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Premier League as it happened

Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham
Aston Villa 3-1 Reading
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Derby 0-1 Wigan
Everton 1-0 Man City
Man Utd 6-0 Newcastle
Middlesbrough 1-1 Liverpool
West Ham 2-1 Fulham

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Caroline Cheese

1925: I can already hear the familiar sound of unhappy Newcastle and Liverpool fans on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606. Call 0500 909 693 or text 85058 to have your say. Match of the Day is on at 2210 GMT on BBC1. And that's your lot from me for quite some time - unless you happen to be a tennis fan. See you in February.

1920: No prizes for guessing that hat-trick man Cristiano Ronaldo is your Player of the Day on 8.71, just ahead of Aston Villa's John Carew (8.65). It's a race between Derby's Claude Davis (3.15) and Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin (3.35) for today's donkey.

1917: "Tremendous performance from United today. However, bear in mind Newcastle came for a 0-0 and had no plan B when they went 1-0 down. They are mangerless and basically were there for the taking."
chrisox on 606

1912: Manchester United go top of the Premier League on goal difference from Arsenal. Newcastle stay 11th after a miserable day in which they also saw their top managerial target Harry Redknapp turn them down.

1908: FULL-TIME Man Utd 6-0 Newcastle
And to think it all looked quite promising for Newcastle at half-time. Manchester United turn on the style in the second half with six in 45 minutes - including a first hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo.

1907: RED CARD Newcastle
Alan Smith gets a straight red for something he said to the referee in the aftermath of Tevez's goal. The United fans give their former player warm applause anyway as he trudges off.

1906: GOAL Man Utd 6-0 Newcastle
Cristiano Ronaldo flicks a header on for Carlos Tevez to volley on to the underside of the bar and just over the line. Er bring back Big Sam?

1903: GOAL Man Utd 5-0 Newcastle
Wayne Rooney is the provider again, his ball is only half-cleared to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose shot takes a deflection on the way in. That's Ronaldo's first hat-trick for United. "Rout about that?" says my colleague, who speaks only in tabloid headlines.

1859: GOAL Man Utd 4-0 Newcastle
Dazzling from Manchester United. The corner is worked to Wayne Rooney 30 yards out who chips a lovely pass for Rio Ferdinand to smash home the volley. Newcastle's defence will take some time to recover from this.

1858: Charles N'Zogbia goes on a Pele-like run into the penalty area, passing four or five players before he is finally stopped. Brilliant from the Newcastle winger.

1856: Once again, sincere apologies for the delays on this page. Serious technical issues. I might as well phone you all with goal updates the way this is going.

1853: Almost 4-0. Danny Simpson picks up a return pass and is one-on-one with Shay Given but shoots too close to the keeper. Shortly after, Given is again on hand to stop Wayne Rooney's effort. Where would Newcastle be without Given?

1847: A double change from Manchester United now as Anderson and Ryan Giggs make way for Darren Fletcher and Nani.

1845: GOAL Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle
Charles N'Zogbia gives the ball away in midfield and in a flash, Manchester United score. Michael Carrick to Wayne Rooney to Carlos Tevez, whose pass is brilliantly controlled and tucked away by Cristiano Ronaldo.

1844: "Pearson out! Sack the board."
Mick, Toon fan, via text on 81111

1842: Manchester United make their first change, with Danny Simpson replacing Patrice Evra.

1839: I don't think Wayne Rooney is destined to score today. Rio Ferdinand delivers a great cross from the right but the striker heads well wide. Meanwhile Mark Viduka is on for James Milner and Newcastle go 4-4-2.

1835: You do fear for Newcastle here. As they push forward in greater numbers, Manchester United are finding even more space on the counter-attack.

1833: Edwin van der Sar palms away Charles N'Zogbia's shot into the path of Michael Owen, who turns but doesn't get any power - or indeed direction - on his shot.

1829: GOAL Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Jose Enrique plays Shay Given into trouble with a back-pass and the keeper smashes his clearance straight into team-mate Claudio Cacapa. Ryan Giggs collects the rebound and crosses for Carlos Tevez to slot in. Out comes Tevez's celebratory dummy, bang go Newcastle's chances of getting anything from this game.

