Wednesday football as it happened

Live text commentary of a busy night of Premier League action, with eight top-flight matches plus a game from the Championship.

28 November 2012 Last updated at 22:45 GMT

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  1. 2245: 

    That is it for tonight's Premier League coverage. I'm off for a lie down. Tom Rostance will back in the chair for Saturday's action. I'll see thee.

  2. 2243:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Old Trafford:Man Utd 1-0 West Ham

    "Manchester United were made to work hard and this was not pretty, but it could be a priceless win. They have now beaten West Ham eight time in a row."

  3. 2242:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at DW Stadium:Wigan 0-2 Man City

    "In the end Manchester City have a comfortable scoreline but that does not tell the whole story. It was an incisive substitution by Mancini [to bring on Kolarov for Aguero] and it pays off to give them a decisive win. Mancini was brave enough to make the substitution and brave enough to win it."

  4. 2242:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Britannia Stadium:Stoke 2-1 Newcastle

    "It's been a very productive November for Stoke City and a very dispiriting one for Newcastle. Ten points in their last four games for Stoke and no points in the last four games for Newcastle. For a long period it looked as though Stoke would lose their unbeaten home record this season but the substitutes came on and played their part."

  5. 2241: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins on Mark Clattenburg: "I don't think it was a free kick he made some interesting decisions tonight. Of course I'm pleased to see him back. It was an unfortunate situation that arose and he is a fine referee that has a great career in front of him."

  6. 2240: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think playing against Wigan is always very difficult. Tonight was the same, we played very well for first 15 minutes but after Wigan played better than us for the rest of the half.

    "Wigan played well and disrupted our rhythm, they were always in a good position. They have a good manager.

    "The first goal was important as it changed the game. After this, everything was good for us and Milner scored a great goal.

    "We are happy but it is important to be top at the end of the season. We played very well against Chelsea but didn't win, against Wigan we did not play as well but won."

  7. 2239:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

    "A frustrating night for Chelsea, but a very much more rewarding one for Fulham. It was far from a a pulsating game, and the crowd let their displeasure be known at the final whistle."

  8. 2239:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Goodison Park:Everton 1-1 Arsenal

    "It was a really tremendous game and I think both managers will have enjoyed it hugely. David Moyes will probably be the most disappointed. Really from the first minute to the 90th minute it was end-to-end. It was a magnificently meaty game."

  9. 2238:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

    "It might be hard one to take for Liverpool. Bale's own goal got them back in it after both he and Lennon put Spurs in the lead early on. But in the end, it proved to be Spurs' night."

  10. 2238:  
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at St Marys:Southampton 1-1 Norwich

    "Just the match Mark Clattenburg would have wanted on his return to refereeing - not a controversy at all. Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga was at fault for Norwich's equaliser but a draw was just about the right result."

  11. 2237: 
    Match of the Day's Martin Fisher at Liberty Stadium:Swansea 3-1 West Brom

    "West Brom's imperious march up the Premier League table is halted by Swansea's superb first half display. Michu and Wayne Routledge did the damage with their strikes and Romelu Lukaku's late goal in the first half was just a consolation, rather than a platform to victory."

  12. 2237: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "It's eight points from four games for us which is good and we remain unbeaten. We scored a good goal from Rickie Lambert from a set-piece but the goal bang on half-time has changed the complexion of the game. I don't think it was a free-kick. Nathaniel still thinks he made good contact with the ball. From the touchline I felt that and I still feel that is the case having seen a replay. Obviously we have to save it. We have to keep the ball out of the back of the net. The goalkeeper is well aware has to save it."

  13. 2237: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on BBC Radio 5 live after the defeat to Manchester City: "As a club we should not be happy to be beaten by the champions. We were outstanding off the ball, but on it, we were not as good as we can be.

    "We got in good positions but could not find the final pass. Kone's missed chance was also a key moment.

    "For 60 minutes I thought we edged the game. Giving that goal away was disappointing.

    "It is the best team I have had since I have been here and our squad is strong. We were at our weakest in terms of quantity of players today, but the players that came in showed their quality.

    "That chance for Arouna Kone we had to score if we wanted to get anything from the game. We know what we can produce, and if you are edging a game for 60 minutes, you are disappointed to lose no matter the opposition."

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    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "I felt a little aggrieved about their goal. I understand it was a difficult call but I'm aggrieved with their goal. They worked the block very well and the five lads around him all put their hand up for hand ball. They are agreed it was hand ball, but it was a tough one to see. It was good to come back from that and showed character and we could have gone on and won it. The goal came just at the right time. You have to give Robert credit to see the gap. The goal keeper perhaps could have done better with it. They were expecting a cross to the far post. It was clever of Robert to for the near post."


    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "How gutted was Walcott on finding out 52 seconds wasn't good enough to be the fastest goal of the season?"

    I can't imagine he was overjoyed to learn he is still playing second fiddle to RVP either


    Injured Everton captain Phil Neville after his side's 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Twitter: "Lads played great tonight - keep that level of performance and we will start getting the three points. Great to see Darron Gibson back in centre mid!"

  17. 2236: 

    Arsenal goalscorer Theo Walcott: "It is always nice to have a positive start and I've had a little break this week after my injury. It was a good start but we conceded a very sloppy goal. Overall Everton did dominate the game but we can say it is a good point. The game was up and down and a great spectacle for the neutral. The goal side of my game is much better this season and I'm enjoying when I play."


    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero on Twitter after the 2-0 win against Wigan on Twitter: "A tough match with Wigan closing all the gaps, but we managed to break through to keep undefeated and on the race."

  19. 2234:  
    Danny Mills talking about the importance of Newcastle's next game on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Newcastle have a really big game coming up against Wigan. It is not quite 'must win', but they need to get something from it.

    "Wigan are level on points with them, but they are a team you expect to be down there. Newcastle you expect to be mid-table, and they certainly over-performed last season.

    "If you lose five in a spin, you start to worry and the little cracks start to widen."

    Listen to reaction from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis on Twitter:

    "Roberto Mancini has confirmed that James Milner left the field with a hamstring injury."

  21. 2232:  
    Mark Lawrenson talking about Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "From the bits I saw, it was a fair result. The doom-mongerers always come out when they drop points, but Everton are a tough team and I am convinced Arsenal will finish in the top four."

    Listen to reaction from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  22. 2230: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton on referee Mark Clattenburg: "He is an excellent referee, and probably more than the performance, I speak for most when I say we are delighted to see him back. He has a passion for what he does, is very good at what he does and we need the best referees week in week out. We need strong referees, they are judged from every single angle and we need big and strong characters."


    Alex McMullan on Twitter: "Honestly, if I was an MOTD editor I would drop Chelsea vs Fulham from the schedule - it was dire. Most boring game I've ever seen."

  24. 2227: 

    Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass on BBC Radio 5 live after his side's draw at Southampton: "We are on a great run, but the manager has said how good it is how we are coming away from home with a point but feeling disappointed. The defence are giving us a good platform and I do not think any journalists would have been saying that at the start of the season. Everybody was writing us off, but we have kept some clean sheets now. This team has great belief and confidence. There was not half the belief at Leeds when I was there."

  25. 2224: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "The first half was one of the few times as a manager that I you are watching the game, it was a delight to watch, it was fantastic. We also saw the quality, and attitude but the mental part is important too because they scored late in the first half. They only had one chance in the second half and so we did not suffer too much. When I go home tonight, I will think about the outstanding first half performance. It could have been four or five in the first half, and it was only 3-1. It was a great team performance and I don't want to single out any individual performance. Everybody was great to watch. We have the momentum and we want to keep it now."


    Alex Roberts on Twitter: "If Rodgers persists with this Downing at left back experiment we might as well just bring back Djimi Traore."

  27. 2220: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It was a physical game tonight and we needed something special to get a point. But we have some regrets as well. I think a point is fair for both teams as both sides played with high commitment. Everton always looked a threat and we needed good focus and concentration not to concede a second goal. The regret we have is we could have negotiated some counter attacks better in the second half."

  28. 2218: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "I thought for 60 minutes we edged it. We were outstanding and the way we stopped them from being fluent was very good. But we did not have the clarity in the final third and the confidence was not there. I thought the first goal would be vital. We stopped Man City really well for an hour and you have to score. We created the chance but world class strikers will take half chances. A 2-0 scoreline will look a normal result but we're extremely disappointed with that outcome. Every game is a really exciting challenge. The players that came in showed the incredible high standards they show on a daily basis in training. We never saw any player missing in the starting eleven. We are probably at the weakest in terms of numbers but not in terms of quality."

  29. 2216: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I don't know what Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have to do get a penalty. It was bordering on assault on Gerrard [Reds appealed when Gerrard was challenged by Mousa Dembele in the first half].

