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11 November 2012 Last updated at 19:36 GMT

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  1. 1837: 

    Right, that's it from me for today. No classics, but a very enjoyable day's football nonetheless. There's still more live sport for you this evening, though - we'll have a live text commentary of Andy Murray v Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour semi-finals from 1930 GMT.

    And join Tom Rostance on Wednesday night for more live football on a busy night of international action. Goodbye.

  2. 1832:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Liverpool have earned a very good point at Stamford Bridge and their manager Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with that. Chelsea now have just two wins in 12 against Liverpool."

  3. 1829: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo on his side's 1-1 home draw with Liverpool: "We'll have to have an MRI scan on John Terry on Monday to fully understand the extent of the injury.

    "I thought we did push on and had the chances to score the second goal. We did have chances but their keeper made good saves and we missed chances.

    "It's a shame and disappointment we didn't score the second goal. [For their goal Suarez] gave Ramires a little push in the back. It would have been nice to get a free-kick but we didn't."

  4. 1827: 

    More from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Coming here [to Chelsea] is very difficult and with the group that we're working with at the moment it was a great result.

    "I felt we needed to change it but you have to give credit to the players. Our senior players are being phenomenal at the moment and our young players are getting great experience.

    "It's an absolute pleasure to work with Jamie Carragher. He's phenomenal. He comes in every day, his preparation is first class, he eats well, rests well. He played 90 minutes in Russia and was excellent today - he's a role model for any young player.

    "If we can add one or two in the coming months, we can turn these draws into wins."

  5. 1826: 

    The result in the day's late game at Stamford Bridge has had little effect on the Premier League table. Chelsea were third before kick-off following Manchester City's victory and needed to win to leapfrog the champions, while Liverpool stay in 13th. So it is City who are the day's big winners, something that didn't look all that likely with 25 minutes left of their game against Tottenham.

  6. 1822: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after his side's 1-1 draw at Chelsea: "We are disappointed with the goal. It was a standard corner and we lost our man but once again we showed the character in the team. In the first half we were too slow to get the ball forward. In the second half we were better.

    "If there's any blame in the first half it is mine. We were a bit tentative. We shifted it [the team] around and all credit to the players - we could have won the game. I thought we were much better in our tempo and quality of our game [in the second half]."

  7. 1821: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on his side's strong start to the season: "A newly promoted side picking up 18 points from 11 games is outstanding. We need to make sure we don't switch off and take life too easy now. We've done a great job up to now, drawing with Manchester City and beating Newcastle. Let's hope we can keep picking up points against the big boys."


    Dave in Manchester on 81111 on text: "Good response from Liverpool in the second half."

    Jake in London on 81111 on text: "Great result for Liverpool. Yes we didn't play well, but with Suarez anything can happen. We have great youth coming through. Need a striker or two in January though."

    Matty from Liverpool on 81111 on text: "Chelsea were the better team but this is the Premier League if you don't take your chances you'll be punished. Ask Liverpool!"

  9. 1818: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on his side's 1-0 win at former club Newcastle: "We've kept a clean sheet and that's the basis of a fantastic victory for us. Nobody is more pleased for Kevin Nolan than me. This is a difficult place to come but we took full advantage of their game in Europe in midweek. That gave us an opportunity here and we took it with both hands.

    "Andy Carroll is disappointed he didn't score but [he was denied by] a really good save. He wants to get off the mark with that goal but he's our target man and that partnership with Nolan is outstanding."

  10. 1816: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on his side's 1-0 home defeat by West Ham: "We are kicking ourselves. It was the West Ham performance we knew we were going to get but what we lacked was the verve and imagination to unlock them. We had eight or nine shots but none with any purpose or quality. Newcastle at home must score one, two, three or maybe four and we got none today.

    "It's nothing to do with European games - we made lots of changes and the team was fresh - but we didn't do ourselves justice in the first 30 minutes. We didn't come alive until they scored and that is not good enough.

    "We've got a home game [against Swansea] next week and we're under pressure to produce a performance and win."

  11. 1813: 

    More from Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher: "Chelsea are playing well this season. They have good attacking players in the final third. At half-time the manager said we are quite tentative. We were not willing to take the chance and in the second half we were more willing to get forward. It's a great learning curve for the young players. It is a nice little run we have got going but we want to turn draws into wins. It is a good point but we have to kick on now and start getting some wins."

  12. 1811: 

    Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who made his first Premier League start of the season: "In the first half Chelsea were on top, but in the second half I think we probably deserved a point in the end.

    "I was a bit surprised to be playing. The Premier League is a step up, the Carling Cup and Europa League don't have the same intensity. It's frustrating [not to play] but I understand the stage of my career now and I'd never cause a problem here. I'm delighted to be involved and I'm here if the manager needs me."

  13. 1807:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool will be happy with a point but are still rooted in the middle of the Premier League table. Chelsea failed to close the gap on leaders Manchester United and paid the price for missed chances."

  14. 1804:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    The nation's favourite football phone-in, 606, is about the start on BBC Radio 5 live, hosted by Alan Green.

    You can join in by tweeting @bbc5live, texting 85058 or calling 0500 909 693, and you can listen live now.


    Sam on Twitter: "Not a great weekend for Chelsea fans. United nearly lose, but win. City nearly lose, but win. Chelsea nearly win, but draw."

    Emma Arundell on Twitter: "Well that was a really poor game today. Disappointing from Chelsea, but really hope JT's OK."

    Ben Dickinson on Twitter: "That awkward moment when West Ham are above Arsenal and Spurs..."

  16. 1800:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That wasn't a great game, let's be fair. All the top players you wanted to see doing special things were not on form today. It was hard graft from a lot of players out there, and that was good for Liverpool because they have shown they can come to these places and sneak a point. But Chelsea have to do a lot better than that."

    You can hear reaction to this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  17. 1758: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and his players look satisfied with that result as they walk off the pitch, but they so nearly snatched it with almost the last kick of the game, and might even leave Stamford Bridge with a tinge of disappointment at not claiming all three points.

  18. 1755: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
  19. 1755: 

    So close! Liverpool work the ball across the face of the penalty area to Jose Enrique, whose clean strike is heading in but Petr Cech sticks out a hand and diverts it away.

  20. 1753: 

    Chelsea are probing but Liverpool look organised. You have to say this would be a very good point for the Reds, who are trying to extend their unbeaten league run to six matches.

  21. 1751: 

    But Liverpool defend it comfortably enough. There will be four minutes of added time.

  22. 1750: 

    Chelsea have a corner as we enter the 90th minute...

  23. 1750:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Suarez was onside there. Another great call by the officials. You've got to say well done to Petr Cech - he took the risk but got to the ball."

  24. 1750: 

    Down at the other end, Luis Suarez races clear but is confronted by Petr Cech outside the Chelsea penalty area, and the keeper's presence is enough to put the striker off, the ball cannoning off his leg and away for a Blues goal-kick. Briefly, just briefly, Liverpool sensed a winner there.

  25. 1749: 

    Chelsea force a corner on the left and Branislav Ivanovic rises to meet Juan Mata's cross, but he heads over.


    Andy Gillick on Twitter: "Most undeserved equaliser I have ever seen..."

    Prajwal on Twitter: "Liverpool are controlling the game now. That fluke goal has had a huge impact."

    Neil Emery on Twitter: "Chelsea really need a world-class striker. Leaking goals is forgotten when you have someone banging in the chances!"

  27. 1747: 

    Just under five minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge, where Manchester United are the only team to have avoided defeat in the league this season.

  28. 1746: 

    Suso has made an impact since coming on, but he probably should have done better on this occasion. Steven Gerrard's defence-splitting pass sets Raheem Sterling free on the right and the winger crosses to Suso, who scoops his shot high and wide."

  29. 1744: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Luis Suarez becomes the fifth different Liverpool player to score in four successive Premier League away matches, and the first since Steven Gerrard in 2009."

  30. 1744:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Liverpool play to anywhere near their capabilities between now and the end of the game they will create a chance or two, I have no doubt about that. Chelsea look extremely jittery."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  31. 1744:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Liverpool suddenly playing with a bit of impetus and the Stamford Bridge crowd agitated."

  32. 1743: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Daniel Sturridge for Fernando Torres - Chelsea

    I don't think you need me to tell you whether Fernando Torres looks happy at being replaced against his former club.


