Saturday football - as it happened

Hull draw with Stoke after wins for Man City, Cardiff, Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.

14 December 2013 Last updated at 11:27 GMT

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  1. 1939: 

    I don't think Thierry Henry will have to spend much time pondering the minutia of the day's final kick-off on Match of the Day tonight. He and Alan Shearer will be training their analytical fire on Manchester City v Arsenal and the rest from 2225 GMT.

    But that is your lot from the live text commentary for today. We'll be back tomorrow with coverage of Aston Villa v Manchester United, Norwich v Swansea and Tottenham v Liverpool.

    See you there.

  2. 1934: 
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    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: Great news: Not only is Thierry Henry on @BBCMOTD tonight but he'll be part of our World Cup team.

  3. 1933: 
    MATCH STATS- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Match stats

    Here is the tale of the tape. Plenty of hustle and bustle, but not a lot of shots for the two goalkeepers to deal with. Allan McGregor was sharp to deny Peter Crouch on a couple of occasions.

  4. 1930: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull defender Curtis Davies: "I think it was a boring game for those watching, but it another point towards us surviving. I don't think either side looked like creating anything apart from a mistake. We are happy with 19 points so far, we are going in the right direction and hopefully in the games to come we can play a bit more football."

  5. 1927: 

    Still, it is another point that shores up a midtable position for both sides. Hull would be more than happy with that come May. Stoke though? It isn't like you are getting a shedload more entertainment on the pitch compared to the Tony Pulis era.

  6. 1923: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Hull v Stoke

    Still with me? That was an ugly hour and half. I think we probably lost some good men and women out there. Certainly in terms of viewers.

    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:

    "A half-decent performance from both sides. Neither team wanted to be beaten, though Stoke did create the three best chances of the game. But Hull looked solid enough and ground out a result. Both sides deserved a point going into Christmas."

  8. 1921: 
    FULL-TIME- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
  9. 1921: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Nope. That is woeful. Charlie Adam's free-kick is five metres away from the nearest Stoke player as heads tamely wide for a goal-kick.

  10. 1920: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Stoke have a late chance to float the ball into Peter Crouch after Tom Huddlestone gives away a free-kick with a foul on Charlie Adam.

  11. 1918: 
    INJURY TIME- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Three minutes more to go according to the fourth official's fancy board.

  12. 1917: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Charlie Adam comes on for Marko Arnautovic for Stoke as we approach stoppage time.

  13. 1915: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Ahmed Elmohamady, the man dubbed, a little optimistically, the Egyptian David Beckham curls over a fine cross. Stoke only partially clear but Yannick Sagbo cannot make anything of it as the ball drops to him in space in the box.

  14. 1912: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    George Boyd's first action is to be caught offside as he scampers onto Liam Rosenior's pass. A little over eager perhaps.

  15. 1910: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Danny Graham is withdrawn from the fray with George Boyd on in his place for Hull

  16. 1908: 
    FINAL TEN MINUTES- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Steve Bruce

    We are into the last 10 minutes. It took a while but these two sides are finally serving up something better than dreary.

  17. 1906: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Wilson Palacios comes on from Glenn Whelan as Stoke make a change. The visitors have enjoyed their best spell of the match so far in the last five minutes.

  18. 1905:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Ryan Shawcross did ever so well to rise up and head the ball back across the danger area. It hit the bar and bounced to safety, but again Hull were exposed."

  19. 1905: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull are rocking. Ryan Shawcross gets up well to loop a header goalwards from the corner and it almost drops in, landing plum on the top of the bar before being hacked clear by a Hull defender.

  20. 1903: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Allan McGregor with another great save to deny Stoke. The Hull goalkeeper switched his weight quickly to get down and turn Peter Crouch's snap shot behind for a corner.

  21. 1900: 
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    Naveed Yousafi: This is more Hull Kitten than Hull Tigers at the moment.

    Simon Loat: This Hull vs Stoke game is everything I expected it to be.

  22. 1900:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:

    "That was great football from Stoke, making it look easy. Peter Crouch pulled off and planted a good header and it was a great save. Stephen Ireland was stood there poaching, but was flagged offside. Good decision, linesman."

  23. 1900: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Disallowed goal

    An offside flag stops the Stoke party. Peter Crouch snaps a header goalwards which a tumbling Allan McGregor does well to get a hand to. Stephen Ireland is quickest on the scene to turn the ball into the net, but that is because he has got a head start from an offside position.

  24. 1858: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Stephen Ireland whacks a shot wide, but it was only a smidge off target. Is there a winner still to show themselves? Twenty minutes to go..

  25. 1855: 

    Time to ring the changes. Erik Pieters replaces Marc Muniesa for Stoke in a straight swap at left-back. Meanwhile Robbie Brady replaces Alex Bruce as Hull attempt to up the tempo and take more than a point from the game.

  26. 1853: 
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    Sam from Long Eaton: Would love Huddlestone in the England squad. Like Carrick, but with pace!

    Mike: People calling for Clarke to go are so short-sighted. Newcastle stuck with Pardew and look where they are now!

    Tom in London: Just seen the Everton result. What should be scaring other teams is that we had four midfielders score today. And that's without Baines. Name one player who cant bag a Toffees goal.

    Everton are a fortnight away from being a year unbeaten at home.

  27. 1852: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    And now at the other end, Marko Arnautovic dallies on the ball when he has a clear path to goal. The Austrian striker had a great option with Oussama Assaidi thundering up outside him, but the pass never came. Assaidi understandably gives him an earful.

  28. 1850: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull should be ahead, but Ahmed Elmohamady was well within his rights to expect that far-post header to hit the net. Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic swooshed across the face of his goal like Superman to get a hand on it and turn it behind. That was a top-drawer stop.

  29. 1846:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Ryan Shawcross should have scored that. It's a glaring miss, and really he should have gone with his left foot. All he had to do was open up his foot and guide it into the net."

  30. 1846: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Marko Arnautovic's corner wings its way through the six-yard box, straight across the front of the unmarked Ryan Shawcross. The Stoke defender throws a leg out towards it, but fails to make a meaningful connection. Hearts in mouths on the Hull bench.

  31. 1843: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    That's more like it. Hull register the first serious attempt of the second half as Jake Livermore volleys just wide after charging down Glenn Whelan's clearance.

  32. 1842: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    It has been a poor quality 10 minutes of football at the KC Stadium. Peter Crouch heads wide, but he had a lot to do a good 15 yards from goal.

  33. 1840: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull make inroads with David Meyler cutting the ball back to the edge of the box, but Jake Livermore is closed down before he can get a shot away.

  34. 1837: 
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    Geoff Barlow: Why do people think grinding results at the top is a sign of a great club, but means you're a poor club if you're not in the top six?

    Thom Johnson: West Ham v West Brom on the 28th could be a big game for managers Allardyce and Clarke - the loser could face the sack.

    Navneet Gautam: Mikel may not be the best or most creative player but he is consistent and almost always reliable in the holding midfield position.

  35. 1837: 
    SHOWBOAT- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Marko Arnautovic raises ironic cheers from the home fans as he pulls off a totally unnecessary double-dragback turn in midfield.

  36. 1832: 
    KICK-OFF- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    We are back under way.

  37. 1831: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Hull City fans

    There is an impressive array of festive fancy dress at the KC Stadium with well-oiled young men dressed as Where's Wallys, Teletubbies and Smurfs around the place. Because nothing says Christmas more than smeared face paint and plastic pint pots.

  38. 1828: 
    MATCH STATS- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Hull v Stoke

    The stats don't lie. Hull have been on top with Oussama Assaidi's wayward shank Stoke's only effort at goal so far.

  39. 1824: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "In two away games, at Norwich and here, with a little bit of luck we could have got something out. We're disappointed not to get a point.

    "It will be our home form that will determine our season and if we show commitment we've shown today, and take our opportunities, we'll give it a good crack.

    "Marouane Chamakh has been excellent since I walked through the door. His attitude and commitment has been excellent. He linked up play today and we played good football when we got it into him.

    "I try to generate the spirit and commitment in the dressing that galvanises and pulls people together, and that's what we've tried to do here."

  40. 1822: 
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    Phil Shuttleworth: Everton. Results shows what Martinez has done for the club - under Moyes this finishes 1-1. #resultoftheday

    Matt WBY: #resultoftheday Leeds United dominating Doncaster away to push into the play-off places!

    Simon Atkins: Bournemouth 0-2 Bristol City! Stats lie, in this case! Great result, even if we were battered most of the game!

  41. 1822:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Two good defences on display, with Hull keeping good possession and broadly in control of the game. The midfield battle is key, but Stoke have players who can open Hull up. It's a very balanced game, and the single goal will probably win it."

  42. 1821:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Hull City have been the better side, they have had the better moments.

    "Asmir Begovic with a couple of good saves for Stoke and Curtis Davies headed wide."

  43. 1817: 
    HALF-TIME- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:

    "Hull still look on top and confident, but have they got the individual brilliance to open up Stoke?"

  45. 1815: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham have linked up fairly well up front for Hull. The finishing has been less impressive however. Sagbo punts the ball well over the top from Graham's precise knock-down.

  46. 1813: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Marko Arnuatovic is down clutching his face after being brushed in passing by David Meyler's outstretched hand. The Austrian picks himself up after it is clear that the gallons of claret you might expect from his reaction are not forthcoming. Republic of Ireland assistant boss and former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane is in the ground and looks less than impressed.

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    Richard Powell: Smoked salmon and caviar for lunch, bread and butter for tea! Something of a mixed menu served up by the Premier League today.

    Dave Worley: I've resisted the online forum angst for ages but it may be time for Clarke to move on. Just no buzz at the club - gutless.

    Joshua Roberts: Clarke out by New Year's Day. Great choice to hold fire on a new contract - four wins in 22, not good enough.

  48. 1810: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    It has come off the boil a bit at the KC. Tom Huddlestone scuffs one wide from distance at one end before Marko Arnautovic's cross is just beyond the reach of Peter Crouch at the other.

    We are into the last five minutes of the first half.

  49. 1807: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It was tense. It could have been 4-1 or 5-1, but it could have been 2-2. This is tense because when you miss chances to kill the opponent, when you're not in the best moment of your game and when you're in trouble, you fear the opponent can punish you.

