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Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland
Everton 1-0 Fulham
Man Utd 4-3 Hull City
Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham
Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan
Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
West Brom 2-2 Blackburn


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1937: Time to go, my word the Premier League doesn't do things by halves does it? Watch MOTD and join Alan Green on 606 right now on BBC Radio 5 Live, he's taking your calls. I'm off for a few cheekies, if I'm honest. Oh, and for those of you suggesting Arsene Wenger should go, sleep on it, and when you wake up admonish yourself for being so petulant. See you tomorrow.

1935: For those of you who are interested, Match of the Day is on BBC One at 2210 GMT tonight. I'm almost bored of saying it, but please don't miss it. It will once again be terrific television.

1933: This is the Match of the Day running order, though be warned, it is subject to change:
Stoke City v Arsenal
Tottenham v Liverpool
Man Utd v Hull City
Chelsea v Sunderland
Portsmouth v Wigan
West Brom v Blackburn
Middlesbrough v West Ham
Everton v Fulham

1931: "This is turning out to be the craziest Premier League season since sliced bread!"
Oli, London, via text on 81111

Ah, sliced bread, what a season that was.

1930: Maybe after that finish, the marks could change on Player Rater? Dirk Kuyt is still bossing things on 7.67, with Heurelho Gomes trailing in the Dutchman's wake on 4.04. But after those dramatic late scenes, will it all change? Vote away.
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1927: "Maybe the title's not quite gone for Arsenal after all - teams have come back from bigger gaps than six points to win it before."
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1925: Full-time Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Get me a telly where I can watch Spurs all day long and I'll be a very, very happy man. What another stunning finish to a game they have conjured up here. Amazing.

1922: "Oh my. Is this the least deserved win of the season?"
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Yes, yes it is. No question.

1920: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Whatever Harry Redknapp is on, I want some of that. David Bentley hits a cracking volley from the left-hand edge of the penalty area, Pepe Reina makes a terrific save, Darren Bent recovers the ball to pull it back to Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian rolls back the months to slot home. It's daylight robbery.

1918: "Spurs are extremely fortunate to be level in this game. They may get a point from Arsenal and Liverpool but they have completely outplayed in both games."
Ben Graff, London, via text on 81111

1916: "I know Liverpool came to try and win this game of football, but now they have to try and settle for the point. Don't go gallivanting off to try and win it, sometimes you have to settle."
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Steve Claridge

1914: Aaron Lennon goes on a mazy, slaloming run from his own half into Liverpool's and is brought down by Javier Mascherano. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.

1912: "For goodness sake. Pool are trying to gift this to Spurs. We look nervous!"
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1910: Oh Roman, Roman, Roman. David Bentley plays a shocking cross miles up into the air, but Darren Bent challenges Pepe Reina and the keeper spills it to the Russian striker 16 yards out, however Pavlyuchenko can only fire over. Got to hit the target, you've got to.

1908: "Gooners everywhere should calm down. What we need now is no different to what we needed in August - a world-class centre-back and a midfield general."
Nick, Berlin, via text on 81111

1906: To clarify, if Liverpool 'only' draw, they will still be top tonight. Albert Riera is taken off and Yossi Benayoun, who has become a very useful substitute, comes on.

1905: Aaron Lennon, he of the dramatic late north London derby leveller on Wednesday, comes on for Luka Modric, the little winger on to stretch his legs against the Liverpool defence.

1904: Ledley King is given the worst booking of the season. He runs back after Pepe Reina collects a free-kick and Reina throws the ball up, going down as soon as he bumps into King. Silly refereeing.

1902: Well, didn't see that coming. Can Spurs, with the crowd behind them, now go on and win the game? Chelsea, top of the table if Liverpool don't win, will be watching on with interest.

1900: "Serve us right for missing those chances. I'm fuming!"
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1858: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
Told you they wouldn't score. Jamie Carragher gets up highest from a corner from the Tottenham right and he inadvertently heads it into his own net. Will Liverpool pay for their profligacy?

1856: Jamie Carragher is booked for a foul on Darren Bent.

1855: Robbie Keane is taken off and fair play to Tottenham fans, apart from a few obvious boos he is given a standing ovation by most of the crowd. Ryan Babel comes on in his place.

1853: Spurs are being comprehensively outplayed here. Xabi Alonso has the freedom of the park to shoot wide from 30 yards, but I cannot believe Liverpool have only scored once. The home team just do not look like getting back into this.

1851: "More updates please! If nothing's happening, tell me nothing's happening!"
Mark, on the train from London to Liverpool, via text on 81111

More updates? Are you serious? Give over.

1850: "Spurs are useless, Liverpool are playing them off the pitch. They actually look like winning this comfortably for once."
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1848: Steven Gerrard's right-foot curler from the edge of the box deflects off his own player and sails wide.

1846: Xabi Alonso sneaks in at the back post unmarked from another Steven Gerrard set-piece, but the Spaniard heads wide from three yards. Liverpool should be out of sight by now.

1843: Dirk Kuyt, on the slide, can only lift a cross from the right over the bar.

1842: Heurelho Gomes' career as a Spurs player is all-but finished. He's a real joke. He plays the ball out carelessly to Ledley King, Robbie Keane nips in and finds Steven Gerrard and the captain's lifted shot rebounds off the crossbar.

