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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 May 2007, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Clockwatch: Premiership
Results
Everton 3-0 Portsmouth Fulham 1-0 Liverpool Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United Newcastle 0-2 Blackburn Reading 0-2 Watford West Ham 3-1 Bolton Wigan 0-1 Middlesbrough

Late game
Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd (1715 BST)

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Charlie Henderson

  • You can catch all the highlights on Match of the Day at 2230 BST on BBC One and don't forget to have your say on Radio Five Live's 606 after Aston Villa play Sheffield United by calling 0500 909 693 or sending a text to 85058. Alternatively, get involved on the 606 messageboards.

    A busy day, and while nothing has been decided in the Premiership things are getting clearer at both ends of the table. If Chelsea fail to beat Arsenal tomorrow Manchester United will be champions. If Charlton fail to beat Tottenham on Monday, they will be relegated.

    After that there is Chelsea against table-toppers United on Wednesday and if things are still up in the air things will be finalised a week on Sunday when you can stay on top of everything here on the BBC Sport website.

  • Work out what could happen with the BBC Sport predictor.

    1659: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-1 Middlesbrough
    The Latics drop into the relegation zone for the first time since the second week of the season. Not great timing. They look doomed and will travel to Sheffield United on the last day of the season next Sunday. They have to win that and hope other things go their way.

    1658: Wigan are desperate for an equaliser against Middlesbrough. As it stands they are three points from safety.

    1657: FULL-TIME Everton 3-0 Portsmouth
    But for a series of freak results in the final week of the season, that win should see Everton secure in a Uefa Cup spot. Portsmouth need a win at home to Arsenal on the final day of the season to have any hope of joining them in Europe.

    1656: FULL-TIME Reading 0-2 Watford
    Only a second away win of the league season for relegated Watford which puts a dent in Reading's Uefa Cup hopes. They stay in seventh but Tottenham, who are a point behind, have two games in hand.

    1656: GOAL Everton 3-0 Portsmouth
    A well-worked corner from Everton. James Beattie flicks it on at the near post and Gary Naysmith stoops at the back post to head home.

    1654: FULL-TIME West Ham 3-1 Bolton
    That's a sixth win in eight for the Hammers who are out of the relegation zone for the first time since December.

    1654: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-0 Liverpool
    After 10 Premiership matches without a win Fulham take the spoils at last and it is a first victory under Lawrie Sanchez. But there are bound to be some grumbles from other clubs at the wrong end of the table at Liverpool sending out a second-string side.

    1654: Newcastle's players are getting booed on a lap of 'honour'.

    1653: RED CARD Fulham
    Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop lunges at Mohamed Sissoko and gets a second yellow card. He would have wanted to celebrate the birth of his child with a better showing thatn that.

    1652: FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-2 Blackburn
    Is that Glenn Roeder's final game in charge of Newcastle at St James' Park.

    1650: Chants of 'Sack the board' at Newcastle as time ticks down to the final whistle on Tyneside.

    1648: Abdoulaye Meite gets a toe to Yossi Benayoun's inviting, low cross to take it away from Marlon Harewood with the goal gaping.

    1646: GOAL Reading 0-2 Watford
    Reading bossed the first-half, but they are not going to end the day with any points to boost their chase for a Uefa Cup spot. Marcus Hahnemann fails to hold Tommy Smith's cross and Marlon King nods in. That's Watford's 10th away goal of the season.

    1645: Wigan's Ryan Taylor fires a delightful free-kick just wide of the Middlesbrough goal. Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka has two efforts blocked at Upton Park.

    1643: Liverpool have the ball in the back of the net as Gabriel Paletta glances in Xabi Alonso's free-kick but it is offside.

    1640: Harry Kewell arrows a low drive across goal and wide of the target for Liverpool.

    1638: Carlos Tevez is sniffing out that hat-trick. Jussi Jaaskalainen saves from the Argentine at the near post.

    1636: Harry Kewell makes his first Liverpool appearance of the year as he comes off the bench.

    1633: Wigan do not look like they are going to get anything out of their match against Middlesbrough. Emile Heskey has been a willing runner in attack, but he is all too often isolated. At least that Gary Speed gives them hope in terms of goal difference as theirs is superior to West Ham's.

    1631: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Blackburn
    Jason Roberts is given space between the two Newcastle centre-backs and nods in David Bentley's cross from the right. Poor defending which has proved too much for some Newcastle fans who are heading for the exits.

