Wednesday football

Manchester City come from behind to beat Chelsea, QPR come from 2-0 down to see off Liverpool, Arsenal win at Everton and Spurs draw with Stoke.

22 March 2012 Last updated at 16:31

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  1. 2236: 

    And that is that from me for another dramatic night in the top flight. Match of the Day is coming up in just 10 minutes, there are some belters to catch up on. Thanks for all your contributions, see you next time.

  2. 2236: 

    Listen Liverpool fans, at least you didn't ship seven goals at home tonight, like Leeds did last night. Those goals - and there are some rippers in there - are available to view online now.

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    Stuart, LFC fan on text: "After Jose Mourinho, everyone seems to have developed a complex which suggests managers must be instantly successfull. In reality, as in any business, it takes time! KD has guided Liverpool twice this season to Wembley, and let's not forget season-long injuries and suspensions has affected their ability to establish consistent form. Skrtel and Agger have the best defensive record and that's been undone with their absence. Liverpool are in Europe in 2012/2013, we have a trophy and are in a semi final. I think that's a successfull work in progress for anyone."

  4.  

    Charlie Watkins, Liverpool fan on text: "I am going to agree with Tom on this one, to win the Carling Cup and be in the semi-finals of the FA Cup is no easy feat!!! Liverpool are a work in progress with loads of young players who are still developing and they have (this match aside) one of the best defensive records in the Premier League, in a year or two I wouldn't be surprised if Liverpool were where people are expecting them to be.... Patience is a virtue."

  5. 2223: 

    So Kenny Dalglish found that defeat 'difficult to explain.' What do Liverpool fans make of that as a response?

  6. 2223: 

    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: "It's very difficult to explain. We played some fantastic football. We were deserving of our lead and we weren't even under pressure.

    "With a wee bit of care and better finishing we might have been three or four up at half-time.

    "You just couldn't see a goal coming from them and maybe the luck they didn't get against Bolton they got here."

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    QPR manager Mark Hughes after his side's 3-2 win at home to Liverpool: "We've come back from a situation where we looked dead and buried. I didn't think we deserved to be 2-0 down.

    "We had nothing to lose and thought let's go for it, which is what we did. We took the game back to Liverpool.

    "I thought the crowd were fantastic as they never lost faith in us. Once we got a little bit of momentum they drove us over the line."

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    Everton manager David Moyes: "Apart from the first 20 minutes I thought we did very well and matched Arsenal all the way. But a few decisions went against us.

    "We've picked up some big scalps at Goodison lately and we came very close again."

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    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after his side's 1-0 win at Everton which saw them go third: "It was a massive test because Everton had lost at Liverpool and they wanted to get something. They are a very good side.

    "I felt the attitude was always very good for the players and confidence comes from results. We've turned a few results around and that creates belief.

    "When you look at the fixtures you know games when you could be in danger. But for us every game until the end of the season we need to be focussed and I believe we have learned from a difficult period."

  10. 2218: 

    All the manager reaction coming in for you from around the Premier League tonight then. Keep your texts and Tweets coming in as well and remember, Match of the Day is on in 25 minutes. Liverpool fans can let off a bit of steam when they see the boy Coates's goal. Cracking.

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    Chelsea interim boss Roberto di Matteo: "I think we fought very hard and probably think we deserved a point at least. The penalty gave them a big lift because we were defending very well at that point and that gave them that little hope that they needed. It was a bit harsh. It was handball for sure, but I don't think he could have made his arms disappear."

  12.  

    Niall Hughes on Twitter: "Room for one last Bond joke? I wonder if after that result in front of Daniel Craig, Liverpool's season might be in 'Skyfall'"

    That really is the last one now...

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    Spurs manager Harry Redknapp: "It was a tough game, Stoke are never an easy team to beat, and they were solid. I said before the game we had to be careful on set plays and we got done on a set play.

    "I don't think anyone in the game underestimates Stoke, they were dangerous on the break. It was a game I thought we would win and we're disappointed to only take a point but it might come in handy at the end of the season."

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    Max Mclean on Twitter: "A mention for Arsenal tonight? Six games on the trot in the league against some tricky teams, showing our pedigree."

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    Stoke boss Tony Pulis after the 1-1 draw at Tottenham: "It's always tough coming to Spurs, they are a tough side and we defended well tonight.

    "With a couple of minutes to go, you think the gods are with you and you might get a result. We were concerned about the effect the Liverpool game would have on us, so for the lads to come here and put that effort in is very, very good."

  16.  

    Mark in Birmingham on text: "Why is it so 'disgraceful' that Liverpool are 'only' 7th? Since when do they have a divine right to be automatically challenging at the top each year. You have bought average players, and Gerrard aside, are an average to good team fully deserving of 7th place and no higher."

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    Tom, Liverpool fan on text: "Too many fans are quick to blame the manager. Kenny has won us our first silverware in 6 years and semi's of the fa cup. Can't blame him for a shambolic collapse tonight."

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    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "I'm happy because Carlos Tevez did well, also he's not in good form. I don't think he's 100% fit but he knows football. I think we deserved to win the game because we had three or four chances in the first half and we missed them. But when they scored their goal, I don't think we deserved to go behind, but we had the desire to win this game. It's more than three points this game. After their goal I felt squeaky bum time!"

  19. 2205: 

    Kevin Phillips among the goals yet again. A friend of mine has been a laughing stock for saying all season that he'd take Phillips to the Euros in the England squad. Crazy talk, for sure, but there's no denying he knows where the goal is. Top player.

  20.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP

    Jermaine Beckford's brace and a goal by David Nugent helped Leicester into a 3-2 lead at Bloomfield Road before Blackpool's Kevin Phillips scored his second of the night in injury time to make it 3-3 and keep Ian Holloway's side in the play-off places. Cardiff suffered a late setback in their match after Coventry's midfield loan-signing Oliver Norwood equalised deep into injury time to make it 2-2. Michael Chopra's 14th goal of the season gave Ipswich a 1-0 victory over Burnley and also helped his side leap-frog their opponents in the table.

