Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Premier League champions Man City win a thriller against Southampton after Chelsea defeat Wigan.

19 August 2012 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1900: 

    That is it for our live text commentary coverage of Sunday's Premier League football. Be sure to watch Match of the Day 2 tonight on its new home of BBC1 at 22:25 BST. Tom Rostance will be around tomorrow to guide you through the game between Everton and Manchester United. I'll see thee.

  2. 1858: 

    "From the very instant the final words of congratulation left Sir Alex Ferguson's lips and headed in the direction of new Premier League champions Manchester City, the Scot will have fixed every fibre on reclaiming the crown."

    Not my words, but the words of our chief football writer Phil McNulty. Feel free to read the piece on our site about what has made Sir Alex Ferguson angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

  3. 1855: 

    Attention now switches to tomorrow night and the match at Goodison Park between Everton and Manchester United. The focus is surely going to be on the involvement United's newly-acquired striker Robin van Persie has in the game. Van Persie's signing has been described as a "game-changer" by former United keeper Peter Schmeichel. As the likes of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll have shown in recent years, though, there is no pressure greater than that on the shoulders of a expensively-purchased forward.

  4. 1852: 

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany: "A lot of pressure was on us. I thought we were the only team that could lose something today. We missed a lot of chances, and Southampton played well, but we are happy with the three points. We have a few things we can improve on, but we always do that."

  5. 1848:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Etihad Stadium:Man City 3-2 Southampton

    "First day, last day - not quite a carbon copy but levels of drama to almost match what we saw in May. What a second half we've seen. Manchester City do make a winning start to the season and but what entertainment the Premier League new boys Southampton have given us. A brilliant game. We all loved the Olympics but football is back now and we absolutely love that."

  6. 1845:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at DW Stadium:Wigan 0-2 Chelsea

    "Chelsea are off and running and so is Eden Hazard in some style. Wigan worked hard and made it a contest but 2-0 inside the opening six minutes was too much."

  7. 1844: 

    Missed either of today's games? Here is a brief recap from our MOTD commentators to act as a little teaser of what you can expect on MOTD2 tonight (BBC1, 22:25 BST)...

  8. 1842: 

    Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: "You could see on my face how much the goal meant to me, I've been thinking about it for a long time and I couldn't have picked a better moment to score my first Premier League goal. We're proud of our efforts but we are devastated we haven't got anything from the game. We know we had a hard start to the season, but we came here to compete not just to survive and today we showed everyone how good we can be."

  9. 1837: 

    Remember, you can read reports and reaction (and also watch a few related videos) of all this weekend's games, including Wigan 0-2 Chelsea and Manchester City 3-2 Southampton.

  10. 1835: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has bemoaned the slow start made by his side that saw them concede two goals in the first seven minutes against Chelsea at the DW Stadium. Martinez also praised a "mature" Victor Moses - who has been linked with Chelsea - but reiterated his belief that the transfer window should not be open during the season.

  11. 1830: 

    Returning to on-pitch matters from today and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has had some very nice things to say about Eden Hazard after the midfielder played a prominent role in his side's 2-0 win at Wigan.

    "Hazard was outstanding," said Di Matteo. "He showed all his qualities and it was a pleasure to watch him. He was a big threat and difficult to mark. He combined well with his team-mates, exactly what we were looking for."


    Matthew Jones on Twitter: "From that performance I think City are going to fade out like a 90's saxophone solo band"

    Keith Andrew on Twitter: "So stunning was the conclusion to last season, I can only assume City have decided to play every match like the QPR one."

  13. 1826: 

    There has also been a bit of activity in the transfer market today, with Everton bringing in forward Kevin Mirallas on a four-year deal from Olympiakos for a fee of about £6m and Arsenal lining up a season-long loan for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

  14. 1823: 

    In other football news from today, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could face a Football Association reprimand for pushing a linesman during his side's win over Tottenham yesterday. Pardew was sent to the stands for pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup while complaining about the ball going out for a throw-in. Should the incident be mentioned in the referee's report by Martin Atkinson, the FA will consider a fine or a ban.

  15. 1821: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "It was a big decision to leave Rickie Lambert out but the game plan was to be in with a chance of getting something from the game. We run them close but our endeavour is to win and we've got to find ways to win."

  16. 1819: 

    As a mentioned earlier, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will need a scan to determine the extent of a knee injury sustained against Southampton today. The Argentine was carried off on a stretcher after collapsing following a challenge with Nathaniel Clyne after eight minutes.


    Kwamena Bello on Twitter: "Champions know how to surmount whatever challenge they're confronted with. Well done, Man City!"

    Ultric Engelbrecht on Twitter: "Think that win is much better then a 5-0 for city. Confirms to em that they still have that champions mentality. Win at all cost"

    Ohigho Musa on Twitter: "It is obvious that Man City has got a lot to do if it wants to retain the EPL title - Sloppy defending"

  18. 1815: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "We were not 100%. We did some mistakes but the big problem was we missed five or six chances when we were 1-0 and then it changed.

    "We deserved to win the game. They didn't have any chances in the first half and we had four or five incredible chances.

    "At the moment we don't know [about Sergio Aguero's injury]. We need to wait for the scan in two days.

    "The first two or three games could be like this because we are not 100%.

    "At the moment, I think (we need more players)."

  19. 1811: 

    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri: "We didn't panic. We were a little bit low but we said we can do it, we did it last year for the crucial game but next time it will be better if we win one or two nil."


    Seb Lambert on Twitter: "A season isn't over in 90 minutes. Norwich aren't doomed, Man City aren't going to struggle and Southampton aren't safe"

    Rob Bown on Twitter: "Silva looked rusty today, and Clichy and Dzeko should have put us 3-0 up. That said, impressive Saints! Great show for the EPL!"

    Mark Weatherby on Twitter: "If United win comfortably tomorrow it'd send out a massive message out to MCFC"

  21. 1805: 

    They finished last season with a stunning 3-2 win, so City may as well start the next in the same fashion. In coming back to win this game, City have preserved a proud unbeaten home record that now stands at 29 games (27 wins, two draws). They have also avoided becoming the first reigning champions to lose their first game of the season since Arsenal lost 4-1 at Manchester United in 1989.

  22. 1802: 

    Well, what a breathtaking second half that was? Just in case you were left with any doubt, Manchester City and Southampton have reminded us in emphatic fashion that football is indeed back.


    Mhla on Twitter: "Wow this Saints team is impressive, magnificent football."

    Jonny Cooper on Twitter: "Absolutely valiant effort from Southampton, some brilliant football there. Got a lot of hope for this season!"

    Matt Harding on Twitter: "Well considering I thought City would win by 3/4 this has been quite encouraging. City got out of jail."

  24. 1758: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 3-2 Southampton
  25. 1758: 

    City are aiming to take the sting out of the last few minutes with some possession football. Samir Nasri looks to have an injury and has to limp off. They'll be ending this game with 10 men on the pitch...

  26. 1755: 

    Southampton are pushing hard, with City having to put up firm resistance. Steven Davis chips a ball to the back post where Gael Clichy beats Billy Sharp in the air. Sharp then has a chance to cross himself but once more the home side do well to clear. We're going to have three minutes of, no doubt, frantic added time.

  27. 1751: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - Aleksandar Kolarov on for Carlos Tevez
  28. 1751:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "Even by Manchester City's long-standing tradition of putting their fans through the wringer, this has been a memorable afternoon. It is the City supporters doing The Poznan now, after Samir Nasri puts their side ahead... but I wouldn't turn my back on this game for a second."

