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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2007, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Premiership clockwatch

Blackburn 3-3 Reading
Bolton 2-2 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-2 Charlton
Manchester United 0-1 West Ham
Middlesbrough 3-1 Fulham
Portsmouth 0-0 Arsenal
Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan
Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City
Watford 1-1 Newcastle

Sheffield United go down along with Charlton and Watford.

Tottenham, Everton and Bolton qualify for the Uefa Cup. Blackburn are in the Intertoto Cup and Aston Villa are in the 10-club draw for two places in the Uefa Cup via the Fair Play League.


By Charlie Henderson

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    1720: Back at Bramall Lane and there is the promise that legal action will be taken against West Ham and the whole Carlos Tevez affair will rumble on. Maybe the season is not over after all. It could be a long summer.

    "We had some good luck today, Sheffield United were by far the better team and we stayed up by the skin of our teeth. We will be supporting Sheff United 100% in the fight to get justice, right down the line. So many things have been done wrong it is untrue."
    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan

    1719: And cue the kids. There's a mini-me Paul Scholes out there. Ryan Giggs is carrying his young daughter around complete with red ribbons in her hair. Gabriel Heinze's daughter has a replica shirt sporting the name Paula. Cristiano Ronaldo is dancing around with some crazy Portuguese buddies, maybe they're family, and his mum. Wayne Rooney is swearing on TV.

    1718: Now for the champagne. The bubbly stuff always ensures a party goes well and Cristiano Ronaldo is the player who is spraying it F1 style over his dancing team-mates. Wayne Rooney has donned the jester's hat.

    1716: The first record on the turntable? 'We Are the Champions'. Do you get this stuff along with the fireworks in a ready-made title-winning kit at Woolies?

    1715: The players are jumping up and down in unison on the platform in the middle of the pitch and Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville raise the trophy as the fireworks go off.

    1714: Cheers for each player as they are presented with their medals in the pouring rain. Last in the line are Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.

    1713: Sir Alex Ferguson leads out his team of champions. Wayne Rooney is as eager as a kid at Christmas and is the first player to get his hands on a medal. There's Nemanja Vidic. What a weekend for him. Serbia win the Eurovision song contest and now this.

    1710: From tears to cheers. At Old Trafford Manchester United fans are in party mood as the surviving members of the 1956 championship-winning side bring out the Premiership trophy.

    1707: A last rendition of the season of Sheffield United's "Greasy Chip Butty" anthem as the last of the players leave the pitch. Famous Blade Sean Bean ignores a plea for an autograph.

    "I've spent the last 45 minutes slumped at the back of the team bus. It is a horrible day for Sheffield United, but a great day for us."
    Wigan defender Matt Jackson

    1703: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is down on the pitch at Bramall Lane congratulating his players and embracing manager Paul Jewell in front of the delighted travelling support. The Sheffield United players are staring into space and the atmosphere in the Kop is a far cry from the last home game when they were celebrating what they thought would prove to be a priceless win over Watford and the imminent demise of local rivals Leeds in the Championship. Captain Chris Morgan is distraught.

    "The Wigan supporters are ranting and raving and chanting, but the rest of the stadium is dead."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live analyst

    1701: FULL-TIME Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan
    The Latics stay up on goal difference. Sheffield United are relegated... unless the clubs challenge that ruling on West Ham. It could get messy.

    1700: Blades keeper Paddy Kenny goes up for a long throw, but there is an infringement and before long he is having to chug all the way back to the other end.

    1659: Wigan's Emile Heskey is deep in defence and the striker lumps the ball forward and out of play. Paul Jewell's getting feisty on the touchline.

    1658: So it is Sheffield United or Wigan for the Championship next season, ignoring any visits to the courts over the course of the summer as clubs challenge the rights and wrongs of that West Ham fine. Jon Stead whips a cross through the six-yard box and Keith Gillespie crashes a shot into the side-netting.

    1657: FULL-TIME Manchester United 0-1 West Ham
    Smiles for Alan Curbishley as the final whistle goes and the Hammers are safe. The Hammers have won their last four matches to claw their way to safety and finish the campaign 15th in the table.

