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Luke Reddy

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  1. Goodnight...

    And on that note, I bid you goodnight. Tomorrow, the BBC Sport website will be awash with live texts as we go to day two of the 2015-16 Premier League.

    I hope you'll be with us and thanks for all your great tweets tonight, I believe #MOTD topped the UK trends for a while so please rest your fingers for a bit and go again when we get going tomorrow.


  2. Leicester for the title...

    Yes, yes, yes. Now I know it's the first day of the season...

    Premier League table

    The pointless league table of the year. I'd be worried if I was a Liverpool fan. Behind Arsenal on alphabetical order - now that's a shocking start to the season.

  3. Sergio who?

    Manchester United talk of goalkeepers almost paints Sergio Romero as a gap-filler if you will as David De Gea's future.

    Romero, at 28, is not a bad back-up option though is he? Just the 62 caps for Argentina.

  4. Jeepers keepers


    Sergio Romero made four saves on his Manchester United league debut against Tottenham.

  5. The wide(ish) men...

    A look at Manchester United's wide men today shows a distinct comparison.

    Ashley Young operated down the left and hugged the touchline, delivering crosses.

    Ashley Young

    While Mata tucked in field whenever he could, narrowing the pitch as United attacked.


    The result, 59 touches for Mata, 58 for Young but as the Spaniard's passes generally travelled a shorter distance, he was far more accurate with the ball.

  6. Room to improve...

    None of Memphis Depay's three shots found the target today.

  7. Not the start he wanted...

    Nabil Bentaleb may not be too keen to watch Match of the Day tonight.

    His pass completion today was 78%, considerably down on his average of 87% last season.

    His loss of the ball in midfield led to Man Utd's opener.

  8. Micah's back at the back

    Micah Richards

    Has Micah Richards picked up some old-school Italian ways during his time in the country? His positioning must have been good today as his seven interceptions was a game high.

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  10. No prize for shooting wide

    Much like Norwich, Bournemouth's defeat owed a fair bit to weak finishing.

    The Cherries were full of running, clocking 103km as a team to Villa's 91km but only two shots from 11 hit the target.

  11. A run over...

    AFC Bournemouth

    Whoops... no such joy on the south coast.

  12. Pinch yourself Villa fans...

    Rudy Gestede's goal was something very rare for Aston Villa. In all of last season not a single substitute managed a goal for them but the 6ft 4in striker took just 13 minutes off the bench to bag one.

    Rudy Gestede

    Keep an eye out for Gestede in the air, no striker in England has as many headed goals as him in the last two years.

  13. A new boy prompts early confusion...

    Here's something for you if you're just catching up on events. Villa new boy Idrissa Gueye has the name 'Gana' on the back of his shirt. That's just not the confusion you need on day one of the season at almost midnight is it?

    Anyway, he was good today, very robust and hard working down the left.

  14. Any room at the Vitality?

    There were 11,155 inside The Vitality Stadium.

    The venue is the second-smallest in Premier League history.

    This is the smallest since the league started in 1992-93.

    Boundary park

    Where is that I hear you ask? Boundary Park - Oldham, which had a capacity of under 11,000 at the time.

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  16. Should I stay or should I go...

    Alan Shearer says a move to Chelsea would be "fantastic" for John Stones. The centre-back could learn from the best manager and best defender the league has seen in John Terry, Shearer says.

    Everton v Watford
    • John Stones joined Everton on transfer deadline day in January 2013, penning a five-and-a-half year deal.
    • A right-back, he arrived at Goodison Park from hometown club Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
    • The 21-year-old has made 45 Premier League appearances for the Toffees, six of them as a substitute.
    • His only Premier League goal came in a 3-0 win over Manchester United in April.
  17. A well-earned point...

    Everton v Watford

    Watford had six shots from outside the box at Goodison Park compared to two long-range Everton efforts. At the final whistle, the Premier League new boys had managed 11 shots (including blocked). The Toffees managed 10.