1841: Vedran Corluka is furious after he is adjudged to have fouled Dirk Kuyt 35 yards from the Spurs goal, but the free-kick comes to nothing.

1839: Liverpool go close to a second as Steven Gerrard's shot hits Ledley King's arm and bounces into the ground, Heurelho Gomes managing to tip it on to the post.

1838: Roman Pavlyuchenko is given a warning by referee Phil Dowd after a late challenge that clipped the heels of Jamie Carragher.

1837: "Whatever happened to 'in Arsene we trust'? I'm ashamed of my fellow Gooners who are calling for Wenger's head."
Marissa, London, via text on 81111

1835: Roman Pavlyuchenko chests the ball down and fires a shot wide from 20 yards. Sometimes this season I have forgotten he's the guy who was so brilliant up front for Russia at Euro 2008. Ah, Euro 2008...

1834: Liverpool get the second half started at a rain-soaked White Hart Lane.

1833: Harry Redknapp acts on his side's first-half lethargy, with Alan Hutton and Roman Pavlyuchenko coming on for Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jamie O'Hara.

1831: "Stevo, this may be a rather stupid question, but how do you see Arsenal winning the league this year? It looks almost impossible now but there is always hope and only 10 games have been played."
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Well you're right, it is still early on and you don't win titles in November. But you can lose them, and Arsenal have gifted so many points away already. They just do not look like champions, not when you consider the strengths of their three main challengers.

1827: Tell you what, Danny the Stat being absent doesn't half make my life more difficult. Anyway, here goes with some Player Rater chat: Goalscoring machine Dirk Kuyt is smashing everyone else on the old ratings with a seven-busting (it'll catch on) 7.46. Heurelho Gomes, sadly, is not among your favourites at the moment. But it can all change.
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1823: "Perhaps the so called 'Big Four' should give the 'Rory Delap long throw' tactic a try."
Nayim, London, via text on 81111

Nayim? As in, from the halfway line? Legend.

1818: Half-time Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

1817: Naughty tackle, that. Steven Gerrard is rightly shown a yellow card for a lunging tackle on Jonathan Woodgate.

1816: Thank goodness for those three o'clock games. The early one left a lot to be desired and this one's turning into a bit of a stinker too in fairness.

1814: "Shocking that Spurs fans boo Keane, he gave so much to them and left for a chance at winning trophies, after his dedication surely he deserved to be able to leave on good teams. Like Beckham and United, for example."
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1812: Luka Modric, still looking for a first Spurs goal, lets fly with a volley from the edge of the box and it sails through a sea of bodies before Pepe Reina manages to make a fine, sprawling save.

1808: If Spurs are going to get anything from this game, they'll need to get someone up front alongside Darren Bent. He's hopelessly isolated, as strikers tend to be when teams play a negative 4-5-1. If Liverpool could hold on against Chelsea, they'll have few problems here.

1805: "Liverpool fans are worshipping Torres with The Bounce. Wonderful support, not stopped singing yet!"
Emily, Chorley, via text on 81111

1802: David Bentley, scorer of a wonder goal in midweek, blazes that set-piece about 20 yards over the bar. Shocker.

1801: Albert Riera is booked for a late, lunging challenge on Luka Modric. Free-kick, 28 yards out, it's a half-chance for Spurs this.

1800: "Not meaning to burst Liverpool's bubble, but does anyone think their superiority in the league could have a downward effect on their hopes in Europe?"
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Personally, I think they'd settle for a quarter-final exit in the Champions League to end their 19-year wait for the title.

1757: Spurs are improving, no doubt. Luka Modric is seeing a little more of the ball and they are starting to look a little more like the home team. Not sure about one playing one up top, though.

1753: Much, much better stuff from Tottenham with Luka Modric playing a lovely crossfield pass and David Bentley and Vedran Corluka nearly combining to set up a chance for Darren Bent.

1751: "Playing a lone striker has been our downfall all season. We must start playing Bent and Pavlyuchenko if we are to survive!"
Daniel Hogg, Loughborough, via text on 81111

1747: Heurelho Gomes has made another shaky start, his risky throw out to Benoit Assou-Ekotto nearly gifting the ball straight to Liverpool. "Why would he want to take those sorts of chances?" asks BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Steve Claridge. Well I can't answer that.

1745: "What are your predos for tomorrow Stevo? Hopefully the Reds will get three points but Kris Commons has been on good form recently..."
Kye in Nottingham, via text on 81111

Sorry pal, I don't do predos when there's so much at stake.

1743: Good goalkeeping from Pepe Reina there, sprinting off his line to get to the ball fractionally ahead of Darren Bent and avert the potential danger.

1740: "This could be 6-0 Liverpool. I don't think Spurs have touched the ball since the start. Real nervy stuff."
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1737: Darren Bent slices a Steven Gerrard corner against his own post and Tottenham have made another frankly abysmal start.

1737: "Fans who want to sack Arsene are not football fans. Who would sack him? I am flabbergasted, angry and ashamed to hear that. It's just a stupid reaction. He is without question one of the best managers in the world."
Adam in Darlington, via text on 81111

1734: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
The camera pans to Harry Redknapp, who probably thought he'd seen it all before he went to Spurs. Robbie Keane turns on the edge of their box and suddenly there's three Liverpool players in with not a Spurs player near them, Dirk Kuyt does the honours and fires a superb shot from an angle into the top corner. Stunning start.