  29. 1750: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Billy Sharp on for Jason Puncheon
  30. 1750: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City - Samir Nasri

    Turns out Nasri picked up a booking for removing his shirt in celebration of his goal.

  31. 1749: 

    It is now Southampton's turn to try and force an equaliser. Morgan Schneiderlin hammers a shot from distance which is deflected wide. City deal with the resulting corner well. They deal less well with another Saints delivery soon after, which sees Rickie Lambert head down for Jose Fonte, who blazes over the bar. This game is not dead yet. Oh, watch out, Southampton are about to make another substitution.

  32. 1747:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "That was poor defending by Southampton. Danny Fox headed the cross straight into the path of Samir Nasri, when he should have headed it out wide. I still think Southampton can score again."

  33. 1744: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-2 Southampton - Samir Nasri (80 mins)

    The game takes another twist as City regain the lead. Gael Clichy swings over a cross from the left, which Southampton fail to clear properly and are punished when Samir Nasri latches on to the loose ball to hammer it into the roof of the net. You won't share this as a Saints fan right now, but the neutrals and City supporters will concur; you've got to love football.

  34. 1744: 

    Chances are coming thick and fast. Yaya Toure swings over a cross from the right and it is met by Edin Dzeko but his header flashes past the near post. City have the bit between their teeth now in search of a winner.

  35. 1741:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "The Premier League is back! What a passage of play that was. Jason Puncheon goes close at one end, then it's straight down the other end, and Mario Balotelli misses an open goal. It's been an absolutely wonderful game."

  36. 1741: 

    Amazing end-to-end stuff now! Southampton break forward - just as they did to score their second - and Jason Puncheon looks to have a clear sight of goal until Gael Clichy cuts in with a vital last-ditch tackle. This sets City away on the attack, which ends with Mario Balotelli slamming a shot into the side-netting on the left side when it would have been easier to score.

  37. 1736: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-2 Southampton - Edin Dzeko (72 mins)

    Southampton's lead lasts barely five minutes. A City shot from the edge of the box is blocked but falls to Yaya Toure, who regains some control before poking the ball wide to Edin Dzeko to hammer into the net. The Etihad erupts. What a game this is turning into!

  38. 1736: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - Mario Balotelli on for David Silva
  39. 1736: 
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "The sense of shock at the Etihad following Southampton's leveller has grown to seismic levels now the visitors are ahead. The Saints fans have now done 'The Poznan' twice to celebrate their goals and the City supporters have an eerie sense of déjà vu to the last day of last season when they found themselves behind in a game they were overwhelming favourites to win. We all know how that one ended up, though…"

  40. 1735: 

    It is a turnaround nobody predicted. Now, suddenly, City have urgency where once their was a hint of complacency. It looks like Roberto Mancini is going to turn to his wildcard - Mario Balotelli.

  41. 1732: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-2 Southampton - Steven Davis (68 mins)

    Unbelievable! Saints lead and again it is a newly-introduced substitute who scores. It was a stunning break from the visitors, who cleared a City corner and burst down the other end. The ball is played into the box but the chance looks to have gone until Steven Davis latches on to the loose ball and drives a low shot past the diving Joe Hart and into the same bottom corner found by Rickie Lambert nine minutes earlier.

  42. 1729: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Steven Davis on for James Ward-Prowse

    m i d g 3 t on Twitter: "Ricky Lambert has to be one of the most underrated players in English football. He's scored goals in every division for fun!"

    Mathew Llyr Evans on Twitter: "City miss Aguero's cutting edge.. Mancini should have brought Balotelli on, not Dzeko. Balotelli has more impact"

    Sarah Morgan on Twitter: "Glad Saints got confidence and goal back. Think Ricky Lambert could be one of Premiership's hottest new properties!"

  44. 1726:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "You have to say that the introduction of Rickie Lambert has worked well for Southampton, even before he scored. He's a proper goalscorer and he bent it into the bottom corner. Why didn't he start the game?"

  45. 1723: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-1 Southampton - Rickie Lambert (59 mins)

    What an impact from the substitute! Rickie Lambert fires Southampton level with about his fourth touch since coming on. You could sense Saints had been lifted by Lambert's introduction. When Guly do Prado's shot in the box was blocked and Lambert's attempted pass fell back to him the striker showed plenty of composure to slam his shot into the left corner of Joe Hart's goal.

  46. 1720: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton - Rickie Lambert on for Jay Rodriguez
  47. 1720: 

    City are spurning chances by the hatful now. David Silva has pretty much the whole goal to pick from with a shot inside the box but he fires against the bar and over. It has not been Silva's day so far.

  48. 1718:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "It's the full-backs again. Manchester City are playing that high up the pitch that Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy are playing like wingers. They are getting so much space."

  49. 1717: 

    Another great chance goes begging for City as Gael Clichy nips in round the back of the Saints defence to latch on to a lofted pass forward. It is on an angle but the defender should at least have hit the target with his volley instead of blazing it over.

  50. 1716: 

    I've got some injury news to bring you about Sergio Aguero. He is reportedly going to have an MRI scan on his knee to ascertain the damage he suffered in the challenge with Nathaniel Clyne.

  51. 1715: 

    Oh, Edin Dzeko should have scored. Samir Nasri cuts in down the left and crosses straight to the boot of his team-mate, who was five yards out and with the goal at his mercy, but it takes him by surprise and he completely fluffs it. Dzeko won't get a better chance than that.

  52. 1713: 

    Not the best of starts for Southampton, who put together a spell of possession before Morgan Schneiderlin puts the ball straight out of play.

  53. 1709: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Man City 1-0 Southampton
  54. 1708: 

    The teams are heading back out. A whole second half of football coming your way very soon...


    Will D, via text: "The allure of City's new found wealth and glory has obviously not permeated into Sweden my City shirt in a Stockholm sports bar very much on my own! Well, in there with my wife on our honeymoon. What?! We were in a spa all morning..."

    Marriage. It's all about compromise.

  56. 1703: 

    Worryingly for Southampton, on the evidence of last season, City tend to hit their stride in the second half. 63 of their 93 Premier League goals were scored after the break. The Saints looked ragged in the final five minutes of the half after Tevez's goal so Nigel Adkins has his work cut out. No-one said this Premier League lark was easy.

  57. 1700:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Huge concerns for Sergio Aguero, you could see the pain was in. I know the doctor at Manchester City, he was at Blackburn, and it looked like he was doing the test for a cruciate ligament injury. The threat is down the right-hand side for City and they deserve their 1-0 lead. Southampton's best chance might come from a set-piece through Danny Fox."

  58. 1655:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:Man City 1-0 Southampton

    "Relief is the over-riding emotion at the Etihad as City go in ahead at the break thanks to Carlos Tevez. Saints made them sweat for their lead, though, and despite dominating possession and creating a flurry of late chances, the champions do not have the points in the bag just yet. There is real concern over the severity of Sergio Aguero's injury as well as City fans look beyond this afternoon."


    August 14th born on Twitter: "Will City miss Aguero should he face a long lay off? Guess that man tevez just answered that one"

    Clyde on Twitter: "Lots of teams tried to play this way against City last year. Remember what happened to them ? They all break down eventually"

    Matt Mallory on Twitter: "Man City have woken up. To quote Gorgeous George in the movie 'Snatch' - 'This'll get messy'"

  60. 1652: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Southampton
  61. 1652: 

    Having seen another slow-motion replay of the Tevez goal there is more than a whiff of offside about it. Tevez's early move took him half a yard ahead of his marker before the ball through was played. We're talking fine margins, though. Very fine margins.


