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Sam Lyon
By Sam Lyon
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1835: That's a wrap people. Another cracking Premier League encounter for us to drool over on Match of the Day 2 later at 2200 on BBC Two and Online, yes? Thanks for your company, as always - and make sure you're all back on form on Monday evening for the return of Tom Rostance. Good stuff. I'll catch you all again on Wednesday, so see you then. Sam Lyon out.

SamuraisShadow on Twitter: "RE: gheiprateek - Who inherited it from Hiddink, who inherited it from Scolari, who inherited it from Grant, who..."

Ayman, Aberdeen via text: "The mistake was made last May when Roman Abramovich sacked Carlo Ancelotti. A lack of believe for a proven coach led to this. Andre Villas-Boas is gonna be sacked faster than you can say Steve Kean!"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge:
"Liverpool do it again at Stamford Bridge after recording a Premier League double over Chelsea last season. Kenny Dalglish's keep their top four ambitions on track but Chelsea see the teams at the top move further into the distance."

1825: Want to know what Phil McNulty made of all that?

gheiprateek on Twitter: "We're being to harsh on Andre Villas-Boas. Need to give him time to build his own squad. He inherited this one from Ancelotti."

Andy, Man U fan, via text: "Jaz, you are so wrong! Andre Villas-Boas will turn out to be a great manager. Give him time!"

conorm11 on Twitter: "Top four in order: Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham, Newcastle. Controversial? Maybe. Possible? Definitley."

1820: A couple of stats for you courtesy of Infostrada Sports - and Chelsea fans, you may wish to look away. Today's defeat means Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, that the Blues have lost four matches in their first 12 games for the first time in 11 years and that they remain one of only four clubs without a clean sheet at home this season. Worrying times.

Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Big result for Liverpool. Stamford Bridge a tough place to go to."

Liverpool owner John W Henry on Twitter: "Huge win at Chelsea. Nationwide championship last night for Roush Fenway Racing. Now a dead heat for today's NASCAR championship. Go Carl!"

1810: As Keval points out below, it's tighter than Humpty Dumpty's hatband in the race for a top-four spot isn't it? Four teams on 22 points, a win away from Newcastle in third - it's bang intriguing and no mistake. Where's ya money folks?

TomBrownie7 on Twitter: "Neither Chelsea or Liverpool will have any chance of challenging this year. It's between the Manchester clubs "

Keval via text: "Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Arsenal on 22 points. Even though Tottenham have games in hand, the race for the Champions League spots is too close to call."

avik20 on Twitter: "If AVB doesn't change his philosophy then surely he will be next on Abramovich's firing range."

1805: Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam: "The win was down to hard work. I thought we were terrific, and it was a good way to bounce back after the result against Swansea which was hard to take. We are happy with the result but we want to dedicate this to Brad Jones [whose son died of Luekemia] after having had such a difficult week."

_nawilliams_ on Twitter: "Remember that Pepe Reina save just after Chelsea's goal? Seemed big at the time, now it seems massive."

1802: Liverpool goalscorer Glen Johnson: "I was probably the last name on people minds' to score [the winner] but I was grateful to get forward and get the chance. I've had a few difficult months but I feel like I'm getting back to full fitness and I feel good."

px11 on Twitter: "Joint MOTM honours to Charlie Adam and Glen Johnson. Special mention to Jordan Henderson's impact off the bench."

Baz via text: "Let's just fire Andre Villas-Boas, admit it was a mistake hiring him and move on. Too inexperienced, too naive. He's wrecked us."

tmf15 on Twitter: "Three defeats in four games for Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas, there will be a very big Guus Hiddink shaped shadow lurking over him now."

1755: Ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to pick the bones out of that one. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Jubbly.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "Don't forget the first half. Chelsea were bordering on awful. The second half was totally and utterly different for 25 minutes for Chelsea, but they couldn't keep it going. One piece of brilliance from Glen Johnson settled it. But can either of these teams get amongst Man Utd or Man City? I think not."

1753: Incredible. For all the talk of Chelsea's ex-Reds potentially stealing the glory, it's an ex-Blue who does it for Liverpool. Glen Johnson - take a bow, son.

Full time
1751: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

1750: Terrible. Raul Meireles has a pop from range but it's a country mile off target.

1748: But moments like that aren't going to help them, Fernando Torres working a decent position but then clipping a harmless ball over everyone and behind for a goal-kick. A pass that prompts bigger cheers from the Liverpool fans even than the Glen Johnson goal a moment ago.

1748: Chelsea have three minutes to snatch something here.

Opta Sports on Twitter: "Only Wigan and Blackburn (six each) have conceded more goals in the last 10 mins of PL matches than Chelsea this season."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "What a fantastic break from Liverpool. They've had very few opportunities this second half. Again there's a massive area behind the Chelsea back line, but to be honest that's a lovely goal. He just passed that into the net."

