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RESULTS
Birmingham 1-1 Reading
Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-1 Newcastle
Man City 4-2 Bolton
Portsmouth 0-1 Tottenham
Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
West Ham 0-2 Everton
Wigan 5-3 Blackburn

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Caroline Cheese

1924: Try to get some sleep tonight people - tomorrow is going to be huge and I don't want anyone flaking out early. But you'd be a fool to miss Match of the Day on BBC1 at 2230 GMT featuring a bumper 23 goals. Alan Green is your host on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606. He's on 0500 909 693 or you can text him on 85058. See you tomorrow.

1922: Today's Player of the Day, according to the users of the BBC website Player Rater, is neither of today's hat-trick men. Wigan's Marcus Bent gets 8.40, while Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz edges ahead on 8.74. But Middlesbrough matchwinner Tuncay beats them both with a whopping 8.80 after his third goal in three games.

1917: "Big Sam's lucky pink scarf. Hope he wears it for all away games."
Mr B, still at work, via text on 81111

1914: "Fulham aren't as bad as people often make out... it's just they can never win."
runoutofusernames on 606

1910: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-1 Newcastle
For the second game running, Newcastle snatch a last-minute winner thanks to birthday boy Elliot Omozusi's rash challenge on Alan Smith. Fulham are in the relegation zone after a run of one win in 15 games.

1908: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Newcastle
Mark Viduka helps the ball on for Alan Smith who takes a touch before he is brought down by Elliot Omozusi. Antti Niemi guesses the right way but can't get to Joey Barton's precise penalty. The Newcastle midfielder scores his first goal for Newcastle. It's a miserable 19th birthday for Omozusi.

1907: Penalty to Newcastle.

1905: "Caroline you DON'T want to be watching Jingle all the Way, it's the only Arnie movie I ever gave up on half-way through. Save yourself!"
SalemHanna on 606

(You can't have seen Junior, which is far and away the worst film I have ever seen)

1903: Only a few minutes to go which, I have to say, is something of a relief.

1903: The ball falls invitingly for Hameur Bouazza but the Fulham winger's volley goes about 45m high and 25m wide (see 1742 for more of the same).

1859: Hameur Bouazza robs Alan Smith by the left touchline and delivers the cross but Claudio Cacapa heads away to safety - before he gets the bonus of a free-kick for a push by Shefki Kuqi.

1854: David Rozehnal's shot flashes across the face of goal but Mark Viduka, only seconds after coming on, can't get the final touch. Emre then becomes the first man into the book for a foul on David Healy.

1853: Uh-oh, Big Sam risks the wrath of the Newcastle fans with his substitution. No arguments about Mark Viduka's arrival - but they didn't want to see Obafemi Martins taken off.

1851: Time for Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez to make a change. Shefki Kuqi comes on for Steven Davis and will partner David Healy up front, with Clint Dempsey moving to the right wing.

1849: Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa gets a pat on the back from Shay Given as he bravely goes in to clear Hameur Bouazza's cross, with David Healy lurking.

1844: Fulham's David Healy gets into a promising position on the right but puts his cross straight out of play. I think q (see 1838) may have spoken too soon.

1842: Emre boots a long free-kick into the box where Nicky Butt's glancing header is collected by Fulham keeper Antti Niemi.

1838: "Slowly but surely this game is heating up. There are players actually getting in the box now!"
q on 606

1835: Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce makes his first change, with Emre replacing Geremi and Alan Smith putting on the captain's armband.

1833: Almost a calamity from the Newcastle defence David Rozehnal and Habib Beye leave the ball for each other, allowing David Healy to sneak in but the striker's low shot is easily saved by Shay Given.

Sam Allardyce
Big Sam wears pink
1829: "Can we have a pic of Big Sam and his pink scarf? Fashion seems to be winner in this match."
Mr B at work, via text on 81111 (Here you go)

1825: An attack! Steven Davis crosses for David Healy but the Fulham striker is beaten to it by the Newcastle defender. Encouraging from the hosts.

1821: Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, sporting a pink scarf, gets a huge cheer from the visiting fans as he is forced into a jaunty run across the Craven Cottage pitch, with the referee waiting to blow for the second-half. Big Sam laughs and gives them a wave and we're under way.

1816: Noooo, I haven't forgotten about tomorrow's big games. I'll be here, don't you worry. But after that, we're going to need sherry, mince pies and a rest in front of the telly. Jingle All the Way featuring Arnie is also on tomorrow. Never seen it - do I want to?