1827: Newcastle are reeling here. Ryan Giggs' corner is met by Cristiano Ronaldo - but headed just wide.

1826: "There is a reason it's called a wall. The one in my back garden does not jump!"
redandblackT on 606

1824: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle
Alan Smith is harshly penalised for bringing down Cristiano Ronaldo and the winger's 20-yard free-kick goes under the wall and over Shay Given's outstretched arm.

1823: Nicky Butt is the Newcastle hero this time as he clears away Rio Ferdinand's header from Ryan Giggs' corner. This is some start from Manchester United. Think Sir Alex Ferguson might have a word or two at half-time.

1821: Give Steven Taylor a pay rise. The Newcastle defender clears off the line first from Carlos Tevez then from Wayne Rooney. Amazing stuff. He allows himself a wry smile as he gets to his feet.

1820: Away we go in the second half then.

1816: "Cheers Birmingham! Belletti and Alex were superb and the atmosphere was electric."
Alan, a very happy Chelsea fan, via text on 81111
As it stands, Chelsea are four points off the top

1814: Shortly after Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a penalty, Ryan Giggs almost certainly should have won a spot-kick after being felled by former team-mate Alan Smith. Replays show Smith made no contact with the ball.

1812: "They defended well but our keeper... I don't know what he had to save today... it was for us not to allow them back into the game. The concentration from the corner was not there. It's very frustrating."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

1806: "I can't believe we aren't 4-0 up yet."
Anon via text on 81111
But are you a fan of Man Utd or Newcastle?

1805: HALF-TIME Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle
A funny old half. Manchester United dominated it but Newcastle might have been ahead had Michael Owen's 'goal' stood.

1803: Wayne Rooney takes one for the team by bringing down James Milner in the centre circle as Newcastle break quickly. He gets a yellow.

1802: Nigel Pearson is shaking his head... probably dwelling on the Michael Owen goal that never was but should have been.

1800: "Given is on fire today. Newcastle should keep him and sell the rest of the squad and just start over."
BigDragg on 606

1758: Carlos Tevez lays the ball off for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose low shot is well saved by Shay Given before Steven Taylor prevents Ryan Giggs burying the follow-up.

1756: Cristiano Ronaldo looks close to tears as referee Rob Styles again waves away his claims for a free-kick. On the break, Michael Owen has the ball in the net but it's ruled out for offside. Replays show he was on.

1754: The familiar sight of a very frustrated Wayne Rooney as he tries to chip a cross to the far post but gets it all wrong and hits it straight out of play. It's all Manchester United now.

1748: "My missus just said Tevez looks like a cave man. I think she meant his hair!"
Garry Fowkes, Halesowen, via text on 81111

1745: Cristiano Ronaldo runs into Steven Taylor and claims a penalty. Rob Styles - rightly in my opinion - says no. Sir Alex Ferguson is out of his seat ranting at anyone in sight.

1744: Almost a sucker punch from Newcastle as Damien Duff reaches the edge of the area and hits a rising shot, but it keeps on rising and goes narrowly over the bar.

1743: Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa makes a vital late challenge as Carlos Tevez shoots, then Shay Given punches the ball straight at John O'Shea whose header back is cleared by a defender, then O'Shea heads wide from a corner. But still Manchester United haven't scored.

1739: Cristiano Ronaldo waits for John O'Shea's run before providing the pass but Carlos Tevez can't head in the defender's cross.

1732: Michael Carrick floats a ball a lovely ball over for Wayne Rooney, who volleys against Shay Given. How long before he scores?

1731: Wayne Rooney cuts inside from the left but his near-post shot is saved low to his right by Magpies keeper Shay Given.

1729: John O'Shea misjudges the bounce of the ball and it goes straight to James Milner but the Newcastle winger can't get any power on his shot and Manchester United survive.

