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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
Premier League as it happened

RESULTS:
Arsenal 5-0 Derby

Fulham 3-3 Man City
Liverpool 0-0 Birmingham
Middlesbrough 2-2 Sunderland
Reading 2-1 Wigan

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 Paul Fletcher

1925: That, as they say, is that as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for all your comments today and, rest assured, I'll let Miss Cheese know how much she was missed.
One final thing, though, and that is our unofficial Player of the Day. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas is rewarded for a stunning display with 8.97, just beating hat-trick hero Emmanuel Adebayor, who notched 8.82.

1919: "Fulham v Man City - what a match! I'm on fun."
GreatMUsupporter on 606

1913: FULL-TIME Fulham 3-3 Man City
Fulham push for a late, late winner. Corners, shots, more shots. Then City break and have a huge penalty shout when Paul Konchesky appears to tug Geovanni's shirt. Referee Mark Halsey is not interested. The final whistle is eventually blown and an entertaining, if ever so slightly error-strewn contest, ends all square.

1910: Man City sub Geovanni shoots from the edge of the box, drilling his effort just over the crossbar.

1909: Kasper Schmeichel fails to convince coming for another free-kick. He half clears but the ball is fired back in, taking a deflection. Schmeichel eventually collects.

1907: Four minutes of added time at Craven Cottage.

1905: Kasper Schmeichel comes for a floated free-kick. He flaps somewhat at the ball, punching it on to the head of a Fulham player. The ball goes out for a goal kick, luckily for Schmeichel.

1903: Four minutes plus stoppage time left at Craven Cottage.

1902: Derby manager Billy Davies:
"The learning curve and experience is crucial.

"It looked as though we were moving the ball around with a bit more confidence at time. But we still stood off when we should have been in people's faces."

1900: Stephen Ireland is replaced by Sun Jihai. No wisecracks please.

1858: This has been a cracking second-half, real end-to-end stuff with the drama factor aided greatly by some questionable defending.

1857: Clint Dempsey heads wide for Fulham. The home crowd are fully behind them. Sven-Goran Eriksson has seen enough and replaces Emile Mpenza and Elano with Geovanni and Rolando Bianchi. 10 minutes left.

1856: "What a game this is."
The Adventures Of Giuseppe Rossi on 606

1854: Danny Murphy might have scored again. Diomansy Kamara is crowded out after a jinking run but the ball falls to Murphy, who shoots over from the edge of the box.

1852: GOAL Fulham 3-3 Man City
Fulham substitute Danny Murphy slots the ball past Kasper Schmeichel with a composed right-footed finish after he runs on to a header from a wide position by Seol Ki-Hyeon.

1849: Here is a stat for you. If Fulham lose today they will have thrown away 14 points in seven games so far this season in terms of leading in a match but then going on to either draw or lose. Thanks to David Oates on BBC Radio 5live.

1846: A square-up at Craven Cottage. Micah Richards and Clint Dempsey get to know each other. Pushing and shoving as per usual. Heads connect, Richards executes a two-handed shove. Yellow cards apiece. It might have been red. Richards is absolutely furious for what I presume he deems to be illegal use of an elbow when both went up for a header.

1845: Drastic times, drastic measures. Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez replaces David Healy and Hameur Bouazza with Danny Murphy and Seol Ki-Hyeon.

1844: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
"This team means business. We are not there to show off. We want to achieve something together."

1842: Fulham have hardly been goal-shy this season, with nine from six games going into this match. But they have conceded too many - 11 before today - and are doing so again.

1837: GOAL Fulham 2-3 Man City
A quality finish from the excellent Martin Petrov, who collects a precise return pass from Elano and drills the ball home at Antti Niemi's near post from a tight angle. Petrov had the smallest possible target to aim at and the keeper will be disappointed to say the least.

"It is a goalkeeping error again. I think Niemi has been at fault for all three goals."
Mark Bright on BBC Radio 5live

1833: Carlos Bocanegra hits a long-range strike that drifts wide of Kasper Schmeichel's post. This has become an open and engaging contest. Still don't like City's away strip though.

1830: "No Jonathan Pearce, we're not green with envy. Anyone can slaughter the Rams. It takes other qualities to win the League, which we've done twice in 3 seasons ."
Tom, Salisbury, presumably a Chelsea fan, on 81111

1827: GOAL Fulham 2-2 Man City
I was going to ask if Fulham could hang on to the lead this time... Antti Niemi can only parry Martin Petrov's low strike from the edge of the area and Emile Mpenza heads home the rebound with the keeper stranded.

