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Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd Match report
Hull 2-2 Everton Match report
Man City 6-0 Portsmouth Match report
Tottenham 0-0 Wigan Match report
West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa Match report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
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By Paul Fletcher

1719: I'll give the final word today to the following anonymous text:

"If Man City are on honeymoon does that mean Tottenham are on the verge of divorce?"

1713: OK, what a day. Six of the best at City. Are they the real deal? They certainly have some great attacking options. Chelsea and Man Utd was great viewing as well, while the other games (Tottenham v Wigan aside) all provided excellent entertainment.

Thanks for all your comments and input.

Oh, and if you want to watch all the action tonight make sure you check out Match of the Day 2 at 2200 BST.

1707: PLAYER RATER
The highest rated player at full-time from the games that kicked off at 1500 BST is Man City's Robinho on 8.74. He is closely followed by several other Man City players, such as Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jo. As with Robinho, they have not just broken the seven but crashed through the eight barrier.
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1701: "Man City are still in the honeymoon phase, they've splashed the cash but even with a bottomless pit of money it doesn't guarantee success.

"6-0 is a great scoreline but I think against a decent defence they'll have significantly harder work of it!"
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1657: "I'm 45 and I'm close to blubbing like a baby. My sweet, sweet Lord, at last City are here (I think). All these years of endless gnawing, aching, gut wrenching devotion to a cause that only sado-masochists understand and the sun is rising on a blue dawn."
Bill Geddes, Macclesfield, via text on 81111

What a brilliant text message.

1653: Full-time Man City 6-0 Portsmouth
What a day for City, they were simply outstanding. Robinho and Jo look very good indeed, while Wright-Phillips is a completely different player now he is back in Sky Blue.

1652: Full-time Tottenham 0-0 Wigan
Dull, dreary and with hardly any decent chances to describe. All is not well at White Hart Lane.

1651: Full-time Hull City 2-2 Everton
The Tigers might feel this is two points dropped after leading 2-0. The Everton players might feel they have done enough to escape a mega ear bashing after salvaging a draw.

1649: I work with a Man City fan. Unfortunately he does not understand modesty, restraint or the notion of keeping your powder dry. He is sat opposite me.

1648: Ched Evans almost makes it seven but, for once, a City player fails to convert. Evans drills the ball over from 18 yards.

1643: GOAL Manchester City 6-0 Portsmouth
Javier Garrido crosses from the left. James fail to collect under pressure from Wright-Phillips. The ball breaks to Gelson Fernandes, who slots into an empty net. Rampant.

1643: Everton are dominant now and Boaz Myhill drops the ball and Louis Saha fires into the side-netting from a very tight angle.

1640: Wowzers - Caleb Folan, not Craig, duly noted.

1638: GOAL Man City 5-0 Portsmouth
Ched Evans sweeps the ball home from eight yards after a truly delightful backheel from Wright-Phillips. It is like watching Brazil. It some ways it actually is.

1636: GOAL Hull 2-2 Everton
It had been coming. Leon Osman equalises for Everton from close range after a left-wing cross from Yakubu.

1635: A right-wing Everton corner flies around the Hull penalty area and eventually bounces off a defender's foot into Boaz Myhill's arms with Marouane Fellaini lurking.

1633: Spurs' best chance yet - a half-volley from Aaron Lennon after he gets on the end of Fraizer Campbell's knock-back. The shot is off-target, but it's taken until 17 minutes from time for two replacements to produce something that the home fans can get really get excited about.

1630: GOAL Hull 2-1 Everton
Tim Cahill pulls one back when Hull fail to clear and his shot bounces down off the bar and - so the linesman rules - over the line before a Hull player heads it clear.

1630: Man City fans sing that they have Robinho - and, to be fair, they have.

1629: Everton substitute Joleon Lescott fires a shot just over the Hull bar as his side improve and then Hull make their first substitution with debutant Daniel Cousin replaced by Caleb Folan.

1626: GOAL Man City 4-0 Portsmouth
Brilliant, brilliant finish by Shaun Wright-Phillips, who blasts the ball home at the near post from a tight angle after running on to a through ball from Stephen Ireland.

