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Premier League as it happened

Blackburn 3-0 Newcastle
Bolton 0-1 Man Utd
Chelsea 2-1 Stoke
Hull City 1-3 Arsenal
Man City 1-0 Wigan
Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
West Brom 3-0 Middlesbrough


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By Caroline Cheese

1934: A solid gold, belter of a day in the Prem, so you'd be an idiot to miss Match of the Day at 2210 GMT on BBC1. The man they call Chappers is taking the calls on 5 Live's 606 right about now. I'll see you tomorrow when Spurs can go from rock bottom to 12th with victory over Pompey and Fulham go to West Ham.

1930: Robin van Persie sets up three goals for Arsenal and that's enough to earn your vote as Player of the Day over on Player Rater. His 8.44 nudges out West Brom's Rob Koren on 8.41. Plenty of others 'breaking the eight' though, including Chelsea hero Frank Lampard and Manchester City's defender-turned-midfielder Pablo Zabaleta. City defender Richard Dunne is the dunce, his eighth Premier League red card earning him a pitiful 4.22.
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1927: Arsenal stay three points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa thanks to those late goals from Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner. Hull, who matched the Gunners for most of the game, now have one win from 13 games and while they stay eighth, that's only six points above the relegation zone.

1925: FULL-TIME Hull 1-3 Arsenal

1924: Another for Arsenal's woodwork files. Nicklas Bendtner hits the inside of the post with a header from Gael Clichy's inch-perfect cross. A minute of added time remaining.

1921: News from Italy: Manchester City target Kaka will start for AC Milan against Fiorentina tonight.

1919: "Another assist for Van Persie. He is single-handedly driving this team on."
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1916: GOAL Hull 1-3 Arsenal
Robin van Persie looks a touch offside as he collects Nicklas Bendter's pass before squaring for the Danish striker to slot in the third. Harsh on Hull.

1915: Hull bring on Craig Fagan for Ryan France and he has a half-decent chance almost immediately but completely miscues his shot.

1912: GOAL Hull 1-2 Arsenal
Robin van Persie has three defenders around him on the edge of the box but still manages to play in Samir Nasri on the left, who, by contrast, is completely unmarked as he takes a touch and angles a low shot into the far corner for his first goal since November.

1910: Hull keeper Boaz Myhill gets a good punch on Nicklas Bendtner's well-struck shot from an acute angle on the right.

1909: Arsenal will be five points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa if the scoreline stays the same. And by the way, Bristol City have fought back to make it 2-2 against top-of-the-table Wolves.

1908: "Why do Arsenal punish me like this?"
Umer, a tired Gooner, via text on 81111

1908: Abou Diaby turns brilliantly on the edge of the box but screws his shot wide.

1906: Robin van Persie has another free-kick, about 30 yards out. This time, he hits it low and it scoots out for a goal-kick.

1905: Horrible, driving rain now at the KC Stadium. Bernard Mendy gets around the back of Gael Clichy but the Arsenal left-back recovers well, and forces the goal-kick.

1902: Gael Clichy earns a yellow - and a one-match ban - for a sliding challenge on Bernard Mendy on the right. Hull try a training-ground move, but the eventual cross to the back post is cleared.

1859: Arsene Wenger responds to the equaliser with a change: Nicklas Bendtner for Emmanuel Eboue.

1858: "Wow we are really a joke this season. We really need a new GK, holding midfielder, and a fast winger. But knowing Wenger he won't bother buying anyone."
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1855: GOAL Hull 1-1 Arsenal
Poor defending from Arsenal. Bernard Mendy is given all the time in the world to deliver the cross from the right which is deflected into the path of Daniel Cousin, who gets in between the two defenders to power in the header.

1852: Hull have livened up a bit since Manucho's arrival. He looks keen to impress on his debut. Lots of you reckon that was a penalty. I'd have to see it again but it looked like Djourou only had his eye on the ball.

1849: Oof. I felt that from here. Manucho and Johan Djourou clash heads in a big way as they go for a bouncing ball in the box. The Hull fans want a penalty but nothing given. Manucho eventually gets to his feet after a check-over from the physio.