  21.  

    Mo on text: "We probably could have won the league if we didn't drop so many points against lower opposition. Kenny has a good name but the players he's bought, Adam, Henderson, Caroll etc are awful. Cup runs aren't good enough without a decent league position. Shocking result again."

  22. 2203: 

    Roberto Mancini has just said 'squeaky bum time.' Sounds brilliant in his accent.

  23.  

    Tony in London on text: "'King Kenny' in the papers today saying 10 wins in a row could get us 4th. The fact we've lost the first of those sums up this catostrophic season in the league."

  24.  

    Mark Weatherby on Twitter: "As a Manchester United fan I'm not that unhappy at the result. It shows City can be beaten at the Etihad."

  25. 2159: 

    Kenny Dalglish is coming in for some serious hammer from you lot out there tonight. Let's give QPR some credit though, a stunning comeback in the circumstances which gives them a real chance of staying up.

  26.  

    Gav on text: "I'm with Ade, we are 28 points off the top of the league and only 20 from the bottom. It's an absolute disgrace. Some serious evaluating needs to be done at Anfield in the summer. This is not progress."

  27. 2156: 

    The other big winners of tonight are Arsenal, who are in to third place now. At least Tottenham fans were saved from losing tonight with that last-gasp goal. Plenty of drama everywhere for you lot on tonight's Match of the Day. Tune in at 2245 on BBC One and on this here website.

  28.  

    Josy Augustine on Twitter: "Man City set a new premier league record of 20 straight home wins today.."

  29.  

    Ade on text: "Another shambolic result for Liverpool. Cup runs or not, would roy hodgson have had any worse a league campaign? Simply not good enough."

  30. 2152: 

    Incredible finish at Loftus Road. So we had goals in the last few minutes of three of the four games tonight, all decisive as well. Not a good night for journalists working to deadlines, but a gem for fans. QPR were 2-0 down with 13 minutes left and have won. Just how important could those three points prove?

  31.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus Road:FULL-TIMEQPR 3-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool should have won the game with all their domination but what a comeback from QPR. They never gave up and got their reward to leave Loftus Road rocking."

  32.   
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce reports from Goodison Park:FULL-TIMEEverton 0-1 Arsenal

    "Everton will be wondering how they did not get at least a point out of this game. At least one big decision went against them. Arsenal could have been three up in the opening 10 minutes. Earlier in the season, the Gunners wouldn't have won this game but they showed great resilience."

  33.  
    GOALQPR 3-2 Liverpool - Jamie Mackie (90 mins)

    They won't hang on - they'll win it! Luke Young heads the ball forward, Jose Enrique makes a real hash of dealing with it and Jamie Mackie is in on goal. He keeps his cool to slide the ball between the legs of Pepe Reina. Amazing turnaround.

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    If QPR hang on for a few more minutes they will stay out of the bottom three, with Bolton slipping in to the drop zone.

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    This is the time Arsenal usually score - they look quite comfortable at the moment as Everton look desperate in search of an equaliser.

  36.  

    Rich S on text: "It's no coincidence the result switched after Tevez's arrival, he has class, it's a shame it's only his footballing skill and not off the field. What a game."

  37.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Leicester are now back in front against Blackpool after Jermaine Beckford scored his second of the night from inside the penalty area with less than 15 minutes remaining to put the Foxes 3-2 ahead. Peter Whittingham, who has missed several chances tonight, has put Cardiff 2-1 up with a left-foot volley after Jordan Clarke's goal helped Coventry to briefly level at 1-1.

  38.  
    GOALQPR 2-2 Liverpool - Djibril Cisse (86 mins)

    What a comeback from QPR, who have shown character in spades here. It's another goal conceded from a cross for Liverpool though. A good cross it is too, Taye Taiwo swinging in the delivery from the left for former Anfield man Djibril Cisse to climb on to and head into the corner.

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    We are still playing at Everton and QPR don't forget. Arsenal going third at the moment...

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    FULL-TIMETottenham 1-1 Stoke
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    A massive, massive win for Manchester City in the title race then, and trust Carlos Tevez to be instrumental in it. Thoughts? You must have loads. Tweet us on #BBCFootball, ping me a Tweet at @TJRostance, or drop us a text on 81111. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAMES on those texts though if you would. Ta.

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    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumFULL-TIMEManchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    "Manchester City hit a real pressure point when Chelsea went ahead. They were looking at a four-point deficit on Premier League leaders Manchester United - but they responded with real character. And it was almost inevitable Carlos Tevez would make an important contribution."

  43.  
    GOALTottenham 1-1 Stoke - Rafael van der Vaart (90 mins)

    Gareth Bale produces a moment of real quality, whipping in a beauty of a cross from the left which Rafael van der Vaart heads powerfully home.

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    Manchester City are hanging on as Chelsea throw men forward, but then there's a great counter from City. Pablo Zabaleta beats two men on the right and fires wide.

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    GOALQPR 1-2 Liverpool - Shaun Derry (77 mins)

    QPR give themselves hope with a goal out of nothing as Shaun Derry heads in a corner at the far post. Game on.

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    Into the last few minutes at the game between Manchester City and Chelsea. What a crucial 15 minutes we have had here. Didier Drobga drills a shot across goal for Chelsea but there is nobody on the end of it.

  47.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at the Etihad:

    "It was a lovely ball by Carlos Tevez and Frank Lampard did not go with his man. There is no doubt over the balance of play that Manchester City deserve to be ahead."

  48.  
    GOALQPR 0-2 Liverpool - Dirk Kuyt (72 minutes)

    Liverpool go 2-0 up. Reds striker Luis Suarez's shot hits the post and Stewart Downing picks the ball up before keeper Paddy Kenny parries his shot. But Dirk Kuyt reacts quickest to prod in a shot on his 200th Premier League appearance.

