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By Caroline Cheese

1924: Alan Green is your host on Radio 5 Live's 606. I'm thinking it might be quite tasty. See what Gary and his merry men make of it all on Match of the Day at 2230 GMT on BBC1. See you tomorrow for Carling Cup final fun and games.

1919: Liverpool's hat-trick man Fernando Torres is a clear winner in today's Player of the Day with 9.52. Theo Walcott (8.01), Cristiano Ronaldo (8.77) and Wayne Rooney (8.48) deserve a mention though. Np prizes for guessing that Birmingham defender Martin Taylor brings up the rear on 2.77. He might count himself lucky it's that high.

1914: "Newcastle started positive and put some decent crosses in. However, they are absolutely shambolic in defence. Once they concede a couple they start defending like kids. Good performance from us and the title is now in our hands again."
DouLou on 606

1910: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-5 Man Utd
Manchester United are just far too good for a disjointed Newcastle as they close the gap on Arsenal to three points. The Magpies slide even closer to relegation trouble. They are six points above the drop zone.

1908: GOAL Newcastle 1-5 Man Utd
Wayne Rooney drags a few defenders out wide before passing to the unmarked Louis Saha, who smashes home. Naive defending from Newcastle really.

1906: Fergie is out on the touchline, barking orders at his players. You'd think Manchester United were a goal behind. As it is, we're into three minutes of added time and his side are cruising.

1902: Manchester United ping the ball around in the area and it ends up with Louis Saha, whose toe-poked shot is brilliantly tipped over by Steve Harper.

1857: GOAL Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd
The comeback's off again! Newcastle clear a corner only to Wayne Rooney, who unleashes a sublime shot from 22 yards which bends just inside the post.

1857: Almost an immediate reply from Manchester United as Paul Scholes' header is tipped over by Steve Harper.

1855: GOAL Newcastle 1-3 Man Utd
The comeback's on! Andy Carroll heads down a corner and Abdoulaye Faye volleys in from close range. Kevin Keegan claps.

1851: Paul Scholes comes on to replace Nemanja Vidic. Not sure if that's an injury or not.

1850: Desperate times for Newcastle call for desperate measures as Nicky Butt just barges into Michael Carrick long after the ball has gone. The former Manchester United man gets a yellow and he doesn't look too surprised.

1844: Cristiano Ronaldo won't be getting a second hat-trick against Newcastle. He's replaced by Louis Saha. The Portuguese winger is up to an astonishing 29 goals for the season - five of them against the Magpies.

1844: "With defeat in this game, Newcastle will have taken three points from a possible 30. That's relegation form."
BBC 5 Live analyst Steve Stone

1841: Edwin van der Sar is forced into a rare save... from Rio Ferdinand's back header. That probably says it all about Newcastle.

1838: That's the end of Joey Barton's evening. Substitute Andy Carroll will partner Michael Owen up front, with Alan Smith dropping back into midfield.

1833: GOAL Newcastle 0-3 Man Utd
They're not laughing for long... Cristiano Ronaldo rides an awful challenge from Stephen Taylor, rounds keeper Steve Harper and strokes the ball home to put Manchester United in complete control. They look certain to cut Arsenal's lead at the top to three points.

1831: Cristiano Ronaldo provides a welcome laugh for the home fans with a disastrous effort - blasting the ball into what our BBC 5 Live commentator describes as "row triple Z". The visiting fans burst into an ironic chant of "He plays on the left..."

1827: A decent chance for Newcastle as Damien Duff turns sharply in the box but blasts his shot straight at Edwin van der Sar.

1822: For the second game in a row, Shay Given is replaced by Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal. For Manchester United, John O'Shea is on for Patrice Evra.

1820: "How long can Smith and Barton be automatic choices before Keegan says enough is enough?"
Rocking Rio on 606

1813: No doubt about your man of the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo is the golden boy on 8.29. He's still going to have to go some to outshine Fernando Torres - on 9.57 after his earlier hat-trick for Liverpool.

1805: HALF-TIME Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd
Manchester United are already in cruise control, with Cristiano Ronaldo creating the first for Wayne Rooney and scoring the second. It's a damage limitation exercise for Kevin Keegan's side.

