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FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Fulham Neil Johnston reports: "A London derby which got better as the game wore on. Arsenal deserved a point on chances created, but Fulham will be bitterly disappointed they did not secure a win."
1946: All the snap-shots that is except for one. The late game. So here it is...
1946: That is all your full-time snap-shots to give a little taste of what has gone on today. Shouls save you scrawling through all the nonsense I've been writing! If you want to see it all for yourself make sure you watch Match of the Day tonight on BBC1 at 1020 GMT, which is followed straight after by the Football League Show.
FULL-TIME Stoke 3-1 Blackburn Sam Lyon reports: "The pressure will increase on Blackburn manager Steve Kean after this woeful defeat sent Rovers to the foot of the Premier League table. Stoke were never in danger of losing this one."
FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-2 Wigan Chris McKenna reports: "After suffering last week, nobody can deny Wigan a little luck. A first-half penalty and a gift from Wes Brown handed them only their second win of the season. Pressure now heaped on Steve Bruce - can he handle it?"
FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Owen Phillips reports from Stamford Bridge: "A routine win to settle an anxious home crowd. Wolves simply couldn't cope with Mata's magic and a bustling display from Ramires. Pressure eased on AVB... for now."
FULL-TIME Bolton 0-2 Everton Becky Ashton reports: "Bolton slipped to their 10th league defeat of the season at the hands of Everton, going down 2-0 and it could have been so much worse if the visitors had been more convincing in front of goal. They now remain firmly rooted in the bottom three with six defeats from their seven home matches."
FULL-TIME Norwich 2-1 QPR Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Norwich move into the top-half of the table after edging an entertaining game. QPR will point to plenty of possession and a fair amount of good chances, but the Canaries crucially showed the greater composure in front of goal."
FULL-TIME West Brom 1-3 Tottenham Arindam Rej reports: "Spurs improved in the second half and showed how lethally fluent they can be on the counter-attack. Their two late goals made it a harsh scoreline for West Brom who caused plenty of problems."
1934: Returning to the game at Old Trafford and Michael Owen has joined the growing list of players to Tweet on the encounter. He writes...
1934: Some clear beneficiaries from today's results. Tottenham not only picked up three points, but saw Newcastle and Arsenal drop them, while Chelsea's return to winning ways boosts their position at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Wigan's win lifts them off the bottom of the table. Manchester City didn't even play today, but it will feel like they did. And won.
Diddly John on Twitter:
"Its always been about RVP at arsenal. Hopefully after this it won't be RIP for this seasons campaign"
1927: So Fulham's wait for a top-flight win at Arsenal continues. The point though leaves 15th on 12 points. Arsenal are sixth on 23 points.
Opta Sports on Twitter:
"31 - Thomas Vermaelen is the 31st player in Premier League history to score a goal and an own goal in the same game. Redemption."
1924: And that is that. Full-time. Arsenal must settle for a point. They didn't deserve any more, and a draw was the least Fulham warranted for their efforts.
1922: Arsenal clear the corner and speed down the other end to earn a corner of their own. It is delivered to the near post where Robin van Persie is lurking but his low header is saved by Mark Schwarzer. Still 1-1, with 90 seconds of injury time left.
1920: Fulham have a chance to threaten, which they don't waste. Danny Murphy's free-kick to the back-post has to be headed behind by an Arsenal defender. As much as anything, this allows Fulham to eat into the clock.
1919: We're looking at an extra four minutes of injury time.
CHAMPIONSHIP FULL-TIME: West Ham 3-1 Derby
1916: Screams of handball from everyone associated with Arsenal as Gervinho's pull-back is struck goalwards by Andre Santos and strikes Brede Hangeland in the box. Nothing doing says referee Mike Dean.
1915: There are five minutes to go at the Emirates. You sense it will be a long five for Fulham.
1914: Substitute Gervinho has made a definite difference to Arsenal. He fires low at an angle from 20 yards but Mark Schwarzer saves with ease, before Theo Walcott produces a matching effort from the opposite side with the same end result.
Arsenal goal: It's Thomas Vermaelen 1, Thomas Vermaelen 1 as the defender finds space to rush into in the Fulham box to head home Theo Walcott's right-wing cross. The dynamic is totally different now. Fulham will be hanging on now.
1911: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Fulham (Thomas Vermaelen)
1910: Arsenal keep plugging away. Gervinho does well to tee up Andre Santos to cross, which Robin van Persie chests down but fires over.
From Anon, via text: "Surprised there has been no mention of the 'Bruce Out' chants at the Stadium Of Light. There was chanting even before Wigan's winner."
James Connolly on Twitter:
"Van Persie clearly bowing under the pressure of the entire world selecting him as their fantasy team captain!"
1908: Fulham introducing fresh legs up front to keep Arsenal occupied. Bobby Zamora, who has put in a typically energetic shift, is replaced by Andrew Johnson.
1907: Fulham defender Phillipe Senderos' foul on Robin van Persie gives the striker a chance to drive a free-kick from 25 yards. It is a well-struck effort but wide enough not to draw Mark Schwarzer into a dive. It remains 1-0 to Fulham and Arsenal are running out of time.
1903: What a save! Fulham's Mark Schwarzer is always second favourite as Johan Djourou leaps unmarked to head at goal from six yards out, but odds are not on the keeper's mind as he instinctively parries before a defender clears.
1902: That own goal from Thomas Vermaelen was Arsenal's fourth self-inflicted concession this season. They're not shy of shooting themselves in the foot.
CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: West Ham have a third goal against Derby to make it 3-1. Mark Noble scored the goal from the penalty spot.
Adam Gibby on Twitter:
" Arshavin just doesn't look the same player who joined Arsenal. What happened to the guy who banged in 4 at Liverpool?"
1900: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reacts, bringing on Gervinho and Abou Diaby for Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker. I sense we might be in for similar one-way traffic as that seen in the last 12 minutes at Old Trafford earlier.
1858: Minutes after scoring Fulham break away again and Bobby Zamora tucks the ball in off the post with an outside-of-the-foot finish, but he is ruled offside to curtail the Fulham fans delirium.
Fulham goal: Well, well, well. This has just got very interesting. Danny Murphy floats a superb pass into the box where it is taken on the chest by the onrushing John Arne Riise, but before he can make a second touch Thomas Vermaelen's sliding challenge takes the ball past Wojciech Szczesny and into the net.
1854: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Fulham (Thomas Vermaelen own goal)
CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: West Ham have just taken the lead at home against Derby. Kevin Nolan makes it 2-1 with a cracking volley from range.
1850: Finally, something clinical from the home side. Fulham though are equal to it. Unsurprisingly, Robin van Persie is the architect, accepting a pass from Mikel Arteta in the box before cutting back inside and firing goalwards. Goakeeper Mark Schwarzer was beaten, but defender Chris Baird on the line wasn't.
1846: Arsenal looking to seize the initiative but they are just lacking a cutting edge. Theo Walcott tries a cross from the right but it is way too close to keeper Mark Schwarzer and her claims with ease.
Rhys Linton on Twitter:
" Arsenal are far from a one man team, both Gervinho and Song have 4 assists each and Ramsey has 3!"
CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: It is currently 1-1 between West Ham and Derby. Carlton Cole with the equaliser for the home side following Tamas Priskin's opener for Derby.
1842: I haven't heard a crowd this quiet since Daphne & Celeste were introduced as the surprise guests at one of our student union parties.
From Anon, via text: "Time to get Benayoun on. Has the ability and energy to create chances."
1838: Arsenal almost fashion something out of a Fulham mistake when Theo Walcott's cross is palmed into open space by Mark Schwarzer following a mix up with his own defender. The visitors are able to clear, though, before a home attacker can swoop.
1834: ...and the second half is under way.
1834: The players are back out...
From Tom in Birmingham, via text: "Some football fans have such short memories...we had a fair few games like these WITH Fabregas and Nasri in the team."
Miles Davey on Twitter:
"No mention that Spurs could go 2nd if we win the game in hand. Great result today. Good to see Sandro and JD get a game."
Jad Hamizan on Twitter:
" Arsenal is not a one-man team, it's just that Robin Van Persie is their designated goalscorer."
1828: Recent stats don't back up the potential for this to become a thriller either. Arsenal have gone on to win only two of their last seven Premier League home matches that have been goalless at half time. Again, the
guys beat us into depression with their cold baseball bat of fact.
1826: I blame myself. Should never have made Van Persie my fantasy captain.
1826: Arsenal though have flattered to deceive. Of course they still have talent amongst their ranks, but it is at times like this that the holes left by some of their recently departed become glaringly obvious. Their chief attacking weapons - Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie - need the right service, and they haven't had it so far.
1824: Well, that was a big disappointment. At least it was to Arsenal fans and neutrals. Fulham fans are probably more than happy with the first half and in particualr the display of their side, who contained superbly and offered enough at the other end to suggest they could get something here.
Brentwr on Twitter:
" Actually Rio they don't even themselves out over a season.... the big teams get many more favourable decisions than the rest."
