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11 February 2012

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  1. 1655: 

    Clint Dempsey hits the post for Fulham, when it looked easier to score. Still the Cottagers look like they will collect all the points...

  2. 1702: 

    We apologise for today's technical difficulties. We have moved the service to another page, where we will be covering the match between Tottenham and Newcastle.


    From Ben Stevenson: "Dear Mr Red Bull, please may we keep Mr Thierry Henry, he is a god. We will give you Andrei Arshavin in swapsy - he's the Russian Captain you know."


    From Shohidur Rahman: "David Moyes is unbelievable. What he continues to do with Everton with such limited resources is superhuman."

  5. 1656: 

    It is full-time in all six of our 1500 GMT Premier League games.

  6. 1651: 

    Danny Graham sees a shot roll a whisker wide as Swansea come again. That Stoke comeback seems to have petered out now, though. Fulham have resumed control and are enjoying the majority of possession.

  7. 1653: 
    GOALBlackburn 3-2 QPR - Jamie Mackie

    Into stoppage time at Ewood Park and Blackburn are hanging on now. Rangers keep up the pressure and Jamie Mackie makes no mistake when the ball breaks to him on the right-hand side of the box, powering an unstoppable angled shot into the top corner.

  8. 1652: 

    Chelsea have been average at best today. No invention and very little fight. Everton are completely comfortable with their 2-0 lead as we enter the final moments at Goodison Park.

  9. 1626: 
    GOALBolton 1-1 Wigan - Mark Davies

    Not sure about the build-up but what a finish. Adam Bogdan hoofs the ball upfield, it comes off David Ngog's back and falls for Mark Davies to hammer his shot home from the edge of the area. Ali Al Habsi didn't see that until it was past him and in the back of the net.

  10. 1644: 
    GOALSwansea 2-3 Norwich - Danny Graham

    Danny Graham takes it too. Taking his time before running home to slot into the bottom corner. Norwich keeper John Ruddy did not even move.


    From Tom Leck in Newcastle: "Newcastle have nothing to lose today and everything to play for! Other results have gone our way and we just need to show what we can do! ToonArmy!"

  12. 1648: 
    GOALSunderland 1-2 Arsenal - Thierry Henry

    Talk about a farewell gift. Thierry Henry is about to leave Arsenal, probably for good, to return to New York. He has signed off in the sort of style you would expect... with what looks like it will be the winner. The Frenchman ghosts into the area to meet Andrey Arshavin's clever cross, and beat Simon Mignolet from close range.

  13. 1648: 

    So, Swansea hit the comeback trail... how about QPR? Adel Taarabt has just had an angled shot kept out by Paul Robinson, and Rangers are pressing hard.

  14. 1644: 
    PENALTYto Swansea

    Swansea's third big penalty claim of the second half, and this one is given. Grant Holt is tugging Danny Graham's shirt in the box, and referee Martin Atkinson points to the spot.

  15. 1636: 
    GOALBolton 1-2 Wigan - James McArthur

    Wigan are back in front. Victor Moses is behind it, bursting into the box and forcing Adam Bogdan to push away his shot... with the ball running for James McArthur, guilty of that bad miss earlier, to fire into the unguarded net.


    Ryo Miyaichi has impressed in patches since coming on for Bolton, but Wigan are good value for their lead at the moment. Ditto for Norwich at Swansea. The Welsh side have not recovered their composure at the back and there is a hint of desperation about their efforts to rescue something from a topsy-turvy game.


    From Pradip: "Chelsea looks the team without any direction and the defence looks very, very shaky. Time to ask Andre Villas Boas questions."

  18. 1637: 
    GOALFulham 2-1 Stoke - Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke have been largely awful today but they have a lifeline here. With 10 minutes to go, Ryan Shawcross gets on the end of a corner to head home and reduce the deficit. Moments later, Peter Crouch wasted a great chance to equalise but could not find the target with his own header from point-blank range.


    From Anukram: "Is it just me or there seems to be no energy or sense of urgency in Arsenal's game today?"

  20. 1632: 
    GOALSunderland 1-1 Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey

    Better luck for Arsenal here. The man who came on for the injured Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey picks up the loose ball when Mikel Arteta's shot is deflected and firing in a low effort that hits one post, trundles along the line and eventually creeps it off the opposite upright.


    From Fred Rivett: "As it stands, Norwich are 8 points off a CL place. Now that's crazy."

  22. 1633: 
    GOALBlackburn 3-1 QPR - Jamie Mackie

    Jamie Mackie comes off the bench to tuck in Taye Tawio's cross to give QPR a lifeline. But Blackburn's Bradley Orr will be disappointed he could not cut out the pass to the Nigerian before he centred.

  23. 1629: 

    A great chance for QPR to claw their way back... but it goes begging. Although Adel Taarabt puts Nedum Onuoha clean through, the defender's close-range effort is saved by Paul Robinson.

  24. 1629: 
    GOALEverton 2-0 Chelsea - Denis Stracqualursi

    A wonderful team move sees Everton double their advantage at Goodison Park, as Phil Neville's challenge on halfway allows Landon Donovan to set up Denis Stracqualursi with a delightful pass and the big striker races through and beats Petr Cech.

  25. 1621: 
    GOALSwansea 1-3 Norwich - Grant Holt

    Grant Holt scores his second as Norwich rip the Swansea defence apart. Elliott Bennett finds Holt unmarked and in acres of space in the Swansea area and the striker guides his shot past Michel Vorm for his 11th goal of the season. He is booked for his celebrations, but I have a feeling he won't be too bothered about that.


    Tom Robinson, a Norwich fan: "Grant Holt, Danny Graham, and Steve Morison all having great seasons, adapting well to Prem. Shows you don't have to spend big for success."

  27. 1622: 

    Still no goals at the Stadium of Light, but plenty happening - most of it in the Arsenal area. A good spell for Sunderland sees John O'Shea hit the ball over the bar before two Craig Gardener shots are well saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

  28. 1619: 

    Stoke miss a great chance to get back into the game in the first minute of the second-half at Craven Cottage when Matthew Upson volleys over from inside the six-yard box from Glenn Whelan's free-kick.

  29. 1619: 

    Chelsea are just not at the races today, and are struggling to impose themselves on Everton. No chances for Andre Villas-Boas' men in the second half.


    There were only two first-half goals in the 1500 GMT kick-offs. Celtic took an early lead against Inverness through Joe Ledley's tap-in while an own goal by St Johnstone's Steven Anderson gave Dundee United the advantage. It's still goalless between Hibs and Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Hearts and St Mirren and Motherwell. Rangers overcame Dunfermline 4-1 in the early kick-off.