1802: GOAL Newcastle 0-2 Man Utd
Simple really. Joey Barton gives the ball away in midfield and Michael Carrick bisects the Newcastle defence, with Cristiano Ronaldo sliding home his 28th of the season.

1758: Nani provides a glorious cross for Carlos Tevez, but the Argentine striker somehow heads wide and that's a let-off for Newcastle.

1756: Manchester United seem to be toying with the opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo has now joined Carlos Tevez in the middle, with Wayne Rooney on the left and Nani on the right. The movement of the front four is killling Newcastle.

1753: Michael Owen is the third Newcastle player into the book for a high challenge on Nemanja Vidic.

1749: James Milner is Newcastle's most dangerous player by some distance. His fierce shot is deflected wide by Nemanja Vidic.

1747: "Charles N'Zogbia gets caught out ball-watching too often - but he's a young lad, and he's not a defender."
BBC 5 Live analyst Steve Stone

1742: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd
Moments after Newcastle have a half-hearted penalty shout turned down for Rio Ferdinand's challenge on Michael Owen, United are ahead. Cristiano Ronaldo beats Habib Beye on the left and crosses for Wayne Rooney, who has left Charles N'Zogbia for dead, to tap in from close range.

1741: Lovely work from Newcastle winger James Milner on the left, completely deceiving Patrice Evra with his cutback, but his cross is far too long.

1738: "Newcastle are very quick to the tackle but you wonder how long they can keep that up. Manchester United look threatening."
BBC 5 Live analyst Steve Stone

1732: A slick Manchester United move, Tevez to Rooney to Nani, but Newcastle scramble the ball away.

1729: Habib Beye embarks on a driving run down the right, holding off some close attention from Wayne Rooney, but Beye can't get the ball across. Moments later, James Milner succeeds where Beye failed, whipping over a volleyed cross. Michael Owen can't make contact.

1722: It's a bright start from Newcastle. Charles N'Zogbia whips in the cross from the left and though Michael Owen gets ahead of the defender to make contact, he can't get his shot on target.

1717: Away we go at St James' Park - where the home fans are creating a phenomenal atmosphere.

1712: Incidentally, there is some rugby going on at the moment. If you are interested in rugby, my colleague Pranav Soneji is doing his best to make it sound interesting so you could join him. Come back quickly though. Rugby is stupid.

1706: Sir Bobby Robson is on the pitch at St James' Park to celebrate his 75th birthday. He has just joined Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan to unveil a statue of the former Newcastle and England boss in the players' entrance. I love that guy.

1703: Results so far today have seen Birmingham climb out of the drop zone at the expense of Reading, Liverpool leapfrog Everton into fourth, West Ham move into ninth and Wigan up to 14th. Fulham remain in deep trouble, four points from safety. Manchester United will cut Arsenal's lead to three points with victory over Newcastle in the upcoming game.

1658: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Man Utd
Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia returns after a one-match suspension and defender Abdoulaye Faye returns to the starting line-up having been away on Africa Nations Cup duty. Manchester United start with Wayne Rooney and Carloz Tevez up front with Nani replacing Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick in for Owen Hargreaves.

1656: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-1 West Ham
Same old story for struggling Fulham. They concede late yet again - albeit to a contentious goal from Nobby Solano. Replays show the ball hit his leg, rebounded onto his arm and into the net. The happy Hammers are up to ninth.

1655: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 1-0 Sunderland
Jermain Defoe's penalty earns Portsmouth victory in a pretty drab affair.

1653: FULL-TIME Wigan 2-0 Derby
Paul Jewell's wait for a first win as Derby boss goes on as his old club seal a vital win to boost their survival chances thanks to two second-half goals.

1653: FULL-TIME Liverpool 3-2 Middlesbrough
A sublime hat-trick from Fernando Torres is the difference.

1650: RED CARD Fulham
Leon Andreasen is sent off for complaining too loudly about that contentious West Ham goal.

1647: GOAL Fulham 0-1 West Ham
Luis Boa Morte chests the ball on and substitute Nolberto Solano wins a 50-50 challenge with Fulham keeper Antti Niemi to put the Hammers ahead at the death. Fulham are incensed at a possible handball...

