Sunday football as it happened

Manchester City draw with Liverpool and are nine points behind leaders Manchester United, while Spurs win at West Brom.

3 February 2013 Last updated at 19:01 GMT

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  1. 1845: 

    On that glaring error, I'd think I better depart the scene. Nine points to make up for City, signs that Brendan Rodgers is massaging Liverpool into shape, Tottenham collecting all three points but losing a striker and Goran Popov leaving Steve Clarke spitting mad. It's been emotional. Thanks for all your messages. See you next time.

  2. 1841: 

    Actually to be fair, I jumped the gun. James Milner has repeated his manager's words pretty accurately.

  3. 1839: 

    Manchester City midfielder James Milner talking to BBC Sport: "Two points lost today, as we have to pretty much win every game now. Liverpool were always going to be a difficult game, and I think the two goals from Sergio Aguero and Stevie G were outstanding, so maybe a draw was fair.

    "The first goal was frustrating as it should have been a foul, but you have to carry on and we should have closed down quicker. It is up to the referee to stop it and Liverpool were entitled to carry on.

    "When we are on top of games we should be putting teams to bed. Everyone says how difficult it is to defend your title, but as a player you do not think about it."

  4. 1835: 

    Hang on. James Milner has gone off message. After his manager has said that Liverpool's first should not have stood, Milner has said that Liverpool were within their rights to carry on playing. Roberto Mancini likes his players to keep to the party line. Just ask Joe Hart.


    Manchester City goalscorer Sergio Aguero on Twitter: "My kid said to me today, "you'll score a goal for me today, won't you, daddy?" So today's goal is dedicated to him. Love you, Ben!"

  6. 1829: 

    Over in Nelspruit, South Africa it is a very different scene to murky east Manchester. Togo's fans have prepared for their quarter-final against Burkina Faso by exhausting local stocks of body paint. One large bear-chested fellow is covered all over from the waist up. Actually, I think I saw him celebrating Moussa Sissoko's winner for Newcastle at St James' Park yesterday. Live text commentary is on the BBC Sport pages now.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Since the start of last season Jose Reina has made eight errors leading directly to a goal in the Premier League. Misjudge."

  8. 1822: 

    The Dundee derby is the pic of the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw, with Dundee hosting Dundee United in early March. There's an all-First Division tie between Hamilton and Falkirk while Kilmarnock will host Hibernian. The final tie pitches St Mirren against tournament favourites Celtic - a repeat of last week's League Cup semi-final.

    Draw in full - Dundee v Dundee Utd, Hamilton v Falkirk, Kilmarnock v Hibernian, St Mirren v Celtic

  9. 1821: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to BBC Sport: "It should have been a win for ourselves, I thought we played terrific and were the dominant team. We scored two wonderful goals and I am disappointed with the goals we conceded.

    "The first was direct from a throw-in, and the second typifies the growth we need to make to be up there challenging. The template of our game is improving, we need to cut out the mistakes and we can challenge at top of the league.

    "Daniel Sturridge has been immense and has given us a tonic, a reference at the front for the team. He is now part of the jigsaw of our growth - we are growing all the time and that is what this season is about.

    "Daniel has a dead thigh and we will liaise with England. I think he will struggle to make the friendly against Brazil.

    "We have come to the home of the champions and dominated. We know we can be better."

  10. 1819: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said: "Before their first goal there was a big fault, if it happened against us it would be a red card but instead the referee didn't see anything. But in the end I feel that was the right result.

    "Few players can score the kind of goal that Sergio Aguero scored, but I feel he and Edin Dzeko should have played better tonight. We didn't play well. In the last month we played well in all the games but we were so nervous in this game and I don't know why.

    Is the title race over? "No. Seven or nine points don't change, I think we can recover it."

  11. 1819: 

    Liverpool goalscorer Daniel Sturridge to BBC Sport: "I feel like I am maturing a bit, getting a bit fitter. The first few games for Liverpool I have not shown what I can really do performance wise even though I have scored goals.

    "Today, god blessed me and I could show that.

    "The referee told us to blame on for my goal, we abide by what he says. We played on and scored, the City fans weren't happy but we were just abiding by their words.

    "I do not think the City fans know why I left, they think I left for money. I can never disrespect this club.

    "We will take the point and move on from here."

  12. 1817: 

    After playing Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in three of their last four games, putting in decent performances and getting only two points for their efforts, things get a little easier for Liverpool in the next few games. West Brom, Swansea and Wigan are up next in the league.


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "What a finish by Sergio Aguero. Liverpool deserved to win that game... Good game."

    Former Tottenham player and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Whenever I miss a game it's always a belter. Bring on MOTD2."

    Gary, you can see highlights of both today's game at 2225 GMT on BBC One tonight.

  15. 1811: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini looks decidedly peeved as he prepares to give his post-match words to Jonathan Pearce. Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge reveals that he played most of the match with a strained side after tweaking his muscle shortly after scoring.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "78% - Manchester City's pass completion today was the lowest they've recorded in a PL home game this season. Pressured."


    Swnk16 on Twitter: "Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has made more mistakes today than Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea did against Spurs or Southampton, but no one will bat an eyelid at that."

    Matt_J_Fox on Twitter: "Manager Brendan Rogers needs to install a winning mentality to bring Liverpool to the next level."

    RichardJThomas1 on Twitter: "An opposing team is never out of the game when playing Liverpool. No matter how well we play we constantly gift teams goal."


    Rich in Barry on text via 81111: "Goalkeeper Pepe Reina once again makes a huge error in an important game for Liverpool. I for one will be happy if he is sold in the summer."

    Sulaiman in London on text via 81111: "Reina is constantly making mistakes, he should be made to pay."

  19. 1807: 

    I'm pleased you mentioned Mario, Clyde. The twinkly-eyed former City striker could make his AC Milan competitive debut against Udinese later this evening. Kick-off is 1945 GMT at the San Siro and he will relish the chance to show City what they are missing. Whether he would have relished the chance to prove himself if he was still in the light blue of City is another question though...


    Gavmundo on Twitter: "Good to be nine points clear after Manchester City drop points again but still a LONG way to go."

    Kurt Abela on Twitter: "Four points lost to Man City, Martin Skrtel with a back-pass at Anfield, and now Pepe Reina at Etihad Stadium."

    Clyde on Twitter: "Getting rid of Mario Balotelli will haunt City is many ways. Very popular player for the fans and the team. Nine points may be too much."

  21. 1801: 

    With 13 games to go then, Manchester United are nine points or three straight wins better off than City. Maybe City can get one of them back in April's derby, but are they playing well enough, and are United wobbly enough, to make up the other two? It's a big ask.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City second best but Sergio Aguero's goal earns them a point. Second creditable away draw this week for Liverpool - but still no Premier League wins against any team in the top half of the table as we enter February."

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We saw an absolutely fantastic second half. Manchester City looked a lot better when they changed to a three-man defence.

    "In this country we are fortunate to have a group of players who play consistently at a high level in Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. While not in Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo's class, they are in the next group behind.

    "I needed to see something from City that they really want to regain their title. In the second half, they started taking some risks and got forward."

  24. 1755: 
    Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Joe Hart is hardly convincing under the game's final set-piece, but Martin Skrtel is crowded out as he attempts to control on his chest. Pepe Reina hides his face in his shirt as the final whistle blows.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Etihad StadiumFULL-TIME- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    "An astonishing goal from Sergio Aguero after an error from Pepe Reina give Manchester City a point after Steven Gerrard exploded into a great goal for Liverpool to put them 2-1 up. The real winners today are Manchester United."

  26. 1753: 
    Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Sergio Aguero looks exasperated as City fire a ball up to his head and he loses out to Jamie Carragher. Liverpool have a late corner...


    Marc on text via 81111: "As good as Liverpool have been recently, there's one problem that needs resolving. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina desperately needs to be replaced or at least have some competition for his place."

  28. 1752: 
    Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Manchester City open up Liverpool as Maicon darts in behind and onto Sergio Aguero's return pass. The Brazilian looks to pick out Edin Dzeko, but Martin Skrtel cuts it out. Ninety seconds left.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That is very negative to take Daniel Sturridge off with only four minutes left. He has been a threat for Liverpool all afternoon."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  30. 1750: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge comes off for Joe Allen. A massive smile deservedly plastered across the striker's face as he makes his way to the touchline.

