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Premier League finale & Championship



AS IT FINISHED:
Champions: Manchester United
Champions League: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool
Uefa Cup: Everton
Intertoto Cup: Aston Villa
Relegated: Reading, Birmingham, Derby

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Birmingham 4-1 Blackburn Match report Chelsea 1-1 Bolton Match report Derby 0-4 Reading Match report Everton 3-1 Newcastle Match report Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City Match report Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham Match report Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal Match report Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool Match report West Ham 2-2 Aston Villa Match report Wigan 0-2 Man Utd Match report

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG RESULT
Watford 0-2 Hull Match report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
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By Caroline Cheese

1732: Well Premier League Super Grand Slam Crunch Sunday did not let us down did it? It's been emotional. I can't believe I need to remind you of this, but MOTD is on at 2220 BST on BBC1. Alan Green will field the calls on 606 from 1800 BST. With a tear in my eye, I say thanks for all your contributions today and throughout an epic Premier League season. I can only echo Fergie's words: "What would you do without this? Tell me." Well don't tell me now - tell me on Tuesday when it's the second leg of Bristol City v Crystal Palace.

1725: Your final Player of the Day is, appropriately enough, Manchester United goalscorer Ryan Giggs on 8.28. Highly commended are Fulham hero Danny Murphy (7.42), Villa winger Ashley Young and Boro's Stewart Downing. A collective raspberry for the entire Manchester City team, who turned what was likely to be Sven-Goran Eriksson's send-off into an embarrassment. Still plenty of time to vote though, folks.
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1720: "What would you do without this? Tell me."
Sir Alex Ferguson on whether he's thinking of retirement

1719: "Paul Scholes definitely rode his luck a bit. The first yellow card was a reckless challenge. The second challenge I thought was a nothing one but it came after another foul moments before."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

1718: "It was a tough one all right (this title). The last game, away from home, but in fairness for most of the game we played well. Some nervous moments. I was saying to myself 'please get that second goal' and of course our oldest player today came up with it."
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

1717: Fergie, fresh from his dance down the touchline after Giggs' goal, starts singing along to We Are The Champions. Silly old fella.

1715: Skipper Ryan Giggs is the last man up and he lifts the trophy to spark some almighty celebrations in Wigan. Fireworks, tickertape, Queen's We Are The Champions, jumping up and down, you know the kind of thing.

1714: Sir Alex Ferguson looks like he's lost about 10 years as he steps up to get his 10th title medal. Carlos Tevez is wrapped in an Argentina flag as he collects his first.

1712: Here comes the trophy at the JJB. Sir Bobby Charlton will be involved in the presentation. It was his appearance record for United that Ryan Giggs equalled today.

1711: Apropos of nothing really but it made me chuckle... mickybobmanutd on 606 says: "A 38-game season was too Thaksin for Man City. (I'm sorry, I'm so so sorry.)"

1709: The Chelsea players - including John Terry with his arm in a sling - are coming out on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge. They're getting a very warm reception from the fans for what was a brave effort to wrest the title from United's grasp.

1705: Everton finish the season with a comfortable win over Newcastle to qualify for the Uefa Cup - although Villa's failure to beat West Ham means they would have done anyway. The Villa players can cancel their holiday plans, it's the Intertoto Cup for them. They'll face a team from Northern Ireland, Finland or Denmark in late July.

1703: A goal by Danny Murphy at Fratton Park saves Fulham from the drop. Reading, despite a 4-0 win at Derby, and Birmingham - who also won - are relegated along with the Rams.

1659:Manchester United are champions by two points from Chelsea. The celebrations have kicked off at the JJB Stadium. Ten winners medals for Ryan Giggs and a record-equalling 758 appearances to boot and he scores the second for United. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the first from the spot, says: "We deserved it."

1659: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

1659: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Bolton

1657: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Bolton
Alex's weak clearance goes straight to Matt Taylor whose shot goes back through the defender's legs and beats Petr Cech.

1656: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City

1656: FULL-TIME Everton 3-1 Newcastle

1656: FULL-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

1655: FULL-TIME Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

1654: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-2 Aston Villa

1655: FULL-TIME Birmingham 4-1 Blackburn

1653: GOAL Birmingham 4-1 Blackburn
Fabrice Muamba heads in a fourth for Birmingham but it's too late to save the Blues - unless Bolton concede a hatful.

1652: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham

1651: GOAL Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City
The City defence go walkabout as Afonso Alves wraps up his hat-trick.

