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Blackburn 0-0 Everton
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By Caroline Cheese

2210: Crikey, must dash, it's Match of the Day soon. I simply cannot wait to relive that drama. 2245 GMT, BBC1 are the details you require. Until then, why not tune into good old BBC 5 Live where Tim Lovejoy is chewing the football cud on 606?

2205: "Those results today have really affected the bottom. Newcastle and Boro have a lot to do now. Baggies are gone. But I think the Prem will lose a side other than the three promoted sides."
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2202: "Anyone had a look at Newcastle's run in? Doesn't look good..."
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2201: "England coach Fabio Capello was at White Hart Lane tonight and he cannot fail to have been impressed by Aaron Lennon, who not only scored twice for Spurs but tormented Middlesbrough all night. An utterly miserable night for Boro boss Gareth Southgate but at least he has Sunday's FA Cup sixth round tie with Everton to look forward to."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2200: Hull's dramatic win moves them five points above the drop zone, while Blackburn's point against Everton isn't enough to stop them dropping into it. That's because Stoke won at Bolton, moving them up to 15th.

2158: "Re 2144: You'd think Hull would be happy to settle for a draw, how about a win??? You beauty!!!!"
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2156: The travelling Hull fans look like they can hardly believe it - and that's not surprising. Manucho's first goal in English football earns Hull their first league win since 6 December, a run of 11 games.

2154: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-1 Hull

2153: FULL-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Everton

2152: FULL-TIME Tottenham 4-0 Middlesbrough

2152: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Hull
Drama, drama, drama. Bulldozing run by Richard Garcia on the left and he crosses for substitute Manucho, whose far post run goes completely unchecked - and the Angolan guides home what could be a priceless goal for Hull. Fulham have lost once at home all season - to West Ham.

2152: For the second game in a row, Geovanni is substituted by Hull boss Phil Brown. No sign of the histrionics that greeted his departure in the defeat by Blackburn at the weekend.

2151: "Brazil legend Pele is in the crowd here at White Hart Lane but I don't think even he could save Boro now. They have not threatened since the impressive Aaron Lennon scored Tottenham's fourth and the visitors' goal-difference has taken a pounding tonight too which won't help their survival bid one bit. "
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2149: Aston Villa's defeat at Manchester City means their lead over Arsenal is just three points. I think we can now definitely class this as a wobble by Martin O'Neill's side.

2148: Joleon Lescott volleys narrowly over for Everton with a few minutes left at Ewood Park.

2146: Eleven wins from 11 for Man United and they have a seven-point lead at the top, with a game in hand. Newcastle, despite a stirring effort tonight, still in bother - just two points above the drop zone.

2145: "Manchester United nowhere near their best, but Sir Alex Ferguson and his players will only be concerned about getting the job done - and they have. Wayne Rooney was an inspiration tonight, and if it difficult to see how Chelsea or Liverpool can overhaul Manchester United now. Newcastle's fans give their team an ovation at the final whistle, which was deserved. They showed real character, but ultimately they were undone by a lack of class and a failure to make their early domination count - plus that moment of awful defending by Taylor."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2144: Another superb save from Hull keeper Matt Duke from Clint Dempsey's swerving shot. Hull will be pleased with a point at Fulham you would think...

2142: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-1 West Ham

2141: "I think the title has been decided tonight."
Chris Waddle on BBC 5 Live

2140: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd

2138: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 Middlesbrough
Robbie Keane again the provider, picking up sub Darren Bent's pass and feeding it through for Aaron Lennon to lift the ball over Brad Jones. Keane has had a hand in all four goals.

2137: FULL-TIME Stoke 2-0 Bolton

2137: FULL-TIME Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

2137: "Harry Redknapp has been getting visibly frustrated with the way his side have surrendered possession in the second-half and Luka Modric - the star of the show before the break - is the fall-guy, coming off for the more combative Jamie O'Hara. Boro are still having the better of things but are running out of time to get back into the match."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2136: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen is in action again, pushing Johan Elmander's 20-yard volley past the post.

2135: Looks like Aston Villa's run of seven successive away wins in the league is coming to an end then...

2133: Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland foils Mark Noble, who was put through on goal by substitute Savio.

2133: GOAL Man City 2-0 Aston Villa
With Villa still organising their new-look defence, Shaun Wright-Phillips plays a quick one-two with Stephen Ireland on the left of the box before sidefooting into the far corner.

2132: Villa defender Carlos Cuellar has a nasty-looking head wound and he won't be able to carry on. Craig Gardner is on.

