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Live text commentary as Tottenham defeat relegation-threatened Blackburn after Fernando Torres hits form as Chelsea thrash QPR.

29 April 2012 Last updated at 18:49

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As it happened

  1. 1850: 

    I know. I'll see thee.

  2.  

    Fahd S on Twitter: "There are other ways to sign off Phil Dawkes instead of the constant 'I'll see thee'."

  3. 1847: 

    You can follow the build-up of the Manchester derby on the BBC Sport website throughout the day tomorrow on Sportsday and you can join Tom Rostance for the live text commentary of the game itself. Not forgetting we also have coverage on BBC Radio 5 live as well.

  4.  

    Edward Parker on Twitter: "I have a funny feeling there's a really important match coming up... that's right! York v Mansfield in the BSP!"

  5.  

    Kash via text: "Re Martyn, as a United supporter, I'd love a boring, dull 0-0! Don't think my heart can take another thriller...and I'm only 20!"

  6. 1845:  
    BBC MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at White Hart Lane:, BBC SportFULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn

    "Spurs are back to winning ways to give them hope of a Champions League place. They could have had four or five. Blackburn got what they deserved, absolutely nothing. This has been a poor performance by Blackburn Rovers. They will need a huge improvement to stay up."

  7. 1842:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge:FULL-TIME- Chelsea 6-1 QPR

    "This was not a competitive spectacle from the moment Daniel Sturridge scored after 45 seconds. Chelsea were dominant and QPR barely had a sniff."

  8. 1841: 

    Here is a brief recap of today's games...

  9.  

    Bobby, Spurs fan, via text: "Probably one of the most exciting weeks in football. Four teams chasing a top four place, which after Tuesday went down to a top three place. Arsenal and Newcastle kindly obliged to allow it to get tighter and then Chelsea and Spurs win to make it just 5 points between 3rd and 6th with the 4th, 5th and 6th teams a game in hand. Football at its finest!"

  10.  

    Martyn Read on Twitter: "after the goal-bananza weekend, tomorrow surely has 0-0 written all over it"

  11. 1835: 

    We have our own countdown to the game, which you can read on this very website. Our chief football writer Phil McNulty has had his say on this most decisive of derbies. Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen has also analysed the meeting. His former Liverpool team-mate and our predicting guru Mr Mark Lawrenson reckons it is going to be 1-1. But England's Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward, who is now the head of sport at the British Olympic Association, is backing City to win 2-0.

  12.  

    Dhaval Domadia "Is it too early to start talking about the craziness that is the MANCHESTER DERBY?!"

    Absolutely not. In fact...

  13. 1829: 

    From this point onwards it is all eyes on Manchester. Or, to be more precise, all eyes on the Etihad, where Manchester City will host Manchester United at 2000 BST on Monday. At stake is only the ruddy Premier League title.

    Let me just reiterate for the hard of reading. That's Manchester City. Versus Manchester United. On Monday. From 2000 BST. With the title at stake.

  14. 1826: 

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "I thought we played ever so well. The movement first half was fantastic. [When Kyle stepped up to take the free-kick] I turned to the bench and said 'surely he is not going to shoot from there'. He stuck it in the top corner and they were all laughing.

    "[The battle for fourth] is going to be close and tight. You can't see Chelsea losing, they are playing great. Newcastle were going great until yesterday. There are no easy games. We have got two tough away game at Bolton and Villa and then Fulham at home. It's going to be interesting."

  15.  

    Mike on Twitter: "What's Kean got belief in? The ball developing sentience and putting itself into the opposition's net for them?"

  16. 1822: 

    What a weekend of football that has been. Yesterday we had 25 goals as four teams all scored four, a wonder-goal from Luis Suarez to complete a hat-trick and a set of results that made the race for Champions League football and the battle against the drop even tighter.

    Today, we've seen another nine goals as Spurs and Chelsea increase the pressure in and around the top four, QPR remain perilously close to the drop and Blackburn left hanging on with their fingernails.

  17.  

    Grant Lawrence on Twitter: "Got to blame the Venky's for sacking Sam Allardyce in the first place. Tough job for Keane from the outset"

  18.  

    Gus, London, via text: "Kean still refusing to take responsibility."

  19.  

    Icebox on Twitter: "Do the honorable thing, admit to your mistakes, and resign Mr. Kean."

  20. 1815: 

    Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "Our quality and service into the front two was poor and it was a tough afternoon. What we need now is two massive performances. We are certainly still in it. We gave the ball away too cheaply. Of course, we have got belief. There have been many times this season when people have written us off and we have to do that again."

  21. 1812: 

    Blackburn boss Steve Kean has just been talking after today's game and was in defiant mood...

  22.  

    Jonathan Moulton on Twitter: "Thanks for the 10 years in the PL Blackburn, gonna be sad to see us go down, especially with such a whimper..."

  23. 1804: 

    Today's results will have led to a big sigh of relief from Villa Park. Aston Villa have looked the side most likely to get sucked into the relegation battle and they were teetering after picking up a point at West Brom yesterday. Wins for QPR and Blackburn would have really put the pressure on them, but now, with two games to go they have a bit of breathing space. Certainly not enough to get complacent, though.

  24.  

    Robbie Savage on Twitter: "Not even a shot wow, Kean must take the blame for that today, why didn't he change it, have a go, you're going down terrible performance."

  25.  

    Steven Jerjian on Twitter: "So not as tough a fixture, but Wolves already down and they put more fight into Swansea game than either B'burn or QPR today."

  26. 1800: 

    Tottenham Hotspur goalscorer Kyle Walker: "I was having a bit of banter with Rafael van der Vaart because I didn't think he would let me take it. However, he let me take it and I knew once I had hit it I had a chance of scoring."

  27.  

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - Blackburn have become the first team not to manage a single shot (inc blocks) in a PL game since WBA v Man City in Dec 2004. Blunt."

  28.  

    Benjamin Howells on Twitter: "If Blackburn were as bad as everyone is saying, it is shameful that we only won by two goals."

  29. 1757: 

    Tottenham are back in the top four, capitalising on Newcastle's hammering at Wigan yesterday to go level with them on points and ahead on goal difference. They are now four points behind north London rivals Arsenal with a game in hand. Spurs travel to Bolton on Wednesday before an away game against Aston Villa and a last-day home match with Fulham.

    Blackburn are staring into the abyss. They have 31 points from 36 games, three less than Bolton (who have played 35) and QPR, with the same goal difference as the former and five worse than the latter. If they are to avoid the drop you would think they will need at least four points from a home game with Wigan and a trip to Chelsea.

  30.  

    Hugh Price on Twitter: "So in the end, the marginally less poor team won. #notimpressed"

  31. 1751: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn
  32. 1751: 

    I cannot remember seeing such a lack of fight from a team battling against the drop. They haven't had a single shot on target. Not one. You can pretty much count the times they have been into Spurs' half on one hand. They deserve to lose this game.

  33.  

    Gary Coleman on Twitter: "Sad to see a decent Historic club going down with no fight.Hopefully Keane and Venkys do the right thing and walk."

  34.  

    Adam H on Twitter: "Perhaps now people will start realising why the fans were protesting. This was inevitable with such an inexperienced coach"

  35. 1747: 

    You have to feel for the Blackburn fans. They have travelled down to London, no doubt at great expense to see such a lame display from their team. If Rovers had only shown half the commitment of those fans. "Steve Kean for England" is the ironic chant from the away end.

  36. 1745: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Jermain Defoe on for Rafael van der Vaart
  37.  

    Sam Cross on Twitter: "Embarrassment is an understatement, 15 attempts to Rovers 0 and he goes and takes off our top goalscorer...worst, game, ever."

  38. 1743: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham - Jake Livermore on for Sandro
  39. 1742: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Blackburn - David Goodwillie on for David Dunn
  40.  

