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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 October 2007, 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK
Live - Premier League

Arsenal 3-2 Sunderland
Blackburn 2-1 Birmingham
Bolton 0-1 Chelsea
Fulham 0-2 Portsmouth
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Manchester City 3-1 Middlesbrough
Newcastle 3-2 Everton
Reading 1-0 Derby


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

By Caroline Cheese

1815: You won't want to miss Match of the Day 2 later with Gary Lineker in the chair. Kick-off is on BBC2 at 2200 BST. Ray 'Stubbsy' Stubbs is already awaiting your call on 5live's 606 and don't forget you can always pour your heart out to the friendly people in the 606 community.

1807: No surprise that Manchester City's Elano is the player of the day on a dazzling 9.41. He is the only player in any of today's eight games who with a rating of more than 9. Spurs striker Robbie Keane, Arsenal's Robin van Persie and Newcastle midfielder Emre are today's other stars. The dunce's hat goes to Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott with 4, edging out Spurs keeper Paul Robinson (4.24). You've still got time to have your say though...

1804: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-2 Portsmouth
Portsmouth register their third win on the trot thanks to goals from Benjani and Hermann Hreidarsson. Drunken Jake caused all manner of confusion with his dodgy mathematics earlier but it doesn't really matter - Fulham are in the bottom three. Portsmouth are up to fifth.

1801: "Heading for 10 points from 12. Champions League form."
Sean in Portsmouth via text on 81111

1755: "Actually that was total rubbish. Fulham need three goals. Think I'm still drunk from last night."
A humiliated Jake via text on 81111 (I don't think they'll be getting one or three so no matter)

1754: "A shout out to Dutch side Herenveen who won 9-0 today with Brazilian striker Afonso Alves scoring seven. Yes, you're reading right, seven goals!"
Fade to black on 606

1752: "Actually Fulham only need to score one goal to move out of the bottom three on goal difference."
Jake via text on 81111

1747: The Pompey fans are chanting "we want seven", recalling their 7-4 win over Reading last weekend.

1740: Fulham will be in the bottom three unless they can turn things around against Portsmouth, and there's not much sign that they can. As it stands, Tottenham move out of the relegation zone.

1738: "You can kick John Terry but he's always available to play."
Chelsea boss Avram Grant on the indestructable JT - who took another smack in the face against Bolton

1734: "I thought we were a little bit off the pace in the first half, perhaps because of Thursday's efforts [in the Uefa Cup]. In the second half we were more dynamic, and when Benni McCarthy came on he looked very sharp."
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes

1731: David Healy's last action for Fulham is to shoot straight at Pompey keeper David James. Diomansy Kamara is on and it's a triple substitution. Seol Ki-Hyeon replaces Alexey Smertin and Danny Murphy takes over from Chris Baird.

1728: "I was pleased. I don't want people to misread that but the application of the players was superb."
Bolton boss Sammy Lee (In case you did misread that, Bolton lost.)

1726: "We are playing good football and I am very, very happy."
Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson

1723: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Portsmouth
Fulham's defence falls apart again. Niko Kranjcar slips the ball through for Hermann Hreidarsson, whose shot takes a deflection off Chris Baird and goes over Kasey Keller.

1721: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Portsmouth
Carlos Bocanegra allows Benjani to turn and shoot low to Kasey Keller's left. That's the striker's sixth of the season - which is as many as he scored in the whole of last season.

1719: "As a manager you take credit for your substitution and I will there. It was a double header for me with Emre scoring with a great goal low in the corner and Michael Owen with a terrific header."
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is very pleased with himself

1718: Everton boss David Moyes has revealed striker Andy Johnson will undergo an ankle operation on Monday and will be out for three or four weeks.

1717: Jimmy Hill has been removed so the game at Craven Cottage can get under way again.

1714: "We deserved more in the first half but we didn't take our chances and you cannot explain that. We made two bad mistakes for their goals but we showed character."
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez

1711: After a frantic day of action, the top four of the Premier League will read: Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool. Derby County's goal difference keeps them bottom below Bolton.

