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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 August 2007, 18:11 GMT 19:11 UK
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GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Charlie Henderson

Player of the day: Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka wins your vote as Saturday's star man, with a present mark of 8.56. Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon, Birmingham's two-goal striker Cameron Jerome and Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz also figure prominently. Who was you champ and chump of the day? Get busy and get voting.

"Birmingham's second goal cost me the chance to win 1157.73 from a 2.50 accumulator bet. I hate Jerome!"
Andrew, in Peterborough, via text on 81111

1914: There are two matches tomorrow so be sure to join us on the BBC Sport website for Middlesbrough against Newcastle, which starts at 1330 BST, before the Premier League's two crisis clubs go head-to-head at Old Trafford when Manchester United entertain Tottenham at 1600 BST. The first match will be on BBC Radio 5live Sports Extra, while the second will be on 5live proper.

1913: Tune in to Match of the Day tonight at 2230 BST. Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson join Gary Lineker in the studio. Arsenal and Manchester City will be first on, followed by Chelsea and Portsmouth.

1912: Chelsea end the day top of the table, with Manchester City, Wigan and Liverpool making up the top four. Scroll down the other end and Manchester United are 19th.

"It would be nice for the Red Devils to sink into a lower level of Dante's Inferno than the bottom of the Premier League."
tonyh2007 on 606

1911: Join Alan Green right now on BBC Radio 5live's 606. Give him a call on 0500 909 693 or text 85058. The show is set to start. You can also listen via the BBC Sport website and get involved by using your keyboard.

1910: FULL-TIME Everton 1-1 Blackburn
The final whistle is blown on the day's action shortly after Mikel Arteta's excellent delivery from the corner. Referee Mike Riley spotted a foul on Brad Friedel by Victor Anichebe. Both teams remain unbeaten.

1909: Leighton Baines bursts forward and wins a late corner. A surge of support from the home fans. After a poor first corner, it's a second for the hosts.

1908: David Bentley's deflected free-kick is tipped on to the bar from Tim Howard and Joleon Lescott clears Matt Derbyshire's follow up off the line. That came out of the blue for the Blues. A lucky escape.

1907: Morten Gamst Pedersen goes down under a challenge from Phil Neville outside the Everton box, on the left flank.

1906: There will be four minutes of added time.

1905: Phil Neville pulls up with a grimace and could have a problem with his hamstring. He soldier on.

1904: Rovers take a bit more time out of the game as Jason Roberts replaces Roque Santa Cruz.

1903: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen is booked for time wasting. That sums up what Rovers are all about now as they attempt to see out a third successive league draw.

1902: Phil Jagielka's called on in defence now, nodding David Bentley's cross behind. Roque Santa Cruz meets Morten Gamst Pedersen's delivery at the near post, but his header flashes across the face of goal.

1901: Everton are stretching Blackburn, left and right. Crosses are raining in, but Rovers are standing firm, just. Phil Jagielka stabs a shot wide. Aaron Mokoena replaces David Dunn to help shore things up.

1900: A second change from Rovers boss Mark Hughes. Aaron Mokoena is lined up to come on.

1858: James McFadden trips Matt Derbyshire and then treads on the prone substitute for good measure. Hats off to Derbyshire. He made little of it, dusted himself down and got on with things. If only you could say that of professional footballers more often.

1856: Victor Anichebe throws his leg up at a well-flighted Mikel Arteta free-kick but cannot make contact with it inside the six-yard box. Gasps and head in hands time for the crowd and Anichebe respectively.

"Still been a rather average performance. Not sure if we deserve to win."
toffeess 1888 on 606

1853: GOAL Everton 1-1 Blackburn
James McFadden steals in at the front post and beats two Rovers defenders to flick in Mikel Arteta's low, whipped cross from the right. The match is all square, but the hosts have a bit more zip about them.

1852: A nice cross from Leighton Baines which is headed behind by Stephen Warnock at the back post. Everton are upping the tempo.

1849: A change for Rovers and Matt Derbyshire is the man coming on. Benni McCarthy is the man coming off. A striker for a striker.

1848: Mikel Arteta has a shot blocked from the edge of the area. Everton are pushing, but Blackburn are not going give up this advantage easily.

1844: Striker Andy Johnson is back on.

1842: A bit of a comedy moment, but not for Andy Johnson who has stayed down and needs attention after going down like a skittle as Leon Osman came hurtling in. With three changes already made, Everton are momentarily down to 10 men. Will that become a permanent disadvantage?

1841: A moment of panic in the Blackburn box, but any chance of an equaliser is gone when Andy Johnson and Leon Osman collide as they both line up a shot.

1838: A third and final change for Everton as they desperately look to fire something into a largely moribund performance. Victor Anichebe replaces Tony Hibbert. Skipper Phil Neville slots into full-back.

1833: A fantastic chance for Everton. Andy Johnson spears a cross into the six-yard box from the left, Brad Friedel is totally exposed but Phil Jagielka doesn't get enough on his header. It slides wide.

1831: It is more than a decade ago that there was more than one goal between these sides at Goodison Park in the league.

1828: Mikel Arteta loses the ball in midfield, but Robbie Savage can't quite release Roque Santa Cruz. Joleon Lescott mops up the danger.

