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25 November 2012 Last updated at 18:43 GMT

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  1. 1842: 

    Thanks for all your messages today. As ever, far more wit and wisdom than we could cram in. A strange day with only six goals in the four matches, but intriguing nonetheless. Join us next time to see what twists and turns the Premier League still has to surprise us. Bye for now.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City

    "Rafael Benitez may claim a clean sheet as a positive, but this was an uncomfortable experience for Chelsea's new manager. He has inherited a team low on confidence and supporters who made their opposition to his appointment abundantly clear."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart LaneTottenham 3-1 West Ham

    "This was a very good display from Tottenham, with two goals from Jermain Defoe and one from Gareth Bale. Andy Carroll then scored his first for West Ham - a late consolation. West have looked a good side so far this season, but they were poor today."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at St Mary'sSouthampton 2-0 Newcastle

    "This could have been a lot worse for Newcastle. Southampton were full value for their win, while Newcastle have lost three consecutive Premier League game for the first time since September 2008. This was Southampton's day."

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Liverpool

    "It was 'one goal wins the game territory' from half-time and no-one could find the breakthrough. There was no goals, but the bulk of the crowd enjoyed it and the result sees Liverpool stretch their unbeaten run to eight games."

  6. 1835: 

    So let's go around the ground and see what the men in the press boxes and on the commentary gantries made of today's action.

  7. 1833: 

    Manchester City are one point of the top in their first Premier League title defence, but they are short of the sort of form that terrorised defences at this time last season. After another failed Champions League campaign, I could see those claims that he has "taken the team as far as he can" crop up if they don't find another gear soon.

  8. 1828: 

    Plenty of interest in how various managers have been received by their publics today. The script is similar on Tuesday night when Harry Redknapp takes his place in the Queens Park Rangers dugout. The Hoops take on Sunderland away with Aston Villa playing Reading on the same evening, both looking to climb out of the bottom three.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Roberto Mancini on how Rafael Benitez might silence Chelsea fans' hostility: "Win, win, win, win...every game."


    From Chris, a happy Southampton fan, Leicester, via text on 81111: "It's results and performances like this that make me grateful we didn't make a knee-jerk decision like QPR and sack Nigel Adkins. He deserves his shot after what he's done for us and I remain faithful he can keep us up!"

  11. 1818: 

    From Ady in Leicester via text on 81111: "Abramovich needs to understand that Chelsea fans are sick of the managerial merry-go-round, especially when the latest sacking is of a man who had done more right than wrong. If the rumours are true that Guardiola's preference is to manage at Old Trafford, then Roman has got exactly what he deserves."

  12. 1817: 

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez speaking to the BBC: "I know it will be a matter of time . This game is always at the maximum level but I will try to do my best and focus on doing my very best.

    "It is simple, you must try to do your best and try and win the games.

    "It is positive to see the team working so hard as a team. But, still, I am not satisfied 100% as we must better attack better and be better in possession.

    "The positive thing is that we improved in defence but our full-backs were high when we attacked. It is not easy [to rate my day] but I think maybe it was a '7'."


    Michael Behan on Twitter: "Sir Alex must be a happy man tonight, 3 losses this season & yet to hit top form, yet top of the league."


    Lee in York via text on 81111: "90 minutes and we learn nothing. Both Chelsea/City were very average today. Rafa changed effectively nothing whilst City weren't at the races."

  15. 1815: 

    Today's victories take both Southampton and Tottenham up two places, to 17th and 7th respectively. The Saints now are clear of the relegation zone, one point ahead of Aston Villa in 18th. Spurs are level on points with Arsenal, one point off Everton in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.

  16. 1811: 

    Here is the one we have been waiting for. Rafael Benitez, on message with a blue tie, has just popped up in front of the television cameras.

  17. 1809: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played despite knee and ankle problems: "For us, it was a difficult away game. Not many teams come here and win but in the end we got a draw and a clean sheet and, as a defender, that is what will take away from the game. I am not sure how I came through the game because I was on crutches 48 hours ago. I am happy I could help the team but it was not the most comfortable game for me."


    Dilip Singh on Twitter: "A goalless draw played by two former Inter Milan managers!! What else did you expect?"

    Zac Lott on Twitter: "Blatantly obvious what Rafa has done, would rather we played positive football and lose, than simply do that."

    Akeem on Twitter: "Torres is finished and not even Benitez can revive him."

  19. 1808: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini talking to the BBC: "Games here are always hard but today we played well while missing the last pass. We were too soft when we arrived near the box, you can play well like here and not win the game.

    "We had the better chances, I think that we lost two points. We dominated the first half, but the second half was not quite like that.

    "It was difficult for them [with the atmosphere about Rafael Benitez], but we played well. Last year we lost a good game, this year we took one point.

    "I am not happy but I prefer this."


    Nick Magee on Twitter: "Torres is beyond repair. Fernando + £50m for Falcao."

  21. 1807: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "It was a good win. We created a lot of opportunities and their goalkeeper also made a lot of saves. It was a thoroughly deserved win and we kept a clean sheet as well. There is a growing maturity about the players. There is a momentum with us and we are playing some really good football consistently through a game. The standard of play as individuals and as a team have improved all the time."

  22. 1807: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew in the wake of his side's 2-0 defeat to Southampton: "It was tough for us. I thought the intensity of Southampton was hard for us to cope with. In the second half, we should have equalised to square it up, although it might not have been deserved.

    "We are struggling at the minute. Southampton deserved to win today and we have got nothing to argue about. We are not playing with any great confidence. Everything seems to be going against us and we have to be tough. We all need to grow very quickly because I don't see many players coming back."

  23. 1806: 

    More from Petr Cech on the hostile reception given to Benitez by home fans: "Unfortunately you cannot change history, and while Benitez was Liverpool coach we had a lot of rivalry and it comes from there. But he is here to change things and put us in winning mode and he needs to have a chance to do that."

  24. 1805: 

    Chelsea keeper Petr Cech: "Today was about starting from zero again, and a draw when you have just changed your manager is not a bad result. We will need some time to build and a draw against the champions is a good start.

    "When your manager is sacked it is always bad news as a player because you are responsible for the situation as well. We have a new manager now and we are in the same boat."


    Jay on Twitter: "Newcastle have been poor ever since Pardew signed an 8 year contract. Maybe Abramovich's is the way to go."

  26. 1805: 

    I'm not sure if Spanish television offer up Sunday afternoon Premier League action. If they do I expect Gareth Bale's performance will have caught the attention in the country's capital. Another sparkling display full of devil and energy.


    From Mark in Manchester via txt on 81111: "As a Manchester United fan I feel rather envious of a 0-0 scoreline. What's it like to have a clean sheet?"


    Matt Dickinson of The Times on Twitter: "Chelsea fans delighted that, in 3 days, Rafa has shored up a defence that had been leaking 2 goals a game for last 2 months. Possibly."

  29. 1800: 

    A clean sheet against the champions is a decent start whoever you are in charge of. Rafael Benitez has a couple of local skirmishes to negotiate in his next couple of league games with Fulham next at Stamford Bridge followed by a trip to West Ham.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Chelsea 0 Man City 0. An exceedingly dull game and an uncomfortable experience for Rafael Benitez."

  31. 1756: 

    Chelsea fans clap off their team rather than attempting to train any more fire on Rafael Benitez. All smiles at White Hart Lane. Andre Villas-Boas is hanging around the tunnel to shake hands with all the Spurs players, most of the officials and some of the West Ham players as well into the bargain.