    1630: That means Wigan are three points off 17th place now. Charlton, a further place down the table are five points adrift of 17th as it stands.

    1629: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Liverpool
    What could be a priceless goal for Fulham. Liam Rosenior races down the right as Liverpool wait for the offside flag and American substitute Clint Dempsey turns in his cross.

    1628: Michael Owen chests the ball past Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel but sees his effort on goal cleared off the line by the retreating Chrisopher Samba.

    1627: GOAL West Ham 3-1 Bolton
    Wanderers first-team coach Gary Speed fires in with his left foot having been played in by Nicolas Anelka.

    1624: GOAL Everton 2-0 Portsmouth
    David James is barking expletives at his defence as Everton double their advantage. Joseph Yobo climbs above Pompey's statuesque defence to head in Mikel Arteta's corner. Too easy.

    1622: GOAL Reading 0-1 Watford
    Danny Shittu scores from Lee Williamson's free-kick, but yellow-booted Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann cannot believe how it wasn't offside. Replays show it wasn't.

    1621: GOAL Everton 1-0 Portsmouth
    Mikel Arteta scores, but only just. David James went the right way but the ball went through him.

    1620: Glen Johnson slides in on James Vaighan in the box and it is a penalty to Everton. Reckless.

    1618: Nicolas Anelka drives a low shot on target, but Hammers keeper Robert Green is down well low to his left to parry.

    1615: Phil Neville's low cross from the right whistles through the box as Leon Osman and Portsmouth keeper David James fail to get a touch.

    1614: Lubomir Michalik and Bobby Zamora tangle. The West Ham striker is booked, but the Bolton defender looks the more culpable.

    1611: Another miss for Everton when it would have been easier to hit the target. Lee Carsley slams Mikel Arteta's cross wide.

    1609: Charlton are the other team in the relegation zone and are still hoping to escape. Their boss Alan Pardew is at Craven Cottage keeping tabs on Liverpool, who they play on the final day. Des Lynam is also down by the Thames.

    1608: Wigan and Middlesbrough are back up and running. THe Latics need a big second 45 to ensure they do not end the day in the relegation zone.

    1606: Prior to the re-start at the Madejski Stadium, Reading mascot Kingsley the Lion pleas his innocence after being sent to the stands last time out. He holds his shirt up to reveal a message that reads: "Innocent".

    1605: Fulham against Liverpool is the first game to resume.

    1604: Rafael Benitez is late out of the tunnel at Craven Cottage and shows a decidedly slow turn of pace as he jogs across the pitch to get to the dug-outs.

    1602: Summer's in the air around the grounds. It is so much better watching football with the sun on your back. Bit of a pain if it's in your eyes though.

    1600: It is the last 'Hit the Bar' competition of the season at Goodison Park. That's to do with kicking the ball on to the crossbar and not a race to the local pub in the break.

  • The one word half-time verdict from our team of reporters:
    Everton 0-0 Portsmouth - "Undistinguished"
    Fulham 0-0 Liverpool - "Bloody"
    Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn - "Dull"
    Reading 0-0 Watford - "Ummmmm"
    West Ham 3-0 Bolton - "One-sided"
    Wigan 0-1 Middlesbrough - "Disjointed" Get their full verdict on the whistle on the BBC Sport website.

    1553: Wigan and Middlesbrough go in. Newcastle were booed off at their game against Blackburn. Maybe that was just the verdict on the new kit.

    1548: What a miss! Jermaine Pennant slides a cross through to Robbie Fowler who misses an open goal. THe ball comes off his boot at a right-angle top the goal. Amazing.

    1547: Six minutes of added time at the JJB. A head injury to Ryan Taylor and wrist injury to Andrew Davies the reason for that as they required some lengthy treatment.

    1545: Michael Brown catches that sweetly - the ball, not somebody else's nose. The Fulham man's half volley from the edge of the box is blocked by Mohamed Sissoko.

    1542: Bobby Zamora's storming run into the Bolton box causes chaos in the visiting ranks but Abdoulaye Meite gets a vital interception as Zamora attempts to find Carlos Tevez in the box.

    1539: Reading are on top at Watford and you can expect a goal from the Royals soon. Leroy Lita should have had a penalty under a challenge from Cedric Avinel.

