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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 September 2007, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Live - Premier League



Arsenal 3-1 Portsmouth Aston Villa 2-0 Chelsea Blackburn 1-0 Man City

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Charlie Henderson

Player of the day: Zat Knight and Ashley Young earn your plaudits from Villa's win, but they are a full point behind Cesc Fabregas who is the man of the day with a mark of 8.73. The champagne's in the post Cesc.

1759: And then of course there is Match of the Day 2 with Adrian Chiles. That is on BBC Two at 2230 BST.

1758: You can stay on top of all the reaction to the weekend on the BBC Sport website or BBC Radio 5live. I wonder what sort of excuses Jose Mourinho will be coming out with?

"Important points dropped by Chelsea. This is going to be one exciting season. Much closer than last."
CR7_Ronaldo on 606

1756: Spoony's in the hot seat on 606 this evening and he's settling in to it right now. The other side of the hour he will fronting BBC Radio 5live's 606 and you can give him a call on 0500 909693. Or text 85058. Or log on to 606.

1754: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues have still not won at Villa Park this century and that is Villa's first win over Chelsea since April 2004. There's a four-way tie at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea on 10 points. And it is personal revenge for Martin O'Neill, who lost the Uefa Cup final with Celtic to Jose Mourinho's Porto.

"Massive result for the Villa. Hope Gary from Solihull enjoyed it as much as I did!"
Jonathan, in Hove, via text on 81111

1753: Chelsea will end the game with 10 men. Didier Drogba is helped off and is hobbling down the touchline. It looks like something's up with his right knee.

1752: Even worse news for Chelsea. Didier Drogba is sat on the turf as play continues. He's flexing his knee and has now rolled over and is lying face down. Now he has rolled over and is lying face up.

1751: Florent Malouda plays in Joe Cole on the left. A nice turn and shot by the substitute and his rolling effort shaves the post.

1750: So then, Liverpool will be top of the Premier League for the next two weeks.

1749: Roman Abramovich has seen enough. He heads for the exit. There will be four minutes of added time.

1748: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Chelsea
The Blues are caught on the break as Ashley Young skips away from Juliano Belletti on halfway. His driven shot into the box is turned in by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

1747: Alex is now in attack instead of John Terry.

1746: A last-gasp tackle in the box by Martin Laursen on Didier Drogba. Florent Malouda heads wide moments later.

1745: Chelsea inch forward.

1444: Back to defensive duties for John Terry. Villa corner. They go short. That eats up a miniscule amount of time before Gareth Barry's cross is cleared by Michael Essien.

1743: Jose Mourinho stepped forward to the touchline to tell his skipper to get forward. John Terry joins Didier Drogba and Claudio Pizarro in a three-man attacking line.

1742: Villa Park turns as one on the referee as he spots a Villa infringement as the hosts look to break, and then they turn on Jose Mourinho as he steps forward to the touchline. "Go home Mourinho, go home Mourinho."

1741: Salomon Kalou puts a low shot just wide of Scott Carson's left post.

1740: A chance for Villa's defence to catch their breath as Luke Moore races up the left. He cuts inside and is almost through the Chelsea rearguard before John Terry unfurls a huge left boot to halt Moore's progress.

1739: Poor first touch from Stilian Petrov as he gifts possession to Chelsea in midfield and puts his team-mates back on the back foot. They've been on that particular foot for about 90% of this second half.

1738: Stilian Petrov comes on for the limping John Carew.

1737: Claudio Pizarro races to the near post to meet Joe Cole's corner, but his glancing header flashes over the bar.

1734: About 15 more minutes for Villa to hold out.

1732: REACTION Blackburn 1-0 Manchester City
Sven-Goran Eriksson is a bit perplexed that there were red cards for "pull-shirting" but doesn't question the referee's decision. He will also be working on City's cutting edge in the final third in training. "We were more nice than dangerous," he says. Mark Hughes describes Tugay's two bookings as "silly" and adds: "Luckily for him his team-mates rallied and got us the three points."

1730: John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor are both booked for Villa now. The first for a foul, the second for some backchat. That makes it four Villa yellow cards.

1729: Didier Drogba is booked. Take your pick for a clattering aerial challenge on Martin Laursen or a bit of backchat to referee Mark Clattenburg.

1727: Martin Laursen slides in to turn a low Joe Cole cross behind.

1726: Respite for Villa as Nigel Reo-Coker races away on the right. Switch to the left but Juliano Belletti shows good strength to brush off the flighty Ashley Young.