    Nick Clark (not bitter Everton fan on the M6) via text: "Is Rodwell still doing his usual 'only pass sideways' routine or actually going forward for once?"

  63. 1650: 

    Southampton are clinging on now. After a period of concerted City pressure, Carlos Tevez has a shot from an angle on the right saved by Kelvin Davis before Samir Nasri's long-range shot is deflected over by his team-mate David Silva.

  64. 1648: 

    Four minutes of injury time, largely for the Sergio Aguero injury earlier in the half.

  65. 1647: 

    Suddenly there are holes appearing in the Southampton defence. Edin Dzeko is given space to shoot from distance, but Kelvin Davis is able to get down and save. The visitors need to regroup here. Half time can't come soon enough.

  66. 1644:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Carlos Tevez got his goal from being in that centre-forward position, he's moved up one with Sergio Aguero off injured. It was a perfectly-weighted pass from Samir Nasri, but there was a hint of offside, for me. City just about deserve to be in front."

  67. 1642: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Southampton - Carlos Tevez (40 mins)

    I guess I should apologise for that. Just as I was saying the Saints defence have coped well, they concede. The ball is lofted into the path of Carlos Tevez, who just beats the offside trap and fires low past Kelvin Davis at his near post. A lot of hard Saints work undone in a flash.

  68. 1642: 

    Southampton will be very happy at how quiet this game has been so far. City have had their moments - and should be 1-0 up - but they haven't stretched the Saints defence anywhere near as much as most expected.

  69. 1639: 

    Southampton have a chance to deliver from a free-kick on the left following a handball from Pablo Zabaleta. Adam Lallana swings it over and Samir Nasri heads behind. From the resulting corner, Jay Rodriguez challenges with Joleon Lescott and a goalkick is given even though the last touch appeared to be off the City defender.

  70. 1635: 

    More smart work from Carlos Tevez - with some lax defending from Southampton - gives the City striker space to shoot on the edge of the area, but he can only produce a tame toe-poked shot that dribbles harmlessly into the arms of Kelvin Davis. Soon after, Jose Fonte's tackle on the edge of the box prevents David Silva capitalising on an opening.

  71. 1633: 

    Corner to the home side. It is aimed towards Vincent Kompany at the near post but not accurately enough and Southampton smuggle the ball clear.

  72. 1632:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Jack Rodwell has played well so far and looks comfortable on the ball. Losing Sergio Aguero was a huge blow for Manchester City but Southampton are holding their own. The question you have to ask is, do City need two holding midfielders at home to Southampton in their first game of the season? I'm not so sure."

  73. 1632: 

    City try to go a bit more physical with a cross from the right towards Edin Dzeko in the box. The striker does his best to get a head to it but the Southampton defence stands tall to flick the ball away from danger.

  74. 1630: 

    Nice work from Southampton's Jay Rodriguez as he chests a long ball down on the left wing but Guly do Prado isn't alert to his team-mates intent to find him and the move breaks down.

  75. 1629: 
    Women's football

    Leaders Arsenal have maintained their unbeaten Women's Super League record, a 2-2 draw at Everton keeping them five points clear of the second-in-the-table Toffees. Bimingham City moved up to third place with a 3-1 win against Lincoln.

  76. 1627: 

    City have had most of the ball but as soon as they get near the Southampton box they are being forced to thread it through the eye of a needle by heavy Saints defensive reinforcements. Another move breaks down as David Silva is crowded out after collecting an Edin Dzeko nod-down.

  77. 1625:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "Manchester City's title defence was never going to be dull but an injury to their star striker and a missed penalty too, all in the first 20 minutes, is probably a little bit more drama than the natives here expected. Not for the first time at the Etihad, there is something of a stunned silence around the stadium. The Southampton supporters have been making plenty of noise in the meantime, helped by the tidy football their side are producing. They are deservedly level so far."


    Andrew Tuffnell on Twitter: "That is the worst pen I've ever seen!! #WhatWasThat #TaxiForSilva"

    Allan Mugane on Twitter: "He is human after all...1st ever penalty missed by Silva...since coming to England"

    Howard. NOT the duck on Twitter: "Can you confirm there will be no other sock tape issues arising? Almost tea time & I won't be able to eat with any more stress."

    I can't promise there won't be anymore sock shenanigans. I'm as nervous as you. Be prepared people, because it could go foot-based clothing mental at any minute!

  79. 1620:  
    Robbie Savage at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a great flick from Samir Nasri, and it was a stonewall penalty but David Silva's spot-kick was worse than Shane Long's for West Brom on Saturday. A shocker."

  80. 1619: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Man City - David Silva

    What a shocking penalty from David Silva. Placement, power. It had neither of these as the Spaniard fires a limp effort just to one side of the keeper, making it as easy as you like for Kelvin Davis to save.

  81. 1618: 
    PENALTY- Man City

    Carlos Tevez turns in the box following a flick from Samir Nasri and tumbles under a challenge from Jos Hooiveld. Clever stuff from Tevez and it earns his team a penalty.


    Sam, Bromley, via text: "If you thought Moses was good earlier, keep an eye on Nathaniel Clyne this season. The next graduate from the Palace academy to make his Premier League debut. Won't be long till he's playing for England. Very similar mould to Ashley Cole - great going forward and incredible one-on-one defender."

  83. 1617: 

    Edin Dzeko is straight into the action, having a shot blocked in the box. The ball falls to Samir Nasri, but his shot from 16 yards is also blocked. Good defence from Southampton. You suspect they'll need plenty more of that.

  84. 1616: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - Edin Dzeko on for Sergio Aguero
  85. 1616: 

    No we won't see more of Aguero. Hopefully, the injury isn't too serious. He is being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. That is about 11 minutes of competitive playing time at Etihad for Aguero since scoring the title-winning goal against QPR and being carried off here.

  86. 1613:  
    Robbie Savage at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Looking at the replays it looked like Sergio Aguero got his knee stuck between Nathaniel Clyne's legs and it looked like the knee hyper-extended. It was a fair tackle though, no blame to Clyne."

  87. 1613: 

    Hang on. Aguero is back on his feet and moving gingerly to the touchline. Maybe we will see more of him today. That is very good news for Man City if that is the case.

  88. 1610: 

    Sergio Aguero is down hurt. He looks in serious pain after Nathaniel Clyne dives in to tackle him. The Saints defender got the ball but Aguero's leg twisted and it does not look like the Argentine is going to be able to continue.

  89. 1608: 

    Man City's first attack sees Gael Clichy launch a cross over from the left, but there is precious little City presence in the Saints box and Danny Fox can head clear.

  90. 1606: 

    Southampton are passing it around nicely. They play some nice stuff do the Saints and they are refusing to be overawed here.

  91. 1605:  
    Robbie Savage at Etihad Stadium for BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's a good chance for Manchester City to stamp their authority on the top flight like Manchester United have done, like Liverpool [in the past], because they have the money and facilities. The question is: can they do it?"

  92. 1605: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on Victor Moses potentially joining Chelsea on the transfer window: "They put in a bid but it wasn't matching our valuation. We are experiencing an unfair time for player. The transfer window should not collide with the fixtures. Every dressing room in the country gets affected by having the transfer window open when games are going on that is wrong. It is not respectful to fans or clubs. Players are human beings and we should look after the human side of football."