    "We created a lot of chances but did not kill off the game and the opponents can score. They were three very important points against a team who, I have to say, were very well organised by Tony Pulis around his ideas.

    "Everyone is in there, but next weekend is between the first and the second and this country is waiting for that."

    Arsenal v Chelsea is a 2000 GMT kick off on Monday 23 December.

  50. 1803: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "Today is probably one of few games this season that I can say we deserved to win.

    "There are moments in the game when you have to take your chances, especially in the first half when we really on top of the game..

    "I cannot just think about the result because if I do I kill myself because we draw and need to win games."

  51. 1800: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    The away fans are getting stuck into their hosts, chanting "you're not City anymore" in response to Hull fans' protest over their club's proposed change of name.

  52. 1759:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Alex Bruce got in Curtis Davies' way. That was a great opportunity, timing his run perfectly and hitting the area of space he's aiming for. He has to hit the target with his header."

  53. 1759: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull are enjoying all the best views on goal. Curtis Davies gets the drop on his Stoke marker and meets Tom Huddlestone's free-kick with a powerful downward header. Textbook stuff, but his effort whizzes just wide of the post. A let-off for Stoke.

  54. 1757: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
    Hull v Stoke

    Stoke's Oussama Assaidi cuts in off the left flank to line up a shot from 25 yards. We have seen this before. But unlike against Chelsea last week, the Moroccan's shot screws well wide.

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    Everton defender Silvain Distin: Could have/should have killed the game in first half but great reaction after they equalised. Let's keep focused.

  56. 1755: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    The clock ticks past 19 minutes, 04 seconds and the Hull fans duly boost the volume on their chants of "we know who we are". The club was founded in 1904 and the home fans have used that point in the last few home games to register their opinion on the club's possible name change.

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    Nick Clohessy: I can't be the only person who thinks Huddlestone deserves to be in the England squad ahead of Cleverley.

    Thomas Stirk: West Ham need to sack Big Sam now,.Martin Jol is available and would be a wonderful replacement. Steve Clarke is in danger too...

    Ben McManus: For those saying Martinez is better than Moyes - let's see where he and Everton are in 11 years time.

  58. 1752: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Danny Graham looks a little hesitant when Maynor Figueroa's pass picks him out in a pocket of space in the penalty area. The former Swansea striker's shot is blocked by a lunging Ryan Shawcross, but Hull are looking good.

    Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has to be down sharply to tip away Yannick Sagbo's low shot shortly after.

  59. 1750: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Cardiff 1-0 West Brom
    Steve Clarke

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke: "It's been a frustrating couple of weeks. I don't think the performance was so bad that we deserved to lose the game but at the moment that's the run we're in.

    "Over the course of the game we created enough chances to score. At the moment, when we defend well, like we did today, we still concede the goal which came from nowhere, really. Sometimes when you're in a bad moment these things happen. We're all hurting but the only solution is to work harder."

    Will double sessions put the boing back in the Baggies?

  60. 1748: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Cardiff 1-0 West Brom
    Malky Mackay

    Cardiff boss Malky Mackay: "It was an important win for us against a team who are around about us in the league. A clean sheet and a real good performance. I said to the boys at half-time to just have patience and grind them down, and I think we deserve it on the balance of play."

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    Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell: A well-needed, and deserved, three points today!

  62. 1746: 
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    Lisa: We were dreadful today v Palace but how can we complain? We haven't started playing yet this season and we're second! We can only get better.

    Helen, a Stoke supporter: Tony Pulis will keep Palace up - he is a legend.

  63. 1746:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "Good football from Hull, who have settled down really well. A good shot there from Danny Graham, and look what a difference it makes once you've scored. Last week he would have been looking to pass the responsibility onto another player."

  64. 1746: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Ahmed Elmohamady chests down a bouncing ball and gets some dip on his effort from the edge of the area. Asmir Begovic beats it away, but the Stoke goalkeeper has been the busier in the early exchanges.

  65. 1744: 
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    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: Gutted about the result! Thanks to the fans who travelled! We should of had a penalty at a crucial stage of the game, we will bounce back!

    No word from Jack Wilshere about his apparent attempt at sign language

  66. 1741: 
    Join the debate at #resultoftheday

    Lou Long: Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1! #resultoftheday

    Andrew Hutchinson: #resultoftheday has got to be Derby winning sixth game in a row - the Rams go marching on!

    Simon Murphy: #resultoftheday Wycombe claiming a 97th minute equaliser with 10 men against promotion-chasing Scunthorpe.

    All good shouts, keep em coming.

  67. 1741: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    Hull's Maynor Figueroa sends a shot skidding into the midriff of Asmir Begovic from an ambitious 30 yards. The Honduran can hit them, but that was a scruffy dribbler rather than top-corner seeking bullet.

  68. 1737: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "The two halves were completely different. Both teams could have gone ahead in the first half. Both teams controlled periods. In the second half we dominated Newcastle."

    On the scuffle on the touchline: "It was nothing - I prefer not to talk about. It wasn't anything big."

  69. 1737: 
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    Chad Smith: Cannot believe the Baggies have lost again. There must be a little pressure on Clarke now. Big Christmas presents needed!

    Dante Montoban: Don't think Chelsea are going to cause any sleepless nights for City this season...

    Rob Porter: West Ham and Sunderland showing why they are at the bottom of the Premier League table. Last on Match of the Day, surely.

  70. 1736: 
    Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    It has been a quiet start on the pitch at the KC Stadium, but it is noisy in the stands where the Hull fans are chanting "Tigers, Tigers". In owner Assem Allam's dreams. The fans continue to protest about his plans to change the club's name.

  71. 1734: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton
    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the scuffle on the touchline: "It was bit of panto season at the end. It was tense. One of the players probably didn't act in the best way. We move on."

    Pardew spent 2009-10 in charge of Southampton of course.

  72. 1732:  
    Former Hull record signing Peter Swan at KC Stadium for BBC Radio Humberside:Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    "It'll be a tight game but I do think Hull have enough in their squad to get something. The Tigers should be high on confidence."

  73. 1731: 
    KICK-OFF- Hull City 0-0 Stoke City

    We are up and running.

  74. 1731: 
    Hull City v Stoke City (1730 GMT)

    A quick spot of DIY is needed at the KC Stadium as one of the linesman notices the netting in one of the goals has come free.

    A dexterous member of the ground staff ties the net back to the frame and we are ready to go.

  75. 1729: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland
    sam allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "We have got eight clean sheets so far this season. That is a brilliant return as we only got 11 last season.

    "We all know that the goal factor is the problem for us and we would be higher up the league if we could score more."

  76. 1728: 
    MANGER REACTION- Everton 4-1 Fulham
    Rene Meulusteen

    Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen: "If you see the game and the second half it was never a 4-1 defeat so it's disappointing. We did really well in second half.

    "The spirit and energy is back in the team, this is just a hard defeat to take. We need to brush it off, get to the training ground and prepare for the next game [which is Manchester City]."

  77. 1726:  
    Alistair Mann, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHull City v Stoke City (1730 GMT)

    After a recent run of good results, both these sides will go into this fixture with an overall feeling of positivity and self-belief.

    Hull's recent conquest of Liverpool shows they can beat anyone at home, while Stoke have produced their best form since Mark Hughes took over at the Britannia.

    Four of the last seven league meetings between the two clubs have ended in 1-1 draws, a scoreline which doesn't seem inconceivable when considering their similar records so far this campaign.

    Mark Hughes
  78. 1726: 
    Hull City v Stoke City (17:30 GMT)

    Round the 1500 GMT kick-offs, managers are standing to attention in front of the sponsors boards to do their post-match media duties.

    But down in the tunnel at the KC Stadium, Hull and visitors Stoke are just about to make their way onto the pitch.

  79. 1722: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Everton 4-1 Fulham
    gerard deulofeu

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Gerard Deulofeu's injury: "It doesn't look great, it's a soft tissue injury, he pulled his hamstring.

    "We will do the scan straight away, he felt it and we will assess it, he is like a sprinter and the hamstrings are exposed in those sort of injuries."

    Gerard Deulofeu hobbled off just after the hour mark to be replaced by Kevin Mirallas.

  80. 1721:  
    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC Sport

    "It's unfortunate that Jack Wilshere is involved in that sort of thing, and Wenger is right - it needs to be stamped on. We don't want that. We don't want Jack to go over the line. He is representing Arsenal and you have to remember who you are and what you are at all times."

    Jack Wilshere appeared to make a middle finger gesture at opposition fans during Arsenal's 6-3 defeat at Manchester City.

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  81. 1718: 
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    Stuart Hetherington: Notts County winning 4-0 away at Colchester. Back-to-back wins. Not biased! #resultoftheday

    I-Leon Socra Lee: Manchester City's thumping of Arsenal. That 6-3 was a masterclass. #resultoftheday

    BfloCeltic: Everton. They are playing beautifully, and I'd love to see them qualify for the Champions League. #resultoftheday

  82. 1713:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportChelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    "Chelsea deserved today's result, just about. Palace did very well today, and at no stage gave up the fight. A little better finishing and more initiative they could have come away with something. And Chelsea were unconvincing at the back, with moments of panic.

    "Palace should take heart. They've gone to one of the top sides in the country and did well. With a new manager they suddenly look like they can get themselves out of this situation. They weren't intimidated today by any means, and played a bit of football."

    Watch reaction to all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

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    Man City striker Sergio Aguero: Great commitment from the whole team to a match that we had to win. A vital victory to stay in the race.

    Vincent Kompany

    Man City captain Vincent Kompany: Crazy! Absolute spectacle at the Etihad today! Feels good to be back. And what a game to be a part of. Fans were immense today as always - thanks for the support.

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    Man City midfielder Yaya Toure: Great win today! Thanks to all our fans for the support. There is no City without you!

  85. 1712: 
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    Another busy afternoon, with plenty of goals and controversy. But which scoreline tells us most about what the rest of the season has in store? Tweet us with your thoughts on What's your #resultoftheday? .

    Needless to say, Manchester City's players have taken to social media to crow about their afternoon's work...

