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By Chris Bevan

1952: That is me done... and well and truly dusted. I'm off to put my fingers on ice until Sunday's title-race extravaganza. Don't forget to watch all today's Premier League action on Match of the Day at 2220 GMT (on BBC One and this website in the UK) and The Football League Show immediately afterwards at 2345 GMT (ditto) . For a furthe football fix, follow Piers Edwards' live text commentary from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Thanks for keeping me company, and I hope you enjoyed the last few hours as much as I did.

From Ollie in Newcastle, via text: "So 14th beat 6th, 15th beat 8th and 19th beat 7th - another week's results proving how exciting and unpredictable the Premier League is. Playing havoc with my accumulators mind!"

1943: Time for some stats from Infostrada Sports before we call it a night. Norwich's draw with Chelsea was the first match this season that did not feature a single goal or card. That had not occurred in the Premier League since 30 Apr 2011, when Blackpool hosted Stoke City. Clint Dempsey's hat-trick for Fulham in their win over Newcastle made him the first player from the United States to score a PL hat-trick and Robbie Keane's goals for Aston Villa against Wolves mean he is the seventh player to score for a record six different PL clubs, joining Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Craig Bellamy, Peter Crouch, Nicky Barmby and Marcus Bent.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his side's survival hopes after their win over Liverpool: "It's a transitional season as we've said but we knew we were capable of having a big second half of the season. "We've now taken six points from the last nine available and we know there is room for improvement. Some of our football was of a high standard and we were worthy winners."

Re 1706. Oxford United defender Michael Duberry on Twitter: "Wow!! Didn't expect an afternoon like that!! Scoring the imperfect hat-trick - left foot (OG) header (OG) and right foot."

From Anon, via text: "All this of Arsenal being a one man team... Suarez IS Liverpool. Heavily missed."

Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker on his side's win over Liverpool which sees them climb out of the Premier League relegation zone: "It was a fantastic team performance and what we've been doing for the past couple of weeks. We've had a tough start to the season and it's important we climb up to where we should be in the league."

Tim_Purcell on Twitter: "MISSING - goalscorers for Liverpool. If found please return. But don't put them on the bus as they'll miss it."

From Andy, in London, via text: "There is hope for teams in the bottom three. I'm a Brum fan and we are having a great time in the Champo. Ten goals without reply in last four games, and no looking over our shoulders!"

Full time
FULL-TIME Bolton 3-1 Liverpool
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Bolton are on the up after holding off Liverpool. The same can not be said for the Reds after a disappointing display."

Full time
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa
John Sinnott reports: "Robbie Keane gives Aston Villa the kind of Hollywood finishing they have missed, to settle an absorbing match."

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FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-0 Swansea
Dewi Hughes reports: "Two sublime goals maintains Sunderland's renaissance under Martin O'Neill, with Craig Gardner's late volley surpassing Stephane Sessegnon curler. Far from a convincing win as Swansea dominated, but the visitors again struggled to find a cutting edge on their travels."

Full time
FULL-TIME Stoke 1-2 West Brom
Chris McKenna reports: "What a lively affair that was in the second half. Cameron Jerome looked to have earned Stoke a point after James Morrison's first-half opener but Graham Dorrans's stoppage-time free-kick gave West Brom a well-deserved victory."

Full time
FULL-TIME QPR 3-1 Wigan
Becky Ashton reports: "Wigan remain rooted to the bottom of the table and it is going to take a mammoth effort if the Latics are to avoid the drop this season. Rangers? They are up and running under new boss Mark Hughes."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 5-2 Newcastle
Michael da Silva reports: "What a comeback. Hero Clint Dempsey was beaming at full-time after Fulham turned a dire performance into an inspired one. But you have to wonder how many league places Newcastle will drop without goal machine Demba Ba."

Full time
FULL-TIME Everton 1-1 Blackburn
Nabil Hassan reports: "Only time will tell how important this point at Everton will prove for Blackburn - who in truth deserved more. Everton continue to look like a side that will struggle to score goals, while Blackburn's defence is as leaky as a rusty old Ford Escort."

Full time
FULL-TIME Norwich 0-0 Chelsea
Owen Phillips reports: "A familiar tale for Chelsea and Fernando Torres. The Spaniard was hot and cold again, missing a sitter and being denied by a breathtaking save as the Blues created plenty of chances. But Norwich played with confidence, wonderful spirit and probably deserved the point for the second-half grit."

1930: Let's have a quick reminder of what happened in the top flight today, starting at Carrow Road...

OptaJoe on Twitter: "4 - Liverpool have won only four points & scored only four goals in the four PL games without Luis Suarez since his suspension began. Missed."

1926: Right then. That means Bolton are out of the relegation zone courtesy of a win which should give their fans renewed hope that an awful season will have a happy ending. Liverpool took a long time to get going and ran out of steam very quickly in the second half. A disappointing night all round for Reds fans, for whom the Champions League is becoming a fast-fading dream.

Full time
1923: FULL-TIME Bolton 3-1 Liverpool

1922: We will have two minutes of stoppage time at the Reebok, and we have already played one of them. Tuncay is on for Chris Eagles for Bolton, who have victory within their grasp.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: What was a thrilling game between Huddersfield and Brentford ends with a 3-2 victory for the home side. That moves the Terriers up to second in League One and they once more have Jordan Rhodes to thank for their win. That's 28 goals in 25 games for the striker.

From Anon, via text: "Can we get a big shout out for Plymouth Argyle tonight? Big point at home to Crawley today and out of the Football League's bottom two for the first time in a long time. We are staying up!"

1920: Nope. Bolton take it short, giving Chris Eagles a chance to dance past a challenge but ultimately blast his shot wide. We are into the last minute of the 90.

1919: Bolton win a free-kick when Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt get man not ball as they try to nick possession from David N'gog near the left-hand corner of the Reds area. That's N'gog's final contribution of the night, because Kevin Davies is on instead... maybe to get on the end of this set-piece?

oxdowne on Twitter: "Looks like the high winds have blown rubbish all over the pitch at the Reebok. But enough about Liverpool..."

Former Bolton, Everton and England midfielder Peter Reid on Twitter: "N'gog playing well for Bolton. Plenty of energy and commitment by Wanderers."

1915: Wanderers come forward again, through Chris Eagles (again) and this time his shot from the edge of the area is curling in until it hits Martin Skrtel and zips wide. With five minutes go, Bolton lead 3-1, and Liverpool appear to have run out of ideas.

1913: Bolton, understandably, haven't done much attacking of late but they can still look dangerous when they want to. Some nice play by Martin Petrov down the left sees him find Chris Eagles... who could release David N'gog but has a pop himself and bends his shot wide.

From Felix, Leeds, via text: "Mario Balotelli is a poor man's Frimpong."


It's true that Balotelli has been very quiet today, but there are still a few hours left for him to change that...

1908: Meanwhile, at the Reebok, Craig Bellamy is still trying to make things happen for Liverpool... but Bolton are still holding out. Bellamy goes straight for goal himself this time, but Wanderers have plenty of men back and Adam Bogdan is easily able to keep out his low shot, even with a deflection.

1907: Here's another, rather brighter, update on Emmanuel Frimpong, this time from the Wolves website: The midfielder went straight to hospital for initial assessment on the injury where an initial examination revealed no head or spinal problems." Good news, I'm sure you will agree.

gramw1991 on Twitter: "Couple of things. Since when has N'Gog become a genuine threat? Also Adam Bogdan is the ringer for Ed Sheeran."

SalfordBazza on Twitter: "Mark Davies is EXACTLY the kind of player who should be going to the Olympic tournament next year! Has been great this year."

1903: This sort of sums up Liverpool's frustrating night so far: Andy Carroll completely mis-hits Stewart Downing's pull-back but the ball still rolls for Steven Gerrard, who would pick it up on the edge of the area and have a shooting chance if he isn't nudged off it by Nigel Reo-Coker. Referee Kevin Friend blows up for the foul.. but awards the free-kick to Bolton. An interesting decision, that.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1902: At the other end, Daniel Agger does rather better with his effort from long range, unleashing a screaming shot that clips the top of Adam Bogdan's bar and bounces to safety.

1900: Nigel Reo-Coker has already scored once tonight, but he won't get another one with efforts like this... the Bolton midfielder looks up and lets fly from about 30 yards out, but slices his shot horrifically wide - it was nearer to the corner flag than the net.

lionelhesse on Twitter: "When they actually get the ball Bolton are playing some nice stuff. Very Burnley circa 2008."

1857: Zat Knight to the rescue again, heading a Craig Bellamy centre over his own crossbar with Dirk Kuyt and Andy Carroll lurking. Do Bolton actually look better at the back without Gary Cahill?

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer on Twitter: "Absolutely hate losing! Amazing fans, appreciate the support as always!"

From Nishal KS, Nottingham, via text: "Emmanuel Frimpong - what a man!"

bwfchaiden on Twitter: "GET IN BOLTON! Just what we need. One happy Trotter!"

1855: Time for a couple of Liverpool changes. Stewart Downing and Dirk Kuyt are on for Charlie Adam and Maxi Rodriguez. The Reds, who trail 3-1, have got around 25 minutes left to salvage something from this game.

Yellow card
1853: Yep, break is exactly what Liverpool do, with Craig Bellamy surging forward. But Jordan Henderson's cross is blocked and Bolton are able to launch a swift counter themselves. It ends when Jose Enrique trips Chris Eagles, and that is our first booking of the game.