1825: GOAL Fulham 2-1 Man City
Fulham win a free-kick in a dangerous position, a couple of yards outside the City area. Hameur Bouzza strikes a thunderous shot that is several yards inside the post but nonetheless leaves Kasper Schmeichel floundering.

1822: The second half is under way at Craven Cottage. One change to tell you about, with Fulham's Diomansy Kamara on for Simon Davies, who is suffering from a migraine. Clint Dempsey moves out to the right with Kamara in the centre.

1820: The latest from player rater and Martin Petrov with 8.12 is, so far, your top boy at Craven Cottage.

1816: "Word coming out of Anfield is that Rafa has been told to play Torres next game or he's out of a job. Funny how the Yanks said they wouldn't interfere."
The Dooleys on 606

Do The Dooleys know something I don't?

1815: OK, 15 minutes of Premier League football left today. But what will be the final score at Craven Cottage?

1804: Half-time: Fulham 1-1 Man City
A strange half comes to an end. Both teams had brief periods of domination after scoring but there were few real chances.

1803: "Manchester City can win this as Fulham tend to become slack in the defence at times. City can be incredible with Petrov on the wing, gotta hand it to Sven. Class, pure class."
Robbie_Keano on 606

1758: Reading boss Steve Coppell:
"It's a very tough division and it can very quickly strangle you when you are down there. I hope this gives us a little bit of a confidence injection and we can go on from here."

Wigan boss Chris Hutchings:
"We certainly deserved at least a draw and probably all three points. We created chances and were the better team in the second half."

1756: "Adebayor is braver than Thierry Henry, he likes to play physical, and he plays the line."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks is full of praise for Arsenal's hat-trick hero.
As are Carlton Palmer, Gary Pallister, Ray Stubbs, Jonathan Pearceż

1755: Dietmar Hamann goes close to putting City in front with a thunderous long-range strike that narrowly misses.

1753: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Man City
Martin Petrov
scores his first goal for Man City. The visitors hit Fulham on the break and the ball is worked left to Petrov, who beats his marker before toe-poking the ball past Niemi, who should have done better. Not like Fulham to concede when in front.

1751: Man City have come back into the game but that is not to say that they have created much and striker Emile Mpenza has not been in the match at all.

1748: "Come on Davis! Nice to see Man City concede. Fulham and Arsenal are the only team to score in every game so far this season."
RasDam on 606

Good knowledge. Providing the statistic is right, of course.

1743: A deep cross falls to Martin Petrov at the far post. He controls the ball and shoots but it is from a tight angle and he fails to hit the target. It is by far City's best chance to date and Sven-Goran Eriksson cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines.

1743: Birmingham boss Steve Bruce:
"You need your keeper and back four to play well and they did today.

"They ran a million miles for us and it is a real bonus point. It has also shown the players they can come to places like Liverpool and get a good result, so we're delighted."

1741: Fulham continue to dominate at Craven Cottage, though Cottagers boss Lawrie Sanchez looks far from impressed as he observes from the sidelines.

1740: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez:
"Birmingham worked really hard and it was frustrating because these are games we need to win.

"In the last 20 minutes they got deeper and more compact and we could not get behind them. We needed to be more precise."

1738: Sunderland boss Roy Keane:
"Overall I'm pretty disappointed. We never got possession, we stood back and maybe we lacked a bit of Premier League experience.

"But every point is going to be vital this season."

1736: Hameur Bouazza profits from some great work by Steve Davis but he takes his shot early and rashly blasts it high and wide. City looked the better team until Fulham scored but have looked a little rattled since.

1733: Man City are in their purple away strip. I don't like it. It makes them look a team of David Icke fanatics.

1731: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Man City
Simon Davies
puts the home team ahead with a brilliant near-post header from Hameur Bouazza's cross down the left. Minutes before Antti Niemi saved a long-range strike from City midfielder Elano.

1728: Nothing much to report from Craven Cottage. Quite an open game so far but no real incidents of any note.

1723: Right then, it will come as no surprise that Cesc Fabregas is top of the pops with regard to the highest rated player of the 1500 starts with a fab 8.9. The lowest mark of those that started goes to Derby's Eddie Lewis, with a not-so earth shattering 4.29. Don't forget, though, that you can still have a big say.

