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Manchester United beat nine-man Chelsea in the Premier League after Everton's draw with Liverpool and wins for Spurs and Newcastle.

28 October 2012 Last updated at 18:53

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  1. 1852: 

    I'm sure the debate on Mark Clattenburg's performance has plenty more column inches, water cooler hours and messageboard acres to fill.

    I'll leave you with the match reports from each of today's game and remind you that we will be back with live coverage of the Capital One Cup with Phil Dawkes. Bye for now.

    Everton 2-2 Liverpool

    Southampton 1-2 Tottenham

    Newcastle 2-1 West Brom

    Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United


    Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore tweets: "6ft athletes trained to balance while running are going over like babies learning to walk. A joke. Making officiating a nervous guessing game."

  3. 1848: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo: "The referee's decisions influenced the result. The sending-off of Fernando Torres and the third goal is offside so that clearly has decided the game for our opposition tonight.

    "Torres put the ball between his legs and he's through. He gets kicked on his shin and he's down. I was shocked.

    "I thought it was going to be a free-kick for us and a foul for us, not against us. Everything went for United in that sense and that really makes us unhappy.

    "The referee is probably going to watch it again and realise he made mistakes. But that is not going to change the result today."

  4. 1845: 

    While they roused themselves to press for an equaliser after Jay Rodriguez's goal, there was not a lot in Southampton's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham to raise hopes on the south coast.

    While you feel there is more to come from the individuals collected together by QPR, how many more gears have the Saints got, particularly with Gaston Ramirez out for another month or so?


    Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi tweets: "Not a great team performance but the three points is what matters. Papiss can have the goal, it was a shank lol! Just happy with the win!"

    Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor tweets: "It wasn't a pretty game, it wasn't a pretty winner but I'd take three points any day. Well done lads."

    Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones tweets: "Tough game, frustrating in the end too. Typical derby, end-to-end and plenty to talk about. Great support as usual from our fans."

    Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele tweets: "Well done lads!"

  6. 1837: 

    Spare a thought for West Brom tonight. Steve Clarke's side lost after leading Manchester City heading into the final 11 minutes last week at the Hawthorns last week and this week came a cropper to a late deflected goal from Papiss Cisse. Still a solid eighth in the league for the Baggies, but positive results in their last two games would have really got heads turning.


    Everton defender Sylvain Distin tweets: "So, good point or bad point? Considering we were 2-0 down I think we showed great character..."

    Distin's Everton took a point from a 2-2 draw with Liverpool earlier today.

  8. 1826: 

    There is plenty for Chelsea fans to be pleased with in their performance, if not the result today. The suspension of Fernando Torres might not be the worse thing for their attack either if it makes space for an keen-as-mustard Daniel Sturridge.

  9. 1823: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "The decision the referee has to make is whether the striker has chosen to go down. He was through on goal - I don't know why he has gone down. I think it's his own fault.

    "It's been 10 years since we have won down here. We had a good record until Jose [Mourinho] came along and spoiled the party.

    "We've never got breaks down here and had some terrible decisions against us in the last few years. But today we have got a little break for the goal - Chicharito may have been offside."

  10. 1821: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Jonny Evans probably did catch a bit of Fernando Torres as the Chelsea striker attempted to skip by him. But the Manchester United manager says that Torres only has himself to blame for his red card.


    Matt Fox on Twitter: "Referees clearly don't know how to handle diving."

    Wayne Andrews on Twitter: "I have every sympathy with Clattenburg and other refs in an environment where they have to spot cheating as well as fouls."

    Dwane Harley on Twitter: "Revenge will be all the sweeter on Halloween night..."

  12. 1817: 

    Whatever team you support, Javier Hernandez seems like a thoroughly nice chap. He is honest enough to admit that he may have got away with one as he sneaked back from an offside position to net the winner.

    "Probably," he says when asked if he was offside. "It's a habit I have to look to linesman. It was a difficult game but we were lucky that we scored the last goal."

  13. 1812: 

    This is what the rulebook has to say about simulation and automatic cautions: Who'd be a referee trying to unpick this little lot?

    Circumstances when a player is cautioned for unsporting behaviour:

    If a player attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation).

    To deal with simulation the referee should know the difference between: a tackle (challenging for the ball and touching it), no action; a foul made by the defender, free kick or penalty kick and disciplinary sanction if needed; a simulation (attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled), yellow card; a fall (no attempt to deceive the referee), no action.

  14. 1809: 

    Manchester United defender Jonny Evans: "It's the hardest game we've had this season and we were probably lucky to see it 2-1 at half-time. You have to show character in games like this - it's a tough game.

    On Torres sending-off: "At the time I didn't feel like I'd made contact. I've seen it again and there was contact, but not enough to bring him down. I think the referee has made the right decision to send him off."

  15. 1807: 

    The weekend's results mean that a single point separate the top three teams in the Premier League. Chelsea still lead, but their advantage has been whittled down to a single point with Manchester United in second ahead of Manchester City thanks to their superior goal difference.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "As of now there are zero teams with a positive head-to-head record v Manchester United in the Premier League era. (Chelsea level with W13-D15-L13)."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Referee Mark Clattenburg receiving a storm of abuse from Chelsea fans as he leaves the pitch. Robin van Persie throws his shirt into the crowd."

  18. 1804: 

    MOTD commentator Alistair Mann at Newcastle v West Brom: "Papiss Cisse has been searching for a winning goal - or any kind of goal - and it finally came off his back. It was a game that looked like West Brom might win but has gone the way of Newcastle."

  19. 1803: 

    And this is what Match of the Day's Mann on the ground made of it all....

  20. 1802: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "You've got to feel for West Brom today because they have played well. I thought first half we just shaded it and second half we lost our way. But our work rate was great and in the end we got a break. To be honest we haven't had too many breaks this season."

  21. 1802: 

    West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke: "I certainly didn't think it would be a game we were going to lose. I thought we had good control in the first half and created good chances. I felt we were unfortunate to be behind at half-time. It was a horrible moment, a big deflection in injury time and it's in the back of the net. After the late goals we conceded last week [in the defeat by Manchester City], it's hard to take."

  22. 1801: 

    The cameras are being set up down in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge and the post-match thoughts of Roberto di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson should be worth the wait, but in the meantime this the reaction from Newcastle's late, late win over West Brom.


    Ben Hofman on Twitter: "Human error is part of what makes this game so exciting. People like having a moan and the ref is an easy target!"

    Michael Cowlishaw on Twitter: "Mark Clattenburg is going to need a fast train out of London! Who'd be a referee, eh?"

    James Cook on Twitter: "No better sight in football than Sir Alex with a beaming smile!"

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "There's always a lot of tension surrounding this fixture and mistakes are made by players. The referee always has to make tough decisions, but I can't make an excuse for that referee. We would desperately have loved to bring you a last half hour of great entertainment. It was spoiled by one guy."

    Steve Wilson, MOTD commentator at Stamford Bridge

    "A tremendous game overshadowed by two red cards. A red win, some red faces, some reds cards."

  26. 1756: 

    A chorus of boos ring around Stamford Bridge at the final whistle. They are certainly not aimed at the home team, who were the better team for much of the time when they were on equal terms and still looked threatening at times when down to nine. Mark Clattenburg might want to wait for the crowds to disperse a bit before he heads home though.

    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United
  28. 1752: 

    There are more and more empty seats appearing as belief drains out of the home fans.

  29. 1751: 

    Antonio Valencia has a great chance to put the game to bed, but miscues horribly after sprinting clear of a tiring Chelsea defence.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "A steward is still being treated pitchside after being hurt in the scenes that followed Man Utd's third goal."

  31. 1750: 

    It looks for a moment as if Chelsea could be reduced to eight man as Mark Clattenburg reaches for his pocket after Jon Obi Mikel appears to collide with Antonio Valencia. It is a yellow for Valencia for diving though.

  32. 1749: 

    The fourth official indicates that there will be five minutes of injury time.