  86. 1709: 
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    Matt, a Crystal Palace supporter: Mr Pulis, you are doing wonders at the club. What a great performance. If we can keep that belief and that work ethic Palace will stay up no problem.

    Liam in Stockport: Chelsea playing badly and still in second place. Ominous.

    Sy from Kent: I am constantly perplexed by the high esteem conferred on Sam Allardyce by fans and media alike. He brings nothing to the game of football.

  87. 1707: 
    LINE-UPS- Hull City v Stoke City (17:30 GMT)

    Hull City field an unchanged side from the team that drew 1-1 at Swansea on Monday.

    Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who had been a doubt because of a thigh injury picked up in training, is fit to play.

    Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Sagbo, Graham. Subs:: Harper, Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Faye

    Stoke City: Begovic, Muniesa, Whelan, Arnautovic, Wilson, N'Zonzi, Shawcross, Cameron, Assaidi, Ireland, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Pieters, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Wilkinson

  88. 1707: 

    One more game in today's Premier League programme and the cast list is in...

  89. 1707: 
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    SJ Chowdhury: Chelsea grinding out results this season. That's championship material. Top at Christmas would be delightful.

    Jose Mourinho

    Jake Perry: Mourinho claps the Palace fans and walks off. Maybe he could come and be Big Tony's assistant?

    Alpesh Patel: With Everton playing so well under Martinez, it makes me wonder how good a job Moyes did there. Did he hold them back?

  90. 1707: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    Toni Jimenez and Andy Woodman, goalkeeping coaches of Southampton and Newcastle respectively, were apparently sent off in the aftermath of the touchline set-to in their clubs' game. It looked for a moment there like the (goalkeeping) gloves were about to come off.

  91. 1706: 

    Dave Kitson's injury-time winner kept Oxford top of League Two as they beat Dagenham and Redbridge 2-1 at home.

    Chesterfield are second with a 2-0 win at home to Plymouth, while Scunthorpe drew 1-1 draw at 10-man. Fleetwood moved into third with a 2-1 win at Rochdale.

    Torquay's 1-0 win at home to Southend was not enough to move them off the bottom of League Two, with Northampton drawing 1-1 at fellow strugglers Bury.

  92. 1704: 

    West Ham and Sunderland's draw does not do much for either side's cause. Plenty of positives for Crystal Palace in the performance, if not the result, at Stamford Bridge. West Brom are right down there, but Cardiff squirt up the table after their win over the Baggies.

  93. 1702: 

    A late equaliser for Nakhi Wells denied leaders Leyton Orient a win as Bradford held them 1-1 at home. Lloyd James's first-half strike looked as though it would be enough to secure victory for the O's.

    Second-placed Wolves lost 2-0 at home to MK Dons while Preston, who started the day in third, drew 2-2 at Crawley, having led 2-0. Jonathan Douglas's late goal for Brentford moved them into third position as they won 1-0 at home against Oldham,

    Bristol City fell to the bottom of the table after a 2-1 defeat at home to Rotherham, in Steve Cotterill's first game in charge.

    Notts County, previously at the bottom, won 4-0 at Colchester.

  94. 1701: 

    QPR have moved to the top of the Championship after goals from Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin secured a 2-0 win at Blackpool.

    Fourth-placed Derby recorded a sixth straight win in the Championship with Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson giving the Rams a 2-0 win at struggling Charlton, while Reading won 1-0 at Huddersfield and Leeds won 3-0 at Doncaster, after Ross McCormack's and Rodolph Austin's second-half strikes.

    Marcus Tudgay's equaliser saw bottom of the table Barnsley draw 1-1 at home to Yeovil, who are just two points and a place ahead of their hosts. Fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday won 1-0 at Watford.

    Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Brighton were also winners.

  95. 1659: 

    It was not a pretty one for Chelsea, but that is another three points on the board. It puts them just two off the top after Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City earlier in the day.

    Everton's win against Fulham takes them above neighbours Liverpool and into the Champions League spots ahead of the Reds' match against Tottenham tomorrow.

  96. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton
  97. 1655: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    There is a bit of bother at St James' Park. A challenge by Morgan Schneiderlein on Massadio Haidara brings both benches to their feet and suddenly there is pushing, shoving and stewards involved. It isn't clear what the spark for that was, but I suspect there will be a few replays at FA HQ trying to sort out the guilty parties.

  98. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 4-1 Fulham
  99. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    It is all over at Upton Park, a predictable goalless draw.

  100. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
  101. 1652: 
    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    West Ham have a couple of chances to win a poor match at Upton Park. Firstly, George McCartney's mis-hit cross forces Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone to tip the ball over the bar with James Collins heading wide from the resulting corner.

  102. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Cardiff 1-0 West Brom
  103. 1650: 
    GOAL- Everton 4-1 Fulham - Kevin Mirallas (90 mins)
    Kevin Mirallas

    Kevin Mirallas's crisply hit shot should be held by Maarten Steklenburg, but the Fulham goalkeeper is beaten by the pace and it trickles through his gloves and into the net.

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    David Ljunggren: Newcastle really playing poorly this second half. They're lucky to be still in the game.

    Joe Foale: Chelsea fans moaning about needing a defensive midfielder? As a West Ham fan you guys need to learn some perspective!

    Graham Oxley: Slightly depressing as a Man Utd fan to be actively hoping for a draw between Southampton and Newcastle.

  105. 1649: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    Mathieu Debuchy denies Jay Rodriguez with an outstretched foot as Southampton press for a winner. Both sides are still chasing three points.

  106. 1648: 

    We are into injury time around the grounds.

  107. 1647: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Cardiff 1-0 West Brom

    Cardiff are still ahead thanks to a tremendous save from David Marshall who plunges right to push away Shane Long's firm header.

  108. 1647: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    A chance for Jose Mourinho's side to kill the game off is wasted. Ramires is through on goal and opts to pass to Oscar, who is in a better position. But Ramires under-hits his pass and Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni gratefully grabs the ball.

    Speroni then denies Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle before Ramires puts the rebound wide as the Stamford Bridge crowd still wait to see the result secured.

  109. 1646: 
    Newcastle 1-1 Southampton
    Mike Jones

    Referee Mike Jones has been floored by an accidental uppercut by Moussa Sissoko. The Newcastle midfielder is gesturing for a Southampton player to get up and catches the referee right in the mush. An accident, and quite an amusing one if you are not Mike Jones.

    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportEverton 3-1 Fulham

    "That was a lucky goal for Everton. When you're standing on the touchline and the ball hits you on the head and goes in... happy days!"

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  111. 1642: 
    GOAL- Everton 3-1 Fulham - Gareth Barry (85 mins)

    What a mess this is. Gareth Barry nods the ball the final yard to cross the line after Maarten Stekelenburg blocks Sylvain Distin's header but can only spoon the ball up onto Barry's forehead. Everton have made heavy weather of it, but that should be job done.

  112. 1641: 

    We are inside the last 10 minutes around the grounds.

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    Fahad Khan: If Chelsea are struggling like this against a team like Crystal Palace, then God help us against Arsenal next week.

    Matthew: Chelsea are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder - Essien is long gone.

    Sam Moore: Time to shore up middle of the park. Let's get Essien off and bring on fresh legs up front.

  114. 1639: 
    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Sung Yong-Ki's angled drive is well saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, but this has been a dismal game. Both sides are out of form and it shows everywhere on the pitch.

  115. 1637: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Everton 2-1 Fulham

    Fulham look to get back into their match at Goodison Park and bring on striker Darren Bent, who plays for the first time since the end of November after suffering a hamstring injury. Giorgos Karagounis is the man to come off.

  116. 1637:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    "There is too much space in between the back four and the midfield players for Chelsea. Defensively they have been very slow to react, and Palace have taken the game to Chelsea and are playing with some confidence. This game is so open."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

  117. 1637: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
    Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball for Chelsea

    Chelsea are still ahead, but only by the skin of their teeth. The ball breaks to Stuart O'Keefe from Cameron Jerome's cross. Petr Cech saves his first effort, Branislav Ivanovic blocks the second and then a combined effort snuffs out the Palace players third bite at the cherry. Chelsea have gone into their shell and the Stamford Bridge natives are getting restless.

    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportEverton 2-1 Fulham

    "Great movement from Everton, and a great spirit. That's what they've got to display if they want to get into the Champions League. A word for David Moyes here though - he has left those players and the systems in place for Roberto Martinez."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

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    Firas Hamdan: Mourinho is being forced to play a style of football he is not used to. We look vulnerable from set pieces - this is not Mourinho

    Vincent Watts: Half the Fulham lads go over to pat Deulofeu on the back as he's stretchered off - classy to see, especially given where we are.

    John Stansfield: Marouane Chamakh and Mark Clattenberg go to the same hairdressers!

  120. 1633: 

    QPR are heading to the top of the Championship after Charlie Austin doubled their lead to make it 2-0 at Blackpool.

    In League One, Leyton Orient are on course to move three points clear at the top as they are 1-0 ahead at Bradford and second-placed Wolves trail 2-0 at home to MK Dons.

    Preston, in third, now lead 2-1 after Joe Walsh pulled a goal back for Crawley. At the other end of the table, Bristol City, 2-0 behind at home to Rotherham, are the only side in the bottom four to be trailing and they look to be heading to the bottom.

    In League Two, Chesterfield, winning 2-0 at home to Plymouth, could move top with leaders Oxford drawing 1-1 at home to Dagenham and Redbridge. Scunthorpe could move ahead of Oxford as they now lead 1-0 at 10-man Wycombe.

  121. 1631: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Fulham - Seamus Coleman (73 mins)

    All Fulham's hard work is undone. Steven Pienaar's low cross is pushed into no man's land in the penalty area by a sprawling Maarten Steklenburg and Seamus Coleman is following up to gleefully blast home from eight yards.

  122. 1631: 
    Southampton celebrate scoring

    Twenty minutes to go around the grounds.

  123. 1631: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    The only thing worse than Paulo Gazzaniga's fluffed kick was Loic Remy's horrible shank of a finish that followed. The Newcastle striker was on his own with not a defender in sight, but with only Gazzaniga to beat he balloons into the stands.

