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    And on that note, it's time for me to bid a fond farewell for the final time this year. I'll leave you to get stuck into the last of the chocolates, turkey and Match of the Day 2, which is on BBC One and this very website at 2230 GMT. It's been good. Let's meet up again on New Year's Day. Same place, same time. Goodnight.

  2. 1855: 
    Brad Smith

    I also think Brendan Rodgers was giving his owner a little nudge by naming 16-year-old Jordan Rossiter on the bench and introducing another teenager, Brad Smith, for his first-team debut. A classic late-December/January managerial trick.

  3. 1851: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    One last little statistical observation from me - with Opta showing that Liverpool had significantly more play in the Chelsea penalty area than they were forced to deal with at the other end. Would things have panned out differently if Daniel Sturridge had played?

    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
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    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool will board the team coach tonight wondering what might have been had Mamadou Sakho's second-half header not hit the bar. The Reds have now hit the woodwork 16 times this season - more than any other Premier League side.

  5. 1844: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Eden Hazard

    Chelsea winger Eden Hazard: "We stay at the top with Arsenal and Manchester City. We will see where we are after this period and the next game against Southampton.

    "We find the good pass, we work together and we try to play together - it doesn't matter who plays in terms of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba - we try to win.

    "It is my objective to score. I work in training and today was good for me."

  6. 1841: 
    HEAD TO HEAD- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    It looked to the naked eye as if David Luiz dominated the midfield battle for Chelsea, but the stats show that Liverpool's Lucas Leiva was much more influential in front of the back four - making six defensive tackles to Luiz's none, seven clearances to his opponent's three but only making one interception compared to the Brazilian's two.

  7. 1838: 
    ACTION AREAS- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea's victory today was built on their ability to cause problems down the flanks, with 43.5% of their attacks coming down the left as opposed to just 19.1% down the middle.

  8. 1834: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: "I will start by showing my respect to every football player in this country. I love this period, supporters love it too, players love it too but it is hard. I'm speaking about every player in every club.

    "It is a deserved victory but I'm sorry two of my players and two Liverpool players had to leave the field injured.

    "I think my experience helps me to see things with another perspective - when I was Brendan's age I only saw things from one side.

    "Lucas on Hazard is the real penalty. The situation on Samuel on Luis? That's a yellow card.

    "If someone has to complain it is us. But we won't because we won."

  9. 1831: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool boss Rodgers on Samuel Eto'o's challenge on Jordan Henderson: "Eto'o was very fortunate to be on the pitch. The challenge was a poor challenge. I know we scored from it, but he was nowhere near the ball."

    Rodgers on late penalty appeal against Eto'o: "You've seen them given and Eto'o was not even looking at the ball. He's been streetwise and cute and was looking to block Luis. If he's intentionally blocking our man it's a penalty is it not? But Howard Webb was on the spot and we have to accept it and move on."

  10. 1830: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells BBC Sport: "We couldn't have had two tougher games against two greater squads. Our squad is very thin at the moment. Against Manchester City we were the best team and today, after taking the lead, we gave away a disappointing goal.

    "The players have been outstanding. If one or two things had gone our way maybe the result would have been different. At the start of our season this squad was very thin anyway and we needed that bit of luck with nobody getting injured but up until four weeks ago that worked for us.

    "We've shown when we've got everyone available we'll be a match for anyone. If we get that wee bit of luck and have people fit then there's no reason why we can't be challenging [for the title]. It's such a tight league you can go from top to fifth. Nothing is won at the midway point. The most important thing for us is that we're in the conversation this year."

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    Miracle Roch: Liverpool dropping to five shows you how tight the top is. Any mistake is costly.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "The players are like monsters - they fight until the last seconds.

    "I didn't see the Samuel Eto'o incident [foul on Jordan Henderson in the first half]. He is new to the Premier League and I criticise him a lot about his inability to adapt. I am asking him to adapt quickly to this game and the sooner he does the sooner he can enjoy it.

    "There is another big case for a penalty on Eden Hazard. It is happening every week. It is not fair on him. The other situation on Suarez [penalty appeal] I would resolve this situation with a yellow card to Suarez. I hate players who provoke situations.

    "The difference between the winner and loser was tight. We were lucky to win the game because it is very tight."

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    MANAGER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke
    Mark Hughes

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "I felt a little bit aggrieved at the start of the game. I felt we had a good claim for a penalty before Tottenham's penalty.

    "In terms of having an impact on the game, we found it difficult.

    "They have got a lot of power and pace and we struggled to cope with that. There are reasons for that as we are missing key players but we need to do better.

    "We struggled to get a foothold in the game. We need to be able to get in behind teams but don't have that option.

    "On the day we were not good enough and up to the standard of the Spurs players."

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    Nick Wagstaff: I think the Jose Mourinho factor is beginning to show it's worth. Title on the way to the Bridge.

    Jonsos RaRaRa: Arsenal's draw against Chelsea not looking so bad now, eh?

  15. 1815: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood: "I thought they played well from start to finish. Two goals is never enough. We know what Stoke are about. They can hang on and get a scrappy goal. We took some of our chances - a few more went missing. I was very pleased with some of the young boys that came in. It's good start [to my tenure] but we know there are tougher tests ahead."

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    Shohidur Rahman: David Luiz was immense today. Proved what people have been saying all along that he should always play in midfield.

  17. 1815: 

    So that's it for the Premier League in 2013. But fear not, there's plenty of quality action coming your way in 2014 - as these New Year's Day fixtures show.

    Premier League
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    Orlando Davies: That was more like the classic Mourinho performance. Excellent first half, solid second.

  19. 1810: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    David Luiz

    Chelsea midfielder David Luiz: "It was a very good win, we conceded early but showed a strong mentality and it was magic. I'm happy to have players like Eden (Hazard) in the team so we can see amazing football and we keep fighting.

    "We are third in the league and we will keep on fighting."

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    Akinpelu Kayode A: Jose Mourinho's cleverness is perhaps what the club missed most. He's kept Chelsea in the mix at halfway. Well done Jose.

  21. 1807: 
    FULL-TIME STATS- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    It was a much closer affair in west London where Chelsea had much more of the ball, but Liverpool were a constant threat - hitting the bar in the second half and having two penalty appeals turned down.

    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
  22. 1802: 
    FULL-TIME STATS- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    Tottenham will not enjoy a more routine or comfortable victory all season. They bossed the game in every department as these stats attest.

    Tottenham 3-0 Stoke
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    Michael, a Spurs fan: Funny how Liverpool are being considered as champions and Spurs have been almost neglected for the top-four, yet only two points separate us at halfway stage...

  25. 1759: 

    Liverpool were top on Boxing Day, but now they are fifth behind Everton after back-to-back defeats. Chelsea are looking well-placed in third while Tottenham jump to seventh after their easy victory over Stoke.

    Premier League
  26. 1756: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    Tottenham goalscorer Mousa Dembele: "It was an important win after the Boxing Day draw against West Brom. Everybody was fighting for each other today."

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "This team has been playing fabulously well, but if you do not have a deep-enough squad, it will come home to roost. Will Liverpool get the quality in during January?

    "Chelsea are starting to look ominous."

  28. 1755: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Should Luis Suarez have had a penalty? Should Oscar have been sent off? I'm sure Brendan Rodgers will think so in his post-match interviews. And he'd probably be right.

  29. 1754: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Jose Mourinho gestures to the Chelsea supporters to cheer their team over the line seconds before the whistle goes. A decent three points for the Blues, but Liverpool have plenty to be aggrieved about.

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    Michael Moor: OSCAR SHOULD BE OFF !!!!

  31. 1752: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Howard Webb has to muscle in and separate Oscar and Lucas following a centre-circle scuffle. Both men are booked - Oscar for a naughty tackle on Lucas, and the Liverpool man for his aggressive reaction.

  32. 1750: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    All over at the Lane as Tottenham register another victory under new boss Tim Sherwood, while Stoke complete a miserable Christmas which has seen them ship eight goals in two games.

  33. 1749: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Four minutes of injury time are signalled as Liverpool send on Kolo Toure in place of a hobbling Mamadou Sakho.

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    Glen Sykes: Stoke boss Mark Hughes looks like a broken man.

  35. 1748: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Fernando Torres fancies a goal bonus to see him into the new year as he powerfully cuts inside and leaves Mamadou Sakho trailing but sees his shot well saved by Simon Mignolet. He's still yet to score against the Reds since his £50m move to the Bridge.

  36. 1745: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Samuel's not on the pitch any more, Sam [see tweet below]. He's just been replaced by ex-Liverpool hero Fernando Torres for the final four minutes of normal time. A wise move by Jose.

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    Sam Burton: How is Eto'o still on the pitch? Ridiculous.

  38. 1744: 
    FINAL FIVE- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    As the game becomes more stretched and Liverpool begin to launch attack after attack, David Luiz is coming into his own even more as he cuts out passes and makes crucial blocks while always looking to put Chelsea back on the front foot.

  39. 1742: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool have another strong shout for a penalty turned down when Samuel Eto'o cynically takes out Luis Suarez in the area. Liverpool hard done by.

  40. 1740: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    Stoke finally register an effort on target. Unfortunately for the Potters, Peter Crouch's header is straight at Hugo Lloris.

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    Thomas Rimer: I would hate to see Spurs give up on Lamela so quickly. He has the talent to be a great player if given a chance to adapt.

  42. 1738: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Stoke

    We're well into the final 10 minutes at White Hart Lane where Stoke are yet to have a shot on target. I don't fancy their chances of suddenly finding three goals to draw the game.