1651: FULL-TIME Derby 0-4 Reading

1649: GOAL Derby 0-4 Reading
Leroy Lita bullets a header in at the near post from Stephen Hunt's right-wing cross, a goal which barely raises a cheer from the travelling Royals supporters.

1649: GOAL West Ham 2-2 Aston Villa
Dean Ashton smashes in a wonderful goal to make it all square at Upton Park. Intertoto Cup for Villa.

1649: GOAL Birmingham 3-1 Blackburn
Cameron Jerome beats the offside trap and sidefoots home but Birmingham are going down.

1648: GOAL Middlesbrough 7-1 Man City
Some slight consolation for Manchester City on an embarrassing day. Elano cuts inside and curls a precise shot into the top corner - it is a little late for a comeback though.

1648: AS IT STANDS (top)
1 Man Utd GD 58 Pts 87
2 Chelsea GD 40 Pts 87

1646: GOAL Middlesbrough 7-0 Man City
Jeremie Aliadiere makes it 7 (SEVEN) for Boro. Utter humiliation for City - as their bitter rivals look like they're on their way to the title.

1645: GOAL Wigan 0-2 Man Utd
On his 758th appearance for United, sub Ryan Giggs picks up Wayne Rooney's pass and holds off two Wigan defenders to finish. Cue dad dancing from Fergie on the touchline.

1645: GOAL Everton 3-1 Newcastle
Stephen Taylor trips Leon Osman and Yakubu slots home Everton's first penalty of the season.

1643: Ashley Cole clears off the line for Chelsea and there's a penalty to Everton...

1641: GOAL Middlesbrough 6-0 Man City
What a way to break your duck. Fabio Rochemback sends a stunning free-kick into the top corner for his first goal of the season. An embarrassing end to Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign - if that's what this is.

1640: "If this is a boring league then I'm Keegan's love child."
Jimmy, age 46, via text on 81111

1640: AS IT STANDS (bottom)
16 Bolton GD -19 Pts 36
17 Fulham GD -22 Pts 36
18 Reading GD -26 Pts 36
19 Birmingham GD -18 Pts 35
20 Derby GD -68 Pts 11

1638: Roy Hodgson almost lost it when Danny Murphy scored but just about kept himself in check. What an afternoon this is... Reading are heading out of the Premier League as it stands despite leading 3-0 at Derby.

1636: GOAL Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Fernando Torres makes it 2-0 with a fine solo effort - also passing Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of 23 goals in a debut season.

1634: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham
Jimmy Bullard's free-kick from the right is headed in by Danny Murphy, who may just have made himself a Fulham hero. Roy Hodgson's side will stay up as it stands.

1633: GOAL Birmingham 2-1 Blackburn
Cameron Jerome, who missed a five-yard sitter moments ago, volleys in Sebastian Larsson's chipped pass. Birmingham remain in the bottom three though.

1633: AS IT STANDS (top)
1 Man Utd GD 57 Pts 87
2 Chelsea GD 40 Pts 87

1632: GOAL Everton 2-1 Newcastle
The free-kick is tapped short to Manuel Fernandes whose deep cross is met at the far post by Joleon Lescott's volley.

1631: GOAL Middlesbrough 5-0 Man City
Adam Johnson makes it 5-0, collecting the ball 25 yards out and letting fly with a shot that spins off City defender Michael Ball, over Andreas Isaksson, and into the net.

1631: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool break the deadlock with 69 minutes on the clock through Andriy Voronin, beating Radek Cerny from close range after latching onto Fernando Torres' flick-on.

1631: Manchester United bring on Owen Hargreaves for Paul Scholes.

1630: Fulham are looking jittery and struggling to create any chances. Pompey, though, are beginning to wake from their slumber and that is bad news for the Londoners who at this moment are going to lose their fight against relegation. The goal that would save them does not look like coming.

1629: Petr Cech stands tall to smother El-Hadji Diouf's shot as Bolton threaten an equaliser.

1629: "Thank you Sheva! Come on Wigan! Do us a favour! "
BlueAcrosstheWorld on 606

1627: GOAL Derby 0-3 Reading
Game over. Kevin Doyle, who has just come on, pokes in from three yards after Derby had failed to clear his cross from the right. Pathetic defending from the hosts, leading to chants of 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' from the home fans.

1626: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Bolton
A deflected shot comes to Andriy Shevchenko, who stabs home from close range. High-fives from Roman Abramovich in the stands.