Shay Given
Shay Given alerts the fashion police
1813: I know you're all itching to know what Shay Given is wearing after it caused such uproar, so if you're on the website, you'll see a picture of the Magpies stopper. Honestly, I don't see what the fuss is about.

1810: Gremlins is on apparently. Not strictly a Christmas film but it still counts as traditional festive fare.

1805: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 Newcastle
Any good Christmas films on tomorrow?

1802: "I love Shay Given's jersey. Reminds me of the iconic Bradford City shirt... Remember their last day win at Liverpool? Let's hope Manchester United capture some of the Bradford spirit tomorrow. Drunken blissful memories rant over..."
RebelArmyRedDevil on 606

1756: And if you don't believe me when I say this is a drab game, the camera pans round to show one fan fast asleep on her friend's shoulder. Mouth open and everything.

1751: This isn't what we've become accustomed to today. No goals and no real incidents to speak of so far. The home fans at Craven Cottage are looking decidedly chilly as they watch a stale encounter. The Newcastle fans are attempting to keep themselves warm with a rendition of their favourite chants.

1747: "We've proved to everyone out there that this team can keep clean sheets and that is important that people see it."
Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet

1742: Fulham winger Hameur Bouazza cuts in from the left and shoots about 45m high and 25m wide. He earns a huge cheer from the Newcastle fans. Jimmy Bullard, sitting behind the Fulham bench, has seen enough and walks down the tunnel. Off to watch Colchester v Norwich? A spot of fishing perhaps?

1738: "Just got in. What's Shay Given wearing? Did a parakeet get sick on his kit? Really!!"
redandblackT(Ron Burgundy's moustache) on 606

1732: James Milner digs out a cross from the left which seems to take an age to arrive with Joey Barton at the far post. The midfielder gets good purchase on his header though and Antti Niemi does well to get down and save.

1729: Newcastle give the ball away, allowing Fulham to go on their first attack of note which ends with David Healy's shot pushed to safety by Shay Given.

1726: This from a very angry Roy Keane after a late Sunderland goal was disallowed: "There's 40-odd thousand Sunderland fans here and it's them I feel sorry for. It sums up the referee's day - he was giving everything against us. All we're asking for is fairness. You could just sense he was waiting to blow his whistle - it would be nice to see him later."

1723: Newcastle have made a positive start, Charles N'Zogbia charging into the penalty area before Fulham hack clear. From the corner, the ball drifts dangerously across goal but no one can get a touch.

1721: The BBC commentator at Craven Cottage rather harshly describes Newcastle keeper Shay Given's kit as looking "like a Quality Street wrapper". You can't miss him, that's for sure.

1720: "I'm predicting Newcastle to do the job, 3-0."
q on 606

1717: And we're under way in the late game. Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce takes his seat up in the stands as usual.

1716: The teams at Craven Cottage observe a minute's silence in memory of former Fulham left-back Jimmy Langley, who died at the age of 78 earlier this week.

1712: Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa has a chance of redemption this evening. His last appearance was in the disastrous 4-1 home defeat to Portsmouth - in which Pompey scored three goals in the first 11 minutes and Cacapa was hauled off after 18 minutes.

1708: Phew. The big four have got a lot to live up to in terms of excitement. So have Fulham and Newcastle for that matter. Whatever you do, ensure you are home from your Christmas parties early enough to catch Match of the Day later. It should be an epic.

1705: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Newcastle
Fulham make three changes, with Carlos Bocanegra, Hameur Bouazza and Clint Dempsey all back in the side. Newcastle bring back defender Claudio Cacapa at the expense of Steven Taylor.

1657: FULL-TIME West Ham 0-2 Everton
Yakubu does the damage again for West Ham with the first goal before Andy Johnson's late clincher. West Ham's miserable home form continues. Everton are now unbeaten in 11.

1656: GOAL West Ham 0-2 Everton
Phil Neville's long ball is headed towards his own goal by Matt Upson and Andy Johnson beats Hammers keeper Rob Green.

1656: FULL-TIME Man City 4-2 Bolton
Bolton threaten to ruin City's proud home record before Darius Vassell and Kelvin Etuhu make it nine home wins out of nine at Eastlands.

1654: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-1 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov's late striker means Tottenham move further away from the relegation zone and post a rare clean sheet. Portsmouth fail to score at home for the third game running.

1654: FULL-TIME Wigan 5-3 Blackburn
A remarkable game comes to an end with Wigan being pegged back to 3-3 before clinching victory. Hat-tricks for Wigan's Marcus Bent and Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz.

