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Man Utd beat Reading in the Premier League after Everton hold Man City, while there are wins for Swansea, Spurs, Liverpool and Stoke.

1 December 2012 Last updated at 19:52 GMT

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  1. 1948: 
    HEAD TO SPAIN

    Right, that's all from me for one day

    Our live text commentary on the Madrid derby and the MLS final is up now, so get over on to that page for a few more hours of action.

    See you later.

  2. 1946: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alastair Temple on Twitter: "Re 1940: Nope, that has to be Swansea (they got me last season), and what a signing Michu has turned out to be!"

  3. 1945: 

    Now that I would like to see. Sir Alex marking Sergio Aguero.

  4. 1944: 
    Reading 3-4 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "It was agony. The worst defending of this season and we needed to do something about it. We're needing to rescue the situation all the time. Fortunately we have players who can do that.

    "In fairness there is a natural determination about the players. I just think we need to get the defending right from set pieces. The Reading delivery was great but we weren't even competing against it.

    "We saw it through and had two really good opportunities from Robin to finish it off but I was just glad to get over the line. If we defend like that against Manchester City, I might need to play myself."

  5. 1940: 

    Anyone adopted Reading as their second team?

  6. 1940: 
    Reading 3-4 Man Utd

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It was a fantastic effort and quality as well. I'm so proud of our players today. We know what our agenda is for this season. There is no problem with confidence from our players.

    "I think we are becoming people's second team in the Premier League. We want our results to match our performance and hopefully that will come. Hopefully it is good to watch for our fans."

  7. 1938: 

    Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on Twitter: "Great to see Robin van Persie score again. Reading 3 - United 4."

  8. 1938:  
    Match of the Day presenter and former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Outrageously poor form from Messi. Kept us waiting until the 25th minute for his 83rd goal of the year."

  9. 1938: 

    Micky Mellon is the 19th manager to leave his post in England so far this season.

  10. 1935: 

    So Manchester United have moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League. They now have 36 points - a few more and they will probably be safe.

  11. 1931: 
    Reading 3-4 Man Utd

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "It was crazy. It was end to end and I think we played some good attacking stuff but defended badly on set-pieces. We showed big character to see the game out."

    On falling behind again: "We're not happy about it. If it keeps happening it will cost us. We need to try and get in front early and make it easier for everyone."

    On Van Persie's shot that crossed the line: "It certainly was over the line. It is difficult for officials to see because it is so quick. But I'm sure in the future there will be technology."

  12. 1929: 

    Manchester United have conceded more goals than Norwich now. They do keep winning, but that defending must be a concern to Sir Alex Ferguson.

  13. 1929: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andy Smith on Twitter: "This is why United are one of the best around. They have a shocker yet still win."

    Will Bateman on Twitter: "Who can say they have scored five against Arsenal, three against United and two against Chelsea... And still lose? The mighty Reading!"

    Wez on Twitter: "Think it's safe to say City will be top of the league on goal dif next Sunday night."

  14. 1929:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "MOTD running order; ManU/Rea, WHU/Che, Ars/Swa, Ful/Tot, ManC/Eve, WBA/Sto, Liv/Sou, QPR/AV Read 'em and weep."

    Watch all the highlights from another exciting day of Premier League action at 2230 GMT on BBC One.

  15. 1927: 
    ADDITIONAL LIVE TEXT

    Over in Spain, Lionel Messi has just bagged again as Barcelona go into an early 2-0 lead against Athletic Bilbao. Speaking of all things Spanish, we have another live text commentary coming up for you shortly, with coverage of the Madrid derby.

    That will also cover the MLS final - David Beckham's goodbye to the LA Galaxy. Join Marc Higginson for that one. I'll send you the link shortly.

  16. 1924: 

    A bit of news coming from the Football League, where Fleetwood Town have sacked manager Micky Mellon after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Aldershot.

    It's only Fleetwood's first season in the league, and they are currently in the play-off places in League Two. Maybe they had designs on winning the FA Cup?

  17. 1922: 

    The shirt swapping begins. What a crazy first half, but there was a strange lack of that desire from Reading in the second period. United win after going behind yet again, it is almost routine now.

  18. 1921: 
    FULL-TIME- Reading 3-4 Man Utd
  19. 1920: 
    CHANCE!

    Sean Morrison has won some headers today. He gets up to win another one from this latest corner but can't control it and heads way over the top. That could well be that.

  20. 1919: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Cacks in Fleet on text via 81111: "A mate of mine ended up missing first half of Reading v Man Utd game as his train was delayed!! Horrible luck."

  21. 1919: 

    Another corner gives Reading another chance - Sean Morrison heads down and Anders Lindegaard has to tip it over. That's another corner...

  22. 1918: 

    We are into the last minute.

  23. 1915: 

    Manchester United switch the ball nicely out to the right, where Chris Smalling has loads of space. He drives forwards but never really has the ball totally under control and fires his shot on the bounce into the upper tier behind the goal.

  24. 1914: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jr 'Miguel' Esson on Twitter: "This season Evans has been getting praised for his performances, one bad game and suddenly he is worst defender in the Prem. Overreaction."

    Adrian Hurlock on Twitter: "United have been awful since Anderson had to come off. Coincidence, I think not."

  25. 1914: 
    FINAL FIVE

    We are into the last five minutes of the game here - it's been a strange old half. Can Reading equalise? They don't seem to think so.

  26. 1912: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    David Nugent grabbed his second of the game in the last minute as Leicester trounce Derby 4-1.

  27. 1911: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Last throw of the dice for Reading as Noel Hunt comes on in place of Hal Robson-Kanu - who had a superb first half.

  28. 1909: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes. It's a strangely subdued atmosphere, no real tempo or drive at all. For either team.

  29. 1907: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    And that's the end of Jobi McAnuff - he comes off and Garath McCleary is on.

  30. 1906: 

    Jobi McAnuff beats his man with ease and shoots low, Anders Lindegaard just about does enough to keep it out but he spills it, and then gets up well to save at the feet of Pavel Pogrebnyak.

  31. 1904: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Collingwood on Twitter: "United missing Vidic so much! Evans incompetent, Ferdinand on his last legs. Smalling & Jones are the future, but need time."

  32. 1902: 

    Jay Tabb drives over from 30 yards as Reading look for an equaliser. This half has predictably been poor to be honest but there's still time...

  33. 1901: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Robin van Persie comes off to be replaced by Danny Welbeck. We have around 15 minutes left.

  34. 1900: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Returning Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on Twitter: "Very important three points and very happy to be able to play almost full game. Thanks for the reception that I got, it was amazing."

  35. 1859: 

    We haven't had a lapse at the back for a while, so it's a good job Jonny Evans has misjudged a long ball forwards. Pavel Pogrebnyak is sniffing after it but Evans recovers to smash the ball out of play. Evans has not had a good afternoon.

  36. 1856: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Reading make a change up front, as Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Jason Roberts.

  37. 1856: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Twitter: "Very happy with the victory and for Lucas Leiva's return. Congratulations."

  38. 1853: 
    SHOCKER!

    Another lovely move from United cuts Reading to ribbons, with Phil Jones finding Robin van Persie in space but he shoots over.

    And then an incredible miss! Robin van Persie tackles Adam Federici in the Reading goal, with the Australian trying to dribble round him, but Van Persie then puts it wide. You would have put your last few quid in the world on him bagging that one.

  39. 1853: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam in Sheffield on text via 81111: "To counteract United's shocking defence, they're going to have to score at least six more goals if they're going to win this match."

  40. 1853: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Leicester are now 3-1 up at home to Derby, with substitute David Nugent adding a header. There are 15 minutes left in that one.

  41. 1851: 

    Manchester United are next to threaten. Patrice Evra surges to the dead ball line and cuts the ball back, Wayne Rooney retrieves it and cuts it back from the other side but the flag is then raised.

  42. 1847: 

    Hal Robson-Kanu again tortures that leaky looking United defence, they are all over the shop. This time Jonny Evans slams it into Patrice Evra's shins for another corner - well, it should be but a goal-kick is given. Scott Sinclair may be getting a start for Manchester City in the derby on this evidence. Wingers are causing United to melt.

  43. 1845: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: "Really don't understand what De Gea is doing on the bench. SAF has handled the goal keeping situation poorly."

  44. 1843: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    United are having a day to forget from corners. Again, a corner causes havoc as Anders Lindegaard drops this one at the feet of Sean Morrison. He has his back to goal and is able to lay it off to Adrian Mariappa, who is sent flying by Patrice Evra - but the United left-back made a fine tackle.

