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By Paul Fletcher

1925: Well, another day of Premier League actions come to an end and I'd like to say a big thanks to all of the people who played a part in the day either on 606 or via text on 81111. Some great chat and excellent abuse. It just makes me love you more (sort of).

1920: Some Player Rater chat. The top rated player in the Liverpool versus Sunderland fixture at full-time is Black Cats keeper Craig Gordon with 7.52. Nuff said.

1917: "We can still play better than that but a win breeds confidence."
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard after the win over Sunderland

1916: "At last a league win for Liverpool, now they face the easy trip to Chelsea next week."
expertdalton8 on 606

1909: Full-time Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
The final whistle sounds and Liverpool move up to fifth in the Premier League table. However, I think the scoreline flatters Rafael Benitez's team a little and Sunderland can head home encouraged by aspects of their performance.

1908: Liverpool are heading for their first Premier League win since Boxing Day. That takes me back, turkey, port, chocolates... Wonderful.

1905: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon guesses the right way and arguably should save the penalty by Steven Gerrard but the sheer power of the skipper's strike ensures it finds its way to goal.

1904: PENALTY:
Referee Rob Styles awards Liverpool a penalty for a challenge by Nyron Nosworthy on Jermaine Pennant.

1900: Sunderland are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Liverpool area following a trip by Steve Finnan. Daryl Murphy strikes the ball but it is high, wide and generally awful. I have to say, though, I think the visiting team deserve a goal.

1858: Sunderland almost score after Pepe Reina flaps at a header from Jonny Evans that takes a slight deflection off Michael Chopra on its way to goal. The ball breaks to Michael Chopra but he misses the target.

1857: "It was a huge win in the context of where we are in the table compared with Reading and it is a great result."
Bolton boss Gary Megson revels in his team's win at Reading

1855: Sunderland, to their credit, have not stopped pressing. They just haven't created many decent openings.

1853: Another penalty appeal by Sunderland - this time for a high boot by Mascherano on Liam Miller - but again referee Rob Styles decides against.

1849: If Roy Keane was not happy before he is absolutely incensed now. And you'd have to say that Sunderland had a strong case for handball against Carragher from Murphy's shot. Who knows - a penalty might have yet changed the complexion of this game.

1846: GOAL Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
Fernando Torres is total class. The Spain striker runs on to a flick-on in midfield from Peter Crouch and shows superb composure to slot home after resisting the pursuit of Bardsley.

1843: Sunderland mainly absorbing pressure at the moment while the crowd at Anfield finally seems to have found its voice. I still doubt, though, whether this game will live long in the memory.

1839: Crouch almost makes it two with an athletic scissor-kick volley that Gordon does well to save. Gordon then saves from Steven Gerrard. Crouch heads goalwards following the subsequent corner and Phil Bardsley clears off the line. The game has, finally, come to life.

1837: Sunderland have lost their last eight away games and, the way this match is starting to unfold, it looks like that unwanted record will extend to nine.
Liverpool's Lucas is withdrawn for Yossi Benayoun.

1835: Sunderland keeper Gordon makes an excellent save to keep out Fernando Torres' left-footed strike.

1833: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland
An excellent cross from Jamie Carragher, who is playing at right-back, is headed home by Peter Crouch. Joy at last for the home team.

1832: Not a sniff of a decent chance in the second half at Anfield, though I cannot really remember any in the opening 45 minutes either. Sunderland sub Rade Prica, who came on for the injured Kieran Richardson, is withdrawn for Roy O'Donovan.

1827: There is very little doubt that Pennant has been one of the most impressive performers so far at Anfield. Another run full of purpose and intent by the winger.

1824: Sunderland have come out after the break and shown a little more intent. Daryl Murphy bursts forward but an awful pass, so typical of the match, and the opening is wasted.

1822: Back under way at Anfield. Steve Finnan has replaced Fabio Aurelio. The Reds formation still something of a mystery.

1819: "I just want to go to the future and see who wins the Premier League. I cant stand waiting until May."
mdfactor on 606

Let me know what I get for my birthday.

1815: Not too long before the second half starts at Anfield and I only wish that I could promise you a marked improvement. Quite often on 606 people say that they are breaking away from their exam revision to keep up to date with the live text. I can only presume it has been an excellent 45 minutes for some (Steve) cramming.