2131: Now Edwin van der Sar has to make a smart save from Obafemi Martins, who has had an excellent game for Newcastle.

2129: Michael Carrick has to make a last-ditch challenge on Oba Martins after a defensive mix-up by Man United. The champions appear to have switched off.

2126: And now Stephen Warnock finds the woodwork. The Blackburn man rattles the bar with a 25-yard free-kick. A second later, Jason Roberts is put through but can't find a way past Everton keeper Tim Howard.

2125: Stoke are inches away from making it three against Bolton. Liam Lawrence swings over a corner and Ibrahima Sonko rises above the Wanderers defence only to see his powerful header rebound off the bar.

2124: A sympathetic round of applause greets the departure of Jack Collison on a stretcher. Jonathan Spector replaces him.

2122: It's injury o'clock. Clash of heads between Leon Osman and Gael Givet and it is the Blackburn defender who seems to have come off the worse as he goes off the field a rather dazed. He gets a yellow card for his troubles. Meanwhile, Tim Cahill is still on the field but seems to be struggling with a back problem after an earlier clash with Christopher Samba.

2121: More injury trouble for West Ham. After seeing Valon Behrami suffer a season-ending knee injury at the weekend, now Jack Collison lands awkwardly, twisting his knee in horrifying fashion.

2121: "Marlon King has given Boro more of a presence up front since coming off the bench at the start of the second half and they are certainly more solid at the back too - but at the moment they look a million miles away from getting even one goal, let alone three."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2120: "Newcastle's coaching team of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have been deep in discussion for several minutes now as the tide has turned ominously against their side. Maybe the introduction of Shola Ameobi from the bench might provide some physical assistance for the tireless Martins. Manchester United look in cruise control and Newcastle keeper Steve Harper is starting to get busy."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2118: Villa keeper Brad Friedel pulls off a magnificent save to deny Elano, diving to his left to keep out the Brazilian's fierce volley.

2116: GOAL Stoke 2-0 Bolton
The Delap-idator is back! From Rory Delap's long throw, Glenn Whelan's shot is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen but Ricardo Fuller buries the follow-up.

2115: Great save Shay Given. The Man City keeper pushes Gareth Barry's ferocious left-foot volley around the post to keep the hosts ahead against Villa.

2114: Good spell of pressure from Fulham. Clint Dempsey's 30-yard shot is palmed wide by Matt Duke. From the corner, Bernard Mendy clears off the line from Andy Johnson's header.

2113: Felipe Caicedo is at the far post to connect with a Wayne Bridge left-wing cross but he's always stretching and can't get the shot on target.

2112: Fulham striker Clint Dempsey fails to squeeze in a shot at the far post - as Bobby Zamora appeals for a penalty after being hauled down by Kevin Kilbane. Woulda been a harsh one.

2111: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen has to back-pedal to stop Mark Davies's curling free-kick finding the top corner.

2109: Roque Santa Cruz runs onto Stephen Warnock's pass but slices the shot wide for Blackburn.

2108: Over to Craven Cottage... Andy Johnson latches on to a Bobby Zamora knock-down and strikes a sweet shot which Hull keeper Matt Duke tips over.

2106: "Wayne Rooney gets a grateful hug from Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who runs to the half-way line to celebrate after Dimitar Berbatov gives the champions the lead, no doubt happy that his earlier howler has been erased thanks to the England striker's quick thinking. Soft goal for Newcastle to concede though - this is now a real test of character for a side that has shown plenty of spirit. Sloppy from Ryan Taylor and suddenly there is more of a mood of resignation around St James' Park."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2105: Andrew Taylor replaces Robert Huth at the back who had a first-half shocker for Boro - nutmegged twice to hand Spurs two of their goals.

2105: Second-halves up and away everywhere. Tugay replaces Vince Grella for Blackburn.

2101: GOAL Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd
Ryan Taylor attempts a very ambitious chest back to keeper Steve Harper. Too ambitious. Ji-Sung Park steals the ball and sets up Dimitar Berbatov for the tap-in. Calamitous defending.

2058: RED CARD Wigan
Not sure Lee Cattermole can have many complaints about that one. Perhaps still fuming about that Lucas Neill challenge, the Wigan midfielder lunges in two-footed on Scott Parker, leaving the Hammers midfielder writhing around in agony. Stuart Attwell brings out the dreaded red and it's 10 men each at the JJB.

2057: Lucas Neill receives only a caution after a horror lunge on Lee Cattermole, who has treatment before returning unscathed.

