the 1-0 home win against Everton in April."

1232: Ah, it seems our live stream of Football Focus wasn't working earlier, but it should be fine now if you want to try again. BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson has just been on, questioning why on-loan Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has not stayed to fight for his place at Manchester City. "Why he is not enjoying it there? Why not stay at City and fight for your place?"

mUtEl0_PR on Twitter: "Fergie got the Evans selection wrong, but in Cleverly he has got that spot on. Hernandez what a star."

Joey_Producer on Twitter: "The United midfield looks so much more impressive with Tom Cleverley in there. Who needs Sneijder?"

DominicKavakeb on Twitter: "#mufc really seem to have missed Cleverly more than anyone would have thought. He's making things happen today"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea
have the luxury of being able to recall Fernando Torres after his three-match suspension to replace the suspended Didier Drogba. David Luiz is dropped down to the bench, allowing Branislav Ivanovic to partner John Terry in central defence. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger toyed with the idea of playing Thomas Vermaelen, but in the end the defender is only a substitute with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker handed the task of keeping Torres in check."

1229: We've seen this before - Phil Jones rampaging forward when Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Leighton Baines are caught in possession down the left. Jones gets into the Everton area too, before the danger is averted, but United are looking very comfortable at the moment. For all their huff and puff, the Toffees have created nothing of note since going behind.

Yellow card
1226: Our first booking of the day sees Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell shown a yellow card for clumsily bringing down Phil Jones. Rodwell was already on the ground when he lunged in.

SANiceGuy on Twitter: "Man Utd been missing Cleverley big time! Key player for us this year. Hernandez is pure class."

Scottish Premier League update: It's been a fast-paced start at Aberdeen but the big worry for Rangers is an injury to Steven Naismith, who catches his studs in the turf and looks to have twisted his right knee. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

1222: United want a free-kick when Park Ji Sung has to hurdle a sliding Leighton Baines challenge. Baines didn't get the ball, or much of Park, but he almost certainly stopped him from continuing his run. Referee Mark Halsey gives nothing.

Man Utd goal: Not sure about the Everton defence when the cross comes in but this is still a wonderfully worked opener for United. Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are involved in the build-up before Patrice Evra swings the ball in from the left for Javier Hernandez to turn it in from close range. He doesn't miss from there, especially when he is completely unmarked.

1219: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 Man Utd (Javier Hernandez)

1217: Wayne Rooney's first effort on goal... is not exactly a memorable one. He turns inside Marouane Fellaini when he picks up the ball on the edge of the box but he never really steadies himself to shoot and ends up prodding the ball disappointingly wide of the target.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge: Arsene Wenger
won praise for his rousing speech at Arsenal's AGM but ahead of the meeting with Chelsea he says: "I can talk here but, at the end of the day, whether we win the game or not will be more -important than all my speeches." Chelsea are playing in a more attacking style under Andre Villas-Boas and he explains: "It comes by the freeing of talent. We decided to free the players in their decision-making and that has given us more fluency."

1213: United look very sharp up front with Javier Hernandez sniffing around. Wayne Rooney is playing very deep at the moment, trying to get things started, but they haven't had another sight of goal since that early Park Ji Sung chance. By the way, give this page another manual refresh and you can watch Football Focus.

1209: Not so fast and frantic at Goodison Park now, with Everton trying a more measured approach with a succession of slick passes. No way through the United defence for them at the moment.

Fernando Torres returns for Chelsea and Robin van Persie starts for Arsenal (who have picked 10 other players too)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea
have moved quietly but effectively into the season while the spotlight has shone on Manchester City and Manchester United - but they will be looking to bounce back from that contentious defeat at QPR last Sunday. Arsenal, meanwhile, are piecing their campaign together with seven wins from their last eight games after a poor start but this will provide the most serious test of the side Arsene Wenger refreshed with a flurry of late transfer activity following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri."

1204: Still no sign of this game slowing down. Everton fire a succession of crosses into the United box. Marouane Fellaini gets on the end of one of them, but the rest are comfortably dealt with by the United defence.