1851: Bolton's Mark Davies looks a tidy midfielder to me, and no wonder they have missed him when he's been injured this season. Wanderers have just forced a couple of corners themselves, but they have to be careful because we know how quickly Liverpool can break...

1849: Better by Liverpool, with a couple of dangerous crosses causing Bolton's defence problems, but Zat Knight heads Charlie Adam's delivery behind and Adam Bogdan collects the corner. Wanderers are holding out.

1846: Mind you, Liverpool are going to have to step things up if they are going to get back in this game. They have seen a lot of the ball since that Gretar Steinsson goal, and are playing some pretty passes in their own half but they have not done much to put Bolton under pressure.

1844: So, Bolton's two-goal advantage is restored. Both defences look less than solid to me, mind, so I've got a feeling my prediction at 1702 might still come off.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Martin Petrov's whipped corner is nodded back across goal by David Wheater and lands for Gretar Steinsson to hammer home a fierce first-time shot into the bottom corner. Again, the Liverpool defence is found lacking.

1840: GOALFLASH Bolton 3-1 Liverpool (Gretar Steinsson)

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata on Twitter: "Pity we couldn't beat Norwich like we did on my debut with Chelsea. We have to keep working and now focus on the FA Cup and QPR. Hugs!"

1837: Plenty of other football going on tonight too, specifically in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, which has kicked off with hosts Equatorial Guinea facing Libya in the opening match. For full details of that game and the second match between Senegal and Zambia, you can follow Piers Edwards' live text commentary.

Whistle
1836: Liverpool get us back under way at the Reebok. It won't surprise you to know that Craig Bellamy was chattering away as he kicked off.

1835: Interesting to see the opposing views on Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager. I'd be interested to know what would have to happen for his more fanatical followers to turn against him? Losing to Bolton probably isn't enough for that to happen - and the Reds have got 45 minutes to try and make sure it doesn't.

From Brentford fan Keith, Hitchin, via text: "What about the other game going on at the moment? Brentford v Huddersfield. 2-2. Some mention of the smaller teams please!"

Apologies, plenty going on in that one too, including a goal straight out of the 1950s by Huddersfield striker Alan Lee, who barged Richard Lee into the net. It's now 3-2 to the Terriers, with goal-machine Jordan Rhodes adding another super solo strike to his collection. No stopping that boy.

From Paul, via text: "Re Peter Nicholson. True he did. But we're in 2012 not 1987..."

From anon, via text: "T'Pau were big in 1987-88 but you wouldn't ask them to open Glastonbury. Every dog etc etc."

From Clarkie158, via text: "Dalglish is doing the right thing in building for the future. Young quality players all over, but it won't happen overnight. Patience people."

1825: We have heard from everyone else about Emmanuel Frimpong's facial injury, so how about the man himself? The on-loan Wolves midfielder, replying to his Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere, says: "yhhh am ok mate cheers;)x"

Peter_Nicholson on Twitter: "Re Kenny being an average manager. He built (not inherited) one of the greatest club sides ever in the 1987-88 season."

1820: Ah. It looks like Craig Bellamy has succeeded in winding Nigel Reo-Coker up. Not sure what Bellamy said, but the Bolton man has to be restrained by his team-mate Zat Knight as the players go off at the break. It's probably a good thing that the Reebok is the only Premier League ground with TWO tunnels.

Half time
Bolton 2-1 Liverpool
Jamie Lillywhite's HT snapshot: "Liverpool can scarcely have believed the two early goals they gave away, superbly taken though they were, but Andy Carroll's increasingly effective link-up play with the effervescent Craig Bellamy, plus Bolton's understandable apprehension, will give Kenny Dalglish hope that his side can complete a remarkable turnaround."

1817: ... Martin Petrov takes it too, and forces a great stop from Pepe Reina after whipping the ball over the wall. It is heading inside the post until the Liverpool keeper gets across to push it away.

1816: Adam Bogdan deals comfortably with the corner, though, and Wanderers break quickly... winning a free-kick just outside the box when David Ngog is tripped. This is Martin Petrov territory...


1815: We are into stoppage time at the end of the first half at the Reebok. Bolton are on the back foot at the moment, and Adam Bogdan has to push Steven Gerrrard's cross around the post...

QPR boss Mark Hughes on his side's win over fellow-strugglers Wigan: "I am delighted, I thought the performance level was good. We began a bit anxiously but that is understandable because we haven't picked up too many points lately and I thought we settled down and played some good stuff. It's just a start and we have to maintain it but our work ethic and desire to do the right things and stay in the Premier League is there for all to see."

Fergustinho on Twitter: "So many people have said it, but Bellamy has by far been Liverpool's best signing, and for absolutely nothing. Speaks volumes."

Fulham defender John Arne Riise on Twitter: "Great second half performance boys!! Clint on fire!!! Well-deserved three points."

QPR captain Joey Barton on Twitter: "Great win and performance by the boys today. Some great goals scored by both sides. Massive three points for us."

DavidM33 on Twitter: "If it wasn't for his legacy and 'legend' status, Dalglish would have gone a while ago. A very average manager."

1810: Craig Bellamy and Nigel Reo-Coker are having what seems to be a heated debate. I doubt they are talking about who has scored the best goal tonight either. Referee Kevin Friend elects to keep his cards in his pocket, for now anyway.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: Goals don't get much more route one than this (unless you are Tim Howard). Pepe Reina's long punt upfield is flicked on by Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy gallops in on goal before beating Adam Bogdan, who was a bit slow coming off his line. Anyway, the Reds are back in the game.

1808: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-1 Liverpool (Craig Bellamy)

1807: Another superb pass by Andy Carroll, this time to release Craig Bellamy, and this time Bellamy gets his shot away... although he sends the ball straight down Adam Bogdan's throat. Carroll's touch is suspect but he does know how to pick out a pass. He probably needs a goal too, mind.

1806: Bolton's defending, particularly by David Wheater, is last-ditch at times but is certainly effective. This time the former Middlesbrough man does enough to put off Craig Bellamy from Andy Carroll's sweeping cross from the right.

From Liverpool fan Macca, Bootle, via text: "Should we now think the unthinkable and replace Dalglish at the end of the season?"

From Anon, via text: "Dire. I'm not the only Liverpool fan who saw this coming."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Less than a minute after having that penalty shout turned down, Liverpool's defence is torn apart, again. Chris Eagles cuts in from the right without being challenged and his delicately dinked shot finds Nigel Reo-Coker running in to bury his shot past Pepe Reina. Half an hour gone, and Bolton have breathing space.



1800: GOALFLASH Bolton 2-0 Liverpool (Nigel Reo-Coker)

1800: Liverpool want a penalty, and replays show why. Charlie Adam's free-kick is not exactly dangerous but it comes off Andy Carroll and hits Zat Knight on the hand. Nothing given though.

From Jim, a disgruntled Liverpool fan, via text: "£100m+ spent and no improvement in results. Time to get Rafa Benitez back."

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish was grateful to two-goal hero Robbie Keane, making his first start for the club, after the visitors produced a superb comeback to win at Midlands rivals Wolves: "We took a pummelling after a brilliant start. It was a time for fight and character and we showed that. Maybe I've got to get them angry every week. Robbie did very well - with his movement, touch and interaction with other players."

1755: Bolton have not exactly gone pouring forward looking for a second goal. In fact, they seem happy to contain Liverpool at the moment. It's a tactic which is largely working, although Steven Gerrard does manage to find a way through the home defence, pinging an inch-perfect diagonal cross on to the head of Andy Carroll. He brings a diving save from Adam Bogdan but was (marginally) offside in any case.

1752: More Emmanuel Frimpong news now, and it isn't good. According to BBC WM, Wolves' on-loan midfielder has fractured a cheekbone and will be out for three months.

Fulham's hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey after his team's 5-2 home win against Newcastle: "We never found our rhythm in the first half but we began to get into their penalty area in the second half. Danny Murphy scored the first goal and then we kept going and going. Luckily the ball kept going in. We never took our foot off the gas and we took our chances."

1748:Liverpool are still finding their feet here, although they have just tested Adam Bogdan for the first time with a stinging shot from 20 yards from Jordan Henderson. His next contribution is not quite so impressive, mind, with Pepe Reina having to dash from his line to get to a short back-pass before David Ngog.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis after his side's home defeat by West Brom: "I'm disappointed. That's most probably as flat as we've been in a long time. I haven't seen the two goals again yet but they looked like ones we don't normally concede."

1742: It's a bit windy at the Reebok and Pepe Reina just took full advantage by hoisting his clearance over the Bolton defence and sending Maxi Rodriguez scampering into the area. His control is poor, to say the least, though and handballs for good measure to mean the chance is gone. After seeing what Tim Howard did to Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan the last time there was a bit of a breeze in the north-west, I think Reina might be shooting next time.

1739: Liverpool are struggling to keep Bolton in check here, and keep giving away free-kicks too. Martin Petrov curls this one in, but it flies through to Pepe Reina.

1736: This is a rare bit of cheer for Bolton season ticket-holders. Their home record this season is appalling, with only one win and (before Davies scored) 11 goals in their 10 league games so far. They almost have even more to shout about, as Chris Eagles ghosts past Jose Enrique and holds him off as he gets to the byline, making for the near-post before firing over a low cross which eludes everyone.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bolton goal: Terrible defending by Liverpool, this, as Mark Davies latches on to a flick from David Ngog midway in the visitors half... and just keeps going. The Reds defence cannot close him down quickly enough to stop him getting his shot away, and he prods the ball past Pepe Reina to find the bottom corner of the net.