1847: Tidy bit of footwork from Manucho there and Johan Djourou is tricked into giving away the free kick. Poor delivery from Kevin Kilbane though and Arsenal survive.

1843: Hull make their first change - and it's on-loan Manchester United striker Manucho who comes on, with Peter Halmosi making way.

1841: Emmanuel Adebayor makes space for the shot on the left of the box but hammers his effort too close to Boaz Myhill. Good start to the half from Arsenal.

1839: Robin van Persie wins the ball back from Sam Ricketts in the area - but it's thanks to a sly tug on the Hull defender's shirt and the referee has no hesitation in calling the foul. Bristol City pull a goal back to make it 2-1 against Wolves.

1836: Abou Diaby breaks dangerously on the right but Hull clear his attempted cut-back.

1835: And we're off.

1835: Here come the players at the KC, just as promotion-chasing Wolves take a 2-0 lead over Bristol City.

1830: Robin van Persie is embarrassing the competition over on Player Rater. The woodwork-loving Arsenal striker is on 8.08, with everyone else lagging behind on fours, fives and sixes. Nathan Doyle's non-attempt to clear Emmanuel Adebayor's header off the line earns him bottom marks on 4. You, dear user, can change all that.
Hull v Arsenal Player Rater

1825: Would you believe me if I said the slow updates are down to technical problems? Sorry again...

1820: "There's not much between the two sides," says BBC 5 Live analyst Kevin Gallacher. Not much being an Emmanuel Adebayor header.

1819: HALF-TIME Hull 0-1 Arsenal

1817: It might be a bit pedestrian on the pitch, but the Hull fans are making an impressive noise. We'll have a minute of added time this half.

1815: Apparently, Arsenal have hit the woodwork 11 times this season - more than any other Premier League club.

1812: Phil Brown tries a bit of keepy-uppy with an orange balloon on the touchline. It's that sort of game.

1809: Emmanuel Eboue misses a great chance for Arsenal. He's completely free in the box but shoots wide of the post. He remains stuck on one league goal for the Gunners.

1801: GOAL Hull 0-1 Arsenal
Robin van Persie delivers the corner from the right and Emmanuel Adebayor rises at the far post to head into the opposite corner. Nathan Doyle is the man on the line for Hull but he can't react in time.

1800: Hull keeper Boaz Myhill gets the slightest - but most vital - of touches to divert Robin van Persie's ferocious free-kick onto the bar. Johan Djourou's follow-up is deflected just the other side of the post.

1759: Not sure about this Arsenal defence. Johan Djourou waits for Manuel Almunia to come out - but the keeper has no intention of going anywhere and that almost lets in Daniel Cousin.

1756: "I think today started something different that we had before four or five games ago that we have found again."
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari on the dramatic win over Stoke

1754: Interesting news for Wigan and Tottenham fans. Latics midfielder Wilson Palacios was meant to be on the brink of a move to Spurs but Wigan boss Steve Bruce has just said that there was a "late development with another club last night". For the record, the Honduran has also been linked with Manchester United and, of course, Manchester City. Anyone out there who hasn't been linked with either City or Spurs?
Spurs 'on brink' of Palacios deal

1751: Geovanni goes for the spectacular with a free-kick but Manuel Almunia is alert to the danger and catches it on the line.

1749: Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is asked if he is going to watch Kaka in action for AC Milan against Fiorentina later. "No," says Hughes. "I'm going to take my lovely wife out for dinner." Awww. What a guy.

1747: "The game was typical of Chelsea at home this season. We dominate games but can't score, but we showed a lot of character."
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard

1744: Robin van Persie's free-kick clips the heel of a defender and loops up and just beyond Boaz Myhill's right-hand post.

1742: Not a great deal to tell you about from the KC. A lot of Arsenal's attacking threat coming down the left, with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy linking up quite well.

1738: "Re 1731: Second-half Saturday? I quite enjoyed the first half."
Gary, a Sunderland fan, via text on 81111

1735: BBC 5 Live reporter Alistair Bruce-Ball has spoken to Chelsea skipper John Terry, who suffered a back spasm in the warm-up to the game against Stoke. He doesn't know how long he'll be out for - but didn't seem too worried.