1202: Some response by United too. They build down the left before Danny Welbeck bursts into the area and pulls the ball back for Park Ji Sung at the near post, but his snap-shot is blocked by Tim Howard. A very good save, that by the former United keeper.

1201: It's Everton who are fastest out of the blocks, though. Within the first 20 seconds, Seamus Coleman picks up the ball on the right, cuts inside into the area and lets fly with a low shot. It is straight at David de Gea at his near post, but it is still an encouraging start for the Toffees.

1200: Here we go. United get us under way.

1158: All eyes on Wayne Rooney as we wait for this one to get started. His manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks decidedly pensive as he makes his way to the dug-out, chewing his gum of course.

1155: The players emerge from the tunnel at Goodison, which is absolutely jumping. Give this page another manual refresh and you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Kick-off is just minutes away.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Peter Reid has arrived. Everyone in make up. All looking good."

From David in Southend, via text: "Want to wish the best of luck to Southend Manor playing at Kettering today in the FA Cup. Furthest they've ever been in the Cup and a club I played for as a teenager."

1151: I can actually empathise with Rooney today because I seem to have my very own 'hate mob' after that comment at 1131...

AMTRick on Twitter: "You talk about Rooney getting stick from the Everton fans, I wonder how much stick Johnny Evans will get from United's..."

1145: By the way, in answer to the anonymous Arsenal fan below, to say I "couldn't quite" achieve sporting greatness myself is being pretty generous to me. Safe to say I actually missed that by some distance...

1143: As a few of you have reminded me, it is a big day in the FA Cup today too, with the fourth qualifying round. Godalming Town, Solihull Moors, Hanworth Villa and Hebburn Town are just four of the teams hoping to win a place in the first-round proper.

From anonymous Arsenal fan, via text: "Re 1131. Chelsea play RVP... I mean Arsenal" - hilarious Bevan! Who assists RVP you muppet? Couldn't quite achieve sporting greatness yourself, so decided to write tosh about it instead. Very noble!"

From an optimistic Arsenal fan, via text: "Re 1131. Chris mate, we're not a one man team! We have Vermaelen as well!"

1138: Time for some stats before we get going too. Infostrada Sports tell me that Nemanja Vidic's return is good news for Manchester United. The club have won 49 of their 84 PL away matches with him in the team (58%) and only 9 of 22 without him (41%). Their recent form on Merseyside is not so encouraging though. United have not won in their last seven Premier League visits to Liverpool or Everton, and have lost four of those games, conceding a total of 15 goals in these matches - including 10 goals in their last four visits.

1135: I told you it was busy, didn't I. Also coming up at (around) 1200 BST is the draw for the Carling Cup quarter-finals. Some big teams left in that one this year.

Phil Dawkes reports:
"After impressing in the Carling Cup midweek, Louis Saha starts up front for Everton in place of Apostolos Vellios, who began the game against Fulham last weekend. Royston Drenthe is suspended after being sent off on Wednesday, so Diniyar Bilyaletdinov plays. Phil Neville is injured so Seamus Coleman starts in midfield, while Johnny Heitinga partners Phil Jagielka in defence in the absence of Sylvain Distin. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction to last Sunday's 6-1 home defeat by Manchester City is to drop defender Rio Ferdinand and winger Nani to the bench. Nemanja Vidic returns in place of the former, while Ji-Sung Park replaces the latter. Tom Cleverley also returns to midfield, Phil Jones starts at right back, and Javier Hernandez forms part of a three-man attack with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Ashley Young is injured."

Scottish Premier League update: There's a full programme in Scotland this afternoon, kicking off with leaders Rangers' trip to Aberdeen at 1200 BST. Ally McCoist's side hold a nine point lead over Motherwell, who travel to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, while third-placed Celtic host Hibernian. Struggling Dundee United manager Peter Houston will hold talks about his future following the home game against Dunfermline this afternoon. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