1726: "We've played 10 minutes and Newcastle have certainly been United's equal. But I wonder if Ronaldo and Rooney have a bit too much pace for this Newcastle back four."
BBC 5 Live analyst Jimmy Armfield

1722: Owner Mike Ashley is away on business in Hong Kong so he's not among the Newcastle fans today. For those of you on Fabio Capello-watch. The England boss is at Old Trafford.

1719: Michael Carrick slips the ball through for Wayne Rooney but the striker blazes over from a good position. An early scare for Newcastle.

1717:Manchester United kick off today's late game against Newcastle.

1713: "Newcastle won't surprise anyone. Ron, Roo and Tev will get a hat-trick each."
Asbo Aldous, Stanford, via text on 81111

1711: Sincere apologies for the very slow updating of this page. I haven't gone home/to sleep/on holiday. Technical problems are to blame.

1709: "To draw away is sometimes good but when you want to win it is not so good."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez

1708: "Rafa is really pushing his luck now."
Dylan via text on 81111

1705: "Newcastle might just surprise a few people this afternoon. Mark my words."
DoctorBoroLove on 606

1656: A surprising result at the Emirates Stadium means Manchester United will go top if they beat Newcastle in the late game. Despite only a draw at Middlesbrough, Liverpool go fourth, Everton are fifth, Aston Villa sixth and Manchester City seventh. Think that's right anyway.

1655: FULL-TIME Everton 1-0 Man City

1655: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham

1654: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 3-1 Reading

1653: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

1653: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 1-1 Liverpool

1653: FULL-TIME Derby 0-1 Wigan

1652: GOAL Aston Villa 3-1 Reading
James Harper slides the ball under keeper Scott Carson for a Reading consolation.

1652: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-1 Fulham

1648: Nicolas Anelka's left-foot shot canons off the bar and down before it is collected by Radek Cerny. I think the Chelsea fans will be liking what they see.

1648: GOAL Aston Villa 3-0 Reading
Game over. Ashley Young goes on a marauding run through midfield and passes for Gabriel Agbonlahor, whose cross is turned in by John Carew for his second of the game.

1645: Spurs now have three strikers on but Chelsea look to have this game wrapped up.

1640: GOAL Derby 0-1 Wigan
Marcus Bent nods the ball down to Antoine Sibierski to smash the ball home with almost his first touch of the game. Could the Latics be heading for their first away win of the season?

1639: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Joe Cole twists and turns on the edge of the box and lays the ball off for Shaun Wright-Phillips, who swings his right leg at it and sees his shot arrow into the corner.

1638: Kevin-Prince Boateng swings in a wicked cross which evades two Chelsea defenders and Robbie Keane in the box. Keane is claiming Alex touched it but nothing given.

1636: Moments after Chris Baird heads narrowly over for Fulham, Jimmy Bullard arrives to make his first appearance in 16 months after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury. Welcome back Jimmy.

1636: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Newcastle
Man Utd make three changes from last week's FA Cup win over Villa. Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez return up front, for Ji-Sung Park and Louis Saha. John O'Shea replaces the suspended Wes Brown at right-back. Newcastle caretaker boss Nigel Pearson brings Steven Carr in for David Rozenhal. Claudio Cacapa and James Milner also start, with Damien Duff supporting Michael Owen up front and Mark Viduka on the bench.

1634: "Torres is quite good, you know."
Anon via text on 81111

1630: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 Liverpool
Give that man the freedom of the city. Fernando Torres picks up the ball 40 yards out, advances a few yards and powers a rasping shot past Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer.

1628: GOAL West Ham 2-1 Fulham
Mark Noble races to keep the ball in at the byeline and scoops it in for Anton Ferdinand to hammer home.

1625: Stewart Downing hits the post for Middlesbrough as they press for a second against Liverpool. Meanwhile Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson makes a brilliant save to deny Reading.

1621: "Re 1617: Is Pizzaro's full name "Disappointing Claudio Pizzaro" cos I hear it near enough all the time!"
Welcome to Old Trafford... on 606

1618: So close to his first goal for Chelsea! Shaun Wright-Phillips backheels the ball through and Anelka flicks it up, turns and shoots low - but Radek Cerny makes a fabulous save. Replays show Anelka might have been offside actually.