1625: Wigan's Wilson Palacios is booked for bringing down Didier Zokora with a trailing leg about 10 yards outside the box but Gareth Bale fails to do anything with the free-kick. Juande Ramos decides enough is enough and takes off David Bentley in favour of Aaron Lennon, much to the delight of the home fans.

1624: "Everton are getting a Hull of a beating! Geddit?"
Sam, Birkenhead, via text on 81111

I geddit - and no mistoke - geddit?

1623: Louis Saha bursts into the Hull area only to be denied by a smart save from Boaz Myhill.

1621: Gareth Bale shows nimble feet on the right-hand side of Chris Kirkland's box to see off several challenges and cross the ball into the centre. Darren Bent heads just over for Tottenham.

1617: Fraizer Campbell has only been on the pitch 10 minutes and he's comfortably the highest-scoring Tottenham man on player rater, which tells you something about how the rest of them played in the first half.
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1616: GOAL Man City 3-0 Portsmouth
Pompey are cut to ribbons on the counter-attack. Jo passes to Robinho, who sweeps the ball home from the edge of the box. Dancing, smiling, thumbs in mouth - all sorts of joyous on-pitch celebrations follows.

1614: "Last season people hated playing us (Everton). Our defence was known to be one of the tightest in the league, what has gone wrong all of a sudden? Lee Carsley come back, we will give you 20 years on a contract never mind two."
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1609: PLAYER RATER
The highest rated player at Stamford Bridge at full-time was Man Utd's Ji-Sung Park on 7.17. The Korean has just broken the seven but you can still have a big impact by getting involved yourself.
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1607: GOAL Hull City 2-0 Everton
Hull double their lead from another Dean Marney corner. The ball flies off Everton defender Phil Neville and the outstretched hand of keeper Tim Howard cannot prevent it from going into the net.

1606: Louis Saha almost makes an immediate impact as he and Yakubu both pounce on the ball from a corner but it is bravely blocked by Hull keeper Boaz Myhill who takes a whack on his forehead for his troubles.

1606: The match has resumed at Man City.

1605: One change at half time at White Hart Lane - Roman Pavlyuchenko off with Fraizer Campbell coming on to replace him, having impressed in the second half of Tottenham's Uefa Cup tie the other night.

1603: Under way at Hull. Louis Saha and Joleon Lescott on at half-time for Segundo Castillo and Leighton Baines

1601: "United threw it away - if they hadn't tried to shut up shop they probably would have won the match. Boring, boring United, only themselves to blame."
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1556: Full-time Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd
A very confusing end to the game. A lot of people think Chelsea have been awarded a free-kick but actually the final whistle has gone. Players are shaking hands and the it is honours even after a very competitive game.

1555: Unless something dramatic happens, Chelsea's unbeaten record will stretch to 85 home games in the Premier League.

1551: I get the feeling Man Utd would settle for a point right now. One minute of normal time left. Some great arm gestures from Big Phil on the touchline.

1549: Half-time Man City 2-0 Portsmouth
City on top form and not booed from the field.

1548: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Wigan
The home team are booed from the field.

1547: With injury time there is about 10 minutes left at Stamford Bridge.

1546: Half-time Hull 1-0 Everton

1545: Best chance so far. Wigan striker Emile Heskey flicks a long ball into the path of Paul Scharner, whose half-volley from the edge of the area is pushed behind by Gomes at full stretch.

1544: Gary Neville makes an outstanding block to deny Kalou. Chelsea are all over Man Utd at the moment.

1542: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd
Salomon Kalou heads an equaliser for Chelsea from the edge of the six-yard box. Wayne Rooney had been booked for a foul on Ashley Cole and Kalou struck from Mikel's subsequent free-kick.

1541: Enough already! Great vigilance from you lot and 1538 has been amended to state that Corluka does indeed play for Tottenham. My bad, as the kids would say.

1539: "A GREAT game like this is EXACTLY the sort of remedy this country needs during these difficult economic times."
Julian Meteor, Plymouth, via text on 81111

Great sentiment but you need to be more specific. I mean, Man City really are turning into the entertainers aren't they?

1538: Tottenham's Vedran Corluka fouls Emile Heskey on the edge of the box and Jason Koumas takes a free-kick from a central position. Straight over the wall and heading for the top corner until Gomes gets his hands on it. The Tottenham keeper needed to be at his best there.