Chris Earl on Twitter:
"Is noone even going to mention Rooney's behavior? Petulant as always. Should've seen yellow at least"
From Anon, via text: "The Newcastle defence can be extremely proud of themselves this afternoon. There were ten hero's on the pitch in that final 10 minutes. It was some of the most die hard defending you will ever witness! Hats off to the Magpies!"
Arsenal 0-0 Fulham Neil Johnston's HT snapshot: "Arsenal are suffering a Champions League hangover. They need to be more ambitious against a Fulham side who are proving a handful themselves on the break."
1818: Saying that, Per Mertesacker is inches from giving the home side the lead with a glancing header from a free-kick, but it goes the wrong side of the post. And that's half-time.
1818: One minute of injury time. Thank God.
MBriggs on Twitter:
"Think Spurs now biggest challengers to City. Others United, Pool, Chelsea and Arsenal fighting for 3rd and 4th"
1817: He is human. Aaron Ramsey's long ball forward gives Robin van Persie an admittedly tough potential volley, but the Dutchman air kicks the hell out of it.
shishir hoque on Twitter:
"..when Walcott runs like that,defenders might get confused whether they are chasing Usain Bolt..breathtaking pace nd aspiration!"
1815: Fulham almost put the cat right amongst the pigeons. Clint Dempsey feeds Moussa Dembele in plenty of space on the right side of the box and a clear sight of goal but he shoots near post and Wojciech Szczesny saves. Then Brede Hangeland heads over from the resulting corner. A Fulham goal could be the best thing to happen to this game as it might wake Arsenal up.
1807: Back up the other end: Robin van Persie heads a cross back at the far post to Andrei Arshavin, but the ball is just behind him and he can only steer a tame shot wide of goal. That's been a much more promising few minutes. Keep up the good work teams.
1806: At the other end a corner gives Brede Hangeland chance to head at goal, but he fails to get the direction required and it goes wide.
1805: Andre Santos almost skips his way into a shooting opportunity following a lot of generous defending from Fulham. Danny Murphy gives the ball away close to his own area, but despite almost reaching the six-yard box, Santos cannot fire the ball goalwards.
From Anon, via text: "Come on Fergie and all you Man U fans - how many soft penalties and lucky late goals have won you 3 points?! About time for it to even out a little!"
1802: I was giving Blackburn and Stoke a hard time earlier for not coming up with the goods. Well, this isn't much better. The passing is much neater, and in proximity to the grass, but there's not much going on in either last third. Fulham should take blame/credit for that as they are marshalling Arsenal very well.
From Gareth, via text: "AVB really needs to take today's result as the motivation to get rid of the mouldy oldies at the club. Drogba, Anelka, Malouda, Lampard and Mikel (not old so much as rubbish). The squad needs to be rebuilt around Mata, Sturridge, Meireles and Luiz."
1800: Arsenal's Andre Santos is the first man in the book for deliberate handball to deny a Fulham breakaway. Bobby Zamora joins him into the book for a bit of back-chat to the referee.
CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: Derby have taken the lead against West Ham in the late kick-off. Tamas Priskin with the goal in the 34th minute.
1757: Another member of that English trio, Theo Walcott, finally gets himself into the game, tearing away from two Fulham players down the right before cutting inside a third and teeing up Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman, though, cannot keep his shot down and he kicks a superb convertion 20 yards over the posts.
1755: Fulham might have a dreadful away record but they clearly haven't made the journey across London just to make up the numbers after Bobby Zamora, one of only three English players on show at the Emirates, goes close to breaking the deadlock with a fiercely-struck effort.
1750: What do injured tennis players do after being forced to withdraw from tournaments? Head for the Emirates, of course. Andy Murray is sitting in the plush seats after dropping out of the ATP World Tour finals. That's two in two matches after Roger Federer's visit midweek. Arsenal: the choice of the discerning racket sport exponent.
1749: It is indeed quite quiet at the Emirates, but they the home side are biding their time with regards to giving the fans something to shout about. Martin Jol will be happy though. The longer his side continue to frustrate Wenger's men, the more the Cottagers hopes of a result increase.
Stephen Coombes on Twitter:
"The Emirates is very quiet. Perhaps they should have flown in the Dortmund fans from midweek to make an atmosphere. #justsayin"
1745: As you would expect, the possession is all Arsenal in these opening stages. Poor Fulham have barely had a kick. However, Martin Jol's side are holding their shape well to minimise the goalmouth activity down their end. Unsurprisingly, Robin van Persie is never short of a Fulham-kitted shadow or two.
1742: You may remember that Mark Schwarzer almost joined Arsenal not so long ago. Arsene Wenger is left wishing he had after he produces a super save to deny Aaron Ramsey. Could be* a busy night for Fulham's Australian keeper. *Potential understatement of the day.
1742: Bit of news from QPR on goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. Manager Neil Warnock has revealed could be out for up to two months with a strained muscle on his side. Bad news for the Super Hoops.
Maj jaM on Twitter:
" Man Utd fans were wondering where their Fergie time winner was. it was at Stadium of Light making an appearance for lil Wigan."
Furious Sir Alex Ferguson on BBC Radio 5Live: "The referee didn't think it was a penalty - he was eight yards away and he gave a corner kick. It was a travesty, the referee was closer than the linesman. The problem is the referees are full-time and the linesman are not."
1736: The ball is in the net, with Andrei Arshavin finishing a Robin van Persie pass, but rightly the assistant's flag is raised to rule it out.
1735: Like Newcastle at Old Trafford, Fulham have never got a Premier League win at the Emirates. As Newcastle have shown already today, though, that does not mean you have to be intimidated.
Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5Live: "You have to be 100% certain to give a penalty and if that linesman was 100% certain then he needs to get down to specsavers on Monday morning. Chelsea have to find a place in their side for Daniel Sturridge. He's got so much pace, he's making things happen and he looks like the pick of their strikers at the moment."
1732: The game is under way at the Emirates.
Match of the Day on Twitter:
" A very happy Shearer has returned from OT. Not only for the Newcastle result, but also that 3 of his earlier score predictions were spot on."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "It sums us up at home for the last four or five weeks. I can't keep coming out here and say we've created a few chances. We're not taken them chances. It's tough at the moment and I'm a resilient so and so. With the so called pressure and the fans the way they are you have to earn your money and come out fighting as they say."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "I didn't think anyone in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the assistant referee. The referee thought it was a corner. He was nearer to it. He was only eight yards away. It was an absolute travesty. The problem is that assistants are not full-time even if the referees are. You give Newcastle credit, but we made so many chances you think its not going to be your day. Are City getting too far ahead? "It would in April."
1727: The teams are on their way out at the Emirates. But before we embrace that, here's some quotes from Sir Alex I know you'll want to read...
Neil Johnston reports: "Andrei Arshavin returns in place of Gervinho as Arsenal look to go level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea. Johan Djourou starts at right-back while Laurent Koscielny is rested, allowing Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen to continue together at the heart of defence. Fulham recall Bryan Ruiz in place of Damien Duff."
LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP: Sheffield Wednesday replaced Huddersfield in second place as they beat Leyton Orient 1-0. There were goals galore as MK Dons held on for a 4-3 win against Wycombe, Exeter trounced Tranmere 3-0 and Notts County beat Scunthorpe 3-2. Brentford edged out Rochdale 2-1 and there were wins for Bury, Carlisle and Yeovil.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It was important to get back to winning ways, our confidence grew during the first half. We had chances to kill the game in the second half, but it was a really important result and the clean sheet was important for our motivation. We seek no excuses for the bad period and we know we haven't been doing well - we need to get back to good results and we need to go on a winning streak."
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: League leaders Southampton suffered a surprising defeat, going 2-0 down at Bristol City. Burnley came from 2-0 behind to win 3-2 at Hull with Jay Rodriguez bagging the winner in injury time as and, incredibly, Reading scored twice in stoppage time to win by the same scoreline at Ipswich, Cardiff defeated Forest 1-0 to go third in the table, Leeds lost 2-1 at home to Barnsley as David Nugent scored against his old club as Leicester drew at Portsmouth.
Sam Rogers on Twitter:
"So pleased for Martinez to get that win at SOL. He deserves it but I hope he doesn't regret not going to Villa."
1712: And what of Chelsea? It is the third time they have kept a clean-sheet this season and their biggest home Premier League win under Andre Villas-Boas, which will please the Portuguese, but not so much as just getting a win, a precious, precious win.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "That's what the players deserve. Small details gave the victory to us. Full credit to our players and the way they played. It's not easy to come here and get a result. The performance needed to be professional and it was. We deserve to get the three points. After the run that we've had, it's a great relief for us."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "We had some Geordie heroes. A brilliant display. We showed we can compete with one of the best teams in Europe. We looked a bit edgy after their goal and it was all hands to the pump. Ferdinand played the ball - it was fortunate for us. We have a resilience in this team. We closed them down and made it difficult for them. We did very well. We were absolutely superb. We've shown we a good side. Next week - against Chelsea - is a platform to show we can beat a top Premier League side."
ApSam on Twitter:
"#MUFC game Excellent case for 5th official to make clear, fast TV replay decisions instead of 2 behind the goal counting flies!"