1811: "You can't say who is going to win the league because it is so tight."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson speaking after his team's draw at Tottenham

I think we can rule Liverpool out.

1805: Half-time Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland
The half-time whistle sounds and the odd boo can be heard. Far from impressive by the Reds. Sunderland have set their stall out for a draw and so far, so good.

1804: A reasonable pass comes over to Lucas but a poor first touch from the Liverpool player and the chance has gone. It has been that sort of match so far.

1759: "It is like we are hoping Sunderland will score an own goal."
kadodamball, presumably a Liverpool fan, on 606

I'm starting to feel a little like my mother's sisters given that on 606 today I have now been anti-Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool. I'm quite proud of that.

1755:Finally an opening for Liverpool. Some good trickery from Jermaine Pennant is followed by a decent cross that Fernando Torres heads goalwards - but it is too close to Gordon, who comfortably saves.

1753: If Liverpool win they will be 17 points behind leaders Arsenal. The Reds could certainly do with a victory after collecting just four points from the last 15 available in the Premier League.

1750: (See 1600) "Paul, who brought you tea finally? Just curious."
OnceUponAPint on 606

Still not had one mate. Suffering. Only wish there was more to tell you from Anfield but there have not really been any chances.

1746: Sunderland boss Roy Keane is not happy with a yellow card issued to one of his players. He looks very hard as he glares towards the referee and I would not mess with him.

1745: Given that so little is happening at Anfield, I thought I'd mention that Chelsea's draw at Portsmouth means Avram Grant's team failed in their bid to win their 10th straight game.

1744: "Just been to Reading, want to say Gary Cahill for England. 5m - what a bargain."
AJG, from Bolton, via text on 81111

Not sure about that but a cracking win for Bolton. Fabio Capello will trim his England squad to 23 players on Saturday evening, with an announcement expected at 2000 GMT. Emile Heskey, however, has pulled out through injury.

1739: Javier Mascherano tires his luck for Liverpool from very long range but his strike flies narrowly over the Sunderland crossbar. In truth, Craig Gordon had it covered.

1737: A far from flowing game at Anfield, with Liverpool too direct in their approach. No decent openings to tell you about so far.

1732: Some PLAYER RATER chat for you. The highest rated player at full-time so far today is Derby's Emanuel Villa on 8.30. Of course, you can change all that by getting involved yourself.

1730: (See1711) "People don't like United fans because they are so smug about their team winning all the time. It's what you get for supporting a successful team."
nishspurs87 on 606

1724: An early blow for Sunderland as the somewhat injury prone Kieran Richardson goes off with a hamstring injury and is replaced by the excellently named Rade Prica. Richardson - always seems to be injured. You'd get more game time out of his cousin.

1720: "Have to give credit to Tottenham today. Ramos has completely changed the way Tottenham play and if he had been in charge of them at the start of the season I'm sure that Tottenham would be in the top four by now."
greatevolution on 606

There has been lots and lots of 606 chat about Tottenham - most of it positive. Good things could finally be happening down the Lane after year upon year of frustration and failure.

1718: Liverpool make a very positive start at Anfield. Peter Crouch is about to shoot when Nyron Nosworthy makes a timely challenge. Nyron, eh, you can't keep him out of the game.

1716: The final Premier League match of the day, between Liverpool and Sunderland, starts.

1711: "Why do people hate Man Utd just because they never give up and score lots of late goals? How does that work then?"
Matt_Utd_FC on 606

A very reasonable question - anyone got any answers?

1708: "Surprise, surprise! When Arsenal go top of the table they don't have any technical problems at the BBC."
Wonderkind on 606

I'm not quite sure I see where you are coming from?

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez makes five changes to the side that was beaten 1-0 at West Ham. Martin Skrtel is preferred to Steve Finnan, Jermaine Pennant replaces Jossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano is selected ahead of Xabi Alonso and Lucas Leiva comes in for Harry Kewell. In attack, Dirk Kuyt misses out and instead Peter Crouch will partner Fernando Torres.
Sunderland make only two changes following their 2-0 home victory over Birmingham - Michael Chopra starts up front in place of Anthony Stokes and Kieran Richardson has recovered from a hamstring injury to take Dwight Yorke's place in midfield.

1700: The top three of the Premier League is Arsenal (60) from Man Utd (58) and then Chelsea (54). Arsenal's win at Man City is starting to look like a very good result.