    From Paul Thompson: "Steve Kean for England! You heard it here first! He's slowly turning Rovers around, under very difficult circumstances."

  32. 1609: 

    Mind you, Swansea are not hanging about either. They almost restore their lead immediately, when Steven Caulker glances a header against the post.

  33. 1609: 
    GOALSwansea 1-2 Norwich - Anthony Pilkington

    Unbelieveable stuff. The Canaries head straight back up the other end and Anthony Pilkington's low shot takes a big deflection off Neil Taylor, and flies past Michel Vorm.

  34. 1606: 
    GOALSwansea 1-1 Norwich - Grant Holt

    Some start to the second half this by Norwich this. Norwich score a bizarre goal as Grant Holt heads in from five yards. The Swansea players stop as they expect the ball to loop out of play, but Elliott Ward hooks it back goalwards from the byline and Holt takes full advantage.

  35. 1605: 

    And play has restarted at the Reebok Stadium and Craven Cottage too...


    Farrell, a Fulham fan: "I may be eating my words later but please let the scores stay as they are. Fulham winning, QPR and Chelsea losing! Great day so far!"

  37. 1604: 

    We are back under way at the Stadium of Light, Goodison Park and the Liberty Stadium.

  38. 1603:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart LaneTottenham v Newcastle (1730 GMT)

    "The Tottenham players just arrived. Ryan Nelsen has big smile on his face and who can blame him? He has played one game in 10 months, will he be involved today? Expect Gabriel Obertan or Hatem Ben Arfa to start for Newcastle. White Hart Lane feels the only place in the country where they don't want Harry for England."


    After less than 40 minutes the Championship match between Ipswich and Middlesbrough is called off due to a hardened pitch. This reduces the total number of games in the division to just seven this afternoon, and at half-time Reading, Southampton and Hull are all winning 2-0 against Coventry, Burnley and Bristol City respectively. Watford equalise against Nottingham Forest as the whistle sounds for the interval. No goals in any of the three League One fixtures while in League Two only the one goal to tell you about - Hereford are still beating Cheltenham.

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Reebok StadiumHALF-TIMEBolton 0-1 Wigan

    "Wigan have grown in stature as the first half has gone on and are halfway to what would be a huge boost in their hopes of survival. It's been a scrappy half in which Bolton's Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker are struggling to take control of the midfield."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkHALF-TIMEEverton 1-0 Chelsea

    "Everton had a dream start, taking the lead inside five minutes and have played with real energy and organisation. Chelsea have huffed and puffed and had a decent amount of possession but have made a number of errors in defence and could well have been punished further. Everton are in Chelsea's faces and in front."


    From Andy McPheat: "Highly doubt any fans at Ewood Park are calling for Steve Kean's dismissal at the moment."

    I think there might be calls for Steve Kean to get the England job the way things are going...

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Stadium of LightHALF-TIMESunderland 0-0 Arsenal

    "Plenty to talk about at Sunderland with the game goalless at half-time. Phil Bardsley goes off at half-time chatting to Neil Swarbrick, no doubt about those two penalty claims. But Arsenal went closest with that Theo Walcott shot."

    MOTD's Nigel Adderley at Craven CottageHALF-TIMEFulham 2-0 Stoke

    "Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak scores on his Fulham debut while Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen was unlucky see the second cannon in off him after touching Clint Dempsey's effort onto the crossbar. It's difficult to see how Stoke can get back into this one."


    Ben Olive, a Norwich fan: "Pleased with our first half performance.. we are the better team so far. Gutted the scoreline doesn't reflect that tho."

    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Ewood ParkHALF-TIMEBlackburn 3-0 QPR

    "What a half for Blackburn Rovers. Junior Hoilett gives them the perfect way to end it, after goals by Yakubu and Steven Nzonzi. QPR have offered precious little in return and as it stands it looks like Blackburn are going above them in the table."

  47. 1553: 

    It is half-time everywhere in the top flight.

  48. 1548: 

    Better by QPR, with Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora combining to set up Armand Traore, but his shot is gobbled up by Paul Robinson, who is diving low to his left. Work to do for Rangers there.

    MOTD's John Roder at the Liberty StadiumHALF-TIMESwansea 1-0 Norwich

    "A first half full of attractive passing football. Danny Graham's calm finish separates the sides, and only a superb tackle from Elliott Ward denied him a second. Norwich have threatened, though, and Andrew Surman was wasteful as he headed straight at Michel Vorm from six yards."

  50. 1550: 
    GOALBlackburn 3-0 QPR - Junior Hoilett

    Right, I gave this as a Nedum Onuoha own goal when I first saw it, but it was actually a goalbound shot by Junior Hoilett so I think he will get the credit. I'm still not sure how it ends up going in, though. A cross bounces through to Hoilett, arriving late at the back post, and his low first-time finish richochets up off Onuoha and into the net via the bar. I don't think QPR keeper Paddy Kenny saw it, let alone had a chance of stopping it.

  51. 1547: 

    We still await the first goal at the Stadium of Light, but there has been action in both penalty areas. Firstly, there is a tense moment for Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker as he crouches to chest the ball down with it then hitting his hand. Stephane Sessegnon then goes down under a tackle from Bacary Sagna, but play is waved on. At the other end, Tomas Rosicky's shot is blocked.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "It should be stressed Sir Alex Ferguson has been avoiding post-match press conferences with the written media at league games for ages."

    GOALBolton 0-1 Wigan - Gary Caldwell

    All too easy for Wigan this. Gary Caldwell steals a march on David Wheater from a corner, and powers home his header. The Latics had just gone close from a Franco di Santo shot that had led to the corner, and they have had the better of things in the last few minutes.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "Kenny Dalglish, we have just been told, will not be conducting his post-match press conference with the written media."

  55. 1540: 

    What's happening at the Liberty Stadium then? Lots. We know Norwich love a fightback, but they have wasted a glorious chance to equalise, with Andrew Surman heading straight at Swansea keeper Michel Vorm from no more than six yards. Still, plenty of time left for the Canaries.

  56. 1537: 

    Arsenal are stepping it up now. Michael Turner makes an important tackle to stop Robin van Persie shooting and Kieran Richardson has just made a similar sort of block to deny Bacary Sagna.

