BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 19:35 GMT, Saturday, 21 March 2009
Live - Premier League

Blackburn 1-1 West Ham
Fulham 2-0 Man Utd
Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal
Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough
Portsmouth 2-1 Everton
Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
West Brom 1-1 Bolton


To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Jonathan Stevenson

1935: That's that done and dusted, then. Congratulations to today's victors, commiserations to the losers - but you feel Liverpool have arguably had the best day. Alan Green is primed to take your calls on 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live right about now, and a must-watch Match of the Day is on BBC One and on this website at 2230 GMT. See you tomorrow, when we'll find out if Rafa's Reds can cash in.

1931: "Newcastle are trying their best. It's just that their best is awful."
Tom, Peterborough, via text on 81111

1928: "The win on penalties against Roma in Champions League was the turning point of our season."
CescTheBest on 606
Join the debate on 606

1926: So Newcastle are in the relegation zone of the Premier League with only eight games of their season left to play. Arsenal, meanwhile, are on an upwardly mobile curve, three points ahead of Aston Villa in fourth place having played a game more.

1923: Full-time Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal

1922: Arsenal nearly make it four as Abou Diaby curls a shot against the post from the left-hand side of the Newcastle penalty area.

1919: Nicklas Bendtner comes off and is replaced by Emmanuel Eboue. We're into the last minute of the 90.

1918: I'm being urged to tell you that Scarborough got promoted today. So, Scarborough got promoted today, two years after their former incarnation went out of business. Many congratulations.

1916: Michael Owen picks the ball up after Nicky Butt skips past two challenges, but proceeds to gift possession straight back to Arsenal. Oh dear.

1914: I'm not sure Michael Owen has touched the ball yet, it's tragic. Meanwhile, Shola Ameobi has a shot saved by Manuel Almunia. That would have set up what they like to call a "Grandstand finish".

1913: "That's your three relegated teams right there methinks. Boro, West Brom and now Newcastle."
Chris, Newcastle, via text on 81111

1910: Robin van Persie twists and turns out on the Arsenal left, before blazing a shot wide from an acute angle. We're into the last 10 minutes of normal time now.

1909: Shola Ameobi comes on for Peter Lovenkrands for Newcastle.

1908: Arsenal are toying with Newcastle and Bacary Sagna crosses from the right for Nicklas Bendtner, but he can only glance wide under pressure.

1906: Oba Martins controls a pass on the edge of the box and he's got two great options, one either side, but plays a sloppy pass too far ahead of Nicky Butt and the chance goes begging.

1905: "It has never been the same since Shearer - we need a leader, someone to hassle teams and break up play, we miss someone like Big Al."
Jamie in South Shields, via text on 81111

1904: Arsenal's supporters are giving it the big 'ole's' every time they see a successful pass. Which is quite often, at the moment. Andrey Arshavin gets a rest, with Alex Song coming on in his place.

1902: Robin van Persie beats the offside trap, or what's left of it, but he is denied by another fabulous, sprawling save from Steve Harper. Newcastle must ensure they avoid embarrassment here, it could be very difficult to bounce back from.

1900: "This match is sheer enjoyment!"
LFCfan128 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1858: Arsenal are all over them and should score a fourth, but Steve Harper makes two stunning saves, first from Denilson and then from Nicklas Bendtner. It looks like the Gunners have three extra men right now.

1856: GOAL Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal
That's the knockout blow. Newcastle haven't readjusted and they are made to pay once more, Robin van Persie teeing up Samir Nasri and the Frenchman lashing in at the near post. Steve Harper may be disappointed he didn't save that, I'd wager.

1855: Steven Taylor comes back on after the goal but now he limps off, replaced by Michael Owen. There are 25 minutes left.

1854: GOAL Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal
With Steven Taylor still off receiving treatment, Newcastle pay the ultimate price. Abou Diaby plays a one-two with Robin van Persie and surges into the box, gliding through a Taylor-shaped hole to smash the ball with venom into the roof of Steve Harper's net.

1853: Steven Taylor has picked up a knock after Arsenal pumped the ball into the Newcastle box. They can ill afford to lose the defender. Good that this game has got the goals it deserves, though.

1852: "How can we not hold on to a 1-0 lead for longer than 30 seconds? This is absolutely ridiculous. Quite disgraceful!"
Eliot on 606
Join the debate on 606

1848: GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal
Didn't last long, did it? Newcastle pump it long and William Gallas fails miserably to clear, swinging his leg but only getting minimal contact, and it falls to Obafemi Martins, who deliciously slams it into the far corner from the edge of the box with the outside of his left foot. Redemption.

1847: GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Steven Taylor concedes a free-kick about 35 yards from goal down the Arsenal left, Andrey Arshavin sends over the free-kick and Nicklas Bendtner rises high to head home.

1845: Steven Taylor is a threat in the air too and this time his header from a Newcastle corner from the right is nodded away by Kolo Toure.

1843: Denilson kicks Oba Martins in the face, it's an accident, but Newcastle win a free-kick. Moments ago, Arsenal's William Gallas was booked.

1840: Arsenal have made a decent start to the second half, knocking it around nicely. But whenever Newcastle get the ball the crowd reaction is electric - the St James' Park masses have got a major part to play this evening. And remember, arch goalscorer Michael Owen is on the bench.

1837: "Fulham were lively and got stuck in and we respect that - they lost 4-0 to us a couple of weeks ago. But it's disappointing we didn't meet the challenge. If you lose games in March and April it can cost you."
A refreshingly honest Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

1835: I know I go on about this a lot, but an 18-minute half-time? Seriously? Is it that hard to start up again on time? The punters at St James' Park must be bored stupid. We're belatedly back under way.

1829: Quite an impression Steven Taylor has made today, on his 100th Premier League start for Newcastle. Those two first-half blocks really were quite something else. But Magpies beware - seven of Arsenal's last 13 league goals have come in the last 10 minutes of games.