1537: Ballack curls an effort just wide and then makes way for Salomon Kalou. John O'Shea on for goalscorer Park.

1535: How have Chelsea not equalised? Joe Cole smacks in a great low, driven cross. Anelka is unmarked inside the six-yard box. Any contact, any purchase at all on the ball, and the scores are level. Anelka completely misses.

1533: Nearly a chance for Wigan, Zaki's curling shot from the left bounces at the feet of Emile Heskey and Gomes has to be brave and dive at the feet of the England striker to clear.

1533: Wigan's Emerson Boyce is booked for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Russian has been proving a real handful for the Wigan defender so far this afternoon and eventually his patience gets the better of him. But despite Pavlyuchenko keeping the defence busy, Tottenham have failed to get a grip on the game so far.

1531: Man Utd have a free-kick. Ronaldo takes it but his thunderous strike hits the wall.

1528: Joe Cole is through on goal for Chelsea after a penetrating pass from Ballack. Cole shoots from a slight angle but his effort is straight at the keeper, who makes a decent save.

1528: Hull striker Marlon King curls a free-kick just past Everton's far post from just outside the area following a foul on Peter Halmosi by Phil Neville.

1526: Gary Neville could have been off. He has already been booked and mistimes a challenge on Michael Ballack. Had the German gone down it would have been trouble but he opts to stay on his feet. Honesty of the highest order.

1525: Mike Riley has proved to be something of a merry whistleblower (credit - Mike Stephenson) today. Ronaldo goes down after next to no contact with Lampard. Free-kick follows.

1521: GOAL Man City 2-0 Portsmouth
Richard Dunne stabs the ball home after David James fumbles a low corner from Elano that almost creeps in at the near post. They all count.

1520: Jason Koumas fails to control the ball on the half-way line, allowing Darren Bent to bear down on goal and force a save out of Chris Kirkland. Spurs have been gaining the upper hand over the last few minutes and this is the first time they have turned it into an actual chance.

1519: Confusion at Stamford Bridge. Rooney runs over to the bench as if to say "where do I play now Ronaldo is on?".

1518: GOAL Hull City 1-0 Everton
Michael Turner gives Hull the lead as he heads in a left-wing corner at the far post, with defender Marouane Fellaini on the line unable to keep it out.

1517: Ronaldo on for Scholes at Stamford Bridge.

1515: GOAL Man City 1-0 Portsmouth
City are running riot as Robinho plays a clever pass through to Jo who, timing his run to perfection against Portsmouth's high back-line, rounds David James on the edge of the box to slot into an empty net. Samba time at Eastlands.

1514: Leon Osman scuffs a shot just wide of the far post from Phil Neville's right-wing cross

1511: Wigan's first meaningful attack - Antonio Valencia gets free on the right and plays the ball back into Amr Zaki, who tries a speculative lob from 30 yards. Spurs keeper Gomes takes it safely under his crossbar.

1510: "Please stop referring to Berbatov as the Berb, it's nearly as cringe worthy as referring to Roy Keane as 'Keano'!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

Is that worth a text message? I didn't realise it was really so irritating. My fingers certainly appreciate it.

1509: Robinho forces a good save from David James as the Pompey keeper stretches to push away the Brazilian's curling shot. Neat link-up play with Jo created the opportunity.

1508: Drogba putting some tape on his wrist, then takes it off because the ref's assistant is not happy. The half starts and the ball has to be knocked out of play before the substitution can be made.

1507: I'll take back, Didier Drogba is on for Malouda.

1506: The players are back out at Stamford Bridge. No changes to tell you about.

1504: Great left-wing run by Hull's Peter Halmosi to set up Bernard Mendy, whose powerful header is well held by Tim Howard.

1503: For those of you that fancy a change there also some SPL action today.
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1502: "Scolari needs to bring on Drogba, he really can turn the game on its head!"
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1500: The other three games have started. Come on you (insert name here).

1458: Everyone ready for a busy couple of hours of Premier League action?

Joleon Lescott has been dropped for Everton, by the way.