1724: Blues skipper John Terry heads over from a corner.

1723: Pressure, pressure, pressure from Chelsea.

1721: A double change for Chelsea and that means Jose Mourinho has used up all thee substitutes with a little under 30 minutes to go. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Claude Makelele are hooked. Salomon Kalou and Joe Cole are thrown on.

"Jose's getting desperate." liver_lally on 606

1720: Crisp passing move from Chelsea. Just as Florent Malouda prepares to round it off with a shot in the box, Nigel Reo-Coker storms in with a blocking challenge and then gives his team-mates a right rollicking. Focus might be the general theme.

1718: Didier Drogba races into the box on the right, but his square pass is cleared for a corner. Credit to the Ivorian. He could have gone down but stayed on his feet... for once. Poor corner from Florent Malouda.

1715: A first card of the game as Nigel Reo-Coker fouls Shaun Wright-Phillips.

1712: Zat Knight and Didier Drogba have a handful of each others shirts as they tussle for a high ball over the top before the Chelsea man goes down clutching his face. He wasn't touched.

1710: The goal sparks a change - Claudio Pizarro for Jon Obi Mikel. The Nigerian is given the hurry up by Jose Mourinho as he saunters off the pitch. His boss wants to see him sprinting.

1707: That's two goals in two games for Zat Knight at Villa Park. The first was an own goal when he was there in a Fulham shirt last Saturday.

1706: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea
Zat Knight climbs highest to head in from Gareth Barry's corner 65 seconds into the second half. What a way to mark your debut! He beats his palm on the badge on his shirt as he embarks on a glory run of celebration. There was a deflection off Ashley Cole, but that will go down as Knight's goal.

1705: Villa have scored all their goals in the second-half of Premier League matches and they come close to doing so today. Petr Cech tips over Ashley Young's dipping shot.

1704: Here we go. Chelsea can open up a three-point gap at the top of the table if they win.

1703: The players come out at Villa Park and former Lyon team-mates John Carew and Florent Malouda are having a right good giggle.

Player rater: Benni McCarthy has fallen off the pace and Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas looks good to be your Player of the Day. Nobody has broken from the pack in the Aston Villa and Chelsea game.

1655: REACTION Arsenal 3-1 Portsmouth
Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his team come through a "mental and physical test" and hints that he will be signing a new contract before the derby against Tottenham. Short and sweet from Pompey first-team coach Joe Jordan: "No arguments, the best team won."

1653: FULL-TIME Blackburn 1-0 Manchester City
Rovers are 14 games unbeaten and that is five successive wins for them against City. When does a honeymoon period officially end?

1652: One last chance for City as Javier Garrido thumps it long. Brad Friedel saves from Elano. It was at a nice height.

1651: City are in the wrong half of the pitch and the Rovers fans are lapping up the action despite being soaked to the skin.

1650: Elano has words with a fan as they take their time in returning the ball for a throw in. Not sure what words. Does he speak English?

1649: Three added minutes at Ewood Park.

1647: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea
"A very interesting game." So says BBC Radio 5live pundit Graham Taylor, and who are we to argue with him?

1646: Ashley Young sweeps a teasing cross into the box which is cut out by Ashley Cole ahead of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Moore can't make contact on the dropping ball as he attempts to execute an extravagant bicycle kick.

1644: A couple of corners for Manchester City as they push for that equaliser. In teeming rain, Blackburn stand firm.

1643: Villa centre-back Martin Laursen heads over the Chelsea goal.

1641: After a bright start things are fading a little at Villa Park.

1639: Inside the last 10 minutes at Ewood Park and Rovers remain well on top. That can change in a second though.

1636: Micah Richards is airborne as he avoids a sliding challenge by Christopher Samba in an advanced position. Yellow card for Samba. Free-kick for City. Substitute Geovanni fires his effort over.

"Mr Dean will be officiating in the little leagues next time out. Maybe he got a brand new set of cards for his birthday. He certainly likes showing them off."
roundelld on 606

1635: Chelsea new boy Alex heads a corner over the Villa goal.

1634: Morten Gamst Pedersen beautifully brings down a raking crossfield pass, but his dinked effort on goal that follows is tame.

1630: Stephen Warnock charges up the left flank for Blackburn. A wonderful run to the edge of the area and the ball is worked across the box for Brett Emerton. His rifled drive is beaten out by Kasper Schmeichel.