Liverpool goal: Stunning strike. Glen Johnson drives brilliantly into the box from Charlie Adam's pass, past Ashley Cole and into the centre of the box, and then fires the perfect finish into the corner. A fabulous goal... and fitting would-be winner?

1745: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (Johnson)

1744: Dirk Kuyt chance... wide! Stewart Downing lays off Jordan Henderson's pass for Kuyt to have a clear shot on goal from the edge of the area, but the Dutchman side-foots harmlessly wide. You'd never guess he's without a league goal all season.

1743: Into the last five minutes and this game is anyone's.

CPS:EVENT > hmond4 on Twitter: "Torres and Meireles - Please don't come back to haunt us."
1742: And here he comes - along with another former Red Raul Meireles - Didier Drogba and Ramires the men replaced.

1741: You all know who is getting stripped off ready to come on. Fernando Torres.

1738: ...that comes to nothing. It's respite for their over-worked defence, mind.

1737: Corner to Liverpool...

Yellow card
1736: Ouch. Branislav Ivanovic is the latest player to earn a yellow card and he might consider himself a touch lucky it's not a red for a studs-up tackle on Luis Suarez.

1735: Here is a Liverpool change, but it's not Jamie Carragher - it's Stewart Downing on for Maxi Rodriguez.

1733: Oh Florent Malouda, you have to hit the target there. Branislav Ivanovic's deep cross is met unmarked by Malouda at the back post, but he can't control his volley six yards out and it flies well wide. Liverpool rocking. Still.

1732: As we enter the last 15 minutes, all the attacking is still being done by Chelsea. Cue an introduction from Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher you feel.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: on Twitter: "Wonder if Torres was tempted to ask AVB if he could warm up in front of his own supporters not Liverpool's? Plenty of stick."

Janis, Notts via text: "RE: 1716, nice literary reference there Lyon, but a sea-change is a gradual one. I expect your full essay by Monday."

Davros183 on Twitter: " Liverpool seem to have transformed from flowing passing and pressing to their normal, disjointed self. It's getting old!"

1727: Florent Malouda... wide! The Frenchman is found well inside the box by Juan Mata's clipped pass, but after a touch with his chest, Malouda can only swing his shot wide with an overhead kick. The momentum still all Chelsea's.

1726: Good defending from Jose Enrique, the Liverpool man using his pace and strength to hold off Juan Mata when, for a moment, it looked like the Chelsea man was going to get a free run into the visitors' box.

1725: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalgish feels his hand is being forced, here, and despite a positive performance from Craig Bellamy he is the man sacrificed as midfielder Jordan Henderson is introduced in an effort to nullify Chelsea' renewed vigour in this half.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has changed the momentum of this game with the introduction of Daniel Sturridge. Chelsea now much more forceful but Liverpool still have the capability to threaten that fragile Chelsea defence."

1723: Talking of Fernando Torres, the Spaniard gets up for warm-up and is greeted by a barrage of boos from the Liverpool end. Predictable.

k723 on Twitter: "Game on! Bring Torres plz. It's his moment. Chelsea - Liverpool "

Yellow card
1721: Another booking - Dirk Kuyt for a foul on Florent Malouda.

1720: More good keeping from Pepe Reina, the Liverpool keeper out quickly to clear with his head outside the are to prevent Florent Malouda latching on to Frank Lampard's ball over the top.

Yellow card
1720: Booking for Ramires for a hack at Martin Skrtel.

1719: The key to this Chelsea resurgence in the second half? Juan Mata, who has been moved to a more central position and has responded with a consummate performance in the hosts' positive play after the break.

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "That is Daniel Sturridge's 16th goal in 28 appearances in all competitions for Bolton and Chelsea in 2011."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "Chelsea have been in control for the entirety of the second half. We've got a game on now, and the tactical changes made by Andre Villas-Boas have worked a treat."

1716: It's a complete sea-change at the Bridge, where Chelsea are all over Liverpool now.

1714: What. A. Save. Chelsea so nearly ahead with a second goal in two minutes, Branislav Ivanovic flicking Didier Drogba's free-kick towards the corner, only for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina to produce a superb point-blank, sprawling save to tip it around the post.

Chelsea goal: Super-sub. Vulnerable defensively, but I said Chelsea were looking better going forward - and they have their reward. John Terry's burst from the back pays dividends as he feeds Florent Malouda, whose cross-shot is forced home at the back post by Daniel Sturridge. Game on.

1712: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Sturridge)

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "The mistakes at the back for Chelsea are absolutely incredible, more than I've seen for years."

