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Aston Villa 1-3 Portsmouth
Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland
Everton 3-0 Fulham
Man Utd 4-1 Derby
Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham
Reading 3-1 Liverpool


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By Caroline Cheese

1926: Off I go then. Thanks for all your contributions today. Alan Green is awaiting your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 so give him a bell on 0500 909 693 or text him on 85058. Match of the Day is on at 2230 GMT on BBC ONE. And finally, come on Ricky...

1923: Today's Player of the Day according to the BBC website's interactive Player Rater is Everton's Yakubu, who earns 8.91 for his hat-trick in the 3-0 defeat of Fulham. Honourable mentions to Manchester United's Carlos Tevez (8.28) and Sulley Muntari of Portsmouth (8.40). Dishonourable mention to Aston Villa defender Craig Gardner who is today's donkey on 4.43.

1914: Well, that's caused quite a stir on 606 where the debate rages over whether Rafa got his tactics right or wrong tonight. But the Liverpool fans are keeping faith with their manager. It will be an interesting week, though, with the Reds facing a must-win Champions League game followed by the Premier League clash with Manchester United.

1911: FULL-TIME Reading 3-1 Liverpool
Liverpool's unbeaten league record goes as one lucky penalty and two clinical second-half finishes earn Reading an unexpected win. The Royals are up to 12th, while Liverpool are seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

1909: Kalifa Cisse is on for Graeme Murty as the clock runs down at the Madejski Stadium.

1908: Ryan Babel is through on goal but his weak lob is easily saved by Marcus Hahnemann and Reading eventually clear.

1906: Peter Crouch's powerful effort canons back off the foot off the post and rebounds off Marcus Hahnemann's back before the Reading keeper gratefully collects. Into added time.

1903: This could make Rafa's meeting with owners Gillett and Hicks interesting. Gillett is planning to be at the Marseille game while Hicks will fly over from the US in time to see the Reds' next Premier League match - against Manchester United next Sunday.

1901: "Rafa is making the RIGHT decisions. Gerrard could MISS the crunch with United if he gets another yellow here. Torres is hurt, no point in exacerbating the situation. Get him OFF, get minutes for Harry Cool and hope Torres can get fixed for Marseille and United."

1900: "In the away end at Reading - some rather nasty comments about Rafa going round."
Tony via text on 81111

1859: "I thought the league was the most important thing. Lose this and we're way behind the front runners."
jonezy1234 on 606

1857: As Liverpool chase the game, Benitez brings on, er, defender Sami Hyypia. Jamie Carragher comes off. Someone want to explain that one?

1856: Reading fans give Ibrahima Sonko a standing ovation as he is replaced by Andre Bikey. Sonko has been immense for the home side.

1854: "I wonder with this selection of three up front whether Benitez paid Reading a bit of a disservice."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Stan Collymore

1850: "I got up with a bad feeling about going to Reading. Shell shocked. "
Anon via text on 81111

1849: At least Liverpool still have Jamie Carragher on the pitch. He makes his way out of defence and plays a one-two before crossing towards Peter Crouch but the striker can't quite get a touch.

1847: Rafa is not making himself very popular with the Liverpool fans tonight. It looks like Jack Hobbs is coming off for Ryan Babel but the youngster is told to stay where he is and it's skipper Steven Gerrard who comes off. Has he given up on this game and is now looking to the vital Champions League enounter with Marseille?

1845: Momo Sissoko chips the ball over for Harry Kewell but the Aussie's angled effort skims just beyond the far post.

1844: "It's embarrassing now."
WeAllDreamOfATeamOfCarraghers on 606

1842: GOAL Reading 3-1 Liverpool
James Harper bursts from his own half to collect Bobby Convey's pass before coolly rounding Pepe Reina and slotting home. A fine goal.

1841: Fabulous effort from Steven Gerrard, whose swerving effort canons back off the bar.

1841: "I cannot believe that Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United would come to Reading and put out such a bizarre formation."
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green

1839: Reading are playing with real belief now as Kevin Doyle's half-volley flies just over the bar.

1835: Fernando Torres, who seems to be suffering from an ankle problem, comes off to be replaced by Harry Kewell.

1834: GOAL Reading 2-1 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard is yellow-carded for bringing down Stephen Hunt and there is further misery to follow for the Reds. Nicky Shorey takes the free-kick and his wicked delivery glances home off Kevin Doyle's head.

1831: John Arne Riise's swerving free-kick is heading for the corner before Marcus Hahnemann turns it away for a corner. Good save from the Reading keeper.