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "Brendan feels a fairer result was a draw and I have to agree. We did extremely well to hold on to the lead."

  30. 2216: 

    For the record (not that their fans will need reminding), Newcastle have now lost their last four league matches - equaling their Premier League record of four defeats in a row, set on five previous occasions - the last being from Aug to Sep 2008.

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "It was important because it's always a difficult game because they play very well and Martinez is a great manager. We were lucky. I think I am lucky. Wigan played 3-4-3 and we had a problem with them on the channel. When we changed we did not have any problems. I think Mario [Balotelli] can do better. He scored one important goal but can continue to improve. For me, he did not play very well. I was happy for James [Milner] but it was a second hamstring injury for him and I hope he'll be back in 10 days."


    Scott, a Newcastle fan, on text via 81111: "11 senior players out injured... How many managers have been sacked as a result of that??? Would be crazy to let go of him even if we did not have that situation going on. Build on stability ."


    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar on Twitter: "One of those weeks where you can make a great stride towards the title with three wins, so one to go after tonight's win! Clean sheet also."

  34. 2212: 

    It sounds like the injury picked up by Stoke's Peter Crouch tonight is a particularly nasty one. A stray arm from Fabricio Coloccini has apparently performed a bit of amateur dentistry and taken out a couple of the striker's teeth and left one embedded in his cheek. Ouch.

  35. 2210: 

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez: "I am a little frustrated. The team is well organised and created chances against a team that works hard, so you can see us going forward, but still we have to improve. We tried to change things in the second half and get more players making forward runs. We have the players who can change the game and we need to link with them and do it quicker, but overall I think we are watching things that are positive. We have to play with a higher tempo for the players that we have up front."

  36. 2208: 

    It doesn't make pretty reading for Chelsea, but before today's match, the Blues had not failed to score in back to back home matches since September 2007. Rafa Benitez began with Stamford Bridge against him and he has done nothing as yet to appease the fans baying for blood.


    Match of the Day on Twitter: "Running order for tonight's MOTD at 2245 GMT on BBC One: "1.Spurs/Liv 2.Swan/WBA 3.Wigan/ManCity 4.ManUtd/WestHam 5.Stoke/Newc 6.Everton/Arsenal 7.Saints/Norwich 8.Chels/Ful."

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    Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "The substitutes certainly livened us up, pushed them back and gave us opportunities to score. Very pleased to be on a good run, 19 points from 14 games is a good return for us. Cameron [Jerome] and Kenwyne [Jones] have been frustrated they haven't played and I understand that but they showed their class."

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    Everton manager David Moyes: "It was a good game because we played well and Arsenal played well too. It was a really tight game and two good teams were playing. When we went down a goal after 50 seconds our players showed great character and we missed some great chances to win it. But we always knew Arsenal were a threat. I think we deserved to get the victory but we have struggled to get that second goal in recent weeks. I thought we had a really good shout for a penalty kick on Steven Pienaar. It was a night when few decisions went our way. We didn't get many things, but the most important thing was Everton played well and Arsenal played well and it was a really good game. Leighton Baines has got a bit of a hamstring strain which is a blow to us."


    Zayd on Twitter: "United scoring first and holding a lead for a change. 1-0 makes a change. Solid."

    Ciaran McPhillips on Twitter: "Ok we gave him a fair chance but it just hasn't worked. Rafa out."

    Nick Grainger on Twitter: "So we are closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table!! Not good Arsenal, sort it out."


    Tom in Nottingham on text via 81111: "What is Rafa thinking? Leaving our best player out of the starting eleven to sure up the defence is ridiculous. We're playing a mid table team we should be easing past! Wake up Rafa!"

  42. 2158: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Brown at the DW Stadium: "It is almost like the night belongs to Manchester City boss Mancini. He made the right substitutions at the right time, changed to the right formation, and by bringing on James Milner, he brought on a player who has the right attitude."

    Listen to all the reaction from the evening's Premier League games

  43. 2158: 

    Worryingly for the rest of the Premier League - and for the health of the competition in general - the two Manchester clubs are pulling away. Manchester United have 33 points, Manchester City 32 and there is then a six-point gap to third-place Chelsea, who it is fair to say are not looking like a title-challenging side at present, and fourth-placed West Brom, who suffered a hammering at Swansea. I can't pick a side below that with the credentials to compete for top spot. I fear we could be looking at a two-horse race already.

  44. 2155: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol: "It is pretty decent to get a point, but I feel we should l have nicked it in the second half. Our shape was good, they had a lot of pressure but we have three or four good chances - nine times out of ten we would have broken them. John Arne Riise's miss was disappointing. I told him that he should have shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner. He covered 80 or 90 yards and not to score was disappointing. We had a lot of players coming back; Mahamadou Diarra was playing his first game, Gorgios Karagounis was lacking a bit of rhythm, and we leave here thinking we could have nicked it."

  45. 2154: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke: "We started slowly and got punished, and got punished by the better team. We did not get out of the blocks. It is not the first time Shane Long has been left on the bench and Romelu Lukaku did better in the second half than the first. The goal gave us a glimmer of hope and now we move on to the next game. At 3-0 down you are a long way from getting anything from the game. Swansea are a really good team and we knew it would be difficult and they proved that."


    Martin Robertson on Twitter: "Arsenal have dropped 21 out of 42 points this season. Which on this basis would amount to around 55 points. Enough for eighth last season."

  47. 2152: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-2 Man City
  48. 2151: 

    Jordan Rhodes headed Blackburn into the game with eight minutes left but the home side at Ewood Park were unable to get an undeserved equaliser as a terrific Bolton win 2-1.

    The result moves Bolton 10 points away from the relegation zone, while Blackburn continue to drift from the play-off places.

  49. 2151: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "The improvement from Sunday was immense and we deserved something I thought we were the better side I thought we could have a penalty at 1-0 but two sucker punches have cost us. It's galling because we're on this run and we're having setback after setback and I feel sorry for the players. That team won't go far short if we play like that."

  50. 2150: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 West Ham
  51. 2150: 

    We are into injury time in the two 20:00 GMT kick-offs. Things looking very rosy for the city of Manchester.

  52. 2148: 

    It finishes with a Hibs win in Perth and they go second, a point behind SPL leaders Celtic.

  53. 2148:  
    Mark Lawrenson talking about Rafael Benitez on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think it is more than possible Benitez will turn into this season's Steve Kean. He has played two games and kept two clean sheets, but their glass is always half empty.

    "If he does not manage to win against West Ham at the weekend, he will be under pressure. I think the Chelsea fans will have to live with it as he is there until the end of the season."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  54. 2148:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Goodison Park:

    "Frustrating evening all round at Goodison Park as Everton and Arsenal fight out a draw. Everton more frustrated as they will have been confident of going on to win after Marouane Fellaini's equaliser."

  55. 2147: 

    It looks like Manchester City are heading for victory at the DW Stadium. They lead by two and while Wigan are battling the belief of getting result has clearly drained away.


    Ben Porter on Twitter: "The end has to be nigh for Pardew, two points off relegation zone and four losses against bottom half sides."

    Matthew Shield on Twitter: "Mike Ashley needs to dig deep in the January transfer window. Serious potential for relegation otherwise."

    Terry Barnes on Twitter: "It annoys me people think headlines will surround Pardew. Its not his fault, he is doing the best with what we have got."

  57. 2145: 

    Roughly three minutes to go at Old Trafford and the DW Stadium. As it stands it will be as you were at the top of the Premier League table with Man Utd top and Man City second. The pair will be happy to see both Chelsea and West Brom drop points as well.

  58. 2143: 

    Hang on, maybe West Ham do have something still in the locker at Old Trafford. Modibo Maiga cuts in from the right and curls a shot just over the bar.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:

    "Everton 1 Arsenal 1. Frustrating game. Never quite took off."

  60. 2142: 

    Manchester United still look the more likely to add to their lead against West Ham than see it get wiped out. They are dominating possession and only a final ball has denied them creating clearer chances.


    Mark on text via 81111: "As a fan I gave Rafa a chance to win me over and he did absolutely nothing. I'll look out for the results but I'm not watching anymore Chelsea games until next season when he is gone. I'm disgusted by the club at the moment and especially Abramovich."

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Rafa instantly tightens Chelsea's defence after leaving out Mata. Fact."

    Watch Match of the Day at 2245 GMT on BBC One.

  63. 2139: 

    So all the 19:45 GMT kick-offs are done, with just the two games still playing. In those, Man Utd lead West Ham 1-0 while Man City have a 2-0 lead at Wigan. It is not all good news for City, though, as James Milner - the scorer of their second goal - has been forced off injured.

  64. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 2-1 Newcastle
  65. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

    Ryan Robertson on Twitter: "For a team like Chelsea to play two home games in a row and not score in any of them is not good enough."

