Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Manchester City draw at Liverpool after Stoke versus Arsenal finishes goalless in the Premier League.

26 August 2012 Last updated at 18:46

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  1. 1835: 

    Five games, 10 teams and not a winner among them. It started a bit drab but we got our money's worth from the game at Anfield. You can watch that, as well as Stoke v Arsenal and a recap of yesterday's games on MOTD2 on BBC1 at 22:25 BST. Join me again on Tuesday for live text commentary on the Capital One Cup. I'll see thee.

  2. 1830:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Anfield:Liverpool 2-2 Man City

    "An excellent performance from Liverpool, they were so close to beating the champions but frustration in the end as an error from Martin Skrtel, who had put them ahead earlier in the match, ultimately gifted City a return to get a draw. A really enjoyable game though."

  3. 1827:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsene Wenger never likes coming here but he scored something of moral victory as his team did enough to win it. That is two 0-0 draws after the departure of Robin van Persie but Tony Pulis will be delighted."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    Roberto Mancini on how many players he hopes to sign before Friday's transfer deadline: "10... 15..."

  5. 1826: 

    You can read reports on all of today's games, including Stoke 0-0 Arsenal and Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City. You'll also be able to read reaction throughout the evening from managers and the like. We may even bring you a little video or two of the post-match chat.


    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "What a cracker, roll on next weekend! City showing championship credentials, like a certain city neighbour..."

    Alex McCormac on Twitter: "City need a dose of whatever Liverpool were on! Chequebook time, should have lost - need a few more players."

    Barry Murphy on Twitter: "Man City showed the main characteristic of a top side today. Picking up points when you don't play well."

  7. 1822: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Sometimes the best team can't always win but if you don't win it's important you don't lose. You can't win every game, that's why there's only one champion. I thank the fans, it was a wonderful atmosphere they created. We will have more days like that but get the win."


    Opta Sports tweets: "The last time Liverpool conceded 2+ goals in each of their opening two league games (1975-76), they won the league."

  9. 1819: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "I think that a draw is a correct result. We didn't deserve to lose because in the first 30 minutes played well and we had chances to score. We are not 100% for many reasons, it is important we didn't lose this game. We got a gift from Liverpool, the second goal was a gift."

  10. 1817: 

    After their opening day horror show, Liverpool have answered many a critic and despite their two clangers can take many more positives than negatives away from this afternoon. Joe Allen looks a superb addition, while Raheem Sterling can clearly develop into a major weapon for Brendan Rodgers. If I were a Liverpool fan I'd be excited about the future as opposed to fearful.


    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes tweets: "Raheem Sterling was sold by QPR for 500k a year and a bit ago. This is why I'm so focused on the academy and the future."

  12. 1815: 

    So, some questions for City to answer after today, which will focus largely on Roberto Mancini's formation and selection. They certainly looked more of a threat going forward when David Silva came on, while Mario Balotelli remains an utter enigma. However, they gained a point despite being largely outplayed and that is usual regarded as the sign of a side destined for success.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Great pluses for Liverpool in the performances of Sterling and Allen. City's positives came in the shape of the resilience of champions.

    "Also interesting to hear the very warm Anfield reception for Andy Carroll. Clearly still well regarded by Liverpool's supporters."


    Oliver in Tonbridge on 81111 on text: "Questionable decisions from Mancini. Why leave it so late to swap Milner for Silva? City looked so much better after the change..."

    Ted from Birmingham on 81111 on text: "Disappointing not to win but good effort and performance from Liverpool. Still Sahin to come in who is class, so definitely many positives."

    Oliver, a Liverpool supporter, on 81111 on text: "I suppose that's a good result for us but I'm gutted we didn't win. Gave them a point."

  15. 1808: 

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen speaking after the 2-2 draw with Manchester City: "It was fantastic occasion, special for me to make my home debut. Here at Anfield the atmosphere was fantastic, as I expected. I'm looking forward to playing here this season.

    "The style of Brendan's play is a big, positive factor for everyone, and the players are looking forward to playing under Brendan Rodgers."


    Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong tweets: "What a superb day of football. I love Sundays!"

  17. 1803: 

    So, Manchester City's difficulties on Merseyside continue. They have now failed to win in seven matches away to either Liverpool or Everton. As much as Liverpool would possibly have taken a draw before kick-off, they will be ruing not claiming all three now. Brendan Rodgers' team did a lot right, though, and look a lot better in possession than during most of last season.


    Tinashe M Shoko on Twitter: "Hats off to Brendan Rodgers. They might just gel into Champions League contendors, Liverpool. City need to stop conceding."

    Jon Booth on Twitter: "Ref was awful for City, but I can't be anything but pleased for a point. Rodwell looked solid."

    Josh Croxton on Twitter: "Sterling was indeed sterling today."

  19. 1800:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "It is hard enough to beat Manchester City once - but Liverpool's calamitous defensive errors meant they effectively had to win this game three times and that was never going to happen. New manager Brendan Rodgers can take encouragement from Liverpool's performance while they champions can take a fortunate point and be grateful for it."

  20. 1757:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "It's been a rip-roaring game. It's been very, very good, but the disappointment for Liverpool must be to be twice in front and hauled back both times.

    "But Sterling, Allen and Shelvey have all been good. City have looked a little leggy and tried a formation today which I don't think worked.

    "It was a great advert for the Premier League, and Brendan Rodgers must in the most part be very pleased with what his team showed."

  21. 1754: 

    Luis Suarez is having a word with the referee, clearly still upset at something. What he expects to get from the chat is anyone's guess and he soon abandons it to recognise what has been a superb home support. They can see the signs of improvement in their side and barring a couple of defensive clangers would be celebrating a victory over the champions here.

  22. 1752: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 2-2 Man City
  23. 1752: 

    Liverpool's Joe Allen has what should be the last effort of the game. If any player deserved to strike a winner it is the Liverpool midfielder, but he blasts his 25-yard effort well over.

  24. 1751: 

    David Silva delivers and Liverpool manage to head clear but only as far as Carlos Tevez 25 yards from goal. His eyes light up, but he fails to connect properly with his volley and hooks it well wide of goal.

  25. 1750: 

    Could this be City's chance? They have a corner with a minute to go...

  26. 1749: 

    To be fair, both teams are still having a go. Liverpool's Glen Johnson has a pop from distance. It is decently hit but not enough to beat Joe Hart, who gathers with ease.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Liverpool continuing to press. Despite the errors Rodgers and his players can take great encouragement from this display."

  28. 1748: 

    We are into injury time. There is going to be four minutes of it.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Love 'em or loathe 'em, Suarez and Tevez can really play."


    Mike from Bath on 81111 on text: "City for a fourth straight 3-2 victory?"

  31. 1746: 

    And we're back down the other end for a couple of Liverpool corners. The second poses a couple of threats to the visitors as Luis Suarez's shot is blocked leading to calls for a penalty before the ball is crossed back in for Andy Carroll to place a header that seems destined for the goal until Jack Rodwell gets back to head off the line. Frantic.


    Niall Stevenson on Twitter: "No one beats Liverpool like Liverpool themselves."

    Jeremy Wright on Twitter: "The agony and the ecstasy that is Martin Skrtel in front of the Kop."

    Andrew Roxbury on Twitter: "Just awful from Skrtel but you've got to say Tevez did well and kept calm and composed under pressure."

  33. 1744: 

    Well that was nearly a big twist for City. Carlos Tevez gets the ball out to Alexandar Kolarov wide left but his cross into the box is flicked over the bar by the well-placed Edin Dzeko.

  34. 1743: 

    It is going to be a fascinating last five minutes. Having gifted two goals to City, Liverpool will want to push for the win. How do City play it now? Stick or twist?

  35. 1740: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool - Andy Carroll on for Fabio Borini

    Carroll's introduction is greeted with a mighty roar from the home crowd. They clearly still believe in him.

  36. 1740: 

    They've restored their lead once straight away and Liverpool almost do it again. Jonjo Shelvey is teed up to blaze a shot that clears the bar by only a yard or so.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Utter horror show for the defender..."

  38. 1739:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "Most definitely Skrtel never had even half a look. He wasn't under any great pressure whatsoever. Tevez was aware, and in the end he took the ball round Reina comfortably."

  39. 1737: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-2 Man City - Carlos Tevez (80 mins)

    Once again, Liverpool press the self-destruct button. And it is Martin Skrtel going from hero to villain. The Reds defender turns under little pressure and attempts a back-pass that is woefully under hit and straight into the path of Carlos Tevez, who skips round Pepe Reina and finishes for his 100th goal in English football.


