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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
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RESULTS:
Birmingham 1-0 Bolton
Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn
Everton 0-1 Man Utd
Portsmouth 0-0 Liverpool
Sunderland 2-1 Reading
Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
West Ham 3-0 Middlesbrough
Wigan 1-1 Fulham

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
Send us your views, comments and opinions on Saturday's games - text us on 81111 or use 606

By Caroline Cheese

1921: Nearly time for us all to crack open the beers... what do you mean, you have already? But before we go, let's see who's won the (unofficial) Player of the Day shall we? Take a bow Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas on 8.86, who nudges ahead of Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones (8.27). Wigan's David Cotterill brings up the rear with 4.33, saving Jermaine Jenas and Fabio Rochemback (both 4.89) from the embarrassment. Still plenty of time to vote though.

1918: "Remember Anfield Chelsea fans?"
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

1917: That leaves Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. Big four in the top four. Waddya know? Newcastle and Manchester City could break up the cosy foursome in the next couple of days though.

1914: FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn
Blackburn hold firm to deny Chelsea, who have now picked up one point from their last two games. Expect to hear a lot more about Salomon Kalou's disallowed goal. Jose Mourinho is making his feelings known to Howard Webb and his assistants. Rather bizarrely, they seem to be pretending he's not there.

1911: Joe Cole jinks in from the right but his shot is deflected over the bar. From the corner Salomon Kalou's flicked header is cleared by the Blackburn defence. Andre Ooijer's last-ditch tackle stops Michael Essien pulling the trigger. It's a frantic finish.

1909: We're into added time - of which there will be plenty because of that incident.

1905: After a six-minute delay as the medical team attend to the stricken Samba, the Blackburn defender is stretchered off with his head well-protected - let's hope it's only a precaution. Andre Ooijer replaces him.

1900: Florent Malouda's cross reaches Andriy Shevchenko but Brad Friedel saves the Ukraine striker's header brilliantly. Shevchenko attempts to connect with the rebound but only boots Christopher Samba's head. It looks awful on the replay and the stretcher's out - not surprisingly.

1859: Joe Cole tries his luck with a volley but it's a bit hopeful and goes high over the bar.

1855: Blackburn midfielder David Dunn comes off to be replaced by Aaron Mokoena.

1852: Robbie Savage's deflected shot is well saved by Petr Cech and Morten Gamst Pedersen has a very hopeful appeal for a penalty turned down. Chelsea living a bit dangerously with 12 minutes remaining.

1851: Chelsea fail to clear their lines but the ball won't come down quick enough for Christopher Samba who stabs his volley wide. Meanwhile, Mourinho is still ranting and raving about the Kalou goal that should have been but wasn't. You'll be hearing about that later I would imagine...

1850: "As an Arsenal fan I never thought I'd be thanking Blackburn."
Anon via text on 81111

1849: Chelsea are beginning to show their frustration as Joe Cole sees yellow for a late, late tackle on Stephen Warnock.

1843: Blackburn make their first change, Jason Roberts replacing Benni McCarthy in a like-for-like switch.

1840: Remember Jose saying he would be a changed man this season? I'm not sure he'll be able to hold back if Blackburn go on to win this game now...

1836: "What a stupid linesman... he was 1000m onside. Pathetic."
Kzrcfc26 on 606 (Not quite 1000m, fact fans, but he was onside)

1833: And it makes an immediate difference. Almost. Salomon Kalou taps in from Belletti's cross - but he's flagged offside. The Chelsea players celebrate for absolutely ages before their own fans have to tell them the bad news. Jose Mourinho is waving his video evidence around for anyone who will take any notice. He's told to sit down.

1832: Time for Mourinho to make some changes. Steve Sidwell nd Shaun Wright-Phillips off. Florent Malouda and Mikel Jon Obi on.

1828: Doesn't look to be much danger as the ball lands at David Dunn's feet but the mercurial midfielder swings his foot at the volley and he's not far away from the top corner.

1825: Andriy Shevchenko is about to unleash a shot but Blackburn defender Christopher Samba to there to block. Didier Drogba, in tan jacket and backwards baseball cap, shakes his head.

1820: The last second-half of the day's Premier League games is under way.

1815: "Mourinho is to blame for Sheva's problems. He put too much pressure on him before the game with comments like 'if you dont play well today you are out of here'."
Googzie on 606

1810: "Honestly I am not kidding. I am out of shape. But I am more dangerous than Sheva in front of goal."
Dave via text on 81111

1805: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn
Not much to write home about.