1707: Jimmy Hill has just run onto the pitch at Craven Cottage, kicked an imaginary ball and run off again. Was that a pitch invasion? Ban him!

1659: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 Portsmouth
Nothing doing at Craven Cottage. Fulham marginally the better side and a couple of good saves from Pompey keeper David James earns him top billing in Player Rater.

1657: "Torres may have just saved Rafa's job."
boro4lifeAKA cena-rules on 606

1655: FULL-TIME Newcastle 3-2 Everton
Michael Owen comes off the bench to score the Magpies' third in an entertaining game.

1655: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-1 Chelsea
Salomon Kalou's first-half goal earns Chelsea a hard-fought win over Sammy Lee's Bolton.

1654: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Fernando Torres' late, late goal saves Liverpool from defeat against Tottenham, who had led through two Robbie Keane goals.

1652: GOAL Newcastle 3-2 Everton
Mikel Arteta's cross is deflected by Alan Smith and Newcastle keeper Shay Given can't stop it crossing the line.

1651: FULL-TIME Blackburn 2-1 Birmingham
David Bentley and a penalty from Benni McCarthy earn Blackburn victory.

1650: GOAL Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Steve Finnan's cross is headed home by Fernando Torres as Liverpool salvage a point.

1649: FULL-TIME Man City 3-1 Middlesbrough
Man City keep up their 100% home record thanks to the Elano show.

1649: GOAL Newcastle 3-1 Everton
Emre delivers the free-kick for Michael Owen to head home. England boss Steve McClaren has just left but he'll have heard the cheer from the Newcastle fans. The England striker's back in business.

1646: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Everton
Leon Osman's headed clearance only gets as fas as substitute Emre, who unleashes a spectacular left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

1645: GOAL Manchester City 3-1 Middlesbrough
City keeper parries Tuncay's shot straight into the path of Ben Hutchinson who scores on his first appearance for Boro.

1644: Javier Mascherano's swerving shot fizzes past Paul Robinson's left-hand post as Liverpool go in desperate search of an equaliser.

1643: "Surely this is Rafa's job now, Marseilles and now Spurs. This isn't going well at all."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

1641: Seven minutes of of the 90 remaining at Anfield where Spurs are on their way to a morale-boosting win. Their only previous Premier League win at Liverpool was in 1993 when Teddy Sheringham scored both goals in a 2-1 win.

1639: New QPR owner Flavio Briatore is a guest of Mo Al Fayed at Fulham. They're mates apparently. Also spotted: England boss Steve McClaren at St James' Park to check on Michael Owen.

1636: Steve Sidwell's handball gives Bolton a free-kick right on the edge of the area. Nicolas Anelka blazes it over.

1634: Michael Owen comes on for Newcastle, replacing Obafemi Martins. Meanwhile, Chelsea bring on Andriy Shevchenko.

1632: "Sven was asked after the first three wins why he's good with clubs but couldn't do it for England. His reply: "England didn't have Elano". I'm starting to see what he meant!"
Via text on 81111

1627: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez makes his second change of the afternoon. Dirk Kuyt comes on for Jermaine Pennant, after Ryan Babel's introduction a few moments ago. At St James' Park, Michael Owen is warming up.

1625: GOAL Blackburn 2-1 Birmingham
Blackburn fail to clear their lines and the ball comes back in for Cameron Jerome to fire home.

1619: GOAL Man City 3-0 Middlesbrough
Elano will need his own goal of the month competition at this rate. The Brazilian curls in a 20-yard free-kick and the City fans hail their new hero.

1618: "In response to hardfi05 (see 1608): are you serious? Spurs defend? We need to score at least two more to win this match."
Stew, Kings Lynn, via text on 81111

1615: The game at Craven Cottage is under way and an early Clint Dempsey shot is pushed away by Portsmouth keeper David James.