1710: It's working for Chelsea... going forward anyway. Defensively, they still smack of desperate vulnerability - and John Terry, who gets away with another misplaced pass thanks to Branislav Ivanovic's intervention on Luis Suarez, is having a stinker so far.

1708: Looks very much like the introduction of Daniel Sturridge has led to a change in the Chelsea formation, with Sturridge, Juan Mata and Florent Malouda all now supporting Drogba from deep. And it is working well so far.

1706: Great chance for Chelsea! Frank Lampard and Juan Mata combine to feed Didier Drogba, who bundles past two defenders to get a clean sight of the Liverpool goal - but he spoons his effort well over from the edge of the area.

1704: Early free-kick for Liverpool... 40 yards out... hoofed well wide by Charlie Adam.

1703: And with that substitution complete, we're back under way at the Bridge.

1702: We're going to see a change for Chelsea at half-time, with Daniel Sturridge - not Fernando Torres - given the nod to come on in place of John Mikel Obi.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Luiz had an awful first 45 minutes. Indisciplined in pretty much every sense. Big job at ht for AVB. Dalglish will be delighted with LFC."

Will, Somerset via text: "Chelsea have conceded more goals after 12 games than we did in the whole 04/05 season. I like AVB but it's time for a deeper back line."

joeysiddons on Twitter: "Please don't throw this away, please don't throw this away.... repeat x 96."

Nick B - CFC fan since 1970 via text: "Dare I say....Chelsea have flattered to deceive for quite a while. Found out? Probably."

mask_kishore on Twitter: "That's it then. Chelsea have to buy Rodriguez in Jan and the problem's solved. Isn't it?"

1655: Fancy having your say? Of course you do. Tweet the commentary via #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). You know you want to.

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Chelsea have won three of their last four home Premier League matches in which they were behind at half time."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool will be slightly disappointed that they're not more than a goal up. With a better final ball they could have had two or three. Andre Villas-Boas needs to make wholesale changes at half-time, but unfortunately he can only make three substitutes."

Half time
1651: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snap-shot from Stamford Bridge:
"Liverpool comfortable and deserve their lead. More movement and more urgency. Chelsea have been sluggish, mediocre and cannot find a way through Liverpool's midfield. Work for Andre Villas-Boas to do."

QPR forward Jay Bothroyd on Twitter: "Liverpool looking good! Pressing for fun. I don't think Chelsea have recovered from the beating they got at the loft, mentally scarred !! Ha."

Man City defender Micah Richards on Twitter: "Liverpool dominating at stamford bridge!! Wow..."

1647: And that's pretty much the last action of what has been an absolutely enthralling half, Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool.

1647: ...but Didier Drogba's delivery is headed clear by Glen Johnson.

1646: Right at the end of the half, though, Chelsea have a free-kick in a dangerous position to the left of the Liverpool box...

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "There are four or five Chelsea players who will be thinking that they might not be coming out for the second half. But, oddly, I've not seen a single Chelsea substitute warming up."

1644: Gosh, that's could have gone anywhere, Luis Suarez - again - getting behind the high Chelsea defensive line and his cross is deflected into the home side netting by David Luiz's outstretched boot.

Andyscott01 on Twitter: "Oh dear, the Chelsea defence chokes again. When will they learn??"

Marin7805 on Twitter: "Torres-time, maybe?"

Yellow card
1642: Second booking of the match as Chelsea defender David Luiz - aka Sideshow Bob, of course - has his name taken for a foul on Charlie Adam.

1640: The adrenalin is flowing at the Bridge - on both sides. Lucas, on a booking of course, has just launched a real salvo at referee Lee Probert despite the fact the official had awarded a free-kick in his favour and there was no chance of advantage being played. Pumped.

1637: I said the tackles had been flying in at Stamford Bridge and here's another. Craig Bellamy goes in heavily on Ashley Cole, and although BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin suggests it could have warranted a red card, referee Lee Probert awards a free-kick only. Plenty of verbals between Bellamy and Frank Lampard afterwards. Enough for the handbags graphic? Ah go on.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "For the last 10 or 15 minutes Chelsea have looked all over the place. I feel Mikel has been a weakness for a long time, and that was a dreadful mistake. But take nothing away from the finish. It was lovely!"

Liverpool goal: Breakthrough at Stamford Bridge - and it has been coming. It's a fine move, too, Charlie Adam dispossesing John Mikel Obi before Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez exchange passes before it is fed to Maxi Rodriguez to sweep in 12 yards out.

Leicester goal: Two in two minutes for Leicester - and it's another rip-roarer from Paul Gallagher, the Foxes frontman drilling a superb strike into the top corner from all of 25 yards again. Brilliant.

1633: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Rodriguez)

1632: GOALFLASH Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace (Gallagher)

1632: Liverpool bossing things at Stamford Bridge, just past the half-hour mark.