    Ahmed Nisar on Twitter: "Yes, yes! Excellent Liverpool, well done Suarez! Game on now!"

    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Poor defending from Chelsea. Liverpool weren't really in the game before that goal and now Chelsea have given them a boost."

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "For all their pretty passing, Liverpool's goals these last two games have been from simple crosses. Take note, Rodgers."

  34. 1742: 

    While the glory for that equaliser will go to Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher played an important role, getting in front of his marker at the near post. That is the defender's first assist in three years.

  35. 1739: 
    YELLOW CARD- John Obi Mikel - Chelsea

    Suso is too quick for John Obi Mikel, who earns his team's first booking of the match.

  36. 1738: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Victor Moses for Oscar - Chelsea

    Can Victor Moses repeat his feat from midweek against Shakhtar Donetsk and earn Chelsea a late victory for a second time in a matter of days?

  37. 1737: 
  38. 1737: 

    Just as Roberto Mancini's tactical switch worked for Manchester City against Spurs earlier, so Brendan Rodgers' substitution has worked now. Suso, only introduced minutes earlier, delivered the corner and, that aside, Liverpool looked more effective following that switch.

  39. 1735:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was Liverpool's first real chance of the game. I did think their most likely chance of scoring would come from a corner or a free-kick. There was no-one at the back post for Chelsea, and now we have a game on."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  40. 1733: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Luis Suarez, 73 mins)

    What did I say about Chelsea's defence? Suso swings in a corner from the right, Jamie Carragher flicks the ball on and Luis Suarez nods in from close range for his sixth goal in six league matches. Game on.

  41. 1733:  
    MOTD's John Murray at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 West Ham

    "It is West Ham's day, Sam Allardyce's day and Kevin Nolan's day, the former Newcastle captain scoring what turned out to be the winning goal. Andy Carroll put in a shift and should have made it 2-0 but I think he'll take the three points against his former team. Big disappointment for Newcastle, but West Ham now have 18 points from 11 games back in the Premier League and that is a more than satisfactory return."

  42. 1732:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea still by far the better side but while the gap stays at just one goal Liverpool have hope. Liverpool, however, have not yet laid a glove on Roberto Di Matteo's team."

  43. 1732: 

    With 20 minutes remaining, there is still hope for Liverpool. Chelsea, solid at the back earlier in the season, have not kept a clean sheet in their last five league matches. And, of course, they are now minus John Terry, who has also been missing for most of that period.

  44. 1730:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Enrique's had a very good game today. He's got great pace, he's stuck to his task, and he's certainly been one of Liverpool's better players."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Luke O'Neill on Twitter: "Suso on, instantly frightened. Gem of a player, so direct. Going to frighten the life out of Bertrand."

    Sean Costello on Twitter: "Gerrard has been in decline for about five years. Has one or two very good performances a season. Not good enough anymore."

    A Morelli Jr on Twitter: "Enrique makes me miss Dossena and Degen..."


    From the resulting free-kick, Juan Mata sends over a delicious cross which Brad Jones almost diverts onto John Obi Mikel and into the net, but fortunately for Jones the ball bobbles wide.

  47. 1728: 
    YELLOW CARD- Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

    The Liverpool captain tries to nick the ball off Oscar but the Brazilian is just too quick for the Reds midfielder.

  48. 1726: 

    Fernando Torres isn't having much luck in front of goal today. Ryan Bertrand breaks down the left and crosses for the Spain striker but he can't quite get on the end of it as Liverpool's defenders struggle to recover.

  49. 1723: 

    Steven Gerrard has recovered from that injury and is back into the action, with just under half an hour remaining at Stamford Bridge.

  50. 1722:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Rodgers showing Johnson some sort of diagram on a piece of paper - presumably has the words 'create a chance' on it."

  51. 1720: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Suso for Nuri Sahin - Liverpool
  52. 1719: 

    Brad Jones denies Fernando Torres for the second time today, reacting smartly to stop the striker's close-range header. In the melee of bodies in the middle Steven Gerrard collides with Torres and needs treatment.


    Dazza in Wantage on 81111 on text: "Newcastle just can't handle the Thursday-Sunday trend. Worst I've seen us in a very long time."

    Matt from Coventry on 81111 on text: "What does Joe Allen actually do? What a waste of money."

    Chaz in Marlborough on 81111 on text: "I like the way Rodgers is trying to get us to play, but since he has come in the defence has been poor. We are not going to get anywhere if we keep conceding."

  54. 1718:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool have been livelier, have made some tackles and are trying to play at pace, but they still haven't really tested Petr Cech."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  55. 1718: 
    YELLOW CARD- Glen Johnson - Liverpool

    Glen Johnson collides with Oscar on the Chelsea left. He catches the Brazilian with his elbow, but a caution looks like the right decision.

  56. 1716: 

    It looks as if Liverpool are readying Suso. I wonder whether Brendan Rodgers is considering a change of formation, as his side aren't showing too many signs of getting themselves back into this at the moment.

  57. 1715: 

    After his wayward effort just before the break, Juan Mata nearly makes aments for that miss with a much better strike from distance. This attempt has Brad Jones diving away to his right, but the ball whistles wide of the post.

  58. 1714:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Torres seems to feel as if when Joe Allen has the ball his job is to go and get it off him, and not allow him to control the tempo of the play. He's doing a good job of it, Fernando Torres."

  59. 1712: 

    Opta tweets: "Kevin Nolan has scored in all three Newcastle v West Ham games he has played in the Premier League."

  60. 1710: 
    YELLOW CARD- Joe Allen - Liverpool

    Joe Allen concedes possession to Fernando Torres, then decides there's no way the Chelsea striker is getting away from him, practically rugby tackling the Spaniard to the floor. Not a difficult decision for referee Howard Webb that one.


    BBC Radio 5 live are reporting that John Terry is still at Stamford Bridge and is receiving treatment from the club's medical staff. They also say he is able to bend his knee.

  62. 1708: 

    That is a lovely piece of play by Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool man goes past Oscar deep in his own half as if the Brazilian isn't there, then is taken down by John Mikel Obi. Liverpool will want Sterling to get on the ball more often, ideally in more advanced positions.

  63. 1706: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    No changes for either side at the break.

  64. 1706: 

    Opta tweets: "West Ham have already matched the number of away wins they collected in their last season in the Premier League (2010-11)."

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "I would imagine Sam Allardyce will be pretty gleeful (and maybe a little smug) after that West Ham victory!"

  66. 1705: 

    According to Infostrada, Liverpool have come back to beat Chelsea once before in the Premier League, overturning a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 at Anfield in November 1994.

  67. 1702: 

    Scott Duncan on Twitter: "Am I watching a different game? Suarez looks dangerous and Chelsea are struggling to stop him! Liverpool will win this!"

    Janniky on Twitter: "Worst performance from Newcastle for a long time. No urgency, no threat and no drive. Awful."

    Go Athesia on Twitter: "Think I just died and went to heaven. West Ham up in sixth? Please don't wake me up!"

  68. 1702: 

    Opta tweets: "Liverpool have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League away games (3-0 at Norwich in April)."

  69. 1701: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has won each of his last five Premier League matches against Newcastle, winning nine of 15 in total (five defeats)."

  70. 1701: 

    Full time in today's only Championship fixture and it is not good news for Bristol City fans. The Robins have lost 2-0 at home to Charlton - equalling a club-record seven successive defeats. Danny Haynes opened the scoring in the 20th minute, tapping home after Dale Stephens's long-range effort had bounced off both posts. The victory was then wrapped up 11 minutes into the second half when defender Michael Morrison slotted home from close range.

    City remain rooted to the foot of the table, four points adrift of safety. Charlton, meanwhile, are up to 16th.

  71. 1701: 

    Having just seen a replay of John Terry's collision with Luis Suarez, that really does not look good for the Blues skipper. There's no blame attached to Suarez whatsoever, but Terry's leg buckles underneath him. The centre-back is a notoriously tough character but it would be surprising if that isn't a significant injury.

  72. 1657:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-0 Liverpool

    John Terry's injury has taken away some of Chelsea's impetus but they fully deserve their half-time lead. Liverpool have had plenty of the ball but not much threat. Sound familiar?


    Canice Obi Fab on Twitter: "Liverpool lack ideas all over the pitch and the fact that Enrique is their most impressive player sums it all."

    Will Hopson-Hill on Twitter: "Worst Liverpool performance of season by some distance. No movement or creativity. What's Enrique doing anywhere near the team?"