1613: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Everton
Leighton Baines opens up the Newcastle defence with a fine run down the left and cross for Andy Johnson to bundle over the line. It is Johnson's first goal for Everton since last March and he celebrates with Everton's management team and substitutes in the dug-out.

1612: GOAL Blackburn 2-0 Birmingham
Benni McCarthy sends Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor the wrong way. Horrible couple of minutes for Birmingham fans.

1610: Birmingham think they've got an equaliser but Gary McSheffrey is flagged for offside. Just to rub salt in the wound, Blackburn go up the other end and earn a penalty for Johan Djourou's foul on Roque Santa Cruz.

1609: "Has Jamie Carragher bought a ticket to watch Berbatov's flick-ons to Keane? At fault for both the goals."
Fade to black on 606

1608: "Keane is the man of the moment. I just hope we defend for our lives for 44 minutes!"
Hardfi05 on 606

1607: Bolton go close to an equaliser but El Hadji Diouf's header is well saved by Petr Cech. All games up and running in the second half now.

1605: GOAL Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham
Paul Robinson launches a free-kick which is headed on by Dimitar Berbatov for Robbie Keane to volley home. Great goal from an in-form striker.

1605: Everton boss David Moyes makes a change with Andy Johnson on for James McFadden.

1603: They're under way again at Blackburn and the hosts nearly get a second straight from the kick-off but Franck Queudrue blocks David Bentley's shot from all of four yards.

1601: Unsurprisingly, Reading's match-winner Kevin Doyle leads their ratings at full-time with 7.97 - while Derby striker Kenny Miller must has a sizeable fan club as he leads the Rams with a rating of 7.00, despite contributing very little to the game.

1558: "If Alan Hansen is watching, he'll be tearing his hair out. Sami Hyypia doesn't even jump for it."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks lays in to a passive Liverpool defence

1555: That goal from Robbie Keane is the first league goal Liverpool have conceded in open play this season.

1552: FULL-TIME Reading 1-0 Derby
Kevin Doyle's first goal of the season is enough for Reading to take the three points - a fine way to bounce back after that 7-4 shocker against Portsmouth last weekend.

1549: Chelsea reach the break at the Reebok Stadium with a 1-0 lead. Just injury time remaining at the Madejski Stadium.

1548: That's half-time at Anfield and indeed at all the 1500 BST kick-offs except Bolton-Chelsea.

1546: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham
Robbie Keane runs onto Dimitar Berbatov's flick-on and produces a cool finish to Pepe Reina's left.

1543: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Chelsea
Abdoulaye Meite and Jussi Jaaskelainen momentarily hesitate as they try to clear a header into the Bolton area. Salomon Kalou seizes his opportunity, quickly nicking the ball before smashing home from a tight angle. Bolton have played a full part in this match and can consider themselves unfortunate to be trailing.

1542: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Everton
Joleon Lescott's clearance only reaches Nicky Butt who beats his man before cleverly lifting the ball beyond Everton keeper Tim Howard's grasp and into the net. Lovely finish from Butt - which is not something you write very often.

1540: "Elano is great."
BBCi Score's Gavin Peacock tells it like it is.

1536: Bolton are on the break after Frank Lampard is caught in possession. Nicolas Anelka leaves John Terry for dead but his shot from an angle is saved by Petr Cech. Very open game this.

1532: GOAL Man City 2-0 Middlesbrough
Michael Johnson's lovely backheel sets up Elano, who powers in a superb strike from 25 yards. He doesn't score ugly goals does he?

Kasey Keller starts in goal for Fulham, with Antti Niemi on the bench. Portsmouth striker Kanu fails to recover from a knee injury so Benjani starts.

1530: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard hits the post with another free-kick. The England man looks to be back on form.