1734: GOALFLASH Bolton 1-0 Liverpool (Mark Davies)

Wolves fan ollie_ref on Twitter: "If anyone asks for 'McCarthy out' before saying 'Karl Henry out' they need looking at. His kick could have relegated us."

From Wnek, Liverpool fan, via text: "I am really starting to worry that Liverpool might be slowly fading away into mediocrity. These games are some of the most important in the club's history."

Whistle
1731: Bolton get us started. Both teams are wearing the colours you would expect - Wanderers in navy blue and white, Liverpool in all-red.

1729: Actually, make that FOUR changes for Liverpool because Maxi Rodriguez is in for Stewart Downing. Anyway, we are almost good to go at The Reebok, where Bolton desperately need a win to climb out of the drop zone, and Liverpool badly need a win to close the gap on Chelsea in the race for fourth place.

Bolton v Liverpool
BOLTON v LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Jamie Lillywhite reports: Liverpool make three changes, with Daniel Agger back in the starting line-up and Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll forming the front two. Meanwhile, Bolton are unchanged from the side beaten 3-0 at Manchester United last week, with former Reds striker David Ngog leading their attack.

West Brom keeper Ben Foster on his crucial penalty save from Jon Walters in his side's win over Stoke:"We had a actually done a bit of homework. Dean Kiely, the goalkeeping coach, showed me the penalties before the game and I knew if Jonathan stepped up then I was always going to go to the right."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean on his side's 1-1 draw at Everton: "We've kept our record of scoring in every away game. I think we shaded it so I'm a bit disappointed, but it's a good point and we'll take it." On the handball in the build-up to Everton's goal: "Their goal shouldn't have been allowed but it is easy to say that after watching it on TV, but it hard to spot for a referee." And on want-away defender Chris Samba, who Rovers say is not for sale: "I thought it was better for Chris to not be involved after everything that has happened. But he will be back in next week and we want him to stay."

BBC Final Score pundit Martin Keown on an enthralling afternoon of Premier League action: "Result of the day? You could say Blackburn pinching a point at Everton which means they stay out of the bottom three. But there were also great wins for Fulham, West Brom and Aston Villa."

1716: News on on-loan Wolves midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who you might remember was stretchered off after being accidentally kicked in the head at Molineux today. The Arsenal man has been taken to hospital with what are described as "serious facial injuries". Fingers crossed he makes a swift recovery.

Bolton v Liverpool
BOLTON v LIVERPOOL (1730 GMT)
Jamie Lillywhite reports: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish expects a tough encounter at the Reebok Stadium and says: "They're fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league and we've got ambitions to try and move up the league, so it's going to be a difficult game. They've had a tough time at home. Last season they were a bit more productive there - so we just hope that run continues."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Leeds come from a goal behind in the Championship to seal a 3-1 win with goals from Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio, while a Darius Henderson hat-trick for Millwall grants the London side a 3-1 win away at Barnsley. A last-minute strike from Craig Conway gives Cardiff a 3-2 victory over Portsmouth. In League One, Wycombe thrash sorry Rochdale at the foot of the league, while Leyton Orient defeat Preston 2-0 at Deepdale. In League Two, AFC Wimbledon strike late in the game to triumph 4-3 over Gillingham while promotion-chasing duo Southend and Cheltenham are both beaten.

Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington on Twitter: "Great effort from the lads today! Deserved the point! Norwich fans were great again! Good day!"

NON LEAGUE LATEST: In the tale of two crisis clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Darlington's game is delayed by 15 minutes as thousands are admitted to the stadium. It doesn't prevent the home side from sliding to a one goal defeat to Fleetwood. For Kettering, deeply in debt and with a fourth new manager of the season, it's back to the drawing board, beaten comprehensively away at Wrexham.

1706: Here's a 'hat-trick' worthy of today's Premier League madness. Veteran Oxford defender Michael Duberry (remember him Chelsea fans?) has bagged a treble in League Two this afternoon - but he won't get the match ball. The centre-half scored twice in his own net against Hereford before rescuing a 2-2 draw by scoring at the right end in the final minute. You can't give him stick for doing that, surely?

Bolton v Liverpool line-ups
Bolton:
Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Lynch, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Pratley, Boyata, O'Halloran, Riley.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy, Gerrard, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Bolton v Liverpool
BOLTON v LIVERPOOL (1730 GMT)
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Liverpool may have one eye on Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final second-leg but they urgently need to address their league form, with only six points from their last five matches and their 24 goals from 21 games their lowest tally at this stage in the history of the Premier League. They have a formidable recent record against Bolton, however, winning their last 10 league matches."

BurntwoodVilla on Twitter: "Dear Footballing Gods, can we please sign Robbie Keane permanently? Thanks in advance."

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "What a great game. Well done all. Players played their heart out."

shubbard04 on Twitter: "Must be one of the highest scoring Saturdays for a while in the Premier League."

1702: It's not over yet, you know? There is one more Premier League game today, at 1730 GMT. On the back of what has happened this afternoon, I'm backing Bolton to win 6-4, with Liverpool missing three penalties.

1659: That was a bit hectic, wasn't it? But that's what Premier League football is all about. Fast, and frantic, and lorry-loads of goals. Oh, and apologies for not telling you more about the closing stages of Everton-Blackburn. There may not have been any late goals in that one but it was still a thrilling finish.

From Lettie, Coventry, via text: "Have you stopped typing at any point in the last 25 minutes Chris? I applaud you and your bleeding fingers."

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Everton 1-1 Blackburn

1655: FULL-TIME Fulham 5-2 Newcastle

1655: FULL-TIME QPR 3-1 Wigan

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Stoke 1-2 West Brom

1655: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-0 Swansea

1655: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa

1654: The only Premier League game still being played is at Molineux, where Wolves are pressing hard for an equaliser, deep into injury time.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
West Brom goal: Thomas Sorenson has not covered himself in glory at the Britannia today, and he has made a costly blunder to hand the Baggies the points. Graham Dorrans bends in a free-kick from wide on the right and curls the ball through a crowd of players... and straight past the stationary Stoke keeper.



Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Fulham goal: The Cottagers are rampant now. And I'm losing count. Clint Dempsey darts between Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson to latch onto a long ball before slotting past Tim Krul for Fulham's fifth and his hat-trick goal. Too easy.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Sunderland goal: Sunderland looked to have settled this game - and in some style. Craig Gardner controls Stephane Sessgnon's crossfield pass on his chest and sends a breathtaking, dipping 25-yard volley into the far corner. Glorious, glorious goal.

1649: Meanwhile, Everton are laying siege to the Blackburn goal. Rovers have just hacked it off their own line twice in the last two minutes.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: Jermaine Pennant's curling free-kick finds Cameron Jerome to score with an angled strike at the back post. But we already know that the Potters weren't level for long...

1649: This is getting ridiculous...

1648: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-2 West Brom (Graham Dorrans)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Newcastle goal: A great solo goal by Hatem Ben Arfa, who cuts inside past Damien Duff before firing low into the corner. It's probably not going to rescue Newcastle, though.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: Robbie Keane has had two shots and he has scored from both of them. The second is even better than the first as he collects the ball just outside the box before delivering a shot - with the minimum of backlift - that rockets past Wayne Hennessey.

1645: GOALFLASH Fulham 5-2 Newcastle (Clint Dempsey)

1644: GOALFLASH Sunderland 2-0 Swansea (Craig Gardner)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
QPR goal: Correction: Ali Al Habsi WAS keeping his side in the game. Even he could do nothing about this strike from QPR substitute Tommy Smith, who encouraged to shoot by the home fans, looks up and smashes an unstoppable shot from about 25 yards out.

1643: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-1 West Brom (Cameron Jerome)

1642: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-2 Newcastle (Hatem Ben Arfa)

1641: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa (Robbie Keane)

Red card
Wolves red card: Wolves are down to 10 men. Karl Henry is red carded as the Wolves midfielder aims a kick - with the back of his boot - into Marc Albrighton's midriff.

Someone has won a penalty
QPR missed penalty: Ali Al Habsi keeps his side in the game at Loftus Road, guessing right to push away Heidar Helguson's spot-kick after the Icelander was hauled down by Gary Caldwell.

1638: GOALFLASH QPR 3-1 Wigan (Tommy Smith)

Someone has won a penalty
Stoke missed penalty: Jon Walters steps up to take the penalty after he is seemingly fouled by Gareth McAuley in the area but Ben Foster dives to his right to keep out the striker's powerful spot kick. The Baggies still lead 1-0.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Blackburn goal: There's been some spectacular strikes in the Premier League today, and some soft ones too. This one falls into the latter category with Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick somehow eluding Tim Howard and bouncing goalwards. Tim Cahill tries to clear and only succeeds in firing the ball into David Goodwillie's stomach and seeing the ball ricochet over the line.

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Fulham goal (4-1): Right, where were we? Newcastle were falling apart last time I looked. Things got even worse when Andrew Johnson burst into the area to be sent flying first by Mike Williamson and then Tim Krul. He could have two penalties there, but settles for one, which Bobby Zamora steps up to fire home.