1804: "Wonder how many chances Shevchenko will waste this season? That guy must blush when he picks up his pay slip."
Rob via text on 81111

1801: "I can't stand Girls Aloud. Who are they again?"
shop assistant on 606

1800: Chance for Blackburn. David Bentley provides the cross and Morten Gamst Pedersen volleys into the side netting.

1757: "You're fibbing about Girls Aloud - they're here with me."
Ian, Jersey, via text on 81111

1754: The ball gets to Joe Cole from a corner but the England midfielder plants his shot straight into the arms of Brad Friedel. Chelsea might regret not making the most of their possession.

1748: Oh dear Andriy. Sheva is begging for the ball from Michael Essien, he gets it, but his first touch is absolutely dreadful and Brad Friedel collects. Mourinho slaps his thigh pantomime style but the Chelsea boss is not happy.

1747: My colleague reckons he's spotted Girls Aloud outside our office. It's fair to say I am now the only person here watching the game.

1745: Michael Essien's powerful strike is brilliantly saved by Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel after good work from Joe Cole. Chelsea on top for the moment.

1740: Andriy Shevchenko doesn't make the best of starts as he tries to impress boss Jose Mourinho. The Ukraine striker heads woefully over from Juliano Belletti's right-wing cross.

1739: "If Chelsea draw, it's the big four in the top four places after only five games!"
Darren, UK, via text on 81111

1735: Bolton boss Sammy Lee: "We didn't really start and that's the disappointment out of today's game. We will keep on working hard. It's important now that we stick together." I bet he can't fault the players' commitment though.

1734: Joe Cole takes a free-kick from just inside the half-way line which doesn't even reach the penalty box. Rubbish.

1732: "My fantasy team are also pants - Gerrard and Torres and now Malouda on the bench. Can't fault their commitment though..."
Richard via text on 81111

1731: Not much to tell you about in the Chelsea v Blackburn game. All quiet at Stamford Bridge.

1729: "It's got to be a boot thing. We never suffered but now there are broken metatarsals popping up all over the place."
BBCi Score's Lee Dixon on Emile Heskey's broken metatarsal

1725: Sunderland boss Roy Keane: "We wanted a good performance today and I think the players got the rewards although it was a nervous last five or 10 minutes. Kenwyne Jones is different class - I don't think they could handle him."

1722: What a bad day it's been for England's new hero Emile Heskey. The Wigan striker limped off after nine minutes against Fulham, received a miserable 4.0 from you lot in the Player Rater and now he's off to hospital with a suspected broken metatarsal. I bet the Player Rater thing will hurt the most though.

1719: Player Rater update and there's a surprising leader in the (imaginary) race for Player of the Day and it's Fulham's Clint Dempsey on a whopping 8.8. He's edging out Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (8.63) and Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones (8.0). Reading's Leroy Lita is the dunce on a paltry 4.0. But you know what? You have the power to change it.

1718: Away we go at Stamford Bridge.

1717: "Did Garth Crooks ever win against Arsenal?"
Anon via text on 81111 (I'm thinking no, but I'm not gonna ask)

1715: "My fantasy team is having a nightmare... Drogba and Bellamy up front... Whoops."
Anon via text on 81111

1711: "It'll be interesting to see how Alex and Terry gel together... Could be interesting. Let's hope it's hilarious."
gunner-rossmcd on 606

1709: "Wahey! My fantasy team are destroying everyone today..."
Anon via text on 81111 (Is that all you're worried about? Fantasy league?? That game is ruining football I tell you)

1658: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Blackburn
No time to rest folks. It's a mere 16 minutes until Chelsea v Blackburn. Chelsea give Andriy Shevchenko his first start of the season in place of the injured Didier Drogba. Steve Sidwell is preferred in midfield to Mikel Jon Obi, while Alex lines up alongside John Terry in defence, replacing Tal Ben Haim. Joe Cole also starts, with Florent Malouda relegated to the bench. Blackburn boss Mark Hughes names the same side that won 1-0 against Manchester City in their last Premiership match.

1655: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-1 Fulham
Jason Koumas' penalty earns Wigan a point. Fulham will be disappointed after making the better chances.