1529: "Not exactly fireworks at the Madejski, but we'll take 1-0 after last week's rollercoaster."
Robert Mcinroy, Glasgow, via text on 81111

1526: Nice link-up play by Manchester City midfielders Elano and Michael Johnson results in an opening for Emile Mpenza but the Belgian fires his shot straight at Mark Schwarzer. Didi Hamann is the next City player to try his luck, curling a shot over from the edge of the box. The game is opening up a little at last after a scrappy first 20 minutes.

1522: GOAL Reading 1-0 Derby
Graeme Murty's cross flicks off a Derby defender's head and on to Kevin Doyle's. The Royals striker's header seems to take an age to reach the back of the net - but it does eventually and it's his first of the season.

1521: "What does Robinson have to do to get dropped? He's simply awful. Bring back Eric Thorsvedt."
Tom, Windsor, via text on 81111

1519: "Re 1507. Look I have to draw the line, when did Kevin Davies ever burst into anywhere. Outraged! Doesn't the BBC value accuracy anymore?"
John via text on 81111

1515: "Who's going to come in and take the mantle from Paul Robinson? Scott Carson? I think Steve McClaren will stick with him."
BBCi Score's Gavin Peacock after Robinson's mistake for Liverpool's goal

1515: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Birmingham
David Bentley swivels beautifully in the box and finishes at the near post. Very good goal that.

1514: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham
Spurs keeper Paul Robinson spills Steven Gerrard's free-kick and Andriy Voronin taps in the rebound. Gerrard's effort deflects slightly off the wall - but still another awkward moment for Robbo.

1512: Everton striker Victor Anichebe beats Newcastle keeper Shay Given to a high ball into the box but Abdoulaye Faye is on the hand to clear off the line.

1508: GOAL Man City 1-0 Middlesbrough
Great start for Sven's side. Martin Petrov takes the corner from the left and Chris Riggott bundles the ball in for an own goal.

1507: Bolton's Kevin Davies bursts into the box but shoots straight at Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

1504: Alan Smith helps the ball on for Newcastle team-mate Obafemi Martins but he pulls his shot wide. Reading and Derby are up and running in the second half.

1504: "This is it for Liverpool, mess it up against Spurs today and it's fair to say we just haven't got what it takes, or rather Benitez hasn't."
Rich, Bournemouth, via text on 81111

1503: Chelsea threaten straight away with Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saving Salomon Kalou's header from a Steve Sidwell cross.

1502: The 1500 BST kick-offs are all under way.

1459: "Daniel (see 1445) what happened when Spurs played the mighty Arsenal?"
Tony via text on 81111

1453: Reading striker Dave Kitson is the highest-rated player at half-time, curiously rating 7.86 despite not having had as big an impact as fellow forwards Kevin Doyle or Stephen Hunt. Derby's top man is Kenny Miller (7.50), who has contributed little apart from being caught offside twice. Which just goes to show... well nothing really.

1449: HALF-TIME Reading 0-0 Derby
Stalemate at the Madejski Stadium, but Reading had the better of the chances.

1445: "Spurs will get their season started today. We always rise against the better teams."
Daniel, Preston, via text on 81111

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez fields an unchanged side - just kidding! The master rotator makes five changes. Liverpool fans will be pleased to hear Fernando Torres keeps his place after the midweek Marseille debacle. Spurs boss Martin Jol manages to trump Rafa. The Dutchman makes seven changes after Thursday's Uefa Cup draw with Famagusta, but some things never change. Jermain Defoe is warming the bench for another Premier League game.

1438: Reading claim a penalty - and it probably should have been. From a corner, Graeme Murty's shot is blocked by the arm of Jay McEveley.

Newcastle have Michael Owen back on the bench only days after groin surgery, but fellow strikers Mark Viduka and Shola Ameobi are ruled out. Jose Enrique is handed a first league start while Claudio Cacapa returns from injury, with Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal making way. Everton make four changes, with Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Lee Carsley and Victor Anichebe coming in for Alan Stubbs, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Yakubu, who joins Andrew Johnson on the bench.