ARSENAL v FULHAM (1730 GMT) Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Song, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Koscielny, Frimpong, Gervinho, Chamakh, Benayoun. Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Dembele, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Johnson, Kasami, Gecov, Hughes, Frei, Briggs. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
ARSENAL v FULHAM (1730 GMT) Neil Johnston reports: "With Robin van Persie scoring all the goals, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen his team-mates make a contribution in front of the net. "We are reliant on Robin and that's always a problem when someone is playing extremely well," he said. Fulham have won just two games, and manager Martin Jol said: "The priority is to defend well but still play with confidence."
1705: Inevitably, the fall-out from Old Trafford will centre around decisions by the officials, chiefly that which ended up giving Newcastle the platform for their equaliser. It truly was a poor decision by the assistant to flag for a penalty. However, take nothing away from Newcastle, who showed superb resilience to keep the home side out a man light.
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"Outstanding defending from Newcastle this afternoon. Great saves, goal-line clearances - this second half has got the lot."
Jimmy Armfield on a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a controversial but nevertheless great scoreline for Newcastle. Manchester United had at least four good chances. You've got to be scoring those."
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Gary Hooper was the hat-trick hero as Celtic demolished St Mirren 5-0, while Aberdeen grabbed two late goals to earn a 3-3 draw at Dunfermline. Hearts found their shooting boots after four games without a goal to beat bottom side Inverness 2-1, St Johnstone came from behind to dump hapless Hibs 3-1 as Motherwell and Dundee United drew a dour blank in the driving rain at Fir Park.
1659: And following that manic end to events in the 1500 GMT kick-offs full-times are happening. It's over at the Reebok where Everton have won, and now finished at both the Stadium of Light and the Hawthorns.
Wigan goal: James McCarthy is the supplier for a Franco Di Santo goal that could prove so important for Wigan. Black Cats keeper Keiran Westwood comes out to meet McCarthy, whose cross is tapped into the open net by Di Santo.
Tottenham goal: Spurs score on the counter as Younes Kaboul's long ball picks out Gareth Bale, who cuts the ball across for Emmanuel Adebayor to finish from 12 yards.
1653: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-2 Wigan (Franco Di Santo)
1653: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-3 Tottenham (Emmanuel Adebayor)
1653: And that is it. Full time at Old Trafford. Newcastle hold on and earn a point. But the Man Utd players are not happy, cheifly with that penalty decision for Newcastle's equaliser.
1652: Old Trafford erupts as Javier Hernandez finishes from close range. But the cheers are silenced almost immediately because of a flag for offside. It was the right decision as well.
1650: The final whistle has blown at Norwich, with the home side claiming a 2-1 win. Not at Old Trafford though, where nails are being bitten to the cuticle.
1650: It doesn't look like there will be a goal at the Stadium of Light in these last few minutes, but unlike Old Trafford, that is because neither side are having any efforts on goal.
1647: We have four minutes of injury time at Old Trafford.
1647: Federico Macheda comes on for Manchester United and within seconds he has a chance to score. He rises superbly to meet a cross from the left but can only head wide. So far Newcastle's grit is beating Manchester United's guile.
ARSENAL v FULHAM (1730 GMT) Neil Johnston reports: "Arsenal's embarrassing 8-2 defeat at Manchester United seems a long time ago. Actually, it was only three months yet five straight league wins - fuelled by in-form Robin van Persie's - means they are back in the title hunt. Van Persie will be confident of adding to his tally of 12 goals in eight games against Fulham, who have managed five wins in their last 44 league away games."
1644: Manchester United are throwing the entire kitchen at Newcastle, but to no avail. Ashley Young strikes a post with a superb drive before former United defender Danny Simpson clears off the line from a Javier Hernandez header. They are running out of time though.
Tottenham goal: Spurs are rewarded for their improved second half thanks to a lightning counter-attack. Emmanuel Adebayor's backheel close to the halfway line sends Jermain Defoe charging forward before he finishes with an unstoppable long-range strike. Superb goal.
Everton goal: It looks like it's game over at the Reebok Stadium as Everton double their advantage courtesy of Apostolos Vellios, on as a substitute. Baines was the provider again as he hits a long pass for Tim Cahill at the far post. The Australian hooks the ball back across goal and Apostolos Vellios, arriving in the middle, fires home.
1640: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-2 Tottenham (Jermain Defoe)
1639: If Newcastle are going to get anything out of this game, Tim Krul will need to be on top form. Luckily he is on just that. The Dutchman blocks Nemanja Vidic's fierce header with a superb diving save.
Newcastle red card: This could be crucial heading into the last 10 minutes at Old Trafford. Jonas Gutierrez is sent off courtesy of a second yellow after he fouls Nani.
1635: Wayne Hennessey is keeping it respectable for Wolves at Stamford Bridge. He firstly denies a fierce drive from Daniel Sturridge then blocks Juan Mata's effort from close range. At the other end, Stephen Ward is denied by Petr Cech at the other end with a shot from eight yards out.
1633: Chances for both sides at the Reebok. Ivan Klasnic sees a shot saved by Tim Howard for Bolton before Everton's Tim Cahill and Louis Saha force a neat double-save out of Jussi Jaskeleinen.
Norwich goal: Minutes after having a header cleared off the line, substitute Grant Holt bundles in a cross from Andrew Surman from inside the six-yard box to put his side back into the lead.
1629: GOALFLASH Norwich 2-1 QPR (Grant Holt)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Middlesbrough have taken the lead at Peterborough through Matthew Bates in the Championship, where Matty Fryatt has bagged a brace against Burnley. Ipswich also lead at Reading. In League One, Scunthorpe have turned it around at Notts County and are ahead 2-1 and its 2-2 between MK Dons and Wycombe. In League Two, Jake Jervis put Swindon 1-0 up against Aldershot and goals from Sido Jombati and James Spencer has put Cheltenham 2-0 ahead at Oxford.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST: Gary Hooper has bagged a hat-trick as Celtic lead St Mirren 4-0, Hearts have finally scored but so have Inverness at Tynecastle and Dunfermline have come from behind to lead Aberdeen 2-1. St Johnstone are 3-1 up on Hibs but it's still goalless between Motherwell and Dundee United.
1627: The penalty certainly seems to have caused a furore at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson continues to remonstrate with the fourth official. Referee Mike Jones, who stepped in after first-choice Phil Dowd was taken ill, must be wondering what he has stepped into?
Wallace Poulter on Twitter:
"As a City fan I have to say that is a stone cold clean tackle from Ferdinand. Horrible decision from the assistant."
1623: Meanwhile, over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are looking for a fourth goal. The electric Daniel Sturridge receives the ball from Ramires and cuts in from the right but his shot is cleared away by Roger Johnson. Then Drogba cuts inside from the left and shoots narrowly wide.
Newcastle goal: Visiting teams don't often get penalties at Old Trafford but Hatem Ben Arfa has won one for Newcastle. Replays suggest Rio Ferdinand tackles Hatem Ben Arfa cleanly, but despite much protest from United players the penalty is given and Demba Ba calmly slots the ball away. The Newcastle striker kisses the Old Trafford pitch as part of his celebration. Ferdinand fumes.
1619: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle (Demba Ba)
PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE
1618: Wolves showing some spirit Stamford Bridge and they forge an excellent chance - Stephen Ward gets in behind Chelsea but places his shot across Petr Cech and just wide of the left hand post. Maybe, just maybe, this isn't entirely over yet?
QPR goal: Neil Warnock's side level matters at Carrow Road. Jamie Mackie's shot comes back off the post and Luke Young is perfectly placed 12 yards out on the right side of the box to slot the ball in. Maybe Delia should have done a pre-emptive rant?
1615: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-1 QPR (Luke Young)
1614: Manchester United are well on top at Old Trafford. Fabio da Silva fires over a shot, Wayne Rooney misses with a header, while Ashley Young's shot whistles past the post. Leaks starting to appear in a Newcastle defence that has been so reliable this season.
1613: Spurs, so flat earlier, are looking better at the start of the second half. Scott Parker drives forward then slips the ball into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor who forces a brilliant save from Ben Foster.
From JB, via text: "Sorry. Chelsea lose 3 games against good teams and are now dominating a team struggling and now they're not in a crisis? Open your eyes people, Chelsea are not who they used to be"
Everton goal: Everton have finally broken the deadlock at the Reebok Stadium, Marouane Fellaini with his first Premier League goal of the season. Leon Osman played the ball out to Leighton Baines on the left who played it in first time. Fellaini got ahead of the Bolton defence to poke home from close range.
Manchester United goal: Newcastle's resistance is broken at the start of the second half. The goal will be awarded to Javier Hernandez, but in truth he knew little about it. Wayne Rooney's return volley from his own blocked free-kick reaches Newcastle defender Steven Taylor but his attempted clearance strikes Hernandez and trickles over the line.
1606: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle (Javier Hernandez)
James Whelan on Twitter:
"Miserable weather, miserable match. Sending off not helped. Bolton need to capitalise, but relegation worry starting to set in."