Leicester goal: It looks like a winning return for Leicester boss Nigel Pearson as Paul Gallagher cracks an absolute beauty into the top corner from 25 yards. Around 15 minutes left.

1630: GOALFLASH Leiecester 2-0 Crystal Palace (Gallagher)

Yellow card
1629: Lucas has his name taken for a late challenge on David Luiz. It's fair to say Liverpool are proving... let's say 'committed' in the tackle this afternoon.

1629: Oh that's poor from Luis Suarez. Dirk Kuyt nicks the ball off John Terry's feet and releases the Uruguayan to charge at the Chelsea defence, but with options to his left in Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy, Suarez's pass is easily cut out by David Luiz. Waste.

1627: Leicester are still ahead against Crystal Palace, but how I do not know. Kasper Schmeichel, he of the famous dad, spreads himself well and smothers a point-blank header from sub Chris Martin on the line.

1625: We're 25 minutes in and goalless - but this has been anything but dull. Lovely stuff.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Liverpool will be satisfied with the start they have made. Luis Suarez is already eyeing up the defensive indiscipline of Chelsea's David Luiz with some relish. Stamford Bridge is very subdued."

1621: ...they think it's in... but it's not! Fans and commentators in and outside the ground are fooled as Drogba's effort dips over the wall, but it drifts inches past the post before rattling around the net behind the goal. It's 0-0 still, but only just.

1620: This will be a chance for Chelsea, though, Daniel Agger felling Didier Drogba 25 yards out, centre of goal. The Ivorian himself is stood over the free-kick...

1618: Ooh, that's close. A Charlie Adam break ends with the Scot apparently releasing Luis Suarez through on goal - but the Liverpool striker is pulled back by an offside flag. Once again, though, Chelsea's defensive high line almost proving their downfall.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "We talked for 25 minutes before the game about Chelsea's high back line. They have almost been caught twice with the same problem. I said before the game they will get caught, they will get done. Already, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry have had to make last-ditch tackles. Chelsea are all over the place. Structurally, all wrong defensively."

Leicester goal: Breakthrough at the King Power Stadium as Jermaine Beckford puts Leicester a goal to the good at home to Crystal Palace. It's fluid football, with Paul Konchesky playing it inside to Paul Gallagher, who slips in the former Everton frontman to side-foot home the opener.

1615: GOALFLASH Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace (Beckford)

1614: Gosh, it really is 100mph now. Glen Johnson is the latest to probe down the Liverpool right and his drive into the box from the touchline causes all sorts of problems, the break eventually ended by a smart save at his feet by Petr Cech.

1613: Back at Stamford Bridge it's great work from Craig Bellamy, getting in behind the full-back on the right of the box and forcing a desperate clearance from Branislav Ivanovic inside the six-yard area with Luis Suarez lurking.

1612: Good chance for Crystal Palace in the 0-0 at King Power against Leicester. The ball's whipped in and Palace defender Anthony Gardner flicks it on and just past Kasper Schmeichel's far post. Heart-in-mouth time for new Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.

1611: And now John Mikel Obi has a try from range, his shot zipping narrowly over. This start has been... frantic.

1610: Chance - and it's the best of the match so far, Florent Malouda's deep cross from the left met on the volley beyond the back post by Chelsea's Juan Mata, his effort cleared by Daniel Agger, though it was off-target anyway.

1609: It's fair to say that both sides are up for this. The first 10 minutes typified by running, fierce tackles and plenty of effervescence.

1607: That's a decent move down the Chelsea left, mind, Florent Malouda handing Juan Mata half a yard of space but the Spaniard sending his cross far too deep and way over the head of Didier Drogba.

Everton striker Louis Saha on Twitter: "I will go for Chelsea. Lampard, Drogba the scorers."

1605: Pat Nevin's right, you know, Chelsea are already looking more direct than usual, pumping balls in Didier Drogba's direction at every opportunity so far. Liverpool looking the keener of the two sides to get the ball down and play at present.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin is at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live: "Didier Drogba is at the point of every attack for Chelsea. Balls are going to be played up to him and he'll knock them down. A very old-fashioned formation."

1602: Nice early touch from Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan's round-the-corner pass almost releasing Maxi Rodriguez through on goal, only for the Argentine to be muscled out of it by Chelsea skipper John Terry.

1600: That's what we like, nice and prompt. Chelsea kick us off against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

alexhardy1987 on Twitter: "Shocked Downing is on the bench... did nobody at Liverpool watch his performance midweek?"

Ben via text: "Re: Matt_Coote on Twitter-I think that Villa have been forgotten. If Che vs Liv ends with any result (which is a certainty), then a win, draw or loss for us tomorrow and we'll still be eighth!!"