  93. 1604: 

    Here's one for the pedants. Howard Webb isn't happy with David Silva's sock tape - as Fifa stipulate, it must be the same colour as the socks. And - oh god no! - it was white, with the socks being blue. Could probably have sorted this out before kick-off instead of wasting a minute right?

  94. 1602: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City v Southampton (16:00 BST)
  95. 1600: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez: "We started really softly. There was a lack of intensity and we started in a pre-season type of manner and if you do that in this league you will get punished. But with the manner in which we reacted, I couldn't be happier. It was a big test, not just in the technical ability of our team but in terms of our character and we showed a tremendous side."

  96. 1600: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo: "It was a great start to score two goals quickly and we controlled the game nicely. Eden Hazard showed all his qualities today and it was a pleasure to watch him."

  97. 1559: 

    Here we go, the champions hoping to pick up where they left off a few months ago. I think the cheer that greeted Sergio Aguero's famous winner against QPR is still echoing round the stands such was the noise. Can Southampton pull off a shock and silence that?

  98. 1556:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "The rain has stopped at the Etihad, for now at least - the dark skies above suggest there may be more of that to come later. With kick-off fast approaching, there is a lot of catching up going on between Manchester City season-ticket holders in the rows in front of me - the last time many of these people met was on a momentous afternoon in May. There are plenty of City shirts on view with 'Champions 12' on the back as a reminder of that day, but the work starts here to earn the right to update that number next summer too."

  99. 1555: 

    The last time Man City and Southampton met in the top flight, the Saints won 2-1 at Etihad Stadium on New Year's Day 2005 with Kevin Phillips bagging a 90th-minute penalty. You'd get good odds on a repeat of that scoreline today.

  100. 1552: 

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins: "It's a marvellous feeling, it's buzzing in the dressing room. Today is about the supporters, we know it's going to be challenging but let's go and enjoy it. Ricky Lambert is a massive player for us, we are used to winning games but today we have a different challenge and we have good players like him to come off the bench. It's a daunting task but we have to be positive and keep to our principles and pass the ball about."

  101. 1549: 

    Three members of the Southampton starting XI have Premier League experience. Not much of it, though. Kelvin Davis, Daniel Fox and Jason Puncheon have played 60 top-flight games between them. It's probably best for Saints fans I don't talk you through the experience of the Man City side. Let's just say it's vast.


    Sean in Swindon via text: "I'd be a bit hacked off if I was Lambert. All those goals in the last three years, then on the bench when back in the big time."


    Jack, Norwich, via text: "Have a gut feeling Southampton may cause a shock. As a mainly youthful side with a nice blend of experience, they have no pressure and having nothing to lose by going all out for the win."


    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Watch out for Adam Lallana today. He's lively, intelligent, skillful and has great vision. Not a foregone conclusion perhaps...."

    Garth Truscott on Twitter: "I'm concerned that we're playing lightweight Do Prado away from home, and not Lambert with his 100+ goals in 3 seasons."

    Conor Hall on Twitter: "Balotelli is going to be screaming for the chance of a start, can't see him wanting a place on the bench all season"

  105. 1546: 

    Interesting to see that Rickie Lambert is not selected for Southampton today. The big forward netted 31 goals last season. It is either a huge vote of confidence in the ability of summer signing Jay Rodriguez or a sign that the Saints are playing it very, very conservative. You can't blame Nigel Adkins if that is the case.

  106. 1540:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "4-4-2? 4-2-3-1? 4-2-2-2? We will have to wait and see exactly what Manchester City's formation will be today but their manager Roberto Mancini showed his willingness to experiment when he lined up with three at the back during last weekend's Community Shield win over Chelsea and he uses his opening programme notes of the season to hint at more variety to come. 'It is important we try different things and try to be versatile,' Mancini wrote. 'Because when you are a top team it is crucial to change your shape when necessary. It is not so easy for opponents if you are good at doing this.'"

  107. 1538: 
    Man City v Southampton (16:00 BST)

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart starts after recovering from the back injury that kept him out of England's friendly in midweek and the champions' solitary summer signing, Jack Rodwell, lines up alongside Yaya Toure, David Silva and Samir Nasri in midfield. Boss Roberto Mancini reverts to a four-man defence and Carlos Tevez partners Sergio Aguero up front. Newly-promoted

    Southampton hand a debut to their £6m record signing Jay Rodriguez and fellow new-boy Nathaniel Clyne, but they are without midfielder Jack Cork who is missing with an ankle injury. Rickie Lambert only makes the bench despite scoring 27 goals in the Championship last season.


    HugoScheckter on Twitter: "A mention for James Ward-Prowse. Starting today for Southampton... Part of the next wave of homegrown Saints talent"

    Indeed. Ward-Prowse today makes his league debut for the Saints having played two cup games previously. He is a 17-year-old midfielder who has played Under-17s football for England.

  109. 1535: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Southampton (16:00 BST)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Silva, Rodwell, Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong, Balotelli.

    Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Rodriguez, Do Prado. Subs: Gazzaniga, Lambert, Steven Davis, Sharp, Richardson, Shaw, Seaborne.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)


    Rachel Bascom on Twitter: "People are complaining about Chelsea's performance, but guess what? Just had a better start than Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs"

    Enoch Wong on Twitter: "judging by today's performance i reckon Torres will hit a grand total of 30 goals this season!"

    Zac Lott on Twitter: "I remember the last time a team in white and red went to the Etihad-most dramatic game I'd ever seen"

  111. 1532: 
    Women's football

    Women's Super League leaders Arsenal are again in danger of losing their unbeaten record as defender Lucy Bronze restores Everton's lead. It's now 2-1 to the Toffees, while at Birmingham it's 3-1 to the home side after Lincoln pull a goal back through Bonnie Horwood.

  112. 1532: 

    Maybe today won't be the best indicator of whether Southampton can stay in the Premier League this season, but you can read about the prospects of the promoted teams in the top flight on our site. Reading and West Ham made decent starts yesterday. What can the Saints do at the home of the champions?

  113. 1528: 

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on the impact of Eden Hazard: "He showed glimpses of that in pre-season for us and it's great to have a player like that in the team."

  114. 1524:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:

    "A grey drizzle greets Southampton on their return to the top flight after a seven-year absence. Welcome to Manchester, and welcome back to the Premier League. The grim weather is unlikely to impact on the mood of Saints fans, mind. Two years ago, they began their season with a home defeat to Plymouth in League One - today they go to the home of the Premier League champions. Their journey has been a remarkable one, whatever the final score today."


    Chris Campbell on Twitter: "Amazing how our perception of Fernando Torres has changed; from dynamic goal machine to big guy up front to throw a ball at."

    Charlie Adams on Twitter: "Chelsea not fantastic today. 2 Wigan defensive blunders and not much else from them gave Chelsea the game"

    David Bradshaw on Twitter: "Big statement by Mancini throwing Rodwell straight into the team. I suppose it is a straight forward fixture...supposedly!"

  116. 1521: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-2 Chelsea
  117. 1521: 

    Wigan now desperate. Maynor Figueroa crosses from the left and it finds Emmerson Boyce at the back post but his header goes wide of goal. It looks like Chelsea have done enough to claim the three points now.

  118. 1518: 
    Women's football

    Women's Super League leaders Arsenal have levelled it up at 1-1 in their top-of-the-table clash at Everton thanks to a penalty by Scotland and Team GB midfielder Kim Little.

  119. 1518: 

    There are going to be three added minutes at the DW Stadium. We are into those now.