    1656: Just two games still going and all eyes on the bottom of the table. As things stand Sheffield United are going down. West Ham are surely safe.

    1656: FULL-TIME Blackburn 3-3 Reading
    The Royals had a late goal disallowed which, if it had stood, would have sent them into Europe. As it is Blackburn go into the Intertoto Cup where they will face a two-legged tie in late July against either Llanelli, FK Vetra of Lithuania or a team from Poland.

    1655: Five minutes of added time at Bramall Lane. Neil Warnock has the look of a desperate man as he barks instructions from the touchline in a drenched tracksuit.

    1655: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 3-1 Fulham
    One-sided stuff which has little bearing on the table. Local bragging rights. Boro finish a place ahead of north-east neighbours Newcastle.

    1654: West Ham keeper Robert Green saves a rising shot from Paul Scholes.

    1653: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Everton
    The Blues equal Liverpool's record of 63 home league games unbeaten. Everton go into the Uefa Cup but drop a place to finish the season sixth.

    1653: FULL-TIME Bolton 2-2 Aston Villa
    Wanderers are in the Uefa Cup unless Reading can find a late winner at Ewood Park. Tottenham's victory means Aston Villa go into the draw for a Uefa Cup place courtesy of their second place finish in the Fair Play League.

    1652: FULL-TIME Watford 1-1 Newcastle
    Not much impact on the table, but worrying scenes there with Michael Owen. That man is jinxed. Football's Jonny Wilkinson.

    1652: Jon Stead doesn't quite catch a cross cleanly and his half volley is straight at Mike Pollitt.

    1651: FULL-TIME Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City
    Spurs are in Europe next season and the way results are going they should finish the campaign in fifth for a second successive season.

    1651: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-2 Charlton
    That late penalty means Liverpool will finish the season in third place.

    1651: Ben Foster is substituted for Watford to a standing ovation. It is the keeper's last appearance for the Hornets as he will return to Manchester United after his loan spell. The fans give him a rousing ovation of 'England's number one'.

    1651: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Arsenal
    Not many Perry Como 'Magic Moments' to reflect on. The only game without a goal is the first to finish. Pompey needed to win to have any chance of reaching Europe, but other results look to be going against them anyway.

    1649: Everton have a goal disallowed for offside after James Beattie stabbed in following Petr Cech's parry of Lee Carsley's rifling shot. James McFadden was the man standing in the wrong place.

    1647: GOAL Liverpool 2-2 Charlton
    Madjid Bougherra thinks he's Michael Jordan as he leaps high and handles the ball. Penalty for Liverpool but Robbie Fowler has gone off. The crowd chant for him to come back on. No chance. Darren Randolph gets a hand to the effort from Harry Kewell, but it is in.

    1646: Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Peter Crouch. It is Fowler's last appearance as a Red at Anfield.

    1645: Just 10 minutes of the season left. Sheffield United are throwing everything at Wigan.

    1644: Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan fires an effort high over the bar.

    1643: PENALTY SAVE Manchester City
    Richard Dunne pushes over Didier Zokora on the edge of the area and it is a penalty to Tottenham. It was outside the area and justice is served as Andreas Isaksson saves from Jermain Defoe

    1641: GOAL Bolton 2-2 Aston Villa
    Luke Moore equalises for Aston Villa with a sensational hooked volley from eight yards that rifles into the top corner.

    1639: Rob Green preserves West Ham's lead when he somehow keeps out a Cristiano Ronaldo header with his legs after a Ryan Giggs corner.

    1639: RED CARD Wigan
    If Wigan do stay up they will have done it the hard way. Lee McCulloch is sent off for a second bookable offence, a foul on Michael Tonge.

    1638: GOAL Blackburn 3-3 Reading
    Here's a goal. Leroy Lita's free-kick is blocked and Brynjar Gunnarsson fires in the rebound off the wall low into the corner of the goal.

    1637: That should be a goal for Middlesbrough. Yakubu is given offside but he did not touch Stewart Downing's swinging cross which nestles in the back of the Fulham net. Active? Passive? Whatever it is it's not going to count and the mini goal-drought goes on.

    1636: Is this the calm before the storm of a sensational finish to the season? The goals have dried up for the time being.

