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Premier League as it happened

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS
Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal Report
Man City 0-1 Man Utd Report
Portsmouth 3-2 Blackburn Report
Tottenham 0-1 Everton Report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE
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By Jonathan Stevenson

1812: I think today delivered, don't you? What a sensational performance from Arsenal to win at Chelsea, you just could not have predicted that. Alan Green is taking calls on BBC Radio 5 Live on 606 and Match of the Day 2 is on BBC Two and online at 2200 GMT. Thanks for your company, it's been immense.

1808: "Chelsea's fans delivered a chorus of boos at the final whistle. Harsh with their team still top of the league - although Chelsea ran out of ideas horribly after Arsenal went ahead.

"Arsenal's players were a picture of unconfined joy. Shirts in the crowd. Smiles from William Gallas. All is forgiven.

"Great win for Arsenal, who produce these performances when they are at their lowest ebb, just as they did against Manchester United."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

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1803: "Chelsea are playing terribly at the moment. I'd take their style under Jose Mourinho over this any day."
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1800: "Do you think Arsenal can win the league by the the force of Wenger's will alone?"
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1757: Scenes of absolute jubilation from the Arsenal players, who have a massive group hug on the whistle. But William Gallas goes straight over to Nicolas Anelka and throws a consolatory arm around his France team-mate's shoulder, before throwing his shirt into the Gunners fans.

1755: Full-time Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

1754: Frank Lampard fouls Alex Song and Arsenal are seconds away from a very famous victory.

1752: Will Arsenal pay for that miss? Denilson takes a heavy touch after being teed up by Nicklas Bendtner and it's Chelsea turn to attack again. Two left...

1752: "Stoch's on, where's Aiken and Waterman?"
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1751: There will be four minutes of injury time.

1749: Two minutes plus injury time left. What a win this would be for Arsene Wenger. Enormous.

1748: Sometimes, Florent Malouda looks awful. This is one of those sometimes, as he wastes another shooting opportunity.

1748: "It is clear Chelsea are really missing Ricardo Carvallho, they are not the same at the back without him."
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1745: Branislav Ivanovic is booked for a foul on Gael Clichy. He should be off now - how he wasn't booked at 1729, I'll never know.

1745: "The change between your comments at 1717 and 1723 is simply stunning. What a game football is."
John, via text on 81111

1744: Old pink boots is on to the usual wolf whistles - Nicklas Bendtner replaces Emmanuel Adebayor, who takes years to plod off.

1743: In case you didn't know (neither did I), Miroslav Stoch is 19, a Slovakian attacking midfielder.

1741: The ball drops to Deco on the edge of the Arsenal box, but he is being challenged and sends his shot over the bar. He is promptly withdrawn for Miroslav Stoch.

1741: "Deco has been a major disappointment. Conceding possession too easily and lightweight in the physical challenges. The odd moment of invention cannot cover that up and the fans are on to him.

"The change in mood is astonishing after those two quick Arsenal goals. It's Chelsea who need to pick up the pace now and Arsenal fancy this, even Adebayor, who was anonymous for the first hour."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1739: Bacary Sagna gets across very quickly with Florent Malouda set to pull the trigger, before Frank Lampard fires wide. Manuel Almunia is not being tested as much as the home fans would like at present.

1737: Florent Malouda, much to the annoyance of the Chelsea fans who groan as one, lashes a left-foot free-kick over from 30 yards. Very wasteful.

1737: Chelsea have got 15 minutes plus injury time to save this game.

1735: "Avram Grant where are you?"
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1732: "(See 1555) Can I be the first to say - Piresdidntdive, you are an idiot! I love football too!"
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1730: The Dutchman hammers it just over the crossbar. Jon Mikel Obi is taken off by Chelsea, with Florent Malouda coming on.

1729: Gael Clichy thinks he's Diego Maradona, going on a wonderful slaloming run at the heart of the Chelsea defence, before being taken out by Branislav Ivanovic 25 yards out. Robin van Persie wants it...

1728: "Big Phil looks like he's been clouted on the back of the head by a large frying pan. Chelsea in control and then suddenly behind.

"Chelsea's fans were furious at Van Persie's first, which looked offside, but the second was a magnificent finish from a player who has been industrious all day.

"Scolari gestured to suggest the second goal came from a basic lofted free-kick into the box. And you know what, he's spot on."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1728: "Well, that's that. Scolari has done nothing for us except teach us how to bully small teams away from home, at the expense of everything else, it would seem."
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Wow, talk about giving up easily.

