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Summary

  1. QPR relegated from Premier League
  2. Aguero hat-trick takes season tally to 31
  3. QPR's Sandro ineligible because of visa issue

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Another one bites the dust. QPR are down, but unlike Burnley on Saturday, they are relegated on the back of a feeble performance. Will they be back? There's some big decisions ahead at Loftus Road. For Manchester City, second place remains a possibility after a one-sided win. Thanks for your company. Live text commentary on Chelsea against Liverpool is now on the BBC Sport website.

  2. Manager reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    More from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think this year we lost many points at home. But we have to finish the season the way we want to play. The desire the team reflects in this moment is very important for us.

    "It's not easy for any team to win titles in a row in the Premier League because you have five teams who have the same power as our squad and money to spend. Of course I am sure next year we will be fighting again for the title.

    "In the last four years this team won two Premier Leagues and finished second twice. We won the League Cup, the FA Cup, we must improve for the future but I never accept we are failing. It's not a revolution I think we need."

  3. Manager reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini tells Sky Sports: "I think for Sergio Aguero it is really important to score. He wants to be the top scorer this season but I think it's also the way he is playing. He is working a lot more during the game, moving more and receiving more balls.

    "David Silva is always a talent that decides the important passes in the 90 minutes."

    Aguero's hat-trick means he has 25 Premier League goals - five ahead of nearest rival Harry Kane.

  4. Beat Lawro at his own game

    Predictor graphic

    On social media, you are always telling us how you know much more than Lawro when it comes to his weekly Football Focus predictions. On the BBC Sport Predictor, Lawro would have scored 80 points from the first seven games of the weekend - the highest average points for any team's supporters is Dartford FC with 45 points.

    Lawro would have earned 30 points per match for correctly predicting the exact scores for Newcastle-WBA and Crystal Palace-Man Utd, and 10 points per game for predicting the correct results at Aston Villa and Stoke.

    And Liverpool fans may wish to improve their side's position in the table - they are currently the least knowledgeable supporters in the Premier League in 111th place. Make your predictions for their match against Chelsea here.

  5. Manager reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    QPR players sad

    More from QPR manager Chris Ramsey: "A lot of players today were playing with injuries that in most situations they wouldn't have played with.

    "At the moment I'm very disappointed and gutted, more about the performance because that isn't really us. From my personal point of view I'd like to thank the owners and the fans for backing us like they have."

  6. Manager reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Chris Ramsey is asked if he wants to take the Queens Park Rangers job permanently: "Yes. I really do. It's a club I've taken to my heart."

  7. Manager reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey speaking to Sky Sports: "We came here with a lot of hope, shot ourselves in the foot and gave away three set-pieces which they scored from. On the day we didn't really turn up and they are a very good team. The boys will be very disappointed in the way they performed. We are really feel sorry for the travelling fans.

    "As you can imagine the dressing room is very, very quiet. I don't think it's a time for post mortems, our fate is what it is. The club is in a rebuilding phase now and would have been anyway regardless of today. There are lots of people at the club who will be extremely disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves today."

  8. QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Here's QPR manager Chris Ramsey. He says he feels sorry for the club's travelling fans but doesn't believe the time is right for post mortems. Ramsey goes on to say the club is in a re-building phase. He adds that this is the time for QPR to "take our medicine".

    Finally, Ramsey confirms he wants to stay as manager of the club.

  9. QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Robert Green

    You have got to feel for QPR keeper Robert Green. This is the fourth relegation of his career and second with the Hoops. The others were with Norwich City and West Ham United.

  10. QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    QPR had three shots on goals compared to Manchester City's 11. City's passing accuracy was 79.5% compared to 72.3% from their opponents, while the hosts enjoyed 59.6% possession.

  11. Stat attack

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    The two players who covered the most ground on the pitch today are...

    Joey Barton (11.59km) and Karl Henry (11.41km).

  12. Player reaction

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Manchester City midfielder James Milner: "We haven't been good enough for long spells of the season and we have come up short. But I'm sure we will be back. The quality is there and the hunger is there. There will be new faces in the summer, I'm sure we will be back."

  13. GET INVOLVED

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    Josh Gribby: Said for years Harry Redknapp was over-rated. This was his squad. He slipped out early to save his "reputation".

    Shohidur Rahman: Are you 35 years old? Way past your best? Don't worry, QPR will give you a contract.

  14. QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Credit to Joey Barton. He probably can't wait to get off the pitch but he summons his team-mates towards where QPR's travelling fans are seated. There's not many who have stayed but those who have applaud back.

  15. QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Etihad Stadium

    "Confirmation of relegation for QPR. Their stay in the Premier League lasted one season. Today they didn't slip out, they have fallen out, hit for six. The seventh relegation in their history."

  16. FULL-TIME - QPR RELEGATED

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    QPR are relegated from the Premier League after a shocking defeat.

  17. Post update

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Rob Green
  18. Post update

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    Two minutes of added time.

  19. Post update

    Man City 6-0 QPR

    One minute plus added time before QPR's Premier League life support machine is switched off for good. And rightly so on this evidence.