  31. 1749: 

    Five minutes of injury time to come.

  32. 1748: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Joe Hart plunges down to his left and he had to be sharp about it to push away a rifled 20-yarder from Daniel Sturridge.


    SJC961 on Twitter: "Manchester City missing Yaya Toure hugely - every time Liverpool have the ball on the wing and play it into centre mid, City have nobody there."

    GudBoi5 on Twitter: "Now I see why Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is constantly linked with Arsenal. So error strewn!"

    FrancoiseDarras on Twitter: "City fans have their mantra: that MUFC will drop points. Well it seems that that won't be enough. MCFC need a Red slump."

  34. 1746: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Samir Nasri comes on in place of Gareth Barry in Mancini's last substitution.

  35. 1746: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Maicon makes a late run into the box to meet James Milner's corner. The Brazilian full-back's header is just over the top with Liverpool hearts in mouths.

  36. 1744: 
    Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool are on the ball and looking for all three points just as much as the hosts. Glen Johnson sends one whistling over the top by a couple of feet as he tries his luck from 25 yards.

  37. 1743:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "Of course if you were nit-picking you would ask what Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was actually doing out there for the goal."


    Evan on Twitter: "Sergio Aguero simply has no right to do things like that! Baffling!"

    Greg on Twitter: "What was Pepe Reina doing there? All his fault!

    Mohamed Toorani on Twitter: "Got to admit, that was a peach of a goal from an acute angle by Sergio Aguero. I thought Kanu's was impossible a few years ago, that was just ridiculous!"

  39. 1742: 
    Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    It is anyone's game. Liverpool press at the other end as Daniel Sturridge's cross is cleared only as far as Steven Gerrard. Gareth Barry flings himself in to block the Liverpool skipper's shot.

    NINE MINUTES TO GO- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

    Daniel Agger thrashes a long-range effort well wide as the clock ticks past the 81-minute mark.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We have seen some good goals in this game so far and that was absolutely fantastic. Where is Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina going, though?"

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  42. 1739: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool - Sergio Aguero (78 mins)

    Awesome, just awesome. Sergio Aguero nips in to get to the ball ahead of Pepe Reina as the Liverpool goalkeeper comes a long way to try and claim the ball. The Argentine's first touch takes him almost to the byeline, his second, an eye-of-the-needle finish into the far post, is sublime. Just as good as Steven Gerrard's in its own way.

  43. 1736: 

    That could have been the knockout. Steven Gerrard's curling free-kick gets a flick from Daniel Sturridge's head and Martin Skrtel is close to poking in at the far post.

  44. 1735: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool bring on Martin Skrtel in place of Jose Enrique. Fifteen minutes left and the travelling fans sound confident.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That is typical Steven Gerrard. He has been relatively quiet, but the ball drops to him and he drives it into the corner. Joe Hart was a little unsighted and had no chance with that at all.

    "Right-back Maicon has been brought on after that and David Silva has come off... I do not get that, how does that tactical re-jig benefit Manchester City with James Milner now playing the Silva role?

    "Why not bring striker striker Carlos Tevez on?"

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  46. 1733: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard

    Remember Steven Gerrard's second in the FA Cup final of 2006 against West Ham? Very similar, just move Gerrard about five yards closer to the goal. The Liverpool skipper controls Gael Clichy's clearance and then thumps a dipping effort into the bottom corner from 30 yards. An absolute pearler.

  47. 1730: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Javi Garcia gets caught the wrong side of Luis Suarez and lazily sticks in his foot to bring the Liverpool striker down. Anthony Taylor takes his name.

  48. 1729: 
    20 MINUTES TO GO- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Twenty minutes for Manchester City to find a way through Liverpool. The Reds are looking dangerous with a little more space in attack though.


    Ben King on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge, what a great player! Hope he does well at Liverpool from a Chelsea fan."

    Teems101 on Twitter: "This game is screaming for the likes of Mario Balotelli... Ah..."

    _Valencia_12 on Twitter: "Regardless of the result, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers's team proving just how far they have come! Fantastic performance."

  50. 1727: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    City, urged on by fans all too aware of the 10-point gap between them and Manchester United at the start of play, are pushing forward. James Milner's cross runs tantalisingly in front of Gareth Barry's outstretched boot.

  51. 1726: 

    It's all over at Easter Road and Hibernian are through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after Gary Deegan's superb strike proved to be the winner against Aberdeen. Hibs have goalkeeper Ben Williams to thank for several fine saves, including one to block Scott Vernon's late penalty.

    Earlier, Dundee beat Morton 5-1 and Celtic overcame Raith Rovers 3-0. The draw for the next round is coming up shortly.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Manchester City are now taking a risk and are much better for it. David Silva is playing behind the front two after the switch to a three-man defence, and yes, they are getting exposed a little at the back, but it is worth it for their improved attacking threat."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  53. 1724: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool are stretched at the other end as Sergio Aguero, fully recovered, outpaces Jose Enrique, but slips as he attempts to swerve round Daniel Agger. He is then within a whisker of playing in David Silva but Enrique gets back to cut out the pass.

  54. 1722: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Sergio Aguero is off the pitch receiving treatment after Daniel Agger landed on him. Liverpool make use of the extra numbers as Stewart Downing spins the ball deep to Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan cannot get the curl on the shot though and it trails wide.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "Manchester City lacking a spark today and obviously missing Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure. Liverpool impressive so far."


    Fillipe Vasquez on Twitter: "RE - Mark A Chelsea fan - He is welcome to have pre-Roman Abramovich Chelsea back if he wants it..."

    Adedotun Lawal on Twitter: "On the negative side for Arsenal fans, Gervinho is coming back soon after Ivory Coast's Afcon exit!"

  57. 1718: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Manchester City are growing into the second half, building a little spell of pressure. Daniel Agger heads away from a corner kick and so far Liverpool's concentration is unbroken at the back.

  58. 1716: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Jamie Carragher joins Daniel Sturridge in the book as he clatters through Sergio Aguero in typical no-nonsense style.

  59. 1715: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Manchester City swap Matija Nastasic for Aleksandar Kolarov. Tricky spelling straight swap.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Why do referees have to book players for diving all the time these days? There was minimal contact on Daniel Sturridge, not enough for a penalty, but there was contact, and I think that is poor refereeing."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  61. 1714: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge skins Joleon Lescott as he cuts in off the right flank and flops to the floor as he approaches the six-yard box. There might have been contact, but it was minimal if so. Referee Anthony Taylor pulls out the yellow card for simulation and Sturridge looks on open-mouthed.

  62. 1712: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Nicely worked by Liverpool as Stewart Downing floats the ball to the far post, Luis Suarez volleys back across the face of the goal and Joleon Lescott manages to just about edge out Jamie Carragher in the six-yard box. The Reds are looking dangerous.

  63. 1709: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Stewart Downing hits the corner deep and there is nothing doing from that.

  64. 1708: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool line up a free-kick from 35 yards. It is at the very edge of his range, but Luis Suarez takes it on anyway, cracking the ball into the top of the wall and behind for a corner.


    Mark a Chelsea fan on text via 81111: "It sickens me. It was bad enough giving Liverpool £50m for that waste of space Fernando Torres but to let them have the best English striker in the world for only £12m - Daniel Sturridge - (the same that we paid them for Raul Meireles) makes me think that owner Roman Abramovich is a secret Liverpool fan. I just hate him more and more everyday."

  66. 1706: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    City have made a good start to the second half. James Milner's cross skids through the Liverpool six-yard box before Javi Garcia gets under a header. It flies over the top and he should have at least made Pepe Reina work.


    Jordan Manton on Twitter: "Crying out for some width are Manchester City."

  68. 1703: 

    Back under way at the Etihad.

  69. 1703: 

    The teams are back out on the pitch at the Etihad. Daniel Sturridge is stretching off his side. It looked like it was giving him some gip at the end of the first half.