1827: How many penalty shouts in this game? The ref turns another one down and that looks about right as Ibrahima Sonko gets touch on the ball ahead of Fernando Torres.

1826: Reading attempt an offside trap as John Arne Riise delivers a free-kick but it goes horribly wrong as two Liverpool players beat it. The ball goes to Jack Hobbs, who fails to mark his first start with a goal, blazing over.

1823: Peter Crouch delivers the cross from the right and Fernando Torres takes a risk with a flying header ahead of Ibrahima Sonko. His effort goes wide.

1820: Liverpool kick off the second-half.

1816: Liverpool will be six points behind leaders Arsenal if they can't conjure up a winner in the second-half. On another matter, Steven Gerrard is leading the Player Rater on 8.26 ahead of Fernando Torres.

1809: "I am surprised there was no announcement. Maybe no-one knew but I certainly did. It is a fantastic achievement, absolutely marvellous."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Ryan Giggs' 100th league goal

1804: HALF-TIME Reading 1-1 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard's clinical finish makes it 1-1 at half-time after Reading take the lead through a contentious Stephen Hunt penalty.

1759: Andriy Voronin is looking lively. The Liverpool striker makes space for himself with some nimble footwork and arrows a shot in at the near post but Marcus Hahnemann turns it behind.

1753: Liverpool appeal for a penalty after Fernando Torres is upended by Ibrahima Sonko as he cuts into the box. It is a decent shout too but Andre Marriner isn't interested.

1753: "Reading are certainly not out of it as an attacking force. They've weathered a decent spell from Liverpool after their equaliser and when they get the ball to Doyle and Kitson they look quite lively."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Stan Collymore

1749: "You've got people saying stuff behind you with little kids shouting filth. I didn't bring my kids up to talk like that. Do we have to keep standing there and accepting that?"
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp on Aston Villa fans

1744: GOAL Reading 1-1 Liverpool
Fernando Torres controls a long ball and squares for Steven Gerrard who takes one touch, drives into the penalty area and finishes into the bottom corner.

1741: "Eh? This isn't supposed to happen! Reading one up urrzzzzz!!!!"
Anon via text on 81111

1736: So a close to a second for Reading. Dave Kitson sets up Bobby Convey but the winger's powerful effort is narrowly over.

1733: GOAL Reading 1-0 Liverpool
Brynjar Gunnarsson is sent flying by Jamie Carragher and the referee points to the spot. It's a foul but it looks to be outside the area on first glance - and on the replay too. Unlucky Liverpool. Reading don't care though as Stephen Hunt dispatches the penalty.

1732: Penalty to Reading.

1729: Brynjar Gunnarsson fizzes in a dangerous cross from the right touchline as Reading threaten for the first time. They earn a corner from which Gunnarsson has a low shot on goal but Pepe Reina is equal to it.

1727: Strangely slow-paced game this. Neither team are showing any sense of urgency and it's all a bit untidy.

1724: John Arne Riise's long throw arrives at Fernando Torres's feet but the Liverpool striker shoots too close to Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

1722: "Penalties work out evenly over a season. Ronaldo should have had a penalty against Fulham but didn't get it, but he got given a soft one today. Now it's even."
Anon via text on 81111

1717: Away we go.

1714: Reading win the early war at the Madejski Stadium, fielding seven mascots plus Kingsley the Lion up against Liverpool's one.

1710: A row has broken out on 606 about whether Cristiano Ronaldo should have had a penalty against Derby. Our view is there was contact but he made the most of it.

1706: TEAM NEWS Reading v Liverpool
Reading boss Steve Coppell names an unchanged starting line-up, keeping faith with the players who started the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last week. Liverpool bring Jack Hobbs in at the back in place of Sami Hyppia, while Fernando Torres, Peter Crouch and Andriy Voronin all start up front.

1705: "Why did Ronaldo not give the penalty to Tevez for his hat-trick? It would have been a nice gesture and would have earned me some much needed points on my fantasy football team!"
Dave, St Andrews, via text on 81111

1700: Just for LFCBENITEZ on 606, how about some Player Rater chat? Cameron Jerome is out on his own on a round 8 from the Newcastle-Birmingham match. Frank Lampard leads the way in Chelsea v Sunderland. Carlos Tevez edges out Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford but Everton hat-trick hero Yakubu is currently the star of the show overall with 8.56. Still time for all that to change...