2057: "The Middlesbrough team don't look happy as they come off at half-time - "Too much space" is defender Gary O'Neil's opinion as he goes down the tunnel and he is dead right. The visitors have had plenty of possession but no cutting edge and their defending has been abysmal - not sure how boss Gareth Southgate is going to turn this one around at the break."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2055: Nemanja Vidic is pointing at Obafemi Martins and doing the international sign for 'that fella just elbowed me in the face' as blood seeps from a face wound.

2053: "It's fantasy time at the lane but Boro can count themselves unlucky. Lennon is on fire!"
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2051: The 7.45pm games are all back under way. Manchester City are forced to make an almost immediate change, Nigel de Jong making way for Gelson Fernandes.

2050: "Re 2040: That's a very brief description for one of the best team goals I have ever seen in the prem. What about the 20 spurs passes before Lennon scored?"
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2049: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 Hull

2048: Andy Johnson screws a shot wide for Fulham.

2048: HALF-TIME Tottenham 3-0 Middlesbrough

2047: HALF-TIME Blackburn 0-0 Everton

2044: Everton boss David Moyes and the visiting fans are screaming for a penalty after Stephen Pienaar's shot hits Andre Ooijer's hand. Unclear if it was inside or outside the box - but Everton don't even get a free-kick.

2043: What news from Ewood Park? Blackburn keeper Jason Brown has made a decent save from Stephen Pienaar's volley. Things are livening up a touch. At Fulham, Simon Davies shoots into the ground and sees the ball fly just over the bar.

2040: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Middlesbrough
Robbie Keane slips the ball through Robert Huth's legs and Aaron Lennon does the rest, finishing past a helpless Brad Jones.

2037: "Feisty end to an enjoyable first half, with Ferguson involved in lengthy dialogue with the officials after Steven Taylor cuffs Cristiano Ronaldo around the ear. Lots of angry arm-waving from the Man United manager before Taylor is rightly yellow-carded. Rio Ferdinand shows little sense in becoming embroiled with the great authoritarian Steve Bennett after the half-time whistle and picks up a senseless booking."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2036: Spurs piling on the pressure and the long arms of Boro keeper denies Robbie Keane when clean through. Boro boss Gareth Southgate looks irate on the bench as he screams "come on". I sense the Boro boys may need more than that.

2035: Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting to speak to Steve Bennett about that Steven Taylor clash with Cristiano Ronaldo. West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola wants a word with Stuart Attwell after Carlton Cole's red card.

2034: Just before half-time at Eastlands, Shaun Wright-Phillips plays the ball across goal and Stephen Ireland slides in but is inches away from connecting and making it 2-0.

2033: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-1 West Ham

2033: HALF-TIME Man City 1-0 Aston Villa

2033: HALF-TIME Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd

2032: HALF-TIME Stoke 1-0 Bolton

2032: The United players are livid after Steven Taylor throws an arm around Cristiano Ronaldo's neck off the ball. Steve Bennett has a chat with the linesman and gives the Newcastle man a yellow card.

2031: Fulham striker Andy Johnson dives full length to meet a whipped in Paul Konchesky cross but his effort goes wide as the home side start to take control. Shortly afterwards Clint Dempsey has a shot blocked by Ian Ashbee with Fulham stretched.

2030: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen makes a smart save from Matt Taylor's 25-yard free-kick.

2029: The man who just sent off Carlton Cole is the same man that awarded the "ghost goal" to Reading against Watford and who made several controversial decisions in a Derby-Forest game this season. The decision to send off Cole looked a touch harsh to me.

2029: "For the first time in the game there is a sense that Man United are finally exerting a measure of control over Newcastle - the power of Wayne Rooney is extraordinary to behold at close quarters. Defenders are simply brushed away. Obafemi Martins, Newcastle's real danger man, has also gone quiet and just the first hints of anxiety can be detected from the previously buoyant Toon Army."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2027: "Spurs seem to have spotted a weakness down Boro's left - the corner that led to the home side's opener came following a move down that flank and Modric opened up that side of Boro's defence for their second. The visitors have lost their last six away league games and they are also the lowest scorers in the top four English divisions with just 20 all season so it is asking a lot for them to come back now."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

2026: So close for Man Utd as a corner from Michael Carrick flies across the six-yard box and is met by Nemanja Vidic - but the defender cannot quite get over the ball and his close-range header loops over.

2025: Scott Parker needs to calm down. And quick. The West Ham midfielder is fuming about that decision and has to be held back by Wigan striker Mido.