1732: The last game of the day gets under way at White Hart Lane. Where's your money?

1730: "All this hype about Arsenal playing the best football has really come round to bite them on the bum. The players hide behind this, it has to end. These are dark dark days in north London."
Sam, via text on 81111

1728: "Spurs will win this. Comfortably."
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1725: As for Tottenham-Liverpool, did you know that Rafael Benitez has never lost to Spurs in his reign as Reds boss? Good record, that. His team are on the back of their best start to a Premier League season to boot. But Harry Houdini's no carer of history or reputations.

1721: I can't quite believe I'm writing this, but there are quite a few missives flying in suggesting it might be time for the Arsene Wenger era at Arsenal to end. Arsenal fans, in fact fans of anyone, do you really think the club would be better off without him? For my money, the Gunners would only find themselves in more trouble. Thoughts?

1717: There's a late change to the Spurs team with Jermaine Jenas withdrawn, probably because of his on-going toe problem, so Didier Zokora comes in.

1715: "We were outclassed by a top, top team. When you're losing 5-0 and Didier Drogba comes on you know you're in trouble. I'm not too despondent today."
Sunderland manager Roy Keane

1713: "The unique aspect of Arsenal's game over the years has been the close-knit team spirit which has complemented their beautiful (but frustrating) football. However that spirit just doesn't seem to be there anymore. The players look lost."
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1709: "Fabregas's season is looking all too reminiscent of Henry's last at Arsenal - he loves the club and insists he's not leaving, but it's clear his mind is elsewhere. The passion of last season is gone."
Will, via text on 81111

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, King, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone, O'Hara, Modric, Bent. Subs: Cesar, Hutton, Bale, Zokora, Lennon, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Dossena, Kuyt, Mascherano, Alonso, Riera, Gerrard, Keane. Subs: Cavalieri, Hyypia, Aurelio, Benayoun, Babel, Leiva Lucas, El Zhar.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

1702: They don't have to sell this league, it just sells itself. Time after time, the Premier League gives us days that you can barely even believe. This is yet another of those days.

1658: Full-time Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal

1658: Full-time Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan

1658: Full-time West Brom 2-2 Blackburn

1657: Full-time Manchester United 4-3 Hull City

1655: GOAL Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan
Lee Cattermole slides the ball through to Emile Heskey and the England striker keeps his composure to slot between the post and the advancing David James to score his 100th Premier League goal - he is the 14th person to do so. Well done, Emile.

1654: GOAL Stoke 2-1 Arsenal
Gael Clichy gets Arsenal on the scoresheet but it's too little too late and even the Gunners fan in the office is annoyed. The French full-back his a speculative one from 22 yards and it takes about three deflections before nestling in the corner.

1653: "Is Wenger taking advice from Juande Ramos?"
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1652: Full-time Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham

1652: Full-time Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland

1649: GOAL West Brom 2-2 Blackburn
Midfielder Keith Andrews snatches Rovers a point in the dying seconds with his first goal for the club and it's a great hit, a 25-yard low right-foot drive that beats Scott Carson's despairing dive.

1647: "I'm not being funny but Delap played for Southampton for about five years and I don't think we scored off a single long throw."
Sam in Loughborough, via text on 81111

1645: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Wigan
A cross from the left falls to substitute Niko Kranjcar and the Croatian slams it low into the far corner of the Wigan net for a late, late leveller.

1644: Oh, the old Wayne Rooney's back. The England striker is a bit lucky to still be on the pitch after two poor challenges in quick succession, one on George Boateng and one on Andy Dawson. He's booked.

1642: GOAL Manchester United 4-3 Hull City
Rio Ferdinand is a bit too severe in his tangling with Bernard Mendy and the referee points to the spot. Geovanni, that Brazilian destroyer of reputations, steps up to slot home the penalty. "We only want one more," sing the jubilant Hull fans.

1641: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham
Boro get a late leveller as James Collins hauls down Mido on the edge of the box and the Egyptian striker picks himself up to rifle the ball into the far corner from 20 yards.

I'm not kidding.

1640: "How the hell did this lot beat us last week? It either means Newcastle are extremely rubbish or Chelsea are fantastically good."
Dan, Gateshead, via text on 81111

1638: Boro's Justin Hoyte has the ball in the West Ham with a diving header, but it's ruled out for offside.

1636: SENDING OFF (Robin van Persie, Arsenal)
Not sure it's a straight red, but he's a silly, silly boy for that. Thomas Sorensen takes his time to pick the ball up and when he does Robin van Persie first goes in with his leg and then barges the keeper to the floor. I'm undecided, but he shouldn't have done it. A horrible afternoon to be an Arsenal fan.

1633: GOAL Stoke 2-0 Arsenal
Well this is getting ridiculous. Rory 'The Throw' Delap launches yet another rocket, Ryan Shawcross flicks it on with his head and a falling Seyi Olofinjana chests it down and heads it in - that sounds brilliant, but it wasn't, it was all a bit calamitous to be fair.