1725: Five minutes ago, Chelsea had not conceded a second-half goal all season long in the Premier League.

1723: GOAL Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal
How many times can you say you love football. Arsenal pump the ball into the box, Emmanuel Adebayor wins the header and the ball falls to man-of-the-moment Robin van Persie, who swivels on a sixpence and shoots left-footed into the far corner from 10 yards. Just amazing.

1721: John Terry should be off there, sorry, He goes in two-footed with studs showing on Bacary Sagna and is shown a yellow card. He's fortunate, in the extreme. Naughty.

1720: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
He's offside, but it counts on this occasion. After some head tennis, Denilson plays in Robin van Persie and he is a yard off, but the flag stays down and he thumps the ball into the top corner WITH HIS RIGHT FOOT from 20 yards. Stunning finish, game on.

1717: Arsenal cannot get going at all at Stamford Bridge and Arsene Wenger must be starting to think about changes after some ineffective performances, especially from his forwards.

1716: "Great win for Everton, Jonathan but it's come at a cost, Yakubu is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles, not good."
Adam, via text on 81111

True. David Moyes just confirmed as much to BBC Sport. Poor Yak, that's a bad one.

1714: "Arsenal's fans show displeasure with Adebayor early in the second half when they feel he gives up too easily on a loose ball. He has been a major disappointment so far today - which will probably be the cue for him to score a wonder goal.

"There is a lot riding on this second half for Arsenal. Time for these players to justify the belief Wenger always places in them."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1713: More sloppy defending as Arsenal fail to clear their lines with Nicolas Anelka surging forward and Frank Lampard shoots wide with his left foot from 20 yards, probably should have hit the target there.

1710: Deco plays a stunning blind pass to Ashley Cole - copyright his old Barca team-mate Ronaldinho for that one. Cole's cross is cleared by Johan Djourou.

1710: "(See 1706) Yes they can win the title, they just won't."
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So, you're saying they can't. What? I'm confused.

1708: "How on earth Phil Jagielka is not an England regular is beyond me. The lad oozes class."
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1706: The second half gets under way at Stamford Bridge. Does Arsenal's season depend on the next 45 minutes? No. They already can't win the title, they should be hoping they can finish fourth.

1703: "My list for buying Christmas presents:
- New Man Utd shirt for Howard Webb.
- New Chelsea shirt for Mike Dean.
- Denilson for Newcastle United (gift-wrapped and all)."
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1700: "As an Evertonian living in London, I just held my son up to the window to see the lights of White Hart Lane. He asked if that's where the losers live."
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1657: "Good first-half, finished with one final ugly grimace of absolute frustration from Wenger. He knows his team have acquitted themselves well but have been hurt by another self-inflicted wound.

"Robin van Persie is busy, but if Wenger has a hair-dryer tucked away in the dressing-room he should be pointing it in the direction of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has contributed little or nothing.

"Chelsea have not been at their best, but will be content with affairs at the interval."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1655: Cracking win for Everton - that's just Harry Redknapp's second defeat in his 10 games as Tottenham manager and they are still in the mix around the relegation zone as a result. As for Portsmouth, great way for Tony Adams to get his first home win as boss, but Paul Ince and Blackburn face a long, arduous winter.

1653: Full-time Tottenham 0-1 Everton

1653: Full-time Portsmouth 3-2 Blackburn

1653: "Why do players get booked for taking their shirts off these days? They should be encouraging it! Extra points for those who do, anyone?"
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He did have a t-shirt on underneath, though, Hanna. Take those points away.

1652: Fraizer Campell has a shot deflected inches wide at Tottenham.

1650: Half-time Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

1649: Chelsea have a great chance to break but Frank Lampard's pass is not quite good enough for Nicolas Anelka to run through on goal, the move ends with Anelka narrowly failing to connect with a diving header.

1647: Victor Anichebe rolls a shot narrowly wide as Everton counter at White Hart Lane. This would be their third successive win at Spurs - what a way to celebrate David Moyes' 300th game as manager of the Toffees. Six minutes of injury time to go first, though.

1645: "Pompey are so unpredictable, makes for great entertainment. I'd like to throw my prediction in for the day - Carlos Vela will rescue Arsenal, with a bit of wonderful skill."
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1643: Denilson shifts the ball away from a challenge and lashes in a right-foot shot that slices wide from 20 yards at Stamford Bridge.