1627: Aston Villa's Ashley Young dances to the byeline on the left but Juliano Belletti gets a blocking challenge in at the last minute.

1626: Manchester City's Kasper Schmeichel flaps at the corner but Christopher Samba can't turn his header on goal. The big defender thumps his fist into the turf in frustration.

1625: Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick is deflected behind for a corner.

1623: RED CARD Manchester City
It's 10 v 10 now. City skipper Richard Dunne gets a second yellow for a tug on Roque Santa Cruz on the edge of the box as the Paraguayan looked to get on the end of Brett Emerton's cross after a quick break.

1621: Rovers manager Mark Hughes has decided to tweak his team after the sending off. Andre Ooijer replaces Benni McCarthy.

1619: Shaun Wright-Phillips drags a shot into the side netting. The Chelsea flyer should have done better with his right foot.

1615: The ball's bobbling around the Chelsea box and Gabriel Agbonlahor's low shot is comfortably saved by Petr Cech.

1613: Arsenal held on to their lead when down to 10 men. Now let's see if Blackburn can.

1612: RED CARD Blackburn
Goodbye Tugay. A mad few minutes and another tug, this time on Dietmar Hamann in the middle of the park. The substitute kicks the bottles of isotonic drinks on his way off. Manager Mark Hughes, who is sitting down less than 10 yards away, completely ignores the petulance, his gaze on the pitch.

"Trigger happy ref - unlucky Tugay." roundelld on 606
"Come on City. We should take advantage of this."
kragzie on 606

1610: Tugay's tug on Emile Mpenza is spotted by the eagle-eyed Mike Dean. The Turk is booked and so is Morten Gamst Pedersen for his on-going protestations. Martin Petrov's left-footed free-kick curls wide.

1609: Great play by Roque Santa Cruz who bears down on goal and brushes off the attentions of Micah Richards. He can't follow that up with a decent finish though. Kasper Schmeichel saves.

1607: Turn and shot from Luke Moore and his crisp effort is beaten away by Chelsea's Petr Cech. A lively opening at Villa Park.

1606: An x-ray showed that Robbie Savage's leg was OK after that crunching first-half challenge from Richard Dunne. Heavy bruising and he's back on the Blackburn bench to watch the second half.

1605: Chelsea are bombarding the Villa box with crosses. Florent Malouda's shot from the edge of the box is deflected wide.

1603: City start the second 45 at Blackburn.

1602: The players are back out at Ewood Park.

1601: Villa get the ball rolling.

"I really expect Villa to take the game to Chelsea and I really believe we can get the three points."
Joe via text on 81111

1557: The two owners are in the house at Villa Park - Aston Villa's Randy Lerner and Chelsea's Roman Abramovich. The American has a fondness for the polo neck/jacket combo. The Russian has never seen his team win here.

1556: Aston Villa and Chelsea are in the tunnel ahead of our third and final game of the day. It's an electric yellow day for the Londoners today.

Player rater: Benni McCarthy leads the way in the Rovers match and his rank of 8.80 just has the edge on your Man of the Match from the earlier game, Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas.

1547: HALF-TIME Blackburn 1-0 Manchester City
The visitors have been very disappointing. They have only had 40% of the possession and Rovers look good for a first home win of the Premier League season.

1545: Sven-Goran Eriksson looks concerned, and so he should be. City are distinctly second best against Rovers.

"The Man City defence is all sixes and sevens. Nice to know bubbles do in fact burst."
liver_lally on 606

1543: Jose Mourinho casually walks across the Villa Park turf as his team warm up. Chelsea haven't won there in the league this century. Cheers Dan.

"Gary from Solihull must be in a strange parallel universe. I'm a Villa fan exiled on the south coast and I'd say that Midlands clubs are generally ignored by most of the media. We Villains need to enjoy our brief afternoons in the spotlight." Jonathan, in Hove, via text on 81111

1541: Rumbustious Rovers defending and Rolando Bianchi wants a penalty. The City striker doesn't get one.

1537: City are stretched almost to breaking at the back.

1535: Elano's free-kick doesn't get past the Rovers wall.

1532: Sven-Goran Eriksson is a very different beast now he's a club manager. As England boss he was notoriously conservative and criticised for not making changes that could influence games. Just 30 minutes into this game and he makes a tactical City substitution. Michael Johnson off. Emile Mpenza on.