  18. Calm down please gentlemen...

    My favourite thing about that game was the fact the universal body language for 'stay calm' is in a healthy place.

    Quique Flores

    Quique Sanchez Flores gives us the Spanish version. Yep, it's the same as ours,

  19. Red-hot Iggy

    Odion Ighalo has scored more goals than any other player in the top four divisions in 2015 - 17.

  20. Shocking give aways

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton made more errors which led to goals than any side in the Premier League last season - 15.

    Then again, when Ross Barkley can score goals like that, I guess you can gift one or two up.

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  23. Hold it together Toffees...

    Everton fans, remember, kicking something in your front room will only harm you.

    Your side may have had 67% of the ball today and yes, you may have made a pig's ear of a winnable home start to the season, but there's always easy games around the corner.

    Your next four - Southampton away, Manchester City at home, Tottenham away and Chelsea at home all look straight forward.

  24. Back pages

    Daily Star Sunday

    Daily Star Sunday

    Sunday's newspapers are beginning to drop. And the Daily Star Sunday are focussing on Chelsea's game with Swansea on their back page.

  25. The wayward arrows...

    How can Norwich miss the target so many times? Here's how...

    Norwich off target
  26. No prizes for firing wide...

    Norwich fans, is your glass half full or half empty?

    Norwich shots

    On the plus side, your team weren't half having a go. On the downside, some shooting practice is needed perhaps.

    Bradley Johnson and Robbie Brady were the worst offenders, each finding the target once from three attempts.

  27. Where can they get to?

    Yohan Cabaye

    Crystal Palace spent over £16m on Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham this summer.

    Cabaye's fee of roughly £10m is comfortably a club record as the Eagles look to push on to the next level in the Premier League.

    It's a statement of intent.

    Last year they finished 10th. Can they go better? Tweet us with your views on #bbcmotd.

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  29. A baptism of fire...

    Look at the anger on those faces. What a welcome to the Premier League for referee Simon Hooper - this was his first game in the top tier.

    Simon Hooper

    Last year Hooper spent most of his time in the Championship and his last outing was the League Two play-off final at Wembley.

  30. Foot up ref...

    Well, was this dangerous or not?

    Cameron Jerome

    It was decisive. Thoughts?

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    I like your style, Stewart...

  32. Why didn't he start?

    Nathan Redmond

    Nathan Redmond found himself on the bench for Norwich's opener but stats show he is their go-to man for creativity - as well as that consolation goal.

    Last season he created 117 chances in the Championship. Only Huddersfield Town's Jacob Butterfield managed more - 120,

  33. Bad kits?

  34. How did he miss that?

    Lewis Grabban - centre of the shot below - has some very wispy facial hair and I blame that for throwing him off balance as he recorded the worst miss of the Premier League season so far.

    Lewis Grabban

    Has your Sunday League started yet? You'll see plenty of these misses when it does.

  35. All hail Jefferson

  36. Post update

    Keep your eyes on referee Simon Hooper in this Norwich v Crystal Palace match. He has a testing day.

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    Well done, Matt. A great way to spend your last night. Enjoy!

  38. It was a penalty...

    Unanimous agreement in the studio as Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy agree on the penalty decision.


    Bafetimbi Gomis bought plenty of tickets for the raffle today, he had five shots in all.

  39. We like it here...

    Chelsea v Swansea.

    Last away team to score twice in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge prior to today? That would be... Swansea City in September 2014.

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  41. The celebration-ometer is off and running

    Bizarre celebration of the season number one goes to this man...

    Bafétimbi Gomis

    Bafetimbi Gomis, this won't live too long in the memory. Are you a lion? Spider? Send us a tweet and we'll clear it up.

  42. Blues see red...

    Chelsea red cards
  43. A slow start?

    What are your thoughts on the champions?

    They were matched for possession by the Swans today - well, give or take a percentage here or there.

    Opta stats
  44. Cheer up Garry...

    I saw Garry Monk in Swansea last weekend. He was strolling along the waterfront towards a well-known ice cream establishment in the area.

