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Premier League as it happened

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham
Portsmouth 0-3 Newcastle


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By Jonathan Stevenson

1807: What a weekend. Draws for the so-called 'Big Four', thumping wins for Aston Villa, Newcastle, Sunderland and Wigan and El Clasico to boot. It's been real good fun, see you soon I hope. Oh, and don't forget Match of the Day Two tonight on BBC Two on online at 2200 GMT, as well as BBC Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One at 1900 GMT. Chrissy Whyatt will lead you through proceedings, so join him at 1845 GMT. Laters.

1802: Craig Bellamy is living the dream on Player Rater - he's on a seven-busting 7.73, while block-happy team-mate Scott Parker follows up closely behind on 7.45. Chelsea's players have had a 'mare in your eyes, with Deco the worst of a bad bunch on 5.17. Think that's crazy? Then change the world.
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1758: "Scolari needs to learn how to break teams down at home, and he needs to learn quickly. He tries to play like Brazil, but he keeps forgetting that he has Malouda instead of Ronaldinho and Kalou instead of Kaka."
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1755: Gianfranco Zola doesn't look that pleased, but he's got big hugs for all of his players and John Terry and Frank Lampard at the final whistle.

1753: Full-time Chelsea 1-1 West Ham

1752: Cheeky substitution from Gianfranco Zola, with Craig Bellamy taken off and replaced by David di Michele.

1749: Scott Parker thwarts Frank Lampard on the edge of the West Ham box with a brilliant intervention. Moments later Valon Behrami goes on a fabulous run and sets up Carlton Cole, but his shot is saved low down to his right by Petr Cech. He could, maybe should, have won it against his old team.

1748: We are into injury time now, of which there will be four minutes.

1746: Frank Lampard looks like he is caught by Lucas Neill in the penalty area, but referee Mike Riley does not point to the spot. He might have been put off by some Didier Drogba theatrics on the edge of the box a second earlier.

1746: Frank Lampard's 35-yard free-kick thuds into the midriff of Robert Green in the West Ham goal.

1745: Jack Collison is taken off and replaced by Luis Boa Morte.

1744: There's almost an air of resignation from the Chelsea fans at the moment. They've got four minutes plus stoppages to win it, but only the West Ham supporters can be heard.

1743: That Craig Bellamy, he's not short of a word or two is he? Having chirped away at John Terry for pretty much the whole of the second half, he has a go at Alex now. Immense display from the West Ham striker though, fair play to him.

1741: "Sitting at the Bridge wondering how Deco is still on the pitch. Does Scolari see something that 40,000 of us can't?"
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1740: We are 10 minutes away from the Premier League weekend seeing Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all drawing.

1739: "Carlton Cole has pretty much won every header he's challenged for. What a job he's done."
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1737: Jon Obi Mikel is replaced by Juliano Belletti.

1736: Didier Drogba chests down Deco's pass and Salomon Kalou's shot is deflected away for a corner. From that corner, Robert Green gets it horribly wrong, his punch looping backwards on to his own crossbar. Seconds later, Green makes a save from a Drogba header. Phew.

1734: Salomon Kalou cuts in from the left and fires in a low shot that sneaks through a few bodies and Robert Green does well to gather safely.

1732: Salomon Kalou comes on for Joe Cole as Chelsea look for a winner. There are 16 minutes left plus injury time.

1730: Mark Noble comes off after a top-drawer shift and Hayden Mullins replaces him.

1729: Craig Bellamy tries to whip one in from a ludicrous angle out on the left after great approach play from Carlton Cole, but it flies a few inches wide of Petr Cech - great leave from the Blues keeper. He'd know where his off stump was - if he ever played cricket, that is.

1727: More Macca chat. For those of you who are confused, he's the new Danny the Stat. I mean, Danny the Stat is still our stat in residence, but Macca's in the stat mix too: "What chance a West Ham winner? Not great if you look at the stats. West Ham have not scored more than once in their last 10 games - although that did come down the road at Fulham, when they won 2-1 in Gianfranco Zola's first league game on the road."

1725: Alex has a left-foot shot deflected over and Chelsea have a corner which Didier Drogba volleys goalwards, Robert Green parrying it out for another corner.

1722: Deco has been a bit disappointing today. Every time Scott Parker gives the ball away for West Ham, which is fairly often, Deco gives it away for Chelsea. Most unlike the Brazilian-born Portuguese schemer.