  43. 1735: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Howard Webb has a centre-circle chat with John Terry while Oscar receives treatment for a little knock. The referee is wearing two watches today. Maybe he got a new one for Christmas and doesn't want to upset Mrs Webb by not wearing it? Maybe it's a referee thing.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    With 15 minutes still left in the game, it's interesting how Chelsea clear the ball and have nobody forward in the Liverpool half - allowing the Reds to launch another attack almost immediately.

  45. 1733: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    It's time to try a few shots from range now - Glen Johnson's powerfully-struck effort from range being turned around the post by Petr Cech.

  46. 1731: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke
    Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

    Tim Sherwood's shuffling his pack now - sending on Erik Lamela for Aaron Lennon who gets a standing ovation. The Argentine's first job is to latch on to a throughball but Thomas Sorensen makes a fine, sprawling save.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool do not have as many games as the other teams as they are not in Europe, but you can see there are limitations with the size of their squad. When Brendan Rodgers looks at his bench, he has few options."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Superb, tenacious play from Oscar as he muscles out his compatriot Lucas on the edge of the penalty area and curls a shot just wide.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Big call that, Pat. Take off Luis?

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "I covered the Liverpool v Cardiff game, and I asked the question at the time, why did Brendan Rodgers not take off Luis Suarez after 60 minutes? He has looked leggy against Manchester City and Chelsea."

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  51. 1725: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-0 Stoke - Aaron Lennon (69 mins)

    Stoke's resistance is melting away quicker than a chocolate fireguard as Aaron Lennon finds himself in acres of space to the right of the penalty area and the England winger angles a superb shot into the top corner. Keeper? No chance. Stoke? No chance.

  52. 1724: 
    WHO IS BRAD SMITH?- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool debutant Brad Smith was born in Australia but has played for England at Under-17 level.

    Just yesterday, it was revealed that Australia are assessing the 19-year-old with a view to taking him back from the England set-up.

    According to the Liverpool website, Smith, who was an unused substitute against Manchester City, is "blessed with lightning pace".

    He sounds like Mitchell Johnson.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "There was a mass of bodies between the referee and the incident. Even the assistant referee was blinded.

    "It would have been hard to see if there was a push or pull."

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  54. 1723: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is incensed when he is cleaned out by John Terry in the penalty area while trying to get under a high ball. A penalty? I'd say so.

  55. 1720: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Stoke - Mousa Dembele (65 mins)

    Just when one or two - especially Roberto Soldado - were getting a bit nervous at Tottenham's inability to score a second, Mousa Dembele works some room on the edge of the box and fires a low daisy-cutter of a shot into the bottom corner. Game over, I suspect.

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    Ross McInnes: No more complaints of 'poor service' for Soldado, missing far too many easy opportunities for Tottenham.

    Gibson Lee: Liverpool need to make passes stick. Not as good as the performance at Etihad Stadium but we still have Suarez.

    ChelseaWarrior: Great to see Mourinho has seen the benefit of playing Luiz in midfield.

  57. 1719: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    What a moment this is for 19-year-old Liverpool midfielder Brad Smith, who is given his first-team debut as a replacement for Joe Allen. We've got 30 minutes left in this one.

  58. 1717: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea have done a decent job on Luis Suarez today, but the Uruguay striker should do better when he is picked out on the edge of the box by Jordan Henderson but fires a shot straight at Petr Cech. Those normally end up in the top corner.

  59. 1716: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Stoke
    Stoke boss Mark Hughes

    I'm not sure I have seen Stoke string together more than two passes in this second half. They just can't get close to Tottenham at the moment.

  60. 1714: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    He normally buries them from 12 yards, but put them on a plate from eight yards and Roberto Soldado fires straight at the keeper. Aaron Lennon's good work down the right comes to nothing.

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    Davi: Set-piece defending for Chelsea has been far too poor today.

  62. 1712: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Samuel Eto'o has the perfect chance to put the game beyond Liverpool when he is sent scampering through on goal but is denied by Simon Mignolet's excellent block.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "The Chelsea defence were completely asleep then. They said they were not ready for the quick free-kick, but it is not up to them."

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  64. 1711: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Stamford Bridge is reduced to slow motion as Mamadou Sakho's header from Jordan Henderson's chip loops in the air and comes back off the bar. The Liverpool defender looks a lot more relaxed since he bagged Samuel Eto'o's shirt at half-time.

  65. 1710: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    There's no sign of Stoke even having a shot on goal, let alone level against Spurs. If anything, it's the hosts who look like scoring another.

  66. 1709: 

    The top three in League Two are separated only by goal difference now. Leaders Chesterfield drew 1-1 with Dagenham & Redbridge, while Scunthorpe beat Oxford 2-0 and Burton edged Newport 1-0. Oxford drop to fifth with the loss, and Newport are down to seventh.

    Bury moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over York, who are now only place above the bottom two. Torquay are now in the drop zone after losing 3-1 at home to neighbours Exeter.


    Jack Jones from the Valleys: Best attacking display so far from Chelsea this season. The key to beating Liverpool is to overrun their midfield as Arsenal exposed.

  68. 1708: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    A needless yellow card is shown to David Luiz as he goes into the book for a tug at Joe Allen's shirt. They're all it.

  69. 1707: 
    INJURY NEWS- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Everton captain Phil Jagielka has been ruled out for up to four weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

    "It happened at the end of the game against Sunderland," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. "With this soft tissue injury it could be up to four weeks, but knowing Jags he will be back earlier.

    "It is just the accumulation of games and the demands of this month. November into December is high-risk in terms of injuries to the players."

  70. 1706: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    Illness take its toll on Stephen Ireland, and the ex-Manchester City midfielder is replaced by Charlie Adam. Could that help Stoke?

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    Lauren Jones: Awful midfield, no strength and not enough desire to win it back. However, we are Liverpool. We can turn it around.

    Adam Byrne: Liverpool's title hopes are fading away.

    Matt Fox: Liverpool defence still in very festive mood, gifting some more goals to needy strikers.

  72. 1704: 

    Brentford have gone top of League One thanks to a 3-1 victory over MK Dons. Leyton Orient, who started the day top, drew 1-1 with Wolves, who drop one place to third.

    Port Vale closed the gap on Rotherham and the play-off places to two points with a 2-0 win over the Millers.

    Bristol City remain in the bottom four despite hammering relegation rivals Stevenage, and Sheffield United moved away from the drop zone with a 3-1 success over Tranmere, who are now fifth from bottom.

  73. 1704: 

    Leicester will go into 2014 with a four-point lead the top of the Championship after beating Bolton 5-3 in what was pulsating match. Six goals were scored in the first half. Derby are in second after defeating bottom side Barnsley 2-1, while early pacesetters Burnley slip to third after failing to find the net at Wigan.

    QPR also move down a spot following their goalless draw at Watford. Ipswich are up to sixth after a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, while Nottingham Forest remain in fifth after a 2-1 victory over Leeds. The bottom three remains the same, with 23rd place Yeovil thumped 5-1 by Huddersfield while Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Charlton.

  74. 1704: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    A half-time change for Chelsea as John Obi Mikel comes on for Frank Lampard. We're also back under way in west London too.

  75. 1703: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    It's still Tottenham on the front foot as Paulinho, who has pulled the strings all afternoon, blazes high, wide and not very handsomely into the stands from a tight angle.

  76. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke
    Emmanuel Adebayor (right) sees an effort at goal blocked

    Back under way at the Lane. What have you got Stoke - can you turn around this miserable Christmas?

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    James Clayton: Poor from Mignolet, Agger uncomfortable and Liverpool getting totally bossed in the middle of the park. Time to change it?

    Jack Degge: After today Liverpool only have one away trip to a side currently in the top-eight. Easiest second half schedule by miles.

    Merrick Lloyd: Liverpool are getting killed down the left-hand side. Johnson and Sterling are not getting back quickly enough, and it is costing us.

  78. 1654: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Everton 2-1 Southampton
    Seamus Coleman

    Everton defender Seamus Coleman: "I'm delighted to be getting on the scoresheet and with the way I'm playing I seem to be getting more chances.

    "We just want to keep going the way we are going and we are looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully we be there or thereabouts by the top four,

    "We want to qualify for the Champions League, that's what we hope for."


    Patrick in Belfast: You talk about the Brazilian talent at Chelsea, you want to see Paulinho at White Hart Lane today! Pure skill and quality, we've missed him the last three games!

  80. 1654: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    It's all going well for Tim and the boys at the Lane. There's too many big fat zeroes in the Stoke side of the stats for Mark Hughes's liking.

    Tottenham 1-0 Stoke
  81. 1652: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea have certainly reacted positively to conceding early on - almost angered by Liverpool's temerity to take the lead.

    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Stuart in Surrey: One positive for Liverpool is that Liverpool have home games against all the top teams apart from Manchester United in the second half of the season and Sturridge to come back!

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    Henry: Sakho and Eto'o switch shirts at the half-time whistle? That's a little early lads...

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "Both teams are playing fairly well, but Chelsea have been the better.

    "Liverpool has given nothing to Luis Suarez to feed on. They must get their right-hand side going."

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  85. 1649: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Bizarre behaviour at Stamford Bridge as Mamadou Sakho and Samuel Eto'o exchange shirts at half-time. That never sits well with supporters. Mamadou's already bought the frame for the living room wall though.

    Listen to a description of Samuel Eto'o's goal from BBC Radio 5 live.