  124. 1628: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton

    Southampton have only just equalised but Newcastle nearly retake the lead with Mathieu Debuchy's low shot well held by Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

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    Connor in Cambridge: Awful goals to concede, Palace. Defence just switched off, as I've seen too many times this season. Cech also just not up to standard anymore. Big wake-up calls needed... and Courtois.

    Pat: Mourinho really does know how to bring the best out of players. 23rd of December will be the title decider, in my opinion!

  126. 1627:  
    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportCardiff 1-0 West Brom

    "It was brave from Peter Whittingham, it was all about his desire. It could be a great result for Cardiff."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  127. 1627:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportNewcastle 1-1 Southampton

    "It's a well-worked goal from Southampton, a nice move and to be fair to Saints they have worked very hard to stay in the game and give themselves a chance."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  128. 1627:  
    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportEverton 1-1 Fulham

    "Dimitar Berbatov scored exactly the same penalty as last week, and I think Tim Howard should have known that. But if Berbatov misses that it looks very bad, almost unprofessional."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  129. 1625: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Fulham - Dimitar Berbatov pen (67 mins)
    Dimitar Berbatov

    Anti-freeze flows through his veins. Dimitar Berbatov rolls home the penalty just as he did against Aston Villa last week and Everton are made to pay for not putting away the Cottagers when they had the chance.

  130. 1624: 
    PENALTY TO FULHAM- Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Gareth Barry is judged to have tripped Alex Kacaniklic. It was a tackle he did not have to make.

  131. 1623: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (65 mins)

    Southampton are back on level terms at Newcastle with an excellent counter-attack goal. Adam Lallana gives the ball to Jay Rodriguez on the halfway line and the striker runs to the edge of the box before playing a crisp one-two with Steven Davis. The midfielder's return pass is perfect and Rodriguez calmly finishes past Tim Krul.

  132. 1622: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 1-0 West Brom - Peter Whittingham (65 mins)

    Craig Noone's cross finds Peter Whittingham who in turns finds the back of the net for his third goal in his last three games against the Baggies.

  133. 1621: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

    What an effort. Steve Davis's dipping shot thumps into Tim Krul's right-hand post with the Newcastle goalkeeper stranded.

  134. 1621: 

    QPR could be heading to the top of the Championship with Matt Phillips scoring against his old club to put them 1-0 ahead at Blackpool. A win for Harry Redknapp's men would see them replace Burnley at the top.

  135. 1620: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    A rare chance at Upton Park as Sunderland's Jozy Altidore has a shot from just inside the penalty area which is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

    The Match of the Day cameras focus on injured West Ham striker Andy Carroll sitting in the stands and with the Hammers only scoring 13 league goals this season, they will hope to have him back on the pitch soon.

  136. 1620: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Everton may regret not killing off Fulham in a dominant first half. Dimitar Berbatov heads into the outside of the side netting from Sacha Reither's deep cross in the visitors' latest chance.

  137. 1619: 
    CLOSE!- Cardiff 0-0 West Brom

    West Brom, who did not have a shot on target in the first half, nearly snatch the lead but Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel clears Gareth McAuley's shot off the line.

  138. 1618: 

    In the Championship, Ben Marshall has restored Blackburn's lead at Ewood Park, his first goal for the club taking them 2-1 ahead against Millwall. Second-placed QPR remain goalless at Blackpool.

    In league One, Ben Reeves has put MK Dons 2-0 ahead at second-placed Wolves , while Joe Martin has drawn Gillingham level at 1-1 at home to high-flying Peterborough.

    The comeback is on at the Crown Ground in League Two as Kal Naismith scored for Accrington Stanley, who now trail Exeter 3-2 having been 3-0 behind.

    John Marquis has put bottom of the table Torquay 1-0 up at home to Southend and Padraig Armond has made it 1-1 for Morecambe at home to Bristol Rovers.

  139. 1618: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace are threatening when the get a run at this Chelsea defence. Damien Delaney's downward header is gratefully grasped by Petr Cech as he gets onto Jason Puncheon's free-kick at the far post.

  140. 1616: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton look brighter with Adam Lallana on the pitch. He is bringing a lot more to the game than the disappointing Dani Osvaldo managed in the first half.

  141. 1614:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Look at Julian Speroni. He really has been through the thick and the thin at Crystal Palace, and remained in goal throughout. It's great to see him get his chance in the top flight."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

  142. 1614: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Jason Puncheon's header needs watching by Petr Cech, but the Chelsea goalkeeper gets a good strong palm on the ball to turn it away.

  143. 1613: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland
    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

    West Ham have been long on effort but short on quality today. Sam Allardyce rings the changes, bringing on Jack Collison for Matt Jarvis. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has yet to make a change.

  144. 1611: 

    A worker has died after falling from the roof of the Amazon stadium where England open their 2014 World Cup campaign. The BBC News website will have more details as they emerge.

  145. 1610: 
    SITTER!- Everton 1-0 Fulham

    A horror show of a miss from Alex Kacaniklic who punts the ball over the top of the gaping goal after Steve Sidwell's shot. Fulham have emerged a lot brighter and it looks like Everton have come off the boil somewhat as well.

  146. 1608: 
    Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Scott Parker is onto the leftovers as Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka get under each other's feet as they try and clear a dropping ball. The Fulham midfielder stabs a shot goalwards with the outside of his right foot, but Tim Howard is equal to it.

  147. 1605: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Chelsea have Crystal Palace penned back straight from the restart. Fernando Torres makes his way to the byeline but his cross is overhit and Ramires can only watch it on its way.

  148. 1603: 

    Chelsea and Everton join the second-half party.

  149. 1603: 

    Back up and running at Cardiff, West Ham and Newcastle.

  150. 1602: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

    Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin come on for Southampton with James Ward-Prowse and Dani Osvaldo taking a rest.

  151. 1601: 

    You can see all the goals from that hudinger at the Etihad on tonight's Match of the Day at 22:25 GMT on BBC One.

    Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Thierry Henry will be reviewing the action. All my suspicions are confirmed. Even Henry's casual gear is razor sharp.

    Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Thierry Henry
  152. 1601: 

    In League One, leaders Leyton Orient lead 1-0 at Bradford thanks to Lloyd James's strike on the stroke of half-time. Second-placed Wolves are trailing 1-0 at home to MK Dons.

    Notts County could move off the bottom of the table as they lead 2-0 at Colchester, after goals from Jack Grealish and Morgan Fox. As is stands Bristol City would replace them as they are trailing 2-0 at home against Rotherham in Steve Cotterill's first league game in charge.

    League Two leaders Oxford have seen their early lead cancelled out by Rhys Murphy's goal for Dagenham and Redbridge, with the score now 1-1. Chesterfield, leading 2-0 at home to Plymouth, would replace them at the top.

    At the other end of the table, second from bottom Northampton are drawing 1-1 with fifth from bottom Bury, Accrington are losing 3-1 at home to Exeter and bottom side Torquay are goalless at home to Southend.

  153. 1558: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
    arsene wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It is not beyond a bad day, it is a bad day. We conceded six goals, we lost our discipline at end and were too open when I took Flamini off.

    "Out of the six goals we gave them five and when we came back to 2-1, we had a chance but could not take it.

    "They scored the goals and you cannot say they did not deserve them. We have to come back to reality and it's about us defending together and we have not done that today."

  154. 1557: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "To score six goals against Arsenal, the best defence and best team, is good, but to concede three goals is too much and that is something that we need to improve.

    "We will always try to win the title. We have not had great results away from home but we are finding a style of play and we will try to continue a style of play. At the end of the year we will see who is the best team."

    On striker Sergio Aguero, who came off injured in the second half: "Sergio will see the doctor, it appears a problem with his calf but I don't know how many weeks."

  155. 1556: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
    Manchester City celebrate

    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, who scored twice in his side's 6-3 win against Arsenal, said: "I can't remember the last time I scored two goals but today was a special game. The performance was very good and to score against a strong team is always amazing.

    "They are a very strong team but when we play at home we are stronger and to score six goals against a strong team like Arsenal is very good.

    "Our target is the title and we must play the same away as we do at home."

  156. 1556: 

    Few goals to analyse in the 1500 GMT kick-offs, but plenty of reaction coming out of the Etihad Stadium in the wake of Manchester City's 6-3 dissection of Arsenal earlier in the day.

    This is what the protagonists made it...

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    Ste Stainton: Arsenal in a January swoop for Chamakh?

    Lawrence Houldsworth: Arsenal and City stole all the goals - come on 3pm-ers!

    Rishi Verma: Chelsea have pulled off a masterstroke in signing Willian. Besides his obvious attacking threat, his work-rate is incredible!

  158. 1553: 

    Derby are on track to record a sixth straight win in the Championship with Jamie Ward giving the Rams a 1-0 lead half-time at struggling Charlton.

    Marcus Tudgay has pulled bottom of the table Barnsley level at 1-1 at home to Yeovil, who started the match just two points ahead of their hosts, while Nikola Zigic has doubled Birmingham's lead to 2-0 at Bournemouth.

    Billy Sharp has given Reading, currently in the top six, a 1-0 lead at Huddersfield, while Millwall's Martyn Waghorn has made it 1-1 at Blackburn.

    QPR, chasing a win to put them top of the Championship, are drawing 0-0 at Blackpool.

  159. 1553: 

    There have been 14 goals scored so far in today's Premier League games. For a gallery of all the action head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  160. 1547:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentator at Goodison ParkHALF-TIME- Everton 1-0 Fulham

    "Everton in control and in front courtesy of Leon Osman after 19 minutes. The only complaint from the home team will be that they haven't added to that goal."

  161. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    Match of the Day commentator Tony Husband at Stamford Bridge: Jose Mourinho saw his side take the lead through Fernando Torres, but Palace stunned Stamford Bridge with an equaliser from Marouane Chamakh on the half-hour. An unstoppable finish from Ramires, though, has Chelsea back in front.

  162. 1547:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentator at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

    "Newcastle lead at half time - Yoan Gouffran with the goal after Jos Hooiveld's mistake. It's a deserved lead."

  163. 1547:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentator at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    "Frustration abounds at Upton Park, particularly for the home side. Both sides have had their moments but it is stalemate at half-time."

  164. 1547: 
    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    Lee Cattermole draws a good save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen with a stinging effort from 25 yards as the half draws to a close.