1657: "I'd be livid if I was Tottenham boss Ramos - they've thrown away two points. Sir Alex Ferguson is absolutely relieved - he's got out of jail."
Garth Crooks on BBC Score

1656: Full-time All the 1500 GMT kick-offs have finished.

1654: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd
Very, very late doors. So late Van der Sar is up for the corner from which Carlos Tevez volleys home Nani's corner at the near post. Not really a deserved point for United but, nonetheless, Arsenal remain top of the Premier League.

1651: David James makes a great save at Portsmouth.

1651: Derby's Giles Barnes has a decent chance and forces a save from Maik Taylor. Remember, the Rams have not won under Paul Jewell.

1648: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Derby
Emanuel Villa equalises for Derby with a header that goes in off the post from Dean Leacock's cross. It is his first goal for the club.

1646: Wayne Rooney is booked for diving and will miss next week's Manchester derby. A similar fate befell City's Elano earlier in the day.

1644: DISALLOWED GOAL: Blackburn 0-0 Everton
Andy Johnson had the ball in the net for Everton but the goal was ruled out for offside. A very, very late and somewhat dubious decision.

1640: An excellent chance for Defoe to put Pompey in front after he is played through by Arnold Mvuemba but the striker drills the ball wide.

Then Shaun Wright-Phillips has a good chance for Chelsea but he loops the ball beyond the advancing James and wide.

1637: Everton have been the better side at Blackburn but Toffees keeper Howard has had to make a couple of decent saves - this time denying David Bentley with a free-kick.

1636: Radek Cerny makes a decent save from Anderson to prevent Man Utd from equalising. What was that I was saying?

1632: Roughly 20 minutes left at White Hart Lane and Tottenham are well on top. As things stand, they very much deserve three points. It would be their first win in 15 attempts in all competitions against Man Utd.

1628: How greedy is Wigan's Antonio Valencia? He hits the woodwork not once, but twice with a brilliant strike from fully 25-yards.

1627: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Derby
Short of goals? Don't worry, Derby will eventually concede. Sebastian Larsson gets his head to a cross at the far post and as the ball drops he slots home.

1626: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Chelsea
Jermain Defoe scores on his debut for Pompey with a composed finish. Chelsea's defence step out to play offside but right-back Belletti fails to go with them and consequently Defoe is clean through and on-side from Baros's flick-on.

1624: Bolton, it seems, are well on their way to their first Premier League away win of the season but the problems are mounting for Reading, who are looking at their sixth straight Premier League defeat.

1621: Everton's Fernandes hits the post with a superb free-kick from 25 yards.

1617: Robert Green saves from Wigan's Michael Brown. The battles of the colours, some might say.

1617: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea
A lightning quick break from Chelsea sees Nicolas Anelka give them the lead. The Frenchman calmly slots the ball past James from eight yards.

1617: GOAL Reading 0-2 Bolton
Heidar Helguson is one-on-one with the keeper after beating the Reading back-line, who were expecting an offside shout. The flag stays down, the goal comes against the run of play, Reading are in deep trouble.

1615: Robbie Keane has a great chance to score for Spurs, in space 18 yards from goal, but opts to shoot early and his weak shot is straight at the keeper.

1614: Ashley Cole comes close to scoring (steady), but Pompey defender Hermann Hreidarsson clears his effort as it dribbles to goal.

1613: Derby go close to scoring at Birmingham (we're getting closer to a goal at least) as Kenny Miller hits the post with a curling strike.

1610: A good chance for Milan Baros but the Pompey striker opts for placement from 12 yards and his tame effort is easily saved.

Danny Guthrie clears off the line for Bolton.

1609: An apology. With reference to 1546, it should have read that Dunn cleared off the line from Jagielka. A cup of tea is badly needed.

1606: All the six games are back under way.


1604: Everton keeper Tim Howard makes a good save from David Bentley. Manuel Fernandes is then denied by Friedel's legs.

Man Utd bring Michael Carrick on for Hargreaves.

1600: I'm very thirsty and desperate for a cup of tea but a bloke who is not too busy at the moment refuses to make one. And he lives in Grantham.

1558: "Wow, I remember the last time Spurs beat United, I had to take my dog to the vet that day, he died only two days later."
Anonymous via text on 81111

Wow, I'm ever so slightly lost for words, which is probably not a good thing (unless you are sat somewhere near me).