1826: "Imagine Jamie Carragher and Steven Taylor in the same defence together producing block after block after block. It would be exhilarating to watch."
Frankland, loving today's results, Sheffield, via text on 81111

1823: "AAAARRRGHHHH Van Persie! That was Bendtner-esque finishing. This game is a classic. End to end stuff, fabulous stuff!"
tef_afc_08 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1819: I cannot remember enjoying a 0-0 half of football so much this season - that was an absolutely cracking 45 minutes of action. Both teams will feel they should be in front, but there's plenty more to come.

1817: Half-time Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

1816: Steven Taylor has just produced The Greatest Block Of The Season, Part Two. Fabrico Coloccini is done by Nicklas Bendtner and the Dane pulls back to Robin van Persie, with Steve Harper out of his goal - the Dutchman shoots right-footed and from nowhere Taylor appears, throwing his body at it to save a certain goal.

1816: "Newcastle are lucky to be getting these chances against a team like Arsenal. And not taking these chances is the reason we are fighting relegation."
Nick, via text on 81111

1814: Steve Harper makes an excellent save to deny Robin van Persie from eight yards after a magnificent piece of close control and left-foot shot from the Dutchman.

1813: Oba Martins is right bang up for this one despite his soft penalty, but given the ball 25 yards out on his left foot, he unloads to Nicky Butt down the right. Oba - what's happened to the rocket shot?

1812: "We feel bitterly disappointed we have not got three points and in many ways that is our fault but it is also the fault of the referee's assistant and it is a hard one to take.

"We had two goals disallowed for offside but unfortunately the key area lies with the West Ham goal which nobody can argue is not offside - and we don't know why the referee has not given it (as he was) in such a good position."
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce

1810: Oh my life. Damien Duff sends over a fabulous cross from the left and somehow Peter Lovenkrands cannot stick it in the net from close range, before moments later Oba Martins slaps a right-foot shot a few inches wide.

1809: Sebastien Bassong limps off - he looks like he's picked up a groin injury, and he is cheered off by the home fans, with Habib Beye, back from injury himself, coming on - Beye gets a decent ovation too.

1807: "Poor, poor refereeing so far. Penalty that should never have been and at least a yellow card although really should be red for an arm to the face like that. Absolutely disgusting."
Scubar2k8 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1806: Andrey Arshavin goes on a sensational little run from about halfway, skipping effortlessly past two tackles and then rifling in a screamer from 30 yards that shaves the crossbar. Majestic.

1802: Newcastle's Obafemi Martins heads a corner wide. It's pretty lively right now.

1801: It's a tale of two tackles, Obafemi Martins playing in Peter Lovenkrands and as the former Rangers man was set to pull the trigger, Gael Clichy raced across from left-back to make a fabulous interception.

1800: Steven Taylor is tussling with Andrey Arshavin on the left and suddenly stretches out his left hand and whacks Arshavin in the face. Arsenal get a free-kick, but Taylor isn't even booked. He's a lucky boy, you know.

1758: One of the best blocks of the season saves Newcastle, Steven Taylor stretching out his left leg to stop Andrey Arshavin's goalbound right-foot shot from 12 yards after a gorgeous piece of skill from the Russian.

1757: You do wonder what that miss will do to Newcastle's fragile confidence.

Arguably justice is done. It comes about because Manuel Almunia drops a cross and bundles over Ryan Taylor as he tries to gather it up. Obafemi Martins steps up and slots it all along the ground, but Almunia gets down well to his left to redeem himself and make the save.


1754: "(See 1731) Arsenal fan Aidan waiting for flight home and news of game against Newcastle at Venice airport recommends Brownie celebrates tonight with dinner at A Fiore, a lovely restaurant he discovered yesterday."
Arsenal fan Aidan, via text on 81111

1751: "We won't give on the title, but today was an ideal opportunity to close the gap on Manchester United and we missed it. These are the days you look back on and regret very much when you are in a title race. We cannot afford to drop two or three points in any game if we want to catch United, and today we have lost - it's a huge blow.

"Still, we have two other roads to trophies and we must learn a big lesson from today if we want to challenge for those."
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

1749: Newcastle want a penalty, but referee Mark Halsey gives nothing for a Samir Nasri barge on Damien Duff. Would have been spectacularly harsh.

1747: My mum reckons Nicklas Bendtner is going to be a very, very good footballer. She told me to watch the runs he makes - very intelligent for such a young man, she said. I don't know about you, but when my mum talks, I listen.

1745: Splendid stuff from the visitors. Newcastle's attack breaks down and Andrey Arshavin finds Robin van Persie, who sends a smashing pass into the path of Nicklas Bendtner, the Dane drilling a shot goalwards and forcing a decent low save from Steve Harper.

1744: Cracking atmosphere at St James' Park, and it's a fairly even start so far, but a bit scrappy. Arsenal will be keen to get it down and play as soon as possible.

1743: "Who would've thought three weeks ago that Liverpool might actually win the league? I think they will. I hope they don't. I'm going to put a bet on them a the bookies to win it. That way if they don't I'll be happy, and if they do, I'll win some money. Chelsea - well, what can I say. Frustrating season. They give you hope then take it away, these ups and downs are torturous."
benality on 606
Join the debate on 606

1740: Robin van Persie swings over a corner from the right and William Gallas gets away from his marker, but slightly mis-times his jump and fails to get a connection.

1738: Ryan Taylor receives the ball in a decent position down the right, but his cross is badly over-hit and sails out for a throw-in.

1737: "Firefox happily tells me I've visited this page over 3000 times... football is amazing!"
Joe, via text on 81111

1734: The omens aren't especially good for Newcastle. They have lost their last three games to Arsenal 3-0, and the Gunners are unbeaten in the two teams' last seven meetings. In fact, the Magpies only have one win in their last 18 games against today's opponents, 1-0 at home in December 2005, thanks to Peruvian legend Nobby Solano.

1731: Obafemi Martins gets us under way at Newcastle, while the dropped Michael Owen watches on from the bench. Blimey.