1655: FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Bolton
Birmingham pick up their first home league win of the season and pile the pressure on Bolton boss Sammy Lee.

1655: FULL-TIME Sunderland 2-1 Reading
Sunderland fans, you can open your eyes again. The Black Cats hold on despite a late rally from Reading.

1653: FULL-TIME West Ham 3-0 Middlesbrough
West Ham wrap up their first home win of the season. Goals from Lee Bowyer, an own goal and Dean Ashton.

1652: Free-kick for Reading 30 yards out. Bobby Convey puts it just wide. Nervy times for the Sunderland faithful.

1651: Corner to Reading. And it's a shocker from Nicky Shorey. Doesn't even beat the first man - which as we all know is a football crime.

1649: Sunderland boss Roy Keane looks on very calmly - not sure how he's managing that, Reading are piling forward here as they look for a point.

1644: GOAL Sunderland 2-1 Reading
Dave Kitson nods in Nicky Shorey's free-kick and Reading fans are dreaming of an unlikely comeback. That came seconds after they were denied a penalty again for another apparent handball.

1639: The BBCi Score pundits are still going on about the North London derby and Martin Jol's future. "Spurs fans are entitled to be depressed," says Garthy. "It's all about confidence. At the moment Spurs are losing confidence."

1637: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Fulham
Jason Koumas goes to Antti Niemi's right and the Fulham keeper goes the other way. Wigan on track for a point they don't really deserve on the balance of play.

1636: Penalty to Wigan. Fulham winger Hameur Boazza clatters into the back of Mario Melchiot.

1635: Sebastian Larrson curls a free-kick over the Bolton wall - and onto the crossbar. Pressure will be right back on Sammy Lee if the Trotters lose this one.

1633: A miserable afternoon for Reading is summed up when Stephen Hunt finds himself in a good position in the box but allows the ball to dribble over his foot.

1630: "Reading look out of sorts, something's going on there and I can't quite put my finger on it."
BBCi Score's Lee Dixon

1627: No howlers from any goalkeepers so far - just two from me. Thanks to the kind people who texted in or pointed out on 606 the two clangers I dropped in the last 10 minutes. I am ashamed.

1621: West Ham 3-0 Middlesbrough
It's a stroll in the (Upton) Park for West Ham now. Matthew Etherington crosses from the left and Dean Ashton taps in for his first goal since the 2006 FA Cup final. The Hammers are heading for the first home league win this season.

1619: It's a packed house at the JJB Stadium for Wigan v Fulham.... nah, not really. Rows upon rows of empty seats. Maybe they're redeveloping...

1617: "Re: 1601 - the KEY managerial phrase for an in-trouble gaffer is "football club". As in, "There is no dressing room divide at Bolton Football Club."
Garth via text on 81111

1616: Boro sub Tuncay charges through on goal and cleverly chips West Ham keeper Rob Green but sees the ball come back off the crossbar.

1614: Reading are denied a penalty as Ross Wallace appears to block Liam Rosenior's shot with his hand.

1612: A bit more from Spurs boss Martin Jol... "They had clinical finishing with Adebayor; we didn't. I want to win, especially against Arsenal - if you don't you feel rotten."

1609: GOAL West Ham 2-0 Middlesbrough
It really is a goal-fest now! And what was I saying about Carlton Cole? The much-maligned striker fires in a low ball, Luke Young sticks out a leg but directs it into his own net for an own goal.

1607: GOAL Sunderland 2-0 Reading
Sunderland kick off the second half and Sunderland score! Michael Chopra can't get to Kenwyne Jones' dangerous cross but Ross Wallace can. The midfielder takes his shirt off, swings it around his head and gets... yes, you guessed it, a booking. Tsk, when will they ever learn eh?

1605: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Middlesbrough
Maybe it'll be a goal-fest. Carlton Cole helps the ball on for Lee Bowyer, whose first-time shot beats Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer.

1604: We're under way in the second half everywhere but the Stadium of Light.

1601: "I can't fault the commitment today," says a not so jolly Jol. That's the default remark of an under-pressure manager isn't it? I wonder if there is a phrase book for under-pressure managers...

1600: "Sammy Lee, the time is rapidly approaching where you get sacked. Show some balls, and bring on Braaten. This is not acceptable any more, you have had enough time to show at least a glimpse of promise."
Crazy_Campo on 606

1556: "If goal difference is still a determining factor, Arsenal will still be top tonight unless Chelsea beat Blackburn by five clear goals."
Daripa on 606 with a very good point

1554: I don't know about you but I'm hanging out for a goal-fest in the second half. Or at least a sending-off. Or perhaps a howler from a goalkeeper. I'm not fussy.