1530: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Chelsea
Aston Villa hand a debut to Zat Knight with Olof Mellberg switching to right-back and Craig Gardner left out, while Luke Moore is preferred to Stilian Petrov. Chelsea make three changes, bringing in Juliano Belletti, Alex starting at centre-half alongside John Terry and Claude Makelele making his first appearance of the season.

1528: Defensive wobble for City. Rolando Bianchi and Richard Dunne both hit the frame of their own goal from a corner which Kasper Schmeichel conceded when pushing over a bouncing Roque Santa Cruz header.

1526: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-1 Portsmouth
The Gunners go second and next on the fixture list for them is Tottenham. The next time Portsmouth come to the Emirates it will be 50 years since they won at Arsenal. They were never really in this one, although don't read too much into their mid-table position as the schedule hasn't been too kind to them at the start of the campaign.

1525: Robbie Savage is going to hospital for an x-ray.

1524: Astute defending from Kolo Toure who turns a low cross over the Arsenal goal from inside his six-yard box. You see those shanked into the net on many an occasion.

1523: The 10-man Gunners are finishing in some style. If it was a boxing match Harry Redknapp would be reaching for the towel as his Portsmouth side concede a corner.

1521: Arsenal are playing what the locals call Wengerball, pinging the ball left, right and centre before Abou Diaby's rasping shot over the bar. There will be four minutes of added time.

1519: David Dunn reaches for a header from David Bentley's free-kick into the box, but his effort sails over the City goal.

1518: Arsenal skipper Kolo Toure deflects David Nugent's shot over the home goal at the Emirates.

1517: Richard Dunne's done for Robbie Savage. He forlornly trudges off and is replaced by Tugay. The hobble factor increases as he gets closer to the touchline and receives a pat on the back from boss Mark Hughes.

1515: Mathieu Flamini races away from the lunging Matt Taylor on the right, but pauses before crossing for Eduardo da Silva and is tackled.

1513: Blackburn 1-0 Manchester City
Christopher Samba heads a corner back across goal where Roque Santa Cruz turns the ball on goal. Kasper Schmeichel saves, but the sprawling keeper cannot keep out the follow up tap-in from Benni McCarthy.

1512: John Utaka spins and shoots in the Arsenal box. Easy save for Gunners keeper Manuel Almunia.

1510: A final change in the game at the Emirates. Eduardo da Silva replaces Emmanuel Adebayor with a little over 10 minutes remaining.

1509: City are playing the better and a first save of note for Rovers stopper Brad Friedel. He leaps to his left to push away a rising Martin Petrov shot.

1506: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia beats away a bending shot from Glen Johnson and his defence mops up the afters.

1504: A golden chance for Arsenal to make it four but substitute Abou Diaby thumps a bullet header well wide with only David James to beat from six yards. A pin point cross from Gael Clichy.

1503: Is that a muted cheer that just went round the country? Robbie Savage has been absolutely clattered by Richard Dunne so probably.

1501: Manchester City are in their change strip of deep purple.

"Deep Purple? Is Sven smoking on the water?"
SteveWeiser on 606
"Blackburn v City will be interesting. Hard one to call. Blackburn are a physical, under-rated team that are pretty good both defensively and going forward. But City's injection of new quality might prove too much for them. If I had to make any sort of prediction I'd say 2-2."
Gerry D on 606

1500: Blackburn get the ball rolling at Ewood Park... at the third time of asking. Morten Gamst Pedersen is too keen to get going and needs remedial lessons from referee Mike Dean about staying behind the halfway line before the ball is touched.

1459: Matt Taylor flashes a shot across the Arsenal box.

1456: The players are out at Ewood Park. Rovers captain Ryan Nelson is back from suspension to lead his team out. The City mascot has an incredibly serious look on his face as he goes about his duties.

1455: Portsmouth are enjoying their best spell and asking the Arsenal defence questions. Should make for an entertaining, open conclusion to things.

1453: Changes for both teams. Pompey striker David Nugent replaces Sean Davis and Alexander Hleb trots off with Denilson coming on.

1451: GOAL Arsenal 3-1 Portsmouth
John Utaka crosses into the box and the ball ends up in the net off the boot of Kanu. The Nigerian didn't know much about it as he flicked the ball home with his back to goal off his heel. The former Gunner doesn't celebrate.

1450: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Portsmouth
They might be a man down, but they are now three up. Pompey are napping at a free-kick, Cesc Fabregas rolls the ball from the byeline for Tomas Rosicky who fires a fierce shot from an acute angle through the legs of Glen Johnson and in at the other corner.