1643: Give up, Spurs fans, you're not winning now. Gareth Bale comes on for Benoit Assou-Ekotto to make his 18th Premier League appearance for the club - they haven't won a single one of them. Extraordinary.

1640: "Bad few minutes for Arsene Wenger. He went into meltdown with the fourth official, first after handball was given against Emmanuel Adebayor and then when a free-kick was awarded against Gallas for a foul on Salomon Kalou.

"And then his mood is worsened by the sloppiest of goals, with goalkeeper Manuel Almunia setting up the Chelsea attack that leads to Johan Djourou's own goal.

"Wenger is astonishingly animated and the fourth official is bearing the brunt. No under-estimating what this game means to Wenger and Arsenal."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1638: GOAL Portsmouth 3-2 Blackburn
Man mountain Papa Bouba Diop surges forward powerfully and hammers in a shot that Paul Robinson does really well to save, but Blackburn fail to clear their lines from the rebound and substitute Sean Davis takes advantage, nipping in and clipping the ball over the advancing Robinson. What drama.

1637: "Why does Bentley continue to tale Spurs free-kicks? He hasn't beaten the wall once all season. How about letting an in-form Huddlestone try at least one?"
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1636: Robin van Persie hits a right-foot shot (odd) and Petr Cech does well to get down and fingertip the ball away from the bottom corner.

1635: Matt Derbyshire bundles the ball into the Portsmouth net but it is ruled out for a foul on David James. Blackburn well on top.

1634: Is Bosingwa the Premier League's best consistent crosser since David Beckham? Discuss...

1632: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal
Arsenal can't afford to give goals away like that - sloppy. Manuel Almunia catches a corner and promptly throws it out, giving possession back to Chelsea. They work it down the right and Bosingwa's cross is diverted into his own net by Johan Djourou. Oh dear.

1630: Michael Ballack's shot hits Emmanuel Adebayor and he completes the clearance. Good work.

1629: Tim Howard makes a fabulous save at Spurs, from Roman Pavlyuchenko's close-range shot. Meanwhile, Chelsea have a free-kick 18 yards out...

1628: Peter Crouch is taken off at Portsmouth and Kanu comes on. Meanwhile at Spurs, Louis Saha, a sub himself, is taken off with an injury and replaced by Victor Anichebe.

1626: GOAL Portsmouth 2-2 Blackburn
Saw that coming. Portsmouth get the jitters big time and they give Tugay the freedom of Fratton Park to take the ball forward 15 yards and unleash a right-foot rocket which flies past David James' despairing dive and into the bottom corner.

1625: Lovely stuff. Bosingwa crosses from the right and Frank Lampard heads at Manuel Almunia from 10 yards, he might be a bit disappointed not to do better with that one.

1625: "Nice to see Pienaar get on the scoresheet. He's brilliant with the ball at his feet, just needs to shoot more. Nice to see he's done so today and got his reward for it."
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1623: "Bright start by Arsenal, with Fabregas showing nice touches and spaces being found down the flanks. Chelsea not into their stride yet and Luiz Felipe Scolari does a jig of fury - complete with tic-tac arm-waving - as Nicolas Anelka shoots horrendously off target."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1621: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 Blackburn
They don't like wrapping games up, do they, Portsmouth? Blackburn get themselves back into the game as Morten Gamst Pedersen sends over a cross from the left which is allowed to bounce, and Matt Derbyshire, who has been on the pitch as a replacement for Benni McCarthy for less than a minute, expertly heads it past David James.

1619: Fraizer Campell comes on for Darren Bent as Spurs go for an equaliser.

1618: Steven Pienaar has another go at Spurs and Heurelho Gomes does well to parry his 25-yard shot.

1617: "Just had my first mincepie of the year. Brilliant. Here's hoping football wins in the Chelsea v Arsenal game, to make my day even better."
Andrew K, via text on 81111

Mincepie, in November. Legend.

1615: The script was written, but William Gallas just could not follow it. Emmanuel Adebayor floats over a cross and after Petr Cech saves Samir Nasri's shot the ball almost falls at Gallas's feet, but he cannot adjust in time to get a shot in.

1614: Are Blackburn going down? What a massive job Paul Ince has got on there. This'll be a ninth game without a win.