1625: Didier Drogba has an angled shot tipped over by Bolton keeper Ali Al-Habsi as Chelsea press at Stamford Bridge. Desperate defending from the Bolton defence.

1625: AS IT STANDS (Uefa Cup)
5 Everton GD 20 Pts 63
6 Aston Villa GD 21 Pts 62

1624: AS IT STANDS (bottom)
16 Bolton GD -18 Pts 37
17 Reading GD -27 Pts 36
18 Fulham GD -23 Pts 34
19 Birmingham GD -19 Pts 33
20 Derby GD -67 Pts 11

1623: Wayne Rooney gets a yellow card for lashing out at the ref, who gives a free-kick against the striker for handball. Ugly petulance from the England man.

1621: GOAL Middlesbrough 4-0 Man City
The City's defence is nowhere to be seen as Afonso Alves runs clear and although Andreas Isaksson gets a hand to his shot it still bounces into the net despite the best efforts of Gelson Fernandes who chases back in vain.

1619: GOAL Middlesbrough 3-0 Man City
Boro are completely on top at the Riverside and Stewart Downing puts the game beyond City's reach with a superb finish. The ball drops for the England winger inside the box and he twists his body to angle a brilliant volley past Andreas Isaksson and into the far corner.

1619: GOAL Derby 0-2 Reading
Nicky Shorey's long-range shot is parried but Leroy Lita picks up the rebound and square for Dave Kitson to tap into the empty net.

1619: GOAL West Ham 1-2 Aston Villa
Gareth Barry starts and finishes a flowing move, feeding Nigel Reo-Coker whose shot is parried by Robert Green, but Barry makes no mistake with the rebound. His last goal for Villa?

1618: Manchester United are denied a second penalty as Titus Bramble slides in on Paul Scholes and doesn't seem to get any of the ball. Nothing from Steve Bennett this time though. Then from a corner, Cristiano Ronaldo heads wide.

1616: "I don't think Wayne Rooney is fit. He's not moving as well as we're used to seeing."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Jimmy Armfield

1615: Chelsea skipper John Terry is apparently back at Stamford Bridge following his flying visit to hospital for treatment. Reports suggest it could be a dislocated elbow or a broken arm.

1614: Roque Santa Cruz goes down in the box but Birmingham fans breathe a sigh of relief when Howard Webb books the forward for diving rather than awarding a spot-kick.

1614: AS IT STANDS (Uefa Cup)
5 Everton GD 20 Pts 63
6 Aston Villa GD 20 Pts 60

1613: AS IT STANDS (Bottom)
16 Bolton GD -18 Pts 37
17 Reading GD -28 Pts 36
18 Fulham GD -23 Pts 34
19 Birmingham GD -19 Pts 33
20 Derby GD -66 Pts 11

1611: Chelsea winger Florent Malouda sees his long-range tipped onto the bar by Bolton keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

1609: GOAL Everton 1-1 Newcastle
Michael Owen drives his penalty under Tim Howard's dive and Newcastle are level within a minute of the restart.

1609: Penalty to Newcastle. Charles N'Zogbia is tripped in the box by Joseph Yobo.

1609: GOAL Birmingham 1-1 Blackburn
Jason Roberts has two shots saved by Maik Taylor but eventally passes for Roque Santa Cruz who sets up Morten Gamst Pederson to put it away.

1607: The crucial title-deciding games at Stamford Bridge and the JJB Stadium look like they will kick off at the same time. Shevchenko will replace Claude Makelele.

1606: And the rumour was true. Misfit striker Andriy Shevchenko is coming on for Chelsea. Not sure who for.

1604: They're back under way at Derby which puts paid to that chat about simultaneous second-half kick-offs.

1559: And another rumour... the medical team at Stamford Bridge reckon John Terry may have broken his arm, which is heartbreaking news for the Chelsea skipper with the Champions League final coming up.

1559: "Typical City. All they have to do is have sit in a circle making daisy chains and we make Europe, but no, we get a red card. I give up."
Sam, Manchester, via text on 81111

1558: The rumour is that Andriy Shevchenko is coming on for Chelsea.

1556: As it stands, Fulham are on their way down but if Manchester City pick up a few more cards, they could qualify for the Uefa Cup via the Fair Play League so, swings and roundabouts...

1554: This from a mate who's also a Fulham fan: "I officially feel sick now. That half seemed to be about five minutes long and I'm losing the battle against pessimism. The euphoria of last Saturday at Craven Cottage suddenly seems very premature."