1633: "Well, the odds must be getting on longer on Delap staying at Stoke beyond January - a throw like that must be worth a few bob."
Charlie, Moston, via text on 81111

1629: GOAL Manchester United 4-2 Hull City
Hull pull a goal back. Bernard Mendy loops the ball over the advancing Edwin van der Sar and although Nemanja Vidic appears to make a brilliant goal-line clearance the goal is awarded.

1629: "As long as it's 1-0, Arsenal will never be out of it! There's still a long ways to go yet! Arsenal could win this 2-1 and then you'll all be looking stupid!"
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You've got an exclamation mark in your name! Extraordinary!

1627: Salif Diao hits a goalbound shot from 22 yards that Manuel Almunia does really well to get down to and tip behind for a corner.

1625: Not happy days for Sunderland as Didier Drogba comes on, while Arsenal bring on Robin van Persie.

1622: GOAL West Brom 2-1 Blackburn
Cracking goal young man, right out of the top drawer. The much-maligned Ishmael Miller turns well on the edge of the area and spanks a low left-foot shot past Paul Robinson to put the Baggies ahead. Only the second time this season West Brom have scored more than once.

1621: Kolo Toure volleys over the bar for Arsenal, while at Fratton Park Pompey have an indirect free-kick from 12 yards that is touched to Jermain Defoe and his shot is cleared off the line.

1620: "I don't care how good Chelsea are, it's unacceptable to be 5-0 down already. I hope Keane realises he has a lot to answer for today."
Andy in Leeds, via text on 81111

1617: GOAL Manchester United 4-1 Hull City
To quote the great Alan Hansen, terrible defending. Wayne Rooney swings over a corner from the right and Hull let it reach Nemanja Vidic on the volley, the Serbian lashing past Boaz Myhill - though the keeper may feel he should have done a little better.

1615: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Blackburn
Suspicion of offside, but it's allowed and the Baggies and back on level terms. Ishmael Miller slips in Roman Bednar and his low shot creeps into the corner from 16 yards.

1613: GOAL Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland
Penny for the thoughts of Roy Keane right now. It's a calamitous display from his side, Florent Malouda crossing low from the left, Nicolas Anelka's shot is half saved by the luckless Marton Fulop and the ball eventually bounces over the line. "That's probably the worst hat-trick of his career," says a colleague.

1613: Jack Collison really should make it 2-0 to West Ham when Craig Bellamy lays Luis Boa Morte's cross back into his path with a delicate cushioned header, but his shot goes into the ground, taking the pace off the ball before it reaches keeper Ross Turnbull.

1611: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Sunderland
Congratulations to Frank Lampard, who has just scored his 100th career league goal. Joe Cole does well down the right and sends over a fine cross to the far post, Lampard arching his back and nodding low into the corner.

1611: Justin Hoyte's half-time introduction for Boro has immediate effect, as Robert Green is forced to throw himself at the feet of the advancing Afonso Alves and Tuncay to gather up Hoyte's cross from the right wing.

1610: Dimitar Berbatov capitalises on some hesitant defending but rifles a right-foot shot just past the post.

1609: "I don't think Arsenal will challenge for the title this season, and for another couple of seasons after that, their players need to mature. It took Liverpool a few seasons to put together a squad to challenge United and Chelsea, I believe the same goes for Arsenal."
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1606: Stoke-Arsenal has started again, meanwhile Roy Keane has apparently been sent to the stands with his Sunderland team 3-0 down at Chelsea.

1605: El Hadji Diouf and Jordan Henderson are on at Stamford Bridge and they restart, along with Manchester United-Hull and West Brom-Blackburn.

1604: Back under way at The Riverside.

1604: "Looks like Hoyte is coming on. Can he play in midfield? Even Lampard and Gerrard in tandem would work against us today - in fact Cannon and Ball would."
Ian at The Riverside, via text on 81111

1602: With Chelsea and Manchester United well on top, does anyone else think this 45 minutes is potentially all about Arsenal? I think this is a massive test of whether Arsene Wenger's team has it in them to be champions.

1600: "Cesc is not playing well these days, the boy needs a serious rest, but I fear we have no one of quality to replace him."
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1556: Cristiano Ronaldo, who must be named World Player of the Year after his stunning 2008, is getting back to his best. He also looks a bit happier, celebrating the goals more with his team-mates and throwing in a few smiles too. It'd be a brave man to bet against his hat-trick today.

1553: "Is it me or are West Brom simply not good enough? Even with 10 men Blackburn look like they are taking a training session."
Kevin from Wolves, via text on 81111

1551: The whistle goes for half-time at Portsmouth and we can all take a minute. Told you it'd be lively.

1549: It's half-time at Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Manchester United, Stoke and West Brom.

1549: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland
Chelsea are in complete control now. Florent Malouda is clean through with only Marton Fulop to beat but he unselfishly squares the ball for Nicolas Anelka to tap in his second goal and Chelsea's third.

1547: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Wigan
Not Papa Bouba Diop's week, is it? The enormous midfielder, who gave away the penalty at Liverpool in midweek, is at it again as he brings down Titus Bramble at Fratton Park and Amr Zaki steps up to nonchalantly slot the ball down the middle of the goal.


1545: GOAL Manchester United 3-1 Hull City
Nani sends over a corner that Cristiano Ronaldo meets with a powerful header that deflects off Paul McShane's head and despite a great attempt from Boaz Myhill, the ball cannons in off the crossbar. Game over?