1654: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
With the last kick of the game, Sunderland have a goal disallowed as Danny Collins heads home but is ajudged to have pushed Villa keeper Scott Carson.

1653: GOAL Man City 4-2 Bolton
Subsitute Kelvin Etuhu slides home a fourth for Manchester City.

1653: FULL-TIME Birmingham 1-1 Reading
Honours even at St Andrews after Stephen Hunt equalises following Mikael Forssell's early effort for the hosts.

1651: FULL-TIME Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough
Tuncay's first-half goal earns Boro a second straight win and things look even bleaker for Derby now.

1649: A few of you have pointed out Pires and Pennant got hat-tricks when Arsenal beat Southampton a few moons ago. OK then, has there ever been two hat-tricks in one Premier League game - from opposite sides?

1646: Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere slides the ball home from a very difficult angle but it's disallowed for handball.

1643: Has there ever been two hat-tricks in one Premier League game? Surely not...

1640: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Tottenham
Sol Campbell fails to cut out Aaron Lennon's flicked cross and Dimitar Berbatov ghosts in at the far post with a clinical finish. The Bulgarian striker is booked for some over-zealous celebrations.

1639: GOAL Wigan 5-3 Blackburn
There's going to be a fight over the match ball. Bit of a shout for offside against Julius Aghahowa but he ignores the fuss to cross for Marcus Bent to slide home and complete his hat-trick - following Roque Santa Cruz's earlier trio.

1636: GOAL Man City 3-2 Bolton
Martin Petrov tricks his way down the left channel and crosses low for Darius Vassell to bundle in. It could be nine home wins out of nine for City (not 10 as I mistakenly wrote earlier. Sorry).

1633: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
Shaun Maloney is blocked by Paul McShane on the edge of the area and steps up to curl home the free-kick. Sunderland keeper Darren Ward does not move.

1631: Michael Johnson hits the post for Manchester City, who need a winner to make it nine home wins out of nine this season. Birmingham are so close to taking the lead at St Andrews as Gary McSheffrey's free-kick hits the bar and Sebastian Larsson's follow-up is cleared off the line and back onto the bar again.

1627: Tottenham are dominating at Portsmouth but still the keepers are pretty idle. Steed Malbranque flashes a shot wide for the visitors.

1624: GOAL Wigan 4-3 Blackburn
This game is officially bonkers. Stephen Warnock has all the time in the world to clear but passes straight to a Wigan player. The ball ends up with Antonio Valencia whose cross is headed home by Marcus Bent.

1618: GOAL Wigan 3-3 Blackburn
Or not! Stephen Warnock gets to the byeline and crosses for Roque Santa Cruz to complete his hat-trick with a header. The Paraguayan obliges the headline-writers by putting on a Santa hat to celebrate.

1615: RED CARD Blackburn
That could scupper the comeback. Brett Emerton gets his second yellow card from ref Mark Clattenburg for bringing down Ryan Taylor. Seemed a bit harsh. Mark Hughes is a very angry man.

1614: "I'm upset about the Blackburn scorer. There are going to be some horrendous 'Santa' jokes."
Anon via text on 81111

1612: Middlesbrough go close to doubling their lead at Derby as George Boateng's header hits the post.

1609: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Reading
Stephen Hunt latches onto Matt Sadler's poor back-pass and takes it round Maik Taylor before being brought down by the Birmingham keeper. Hunt strikes the penalty low and straight.

1608: GOAL Wigan 3-2 Blackburn
Brett Emerton's cross hits Wigan's Emmerson Boyce, Chris Kirkland saves but Roque Santa Cruz buries the rebound and Mark Hughes' side are back in business.

1607: GOAL Man City 2-2 Bolton
Half-time subsitute Kelvin Etuhu holds off a challenge in the penalty area and lays the ball off for Dietmar Hamann whose shot deflects off Lubo Michalik and past keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen for an own goal.

1559: Touching scenes at Vicarage Road where Watford's Al Bangura is greeted by a sea of posters held up by fans supporting his appeal against deportation to Sierra Leone. The emotional 19-year-old reciprocates by pointing to his heart.

1557: "Santa must have read my letter early. A clean sheet at half-time. For Spurs???"
Swampy, Peterborough, via text on 81111

1552: Only Fratton Park has failed to join the goal party this afternoon. It's been an evenly-matched first-half between Portsmouth and Tottenham but some good-looking passing moves have failed to develop into decent chances.