  33. 1748: 

    Robin van Persie is moving gingerly after banging patellas in a challenge with Gary Cahill. Plenty of wincing but the Dutchman is able to continue.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Manchester United now just looking to close this out. Desperately hard for Chelsea with such a clear numerical disadvantage."

  35. 1745: 

    Chelsea are making a decent fist of mounting a late assault on the United goal considering they are down to nine men. Ryan Bertrand competes manfully for a hanging cross in the visitors boss and United are lucky that the loose ball went to a red shirt. There are liberties being taking at the back by the hosts though and Javier Hernandez fires over from a decent position with the defence stretched.


    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins: "The second half was what we wanted to do in the first half. The sucker punch for us is the two goals we conceded. We had them on the rack in the second half but we ran out of time."


    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We can benefit from the win here. We showed our technical ability in the first half and then showed our resilience in the second. After arriving back at two on Friday morning it was good to see the boys put in such an effort."


    Archie from London on 81111 on text: "It is an absolute disgrace that week in week out referees make these mistakes. Clattenburg has got to go."

    John on 81111 on text: "The standard of refereeing last season was shocking. On the evidence of today, it's even worse."

    Phil in Poole on 81111 on text: "People want firm action on diving and when a referee clamps down everyone complains. Referee's can't win! If he went down easily it's a dive and a booking."

    Mark Pougatch, BBC Radio 5 live presenter

    "Hernandez offside when he scored. Arteta likewise. Suarez not so. Torres harshly sent off. No wonder this is box office round the world."

  40. 1740: 

    With ten minutes remaining and their original plan to try and hang on for the point going up in smoke, Chelsea have to reorganise. Ryan Bertrand is pushed forward as a makeshift striker before Roberto di Matteo brings on Daniel Sturridge to supplement the attack. Is Eden Hazard really the man to withdraw though?

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "From up here, a long way away, I could tell you that was offside. Down there, a lot closer, is a linesman who can't. Is he capable of doing his job? You need two players between you and the goal not to be off. Do you know how many players were between Hernandez and the Chelsea goal? None. That's how bad a decision that was."

    GOAL- Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United - Hernandez (75 mins)

    Extraordinary. This game has been a fitting successor to last year's 3-3 draw. Robin van Persie shot is partially blocked by Petr Cech and the goalkeeper is back on his feet to scoop away the ball as it rolls towards the back of the net. Chelsea's relief last all of three seconds though as Rafael smashes the ball back in and Javier Hernandez diverts into the net.

    What's this though? Replays show the Mexican clearly comes back from an offside position to get the touch. The officials have not spotted it though and nine-man Chelsea see Jon Obi Mikel booked for his complaints.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea supporters on the edge here as they clearly feel a grave injustice has been done by Fernando Torres receiving a red card for diving. Sir Alex Ferguson was also involved in a heated argument with the Chelsea backroom staff - not sure he has got too much to complain about regarding decisions so far."

  44. 1731: 

    Chelsea are battening down the hatches. After Oscar had been removed to be replaced Cesar Azpilicueta immediately before Fernando Torres red card, Juan Mata is sacrificed in favour of Ryan Bertrand.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is a shocker from the referee. I said before the game Mark Clattenburg books more players that any other referee. He has blown it. It's unthinkable how bad that decision is. You can give a booking for a dive when you know for certain. However, when you don't know for sure you simply can't."

    RED CARD- Chelsea's Fernando Torres (69 mins)

    This is going to be controversial. Fernando Torres nips the ball between the legs of Jonny Evans and goes to ground as he scampers through to try and collect. The crowd appeal for a red card for Evans and are in shock when Mark Clattenburg produces a second yellow for Torres. He did go down very easily but it looks like Evans made contact. There are some heated discussions between the two benches about the incident which the fourth official is trying to dampen down.

  47. 1724: 

    Wayne Rooney's free-kick lacks the dip to seriously trouble Petr Cech. Sir Alex Ferguson sweeps his chips on to the table and brings on Javier Hernandez for Tom Cleverley in search of all three points.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Young threw his legs up behind him looking for it, but he's well within his rights to do that. Ivanovic has got to go."

    RED CARD- Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (63 mins)

    Lovely play from Robin van Persie who swivels and feeds a beautifully weighted ball down the side of the Chelsea defence for Ashley Young to chase. The Manchester United winger is winning the foot race when his cloest pursuer, Branislav Ivanovic cuts across the back of him sending him tumbling. Mark Clattenburg has little choice and goes straight for the top pocket to reduce Chelsea to ten men.

  50. 1718: 

    David Luiz is sent reeling by a stray Robin van Persie elbow that catches him in the face. The crowd are shouting for Mark Clattenburg to take action but it looks like it was accidental with both players eyes fixed on the ball when they came together.

  51. 1715: 

    Chelsea are hounding the Manchester United defence, and almost shake them down for a third goal as Eden Hazard jags in off the wing and hammers a low shot towards David de Gea's near post. The goalkeeper goes with his boot yet again and blocks the Belgian's attempt.

    GOAL- Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United - Ramires (53 mins)

    A glorious ball from Oscar picks out Juan Mata's scampering run into the box, but it looks as if Mata's touch, taking him away from goal, might have squandered the chance. Oscar is at the back post though to retrieve his team-mate's cross and when the Brazilian hoists it back into the penalty box, his compatriot Ramires out-jumps Tom Cleverley to head home.

  53. 1706: 

    Chelsea have a corner of their own and there is a sharp intake of breath around the ground as the ball bounces invitingly and Juan Mata lines one up on the edge of the box. The Spaniard's effort is charged down to groans.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "The last time Chelsea came back from two goals behind to win, home or away, was 10 years ago: Charlton Athletic 2-3 Chelsea (17 Aug 2002)."

  55. 1704: 

    Manchester United immediately press forward and a Robin van Persie corner is headed clear by Jon Obi Mikel, with Fernando Torres completing the job.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Gianluca Vialli in Stamford Bridge press room at half-time. Obviously I hate him with every fibre - man for whom the word smooth was invented."

  57. 1702: 

    After a breathless first 45 minutes, Manchester United get the second half under way.


    Chris on 81111 on text: "Yes! Cisse, you beauty! That goal has won me £400 on my weekly £5 accumulator!"

    Tom in Lincoln on 81111 on text: "After having to watch the likes of Sunderland, Stoke, Norwich and Villa yesterday, today's football has more than made up for it and we're not even done yet. Goals galore!"

    Adam in Darlington on 81111 on text: "To all those saying midweek that the Premier League isn't the best in the world - where are you now?"

    Steve Wilson, MOTD commentator at Stamford Bridge

    "What a half, oh what a half. David Luiz with the own goal, Robin Van Persie with the second. Then Juan Mata's 44th-minute belter after Rooney's rash challenge gives Chelsea hope."


    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez tweets: "A draw. We could have won, incredible. Now who says anything? Now is time to rest and recover for Wednesday!"

    Steve Claridge, at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I've never seen two more contrasting performances from one team. Incredible. We went from Southampton not having a shot or even barely a touch, to all of a sudden playing some decent stuff, having a go, creating some chances and eventually running out of time. But Southampton will be kicking themselves, because they left them 30 minutes of a 90 minute game to get something. But there is something there to build on for Southampton, because towards the end that was up there with the best football I've seen from the Saints. The first half was one of the worst I have ever seen from a team in the Premier League."


    Jack Bamford on Twitter: "That's called karma, Wayne Rooney. What a free-kick."

    Sean on Twitter: "Chelsea were never out of this, but Rooney opened the door and made them tea and a cake."

    Louis Rossi on Twitter: "How much did Juan Mata cost Chelsea again? Whatever it was it was a bargain."


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's Stadium: "Life at St Mary's this season is never dull. This really was a game of two halves, Spurs clinical in the first, Saints spirited in the second but in the end it was the men from North London who went home with all three points."