  86. 1648: 

    Leaders Leicester have the lead over Bolton. Lloyd Dyer's excellent run and drilled angled finish means the Foxes are now 4-3 ahead. Moments earlier, Leicester's David Nugent had a penalty saved by Andy Lonergan after Jamie Vardy had been brought down by the keeper.

    Elsewhere, Jordan Rhodes has scored twice for Blackburn who are now only 3-2 down against Birmingham. Nottingham Forest lead 2-1 against Leeds thanks to Matt Derbyshire's sensational strike from 25 yards. Brett Pitman has scored the equaliser for Bournemouth against play-off hopefuls Ipswich - it is 1-1 in that game.

    Struggling Sheffield Wednesday could be set to pick up a precious point at Charlton after Connor Wickham levelled for the Owls.

  87. 1648:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford BridgeHALF-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "Samuel Eto'o gave Chelsea the lead exactly 30 minutes after Martin Skrtel opened the scoring. Chelsea did boss the half but Liverpool are still in it."

  88. 1646:  
    MOTD's John Roder at White Hart LaneHALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    "It has been an excellent first half from Tottenham's point of view. There has been plenty of pressure from Spurs but they have only one goal and that was through a penalty."

    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerChelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Samuel Eto'o celebrates scoring

    "You always know it's the crazy season when a Chelsea striker scores."

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    Paul Walmsley: Liverpool looking utterly lightweight today. Can't keep the ball. Just playing into pressure.

  91. 1642: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Perhaps Liverpool's best chance since they took the lead as Joe Allen is played in on goal but sees his shot parried clear by an ever-alert Petr Cech.

  92. 1642: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Stoke

    Paulinho drives forward and shoots over as Spurs look to double their lead.

  93. 1641: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    Glen Johnson is booked for brushing aside Eden Hazard. Soft.

  94. 1639: 
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    Eden Hazard celebrates scoring for Chelsea

    Chelsea have been irresistible going forward at times in this game. What's the difference? David Luiz in midfield?

  95. 1638: 

    Scunthorpe are set to go top of League Two tonight as David Syers doubles their lead against second-placed Oxford.

    Promotion-chasing Southend have just equalised at Accrington thanks to Luke Prosser and Burton could sneak into the top three as they lead against Newport, another team in the mix for promotion.

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    Will Dinsadale: Again, poor goalkeeping by Mignolet giving the opposition the lead. Should have saved that one.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-1 Liverpool

    "Some people will suggest Simon Mignolet could have done better, but I am not so sure.

    "It is a tough one as it was squirming away from him. At a push, he might think he could have done better."

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  98. 1636: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Stoke - Roberto Soldado pen (37 mins)

    And the Spaniard does not miss from there - Roberto Soldado sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Four of his five Premier League goals have been penalties.

  99. 1635: 
    PENALTY TO SPURS- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    A volley from Emmanuel Adebayor blocked by the arms of Ryan Shawcross.

  100. 1634: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool - Samuel Eto'o (34 mins)

    Chelsea should go behind more often. From 1-0 down after four minutes, they are now 2-1 up as Oscar squares to Samuel Eto'o and the Cameroon striker's scuffed shot from six yards out somehow squirms under the body of Simon Mignolet.


    Keith in Stockton: "This season's Man Utd team is the worst in many years and they'll struggle to finish in the top-four", "Liverpool are having a great season and are genuine title contenders for the first time in years". Most people would agree that both of those statements are true, but they could be separated by just two points at the end of today. Funny game football isn't it?

  102. 1633: 

    Mathieu Baudry has equalised for Leyton Orient in their top-of-the-table clash with Wolves. Brentford, who remain 3-0 up against MK Dons, would overtake both of them to go top if there is no winner.

    Sheffield United and Bristol City are both hammering relegation rivals, the Blades lead Tranmere 3-0 and the Robins are 4-1 up against Stevenage, thanks to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's brace.

    Carlisle have equalised in their game against Peterborough, while Crewe have done the same at Colchester. Walsall are also level 1-1 at Gillingham and Swindon are doing the same at Bradford.

  103. 1631: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke winger Oussama Assaidi cuts in from the right and into the Spurs area. He's about to shoot but has the ball stolen away from him by a crucial tackle by Michael Dawson. Moments later, Zeki Fryers pumps a ball into the Stoke box and Roberto Soldado glances wide. The Spanish striker can't quite catch a break it seems.

  104. 1630: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    A bit of a reshuffle for Chelsea as Branislav Ivanovic succumbs to a muscle injury and is replaced by Ashley Cole - meaning Cesar Azpilicueta is shifted across to right-back.

    Listen to a description of Eden Hazard's goal from BBC Radio 5 live.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    "On the right-hand side, Liverpool have looked phenomenal at times throughout this season. They have not got going on that side in this game thus far."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  106. 1628: 

    A nice sentiment, Henry. I'd love to think Big Phil was following this live text from his mansion in Rio. Somehow I expect he's more likely to be sweating the day out on the beach.


    Ade: Liverpool are incapable of keeping a clean sheet.

    Henry Dummett in London: I hope Brazil coach 'Phil' Scolari's watching the game at Stamford Bridge today. The Premier League's finest Brazilian talent on show.

    Patrick from Newbury: Cannot understand why Torres isn't starting. Possesses the pace, speed and guile needed to unlock this Liverpool defence.

  108. 1627: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke
    Emmanuel Adebayor (left) and Stoke's Andy Wilkinson

    Top-notch defending from Andy Wilkinson as the Stoke man gets in front of Christian Eriksen to deny the Dane a shot on goal from six yards out. His team needed that.

  109. 1626: 

    League Two leaders Chesterfield are drawing 1-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge. Marc Richards gave the Spireites the lead but Abu Ogogo has equalised for the Daggers.

    Rochdale could go into the top three as they lead Bristol Rovers 2-0, while Southend trail 1-0 to Accrington Stanley.

    Exeter are 2-0 up atstruggling Torquay in the Devon derby.

  110. 1626: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Joe Allen almost makes himself an instant hero at Anfield as he latches on to Jordan Henderson's flick in the penalty area, only to have the ball nicked from under his nose by the last-gasp Gary Cahill. If anybody needs a goal...

  111. 1624: 
    Charlton Athletic's Dale Stephens (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal

    Derby could be set to finish 2013 in second spot - they are now 2-0 up at bottom side Barnsley. Chris Martin has got both goals. Charlton will ease their relegation worries if they hold on to their 1-0 lead against Sheffield Wednesday, who started the day in 22nd. Dale Stephens gave the Addicks the lead two minutes after the break. Reading's promotion prospects have taken a knock - they are 2-0 down at Middlesbrough and now down to 10 men after Kaspars Gorkss received a second yellow. Rivals Ipswich are 1-0 ahead at Bournemouth -Daryl Murphy tapped in from close range.

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    James Hayman: Chelsea look a different team with Luiz playing in midfield rather than Mikel! Much higher tempo!

    Sumeer Rawal: Liverpool allowing Chelsea too much time on the ball. The urgency for pressing needs to show in the Liverpool midfield.

    Tokunbo: Best 17 minutes that Chelsea have played this season despite going behind early on.

  113. 1624: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    It's all Tottenham now, with Stoke backing off and allowing full-back Zeki Fryers to get in down the left and fire a cross into the six-yard box but it's just too close to Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

  114. 1622: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    Chelsea supporters must wonder why their side isn't as aggressive more often, because it always seemed a matter of time before they levelled after being shocked into action. David Luiz is running the midfield, allowing Oscar, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard to scheme away just behind Samuel Eto'o.

  115. 1620: 

    Third-placed Brentford now lead MK Dons 3-0, with Marcello Trotta and Sam Saunders putting them in control.

    Jose Baxter has just handed Sheffield United a 2-0 lead against relegation rivals Tranmere.

    Fifth-placed Peterborough lead Carlisle 1-0, while Crawley are 1-0 up against Notts County.

    Gillingham are 1-0 up against Walsall.

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    Conor McMeekin: Chelsea always look so much better when they're chasing a game!

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 1-1 Liverpool

    "The pace on the break was impossible to deal with. Oscar had so many options on the ball."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  118. 1617: 
    SHOWBOAT- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Tottenham are beginning to go through the gears now - Paulinho's flick, the type of which only Brazilians can do, setting Roberto Soldado through on goal but the striker drags his shot wide.

  119. 1617: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool - Eden Hazard

    Chelsea level and deservedly so. Oscar runs at the Liverpool defence from a deep position. The backline backs off and when Oscar does shoot his effort deflects off Mamadou Sakho to the feet of the superb Eden Hazard, who whips the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. The goal animates Jose Mourinho, to say the least.

  120. 1616: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Maybe I spoke too early, because Tottenham have a glorious chance to go into the lead when Aaron Lennon races into the box and pulls the ball back for Emmanuel Adebayor but the Togo striker miscues his shot from 12 yards and the chance goes begging.

  121. 1611: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke are keeping Tottenham at bay early on - Tim Sherwood's revolutionary 4-4-2 style of play so far proving ineffective despite the hosts have plenty of possession.

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    Adam Whittaker: Great start from Eto'o. Knee high tackle, smashes Sterling and blunder for the goal.

    FEMI JOHN ATOYEBI: What good has Samuel Eto'o brought to Chelsea? NONE!!! Should never have had a sniff of a blue shirt.

    Jamie Jeinrich: Eto'o, complete waste of money and time. Why not start Torres, he has a point to prove?