1604: Sir Alex Ferguson has just had a huge hug and kiss off a female Manchester United fan on his way back to the dug out. Maybe that will improve his mood after a frustrating first half. Then again, maybe not.
1600: And we are back under way across the country.
1600: Ominously for Newcastle, Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League matches at Old Trafford when goalless at half time. This is going to be a big test for Alan Pardew's men. They've coped well so far though.
1559: The only other game not level at present in the top flight is Norwich, leading 1-0 against fellow promoted side QPR. No need for Delia at half-time.
1557: So where are we at? Well, Chelsea aside, the Premier League games are finely balanced. Newcastle are holding their own at Old Trafford, Wigan have salvaged parity at Sunderland, Bolton are clinging on with 10 men and West Brom and Tottenham are keeping it tight at the Hawthorns.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Goals in first-half stoppage time have Aberdeen 1-0 in front at Dunfermline and St Johnstone 2-1 up on Hibs. Elsewhere, Celtic are leading St Mirren 2-0 thanks to early goals from Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper, while Motherwell and Dundee United have drawn a blank so far and Hearts and Inverness are also goalless.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, Barnsley take a surprising 2-0 lead against Leeds in the Yorkshire derby, with Blackpool and Birmingham tied at 1-1. In League One, Reda Johnson has given Sheffield Wednesday the lead against Leyton Orient and struggling Yeovil are also ahead against Hartlepool. In League Two, it's a nightmare start for Tim Flowers at Northampton, losing 4-0 against Plymouth. Rotherham lead Crawley 1-0 and Burton are ahead 2-1 against AFC Wimbledon.
Jimmy Armfield, at Manchester United v Newcastle, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Newcastle have silenced the crowd and it's all to play for. United have had the better of the chances but Newcastle will believe they can get a result."
Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle John Sinnott's HT snapshot: "Newcastle causing Manchester United problems, but Tim Krul's great save from Ryan Giggs flick ensures the visitors are level at half-time. Magpies still in flight."
Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Juan Mata's first-time finish just before the break should have wrapped this up for Chelsea already. But Wolves, as anonymous as they have been, will know this Blues defence is anything but watertight."
Chelsea goal: Dider Drogba lays the ball back to Ashley Cole, who crosses to the unmarked Juan Mata, who gives Wayne Hennessey no chance from eight yards out, firing a left foot shot into the roof of the net. You would think that is thank you and goodnight for the Blues. Crisis? What crisis.
Bolton 0-0 Everton Becky Ashton's HT snapshot: "The 10 men of Bolton are going to have to be at their best in the second half if they're to get anything against Everton, who have dominated possession so far."
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "No Rafael Van der Vaart and Luka Modric has meant almost no central creativity from Tottenham. Energetic West Brom are unlucky to be all-square - but are looking agitated by several unfavourable refereeing decisions."
Sunderland 1-1 Wigan Chris McKenna's HT snapshot: "Sunderland have dominated with an early reward through Sebastian Larsson but Wigan somehow find themselves back in the game thanks to a Jordi Gomez penalty."
Norwich 1-0 QPR Jamie Lillywhite's HT snapshot: "Russell Martin has given Norwich a deserved half-time lead, the Canaries showing more purpose in front of goal with Steve Morison twice going close. QPR have enjoyed a fair amount of possession but have lacked a cutting edge, something manager Neil Warnock will no doubt be putting across in his inimitable fashion during the break."
1547: We're reaching half-time in matches across the country.
1546: GOALFLASH Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton (Juan Mata)
Wigan goal: From nowhere Wigan are level. Victor Moses beats Sebastian Larsson on the left and makes his way into the box. Larsson keeps with him though and in a tangle of legs brings Moses to the ground. Kevin Friend points to the spot and Jordi Gomez does the rest with the calmest of side-foot finishes.
1543: Everton do find a way through at the Reebok, but can't make it count. A clever worked free kick brings a save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen. Johnny Heitinga eventually struck the shot but the Bolton keeper got down well to his left to make the save.
1541: Everton are dominating possession at the Reebok and taking advantage of the extra man but they can't make it count. David Moyes will be frustrated by his side's lack of cutting edge in the final third.
1541: Phil Bardsley spurns a great chance for Sunderland against Wigan. He is found in acres of space by a pass across the box by Kieran Richardson but spoons his shot horribly over the bar from 15 yards. It remains 1-0 to the home side.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: Celtic waste no time racing into an early lead against St Mirren thanks to goals from Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper, while new Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been buoyed by a goal from fellow Irishman Richie Towell against St Johnstone.
1539: Great chance for Wolves to halve the deficit at Stamford Bridge. After a bit of pinball in the area George Elokobi forced it forwards and David Edwards headed narrowly wide from six yards out.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: A lively start at the Amex Stadium in the Championship. Craig Mackail-Smith gives Brighton side the lead, but are pegged back immediately by Coventry's Gary Gardner who scores on his debut. Hull go ahead against Burnley. In League One, Gary Alexander lashes home a penalty for Brentford at Rochdale as Bury and MK Dons lead at Preston and Wycombe respectively while in League Two, Plymouth end the game against Northampton after just 16 minutes by going 3-0 up.
1536: Meanwhile, West Brom have a penalty shout turned down against Tottenham as Jerome Thomas falls after a shoulder-to-shoulder run with Kyle Walker. The striker seemed to fall rather eaily, but that doesn't stop Baggies boss Roy Hodgson appealing passionately.
1534: Chance for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Sebastian Larsson's in-swinging free-kick is met by a John O'Shea's flick on but Ali Al Habsi turns it away for a corner.
1533: I'm going to hand you some facts relating to the Bolton v Everton game, primarily because there is precious little action to tell you about. David Wheater's red card is the fastest of this season. He is also the first Premier League player to be sent off more than once this season after he also had a red card at Arsenal.
Hans-Peter Lenis on Twitter:
" Nani and Ashley Young have disappeared again. Valencia's work rate should've earned him a starting place ahead of Young by now "
1532: Magnificent save from Tim Krul keeps it goalless at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs flicks Fabio da Silva's to the side of the goal only to be denied by the Dutchman's fingertip save.
Chelsea goal: It's all smiles at the Bridge. Juan Mata is the provider again as he skips down the left before crossing for Daniel Sturridge to slam home from close range. The young striker was impressive in Leverkusen midweek and continues what has been a fine run of goalscoring form.
1529: GOALFLASH Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton (Daniel Sturridge)
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"Shearer's opinion from Old Trafford: "Hernandez movement is fantastic." Keep an eye out for that on MOTD tonight. 10.20pm BBC One HD"
1528: It's shaping up to be a tasty encounter at Old Trafford. A minor spat between Fabricio Coloccini and Wayne Rooney ends with free-kick to Newcastle. Hatem Ben Arfa gets involved and picks up a booking.
Tottenham goal: Nicky Shorey fells Aaron Lennon, who was tearing into the box at full speed and a penalty is given. Emmanuel Adebayor's first effort is poor and well saved by Ben Foster, but the big striker is grateful to be handed the rebound to tuck home.
1525: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-1 Tottenham (Emmanuel Adebayor)
1524: PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM
1523: Great chance for Newcastle at Old Trafford, created by Gabriel Obertan but Ryan Taylor fails to connect cleanly with a volley from his cross. Still 0-0.
Bolton red card: David Wheater poorly controls a ball on the halfway line allowing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to nip in. The defender lunges to try and prevent the midfielder getting away and catches him studs up on the shin. Deserved dismissal. Bolton in trouble though as Everton have already been controlling possession.
1519: RED CARD Bolton (David Wheater)
1518: Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, Newcastle have survived the home side's early blitz and almost hit back themselves. A sumptuous pass from Hatem Ben Arfa releases Demba Ba and his first-time volley demands a save from David de Gea. Encouragingly Newcastle haven't come and parked the charabanc at Old Trafford.
1517: Chelsea continue to make the running at the Bridge. Great work down the right from Branislav Ivanovic, who crosses for Juan Mata to fire over from 12 yards out under pressure. Mata will feel he could have done better.
Norwich goal: First blood to Norwich in the battle of the promoted sides. A loose ball from a corner is smashed in by Martin from close range.
1514: GOALFLASH Norwich 1-0 QPR (Russell Martin)
1514: Manchester United with early pressure at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez tests Tim Krul with two shots - one low and one high - and both are comfortably dealt with by the Newcastle keeper.
West Brom goal: Great start by the Baggies. A lovely ball from the right, swung in by Steven Reid, picks out Youssouf Mulumbu in space between Younes Kaboul and Ledley King. Mulumbu duly steers in with his free header from seven yards out.
Sunderland goal: The Black Cats ahead early against struggling Wigan. Nicklas Bendner's shot is too hot for Ali Al-Habsi and he spills in the six-yard box. Kieran Richardson's attempted finish is blocked but Sebastian Larsson makes no mistake.
1509: GOALFLASH West Brom 1-0 Tottenham (Youssouf Mulumbu)
Chelsea goal: Just what AVB and his side needed. The origin of the goal was from Ramires' run and shot, palmed behind by Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey. The resulting corner is met by John Terry, who heads a powerful header home. It's a big goal for Terry, a big goal for his manager and a big goal for the club.