    Nigel Rostron on Twitter: "so sad #Rovers, so sad. So much wasted breath, economy and time for the fans this season."

  41. 1739: 

    It is now looking very, very grim for Blackburn. With goal difference as it is they essentially need four points to lift themselves out of the relegation zone from their remaining two games against Wigan and Chelsea. And that is without any of the teams around them picking up any points. They haven't shown up today at all, though. It has been a incomprehensibly limp display from a team supposedly battling against relegation.

  42.  

    Samuel Buxey on Twitter: "great goal from projectile walker"

  43.  

    Michael, Blackburn, via text: "Absolute genius from Kean. The way to win this game is to take off your leading scorer. That's why 99% of Rovers fan love him."

  44.  

    Paul Wilkinson on Twitter: "Oh my word. That was absolute quality. Job done now surely"

  45. 1735:  
    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane:

    "The goalkeeper Paul Robinson will look at the wall the wall will look at Robinson but, to be fair, that was an excellent free-kick. There's no way Robinson could have got across to that."

  46. 1730: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Blackburn - Anthony Modeste on for Yakubu

    Strange substitution for a struggling team who need a goal to take off you top scorer. Saying that, Yakubu hasn't had a kick. Modeste will need better service if he is to do any better. 15 minutes to go.

  47. 1732: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn - Kyle Walker (75 mins)

    That is surely the end of that. And it is a cracking goal to potentially win it as well. Kyle Walker strikes a superb free-kick from 25 yards that starts well wide and curls dramatically to find the left side of Paul Robinson's goal. A cracking effort from the young player of the year. No way back for Blackburn now.

  48. 1730: 

    Actually, Lennon is going to continue. I spoke too soon.

  49. 1729: 

    Tottenham's Aaron Lennon is struggling. He has been limping since a coming together with one of the Olsson boys. He won't be able to continue. Shame for Lennon. He has suffered more than his share of injuries.

  50. 1728: 

    Gareth Bale runs square towards the right of the box before cutting back and firing a bouncing shot that Paul Robinson saves comfortably.

  51.  

    Sam Taylor in Exeter, via text: "As a Blackburn fan I hope we do go down, that might wake up the Venkys and we can rebuild. Rather than struggling at the bottom again next year under Kean."

  52. 1726: 

    We are creeping towards the 70th minute of this match and Blackburn are still to have a shot on goal. They've barely been in the Spurs half. However, for all their dominance, Tottenham have not created as much as they should and it is still just 1-0.

  53.  

    Jack Ashbee on Twitter: "I'm predicting a chunderbolt from Bale to make it 2-0."

  54. 1722: 

    More danger for Blackburn as Kyle Walker heads back across goal from Gareth Bale's cross to the back post, but Rafael van der Vaart cannot get a header on the ball and Rovers eventually clear.

  55.  
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST:

    Kenny McLean's goal proves to be the winner as St Mirren see out the 1-0 win and land Hibernian deep in relegation trouble. The Easter Road side are now just three points above bottom side Dunfermline.

  56. 1719: 

    Very uninspiring stuff this. Kevin Bond is screaming instructions from the Spurs bench in an attempt to get the home side going. Spurs respond with Gareth Bale shooting from distance but it flashes past the far post.

  57. 1716:  
    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane:

    "There has been a lot of talk about the Blackburn owners but at the end of the day it is what happens on the pitch. I can't see Blackburn staying in the division this season."

  58.  

    Dom Diego Stirling on Twitter: "anyone know what time Songs of Praise is on.. as a #BRFC fan i would rather watch that than this embarrassment right now #fedup"

    It is just starting now on BBC One. It's from the Lowry Theatre, just over the Quays from where I'm sat right now. And it's only the 10th annual school choir of the year competition as well.

  59. 1713: 

    It has been a poor start to this half. Tottenham are starting to get a bit frustrated, which may well play into Blackburn's hands.

  60. 1710: 

    More good news for Blackburn: Infostradalive inform us that Spurs are unbeaten in their last 41 Premier League home matches when leading at half time since losing 3-1 to Arsenal in September 2007. Their record in those 41 matches is 38 wins and three draws.

  61.  

    Barry Smith on Twitter "Am I to understand then that Tottenham are queasily on top against Blackburn?"

  62. 1706: 

    Aaron Lennon again strikes into the side-netting from a tight angle as Spurs continue to push forward. Blackburn won't be able to keep the deficit to one if they carry on like this.

  63. 1705: 

    It is as you were, with Tottenham on the attack. Rafael van der Vaart's through-ball is just too far ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor, who is muscled out by two Blackburn defenders just for good measure. Then, Younes Kaboul has a dig but it is well, well wide.

  64. 1703: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn
  65. 1702: 

    As it stands, Tottenham are heading back into the top four, above Newcastle on goal difference and four behind Arsenal with a game in hand. Blackburn will be three points away from escaping the relegation zone. Their next game - at home to in-form Wigan - will be absolutely massive. Even a win there might not be enough as they then travel to Chelsea on the last day.

  66.  

    CP on Twitter: "Here's a few sick related names. Keith Hurl. Puke Young. Julian sicks. Rudi Vommer. Spew Macari. YAKubu. Heave 'n' Gerrard"

  67.  

    JT on Twitter: "even though we are 1-0 up I still don't have confidence :( come on boys ...."

  68.  

    Lewis Longman on Twitter: "Instead of Robinson's box, Sandro could have at least got it in the Hoilett"

  69. 1654: 

    That was all too easy for Tottenham. They have utterly dominated possession and Brad Friedel has barely touched the ball. However, it is still only 1-0 and so long as that is the case, Blackburn will believe they can get something out of this. They'll need to actually create something first, of course.

  70.  

    Rikesh Chotai on Twitter: "Rafael Chunder Vaart"

  71.  

    Jim @ WHL, via text: "@ryan richards. Keeping the ball means Spurs win. Rovers had no shots, Friedel made no saves, that's because Spurs have kept the ball."

  72. 1651: 
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    St Mirren take the lead with Kenny McLean finishing well after a piercing run forward by Jeroen Tesselaar. The midfielder just swept the ball home from the edge of the box.

  73. 1649: 

    There's some shirt swapping going on. At half-time. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Givet have exchanged jerseys. Very odd.

  74. 1647:  
    BBC MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at White Hart Lane:, BBC SportHALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn

    "Tottenham lead in such a vital game for both. Spurs have hit the woodwork twice and they are well worth their lead."

  75. 1647: 

    Blackburn exerting a little bit of pressure at the end of the half, but a number of crosses come to nothing.

  76.  

    Sam Robson on Twitter: "Sick puns you say? How about Puka Modric?"

  77. 1644:  
    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane:

    "Generally it has been all Tottenham. There has been the odd occasion when Blackburn have got into the Spurs half but they have never threatened."

  78. 1642: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Tottenham strike the bar again. This time it is William Gallas who glances a header against the bar from a corner. Would have been his first goal since October 2009. Spurs have been utterly dominant here. They should be more than 1-0 up against a Blackburn side who have rarely been in the home half.

  79.  

    Davie Moore on Twitter: "Does this mean we can have some 'sick puns'? Gareth Bile, Emmanuel Adebayroar etc."

    I'm surprised you didn't go with Emmanuel Adebayhhhhhhhhooooooaaaaarrrrrrr.

  80.  

    Ryan Richards on Twitter: "Keeping the ball all game means nothing without an end product..just like Barca found out against Chelsea"

  81. 1638: 

    Danny Rose has half a chance in the box for Spurs as he darts in to try and reach a Luka Modric pass. He does, but only just before Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson, who blocks.