  49.  
    GOALManchester City 2-1 Chelsea - Samir Nasri (85 mins)

    What a moment, what a goal for Manchester City. It's a pearler as well. Samir Nasri plays the ball in to Carlos Tevez's feet on the edge of the area, he holds off Gary Cahill before playing a delicious reverse pass back to Nasri. The former Arsenal man dinks it in perfectly.

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    It's a lolvely twist and turn from Sergio Aguero to beat his man, but the cross in is poor.

  51.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Nigel Pearson's Leicester have turned it around at Bloomfield Park and now lead 2-1 through a David Nugent header from inside the area. Play-off candidates Blackpool were threatening to take the lead themselves but Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been in terrific form tonight to deny both Neal Eardley and Stephen Crainey.

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    Everton are pushing for an equaliser at Goodison, but Arsenal are holding them at arm's length. Tottenham meanwhile, have offered nothing in way of a response to falling behind.

  53.  

    Jon, Spurs fan, via text: "10 point lead over Arsenal blown, 4 losses in a row. Levy needs to start taking a long look at Redknapp. To not finish in the top four from where we were is unforgivable."

  54.  

    Tom Carr on Twitter: "Man City just went and ruined the perfect symmetry of the latest scores bit on the #bbcfootball page. Four 1-0 away wins for about 30 secs!"

  55. 2124: 

    It's all Manchester City now, but David Luiz is having a fine evening at the centre of the Chelsea defence. Winning everything in the air.

  56.   
    BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson

    "That is never a penalty in a million years."

  57.  
    GOALManchester City 1-1 Chelsea - Sergio Aguero (78 mins)

    Usual spot-kick man Mario Balotelli is off the pitch, and Carlos Tevez is not given the chance to make himself an instant hero. Instead Sergio Aguero steps up and sends Petr Cech the wrong way.

  58.  
    PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY

    Pablo Zabaleta takes aim just inside the box and his shot strikes the hand of Michael Essien. It was from close range, but a definite handball.

  59.  
    GOALTottenham 0-1 Stoke - Cameron Jerome (75 mins)

    A textbook Stoke goal. A free-kick is played in, Robert Huth wins the header and Cameron Jerome is in the right place to toe it in from no more than two yards.

  60. 2118: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Gareth Bale hits a bizarre strike which dips and curls all over the place before hitting the crossbar. That was almost the breakthrough for Tottenham.

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    SUBSTITUTION

    Didier Drogba comes on for Fernando Torres, who is not a happy bunny at all about it. He looked sharper, but not back to his best yet. Drogba is straight into the fray as he clatters into Micah Richards.

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    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Ipswich, chasing a fifth successive home win, take the lead through Michael Chopra, who pounces on a rebound after Lee Grant makes a terrific save but fails to hold on to the ball. Coventry miss a penalty against Cardiff, Gary McSheffrey opting for power but shooting well over the crossbar.

  63. 2116: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Robin van Persie is so close to potentially sealing the points for Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs' header down from an Alex Song ball is struck first time by the Dutchman but straight against the post. Almost immediately, down the other end, Marouane Fellaini heads across goal and wide from inside the area for Everton.

  64.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium

    "So the moment has arrived. Carlos Tevez is back and how Manchester City need him as they trail Chelsea. Plenty of jeers mixed with the cheers - but Roberto Mancini will hope he can find some of the old inspiration."

  65.   
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown at QPR v Liverpool:

    "It is a beautiful goal from Coates, a fantastic finish and unexpected, you have to say. he will not score a better goal than that."

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    GOALQPR 0-1 Liverpool - Sebastian Coates (54 mins)

    What a goal! A Uruguayan scores a screamer for Liverpool, but it's not Luis Suarez. A corner causes havoc, Stewart Downing's cross-shot is cleared off the line by Bobby Zamora and centre-half Sebastian Coates flings himself at the ball, Mark Hughes style, to crunch a scissor-kick into the roof of the net. Unstoppable.

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    Everton have started the second half the better against Arsenal, no clear-cut chances made at Goodison yet though. They should be level, don't forget, after that Royston Drenthe goal was wrongly chalked off.

  68.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at the Etihad:

    "It wil be interesting to see how Carlos Tevez does. In his warm-up before the game he hardly moved. There is maybe a pound or two to be lost yet."

  69. 2110: 

    Carlos Tevez is immediately involved, beating Jon Obi Mikel to the ball in midfield and finding Gael Clichy on the left. the full-back drievs in a good shot but Petr Cech was always behind it.

  70.  
    SUBSTITUTION

    And here it is. Carlos Tevez is on for Nigel de Jong. It's a widely positive reception as well from the home crowd. Manchester City need him now - it's his first appearance since 21st September.

  71. 2108: 

    This is the first time Manchester City have been behind at home all season. Remarkable.

  72. 2107: 

    At Tottenham, Brad Friedel has to make his first save of the night to keep out a Jon Walters header. It's easy for the veteran though.

  73. 2106: 

    What can Manchester City do then? A big test.

  74.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at the Etihad:

    "The big news is that Carlos Tevez is being called forward and stripping off."

  75.  
    GOALManchester City 0-1 Chelsea - Gary Cahill (60 mins)

    Now then. A huge cat has been thrown among the proverbial pigeons in this title race as Chelsea take the lead. A corner is not dealt with, David Luiz keeps the ball alive and Gary Cahill is on hand to see his low shot deflect in off Yaya Toure. I told you the big man would make a difference...

  76.  
    KICK-OFF

    We are back in play at Goodison Park and Loftus Road now. Please can we have some goals?

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    YELLOW CARD

    Yaya Toure is a monster. He powers through the gears to leave two men in his wake, and Frank Lampard can only stop him with a sliding challenge from behind which earns him a yellow card. Roberto di Matteo makes a change with Michael Essien coming on for Raul Meireles. I reckon Toure could be the difference.