    Martin Horne on Twitter: "Chelsea have stumbled on a bit of tactical genius - mark Suarez properly and Liverpool won't score."

  74. 1656: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 0-1 West Ham
  75. 1656: 

    But it comes to nothing, Yohan Cabaye lashing over the bar. That might just be that for Alan Pardew's men.

  76. 1655: 

    But they have forced a late corner. I bet they wish Andy Carroll was on their side to attack it. Goalkeeper Tim Krul has come up for it...

  77. 1654: 

    West Ham are frustrating Newcastle. Two minutes of injury time remaining and no sign at the moment that the Magpies are going to make the breakthrough.

  78. 1653:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    You can hear the latest from Stamford Bridge with Mike Ingham, Alan Green and analyst Pat Nevin on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  79. 1652:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "In the first 10 or 15 minutes I thought this game was going to be a cracker, but it calmed right down. Both teams have been playing in Europe and that can have an effect. But Chelsea won't care - they are 1-0 up."

    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
  81. 1651: 

    Juan Mata finds himself in space after some comedy Liverpool defending but the Spaniard blazes over from the edge of the area.

  82. 1649: 

    West Ham are just a few minutes away from winning outside London for the first time this season. Their only away triumph to date came across the capital at QPR.

  83. 1648:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm really quite surprised by how insipid Steve Gerrard's performance has been. Only because I rate him so highly..."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    James Royce on Twitter: "Given Chelsea's recent defensive performances, John Terry getting injured is bad bad news."

    Bill Lanisek on Twitter: "Tippy-tappy garbage. C'mon Liverpool, first time balls to Sterling and Suarez, make Chelsea turn and run..."

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "Rodgers tactics? What tactics? Sick of seeing the ball carried by Enrique then given away. Something needs to change."

  85. 1646: 

    There will be five minutes of injury time at Stamford Bridge.

  86. 1646: 

    Luis Suarez has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches, but it's not quite happening for him this afternoon. He picks the ball up on the edge of the Chelsea area and beats one man, but he is quickly muscled out of it.

  87. 1644: 

    We're into the final 10 minutes at Newcastle and there's likely to be a fair bit of first-half injury time at Stamford Bridge following the treatment for John Terry.

  88. 1643:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "John Terry's immediate reaction suggested he knew right away he had picked up a bad injury there."

  89. 1642:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Luis Suarez hasn't done a thing for me. His body language doesn't look good and his movement has been very, very poor."

  90. 1642: 

    So John Terry's return is short-lived, but he certainly made his impact felt on this match. Five minutes left of the first half at the Bridge.

  91. 1640: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Cahill for Terry - Chelsea
  92. 1640: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Obertan for Simpson - Newcastle

    Mark Duffell on Twitter: "Liverpool look beaten already. Chelsea opening them up at will. Rodgers needs to change something fast. Tactics not working."

    Luke Booth on Twitter: "Is Tom (1627) serious? What exactly have West Brom done? Relegation, promotion, relegation, promotion..."

    Jesse Chukwudozie on Twitter: "Weekend of comebacks. Liverpool, what have you got for us?"

  94. 1638: 

    John Terry is struggling here after an accidental collision with Luis Suarez and it looks like he will have to be replaced. It is an awkward coming-together and Terry is clearly in a lot of pain.

  95. 1637: 

    Fifteen minutes to go at St James' Park, where the game is very much still in the balance.

  96. 1634:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Joe Allen a bit wasteful in possession so far. Just allowed Chelsea to set up another attack."

  97. 1632: 

    Nearly a big moment for Andy Carroll, who races clean through on goal, but Tim Krul saves his side-footed effort. That was a golden chance for Carroll to make his mark on his return to St James' Park.

  98. 1632: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Demel for McCartney - West Ham

    West Ham have to make their third substitution, with all three players - Matt Jarvis, Yossi Benayoun and now Guy Demel - going off because of injury.

  99. 1630: 

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "John Terry has scored his 50th goal for Chelsea in all competitions."

  100. 1630: 

    Almost a breakthrough for Newcastle at St James' Park, and Shola Ameobi will probably feel he might have done better. He meets a corner but sends his header wide, despite having wriggled away from his marker.

  101. 1629: 

    Chelsea go close to a second as Eden Hazard breaks from midfield and lays the ball off to Fernando Torres, but Brad Jones does well to save the Spaniard's shot. Worrying period for Liverpool this.


    JR in Sheffield on 81111 on text: "First 20 mins have been a microcosm of Liverpool's season - they look well organised but have little end product and make mistakes at key times."

    Steve from Ledbury on 81111 on text: "Carragher looks exhausted after just 20 minutes. I hope Liverpool have some serious breathing apparatus if he's to make it to 90!"

    Tom in Brighton on 81111 on text: "Liverpool have a had a lot of investment over the years. West Brom and Everton have done a lot more with a lot less."

  103. 1627: 

    According to the BBC's stats page, Liverpool have had 67% of possession so far. The problem for them, though, is that it's largely been around the halfway line and they haven't tested Petr Cech yet.

  104. 1625: 

    Newcastle are probing at St James' Park and Demba Ba goes close with a long-range strike which Jussi Jaaskelainen turns around the post. West Ham are still a threat on the break though.

  105. 1623:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Extraordinarily poor defending from Liverpool, but Chelsea have been very good from set-pieces this season. The space that Terry was given was as bad a piece of defending as you will see from a corner kick in the entire season. Someone obviously just switched off. But he put it away, so well done John Terry."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  106. 1623: 

    While the defending was sloppy, I should stress that that was trademark Terry. He's always a threat at set-pieces and he showed plenty of intent there. In fact, he looked like a man who has missed playing in the Premier League.

  107. 1620: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (John Terry, 20 mins)

    If you thought there was some slack marking in yesterday's matches, then this might just be even worse. Juan Mata sends over a corner and John Terry, back after a four-game ban, is left totally unmarked to thump a header beyond Brad Jones. Where were the defenders?

  108. 1620:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool are very pretty to watch, but they are pretty ineffective. They just need some investment."

  109. 1620: 

    Branislav Ivanovic fires in a free-kick for Chelsea from a long way out but it is nowhere near troubling Liverpool keeper Brad Jones.


    John Garratt on Twitter: "Torres looks like a whole new man. Obviously keen to prove a point."

    Akude Emeka O on Twitter: "Both teams are really looking to attack, if it continues this way, then we are in for a treat. Great one for the neutrals."

    Sam Manger on Twitter: "Andre Wisdom. With a name like that, not sure if he should be a 70s singer, 80s wrestler or 90s toothpaste salesman..."

  111. 1619: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson is at Stamford Bridge watching Chelsea against Liverpool. One concern for the England boss is that Tottneham defender Kyle Walker picked up an injury against Manchester City. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: On Walker's injury: "We will need to check with our medical department. Obviously he has been called up for England so the English medical department will see how he is tomorrow."

  112. 1616: 

    Fernando Torres, playing against his former side, hasn't seen much of the ball yet for Chelsea. It's all a bit scrappy at the moment.

  113. 1613: 
    SUBSTITUTION- O'Neil for Benayoun (West Ham)
  114. 1613: 

    Bristol City are in danger of suffering a seventh successive defeat as they trail Charlton 1-0. The Addicks are well worth their one-goal lead, having opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Dale Stephens's shot smacked against both posts before Danny Haynes tapped in the rebound.

  115. 1613:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea have started quite sluggishly here. But we've seen that with Man City, United and Arsenal. How many times have the top teams fallen behind this season? It's been extraordinary."

  116. 1612: 

    Man City captain Vincent Kompany tweets: "What a game! Thank you to all the fans for their loud support! Great to see all those Belgian flags at the ground, really appreciate that."

  117. 1610: 

    Demba Ba thinks he has headed Newcastle level but Jussi Jaaskelainen flings himself to his right to parry. Newcastle claim the ball had crossed the line, but it's very hard to tell. That's certainly one for the Match of the Day 2 pundits - including former Newcastle striker Michael Owen - to analyse this evening.

  118. 1606: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Newcastle 0-1 West Ham
  119. 1606: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Shola Ameobi for Papiss Cisse - Newcastle

    Jack in Norwich on 81111 on text: "Jones, Wisdom, Johnson and Carragher are all vulnerable defensively. Allen is a sideways merchant. Gerrard is starting to decline. Sterling may be too inexperienced to rely on. That leaves Agger, Sahin, Enrique and Suarez to rely on. Can they do it? Time will tell."