1557: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish on picking Maxi and Craig Bellamy today: "They've been selected for their ability to play. They are part and parcel of our squad, and they had a game together at Brighton and they were excellent. They also played at Stoke. [Overall] we have to be as positive in our attitude and committed as we were last year."

1555: Without meaning to completely dull everyone's enthusiasm for this match, by the way, here's a statistic to potentially keep our expectations down: there have been just nine goals scored in the last eight league meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Ouch.

Gray_Larkin on Twitter: "RE: 1541, please don't get my hopes up."

Tom from Hull via text: "RE: 1542 A Nigel Pearson match being boring? Welcome back to that harsh reality Leicester fans."

1550: CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (1600)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge reports:
"Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles must wait for the chance to show Liverpool what they are missing as they start on the bench for Chelsea against their former club. Didier Drogba leads the attack for Chelsea while Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has dropped Stewart Downing and will rely on the pace and movement of Craig Bellamy to trouble Chelsea, along with Luis Suarez."

Half time
1548: HALF-TIME Leicester 0-0 Crystal Palace
Safety-first appears to be the hosts' outlook on Nigel Pearson's return to the club, not that Crystal Palace have done much to worry them. Improvement due on both sides, you feel.

Nicholl94 on Twitter: "Mikel? Why not Romeu? He has been brilliant whenever he has played"

BBC Radio 5 live
1547: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has been chatting with BBC Radio 5 Live, by the way. And it's hot stuff. On Fernando Torres leaving Liverpool for Chelsea: "It was his decision and we had to respect that. It was such a large amount of money at a difficult time for Liverpool. For Fernando Torres, he thought it was an opportunity to keep developing." And on Luis Suarez as Torres' replacement: "Luis is just as good as Fernando Torres, if not better."

piroynie on Twitter: "Re: 1533 - just because they cost £85m, it doesn't mean they're worth it!"

1542: If you're worried about what's happening in the Leicester-Crystal Palace, by the way, you needn't. It's pretty dull.

1541: Let me then, people, hit you with some knowledge. Kenny Dalglish is unbeaten in all 11 previous matches as Liverpool manager against Chelsea in all competitions, winning eight and drawing three; Chelsea are looking to avoid losing consecutive Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge for the first time since Roman Abramovich took over; Liverpool are looking to win three league matches in a row against Chelsea for the first time since 1972-73; and Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six league matches against 'Big Four' opposition. Boomtown.

Matt_Coote on Twitter: "I think that Spurs have been forgotten. If Che vs Liv ends in a draw (which is likely), then a win for us tomorrow and we'll go third."

Stu via text: "Re:TomboBrewster. Meireles didn't go to Costa Rica because he plays for Portugal, not Spain. I suspect he doesn't play because Liverpool know him too well."

px11 on Twitter: "Great to see Luiz and Mikel in the Chelsea starting line up. A non-defending defender and the world's best sideways passer."

1535: CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (1600)
Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Torres, Meireles, Bosingwa, Sturridge, Anelka.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam, Maxi, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1533: An observation for you; in Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres alone there is £85m worth of talent on the bench today. And yet it's tricky to make a convincing argument that either Chelsea or Liverpool are genuine title contenders this season. Just a thought.

1531: That's Crystal Palace's best effort of the match so far, Glenn Murray working half a yard of space on the edge of the Leicester box before sending a rising drive over the bar. In the end, not that close.

1530: CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (1600)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge reports:
"Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Liverpool now have the squad to pose a real threat this season, saying: 'Kenny Dalglish has made the necessary changes to Liverpool for them to progress to title contenders this year.' Dalglish, meanwhile, believes an old adversary will be a major danger to Liverpool as he took Frank Lampard's critics to task. I don't think there was any suggestion from here that Frank Lampard's time has passed, said Dalglish. People who have said it are looking a bit stupid now.' We shall see."

FootballCircle on Twitter: "Torres will come off the bench to grab the winner, it's inevitable."

Mark Suttle, Wetherby via text: "I think Liverpool will easily finish in the top four with Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs. And Sunderland, Wigan and Blackburn are going down!!"

TomboBrewster on Twitter: "I suspect Merieles and Torres being on the bench has more to do with the trip to Costa Rica than anything else, really"

1524: A chance at Leicester! Paul Gallagher spanks in a low 25-yard shot, forcing Julian Speroni to turn it around the post. Best effort of the match so far. By a mile.

BCDre on Twitter: "Around Febuary or April last year, Chelsea slipped to fifth and crept up to second. So whoever loses today can still finish high."

1522: CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (1600)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge reports:
"Liverpool did the Premier League double over Chelsea last season, winning at Stamford Bridge with a goal from Raul Meireles, who has now moved to west London. Chelsea know they cannot afford to slip up as they currently stand 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, while Kenny Dalglish will demand improvement after Liverpool were jeered off in their goalless draw against Swansea City at Anfield."