  165. 1546:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentator at Cardiff City StadiumHALF-TIME- Cardiff 0-0 West Brom

    "Two teams that have found life a bit difficult in the Premier League of late have failed to test the goalkeepers. Cardiff went close through a Steven Caulker volley and Albion's best effort came from a boot of a Cardiff player - Andrew Taylor's intervention forcing a save from David Marshall. It's been pretty modest stuff."

  166. 1545: 

    We are heading into injury time at the end of the first half around the grounds. Two minutes to add on at Stamford Bridge.

  167. 1544: 
    Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Leon Osman pokes the ball over the top from close range as Fulham allow a corner to fly unchallenged to the far post. The visitors are under the cosh and Dimitar Berbatov looks like a luxury on days like today.

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    Hashim Albahbahani: Chelsea are not having any problems scoring goals these days. Their defence, however, has looked suspect at every attack.

    Stephan Rasp: Chelsea can't keep a clean sheet for the life of them.

    Adam: Let's hold the lead now... please...

  169. 1543: 
    Newcastle 1-0 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert screws a shot off the side of his foot which ends up going out for a throw-in. That pretty much sums up Southampton who have been poor so far today. At the other end, Vurnon Anita discovers some well-hidden twinkle-toed skills as he beats a couple of defenders before losing the ball.

  170. 1540: 

    In League One, Patrick Bamford has fired MK Dons into a 1-0 lead at second-placed Wolves.

    Britt Assombalonga has scored his seventh goal in the last seven games to give Peterborough a 1-0 lead at Gillingham. The Posh went into the game in fourth, two points below Preston, who are now 2-0 up at Crawley

    The top two in League Two are both ahead, with leaders Oxford winning 1-0 at home to Dagenham and Redbridge and Chesterfield 1-0 up at Plymouth, thanks to Matt Brown's goal.

    Exeter have raced into a 3-1 lead at struggling Accrington, while second from bottom Northampton are drawing 1-1 at fellow strugglers Bury.

  171. 1540: 
    Cardiff 0-0 West Brom

    It is a scrappy old affair at the Cardiff City Stadium with both defences dealing with what meagre efforts the two attacks can scrape together. Stephen Caulker produces a fine bit of defending to draw cheers from the home fans.

  172. 1538:  
    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportChelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    "Palace are working hard but nobody goes and closes Ramires down. He's the complete modern midfield player, working so hard all across the pitch. And it's a long-range effort - the keeper can't see it."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  173. 1538: 
    Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham have their first effort towards goal as Giorgos Karagounis scuffs a shot wide after Alex Kacaniklic's cross from the left.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

    "That was a fantastic strike from Ramires. He was found by Eden Hazard, bent his shot and Julian Speroni couldn't see it. What I like about Ramires is that he is completely different from Chelsea's other midfielder players - he maybe doesn't have their technique but he has so much energy and can score goals. That's what is needed in the team."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

  175. 1536: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland
    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

    Sunderland left-back Phil Bardsley decides to take a pot shot from 25 yards out and it almost pays off as his effort comes back off the crossbar.

  176. 1536: 
    Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Everton's momentum is growing now, as Gerard Deulofeu gets more of the ball. Seamus Coleman draws another save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a shot from the edge of the box and Leon Osman has just volleyed wide.

  177. 1534: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace - Ramires (35 mins)

    That is a beauty from the Brazilian. Ramires collects Eden Hazard's pass 20 yards out and sends a shot arrowing into the top corner past Palace goallkeeper Julian Speroni. Nothing Speroni could do about that..

    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC Sport

    "It's a great finish from Chamakh. It's a first-time finish and he beats Cech all ends up. What goals can do for a player's confidence. There's no greater feeling on the planet than when a manager loves you. Chamakh is on a high as Tony Pulis trusts him."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  179. 1531: 

    In the Championship, Matt Smith has given Leeds a 1-0 lead in their Yorkshire derby at Doncaster as they look for a win that could move them into the play-off positions.

    At the bottom of the table, Yeovil still lead Barnsley 1-0, while Jordan Rhodes has given Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 lead at home to Millwall. Birmingham are still winning 1-0 at Bournemouth.

    Sheffield Wednesday's Connor Wickham, on loan from Sunderland has put the struggling managerless Owls 1-0 ahead at Watford, who are without a win in eight matches.

  180. 1529: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Crystal Palace - Marouane Chamakh (29 mins)

    Jason Puncheon works the ball to Joel Ward out on the left and when the defender puts the ball into the middle, Marouane Chamakh is in place to steer in a volley. That's three in three for the Moroccan. The league's in-form striker? Incredibly, it might just be true. If you take out messrs Suarez and Aguero.

  181. 1527: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 Southampton - Yoan Gouffran (27 mins)
    Yoan Gouffran

    This is ugly for Jos Hooiveld. The Southampton defender waves a vague leg at Mike Williamson's header, but connects with thin air. The ball bounces beyond him and Yoan Gouffran is onto it in a flash, rounding Paulo Gazzaniga and slotting in his sixth goal of the season.

  182. 1526: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham's Maarten Stekeleburg pulls out all the stops to deny Romelu Lukaku, stretching down low to his left to turn away the Belgian's nudge goalwards from four yards out.

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    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: Big Sam and Gus are all under massive pressure. It's three points or closer to getting the boot. Fair to say El-Sackico?

    Tunde Giwa II: Willian is starting to look like a quality player for Chelsea...

    Charles Rigby: He score when he wants, he score when he wants, Fernando Torres he score when he wants!

  184. 1524: 
    Everton 1-0 Fulham

    Everton are looking in the mood for more. Gerard Deulofeu tricks his way towards the byeline and sends a low cross-cum-shot skimming through the six-yard box. It is a yard in front of Romelu Lukaku and the same distance wide of the far post though.

  185. 1523: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    West Ham think they have taken the lead at home in their vital match against Sunderland. Guy Demel volleys the ball into the net from close range but referee Andre Marriner rules it out for an earlier push on Lee Cattermole.

  186. 1522: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace
    Fernando Torres celebrates scoring

    Branislav Ivanovic is on the rampage down the left, striding onto a Juan Mata backheel and hammering a low shot just wide from a tight angle. Chelsea are well on top now after initially being given a bit of bother by the visitors.

  187. 1521: 

    Andrew Shinnie has given Birmingham City a 1-0 lead at Bournemouth in the Championship, while struggling Yeovil are ahead at bottom of the table Barnsley, after Joel Grant's own goal.

    In League One, Paul Huntington has given third-placed Preston a 1-0 lead at Crawley.

    Steve Cotterill's first league game in charge of Bristol City has started badly with striker Nouha Dicko, on loan from Wigan, putting Rotherham 1-0 up at Ashton Gate. Milan Lalkovic's strike was enough to give Walsall a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury earlier in the afternoon.

    League Two leaders Oxford lead Dagenham and Redbridge thanks to James Constable's strike.

  188. 1520:  
    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportEverton 1-0 Fulham

    "Everton can target a Champions League spot. It's on the horizon, if they believe it enough. Do the club believe they could even win a Premier League title? Leon Osman is a great player - he demonstrates the strength of the squad."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  189. 1519: 
    Cardiff 0-0 West Brom

    Cardiff striker Peter Odemwingie is being booed by supporters of his former club West Brom.

    In January, Odemwingie, then a West Brom player, tried to engineer a move to QPR on transfer deadline day without his club's permission.

    Odemwingie has only scored one league goal for Cardiff, and I'm sure he would love to find the back of the net today.

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace

    "That's great from a Chelsea point of view but Palace have got to show him outside instead of inside. It allowed him to get the shot away and although it came back off the post, Torres was ever-alert to put it away and full credit to him."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC Sport

    "A very good start for Chelsea. William got the ball 20m from goal. He's allowed to collect the ball, turn and run at the defence. You can't give people of his class that sort of space. You must engage. But watch that on match of the Day tonight, and ask yourself what Palace's players were expecting."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  192. 1519: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 Fulham - Leon Osman (18 mins)
    Leon Osman

    Cracking finish from Leon Osman, who collects a pass from Steven Pienaar and slots home with his left foot from the edge of the area. Apparently it is Osman's 300th Premier League appearance.

  193. 1516: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace - Fernando Torres (16 mins)

    Fernando Torres is the Blues' fox in the box as Willian's shot bobbles past Julian Speroni and off the post and straight back into his path. The Spaniard tucks away the finish before Speroni has a chance to recover.

  194. 1515: 
    Cardiff 0-0 West Brom

    Cardiff are dominating West Brom in the opening 10 minutes and the Welsh team have gone close a number of times. A Peter Wittingham free-kick in the second minute forced Boaz Myhill into a reflex save, while Gary Medel then had a shot from distance. And, of course, former West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has had a sniff. Jonas Olsson's well-timed boot, though, stopped the Nigerian from connecting with Craig Noone's cross when just a few feet from goal.

  195. 1515: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Newcastle so close to the opener. Loic Remy finds himself eight yards out from an unguarded goal as Yoan Gouffran nicks the ball away from Paulo Gazzaniga and lays the ball up on a plate for him. Calum Chambers gets back superbly to hack off the line though to spare the Southampton goalkeeper's blushes.

  196. 1514:  
    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "Tony Pulis will be extremely pleased. Two wins back-to-back means Crystal Palace are playing with confidence now which they weren't a few weeks ago. That's credit to Pulis and credit to the players. Chelsea are struggling and playing with very little tempo at the moment."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

  197. 1510: 
    Everton 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham are definitely looking perkier under Rene Meulensteen. They have been popping the ball around nicely without really threatening to hurt Everton. The hosts have been getting into the game more with Brian Oviedo seeing plenty of the ball down the left.

  198. 1508: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball
    Fernandinho & Pablo Zabaleta

    Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta: To my friend Fernandinho, congratulations on a fantastic performance! Two brilliant goals! Well done big man!

    Nigel Spackman, BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

    "Crystal Palace are well drilled now under Tony Pulis and their back four have been far better organised. They need to try and keep that clean sheet for at least 20 minutes today."

    Listen to Chelsea v Crystal Palace on 5 live Sport.