1550: "Why can't Portsmouth score at home anymore? Why can't anyone score at Fratton Park for that matter? They're as bad as City last year. Only, a lot better, em, obviously."
super_lovin_pumpido on 606

1548: GOAL Wigan 3-1 Blackburn
Roque Santa Cruz chests the ball down and unleashes a delicious 25-yard half-volley with the last kick of the half. Brilliant goal put Blackburn back in the game.

1547: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Everton
Tim Cahill heads Mikel Arteta's cross back across goal and Yakubu steals in to head home. That's his second goal against the Hammers in four days after scoring the winner in Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter-final.

1542: Anthony Stokes has the ball in the net but the Sunderland striker is offside while at Pride Park, Kenny Miller appeals for a penalty after being held back by David Wheater. Nothing given.

1542: GOAL Man City 1-2 Bolton
Is Manchester City's 100% home record about to fall? Ricardo Gardner pulls the ball back and a City defender can only deflect it into the path of Kevin Nolan, who guides home with the outside of his boot.

1540: Aston Villa are absolutely dominating possession at the moment - Sunderland have almost forgotten what it feels like to put boot to ball. Villa striker John Carew goes desperately close with a clever flick from an Ashley Young cross, but his effort clips the post.

1540: Kenny Miller turns and fires against the outside of the post as Derby look for an immediate reply.

1538: GOAL Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough
Stewart Downing provides a brilliant first-time cross and Tuncay hammers home a sweet volley for his third goal in three games.

1536: GOAL Wigan 3-0 Blackburn
Ryan Taylor's cross from the left is met by a thumping header from Paul Scharner. Steve Bruce looks like he can't believe his eyes.

1533: GOAL Man City 1-1 Bolton
A lovely move from Bolton. Nicolas Anelka backheels to El-Hadji Diouf who passes out wide to Kevin Davies and his cross-shot is expertly steered home by Diouf.

1529: Looks like dicanio9's prediction is coming true (see 1352). The only action of note so far at Pride Park sees Derby defender Andy Griffin hobble off to be replaced by Jay McEveley.

1527: Naughty old Rolando Bianchi has his necklace confiscated by referee Peter Walton. The Manchester City striker gets away with his scarf though.

1525: "Bolton need a better left-back. Gardner is terrible. Apart from that they look about even with Man City."
blueJ2 on 606

1521: MISSED PENALTY
Penalty to Blackburn against Wigan. Emile Heskey has his arms all over Christopher Samba as the cross comes over and Mark Clattenberg points to the spot - amid some surprise from the hosts. Heskey is booked for protesting. Blackburn can't take advantage though - Benni McCarthy's scuffed penalty is pushed round the post by Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland.

1518: Kevin-Prince Boateng's shot is parried by Pompey keeper David James and Steed Malbranque taps in - but the Spurs midfielder is offside and it stays goalless at Fratton Park.

1511: GOAL Wigan 2-0 Blackburn
Marcus Bent beats Ryan Nelson in the air, goes past Christopher Samba and drills home. Wigan are flying.

1510: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa
A great header from Danny Higginbotham puts Sunderland ahead as he gets in front of Martin Laursen and Craig Gardner to nod Ross Wallace's excellent corner past Scott Carson.

1509: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Blackburn
Denny Landzaat latches onto a flick from Marcus Bent and finishes beautifully into the far corner to put the struggling hosts ahead.

1508: GOAL Man City 1-0 Bolton
Ricardo Gardner fails to cut out a long ball and though Darius Vassell's initial effort is saved, the striker picks up the rebound, passes to Michael Johnson who sets up Rolando Bianchi to tap into the empty net.

1504: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Reading
What a start for Birmingham in Alex McLeish's first home game. Gary McSheffrey's corner is nodded back across goal for Mikael Forssell whose header hits Nickey Shorey before rebounding back off the Finn and into the net.

1502: The referee counts the players at Manchester City v Bolton and with that all seven of these games are under way.

1458: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish and Derby's Paul Jewell both make their home bows today. They both receive warm receptions from the fans.

1455: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Aston Villa
Sunderland manager names Irishman Anthony Stokes up front with Kenwyne Jones, while Dwight Yorke is recalled along with Daryl Murphy and Anthony Stokes. Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the 11 who started in the 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth last weekend.