1823: Blackburn had the edge in first-half possession with 53% and that is reflected in the scoreline where they're also on top. At the moment you rate Roque Santa Cruz as the best player out there.

1820: The action resumes at Goodison Park.

1819: That's wrapped up a few bits and pieces, but for now it is back to the football where Everton have made a second change. Joleon Lescott has replaced Alan Stubbs.

1818: West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has told BBC Radio 5live he may sue Sheffield United if they carry on "defaming" the Hammers.

1815: Steve Bruce is challenging Bolton's Sammy Lee as the happiest manager of the day. Birmingham recorded a first league win of the campaign at Derby and Bruce reflected: "I think last time we were in the Premier League it took us nearly until Christmas to get our first win under our belt."

1812: BBC Score pundit Lee Dixon, who was throwing his weight behind City halfway through that game, sees promising signs at Arsenal: "Young players would come in and look up to Thierry Henry. Without him these players are perhaps able to grow in to their own game." But he is worried about their goal threat. However, Arsene Wenger has confirmed there will be no more strikers coming to the club.

1810: Wrapping up the news from the Emirates. Arsenal's Arsene Wenger was confident his team would score after the side started with "the handbrake on". Manchester City's Sven-Goran Eriksson starts with his biggest-ever "Welllllll". He's philosophical over a first league defeat: "It is not good to lose, but it is good to come here and feel you can keep up with Arsenal."

1807: Garth Crooks has got people's backs up in the BBC Score studio when he questions the view that Chelsea were tired. "Poor things - 80,000, 100,000, 120,000-a-week and you're tired?" Cue Lee Dixon with a reducer. "That's the biggest load of rubbish. They're human beings. Just because someone is paid 120,000 doesn't mean they can't get tired."

1803: HALF-TIME Everton 0-1 Blackburn
After a minute of added time that's the first half done with at Goodison Park. Unbeaten Blackburn look set to leapfrog Everton in the table.

1759: If you want dedicated commentary on Everton v Blackburn you can always opt for the live text service or tune into BBC Radio 5live on 909 & 693 MW or here, for UK users only.

1758: Lee Carsley is the man to make way for Phil Jagielka.

1756: Everton boss David Moyes is lining up a change, with just 39 minutes on the clock! Phil Jagielka is ready and waiting. Who will be hooked?

1754: Clarification from Adrian via text on 81111 about the half-time boos at Villa Park. "They were directed at Fulham after time wasting, not the hard-working Villa players." Thought it seemed a bit harsh.

1753: Lawrie Sanchez may not have the support of the "footballing Gods", but Garth Crooks is on his side as the Score pundit reflects on the red card for Chris Baird: "The big story was the refereeing decision, and a bad decision, that changed the game when Chris Baird was sent off for Fulham." Gavin Peacock called it "hasty" at the time.

1752: Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez bemoans his luck, or lack of it, and questions what his side have done to upset the "footballing Gods". It's all to do with that first-half penalty shout which would have given his side a 2-0 lead at Aston Villa. "Important decisions at important times are going against us." He has a point. There was also that red card.

1749: This late game is better than most would have anticipated. Brad Friedel punches away a cross inches ahead of Andy Johnson, and his Rovers defence hold firm as the second ball comes in.

1747: Lee Bowyer win's today's award for stating the obvious. When asked how to sum up West Ham's season, which has featured a win, a draw and a loss, he says: "Well, it's had a bit of everything."

"We are playing really poor. What is going on? I hope it is not just down to the changes Moyes has made. How I wish we could have rushed the paperwork for Fernandes and Yakubu. Get Lescott on!"
TrueToffee on 606

1744: Everton are rocking at the back. David Bentley's dipping free-kick whistles through to Tim Howard who fumbles under pressure, although there was an offside so it was a let off for the hosts. They may not be so lucky next time.

1741: David Dunn bends a shot towards the top corner, but American keeper Tim Howard leaps well to his right and palms it away.

1740: Close to a second for Blackburn. Christopher Samba's header on goal beats Tim Howard, but debutant Leighton Baines is on the line at the post to clear for Everton.

1737: BBC Score pundit Garth Crooks described Chelsea's performance as "workmanlike". Fellow sofa-sitter Gavin Peacock isn't too happy about that: "They play better football than people give them credit for, but today Portsmouth played their part and opened them up at times."

1735: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is bigging up Frank Lampard, who scored his fourth goal in four games for England and Chelsea: "When he plays well he is the best. When he doesn't he is the second or third best; he is a fantastic player."

1733: BBC Radio 5live pundit Kevin Gallacher bemoans the fact that Everton "turned off at the back".

1732: GOAL Everton 0-1 Blackburn
Somewhat against the run of play Rovers go in front. Robbie Savage lofts a loose ball into the box where Morten-Gamst Pedersen twists with his back to goal and manages to shot away. It rebounds off the bar and Roque Santa Cruz is on hand to score.

1729: Rovers keeper Brad Friedel is the busiest man out there. Alan Stubbs, playing his 200th Premier League game, thunders in a free kick which the American again beats clear.

1728: Andy Johnson pounces on Christopher Samba's clearing header on the edge of the box and Brad Friedel beats away the Everton striker's venomous volley.

1727: On 606 toffeess 1888 asks "what sort of game are we in for?" He gets a prompt answer from franky_four_fingers: "Well it is Blackburn. Over physical, then act innocent after the match."

