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By Mike Henson

2247: That's all from me. I would suggest you pile over quick-smart to our Transfer Deadline Day Sportsday Live. There are still 13 minutes remaining for your club to land Carlos Tevez on loan. I'm already there.

Full time
Manchester United 2-0 Stoke
Neil Johnston reports:
"On a night when the result was more important than the performance, United overcame a string of injuries to show their season is very much still alive against a toothless Stoke side."

Full time
Everton 1-0 Manchester City
Alistair Magowan reports: "Darron Gibson earns a fine win and does his old team a massive favour, but Manchester City did not create much and that will worry Roberto Mancini."

Full time
Swansea 1-1 Chelsea
Peter Shuttleworth reports:
"Jose Bosingwa's leveller three minutes to added time was cruel on Swansea City but it saved 10-man Chelsea, who had earlier had England left-back Ashley Cole sent off, and keeps their slim, very slim, title hopes alive."

Full time
Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
Graham Chase reports:
"After an even first half, Liverpool ran away with it in the second period and Andy Carroll's goal seemed to utterly deflate the hosts, who were well worth their convincing win. The utter lack of a response will cause Mick McCarthy deep concern but Kenny Dalglish will be eyeing the top four after a second win in seven games."

Full time
Tottenham 3-1 Wigan
Jamie Lilywhite reports:
"A welcome return to winning ways for Spurs, who played some exhilarating stuff at times, but they allowed Wigan plenty of chances, particularly in the second half, and a more clinical outfit might have given them greater problems."

2235: Right, we'll round off with the considered thoughts of each of our match reporters on tonight's action. First up, the goings-on at White Hart Lane...

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on former Old Trafford midfielder Darron Gibson's Everton winner against Manchester City which allowed Manchester United to go level on points at the top of the table: "He will be getting a text message from me later to say well done. Gibbo's a quality player. We never expected that result, but we'll take it."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy: "The fans' reaction is fully understood and the last 35 minutes were unacceptable. We were getting a real chasing but they're a great bunch of lads, work their socks off for me and the club. The shape that I had was making it difficult, but I was never going to keep it 4-5-1, defend and lose 2-0, so I take the blame for the last 35 minutes."
There was a banner unfurled at Molineux calling for McCarthy to leave. Unless they were very quick with their handiwork, that suggests dissatisfaction based on more than the final half-hour.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "Everton at home is a strong team. Every time they play us they play very well. We conceded a goal and we didn't have more chances to score. The decisions are very unlucky against us at this moment. It's very important that we start to win next Saturday against Fulham. The season is long, we have 15 games and we hope we can recover all the players quickly but it's important that we find our strength next week."

2225: Manchester City have three wins in their last nine games in all competitions by my count. Time to knuckle down if they want to end a 44-year wait for a league title. Games at home to Fulham and away to Aston Villa next look like the sort to help steady the ship though.

Liverpool goalscorer Dirk Kuyt: "We said to each other in the changing room before the game that the most important thing is winning our own games because we're sure the teams above will lose points. Against the Manchester clubs, we've shown we can compete with the best but these are the games you have to win if you're going to be involved in the top four."
Liverpool finished last season like a train under Dalglish. Could another optimism-fuelling late charge be on the cards?

Andrew David on Twitter: "At some point, title winners hit a blip, this is City's blip and no doubt they'll be back on form soon."

Everton goalscorer Darron Gibson: "The lads went out and put a shift in and it paid off for us. Everyone defended well, right from Denis Stracqualursi up front. It was good to get off the mark and I'll probably be getting a few phonecalls from my former team-mates."

Sir Alex Ferguson on goalkeeper Ben Amos's Premier League debut: "He showed great potential. He never flapped an anything. We played a lot of good football and scored two penalties but could have had two more."

2215: Sir Alex Ferguson has just been asked about former charge Darron Gibson's contribution to their title challenge after his goal for new club Everton proved the difference in Manchester City's defeat. The United boss said that "it was all part of the plan". The wily old fox.

Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Chelsea were as lucky as you could get today. Swansea 100% deserved to win. Cruel way to concede the equaliser."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Danny Mills: "Manchester City just started the game very poorly, very lacklustre. They lacked drive and authority in the middle of the park. They have talented footballers but they seemed to have no direction. Everton were very well organised and caught them on the break on more than one occasion. There really wasn't anything between the two sides."

2210: So all square on points at the top. City hold onto top spot courtesy of a goal difference of +41 compared to United's +35. But Tottenham could yet pose a challenge from on the rails. They are five points off the top two and have United to come at White Hart Lane on 4 March. Interesting.

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From Claud in London, via text: "Man City are starting to look like Arsenal last season, but that's what you get when you sign Nasri, Clichy, Adebayor and Viera."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish: "We're pleased with everybody. It was a great finish for the first goal. A great ball in from Charlie Adam and a great finish from Andy who played really well. He's a Liverpool footballer and he will make a contribution for us many times. He flicked on one on Saturday for Dirk Kuyt to score against Manchester United and did the same for Craig Bellamy at Bolton. If he gets a goal he gets a goal, but his contribution is fantastic."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: The biggest surprise in the Championship sees leaders West Ham heavily beaten 5-1 against Ipswich and Southampton were unable to capitalise as they drew 1-1 with Cardiff. Nikola Zigic's four goals helped Birmingham to a win at Leeds and Nottingham Forest are in deep trouble, beaten 2-0 at home to Burnley. In League One, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday were both held 1-1 against Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively and in League Two, Swindon jumped into second place after a thumping 4-1 win at Southend.

Matt Jones on Twitter: "City are handing this title to United on a silver platter. Big name players struggling to do it on a cold night at Goodison.

2158: David Moyes embraces his players and pumps his fists to the fans as he descends down the Goodison tunnel. It has been a big day for the Toffees with a win and a brand-new striker to show off.

Dolfi Thomas on Twitter: "It is in these sort of games that Man Utd's title-winning experience shines through; teams are starting to suss City out!"

FULL-TIME Everton 1-0 Manchester City

2155: A tame Micah Richards header rolls into the grateful gloves of Tim Howard and City look beaten as some of their supporters head for home.

2154: Edin Dzeko blazes a street over the top to the sarcastic cheers and outstretched arms of the Everton fans behind Tim Howard's goal.

2152: Apostolos Vellios makes a hurried clearance from inside his own six-yard box and Tim Howard gives him a dressing-down. The goalkeeper wants and needs clear heads out there for the four minutes of injury time to come.

FULL-TIME Manchester United 2-0 Stoke

2150: Everton manager David Moyes hooks Denis Stracqualursi who leaves the pitch to a standing ovation. Apostolos Vellios is on in his place.

Billy Walker-Lane on Twitter: "Chelsea's season thus far has been one massive papering over a single gigantic gap. Tonight vs. Swansea is Exhibit A."

James Gray on Twitter: "Gibson has done tonight what he has never done before - made Man United fans happy."

2148: Nigel de Jong comes on for Gareth Barry at Goodison.

2147: Still around seven minutes to go at Goodison though and City slipped out of Spurs' grasp to get a result late on the Sunday before last. Can they do it again?

Jack Finnamore on Twitter: "Bosingwa will get the plaudits for the goal but defensively he is dire. Should have played Cahill with Ivanovic at right."

2145: Everton are looking resolute at the back so far and are managing to keep Manchester City at arm's length quite comfortably so far.

2143: Six minutes left at Old Trafford and no sign of Stoke doing anything to interupt United's stroll to victory. If the scorelines remain the same, United will move level on points with Manchester City at the top. Roberto Mancini might start feeling the heat under that blue and white scarf.

Scott Pennington on Twitter: "Carroll starting to find form, Kuyt & Bellamy scoring, Suarez back on Monday, top 4 is a very big possibility."

2142: Penalty shout for Manchester City as Aleksandar Kolarov fires in from the left and the ball appears to hit Phil Neville's arm. Soon after, Kolarov again centres and Tim Howard tips his cross-shot over.

FULL-TIME Wolves 0-3 Liverpool

FULL-TIME Tottenham 3-1 Wigan

FULL-TIME Swansea 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea goal: Into the fourth minute of injury-time and Chelsea, disappointing up until now, have pulled a point from the fire. Jose Bosingwa cuts in off the left flank and his shot takes a wicked deflection off Neil Taylor to elude Michel Vorm.