  57. 1538: 

    Fulham are all over Stoke at the moment. Ryan Shawcross almost puts through his own net from a Pavel Pogrebnyak cross and, from the resulting corner, Pogrebnyak beats Matthew Upson to send a looping header on to the roof of the net. I'm having a few problems with Pogrebnyak's name, but Upson is having bigger issues marking the Russian.


    In the smattering of games in Leagues One and Two, it's the opening goal at Edgar Street which raises the eyebrows - struggling Hereford lead at home to table-topping Cheltenham through a Delroy Facey header. Goalless in the other five games but up in the Championship it's two goals in the first 15 minutes for Hull against Bristol City. Watford have conceded against Nottingham Forest, a side who haven't won since 2 January.


    From Tom in London: "I'm Spurs fan on the way to the game now, great to see Steven Pienaar doing well especially as its against Chelsea!"

  60. 1535: 

    Arsenal have not exactly raced out of the blocks at the Stadium of Light, but they have at least threatened, with their three most dangerous players all combining. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feeds the ball to Robin van Persie, who then passses to Theo Walcott. The England winger flashes his shot across goal, but sees it fly past the post. Still 0-0.


    From Dean in Yorkshire: "The game at White Hart Lane is massive if the score at Everton stays as it is. Newcastle could go 4th with a win!"

  62. 1529: 
    GOALFulham 2-0 Stoke - Thomas Sorensen og

    I gave this to Clint Dempsey at first glance but replays show it has to be an own goal by Thomas Sorensen. After a flowing build-up by the Cottagers, Dempsey takes aim from 25 yards out with a shot that beats Sorensen, crashes against the bar, hits the Stoke keeper and bounces in.

  63. 1533: 

    QPR have made an awful start at Ewood Park, but they have just gone close to pulling a goal back against Blackburn. Bobby Zamora swivels acrobatically to meet a dropping ball from a corner, and his attempt at an overhead kick ends up flying a fraction wide.

  64. 1525: 
    GOALSwansea 1-0 Norwich - Danny Graham

    Swansea get a reward for their early probing. Nathan Dyer delivers the killer ball after some intricate passing and Danny Graham takes one touch before calmly finding the net from 12 yards. That's Graham's 11th goal of the season.

  65. 1529: 

    Daniel Sturridge sees a shot deflect off Phil Neville and flash over the bar as Chelsea try to get back on level terms at Goodison Park. A bit of a talking point at the Reebok, where Adam Bogdan kicked the ball at Wigan striker Franco di Santo, who was then booked by Howard Webb for not retreating.

  66. 1523: 
    GOALBlackburn 2-0 QPR - Steven Nzonzi

    A great finish this, with Steven Nzonzi meeting Junior Hoilett's pull-back with a swerving shot that flies betwen Paddy Kenny and his right-hand post. The QPR defence was all over the shop, and allowed Hoilett to surge down the right unchallenged before cutting into the box.


    BBC 5 live summariser Peter Reid: "It was a great finish from Yakubu - hard and low. It's a great start for Blackburn. QPR manager Mark Hughes won't be happy with that because it was just a big punt from the goalkeeper and a flick on for the goal."

  68. 1522: 

    Norwich's first effort on goal brings a comfortable save from Swans keeper Michel Vorm, who easily gathers Anthony Pilkington's long-range free-kick.

  69. 1518: 
    GOALFulham 1-0 Stoke - Pavel Pogrebnyak

    So, only Clint Dempsey scores for Fulham these days? Not anymore he doesn't. Their Russian newboy Pavel Pogrebnyak accidentally blocks team-mate John Arne Riise's shot inside the Stoke area, but he digs the ball out of his feet with his first touch and lashes past Thomas Sorensen with his second.

  70. 1515: 

    At the Stadium of Light, Stephane Sessegnon is causing a few problems for Arsenal and one bustling run ends up giving Fraizer Campbell a shooting chance from the edge of the area. We know Campbell has got a bit of power in those boots, but this time he sees his effort deflected wide.

  71. 1515: 
    GOALBlackburn 1-0 QPR - Yakubu

    Yakubu does not take long to make his mark on his return from suspension, picking up Steven Nzonzi's punt from a Paul Robinson punt, turning away from Anton Ferdinand and burying his shot past Paddy Kenny. You know what they say - 'feed the Yak, and he will score'.

  72. 1511: 

    Bolton have had a lot more of the ball than Wigan and went close to taking the lead when Martin Petrov's cross caused a bit of chaos in the Latics area, almost causing Gary Caldwell to put through his own net.

  73. 1513: 

    Swansea have had a sniff too. It is midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who lets fly, but Norwich defender Russell Martin hurls himself at the goal-bound effort to block with his body


    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Luis Suarez's decision not to shake Patrice Evra's hand before kick-off, and Evra's celebrations at full-time following United's win: "I couldn't believe Suarez refused Evra's handshake. Suarez is a disgrace to Liverpool football club. He should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again, the history of that club. He could have caused a riot. Racism is an important issue and football has come a long way since the days of bananas being thrown at John Barnes. Evra shouldn't have jumped in front of Suarez in celebration at the end. He shouldn't have done that."


    From James Hamill: "Blackburn need a win today to give us any hope of staying up! Need to forget about Venkys and do it for fans!"


    From Ben Lewis: "That's the best thing Steven Pienaar's ever done for Tottenham!"

  77. 1505: 
    GOALEverton 1-0 Chelsea - Steven Pienaar

    This is all self-inflicted from Chelsea's point of view. From a Jose Bosingwa throw, Frank Lampard ends up challenging Tim Cahill and the ball loops up and into the path of Steven Pienaar, who reacts quickly to beat Branislav Ivanovic, control the ball with his chest and crash his shot into the roof of the net.

  78. 1504: 

    A nervy start by Blackburn at Ewood Park. Grant Hanley's weak back-pass is intercepted by Bobby Zamora, but he cannot find a QPR team-mate with his pull-back from the left-hand side of the area.

  79. 1500: 

    Time to switch our attention to those 3pm games. Lots to look forward to, affecting the the top, middle and bottom of the Premier League table. Keep your thoughts coming in too - Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  80. 1501: 

    Here we go. We are under way everywhere in the top-flight...

  81. 1457: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Luis Suarez's decision not to shake Patrice Evra's hand before kick-off: "We are all professional and we have to concentrate on our job on the pitch. It is between two individuals and is not for us to get involved with."


    From Alex in Lincolnshire: "Why does Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas refuse to start Gary Cahill? He was a rock against United! Get ready for another catastrophic display from David Luiz."