1617: Here comes Nicolas Anelka to make his Chelsea debut, replacing the disappointing Claudio Pizarro.

1617: RED CARD Derby
Claude Davis gets a second booking for a foul on Marcus Bent and Derby's hopes of their second Premier League win take a severe knock.

1615: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Reading
Another set-piece, another goal. Ashley Young is the provider again, Martin Laursen heading home his corner.

1615: Manchester City are dominating the early stages of the second half at Goodison Park.

1613: "Too early Birmingham! Have fun being parked on the edge of your own penalty area for the next 40 minutes..."
nunChucker on 606

1612: The Chelsea fans are on their feet to greet Nicolas Anelka as he begins his warm-up.

1609: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham
Ex-Gunner Sebastian Larsson delivers the corner for Scotland's Garry O'Connor to head home. A stunned silence descends at the Emirates Stadium.

1607: Back up and running everywhere now. Ryan Babel is on for Liverpool, replacing Alvaro Arbeloa.

1606: "Not only have Liverpool been average but Middlesbrough have played really well and once again proved that there are plenty of talented English youngsters out there. Credit where it is due."
Garry via text on 81111

1605: The punter at Everton won an Audi A6, according to ypsylon on 606. Nice.

1600: Great work from an Everton fan at Goodison Park who meets the challenge of hitting the bar twice from 18 yards in three attempts. I don't know what he wins... an England call-up maybe.

1558: "Maybe Harry Redknapp turned the Newcastle job down because he's hoping to be offered the Liverpool job."
Arnie_Aardvark on 606

1556: "That has to be the worst half I've ever seen Liverpool play. If we carry on like that we deserve to be in 7th."
Chris G, via text on 81111

1554: "I have never said this until now. Rafa has to go."
richie_lfc on 606

1551: Liverpool have, by all accounts, been pretty appalling in the first half at the Riverside and yet, mystifyingly, Steven Gerrard leads BBC Sport's interactive player ratings with 7.97. Andriy Voronin has 4.94.

1550: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 1-0 Reading

1549 HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Birmingham

1549: HALF-TIME West Ham 1-1 Fulham

1549: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 Man City

1548: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 1-0 Liverpool

1548: HALF-TIME Derby 0-0 Wigan

1548: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

1547: "Re 1538: That table supplied by alex should show Liverpool down in 7th."
Via text on 81111

1546: Marcus Bent's shot is cleared off the line by Danny Mills but Wigan should still score. A completely unmarked Antonio Valencia blazes wide from six yards. Wigan boss Steve Bruce looks, er, disappointed let's say.

1544: West Ham are in again but Carlton Cole shoots straight at Antti Niemi. Michael Ballack has the ball in the net for Chelsea but he's approximately a mile offside.

1540: One of the linesmen at the Riverside takes a right old tumble after a collision with Boro striker Jeremie Alliadiere. Always funny. Meanwhile, Fulham keeper Antti Niemi makes a good save from a Dean Ashton drive.

1538: With thanks to alexbirch35 on 606. The table looks like this as it stands:
1. Arsenal 53
2. Man Utd 48
3. Chelsea 47
4. Everton 39
5. Aston Villa 39

1534: Reading striker Dave Kitson has a Lazarus moment at Villa Park. He collapses to the ground after landing very awkwardly and hurting his knee. There looks to be no chance of him continuing but he's back you know.

1533: GOAL Everton 1-0 Man City
Magic man Mikel Arteta drills in the cross and Joleon Lescott touches it home from close range. City claim offside but I reckon he was just on.

1531: Everton are on top against Manchester City, with keeper Joe Hart making one good save and Tim Cahill missing a sitter.

1527: An obvious rugby tackle from Kevin-Prince Boateng on Joe Cole stops the Chelsea man bursting through into acres of space on the halfway line. It's as cynical a foul as you'll see all season, and Boateng is relieved to see just a yellow card held up by the ref.

1527: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Fulham
First decent attack from West Ham. First goal. Freddie Ljungberg crosses from the right and Dean Ashton escapes his markers to head home. Fulham? Failing to hold on to a lead? Well I never.