1543: "Why ain't we playing Carlos Vela more? Bendtner's rubbish."
JP, London, via text on 81111

1539: Arsenal have resorted to long-range shots already, Denilson's 25-yarder easily gathered by Thomas Sorensen. Arsene Wenger faces a real test of his managerial skills at half-time here.

1538: Ashley Cole limps off with a calf injury at Stamford Bridge, with England's number two left-back Wayne Bridge coming on in his place.

1537: SENDING OFF (Benni McCarthy, Blackburn)
The South African striker is booked for a second time in the game and he has to go. This one is for a handball in the middle of the park and he can have few complaints, the former Porto man.

1536: Anything Ronaldinho can do... Cristiano Ronaldo plays the most outrageous, blind pass, laying it off to Gary Neville first time, the England right-back just failing to get on the end of it. Magnificent stuff.

1535: "Not surprised Stoke have the early lead. I'm still confused though. Wenger responds to Wednesday's disaster by dropping the three best players of that night?"
SSI, north London, via text on 81111

1532: Cristiano Ronaldo is played into miles of space down the Hull right and his fierce shot is parried away by Boaz Myhill.

1531: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland
Chelsea extend their lead, with an almost identical goal to their opener. This time Frank Lampard puts in the low cross from the right and, although Alex gets the first touch, it is Nicolas Anelka who puts it over the line from close range. A hint of offside perhaps but Chelsea are in charge now.

1531: GOAL Manchester United 2-1 Hull City
United launch a four-man counter-attack and Dimitar Berbatov plays the ball to Michael Carrick, the midfielder gliding towards the area and taking his time before lashing a low left-foot shot that finds the net in-off the post.

1530: "I reckon this will be like the Everton game. Walcott to come on and change the game."
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1528: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland
Joe Cole cuts in from the right and his shot from inside the area is only deflected by Marton Fulop into the path of Alex two yards out, the big defender tapping in Chelsea's 1000th Premier League goal.

1527: West Ham come within inches of a second goal - Craig Bellamy lays off a free-kick into the path of James Collins, who hits a daisy-cutter of a shot that flashes just wide of Ross Turnbull's right-hand upright.

1526: "I wonder if Rory Delap will finish with the most assists this season."
Mike in Exeter, via text on 81111

1524: GOAL Manchester United 1-1 Hull City
You just cannot write these boys off. Andy Dawson swings over a free-kick from the right and Daniel Cousin, who did the same to Arsenal, gets up well to glance a header past Edwin van der Sar and into the United net. Oh I say.

1522: Rory Delap's header causes more panic in the Arsenal box, but Gael Clichy manages to clear. The Gunners simply cannot deal with this aerial bombardment.

1521: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 West Ham
From the ridiculous to the sublime from Hayden Mullins, all within the space of about three seconds. Luis Boa Morte pulls the ball back to him and he completely mis-kicks a left-foot shot, before connecting superbly with a right-foot volley that may clip off a team-mate before going in-off the crossbar. Great hit.

1518: The exquisite Deco creates a yard of space just outside the Sunderland box and clips a delightful shot onto the crossbar. Majestic.

1517: "Here go all the fake Arsenal fans moaning and groaning again. Get behind our boys, we will come good!"
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1513: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Blackburn
Blackburn grab the opener with a Benni McCarthy penalty. Bit weak but Jason Roberts did have his shirt tugged by Ryan Donk and that was that. The Hawthorns crowd are not happy.

1513: GOAL Stoke 1-0 Arsenal
Unbelievable, though probably not really. Yep, you guessed it, Rory Delap throws one a mile into the box, Kolo Toure does not deal with it and Ricardo Fuller nips in to nick a header into the far corner.


1511: Goalmouth scramble in the Sunderland box and only some good defending from Pascal Chimbonda prevents Ashley Cole getting on the scoresheet.

1509: "This could be a really high score for United. We are all over them. As long as we get a second. I can see six or seven."
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1505: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Hull City
Cristiano Ronaldo scores for the ninth Man Utd home league game in a row, flicking the ball back to Dimitar Berbatov, receiving the Bulgarian's mis-hit shot and firing the ball with his left foot past Boaz Myhill and in off the post.

1504: "I am more disappointed that Tevez has been left out. Again. When he walks we'll realise what we're missing."
Ali, Crawley, via text on 81111

1502: The games at Stoke, Manchester United, West Brom, Chelsea and Portsmouth get under way.

1500: Kick-off at Middlesbrough.

1456: For those of you expecting an Arsenal victory at Stoke today, the Gunners have lost their last three away games in the league against their opponents today. Mind you, the last one was back in March 1985.

1453: "I am a die hard Man United and not a fan of Darren Fletcher. But I couldn't agree more with glory4manunited (See 1442). His form this season has been sensational."
Mike, Yorks, via text on 81111

1450: That's better, the Player Rater marks are lower, justified for two teams' poor performances at Goodison Park. Goalscoring sub Louis Saha is leading the way on 6.93, but these things can change - it's happened before, after all.
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1446: "We've not played well, the performance wasn't what we were after, but the three points were what we wanted today."
Everton's Leon Osman

1442: "I'm very unhappy that SAF has decided to put Carrick back into the squad and replace Darren Fletcher. Fletcher has been one of, or even the best performing United player so far this season and deserves his place in the team."
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1439:West Brom's Ishmael Miller gets the nod to start after coming off the bench to score his first goal of the season at Newcastle. Blackburn's Chris Samba is back to fitness and is in the starting line-up.