1519: Those two teams confirmed at Stamford Bridge for you...
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Malouda.
Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Adam, Kuyt, Maxi, Bellamy, Suarez.

1518: And here's another talking point for you lot to get your missives around - whoever loses today in the Chelsea-Liverpool match will struggle to finish top four this season. *Hurls conversation grenade into the mix*

1515: Which might make right now a good opportunity for you lot to get in touch, no? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Same drill as always.

1514: It's all fairly quiet at the King Power Stadium, both sides struggling to get their passing games going in the early stages.

Full time
1510: FULL-TIME Millwall 1-2 Bristol City

SuperSubDicko on Twitter: "Man Utd need both an attacking and defensive midfielder. This is one of their weakest centre midfields in ages."

Breaking news
Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez and Luis Suarez all start for Liverpool at Chelsea, who can find no room for Fernando Torres or Raul Meireles in their starting line-up.

1506: While we have our first shot in anger in Leicester - today, at least, not ever - but Paul Gallagher's hugely ambitious effort from range flies well over the bar.

1505: We will have four minutes of stoppage time at The Den.

1502: After a warm reception for the return of Nigel Pearson as Leicester boss - prompting your standard applause-over-the-head-while-turning-to-face-all-four-stands-of-the-ground response from the man himself - we are up and running at the King Power Stadium.

rosscjgreig on Twitter: "Man Utd need a defensive midfielder not a creative player. Someone like Yann M'vila would be ideal!"

1457: Well into the last 10 minutes at The Den and it looks like the Derek McInnes revolution will continue at Bristol City, the visitors looking good for their 2-1 lead right now.

peterwdj on Twitter: "I'll settle without Sneijder for a fit Tom Cleverley."

tedwards2k11 on Twitter: "RE: 1447 - I'd happily give a couple of fingers."

Schmeichel, Peltier, St. Ledger, Mills, Konchesky, Gallagher, King, Dyer, Wellens, Beckford, Nugent. Subs: Weale, Howard, Abe, Danns, Schlupp.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Gardner, McCarthy, Wright, Moxey, Parr, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray. Subs: Price, Ambrose, Scannell, Easter, Martin.
Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

1450: There's another Championship match on this afternoon, of course - the return of Nigel Pearson as Leicester manager with Crystal Palace in town. Want the teams? Of course you do...

Chris via text: "Have a feeling city could splash out for neymar in January, if Real Madrid don't snap him up first!"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea Head of Communications Steve Atkins has told me that suggestions that cracks are appearing in the relationship between manager Andre Villas-Boas and owner Roman Abramovich after recent indifferent results and the availablity of Guus Hiddink are 'total nonsense'."

1447: I'll tell you what Manchester United need if they are to claw back Manchester City's current advantage... a creative midfielder. Yes, many would say that's obvious. But I like obvious. What would United fans give for Wesley Sneijder, huh?

CyprusPete on Twitter: "New striker at City? I'd love Chelsea's Fernando Torres - think David Silva would create loads of goals for him!"

Chris, Leeds via text: "I'm a Chelsea fan and you can all write us off at your peril. A win today and three points off City and everyone will jump back on the AVB bandwagon!"

adamgibby on Twitter: "Man City for an audacious January swoop for Ronaldo and Messi. You heard it here first"

1442: Off the line again! Jack Smith is Millwall's hero, keeping the hosts just about in this with a double clearance from Stephen Pearson, the second approximately 0.67 millimetres ahead of the Lions' goalline. Great work.

Bristol City goal: Parity lasts just six minutes for Millwall and it's the lively Nicky Maynard who restores the visitors' lead with his second of the game, poking home from close range after more good work by Albert Adomah.

1437: GOALFLASH Millwall 1-2 Bristol City (Maynard)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Meanwhile, Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is out testing the pitch at Stamford Bridge - and conditions look perfect in west London for the latest meeting between two sides who will confront each other again shortly in the Carling Cup quarter-final."

1435: Close! Bristol City Albert Adomah gets free down the left of the Millwall backline and drives into the box, but his left-foot shot curls narrowly past the far post. Should have done better there.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Interesting Tube chat on the way to Stamford Bridge - did not hear one Chelsea fan expressing huge confidence that they would beat Liverpool today."

Millwall goal: Told ya. Man I'm good. In-form Darius Henderson turns provider as he crosses from the left, it is flicked on by Liam Trotter, and Jay Simpson side-foots home six yards out. Back level, game on.

1431: GOALFLASH Millwall 1-1 Bristol City (Simpson)

Figure9 on Twitter: "Man city should sign Robin Van Persie from their feeder club."