1656: "Does this mean Everton are better than Chelsea? We beat Sunderland 7-1 but they could only manage 2-0."
gazzaefc on 606

1654: The final whistle goes at St James' Park to bring these four games to an end. The pressure eases again on Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce after that win.

1651: GOAL Man Utd 4-1 Derby
Cristiano Ronaldo falls under the challenge from Tyrone Mears and the winger steps up to take the penalty, twice hesitating to wrong-foot Stephen Bywater before slotting it in.

1650: Penalty to Manchester United.

1649: GOAL Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham
Emre takes the corner and Habib Beye heads in at the near post to send St James' Park into absolute ecstasy.

1648: "Why do Man Utd concede to the smaller teams? Derby succeed where Chelsea failed, whodafunkit!"
Warren, bored at work, via text on 81111

1647: RED CARD Sunderland
Liam Miller gets a (slightly) early bath for shoving Chelsea sub Claudio Pizarro in the face. He runs straight past manager Roy Keane without a word or glance being exchanged.

1645: "I don't know how painful the beating was during half-time from Moyes, but Everton looks a completely different side. Suddenly they learned how to pass the ball and how not to defend with land-to-air missile balls."
ypsylon on 606

1642: Yakubu's hat-trick is the first by an Everton player against Fulham since 1963 - when a hat-trick by Roy Vernon helped them to a 4-1 win that sealed the league title. Fact.

1637: GOAL Everton 3-0 Fulham
Steven Pienaar delivers the pass for Yakubu who slots home for his hat-trick and that's game over at Goodison.

1635: GOAL Man Utd 3-1 Derby
The travelling support go beserk as they witness Derby's first away goal of the season - at Old Trafford of all places. Kenny Miller dinks the ball in and it is bundled in by Steve Howard despite United's last-ditch effort to clear.

1633: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland
Frank Lampard swings a free-kick over and Danny Higginbotham tugs on Alex's shirt in the box. The referee points to the spot and Frank Lampard converts. A soft penalty - and a goal against the run of play.

1633: Penalty to Chelsea.

1630: Almost a calamity from Gary Teale, who suddenly turns and passes back to Stephen Bywater - only he's a bit off-target, Bywater is nowhere near it and the ball dribbles past the post.

1628: Mikel Arteta is having a chuckle - and so are we all. He's just missed a sitter after being set up Yakubu. He was offside - but he didn't know that at the time.

1625: "Joey Barton is disturbing me. He is lacking in quality."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1622: Hard-working Sunderland are enjoying a decent spell of possession at Stamford Bridge but are yet to carve out any clear chances as they look for an unlikely equaliser. Meanwhile, Manchester United bring on Louis Saha for Ryan Giggs.

1619: GOAL Everton 2-0 Fulham
Mikel Arteta's corner is flicked on by Phil Jagielka and Yakubu heads home his and Everton's second.

1618: GOAL Man Utd 3-0 Derby
Wes Brown flicks a ball in for Carlos Tevez, who sidesteps the defender and powers home. Derby defence might have done better.

1617: That was nearly goal number 101 for Ryan Giggs. The winger connects well with Wes Brown's cross but his effort canons back off the bottom of the far post.

1613: Derby go close as Edwin van der Sar misjudges Giles Barnes' long-range effort. but the Manchester United keeper just about scrambles it away.

1612: Sam Allardyce has got a beanie hat perched rather jauntily on his head. Older people should never wear beanies. I think they should make that a law.

1609: GOAL Everton 1-0 Fulham
Fulham's attempted clearance lands with Tim Cahill whose shot is saved by Antti Niemi but the ball rebounds off Yakubu 's leg and into the net. A fortunate goal you might say.

1608: Giles Barnes delivers a cross from the left and Steve Howard is free for the header but his weak effort is easily collected by Edwin van der Sar.

1606: There's a mood of quiet satisfaction at Old Trafford, according to the BBC Radio 5 Live commentator. I think it's probably a mood of cold and dampness.

1604: And we're up and running again in the second-half.

1602: They've got the forks out at Goodison Park as the rain continues to pile down. Does rain pile down? Not sure. Anyway, it's torrential. I'm almost glad I'm in the warmth of TV Centre.

1600: "Put Rooney and Ronaldo on Derby's side for the second half, even things up!"
RJ, bored at work in Halesowen, via text on 81111

1553: "United 12-0 up, not as good as I was hoping..."
Tom, Shoreham, via text on 81111

1549: Ha ha. Sorry for the score error up there a minute ago. I can confirm that Manchester United did not score 11 goals in a late flurry at the end of the first-half. It is 2-0, not 12-0!