GOALFLASH Swansea 1-1 Chelsea (Bosingwa)

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From Jon, via text: " There are only 2 things wrong with Wolves. They can't score and they can't defend. Other than that they are great."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2131: Samir Nasri's attempted cross has Everton hearts in mouth as it rolls along the top of Tim Howard's crossbar before dropping to safety. At the other end Darron Gibson thumps a volley narrowly wide. It is opening up a bit on Merseyside.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, it looks like the signing of Ravel Morrison cannot come soon enough for West Ham, as they are now 4-1 behind to Ipswich. Birmingham lead Leeds by the same scoreline with Nikola Zigic bagging all four for the Blues. In League One, Bury are ahead at leaders Charlton and in League Two, Swindon are now 4-1 up at Southend.

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From Alex in Southport, via text: " Stracqualursi has been brilliant tonight. Gets us up the pitch every time, keeps the ball, and tries his heart out. Top man."

2131: Sylvain Ebanks-Blake hits the post from distance, with Pepe Reina motionless, but it would have been a token consolation for Wolves, who have disappeared in the second half.

2130: Chelsea sink further into trouble as Ashley Cole sweeps away Nathan Dyer's legs to earn a second yellow.

Red card

2128: Chants of "one Darron Gibson" echoing around Old Trafford.

Wigan goal: Victor Moses slips in James MacArthur with a clever weighted ball and his finish loops up and over Brad Friedel via a deflection off a covering defender.

Everton goal: Everton's Royston Drenthe drives at the Manchester City defence, finds Leighton Baines and the left-back's cross is set for Darron Gibson to score his first goal since signing from Manchester United.

GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-1 Wigan (MacArthur)

Liverpool goal: A swift counter-attack surely wraps up the win for Liverpool. Jose Enrique's pass springs Charlie Adam who lays into Dirk Kuyt's path as a clutch of Wolves defenders scamper back. The Dutchman's finish from a tricky angle is hard, low and true into the bottom corner.

GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Manchester City (Gibson)

GOALFLASH Wolves 0-3 Liverpool (Kuyt)

2119: Painful for Franco di Santo who is hobbling off the pitch after getting caught just below the knee by a challenge by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Conor Sammon comes on in his place, while Tottenham remove Kyle Walker for Sandro.

2117: City may be just growing into the contest now. Samir Nasri sees a shot deflected over the top before a rather optimistic penalty shout is turned down by referee Peter Walton after Joleon Lescott has a coming-together with Tim Howard.

Graham on Twitter: "Bale! For all those tricks he tries it's the simple turn and wallop which works just as well."

2114: Michael Essien's first touch of the game after replacing Oriol Romeu is almost a wonder-goal for Chelsea at Swansea but the midfielder's piledriver whizzes just over Michel Vorm's crossbar.

2114: Liverpool's two quick goals in the first quarter of an hour of the second half have killed this game stone dead. Mick McCarthy has made two changes, bringing on Stephen Hunt and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake but Wolves almost conceded a third when Charlie Adam volleyed over from a neat Dirk Kuyt cross after a quick breakaway.

Yellow card
Manchester United goal: Two penalties, two goals for United. This time it is Dimitar Berbatov who takes advantage after Antonio Valencia is brought down by Jonathan Walters, who is booked. That should be enough.

Tottenham goal: A peach from Gareth Bale who stands up James McCarthy on the corner of the penalty box before lashing a low angled shot past Ali Al-Habsi and into the far corner.

GOALFLASH Manchester United 2-0 Stoke (Berbatov pen)

Someone has won a penalty

GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-0 Wigan (Bale)

Gabriel on Twitter: "I don't know why Arsenal fans are saying 5 points is so huge the way Chelsea are playing that could be made up in a week."

Kay on Twitter: "Rubbish defending. Same old from Wolves. A promising 1st half ruined in an instant. Getting fed up of this."

2107: Back up and running at Goodison Park.