    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-1 West Ham

    Oli Adcock on Twitter: "Real anti-climax at Stamford Bridge, both the English champions and the European champions have played very poorly."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Neither side can really deserve to win this game it felt like a 0-0 from the start, lots of effort, some very good defending - and MOTD 2 enjoy your look at the defenders."

  35. 1753: 

    Tottenham are coming under a spot of late pressure from West Ham, with Michael Dawson heading just over his own bar. The withdrawal of Jermain Defoe, to a standing ovation, gives them a breather though.

    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City
  37. 1751: 

    Mario Balotelli picks up a yellow card for apparently going down too easily under a challenge from David Luiz. It looked harsh.

  38. 1749: 

    Two minutes of injury time to come at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City almost snatch victory as Matija Nastasic directs a free header straight at Petr Cech.

  39. 1747: 

    Tottenham have decided that attack is the best way of defending their 3-1 lead. Jermain Defoe and then Gareth Bale draw good saves from Jussi Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal.

  40. 1746: 

    Mario Balotelli is on for Manchester City, but it is Chelsea who are finishing the stronger of the two sides with more possession and territory as the game heads into the final two minutes.

  41. 1744: 

    Ashley Cole goes close with a rasping effort from the edge of the box. The left-back's rising effort is helped on its way by Joe Hart, Chris Foy fails to spot the goalkeeper's fingertip touch though and awards a goal-kick.

    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 West Ham - Carroll (82 mins)

    1061 minutes, 14 and a bit games. However long you measure it, it has been a while for Andy Carroll. The on-loan striker gets up above Michael Dawson to plant a looping header past Hugo Lloris.

  43. 1739: 

    Victor Moses gets down the right and has the time and space to get his head up and pick out a Chelsea team-mate. He doesn't use it though, pumping an over-hit effort into the stands.

  44. 1738: 

    Mousa Dembele is on in place of Aaron Lennon for Tottenham.

  45. 1737: 

    There is not a lot of quality in the final third at Stamford Bridge. Carlos Tevez balloons over the top after controlling neatly at the far post. Oriel Romeu is on for Chelsea as Rafael Benitez looks to shore up midfield.


    From Tom via text on 81111: "Who is this team playing West Ham? Not the same lot who folded against Arsenal and Wigan that's for sure."

  47. 1735: 

    Tottenham are continuing to press forward with Clint Dempsey playing as well as I have seen him since his switch from Fulham. The American drops a shoulder to beat his man before sending a low cross into the West Ham box, just in front of a stretching team-mate.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "You wouldn't be surprised if there is a goal in this game if it does come from a set piece, because the defenders have been so far on top of the attackers."

    Chelsea-Man City commentary on 5 live now.

  49. 1733: 

    There is a strange lack of atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. It is as if the home fans do not want to give to much encouragement to their team unless it be interpreted as an endorsement of the man in the dug-out.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Strange old day. Not much by way of inspiration on the pitch and hostility to the new manager off it."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "The new Chelsea manager has made exactly the same changes as the former manager would have made."

    Live commentary of Chelsea-Man City on 5 live now.

  52. 1730: 

    Just under 20 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane. Andre Villas-Boas is looking decidedly perky on the Tottenham bench after three straight defeats in the league prior to this match.

  53. 1728: 

    Victor Moses replaces Eden Hazard for Chelsea.


    Asfand Khan on Twitter: "Tottenham playing good attacking football again Dempsey and Lloris finally earning their Spurs."

  55. 1728: 

    West Ham replace Kevin Nolan with Carlton Cole as they go on a salvage operation at White Hart Lane.

  56. 1727: 

    Chelsea have looked brighter after the break, but they are fragile at the back without John Terry and Gary Cahill. Edin Dzeko fires across Petr Cech and sees his shot hooked away by Ashley Cole at the far post. That is Dzeko's last touch as he is replaced by Carlos Tevez.

    GOAL- Tottenham 3-0 West Ham - Defoe (64 mins)

    That looks like West Ham's lot. Sandro and Tom Huddlestone hustle the Hammers out of possession in the middle of the pitch, Clint Dempsey slips in Aaron Lennon who skips past James Tomkins. Lennon unselfishly rolls the ball square for Jermain Defoe to slot into the empty net.


    Nick from Beaconsfield via text on 81111: "Nice to see Lennon beatling past McCartney on the Wings."


    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "There has been a very dull atmosphere in this ground but it has lifted a bit now and hopefully that will lift both sets of players."

    Chelsea-Man City is on 5 live now.


    Chris Bloomfield on Twitter: "Please please give me a goal! I went to Villa vs Arsenal yesterday, have watched Both Chelsea and Swansea today!"

  61. 1720: 

    That might have been Fernando Torres's big chance. The Spaniard latches onto the ball just inside the box, but with a clear sight of Joe Hart's goal the former Liverpool man goes for power above placement, lashing over the top.

    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 West Ham - Bale

    The bar is still ringing from a fierce Clint Dempsey drive moments before when the American turns provider, scooping a clever little pass over the West Ham defence for Gareth Bale. The Welshman controls and sorts out his feet just in time to slot home.

  63. 1715: 

    West Ham show at one end as Hugo Lloris does well to get off his line and cut off Kevin Nolan's cross towards Matt Jarvis.

  64. 1714: 

    Manchester City break from deep and they have the numerical advantage to force a one on one, but Yaya Toure misplaces a pass aimed at Sergio Aguero.

  65. 1713: 

    Every time you look up at White Hart Lane, Gareth Bale is buzzing about the edge of the West Ham box. The Spurs man's meaty shot from distance is dealt with by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

  66. 1711: 

    Ramires takes up an invitation to shoot from 30 yards but the Chelsea midfielder's effort has a bit too much loft on it, clearing the bar by a foot or so.

  67. 1709: 

    We are not too far away from an opener at Stamford Bridge as Matija Nastasic makes an awkward clearance from Ashley Cole's low cross. The Serb bundles the ball behind Joe Hart's goal but it was more luck than judgement that kept Manchester City from falling behind.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I know it's the oldest one in the book but if we get a goal in this game it will lift everything. This is a transitional season for Chelsea and whereas people would have accepted that before - now it's Rafa's fault."

    Live commentary of Chelsea-Man City on 5 live now.

  69. 1707: 

    West Ham force the first proper save out of Hugo Lloris in the match so far as Matt Jarvis shoots into the Frenchman's body off Kevin Nolan's flicked lay-off.

  70. 1705: 

    It's that man again. Tottenham's Gareth Bale sweeps a curling shot just wide of the top corner from a free-kick 35 yards out. Jussi Jaaskelainen was rooted to his goalline watching it fly past.


    From Shaun in Charlton via text on 81111: "When will Chelsea just accept they bought a striker past his sell by date and move on, it's painful discussing Torres week in week out...."

  72. 1704: 

    Across London, West Ham and Tottenham are back under way as well.

  73. 1702: 

    Chelsea are out in the tunnel first and jog out to applause from the home fans. Manchester City follow to general indifference. Rafael Benitez is keeping a low profile, sneaking back to the dug-out just as the second half kicks off.