  83. 1456: 

    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalgish on Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand before kick-off, and whether that led to an alleged bust-up between Manchester United and Liverpool players in the tunnel at half-time: "I never knew Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand. I wasn't there, I never saw it. It's contrary to what I've been told. I think you're bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today. The majority of the fans behaved very well today, with a bit of banter between them."

  84. 1453: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who scored both his side's goals in their 2-1 win over Liverpool: "I feel I've played well against Liverpool in the past. It's a great dream of mine to score against Liverpool. We always knew the first goal was going to be important."

    Sunderland v Arsenal

    Sunderland start with the same team that edged past Middlesbrough in the midweek FA Cup replay. There is also just one change in the Arsenal side with fit-again Bacary Sagna coming at right-back in for Francis Coquelin.

    Swansea v Norwich

    One change for Swansea as on-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran replaces Joe Allen for his first league start. Injuries have robbed Norwich of defenders Daniel Ayala, while midfielder Wes Hoolahan is dropped to the bench as Russell Martin, Elliott Bennett and Elliott Ward, making his first appearance this season, came into the starting XI.

    Bolton v Wigan

    Kevin Davies, who hasn't started a Premier League game since December, is restored to the starting line-up for Bolton. The Trotters' only other change is the return of right-back Gretar Steinsson, who has recovered from injury. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes just one change from the side that drew with Everton 1-1 last week, with Antolin Alcaraz returning.

    LINE-UPSSunderland v Arsenal

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Richardson, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Campbell. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Wickham, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Arteta, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain. Subs: Fabianski, Henry, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gibbs, Benayoun, Coquelin.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

    Fulham v Stoke

    Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak makes his Fulham debut, while Bryan Ruiz, John Arne Riise and Aaron Hughes also start. Stoke manager Tony Pulis also makes four alterations with Matthew Upson replacing the suspended Robert Huth in central defence.

    LINE-UPSSwansea v Norwich

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Dyer, Sinclair, Britton, McEachran, Sigurdsson, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Gower, Richards.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ward, Drury, Naughton, Surman, Fox, Bennett, Pilkington, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Hoolahan, Barnett, Wilbraham.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

    Blackburn v QPR

    Blackburn welcome back top scorer Yakubu as Bradley Orr makes his home debut against his former club. Grant Hanley replaces the suspended Gael Givet while Mauro Formica comes in for the injured David Dunn. For QPR, Akos Buzsaky is back with Djibril Cisse starting a ban, and Armand Traore and Fitz Hall replace Shaun Derry and Luke Young.


    Three postponements in the Championship this afternoon as sub-zero temperatures hit grounds across England. Southampton will look to capitalise on West Ham's cancelled away game at Peterborough and will close the gap at the top to a single point if they win at home to Burnley. Doncaster's away fixture against Crystal Palace has been postponed so both Coventry and Nottingham Forest will want to overtake them in the relegation zone with wins against Reading and Watford respectively. One late kick-off today: Blackpool v Portsmouth is at 1720 GMT with the Tangerines eight games unbeaten and in the hunt for an automatic promotion place.

    Everton v Chelsea

    Everton recall Phil Neville to their starting line-up and he replaces Tony Hibbert at right-back, the solitary change from the team that earned a point from a 1-1 draw away against Wigan Athletic in their last Premier League outing. Chelsea make two changes from the side that squandered a three-goal lead in the draw with Manchester United. Frank Lampard has recovered from a calf injury and replaces Florent Malouda in midfield, while Ashley Cole returns at left-back after his ban, meaning Jose Bosingwa reverts to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic shuffles into the centre of defence to replace the benched Gary Cahill.


    Mass cancellations in League One and only three games go ahead. Both Sheffield clubs are in action as second-top Wednesday travel to Exeter, who are just a couple of points outside the relegation places. Sheffield United are at home to lowly Wycombe while Bournemouth can climb into the top six if they win away at Hartlepool.

    LINE-UPSBolton v Wigan

    Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Muamba, Sanli, Klasnic, Pratley, Boyata, Miyaichi.

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Alcaraz, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Watson, Jones, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

    LINE-UPSFulham v Stoke

    Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey, Ruiz, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Gecov, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta.

    Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Jones, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Fuller, Pennant, Whitehead, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)


    Again, only three of League Two's games go ahead out of a possible 11. Torquay v Shrewsbury is a tasty fixture - the sides both occupy play-off positions and three points for either team will boost their promotion credentials. Mid-table Bristol Rovers host Morecambe knowing it will have to be a big win today to overtake their Lancashire opponents in the table. Finally, joint-top Cheltenham visit struggling Hereford knowing only a draw is needed to top the league by 5pm.

    LINE-UPSBlackburn v QPR

    Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Nzonzi, Lowe, Hoilett, Formica, Pedersen, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Modeste, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Henley.

    QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hall, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Buzsaky, Taiwo, Taarabt, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Hill, Derry, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Smith.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

    LINE-UPSEverton v Chelsea

    Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Stracqualursi. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Drenthe, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

    Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Ivanovic, Cole, Meireles, Essien, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Mikel, Malouda, Lukaku, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

    MOTD's John Roder at the Liberty StadiumSwansea v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    "There's no snow here and the pitch looks in excellent condition. This match should be a celebration of where both promoted clubs have come from and how they have lit up the Premier League, playing some terrific football along the way."

    MOTD's Nigel Adderley at Craven CottageFulham v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    "Bitterly cold on the banks of the River Thames. Fulham fans will be hoping to see new Russian striker Pavel Pogrebynak, Stoke supporters would like to see an end to a three-match losing streak before they return to the Europa League next week."


    From Matthew Llyr Evans: "Suarez was out of order, but Evra celebrations at the end were meant to wind him up... None of that needed."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "They took time to get going did Manchester United but in the end they've done what they had to do. They've won a tricky home game against a Liverpool side that have been good away from home this season."

    MOTD's Alistair Mann at Ewood ParkBlackburn v QPR (1500 GMT)

    "QPR manager Mark Hughes returns to his former club, where he was used to challenging for the top 10, with the same aim as Blackburn boss Steve Kean: to keep his side up. He will regret not having the suspended Djibril Cisse, especially with Chris Samba and Gael Givet out, but Rovers will want to put last week's hammering at Arsenal behind them and victory would mean they leapfrog today's rivals in the table."

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Reebok StadiumBolton v Wigan (1500 GMT)

    "If victory is important to Bolton, it's imperative for Wigan. Already five points adrift of safety, the Latics are beginning to look doomed after seven years in the top flight. They have won the least number of matches, scored the fewest goals and only Blackburn have conceded more. Quite simply, Roberto Martinez's men are in desperate need of some hope."