1612: GOAL Portsmouth 2-0 Blackburn
Woeful defending. That is seriously rubbish stuff from Blackburn - Niko Kranjcar finds Jermain Defoe and as he moves through on goal, Chris Samba and Andre Ooijer part like the Red Sea, allowing Defoe to slot past Paul Robinson.

1611: "Arsene Wenger has started with Denilson on the right of midfield and Samir Nasri in his accustomed left-flank position. Big job for these youngsters as they attempt to reduce the attacking options provided by Chelsea full-backs Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole.

"If Chelsea's fans have not forgotten Gallas, the same can be said of Arsenal's fans and Ashley Cole. Two leading contenders in the unpopularity contest."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1610: Roman Pavlyuchenko blazes over from 12 yards after a cleverly-worked free-kick from Spurs.

1609: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 Blackburn
Goals get no more simple. The frankly on-fire Glen Johnson sends over a 'head-me-in-son' cross from the right and Peter Crouch duly obliges, slipping marker Chris Samba and heading back across goal and into the corner.

1607: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Everton
Everton take a quick free-kick and they catch Spurs out, the ball falling for Steven Pienaar to hit left-footed and it deflects off Vedran Corluka to beat Heurelho Gomes. He is booked for taking his shirt off.

1606: Benoit Assou-Ekotto hammers a left-foot shot inches over the Everton crossbar from 25 yards.

1606: Salomon Kalou beats the offside trap to latch on to a Deco pass, but he is flagged - it's the wrong decision, what a lovely pass from Deco.

1604: The second half starts at Fratton Park and Niko Kranjcar is on for Glen Little.

1603: Bacary Sagna sticks out a crucial foot to deny Salomon Kalou the chance to have a run against William Gallas.

1601: We are under way at Stamford Bridge and the second half has kicked off at Spurs.

1600: Chelsea are the Premier League's leading scorers and have the best defence, too. Arsenal, meanwhile, have gone 200 minutes without a Premier League goal. It is 40 years since a team lost five of their first 14 top-flight matches and went on to win the title.

1558: The teams are out at Stamford Bridge. This weekend owes us a cracking game.

1558: "This game will define Arsenal's season..."
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1555: "I'm hugely disappointed that Denilson and Van Persie are playing, again. I hope they make me look like the idiot I most probably am."
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1551: Chelsea are missing England midfielder Joe Cole, but Deco is recalled following a ban, with Florent Malouda making way. Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka face their former club, but Didier Drogba is banned. Arsenal welcome back Emmanuel Adebayor and France winger Samir Nasri from injury, while deposed captain William Gallas lines up in defence to play against his old team.

1547: Half-time Portsmouth 0-0 Blackburn

1547: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Everton

1546: CHELSEA v ARSENAL LINE-UPS
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Deco, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Malouda, Bridge, Ferreira, Mineiro, Alex, Stoch.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregas, Song Billong, Nasri, Adebayor, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Bendtner, Gibbs.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

1543: Got to score those, son. Tim Cahill floats over a cross from the left and Louis Saha, unmarked, heads straight at Heurelho Gomes. Either side and it's in.

1541: Armand Traore tricks his way down the left and floats over a lovely cross on to the head of Peter Crouch, but his timing is way off and he can only nod over the bar.

1540: The ball falls to Darren Bent 16 yards out at Spurs and he shoots first time straight at Tim Howard, instead of taking a touch.

1540: "William Gallas took a pot-shot at former club Chelsea as well as his Arsenal team-mates in his recent scattergun criticism of all things football - and that has ensured him an uncomfortable afternoon back at the Bridge. He is given a resounding raspberry from Chelsea's fans when his name is announced before kick-off."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1538: They are two decent games, but there's not much in the way of clear-cut action. Marouane Felliani twice has shots for Everton, but Heurelho Gomes is equal to both efforts.

1534: Tottenham break quickly and the ball falls for Aaron Lennon just inside the area on the right, but his shot flies well over Tim Howard's bar.

1533: "Evra must be the best left-back in the world, he's just too good. Rafael was also impressive and seems like he is improving in terms of defensive quality."
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1530: "I remember big Sam Allardyce mistiming a jump and catching the ball back in 1979. All the players laughed and the ref gave him a pat on the back!"
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1529: Blackburn are coming back into the game at Portsmouth and Benni McCarthy just rounded David James, but Noe Pamarot got back well to cover.