  120. 1518: 

    Chelsea should have put this game to bed. A neat passing move finds Branislav Ivanovic in the box but his cross is just behind Fernando Torres and ahead of two other team-mates. Wigan put the ball behind for Chelsea's first corner of the game. In the 89th minute.


    Some more team news - Jay Rodriguez and Nathaniel Clyne both make their league debuts for Southampton as they take on Manchester City in Sunday's final Premier League fixture. Nigel Adkins' team are captained by Adam Lallana.

  122. 1515: 

    Here is an interesting stat, courtesy of infostradalive... Oscar replacing Eden Hazard is Chelsea's 1,821st substitution in the Premier League, that's 87 more than any other team have made. Arsenal are second with 1,734.

  123. 1513: 

    How have Wigan not scored? Victor Moses cuts in and crosses from the left and Arouna Kone is denied by Petr Cech with a sharp save at the near post before Jordi Gomez spectacularly volleys side from 12 yards.


    Jack Rodwell starts for Manchester City as the champions take on Southampton, as does striker Carlos Tevez.

  125. 1512: 

    Arouna Kone nearly gives Wigan a lifeline. He really should have done as well. He meets a corner at the near post but puts his header wide.

  126. 1510: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Raul Meireles on for Juan Mata
  127. 1508: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan - Ben Watson on for James McArthur

    Jake from Bristol via text: "Typical, people laying into Chelsea even though it's the first game! Easy to forget we the champions of Europe, a touch more respect is needed I think! Come on the Blues."


    Ash Harbin on Twitter: "People still say Chelsea is an attacking team? And to think that unstylish anti-football has a future in the English game"

    Stephen Marks on Twitter: "Gotta laugh at the moaning. United, Liverpool and Arsenal, amongst many others, all know how tricky Wigan are."

    Paul Valente on Twitter: "Everyone stop slating Chelsea. We're 2-0 up. That's all that matters. Wigan playing well, Chelsea don't need to play well!"

  130. 1504: 

    Ashley Cole nearly messes up big style before salvaging the situation himself. He allows himself to be tackled on the edge of the area by a Wigan player but quickly battles back to reclaim possession. Risky stuff from the England defender.

  131. 1501: 

    Jordi Gomez strikes the ball low and it beats the wall - picking up a deflection on the way - but does not find a way past Petr Cech, who dives low to gather.

  132. 1501: 

    Frank Lampard catches Jordi Gomez late and Wigan have a free-kick 22 yards from goal. This is a chance...

  133. 1459: 

    What a great chance for Wigan's Jordi Gomez! Maynor Figueroa plays a cross from deep and Gomez is ahead of David Luiz and with just Petr Cech to beat but puts his header hopelessly wide. They've worked so hard for that opening and when it came it was wasted.

  134. 1457: 

    I've been handed a bit of Arsenal news. The Gunners are close to completing the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. The 23-year-old is set to join on a season-long basis with a view to a permanent move.

  135. 1457: 
    Women's football

    England and Team GB midfielder Fara Williams has given Everton a 1-0 half-time lead against the so far unbeaten leaders Arsenal in the Women's Super League's match of the day. Birmingham City are 2-0 up against Lincoln while, in the weekend's two completed fixtures, Chelsea won 1-0 at Doncaster Belles and Bristol Academy beat bottom of the table Liverpool by the same scoreline.

  136. 1456: 

    25 minutes to go at the DW Stadium. It remains 2-0 to Chelsea. And it was just close to being 3-0. Oscar is away down the right and his pace keeps him ahead of the back-tracking Wigan defence. The Brazilian shoots from 20 yards but his effort goes wide of the far post.


    James in Manchester via text: "People need to lay off Chelsea and give Wigan a bit more credit! This is a side who beat Liverpool, United and Arsenal back end of last season. Wigan are unpredictable and can be a good side when they turn up!"

  138. 1454: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan - Arouna Kone on for Franco Di Santo
  139. 1453: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Oscar on for Eden Hazard
  140. 1453: 

    Fernando Torres is so close to sealing the game in Chelsea's favour. Ryan Bertrand heads a long ball forward down for the Spanish striker, who darts ahead of the Wigan defence. Torres nicks the ball past Ali Al-Habsi and it is heading towards goal until Ivan Ramis gets back to hook the ball off the line. Ramis made an error in both the Chelsea goals earlier but he did really well there.

  141. 1450: 

    Looks like we're about to see the introduction of Oscar for Chelsea. Hopefully he can provide some impetus to the game because it has gone flat.

  142. 1448: 

    Wigan's Franco Di Santo has been a bit of a menace to his former club this afternoon, but he could have been more so had he brought his shooting boots. He fires an effort low from range but it dribbles past the near post. Soon after, Victor Moses tries to curl a shot on goal from wide left but it swings beyond the far post.


    Amour A. Abdallah on Twitter: "European Champions are parking the bus against relegation struggler! WoW!! Beauty of the Barclays Premier League!"

    Trevor D. Forde on Twitter: "We have been poor. 3 games in 6 days? We need to be ruthless and rebuild the fear factor. And poor and wasteful tactics by RDM"

    Sajin KS on Twitter: "Chelsea fan here who says winning better than tiki taka. But this is boring!!"

  144. 1445: 

    Chelsea are almost inviting Wigan to try and break them down and get back into this game. There seems little urgency among the visitors to burst forward. Presumably, they'll be looking to hit on the break. The onus is on the home side, as it has been since the seventh minute.

  145. 1441: 

    Chelsea's first real chance in a while. It is a good run from Fernando Torres that sets it up as he darts behind the Wigan defence to collect a David Luiz pass. The Spaniard's cross falls to Ashley Cole on the edge of the box but his shot is high and wide.


    From Matt via text: "I don't think this whole "play like Barcelona" thing is going to work for us, nor is it necessary. As with every style of play - if you stick to it long enough - other teams will figure out how you play."

    I presume we are talking about Chelsea? I remember my school team getting figured out pretty quickly, especially as the only instruction we ever really received was a bellowed "hoof it!" from our teacher on the touchline.

  147. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee United 3-0 Dundee

    Dundee United go top of the Scottish Premier League with a game in hand after a convincing 3-0 win in the first city derby in seven years. Defeat leaves Dundee at the bottom of the table, still looking for their first win - and first goal - back in Scotland's top flight.

  148. 1438: 

    John Terry isn't happy. He is having a word with the referee after a late challenge from Franco Di Santo leaves him floored. He has been in the wars today the Chelsea skipper.

  149. 1436: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan - Jordi Gomez on for Shaun Maloney

    It looks like this is enforced as Maloney looked to be limping a bit as he jogged off.

  150. 1435: 

    Early chance for Wigan from a free-kick on the left. Shaun Maloney swings over a cross but Petr Cech punches it away. However, the ball is returned and falls to the feet of Franco Di Santo at the back post. His shot is goalbound, but does not find the target thanks to a diving block from Frank Lampard.

  151. 1432: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Wigan 0-2 Chelsea
  152. 1432: 

    The Chelsea players are back out first and are left waiting for a few minutes before the home side join them. Wigan will certainly be hoping for a better start to this half than the first.


    Paul in Norwich, via text: "People slating Chelsea have to be mad. 2-0 against a good Wigan side with no 1st team Ramires, Oscar or Marin. Job done."

    Ben, via text: "People need to stop complaining, Chelsea are 2-0 up, they don't need to try hard, when they need to, they will. Take Champions League for example!"

    Dan, Bedford, via text: "Dreadful from Chelsea - I don't know whether we're trying to be 'professional' by protecting the lead in this way but this not the statement it could have been after the first few minutes"

  154. 1425: 

    As it stands, it looks as though Chelsea are on course to record another opening day victory. The last time they lost on the opening day was in 1998 when they went down 2-1 at Coventry City.