  82. 1637: 

    Rafael van der Vaart's goal means he becomes the first Spurs player to score 10+ league goals in consecutive Premier League seasons since Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov in 2007-08.

  83. 1636: 

    Lots of nice possession stuff from Tottenham but not much punch at the moment. Maybe they will fare better from a free-kick after Gareth Bale is blocked out wide...

    Bale delivers it himself but Blackburn head clear on the edge of the box.

  84. 1630: 

    Not sure Paul Robinson is feeling too happy about the idea of diving in his box with Sandro's chuck-up still steaming. Can we get some sawdust out here lads?

  85. 1633: 

    Still no sign of life from Blackburn, who are needing all they've got to contain Tottenham at the moment. Fortunately for Steve Kean's side, Spurs haven't found any consistency in their delivery from wide.

  86.  

    Football That's All on Twitter: "Sandro just keeps throwing up suprises!"

  87. 1627: 

    We don't have a vomit symbol but if we did this would be when we use it. Sandro has just lost his lunch in the Blackburn box. He looks groggy, does the big Brazilian.

  88.  

    Andrew Humphrey on Twitter: "Blackburn just need to put the number locks on their bags cause they're already packed and ready for the Championship."

  89.  

    dax fullbrook on Twitter: "Well done lino and ref for finally getting a 'that was over the line' goal. good job lino."

  90. 1624: 

    Tottenham almost double their lead as Aaron Lennon eyes a shooting chance from range, but he miscues his 25-yard effort high and wide. This is looking ominous now for Blackburn, both in the match and their fight against relegation.

  91. 1622: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn - Rafael van der Vaart (22 mins)

    Tottenham take the lead. Aaron Lennon's cross is headed against the bar by Gareth Bale at the back post but the ball drops into the danger zone and with a bit of protection from Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart fires the ball over the line. Rovers believe the ball may not have crossed the line but replays show that is not the case. It is a foot-and-a-half over.

  92. 1621: 

    Again a crossing chance for Spurs is wasted as Danny Rose rushes his attempt and it drifts high and out of play. Tottenham are getting players into good positions but not capitalising.

  93. 1620: 

    Sandro's challenge leaves Morten Gamst Pedersen on the ground. The tackle wasn't a bad one, but the follow-through was tough on the Blackburn man, who needs a bit of treatment before returning to the game.

  94.  

    Nik, Liverpool via text: "Chelsea are doing very well but they will lose to Bayern because the Bundesliga benifits from a winter break. Just look at the impact of Sigurdsson, Cisse and Progrebnyak since January after switching leagues."

  95.  

    Robert McKie on Twitter: "No goals at Spurs yet, I have become accustomed to better this weekend."

  96. 1617: 

    Blackburn having their first real spell of possession. It doesn't last long, though, as a long ball forward is straight to a Spurs man. On the evidence of the first 15 minutes, Rovers cannot afford to be so wasteful.

  97.  

    James Penney on Twitter: "Well on the basis of the start of this game, you can only see Blackburn joining Wolves."

  98. 1614: 

    Blackburn have barely been in the Spurs half but they have their first chance to attack from a corner. After a brief period of pressure, Spurs clear and Aaron Lennon has a chance to use his pace down the right, but his cross is wayward when it finally comes.

  99.  

    H.T George on Twitter: "Adabayor is only on loan so he doesn't care about the club and Champions League in all reality, he just wants a game at City"

  100. 1609: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Sandro has started the game really well for Tottenham and he is so close to giving his side the lead. He smashes a shot from the edge of the area and has Paul Robinson beaten but the ball slams into the crossbar and away from danger. The Brazilian has not scored in a year.

  101.  

    Josh via text: "The prematch Tottenham - Blackburn statistics remind me of the ones before the Wigan - Man U game. They proved irrelevant that day, who says today won't be the same?"

  102. 1608:  
    Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane:

    "It's all Tottenham at the moment. They have started very well and are moving the ball about well. Tottenham are looking very positive. Blackburn are being pushed back all of the time."

  103. 1606: 

    More positivity from Spurs as Sandro drives into the Blackburn box, but a Rovers challenge deflects the ball off the Spurs midfielder and behind for a goal-kick.

  104. 1604: 

    Positive start from Tottenham. All the play is in the Blackburn half. Aaron Lennon's cross to the near post is put behind by Rovers with Gareth Bale having made an astute run. The corner is poor, though, and Scott Dann clears.

  105. 1602: 

    Great early chance for Tottenham. Luka Modric cuts to the byline on the right and cuts the ball across goal to Aaron Lennon at the back post, but he can only find the side-netting with his shot. Almost another instant strike for a home side today.

  106. 1600: 

    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, who is celebrating his 24th birthday this weekend: "I knew when I came to Chelsea they are one of the best clubs in Europe. Now we are in two finals and fighting for a Champions League place. We have 24 or 25 good players at this club and the next two or three weeks are crucial. We are looking forward to those games and hopefully we win."

  107. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)
  108. 1600: 

    Right, here we go. Crucial game for Tottenham and Blackburn. It promises much, so let's hope it delivers...

  109.  

    Tom, a dispirited Spurs fan, Liverpool, via text: "People are saying that Champions League footie is necessary for Spurs to hang on to our big players. Wrong. Bale, Modric and Adebayor have each got one foot out of the door already... qualification is crucial to entice high-quality replacements to the Lane. And that includes a manager."

  110. 1555: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at White Hart Lane. Paul Robinson looks happy at the front of the Blackburn team ahead of this encounter with his old team. Game two coming up very soon.

  111.  

    Peter Stilliard on Twitter: "Thank God Gary Neville wasn't commentating today. He might have fainted!!"

    Make sure they keep Geoff Shreeves away from Mark Hughes.

  112.  
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST:

    The second SPL match of the day is between St Mirren and Hibernian. It started at 1515 BST and is currently goalless.

  113. 1551: 
    Tottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)

    Even the normally cheerful Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has felt the impact of his team's slump: "We have had a disastrous run, it's like someone has hit you with a sledgehammer, but we've only played bad once really in the league - against Norwich," he said. "We're positive and it's all systems go from now on." Blackburn counterpart Steve Kean is also thinking positive despite his team's precarious position. "We need to win two of the three games, so including one of those against Tottenham and Chelsea. It's a tough schedule on paper but at this time of the season form goes out of the window. It's just about performing on the day."

  114.  

    Sharan Chugani on Twitter: "Looking at the #Spurs starting line-up I can't figure out how their form has fallen off the cliff of late... #distractions"

  115.  

    Sam via text: "I would say Blackburn winning by four goals away would be absurd but after what's happened at Stamford Bridge it could be worth betting on!"

  116. 1547:  
    MOTD'S Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge

    "This was not a competitive spectacle from the moment Daniel Sturridge scored after 45 seconds. Chelsea were dominant and QPR barely had a sniff."

  117. 1545: 

    The odds are stacked against Rovers. Tottenham have won their last five Premier League matches against Blackburn with their only defeat in the last eight a 2-1 reverse at Ewood Park in April 2009.

    However, Spurs' form can hardly be described as red hot of late. Tottenham have only picked up six points since the start of March.

  118. 1543: 

    And so we switch our focus to White Hart Lane, where Tottenham are looking to lift themselves above both Chelsea and Newcastle and back into fourth, while Blackburn are seeking to capitalise on QPR's defeat.

    A Spurs win will send them fourth, while a Blackburn victory by four goals will see them rise out of the relegation zone.

  119.  

    The writer of wrongs on Twitter: "Why do I have no confidence when we are playing Blackburn, at home?!?!"

  120.  

    James in Norwich, via text: "If Di Matteo doesn't get the job now, Abramovich is crazy!"