    Joe in Liverpool on 81111 on text: "Is Brendan Rodgers crazy? Reina is fit but he still plays Jones. Reina is class, Jones is average."

    Will, a Liverpool supporter, on 81111 on text: "Rodgers needs time as he is reshaping the club. That begins today with a 2-0 win for Liverpool."

  121. 1605:  
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "What are Liverpool doing? This formation is kind of odd. It's very fluid indeed..."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  122. 1604: 

    Though whether Daniel Agger knows his role I'm not so sure. With just 60 seconds gone, the centre-back bursts into the Chelsea defence and falls to the ground with John Terry in close proximity, but there is no question of a penalty.

  123. 1603: 

    Liverpool are lining up with a back three, with Jamie Carragher in the middle of Daniel Agger and Andre Wisdom.

  124. 1601: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v Liverpool
  125. 1601: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat by Manchester City: "They kept on going and put everything to try and get the result in the last minute. We looked good in the first half and didn't deserve to concede for the game to go 1-1. We were playing well and they scored from the counter attack and it gave them the lift and that was the key moment for them. They gained extra motivation and it lifted the stadium up and attack after attack it was difficult to hold on. It was down to the individual quality they have.

    "We wanted to avoid 1-1. After 1-1 you have to be very careful. When Mancini went three at the back, we had to adapt in a certain way. We still had a couple of opportunities but around the 60th minute was a key moment, we conceded and it was difficult after that. The injury to Kyle Walker also did not help because we had to adapt quickly."

  126. 1600: 

    Yet more encouragement for Liverpool fans, should they need it. The Reds are looking for a fifth consecutive Premier League victory over Chelsea and, if they achieve it, it would represent their longest winning sequence in this fixture for 38 years.

  127. 1558:  
    MOTD's John Murray at St James' ParkNewcastle 0-1 West Ham

    "Not the most auspicious half of football I've ever seen and that's an understatement. But Newcastle have got a job on their hands after Kevin Nolan's goal against his former club."


    Sean Douglas on Twitter: "You know the script. Nolan's goal was written in it."

    Josh Reynolds on Twitter: "Kevin Nolan has been one of the most consistent midfielders in the country for years. Should have had an England call-up by now."

    Eoin O'Mara on Twitter: "Carragher playing against Mata, Oscar and Hazard... This is going to get very ugly."

  129. 1554: 

    The players are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge. A glance at the table might suggest the sensible money would be on Chelsea, but Liverpool have secured a Premier League double over them in three of the last four seasons and have lost only two of their last 11 league meetings.

  130. 1553: 

    Roberto Mancini on whether Edin Dzeko is happy with his role: "He is not happy. A player who is happy on the bench does not exist. We had three important strikers today, last year we won the championship because of goals from our strikers, today we missed some goals from them but hopefully they can score again soon."

  131. 1552: 

    Roberto Mancini, speaking after Manchester City's 2-1 win against Tottenham: "It was a huge win because it was a difficult moment. We had a lot of important players injured and today I saw the same spirit from the players that I saw last year. In the first half we played well. Tottenham I didn't feel had chances apart from a couple of set pieces. We need to improve there. But after they scored first I thought we played fantastic.

    "We are unlucky with the referee at the moment. Today we deserved to win this game, the players were fantastic. The supporters were fantastic and in the second half they were like the 12th player on the pitch.

    "The Premier League season is long and difficult - there are a lot of teams who can fight for the title, Tottenham can come back and fight for it, as can Arsenal. We made some mistakes in the Champions League but in football you can never say never."

  132. 1551: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Edin Dzeko has scored his 11th career Premier League goal as a substitute."

  133. 1551: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-1 West Ham
  134. 1551: 

    And still Newcastle press into injury time. Andy Carroll completely misses the ball in his own area and Yohan Cabaye seizes the chance to shoot, but Jussi Jaaskelainen is equal to it.

  135. 1549: 

    Half of St James' Park thought Newcastle were level, but Hatem Ben Arfa's shot takes two deflections and flies into the side netting.

  136. 1548: 

    It's over two years since Newcastle came from behind to win a league game - a 2-1 victory at West Ham in October 2010. Have a guess who scored the goals that day for the Magpies? Yep, Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

  137. 1546: 
    YELLOW CARD- Mark Noble - West Ham
  138. 1545: 

    This game has burst into life and, after 35 minutes without a chance, they are now coming with every passage of play. This time it's Newcastle's turn to go close, Shane Ferguson drilling in a low shot which is turned wide via a deflection off Joey O'Brien.

  139. 1543: 

    And it's almost two for West Ham and for Kevin Nolan. The midfielder shoots from the edge of the box but skews his effort over.

  140. 1540: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 West Ham (Nolan, 37 mins)

    Didn't you just know that one of the exes would have an impact this afternoon? (see 1202). Joey O'Brien shoots from the edge of the area for West Ham but his shot is going wide, only for former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan to find himself in the right place to turn the ball in from six yards out. No sign of his usual chicken celebration though, presumably out of respect for his former club.

  141. 1539: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Cahill.

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Sahin, Jose Enrique, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Fernandez Saez.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  142. 1538:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Bit of sickness around at Stamford Bridge. John Terry returns for Chelsea but David Luiz is out with tonsilitis. Gary Cahill is still restricted to a role as substitute while Branislav Ivanovic plays in central defence and Cesar Azpilicueta comes in at right-back. Martin Skrtel is also unwell and misses out for Liverpool, which means Jamie Carragher is back in central defence. Brad Jones keeps his place in goal with Pepe Reina still unfit.

  143. 1537: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Maiga for Jarvis - West Ham
  144. 1536: 

    Still nothing resembling a chance at St James' Park, where it's all very scrappy. Newcastle should be in confident mood after coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Club Bruges on Thursday, but there's little sign of them creating any goalscoring opportunities at the moment.


    James Presland on Twitter: "Does AVB have any idea what he's doing? How does he expect to stay in the job if the team plays like that?"

    Akib Khan on Twitter: "This league is turning into a two-horse race between Edin Dzeko and Chicharito..."

    Hugh Moxon on Twitter: "I'm sure something is happening in Newcastle today? Think I've already forgotten about it..."

  146. 1532:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorChelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    "Logic suggests that Liverpool cannot win this game, but history suggests otherwise. They have, after all, secured a Premier League double over Chelsea in three of the last four seasons. Even so, it's hard to see beyond a Chelsea win. Chelsea have been excellent in the league this season. There cannot be many better threesomes than Oscar, Mata and Hazard."

  147. 1531:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Mentioned even after Man City's disappointment v Ajax there was nothing wrong with team spirit - comeback to win v Spurs confirms it."

  148. 1531:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Why Spurs played such a high line at the back is bizarre!"

  149. 1531: 

    Opta tweets: "Manchester City have won all nine Premier League games in which Edin Dzeko has scored as a substitute."

  150. 1531: 

    So the common view is that Roberto Mancini pulled off a tactical masterstroke this afternoon. That's not something we've heard too many times this season. But they certainly were more of a threat in the final 30 minutes, and as a consequence of that result they are second in the league - temporarily at least - two points behind leaders Manchester United.

  151. 1529:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "City were made to work hard, but they are not champions for nothing. You cannot write them off. For me, it was down to the change of shape and personnel. It pushed City up, which in turn kept Spurs' full-backs deeper. It made Spurs think at the back, and you must see Dzeko's finish because that was quality."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  152. 1528: 

    So how will Chelsea striker Fernando Torres fare against his former club Liverpool today? Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo says: "Sometimes, playing against your old team gives you extra motivation. Sometimes, it inhibits you a little bit. So, it depends how his frame of mind is playing against his old team."

    Liverpool have just two wins from 11 league games but manager Brendan Rodgers believes that statistic does not tell the whole story. He says: "I don't think there is a lot wrong with our game, that is the brutal honesty of it. We are up there with the top four teams in the country in terms of creating chances. The clear area we need to improve on is finishing."

  153. 1527:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Liverpool (16:00 GMT)

    "Chelsea may have hoped the meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge could have given them the chance to regain top spot in the Premier League when Manchester United trailed 2-0 at Aston Villa - but their dramatic win leaves Roberto Di Matteo's side with the task of closing a four-point gap.