1725: Andre Ooijer picks up an early booking for Blackburn and there are some tasty challenges going in.

1721: Some might think El Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka were playing for a move today, but Bolton boss Sammy Lee insists the pair are going nowhere. Of the win he adds: "I didn't get carried away by the three defeats and I won't get carried away by this - although I'm very, very pleased."

You rated Diouf man of the match just ahead of Anelka, although it's a close run thing and could yet change.

We'll be working out our player of the day before packing up for the day so get involved.

1719: An understandably muted opening to the game after that minute's applause.

1717: The game starts.

"Excellent round of applause for young Rhys Jones. You should be proud of yourselves."
NoclasslikeKopclass on 606

1715: The reaction of the fans makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Wonderful applause rings out. It's all too much for Melanie Jones who is wiping away tears in the embrace of her husband Stephen.

1714: The 22 players, all wearing black armbands, are called to the centre circle for a minute's applause in honour of Rhys Jones, who was killed earlier this week. The 11-year-old was an Everton fan and these are emotional moments at Goodison. His parents and elder brother Owen stand between the two managers on the touchline.

1710: The players are in the tunnel and here they come, Blackburn in a change strip of red and black. Brad Friedel is Rovers captain in the absence of Ryan Nelsen, who is serving a suspension. The visitors replace Nelsen with Andre Ooijer and select Benni McCarthy ahead of Matt Derbyshire. Everton give Leighton Baines his debut after his arrival from Wigan. Joleon Lescott is dropped to the bench to accommodate Joseph Yobo's return after a groin injury. James McFadden partners Andrew Johnson up front.

1701: Remember, you can catch all the action on Match of the Day tonight at 2230 BST. Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson will be in the studio with Gary Lineker.

1700: One more game to go at Goodison Park between Everton and Blackburn. Just 15 minutes until that starts, but stay here for all the reaction from the other games. And if you're on your way back from a match let us know your thoughts on the action via text on 81111.

"Hurrah! I'm gonna get drunk tonight. Man U are second from bottom. May it long continue."
Charles Gooner Silva via text on 81111

"No one remembers how a team starts. It is all about how you finish and where you finish."
franky_four_fingers on 606

1656: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City
The visitors gave everything, but Sven-Goran Eriksson's winning start as City boss goes up in smoke.

1655: FULL-TIME West Ham 1-1 Wigan
An uninspiring game but for those three second-half minutes, although a point means Wigan will stay in the top four... for the time being.

1654: FULL-TIME Bolton 3-0 Reading
Wanderers are off the bottom of the table.

1654: One last chance for Manchester City as Javier Garrido's cross is put behind for a corner. Kasper Schmeichel comes up and makes good contact, but home keeper Manuel Almunia saves.

1653: FULL-TIME Derby 1-2 Birmingham
County go bottom and it is already looking like it will be a long season for them. A first Premier League win this season for City.

1653: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth
Chelsea look set for top spot, despite not playing all that well.

1652: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham
A first win of the campaign for Villa, while for the fourth game in a row involving Fulham, the team scoring first loses.

1651: GOAL Bolton 3-0 Reading
Daniel Braaten makes sure of the points for Bolton and there will be no Reading comeback. The substitute meets Nicolas Anelka's cross from the left and pokes home.

1649: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham
Villa only need one minute to find what could be a decisive and deserving winner. Ashley Young threads a pass through to Shaun Maloney behind the visiting defence. He stays cool and slots it past Kasey Keller.

1648: Aston Villa have the ball in the back of the Fulham net, but Gareth Barry is flagged for offside. There will be four minutes of added time at Villa Park.

1646: Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole clears off the line to preserve his side's advantage. It was Hermann Hreidarsson's header after Kanu had blocked an initial effort from his team-mate David Nugent.

1644: Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson saves from point-blank range to deny Clint Dempsey.

1643: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Wigan
Lee Bowyer may have missed moments earlier, but he doesn't this time. Luis Boa Morte finds the midfielder storming into the box and from 12 yards he puts the Hammers level. The Hammers are all square.

1643: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City
Within 10 minutes of their fourth game of the season, City concede. Alexander Hleb threads a ball through to Cesc Fabregas from the right edge of the box and the Spaniard fizzes a shot high into the net.

1642: West Ham almost respond immediately. Luis Boa Morte bursts down the left and along the byeline, but Lee Bowyer cannot hook his pull-back on goal.

1641: Luke Moore misses with a free header for Aston Villa. He's had a busy second half since coming on at the break.

1640: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Wigan
The Latics break the deadlock at Upton Park. Mario Melchiot hurls in a long throw which is flicked on by Emile Heskey to tee up Paul Scharner for a spectacular overhead kick that bounces in at the post.

1639: The only way Derby look like taking anything out of their game at home to Birmingham is through a City error. County are running out of ideas.

1637: Cesc Fabregas slides in on Elano on the edge of the Gunners area and his tackle sets in motion a sweeping Arsenal break. It ends with Emmanuel Adebayor thumping a volley miles over.

1635: Arsenal are piling on the pressure. Manchester City are holding firm quite easily.

1633: Reading throw on Leroy Lita for his first appearance of the season in the hope of salvaging something from their game against Bolton. Don't count them out. Last season the Royals scored three times in the last five minutes in the corresponding fixture.