1528: Despite that dramatic finish to the game, the best team won and Man City can have very, very few complaints. They were laboured and uninspired and they did not really look like scoring even against 10 men.

1525: Full-time Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United

1523: How did that not go in? That is one of the greatest saves you will ever see. City nearly score as Richard Dunne's shot is cleared off the line by Patrice Evra, United break and with Joe Hart racing back, Wayne Rooney brilliantly lofts the ball goalwards from 50 yards, but somehow Hart sticks out a hand and diverts it behind. Amazing.

1523: Joe Hart is forward for a Man City corner...

1523: "A one-legged Saha? Worried Everton are going to struggle unless we get some strikers in at Xmas. They are all injured... Even the ones playing."
Ted in Oxford, via text on 81111

1521: John O'Shea replaces Ji-Sung Park and we are into the four minutes of injury time at Eastlands.

1519: Portsmouth are comfortably on top in the early stages against Blackburn, who look nervous. Spurs and Everton is very even, nothing major to report so far.

1518: "That was a dirty foul by Carrick. Smart, but dirty."
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1515: Michael Carrick is justifiably booked for a foul on the rampaging Shaun Wright-Phillips, who, I'll say it again, has been head and shoulders above every other City player today.

1514: Dimitar Berbatov is taken off and he takes his time leaving the field, with Ryan Giggs coming on in his place.

1512: "At Fratton Park and can't feel my feet. Great atmosphere though. Rubbish weather, let's hope the game is better."
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1511: Yakubu has twisted a knee and is taken off by Everton boss David Moyes, with Louis Saha coming on in his place.

1510: Robinho, I'm afraid, has been poor today. And now against 10 men, he still cannot get into the game - he gifts possession away needlessly just outside the Man Utd area. Hugely disappointing, 10 minutes left.

1509: Tom Huddlestone hammers a shot a couple of yards wide from just outside the area.

1506: "Huddlestone hat-trick at the Lane today! Spurs to win 4-1. What do you think?"
Kyle, Leamington, via text on 81111

1504: Glen Little misses a very good chance for Portsmouth, shooting straight at Paul Robinson after being set up by Peter Crouch.

1504: Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had heard a whistle and stopped playing, hence the handball. Which frankly sounds like utter rubbish to me. He's just a touch out of sorts at the moment, isn't he?

1503: "Ronaldo at the moment is a shadow of last year's form. Clapping the ref? Does he think he's Rooney? Let Madrid have him."
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1501: And the action starts between Portsmouth and Blackburn at Fratton Park.

1500: Under way between Tottenham and Everton.

1459: SENDING OFF (Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United)
Had to go, silly, silly boy. Wayne Rooney sends over a corner from the right and Cristiano Ronaldo leaps, mis-times his jump, and pats the ball out of play with his hands. He's very, very upset, but deliberate handball, he had to go. A strange moment.

1459: "Chelsea captain John Terry has set the tone for the meeting with Arsenal at Stanford Bridge in his programme notes. Unhappy with Chelsea's recent form he admits: "We haven't got all the basics right, and now is the time to close ranks."

"This from a team at the top of the Premier League - and no doubt a message he will be underscoring in the dressing-room here right now."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

1457: Javier Garrido swings over a 30-yard free-kick that just creeps past the post with Edwin van der Sar very carefully watching the ball go past.

1456: Patrice Evra is booked for a clumsy foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips, who is easily City's best player at the moment.

1453: Elano hits perhaps the worst free-kick a human has ever taken. It's 35 yards out, and ends up about 100 yards over the bar. Embarrassing.

1452: "Players like Ronaldo and Robinho rarely shine in games like this one nowadays... they're followed too tight, so it's all about who manages to make more defenders follow him and free up more space for his team-mates."
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1450: Cristiano Ronaldo clips Shaun Wright-Phillips and is booked by referee Howard Webb. It's a bit unlucky, but he responds by sarcastically applauding the official. For me, that's a booking too.

1448: Vincent Kompany clashes with Dimitar Berbatov and the Belgian requires a bit of treatment.

1446: Benjani lashes wide - it hits the side-netting and some fans think it's in, but the Zimbabwean was just off target with a snap-shot from Shaun Wright-Phillips' pass.

1445: Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney tee up Ji-Sung Park, but Richard Dunne gets across very well to make a timely block.