  20. GET INVOLVED

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Earl Cagney: QPR have been awful most of the season, poorly run club, no fight in them at all. Needs a overhaul in summer...big Sam?

    Alex Kraushaar: Feel sorry for Chris Ramsey, no manager in the world could do anything with this QPR squad. Dreadful.

  21. GOAL

    Man City 6-0 QPR - David Silva

    David Silva

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant by Manchester City who are saving their best for last. Sergio Aguero's pass with the outside of his boot finds Wilfried Bony whose brilliant back-pass lets in David Silva to round the keeper and score. Terrific stuff by Bony.

  22. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    Huge applause for former City player Shaun Wright-Phillips as he replaces Yun Suk-Young. They haven't forgotten his efforts in these parts.

  23. Wasteful Milner...

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    James Milner

    James Milner may well be covering ground like Forrest Gump but his passing is dreadful today.

    He has completed just 57% of his passes, the only outfield player with a lower mark is Steven Caulker on 44%.

  24. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    Six minutes left. The TV cameras zoom in on QPR's travelling fans. No tears being shed - in public at least - yet. Another City goal and that might change.

  25. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    No mercy from City. The home fans are thirsty for more goals and Wilfried Bony wants to oblige. The substitute rattles a post with a thumping effort.

  26. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    Charlie Austin

    Would Sandro have made any difference for QPR? The Brazilian is missing because of a visa issue. Perhaps if Chris Ramsey sends him on now the game might have to be replayed. It's QPR's only hope.

  27. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    Gary Lineker

    Queens Park Rangers have completed 383 sprints in this game, Manchester City 410.

  28. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    This will be win number four on the bounce for Manchester City.

    If only they could have been more consistent earlier in the season then we might have had a more thrilling title race.

  29. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    One of the biggest cheers of the game as Yaya Toure lifts his powerful frame off the substitutes bench to replace Fernandinho.

  30. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    There is a right way and a wrong way to be relegated. Burnley did it with a battling victory at Hull City. QPR have done it by raising the white flag from the first minute at the Etihad.

  31. Post update

    Man City 5-0 QPR

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Etihad Stadium

    "This is a capitulation from Queens Park Rangers. This is one of the strangest games I have witnessed in a long time. Quite simply from the first whistle QPR simply didn't believe and some of their fans have already seen enough."

  32. GOAL

    Man City 5-0 QPR - James Milner

    James Milner

    Too easy. Far too easy. Substitute Wilfried Bony wins a corner after forcing Robert Green into a save. Bony then wins a header, Sergio Aguero turns the ball across the six-yard line and James Milner taps home. QPR's players don't know where to look.

  33. GET INVOLVED

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Naveed Afzal: The attitude/application of the majority of these QPR players is an absolute disgrace. I'm enraged and I don't even like QPR.

    Stepan Benyovszky: What a symbolic way to go for a side thoroughly deserving relegation throughout the whole season.

  34. Post update

    Man City 4-0 QPR

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Etihad Stadium

    "This disastrous day for Queens Park Rangers gets worse. They are heading for the Championship and heading there on the end of another heavy defeat. That is Aguero's fifth hat-trick for Manchester City, 25 goals for the season, five of them have come against Queens Park Rangers."

  35. GOAL

    Man City 4-0 QPR - Sergio Aguero

    Bang! Sergio Aguero sends Robert Green the wrong way and the Argentine has his fifth hat-trick in a Manchester City shirt. QPR are down and out.

    Sergio Aguero
  36. PENALTY TO MAN CITY

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    David Silva is brought down by Matt Phillips and the referee points straight to the spot. Is this Sergio Aguero's hat-trick?

  37. Post update

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    Joey Barton is booked for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Signs of frustration from QPR's former Manchester City man. No sign of fight from QPR.

  38. Post update

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    David Silva has hardly put a foot wrong but the Spanish midfielder is thwarted by a fine Robert Green save when he should have passed to unmarked team-mate Sergio Aguero to complete his hat-trick.

  39. Running man...

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    It was the Manchester 10k today and it wouldn't be surprising if James Milner took the course on before playing here. The City man loves a run...

    James Milner
  40. Post update

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    Junior Hoilett stings the finger tips of Joe Hart. Too little too late.

  41. A bold claim...

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    Gary Lineker Twitter

    If they survive from here, Gary, it will be nothing short of the greatest miracle our planet has ever seen.

  42. Post update

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    And the chances keep on coming for Manchester City. It's like a tidal wave at the Etihad. Wave after wave of attack. This time Frank Lampard meets Pablo Zabaleta's cross at the near post but curls his effort the wrong side of the woodwork.

  43. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    Four? Five? Six? How many goals will Manchester City score? QPR have taken off Bobby Zamora and replaced him with Junior Hoilett.

    Karl Henry
  44. Post update

    Man City 3-0 QPR

    QPR needed to produce their best performance of the season here. Instead they have turned in one of their worst.

    Robert Green
  45. GOAL

    Man City 3-0 QPR - Sergio Aguero

    And that, folks, is the end of QPR in the Premier League.

    Manchester City surge into a commanding 3-0 lead after a corner to QPR. It is cleared and David Silva is on the charge.