1632: Poor play by Chelsea new boy Juliano Belletti and Portsmouth's Benjani Mwaruwari is through. But the Pompey man's poor first touch means he has too much to do and his shot is over.

1631: Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas fires in a wicked shot which Manchester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel tips over.

1630: PENALTY MISS Arsenal
Kasper Schmeichel preserves Manchester City's record of not conceding this season as he saves with his legs from Robin van Persie.

1629: A penalty to Arsenal. Micah Richards, Manchester City's man of the week, slides in on Alexander Hleb. He makes no contact with the ball.

1627: RED CARD Fulham Chris Baird checks Ashley Young on the edge of the area and it is a second yellow for the Fulham man. If referee Steve Bennett had played advantage Villa would have been ahead as Luke Moore put away the loose ball.

1626: A fantastic save from Robert Green. The West Ham keeper throws himself at Julius Agahowa to block his shot from a cross. Mario Melchiot pokes the rebound wide.

1625: Arsenal's Manuel Almunia has to make his first real save of the afternoon. Emile Mpenza is through on the right, but his shot is smothered by the Spaniard.

1624: A great Bolton move with El Hadji Diouf releasing Kevin Nolan. His cross is turned in by Nicolas Anelka, but the Frenchman was offside.

1623: Juliano Belletti comes on for his Chelsea debut.

1622: West Ham throw on Dean Ashton in an attempt to break the deadlock against Wigan.

1621: GOAL Derby 1-2 Birmingham
Sebastian Larsson flicks on Stephen Kelly's right-flank cross and Cameron Jerome neatly swivels to volley in his second of the day. Manager Steve Bruce, in a very crisp blue shirt, celebrates a la Arsene Wenger - arms bent, fists clenched.

1620: The ball breaks for Martin Petrov on the left of the Arsenal box and the Bulgarian's fizzing shot whistles just wide of the post.

1918: A Chelsea corner, but a chance for Portsmouth as they break. Gary O'Neil lets fly from the edge of the box and his curling effort arcs wide of the home goal.

1616: Sticking with Bolton, James Whelan claimed Diouf meant "class" in Senegalese. Other suggestions via text on 81111 are "idiot", "aggro" and from Alex: "There is no such language, but I believe it means cheat in French though."

1615: GOAL Bolton 2-0 Reading
Are Wanderers going to win their first game of the season? They're going about it the right way as El Hadji Diouf releases Nicolas Anelka, who casually goes round Marcus Hahnemann and scores with a soft, trickling finish.

"It's Le Sulk with an amazing goal. I bet Sir Alex might be taking a good look."
Ronaldo-Rooney on 606

1613: Wigan's Julius Agahowa is in behind the West Ham defence, but his first touch to a bobbling pass and then he lifts the ball over the advancing Robert Green... and the crossbar.

1611: Portsmouth duo Matt Taylor and Kanu set up a chance for Sean Davies who blazes a wild effort over the bar from eight yards.

1609: GOAL Derby 1-1 Birmingham
A home equaliser the other side of the Midlands as well. Debutant Eddie Lewis picks out Matt Oakley with a cross and his volley bounces down and in.

1608: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham
Finally, Villa score. Nigel Reo-Coker sweeps the ball out to Ashley Young on the left. His direct run from the flank takes a slight deflection off Zat Knight and nestles in the far corner. Down in London, Arsenal and Manchester City get going again.

1607: All that early second-half action at Villa Park, but they're yet to resume at the Emirates.

1606: Fulham's Diomansy Kamara hits the woodwork with a thumping drive across Scott Carson. It rebounds off the post. Villa break and Luke Moore should have done better. A poor first touch from the home substitute.

1605: A rasping drive from Aston Villa's Luke Moore after the "tightest turn" Jonathan Pearce has seen all season. Not the best of ringing endorsements then.

1604: Back up and running.

"Mr Marriner isn't covering himself in glory at Upton park. Was it a penalty and was the goal offside?"
Ben, at Upton Park, via text on 81111
No and yes is the answer to that Ben. "A penalty would have been harsh," is the official line from Sam Lyon who will be bringing you the match report on the whistle.

"Papers were talking about Kasper Schmeichel playing for England. Sounds like he's having a 'mare today despite not conceding yet."
dancing_shoes on 606

Player rater: Those boos at Villa Park seem a bit harsh as you are generally marking the Aston Villa players higher than their Fulham counterparts. Sunderland's Craig Gordon set the early benchmark today with 8.38, but that has been blown out of the water by Reading's Stephen Hunt, who has the perfect 10. Bolton namesake Nicky is on 3.50, despite his team beating the Royals. Make sense of that if you will.

"Bolton are awesome. Is Diouf the Senegalese word for class?" James Whelan, inside the Reebok, via text on 81111

1548: HALF-TIME
Derby and Birmingham were the first to start and are, unsurprisingly, the first to head for the tunnel. Moments later the whistle goes at Aston Villa. It is met by jeers by the home fans.

1547: John Carew heads on to the Fulham crossbar from Gareth Barry's corner. What do Aston Villa need to do to score this afternoon?

1546: Derby's Stephen Bywater races from his goal to block as Fabrice Muamba breaks clear of a square Rams rearguard.