  70. 1702: 

    Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that Tottenham, lighter up top than Bobby Charlton, might be without Jermain Defoe for "two to three weeks" after he hurt his ankle in the win over West Brom today.

    "He has some ligament damage to his ankle. We will have to scan it to see if there is further damage and see the full extent of the injury but hopefully it will only be two to three weeks. But we will miss him badly," Villas-Boas said.

  71. 1659: 

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke talking about Goran Popov's red card for spitting on BBC Radio 5 live: "There are no excuses at all for Goran Popov, he has let everyone down. It would be a strong case for him to receive disciplinary action, but it will be dealt with internally."

    Sounds like Goran will be joining Peter Odemwingie on the West Brom naughty step.


    D_Benton on Twitter: "Wayne Rooney on a decent run of form, Theo Walcott playing out of his skin, now Daniel Sturridge, have England ever had so many attacking options?"

    Abditicha on Twitter: "Yaya Toure and co. out of the Nations Cup... What are the odds of him coming on in the second half to shore up the Manchester City midfield?"

  73. 1656: 

    News from South Africa that might cheer the home fans at the Etihad Stadium: City will soon have a miserable Yaya Toure back at Carrington. He and brother Kolo have just lost to Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. You can get all the reaction, as well as news of Togo v Burkina Faso, on the BBC Sport live text commentary.


    Jamil Satchu on Twitter: "I doubted Daniel Sturridge. Thought he would not work out at Liverpool. I am being proved wrong."

    Sophie Gayter on Twitter: "Jordan Henderson has had a poor half. If Liverpool get Raheem Sterling on at half-time to join Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Manchester City could be there for the taking."

    Matthew Warren on Twitter: "Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart should put a clear name on that before Pablo Zabaleta's clearance & then put a boot through it. Moments like that will encourage Liverpool."

  75. 1651:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad Stadium

    "Liverpool edged a lively first half and looked much more dangerous than Manchester City in attack. The champions must improve if they are to reduce Manchester United's lead to seven points. There was much anger around the Etihad that Liverpool did not put the ball out of play and Daniel Sturridge scored while Edin Dzeko was down injured - but that is the referee's job not Liverpool's so they can have no complaints."

  76. 1647: 

    It's nearing full-time at Dens Park and a second-half goal-rush has put Dundee 5-1 up against Morton. Over at Easter Road Gary Deegan's stunning long-range effort has given Hibs the lead against Aberdeen.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I wonder if any of the Manchester City players will have a go at Edin Dzeko for staying on the floor and claiming injustice? When I was playing, if I had done that, I would have had my head ripped off at half-time for not helping out and not stopping the other team getting a goal."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Etihad StadiumHALF-TIME- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have been the better team. They will be more than happy with this and probably deserve to be ahead but, as it is, it is 1-1 at half time."

  79. 1647: 
    INJURY TIME- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Two minutes of injury-time at the end of the first half.

  80. 1646: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge joined Manchester City aged 13 in 2003 and remained there until he left for Chelsea in 2009. It perhaps explains why he opted against celebrating when he scored.

  81. 1646: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Manchester City almost give Liverpool a second goal completely gratis as Pablo Zabaleta's backpass bypasses an advancing Joe Hart and runs just a foot wide of the post. City have not been at the races since the equaliser.

  82. 1643: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool have sucked the atmosphere out of the Etihad Stadium with some disciplined defending. No way through for City as Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson bar James Milner's way.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Liverpool so often in the past have been carried purely by Steven Gerrard,. Now there seems a much better balance about them and they can compete all over the pitch."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  84. 1641: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Lucas and Steven Gerrard are covering plenty of ground in front of the Liverpool back four, trying to shut down the space of David Silva and Sergio Aguero. It is working for the most part.


    Elliot in High Wycombe on text via 81111: "A) It wasn't a foul on Edin Dzeko B) It wasn't a head injury C) If Manchester City got the ball back you can bet your life he would have gotten straight up!"

    Steven from Glasgow on text via 81111: "Dzeko wasn't that injured that he managed to get up and mouth off at the fourth official. Well played referee for keeping the game flowing."

    Paul at the game who is a Manchester City fan on text via 81111: "Daniel Sturridge was class at Manchester City. Unfortunate that he did not stay with us. Well done for not celebrating too. Class is permanent."

  87. 1639: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Manchester City waste a corner as James Milner sends it long to a back post devoid of light blue shirts. Daniel Sturridge is haring down the channels once more at the other end, but Jose Enrique's pass has to much on it and is gathered by Joe Hart. Five minutes to go in an enthralling first half.


    Tim G on Twitter: "Why was Edin Dzeko stationed on the ground and then gets straight up after the goal. He wanted Liverpool to break off their attack!"

    Dara Sheahan on Twitter: "Glad to see the dark arts of football losing out for a change. Dzeko certainly needed no treatment."

    SMarshall2810 on Twitter: "Incidents like that are great for the neutral - winds the players up, game becomes more fast and open!"

  89. 1637: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    Jordan Henderson has had a couple of let-off from referee Anthony Taylor so far and the official's patience snaps as the Liverpool man slides in on James Milner and takes his legs from under him. Into the book he goes.

  90. 1634: 
    Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

    There was a stat before this game that Liverpool have failed to win any of the eight league games in which they conceded the opening goal this season. The Etihad would be a good place to start.

    Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (left) and Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta

    IanWilliams1992 on Twitter: "What's the problem? Liverpool did put the ball out of play..."

    PeterSPrice on Twitter: "Get up Edin Dzeko, you are not getting anything."

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "What an absolutely magnificent strike! He might not have been great at Manchester City or Chelsea, but Daniel Sturridge looks the real deal now at Liverpool.

    "The controversy will be about the foul that was not given on Edin Dzeko. City first-team coach David Platt is going ballistic on the sideline.

    "Liverpool were quite within their rights to keep playing though, the rules say play can only be stopped for a head injury. There was also nothing wrong with Edin Dzeko, he was down on the floor for two minutes, received no treatment and is now running around with no problem."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  93. 1632: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (29 mins)

    Daniel Sturridge drills low and hard past Joe Hart from the edge of the box and declines to celebrate back at his old club. The City players are making plenty of noise though. Edin Dzeko believes he was fouled in the build-up and was apparently down injured as Liverpool continued. Javi Garcia did not cover himself in glory either, making a hash of a clearance before Sturridge's lashed finish. That is the first goal City have conceded in 2013.

  94. 1628: 
    Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool

    Jordan Henderson clatters into Gareth Barry as the pair contest an aerial ball. City cannot make anything of a free-kick though.


    Louis in London on text via 81111: "It often amazes me the faith Liverpool fans have. I don't think Liverpool have enough to handle Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko and even though Liverpool have Luis Suarez I fancy Manchester City at home. This is coming from an Arsenal fan. 2-1 to Manchester City."

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I do not think any of us saw that coming, certainly not in that style. James Milner was definitely onside, Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger played everybody on as he was a few yards behind everyone else.

    "There were still three Liverpool defenders in the area, but Agger lost his man. It was the simplest of tap-ins.

    "It is a shame for Liverpool fan as they were just starting to get on top. City as usual still manage to score when they are not on top."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  97. 1626: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool - Edin Dzeko (23 mins)

    Liverpool are carved wide open by Manchester City as the hosts get in behind for the first time and fully exploit the opportunity. David Silva slips in James Milner down the left wing with a dawdling Daniel Agger playing him onside. Milner's low cross is then side-footed home by a lurking Edin Dzeko in the middle.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "Liverpool just having the better of the last few minutes. Posing one or two questions for Man City defence."

  99. 1621: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Two chances in the space of a couple of minutes for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan shanks wide from Daniel Sturridge's precise cut-back and then misses after his strike partner charges down a clearance. Liverpool have looked bright in attack in the first 20 minutes.

  100. 1620: 

    Still all-square in the remaining two Scottish Cup fifth-round ties with Dundee and Morton tied at 1-1 into the second half and Hibs and Aberdeen just getting to the break goalless.

    All the action in the Scottish Cup is unfolding over on our dedicated live text commentary page.