    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 2-1 West Brom
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 1-2 Tottenham
    GOAL- Newcastle 2-1 West Brom - Cisse (90 mins)

    It has been a long time since a Papiss Cisse Premier League goal - that double against Chelsea back in May was his last - and he looks a little sheepish celebrating that one. Sammy Ameobi's shot cannons off the Senegal international's back and trundles past a hopelessly wrong-footed Ben Foster. That is surely the winner.

  67. 1650: 

    Tottenham bring on Michael Dawson in place of Clint Dempsey to try and shore up their side for the final few minutes. The visitors have held Southampton at arm's length for most of the past 10 minutes with Saints rarely breaking into the box.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea took some time to gather themselves after being stunned by Manchester United's start but Juan Mata's goal was a deserved response and they ended the half carrying real momentum."

    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United
    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea needed that. They have been under the cosh for most of the half but they have had a good 10 minutes or so. You have to score when you're up, and that is what they have done. As for Juan Mata? Brilliant."

    GOAL- Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United - Mata (44 mins)

    Wayne Rooney will have to brace himself for the hottest setting on the Fergie half-time hairdryer after he clatters needlessly into Eden Hazard on the edge of the box. It is a yellow card for the striker and up steps Juan Mata to stroke home a curling free-kick to heap punishment on punishment.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "De Gea is having an absolute blinder this afternoon! He showed really strong wrists to save from Torres there."

  73. 1644: 

    Fernando Torres climbs highest at the back post and his header produces a terrific stretching save from David de Gea. The ball looked to be past him but the goalkeeper got a glove back to keep it out.

  74. 1642: 

    Shane Long has come on for Romelu Lukaku and gets a glancing side-foot on to a low cross after a clever dart to the near post. Still anyone's game at St James' Park...


    Grant Dommen on Twitter: "If Spurs ever put two halves together we'll be unstoppable. As long as it's the good halves..."

    Krishan Kumar Goyal on Twitter: "Spurs needed this lesson to be taught. They need to know they cannot just switch off when they feel like it."

    Paddy von Behr on Twitter: "AVB seems to have found a routine at Spurs - play well, bring on Livermore, let the opposition back into the game."

  76. 1640: 

    Tottenham look to have weathered the Southampton storm. The Saints are struggling to build concerted pressure after briefly having the visitors rocking in the wake of Jay Rodriguez's goal.

  77. 1638: 

    Chelsea burst into life with two excellent chances in the same number of minutes. First, Jonny Evans turns a low skimming cross against his own post in his haste to clear. From the corner kick, Gary Cahill's header travels across the face of David de Gea's goal begging for a final touch. Seven minutes to the break.

  78. 1635: 

    Having taken a two-goal lead, Manchester United have done exactly what Liverpool failed to do earlier today - keep it tight, consolidate their advantage and make it seem a long, long way back into the game.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United are just playing the sharper passes, whereas Chelsea look laboured. In simple terms United's system is working 100% better than Chelsea's. Something needs to be changed by Roberto Di Matteo, but has he got that in his locker?"


    Anastasia Mead on Twitter: "Robin van Persie, definitely worth the money!"

    Adedeji Olayemi on Twitter: "Valencia is just strolling past Chelsea's defence..."

    Thomas on Twitter: "We should not be letting Southampton back into this. Poor from Tottenham."

  81. 1632: 

    Demba Ba is heading for the sidelines, hobbling out of the game with an ankle knock. Sammy Ameobi is on in his place. The game has dropped in qualilty, Newcastle have been sloppy is possession with Papiss Cisse and Gabriel Obertan yet to provide the expected spark.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That save looked ungainly from De Gea, but it was a good save. That ball was swerving all over the place."

  83. 1629: 

    Chelsea might want to test David de Gea with a few more long-range sighters. David Luiz's 30-yard free-kick is wobbling through the air and the Spaniard looks decidedly shaky and he opts to block with his boot.

    Steve Claridge, at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's been gradually coming. It's been a different game second half, with Southampton playing with a bit more tempo. Tottenham have been sitting back, thinking the game was over. But Saints have picked up the baton and now they're back in this game from nowhere. Based on their second half performance they just about deserve that, and now we have a game on our hands."

  85. 1625: 

    Southampton are suddenly sniffing an improbable point. Jay Rodriguez fires just wide from the edge of the box and Brad Friedel was scrambling across nervously. The American did not know which side of the post that one was heading.

    GOAL- Southampton 1-2 Tottenham - Rodriguez (66 mins)

    Moments after Maya Yoshida has somehow managed to miss from one yard, Southampton have given themselves a sliver of hope. Jose Fonte's flicks a corner towards goal and Brad Friedel is down sharply to claw it out. Jay Rodriguez is perfectly placed to put away the rebound and does so, a little nervously.

  87. 1621: 

    Newcastle throw on Gabriel Obertan and Papiss Cisse in place of Shola Ameobi and Danny Simpson. Alan Pardew wants to milk three points out of this one.


    Tom in Nottingham on 81111 on text: "I must be dreaming! Manchester United scoring first? Unheard of!"

    Danny from Manchester on 81111 on text: "Hate to say it but I'm relieved Giggs and Scholes have been left out of this one. We've been overrun in the midfield when they've started this season."

    Jane on 81111 on text: "That linesman at Goodison owes my son the £180 he would have won from his £2 bet."

  89. 1619: 

    Southampton have mustered their first shots on goal though Daniel Fox and Jason Puncheon, but Spurs still carry the real glint of danger when they attack. Quick feet from Aaron Lennon attract all the defenders' attention and Kyle Walker is in glorious isolation when Lennon's reverse ball finds him. The England full-back's shot crunches into the hoardings from a good position.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's almost shocking how much time Robin van Persie had in there. The ball was zipped in brilliantly from Valencia but Chelsea should be able to defend that well enough. Ashley Cole is caught slightly out of position, but let's take nothing away from Manchester United and Van Persie. That was great!"

    GOAL- Newcastle 1-1 West Brom - Lukaku (55 mins)

    West Brom have been growing into the second half and they get the equaliser they probably deserve as Romelu Lukaku strains skywards to get his forehead on a tempting Zoltan Gera centre. His precise header beats Tim Krul to put his side level.

    GOAL- Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United - Van Persie (12 mins)

    Antonio Valencia is allowed to get his head up out by the light hand corner flag. His low cross is precise, but should not have been able to travel all the way through to Robin van Persie who thumps home from five yards. The leaders are looking in real trouble and Stamford Bridge is shell-shocked.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Rio Ferdinand is now is the ninth player to reach 40,000 minutes in the Premier League. Only one player has more than 50,000: David James (51,301)."

  94. 1610: 

    No real argument about that from West Brom as referee Chris Foy rules out Romelu Lukaku's effort. The Belgian strayed beyond the last defender to get a touch to divert Youssuf Mulumbu's shot into the net. The Baggies have looked brighter after the break though.

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford Bridge

    "Manchester United's build up had pace and quality - but the final touch was hugely fortunate. Nothing at all David Luiz could do about that."

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic break by Manchester United. Great pace there from Ashley Young, who frightens the life out of the Chelsea defence. When it's cut back Chelsea are all over the place, but it's unlucky for Luiz. There was nothing he could do to get out of the way of that. A goal this early is exactly what was wanted at the start of this game. It should be open from now on."

    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United - Luiz OG

    David Luiz looks exasperated, but there is not a lot he could do about that one. Robin van Persie's blast against the post rebounds back off him and dribbles over the line past Petr Cech before either he or the goalkeeper have time to react. Good interplay between Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney opened up Chelsea to create the chance.

  98. 1602: 

    Newcastle kick off the second half at St James' Park.

  99. 1602: 

    We are back under way at St Mary's.

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Cleverley is playing further forward than I expected. The danger is that leaves space for Mata and Hazard to exploit behind him."


    Everton manager David Moyes on his side's 2-2 draw with Liverpool: "It was a good game, really exciting, a disappointing start but our boys showed great character to come back and I thought we were a bit unfortunate to not to go in 3-2 up at half-time. It was a really good game, end to end, and either team could have won it.