  200. 1507: 
    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    A great chance for Sunderland to take an early lead at Upton Park. Jozy Altidore breaks clear but fails to test Jussi Jaaskelainen, dragging his shot horribly wide.

  201. 1507: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Newcastle have forced three early corners and from the latest Mathieu Debuchy takes on an ambitious volley from the edge of the box. Not a bad effort, as it thumps into the hoardings three yards wide of the post.

  202. 1505: 
    West Ham 0-0 Sunderland

    An early chance for Sunderland at Upton Park as Emanuele Giaccherini plays in Sung-Yong Ki who forces a good save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen at the near post.

    Text us on 81111

    Rob, an Arsenal supporter: I'm not worried by today's performance. We already knew City have more individual quality than us and today fatigue made us that little bit less cohesive as a team, and with Arteta not closing the space in midfield we were punished for it. City were deserved winners and favourites for the title, but today hasn't taught us a great deal about Arsenal's challenge.

    Chris in York: Man Utd conceding four at the Etihad doesn't seem as bad now does it!

  204. 1503: 
    Everton 0-0 Fulham

    Everton are straight onto the front foot with Ross Barkley freeing Gerard Deulofeu on the right, but the Spanish youngster's low cross is blocked by John Arne Riise.

  205. 1501: 

    We are underway in all the 1500 GMT kick-offs.

    Garth Crooks, on Final Score for BBC SportChelsea v Crystal Palace (1500 GMT)

    "Something happened with Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace. Maybe he ran out of ideas, but they now have a newfound enthusiasm under Tony Pulis."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  207. 1500: 

    Mark Clattenberg toots his whstle and we are up and running at Stamford Bridge. Also in play in Cardiff.

  208. 1459: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball
    Fulham shirts

    Fulham tweets: The Whites will be wearing red this afternoon at Goodison Park.

  209. 1458:  
    Martin Keown, on Final Score for BBC SportWest Ham v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    "Today is a defining day for Gus Poyet and Sunderland. Poyet has made a lot of noise in the press about his team improving, but the results are still to come. Today is an opportunity against a West Ham team which is struggling big time."

    Watch coverage of all this afternoon's kick-offs on Final Score.

  210. 1458: 
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1500 GMT)

    Interesting battle in west London today. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have been leaky at the back and wasteful up front while Tony Pulis has jump-started Crystal Palace with three wins in their last four.

    But the Eagles will have to overturn some weighty history if they are to succeed today. It is 31 years since they last won at Stamford Bridge.

    Handshakes done we are about to get under way.

  211. 1457: 

    Phew, what a game. City just used the league leaders as a punchbag. Even the departure of Sergio Aguero did not seem to to halt the onslaught on the Arsenal goal.

    What have the rest of the Premier League got in the way of a follow-up? Let's find out...

  212. 1457: 

    Right, I will leave you in the hands of Mike Henson, who will guide you through the rest of this afternoon's football. Stay tuned.

  213. 1456: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    Okunade Adeniyi: We're not going to play City every week. Arsenal still to win the title.

    Simon Murphy: If anyone is level on points with City at the end of the season, they will have no chance with the goal difference!

    Anthony Rhodes: Best lunch-time kick off ever?

  214. 1455: 

    League Two leaders Oxford United will hope to make it five games unbeaten at home to Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon.

    Oxford are a point above five teams, with the gap between them and their ninth-placed opponents just four points.

    Bottom of the table Torquay entertain third-placed Southend with second from bottom Northampton at fellow strugglers Bury.

  215. 1454: 

    League One leaders Leyton Orient face a tricky trip to play-off chasing Bradford this afternoon, with second-placed Wolves entertaining MK Dons.

    Steve Cotterill takes charge of Bristol City in the league for the first time, with the strugglers at home to sixth-placed Rotherham, with bottom side Notts County at Colchester.

    Preston, currently in third, travel to Crawley while Brentford, a place behind, entertain Oldham.

  216. 1453: 

    Harry Redknapp's QPR will go top of the Championship with a win at Blackpool, after Burnley's 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

    Derby County, managed by former England boss Steve McLaren travel to struggling Charlton in fourth place and looking for a sixth straight win to move them to within two points of Leicester.

    Ipswich could move into the top six if they win at fifth-placed Nottingham Forest, while Reading will look to retain a top six spot at Huddersfield.

    Bottom of the table Barnsley, currently managerless, know a win at home to third from bottom Yeovil will move them up the table.

  217. 1452: 

    Well that was a nice starter for the day's football!

    As well as the Premier League matches, we also have a busy day of action in the Football League. Here is what else we have coming up.

  218. 1451: 
    Top of the Premier League

    Manchester City's win takes them up from fourth to second position, although that could change with third-placed Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace later on.

    Despite being comprehensively beaten, Arsenal remain three points clear at the top of the table.

    If it comes down to goal difference at the end of the campaign, as Manchester City's title victory did two seasons ago, then the other sides are going to have to record some huge wins to match Manuel Pellegrini's men.

  219. 1448: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany speaking to BT Sport: "It was a great game for the fans. At times the tempo was frightening. We looked to be in control of the game for most of it. There were no standout individual performances but collectively we've did incredibly well.

    "I don't know so much about messages. The biggest message is if we beat Fulham next.

    "It is a real fortress here."

  220. 1445: 
    HOME SWEET HOME- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    After today's landslide, Manchester City's goal difference at home is +30. Away from home it is -1.

    If they get it right on the road, and maybe beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena might be the kick-start they need, the rest of the Premier League are in a world of trouble.

  221. 1444: 
    Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    There was an interesting confrontation after the final whistle. Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was shown angrily pointing a finger at club and international team-mate Mesut Ozil.

    Is this the start of Arsenal's title hopes falling apart?

  222. 1443:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    "This will test the resolve of this Arsenal team. They have been well beaten. I do wonder, if Arsenal fail to bounce back immediately next week this result today could be very detrimental to their season.

    "Jose Mourinho will watch this game and will have learned to play his strongest, most powerful Chelsea team against Arsenal next weekend. City overpowered and bullied Arsenal this afternoon."

    Listen to reaction to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  223. 1442:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    "An absolutely unbelievable scoreline. It's not been a nine-goal thriller. It's been a very, very good performance from Man City, who have set a marker down today. But this hasn't been Arsenal's day. Arsene Wenger will have to write this off and try to put things right next weekend against Chelsea."

    Listen to reaction to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  224. 1442: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

    A sensational game at Etihad Stadium. Manchester City were absolutely fantastic. They crushed Arsenal. Make sure you watch this on Match of the Day. You will not be disappointed. One of the greatest games in the history of the Premier League.

  225. 1440: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal - Yaya Toure (90+5 mins)

    Yaya Toure makes it six for Manchester City as he sends his penalty down the middle with Wojciech Szczesny diving out of the way.

  226. 1439: 
    PENALTY- Manchester City 5-3 Arsenal - Penalty to Manchester City

    Wojciech Szczesny fouls James Milner in the penalty area. It was rash from the Arsenal goalkeeper who raced off his line and clumsily brought down the England midfielder.

    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "An incredible game. It's been really strange, because it's 5-3 but it hasn't been an end-to-end thriller. City have dominated throughout most of it, but Arsenal have converted their very few chances. But a little bit of complacency has crept into City's play in these final few moments."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  228. 1438: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 5-3 Arsenal - Per Mertesacker (90+3 mins)

    Bacary Sagna's cross is met by Per Mertesacker's diving header. It is the German's second goal of the season but neither him, his team-mates, nor the Gunners fans really celebrate. The game has been long lost.

  229. 1436: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joseph: Arsenal are well beaten.

    Ijaz: Well done Man City. Now go for the title.

    PG1888: Arsenal massively frustrating to watch today. City clinical but lucky. Officials terrible.

  230. 1436: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 5-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who is on a hat-trick, is denied his third goal of the day when his low free-kick is pushed around the post by Costel Pantilimon.

    The England winger then also shoots narrowly wide.

  231. 1435: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Manchester City 5-2 Arsenal

    Nicklas Bendtner has the ball in the net, but his head in his hands shortly after as the offside flag rules out his header. The Dane strayed a couple of inches ahead of the last defender to get on the end of Nacho Monreal's cross.

  232. 1434:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 5-2 Arsenal

    "This is becoming more than a fortress here at the Etihad - City are unstoppable at home.

    "You have to say, this has been a fantastic performance from Man City. But it's been a poor display from Arsenal, with none of their players really being at the races. City have just been too good."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  233. 1432: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 5-2 Arsenal - Fernandinho (88 mins)

    Fernandinho grabs his second goal of the afternoon and his second of his Manchester City career. He takes the ball off Jack Wilshere and plays the ball to Samir Nasri, who only minutes before had missed a chance to score.

    But the French midfielder unselfishly gives it back to Fernandinho, whose shot goes in off the post for Manchester City's fifth.

    The leaders have been completely outplayed and are taking a hiding.

  234. 1431: 
    Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny is back on the Arsenal substitutes' bench to ease fears that he may have suffered a serious injury. Remember, the central defender was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the first half.

  235. 1431: 

    Final Score is just cranking into life on the BBC Red Button to bring you all the latest from around the grounds. No need to lift a finger for the remote control though, a quick refresh should bring it top and centre of this very page.

  236. 1429: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has to race off his line to clear the danger as Alvaro Negredo looked to pounce for City's fifth.

    It has been a wonderful performance from the hosts in one of the matches of the season.

    Fernandinho almost gets his second goal of the afternoon but Szczesny again comes to the rescue by pushing his shot over the bar. The Arsenal goalkeeper was not looking at his most comfortable but he kept the ball out.

  237. 1426: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    Stacy Phillips: Arsenal look tired but I wouldn't bet against them sneaking at least one more goal in. Cracking game of football.

    Peter Collins: Bringing off Giroud smacks of conceding defeat. Wenger knows how to play a league season though - still only three points lost.

    Gorilla Tekin: Toure is like a locomotive without any brakes!

  238. 1425: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal
    Arsenal players show their disappointment

    Manchester City are looking more likely to extend their lead, rather than Arsenal fight their way back into the match.

    Yaya Toure, who has been immense for the hosts in the middle of midfield, heads over the bar from a corner.