  101. 1620: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    A heavy challenge from Javi Garcia on Jordan Henderson earns the Spaniard a stern telling-off from referee Anthony Taylor. It could have been yellow.


    CatfireTom on Twitter: "Wonder if Liverpool are going to look as threatening as they did v Man Utd a few weeks ago?"

    Ben Aitkenhead on Twitter: "Joe Hart looked sluggish on that. Daniel Sturridge is so quick. Great covering tackle."

  103. 1618: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Trademark Luis Suarez as the Liverpool striker worms his way between Gareth Barry and Gael Clichy. Joleon Lescott gets back to bundle the ball behind for a corner. Jamie Carragher almost gets on the end of Daniel Agger's nod-down from the set-piece.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was in no-man's land there. Why did he not come out and get the ball?

    "Daniel Sturridge had a great touch, and should have scored. Maybe he was surprised Hart did not take man and ball like he should have done."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  105. 1614: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Only a stretching last-ditch tackle from Pablo Zabaleta denies Liverpool as Daniel Sturridge takes down a lofted through ball from Glen Johnson with a delicious first touch that beats Joe Hart. Zabaleta gets back just in time to bail out his goalkeeper.

  106. 1612: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool are looking more direct than Brendan Rodgers has had them playing recently. Jose Enrique swings in a cross from the left wing and Stewart Downing is in the six-yard box attempting to make something of it. It is over his head and City clear up.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Interestingly, if you went through the two teams on paper, you would not say Manchester City are a lot better despite the difference in points. As such, it is a very even game so far with a lot of action in the midfield.

    "For example, as a former defender, I think at the moment I would rather face City strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko than Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  108. 1611: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Jamie Carragher's restoration to the first team line-up at the expense of Martin Skrtel in recent weeks could be key today. City are undoubtedly the best team he has come up against since his return.


    Rich3011 on Twitter: "Does David Silva remind anyone else of Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond?"

    Big Wroi on Twitter: "So happy for Stewart Downing, he is now a starter for Liverpool."

    Ben Aitkenhead on Twitter: "I don't see how Jamie Carragher keeps Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero quiet today."

  110. 1608: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool needlessly give away a corner as Daniel Agger's backpass runs out of play. A well-worked City routine follows from the set-piece, but Javi Garcia's header is over the top at the near post.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium on Twitter:

    "Good start here. Pepe Reina saves from David Silva and Liverpool show their threat on the counter attack."

  112. 1606: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    Jose Enrique almost springs Daniel Sturridge with a long ball forward but it is over-hit and is all Joe Hart's. Sergio Aguero almost swaps passes with Edin Dzeko as he attempts to burst into the box at the other end. Glen Johnson cuts out the Bosnian's return pass.


    Ben Harrison on Twitter: "That odd feeling when you want Liverpool to get a result..."

    I assume you are a Manchester United fan? Remember, if Liverpool do win, the lead at the top of the table for Sir Alex Ferguson's side will remain 10 points.

    Former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills at Etihad Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina must have seen that late as he only seemed to react when the ball was close to him. He was fortunate that David Silva's shot was straight at him.

    "Otherwise, Manchester City do not seem to have their flair players on song this season and if I was a Liverpool player I would not be scared of them."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  115. 1602: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    City are straight on the attack as David Silva pings in a shot from 20 yards that Pepe Reina turns over the top. The Liverpool goalkeeper is not so commanding when he comes for the subsequent corner, but Jordan Henderson chops a clearance up towards the half-way line.

    KICK-OFF- Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool

    We are off and running.

  117. 1559: 

    The City announcer runs through the line-up introducing most of the players with a little personalised shout out. Joe Hart is England's number one. Pablo Zabaleta is today's captain and an able deputy for regular skipper Vincent Kompany. For Javi Garcia? The fact it is his birthday next week.

    Manchester City first team coach David Platt on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You have to give full credit to Manchester United, but all we can do is follow our role. If United open the door, we have to be in position to take advantage of that.

    "It means very little what happened last season. It is United's to lose as they have points in the bag, but there are plenty of points to play for.

    "We know the problems Liverpool can cause with their pace on the counter-attack so we have to be on our mettle.

    "It is not just Luis Suarez, they have Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing, Daniel Sturridge... Players with pace and the ability to score goals.

    "When we have not got the ball we must look after our shape. With the ball, we must produce the opportunities to score goals."

    You can hear commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live at 1600 GMT.

  119. 1557: 

    The wise old heads of Steve Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are first two in line for Liverpool as the visitors join Manchester City in the tunnel. Luis Suarez is at the back of the queue as the two teams head outside.

  120. 1554: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "We always look to win. They are the champions and we have to be organised defensively and look to dominate the ball when we have it. If you are missing Vincent Kompany, you are missing one of the top centre-backs in the country."

  121. 1553: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "Usually against Liverpool the game is difficult because they are a really good team and, at this moment, they are playing well. Now we have 10 points [between us and leaders Manchester United], maybe next Saturday we can have four points. Football is like this."

  122. 1553: 

    The two managers have been grabbed for some pre-match words. Fairly straight bats all round from messers Roberto Mancini and Brendan Rodgers.


    Jake in London on text via 81111: "Liverpool to win 2-1. Luis Suarez twice. Manchester City vulnerable without Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure. However, as a Liverpool fan, a draw would suit me."


    Max_Bryson18 on Twitter: "3-1 to Liverpool. Daniel Agger, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez with Edin Dzeko pulling one back for Manchester City."

    Kaveh Arshi on Twitter: "No new signing Philippe Coutinho, but backing Liverpool to win. Man City don't look to solid at the back & Luis Suarez is the perfect striker to take advantage."

    Ginger_John on Twitter: "Great to see Jose Enrique back in the Liverpool team! Hoping his runs from left-back can cause Manchester City problems..."

  125. 1548: 

    Liverpool have failed to score in their last thee visits to the Etihad Stadium in the league - losing 3-0 in this fixture in the last two seasons. However, the Reds are in a little run of form, with the addition of Daniel Sturridge to their forward line adding some edge. They have scored in their last 11 league games. Something has to give statistically.

  126. 1545: 

    JKenmir on Twitter: "RIP David Oates, the commentator who with much respect and calm described the Fabrice Muamba incident."

  127. 1545:  
    Alan Green talking about his colleague David Oates, who died on Sunday:

    "David Oates so loved Blackpool and he never hid that. When I first knew 'Oatesy' it was 25 years ago and he was the Manchester United reporter for BBC Manchester radio.

    "I did not even know he was ill until today, and he was such a great guy and a fabulous member of the BBC Radio 5 live sports team. It is absolutely devastating news."

  128. 1544: 

    Some very sad news - much-respected radio commentator David Oates died on Sunday morning. David was a Radio 5 live commentator for many years, covering football and rugby league. He was also a huge fan of Blackpool Football Club.

  129. 1544: 
    Manchester City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool make one change from the team that drew at Arsenal, with Jose Enrique replacing youngster Andre Wisdom. Manchester City are still without injured captain Vincent Kompany so Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott play in central defence. Edin Dzeko is preferred to Carlos Tevez in attack.

  130. 1543: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Milner, Javi Garcia, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Nasri, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Tevez.

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Downing, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Shelvey, Skrtel, Wisdom.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    "Manchester City have had their task laid out in front of them by Manchester United's win at Fulham that sent them 10 points clear a the top of the Premier League - anything less than victory against Liverpool and that gap looks very ominous. Liverpool once again played promisingly against a top six team at Arsenal but again only drew. This is another chance for Liverpool to demonstrate the progress manager Brendan Rodgers insists is being made."

  132. 1537: 

    Right, let's turn this tanker round and aim it at the Etihad. There is a cover version of Oasis's Supersonic blaring out of the City tannoy as David Silva scampers around in a warm-up game of keep-ball. Liverpool's Luis Suarez has arrived with over-sized headphones firmly in place.

    Former Tottenham player and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "I think Gareth Bale is now the finest British footballer currently playing the game. Agree?"

  134. 1534: 

    Dundee took the lead against Morton through Jim McAlister but Michael Tidser has just equalised, while Hibs v Aberdeen is just getting underway.