    1536: Steve Harper can do nothing about that one, as Jason Roberts tucks the ball beyond him and into the net. But Newcastle and Harper are saved by the linesman's flag. Stupid play from Benni McCarthy and Roberts after they had raced through the home defence.

    1535: A wonderful save from Newcastle's Steve Harper. The ball runs through to Morten Gamst Pedersen who picks his spot and volleys on target by Harper blocks.

    1533: Nearly a hat-trick for Carlos Tevez. His shot is deflected off Ivan Campo and Jussi Jasskelainen bundles it around the post.

    1532: That was a bad 60 seconds for Wigan. They are now mired in the relegation zone as it stands. Gone in 60 seconds? They've only won three of their last 21 games and it is not looking good for the Latics.

    1531: GOAL West Ham 3-0 Bolton
    Carlos Tevez can do no wrong - at least in the eyes of West Ham fans. His cross finds an unmarked Mark Noble to volley home a third for the Hammers.

    1530: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Middlesbrough
    A lucky goal for Boro - which is the last thing Wigan would have wanted. Stewart Downing slips as he takes a free-kick from the right and while the ball doesn't go where he intended, he lands perfectly on the in-step of Mark Viduka who volleys in at the back post.

    1528: Michael Brown has commited the most fouls in the Premiership this season and there's some more dirty play from the Fulham skipper. He lands a headbutt on Xabi Alonso who comes off second best with a bloody nose. For the second time today a player is extremely lucky to stay on the field.

    1525: Vincenzo Montella is at the heart of the action at the minute. The Italian flights a free-kick over the Liverpool goal.

    1524: Fulham's Vincenzo Montella - AKA The Little Airplane - takes off to get on the end of a bicylce kick which is deflected on to the woodwork by Xabi Alonso.

    1522: GOAL West Ham 2-0 Bolton
    Upton Park is rocking. Who knows what will happen off the pitch, but on it the players are doing their bit. Mark Noble releases Luis Boa Morte who squares a pass for Carlos Tevez to pick his spot and fire past Jussi Jaaskelainen. Two shots on target. Two goals.

    1521: Pepe Reina comes off his line to claw a Fulham cross from the left off the head of Brian McBride. It is a decade since Mohammed Al Fayed took the helm at the Cottage.

    1520: What a chance for Everton. James Vaughan is through one-on-one with David James but makes a right old mess of the effort, stubbing the ball wide.

    1518: Portsmouth threaten but Joseph Yobo is alert to clear the danger for Everton. Linvoy Primus heads the Pompey corner over.

    1515: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn
    Magpies boss Glenn Roeder looks aghast as his defence step up as one only to leave Benni McCarthy lurking in a predatory position. The South African volleys in Stephen Warnock's cross from six yards.

    If you want to stay on top of what the afternoon's goals do to the table get to grips with ups and downs on the BBC Sport Predictor. Click on the tab above or the link below.

    1513: As it stands, that means West Ham are out of the relegation zone. Wigan drop into the bottom three.

    1512: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Bolton
    A wonderful start for the Hammers. Carlos Tevez wins a free-kick on the edge of the area and from a two-step run-up whips the ball into the top corner. A fantastic free-kick.

    1511: Craig Bellamy forces another fine save from Antti Niemi. The Finn blocks at his near post.

    1509: Over in west London Liverpool have made the perkier start at Fulham. Craig Bellamy forces a save from Antti Niemi.

    1508: West Ham duo James Collins and Robert Green get thier knickers in a twist in attempting to clear a David Thompson pass forward. Nicolas Anelka almost sneaks in.

    1506: Stephen Carr digs out a chipped cross which Kieron Dyer nods on goal but Brad Friedel pushes the effort round his post. Newcastle are wearing their new kit, which has more black and less white, particularly on the back. Where's Jeff Banks when you need him?

    1505: A first sighter of goal and it comes at Upton Park. Bolton's David Thompson chips over from an acute angle.

    1503: The Everton-Portsmouth game is the last of the six to start.

    1500: There's a minute's silence at Everton for supporter Alan Jones, who died while on duty in Iraq.

    1458: New Bolton boss Sammy Lee is suited and booted on the touchline at West Ham. Little Sam is wearing the Madonna ear-piece Big Sam was never without.

    1457: Players start coming out.

    1456: West Ham, Wigan and Fulham are desperate for points this afternoon to help their survival bids. Further up the table Everton and Portsmouth go head-to-head in the race for a Uefa Cup place.