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Stadium of LightSunderland v Arsenal (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has only ever steered a side to success against Arsenal once in 16 Premier League games against them as a manager - a 2-0 away win for Aston Villa in November 2008. But I don't suppose he's ever put a team out to face them in better heart than he will for this one given Sunderland have earned an unrivalled 22 points in the Premier League since O'Neill's first game in charge on 11 December.

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison ParkEverton v Chelsea (1500 GMT)

    "Having squandered a three-goal lead against Manchester United to draw their third successive match, a follow-up trip to Everton - where they have lost their last two league games - wouldn't have topped Chelsea's wishlist. The Blues have lost just one of their last 12 games but trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by 14 points and face an Everton side buoyed by some astute January transfer business. The return of the inventive Steven Pienaar is a particular boost as the Toffees seek to improve a record of just 24 goals in 24 games."

  108. 1443: 

    Let's keep one eye on post-match reaction at Old Trafford, and use the other to cast our eye on the SIX 1500 GMT Premier League games...

  109. 1439: 

    It's all kicking off again. Patrice Evra got too close to Luis Suarez as he ran round the pitch celebrating with the fans, and a couple of Liverpool players, and referee Phil Dowd, usher him away. That's the cue for a bit of argy-bargy, and you just know that this saga isn't over yet.


    From Lee Clayton: "Rooney's finishing and quality in this game has been exceptional. He's made the difference. He delivers in the big games. He never hides."

  111. 1438: 

    Patrice Evra charges around the Old Trafford pitch, celebrating as if United have just won the Premier League, rather than just returning to the top of it.

  112. 1437: 
    FULL-TIMEMan Utd 2-1 Liverpool
  113. 1436: 

    Here come Liverpool again. Luis Suarez beats David de Gea to get on the end of Charlie Adam's clipped cross from the right, but he cannot direct his header on target. He is offside in any case.

  114. 1435: 

    Craig Bellamy swings it in, but United clear as far as Glen Johnson on the edge of the box. United defender David de Gea has not had an awful lot to do, but he makes a top-drawer save here, twisting to tip Johnson's rasping shot over the bar.

  115. 1433: 

    There will be three minutes of stoppage time at Old Trafford. And Liverpool have got a free-kick, in the same place where they scored from too...

  116. 1431: 

    Time running out for Liverpool now - just two minutes of the 90 left. They are dominating possession and United can't get out of their half... but Kenny Dalglish's side have not created anything since that Luis Suarez goal.

  117. 1423: 
    GOALMan Utd 2-1 Liverpool - Luis Suarez

    Hang about, because Liverpool are back in this. Rio Ferdinand fails to deal with a Charlie Adam free-kick, and the ball comes back off him and drops into the path of Luis Suarez, who can barely believe his luck as he smashes home from point-blank range.

    Everton v Chelsea

    BREAKING: Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard both return, from injury and suspension, for Chelsea at Goodison Park.


    From Nick: "Compare Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard today. Who would you say is the next potential England captain?! Been a master class from Scholes."

  120. 1422: 

    United are playing keep-ball now - those Liverpool changes have not made too much difference so far.


    From Matthew Duffy: "Liverpool's movement is very poor. No one makes the runs. They pass the ball then walk sideways or stand still."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "Manchester United are enjoying themselves. They're full of energy and everyone wants to be on the ball. Liverpool are trying hard but there's just no shape to their play."


    Ali in Cambridge: "Greatly disappointed by Luis Suarez. As a big Liverpool supporter I'm really sad he didn't respect the club's history and the game itself."


    From Richard Bradley: "Awesome start to the second half. Quality, cool-headed finishing from @WayneRooney."


    From Mark Bryans: "Rafael fast becoming one of the best full backs in the league. Adding defensive duties to attacking flair."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "Wayne Rooney's two goals have changed the mood inside Old Trafford. It's celebratory now after the pre-match fall-out."

  127. 1413: 

    It appears my entries are coming through in the wrong order, if they come through at all - which is handy. Apologies for that. Back on the pitch, United are still looking most likely, and Antonio Valencia is still looking very lively on the right for United. With 70 minutes gone, David de Gea is yet to make a save, which sort of tells its own story about Liverpool's threat, or lack of it.

  128. 1404: 

    A double change by Liverpool with half an hour left. Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll are on for Jay Spearing and Stewart Downing. The Reds trail 2-0 and have changed to a 4-4-2 formation to try to salvage something from the game.

  129. 1408: 

    This is how I described the goal that put United 2-0 up: Disaster for Liverpool on every level here. Jay Spearing is caught on the ball by Antonio Valencia about 25 yards out and Valencia advances towards the area before sliding in Wayne Rooney to coolly slot past Pepe Reina and extend United's lead. Old Trafford is absolutely rocking... and Rooney is on a hat-trick.

  130. 1353: 
    GOALMan Utd 2-0 Liverpool - Wayne Rooney

    Disaster for Liverpool on every level here. Jay Spearing is caught on the ball by Antonio Valencia about 25 yards out and Valencia advances towards the area before sliding in Wayne Rooney to coolly slot past Pepe Reina and extend United's lead. Old Trafford is absolutely rocking... and Rooney is on a hat-trick.

  131. 1406: 

    Apologies but there are still gremlins in our live commentary, and they appear to have nicked Wayne Rooney's second goal for Manchester United (among several other entries). We are working on fixing it and, even if we can't, I'll bring you some details of that Rooney strike anyway.

  132. 1404: 

    This one would have counted! A Paul Scholes dummy allows the ball to roll through to Wayne Rooney, who is unmarked and in front of goal about 10 yards out... but he elects to try to poke a pass through to Antonio Valencia instead of shooting, and the chance has gone.

  133. 1403: 

    Well, Wayne Rooney has just got the ball in the net for a third time, but it won't count. Jonny Evans slides in to win the ball from Martin Skrtel in the build-up - and it looks a fair challenge to me - but Phil Dowd blows up for a foul. The ball breaks to Rooney who buries a rocket of a shot past Pepe Reina although, in fairness, I don't think the Liverpool keeper tried to save it.

  134. 1400: 

    Stewart Downing stands over a free-kick out on the right. Now would be a good time for Liverpool to start their comeback... but it won't be from this set-piece. Downing's delivery fails to beat the first United defender, and the home side clear.