1717: The last Premier League match of the day is under way at Craven Cottage.

1715: Boro boss Gareth Southgate reckons injured trio Mido, Julio Arca and Tuncay Sanli will all miss the Carling Cup tie with Tottenham on Wednesday.

1715: "Imagine Torres, he wants to bed in, he's got his first goal, he's had a poor performance midweek, and now he's on the bench. By the time Crouch and Torres have warmed in to the match Birmingham have got a gameplan."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer puts Liverpool lack of a win down to Rafa Benitez's squad rotation

1712: "Cancel the dinner reservation, ask your Mum and Dad if you can stay up late, you have to see the quality of Arsenal's goals on Match of the Day. Chest trap, volley, what a wonderful hat-trick goal for Adebayor. It's coming up to Wenger's anniversary and Chelsea must be green with envy to see football like this in front of crowds like this."
Jonathan Pearce on BBCi Score full of admiration for the league leaders

"Oh, oh, Liverpool in trouble. I think Mourinho has got a job already."
pumpkingun on 606

There has been a lot - and I mean a lot - of people on 606 today suggesting that Rafa Benitez could, or should, be sacked be sacked. Have they taken leave of their senses or what?

1710: Looks very much to be a full house at Craven Cottage ahead of Fulham's game with high-flying Man City. Which is more than can be said for The Oval, where in cricket world Lancashire are valiantly chasing a mammoth total to win the County Championship.

"0-0."
Arnie_Aardvark on 606

Cannot help but think that some more information is required.

1701: "The way they played was actually supreme, it was a masterclass by Arsenal. You can begin to understand why Arsene Wenger got rid of Thierry Henry, not because he's not a world class player, but that Wenger is developing another world class player in Adebayor."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks really likes what he sees at The Emirates

1700: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Man City
David Healy, who scored the winner when Laurie Sanchez and Sven-Goran Eriksson last met as managers of Northern Ireland and England respectively, returns to the Fulham side after injury. Diomansy Kamara drops to the bench in a side that is otherwise unchanged from the team that drew 1-1 draw at Wigan last weekend.
Richard Dunne returns for Man City after suspension, youngster Nedum Onuoha dropping to the bench. Stephen Ireland also makes an immediate return to the starting XI following the controversy of 'Grandmagate.' Darius Vassell misses out due to a knee injury.

1655: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 2-2 Sunderland Boro might consider themselves unfortunate not to have collected all three points. They dominated the latter stages before Liam Miller struck a brilliant equaliser for the Black Cats.

1654: FULL-TIME Liverpool 0-0 Birmingham Disappointment for Liverpool, who have now drawn and failed to score in their last two Premier League games. In each match Fernando Torres has started from the bench. Co-incidence? You decide.

1654: FULL-TIME Reading 2-1 Wigan
Oh dear, you've got to feel for Wigan. Chris Hutchings' team are now winless in their last five league and cup matches.

1654: Lee Cattermole is inches away from a winner for Boro.

1653: FULL-TIME Arsenal 5-0 Derby
Not quite the six that Liverpool managed a few weeks ago but a thrashing none the less. Arsenal remain top of the league.

1650: "Birmingham have defended fantastically, they've been comfortable in possession, and Taylor's only had to make one save."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer thinks City are worth their point against the Reds

1650: GOAL DRAMA Middlesbrough 2-2 Sunderland
Liam Miller scores a dramatic late equaliser for Sunderland, cracking the ball home from 20 yards with his left foot. An opportunist finish and one that has well and truly wiped the smile off Gareth Southgate's face.

1649: Reading almost score again but for a brilliant save from Chris Kirkland.

1647: GOAL Reading 2-1 Wigan
James Harper
scores his first of the season and what looks likely to be a late winner for Reading after collecting a brilliant reverse pass from Dave Kitson. The Royals have lost their previous three Premier League games so this would be a most welcome result.

"You have to beat teams like Birmingham at home. Even a draw is a bad result."
Manutdfangaz on 606

1643: Marcus Bent appears to be through on goal for Wigan but, hold on a minute, here comes Michael Duberry with a brilliant covering challenge. Never write off Dubes.