    All the action in the Scottish Cup is unfolding over on our dedicated live text commentary page.

  135. 1531: 

    Tottenham goalscorer Gareth Bale: "In the future I hope there is a role in the middle for me even though I still enjoy it out wide on the left.

    "We are in the top-four of the table on merit, we are playing some great stuff. It will not be easy, but we will keep plugging away.

    "I am enjoying my football at the moment, and when I am doing that, I usually play well."

  136. 1530: 

    Gareth Bale is among the walking wounded in the Spurs dressing room. The Welshman peels back his upper lip to show an interviewer the sizeable cut in his mouth sustained late in the second half. It sounds like it is impeding his words a bit as well.

    Former Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "If Jermain Defoe is injured, it will be a big loss for Spurs with Emmanuel Adebayor away at the Africa Cup of Nations. They have had a lot of success playing two strikers recently, so without them, it could be difficult."

  138. 1527: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    That win moves Tottenham up to within a point of a faltering Chelsea in third. They are firmly lodged in the Champions League places, but there may be trouble ahead if Jermain Defoe, who had his foot in a protective boot and was using a crutch as he made his way back to the dressing room at full-time, is out for any lengthy amount of time.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom's Goran Popov let everyone down today with his red card. Gareth Bale's goal for Tottenham was fitting of winning any game.

    "Shane Long had a few early opportunities for West Brom he could have done better with, maybe he is rusty. Tottenham were not top of their game and the red card helped them out."

  140. 1524: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham
  141. 1523: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    That set-piece is well claimed by the impressive Hugo Lloris. Albion look done and dusted.

  142. 1522: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    West Brom have a final throw of the dice. Michael Dawson gives away a free-kick just inside his own half. West Brom call up Ben Foster and prepare to hoist the high ball.

  143. 1522: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale has gone down after getting sandwiched between Chris Brunt's sliding tackle and Steven Reid's shoulder charge. The Welshman is mopping up a little blood from his mouth before he is back in play.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom have not done too badly since the goal. I have been disappointed with Tottenham as they have just sat back, but you never know what can happen.

    "West Brom are there for the taking but Spurs are just content to get men behind the ball."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  145. 1520: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    West Brom are gambling with Shane Long, Markus Rosenberg and Marc Antoine Fortune all posted upfield. They are starved of the ball though. Four minutes of injury time to play.


    Chrissy1893 on Twitter: "Fine, go ahead and call Gareth Bale world class. Check the stats, and then stop criticising Theo Walcott. More likely world class than Bale."

    Mic_Med on Twitter: "Spurs scare me when they stop attacking 10 minutes before full-time. They're just asking for late drama."

    AndyScott01 on Twitter: "Good performance by Spurs, very professional. Just what they need if they want to compete for top four regularly."

  147. 1518: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Jonas Olsson attempts to wrestle Michael Dawson out of the way and put pressure on Hugo Lloris as the Frenchman fields a high ball into the penalty area. Dawson holds his ground though and another minute ticks by.

  148. 1516: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Aaron Lennon is withdrawn and replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson as Spurs run down the clock a little further. Gareth Bale heads over the top from the Icelandic international's corner kick. Three minutes left to go.

  149. 1514: 

    Tottenham are hogging possession and drawing the sting out of the game as the clock ticks down past 85 minutes. Plenty of sweat from Albion, but they are the piggies in the middle at the moment.

  150. 1513: 
    Gareth Bale celebrates scoring for Tottenham

    Gareth Bale's strike for Tottenham was his 16th goal of the season.

  151. 1512: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Nine minutes to go and Steve Clarke plays his final joker. Marc Antoine Fortune and Markus Rosenberg come on for Claudio Yacob and Graham Dorrans.

  152. 1510: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    West Brom have not seen much of Hugo Lloris's goal but Shane Long just got a little glimpse. His low effort from the edge of the box is easily fielded by the goalkeeper.

  153. 1508: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Andre Villas-Boas hooks off Kyle Walker and replaces him with William Gallas. Walker is roundly booed by the home fans.

  154. 1507: 
    West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

    Mousa Dembele invites Clint Dempsey to try his luck from just inside the left edge of the area. The American allows the ball to run across his body a little too far and Ben Foster makes a good save as they angle tightens.

    Former Tottenham player and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "What a wonderful football player Gareth Bale is! Fast, dynamic, accurate and supremely talented."

  156. 1506: 

    West Brom have 15 minutes to try and find a way back into this game. There is no sign of it so far.

  157. 1504: 

    StonesLiam on Twitter: "Jamie Carragher starts again for Liverpool, good to see him getting a regular run in the team."

  158. 1504: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "9 - Gareth Bale has now scored nine PL goals away from home this season, only Robin van Persie (10) has more. Drool."

  159. 1504: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Manchester City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Edin Dzeko and Matija Nastasic come in for Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri in the Manchester City starting XI as Roberto Mancini makes two changes from the team that drew with QPR.

  160. 1502: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Manchester City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool make one change from the team that drew against Arsenal with Jose Enrique coming in for Andre Wisdom.


    Nitin Aggarwal on Twitter: "Gareth Bale scores for Spurs, about time."

    Neil Knighton on Twitter: "Baaaaale! That was a bit tasty. Who needs strikers?"

    Mr_Luke_Holland on Twitter: "Bale has got be worth at least £60m."

  162. 1500: 

    Graham Dorrans has picked up a yellow card for a heavy late tackle. This could get a bit spicy with Albion feeling aggrieved at both the red card and goal.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Gareth Bale cut inside on his tremendous left foot and gave Ben Foster no chance. That goal was just a matter of time.

    "It is attack v defence at the moment. The stupidity of what Goran Popov did is that his team-mates are suffering against 11 strong Spurs players.

    "I think Spurs will be two or three up very soon."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  164. 1459: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Tottenham - Gareth Bale (67 mins)

    Gareth Bale has always looked like the man most likely to oblige Tottenham and he duly delivers an absolute rocket off his left past Ben Foster after wriggling past James Morrison on the edge of the box. West Brom are arguing that Lewis Holtby was offside in the build-up. Replays suggest he was level with Jonas Olsson.

  165. 1455: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham have 25 minutes to try and work out this conundrum. West Brom have repelled everything in the air and so far Spurs have not had enough guile to get in behind or found their range from long distance.


    Zaiky on Twitter: "Spitting at someone no doubt has to be a red card. Spitting in someone's direction not so much."

    Ebele Chiemeke on Twitter: "Absolutely barbaric of Goran Popov. This is the 21st century dude. Well done Mark Clattenburg for sending him off."

  167. 1452: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale is wiped out by Ben Foster as he chases through into the penalty area. The West Brom goalkeeper took the ball, attacker, defender and everything else there. Bale is down and grimacing there and for a moment it looks like he might join Jermain Defoe on the treatment table. The Welshman is back and running after a few soothing words from the physio.

    Jermain Defoe limps off for Tottenham

    Pat on text via 81111: "Disgusting by Goran Popov, there is no place for behaviour like that in society. Footballers are role models to thousands of children! Disgusting."

  169. 1449: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham probe and pressing around the penalty box, but there is no-one within the postal district of Kyle Walker's cross. The Tottenham right-back slices wide as the ball drops to him at an awkward angle 18 yards out and the crowd, who have been giving him some stick for being spat at, enjoyed that one. Stay classy Hawthorns.

  170. 1445: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Benoit Assou Ekotto takes on an ambitious 30-yard volley as West Brom clear Spurs' 10th corner kick of the match. The Cameroon international's effort flies well over the top. That would have been something.


    Cockle191 on Twitter: "Off ya pop, Popov."

    Faron Bloomfield on Twitter: "What type of person spits at someone? Absolutely disgusting."

    Young HerbY on Twitter: "Totally unacceptable from Popov. Non-sportsmen like."

  172. 1443: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Lewis Holtby warms the palms of Ben Foster with a near-post drive following Benoit Assou Ekotto's slide-rule pass. Spurs look like they have been given a boost by the dismissal of Goran Popov.