    City captain Vincent Kompany then gets booked for bringing down Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

  239. 1424: 
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea make three changes to the team that started at Stoke - David Luiz, Michael Essien and Willian replace Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel and Andre Schurrle.

    Meanwhile there is one alteration for Crystal Palace following their victory over Cardiff as Dean Moxey misses out with a hamstring injury. Adrian Mariappa taking his place in defence.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Essien, Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Schwarzer, Eto'o.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Chamakh, Jerome. Subs: Parr, Bolasie, O'Keefe, Gayle, Jonathan Williams, Kebe, Price.

  240. 1422:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    "Man City attack with such pace and power. It'll be very difficult for any team in the league to live with them when they're in this sort of form. And they're simply unbelievable at home."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  241. 1421: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal make one final throw of the dice with Nicklas Bendtner coming on to replace Olivier Giroud. Let's just say it is not the warmest reception from the travelling Gunners supporters. A match-winning hat-trick inside the last 15 minutes may win the fans over. No pressure, Nicklas.

  242. 1419: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal
  243. 1419: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Cletus U: ‏Again, the Arsenal defence was in fives and sixes...

    Cheulsea Mwanza: Game of season yet this one, end-to-end stuff!

  244. 1418: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    David Silva scored the fourth but he will not complete the match as James Milner comes on as City look to see out the match. Arsenal also make a change of their own with Serge Gnabry replacing Mathieu Flamini.

  245. 1417: 
    Cardiff v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Cardiff striker Peter Odemwingie starts against his former club as manager Malky Makay makes three changes to the side which lost away at Crystal Palace, with Craig Noone and Andrew Taylor also coming in for Don Cowie and Declan John.

    West Brom meanwhile make two changes to the side which lost at home to Norwich last weekend, with starts for Shane Long and Jonas Olsson. Former Man City and Swansea winger Scott Sinclair returns to the bench after being out since September with a hamstring injury.

    Cardiff XI: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Caulker, Taylor, Whittingham, Medel, Mutch, Noone, Odemwingie, Campbell.

    West Brom XI: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt, Long.

  246. 1416: 
    Newcastle v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle make one change with striker Shola Ameobi returning to the starting XI to partner Loic Remy in attack.

    Southampton make two changes with Rickie Lambert and Jos Hooiveld in for Adam Lallana and Jose Fonte.

    Newcastle XI: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi, Remy.

    Southampton XI: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Shaw, Cork, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez, Lambert, Osvaldo.

  247. 1415: 
    West Ham v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    West Ham are forced into two changes following the defeat at Liverpool last week. Midfielders Ravel Morrison and Joe Cole start, with skipper Kevin Nolan suspended and Stewart Downing injured.

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet makes three changes after the loss to Tottenham. Midfielders Lee Cattermole and Emanuele Giaccherini come into the side along with striker Fabio Borini. Steven Fletcher is benched.

    West Ham XI: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Tomkins, Jarvis, Maiga, Morrison, Noble, Collins, Demel, Diame, J.Cole.

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Ki, Larsson, Giaccherini, Borini, Altidore.

  248. 1415: 
    Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal
    Arsenal concede at the Etihad

    A peach of a stat from Opta has just landed.

    Hull remain the only Premier League visitors to the Etihad Stadium this season to have conceded fewer than three goals.

  249. 1414: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE- Leicester 1-1 Burnley

    Burnley remain top of the Championship, for a few hours at least, after drawing 1-1 with third-placed Leicester City.

    David Nugent gave the Foxes the first-half lead from the penalty spot but Danny Ings's leveller after the break was enough to keep Leicester below them.

    QPR can take top spot off Burnley with a win at Blackpool later this afternoon.

  250. 1414: 
    Everton v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Everton make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Arsenal last weekend. Leon Osman comes in for the suspended James McCarthy while Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas after his equaliser at Emirates Stadium.

    Fulham are unchanged after beating Aston Villa last Sunday, their first win in seven Premier League games. Striker Darren Bent returns to the bench after a hamstring injury.

    Everton XI: Howard, Oviedo, Distin, Jagielka, Coleman, Barry, Osman, Pienaar, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

    Fulham XI: Stekelenburg, Riise, Senderos, Karagounis, Riether, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Hughes, Dejagah, Parker, Berbatov

  251. 1414: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    Manchester City's Costel Pantilimon is not everyone's favourite goalkeeper and he has looked suspect at times in this match. However, credit where it is due as he pulls off a flying one-handed save to tip over a goal-bound powerful effort from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

  252. 1414:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at the Etihad StadiumManchester City 4-2 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have shown plenty of spirit but no signs of being able to cope with Manchester City's attacking verve. Another ominous display of menace from Manuel Pellegrini's side but it has been poor defending from Arsenal."

  253. 1412:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 4-2 Arsenal - David Silva

    "Another unstoppable finish from David Silva. We've seen some outstanding finishes in this game so far. Arsenal's defence were a little flat-footed as the ball came across and Per Mertesacker was at a standstill. Well played from City, while Arsenal had just got back into this game. Now they've given another goal away."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  254. 1410: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal - David Silva (66 mins)

    Just when we were saying Arsenal were back in the game, City go down the other end to restore their two-goal advantage.

    Substitute Jesus Navas twists and turns to create some space and squeezes a low cross and David Silva reacts quickest to finish from eight yards.

    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

    "The first goal might have been a little fortuitous, but that was a brilliant strike from Theo Walcott. He's onside for me, opens his body up and curls it into the far top corner. It was a little dink, and Costel Pantilimon is 6'8" but it was a great strike. Again, from nowhere, Arsenal have clawed themselves back into this and given themselves half a chance."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  256. 1409: 

    BBC Scotland's Thomas McGuigan: A bumper edition of Scottish football this afternoon, with six Premiership games getting under way at 1500 GMT.

    League leaders Celtic will aim to purge the memory of their Champions League humbling at the hands of Barcelona as they host Terry Butcher's Hibernian at Celtic Park. Butcher earned a point at Celtic earlier this season when his former side Inverness CT secured a 2-2 draw.

    Aberdeen take on St Mirren while basement side Hearts are desperate for points at home to John Hughes's Inverness. Kilmarnock host in-form Dundee United who will boast "Mini-Messi" Ryan Gauld.

    Partick Thistle entertain St Johnstone and Ross County face Motherwell on a busy day north of the border…

    You can follow the live text on our very own Scottish page.

  257. 1407: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 3-2 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (63 mins)

    It is a lovely goal from Theo Walcott, his second of the match. Aaron Ramsey chips a pass to Walcott and the England winger, who spots Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon off his line, has the technique to curl the ball into the top corner of the net.

    There is a muted celebration from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but his side are back in this match now and have almost half hour to grab an equaliser. Great drama at the Etihad Stadium.

  258. 1405: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

    Ikram Miah: Tremendous from Fernandinho.

    Daniel Mugoh: That's what you get for carelessly giving the ball away to a Brazilian. Bang!

  259. 1405: 
    Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

    We have just over 30 minutes left at Etihad Stadium and Arsenal appeal for a penalty.

    Jack Wilshere tries to play the ball through and the ball bounces up off Pablo Zabaleta's thigh and on to his arm. The Gunners are furious but referee Martin Atkinson does not give anything.

  260. 1401: 
    Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

    We said earlier that Arsenal have been dismissed as potential title winners because of a lack of depth to their striking options.

    With Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere waiting for a tap-in, Olivier Giroud goes for goal but gets it all wrong and shoots harmlessly wide.

    The French striker goes closer a few minutes later but his diving header, from Bacary Sagna's cross, is narrowly off target.

  261. 1358:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at the Etihad StadiumManchester City 3-1 Arsenal

    "Manchester City are simply irresistible going forward and now Fernandinho is in on the act. Long, long way back for Arsenal from here."

  262. 1357:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 3-1 Arsenal

    "Fantastic finish from Fernandinho! Mesut Ozil gave the ball away, which is very unlike him. Fernandinho, 24 yards from goal, curls one into the far corner - an absolutely brilliant finish. Moments after half-time, you really feel that could be Arsenal out of it now."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  263. 1355: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal - Fernandinho (50 mins)

    It looks like game over as Manchester City move 3-1 ahead. Mesut Ozil gives the ball away and it falls to Fernandinho and the Arsenal defenders are very slow to try to close the Brazilian midfielder down. He is allowed to run to within 25 yards of goal and has the time and ability to place a side-footed curling shot past Wojciech Szczesny.

  264. 1354: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Jesus Navas comes on for the injured Sergio Aguero. City will be hoping their Argentine top scorer is not badly injured. City move to a one-up-front formation with Alvaro Negredo leading the line.

  265. 1352: 
    Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    An early second-half worry for Manchester City as Sergio Aguero goes down injured. He is holding his right calf and when he slowly gets to his feet he is limping and looks like he will have to come off.

  266. 1350: 
    Text us on 81111- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Guv in London: Re the Koscielny injury - not having adequate backup for injuries is why you're meant to have a strong squad in all areas, not just midfield. Wenger is at fault for that.

    Sean: Is Ozil still playing? Yet another big game he's gone missing.

    Matt near Salisbury: You can be as critical as you want, but when the standard is this high any tiny mistake gets pounced upon.

  267. 1349: 
    Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    The second half has just started. Let's all hope it is as good as the first. Do not go anywhere.

  268. 1348: 
    MATCH STATS- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Manchester City have had three shots to every one of Arsenal's in the first half, but only managed two on target. Both found the net though.

  269. 1347: 
    Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Injured Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski: Half-time. A great game for the fans. Everything is possible in the second half! Get well soon, Laurent Koscielny.

  270. 1346:  
    Simon Brotherton, Match of the Day commentatorWest Ham v Sunderland (1500 GMT)
    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham's dismal form means this is a big match for both them and bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce describes it as a "critical" game and you can see why.

    Four defeats in the last five league matches has left West Ham above the relegation zone only on goal difference.

    Gus Poyet's Sunderland are the only team in the Premier League without an away win and goals could be at a real premium in this fixture.

  271. 1345:  
    Steve Wilson, BBC Match of the Day commentatorNewcastle v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    When these two teams met at St James' Park back in February they were both in the bottom five of the Premier League and seriously wondering whether they could keep their heads above the relegation waters.