  67. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 1-1 Arsenal
  68. 2137: 

    Is a winner in the offing at Goodison? Arsenal come forward but a superb challenge by Phil Jagielka in the box denies Gervinho the chance to create something for Arsenal.

  69. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Norwich
  70. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 3-1 West Brom

    Vince in Tottenham on text via 81111: "I have never understood why Jerome was so underused by Pulis. Good on you lad."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park:

    "Jelavic has put in two superb crosses for Everton - pity he can't get on the end of his own delivery. No-one there."

  73. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Fulham
  74. 2134: 

    Late Chelsea pressure at Stamford Bridge as the home side look for the latest of winners against Fulham but Ramires cannot get on the end of a loose ball in the box.


    Jack in Norwich on text via 81111: "Bale should be banned for his repeated diving, as should Young and Suarez. Luiz Adriano was banned for unsporting behaviour yet his goal was technically 'legal' - so why can't repeat offenders be banned for diving? It's simply cheating!"

  76. 2131: 

    Jose Enrique's strike from 25 yards flies half a foot past Tottenham's left-hand upright as Liverpool press for a leveller.

  77. 2131: 

    Fernando Torres briefly finds himself in space in the penalty and although the Spaniard's flashy half-volley beats Mark Schwarzer, it is probably destined for the hoardings rather than the net before it is hacked clear by Aaron Hughes. At the other end, Karim Frei falls under the challenge of Ramires. No penalty says referee Anthony Taylor.


    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "Looks like yet another nervy ending to a Spurs game, we really need to work on closing teams out."

  79. 2131: 

    At St Mary's, Rickie Lambert is teed up with a good chance but cracks his effort over the bar. Southampton need Lambert to be in deadly form if they are to snatch the points here against Norwich. It is currently 1-1 with just a few minutes to go.

  80. 2130: 

    It's all over at Tynecastle with Hearts' completing a miserable night by missing a penalty late on as Celtic ran out 4-0 winners.

    There has also been penalty drama at McDiarmid Park where Nigel Hasselbaink's spot-kick saved by Hibernian's Ben Williams.

    And Hibs take full advantage with Paul Cairney slotting home the opener with eight minutes left.

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

  81. 2130: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-2 Man City - James Milner (72 mins)

    James Milner all but seals three points for Manchester City with a fine strike. Gareth Barry tees him up on the edge of the area and the midfielder unleashes a stunner past a stranded Ali Al-Habsi.

  82. 2129: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Brown at the DW Stadium: "I was questioning Mancini's thinking with his substitutions by taking Aguero off, but now Silva has moved out wide and has put in a cross and Balotelli has taken advantage of a spill from Al Habsi for the goal."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  83. 2129: 
    GOAL- Stoke 2-1 Newcastle - Cameron Jerome (85 mins)

    Stoke have completely turned it around at the Britannia. The ball is pumped forward for Kenwyne Jones to head down to the unmarked Cameron Jerome, who lashes a shot under Tim Krul and in. Newcastle's woes look set to continue.

  84. 2128:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Blackburn were poor in the first half and it has got even worse for them after the break after Chung-Yong Lee doubled Bolton's lead after he tapped in following a Chris Eagles free-kick to make it 2-0.

    Follow live commentary from Ewood Park on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  85. 2126: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-1 Man City - Mario Balotelli (69 mins)

    The champions are ahead and Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi has gifted it to them somewhat. David Silva sets up Gareth Barry and his shot from the edge of the box is spilt by the Latics keeper, allowing Mario Balotelli to gather, take a touch and then find the net. That is the Italian's first league goal of the season and it could be a big one for City.

  86. 2125: 
    GOAL- Stoke 1-1 Newcastle - Jonathan Walters (81 mins)

    Stoke have been upping the pressure on Newcastle and they are rewarded with an equaliser. Cameron Jerome gets free down the right and crosses for Jonathan Walters to glance a header past Tim Krul.


    Olly in Tottenham on text via 81111: "Real mix from Bale today. Great assist, odd but good goal, unlucky own goal and now terrible dive. Always in the action!"

  88. 2125: 

    Oh what a great chance for Liverpool to equalise against Tottenham! Daniel Agger's overhead kick at the byline finds Luis Suarez in the box but he can only find the middle row of the stand behind the goal with his volley. The striker drops to his knees with his head in his hands.

  89. 2123: 

    10 minutes to go in the 19:45 GMT kick-offs. There is frustration at Stamford Bridge as the home side continue to struggle in their attempts to break down Fulham.

  90. 2122: 

    Gareth Bale looks to drive into Liverpool territory and falls under a challenge from Daniel Agger. A yellow card is out, but it is for the Tottenham winger for diving.

  91. 2121: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's: "If Mark Clattenburg thought he was going to get a nice quiet return to refereeing he was wrong. He's being given a torrid evening from the home fans at St Mary's who are sarcastically applauding every decision. Players too are questioning every call, but then there's nothing new in that. But he's so far been spared having to make a really big decision on his return to refereeing with 10 minutes left here in Southampton."

  92. 2120: 

    Karim Frei is on for Giorgios Karagounis for Fulham and the youngster's first contribution is to lay the ball into the path of John Arne Riise on the edge of the area. Riise makes a cleaner connection than he managed from a clearer-cut chance earlier in the half, but Petr Cech is down sharply to push the Norwegian's effort away.

  93. 2120: 

    Manchester United come close to extending their lead as Jussi Jaaskelainen tips a curling effort for Wayne Rooney round the post and then, from Robin van Persie's resultant corner, Jaaskelainen repels a Michael Carrick header. West Ham bring Carlton Cole on for Andy Carroll.


    Johnny Woodman on Twitter: "I think I have decided to un-support Chelsea now. A Bracknell Town FC season ticket can't be too dear, can it?"

  95. 2120: 

    It is a really entertaining game at Goodison. Arsenal take their turn to attack as Santi Cazorla fires a shot from range but Tim Howard is well-placed to palm away. Everton respond with a Thomas Hitzlsperger shot from distance that Wojciech Szczesny drops to gather.

  96. 2117: 

    Swansea may have been out of sight at the Liberty Stadium, with Michu coming close with two efforts within the space of three minutes, firstly flashing a header wide before stinging the palms of Boaz Myhill with a rasping drive.


    Toby in Oxford on text via 81111: "Now it's time for Liverpool to go all out for attack, and get the extra striker on... Oh wait a minute, we don't have one of them."


    James Fletcher on Twitter: "This is the worst I've ever seen Yaya Toure play. Seems to have lost half a yard of pace and half a pound of muscle."

  99. 2114: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool - Gareth Bale og (72 mins)

    The game has taken a turn for the Keystone Cops at White Hart Lane as Gareth Bale's comedy own goal gives Liverpool a lifeline. Jonjo Shelvey's corner is glanced on and headed towards goal by Steven Gerrard. Aaron Lennon is on the line to hammer clear but slams his shot into Bale's face and watches in horror as the ball fires past him into the net. Game on.

  100. 2114: 

    Gary Hooper adds a fourth to the Celtic tally in the closing stages at Tynecastle. In Perth, it's still locked at 0-0 between St Johnstone and Hibs with 20 minutes left.

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

  101. 2114: 

    Mario Balotelli misses a golden chance to give Manchester City the lead, avoiding the target with a free header at the far post. At the other end, James McCarthy's cross finds Arouna Kone unmarked in the box but he puts his header well wide. That was a cracking chance.

  102. 2113: 

    Double change for Stoke, who trail at home to Newcastle, Cameron Jerome and Michael Kightly coming on for Matthew Etherington and Charlie Adam.

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  104. 2112: 

    There are roughly 25 minutes to go in the 19:45 GMT kick-offs. Here are your latest top-flight scores...

  105. 2112: 

    Arsenal have been under the cosh this half against Everton so far but they produce a decent chance as Olivier Giroud heads over from a Theo Walcott cross.

  106. 2110: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's: "Just over an hour played at St Mary's and Norwich are pressing hard for the lead. Saints are rocking but their defence is standing firm while Paulo Gazzaniga also made amends for his first-half mistake with a smart save. But the home crowd are growing increasingly frustrated and manager Nigel Adkins might look to change things here."

  107. 2110: 

    Jason Puncheon tests Mark Bunn with a shot that was threatening to arrow into the bottom corner. It's the first time Southampton have looked dangerous since the break.

  108. 2109: 

    Branislav Ivanovic leaps highest in the six-yard box to meet Juan Mata's corner but the Serb only gets the faintest of touches. His header drifts harmlessly wide and he might have been better to leave it to David Luiz who was lurking menacingly behind him.


    Mark in Thirsk on text via 81111: "Great to see Papiss Cisse scoring again at last. Maybe that'll give his confidence the boost it so desperately needs."