    His intended ball to Sergio Aguero should have been cut out by Yun Suk-young but a schoolboy error by the South Korean allows Aguero to power on and slot past Robert Green.

    Far too easy.

    Sergio Aguero
  46. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    Is there any hope for QPR? Well, Fulham were 2-0 down with 20 minutes remaining at Manchester City requiring a win to stay up in 2007-08. They did it wearing red and black. The same colours QPR are wearing for this game.

    Joey Barton
  47. KICK-OFF

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    QPR have 45 minutes to find a miracle. Back under way.

  48. Mourinho drones on

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    Plane

    Following this game all eyes turn to Stamford Bridge where champions Chelsea take on Liverpool.

    Memo to Chelsea fans: Don't ever send a plane over Stamford Bridge with a banner criticising manager Jose Mourinho.

    Asked about last week's stunt when a plane circled Anfield ahead of Liverpool's game with QPR calling for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to be replaced by Rafael Benitez, Mourinho said: "If one plane comes to Stamford Bridges saying 'Jose Out' I send a drone!"

  49. Take on Lawro

    Predictor

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a Mystic Meg? Why not have a go at this?

    Map out the road to Premier League and cup glory by predicting the scores for all the remaining ties in the Premier League and the FA Cup final and see how your guesses fare against BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

    Play our BBC predictor game here.

  50. Ramsey questions

    Queens Park Rangers dilemma

    Observer football correspondent Amy Lawrence on Match of the Day 2 Extra: "I feel a bit for Chris Ramsey that he hasn't been able to show what he can do but there have been some key matches where selections have been questionable. That said, I'd like to see him stay on there to see what he can do."

    Chris Ramsey
  51. Post update

    Preston 3-0 Chesterfield (4-0 agg)

    So, Preston are heading to Wembley.

    North End striker Jermaine Beckford tells Sky Sports: "It's a feeling of relief. I'm very grateful for the chance that's been given to me. I'm happy we've got a chance to get rid of this hoodoo that's been hanging over us."

    On his wonder goal from just inside his own half: "I slipped! Towards the end of the game, my legs started to go. It's the only option I had, so I thought I'd have a go with the way my luck's been at the moment. It managed to fly in."

    Nine play-off failures out of nine for Preston before this year - can it be 10th time lucky?

    Jermaine Beckford
  52. GET INVOLVED

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Benjamin: The Etihad has about as much atmosphere as Jupiter this afternoon.

    Matt Barron: This is like watching a testimonial. Leroy Fer has walked through this half so far. Embarrassing.

    Fer has covered 5.11km. That's just under three-and-a-half miles and is slightly more ground than David Silva has covered.

  53. HALF-TIME

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    One way traffic. Men against boys. The gulf is enormous and QPR, unless they get their fingers out, are heading for relegation.

  54. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    One minute of stoppage time. QPR can't wait for the whistle.

  55. Post update

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge tweets: "David Silva is a striker's dream. The guy's passing is unreal."

    Silva has the best passing accuracy in the opposition half (92%) and has played the most passes in the game so far - 46. In contrast, James Milner's accuracy in the opposite half is 39%.

    Could Milner be at Liverpool next season? Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move for the midfielder.

  56. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    QPR might be heading for the Championship but Charlie Austin is at least giving this a good go. The former Burnley man side-foots narrowly wide but it wouldn't have counted because of an offside flag.

  57. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    Here are the touch maps of the respective centre-forwards in this match - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero on the left and QPR's Bobby Zamora on the right. Tells its own tale...

    Man City 2-0 QPR
  58. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    Bobby Zamora should have buried that. No question.

  59. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    Massive chance for QPR. Leroy Fer beats the off-side trap but his lob hits the bar. The ball rebounds kindly to Bobby Zamora but his goal-bound header is kept out by Joe Hart. How costly will that prove?

    Bobby Zamora
  60. FULL-TIME

    Preston 3-0 Chesterfield (4-0 agg)

    Huge pitch invasion at Deepdale as Preston celebrate an emphatic play-off win. Make sure you see Jermaine Beckford's second goal of the day. Truly superb.

    Preston North End
  61. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    So close to 3-0. Another sweeping move and again it's David Silva and Sergio Aguero at the heart of it.

    The former releases the latter whose rasping shot is kept out by the diving Robert Green.

    The QPR keeper is the most over-worked player on the pitch.

    Sergio Aguero
  62. GET INVOLVED

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    JudeWabuke: Zamora (34), Dunne (35), Hill (36), Henry (32), Barton (32), Green (35). What a poorly assembled squad.

    Peter Collins: Yep, QPR don't want to stay up. Their wall just let that one through! Great hit though.

  63. Post update

    Man City 2-0 QPR

    That was a a peach of a free-kick from Aleksander Kolarov. But where is QPR's fight? Do they really want to stay in the Premier League? Not on this evidence.

    Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates
  64. GOAL

    Man City 2-0 QPR - Aleksandar Kolarov

    Sublime from Aleksandar Kolarov as he curls a 25-yard free-kick over the QPR wall and well beyond the reach of Robert Green. Great finish but QPR look a broken team. The Championship beckons.

    Aleksandar Kolarov
  65. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    The story of QPR's opening half hour? Too many mid-placed passes and poor defending. As it stands the Hoops are heading for the Championship.