1550: Half-time
Everywhere, sorry for the slight delay with that information.

Now then, six games, one half of football, roughly 270 minutes of football for just THREE goals. And we needed a late goal from Wigan for that to happen.

1549: GOAL Wigan 1-0 West Ham
Kevin Kilbane puts the Latics ahead with a brilliant looping header from a tight angle. You don't save those. Boss Steve Bruce pumps his fists in delight.

1547: Nicolas Anelka is through for Chelsea and tries to steer the ball past David James from a slightly acute angle but the Pompey stopper saves. Ashley Coles misses in a big way with the rebound.

1546: Everton's Phil Jagielka clears off the line from David Dunn, who as we have already established is lucky to be on the field.

1545: Tom Huddlestone hits the wall with a free-kick for Spurs. He is a big unit and would have done more damage by just running into it.

1541: Emmerson Boyce should score for Wigan from five yards but he fails to hit the target.

Blackburn's David Dunn deliberately handles shortly after he is booked and is lucky to remain on the field.

1537: Portsmouth's Noe Pamarot hits the Chelsea post with a header from a corner. The incident comes seconds after Pompey have a strong penalty shout for a handball by Juliano Belletti turned down.

"It's quiet for Defoe - he's finding his feet. He had to get out of Tottenham, but at the moment he's a little bit quiet."
Gary Pallister on BBC Score

Chelsea earlier when closer when a header from Michael Ballack was cleared off the line by Niko Kranjcar.

1536: Bolton, who lead at Reading, have not won an away match in the Premier League all season. Their last away win in the top flight came at Wigan last April.

1534: GOAL Reading 0-1 Bolton
Former BBC website columnist Kevin Nolan slots home after Kevin Davies picks him out completely unmarked 10 yards from goal.

1532: (See 1451) "Surely, the best ever league race was 1989, when Arsenal beat Liverpool on goals scored?"
Nick, Reading, via text on 81111

Good drama I grant you but I'm not sure Liverpool fans agree. And had it not happened I would never have been put through the misery of watching Fever Pitch (and yes, I like the book).

1529: Everton go close twice - Brad Friedel saved from Mikel Arteta and from the resulting corner Leon Osman shoots just wide.

1528: "Berbatov's goal is an exact carbon copy of Adebayor's first against Man City. Just the deflection was missing."
stylish2006 on 606

You might want to read this again and have a rethink.

Matt Taylor takes the penalty for Bolton, striking the ball to Marcus Hahnemann's left but the USA keeper makes a good save. The penalty was awarded after Gretar Steinsson was brought down by Marek Matejovsky.

Bolton have a penalty.

1521: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Man Utd
Dimitar Berbatov puts Tottenham into the lead. The Berb strokes the ball home from six yards after Edwin van der Sar can only divert Aaron Lennon's low cross into his path.

1520: Robbie Savage is, unsurprisingly, being booed every touch on his return to Birmingham. Not that Derby have had much of the ball, Blues have created all the openings so far.

1518: Poor - 18 minutes into the 1500 GMT kick-offs and not one goal between six Premier League fixtures. Sort it.

1516: Man Utd's Owen Hargreaves makes an excellent clearance from Dimitar Berbatov's low drilled cross. He could have so easily stuck the ball in his own net.

1514: Petr Cech, who looks like he could be ready for some Six Nations action with his now trademark skullcap on, makes a decent save from recent Portsmouth signing Lassana Diarra.

1514: Some Player Rater chat from the early game - you will not be at all surprised to see that Adebayor is top dog with 8.38, Eduardo in second with 8.12.

1509: "Paul, Robert Green saved three of the penalties 'missed' against West Ham, I think you are doing him a disservice."
Coolisle on 606

Fair point, if true.

Joe Cole shoots wide for Chelsea from 20 yards.

1509: Derby are still looking for their first win in 13 games under Paul Jewell.

Wes Brown has a half decent chance for Man Utd but drills the ball over from 20 yards. Stick to defending.

1507: Freddie Ljungberg goes close for West Ham from 15 yards but he cannot find a way past Chris Kirkland.

1505: (See 1451) "What about the time when Newcastle were 1,000,000 points ahead and lost it to Man Utd. That was a good one - even I admit that!"
lufc_not_so_wise on 606

I'd love it if we had a title race like that.