1549: And now it's half-time at Sunderland as well.

1547: That was quick. It's half-time everywhere but the Stadium of Light.

1546: Andre Bikey is writhing around in agony after being accidentally hit in the face by Michael Chopra. Then, as quickly as you can say 'he's making a meal out of that', he's up again.

1544: "Thierry who?! Very pleased with our start. Cesc fast becoming an Arsenal legend!"
Simon via text on 81111

1543: Kenwyne Jones should have a brace for Sunderland. The striker loses marker Andre Bikey but doesn't make proper contact with his header and it bounces down and over the bar. He gets a kick in the face for his troubles.

1540: Arsenal are top of the table after that win over Spurs and they'll stay there if Chelsea don't beat Blackburn at Stamford Bridge in today's late game.

1537: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Bolton
Sebastian Larsson delivers an inswinging cross from the right and Olivier Kapo is left unmarked at the far post to tap in from close range. Horrible defending from Bolton.

1530: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Reading
Kenwyne Jones makes his mark on his home debut, shrugging off the attentions of Ivar Ingimarsson and powering home a superb shot. That's Sunderland's first home goal since the first day of the season.

1529: Upton Park is cursed. Boro striker Jeremie Aliadiere is next to hobble off, replaced by Tuncay.

1527: Everyone's favourite Welshman Craig Bellamy limps off at Upton Park with what looks like a groin injury. He's replaced by Carlton Cole. Not exactly the sort of change to fill West Ham fans with glee, I would have thought.

1525: Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini pats the head of a little Spurs mascot on his way down the tunnel. Little fella looks a bit fed up with that and who can blame him?

1524: "You have to start talking about Arsenal becoming title-contenders."
BBCi Score's Ray Stubbs

1522: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal recover from a goal down to beat their North London rivals. The camera pans to the directors' box at White Hart Lane where it's stern faces all round.

1520: GOAL Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
Stunner. Those fluffed chances of the first-half are a distant memory now. Emmanuel Adebayor flicks the ball up and unleashes a spectacular volley. The Spurs fans are off.

1518: Mido lays the ball off for Middlesbough strike partner Jeremie Alliadiere. The Frenchman arrows his shot through James Collins' legs but back off the post.

1516: "Being a Spurs fan is bad for your health, 8/10 doctors don't recommend it."
Swampy from Peterborough via text on 81111

1514: Dean Ashton has the ball in the net for West Ham but it's offside. And Spurs striker Darren Bent has missed a sitter.

1512: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Fulham
From bad to worse for Wigan. Clint Dempsey slides the ball under Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland after some neat build-up play from the visitors.

1510: England hero Emile Heskey limps off after less than 10 minutes of Wigan's game against Fulham. Maybe Wayne Rooney will get his England place back.

1508: GOAL Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas picks up the ball from Robin van Persie and curls it inside Robinson's right-hand post from 25 yards. Spurs keeper got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

1506: So close for Tottenham. An unmarked Dimitar Berbatov looks to sidefoot home but Gael Clichy is on the line to clear.

1505: Aaron Lennon has his first run at Arsenal's defence on the left. He lays the ball off to Young-Pyo Lee, who... well, I'm not sure what he did. His cross-shot thing ends up out of play on the opposite side and nowhere near a Spurs team-mate.

1503: "We all remember him - the goal in 1973 - it was a tremendous goal. A tremendously respected figure and will be a sad loss."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks as Sunderland pay tribute to Ian Porterfield by replaying the commentary from his FA Cup-winning goal in 1973

1502: All the 1500 kick-offs are under way.

1457: Gareth Bale is leading the way in BBC Sport's Player Rater but it's not enough for Martin Jol, who hauls him off and brings on winger Aaron Lennon for his first appearance of the season.

1454: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Bolton
Birmingham make three changes, Radhi Jaidi, Stuart Parnaby and Mikael Forssell are all left out as in come Franck Queudrue, Gary McSheffrey and Mehdi Nafti. Bolton make just the one change from the side beaten at home by Everton as defender Andy O'Brien takes over at centre-back from Gerald Cid.