1642: Frustration, frustration, frustration at Anfield. Fernando Torres puts Peter Crouch through, who prepares to shoot but he is distracted by Steven Gerrard running across his path and Stephen Kelly makes an excellent sliding tackle.

1640: Both Reading and Wigan are trying to play attacking football as they go in search of three points but there is not all that much to report in terms of clear-cut chances.

"Fabregas on his way for European Footballer of the Year at this rate. Damn, Arsene Wenger was good in finding him."
mindajax on 606

1637: GOAL Arsenal 5-0 Derby
Emmanuel Adebayor
completes his hat-trick as Arsenal really turn on the style against a team who have serious, serious, serious problems when it comes to playing away. Adebayor superbly controls the ball with his chest, taking a Derby player out of the equation as he does so, before side-footing home.

1633: "Liverpool have dominated possession but been decidedly average, Birmingham are well worth a point."
Final Score's Carlton Palmer watching the 0-0 at Anfield

1632: Roy Keane is not looking pleased as he surveys the action at Middlesbrough.

Giles Barnes comes on for Derby. His first appearance of the season. Not sure how much impact he will have today.

Peter Crouch replaces Andriy Voronin at Anfield.

1628: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Sunderland
Stewart Downing puts Boro ahead with a left-foot strike across goal that eludes Craig Gordon's dive. It is a very decent strike from 20-plus yards.

1627: GOAL Arsenal 4-0 Derby
Cesc Fabregas
wraps his foot around the ball and slams home from 20 yards. Stephen Bywater might have done better. Fabregas is then substituted to generous applause.

1626: Gary O'Neil has been heavily involved for Boro (perhaps a contender for Garth Crooks' Team of the Week) but he has, if anything, been a little disappointing with his finishing. The ball drops to him 10 yards from goal but, under pressure, he shoots wide.

1623: The boos ring out around the Riverside after a shuddering challenge from Lee Cattermole on Grant Leadbitter leads to lots and lots and lots of pushing and shoving. Never really see punches these days. Now in Roy Keane's day... Keane, incidentally, is presiding over his 50th match in charge of Sunderland today.

1622: Don't forget to tell us what you think of everyone's respective performances today with our player rater.

"Torres wont get 20 plus goals from the bench."
Pete on 81111

Pete, chill your boots. Fernando is up and at em.

1618: Andriy Voronin almost puts Liverpool ahead with a strike from 19 yards but Maik Taylor makes a good save low down. Ryan Babel is replaced by Fernando Torres. The Reds have 30 minutes to muster a goal.

Mido goes off for Boro, Lee Cattermole finally replacing him.

1617: Ross Wallace almost puts Sunderland ahead with a low left-foot strike that misses by inches. A minute earlier the Black Cats had a penalty appeal turned down for a handball against Jonathan Woodgate. He needs a haircut.

And for those of you doubting what I say, Miss Cheese is at the tennis, literally at the tennis. Sam Lyon is doing the clockwatch but she is reporting from it. Let this be the last word on her whereabouts.

1614: Kolo Toure almost makes it four for an increasingly rampant Arsenal, the Ivorian heading narrowly wide.

Fernando Torres is warming-up for Liverpool.

1611: Lee Dong-Gook goes close for Boro with a strike across goal that just misses.

For all those on 606 missing Miss Cheese - rest assured I will pass on your heartfelt regards the next time I see her.

1609: "Birmingham are well in this, Liverpool look out of sorts."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer

1608: GOAL Reading 1-1 Wigan
Marcus Bent
equalises for the Latics with a powerful header from a corner. The second-half is under way at Middlesbrough by the way.

1607: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Derby
Emmanuel Adebayor
, cool as a cucumber from my wife's allotment, strokes the ball into the corner and beyond the despairing dive of Stephen Bywater.

1606: PENALTY Arsenal win a penalty for a tug on Eduardo by Matt Oakley.

1604: Play resumes at Liverpool. How long will Rafa Benitez leave it before Fernando Torres appears?

1603: The second-half has started at Arsenal and Reading. I prefer Wigan's chances of a comeback more than I do those of pointless on the road Derby.

1602: "Tomorrow will tell us everything about Chelsea. In 90 minutes we will know if they are with Avram Grant or not. If Shevchenko comes in tomorrow, scores and Chelsea win, it could turn their ship around."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks ("Won't happen." Carlton Palmer)

1602: I hope none of those Liverpool fans had a spoke, ahem smoke, in the toilets at half-time.