1647: "Ali ad a mare!"
Anon via text on 81111

1644: RED CARD Middlesbrough
Javier Mascherano looks like he goes to pinch Jeremie Aliadiere on the nose and the Frenchman reacts by giving the Liverpool man a little slap. All a bit silly.

1643: GOAL Wigan 2-0 Derby
Lovely work from Wilson Palacios, who plays the ball in for Antonio Valencia to sidefoot in his second goal for Wigan. No luck for Paul Jewell on his return to the JJB.

1643: It's end-to-end at Craven Cottage as Fulham win a free-kick on the edge of the box but Jimmy Bullard can only find the wall.

1642: GOAL Liverpool 3-2 Middlesbrough
A sniff of hope for Boro as Stewart Downing drives into the box and puts a low shot through Pepe Reina's legs.

1639: Aaron Hughes, you lucky boy. The Fulham defender almost beats his own keeper with a back-pass but Antti Niemi sticks a leg out to save Hughes' blushes.

1636: American striker Eddie Johnson comes on to make his Fulham bow, replacing Clint Dempsey.

1633: Carlton Cole misses a sitter for West Ham. Freddie Ljungberg works some space on the right and dinks the ball over but Cole heads straight into Antti Niemi's arms from a couple of yards out. The game at Craven Cottage is turning lively, with both sides carving out opportunities.

1631: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Sunderland
Nico Kranjcar stays on his feet to ride one challenge but Phil Bardsley completes the job and brings the Croat down. Jermain Defoe sends Craig Gordon the wrong way with a clinical spot-kick.

1629: Penalty to Portsmouth.

1623: "I think I have a man crush on Torres."
onithor on 606

1620: GOAL Liverpool 3-1 Middlesbrough
Mark Schwarzer comes to collect a long crossfield pass but Fernando Torres gets there first and sidefoots in to complete his first league hat-trick.

1619: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Derby
The deadlock is broken. Marlon King's close-range shot is parried but Paul Scharner is on hand to knock in the rebound at the far post.

1612: There's a shot at Fratton Park as the game explodes into... well, shows some sign of... life. Milan Baros crosses and Jermain Defoe volleys into the arms of Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon.

1608: "Fernando Torres has taken the game by the scruff of the neck - that's the highlight for me."
BBCi Score's Garth Crooks

1606: Little delay at Fratton Park as they wake up the crowd. Ah ha ha ha. We're under way in the second half everywhere.

1558: The wonderfully-named bacon_trout on 606 wants to know exactly why that first half at Fratton Park was wretched. Well, bacon_trout, there were two shots on target, neither side has strung more than two or three passes together, Pompey are devoid of inspiration and Sunderland just look happy with a draw (sorry).

1555: Fernando Torres will be sipping his half-time cup of tea with an air of satisfaction as he ponders his remarkable 9.22 rating on the BBC website's player rater.

1553: "After an abysmal half of football at Fratton Park, you lot have inexplicably decided Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe - who has touched the ball half a dozen times and given it away four - warrants an 8.71 on player rater. Hmmm..."
BBC Sport's Sam Lyon

1551: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Sunderland
"Wretched," sighs your match reporter.

1549: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 West Ham
Even stevens - but West Ham had the better chances.

1549: HALF-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Middlesbrough
A superb double from that man Fernando Torres puts Liverpool ahead after Tuncay's early strike.

1548: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Derby
Nothing to see here.

1548: Great work from Tuncay on the left and he sets up Gary O'Neill who is allowed plenty of time to line up his shot - but puts it disastrously wide.

1546: "Re Arsene Wenger's comments at 1516: those words could also be described to use Derby v Wigan and Portsmouth v Sunderland."
wooden-brick on 606

1544: "Newcastle 5-0 today."
Kevin, Newcastle, via text on 81111

1539: Middlesbrough just can't stop scoring... disallowed goals. Jeremie Aliadiere joins in the fun, slotting past keeper Pepe Reina, but he's offside.

1538: Your match reporter for Portsmouth v Sunderland is struggling to describe the game without using unsavoury language. To sum up: it's not very good.

1535: Stewart Downing crosses the ball for Tuncay once again and once again the Turk puts the ball in the net - but the linesman rules it out for hands. Fair cop - although Tuncay disagrees and gets a yellow.