    In a bright green jumper and some shades, he looked the part.

    Garry Monk

    His grimace was far from this serious, that's for sure.

  45. 'They were absolutely awful'

    Thoughts Sunderland fans. It must hurt hearing a former Magpie describe the display as "absolutely awful".

    Is Alan Shearer on the money? Or are you seeing positives?

    Tweet us on #MOTD.

  46. Four-legged fan

    Surely must be an Everton fan. Not long to wait now, Barkley. They're fourth on. 

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  48. Stuck in the cat-flap

    This was a day to forget for Lee Cattermole. The numbers below should come with a health warning.

    Lee Cattermole

    He left the field after 30 minutes as Sunderland reshuffled and on departing, had lost three duels from three, two duels from two in the air and conceded a penalty.

    Oh, and just to be clear on how rough his day was, he did not make a tackle, clearance or interception.

  49. Fantasy footy gem?

    Danny Murphy waxes lyrical about Riyad Mahrez.

    A brief glimpse at the Premier League's official Fantasy Football game tells me just 2.6% of you picked Mahrez in your team.

    So one in 40 of you are punching the air on the sofa. Well played (he says through gritted teeth).

    If, like me, day one of Fantasy Football has been woeful for you, why not read our guide on how to be a champion at the past time.

    Memphis Depay
  50. Don't be fooled by Claudio's lovely manner...

    A few eyebrows were raised when Claudio Ranieri got the Leicester job but his Premier League win percentage now stands at 52.3% during his time with Chelsea and the Foxes.

    Arsene Wenger's - though over a wider timeframe - is around 58%, so 'The Tinkerman' is no slouch on numbers alone.

  51. Love for you Claudio...

    Yes. Yes. Yes. It's been way, way too long since I've heard Claudio Ranieri say the word "fantastic."

    It's "fantasteeeek" that he just described Leicester-born band Kasabian as "good rock."

  52. Bang in form


    Send your images to #MOTD

    This was Alan Shearer's view in the Match of the Day studio earlier today...

    Alan Shearer

    Send us your Match of the Day view to #MOTD.

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  55. How does he do it?

    As you can see from this map of player's average position during today's game, Riyad Mahrez - Leicester's number 26 - mainly occupied a position which saw him tucked in behind striker Jamie Vardy.

  56. Marvellous Mahrez

    Riyad Mahrez
  57. Keeping it plain


    If our three men in the studio are anything to go by, the days of the shirt boasting a pattern are over.

    It's plain, crisp numbers tonight. Danny Murphy bold in pink.

  58. Stoke keeper in late night TV epic

    Shay Given

    Settle in Shay. Get the Stoke City slippers on.


    Send your images to #MOTD

    While we are on the subject of living rooms, what is your Match of the Day screening looking like?

    Gary Lineker

    Gary Lineker, Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer had a plethora of cakes and sweets on hand earlier as they took in several screens.

    Send us an image of your view as you bunker down for the show you probably love more than any other and we'll put them in this live text.

    We're on #MOTD.

  60. Plenty to devour...

    So sit back and enjoy...

    Watford celebrate

    That's well up on day one of the 2014-15 campaign where only 17 arrived in seven games on the opening Saturday.

    Stand up in your living room, let's see your goal dance.

  61. What's on the menu...

    This live text will bring you everything our pundits, presenters and commentators ARE NOT saying on screen.

    If they are the menu, consider us the waiter telling you what that steak is really cooked like.

    Tonight we've got Riyad Mahrez served on a bed of mashed up Sebastian Coates, as well as all of this...

    Match of the Day

    Stick with us for stats to impress your family with over Sunday lunch tomorrow.

  62. Welcome

    You've been waiting for this.

    Now abandon your comfort zone, forget what the wife/husband/cat or dog are doing and sing the theme tune with me...

    "Der, der, der, der, der, der, der, der, der....."

    John Terry and Rudy Gestede

    There have been opening day flash points, high points and in the case of Sunderland's defence - disasters. Stay with us as it's dissected in fine detail.