    1635: Emmerson Boyce tugs at Jon Stead in the Wigan box but shouts from the home crowd for a penalty fall on deaf ears.

    1634: Sheffield United are pushing Wigan further and further back. A mad scramble in the box and the Latics hack the ball clear.

    1632: A chance at Old Trafford, but it is for West Ham. Luis Boa Morte out-muscles Wes Brown in the box but his side-footed effort grazes the outside of Edwin van der Sar's right post.

    1630: Lots of possession for Manchester United but no end product... as yet. Where's that goal Pat Nevin promised us?

    1629: GOAL Liverpool 1-2 Charlton
    Not a great moment for Liverpool's third-choice keeper Daniele Padelli. He blocks Ben Thatcher's and Darren Bent volleys in the rebound.

    1628: GOAL Blackburn 3-2 Reading
    A first touch for Matt Derbyshire and a goal. He heads in Brett Emerton's inviting cross to put Rovers back in front for the third time.

    1626: The ball's bobbling around in the Arsenal box and Niko Kranjcar sweeps it into the net. Or does he? Referee Graham Poll rules it out. Must be for offside.

    1625: Newcastle striker Michael Owen is stretchered off. It will be a short scouting report on the striker by watching England head coach Steve McClaren. Who can he watch now? Kieron Dyer.

    1623: More trouble for Wigan? Emile Heskey looks to be pole-axed but after treatment makes a miracle recovery. His former Liverpool and England strike partner Michael Owen is also in a bit of a state having collided with Matthew Pattison.

    1622: Liverpool substitute Harry Kewell hammers an effort on to the Charlton woodwork.

    1621: Sir Alex Ferguson rings the changes at Old Trafford with Ryan Giggs replacing Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes coming on for Michael Carrick and Cristiano Ronaldo switching with Alan Smith.

    1620: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Charlton Xabi Alonso levels for Liverpool. Harry Kewell crosses to the far post and Dirk Kuyt nods the ball into the path of the Spaniard to sidefoot home.

    1620: GOAL Blackburn 2-2 Reading
    Kevin Doyle gets on the end of a cross from Ulises De La Cruz to nod in a second Reading equaliser.

    1619: Danny Webber breaks for Sheffield United and is one-on-one with Mike Pollitt. His effort bounces back off the post.

    1618: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Everton
    That home unbeaten run is still intact and who else was it going to be but Didier Drogba with his 20th Premiership goal of the season? Drogba slides in Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross from the right and we're level again.

    1617: GOAL Bolton 2-1 Aston Villa
    The ball breaks for Kevin Davies inside the box and he drills a low shot through Thomas Sorensen's legs to put Bolton back on course for that European place.

    1616 GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Reading
    Stephen Warnock bursts into the box and after Morten Gamst Pedersen turns his low cross on to the post from all of two yards, David Bentley follows up to score.

    1615: A wonderful save from Sheffield United's Paddy Kenny. He throws himself to his left to palm away an Emile Heskey overhead kick.

    1612: This time Petr Cech denies James Vaughan, the Everton striker cracking away a volley.

    1610: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Everton
    The hosts are caught by a classic counter-attack, Leon Osman going on a fine run down the right and squaring perfectly for James Vaughan to slot coolly past Petr Cech. Chelsea's 62-game home unbeaten run in the league is now seriously under threat.

    1610: Sheffield United and Wigan resume.

    1609: GOAL Watford 1-1 Newcastle
    Nicky Butt handles in the area and Marlon King slots the resulting penalty.

    1609: GOAL Middlesbrough 3-1 Fulham
    Mark Viduka shows great strength to spin away from Fulham's central defenders on the edge of the box and fires home. That is goal number 19 this term for the Australian.

    1608: Manchester United and West Ham have started again.

    1607: Just two games have yet to get going again and they are the two that have an influence on relegation.

    1603: Just 45 more minutes or thereabouts in the Premiership season. The Robbie Fowler swansong game is the first to resume.

    WHO'S FOR EUROPE? Tottenham and Bolton needed to win to secure Uefa Cup places along with Everton. Spurs are doing just that, but Bolton need to push on in the second half otherwise Reading could profit.