  121. 1539: 

    As some of you have rightly pointed out it is worth mentioning the return of Sam Hutchinson for Chelsea this afternoon. The defender thought his career was over in August 2010 owing to a degenerative condition in his right knee, which initially forced him to retire, but today marked an amazing return for him by playing the last 10 minutes. Lovely stuff.

  122.  

    Bhavit Shah on Twitter: "So far 31 goals in this weeks premier league fixtures with two more to go.. Dont we all love the run to the end of the season"

  123.  

    Jack Haywood on Twitter: "Fitting with the theme of under-performers getting hat-tricks this weekend I'm predicting Van der Vaart to get a hat-trick"

  124. 1534: 
    Tottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)

    Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Tottenham make four changes from the 1-0 loss to QPR. Centre-back Younes Kaboul, left-back Danny Rose, winger Aaron Lennon and striker Emmanuel Adebayor replace Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe. Blackburn are unchanged from the side which beat Norwich last time out, with Yakubu and Junior Hoilett."

  125.  

    Henry on Twitter: "What a turn-around to this season RDM has been, this team looks truly inspired and has made something out of nothing!"

  126.  

    Jason in Burton on Trent, via text: "As a Villa fan I reckon if Blackburn lose 2day then we are safe, esp as QPR have just been thrashed and have an impossible run in."

    QPR next play Stoke at home and Manchester City away on the final day.

  127. 1531: 

    Chelsea's hat-trick hero Fernando Torres: "I am very happy. I knew if I worked hard the goals would come. It's the same for the team, we are playing more as a team now. Reaching the Champions League final was important, but we also want to finish in the top four and we showed we were focused today from the first minute after Daniel Sturridge's goal."

  128. 1531: 

    A great win for Chelsea at the end of what has been a cracking week for the Blues. The win lifts them (for a short time at least) up to fifth in the table. They are now a point behind Newcastle and two ahead of Tottenham, who will be kicking off against Blackburn in about 30 minutes.

    QPR stay 17th, level on points with 18th-placed Bolton and three behind Wigan and Aston Villa. Their goal difference is now -23, one worse then the Latics but five better than the Trotters.

  129. 1527: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

    Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  130.  

    Avi Kestenbaum on Twitter: "Expect to see a similar score-line at WHL. Spurs having something to prove + Blackburn's rubbish away record = a battering"

  131.  

    G, Reading, via text: "I'm surprised the world didn't implode when Torres got his hatrick. Almost as devastating to the space-time continuum as bumping into yourself in the past (or future!)."

    In the sequel to this, Torres will have to travel back to this day to get the almanack back off Biff.

  132. 1523: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 6-1 QPR
  133. 1523: 

    One last chance for Chelsea before full-time and it nearly sees Fernando Torres get a fourth. However, Nedum Onouha puts in a superb block to deflect the Spaniard's shot from a Frank Lampard pull-back behind.

  134.  

    Some Body on Twitter: "Suarez hat-trick AND Torres hat-trick, same w-end & before their Cup Final.. It's either Xmas or April 1st! ...Or just the PL."

  135. 1520: 

    Three minutes of added time left. Don't worry QPR fans, it will soon be over.

  136. 1519: 

    Djibril Cisse has now scored four goals in six Premier League matches since joining QPR in January. If only he hadn't got sent off twice as well, QPR may be a lot better off than they are now.

  137.  

    Jonathan Guild on Twitter: "QPR better start preparing for the Championship. Really poor season from them, they've failed to deliver in almost every area"

  138. 1516: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)

    Spurs make four changes for the game against Blackburn, including striker Emmanuel Adebayor returning to the starting line-up.

  139. 1513: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 6-1 QPR - Djibril Cisse (84 mins)

    It is the most meagre of consolations but QPR do get something as Nedum Onuoha shows determination to cut in from the rigth and cross for Djibril Cisse to hook a shot across Petr Cech and into the net. Who knows, maybe that strike will prove very important in goal difference terms come the end of the season?

  140.  

    Bill in Hereford, via text: "Here we go with the Torres praise for having one good game against a very poor team and one lucky break against Barca. Congratulations to Torres for scoring the same as Mikel Arteta & Thomas Vermaelen have so far."

  141.  

    Josh Buckley on Twitter: "Class performance at the Bridge by Torres, has really taken the sting out of the Ferdinand situation, focusing on what matters."

  142. 1511: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Sam Hutchinson on for Jose Bosingwa
  143. 1509: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 6-0 QPR - Florent Malouda (80 mins)

    The substitutes are getting in on the act now. Florent Malouda smashes in from close range after Anton Ferdinand's attempted clearance had deflected Ramires' cross straight to him in the box. There's still time for more as well. QPR's wounds could have further salt poured in them yet.

  144. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR - Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Bobby Zamora

    He hasn't had a sniff today Bobby Zamora and his replacement gets a warm welcome from the fans of his former club.

  145. 1507: 

    Ramires - Chelsea's other goalscorer in the Nou Camp - is clearly in the mood for another, but his shot from an angle after charging into the box is pushed away by Paddy Kenny.

  146.  

    Steve Tiu on "Fernando Torres gets a hat trick!!!" I am a Liverpool fan and I had saved this tweet as a draft for quite some time."

    Paul Bernal on "It's been 'taxi for Torres' so many times, it makes a real change to hear 'hattrick for Torres'..."

    Paul Montero on "Well done to Fernando Torres, his goal against Barca has boosted his confidence. RDM really brings out the best in his players."

  147. 1504: 

    Djibril Cisse looks to have an even better chance after being put through on goal but the flag is up and replays show he was just offside.

  148. 1503: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Ramires on for Salomon Kalou
  149. 1503: 

    Djibril Cisse spurns a decent chance for QPR as Armand Traore's miscued shot at the back post finds the striker in the box but he can only head over the bar.

  150.  

    Tennis player Andy Murray on Twitter: "Scoring winning goal vs barca, even though fairly simple by his standards, and torres is feeling it again! Great 2 c, confidence is everything."

  151. 1501: 

    Substitute Florent Malouda almost gets in on the action, charging into the QPR box but he is under pressure from a Rangers defender and his shot goes past the near post.

  152.  

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Forza Antonio! @CassanoOfficial scores 1st Serie A goal since Oct 2011, when he fell ill and had to undergo heart surgery. #Milan."

    In case you are not aware, AC Milan's Antoni Cassano had heart surgery late last year after suffering an ischemic stroke in October.

  153.  

    From Paul - an ever hopeful Rovers fan - via text: "If the score stays at 5-0, then all Blackburn need to do later is win 4-0 and they will be out of the drop zone. Simple."

  154.  

    Tom from Winchester, via text: "So happy for Torres, deserves this. Di Matteo getting the best out of him may just mean he gets the job. I hope so."

  155. 1458: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's summariser John Scales:

    "That fifth goal was classic, vintage Torres. It was a sweeping counter-attack and a beautiful finish from the striker."

  156. 1457: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Florent Malouda on for Juan Mata
  157. 1457: 
    SUBSTITUTION- QPR - Armand Traore comes on in place of Akos Buzsaky
  158. 1456: 

    Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge looking for his second of the game, but his shot from range is deflected behind.

  159. 1453: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-0 QPR - Fernando Torres

    What a week for Fernando Torres! A big goal in the Nou Camp is followed by his first Chelsea hat-trick. He latches on to a pass from Juan Mata and races in on goal before side-footing a shot past Paddy Kenny into the far corner. The keeper got a touch, but it couldn't prevent the shot finding the net. Roman Abramovich high fives people in the director's box. He is finally getting a return on his \u00a350m.

  160. 1453: 

    Chelsea's Juan Mata looks to curl a free-kick on goal, but he just misjudges it and sends his effort over the bar. The home side still well on top.

  161.  

    Greg from Crewe, via text: "Great to see a Chelsea side playing with class again. There were hints against Barcelona but finally they are running rampant against a side who have just beaten Spurs. Let's hope the scoreline takes away from the Terry/Ferdinand case that could have affected the game."