  45. 1843: 

    Reading break away nicely from a United free-kick, and Jason Roberts wins a corner! Hello...

  46. 1841: 

    Manchester United are having a long spell of possession. They are moving the ball around nicely, taking the sting out of this game. It's being played at a much slower pace this half. Unsurprisingly, perhaps.

  47. 1839: 
    GET INVOLVED

    George Maddocks on Twitter: "Reading should come out fighting, they have nothing to lose and everything to proud of."

  48. 1838: 

    Jason Roberts and Adam Le Fondre link up nicely to send Le Fondre clear on the right. but he doesn't take care with the pass, needlessly giving it back to Rio Ferdinand. Reading haven't put in any crosses to test Anders Lindegaard yet - that is what I'd be doing. Load it up.

  49. 1835: 

    Reading captain Jobi McAnuff has the first effort of the second half - it's a rising shot which clears the crossbar. Can the Royals find yet another goal?

  50. 1833: 
    KICK-OFF- Reading 3-4 Man Utd

    The second half is under way. Robin van Persie has just said to ref Mark Halsey that he should have had another goal - he even made a 'glasses' sign with his hands.

  51. 1831: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Jamin on Twitter: "Every season for Anderson 1. Play well for 3 matches 2. United fans say what a fantastic player 3. Get injured, lose all form."

  52. 1830: 

    Can we hit double figures?

  53. 1827: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Waz on text via 81111: "I was over the moon to seen Jones and Smalling return... Simply because I thought it'd keep Evans out the team!"

    James in Manchester on text via 81111: "Nipped to the shop by order of the missus. Miss seven goals. Relationship over?"

  54. 1826: 

    The way this game has gone so far we can't rule out more goals, with Wayne Rooney chasing a hat-trick.

    Wane Rooney has scored seven total hat tricks for Manchester United. If he scores again he will move one ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton's total. Only Denis Law (18), Jack Rowley (12) and Dennis Viollet (9) have more trebles for the club.

  55. 1824: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Leicester looked like they had the East Midlands derby all wrapped up as they raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy of Zak Whitbread's header and a lovely finish by Martyn Waghorn after a glorious move. The Foxes had chances to add to that lead but Derby hit back through Theo Robinson's fierce finish and they could easily have been level by the interval. It promises to be a thrilling second half. Leicester 2-1 Derby.

  56. 1822: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Akhlaq Hanif on Twitter: "I imagine Nemanja Vidic is sat at home barking defensive instructions to his beleaguered centre-back comrades & ticked off."

    Joe Hoyle on Twitter: "If we defend like this next week I dread to think what City are going to do to us."

    Richard Farrow on Twitter: "I'm in New Zealand and I can hear Fergie's first half debrief!"

  57. 1821: 

    Manchester United may be safely through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but if any of the giants of Europe happened to be watching that 45 minutes they won't have too many fears. Yes, United look good going forwards but goodness me - they made Hal Robson-Kanu look like Ronaldo. Which, with the greatest respect in the world, he isn't.

  58. 1819: 

    What a ridiculous 45 minutes.

  59. 1818: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Oliver in London on text via 81111: "Prepare for the most boring of second halfs."

  60. 1818:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Madejski:HALF-TIME- Reading 3-4 Man Utd

    "An extraordinary half of football. Reading ahead, behind, ahead, behind but United lead 4-3 in this topsy-turvy captivating affair."

  61. 1816: 

    Phil Jones has settled into quite an advanced midfield role here - basically every attack is bringing a goal at the moment. It's all steam ahead.

  62. 1814: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Anderson is replaced by Phil Jones - let's see where he is going to line up.

  63. 1814: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Raj Kotecha on Twitter: "Funny thing is that the scoreline isn't the most shocking art of the evening. The fact that Anderson scored is."

  64. 1813: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    United are down to 10 men briefly as Anderson goes off, and Reading almost take advantage to equalise. Hal Robson-Kanu is again the danger, cutting inside and hitting in a low cross-shot which causes more havoc, and Anders Lindegaard just about shoves it away. Neither team can defend at all here.

  65. 1813: 

    Anderson's day is done - he's picked up an injury and has disappeared down the tunnel.

  66. 1811: 
    OVER THE LINE

    Well, after seeing a replay I can clear that one up - Manchester United should have five goals. Robin van Persie's follow-up was comfortably over the line when Adrian Mariappa cleared it. A good foot or so, if not more.

  67. 1809: 
    CLOSE!

    Is this another goal?! Manchester United think they have scored another one.

    Ashley Young crosses from the left, Chris Smalling heads in on goal, Adam Federici keeps it out. Robin van Persie then lashes in the loose ball and it's cleared - from on the line, or was it over?...

  68. 1807: 

    This equals the Premier League record for most ever first half goals scored - level with the seven netted in Blackburn-Leeds (September 1997) and Derby-Bradford (April 2000).

    And we've still got time for more...

  69. 1806: 

    Nicky Shorey hits a free-kick which Anders Lindegaard saves - that's the first shot on target which hasn't been a goal. Ridiculous.

  70. 1804: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Muhammad Yousaf on Twitter: "Lindegaard has been an embarrasment to United in the first 28mins!!!"

    Ruach on Twitter: "This is frightful defending from Man Utd. Absolutely terrible. It's like four random strangers were given red shirts."

    Samuel Ferris on Twitter: "Crazy game, providing they win De Gea will not be on the bench for long."

  71. 1804: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-4 Man Utd - Robin van Persie (34 mins)

    Good grief. Seven goals in the first 34 minutes!

    Wayne Rooney flicks a pass through, not for the first time, and Robin van Persie is in, after being played onside by Nicky Shorey. The Dutchman takes a touch and passes it into the corner. United lead again - for now at least.

  72. 1802: 

    Jonny Evans is a lucky man to stay out there if you ask me, he's been at fault for all three goals. Chris Smalling is playing at right-back, he offers more height than Rafael, who was getting torched by Jobi McAnuff at times. Who knows what score this will end up though...

  73. 1801: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Sir Alex Ferguson has seen enough. He hauls off Rafael and brings on Chris Smalling, who I imagine has been given the brief: "sort it out back there."

  74. 1759: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-3 Man Utd - Wayne Rooney (30 mins)

    This is getting silly now. This is a basketball game! United are level from another cross. Ashley Young sends the ball into the path of Patrice Evra with a cheeky flick, Evra cuts the ball back and Wayne Rooney is free to smash in from seven yards.

  75. 1758: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Is this real life?! 3-2 after 22 minutes? This is insane."

    Joseph on Twitter: "Shambolic defending by United. Can't defend set pieces. 3-2."

    Anthony de Silva on Twitter: "Corners within the six yard box should be dinner for a keeper, Lindegaard has to claim both of those."

  76. 1757: 
    CLOSE!

    And again! Reading almost score another one from a bread and butter cross. Hal Robson-Kanu whips it in, Rafael and Anders Lindegaard leave it for each other and the ball luckily bounces clear off the goalkeeper's body. Someone put a name on it in there!

  77. 1755: 

    I don't think Manchester United have had a touch since they went ahead in this game. I'm not sure if Anders Lindegaard is to blame for the uncertainty in that United defence, but something has got to be done. Sir Alex Ferguson will be livid with the manner of all three of those goals.

  78. 1753: 
    GOAL- Reading 3-2 Man Utd - Sean Morrison (23 mins)

    The defending really is atrocious. Another corner from the right, another goal as this time Sean Morrison gets the better of Jonny Evans to head in powerfully from a few yards out. Nemanja Vidic is being dearly, dearly missed.

  79. 1753: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Corin Wright on Twitter: "The United defence is absolutely atrocious."

  80. 1751: 

    Reading causing all sorts of problems. Hal Robson-Kanu stands up a gem of a cross which is cleared from in front of the waiting Sean Morrison, before another cross is hacked away unconvincingly with goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard seemingly not wanting to come and claim it.

  81. 1751: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gareth Soye on Twitter: "Young lad in the pub has just asked his dad "Is this the highlights?"

  82. 1751: 

    That was rank bad defending from Manchester United - but what a start to this game. Four goals in the first 20 minutes.

  83. 1748: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-2 Man Utd - Adam Le Fondre (19 mins)

    The Manchester United fan scores, as it appears both sides have decided to give up defending for Advent. Jonny Evans allows Adam Le Fondre to move away from him at a corner and the striker heads in unchallenged form four yards out, the ball going in off the body of Robin van Persie on the line.