1552: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Bolton

1551: HALF-TIME Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

1550: HALF-TIME West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa

1550: HALF-TIME Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

1550: HALF-TIME Middlesbrough 2-0 Man City

1550: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 Newcastle

1548: HALF-TIME Birmingham 1-0 Blackburn

1548: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 Fulham

1548: HALF-TIME Derby 0-1 Reading

1547: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-1 Man Utd

1546: It's all Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but the Bolton defence are standing firm as half-time approaches.

1544: "Caroline, are you planning to get the as-it-stands tables completely correct at some point this afternoon?"
Pete in Huddersfield, via text on 81111
Certainly hope so. Sorry.

1542: Stephen Kelly clears Brett Emerton's cross/shot off the line to keep Birmingham ahead at St Andrews.

1536: Things have picked up at St Andrews where Birmingham are close to a second, but Brad Friedel goes some way to making amends for the goal by blocking out a low shot with his body.

1538: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-0 Man City
A smart finish from Afonso Alves after Fabio Rochemback's pass. Simple.

1538: Massive controversy at the JJB. As the rain tips down, Paul Scholes - already on a yellow - is penalised for a blatant block on Wilson Palacios. Steve Bennett gives him a stern talking-to, but no second card.

1535: AS IT STANDS (Top)
1 Man Utd GD 57 Pts 87
2 Chelsea GD 39 Pts 85

1535: AS IT STANDS (Bottom)
16 Bolton GD -18 Pts 37
17 Reading GD -28 Pts 36
18 Birmingham GD -18 Pts 35
19 Fulham GD -23 Pts 34
20 Derby GD -65 Pts 11

1533: GOAL Wigan 0-1 Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo sends Chris Kirkland the wrong way for his 31st goal of an astonishing Premier League season. It could be his most important...

1532: Penalty to Man Utd. Emmerson Boyce trips Wayne Rooney.

1532: GOAL Birmingham 1-0 Blackburn
Birmingham go ahead after a shocker from Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel, who allows David Murphy's ambitious long-range effort to squirm through his arms. It's not enough for the Blues at the moment, but it certainly helps.

1531: Birmingham fans roll out the Great Escape theme tune as Sebastian Larsson curls in a right wing cross that Olivier Kapo meets powerfully - but his glancing header is wide of the mark.

1530: GOAL Everton 1-0 Newcastle
Yakubu meets Manuel Fernandes's free-kick with a powerful header. The Toffees are on their way to the Uefa Cup as it stands.

1526: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal
Theo Walcott picks up Gilberto's through-ball and the England man coolly slots past Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop.

1525: A rare attack by Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo escapes down the right but the Wigan defence clear his cut-back.

1524: Didier Drogba is inches away from putting Chelsea ahead with a toe-poke. I think someone might be spreading false rumours at Stamford Bridge as a huge cheer just went up for no apparent reason.

1521: Emmerson Boyce flashes a shot over from a well-worked corner by Wigan. Still no sign of the United nerves settling at the JJB.

1518: John Terry is stretchered from the field with his left arm in a makeshift sling fashioned out of his shirt. It does not look good for the Blues skipper, with what looks to be a collar bone injury. Don't forget the Champions League final is only 10 days away. Juliano Belletti comes on at right-back with Michael Essien moving into the centre.

1517: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-0 Man City
Stewart Downing buries the penalty low into Andreas Isaksson's left corner.

1517: AS IT STANDS
16 Bolton GD -18 Pts 36
17 Reading GD -28 Pts 36
18 Fulham GD -23 Pts 34
19 Birmingham GD -19 Pts 33
20 Derby GD -65 Pts 11

1515: RED CARD Man City
A long ball over the top for Middlesbrough is met by Tuncay who is inadvertently tripped by Richard Dunne inside the area. The City captain gets his marching orders - a potential blow to City's hopes of getting a Uefa Cup place through the Fair Play League.

1515: GOAL West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
Nigel Reo-Coker, roundly booed by the West Ham fans, slides a lovely ball through for Ashley Young - who had earlier hit the post - to equalise.

1514: GOAL Derby 0-1 Reading
James Harper picks up Dave Kitson's pass and from the edge of the box, curls in a stunning shot. Reading out of the relegation zone as it stands.

1513: Trouble for Chelsea skipper John Terry after an accidental collision with keeper Petr Cech. The trainer indicates to the bench that he will not be able to continue after taking a knee in the face.

1512: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson responds to a shaky start from his team by switching Cristiano Ronaldo to the left wing and Ji-Sung Park to the right.