    Josh in London on 81111 on text: "Liverpool have been good but this is the worst I've seen city play for a while. Over-reliance on Silva and Aguero?"

    Callum from Manchester on 81111 on text: "Haven't seen City play this badly for a while. We keep giving the ball away. Kolo and Kolarov are having nightmares."

    Darren, a Manchester United fan, on 81111 on text: "Challenging for the title and defending it are two totally different mindsets, as City are discovering."

  41. 1735: 

    Edin Dzeko's first real sniff of goal sees him turn his marker with ease in the box, but his shot cannot match the approach play as he blazes it well over from an angle on the right.

  42. 1734:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Order restored at Anfield after Manchester City's chaotic equaliser. The momentum is now back with Liverpool but Manchester City specialise in the late rally."

  43. 1733: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - David Silva on for James Milner

    City's last throw of the dice. It's not a bad one either. But can Silva unlock the home defence and earn something for his side?

  44. 1732:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "City got a goal back and looked like they were going to kick on from there. But now they've gone very flat again."


    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "What a gorgeous goal from Suarez. Pure, pure class. Hart had no chance!"

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "That's the first time Suarez has hit the target this season?!"

    Hascim Wamutitu on Twitter: "Poor goalkeeping by Joe Hart. Suarez was always going to aim at that angle."

  46. 1731: 

    Big penalty shouts from the home crowd as Glen Johnson races into the City box and falls under a challenge from Alexandar Kolarov, with Kolo Toure also diving in. The referee isn't interested and waves the game to continue. Replays show that Kolarov hasn't got anywhere near the ball but the ref may have been more focused on Toure clearing the ball.

  47. 1728: 

    He's got an element of the Matt Le Tissier about him has Luis Suarez. Doesn't do tap-ins, but give him a 25-yard free-kick or a lob from near the half-way line and he is lethal.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Surely the wall has to be positioned over to the left by one more man!"

  49. 1725:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "Great execution from Suarez, but I thought City needed an extra man in that wall. That's down to Joe Hart and I think he's got that wrong. Your last man on the wall has to be a body's width wide of the post, but he wasn't. Suarez took it extremely well but it didn't need to bend that much."

  50. 1724: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-1 Man City - Luis Suarez (66 mins)

    Unbelievable! Jack Rodwell's handball gives Liverpool a free-kick, just over 20 yards from goal and Luis Suarez curls a shot round the wall and into the bottom corner of Joe Hart's goal. It was perfectly placed. Timing wise it could not be better for Liverpool regaining the lead.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Man City - totally undeservedly - equalise. Yaya Toure. Liverpool will be fuming at the sloppy nature of that goal.

    "To credit Mancini his changes were made to allow Yaya Toure to become more of a threat - so a result for the manager."

  52. 1723: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool - Jose Enrique on for Martin Kelly
  53. 1721: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-1 Man City - Yaya Toure (63 mins)

    It is a goal from nothing to get City back on terms and Liverpool have played a huge hand in giving it to them. Carlos Tevez's cross from the right is brought down by Martin Kelly at the back post but he is off balance and cannot clear properly, allowing Yaya Toure to capitalise with a finish into the bottom corner. Game well and truly back on.

  54. 1720:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "With Jack Rodwell on, this means Yaya Toure will now go marauding into the final third for Manchester City. But I don't know if these changes have added to City's attacking force. They're now playing two holding midfielders."

  55. 1719: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - Edin Dzeko on for Mario Balotelli
  56. 1719: 

    City's best move for some time sees Carlos Tevez sneak a pass in for James Milner in the box down the right, but before the move can reach its conclusion the whistle blows for offside. More frustration for the visitors.

  57. 1717: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man City - Jack Rodwell on for Samir Nasri

    Roberto Mancini obviously sees it differently from me. This is why Mancini gets paid millions to manage while I hide in an office and write about football. Rodwell joins the game to boos from the home crowd, no doubt connected to his former club Everton.

  58. 1717: 

    City are having a shocker. They are giving the ball away regularly in dangerous areas. Fortunately for them, Liverpool have been unable to capitalise.

  59. 1714: 

    Edin Dzeko is going through a warm up for City. Could he be the man to rescue this game for them? They need to do something because at the moment Liverpool are looking good for their lead. I'd offer two words for City's predicament: David Silva.

  60. 1712: 

    It looks like Shelvey is going to be OK to continue. He gingerly gets to his feet.

  61. 1711: 

    Are Liverpool about to lose another midfielder? Lucas' replacement Jonjo Shelvey is down and in clear pain.

  62. 1710: 

    It is just not working for City at the moment. Carlos Tevez is the latest culprit of giving the ball away as his intended pass to James Milner is easily cut out.


    Zander Davey on Twitter: "Sterling needs a call up right away. To have Sterling & Chamberlain on England's future wings is a mouth watering prospect."

    Jay Nandha on Twitter: "City really need their magician Silva on for the second half."

    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "Is Suarez the new Torres? No confidence and desperately short on goals?"

  64. 1708: 

    City almost gift Liverpool a second as an under-hit pass allows Fabio Borini to rob Pablo Zabaleta in the City half. Borini finds Luis Suarez in the box but the presence of Kolo Toure is enough to prevent the striker making a clean contact with his strike. Joe Hart can gather with ease. Liverpool have started the half how they finished the last.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Proper Sunday. Football, roast for lunch, bottle of Lynch Bages '86 and more football."

  66. 1706: 

    There is no better way of riling up a home crowd than giving a free-kick against their young flying winger when he has just tumbled under a challenge. Raheem Sterling is penalised as he looks to muscle past Kolo Toure, provoking Anfield into a rage.

  67. 1705: 

    City have the first chance to create something in the second half with a free-kick on the right but Alexandar Kolarov wastes it by overhitting his delivery beyond his team-mates in the box.

  68. 1702: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Liverpool 1-0 Man City
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Manchester City need to shake themselves here. Balotelli offering little or nothing up front and Liverpool dominating possession. Carlos Tevez working hard for Man City but little in the way of support. Roberto Mancini will not be happy."


    Colin Williamson on Twitter: "One half of football. One goal. One vowel. Skrtel."

  71. 1655: 

    Well, this display from Liverpool is in stark contrast to their one in the opening game of the season at West Brom. You can see flashes of what Brendan Rodgers is trying to instill at Anfield. They are far from the finished article but they are shifting the ball with pace and precision.

    In comparison to what we're used to from City, they have offered little barring the Carlos Tevez effort that hit the post. As I said earlier, though, evidence shows that you shouldn't write them off when they are behind.

  72. 1654: 

    Drama at Fir Park as Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson is sent off for the second game running and Tom Reilly gives St Mirren a late equaliser that prevents the home side going top of the Scottish Premier League. Justice was maybe done as the Buddies had the better of the game after Michael Higdon's early strike. Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren

  73. 1653: 

    Hearts almost snatch an unlikely winner at Aberdeen as Andy Driver flashes a shot against the post at the end of a Hearts breakaway, but the match finishes goalless. Aberdeen 0-0 Hearts

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "City need to invest in another centre forward before the transfer window closes. One with pace!"

  75. 1651: 

    This is an unfamiliar feeling for the Manchester City players away from the Etihad. It is the first time they have trailed in an away game at the break for 16 months. Guess when the last time was? Yep, at Anfield in April 2011 when they were 3-0 down to Liverpool (which ended up being the full-time score).

  76. 1649:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Man City

    "The roar and the standing ovation from the home fans at Anfield tell us what an excellent first half that was for Liverpool. What a header it was as well from Martin Skrtel. Carlos Tevez was closest for Manchester City, but the champions are in a spot of bother here."

  77. 1648:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Liverpool's players depart to be a very noisy and appreciative Anfield reception as they lead at half time. Manchester City's fans are very quiet - and they have had plenty to be quiet about."


    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Ladies and gents, I present to you the famous 'come from behind' masters. Sit back and wait for it."

    Ed Woodhouse on Twitter: "£15 million is a lot of money but Joe Allen is superb."

    Jack Willows on Twitter: "Liverpool finally have a bit of a Swansea look about them!"

  79. 1648: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 1-0 Man City
  80. 1648: 

    Mario Balotelli earns his side another free-kick with a tumble under minimal pressure from Raheem Sterling. Alexandar Kolarov delivers from the right and a half-clearance falls to Samir Nasri but his shot is blocked behind. City won't be given time to take the corner...

  81. 1645: 

    City making a push for an equaliser late in the first half by forcing two corners. Liverpool cope well with both, though. In truth, neither was particularly well delivered. Roberto Mancini does not look a happy chap. The visitors have a 15-minute dressing down coming their way.