Bolton boss Sammy Lee makes five changes from the team that defeated FK Rabotnicki in the Uefa Cup but there is no return for skipper Kevin Nolan and Gary Speed, who are not even in the squad. Frank Lampard returns to the Chelsea side following a thigh injury, while Juliano Belletti, Steve Sidwell and Solomon Kalou also come into the team from the XI that defeated Valencia.

Middlesbrough hand 20-year-old forward Tom Craddock his first Premier League start - with Mido ruled out by a hamstring injury, Boro have virtually no attacking cover. Man City are unchanged from the team that defeated Newcastle last weekend.

1430: Kevin Doyle heads just over from Liam Rosenior's cross. Three decent chances for Reading so far - none for Derby.

Blackburn's David Dunn passes a late fitness test on his bruised thigh and will start, but Tugay is still out with an ankle injury. There are no surprises in Birmingham's XI with Cameron Jerome playing as a lone striker.

1421: Reading's Kevin Doyle makes space for himself on the right and crosses for Stephen Hunt - who is unlucky to see his header go the wrong side of the post.

1416: Liam Rosenior drifts a free-kick wide from all of 30 yards for Reading. This is all a bit humdrum compared to the last game but it's probably a bit unfair to compare.

1411: Two-goal Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is still leading the way in the Player Rater with a whopping 8.49. You can change it if you like - although that seems quite fair to me.

1404: An early chance for Reading goes begging as Stephen Hunt fires just over after some neat build-up play.

1402: And away we go.

1400: Can Reading and Derby live up to that? Let's hope so... The players are out at the Madejski Stadium.

1356: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-2 Sunderland
There's still time for Theo Walcott to hit the inside of the post before Arsenal win a remarkable game. The Gunners are back on top of the Premier League.

1355: "Caroline is dumb, she choses dumb comments to publish, even I'm an Arsenal fan and beating Sunderland doesnt mean anything."
JesseJamesTopGunner on 606

1354: Can't they just carry on? This is an awesome game. Emmanuel Adebayor beats keeper Craig Gordon but sees his shot drift wide.

1353: I can hardly believe I am typing this. Cesc Fabregas is human. He's just sliced his shot horribly wide. Hleb up and running again now.

1351: RED CARD Paul McShane (Sunderland)
Straight red for McShane for a shocking late tackle on Alex Hleb. The Arsenal midfielder needs treatment on his groin area after a collision with the Sunderland's defender's knee. Nasty.

1349: Emmanuel Eboue makes a driving run into the penalty area but runs out of space and ends up lashing his shot into the side netting.

1348: "We would have drawn this game last year, results like this make champions. Come on Arsenal."
Adam via text on 81111

1346: Robin van Persie won't be getting a hat-trick today as he comes off to be replaced by birthday boy Gilberto - 31 today.

Reading are unchanged from the side which lost 7-4 to Portsmouth in last week's crazy 11-goal thriller, as fit-again winger John Oster only makes the bench. Derby bring in defender Andy Griffin and midfielder Benny Feilhaber for Eddie Lewis and David Jones, while Giles Barnes remains on the bench.

1343: This is incredible. Liam Miller cleverly lifts the ball over Kolo Toure but Manuel Almunia comes out quickly to smother the Sunderland midfielder's shot.

1342: Sunderland come close to an equaliser but Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia stretches to tip over Antony Stokes' dipping effort.

1341: GOAL Arsenal 3-2 Sunderland
Heartbreaking for Sunderland but what a goal from Arsenal. Theo Walcott turns his defender brilliantly and darts into the area before setting up Robin van Persie, who takes one quick touch and finishes.

1335: Sunderland living dangerously here. Alex Hleb cuts the ball back for Theo Walcott who miskicks with the goal gaping before Emmanuel Adebayor fires narrowly wide. Sunderland make a double change: former Arsenal player Anthony Stokes and Dickson Etuhu are on for Michael Chopra and Ross Wallace.