    The one word half-time verdict from our team of reporters:
    Blackburn 1-1 Reading - "Corners"
    Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa - "Uninspired"
    Chelsea 0-0 Everton - "Abysmal"
    Liverpool 0-1 Charlton - "Lacklustre"
    Manchester United 0-1 West Ham - "Surprising"
    Middlesbrough 2-1 Fulham - "Peach"
    Portsmouth 0-0 Arsenal - "Drab"
    Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan - "Exhilarating"
    Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City - "Open"
    Watford 0-1 Newcastle - "Pointless"
    Get their full verdict on the whistle on the BBC Sport website.

    "Manchester United played some sparkling football and there is no doubt in my mind that if they carry on like that they will score at least one goal. West Ham fans are celebrating, but they are not relaxed."
    Pat Nevin, BBC Five Live analyst

    1553: HALF-TIME Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan
    What a 45 minutes! More of the same in the second half and this keyboard could go up in smoke.

    WHO'S FOR THE DROP? Swings and roundabouts or what? Sheffield United are now the team staring relegation square in the face.

    "He might be overweight but he knows how to take penalties."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live analyst

    1552: GOAL Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan Penalty for Wigan after Phil Jagielka handles in the box. David Unsworth gives a little hop and skip and silent prayer as Paddy Kenny goes the right way - to his left - but the ball is in the net and Wigan's travelling support are dancing in delight. The central defender started the season at Sheffield United.

    1550: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Fulham
    David Wheater heads in for Boro from Emanuel Pogatetz's corner.

    WHO'S FOR THE DROP? That goal gives West Ham confidence and breathing space but makes no difference to the fact Wigan are going down as things stand.

    1549: GOAL Manchester United 0-1 West HamAnother goal for Carlos Tevez. The Argentine fights for the ball in midfield and after a neat one-two with Nigel Quashie drills home from the left of the box.

    1548: The ball breaks for Jon Stead in the Wigan box from a corner but he slices the effort well wide.

    1547: Tottenham and Manchester City are the first teams to turn for the tunnel. There will be five minutes of added time for Sheffield United and Wigan.

    1545: So what's happened since that goal at Bramall Lane? A lot of treatment from the physios. Wigan keeper Mike Pollitt is OK to carry on, as is Sheffield United Jonathan Stead. But more problems for the visitors as Ryan Taylor goes off to be replaced by David Unsworth. Two changes in defence and now all square, things are not going for the Latics at the moment.

    1543: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 Fulham
    A mistake at the back for Boro and Simon Davies pounces with a neat volleyed finish over Mark Schwarzer.

    1541: PENALTY SAVE Portsmouth
    David James makes a wonderful save to deny Julio Baptista from the penalty spot after Linvoy Primus had fouled Emmanuel Eboue in the box.

    1540: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City
    Dietmar Hamann crosses to Emile Mpenza and the striker heads home totally unmarked from six yards out to reduce the arrears.

    1539: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Aston Villa
    Craig Gardner equalises for Villa with a brilliant volley after a long clearance from Thomas Sorensen is flicked towards him.

    WHO'S FOR THE DROP? As it stands, with West Ham drawing at Old Trafford, Wigan are going down.

    1539: GOAL Sheffield United 1-1 Wigan
    Jon Stead bravely meets a Phil Jagielka cross from the left to earn an equaliser for the Blades. Wigan keeper Mike Pollitt stays down injured.

    1537: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Reading
    Non-stop action. Seol Ki-Hyeon arrives at far post getting in front of Shabani Nonda to head home Stephen Hunt's corner.

    1536: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
    Jonathan Woodgate strides forward and rolls a pass to Mark Viduka on the edge of the box. The Australian shapes to go left before stepping inside and firing a low shot home. It had been coming

    1534: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Aston Villa
    Nicolas Anelka finds Gary Speed in the box and the Welshman slides in the opener at the Reebok. Sam Allardyce likes that and is applauding up in the posh seats. Bolton are on course for Europe.

    1533: Yossi Benayoun twice saves the day for West Ham, first clearing Alan Smith's clever flick from a corner off the line and then blocking a follow-up from Kieran Richardson. Close call for the Hammers.