Smug o'clock: "Liverpool fan sitting in a square in Venice sipping a cheeky Pinot Grigio hitting refresh all afternoon. Nice one Fulham."
Brownie, via text on 81111

1727: The teams are out at St James' Park, so we'll be getting under way pretty shortly. As things stand, Newcastle are in the Premier League relegation zone and they will stay there unless they beat Arsenal.

1726: That is only Chelsea's third away defeat of the season, after they went down at Liverpool and Manchester United too. But they are yet to win a London derby this campaign - with three draws and two losses so far.

1723: Full-time Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea

1723: Florent Malouda has a chance, but Heurelho Gomes makes the save. It was quite a weak shot from the perennially-disappointing Frenchman.

1721: Ashley Cole crosses out of play and that might just be Chelsea's last chance.

1721: Alex heads a Chelsea corner against the Tottenham crossbar, and Heurelho Gomes flaps the rebound away. Oh my.

1720: Two minutes left. Spurs are on the brink of a massive win - after Manchester United's defeat, this would be a shattering loss for Chelsea.

1718: There are four minutes of stoppage time at White Hart Lane. Guus Hiddink's 100% record in the league as Chelsea boss is about to come to an end.

1715: Luka Modric, the best player on the pitch, is taken off to a very well-deserved standing ovation after picking up a knock, with Jamie O'Hara coming on in his place.

1715: "Steve Gibson and Gareth Southgate - we deserve answers as to why you are content to take our club down. It's a disgrace."
Tim, Boro fan, via text on 81111

1712: Michael Ballack is booked at Spurs for a late and fairly high lunge on Luka Modric. Six or so minutes left, and Tottenham fans are loving it.

1711: "Talk about hitting the self-destruct button. I never want to see another match like that as long as I live... Only silver lining in this currently very grey cloud, is that Chelsea are being beaten too."
Living La Vidic Loca on 606
Join the debate on 606

1708: Didier Drogba climbs powerfully to get his head to another John Terry ball into the Tottenham box, but he can only nod wide.

1706: Heurelho Gomes makes a stunning right-handed save to deny John Terry's header from point-blank range.

1705: Florent Malouda comes on for Michael Essien.

1705: Kevin Nolan returns for Newcastle after his recent suspension, while Habib Beye has recovered from his ankle injury and takes his place on the bench, where he may be sitting next to Michael Owen. Manuel Almunia returns in goal for Arsenal, captain but Cesc Fabregas is still not fit enough to return for the Gunners.

1704: Chelsea's Didier Drogba shows some lovely skill, controlling John Terry's pass, flicking it over a defender and rifling a left-foot shot past the far post.

Newcastle: Harper, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff, Lovenkrands, Martins.
Subs: Krul, Owen, Smith, Gutierrez, Geremi, Beye, Ameobi.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy, Arshavin, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner.
Subs: Fabianski, Eduardo, Vela, Song Billong, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

1659: Robbie Keane goes pretty close with a right-foot curler from 25 yards at Tottenham. Remember the equaliser in the 4-4 last season? It was a bit like that, except it didn't go in.

1658: "I've been a Manchester United fan for the last 20 years, this is the first time I've ever seen them self-destruct. I am appalled."
Mufadal, 20, from St Andrews, via text on 81111

Trust me - when you were a baby, they did it all the time. Honest.

1656: Didier Drogba shoots at the near post from quite a tight angle 12 yards out, but Heurelho Gomes makes a decent save. Plenty of time left for Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

1655: Full-time Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough

1655: Full-time West Brom 1-1 Bolton

1654: That is the first time since 2005, when they lost against Norwich and Everton, that Manchester United have been beaten in successive league games. Sir Alex Ferguson applauds the United fans and then hauls keeper Edwin van der Sar away from referee Phil Dowd. Watch this space.

1653: Full-time Fulham 2-0 Manchester United

1652: In the final minute of stoppage time, Bolton boss Gary Megson is sent off at West Brom.

1652: Full-time Blackburn 1-1 West Ham

1651: Chelsea go so close, Ricardo Quaresma's cross from the right headed goalwards at the back post by Frank Lampard, but Vedran Corluka bundled it behind.

1649: "Turning into a pretty peachy day for Liverpool."
essienthetrain on 606
Join the debate on 606

1646: SENDING OFF Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Oh dear. The champions are falling to pieces here, Rooney appears to throw the ball away and Phil Dowd shows him a second yellow card. The England striker is absolutely livid, furiously gesticulating at Dowd before swiping at the corner flag on his way off the pitch.

1645: GOAL Fulham 2-0 Manchester United
Game over. Andrew Johnson crosses from the right, Zoltan Gera flicks the ball up and then acrobatically volleys in - it's a very special finish and it's a goal they will remember at Craven Cottage for a very long time.

1644: GOAL Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough
That goal has got Stoke City Football Club written all over it. Rory Delap launches another missile from the right and Ryan Shawcross gets across his man at the near post to glance the ball into the far corner. Heartbreak for the hosts.

1642: They're calling it a Danny Shittu own goal at The Hawthorns. That's good enough for me.

1640: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Bolton
Where there's life... Robert Koren cuts in from the right and his well-struck left-foot 20-yard shot takes a wicked deflection off substitute Danny Shittu and wrong-foots Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1639: Cristiano Ronaldo is given yet another talking to by referee Phil Dowd. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney is booked.

1638: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
What title race? Chelsea fall behind at White Hart Lane and it's a cracking strike, Aaron Lennon getting away from Ashley Cole and pulling the ball back to the edge of the 18-yard box, where Luka Modric beautifully controls his shot and places it right into the bottom corner.

1635: Bobby Zamora is taken off to a standing ovation from the Fulham fans and Diomansy Kamara comes on.

1633: The second half has started at Spurs and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is back on, he looks in rude health.

1633: "It's maybe a bore at the Britannia, but the loudest fans in the Prem are on song."
Nick, via text on 81111

1632: James Beattie spurns a golden chance for Stoke, heading over from six yards after a lovely Liam Lawrence cross from the right.

1631: Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick from 25 yards is blocked by the Fulham wall. The Cottagers are looking really tired now.