  66. GOAL

    Preston 3-0 Chesterfield (4-0 agg) - Jermaine Beckford (87 mins)

    WHAT A GOAL! Dear oh dear, that is sensational! Preston counter attack, Jermaine Beckford nutmegs the last Chesterfield defender and then, from just inside the Chesterfield half, hits a shot over the retreating goalkeeper and into the top corner!

    Brilliant, brilliant goal...

    Jermaine Beckford
  67. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    City are nudging 64% possession as we approach the half hour mark yet only have the one goal to show for it.

    David Silva
  68. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    City are really turning it on in their penultimate home game. Lots of one-twos, clever passing and darting runs. James Milner, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are enjoying themselves.

  69. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    City are leading and it appears as though they are going to hold on to second spot for at least another weekend. But you can hear a pin drop in the Etihad. It's so subdued.

    Clint Hill
  70. Race for the golden boot

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    Sergio Aguero's early strike gives him a cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League's golden boot.

    Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero
  71. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    QPR have the ball in the net. A bullet header by Charlie Austin but it is ruled out for offside. It comes moments after the Hoops forward blazed against the bar but the flag is up for a foul.

  72. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    Another chance for City. This time Sergio Aguero turns provider with a lovely cross which presents James Milner with a glorious opportunity at the back-post but the midfielder can't direct it towards goal.

  73. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    QPR have not turned up. It's all City. Sergio Aguero is causing all sorts of problems. This could get messy for the Premier League's bottom club.

  74. GET INVOLVED

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rich: Thought Sergio Aguero looked back to his best at Spurs last week and today's goal proves it. Sloppy defending, but world class finish.

    Cliff B: How long before Harry Redknapp comes out and says QPR's eventual relegation was nothing to do with him?

  75. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    Terrible defending by Richard Dunne, who looks in a trance as Sergio Aguero races past him. Fortunately Robert Green is off his line to save the day. Poor from the former Manchester City man.

  76. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    Who said Manchester City have won nothing? Twenty three Premier League goals for Sergio Aguero now - three ahead of nearest rival Harry Kane. It might have been a poor season for City but Aguero is heading for the Golden Boot. The Argentine has not scored this number of goals in a single Premier League season before.

    QPR players
  77. GET INVOLVED

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    Matt Harding: I'm right in saying Sergio Aguero wasn't in the PFA Team of the Year, aren't I? Hmmmmm........

    Demola Oke: QPR seem in the mood today... to get relegated.

  78. Post update

    Man City 1-0 QPR

    QPR players

    Worst possible start by QPR. No excuse for that kind of defending at this level. They do realise they have to win this game, right?

  79. GOAL

    Preston 2-0 Chesterfield (3-0 agg) - Joe Garner (Pen 62 mins)

    That could well be the tickets to Wembley booked! Joe Garner smashes a penalty down the middle to put Preston 3-0 up on aggregate with half an hour to go.

    For full match coverage from Deepdale click here.

    Joe Garner
  80. GOAL

    Man City 1-0 QPR - Sergio Aguero

    Shocking defending by QPR as Sergio Aguero dances past Clint Hill and Steven Caulker before coolly slotting past Roberto Green. Not as dramatic as either of his two goals in the corresponding fixture three years ago but City will take it. QPR with a mountain to climb.

    Sergio Aguero
  81. Post update

    Man City 0-0 QPR

    QPR are wearing AC Milan colours and playing Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin up front, while flooding the midfield.

  82. KICK-OFF

    Man City 0-0 QPR

    Last throw of the dice for QPR. We're under way.

  83. Guardiola linked with Man City

    'A hell of a lot of money'

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on Match of the Day 2 Extra

    Pep Guardiola

    "What's he on - £14.8m a year? It's going to take a hell of a lot of money. Manchester City are the only club probably capable of paying that kind of money. My personal view is he won't leave until he wins the Champions League. If he doesn't he will see that as failure and he doesn't like to fail."

  84. Post update

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Here come the players. Hardly surprising that there are plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad. It's win or bust for QPR but Man City's season ended weeks ago.

  85. LINE-UPS

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, Milner, Lampard, Silva, Aguero. Subs: Sagna, Kompany, Dzeko, Caballero, Bony, Jesus Navas, Toure.

    QPR: Green, Yun, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Fer, Austin, Zamora. Subs: Wright-Phillips, McCarthy, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Furlong, Grego-Cox, Comley.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  86. Manager view

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to Sky Sports: "When you cannot win the league it's important to finish as high as you can. It's important to finish the season winning, and to qualify for the Champions League.

    "It's not the moment to analyse things, we did things badly when we lost five away games in a row and dropped points at home. We need a lot of time to analyse that.

    "QPR will be a difficult team. They are trying to keep their team in the Premier League and I'm sure they will fight for each ball."

  87. Leave everything on the pitch

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Champagne

    An empty bottle of champagne carrying the words 'We're Going Up!' was left on the pitch after QPR won the Championship play-off final against Derby at Wembley last May.

    All the travelling Hoops fans want to see left on the pitch at the Etihad is blood, sweat...and no tears.

    Kick-off if fast approaching.