1719: Chelsea are banging on the door, West Ham will not be able to defend like this for another half an hour, which is how long we have left. They need an option, the Hammers.

1717: "That was the first goal scored by a home team in the Prem for 242 minutes."
Jimmy the Stat, drowning in coursework in Essex, via text on 81111

1716: "This would be the perfect time for West Ham to 'park the bus', but the fact that they are still attacking with zest is commendable."
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1714: Nicolas Anelka heads into the path of Frank Lampard, who volleys straight at Robert Green. Didier Drogba, who flicked on to Anelka, is proving a monumental headache for the Hammers.

1713: That goal was Nicolas Anelka's 100th in the Premier League, and he becomes the 16th player to do that. Let's not forget, however, that there was plenty of football before the Premier League, yeah? OK.

1711: Craig Bellamy does well to keep the ball in down the left and his cross is almost air-kicked by Carlton Cole, who moments later hammers a left-foot shot wide from the edge of the box. Fabulous response from Zola's boys.

1709: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 West Ham
Brilliant, brilliant goal. Chelsea work it beautifully with Didier Drogba flicking the ball to Frank Lampard and the England midfielder wonderfully lifting the ball into the path of Nicolas Anelka, the striker letting the ball bounce before slotting past Robert Green for his 14th goal of the season.

1707: Nicolas Anelka plays two nice one-twos with colleagues before wastefully gifting possession away. He's playing deeper and wider, which he didn't really like doing last season, the mercurial Frenchman.

1705: Macca's been taking a little look at the ref stats during the interval. Well, it was either that or get the teas in, you do the maths: "Referee Mike Riley loves a card doesn't he? The Yorkshire official has dished out more of them per game than any other in the Premier League this season - at an average of 4.36. With five yellows in the first half he's already reached his par today."

1704: We are back under way. Big 45 minutes for Chelsea.

1703: Luiz Felipe Scolari and I aren't so different, you know. Didier Drogba comes on, replacing Michael Ballack.

1700: "I've got it, from now on Scolari can be our away manager. We can bring back Avram Grant for home games. Someday all teams will be managed this way..."
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Can we have Colin Calderwood as our manager for postponed/abandoned games?

1657: "They say you need luck to win the title and if Chelsea don't win today you can start engraving our name on the trophy! What are the chances of us twice getting a draw and all of our rivals slipping up as well? Come on you Hammers."
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1655: Macca, give us some chat, Macca, Macca, give us some chat. Nice one: "Chelsea head into half-time losing 1-0, but in the all-important Player Rater stakes they are very much bossing it. Former Hammers Frank Lampard (7.52) and Joe Cole (7.25) are leading the way for the Blues, while ex-Chelsea man Scott Parker (6.38) is West Ham's main man. It's a funny old game this football stuff, isn't it?"
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1651: If I was Luiz Felipe Scolari, I'd bring on Didier Drogba at half-time and play him up front with Nicolas Anelka. Chelsea need the big striker's menacing physical presence, because West Ham are dealing very well with their threat at the moment.

1647: Half-time Chelsea 0-1 West Ham

1646: Nicolas Anelka's shot is deflected by Calum Davenport on its way through to Robert Green. Moments later, Craig Bellamy is booked for a foul.

1644: "I'm loving the unpredictability of this season. Even the mighty Chelsea are vulnerable at home. Come on the Hammers, for the sake of an interesting league..."
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Oh, it's an interesting league anyway - this is one of the great Premier Leagues already.

1642: Didier Drogba is given a very healthy round of applause as he begins to warm up on the touchline. Boy could they do with him on the pitch.

1641: See 1631 - 6 April, 1996. Steve Stone and Ian Woan bagged for the mighty Reds that day, with Chris Armstrong getting one back for Spurs late on. I was there, too. Great, great days. Carlton Cole is booked for West Ham for standing in front of a free-kick.

1638: Michael Ballack was booked for protesting about the goal and Ashley Cole follows his German team-mate into the book for a poor, late tackle on Mark Noble.

1636: Chelsea players including Deco and John Terry were furiously remonstrating with referee Mike Riley - they thought both Mark Noble and Craig Bellamy handballed in that move. I'm not so sure about either, seen them given, seen them not given.

1634: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 West Ham
Not in the script for Luiz Felipe Scolari, but I wonder what Gianfranco Zola makes of it. West Ham catch Chelsea out with a quick throw-in down the left and Mark Noble crosses for Craig Bellamy to chest the ball down and volley past Petr Cech at his near post.