1632: RED CARD: Wolves' Karl Henry

1631: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 Blackburn (David Goodwillie)

MISSED PENALTY by QPR (Heidur Helguson saved by Ali Al Habsi)

1629: A few penalties around today, aren't there?

PENALTY to QPR

MISSED PENALTY by Stoke (Jon Walters saved by Ben Foster)

PENALTY to Stoke

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Wigan goal: It looked like QPR were running away with this one, but not anymore. From the same place where Akos Buzsaky scored in the first half, Hugo Rodallega brings his side back into things with a similarly beautiful free-kick that Paddy Kenny can only watch as it flies inside his left-hand post.

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Fulham goal (3-1): The Newcastle defence - usually so reliable, has gone AWOL and Fulham are taking full advantage. This time Clint Dempsey escapes down the right and smashes in a powerful angled drive that flashes past Tim Krul and into the bottom corner.

1625: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-1 Newcastle (Bobby Zamora pen)

1624: PENALTY to Fulham

TheBaidu on Twitter: "Re 1548. Can we stop taking notice of Newcastle now?"

1622: GOALFLASH QPR 2-1 Wigan (Hugo Rodallega)

1621: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-1 Newcastle (Clint Dempsey)

1620: West Brom waste a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 when Simon Cox, who is clean through, seems to panic and scuffs his shot completely. Stoke almost punish him when Jon Walters meets a Jermaine Pennant cross but heads over. At Loftus Road, QPR are searching for more goals and go close when Akos Buzsaky forces Ali Al Habsi into another superb save to claw away his first-tikme strike. Rangers still lead 2-0.

BBC Final Score pundit Garth Crooks on Emmanuel Frimpong's injury at Molineux: "Frimpong goes to head the ball but Petrov, in his desperation to clear, misses the ball and accidently kicks him in the eye. It doesn't look clever. It is never nice to see a stricken player in football."

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Fulham goal: Erm, I'm not sure where this Fulham fightback has come from, but their fans won't care because they are now ahead. Andrew Johnson surges forward and feeds Bobby Zamora on his right. He cuts inside before firing in an angled shot, and although Tim Krul's gets a hand to it he can only push it into the path of Clint Dempsey, who slides in to slot home.

1616: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-1 Newcastle (Clint Dempsey)

1615: A long delay at Molineux, where the impressive Emmanuel Frimpong has been accidentally kicked in the head by Stiliyan Petrov at a corner and is getting lengthy treatment. I'm hearing it might be an eye injury but, whatever it is, it doesn't look good. Frimpong is getting stretchered off now, with the crowd chanting his name. Nenad Milijas is on instead.

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Villa goal: Happy birthday Alex McLeish. Robbie Keane has been almost anonymous in this game but the on-loan LA Galaxy forward swivels to send a superb shot past Wayne Hennessey.

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Fulham goal: Davide Santon pushes Damien Duff over as he runs through on goal - was it inside the box? Just about. Was it a foul? Just about. Anyway, Danny Murphy steps up to send Tim Krul the wrong way from the spot, and the Cottagers are level.

1610: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-2 Aston Villa (Robbie Keane)

1607: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Newcastle (Danny Murphy pen)

1607: PENALTY to FULHAM

1606: In fact, Alex McLeish might have more problems. Having already lost Gabriel Agbonlahor at half-time (to be replaced by Stephen Warnock), Darren Bent is limping. We are back under way at Sunderland by the way.

From Ollie, Castle Leazes, via text: "Something has to change with Leeds. Shocking performance so far. Bates or Grayson - one of you has to go."

1604: Hmmm, I suspect Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is not having a very happy 53rd birthday so far. Darren Bent tries to change that with a shot from long range but it does not trouble Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Whistle
1602: Fulham are making a change at the break, with Chris Baird coming on for Bryan Ruiz, who was at fault for Newcastle's goal. We are back under way everywhere in the top flight, apart from at Sunderland.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "10 - Wolves have recouped 10 points from losing positions this season, more than any other Premier League team. Expected?"

From Twickenham Hoop, at Loftus Road, via text: "I hate to sound pessimistic, but the two other times QPR have scored twice at home, we have lost."

From Villa fan Richard in Ealing, via text: "I'm sick of this. McLeish hasn't got a clue about tactics. What is the point of having a link-up man like Robbie Keane if you then just hoof it route one? What a joke."

domstirling12 on Twitter: "How Blackburn are not AT LEAST level at Goodison is beyond me."

lewyakers on Twitter: "Newcastle United are two points off fourth as things stand. About time people took notice of us."

Half time
Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa
John Sinnott's HT snapshot:
"Wolves thoroughly deserve to be ahead in very enjoyable derby against Aston Villa. Powered forward by Emmanuel Frimpong in midfield and by Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis on the wings, Villa have struggled to get into the Wolves half after going ahead through Darren Bent's penalty."

Half time
Sunderland 1-0 Swansea
Dewi Hughes' HT snapshot: "Stephane Sessegnon's sublime finish separates the sides after a captivating first half at the Stadium of Light. Swansea responded well to the early set-back, advancing purposely down each flank but failing to fire an effort on target."

Half time
Fulham 0-1 Newcastle
Michael da Silva's HT snapshot: "It's been a half of few chances so Newcastle will be delighted to be ahead - and what a strike it was. But Fulham have been abject and I suspect Martin Jol will be telling them that now."

Half time
Everton 1-0 Blackburn
Nabil Hassan's HT snapshot:
"Tim Cahill's controversial first goal in over a year has given Everton a slight edge at Goodison Park, but Blackburn look lively in attack and have hit the woodwork twice."

Half time
Stoke 0-1 West Brom
Chris McKenna's HT snapshot: "West Brom take a deserved lead into the break thanks to James Morrison's strike that Thomas Sorensen made a mess of saving. The Baggies have not beaten Stoke in their last 10 attempts, but they are on right path to ending that woeful run."

Half time
QPR 2-0 Wigan
Becky Ashton's HT snapshot: "QPR deservedly lead 2-0 at the break, leaving Wigan, the lowest scorers in all four divisions, with a mountain to climb. It's easy to see why the Latics are bottom of the table after failing to keep hold of possession or force Paddy Kenny into any saves."

BBC Final Score pundit Garth Crooks after basement boys Wigan go 2-0 down at bottom three rivals QPR: "For the first time there could be a gap between the bottom and the rest. Once a gap develops it gets very scary for that team."

gem10whitehead on Twitter: "Agree with Keown, most of the Villa team should be dropped but the owners need to drop the manager. We will go down at this rate."

From Jonny in Manchester, via text: "Can you please tell me how many leads Villa have let slip away over the past year and I will look at the answer through tear filled eyes?"

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Supporters of Championship strugglers Coventry are in dreamland as Gary McSheffrey grabs a goal from inside the penalty box and then Middlesbrough's Kevin Thomson is sent off. Leeds have started life without captain Jonathan Howson poorly, falling behind at home to Ipswich. In the basement battle in League One, Wycombe are a goal to the good at home to managerless Rochdale, while at the top Charlton are beating Sheffield United after a beautifully struck free-kick from Johnnie Jackson. The top three in League Two - Southend, Cheltenham and Crawley - are all yet to score.

1548: It is half-time everywhere in the Premier League, apart from the Stadium of Light.

From Ben, Fulham fan, via text: "What kind of system involves Johnson, Zamora, Ruiz, Dempsey and Duff playing at the same time? That's not attacking football from Jol - it's just madness!"

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QPR goal: This one is a class finish too, with Akos Buzsaky curling his free-kick over the Wigan wall, past the diving Ali Al Habsi and into the net, via the inside of the post. A stunning strike.

1546: GOALFLASH QPR 2-0 Wigan (Akos Buzsaky)

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Newcastle goal: Not even David Stockdale can keep this one out. Bryan Ruiz gives the ball away softly and it falls for Danny Guthrie to smash an absolute pearler of a shot past the Cottagers goalkeeper from the edge of the area. The Magpies are good value for their lead, too.

1542: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Newcastle (Danny Guthrie)

1539: Still goalless at Craven Cottage, but Newcastle are definitely on top and keep creating openings. They need to find a way of beating David Stockdale, though. Fabricio Coloccini just fired straight at the Cottagers keeper fropm close range, before Shola Ameobi brought another fine stop from him from distance.

From Baz, Hereford, via text: "Blackburn need matchwinners more than ever. Free the Yak (from his possibly dubious ban) and he will score."

BBC Final Score pundit Martin Keown on David Edwards putting Wolves ahead against Aston Villa: "Villa have conceded another goal from a set piece. Alex McLeish said the next player who doesn't pick up will be dropped. He should drop half the team in that case."

Whistle
1538: Blackburn are not out of things at Goodison Park, not by a long shot. David Goodwillie's shot is deflected into the path of David Dunn and his shot smacks against the post with Toffees keeper Tim Howard beaten and rebounds to safety.

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West Brom goal: Er, I don't think Thomas Sorenson should watch Match of the Day tonight. He makes a right mess of James Morrison's swerving shot from the edge of the area and allows the ball to creep past him and into the net. Calamity keeping, I'm sorry to say.

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Wolves goal: A ninth corner for Wolves and the home side are ahead. Wolves are furious when the corner is delayed by the assistant referee but when Michael Kightly sends the ball over it is flicked goalward by Roger Johnson and David Edwards reacts quickly to head past Shay Given.