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    Jamie Gavin on Twitter: "If the remaining criticism of Micah Richards is that he's suspect defensively, then surely proving doubters wrong."

  79.   
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Martin Keown at QPR v Liverpool:

    "With Liverpool's Luis Suarez playing up front all on his own, you are looking around to see where the support is coming from. QPR have grown in confidence and are starting to look like a team who believe Liverpool are here to be beaten."

  80. 2059: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Samir Nasri hits the crossbar again for Manchester City. He turns Jose Bosingwa delightfully on the left before clipping in a deft cross which Petr Cech turns on to the frame of the goal. The cross comes back in but is turned around by a defender. Sergio Aguero then volleys over the top from the corner. The hosts well on top now.

  81. 2057: 

    I can now put my mind at ease and clear up the David Luiz 'tightgate' affair. He is wearing long socks and cycling shorts, a combo which can look a lot like a pair of tights.

  82.  

    Paul on text: "I tell you now as an Arsenal fan we will end up drawing. Slipping because of wastefulness."

  83.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips out-jumped Paul Konchesky to head his side into the lead against Leicester. However, four minutes later Jermaine Beckford fired Leicester back on level terms after collecting a through-ball by Daniel Drinkwater. Cardiff still lead 1-0 but Coventry went close only for Gary McSheffrey to fail to connect with Sammy Clingan's cross. Burnley are still holding Ipswich 0-0 at Portman Road, although the Tractor Boys have been the better side with Lee Grant denying Lee Bowyer at close-range.

  84. 2054: 

    Spurs have started the second half much better, with Rafael van der Vaart now operating from the right-hand side. Stoke defending stoutly at the minute though.

  85. 2053: 

    This change from Manchester City has been designed to push Yaya Toure further forward, he's playing just off Sergio Aguero now. Gareth Barry introduces himself to the game with a crunching challenge which starts a counter attack, but when the ball is played to Samir Nasri on the edge of the box he hits it horribly over the bar.

  86.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin at the Etihad:

    "Mario Balotelli has had one of those days. He shot wide when through on goal but apart from that he walked around looking a little bit uninterested."

  87. 2051: 

    Sergio Aguero is up front on his own now for Manchester City, and he does well here to flick the ball over a defender's head before going down under a Petr Cech challenge. He wants a penalty and gets a corner.

  88. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF

    Manchester City get us under way against Chelsea, while Tottenham are back in action against Stoke. Spurs have made a change as well, with Jermain Defoe on for Niko Kranjcar.

  89.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus Road:HALF-TIMEQPR 0-0 Liverpool

    "Lots of Liverpool pressure with 10 corner kicks in the first 20 minutes. They had lots of chances but QPR could have taken the lead with a Djibril Cisse shot and the home side improved as the game went on."

  90.  
    SUBSTITUTION

    Manchester City replace Mario Balotelli with Gareth Barry then at the break.

  91.   
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce reports from Goodison Park:HALF-TIMEEverton 0-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal should have been two or three up within the first 10 minutes. But Everton will grumble that Royston Drenthe's effort was ruled out for offside, when replays showed he was not."

  92. 2045: 

    The renaissance of Tomas Rosicky continues. The Arsenal man takes a pass on his chest, allows it to bounce and then hits a thunderous, dipping volley which Tim Howard beats away. I don't know what they've been feeding the Czech in the last few weeks but he's a different man.

  93. 2043: 

    Manchester City look to be readying a replacement - but it's not Carlos Tevez. It's Gareth Barry. Not really the same thing.

  94. 2041: 

    So a quick recap of where we are, and there's movement all over the shop. If all results stay like this, QPR will be out of the drop zone and Bolton would be back in. Manchester City will be three points behind Manchester United at the top, while Arsenal will be above Tottenham in to third place. Significant changes are afoot.

  95.  

    Craig, Reading, via text: "Daniel Craig at Loftus Road? I would have expected him to be at eastlands, to see the Man(chester) with the golden Kun! Taxi!"

  96.   
    BBC MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Etihad Stadium:Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    "Debate goes on between Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli about that last chance for City. Yaya Toure and Fernando Torres are in discussion, too, as they go up the tunnel, but I think it's going to end amicably. No goals, but it's a fascinating watch."

  97. 2036: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    QPR boss Mark Hughes is cutting a disgruntled figure on the touchline but his mood might have improved had Djibril Cisse's 22-yard shot not gone the wrong side of the post. Liverpool have to make a change as Martin Kelly comes off injured to be replaced by Sebatsian Coates.

  98. 2035: 

    So half time in two of our games, and 35 minutes in to two more, and we've had one goal. Come on lads, where are the goals? This is supposed to be the most entertaining league in the world...

  99.   
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart Lane:HALF-TIMETottenham 0-0 Stoke

    "Tottenham haven't played terribly well, and Stoke will be pleased with their contribution. In the latter part of the half, the Potters have had more containing to do, but have done it relatively easily."

  100.  

    AJ in Bristol, via text: "Open game so far at Loftus Road. I cannot think of a James Bond joke, which is surprising as they used to call me the man with the golden pun."

  101.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumHALF-TIMEManchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    "Manchester City applying plenty of pressure but no breakthrough. Anxiety around The Etihad as Roberto Mancin's side are in the ascendancy without reward."

  102.  
    DISALLOWED EVERTON GOAL

    Controversy here as Everton have a goal chalked off. It's a great move as well, as Nikica Jelavic lays the ball back to Tim Cahill who pings it through for Royston Drenthe who finishes well. The flag goes up - but he's well onside. Well onside.

  103. 2030: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Pablo Zabaleta is one Manchester City man who is on it though, he's been good. And he now crosses in for Sergio Aguero to attempt an outlandish overhead kick which flies over the top. Juan Mata sees yellow for tangling with Yaya Toure.

  104. 2028: 

    Roberto Mancini is very animated on the touchline, he's not happy with this lull in play at all. He's right as well, you don't win titles with this sort of performance. QPR are coming back into the game against Liverpool, who have failed to make their early chances count. Story of the season?