1633: West Ham are defending manfully as Chelsea put them under some serious pressure. Frank Lampard is denied a shooting chance by another timely interception and the Hammers continue to frustrate their hosts.

1631: "See 1541, Stevo - you reminiscing about Forest reminds me of the first Premiership match I ever went to - Forest v Spurs on my eighth birthday. Forest won 2- 1, but I can't for the life of me remember who scored... can you refresh my memory?"
Jack, Guildford, via text on 81111

It'd help it I knew either A) how old you are or B) What year it was, to be fair to me mate.

1628: It's taken a while to get going but a few good battles in the middle of the pitch get the crowd involved and Frank Lampard sees a shot once again bravely blocked by Scott Parker.

1626: Valon Behrami tussles with Michael Ballack on the touchline and the Swiss falls nastily on his arm. He's OK to carry on, though.

1625: "If Chelsea don't score in the first half, then they won't win. They can't handle the pressure."
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1622: Mark Noble chips it on to the head of Michael Ballack and Chelsea clear their lines. Wasteful.

1622: Jon Obi Mikel is booked for a hugely cynical trip on Carlton Cole after the West Ham striker turned brilliantly away from him. The Hammers have a free-kick, just over 30 yards out.

1620: Chelsea, you will not be surprised to hear, are having much more of the ball so far, but West Ham do look threatening on the counter, especially with the pace of Craig Bellamy.

1617: Alex rises high at the far post but heads wide after Robert Green failed to collect Deco's inswinging free-kick from the left.

1615: "If West Ham lose by two they'll fall into the relegation zone."
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True. What a rollercoaster of a day to be a Sunderland fan.

1612: Joe Cole, not the world's greatest tackler, clumsily brings down Mark Noble, about 15 yards outside the Chelsea penalty area. Petr Cech comes for the cross but doesn't get much of it and it flies away for a West Ham corner.

1611: "I hope West Ham win. It will be great to see the world's richest club one place away from the relegation zone."
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1609: John Terry is limping after a collision with Scott Parker.

1608: Joe Cole plays a gorgeous one-two with Frank Lampard and Cole's shot is brilliantly deflected over by Scott Parker, tracking back really well.

1605: Today's theme of high shots continues at Chelsea as Michael Ballack blazes over from 25 yards.

1604: Young Collison took a whack on his knee as Deco played a cross-field pass, but he limps back on and he'll try to run it off.

1602: Jack Collison is down injured after trying to close down Deco. He's in an awful lot of bother.

1602: We are under way at Chelsea.

1601: Gianfranco Zola was given a standing ovation and a massive bear hug from Luiz Felipe Scolari as he walked out at Stamford Bridge.

1600: "(See 1541) And then marked out the game at the City Ground in 1999 by Thierry Bonalair, just for Bjami Goldbaek to undo us instead."
Dr_Horse, LA, via text on 81111

1557: The teams are out at Stamford Bridge and Gianfranco Zola is getting hugs aplenty in the tunnel.

1555: Chelsea have won their last six league meetings with West Ham, with the Hammers' last victory at Stamford Bridge coming in 2002, thanks to two goals from Paolo di Canio. A certain Gianfranco Zola bagged for the Blues that day.

1552: Luiz Felipe Scolari went to hospital with kidney stones yesterday and was seen by the West Ham doctor, apparently, who threatened to keep him in for today's game. The Brazilian looks a little tired, but I'm sure a Chelsea win that would send them top of the Premier League will make him feel a whole lot better.

1549: "David James today showed why England desperately need Manuel Almunia between the sticks."
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1546: "Two goals from Anelka, two from Drogs off the bench and one from Lamps. Chelsea 5-0."
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1543: "I hope we can play a great game today. I know what this club Chelsea means to me as a footballer, but I have a job to do. It's a different game for me, but I have to be professional."
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1541: And so the focus turns to Gianfranco Zola, a legend at Stamford Bridge - he was even voted Chelsea's greatest ever player by the club's fans. He scored 80 goals in 312 games from 1996-2003. Having said all that, my favourite Zola memory is of him being man-marked out of the game at the City Ground by a certain Des Lyttle as Forest beat Chelsea 2-0 in January 1997, with goals from the great Stuart Pearce and Chris Bart-Williams. I'll get my coat.