1526: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Liverpool
Jeremie Alliadiere heads the ball across goal for Boro skipper George Boateng to slide home from two yards. Testing times for Rafa.

1524: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Reading
Ashley Young delivers a dangerous free-kick and John Carew is the first in a queue of Villa players waiting to head in. Simple but effective.

1523: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Birmingham
Stephen Kelly tackles Eduardo from behind, taking out ball and player. Ref Phil Dowd points to the spot and Emmanuel Adebayor squeezes the ball home despite Maik Taylor going the right way.

1522: Penalty to Arsenal.

1521: Arsenal striker Eduardo heads straight at Maik Taylor from Alexander Hleb's cross from the left. The Croat should have opened the scoring.

1519: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham
Tottenham are made to pay a heavy price for standing off Juliano Belletti, who takes a few paces forwards and unleashes an absolute screamer in to the top corner from 25 yards.

1517: Cameron Jerome sprints between two Arsenal defenders and shoots low towards the far corner - but Manuel Almunia pulls off a superb save to prevent Birmingham taking a shock lead.

1515: Sorry to keep going on about West Ham v Fulham but Carlos Bocanegra is forced off with a nasty cut on his cheek. Aaron Hughes replaces him.

1512: It's all going on at Upton Park, with West Ham's Freddie Ljungberg and Fulham's Carlos Bocanegra covered in blood. Ljungberg is forced to change his shirt, which is nice for the laydeez.

1510: Fulham fans won't need any reminding that they have won only one match of the 10 in which they have opened the scoring.

1507: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Fulham
Simon Davies takes a long free-kick which escapes the attempted header of Carlos Bocanegra and nestles in the net.

1506: Quick bit of transfer news... Manuel Fernandes has completed his loan move to Everton but not in time to face Manchester City.

1504: Not a great start from Radek Cerny and the Spurs defence as Michael Dawson heads the ball out of the keeper's hands but the free-kick goes Tottenham's way for a push.

1502: Away we go at all seven games and Wigan have an early chance through Antonio Valencia but he hits his shot in to a crowd of players and Derby escape.

1458: A late change to the Aston Villa team. Olof Mellberg felt unwell in the warm-up and is replaced by Craig Gardner.

1452: David Beckham is in the stands at the Emirates Stadium with his son Brooklyn. Continuing the celebrity glamour, Curly off Coronation Street is at Goodison Park.

1450: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Fulham
Julien Faubert is included in the West Ham squad for the first time after recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered in pre-season. Jonathan Spector is at right-back in place of injured Lucas Neill while Freddie Ljungberg replaces John Pantsil. Former Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte is on the bench. Fulham name Jimmy Bullard on the bench after 16 months out with a knee injury. Steve Davis and Chris Baird start.

1447: "Anelka will come on as a substitute to replace useless Pizarro on 65 minutes to score the wining goal from 30 yards."
Anelka_CFC on 606

1442: TEAM NEWS Everton v Man City
Everton recall Mikel Arteta after suspension, while Victor Anichebe replaces Yakubu, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations, up front. James McFadden stays in the side with Andrew Johnson out injured. Nuno Valente comes in for Joseph Yobo, who is also on international duty with Nigeria, with Joleon Lescott switching from left-back to central defence. Manchester City recall Elano in midfield, with Stephen Ireland dropping down to the bench.

1440: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Birmingham
Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is fit to start and he replaces Kolo Toure, who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini are back in midfield, while Emmanuel Adebayor starts up front alongside Eduardo da Silva. Theo Walcott retains his place, but Tomas Rosicky is not involved. Birmingham have former Gunners Sebastian Larsson and Fabrice Muamba in their line-up, while captain Damien Johnson is set to play with a protective mask two weeks after suffering a slight skull fracture.