  105.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Ben Turner heads towards goal and the ball finds the net via Cody McDonald as Cardiff take a 1-0 lead against Coventry. Meanwhile, Ipswich could have gone in front at Portman Road against Burnley but Michael Chopra failed to connect with the ball in front of goal. Blackpool and Leicester are underway at Bloomfield Road and both teams are fielding strong attacks with Jermaine Beckford partnering David Nugent upfront for the Foxes, while Kevin Phillips and Matt Phillips are leading the line for the Seasiders.

  106. 2025: 

    Here we go, a bit of action from Tottenham. Louis Saha cuts inside on to his left foot and blasts in a fine drive from 20 yards or so which Asmir Begovic turns over the top. Better from Spurs.

  107. 2024: 

    Arsenal have taken their foot off the gas at Goodison Park by the way. They are just waiting for their customary late charge I'm sure.

  108. 2024: 

    Steve (below), I'm not sure if I want you to be right or not. The idea of a nation texting in James Bond puns for a man who looks like Daniel Craig is hilarious.

  109.  

    Steve, the Wirral, via text: "Its not really Daniel Craig at the Liverpool game! It's my best mate Phil Singleton! Wirral's Daniel Craig lookalike winner 2012! Who is also a die hard Red! Easy mistake to make!"

  110. 2023: 

    It's desperately low in quality at White Hart Lane, as well as in our text inbox. Tottenham are struggling to create anything against Stoke at all.

  111.  

    Tom in Letchworth, via text: "Playing for Liverpool with Daniel Craig watching would scare 'the living daylights out of me'."

  112. 2020: 

    By the way, we are looking for a best, and worst, James Bond pun tonight. One of my colleagues, who shall remain nameless, offered up 'Dr. Onuoha" to widespread silence in the office.

  113.  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium:

    "Carlos Tevez has warmed up with some vigour - just as Mario Balotelli races clean through but wastes another chance to put Manchester City ahead. City the better side but cannot make their supremacy pay."

  114. 2018: 

    Ramires bursts clear down the right for Chelsea, and puts in a gem of a cross. Fernando Torres is waiting for it, but Micah Richards manages to cut it out brilliantly. Fine piece of defending from the England man. It's warming up nicely.

  115.  

    kfresh on Twitter: "Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the other side of Arsenal, press from the beginning and sit on the opposition."

  116. 2015: 

    Frank Lampard has had a mare here. He plays a 10-yard pass straight to Mario Balotelli, who is suddenly clean through. The Italian should score, but Petr Cech gets the slightest of touches to turn it around the post. Massive chance for Manchester City.

  117. 2015: 

    Carlos Tevez is warming up. I repeat, Carlos Tevez is warming up...

  118.  

    From Matt in Harrow via text: "Daniel Craig will be hoping not to merely cause a stir, but to really shake them into life."

  119.  

    From Nick, London, via text: "Maybe Daniel Craig is at QPR for 'A View To Clint Hill'?"

  120. 2012: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Salif Diao has had to succumb to an early injury for Stoke, he comes off to be replaced by Glenn Whelan. At Manchester City, Samir Nasri goes close again with a long-range effort that flies over Petr Cech's crossbar.

  121.  

    From Cornelius, Chessington, via text: "Come on Spurs, sort your passing out. Assou-Ekotto's hair isn't the only thing that's wild tonight!"

  122. 2011: 

    At Loftus Road, QPR are looking very shaky. A Martin Skrtel header for Liverpool from a corner just fails to fall for Martin Kelly in the goalmouth before the home side clear. Dirk Kuyt then has a shot blocked from close range.

  123. 2010: 

    Robin van Persie sees a low shot saved by Tim Howard as Arsenal turn up the heat at Everton. Chelsea threaten through a Juan Mata effort, and the visitors have had a decent spell now after that bright start from Manchester City.

  124.  

    Gary Snoad on Twitter: "Man City started off the better team at Stamford Bridge and look what happened. I'm confident Chelsea will get a result."

  125.  

    Nayim Zaman on Twitter: "Can someone please remind Chelsea's Luiz he isn't at home playing Fifa. Doesn't he ever learn? Got to love him though."

  126.  
    GOALEverton 0-1 Arsenal - Thomas Vermaelen (8 mins)

    It's been coming from kick-off, and Arsenal do take the lead. Robin van Persie swings in a corner, and Thomas Vermaelen shows great desire to get ahead of Marouane Fellaini and head into the top of the corner. The Belgian's fifth goal of the season.

  127. 2007: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Branislav Ivanovic is having to go off with an injury as Jose Bosingwa comes on. And Arsenal have a good chance to take the lead at Everton, Robin van Persie cushions a header back in to the path of Aaron Ramsey. The ball sits up for the Wales captain and he slices it over the top.

  128. 2004: 

    Liverpool have made a bright start at Loftus Road. Luis Suarez does Nedum Onuoha all ends up but his shot is saved by Paddy Kenny. Manchester City have a penalty shout as Yaya Toure again just waltzes past Frank Lampard, who leans on the African. He tries to stay on his feet but goes down - nothing given.

  129. 2003: 

    Rafael van der Vaart chances his arm for Tottenham as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic makes an easy save. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could be struggling with a knock at the minute as well.

  130. 2001: 

    Daniel Craig is at QPR by the way. Or James Bond, if you prefer. He's a Liverpool fan, but the Carling Cup is not enough, surely? Can anyone provide a licence to thrill for the Reds? Ok, let's leave it there...

  131. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF

    Our two 2000 Premier League kick-offs are now underway.

  132. 1959: 

    Manchester City are well on top here. Sergio Aguero puts in a fine ball from the left after another break led by Yaya Toure, but David Luiz is in the right place to get it out. I may owe David Luiz an apology here - I think he's actually just wearing very, very long socks...

  133.  