    1455: The focus here is on the Premiership, but if you want to stay abreast of the promotion and relegation issues on the last day of the season in League One and League Two click on the links at the top of this page.


    Team news:

    Everton play teenage strike duo James Vaughan and Victor Anichebe after Andew Johnson failed a fitness test on an ankle injury. Phil Neville reverts to full-back in place of Tonny Hibbert. Portsmouth are without injured Sol Campbell, Dejan Stefanovic, Matthew Taylor and Richard Hughes with Sean Davis, Niko Kranjcar and Noe Pamarot coming into the side that beat Liverpool.

    Fulham make one change as Vincenzo Montella comes in for Claus Jensen. Liverpool make nine changes. Of the side that beat Chelsea in the Champions League, only goalkeeper Jose Reina and Jermaine Pennant are included in Rafa Benitez's starting line-up. That will not please other clubs involved in the relegation shakedown.

    Newcastle recall Oguchi Onyewu, Scott Parker and Nicky Butt, while Michael Owen continues up front. Blackburn make just one change, with Tugay replacing the injured David Dunn.

    Reading made four changes with Leroy Lita back from a ban while Steve Sidwell and James Harper start in midfield with Greg Halford in at right-back. French defender Cedric Avinel makes his Watford debut in place of the suspended Clark Carlisle while Darius Henderson, Tommy Smith and Douglas Rinaldi all return to the starting line-up.

    West Ham are unchanged from the side that beat Wigan 3-0, with Alan Curbishley sticking with Carlos Tevez despite the potential legal implications. New Bolton boss Sammy Lee makes just the one alteration, bringing in skipper Kevin Nolan for Idan Tal.

    Wigan boss Paul Jewell makes five changes from the side beaten by West Ham. In come Mike Pollit for John Filan, Ryan Taylor for Arjan de Zeeuw, Luis Antonio Valencia for Matt Jackson, Paul Scharner for Kevin Kilbane and Julius Agahowa for Henri Camara. Middlesbrough show two changes from the side beaten by Spurs, with Julio Arca replacing Lee Cattermole and Dong-Gook Lee for Yakubu, who is ill.


    1436: FULL-TIME Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
    Thank goodness that's all over. Congratulations to Manchester United who inch ever closer to that Premiership title. They just need a point against West Ham next Sunday to secure the title. Obviously it could come sooner depending on what happens between Arsenal and Chelsea tomorrow and the Blues and United on Wednesday.

    1434: There is no blood and thunder finish from City. Were you expecting one?

    1432: Sun Jihai's back on and United are playing out time deep in City territory. Sun Jiha now throws himself to the ground after a tame tackle from Cristiano Ronaldo. What's wrong with him? He's throwing himself to the ground with great drama all over the place.

    1431: Sun Jihai goes down clutching his face off the pitch so play can continue. He was caught by Gabriel Heinze.

    1429: Shut-up-shop time for United. John O'Shea replaces Wayne Rooney. A pat on the head for the striker from Sir Alex Ferguson as he wearily traipses off.

    1428: Five minutes on the clock. City are enjoying their best spell of the game, but they are still pretty poor. The last pass isn't there.

    1427: Wayne Rooney chases a long ball but Sylvain Distin gets himself between man and ball. Good defending.

    1426: Ryan Giggs grapples with Darius Vassell and is booked. After that flurry of excitement it is back to the same old script of scrappy football.

    1424: Two successive corners for City. United hold firm, but that is a serious wake-up call.

    1423: Edwin van der Sar is booked for delaying the penalty as he complains about where Darius Vassell has placed the ball. The Dutchman saves with his legs. City just cannot score at home.

    1422: Late drama. Wes Brown fouls Michael Ball in the box and it is a City penalty. Ball should not even be on the pitch.

    1420: Sir Alex Ferguson is back in the fourth official's ear. This time he's complaining about a late Paul Dickov tackle on Nemanja Vidic. The defender stays down and needs treatment on his ankle.

    1417: A first booking of the game. Michael Johnson gets a yellow card for tugging back goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

    1415: Alan Smith is replaced by Darren Fletcher for United.

    1413: A crescendo of noise from the home support, who are waving those free scarves with vigour. Great atmosphere. Awful football.

    1412: A third and final change for City. Paul Dickov is on for Stephen Ireland. That suggests a bit more of an attacking threat. We can only hope.