1502: "If I was Juande Ramos I would be happy with a point. There are good things happening at White Hart Lane, but a point would do me."
Garth Crooks on BBC Score

1501: I can honestly report that all six 1500 GMT kick-offs are now under way.

1458: "Man City's balloon has well and truly burst."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

Very good, very good indeed.

1455: Watch out Blackburn Rovers - Everton have scored six Premier League goals in stoppage time - more than any other club.

Moving across the fine county of Lancashire, West Ham have never lost at Wigan. And the four penalties the Hammers have conceded this season? All missed.

1451: "Best Premier League title race ever?"
GoonerRoss on 606

Excellent question - any answers anyone?

Steve Bruce names two changes in the Wigan starting eleven, Ryan Taylor and Emmerson Boyce are recalled for Titus Bramble and Marcus Bent. Marlon King makes his home debut following his 5m move from Watford.
West Ham striker Dean Ashton returns to partner Carlton Cole while Craig Bellamy and Julien Faubert pass late fitness tests to start as substitutes.

Reading hand a first start to January signing Marek Matejovsky and recall striker Dave Kitson after he missed the midweek defeat at Chelsea because of illness. Winger John Oster drops to the bench and Bobby Convey misses out with a cut shin.
Bolton make four changes. In come Ivan Campo, new 5m signing from Aston Villa Gary Cahill and forward duo Kevin Davies and Heidar Helguson.

David Murphy makes his first start for Birmingham following his switch from Hibernian. James McFadden also makes his first start at home for Blues, but Mauro Zarate and Cameron Jerome are on the bench.
Roy Carroll, signed from Rangers, replaces Lewis Price in goal for Derby, with Alan Stubbs also making his debut, replacing the injured Claude Davis.

1442: BTW - Arsenal are back on top - for now!

1438: Full-time Man City 1-3 Arsenal
There we are then. City's proud unbeaten home record is no more, while Adebayor continues to impress.

Jermain Defoe makes his Portsmouth debut alongside Milan Baros in attack, while top-scorer Benjani is omitted from the 16-man squad. Pompey make two further changes with Hermann Hreidarsson replacing the injured Sylvain Distin in defence and Richard Hughes in for Lauren.
Chelsea make three changes in defence from the team that beat Reading 1-0. Juliano Belletti comes in for Paulo Ferreria, Ashley Cole replaces Wayne Bridge at left-back and Tal Ben-Haim is in for the suspended Ricardo Carvalho.

1433: GOAL Man City 1-3 Arsenal
City can forget all about their unbeaten home record. Emmanuel Adebayor slots home from 10 yards to score his second of the game and seal victory.

The only change for Blackburn is Zurab Khizanishvili replacing the suspended Christopher Samba at centre-back.
Everton have Tim Cahill back after suspension and Leon Osman plays after recovering from a calf injury. Leighton Baines replaces Nuno Valente at left-back. He drops down to the bench, along with Victor Anichebe.

New 9m signing Alan Hutton makes his Tottenham debut but he will operate on the left-hand side of defence with fellow right-back Pascal Chimbonda keeping his place, while Michael Dawson returns from a ban.
Manchester United recall midfielders Owen Hargreaves and Ryan Giggs and Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.

1429: Emile Mpenza comes on for Stephen Ireland. No one can accuse Sven of not going for it.

1427: Fabregas blazes wide for Arsenal but still City hold in there.

1424: Avram Grant is given a decent reception on his return to Pompey. He used to be director of football at Fratton Park.

Arsenal's Adebayor is inches away from connecting with a looping pass forward and making the three points safe. Wenger looking a touch edgy on the bench.

1422: Arsenal rampaging forward on the break with Eduardo lining up the killer pass. Michael Ball makes a crucial interception.

1421: Chelsea in action at Portsmouth this afternoon (all of the top three are away today). They have won all nine Premier League meetings with Pompey, conceding just one goal. Avram Grant's team could set a new record today of 10 successive wins in all competitions. Even Jose did not manage that.

1419: It is Geo time at Man City as Geovanni comes on for Dietmar Hamann. About 15 minutes left.

1415: Roughly 20 minutes left at City and you do get the feeling that if Arsenal fail to kill off the game then there might be a nasty little sting in the tail for them.

1412: EARLY TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Man Utd
Alan Hutton makes his debut against Man Utd. We'll have more team news from WHL shortly.

1411: Adebayor runs at goal but goes down under pressure from Micah Richards. No penalty.