1334: "This is one of the best games I've seen this season, between two teams passing the ball really well. What I really liked was Sunderland's attitude when they went 2-0 down."
BBC 5live analyst David Pleat

1332: Theo Walcott gets the Arsenal fans off their seats with a turn and run down the right but it comes to nothing. Sunderland could be forced into a change with goalscorer Ross Wallace down injured.

1328: Arsenal make their second change with Emmanuel Eboue replacing Bacary Sagna.

1325: What news from Player Rater? Well, thanks for asking: Robin van Persie is leading the way on 8.44 from Cesc Fabregas on 7.55. Kenwyne Jones is Sunderland's highest rated on 6.71. Plenty of time for that to change though...

1319: If you just heard the sound of ball against woodwork, it was Kolo Toure's swerving shot colliding with the angle of post and bar. If this is a taste of things to come, we're in for a cracking day's football.

1317: Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon comes for the ball and misses but Nyron Nosworthy clears to spare his blushes. Arsenal bring on Theo Walcott for Abou Diaby.

1309: GOAL Arsenal 2-2 Sunderland
Crikey! Liam Miller escapes down the left and crosses for Kenwyne Jones to head home, though Manuel Almunia gets hands to it. Jones does the backflips and Sunderland's fans are now making all the noise.

1306: We're up and running in the second half.

1305: "Respect to Arsenal terrace legend, Dainton 'The Bear' Connell, who was killed in a car crash in Moscow on Friday. A march to the ground of 1500 friends and family to lay flowers took place before kick off. RIP D."
The Herd family via text on 81111

1302: "Sunderland will tire in the second period and the CHAMPIONS elect will go on to win the game 4-1!"
tedknott on 606

1258: No half-time entertainment to speak of at the Emirates. Disappointing. Still the catering at Arsenal's new stadium was recently the best in the country. Excellent.

1250: HALF-TIME Arenal 2-1 Sunderland
An entertaining half comes to an end. Arsenal looked set to run riot but Sunderland came back into it and they have hope for the second half.

1242: A sustained spell of pressure from Arsenal but Sunderland are holding firm just about. The Gunners look like they're trying their favourite trick of passing to absolutely everyone in the team at least twice before walking the ball into the net.

1236: Robin van Persie leaves this free-kick for Cesc Fabregas but from 30 yards the Spaniard drifts it over the bar.

1233: Robin van Persie lets fly again but this time Craig Gordon tips over his rasping 25-yard effort. From the corner, Philippe Senderos loses his marker but unbelievably plants his header wide. Should have been the defender's second.

1230: "Nice to see Sunderland get a consolation goal so early."
RasDam on 606

1229: As my colleague has just pointed out, that might not have been such a good idea for Sunderland. It may just re-focus Arsenal minds...

1227: GOAL Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland
Hold on, what's this? Manuel Almunia produces a good save to deny Kenwyne Jones but Ross Wallace buries the follow-up.

1221: Abou Diaby has the ball in the net again - and again it doesn't count. The linesman spots an offside - which not many other people did. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can afford to smile.

1219: "I'm starting to feel sorry for Roy Keane already. Just the wrong time to come to the Emirates!"
PumpinGun on 606

1216: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland
And the second goal when it comes is a bit scrappy by Arsenal standards. Emmanuel Adebayor delivers the low cross, Abou Diaby misses his kick and the unlikely figure of Philippe Senderos gets just enough on his scuffed shot to beat Craig Gordon.

1214: Sunderland are being run ragged. Craig Gordon tips over Emmanuel Adebayor's header as Arsenal surge forward in search for a second.

1212: "Some early-morning champagne - just what you expect from Arsenal."
BBC 5live analyst David Pleat after another flowing Arsenal move

1209: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland
That one definitely counts. Robin van Persie steps up to take the free-kick and lashes it into the roof of the net. Wonderful strike. Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon would have done well to see the ball - let alone save it.