Liverpool goal: Poor from Wolves and you suspect they will not enjoy reviewing that one with boss Mick McCarthy. Craig Bellamy is allowed to run unchallenged to the edge of the box from where his shot worms its way past a sprawling Wayne Hennessey. It is the Welshman's sixth goal in seven Premier League games.

GOALFLASH Wolves 0-2 Liverpool (Bellamy)

2104: Manchester United and Stoke get back under way at Old Trafford, while over at the Liberty Stadium it has been all bits and pieces since the restart. Chelsea enjoying a bit more possession, but not doing anything useful with it.

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From Nick in Sheffield, via text: "The entire Wolves starting 11 is valued at £16.8 million, less than half what Liverpool paid for Carroll; what a waste of...oh he just scored!"

2101: Striker Nikica Jelavic is paraded on the pitch at Goodison Park after completing his move from Rangers earlier in the day. And the Croat gets a warm reception from his new signing-starved fans.

Liverpool goal: A year to the day since signing for the club and Andy Carroll takes his tally up to seven for the Reds. A precise Charlie Adam cross to the far post is stabbed home by the former Newcastle man as he gets in front of Eggert Jonsson.

GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Liverpool (Carroll)

2055: Two early delays for injuries to Stephen Ward and Emmanuel Frimpong have interrupted the start of the second half at Wolves but Wayne Hennessey is out well to block from Dirk Kuyt in the first real action. It is interesting that would-be manager Jamie Carragher, having been left out of the starting line-up, is sitting on the front row of the bench.

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From Jamie in Northwood, via text: "Re Ayman: Swansea have outpassed pretty much everyone they've played at home this season not just Chelsea. It's a tribute to Brendan Rogers that they've been that consistent at home. Credit where credit's due."

2054: Spurs are not content with their two-goal cushion and almost plump it up a little more as Emmanuel Adebayor nods over the top from Gareth Bale's cross from the right-hand side.

Half time
Everton 0-0 Manchester City
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"A couple of decent chances with Joleon Lescott heading off the line and Samir Nasri hitting the bar, but pretty lacklustre so far from both teams."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, West Ham are 3-1 behind at Ipswich and Barnsley are looking comfortable against Derby leading 3-0. Nikola Zigic has drawn Birmingham level against Leeds and Watford are ahead at Millwall. In League One, Notts County lead at Walsall through Lee Hughes and in League Two, Swindon are going three points behind leaders Cheltenham as they are 3-1 in front against Southend.

HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Manchester City

Half time
Manchester United 1-0 Stoke
Neil Johnston's HT snapshot:
"This game desperately needs livening up but United just about deserve their lead. Ben Amos has hardly had anything to do in the United goal. Sums up Stoke's first half."

2050: No changes in any of the line-ups from the 1945 GMT kick-off as all three matches get back under way.

2049: The intruder at Goodison Park has been peeled off the frame of the goal and led away to jeers from the rest of the Everton fans. Five minutes of injury time at the end of the first half.

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From Ayman in Aberdeen, via text: "You know something isn't right with Chelsea when a team full of established internationals is outpassed and outhussled by a team full of players I wouldn't even recognize if I saw any of them at Sainsbury."

HALF-TIME Manchester United 1-0 Stoke

Half time
Tottenham 2-0 Wigan
Jamie Lilywhite's HT snapshot:
"Wigan might have taken a shock lead and threatened last year's 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, but once Spurs began to find their sublime fluency there was more chance of the 9-1 scoreline from the season before last."

Half time
Wolves 0-0 Liverpool
Graham Chase's HT snapshot:
"These two teams have managed just one win between them in 14 games and 27 goals each this season but could not have shared a more flowing first half. With their midfield trio on top, Liverpool shaded it but only have a Daniel Agger header and some half-chances from Craig Bellamy to show for it, while David Edwards passed up two good opportunities for the hosts."

Half time
Swansea 1-0 Chelsea
Peter Shuttleworth's HT snapshot:
"Scott Sinclair's stunner was good enough to grace any game and Swansea deserve their interval lead but lethargic Chelsea must improve if they are to save something from this game and keep up with the top three."

2044: While they deal with that little poser, let's catch up on what our match reporters made of the first half action from the three earlier fixtures.