  84. 1748:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "It would appear Reading have awoken a sleeping giant here. The Anderson goal was wonderful, a great, sweeping move finished off with a thunderous shot.

    "The referee had no choice but to give the penalty after Tabb barged into the back of Evans."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  85. 1746: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Hisham Alkooheji on Twitter: "Our best player for the last three games has scored his first PL goal of the season.. Well played, Anderson will only get better..."

  86. 1746: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-2 Man Utd - Wayne Rooney (16 mins)

    Wayne Rooney steers his spot-kick into the corner, and United's turnaround is complete even quicker than usual.

  87. 1745: 
    PENALTY TO MAN UTD

    Jay Tabb - what are you doing? Jonny Evans controls a corner at the back post with a very nice touch but he is going away from goal and not a threat until Tabb barges him to the deck. Crazy challenge, stick-on penalty.

  88. 1743: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Man Utd - Anderson (13 mins)

    After a few years of midfield anonymity, Anderson is starting to look the business again. He scores an excellent goal here to level the scores. First he flicks out a first-time volleyed pass to Ashley Young on the left before galloping on to the return pass from Young and thrashing a shot right through Adam Federici in the Reading goal. Federici was beaten easily at his near post but Anderson got all his weight behind that one.

  89. 1741: 
    Fulham 0-3 Tottenham

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on injuries to Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale in the 3-0 win at Fulham: "They are not very serious and hopefully we will have them both back soon."

    On Gareth Bale 's controversial caution for diving, he added: "He has been harshly treated. Situations need to be addressed. Don't forget, this is a player who has had treatment on his ankle."

  90. 1741:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Reading have started quite impressively. They have not been intimidated by United, but there is a long way to go."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  91. 1740: 

    This is par for the course. Manchester United concede the first goal every week. It really is remarkable now.

    Don't forget as well that Reading were 4-0 up at home to Arsenal earlier this season and still lost.

  92. 1740: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt in Oxford on text via 81111: "Wenger doesn't need us fans to tell him he needs to spend in January, let's at least give him until February/March to see if he can turn things around. I'm sure he will."

  93. 1738: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Man Utd - Hal Robson-Kanu (8 mins)

    Well then. I said earlier that Reading were bound to take the lead in this one, and they have now. A cross from the left is headed out by Jonny Evans, but only as far as Hal Robson-Kanu. The winger takes it on his chest, lets it bounce and then cracks in a shot from eight yards which goes in off Evans' back.

  94. 1737: 
    West Brom 0-1 Stoke

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis on the continued absence of striker Michael Owen: "Michael had a tight hamstring. We think that is more to do with his back and the cold weather than anything so we couldn't put him on the bench."

  95. 1736: 

    It's 22 years to the day since Sir John Madejski watched his first game as Reading chairman. It's safe to say the club has come a long way since then.

  96. 1736: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Swansea

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side's 2-0 defeat to Swansea at the Emirates Stadium: "We were not good and Swansea deserved to win. We looked very jaded after two away games in the Champions League. Where we were guilty was with three minutes to go at 0-0, if you cannot win you must not lose.

    "I believed we tried very hard to get back into the game, but we weren't sharp enough. We didn't create enough chances, we will work on it. Our fans cannot be happy when we do not win games and what we produced today is not enough to keep our fans happy."

    When asked about the fan's protest about the direction of the club before the match: "I don't want to get involved in that."

  97. 1734: 

    Ashley Young has the first real shot of the game at Reading, the winger is free on the left of the area but shoots wide as he cuts in on to his right foot.

  98. 1733: 
    Fulham 0-3 Tottenham

    Fulham manager Martin Jol after Fulham's 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham: "We played well in the first half, Gareth Bale is a great player but couldn't do what he normally does. We had more possibilities than Tottenham. After the goal it changed and we lost a lot of spirit.

    "They scored three out of nothing. Can Tottenham finish in the top four? I think so, just look at the players they have got. A lot of players are still there from when I was managing them. I worked with 70% of that squad and they will only get better and better."

  99. 1733: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Saqueeb Rajan on Twitter: "RVP in a slump, it's been almost two minutes and he has not scored."

  100. 1732: 

    Reading make a strong start, winning a free-kick out on the left which Manchester United make heavy weather of clearing. They do get it away in the end though.

  101. 1731: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tim G on Twitter: "Dear Arsenal fans, now you know how we have been feeling for the last three years. Yours sincerely, Liverpool fan."

  102. 1730: 

    Manchester United kick off in second place, behind Manchester City on goal difference, while Reading can close to within a point of the safety mark with a win.

  103. 1730:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I cannot see Reading putting a dent in that United team."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  104. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Game on at Reading...

  105. 1727: 
    Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I thought we were terrific. We just lacked more of a finishing touch. I really enjoyed watching us today. As the season goes on, hopefully, some of our chances will start to go in. Overall, we were well deserving of the win and the game should have been out of sight sooner."

  106. 1727:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Liverpool are building again under Brendan Rodgers, but where are Arsenal going? What is their strategy at the moment?

    "Off the pitch they have a brand new stadium and money in the bank, but on the pitch..."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  107. 1727: 
    QPR 1-1 Aston Vila

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We played well, and after a difficult start we came back and dominated the game, we had all the chances and deserved to win the game. We just couldn't get the second goal. We are in a difficult position but you've got to keep believing, working hard, we need that first win to get us going. We needed it today but it didn't come and we need to try hard to get it next week against Wigan."

  108. 1725: 

    Here come the teams at the Madejski - where Sir John Madejski has been having a lengthy and very convivial chat with Sir Alex Ferguson. What do two knights of the realm discuss? Arsenal's form?

  109. 1723: 

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Reading's only previous win in all 16 matches against Manchester United in all competitions was 2-1 at home in the FA Cup in Jan 1927."

  110. 1722: 

    We are about to see the players out on the pitch at Reading. This is the stadium announcer's time to shine and I can tell you from plenty of experience that the guy who reads the teams out at Reading absolutely loves his job. Loves it.

  111. 1721: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Mungereza on Twitter: "There was a time when visiting teams needed luck to win games at the Emirates. What I would give to have those times back!!!"

    Canice Obi Fab on Twitter: "I think I am going to see the unbeaten season on DVD tonight just to remind myself that there was once upon a time we were good."

  112. 1721: 
    SCOTTISH UPDATE

    How about this for a crazy result north of the border - where Celtic have been held to a 1-1 draw at home to Arbroath.

    As officially recognised by international playground rules, that makes Arbroath better than Barcelona.

  113. 1717: 
    Man City 1-1 Everton

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini talking to BBC Sport: "It was a hard game. In the first half we went down and it was difficult, like every game against Everton.

    "We tried to break them down but this week we have played three games in six days so we are tired. We also have players injured."

  114. 1716:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "I think Arsene Wenger is in crisis at Arsenal. Wenger is a fantastic manager, but they sell their best players, and top players do not go there."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  115. 1716: 
    Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Rio Ferdinand returns to the Manchester United defence for their trip to Reading, while Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young will support Robin van Persie up front.

    For Reading, Danny Guthrie returns from injury but only makes the bench. Adam Le Fondre and Jason Roberts will spearhead the Royals' attack.

  116. 1714: 

    Amongst all the woe coming out of Arsenal, I neglected to mention that Tottenham have jumped into the top four with that impressive win at Fulham.

    Andre Vilas-Boas was the man under fire a few weeks ago. That is life as a Premier League boss.

  117. 1713:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League after 15 games. That is simply not good enough."

  118. 1713: 

    This is Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger.

    The Gunners have taken 21 points after 15 matches, and only in 1994-95 when they took 19 points have they had fewer points in the Premier League era.

  119. 1711: 
    QPR 1-1 Aston Vila

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I think it was a doubly hard game because of where QPR are in the league and Harry coming in. To come here and get a point is massive for us. I'm delighted to get a point. We are on a little run at the moment. You can stretch it back to Sunderland in terms of how we've been playing."

  120. 1711: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Scorrick on Twitter: "Lost in the talk of Arsenal woe is the fact that Swansea had two of their most influential players out and were excellent."

  121. 1710: 

    Michael Laudrup's Swans are up to seventh in the table now - three places clear of Arsenal.

  122. 1708: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "I knew we would play well against the big teams, it is easy to motivate yourselves for those games. Seven points from three matches - away to Liverpool, against the season's surprise so far in West Brom and now away to Arsenal - is a fantastic week for us."