  88. Bruce with plenty to offer

    'Bruce still has much to offer'

    John Murray

    BBC commentator on Match of the Day 2 Extra

    "If Hull City Steve Bruce was managing a more high profile club it may well be nationally he would get more criticism than he does. If you look at his body of work as a manager there have been many more good times than bad times."

  89. Captain Hart

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Joe Hart (left)

    Just over 10 minutes to kick-off at the Etihad. Joe Hart is captaining Manchester City in the absence of Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, who are both on the bench after injury.

  90. 'Incredible achievement by Burnley'

    'An incredible achievement'

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on Match of the Day 2 Extra

    "You have to look at where they were. It was an incredible achievement last season and it was always going to be difficult.

    "Some will say they should have spent more money. We don't know the ins and outs of the money. It is difficult to be positive every single week but I think Sean Dyche believes in and is proud of his players.

    "Sean was rigid with a 4-4-2. He had good players in Danny Ings and Sam Vokes getting goals but they dried up a bit this season."

  91. Zamora hopes City are on the beach

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Bobby Zamora

    Bobby Zamora says QPR are going down "all guns blazing" but hopes his side can still produce a miracle - especially if Manchester City's players are on the beach.

    "If we are going to go down we want to do so with our heads held high," adds the Hoops striker, who starts at Etihad Stadium.

    "You would like to think they would have their flip-flops on and be on the beach and not want to get injured. That's what we are hoping. We are going to go all guns blazing and hopefully they have a relaxed day and we can get something."

  92. GET INVOLVED

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    What is the greatest escape from relegation of all time?

    Nathan: Sunderland last season when they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and drew with City at the Etihad to stay up.

    Simon: 2009 - Bournemouth minus 17 points, transfer embargo, Eddie Howe appointed as manager and kept them in the Football League.

    Tweet us on #bbcfootball or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. Post update

    MOTD2 Extra

    MOTD2 Extra is under way on BBC Two, with Bolton manager Neil Lennon among the guests. Use the 'Live coverage' tab at the top of the page to watch.

    Match of the Day 2 Extra
  94. HALF-TIME

    Preston 1-0 Chesterfield (2-0 agg)

    So far so good for Preston in the League One play-off semi-final against Chesterfield. Their promotion dream remains very much alive.

  95. Andy flips out

    Andy Carroll might be out of action on the pitch but his kitchen skills appear top notch. The injured West Ham United striker shows off his domesticated side with a video of him performing a double pancake flip no less.

    Rest easy Hammers fans. These pancakes are not too fattening. He specifies on Instagram he is the "protein pancake flipping king".

    Andy Carroll Instagram
  96. What's at stake

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    pREMIER

    Manchester City are guaranteed a top-four finish should they avoid defeat by Queens Park Rangers, or Liverpool fail to beat Chelsea in the 16:00 BST kick-off.

  97. GOAL

    Preston 1-0 Chesterfield (2-0 agg) - Jermaine Beckford (37 mins)

    On-loan Bolton forward Jermaine Beckford rolls his marker in the box, controls the bouncing ball and smashes home to extend Preston's aggregate lead to 2-0, putting North End within touching distance of Wembley and a place in the League One play-off final.

    Jermaine Beckford scores
  98. In-form forwards

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Top scorers

    Two players on the pitch at the Etihad in the shape of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and QPR's Charlie Austin who have scored 39 Premier League goals between them this season - that's 12 more than the whole Burnley team have managed and nine more than 14th-placed Aston Villa.

  99. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Chesterfield

    Preston v Chesterfield

    Half an hour gone at Deepdale. It's goalless but Preston still lead 1-0 on aggregate and are on course to reach the League One play-off final.

  100. GET INVOLVED

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    Carlos Tevez

    Leicester City have won six league games from seven to come back from the dead and give themselves a chance of Premier League survival. Is this the greatest escape of all time? Tweet us your choice to #bbcfootball.

    Mike Green: West Brom 04/05. Bottom at the start of the final day and stayed up. That may never happen again.

    Mohamed: The greatest escape from relegation of all time has to be West Ham 2007, when Carlos Tevez saved them from relegation.

  101. Win or bust

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Chris Ramsey

    The maths is simple for QPR. Unless they increase their 2015 points tally to 12 today then they will be relegated.

  102. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    QPR

    QPR make two changes from the side which was beaten at Anfield last time out. Out go suspended Nedum Onuoha and midfielder Sandro - who has a visa problem - and in come Yun Suk-young and Bobby Zamora.

    QPR: Green, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Suk-Young, Fer, Zamora, Austin.

  103. Now or never...

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Trevor Sinclair tweets it's "last chance saloon" for the club today.

    Trevor Sinclair tweet

    Rangers lost on the final day of the season as Manchester City claimed the title in 2012 but still survived as Bolton could only draw at Stoke City. What would they give to still stand a chance on the final day this year?

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    As we are asking for images of the best end-of-season celebrations from your amateur team, it seems apt former Newcastle striker Andy Cole has uploaded this to Instagram.

    Newcastle United celebrate in 1993.

    He posts: "Just been sent this - winning promotion with Newcastle United in 1993."

    Is that an inflatable hammer?