  74. 1700: 

    Roberto Mancini had rolled a little pre-match grenade round the door of the home dressing room before kick-off at Stamford Bridge by revealing that he was close to signing Fernando Torres two years ago when the Spaniard was at Liverpool. He opted for the cheaper Edin Dzeko instead. On the first-half showing that look eminently sensible.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan on Twitter at St Mary's: "Win for #saintsfc is not only be their first clean sheet of the season but also takes them out of bottom 3 for the first time since 20 Oct."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "It seems as if the players' minds are on something else. I hope they go for it a bit more in the second half."


    From Riz in Birmingham via text on 81111: "Chelsea fans. You HAVE no voice. That is the price you paid to be what you are now. You are season tickets. Programme sales. Product. Face it."


    Like a Villas-Boas on Twitter: "Defoe's goal had everything, strength, pace, posture, control and finishes it off with a cracking low shot. Top class."

    Jo Gerard on Twitter: "If only Chelsea fans were as passionate about their football as they are about the appointment of yet another new manager."

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "Can't believe the treatment Benitez is getting at the Bridge. They should blame someone who's actually at fault. Like Torres."

  79. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-0 Newcastle

    There is something brewing on the south coast. Southampton are bubbling up nicely. They are out of the bottom three on the back of an effervescent performance. Things have gone a bit flat for the Geordies though.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart LaneTottenham 1-0 West Ham

    "Jermain Defoe can walk off feeling delighted. It was a great strike, his ninth of the season. Prior to that, Gareth Bale saw a terrific, thunderous rattle the crossbar - the only other highlight in a pretty dire first half. But at least we've got a goal now."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City

    "Manchester City had the better chances in a dull first half notable mainly for the hostility aimed at new manager Rafael Benitez by Chelsea's fans."


    The half-time whistles blow at Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane.

  83. 1648: 

    Jay Rodriguez has the ball in the back of the net for the Saints, but is ruled offside. On second viewing he might have held his run enough. Never mind because this game, barring a miracle from Newcastle, is delivering three points for Southampton. Into injury time we go.

    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 West Ham - Defoe (44 mins)

    A splendid opener from Jermain Defoe. The former West Ham striker skips away from Winston Reid out on the right, cuts past Mark Noble and hammers a vicious shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

  85. 1643: 

    Tom Huddlestone crashes a shot well wide for Tottenham. Spurs still with the upper hand at White Hart Lane, while West Ham struggle to get anything sparking at the front end.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "You can say what has Torres done? But what's Dzeko done? what's Aguero done? it's just been one of those games where the forwards haven't got into it."


    Chris Smith on Twitter: "Sometimes big teams nullify each other, Chelsea and City are doing that today."

    Akude on Twitter: "This is poor! Can't believe am watching the Champions of Europe and England. Awful football."

  88. 1641: 

    Jose Fonte meets a Southampton corner with a firm far-post header, it beats Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal but not the crossbar. A little less than 10 minutes remaining at St Mary's.

  89. 1639: 

    Manchester City carve open Chelsea down the right wing, Edin Dzeko rolls a well weighted pass into Pablo Zabaleta's path. The full-back puts his laces through the back of the ball, but Petr Cech's shins are solid behind his shot.

  90. 1638: 

    Gareth Bale has been a class above everyone else on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The Welshman is at his barnstorming best, just the shooting that has let him down so far.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "As for the game at Stamford Bridge - no news other than one or two more long balls than usual hit in the direction of Fernando Torres."

  92. 1636: 

    One thing you could say about Rafael Benitez's Liverpool teams was that they were tight and compact. That is about the nicest thing you can say about Chelsea so far as well. They are cancelling out Manchester City so far with neither side showing much attacking menace.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I would suggest in the first 25 minutes Chelsea did not look threatening, they didn't even have a chance. Good luck with the Match of the Day highlights package tonight guys!"

    Chelsea-Man City is live now on 5 live.

  94. 1634: 

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has sat impassive throughout the first half at Stamford Bridge. The owner already has a thick skin and will have developed some selective hearing during this first half I suspect.

  95. 1632: 

    Matt Jarvis comes on for Modibo Maiga for West Ham. The striker looks a little surprised, understandably given there is no sign of an injury.


    Charlie Savage on Twitter: "Pardew's first game in charge was more anti-Mike Ashely, pro-Chris Hughton. This reaction seems to be purely anti-Benitez."

    Steven Broadbent on Twitter: "Finally Chelsea fans stand up to Roman Abramovich. Benitez is a shocking appointment. Di Matteo should never have been sacked."

    Christian Mescall on Twitter: "Don't think Benitez can win at Chelsea, hated if he wins, hated if he loses."

    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live, at Stamford Bridge

    "I saw Chelsea at Tottenham, it seems like light years ago, I thought they were Champions-elect but they haven't played well since."

    Chelsea-Man City live commentary on 5 live now.

  98. 1631: 

    Paulo Gazzaniga does well to claw out Davide Santon's header but time is running out for Newcastle at Southampton. Two goals down with 20 minutes left.

  99. 1629: 

    West Ham are getting into the game a little more after being swamped in the first 20 minutes against Tottenham. Modibo Maiga looks bright on the ball, Andy Carroll is chasing hard, but Mark Noble goes into the book for a foul on Aaron Lennon.

  100. 1627: 

    Southampton come close to a third. Adam Lallana's throughball springs Jason Puncheon who drills a low shot against Tim Krul's upright.

  101. 1626: 

    Newcastle look short of the fight required to get back into the game against Southampton. Cheick Tiote curls a shot over the top, but there has been little coming forward from the visitors.


    Khalil on Twitter: "Never seen Chelsea fans so passionate in the stands."


    From John in London via text on 81111: "It's simple really. Rafa, like Avram Grant, was unpopular with the fans before he was appointed manager, straight after a very popular leader was ridiculously sacked. It's going to be an uphill battle that's for sure."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "For me City look better on the ball at the moment, Torres hasn't touched the ball for 10 minutes."

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  105. 1624: 

    David Silva springs up and gets a free header around 10 yards out from the Chelsea goal. The little Spaniard's glancing effort goes over the top. The absence of John Terry is being felt by the home side.

  106. 1622: 

    West Ham's George McCartney is wincing in pain after catching a stray boot from Gareth Bale as the pair chased towards the byeline. The defender is up and hobbling now though.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Torres makes a few runs and then his head goes down, you never see Aguero's head going down."

    Live commentary of Chelsea-Man City on 5 live now.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "As planned before kick-off, applause and chants ring around Stamford Bridge in the 16th minute - Di Matteo wore number 16 at Chelsea."

  109. 1620: 

    Chelsea made a sluggish start but have muscled their way back into the game. No sign of Fernando Torres turning magically back into the striker of 2008 or 2009 though. On 16 minutes - the same number as their former manager's squad number- applause rings out around Stamford Bridge in honour of Roberto Di Matteo. An extraordinary, surreal atmosphere.


    ClaretAndBlueArmy on Twitter: "That reception for Benitez brings back horrible memories of McLeish being appointed at Villa, and we know how that went..."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "More abusive chanting aimed at Benitez from Chelsea's fans - real hostility."

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea started very well in this game but since that little injury to Ramires, completely taken over by Man City."

    Pat Nevin is the summariser in the live commentary from Chelsea-Man CIty on 5 live now.

  113. 1616: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Newcastle - Ramirez (60 mins)

    Southampton go 2-0 up. Some lovely play by Adam Lallana releases Jason Puncheon and his low cross is only parried by keeper Tim Krul, which allows Gaston Ramirez to pounce to score.

  114. 1616: 

    Southampton almost catch Newcastle on the break Adam Lallana's effort is well saved by Tim Krul and Newcastle defenders swoop to hack it clear.