  123. 1708: 
    FA CUP ROUND-UP

    League Two side Burton cause the biggest shock of the FA Cup second round so far as they win 1-0 at Crewe, who are 14th in League One.

    Two injury-time goals from Sheffield United take them into the third round at the expense of Port Vale, who are managed by former Blades boss Micky Adams.

    Elsewhere, there are wins for Bournemouth, Coventry, Crawley, Aldershot, Luton, Oldham, Preston and Tranmere.

    There is a thrilling end in the Accrington v Oxford match with four goals in the last 10 minutes, including one from Stanley's ex-England international James Beattie. But it ends 3-3 with Michael Raynes's 94th minute equaliser for the U's forcing a replay.

  124. 1708: 

    A bad stat for Harry Redknapp and QPR fans to mull over - they have equalled the Premier League record for the longest ever streak by a club without a win in a season - the 15-match streak set by Swindon Town in 1993-94.

  125. 1706: 
    LINE-UPS- Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Reading: Federici, Cummings, Mariappa, Morrison, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, McCleary, Guthrie, Harte.

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

    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  126. 1705: 

    There's another game to come of course...

  127. 1705: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dee Gasa on Twitter: "To Wenger & the board: We really do want our Arsenal back. Unacceptable result against Swansea."

    Ben on Twitter: "Why do I bother going to the Emirates? Arsenal are nothing but a team with false hopes."

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger needs to reinvent himself. His current plan is failing big time."

  128. 1704: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom on text via 81111: "Wenger doesn't need to spend wisely, he needs to spend big, and sell the dead wood. Never seen anything so poor. If you had a million in your bank, you'd buy a Ferrari, not a Peugeot!!!"

    Phill in West Brom on text via 81111: "Poor performance from the Baggies today, too many changes from a team that was used to playing as a team! Need Ben Foster back between the sticks too."

    Francky in London on text via 81111: "Can Arsenal supporters name any coach who they think can take the club as far as Wenger does at the moment? Let's wait till end of season before we slam Wenger."

  129. 1703: 

    That was finishing of the highest order from Michu today. A man who cost less than Nicky Maynard cost Cardiff City on transfer deadline day.

  130. 1700: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andy. Yup, just Andy on Twitter: "Michu, who cost Swansea just £2m, is not the signing of the season. He's signing of the decade!"

  131. 1700:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus RoadQPR 1-1 Aston Vila

    "QPR still waiting for their first Premier League win of the season - but created enough chances to give new manager Harry Redknapp encouragement for the future."

  132. 1659: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP

    Ipswich picked up a late victory at Bolton, thanks to Michael Chopra's 90th-minute winner. Crystal Palace remain in the promotion hunt after a 3-0 victory over 10-man Brighton, while Wolves beat Bristol City 4-1. Thomas Ince scored twice as Blackpool won 4-1 at Peterborough, and Hull held on for three points at Nottingham Forest. Barnsley's problems continue after a 4-1 loss at Watford, while Millwall and Charlton played out a goalless draw.

  133. 1658: 

    So Harry Redknapp has stopped his side from losing it seems...

  134. 1658: 
    FULL-TIME- QPR 1-1 Aston Vila
  135. 1657: 

    We'll be talking about Michu for some time I reckon. Today he he has become only the third different Spaniard to reach double figures in a single Premier League season after Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas.

  136. 1656: 

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Swansea win at Arsenal for the first time since 1982. Four players in Swansea's current squad had been born when that occurred."

  137. 1654: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Peter Hatherall on Twitter: "Looks like Arsenal will be battling it out with Liverpool for a Europa League place! No wonder UEFA wants to extend CL..."

    Scotty on Twitter: "Arsenal 10th, two points ahead of Liverpool!!! How we have fallen its painful to see. Bye Wenger? lost the plot..."

    David Waller on Twitter: "Wenger needs to spend wisely in January or he can collect his P45."

  138. 1654:  
    Jimmy Armfield, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Etihad Stadium

    "City can't complain. They moved up a gear in the second half but they will need to play better in midweek against Borussia Dortmund and next Saturday against Manchester United. A draw was about a fair result."

  139. 1653: 

    We are still playing at QPR.

  140. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Fulham 0-3 Tottenham
  141. 1652: 
    CLOSE!

    Aston Villa almost score a big, big goal. Karim El Ahmadi shoots wide from the edge of the box after a break.

  142. 1652:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Michu just shows how overpriced British players are. He cost Swansea just £2m, which is so cheap compared to the fees British players go for."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  143. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
  144. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Stoke
  145. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 1-1 Everton
  146. 1651: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Spencer Pearce on Twitter: "Should Wenger get the sack? Haven't known an Arsenal team so poor."

    Mark G on Twitter: "2-0 does not flatter Swansea at all. Arsenal are the ones in a swan dive."

    Arsenal Forever on Twitter: "Time up for Wenger."

  147. 1650: 

    Arsenal's fans - those who have remained, anyway - are applauding Swansea off the pitch. What a display from Michael Laudrup's men. Terrific.

  148. 1650: 

    QPR are piling on the pressure in search of a winner against Aston Villa...

  149. 1649: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul on text via 81111: "Hate to say it but as an Arsenal fan this is the year Spurs finish above us. No Redknapp/England farce to save us this time."

    Nick, the frustrated Gooner, in Watford on text via 81111: "No less than Swansea have deserved. We have been useless, not just today but for months now. We play every game like it's a training exercise where possession is more important than scoring. I'm sick of the same rubbish every week. Wenger was a great manager 10 years ago but he hasn't evolved as the game has. Wenger out."

  150. 1649: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Everton almost take the points! Nikica Jelavic bends in a free-kick which Joe Hart just about shovels away.

  151. 1649:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Swansea have been absolutely terrific today, Szczesny has been Arsenal's best player.

    "Arsenal have real problems at the moment. The players are not playing well and the manager is getting some serious stick."

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  152. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 0-2 Swansea
  153. 1646: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-2 Swansea - Michu (90 mins)

    The calmest man in London puts this one to bed. Carl Jenkinson is robbed of the ball on the halfway line by a fabulous tackle by Nathan Dyer and Michu is away. He has all the composure in the world as he slows down and just waits for Wojciech Szcsesny to make his move before passing the ball around him and into the corner.

  154. 1645: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young return to the Manchester United starting line-up against Reading with Anders Lindegaard still preferred to David de Gea in goal. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie continue up front.

  155. 1643: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Clint Hill hits the bar for QPR! Rattles it with a header.

  156. 1642: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-1 Swansea - Michu (88 mins)

    If you can find me a better purchase for £2m than this man, I'll give you the money myself. Michu puts Swansea ahead in clinical style, playing a one-two with Luke Moore, beating a square defence and striking the ball clean as you like with his left foot to drive into the corner. That's his 10th goal of the season. Bargain basement.

  157. 1642: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Demola 'afHo' Oke on Twitter: "Happy for AVB. Still annoys me with his theatrics though, acting like a chicken who's been bitten by an ant. But glad he's winning."

  158. 1641: 

    Thomas Vermaelen gets on the end of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross but his header is tame and easily held by Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel. Arsenal fans are not liking this one bit.

  159. 1641: 
    GET INVOLVED

    KP on text via 81111: "Suarez is a class apart. He needs to head to Barcelona and actually win something."

  160. 1640: 
    FINAL FIVE

    We are into the last five minutes...

  161. 1640:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road:

    "Villa - for now - seemed to have stemmed that QPR tide but home crowd still hopeful."

  162. 1639: 

    And Swansea could be ahead. Dwight Tiendalli plays a one-two - we've seen a lot of them today - and runs on to it and shoots low. Again Wojciech Szczesny makes the save.

  163. 1639: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Hafiz Braimah on Twitter: "Arsenal finding it difficult to beat a Swansea team without their first choice goalkeeper and two of their three best players this season."

  164. 1638: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    There'll be no Darren Bent today - Aston Villa have made all three changes and the England man is not coming on.

    Manchester City have bought on Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli as they look for a winner.

  165. 1637: 

    Jose Enrique makes a decent winger doesn't he? The Liverpool defender rattles in another shot from range which Paulo Gazzaniga has to turn away.

  166. 1635: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-3 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (77 mins)

    Spurs are running riot now, and Jermain Defoe is on fire. Clint Dempsey pays the Fulham fans back for booing him earlier on with a clinical through-ball into Defoe's path. He sprints clear of the defenders and just picks his spot, passing the ball into the corner.