  82. 1643: 

    Danny Grainger gets in an important block to prevent Aberdeen substitute Rory Fallon's shot reaching its target. Hearts have offered little in attack but their defensive endeavours have frustrated the home side.


    Ade on 81111 on text: "He's at the start of what could be a very long journey, but if Brendan Rodgers is trying to get Liverpool fans on his side, dropping Stewart Downing is a fantastic place to start."

    Owen from Liverpool on 81111 on text: "Am I the only person who finds Suarez infuriating? He is such a greedy player."

  84. 1643: 

    Joe Allen has been superb for Liverpool so far, with little fanfare. He finds Luis Suarez in space with a neat pass, but the Uruguayan's curling shot from 25 yards is past the far post.

  85. 1641: 

    City's first venture into Liverpool territory in some time sees Mario Balotelli put a pass forward for Carlos Tevez, who for a second looks to have got ahead of the Reds defence. However, he moved too early and the move is cut short by a flag for offside against the Argentine.

  86. 1640: 

    St Mirren are piling on the pressure at Fir Park, but Motherwell are holding on to the lead given them by Michael Higdon. Incidentally, the striker has now scored in the last three encounters between the sides at Fir Park, the first of which came while he was playing for the Buddies.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "Magnificent header by Skrtel. Liverpool 1-0 up. Deserved."

  88. 1638: 

    Liverpool really have the bit between their teeth at the moment and are taking the game to the champions. City are clinging on. However, as we've seen all too clearly in recent matches, City are no strangers to coming from behind to win.


    Tom Stimson on Twitter: "Based on the midweek game and today, Borini is already looking to be another Anfield flop..."

    Mina on Twitter: "Sterling is class. Haven't been this excited about a player since Barnes."

    Reshad Sargeant on Twitter: "If you're watching Mr Hodgson, please give Raheem Sterling a cap before Jamaica nab him. Thanks."

  90. 1635:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "That was a rocket of a header. Great right-footed corner from Gerrard, in front of the Kop, and Skrtel got absolutely everything behind it. It went in with the power of a shot."

  91. 1633: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Man City - Martin Skrtel (34 mins)

    They were a yard away from scoring with the move that led to the corner, but it doesn't matter now as Martin Skrtel charges into the box and rises to meet Steven Gerrard's delivery to power a header past Joe Hart. It is the first league goal of the Brendan Rodgers reign and a deserved lead for Liverpool.

  92. 1633: 

    Oh, so close to the opening goal! Steven Gerrard swings in a superb cross from deep and Vincent Kompany's slice loops past Joe Hart and just over the bar.

  93. 1632: 

    Quick as a flash, City are down the other end. But Mario Balotelli wastes a decent chance by ignoring his team-mates, cutting one way and then another before blazing a shot from an angle over the bar from 20 yards. Liverpool fans aren't happy. They think Luis Suarez was fouled before City broke.

  94. 1630: 

    Again Liverpool come forward, this time through Jonjo Shelvey, who cuts inside before finding Luis Suarez. However, the Uruguayan's shot is blocked by the head of a City defender. The home side well on top at the moment.

  95. 1629: 

    Liverpool are playing some lovely stuff in their build-up. A neat move sees Fabio Borini gain possession on the edge of the box before his shot from range is deflected behind. The resulting corner is dealt with well by City. The home crowd have certainly been lifted, though.

  96. 1627: 

    Still no goals at Pittodrie but Aberdeen are still very much the side on top. A series of second-half substitutions has done little to change the pattern of play but, at this rate, Hearts will be the happier of the two teams.

  97. 1626: 

    That's a bit more like it from Mario Balotelli, who emerges from his self-imposed lull to rob Sebastian Coates of possession on the edge of the Liverpool box before being fouled by the Reds defender. The resulting free-kick causes Pepe Reina a lot of trouble as he flaps at Samir Nasri's delivery. Thankfully for the home keeper, it clears him and everybody else in the box.

  98. 1623:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:

    "The Kop getting behind Raheem Sterling every time he gets the ball and the teenager is responding. Looks totally undaunted and almost created the opener for Fabio Borini. Showing real promise."

  99. 1623:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "Raheem Sterling has started really well and looks a real potent force. If Liverpool can get him on the ball and isolate Kolo Toure with him there could be some really interesting developments."


    Anton Button on Twitter: "Suarez and Sterling looking sharp this afternoon..."

    Robert Johnson on Twitter: "Liverpool look really up for this. Has Gerrard got another Roy of the Rovers performance in him?"

    Thomas Lee on Twitter: "I hope and expect Liverpool will get trounced."

  101. 1619: 

    And now Liverpool can thank their lucky stars they are not behind. Carlos Tevez darts in to gain possession deep in the right side of Liverpool's box and somehow squeezes a shot past Pepe Reina and along the line before the ball strikes the far post and is eventually gathered by Reina. Had Mario Balotelli shown some interest he could have had the simplest of finishes. Roberto Mancini leaps out of his seat to make that very point.

  102. 1618: 

    Oh, Liverpool should be 1-0 up. Simple as that. Raheem Sterling's cross finds Fabio Borini just outside the six yard box and slightly ahead of his marker. However, he puts his side-foot finish past the near post.


    Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar tweets: "Everybody told me Man City will win I'm going to say 2-1 Liverpool."

  104. 1614: 

    It is an open game. An attempted Liverpool attack breaks down and immediately City drive down the other end. The attack comes to nothing, though, as Carlos Tevez's cross drifts over everyone in the box and behind for a goal-kick.


    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero tweets: "Recovery is going great. I'm at home now ready to watch @MCFC and root for them every second. C'mon, City!"

  106. 1612:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "Last word on Lucas - if there was any doubt about him just before the game, just don't start him. We have a heck of a long season. Imagine if he'd really pulled it - he could have been out for three months."

  107. 1611: 

    There are shouts for a handball against Alexandar Kolarov for an attempted pass from Fabio Borini that bounced up and struck him. Replays show it hit him in the chest, though. More positive stuff from Liverpool, who again utilised Raheem Sterling well in the build-up.

  108. 1610: 

    There's just one Sunday fixture in the Women's Super League and it's more bad news for Liverpool's recently appointed manager Matt Beard as his team surrender a two-goal lead for Lincoln to run out 3-2 winners. That's two games and two defeats since Beard took over - and next up the Reds face Everton!

  109. 1610: 

    Mario Balotelli earns his side a free-kick with a sharp turn on Martin Skrtel that results in the defender dragging him to the floor. The free-kick ultimately results in the first City shot in anger from Alexandar Kolarov, but it is saved by Pepe Reina.

  110. 1609: 

    More frustration for the Aberdeen fans as Ryan Jack's drive is spilled by Jamie MacDonald and Scott Vernon touches the rebound against the post from an offside position.

  111. 1607: 

    Pretty even stuff in this opening few minutes. Liverpool are looking for a quick start and are trying to get Raheem Sterling on to the ball, while City hope to weather any early home momentum.


    Ali Kaffaf on Twitter: "It is going to be interesting between Sterling and Zabaleta. That alone could be the difference between winning and losing."

    Greg Alexander on Twitter: "Can see Liverpool getting a few things on the break here. City look poor defending the counter attack."

    Ijaz on Twitter: "Come on Man City. Hope Balotelli uses his common sense as much as his feet..."

  113. 1604: 

    Aberdeen are about to start the second half and Hearts have been forced into a change at the break with Denis Prychynenko replacing Marius Zaliukas, who has been carrying a thigh injury.

  114. 1604: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool - Jonjo Shelvey on for Lucas
  115. 1604: 

    It looks like Lucas' afternoon isn't going to last long. The Liverpool midfielder seems to have pulled a muscle and needs to be replaced. That is sad for him as he has had to endure his share of injury problems of late.

  116. 1601: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "We have to be a bit more frugal at times but we need to wheel and deal so I'll be doing my best in next seven days. It's very important. You don't take your eye off the ball in the Premier League, it's relentless. Players need to be on their toes and there is nothing better than competition for places. We need to freshen up to keep the players bubbling along."


    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen tweets: "I hope this is the last weekend I have to watch football on TV. Desperate to get back into it.

    "Tough one to call here. Liverpool seem to beat all the 'big teams' at home."

  118. 1601: 

    An early mistake from Manchester City in midfield gifts a chance to Steven Gerrard, but it acts more as a sighter for the Liverpool captain, who pulls his shot well wide of goal.

  119. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool v Man City (16:00 BST)
  120. 1559:  
    Mark Lawrenson, BBC Radio 5 live at Anfield

    "Liverpool's performance last week against West Brom won't have helped their nerves today. They got beaten easily in the end. Everybody is looking at Brendan Rodgers and his team and they're probably not sure what they're going to get today. For Liverpool, that is unusual."