1732: And they're off. Hull immediately on the attack, winning a corner... and then another, but Arsenal survive.

1731: The players are out at the KC Stadium. If this goes to type on what they're already dubbing 'Second-Half Saturday', we can probably nip off for a cup of tea for the next 45 minutes.

1727: "All the pressure on Arsenal. I hope they can cope."
Scared Sussex Gunner via text on 81111

1725: "It was arguably the miss of the season. It was harder to miss it. When you look at it, you think 'how the heck did he miss that?'"
Wigan boss Steve Bruce on Amr Zaki's miss (see 1643)

1723: Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has drawn level with Patrick Vieira and Duncan Ferguson on a record eight Premier League red cards. He'll be chuffed with that, I'm sure.

1718: I need chocolate. Or something stronger. Like cake. I have hardly mentioned the fact that Aston Villa came from behind to beat Sunderland, despite having Ashley Young sent off - albeit with what looked like a fortunate penalty decision. Sam Allardyce will be smiling after watching Blackburn see off his old club. What else? West Brom off the bottom, 10-man Manchester City hanging on to beat Wigan. Kaka should be paying City 107m to play in the Premier League after today's drama.

1714: TEAMS Hull v Arsenal
Hull: Myhill, Doyle, Turner, Ricketts, Kilbane, Mendy, France, Ashbee, Halmosi, Geovanni, Cousin. Subs: Duke, Dawson, Garcia, Folan, Fagan, Manucho, Giannakopoulos.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue, Diaby, Denilson, Nasri, Adebayor, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Song Billong, Bendtner, Gibbs, Merida.

1713: TEAM NEWS Hull v Arsenal
With Hull looking to complete a double over the Gunners, new signing Kevin Kilbane comes straight in and Manucho, on-loan signing from Manchester United, makes the bench. Arsenal's Alex Song is a sub after passing a fitness test and keeps the bench warm alongside Nicolas Bendtner, who was 21 yesterday.

1709: Tottenham - who host Pompey tomorrow - are now bottom. Blackburn climb out of the bottom three but they are level on points with Middlesbrough, Stoke and West Brom.

1706: This all means that Manchester United go top, with Liverpool a point behind, Chelsea a point behind them and Villa a point behind them. Arsenal are six points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of their late kick-off against Hull.

1705: "A good day has turned into a dreadful one."
Dave, a despondent Liverpool fan, via text on 81111

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1700: Was it only 45 minutes ago I was complaining about the lack of action? A quite incredible second-half of football. I can hardly find words to describe it. Juliano Belletti and Frank Lampard might well have saved Luiz Felipe Scolari's job, while Manchester United leave it until injury time to see off Bolton and snatch top spot from Liverpool.

1658: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Stoke

1656: GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Stoke
Oh. My. Word. Stoke desperately throwing their bodies in the way of everything - but there's nothing they can do about Frank Lampard's effort which takes a slight deflection before hitting the back of the net to spark some wild celebrations at the Bridge.

1654: FULL-TIME Man City 1-0 Wigan

1654: FULL-TIME West Brom 3-0 Middlesbrough

1654: FULL-TIME Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa

1652: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-1 Man Utd

1651: FULL-TIME Blackburn 3-0 Newcastle

1651: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Stoke
And then there's Chelsea. Franco di Santo heads the cross back across goal for Juliano Belletti to head in a priceless equaliser for Chelsea - and their manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

1648: GOAL Bolton 0-1 Man Utd
There's leaving it late and then there's Manchester United. With less than a minute remaining, Carlos Tevez finds Dimitar Berbatov right in front of goal and the Bulgarian cannot miss with his header. They're heading for the top.

1645: Newcastle team-mates Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez have to be separated by Sebastien Bassong as they argue over that third Blackburn goal.

1644: GOAL Blackburn 3-0 Newcastle
Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses low from the left for Jason Roberts to tap in at the far post.

1643: Lee Cattermole's header is deflected onto the bar - but the ball comes out to Amr Zaki. With Joe Hart lying on the ground, he has an open goal but somehow manages to head over. Steve Bruce cannot believe it.