1428: And now Brian Howard does likewise to David James at the other end for Millwall with a fine effort from range. Looks like there could be more goals in this one.

1427: It's chance o'clock at The Den, and unlike the first half it's Bristol City enjoying the better of the play. Albert Adomah has just stung the palms of Steve Mildenhall in the Millwall goal, but it remains 1-0.

Jakey_Boy on Twitter: "RE: 14:13 - not a chance have City sewn up the Prem, they play Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool in three of their next four Premier League games!"

1423: The rumours are ahead of this afternoon's Chelsea-Liverpool match, by the way, are that Didier Drogba will start for the Blues... with Fernando Torres on the bench. Confirmed team news when we get it, folks.

1421: And Nicky Maynard flashes a fine effort just inches over the bar just 14 seconds into the half at Millwall, Bristol City so close to going two goals up there.

1420: Back up and running at The Den.

Anon via text: "Ancelotti for Arsenal!!!! (Though I do like Wenger)."

Steffan_Morgan on Twitter: "If Man Utd stay within touching distance of Man City by the Christmas period, you should never write them off judging on previous seasons."

1417: And with Carlos Tevez absent and Sergio Aguero pulling up during yesterday's win over Newcastle - anyone fancy a tip on who Manchester City will splash out on come January? I'm thinking strikers and I want names, people...

1413: People, let me hit you with another talking point. This campaign's Premier League title is Manchester City's already. Sewn up. Done and dusted. Finito. No-one can stop them can they?

cazzycal on Twitter: "Only Guardiola or Mourinho could replace Wenger at Arsenal but neither would go. He should stay."

Chris via text: "I think if Arsenal can't keep hold of RVP then Arsene might leave. A message to the Board, if the top players leave, so will he. And who could blame him?"

1408: Plenty of top-level chat coming in from you lot. Kudos. For those yet to get in touch, tweet the commentary via #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Now.

Half time
1405: HALF-TIME Millwall 0-1 Bristol City
There's the half-time whistle at The Den, where Bristol City lead despite being relative strangers to the football compared to Millwall. Fair play to Derek McInnes's side.

robertssamuel on Twitter: "RE: 1347: If there was ever a case for technology in football, the pedersen corner was it. Ref was wrong, pedersen/yakubu cheated"

Nathan in Nottingham via text: "Instead of finishing my essay, I'm spending time deciding how to celebrate when I do eventually finish. Contemplating the folded arms - but think I'm going to go with the 'why always me' t shirt."

iAminulHasnan on Twitter: "Chelsea need to win today. They haven't beaten a "top" team, if we beat Liverpool it will help us and prove some critics wrong!"

1400: Ooof - Darren Ward almost gifts Bristol City a golden chance of a second with a backpass sloppier than baby food, but Steve Mildenhall is out well just in time to claim the ball at the feet of Albert Adomah.

1358: Now then, what about the managerial situation at Arsenal? Just over 24 hours ago it looked like Arsene Wenger's future at the club was in doubt after an interview with L'Equipe in which he suggested he would assess his position at the end of the season... but that was a quote he played down after the match, insisting he was fully committed to "the club of my life". Thoughts?

1355: Off the line! Best effort on goal yet from Millwall, Brian Howard's left-foot free-kick arrowed towards the top corner, but Liam Fontaine gets back brilliantly to head clear with keeper David James beaten. Fine defending.

1352: Enforced change for Millwall, keeper David Forde replaced by Steve Mildenhall.

1351: Another Bristol City chance! Neil Kilkenny picks a beauty of a pass to release Albert Adomah through on goal, but the midfielder's first touch is too heavy and he fails to get a shot off on goal. Millwall still bossing possession but City looking good on the counter.

jfeehily7 on Twitter: "RE Ray via text - Suarez was taken off as a precaution for Uruguay with a back spasm. He's fine!"

BBC Radio 5 live
1347: Back to events at the DW Stadium yesterday, then - and how Steve Kean needed that 99th-minute Yakubu penalty, huh? Talk about a man under pressure. Not that the Rover boss is showing the strain too much, Jason Roberts told 5 Live: "Honestly, the pressure's not showing. We've been in far greater difficulty before. It's not easy. The manager comes in every day with a smile on his face and a belief that we'll go out and win the next game. The issue is there, but it all comes down to results."

1343: Another Liam Feeney break for Millwall, his cut-back finding Jay Simpson, but the loan frontman takes an unnecessary touch before letting fly, his shot way off target.

1340: For two teams struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, there's some decent football being played by both sides here. Much of it, though, is in the middle of the park.

1336: It's been a decent enough response from Millwall since going a goal down, but Derek McInnes has instilled a more resolute look about this Bristol City team in his month in charge so far and the visitors are just about restricting the Lions at present.