    1532: Problems for Wigan as Arjen de Zeeuw goes off with an ankle problem. Josip Skoko comes on and the influential Paul Scharner drops back into defence.

    1531: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
    Nedum Onohua blocks a pass from Dimitar Berbatov but the ball goes straight back to the Bulgarian who lashes his effort in from inside the area. That looks like Spurs are heading to Europe.

    1530: GOAL Watford 0-1 Newcastle
    Nolberto Solano spots a run from Kieron Dyer who slips the ball under the advancing Ben Foster.

    1528: There is a break in the slate grey skies that have sat over the country... at least in the vicinity of Portsmouth where the match is being played in bright sunlight. Rain almost everywhere else still.

    1526: The stats system must be playing up today. Have Sheffield United really had almost 60% of possession? It's all Wigan in reality.

    1525: Almost a goal for Manchester United after a neat one-two between Wayne Rooney and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ends with the former scuffing a shot just wide from 12 yards. At Blackburn Reading's American keeper Marcus Hahnemann is off after that challenge from Shabani Nonda. Australian Adam Federici comes on.

    1524: Paul Scharner is close to his second of the day for Wigan but heads over the bar from a left-wing cross. The Latics are bossing the game.

    1522: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Reading
    Shabani Nonda attacks Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross and takes Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann out of the equation leaving Benni McCarthy with a simple tap in. That is the South African's 18th Premiership goal of the season.

    1520: Manager Lawrie Sanchez might be wondering why he took on the Fulham job full time. They are being mauled by Middlesbrough. Dong-Gook Lee blazes an effort high over the bar.

    1519: Nicky Shorey hits the woodwork for Reading at Blackburn. Royals boss Steve Coppell does not want to qualify for Europe, but try telling that to the fans.

    1519: Not much to inspire the fans at Vicarage Road. But there's quite a high celebrity quotient considering that this is effectively a meaningless match. Not only are Geordie double act And and Dec in attendance, 1980s Argentine football legends Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles are braving the rain.

    1517: Sheffield United have stepped up a gear in dreadful conditions at Bramall Lane.

    1516: The West Ham fans have gone quiet as news of Wigan's goal feeds through to Old Trafford. Manchester United are enjoying plenty of possession and Wayne Rooney wastes a great opportunity to put them ahead from close range.

    WHO'S FOR THE DROP? As it stands, with West Ham drawing at Old Trafford, Sheffield United are going down.

    1514: GOAL Sheffield United 0-1 Wigan
    That sets the afternoon up brilliantly. Wigan take a deserved lead. Kevin Kilbane's slide-rule pass across the box is fired home by Paul Scharner.

    1510: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City
    Jermaine Jenas dinks a ball over the top into the box and Robbie Keane sweeps the ball home on the volley. Lovely goal, but a hint of offside.

    1509: Portsmouth's Djimi Traore hooks a Gael Clichy cross off the line.

    1508: A terrible miss from Alvaro Arbeola. He pounces on a mistake from Madjid Bougherra and is through on goal but puts his effort wide with Robbie Fowler waiting in the wings for a pass.

    1506: Good stuff from Wigan. A nice, neat move ends with Antonio Valencia crossing into the box, but Emile Heskey cannot find the telling touch and Sheffield United scramble the ball clear.

    1504: Sam Allardyce is having a rum old time at the Reebok heartily laughing his head off with former boss Phil Gartside.

    1503: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Charlton
    The Addicks could have done with this earlier in the season. Liverpool's Javier Mascherano loses possession and a sweeping break ends with Matt Holland bundling the ball in from a right-wing cross.

    1502: All the games are up and running.

    1500: "You fill up my senses, like a gallon of Magnet, like a packet of Woodbines, like a good pinch of snuff, like a night out in Sheffield, like a greasy chip butty, like Sheffield United, Come fill me again.... Na Na Na Naa Naa Naaaaa, ooo!" We are off at Bramall Lane.

    1458: Tottenham are sporting their all new white strip. Looks odd.

    1457: The Everton squad are all wearing 'Please help find Madeleine' T-shirts.

    1456: Awards time at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson is presented with manager of the year; Cristiano Ronaldo receives his PFA player of the year award while Ryan Giggs collects a merit award for winning his ninth Premiership title.