  115. 1614: 

    Gareth Bale swivels past Mark Noble and slams a shot on to the underside of the bar. Jussi Jaaskelainen is helpless but the ball thumps down and away. Clint Dempsey goes close shortly after. Spurs are crawling all over West Ham at the moment.

  116. 1612: 

    Demba Ba heads strongly but straight at Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga before the Saints stopper is called on again to smothers Vurnon Anita's shot when played in by Newcastle team-mate Papiss Cisse.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Never heard such a hostile reception for a new manager as the one just given to Rafael Benitez by Chelsea's fans before kick-off. Prolonged booing and there have already been some abusive chants during the opening minutes.

    "Stamford Bridge's PA announcer had to raise his voice above the jeers to announce a minute's applause for former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton, who has passed away."

  118. 1608: 

    A couple of shots from Jermain Defoe, one wild and wide the other into the goalkeeper's arms, are as close as Tottenham have come so far. It has been one-way traffic at White Hart Lane though.

    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I've seen it already, twice the ball has been played very long to Torres, not through the midfield."

    There is live commentary of Chelsea-Man City on 5 live now.

    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "I have never heard in the history of the Premier League such a reaction to the appointment of a new manager as I have just heard from the Chelsea fans to Rafael Benitez. There were universal boos for the new boss."

  121. 1606: 

    Sammy Ameobi is on for Shane Ferguson as Alan Pardew shuffles his pack for the second half at St Mary's.

  122. 1605: 

    Gareth Barry flattens Ramires with a thumping challenge to bring a pause in play at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea fans take the chance to voice their displeasure at Rafeal Benitez's appointment. A banner in the crowd voices support for Roberto di Matteo as the Matthew Harding stand tell the Spaniard that "we don't want you here".

  123. 1602: 

    Action under way at both Chelsea and West Ham. Mark Clattenburg is the fourth official at Upton Park in his first appointment since reffing Manchester United and Chelsea.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Alan Green, Mike Ingham and Pat Nevin are the BBC Radio 5 live commentary team who will be bringing you all the action from Stamford Bridge as Rafael Benitez's Chelsea side face Premier League champions Manchester City.

  125. 1600: 

    Wow. There is a rebellion in the court of Roman Abramovich. Sustained whistles and jeers greet Rafael Benitez's introduction over the public address system. Only the announcement of a minute's applause to honour Dave Sexton brings calm to the place. The Chelsea natives are very restless.

  126. 1557: 

    A huddle of photographers are clustered around the tunnel awaiting the entrance of Rafael Benitez in Chelsea blue. "One Di Matteo," echoes around the home stands.

  127. 1556: 

    Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta share a bit of a laugh and a joke as they await the arrival of skipper Vincent Kompany at the head of the Manchester City line in the Stamford Bridge. Stern faces adopted as soon as the Belgian captain makes his way down the corridor. Game time is almost here.


    Stuart Ellar on Twitter: "Toon desperate for a win, sick of European hangovers! Dodgy defence without Coloccini, no creativity without Cabaye. Worrying!"

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "Barry and Milner surely the two of the worst players in the Man City team. Yet they start."

    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live, at Stamford Bridge

    "I hope I'm wrong but I think we've seen the best of Torres, I think he left his best at Anfield. Obviously his confidence is dented. That triumvirate in the Chelsea midfield aren't built to play to his strengths."

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  130. 1553: 
    Tottenham v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

    Tottenham have lost their last three Premier League games but manager Andre Villas-Boas insists: "The players are up for this game, that's for sure. It's a massive week for us." West Ham counterpart Sam Allardyce says playing in Europe on Thursday could mean Spurs have "a little fatigue and hopefully we can exploit that" at White Hart Lane which, he adds, "has not been the fortress" this season.

  131. 1552: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on his captain Vincent Kompany, who injured his right knee against Real Madrid on Wednesday but is in the starting XI at Stamford Bridge wearing heavy strapping: "He is fit. He says he is OK. He trained yesterday, it went ok and I hope it will be ok today. When we play here it is always difficult. Today is more difficult because, when a team changes their manager, the first game against them is always hard - but we want to do well."

  132. 1552: 

    Rafael Benitez on his reception from the Chelsea fans: "I don't think it will be bad because they know they have to support the manager because he is the manager of their team. When you are the manager of the team that is their big rivals it is normal (to get a bad reception). Now they know I will do my best for them and the team and will try to win."

  133. 1551: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has had some heavy strapping applied to his left calf in the away dug-out. The City skipper has been struggling with a knee complaint in the build-up to the game.


    Charlie Fee on Twitter: "Where has the Newcastle we knew last season disappeared to and can we have them back please?"

    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live, at Stamford Bridge

    "I cannot see Rafael Benitez being accepted by Chelsea fans, he's as likely to succeed here as he would be at Old Trafford."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v Manchester City (16:00 GMT)

    "Chelsea's new manager Rafael Benitez restores Fernando Torres to the starting line-up after he was left out of the midweek Champions League defeat against Juventus. Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini leaves Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli on the bench, starting with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko up front."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at St Mary's Stadium

    "Southampton in control and in front. Adam Lallana put them in front and it could have been more had it not been for keeper Tim Krul. Newcastle have some talking to do."

  138. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-0 Newcastle

    That's the end of the first half at St Mary's and Southampton are looking good value for their third league win of the season. If they can close it out they will be out of the bottom three.

  139. 1546: 

    Southampton, and Gaston Ramirez in particular, are looking bright. The diminutive Uruguayan gets up well, but not quite well enough as, he heads over.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Absolutely choked to hear of the death of Dave Sexton. A true gentleman of football. Thoughts are with his lovely family."

  141. 1544: 

    New Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez on his return to the Premier League and on recalling Fernando Torres: "I am excited and ready. I am really pleased to be here. The attitude and commitment of the players is there, they want to perform and they want to win. I want to change little things, I have said before that the team is doing some good things, but if I have to change some things, I will do it. I said before that Fernando Torres is working hard and in the past three days (since Benitez took charge) he has been doing well, I think he is ready."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart LaneTottenham v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

    "Four defeats in his last five Premier League games have left Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas looking vulnerable and he must be hoping Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will prove more supportive than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. West Ham have been punching above their weight this season and are entering a run of fixtures which will be a severe test of their credentials. The one guy who doesn't need to be sweating, though, is Hammers boss Sam Allardyce."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v Manchester City (16:00 GMT)

    "Another game another new Chelsea manager - this time Rafael Benitez as he aims to start the succession to Roberto Di Matteo with victory against Premier League champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. City will want to recover from their Champions League exit while Benitez must win over supporters unhappy at his appointment. He writes in his programme notes: "I want to say to the supporters that I want the same things as you - to win football matches - and we are determined to do this."

  144. 1542: 

    It is a full house for anyone who had Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker and David Beckham on their card. Tottenham against West Ham, a match that might as well be the Redknapp derby, and Chelsea against champion Manchester City are coming up next.

  145. 1541: 

    For a man who has weekend's work has been limited to signing autographs for fans and on a QPR contract, Harry Redknapp has loomed over this weekend's football. The Sunday papers have gone to town trawling through his former pupils to come up with likely transfer targets for the new Hoops boss. I'll give you until the next entry to come up with the entirely predictable names.


    Chris Allan on Twitter: "Like the look of the Man City team today. Milner deservedly getting a chance over the out of form Nasri."