1532: Fernando Torres reaches 20 goals with those two quickfire strikes - the first Liverpool striker to reach that mark since Michael Owen. The Spaniard is through on goal again but his touch takes the ball too close to Mark Schwarzer.

1530: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Middlesbrough
Crikey. Fernando Torres is on some sort of one-man crusade to save Rafa. The Spaniard takes a touch and curls a fabulous right-footed strike past a helpless Mark Schwarzer.

1528: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Middlesbrough
A horrible error from Julio Arca, who heads the ball straight into the path of Fernando Torres. The striker coolly slots home to draw Liverpool level.

1524: Wigan are incensed. Mario Melchiot cleverly backheels towards goal and the ball appears to have gone over the line before Giles Barnes clears - but the assistant says no.

1524: Carlton Cole volleys inches over as West Ham threaten again against Fulham.

1522: "Re 1518: Didn't we try that with Houllier and Evans?"
Olly via text on 81111

1521: Paul Konchesky prevents his old club taking the lead against Fulham with a last-ditch block on West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

1518: "This is pathetic. Can't we just have Rafa as our European manager and someone else as our domestic manager? Probs wouldn't work mind."
LFCPete92 on 606

1516: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger describes Martin Taylor's tackle on Eduardo as "horrendous". He continues: "If that is football, we're better to stop it."

1509: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Middlesbrough
Liverpool appear to be missing Jamie Carragher already. A disastrous attempt at playing offside leaves Tuncay free as a bird as he heads in a Stewart Downing free-kick from six yards.

1507: "I can't believe this. We had numerous chances to put the game to bed. Been a terrible week. Let's just hope the Geordies can do us a big favour. So frustrating!"
An Arsenal fan via text on 81111

1502: After all that, we're under way at all four 3pm kick-offs.

1501: Portsmouth keeper David James gets an award for his 500th Premier League game while at Craven Cottage, West Ham and Fulham share a minute's applause to honour 1966 World-Cup winning skipper Bobby Moore on the 15th anniversary of his death.

1459: "Birmingham's goal-to-shot ratio is 50%. Arsenal's is 9%. So at least Birmingham take the chances they get."
Stuart, Dundee, via text on 8111

1454: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Derby
Steve Bruce makes just one change to the Wigan side that lost 2-0 to Sunderland last time out, Erik Edman replaces the injured Ryan Taylor in defence. Jay McEveley and Hossam Ghaly return for the Premier League's bottom side Derby, replacing Marc Edworthy and Emmanuel Villa, as Paul Jewell returns to his former club for the first time.

1452: Arsene Wenger has to come and collect William Gallas, who is raging as he storms off the pitch. A moment of madness from Gael Clichy has handed Manchester United the chance to close the gap at the top to three points with victory over Newcastle later.

1450: FULL-TIME Birmingham 2-2 Arsenal
The referee is shielded by stewards as he leaves the pitch, with several irate Arsenal players wanting a word. William Gallas sits on the pitch, digesting what has been a dramatic 90 minutes.

1449: GOAL Birmingham 2-2 Arsenal
Unbelievable. Stuart Parnaby cuts inside Gael Clichy and the Arsenal left-back brings down the Birmingham sub. Might have got a touch on the ball - but in any case, a very rash challenge. James McFadden lashes the spot-kick high past Manuel Almunia and the Blues look like they'll get a point - despite being very much second-best this half.

1447: Penalty to Birmingham.

1445: We're into four minutes of injury time...

1443: With a minute of normal time remaining, Gilberto and Denilson come on for Arsenal, replacing Alex Hleb and two-goal hero Theo Walcott. The latter gets an appreciative cheer from some relieved Gunners fans at St Andrews.

1441: Brilliant work from Emmanuel Adebayor, holding the ball up in the box. The ball eventually falls to Nicklas Bendtner but he screws his shot narrowly wide.

1437: TEAM NEWS Portsmouth v Sunderland
Jermain Defoe steps straight back into the Portsmouth side after being Cup-tied for the FA Cup game against Preston last week, while David James shrugs off a stomach virus to maintain his ever-present Premier League record. Sunderland boss Roy Keane, meanwhile, hands Andy Reid a full debut with Dwight Yorke fit enough after a calf problem to take his place on the bench.