1511: Michael Ballack's low cross from the left makes its way all the way to Didier Drogba at the far post but the Chelsea striker slices it wide.

1509: GOAL West Ham 1-0 Aston Villa
Nobby Solano curls in a free-kick from just outside the box to put the Hammers ahead against his former side.

1507: Jason Koumas trundles through the midfield and opts againt passing to Maynor Figueroa. He goes for a weak shot instead. Wigan have made the better start against Manchester United - who look a wee bit nervous.

1505: Mauro Zarate plays a one-two with Olivier Kapo and flashes a shot just wide of the post as Birmingham go close. Ashley Young hits the post for Aston Villa, who must win if they are to have any chance of finishing fifth. Leroy Lita is clean through for Reading at Derby but has a shot saved by Roy Carroll.

1503: Well I say under way. The game at Stamford Bridge has only just kicked off. So much for simultaneous kick-offs then. I understand the second halfs are meant to get under way at the exactly the same time.

1501: Premier League Super Grand Slam Crunch Sunday is under way.

1459: A mini-panic in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge as John Terry realises he's got the wrong shorts on. Chelsea are in their new home kit today - but apparently no one told the skipper.

1457: Who's that in the Stamford Bridge crowd? It's only elusive owner Roman Abramovich... That might put paid to those rumours about the Russian losing interest in the Blues.

1456: Not a good start to the afternoon for Birmingham as James McFadden pulls out of the team after aggravating a knee injury in the warm-up. Argentine Mauro Zarate comes in.

1454: Olof Mellberg makes his final appearance for Villa today before heading for Juventus. As a leaving gift, he has given every single Villa fan at Upton Park today an away shirt with his name and number on the back and the message 'thanks for the support'. Aw.

1452: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Arsenal
Sunderland manager Roy Keane picks transfer-listed winger Ross Wallace while Marton Fulop replaces Craig Gordon in goal. Dwight Yorke, Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter are also recalled. Danny Higginbotham, Michael Chopra, Liam Miller and Kieran Richardson miss out. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes only two changes to the side that defeated Everton, Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou replacing Kolo Toure and William Gallas.

1450: Fergie says he's picked his strongest, most consistent side - the one that has got the club to this position. He adds there is nothing in the rumour that he's after Michael Owen.

1447: TEAM NEWS Everton v Newcastle
Everton are without injured pair Tony Hibbert and Andy Johnson. Phil Neville moves to right-back in the re-shuffle as Yakubu and Victor Anichebe are recalled up front. Newcastle make four changes to the side beaten by Chelsea. Geremi, Joey Barton, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins are all out through injury. In come Charles N'Zogbia, Alan Smith, Damien Duff and teenage striker Andy Carroll for a first Prermier League start.

1444: Any United fans worried about the JJB Stadium pitch can rest easy. It looks absolutely fine. A contrast to the one which upset Arsenal's slick passing game at the beginning of March.

1443: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v West Ham
Aston Villa, still hoping to pip Everton to fifth place, field an unchanged XI - with Patrik Berger dropped from the substitutes' bench after being told he would never play for the club again after advising captain Gareth Barry to leave. West Ham recall fit-again Anton Ferdinand in defence, with John Pantsil dropping to the bench. Nolberto Solano, facing one of this old clubs, is preferred to Hayden Mullins in midfield.

1442: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Portsmouth
Fulham, who can ensure they stay in the Premier League next season with a win, line up with an unchanged side. Portsmouth are without defender Sol Campbell and goalkeeper David James, but Pedro Mendes returns to the starting XI and Kanu is also back.

1439: TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough v Man City
Middlesbrough are unchanged from the side that beat Portsmouth last week. In what looks set to be his last game as Manchester City boss, Sven-Goran Eriksson recalls Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson for the first time since December in what is likely to be his farewell appearance as well. Javier Garrido and Gelson Fernandes also come in for Michael Johnson and Elano in midfield.

1435: As for European qualification, Everton only need a point against Newcastle to finish fifth. Defeat could see them overtaken by Aston Villa. Otherwise, Villa will have to make do with the Intertoto Cup unless they draw or lose and Blackburn win. Meanwhile, Manchester City will be tip-toeing about at the Riverside as they look to qualify via the Fair Play League. Everton or - unbelievably - Fulham could also qualify that way if City lose their discipline.