  121. 1557: 

    The teams are on their way out of the tunnel at Anfield. Put your hands together and pray to the gods of football for a better game than Stoke v Arsenal.

  122. 1554: 

    Motherwell seem destined to end the weekend top of the Scottish Premier League as they reach half time 1-0 ahead of St Mirren. Michael Higdon's strike after a little over a minute at Fir Park is enough for Well so far in an entertaining tussle at Fir Park.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "REM's Man On The Moon played in tribute to the late Neil Armstrong at Anfield."

  124. 1552: 

    Mario Balotelli returns to the Manchester City line-up today at Anfield and manager Roberto Mancini will be hoping for no repeat of the Italian's antics when they played Liverpool in November as the striker was sent off for two bookable offences. Mancini is hoping Balotelli can take his Euro 2012 form with Italy into this season. "I agree if Mario plays always like he played in the European Championship it would be better," said Mancini.


    Wigan and Scotland midfielder James McArthur tweets: "Does anyone fancy Liverpool to get a result today? I think they can as they always lift their game for the big games..."

  126. 1548: 

    The Aberdeen fans demand a red card after Hearts' Mehdi Taouil takes out Gavin Rae during a Dons break but referee Alan Muir produces a yellow card, deeming that Andy Webster's nearby presence meant Taouil did not deny a goalscoring opportunity.

    Shortly afterwards, Ryan Jack crosses into a crowded Hearts penalty area and Scott Vernon sticks out a foot for the shot. The Aberdeen fans start celebrating prematurely and they end up disappointed as the ball smacks off the crossbar.


    Firoz Dawood on Twitter: "Time for a Rodgerlution!"

    Danny Partington on Twitter: "Don't want it to happen but looking at the line ups Liverpool are going to be decimated today! It's going to be a cricket score..."

    Akhil Sharma on Twitter: "Charlie Adam's not even making it to the bench... someone is on his way out."

  128. 1548: 

    As they tend to be, Manchester City have been active in the transfer market this week, selling one winger and lining up a very similar one as a replacement. Adam Johnson has been sold to Sunderland, with Swansea's Scott Sinclair earmarked to be brought in. If the latter transfer happens it'll be interesting to see just how much Sinclair starts for the champions. I'm guessing it won't be as often as he did at Swansea.

  129. 1544: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We have some work to do on [creating chances] front. Give credit to Stoke, they defended very well. They played a real committed game, and were well organised. You always felt that we were dangerous, but we couldn't finish it off and we have work to do in the final third. I don't want to take anything from Robin van Persie because he is an exceptional player, but I still don't worry that we will score goals with the players we have."

    On transfer business: "I don't rule it out. We are active, we have eyes open and there could still be some action in the transfer market."

  130. 1544: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could have been sat in the Manchester City dugout today. Rodgers has admitted he was approached by Roberto Mancini about becoming part of his coaching staff after he left Reading in December 2009. "They were excited about what was happening there and I didn't really think I was going to get a manager's job so the next best thing was at least working with top players," Rodgers told The Telegraph. "Then all of a sudden I got the opportunity to go to Swansea so to be the No 1, irrespective of money and whatever contract, at a great club like Swansea was always going to be too good to turn down. I hadn't had anything in writing from Man City but I probably would have [earned more money]."


    Ahead of Liverpool v Man City, Reds full-back Jose Enrique tweets: "I already meet Sahin today here in the training ground. Speaks very good Spanish and looks a very nice person. Looking forward to playing with him. But first we have to win today! Come on lads! Big game today..."

  132. 1540: 

    No Nuri Sahin yet for Liverpool. The Turkish international joined on loan from Real Madrid in the week. The Reds reportedly beat Arsenal to the signature of the midfielder.

  133. 1538: 

    At Pittodrie, it remains goalless and clear-cut chances have been scarce. Hearts' John Sutton has been a handful for the Aberdeen defence and has so far looked the most likely to make the breakthrough.

  134. 1538: 

    Plenty of focus on Raheem Sterling at Anfield today then. The youngster has long been considering a talent for the future. He now has a chance to make a name for himself in the present. Anyone who has seen him before will be well aware that he has plenty of pace and tricks in the locker.

  135. 1537:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:Liverpool v Man City (16:00 BST)

    "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has trusted to youth and hunger by giving teenager Raheem Sterling his full Premier League debut. He gets the nod ahead of Stewart Downing, while Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson are on the bench. Sebastian Coates is preferred to Jamie Carragher in Liverpool's central defence, with Daniel Agger suspended. Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing - at the centre of transfer speculation - are nowhere to be seen.

    "Manchester City drop Joleon Lescott to the bench, where he is joined by David Silva and Jack Rodwell. Kolo Toure returns while Mario Balotelli replaces the injured Sergio Aguero."


    Denim Bartholomew on Twitter: "So with 2/3 of games gone, Arsenal are already seven points behind. Game over?"

    Rhodri Sion Foxall on Twitter: "Might be a goalless draw, but it shows that Arsenals defence is improving. A clean sheet against Stoke away isn't easy."

    Philip Maher on Twitter: "As frustrating as Arsenal can be, it's a better start than last year! At least that's what I keep telling myself to feel better..."

  137. 1535: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "It was a solid game and we showed a dominant spirit and there are a lot of positives. The negatives are we didn't score in our first two games but I think that will come because we have lot of new players."

  138. 1535: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Coates, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Borini, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Carroll, Henderson, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey.

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

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  139. 1534: 

    Liverpool may have the home edge over man City, but in general their form at Anfield isn't the greatest. Having only won six home league games last season under Kenny Dalglish, new manager Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool to make Anfield a fortress again. "We know that if we are going to have any sort of success this year, we've got to make sure we can win as many of our home games as we possibly can," he said. "Anfield is somewhere we want to make sure is a real fortress."

  140. 1532: 

    Anfield has proven to be a tough venue for City, who have not won there in the Premier League since a 2-1 victory in May 2003 (a run encompassing nine matches without victory). However, Liverpool will need to reverse a pretty shocking run of form to maintain their home domination. The Reds have lost 10 of the past 15 Premier League games.

  141. 1531: 

    Arsenal's Mikel Arteta after the goalless draw at Stoke: "We didn't concede many chances at the back and we looked very well organised, but it wasn't good enough. As soon as we play four or five matches together we will settle down and be OK. So far the start is not good enough but we can take some positives from it."

  142. 1529: 

    And so to Liverpool v Manchester City. The Reds come into the game a wounded animal after Brendan Rodgers disastrous debut as boss at West Brom. Man City are still on a high after that last-minute winner at the end of last season, although I'm sure they would rather make games more comfortable for themselves than continually going through the wringer with 3-2 wins.

  143. 1525: 

    Wide players could be the key to a breakthrough at Pittodrie with Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes and Hearts' Andy Driver trying their best to give their strikers some service. Little in the way of clear-cut chances so far though.


    Infostrada Sports tweet: "Arsenal become the third team to open the Premier League season with back-to-back goalless draws following Chelsea in 1995/96 and Derby County in 1998/99."


    Manchester City tweet from their official account: "Those wondering about where @gael_22 [Gael Clichy] is today. Our French star's wife has just had a baby! Congrats!

  146. 1523:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "I think that was more satisfying for Tony Pulis. They nullified Arsenal in the second half. Begovic didn't have a save to make, but then neither did Arsenal. But then, you have to say, Arsenal didn't have enough quality to open up a resolute Stoke defence. Stoke could do with more of a goal threat but any time you win a point at home against one of the top teams that has to be looked at as a success."

  147. 1522: 

    What a rollercoaster ride that game was. Shame it's broken. I think it's fair to say the bar has been set very low for Liverpool and Manchester City. If they can produce a few shots on target at Anfield they will already have surpassed what was on show at the Britannia.

  148. 1520: 

    It has finished Charlton ladies 4-4 Man City ladies. Sneaky women, they've stolen all the goals from the Britannia.

  149. 1520: 
    FULL-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal
  150. 1518: 

    We are into three minutes of added time at the Britannia. Any goal now will surely be the winner.


    West Brom defender James Hurst tweets: "I wanna fast forward the telly every time Stoke have a goal kick. Begovic takes too long..."

  152. 1517: 

    What an effort from Olivier Giroud! The French striker collects a ball down the line from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and opts to shoot from about 40 yards. His effort beats Asmir Begovic but also clears the bar by a yard. It was a good attempt, but if Giroud had looked to his right he would have seen Aaron Ramsey charging forward into empty space and arguably better placed to score. Arsene Wenger certainly thinks he should have taken that option.