  123. 1612: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    This match is already a bit of a humdinger - Chelsea coming out swinging and Frank Lampard arrowing a long-range effort towards the top corner but Simon Mignolet expertly tips over the bar.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-1 Liverpool

    "Chelsea have so many targets to aim at for free-kicks, but Liverpool have already scored themselves from one."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  125. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
    Martin Skrtel scores for Liverpool

    Chelsea have been rattled from any early slumber by that Martin Skrtel strike and they send the big men forward for a free-kick, which Gary Cahill heads just wide.

  126. 1608: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 0-0 Stoke

    An early scare for Spurs. Jon Walters latches on to a long ball forward and is almost through on goal before going down under left-back Ezekiel Fryers's challenge. Contact was minimal and there are only half-hearted shouts for a penalty.

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    Daniel Barton: Stupidity from Samuel Eto'o causes Chelsea to go behind.

  128. 1603: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool - Martin Skrtel (4 mins)

    They took the lead against Manchester City on Boxing Day, and now they've done it against Chelsea. Jordan Henderson wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal after being taken out by Samuel Eto'o. Phillipe Coutinho whips in the resulting set-piece, Luis Suarez helps it on and Martin Skrtel is on hand to smash home from six yards out. Red delight.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    "Willian is playing left and Eden Hazard on the right. That has not surprised me at all, as Willian's pace will peg back Glen Johnson and Hazard will be against a makeshift left-back."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  130. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

    We're under way at Stamford Bridge - likewise at White Hart Lane.

  131. 1558: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho meet up in the tunnel and have a little embrace. I reckon Brendan doesn't do small talk - I reckon it's straight into what The Special One thinks about the Christmas tree formation. "Give it a rest mate," smiles Jose.

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    Cameron Humphries: Massive game, particularly after that Arsenal result! Lampard and Luiz need to be switched on if we are to get a win.

    Dominic O'Caollai: Of all the teams to face when you cannot defend a set piece... Chelsea are the worst. Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic and Luiz. I'm scared.

  133. 1555: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I thought it was a great game, both teams played positive football, it's a shame we did not get a positive result but that is football.

    "We did have great chances, it's a shame we did not take the lead and a shame we leave with nothing.

    "We are aware Everton are a side who play attacking football so from that point of view I enjoyed it, but I also suffered it as we did not get anything from the game.

    "We are happy with how the team is progressing. We fully believe in the academy players and that is the project at Southampton. We just need to give them time to adapt."

  134. 1555: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It was a completely different test to the one we had on Boxing Day. Southampton are a very good side and we knew that and we had to be perfect in our performance and the two goals were of outstanding quality.

    "To see the way we got the winning goal was very satisfying and the nature of the victory was also pleasing considering the players we had out.

    "We defended well and had real concentration which we needed against Southampton

    "There was nothing Joel Robles could do. The swerve in that ball from Gaston Ramirez he made it impossible for him."

  135. 1554: 
    Wigan Athletic's Ivan Ramis (right) controls the ball under pressure from Burnley's Sam Vokes

    There were six goals in a thrilling first half at the King Power Stadium. It is 3-3 between league leaders Leicester and Bolton. The Trotters were 2-1 ahead before Anthony Knockaert levelled the scores with a header. Andre Moritz grabbed his second to hand Bolton the advantage again but the Foxes hit back when Tim Ream turned the ball into his own net. Burnley, who started the day two points behind Leicester, are being held by Wigan.

    Rivals Derby currently lie in second spot after going a goal up at bottom side Barnsley. Brighton, chasing a play-off place, are 1-0 up at Blackpool, with Inigo Calderon getting the goal. Strugglers Yeovil are heading for their third successive defeat - they are 3-1 down against Huddersfield.

  136. 1554: 

    Coventry will go through 2013 without a goalless draw in the league but, unfortunately for them, that's because Oldham have just taken a 1-0 lead thanks to Johnson Clarke-Harris's header.

  137. 1554: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    It's a big afternoon for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who can equal Peter Bonetti's club record of clean sheets if he keeps free-scoring Liverpool at bay this afternoon.

    The Cat kept 208 clean sheets in 729 appearances, while The Czech Cat has managed 207 in just 455 games.

    "It would obviously be fantastic to get that in the Liverpool game," Cech said.

    "Beating Swansea with the other results that day was an important three points and now we are in a good position to go face to face with Liverpool."

  138. 1550: 

    A couple of missed penalties in games involving the top teams in League Two. Chesterfield survived a scare as Zavon Hines missed a kick for Dagenham & Redbridge, that's still 0-0.

    And Deon Burton, who had earlier scored Scunthorpe's opener, had a penalty saved by Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke but his side are still 1-0 up.

    And Matt Rhead has put Mansfield 2-0 up at Cheltenham with almost the last kick of the first half.

  139. 1549: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Of course, it's a strange feeling [facing Jose Mourinho]. He was brilliant for me during my time here and set me on my way and that's prepared me for today.

    "We're coming off a really good performance, we just didn't quite get the result [against Manchester City]. We understand it's going to be a difficult game but, for us, for this calendar year, we've been very competitive.

    "It's going to be a really good game and we'll look to play the way we want to, which is to be creative."

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    John Pierce: We all know that was a tough one to win. More evidence that Everton under Martinez are looking up rather than down.

  141. 1544: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. "We certainly didn't deserve to get beat but a mistake cost us at a set play, and we then had some moments at the end but we have come out with our confidence renewed even though we have lost."

  142. 1543: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Come on then Chelsea fans, what do you make of the second coming? Are you impressed with Jose so far? The team certainly looks like it needs a few more goals when the manager goes shopping in the January sales.

    Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have scored only five Premier League goals between them this season. And Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who scored 69 goals for the Blues, has told BBC Sport that a new front man is a "key priority".

    "Jose Mourinho won't publicly say it but we all know he is looking for another striker," said the Dutchman.

    "In the summer he was looking for a striker and could not find the right one. He has always had a very dominant person at the front at every club he has been at who used to take a lot of pressure off the team."

  143. 1540: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Mesut Ozil has a shoulder problem. I don't think he will be available for Cardiff on Wednesday, maybe after that, we will see.

    "There was a big satisfaction because we surprised many people and we want to go from there, we played two away games and got six points against West Ham and Newcastle and as you can see the team is ready for a fight. Let's keep fighting and trying to develop the team."

  144. 1540: 

    Exeter have just taken a 1-0 lead in the Devon derby at Torquay. Tom Nichols has scored the goal that could drop the Gulls into the relegation zone.

    Table-topping Chesterfield have had Sam Hird sent off in their goalless draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.

  145. 1539: 

    Crewe started the day bottom of League One and they are looking likely to remain there after falling behind to a Luke Garbutt goal against Colchester United.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    "Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side emerged with plenty of credit in their game at Manchester City but with no points, so avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge is crucial.

    "The league is so tight that the Liverpool team which was top at Christmas could be out of the top four by New Year - I'll take a punt that that's never happened before.

    "Liverpool should be encouraged that they have lost just one of their last eight games against Chelsea, though they'd have preferred that defeat not to have been in the FA Cup final."

    Mark Lawrenson, Football AnalystTottenham v Stoke (1600 GMT)

    "New Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has been talking so much about playing attacking football that he really has to do it now, and see where it takes him.

    "I think a lot of what he has been saying is for the benefit of the fans, but Sherwood clearly has a way he wants to play.

    "Stoke were a bit unlucky to get two men sent off in their 5-1 defeat by Newcastle on Boxing Day. It was just one of those games that they just need to forget and move on. They will have a point to prove at White Hart Lane but I cannot see them stopping Spurs."

  148. 1536: 

    We'll continue to get you all the reaction from Goodison Park and St James' Park, but now it's time to begin our build-up to our two late kick-offs - Chelsea versus Liverpool and Tottenham against Stoke.

  149. 1534: 

    Bolton, having been a distant second best for the first 10 minutes, are now 2-1 ahead at league leaders Leicester. Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford scored the Trotters' second. At the big match at the City Ground, Nottingham Forest are a goal up against Leeds thanks to Greg Halford's 23rd minute header. A win for Forest would move them four points clear of their opponents who are on the fringes of the play-off zone. Elsewhere, it is 1-1 between Huddersfield and strugglers Yeovil.


    Dan in London: Still think Mourinho hasn't found Chelsea's best team, Mata and Cole deserve a spot.

  151. 1532: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Everton 2-1 Southampton
    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku: "Today we played well and showed great mentality and hopefully we can continue it on New Year's Day.

    "It was important to bounce back - we want to finish as high up as possible and if we show the same consistency and performance we can improve on last season."

  152. 1531: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
    Olivier Giroud

    Olivier Giroud on ending his goalscoring drought of seven games: "It's nice to score, it's been a few games so it's important to come back. It was a tough game against my fellow Frenchies and it was important to get the win."


    James in Newbury: Mertesacker was huge for Arsenal in the last 10 minutes. Contested every ball that was tossed into the box and marshalled a famously frail Arsenal defence superbly.

  154. 1531: 
    FULL-TIME STATS- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    As for Everton, the stats show they might have been lucky to beat Southampton today, but the Saints failed to turn their superior possession and shots on goal into work for Toffees keeper Joel Robles. And, as their goal showed, they might be rueing their failure to test the Toffees number two more.

    Everton 2-1 Southampton
  155. 1528: 
    FULL-TIME STATS- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Did Arsenal deserve victory today then? The stats show they just about shaded it. But Gunners fans don't care - they will be singing Auld Lang Syne with the league table in their sky rocket.