  105. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Man City

    Manchester City are unchanged from the side which beat Tottenham last weekend. Yaya Toure is on the bench along with Vincent Kompany.

    City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Milner, Fernandinho, Lampard, Silva, Aguero.

    Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Kompany, Toure, Navas, Dzeko, Bony

  106. Post update

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Team news on its way.

  107. 'Cty's players playing for their futures'

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at the Etihad Stadium

    "This fixture will always evoke memories of three years ago and the most dramatic end to a Premier League season. Manchester City were crowned champions and QPR still stayed up - neither scenario has looked likely for the last couple of months in this campaign.

    "Indeed, their respective challenges have ended with a whimper.

    "City were expected to make the defence of their title a much stronger one. They now need a positive end to the campaign before a huge summer ahead. Some of the squad could be playing for their immediate futures."

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    What is the greatest escape from relegation of all time? Tweet #bbcfootball.

    Lee Allen: Sheffield United 1990/91. Failed to win any of their first 16 games - bottom at Christmas and finished 13th.

    John Harris: Surely Hartlepool United this year?! 15 points from safety with 10 games to go. Secure safety with a game in hand!

    Ben Halliday: Colchester United (pictured) this season! Six minutes to go at Fleetwood and two games left we were mathematically down!

  109. Agueroooo

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Sergio Aguero

    "It's finished at Sunderland. Manchester United have done all they can, that Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City are still alive here.

    "Balotelli, Agueroooo...

    "I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again. So watch it. Drink it in. They've just heard the news at the Stadium of Light. Two goals in added time for Manchester City to snatch the title away from Manchester United."

    It's three years since Martin Tyler's legendary commentary for Sky Sports on Manchester City against QPR. Sounds as good today as it did then...unless you're a United fan.

    Wayne Rooney
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    Diomansy Kamara scores for Fulham at Manchester City

    What is the greatest escape from relegation?

    Shane Apples O'loughlin: Fulham. 2-0 down at half time with three games to go against City. Lose and they were relegated and somehow they turned it around.

    Gary Litvinov: Has to be Fulham under Roy Hodgson. They were mathematically relegated at half time when Diomansy Kamara scored that late winner against Man City to take it to keep them alive.

    Tweet us on #bbcfootball, comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111.

  111. Post update

    Preston v Chesterfield (12:15 BST)

    Depdale

    Almost kick-off time at Deepdale. Preston will face Sheffield United or Swindon in the League One play-off final at Wembley if they avoid defeat against Chesterfield after establishing a 1-0 first leg lead.

  112. Sandro out of Man City game

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    So Sandro is out of QPR's team to face Manchester City. No doubt we will hear more about this from Chris Ramsey later.

  113. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Sandro

    Breaking news reaching us from QPR, who have released a statement regarding the future of Brazilian midfielder Sandro.

    It reads: "In response to an article which was published by today's Sunday Mirror, the club can confirm it was informed by the Home Office on Thursday 7 May that there is an issue with Sandro's UK residency visa.

    "The club are working with Sandro and the Home Office to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. While this is ongoing, the club have been advised not to select Sandro for match involvement.

    "The club will be making no further comment at this time."

  114. Countdown to kick-off.

    Ninety minutes to kick-off at the Etihad Stadium, 15 minutes to kick-off at Deepdale. Excited? Build-up starts here.

  115. Predictions - who's winning?

    Play for your team graphic

    Havant & Waterlooville's fans are currently proving themselves to be the most knowledgeable in the country as they sit top of the BBC Sport predictor league table after the opening seven games. Burnley may have been relegated yesterday but their fans are showing the best knowledge of any Premier League supporter base, in 11th place overall.

    Sunderland fans had topped the predictor league after yesterday's opening Premier League match, with many of their fans' optimistic predictions that their team was going to win 2-0 at Everton proving correct, although they have now slipped down to 36th, five places behind Newcastle United. If it is a sign for the real-life Premier League relegation battle, Hull City are currently below them both in 102nd place.

    You can play the BBC Sport predictor here.

  116. 'Man Utd must keep De Gea'

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    David de Gea

    "It is imperative David de Gea stays at Manchester United.

    "He is the one player in the summer they have to sign. I have never seen a player develop so quickly as David de Gea has at Manchester United."

    De Gea was in outstanding form once again as Manchester United won 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

  117. Sorensen's sweaty morning

    Had a lazy morning? A long lie-in? Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen hasn't. He's just smashed around 75 miles on his bike.

    Thomas Sorensen

    He posts on Instagram: "My best ride to date this morning. I can start to feel that the pacing and power is coming together. I am beginning to be quietly confident that there is a chance of getting across America this summer. Next challenge is continuous days at 100+ km."

  118. 'Newcastle should stop writing letters'

    Newcastle 1-1 West Brom

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Match of the Day

    Stats

    "Newcastle have to stop talking and writing letters. It was a terrible game.

    "John Carver changed formation, went 4-2-3-1, with Jack Colback and Ryan Taylor to protect Fabricio Coloccini, who was a liability at Leicester last week, and it worked.

    "This is the best it has been in nine games. That is how bad it has been. I am fed up hearing about this and that. Just get on with playing football."