    "Liverpool have had plenty of possession but not enough points this season. They have, however, won on their last three visits to Chelsea so manager Brendan Rodgers will hope this is a good omen."

  154. 1527: 

    Still pretty quiet at St James' Park, though, predictably, Andy Carroll has been making his presence felt with a couple of hefty challenges.

  155. 1525: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Anita for Gutierrez (Newcastle)

    Newcastle captain Jonas Gutierrez limps off. He's been struggling since a 50-50 challenge with Yossi Benayoun. Demba Ba takes over as Newcastle skipper against his former team.


    Chelsea defender David Luiz tweets: "I'm sad! I wanted to play today, but I can't because of a tonsillitis. Come on Chelsea, you have my support!"

    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham

    C MacNeacht "No stopping that. Dzeko seems to be the Hernandez of the City team. Gutted for Friedel though, he's been immense today."

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "You deserved that Spurs. You cannot try and defend for 70mins and expect to win. Negative football."

    Jim Patterson on Twitter: "What does Dzeko have to do to get a start? His goal to minute ratio this season must be unreal!"

  159. 1522: 

    Spurs have the ball in City's half but they're struggling to create anything. Thirty seconds left.

  160. 1521:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was an unbelievable finish. Dzeko finds space at the back post and his connection was spot on. I said this game was going to have a good ending, and we're getting one."

  161. 1520:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Martin Skrtel unwell - which is why he is missing from Liverpool's line-up."

  162. 1520:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day host

    "You could see it coming. Must say Man City have been superb in the second half.

  163. 1520:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Where are all Mancini haters? Huge decision to go three at the back, especially Bale v Maicon. It changed the game, and gave Toure more freedom too!"

  164. 1519: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Garcia for Aguero (Man City)
  165. 1519: 

    We're into injury time at Etihad Stadium...

  166. 1516: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham (Edin Dzeko 88 mins)

    What was that about a test of character? Edin Dzeko lashes the ball beyond Brad Friedel following a chipped David Silva pass for his seventh goal of the season - his sixth when coming on as a substitute. After the events at White Hart Lane last season, Spurs fans must hate the sight of the striker.

  167. 1515: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kyle Naughton for Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
  168. 1515:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Glorious sunshine at Stamford Bridge. Always an edge between Chelsea and Liverpool so expecting plenty from this afternoon's game."

  169. 1514:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is going to be a great finale. We've seen City creating chances and their smaller, nimble players are getting on the ball. Brad Friedel is having to make some great saves."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  170. 1514: 

    But Spurs could still win this and end City's proud home run. The game is getting a little ragged now as we enter the final five minutes.


    Paul inside Etihad Stadium on 81111 on text: "Sinclair on now please and get him up against Gallas, surely?"

    Mr M on 81111 on text: "Spurs' own fault. They've been sluggish and slow, playing in congested areas instead of moving, moving. Finally caught out..."

    Shahmir in London on 81111 on text: "Gareth Bale knows he stands next in line to the Ronaldos and Messis and is technically better than any player in the Man City team. He needs to stand up now and show who's boss."

  172. 1513: 

    Was that the chance for City? Sergio Aguero is in space in front of goal but he shoots straight at Brad Friedel, who parries clear.

  173. 1511: 

    There haven't been any clear-cut chances in the opening 10 minutes at St James' Park. There don't appear to have been too many boos for the returning Andy Carroll, which is in contrast to the reception he received when he came back with Liverpool in April.

  174. 1510: 

    It's all Manchester City at Etihad Stadium now. Can Edin Dzeko come up with another late goal for the hosts?

  175. 1509: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool defenders Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher start, while Martin Skrtel misses out altogether. Looks like the Reds could be playing with a five-man defence.

  176. 1508: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    John Terry starts for Chelsea against Liverpool following the completion of his domestic ban.

  177. 1507:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "There had been growing anxiety at Etihad Stadium until Sergio Aguero provided that cool finish to level the scores - now that has been replaced by an expectation that another City goal will follow shortly. It is down to a tactical change too - most of the home side's attacks were ending in cul-de-sacs until Maicon came on so credit to boss Roberto Mancini, whose tinkering has been much-maligned this season, for making the change to his team's system and trying a different way of getting behind Spurs, using wing-backs and width. Mancini has looked miserable all day, incidentally, and even drawing level does not seem to have cheered him up much."

  178. 1506: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Michael Dawson for Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
  179. 1506: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "From all Premier League players that have scored 3+ goals this season, two have needed on average less than 90 mins to net: Chicharito (51), Dzeko (74)"

  180. 1505: 

    Opta tweets: "Manchester City's Premier League record in games Sergio Aguero has scored in (before today) is P18 W17 D1 L0."

  181. 1505: 
    YELLOW CARD- Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City)

    Referee Michael Oliver comes back to book the striker for that challenge. It was clumsy but I don't think there was any great menace in the challenge.

  182. 1504: 

    Pablo Zabaleta v Emmanuel Adebayor has been a running theme all game. The pair collide in the middle of the field with the Argentine looking in pain. Adebayor barely looks back. Zabaleta is back on his feet and will be OK to carry on.

  183. 1502: 

    Gareth Bale hasn't had too much joy this afternoon, but he wriggles free and drives a shot at goal, which Joe Hart parries away.

  184. 1502: 
    KICK-OFF- Newcastle v West Ham
  185. 1501: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Edin Dzeko for Carlos Tevez (Man City)

    Tottenham, you've been warned.

  186. 1501: 

    Edin Dzeko looks like he is about to come on for Manchester City. Not sure Spurs' defenders will love that, with memories still lingering of the striker scoring four times against them in a 5-1 win at White Hart Lane at the start of last season.


    Ethan Friskney-Adams on Twitter: "Never mind Mancini throwing Balotelli on, Dzeko is sure to come on in a minute and rescue Man City."

    Trevor D Forde on Twitter: "Spurs have paid for playing negatively although having the lead. That's why AVB will continue to get the stick. Justified."

    Arjun Kukadia on Twitter: "Now it's time for Bale to show up..."

  188. 1458: 

    The teams are on the pitch at St James' Park, with the cameras inevitably focusing on West Ham's former Newcastle pair Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

  189. 1457:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic finish from Aguero. He was one-on-one with Caulker but he cut it back, gave himself a yard and then just slid it past Friedel. Brilliant."

  190. 1457: 

    After coming from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa yesterday, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson spoke of his side passing a test of character. This feels like something similar for Manchester City here. What a boost it will give them if they can find a winner.

  191. 1453: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-1 Tottenham (Sergio Aguero 65 mins)

    A touch of class from Sergio Aguero to draw City level. The ball breaks to him from Yaya Toure on the right-hand side of the box and the Argentine takes his time, turns inside Steven Caulker and coolly passes the ball beyond Brad Friedel. Fine goal.

  192. 1453: 

    There are just over 25 minutes left at Etihad Stadium. How are your nerves Spurs fans?

  193. 1452:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Mancini has changed his system a little, and he's hoping his team will generate a little more going forward. But it's not really working, because Tevez and Aguero are still starved of service up front."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  194. 1451: 

    While Manchester City are on the front foot, Brad Friedel hasn't had a great deal to do in the Spurs goal. It's been a surprisingly quiet afternoon for the veteran American so far.

  195. 1449: 

    The introduction of Maicon means Manchester City are now playing with wing-backs, a tactic Roberto Mancini has tried on numerous occasions this season. We can probably expect to see Yaya Toure pushed further forward as a result.

  196. 1447:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "Spurs fans give Maicon a huge cheer as he comes on for Nastasic. They and Gareth Bale are both pleased to see him."

  197. 1446: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Maicon for Matija Nastasic (Man City)

    Gareth Bale might just be licking his lips here. Remember the San Siro? I suspect Maicon does, and the two are now in direct competition on the Spurs left flank.

  198. 1444: 

    Oh dear. Sergio Aguero finds himself in lots of space midway inside the Spurs half after breaking the offside trap, but his first touch is uncharacteristically awkward and the ball dribbles away to Brad Friedel.

  199. 1442:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This game is more of the same in the second half. There has been no push from Man City and they seem devoid of ideas sometimes. So far Spurs are handling this game very well."

  200. 1441: 

    Tottenham are in danger of finding themselves camped in their own half. There is still a very long way to go and, given that Spurs have kept only one clean sheet in the league this season, they might need to continue showing attacking intent if they are to win.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Tottenham Hotspur have conceded a record 599 second-half goals in the Premier League."