    Adam Solomon, Liverpool fan, via text: "I think Liverpool will struggle tonight. Not a positive team selection. Suarez doesn't enjoy being upfront on his own. We might be away from home but against a team like QPR who are struggling would prefer to see 4-4-2. look at the mentality of Utd at Wolves, as much as much pains me to say it."

  134. 1957: 

    It's all Stoke at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham not at the races as yet. They've only taken three points since Fabio Capello left the England job don't forget, and Arsenal are on fire in that race for third.

  135.  

    Lisa in Zurich on text: "Re 19.49 - he wears what he wants, he wears what he wants , David Luiz he wears what he wants! Not sure re Di Matteo's team selection but come on Chelsea."

  136. 1955: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Samir Nasri strikes the crossbar! The Manchester City man latches on to a beauty of a pass from Yaya Toure, takes it on his chest and lofts it over the head of Petr Cech, but against the crossbar. So close to a great goal.

  137. 1954: 

    Chelsea have their first attack - and it's a good one. Fernando Torres races away from David Silva in midfield, beats another man and tees up Juan Mata on his right shoulder. The Spaniard's shot is wayward though.

  138.  
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    There are three matches in the Championship tonight. Promotion-chasing Cardiff are hosting relegation-threatened Coventry and the Bluebirds will be hoping to climb into the play-off positions with a win. Blackpool take on Leicester with Ian Holloway's side also looking to move into the top six. Elsewhere, Ipswich face Burnley at Portman Road and could leap-frog their opponents, who sit one place above them in the table in 15th position.

  139. 1952: 

    Stoke have the first effort of the night at Tottenham, but Cameron Jerome shoots wide from range.

  140. 1951: 

    Pablo Zabaleta has had a bright start for Manchester City, and he creates a good chance here. He shrugs off Ashley Cole inside the area far too easily and cuts it back for David Silva - who fires over the top.

  141.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium

    on Twitter: "Second announcement of Tevez brings a more mixed reaction. Applause but a few jeers thrown in."

  142. 1950: 

    It's been a scrappy start at White Hart Lane - where Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is in attendance. He is presumable learning how to play some proper football by studying Stoke's approach.

  143. 1949: 

    By the way - Chelsea defender David Luiz is wearing tights! It's nearly April man! And, I'll have you know, it's been a cracking day up here in Manchester. Sort it out.

  144. 1948: 

    Manchester City have started well. Mario Balotelli wins a corner after a flowing move down the right, and when it comes across Pablo Zabaleta's shot is blocked. Good start.

  145.  
    KICK-OFF

    We are off at Manchester City v Chelsea, and Spurs v Stoke. The other two Premier League games are 15 minutes away yet...

  146. 1942: 

    Meanwhile the teams are out at Eastlands, with Chelsea in their very sharp black away kit. One of the best in the business, if you ask me. Not that you were. There is applause for Fabrice Muamba at City, and at White Hart Lane.

  147. 1941: 

    Peter Crouch is lining up at the front of the line for Stoke at the minute. Usual captain Ryan Shawcross is in the line-up but it looks like the big man could be skippering the Potters out against one of his former clubs tonight...

  148.  

    Thomas Fairbrother on Twitter: "But Tevez not playing the last few months HAS cost him nearly \u00a310million in fines, wages and sponsorship..."

  149. 1932: 

    Landmark game for Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt tonight - he makes his 200th Premier League appearance at QPR. Howard Webb is the ref there, straight back in to the action after rightly winning plaudits for his actions after Fabrice Muamba's collapse last weekend.

  150.  

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Interesting game tonight. City v Chelsea. Think it will be close. 1 goal will win it."

  151. 1932: 

    There is a bit of chat that Chelsea have named a 'weaker' side tonight. It doesn't look weak to me to be honest, though Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Daniel Sturridge are all on the bench.

  152.  

    Jon in Sheffield on text: "Fair play to Barney. He's hit the nail on the head. Tevez has essentially been paid \u00a3200k a week for the last few months despite not really having a job. Hard life eh."

  153. 1928: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo on Fernando Torres's inclusion at Manchester City: "I am trying to put a team out tonight to try and get a result. [He is in] for his all-round performance and his goals will help the team for sure. Offensively Manchester City are very strong, they have so many players who can be dangerous. They will come at us, they are at home and they need to win."

  154.  

    Ed Patrick Gavaghan on Twitter: "Re:19:22 - Barney, Spurs fan. Wordsworth couldn't have put it better. You'll go far my lad!"

  155.  
    LINE-UPSEverton v Arsenal (2000)

    Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Fellaini, Osman, Drenthe, Cahill, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Neville, Gueye, Anichebe.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Walcott, Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Gervinho, Chamakh, Benayoun.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  156.  
    QPR v Liverpool (2000)

    QPR make two changes from the controversial defeat to Bolton. Right-back Luke Young and midfield playmaker Adel Taarabt come in for Clint Hill and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Striker Djibril Cisse starts against his former club.

    Liverpool also make a couple of changes as midfielder Charlie Adam and forward Dirk Kuyt replace Maxi Rodriguez, who is left out completely, and Andy Carroll, who drops to the bench.

  157.  
    LINE-UPSQPR v Liverpool (2000)

    QPR: Kenny, Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Traore, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora, Cisse. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips, Taiwo.

    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Spearing, Adam, Downing, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Carroll, Henderson, Coates, Shelvey, Flanagan.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  158.  

    From JB on text: "Gonna put a bet on Torres to score a brace tonight. I'm a United fan I'm so hoping he's the one who grabs the headlines to keep City four points behind!"

  159. 1922: 

    I'm in awe of Barney (below) who has produced an essay of a text message.

  160.  