2043: I've never seen this before. A spectator has managed to get on the pitch at Goodison Park and has handcuffed himself to Joe Hart's goalposts. Plenty of day-glo clad officials surrounding him trying to free the intruder. They aren't having much luck at the moment. Extraordinary.

2040: Following a decent effort from Marouane Fellaini which is fired wide, Samir Nasri collects David Silva's pass and smashes the ball against the bar from 25 yards. Sergio Aguero misses the follow-up, but he was offside anyway.

Manchester United goal: It is a dert-cert penalty as Jermaine Pennant crashes into Park Ji-sung and Javier Hernandez steps up to slot confidently into the bottom left as Thomas Sorensen guesses the wrong way.

GOALFLASH Manchester United 1-0 Stoke (Hernandez)

Someone has won a penalty

HALF-TIME Wolves 0-0 Liverpool

HALF-TIME Tottenham 2-0 Wigan

HALF-TIME Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

2035: The half draws to a close at the Liberty Stadium with Florent Malouda leaves his studs in in a challenge on Leon Britton. The Chelsea midfielder escaped the referee's little black book though. The Blues have been frustrated in this opening period.

BBC football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Spurs scored nine against Wigan two seasons ago - another thumping looks to be on the cards after Modric's sweet finish."

2032: Sergio Aguero has come as close as any Manchester City player so far after wriggling clear and firing wide from David Silva's long ball forward. Tight stuff at Goodison though with the majority of the play pinned into the centre third.

2029: Michael Kightly has looked full of ideas on the right for Wolves and after swapping passes with Steven Fletcher, he drove just wide of Pepe Reina's goal.

Swansea goal: The hosts' superiority is rewarded as former Chelsea player Scott Sinclair reacts quite brilliantly when Jose Bosingwa's duffed header from Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner falls his way. The England under-21 international hooks in a lovely left-foot shot that loops over Chelsea keeper Petr Cech and then refuses to celebrate his third goal in successive home games.

GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 Chelsea (Sinclair)

Red Chump on Twitter: "Wolves are being slaughtered here. Liverpool are going through them with such ease, like knife in butter."

2024: It has taken a veteran to awake United from their slumber, Paul Scholes drilling a powerful effort narrowly wide of the Stoke post - the closest Untied have come to scoring by a long way.

2024: Referee Anthony Taylor waves away a second penalty shout against Emmanuel Frimpong. Andy Carroll is furious that the official did not penalise the on-loan Arsenal midfielder's challenge on Charlie Adam on the edge of the box and he might have a point.

Tottenham goal: Spurs turn the screw at the Lane. Wigan make a hash of clearing Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross and, after the ball has ricocheted around on the edge of the box, Luka Modric siezes on it, swivels and beats Ali Al-Habsi from 20 yards.

GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-0 Wigan (Modric)

2021: Nathan Dyer has a shot from the edge of the box, it is a comfortable save for Petr Cech but Swansea are still on top. As even the Chelsea Twitter feed has admitted.

2019: Michael Kightly, fresh from his first Premier League goal in the 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa, has impressed throughout and almost caught Liverpool napping with a quick corner that was headed on to the roof of the net.

2019: United appear to be suffering from an FA Cup hangover if their lacklustre start is anything to go by. That said, Ben Amos has yet to be seriously tested by Stoke in a game of few chances so far.

2018: Chance at either end at Goodison. Denis Stracqualursi heads straight at Joe Hart from Phil Neville's cross, while at the Gwladys Street end, Gael Clichy fires high and wide from James Milner's centre. Decent start.

Tottenham goal: Very pleasing on the eye from Tottenham. Luka Modric sweeps the ball across to the opposite side of the 18-yard box where Gareth Bale controls on his chest and flicks a finish past Ali Al-Habsi.

GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Wigan (Bale)

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Some early goals flying in. In the Championship, Ipswich take a surprise lead against West Ham through Michael Chopra and Barnsley go 2-0 up against Derby. Leeds and Burnley also lead. In League One, MK Dons go ahead against Sheffield Wednesday and in League Two, Swindon are 2-0 in front at Southend.