    Amanda B. Haupt on Twitter: "Will be way too weird seeing Torres and Benitez at CFC as we sit in 11th. My how the times have changed for us LFC fans."

  147. 1540: 

    Southampton are close to a second as Morgan Schneiderlin's fierce effort is blocked by a sprawling Steven Taylor. The hosts will want to make the most of this period of pressure.

    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Newcastle - Lallana (34 mins)

    It had been coming. Rickie Lambert had struck the bar with a free-kick moments before and finally the Newcastle resistance caves. Nathaniel Clyne wallops a shot over the top of Tim Krul after the Magpies' keeper rush out of goal to clear a throughball. Mike Williamson partially clears the defender's effort, but Gaston Ramirez snaps onto the loose ball and squares for Adam Lallana to side-foot home.

  149. 1533: 

    Southampton's Jason Puncheon rattles a shot goalwards from Rickie Lambert's perceptive cut-back. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul denies the Saints once more with a save with his legs.

  150. 1532: 

    Just over half an hour until kick-off in Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane. Tom Huddlestone and Kyle Walker stretching off together for Tottenham and that is a lot of hairstyles for one warm-up routine.


    The Guardian's Daniel Taylor on Twitter: "Fernando Torres starts today with a worse scoring record for #CFC (18 in 86) than Paul Furlong (18 in 85). Stat by @martinlipton."

    That is a killer stat. The sort that can be the epitaph on a player's career at a particular club.


    Chris in Leigh-on-Sea via text on 81111: "I don't care how many times people say good things about Jonjo Shelvey. They're wrong. He's not good enough. But the same could be said about a few others wearing the Liverbird."


    Dom Smith on Twitter: "Massive game today for Tottenham need 3 points or AVB might be in a bit of trouble."

  154. 1525: 

    Gaston Ramirez's left peg is a thing of rare beauty. The Southampton playmaker unfurls a curling free-kick which Tim Krul has to be at his sharpest to palm away.


    Oli Page on Twitter: "Liverpool's reliance on Suarez is so evident in this game. An average Suarez performance = no goals for 'Pool."

    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    The whistle blows and Brendan Rodgers shares a warm handshake with Swansea counterpart Michael Laudrup.

  157. 1521: 

    Liverpool are pushing at the death against Swansea. Jonjo Shelvey first hits a stinging shot from 25 yards that is well saved by Gerhard Tremmel before Dan Agger is inches away from converting with a header across the box.

  158. 1521: 

    Chieck Tiote almost lets in Rickie Lambert with a limp backpass. The anchorman's blushes are spared as his Newcastle team-mate Tim Krul sprints off his line to hack clear ahead of the Southampton striker.

    Tottenham v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas hands Michael Dawson his first league start this season in place of William Gallas at centre-back, while Clint Dempsey comes in for the suspended Emmanuel Adebayor to support Jermain Defoe in attack. West Ham are unchanged from the side that played Stoke on Monday, although Matt Jarvis is on the bench after a shin injury. Andy Carroll again starts up front as his search for a first Hammers goal continues.


    James Williams on Twitter: "What a surprise Henderson and Downing off.....they've been once again so effective for us!"

    Kieran Milward on Twitter: "And that is that for Downing. Poor afternoon. Sold in January."

    Andrew Bell on Twitter: "Henderson has been playing this whole time?"

  161. 1517: 

    The rain is bucketing down at St Mary's and both sides are struggling to create in tricky conditions against hard-working opposition.

  162. 1516: 

    Some sad news to report as the Football Association announces that former Chelsea, QPR, Coventry and Manchester United manager Dave Sexton has died. Sexton, who also managed England Under-21's, won the FA Cup in 1970 and the European Cup Winners' Cup the following year with Chelsea.

  163. 1516: 

    Swansea are sniffing a winner. Pablo Hernandez whisks a free-kick narrowly wide after Joe Allen has a nibble too far at Sung Yong Ki and the pressure is building on the Liverpool defence.

  164. 1514: 

    Michael Dawson is preferred to William Gallas at centre-back and Clint Dempsey replaces the suspended Emmaqnuel Adebayor. West Ham are unchanged from Monday's draw with Stoke.

  165. 1513: 

    Fernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in Rafael Benitez's first match in charge. Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard also in the starting XI.

  166. 1511: 

    Raheem Sterling butchers a two on one, over-hitting his pass to Luis Suarez as the pair break upfield. Suarez almost makes some thing of it anyway, cutting in and firing into Gerhard Tremmel's midriff.

  167. 1509: 

    Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne tries his luck from distance and almost gets a fortunate deflection off team-mate Adam Lallana who is chasing in on the Newcastle goal in pursuit and the ball zips wide of the Tynesiders' post. Demba Ba's off-target header is as close as the visitors have come.

  168. 1507: 

    James Milner and Gareth Barry come in for Maicon and Samir Nasri in the two changes from the match against Real Madrid. Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero continue up front.

  169. 1505: 

    Liverpool make a double change introducing the two goalscorers from their mid-week draw with Young Boys. Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey are on in place of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing who have not done a lot in their time on the pitch.


    Richard Austin on Twitter: "Chances mounting up for LFC. Need to convert superiority into goals!"

    David Toole on Twitter: "Don't tell 'arry Gerrard is past it or he'll snap him up in January..."

    Stuart McKeown on Twitter: "Took me until 58.03 to realise Henderson was playing. Entirely anonymous."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Terry on Di Matteo: 'It was a privilege to play for Robbie. I had the pleasure as a YTS player growing up watching & learning from him. We wish him every success in the future because saying thanks doesn't seem enough.'"

  172. 1501: 

    Pepe Reina is clambering to his feet after clattering into Nathan Dyer as the pair contested an under-hit backpass from Stewart Downing. Both goalkeeper and winger are fit to continue.

  173. 1500: 

    Newcastle and Southampton are up and running at St Mary's.

  174. 1459: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew applauds to all sides of the ground and he gets a polite, bordering on warm, reception from the Saints fans.

  175. 1458: 

    Chico Flores picks up a yellow card for manhandling Luis Suarez as the Liverpool striker spins in behind him. Wayne Routledge has been replaced by Nathan Dyer.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on 5 live: "Very poor start to the second half, players running with the ball when they should be passing it, I don't think either team have put three passes together yet, I'm hoping it livens up because neither team have really come out yet."

    John Hartson will be providing further updates from Swansea-Liverpool on 5 live:

  177. 1457: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at St Mary's. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is about to test the south coast waters on his return to his former club.

  178. 1455: 

    Wayne Routledge stumbles as he attempts to latch onto the end of a through ball. The Swansea fans are asking the question but there is nothing doing from referee Jon Moss. Daniel Agger then breaks out some fancy footwork at the other end with a piroutting drag-back. He also hits the turf without winning anything from the official.

  179. 1452: 

    As close as Swansea have come so far. Ashley Williams rises at the near post to meet Sung-Yong Ki's corner and his glancing header is booted clear by Jose Enrique on the far stick. It looked like it might have drifted narrowly wide of the goal anyway.

  180. 1449: 

    Angel Rangel clips the ball into the area and Michu gets in front of Daniel Agger momentarily. The Swansea striker's header has the sting taken out of it however as Agger manages to recover his ground.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan on Twitter at Southampton-Newcastle: "Arrived at St Mary's where it is absolutely lashing it down. Saints are unchanged, Newcastle make five changes."