    1410: Has Sir Alex Ferguson been hitting a bottle of hair dye? He seems to have more of a brownish hue to his bonce than in the past. Grey down the sides, but darker on top.

    1409: Michael Ball checks a run from Cristiano Ronaldo which has Sir Alex Ferguson fuming again. Ball's really got it in for Ronaldo.

    1407: Cristiano Ronaldo taunts Michael Ball with some nifty footwork before the Englishman has enough and gives him another kick to the ankle. Still no booking.

    1406: Emile Mpenza meets the corner but heads wide. United need to stay alert, they gave him too much space there.

    1405: Trevor Sinclair's cross from the left is deflected off Nemanja Vidic for a corner.

    1403: Perhaps City actually want this scoring record. Imagine being a season ticket holder. Just 10 goals all season. That's a goal every 162 minutes on average.

    1402: A second change for City. Hopefully the introduction of Trevor Sinclair for DaMarcus Beasley can help pep things up.

  • You can watch this dross on Match of the Day tonight. It's on BBC One at 2230 BST. Best go and make the tea after catching the Michael Ball stamp and the penalty so you can get back on the sofa in time for the start of the next match in the running order.

    1359: Alan Green's on good form this morning, ranting at a spectator who has invaded the pitch. Now he can't believe people are laughing at the "clot".

    1357: More from Alan Green who is comparing this rubbish to 'Strictly Dancing on Ice' - although he still prefers these "10 woeful minutes"... just.

    1354: Derby matches are supposed to be passionate affairs but this match really is poor, or "drab" in Chris Waddle's verdict. You can measure the lack of action by the fact Five Live commentator Alan Green's wittering on about the number of throw-ins and how disgraceful that second-minute Michael Ball stamp was.

    1351: A mistake from Gabreil Heinze but City cannot capitalise and only earn the consolation of a corner. United clear.

    1349: Cristiano Ronaldo lays a free-kick off to Paul Scholes who gives it the old Roberto Carlos welly. It lacks any swerve so is an easy save for Andreas Isaksson.

    1348: The action resumes and City have made a change. Sun Jihai is on for Dietmar Hamann.

    Player rater: Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in cosy conversation with referee Rob Styles as the teams come out, is leading the way. Michael Ball's score is heading south.

    1332: HALF-TIME Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
    United play out the minute of added time with an arrogant ease. City are chasing shadows.

    1331: What was that about Sylvain Distin being classy? He makes a right old mess of defending this time and almost opens the door for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Frenchman recovers to take the ball back inside the area.

    1330: Michael Ball escapes a booking after another snap at Cristiano Ronaldo's ankles.

    1329: A chance for Emile Mpenza up the other end, but he dwells a moment too long and his shot his blocked.

    1328: United break down the right but Sylvain Distin keeps his cool, shrugs off Ryan Giggs and mops up the dangers. He's a classy player, probably City's classiest.

    1327: Apologies for the lengthy delay in information. Technical problems here at BBC HQ, but hopefully the gremlins have been given the red card.

    1320: That is goal number 50 for Cristiano Roanldo in a United shirt. On his last visit here he was sent off. Bit of a change this time as he clenches his firsts in celebration.

    1319: GOAL Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
    Delight for United fans and Cristiano Ronaldo. A stuttering run-up and he sends Andreas Isaksson the wrong way from the spot after he himself won a penalty laced with irony. He was chopped down in the box by Michael Ball.

    1317: Good, quick passing on the edge of the City box by United and they work an inch of space for Alan Smith inside the area. But the flag goes up and the bleach-blond striker is swamped in a tackle by Michael Ball anyway. Promising from the table toppers.

    1315: The ball breaks for DaMarcus Beasley outside the box. The American strikes a sweet drive but Edwin van der Sar is behind it all the way and grasps it comfortably.

    1313: Another United ball over the top and this time Wayne Rooney is the man who cannot quite control the ball at the vital moment. This tactic will reap reward unless the City rearguard wake up to it soon.

    1312: The pitch looks good, and so does Stuart Pearce. The City boss has discarded the tracksuit in favour of a pastel blue shirt, smart tie and well-pressed trousers.

    1310: A first corner for City. Poor delivery from Dietmar Hamann. United clear.