1438: Full-time Everton 1-0 Fulham

1438: Great stat from my colleague Fletch, who reckons that at the end of this game Everton will have led for a total of six minutes combined in their last two games, but will have picked up six points. Remarkable.

1437:Stoke make one change, handing a start to Amdy Faye in place of Tom Soares. Arsenal make four changes, bringing in Kolo Toure for the injured William Gallas while Alex Song, Abou Diaby and Nicklas Bendtner replace Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie.

1436:Middlesbrough stick with the starting XI that beat Manchester City. Valon Behrami is out for West Ham after being carried off with a calf injury at Old Trafford, so his starting place goes to Luis Boa Morte. Lucas Neil returns to the side and Lee Bowyer drops to the bench, as does David Di Michele, whose starting place goes to Freddie Sears.

1435: Joe Cole has shaken off an ankle problem and starts so Chelsea make one change from their midweek win at Hull, replacing the injured Ricardo Carvalho with Alex in central defence. Didier Drogba is on the bench. Sunderland make five changes following their disppointing defeat by Stoke on Wednesday. Pascal Chimbonda and Nyron Nosworthy replace Phil Bardsley and Danny Collins in defence, Teemu Tainio comes in for Dwight Yorke in midfield and Martyn Waghorn and Kenwyne Jones are up front instead of El Hadji Diouf and Djibril Cisse.

1434: Seconds before that goal, I'd told a colleague who had a bet on a draw in this game that his money was safe. If I'd known it was that easy, I'd have said it an hour ago. 25, that cost him. Ah well.

1432: GOAL Everton 1-0 Fulham
You see, scoring a goal doesn't have to be rocket science. Leon Osman sends over a fabulous cross from the right, next to the touchline, and Louis Saha heads into the far corner for his first goal for Everton.

1432: "Denilson, Cesc, Song and Diaby in midfield...? I wonder why Wenger is playing two tall, aerially-strong centre-forwards and has no width in midfield. Puzzling."
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1430: "Has anyone noticed the similarity between Maradona and Bobby Ball from Cannon & Ball?"
Mills, HK, via text on 81111

1429: Jimmy Bullard is off and Chris Baird comes on to replace him for Fulham. Meanwhile for Everton, James Vaughan is on for Yakubu.

1427: The ball's in the net! But it'll never be allowed in a month of Saturday. Yakubu goes for an aerial ball but just barges Mark Schwarzer out of the way and lets the ball run into the net. I agree with a lot of people that keepers are over-protected, but that was a foul.

1427: "United line up looks extremely strong today. I think Hull are in for a hammering."
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1426: Jimmy Bullard hits a right-foot shot from 30 yards, but Tim Howard is very safely behind it. Ten minutes plus stoppages left.

1425:Portsmouth boss Tony Adams makes three changes to team beaten at Liverpool for his first home game in charge. Glen Johnson and Sol Campbell replace Noe Pamarot and Younes Kaboul in defence, whkile Jermain Defoe replaces John Utaka. Wigan make two changes as boss Steve Bruce aims to stop run of four successive defeats, with Titus Bramble replacing Paul Scharner, and Jason Koumas in for Kevin Kilbane.

1424: Wayne Rooney returns for Man Utd as one of four changes to the team that defeated West Ham. Michael Carrick also returns after injury. Edwin van der Sar is back in goal after being rested. Hull are playing a league match at Old Trafford for the first time in 33 years. Phil Brown makes one change from the team defeated 3-0 by Chelsea, with Bryan Hughes in for suspended skipper Ian Ashbee.

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Donk, Olsson, Robinson, Koren, Greening, Morrison, Borja Valero, Bednar, Miller. Subs: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Brunt, Kim, Moore, Pele.
Blackburn: Robinson, Simpson, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton, Andrews, Grella, Warnock, McCarthy, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Khizanishvili, Villanueva, Fowler, Derbyshire.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Joe Cole, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Drogba, Bridge, Kalou, Mineiro, Belletti.
Sunderland: Fulop, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, McCartney, Malbranque, Whitehead, Tainio, Richardson, Waghorn, Jones. Subs: Colgan, Bardsley, Cisse, Diouf, Reid, Meyler, Henderson.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

Stoke: Sorensen, Griffin, Abdoulaye Faye, Shawcross, Higginbotham, Amdy Faye, Olofinjana, Diao, Delap, Fuller, Sidibe. Subs: Simonsen, Whelan, Soares, Cresswell, Kitson, Wilkinson, Sonko.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregas, Song Billong, Diaby, Adebayor, Bendtner. Subs: Fabianski, Nasri, Van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Djourou.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire).

1421: Everton haul off Steven Pienaar, with striker Victor Anichebe taking his place.

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Giggs, Park, Rafael Da Silva, O'Shea, Fletcher, Tevez.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson, Marney, Hughes, Boateng, Geovanni, King, Cousin. Subs: Duke, Barmby, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, Folan, Ricketts.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Diop, Diarra, Davis, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Ashdown, Kaboul, Pamarot, Utaka, Kranjcar, Hughes, Kanu.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Boyce, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole, Koumas, Heskey, Zaki. Subs: Pollitt, Taylor, Scharner, Kilbane, Brown, De Ridder, Camara.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

1417: We won't get any closer without scoring. Jimmy Bullard's free-kick is parried away from the top corner by Tim Howard and on the rebound, Bobby Zamora's scuffed shot bobbles against the far post.