    On Luis Suarez celebration: "I thought it was great, I would probably have done the same, but he is going to have to dive in front of a lot of managers now. He was a very lucky man to stay on the park because of his tackle. Phil Neville went down too easily so I have had a word with him about it.

  102. 1600: 

    Chelsea get us under way at Stamford Bridge. Stamford Bridge is bubbling with the crowd in full voice.

  103. 1558: 

    The teams are out at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand warmed up in a Kick It Out t-shirt and has shaken hands with every one of the Chelsea team, including Ashley Cole.

  104. 1556: 

    Phil Neville has been speaking about his booking for diving.

    "It was a stupid thing to do by myself. I thought Daniel Agger was going to come in and take me out. I got a good kick up the back side at half time and I won't do again, that's for sure," he said.

    Full marks for fessing up in my book.


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells BBC Sport after his team's 2-2 draw with Everton: "I thought the character and temperment was exceptional. 2-0 can be a difficult scoreline, expecially here when they play long balls into the box, but it was another day of progress for us.

    "The goal at the end was clearly a goal and we are disappointed not to get it. I think the linesman gave it but everyone in the ground thought it was a goal. That should have been a goal and an outstanding hat-trick for Luis Suarez."

  106. 1552: 
    Chelsea v Manchester United (1600 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "You look at games differently. Obviously we like width in some of the games but the players are flexible - Ashley can play inside and so can Antonio. I just thought this was the right type of game for them."

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo: "I kind of expected him to play with wingers today so it's not a big surprise for us. We are at home. We need to try to take the initiative and impose our game on them. You analyse the midweek game then you try to move on."

    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Manchester United (1600 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Marin, Sturridge, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Welbeck, Scholes.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)


    MOTD commentator Alistair Mann at St James' Park: "Demba Ba - it just had to be him. Prior to today he had scored six out of Newcastle's nine Premier League goals. Now he has got seven out of 10. Romelu Lukaku has had two great sights of Newcastle's goal but he hasn't been able to elude Tim Krul."

    Steve Claridge, at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is one of the most comfortable afternoons I think I've seen for a team in the Premier League. At no stage have Southampton looked like making any inroads on the Tottenham goal. There's very little atmosphere and there is very little going on from a Southampton perspective. There is no belief in and around here to suggest they could get back in this game. If Spurs really wanted they could be leading by three or four, and when they choose to they're picking Southampton off."


    MOTD's Martin Fisher at St Mary's: "Spurs are almost toying with Southampton, who just don't look up to the task. Without ever getting out of third gear, Tottenham are cruising. Southampton are in big, big, trouble."

    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

    Graham Green on Twitter: "More atrocious defending by Southampton. Playing in the Premier League will be short-lived at this rate."

    Nathan Lisser on Twitter: "Spurs getting into the Halloween spirit early, carving Southampton open like a pumpkin."

    Allin on Twitter: "Spurs needed that goal if they want to win this. Friedel couldn't get a clean sheet in a laundry."

    HALF-TIME- Southampton 0-2 Tottenham
  114. 1545: 

    Tim Krul has come out on top in another personal duel with West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker squanders another one-on-one chance as he cannot find a way round the Dutchman.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Spurs keeper Brad Friedel has now played 40,000 minutes in the Premier League..."

    Steve Claridge, at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Spurs could win this today very, very comfortably. Fonte should have cleared that, because there wasn't enough pace on the ball. Even at this early stage I can't see anything other than a Tottenham victory."


    Bill in Hereford on 81111 on text: "The whole refereeing team had an absolute 'mare today. Hardly a single decision correct and chalked off a perfectly good last-gasp goal."

    Ed from Manchester on 81111 on text: "Surely officials should be held accountable for result-defining errors? Players get punished and criticised all the time yet the linesmen and referees get away with murder."

    Nathan in Halesowen on 81111 on text: "Everton made Raheem Sterling look like a schoolboy today. Oh..."

  118. 1543: 
    GOAL- Southampton 0-2 Tottenham - Dempsey (39 mins)

    Southampton step off Gareth Bale as he canters down the right and their former player slips in Jermain Defoe. Jose Fonte looks as if he can clear the England striker's shot as it trickles towards goal but the defender trips and slips, never making any real connection, and Clint Dempsey bundles in.

  119. 1539: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 1-0 West Brom - Ba (35 mins)

    After Hatem Ben Arfa's neat footwork it is Route One stuff that breaks West Brom's resistance. A hoofed clearance from goalkeeper Tim Krul, a flick-on from Shola Ameobi and a deft volley from Demba Ba take the ball from one end to another in a matter of seconds. That goal takes Ba clear at the top of the Premier League scoring standings on seven.

  120. 1535: 

    Hatem Ben Arfa slices through a group of three West Brom defenders on the left flanks with a lovely jink and turn of pace. The Frenchman's pull-back finds Shola Ameobi on the edge of the box, but a horrible shanked finish does not justify the run that preceded.

    Gary Lineker, BBC Match of the Day host

    "Foul? Certainly was not offside..."


    Matthew Richardson on Twitter: "It wasn't even close! That linesman should be sacked, it was so far onside it's untrue!"

    Dave Clements on Twitter: "No wonder Rodgers bemoans officials - perfectly good winner of the derby incorrectly ruled out. Unbelievable."

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "If that's not karma for Suarez's flop in front of Moyes then I don't know what is. Cracking game to watch from a neutral viewpoint."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Manchester United (1600 GMT)

    "Chelsea have the opportunity to open up a seven-point gap on Manchester United with victory at Stamford Bridge today - but Sir Alex Ferguson has a very obvious new weapon in his ranks for this fixture. Robin van Persie scored a stunning hat-trick for Arsenal in their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge last season and the Scot would welcome just a little more of the same."

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park, BBC Sport

    "We had everything in the first half and everything in the final seconds. Suarez created the first, scored the second and it looks like he should have had a winner in stoppage time. Some other European leagues have all the culture of a theme park. I prefer the Premier League. It's like a dangerous fairground ride."

  125. 1530: 

    A similar chance for Jermain Defoe as the one he wasted just before Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Spurs at St Mary's. Again fed by Kyle Walker from the right, Defoe can't find the target when given time and space to shoot.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith tweets from Goodison Park: "Incredible drama all the way to the final whistle. Luis Suarez took centre stage in a pulsating 219th Merseyside derby. The Liverpool striker was unfairly denied a last-minute winner by a linesman's flag and provided the game's defining moment with a swallow dive in front of David Moyes to celebrate Liverpool's opener. The second half ultimately failed to live up to the drama of the first but this was a game that had just about the lot."

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was blood and thunder stuff but full of quality too. It would have been a travesty of Everton hadn't got anything today, but if the decision at the end is for offside then it's simply wrong. And Suarez was a handful all afternoon. There has been so much speculation about him and whether he goes down too easily. Clearly he was enraged by David Moyes' comments, but I think the fake dive in front of him was silly."

  128. 1529: 

    A clear opening for West Brom as Graham Dorrans slips in Romelu Lukaku. The on-loan striker waits and waits but Tim Krul holds his nerve, stands tall and claws away his attempt to clip over the top of him.


    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's Stadium: "Yet more poor defending by Southampton sees Tottenham take the lead and they're well worth their lead with goalscorer Bale, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon giving the host defence a torrid time."

    FULL-TIME- Everton 2-2 Liverpool
  131. 1524: 

    Everton fans enjoyed that. Liverpool fans will not when they see the replay. Deep into injury time, Sebastian Coates nods down Steven Gerrard's free-kick and Luis Suarez reacts fastest to stab past Tim Howard. The linesman's flag is up. Not sure if it was for offside or Coates challenge on an Everton defender. Neither looked like a strong enough reason to rule out the goal though.

  132. 1522: 

    Newcastle are starting to wrest the match their way after that early chance for Demba Ba. Davide Santon rattles in a shot from distance that Ben Foster does well to get down to and Shola Ameobi could have done better from the corner, as his header creeps over.