JohnHiley on Twitter: "Everyone is criticising the ref for the blunder yesterday but Pedersen conned him. He cheated, plain & simple."

Ray, London via text: "There's a rumour flying about that Luis Suarez isn't playing today, can anyone shed any light?"

Bristol City goal: Bosh. Having spent the majority of the opening 14 minutes on the back foot, Bristol City take the lead, Nicky Maynard running on to Neil Kilkenny's pass to drill a fine low shot in at the near post from 16 yards. Fine goal. Big goal.

1330: GOALFLASH Millwall 0-1 Bristol City (Maynard)

BBC Radio 5 live
1329: Saying that, in the spirit of not moving on at all, here are the thoughts of Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on the incident on 5 Live: "I haven't spoken to Morten Gamst Pedersen about it. Either way, what's happened has happened. From the referee's point of view, if he hasn't seen it clearly he can't allow it. It looks like a mistake from the referee. It absolutely wasn't something we'd rehearsed in training. It was spur of the moment."

1327: Throughout the next couple of hours by the way, I'll also be reflecting on yesterday's Premier League events when and where I can. Now, I'll kick off with this one - if I see that blooming corner routine that led to Blackburn's second goal one more time, I reckon I'll punch my own face with my own hand. And I'm not even a Wigan fan. It was clearly illegal, the officials missed it, move on people...

1323: Millwall have started the brighter here and a fine burst down the right by Liam Feeney followed by a fabulous cross almost yields an opener, but Jay Simpson is just unable to get his head on it.

1319: Barely 90 seconds in and we have controversy, people, Millwall frontman Darius Henderson screaming for a penalty when he is hauled over by Cole Skuse in the Bristol City box - but referee Tony Bates is having none of it. For me, that was a spot-kick.

1317: The battle of the Championship's 'improving strugglers' gets under way then with Millwall (20th) getting us up and running against Bristol City (22nd).

Eden_Jones123 on Twitter: "Torres to bag a double and haunt the boo boys !! Form is temporary and all that... COYB !!!"

SamHorrocks_13 on Twitter: "Liverpool for me are gunna win this match. 3-1 Liverpool's way."

Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Feeney, Trotter, Abdou, Howard, Simpson, Henderson. Subs: Mildenhall, Craig, Marquis, Henry, N'Guessan.
Bristol City: James, Skuse, Fontaine, Nyatanga, McGivern, Cisse, Elliott, Kilkenny, Pearson, Adomah, Maynard. Subs: Gerken, Woolford, Bolasie, Wilson, Pitman.
Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

1312: And for my part I'll bring you the best of the action and news as it happens throughout the afternoon. You just sit there and enjoy. Talking of which, you'll be wanting the teams for our 1315 kick-off...

TraumaticThrash on Twitter: "Can't wait for the match! Im a United fan but big games like this still gives me the buzz! 4-4 please!"

1310: Here's what I want from you, then - I want chat and I want lots of it. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Easy.

1309: If not, how about a hors d'oeuvre or two? Excellent. I'm thinking Millwall v Bristol City (1315) and Leicester v Crystal Palace (1500) in the Championship and I don't care who knows it. Alongside a bunch more Chelsea-Liverpool build-up all the while, too. Bonzer.

1307: So basically, I say if you're only going to have one Premier League match on a Sunday, you might as well make it a doozy. That's Chelsea v Liverpool, then, kick-off 1600 GMT, from Stamford Bridge. You lot buzzing yet?

1303: Let's see. Both teams are at the right end of the league, both have rather lofty ambitions, and yet both are pretty darn keen to get back to winning ways. Throw in the Fernando Torres factor, some tunes and a whole load of dip and you've got yourself a party, folks.

1300: The saying goes that only two things in life are certain; death and taxes. Well allow me to add another to that list. That Chelsea and Liverpool will meet each other approximately 18 times a season in varying different competitions. Give or take, like. Today the two sides meet for the 29th time in seven years and it is a fixture that always seem to throw up something. I wonder what today's game will bring?

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Premier League results

20 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 12 31 34
2 Man Utd 12 17 29
3 Newcastle 12 7 25
4 Chelsea 12 8 22
5 Tottenham 10 6 22
6 Liverpool 12 5 22
7 Arsenal 12 3 22
8 Aston Villa 11 1 15
9 QPR 12 -9 15
10 West Brom 12 -6 14
11 Norwich 12 -3 13
12 Everton 11 -3 13
13 Swansea 12 -4 13
14 Stoke 12 -12 12
15 Sunderland 12 1 11
16 Fulham 12 -1 11
17 Wolves 12 -7 11
18 Bolton 12 -10 9
19 Blackburn 12 -11 7
20 Wigan 12 -13 6

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