1506: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Wolverhampton (John Terry)
1504: West Brom have started well against Tottenham. They are pushing hard but so far have found their route to goal blocked.
1502: Interesting little snippet of information regarding Chelsea's starting line-up. The average age of 26 years and 260 days is their equal youngest in the Premier League in the last three years. AVB turning to youth. They make a spritely start as well with Raul Meireles firing an early shot across goal from an angle.
1500: We have action under way in each of the Premier League fixtures. Games on.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Ched Evans' solitary strike for Sheffield United against Chesterfield separates the two sides and gives the visitors a 1-0 win as the Spireites stay rooted to the bottom of the table with United moving up to 4th in the table.
1459: Will Chelsea hit back? Will Newcastle finally win at Old Trafford? Are Wigan going to capitalise on Blackburn's woe? These and a host of other questions ranging from the pertinent to the ludicrous will be answered over the next near-two hours. At least I've had one key question answered. Can someone get me a cup of tea? Thankfully, the answer was yes.
1456: There are teams hitting pitches up and down the country. We're minutes away from a country-wide kick-off of 1500 GMT fixtures. Excited? You should be.
LEAGUE TWO: Top boys Southend who are unbeaten in 11, come up against Bristol Rovers as second placed Crawley Town hosts Rotherham, who have fallen away after a good start. Paolo di Canio's Swindon side are at home to Aldershot and Tim Flowers takes caretaker charge of Northampton for the first time at bottom side Plymouth. Elsewhere, Burton Albion are up against AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury host Morecambe.
LEAGUE ONE: Third-placed Sheffield Wednesday, unbeaten in 10, have the opportunity to break into the automatic promotion spots if they beat Leyton Orient at Hillsborough. MK Dons will fancy their chances of all three points against struggling Wycombe, and Walsall will be looking to climb out of the drop zone but face a difficult fixture against Stevenage. Bury entertain a Preston side who have only scored one goal in their last four as Notts County host Scunthorpe and Rochdale face Brentford.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Leaders Southampton will be looking to extend their advantage at the top as they face lowly Bristol City at St Mary's. Blackpool and Birmingham face off with both sides having ambitions to finish in one of the play-off spots. Gus Poyet's Brighton, who have one win in 11, entertain Coventry and there's a tasty Yorkshire derby as Barnsley travel to Elland Road to battle Leeds. Elsewhere, Ipswich play Reading and Peterborough are up against Middlesbrough.
1449: I think that pretty much covers you for team news from the Premier League. How about a bit of information on the Football League? Only too happy to oblige.
Arthur Ozols on Twitter:
"I don't understand why Torres is on the bench. He needs more time, and Drogba needs a retirement fund..."
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"Shearer has left us and crossed the water to Old Trafford to see his beloved Newcastle. We'll get his thoughts from the game later."
CHELSEA v WOLVERHAMPTON TEAM NEWS Owen Phillips reports from Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea drop Frank Lampard to the bench, one of three changes to the side that lost to Liverpool in their last Premier League fixture. Raul Meireles also comes into the midfield and Daniel Sturridge starts up front. Wolves are without the injured Kevin Doyle so Steven Fletcher leads the line and Ronald Zubar makes his first start in nine months in place of Richard Stearman."
MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS John Sinnott reports:
"Wayne Rooney is back in the Manchester United's team after missing the Champions League 2-2 draw against Benfica due to injury. Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov and Phil Jones do not even make the bench. After missing two games, Gabriel Obertan returns for Newcastle - replacing Sammy Ameobi - as the former Manchester United winger plays at Old Trafford for the first time since his move to the Magpies during the summer."
Aidy Boothroyd on BBC Radio 5 live: "The second half was much improved from the first. In the end though a fair result, Stoke took their chances and Blackburn didn't it's as simple as that."
BOLTON v EVERTON TEAM NEWSBecky Ashtonreports: "Bolton make just one change from the side that lost at West Brom last weekend with Zat Knight replacing the injured Joe Riley, while Everton also make one change from the side that lost at Newcastle with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replacing Royston Drenthe, who misses out altogether. The bad news for the visitors is that Phil Neville, Jack Rodwell and Sylvain Distin all miss out again through injury."
BOLTON v EVERTON Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Eagles, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Sanli, Petrov, Pratley, Kakuta, O'Halloran. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Mustafi, McAleny. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
NORWICH v QPR TEAM NEWS
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Norwich make three changes on a sunny afternoon at Carrow Road, with Ritchie de Laet, Andrew Surman and Simeon Jackson all in the starting line-up. Veteran Shaun Derry replaces the suspended Joey Barton in the QPR midfield. Former Spurs reserve goalkeeper Radek Cerny makes his first league appearance of the season, replacing the injured Paddy Kenny between the posts."
1438: The beleaguered Blackburn boss is forced to trek off the pitch past the Rovers fans to familiar cries demanding his sacking. Blackburn remain second-bottom of the table on seven points, but Stoke are up to 10th.
1436: And that is your lot from the Britannia. Stoke take it 3-1 to pile the pressure further on Steve Kean.
WEST BROM v TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Arindam Rej reports: "Two Spurs' playmakers are out. Rafael van der Vaart's hamstring problem means Jermain Defoe - who scored five in a behind closed doors match against Charlton on Tuesday - comes in. In-form Luke Modric is ill so Sandro replaces him. West Brom's Peter Odemwingie is left on the bench - following his very public demonstration, on Twitter, of his injury issues - as Shane Long is passed fit after his leg injury."
WEST BROM v TOTTENHAM West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Mulumbu, Morrison, Thomas, Gera, Long. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Dorrans, Odemwingie, Jones, Cox, Scharner. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Gallas, Bassong, Livermore, Kane, Pienaar, Fredericks. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
1434: Ruben Rochina nearly makes injury time very interesting with a superb curling effort. He strikes it from 20 yards but Thomas Sorensen is equal to it with an outstretched palm.
SUNDERLAND v WIGAN TEAM NEWS
Chris McKenna reports: "After serving his one-game suspension Sebastian Larsson is the only change Steve Bruce has made from their scoreless draw with Fulham last week as Ahmed Elmohamady makes way for the Swedish midfielder. Despite hints during the week of changes, Roberto Martinez names the same Wigan side from their dramatic draw with Blackburn last week. Franco di Santo is on the bench for the Latics, however, after his recovery from a thigh injury."
SUNDERLAND v WIGAN Sunderland: Westwood, O'Shea, Bardsley, Turner, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Sessegnon, Richardson, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Gardner, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler, McClean, Elmohamady.Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Caldwell, Stam, Figueroa, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez, Jones, Diame, Sammon. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Watson, Di Santo, McArthur, Rodallega, Lopez.Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Blackburn goal: Well, what do you know, they have got a goal. And it's a superb one as well. Yakubu's little touch lay-off is rifled home by Ruben Rochina off the post. They won't get anything from this game, but at least they've made a minor impression now that doesn't involve drawing blood from Glenn Whelan's face.
1428: To be fair to Blackburn, they are trying to get at least a consolation goal. Yakubu is given a sight of goal but fires straight at Thomas Sorensen, just moments after Junior Hoilett tumbles in the box to cries of penalty from Rovers players and Steve Kean. Nothing doing says Mark Halsey.
MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE (1500 GMT) John Sinnott reports: "Newcastle United have not won at Old Trafford since 1972 and manager Alan Pardew says Saturday could be the day to change that dismal run of form: "The odds are that you are not going to get many victories, and 1972 suggests that maybe we are due one."
MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE Man Utd: De Gea, Fabio Da Silva, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Smalling, Park, Valencia, Macheda, Gibson.Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Lovenkrands, Perch, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
1421: Stoke almost add another at the Britannia. Peter Crouch feeds Jonathan Walters on the right but his shot flashes across goal. Blackburn have clearly accepted their fate here. They don't want this to get embarrassing though.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: No Rafael Van der Vaart or Luka Modric (who is ill) in the Tottenham starting line-up. Sandro comes in, as does Jermain Defoe.
1416: What was I saying about Peter Crouch? The big striker makes the most of some terribly hesistant Blackburn defending to nip in behind them and slide a low finish past Paul Robinson following a hopeful long ball forward. Steve Kean's face is not that of a man who has just secured his long-term future with a club.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Phil Jones is not included in the 18-man squad for Manchester United. Ashley Young and Fabio start.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Ashley Cole returns to the Chelsea side. Oriol Romeu comes in. Frank Lampard is on the bench.
1410: If Stoke do go on to win this game, it will be their fifth consecutive home victory against Blackburn Rovers in a streak that started in 1965. That little fact from
It is looking increasingly likely that this will be the case.
Marbles on Twitter:
"I just got two pies for the price of one at the Britannia. Win, lose or draw, I'm leaving a happy man."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: For Sunderland, Sebastian Larsson replaces Ahmed Elmohamady, while Wigan are unchanged.