  182. 1447: 

    Liverpool lay a lot of good groundwork, but the have yet to find the way into the heart of the Swansea penalty box. Luis Suarez attempts to go round the strong central core of Swansea but the angle is too tight for his well-hit shot to unduly trouble Gerhard Tremmel.

  183. 1444: 

    Liverpool's tika-taka approach work will have pleased Brendan Rodgers. Steven Gerrard's attempt to thread a final ball through the tiniest of gaps is blocked however and the England midfielder curls tamely at Gerhard Tremmel from the edge of the box as it comes back to him.


    From Katie, Liverpool fan in Norwich, via text on 81111: "Gerrard has carried our team for years and I will take pleasure in telling people how many times I have seen him play. But every player has a time. When Lucas is back, I feel Gerrard should be the one to drop to bench."

  185. 1441: 

    Joe Allen snaps around the ankles of Pablo Hernandez and gives away a free-kick, central and 25 yards out. There is a queue developing of interested Swansea players and it is Hernandez wins the argument. The Spaniard's effort lacks dip though and loops lazily over the bar.

  186. 1439: 

    Joe Allen trips Sung-Yong Ki in the middle of the field to give away a free-kick and Swansea fans take the chance to jeer him again. Not a lot of atmosphere in the ground apart form that though, a low-key start to the second half in Wales.

    Southampton v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins succeeded Newcastle boss Alan Pardew at St Mary's and the former says: "I don't think I owe him any debt at all. Whatever situation arose, he moved on. I am the manager of Southampton Football Club. We've just had back-to-back promotions, we're doing ever so well in our forward progression." Pardew recalls: "Me and the chairman [Nicola Cortese] didn't see eye to eye. I was fortunate to get this position [at Newcastle], but did think I had been harshly treated."

  188. 1436: 

    Pretty, precise passing from Liverpool as Raheem Sterling carries the ball out of defence via a neat exchange of passes with Jose Enrique. Enrique's attempt to find Luis Suarez is a little over-cooked though, floating out for a goal-kick.

  189. 1433: 

    Back under way at Swansea.

  190. 1433: 

    The teams are on their way back out at the Liberty Stadium and there is a change for Swansea with Etey Shechter making way for Sung-Yong Ki. Michu is going to be pushed forward more centrally.

  191. 1429: 

    If the sight of Rafael Benitez and Fernando Torres in Chelsea blue seemed unthinkable three years ago, then there is a milestone approaching that probably seemed equally unlikely when the Premier League was founded 20 years ago.

    Sometime this week a milestone the 250 millionth fan will barge their way through the Premier League turnstiles.

    The quarter-billion fan mark is expected to be reached on Tuesday evening when Sunderland host Queens Park Rangers at The Stadium of Light and Aston Villa take on Reading at Villa Park.

    Just to get that in perspective, that is more than the population of any country in the world apart from China, India and the United States.

  192. 1427: 

    You can't argue with that as a manifesto can you? But Rafael Benitez may find that football fans' memories prove more powerful than their desire for three points when he takes his seat in the dug-out shortly before 16:00 GMT.

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge on Twitter:

    "Benitez programme notes: 'I want to say to the supporters that I want the same things as you - to win football matches.'"


    From Phil in Poole via text on 81111: "Just waiting for Gerrard to score & suddenly he goes from the worst player in the world to the best."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium: "Swansea don't seem to have that end product. Danny Graham got 15 goals last season in the system they are playing today but this Shechter, he's not big, he doesn't get across people and win headers and hold it up, he's been neat and tidy, but he's got to do more."

    There will be more from John Hartson during the second half of Swansea-Liverpool on 5 live:

  196. 1423: 
    Southampton v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins sticks to the formula of not changing a winning side as he keeps faith with the starting line-up which beat QPR last time out.

    Newcastle make five changes from their midweek Europa League outing. Manager Alan Pardew drafts in centre-back Mike Williamson, midfielders Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tiote and Shane Ferguson plus striker Demba Ba as Fabricio Coloccini, who is suspended, the injured Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux and Sammy Ameobi make way.

    MOTD's Steve Bower at St Mary'sSouthampton v Newcastle

    "This match sees Newcastle manager Alan Pardew return to his former club for the first time as he tries to beat the man who succeeded him at St Mary's 27 months ago. The return of European football for Newcastle is a sign of progress, but it has had an effect on their league form. They have one win in their last seven Premier League matches. Southampton's four points from six and a well-timed win at QPR have lifted their spirits. Back-to-back league wins would be huge for them and they'll be hoping it will be an uncomfortable day back on the south coast for Pardew."

  198. 1421: 

    As the players head down the tunnel in south Wales, Newcastle emerge for their warm-up at St Mary's in preparation for the day's only 15:00 GMT kick-off.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Liberty Stadium

    "I do not think I have seen the ball in play as much in a game this season as it has been here. Brendan Rodgers's team were on the back foot at the start, but as the game progressed, they came more and more into it.

    "The offside call against Enrique was very close, but I think it was a right one."

    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    A scrum of players clog up the edge of the box as Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have shots blocked by Swansea defenders. Pretty agricultural stuff from the hosts but effective enough as the half-time whistle blows.

  201. 1415: 

    Chico Flores is hobbling after being accidentally trampled by Jose Enrique as he makes a clearance. Just one minute of injury time at the end of the first half.


    Ben Mitchell on Twitter: "Gerrard has been off form all season, the only time I ever notice him is when he takes long range shots that always go wayward."

    Mike Kinley on Twitter: "I'm sad to say Gerrard needs phasing out of this team if the Rodgers system is to work. Poor ball retention and pedestrian at times."

  203. 1414: 

    Glen Johnson heads over the top from another good position. The right-back has had a couple of headed chances from which he should have done better so far in the half.

  204. 1413: 

    Liverpool break sharply with Jose Enrique and Raheem Sterling at the heart of the forward raid. Sterling forces a corner and Liverpool's big guns roll up from the back...


    From Josh in Nottingham via text on 81111: "Re Jimmy Ward (1354) So we constantly criticise the play and philosophy of our national side but when our domestic teams try and implement a pass and move style of play all they get is abuse. No one is suggesting we will be Barcelona any time soon but this is the way to improve."


    Southampton name an unchanged team from the side that beat QPR last time out. They take on Newcastle at St Mary's at 15:00 GMT.

  207. 1408: 

    Swansea's Pablo Hernandez opens up his body, sets himself and sends another curling right-foot shot whizzing by Pepe Reina's post. He is getting closer.


    Newcastle make five changes for their visit to Southampton with strike duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba both starting in a game in which midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is the Magpies skipper.

  209. 1406: 

    Jose Enrique slides in at the far post to guide Luis Suarez's cross past Gerhard Tremmel, but the Spaniard has strayed beyond the last defender to get to the ball and the linesman's flag is rightly raised.

  210. 1404: 

    Liverpool have been quiet in an attack for the past few minutes but Raheem Sterling sparks them into life. The winger's dangerous low cross almost leads to Luis Suarez finding the net and then smacks the crossbar with a terrific half volley.


    Cam H on Twitter: "Our midfield is desperately missing Lucas."

    Thebooooooo on Twitter: "Is Gerrard in this game? Anonymous."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Hartson on 5 live at the Liberty Stadium: "Liverpool are giving the ball away a lot today."

  213. 1401: 

    Steven Gerrard's careless backheel concedes possession in midfield but Jonathan de Guzman can't make the most of the mistake, shanking a left-foot shot well wide.