    1309: And for the second time United hit the bar. Wayne Rooney flicks the ball on and Rio Ferdinand is at the back post but he fails to find the target with a header from an acute angle. City keeper Andreas Isaksson gathers the rebound.

    1308: United opt for that ball over the top down the inside-right channel. Alan Smith cannot control the ball this time, but United again win a corner. Their third of the game.

    Have a fiddle with the BBC Sport Predictor if you want to see what various results from this game will do the race for the title. Click on the tab above or the link below.

    1306: No worries for City from the corner.

    1305: A long ball forward and half a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo, but he cannot control the ball over the top and his nemesis Michael Ball is on hand to clear.

    1304: The pitch is the best thing about this game so far.

    1302: Emile Mpenza forces a save from Edwin van der Sar with a snap volley after United fail to clear a corner.

    1300: City are happy to sit back and they are frustrating United... and frustrating to watch according to Five Live pundit Chris Waddle.

    1258: Dietmar Hamann clatters Michael Carrick on the halfway line. Handshakes between the two, but amazingly the German escapes without a booking.

    1257: City cope with the corner from Ryan Giggs but play the ball straight back to the United skipper. Nemanja Vidic meets the second delivery with a thumping header against the bar. The defender is penalised for a foul.

    1256: Michael Ball gets a blocking challenge in on Cristiano Ronaldo and it is a corner for United. The pair have words.

    1252: Things have quietened down, on the pitch and on the touchline, and both teams are feeling their way into things.

    1249: That was spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson who is doing his nut on the touchline. He is prowling the technical area venting his spleen. But there is no action from the referee.

    1248: Cristiano Ronaldo goes down and as the ball goes away Michael Ball gets a snide, spiteful stamp on the prone Portuguese player. Maybe he has picked that up from the training ground.

    1247: The pitch is mesmerising. It looks like a cross between Lord's and the green baize on show at the Crucible. It is in a nice chequered pattern as well. Top work from the groundsmen.

    1246: We're off.

    1244: Richard Dunne is presented with his Player of the Season award. A rendition of Blue Moon and now we are ready.

    1242: The players are out. Mark Lawrenson reckons this one will end 2-0 to Manchester United.

    1241: Manchester City also emerge from their dressing room and in the stands home fans are twirling free scarves that were left on their seats.

    1240: Manchester United are in the tunnel. There's an e-mail doing the rounds at the moment that says their shirt sponsers AIG stands for Almost In Greece.

    1238: That's more like it, a bit of Oasis. 'Roll With It'.

    1236: Not a great musical selection over the PA. Some sort of depressing gothic dirge makes was for a dodgy cover of 'We Could Be Heroes'.

    1233: Manchester City's scoring record at home is embarrassing. If they fail to score today their tally of 10 home goals will be a new Premiership and top-flight low, beating

    1232: That was the first time Manchester United have failed to score in 2007.

    1231: United's Champions League midweek mauling in Milan means their treble chances have gone. Will they get a double? If they fail to win here the Premiership is back in Chelsea's hands. If the Londoners win all their games the title will be theirs.

    1230: The stands are filling up and more than a fair few home supporters are strolling in wearing AC Milan shirts. Nice touch.

    1228: A lovely day at the City of Manchester Stadium which is bathed in sunshine.

    Team news: Manchester City recall Michael Johnson for the disgraced Joey Barton and DaMarcus Beasley comes in for Georgios Samaras. Rio Ferdinand returns for Manchester United and Alan Smith gets a starting berth. John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher are the two to miss out.

    1226: And it is a biggie for City as well. Local bragging rights and the chance to score and celebrate a first league goal at home since the first day of the year.

    1225: Derby day in Manchester and this is a big one for United who can take a giant stride towards winning the Premiership title.


  • Barclays Premier League Table
    01 February 2010 22:00
        P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 23 38 54
    2 Man Utd 24 36 53
    3 Arsenal 24 32 49
    4 Tottenham 24 20 42

    5 Liverpool 24 16 41

    6 Man City 22 14 41
    7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
    8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
    9 Everton 23 -1 32
    10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
    11 Fulham 23 -2 27
    12 Stoke 22 -7 26
    13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
    14 Wigan 22 -23 22
    15 West Ham 23 -9 21
    16 Bolton 22 -15 21
    17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

    18 Burnley 23 -23 20
    19 Hull 23 -26 20
    20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

    SEE ALSO
    Saturday's Premiership photos
    05 May 07 |  Football


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