1404: You have to say, that is a timely goal from Stoke. Blackburn weren't exactly pulling up any trees but they were starting to suggest they could salvage something from the game. You wonder now if they have it in them to come back from this?
1402: Clear daylight now between Stoke and Blackburn. Matthew Etherington drives into Rovers territory and crosses low for Jonathan Walters, who lays off for the onrushing Glenn Whelan to fire home courtesy of a deflection off Scott Dann. That is Whelan's first goal for 18 months and it leaves Blackburn in real trouble.
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"RT @mc__gazza: @BBCMOTD hello lads, what you reckon on the arsenal game? * Both go for a home win - Shearer: 3-1, Lawro: 2-0"
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"RT @j_flood1878: @BBCMOTD what do yas think on bolton vs everton ? * Shearer: Everton to win 1-0, Lawro: going for a 1-1 draw."
WEST BROM v TOTTENHAM (1500 GMT) Arindam Rej reports: "Twitter once again showed how problematic it can be, for managers, when West Brom's injury-hit Peter Odemwingie posted a picture of his knee - in response to boss Roy Hodgson's criticism over the striker's lack of games. But Hodgson claimed: "I don't read them, I don't follow them, and I suppose I'll adopt the tolerant view that whatever players want to put on their own sites, they can put on them." Possibly not a wise stance, Mr Hodgson."
SUNDERLAND v WIGAN (1500 GMT) Chris McKenna reports: "Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has played down the importance of needing a victory today: "If we win it, we go into the top 10, probably, and what's all the fuss about?" A win would move could move them up but defeat, depending on results elsewhere, could see them in the bottom three by the end of the day. Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has called on his side to stop relying on star players to pull them out of trouble: "We shouldn't put individuals under too much pressure to get the results." With just one win so far, they need someone to do something."
1358: And now we're back up the Blackburn end as Matthew Etherington crosses for Robert Huth, who should have scored with a header but plants his effort from the back post across goal and wide. It remains 1-0 to Stoke.
1357: At the other end, a delivery from Junior Hoilett is volleyed well wide by Mauro Formica from close range. He's not having the best of times at the moment is old Mauro.
1355: More aerial trouble for Blackburn. A free-kick is swirled in and briefly causes chaos until the referee brings to an end for a foul on keeper Paul Robinson.
NORWICH v QPR (1500 GMT) Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Norwich boss Paul Lambert insists there is as much focus playing QPR as there is against the glamour teams such as Arsenal, who won 2-1 at Carrow Road last week. 'QPR have brought in some big names and this is a huge, huge test for us.There is pressure in every game. That's the price you pay at this club,' he said. 'The fans come out to watch us every game whether you are playing QPR or Manchester United or Manchester City. The expectation level is that you have to try to win every game regardless.' Meanwhile veteran QPR boss Neil Warnock revealed he was interviewed for the Norwich manager's job in 1998. 'Delia was around then, though she wasn't in charge (she is now majority shareholder). I rib her about it now and then, especially when they were struggling. Delia's a wonderful woman. Norwich is a great club, I like the area.'"
CHELSEA v WOLVERHAMPTON (1500 GMT) Owen Phillips reports from Stamford Bridge: Under-fire Chelsea manager
Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed talk of needing extra assistance:
"I solve problems with my group of people and my players. I hold on to my self-belief." Victory over Wolves followed by European progress and a couple of big wins in the league against Tottenham and Manchester City and his assertion may seem more convincing. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is also remaining optimistic. "I don't think we've ever been overawed by this sort of challenge. A team like us can beat one or two of the top sides in a season if we play as we can."
They did last season.
1353: Football fans are funny. The wind blows a load of litter over the pitch, with the players having to clear some of it off. "What a load of rubbish," shout the Britannia crowd. I repeat, football fans are funny.
BOLTON v EVERTON (1500 GMT) Becky Ashton reports: "Despite the recent run of results which has left Bolton inside the bottom three Owen Coyle is adamant the club has made "progress" since he arrived almost two years ago stating "there has been huge improvement at this club." Meanwhile his Everton counterpart David Moyes believes that this is "probably going to be the toughest season" they have had for years and he thinks it will be "hard to get to those lofty positions" they've had in recent seasons."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Half time in the game between Chesterfield and Sheffield. Despite, being bottom of the table, the home side are holding their own at the moment in an evenly-matched contest at the B2net Stadium.
1351: Morten Gamst Pedersen's delivery doesn't provide any joy, but Ruben Rochina picks it up on the right, dribbles into a superb spot before back-heeling the ball into the six-yard box. Mauro Formica is superbly placed to finish but his kick finds only fresh air and the ball is cleared. Real let-off for Stoke. Real waste from Blackburn.
1349: Well, Rovers have at least started positively, forcing an early corner.
1348: Let's find out if Kean does indeed have some tricks up his sleeve, or if Stoke are in for another comfortable half. The second half is under way.
Matthew Vernon on Twitter:
" Hello, Kean defender here. Far better football generally than under Big Sam, no luck whatsoever and fans ridiculously in mutiny"
1345: It'll be interesting to see what changes Blackburn make, be they tactical or in personnel, for the start of this second half. This is where Kean starts to earn the money that comes with that new deal. He has to have something up his sleeve, because his side made it way too easy for Stoke without even having to play well themselves.
Mohamed Ali on Twitter:
"Rovers had 8 more points this time last season when they fired the big Sam and bizarrely now they gave Kean new deal."
Blake on Twitter:
"Hoilett is Blackburn's main threat need to get the ball to him more if they're going to get anything from this game"
1341: Just having another look at that first elbow by Steven Nzonzi on Ryan Shawcross. The replay is not kind on the Blackburn man, who appears to know the defender is there. Could easily have been a red.
WEST BROM v TOTTENHAM (1500 GMT) Arindam Rej reports: "Not so long ago, this would have been a clash between two potential England managers. Roy Hodgson no longer appears in that category, but is re-building his reputation with West Brom in mid-table. Their progress faces a severe test against Harry Redknapp's high-flyers. Tottenham failed to win on their last four visits to the Hawthorns, but this season's Spurs side look a class above their predecessors, with steel as well as style."
SUNDERLAND v WIGAN (1500 GMT) Chris McKenna reports: "How both of these sides today could do with a win. The big question for Roberto Martinez's Wigan is how they respond to last weekend's drama where conceding from a corner that never was and an injury-time penalty against Blackburn cost them three points. The Latics may be rock bottom, but pressure is also on Sunderland and Steve Bruce who have been surprise strugglers this season. The Black Cats have only won one of their last eight home games since beating Wigan 4-2 last term but against a team who have only picked up a single point from a possible 18 on their travels this season, Bruce's men will be hoping that improves soon."
NORWICH v QPR (1500 GMT) Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet since their return to the Premier League, while only the bottom three sides have conceded more goals than QPR. The Super Hoops have also had a man sent off in each of their last three visits to Carrow Road, so surely there will be plenty of incident to describe this afternoon? Maybe even a rousing half-time speech from Delia? A perfect recipe for top-flight drama."
MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE (1500 GMT) John Sinnott reports: "You need to go back to 1 October and the 2-0 home win over Norwich for the last time Manchester United scored more than one goal at Old Trafford in the league. And you have to go back even further for a Wayne Rooney goal in the league, when he scored his ninth top-flight goal of the season against Chelsea in United's 3-1 home win on 18 September. That partly explains why the champions are five points behind leaders Manchester City and will give Newcastle some cause for hope as they return to Manchester for a second successive weekend after falling to their first league defeat of the season to Roberto Mancini's side."
CHELSEA v WOLVERHAMPTON (1500 GMT) Owen Phillips reports from Stamford Bridge: "It wasn't in Chelsea's plans to be facing Wolves in November knowing defeat is likely to put an end to any realistic title ambitions.
Three Premier League defeats in five,
and four in seven in all competitions mean the baying pack of Wolves is not just in the form of opposition who, despite their lowly position, will have taken great heart from the
recent win over Wigan
and some inept Blues defensive displays. Mick McCarthy's men may just be tempted to go for the throat."
BOLTON v EVERTON (1500 GMT) Becky Ashton reports: "With just three clean sheets between them in 23 games, you'd expect goals when Bolton face Everton. Owen Coyle's side scored five without reply last time out at the Reebok Stadium to secure their first home win, while the Toffees have won just twice on the road. Bolton are, according to the media, in a relegation fight but Everton aren't too far behind them, with just four points separating them in the table so three points are vital for both sides."
1333: HALF-TIME Stoke 1-0 Blackburn Sam Lyon's
HT snap-shot: "It's untidy, it's scrappy and it's pretty tedious - but Stoke care not a jot thanks to Rory Delap. Still, with Yakubu looking lively, all is not yet lost for Blackburn."
1333: Blackburn's Ruben Rochina twice has a pop following the breakdown from a free-kick. His first is blocked and the second is saved by Thomas Sorensen. And that is you lot for this half as the whistle blows.
From Dinglemaddave, via text: "How can anybody defend Steve Kean?! Awful manager who has to take the blame for his whole team underperforming, I almost feel sorry for the fans and I'm a burnley fan!"