  162. 1450: 
    YELLOW CARD- QPR - Joey Barton

    The QPR midfielder doesn't look happy but he is in the book for unsporting behaviour.

  163. 1449: 

    Fernando Torres continues to threaten for Chelsea, this time with a fierce drive from the edge of the box, but Paddy Kenny keeps it out with a smart block. Torres is really enjoying himself. How often has that been said in the last couple of seasons.

  164. 1448: 

    Daniel Sturridge's opening goal has now officially been timed at 45 seconds. This makes it the third fastest in the division this season. Andrea Orlandi scored the fastest yesterday against Wolves after just 24 seconds.

  165.  

    Ehsan on Twitter: "RDM winning the Champions League will be the deciding factor to whether he gets the job or not."

  166.  

    Derek in Frimley, via text: "Di Matteo has done well inheriting players and finishing a season so well. Being a manager is about building a squad for the future while winning existing games. That is what Roman's appointment will be based on."

  167. 1444: 

    That's some strike from QPR's Jamie Mackie, who forces Petr Cech into a smart save to palm his fizzing long-range drive from 25 yards past the post. Still some life in Rangers.

  168. 1443: 

    Even at 4-0 the Chelsea fans continue to boo Anton Ferdinand. You would have thought the scoreline would have taken the sting completely out of their vitriol towards the QPR defender.

  169. 1442: 

    Great chance for Juan Mata to make it 5-0 to Chelsea, but after being found in the box by Ashley Cole - following a superb forward run by the defender - the Spaniard cannot beat Paddy Kenny with his low shot.

  170.  

    Vladimir Pazdinov on Twitter: "Di Matteo will find that picking a team up from a disappointing start is no guarantee of success the next season. Ask Kenny"

  171.  

    Matthew from Bristol, via text: "It's in both Chelsea's and QPR's best interests to keep on fighting in the second half. Goal difference could be vital in both the relegation battle and the fight for a champions league spot!"

  172.  
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    Champions Celtic complete a comfortable 3-0 win over the Rangers side they deposed. Rangers looked every bit a side struggling to cope with the pressures of their club being in administration. From the moment Charlie Mulgrew headed the 17th-minute opener, Celtic were in control. Kris Commons chipped in before the break and Gary Hooper blasted home early in the second half and thereafter they were in cruise control. Attention now switches to St Mirren Park for what is a more meaningful game in terms of league positions, with Hibernian desperate for points to avoid relegation.

  173. 1439: 

    Not as explosive a start to the second half, but then that is to be expected. Chelsea have no pressure on them to burst out of the blocks again and QPR will have been wary not to suffer in the early minutes of a second successive half.

  174.  

    Marco from Birmingham, via text: "No offence to Chelsea or Torres but they are playing QPR at Stamford Bridge. It will be a much tougher task when they face Bayern Munich in Munich."

  175.  

    Alex Wilson on Twitter: "Whether or not he's the best man for rebuilding the squad RDM deserves the job purely for the miraculous job he's done recently"

  176. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 4-0 QPR

    Rangers get the second half under way, hoping for a better start than the first 45 minutes.

  177. 1434: 

    As is stands, Chelsea will be going into fifth place (for a short time at least). Significantly, their goal difference is currently four better than Tottenham's. QPR will remain out of the drop zone, but only on goal difference. Yep, it's getting that tight at both the top and bottom.

  178.  

    Parsa from Hendon, via text: "RDM is like Pep is to Barca, a man in the right colours. Shrewd, young, and likeable."

    And out of work in the summer?

  179.  

    Merv Honeywood on Twitter: "With what di Matteo has achieved since becoming manager it would be very harsh not to let him carry on"

  180. 1428:  
    BBC MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at White Hart Lane:, BBC SportTottenham v Blackburn (1600 BST)

    "When Spurs visited Arsenal on 26 February they were seven points ahead of the Gunners. A Champions League place looked certain. Then the rot set in. Just six points have been gathered from a possible 27 since then and only Wolves have picked up fewer. Blackburn have conceded 41 away goals this season. Only seven clubs in the entire Football League have shipped more on their travels. They need a miracle. Surely Tottenham will rediscover their winning ways."

  181. 1427: 

    As we've got a few minutes to play with, let's have a look forward to today's second whole game of football...

  182.  

    Mathew Llyr Evans on "Best I've seen Torres play in a Chelsea shirt today. He's strong, decisive and he looks composed in the final third now."

  183.  

    Cameron Wright on Twitter: "Every game, Di Matteo's prospects for the job get better and better, who needs Guardiola?"

  184.  

    Will, London, via text: "Bayern Munich... Are you watching?"

  185. 1423: 

    In a week that has seen Chelsea knock holders Barcelona out of the Champions League to reach the final and halfway through a game in which they are 4-0 up, I can think of no more rational and calm time to debate whether Roberto di Matteo should get the manager's job on a full-time basis.

    Personally, I think it would be extremely harsh if he wasn't now given the job but I can appreciate there are legitimate reasons why some may feel otherwise. Feel free to discuss.

  186. 1424: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports that midfielder Abou Diaby will miss Arsenal's final two matches of the season with a calf injury. The Frenchman finishes the campaign with five substitute appearances, totalling 177 minutes.

  187.  

    Toby Leveson on Twitter: "I just hope Chelsea haven't peaked too early with two important games to play in the next week"

  188. 1418:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge:HALF-TIME- Chelsea 4-0 QPR

    "It has been Chelsea's half from start to finish, and surely this match is beyond QPR's reach. It's a case of damage limitation for QPR now."

  189.  

    I Suck Toes on Twitter: "Haven't really seen this makeshift back 4 for chelsea in action today. Attack really is the best form of defence."

  190. 1417: 

    Fernando Torres almost has his hat-trick. Juan Mata creates the move but it is Frank Lampard's determination that ultimately tees up the Spaniard on an angle in the box. His rising shot is driven just wide of the near post, though.

  191.  

    Paul Ander on Twitter: "Di Matteo has had a sensational effect on chelsea in terms of team spirit and it's paying dividends"

  192. 1415: 

    Juan Mata goes down in a challenge with Joey Barton and needs treatment. He is back on shortly after, though, and no action is taken against Barton. A couple of minutes remaining of a supremely impressive half from Chelsea.

  193.  

    Ash on Twitter: "The Bolton fan who was hoping for Chelsea to win 11-0 may well get his wish!!"

  194. 1410: 

    The last time Fernando Torres scored twice in a Premier League was for Liverpool in January 2011 in a 3-0 win at Wolves. His last hat-trick in all competitions was in September 2009 in a 6-1 Liverpool win over Hull. He's got just over a half of a football match to grab himself another treble.

  195. 1408: 

    Nedum Onouha looks to make amends for his error in his own box earlier, but in a rare QPR attack his shot is always rising over the bar and Petr Cech can watch it sail by.

  196. 1407: 

    It's an easy game when you're 4-0 up before half-time. Chelsea are stroking the ball around with ease before Michael Essien fires a long-range effort wide. As a famous bit of commentary once said about Southampton during a drubbing by Leeds, poor QPR just don't know what day it is.

  197.  

    Michael Sayles on "QPR's superior goal difference (compared to relegation rivals) being quickly eroded."

  198.  

    Jonathan Sherlock on Twitter: "Fernando Torres scoring goals again just before FA Cup final against Liverpool?!? Written in the stars!!"

  199. 1404: 

    It looks like that goal at the Nou Camp really has boosted Fernando Torres' confidence. He is looking closer to the player Chelsea thought they were paying \u00a350m for today. He looks sharper and his touch is better. Oh, and he's scoring goals. That's pretty important.