"Where has Miss Cheese gone today? Cheese please."
feelthesteviegforce on 606

I believe that Miss Cheese is covering the tennis. Thanks.

"What has happened to Jesper Parnevik?"
Anonymous on 81111

Not sure.

1550: Half-time everywhere now.

1550: Lets have some player rater chat. The highest ranked player across all the games so far is Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, who comes in at a very tidy nine out of 10. Don't forget, though, YOU can change that.

1548: It is half-time everywhere apart from Middlesbrough.

1546: Derby keeper Stephen Bywater makes a brilliant save to deny Eduardo with a header from a corner. Springs to mind Gordon Banks thwarting Pele all those years ago.

1545: "You can't rotate your squad and expect cohesion, Torres wants to play!"
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer watching Liverpool v Birmingham City

1544: Liverpool fans are warned over the tannoy at Anfield not to smoke in the toilets. Naughty.

1542: Mido nearly scores with a header from a floated cross. This happens seconds after it looks at though he is to be replaced by Lee Cattermole. The sub is stripped and ready, so to speak, but then Mido engages in some serious thumbs-up action to the bench, indicating that he is fit to continue.

1540: Not all that much to report at the moment from the Emirates and Anfield. So much for the big guns, though I suppose Arsenal are 2-0 up already. Hold on, Jermaine Pennant goes close for Liverpool against his former club Birmingham, Maik Taylor tipping his effort over the bar.

1540: A half-decent chance for Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil. The ball drops invitingly to him at the far stick but he shoots over.

1537: "Torres on the bench again! I'm thinking Benitez next manager to go?"
dangermouse852 on 606

Dangermouse852 you are in danger of sounding truly ridiculous. Irony withstanding, of course.

1535: "Maik Taylor in the goal for Birmingham has yet to make a save."
Ian Dennis at Anfield on BBC Radio 5live

1532: Wigan almost immediately restore parity but Jason Koumas' brilliant free-kick rebounds off the crossbar. Unlucky.

1529: GOAL Reading 1-0 Wigan
Dave Kitson
slots home for the Royals after Chris Kirkland, wearing his silly baseball cap, fails to hold a less than thunderous shot from Kevin Doyle. In truth Doyle was given too much time and space to get his shot off.

1528: "It's a straight ball from Fabregas. Derby are playing too high up the park, and at this level you are not going to get away with it."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer on Adebayor's goal at The Emirates

1528: George Boateng comes on for Julio Arca, who was injured in a tackle with Dwight Yorke. Boateng is booked within seconds, while Gary O'Neil forces a decent save with a strike from distance.

1525: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Derby
Emmanuel Adebayor
rounds the keeper and slots home after collecting an absolutely brilliant through ball from Cesc Fabregas. What was that I was saying about resolve...

1524: Arsenal are comfortably on top at the Emirates. Derby have really struggled on the road so far but it will be interesting to see how much more resolve they have following Monday's win.

"Red and white is the new black."
Kravat on 606

Kravat is the new Trinny and Susannah

1518: "Arsenal have got an end product now, they're winning matches and still playing attractive football."
BBCi Score's Carlton Palmer

1515: Reading's Liam Rosenior races through on goal but is denied by a stunning one-handed save from Chris Kirkland.

1514: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 Sunderland
Former Sunderland player Julia Arca heads Boro level from Gary O'Neil's cross. He does not celebrate. Everyone one else does (apart from the Sunderland fans).

1513: Abou Diaby almost scores a carbon copy for Arsenal but is denied by a save from Stephen Bywater. Fabio Rochemback almost equalises for Middlesbrough, who lose Tuncay Sanli to injury.

1512: Borja Oubina is stretchered off at Anfield. The Birmingham midfielder went in for a tackle with Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt.

1509: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Derby
Abou Diaby
puts the Gunners ahead with a stunning finish, crafting a yard of space with a series of smart turns before smashing the ball home from 20 yards. Another long afternoon away from home for Derby?

1509: The goal at Boro has been timed at 75 seconds. Wonder how many people missed it loading up on pies?

1507: England coach Steve McClaren is at Anfield - though on the evidence of the first few minutes he won't have learnt all that much.