  153. 1514: 

    Hearts are asserting themselves at Pittodrie and John Sutton fires in a shot but Aberdeen's Gary Naysmith gets in a block. The Dons yet to impose themselves on the game.

  154. 1514:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "Aaron Ramsey looks like he's got that yard of pace back that he needed to find after last season. I think this is going to be the Alamo for Stoke here in the last five minutes. Certainly Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have given Arsenal more attacking impetus."

  155. 1514: 

    That was a great ball for Jonathan Walters. It was a really poor resulting effort from the striker though. Michael Kightly's ball finds Walters and allows him to nip ahead of the Arsenal defence but he seemingly gets caught in two minds and produces a harmless effort that dribbles to Vito Mannone.


    James Hanson on Twitter: "I object to the constant Stoke-bashing from fans of big clubs - surely a diverse range of footballing styles is good for the Premier League?"

    Kieran Blair Field on Twitter: "I don't like the way Stoke play, but as a football fan I'd much rather see my team win ugly than lose trying to play football."

    Neil Fishwick on Twitter: "I really detest Arsenal fans who believe there is only one way to play football, but of course you won't put this on the site!"

  157. 1509: 

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first involvement for Arsenal since coming on sees him meet a corner from the right but his header goes just over the bar. Time is ticking away here for one of these teams to find a winner. At the moment, Arsenal are the ones looking for it.

  158. 1508: 

    Boos from the home crowd for Aaron Ramsey, who broke his leg here a few seasons back. That is really disappointing.

  159. 1507: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey on for Santi Cazorla
  160. 1506: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke - Wilson Palacios on for Glenn Whelan
  161. 1506: 

    Motherwell start to put their Europa League blues behind them after taking an early lead against St Mirren. Lee Mair fails to control inside the penalty box and striker Michael Higdon pounces to fire past goalkeeper Craig Samson.

  162. 1506: 

    Shotton for Crouch? On paper, not the most attacking of substitutions from a home side at 0-0 with 10 minutes to go. Who am I to question, though? It may prove a masterstroke.

  163. 1505: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke - Ryan Shotton on for Peter Crouch
  164. 1504: 

    Defender Sebastian Coates is included in the Liverpool starting XI in place of Daniel Agger, who was sent off against West Brom.

  165. 1503: 

    Hearts kick-off against Aberdeen at Pittodrie and a couple of early physical challenges results in a break of play. Determined start from both sides.

  166. 1503: 

    Mario Balotelli starts up front for Manchester City in place of the injured Sergio Aguero.


    Jack in Norwich on 81111 on text: "Re Jonathan (1453): Stoke and Pulis play to their strengths and have established themselves as a top flight club. Why change something that works?"

    Elizabeth from Durham on 81111 on text: "Wake me up when this gets interesting. Stoke kill football and Arsenal have no attacking prowess = borefest."

    Mark in Newport on 81111 on text: "Fans of most holding midfielders don't like The Flintstones, but those of Abou Diaby do. (I am so sorry!)"

    Get out Mark. Go and think about what you've just done.

  168. 1501: 

    This is getting a bit ridiculous now for Arsenal. A cross from the right falls at the feet of Abou Diaby but he dwells way too long before shooting and when he does finally produce an effort it spins wide. I'm frustrated as a neutral, so I can only imagine how Arsenal fans must feel.

  169. 1500: 

    Once again Arsenal show a complete lack of cutting edge in attack. The ball breaks for Mikel Arteta on the edge of the box, giving him a clear sight of goal, but his shot is sliced horribly wide of goal. No wonder the Spaniard puts his head in his hands.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Arsenal may have lost a couple of top players but they have definitely found one in Santi Cazorla."

  171. 1457: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal - Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Gervinho and Lukas Podolski
  172. 1457: 

    Arsenal's Olivier Giroud tries a bit of glamour with an acrobatic volley from a corner, but he fails to connect properly and it bounces into the turf before clearing the crossbar. Theis game could really do with a goal. Or even just a few shots on target.

  173. 1456: 

    Anyone but Peter Crouch would not have had a chance of reaching that, but the Stretch Armstrong-esque limbs of the Stoke forward manage to reach a driven cross to the back post. He is unable to hook it back towards goal, though, and it drifts harmlessly behind.


    Jonathan McGarth on Twitter: "I really detest stoke. A repugnant club with a disgusting footballing philosophy led by a horrible manager."

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Don't worry Cazorla, Stoke are the only rugby team in the Premier League..."

    Chris Brown on Twitter: "Still convinced there were two Per Mertesackers playing in Bundesliga and Arsenal had the wrong delivered. Rubbish."

  175. 1453: 

    Cameron Jerome is straight into the action with a neat turn and shot but it has neither the placement or power to test Vito Mannone.

  176. 1452:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "It's much more even than it was in the first half. Stoke are getting rewards and Arsenal cannot play free-flowing football. Instead they have been forced to play on the break."

  177. 1452: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Stoke - Cameron Jerome on for Jermaine Pennant
  178. 1451: 

    The resulting free-kick is well struck by Mikel Arteta but the Stoke wall holds firm and blocks the effort before it can test Asmir Begovic.

  179. 1451: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke - Andy Wilkinson

    Ow. Take that Thomas Vermaelen! Andy Wilkinson flies into a challenge on the edge of the box and sends the Gunners defender spinning. That is a nailed on yellow card.

  180. 1450: 

    "St Mirren will be active in the transfer market. I expect them to sign a left-back," said BBC Scotland's Chick Young at Fir Park as he gets wind of an upcoming transfer. He'll endeavour to find out the name of the prospective Buddies capture.

    Meanwhile, Aberdeen manager Craig Brown, speaking ahead of his side's match against Hearts, said: "It should be an exciting SPL throughout the season and points are really at a premium."

  181. 1448: 

    Motherwell: Randolph, Kerr, Cummins, Hutchinson, Hammell, Hetherington, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Ojamaa, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, Humphrey, McHugh, Daley, Carswell, Page, Francis-Angol.

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Carey, McLean, Goodwin, McGowan, Imrie, Thompson, Parkin. Subs: Chris Smith, Robertson, Reilly, Teale, Barron, Jack Smith, McGinn.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  182. 1447: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Anderson, Considine, Reynolds, Osbourne, Jack, Rae, Naysmith, Fraser, Vernon, Hayes. Subs: Rogers, Clark, Low, Fallon, Megginson, Magennis, Paton.

    Hearts: MacDonald, Ryan McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Driver, Paterson, Barr, Taouil, Novikovas, Sutton. Subs: Enckelman, Robinson, Gordon Smith, Holt, Prychynenko, McHattie, Carrick.

    Referee: Alan Muir

  183. 1447: 

    Down the other end, Asmir Begovic is called into action and does well to dive low to claim a Lukas Podolski cross from the left ahead of Olivier Giroud.

  184. 1446: 

    That's a waste. Michael Kightly, who scored on his debut for Stoke last week, gets in down the right but overhits his cross beyond all his team-mates in the box and out of play.

  185. 1445: 

    The Britannia erupts with cries of penalty as Jermaine Pennant darts in ahead of Kieran Gibbs and then stumbles in the box under what could have been a little shove from the Arsenal defender. Personally I think he fell a little easily and the contact was minimal.


    James in Gosport on 81111 on text: "Another season and same old Arsenal. Relentless pressure with no end result. This game has 1-0 Stoke all over it with Wenger ranting to the fourth official about various injustices. Someone tell me I'm wrong!"

    Paul on 81111 on text: "Gervinho continues to play football like a headless chicken and continues to start matches despite the fans' strong doubts about him."

    Ollie from Malabar on 81111 on text: "Forget the lack of trophies, I blame the exodus of players on Arsenal's consistently atrocious away kits!"

  187. 1443: 

    Fair play to the Arsenal defence, they are coping well with the aerial stuff Stoke are launching at them. Per Mertesacker has marshalled Peter Crouch superbly and gets a little help from the referee for a foul in City's latest attack. Needless to say, it doesn't go down well with the home crowd.

  188. 1439:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "I see a different attitude to Stoke. There is a little more pressing and they've gone 10 yards further up the pitch. I think they think they can't be hurt behind, which could be dangerous with the pace of Gervinho and Podolski. It's a much more even contest in this second half."

  189. 1438: 

    Arsenal continue to look the more threatening. Olivier Giroud nips in ahead of Ryan Shawcross to claim a long ball forward down the right and then squares for Gervinho but his shot is weak and pulled well wide of the far post from the edge of the box.