1629: Paul Scholes sits in the stand at Craven Cottage and ruefully shakes his head. Carlos Tevez comes on for John O'Shea.

1628: "All this brilliant play is one thing, but it means nothing if it doesn't end up in the back of the net."
stonecoldsober on 606
Join the debate on 606

1626: Fulham's Olivier Dacourt comes on for Danny Murphy at Craven Cottage.

1625: GOAL West Brom 0-1 Bolton
That's a body blow for the Baggies. Jussi Jaaskelainen's long punt forward is half-headed away by a West Brom defender and it falls to Matty Taylor, who volleys coolly into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

1624: Manchester United are piling forward, it's incessant. Mark Schwarzer gets down magnificently to his right to save Cristiano Ronaldo's sizzling 20-yard strike, before Wayne Rooney's follow-up is blocked.

1623: How did Manchester United not score? Mark Schwarzer makes two blinding saves, first from Park Ji-Sung and then from Wayne Rooney on the follow-up - it looked like it would go in both times.

1621: El-Hadji Diouf will be livid once more - he taps in from close-range after Robert Green saved Christopher Samba's shot, but rightly the Senegalese is adjudged offside once more.

1620: Great work from Wayne Rooney down the Manchester United right and Cristiano Ronaldo, in acres of space, heads goalwards, with Mark Schwarzer making a decent stop. It doesn't look like Fulham have a one-man advantage at the moment.

1619: I've got our Stoke correspondent to update us on proceedings: "There is more entertainment on offer at a House of Commons select committee meeting than what we're seeing right now at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke boss Tony Pulis brings on winger Matthew Etherington for Salif Diao, while Gareth Southgate brings on record signing Afonso Alves for Marlon King up front."

1618: Manchester United's Darren Fletcher forces Mark Schwarzer to save at Craven Cottage.

1617: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea

1617: Matty Taylor takes a mean free-kick, but he needs to brush up on his corners. A promising situation for the visitors comes to nothing as Taylor scuffs his flag-kick straight behind the West Brom goal. That's some kind of a highlight in a game that is starting to throttle itself.

1616: Juliano Belletti is booked for a foul on Darren Bent at Spurs. Chelsea are down to 10 men for the moment, because Didier Drogba is off receiving treatment.

1616: "Anyone going to mention how much Berbatov cost united? A shed load more than Keane cost Liverpool. But of course Fergie is untouchable, whereas Rafa is fair game."
Chris on m40, via text on 81111

1614: Cristiano Ronaldo is booked for a silly lunge on Danny Murphy. Cue more missives accusing me of being anti-United. I'm not, but I'd take Ronaldo off - he's not having a positive influence on the game.

1612: It's been a half of almost-chances at White Hart Lane and Ledley King is the latest to give Petr Cech a bit of a scare, the defender looping a header from Luka Modric's free-kick towards goal, only for the Czech keeper to back-peddle and collect.

1611: Cristiano Ronaldo has Man United's best chance of the afternoon, but can only flash a header wide.

1609: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 West Ham
Definitely a deserved equaliser for the hosts. Another Morten Gamst Pedersen throw causes problems and Herita Ilunga half-clears, the ball falling for Keith Andrews to rifle in from eight yards.

1609: Blackburn are throwing everything at West Ham still and Jason Roberts has a shot blocked this time.

1608: "The first minute of the second half was United's best all game, a good sign."
I want curly hair too on 606
Join the debate on 606

1607: Tottenham's Robbie Keane bursts into space down the left, but his right-foot shot is tame and takes a deflection on its way through to Petr Cech.

1606: Back under way in the Stoke v Middlesbrough match too.

1605: Wayne Rooney nearly has an immediate impact, teeing up Park Ji-Sung to fire over.

1604: Blackburn v West Ham is up and running again, too.

1604: Dimitar Berbatov has been taken off at Craven Cottage, possibly down to the knock he picked up, and Wayne Rooney has been let off the leash. Back under way.

1603: We're back under way at West Brom.

1602: Juliano Belletti crosses from the right and Nicolas Anelka hits a first-time shot to the near post, Heurelho Gomes making a decent save.

1601: Tottenham are still slightly on top against Chelsea, but both defence are doing their jobs so far. Remember, Spurs have a woeful record against the Blues - just one win in their last 37 league meetings.

1558: "At The Hawthorns today for the first time. The most excitement we've had is watching someone get thrown out. How much are goals these days?"
Doug the bored, via text on 81111

1556: Fulham have had 11 shots in the first half, Manchester United only two - that pretty much sums up the difference between the two teams. United haven't lost at Craven Cottage since 5 September, 1964 - the week that Mary Poppins premiered.

1554: Vedran Corluka pulls the ball along the 18-yard line and into the path of Robbie Keane, but his contact isn't great and Petr Cech makes a fairly comfortable low save.

1553: "Disgraceful performance from United. Rubbish all over the pitch, and Ronaldo and Berbatov's attitudes are unforgiveable. Get them off at half-time, Fergie, and stick on some players who care about the club."
Bortron on 606
Join the debate on 606

1551: Remember, they only started at White Hart Lane at 1530 GMT, so we are massively still under way between Tottenham and Chelsea. Spurs are on top, too.

1549: Half-time Stoke 0-0 Middlesbrough

1548: Half-time Blackburn 0-1 West Ham

1548: Half-time Fulham 1-0 Manchester United

1548: Robbie Keane latches on to a Darren Bent flick and forces a fine save from Petr Cech.

1547: Bobby Zamora loses Patrice Evra with alarming ease and volleys right-footed wide from an angle. Evra is booked moments after for diving. They need to just get to half-time, Manchester United.

1547: Half-time West Brom 0-0 Bolton

1545: Cristiano Ronaldo is producing one of his classic pantomime performances at Craven Cottage today. He is tackled by John Pantsil, fair but hard, and goes down like he has been shot. It's the look on his face that does it - like he's about to burst into tears. Maybe he is.