1643: Wigan on top against 10-man Manchester City, but Pablo Zabalata - after his awkward start - is now playing out of his skin as his side hang on to a narrow lead.

1641: RED CARD Newcastle
Nicky Butt picks up a second yellow for a foul on David Dunn, and that just made a difficult job for the Magpies almost impossible.

1640: GOAL Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
Paul McShane almost decapitates Gabby Agbonlahor as the ball bounces on the edge of the area. The foul looks just outside but ref Mike Dean points to the spot and Gareth Barry converts.


1638: This seems as good a time as any to remind you that Stoke have not won away this season and have the worst away record in the Premier League.

1636: Roman Abramovich's seat is empty as his club battle for a point against Stoke. Dark days at Stamford Bridge.

1634: Ashley Cole flashes a shot past the right-hand post as Chelsea continue to push for an equaliser. Stoke are defending for their lives.

1633: If the Baggies win by four, they'll go above Boro in the table.

1632: RED CARD Aston Villa
Ashley Young is off after a reckless tackle on Dean Whitehead. I get you now Premier League, you were saving yourself for the second half. Nice.

1629: GOAL West Brom 3-0 Middlesbrough
Chris Brunt sets upRob Koren with a lovely crossfield pass and the midfielder coolly places his shot across Ross Turnbull. Gareth Southgate wears a rueful look.

1629: Frank Lampard shoots inches past the far post after being put through by Nicolas Anelka. Big Phil under big pressure here.

1628: Ryan Giggs is on for his 550th league appearance for Manchester United. 20 minutes remaining. Paul Scholes is on too.

1625: Meanwhile... Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen does well to keep out Ronaldo's fierce free-kick from out wide, and Wigan are having all the pressure against 10-man Manchester City, Elano just scrambling Ryan Taylor's header off the line.

1624: GOAL Blackburn 2-0 Newcastle
A long ball from Paul Robinson causes havoc in the Newcastle defence and the ball falls to Jason Roberts, who prods home the second for Rovers.

1624: RED CARD Middlesbrough
Boro's afternoon goes from bad to worse as Didier Digard is sent off for a nasty studs-up lunge on Valero. Boro's players protest but referee Mark Halsey is certain and wastes no time in producing the red card.

1623: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Stoke
James Beattie chests the ball down and sends through Rory Delap, who calmly lifts the ball over Petr Cech. Astonishing. Virtually Stoke's first shot.

1619: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa
You'll need to check this one out on Match of the Day. Ashley Young skips away down the right and crosses for James Milner, who is sprawling under the challenge from Pascal Chimbonda but the ball hits him and goes in anyway. The hosts think it's handball but the goal stands.

1619: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Newcastle
Benni McCarthy steps up to slot in the spot-kick after he goes over in the box under pressure from David Edgar. Looked like a very soft penalty.


1616: GOAL West Brom 2-0 Middlesbrough
Rob Koren plays a one-two with Marc-Antoine Fortune and his shot takes a deflection off the debutant to beat Ross Turnbull.

1616: Michael Ballack misses a great chance to give Chelsea the lead, heading lamely wide from a Florent Malouda cross.

1613: RED CARD Man City
Enough action for you? Richard Dunne and Amr Zaki go for an aerial challenge and as they lie on the floor, Dunne kicks out at the Egyptian striker. Silly. Ref Lee Mason flashes the red straight away.

1612: GOAL Man City 1-0 Wigan
Trickery from Robinho on the right and though Paul Scharner heads his cross away, Pablo Zabaleta chests down the ball and sends a rasping volley into the net.

1609: They're away at Stamford Bridge at last. Lovely move from West Brom. Debutant Marc-Antoine Fortune sets up strike partner Jay Simpson. who fires narrowly wide. They look lively together. At Ewood Park, Newcastle keeper Shay Given pushes Benni McCarthy's free-kick onto the post.

1609: "As a Liverpool fan, I would give my brother for the scores to remain the same."
Anon via text on 81111

1608: All around the country, students are scurrying back to their books. Premier League, what have you done?

1607: We're back up and running everywhere except Stamford Bridge.