1436: "I'm stuck in a hospital bed after a kidney operation and reading the updates on your site is the only thing that will keep me going this afternoon."
Matt via text on 81111

1434: "Voronin starts and Crouch not even on the bench? I don't particularly like Crouch but that is ridiculous!"
Sebwinder on 606

1432: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Reading
Aston Villa are unchanged from the team that lost 2-0 to Man United in the FA Cup last week. By contrast Reading make eight changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Spurs, with only former Villa man Ulises De La Cruz, Stephen Hunt and Kalifa Cisse keeping their places.

1430: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Tottenham
New Chelsea signing Nicolas Anelka is left on the bench, with Claudio Pizarro preferred to start up front. Petr Cech returns in goal, Ashley Cole starts at left-back in place of Wayne Bridge, while Michael Ballack and Claude Makelele play in midfield. Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson is again left on the bench, with manager Juande Ramos sticking with Radek Cerny between the posts. Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov start up front, and Jamie O'Hara keeps his place in midfield.

1429: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Steven Gerrard returns from a calf injury to start for Liverpool and he starts in central midfield with Javier Mascherano, who gets the nod over substitute Xabi Alonso. Fernando Torres starts in attack with Andriy Voronin as Peter Crouch does not even make the bench. Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham, starts, while youngster Jonathan Grounds replaces the injured Emanuel Pogatetz.

1427: TEAM NEWS Derby v Wigan
Derby give debuts to new signings Robbie Savage, Emanuel Villa, Hossam Ghaly and Laurent Robert. Wigan give a debut to Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios.

1423: Peter Crouch does not even make the bench for Liverpool today. What does it all mean?

1421: "Re 1356: I believe Harry may now obtain a new contract for staying at Portsmouth. Maybe you should use the speculation to get a pay rise, a new laptop that doesn't crash, a sofa at work etc?"
Kevin, London, via text on 81111
Good thinking, Kevin, I like it.

1416: "Good to see Claude Makelele coming back. Why oh why is Anelka on the bench? Still, we'll get the job done."
JT_BlueForever on 606

1413: Robbie Savage starts as captain of Derby today, with fellow new signings Hossam Ghaly, Laurent Robert, Danny Mills and Emanuel Villa all in the team too.

1408: BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Pat Murphy tells us Nicolas Anelka - Chelsea's new number 39 - will be on the bench today as Claudio Pizarro continues up front.

1402: "Not an easy day at all for Liverpool and Chelsea. With Chelsea playing Spurs with Berbatov giving them a tough time and Liverpool against the giant-killers away who they haven't beaten on Teeside for over five years!"
Anon via text on 81111

1359: "I think Martin Jol would be excellent at Newcastle, he is a fans' manager, look at the support he had from Spurs fans and that's what The Toon need, solidarity!"
Jay via text on 81111

1356: I'm honoured some of you are tipping me for the Newcastle job. But can I just say here and now that I am very happy with my text commentary work at the BBC.

1353: What do you think will happen first? Newcastle keep faith with a manager or Lawro predicts more than three goals in a match? The Lancastrian legend has tipped Spurs for a draw at Chelsea and Derby for a win, yes a win, at home to Wigan. Let's see if he's right shall we?

1349: "What with Blackburn's well-publicised shoestring budget and recent bad form, as a Rovers fan I'm scared Mark Hughes may be tempted by the Newcastle job to boost his CV ahead of the worst kept secret in football... Him being the successor to Sir Alex at Man United!"
Ryan, Lincoln, via text on 81111

1347: "I fancy goals galore today. All the good attacking teams are playing each other, and likewise the bad defences."
mtrhedq4 on 606

1344: Apologies everyone, we had some technical problems just then so everything was happening in slow-motion. No it wasn't my fault before you say it. We're back on track now though I think.

1337: You'll have heard the news that Harry Redknapp has turned down the Newcastle job. A relief for Portsmouth fans? Who will dare to take on the Newcastle job now? We've got a bit of time to banter before kick-off so I await your thoughts...

1330: All hail the return of the Saturday 3pm kick-off. There are plenty of potential highlights too, not least Chelsea v Spurs and Everton v Man City, and we could glimpse Nicolas Anelka in a Chelsea shirt for the first time... if he hasn't engineered a move to a bigger club by then.


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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