  167. 1634: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    DJ Campbell has scored from the penalty spot to draw Ipswich level with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, while Paul McShane's strike has given Hull a 2-1 lead at Nottingham Forest. Blackpool now lead 2-1 at Peterborough, while Troy Deeney got his second of the match as Watford extended their lead over Barnsley to 3-0. Brighton fans look away now, because it's 3-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

  168. 1633:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "The game between QPR and Villa is finely balanced. Both teams are running out of time in this game.

    "It is intriguing now to see if either of them takes a risk and goes for a winner which could potentially leave them more open at the back?"

    Watch Final Score on BBC One, the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  169. 1631: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-2 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (72 mins)

    Who needs Gareth Bale? Replacement Gylfi Sigurdsson makes this one with a wonderful slaloming run, beating two men down the left channel before coolly picking out Jermain Defoe in the middle, and the England man slams home from close range.

  170. 1630: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Stoke - Dean Whitehead (75 mins)

    Stoke lead. Poor defending from West Brom allows Kenwyne Jones to run down a lost cause down the left and win the ball back. Michael Kightly then runs into the box and squares for Dean Whitehead to side-foot in from six yards out

  171. 1629: 
    FA CUP LATEST

    Coventry, FA Cup winners in 1987, are looking comfortable as they lead 2-0 at home against Morecambe, while Bournemouth and Preston also hold two-goal advantages, against Carlisle and Gillingham respectively.

    There is a potential shock coming at Bramall Lane where Sheffield United are 1-0 down at home against Port Vale with Vale boss Micky Adams aiming to dump his former team out of the competition.

    Elsewhere, League One Crewe are still losing 1-0 against League Two side Burton, who have led since Calvin Zola's fifth-minute goal.

    League One leaders Tranmere have come from behind and now lead 2-1 against League Two Chesterfield following a goal from Adam McGurk.

  172. 1628: 

    Swansea carve through Arsenal again with another great move. Michu is forced wide though and can only shoot into the side netting.

  173. 1628: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dom Smith on Twitter: "If Bale is out for a while our season could go downhill."

    Adam Clatworthy on Twitter: "Bale has gone off holding his hamstring. He's lucky not to get booked for that."

  174. 1627: 
    CLOSE!

    Liverpool come within inches of a second goal. Jose Enrique plays a smart one-two with Luis Suarez, the left-back turned winger is in on goal but drags his shot just wide under some heavy pressure.

  175. 1627: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SCORE UPDATE

    ARSENAL 0-0 SWANSEA

    FULHAM 0-1 TOTTENHAM

    LIVERPOOL 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON

    MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 EVERTON

    QPR 1-1 ASTON VILLA

    WEST BROM 0-0 STOKE

  176. 1625: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    With 20 minutes to go, Arsenal want another penalty. Olivier Giroud runs on to a pass, Chico stretches to get there and toes the ball away from him. Desperate tackle, but referee Mark Clattenburg is convinced the defender got some of the ball.

  177. 1625:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road:

    "Wonder whether Paul Lambert might introduce Darren Bent to give QPR something more to think about?"

  178. 1624: 

    The natives are restless at the Emirates, where Swansea are running the show. They look like the home side.

  179. 1624: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nathan Wood on Twitter: "I want to see more from Dembele.. Inspirational at Fulham last season."

  180. 1624: 

    Half-time substitute Ji-sung Park has a glorious opportunity to score for QPR and give them the lead against Aston Villa. The ball is played over to him on the left side of the box where he has acres of space but is unable to beat Brad Guzan with his shot.

  181. 1622: 

    Not much movement in the Premier League table as it stands, though Manchester City will go back top for a few hours at least. Manchester United play Reading later on.

  182. 1622:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "QPR really building up a head of steam at Loftus Road. All hands to the pump for Aston Villa."

  183. 1620: 

    Manchester City are still pushing on - Maicon is the latest to threaten as he drives at the Everton defence before shooting from range. Loads of power, but right at Tim Howard who beats it clear.

  184. 1620: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    That is a big blow for Tottenham. Gareth Bale has to come off and Gylfi Sigurdsson is on in his place.

  185. 1620: 

    Shaun Wright-Phillips has now had three decent chances to give QPR a precious lead against Aston Villa. The latest sees him turn his marker in the box but his shot blocked by Ciaran Clark. From the resulting corner, Ryan Nelsen looks to poke the ball towards goal but his effort is saved by Brad Guzan. QPR on top.

  186. 1619: 

    Gareth Bale. Hamstring. Pinged.

    Bad news for Tottenham - the Wales man is in all sorts of trouble here.

  187. 1619:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "The Fulham keeper has got to save it from Sandro. The modern balls usually swerve around so much, but this one went straight at him."

    Watch Final Score on the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  188. 1619: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Cornelius Snrub on Twitter: "Sandro - What a Beast!!!!!"

  189.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Glenn Murray has scored his second goal of the afternoon, to put Crystal Palace 2-0 up against Brighton. Wes Thomas has put Blackpool in front against Peterborough, while it is still goalless between Millwall and Charlton.

  190. 1617: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Swansea close again! Angel Rangel is in on the overlap for the Swans, he thrashes in a powerful effort which Wojciech Szczesny does well to turn around the post. Before getting to his feet and delivering a fearsome verbal volley at his defence. That is one angry goalkeeper.

  191. 1616: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Bizarre booking at Craven Cottage as William Gallas is shown the card. Gallas goes off for a spot of treatment and comes back on without the referee's permission. Strange yellow card.

  192. 1616: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Arsenal's midfielder Santi Cazorla drives into the box and goes to ground between two defenders but is waved to his feet by referee Mark Clattenburg.

  193. 1614: 
    GOAL- Fulham 0-1 Tottenham - Sandro (55 mins)

    He does not get many, but Sandro puts Spurs ahead with a real howitzer at Fulham. The Brazilian is not closed down at all in the midfield and he decides to take aim from 30 yards. He hits it really sweetly and gets some late inswing which beats Mark Schwarzer down at his near post.

  194. 1613:  
    Jimmy Armfield, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have stepped up a gear. In the first half there was a lot of pretty 'you to me' passing but no real drive towards goal."

    You can listen to commentary of Manchester City v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  195. 1613: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Stephan Whyte on Twitter: "Different Manchester City this half, high pressure with Yaya leading the way."

  196. 1612: 

    West Brom are having all the ball against Stoke but can't create anything. A header from Claudio Yacob which was straight at Asmir Begovic is the nearest we have come to a goal.

  197. 1611: 

    Manchester City are dominating against Everton but can not find a way through a well drilled Everton defence. Sylvain Distin almost offered up a chance as he made a hash of a clearance but he recovered sharpish to make a block.

  198. 1611: 

    QPR's Jamie Mackie has the first effort of the second half at Loftus Road but it is wild and flies well over the bar from distance. He is a real handful up front though.

  199. 1610: 

    It's been a dull start to the second halves in the Premier League, not much going on at all. Bring the goals...

  200. 1609: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul on text via 81111: "Arsenal have failed to beat Sunderland, Stoke, Norwich, Fulham, Villa and so far Swansea. Fluked wins against QPR and Spurs - but for red card we wouldn't have beat Spurs. No top four this year then Wenger has to go."

  201. 1609: 
    KICK-OFF

    QPR are belatedly underway now, and Harry Redknapp has made a change at the break. Ji sung-Park is on in place of Esteban Granero.

  202. 1606: 

    Liverpool could have been out of sight against Southampton in that first half, but they were wasteful in front of goal again and the visitors almost make them pay. Jason Puncheon gets into the area and shoots low, but it deflects wide of the near post.

  203. 1605: 

    Manchester City have never come from behind to beat Everton in a Premier League match, but they could do with all three points today. They make a lively start to the second half but Everton are adept at soaking up pressure.

  204. 1604: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are back in play at all our games now - apart from at QPR where there was a lengthy delay in the first half.

  205. 1603: 
    CLOSE!

    Arsenal were below par in the first half but they almost go ahead straight away. Jack Wilshere weaves his way into space in the area and tees up Santi Cazorla on the edge of the box, the midfielder shoots low but Gerhard Tremmel makes the save.

  206. 1601: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Swansea

    No messing about at Arsenal who are the first team to kick-off...

  207. 1600: 

    Here come the players then. I've seen a replay of that Gareth Bale 'dive' about 50 times in the break - you will be talking about it over your sausage sandwiches in the morning. Is it a dive? or not?...

  208. 1600: 
    GET INVOLVED

    David Herges on Twitter: "Almost 70% possession for Liverpool. Shots: 14-3. And yet only 1-0. We should be out of sight already!"