1537: Macca's only gone and whacked over some chat. Here it is, chat fans: "England coach Fabio Capello might not rate Michael Owen, but you lot clearly do on the evidence of today. He's the leading man in the land of Player Rater at full-time, with a mark of 7.13 after his goal put Newcastle en route to victory. Still time for you to register your vote."
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1533: Chelsea make one change, with Frank Lampard coming back into the side for Salomon Kalou, but Didier Drogba has to be content with a place on the bench once more. West Ham make three changes from their 2-0 defeat by Spurs, with Calum Davenport, Jack Collison and Mark Noble back in the starting XI.

1530: "It is quite sad that this is the quality of the England goalkeeping at the moment."
George, Claygate, presumably bemoaning David James' poor performance, via text on 81111

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Deco, Ballack, Lampard, Joe Cole, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Drogba, Bridge, Ferreira, Kalou, Belletti.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Upson, Davenport, Ilunga, Collison, Parker, Noble, Behrami, Bellamy, Cole. Subs: Lastuvka, Boa Morte, Mullins, Faubert, Tristan, Di Michele, Sears.
Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

1526: "That Guthrie lad is definitely a future England prospect!"
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1524: There were a few boos at the end but Pompey can count themselves a little unlucky not to have got anything from the game - the first goal was always going to be important and Michael Owen got it with a cracker. The Magpies are up to 14th - I bet it feels like Joe Kinnear's birthday too.

1522: Full-time Portsmouth 0-3 Newcastle

1519: Another great position for Portsmouth and Sean Davis' left-foot shot is tipped over the crossbar by Shay Given, who pleads with his defenders to keep their concentration.

1517: GOAL Portsmouth 0-3 Newcastle
Shola Ameobi gets to the byeline down the right and his pull-back is met crisply first-time by Danny Guthrie, who sees his right-foot shot go straight through the attempted save of David James. Again, less than impressive keeping, but good finish.

1516: As a punter so rightly points out, it is indeed Michael Owen's 29th birthday today. Happy birthday, Michael. Doesn't that make us all feel old?

1513: Sean Davis is rightly booked for a cynical foul on Jonas Gutierrez, who has worked his Argentine socks off today (he's wearing Newcastle socks, of course).

1512: "It would be a fantastic win if we can hold on. But this is Newcastle at the end of the day, anything could happen between now and the whistle."
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1510: "Remember the ridicule when Kinnear took over? I think he and Newcastle have proved a lot of people wrong."
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1508: In the build-up to that goal, Obafemi Martins was signalling to the Newcastle bench that he wanted to be taken off after picking up an injury. He limps off now, with a goal under his belt, with Shola Ameobi coming on.

1505: GOAL Portsmouth 0-2 Newcastle
Seconds after Obafemi Martins shoots woefully wide from eight yards, he just about wraps up the points for Newcastle. Pompey's defence is at sixes and sevens and Danny Guthrie plays in Martins, who takes a touch, waits for David James to fall over and then taps the ball to the other side of the England number one. Hopeless goalkeeping.

1504: Just 15 minutes left plus injury time at Fratton Park for Portsmouth to rescue something from this one.

1502: "Gutierrez is a fantastic signing. He always works hard for the team and always produces a good display. Signing of the season I think."
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1459: Jonas Gutierrez is booked for tugging the shirt of Niko Kranjcar, while Portsmouth make a second change, Kanu coming on for Richard Hughes.

1459: "It might not be looking good for Blackburn, but it wasn't looking good for Fulham last year. Don't write them off!"
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1456: Charles N'Zogbia causes panic in the Pompey defence and the ball falls for Obafemi Martins on the edge of the box, but his right-foot curler sails over. He's best off getting it on to his left and thrashing at it, instead.

1454: For a team that hasn't won away since March, Newcastle are producing a very impressive performance on their travels here. They are soaking up Pompey pressure and hitting the home team on the break, in truth Portsmouth have gone a bit quiet right now.

1451: "A Newcastle win would open up a five-point gap between Blackburn and the rest. Not looking too good for them."
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1447: Poor Arnold Mvuemba has been hauled off by Tony Adams, with Armand Traore going on in his place.

1445: It's just not his day, is it? Jermain Defoe turns and speeds away from Jose Enrique like he is not even there, but with the goal at his mercy 15 yards out he slices his shot wide of Shay Given's left-hand post. Everything but the goal for Pompey today.

1444: "We cannot let this man leave! Get in, Owen!"
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1443: Immediate chance for a leveller as Noe Pamarot heads over a corner from the Pompey left from a few yards out. How profligate they have been today, Tony Adams' side.