  214. 1400: 

    Pablo Hernandez tiptoes his way rounds the challenge of Joe Allen on the edge of the box and wraps a curling shot around the advancing Martin Skrtel, It doesn't have the curl to drift inside Pepe Reina's post though. A very bright start from the winger so far, the man most likely to break the deadlock.

  215. 1357: 

    The game is warming up nicely, both sides looking like they have the beating of the opposition defence.

  216. 1356: 

    Glen Johnson has made a good start for Liverpool. The right-back almost picks his way through the Swansea rearguard on a slaloming run and then links up with Jose Enrique on a neat one-two. Gerhard Tremmel is out sharply to divert the defender's shot over the top with his outstretched leg.

  217. 1354: 

    Stewart Downing has the look of a man who has realised that the lock on his toilet cubicle door is broken. He is being made uncomfortable by Swansea and Pablo Hernandez in particular.


    Jimmy Ward on Twitter: "Watching the Swansea vs Liverpool game is like watching the two most useless versions of Barcelona attempting to play football."

  219. 1352: 

    Both sides are probing and it is Swansea who have conjured more danger. Eyet Shechter just fails to get on the end of Wayne Routledge's flick round the corner. Joe Allen's attempt to clear from inside his own box almost ricochets somewhere nasty for the Reds off Pablo Hernandez shortly after.


    Andrew Wright on Twitter: "Just the Route One for Liverpool today then??"

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Hartson at the Liberty Stadium on 5 live: "You've got two very, very good passing sides, but Swansea are having 10-12 passes then Liverpool get it back and have 10-12 passes, all the action is in the middle of the park."

    There will be updates on Swansea-Liverpool throughout the game on 5 live.

  222. 1348: 

    Jose Enrique bursts towards the Swansea box but carries the ball a yard or two too far and Luis Suarez is offside when the pass is finally slipped to the striker. Enrique should do better shortly after when Glen Johnson's curling cross skids into his path, the ball dribbles wide of his thigh as he failed to get his body round it.

  223. 1345: 

    Pablo Hernandez is still causing Liverpool some worries on the Swansea right. The former Valencia man floats in off the flank, feeds Wayne Routledge whose smart control is too good for Martin Skrtel. Routledge's shot is well-hit but straight at Pepe Reina who pushes away his effort with relative ease.

  224. 1342: 

    Glen Johnson bombs on down the right and sends a low cross zinging across the six-yard box. There are no red shirts nearby but Chico Flores chops a hurried clearance only narrowly over his own bar. Johnson heads over from a a decent position from the resulting set-piece.


    Mihir Dalvi on Twitter: "Liverpool's two full backs starting today cost a total of 36 million. Most expensive full back pairing maybe?!"

    Matt Benson on Twitter: "Think it's good Rodgers is giving Downing and Henderson a final go before January. Last chance saloon."

  226. 1340: 

    Raheem Sterling finds himself in a pocket of space in the penalty box as Angel Rangel, flustered by Luis Suarez, screws a clearance across his own box. The young winger scuffs his shot wide to waste the first real opening.

  227. 1338: 

    Chico Flores is urged to shoot by the Swansea crowd from all of 35 yards. The centre-back obliges but his effort thuds into Daniel Agger. The Danes abs stand up to the test.

  228. 1336: 

    Nothing comes of the set-piece but it looks like Pablo Hernandez against Stewart Downing is a personal duel that Swansea are keen to see more off. The Swans direct a bit more traffic down the left flank. Downing contains his man at the expense of a throw-in.


    From Andy in London via text on 81111: "Patience is a virtue in football that both chairmen and fans have long since lost. Can we please get off Brendan Rodgers back about his selection policy for 5 minutes? Downing and Henderson haven't showered themselves in glory but nor have they had much opportunity. They should be hungry so let's see how they go. Keep the faith in the Reds!"

  230. 1335: 

    Jose Enrique swipes a waist-high volley goalwards as the ball drops to him on the edge of the area which is blocked by a thicket of Swansea legs. Pablo Hernandez briefly looks like he is going to get the wrong side of Stewart Downing at the other end but the Liverpool man makes up the ground to slide in and divert the ball behind for a corner.

  231. 1332: 

    Liverpool enjoying the early possession with Joe Allen is copping a bit of flak from some of the Swansea fans, a section jeering his first touch. Luis Suarez is next in their sights.


    Andrew Squillaci on Twitter: "Liverpool team selection is a joke, downing has had enough chances, bring in the young blood."

    Luke on Twitter: "Have a feeling that something bad has got to happen between Suarez and Williams today."

    Mark Woodley on Twitter: "This is a typical match that has a massive chance of a manager losing to his former team. Always seems to happen."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wales international John Hartson on 5 live: "I've watched Swansea on numerous occasions, they go from back to front a little bit quicker now, they don't mind clipping it from right back it to the striker's chest, so they have changed slightly, but that's not unusual all managers bring their own style."

    John Hartson will be providing summaries throughout Swansea v Liverpool on 5 live:

  234. 1331: 

    Liverpool get us going with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard doing the honours.

  235. 1330: 

    Joe Allen got a matey high five from former team-mate Ashley Williams as he made his way along the Liverpool line. Brendan Rodgers' reception was an even mix of cheers and boos.

  236. 1328: 

    No handshake drama between Luis Suarez and Ashley Williams. The Liverpool striker greets Williams with a cheeky grin as they press the flesh. There might have been a little malice behind the smile though. The Uruguayan doesn't seem the sort to take personal criticism particularly well.

  237. 1326: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at the Liberty Stadium. The match ball has been delivered by a Royal Marine commando unit abseiling off the stadium roof and kick-off is four minutes away.

  238. 1324: 

    Swansea have lost only once since the start of October and they will be hoping that Michu's goal in the 2-1 win over Newcastle sparks a little goalscoring run for the Spaniard. It was his first after a run of five without finding the net.


    Kieran Milward on Twitter: "Have a feeling that Downing is being given one last chance to prove himself or he's out."

    Jamie Watson on Twitter: "Henderson will end up like Lucas, finding it daunting at first, but will come good. Age and time on his side."

  240. 1318: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: ""Swansea want to play football but we come here with a strong mind-set and in a good moment in the league. We are here to win.

    "Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing have been doing really well in training. Young Andre Wisdom is injured, so we have shifted over Glen Johnson to right-back, and with Jose Enrique doing a terrific job higher up on the left, he and Stewart should combine well. Downing can play the role comfortably."

  241. 1318: 

    Brendan Rodgers was all smiles when he made his way out around the Liberty Stadium pitch, pointing and waving into the stands like a US presidential candidate making his way to the pedestal.

  242. 1314:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Everton boss Joe Royle on 5 live: "I honestly think Liverpool are better than their current position, they'll probably be nearer a top four position at the end of the season than the middle, I think they're an improving side."

    There will be updates on Swansea-Liverpool throughout the afternoon on 5 live.

  243. 1314: 
    Swansea v Liverpool (13:30 GMT)

    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is keeping out of the controversy surrounding Liverpool's Luis Suarez, concentrating instead on the player's ability. The Dane says: "He is one of the best forwards in the Premier League at the moment. He's a great player. Most of Liverpool's goals have his mark on. That's the most important thing for me."

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is returning to the club where he made his name. The Wales international says: "You can focus too much sometimes on the occasion rather than treating it as any other football match. That's the key for me - to try to approach it like I would any other weekend."