1446: Excellent ball into the box by Sulley Muntari but Kanu's touch is poor and stand-in defender Gilberto Silva clears.

1445: Kanu is booked for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. A shout of "you don't know what you're doing" tumbles down from the stands in the general direction of Mark Halsey.

1443: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Manchester City
Blackburn strike duo Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz return after being rested for the Uefa Cup tie against MyPa, as do Robbie Savage, David Dunn and Chris Samba. Kasper Schmeichel is back in the City goal in place of Joe Hart from the team that defeated Bristol City in the Carling Cup, while Geovanni is passed fit to play despite a calf injury.

1442: An excellent save from Manuel Almunia from the resulting free-kick. He parries John Utaka's deadball delivery and Sean Davis hammers the rebound over.

1440: RED CARD Arsenal
Phillippe Senderos is shattered as referee Mark Halsey waves a red card in his face after he clips Kanu's heels on the edge of the box. There were other defenders around and it seems ridiculously harsh. Guess it breathes some life into the game.

"Harsh, still that'll learn him for letting Kanu get goal side."
delboy6568 on 606
"Joke red. Toure was covering and Kanu was offside."
Steveweiser on 606

1439: David James saves well from a Phillippe Senderos header.

1438: It's raining at Ewood Park. Grim weather to watch football in. Team news to come.

1435: What is up with referee Mark Halsey? Before the game he was all sunshine and smiles with David James and now he's passing pleasantries with Pedro Mendes. Mendes is going to come on with Niko Kranjcar. Lauren and Hermann Hreidarsson do not re-emerge.

1434: A portly steward by the tunnel applauds the players back on to the pitch.

Player rater: Arsenal are beating Pompey on the scoreboard and on your man of the match ratings, with Cesc Fabregas top of the pops. The fabulous Fabregas, who has now scored four goals this season, has a mark of 8.59.

1423: Simplywalata's having problems getting live text of the Gunners game, but it seems all right this end. Try this link.

Apologies to anyone else experiencing troubles.

1420: HALF-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Portsmouth
The Gunners have had a remarkable 66% of possession and are on easy street.

"It's game over to be honest." Gerry D on 606

1418: Alexander Hleb goes down to ground with all the predictability of a fold-up chair - and more frequently. He was kind of caught by Herman Hreidarsson but could have stayed on his feet. The Icelandic international is booked.

1414: Arsenal are looking good. Harry Redknapp will need to earn his crust in the half-time break to get his Portsmouth team going.

1411: Glen Johnson cuts out a forward pass from Cesc Fabregas for Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo man would have been through one on one with David James otherwise.

1408: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Portsmouth
Gilberto Silva flicks Tomas Rosicky's corner goalwards at the near post. The Brazilian's header is blocked by Sean Davis but Cesc Fabregas is on hand to collect, pirouette and score at the post.

1406: Forget the craft, it is straight at David James.

1405: Kolo Toure just thumped a free-kick into the Pompey wall. Cesc Fabregas is over this one on the right so expect a bit more craft.

"I'm off to Villa Park and want you to explain why the BBC is so inherently biased towards Midlands clubs please."
Gary, in Solihull, via text on 81111
Haven't got a clue and not aware it was. Maybe someone else can enlighten you. Enjoy the game.

"Every time Arsenal go through the middle Portsmouth can close them down. You have to be so intricate in that area and they will get more joy going wide."
Lee Dixon, BBC Radio 5live pundit

1359: Alexander Hleb and Cesc Fabregas almost play their way through the heart of the Pompey defence with a quick one two. Almost, but not quite.

1358: David James throws himself into a melee of players to punch clear a Robin van Persie corner with aplomb.

1356: A wee breather for everyone and the stocky Sulley Muntari is cool to continue. During the break Gunners legend and Portsmouth assistant Tony Adams is serenaded by the Arsenal fans. BBC Radio 5live pundit Lee Dixon reckons his old team-mate's haircut is "hilarious". Maybe, but there are definitely funnier things in life.

1354: Sulley Muntari, who has had a couple of efforts from distance, is down and needs treatment. The left ankle looks to be the problem after a tackle from Cesc Fabregas.

1353: Pompey are having their moments. A ball is played over the top for Matt Taylor. He fails to control the ball and when he does the cross is poor.

1351: Gael Clichy whips a cross in. Noe Pamarot sticks out a leg and concedes a corner. That could have gone anywhere.

1349: Portsmouth's best moment, but John Utaka can't collect a short pass on the edge of the box.