1452: Half-time Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd
The visiting team should perhaps be ahead by two goals. The Berb had a chance to play in Park but an awful, sloppy pass from the Bulgarian and the chance was gone. That said, Chelsea had a chance of their own, with Kuszczak saving from Ballack.

1447: To support Peace One Day, an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence supported by the United Nations, three containers filled with 2,365 white balloons are released in the centre of the KC Stadium pitch to massive applause from the crowd.

1446: A slightly scrappy end to the half. Ref Riley not standing for any nonsense. A touch captious perhaps?

1444: Nicolas Anelka in a bit of space out wide. He takes the optimistic option of shooting and misses the target. Ferdinand booked for dissent. Me ref?

1442: Alex shoots low and hard from distance. It dips in front of Kuszczak, who can only parry the ball and the Pole has Rio Ferdinand to thank for reacting quickly to clear the danger.

1440: Scholes booked. Chelsea have yet to test Kuszczak.

1437: TEAM NEWS
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes selects Brazilian attacking trio Elano, Jo and Robinho. Dietmar Hamann drops to the bench as does left-back Michael Ball, who is replaced by Javier Garrido.

Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe start for Portsmouth in attack while left-sided defender Nadir Belhadj makes his first Premier League start for the club.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Kompany, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Elano, Robinho, Jo. Subs: Schmeichel, Michael Ball, Gelson, Hamann, Evans, Ben-Haim, Sturridge.

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Distin, Campbell, Belhadj, Diarra, Davis, Kaboul, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Ashdown, Hreidarsson, Diop, Pamarot, Utaka, Mvuemba, Kanu.

1436: TEAM NEWS
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka return for Tottenham after missing the Uefa Cup win over Wisla Krakow but Luka Modric has failed to overcome a knee injury.

Wigan bring in Jason Koumas and Paul Scharner and drop Kevin Kilbane to the bench while Lee Cattermole is suspended.

Tottenham: Gomes, Zokora, Woodgate, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Jenas, O'Hara, Bale, Bent, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cesar, Huddlestone, Lennon, Gilberto, Gunter, Giovani, Campbell.

Wigan: Kirkland, Figueroa, Boyce, Bramble, Melchiot, Valencia, Scharner, Palacios, Koumas, Zaki, Heskey. Subs: Kingson, Pollitt, Taylor, Kilbane, De Ridder, Kapo, Camara.

1434: Van der Sar slides and fails to collect. Shocking keeping. Man Utd manage to clear. Van der Sar is really struggling with injury and is replaced by Tomasz Kuszczak.

1433: A free-kick comes in from Frank Lampard. Far too deep and straight out of play. A complete waste. We have not seen much of Lamps so far.

Van der Sar was hurt when he clashed with Malouda and Ferdinand is taking the goal kicks.

1430: Referee Mike Riley has a big decision to make. Van der Sar races from goal to claim the ball, which Florent Malouda is also chasing. Both players collide and Malouda goes down. No penalty says Riley. Replays suggest he is probably right. Just.

1429: Edwin van der Sar comes out and confidently claims a corner. The Dutch veteran has had a less than brilliant start to the season.

1426: Just a reminder, Chelsea have not lost in the Premier League at home since February 2004. Chelsea enjoying a spell of possession, for the first time in the contest.

1424: TEAM NEWS
Striker Daniel Cousin makes his debut for Hull while George Boateng and Richard Garcia are on the bench after injury and illness but Nicky Barmby fails to overcome a calf problem and misses out.

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns after being cup-tied against Standard Liege while Tim Howard plays in goal after a virus but Victor Anchiebe is out with a shin injury.

Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Mendy, Ashbee, Marney, Halmosi, Cousin, King. Subs: Duke, Geovanni, Hughes, Garcia, Folan, Boateng, Ricketts.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Yobo, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Arteta, Castillo, Cahill, Yakubu. Subs: Nash, Lescott, Saha, Vaughan, Nuno Valente, Rodwell, Baxter.

1421: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Man Utd
Patrice Evra plays in Berbatov. Cech parries the Bulgarian's shot and Ji-Sung Park is on hand to slip the ball home from 10 yards. Cech should probably have held Berb's shot.

1419: United should score. Rooney collects a pass and, with two Chelsea defenders for company, slides a great ball to Rio Ferdinand, who is in plenty of space in the Chelsea box. He shoots but Cech makes a top-class save.