1434: TEAM NEWS Birmingham v Blackburn
Birmingham name the same side that lost to Fulham after James McFadden and Liam Ridgewell are passed fit.Blackburn also stick with the same starting XI, with fit-again striker Benni McCarthy having to settle for a place on the bench.

1430: TEAM NEWS Derby v Reading
Derby, consigned to being the worst team in Premier League history, bring David Jones, Emanuel Villa, Mile Sterjovski and Lewin Nyatanga back into their team, with Paul Jewell still chasing a first win as Rams boss. Reading make three changes for the biggest match in their history, with Marek Matejovsky, Graeme Murty and John Oster all back in the side in place of Liam Rosenior, Andre Bikey and Kevin Doyle.

1429: At the bottom, Reading must better Fulham's result or score six more goals than their London rivals - who are at Portsmouth. Reading are at Derby. Birmingham, at home to Blackburn, must better Fulham and Reading's result.

1425: What about this then? Chelsea have won only one of their last four home matches against Bolton. This is the 100th league meeting between the two sides.

1421: Phew what a scorcher at Stamford Bridge. Apparently it's 28C pitchside. Hotter than the Bahamas, Barbados and Montego Bay. It's about the same at BBC Sport towers too, I can tell you.

1419: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Liverpool
Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has recovered from a groin injury to take his place up front with Robbie Keane. Paul Robinson misses out with an ankle injury and Teemu Tainio is still not fit enough to return to the starting line-up. Andriy Voronin partners Fernando Torres up front for Liverpool while Alvaro Arbeloa returns from a groin injury at right back. Youngster Emiliano Insua is also included at left-back.

1416: In answer to a few queries, no, I will not be providing a foul-by-foul update on the Manchester City game. I've got enough on my plate. City will qualify for the Uefa Cup via the Fair Play League if they keep their noses clean at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

1411: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Bolton
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard returns after missing the win over Newcastle but Ricardo Carvalho is injured so Alex partners John Terry in central defence. Joe Cole, Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda are in attack. Bolton make one change as Joey O'Brien comes in for Danny Guthrie.

1407: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Man Utd
Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney - who was rated extremely doubtful with a hip injury - both return to the Manchester United line-up. Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Rooney form the attack ahead of a midfield of Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Ji-Sung Park. Honduran defender Maynor Figueroa makes his first start of the season for Wigan in place of Kevin Kilbane, who has been struggling with a back problem in recent weeks.

1403: Time to start focusing on Premier League Super Grand Slam Crunch Sunday, as I believe they're calling it. Wigan lost their first 20 Premier League games against the 'big four' but have drawn their last three - against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. The Latics are unbeaten in their last seven home games. United have failed to win their last four away games in all competitions.

1356: So Phil Brown's Hull will take a 2-0 lead into the home leg at the KC Stadium on Wednesday and are massive favourites to reach the final at Wembley. Watford need a miracle.

1354: FULL-TIME Watford 0-2 Hull

1353: Watford keeper Richard Lee tips Fraizer Campbell's shot behind for a corner but Watford clear.

1353: "To give Watford credit, they've shown unbelievable strength and character in this second half. They've had everything conspiring against them. I think Aidy Boothroyd will be proud of his team today."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Steve Froggatt

1350: Into added time now. Jobi McAnuff skims a cross straight to Hull keeper Boaz Myhill.

1348: Tamas Priskin sends a header narrowly wide from Jay DeMerit's centre as Watford look for a lifeline.

1345: "I think you can agree Caroline that never in Watford's history has everything that could have gone wrong actually gone wrong. Terrible times."
Adam, Watford, via text on 81111

1341: Sub Nathan Doyle curls a brilliant shot that rebounds back off the post. A huge let-off for Watford.

1339: Tamas Priskin does brilliantly to skip away down the right but he looks up to find a penalty box full of Hull defenders and not a Watford player in sight.

1333: As Fraizer Campbell misses a good chance to make it 3-0, Watford make a double change. Lionel Ainsworth and Lloyd Doyley off, Tamas Priskin and John-Joe O'Toole on. Nathan Doyle replaces Richard Garcia for Hull.

1327: Tommy Smith is unmarked in the area but Boaz Myhill sticks out a leg to clear the shot. Hull bring on Caleb Folan for the tiring Dean Windass.

1326: Just to clear up that red card, John Eustace steamed in a bit unnecessarily following Leigh Bromby's challenge and then shoved another Hull player in the handbags that followed. He probably won't be friends with referee Kevin, er, Friend now.

1324: Hull goalscorer Nicky Barmby gets a warm round of applause from the visiting fans as he comes off to be replaced by Craig Fagan.