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    As teams get ready to party at the end of the season, we want to know about the best end-of-season celebration your amateur team have had. Send pictures to #getinspired.

    Ross Lidbetter: Remember hiring a 56-seater coach and wearing suits for our cup final! There were 42 spare seats! Final game and we won 3-1!

  120. 'Spurs need to strengthen'

    Stoke 3-0 Tottenham

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    Tottenham

    "Tottenham are playing like they don't want to be in the Europa League.

    "They have got good strikers, good midfielders, a brilliant goalkeeper, two good full backs, but they are soft in centre defence. They need to strengthen in the summer."

  121. Jack the lad

    Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    Jack Grealish

    "Jack Grealish was fantastic for Aston Villa. He is cheeky, he is cocky, he has a swagger and a confidence, he is always on the move and has a good range of passing.

    "He has the perfect manager who believes in young players and he has the confidence to go a long way.

    "It is all down to Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa. He has been fantastic."

  122. Team news

    Preston v Chesterfield (12:15 BST)

    Preston North End make two changes from the first leg, with Neil Kilkenny and Calum Woods coming in for Scott Laird and Chris Humphrey.

    Chesterfield give a debut to goalkeeper Joe Murphy, who joined on an emergency loan from Huddersfield on Saturday as Tommy Lee is injured. They make one other alteration, with Ollie Banks replacing Dan Gardner.

    You can follow minute-by-minute coverage here.

  123. Performance of the day?

    Everton 0-2 Sunderland

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    stats

    "An incredible result for Sunderland. Of those at the bottom, they were under the most pressure because of their last couple of games. These were the games Sunderland had to win. Dick Advocaat got it wrong with his tactics in the first half because Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham almost played as full backs - making it easy for Everton to dominate.

    "In the second half Defoe went up front with Danny Graham and Wickham in behind, and Everton couldn't get the same control."

    Stats
  124. Preston heading to Wembley?

    Preston v Chesterfield (12:15 BST)

    Preston fans

    Preston manager Simon Grayson has described missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship as one of the lowest moments of his managerial career.

    But the former Leeds and Blackpool boss will move to within one match of going up if his North End side finish the job against Chesterfield at Deepdale later.

    Preston lead 1-0 on aggregate in the League One play-off semi-final and will meet either Swindon Town or Sheffield United in the final at Wembley if they avoid defeat in the second leg.

    Kick-off at Deepdale is just over 45 minutes away and you can follow minute-by-minute coverage here.

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    Jimmy Glass

    In light of Leicester City's astonishing late surge, we want to know what you think is the greatest escape from relegation of all time. Tweet us on #bbcfootball or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Peter Mckenna: Jimmy Glass (pictured) the on-loan keeper who scored for Carlisle in the last minute of the season.

    Ben DeSouza: Sunderland last year. When everyone looked at who they had left to play, everyone thought it was over. Sunderland turned the tide beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and causing Chelsea's first league loss at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

    Gareth Mills: Oldham Athletic. The original great escape. Won last three games. Beat Liverpool, Villa (to hand United their first Premier League title) and Southampton 4-3 to stay up on goal difference!

  126. 'Nigel Pearson deserves massive credit'

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Match of the Day

    stats

    "There are three key things that Nigel Pearson has done. Bringing in Robert Huth has settled down those next to him, he reads the game so well.

    "Reason two is the position of the wing-backs. He is being brave and bold with Marc Albrighton and Jeff Schlupp. He has been so positive as a manager.

    "Reason three, they have goals in the team, Riyad Mahrez was the difference on Saturday. Nigel Pearson deserves massive credit."

  127. "Leicester close to one of the greatest escapes"

    Leicester 2-0 Southampton

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    Form table

    "Seven games ago Leicester were dead. This could go down as one of the greatest Premier League escapes. Nigel Pearson did it with West Brom and now it looks like he will do it with Leicester."

  128. "Refs decision could prove costly"

    Hull City 0-1 Burnley

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Match of the Day

    "That decision by the referee to make Michael Dawson go off to get treatment could cost them their Premier League status."

    Hull defender Michael Dawson was off the pitch receiving treatment for a bloody nose when Burnley scored the winner.

  129. Toothless Tigers?

    Hull City 0-1 Burnley

    It's not looking good for Hull City. A season which began in the Europa League looks as though it could end in relegation to the Championship. Steve Bruce's side are two points from safety with two games against Tottenham (away) and Manchester United (home) left.

  130. 'Sean Dyche should stay'

    Hull City 0-1 Burnley

    Phil Neville

    BBC Match of the Day

    stats

    "Burnley didn't invest. When you come up the biggest difference is in the final third. With the goals scored they are bottom, with shots per goal they are bottom. If they come up next year, they will be thinking maybe we need to invest more in that final third.

    "They are building. I admire everything they have done, but maybe next time they come up they will be better prepared. I think it is a miracle they got up and managed to beat the likes of Manchester City this season. Sean Dyche should stay and see the job through."

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  131. Burnley will bounce back - Dyche

    Hull City 0-1 Burnley

    Sean Dyche

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his team can return to the Premier League following their relegation from the top flight after just one season. The Clarets beat Hull 1-0 after Danny Ings' first goal in 11 games but results elsewhere meant they dropped into the Championship.