2023: RED CARD West Ham
Already carded for an earlier foul on Michael Brown, goalscorer Carlton Cole gets his second booking for having his foot high in a challenge with Emmerson Boyce. Stuart Attwell is the ref.

2022: 20 minutes gone at Ewood Park: one corner, no shot on target. Dullsville.

2020: GOAL Wigan 0-1 West Ham
What a move by West Ham: slick, one-touch passing featuring Scott Parker, David Di Michele and Mark Noble before Carlton Cole sidefoots in. Lovely. The Premier League appears to be in a very good mood tonight.

2016: Ryan Taylor hammers a cross-shot across the face of goal. Nemanja Vidic swings a leg at it and is fortunate to see it go behind for a corner. Edwin van der Sar punches very unconvincingly. United look so shaky.

2013: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
Fabulous dummy from Luka Modric as he runs on to Robbie Keane's pass, leaving his marker on the ground and squaring for Roman Pavlyuchenko to slide in Tottenham's second. Tuncay had a goal disallowed moments ago for offside.

2012: "Sir Alex Ferguson was stalking the touchline in the minutes leading up to that equaliser from Wayne Rooney - not gestures just a steely glare honed by years of practice, and it has had the desired effect. Newcastle still look lively up front, with Obafemi Martins' pace troubling United every time he gets the ball and for a defence that has been re-writing history this season, the Premier League champions look vulnerable. Will that equaliser take the wind out of Newcastle though? A crucial period coming up for them."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

2010: GOAL Man City 1-0 Aston Villa
James Milner takes out Shaun Wright-Phillips and the referee points to the spot. Elano confidently tucks away the spot kick.


2009: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough
Corner, flicked on by Michael Dawson and Robbie Keane turns in his first goal for Tottenham since his return from Liverpool.

2007: Stephen Ireland plays in Shaun Wright-Phillips with a perfect pass but under pressure from Luke Young, he stabs the shot wide.

2007: After Stewart Downing goes close for Boro, Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas breaks away, crosses for Aaron Lennon who stretches out his leg and volleys just wide. Lively.

2007: Mido's free-kick from 25 yards is spilled by Robert Green but the goalkeeper claws the ball behind for a corner at the second attempt. At the other end, Jack Collison sends Carlton Cole through on goal but his touch is too heavy and the ball trickles out for a goal kick.

2005: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd
Deadly. John O'Shea Plays a one-two with Ji-Sung Park on the right before playing in Wayne Rooney, who turns in a flash and lashes the ball past Steve Harper. Might have been a slight deflection.

2003: I can hardly believe what I'm seeing at St James' Park. Lovely piece of skill from Obafemi Martins and he's past Nemanja Vidic - but the defender sticks out a leg to bring him down. Promising free-kick... Ryan Taylor gets underneath it though and it balloons over the bar.

2002: And the 8pm kick-offs are all up and running now.

2000: GOAL Stoke 1-0 Bolton
Poor defending from Bolton. Glenn Whelan heads forward for James Beattie to slot past Jussi Jaaskelainen. Beattie's fifth goal in seven appearances for the Potters.

2000: "A shocker from Edwin van der Sar gifts Peter Lovenkrands the opening goal for Newcastle - and no excuses about the pitch because the ground staff took great pains to clear the penalty area after the early hailstorm. Sir Alex Ferguson looks suitably grim-faced on the bench."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

1959: Newcastle come so, so close to a second. They break at pace again, Peter Lovenkrands playing in Oba Martins whose shot only finds the side netting. The Newcastle fans are absolutely loving this, you won't be surprised to learn.

1958: Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen tips over well from Johan Elmander.

1954: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd
I'm not even joking. Newcastle break from a United corner, Jose Enrique cutting the ball back to Jonas Gutierrez on the left. The Argentine's shot isn't the greatest but Edwin van der Sar spills it into Peter Lovenkrands' path and he can't miss.

1953: Cristiano Ronaldo tries some stepovers on the edge of the box, makes a yard of space and sees his low shot deflected just wide. Lively start at St James' Park.

1950: Something I criminally failed to spot during yesterday's proceedings: the spring ball is in action! The yellow ball is used from November to February, so the white one is back - just in time for the snow flurry at St James'.

1949: Nothing wrong with Newcastle's offside trap... so far anyway. Wayne Rooney has been flagged three times already. The Magpies are playing a very high line though.