    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
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    James Brandon: Arsenal dug deep and defended. Something they have not been able to do in previous years.

    Saikat Nandy: Yesssssss!!!!!! Arsenal on top at end of 2013.

    Josh Jackman: Huge, gritty victory for Arsenal today. Top of the league when 2014 rolls in, which is nothing to be sniffed at.

  157. 1525: 

    Calm down, calm down. I know you want to see the table, Arsenal fans. Here it is:

    Premier League table
  158. 1524: 

    Bury now lead relegation rivals York 2-0, with Nathan Cameron scoring the Shakers' second.

    Hartlepool are 1-0 up at Morecambe, with Jack Baldwin scoring for the Teessiders and struggling Mansfield have just taken the lead at Cheltenham, with Anthony Howell scoring.

  159. 1524: 

    Bradford lead Swindon 1-0, with Rory McArdle scoring a header for last season's League Cup finalists.

    Third-placed Brentford are 1-0 up against MK Dons, thanks to Clayton Donaldson's early goal.

    Bristol City are now 2-0 up against fellow strugglers Stevenage and ninth-placed Port Vale are 1-0 up against Rotherham, who are sixth.

  160. 1523: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    And Everton have done the job against Southampton without being particularly dominant. The type of result which gets you into Europe?

  161. 1522: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought victory. The hallmark of potential champions?

  162. 1522: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Tim Krul's up for a corner again, but Wojciech Szczesny punches clear and Hatem Ben Arfa's follow-up shot from the edge of the area drifts safely wide.

  163. 1520: 

    There have been two early goals at the King Power Stadium. Leaders Leicester took a fifth-minute lead against Bolton through midfielder Danny Drinkwater, before the visitors hit back through Andre Moritz. Meanwhile, promotion-chasing Derby are 1-0 up at basement side Barnsley thanks to Chris Martin's strike. The Tykes are still seeking their first win since manager Danny Wilson returned to the club on 17 December. Middlesbrough lead Reading, while Birmingham are 2-0 up at Blackburn.

  164. 1520: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Tim Krul comes up for a corner - it's got to that time. There's a bit of a scramble but Arsenal clear their lines. Newcastle come again. Hatem Ben Arfa weaves this way and that but smashes his shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

  165. 1519: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea have made four changes to the team which beat Swansea 1-0 on Boxing Day, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Frank Lampard, Willian and Gary Cahill returning to the side.

    Ashley Cole must sit on the bench alongside Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel.

    It's just the one change for Liverpool, but Daniel Agger's inclusion in the starting line-up means the Danish defender will captain the Merseysiders.

  166. 1519: 
    STOKE TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Stoke (1600 GMT)

    Stoke make three changes from the 5-1 hammering by Newcastle on Boxing Day. Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were sent-off in that game and are unavailable so defender Andy Wilkinson and midfielder Wilson Palacios replace them. Midfielder Stephen Ireland also comes in for Charlie Adam, who is on the bench.

    Stoke XI: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Nzonzi, Ireland, Assaidi; Crouch.

  167. 1519: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Everton very nearly seal the match when Ross Barkley's wayward shot is deflected into the path of Romelu Lukaku whose low shot is turned wide by Kelvin Davis.

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    James Hayman: Luiz and Lamps in midfield today, this is what the Chelsea fans want to see!

    Nicolas Cage: Finally, Mourinho is giving David Luiz a go at defensive mid, definitely his strongest position.

    Pete Marshall: So happy to see Luiz starting in midfield.

  169. 1517: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Southampton desperately appeal for a penalty when Adam Lallana's cross appears to be handled by Bryan Oviedo in the box. But it doesn't look as though it's going to be their day...

  170. 1515: 

    Third-placed Scunthorpe lead Oxford, who started the day above the Iron on goal difference. Veteran goal-getter Deon Burton put the visitors 1-0 up after 11 minutes.

    There was an early goal at the bottom of the table as Anton Forrester scored in the 57th second as Bury lead York 1-0. That would take the Shakers out of the relegation zone, and leave the Minstermen in the bottom two.

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    Scott in Warrington: Can't be the only Liverpool fan concerned that Skrtel is starting against Chelsea? Seems more concerned lately with trading shirts with the opposition forwards than actually defending. Referees must be aware of this by now.

  173. 1514: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Boos echo around St James' Park as Olivier Giroud, who has not endeared himself to the home support this afternoon, is replaced by former Sunderland forward Nicklas Bendtner.

  174. 1513: 
    BREAKING TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Stoke (1600 GMT)

    Paulinho returns to the Tottenham midfield after a three-game ban. Spurs also bring back winger Aaron Lennon and playmaker Mousa Dembele as part of five changes from the team that drew 1-1 with West Brom on Boxing Day.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Fryers, Lennon, Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Adebayor, Soldado.

  175. 1513: 
    Everton 2-1 Southampton
    Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring for Everton

    We're into the final 10 minutes at Goodison Park and Luke Shaw blazes over the bar to sum up his side's disappointing afternoon.

  176. 1511: 

    Wolves lead within five minutes of their top-of-the-table clash with leaders Leyton Orient, Ethan Ebanks-Landell scoring the goal.

    Bristol City could move out of the relegation zone after taking the lead against fellow strugglers Stevenage, Greg Cunningham netting that one. And in another relegation battle, Sheffield United lead Tranmere with Jamie Murphy striking home.

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    Matt Holford: Its almost like Southampton switch off every time they equalise recently, its happened v Villa, Spurs, and now Everton!!

  178. 1510: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Wow, that would have been some way for Newcastle to get back into this game as Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny smashes a clearance straight into the face of a dazed Loic Remy and the ball rolls just wide of the red-faced keeper's goal.

  179. 1510: 
    BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Fernando Torres starts on the substitutes' bench against his former team as Jose Mourinho once again goes for Samuel Eto'o up front.

    Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; D Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.

  180. 1509: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 2-1 Southampton

    Romelu Lukaku has got the wind in his sails now - wriggling past a couple of challenges before firing a dipping shot just over from 25 yards out.

  181. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    A flurry of changes now as Massadio Haidara replaces Moussa Sissoko for Newcastle while Arsenal bring on Carl Jenkinson for Theo Walcott. Settling for a 1-0?

  182. 1505: 
    BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Daniel Agger comes into the Liverpool back four in place of Aly Cissokho as Liverpool make one change to the team which lost to Manchester City on Boxing Day.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

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    Abayomi Richard: What a response. Lukaku is just what Chelsea are missing.

  184. 1505: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Kieran Gibbs has been withdrawn because of an injury and replaced by Mikel Arteta, so Mathieu Flamini has moved to left-back. It is fair to say he is struggling as he is booked for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa. Tomas Rosicky follows him into the book after a foul on Yohan Cabaye. This is getting tasty now.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 2-1 Southampton

    "That is the first time an Everton midfielder has made a run beyond the Southampton defence. That time James McCarthy made the run, and the timing and choice of pass was perfect."

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  186. 1502: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Southampton - Romelu Lukaku (74 mins)

    Parity lasts less than three minutes at Goodison Park as Steven Pienaar launches a raid down the left and picks out James McCarthy who slides the ball to Romelu Lukaku for the big Belgian striker to take one touch and hammer home from 12 yards out.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-1 Southampton

    "It is a terrific strike, but what is the goalkeeper doing? It looked like an elementary save.

    "What was he thinking? It went right through his hands.

    "I am surprised Southampton had not tested him earlier. He had the sun in his eyes in the first half."

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  188. 1459: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Southampton - Gaston Ramirez (71 mins)

    Pick that one out. Adam Lallana plays the ball to Gaston Ramirez 35 yards out and the striker advances forward a few yards before smashing home. However, Everton keeper Joel Robles did not cover himself in glory because the ball was straight down the middle of his goal and it dipped under his despairing dive.

  189. 1459: 
    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Hmm, the action quickly switches to the other end and Newcastle have a decent penalty appeal when Mathieu Flamini appears to lean into Mathieu Debuchy. Clumsy, for sure. And needless, the ball was drifting out of play. Nothing given.

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    Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Arsenal

    Amune Omeyimi: ARSENAL HAVE THE LEAD! What a cheap goal for the Magpies to concede.

    Andy Bradley: And that's why Tiote's such a liability, gives chances from set pieces away all the time.

    Jay: What a delicious free kick from Walcott and Giroud scores. Always felt a set piece was going to break the deadlock.

  191. 1458: 
    CLOSE- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    How did Arsenal not make it 2-0 there? Theo Walcott's initial shot is saved by Tim Krul, the England striker's follow-up shot is cleared off the line by Mathieu Debuchy before Olivier Giroud drags the rebound well wide. Close, but no cigar.

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    Ben Taylor: Barkley and Coleman have had great games for Everton.

  193. 1456: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Rickie Lambert is booked for throwing the ball at James McCarthy while Gaston Ramirez comes on in place of Jack Cork.


    Marlo in London: Walcott's decision making and delivery has come on leaps and bounds this season.

  195. 1455:  
    BBC RadioNewcastle 0-1 Arsenal

    Former Newcastle defender John Anderson on BBC Radio Newcastle at St James' Park: "That's a poor goal to give from a defensive point of view because it's a straight free-kick. Olivier Giroud got a run on Mike Williamson and headed it down past Tim Krul."

  196. 1452: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (65 mins)

    He's been roughed up by Newcastle today but Olivier Giroud finally ends his goalscoring drought. Theo Walcott floats a free-kick straight down the middle of the Magpies' box and the French striker gets the faintest of touches to divert the ball past Tim Krul. Fairly simple stuff, but mightily effective.