1443: "As a Liverpool fan, I will always love what Didi Hamann did for our club, but on that first-half performance, his Premier League days look numbered."
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1441: Vincent Kompany takes advantage of his new advanced role to hammer in a right-foot shot from 20 yards that swings a few feet wide of Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post.

1440: Shaun Wright-Phillips tracks back brilliantly to deny Ji-Sung Park a clear run through on goal, top, top work from the winger, and from the resulting corner Michael Carrick fires wide.

1439: "Stevo! What's your predo for City v Forest?"
Honey Monster, via text on 81111

Put it this way - with the money they've got, I'd rather be playing them at the start of January than the end. We'll still get hammered though. Probably.

1436: We are now back under way at the City of Manchester Stadium, where Stevo will be heading in just over a month's time I believe.
FA Cup third round draw

1435: The teams are back out at Eastlands and City are making two changes, with Pablo Zabaleta and Elano coming on for Darius Vassell and Dietmar Hamann. Zabaleta will play right-back, Micah Richards centre-back and Vincent Kompany centre-midfield.

1432: "Robinwho? Is he even playing today? When a club pays 32m for him these are the games in which he is expected to perform. He better earn his coin in the second half."
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1429: Portsmouth boss Tony Adams brings striker Jermain Defoe, who has recovered from a calf injury, back into the starting line-up while Armand Traore also makes the XI. Manager Paul Ince decides that Tugay starts for Blackburn in midfield, replacing Aaron Mokoena from the line-up which lost at Tottenham last weekend. Steven Warnock comes in at left-back in the one other change.

1427: Harry Redknapp makes just one change to the Tottenham side that beat Blackburn last weekend, Didier Zokora replacing the injured Jermaine Jenas in midfield, meaning Roman Pavlyuchenko again partners Darren Bent up front. Everton boss David Moyes also makes just the one change, midfielder Steven Pienaar starting in place of frontman Louis Saha.

1425: TOTTENHAM v EVERTON LINE-UPS
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Zokora, Huddlestone, Bentley, Bent, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cesar, Bale, Gunter, Campbell, Dawson, Boateng, O'Hara.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Fellaini, Pienaar, Yakubu. Subs: Nash, Baines, Castillo, Saha, Rodwell, Anichebe, Gosling.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent).

1423: "(See 1406) It's been 30 years since City last won anything of note and I've laughed through every single one of them."
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1421: The draw for the third round of the FA Cup is taking place as we speak. Hope you get a good 'un.
Live: FA Cup third round draw

1419: Half-time Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United

1418: Darius Vassell is the latest name in the book for a foul on Patrice Evra.

1418: PORTSMOUTH v BLACKBURN LINE-UPS
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Distin, Pamarot, Belhadj, Little, Diop, Hughes, Armand Traore, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Ashdown, Hreidarsson, Mvuemba, Davis, Kanu, Nugent, Kranjcar.
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Andrews, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Roque Santa Cruz, McCarthy. Subs: Brown, Mokoena, Villanueva, Simpson, Fowler, Derbyshire, Roberts.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

1415: Wayne Rooney had gone seven games without a goal and you could see what it meant to him - he was absolutely ecstatic in his celebrations.

1413: GOAL Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
City just cannot clear their lines again and they pay a very high price just before the break. It's a touch of pinball in the box and the ball falls for Michael Carrick to smash in a left-foot shot that forces Joe Hart to make a very good save, but it falls for Wayne Rooney to tap in from three yards for the 100th goal of his club career.

1412: Dietmar Hamann slips a gorgeous little pass in for Robinho but it's a fraction too far ahead of the Brazilian and Edwin van der Sar does well to race from his line and avert the danger. Moments later, Stephen Ireland is booked.

1412: "Stephen Ireland is City's Steven Gerrard. Can't praise the boy more than that."
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1409: Histon have beaten Leeds in the second round of the FA Cup. That is quite unbelievable.

1408: Wayne Rooney, being taunted by City fans, points to the area of his shirt where it says champions.

1407: Patrice Evra is causing mayhem down the left and twice his cross causes panic in the City box, Stephen Ireland eventually clearing the ball out for a corner.

1406: Michael Carrick is backheeled into some space by a piece of Wayne Rooney magic and he tees up Dimitar Berbatov, but the Bulgarian spanks a shot wide as he falls over.