1945: There are some days I am pleased to be marooned in a gloomy office in Shepherd's Bush, and today is one of them. It looks perishing cold out there. Those four early kick-offs are under way.

1942: Stand by your beds, or whatever you happen to be standing by, the teams are heading out at the earlier kick-offs. Why must there be two kick-off times tonight? Why, Premier League, why???

1940: "Re 1932: Not enough credit goes to the defence and the record is more Vidic's then Van Der Sar's."
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1937: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Everton
Jason Brown starts in goal for Blackburn after he replaced the injured Paul Robinson during the second half of the victory over Hull. Jason Roberts replaces the suspended Morten Gamst Pedersen in the only other change to the Rovers line-up. Joleon Lescott starts for Everton after he was rested during the 2-0 win over West Brom at the weekend. David Moyes shuffles his team around as a result with Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell coming in for Tony Hibbert and Marouane Fellaini.

1935: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Hull
Fulham make just one change as right-back John Pantsil returns from suspension and replaces Chris Baird. Hull boss starts with Geovanni, despite the forward's tantrum at being substituted in the defeat by Blackburn last time out. Defenders Anthony Gardner and Sam Ricketts, midfielder Craig Fagan as well as striker Daniel Cousin come in for Andy Dawson, Nathan Doyle, Richard Garcia and Dean Marney.

1932: Right then, Van der Sar fans, listen carefully, I shall say this only once. The Dutch keeper needs another 89 minutes to take Danny Verlinden's European league record. He'll need to not concede for another five matches and 65 minutes to beat the world record. By the way, I read today that Van der Sar has made an average of three saves per match this season. I know. Three!! It works out at one every 37 minutes.

1930: "In his programme notes, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp promised to shake up his squad following Sunday's Carling Cup final defeat but he makes only three changes. The Spurs players have just filed past me on to the pitch to begin their warm-up and they are all smiling and giving each other friendly jabs - no Wembley hangover here on that evidence."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at White Hart Lane

1928: TEAM NEWS Tottenham v Middlesbrough
Former Boro star Jonathan Woodgate has passed a late fitness test and makes the Tottenham XI, Heurelho Gomes keeps his place in goal, while Wilson Palacios and Robbie Keane - both ineligible for Wembley - start. Middlesbrough's Matthew Bates keeps his place alongside Julio Arca in midfield, while boss Gareth Southgate sticks with his trusty back four of Justin Hoyte, David Wheater, Robert Huth and Emanuel Pogatetz.

1924: "I can assure you Caroline that Man City v Aston Villa won't be a draw. Man City are the only team not to have drawn at home and Aston Villa are the only team not to have drawn away! Should be a cracker!"
Jacob in Stanmore, via text on 81111
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1923: TEAM NEWS Wigan v West Ham
Wigan manager Steve Bruce makes two changes to the side beaten at Chelsea as Antonio Valencia and Mido recover from injury and go straight into the starting line-up at the expense of Paul Scharner and Olivier Kapo. There is just one West Ham change following Sunday's victory over Manchester City and that sees Mark Noble replace the injured Valon Behrami in midfield.

1922: TEAMS Blackburn v Everton
Blackburn: Brown, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Grella, Warnock, Roque Santa Cruz, Roberts, Diouf. Subs: Bunn, Kerimoglu, Dunn, McCarthy, Mokoena, Simpson, Treacy.
Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Rodwell, Pienaar, Cahill, Jo. Subs: Nash, Van der Meyde, Castillo, Saha, Jacobsen, Fellaini, Gosling.

1921: TEAMS Fulham v Hull
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Kamara, Dacourt, Stoor, Kallio.
Hull: Duke, Zayatte, Turner, Gardner, Kilbane, Mendy, Ashbee, Ricketts, Geovanni, Fagan, Cousin. Subs: Myhill, Barmby, Hughes, France, Garcia, Halmosi, Manucho.

1920: TEAMS Tottenham v Middlesbrough
Tottenham: Gomes, Zokora, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Jenas, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Keane. Subs: Cudicini, Bentley, Huddlestone, Bent, Chimbonda, Corluka, O'Hara.
Middlesbrough: Jones, Hoyte, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, O'Neil, Bates, Arca, Downing, Aliadiere, Sanli. Subs: Turnbull, Taylor, Emnes, Alves, King, Adam Johnson, Walker.