  133. 1520: 

    Liverpool seem to have taken the sting out of Everton in this second half, without posing much of a threat of their own. Steven Gerrard overcooks a set-piece, sending it clear over the heads of his team-mates. Four minutes of injury time to go.

    Steve Claridge, at St Mary's for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That is another feature of Gareth Bale's game. He is that good in the air, and he is a tall lad. He attacked that ball, got across the defender and headed it into the far corner. There was even a little bit of swerve on it!"

  135. 1518: 

    Newcastle carve out the first chance of the afternoon at St James'. Shola Ameobi flights a lovely curling cross from the right to the far post where strike partner Demba Ba plants a diving header wide. A striker who has scored six goals in eight Premier League matches would be expected to hit the target.

    GOAL- Southampton 0-1 Tottenham - Bale (15 mins)

    Back at his old club for the first time since leaving in 2007, Gareth Bale bullets a downward header past Artur Boruc from Tom Huddlestone's cross. That is Tottenham's first goal away to Southampton since 1999.


    Midfielders Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young start for Manchester United.

  138. 1513: 

    Steven Gerrard has a sight of a goal briefly, but a host of Everton defenders block his view and then his shot. Luis Suarez almost wriggles in off the right flank but just loses track of the ball at the vital moment. Better from Liverpool in the last five minutes.


    Chelsea are unchanged from the team that won 4-2 at Tottenham with David Luiz and Gary Cahill at the back in place of suspended captain John Terry .

    Pat Nevin, at Stamford Bridge for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Well done Sir Alex Ferguson. He has put an attacking side out, and we could have one hell of a game today."

  141. 1509: 

    A tight, competitive start at St James' Park, but neither West Brom or Newcastle have managed to carve out any openings.


    Austin Bobmanuel on Twitter: "Luis Suarez just loves controversy. Was that tackle on Distin deliberate? I think so."

    Dom Gilchrist on Twitter: "Tough yellow on Suarez. Didn't watch where his feet were going and don't think it was intentional."

    Phil Mansell on Twitter: "Brad Jones' distribution has been awful today. Hoofing it up to Suarez and Sterling is not going to work."

  143. 1507: 

    Jonjo Shelvey breaks from midfield and, with no Everton challenge forthcoming, tries his luck from 20 yards. His shot trails wide of the target and Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, who were both making tracks into the box, give him a piece of their mind.

  144. 1505: 

    Liverpool have not shown much going forward since the break but in a rare attack Jordan Henderson gets down the left flank and lofts over a cross that threatens to sneak under Tim Howard's crossbar. The American backpedels sharply to tip over the top.

  145. 1502: 

    The action is under way at both St James' Park and St Mary's.

  146. 1502: 

    Luis Suarez, chasing Sylvain Distin into the corner, treads on the back of the Everton defender's Achilles. It is a nasty-looking challenge and Andre Marriner brandishes yellow.

  147. 1459: 

    Brendan Rodgers shuffles his pack for the final time as he withdraws Andre Wisdom and brings on Jordan Henderson.

    Newcastle v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

    West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Gera, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Odemwingie, Lukaku. Subs: Luke Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, El Ghanassy, Jara Reyes, Fortune.

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)


    MOTD commentator Alistair Mann at Newcastle v West Brom:

    "Six points down on where they were after eight games 12 months ago, it may be possible to attribute Newcastle's deficit to their Europa League exploits. But Alan Pardew has been keen to disprove that theory, making nine changes for the win against Club Brugge from the Premier League draw at Sunderland. West Brom, meanwhile, are currently six points above where they were a year ago. The Baggies were one of only three sides to win at St James' Park last campaign - if they can repeat that result, then maybe they might take Newcastle's lead and begin to re-adjust their target well beyond simply consolidation."

  150. 1457: 

    Another peach of a set-piece delivery from Leighton Baines lands plum on Nikica Jelavic forehead. The Croatian powers his header just wide with Brad Jones nowhere.

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "A slight head of steam is building for Everton. Liverpool started the half better but gradually Everton have exploited the new formation and they are looking the more likely."

  152. 1455: 

    Everton have Liverpool under the cosh. Sebastian Coates gives away a free-kick with a clumsy lunge on Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines swings over a lovely swirling delivery that Marouane Fellaini can not quite get his head round.


    Dave at Goodison on 81111 on text: "Mirallas kicked out the game by Suarez, after Sterling should have been off for kicking Baines out of it. Shocking!"

    Simon in Liverpool on 81111 on text: "Some people need to get a sense of humour. Remember Jurgen Klinsman doing it at Spurs? Hilarious then but Suarez does it and he's a disgrace?"

    Mark on 81111 on text: "Another penalty not given for us Toffees. Could it cost us more points?"


    Lauren Moyes, daughter of the Everton manager, tweets (which has now been deleted): "Very surprised my dad didn't just nut Suarez."

    Then: "Sorry if that last tweet offended anyone. Caught up in the moment."

  155. 1452: 

    Seamus Coleman swaps passes with Marouane Fellaini and squares the ball through the Liverpool six-yard box. Nikica Jelavic is a whisker away as he slides in attempting to put the finishing touch to a neat move.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "A pretty significant reshuffle by Brendan Rodgers at half-time with Liverpool now playing what amounts to a 3-5-2 formation with Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Sebastien Coates the three at the back and Raheem Sterling pushed into a more central striking role alongside Luis Suarez.

    "The Liverpool manager is attempting to win the numbers game in midfield where his side have often been a man short. Sterling has already had one opportunity through on goal and his pace is causing real problems for the Everton defence."

  157. 1448: 
    Southampton v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins does not feel his position is under threat following Saints' poor start to the season. "There is a stability at this club which is vitally important," he said. "I said at the start of the season that there would be stormy weather ahead. We just need to baton down the hatches, stick together, ride out the wave."

    Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas says his side should not feel any ill effects after their Europa League game at Slovenian side Maribor on Thursday. "I think we had one of our strongest performances against Aston Villa after a trip to Panathinaikos," Villas-Boas said.

    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore, Townsend.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  159. 1447: 

    Phil Jagielka goes into the book for holding Raheem Sterling as the teenager attempts to spin off his shoulder. Steven Gerrard laces the resulting free-kick round the wall, but Tim Howard sprawls down to his left to push the effort away.

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool's change in formation is interesting, and they have had a little bit of success with it. It's made for an entertaining second half. This is not a dull fixture - Liverpool are really going for this, which makes it a very open game."


    Canice Obi Fab on Twitter: "Sterling, that miss was criminal."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Liverpool are very lucky Mirallas had to come off injured. He was destroying Wisdom at right back."

    Dan Large on Twitter: "What's the world coming to if Phil Neville is now diving about? Mortified."

  162. 1444: 

    Everton are appealing for a penalty and it looks like a decent shout. Martin Skrtel slides through Leighton Baines as the full-back races to the byeline to chip the ball back into the box. Referee Andre Marriner, perhaps with his eyes on the cross rather than the incident, turns down the Everton protests.

  163. 1441: 

    An ugly, ugly miss from Raheem Sterling who latches on to Jose Enrique's through ball but opts to try and chip the advancing Tim Howard rather than square the ball to the waiting Luis Suarez who would have had an open goal. His shot screws well wide and Suarez is not impressed.

  164. 1437: 

    The second half is under way and there are a raft of substitutions to bring you up to date with. Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey are on for Suso and Nuri Sahin for Liverpool.

    Everton replace Kevin Mirallas, who was struggling, with Magaye Gueye up front.

  165. 1432: 

    Neither manager will have been impressed by the defending their sides have showed. After clean sheets in their last three games, Liverpool have looked unsettled by Everton's energy and willingness to ping crosses towards Marouane Fellaini's head from all angles.


    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton tweets at Phil Neville: "Not your game that, lad. Leave the diving to the experts, mate. Tom Daley..."