1406: "It's almost 250 footballing minutes since United last put the ball in the net. I've enjoyed every one of them."
Dan, London, via text on 81111

1405: Robinho's effort dribbles wide. Nuff said.

1404: Darren Fletcher is cautioned for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips, 35 yards out. Where's Geovanni when you need him?

1403: Stephen Ireland hits the outside of the post for Manchester City with their first real attempt after Edwin van der Sar flaps at a free-kick, but Micah Richards watches Ireland's shot drift wide - if he sticks out a leg he turns it in. Strange decision.

1402: Dimitar Berbatov is running this game. His touch is a delight, every time he drops short he gets the ball and City are not pressuring him, he's got all the time in the world to play a pass. It's suicidal stuff from the home team. They have to get stuck in more - it's a derby, for heaven's sake.

1358: It's men against boys. Patrice Evra's ball into the box is half-dealt with by Joe Hart but the ball comes back to the Frenchman and he rifles a right-foot shot inches over.

1357: Ballon D'Or winner-elect Cristiano Ronaldo ruins another smashing United move involving Darren Fletcher and Dimitar Berbatov by belting a cross behind for a goalkick. That Bulgarian really is a joy to watch on his day.

1356: "C'mon Robinho, have a real go at Rafael. He's on a card and now we'll know if the boy has the nerve to play sensibly. C'mon City!"
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1354: Lovely stuff, as Rafael sends over a cracking cross from the right, Dimitar Berbatov glances in a terrific header and Joe Hart arcs his back to somehow tip the ball away from the corner of the net. Great football.

1352: Rafael is booked for throwing the ball away after fouling Robinho - a decision which Wayne Rooney is furious with, though it's got nothing to do with him.

1351: Shaun Wright-Phillips is the latest City player to hobble away from a challenge, after being clipped by Darren Fletcher. He's struggling a bit there, the little winger.

1350: "Are you sure you've got the line-ups right? I don't think Robinho is on the pitch... all United so far."
Simon, Dorset, via text on 81111

1348: Micah Richards trots off the pitch for more treatment, but he is OK to continue.

1347: Nasty clash between Nemanja Vidic and Micah Richards and the City man is more hurt, though Vidic does show stud marks on his chest to referee Howard Webb. Richards' foot was high, but he was looking at the ball, nothing intentional there.

1345: City need to tighten up or they will soon be 1-0 down. Michael Carrick swings over a corner and Cristiano Ronaldo leaps highest, nodding over from six yards.

1344: As the City fan to my right just acknowledged, his team looks nervous. United are knocking the ball around with ease at the moment.

1342: "Rafael looks excellent, I can't wait to see Fabio who is supposed to be better."
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Yeah, they said that about the Nevilles...

1340: Oh my. Joe Hart you lucky, lucky boy. Wayne Rooney has a clear sight of goal 12 yards out and fires it straight at the keeper, but Hart spills it and with Darren Fletcher closing in, the keeper - just - recovers to clear.

1339: Rafael pushes the ball around Stephen Ireland and runs around the other side, showing electric pace. His cross is cleared by City, but he's made his intentions clear already, the 18-year-old.

1337: Dimitar Berbatov finds some space down the right and clips a ball in for Darren Fletcher, but his first touch sees it run out of play. United having more of the ball at the minute.

1336: "Breaking news - I have just seen Roy Keane having his Sunday lunch with none other than Mike Ashley in a local pub in Durham. What the hell is going on!"
Graeme, SAFC fan, via text on 81111

1334: Rafael wins his first tussle with Robinho, that will be an intriguing battle today. Robinho does attempt to track back, but it was a little half-hearted.

1332: Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney get us under way at Eastlands. It's rocking.

1329: Bring. It. On.

1327: "Stephen Ireland may look like a light bulb, but he's the man to undo United today."
Scoones, London, via text on 81111

1323: I love it when footballers say stupid things. Here's Wayne Rooney, who can expect to be booed every time he gets the ball today: "If Man City were winning trophies it would irritate me, but while they are still lingering in mid-table I am not really too bothered."

1320: "People might be billing it Robinho v Ronaldo, but I think Fletcher v Ireland will play more of a factor in the result. Also, not a single Mancunian in either line-up today. Is that a first?"
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1317: Danny the Stat's missing in action (or was that Acton?), so let me fill you lovely people in on some stuff. Sir Alex Ferguson is unbeaten in his last 12 meetings with sides managed by his former players. The last defeat was at the hands of Mark Hughes, then Blackburn boss, in a 4-3 reverse at Ewood Park in February 2006.