City threaten but Elano's looped long-range effort flies over the crossbar as Lehmann scrambles back to his line.

1410: For all of you out there with no real sense of what a good, exciting sport actually is, you might want to follow the Seven Nations or whatever it is that starts today (only joking). Everyone knows egg chasing is all about 13 players. If nothing else, you'll be in safe, entertaining hands with Pranav Soneji doing the live text commentary.

1405: (See 1358) "Tottenham v United could be a classic! An open game, a great atmosphere and loads of goals in prospect! Premier League at its best!"
mateuslad on 606

Cagey and goalless it is then.

1403: The ball drops nicely to Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the box but he cannot keep his strike on target.

1400: A change for City, Darius Vassell replacing Daniel Sturridge.

1358: Petrov tries to take on Sagna for pace and cannot quite manage it. Just over an hour until the six 1500GMT fixtures start, with Tottenham at home to Man Utd looking like a pretty tasty fixture. United have won their last six trips to WHL - will that change today?

1355: Arsenal continuing to knock the ball about, City less comfortable in possession. Still just the one goal in it though.

1352: Arsenal physio Gary Lewin is stamping his feet up and down on the bench. More due to the cold I think than some kind of childlike tantrum.

1350: Back under way at City.

1346: A few of you on 606 are asking about the scores in the day's other early kick-offs. Well, Celtic's Scottish Cup match with Kilmarnock is about to finish and it is fair to say they're going to go through, on account of them leading 5-1. And who has just notched the fifth? Former Man City man Georgios Samaras.

"Come on City!!! (from a small portion of United fans)"
cheese666 on 606

Interesting. I imagine there are a few facing that sort of internal dilemma. Hope it's not causing too much stress.

At 2-1 it is anybody's game, but Arsenal are streaking ahead on the Player Rater. Adebayor's the clear leader on 8.32, although Eduardo is faring well with 8.08. Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart is top for Sven's men with 6.32.

1333: Half-time Man City 1-2 Arsenal
An ambitious effort from Elano flies over the Arsenal goal and Petrov shoots wide. Sven has some talking to do if his team are to preserve their unbeaten record at home.

1330: I'm not an Arsenal fan but I have to say they are cracking to watch. They way they have caressed the ball from one end of the field to the other is just great. Adebayor heads goalwards but City clear.

1325: William Gallas drills a shot wide of the post that Eduardo just fails to connect with as it flies across goal. Had Eduardo made contact it would have been headache O'Clock (but 3-1 and game over).

1324: Let us be in no doubt about it - Arsenal have been the better team so far and are decent value for their lead.

1323: "The result for Arsenal today does not make any difference, Chelsea will still win the league."
RickWaller on 606

Big night was it? I reckon you should have a nice greasy breakfast and take it easy for the rest of the day.

1319: "Peter Kay will be at Anfield tonight because the Phoenix club (aka LFC) will rise from the ashes."
Tom, Liverpool, via text on 81111

I see what you've done there.

1317: Fernandes, apparently, can speak five languages. Goal, gol, but etc

Joe Hart makes a decent save from an Adebayor header.

1314: GOAL Man City 1-2 Arsenal
Gael Clichy is caught in possession close to his byeline by Vedran Corluka, who runs into the Arsenal area and knocks the ball to Gelson Fernandes, who slots home into the bottom corner.

1312: GOAL Man City 0-2 Arsenal
Eduardo doubles his team's advantage with a spectacular over-the-shoulder volley after a knock-down header from Adebayor. A top, top finish with a whiff of offside.

City's unbeaten home record?

1311: Hold on, Petrov beats one, beats two, runs into the box then overruns the ball.

1308: "Mark my words - come the end of the season, Man City will have grabbed a Champions League spot!"
Toon4Europe on 606

Your name suggests that your opinions must be taken with a pinch of salt.

Martin Petrov's ability to affect the game is being hampered by Bacary Sagna's forays forward.

1304: Sven is off his seat and striding purposefully into his technical area. The Swede actually looks a little frustrated and angry. A touch passionate even.

William Gallas is crunched by Daniel Sturridge. Cue Platoon style screams.

1301: "City's form has taken an alarming dip, their momentum from the good start they had is gone completely."
Sebwinder on 606

Hold on a minute, I thought this was the season when Sven rebuilt his tattered reputation.