  135. 1357: 

    There were two minutes and 48 seconds between those two Wayne Rooney goals. That's how long it took to dramatically change the shape of this game. It's hard to see a way back for Liverpool now, although they still have 35 minutes to find one.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby on BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    "Jay Spearing simply couldn't force the ball out from under his feet. He was dispossessed by Antonio Valencia and it was simply a question of finding the right pass. He played in Wayne Rooney and that could be game over."

  137. 1350: 
    GOALMan Utd 1-0 Liverpool - Wayne Rooney

    United were caught cold after the interval at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but the boot is on the other foot here. Ryan Giggs sends in a corner from the right and, from Jordan Henderson's inadvertent near-post flick, Wayne Rooney is in the right place to hammer home an unstoppable volley. Sweet as you like.

  138. 1348: 

    We are back under way at Old Trafford.

    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce's HT snapshot from Old Trafford

    "It was a very tight first half in which Glen Johnson came close early on, but Manchester United came in to it and played some lovely football as the half wore on, producing the best chance for Paul Scholes, who headed at Pepe Reina from six yards out - although neither goalkeeper had a lot to do. Once again all attention was on Luis Suarez - he started the game by refusing to shake the hand of Patrice Evra and ended the half by slamming the ball towards the dug-outs."

  140. 1346: 

    It's a real shame that we are not talking about what is happening on the pitch at Old Trafford, but did Luis Suarez light the fuse when he refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra? It strikes me that would have ended all these shenanigans before they had a chance to get started. I will be very interested to hear Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish's stance on that - was it a club decision, or just Suarez's? In the meantime, what do you think of it all. Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Old TraffordHALF-TIMEMan Utd 0-0 Liverpool

    "Not a bad game but nothing happened to overshadow Luis Suarez's refusal of Patrice Evra's handshake before kick-off."

  142. 1341: 

    There was trouble in the tunnel at half-time too, according to Sky Sports. Patrice Evra tried to speak to Luis Suarez but Martin Skrtel got involved and the incident escalated. There was a scrum involving several players, stewards and the police and it took both teams about five minutes to get into the dressing rooms.

  143. 1339: 

    Just to clarify, Luis Suarez refused Patrice Evra's offer to shake his hand before the game. Evra and David de Gea grabbed Suarez's arm but he walked on. Rio Ferdinand then ignored Suarez.

  144. 1332: 
    HALF-TIMEMan Utd 0-0 Liverpool
  145. 1332: 

    A big call for refree Phil Dowd this. Luis Suarez dances past Patrice Evra as Liverpool break forward from that United free-kick and it takes a last-ditch challenge from Rio Ferdinand to stop him from bearing down on goal. Suarez thinks it's a foul and is absolutely furious. Replays show Ferdinand got the ball - no foul there whatsoever.

  146. 1335: 

    Luis Suarez is in the thick of it as the players walk off at the interval too. Referee Phil Dowd has to come across and intervene after the Liverpool striker blasts the ball off the pitch in frustration as soon as the half-time whistle is blown.

  147. 1330: 

    Just two minutes to go until the break and we have just had our first booking. Stewart Downing slides in on Rafael as the United defender surges down the right, and earns a yellow card from referee Phil Dowd.

  148. 1327: 

    At the other end, Luis Suarez tries to slip Dirk Kuyt clear, but Rio Ferdinand is across to hold off the Dutchman and then mop up when Suarez tries to latch on to the loose ball.

  149. 1325: 

    More good work by Danny Welbeck, who battles past Daniel Agger on the edge of the Liverpool area to earn a sight of goal. In the end, he doesn't really connect with his shot, which doesn't threaten Pepe Reina's goal either.


    From Rach Sullivan: "So sad for the sport when two people have the chance to put differences aside & it's an epic fail on Suarez's behalf."

  151. 1321: 

    Another sniff for United. They attack down the right this time, with Antonio Valencia sending over a cross that it appears Dirk Kuyt will head clear but instead finds a leaping Patrice Evra at the back post, to launch himself at the ball and nod over. The home side are on top at the moment, but it is still 0-0.


    From Josh Allaway: "Welbeck is having an outstanding game so far! There could be a couple of goals in him today."

  153. 1316: 

    But the home side remain patient and, rather than panic and lump the ball towards the area, keep probing until Paul Scholes, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney combine to set up Ryan Giggs down the left. Giggs sends over a delicious cross for the unmarked Scholes to ghost in to meet, but his close-range header is straight at Pepe Reina.

  154. 1319: 

    Suddenly there are some gaps appearing in the Liverpool defence. Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney are involved again, before releasing Danny Welbeck. The England striker cuts into the area from the left and could have a go at goal himself... but he elects to cross for Wayne Rooney, and Liverpool have enough men back to hoof the ball clear. Too unselfish from Welbeck there.


    The second half is just getting underway at East End Park and Rangers are leading Dunfermline 2-1, having come from behind.

    Later today, Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic take on Inverness in Glasgow having knocked the Highlanders out of the Scottish Cup last weekend. There is also an intriguing match-up at Rugby Park between Kilmarnock and Hearts with the managers of both clubs having a pop at each other this week. Hibs host Aberdeen, there's a Tayside derby between St Johnstone and Dundee United in Perth and Motherwell travel to St Mirren.

  156. 1316: 

    As soon as they lose the ball, Liverpool quickly retreat into their own half and make it very difficult for United to break them down.

  157. 1313: 

    A neat passing move from United gets them to the edge of the Liverpool area, which is further than they have been for a while. Ryan Giggs tees up Wayne Rooney but he rather drags his shot and it trundles wide of Pepe Reina's right-hand post.

  158. 1312: 

    Liverpool are working hard in midfield at the moment, and Glen Johnson remains their best attacking outlet. United are seeing more of the ball but have not got the space or time to really build much. We've not exactly had a deluge of chances but the first 25 minutes have gone by very quickly. Still 0-0.


    Newcastle defender Danny Simpson: "Nice 2 see the majority of people think that was a big disrespect, not 2 Patrice Evra but 2 football as well and that he should have shook his hand."

  160. 1306: 

    United's best effort so far sees Rafael cut into the area from the right after being played in by Antonio Valencia. He fires a bending shot in too, and Danny Welbeck almost gets a touch on it before it reaches Pepe Reina, who ends up making a comfortable save.

  161. 1302: 

    Ah. We seem to have a few technical issues which might be making some of my words appear even more jumbled than usual. For the time being, it's probably best if you don't manually refresh this page. It will update automatically anyway.