  173. 1442: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    West Brom rejig with Liam Ridgewell coming on to fill in at left-back and Romelu Lukaku paying the price. Shane Long is on his own up front for the Baggies.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Referee Mark Clattenburg was straight over with the red card and seemed 100% sure of it. Goran Popov should not have even gotten into that situation, he should have just cleared the ball, but he tried to get around Kyle Walker.

    "That is really, really poor behaviour. Spitting is horrible and the worst form of disrespect you can show to anybody, he should be ashamed of himself.

    "It is such a low thing to do."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.


    Paul on text via 81111: "Wow. That is the most selfish thing I've seen a player do ever. Now West Brom have a mountain to climb."

  176. 1440: 

    Celtic are comfortably through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, defeating Raith Rovers 3-0 with Charlie Mulgrew adding a late goal to the earlier strikes by Kris Commons and James Forrest.

    All the action in the Scottish Cup is unfolding over on our dedicated live text commentary page.

  177. 1440: 
    RED CARD- West Brom's Goran Popov

    Good call from referee Mark Clattenburg for my money. West Brom defender Goran Popov and Kyle Walker have a tussle on the byeline over a loose ball. It is all much of a muchness, but the pair of them are yabbering away at each other as they trudge upfield for the goal kick and Popov looks like he finishes the argument by launching some phlegm in Walker's direction. Clattenburg is on the scene straight away and it is a straight red for the Macedonian.


    Kyri in London on text via 81111: "As a Spurs fan I think we'll be absolutely fine for top four finish. Wait, other teams don't annually capitulate come February like we do? They have strikers you say? Oh..."

  179. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Right, we are back underway at West Brom. No changes to either team.


    S_Anderson5 on Twitter: "Can Spurs sign a striker on emergency loan? Let's chuck Gareth Bale up top and pray."

    But in what world is an ankle sprain to Jermain Defoe an emergency? If it is, it is entirely of Spurs' own making.

  181. 1431: 

    Over in the Rustenburg, the traditional African powerhouses of Nigeria and Ivory Coast are half an hour away from kick-off in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. Will the Elephants finally end that African Cup of Nations hoodoo? There is live text commentary of that one on the BBC Sport pages as well.

  182. 1427: 

    Celtic have one foot in the next round after James Forrest squeezes home a shot to add to Kris Commons earlier penalty.

    All the action in the Scottish Cup is unfolding over on our dedicated live text commentary page.

  183. 1423: 

    Not a lot to choose between the two sides and if you are Champions League-chasing Tottenham that cannot be a good thing. If they want to be back winning in the San Siro, they have to do the hard work and be more dominant at places like The Hawthorns.

    Tottenham's Michael Dawson (left) and West Brom's Shane Long

    Steve_Morris_1 on Twitter: "What are Spurs going to do if Emmanuel Adebayor gets injured playing for Togo? No other strikers except young Harry Kane after Jermain Defoe's injury."

    Andrew Tom Howard on Twitter: "Genuine thanks to Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy. Andrew, wearing red, north London."

    SampsE3 on Twitter: "We can only pray Togo do not progress in Afcon and Emmanuel Adebayor returns sooner."

  185. 1420:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at The HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    The game started promisingly but has got worse the longer it has gone on. Shane Long and have had decent opportunities for West Brom and Gareth Bale forced a fine save from Ben Foster just before the break, but it's not been much of a half.

  186. 1418: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Gareth Bale catches one cleanly from 20 yards. It whistles towards goal but a sprawling Ben Foster deals with it well, tipping over the top and giving the snappers a good shot behind the goal in the process.

  187. 1418: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    What Tottenham need is someone like Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is full of running up top and almost harries a mistake out of Jan Vertonghen.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I wanted to see Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the wings, and that injury has made that happen as Lewis Holtby has come on in the hole. Spurs look more balanced now."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  189. 1416: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are playing the ball neatly around the edge of the box, but nobody looks like they really want to make a forward run beyond the last defender. Three minutes of injury time.


    Jon a Spurs fan in Eastleigh on text via 81111: "It's ok, we can bring on that £20M striker that chief executive Daniel Levy brought in on Thursday night!"

  191. 1413: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham fans will be supporting Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations tonight to guarantee Emanuel Adebayor's return as soon as possible. Spurs have shoved Clint Dempsey forward as their most attacking player with Lewis Holtby slotting in just behind.


    The Trevor Durham on Twitter: "Having only one striker in a squad of 18 players is stupid and totally unnecessary."

    Chris Allan on Twitter: "Wouldn't it have made sense for Spurs to at least get a striker on loan rather than having absolutely no cover?"

    MaxBeaso on Twitter: "Well the EXCELLENT news is striker Jermain Defoe is off injured. Nice one for chief executive Daniel Levy."

  193. 1411: 

    Five minutes of the half remaining and this match, which started quite promisingly, has lost a bit of fizz amid the stoppages.

  194. 1410: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    This does not look great at all from Jermain Defoe. The striker is helped down the tunnel by two of the Tottenham staff. Lewis Holtby is on in his place. At the very least Defoe must be a big doubt for England's match against Brazil on Wednesday.


    Tattz in Oldbury on text via 81111: "Spurs boss AVB certainly learning lesson of good man management. Eased Hugo Lloris in gently and is rewarded with a solid confident keeper. Can see the same happening with Lewis Holtby in the middle of the park."

    Dan Tinsley on text via 81111: "AVB is right to make Holtby work for his place, as we saw with Lloris. Clint Dempsey is a good player who more often than not has played out of position and still scored goals. Team player!"

  196. 1408: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Jermain Defoe has turned his left ankle as he stretches to contest a 50-50 ball with Shane Long. He got to the ball first, but is getting treatment from the Tottenham physio for a painful looking sprain. Tottenham are not exactly stacked with strikers. Over in South Africa, Emmanuel Adebayor is preparing for Togo's quarter-final against Burkina Faso.


    AlexStoz on Twitter: "Very rarely have I seen such an error-strewn game of football in the Premier League."

    Sho_Rahman on Twitter: "Kyle Walker is the worst corner taker in the league."

    Tanvir_Huz on Twitter: "I think Spurs are two players short of a title winning team, a Luka Modric replacement in midfield and a top striker."

  198. 1405: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    High, wide and very ugly from Gareth Bale. Tottenham have not forced a real save out of Ben Foster.

  199. 1404: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Claudio Yacob careers into another tackle, barging over Jermain Defoe right on the edge of the penalty box. It is a free-kick, but another half-yard and it would have been a spot-kick. Gareth Bale lining it up...

  200. 1403: 

    GOAL - Raith Rovers 0-1 Celtic. After three unsuccessful penalty claims, the visitors are finally awarded a spot-kick following Simon Mensing's challenge on Kris Commons, who confidently converts from 12 yards.

    Watch the game on BBC One Scotland and online.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  201. 1401: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Jan Vertonghen gets rapped across the shin pads as Claudio Yacob flies into a tackle. He might be lucky to escape yellow there.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think if Spurs get the ball out wide to Aaron Lennon, they can cause problems. West Brom need to play a few more passes before they knock it forward, they need to take more time I think."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  203. 1400: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker are combining well down Tottenham's right wing. Lennon gets to the byeline and wins a corner off Chris Brunt, but the set-piece is a dolly for Ben Foster. Not a lot of physical presence in the six-yard box for Spurs,


    Travis on Twitter: "Spurs midfield is one of the best in the Premier League. Mousa Dembele and Gareth Bale are superb. Only trumped by the likes of Juan Mata and David Silva for me."

  205. 1358: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Clint Dempsey has not done a lot to dent the case of Lewis Holtby's supporters. The American's efforts from 20 yards trails well wide of target. Twenty-six minutes gone and the game has gone into a bit of lull.

  206. 1356: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Mousa Dembele is hassled into giving away a corner kick by Graham Dorrans as the Spurs player attempts to shepherd the ball out of play. Hugo Lloris leaps well to palm away the set-piece amid a packed penalty area.


    Colin Speakman on text via 81111: "Many managers start new signings from bench. Spurs fans should get behind Clint Dempsey."

  208. 1353: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham have had more of the pressure and possesion, but West Brom are packing more of a cutting edge up front. Graham Dorrans strokes the ball through with the outside of his left boot and Shane Long squanders a second good chance with a shot into the body of a spread-eagled Hugo Lloris.