2013: Liverpool threaten again with Daniel Agger, who scored in the 2-1 win over United at the weekend, having a header saved by the legs of Wayne Hennessey before Jose Enrique's follow-up was blocked. Charlie Adam also drove wide following a 50-yard run after he collected Pepe Reina's throw.

2013: Younes Kaboul comes close from another Tottenham set-piece, this time his header from Rafael van der Vaart's corner beats Ali Ali-Habsi but James McCarthy boots clears from his station on the post.

2011: Stoke might only have won one of their last six league games but they are certainly not lacking confidence at Old Trafford as Kenwyne Jones's 20-yard effort flies just wide. It's 2-0 to Stoke on shots off target.

2010: Jordan Henderson has been dominant in the Liverpool midfield so far and after a surge forward, he slid a ball through for Craig Bellamy, who prodded narrowly wide after out-pacing Roger Johnson. This is still a very open game.

2010: Subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford where Stoke's Jonathan Walters has just flashed an effort wide of Ben Amos's post.

2009: Everton are appealing that Denis Stracqualursi's header crossed the line from Royston Drenthe's corner. The replays show that Joleon Lescott, playing against his old club, had got his forehead on it just in time though. The home side have started well.

2006: Swansea go oh so close as Petr Cech goes a little walkabout at the back as he attempts to rush out and take the ball from Danny Graham. The Chelsea goalkeeper is thankful that David Luiz is backing up to clear Graham's shot off the line.

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From Cameron in Oxford, via text: "Re 1951. Ah yes, the familiar update 'Liverpool almost take the lead'. How many times have I read that this season?"

2001: We are go at Goodison Park and Old Trafford as well.

2001: It has been a very bright start at Molineux but Wolves have gone closest to breaking the deadlock, with Michael Kightly's dangerous cross being fired straight at stand-in skipper Pepe Reina by David Edwards, who had got on the wrong side of Martin Skrtel.

1958: Daniel Sturridge gets Chelsea's first sight of goal as a cross from the left flank misses Fernando Torres in the middle but finds its way to the former Manchester City man's feet. His shot is dragged wide though.

1958: It has been pretty much one-way traffic at White Hart Lane so far, but Wigan have a rare opening as Ronnie Stam flashes a ball across the six-yard box and Franco di Santo only needed a touch to grab an opener against the run of play.

1955: An early chance for Swansea who have dominated the opening stages at the Liberty Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic nips in just in time to toe-poke the ball away from Danny Graham as he threatens to pull the trigger from five yards out.

1954: Tottenham's Younes Kaboul gets up highest at the back post and nods Luka Modric's corner goalwards but Ali Al-Habsi is equal to it in the Wigan goal.

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From James from Crawley, via text: "How can De Gea be sick? He can't catch anything!"

1951: Liverpool almost take the lead with just two minutes gone. Craig Bellamy's cross was flicked on by Andy Carroll and after Wayne Hennessey blocked Dirk Kuyt's initial effort, the Dutchman could not keep the ball in to squeeze it in at the far post.

BBC MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park on Twitter: "Micah Richards just pulled up in warm up - looked like right knee. Mancini concerned."

Everton v Man City
Everton: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Stracqualursi. Subs: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Forshaw, Duffy, Baxter.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong, Razak.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1947: And we are up and running at the Liberty Stadium. And at Tottenham. And, in quick succession, at Wolves as well.

1945: If you would be so good as to manually refresh screens now, UK users will be rewarded with 5 live coverage of Everton v Manchester City and Manchester United v Stoke. Lovely job.

1938: While we await the full details of the Manchester City and Everton's line-ups let me hit you with this little doozy. If City score tonight, the leaders will have scored more goals than they managed in the whole of last season's campaign. Statastic. One little tip-off we have is that Tottenham target Louis Saha is left out of the Everton squad entirely.

Graham Chase reports: "Eggert Jonsson, who joined from Hearts this month, makes his first Wolves start in the place of the suspended Karl Henry in the only change to the 3-2 defeat by Aston Villa. Emmanuel Frimpong plays despite suffering a facial injury in that game. There is no Steven Gerrard, who is not even on the bench, for Liverpool, with Jay Spearing, Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson all coming in to the starting line-up."