    1455: Robbie Fowler's in the tunnel at Anfield and strains of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' can be heard. He has a wistful look in his eye.

    1453: Some hard house tunes subside at Sheffield United as mascot Captain Blade leads the singing on the Kop. A cracking atmosphere in lashing rain.

    1450: Not the sort of day you want to be watching football out in the open at Vicarage Road or Fratton Park. Wet, windy, woeful. But despite that there are happy faces among the home fans at Watford where it seems they have come to terms with their relegation and want to send them off with a party atmosphere.

    1448: Filling up nicely at Bramall Lane, which is more than can be said for the Riverside which has a bit of an echoey feel to it. Maybe there will be a late rush through the turnstiles.

    1445: And there is a goodbye at Anfield today for Robbie Fowler, who will be wearing the captain's armband for Liverpool in his final game. Those in the bottom tier of the Centenary Stand have been given cards to hold up which spell out 'THANKS' to the striker.

    1442: Talking of Big Sam, Sam Allardyce is in the crowd at the Reebok for Bolton's last match of the season. Down on the pitch Sammy Lee is presenting awards to players from the junior ranks and cracking gags about brown envelopes.

    1440: The players are out warming up and it being the last day of the season a number of fans have turned up in fancy dress. Nuns on the run at Fratton Park and Uncle Sam's in the crowd at the Reebok, to add to the mix of managers past and present, Big Sam and Little Sam.

    1439: Miserable May weather may be inclement around the country, but all the matches are set for 1500 BST starts.

    "I think Wigan will find it very difficult to get a win against Sheffield United."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live analyst

    "Hopefully Man U will stuff West Ham and Sheff Utd will allow Wigan to win. Cheats - and windbags - shouldn't prosper!"
    under_scored on the 606 messageboards

    "Everyone who likes good football will want WHU to stay up (Tevez situation put aside). It is the only good thing for the Premiership. Wigan are a plucky team but they have outstayed their welcome I'm afraid."
    coslodeotter on the 606 messageboards

    1435: Back to the battle at the bottom, Wigan have not lost at Sheffield United this century, recording a win and a draw. However, prior to that they had never won.

    1432: The bad news for Reading and Portsmouth - as well as that dose of doom from Lawro - is that they have poor records against their last-day opponents. The Royals have never won at Blackburn, while Pompey last beat Arsenal at Fratton Park in 1958 when Perry Como was at number one with 'Magic Moments'. Magic indeed.

    1429: Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport's resident wannabe Nostradamus, reckons Tottenham, Everton and Bolton will qualify for Europe.

    1428: Reading travel to Blackburn and Portsmouth host Arsenal knowing that results need to go their way at White Hart Lane and the Reebok before they can start thinking about a first European campaign.

    1426: Bolton start the day in seventh so are in the driving seat, but equally their form has stalled in recent weeks. If they can win for the first time in more than a month at home to in-form Aston Villa they are back in Europe.

    1424: Tottenham start the day in sixth and need to avoid defeat at home to Manchester City to book their place in the Uefa Cup for the second successive season under Martin Jol. Let's hope they avoided the lasagne last night!

    1421: Elsewhere there is stuff to play for four teams who are looking to qualify for the Uefa Cup. Everton have all but sealed one of the three spots while Tottenham, Bolton, Reading and Portsmouth are in the hunt for the other two.

    "There's been a bit of a bandwagon and even my wife's favourite actor Sean Bean wants us to go down. I'm not going to be buying any of his films in the future. We're public enemy number one but it will be sorted out by the football this weekend - it's an intriguing situation."
    West Ham boss Alan Curbishley

    "It will be one of the best days of my life, or one of the worst ones depending on the result."
    Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock

    "We haven't been good enough, it's not because of West Ham. We have to win, I don't want to blame West Ham or the Premier League for being bottlers."
    Wigan boss Paul Jewell

    1414: And the final day is being played out to a back drop of the sort that delights conspiracy theorists. Many believe West Ham should have been docked points for the mess that is the 'Carlos Tevez Affair' and if Manchester United are thumping the Hammers then a narrow Wigan win would send them down. Blades boss Neil Warnock has said "that is one for the KGB".