1208: Abou Diaby powers in a stunning shot - but it doesn't count. Rob Styles has already blown up for a free-kick after Cesc Fabregas was fouled.

1206: Gael Clichy's woeful backpass puts Manuel Almunia in trouble. Kenwyne Jones races in but the Arsenal keeper gets there just in time - and Jones sees yellow for a late challenge.

1205: "I'm a Liverpool fan and even I want Arsenal to win today. Seeing Man Utd top again is just too ominous..."
Jake in Cardiff via text on 81111

1203: Less than 30 seconds gone and Robin van Persie slides the ball through for Emmanuel Adebayor, who takes his shot early but goes wide.

1202: Much hilarity between Dwight Yorke, Kolo Toure and ref Rob Styles in the centre circle. But the banter is over and we're away.

1159: "Watch United thump Wigan while the wonderous world of rugby throws up two absolutely thrilling games. Watch Khan destroy his opponent and wake up early to watch Hamilton crash out in China. Time to do that all important essay - but Sunday too is laced with sport galore. Is this the perfect weekend?"
Englandlad23 on 606

1157: Will those loyal fans be rewarded with a victory today? History does not bode well. The Black Cats' only league win over Arsenal in the last decade was in 2000 when Niall Quinn scored the winner.

1155: Sunderland have taken their full ticket allocation for this game - which is pretty impressive when you consider the long journey and the early kick-off time.

1149: Lots of text messages coming in... for Vernon Kay. Come on football people...

1143: Here's the full teams:
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Senderos, Clichy, Hleb, Fabregas, Flamini, Diaby, Adebayor, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Silva, Bendtner, Eboue, Walcott.
Sunderland: Gordon, McShane, Nosworthy, Higginbotham, Collins, Leadbitter, Miller, Wallace, Yorke, Chopra, Jones. Subs: Ward, Harte, Etuhu, Stokes, O'Donovan.

1140: TEAM NEWS Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes one change from the team that defeated Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League, with Abou Diaby replacing Emmanuel Eboue. Sunderland, still looking for their first away win of the season, start with the same side that lost to Blackburn last time out.

1128: Here's something to make up for that last rubbish entry. The inimitable Jens Lehmann on fellow Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia: "Almunia has said a lot in the past. He hasn't won anything for us yet. Once he even said he was one of the best in Europe. But his performances have not made me have any serious concerns."

1125: The players are warming up at the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately, I can't see which players so no hint of any team news I'm afraid. Not my greatest chat that.

1118: "I'll have what all the Arsenal fans are having. A few wins and you're already pestering the league to hand you the title. Bless. I just feel sorry come the end of the season (Feb in your case) you finish with nothing....again."
United Since Birth lights the blue touch paper on 606

1110: According to today's papers, Sunderland will take back Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson on loan in January. And unbelievably, Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka says he's waiting for a big club to buy him. Anelka? Angling for a big-money move? Incroyable!

1104: "Only a Liverpool win can make my day get any better. I'm currently feeling sky high."
LiverDave12 on 606

1056: "Football may be God's game, but beating the Aussies at rugby is THE BEST FEELING EVER, WOOHOO!"
James via text on 81111

1050: Over in the wacky world of 606, Reál_Giant_Terrier has come up with some, shall we say, bold predictions for today's games. I sincerely hope RGT is bang on the money but I really cannot see Chelsea conceding four at the Reebok...

1046: I know it's sacrilege to mention this in a football clockwatch but did anyone watch the rugby? Sweet... You can read Dirsy's thoughts in his blog - and laugh as he ponders whether England can beat New Zealand in the semi-finals.

1038: Arsenal are on their longest unbeaten run since the 'Invincibles' side went 49 matches without defeat. They'll make it 16 if they can hold off Sunderland today.

1030: Morning all. I'm sure I'm not the only one still feeling a bit fuzzy this Sunday morning but football is here to save the day. Just the Premier League eight games to entertain us, starting with Arsenal against Sunderland at 1200 BST.

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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