1322: If you are a Watford fan, or just need to calm the nerves a little, why not head over to 606 where the debate about 'most amusing name in football' is raging. For obvious reasons, I can't put much of it in here but it's very entertaining. It's making me feel a lot better too.
Join the debate on 606

1321: Jay DeMerit replaces the injured Danny Shittu in Watford's defence. Even by recent standards, this is a very bad day to be a Watford fan. The Hull fans are singing Que sera sera... And they are massive favourites to go to Wemberlee now.

1319: RED CARD Watford
A challenge by Leigh Bromby in midfield is followed by an unseemly bundle which results in Hornets skipper John Eustace getting a red.

1317: A blow for Watford as Danny Shittu limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury. The defender is Watford's highest scorer in action today.

1315: "Windass and Barmby in the Prem? Is this 1998? Don't tell me Phil Brown has Ruel Fox and Regi Blinker on the bench as well."
Sheppers via text on 81111

1312: Aidy Boothroyd has certainly fired up the troops at half-time. Hull can hardly get a foot on the ball, and the Hornets fans have responded.

1308: Danny Shittu shows off some silky skills to beat the Hull defender and cross for Mat Sadler - whose fierce volley is somehow tipped around the post by Boaz Myhill. Wonder save from the Hull keeper.

1308: Dean Windass, 39, comes charging back to help out his own defence and clear the ball. Watford cranking up the pressure at the start of this half.

1306: "Sirdrewboy_uk has been surprisingly accurate so far (see 1136), I have a lot of money on Chelsea winning the league however, so hoping it was a fluke!"
Stewart via text on 81111

1305: The team finishing third in the second tier has been the most successful in the play-offs in the last 19 years, winning promotion on six occasions, including the last two. Hull, who finished third this season, get the second half under way.

1303: "Danny Shittu... one of the most unfortunate names in the footballing world, right Cheese?"
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1256: Watford should have had a goal at the beginning of that first half. I can see nothing wrong with Danny Shittu's header. I can see a lot wrong with his defending for Hull's goal though.

1253: "Re 1110: Looks like form goes out the window and back in the door then. Like the cat in the Flintstones title sequence. Or was that the other way round?"
Martin, Cornwall, via text on 81111

1250: HALF-TIME Watford 0-2 Hull

1249: Tommy Smith beats the defender and sees a powerful drive tipped over. The Hornets look decent going forward, but the same cannot be said about the defence.

1247: Fraizer Campbell gets a booking for dissent as he protests about where a free-kick should be taken. The Hull striker was right in fact, but ref Kevin Friend isn't interested in the details.

1242: OK, let's clear up this Steve Froggatt stat (see 1234). I think he meant no team has ever overturned a two-goal deficit after the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final. Sound about right? Anyway, it doesn't matter. Hull are going to score a third and probably even a fourth unless the Watford defence sort themselves out.

1240: If Watford are going to get back into this game, Jobi McAnuff will almost certainly be involved. The winger cuts in from the left and drills a shot which is tipped over by Boaz Myhill. From the corner, Tommy Smith has a free header but seems to be a bit surprised the ball came to him and glances it wide from only a few yards out.

1234: No team has ever turned over a two-goal deficit in the Championship play-off semi-finals. So says Steve Froggatt on BBC Radio 5 Live anyway. I'm sure you'll let me know if that's wrong.

1233: "Re 1227: does that mean this game's still 0-0?"
Steve via text on 81111

1231: Watford are all over the shop. Lloyd Doyley gives the ball away and Fraizer Campbell nips in and sets up Dean Windass, but he takes too long to control the ball and his attempted chip is blocked.

1227: Congratulations, Matt in Walsall. He's the first to text in with: "Do away goals count in the play-offs?" No, Matt, they don't.

1224: GOAL Watford 0-2 Hull
More catastrophic defending from the home side. Nick Barmby is left in acres of space in midfield and sets up Andy Dawson for the cross. Frazier Campbell wins a header easily and sees it deflected onto the bar by Leigh Bromby but Dean Windass nods in the rebound.

1222: Some breaking news... Wigan are reporting that 100 envelopes containing tickets for today's crucial game against Manchester United have disappeared in the post and are thought to have been stolen. The Wigan fans involved are turning up the game regardless but are being denied entry, despite having proof of purchase.

1220: Watford defender Mat Sadler shoves Richard Garcia as the ball comes into the box and is a bit lucky to get away with it. The Hornets defence looks very shaky.