1417: "This game may be rubbish, but Spurs v Liverpool is going to be a belter. My money is on 8-7 to Spurs. Viva la Redknapp revolution!"
Dan Hotspur, Somerset, via text on 81111

Blimey, I guess with that name you were only ever going to support one team.

Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Wheater, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard, Downing, Sanli, Alves. Subs: Jones, Hoyte, Mido, Emnes, Arca, Adam Johnson, Grounds.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Faubert, Collison, Mullins, Boa Morte, Bellamy, Sears. Subs: Walker, Lopez, Etherington, Tristan, Bowyer, Tomkins, Di Michele.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

1413: "This is what happens when you spend 15m on a defensive midfielder and 2m on a striker."
Rodders, via text on 81111

1411: It's taken 65 minutes for the players to give the fans a bit of action to get stuck into. A few lively tackles get the crowd going and then Tim Cahill finishes off the spell by kicking Jimmy Bullard from behind. Six of one, really.

1406: Marouane Fellaini, who has been a bit disappointing today, especially with his control, is taken off and replaced by Louis Saha.

1406: "It was 44 years since Spain last won the Euros before their 2008 victory, in 2010 it will be 44 years since England last won the World Cup. Come on Fulham!"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

1404: "Why is everyone suddenly on a Maradona love-in?"
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It's not sudden, not for a lot of people. It's just that he gave us some of football's most beautiful moments, and a lot of people are grateful to him for that. I include myself, at the risk of further slaughtering.

1402: Another golden, golden wasted chance, this time for Fulham. A corner isn't cleared and Bobby Zamora dinks the ball back into the mixer for Zoltan Gera to head on the run against the bar from five yards. He really, really should have scored too.

1359: I'll try to sum this game up: Everton are mostly in control, trying to get the ball wide, trying to fashion an opening, but are being let down by some very average passing and two very solid banks of Fulham four. The visitors are attempting to break quickly when they can, but have barely been anywhere near the Everton box. It's not a good advert for the Premier League, but we were probably due a shocker.

1355: You'd put your house on him scoring from there with his head. Mikel Arteta sends over a dreamy cross from the left, perfect for Tim Cahill to attack, but the Australian can only power his effort over the crossbar.

1352: "(See 1346) So if Fulham win, England win the next World Cup?"
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Well it'd make the second half more exciting, wouldn't it?

1350: Well it can't get any worse, can it? We're back under way at Goodison Park for the second half between Everton and Fulham.

1346: Did you know? The last 17 league meetings between these two sides has been won by the home team. The last away win was Everton's victory at Craven Cottage in that year of years, 1966.

1344: "I've just caught up with the commentary on my lunch break from accounting college. It sounds like even I've been entertained more than you poor people."
PJ, via text on 81111

1340: In the absence of Danny the Stat (lazy), I'm going to give you some Player Rater chat, but without the irreverent humour. I'm hoping this is a joke and gets rectified, but the marks are way too big for one of the poorest halves of the season. Marouane Fellaini is on a ridiculous 8.00, with Jimmy Bullard on 7.55. Too high? Only you can change the course of history...
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1336: "Everyone in this game seems so short of ideas. Lumping the ball up isn't really setting the scene alight."
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1333: Half-time Everton 0-0 Fulham
Thank heavens for that. Utterly woeful.

1331: It's so bad, I'm almost tempted to start the Gerrard-Lampard debate for the millionth time... (I'm not though, so please don't)

1327: OK, it's stick your neck out time - this game is rubbish.

1324: "(See 1317) Agreed. And Jimmy Bullard looks like the blonde girl."
Chris from Bedford, via text on 81111

1322: "If Everton step the pace up we will destroy Fulham, they look really slow. Pienaar is the key man, and why is Arteta allowed to take every set-piece when they are all awful?"
Bilo, at a quiet Goodison, via text on 81111

1319: What a chance for Fulham. Jimmy Bullard sends over a great cross from the right that Bobby Zamora and Tim Howard both reach at the same time, it breaks to Andrew Johnson but he delays a shot too long and the chance eventually goes begging. Good respect shown to his old club, there.

1317: Joleon Lescott heads wide from a corner. Everton firmly in the ascendancy now.

1317: "Fellaini really does look like Screech from 'Saved by the Bell'!"
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1314: That'll teach me. Marouane Fellaini drags a shot against the base of the post from the edge of the Fulham box and just as Yakubu prepares to slot in the rebound, Aaron Hughes gets in an exceptional block to avert the danger.

1314: Jimmy Bullard screws a volley 15 yards wide from a bit outside the box - do I sound desperate to mention stuff already?

1310: It's not the best fare this one, early doors. Everton are just about having the better of the possession, but Fulham do look dangerous on the break with Johnson and Zamora. Yakubu has a thunderous shot blocked and as a result, John Pantsil needs some treatment.

1306: "When was the last time we had three of the 'big four' playing at 1500 on a Saturday? Did the TV companies get something wrong?"
Peter, Castleford, via text on 81111

Maybe it's their early Christmas present to us, the fans?