  202. 1439: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ferguson, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Anita, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Benayoun, Diame, Noble, Jarvis, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Maiga, Collins, Demel, O'Neil, Hall.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  203. 1437: 

    Manchester City have begun the second half on the front foot and earn an early corner, but the delivery is poor from Aleksandar Kolarov and, within seconds, the ball ends up all the way back in their own half.

  204. 1436: 

    No changes from either manager at the break. I wonder whether Roberto Mancini is wishing he had Mario Balotelli to throw on from the bench?

  205. 1435: 

    One game in the Championship today with strugglers Bristol City hosting Charlton (15:00 GMT) looking to end an alarming run of form. Derek McInnes's side are bottom having lost their last six successive league games and need to start picking up points sooner rather than later to avoid becoming isolated at the foot of the table.

    Charlton, meanwhile, are looking to claim a second win inside a week following their extraordinary 5-4 victory over Cardiff on Tuesday. Chris Powell's side are 19th, just four points above the relegation zone.


    FF Boy on Twitter: "Dear Santa, for Christmas can I ask for consistent Premier League refereeing?"

    Peter Lewis on Twitter: "A win for Spurs will throw the top half of the table wide open."

    Rick Allum on Twitter: "Can't believe the stick AVB was getting before the game for starting Adebayor, a decision the majority of Spurs fans agree with..."

  207. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham
  208. 1433: 

    The players are back on the pitch at Etihad Stadium and we're almost ready for the second half.

  209. 1430: 

    So Manchester City will be stewing on the non-award of two penalties, but Tottenham will be thrilled with so far. Can they win at both Manchester clubs for the first time in the same season since 1959-60?

  210. 1427:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "The referee had a long look at both penalty decisions. He took his time, had a look and gave neither one. They were so blatant, especially Huddlestone on Zabaleta. He made no attempt to win the ball. There's a lot of Man City frustration and just before half-time it was getting a little feisty. We don't need that, it's been an enjoyable game.

    "For the goal, Joe Hart's was a slow reaction. As Caulker headed it down Hart's reactions meant his hands weren't up but were by his side. He will be very disappointed when he looks back at that."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  211. 1425:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Tottenham have not had to do much to retain this 1-0 lead, and we've not seen much of Bale or Lennon. Spurs are just trying to keep Man City at arm's length.

    "For City, this is not working. Mancini should look at this and look to his bench, and perhaps bring Dzeko on to bring in something different."

  212. 1424:  
    MOTD's John Murray at St James' ParkNewcastle v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    "Thus far, Newcastle have coped with the demands of their added European commitments relatively well. Their only defeats this season have been to Chelsea and Manchester United. But with Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and James Perch all missing for the visit of West Ham, and the fact that Andy Carroll will surely be something of a man on a mission, Newcastle could have quite a challenge on their hands in this one."

  213. 1423: 

    As he prepares to welcome Andy Carroll back to St James' Park in the colours of West Ham, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says the £35m fee paid by Liverpool for the striker has helped him build a successful Premier League squad. "The position we are in, if I'm honest, is because we used the money from Andy's sale well," says Pardew. "He was a brilliant player for us, but the fee was astronomical. We have used it well and we owe a great debt to him."

    Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits his sacking by Newcastle was one of the lowest points of his career. "It is the hardest (sacking) to take because I thought it was the right job," he says. "I thought it was the next step, a big club, big fanbase, big budget but unfortunately I never saw any of that."

  214. 1422: 
    Newcastle v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan start for West Ham against their old club at St James' Park, while James Tomkins replaces James Collins in the only change to the team that drew 0-0 at home with Manchester City last weekend. Jonas Gutierrez captains Newcastle in the absence of the suspended Fabricio Coloccini, with Mike Williamson drafted in to partner Steven Taylor at the back. With Cheick Tiote also serving a ban, Shane Ferguson replaces Vurnon Anita in midfield.

  215. 1421: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Coming into this match, Man City had trailed for only 113 minutes this season, the second fewest in the Premier League this season (96 mins by West Brom)"

  216. 1420:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "A difficult week is not getting any easier for Manchester City, who have got another second-half salvage job ahead of them if they are to preserve their unbeaten start to the Premier League season and their even longer home league unbeaten run. Spurs scored with their first chance of note but they have soaked up whatever City have thrown at them before or since. Boos ring out at the half-time whistle, but they are all directed at referee Michael Oliver, who has turned down two penalty shouts from the home side."

  217. 1419: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham
  218. 1417: 
    Newcastle v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Andy Carroll starts for West Ham against his former club.

  219. 1416: 

    Sam in Merseyside on 81111 on text: "Adebayor looks like a man with a point to prove..."

    Andy on 81111 on text: "Yet another mistake by ever-cocky Golden Boy, Joe Hart. But he will get no criticism. If De Gea had made that error he would be slaughtered for days."

    Olly from Bristol on 81111 on text: "The roast lunch is cooking, the text commentary stream is rolling, what more do you need on a Sunday?"

  220. 1415: 

    Opta tweets: "Man City have won four and drawn one of the last five Premier League home games in which they've trailed."

  221. 1414: 

    Better from City as Sergio Aguero gets a shot at goal, lashing at it from a tight angle and it sails over the bar. Soon after, fellow Argentine wastes a far better chance, tamely sidefooting straight at Brad Friedel when clean through.

  222. 1407:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "Another set-piece, another problem for City… another game to chase. Steven Caulker's header seemed to bounce over the line in slow-motion after Joe Hart got a hand to it, and it took time for the Tottenham fans at the other end of the ground to realise it had crossed the line. Going behind is nothing new to Roberto Mancini's men - they have trailed in five of their 10 Premier League matches before today -and are still unbeaten remember - but the threat posed by Tottenham on the break means they will have to be very careful here as they try to get back into this match."

  223. 1405: 

    Nothing is going Pablo Zabaleta's way so far. The City full-back charges into box and is blatantly blocked off by Tom Huddlestone, but referee Michael Oliver waves away the protests. A strong appeal from the City players and an odd decision by the man in the middle.

  224. 1403:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Adebayor's was a pre-empted dive, a dive as clear as day. The referee was only 10 yards away, so why has he pulled out the yellow card for Zabaleta?"

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  225. 1401: 

    Opta tweets: "60% - Proportion of Man City Premier League goals conceded from set-pieces this season, higher than any other team."

  226. 1400:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "In front of me, Spurs coach Steffen Freund leaped about 10ft in the air when the ball slowly bounced in."

  227. 1400: 

    Seconds later, Pablo Zabaleta is booked for a tackle on Emmanuel Adebayor. That battle is definitely one to watch.

  228. 1359: 

    What did I say about this game warming up? Pablo Zabaleta has just spent at least 10 seconds furiously lecturing Emmanuel Adebayor following a challenge by the striker. It was all so matey in the tunnel. Not any more apparently.


    Tomer Tsur on Twitter: "That's a Hart howler and a Caulker corker."

    Arthur on Twitter: "Can all the people whingeing about AVB calm down? The man knows what he's doing - he's not blindly picking his lineups."

    Vishal Bhardwaj on Twitter: "You would think an Italian coach would have drilled how to defend set plays to his players. I guess not..."

  230. 1357: 

    This game is warming up nicely. Tom Huddlestone drills a sweet 25-yard drive which looks to be heading in, only to swerve late and miss Joe Hart's left-hand post by a few inches.

  231. 1355: 

    Sergio Aguero turns sharply in the area and flicks the ball forward, but it strikes William Gallas's arm. Big shouts for a penalty from City, and I think they had a strong case for one.

  232. 1354:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Joe Hart is really responsible there. Caulker gets the run on the defence and the ball hit Hart on the chest, but it carried through to nestle in the inside of the side netting. It is against the run of play but again we see Man City's questionable defending."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  233. 1351: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-1 Tottenham (Steven Caulker 21 mins)

    Who saw that coming? Steven Caulker wriggles free to meet Tom Huddlestone's right-wing free-kick and powers a header beyond Joe Hart. The keeper, though, will feel he might have done better. Could City's unbeaten run at home be under threat?

  234. 1351: 

    A slight scare for Man City, as they fail to deal with a long throw into the area. Aaron Lennon gets a touch to prod the ball in the direction of Emmanuel Adebayor, who tumbles over City keeper Joe Hart, but no chance of a penalty for that.