  197. 1451: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Leighton Baines, sporting a more traditional short, back and sides haircut, has not been at his best today - regularly giving the ball away and wasting good set-piece opportunities. Meanwhile, Southampton's Jack Cork, the Steven Finn lookalike, is booked for a foul on Ross Barkley.

  198. 1450: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Yoan Gouffran's run of scoring in five consecutive games at St James' Park will not continue as he comes off the pitch to be replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Southampton
    Romelu Lukaku in action for Everton

    "Romelu Lukaku has not scored for five games, and this kind of form is why Jose Mourinho let him go away on loan to learn about his game as he is not the finished article.

    "His movement inside the box needs to be a bit better, and maybe his touch in the build-up play can improve. I was very surprised Everton got him though, as he has been very good."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  200. 1448: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    This game is starting to drift now - and Newcastle react by getting Hatem Ben Arfa stripped for action. That should open things up a bit.

  201. 1446: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Poor play from Southampton as Steven Davis, with the ball at his feet on the edge of the box, simply lofts the ball over the bar.

  202. 1445: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Ross Barkley will have to hope Roy Hodgson is not watching Match of the Day 2 tonight, because he's just missed a sitter from eight yards out after the ball was put on a plate by the impressive Bryan Oviedo.

  203. 1443: 

    Wycombe's League Two match with Fleetwood has been called off because of a frozen pitch 20 minutes before kick-off.

    After 13:30 and 14:00 GMT pitch inspections, the referee decided to make his decision after a warm-up by the players and decided the pitch was too frozen for action.


    James Edwards: Impressed with Anita's development, he is turning into a solid holding midfielder for Newcastle.

  205. 1443: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    A scare for Arsenal as Vurnon Anita lofts a gentle cross to the back post with Wojciech Szczesny making a right hash of collecting the ball and taking out Bacary Sagna in the process. Fortunately for the Polish goalkeeper, Per Mertesacker hacks clear.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Southampton

    "This game has not ignited yet. You are waiting for something to happen.

    "It has been very positive from Southampton in this second half, but they have not made the most of their best attacking moments."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  207. 1442: 
    YELLOW CARD- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Bryan Oviedo is shown a yellow card for an awful lunge on Saints defender Callum Chambers who caught late by the Everton man.

  208. 1438: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    I agree with Moses - Lukas Podolski could perk up Arsenal, especially with Olivier Giroud still grimacing from his tangles with Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson in the first half.

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    Moses Ayeni: Arsenal need Podolski!!!

  210. 1436: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    A decent response from Southampton early on in the second half as Luke Shaw whips in a dangerous cross from the left and James McCarthy has to make a crucial interception 12 yards from goal.

  211. 1435: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    There's an extra intensity from both sides in the seconds since the restart. I reckon we could be for some goals. But don't blame me if we're not.

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    Alberto: Arsenal missing creativity from Ozil.

    Rob James: A glimmer of the old Sissoko for Newcastle. Need him more in the game.

    James: Can always tell when someone knows absolutely nothing about football when they say Flamini is useless.

  213. 1433: 

    Half-time bovril supped and (more) turkey butties eaten. It's time for hostilities to resume in both of our two early kick-offs.


    Bertie Watson: Seamus Coleman to be the next Gareth Bale? Full-back turned winger.

  215. 1430: 
    HALF-TIME TALE OF THE TAPE- Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    There's almost a perfect symmetry in the shots on goal stats from St James' Park. This match is going exactly the way Alan Pardew has planned. Keep it tight and then unleash Haten Ben Arfa later on? But will such tactics play into Arsenal's hands?

    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
  216. 1430: 
    HALF-TIME TALE OF THE TAPE- Everton 1-0 Southampton
    Everton v Southampton

    You can read an awful lot into statistics - but the three shots on targets mustered by both teams rather tells it own story. A tight affair, so far.

  217. 1424: 
    Oxford striker James Constable

    The big match in League Two is between second-placed Oxford and Scunthorpe, who are third. Leaders Chesterfield are at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

    In a very close table, Burton, in fourth, face fifth-placed Newport - either of those teams could go top of the table in theory.

    Bury would move out of the relegation zone if they can beat 20th-placed York City. Bottom club Northampton could drag Portsmouth into the relegation mixer with victory at Fratton Park, while another struggling team, Torquay, are at home to Exeter in the Devon derby.

  218. 1423: 
    Wolves striker Kevin Doyle

    Arguably the biggest Football League game of the day sees second-placed Wolves host League One leaders Leyton Orient.

    If they draw, Brentford could go top this afternoon with victory at home to MK Dons. Fourth-placed Preston are away to Shrewsbury.

    There are two massive games at the bottom of the division: Sheffield United, in 20th, host Tranmere, who are 19th, while 21st Bristol City are at home to Stevenage, one place below them.

  219. 1422: 
    Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel

    There are three teams who could end tonight top of the Championship. Leaders Leicester City host Bolton, second-placed Burnley are away to Wigan and QPR, in third, face the short trip to Watford.

    Fourth-placed Derby could close the gap at the top as they visit bottom side Barnsley. And it's fifth v sixth as Nottingham Forest host Leeds United.

    There are a couple of relegation showdowns as well as Charlton, in 19th, host 22nd-placed Sheffield Wednesday and the two teams between those sides, Doncaster and Millwall, also face off.

  220. 1421: 

    Neither game has really sparked yet, but there's plenty of promise heading into the second 45 minutes. Let's preview the afternoon's Football League action while the players eat their half-time oranges.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Southampton

    "Southampton have made it difficult for Everton. They have defended well, but leave a lot of space in-behind as the centre-backs condense the pitch.

    "There is a freedom certain players give to other players. James McCarthy playing in a deeper role, in the absence of Gareth Barry, is letting the full-backs bomb on."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  222. 1419:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Goodison ParkHALF-TIME- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    "Seamus Coleman's wonderful strike separates these two sides going into the break.

    "Everton have not fashioned too many openings and Southampton have had the better chances with Adam Lallana wasting their best opportunity."

  223. 1419: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    An attempt at goal for Saints but this is not one for the Rickie Lambert scrapbook - his half-volley from 20 yards is easily saved. Seconds later a scuffle breaks out between Adam Lallana and Sylvain Distin that starts after the latter kicks the ball into the former's face as he attempts a clearance.

  224. 1418:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' ParkHALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    "Mathieu Debuchy's header against the crossbar is the closest either side have come in what has been a rather lacklustre first half."

  225. 1418: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Newcastle are just starting to believe they can get about Arsenal here - Yohan Cabaye's shot being charged down before Wojciech Szczesny has to be alert to tip Moussa Sissoko's effort over. From the resulting corner, Mathieu Debuchy's header rattles the bar.

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    Saikat Nandy: Tiote must be all referee's nightmare.

    Cameron Laws: Hate Flamini with a passion. What does he do apart from kick people and sprint over to the ref every time someone is fouled?!

    Chris Lloyd: BodyCheick Tiote.

  227. 1413: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    The ball drops invitingly for an Arsenal player on the edge of the penalty area - it could be trouble for Newcastle given all their opponent's gifted midfielders. Alas, defender Per Mertesacker rather drags his effort some way wide.

  228. 1412: 
    CLOSE!- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Better from Southampton as Jay Rodriguez plays in Adam Lallana on the edge of the box and the England midfielder juggles the ball past his marker but drags his subsequent shot wide.

  229. 1411: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
    Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko goes down under a challenge from Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini

    Newcastle are furious with some of the decision which seem to be going against them - Moussa Sissoko cutting inside and being brought down on the edge of the area by Mathieu Flamini and Kieran Gibbs. It should be a free-kick in a dangerous area, but the referee Lee Probert waves play on.

  230. 1408: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    It's all very scrappy at Goodison Park, with Southampton showing no real signs of finding a leveller to Seamus Coleman's early strike.

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    Toni Baker: True shame for players like Coleman and Ramsey is they will never get to any European or World Cup finals.

    Jason Garwood: Coleman reminds of Irwin! Goalscoring full-back and an absolute bargain!

  232. 1406: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    It appears Olivier Giroud is going to be OK to continue - but he's given a yellow card for his troubles after taking out Cheick Tiote prior to turning his ankle. Double-whammy.

  233. 1405: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Worrying times for Arsenal as both Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud go down injured under innocuous challenges - the first from Mathieu Debuchy and the second on Checik Tiote. Giroud has gone over on his ankle and could be in particular trouble.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Southampton

    "Steven Naismith has won the ball in the air twice against much taller centre-backs, but both times Romelu Lukaku has not gambled on that happening."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  235. 1401: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Another intricate Arsenal move through the middle ends with Santi Cazorla cutting inside and curling a shot straight at Tim Krul.

  236. 1359: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    You raise a good point, Ismaeel. I'm sure Arsene Wenger will prove me wrong, but Arsenal do look to be lacking width today. Back to the action, and Olivier Giroud is fit to continue after a hefty challenge from Mike Williamson. A bit of roughing-up there.

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    Ismaeel Hussain: Why is Cazorla playing on the left? We saw how effective he was in the middle against West Ham, completely ran the game.

    Injured Everton loanee Gerard DeulofeuEverton 1-0 Southampton

    "Yeesss! Come on Everton! Seamus the best!"

  239. 1358: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Boyhood Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert would love to get on the scoresheet at Goodison today and he latches on to Adam Lallana's flick but is ruled offside and the chance goes begging.