1603: "We're really missing Olsson at the back but Jay Simpson looks electric. The Great Escape 2 is on."
Chris, WBA, via text on 81111

1600: "Delap is looking quite delap-idated. The boards at Stamford Bridge are close to the lines so he can't get much distance on the throws as his run up is shortened. Maybe all clubs should bring in the advertising boards so Delap will be ineffectual against them?"
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1556: Now. Football's not all about goals is it? Is it?! Oh, who am I kidding? Can we have penalty shoot-outs to decide these games?

1553: Two goals. TWO??? What are you playing at, Premier League?

1552: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Stoke

1550: HALF-TIME West Brom 1-0 Middlesbrough

1549: HALF-TIME Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa

1549: HALF-TIME Bolton 0-0 Man Utd

1548: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle

1548: HALF-TIME Man City 0-0 Wigan

1548: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen does well to deal with Ashley Cole's deflected shot. Keepers very much on top this afternoon.

1543: From a cleverly-worked free-kick, Aston Villa winger Ashley Young shoots about a foot wide from long-range. Meanwhile, Jussi Jaaskelainen continues to keep Manchester United at bay, this time denying Anderson.

1543: Bolton concede a free-kick right on the edge of the box, Chris Basham tripping Dimitar Berbatov from behind. Jussi Jaaskelainen sees Cristiano Ronaldo's effort late - but still makes a wonderful save to his right to push it behind for a corner.

1539: Boro striker Afonso Alves sees his well-struck shot saved by a sprawling Scott Carson. It's a lively game at the Hawthorns and it could be about to get livelier - Pele is on! Are you watching Manchester City?

1538: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen saves well from Nicolas Anelka. The visitors have now made two changes in the first half-hour. Amdy Faye, who picked up an early yellow card, and Danny Higginbotham have both gone off.

1537: Jussi Jaaskelainen keeps the scoreline blank at the Reebok Stadium with a brilliant save from Cristiano Ronaldo's header. Probably Manchester United's best chance so far.

1533: Very poor game at Ewood Park. Michael Owen is having to feed off scraps as he tried to impress watching England coach Fabio Capello.

1531: Salomon Kalou cuts inside in the box and is tripped by a flying challenge from Ryan Shawcross - but referee Peter Walton waves away the appeals. Kalou made a lot of it but it looked a decent shout.

1530: Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba holds off a couple of challenges in midfield before unleashing a dipping shot from outside the area - which is well tipped over by Edwin van der Sar.

1528: Salomon Kalou should score from a Frank Lampard free-kick but shoots over from six yards.

1526: What's this? A fan wanders onto the pitch at Reebok Stadium and stand in the centre circle waving a red and white scarf about. The game stops, the fan continues to wave his scarf about, but the stewards are in no particular hurry to deal with it. There's about 20 of them standing nervously on the touchline. Eventually, he is removed.

1525: Robinho is through again, and this times lifts the ball over the keeper - but Titus Bramble is on the line to clear. Moments later, Daniel Sturridge is on the end of a Shaun Wright-Phillips cross but can't keep his header down. Decent chance.

1523: Comedy capers at the Reebok as Bolton's new signing Ariza Makukula barges into Nemanja Vidic, long after Edwin van der Sar has collected the ball. The most ridiculous, pointless, needless yellow card you will see for a long time.

1520: Shock development at the Stadium of Light... Djibril Cisse appears to have an entirely sensible haircut.

1518: "Great atmosphere at the Reebok, United starting to dominate."
Chris, United fan sitting scared in the home stand, via text on 81111

1516: With John Terry limping out in the warm-up, Frank Lampard captains Chelsea today on his 400th appearance for the club.

1514: GOAL Sunderland 1-0 Aston Villa
Carlos Edwards swings over the free-kick from the left and Danny Collins loses marker Curtis Davies and rises to head home. Villa's last two defeats have come against teams from the north east.

1513: Elano puts Robinho through with a lovely ball but the Brazilian scuffs his shot. Newcastle's Andy Carroll has a header cleared off the line by Keith Andrews.