1131: Everton-United is not the only early kick-off in the top flight today, because Chelsea play Robin van Per... I mean Arsenal at 1245 BST. Here's what's else is happeningtoo. Eight top flight games, starting on Merseyside, and ending at The Hawthorns at tea time.
All kick-offs at 1500 BST unless stated
Everton v Man Utd (1200 BST)
Chelsea v Arsenal (1245 BST)
Man City v Wolves
Norwich v Blackburn
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Swansea v Bolton
Wigan v Fulham

West Brom v Liverpool (1730 BST)
What else? Try SIX SPL games and a full programme in the Football League too (more on those in a minute). In a word, busy. In two words, very busy.

mattharding007 on Twitter: "Another interesting Fergie selection. A few players picked today have a but to prove. Good to see Evans back and backed."

oligc94 on Twitter: "I know SAF is a managerial genius, but sometimes you have to wonder what goes on in his head... Evans again??"

ajaybhakta on Twitter: "EVANS?!?! Why, oh why?"

wes_beau on Twitter: "Evans, what has he got to do to get dropped? Taking bets on his bit of incompetency today."

1126: The reason Jonny Evans can play following his red card against Manchester City is that he served his one-game ban against Aldershot in the midweek Carling Cup tie. A lot of United fans seem to wish he was still suspended, though...

1124: Here's an interesting suggestion by Everton boss David Moyes, the man who sold Wayne Rooney to United. He is also expecting the former Blues boy wonder to get a barrow-load of abuse from the home terraces today, but thinks Rooney would still love to be sitting there himself. "Wayne would be the first one to tell you - he would be delighted to come back with his wee boy and watch Everton," Moyes said. "He is bringing up his son as an Everton supporter and he will always be an Evertonian. He'll get criticism because he left the club but time has moved on, we've moved on and so has he." I don't think all Toffees supporters have though, have they?

1121: So, Jonny Evans keeps his place in the United defence? Er, at least things can't go any worse for him today than they did on Sunday, or can they? Let me know what you make of it. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

Everton v Man Utd line-ups
Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Mustafi.
Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Park, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Owen, Berbatov, Nani, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1119: Sir Alex Ferguson, who has had a few other things to deal with this week on the back of THAT defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, is definitely expecting a hostile atmosphere for Mr Rooney today. "He's a traitor as far as the Everton fans are concerned and he is never going to change that," Ferguson said. "People don't thrive on abuse but you can cope with it."

Phil Dawkes reports:
"In their last Premier League match, Manchester United… well, you don't need me to remind you. These are unprecedented circumstances for Sir Alex Ferguson and much change has been mooted. One man who will keep his place is former Everton player Wayne Rooney, who will lead the United line and be the focal point for the home fans' ire. After their extra-time efforts on Wednesday, tiredness could be a factor for Everton in this, their latest in a tough list of recent fixtures."

1116: One quick favour to start with, though. Give this page a manual refresh so you know who is talking to you. Done? Good, let's crack on because there is a lot to get through...

Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley all start for United at Goodison Park. Former United striker Louis Saha is up front for Everton. Full line-ups with you in just a jiffy.

1114: At least Everton's fans (or hate mob, as they seem to be described everywhere in today's papers) are consistent, though. Every time Rooney has gone back since leaving the Toffees to join Manchester United more than seven years ago, he has got one heck of a reception - and not a very welcoming one either. Today will be no different, either. Strap yourselves in, because this is going to be lively.

1113: Hello and welcome to Saturday football. I wonder what Wayne Rooney's first thoughts were when his alarm clock went off this morning? 'Here we go again', probably...

By Phil Dawkes

1112: That's all from me, your warm up act for this morning. I can now hand over to the man you've all come here to read, Mr Chris Bevan.

1109: Apologies for suggesting earlier that Swansea came back from 2-0 down at Wolves. It was of course the other way round, which completely negates the point I was making. Brilliant.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Adebayor interview is well worth watching today. Everyone who has been top on Focus this season has scored that weekend."

Si__Marsh on Twitter: "Looking forward to seeing Wigan Athletic learn to defend today, or learn to score. Too optimistic?"