  240. 1355: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    A move straight from the training ground from Newcastle as Yohan Cabaye, from the halfway line, launches a free-kick to the edge of the penalty area for Mike Williamson to flick on and Mathieu Debuchy volleys just wide.

    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Statisticians Opta: 9 - Everton defenders have now contributed nine goals this season, as many as the Toffees' strikers have managed.

    You can listen to a description of the goal from BBC Radio 5 live.

  242. 1351: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Everton 1-0 Southampton

    It's rare you see route one from Everton, but it almost pays off when Steven Naismith latches on to a long ball and goes down under Dejan Lovren's hefty challenge. The Toffees appeal for a penalty, but Mark Clattenburg is having none of it.

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    Seamus Coleman celebrates scoring for Everton

    Zed: It is such a shame Seamus Coleman isn't English. He is so much better at both attacking and defending than Kyle Walker.

    Mathew Penistone: How is Coleman not on teams' radars?! Arsenal, Utd and Chelsea all need another right-back. Who better?!

    Farrukh Rouf: Surely Coleman is the best right-back in the Premier League, improving all the time.

  244. 1348: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Newcastle have already beaten Chelsea at St James' Park this season and they almost give Arsenal a scare when Loic Remy drives down the left and pings a cross to the far post where Moussa Sissoko heads straight into the grateful hands of Wojciech Szczesny.

  245. 1346: 
    Everton 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton have responded well to going behind and Rickie Lambert's flick almost plays Steven Davis through on goal but Antolin Alcaraz is back in the nick of time.

  246. 1344: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
    Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran (left) and Arsenal's Bacary Sagna

    Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are linking up well in midfield for Arsenal, but another promising move breaks down as they try and pass their way through the solid Newcastle defence.

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    Gary Hegarty: Seamus Coleman has to be one of the best buys in Premier League history, he's the best right-back in the league now.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 1-0 Southampton

    "He scored a wonderful goal against Swansea last week, but what about this? Seamus Coleman must be an absolute nightmare to play against.

    "Getting forward more is something that Roberto Martinez has asked his full-backs to do."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  249. 1340: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-0 Southampton - Seamus Coleman (9 mins)

    What a superb goal. Seamus Coleman picks up the ball on the right, uses his left foot to cut inside before switching to his right once more and firing an angled shot past Kelvin Davis. Class.

  250. 1340:  
    BBC RadioNewcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Former Newcastle defender John Anderson on BBC Radio Newcastle at St James' Park: "Arsenal have got in down the left-hand side a couple of times but have failed to pick somebody out. They have started very brightly."

  251. 1339: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    There's an interesting tactical battle playing out at St James' Park as Newcastle, with an extra man in midfield, try and starve Arsenal of service. Jack Wilshere is looking lively through the middle, but the Gunners might need to use the flanks more as they keep running into Fabricio Coloccini down the centre.

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe at Goodison ParkEverton 0-0 Southampton

    "Something always happens when Ross Barley gets on the ball, that is the type of player he is. In the last year, he has turned from a teenager into a man because of his improved upper-body strength."

    Listen to commentary of Everton v Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  253. 1336: 
    Everton 0-0 Southampton

    A good start for the Toffees as Seamus Coleman - possibly one of the most under-rated players in the Premier League - puts in a decent cross from the right and Ross Barkley stabs a shot straight at Kelvin Davis.

  254. 1333: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    A lively start for both sides, with Moussa Sissoko's charge forward from the Newcastle midfield being ended after his unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs. I expect neither side is going to sit back today.

  255. 1331: 
    Everton 0-0 Southampton
    Goodison Park

    After a minute's applause for those who have lost their life in 2013, we are now under way in Merseyside too.

  256. 1330: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

    Game on. Are we set for another 10-goal thriller?

  257. 1329: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez and Mauricio Pochettino are having a right chuckle in the Goodison dug-outs. "This Premier League lark is easy, isn't it?"

  258. 1326: 

    The respective players are gathering in the tunnel areas at Goodison Park and St James'. We all set for the first part of our Sunday double-header?

  259. 1324: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Southampton are having a good season so far, but they could do with taking down a few of the big guns if they are to be considered genuine top-eight material. Mauricio Pochettino's side have only once beaten top-half opposition this season, winning 1-0 against Liverpool at Anfield in September. Perhaps they like it on Merseyside?

  260. 1321: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Whatever happens today, I'm sure we'd all settle for a repeat of the excitement the last time these two teams met exactly a year ago when Arsenal beat Newcastle 7-3.

    It was a sign of things to come because Arsenal have gone on to win the most Premier League points in 2013. Their current 79-point tally in the year cannot be surpassed by any other side.


    Craig in London: Cannot wait for the Arsenal game! Think Wenger is right to rest Ozil and I reckon Cazorla will revel in his role and we will win.

    Andrew: Southampton have had a poor run of results lately by their own early season standards. I wouldn't put it past them causing an upset at Everton today.

    MOTD2 ExtraEverton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe on MOTD2 Extra: "Roberto Martinez has relaxed everybody at Everton and has given his team the freedom to play. Everton have done very well on the pitch.

    "Martinez has bought into the history of the football club and it's working in his favour, but look at his signings, players like Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry. They've made a massive change to the side and the pace they now have is something we haven't seen from them in recent years."

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    James Leathers: Best moment of 2013 has to be little old Yeovil making it into the Championship.

    Cletus U.: As a Nigerian, seeing the Super Eagles lift the African Nation's Cup for almost a decade was quite memorable.

    Jamie Lane: Has to be Doncaster Rovers winning promotion in the game against Brentford, from play-offs to title winners in 25 seconds.

  264. 1312: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle don't tend to do things by half, do they? They either have a good season or they don't. Simple as that.

    But, after three years at the club, manager Alan Pardew believes he is finally starting to see the fruits of his labour out on the pitch.

    "I keep looking in the mirror and thinking it's been about 20 years," Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle. "I was a young man when I came here, but I've enjoyed it.

    "Newcastle is a bit of a rollercoaster, but more ups than downs, and I'm very pleased with the progress the club has made and hopefully we can go forward and keep ourselves around the top eight for the next three or four years.

    "I don't know if it's my club after three years, but it's my team in the way I want them to play."


    Ed Colston: Bayern Munich's demolition of Barcelona.

    James Leacy: Steven Gerrard's sealer against Poland.

    Dwight Pilarchie: Favourite memories of 2013 was Manchester United wrestling the title back from Manchester City.

  266. 1308: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Everton are without Tim Howard today, with the American goalkeeper suspended after being sent off on Boxing Day. His replacement is Joel Robles, who followed manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan to Goodison Park.

    "Joel showed the other day with his performance for an hour of the game that he is a very talented young man," said Martinez. "He has been working in the British game now for a long time. He knows the league and the team because the way we work allows the players to form strong partnerships. I do feel Joel is ready now to come in and help the team."

  267. 1305: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)
    Ross Barkley

    Of course, we get another chance to rave about Ross Barkley's talents this afternoon. The Everton midfielder just seems to be getting better and better. At 20, most lads his age are playing computer games and being awkward around girls.

    Not this special talent - he's making a bullet-proof case for selection for England's World Cup squad. Together with Ravel Morrison, he's caught the eye of Roy Hodgson.

    "These two must realise we do have great faith in them and enormous admiration for their talent," Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.

    There's no better nod of approval than that.

  268. 1303: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Everton manager Robert Martinez, speaking before the game: "Southampton are very dynamic, press from the front, defend with real spirit and have a lethal counter attack and we know we are facing one the best teams this season."

  269. 1302: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on keeping hold of Yohan Cabaye, who was subject of £10m bid from Arsenal in the summer: "At times as a club you need to be strong and we were, the owner [Mike Ashley], myself, and [director of football] Joe Kinnear. We didn't feel the valuation was right and in my opinion he has been one of the top 10-15 players in the division. What's good for us will be good for France and Yohan Cabaye."

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    Luke Richards: Southampton start with nine British players, four of them being academy players. Showing how a Premier League club should be run.


    Lucy in Ide Hill: Interesting to see how Arsenal perform without Mesut Ozil. I can see a big performance from Tomas Rosicky coming today.

  272. 1258: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    If Sunderland hadn't spectacularly ripped up the formbook on Boxing Day, Everton would now be one game away from going through 2013 unbeaten at Goodison Park. That particular record was not meant to be, but the Toffees know three points against Southampton today could see them return to the top four depending on other results.

    The omens are looking good for them today, because the Saints have only won one of 14 Premier League trips to Goodison Park (W1, D3, L10), a 2-0 victory in November 1997. Matt Le Tissier and Kevin Davies were on the scoresheet that day.

    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Statisticians Opta: 6 - Southampton's Paulo Gazzaniga has made only six saves in the Premier League this season but has conceded 10 goals (Boruc: 32 saves, eight goals).


    Tom in Guildford: 6th April. Matt Lowton. The Britannia. Pivotal in Villa's season to staying up and oh, what a beauty.

    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Goodison ParkEverton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    "There are occasions on which a manager takes more positives from a defeat than a victory - Everton's loss to Sunderland was one such example.

    "Despite being down to 10 men for two thirds of the fixture, Roberto Martinez looked on with pride as his side put in the kind of display that reaffirmed to him his squad are oozing with character and self-belief.

    "Southampton will arrive off the back of one of their most comprehensive performances of the season so far having cruised ruthlessly to their biggest away win of the campaign at Cardiff.

    "It was a timely result too as it ended a poor run of six winless games and eight without a clean sheet."