1502: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Sunderland
Grant Leadbitter sends the Black Cats fans into derby delirium with a tidy left-foot finish. He started the move and finished it after Michael Chopra's attempted shot hit him and left the midfielder with a clean run at goal.

1500: All four of the 1500 BST kick-offs are under way. Goals please.

1459: All smiles between Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate. Apparently they did a coaching course together. That stamping incident is well in the past...

1455: "It's a bit like hiring Gordon Ramsay and then telling him how to make the lunch"
BBCi Score's Simon Brotherton (at Boro v Sunderland) on Jose Mourinho's departure from Chelsea

"Arsenal 10. Derby 0."
Leicester fan on 81111

This could get silly.

"4-1 Gunners. The new invisibles."
sagnatoure on 606

I hope, I really hope, that is a play on words.

"Torres on the bench for Liverpool, what is going on?"
ell_lfc5 on 606

Given that this chap or chapess - (I'm assuming that ell_lfc5 is not a real name) has posted several Torres related comments I thought it only fair to post one of them.

1450: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Birmingham
Liverpool make two changes from the team that drew with Porto in the Champions League. Fit-again John Arne Riise returns in defence for Steve Finnan, with Andriy Voronin coming in up front in place of Fernando Torres, who drops to the bench. Birmingham - the only side along with Man Utd Rafael Benitez has not beaten in the Premiership - bring in Wilson Palacios and Borja Oubina from the side that beat Bolton.

1447: TEAM NEWS Reading v Wigan
Reading make two changes from the team that lost to Sunderland, Kevin Doyle replacing Leroy Lita up front and Michael Duberry returning to the defence.
Wigan bring in Marcus Bent for the injured Emile Heskey and there are also starts for Kevin Kilbane and Josip Skoko.

1445: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Derby
Theo Walcott makes his first league appearance for Arsenal since 19 August, replacing injured winger Alexander Hleb. Abou Diaby comes in for Arsenal's other crocked winger, Tomas Rosicky, while Eduardo makes his second Premiership start with Robin van Persie dropping to the bench.
Derby boss Billy Davis sticks with the team that battled to a 1-0 win against Newcastle last Monday - the Rams' first Premier League victory of the season. Kenny Miller, who scored the winner on his debut, is partnered by Steve Howard with Robert Earnshaw again watching from the bench.

"Paul...who is next on metatarsal surgery table?"
Justice_wa_Baruti on 606

Tricky one. I'll tell you what, though, if I was a Premier League footballer I'd want a decent pair of boots, boots like they used to be back in my day. The soft leather numbers they use now don't seem to offer all that much protection.

1437: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Middlesbrough make two changes from the loss at West Ham, with skipper George Boateng and the injured Jeremie Aliadiere replacing Gary O'Neil and Tuncay Sanli.
Sunderland recall Greg Halford in place of Nyron Nosworthy, who has a knee injury, while recent signing Ian Harte is named on the bench.

Extra chat - It is O'Neil's full debut, Mido nearly signed for Sunderland so is guaranteed to score. Keane named an unchanged side for the first time ever last weekend but the Noz's injury ended any chance of three in a row.

1435: Don't forget to get involved this afternoon. You can text 81111 or unleash your thoughts on 606. Like this for example,

"Arsenal 6, Derby 0."
Nottingham Forest fan on 606

Of course, you can elaborate a little if you want. Alternatively just pick the Premier League club nearest to the team you support and whom you like the least and then send in a score that involves them getting well and truly stuffed.

1430: According to some of the stats people here at BBC Sport Emile Heskey last week became the 11th player since David Beckham in 2002 to break a metatarsal. I don't have the answers - do you?

1425: Lots of action for you this afternoon in addition to the Premier League. There is some women's football for you, with England in quarter-final action against USA.

Not going well for our brave women though!

1420: A little bit of chat on Middlesbrough and Sunderland. They meet for the 125th time today, with Sunderland currently boasting 54 wins to Boro's 39 in the Tees-Wear derby. Both teams have seven points from six matches - though Boro's better goal difference (I'm reluctant to use the word superior when both are in the negative) ensures they are higher in the table going into this afternoon's match.

1415 BST: Right then, 45 minutes until the day's action moves under way. Just the five games today but something for everyone.
Big hitters such as Arsenal, Liverpool and, dare I say it, Man City are all in action. Struggling Derby and Reading are after some badly-needed points while teams from the middle reaches of the table ensure all bases are covered.


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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