  200.  
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    It is game over at Celtic Park as the champions go 3-0 ahead after Gary Hooper hammers the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. Rangers are looking stunned and disillusioned and Celtic are rampant against last season's Scottish champions.

  201. 1402: 

    Chelsea's 4-0 lead is the sixth fastest in Premier League history. The quickest was in April 1998 when Leicester went 4-0 up against Derby in 15 minutes. That stat courtesy of infostradalive.

  202. 1401: 

    Beyond losing this game - which is pretty much certain now - of further concern to QPR will be their goal difference, which could prove key in the race against relegation. They are now on -22, six better than Bolton but now equal with Wigan.

  203. 1400:  
    MOTD'S Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge

    "Those goals have taken all the tension out of the occasion. With a quarter of the game gone, QPR have not had a sniff of goal. Chelsea are moving the ball around at will."

  204. 1400: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's summariser John Scales:

    "That goal sums it up for QPR. They made a complete hash of it and Torres makes it 4-0. It's a shambolic display from QPR."

  205. 1400: 

    I've just see a replay of the first goal, which clearly shows Frank Lampard in an offside position and ducking under Sturridge's shot before it flew past Paddy Kenny. It depends on how influential you think his presence had on distracting Kenny.

  206. 1355: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-0 QPR - Fernando Torres

    Four goals in 24 minutes for Chelsea as Fernando Torres gets his second. Nedum Onuoha's attempted header back is too powerful for Paddy Kenny to grasp and he spills it straight to the Spanish striker, who controls and finishes with ease from close range. Chelsea are ripping Rangers apart. This could be a very embarrasing afternoon for Mark Hughes' men.

  207.  

    Shane Elliott on Twitter: "This could end up being 6 or 7 for Chelsea."

  208. 1353: 

    You sense the win is already in the bag for Chelsea. Although, Swansea similarly raced into a 3-0 home lead yesterday and ended up drawing 4-4 with Wolves. Can't see that happening here, though.

  209. 1350: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-0 QPR - Fernando Torres (19 mins)

    It is already shaping up to be a hiding. Fernando Torres scored at the Nou Camp on Tuesday by rounding the keeper and slotting in and he has just repeated the trick by collecting Salomon Kalou's angled pass from the right touchline before skipping past Paddy Kenny and slotting in.

  210. 1349: 

    Chelsea look dangerous every time they come forward and QPR simply can't keep hold of the ball. If it stays like this Rangers could be on the end of an utter hiding.

  211. 1348: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's summariser John Scales:

    "Terry won't score an easier goal all season. He shrugged off the challenge of Clint Hill and headed home. QPR keeper Paddy Kenny should be dominating that six-yard box, but he didn't do it and his team have a mountain to climb now."

  212. 1347: 

    Terry's goal is his fifth of this Premier League campaign. That is his personal best tally for a top-flight season.

  213.  
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    Celtic are well on their way to a convincing win in the last Old Firm derby of the season. Rangers started brightly, but the champions have been in total control since Charlie Mulgrew headed Celtic into a 17th-minute lead. Kris Commons added the second on the half-hour mark with a chip over advancing goalkeeper Allan McGregor. Rangers look like a team for whom the pressure of administration and even possible liquidation is weighing heavily, with manager Ally McCoist looking forlorn on the touchline.

  214. 1344: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 QPR - John Terry (13 mins)

    You can't keep John Terry out of the headlines at the moment. Sent off on Tuesday, but a goalscorer today as he rises over Clint Hill to head in Juan Mata's corner. Chelsea are blowing QPR away here. It is a long way back for Rangers now.

  215. 1344: 

    Chelsea threaten again from a corner. QPR's Paddy Kenny struggles to get his hands to Frank Lampard's delivery and John Terry volleys back at goal, but it is straight at the keeper, who saves. A minute later, Lampard attempts to chip Kenny, who tips over.

  216. 1342: 

    The game has settled down a bit now after that mad start. The rain isn't helping the players out, though. Plenty of slipping and sliding going on. Could make things interesting as the game goes on.

  217.  

    Dominic Morley on Twitter: "Daniel Sturridge's hat-trick in the next 20 mins will be the best ever"

  218.  

    Jonathan Whittaker on Twitter: "This could be a long afternoon for QPR..."

  219. 1337: 

    QPR looking to hit back. Djibril Cisse's cross is aimed to the back post but before it can reach a Rangers man, home keeper Petr Cech palms away. Frantic start to the game.

  220. 1336: 

    Was that handball in the box by QPR's Clint Hill? The Chelsea fans think so. It's not, though, as Jose Bosingwa's shot actually strikes the defender's backside.

  221. 1335: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's summariser John Scales:

    "You don't expect that sort of start. Sturridge unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike and the keeper had no chance. It is a perfect start for Chelsea."

  222. 1335: 

    Superb for Chelsea, but a big blow for QPR. What kind of response have they got in them? Akos Buzsaky shoots from distance from a free-kick but it is well over. Stamford Bridge erupts in mock cheers.

  223. 1332: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 QPR - Daniel Sturridge (1 min)

    What a start for Chelsea! Just 48 seconds into the game, Daniel Sturridge cuts inside from the left after seeing an initial effort blocked and then unleashes a thunderbolt into the top corner of Paddy Kenny's net.

  224. 1331: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v QPR (1330 BST)
  225.  

    Ben on Twitter: "Best hat-trick has to be Exeter's Steve Flack's in the first 14 minutes of his final game in 2004!"

  226. 1328: 

    The teams are out at Stamford Bridge. We're minutes away from our first kick-off. Maybe just enough time to grab yourself a brew and settle in...

  227.  

    Jason, a Manchester United fan in Welwyn Garden City, via text: "Best hat-trick? Lee Sharpe against Arsenal in Rumbelows Cup 1990. Great hat-trick, great celebrations!"

  228.  

    Charlton fan James, via text: "The best hat-trick ever has to be the mighty Clive Mendonca's for Charlton in the play-off final against Sunderland with his family, all Sunderland fans, watching in the stands. Ruthless."

  229. 1327: 

    QPR captain Shaun Derry is hoping to bring Chelsea crashing back down to earth following their glory night in Barcelona: "I'm hoping they've had an absolute nightmare flight and no sleep since Tuesday night because having watched them on Tuesday night you see them in a different light," he said. "Lots of question marks have been aimed at Chelsea this season but for me that was an incredible performance - they are deservedly in the final and deservedly going for the top four. We are under no illusions how hard it is going to be today."

  230. 1327: 

    There has been no time to sip champagne and reflect on glorious European giantkillings for Roberto di Matteo and his Chelsea squad. Instead it's the small matter of a west London derby against QPR. "We have been playing every three days since I have been in charge," said the Italian. "I expect an aggressive game [against QPR], a defensive game, because the majority of teams who come to Stamford Bridge play very defensively."

  231.  

    Tom from Derby, via text: "All this hat-trick talk is getting me down. As a Derby County fan, we've gone 16 years without one of our players getting one in a league game. (Paul Simpson, '96)."

  232. 1326: 

    John Terry has apologised to the Chelsea fans for his sending off against Barcelona in today's match programme notes.

    The Chelsea captain wrote: "I want to start my notes today by saying how sorry I am for getting sent off at the Camp Nou and for putting the players, the manager and the club in that situation so early on in such an important game.

    "I apologised to Robbie, the players and the staff after the game. I'm big enough to come out and man up when I make a mistake and, clearly, I made a mistake on Tuesday.

    "I'm sorry for that and I owe it to you, the fans, to come out and say so."

  233.  

    Hosain Lalee on Twitter: "Best hat-trick of all time? It has to be the hat-trick of yellow cards for Josip Simunic! He couldn't do it again if he tried."

  234.  