1513: "I bet Wigan's bank manager is nervous about Palacios playing today."
Dan, Somerset, via text on 81111

1510: Over to the Stadium of Light where James Milner's neat left-wing cross with the outside of the boot just eludes Ashley Young sliding in inside the six-yard box.

1510: Manchester City appear to be lining up with four at the back, Micah Richards - sporting a dodgy mohican - at full-back and Pablo Zabaleta in central midfield. Zabaleta looking uncomfortable in an unfamiliar position.

1509: Chelsea look decidedly ropey when dealing with the first set-piece barrage from Stoke. Rory Delap's long throw is scrambled for a corner with Petr Cech flapping and then the resulting corner causes chaos before being hacked away. Expect more of the same.

1507: Afonso Alves hits the bar as Middlesbrough look for an immediate response. Boro, let's not forget, are without a win in nine games.

1505: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Middlesbrough
Chris Brunt is about a yard offside as the ball comes over from the right. He collects Tony McMahon's poor defensive header and smashes in a heavily deflected shot.

1504: We're under way everywhere. England boss Fabio Capello is taking in the game at Ewood Park, sitting alongside Republic of Ireland counterpart Giovanni Trapatonni.

1459: "I am very sad for Joe to have suffered this injury, and I am disappointed to have lost a very important player for me and the club at such a vital moment of the competition. However, I believe that with his spirit, Joe will come back to Chelsea even better than before."
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari

1457: Crikey, more bad news. Did Chelsea break a mirror? Skipper John Terry hobbles out of the warm-up and he'll be replaced by Alex. Surely, Roman Abramovich will have to dust off the cheque-book now?

1454: Bad news for Chelsea fans. Joe Cole is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament. He had surgery this morning.

1451: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Stoke
The big team news for Chelsea remains the absence of Didier Drogba from their 18, placing further doubt over his future at the club. In addition, Luis Felipe Scolari makes two changes from the side that beat Southend in the Cup with Ricardo Carvalho and Florent Malouda in for Alex and the injured Joe Cole. Stoke make one change from the side that drew at home to Liverpool last weekend with new signing James Beattie spearheading the attack in place of Dave Kitson. Throw-in specialist Rory Delap is also included in their starting line-up.

1449: "Re 1444: 5-3-1-1 from Man City!! Well, at least their trying to resolve their defensive issues."
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1444: TEAMS Man City v Wigan
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Dunne, Richards, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Sturridge. Subs: Schmeichel, Vassell, Jo, Garrido, Fernandes, Caicedo, Weiss.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Bramble, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole, Taylor, Heskey, Zaki. Subs: Kingson, Edman, Brown, Boyce, De Ridder, Kapo, Camara.

1443: TEAMS West Brom v Middlesbrough
West Brom: Carson, Hoefkens, Barnett, Donk, Robinson, Borja Valero, Greening, Brunt, Koren, Simpson, Fortune. Subs: Kiely, Cech, Beattie, Kim, Moore, Pele, Filipe Teixeira.
Middlesbrough: Turnbull, McMahon, Wheater, Riggott, Taylor, O'Neil, Digard, Shawky, Downing, Sanli, Alves. Subs: Jones, Mido, Emnes, Huth, Bates, Adam Johnson, Bennett.

1439: TEAM NEWS Man City v Wigan
Kaka may not be lining up for Manchester City, yet, but fellow Brazilian Robinho - a snip at 32m - does return after missing their shock FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest through an ankle injury, Shaun Wright-Phillips also plays after shaking off a hamstring problem while Wayne Bridge makes his debut. City boss Mark Hughes brings in Nedum Onuoha for only his second Premier League start of the season and he could line up in a three-man central defence alongside Richard Dunne and Micah Richards. Wigan manager Steve Bruce sticks with the side that lost 1-0 to Manchester United on Wednesday, with Wilson Palacios keeping his place in midfield despite reportedly being close to joining Tottenham.
Spurs 'on brink' of Palacios deal

1437: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Newcastle
Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz takes his place on the bench after recovering from a calf injury that has kept him out of the last four matches. David Dunn and Vince Grella are also among the substitutes following injury.Newcastle striker Andy Carroll starts alongside Michael Owen in attack after shrugging off a hamstring problem, while defender Steven Taylor, who is fit after recovering from a calf strain, is named as a substitute.