1544: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is seething and referee Phil Dowd does well to pull him to one side and give him a damn good talking to. John Pantsil is booked for a foul on Park Ji-Sung moments later.

1542: Dimitar Berbatov has taken a knock and trudges around the pitch for a few moments. It's the closest thing we've had to a pause in a breathless, compelling game so far.

1541: "I'm a Liverpool fan at Craven Cottage, sitting next to Fergie in the dugout. It's very, very funny."
Steve, ex-Kirkby, now Hammersmith, via text on 81111

1539: Michael Essien fires in the first effort of note at White Hart Lane, his 20-yarder fizzing off the surface and Heurelho Gomes does well to save on the dive. Spurs surge up the other end and Jermaine Jenas drills a shot inches over the bar from the angle. Even start.

1537: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 West Ham
Rovers have been all over West Ham, but they find themselves behind. Luis Boa Morte goes on a good run down the right and lays it back for Diego Tristan, who rolls it into the path of Mark Noble and the young midfielder expertly clips it with the outside of his foot into the far corner. Lovely finish.

1537: Referee Lee Mason's whistle is in serious danger of blowing up in his face at the Britannia Stadium - with fouls galore and plenty of head tennis going on, it's not exactly rich in high-class entertainment. Saying that, Tuncay just curled a pearler of a right-foot shot above Thomas Sorensen's left-hand post, the ball nestling at the top of the net as if it had gone in. Agony for the Turkey international.

1536: "If Fulham don't get a second soon I wouldn't be surprised if they lost this."
hull4CL on 606
Join the debate on 606

1535: Rock bottom West Brom's bright start at The Hawthorns is nearly eclipsed on the half hour but Scott Carson, capped and squinting in the sunshine, just about fingertips Matt Taylor's long range free-kick round a post. From the corner, Gary Cahill's point-blank header is brilliantly kept out by Carson as the home side survive a real scare.

1534: Bobby Zamora smashes in another fine left-foot shot from 22 yards that flies off his boot and forces Edwin van der Sar to make a decent save.

1533: Blackburn have the ball in the West Ham net, but it's rightly ruled out for offside against goalscorer El-Hadji Diouf, who hooked in after Christopher Samba nodded a long throw goalwards.

1532: Simon Davies rifles all along the floor and wide from 25 yards as Fulham continue to take the game to 10-man Manchester United. Meanwhile at Spurs, Chelsea are going 4-3-3, with Nicolas Anelka on the left and Juliano Belletti on the right of Didier Drogba.

1530: We are under way at White Hart Lane as Tottenham take on London rivals Chelsea.

1528: Fulham have morphed into Barcelona. Simon Davies hits a cracker from inside the box and Edwin van der Sar parries it away. What on earth is going on?

1527: West Ham have their first chance - Mark Noble crosses, Christopher Samba and Paul Robinson get in each other's way and the balls falls for Diego Tristan, but he cannot control and Rovers get it clear.

1527: "OH. MY. GOD. C'mon Fulham!"
Alex, a Liverpool fan in love with Danny Murphy, via text on 81111

1525: Bobby Zamora hits a bobby dazzler from 25 yards, it's fierce and swerving and it's all Edwin van der Sar can do to get his body behind the ball and let it him him. Fulham are on fire.

1525: When he was at Liverpool, Danny Murphy scored the winner against Manchester United on an astonishing three occasions. Must feel like Groundhog Day at the moment for Sir Alex Ferguson.

1523: Fulham are hammering away at Man Utd - I do not know how they aren't 2-0 up. Bobby Zamora's shot is saved by Edwin van der Sar, Andrew Johnson's control lets him down from the rebound and then Clint Dempsey blazes over.

1523: Fabio Capello is at White Hart Lane - the Italian will name his latest England squad at some stage tomorrow evening.

1522: "Oh dear. How bad is that, a goal down I could take, but a sending off as well? Not that it isn't the correct decision, but this is deep trouble now."
cfhussain on 606
Join the debate on 606

1519: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Manchester United
We have a Premier League title race. Man Utd cannot clear a corner and Bobby Zamora has a header saved by Edwin van der Sar but the rebound falls straight to him and he heads goalwards, Paul Scholes sticking his arms in the air to save it. It's got to be a red card and it's got to be a penalty, there are no complaints. Danny Murphy brilliantly dispatches the spot-kick into the top corner.

1518: SENDING OFF Paul Scholes (Manchester United)


1517: The players are out at White Hart Lane warming up. Must be one of the longest warm ups in history. I'd be exhausted already.

1514: The aforementioned Bobby Zamora drills a 22-yard shot wide of Edwin van der Sar's right-hand post with the United defence backing off, for some reason.

1513: "Why are we still starting Bobby Zamora? He is just sub-standard."
Alan at Fulham, via text on 81111

1512: There is a goalmouth scramble at Blackburn and Morten Gamst Pedersen has the final shot, with Jonathan Spector getting in the block.

1511: Chelsea's official website has confirmed it was a suspect vehicle that delayed the start at Tottenham, but we're still on to start at 1530 GMT.

1509: Christopher Samba heads the ball down for Benni McCarthy at Blackburn, but the South African volleys left-footed horribly over from seven yards.

1508: A Rory Delap throw causes havoc in the Boro defence and the ball falls for James Beattie to prod goalwards, Brad Jones making a fine save. Meanwhile, Ricardo Fuller is needing treatment.

1507: "Here's hoping Nevland doesn't come off the subs bench to cause any damage to his former employers..."
BulgarianManc on 606
Join the debate on 606

1504: Clint Dempsey hammers a shot wide from a tight angle out on the right for Fulham. They've started quite well against Manchester United.

1502: Paul Scholes is warned already for a poor challenge on Clint Dempsey. Stoke have started too.

1501: They're up and running at Fulham, and Blackburn as well.

1500: West Brom v Bolton is under way.