1347: Neat play from Arsenal before Cesc Fabregas lines up a shot from distance right in front of the goal. David James doesn't hold the skidder, but harsh to call it a spill.

1345: Arsenal open up Portsmouth, but Emmanuel Adebayor pulls out of pulling the trigger as David James comes out. The pair both go for Alexander Hleb's low cross but Adebayor jumps over the ball and James, who doesn't get a hand on anything. All very strange.

1342: That's Arsenal's fourth penalty in four home games.

1341: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth
Emmanuel Adebayor steps up and casually slots with David James going the other way. "Ad-e-bay-or, Ad-e-bay-or." King of cool from the spot.

1340: And a really bad start for Portsmouth as David James brings down Robin van Persie and concedes a penalty. The Dutchman latches on to a loose ball and is upended by the sliding keeper on the left of the area.

1339: A really bad start to the game with lots of poor passes.

1335: Messy defending by Phillippe Senderos from a corner, but Arsenal clear.

1333: Hold your horses. A football match has broken out in amongst all this hugging. The lovely Ian Brown is commentating on BBC Radio 5live and you can listen to him on this website if you're a UK user.

1330: Kolo Toure is Arsenal skipper today and the PA announcer is reading out the names in a Euro fashion where everyone chimes in with the surnames. One of the worst ideas since someone mentioned the words "European Dance Contest" to a TV exec.

1329: All this good feeling has spilled over on to the pitch after the players come out. Arsenal old boys Kanu and Lauren are full of hugs for their old team-mates.

1328: Arsenal and Portsmouth are having a right old love in down there, well, at least Emmanuel Adebayor is. He can't get enough of hugging people in blue.

1327: They fell short of the world record. Unlucky chaps.

1326: The Pompey players emerge and keeper David James and referee Mark Halsey have a right old giggle. Halsey likes the visitors. He and Herman Hreidarsson attempt a world record for the longest handshake.

1321: The pitch gets a last-minute watering.

1320: Stop looking for the Ray Bans or whatever they are, the sun's gone and so have the players. That's enough warming up. Let's get on with it.

1318: Are your sunglasses handy? The sun's come out from behind the clouds and is gleaming down on the Emirates.

"I've got my sunglasses on. It's 30 degrees by the pool in Majorca. Beer in hand, 6-0 to the Mighty Reds yesterday. Does it get any better than this?"
Harrison via text on 81111

"I've heard on the grapevine that Portsmouth are going to play 4-4-2 and have a real go at Arsenal today."
Lee Dixon, BBC Radio 5live pundit

1313: If you feel the need you can get in touch with us at any stage during the afternoon via text on 81111. In addition feel free to join the banter on 606.

1310: North London's red bowl is filling up and the players are warming up.

1307: BBC Radio 5live have been on air for a while with the lovely Eleanor Oldroyd in charge of things. You can listen to commentary on the game from the Emirates on 909 & 693 MW.

"What? So the BBC's not racist and now not sexist too! How about, "The lovely Alistair Bruce-Ball" or "the lovely Alan Green"? That's not why we tune in. Sack the writer and do us all a favour."
ChalkyBear on 606

1304: Portsmouth have not won at the Gunners since 17 September 1955 and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson doesn't reckon they're going to today either.

1301: Pompey have not beaten Arsenal in the Premier League, although they might be getting closer to it after two draws last season.

1300: TEAMS NEWS Arsenal v Portsmouth
Emmanuel Adebayor partners Robin van Persie in the Gunners attack. Pompey hand a start to new boy Glen Johnson, but former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell is not fit to play. More problems for Steve McClaren.

"I can guarantee you that whoever plays on Arsenal's left that they will absolutely tear Glen Johnson apart. A worthy candidate for Biggest Waste of 4m ever."
fatboyjohnmulhern on 606

1257: First up is Arsenal at home to Portsmouth, which gently rolls into a 1500 BST game between Blackburn and Manchester City before Aston Villa host Chelsea at 1600 BST.

1255: For live action stay here. Not quite live, but we're getting closer with every passing minute.

1253: Sunday's greeting in the Henderson inbox included a message from Mr Howarth who sent in a reasoned argument as to why referee Steve Bennett deserves a weekend off after his "utter disgrace of a performance" at Newcastle on Saturday. Debate that issue here...

1250: Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Football's the global game, the internet's a global gathering and that was your global greeting.



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
Sunday's football photos
02 Sep 07 |  Football
Premier League as it happened
01 Sep 07 |  Premier League


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