  110. 2109: 

    Huge penalty calls from the home side and support at Goodison Park as Steven Pienaar is felled in the box in a coming together with Mikel Arteta. The referee doesn't see anything untoward in the challenge, though.

  111. 2108: 

    Gareth Barry stabs a shot wide from Yaya Toure's cross as Manchester City start the second half in far more convincing fashion against Wigan.

  112. 2108: 

    Mark Clattenburg gets some stick from Gaston Ramirez after giving a free-kick against him. The official has had a decent game so far, despite upsetting some Southampton fans for not giving them enough of the decision

  113. 2107: 

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Juan Mata comes on for Chelsea and arguably gets the biggest cheer of the night. Fulham are defending brilliantly and Chelsea desperately need some more creativity."

  114. 2107: 

    That is a superb save from Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who palms away Grant Holt's header for Norwich.


    Kyle Blackman on Twitter: "Anderson has been immense, time for Fergie to give him a run of games now."

    Tom Seagrim on Twitter: "Oscar has poor touch, is easily muscled off the ball and misses five-yard passes- but two glorious CL goals have left this unnoticed."

    Theo on Twitter: "How many times is Henderson going to imagine people and try to pass to them."


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "10 - After 41 minutes of tonight's Chelsea v Fulham game, Fernando Torres reached 10 hours without a PL goal. Drought."

  117. 2106: 

    Plenty of pressure being put on Arsenal at Goodison Park. No end product yet for Everton, though. The home side make a change in search of a cutting edge with Bryan Oviedo on for Steven Naismith.

  118. 2104: 

    Chelsea have still yet to find any rhythm against Fulham. Maybe Juan Mata can help with that? He comes on for Ryan Bertrand.

  119. 2104: 

    The games at Old Trafford and DW Stadium are back under way.


    Jez in Shropshire on text via 81111: "I don't think Brendan Rogers has done enough yet to earn the 'in Brendan we trust', he loaned out our £35m striker without replacement."

  121. 2103: 

    Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne makes a last ditch challenge to stop Anthony Pilkington netting from close range with Norwich looking the better side at St Mary's now.

  122. 2103: 

    It looks like Steve Clarke's half-time team-talk has had a good effect on West Brom, who have begun the second half with much more energy at the Liberty Stadium. Still a long way to go for them to get back into the game. They trail Swansea 3-1.

  123. 2102: 

    Steven Pienaar is barely recognisable having shaved off his locks but that is no excuse for Arsenal to allow him to sneak in and get a shot in from the left. Fortunately for the Gunners, Wojciech Szczesny is alert enough to get down and save.


    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge on Twitter: "Benitez barking out instructions & doing a lot of arm waving but although Chelsea are still dominating possession, no chances."

  125. 2058:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Evidently unimpressed by a second half which saw his team fall behind and fail to recover, Blackburn manager Henning Berg sent his team back out onto the pitch extremely early for the second half against Bolton.

    The Norwegian's decision is yet to be rewarded as Bolton continue to control the play following Kevin Davies's strike.

    Follow live commentary from Ewood Park on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  126. 2057: 

    Quite simply, Fulham should be ahead at Stamford Bridge. Giorgos Karagounis floats the ball over for John Arne Riise at the back post and he has plenty of time to pick his spot but fluffs his shot into the turf and wide of goal.

  127. 2056: 

    Mahamadou Diarra nicks the ball off the toe of Oscar as the Brazilian playmaker bursts into the area and shapes to pull the trigger. Oscar is nearly in again moments later as Eden Hazard threads a ball through the legs of a Fulham defender. Chelsea have started the second half brightly.

  128. 2055: 

    This is an amazing stat from Infostrada. Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford in which they have led at the break.

  129. 2054: 

    Steven Gerrard delivers from the right to Liverpool team-mate Jose Enrique at the far post, but the Spanish full-back inexplicably heads across goal from two yards out.


    Joel Dunn-Wilson on Twitter: "In Brendan We Trust. So far this season we've played the best football we have done for ages. Just need a striker."

  131. 2053: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Brown at the DW Stadium: "There is a distinct lethargy in the Manchester City team. Mancini has to earn his corn at half-time.

    "He has tell them if they do not get to the pace of the game, then substitutions will be made. He has ammunition in abundance on the bench.

    "If there is a Wigan goal early on in the second half, this game will light up."

  132. 2051: 
    GOAL- Stoke 0-1 Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (47 mins)

    Newcastle lead and Stoke play a massive part in allowing it to happen. Glenn Whelan is robbed in midfield by Demba Ba and his shot from range is spilt by Asmir Begovic thus allowing Papiss Cisse to nip in and finish. Just what the game needed - an early goal in the second half.

  133. 2050:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Old Trafford:Man Utd 1-0 West Ham

    "This was a half that will be perfectly satisfactory for Sir Alex Ferguson because Manchester United didn't concede the first goal. They scored it, and very early indeed. After 31 seconds, Robin van Persie tricked his way past Winston Reid, blasted his shot towards goal and it looped over Jussi Jaaskelainen via James Collins."

  134. 2050:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at DW Stadium:Wigan 0-0 Man City

    "Manchester City at the moment don't look like the champions of the land. It's far from the best game of the season so far but it is fascinating because unless Manchester City can win away like this there will be the continuing doubts about them."

  135. 2049: 

    Just before the half-time whistle blew at DW Stadium, Manchester City came the closest yet to breaking the deadlock as Yaya Toure hit the post with the last kick of the first half.

  136. 2048: 

    The six 19:45 GMT Premier League kick-offs are back under way for the second half.

  137. 2048:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at DW Stadium:

    "Much to ponder for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini at the break after a lethargic and largely uninspiring first 45 minutes from the champions. His shot-shy side don't look like breaking Wigan down, and it is the Latics who have posed the greater goal threat."

  138. 2047: 
    HALF-TIME- Wigan 0-0 Man City
  139. 2047: 

    Southampton mascot Sammy Saint is trying to take the home fans' minds off the painful ending to the opening half with a rather splendid rendition of the Gingham dance. Not that an anxious looking Nigel Adkins is smiling as Rickie Lambert leads his team out for the start of the second half.

  140. 2047: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 West Ham

    Ludo on text via 81111: "Rodgers needs to start proving himself, he let Carroll, Kuyt and Bellamy go, Allen simply cannot pass forward - just side to side. Henderson is a joke. Desperate times."

  142. 2045: 

    Ever wondered what David Beckham gets up to around Christmas time? Well wonder no more. According to a well-known sports gear company, the former England skipper spends his time making ghostly visits to humbug-spouting rappers to preach the virtues of the festive period. I'm not sure this is what Charles Dickens had in mind when he wrote A Christmas Carol.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at DW Stadium on Twitter:

    "Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini not a happy chappy on the touchline. Too many misplaced passes against Wigan. Balotelli a peripheral figure."

  144. 2043: 

    The action may be red hot at some grounds in the Premier League tonight but it is pretty chilly in Salford Quays, where we've been treated to the sight of the first gritter of the winter.

  145. 2041: 

    "It's goalless at McDiarmid Park at half-time between St Johnstone and Hibs. Over at Tynecastle, the second half is underway with Celtic 3-0 up against toiling Hearts."

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.


    Tony Brown on Twitter: "Now we know what Benitez has been doing during his break from football... Parking buses."

    Tor Nopphorat on Twitter: "It's 3.40am here in Bangkok. If Chelsea and Fulham would continue like they did I'd better go to bed."

    Mike Heath on Twitter: "Good news for Peter Crouch, if he puts that tooth under his pillow tonight he will get 50p in the morning."

  147. 2041: 

    It is Wigan who are now looking more like the champions against Manchester City and Jordi Gomez comes close to breaking the deadlock, hitting the stanchion with a 25-yard free-kick.

  148. 2040:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Goodison Park:Everton 1-1 Arsenal

    "A brilliant start with Theo Walcott scoring for Arsenal after just 52 seconds, but Everton came back strongly and scored a very good goal through Fellaini. They might reflect they could have added to that, with Jelavic off target after brilliantly controlling the ball, before getting in the way in an offside position as Baines burst through."

  149. 2039: 

    Wigan come the closest to a goal so far. Stam runs half the length of the pitch and crosses for Arouna Kone whose header just goes over the bar after getting the better of Joe Hart.

  150. 2039:  
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at St Marys:Southampton 1-1 Norwich

    "A dreadful error from Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzinga gifted Norwich a late equaliser. The keeper completely missed Robert Snodgrass' free-kick which cancelled out Rickie Lambert's opener in a first half that Saints had by far the better of."

  151. 2039: 
    Match of the Day commentator Martin Fisher at Liberty Stadium:Swansea 3-1 West Brom

    "The front four for Swansea have been electric. Pablo Hernandez has been outstanding, but Steve Clarke has a big, big job ahead of him. Swanea's superb first half display has slightly been undone by the late goal from Romelu Lukaku."