    "I certainly believe [we can bounce back]," Dyche tells BBC Sport.

    "When I see how the players have performed there is growth. I can only imagine that we will be competitive."

  132. YOUR BEST END OF SEASON CELEBRATIONS

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    What is the best end-of-season celebration your amateur team or club have had? Perhaps you have even had an end-of-season nightmare you remember?

    The Stinjured tweets: Saturday league team were bottom by 12 points in Feb. Had won 2 games all year. Won 8 in a row and finishing 8th.

    Tweet us on #getinspired, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  133. A 'grandstand finish'

    Premier League

    The battle to stay in the Premier League is shaping up to be a "grandstand finish", according to West Brom manager Tony Pulis.

    The Baggies are safe following their draw at Newcastle on Saturday, but just three points separate four teams in and around the bottom three.

    With two games remaining, Hull, in 18th, are two points adrift of Newcastle and Sunderland, but the Black Cats have a game in hand. A point further clear are Leicester, who have won six of their last seven matches.

    Above them, Aston Villa's top flight future is still unclear.

  134. Prediction time

    Predictor

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a Mystic Meg? Why not have a go at this?

    Map out the road to Premier League and cup glory by predicting the scores for all the remaining ties in the Premier League and the FA Cup final and see how your guesses fare against BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

    Play our BBC predictor game here.

  135. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A child celebrates West Brom surviving in 2005

    Ever had that sinking feeling where relegation is inevitable only for your team to produce the unthinkable and survive?

    Match of the Day 2 Extra - on air at 13:05 BST - will be discussing Leicester City's heroics this season but is this run of form by the Foxes the greatest escape of all time?

    West Brom in 2005 and Sunderland last season are the only sides in Premier League history to be bottom of the table at Christmas and stay up. So what is the greatest escape? Pick any league you want and let us know on #bbcfootball., via text on 81111 or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  136. 'Bale's career suffering at Real'

    Sunday Telegraph

    Sunday Telegraph

    Playground stuff in the Sunday Telegraph where the agent of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale claims the Wales international's career is suffering in Spain because his team-mates are not passing to him. Jonathan Barnett says that only Bale's temperament had prevented the player from complaining in person to Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

  137. All change at Loftus Road?

    Mail on Sunday

    Mail on Sunday

    It's enough to make Chris Ramsey splutter all over his cornflakes ahead of a huge match which could see his QPR side relegated. According to the Mail on Sunday, Real Madrid coach Paul Clement or Brentford boss Mark Warburton may replace Ramsey at Loftus Road next season.

  138. 'Man City hoping to land Pep'

    Star on Sunday

    Daily Star Sunday

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly reached a verbal agreement to manage Manchester City next season, according to the Qatari-owned global sports channel beIN Sports. However, the Star on Sunday says City have denied an agreement is already in place but that does not stop the paper from running the Guardiola speculation on their back page.

  139. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    Burnley fans

    The morning after the night before...

    I'm so sorry Burnley fans, it wasn't a bad dream... your team really has been relegated from the Premier League.

    Hull City and Newcastle are still in a mess, and speculation is still rife about the future of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini after a botched title bid. But who is being lined up to replace the Chilean for the start of next season?

    Time to take a peek at the back pages of Sunday's newspapers.

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    Preussen Meunster celebrate

    It's that time of year again where open-top buses are in use, champagne flows in celebration or perhaps something stronger is needed to drown sorrows.

    This morning we want you to tell us end-of-season stories about your amateur team or sports club. What's the best celebration you have been involved in? Maybe you've even been read the riot act for a season not living up to expectations?

    Tweets us and don't be afraid to send pictures of your celebrations to #getinspired.

  141. Doctor, doctor

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    Anyone know a phone number for a doctor?

    Severe cases of promotion fever have broken out in Preston, Chesterfield, Stevenage and Southend.

    In addition to our two Premier League games, we'll keep you right up to date with the day's play-off action in League One and League Two.

  142. Guard of honour at the Bridge

    Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

    There's a match at the top of the table too as Chelsea entertain Liverpool. Unfortunately there is little at stake but pride - Jose Mourinho's side having already wrapped up the title with three games to spare.

    Defeat for Liverpool will guarantee Manchester United's place in the Champions League play-off round in August.

    But how do Liverpool's players feel about standing in a guard of honour for Jose Mourinho's newly-crowned champions?

  143. Miracle required

    Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

    Premier League

    It's the Sunday before the penultimate Sunday of the Premier League season.

    One mistake could mean the difference between playing in the Premier League and dropping down to the Championship, playing in Europe or staying at home.

    But for rock-bottom QPR the game already looks up. They need to win their remaining three games - starting against Manchester City at the Etihad - and hope Newcastle do not pick up another point.

    No wonder they're craving a miracle.

  144. Going... going... gone?

    Some are starting to show signs of a fight.

    Newcastle United manager John Carver

    Others are on the brink and cannot bear to look.

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce

    For one club, the Premier League adventure is already at an end.

    Burnley players

    And unless QPR can pull off one of the surprises of the season later, the Hoops will be joining Burnley back in the Championship.

    QPR players react to conceding a goal