    Paul in Edinburgh, via text: "I don't understand all this fuss about Harry Redknapp. In 30 years as a manager he has won an FA Cup. Hardly a world class act."

  235. 1323: 

    Both Manchester managers, United's Sir Alex Ferguson and City's Roberto Mancini have played down their own title chances ahead of Monday's meet-up. Ferguson said: "If they beat us, I think they will probably go on to win the title." But Mancini said: "If we win they are favourites. My opinion is always the same - I think they have more chance than us."

  236.  
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    And the afternoon gets better for Celtic as they double their lead against rivals Rangers, Kris Commons with the goal.

    You can follow today's SPL action on its own live text commentary.

  237.  

    samit on Twitter: "Harry lost the plot! Why even talk to the media about player futures when the team is clearly in turmoil! Sack him already :)"

  238. 1316: 

    Like every other sport programme in the last week or so, BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek have been chatting to some relevant folk about tomorrow's Manchester derby...

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney: "Both teams have got fantastic forwards, meaning the defensive side of the game has to be done properly. After last week's game against Everton, it's up to the United manager to sort it out. The defences have got the most important job for both teams."

    Ex-Manchester City forward Francis Lee: "I wouldn't select Mario Balotelli, I would put him on the bench as a wildcard. The team is playing well without him, so why pick him? He is an immensely talented player, but you can't win titles carrying players who you don't know what they will do next."

  239.  

    Ross McInnes on Twitter: "The hat-trick Tevez scores tomorrow will certainly be the best of all-time!"

  240. 1315: 

    Today is big, we all agree on that. But with such a level set, what does that make tomorrow? In case you've hidden from the world for a concerted period of time and are now only just emerging, blinking into the world, Monday night sees Manchester City play Manchester United for three points and local pride. Oh, and the title.

    It is probably the biggest English domestic game since Michael Thomas ran clear at Anfield to win the title for Arsenal in 1989.

  241. 1312: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo says his players are focused on the job at hand this afternoon, saying: "We spoke to the players after Tuesday night and we are in the right frame of mind. It is an important derby game today, which we want to win. We want to keep our momentum going."

  242. 1312:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Stamford Bridge:Chelsea v QPR (1330 BST)

    "Chelsea can look forward to a hero's reception on their return to Stamford Bridge, following Tuesday's incredible game in Barcelona. QPR badly need the points as they strive to avoid relegation but, as we've all seen, Chelsea are a different proposition now compared with just a few weeks ago. They've only lost one match of the 15 played since Roberto di Matteo took over on a caretaker basis, with 10 wins and four draws. QPR's away record over the season isn't good, with a division-low 11 points collected on the road."

  243.  

    Ben Rogers on Twitter: "How about Jos\u00e9 Luis Chilavert against Ferro Carril Oeste, only Goalkeeper to ever score a hat-trick."

  244.  

    Jonny Leslie on Twitter: "Interesting QPR bench fact: Diana Vickers' 'the boy who murdered love' was actually written about Danny Gabbidon."

    That's quite an achievement from Danny. If I was him, though, I would have focussed most of my efforts primarily on cutting out crosses efficiently.

  245. 1309: 

    On top of all these players exit rumours, there is also the Harry for the England job stuff to deal with for Spurs. Failure to reach Europe's premier club competition could leave them two world-class players and a manager short. So, as I've said, big game today for them.

  246.  

    Raj in Peterborough, via text: "Best hat-trick. David Farrell for Posh v Barnet in 2000 Division 4 play off semi. All corkers with the final one a chip from 25 yards. Legend."

  247. 1306: 
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    Goal in the Old Firm derby. Champions Celtic take a 1-0 lead over Rangers through Charlie Mulgrew's goal. 18 minutes gone in Glasgow. Mulgrew arrived late and unmarked to meet a Kris Commons corner and send a header down off the turf and into the roof of the net past Allan McGregor.

    You can follow today's SPL action on its own live text commentary.

  248.  

    Mike Holloway on Twitter: "Heskey against Derby for Liverpool back in 2000, combination of excellent goals and the shock factor involved in Emile netting!"

  249. 1303: 

    Redknapp's admission comes shortly after winger Gareth Bale told BBC's Football Focus he could leave if Spurs do not qualify for the Champions League. "If we don't [qualify for the Champions League], I have to discuss what's best for myself," said Bale.

  250.  

    Andrew Wilson on Twitter: "I don't know how Bergkamp vs. Leicester 1997 hasn't been mentioned yet. Spectacular hat-trick. All others are unworthy."

  251. 1302: 

    As I've mentioned, later on this afternoon Tottenham host Blackburn. It's a big game for Blackburn, but an equally huge one for Spurs.

    The cost of the north London side not reaching the Champions League next season has possibly been laid bare for them this morning with manager Harry Redknapp admitting that playmaker Luka Modric may leave White Hart Lane in the summer. "I would be lying if I said I was sure that he would stay [this summer]. You would like to think Luka would still be here, but you never know."

  252.  

    Dan Boden on Twitter: "Lest we forget the majestic Efan Ekoku's four goals against Everton in 1994."

  253.  

    Omar, a Blackburn fan in London, via text: "Who can forget Mike Newell's record-breaking nine-minute hat-trick for Blackburn Rovers in the Champions League? A world away from where we are now."

  254. 1257: 

    The only time I ever came close to scoring a hat-trick was in a school indoor five-a-side game, where the goals were two PE benches stacked on top of each other. I had two in the bag and had a penalty to seal it but was denied when I sent the keeper the wrong way and the edge of the PE mat deflected it over the top. I'm still fuming at fate's cruel trick. Anyway...

  255.  

    Josh Buckley on Twitter: "Kuyt against Manchester United 2010-2011, with a combined distance of 8 yards. Right place at the right time."

  256.  

    Simon from Sutton, via text: "Best hat-trick ever? Danny Butterfield's six-minute perfect hat-trick for Palace against Wolves. After one goal in six seasons, the right-back filled in as a makeshift striker in an FA Cup upset against a Premier League side."

  257. 1254: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v QPR (1330 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole, Mata, Essien, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Ramires, Drogba, Malouda, Meireles, Hutchinson.

    QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Buzsaky, Cisse, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Traore, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  258.  

    Connor Berwick on Twitter: "What about Stan Van Den Buys in the Belgian Pro League? 3 own goals in one match, heroic."

  259. 1250: 

    The game is over at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid have it wrapped up against Sevilla with the scoreline 3-0 to the home side. Jose's boys have done their bit in their quest for a record 32nd La Liga title. Over to you Barcelona. We'll have to wait a while, though, as Barca's game against Rayo Vallecano doesn't get under way until 2030 BST.

  260.  

    Max Cooper on Twitter: "Best hat-trick? Peter Hoekstra for Stoke vs Reading, not particularly famous, but still brilliant."

  261.  

    Kunal Gupta on Twitter: "If that barcelona goal hasn't given torres the confidence to go and score a hatful today, i dunno what will #bbcfootball"

  262. 1247: 

    Bad news for QPR is that Chelsea come into today's game on a major high after their Champions League semi-final success over Barcelona during the week. Not surprising to see a starting XI place going to Fernando Torres, who has been hammered for his form since joining the Blues but scored the last-minute goal that made Chelsea's progress certain on Tuesday.

    He had long enough to think about how to finish it as well as he ran half the pitch, but dealt with it superbly. If that goal isn't enough to boost his confidence, nothing is.

  263.  

    Adam Blakeman on Twitter:"Best hat-trick has to be Martin Palermo's hat-trick of penalty misses for Argentina against Colombia in the Copa Am\u00e9rica 1999."

  264. 1243: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v QPR (1330 BST)

    Fernando Torres starts up front with Salomon Kalou for Chelsea. Looks like Jose Bosingwa will play in the centre of defence with John Terry.