1300: The goal is Adebayor's 17th of the season in the Premier League. He is now two behind a certain Ronaldo.

1255: GOAL Man City 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal score with just about their first attack of the game, Bacary Sagna using his speed to burst into the City box before pulling the ball back for in-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor to slot home from six yards. There is a touch of fortune about the goal as Adebayor's low shot is partially blocked but not enough to prevent the ball from rolling over the line.

1254: Elano plays a cracking ball through that Stephen Ireland chases down. Any touch at all from Ireland and the advancing Jens Lehmann would be all at sea. As it happens, the ball bounces soothingly into the keeper's arms.

1250: Cermo 15, I can happily inform you that Match of the Day is on BBC One at 2230 GMT. It is also streamed on the website, UK users only.

I cannot see a single balloon at City.

1248: City have drawn their last three home fixtures in the Premier League. I think they would probably settle to extend that to four today. Not exactly an all-out attacking start to the match.

1246: (See 1217) Great spot by nightmare2j, big Sol is of course likely to be at Fratton Park today. As your prize you can have the car off Blueman 15 (See 1225). Confused? You will be.

1245: The match starts at the City of Manchester Stadium. City in blue, Arsenal in red, everything as it should be.

1237: Will he, won't he? Who? Benjani, of course, and his somewhat comical - and a touch farcical move to Man City from Portsmouth.

Here is the latest from Sven speaking a few minutes ago.

"I don't have any latest on the Benjani situation. I think it will be resolved one way or the other on Monday or Tuesday."

That's that sorted then.

1233: (See 1217) "Well the other day a friend saw Big Sol (apparently he's renting near me) in his Maserati, possibly sporting a flat cap. Now I'm on the hunt for him."
benedictwest on 606

Good chat. I reckon west London could be a good place to spot him today.

1230: "I have a question. When was the last time there was a whole day of draws in the Premier League? Game of the day at White Hart Lane."
Sunil, Bedford, via text on 81111

Has this ever happened (and I don't mean game of the day taking place at Spurs)? I have no idea.

1225: "Hello Paul. If Derby win today, then I will give you the keys to my car. Deal?"
Blueman15 on 606

Sounds good - what do you drive? Hold on a minute, Sam Lyon did the clockwatch in midweek and was promised a house if Derby scored. As far as I know he hasn't even been given a Wendy house. Someone does not make good on their promises.

Influential trio Micah Richards, Elano and Dietmar Hamann all return to the Manchester City side. Sun Jihai and Darius Vassell drop to the bench and teenager Daniel Sturridge keeps his place up front after his goal in the 1-1 draw with Derby.

Arsenal are forced into one change from the side that eased to a 3-0 win over Newcastle in midweek, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is out with a thumb injury so Jens Lehmann deputises.

1217: Lots of great chat from you lot on transfer deadline day - players spotted here, there and everywhere, by airport workers and taxi drivers in particular. Just thought I'd share that. Any good high-profile-player-spotted-supermarket-shopping sightings over the last couple of days?

1215: Man City entertain Arsenal in the early fixture looking to extend their unbeaten home record in the Premier League.

It won't be easy.

Arsenal are the joint leaders in the Premier League and the only side unbeaten against all of the current top 10.

Perhaps a penalty would help City - they haven't had one all season. I'd also suggest that the stewards at City ensure that matters don't balloon out of control today.

1205: "Today is unfortunately the right time for Sunderland to go to Anfield, I have this inkling they will get a point."
dirk-kuyt18 on 606

Oh dear, vibes not great from those with an interest in matters at Anfield. Surely Rafa's rotation policy is about to pay spectacular dividends with an unbeaten run until the end of the season? Liverpool are without a win in their last five Premier League games.

1200 GMT: A beautiful sunny Saturday (snow and strong winds excepted) and the first day of Premier League football since the transfer window slammed shut.

For all you supporters of top-flight clubs it is very much a case of what you see is what you get for the remainder of the season.

Some clubs appear to have done very well in January, others have just about broken even and then there is Bolton, lost Nicolas Anelka and brought in Grzegorz Rasiak (I know, I know, plenty of midfielders and defenders arrived at t'Reebok as well).

The top four are all in action today - and Liverpool are playing as well - so it should be a top, top day of action with eight fixtures across three different kick-off times. What more could you possibly ask for?

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

Saturday's football photos
02 Feb 08 |  Football


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