1545: David James makes an unconvincing save from Frank Lampard's 25-year free-kick. He beats it out and won't be boosting his England chances with moments like that.

1544: Wigan's Jason Koumas picks up a loose ball and his bouncing shot clips the West Ham woodwork.

1543: Arsenal's Alexander Hleb has all the time in the world as Kasper Schmeichel flaps at a cross under pressure from Emmanuel Adebayor. The problem is the Belarus midfielder takes all the time in the world, plus a whole sight more. Manchester City close down his space in the box. Schmeichel's looking shaky.

"Is it true that Almunia is the Spanish word for ammonia? Maybe that explains his hair."
Charles, via text on 81111

1540: Didier Drogba's been in the wars this half. The Ivorian takes a full-blooded free-kick from Sulley Muntari just where you wouldn't want to. Tears in the Ivorian's eyes there.

1539: Emmanuel Adebayor and Cesc Fabregas link up on the right and the Spaniard plays a square ball into the box that is inches ahead of the stretching Robin van Persie. "That deserved a goal," reflects BBC Radio 5live pundit Mark Bright.

1538: A delightful pass forward from Ashley Cole off the outside of his boot frees Florent Malouda on the left. The Frenchman cannot quite get on the end of it before the angle has become too ridiculously acute to get anything on goal.

1537: Is a goal coming for Aston Villa? The lively Ashley Young plays in Gabriel Agbonlahor who shoots wide.

1536: Mark Noble plays in Craig Bellamy and the West Ham faithful are celebrating a goal... before spotting the offside flag.

1535: Fulham should have had a penalty, Craig Gardner blocking Diomansy Kamara's right-footed shot with his arm.

1534: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Reading
A towering Gary Speed header from a El Hadji Diouf corner. Fully deserved lead for the Premier League's bottom club.

1533: Fulham's Paul Konchesky makes a right old mess at the back and John Carew's in. The Norwegian fails to appreciate how much time he has, with Konchesky down on all fours, and rushes a weak, low shot straight at Kasey Keller.

1532: Didier Drogba picked up a knock in the build-up to that Chelsea goal and hobbles off for attention. No doubt he'll be back pronto.

1531: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth
Didier Drogba holds up a long ball, lays it off to Frank Lampard on the right and the on-rushing midfielder lashes in. David James gets a hand to the shot... but not enough.

1529: A sneaky little kick from Robin van Persie on the sliding Kasper Schmeichel. Less of a kick and more of a case of leaving his foot in there. Needless on the Arsenal man's part.

1528: Referee Andre Marriner waves away West Ham penalty claims as Wigan's Andreas Granqvist tussles with Mark Noble in the box.

1527: Nicolas Anelka needs to take the blinkers off. Instead of going for goal on his own, a bit of teamwork wouldn't go amiss. Is Bolton's Frenchman after goals to boost his chances of a move in the final week of the transfer window?

1525: A finely-timed tackle from Fulham's Paul Konchesky as he tracks back to dispossess John Carew. The Norwegian was racing through on goal having been played in by Ashley Young.

1524: Portsmouth are beginning to get on top and nearly take the lead at Stamford Bridge. Kanu retained possession superbly and teed up Matthew Taylor, but his effort is deflected narrowly wide by Tal Ben Haim.

1523: Birmingham's Cameron Jerome and Mikael Forssell link well again, but the Finn's shot is blocked as he attempts to round Stephen Bywater. From the corner Radhi Jaidi crashes a header onto the Derby bar.

1522: Emile Mpenza, the City meat in an Arsenal defensive sandwich, snaps a shot wide from the edge of the box. The Gunners make a change with Bacary Sagna unable to continue after picking up a knock. Denilson comes on and there will be a re-shuffle. Mathieu Flamini goes to right-back. That makes it two midfielders in the home defence.

1521: A mazy run from Aston Villa's Ashley Young, but the diminutive forward drags his shot wide.

1519: Dietmar Hamann is booked for a vicious sliding tackle on Robin van Persie. Nasty.

1518: Anton Ferdinand shows some spring in his socks and climbs well to meet Mark Noble's cross, but the defender's glancing header slips wide.

1516: Ashley Young goes it alone after breaking down the left for Aston Villa. He arrows a shot into the goal at the near post when the pull-back would have been the better option. BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce describes Villa Park as having a "strange atmosphere".

1515: Good news for Bolton fans is that the Premier League's bottom side have started really well. The bad news is that they have not carved Reading open and made that dominance tell.

1513: Manchester City break, but Martin Petrov spears his shot wide of the target.

1512: Excellent chance for Chelsea. Claudio Pizarro heads over from Florent Malouda's inswinging free-kick from the right.

"As long as Derby v Birmingham doesn't finish a draw, and one of Aston Villa and Bolton win, Manchester United will be in the relegation zone!"
The Gas on 606

"Anybody seen Almunia's ridiculous hair? Let's hope Arsenal are as bad as that haircut."
Jeff, Manchester, via text on 81111
The Spaniard has been experimenting with the peroxide over the summer recess.

1509: Two rising shots in different parts of London. Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor has a pop, while George McCartney does likewise for West Ham.

1508: That might not be the best of news for Fulham. In each of their games so far the team that has scored the opening goal has gone on to lose.

1507: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham
Clint Dempsey hammers the ball high into the Aston Villa net after latching on to a through ball from Diomansy Kamara in the box.