    Don Limani on Twitter: "West Brom loanee Romelu Lukaku is a beast! Could do a much better job than Fernando Torres for Chelsea. Why didn't they call him back?"

  210. 1350: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Mousa Dembele skips away from Claudio Yacob with a drop of the shoulder but the Belgian slashes his effort wide from 20 yards.

  211. 1349: 

    Half-time at Stark's Park and it's scoreless between Raith Rovers and Celtic. The visitors have had a couple of unsuccessful penalty claims for handball and, late in the half, a swirling corner kick struck the frame of the Raith goal. The hosts have threatened little but are still well in this tie.

    Watch the game on BBC One Scotland and online.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  212. 1348: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Jermain Defoe's pace almost make something out of an aimless long ball. Ben Foster hurtles off his line to boot clear just ahead of the England striker.

  213. 1345: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    The first glimmer from Gareth Bale as he glides past a clutch of nervous Albion defenders. The Welshman cuts back a cross from the byeline, but it is nodded over the bar by a covering West Brom player.

  214. 1343: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Mousa Dembele tries to thread a pass through the eye of the needle to pick out Clint Dempsey. It is a touch over-hit and runs out for a goal-kick. Tottenham's long-running pursuit of Leandro Damiao apparently continued in January. Could they do with a bit more thrust up top?


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "2 - WBA have won only two of their last 11 PL games (W2 D2 L7) and just one of their last five PL games at The Hawthorns (W1 D2 L2). Struggle."

  216. 1341: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham fans have been regaling their West Brom fans with a few little ditties about Peter Odemiwingie. "He drives where he wants" is one observation along with another that the Nigerian knows that the Baggies are not all that good. Or something along those lines.


    Alex P on text via 81111: "Liverpool fans will get another reality check today. Top-four? I think they'd be lucky to get Europa League football next season. It really annoys me that they are treated like royalty by the media just because of their history, they are an average side with one or two world-class players."

    Mick H from Kent on text via 81111: "I am sceptical about this whole Baggies "outrage" over Peter Odemwingie. Odemwingie pointed out that it was in a similar fashion that he joined them in the first place. Methinks the club doth protest too much."

    BBC Radio 5 live:

    QPR assistant manager Joe Jordan has just revealed on BBC Radio 5 live that star striker Loic Remy has a "slight groin strain". There had been mixed reports over the severity of the injury, and that latest revelation is great news for the relegation-threatened team.

  219. 1339: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham threaten at the other end as Aaron Lennon skins a defender and stands a ball up to the far post. Clint Dempsey has a free header, but directs it down and any pace it had on it is taken by the pitch.

  220. 1338: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    A bright start from West Brom and Romelu Lukaku fires a shot in from 20 yards which Hugo Lloris saves with ease. Not the cleanest connection.


    Brave Talkin' on Twitter: "Lewis Holtby looked sharp last week for Spurs, but all this outrage over starting him from the bench is a bit overdramatic don't you think?"

    Suhas2009 on Twitter: "Fans calling for AVB to be sacked have gone bonkers. Really need a reality check!"

  222. 1336: 
    West Brom 0-0 Tottenham

    Steve Clarke's decision to play two up front looks like the right one early on. Romelu Lukaku out-jumps Michael Dawson to flick on for Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland striker is almost through on goal, but a combination of a covering Jan Vertonghen and an advancing Hugo Lloris do just enough to usher him away from goal.

    Former Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think the quality of player has gone up a notch at Spurs. They are just below the top two or three clubs now.

    "I am a bit surprised Andre Villas-Boas has done as well as he has. Thought it was a typical Tottenham thing to do to get rid of a good manager and then struggle, but that has not happened."

    Listen to updates from West Brom v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  224. 1332: 

    Benoit Assou Ekotto allows the ball to slip under his foot and out for a throw from a simple pass from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Big mocking cheers follow from the home fans.

  225. 1330: 

    We are up and running.

  226. 1329: 

    Tottenham to get us underway with Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale over the ball.

  227. 1328: 

    The teams are in tunnel. Kyle Walker's shirt seems to have shrunk in the wash. The England international has to be crowbarred into his top with the help of team-mate Mousa Dembele.

    Either shrinkage or he has picked the extreme musclefit cut of Tottenham kitbag. It looks like it might be cutting of the bloodflow to his head it is so close-fitting.


    Rush on Twitter: "Clint Dempsey haters, please review: Jermain Defoe (14 goals), Gareth Bale (12 goals), Clint Dempsey (eight goals): Goals in all competitions."

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "240 - Tottenham have conceded fewer fouls than any other team in the Premier League this season (240). Disciplined."

  229. 1324: 
    West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Manager Steve Clarke wants West Brom to use the Peter Odemwingie saga to help get their season back on track against Tottenham. "January has been a poor month so I'm glad it's February. The players have lost a bit of confidence. Maybe we can even use some of the events which have unfolded this week as a positive stimulus." Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who worked with Clarke under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, said: "Steve is an excellent person. It is fantastic to see him doing well. Whatever happens on Sunday, they won't lose their ninth position. They are having an extremely good season."

    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Popov, Dorrans, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Long, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Thomas, Jones, Tamas, Fortune.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Livermore.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at The HawthornsWest Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    "The whole sorry incident of Peter Odemwingie's "the transfer that never was" is a shame because he has been great for West Brom and they have been great for him. Steve Clarke has resisted the temptation to send his wayward striker in front of the baying crowd by picking him for Sunday. Tottenham didn't get everything they wanted in the transfer window, but Lewis Holtby is an interesting player and finding a club willing to take Heurelho Gomes was a work of genius."


    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas talking to Sky: "I am extremely happy with our January business with Lewis Holtby and the squad is ready. We believe a lot in the group we have.

    "West Brom are very competitive, Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku are a strong partnership so we have to keep an eye on it."


    West Brom manager Steve Clarke talking to Sky: "[Talking about if the Peter Odemwingie situation is a distraction] The players are fully focused anyway. It has been nice to talk to them just about football, it is a nice distraction for everyone that we have a football game.

    "Both Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku up front have done well for me. The seeds were there when they played together before, the results haven't been as good recently, so you have to try something different.

    "Tottenham's players can create something from nothing. Defensively, we have conceded soft goals so everybody in the team has to do their job defensively."

  234. 1318: 

    The managers are in the tunnel. This Peter Odemwingie thing looks like it has taken it out of Steve Clarke. The Scot's chin bristles are on the lengthy side and his tie is askew. Andre Villas-Boas is predictably elegantly ruffled.


    Ned on text via 81111: "Wins for Liverpool and West Brom would see Liverpool just four points off the top four. Could they?"

    Nick Welch a Manchester United fan in Cheshire on text via 81111: "Much as it pains me, nothing but a Liverpool win will satisfy me today. Come on you Scousers - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's second-hand army!"

    Matt Jones an optimistic Manchester City fan on text via 81111: "RE: Tom 12.45 - Getting rid of Manchester City's Gareth Barry?! He's been consistently excellent for a good year now, and his performances have far exceeded those of the lethargic Yaya Toure this season. Barry is only behind Pablo Zabaleta as our player of the season so far."

  236. 1314: 

    Paul Dickov has already been eased out of the Oldham manager's job this morning and he has just been joined amongst the jobless by Notts County counterpart Keith Curle.

    County lost to bottom side Hartlepool, in that match of appropriately named scorers, yesterday but are well set in 10th in League One.


    West Brom on Twitter: "England manager Roy Hodgson returns to The Hawthorns for the first time this afternoon and will watch the game from the Directors' Box."


    Jonnnny Wright on Twitter: "Today will show whether or not Liverpool are indeed a big force in English football any more. They must go for the win."

    Matthew Lewis on Twitter: "RE Jon, Eastleigh - Clint Dempsey's not completely useless. He has scored some important goals for Spurs this season. Useless is being harsh."

    Rob Rimmer on Twitter: "As an Man Utd fan it's hard to want Liverpool to win, but 10 points clear of Manchester City would be a great way to end the week."