  209. 1557: 
    Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    Adam Le Fondre is ready to risk a family feud by helping Reading beat the club he grew up idolising. The Royals striker was raised as a Manchester United fan and admitted his dad would not be best pleased for him to score this afternoon. "It's going to be a great occasion for me personally and, obviously, for my family as well," added Le Fondre.

    It seems strange when his side are top of the table but Sir Alex Ferguson has been forced to defend his side's form this season, with some critics saying the Red Devils are below their usual high standards. "I don't think the form has been that bad to be honest," said Ferguson. "But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be. We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right."

  210. 1557: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Charlie on text via 81111: "RE: 1542 'but you see that all the time from corners'. You do, and its a joke. Needs to be stamped out, Lee Probert is doing the right thing giving the penalty. Other referees should take note. Shirt tugging is blatant cheating. Players know they're not allowed to do it."

  211. 1556:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Madejski:Reading v Man Utd (1730 GMT)

    "Manchester United tend to be lit up by the Christmas decorations, winning 77% of their December league games over the past decade. It's now when they start to crank up through the gears and grind their title opponents down. That's not good news for Reading. The Royals are four home league games unbeaten and will work hard but I just can't see them scoring against United, who are selfish and ruthless in their pursuit for Christmas enjoyment."

  212. 1555: 

    There's a late game tonight still to come of course. If I look into my mystic ball I can see Reading take the lead against a sluggish Manchester United side, before United come back to take the win. Deja vu? Or can the Royals chalk up a much-needed win?

  213. 1555: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP

    Wolves have gone goal-crazy at Bristol City, leading 4-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kevin Doyle (two) and Bjorn Sigurdarson. Glen Murray has put Crystal Palace in front against his former team Brighton, while Billy Sharp's penalty cancelled out Robert Koren's spot-kick for Nottingham Forest against Hull. Bolton lead Ipswich, and Watford are in front against Barnsley.

  214. 1554:  
    Jimmy Armfield, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Etihad Stadium

    "It was a strange sort of 45 minutes as it took a bit of time to get going. City looked awkward and unsure and I thought the midfield was unsteady,

    "Marouane Fellani is awkward not just because of his height, but also because of his ability. When he gets a bit of confidence in him as he has now he is pretty unstoppable. I'm sure his name will feature in Roberto Mancini's half-time team talk."

    You can listen to commentary of Manchester City v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  215. 1554:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus RoadQPR 1-1 Aston Villa

    "QPR recovered from an unsteady start and could have been ahead by half-time - but Aston Villa looking like they could take advantage of the home side's vulnerability at the back."

  216. 1553: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Phil Vieira on Twitter: "Fellaini scores and then gives away a penalty for the equalizer. Got to love football's drama!"

  217. 1553:  
    MOTD's John Roder at Loftus Road:HALF-TIME- QPR 1-1 Aston Villa

    "Too many misplaced passes from both these teams but QPR's performance is much better than in their last home game against Southampton. Jamie Mackie cancelled out Brett Holman's opener for Villa. Everything to play for in the second half."

  218. 1553:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "I think it is a soft one, the penalty decision for City. Fellaini has put an arm on Dzeko and he has gone down far too easily.

    "There is no way a man of Dzeko's size goes down from that."

    Watch Final Score on the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  219. 1553: 

    Still playing at QPR...

  220. 1552: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ian Mote on Twitter: "Usually it's well into second half before Wenger starts kicking the ground in frustration!"

    Adil Majid on Twitter: "Poor half from Arsenal, they really need to up their tempo, Arsenal are always way to relaxed go and win the game."

    Simon Zinc on Twitter: "Why are Arsenal wearing white today? ... Oh."

  221. 1551: 
    FA CUP LATEST

    The FA Cup hopes of non-league Chelmsford and Dorchester, who both play in the Blue Square Bet South, appear to be ending.

    Chelmsford, who are down to 10 men following the dismissal of Donovan Simmonds, trail 2-0 at League One Crawley, while Dorchester are 1-0 behind at Luton.

    Two League One sides are in trouble with Crewe and Sheffield United losing at home to League Two teams Burton and Port Vale respectively. League One leaders Tranmere were also behind against Chesterfield but levelled thanks to a goal from Cole Stockton.

  222. 1549: 

    We are still playing at Loftus Road. He has scored one goal in the game at Loftus Road and Brett Holman could have had another for Villa. Ashley Westwood's ball forward is headed down to Holman by Gabriel Agbonlahor but the midfielder lashes his shot from the edge of the box over the bar.

  223. 1549:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the EtihadHALF-TIME- Man City 1-1 Everton

    "This game started slowly but it has got better and better with each passing minute. Marouane Fellaini has played a part in both goals, putting Everton ahead before conceding the penalty that led to City's equaliser. At half-time, Everton boss David Moyes was still questioning the decision to award a spot-kick."

  224. 1548: 

    Joe Hart has to get across sharply to keep out a header from that man Marouane Fellaini. Everton end the half on a high.

  225. 1548:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at the Hawthorns:HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-0 Stoke

    "The first half has been full of energy and endeavour but has not had too much in the way of quality. Stoke are playing with plenty of confidence and had the best chance when Kenwyne Jones headed just wide. West Brom have looked tentative at times and need to improve their quality in the final third."

  226. 1547:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

    "A couple of scares for Liverpool but they deserve their lead. The Reds have hit the woodwork twice, while Rickie Lambert has looked lively for the visitors."

  227. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Motson at Craven CottageHALF-TIME- Fulham 0-0 Tottenham

    "It has been a fluent first half but lacking in cutting edge. Some good football by both teams, with Mladen Petric going closest against a Tottenham side forced into an early change following Michael Dawson's injury."

  228. 1547: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Outrageous effort from Rickie Lambert! The Southampton man takes a shot on the bounce from, what, 45 yards? It is flying in as well until Pepe Reina gets back to make the save. Brilliant effort.

  229. 1546:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the EmiratesHALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-0 Swansea

    "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised Swansea before the game for being very mobile, very active, very lively. We've seen all of that from them, the only thing we haven't seen from them is a goal."

  230. 1546: 

    Plenty going on as we reach the last few seconds of the first half then...

  231. 1545: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gerry Baboona on Twitter: "QPR distinctively looking more and more Redknapp with every minute. End to end and gutsy. Nice to see from teams at the bottom."

    TweetMeMaybee on Twitter: "Once upon a time Arsenal were a team who attacked. Now they just seem to enjoy being dictated! All slow and no tempo!"

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "As long as he keeps dominating teams the way he has done the last couple of weeks, I'm not going to complain about Bale."

  232. 1543: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 Everton - Carlos Tevez (43 mins)

    Carlos Tevez steps up confidently and clips the penalty down the middle to level the scores.

  233. 1543: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Southampton - Daniel Agger (43 mins)

    It's been coming, and Liverpool lead. Luis Suarez bends a free-kick against the Southampton crossbar and, as he rues his misfortune, Glen Johnson sends in a cross which Daniel Agger heads in from 10 yards.

  234. 1542: 
    PENALTY TO MAN CITY

    From the corner won by Edin Dzeko, Marouane Fellaini is penalised by referee Lee Probert for a tug on the striker's shirt. He had hold of him, but you see that all the time from corners...

  235. 1540: 

    Manchester City are still labouring away, and Edin Dzeko goes close to an equaliser with a low volley which Tim Howard keeps out with his feet.

  236. 1539: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Hayes on Twitter: "Vermaelen showing why he is Arsenal's best defender. What a block..."

  237. 1539:  
    John Murray, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator at the Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City have been sleepwalking through this game and surely that will rouse the hosts to life. But Everton are a tough nut to crack when they get their noses in front."

  238. 1539: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    We've seen a fair few injuries in the first half already and here's another one as Stephane M'bia is stretchered off at Loftus Road with a neck brace on after turning and smashing his head into Gabriel Agbonlahor's shoulder.

    Neither player saw each other. It is a very unfortunate accident, especially for the QPR midfielder. Shaun Derry comes on to replace him.

  239. 1538: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adedotun Lawal on Twitter: "If you thought Messi was unplayable this season, meet Fellaini.... Everton 's player of the season at the moment."

  240. 1537: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Manchester City look for an instant response to that Everton goal, and Carlos Tevez forces Tim Howard into a sprawling save with a clever little header. Everton still lead.

  241. 1537: 

    Very uneventful at The Hawthorns where Stoke have just about edged things so far. But West Brom have finally started to threaten with Youssouf Mulumbu having a shot blocked after a positive run and Graham Dorrans firing a cross across the face of the goal.