    1412: So first things first. Wigan need to win. Only if they go ahead do Sheffield United and West Ham need to start sweating. In that scenario the emphasis turns to the Hammers who will need a point at Manchester United to send the Blades down. Anything less and the Londoners could be for the chop because of their inferior goal difference. Confused? The BBC Sport predictor can help you out. Click on the tab above or the link below.

    1409: Wigan travel to Sheffield United knowing nothing less than a win will see them safe, hence Bramall Lane is where it's at again.

    1407: But who is going to join Charlton and Watford in dropping to the Championship. Wigan, West Ham or Sheffield United? Latics chairman Dave Whelan reckons relegation would cost his side in the region of 30m, while his Blades counterpart Kevin McCabe claims it would be more like 50m.

    1404: A few weeks ago we were all set for a right old ding dong of an end to the Premiership season at the top and the bottom, but the title has been won - congratulations to Manchester United - and two of the three relegation spots have been decided.

    1400: It all started 267 days ago at Bramall Lane with a 1-1 draw between Sheffield United and Liverpool and the Premiership season has come full circle as Bramall Lane is under the microscope again today for the final 90 minutes of the season.


    No last hurrah for Steve Sidwell. Tipped to leave Reading at the end of this season, there is not even a place for the highly-rated midfielder on the bench. Shane Long and Kevin Doyle are up front for the Royals while Ulises De La Cruz and Brynjar Gunnarsson also return. For Blackburn, Shabani Nonda comes in for Jason Roberts, who is suspended after being sent off at White Hart Lane.

    Bolton boss Sammy Lee recalls defensive duo Aboulaye Faye and Tal Ben Haim in place of David Thompson and Andranik Teymourian, while Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill names the same team that defeated Sheffield United 3-0.

    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is back in the side after his ankle injury, while Petr Cech, Khalid Boulahrouz, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole all start too. Everton welcome back Tony Hibbert, with James Vaughan starting on his own up front.

    Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler starts for a strong Reds side in his final league game for the club, while keeper Daniele Padelli makes his debut with first-choice Pepe Reina rested and Jerzy Dudek injured. There is also a debut in the Charlton goal for Darren Randolph as Scott Carson is ineligible to play. Striker Darren Bent starts but this could also be his last game for the club after their relegation.

    Middlesbrough recall South Korea striker Dong-Gook Lee, while David Wheater starts in central defence and Emanuel Pogatetz fills in at left-back in place of the injured Andrew Taylor. Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez is without the suspended Michael Brown and Papa Bouba Diop plus the injured Vincenzo Montella, so Moritz Volz, Heidar Helguson and Clint Dempsey play.

    Manchester United leave Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes on the bench and Rio Ferdinand is not selected. West Ham include Carlos Tevez.

    Portsmouth make just one change, with Richard Hughes coming in for Lauren. Arsenal make five changes, bringing in Mart Poom, Justin Hoyte, Johan Djourou, Philippe Senderos and Alexander Hleb. Out go Jens Lehmann, William Gallas, Gilberto Silva, Denilson and Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Sheffield United make two changes from the team that lost 3-0 at Aston Villa, with Christian Nade and Stephen Quinn coming in for Chris Armstrong and Colin Kazim-Richards. Wigan have defender Arjen de Zeeuw back to lead their side after an ankle injury and Kevin Kilbane replaces Julius Aghahowa.

    Jermaine Jenas returns to the Tottenham line-up after shaking off a slight back problem as Martin Jol enjoys the luxury of a fully-fit squad. Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce, without Joey Barton, Micah Richards and Michael Ball, makes two changes to the side that lost to rivals United last time out, Stephen Jordan and Sun Jihai coming into the team.

    For relegated Watford, Jordan Stewart is chosen ahead of Chris Powell at left-back, with Will Hoskins preferred to Darius Henderson in attack and Adrian Mariappa to Cedric Avinel in defence. Michael Owen is included in the starting line-up for Newcastle, with caretaker-manage Nigel Pearson making five changes. Goalkeeper Shay Given returns along with Steven Taylor, Matthew Pattison, Peter Ramage and Shola Ameobi.

  • 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

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