  155. 1422: 

    I think Mr Wilson is spot on. Take that opening six or seven minutes out of this game and Wigan would feel pretty pleased with what they have done in the game. They have taken the game to Chelsea and looked intermittently dangerous. However, we can't take the opening out of the game and Chelsea have looked the same disciplined, ruthless side that achieved so much in the second half of last season. Eden Hazard started really well, but has drifted in and out of the opening 45 minutes.

  156. 1420:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at DW Stadium:Wigan 0-2 Chelsea

    "The goals came after two errors from Wigan newboy Ivan Ramis - Eden Hazard turning him to set up Ivanovic's goal and he then bundled over Hazard for the penalty. To be fair to Wigan, they responded pretty well after that awful start, conceding two in the opening six minutes."


    Tom Hiom on Twitter: "In the first 20 mins I really did think we were seeing a new tiki-taka Chelsea. Next 25 it was back to Munich-esque defending"

    M.Hassan on Twitter: "To all 'No pretty football' moaners, did it occurred to them Chelsea play 3 matches in 6 days? Need to save gas in the tank."

    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Victor Moses scoring against Chelsea might just be the deal clincher.... or breaker"

  158. 1419: 
    RED CARDS- Stephen O'Donnell (Dundee) and Johnny Russell (Dundee Utd)

    It's a double sending off! Johnny Russell kicks out at Stephen O'Donnell after the latter's clumsy challenge. O'Donnell then gets involved in an exchange with Richie Ryan before Russell and O'Donnell are both dismissed. A couple more yellow cards have quickly followed with United still cruising at 3-0 ahead of their city rivals. You can follow all the action on the specific live text commentary.

  159. 1418: 
    HALF-TIME- Wigan 0-2 Chelsea
  160. 1418: 

    Wigan have another chance to threaten from a free-kick, 25 yards from goal, but Shaun Maloney plants his shot straight into the welcoming arms of Petr Cech. That is going to be the last act of this half...

  161. 1417: 

    Massive chance for Wigan and Franco Di Santo spurns it. He is put through on the Chelsea goal courtesy of a pass round the back of the away defence, but the striker's touch is heavy and it decisively reduces the time he has to shoot. Petr Cech is quick off his line and saves. How crucial could that moment prove in this game?


    Maurice in Cardiff via text: "Chelsea playing like they're the ones that are two goals down. Why on earth are they defending against a Wigan side? Take Lampard off, take Mikel out, too slow, this is not encouraging."

  163. 1415: 

    Late corner for Wigan - their fifth of the game. Again Shaun Maloney's delivery is dealt with far too easily by Chelsea. You can't say Wigan haven't had good positions from which to create something, but they have failed to do so.

  164. 1414: 

    Victor Moses again does superbly for Wigan down the right, taking the ball on his chest and then skinning Ashley Cole before swinging a cross over that evades everyone. Moses has come to life and looks as likely as anyone to fashion something for the Latics.


    Jon Robinson on Twitter: "Loads of positives for Wigan to take from this. After the first ten mins they've done really well to steady themselves"

    Muhammed Nana on Twitter: "No possession for Chelsea, Scolari had a chelsea side who had majority of possession, they didn't win much"

    Julius Wamae on Twitter: "Abramovich's beautiful football nowhere, numerous long balls by Cech to short forward line, hopeless, self defeating"

  166. 1408: 

    Superb effort from Victor Moses as he jinks into space on the right and flashes a shot towards the far corner, It draw a smart save out of Petr Cech to palm the ball away. That's the reason Chelsea are interested in the Latics forward.

  167. 1407: 

    The Wigan players are unhappy as the referee decides that James McArthur fouled Eden Hazard as the two come together. Didn't look to be much in it to me, but the result is a free-kick to Chelsea. From the set-piece, Fernando Torres is again caught offside.

  168. 1406: 
    Women's football

    The FA Women's Super League gets back into full swing this weekend following the Olympics-enforced mid-season break and there are nine Team GB players on view in the top-of-the-table clash between leaders Arsenal and Everton on Merseyside. Victory for the Toffees will put them within two points of the Gunners, but an away win will keep the reigning champions bang on course to retain their title.

  169. 1404: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea - David Luiz

    Shaun Maloney is felled by David Luiz in the middle of the pitch and the referee decides that is a booking for the Chelsea defender.

  170. 1404: 

    Chelsea have a rare venture forward as David Luiz charges out of defence with the ball. His pass is designed to put Fernando Torres in on goal but the offside flag against the Spanish forward halts the move.

  171. 1402: 

    Wigan continue to pour forward in search of a way back into the game. Shaun Maloney is very busy but his cross from the left is headed away by David Luiz. From the right, Emmerson Boyce's delivery is similarly dealt with by the Chelsea defence.


    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Where's the attractive football! We're 2 up and getting dominated by wigan? Roman won't be happy!"

    There's no pleasing some people.

  173. 1359: 

    If you were to walk in on this game you would assume it had been all Chelsea. However, we're now about 30 minutes into the game and Wigan are largely bossing possession. Opta inform us that Chelsea have had two shots on goal. They have, of course, scored them both. Efficient stuff from the Blues.

  174. 1357: 

    Did Petr Cech just handle the ball outside the box? It looks like he might have done as he retrieved it on the right of his box under pressure from a Wigan player. The referee and his assistants don't signal anything, much to the ire of the home crowd.


    From Captain Monkeylegs, Fleet, via text: "Swap Wigan for QPR and it seems the EPL is already showing the likely bottom 5 come the end of the season."

  176. 1355: 

    Another Wigan corner. This time they take it short, but again fail to produice anything close to a dangerous delivery. Wigan are having most of the possession at the moment but Chelsea are not being threatened and look happy to wait for their chance to break.


    Ahmed Osman on Twitter: "Eden Hazard has made more assists in his debut than Downing made in his debut season for Liverpool"

    Mayowa Olubowale on Twitter: ""what a great signing"..?? What did hazard do last sunday against city?? Nothing.. Well, that's not true.. he fell over."

    Stuie Neale on Twitter: "poor start from Wigan can see where they're going to be fighting this season - Chelsea look good"

  178. 1351: 

    That was Wigan's best effort of the afternoon so far. franco Di Santo rises at the back post to meet a right-wing cross but his header goes over the bar. Soon after, Victor Moses is fouled on the right but Shaun Maloney's free-kick leads to a concerted period of home pressure before Jon Obi Mikel finally clears. Encouraging for Wigan but the execution needs to improve.

  179. 1346: 

    Corner kick to Wigan. Shaun Maloney delivers but Jon Obi Mikel has an easy job to side-foot the ball clear from inside his own box. Wigan are giving it a go here, but Chelsea are very, very comfortable.

  180. 1344: 

    Victor Moses looks to weave some magic for the Latics but he loses control on the right byline and the ball dribbles out of play. He's going to impress no-one with that, Wigan or suitors Chelsea.

  181. 1342: 

    Franco Di Santo goes in chase of a long ball forward from James McArthur. John Terry beats him to it and clears. Soon after, the home side have another chance to create something, but Maynor Figueroa's cross is claimed by Petr Cech. Wigan are going to have to do much, much better if they have a prayer of getting back into this.