1108: Not forgetting Wigan v Fulham, of course. It's got stiff competition to stand out as a fixture, with a dour history of 18 goals in 12 matches behind it. Nothing is more certain now that I've undersold it though, it'll be the game of the day. To be fair, I'm sure either team will just take a win thank you very much.

dylanspursterry on Twitter: "Sunderland play Villa today when a year ago today, Steve Bruce was loved by the Wearside fans and McLeish hated, how times change"

edjoiw on Twitter: "MUFC being written off by everyone already is brilliant, have they forgotten we're still 2nd in the league? United to win 2-1"

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Anon, via text: "Looking at these tweets every week, why does no one ever predict 0-0 or the left back to score in a 1-0 win?"

SubSeaSwan on Twitter: "If the #Swans beat Bolton today, Bolton will be at least 6pts behind all 3 promoted clubs. Early doors still, but still... "

1100: Like their Lancashire rivals Blackburn, Bolton are having a tough time of it right now. And like Rovers, they're also have to negotiate a tricky trip to a newly-promoted side. Bolton have had to face five of last season's top six in their opening nine games. That certainly doesn't mean this match will come as a relief though.

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Tom in York, via text: "RE: NasrisLeftFoot: Categorically untrue. Roy presided over our worst start to a season in God knows how long, we were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Lots of respect for such a classy man, but he wasn't the man for LFC."

Young_Riles on Twitter: "Looking forward to the "sacked in the morning" chants being dished Steve Kean's way by the Carrow Road faithful today"

Theotronica on Twitter: "Anybody fancy a wager on a Grant Holt hat-trick today? He's the rich man's Carroll!"

1053: Steve Kean gave his Blackburn reign a much-needed shot in the arm midweek, courtesy of victory in that stunning 4-3 Carling Cup tie with Newcastle. An away trip to Norwich probably wouldn't be high on his list of prefered venues today though. A Blackburn defeat at Carrow Road is sure to include an updated version of 'Kean Out' by the Rovers fans on its soundtrack.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "If you have a question for Peter Reid then whack it over with #bbcfootball and we'll ask it on the Focus Forum next week."

NasrisLeftFoot on Twitter: "Hodgson and Dalgish have very similar records at Liverpool with Kenny having more dough. Id be pretty aggrieved to be Roy"

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Anon, via text: "Everton without Cahill, Drenthe & Neville today I fear for them with Fergie & United being on the warpath. Expecting a professional & clinical response from last week's disaster. 3-0 to United. Rooney involved in all goals."

1047: The Stadium of Light hosts our second England striker of the day returning to face his old club and very probably getting a whole load of abuse yelled at his face and body in the process. Darren Bent is back for the first time, but Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is playing the defiant card. (Times link - subscription required).

jon_sumners on Twitter: "Come on Liverpool!!! Time to start scoring their chances, Liverpool 3-0 West Brom, Suarez 2, Gerrard"

1040: There will be a few eyes on Luis Suarez today. The front page of the Telegraph leads with the headline "Shambles" in reference to Kenny Dalglish's view of how the Football Association have handled claims of racism against the Uruguayan during Liverpool's game with Manchester United. So there's that, plus he's really good, is bang in form and is probably in just about every fantasy team right now.

1034: If he wasn't such a lovely fella, you'd expect Roy Hodgson to be fuelled today by bitter rage as his former employers Liverpool rock up to face his current side West Brom. True to form though, Hodgson has been extremely polite about the Reds, saying he was "lucky" to have managed them. I'm both impressed by his class and also disappointed, largely because I love a good public seethe.

FinNomad on Twitter: "Supporting Chelsea from Bali, Indonesia as they head out for their London derby against the gooners. C'mon you blues!"

1028: Argentine striker issues aside, it's all rosy at the Etihad Stadium, so much so that Mancini is reportedly in line for a new £22m four-year deal to remain as manager. It's yet another boost for the Italian. One that isn't supplied by former City boss Mark Hughes, for once.

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From Smudge, via text: "Feeling quietly confident as an Arsenal fan today, V.Persie will cause Terry and Luiz major problems. Arsenal to win 3-1."