1505: Wrapping things up from the Stadium of Light, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says Jamie Carragher has a suspected broken rib. Sunderland manager Roy Keane concedes that it was not their day and hails the Reds: "They have a good chance of winning the league - we saw that with their strength in depth."

1504: The last match of the day to start is at Arsenal, where the hosts have late change. Gilberto Silva steps into the heart of defence in place of Phillippe Senderos, who injured himself in the warm up. The Swiss defender aggravated an ankle injury.

1501: GOAL Derby 0-1 Birmingham
What a start! Less than a minute gone at Pride Park and the Blues are in front. Mikael Forssell clips the ball round the corner on the edge of the box and Cameron Jerome slides in a fine effort from an acute angle. Official time: 32 seconds.

1500: Birmingham get the ball rolling in the first start of the day.

1459: And Birmingham also did the double over Derby last year, when they were in the Championship. This is the first top-flight match between these two since 1978. Phew, that's that done, no claims of bias as everyone's mentioned. Text us on 81111 throughout the afternoon and get involved on 606.

1458: In the two remaining games, Bolton will look to break their duck, although they failed to pick up any points against Reading last season.

1457: Here come the players around the country.

1456: In stark contrast, all the top-flight matches between West Ham and Wigan have ended in away wins.

1455: Fulham haven't got a great record at Aston Villa either. They lost won had the edge over their hosts in a league game at Villa Park in 1973.

1453: Bad news for those two visitors to London. Manchester City last won at Arsenal in 1975. Pompey have not taken the spoils in a league match at Stamford Bridge since 1957.

1452: The league's two most prolific teams in front of goal go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea and Portsmouth are slotting two-goals-a-game so far this season.

1450: The match at the Emirates between Arsenal and Manchester City will tell us much more about those two sides. Are City all that under Sven-Goran Eriksson? Will Arsenal mount a serious challenge this season?

1449: Blinding weather up and down the country for the 1500 BST starts. Great weather for festival goers at Reading and Leeds and fans at the football, but not sure what the players will make of it though.

1445: So Liverpool are up to second and maybe BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson knew something we didn't. He had that nailed on as a 2-0 away win. If he really is the modern-day Nostradamus then Chelsea are guaranteed top spot tonight.


TEAM NEWS

Emmanuel Adebayor starts in the Arsenal attack with Robin van Persie, while Tomas Rosicky, Phillippe Senderos and Manuel Almunia also play. Manchester City start with Emile Mpenza in attack, while Stephen Ireland replaces Geovanni in midfield.

Aston Villa stick with an unchanged XI. A surprise for Fulham who give a debut to veteran keeper Kasey Keller, who only joined the club this week. Clint Dempsey and Diomansy Kamara come in for Hameur Bouazza and Brian McBride.

Pointless Bolton make one change with Gavin McCann coming into the heart of the midfield in place of Andranik Teymourian. Reading must do without England full-back Nicky Shorey who has a knee injury. Scott Golbourne and debutant Emerse Fae fill the full-back positions and striker Leroy Lita is among the substitutes.

Claudio Pizarro gets the nod ahead of Salomon Kalou to start alongside Didier Drogba in the Chelsea attack - the only change from the side that drew with Liverpool. New signing Juliano Belletti is on the bench so Michael Essien continues at right-back. Portsmouth welcome back defensive duo Sol Campbell and Lauren while Sulley Muntari and Gary O'Neil return to the midfield.

Both managers make four changes after tasting defeat in their previous matches. Derby bring in Andy Griffin, Claude Davis, Gary Teale and Eddie Lewis for Tyrone Mears, Darren Moore, Dean Leacock and Robert Earnshaw. Birmingham replace keeper Colin Doyle with Maik Taylor and Johan Djourou, Gary McSheffrey and Cameron Jerome come in for Sebastian Larsson, Mhedi Nafti, and Garry O'Connor.

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley hands Lucas Neill his first start of the season in the only change to the side that beat Birmingham last time out, with George McCartney swapping to left-back. Wigan are unchanged from the side that won 3-0 against Sunderland last week.

By Caroline Cheese

1440: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool complete a routine win thanks to first ever Reds goals from Momo Sissoko and Andriy Voronin. And with that I'm off. It's over to Charlie Henderson, who's finally found his way off the train.

1438: "Realistically we're not going to pick up anything against the top four teams. Hopefully we won't concede too many at Old Trafford and then we can try and sort things out."
safcfan89 on 606

1436: "Finally Liverpool learn how to kill a game off!"
Tim from Southend via text on 81111

1433: GOAL Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool
Another fabulous move from Liverpool. Jermaine Pennant to Ryan Babel to Fernando Torres, who sets up Andriy Voronin. He checks back and shoots right-footed. Craig Gordon gets a hand to it but it's not enough. Game over, I should think.

1430: "Craig Gordon is showing what a class keeper he is. Don't let the fee put you off, worth every penny."
Euan in Glasgow via text on 8111

1428: "Can Sunderland score another goal in the 90th minute? Only time will tell..."
theothefuture on 606

1426: Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon makes a top-drawer save from Andriy Voronin about six yards out. Voronin might have directed it better, but still a decent stop. Another chance goes begging.