1535: GOALFLASH Stoke 0-1 West Brom (James Morrison)

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QPR goal: QPR have the lead, and it's been coming. Akos Buzsaky and Jamie Mackie had both gone close with long-range efforts before the home side were gifted an opener when James McCarthy inexplicably handles from a corner. Heidur Helguson steps up to carefully place the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of the net.

1532: GOALFLASH QPR 1-0 Wigan (Heidur Helguson pen)

1532: PENALTY TO QPR

1531: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa (David Edwards)

From Tom, Sunderland, via text: "Sessegnon has been very good at football lately. That is all."

1528: Two things to catch up on from the Stadium of Light. Nicklas Bendtner has gone off with an eye injury, replaced by Connor Wickham, and Swansea have just gone close to an equaliser with Danny Graham heading over the bar from six yards.

Benno_Watts22 on Twitter: "Michael Kightly where did you come back from?? Great to see him playing again."

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Everton goal: Controversial this, because replays show it shouldn't have stood. Marouane Fellaini clearly handles as he tries to control Landon Donovan's cross which is bouncing round the box, and helps it into the path of Tim Cahill, who gratefully gobbles it up for his first goal in over a year.

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Wolves goal: A lovely piece of skill from Emmanuel Frimpong - the on-loan Arsenal midfielder flicks the ball over his head to escape his marker - is the preamble to a superb finish from Michael Kightly, who cuts inside before curling the ball past Shay Given. All-square again at Molineux.

1524: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Blackburn (Tim Cahill)

1523: Hatem Ben Arfa is the man making things happen for Newcastle, having a pop this time after latching on to a Jonas Gutierrez pass... and testing David Stockdale again. The Fulham keeper pushes it round his post to keep the score 0-0.

1521: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa (Michael Kightly)

BBC Final Score pundit Martin Keown on Stephane Sessegnon's opener for Sunderland: "He opened up his body and just feathered it into the corner. It was a beautiful goal. It was like Thierry Henry."

1518: QPR's first real attack sees a swinging cross from Luke Young almost catch out Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi, who manages to recover to tip over the bar. Newcastle are beginning to create chances against Fulham too, with Shola Ameobi's header forcing a good stop from David Stockdale.

BBC Final Score pundit Garth Crooks on Christophe Berra's foul on Aston Villa goalscorer Darren Bent to concede the penalty: "It was almost wild beyond belief. He's walloped him."

1516: News from the Britannia Stadium, and a chance for West Brom. A good cross in from Jerome Thomas sets up Simon Cox but he totally misses the ball as he tries to blast home from just inside the area.

Sunderland goal: A Swansea-style goal this, coming after a lovely neat build-up. James McClean feeds Stephane Sessegnon on the edge of the area and he curls an unstoppable shot past Michel Vorm.

1515: GOALFLASH Sunderland 1-0 Swansea (Stephane Sessegnon)

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Aston Villa goal: Christophe Berra is caught napping by Darren Bent inside the area and compounds his errort by hacking him down. Bent picks himself up and fires home from the spot for his 99th Premier League goal. Apologies for getting the scoreline the wrong way round - a classic case of my fingers not listening to my brain.

Someone has struck the woodwork
Someone has struck the woodwork
1512: Sunderland go within a whisker of taking the lead against Swansea when Seb Larsson meets Kieran Richardson's cross but drives his volley against the post. Blackburn have just hit the woodwork against Everton too, with Scott Dann's looping header from Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner coming back off the bar.

1510: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa (Darren Bent pen)

1510: PENALTY to ASTON VILLA

1509: Not much to tell you about from Craven Cottage just yet. Yohan Cabaye has had a tame snap-shot easily saved by David Stockdale but it has been a pretty even start.

1507: Blackburn are not just defending, though. David Dunn's low shot is well kept out by the feet of Tim Howard. That one looks a very open game so far.

1505: An early sniff for Everton at Goodison, where Victor Anichebe makes a mess of his far post volley which goes wide, following a decent cross from Landon Donovan on the right. And, at Villa Park, Gary Gardner fails to find the target with his back-post header. He was unmarked too.

BBC Final Score pundit Garth Crooks on QPR captain Joey Barton's Twitter activity: "He lives his life like he lives his football. He cannot resist confrontation."

1503: Wigan have made a confident start at Loftus Road, and are enjoying plenty of early possession... as I write, they have just spurned a great early chance too. Jordi Gomez swings in a free-kick from the left but Steve Gohouri cannot direct it goalwards and it runs behind before Hugo Rodallega can reach it. A real waste, that.

Whistle
1500: All six of our 1500 GMT Premier League games are now under way.

BBC Match of the Day on Twitter: "We'll be keeping across all six 3pm kick-offs but Hansen's eyes will mainly be drawn towards QPR/Wigan, while Lawro focuses on Wolves/Villa."

Norwich striker Grant Holt on his side's 0-0 draw with Chelsea: "It was a massive result. We talked all week about getting our shape and staying tight and I thought we were fantastic. We wanted to force them wide and we did. If we keep working and playing in that manner we will be okay."

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, ahead of his side's home game against Swansea, about his side's recent revival on BBC Radio 5 live: "If you lose a few games, no matter how good a player you are, confidence erodes very quickly. The most important thing for us was to get off to a winning start. We got two late goals against Blackburn in my first game in charge. It gave us momentum."

From James, Macclesfield, via text: "A complete ex-Manchester United back four in the Sunderland starting line-up today!"

1454: Right then. We are almost good to go for all the 1500 GMT action. Don't forget to give this page a manual refresh so you can watch Final Score at the top. By the way, there will be a 15-minute delay before crisis-club Darlington's Blue Square Bet Premier game with Fleetwood kicks off.

Everton v Blackburn
EVERTON v BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS
Nabil Hassan reports:
"Phil Neville captains Everton on his 35th birthday while Shane Duffy again deputises for Sylvain Distin in defender. Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell are still injured while Darron Gibson and Landon Donovan both start in an attacking looking Everton side. Blackburn striker Yakubu is suspended while want away defender Chris Samba is not included. Scott Dann makes his return from injury having suffered a ruptured testicle six weeks ago. Bordeaux loanee Anthony Modeste is on the bench while there is no place in the squad for Jason Roberts or Michel Salgado."

Wolves v Aston Villa
WOLVES v ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS
John Sinnott reports:
"Robbie Keane starts for Villa against the club he began his professional career 14 years ago. Gary Gardner comes in for Stephen Ireland as the 19-year-old midfielder makes his full Premier League debut, while Ciaran Clark replaces Stephen Warnock at left-back. Wolves are unchanged from the side that drew against Spurs at White Hart Lane last weekend.

Fulham v Newcastle
FULHAM v NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
Michael Da Silva reports: "Newcastle make one change from the side that beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 last weekend, with Hatem Ben Arfa replacing Ryan Taylor, who drops to the bench. The Magpies are also boosted by the inclusion of Yohan Cabaye, who passed a late fitness test. Fulham make just the one change, with Steve Sidwell coming in for the injured Moussa Dembele. David Stockdale remains between the posts for the home side, with Mark Schwarzer still a couple of weeks away from full fitness"

Sunderland v Swansea
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA TEAM NEWS
Dewi Hughes reports: Sunderland welcome back Wes Brown after a three-game injury absence, the only change to the team that lost to Chelsea last weekend. Brown's return gives the Black Cats an all ex-Manchester United back four of Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea, Brown and Kieran Richardson. Only one change for Swansea too as Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Kemy Agustien after an impressive performance as a substitute against Arsenal. New loan signing Josh McEachran is on the bench.

QPR v Wigan
QPR v WIGAN TEAM NEWS
Becky Ashton reports: Both sides make three changes from their sides who lined up in their last Premier League fixtures. For QPR Fitz Hall replaces the injured Daniel Gabbidon, Joey Barton returns after suspension and replaces Shaun Derry, while DJ Campbell is preferred to Jay Bothroyd in attack. For Wigan, Steve Gohouri, Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce all return at the expense of Antolin Alcaraz, Ronnie Stam and Albert Crusat."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: In the Championship, table-toppers Southampton do not play until Monday against Leicester, so today represents a chance for second-placed West Ham to leapfrog the south coast side if they can gain even a point at home to freefalling Nottingham Forest. Elsewhere, Cardiff look to close the gap on the automatic promotion places as they host Portsmouth, while Birmingham welcome Watford to St Andrew's - the last time the Blues played a Championship fixture they thrashed a sorry Millwall side 6-0, so could it be goals galore again?

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: League One's game of the day is undoubtedly the clash at the summit as Sheffield United travel 175 miles south to The Valley to take on a Charlton side four points clear of them at the top of the table. At the opposite end of the table Wycombe take on Rochdale with both clubs scrapping for survival - even if one side gets a big win it won't be enough to pull them clear of the relegation zone. Graham Westley starts life as Preston boss with a home game against Leyton Orient, while his former club Stevenage take on lowly Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Only a point separates the top three in League Two, with top side Southend away at Shrewsbury and Cheltenham at home to Bristol Rovers. Crawley, leading the league for so much of the season but now third, will be pushing their case away at joint-bottom Plymouth. The situation at the foot of the league is equally close, with two other sides linked to Plymouth on just 21 points; Dagenham and Redbridge are in Cheshire to take on Crewe, while the club propping up the entire football league, Northampton, welcome Barnet.

BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER LATEST: What a week it's been for two clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier.Kettering are at Wrexham today and will be under their fourth manager of the season in caretaker Ashley Westwood. The players haven't been paid for three months and the club will be deducted three points if they do not settle debts with creditors before 28 February. Darlington, in the news so much this week after being bailed out of bankruptcy at the last minute on Wednesday, have a tough task as they take on Fleetwood, the division's top scorers.

Stoke v West Brom
STOKE v WEST BROM TEAM NEWS
Chris McKenna reports: "Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes just one change from last weekend's scoreless draw with Liverpool as Ryan Shotton, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture of this tie back in August, returns from a foot injury as Wilson Palacios drops out. West Brom manager Roy Hodgson makes four changes with the most surprising being Marc-Antoine Fortune replacing Peter Odemwingie up front for his first Premier League start. Jonas Olsson returns to captain the side while Gabriel Tamas and Graham Dorrans also come in. Craig Dawson, Paul Scharner and Gonzalo Jara are the others who make way."

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Nigel Worthington after the full-time whistle at Carrow Road: "It has been a very impressive performance by Norwich City against a top quality Chelsea side."

Sunderland v Swansea line-ups
Sunderland:
Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Richardson, Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, McClean, Bendtner, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Gardner, Wickham, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Sinclair, Allen, Sigurdsson, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, McEachran, Moore, Agustien, Richards.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Full time
1436: FULL-TIME Norwich 0-0 Chelsea

1435: The Canaries have defended very well today but Chelsea have not done enough going forward for me. Norwich will be delighted with a point, but the Blues should be extremely disappointed.

1433: Norwich make their final change, with Elliott Bennett on for Andrew Surman. The Canaries will have to survive three minutes of stoppage time to claim their first Premier League clean sheet of the season.

Stoke v West Brom line-ups
Stoke: Sorensen, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Pennant, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Jerome.
West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Cox, Fortune. Subs: Fulop, Mattock, Tchoyi, Long, Jara Reyes, Odemwingie, Dawson.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Nigel Worthington at Carrow Road: "The best two efforts of the game have probably come from Meireles and Torres. Other than that Chelsea have rarely threatened the Norwich goal."

QPR v Wigan line-ups
QPR:
Kenny, Young, Hall, Ferdinand, Hill, Mackie, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Helguson, Campbell. Subs: Cerny, Orr, Derry, Bothroyd, Smith, Ramage, Macheda.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Caldwell, Boyce, Figueroa, Gomez, McCarthy, Watson, McArthur, Moses, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Di Santo, McManaman, Sammon, Stam, Lopez.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

1428: Chelsea are pressing harder now but Norwich are still defending well and largely restricting them to shots from range - this time an Ashley Cole effort bobbles wide.

Wolves v Aston Villa
WOLVES v ASTON VILLA (1500 GMT)
John Sinnott reports:
Villa manager Alex McLeish says he is undecided whether Robbie Keane, who began his career with Wolves, will start the game at Molineux: "There isn't any pressure to start Robbie. He is not here for long but it has to be the right time. We are just assessing him fitness-wise. He will be very eager to play in this one but he is the kind of lad who wants to be involved whoever the opposition is."

Sunderland v Swansea
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA (1500 GMT)
Dewi Hughes reports: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has been full of praise for Swansea's style of play as he faces fellow Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers for the first time. "They play attractive football and have gained the results to go with that, which gives them a great belief in themselves," he said. "From that viewpoint, I get the feeling there is a natural exuberance that carries them on a great deal further than perhaps they would expect." Rodgers has equal respect for O'Neill's positive impact at Sunderland. "He's a fantastic character and you only have to look at what he has done at Sunderland to see how good a manager he is," he said. "He has gone in there and he has lifted the team, got good results and they have climbed the table."

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt on Twitter: "Ready for today's game!! Bolton-Liverpool. Three points is all we need. Come on Liverpool!!"

Fulham v Newcastle line-ups
Fulham:
Stockdale, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff, Dempsey, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Baird, Johnson, Gecov, Hughes, Frei, Briggs.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Perch, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Ferguson.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1424: Here's a sniff for Chelsea, with that man Juan Mata forcing John Ruddy into a fine low save. Well, I thought he did. Mark Clattenburg gives a goal-kick. Replays show it was indeed a corner.

Everton v Blackburn
Everton:
Howard, Neville, Duffy, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Anichebe, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Gueye, Vellios.
Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Givet, Olsson, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Petrovic, Dunn, Pedersen, Goodwillie. Subs: Bunn, Modeste, Formica, Rochina, Vukcevic, Hanley, Henley.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1422: There are a lot more substitutions than chances at Carrow Road at the moment. Chelsea decide to make their final one of the afternoon, bringing on Michael Essien for Raul Meireles. We are into the last 10 minutes and it is still 0-0.

1421: Time for a Chelsea change. Fernando Torres' long wait for a goal goes on because he is off and Romelu Lukaku is on. Norwich are making a double switch too, with Simeon Jackson and Andrew Crofts on for David Fox and Steve Morison.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS As revealed by Jason Roberts, Blackburn are without wantaway Chris Samba against Everton today, but Scott Dann returns in defence for Rovers. Everton are without Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell. Phil Neville captains the side on his 35th birthday. Darron Gibson and Landon Donovan both start.

RobertBodsworth on Twitter: "Can't stand people having a go at Torres, he's a gentleman of football and a class act on the pitch."

Former Norwich star Darren Huckerby on Twitter: "Chelsea getting on top, dig in lads!"

Stoke v West Brom
STOKE v WEST BROM (1500 GMT)
Chris McKenna reports:Stoke may be riding high in the table in eight having amassed 30 points already, but Tony Pulis won't relax until they secure their Premier League status for another season, claiming: "The focus is on those 40 points. We have to get that." West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is in a far greater predicament in the bottom half and knows the Baggies must deal with Stoke's aerial threat if they are to come away with anything today, saying: "You hope you have got the players who can deal with the challenge because you can't stop them sending forward six footers."

1416: Chelsea are resorting to shots from distance now, but this is a good one. Ramires gets plenty of power behind his fierce 25-yard drive but John Ruddy is equal to it. Another decent stop from the Canaries keeper.

1415: Good defending by Fernando Torres, to muscle Steve Morison off the ball at the back post from a Norwich free-kick. It's just a shame he isn't as effective in the Canaries area.

QPR v Wigan
QPR v WIGAN (1500 GMT)
Becky Ashton reports: QPR boss Mark Hughes is well aware of the importance of this one with QPR without a win in their last nine league games. "If we can get a positive result at the weekend then that will sustain us for the games we have ahead of us," he said. While Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is confident that his side can avoid relegation again, "the bigger the challenge, the bigger the response at our football club and that will always be the case."

1412: BREAKING NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Ryan Taylor and starts against Fulham for Newcastle's only change from Sunday's 1-0 win over QPR.

1410: Raul Meireles is involved at the other end this time, firing a rasping shot just over John Ruddy's bar. Chelsea have definitely upped the ante in the last few moments and about time too - this weekend is meant to be their big chance to close the gap on the top three and they are not taking it at the moment. With 20 minutes left, it is still 0-0.

Fulham v Newcastle
FULHAM v NEWCASTLE (1500 GMT)
Michael Da Silva reports: Fulham boss Martin Jol says that although they are yet to do any significant business in the current transfer window the club are "always looking to strengthen the squad." Jol added: "We are busy. It is not easy to get good players in this transfer window, but we have good players and if nothing changes we will be fine."

8_foot_jockey on Twitter: "Martinez has kept Wigan in the Premier League with a truly awful side, the guy will go far. Also a good guy for football."

From Anon via text: "Currently in a pub at Everton, fuming at Jason Roberts' tweet about Steve Kean. Samba is our player and should be playing today."

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Nigel Worthington on Torres' miss at Carrow Road: "He should have scored without a doubt. I was going to say anybody could score that, but it's easy saying that from the stands. But a player of that quality should be hitting the target from there."

mbradley8 on Twitter: "Torres is looking thinner these days due to his inability to even finish his dinner."

1408: A big shout for a Norwich penalty when Grant Holt tussles for possession and Raul Meireles, charging in, seems to handle the ball. Replays show he did, but was outside the area... referee Mark Clattenburg gives nothing in any case.

1406: Another Chelsea chance and at least Juan Mata forces John Ruddy into a save this time, cutting in from the left and aiming for the bottom corner. Ruddy sticks out a big paw to turn it around the post, but I can't help thinking that if Juan Mata had been given that Fernando Torres opportunity, the Blues would now be 1-0 up.

1404: It is going to stay goalless too with finishing like this. Jose Bosingwa's cross is allowed to reach Fernando Torres about seven yards out and in front of goal and he sets himself before firing his shot agonisingly wide of goal. Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas, understandably, shows his frustration on the touchline. That should have been a goal. It really should.

1401: Chelsea need to get Juan Mata on the ball more, because he is by far their best creative outlet at the moment. After a period of scrappy play from both sides, Mata shows off his silky skills by delicately playing in Florent Malouda, and forcing John Ruddy to scamper off his line to avert the danger. Almost an hour gone, and still goalless at Carrow Road.