1548: The four games are almost in sync as we reach half-time. Not quite the flood of goals some people anticipated at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. There's time yet...

1545: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Derby
Carlos Tevez completely misses his kick in front of goal but it is enough to wrong-foot the Derby defence and the Argentine is on hand to hammer home at the second opportunity.

1543: United almost go 2-0 up. Wayne Rooney breaks away and coolly chips the ball over Bywater but the ball bounces back off the post and Derby clear.

1542: Charles N'Zogbia's cross is nearly converted by James Milner and from the corner Milner's long-range shot is tipped onto the underside of the bar by Maik Taylor before it hits the keeper and is eventually cleared.

1540: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Derby
Finally the pressure tells on Derby. Cristiano Ronaldo cuts inside and unleashes a right-foot shot which Stephen Bywater can only parry, leaving Ryan Giggs to sidefoot home his 100th league goal.

1539: "That was one of the worst penalty decisions I have seen all season."
BBCi Score's Mark Bright

1537: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Birmingham
The ball comes in from Charles N'Zogbia and Matt Sadler clears but also takes out Obafemi Martins. The striker takes the penalty and is a bit lucky to see it sneak in despite MaiK Taylor getting a hand to it.

1536: Penalty to Newcastle.

1536: Newcastle's Charles N'Zogbia turns the defender but his shot from 25 yards is high and wide.

1532: Newcastle make a change. Nicky Butt looks to be carrying an injury as he trots off to be replaced by Mark Viduka. Alan Smith will move back into midfield, with Viduka partnering Obafemi Martins up front.

1528: Obafemi Martins is only a few yards out as he connects with a Charles N'Zogbia free-kick from the right but Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor claws the ball away.

1524: Cristiano Ronaldo tees up Wayne Rooney in front of goal inside the six-yard box but Derby survive thanks to a brilliant Jay McEvely tackle and Stephen Bywater's save.

1524: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland
Salomon Kalou delivers the cross from the left and Andriy Shevchenko is unmarked at the far post to head home. So much for the bus.

1522: Everton left-back Leighton Baines pulls up with what looks like a hamstring injury as he chases a ball down the wing. That's game over for Baines and he is replaced by Phil Jagielka.

1522: Roy Keane has been true to his word. Sunderland have parked the bus and Chelsea are dominating possession as they try to find a way through.

1520: "Newcastle will equalise before half-time and then spend the second half racking up the goals. Ideally."
nufc_josh on 606

1517: "Does anyone else think Sam Allardyce has lost the plot or is he just massively unlucky?"
Ki, Colchester, via text on 81111

1514: United win a free-kick two yards outside the penalty area after Ryan Giggs' run is blocked. The Welsh winger's left-foot effort is high though.

1513: Cristiano Ronaldo goes on a driving run from midfield but his low shot skims just wide as Manchester United threaten.

1509: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Birmingham
David Rozehnal fails to cut out a speculative long ball from Birmingham and Cameron Jerome is on hand to slide home.

1506: Sunderland are under pressure already as Salomon Kalou heads onto the bar from Joe Cole's corner.

1504: Derby earn two corners in quick succession at Old Trafford. United survive the onslaught though.

1502: "Here's a message straight from Old Trafford (or the work bulding near it - Salford Quays). It's a gorgeous Manchester day, lovely lovely rain!"
baylis_21 on 606

1501: And we are under way in the four 1500 GMT kick-offs.

1457: You know that United team news I gave you at 1451? Well scrap that. United make one change because Owen Hargreaves broke down in the warm-up with a knee injury and is replaced by Michael Carrick.

1455: It's absolutely tipping it down at Old Trafford. The floodlights are on all round the grounds on a miserable day all over the country. Text in if you can see the sun!

1452: "I've got 20 on United scoring 10 (ten) and Ronaldo scoring five of those. It'll be a big night if it comes off!"
James, Warrington, via text on 81111

1451: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Derby
Manchester United are unchanged from the side that beat Fulham on Monday night. Derby bring in Dean Leacock for Gary Teale in defence and striker Steve Howard is dropped for Craig Fagan.

1448: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Birmingham
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce names the same starting XI that drew 1-1 against Arsenal in midweek. Birmingham make only one change to the team that beat Tottenham with Mathew Sadler coming in for Johan Djourou at the back.