  152. 2037:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at White Hart Lane:Tottenham 2-0 Liverpool

    "A storming start for Spurs. They are full value for the lead. Credit to Liverpool for fighting back. Luis Suarez thought he'd pulled one back only to see Kyle Walker clear his effort off the line."


    Hiten Patel on Twitter: "The amount of times I hear 'Aaron Ramsey loses possession' is ridiculous."

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Think Rafa's tie may be orange not red. Either way it's been the highlight of the first half at Stamford Bridge."

    Watch Match of the Day at 2245 GMT on BBC One.

  155. 2037:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Britannia Stadium:Stoke 0-0 Newcastle

    "A half of very few opportunities, the closest either side have come to scoring a near own goal by Mike Williamson."

  156. 2037: 

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "A few boos around Stamford Bridge but nothing to do with the manager and who he is - it's simply the mind-numbing fare on offer. Nothing has happened and neither team look like scoring. Diabolically dull."

  157. 2037:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea 0-0 Fulham

    "Rafael Benitez's Chelsea still haven't conceded but there is not a lot on show in attack from either side at Stamford Bridge. The home fans will hope that their side can build on a bit of gathering momentum towards the end of the first 45 minutes."

  158. 2036: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Brown at the DW Stadium: "Manchester City were 70-75% last season in this fixture, and it looks a similar type of performance today. City are set-up to counter attack and that is suiting Wigan."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  159. 2036: 
    HALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Newcastle
  160. 2036: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Norwich
  161. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 3-1 West Brom
  162. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Everton 1-1 Arsenal
  163. 2032: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-1 West Brom - Romelu Lukaku (45 mins)

    A lifeline for West Brom, at the end of a half in which they've been completely outplayed. A corner from the right is aimed towards the near post where a Swansea defender fails to clear under pressure and the ball reaches Romelu Lukaku, who smashes it home from eight yards out. Steve Clarke missed the whole thing, having already walked off down the tunnel, no doubt with an ear bashing in mind.

  164. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Fulham
  165. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Liverpool
  166. 2030: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Norwich - Robert Snodgrass (45 mins)

    Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga will not want to see this again. Robert Snodgrass swings a free-kick towards the near post and it should be an easy save but somehow the keeper allows it to sneak under him and in. Such bad timing as well for the Saints. Great for Norwich, though.


    Alex in Fulham on text via 81111: "The Swans are flying! Pardon the pun."

  168. 2030: 

    That is a huge error of judgement from Everton's Nikica Jelavic. And it could have cost his side a goal. Leighton Baines had skipped clear of the Arsenal defence, with Jelavic in an offside position. Had the Croatian left the ball Baines would be away but he couldn't resist and the flag shoots up.


    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Wayne Routledge has been brilliant as of late."

  170. 2028: 

    Great opportunity spurned by Everton. Fellaini uses his considerable aerial threat to knock down a long pass towards Jelavic, who sublimely turns the ball around a dazed Mertesacker on the edge of the area before firing wildly over the Arsenal bar.

  171. 2027: 

    Chance for Andy Carroll at Old Trafford. A free-kick is delivered deep into the box and pops up for the striker off Michael Carrick's attempted headed clearance but he can only swivel and blast a shot high over the bar.

  172. 2026: 

    Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega catches one crisply from 25 yards, it is straight into the midriff of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech though. Fernando Torres is looking a little lively in attack for the hosts, Fulham's defenders are having to stretch a little more to contain the Blues number nine.

  173. 2025:  
    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom are believing their own publicity a bit. You can tell in the way they stepped out onto the pitch here thinking it was an easier game for them against Swansea."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  174. 2025: 

    Another Stoke player is bloodied at the Britannia, Peter Crouch looks to have lost a tooth after being caught by Fabricio Coloccini's stray arm and he is replaced by Kenwyne Jones.

  175. 2023: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-0 West Brom - Wayne Routledge (39 mins)

    Unbelievable scenes at the Liberty Stadium. West Brom are the form team in the league but they are being taken apart by Swansea. Pablo Hernandez is once again involved as he slides a ball to Ben Davies down the left and his low cross is slammed home by Wayne Routledge for his second of the game. The Baggies defence was all over the shop.

  176. 2023: 

    Manchester City struggling to dominate proceedings at the DW Stadium but Sergio Aguero has just gone close, firing wide from edge of the area.

  177. 2022: 

    No signs of West Brom hitting back at Swansea. Peter Odemwingie has had a pop from range but it was never threatening the goal. The home side are well on top.


    James William Dingle on Twitter: "About time Arsene buys a new keeper, Szczesny has no competition, could have several shocking games and he won't be dropped."

  179. 2022: 

    Tottenham preserve their two-goal lead as Kyle Walker does well to poke the ball off the line after Luis Suarez's shot seemed destined to trickle over the line.

  180. 2021: 

    It's still 0-0 between St Johnstone and Hibs but Celtic are cruising against Hearts with Ryan Stevenson's own goal putting the visitors three up.

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

  181. 2021:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    Kevin Davies was recalled to the Bolton starting side for tonight's game at Blackburn, and he has rewarded manager Dougie Freedman's decision with a goal in just the second minute with a strike which went in at the near post.

    Follow live commentary from Ewood Park on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  182. 2021: 

    The first shot on target from either side and it has come from the left boot of Fernando Torres. The Chelsea striker controls Cesar Azpilicueta's cross, swivels and snaps a shot between the legs of Aaron Hughes. It is a bit of a scuffer though and runs tamely through to Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.


    Rich in Warrington on text via 81111: "Chelsea fans, if you're not entirely satisfied with your Rafa purchase, please send him back to L4 as soon as possible, pleeeeeeease."

  184. 2017: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Norwich - Rickie Lambert (32 mins)

    It's a messy goal but Southampton won't care. Adam Lallana's free-kick from the left is swung into the box and the ball eventually lands at the feet of Rickie Lambert - following a deflection off Grant Holt - and he makes no mistake with a prodded finish. Norwich are claiming handball and replays show Lambert did benefit from a touch with his arm but he knew little about it.

  185. 2015: 

    Glenn Whelan tries his luck from 25 yards for Stoke but his well hit swerving shot drifts narrowly wide of the target. Still 0-0 between the Potters and Newcastle.

  186. 2015:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Goodison Park:

    "Everton were seeing plenty of the ball but lacked inspiration - but Marouane Fellaini provided it. Goodison Park finally comes to life."

  187. 2015:  
    Danny Mills talking about Fellaini's goal on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is interesting that Fellaini celebrated with assistant manager Steve Round - who I understand handles Everton's attacking play - on the bench after his goal. Maybe some work on the training ground came off there?"

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  188. 2015: 

    Liverpool's Stewart Downing gets to the byline and crosses low into the area, but the ball eludes both Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.

  189. 2014: 

    Chelsea's David Luiz lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal, but the Brazilian's curling effort swoops well over the bar. Before the match Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said that owner Roman Abramovich knows that it is unrealistic to expect the Blues to play like Barcelona just yet. Just as well. It's been a poor game so far.


    Muir MacKean on Twitter: "Dembele returns and Spurs look so much better - both in possession and without the ball. The man's a footballing colossus."

    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Obviously, Benitez strategy to silence the fans is to bore them to sleep with dull football."

    Lars Henrik Thomesen on Twitter: "Definitely more pace on United this time around. Tom Cleverley and Ando must have something to do with that."

  191. 2012: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Arsenal - Marouane Fellaini (28 mins)

    He was denied a second ago, but not this time. Marouane Fellaini is gifted possession by a poorly-directed Bacary Sagna clearance and the big Belgian takes one touch before curling a shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner of the Arsenal net. It is all square again at Goodison Park.

  192. 2012: 

    Superb approach work from Everton slices open Arsenal's defence inside the penalty area. But Jack Wilshere comes to rescue with an impeccably-timed sliding challenge as Marouane Fellaini looks set to pull the trigger.

  193. 2011: 

    Southampton skipper Adam Lallana smashes a volley just over the bar from Rickie Lambert's sweet cross. Mark Bunn was sweating for a second there.

  194. 2011: 

    Manchester City's Maicon doesn't look to be in good shape. He has just taken a Jean Beausejour cross right in the windpipe and needs a good bit of time to recover. This he does, though, before gingerly trotting back on.

  195. 2011: 

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  196. 2010: 

    Chelsea have had the larger share of possession so far against Fulham but the Blues have shown little sign of doing anything with it. The Cottagers are proving a tough nut to crack.

  197. 2008: 

    So Theo Walcott's fastest goal of the Premier League season (52 seconds) lasted barely 15 minutes as Manchester United's Robin van Persie shaves 19 seconds off the time.