Everton v Blackburn
EVERTON v BLACKBURN (1500 GMT)
Nabil Hassan reports:
"Everton captain Phil Neville celebrates his 35th birthday today with manager David Moyes hailing his professionalism: "He continues to work weekly and daily as if it is his last day". Moyes' opposite number Steve Kean is a man under pressure, but despite their lowly position and supporter unrest, he continues to wear those rose-tinted spectacles. "I feel as though we are on the up, we have scored in every away league game this season so we should be able to go to Everton and get a result"

1355: Chelsea have not offered much since the break but they do threaten here. Ashley Cole has space on the left and, unlike Anthony Pilkington, he does deliver a dangerous low cross that Zak Whitbread has to hack clear. David Luiz has also tried his luck from 25 yards out, curling his shot a long way over the top, but the signs are that Chelsea are waking up.

Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on Twitter: "Re 1345. Training is about preparing the team for the game! No problem with the training regime...just hope the club resolves issues asap with us all!"

From Paul via text: "I would put my money on Arsenal to finish fourth and Chelsea to slip to fifth by end of the season. Chelsea are a spent force."

From James via text: "It's interesting that Wigan are bottom yet all the players, board and fans seem to be behind Martinez. No talk of the sack?"

1352: We may not have seen any fouls in the first half but we did see plenty of crosses bent in by Norwich's Anthony Pilkington. He's just whipped another one in after escaping down the right but overcooks it and the ball flies straight out of play. Pilkington had time to do a lot better there, but this is still an encouraging start to the second half for Norwich.

1349: Re that Opta stat below, is this our first foul then? Steve Morison nicks the ball off Jose Bosingwa but fails to beat him on the edge of the area, and slides in to get man before ball.

1348: We are back under way at Carrow Road. No changes by either side at the break.

1345: Re that Jason Roberts tweet below, it's never dull at Ewood Park is it? Meanwhile, ahead of today's trip to Everton, Blackburn Rovers fans have announced further protests against the club's owners the Venky's for the 1 February game against Newcastle United at Ewood Park and symbolically (especially considering the likes of Chris Samba might be leaving) on transfer deadline day on the 31 January. Rovers fans claim that since purchasing the club the Venky's have constantly failed to keep promises and pledges made towards the clubs supporters. "Blackburn Rovers lacks leadership from the top down, whilst the owners contempt for its customer base is profoundly unacceptable," said a BRFC Action Group official statement.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - Neither Norwich City or Chelsea committed a single foul in the first half of this match. Friendly."

Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts reveals through his Twitter account that he is not being considered for selection, along with Chris Samba, Michel Salgado and Keith Andrews, by manager Steve Kean.

SPL update: Leaders Celtic are certainly not getting it all their own way at St Mirren Park. Gary Hooper has forced a fine save from Craig Samson, while former Celtic player Graham Carey and ex-Rangers striker Steven Thompson have also gone close for the hosts in an exciting but goalless first-half. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

Wolves v Aston Villa
WOLVES v ASTON VILLA (1500 GMT)
John Sinnott reports:
"Wolves last won a home league game at the beginning of December when Mick McCarthy's side beat Sunderland 2-1 with Steven Fletcher scoring twice. The good news for Wolves fans is that nine-goal top scorer Fletcher should be back having been rested for the midweek FA Cup third-round replay defeat by Birmingham. Visitors Aston Villa are the Premier League's draw specialists having drawn six games on their travels and have won just twice away from Villa Park. A game then that surely has draw written all over it, though I'd have to admit I've wrong before - often."

Sunderland v Swansea
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA (1500 GMT)
Dewi Hughes reports: "Two teams riding high on confidence meet at the Stadium of Light, both having claimed major scalps since the turn of the year. Sunderland play at home for the first time since the shock win over Manchester City, as Martin O'Neill goes in search of a fifth League win in eight games since taking over. Swansea, hoping for a hat-trick of victories, are basking in the plaudits following last Sunday's win over Arsenal, and the first away win of the season at Aston Villa remains fresh in the mind."

Stoke v West Brom
STOKE v WEST BROM (1500 GMT)
Chris McKenna reports: "West Brom boss Roy Hodgson certainly won't be relishing today's meeting with bogey team Stoke City. On the back of three straight defeats and steadily slipping down the table, the visitors at the Britannia Stadium today desperately need three points to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. However, they have only one win against the Potters in their last 28 league meetings and Tony Pulis' side have lost just one of their last nine league outings."

QPR v Wigan
QPR v WIGAN (1500 GMT)
Becky Ashton reports: "This is a game that can certainly be described as a 'relegation six-pointer' with both sides currently in the bottom three. Mark Hughes goes in search of his first Premier League win since taking charge of QPR, while a win for Wigan would see them move off the bottom of the table. The Latics have won just three times so far while Rangers have won just once at home but today will be their best chance to double that tally."

Fulham v Newcastle
FULHAM v NEWCASTLE (1500 GMT)
Michael Da Silva reports: "The last five matches between Fulham and Newcastle at Craven Cottage have been won by a single-goal margin. With both sides missing strikers through injury or African Cup of Nations duty (Moussa Dembele and Orlando Sa for Fulham, Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse for Newcastle) today could well be another tight affair."

Everton v Blackburn
EVERTON v BLACKBURN (1500 GMT)
Nabil Hassan reports:
"Blackburn's inability to defend suggests goals, but Everton's inability to score them suggests not. Toffees boss David Moyes is chasing his 150th Premier League victory while Rovers manager Steve Kean is desperately clinging to his job. Expect an intriguing battle at Goodison Park."

1336: Right, time for a quick look ahead to our SIX 1500 GMT Premier League kick-offs...

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington at Carrow Road on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Norwich have defended exceptionally well as a team this season, and that is what has brought them most of their success. But they need to keep a close eye on Juan Mata, who has come into the game a lot more since Frank Lampard went off injured."



Half time
Norwich 0-0 Chelsea
Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Neat and interesting but not a great deal of goal threat. Chelsea are having more possession and Fernando Torres went close with a classy strike but the home front duo of Grant Holt and Steve Morison are looking dangerous."

1331: Chelsea end the first half on the attack, and Fernando Torres does better with his delivery from the right this time... the ball is heading towards Florent Malouda at the back post, until Anthony Pilkington nips in to intercept and put the ball behind. That's the last of the action before the break.

1327: Raul Meireles has a pop from distance this time, but that is still comfortable for John Ruddy, who gets across his goal to stop the ball from sneaking inside his left-hand post.

1325: Chelsea do not have the same momentum they did at the start of the game, but they are still dangerous when they come forward, having another sniff when Juan Mata wriggles into space in the Norwich box and forces a decent low stop from John Ruddy. Frank Lampard has a calf problem, by the way, and is sitting on the bench with an ice pack on that part of his left leg.

From Callum, Manchester, via text: "Re Anon: Anti-football tactics won Mourinho the Champions League."

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington at Carrow Road on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Norwich City's delivery from the wide areas has been very good so far and they are clearly aiming for the two big men, Steve Morison and Grant Holt, every time. David Luiz doesn't look too comfortable when Andrew Surman or Anthony Pilkington put the high balls in."

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson on Twitter: "Another big game for us today. Great day for a game of football, let's keep this run going and get another three points! Come on the Toon!"

1324: Yep, Frank Lampard is replaced by Florent Malouda. About eight minutes to go until half-time, and still 0-0.

1323: Almost more bad news for Chelsea. Andrew Surman tees up Bradley Johnson and his shot deflects off John Terry and has to be kept out by Petr Cech.

1321: Bad news for Chelsea. Frank Lampard is injured and I don't think he can continue.

1319: We know all about Norwich's aerial threat (see stat below) but we haven't seen much of it yet, even when they have got the ball out wide to bend crosses into the box. For the first time today, though, Anthony Pilkington does go for the back post when he delivers it from the right, and Grant Holt easily climbs above Jose Bosingwa to head back across goal. Petr Cech collects easily enough, but that is a warning for the visitors.

1313: Two bits of class from Chelsea, and they are almost ahead. Firstly David Luiz shows exquisite skill as he deals with a hoisted cross and elects to bring the ball out of his own area under pressure from Grant Holt when others would have lumped it. The ball is quickly played up to Fernando Torres, lurking on the edge of the Norwich area, and he tries to clip the ball past John Ruddy with the cutest of flicks. His shot is curling int the bottom corner of the net too, and Torres thinks he has scored... until Ruddy leaps to his right to claw the ball round his post.
From Anon, via text: "Dear Tim the Stoke fan, Pulis doesn't make this list due to his anti-football tactics. Most boring team in the Premier League."

1309: Ouch. Grant Holt comes out the worst for wear in a tangle with David Luiz - I think he got caught in quite a tender area. Anyway, he's back on his feet and play continues. It's been quite a lively first 25 minutes or so and the tempo has been very high from both sides throughout, but clear-cut chances have been hard to come by and there are no goals yet either.

AnMoPsych on Twitter: "In David Luiz Chelsea have a natural heir to Frank Leboeuf. Cultured with the ball at his feet but 'defensively exciting'."

1306: Chelsea having a lot of joy when they spray the ball out to Daniel Sturridge out on the right but they are not doing enough with the ball in the final third. For all their possession, they are yet to force John Ruddy into a save while, at the other end, Norwich don't need asking twice before shooting. Another breakaway ends when Steve Morison fires into the side netting from a tight angle.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington at Carrow Road on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's end-to-end stuff early on, but the concern for Norwich is that Chelsea are already getting behind them and causing problems. If Fernando Torres had been on his game he probably would have tested John Ruddy after collecting Mata's pass. Norwich need to address this."