    From Barney, 15-year-old Spurs fan, in Bath via text: "It seems that the higher the player's wages, the more acceptable it is for them to behave as monstrous egotists. Carlos Tevez earns preposterous money to play football for a living - what more could you ask for? Yet he throws a tantrum when he doesn't get what he wants and goes off to play golf in Argentina. Despite all this, he will still be the hero of millions if he comes off the bench and scores the winner for City tonight. Do the Joey Bartons and the Carlos Tevezes of the game really deserve such envious lifestyles when they make a mockery of the sacred moralities of 'the beautiful game' and make such unhealthy role models for kids aspiring to become players themselves?"

  161.  
    Manchester City v Chelsea (1945)

    Carlos Tevez, as expected, returns to the Manchester City squad for the first time since September as a substitute - but of greater significance for manager Roberto Mancini may the absence through injury of captain Vincent Kompany. Micah Richards will partner Kolo Toure in central defence.

    Fernando Torres' two-goal show against Leicester City in the FA Cup means he retains his place in Chelsea's side with Didier Drogba on the bench. Captain John Terry is still sidelined with a calf injury.

  162.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium:Manchester City v Chelsea (1945)

    "Manchester City face Chelsea under increasing pressure as Manchester United hold a four-point lead in the Premier League. City can reduce the gap with victory - but meet a Chelsea side in the ascendancy and chasing a place in the top four after reaching the last eight of the Champions League and the FA Cup quarter-final under caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo."

  163.  

    From Bernard via text: "The fact that Tevez is even on the bench again for City shows that morality really is non existent in football."

  164. 1917: 

    I can report that players from Stoke, Liverpool and Arsenal are also wearing t-shirts emblazoned with Fabrice Muamba's name. Carlos Tevez meanwhile is having a right laugh and a joke with Gareth Barry and Stefan Savic. It's like he's never been away.

  165.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium

    On Twitter: "Smattering of polite-ish applause around The Etihad as Carlos Tevez's name is read out among Man City substitutes."

  166.  
    Everton v Arsenal (2000)

    Everton are without the injured Seamus Coleman so Steven Pienaar starts in midfield. Tony Hibbert replaces Phil Neville at full-back. It is otherwise the same team that drew with Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday. Leon Osman will captain the side.

    Arsenal make just one change from the 2-1 win over Newcastle as midfielder Aaron Ramsey comes in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mikel Arteta starts against his former club.

  167.  
    QPR v Liverpool (2000)

    "The seriousness of relegation-threatened QPR's situation is not lost on manager Mark Hughes. "We're not skirting around the subject [of relegation], certainly," he said. "We've made it really clear that we need to perform and we understand the consequences if we don't." Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is preparing his side for a battle: "We expect a really difficult game," said the Scot. "It doesn't matter who you are playing, form goes out of the window and it only matters what happens on the day."

  168.  
    Everton v Arsenal (2000)

    Everton assistant manager Steve Round is hoping Arsenal will be the latest big name side to lose at Goodison Park. "We've got a good run going and we've beaten Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, so Arsenal will hold no fear for us," said Round. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping his side go a bit easier on his nerves tonight after having to come behind to win in their last four league games. "It is not fantastic for your emotions, but overall when it finishes well you accept to suffer," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

  169.  
    Tottenham v Stoke (1945)

    With the events concerning Fabrice Muamba fresh in the mind, Harry Redknapp says he will check on the mental state of his Tottenhamplayers before the visit of Stoke. "It is a case of seeing who is ready and who is right to play, whose mind is in the right place," said Redknapp. "If it isn't then obviously I wouldn't want to take a chance with them." After being knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday, Stoke boss Tony Pulis has insisted the Potters will not let their season meander to its conclusion. "We still need a few points in the Premier League and we want to finish as high in the table as possible," said Pulis. "At the end of a long season in which we have played 46 games now, we need one final effort to get us to where we want to be."

  170.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad Stadium:Manchester City v Chelsea (1945)

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini delivered a bold reaction to Manchester United's four-point lead in the Premier League, saying: "We will win the title - or we will do everything we can to win the title. Ten games is nothing. We can't think about this, we need to think positive always. Until now we have had a fantastic Premier League campaign and we need to continue like this."

    Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo is in equally confident mood as he said: "The table shows that City have won more games than us, but we are very competitive, we do have experience and our players have played many important and crucial games. City are very strong at home, everybody knows that, but every run comes to an end."

  171. 1910: 

    Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea's players are all wearing t-shirts wishing Fabrice Muamba well. The other teams in action tonight may well follow suit, I've just only seen the three so far.

  172.  
    Tottenham v Stoke (1945)

    Both sides make four changes to the sides that were picked for FA Cup action at the weekend. Spurs replace William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen in the centre of defence with Ledley King and Younes Kaboul, while Niko Kranjcar starts wide on the right. Stoke are without the injured Matthew Etherington, with Jermaine Pennant handed a rare start. Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios return to White Hart Lane for the first time since their summer moves to the Britannia.

  173. 1904: 

    With Carlos Tevez back on the bench tonight then, expect the world's camera lenses to be zoomed in and ready for the moment - if if comes - when Roberto Mancini tells the striker to warm up. Tension...

  174.  

    Peter from Larne on text: "Tevez should never kick a ball for City again."

  175.   
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce reports from Goodison Park:Everton v Arsenal (2000)

    "Arsenal are in rampant form, winning five league games in a row for just the second time in two years. They look more potent all round and much more resilient, coming from behind in four league games in a row to win. But if Everton have their minds fully focused, this could be a tricky one. The Toffees have big names back from injuries and have conceded just one goal in their last four home matches. It'll be very close but Arsenal's extra attacking threat may just edge it."

  176.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Loftus Road:QPR v Liverpool (2000)

    "Queens Park Rangers have won just one of their last 16 games in the league. That has to change and quickly, or it'll be goodbye Premier League, hello again Championship. In contrast, Liverpool head to London on the back of an excellent week in which they won the Merseyside derby with room to spare before reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup. But, their league form hasn't been so clever with only two wins since the turn of the year."