1431: What a chance for Arsenal to wrap it up. Emmanuel Adebayor stays just about onside and runs through on goal. He tries to roll the ball home but he's too close to Maik Taylor, who gets a hand to the shot.

1429: TEAM NEWS Fulham v West Ham
Fulham skipper Brian McBride returns to the starting line-up after a serious knee injury while Clint Dempsey and Aaron Hughes also make the starting XI. There are three changes for West Ham with Julien Faubert, Mark Noble and former Fulham forward Luis Boa Morte in but Dean Ashton is dropped to the bench.

1424: The match stats for this game reveal Birmingham have had two shots, compared to 22 from Arsenal.

1420: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Alvaro Arbeloa replaces the suspended Jamie Carragher at the heart of the Liverpool defence in manager Rafael Benitez's only change from the team that beat Inter Milan in midweek. Middlesbrough also make one change as fit-again striker Tuncay Sanli comes in for Mido.

1420: Birmingham bring on Medhi Nafti for ex-Arsenal player Sebastian Larsson as manager Alex McLeish looks to turn things around but it's not looking good for the hosts right now.

1414: "Theo is a bus, wait for one and two come along!"
jonnyb89 on 606

1413: Theo Walcott smashes a shot wide as he looks for his hat-trick. The Arsenal fans start up a chant of " We're going to win for Eduardo".

1409: GOAL Birmingham 1-2 Arsenal
That must have been some half-time talk from Arsene Wenger. Theo Walcott cuts in from the right to rob Liam Ridgewell and arrows a stunning shot into the bottom corner. A fabulous start to the second half from the leaders.

1409: Lovely ball from Theo Walcott to Cesc Fabregas, who hammers low shot against the post. Emmanuel Adebayor bundles into Maik Taylor as he attempts to bury the follow-up. They're a different side from the first half.

1407: This is a barnstorming start from Arsenal as Maik Taylor tips over a curler from Alex Hleb.

1403: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Arsenal
Maik Taylor makes two fingertip saves from Cesc Fabregas and Alex Hleb but the Birmingham keeper then flaps at a corner under pressure from Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott stabs home his first Premier League goal. Taylor complains he has been fouled but it looks like he mis-timed his jump.

1359: Arsenal kick off the second half.

1358: BBC 5 Live's Ian Brown confirms the news that Eduardo has broken his left leg. He is in hospital in Selly Oak where doctors are taking a decision on possible surgery.

1354: There's a fair few photos of the Eduardo incident doing the rounds now which appear to show Martin Taylor had his studs raised. It is hard to tell if that's the case from the only television view we have seen so far. It's Eduardo's birthday on Monday, poor fella.

1350: "This will be the most crucial team talk Arsene Wenger has possibly ever given. The title depends on the second half."
ZZTop on 606

1343: HALF-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Arsenal
Arsenal need some words of wisdom from Arsene Wenger. And quick. Birmingham have recovered well from Martin Taylor's departure.

1338: It's nearly two for Birmingham. James McFadden beats the offside trap but his shot is weak and Arsenal escape.

1335: We are into nine minutes of added time at St Andrews.

1329: Some interesting chat from you lot that perhaps Martin Taylor should be banned for as long as Eduardo doesn't play. I have now seen a replay of the incident. I think it's fair to say it is badly-timed rather than malicious, the type of bad tackle you see all the time. Thankfully, it doesn't always end up with a player's career being threatened.

1328: Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor latches onto a fabulous long ball from Cesc Fabregas but chips over the bar as well as keeper Maik Taylor.

1325: Liam Ridgwell goes on a rampaging run through the Arsenal midfield, beating a string of players before his glory bid is brought to an end by Philippe Senderos. Birmingham have grown in confidence since that goal.

1322: Theo Walcott, given a start in the absence of Emmanuel Eboue, has not had the best of starts. Some poor crossing from the winger has left Arsene Wenger looking a bit frustrated.

1316: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Arsenal
A brilliant free-kick from James McFadden, who wins the kick after Mathieu Flamini's challenge. The striker lifts a central 20-yard free-kick over the wall and gets it to dip just in time. A question-mark over Manuel Almunia perhaps, who gets a hand to it but can't keep it out. Great strike though.