1453: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas curls in the free-kick from the left and Emmanuel Adebayor atones for his earlier miss by heading in.

1450: Sunderland pay an emotional tribute to Ian Porterfield. Ten of the 1973 FA Cup-winning line-up are on the pitch with members of Porterfield's family. The players will walk out to the Z-Cars theme - Sunderland's theme when Porterfield played for the Black Cats.

1447: Well, Garthy seems pretty sure about that Portsmouth pen doesn't he? Why not make your own mind up by watching Match of the Day tonight on our very own BBC1 at 1030 BST? See what I did there?

1445: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Middlesbrough
West Ham's James Collins replaces Anton Ferdinand in defence, while Freddie Ljungberg, injured on the opening day of the season, finds a place on the bench. Middlesbrough are unchanged from the side that beat Birmingham, with new signing Gary O'Neil among the substitutes.

1443: "It was clearly a penalty - I find it offensive that the Liverpool players intimidated the linesman."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks on Portsmouth's penalty against Liverpool

1440: Arsenal miss another golden chance. It's getting boring now. Bacary Sagna does some neat work down the right and sets up Emmanuel Adebayor, who blazes over. Is it going to be another one of those days for Arsenal?

1438: The second-half is under way at White Hart Lane - did I tell you? Dimitar Berbatov is clean through and easily sidesteps the onrushing Manuel Almunia before Kolo Toure saves his team with a brilliant last-ditch tackle. At the other end, Abou Diaby opts to pass instead of shoot. The wrong decision.

1437: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Liverpool
A point is enough for Liverpool to return to the top of the Premier League - but it could be a brief stay.

1435: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Reading
Sunderland boss Roy Keane names an unchanged side on an emotional day on Wearside as the Mackem faithful say their goodbyes to 1973 FA Cup-winning hero Ian Porterfield, who died on Wednesday. Reading bring in Liam Rosenior, Andre Bikey and Dave Kitson.

1434: Kanu tumbles over in the penalty area but the ref's not interested so he goes down again just to see if that works. It doesn't. Quite funny though.

1431: Steve Finnan is lying injured after being clattered by his own keeper. He's OK though. A rumour is raging on 606 that Liverpool have scored. Unless my eyes are worse than I thought, they haven't.

1430: Fernando Torres cuts inside and fizzes a ball across the box - just out of reach of Andriy Veronin. The Portsmouth fans are in fine voice as their side hold firm.

1429: "Before the match I thought Portsmouth would hold Liverpool to a dull 0-0 draw, and I said I would be happy, but at the moment it's frustrating that Pompey aren't taking any of these chances!"
dangermouse852 on 606

1424: Liverpool are doing most of the attacking but Portsmouth look very dangerous on the counter. It's a lively end to the game.

1422: "Anyone think that the England rugby team might have actually got some points if they had Tom Huddlestone playing for them?"
The Adventures Of Giuseppe Rossi on 606

1421: Ryan Babel comes on now as Rafa Benitez plays his last throw of the dice.

1418: The bells are ringing more frantically at Fratton Park. Kanu sets up Sulley Muntari but the Ghanaian shoots over from an excellent position.

1417: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
Tottenham ahead thanks to Gareth Bale's free-kick, but Arsenal will look back on a host of missed chances.

1413: Steven Gerrard surges forward and sets up fellow sub Fernando Torres but the Spaniard completely miscues and his shot goes high over the bar.

1411: Gerrard comes on for Jermaine Pennant. Can the midfielder inspire Liverpool? About 20 minutes left.

1409: Liverpool have a free-kick just outside the area after Glen Johnson's foul on Fernando Torres. Yossi Benayoun sticks it over the bar. Steven Gerrard is preparing to come on.

1406: Liverpool bring on Fernando Torres for Peter Crouch.

1403: Abou Diaby is all on his own in the box, all the time in the world, and then spanks his shot onto the crossbar. Arsenal fans will be tearing their hair out.

1402: "Oooh. He was very impolite (see 1359)! But hurrah for United being back on top. Even if it is only going to be for a few hours."
JP in Bristol, via text on 81111

1359: "Do you think u could tell us about the games that are on instead of telling us of useless text messages you are receiving?"
Anon via text on 81111

1358: Liverpool go up the other end and Andriy Voronin's cheeky chip beats David James but slips off the top of the bar.