1919: "Re 1915: Ronaldo seriously needs to be rested against Fulham in the FA Cup, this will be his 15th consecutive game! Surely he is slightly human and must be tired? Surely? Even Vidic hasn't had as many games as Ronaldo and he was out for two months! He needs to be rested against Fulham so he is fresh for Inter!!"
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1918: TEAM NEWS Newcastle v Man Utd
Wayne Rooney overcomes a virus to start for Manchester United, who make seven changes from Sunday's Carling Cup final. Edwin van der Sar, who has not conceded a Premier League goal for 1,302 minutes, returns along with Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Park Ji-Sung and Dimitar Berbatov. Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt is only on the bench for Newcastle after a recent injury so Alan Smith makes his first start of the season. Kevin Nolan is suspended, while six players, including Michael Owen, are out injured.

1915: Cristiano Ronaldo never seems to get a rest does he? Is this some sort of punishment for his antics last summer I wonder?

1913: "Re 1901: I wouldn't worry about it, just wait a while and we'll gift you something. Even at full strength I would bet on Man U winning this and we're a long way short of that."
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1912: TEAM NEWS Man City v Aston Villa
Manchester City include Elano in their line-up for the first time in five games as Shaun Wright-Phillips and Felipe Caicedo are also drafted in. Robinho, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards are all out. Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill selects an unchanged side, with Emile Heskey fit to start despite limping off against Stoke.

1911: TEAMS Man City v Aston Villa
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, De Jong, Elano, Caicedo. Subs: Hart, Bojinov, Vassell, Garrido, Fernandes, Evans, Berti.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Davies, Knight, Luke Young, Milner, Petrov, Barry, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Harewood, Carew, Delfouneso, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Gardner.

1910: TEAMS Newcastle v Man Utd
Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Geremi, Gutierrez, Martins, Smith. Subs: Krul, Cacapa, Butt, Ameobi, Edgar, LuaLua, Carroll.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Anderson, Giggs, Scholes, Evans, Tevez, Eckersley.

1909: TEAMS Wigan v West Ham
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Brown, Cattermole, N'Zogbia, Mido, Zaki. Subs: Pollitt, Edman, Sibierski, Rodallega, Kapo, Watson, Scharner.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Collison, Noble, Parker, Kovac, Di Michele, Cole. Subs: Lopez, Nsereko, Spector, Lastuvka, Sears, Payne, Stanislas.

1908: "A white covering will greet Newcastle United and Manchester United when they come out for the warm-up at St James' Park, courtesy of a wintry shower. And it looks like Sir Alex Ferguson is bringing back the big guns, with Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all back in his starting line-up. The mood among Newcastle fans is, at very best, grimly pessimistic. When one was told to be positive he said: " I am. I'm positive we'll get thrashed." Nice."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St James' Park

1907: TEAM NEWS Stoke v Bolton
Stoke make three changes from the team which snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday. The scorer of City's equaliser in that game, Glenn Whelan comes in for Amdy Faye, Abdoulaye Faye replaces Ibrahima Sonko after passing a late fitness test and long-throw merchant Rory Delap returns from suspension in place of Danny Pugh in midfield. Kevin Davies plays his 200th game for an unchanged Bolton side from the one that beat Newcastle at the weekend. Wanderers are seeking their third win on the bounce tonight.

1905: TEAMS Stoke v Bolton
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Whelan, Diao, Delap, Sidibe, Beattie. Subs: Simonsen, Fuller, Pugh, Amdy Faye, Tonge, Camara, Sonko.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Mark Davies, Muamba, McCann, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Gardner, Shittu, Smolarek, Puygrenier, Makukula, Basham.

1901: "I'm a little worried about tonight's game against Newcastle. After all we put into Sunday this could be a draw."
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1856: It's 13 years to the day since Man United won at St James' Park as Newcastle squandered a 12-point lead at the top. The Magpies now find themselves in a relegation battle and their next three home games are against United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

1853: Mind you, Manchester City will have a bit of a pre-takeover look about them as they face Villa without Robinho and Craig Bellamy. City have won their last four home games. Villa have the Premier League's best away record.

1851: While we're wallowing in the past, Paul Ince received plenty of plaudits on the opening day of the season after his Blackburn side beat Everton 3-2. Likewise Hull's Phil Brown who saw Geovanni strike the first goal in a 2-1 win over Fulham. And as for Manchester City...

1845: Remember 17 August 2008? When Manchester United opened the defence of their Premier League title with a distinctly average 1-1 draw at home to an impressive Newcastle? Magpies boss Kevin Keegan was brimming with excitement about the potential of his side. Sir Alex Ferguson, still waiting for the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov, was forced to start with Fraizer Campbell.
Report: Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle

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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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