  190. 1433: 

    Arsenal back into their stride early in the second half as they play some neat stuff in the Stoke half, but again the final pass lets them down as Abou Diaby's ball is cut out by a City man.

  191. 1431: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    James Connolly on Twitter: "So we've sacked Andy Thorn after three drawn games in League One. Pep Guardiola's been spotted at Nando's in Coventry..."

    Joshua Corsi on Twitter: "All the possession and nothing to show for it. Arsenal will struggle to find goals. Same as last week, same as next week."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "On the bright side... Arsenal have lasted 135 minutes without conceding! Well done Steve Bould."

  193. 1430: 

    Arsenal did not score in their opening two Premier League matches last season. If they fail to score today, they will become the fifth team in the Premier League era to fail to score in their first two matches in back-to-back seasons following Derby County, Portsmouth, Southampton and West Ham United. That stat courtesy of infostradalive.

  194. 1427: 

    There are two matches at 15:00 BST. At Pittodrie, Aberdeen and Hearts meet. For Hearts, it's an opportunity to put the disappointment of Thursday's late defeat by Liverpool behind them.

    At Fir Park, St Mirren are the visitors against Motherwell. 'Well were also beaten in the Europa League play-offs this week, going down 2-0 against visitor Spanish side Levante. Stuart McCall's side, like Aberdeen and Hearts, have five points from three games while the Buddies are looking to recover from last week's home defeat by Hibernian.

  195. 1429:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Anfield:Liverpool v Man City (16:00 BST)

    "Brendan Rodgers takes charge of his first Premier League game at Anfield as Liverpool manager determined to fashion a recovery from the miserable opening day defeat at West Bromwich Albion. Anfield is bathed in sunshine at the start of a new era - but a severe examination awaits in the shape of champions Manchester City. Manager Roberto Mancini is desperate for new signings before the transfer window closes, but he still possesses a hugely formidable squad."

  196. 1428:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at AnfieldLiverpool v Man City (16:00 BST)

    "Should Liverpool lose today, Brendan Rodgers would be the first boss at Anfield since Bill Shankly (in December 1959) to be pointless after his first two league games and hosting the Premier League champions is perhaps the toughest assignment they could face after defeat at West Brom last week. Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini's City will be determined to beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 2003."


    QPR midfielder Hogan Ephraim, on loan at Bristol City, tweets: "You can watch football from all over the world and even the lesser/bad teams try and play passing football. British football is miles behind. If a certain style suits your team and gets results then fair play - but watching it, playing against it or playing it is just annoying!"

  198. 1426: 

    For my cash, Arsenal have looked the better side at the Britannia, but they are suffering from the same old problem of not being ruthless enough in front of goal. The build-up play is fine - Santi Cazorla certainly looks the business - but they still seem either hesitant to pull the trigger or fail to aim properly when they do.

    You know what you get with Stoke. They have competed well and challenged the Arsenal backline in typically physical fashion, but like their opponents they haven't tested the keeper enough.

  199. 1420:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "Stoke haven't had enough possession. They've always posed a threat when they've had the ball but they haven't had enough of it. Arsenal's passing is swift and decisive but they haven't been able to get the breakthrough. Tony Pulis will be delighted at half-time."

  200. 1418:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal have bossed the game in terms of possession but chances have been few and far between and they cannot find the back of the net without Robin van Persie."


    Ruridh Allen on Twitter: "Diaby is looking really composed out there. If he can stay fit and Podolski/Giroud get the goals this could be a fine season."

    Dan Chapman on Twitter: "Arsenal look so average, a team of individuals all trying to do their own thing. The only player I'm impressed with is Cazorla."

    Levi Oakey on Twitter: "Geoff Cameron's looking good..."

  202. 1416: 
    HALF-TIME- Stoke 0-0 Arsenal
  203. 1416: 

    Arsenal end the half with a couple of corners from Santi Cazorla, the first of which Stoke head behind, the second of which they head clear with ease.

  204. 1413: 

    We're just getting news of the first managerial casualty of the season. Coventry have sacked boss Andy Thorn. City have drawn their first three league games in League One following their relegation from the Championship last season.

  205. 1411: 

    Stoke's turn to threaten as Geoff Cameron floats a cross over from the right after being released into space by Jermaine Pennant. It is a decent delivery but well met by the head of Per Mertesacker to clear from danger. It has been a very entertaining game so far despite the lack of goals.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "How much would Santi Cazorla have cost Arsenal if he was English?"

  207. 1409: 

    The Stoke fans are starting to amp up their mockery of Arsene Wenger. Gervinho's failure to provide a cross from a good position on the right causes the Gunners boss to throw his arms up in disgust, which is immediately cheered and replicated by a delighted home crowd.

  208. 1407: 

    Stoke now with a chance to deliver from a free-kick as Jermaine Pennant is felled on the right by Lukas Podolski. Olivier Giroud does really well to head the delivery clear. This provides big Geoff with another throw to hurl in, which he does but only straight into the arms of Vito Mannone.

  209. 1405:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal are just not picking the right final pass at the moment, and they just can't find the openings. As always though, Stoke are proving very resilient."

  210. 1405: 

    That is a better hit from Santi Cazorla. The ball falls to him after Mikel Arteta is clattered in midfield and he hits it well but Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic dives to his left to palm it behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing as the visitors are penalised for a foul in the box.


    Mark G on Twitter: "This Arsenal looks so similar to last season. So much pressure, no goals. Who will be our new Van Persie to help us out?"

    Garreth Frank on Twitter: "Still unconvinced by Gervinho. Cannot fathom why he's on instead of Walcott or the Ox..."

    Mark Campbell on Twitter: "Wonder if Arsene is rocking the specs again to try to bring back the glory days?"

  212. 1402: 

    A late challenge from Marc Wilson on Santi Cazorla gives Arsenal a chance to deliver from a free-kick on the right. The Gunners take it short back to their Spanish midfielder but again he drags his shot wide.

  213. 1400: 

    They may be in control, but Arsenal need to remember this Stoke team don't lie down for anyone. After a good run from Jonathan Walters into the Gunners half, Michael Kightly is teed up to fire a well-hit shot into the hands of Vito Mannone.

  214. 1358: 

    Santi Cazorla has set up camp on the edge of the Stoke box, looking to thread in passes to grateful team-mates. His latest attempt almost unleashes Lukas Podolski but just as the German looks to have broken through a Stoke foot pokes out to deny him. Arsenal are in control now.


    Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley tweets: "Two decent games on this afternoon!"

    Cheers for that Tom.

  216. 1355: 

    Yet another chance for Arsenal's Lukas Podolski as he cuts inside to find space on the edge of the area. His shot rises, rises and rises some more to beat the crossbar by some distance.

  217. 1354: 
    FULL-TIME- Berwick 1-1 Rangers

    Rangers survived late pressure to escape Shielfield Park with a point. Berwick Rangers' Chris Townsley headed what looked like a winner two minutes from time, but the goal was chopped off. Andy Little had given Rangers the lead in first-half stoppage time. But Fraser McLaren, a self-confessed Rangers fan, came off the bench to fire a 62nd-minute equaliser and later had another effort saved well by goalkeeper Neil Alexander. It is Rangers' second away draw in a row, with the Ibrox men now fourth in Division Three.

  218. 1354: 

    Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski are looking dangerous for Arsenal. The latter's run into Stoke territory gives the former a shooting chance but an important Stoke boot gets in the way to block and take all the sting out of the effort.

  219. 1351: 

    Arsenal are warming up to the task now. Kieran Gibbs overlaps and collects a ball in the box on the left before dinking out a cross but it is just too high for Lukas Podolski in the box. A yard lower and the German would have had a great opportunity to open the scoring.

  220. 1350:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "I've been impressed with Giroud and Podolski. They've had some lovely link-up play. They are so subtle, and Cazorla has started the game brilliantly. Arsenal have dominated possession and Stoke can't get the ball. Very impressive."

  221. 1349: 

    Howard Webb is going to get his ear chewed off today. The fourth official placates Arsene Wenger over one issue before having to calm down Tony Pulis for another. He's between a rock and a hard place.

  222. 1347: 

    Santi Cazorla steps from a small posse of Arsenal players to hit the free-kick straight into the wall but is handed a second bite of the cherry, which he hooks well wide. What a waste.

  223. 1346: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoke - Robert Huth

    A good run from Lukas Podolski is ended by Robert Huth with a blatant block. He's not playing games and he earns himself a booking for his trouble. It could get worse for Stoke because this is a dangerous spot for a free-kick on the edge of the area.