  198. 2007: 

    Claret at the Britannia but it's from a Stoke player, as Geoff Cameron has to leave the field to have a nasty gash above his right eye treated. He returns soon after sporting a new blood-free shirt.

  199. 2007: 

    Twice Norwich have been in positions to trouble Southampton but on both occasion over hit crosses have cost them. Anthony Pilkington is the guilty party this time round. Still 0-0.

  200. 2007:  
    Danny Mills talking about the atmoshpere at Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The booing of Benitez should not be getting to the players but when you are playing well, you are not bothered, when things are not going your way, you are expecting the crowd to provide the spark.

    "There is a stand-off at Stamford Bridge."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  201. 2006: 

    Tottenham's Jermain Defoe looks to rub further salt into Liverpool wounds with a low drive that bobbles harmlessly past the near post. It remains 2-0 to the home side.

  202. 2005: 

    The Chelsea fans rise to their feet to chant the name of former boss Roberto Di Matteo as the clock ticks past the 16-minute mark - the Italian's squad number. Fulham have had their first shot at goal, but Dimitar Berbatov can only steer John Arne Riise's cross over the top.


    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge on Twitter: "Absolutely nothing happening at Chelsea v Fulham. Away fans questioning atmosphere, home fans questioning number of Fulham trophies. Only entertainment."

  204. 2004: 

    First chance to Wigan against Man City as Arouna Kone stings the hands of Joe Hart after a quick break from the hosts.

  205. 2004: 

    Everton have bounced back strongly from their early setback against Arsenal - and it is two of their outstanding players who combine to almost force an equaliser. Leighton Baines delivers a fine corner to the far post which is met by the towering head of Marouane Fellaini. But Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny manages to claw the ball clear.


    Mr Emberton on Twitter: "Bale is ripping Liverpool apart."

  207. 2004: 

    It is still goalless in the game between Stoke and Newcastle - with very little to report. Mike Williamson's attempted clearance comes back off the Newcastle post in the only incident of note in the first quarter of an hour.

  208. 2001: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-0 West Ham - Robin van Persie (1 min)

    Anything Arsenal can do, man Utd can do better. Just 30 seconds are on the clock as Michael Carrick finds Robin van Persie and his first touch eludes Winston Reid before his finish deflects off James Collins and over the head of a helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter: "First chant of 'you don't know what you're doing' directed towards Clattenburg. Welcome back. Bright Southampton start but game yet to settle."

  210. 2001: 

    Man Utd v West Ham and Wigan v Man City are under way.

  211. 2001: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Liverpool - Gareth Bale (16 mins)

    Tottenham seize a firm hold of the game at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale lines up a free-kick from 22 yards and his effort beats the wall and also Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina to find the net.

  212. 2000: 

    What a chance for Liverpool! And what a miss! The Reds sweep forward and Jordan Henderson has an open goal to pick out but puts his shot past the post from 22 yards. To be fair, Kyle Walker's sliding attempt to block did play a part in putting him off.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "100 - Theo Walcott's goal vs Everton is the 100th scored inside the first minute in Premier League history. Rapid."


    Celtic now 2-0 up after Mikael Lustig slides in the visitors' second goal. St Johnstone v Hibs now underway but it looks like Celtic are going to end the evening top of the SPL regardless of what goes on in Perth.

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

    Mark Lawrenson talking about Stewart Downing's utilisation at left-back on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Downing turned up like a man upset at a party as he was just so far away from Lennon.

    "If you do not play in defence every week, you do not think like a defender."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Matthew Riordan on Twitter: "CHRONIC defending by Downing. Ball watching. Shows his inexperience at playing left back."


    Manchester City striker Joleon Lescott on Twitter: "Tough game tonight but positive we can get a win."

  218. 1959: 

    All quiet at the Bridge so far. David Luiz successfully finding Fernando Torres with a long pass out of defence was as interesting as it has been. Could it be that Rafa wants the Blues to play more direct to the Spaniard? The atmosphere is strangely subdued amongst the home fans.

  219. 1958: 

    Liverpool go close. Luis Suarez's low shot is pushed away by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

  220. 1958: 

    Mark Clattenburg makes his first big decision, ruling Sebastien Bassong's shoulder barge on Adam Lallana in the box was fair to upset Southampton fans calling for a penalty.

  221. 1958: 

    Liverpool's Pepe Reina can only push Gareth Bale's 30-yard dipping free-kick into the air - luckily for the Reds, Jermain Defoe's follow-up was blocked. Bale then races down the left and fires an angled shot two feet wide of the Liverpool goal.

  222. 1956: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 West Brom - Wayne Routledge (11 mins)

    How about this in Wales? The Swans are on fire! Pablo Hernandez is the provider again as he jinks in down the left before crossing low for Wayne Routledge to steer the ball in. West Brom hadn't conceded a goal in the first 30 minutes of a game in the league this season before today. Now they've conceded two.

  223. 1953: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 West Brom - Michu (9 mins)

    The Swans strike first against third-placed West Brom. It is a good goal as well. Nathan Dyer is allowed to break away down the right and his deep cross is hit back across goal first time by Pablo Hernandez for Michu to provide the simplest of close-range finishes. What a signing Michu has been for Swansea. Eight league goals already. Not bad for £2m.

  224. 1952: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool - Aaron Lennon (7 mins)

    It has been a cracking start for the north London clubs as Tottenham take an early lead. Gareth Bale runs and runs and runs as the Liverpool defence back off before crossing low to the back post where Aaron Lennon is in acres of space to stroke home.


    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Couldn't even detect a whisper of discontent directed at Rafa from the home fans pre kick-off. Forgive and forget or point already made? Fulham fans already in good voice as chants of 'You're getting sacked in the morning' are aimed at the former Liverpool boss."


    Richard Kaczmarz on Twitter: "If Theo does leave the backlash against the board will be absolutely huge."

  227. 1951:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Goodison Park:

    "Arsenal's fans, celebrating Theo Walcott's early goal, making it loud and clear they want Arsene Wenger to conclude those lengthy contract negotiations with the England attacker."


    Paddy Thompson on text via 81111: "Walcott's goal took less time than it takes for Jamie Carragher to turn these days!"

  229. 1950: 

    Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga makes an early save to deny Anthony Pilkington as Norwich start brightly.

  230. 1950:  
    Danny Mills talking about Everton's recent problems on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is incredible what is going on with Everton. At the moment, they cannot seem to get it right. It has been very un-Everton like to start well and then fall away."

  231. 1949: 

    Good chance for Swansea early on as Pablo Hernandez sends a deft chip in the direction of Michu, who holds off Claudio Yacob before sending his shot narrowly wide of goal.

  232. 1949: 

    Early injury for Arsenal to take the shine off that 50-second goal. Laurent Koscielny has injured himself stretching to clear a ball. Kieran Gibbs comes on to replace him.

  233. 1948: 

    Mark Clattenburg got a standing ovation from fans as he came off after his warm up, although he was blowing a bit. Missing those four weeks could have taken a toll on his fitness. Let's see if he can last ninety minutes.

    Rafa Benitez was greeted largely with apathy at Stamford Bridge.

  234. 1948:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Chelsea v Fulham:

    "I am delighted with that, that was the most underwhelming entrance in terms of reaction there from Rafael Benitez.

    "Di Matteo created Chelsea history and the fans wanted to make it known they were upset. Ultimately, the booing on Sunday was as much about Roberto as Benitez.

    "They have to move on from the disappointment of Roberto going."

    Listen to updates from the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  235. 1946: 
    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (1 min)

    Well, that didn't take long. Arsenal burst out of the blocks as Theo Walcott exchanges passes on the edge of the box with Aaron Ramsey before the England player slots home his shot from an angle. If he wants to play up front there are few better ways of illustrating his case than that.

  236. 1945: 

    We are under way in six of the night's eight Premier League games.

  237. 1944: 

    Celtic take a 10th-minute lead with Lassad Nouioui netting his second goal for the club. The big striker was picked out superbly by Kris Commons' back-post cross and just passed the ball into the net. St Johnstone v Hibernian kicking off at 19:45 GMT.

    Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

  238. 1943: 

    We've got teams on pitches, raring to go. The madness is about to begin.


    Tom Kiddle on Twitter: "Why does, the ghost that is Henderson deserve another start ahead of Sahin or Shelvey?"

    Peter Orwa Junior on Twitter: "Trust Fellaini to give us a hard time..."

    Tom George on Twitter: "Please, please can Pardew produce some of that Newcastle magic we saw last season... Three points needed to steady the ship."

  240. 1941: 

    We're getting a big thick slice of Clattenburg on our screens. Apparently, there is also a game of football in Southampton tonight.