  182. 1341: 
    Dundee United 3-0 Dundee

    It is a welcome half-time whistle for Dundee at Tannadice as the SPL newcomers find themselves 3-0 down to United in the city derby. Dundee paid for an early miss by Nicky Riley, twice denied from point-blank range by goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierniak. Gavin Gunning thereafter headed home and Johnny Russell fired in twice, the second a stunning drive from the Scotland Under-21 striker that will have impressed the scouts, apparently including one from Huddersfield Town, in the stands at Tannadice.

  183. 1341: 
    YELLOW CARD- Wigan - Gary Caldwell

    Gary Caldwell tries a different approach to stopping Eden Hazard - by going right through him with a lunging, late tackle. It earns him a deserved yellow card.


    Mahesh Vara on Twitter: "Someone tell Wigan to turn the 'Hazard lights' on!"

    Paa Kwesi Eghan on Twitter: "Hazard's first contributions have been deft. What a signing.... what a start for Chelsea"

    Tommy Good on Twitter: "Wigan seem eager to repeat theyre classic league form. Terrible start save themselves in the last 10 games"

  185. 1336: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-2 Chelsea - Frank Lampard (7 mins)

    Frank Lampard makes no mistake with a typically powerful penalty to score his 187th Chelsea goal. Ali Al-Habsi dived over the ball. Wigan are in bits. They're going to be kicking off for the third time in seven minutes.

  186. 1335: 
    PENALTY- Chelsea

    Two debutants clash in the Wigan box as Ivan Ramis puts a clumsy challenge in on Eden Hazard, sending the latter tumbling and the referee's hand pointing to the spot.

  187. 1335: 

    Wigan look to hit back quickly but Maynor Figueroa's cross from the left is straight into the arms of Petr Cech.

  188. 1332: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-1 Chelsea - Branislav Ivanovic (2 mins)

    Well that didn't take long. Less than two minutes in and Chelsea lead. It is a good pass from Eden Hazard that puts Branislav Ivanovic in on goal down the right and the defender makes no mistake with a neat finish past Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

  189. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Wigan v Chelsea (13:30 BST)
  190. 1326: 

    The teams are on their way out at the DW Stadium. Just enough time to get yourself a nice cup of tea or raid the fridge for a beer and make yourself comfortable for what promises to be a cracking game.

  191. 1326: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 3-0 Dundee - Russell (38 mins)

    It's another for Johnny Russell and what a stunning strike. A counter attack set the forward free on the right and he cut inside to fire a fierce shot past Rab Douglas, who had no chance.

  192. 1325: 
    Wigan v Chelsea (13:30 BST)

    Summer-signing Ivan Ramis has overcome a hamstring strain to make his Wigan debut, while striker Victor Moses, the subject of intense transfer speculation between the clubs, also starts.

    Eden Hazard makes his Premier League debut for Chelsea while Oscar gets a place on the bench. Ryan Bertrand, who scored in last week's 3-2 Community Shield defeat by Manchester City, is preferred to Daniel Sturridge with Ramires out ill.

  193. 1322: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 2-0 Dundee - Russell (35 mins)

    Dundee United have not been at their best but are already 2-0 up against next door neighbours Dundee. Johnny Russell's low drive deflects off Davide Grassi and over goalkeeper Rab Douglas after a fine through ball from Jon Daly.

  194. 1320:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at DW Stadium:

    "Thirty-four years ago today Wigan started life as a football league club with a 0-0 draw at Hereford. Seven years ago they started life as a Premier League side with an unlucky 1-0 defeat here against Chelsea.

    "The fact they are still a Premier League club is quite an achievement, perhaps as big as Chelsea winning the Champions League."


    dmanyion on Twitter: "A match to look up to with Victor Moses starting its gonna be tipping Chelsea to win 2-1."

    Capital R on Twitter: "Southampton will be out classed today i think, unfortunately I predict 3-0 to Man City"

    Akinpelu Kayode on Twitter: "I have my reservations about RDM, but please give him SPACE. Handling Chelsea's dressing room alone is a big job! Let him try!"

  196. 1315: 

    Barring the £12m recruitment of Jack Rodwell, it has been a very quiet summer for Manchester City, particuarly when you compare it to previous summers. Still, if it ain't broke...

    I'm sure City manager Roberto Mancini would have liked to see more ins and outs before the season started - and there are reports of the Italian's frustration on this very subject - but there remains plenty of time for City to do some damage in the market.

  197. 1312: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Chelsea (13:30 BST)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Ramis, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Figueroa, Maloney, Di Santo, Moses. Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Jones, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Boselli.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Eden Hazard, Mata, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Oscar, Ferreira, Meireles, Sturridge, Cahill.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  198. 1311: 

    Southampton have been relatively modest in their recruitment drive this summer, bringing in four players - striker Jay Rodriguez, keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, midfielder Steven Davis and defender Nathaniel Clyne. All good additions. However, with reports of an £11.8m-bid for Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez and interest in Blackpool's Matt Phillips, the Saints could well be set for late transfer window madness.

  199. 1307: 

    Today's second game sees Manchester City take on Southampton. As far as first tests go, it doesn't get much tougher than this for the newly-promoted Saints.

    However, former Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy - who won promotion with the club in 1978 - is confident that current manager Nigel Adkins and his side are ready to establish themselves in the top flight. "Southampton have top-class facilities. They have a first-class training ground, the stadium is not that old. St Mary's holds 32,000 and Saints will get crowds better than a lot of the clubs already in the Premier League. The atmosphere is fantastic, the crowd is very loyal and they deserve their success," he said.

  200. 1302: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 1-0 Dundee - Gunning (14 mins)

    Willo Flood's curling free-kick is missed by goalkeeper Rab Douglas and Gavin Gunning heads into an empty net. You can follow all the action on the specific live text commentary.

  201. 1302: 

    Arguably the biggest "move" for Wigan this summer was to secure Roberto Martinez as their manager for this season. The Spaniard's achievements in keeping the Latics up in such stunning fashion last season had both Liverpool and Aston Villa casting flirtatious glances in Martinez's direction. As it happened, both clubs went with alternative choices and it is fair to say Wigan could not be happier that they did.

  202. 1258:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at DW Stadium:Wigan v Chelsea (13:30 BST)

    "Two-time Copa Libertadores winner Mauro Boselli is back at Wigan where he looked a fish out of water on his arrival two years ago. However, he was Estudiantes' top scorer last season when on loan back in Argentina. Maybe this time he's remembered to bring his shooting boots from La Plata? Chelsea spent the summer concentrating on lowering the average age of their midfield and Eden Hazard and Oscar are tantalising prospects."


    Gurunam (Liverpool fan) via text: "Torres to finally get the service to the standard he received from Gerrard. Would love to see him at Anfield...."


    Sami Munshi on Twitter: "Will Moses be inspired to play his best football to get a big transfer fee for his club?"

    Tom Bradstreet on Twitter: "Di Matteo will see the season out, come what may. Pep's available next summer; no room for another interim boss in between."

    Twin Blady on Twitter: "Michu scored two, Petric did as well. Would love to see Hazard score a brace on his EPL debut"

  205. 1255: 
    Dundee United v Dundee (12:45 BST)

    Dundee have their first attack and almost take the lead. Iain Davidson's low centre finds Nicky Riley, who is twice denied by Radoslaw Cierzniak before the ball is scrambled out.

  206. 1253: 

    The other major addition of Wigan's summer is midfielder Ryo Miyaichi, who joined on season-long loan from Arsenal. The Japan international has made just two senior competitive appearances for the Gunners, which both came in the League Cup last season. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton. However, he does not figure today.