1355 FULL-TIME Everton 0-1 Man Utd:
Manchester United go top of the Premier League for the first time this season thanks to Nemanja Vidic's thumping header. Everton a bit unlucky - and no, that's not me being biased. Meanwhile, at Fratton Park John Utaka is millimetres away from giving Portsmouth a shock lead over Liverpool.

1354: You won't believe this but Arsenal are creating a lot of chances but not scoring. I know! Unbelievable! Alex Hleb is through on goal but puts his shot too close to Paul Robinson.

1353: In amongst that flurry (by today's standards, it was a flurry) of goals, Liverpool and Portsmouth got under way in the second half. You probably knew that but just in case...

1352: "lol, I had Vidic at 23-1 first scorer."
TheMightyBoosh99 on 606

1345: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
Stand-in defender Gilberto fouls Dimitar Berbatov and Gareth Bale curls the free-kick over the wall and to Manuel Almunia's right. The Gunners keeper seems to get there but is perhaps deceived by the dip. Emmanuel Adebayor wastes an immediate chance to equalise from the kick-off.

1344: GOAL Everton 0-1 Man Utd
Nani swings over the corner and Nemanja Vidic gets in front of Joseph Yobo to head home.

1343: I think I could go and get a sandwich and nothing would happ... oh hang on, there's an awful challenge from Steven Pienaar on Paul Scholes. One from the, er, Paul Scholes book on tackling.

1340: Tom has texted in to ask how James Blunt's getting on in goal for Everton. Well, Tom, I don't want to tempt fate but he seems to be doing just fine. United haven't really tested him though. Still, anything's better than Iain Turner eh? Even a middle-of-the-road singer-songwriter.

1338: "This is the one. If The Arsenal win today things will look good indeed. So the fortune teller told me last night in Barking."
Simon in Milton Keynes via text on 81111

1336: This blockbuster day in the Premier League has all been a bit disappointing so far, n'est-ce-pas?

1335: "John O'Shea is in the Wheatsheaf in Altrincham, could probably do with him up front right now!"
Anon via text on 81111

1333: Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor tries his luck with a dipping volley which Paul Robinson tips over the bar.

1333: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Liverpool
Goalless at Fratton Park after Kanu's penalty is saved by Pepe Reina.

1332: Penalty, comes the cry at Goodison Park. But it's not. Cristiano Ronaldo goes down under a challenge from Leon Osman but gets a yellow card for his trouble. Looked to be contact from the replay - but replay also shows it was outside the area.

1330: Tottenham v Arsenal kicks off. Arsene Wenger and Martin Jol look on with stern faces.

1329: Sean Davies' crisp strike from 25 yards is saved. Liverpool have lost their way a bit after dominating the opening exchanges.

1328: "Stefan Wessels is a quarter Peruvian!"
Anon via text on 81111

1325: Manchester United introduce Louis Saha for Ryan Giggs.

1323: A little over five minutes until the North London derby kicks off and the atmosphere is building at White Hart Lane as the fans endulge in a singing competition.

1320: It's all getting a bit feisty at Fratton Park. Brilliant. John Utaka clatters into Jamie Carragher, conceding a free-kick.

1317: Saved! Kanu steps up to take the penalty. He strikes it well but Pepe Reina goes the right away and gets two hands to it.

1316: Penalty to Portsmouth. Ref Mike Riley sees Alvaro Arbeloa tugging Kanu's shirt. Liverpool are outraged. It's a tight call - but not sure what Arbeloa was doing tugging his shirt in the first place.

1314: Good news, jealousmonk (see below), Louis Saha is warming up. Is Fergie reading this commentary? Almost certainly...

1313: "Where the hell is Saha? You don't win games with no strikers. We have one fit striker and Ferguson doesn't play him..."
jealousmonk on 606

1310: So the full team news for Tottenham v Arsenal is that Jermain Defoe doesn't even make Tottenham's bench - but fit-again winger Aaron Lennon does. Arsenal bring Abou Diaby into the midfield as Tomas Rosicky starts on the bench and Gilberto Silva moves to centre-back to replace the suspended Philippe Senderos.

1308: It's all going on. Andy Johnson's near-post header from Mikel Arteta's corner is kicked off the line by Paul Scholes.

1307: Free-kick for Liverpool after Sulley Muntari's foul on Momo Sissoko. Xabi Alonso slams it into the wall.