1500: "The Spurs game is delayed as there's a vehicle that has been left parked in Park Lane which the police are treating as suspicious."
Steve, Spurs fan, via text on 81111

1458: We're on the brink. Manchester United fans will want a positive reaction after their 4-1 spanking by Liverpool last weekend. The last time they lost 4-1 at Old Trafford, to QPR in 1992, they responded with a nine-game unbeaten run. And they weren't even that good in those days.

1456: West Brom manager Tony Mowbray makes a positive change to his side to face Bolton, reverting to two up front as on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson replaces midfielder Graham Dorrans. Bolton make two enforced changes, defenders Andy O'Brien and Mark Davies both missing out with knee injuries and replaced by Sebastien Puygrenier and Fabrice Muamba.

1454: It's filling up nicely at White Hart Lane now, apparently. Should be OK for a 1530 GMT start at this rate.

1452: Stoke make one change with Ricardo Fuller returning from a shoulder injury to replace Mamady Sidibe up front while Matthew Etherington makes the bench after injury. Middlesbrough make three changes with Gary O'Neil, Mohamed Shawky and Andrew Taylor coming in for the suspended Matthew Bates, injured Jeremie Aliadiere and dropped Julio Arca.

1450: "Rooney has to sit in the corner after his antics from last week, acting like a spoiled kid; it's time to rethink his attitude once more, and hopefully channel his emotions constructively."
contemplativedokus on 606
Join the debate on 606

1447: "Stevo, it was chaos at Liverpool Street Station 20 minutes ago, with some heated rival exchanges. That would explain the delay in kick-off at Tottenham. Rumours of a 'suspicious package' outside White Hart Lane, however, as well."
DJ, Spurs fan, via text on 81111

Yeah, we've heard the "suspicious package" rumour too. But it's unconfirmed at the moment - I promise we'll keep you posted.

1444: "(See 1436) I agree with xtfftc, why Fergie keeps faith with Ronaldo staggers me. Most wasteful shooter in the Prem. Fact."
Anonymous, via text on 81111

1440: "That is a fantastic result for Portsmouth - they have meant business this afternoon. That's what I expected from the beginning, but after a poor start they've done really well. I'm disappointed with Everton, you'd have thought nothing was riding on today."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Holloway

1438: Full-time Portsmouth 2-1 Everton

1436: Jo has picked up an injury and Jack Rodwell comes on in his place.

1436: "Am I the only United fan who thinks that Ronaldo should be on the bench, instead of either Rooney or Tevez?"
xtfftc on 606
Join the debate on 606

1434: Benni McCarthy starts his first Premier League game in a month for Blackburn and Ryan Nelsen also returns to the Rovers starting line-up. Danny Simpson and Zurab Khizanishvili are the men to make way. West Ham make three changes. Matthew Upson has not recovered from a calf injury so Jonathan Spector comes in at right-back with Lucas Neill shifting to centre-back, Luis Boa Morte comes in for Savio (who has a knee injury) in midfield and Diego Tristan starts up front in place of Freddie Sears who drops to the bench. Keiron Dyer is on the bench.

1433: Everton are struggling to clear the ball and as Hermann Hreidarsson tries a half-volley, Leighton Baines eventually gets rid. Two minutes plus stoppages left.

1431: Dan Gosling comes on for Everton, replacing Lars Jacobsen.

1430: Breaking news: Tottenham v Chelsea will not not start until 1530 GMT because of "unforeseen circumstances".

1429: Peter Crouch tries one of those extraordinary overhead kicks, it's all arms and legs as he launches himself into the air - and proceeds to edge it behind.

1429: Clint Dempsey has recovered from food poisoning so Fulham pick the same team that won 3-1 at Bolton last time out. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson makes five changes from the side beaten by Liverpool. Wayne Rooney drops to the bench along with Michael Carrick, Anderson and Carlos Tevez. Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs all start as Jonny Evans fills in for the suspended Nemanja Vidic.

1428: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes one change to the starting XI that beat Aston Villa last week, with Vedran Corluka replacing Didier Zokora at right-back. Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink makes a couple of adjustments, Alex and Julien Belletti replacing Ricardo Carvalho and Deco respectively.

1427: Sean Davis hits a stunning right-foot shot on the full from 25 yards, it's a sweet strike and looks for all the world to be going in, but it cannons back off Tim Howard's left-hand post with the American barely even in the same postcode.

1426: After Leighton Baines' brilliant delivery all afternoon, Leon Osman proceeds to launch a free-kick from just outside the Pompey box on the left way, way, way over the bar after all the big men had gone forward. David Moyes is apoplectic.

Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Diouf, Mokoena, Warnock, Pedersen, McCarthy, Roberts.
Subs: Brown, Kerimoglu, Dunn, Khizanishvili, Andrews, Villanueva, Treacy.
West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Spector, Ilunga, Noble, Parker, Kovac, Boa Morte, Tristan, Di Michele.
Subs: Lastuvka, Lopez, Dyer, Sears, Payne, N'Gala, Stanislas.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison, Koren, Greening, Brunt, Fortune, Simpson.
Subs: Kiely, Cech, Bednar, Moore, Dorrans, Filipe Teixeira, Borja Valero.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier, Samuel, Taylor, Muamba, McCann, Gardner, Elmander, Kevin Davies.
Subs: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Riga, Makukula, Shittu, Cohen.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Bent, Keane.
Subs: Cudicini, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Dawson, O'Hara.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Belletti, Drogba, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Malouda, Quaresma, Kalou, Mancienne.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

1421: "Give Portsmouth credit. They've started the second half much the better and they've got their reward."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Holloway

1419: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 Everton
David Moyes will be livid again - but this time because of some sloppy defending. A corner is swung over from the Pompey right and that man Peter Crouch rises highest at the far post to head home. But Lars Jacobsen was supposed to be on the far post - he drifted off it, and the ball went through the gap. Whoops.