  207. 1250: 

    Wigan have improved their own squad this summer, albeit on a much lower budget than today's opponents Chelsea. They may have lost Hugo Rodallega (who to be fair hardly pulled up any trees for them last campaign), but they brought in the aforementioned Ramis from Real Mallorca for £4m to shore up defence and have snapped up striker Arouna Kone. Kone was actually dropped by Levante during his loan spell last season for "scoring too many goals" - if he reached 18 he would have to return to Sevilla automatically, which he did not want to do. Bodes well.

  208. 1249: 
    Dundee United v Dundee (12:45 BST)

    And we are underway in the Dundee derby.


    Ronil Kumar on Twitter: "Not very keen on Hazard doing well today, think it will be around a month until he proves to be a good signing"

    Erin Grieve on Twitter: ""Oscar is on the bench, Ryan Bertrand is also included" - this does not fill me with confidence. And I still miss The Drog"

    Paul Bradshaw on Twitter: "One thing I think I am sure about is that the title will not be decided any later this year! Surely!"

  210. 1244: 
    Dundee United v Dundee (12:45 BST)

    Some context now. Neighbours United are the hosts for a 14,000 sell-out crowd and, despite the absence through injury of in-form winger Gary Mackay-Steven, will start as favourites. United have won their only league fixture of the season in fine style, while Dundee have yet to score in their two games back in the top flight. Peter Houston's side won 3-0 in pre-season in a game arranged before Barry Smith's outfit had to quickly adjust to being thrust in to the SPL to replace Rangers. However, as we all know, derbies have a habit of confounding the odds.

  211. 1244: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Victor Moses could be unsettled by the speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, which is hardly ideal for the Latics boss as he tries to get his chief creative weapon up for an opening day game against the Blues. Wigan apparently want £8.5m for Moses but Chelsea are yet to offer that valuation.

    In something of a retort, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo insists he will not pay over-inflated prices for a player. After spending £60m on players this summer, the Italian said: "We're not going to pay over the top. What we think is the real value for a player, we have paid."

  212. 1241: 
    Dundee Utd v Dundee (12:45 BST)

    There is no Old Firm derby in the Scottish Premier League this season, but today at least, it is to the benefit to the city of Dundee that Rangers are now playing in Division Three. It has meant the return of Dundee to the top flight after an absence of seven years - and so the return of the Dundee derby. Neighbours United are the hosts for a 14,000 sell-out crowd and, despite the absence through injury of in-form winger Gary Mackay-Steven, will start as favourites.

  213. 1240: 

    Victor Moses, who Chelsea have reportedly been pursuing all summer, starts for Wigan against the Blues. New signing Ivan Ramis does start in defence for the Latics despite suggestions he would miss out through injury.

  214. 1238: 

    That just leaves left winger Marko Marin, who Chelsea signed from Werder Bremen for a reported £7m. He says the switch to Chelsea was "no surprise" and a "logical step", although some regular observers of the Bundesliga were surprised by the transfer, especially as he only scored one goal in 16 games in the Bundesliga last season. Anyway, he isn't in the matchday squad today.

  215. 1235: 

    Eden Hazard starts for Chelsea, making his Premier League debut in the process. Oscar is on the bench. Ryan Bertrand is also included, possibly to play on the left side of midfield. Ramires has not travelled due to illness.

  216. 1233: 

    Eden Hazard is undoubtedly the star name in Chelsea's summer spree. The former Lille midfielder demonstrated a penchant from the dramatic by making his suitors wait to find out which of them he was choosing to join. The Blues were delighted to be the chosen one to house France's reigning player of the year. 20 goals and 16 assist last year in France fully justifies Chelsea's excitement.

    Oscar won't be in the mood to play second fiddle, though. The 20-year-old playmaker impressed for the Brazilian side that won Olympic silver this summer. A reported £25m fee suggests Chelsea think he can replicate such form in the Premier League, but as we all know it's not always the case with Brazilians in this country. For every Juninho there is a Roque Junior.


    Dale Mabbett on Twitter: "If the Van persie and Rooney partnership works, can only see united winning the league, chelsea wont be as lucky as last year."

    Yahaya Abdulkadir on Twitter: "That certain goal by Crespo against wigan crops to mind today. Can't wait to get a Hazard treat today"

    Craig Coe on Twitter: "Pardew was hilarious! Couldn't get his radio working either. Football taking itself too seriously..."

  218. 1224: 

    The three big signings Chelsea have made seem designed to get the best out of striker Fernando Torres. In theory, midfielders Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar will load the gun and Torres will pull the trigger.

    After an impressive showing at Euro 2012, Torres will certainly be hoping for a better return than last season's 11 goals in 49 appearances, with a little help from his new friends.

  219. 1219: 

    So, Wigan v Chelsea first up then. There's a lot of intrigue around Chelsea this season.

    Robert Di Matteo did a cracking job in temporary charge last season, but despite his stunning success there remains some question marks over what he can do with the Blues full-time. In addition, up until a certain Dutchman made the move from north London to Manchester, Chelsea were the team who had made the biggest waves in the transfer pool this summer.


    Henry on Twitter: "After Seven years of hurt, proud to see the Saints marching back into the top flight. Its absolutely brilliant to be back!"

    Matthew Curran on Twitter: "The 'Pardew Push' has been blown way out of proportion. Nowhere near as serious as the reaction it has received"

    Stephen Glover on Twitter: "Great start to the season yesterday. Got a sneaky feeling for Wigan today."

  221. 1213: 

    Right, moving on. Here is your running order for today:

    First up, Dundee United host Dundee in the SPL from 12:45 BST (you can follow this in more detail via a text commentary from our colleagues in Scotland).

    At 13:30, the English Premier League action gets under way with Wigan v Chelsea from the DW Stadium.

    Following that at 16:00 is Manchester City v Southampton.

  222. 1210: 

    Before we get cracking on today's games, I've got some transfer news to bring you from the blue side of Merseyside. Everton have signed forward Kevin Mirallas on a four-year deal from Olympiakos for a fee in the region of £6m. Mirallas, 24, can play both up front and out wide, and scored 20 goals in 25 appearances last season. Looks like Nikica Jelavic has a new partner in crime.

  223. 1208: 

    So will City win the title again this year? Will Chelsea be crowned champions of Europe for a second successive term? Will Wigan stay up and will Southampton get promo... oh, er, will they do really good and that? Big questions need big answers and that is where you come in. Feel free to tweet or text us on any of the aforementioned issues, or indeed any talking point (Van Persie's move, Pardew's shove, etc) that tickles your mind. You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Be sure to put your name on the text, though.

  224. 1205: 

    It would be fair to say that Manchester City, Chelsea, Southampton and Wigan all achieved what they set out to last season (two of them with the last kick of their respective campaigns). City won the Premier League, Chelsea the Champions League (with an added dash of FA Cup), Southampton promotion, while Wigan stayed up. Everyone's happy.

    However, the nature of football means that success is only ever a fleeting moment before you have to suit up and go out and achieve it all over again. Success is an amazing thing, but repeating it... that's the real challenge. Just ask Leeds, Blackburn and countless other clubs.

  225. 1200: 

    Yesterday was fun wasn't it? Two 5-0s, two players sent off, four penalties and an assistant referee getting shoved. As opening days go, that's pretty eventful.

    It presents a high benchmark for the four teams in action today. Fortunately, one of them is the reigning Premier League champion, one the FA Cup and Champions League holder, another a newly-promoted team with a point to prove and, finally, a side who finished last season in sensational form. I'm backing them to bring it.

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