1306: Here comes Cristiano Ronaldo ready for the second half. His hair really is quite a work of art - although not a good one. Everton kick off the second half.

1302: Peter Crouch has a stinging shot saved by David James. Liverpool very much in the ascendancy here.

1259: "A positive start from Everton. I'd love to know what the hold is that Man U have over Alan Wiley - Everton should have had at least one penalty and Scholes should be off."
Andrew Philip at Goodison Park, via text on 81111

1255: "Is it just me or are England trying to become dictators of world sports? Next we will have the Winter Olympics and the US Open."
lassanasson on 606

1254: Striker Andriy Voronin has his head in his hands after overhitting a pass to Jermaine Pennant, bringing to an end a promising Liverpool move.

1253: The Prime Minister is looking forward to Britain becoming the centre of the sporting universe in the next few years. Speaking on Football Focus Gordon Brown said: "I think you could see the Olympics in 2012, the Commonwealth Games coming to Britain, perhaps the Rugby World Cup coming to Britain, and then in 2018 we could see the World Cup coming to England. This would make for the greatest sporting decade this country has ever had." Blimey.

1250: HALF-TIME Everton 0-0 Man Utd
All a bit scrappy really.

1249: Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun's 20-yard effort is well saved by Pompey keeper David James.

1247: Teams are in for the North London derby.
Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, Kaboul, Lee, Malbranque, Huddlestone, Jenas, Bale, Berbatov, Keane. Subs: Cerny, Zokora, Bent, Lennon, Rocha.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Silva, Clichy, Hleb, Fabregas, Diaby, Flamini, Adebayor, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Denilson, Song Billong, Walcott.

1246: Portsmouth get their game against Liverpool under way. Jamie Carragher skippers the Reds today as he returns from a broken rib, with Steven Gerrard on the bench.

1244: Scholes clatters into Mikel Arteta to give away another free-kick. The phrase 'skating on thin ice' comes to mind.

1244: Paul Scholes gets a ridiculous yellow card for petulantly punching the ball away after giving away a free-kick. Silly boy.

1242: Silvestre is placed very gently onto a stretcher and that's the end of his game - and possibly his season. Nani is on so Patrice Evra moves back into defence.

1240: Rio Ferdinand is in Alan Wiley's ear about something. Dunno what. Mikel Silvestre has just suffered a very nasty-looking knee injury. You don't want to see that on replay. One of those that'll make you grimace.

1237: "Yakubu and Andy Johnson don't look like much of a partnership at the moment - but it's early days."
BBC 5live analyst Stan Collymore

1230: Free-kick 30 yards out for United after Mikel Arteta's foul on Patrice Evra. Cristiano Ronaldo tries an interesting tactic of putting a low shot through the wall. Not surprisingly it doesn't work. From the corner, Michael Carrick's long range effort is deflected wide. From that corner Nemanja Vidic stabs wide. Phew. United putting the pressure on now.

1226: And the result of the Football Focus vote is: 94% say yes, Steve McClaren should stick to the same team for next month's qualifiers. That means leaving the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Owen Hargreaves on the bench.

1224: Phil Neville gives the ball away, not for the first time today, and a slick United move ends with Carlos Tevez earning a corner - which comes to nothing.

1217: The Everton fans are incensed as Yakubu wins a battle with Wes Brown on the right and is set to provide Andy Johnson with a tap-in before the whistle goes. The referee saw an infringement - not many other people did.

1216: Cristiano Ronaldo picks up Michael Carrick's pass and his deflected shot whistles just wide.

1215: Over on Footie Focus, they're holding a text vote: Should Steve McClaren stick with the same England line-up for next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia? Text YES or NO to 81111. Result in a few minutes...

1214: "If Liverpool win today no one can argue their title credentials this season. This is the sort of game they usually lose."
Martin, Wakefield, via text on 81111

1212: Teams are in from Fratton Park. Torres on the bench for Liverpool. Diop makes his debut for Pompey. Line-ups:
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Davis, Diop, Muntari, Mwaruwari, Kanu. Subs: Ashdown, Nugent, Taylor, Pamarot, Kranjcar.
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Agger, Arbeloa, Pennant, Sissoko, Alonso, Benayoun, Voronin, Crouch. Subs: Itandje, Hyypia, Gerrard, Torres, Babel.

1211: Cristiano Ronaldo looks like he's spent his three-game ban styling his hair. His first jinking run is brought to a swift halt by Leighton Baines.