1437: TEAMS Chelsea v Stoke
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Malouda, Anelka, Kalou. Subs: Cudicini, Di Santo, Ivanovic, Alex, Belletti, Mancienne, Stoch.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Delap, Whelan, Amdy Faye, Etherington, Beattie, Cresswell. Subs: Simonsen, Griffin, Olofinjana, Lawrence, Kitson, Pugh, Sonko.

1436: TEAM NEWS West Brom v Middlesbrough
West Brom hand a debut to on-loan Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who replaces the suspended Roman Bednar. Ryan Donk comes in at centre-half for Jonas Olsson and Chris Brunt plays in midfield in place of James Morrison. Middlesbrough also make three changes from their last league fixture. Stewart Downing is named skipper in the absence of Emanuel Pogatetz, who has a hamstring problem, but Didier Digard has been passed fit after suffering a facial injury and Gary O'Neil has recovered from illness.

1433: TEAM NEWS Sunderland v Aston Villa
Teemu Tainio comes into the Sunderland starting line-up, with former Spurs colleague Steed Malbranque suspended. Carlos Cuellar replaces Martin Laursen in the one Aston Villa change.

1430: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Man Utd
Bolton welcome Gary Cahill back from injury and new loan striker Ariza Makukula starts up front with Kevin Davies. Other new arrival Sebastien Puygrenier is given a place on the bench. Defender Jonny Evans and striker Carlos Tevez both pass late fitness tests for Manchester United with Gary Neville named as captain. Anderson replaces Paul Scholes in the centre of midfield while Darren Fletcher is preferred to Nani.

1428: "I've got a law mock exam on Monday. If I fail I could get kicked of the course, however I'd never revise instead of football, just plain wrong!"
Anon via text on 81111
Commendable attitude

1423: TEAMS Bolton v Man Utd
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Davies, Basham, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Makukula. Subs: Bogdan, Smolarek, Riga, Puygrenier, Shittu, Sinclair, Obadeyi.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Evans, O'Shea, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Ronaldo, Tevez, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Giggs, Park, Nani, Scholes, Welbeck, Chester.

1422: TEAMS Blackburn v Newcastle
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Andrews, Kerimoglu, Pedersen, Roberts, McCarthy. Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Roque Santa Cruz, Grella, Mokoena, Treacy, Derbyshire.
Newcastle: Given, Edgar, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Duff, Guthrie, Butt, N'Zogbia, Carroll, Owen. Subs: Harper, Barton, Gutierrez, Xisco, Taylor, Kadar, LuaLua.

1420: TEAMS Sunderland v Aston Villa
Sunderland: Fulop, Chimbonda, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, Collins, Edwards, Tainio, Whitehead, Diouf, Cisse, Jones. Subs: Colgan, Bardsley, Chopra, Leadbitter, Reid, Healy, McShane.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Reo-Coker, Davies, Cuellar, Luke Young, Milner, Sidwell, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Harewood, Delfouneso, Knight, Salifou, Shorey, Gardner.

1418: "Re 1409: these exams mean everything, A-Levels, well that's what my teachers say. I'm only hoping Man Utd win!"
Tom in Manchester, via text on 81111
Teachers also say you should take regular breaks when revising. Of about 90 minutes. Think that's right anyway.

1412: Some early team news from Eastlands for you: Robinho returns after injury for City while Wayne Bridge makes his debut at left-back.

1409: Lots of people seem to have exams at the moment and are wondering whether they should follow the football or revise. It's only January so these exams can't be that important, so there's your answer.

1405: West Brom vMiddlesbrough pits bottom of the table v bottom of the form table. Boro have failed to win in nine league games. Victory for The Baggies would move them off the bottom and level on points with Gareth Southgate's side.

1401: Champions League wannabes Aston Villa are at Sunderland knowing victory could take them above Chelsea into third, while defeat could see them slip back to fifth. They are unbeaten in nine league games, their best run under Martin O'Neill.

1359: No news yet on the late fitness tests for Manchester United pair Carlos Tevez and Jonny Evans - but I can confirm they have both arrived at the Reebok Stadium with the rest of the squad.