  177.  
    LINE-UPSManchester City v Chelsea (1945)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Toure, Clichy, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Savic, Barry, Tevez.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Sturridge.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  178.  
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Carlos Tevez is indeed named on the bench for Manchester City, who start with Sergio Aguero and Martio Balotelli in attack. Micah Richards will play at centre-back with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott both out. Frank Lampard captains Chelsea, who left John Terry in London.

  179.   
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart Lane:Tottenham v Stoke (1945)

    "Tottenham have had a difficult few days after the events concerning Fabrice Muamba unfolded before their eyes. No doubt the training ground has been a subdued place this week as they attempted to get back to the work of securing a Champions League place. Having spent most of the season in third, they now have Arsenal hot on their heels. Stoke have not won an away game in the league since early January, which suggests they will need to improve if they are to repeat their win at White Hart Lane of two seasons ago."

  180.   
    BBC MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Etihad Stadium:Manchester City v Chelsea (1945)

    "City have won all their home league games this season, and it's 19 home wins in a row since the end of February last year. Chelsea have failed to win any of their last four away in the league - losing the last two without scoring. They've also lost on their last two visits to Eastlands. Last season a single Carlos Tevez goal won it for City and, with the Argentine a substitute in Mancini's mind, what price a glorious return?"

  181.  
    LINE-UPSTottenham v Stoke (1945)

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Saha. Subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Defoe, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Nelsen.

    Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Diao, Jerome, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Delap, Shotton.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  182.  
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Rafael van der Vaart starts for Tottenham against Stoke, with Jermain Defoe on the bench. There is no place in the squad at all for William Gallas. Stoke have Salif Diao in midfield.

  183.  

    BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea tonight and Carlos Tevez is on the bench for Man City."

  184.  

    Larry on text: "As a lifelong City fan I've mixed emotions about Tevez playing after his behaviour. But on balance he's world class, he has apologised, is still a City player and could spark the season off again. Let's hope so. Come on you Blues!"

  185. 1851: 

    While we are on the subject of Fabrice Muamba, if any of you have not seen it yet, I implore you to watch Dan Roan's interview with Bolton doctor Jonathan Tobin. It's stirring stuff. Muamba was "in effect dead" for 78 minutes and had 16 shocks from a defibrillator before his heart started beating again. Truly remarkable.

  186.  

    Matthew Curran on Twitter: "First real test of Di Matteo's Premier League mettle tonight, interesting to see how he'll set up."

  187. 1849: 

    Tottenham's players will return to action against Stoke buoyed no doubt by the positive news coming in of Bolton's Fabrice Muamba's improvement. Several of the Spurs players appeared deeply affected by Muamba's collapse last weekend, so we will have to see what team Harry Redknapp puts out at White Hart Lane. Let's not forget - Arsenal could go ahead of them and in to third place this evening. A big night for all concerned.

  188. 1846: 

    Former Man City forward Rodney Marsh hasn't been mincing his words ahead of the game. He doesn't think Carlos Tevez should play, and he thinks City can't lose tonight.

    "Roberto Mancini will be sacked if Tevez plays and City don't win the title," he said. "I believe strongly that, if Chelsea win tonight, City won't win the title."

    Strong words indeed. Do we agree?

  189.  

    Freddie in Fulham on text via 81111: "No one wants to shell out millions on an out of form disgruntled player who you no longer know whether they will fit in to the team. The return of Tevez smacks of one thing, an advertisement for his sale and to raise his value."

  190. 1842: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So, Manchester City fans, do you want Carlos Tevez back in the squad tonight? Chelsea fans, is Fernando Torres on his way back to something like his old self? Can Arsenal score in the last minute yet again? All these questions and more, and we want your answers. Tweet us on #BBCFootball, ping me a Tweet at @TJRostance, or drop us a text on 81111. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAMES on those texts though if you would. Ta.

  191. 1839: 

    But it's not all about City v Chelsea tonight. Top or bottom, Premier League or Championship, there's plenty to get your teeth in to. Here's the full schedule of games:

    Manchester City v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Tottenham v Stoke (1945)

    Everton v Arsenal (2000)

    QPR v Liverpool (2000)

    Cardiff v Coventry (1945)

    Ipswich v Burnley (1945)

    Blackpool v Leicester (2000)

  192. 1837: 

    And as Carlos Tevez threatens to make an impact for Manchester City tonight, Chelsea have their own mercurial striking talent suggesting a comeback. A bit of running about against Napoli followed by a brace against Leicester may not mean he's back to his brilliant best just yet, but Fernando Torres could yet play his part in the title race after all.

  193. 1833: 

    Yep, Carlos Tevez. The name which just won't leave the headlines. He's been in, out, out of the country, in again, back in training, and now he could be on the bench for tonight's game. On his day, there's no doubting he's a top class striker who would boost any side's chances of winning trophies. But will he unsettle the changing room? We may find out in the coming hours.

  194. 1830: 

    So it comes to this. Manchester City have 10 games left of their Premier League title challenge. Beat Chelsea tonight, and Roberto Mancini's men will close to within a point of leaders and defending champions Manchester United. Lose, and they will stay four points adrift with nine games each to go. Whichever way you look at it, this is a pivotal game. Oh, and Carlos Tevez may be back as well...

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Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 0 0 0
No movement 2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
No movement 3 Burnley 0 0 0
No movement 4 Chelsea 0 0 0
No movement 5 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
No movement 6 Everton 0 0 0
No movement 7 Hull 0 0 0
No movement 8 Leicester 0 0 0
No movement 9 Liverpool 0 0 0
No movement 10 Man City 0 0 0
No movement 11 Man Utd 0 0 0
No movement 12 Newcastle 0 0 0
No movement 13 QPR 0 0 0
No movement 14 Southampton 0 0 0
No movement 15 Stoke 0 0 0
No movement 16 Sunderland 0 0 0
No movement 17 Swansea 0 0 0
No movement 18 Tottenham 0 0 0
No movement 19 West Brom 0 0 0
No movement 20 West Ham 0 0 0