1445: TEAM NEWS Everton v Fulham
Everton bring back Joseph Yobo in defence after an ankle injury, with Phil Jagielka dropping to the bench. Leighton Baines retains the left-back slot ahead of Nuno Valente, while Leon Osman and Yakubu are back in place of Andrew Johnson and James McFadden. Fulham make one change from the side that lost 2-0 at Manchester United, with Diomansy Kamara coming in for Hameur Bouazza.

1444: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Sunderland
Didier Drogba will not feature for Chelsea as the striker underwent knee surgery today so Andriy Shevchenko is up front for the Blues with Salomon Kalou. Petr Cech is not ready to replace Carlo Cudicini in goal and Florent Malouda is also not fit to return from his knee injury. Craig Gordon is again left out of the Sunderland side in favour of Darren Ward. Liam Miller replaces the injured Carlos Edwards in midfield.

1440: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-3 Portsmouth
Sulley Muntari's spectacular double helps Portsmouth to their sixth away win on the trot and their first at Aston Villa since 1970.

1437: Marlon Harewood somehow digs out a cross from the byeline despite the attentions of two defenders but Gabriel Agbonlahor's header comes back off the bar.

1434: Sylvain Distin's clearance falls straight to Patrik Berger's left foot but the Czech midfielder shoots narrowly over.

1433: Glen Johnson makes headway down the right and times his pass for Benjani, whose cross is met by Kanu. The striker's shot is saved by Scott Carson - but he was offside anyway. Portsmouth look the more likely scorers at the moment with three minutes remaining.

1430: What a miss! Portsmouth break from defence and a flowing passing move ends with Papa Bouba Diop shooting wide from a great position. Not quite as bad as Anelka's last week but close.

1426: Benjani sprints onto a weighted ball from Pedro Mendes but Nigel Reo-Coker gets back to make the last-ditch tackle in the area.

1422: Noe Pamarot is the sixth man into the book for a clumsy challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. The free-kick is 25 yards out but Ashley Young puts it straight into the wall.

1418: GOAL Aston Villa 1-3 Portsmouth
A rash challenge from Sylvain Distin, bringing down Ashley Young on the edge of the box near the byeline. Gareth Barry sticks the penalty into the roof of the net before there's some more handbags as Barry attempts to take the ball back to the centre spot. All very entertaining.

1417: Penalty to Villa.

1417: Marlon Harewood comes on for Craig Gardner as Villa boss Martin O'Neill throws caution to the wind.

1413: A ridiculous melee ensues after Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson reacts to a challenge from Patrick Berger. Mike Riley books the troublemakers.

1412: With his side now cruising, Harry Redknapp makes his first change, sending on Kanu for John Utaka.

1411: "Stunner. What a goal. What a player. What a strike. Quite amazing. Game over."
Jaymil from London, via text on 81111

1407: GOAL Aston Villa 0-3 Portsmouth
It's that man again. Sulley Muntari robs Nigel Reo-Coker in midfield, nutmegs Zat Knight and then bends a beautiful shot off the outside of his left boot into the corner from 25 yards. Great goal.

1405: Patrik Berger's first meaningful contribution is to shoot high over the bar. Even Martin O'Neill is laughing at that one.

1404: David James has to be out very quickly as Gabriel Agbonlahor bears down on goal but the Pompey keeper wins the race for the ball and clears.

1401: Nico Kranjcar cuts inside and gets his shot away but it's narrowly wide.

1400: This is not the start Villa wanted. It's all Portsmouth early in the half. Martin O'Neill responds by bringing Patrik Berger on for Wilfred Bouma.

1356: Benjani swings the cross over from the right but Sulley Muntari heads wide and a bit high too from a decent position. He probably would have scored had it been a 25-yard header.

1352: Away we go in the second-half at Villa Park.

1350: If you're reading this before heading off to Bristol Rovers, Mansfield, Weymouth or Crawley, stay right where you are. Those games have all been called off.

1346: Sulley Muntari might be winning all the plaudits over on 606 but he's not the star man according to the BBC website's interactive Player Rater. That honour goes to Nico Kranjcar who's on 7.17.

1342: "I'm surprised none of the top-four teams and other top clubs in Europe didn't have a look at Muntari. Every Pompey match I've seen this season, he's been nothing short of class. Great buy by Harry."

1338: "Now we're 2-0 up Portsmouth need to sit back and defend. Villa looked like they could score at any time during the first half."
dangermouse852 on 606

1335: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 0-2 Portsmouth
Mike Riley is booed off by the home fans as Portsmouth head in at half-time with a two-goal lead.

1334: Portsmouth keeper David James makes a great save from Gabriel Agbonlahor from virtually on the penalty spot.