1209: "This is a good start from Everton."
BBC 5live analyst Stan Collymore

1208: Leighton Baines turns Michael Carrick inside out and is brought down by the United midfielder. It is a yard outside the penalty area. Free-kick curled over the bar by Mikel Arteta.

1207: "Let a Yeovil fan make it onto the Premier League page please... it's the closest we'll ever get. We'll beat Leyton Orient today."
Glovergilly on 606 (Oh go on then)

1205: Patrice Evra beats Tony Hibbert for pace down the left channel but lashes a shot into the side netting.

1204: Yakubu beats Rio Ferdinand very easily as they chase a long ball, but the Everton striker's shot is weak and off target.

1202: England boss Steve McClaren is in the crowd, still feeling very pleased with himself no doubt. Of course, with Wayne Rooney not even on the bench, he won't have a chance to ponder whether to recall the United striker in place of the mighty Emile Heskey.

1201: Away we go. United kick off the day's first game.

1158: "Stefan Wessels played in goal for the reserves the other week. Let in two goals to Sunderland. He was also second choice to Oliver Kahn for years."
Egon via text on 81111

1157: The Z-Cars music pipes up and the teams emerge from the tunnel to a huge roar at Goodison Park.

1154: As if we need anything else to entertain us... reimsy on 606 has kicked off a debate on whose legs are in our Premier League graphic (you can see it at the top of the football index or on 606). "I'm going for Etherington," says Reimsy.

1149: LFCBENITEZ on 606 has just alerted me to the fact that BBC Sport provides a profile on our man Stefan "James Blunt" Wessels. This website's even better that I thought!

1145: "I'm so excited!!! You can't beat the Premiership can you?"
Lorcan's Manchester Reds on 606 (It's the Premier League now. The ship has, er, sailed. But, yes, we're all very excited)

1140: In the absence of any actual facts about Everton stand-in keeper Stefan Wessels, I can tell you he looks a bit like James Blunt. He's probably not as annoying though.

1137: Here's a stat to strike horror into the hearts of Everton fans: United have won 11 of their last 13 visits to Goodison Park in league and cup. One of those was the 4-2 win last season in which Fergie's team recovered from 2-0 down.

1135: "Good to see Gibson on the bench but I'm surprised Saha isn't starting."
runnin' down to OT on 606

1131: "When was the last time all the big four teams played on a Saturday? Enjoy the day of football."
Terran, Stockton, via text on 81111

1127: Teams are in from Goodison Park and fit-again Wayne Rooney doesn't make the bench. The line-ups:
Everton: Wessels, Hibbert, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Arteta, Jagielka, Neville, Osman, Johnson, Yakubu. Subs: Turner, McFadden, Pienaar, Carsley, Anichebe.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Silvestre, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Evra, Giggs, Tevez. Subs: Kuszczak, Saha, Nani, Pique, Gibson.

1126: "Hi Caroline, I'm off to see the mighty Chelsea later, but getting nervous as we are not playing well and we find it very hard against Blackburn."
Gary Ryan, via text on 81111

1121: Hang on Tom, news just in... Tim Howard does not play! The Everton keeper's poorly finger keeps him out, so Stefan Wessels will be in between the sticks. Anyone ever seen Wessels play?

1115: "Good morning Caroline! Any news on Tim Howard's fitness? Have a good day."
Tom, Aberystwyth, via text on 81111 (Good morning Tom! Er no. You'll be the first to know)

1110: Same rules apply today as for the Euro 2008 commentary on Wednesday. I'll be keeping cheese gags to a minimum unless they cause me to laugh out loud and temporarily lose control of my bodily functions. So this from GERRARDStribe on 606 definitely does not make the cut: "Q: What do you call cheese that isn't yours? A: Nacho Cheese." No, no. no.

1105: An email has arrived in our complaints inbox - quite a popular address, you won't be surprised to learn. It simply says: "I love football." A lovely sentiment, I think you'll agree. But today will be nothing without your input. If you're off to a game or away from a computer, text me on 81111. Otherwise, unleash your thoughts on 606.

1100: Crack open the bubbly, hang out the bunting, the Premier League's back - and we could be in for a blockbuster day. Everton v Manchester United, Tottenham v Arsenal, Portsmouth v Liverpool... and that's just the early games, folks.

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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