1440: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Newcastle
Brilliant. Arnold Mvuemba gives the ball away to Jonas Gutierrez and he finds Michael Owen in space on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Owen's first touch is shocking, but his second is world-class as he clips the ball supremely over the advancing David James. Sensational finish.

1439: Portsmouth are seeing a lot of the ball at the start of the second half, but Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe have so far wasted some decent openings, most unlike a pair who have scored nine goals each this season.

1436: Fabulous defending from Fabricio Coloccini, who shackles Jermain Defoe brilliantly to stop the striker getting in another shot on goal. Defoe is annoyed, but that wasn't a foul, it was top-class marking.

1434: First shot of the second half and it's on target as the always impressive Jonas Gutierrez forces a routine save out of David James.

1433: Newcastle get us under way in the second half - they will be attacking the end their fans are in.

1432: The legendary Gianfranco Zola walks back into Stamford Bridge as West Ham manager with a massive smile on his face and hugs all round. He walks into the wrong dressing-room - what a joker the little Italian maestro is.

1430: Macca continues to make Danny the Stat look like the amateur he is (I don't mean it Danny, I'm sorry): "You lot are absolutely loving the wee men today as Jermain Defoe leads the way in the Player Rater stakes with a half-time rating of 7.15, while Michael Owen is top of the pops for Newcastle on 7.00. Peter Crouch is doing his best for the big uns, with a rating of 7.06."
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1426: "Good thing half-time has come when it did. We need a shake up. For five minutes, Newcastle were 'knock knock knocking on heaven's door', so to speak..."
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1422: Well, knock me down with a feather, I cannot believe that game is 0-0 at half-time. I am struggling to remember a 45 minutes with more shots that didn't produce a goal, maybe you can help me out. If shooting boots are donned at the break, a veritable glut could be on the menu at Fratton Park.

1418: Half-time Portsmouth 0-0 Newcastle

1417: Peter Crouch slips in Sean Davies, but Jose Enrique tracks back really well and the danger is averted. Into first-half stoppage time now.

1414: Classic big man, little man link-up play as Peter Crouch heads the ball into the path of Jermain Defoe, only for the former Spurs striker to volley 15 yards wide. Story of the half.

1413: Newcastle are getting into some promising positions now, but Charles N'Zogbia wastes another one by lashing a wild left-foot shot high and wide and out for a throw-in from an angle on the left. "Going down", chant the Pompey fans.

1409: Michael Owen drops into midfield to try and affect the game a bit more, it seems strange to see him doing that instead of playing off the shoulder of the last defender. Eventually Newcastle work an opening and Jose Enrique rifles in a left-foot shot that David James tips away from his top corner.

1406: "I made a big greasy bag of popcorn I took to the pub for El Clasico. What a match! I learned an important lesson, though. Next time I'm gonna need a bigger bag."
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1404: Jermain Defoe is impeded in the box by Sebastien Bassong - it's a free-kick anywhere other than the penalty area, but referee Chris Foy decides it's not a spot-kick on this occasion.

1401: Noe Pamarot bustles his way down the right and his cross is diverted goalwards by Niko Kranjcar, who sees his shot deflected and then saved well by Shay Given.

1400: Charles N'Zogbia's cross from the left is headed on by Sol Campbell and only just misses David James' top right-hand corner.

1357: Jermain Defoe volleys over from a slight angle on the right of the six-yard box from Nadir Belhadj's stunningly accurate left-wing cross. No wonder AC Milan want Belhadj, he's brilliant.

1357: "Martins - one minute he is like Alan Shearer and the next he is like Carl Cort."
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1354: I'll tell you what, this is a cracking game of football - chances at both ends, defences struggling to contain four very, very sharp strikers. Now I've said that, it's got 0-0 written all over it. Sorry.

1352: "Portsmouth's shooting thus far has been on the embarrassing side."
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1351: Hammer time. Obefemi Martins, connects so sweetly with a left-foot drive from 30 yards out that it flies past the despairing dive of David James and fairly thumps into his left-hand post. When that boy hits the ball, it stays hit. What a strike.

1348: Crikey, it's chance o'clock. Danny Guthrie whips over a free-kick from the right and Habib Beye flashes a header just wide of David James' right-hand post.

1346: Wasteful, as Peter Crouch smashes another Pompey shot high and wide after Newcastle give the ball away, and moments later Jermain Defoe has another effort punched away by Shay Given.