  244. 1313:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Liverpool (13:30 GMT)

    "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers returns to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since since leaving Swansea for the Reds looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat at Anfield in the League Cup. Liverpool's top scorer Luis Suarez will be pitched against Swansea defender Ashley Williams who, in his autobiography, described the Uruguayan as "streets ahead of any other player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League"."

  245. 1311:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Today's 5 live Sport has been under way since 12:00 GMT with Ian Payne. There will be updates from the opening match of the afternoon between Swansea and Liverpool, complete with summaries from former Welsh international John Hartson. The live commentary comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on champions Manchester City, with Mike Ingham and Alan Green your commentators and Pat Nevin summarising.

    There should be handy link to stream all that audio goodness just to the right of this entry for UK users of the desktop version of this site.


    Ben Thorpe on Twitter: "Potentially biggest match of the season for LFC today, chance to get a run going against equally matched opposition."

    Michael Mugford on Twitter: "Not having all this Hendo bashing. made the difference last week. not U-21 captain for nothing!"

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    In addition to that win over the Reds in the Capital One Cup last month, Swansea have a pretty shiny record against Liverpool in the league. Swansea have won five of their last six home league games against the Merseysiders and emerged from both of last season's league meetings with clean sheets.

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    It looks a sparkling day out in South Wales and Luis Suarez looked entirely unperturbed as he strode round the perimeter of the Liberty Stadium pitch on his way to the dressing room. One man who is not feeling quite so sunny is Danny Graham who misses out today for the hosts after suffering with an illness in the week.

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    Joe Allen, who followed Brendan Rodgers from Swansea to Liverpool this summer, has warned his former team-mates that Williams might have been wise to keep his thoughts to himself.

    "It will give Luis some extra motivation, which is dangerous from Swansea's point of view," said Allen.

    Suarez certainly had an extra spring in his step in the Merseyside derby when David Moyes had a little pre-match dig at the Uruguayan.

  250. 1300: 

    Back to the book news. Swans captain Ashley Williams has a new autobiography, out some time soon in all good bookshops I expect. In it, he says he wanted to "knock out" Suarez during last season's game at Anfield because of the striker's shoddy sense of penalty-box balance.

    "I'd go as far as to say that the manner in which he approached the game, with utter contempt for us all, means that he's streets ahead of any player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League," he wrote.


    Allan Lamer on Twitter: "I get the feeling that Downing is only playing so other teams can see what he's got to offer."

    Joe Collins on Twitter: "I was getting my hopes for a Liverpool win today, I then saw that Henderson is starting. There is always next year..."

  252. 1258: 
    Swansea v Liverpool (13:30 GMT)

    Swansea manager Brian Laudrup makes two changes from the team that beat Newcastle 2-1 as centre-back Chico & winger Wayne Routledge come in for Gary Monk & Nathan Dyer.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, upon his return to the Liberty Stadium, also makes two changes to the side that beat Wigan 3-0 last Saturday. The Northern Irishman starts Stewart Downing at left-back for just his second league start of the season, while Jordan Henderson comes in for Suso.


    From Joe in Oxford via text on 81111: "Cole, Shelvey and Sahin rewarded for a superb midweek performance with a seat on the bench whilst Downing and Henderson, after contributing absolutely nothing, make the starting line up. Perplexed."

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    Will Brendan Rodgers' success at Liverpool this campaign be more about the personnel than prizes? There has been a lot of talk about building a squad, but, after shipping out the majority of the club's attacking talent, it looks as though the "big reveal" of his true vision for the club is some way off.

    Swansea enjoyed dispatching a mix-and-match Liverpool side in the Capital One Cup at Anfield in October and the latest meeting is has been lent a little extra spice by defender Ashley Williams' literary debut.

  255. 1255: 

    As a starter for ten, what would be success for Rafael Benitez this season? With qualification for the next stage of the Champions League out of their hands, is it more about the the sort of football he gets Chelsea playing rather than silverware?

    BBC sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has had his say: "One of Benitez's main tasks will be to somehow prove the owner did not sanction arguably the biggest transfer bust in British history."

    BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge:

    "Chelsea v Man City for me today. Here we are again - the start of another managerial reign at Stamford Bridge."

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    You'll want to have your say on today's action. Man the Twitter barricades on #bbcfootball and, if you are in the UK, pump your mobile keypad on 81111 and we'll feed the best into the action. Make sure that you put your name on those texts though or they are heading for the virtual shredder.

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    Travis on Twitter: "Liverpool-Swansea should be a great game, two teams with attacking football in mind - 2-2!"

    Alex Harkin on Twitter: "Come on you Reds today, super Suarez need a win to keep the run going."

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "Has Rodgers found an old teamsheet in the 'Outbox' tray in the manager's office from Hodgson's days in there...?"

  260. 1245: 

    Oh, and as a former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to get a free ride off the travelling West Ham fans at White Hart Lane. Tottenham play West Ham, seventh against eighth, in a corker of a London derby.


    Etey Shechter starts up front for the hosts against Liverpool alongside Michu. Skipper Ashley Williams lines up at centre-back.

  262. 1242: 

    Before we take the temperature of the fans reaction at Stamford Bridge, there are a few more managerial reunions to looks forward to. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers returns to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since upping sticks for Anfield in the summer, while Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is back at Southampton where he spent a testy 13 months in charge between July 2009 and August 2010.

  263. 1239: 

    Chelsea take on champions Manchester City today in Rafael Benitez's first match in charge since replacing Roberto Di Matteo in the Blues' dug-out. No team news as yet in the day's late kick-off, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Fernando Torres will make the cut.

    BBC Radio 5 live will have full commentary of Chelsea v Manchester City at Stamford Bridge from 1500 GMT.

  264. 1235: 

    That is Stewart Downing's second league start of the season. For a player linked with a loan move to former club Middlesbrough earlier in the week and Arsenal in some of the papers today, could there be a brighter future in the Liverpool shade of red?


    Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson both start for Liverpool against Swansea with Nuri Sahin and Suso on the bench. Former Swan Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez are all in the starting XI.

  266. 1232: 

    Funny old business this football game isn't it? Rafael Benitez's observation during his time in charge at Anfield about the differences between Liverpool's supporters and those at other clubs was, pretty fairly, interpreted as a barb aimed at Chelsea. The Reds enjoyed it so much that they made a plaque of it to hang at their Melwood training ground. Now, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has decided that regardless of flags and fanaticism, Benitez himself is needed to help the Blues win matches.

  267. 1230: 

    'We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave - our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need. It's the passion of the fans that helps to win matches - not flags."

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Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 29 36 67
No movement 2 Man City 30 34 61
No movement 3 Arsenal 30 27 60
No movement 4 Man Utd 30 25 59
No movement 5 Liverpool 30 12 54
No movement 6 Southampton 30 21 53
No movement 7 Tottenham 30 5 53
No movement 8 Swansea 30 -4 43
No movement 9 West Ham 30 3 42
No movement 10 Stoke 30 -3 42
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 30 -5 36
No movement 12 Newcastle 30 -15 35
No movement 13 Everton 30 -4 34
No movement 14 West Brom 30 -12 33
No movement 15 Hull 30 -12 28
No movement 16 Aston Villa 30 -20 28
No movement 17 Sunderland 30 -21 26
No movement 18 Burnley 30 -23 25
No movement 19 QPR 30 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 29 -21 19