    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "City are just dominating Spurs in their own defensive third. Tottenham are getting everybody behind the ball, hoping to catch them on the counter-attack."

    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Steven Caulker has slotted in alongside the more experienced William Gallas. He's holding his own, but it will be tough for him against the likes of Tevez and Aguero."

    You can hear coverage of this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  237. 1348: 

    That, too, comes to nothing. But that's the first time Spurs have really asked a question of the City defence.

  238. 1347: 

    Gareth Bale gets his first sight of space to run in to and knocks the ball past Pablo Zabaleta, but he doesn't get much further as the Argentine unceremoniously dumps the Wales Winger onto the turf. The free-kick is cleared for a corner.


    Mark in Nottingham on 81111 on text: "Sorry but the Adebayor decision is poor. He'll be hauled off after an hour. I'm so frustrated!"

    George from Gloucester on 81111 on text: "AVB starting without two up front and without Thursday's hero Defoe? Sheer stubbornness and stupidity."

    Craig in Essex on 81111 on text: "It's a joke how William Gallas is still starting for Spurs! Leaving Dawson on the bench? Gallas has played poorly every week - he is past it now. What is AVB doing?"

  240. 1345: 

    Aleksandar Kolarov takes a free-kick from all of 35 yards out, but it's tame and Brad Friedel - back in goal in place of Hugo Lloris - deals with it comfortably.

  241. 1344: 

    Little early sign yet that this game will match last season's corresponding fixture, when Tottenham fought back from 2-0 down before Mario Balotelli's injury-time penalty gave City the spoils. It's still early days though.

  242. 1342: 

    It's sent in by Aleksandar Kolarov, who has been a menace at set-pieces this season, but comes to nothing as Matija Nastasic fails to connect with the cross.

  243. 1341: 

    Manchester City have their first corner of the day after a spell of possession in the Spurs half.

  244. 1340: 

    If ever a team was going to end Manchester City's unbeaten home league run stretching back to December 2010 then it is probably Tottenham. They have won on seven of their previous 11 visits to Manchester City, and don't forget they've already tasted victory in Manchester once this season.

  245. 1338: 

    Perhaps AVB's thinking on the striker front was shaped by Emmanuel Adebayor's record on this ground. Infrostrada inform us that Adebayor has scored 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances at Etihad Stadium. Mind you, he hasn't scored in his last five PL matches at the stadium.

  246. 1336: 

    I haven't seen a close-up of Jermain Defoe on the Spurs bench yet, but after being left out of the England squad and then being dropped to the bench today, I suspect he won't be wearing a broad grin at the moment.

  247. 1335:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "A few half-hearted boos for Adebayor on his first touch..."

  248. 1334: 

    Nearly an opening for Manchester City as Sergio Aguero races onto a clipped through-ball from Gareth Barry, but the ball races away from the Argentine. No sights of goal for either side yet.

  249. 1332: 

    Emmanuel Adebayor is off! Within a minute! But don't worry Spurs fans, he's been sent to the touchline to change the tape on his socks, which was the wrong colour. Nothing more serious that that.

  250. 1331:  
    Kevin Gallacher, at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "You cannot afford to let Manchester United get too far ahead in the league. Man City have been a phenomenal force at home. Spurs have played really well this season under AVB, but there has been inconsistency away from home. However, Mancini has not got the best out of his players so far this season."

    You can hear more build-up to this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  251. 1331: 

    We're under way at Etihad Stadium.


    Andrew Musgrove on Twitter: "AVB has lost the plot. It's like Wenger - he refuses to change his approach though every man and his dog can see it doesn't work."

    Thomas Rose on Twitter: "Wish people would get off AVB's back. Playing two up top away to City is suicide."

    Adam Lenton on Twitter: "Left back Aleksandar Kolarov playing left wing ahead of Scott Sinclair. Not looking like a great career move for Scott!"

  253. 1330:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "Emmanuel Adebayor smiles and waves at Man City fans as he comes off after his warm-up. All very friendly so far. But will it last?

    "I'm pretty sure Jermain Defoe won't be smiling though..."

  254. 1328: 

    The teams are on the pitch at Etihad Stadium, and Emmanuel Adebayor has been sharing lots of laughs, jokes and back-slaps with his former Manchester City colleagues. One of the last times he faced a former side at this ground, he raced the length of the pitch to celebrate a goal in front of the Arsenal supporters who once cheered him. You might remember that one.

  255. 1325: 

    Their opponents today, Tottenham, have had a strange start to the season. Having won at Manchester United, they've since gone on to lose at Norwich and at home against Wigan. They're in good form on their travels though, having won their last three Premier League matches away from home, so everything points to a cracking contest.

  256. 1324: 

    So what of Manchester City's start to the season? Amid all the talk of problems and disharmony, it might have escaped your attention that the champions are the Premier League's only unbeaten team. Win today and they could end the weekend second, two points behind Manchester United. Hardly a disaster then, surely?

  257. 1322: 

    For the early game, the omens for another high-scoring Premier League match are encouraging. In the two league fixtures between Manchester City and Tottenham last season there were 11 goals, and the champions haven't exactly tightened up at the back, have they?


    Sam in London on 81111 on text: "Even though I would've loved to have seen Jermain Defoe and Adebayor start together, it is quite a brave call from AVB. Now's the time for Ade to shine."

    Paul from Maidstone on 81111 on text: "What is AVB doing? He is so determined to prove his system is right. He has made some very dubious decisions regarding Defoe lately."

    Gedfan in Durham on 81111 on text: "Come on Newcastle, entertain us today please. Been sadly lacking this season. Nolan to score and Toon to edge it 2-1."

  259. 1321:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    On Mario Balotelli being left out of the Manchester City squad: "Some players can handle being shunned by the manager and not having an arm put around them occasionally, but for me Mancini seems to lack the relationship where he can let go, show he's enjoying it and share that with his players. And he's not been sure of his tactics this season - he's been trying to play with a back three and the players have looked lost."

    You can hear more build-up to this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  260. 1318:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Defoe scored three on Thursday but today he's been dropped? That's bizarre. I was surprised when AVB took over that he hasn't played Adebayor and Defoe in the same team. That frustrates the Spurs supporters too."

    You can hear more build-up to this afternoon's action on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  261. 1315:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "Mario Balotelli was Manchester City's hero in typically controversial style the last time these two sides met in January, coming off the bench to settle an epic tussle from the spot in the last minute after escaping a red card for stamping on Scott Parker, for which he was retrospectively punished. The enigmatic Italian striker, who awoke to newspaper reports linking him with a move back to Italy, will play no part today, though - along with the unwell Samir Nasri he has been left out of City's squad completely."

  262. 1314:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    "This is the second of four home games in a row for Manchester City, with Aston Villa and Real Madrid next. Imagine the different take on their campaign if they win the lot?

    "However, we can forget all that if Spurs become the first team in the league to beat City on their own ground since December 2010. They are capable of it, but it depends on which Spurs turns up. 'Wigan Spurs', or the side that's won its last three league away games."

  263. 1312: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on not starting Jermain Defoe against Manchester City: "I obviously spoke to Jermain but for the benefit of the team today we have opted differently."

    On his side's chances of winning: "There are teams who want to put an end to our form away from home and City, as English champions, certainly have that power. It is certainly going to be a very difficult game. We want to express our football, we want the players to feel good on the pitch and express their talent. If their motivation is right I think they can do something special."

  264. 1309: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Kolarov, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Toure, Razak.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor. Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Defoe, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Carroll.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  265. 1308:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Yes, Luis Suarez won't win any popularity contests, but he is a fantastic footballer. Without his goals Liverpool would have only two points this season. That reflects the influence he has on them. We used to point to Steven Gerrard and say Liverpool were a one-man team, but this season Suarez has been that one man. A lot of responsibility has fallen on his shoulders and he's responded to it."

  266. 1306:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I would recall John Terry today, though I wouldn't like to second-guess Roberto Di Matteo. I saw Chelsea recently when they played a very good Shakhtar Donetsk team. Even though they won they were put under a lot of pressure at the back, and you can imagine Terry's presence would be reassuring today. Whatever people say about him, he is one of those players who helps his team-mates just by being around. I might leave out David Luiz, but who knows?"