  242. 1537: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Wolves appear to be on their way to a crucial three points against struggling Bristol City. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle have scored twice in five minutes to put them in control at Ashton Gate. Watford continue to lead 1-0 at Barnsley, and Bolton are also in front at home to Ipswich.

  243. 1537:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:GET INVOLVED

    "Gareth Bale has been booked for diving. Again! Yes it will feature on MOTD."

  244. 1536: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    And more woodwork action, this time at Anfield where Jonjo Shelvey crashes a great angled hit against the far post. He really got hold of that one.

  245. 1536: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Minutes after having a shot blocked, Shaun Wright-Phillips comes even closer to putting QPR ahead as a long ball forward finds him in space on the right wing but his first-time shot strikes the base of Brad Guzan's right post and diverts away to safety.

  246. 1533: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-1 Everton - Marouane Fellaini (33 mins)

    The player of the Premier League season so far? My admiration for the big Belgian went up a notch today when I saw in an interview that he drives around in a Corsa, and Marouane Fellaini has now produced another big goal. Leighton Baines crosses in from the left, it flicks off the head of Vincent Kompany and while Joe Hart does brilliantly to save Fellaini's header, the midfielder is able to stab in the rebound.

  247. 1531: 

    Chance now at the Emirates from another long ball. Michu flicks on a header for Nathan Dyer to run on to, he is in on goal but delays momentarily which allows Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to get across and make a superb sliding challenge to deflect his shot over the top. Dyer is lightning, so Vermaelen did really well to recover. Swansea still on top there though.

  248. 1531: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jon, Spurs fan in Eastleigh, on text via 81111: "If Bale wants to dive and therefore give away free-kicks that kill our attacks then Real Madrid can have him for free! He needs to grow up and just play the game he's good enough to not have to dive."

  249. 1530: 
    CLOSE!

    For all of Brendan Rodgers' passing philosophy, sometimes you can't beat a good old hoof down the park. Pepe Reina whacks a drop-kick down the middle, Luis Suarez gets to it ahead of the defence and tries to nip it around Paulo Gazzaniga, but Jose Fonte is able to somehow scramble it away.

  250. 1529: 

    A really important tackle from QPR's Clint Hill prevents Christian Benteke from having a clear run on Rob Green's goal. A corner is conceded by QPR, who do well to defend it. It is an entertaining, well-contested affair at Loftus Road.

  251. 1528: 

    Manchester City have had a decent spell at home to Everton, but the game is being largely played out in midfield. It's all a bit nip and tuck, with Samir Nasri having a rare shot for City only to see it hit Edin Dzeko on the head and bounce away to safety.

  252. 1527:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Mackie is capable of playing centre forward for QPR which means he is comfortable interchanging with Taarabt, who is playing up top today.

    "That leaves Taarabt to do what he does best in the hole. They are not missing Cisse as he is a very greedy player and often plays for himself."

    Watch Final Score on the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  253. 1527: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ahmed Maher on Twitter: "Already can feel the attacking power of Gerrard after the return of Lucas."

    Martin Ashton Potter on Twitter: "Really impressed with Ashley Westwood for Villa, looks like a future English star in the making."

    Like a Villas-Boas on Twitter: "If I could have one thing for Christmas it would be for Bale to stop diving. It's embarrassing for the club. Shockingly bad."

  254. 1526: 

    Liverpool are on top at Anfield against the Saints, as first Jonjo Shelvey is played in by Steven Gerrard but takes a bad touch, allowing Paulo Gazzaniga to make a save, before Luis Suarez tricks his way into the area and sees his shot saved at the near post. Suarez wants a penalty for a hand on his shorts there - no one likes that...

  255. 1526:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus Road

    "Very lively opening here at Loftus Road. Christian Benteke certainly justifying Paul Lambert's faith in him with a real physical presence and threat."

  256. 1524: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    And Fulham should be ahead against Spurs now. John Arne Riise is sent clear down the left and he whips in a cross to the near post, Mladen Petric is all alone and connects well, but Hugo Lloris makes a good save with his legs.

  257. 1523: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Now then, some controversy at the Cottage where Gareth Bale has been booked for diving for the second game in a row. He hurdles a challenge from Steve Sidwell and goes to ground but is shown a yellow card by Chris Foy. There didn't appear to be too much contact, but he was running at full pace.

  258. 1521: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR ASTON VILLA- Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa instantly hit back - but they are denied by an offside flag. Matt Lowton sends in an early cross from deep, Christian Benteke peels away from his marker to bullet in a header, but he went a tad too early. QPR look fragile at the back.

  259. 1521: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

    Bolton's resurgence under new manager Dougie Freedman looks to be continuing after Mark Davies gave them a sixth-minute lead against Ipswich at the Reebok. Watford are also in front early, thanks to Troy Deeney's strike at home to Barnsley. Brighton are down to 10 men in their duel with rivals Crystal Palace after Lewis Dunk was shown a red card.

  260. 1521: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Bishop on Twitter: "Another slow / sluggish start at Emirate, what has become of Arsenal this days."

    Roddy Brown on Twitter: "Why has Wenger dropped Giroud? Does he know what he's doing?"

    Anthony Solazzo on Twitter: "Swancelona in full flow."

  261. 1519: 
    GOAL- QPR 1-1 Aston Villa - Jamie Mackie (18 mins)

    He scored last week, and Jamie Mackie is at it again for QPR. Samba Diakite floats in a chipped cross from the edge of the box and the Scotland international rises superbly to beat his man to the ball and flick a header right into the corner. Wonderful header.

  262. 1519: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Palmer on Twitter: "Robert Green is simply terrible."

  263. 1518: 
    FA CUP LATEST

    Mansfield's Matt Rhead grabs a dramatic equaliser as his side draw 3-3 against fellow Blue Square Bet Premier side Lincoln City in a thriller at Sincil Bank.

    Alan Power had scored twice for the Imps but Rhead's 93rd minute header saves the Stags and the two teams will meet again in a replay next week.

    Elsewhere, Isthmian Premier Division outfit Hastings United will be the lowest-ranked team in the third round draw on Sunday. They had fallen 1-0 behind against Harrogate Town of the Blue Square Bet North but Jamie Crellin's second-half equaliser forces a replay as it finishes 1-1.

  264. 1518: 

    Worryingly for Harry Redknapp, QPR look shaky at the back. Villa almost capitalise as Brett Holman cuts in down the right and sets up Eric Lichaj on the edge of the box, but the full-back's shot rises high over the bar.

  265. 1518: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Setback for Tottenham at Fulham as defender Michael Dawson limps off with what appears to be a thigh injury after making a clearance. Substitute William Gallas, 35, makes an earlier-than-expected introduction.

  266. 1518:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Harry horror as Holman hoofs it in the back of the net. Villa one nil."

  267. 1517: 

    Interesting that - the officials have now changed their shirts at Loftus Road. Bizarre start.

  268. 1516:  
    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "The way Rob Green went to save that shot from Holman, it looked like he was not at the top of his game.

    "Green was talking to his coach all the time at the start of the game, and it is unprofessional to not be concentrating, I am surprised.

    "He appeared to be distracted by the fact his shirt was clashing with the officials and he let it bother him too much.

    "To go 1-0 down for QPR, it is a big blow."

    Watch Final Score on the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  269. 1515: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal are indebted to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as Swansea go close to a goal. Itay Shechter opens up the defence with a fine pass, Angel Rangel blasts in a shot which the Pole saves, and is then up quickly to keep out his second effort as well. Swansea are out-Arsenaling Arsenal at the moment though with some delightful passing.

  270. 1514: 
    CLOSE!

    Ooh, Stoke go close to an opener at West Brom. A long ball is put in to the back post and Kenwyne Jones rises to flick a header goalwards, it arcs up and over the keeper but lands inches wide of the far corner. Great effort from the big man.

  271. 1513: 

    There's been very little action at Manchester City so far, it's all a bit flat.

  272. 1512: 

    Dimitar Berbatov is still sheer class. The Fulham man starts a neat move with a deft touch and when a cross falls at the feet of Karim Frei on the edge of the area, the youngster blazes over. Decent game at Fulham though.

  273. 1511: 

    Liverpool almost sneak ahead at Anfield, as Luis Suarez works his way to the byeline and cuts the ball back for Glen Johnson, whose shot squirms wide.