    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the DW Stadium on Twitter: "It's a bit chilly at the DW Stadium but Mario Balotelli might warm things up. I could do with his chicken hat right now though."

  242. 1940: 

    How do you feel about the "big four" becoming the "big seven"? It could happen if Uefa have their way and the Champions League is expanded at the expense of the Europa League. But if the Europa League goes, what will literally dozens of people watch on Thursdays?

  243. 1937: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, McCarthy, Jones, Gomez, Kone, Beausejour, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart, Redmond.

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

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  244. 1936: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney, van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Young, Welbeck, Fletcher, Buttner.

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Taylor, Diame, Tomkins, Jarvis, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Maiga, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur, Lletget.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  245. 1936: 

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez insists Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich knows it is unrealistic to expect his team to start playing like Barcelona. "Roman says he wants to see the team playing well but not with the Barcelona style," said Benitez. "He knows we don't have Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta."

    Fulham counterpart Martin Jol says that the same set of results that were used to praise his side have now been turned against them after five matches without a win. "Two weeks ago they said we were on an unbeaten run of six games," he said. "Of course we have to get our winning streak back - draws are not enough because it is only one point."

  246. 1935: 

    Sam Allardyce takes his West Ham side to Old Trafford for the first time and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson describes him as "very underrated" while admitting striker Andy Carroll "will be a handful for our defenders". With Ferguson's men top of the table, Allardyce insists "there's no real pressure on the lads, it's a game they will have dreamed about since they were kids", adding: "you never know what will happen".


    Dominic in Salford on text via 81111: "NO! Don't start Hernandez Fergie, how will we recover from the inevitable 0-1 if we can't sub him on!?!"

  248. 1935:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraFOOTBALL LEAGUE- Blackburn v Bolton (19:45 GMT)

    On-loan Manchester United striker Joshua King is given his first start for Blackburn by fellow Norwegian Henning Berg.

    Kevin Davies replaces striker David Ngog for Bolton, who are without suspended midfielder Mark Davies.

    For full commentary of the game from 1930 GMT, listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  249. 1934: 
    Swansea v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea make two changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Liverpool with Ki Sung-Yeung and Nathan Dyer coming in to replace Jonathan de Guzman and Itay Schechter. West Brom make two changes with Youssuff Mulumbu replacing Zoltan Gera in midfielder and Romelu Lukaka coming in for Shane Long up front.

  250. 1934: 

    The paths of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers crossed early in their careers, when they were both under the guidance of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. "I met Brendan on a coaching course," reminisced 35-year-old Villas-Boas. "I did not know we would cross paths again, but we did in 2004 when he was at Chelsea as a youth team coach." Rodgers added: "It is a big game against a rival as Tottenham have been up in or around that top four for the last few seasons. If you go away to one of your rivals and win that can give you great confidence."

  251. 1931: 

    Manchester United have gone unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League home matches against promoted clubs, stretching back over 11 years since a 2-1 defeat by Bolton Wanderers in October, 2001. Bolton were then managed by Sam Allardyce, while Kevin Nolan was on the scoresheet. Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be grateful the above information provides absolutely no potentially bad omens for tonight then… Oh, wait, hang on…

  252. 1930: 

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  253. 1929: 

    Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp says the Potters have to be more clinical in front of goal after edging to narrow 1-0 wins in their last two home games. "We don't want to keep making it as nervous as that or we'll all grow old very quickly," Kemp says. "If we can get two or three up in games when we're playing well then it will make life a bit easier. We had 14 shots against Fulham but only two were on target. We can't keep claiming bad luck - it's not bad luck if you keep missing the target."

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is determined Papiss Cisse will not succumb to the same slump that has afflicted Chelsea's Fernando Torres. Cisse has scored only one league goal this season. "I am taking to him and trying to calm him, tell him that he's still he same player and we are still very confident in him," Pardew insists. "He's a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him."

  254. 1928: 

    There are two SPL encounters this evening with three of the four teams targeting top spot by the end of play. Current leaders Celtic visit Tynecastle with Hearts unbeaten in their last three. Should Celtic lose, the winner of St Johnstone v Hibernian will go top. Hibs could also go top if Celtic draw. Follow all the action on BBC Scotland's live text service.

  255. 1926: 
    Wigan v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    Wigan are without forward Shaun Maloney and defender Ivan Ramis, who were both injured in Saturday's win over Reading. Franco di Santo and Adrian Lopez, who came off the bench to replace them in that game, come into the starting line-up. The injury-hit Latics remain without defender Gary Caldwell, who is still sidelined by a hamstring problem. The Latics have Danny Redmond, son of former City centre-back Steve, on their bench.

    Manchester City make three changes from the side that drew with Chelsea on Sunday, with the most significant seeing Mario Balotelli return to the starting line-up for the first time in almost a month, with Edin Dzeko relegated to the bench and Carlos Tevez remaining a substitute. As well as handing the temperamental Italian striker another chance to impress, City boss Roberto Mancini brings in Maicon and Javi Garcia for James Milner and Aleksandar Kolarov.

  256. 1926: 
    Man Utd v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United make five changes to the side that started against QPR on Saturday as Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, the suspended Paul Scholes, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck are replaced by Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez. There are four alterations to the West Ham side that lost at Tottenham - out go George McCartney, the suspended Mark Noble, Gary O'Neill and Modibo Maiga; in come Guy Demel, James Collins, Matt Jarvis and Matt Taylor.

  257. 1926: 
    Everton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Everton boss David Moyes makes three changes for the visit of sixth-placed Arsenal, who are one point and one place behind them in the Premier League table. Fellaini replaces Bryan Oviedo, while fellow midfielder Darron Gibson and right-back Tony Hibbert start ahead of Thomas Hitzlsperger and Johnny Heitinga.

    The Gunners make four changes to the XI which started Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa. Walcott and Wilshere replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski, while Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen start in Arsene Wenger's back four instead of Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs. Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has missed all season with a knee injury, begins on the bench

  258. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

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

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Downing, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Assaidi, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey, Wisdom.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  259. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Adam, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome.

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Perch, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Ferguson, Tavernier.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  260. 1924: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, Hernandez, Ki, Dyer, Routledge, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli, Agustien.

    West Brom: Myhill, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Lukaku. Subs: Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Dorrans, Tamas, Fortune.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's on Twitter: "Referee Mark Clattenburg emerges from the St Mary's tunnel for his pre-match warm up. Nine photographers following his every move."

  262. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

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

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Diarra, Sidwell, Karagounis, Rodallega, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Petric, Frei, Dejagah.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  263. 1922: 
    LINE-UPS- Everton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Walcott, Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Gibbs.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  264. 1921: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Mayuka, Reeves.

    Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  265. 1921: 

    The television cameras at Goodison Park are currently gorging on the sight of injured Everton skipper Phil Neville feasting on some pre-match grub in an executive box. And I'm pleased to report he is tackling his chicken tikka kebabs with the same ferocity as he does his opponents.

  266. 1921:  
    Danny Mills talking about Roberto Mancini on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Roberto Mancini has tried to stay one step ahead of the game this season with his tactical changes, but it has not quite worked yet. No-one at the top is playing particularly well though, so City are still in the mix at the top."

  267. 1920: 

    Mark Clattenburg comes out to warm up at Southampton half an hour before kick-off to total indifference from the players warming up either side of him, which is just how it should be.

  268. 1920:  
    Mark Lawrenson talking about Fernando Torres on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "He has lost a burst of pace and has lost his confidence. He might be one of those players where his career is on the downwards spiral early, considering he is just 28.

    "He has looked average at Chelsea but was brilliant at Liverpool."

    Listen to the build-up to the evening's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  269. 1917: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    Five changes for Manchester United as Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, the suspended Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck drop out. West Ham make four changes, with Matt Jarvis returning to the starting line-up.


    Ben Chamberlain on Twitter: "In a bid to make himself even less popular Rafa has opted to leave Mata out of this evenings squad."

  271. 1916: 

    Still, it could be worse for Benitez. At least the fans haven't stolen his footwear as the Mbabane Highlanders supporters did to their striker Mfanufikile Ndzimandze after a 5-1 loss to Malanti Chiefs.

  272. 1914: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Wigan v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    Mario Balotelli starts for Manchester City at Wigan.

  273. 1914: 

    Just in case Rafa Benitez thought his first-game ordeal at the hands of the Chelsea fans was the height of the anger directed towards him, the Blues fans have claimed they will not be easing up on the Spaniard anytime soon. "We want the powers that be to realise we didn't want him," said Trizia Fiorellino, chair of Chelsea Supporters' Group.