  162. 1259: 

    Jonny Evans is late and a little bit high with his challenge as he goes through the back of Luis Suaerz, although I don't think he made too much contact in the end. Evans escapes a booking, but Liverpool have a free-kick about 30 yards out... which United clear without too many problems.


    David, aLiverpool fan: "Until now I stood by Luis Suarez's side, but what he did there was disgraceful, I just hope someone apologises on Liverpool's behalf."

    Evan from Cardiff: "Luis Suarez is a disgrace. Quick handshake would have sorted things."

  164. 1256: 

    Liverpool's first chance. Glen Johnson is getting forward down the right a lot in these early stages and this time he cuts inside and curls a bouncing shot about a yard wide of David de Gea's post. Unlucky.


    From Abs in London: "As a Liverpool fan I'm very much ashamed of Luis Suarez. Not sportsman like. Why can't we just put a line under the matter and move on. He's not done himself any favours there."


    Daily Mirror Chief Sports Writer Oliver Holt: "Unbelievably stupid behaviour from Suarez, not shaking Evra's hand. Fool."


    From Stu in Birmingham: "Luis Suarez has really let himself and his club down there, we all wanted an end to this saga today."

  169. 1253: 

    United have a free-kick after Antonio Valencia is bundled over by the by-line, right on the edge of the area. Ryan Giggs is behind it... and Wayne Rooney is looking to get on the end of it at the far post, but Glen Johnson is in the right place to clear the danger.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty

    "That non-handshaker was awful, awkward and means we will hear even more of the Evra-Suarez affair."

  171. 1251: 

    Our first chance of the afternoon, and it goes United's way. Danny Welbeck surges forward and feeds Antonio Valencia on the right. Valencia cuts inside and tries to chip a cheeky ball into the path of Wayne Rooney at the far post, but Pepe Reina is off his line quickly to avert the danger.

  172. 1247: 

    You just knew Luis Suarez wasn't going to take long to get involved. Within 45 seconds, he shoves Rio Ferdinand in the back and into Patrice Evra, taking them both out in one fell swoop. Ferdinand came off worse and needs some treatment too.

    Football Focus pundit Martin Keown

    "It's disappointing from Luis Suarez. He needed to be bigger than that. I'm amazed he didn't shake Patrice Evra's hand. It suggests he hasn't learnt anything from what has happened."

  174. 1246: 

    Here we go. Liverpool get us going at Old Trafford.

  175. 1244: 

    It looks like the Evra-Suarez issue isn't over. Evra offered him his hand, but Suarez ignored it. Evra and David de Gea both grabbed his arm, but he didn't stop walking. Rio Ferdinand and Suarez didn't shake hands either. Ferdinand blanked him.

    Man Utd v Liverpool

    United make just one change, as Paul Scholes starts in place of Ashley Young. Danny Welbeck maintains his place in the starting line-up, he leads the line with Wayne Rooney. Tom Cleverly is involved in the squad for the first time since October. Luis Suarez starts for Liverpool for the first time since his eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra. He is part of four changes for the Reds; Jordan Henderson comes in for Charlie Adam, Stuart Downing starts in place of Craig Bellamy and Jose Enrique returns at the expense of Martin Kelly.

  177. 1245: 

    Let's get on with the football, shall we.

  178. 1241: 

    Not much interaction between the two sets of players in the tunnel. Luis Suarez is one of the last Liverpool players to take his place... and here they come...

  179. 1240: 

    We are just five minutes away from kick-off at Old Trafford, which is jumping. Patrice Evra is all smiles as he talks to the mascot in the tunnel, ahead of leading the United players out.


    From OptaJoe: "1 - Liverpool have lost only one of their last 19 PL games to kick off at 12:45 on a Saturday, a run stretching back to 2007. Weetabix."

  181. 1235: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on his side's clash with Liverpool, in what he calls 'the biggest derby game in the country': "There's no issue regarding Patrice Evra. He did what was right. He made a complaint about racial abuse. The nature of the build-up to these games recently has not been right. A lot of it has come from Liverpool, it has to be said. But if you get a good game it transcends everything. I was surprised with their team selection - we had it worked out differently, shows how much I know! They're always hard to beat, Liverpool. I didn't know whether they were going to start Luis Suarez, I must say, and I was surprised about Craig Bellamy being on the bench as well."


    From Anthony Shaw: "Re 1137. Harry is at a team that has done well in Europe! Why change for England, a team that crumbles when there is a any pressure?"

    From James Cleary: "If Redknapp goes to England then maybe Rafa Benitez to Spurs? He's been holding out for a big Premier League team."

    Football Focus pundit Martin Keown

    "I think the Football Association stood by Fabio Capello after a disappointing World Cup. The protocol in any business is you have to toe the company line. A decision was made and then Fabio comes out and goes against that. I think the FA made the right decision. It doesn't leave us in bad shape going into a major tournament where we're not expected to win. I think Harry would be a fantastic appointment. He needs to take it."

  184. 1233: 

    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish speaking before kick-off at Old Trafford: "Luis Suarez is a football player, he wants to play football and we want him to play. His mentality has never been a problem. We're expecting a difficult game today. We know that there are great expectations here. They've only got the Premier League and the Europa League to play for this season. We're much better off this year than we were last year. We'd love to score more goals like everyone else, but it's not too bad when we've got as much going for us as we have."

  185. 1228: 

    A reminder of what Manchester United and Liverpool are playing for today. A United win sends them top of the Premier League, a point ahead of Manchester City - who play Aston Villa on Sunday. Three points for Liverpool would put them fifth, at least until Arsenal and Newcastle are in action later...

  186. 1220: 

    Maybe Liverpool should be practicing their shooting before kick-off? United average a goal every five shots, which is the best ratio in the Premier League, while Liverpool need an average 12... which is the worst.

    LINE-UPSMan Utd v Liverpool

    Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Cleverley, Pogba.

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Spearing, Henderson, Kuyt, Gerrard, Downing, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Carragher, Adam, Shelvey, Kelly, Bellamy.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)


    From Rich, a Liverpool fan in Preston: "I can't help but look at United and Liverpool's midfield and think they were both so much stronger in years gone by."

  189. 1216: 

    By the way, Patrice Evra is already out and limbering up with his United team-mates. They have been doing lots of hopping, skipping and sprinting drills, but are passing the ball around now.

  190. 1213: 

    A few boos and jeers for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as he jogs on to the Old Trafford pitch for his warm-up. He quickly puts his gloves on - it's freezing cold in Manchester today.