1418: Not seen much of the Berb yet, though to be fair nobody has really stamped their authority on the game as yet.

1417: Potential ligament damage for Carvalho. Not great news for Big Phil and his lads.

1415: Ashley Cole and Owen Hargreaves collide, knee on knee. Hargreaves comes off the worst. Alex is on.

1415: Alex is coming on for Chelsea as Ricardo Carvalho appears to have an injury.

1413: The ball breaks to Joe Cole after Patrice Evra messes up his clearance. Cole appeals to control the ball with his hand but the flag stays down and the England player has a clear shot at goal from 18 yards. He misses the target. Poor.

1412: Wayne Rooney attempts a lob from 25 yards that has Petr Cech back-tracking very quickly. The ball drifts wide.

1409: A foul committed by....Paul Scholes. I love it when he is described as the complete midfielder. He might have mastered all the sublime, difficult skills but he sure can't tackle.

1408: I thought United had scored. Owen Hargreaves delivers a cross from the right and Darren Fletcher hooks the ball goalwards. Cech is beaten and the ball drifts narrowly wide. A let off.

1407: Deco has a thigh strain. Both teams still settling into the contest, early exchanges etc.

1405: An early shot by Darren Fletcher hits Dimitar Berbatov. Hope that doesn't put him in a sulk.

1403: Started.

1402: Still not kicked off.

1358: A very warm hug between Big Phil and Ronaldo. Wonder if Sir Alex saw that?

1357: BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Deco injured in the warm up so Michael Ballack starts.

1355: "Fletch, how about pointing out that United have a game in hand over Chelsea, and all the rest of the big four, so a win today would put us right in the mix again?"
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Man Utd have a game in hand over Chelsea and the rest of the big four. A win today puts them right back in it.

1351: Full-time West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa

1348: West Brom launch it. Lots of big men in the Villa final third. WBA put the ball in the net but the whistle had sounded ages ago for a foul on Martin Laursen.

1347: Four added minutes. WBA win a corner but Olsson heads over the crossbar.

1344: A question. How damaging to United would a defeat be to their title aspirations?
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1342: Time running out for the Baggies and, in truth, they don't really look like scoring.

1339: I cannot believe how many "United fans" are laying into SAF on the 606 thread. I'm no United fan, contrary to what some people seem to think, but I think that his record stands up to the sternest of scrutiny.

1337: Kim fouls Milner, at least in the opinion of the ref. It is a dangerous position but Ashley Young's free-kick is poor and strikes the wall, going out of play. The ball boy takes a tumble as he runs after the ball. He looks ruffled.

1335: "I want it to be a draw, but by looking at the teams, Man United could get slaughtered."
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1330: About 20 minutes left at the Hawthorns. West Brom still very much in it.

James Milner comes on for Nicky Shorey for Villa.

Both teams are currently going through their pre-match warm ups at Stamford Bridge.

1326: There seems to be a general feeling of disbelief from the Man Utd fans on 606. They want to know why Anderson is not even on the bench and generally think the midfield will lose out. I think SAF has gone for a very solid midfield, though I'm surprised Ronaldo has not started. Thoughts?
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1323: Reo-Coker tries his luck from distance, Carson saves diving low to his left. The game is pretty even at the moment. I guess it goes without saying that the next goal will be crucial.

1322: Today is shop steward Gary Neville's first Premier League start since March 2007. Good to have him back.

1320: TEAM NEWS
Chelsea are unchanged from the side that beat Bordeaux 4-0 in the Champions League.

Manchester United keep Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench and restore Dimitar Berbatov - fit after a knee injury - alongside Wayne Rooney in attack. Carlos Tevez is on the bench while Owen Hargreaves starts in midfield with Michael Carrick out with a foot injury. Jonny Evans, who played in midweek, replaces suspended Nemanja Vidic alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence.

1318: TEAMS
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Obi, Joe Cole, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka. Subs: Cudicini, Drogba, Ballack, Bridge, Kalou, Alex, Belletti.

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Hargreaves, Scholes, Park, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Ronaldo, Giggs, Nani, O'Shea, Tevez.

Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire)

1317: Luke Moore, playing against his former club, has a chance six yards from goal but Gareth Barry makes a crucial block. Head in hands time.

1315: (See 1256) "Some wasps actually do make honey. Honey is a source of food for a bees brood. Wasps get their protein from other insects. I wouldn't eat wasp honey though!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

1314: Tony Mowbray has seen enough and makes a double change. Ishmael Miller and Luke Moore are on. Bednar and Valero make way.

1308: Petrov puts in a cross from the left and Carew again connects, his header rebounding off the base of the post. West Brom have been unable to cope with his aerial threat. Martin O'Neill is having kittens on the touchline. Very excitable.

1307: Villa's first attack of the half and almost a goal. Sweet approach work culminates with Nigel Reo-Coker playing in Carew, whose low strike across goal skims off the post and wide.

1306: No real openings so far following the restart. Agbonlahor did throw up but now seems OK. West Brom are pushing forward with real intent.

1303: EARLY TEAM NEWS
Not confirmed this but we are hearing that Berbatov and Rooney start for Man Utd with Ronaldo on the bench. Didier Drogba does not start for Chelsea.

1302: Did Agbonlahor just throw up before kicking off for the start of the second half? Play has resumed.

1300: One hour until kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have arrived, Gene Hackman looking pretty relaxed.

1256: (See 1222) "My four-year-old daughter asked yesterday why don't wasps make honey? Its a good question I couldn't answer. Maybe it's a training issue."
Peter, bored writing my dissertation, via text on 81111

Hmm. I can't help you there. You know that advert where millions of footballs fall out of the sky, or rather out of helicopters operated by models. In reality that would be a disaster, causing loads and loads of serious injuries.

1249: (See 1233) "Your five-year old is named after Arjen Robben because he played for Chelsea? Funny that, considering five years ago he still played for PSV."
Kev, Glasgow, via text on 81111

Hmm. Robben played for Chelsea between July 2004 and August 2007.

1247: Half-time West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa
Wow. What a half. If you don't mind me saying so it knocks spots off anything yesterday served up. More of the same please.

1244: Robinson puts a cross in and Kim seems certain to score with a decent flicked header. Friedel, however, makes an awesome one-handed save.

1241: The Baggies have now conceded in their last eight league matches. The back door could be a real issue for them this season.

1239: End to end stuff at the Hawthorns. Morrison cannot quite get on the end of a looping cross under pressure from a Villa defender.

1237: If this games sets the tone for the day then we are in for a t'riffic day of footy action.

1233: GOAL West Brom 1-2 Aston Villa
The Baggies are back in it - thanks to more disappointing defending. Villa keeper Brad Friedel fails to hold Robert Koren's 25-yard shot and James Morrison pounces on the loose ball to score, beating defender Nicky Shorey to the rebound.

1233: (See 1209) "Yes Paul, it's a global game - EPL. Too good, it drives people crazy I guess. My daughter (Chelsea) is 7 and named after my fave EPL team and son (Robben) is 5 and named after the Dutchman (Arjen) who starred to give us that elusive EPL crown under the 'Special One'. All this craziness millions of miles away in Fiji! Yes, EPL is great and so is Chelsea and BBC."
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I really don't know what to say.

1228: GOAL West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa
This time it is Gabriel Agbonlahor who strikes. More terrible defending from West Brom though. Barnett fails to clear Ashley Young's ball over the top, instead poking it into the path of Agbonlahor, who fires into the corner with a precise finish.

1227: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa
John Carew heads Villa in front. Terrible marking from West Brom as Carew is in loads of space as he heads Ashley young's free-kick against the post and into the goal.

1224: Curtis Davies has been given plenty of stick from the WBA fans but it doesn't seem to have affected his play. A couple of uncharacteristically poor passes from Gareth Barry so far though.

1222: "If Tottenham win today I'll eat my hat filled with bees."
Anonymous via text on 81111

Honey might be a better option. There are a few bee hives close to my allotment and the bees look a bit tetchy at this time of year.

1219: Chris Brunt goes off injured, into the action comes Do-Heon Kim.

1217: Villa now launching dangerous balls into the WBA box. Gabriel Agbonlahor should do better with a header at the far stick.

The action moves straight up the other end and Borja Valero, in plenty of space, is inches away from connecting with a cross.