1355: "Some City fans have arrived at Eastlands in Brazil tops, while others have worked out a song for their potential new signing already: "Knowing me knowing you, Kakaaaaaaa, there is nothing we can do..." (to the tune of the Abba hit - see what they've done there?)"
BBC Sport's David Garrido at Eastlands

1352: We appear to be suffering some technical problems. Sorry about that. We have our very, very best people on it.

1347: Newcastle, with Joe Kinnear mulling over a "lucrative" offer to stay on next season, travel to Blackburn. Roque Santa Cruz is back in the Rovers squad. Former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce says of his time at St James': "The process was a long term job but that never materialised. I can't help it if they didn't understand can I?"

1344: "James Beattie to help Stoke win? In his last five games against Chelsea, he's played 260mins, losing 4 games, scored 2, plus an OG, been sent off."
Simon, Dorset, via text on 81111

1341: "Surely Real Madrid must be gutted that they didn't ask for more from City from Robinho after the amount they offered for Kaka!?"
alex_the_gooner on 606
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1333: Relegation-threatened Manchester City, who are hopeful of concluding a 108m deal for Kaka, host seventh-placed Wigan, who have already agreed a 4.5m deal for Hugo Rodallega. Hmm. City are hoping to go three league matches unbeaten for the first time in over a year.

1327: Chelsea host Stoke, who have the worst away record in the Premier League. Big Phil has again left Didier Drogba out of his squad, but will Ricardo Carvalho - who reportedly fell out with the manager over his zonal marking plans - return? And how will that defence cope with Rory Delap's epic throw-ins?

1325: "Re 1316: 106 million would be 5300000000000000000000000 on the European trillion or 5300000000000000000 on the American trillion. What a splendid waste of revision time."
Jamesie in Birmingham, via text on 811111
Not if you're revising maths...

1319: Six kick-offs at 3pm, including Manchester United's trip to Bolton. United are looking for a record-equalling 10 consecutive clean sheets, which prompted the Sun newspaper to print a rather disturbing-looking mock-up picture of a bunch of United players in bed - under a clean sheet. Geddit? Anyway, it's up front where they might struggle, with Wayne Rooney out injured. But Dimitar Berbatov scored 38 of his 52 goals in his last two full seasons for Spurs from December onwards, so... he might score I suppose.

1316:Danny the Stat couldn't resist a dabble on the 'how much would Manchester City's bid for Kaka be worth in Zimbabwean dollars' quiz. He's gone for 5000000000000000000000000000 Zimbabwean dollars (five thousand million trillion).

1314: "Man Utd could be in for a tricky test. Without Rio at the back, it'll be interesting to see how Evans copes with the physical challenge of Bolton. Chelsea-Stoke looks very tasty. A couple of weeks ago it would have been a certain 3 points, but I imagine Rory Delap and co will be licking their lips at the fraility of Chelsea's defence when defending set-pieces."
It's Freddie Ljungberg again... on 606
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1311: Today is not a day for other activities. But should some kind of emergency mean you are away from your computer or telly, you'll be relieved to know you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract.

1307: Kaka is of course preparing for AC Milan's game against Fiorentina later today. But what a Premier League treat he's missing out on. Sam Allardyce hosts former club Newcastle. Hull attempt to do the double over Arsenal. Aston Villa could leapfrog Chelsea into third. And then there's West Brom against Middlesbrough... Speaking of Kaka, I wonder how much the Samba star* would be worth in Zimbabwean dollars.
Zimbabwe rolls out trillion note

* copyright: all British tabloids

1300: Big day today. Massive, you might say. Manchester United could go top, Tottenham could go bottom. Chelsea's shaky defence try their luck against Stoke, while struggling Manchester City host high-flying Wigan... Are you watching Kaka?

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Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

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

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

see also
Blackburn 3-0 Newcastle
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Bolton 0-1 Man Utd
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Chelsea 2-1 Stoke
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Hull 1-3 Arsenal
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Man City 1-0 Wigan
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League
West Brom 3-0 Middlesbrough
17 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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