1419: Younes Kaboul crosses from the Pompey right and Tim Howard gets himself into an awkward position, having to shovel it behind - it was only creeping in at the near post.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Johnson, Zamora.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Kamara, Dacourt, Stoor, Kallio.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Scholes, Park, Giggs, Berbatov.
Subs: Foster, Neville, Anderson, Rooney, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva, Tevez.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Lawrence, Diao, Whelan, Delap, Beattie, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Sidibe, Amdy Faye, Kelly, Etherington, Camara, Sonko.
Middlesbrough: Jones, McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Taylor, O'Neil, Shawky, Pogatetz, Downing, Sanli, King.
Subs: Turnbull, Hoyte, Emnes, Alves, Arca, Adam Johnson, Grounds.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1416: Everton have another free-kick in a dangerous area, after Steven Pienaar is brought down. Leighton Baines whips it in but Peter Crouch gets up highest to nod behind for a corner.

1415: "Kevin Davies to score five today to prove he's best in the land!"
Ant, Bolton, via text on 81111

1413: Glen Johnson powers forward for Pompey and clips a pass into the path of Niko Kranjcar, but it's a fraction too strong and Tim Howard races from his goal to gather.

1410: I can't help but feel that Portsmouth have got a fabulous chance to get three crucial points here. Everton aren't especially at it - but then that's when they are normally at their most dangerous.

1407: Paul Hart is deep in discussion with Niko Kranjcar and David Nugent on the touchline, with Younes Kaboul eating up a couple of minutes by needing some treatment.

1406: "Stevo, are you going to go see the Damned United? What did you think of the book, you must have read it?"
James, Manchester, via text on 81111

I did read it. I found it quite hard going, to be honest, though realising that it is an extraordinary piece of work. Will I watch the film? Never say never, but not anytime soon.

1404: Hermann Hreidarsson and Marouane Fellaini are still furious with each other. Meanwhile, David Nugent sees his shot saved well by the legs of Tim Howard.

1403: Nice turn from David Nugent to create a yard, but he didn't quite have enough pace to get a shot away and Niko Kranjcar fires it low instead, Tim Howard saving quite comfortably.

1401: "Do you really believe the rumour that Kevin Davies will get an England call-up? No matter how well he plays, he won't get in - not because of his age, but because he plays for Bolton. Anyway, c'mon Bolton, get us a win today."
armourplate on 606
Join the debate on 606

1400: Leighton Baines sends over another fine delivery, this time a corner from the right, but David James does really well, commanding his area to claim an exceptional catch.

1358: David Nugent floats over a cross from the left and Peter Crouch meets it, heading into the arms of Tim Howard.

1356: "See 1339 - so that's a combined 9-0 so far this week. I'll settle for a nice round 10-0 by the end of the afternoon."
Spurs fan, via text on 81111

1353: Leighton Baines whips over a free-kick from just outside the Pompey box on the right, but Hermann Hreidarsson does well to nod it away.

1352: Pompey appeal as the ball appears to strike Leighton Baines in an area towards his arm inside his own penalty box. Nothing doing, however.

1350: With the sun still beating down on all and sundry at Fratton Park, those 22 players are back in action.

1346: "Re 1329. He's like that, he goes missing. But he'll probably score the winner you know."
Ivy Blue, via text on 81111

1342: "Seriously, how much more fun would it be if Ian Holloway did the live text? That would be awesome!"
6OrMoreCharachters on 606
Join the debate on 606

1339: Right, can we just put something to bed, for crying out loud? At 1303, I mentioned that Spurs' kids had just beaten Chelsea's kids 5-0, at the Blues' place. That, I'm happy to confirm, is a fact, and an indisputable one at that. You are all referring to a game played earlier on in the week, when Tottenham's reserves beat Chelsea's second string 4-0 at home on Monday. They are two different games, so can you all please pipe down now? Lovely.

1336: "Goals change games and that one for Portsmouth did. Pompey got the car out of the garage at the start, but they forgot to turn the key. Then they remembered, and we have a proper game on our hands."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Holloway

1335: Half-time Portsmouth 1-1 Everton

1333: Niko Kranjcar hammers a volley in from 22 yards that strikes Phil Jagielka and flies away to safety. My word did he catch that.

1331: We're into injury time in the first half already. Hasn't it flown by?

1329: Louis Saha just received the ball and passed it to a team-mate. That's not really newsworthy, except it's the first time I've seen him touch the ball since he won Everton's free-kick that led to their goal early on. Maybe I'm not paying attention properly.

1327: "Taken my Irish girlfriend to watch the Wednesday play Swansea and she's wearing her rugby shirt. And the Welsh keep looking at her. Stevo, help me."
Marcus in Sheffield, via text on 81111

I once celebrated an England rugby win in Cardiff. I got punched in the face. Fact.

1326: Everton need to get a footing on the game again, they've gone missing. Sol Campbell goes on another marauding run forward and only a last-ditch Leighton Baines tackle prevents him from getting through. Classic Sol Man.

1324: "Trust Crouch to start scoring now when Capello's about to pick the England squad."
hammydigrassi on 606
Join the debate on 606

1322: Fabulous shooting opportunity for Jo, the ball falls to the Brazilian on the edge of the Pompey box and he controls it beautifully but drags his left-foot shot hopelessly wide.

1318: Younes Kaboul collects a fabulous Niko Kranjcar pass deep inside the Everton half and skips past one tackle but eventually loses the ball. He's getting forward at every opportunity. Leon Osman, meanwhile, is booked for an earlier foul on David Nugent.

1315: Pompey are bossing it now, Everton can't hang on to the ball for long enough and their attacks are breaking down very early doors.

1313: "Yo Stevo, I'm going to a gig tonight. Can you keep me updated with the Arsenal scores?"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

Yo? Yes, in a break from the norm, I will try to keep you updated with football scores. I wish I'd thought of that earlier.

1310: Fair to say referee Peter Walton might not be on David Moyes' Christmas card list. Glen Johnson's shot was just nowhere near Leighton Baines, the decision to give a corner was remarkable.

1308: GOAL Portsmouth 1-1 Everton
Everton will be livid, and rightly so. Glen Johnson's woeful shot flies out for what looks like a goalkick, but amazingly a corner is given. That is half-cleared, but from outside the box Niko Kranjcar clips it back into the mixer, Johnson heads it back and the giant Peter Crouch steams in to nod home.