    Anton Ferdinand starts for QPR, who have Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora up front.

  265.  

    Richard in Farnborough, via text: "Without question, the best hat-trick of all time is Rivaldo's for Barca against Valencia. Three incredible goals, and got Barca into the Champs League at the expense of their opponents with practically the last kick of the season. Epic, no?

  266.  

    Rich on Twitter: "Best hat-trick ever = Pele, 1958 vs France. 17 years old, World Cup semi-final."

  267. 1240: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW:

    Celtic have already won the Scottish title, but don't tell the fans who will pack their stadium in the East End of Glasgow, or the players, that there is nothing at stake in the final Old Firm derby of the season.

    Neil Lennon makes five changes, bringing back his more experienced players after last week's experimental line-up beat Motherwell as Celtic look to prove that they are worthy champions and would have topped the table even if Rangers had not gone into administration and been docked 10 points.

    City rivals Rangers are unchanged from the team that overwhelmed Hearts in Edinburgh last weekend and manager Ally McCoist will be looking to repeat last month's 3-2 win over Lennon's side.

    Hibernian travel to Paisley to face St Mirren later looking to restore the six-point gap between themselves and Dunfermline Athletic, who yesterday won their first home game of the season when they dumped Aberdeen 3-0.

  268.  

    Mark Gunning, a nervous Spurs fan in Welham Green, via text: "Best hat-trick? Matt Le Tissier for Southampton v Norwich 1990 fantastic chip from the edge of the box for the 3rd."

  269. 1238: 

    QPR's Anton Ferdinand says he expects to get booed by the home crowd but he will not let any off-field factors affect his performance at Stamford Bridge.

    "There is a big rivalry between the two clubs but, with everything that has happened, I know some fans will target me," he told the Evening Standard. "All I can say is that it won't upset my game."

  270.  

    Vimal from London, via text: "More than a hat-trick but Ole's (Gunnar Solskjaer) 4 against Forest coming as a 78th min sub - case closed."

  271.  

    Alex McMahon on Twitter: "Best hat-trick - Maybe not the best, but Peter Crouch's 'perfect' hat-trick against Arsenal. left foot, right foot, header."

  272. 1236: 

    Of course, today's Chelsea v QPR game comes complete with a sub-plot: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. The former will stand trial in July accused of racially abusing the latter in the first fixture between these two this season at Loftus Road.

    The Premier League has cancelled the customary pre-match handshakes because of the legal case, presumably to avoid any of the furore that surrounded the handshake that wasn't between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra.

  273.  

    Anthony in Bristol, via text: "Ronaldo vs Argentina. They were all penalties but he was fouled for all 3. Unique!"

  274. 1232: 

    The game is into the last 20 minutes at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid still leading 3-0 against Sevilla. Jose Mourinho's side is looking to make amends for their Champions League semi-final exit to Bayern Munich and are on course for the title. A Barcelona defeat to Rayo Vallecano later will seal that. Hats off to Jose, winning La Liga over this Barca team is some achievement.

  275.  

    Daniel Towey on Twitter: "Best hat-trick ever? Robbie Fowler against Arsenal - scored 3 goals in the first 4 1/2 minutes. Class."

  276.  

    Rachel Tyrrell in Lincoln, via text: "If 'arry runs into the embrace of the FA, then Martinez would be a superb man to take the White Hart Lane hot seat."

  277. 1229: 

    In contrast, Blackburn have slipped back after dragging themselves six points clear in mid-to-late March. Only Wolves are in worse form than Rovers. They did, however, win their last game courtesy of a 2-0 scoreline against Norwich.

  278.  

    Jay Cox on Twitter: "Best hat-trick of all time: Tino Asprilla vs Barcelona. End of discussion."

  279. 1226: 

    Initially, Mark Hughes' arrival didn't spark the instant revival the Rangers board and fans had hoped for, but he has galvanised the team of late into a number of impressive results. A win today at Chelsea would top them all and give them a real fighting chance of survival, especially if Manchester City's fate is decided before the final day meeting between the two.

  280.  

    Michael Atfield on Twitter: "James Hayter's fastest hat-trick in 2.20 minutes, and his mum and dad missed it as they left early as he was an 84th minute sub!"

  281.  

    Alex in Huddersfield, via text: "Best hat-trick of all time? Got to be Sir Geoff Hurst's. In the biggest football match the world has to offer, with a nation hoping and expecting, he delivered. Wonder where he stands on the goal-line technology issue?"

  282. 1223: 

    However, the reason Wigan aren't completely clear from the drop-zone - which in any other season they probably would be by now - is that the relegation battle in 2011-12 has been mental.

    With the fat lady tuning up, a whole load of struggling sides have suddenly bucked up their ideas and started getting results. This includes QPR, who are eighth in the form guide after claiming three wins in six.

  283.  

    Zack Gardner on Twitter: "Brazilian Ronaldo's at Old Trafford was fairly spot on, as was Rooney's debut v Fenerbache #bbcfootball"

  284. 1220: 

    Wigan's recent success is a testimony to chairman Dave Whelan's willingness to stick with his manager when many of his peers would have pulled the trigger. Whelan has also said he will not stand in Martinez's way if the manager is offered a bigger job this summer. The way things are going, it's a distinct possibility.

  285. 1217: 

    Wigan's win (and equally, Newcastle's defeat) yesterday has had a huge knock-on effect to today's games. It was a remarkable result for Roberto Martinez's side, who are making something of a mockery of their status as relegation strugglers. The Latics have won five of their last seven matches.

  286.  

    Martin Rowley on Twitter: "Bolton fan hoping for an 11:0 Chelsea win"

  287. 1212: 

    Plenty to get your teeth into then. How do you see today's fixtures going? Will logic prevail and the Champions League-chasing sides triumph on home turf, or is this most fascinating of relegation battles about to take another twist? And after Luis Suarez's impressive treble against Norwich yesterday I'll throw another question into the mix: best hat-trick of all time? Discuss. You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text us on 81111 (UK). Remember to PUT YOUR NAME on the texts, though, or it will be left unloved and unappreciated in our inbox.

  288. 1210: 

    Scratch that... it is now 3-0 to Real Madrid against Sevilla. Karim Benzema has his second of the game, heading home a cross from Sergio Ramos.

  289. 1208: 

    Also going on today (right now, in fact) is Real Madrid's charge towards a record 32nd La Liga title. They did all the hard work at the Nou Camp last weekend and they can seal it if they record a home victory over Sevilla and Barcelona lose at Rayo Vallecano. Real are doing their part; they are currently 2-0 up thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (shock) and Karim Benzema (just a couple of minutes ago).

  290. 1206: 

    Meanwhile, in the relegation rumble, Wigan's stunning win (and to a lesser extent, Bolton's draw at Sunderland), has put more pressure on QPR and Blackburn to pick up points themselves.

    Steve Kean's side are in the more perilous position, three points from safety, while Mark Hughes' men can join Wigan on 37 points and open up a win's worth of buffer between them and the drop zone.

  291. 1204: 

    Newcastle's defeat (and to a lesser extent Arsenal's draw) yesterday has boosted Chelsea and Tottenham's hopes of taking one of the remaining available Champions League spots.

    The Blues have an alternative route, of course, but as manager Roberto di Matteo has stated, a top-four finish remains the priority. Tottenham are in slightly better shape and will end the day above Newcastle with a win, courtesy of their superior goal difference.

  292. 1200: 

    One quick glance at the Premier League table tells you all you need to know about how significant today's two fixtures are for the four teams involved.

    Near the the top, Chelsea and Tottenham remain in the hunt for a top-four finish while at the bottom their respective opponents QPR and Blackburn are fighting tooth and nail against the drop.

    One thing is for certain, today can't end well for everyone.

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