  267. 1304:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alan Pardew's Newcastle have had injury problems but he's dealt with them very well. Maybe they're not looking quite as impressive as they did last season, but I've seen them a couple of times recently. They were very, very good against Sunderland. They looked very well organised and they have dangerous players up front. Even though they might not rise to the heights of last season's fifth, I think they'll still have a good season."


    Tom Wray on Twitter: "Such a big call to start Defoe on the bench. AVB will get slated if Adebayor has a shocker."

    Nirav Tailor on Twitter: "Pathetic decision to drop Defoe here. Tottenham already down to 10 men."

    Will Moores on Twitter: "Losing 3-2 away at City last year hurt me more than any other result last year, so lets put things right."

  269. 1300:  
    Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium, BBC SportManchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini goes on the defensive in his programme notes before today's game against Tottenham, pointing out his side's excellent home form and the fact they are on a 16-match unbeaten run in the Premier League dating back to Easter Sunday. "None of this evidence points to us being as badly out-of-form as some people would have the world believe," Mancini says, before asking for more from his team in front of goal. "It has been a good start in terms of results and points. Now we have to start scoring again as we did last season. This will come." On that note, the return of David Silva after a month out should add a much-needed spark to City's attack, which has missed the Spaniard's invention of late.

  270. 1257:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    "It is a bright autumn day at Etihad Stadium as Manchester City look to put their European problems behind them against a Tottenham team who have also been stumbling in recent weeks. The last time Spurs came to Manchester was when they won at Old Trafford in a thriller at the end of September when the pace of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon tore United's defence apart. City's defending in the Champions League suggests they might have similar problems handling that duo, as well as their former striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but Roberto Mancini's men will point to the best defensive record in the Premier League, not to mention the only unbeaten one, as evidence they are a much tougher nut to crack in domestic fixtures."

  271. 1254: 

    In Scotland today, Hibernian host Dundee United before St Johnstone take on Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic in Glasgow. There's a live text under way, covering all that action in detail.

  272. 1253: 

    That said, it is turning into one defenders might want to forget. I like this from Jonathan Northcroft in his Sunday Times match report from the Arsenal-Fulham game: "Here was another showpiece game, a London derby that involved a carnival of attacking and circus slapstick from the back fours. Corners? Nah, can't be bothered marking. Tackles? Don't do those. Shape? Boring."

    Let's hope for more of the same today.

  273. 1249: 

    Both games highlighted a growing trend of high-scoring matches - Reading 5-7 Arsenal, Chelsea 5-4 Man Utd anyone? - and it is making this a memorable season.

  274. 1247: 

    And what about the events at Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal drew 3-3 with Fulham after squandering a two-goal lead and missing a last-minute penalty.

  275. 1245: 

    What a day of drama it was in the Premier League yesterday, with Manchester United putting pressure on Manchester City and Chelsea as they moved four points clear at the top of the table, coming from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2.


    Paul from Formby on 81111 on text: "Chelsea nowhere near the team people think they are and Liverpool have an excellent record against them in the last few years. Comfy away win."

    Colin in Stourbridge on 81111 on text: "Probably shouldn't share this insider info, but dreamt last night that Chelsea won 4-3, Ivanovic getting two."

    Kevin G on 81111 on text: "You forgot Demba Ba, against his old club!"

    Good point that Kevin. How did I know someone would pick me up on someone I'd missed? Mind you, I also left out Glen Johnson, but that one was on purpose.


    Shaun Warren on Twitter: "Liverpool will start to find some form, but as a Chelsea fan I hope that their form begins after today. Torres to score?"

    Jay on Twitter: "Fully expect Suarez to run Chelsea's defence ragged, score a brace and get booked for diving. Should be a cracking game."

    Jack Hirst on Twitter: "AVB won't play two up front today. Hard to drop Defoe after hat-rick but Adebeyor perhaps more suited on his own..."

    Sounds like you and AVB are on the same wavelength, Jack.

  278. 1240: 
    Manchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Surprising news from Etihad Stadium, where Jermain Defoe has been dropped to the bench by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, despite scoring a hat-trick against Maribor in midweek. Emmanuel Adebayor starts against his former club.

  279. 1238: 

    How significant could David Silva's return be for Manchester City? According to BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson, very. "David Silva is proving to be more of a miss at the moment than he would be normally," Lawro said in this week's Premier League predictions.

  280. 1234: 
    Manchester City v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Manchester City make four changes from the team which drew at West Ham last time out, with David Silva returning to the side after injury following more than a month out.


    Opta tweets: "Tottenham have won their last three away league games - they haven't won four in a row since April 1989."

  282. 1231: 

    We'll be bringing you all of the action, plus updates from Bristol City against Charlton in the Championship, but this isn't a one-man show. We want to know what you think. Which former players do you fear? Who always comes back to haunt your team? Can Spurs end Man City's unbeaten home league run at Etihad Stadium stretching back almost two years? And can Liverpool disrupt Chelsea's fine start to the season? Text us on 81111 or tweet us at #bbcfootball

  283. 1228: 

    I wonder whether Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has a similar view of the man responsible for hiring and firing at Stamford Bridge?

  284. 1227: 

    By the sounds of it, Rodgers might be seeking out Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for a friendly word before kick-off. The Northern Irishman has been talking about his time at Stamford Bridge: "Roman was fantastic. He was there. Out on the field. He would come up to training and would watch once or twice a week when he was in the country. I always found him really interesting. I had four years there - incredible experiences."

  285. 1224: 

    And if those two tasty-looking matches aren't enough for you, Chelsea host Liverpool in the day's late game. Fernando Torres has not been quite the same player since leaving Anfield for Stamford Bridge, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has gone from strength to strength since moving away from Chelsea, where he was a youth-team coach during Jose Mourinho's time at the club.

  286. 1220: 

    Then it's Newcastle against West Ham, with both managers - Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce - up against clubs who sacked them. No motivation there then. Add to that the fact former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is now the West Ham skipper and you've got a bit of added spice. Oh, and did I mention Andy Carroll?


    Stuie Neale on Twitter: "Some really interesting Premier League ties. I think this afternoon will be a day to remember..."

    Clement Adebayo on Twitter: "Expecting an end-to-end open game at Stamford Bridge today!"

    Rob Brown on Twitter: "Please City. Please turn up today."

  288. 1216: 

    So, we start with Manchester City against Tottenham, where the champions will be hoping to stop their former player Emmanuel Adebayor, who could start for Spurs after helping strike partner Jermain Defoe score a hat-trick in the midweek Europa League win over Maribor. If Adebayor does feature, it will be the first time he has faced City since completing a permanent move to White Hart Lane in the summer.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Intriguing to see how Rodgers sets up Liverpool to cope with Mata, Hazard and Oscar - and how Chelsea deal with Suarez."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Oxford frost scraped off the car & off to Chelsea v Liverpool today. Dalglish had superb record at Stamford Bridge - can Rodgers extend it?"

  291. 1211: 

    That is quite a line-up of games, with five of the league's top 10 teams in action. The only side not in the top half? Liverpool.


    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "About to head into Manchester to watch today's games before appearing on Match of the Day 2.

    "And this terrible thing will be appearing with me!"

  293. 1209: 

    Here's today's Premier League line-up in full, with previews to whet your appetite:

    Man City v Spurs (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle v West Ham (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

  294. 1206: 

    Out of three top-flight games, there are three managers facing former clubs, three star strikers (depending on whether you rate Emmanuel Adebayor), one former captain and thousands of supporters with long memories.

  295. 1202: 

    You know the feeling when you're out for a drink with your partner and, out of the corner of your eye, you spot the ex you dumped via text? You remember the acrimony, the anger, their feeling of betrayal. That moment of wondering whether you made the right decision. Is the grass always greener? Well, at Premier League grounds today, there will be thousands of people experiencing just those emotions, because old flames are popping up everywhere you look.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 11 13 27
2 Man City 11 10 25
3 Chelsea 11 12 24
4 Everton 11 7 20
5 West Brom 11 5 20
6 West Ham 11 3 18
7 Tottenham 11 2 17
8 Arsenal 11 7 16
9 Fulham 11 5 16
10 Newcastle 11 -3 14
11 Swansea 11 1 13
12 Stoke 11 -1 12
13 Liverpool 11 -2 12
14 Wigan 11 -6 11
15 Norwich 11 -10 11
16 Sunderland 10 -4 9
17 Aston Villa 11 -7 9
18 Reading 10 -6 6
19 Southampton 11 -14 5
20 QPR 11 -12 4