    From Ryan Kerr: "Re 1127. Who says the weather is a bad thing? My match today was cancelled due to frozen pitch Get to watch Man U vs Liverpool now!"

  193. 1205:  
    BBC Sport Mark Lawrenson

    When I spoke to him this week, Lawro was correct when he said Liverpool would play Luis Suarez on his own up front, but will he be right with his predicted scoreline of 1-1? Whatever the outcome, he thinks it will be tight. "United do concede goals, and there is a bit of a weakness at the back - as we saw at the weekend in their 3-3 draw with Chelsea - but Liverpool are never going to be gung ho about taking advantage of it," Lawro said. "Liverpool's approach will probably be to sit back with five across the middle when they haven't got the ball and then break forward when they do have it."


    From EnglandTillIDie: "Re 1137. The truth is Harry has a lot to lose. He is doing so well with Tottenham the question he will be asking himself, is 'is it worth the risk?' when we all know deep down inside England are currently not good enough when it comes to major tournaments. I don't think any manager would be able to change that any time soon. Sad fact unfortunately!"

    From R Walsh in Notts: "Re 1137. Spurs fans should see it as like donating their beautiful girlfriend to their ugly brother to go out with. Your Country Needs You 'Arry!!"


    From Superred77 in Carlisle: "This is not about Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra or Kenny Dalglish or Sir Alex Ferguson. It's about the two biggest clubs in British football and all that matters today is the best performance over 90 mins will take the 3 pts. I see a Suarez goal but don't think it will be enough, Wayne Rooney for Man U. On the fence 1-1."


    From Matt, a Chelsea fan: "On the train up to Liverpool for Everton v Chelsea. I think it will be a cracking game in a big football weekend. A win for us at Goodison will get rid of the despairing 3-3 with United though I hope they beat Liverpool."

  197. 1156: 

    BREAKING: Tom Cleverley is on the bench for Manchester United. Paul Scholes starts and Danny Welbeck is up front with Wayne Rooney. Full line-ups with you in a tick.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Old Trafford Phil McNulty

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson uses his programme notes to make a passionate defence of Patrice Evra in the aftermath of his clash with Luis Suarez that led to Liverpool's striker being being found guilty of racially abusing the defender. He writes: "My biggest regret is the way Patrice has been castigated in some quarters for standing up to racism. He can't have enjoyed the booing he endured at Anfield the other week but he kept his dignity and his concentration on football."


    From Joshua Cardiff: "Harry has taken this Spurs team as far as they can go, players will leave at the end of the season, Adebayor will return to City. This is the perfect time to quit and a win-win situation to become England manager, bomb out of the Euros, claim there wasnt enough time, win it and return as a god."

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Great days football for MOTD. Shall we sit back and enjoy and let the running order speak for itself? No? Guess it was too much to ask."

  201. 1150: 
    Man Utd v Liverpool

    BREAKING: Luis Suarez starts up front for Liverpool.

    BBC Sport MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Old Trafford

    "Sir Alex doesn't think Liverpool will give Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea the same sort of problems that they did at Anfield in the FA Cup, but he says United's defensive "carelessness has got to stop". In his programme notes, Ferguson says of the Suarez/Evra saga: "Time to move on. It's over". He also says de Gea can be United keeper for ten years, and that his brilliant display at Chelsea could be the turning point in his career at Old Trafford."


    From degooseuk: "Spurs fan here. I hope Redknapp turns down England as, being selfish, Spurs have the best team in a long time."


    From Will, a Spurs fan: "Re 1137. I do not want to see Harry leave but I would completely understand if he did. Too good to turn down."


    From SamRyan17: "Re 1137. Harry needs to work with players daily and do deals. He's a man-motivator not a tactician."


    From Jon in Chester: "Wigan v Bolton with Blackburn v QPR elsewhere. MASSIVE GAMES, I'm more excited for the bottom table clashes!"


    From Dave in Ynysddu: "Re 1137. As a Spurs fan I feel like a lover who thinks their relationship is ending. My heart aches with sadness that Harry might go, but I want the best for my country ultimately. And besides, I could grow to love that Mourinho fellow."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Old Trafford Phil McNulty

    "The final episode of the season in the tempestuous saga between Manchester United and Liverpool takes place at Old Trafford and brings Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez together for the first time since the FA found Liverpool's striker guilty of racially abusing the Manchester United defender. Focus on the pitch will be Manchester United's attempts to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City - while Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish still has his sights on a top four place."

  209. 1137: 

    We need you lot to get involved too. What do Tottenham fans think about potentially losing Harry Redknapp? Should England forget about Euro 2012, as Alan Shearer suggests? Will the Suarez-Evra issue overshadow the football at Old Trafford today? And what are the chances of Kermit and Miss Piggy's prediction for Man Utd-Liverpool coming off? Questions, questions, questions. Tweet me the answers @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #bbcfootball or texting us on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  210. 1127: 

    Right then. The cold weather is playing havoc with the Football League programme, with 19 games biting the dust so far. But the Big Freeze won't spoil our fun in the Premier League. Here's the full run-down of our top-flight action this afternoon and evening. EIGHT games, including SIX 1500 GMT kick-offs. Fill yer boots...

    Man Utd v Liverpool (1245 GMT)

    Blackburn v QPR

    Bolton v Wigan

    Everton v Chelsea

    Fulham v Stoke

    Sunderland v Arsenal

    Swansea v Norwich

    Tottenham v Newcastle (1730 GMT)

  211. 1122: 

    We can hardly ignore the England issue, either. You've probably noticed that Harry Redknapp is widely seen as the national team's manager in waiting, but his Tottenham team are still involved in a title race too. Will the speculation over his future at White Hart Lane affect him and his players? I guess we will find out for ourselves when Spurs take on high-flying Newcastle, who themselves are eyeing a Champions League place.

  212. 1117: 

    It's hardly going to be quiet either. After a truly tumultuous week for the Football Association, Fabio Capello, Harry Redknapp and the England team, all eyes will be on Old Trafford for our early kick-off, where Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could make his first start since serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra.

  213. 1113: 

    Hello. What a week that was, eh? I bet you could all do with a nice lie down and a cup of tea. Sorry, but it ain't going to happen today - starting with Man Utd versus Liverpool (at 1245 GMT) and ending with Tottenham against Newcastle (1730 KO) we have got an awful lot to pack into the next eight hours or so.

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No movement 4 Chelsea 0 0 0
No movement 5 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
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