1315: "Out of my window I just heard two builders acknowledge each other by shouting 'come on the Reds'. My next door neighbour promptly blasted out Blue Moon."
Anonymous via text on 81111

1313: It is a brave move from Sir Alex Ferguson to play Rafael, the talented Brazilian right-back, in such an enormous game. He might have decided that to try and curb the threat of Robinho down the left, he needs to push him as far back down the pitch as possible - and that is what the marauding Rafael will endeavour to do. But will it work?

1310: "Saw Wes Brown in the shops yesterday. Poor lad's on crutches. Johnny Marr was in the same shop too. Life is complete."
James, MUFC fan, Manchester, via text on 81111

1307: Today just can't get any better, can it? Oh hang on, wait, yes it can - the draw for the third round of the FA Cup is only taking place at 1415 GMT. Currently, at half-time, Histon are beating Leeds 1-0. The magic of the Cup.
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1303: Manchester City make one change from the side that beat Schalke 04 in the Uefa Cup with Robinho, who is fit again after an ankle injury, replacing Daniel Sturridge on the left. Manchester United make three changes from the side that drew with Aston Villa last weekend. Striker Dimitar Berbatov has shaken off a hamstring problem and comes in for Carlos Tevez, Darren Fletcher starts in midfield ahead of Ryan Giggs and Rafael takes John O'Shea's place at right-back.

1300: Only Stevo's Predos could spectacularly fail to forecast today's games. So, here goes:
Man City 2-2 Man Utd
Portsmouth 1-0 Blackburn
Tottenham 2-1 Everton
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
Lawro's predictions

1256: "Come on City! Robinho surely will be chomping at the bit today as he's got a point to prove. Madrid were going to get rid of him to make way for Ronaldo, so he will want to impress to show he can play as well as the Portuguese winger. Should be a cracking game. Let's have a 2-0 City win, Robinho bagging both."
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1253: MANCHESTER CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED LINE-UPS
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Hamann, Vassell, Robinho, Mwaruwari. Subs: Schmeichel, Ball, Zabaleta, Elano, Jo, Ben-Haim, Sturridge.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Park, Rooney, Berbatov. Subs: Foster, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, O'Shea, Evans, Tevez.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

1252: My colleague is listening to Take That's Greatest Day on a loop. Bless him, he's every bit as excited as I am, as you are. Kids in a sweet shop, that's what we are today. Teams from Eastlands very shortly, line-up fans.

1250: You know who helps to make these days even more memorable? You. That's who. I would love to hear from you today, whether you're at the ground, Christmas shopping with the missus, or just necking some beers with the boys. It's your special day, so get stuck in. Texts on 81111 and the debate, as ever, rages on 606.
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1247: "I didn't get to bed till about six this morning. I was too excited about today's football, and Liverpool aren't even playing. Is that sad?"
Andy, Liverpool, via text on 81111

No, Andy, it's not sad. You are a hero, that's what you are. Sometimes I wonder how any of us gets any sleep ever when there's such awesome stuff to look forward to.

1245: There are two other games, today. AC Milan near-conquerors Portsmouth host Blackburn three days after one of the greatest nights in the club's history. And Tottenham can move to within a point of Everton if they win at White Hart Lane. Both kick-off in 135 minutes. Bless this day. This wondrous day.

1239: "Probably the most important weekend in the Premier League yet. Chelsea look like winning the title if they win it and a Man Utd defeat could mean the end of them. I'm getting so excited!"
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1237: At 1600 GMT, two giants of English football go head-to-head. Chelsea, with one win in their last four games, face Arsenal, something of a club in crisis. The gap could be 13 points, come this evening. Or it could be down to seven (it may also stay at 10).

1234: Are these the days on which championships are won? You bet they are. Three of the teams vying for the Premier League title are in today's very, very special mixer. Manchester United go first. They are at Eastlands. They're playing Manchester City. It kicks off in 56 minutes. Short sentences mean I'm excited. Sorry.

1230: You know how sometimes you wake up and you just think to yourself how utterly, utterly brilliant it is to be alive? I thought that this morning. I bet you did, too.

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Premier League table
Sunday, 3 November 2013 17:56 UK
    P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20

5 Man City 10 17 19

6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9

18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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