1424: Anthony Stokes' long-range shot bounces in front of Pepe Reina and just wide. Sunderland make a change, David Connolly on for Daryl Murphy.

1423: "On ridiculous names. I want to give my first child the middle name 'mountain' but my fiancee is not very convinced."
Andy in Cumbernauld via text on 81111

1421: Carragher slowly makes his way off. He looks a troubled man. Riise is on.

1419: Liverpool winger Ryan Babel jogs off... oh no he doesn't. Jamie Carragher is indicating he cannot continue. John Arne Riise is waiting to come on.

1415: Wolf-whistles all round as Fernando Torres balloons a shot over the bar. Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher receives treatment on a rib injury.

1413: Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa is the second player into the book for a high challenge on Liam Miller. Sunderland have a free-kick on the right - which Pepe Reina tips behind.

1410: "We need another goal before something silly happens..."
BabElVoroNino on 606

1407: Sunderland captain Dwight Yorke comes off to be replaced by Grant Leadbitter. Yorke has had little bearing on the proceedings - can Leadbitter do any better?

1406: Bit of team news. Fulham have dropped calamity keeper Tony Warner for their game at Aston Villa and replaced him with Kasey Keller.

1404: Good turn by Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin in the box but he can't keep his feet. Looks a good player though - despite the Petit ponytail.

1401: "To be fair to Gav in Truro (see 1348), Truro is a god awful place where text-pestery is the only hobby available."
From hypocritical Dan in Deptford via text in 81111

1356: Anthony Stokes stumbles his way into the penalty area but turns his back to goal for no apparent reason and loses the ball. "He looks very raw," says Chris Waddle on BBC 5live.

1351: We're off again at the Stadium of Light. No half-time changes.

1349: "Let's hope Roy can get the boys up for the second half. Come on Sunderland."
EddieNewton on 606

1348: Now that the aforementioned text pest has hit well over 20 of the same texts, and as requested by Si on 81111, I feel it's only fair to publish his musings. If only to make him stop. Here we go: "They should make it the same as rugby the captain speaks 2 the ref and video replays from gav in Truro".

1345: "Liverpool fan at the game today - just like to point out that Sissoko's goal cost me my iPod - crushed during the celebration! I will be sending Momo a bill."
Matt via text on 81111

1342: "I'm bored in work trying to glue a very small paper aeroplane to a fly. I'll keep you posted."
Via text on 81111

1338: "Arghhh. Torres should've buried that."
liver_lally on 606

1336: "Caroline, my band are playing at the Great British Cheese Festival 29-30 Sept. Will we see you there?"
Stefan via text on 81111 (Will I be there? Stefan, I'm the guest of honour.)

1334: Yikes, that was close. Jermaine Pennant provides a perfect cross for Fernando Torres, whose diving header is saved at the second attempt by Craig Gordon. Half-time.

1330: I'm in awe. You guys have risen magnificently to the text challenge. "I've just seen Vinnie Jones riding a bicycle," says Peter. By the way, the guy who keeps sending the same one? He's still doing it. Love to see his bill.

1328: "Dear Caroline, on my mobile checking the scores and saw your plea. Divided loyalties for me this evening - my Mum's 50th birthday bash, or Everton's tea-time kick-off! What to do? Andy Johnson first goal and a 2-1 win, by the way. Best wishes from a baking Aberystwyth."
Tom via text on 81111

1324: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
Lovely move from Liverpool. Xabi Alonso swings over the cross from the left, Jermaine Pennant heads back across goal and Andriy Voronin lays the ball off for Momo Sissoko to hammer a low shot into the corner - his first ever goal for Liverpool. Sorry Sunderland fans, Liverpool deserved that.

1322: Following my plea for texts at 1316, I receive this one from Mulla in Widnes: "Is this any better mate?" Er... no.

1319: Meanwhile in the game that would have been a Premier League fixture 10 years ago, Leeds are leading Nottingham Forest. If that's your bag, follow the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

1318: "Greg Halford looks very, very edgy."
BBC 5live's Chris Waddle

1316: A plea: if you're on your mobile, drop me a text. Some joker has texted in the same message eight times. It's not a very interesting one either.

1314: Dickson Etuhu gets a yellow card for a late challenge on Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

1311: Jermaine Pennant loses the ball in midfield and Michael Chopra slides the ball through for Anthony Stokes. Liverpool keeper Jose Reina gets a hand to the shot.

1308: Liverpool have had 77% of the possession so far which tells you everything you need to know about this game. The Reds have only had one decent chance though - which Andriy Voronin fluffed in the first minute.

1306: Substitutions are the order of the day at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson limps off to be replaced by Anthony Stokes.

1302: Hyypia's off again, blood pouring from his nose. "That looks broke," says BBC 5live's Chris Waddle. Daniel Agger is on for his 50th appearance for Liverpool.

1300: Liverpool slice open the Sunderland defence with ease. Ryan Babel lays the ball off to Xabi Alonso, whose fierce effort fizzes wide.

1257: Free-kick for Liverpool just outside the area for Dickson Etuhu's foul on Voronin - no Steven Gerrard to take it. Xabi Alonso smashes it straight into the wall.

1254: Hyypia's back on now. Meanwhile, Lawro gives the nation a chuckle by criticising John Motson's shirt and tie, saying he must have "got dressed in the dark". That's the same Lawro wearing a burnt orange shirt today.