1450: Look away health and safety, Father Christmas is abseiling into St Andrews. Surely the whole point of owning flying reindeers is you don't need to bother yourself with such dangerous activities? Incidentally, Santa arrives to the sound of the Proclaimers. Not very festive.

1449: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Tottenham
Tottenham's Darren Bent replaces the suspended Robbie Keane ahead of Jermain Defoe. Kevin Prince Boateng comes into midfield with Didier Zokora dropping into defence. Former Spurs midfielder Pedro Mendes retains his place in the Portsmouth side ahead of Sean Davis in an unchanged line-up from the side that beat Aston Villa.

1447: TEAM NEWS Derby v Middlesbrough
Derby boss Paul Jewell makes two changes to his side for his first home game in charge. Tyrone Mears replaces Jay McEveley who drops to the bench, while Craig Fagan doesn't even make the 16 as he makes way for Gary Teale. Just one change for Middlesbrough from their stunning 2-1 win over Arsenal. After a two-match absence with a broken thumb, Mark Schwarzer replaces Ross Turnbull in goal.

1444: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Everton
Striker Carlton Cole (hip) passes a late fitness test but West Ham make two changes as they look to avenge the midweek defeat against Everton in the Carling Cup, with James Collins and Nolberto Solano coming in for Danny Gabbidon and Luis Boa Morte. Everton boss David Moyes returns to Upton Park with an unchanged side from Wednesday's 2-1 win.

1440: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Blackburn
Wigan manager Steve Bruce prefers Ryan Taylor to Andreas Granqvist in defence and Michael Brown replaces Jason Koumas in midfield. Emile Heskey shakes off a knock and starts up front. Blackburn make four changes to the side that were beaten at home by West Ham. Steven Reid comes in for his first start in almost 16 months, Robbie Savage and David Bentley also return to the midfield, while Ryan Nelson is in for the injured Andre Ooijer.

1437: TEAM NEWS Man City v Bolton
Manchester City playmaker Elano has failed to overcome a hamstring injury and is out, while Rolando Bianchi starts up front and midfielder Dietmar Hamann returns after suspension. Bolton make one change to the side from the team that beat Wigan last week with Lubo Michalik replacing Andy O'Brien.

1435: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Reading
Damien Johnson returns to the Birmingham team after a lengthy period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury while Mikael Forssell partners Cameron Jerome up front but Johan Djourou is out. Ibrahima Sonko (knee) and Graeme Murty (shoulder) have both responded to treatment and keep their places in the Reading team, which is unchanged to the side that beat Liverpool 3-1.

1431: It's 4-2 to the Baggies now so looks like they'll go top of the Championship at least until Watford play later.

1426: Belting match at the Hawthorns this lunchtime by the way. West Brom lead Charlton 3-2 with over 10 minutes left.

1419: Which club has the only 100% home record in the whole of the English league? Manchester City, of course. They host Bolton today - but they are without Elano, who is still not quite fit after his hamstring injury. Rolando Bianchi does start - which surely means another outing for his scarf.

1417: "Re 1352: Don't judge a book by its cover! I predict at least five goals at Pride Park today!"
Anon via text on 81111

1413: "Who needs the big four when we have the small 16?"
b_musah on 606

1409: Incidentally, should England play out an uninspiring goalless draw with Switzerland on 6 February, I reserve the right to completely change my opinion about Fabio Capello - and deny that I ever thought differently.

1405: I think I love Fabio Capello already. His first words on becoming England manager? "This is the final crowning of my career." Also, if you have access to that famous video-sharing website, look up "Fabio Capello is angry". Legend.

1359: Portsmouth's last two home games have been stalemates. With Tottenham's famously leaky defence, it won't be a hat-trick will it?

1354: "The bottom four are all at home today. These are must-win games for them in the long run."
Piyush371 on 606

1352: "Derby against Middlesbrough might be one of the worst matches in Premier League history."
dicanio9 on 606

1347: "At work, hoping for a West Ham win, not sure though - we're struggling at home."
Rob the Hammer, via text on 81111

1344: I've predicted goals and plenty of them today and footy_mad_dave92 on 606 agrees. Among the highlights of his predictions are 2-2 draws at Birmingham and Portsmouth.

1339: While the 'big four' are probably out Christmas shopping or something, Portsmouth or Manchester City could infiltrate the Champions League places - at least for 24 hours. Portsmouth are at home to Spurs, while Sven-Goran Eriksson's side host Bolton.

1333: If tomorrow is Super Sunday, then today must be... well, Saturday. And I reckon there might be goals in them there hills.

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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