1330: I think both sides are eyeing a re-group. Not that the game has ever really got going, but there is little risk being taken now we're in injury time.
1329: Peter Crouch very unhappy as he flagged offside from a throw-in. He's got a very good point. But a very bad 'tache.
1327: Minutes later, Rovers break with three men on two, but ultimately it is a terrible waste as Ruben Rochina tries a shot from range that deflects for a corner. However, the corner is well worked and Scott Dann may well have scored with a header but for Glenn Whelan's goal-line clearance.
1324: Long range effort from Morten Gamst Pedersen. It was poor. Very poor. Ie. way over the bar. But it's a shot for Blackburn and that's worth noting purely for it's rarity.
1323: Looks like Blackburn have weathered the storm somewhat. The game is more balanced now. And the home crowd have quietened down a bit.
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"Gary McAllister has joined us after Focus. Very impressed by Pennant's free-kick for the Stoke goal. "His delivery is top drawer"
1321: The linesman is right next to Morten Gamst Pedersen. Close enough to grin and give the player a little nudge. That would be what you call, a "nice little moment". The corner comes to nothing though. Works much better when you break the laws of the game.
1319: Corner to Blackburn. What will they do here?
1318: The goal has rocked Blackburn. It is all Stoke now. Peter Crouch can't make proper contact with a Jermaine Pennant cross. Rovers must steady the ship here. Another goal could be a killer.
1317: The general concensus in these parts is that Jonathan Walters' trucker effort is the finest moustache on show out there. I can grow a tache myself, but even I'm impressed. Walters, I salute you.
Mohau Bris on Twitter:
"Blackb'n vs Stoke? in the first 25 mins I've seen more high balls in this game then I would in a game twenty20."
Stoke goal: It certainly was promising. Jermaine Pennant swings the free-kick into the danger-zone from the right where Rory Delap times his run superbly to glance a header into the far corner. That's Delap's second goal of the season and the eighth header Rovers have conceded in the league this season.
1312: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Blackburn (Rory Delap)
1312: Stoke fans cheer their heads off as a foul is given in their favour. Now this looks promising...
1309: My colleague Paul Plunkett says he spoke to Yakubu recently and he informed him he was in "the best shape of his life". That shape appears to be a big, wobbly square.
Tom Lane on Twitter:
"Blackburn have some decent players in Hoillet, N'zonzi, Formica, Samba and Dann, certainly capable of staying up"
1308: The only shouts from the home crowd at the moment are ones of frustration.
1307: You know it's a bad game when you can hear the number of the plate of the badly-parked car on the announcement system over the noise of the crowd.
1301: Television replays are showing a few elbows being thrown around. Steven Nzonzi catches Glenn Whelan and draws claret. Earlier though a proper effort from Nzonzi caught Ryan Shawcross in the face. Not pretty, but fair play to the Stoke players who make little fuss.
1259: I've had my attention drawn to a potentially notable fact for today by
Blackburn have conceded seven Premier League headers this season - more than any other club in the division. More encouragement for Peter Crouch and co then.
Match of the Day on Twitter:
"Lawro's going for a 2-1 Stoke win, Shearer is reluctantly going for a 3-1 Stoke victory while keeping an eye on his "Owen" Focus interview."
1256: Blackburn have got a dreadful record here, but they've started better. Junior Hoilett looks busy. No real efforts on goal though yet.
1255: I'm hoping our worst fears aren't about to be realised here, but it has not been the best of starts. There's still time though. Keep the faith.
1254: Blackburn cheekily giving Stoke a taste of their own medicine with some long throws from Morten Gamst Pedersen. As you'd expect, Stoke deal with them very efficiently.
David Lyons on Twitter:
"Chris Powell on Footy Focus coming across as an intelligent, considered manager. Good bloke, best of luck to him"
1251: Blackburn have a chance to test Stoke keeper Thomas Sorenson but a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick from deep is floated straight into the keepers' arms. Must do better.
1250: The corner incident in question is of course that which took place at Wigan last week when Blackburn attempted the we've taken it, but you don't know ruse but didn't actually take it, carried on regardless and scored. Completely illegal of course. Be interesting to see if the Stoke fans give Rovers much stick when they do get a corner here.
Aidy Boothroyd on BBC Radio 5 live on Steve Kean: "He's done a terrific job in how he's dealt with the recent furore and it's taken the pressure off his players. After last week and that corner incident, I think things could be changing for Blackburn."
1246: I was saying Peter Crouch would be a threat. He beats keeper Paul Robinson in the air to a long cross but his header goes wide.
1245: And there is kick-off. We're under way.
1244: Right then, after all the talk it is time for some actual action. The teams are out at the Britannia and we're seconds away from kick-off.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Blackburn have conceded in their last 15 Premier League matches - if they concede it will be their longest run without a top flight clean sheet since 1935"
1241: As he likes to do, QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been chatting on
saying the last time he was at Carrow Road was when Delia Smith took to the pitch for her infamous "let's be having you" rant. Surely Joey can only approve of such left-field behaviour. To quote another famous football rant, I would love it... Love it if she did it again.
Gary McAllister, talking about Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas on Football Focus: "It just snowballs and snowballs but going back to the start of the season he was a bit prickly with the press and I don't think that did him any favours."
1239: STOKE v BLACKBURN (1245) Sam Lyon
reports: "Stoke have never lost five straight Premier League games - and the team tasked with continuing that run today includes Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan, who come in at the expense of Danny Higginbotham and Dean Whitehead at the Britannia Stadium. Blackburn, meanwhile, are without the suspended David Dunn so in comes Mauro Formica, while Jason Lowe replaces Michel Salgado, as Steve Kean's Rovers side search for a first win in eight."
1237: Just to clarify, Blackburn are without defenders Chris Samba, Ryan Nelsen and Michel Salgado today. Not the best venue to come without your hardened men.
Zain Patel on Twitter:
"It's so close at the top of the Premier League! Arsenal could finish the day in seventh place or even shoot up to third!"
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Celtic can close the gap on leaders Rangers to four points if they make it four wins in a row against St Mirren. Hearts aim to end their goal drought at home to Inverness, in-form Motherwell host Dundee United and out-of-sorts pair Dunfermline and Aberdeen meet in Fife. Steve Lomas takes charge of his first home game for St Johnstone against Hibs, who have their new boss, Pat Fenlon, watching from the stands.
1234: We're at the business end of Movember and the Stoke boys have been taking part, with mixed results. Robert Huth's trying, bless him.
1232: So we've got our teams for the early kick-off. Anything standing out for you? I think Peter Crouch might get some joy out of that Blackburn back-line, not least because of his unique height, but also because Blackburn's back-line are quite accommodating at the best of times. I suspect young Grant Hanley is in for a tough afternoon for the visitors.
Manchester United's Phil Jones on Football Focus: "We had a blip against Man City and it's a bad day at the office for everyone. But we've kept five clean sheets since then. We've got a tough game at the weekend as Newcastle have been playing well. If we prepare right then hopefully we will get the three points."
Gary McAllister, talking about Manchester United's Phil Jones on Football Focus: "The sooner he nails down a position the better but it's always advantageous when you can play in two or three positions."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE: An early kick off in League One sees Chesterfield, bottom of League One with only one win in their last 11 league games, host a Sheffield United side looking to close the gap on the sides in the automatic promotion spots. I'll keep you up to date as best I can with that and there will be more Football League info to come later on.
Richard Smith on Twitter:
"Another huge test for the Toon today but I genuinely think Cabaye and Ben Arfa will win the centre mid battle"
Aidy Boothroyd on Andre Villas Boas: "Regardless of whether he is Chelsea manager at the end of the season and I certainly hope he is I am certain he will be a better manager for everything he is going through now."
1216: Do I remember the Legion of Doom?! Aaaaaaarrrgggooooohhhhh what a rush!
Kfresh on Twitter:
"BTW Phil,honestly you look like Animal from the Legion of doom,remember them?,crazy hairstyle, but just same beard."
1215: STOKE v BLACKBURN (1245) Sam Lyon
reports: "Poor form? Pah. Stoke boss Tony Pulis is not a man bothered by such things: 'There have been occasions where we have had bad patches and bad runs before - you have to make sure you stay level-headed and get on with it.' Pressure? Pah. Blackburn boss Steve Kean is not a man bothered by such things: 'I've always felt safe here. The new contract is a show of support from the owners and the players are totally behind me.' So... anyone buying any of that?"
1211: Blackburn haven't won in their last seven, have only been victorious in six of the 33 top-flight matches Steve Kean has been in charge for, which includes only two successes in 16 away games, neither of which were this season. But - and it's a big, optimism-inducing but for Rovers - Stoke have lost their last four, conceding 14 goals in the process. The Infostradalive stats page for this match is more depressing than The Bell Jar.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan in for Danny Higginbotham and Dean Whitehead for Stoke, while Jason Lowe replaces Michel Salgado with Mauro Formica in for the suspended David Dunn for Blackburn.