1308: "The fact that a football goal is a lot larger than the average barn door doesn't even fill me with confidence for a comeback."
devonFRATTONiser on 606
Join the debate on 606

1306: Anyone on their way to a game? Text us some atmos, some chat - we love it. 81111 is the magic number.

1305: Hermann Hreidarsson squares up to Maroane Fellaini after a bit of argy-bargy in the penalty area. Hreidarrsson is livid. Fellaini looks bemused.

1303: Unbelievably, Tottenham's kids have absolutely smashed Chelsea's kids 5-0. At Chelsea's kids' place. Believe in omens?

1300: Steven Pienaar has gone down and needs a bit of treatment for a back problem.

1259: "I don't want to sound anti-Portsmouth, I hope they'll get out of this trouble, but someone needs to grab hold of this team and lead it. I'm looking at Sol Campbell and he's constantly looking at where Younes Kaboul is at right-back - that's bound to affect Campbell's game."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Ian Holloway

1257: This time Niko Kranjcar lashes at the ball from 25 yards and sends it quite high over the crossbar. Shooting not Portsmouth's strong point on this evidence so far.

1255: Hayden Mullins spanks a wild shot over and wide of the Everton goal and Paul Hart is bellowing instructions from the touchline already.

1253: You feel the Fratton Park crowd have got a very important part to play today - they cannot afford to lose faith in their team, because this is a very important afternoon.

1251: GOAL Portsmouth 0-1 Everton
Leighton Baines scores his first goal for Everton and it's a little beauty, floating the free-kick over the wall and in-off the far post with his left foot. Though I've got to be honest - David James didn't even dive, and he really should have done.

1250: Dangerous times for the hosts, with Louis Saha fouled right on the edge of the Pompey box by Sylvain Distin.

1249: "I'm at work too today. Can NO-ONE please call the AA so I can read 606 all day?"
TonyRobbo on 606
Join the debate on 606

1247: Fabulous run inside the first 12 seconds down the left from Steven Pienaar, skipping past a couple of players before winning a throw right by the byeline.

1246: We could be no more under way at Fratton Park. It's glorious sunshine, too, on the south coast.

1243: By the way, it would have been Brian Clough's 74th birthday today. Happy birthday, old big 'ead. We still miss you.

1241: Portsmouth (temporary, probably) boss Paul Hart has joined the growing list of admirers of the work of David Moyes during the Scot's seven-year spell as Everton manager: "He must be one of the top three managers in the country," said Hart. "For a lot of clubs outside the top four, Everton's model is the one to follow." I remember when Charlton were the model. Sadly, some clubs are still trying to copy them...
Championship table

1238: "We're in a really good position, the boys have done terrifically well to get us to this point and we'll see how we go from here."
Everton boss David Moyes

1236: "Early Chelsea team news - I'm Working at Gatwick, just seen Ricardo Carvalho go through departures, so don't expect him to play today, Alex in I assume! Strange!?"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

Awesome, I've fallen asleep and woken up on deadline day.

1233: Don't try telling anyone at Fratton Park that 13 isn't an unlucky number. Pompey have won only once in their last baker's dozen games, keeping only one clean sheet in that time too - which is why they are running the risk of slipping into the Championship. Oh - it was Man City, on 14 Feb, incidentally.

1230: Stevo's Predos:
Portsmouth 2-1 Everton
Blackburn 1-1 West Ham
Fulham 1-3 Man Utd
Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough
Tottenham 3-3 Chelsea
West Brom 2-0 Bolton
Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal
Lawro's predictions

1226: "Seeing as though Man Utd and Chelsea are in the same city today, why don't they save some time and just play one game to decide both the FA Cup and Champions League. Just an idea Stevo."
samfiske on 606
Join the debate on 606

Yeah, let's spare ourselves the agony of watching a brilliant end to the season. Worst idea ever.

1223: So, Portsmouth and Everton will get us under way, with the hosts only out of the Premier League's relegation zone by the slenderest of margins - goal difference, in fact. A win would move them up to 15th (for now), a defeat would be disastrous. Everton are going nowhere - literally - as they are out on their own in sixth, unable to reach fifth today, unable to be caught.

1219: Portsmouth's Younes Kaboul comes in at right-back with Glen Johnson moving up to the right side of midfield. David Nugent starts on the left for Paul Hart's team, with Niko Kranjcar supporting lone striker Peter Crouch. Everton's Danish defender Lars Jacobsen makes his debut, but Tim Cahill (calf) remains injured which means a recall for Louis Saha.

1216: "Everton to score four with a Fellaini double, he has a 100% scoring record with his new hair do you know?"
Phil, Liverpool, via text on 81111

Portsmouth: James, Kaboul, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Johnson, Davis, Mullins, Nugent, Kranjcar, Crouch.
Subs: Begovic, Pamarot, Utaka, Hughes, Kanu, Basinas, Belhadj.
Everton: Howard, Jacobsen, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar, Saha, Jo.
Subs: Nash, Castillo, Rodwell, Gosling, Agard, Baxter, Wallace.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1210: And to that end, you'll be wanting to make yourself heard I'd imagine - loud and clear. Arguably the best way of doing exactly that is to drop a text to my inbox of truth by dialling 81111, or signing in and enjoying the banter on 606. A very special selection, as always, will appear on this here very page.
Join the debate on 606

1206: Welcome to another glorious day of Premier League action, with some cracking games to look forward to. It all starts with Pompey v Everton, there are five games later including Fulham v Man Utd and Spurs v Chelsea, and it all ends with Newcastle v Arsenal later. I'm excited, and I don't even support a top flight team, so you surely should be.

1200: If results go a certain way today, Manchester United's lead at the top of the Premier League could be cut to just one point. Who said this title race was as good as over?*

* I may have. Sorry.

Print Sponsor

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
Fulham 2-0 Man Utd
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Blackburn 1-1 West Ham
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Portsmouth 2-1 Everton
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
West Brom 1-1 Bolton
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.