    Newcastle's Old Trafford history-makers are guaranteed a heroes' reception when they emerge from the dressing rooms, while Southampton can reflect that they very nearly beat Manchester City last weekend.

    Both Newcastle and Southampton are now in the top eight and playing almost without a care in the world.

  272. 1344:  
    Steve Bower, BBC Match of the Day commentatorEverton v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez's Everton are a team that are very hard to beat and have lost just three of their last 26 league matches, but how long can their good run continue?

    Fulham have been beaten in 16 of their last 23 league games and in a season of surprises, a Fulham win at Goodison would be another one.

    Everton are a fortnight away from being a year unbeaten at home. They won't relinquish that record easily.

  273. 1343: 
    Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1500 GMT)
    Jose Mourinho

    BBC Sport's Tony Husband: Chelsea can't afford to lose, Crystal Palace have nothing to lose. Jose Mourinho badly needs the win and a victory for Tony Pulis would be a surprise.

    It's 31 years since Palace last won at the Bridge and no-one expects a repeat.

    Pulis faces an enormous task to keep Palace up, despite two wins in his first three games in charge. But at least they have a chance now - more of a chance than they do of winning this game as Chelsea's extra quality will surely see them home.

  274. 1342:  
    Martin Fisher, Match of the Day commentatorCardiff City v West Bromwich Albion (1500 GMT)

    Poor runs by both clubs, and the resurgence of Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis, means Cardiff and West Bromwich Albion suddenly find themselves in the relegation picture.

    The two clubs have gone five games without a win and Albion have lost their last three on the spin.

    Neither team can really afford to lose this one, but does a draw offer enough of a reward in the scramble to avoid being sucked in to the drop zone?

  275. 1341: 

    We have five Premier League matches kicking off at 1500 GMT today. Here are the thoughts of our Match of the Day commentators.

  276. 1340: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE- Leicester 1-1 Burnley

    Danny Ings's leveller has seen Burnley come into the game more in the second half and they should have been ahead when Sam Vokes was put through on goal by a terrible back pass from Ritchie De Laet.

    The striker saw his shot parried wide by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as the Clarets look increasingly threatening.

  277. 1339: 
    SQUEEZING THE SPACE- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
    First half action areas

    Manchester City's defence has been able to maintain a high line and compress the play in the Arsenal half. This graphic shows where every Manchester City player's average touch has come on the pitch.

  278. 1339:  
    Guy Mowbray at Etihad Stadium for MOTD

    Sergio Aguero's volley gave Manchester City the lead with the hosts having the better of the early stages before Theo Walcott brought the sides level. However, Alvaro Negredo got the second before half-time to restore the hosts' lead.

  279. 1339:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumManchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    "Manchester City, as ever, superb going forward but Arsenal still in the game. Alvaro Negredo, "The Beast" who is the new cult hero of The Etihad, could have had a hat-trick."

  280. 1335:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveManchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    BBC Radio 5 live Sport reports that the Arsenal media team say Laurent Koscielny has suffered a "laceration", a deep cut, rather than a more serious knee injury.

  281. 1335: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    A thrilling first half comes to an end with Manchester City holding a 2-1 lead against Arsenal. Can the Gunners fight back in the second half or will City stretch their advantage?

  282. 1333:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    "Is Jack Wilshere fit? To me he looks so far off the pace at the moment. City players are running past him and he's getting brushed off the ball a fair bit. Arsene Wenger may think about a change at half-time..."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  283. 1332: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Tyrone Tucker: Don't make City angry, you won't like them when they're angry!

    Andre Louro: So poor from the Arsenal defence today. Monreal nowhere near where he should be - Negredo ghosts in like it's the Sunday League.

    Nick Wagstaff: Fingers crossed this becomes a goal fest. 5-3 Gunners?

  284. 1331: 
    INJURY TIME- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    Four minutes of injury-time at Etihad Stadium. Martin Demichelis nearly scores his first goal for Manchester City when he attacks a corner at the near post. But his header is just over the crossbar.

  285. 1327: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
    Laurent Koscielny

    To add injury to insult for Arsenal, Laurent Koscielny is carried off on a stretcher after straining his right knee as he chased back in vain and tried to get a tackle in on Alvaro Negredo. Thomas Vermaelen trots on to replace Koscielny.

  286. 1326: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE- Leicester 1-1 Burnley

    Danny Ings has equalised for Burnley just two minutes into the second half. Kieran Trippier's cross was missed by the Leicester defence and Ings coolly controlled before firing home his 12th goal of the season from close range.

  287. 1326:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 2-1 Arsenal

    "Exquisite ball out wide from Yaya Toure, as he turned 25 yards from goal. I thought he was going to shoot but he saw Pablo Zabaleta on the overlap and Arsenal were found again defensively wanting.

    "Jack Wilshere this time got caught out, but it was a brilliant ball across the face of the goal. Wojciech Szczesny had no chance as Alvaro Negredo slid in. On the balance of play, that is probably deserved."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  288. 1323: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal - Alvaro Negredo (38 mins)

    We told you it could be a classic and it is living up to the billing. Alvaro Negredo has missed a couple of chances but he is in the right place to restore Manchester City's lead.

    Yaya Toure sprays a wonderful pass out wide to Pablo Zabaleta, who is free on the right wing. He plays a low ball into the front post, where Negredo finishes ahead of Laurent Koscielny to prod the ball into the net.

  289. 1322: 
    BABES IN ARMS- Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal
    Theo Walcott

    Theo Walcott's 'baby-rocking' celebration relates to the first child that he and wife Mel announced on Friday they are expecting in 2014. Theo and Mel have been together since his Southampton days and they married in Italy in the summer.

  290. 1321: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

    Ayush: Here we go! Back in the game! Father to be, Walcott levels the scoreline. Ramsey and Ozil played their part!

    Elliott Bambrough: Great tenacity by Ramsey, beautiful cutback by Ozil and Theo with the consummate finish. That's the Arsenal we've seen this year.

    Mo Orfy: Mesut Ozil - born to make an assist.

  291. 1321: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

    Alvaro Negredo should put City back in front almost immediately, but shoots just wide when he only had Wojciech Szczesny to beat.

  292. 1319:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 1-1 Arsenal

    "Incredible goal from nowhere. Walcott eases it into the corner, as Yaya Toure got caught on the ball. Walcott stabbed the ball into the ground and it bobbled into the corner, deceiving Costel Pantilimon more than anything else.

    "The keeper was wrong-footed and left stranded. That was fortunate from Arsenal's point of view, but it's great news for them - they are back in this game having looked almost dead and buried."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  293. 1316: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal - Theo Walcott (31 mins)

    It is a bit of a soft goal and one they do not deserve but Theo Walcott pulls Arsenal level. Mesut Ozil plays a square pass across the 18-yard line, Walcott's shot just eludes Martin Demichelis and leaves the unsighted Costel Pantilimon rooted to the spot.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at the Etihad StadiumDOMINANT IN MIDFIELD- Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

    "The imposing figure of Yaya Toure is currently casting a giant shadow over Arsenal's midfield as Manchester City dominate.

    "Toure also has such a delicate touch to complement his power, with one deft flick almost playing in David Silva. Arsenal need to find a response."

  295. 1313:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumManchester City 1-0 Arsenal

    Aguero hit a perfect left-foot volley at Southampton last week - and a perfect right-foot volley against Arsenal this week. World class.

  296. 1312: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
    Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring

    City have now scored 26 goals in their last five and a bit home games. They put seven past Norwich, five past CSKA Moscow, defeated Tottenham 6-0, beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2 and thrashed Swansea 3-0.

    The way they have started this game suggests more goals could be coming today. Yaya Toure is the latest man to have a shot on goal, but can't keep his effort down with the ball just going over the Arsenal crossbar.

    Half hour gone at Etihad Stadium and Manchester City fully deserving their lead.

  297. 1309:  
    Danny Mills, at Etihad Stadium for 5 live SportManchester City 1-0 Arsenal

    "Man City have really imposed themselves on this game, with a strength of character and a physical strength. They are dominating this, with only Mathieu Flamini trying to stand up to it."

    Listen to Man City v Arsenal on 5 live Sport.

  298. 1308: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE- Leicester 1-0 Burnley

    Leicester go in at the break on front and on track for the victory they need to regain top spot from the Clarets.

    David Nugent's penalty gave them the advantage but Jamie Vardy, Anthony Knockaert and Danny Drinkwater went close to doubling the Foxes lead.

    For Burnley, Danny Ings has headed against the post and volleyed inches wide but, for the most part, the visitors have been second best.

  299. 1307: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

    Manchester City come close to a second and they are dominating at Etihad Stadium. Centre-half Vincent Kompany slides the ball through to Alvaro Negredo, but the striker tries to beat Wojciech Szczesny at the near post instead of shooting across the goalkeeper.

    As a result Negredo hits the side netting when he should have at least tested the Polish stopper. A chance wasted for the hosts.

  300. 1303:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad StadiumManchester City 1-0 Arsenal
    Sergio Aguero

    "It's that man again. Sergio Aguero's textbook far-post volley gives Manchester City the lead but it actually came at the end of Arsenal's best spell when they had enjoyed possession and Jack Wilshere wasted a good chance.

    "The Gunners must regain that composure quickly because plenty of teams can tell the tale of what happens when Manuel Pellegrini's side get up a head of steam."

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 14 Dec 2013 UK

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 16 16 35
Moving up 2 Chelsea 16 14 33
Moving up 3 Man City 16 29 32
Moving up 4 Everton 16 12 31
Moving down 5 Liverpool 15 16 30
Moving up 6 Newcastle 16 -1 27
Moving down 7 Tottenham 15 -1 27
No movement 8 Southampton 16 5 24
No movement 9 Man Utd 15 3 22
No movement 10 Swansea 15 1 19
No movement 11 Aston Villa 15 -2 19
No movement 12 Hull 16 -6 19
No movement 13 Stoke 16 -5 18
Moving up 14 Cardiff 16 -10 17
Moving down 15 Norwich 15 -14 17
Moving down 16 West Brom 16 -5 15
No movement 17 West Ham 16 -6 14
Moving up 18 Crystal Palace 16 -13 13
Moving down 19 Fulham 16 -15 13
No movement 20 Sunderland 16 -18 9

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