Wolverhampton v Liverpool
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Kightly, Frimpong, Jonsson, Jarvis, Edwards, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Milijas, Doyle.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Bellamy, Kuyt, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Neil Johnston reports: "What a big night for Ben Amos. The 21-year-old keeper makes his first league start for United as David De Gae is ill and Anders Lindegaard is injured. Despite no Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck drops to the bench but Rio Ferdinand is back and Dimitar Berbatov starts. Stoke start with Kenwyne Jones partnering Peter Crouch in attack."

Man Utd v Stoke
Man Utd: Amos, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Giggs, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Pogba, Will Keane.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Whitehead, Walters, Jones, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Whelan, Fuller, Delap, Etherington, Jerome, Woodgate.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Arthur on Twitter: "Ecstatic to see Piazon on the bench today, disappointed to see Bosingwa starting. Hopeful Lucas will get some playing time."

Peter Shuttleworth reports:
"New signing Gary Cahill is named on the Chelsea substitute bench in tonight's match at Swansea City as Oriol Romeu will partner David Luiz in the heart of their defence in John Terry's absence. Spaniard Romeu and full-back Jose Bosingwa, in for the injured Ramires, are the two changes in Chelsea's line-up from their FA Cup win at QPR. Swansea, however, make 10 changes as Wales defender Ashley Williams is the only survivor from their FA Cup defeat at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday."

Swansea v Chelsea:
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Agustien, Richards.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Meireles, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Lukaku, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Piazon.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Tokunbo on Twitter: "Big night for Ben Amos. Hope he can prove himself against the one-dimensional team that is Stoke City."

Jamie Lilywhite reports: "Spurs make two changes from their last league match, that controversial 3-2 defeat at Manchester City. Niko Kranjcar replaces Aaron Lennon who has a hamstring injury and Emmanuel Adebayor returns up front having been ineligible to face his parent club at the Etihad. Jean Beausejour makes his Wigan debut, but Hugo Rodallega starts on the bench, with Franco Di Santo in the starting XI. In a third change, Ronnie Stam comes into the team, with Steve Gohouri and James McArthur also on the bench."

Tottenham v Wigan
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor, Van der Vaart. Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Pienaar, Lancaster.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, McCarthy, Caldwell, Figueroa, Moses, Watson, Stam, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1921: Teamsheets are in. A little word of caution on this first one though. Tottenham's Jermain Defoe is believed to have a hamstring injury so his absence from the Spurs line-up might not indicate an impending move anywhere...

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown: "I think David De Gea lacks a presence in goal. There are occasions where he doesn't really set himself. He's often going with his feet. I don't mean to do him a disservice but he's almost like an outfield player going into goal. United need to work from scratch with him. He's a player that's out of form."

Neil Johnston reports: "With Chelsea and Liverpool the next two league games after this, United must bounce back from their FA Cup demise at the weekend. It should be straight forward. After all, Stoke have not won at United since 1976 while they have scored just once in eight visits to Old Trafford. But few expected Blackburn to defeat United last month. Can the Potters spring a surprise?"

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Last time these two played, Everton attempted to shackle free-scoring Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium by man-marking David Silva. On that occasion Mario Balotelli's introduction led to two late goals, but an Everton record of one defeat in 13 City visits to Goodison may encourage David Moyes to be more positive. It may also give new striker Nikica Jelavic hope he will have some ammunition to work with in the future."

Graham Chase reports: "It seems much longer than a year ago since a 3-0 victory at Molineux, with Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles scoring the goals, was the first win of Kenny Dalglish's second spell in charge of Liverpool. If Mick McCarthy's team fail to win, it will be the first time this season that they have gone nine games without a victory, while Liverpool have managed just one win in six in the Premier League."

Jamie Lilywhite reports: "Not much of a pattern to this fixture in recent years, Spurs recording their highest Premier League win with a 9-1 rout in 2010 and then losing 1-0 last season. Having recently been held at home by Wolves, then losing 3-2 in controversial fashion at Manchester City, they will be keen to revive their campaign against the bottom side Wigan, who have gone seven matches without victory in the Premier League."