From Anon, via text: "I have nothing but high praise for Martinez showing loyalty to his club in the summer but surely he must be looking at the squad he has available and be wishing he'd taken the Villa job. If he keeps Wigan up again this year he deserves every manager award going!"
1206: The game at the Britannia is being refereed by Mark Halsey, which leads me into my first fact of the day: Stoke are unbeaten in Premier League games refereed by Halsey, while Blackburn have lost the last four of their matches that the official has overseen. Saying that, Blackburn haven't won many matches officiated by anyone of late.
DJ on Twitter:
"What about Huddersfield going for their 44th unbeaten in league games on Monday evening? surely that deserves a mention!"
Karl Ticehurst on Twitter:
"I've seen what you look like, Dawkes. You're like Jason Statham gone Westlife. In the nicest possible way."
Courteney Sheppard on Twitter:
"Got to disagree, I've got Everton, Chelsea, Norwich, Sunderland & Spurs to win. Draw at United. Win at Arsenal and draw at Stoke"
1158: Before any of the aforementioned action, though, we've got a tasty little lunchtime Premier League kick-off in the shape of struggling Stoke versus, er, struggling Blackburn. In all likelihood both teams will be turning figurative bruises into literal ones in what promises to be a fully-committed cracker of a contest.
1154: In the absence of a photo (which I intend to negotiate for in the near future) I can tell you that, at best, I look like a waxwork model of Colin Farrell that's been left next to the radiator too long.
1148: Well, if Danny Dyer's not going to step up to the plate, I'll have to. I'm going for wins for Stoke, Chelsea, Man Utd, QPR, Sunderland and Arsenal. Draws at Bolton and West Brom. On top of that, seen as I've also jumped on the Van Persie fantasy captain bandwagon I also reckon he'll stop scoring today. That leaves me relying on Jonathan Walters.
David C Webster on Twitter:
"Cut my lie in short as I'm strangely excited for Stoke vs Blackburn. Expecting a 5 goal thriller. Trust me."
1143: So, as Sam has already pointed out (albeit in a way that sent many of you scurrying for a calculator), if you want to chat about any of that, any other football-related issue, or if you just want to say you agree with me that showing Gremlins on telly in November is way, way too soon before Christmas get a-Tweeting and a-texting. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK).
1140: Amongst many others, we've got Newcastle's second successive attempt to show they're no flash in the Premier League pan against a Man Utd side with a gap to close, there's AVB going FTW ASAP against WW so he can be BFFs with RA, the Saints looking to make sinners of yet another Championship side, the Lions set for a less-than-cordial welcome at the Palace and Tim Flowers hoping to show that rumours of Northampton's decline is a load of old cobblers.
1137: Yep, after the largely disappointing midweek European shenanigans, we're back to good, old domestic matters. And what intriguing matters they are.
1134: How about this for an all-star cast list: Man United, Chelsea, Newcastle, Tottenham, Southampton, West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday, Southend. And that's just for starters. There are 41 other big-hitters from the top four divisions turning up this Saturday for everything from cameos to leading roles. It's like A Bridge Too Far. Or Ocean's Eleven if you're young.
By Sam Lyon
1130: Ladies, gentlemen and pets - that's it from me,
on this here commentary, I have to dash to get my head around all things Stoke v Blackburn. I hand you over, though, to the Yorkshire legend that is
- with the added bonus that if you refresh this page manually, my Mark Ruffalo/Danny Dyer/Mikel Arteta/Mackenzie Crook byline picture will slide down the page and increasingly out of sight. You lucky lot. See ya soon.
Everton striker Louis Saha on Twitter:
"Doing a walk with the team around a golf course and I saw two men with big coat & scarves accompanied by two kids wearing just footy tops. Freezing cold outside. Unfair!!"
1124: And the reason that last sentence is amusing is because I say I don't make predictions but then effectively immediately contradict myself by predicting I never will. Oh how we laughed.
stef r Newcastle fan via text: "Just seen that had Lawro predicted every Newcastle result right this season we would be 16th in the league. He has predicted a loss today, surely that guarantees us a victory at Old Trafford!"
Joe in Winchester via text: "Wolves bus to be parked in the goal mouth each half by McCarthy. Stamford Bridge meltdown ensues!"
1115: And when Fabio Capello does fly the England nest, he could well be doing so just in time to miss the introduction of goal-line technology in football.
The move is drawing ever closer Richard Conway found out this week
- and the great and the good have been having their say on it. For me - and as you can imagine my thoughts hold a lot of sway on this debate in the houses of Fifa, Uefa and the Premier League - is that it's woefully overdue. You lot?
chris1ian on Twitter:
"Your stardom is such, Sam, that whenever I see Mark Ruffalo my first thought is that it's you. Mark who?"
Lamps the Gooner via text: "Re 1048: Sam, i think the lead in your film will be a retired Mikel Arteta when he does a Vinny Jones and converts to an acting career. Your likeness is uncanny!"
1107: Anyone fancy a guess at what the future holds for Fabio Capello? The man celebrates four years in charge of England next month but has steadfastly insisted next summer's Euro 2012 finals will be his last tournament as manager of the national team. So where next for the Italian? Well
according to the Daily Mail it could well be the uber-rich outfit from Russia, Anzhi.
Capello was in Moscow last night apparently to watch the ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Bolshoi, fuelling speculation he could be set to agree a deal to take over the club on his return from Ukraine and Poland. Your best guess people?
1100: An hour in and so far approximately 38000 of you, give or take, have texted or
the square root of 3,763. You lot really ought to get out more. And yes it's 61.3 or some such. Well done.
Stevo32Eire on Twitter:
"Re 1039: All I want from Fergie at Christmas is Schweinsteiger...or Hamsik....or Goetze...Sneidjer too expensive."
Clwyd in Cumbria via text: "Dan Walker... I have a man crush."
Owusuanfield on Twitter:
"I already have my Christmas wish Mr Santa and it is to see Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the Europa League."
1048: When the movie of my life is made - something I am mildly surprised has not already happened, if I'm honest - I imagine the role of me will be played by some dashing heartthrob of the day. A Ryan Reynolds perhaps. Or a Bradley Cooper. Or, erm, a Mackenzie Crook.
1045: And when it comes to picking new players, it turns out statistics are even more important than you'd think. Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane used a complex statistics system to rebuild the baseball team in the late 1990s and early 2000s - and with such success he is now the subject of a book and a Hollywood movie, in which he is played by Brad Pitt. Which can't be bad. But can football managers employ similar tactics to similar success?
tried to find out.
1039: You would have to think Manchester United, too, might look to get involved in the transfer market in January following the news that midfielder
Anderson will be out of action until February with a knee injury.
I know Sir Alex Ferguson claimed this week that a January move is unlikely - "I don't see anyone really who can make us a better team from the players who are possibly available," he said - but I still reckon the Scot will splash the cash. Thoughts?
narrermarrer on Twitter:
"First league meet in 22 years between local rivals Chesterfield and Sheffield United at 1pm today. Huge game for us Blues!"
Yusuf Jama, London (a Middlesbrough fan) via text: "Tottenham's first Saturday 3pm kick off at White Hart Lane this season is next week - on the 3rd of December. Pointless or a talking point? For me, big talking point. Strengthens my belief their should be more 3pm kick offs on a Saturday."
JaredAGray on Twitter:
"Surely the South London Derby between Crystal Palace and Millwall deserves a mention as one of the biggest games today?"
Anon via text: "Ber-limey! You BBC lot start early! I'm still trying to sort my fantasy league team out whilst watching my children master the butterfly stroke at their swimming lessons. Quality parenting."
1020: Where to start today then? Well how about with the team that's rarely off the back pages right now - Chelsea. Andre Villas-Boas may be a man under pressure with his side on a run of four defeats in seven matches, but
he has found backing from an unusual source - Manchester United strike Wayne Rooney.
"There's a lot of people saying he should be sacked, that Chelsea should make another change. There's no need to do that, I cannot see the point in that."
janniky on Twitter:
"If Robin van Persie scores again today he's a superhuman being. The man is unreal at the moment."
1015: So here's where you lot step in. I want to know what you're up to, how you're gearing up for the day, and - your starter for 10 - the square root of 3,763. Tweet the commentary via
or text in via 81111 (UK). Bonanza.
1010: Before Phil settles into the big boy's chair, though, allow me to set the scene for a monster day of football. I'm thinking breaking news, gossip, a round up of the week's big stories and talking points... and generally speaking a load of nonsense. Happy days.
1005: Yep, 127 matches. As Inspector Gadget would say - when he's impersonating me, like - 'wowzers'. And the good news, too, is that while I'm swanning off in around 90 minutes to get involved in all things
Stoke City v Blackburn Rovers,Phil Dawkes will be in the commentary chair to bring you every spit, cough and swallow from each and every one of those games. If at any point today you don't feel you're getting all the info you need on the big FA Trophy third qualifying round clash between Solihull Moors and Ossett Town, you have my permission to sniff haughtily in his general direction. Nice.
1000: Stand by your beds troops. It's Saturday, we have 127 matches across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in waiting, and a full 10 hours to talk absolute rubbish around it. You having it?
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