1334: "Pompey just get better and better, must be Europe for them this season."
Sebwinder on 606

1331: Pedro Mendes doesn't escape twice. The midfielder is in the book now for complaining too loudly about a decision.

1325: GOAL Aston Villa 0-2 Portsmouth
An absolute screamer from Sulley Muntari. Glen Johnson cuts in from the right and sets up the midfielder, who dummies once before unleashing a 25-yard rocket into Scott Carson's top right-hand corner. The Villa fans are stunned.

1321: Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes escapes a yellow card for a late tackle - leaving the Villa fans and Martin O'Neill up in arms.

1318: A nice move by Portsmouth ends with Glen Johnson sliding the ball across the edge of the area for Nico Kranjcar but the Croat can't quite get on the end of it.

1314: Good work by Gabriel Agbonlahor as he twists and turns in the penalty area and gets in a low shot but David James is equal to it at his near post.

1310: Aston Villa have another free-kick but Martin Laursen doesn't even bother going up for that one. Pompey clear.

1308: What's up with Martin Laursen? He's unmarked again, this time from an Ashley Young free-kick, and somehow heads wide. Martin O'Neill has his head in his hands.

1306: Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen has a free header from Ashley Young's corner but seems to mistime his jump and his effort is easily collected by keeper David James.

1304: It's all gone a bit stop-start now with tackles flying in left, right and centre. Let's just say the crowd are not enjoying referee Mike Riley's performance so far.

1301: The last time Portsmouth won at Aston Villa, the world's first jumbo jet was yet to land at Heathrow on its maiden commercial flight. Bet you didn't know that. Bet you didn't really want to know that either.

1257: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Portsmouth
Noe Pamarot's long-range shot from a corner is deflected into the path of Benjani. Craig Gardner sticks out a foot to clear but only succeeds in finding the net for an own goal.

1252: Villa striker John Carew goes into the book for a late challenge on Sol Campbell by the touchline. That was all a bit unnecessary.

1251: Pompey keeper David James takes a long kick into the wind but gets some good distance on it so maybe the conditions won't be such a factor.

1247: A few minutes late but we're under way at a wet and blustery Villa Park.

1244: "It's a wet day at Villa Park today. Expect Niko Kranjcar to be hitting a few 25 yarders towards Scott Carson's goal ..."
chumbawumba2 on 606

1241: No sign of the teams yet. I do hope we're not going to be late.

1236: "Today is a big, big test for us. Portsmouth are playing well and they have an away record you wouldn't believe."
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill

1232: "I think Villa will just edge it! They have great wide attacking wingers. Should be a close game.
Anthony, Birmingham, via text on 81111

1226: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Aston Villa make one change from the side beaten by Arsenal. Nigel Reo-Coker returns after suspension and replaces Stiliyan Petrov (hamstring). Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp keeps faith with the side which was held to a goalless draw by Everton.

1223: "I'm predicting a goal-fest at Villa Park today, that's why my fantasy football team is packed with players from both sides. In fact, with United v Derby, Chelsea v Sunderland and Liverpool at Reading, this could be a record scoring day!"
Danny B, London, via text on 81111

1216: The newspapers are filled with the usual old chit-chat today. Who'll be the next England boss, too many foreigners in the game, Nicolas Anelka wants to leave Bolton. Top prize to the Daily Mirror, though, for the front page of their pull-out which has a doctored picture of Fernando Torres with Ian Rush's distinctive nose 'n' 'tache. Brilliant.

1210: "Roy Keane said Sunderland will have to "park the bus" if they want to get anything from the game with Chelsea today. I think we'll have to park every supporters bus that travels to London!"
GtoQ on 606

1204: If you live in a hole or something, you might not have noticed that the biggest fight in the history of the world (since the last one) is going on in the early hours of Sunday morning. Housewives' favourite Sam Lyon is your man for all the build-up on this here BBC website. I recommend you check in with him from time to time - but be sure to come back now...

1157: "I had dream last night that Kenny Miller scored in the 92nd minute for a Derby win, Ronaldo was rested and Tevez missed a penalty. C'mon you Rams, do Arsenal a favour."
clichybestm8 on 606

1152: Today's early game is under an hour away and sees Portsmouth travel to Aston Villa. Pompey are unbeaten in 10 and have won their last five away games. Villa haven't lost against Portsmouth in seven matches.

1146: Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la laaa etc etc. Chances are, though, you'll be a bit jollier if you're a Manchester United fan compared to, say, a Derby supporter. But can the underdogs pull off a shock today?

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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