  274. 1913:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at DW Stadium:

    "Wigan boss Roberto Martinez uses his programme notes to praise his side for their last-gasp win over Reading on Saturday but then criticises Latics fans who booed Jordi Gomez before he scored his match-winning hat-trick against the Royals. Martinez says he hopes Gomez's performance will "now give him and any other player until the final whistle for his overall performance to be judged" and wants a united front for the visit of champions Manchester City tonight. He would probably welcome a clean sheet too - his side have conceded 13 goals in seven home league games so far, the most by any top-flight side."

  275. 1910: 

    One big talking point from the Villa game was the continued absence of striker Darren Bent from the starting line-up, which led to a bizarre post-match press conference with Villa boss Paul Lambert that had a distinctly Bent, er, bent. Have a gander at the Guardian's take on it.

  276. 1909: 

    You may have noticed that four of the Premier League's teams aren't playing tonight. The reason? Because they played last night, that's why. But then you knew that. Aston Villa, Reading, Sunderland and QPR could manage only one goal between them, with Christian Benteke giving Villa a win over the Royals. Meanwhile, up in the North East, Harry Redknapp began to lay his QPR foundations as his side claimed a goalless draw at Sunderland.

  277. 1907:  
    John Roder, Match of the Day commentator at St Marys:Southampton v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    "Both teams were relegated from the Premier League back in 2005, and subsequently plummeted into League One. The last time they met was in the third level of English football when Saints won 2-0 at Carrow Road. Nigel Adkins' men have scored in all but two of their 13 Premier League matches so far and now they are tighter at the back there is hope of survival. As for Norwich, a shaky start to the season which saw them in the relegation zone at the end of September has been rectified. Add in the return of Mark Clattenburg and this may well be one of the most intriguing, and entertaining, games of the night."


    Duncan Ross on Twitter: "Ramsey starting for Arsenal again? When will Wenger see he clearly isn't good enough?"

  279. 1906: 

    Dembele fact time: Tottenham's win percentage in the six Premier League games Moussa Dembele has featured in this season is 83%. For those with zero mathematical knowledge, that is high.

  280. 1905: 

    Norwich stand in keeper Mark Bunn is warming up at St Mary's. No signs of nerves as he prepares to step in for the injured John Ruddy. Bunn has caught every cross and long ball pumped at him and is reaching a fair distance with his kicking. The real test is going to come in 40 minutes though.

  281. 1904: 

    To add to the Everton chat, how about this for a stat on the Toffees, courtesy of Opta... "252 - Only Juventus (256) and Real Madrid (254) have hit more shots in the big five leagues than Everton this season. Relentless."

  282. 1903:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Goodison Park:

    "Two of the Premier League's managerial long-servers meet at Goodison Park where David Moyes's Everton aim to end a frustrating run against Arsenal - where Arsene Wenger heard some discontent from supporters during Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa.

    "Everton and Arsenal have a top four place as their goal this season but inconsistency has blighted their recent efforts. Moyes has yet to open talks on a new contract at Goodison Park and has insisted he will not do so until after the January transfer window closes."

  283. 1901: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham defender William Gallas is named in the starting XI as has Belgium midfielder Moussa Dembele, who has been suffering from a hip injury. Jermain Defoe starts up front on his own. Liverpool are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Swansea, with defender Andre Wisdom on the bench having recovered from a knee injury.

  284. 1901: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand come in for Juan Mata and Jon Mikel Obi in two changes to the Chelsea team that drew with Manchester City. Fernando Torres starts up front. Fulham make three changes from the side that lost to Stoke with Chris Baird, Mladen Petric and Ashkan Dejagah giving way to Mahamadou Diarra, Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff. Brede Hangeland is still suspended.

  285. 1900: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is given a start up front from West Brom with Shane Long dropping out. Swansea shuffled the midfielder after the 0-0 draw against Liverpool with Ki Sung-Yeung and Nathan Dyer coming into the side.


    Jonathan Roberts on Twitter: "Downing v Lennon/Bale - are Liverpool providing cushions for all supporters to hide behind for the duration of the match?"

  287. 1900: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Everton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    England winger Theo Walcott starts for Arsenal following a two-match absence with a shoulder injury, while Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna return. Lukas Podolski misses out completely after starting all of the Gunners' previous 13 league games. Influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns for Everton after completing a one-match suspension.

  288. 1859: 
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Liberty Stadium:Swansea v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    "If West Brom had been under the radar, they're certainly leaving huge vapour trails now. The 2-1 victory over Chelsea 10 days ago lifted them up to third spot in the table and has brought them sharply into focus. Saturday's 4-2 success at Sunderland was their fourth top-flight win in a row; the last time they managed five was in April 1979 under Big Ron Atkinson. Michael Laudrup's team are three points better off than this time last year and are unbeaten in their last four games. They've held Chelsea and Liverpool at the Liberty in that spell but the way West Brom are flying at the moment, this promises to be a much sterner challenge."

  289. 1857:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    "A west London derby with the added bite of a disaffected home crowd will ensure there'll be no lack of atmosphere - but what kind of atmosphere remains to be seen. I can't remember seeing a manager being made so unwelcome as Rafael Benitez starting a new job - not even Alex McLeish at Aston Villa last year. A win wouldn't go amiss for either of these two teams, having gone 10 games without one between them. Fulham have only beaten Chelsea once in the last 32 league and cup meetings and will feel it's about time they put one over their neighbours."

  290. 1857:  
    Jonathan Pearce, BBC Match of the Day commentator at DW Stadium:Wigan v Man City (20:00 GMT)

    "The champions have been scratching for away form. If they don't win this then serious questions will be asked about the true desire of the players to retain their crown. It's time for City's stars to show they have the same mettle as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea and Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. It would be stupid to underestimate Wigan. Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle and Spurs have all done that to their cost in 2012. But with the talent they have, City should and must win."

  291. 1856:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Goodison Park:Everton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    "Here's an experiment: name your top 10 managers in England during the Premier League era. Surely, including Arsene Wenger and David Moyes is an absolute no brainer. Okay, Arsenal have not won a bean since 2005, but Wenger was a moderniser and a visionary when he first came to Arsenal, while Moyes's Everton side have over-performed relative to their cost in practically every one of his 10 seasons at the club."

  292. 1855:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Old Trafford:Man Utd v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    "United are just where they want to be - on top - but they've done it the hard way. Incredibly they've conceded the first goal in nine of their 13 league games this season, but - even more remarkably - they've come back to win six of them. United not beating West Ham at home is as rare as a day without rain this month. A home win? Probably."

  293. 1853:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at White Hart Lane:Tottenham v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    "This will be an interesting test of a Tottenham team beaten twice at home already ahead of away trips to Fulham and Everton. Brendan Rodgers didn't win any of his first five league matches in charge of Liverpool, but they are subsequently unbeaten in eight. If they can turn a few of the draws into victories then progression will be recognised."

  294. 1853:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Britannia Stadium:Stoke v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    "A year ago Newcastle became the first visiting side to win at fortress Britannia. However, off the back of three straight defeats and without a win on their travels since 2 May, it would certainly defy footballing logic if the Magpies could revive their flagging fortunes with a similar result this time."


    Boris the Gooner from Kettering on text via 81111: "Norwich fans shouldn't worry too much. I used to watch a young Mark Bunn during his Northampton Town days and it was obvious then he was destined for the big time. He'd already be an established top flight keeper had he come from more glamorous roots..."


    Fulham winger Kerim Frei on Twitter: "Cant wait for tonight's game v Chelsea! Happy to be back in the squad after long time being injured. Come on you Whites!!!"


    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge on Twitter: "No shock recall for John Terry, who not long ago walked through the press area. Smiling & chirpy & no obvious limp."

  298. 1852:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at DW Stadium:

    "When Manchester City last came to the DW Stadium, on a freezing Monday night in January, they were in the middle of their first sticky patch of last season - after being beaten only once domestically until New Year's Day, they had lost three of their previous four games and were grateful to Edin Dzeko's header in a tight game against the Latics to return them to winning ways. There are a few similarities tonight - it is just as cold in Wigan for starters - and Roberto Mancini's men are also looking for an improvement in form. Although City are still unbeaten in the Premier League so far this campaign, they badly need three points and some goals on the road, having managed only seven in six matches."

  299. 1850: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Norwich (19:45 GMT)

    Nigel Adkins has stuck with the same team that beat QPR and Newcastle in Southampton's last two games so Rickie Lambert is up front with Gaston Ramirez and Jason Puncheon supporting him. Keeper Mark Bunn takes over from the injured John Ruddy in the only change for Norwich from the side that drew with Everton with Grant Holt leading the line.


    James Gulleford on Twitter: "I'm a Chelsea fan and I wish Rafa all the best, the past is the past and I'm looking to the future and hope he can win trophies."

    Mark on Twitter: "It'll be good to have Fellaini back in the team tonight, hopefully Mirallas and Gibson will be joining him!"

    Saim on Twitter: "West Ham in for a serious bashing."

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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