    Nick Tolhurst on Twitter: "Stoke keep the grass long in order to stop players passing. Is there any other club so committed to destroying the beautiful game?"

    Dave Cassells on Twitter: "I don't understand why Walcott and the Ox aren't playing. Stoke will win 2-1 and Arsenals' defence will crumble."

    Heera Singh on Twitter: "Podolski looking a million times better as a left winger rather than a centre forward..."

  225. 1345: 

    Arsenal's best little spell of possession - largely in and around the Stoke box - ends with Olivier Giroud blazing a cross-come-shot across goal but way past the far post. Much more encouraging for the away side, who have not really been allowed to settle yet.

  226. 1342: 

    Now it is Arsenal's turn to be offside as Lukas Podolski gets ahead of the Stoke defence to latch on to a Santi Cazorla cross. His header drifts over the bar regardless.

  227. 1341: 

    An accusing finger from Jonathan Walters in Mikel Arteta's direction gives warning to the Gunners midfielder over an earlier coming together between the two. As you'd expect between these two teams, it is not entirely saintly.

  228. 1340:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal have had most of the ball but when Stoke have broken up possession they've looked really effective. It's a fantastic start to the game. This is going to be the game where Arsenal have the vast majority of the play but they must cope with the threat that Stoke pose. And they've been showing that - Stoke are the more attacking side so far."

  229. 1340: 

    Replays show that Wilkinson did block with his arm. Only he will know if that was intentional or not. The only man that counts - the referee - certainly didn't think it was.

  230. 1339: 

    Chance for Arsenal. And it is for Lukas Podolski who capitalises on a slip from Andy Wilkinson to nip in and blaze a shot from close range on an angle on the left. However, despite being on all fours, Wilkinson gets in front of the shot to block. Perhaps with his arm?

  231. 1337: 

    It is frenetic stuff at the Britannia and the home side are having the best of it. A cross from the left is headed down by Peter Crouch and finished by Jonathan Walters, but the latter is offside so it is ruled out. The home crowd noise level decreases from deafening to just loud.


    BBC football reporter Jacqui Oatley tweets: "Wenger looks like he loves the Britannia. Banner: Arsene, probably the best chief scout in Manchester. Cheeky..."

  233. 1334: 

    New boy Geoff Cameron appears to have been given the long throw duties of Rory Delap for Stoke. His effort isn't a bad one as he launches it in Peter Crouch's direction in the box. Arsenal cope well, though, and clear.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Arsenal have won their opening Premier League away game of the season only once in the last seven years, losing on four occasions."

  235. 1332: 

    Plenty of boos for the Arsenal players when they are in possession. And huge cheers when they accidentally put the ball out of play for a Stoke throw-in. The Britannia Ground is certainly living up the its reputation for noise.


    Stuart McKeown on Twitter: "This is always an interesting game, the two most contrasting teams in the Premier League..."

  237. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Stoke v Arsenal (13:30 BST)
  238. 1329: 

    The first verse of an Arsene Wenger song echoes around the Britannia. Let's just say it wasn't exactly complimentary.

  239. 1327: 

    Here's a common sight - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looking angry in Stoke. He appears to be upset at the length of the grass on the Britannia pitch. This, of course, would not aid Arsenal's passing game. Have we spoken enough about the clash of styles between these teams yet? I expect there is going to be more before the afternoon is out.

  240. 1323: 
    GOAL- Berwick 1-1 Rangers - Frazer McLaren (62 mins)

    Rangers' hopes of recording their first away win in Division Three suffer a blow as Frazer McLaren latches onto a ball behind the visiting defence and fires past goalkeeper Neil Alexander to level the scores at 1-1. It proves to be an inspired substitution by Berwick Rangers manager Ian Little, who sent on the Rangers-supporting striker as a substitute only seconds before.

  241. 1321: 

    Robin van Persie is not the only recent high-profile departure from Arsenal. Alex Song joined Barcelona this week in a deal reported to be worth £15m. The Gunners' midfield today features Abou Diaby seeimgly in the holding role. Although, if today's papers are to be believed, Wenger is not happy with his lot and is looking to bring in Newcastle's Chieck Tiote. How does that sit with Arsenal and Newcastle fans?

  242. 1318: 

    One of the men tasked with filling the not inconsiderable hole left by Robin van Persie, Olivier Giroud, makes his full Arsenal debut today. If you don't know much about the French forward, you might want to have a read of this article about him from the Guardian. He seems a nice fella. A few weeks in the Premier League will soon drum that out of him.

  243. 1316: 

    Arsenal are hardly on fire themselves, though. They have only won just one of their past six Premier League matches and began this season with a pretty sterile 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland.


    Iain Murray on Twitter: "I can see Arsenal putting three or four past Stoke today. Optimistic. Gervinho the first scorer."

    Aled Jenkins on Twitter: "Stoke will provide Arsenal problems today and I just can't see Wenger's men having enough power and strength."

    Eamonol on Twitter: "On a stag in Bordeaux, Liverpool shirt on, though not sure if the game will be televised. Might be a blessing..."

  245. 1315: 

    It would fair to say that Stoke are not exactly bringing form into today's match with Arsenal. The Potters have not won in their last seven Premier League matches - their longest run without a win since Nov 2008-Jan 2009, when they had a club Premier League-record run of nine matches without a win. Plus, all of Stoke's past five matches (including pre-season friendlies) have ended 1-1.

  246. 1312:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Bolton and West Brom boss Gary Megson on BBC Radio 5 live ahead of Stoke v Arsenal: "All the things that Stoke are good at Arsenal are not particularly good at. I know Tony Pulis very well and the strengths that he looks for in his players. Stoke get the ball and try and score as quickly as they can. They are organised and fit and they won't try holding onto the ball. It's simplistic. Sometimes people are demeaning of Stoke but they've got some good players."

  247. 1310: 
    Stoke v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    Stoke consider American midfielder Geoff Cameron fit enough to start in place of the suspended Dean Whitehead despite the 27-year-old only arriving in the UK on Friday after work permit issues. Jermaine Pennant replaces the injured Matthew Etherington. Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone is in for Wojciech Szczesny while Olivier Giroud makes his full debut as Theo Walcott drops to the bench alongside the fit again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  248. 1309: 
    LINE-UPS- Stoke v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

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

    Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Gervinho. Subs: Martinez, Andre Santos, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  249. 1308: 

    The Britannia has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal, who have lost two of the four Premier League games they have played there. The Gunners have one win to their name. This is in contrast to a 100% win record for Wenger's men at the Emirates against City. Across all 95 of the meetings between these two sides, Arsenal have 50 of them.

  250. 1305: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis is expecting a "special atmosphere" at the Britannia Stadium despite recent animosity between his side and Arsenal. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his team must impose themselves to have any success. "It is a bit of a fight for who dictates his style. If we manage to do that I enjoy it, if we do not I don't enjoy it at all," he said.

  251. 1303:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at the Britannia Stadium:Stoke v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

    "This acid test will point towards the sort of campaign Arsenal will have. Last season they were out of the title race by the end of August, and after last weekend's goalless flop against Sunderland, they can't afford another sub-standard display. Arsene Wenger's dislike of all things Stoke is well chronicled. Tony Pulis relishes it, but he will want to overturn a run of seven Premier League games against the Gunners without a win."

  252. 1302: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is always on red alert when he takes his side to the Britannia Stadium. He made need an extra thick skin today as the Stoke fans are apparently plotting their own little welcome for the Frenchman. The City fans are planning to stage a mass impersonation of Wenger's dramatic protests from last season's 1-1 draw between the sides. Man City have got the Poznan, Stoke have the Wenger.

  253. 1256:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "I think this a very tough fixture for Tony Pulis' side. There's no doubt the home support is vociferous. They don't expect themselves to be Premier League so they enjoy every moment and make the most of it. But they will have to get behind their team today because for long periods of time they will not have the ball."

  254. 1255: 
    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports:HALF-TIME- Berwick 0-1 Rangers

    "Rangers took until first-half stoppage time before putting the key in the ignition as they laboured against Berwick Rangers at the sold-out Northumberland venue that doubles as a speedway track. Berwick had just about edged the opening 45 minutes of the Division Three game until Ian Black's free-kick found the head of Lee McCulloch, who headed it back into the path of Andy Little to fire home his seventh goal of the season from 10 yards."

  255. 1253: 

    There's only one more Premier League game from yesterday to talk about. However, it was less a game and more a swim meet as Sunderland v Reading fell victim to the weather. In August. This country.


    Jack Lawence on Twitter: "Stoke v Arsenal is guaranteed to be a top quality game, always is."