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at St James' Park, BBC Match of the Day commentatorNewcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    "Newcastle's Boxing Day win was helped by red cards for two Stoke players but that shouldn't detract from the form the Magpies have shown throughout November and December, when they have picked up 21 points out of a possible 27.

    "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the fighting spirit his side showed to come back against West Ham has proved that Arsenal are title contenders. And they now have the chance to go into the New Year top of the table, something they haven't done since 2007-08."

  277. 1251: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Perhaps the only people in Britain who bemoan the amount of sport during the festive period are football managers and my better half.

    Arsene Wenger is particularly upset about a schedule which has seen his team play six matches in 23 days before they beat West Ham on Boxing Day.

    "It has been a difficult period but mainly down to our schedule," Wenger said. "I completely think our schedule has been absolutely horrendous."


    James Parsons: Luton's FA Cup fourth round victory at Norwich. Lost in first round against Welling this season but currently top of the league!

    James Slater: Borussia Dortmund scoring twice in injury time against Malaga to reach the Champions League semi-finals, amazing finish to a great game.

    Adam Gwalchmai: Southampton away for West Brom fans! Won 0-3 and heard that Wolves were all but relegated! Party time! Doesn't get much better than that!

  279. 1250: 

    More from Tom Huddlestone, speaking to Match of the Day 2 Extra: "It's a massive confidence boost to be linked to England. I don't know if I'll get to Brazil - hopefully, though I've seen a number of interviews Roy Hodgson's done saying he's got his squad in mind and has seen everyone he wants to see. But hopefully I can sneak onto the plane."

    Tom Huddlestone
  280. 1249: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran, Remy. Subs: Cisse, Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Rosicky, Giroud. Subs: Arteta, Podolski, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Gnabry.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  281. 1246: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle bolster their midfield with the addition of Cheick Tiote, who returns from suspension to replace Hatem Ben Arfa.

    Arsenal make four changes to the side which beat West Ham on Boxing Day. Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere all return. Thomas Vermaelen is sick, while Mesut Ozil has a shoulder problem, according to the club.

  282. 1245: 

    Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone, speaking on Match of the Day 2 Extra: "At Tottenham I got injured then there was a change of management and coaching staff. AVB came in and had his own ideas. Last season I played a fair number of games but I didn't start many and didn't feel that much of a part of it. Moving to Hull was fairly straightforward - I knew Spurs had had a couple of bids and accepted Hull's. I spoke to Steve Bruce and knew all the lads here are buying into his ideas, and we've had a decent start to the season."

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD2 Extra

    "If Tom Huddlestone keeps performing like he has done he has to be a serious contender for England's World Cup squad. Technically he's excellent and can pass the ball both short and long. He was only £5m and that has to be one of the bargains of the season. But it's a problem in our game - he had to leave Spurs in order to show his true ability."

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.

  284. 1244: 
    LINE-UPS- Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Everton: Robles, Coleman, Alcaraz, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Osman, Naismith, Barkley, Oviedo, Lukaku. Subs: Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Pienaar, Stones, Springthorpe.

    Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Clyne, Yoshida, Ramirez, Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  285. 1243: 
    Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Everton's Joel Robles is handed his first Premier League start with keeper Tim Howard suspended while Gareth Barry is also banned. Left back Leighton Baines returns from injury but fellow defender Phil Jagielka is out with a hamstring injury.

    For the Saints, Kelvin Davis is handed his first Premier League start in goal since 19 May while Dejan Lovren returns from illness. James Ward-Prowse also comes in for the suspended midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

  286. 1239: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)
    Arsenal and Newcastle fans

    It's another test of Arsenal's title credentials today, and Arsene Wenger has already singled out Newcastle's on-loan French striker Loic Remy as a threat to their chances of victory this afternoon.

    "Newcastle are in full confidence, they are doing well and won again on Boxing Day with a big score," said Wenger.

    "Loic Remy is a very good striker, very quick and makes very good runs, so we have to keep him quiet."

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD2 ExtraChelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    "Liverpool's project is ahead of where they thought it would be. Few people there would think this season they would be challenging for the title - their objective had to simply be getting into that top four.

    "At City I thought they certainly deserved at least a point. I thought their forward play in particular was excellent. In Luis Suarez they have a world-class play and when you have someone of his ilk in the team you always stand a chance."

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.

    FAVOURITE MOMENTS OF 2013- #bbcfootball

    Oliver Viney: Best moment of 2013 has to be Suarez's four goals v Norwich. Won't see a better hat-trick for many years.

    Jay: Retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Instantly made the Premier League a whole lot more competitive.

    John Patrick: Brentford v Doncaster = Match of the season.

  289. 1236: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    Cheick Tiote is back in midfield for Newcastle, meaning Hatem Ben Arfa drops to the bench. He'll be up against Jack Wilshere, who replaces Mesut Ozil in the Arsenal engine room.

  290. 1234: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Everton v Southampton (1330 GMT)

    Leighton Baines returns to the Everton starting line-up, but there's no Phil Jagielka for the Toffees today. Southampton are boosted by the return of Dejan Lovren.

  291. 1232: 
    Newcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    I reckon we could be in for some goals at St James' Park this afternoon, when Arsenal visit hoping to earn a victory which would take them back to the top of the Premier League.

    They won't find it too easy, however, because the Magpies have lost just one home game all season and they are banging the goals in for fun. Just ask Stoke.

    There is also the interesting sub-plot of Yohan Cabaye coming up against the team who courted him all summer. A big performance today might rekindle that interest in January...

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD2 ExtraNewcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    "I think Alan Pardew deserves great credit. He has changed his system at times, sometimes leaving Hatem Ben Arfa out. At Old Trafford he left him on the bench and don't be surprised if he does the same today, despite Ben Arfa playing very well recently.

    "I don't think Newcastle will finish in the top four, it's too early for them - probably sixth or seventh."

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Mike from Swansea: Winning our first ever major trophy followed by beating Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla.

    Chris in Bradford: Bradford's League Cup adventure. Both the games against Aston Villa and then the atmosphere in the final, even at 5-0 down.

    Lucyanna in Bangor: Mesut Ozil's assist against Sunderland on his first PL appearance. A taste of things to come!

  294. 1225: 
    Tottenham v Stoke (1600 GMT)
    Tim Sherwood

    Speaking of Jose Mourinho [1219], it appears new Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has taken a leaf out of the Portuguese's book since being appointed by Daniel Levy. After it was suggested the board have shown great faith in him, he replied: "Yes. I congratulate them for it."

    Sherwood's next test is the visit of Stoke this afternoon, who will still be smarting from that unfortunate drubbing they received at Newcastle on Boxing Day.

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD2 ExtraNewcastle v Arsenal (1330 GMT)

    "Aaron Ramsey has been the success story of the season. Nobody expected him to score as many goals as he has for Arsenal.

    "Can they replace him?"

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.

    FAVOURITE MOMENTS OF 2013- #bbcfootball

    Matt Mccourt: Got to be Wigan lifting the FA cup for me! Great moment for such a small town.

  297. 1219: 
    Chelsea v Liverpool (1600 GMT)
    Jose Mourinho

    You know it's a big game when Jose Mourinho starts the old mind games. The Chelsea manager reckons Liverpool can be considered strong title contenders because they don't have any European distractions like their rivals.

    "They are not involved in the heat of the knockout situation in the Champions League or even Europa League," Mourinho said.

    "Quality, plus ambition and this advantage - so yes, (they could win). These [Chelsea's] players are going to play 60 matches. Liverpool will play 40 matches. It's a big difference."

    I reckon Jose has a point...

    Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD2 Extra

    "It has been an incredible season. Last season was dull, but this has been anything but."

    Watch the programme on BBC One and the BBC Sport website now. You can also hear it on BBC Radio 5 live.

  299. 1216:  
    MOTD2 Extra

    Just a quick nudge to remind you that Match of the Day 2 Extra has just started on BBC One. It can also be viewed at the top of this page with a little press of the refresh button. Enjoy.

  300. 1216: 

    Inverness CT host league leaders Celtic in the first of six Scottish Premiership games this afternoon. Inverness last recorded a home league win against Celtic in May 2011, when Shane Sutherland's effort in a 3-2 victory dealt a fatal blow to Celtic's title challenge. Neil Lennon's side enjoy an 11-point lead at the top of the table as they prepare for the clash in the Highlands.

    Dundee United travel to St Johnstone, while in-form Aberdeen host Ross County at Pittodrie. Terry Butcher's Hibs are at home to Kilmarnock, while Partick, without a win in seven, face a difficult task against second-placed Motherwell.

    Gary Locke's Hearts, marooned at the foot of the table, will be desperate for some festive cheer at St Mirren.

    You can follow the action on our Scottish live text.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 29 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
Moving up 1 Arsenal 19 19 42
Moving down 2 Man City 19 33 41
No movement 3 Chelsea 19 16 40
Moving up 4 Everton 19 13 37
Moving down 5 Liverpool 19 21 36
No movement 6 Man Utd 19 10 34
Moving up 7 Tottenham 19 -2 34
Moving down 8 Newcastle 19 5 33
No movement 9 Southampton 19 6 27
No movement 10 Hull 19 -1 23
No movement 11 Swansea 19 -1 21
No movement 12 Stoke 19 -11 21
No movement 13 Aston Villa 19 -7 20
No movement 14 Norwich 19 -16 19
No movement 15 West Brom 19 -5 18
No movement 16 Cardiff 19 -15 18
No movement 17 Crystal Palace 19 -16 16
No movement 18 Fulham 19 -22 16
No movement 19 West Ham 19 -10 15
No movement 20 Sunderland 19 -17 14

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