Peter Shuttleworth reports:
"It will be a case of friends reunited at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers faces Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as both were part of Jose Mourinho's Stamford Bridge backroom team. Swansea have the joint tightest defensive home record while Chelsea have the second meanest defensive record on the road. But Blues striker Fernando Torres will hope to end 11-game league scoring drought against the victim of his last Premier league goal - although he later was sent-off in that 4-1 win in September."

1904: Our match reporters have been poring over the whys and wherefores of each of tonight's contests. Here are their thoughts...

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Skipper Vincent Kompany returns from a four-match ban to take his place in the Manchester City starting line-up. Sergio Aguero is also named in the starting XI.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Keeper Ben Amos makes his first league start for Manchester United as David De Gea is ill and Anders Lindegaard is injured.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW: A number of football league games taking place tonight with the bulk in the Championship where leaders West Ham will be looking to extend their advantage at the top with a win at lowly Ipswich. Second-placed Southampton take on third-placed Cardiff and Leeds entertain Birmingham at Elland Road. In League One, top side Charlton are at the Valley against Bury and Sheffield Wednesday can move into second with a win at MK Dons. In League Two, Southend can go top with a win against Swindon.

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1905: Your bullets of wit and wisdom will have to be pretty precise to cut through all the masses of rumours about various players taking various modes of transport to various mystery clubs. I'm backing you to come through. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, or text in via 81111 (UK) using FOOTBALL before your message. Go.

1904: Team news tidbits aplenty coming in from around the grounds then, full-line ups to come just as soon as we can lay our greasy paws on them.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Striker Fernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea while Gary Cahill continues to wait for his first start as Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz start in defence.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Wolves' on-loan midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong makes a quicker-than-expected return to the starting line-up, while striker Kevin Doyle is on the bench.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, out of contract in the summer and linked with a move away from the DW Stadium, is left out of Roberto Martinez's match-day squad for the match against Tottenham.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is rested for the trip to Wolves, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll start up front.

1853: So while the top-flight's finance and press departments scamper about behind the scenes, this is when the playing staff are clocking in tonight:
All kick-offs at 1945 GMT unless stated

Everton v Manchester City (2000 GMT)
Manchester United v Stoke (2000 GMT)
Swansea v Chelsea
Tottenham v Wigan
Wolves v Liverpool
Plenty of action in the Championship where second-placed Southampton take on third-placed Cardiff and a smattering of teams will be taking the field in the rest of the Football League and Scotland as well. Time to fix up...

1852: Here we will be concentrating on another potentially crucial chapter in this season's Premier League title race. Manchester City, chasing their first title in 44 years, have rivals Manchester United snapping away at their heels three points back while Tottenham will be hoping to crowbar their way back into contention. All three are in action tonight with Liverpool and Chelsea also playing.

1850: Oh, alright then, if you must. The checkouts haven't been ringing too loudly on the final day of football's January sales so far, but these are still more than four hours to go. That is a long, long time in transfer deadline years. Chris Bevan is bringing you all the latest on his live commentary over the way.

1846: I can confirm reports that that transfer deadline day is very much in the building, but I trust that the annual last-minute money fight isn't going to distract you from the real important business of this evening. Reject the mucky world of commerce, stay true to those old-fashioned Corinthian ideals and lap up all the best of the football action right here. You'll feel better for it, honest.

1845: Time to decide. Are you in it for the back of the net or the net spend? The silverware or the golden handshake? The money or the muddy knees?

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Premier League results

31 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 31 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 23 41 54
2 Man Utd 23 35 54
3 Tottenham 23 19 49
4 Chelsea 23 15 42
5 Liverpool 23 7 38
6 Arsenal 22 6 36
7 Newcastle 22 2 36
8 Stoke 23 -12 30
9 Everton 23 -3 29
10 Norwich 22 -4 29
11 Sunderland 22 5 27
12 Aston Villa 22 -3 27
13 Swansea 23 -4 27
14 Fulham 22 -3 26
15 West Brom 22 -9 25
16 QPR 22 -15 20
17 Bolton 22 -19 19
18 Blackburn 22 -12 18
19 Wolves 23 -18 18
20 Wigan 23 -28 15

see also
Transfer Deadline Day as it happened
01 Feb 12 |  Football

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