    Jeremy Wright on Twitter: "I'm expecting Pulis' trademark keeper bullying and long ball tactics to be enforced with even greater vigour - Mannone starts."

    Tom O'Donnell on Twitter: "Mannone in goal? No experience and fear he will struggle to deal with Stoke's physical nature from set pieces."

  257. 1251: 
    HALF-TIME- Berwick 0-1 Rangers
  258. 1250: 

    There were a disappointing number of empty seats for Southampton's first home game back in the top flight since May 2005. Maybe some of them knew something others didn't as the day ended badly for the Saints, who were on the receiving end of a 2-0 loss to Wigan.

  259. 1249: 
    GOAL- Berwick 0-1 Rangers - Andrew Little (45 mins)

    Rangers take the lead in the dying seconds of the first half, Andy Little firing home after a cut-back from Lee McCulloch. It is a harsh scoreline on Berwick.

  260. 1247: 

    It couldn't get much worse than the opening day for QPR and Norwich, both of whom limped away with 5-0 spankings still stinging their hides. Both rallied this weekend to claim a point against each other at Carrow Road. The buzz word after the game from both managers: "character".

  261. 1244:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie at Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "Olivier Giroud has been used to plying his trade in the less high-profile surroundings of Montpellier, but he has an excellent goal return. Wojciech Szczesny being out is a big loss for Arsenal, though.

    "There is physicality about this Arsenal side, so I expect them to meet Stoke fire with fire."

  262. 1242: 

    It was a frustrating home debut for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, who was again wounded by West Brom, in the shape of a last-minute James Morrison equaliser. The Portuguese put a positive spin on matters by stating Spurs are a point better off this season than they were last, but he also admitted he would be looking to bring players in before the transfer window closes.

  263. 1239: 

    Midfielder Geoff Cameron makes his debut for Stoke. Vito Mannone replaces Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Arsenal. Olivier Giroud makes his full debut, with Theo Walcott missing out.

  264. 1236: 

    It was a tale of two strikers at Old Trafford as Manchester United claimed their first points of the season with a 3-2 win over Fulham at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie tore into the Cottagers in spectacular style with his first United goal, while Wayne Rooney had his leg torn into in spectacular style - an injury that will keep the England forward out for a month.

  265. 1232: 
    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports:Berwick v Rangers

    "It's the Wee Rangers who are outshining their more illustrious namesakes at sun-kissed Shielfield Park during the opening stages of the Division Three game in Berwick. Ally McCoist's visiting Rangers have not threatened as yet, while Kevin McDonald and Neil Janczyk have both found the target from long range for Ian Little's side without testing goalkeeper Neil Alexander."


    Steven in Cambridge on 81111 on text: "I'm expecting a couple of goals from Podolski, but Stoke to get one back. 2-1 Arsenal."

    Brian from Belfast on 81111 on text: "Lose today and Rodgers becomes the first since Shanks to have no points after two games. If he ends up with the success Bill Shankly brought, would you really care? There's no overnight fix."

    Will from Cambridge on 81111 on text: "Fancy Liverpool to take the points today. The battles between Gerrard and Yaya Toure and Suarez and Kompany will be epic!"

  267. 1231: 

    We all know the deal with Everton. Poor starters, right? Right? Not this time. A 3-1 win at Aston Villa yesterday made it two wins from two for the Toffees, along with two goals from two for one of the Premier League's three foremost Sideshow Bob impersonators Marouane Fellaini.

    For every winner, though, there is a loser. And Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is clearly now very aware of the size of the task facing him as Villains boss. In short, it's big.

  268. 1226: 

    It is all going pretty well for Swansea at the moment. Michael Laudrup has seemlessly slotted into the large hole left by Brendan Rodgers in the summer and, after a 3-0 victory over West Ham, they too have a 100% win record, along with a goal difference that reads eight for and zero against. That'll do pig, that'll do.

    Laudrup has warned about not getting carried away, though. Spoil sport.

  269. 1222: 

    Before I get cracking on looking ahead to today, let's have a look back at yesterday's action, starting with table-toppers Chelsea, who made it three wins out of three with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Fantasy football's new darling Eden Hazard was again impressive, but Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo reserved most of his praise for striker Fernando Torres, who was "immense" apparently.

  270. 1219:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ahead of Liverpool v Man City at 16:00 GMT, former Reds manager Kenny Dalglish tells Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5 live about leaving Anfield in May: "It was an honour for me to be asked to go back and I don't regret it.

    "At Liverpool I had as much control as I needed - the players were exemplary, they did everything I asked of them I couldn't have asked for any more.

    "There's always going to be unrealistic expectations but you need to dream."

  271. 1217:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, sacked by Spurs in June, tells Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5 live about the possibility of a return to management: "I've managed good players at Tottenham and at Portsmouth and at West Ham.

    "When you've been working with top players it's very difficult to work with inferior players, if you like.

    "I think I am capable of managing at the very top level so we'll see what comes up.

    "England is home to the grandkids and everything else is here - it would be difficult unless it was the right offer [abroad].

    "Other than that I would look to manage in England in the future."

  272. 1215: 

    On BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek this morning, former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and ex-Liverpool gaffer Kenny Dalglish have been chatting about their most recent respective managerial experiences and hopes for the future. Here's some snippets of what they had to say...


    Chelsea defender David Luiz, who sustained a cut to the head in Saturday's 2-0 win over Newcastle, tweets: "Good morning, geezers! Thank you for all the messages. I'm OK today - just a little cut on my head. I enjoy the pain, ha ha! Have a great Sunday..."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "At Anfield for Liverpool/Man City today. Big test for Liverpool and Rodgers after West Brom loss - but sure to be an examination for City too."

  275. 1212: 

    It is an odd sight watching Rangers play in the Scottish Third Division, in shirts with no names and minimalist sponsorship in grounds without a full compliment of stands. Their fans are certainly making the best of a bad situation, though, turning up in as many numbers as allowed and singing with gusto.

  276. 1208: 

    So what do you reckon? Will Manchester City remain in the 100% win record club or will Liverpool rally in the most spectacular fashion from their opening day defeat? Who will be vindicated in the battle of the Britannia - Pulis or Wenger? Those of you not busy building an ark might want to have a crack at answering either of those questions, or even make a point of your own, by tweeting or texting us. You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball and text us on 81111 (UK). Make sure you put your name on the texts, though.

  277. 1207: 
    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports:Berwick v Rangers

    "Rangers have handed a debut to Anestis Argyriou, the ex-AEK Athens man who has signed in time to replace Kirk Broadfoot in McCoist's defence. Former Lyon defender Sebastien Faure, who signed earlier in the week, has to make do with a place on the bench. Dougie Brydon features for Berwick despite breaking a nose against Annan Athletic last weekend, but injury doubts Damian Gielty and John Ferguson only make the bench. Into thestarting line-up come Dean Hoskins and Steven Notman and out go Marc Lancaster and Frazer McLaren."

  278. 1206: 
    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports:Berwick v Rangers

    "Rangers have long hankered after playing in England's top flight. Today, they make their debut in a league game in England, but not the kind they would have imagined until a couple of months ago. Ally McCoist's side cross the border to Shielfield Park to take on Berwick Rangers in a Scottish Division Three game that rekindles memories of the Wee Rangers' famous 1-0 Scottish Cup shock defeat of the Ibrox men in 1967."

  279. 1205: 

    As well as that there are also three matches from Scotland today, two of them from the Premier League as Aberdeen host Hearts and St Mirren visit Motherwell at 15:00 BST. Before that, though, Rangers travel to Berwick in the Third Division. That game kicked off roughly two minutes ago and it is currently 0-0.

  280. 1204: 

    Today's order of play is certainly promising. Champions Manchester City are in action for the second Sunday in succession in an intriguing clash at Brendan Rodgers' wounded Liverpool. 3-2 anyone?

    But before that we have that annual clash of styles as Stoke host Arsenal. Expect Arsene Wenger's lip to be curled up in disgust at what his team face. Expect everyone connected with the Potters not to care one little bit.

  281. 1200: 

    For the second Saturday running football delivered. It rained goals, it rained incidents, it rained... well... rain.

    20 Premier League goals, three 100% records extended and one horror injury gives today plenty to live up to. Although, we could do with less a bit less claret on the Lord's day.*

    *Other deities are available.

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No movement 3 Arsenal 27 22 51
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No movement 6 Southampton 27 18 46
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No movement 14 Everton 27 -6 28
No movement 15 Hull 27 -11 26
No movement 16 Sunderland 27 -16 25
No movement 17 QPR 26 -18 22
No movement 18 Burnley 27 -20 22
No movement 19 Aston Villa 27 -24 22
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