  167. 1427: 
    Newcastle v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew reverts to a more-familiar starting XI after making wholesale changes for Thursday's Europa League tie against Club Bruges. James Perch replaces the suspended Cheick Tiote in the heart of the Magpies' midfield in the only change from the team which began against Sunderland. On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, following an impressive substitute appearance against Manchester City, starts for Albion at the expense of top scorer Shane Long. Claudio Yacob misses out with a hamstring injury and Marc-Antoine Fortune drops to the bench as Steve Clarke promotes Zoltan Gera and Peter Odemwingie into his first XI.

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's all set up for a spectacular second half. David Moyes will be by far the happier manager with his team's resilience and tenacity. Since falling 2-0 behind Everton have totally dominated the game. The dive was very un-Phil Neville like, but rightly he got booked for going down far too easily. It's been a fantastic game with great tempo, but we haven't seen enough from Liverpool's attacking players aside from Luis Suarez."

  169. 1426: 

    Belgian international Romelu Lukaku starts up front for Albion in place of top scorer Shane Long.

  170. 1425: 

    Rickie Lambert returns as one of two changes made by Southampton boss Nigel Adkins. Daniel Fox also comes in, with Guly do Prado and Jos Hooiveld missing out.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "The Merseyside derby rarely fails to deliver drama and today has been no exception. Four goals have been equally shared in a frantic, breathless first half but it is hard to escape the feeling that the force is now firmly with Everton having fought back from 2-0.

    "Luis Suarez is, predictably, the most unpopular man inside Goodison Park with 85% of the fans and his swallow dive in front of David Moyes to celebrate Liverpool's first goal was perhaps the most memorable moment of the half. But Everton are in control of this match now and Brendan Rodgers needs somehow to get a grip back on midfield."


    Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson tweets: "Ha ha! Classic Phil Neville, battering Luis for diving. Then what does he get booked for...?! Ha ha!

    "Worst dive ever. Looked like someone tied his laces together while he wasn't looking! Ha ha!"

  173. 1424: 

    A head-spinning first 45 minutes with the two sides going toe to toe from the first whistle. Liverpool punctured a buoyant Goodison Park atmosphere with those two goals, but it is the hosts who finished on top. Brendan Rodgers will be happy to have got to the break level and you wouldn't have thought that halfway through the half.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park

    "What a half of football. That had just about the lot. Two goals each - I'm pretty sure there will be more."

    HALF-TIME- Everton 2-2 Liverpool
  176. 1418: 

    Phil Neville is wide-eyed with innocence but Andre Marriner has got that one bang on. The Everton captain goes into the book for diving after folding to the turf under the merest touch from Daniel Agger. "Are you watching David Moyes?," is the chant from the Liverpool fans.


    Opta Joe tweets: "This is only the 23rd time (from 187 meetings) that both teams have scored more than once in a top-flight Merseyside derby."

  178. 1416: 

    Kevin Mirallas spins away from Andre Wisdom as the Liverpool left-back rushes in an attempt to impose himself. The teenager is left trailing and is grateful to see the Belgian's cross thud behind off Martin Skrtel's back and behind. Mirallas is struggling with a bit of an ankle knock though.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "This derby has had just about everything and it is still only 40 minutes old. Steven Naismith turns in an equaliser from close-range after a clever pass by Marouane Fellaini to complete the turnaround.

    "Liverpool have done very little since Luis Suarez's second goal and the neat interplay we saw in the opening 20 minutes has been replaced by an altogether more frantic midfield battle that is robbing the likes Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard time to pick their passes. Kevin Mirallas has been excellent down Everton's left flank and Andre Wisdom looks more than a little overawed."


    Prabal Tiwaree on Twitter: "2-2. What a game this is shaping up to be. That was coming. Young Wisdom showed his inexperience there."

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Poor defending from Skrtel. He has got to cut off near post there and stop cross from coming in."

    Ravi Pradhan on Twitter: "This is one heck of a Merseyside derby."

  181. 1413: 

    Everton are piling play down the left flank with Liverpool right-back Andre Wisdom looking increasingly uncomfortably under the spotlight. Brendan Rodgers may have to rejig at half-time although he only has Jamie Carragher as a defensive option on the bench.


    Usman in London on 81111 on text: "What a match for the neutral!"

    Iain from Newcastle on 81111 on text: "Woeful from Brad Jones - never punch back down the middle."

    Paul on 81111 on text: "I'm a neutral but Suarez's celebration was disgraceful. We all know he dives. What he did was uncalled for."

  183. 1408: 

    Gareth Bale takes Gylfi Sigurdsson's place in the Tottenham midfield. It is his first return to Southampton since leaving for Spurs in 2007.

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Kevin Mirallas has been absolutely outstanding. He's caused Wisdom all sorts of problems on the right hand side. But Naismith drifted in and it was a great finish. Everton richly deserve this 2-2."

    GOAL- Everton 2-2 Liverpool - Naismith (35 mins)

    All square and Liverpool only have themselves to blame as they leave acres of space at the back for Everton to weave their way through. Marouane Fellaini is allowed too much time to turn by Andre Wisdom and Steven Naismith runs in behind an oblivious Jose Enrique to side-foot in from five yards.

  186. 1403: 

    Just one change for Newcastle as James Perch comes in for the suspended Cheick Tiote in midfield. Fabricio Coloccini is fit to start in defence.

  187. 1402: 

    Raheem Sterling blocks off Everton's Leighton Baines on the touchline and gets a yellow card and an earful from the Everton fans in the stand just a few metres away as punishment.

  188. 1400: 

    It feels like there is another goal brewing. Luis Suarez snaps a left-foot shoot narrowly wide from the edge of the box with Tim Howard getting an unnoticed finger on the effort. Marouane Fellaini is soon causing more problems with his height at the other end as the Liverpool defence just about snuff out the danger.

  189. 1358: 

    Red blood in the water and Everton are circling. Brad Jones spills as he climbs over Sylvain Distin to claim a relatively simple cross. Marouane Fellaini is poised to pounce with the goalkeeper still getting to his feet when the referee's whistle comes to Liverpool's rescue. The Reds got lucky there.

    GOAL- Everton 1-2 Liverpool - Osman (22 mins)

    What a game, what a derby. Just a minute and a half separates Luis Suarez's goal and Everton pulling one back. Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones punches a corner kick clear to the edge of the box, where Leon Osman returns it with interest. The midfielder's low shot flies into the bottom corner via a hint of a deflection off Joe Allen's heels.

    GOAL- Everton 0-2 Liverpool - Suarez (20 mins)

    Luis Suarez is definitely claiming this one. No diving celebration to mark his goal, but the Uruguayan springs well to get his forehead to Steven Gerrard's free-kick after getting free of Phil Jagielka in the penalty area.


    Everton's Leon Osman goes into the book for a clip on Raheem Sterling.


    Simon Aindow on Twitter: "Oh Luis, what a dive in front of Moysey! Class!"

    Tim Whatmough on Twitter: "Suarez once again doing himself no favours with that celebration. Really poor behaviour."

    Kirk Adams on Twitter: "A lot of sloppy passing by Everton in the build-up to that goal..."

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Luis Suarez ran right to the technical area and did a feigned dive towards David Moyes. That was a little ill-advised and I think it's stoked things."

    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Liverpool - Leighton Baines OG (14 mins)

    And a theatrical dive in front of the Everton dugout to celebrate from Luis Suarez for added spice. Jose Enrique scampers on to a loose ball down the left and sends a low cross into the box. Raheem Sterling hits the flloor and is claiming that he was impeded by Leighton Baines as he tried to get on the end of it. No matter for Liverpool as Luis Suarez hammers the ball back into the box, it richochets off Baines and in. An icy stare from David Moyes, who asked referee Andre Marriner to look out for any diving before the match, greets the Uruguayan's celebration.

  196. 1344: 

    Brad Jones makes his way through a thicket of Everton players in a packed penalty box to palm away the corner. The Australian did well to barge his way to the front of the queue there.