From Steve, Ellesmere Port, via text: "What about Blackburn boss Steve Kean for manager of the year? After all the stick he has had to put up with, that man deserves a trophy!"

From Tim, Stoke fan, via text: "So Chris, eighth in the Premier League and progressing to the same stage of the Europa League as Fergie and Mancini isn't good enough for Pulis to make the list?"

1257: Chelsea are still passing the ball around nicely and still finding space in the Norwich defence too - but they are not really making the most of them. This time Juan Mata releases Fernando Torres, bursting into the right-hand side of the area, but his touch is sloppy and so is his eventual cross. If Torres had controlled that better, he would have been in on goal himself.

1255: Norwich have definitely settled down now, and they are very nearly ahead too. Steve Morison neatly plays in Grant Holt this time... and Holt shoots early, sending a low shot fizzing just wide of Petr Cech's left-hand post. Unlucky.

From JT, Kent, via text: "Don't forget the MASSIVE game at the top of League One today - the top two, Charlton and Sheffield United, go head to head at The Valley. Big crowd expected."

From Lawrence via text: "Surely Lambert is the front-runner regarding the managerial award? He has trumped Premier League stalwarts such as Jol, Hodgson and Coyle, with a squad few would have claimed was comparatively stronger than theirs."

From Anon via text: "It's crazy to suggest Martin O'Neill could be touted as the non-title winning manager of the year. He has only been there for a month."

1254: A lovely lay-off by Frank Lampard releases Daniel Sturridge down the right but his cross is cleared and Norwich break for their first real attack of the game. Steve Morison starts it when he releases Anthony Pilkington on the overlap down the right and, when Petr Cech pushes away Pilkington's low cross at his near post, Morison also finishes it too... but is just beaten to the loose ball by a Chelsea defender.

1250: Zak Whitbread has to hack clear a dangerous Frank Lampard corner as the Blues continue to press. Norwich are chasing shadows a bit at the moment, but are trying to dig in.

1248: It's been all Chelsea so far, but we have only been playing for a couple of minutes. Some nice slick passing from the Blues, but no chances yet.

Former QPR boss Neil Warnock tells Football Focus he does not want to be drawn into a row with his former captain Joey Barton following his comments on Twitter : "I think enough has been said over the last 24 hours. I'm not getting involved with that."

Whistle
BBC Radio 5 live
1245: Right then, Chelsea get us under way in Norfolk. Another manual refresh will allow you to listen to live commentary from Carrow Road on BBC Radio 5 live.

SPL update: Celtic visit St Mirren Park in the early kick-off, looking to extend their run of successive win to 12 matches and stretch their lead over Rangers in the Scottish Premier League to five points. Rangers are involved in one of five 1500 GMT kick-offs, at home to Aberdeen. Bottom side Dunfermline are looking to recover from losing to relegation rivals Hibs then exiting the Scottish Cup when they visit Kilmarnock. Hibs are at home to St Johnstone, in-form Hearts are away to Inverness Caley Thistle, while Dundee United entertain Motherwell. You can follow a live text commentary of St Mirren-Celtic, here.

1242: To those of you asking why Newcastle boss Alan Pardew isn't on my shortlist for 'non-title winning' Premier League manager of the year, he probably should be. Anyway, back to Carrow Road, where the players are just emerging from the tunnel. That means kick-off is just moments away.

Former Aston Villa winger Tony Daley, now part of Wolves' backroom staff, on Football Focus ahead of the Molineux clash between the two clubs: "There are no split loyalties. I had 10 fantastic years at Villa but there are no ties. I'm trying to help Wolves stay in the Premier League."

From Anon via text: "With both Holt and Morison playing, Norwich can really dominate upfront - especially in the air. A big test for both David Luiz and John Terry at the back."

1235: Speaking before kick-off, Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas says Gary Cahill does not feature today because "bedding him in is a process that takes time". Oh, and the reason Branislav Ivanovic is preferred to Cahill on the bench is because the Serbian is more versatile.

1233: Norwich boss Paul Lambert is surely a leading contender for 'non-title winning' Premier League manager of the year. His nearest rivals at the moment are probably Brendan Rodgers (Swansea) and Martin O'Neill (Sunderland). Your thoughts? By the way, win today and the Canaries are 14 points clear of the relegation zone for a couple of hours at least.

everydaypundit on Twitter: "Will Luiz make a silly error today or show his qualities and make it really tough for Cahill to get in the side?"

Norwich v Chelsea
NORWICH v CHELSEA (1245 GMT)
Owen Phillips reports: Norwich manager Paul Lambert is full of admiration for striker Grant Holt. "If you are talking value for money, Grant has been phenomenal for this club for £400,000. People look at £400,000 and think it's nothing, but to some clubs it's a hell of a lot of money." Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has backed Fernando Torres, who has now not scored in 16 games. "It hurts everybody in the sense of goal statistics but he's doing tremendously for the team," Villas-Boas said. "He's a striker with a hunger for goals and we've seen him arrive and create danger. As long as he's working well for the team, I don't care how the statistics will finish and how dramatic people think they are."

Richard__Neal on Twitter: "The title race games tomorrow are exciting and all, but the game of the week is surely the QPR v Wigan game? Massive importance!"

Fulham defender John Arne Riise on Twitter: "Pre match meal done, suit is on, on my way to the Cottage. Big game for us today, love playing at home."

Norwich v Chelsea
NORWICH v CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Owen Phillips reports: "Grant Holt returns to partner Steve Morison up front as Norwich make two changes from the side that beat West Brom last Saturday. David Fox also comes in to the midfield so Simeon Jackson makes way for Holt in attack and Wes Hoolahan drops to the bench. Defender Gary Cahill will have to wait for his Chelsea debut as he is not even among the substitutes. The only change from the side that scraped past Sunderland last time out sees striker Daniel Sturridge return to the starting line-up, meaning midfielder Oriol Romeu drops to the bench alongside fit-again defender Branislav Ivanovic."

Norwich v Chelsea line-ups
Norwich:
Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Naughton, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington, Surman, Morison, Holt. Subs: Steer, Drury, Crofts, Jackson, Hoolahan, Bennett, Wilbraham.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Meireles, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Lukaku, Bertrand.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

From Anon via text: "Any chance of a quick loan back to Bolton for Gary Cahill today?"

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown on QPR's huge clash against bottom three rivals Wigan at Loftus Road: "Mark Hughes is going to have to work his magic very quickly - this is a massive game already. Wigan are really struggling and I don't see them pulling out of trouble. But I sense QPR can get out of trouble."

everydaypundit on Twitter: "Chelsea have to go into the Man United game (on 5 Feb) with two wins against Norwich and Swansea to keep their title dream alive."

1223: And this is where you lot come in. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

1221: Yep, a busy old day in store for us today - but that just means plenty for us to look forward, doesn't it? This is what's happening in the Premier League - 1500 GMT KO unless stated:
Norwich v Chelsea (1245)
Everton v Blackburn
Fulham v Newcastle
QPR v Wigan
Stoke v West Brom
Sunderland v Swansea
Wolves v Aston Villa
Bolton v Liverpool (1730) Oh, and a stack of action in the Football League and SPL too. But more on both of those in a moment.

Norwich v Chelsea
NORWICH v CHELSEA (1245 GMT)
Owen Phillips reports: Both sides boast three wins from three this year and Norwich, who already have 28 points, have every right to feel quietly confident. A third consecutive Premier League victory would go a huge way towards securing their survival, even at this early stage. Unpredictable Chelsea, although lucky to beat Sunderland, have Frank Lampard scoring again, Fernando Torres threatening to find form in Didier Drogba's absence and have Gary Cahill to bolster a shaky defence. The Canaries were unlucky when the sides met in August and have nothing to fear, while the Blues have a glorious chance of greatly improving their standing given the Sunday fixtures.

1216: If you cannot already see it at the top of this page, I suggest you manually refresh NOW so you can watch Football Focus, which is just starting. Former QPR boss Neil Warnock is among the guests - I wonder if anyone will ask him about Joey Barton?

1215: BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS New Blues signing Gary Cahill is not even on the bench at Carrow Road. Daniel Sturridge starts up front. Full line-ups with you in a tick.

1212: We start at Carrow Road, in a game that might have been seen as 'top versus bottom' if you'd asked people at the start of the season, but is actually, er, top-ish versus middle. Chelsea's expected title-challenge has simply not happened but newly-promoted Norwich have over-achieved to the extent that they are looking up the table as much as down. Just don't mention the word 'Blackpool' to Canaries boss Paul Lambert.

1210: Afternoon folks. Now, I know Sunday has already officially been tagged 'Super, smashing, great' (or something like that) because of the impact it will have on the Premier League title race, but today isn't half bad either. Eight top flight games affecting the top, middle and bottom of the table? Fill your boots...




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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 21 41 51
2 Man Utd 21 32 48
3 Tottenham 21 18 46
4 Chelsea 22 15 41
5 Arsenal 21 7 36
6 Newcastle 22 2 36
7 Liverpool 22 4 35
8 Stoke 22 -10 30
9 Norwich 22 -4 29
10 Sunderland 22 5 27
11 Aston Villa 22 -3 27
12 Fulham 22 -3 26
13 Swansea 22 -4 26
14 Everton 22 -4 26
15 West Brom 22 -9 25
16 QPR 22 -15 20
17 Bolton 22 -19 19
18 Blackburn 22 -12 18
19 Wolves 22 -15 18
20 Wigan 22 -26 15

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