1303: To clarify after two opposing earlier posts, Louis Saha is on the Everton bench this afternoon. Trust me, the colleague who stitched me up in such a manner will pay for his unprofessionalism in due course.

1301: See 1250 - I'm glad lots of you Fulham fans have pointed out that your game in hand is against Manchester United. So not a dead cert three points then.

1259: "Hi Jonathan - looking forward to getting thrashed by the Rams on Sunday?"
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Er no, not much.

1257: Mikel Arteta sends over a cross from the left and Steven Pienaar is unmarked about 12 yards out, but he cannot get enough power behind the header and Mark Schwarzer catches comfortably.

1254: Andrew Johnson has his first run at the Everton defence but Joseph Yobo gets across quickly to clear the danger. AJ's pace on the break could cause problems.

1253: I'm confused. A lot of you seem to think Frank Lampard didn't mean his goal against Hull. Can I just try to nail this one right now - he did mean it, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Now let's all move on. Thanks.

1250: "Fulham have a game in hand over most, if they win it, it would take them up to seventh with their goal difference, uncharted territory for the Cottagers compared to previous seasons."
Mike from Watford, via text on 81111

1247: Under way in the first game of the day at Goodison Park, complete with the winter football, which is multi-coloured.

1242: Oops, almost forgot Stevo's Predos (get your money on quickly):
Everton 2-1 Fulham
Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland
Man Utd 4-1 Hull City
Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham
Portsmouth 1-1 Wigan
Stoke City 1-3 Arsenal
West Brom 1-0 Blackburn
Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool
Lawro's predictions

1238: "I hear that Andy has been told not to kiss the badge, but I don't think he is that sort of player anyway, it is not something he would do. He's been missed here since he left."
Everton boss David Moyes, on the back of Wayne Rooney's badge-kissing antics last weekend

1235: So, minds on Goodison (though keep your crazy comments on whatever flying in). Everton have not won at home since the final day of last season, but they have won their last 15 home league games against Fulham, a run stretching back to 1959. Fulham will be hoping ex-Toffees striker Andrew Johnson can do the damage today after he got off the mark in midweek.

1231: "1-0, Yakubu. I've got a crazy feeling Everton have embarked on yet another run of dire narrow victories, we'll be sitting pretty in fourth place come Christmas."
James Hacking, via text on 81111

1227: "I had a chat with Tony and I'm going to meet him next week. I think he's going to be a very, very good manager. But it'd be a life-changing decision if I went back into football."
Martin Keown on the possibility of joining Portsmouth's coaching staff under ex-Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams

1224: "I've had sleepless nights thinking about Arsenal vs Stoke. All their team are strong and over 6ft, but I'm especially worried about those Rory Delap cannonballs."
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Stats fans - five of Stoke's 11 goals so far have come from Delap throw-ins. In the Premier League, 10 goals so far have come from throws, so Stoke account for half of them.

1220: At the risk of upsetting Chelsea fans (they know I love them really), I feel we should put Scolari's comment on Lampard's goal into perspective. There is no doubt it was a wonderfully-executed finish from a player in magnificent form. But I find it hard to believe the Brazilian has not seen a fair few better goals. I mean, it wasn't the best goal of the night for starters (David Bentley). Or the best chip in Premier League history (Eric Cantona). Or even the best left-footed chip, for that matter (Philippe Albert).

1215:Everton include midfielders Tim Cahill and Leon Osman after they both passed late fitness tests. Cahill, who came off the bench in the midweek win over Bolton, replaces Louis Saha - who is on the bench. Fulham are unchanged from the side that beat Wigan on Wednesday.

1212: "How can Lampard's goal against Hull be the best Scolari has ever seen?! It was a cross! He didn't mean it!"
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Oh goody, first stupid comment of the day. I suppose you're one of 'those' who think Ronaldinho didn't mean to score against England in the 2002 World Cup?

Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Yakubu. Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Baines, Saha, Vaughan, Rodwell, Anichebe.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Bullard, Murphy, Gera, Zamora, Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gray, Stoor, Dempsey, Andreasen, Baird.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

1205: Welcome, then, to another afternoon of Premier League football from the BBC. I hope you are in as entertaining a mood as some of the guys below, because if you are, we're in for a cracker. You know what to do. 81111 is the magic text number, so wherever you are (especially at a game), get involved. You can also join the debate on 606, if you so wish.
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1200: Not that we needed them after one of the most remarkable weeks in the recent history of our game, but a few people have had a few lively things to say in the last few days, if you're interested...

"What made it really obscene was that Madrid, as General Franco's club, had a history of being able to get whoever and whatever they wanted before democracy came to Spain."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Real Madrid's failed pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer

"I am not going to waste any time answering him. I admire his history but recently he has gone a bit senile."
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon's reply

"It is one of the best three goals I have ever seen in my life."
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari on Frank Lampard's opening goal against Hull in midweek

"For my debut, I'm going to a country where they adore me because of the 'Hand of God' goal against the English. The English and the Scots get on horribly - serious bad blood."
New Argentina coach Diego Maradona

"We'll take turns taking free-kicks."
AC Milan's Ronaldinho on the arrival of David Beckham. Kaka, anyone?

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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