  197. 1342: 

    A bustling run from Kevin Mirallas takes him from just inside the Liverpool half, past Joe Allen and another Liverpool defender, all the way to the byeline. His cross is cut out by Martin Sktel but the Slovakian's clearance is not that far from worming its way into his own top corner though. That has got the Evertonians excited.


    Sam in Merseyside on 81111 on text: "Losing Johnson isn't as big of a blow as its being made out. Enrique isn't exactly the worst replacement."

    Ian from Wigan on 81111 on text: "I have a horrible feeling Skrtel is going to see a red card coming his way today..."

    Tim in London on 81111 on text: "Personally I think Reina has been below average for Liverpool for the past two years. Everyone seems to overlook his errors for some reason."

  199. 1338: 

    Phil Jagielka wins his first personal duel with Luis Suarez, getting a toe in when the Uruguayan turns to dribble at him for the first time.

    Play sweeps down the other end and Steven Naismith's pass has just a little too much on it, running through to Brad Jones ahead of Nikica Jelevic. An entertaining, lively start with both sides looking busy out of the blocks.

  200. 1334: 

    Neat, snappy passing from Liverpool around the Everton box and Phil Jagielka has to stretch to prod Suso's attempted through ball away from Luis Suarez and behind for a corner. Nuri Sahin lumps an attempted effort well over to end a little spell of pressure for the Reds.

  201. 1332: 

    Jose Enrique does not know that there is no one lurking behind him and plays it safe, nodding Steven Naismith's cross behind for the first corner. Martin Skrtel heads away the subsequent set-piece for Liverpool.


    We are up and running in the 219th Merseyside derby.

  203. 1329: 

    The two teams swap ends, it will be Everton to kick off.


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith tweets from Goodison Park: "Banner in the Liverpool end at Goodison reads 'Solidarity has no colours - justice for the 96'."


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Goodison is jumping as the players walk out. This famous old stadium is rammed full and the atmosphere is crackling. There is a real sense of optimism among the home support that maybe, just maybe, it will all be different this time around."

  206. 1327: 

    A big part of the Goodison Park build-up is the cracking pre-match music. 'It's a Grand Old Team' dies away and the Z Cars theme spits out the PA speakers, followed shortly by the two sets of players out of the tunnel. Kick-off is three minutes away.


    Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson tweets: "Absolutely gutted to be missing this game! Would love to be playing..."

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Historically Liverpool have played the Rodgers way. He has fabulous footballers there and his key acquisition was Joe Allen. He has game-changers on any day, players with the quality of Gerrard and Suarez."

    Keith Andrews, Bolton and Republic of Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've played against Steven Pienaar for a good few years and his quality is there to see. He's so good at shielding the ball and moves possession side to side effortlessly. He's a fantastic player and he is a big miss for Everton today."


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "As soon as we finished on Thursday night the focus was on the game - it's my first one and I'm really looking forward to it.

    "Reina is not 100%, that is the situation - he has only come into training late on. Glen Johnson just felt a tightness and we didn't want to take the risk for the sake of one game.

    "The passion and the spirit of the players and supporters are what derbies are about. We have two excellent teams so we hope for a good game."


    Everton manager David Moyes: "This is one of the games we play this season and it is important to the points total. We didn't beat them last season but we finished above them.

    "Fellaini is a massive boost but we've lost Steven Pienaar so it all balances out.

    "It is really important to keep 11 on the pitch. I have emphasised that to the players and I'm sure Brendan has too, so let's hope the referee does too."

  212. 1323: 

    David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers have just been fulfilling their last pre-match media obligations in the Goodison Park tunnel.

  213. 1320: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Kevin Kilbane, David Weir and Alan Stubbs are among the former Everton players sharing a joke with John Aldridge, Liverpool's lone representative, in Goodison's corridors. The players are out on the pitch now and the atmosphere is building inside this famous old stadium. The rain has stopped leaving a slick sheen to the playing surface and although it's cold the temperature will begin to rise some 10 minutes from now."


    Mark Peter on Twitter: "Is this the first time in a very long while that Everton have a better team on paper than Liverpool?"

    Sam Brooks on Twitter: "Osman, Neville and Naismith better than Gerrard, Allen, Sahin? Um, no. Suarez is better than their front three put together."

    Matthew Riordan on Twitter: "Looking forward to the tussle between Sterling and Coleman. Both have been in good form lately."

    Keith Andrews, Bolton and Republic of Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I was a Liverpool fan growing up and I think the banter in the stands was little friendlier then than it is now. Certainly the rivalry is very fierce in that city."


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Everton's Distin makes his 385th Premier League appearance. That's the most for a non-British/Irish outfield player. He surpasses George Boateng (384)."


    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Some fascinating decisions by both managers as the teams are announced at Goodison. The news that Marouane Fellaini is fit for Everton is a massive plus for David Moyes, who names Kevin Mirallas and Nikica Jelavic in attack.

    "The big news for Liverpool is that Brendan Rodgers has opted to retain Brad Jones in goal ahead of fit-again Pepe Reina. Glen Johnson also misses out through injury and is replaced by Jose Enrique, while Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom all start their first derby."


    Rob in Birmingham on 81111 on text: "Toffees win today. I can see them putting a few past Liverpool. They are the better side at the moment in my opinion."

    Keith on 81111 on text: "I think some people are underestimating Liverpool's youth. They have been some of our best players this season."

    Perran on 81111 on text: "What's all this baloney about everyone having a stronger first XI then Liverpool? Rubbish! Liverpool's is (potentially) much more exciting than lofting it to tall Fellaini all day!"

  219. 1310: 

    This is the first Merseyside derby for seven of the players in today's starting line-ups with Andre Wisdom, Nuri Sahin, Suso, Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling playing Everton for the first time and Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith lining up for the Blues for the first time against their local rivals.

    Brad Jones is in the Liverpool goal for the second successive derby after filling in for Pepe Reina in the FA Cup semi-final last season.

    Iain Dowie, former Crystal Palace and Hull manager at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is one of those derbies that everyone talks about. I'm not sure there are many better atmospheres. It's a tight pitch and it's easier to make crunching challenges. I think the rivalry used to be friendly, but I think it's turned hostile. I expect it to be hostile today.

    "As much as Fellaini being fit is a boost for Everton, it's a big blow to lose Pienaar. But it's an even bigger blow to Liverpool to lose Glen Johnson, who I think has been Liverpool's best player this year. I think Everton being at home have a slight advantage, and I'm leaning towards Everton. I'm looking forward to it, and it should be a cracking atmosphere."

    LINE-UPS- Everton v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Neville, Mirallas, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios.

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Fernandez Saez, Sahin, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Reina, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  222. 1303: 

    As one of my colleagues has just pointed out Pepe Reina might be able to reconcile himself with being behind Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes for the Spain number one jersey, but he might find being Brad Jones' back-up a less enticing prospect.

    Reina almost left Anfield to join Arsenal in 2010, but I'm sure there would be other clubs interested if he did eye the exit again.

    It may all just be a slightly sore hammy of course.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Goodison Park, BBC Sport

    "After successive 1-0 wins over Reading and the mega-rich Russians, Anzhi Makhachkala, the Reds come into the derby in good heart. The overall form book still favours the Toffees, who've lost just one of their last 17 home games and only one of 17 league games anywhere.

    "The history guide goes Liverpool's way with seven wins in the last 11 top-flight meetings, losing one. They've also won four of the last five Goodison games. It's Brendan Rodgers' first derby and David Moyes' 24th, joining the great Harry Catterick in managing Everton against Liverpool in 11 successive seasons."

    Conor McNamara, at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "All four of David Moyes' victories as Everton manager over Liverpool have come at Goodison. This is a very big game. Taking this season, Everton have been playing the better football, but you'd be a brave man to bet against Liverpool. If you want to be an optimist Liverpool are creating so many chances, sometimes up towards 20 attempts at goal. But a pessimist would point out that they are simply not being taken. But Brendan Rogers has to look at the positives."