1345: Real chance for Jermain Defoe and a player of his quality will be disappointed he didn't get it on target - a high ball over the top bounces between two Newcastle defenders and as Shay Given rushed off his line, Defoe tried to lob him from the edge of the box, the ball landing a few yards wide.

1343: High shots are all the rage at the minute, as Jermain Defoe blazes over from 22 yards having created a yard of space.

1341: Pompey are bossing the ball so far, with Newcastle's attacks much more sporadic. Richard Hughes and Niko Kranjcar are seeing plenty of the ball and as I type Obaefmi Martins crosses to Michael Owen, who does not get a proper contact on it and the chance goes begging.

1339: "See 1327, It is actually 73.684210526315789473684210526316%, sorry I've got far too much time on my hands at work today, although I think West Ham's chances of winning are round about 0%!"
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1335: The award for highest shot of the day has already been won by Niko Kranjcar, who spanks a 30-yarder miles over the stand, to loud cheers from the travelling Geordies.

1334: "Just in a pub near the Bridge and everyone's chanting Zola's name, the legend is back!"
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1332: Peter Crouch and Richard Hughes get us under way at Fratton Park.

1329: The teams are out at Fratton Park, I bet it's absolutely freezing on the south coast today. Peter Crouch seems to get taller - I wonder if the mascot holding his hand can even see his face?

1327: Get your money on Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe to bag today - this little and large partnership has scored 14 of Pompey's 19 league goals so far this campaign. That's 74%, percentage fans.

1325: "This is surely the game which decides the England spot. Owen or Defoe."
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1322: "Toon Army! Wonder if Joe will be sent to the stands! Legend, love him. That will end 1-1 and I reckon Zola should name himself on the bench at Chelsea, who will win 3-0."
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1319: Newcastle make one change from the 2-2 draw with Stoke last time out, Nicky Butt replacing Geremi. Damien Duff is fit enough to take a place on the bench.

1317: Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson misses out with a knee problem, so Noe Pamarot switches position and Nadir Belhadj plays at left-back. Richard Hughes and Arnold Mvuemba come in, with Papa Bouba Diop suspended.

1312: Newcastle haven't won away in the Premier League since March - a run they need to end and sharpish as they are currently in the drop zone. But the omens aren't great - their last win at Fratton Park was on 23 March 1991, a 1-0 victory which proved to be Jim Smith's last game in charge.

1308: You know, I've become a bit blase with you lot haven't I? I haven't even told you the text number, though surely 81111 is imprinted on your brain by now. You can also join the debate on 606, where some delightful people are awaiting your arrival. If anyone's going to Stamford Bridge or Fratton Park today, whack us over a missive.

1305: "On current form and past history in this derby, you would be a fool to back West Ham to get three points. One point is possible, but Chelsea to win 1-0."
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1300: I wonder if anyone's ever made any money on Stevo's Predo's? I know I certainly haven't. Here are today's sure-fire losers:
Portsmouth 2-1 Newcastle
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
Lawro's predictions

1257: What a strange occasion it will be at Stamford Bridge this afternoon - a West Ham manager receiving a standing ovation from the Chelsea supporters. I'm guessing that won't have happened very often. The legend of Gianfranco Zola lives on in west London - we should never forget the joy that little fella brought to English football.

Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Mvuemba, Davis, Hughes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Ashdown, Lauren, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Kanu, Armand Traore, Wilson.
Newcastle: Given, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Butt, Guthrie, N'Zogbia, Martins, Owen. Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Duff, Geremi, Ameobi, Taylor, Viduka.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

1251: Then, Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea entertain London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge, with a win for the Blues taking them a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. Though if Gianfranco Zola's boys pull off a shock win on his return, they could rise from 16th to 11th. What a league.

1248: Two games today, and, as Danny the Stat (still absent) would have it, it is indeed a relatively small mixer. First up, we've got Tony Adams' Portsmouth facing Joe Kinnear's Newcastle. A Pompey win takes them seventh, a Magpies victory shoves them up to 15th - or potentially even 14th if they smash in a few goals.

1245: If you follow Portsmouth, Newcastle, Chelsea or West Ham, you're here to support your team and comment them on to victory. If you don't, you're probably here because you just cannot get enough of football. I'm the same. Welcome home.

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5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Chelsea 1-1 West Ham
14 Dec 08 |  Premier League
Portsmouth 0-3 Newcastle
14 Dec 08 |  Premier League

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