  274. 1509: 
    GOAL- QPR 0-1 Aston Villa - Brett Holman (8 mins)

    Harry Redknapp's start to life at Loftus Road gets off to a horrible start as Villa take the lead. Ashley Westwood works the ball from the left wing in to Brett Holman's path, the Australian takes a touch and cracks in a left-footed shot from 25 yards which Rob Green got a touch to. Could he have done better there?

  275. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Pablo Zabaleta is summoned from the bench as he replaces Aleksandar Kolarov at left-back for Manchester City.

  276. 1507: 
    CLOSE!

    Clint Dempsey goes close to silencing the boos from the Fulham fans as he fires narrowly wide with a shot-on-the-turn from just inside the area. Lively start by Tottenham on the banks of the River Thames.

  277. 1507: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew License on Twitter: "Chelsea turning into a joke. Abramovich making stupid decisions off-pitch and Rafa making stupid decisions on-pitch."

    Craig Moffat on Twitter: "Without Abramovich Chelsea would have had limited/no success. Chelsea fans need to remember that before criticising his methods."

  278. 1506: 

    Manchester City have an injury problem very early on - as Aleksandar Kolarov is struggling. It looks like he can't carry on.

  279. 1506: 

    Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez:

    "I think it was a foul [on Ivanovic for the first goal] but I don't want to use this an excuse. We conceded the goal and then they were on top.

    "At this level you have to take your chances and we had many clear chances to finish the game. In the second half we were not winning the first ball or the second ball and we didn't have the control we had in the first half.

    "When you concede goals it is normally because you have made mistakes. We have to keep working and try to improve.

    "We have to be more clinical. We have good positions and we have to have the quality and confidence. We had situations with two or three players and we have to take our chances."

  280. 1505: 

    Rafael Benitez has just come out to face the cameras...

  281. 1504:  
    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "It is good to see Lucas back in today for Liverpool as it will allow Steven Gerrard to push further forward.

    "They have struggled to get people in the box so far this season, and that could change today."

    Watch Final Score on the BBC HD channel, red button and BBC Sport website.

  282. 1504: 

    QPR start on the front foot against Aston Villa but Jose Bosingwa's cross from the right swings across the face of goal without another home player within five yards of it.

  283. 1503: 

    First real shot of the day, and it comes at Anfield - where Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert lines up a piledriver from 25 yards and flashes it wide of the post. Almost the dream start for Southampton.

  284. 1502: 

    Clint Dempsey is Fulham's record goalscorer in the Premier League, but he's still getting plenty of grief here from the Craven Cottage crowd as he returns with Tottenham. Old players everywhere you look in that game.

  285. 1501:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty talking about West Ham's win against Chelsea:

    "Sam Allardyce in ecstasy after West Ham's third goal - anyone would think there had been history between himself and Rafa Benitez."

  286. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are under way in our six Premier League games.

  287. 1458: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "It was an outstanding victory. Every West Ham fan should have a fantastic weekend.

    "We needed to get in the opposition's half and play off Carlton Cole. I thought we were trying to play through the midfield too much. In the second half we took the game to Chelsea.

    "Carlton Cole was fantastic. Everything we played up with a bit of quality, he held on to. He messed up Cahill and Ivanovic all day. His goal was a great finish and the players can really enjoy their week."

  288. 1457: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dave in Putney on text via 81111: "Taxi for Mr Benitez, please!"

    Vernon in Cardiff on text via 81111: "Taxi for Abramovich? Don't be silly. Chelsea fans are more likely to blame President Obama than the person responsible. Be careful what you wish for."

    Jimmy in Plymouth on text via 81111: "What now for Roman? If I were him I'd pull out and give their ungrateful fans what they want. Whatever that is! They cheered their goal then continued with making their interim manager's job as awkward as possible with the "one Di Matteo" chants."

  289. 1456: 

    Players are emerging from tunnels up and down the land. It is a nippy old afternoon, Aaron Lennon for one has gone for gloves. Let's hope for plenty of action to keep the fingers warm here.

  290. 1455: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tracey Shepherd on Twitter: "Sack Benitez and give him Torres as his compensation package!"

  291. 1453: 

    Big games everywhere you look in the top flight today. Can Arsenal get back to winning ways against Swansea? There will be plenty of passes in that one. Fulham v Tottenham is like a school reunion, Liverpool need a win at Anfield in a big way, City have made five changes in search of some of last year's form, West Brom are up against bogey team Stoke, Darren Bent is still on the Villa bench and Harry Redknapp is making his home debut as QPR boss.

    He's never won a Premier League game at Loftus Road, has 'Arry. Is today the day?

  292. 1452: 

    West Ham striker Carlton Cole, who scored in the 3-1 win over Chelsea: "We have to put in down to the gaffer's tactics. We were a bit defensive in the first half but we changed the tactics and tweaked the formation in the second half a little bit and it worked in our favour.

    "I haven't had a good time in the Premier League of late but I knew I had to keep working hard. It's always important to get on the scoresheet but it's important to hold up the ball and bring others in to play as well and I did that today.

    "I am really proud of the boys today. The manager and the backroom staff did a brilliant job."

  293. 1452: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Musgrove on Twitter: "You couldn't write this Chelsea script. Watch Benitez come out and win the title now."

    Iheanyi Uwa on Twitter: "How do you solve a problem like Chelsea?"

    BillionBets on Twitter: "How many Chelsea managers will be sacked before Abramovich gives up on Torres?"

  294. 1451: 

    Our lines have been lit up with reaction to that defeat by Chelsea. Rafa Benitez is facing some serious heat here. Let's give credit to West Ham though on a job very, very well done.

  295. 1451: 
    Fulham v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

    Martin Jol says he did everything to prevent Clint Dempsey from leaving Fulham for Tottenham for £6m in August. Dempsey returns to Craven Cottage along with Mousa Dembele, and Jol said: "Even when I said in my last conversation with him that I loved him, it was not good enough to keep him here."

    This time last week Andre Villas-Boas was worried where his next win was coming from, but two victories in four days means Spurs head for the banks of the River Thames in high spirits. "The players have been excellent, no-one takes their foot off the gas," said the Tottenham boss.

  296. 1450: 
    LINE-UPS- QPR v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Diakite, Granero, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Da Silva, Hoilett.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Lichaj, Holman, Herd, Westwood, Bannan, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Bent, Delph, Weimann, Williams.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  297. 1450: 
    Arsenal v Swansea (1500 GMT)

    Arsenal show four changes to the side that drew in midweek with Everton. Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski and Gervinho replace Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

    Injuries deprive Swansea of Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge, who scored twice in Wednesday's 3-1 win over West Brom. Jonathan de Guzman and Itay Shechter come in.

  298. 1450: 
    Liverpool v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to the Anfield club's starting line-up as he replaces Jordan Henderson. The Brazilian is one of two changes from the defeat at Tottenham as fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey comes in for Stewart Downing.

    Southampton remain unchanged for the fifth game on the trot as manager Nigel Adkins keeps faith with Paulo Gazzaniga, despite the goalkeeper's error in their last game against Norwich.

  299. 1450: 
    Fulham v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

    Andre Villas-Boas makes two changes to the Tottenham side that overcame Liverpool 2-1 in midweek - Kyle Walker and William Gallas making way for Kyle Naughton and Steven Caulker, who has recovered from illness. Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele start against their former club.

    Dimitar Berbatov starts for Fulham against his old club while Ashkan Dejagah, Kerim Frei and Mladen Petric start in changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea in midweek, with Damien Duff, Giorgios Karagounis and Hugo Rodallega making way.

  300. 1449:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Loftus RoadQPR v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Robert Green continues in goal in place of injured Julio Cesar for QPR, with Shaun Wright-Phillips also coming in for Djibril Cisse. Villa make two changes, with Eric Lichaj and Chris Herd in for Andy Weimann and Enda Stevens.

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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 Arsenal 0 0 0
No movement 2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
No movement 3 Burnley 0 0 0
No movement 4 Chelsea 0 0 0
No movement 5 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
No movement 6 Everton 0 0 0
No movement 7 Hull 0 0 0
No movement 8 Leicester 0 0 0
No movement 9 Liverpool 0 0 0
No movement 10 Man City 0 0 0
No movement 11 Man Utd 0 0 0
No movement 12 Newcastle 0 0 0
No movement 13 QPR 0 0 0
No movement 14 Southampton 0 0 0
No movement 15 Stoke 0 0 0
No movement 16 Sunderland 0 0 0
No movement 17 Swansea 0 0 0
No movement 18 Tottenham 0 0 0
No movement 19 West Brom 0 0 0
No movement 20 West Ham 0 0 0