  239. 1308: 

    No sign of Peter Odemwingie on Steve Clarke's team-sheet, but the furore over the Nigerian is already making an impression at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

    A banner emblazoned with "Odemwingie Out" has been draped over part of the Birmingham Road End. I should imagine the home stewards will not match their Arsenal counterparts in their rush to pull that one down.

  240. 1304: 
    West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Shane Long starts up front for West Brom, one of three changes from the side that lost to Everton in their last fixture. Long partners Romelu Lukaku in attack while Steven Reid and Claudio Yacob come in, meaning Jerome Thomas and Billy Jones drop to the bench. As promised, Peter Odemwingie is left out of the squad following the on-off QPR transfer saga.

    Tottenham name an unchanged team from their draw with Norwich City. That means no place for German attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby, but the January signing is among the substitutes.

  241. 1300: 

    Fans of the much-anticipated, never-achieved Forfar 5-4 East Fife scoreline, will like this one.

    Hartlepool beat Notts County 2-1 yesterday with Hartley and Poole the men on the scoresheet for the League One side.

    Not in the right order mind, but we won't let that small fact spoil our fun will we?


    Robbie in Norwich on text via 81111: "Yes, Man City clawed back Man Utd's lead last season. However, last year we didn't have Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic or an on fire Wayne Rooney. The fat lady is waiting in the wings."

    Jon a livid Spurs fan in Eastleigh on text via 81111: "I can't believe AVB is not starting Lewis Holtby instead of the completely useless Clint Dempsey! Holtby changed the game against Norwich whilst Dempsey looks about as comfortable on the ball as a new born hippo!"


    AndyWilson32 on Twitter: "Would be a boost for Liverpool to beat a top-four club for the first time this season. Would give real momentum for the rest of the year."

    Jordan Kirby on Twitter: "Man City simply can't afford a loss so will overrun Liverpool; 3-1 to keep the title chase alive."

    Harry Chalvet on Twitter: "Tottenham will not get top-four. They will be too focused on keeping Gareth Bale come the end of the season. Fourth place is for ARSENAL!!!"

  244. 1251: 

    Gareth Bale is out warming up on The Hawthorns' surface in a pair of gloves with his Tottenham team-mates. It is a cold and grizzly looking day in the Midlands.

    Bale gets a bit of a ribbing off West Brom goalkeeper and fellow Wales international Boaz Myhill for his rather slick flat-top haircut. No such nonsense from Myhill. His barber just reaches straight for the clippers.


    Coopz in Nottinghamshire on text via 81111: "Spurs and manager Andre Villas-Boas need to work hard to put two poor performances against Leeds and Norwich behind them and not fall into the poor end of season form that saw us collapse last season."

    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku start up front for West Brom.

    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Lewis Holtby starts on the bench in an unchanged line-up for Tottenham.

  248. 1245: 

    Tom in Manchester on text via 81111: "Whether Manchester City win the Premier League this season or not I can see a major overhaul of players during the summer, my money's on Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri, Maicon and Joleon Lescott out."

    Fraser from Wimborne on text via 81111: "Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool, Spurs to win, and West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie to drive around Birmingham looking for any takers..."

    Fraser in Wimborne on text via 81111: "Lewis Holtby has to start today for Spurs, to get CL football! Reckon Odemwingie could be a distraction for WBA."

  249. 1244: 

    That "watch-out for-him" gesture that Gary Lineker made towards the bench after Gascoigne's famous yellow card at Italia 1990 seems as poignant as ever this morning.

    Former team-mate of Paul Gascoigne and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Lots of you asking for my thoughts on Gazza's plight. I can only hope he finds peace somehow, but fear those hopes may be forlorn."

  251. 1239: 

    There was some particularly grim listening on BBC Radio 5 live for all England fans of a certain age this morning. Paul Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker has said that his client needs immediate help after he broke down on stage at a charity event.

    "Whatever's happened to him in the five or six weeks since I saw him before Christmas he is not as well as he has been," said Baker.

    "His life is always in danger because he is an alcoholic. Maybe no one can save him - I don't know. I really don't know."


    Fais110 on Twitter: "I think the title race is over regardless of what happens when Manchester City takes on Liverpool."

    Gwilym J. James on Twitter: "Let's get Paul Dickov in as a coach before today's game, he knows how to beat this lot."

    Aberrant_1 on Twitter: "My money is on Spurs and Man City victorious today with Gareth Bale and Edin Dzeko the only scorers."

  253. 1233: 

    There are three Scottish Cup ties this afternoon, with Raith Rovers v Celtic first up at 12:45 GMT. Tournament favourites Celtic were beaten in the League Cup last week and will be keen to avoid an upset at First Division Raith.

    Watch the game on BBC One Scotland and online.

    Later Dundee host Morton and there's an all-Scottish Premier League tie at Easter Road where Aberdeen are Hibernian's visitors.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  254. 1227: 

    It is not just the Premier League to get your teeth into today. There may not a lot of similarities between the South African city of Mbombela and Dundee, but there will be live text commentary of the cup action from both on the website today.

    Burkina Faso v Togo and Ivory Coast v Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals south of the equator, with Scottish Cup action back here in Blighty.


    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after his match-winning goal against Fulham on Twitter: "Great result for us yesterday. Getting ready to meet up with the lads at England. Excited for game against Brazil. Big test for us."

  256. 1219: 

    There has been a lot of speculation as to what welcome Peter Odemwingie can expect back in the West Brom dressing room after his entertaining cameo in transfer deadline day.

    Well, the Baggies players have already got his shirt hanging up in the Hawthorns. Rather predictably, it is Rangers' blue and white hoops, rather than Albion's stripes though. Ouch.

  257. 1214: 

    So can City afford defeat today? Are Spurs going to make a return to Champions League football? Can Liverpool finally overcome a top-10 side? And where will Peter Odemwingie be watching today's Baggies action? I need answers.

    Fortunately for me, #bbcfootball on Twitter and 81111 from UK mobiles are open for business.

  258. 1208: 

    Of course, overhauling a Manchester United side seemingly over the hill and out of sight is a trick Manchester City have pulled off pretty recently.

    Cast your mind back to 8 April. Manchester United moved eight points clear at the top with a 2-0 win over QPR. I don't think fans of either side need reminding how that title race ended up come May.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live have coverage of both Premier League games today. The action begins at The Hawthorns where Pat Murphy and Andy Reid will bring you updates of Tottenham's visit to West Brom from 1330 GMT.

    At 1600 GMT, there is live commentary of the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Mike Ingham, Alan Green and Danny Mills will let you know if the Premier League champions can close the gap to leaders Manchester United at Etihad Stadium.

  260. 1204: 

    Before that though a West Brom side without a win in January will attempt to kick-start a stalling 2013 against a Tottenham side unbeaten in the league since 9 December.

    Victory for Spurs will move them within a point of Chelsea in third and three points clear of Everton in fifth. For all the doubters around Andre Villas-Boas at the start of this season, that is not to bad a place to be is it Spurs fans?

    This is how we roll out this afternoon:

    West Brom v Tottenham (1330 GMT)

    Man City v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

  261. 1200: 

    Ten. Tony's Den. A speckled hen. Double figures. However you split it, the gap between leaders Manchester United and defending champions Manchester City is fast developing from a gap into a chasm.

    Roberto Mancini's side have a game in hand to start pegging their city rivals back. A fitful Liverpool side need to be dispatched at Etihad Stadium this afternoon to keep the red half of Manchester in sight.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 25 29 62
2 Man City 25 26 53
3 Chelsea 25 24 46
4 Tottenham 25 13 45
5 Everton 25 10 42
6 Arsenal 25 20 41
7 Liverpool 25 12 36
8 Swansea 25 6 34
9 West Brom 25 -1 34
10 Stoke 25 -6 30
11 West Ham 25 -8 30
12 Sunderland 25 -5 29
13 Fulham 25 -6 28
14 Norwich 25 -15 28
15 Newcastle 25 -11 27
16 Southampton 25 -11 24
17 Reading 25 -14 23
18 Wigan 25 -18 21
19 Aston Villa 25 -26 21
20 QPR 25 -19 17