1216: OK, OK, the Oktoberfest starts in September. I'm with you. Taking punctuality to extremes in my humble opinion.

West Brom don't have a shirt sponsor. Maybe they should put numbers on the front as well as the back like West Ham did on Saturday.

1214: Villa are inches away from taking the lead. John Carew makes a pretty decent connection with a header at the near post from an Ashley Young free-kick but cannot quite keep his effort on target.

1212: "On my way home from the hospital with my new baby son and hoping to celebrate with a Tottenham win and Chelsea loss. Come on you Spurs!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

Everybody...aarrrgggghhhhhhh. Well done you. But I ask you - is it right to instruct a young and impressionable person to support Spurs?

1210: James Morrison delivers a brilliant teasing low cross from the right that eludes everyone. Baggies on top.

1209: 11pm in Fiji, 7am in Ottawa, a bloke off to the pub to watch his team in the good ol' Us of A. This Premier League action has people texting in and 606ing from all over the world. A global game, no doubt.

1207: WBA seeing a lot more of the ball at the moment. The Baggies win a corner but it comes to nothing as Villa manage to clear the danger.

1205: "Sat in a pub in Munich enjoying the Oktoberfest festivities and hoping that Chelsea and United play out a bore draw after Liverpool failed against Stoke yesterday."
Mark via text on 81111

Aren't you a bit early?

1203: Jonathan Greening shoots from distance but it lacks power and Brad Friedel easily saves.

1200: A lovely sunny day and into the action at the Hawthorns.

1155: MORE TEAM NEWS
Meite apparently injured in the warm up. Leon Barnett now starting.

1150: "I predict goals galore today Fletch.

Chelsea 3-2 Man U
Hull 2-2 Everton
WBA 1-3 Villa
Spurs 4-2 Wigan
Man City 3-3 Pompey."
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Great optimism. Love the thinking. Wouldn't mind a flood of goals. Great drama.

And for the person asking on 606, I'm not sure where Stevo is today but please rest assured, he definitely isn't dead.

1141: "In America at 6.30 in the morning, about to head down the pub. If Villa don't turn up today I will cry."
Jake, Yankland, via text on 81111

I assume that by turn up you mean perform? Must be great over there at the moment, surrounded by our American cousins as the Ryder Cup moves into its final thrilling day. Plenty of U-S-A, U-S-A. A bit like watching Reading with Marcus Hahnemann in goal.

1138: "I've got a feeling that our old boy Berbatov will end the Chelsea home record today. Also Spurs to get off and running with a narrow 2-1 victory, with Fraizer Campbell coming off the bench for the winner. MARK MY WORDS!"
Terrific Tottenham on 606
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Interesting. I might come back later TT and see how you went on. If you're right and have not backed up your words with a wager it could be banging of head against wall time.

1134: Chelsea - unbeaten in 84 home Premier League fixtures. Does anyone think that will end today?

1130: TEAM NEWS
Gianni Zuiverloon has been passed fit to start for West Brom after recovering from a hamstring strain and Abdoulaye Meite, who has been nursing a calf injury, also starts.

Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies returns to the side following a knee problem to play against this former club.

1120: TEAMS
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Borja Valero, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Brunt, Bednar. Subs: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Barnett, Miller, Kim, Moore.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Davies, Laursen, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Carew, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Milner, Harewood, Knight, Salifou, Cuellar, Gardner.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1115 BST: Went to the local last night for a couple of quiet ones, positioned the wife so I could watch the Ryder Cup on the TV just beyond her head in my line of vision. All very industry standard.

The local started filling up with a huge group of people, which is not normal. But there is a hotel out the back of the pub and it turned out that the group was some kind of Dutch pet club visiting London for a three-day bonanza of visiting safari parks and the like. Today they are off to the London Zoo. Good luck to them I say.

Anyhow, West Brom against Aston Villa starts today's action and should be a cracker for openers.

Chelsea v Man Utd follows - is that a game that really requires any more hyping? Then we have Hull taking on Everton, cash-happy Man City entertaining Portsmouth and Wigan at beleaguered Tottenham. Is this the day when Spurs finally get their season up and running with a much-needed win?

So much to discuss, so little time.

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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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