1253: Sami Hyypia's taken a bang on the head already. He's off the pitch getting treatment but his face isn't a pretty sight.

1250: By the way if it's audio commentary you're after, why not have a listen to BBC Radio 5live? Chris Waddle provides the analysis.

1249: Meanwhile it's getting heated on Footie Focus. Lee Dixon just challenged Graham Poll to a fight, live on air. I think he was joking.

1248: Scary moments for Sunderland already. Greg Halford's disastrous backpass lands at Andriy Voronin's feet, but 9m keeper Craig Gordon is out quickly to smother the shot.

1246: Here comes Roy Keane, hands in suit pockets, sauntering down the tunnel. Cool as you like, the Sunderland boss shakes hands with Rafa Benitez before standing, arms folded, by his bench. And that's the cue for Saturday's action to get under way.

1242: The players are out at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland skipper Dwight Yorke sharing a joke with the match officials before they emerge from the tunnel.

1238: Newcastle captain Geremi has just told Football Focus he wants to be a private detective when he retires from football. Not sure Focus reporter Ivan Gaskell's 'mystery of the missing silverware' gag will go down too well on Tyneside. Geremi found it hilarious though.

1233: "We want Liverpool to go away with a good impression of Sunderland."
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn on Football Focus

1230: The teams are in from the Stadium of Light. Sunderland make one change, Liam Miller in for Anthony Stokes.
Sunderland: Gordon, Halford, McShane, Nosworthy, Wallace, Miller, Etuhu, Yorke, Richardson, Chopra, Murphy. Subs: Ward, Stokes, Leadbitter, Anderson, Connolly.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Arbeloa, Pennant, Alonso, Sissoko, Babel, Torres, Voronin. Subs: Itandje, Agger, Riise, Kuyt, Mascherano.

1227: "Can you ask Lawro what shampoo he uses? His hair always looks tip top."
Anon via text on 81111 (Sure will. That won't be an embarrassing conversation at all.)

1223: As promised, a bit of chat on Forest and Leeds, the fallen giants. That League One clash kicks off at 1300 BST.

1218: Lawro fans will be pleased to know our man is keeping up his early season fashion form. Today's shirt is a spicy number - apricot, I think you'd call it, with white stripes. It's an absolute belter - although may cause your eyes to bleed.

1208: Well we've already had predictions that Agger and Kuyt will score for Liverpool today - but they'll have to do so from the bench. Sami Hyypia is in for Daniel Agger, while Andriy Voronin replaces Dirk Kuyt for his first Premier League start. Ryan Babel also starts but Steven Gerrard is out.

1205: "Give a thought to two Premier League founders, Forest and Leeds, meeting at The City Ground today. The long journey back continues!"
jasons-pineapple on 606 (And we'll have a Footie Focus feature on that in a bit

1202: Hold on to your hats, it's less than 10 minutes until the start of Football Focus on BBC1 and if you're not near a telly, it's being simulcast on the website. No, I've no idea what simulcast means either. Newcastle skipper Geremi, Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn and Graham Poll, er, star.

1158: "Off for a pint with my dad, then to see Arsenal thrash City! Would the real Sven please sit down!"
Rich via text on 81111

1152: Great stuff from Nicolas Anelka. First, music to the ears of Bolton fans fearing he might be off. "I will fight for the club because they allowed me to return to England," he says. Good old Nicolas. But what's that you say? "But if I have to leave, it will be because of bad results," he adds.

1149: "We're off to the Riverside tomorrow to watch Big Sam's boys turn the smoggies over in their own backyard. Come on Liverpool, burst the Mackems' bubble!"
Daz from Newcastle via text on 81111

1145: zany_ninja on 606 has gone all Lawro on us and offered his predictions for today's matches. Zany adds: "If they turn out exactly like I predict, I'll change my name to Mr Cheese". My dad would love that - he's oddly proud of our ridiculous family name.

1140: "Guys this live text banter is becoming an institution! You should ask for a raise. Maybe not Charlie 'stuck in a train' Henderson though! Looking forward to Torres scoring again today."
Frankie via text on 81111 (who has worked out a surefire way to get his texts published)

1135: "City will win this one against Arsenal. They'll go on and win some more matches after and then their fairytale stops."
MUFC the religion on 606

1131: It won't surprise you to learn that Lawro is also predicting a Liverpool win today. He also reckons Bolton will stop being pointless with a draw against Reading.

1129: The texts are really flooding in now. A Pompey fan says: "Liverpool are going to smash Sunderland to little pieces, even Kuyt will score..."

1122: Here comes today's first text and I reckon it might be from a Manchester United fan. "Come on Citeh!" says Charles G Silva. "Show us your true colours today. I predict a 4-0 drubbing by Arsenal."

1117: Today's early game sees Sunderland host Liverpool, with the Black Cats looking for their second win over the Reds in 21 games. Let us know your thoughts via text on 81111 or via 606.

1110: If you're on your way to a match, we want to hear from you so please drop us a text on 81111. If by any chance you are reading this and are about to head to Turf Moor for the Burnley v QPR game - please be aware that game has been postponed.

1100: Morning folks and a big shout out to the sun for actually turning up for work today - which is more than can be said for Charlie Henderson, who was due to be taking you through today's action but has just called to say he's stuck on a train. A likely story.



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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