1313: As you would expect against a 10-man team, Arsenal are enjoying plenty of possession but they seem to be a lacking a bit of sharpness. Emmanuel Adebayor has had a haircut. I have no opinions about his new 'do' though.

1305: Cesc Fabregas sees a long-range effort fizz over the bar. Arsenal appear to be recovering after the shock of seeing Eduardo's horror injury.

1303: Birmingham bring on Stuart Parnaby to fill the hole left by Martin Taylor's departure, Mikael Forssell the man to make way.

1301: "Arsenal, do us and Eduardo proud."
theothefuture on 606

1256: Eduardo is given oxygen as he is stretchered from the pitch after eight minutes of treatment. Nicklas Bendtner replaces him. We have not been allowed to see a replay of the incident - which probably tells you how horrific it was.

1254: Thankfully, you rarely witness scenes like these. The Arsenal team are looking around in absolute horror at the fate of Eduardo, who is being attended to by several medics.

1251: RED CARD Birmingham
Martin Taylor gets a straight red after a challenge on Eduardo. Cesc Fabregas urgently tells the physio to attend to Eduardo, with the rest of his team-mates looking shocked. The striker is badly injured - looks like it could be a broken leg.

1248: The game kicks off after the crowd pay tribute to former Birmingham captain Len Boyd, who died this week. Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna plays today despite the tragic death of his brother on 19 February at the age of just 29.

1245: Righto, the teams are out at St Andrews and we're good to go. I missed football.

1244: "Re 1238: Imagine Martin Keown singing you a lullaby and you have your answer."
Seb{Bowled-middle-and-off} on 606

1242: "ELO on the PA at St Andrews - funny how with today's chart, ELO have become far more relevant."
Stevie357 on 606

That is officially my favourite comment of the day so far

1238: A mini-debate has broken out at BBC Sport Interactive Towers. Martin Keown's voice? Soothing? Or a bit creepy?

1233: "I could bet my house on Mourinho, Terry and Lampard going to Anfield this summer."
Anon via text on 81111
You could, yes. But you'd be a fool.

1232: "Cannot see Arsenal losing against Birmingham but I can see Newcastle getting at least a point off Man U. And of course the Mighty Boro will sort Benitez's lot, no sweat."
DoctorBoroLove on 606

1226: I can't wait to see Jens Lehmann's face as he takes his place on the bench. He will be seething. The moment Manuel Almunia is fit again, poor old Jens is dumped. What's the German for second choice?

1223: "You heard Craig David joined the British archery team? Yeah, apparently, he's the Bo Selecta... 2-0 to Arsenal, Adebayor with both."
Jon, Brighton, via text on 81111

1219: "I have 14 euros on the Newcastle game. I'm quietly confident..."
Toon4Europe on 606

(But on what? It taking place?)

1215: BBC Sport commentator Jonathan Pearce has some strong words regarding the Carling Cup final tomorrow. He reckons if John Terry and Frank Lampard don't start - as Avram Grant seems to be considering - "you can't see them having a future at Stamford Bridge".

1206: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Arsenal
Birmingham welcome back joint-top scorer Olivier Kapo after a ban and he comes in for Gary McSheffrey. Arsenal have Manuel Almunia back in goal, Philippe Senderos replacing the injured Kolo Toure and Theo Walcott in for the banned Emmanuel Eboue.

1204: "Everyone expects Arsenal to fail as soon as they go through a bad patch. Well not today people - my prediction? 4-0 mighty Gooners!!"
Anon via text on 81111

1158: Early team news... Manuel Almunia goes straight back into the Arsenal team, while Theo Walcott starts. More to follow on all that.

1151: Like me, Lawro has been on his holidays recently (not with me though) and the sun appears to have got to him. He's usually, shall we say, conservative with his predictions but he's only gone and tipped Birmingham to beat Arsenal in today's early game. Remarkable.

1145: Hello there. You may or may not have noticed I have been away for a little while. I've been testing the Premier League's revolutionary new plans for a five-week winter break. My verdict? Excellent idea. I have forwarded my recommendations to Richard Scudamore along with my plans for an extra game each season to be played in hotter climes. Let's call it the "39th game". Can't see him taking that seriously though.

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

see also
Arsenal rocked by Eduardo injury
23 Feb 08 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
23 Feb 08 |  Football

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