1022: You've got to feel sorry for poor Wolves. They've had a shocking recent run, the latest of which saw Manchester City swagger into town and stick five past them in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. They certainly won't want to see Roberto Mancini's men anytime soon... oh. Oh dear.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Lawro is in the building. Just need Peter Reid to turn up and we have the full set"

maxastaire on Twitter: "The bigger game today? Got to be Chelsea Arsenal. Chelsea are the only team that will be able to keep up with City come may."

1015: Inevitably, John Terry's alleged racial abuse of QPR's Anton Ferdinand has dominated much of the preview material on the game, including Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas' assertion that all English football fans should be proud of the Chelsea and England captain, a stance that has reportedly angered Ferdinand.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Focus studio a flurry of activity this morning. Got something a little different planned to kick things off "

1010: Just as the first half at Goodison is drawing to a close, the opening 45 minutes of action at Stamford Bridge should be kicking into life. It promises to be fascinating encounter as Arsenal face a significant test of what has been tentatively mooted as a recent return to form. Chelsea of course hold a 100% home league record.

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From Steve in Cheshire, via text: "What a day, awesome fixtures. Chelsea to beat Arsenal, Everton to beat Man UTD, and Liverpool to beat West Brom"

MoshikoZohar on Twitter: "The last time MUFC won at Goodison Park they lifted the Premiership title I hope this time will be the same !!! Come on United!"

1004: There is very much a two-pronged take on the game at Goodison Park: how many changes will Fergie make, and how much stick will Wayne Rooney get? If you believe many of the papers the answers are a lot and a lot. The Manchester Evening News suggests five players could get the chop, including Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra. This little story should cover the Rooney angle.

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From Baz, via text: "Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal, Torres and Lampard. Everton 1-2 Man Utd, Rooney and Nani. Now that will win you a lot!"

0959: The day's earliest kick-off sees Everton host Manchester United. Without wishing to sidetrack the home side too much on this, I think it's fair to say most eyes will be on Sir Alex's men following last Sunday's aforementioned match with Manchester City, which included seven goals, six of which United didn't score.

0956: So, you've seen the fixtures, you know the score (figuratively not literally, otherwise this would be pointless), let us get our teeth into some context.

Alioo37 on Twitter: "At the Chelsea vs Arsenal game, working as a steward at Stamford Bridge.. Secretly an arsenal fan :p come on you gooners.."

0950: There is really only one thing missing then and that is you, with all your views, wit and banter in the form of words on Twitter and text. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in via 81111 (UK).

0945: In conclusion then: brilliant.

0942: Thankfully, like a particularly canny Can't Cook, Won't Cook contestant, this sixth day of the week has the raw goods at its disposal to serve up a tasty dish. Check this out for a fixture list:
Everton v Man Utd (1200)
Chelsea v Arsenal (1245)
Man City v Wolverhampton (1500)
Norwich v Blackburn (1500)
Sunderland v Aston Villa (1500)
Swansea v Bolton (1500)
Wigan v Fulham (1500)
West Brom v Liverpool (1730)
And that's just the Premier League. There's also a whole heap of potential magic to come from the Championship, League One and League Two.

0935: Manchester's City and United (well, mainly the former) brought the goods last Sunday with a stone-cold seven-goal stunner, accompanied ably by a controversy-laden, red-card-a-thon courtesy of QPR and Chelsea. Not to be out-done, the Carling Cup then dished out eight belting ties of football of an entirely knock-out nature. So no pressure then Saturday.

0930: Welcome to the start of the end of what began, continued and hopefully will conclude as a cracking seven days in English domestic football.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 29 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 10 28 28
2 Man Utd 10 15 23
3 Chelsea 10 8 19
4 Newcastle 9 6 19
5 Liverpool 10 4 18
6 Tottenham 8 2 16
7 Arsenal 10 -1 16
8 Norwich 10 -1 13
9 Aston Villa 10 0 12
10 Swansea 10 -3 12
11 Stoke 9 -4 12
12 QPR 9 -7 12
13 West Brom 10 -4 11
14 Sunderland 10 2 10
15 Fulham 10 1 10
16 Everton 9 -3 10
17 Wolves 10 -8 8
18 Blackburn 10 -10 6
19 Bolton 10 -14 6
20 Wigan 10 -11 5

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