1218: More good work from Jobi McAnuff on the left for Watford. He gets to the byeline but the ball rebounds off Nathan Ellington and dribbles behind harmlessly.

1213: "Isn't that always the way? A team has a perfectly good goal ruled out, and a few minutes later, the other team goes down the pitch and scores. I guess that'll be Hull going through to Wembley then."
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1209: GOAL Watford 0-1 Hull
Danny Shittu collides with team-mate Mat Sadler as they go for a header at the back and that allows Fraizer Campbell to pick up the ball and set up Nicky Barmby. That's his first goal since 18 August.

1207: Frantic start to this game. Richard Lee is clattered by Dean Windass as they go for a 50-50. The Watford keeper is OK though.

1206: Jobi McAnuff tricks his way past two Hull defenders and sees his rasping shot deflected over. From the corner, Danny Shittu heads in at the far post but it's ruled out for a foul on the keeper. Harsh decision.

1204: Watford are masters of the set-piece and they win an early corner, which big Danny Shittu glances wide.

1202: Off we go then.

1159: "I had planned to try to avoid all results to day and watch match of the day, Likely Lads style. Am beginning to think it could be very difficult."
Dave in Preston via text on 81111
I expect half the audience for this text commentary is unfamiliar with the Likely Lads reference. I enjoyed it anyway.

1158: There goes the Z Cars theme to announce the arrival of the two teams on the pitch at Vicarage Road.

1156: "I was so nervous and excited last night, felt like Christmas Eve! Going to the match in the Wigan end, will have to control myself if we score!"
Mike, United fan, via text on 81111

1149: Looks like "form goes out of the window" is the phrase of the day. Hull boss Phil Brown wheels it out this time before he heads out onto the pitch at Vicarage Road. One of the visiting fans is dressed in a furry tiger outfit, surely not a wise decision on a scorching day in the home counties.

1146: "Re 1128: My revision today is going to consist of reading this page for the next six hours in French thanks to an internet translator. Nothing can go wrong!"
Anon via text on 81111
Tres bien.

1140: Watford's home support have been a fairly unhappy bunch for much of this season - and with good reason. The Hornets have the worst home record of any team in the top half of the table. Still, they've been given some free flags today so that might cheer up them up a bit.

1136: "Watch for vintage performances from Barmby and Windass to send Hull home with a first-leg lead today. Oh, and Man Utd will start a double with the Premier League today!! Fulham and Birmingham to be relegated."
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1133: "I think this is about an 8.9 on the Squeeky Bum Richter scale. I've not been this nervous since my wedding speech."
Ian, Manchester, via text on 81111

1128: "I'm trying to revise for three exams in three days but someone thought it would be a great idea to throw the last day of the season in there 24 hours before! My nerves are increasing by the hour. C'mon you Blues! We are staying up!"
Sean, Leeds (wishing it was B'ham) via text on 81111
Lots of exam chat coming in. I feel for you, I really do. Take Cheesy's advice. Have a break for six hours - it won't make a scrap of difference in the long run, I promise.

1124: TEAM NEWS Watford v Hull
Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd springs a surprise by pushing winger Tommy Smith into a forward role to replace the suspended Darius Henderson. Lionel Ainsworth comes into the side. Hull are still without Jay-Jay Okocha and Henrik Pedersen but midfielder Richard Garcia returns after a shoulder injury. Dean Windass and Frazier Campbell lead the attack while Nick Barmby starts for the first time since February.
Full teams and minute-by-minute commentary

1118: Honest Frank, BBC Sport's horse-racing expert and general man about town, has just been strolling in a posh part of west London and happened upon Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. They looked very relaxed, apparently, with Lampard soaking up the sun as Drogba chatted on the phone.

1114: "I'm not nervous. Not me... (Hides behind United-branded pillow)"
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1110: The title, Uefa Cup places, Intertoto Cup spots and just plain old survival are all up for grabs later today, but kicking us off will be Watford v Hull in the snappily-titled Championship play-off semi-final first leg. Hornets boss Aidy Boothroyd reckons form goes out of the window in the play-offs. He'll certainly be hoping that's the case. Watford ended the season with a spectacular run of one win in 14.

1100: 276 days, 370 games and it all comes down to this... In about six hours time, Manchester United or Chelsea will be kicking off the title celebrations while two from Reading, Birmingham and Fulham will be confronting the horror of relegation. How's your nerves?


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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BBC pundits on the Premier League
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