  225. 1251: 

    Eight places and six points clear of Liverpool in the table, Everton certainly look like they have the upper hand on the mob across Stanley Park coming into today's game.

    That is to reckon without David Moyes' dismal record against Liverpool though.

    In 23 matches against the Reds he has won just four times. All those have come at Goodison though with the most recent being a 2-0 win in October 2010.

    Has beating Liverpool become a psychological challenge as much as a footballing one for Everton?

    Everton v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is among those enjoying Everton's excellent hospitality in the press room. The Frenchman has already reminded those of us in the room of his unbeaten record at Goodison Park, where he won three and drew three of his Merseyside derbies there. The most famous was perhaps the 4-3 victory in April 2001 when Gary McAllister scored a 40-yard free kick in the 90th minute."


    Joshua Small on Twitter: "First Merseyside derby that I can remember where Everton have had a stronger starting XI than Liverpool."

    Ronan Sherman on Twitter: "Glen Johnson out is a massive blow to Liverpool."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "I think the outcome of this game will depend on the performance of Fellaini."

  228. 1249: 

    The decision to leave Pepe Reina on the bench will raise eyebrows among Liverpool fans. Is it because of a bit of residual soreness in that injured hamstring or after a less than solid start to the season and Brad Jones' decent stand-in performances has the Spaniard slipped down the pecking order?

    Rodgers has shown he is not afraid to shake things up since he arrived on Merseyside and Reina is as much a part of the furniture as any of the established stars.

    Conor McNamara, at Goodison Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This could be a good Merseyside derby today. Liverpool feel confident on the ball and their young players are beginning to adapt to that style that we saw Swansea play last season. But Luis Suarez is trying to do it all alone up front, and Liverpool rely too much on someone scoring a wonder goal."


    Opta Joe tweets: "Only in 2004-05 (16 pts from 8 games) have Everton made a better start to a Premier League season than this campaign (15 pts)."

  231. 1241: 

    His name may not have been in the headlines, but there is little doubt who several feet of the column inches building up to today's clash at Goodison Park were aimed at.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been bemoaning his team's luck with the officials this season while Everton counterpart David Moyes has been reminding reporters of the red card that Jack Rodwell wrongly received in the fixture last time around.

    Andre Marriner is the lucky man in charge today and if he hasn't seen their comments in the papers, I expect both Moyes and Rodgers might drop their thoughts into a bit of the pre-match small talk.

    Everton v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "Only one Liverpool manager in the club's 120-year history has won his first derby at Goodison Park. But if Rodgers is to follow Kenny Dalglish with victory today, everything will need to click. Much will depend on referee Andre Marriner who has the unenviable task of taking charge of the Premier League game that has produced more red cards than any other."


    Mohamed Toorani on Twitter: "Licking my lips at today's matches. Merseyside derby, then the little matter of Chelsea v Manchester Utd in West London! BOOM!"

    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "Best day of football so far this season and I'm travelling all day! Having to rely on BBC Radio 5 live and #bbcfootball live text!"

    Stevie Luff on Twitter: "The hour time difference here and the fact the clocks have gone back is making the wait for the football to start excruciating..."


    Marouane Fellaini starts up front for Everton with Steven Naismith replacing the suspended Steven Pienaar.

  235. 1237: 

    It will be the biggest game of many of this Liverpool's line-ups lives. Brendan Rodgers has been forced to gamble a lot on youth - this is one of those games that policy might be made or broken.


    Brad Jones keeps his place in goal with Pepe Reina, who has been missing with a hamstring injury sustained while on international duty, on the bench Glen Johnson, injured in midweek Europa League action, is replaced by Jose Enrique. Three teenagers, Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom, are in the starting line-up.

  237. 1229: 

    You might want to share your thoughts on goings-on at Stamford Bridge. Manager Roberto di Matteo's admission that Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard could both leave Chelsea in January will set tongues wagging in the Shed. Cole was linked with a move to Manchester United in yesterday's newspapers.

    And after Roberto Mancini's increasingly public disagreements with Brian Marwood over the summer, former Barcelona director Txiki Begiristain has been installed as Manchester City's new director of football with responsibility for player recruitment

    The transfer intrigue is brewing up nicely for the new year.


    There is plenty to discuss, so let's have your opinions in as hard and early as a derby-day reducer. The Twitter hashtag is #bbcfootball and the text number is 81111 for all UK mobiles. Make sure you put your name on those texts though otherwise they stand no chance of getting past the social media referee.

  239. 1224: 

    Joe Royle knows all about how confrontational these supposedly friendly derbies can be. He famously unleashed his 'Dogs of War', led by Duncan Ferguson, on Liverpool to win their meeting in November 1994. There is an impressive rap sheet of red cards from the fixture as well with 14 dismissals over the last decade of matches between the two teams.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Everton manager Joe Royle on Sportsweek: "Merseyside derbies are not as aggressive as they used to be, but that's a change in the climate of the game. Nevertheless, it means so much to so many people, and it's a fight for ascendancy. I think the referees have all had a message about Luis Suarez, and now David Moyes has revved it up even more with his comments. I think Suarez is a cracking player but I'm surprised no-one has got hold of him and told him he has to go to the other extreme, to make the biggest ever effort to stand up. He really has to be assaulted now to get a penalty. But I think Everton's first team is good enough to finish in the top four, for sure."

    Everton v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Goodison Park: "It is cold and damp in Liverpool this afternoon and yet this is a city coming to the boil ahead of the 219th Merseyside derby. There are plenty of red and blue shirts mixing in the pubs and streets around Goodison Park already - the banter is sharp, but beneath that the nervous tension is palpable. Everton come into the game as warm favourites having made a thoroughly impressive start to the season. Liverpool are still finding their feet under Brendan Rodgers but two wins and three clean sheets on the spin is cause for optimism."

  242. 1217: 

    We have just caught sight of pictures of the Everton and Liverpoool players arriving at Goodison. Phil Jagielka was wisecracking his way along the corridor to the home dressing room while Luis Suarez, earphones jammed in tight and forehead a little creased with concern, looked considerably less relaxed.

    Maybe he was listening to a recording of opposition crowd noise in an attempt to acclimatise himself to the reception that he can doubtless expect to receive.

  243. 1214: 

    So this is how we are going roll out today and it is a first appearance for GMT in the match listings this season.

    Everton v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Newcastle v West Brom (1500 GMT)

    Southampton v Tottenham (1500 GMT)

    Chelsea v Manchester United (1600 GMT)

  244. 1210: 

    The big question of the afternoon though may be whether, after reciting 'The Man in the Glass' by Dale Wimbrow in answer to a journalist's question earlier in the week, Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is going to start a one-man crusade to bring inject a bit of culture into post-match interviews. An interpretative dance to explain Jay Rodriguez's hunt for a first Premier League goal perhaps?

  245. 1205: 

    We have the battle for Merseyside supremacy at the start of the afternoon and with early pacesetters Chelsea taking on Manchester United at the end of it.

    In between Tottenham will attempt to get back to winning ways after Andre Villas-Boas' unhappy reunion with the Blues last week, West Brom look to build on a quietly impressive start and Newcastle attempt to rediscover some of last season's form.

  246. 1200: 

    After a record 12 minutes 42 seconds of injury time at the Etihad Stadium yesterday afternoon, most of us got a bonus 60 minutes of extra time in bed this morning thanks to the the return to good old Greenwich Mean Time. No one is saying no to extra helpings of sleep and football I presume?

    And you may well need that hour of kip as well. We have a helter-skelter afternoon of 24-carat top-flight action for you. And it looks like the sort that could get a little tasty.

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No movement 3 Arsenal 26 20 48
No movement 4 Man Utd 26 18 47
No movement 5 Southampton 26 19 46
No movement 6 Liverpool 26 9 45
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No movement 10 Stoke 26 -4 36
No movement 11 Newcastle 26 -11 32
No movement 12 Everton 26 -4 28
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No movement 14 West Brom 26 -10 27
No movement 15 Hull 26 -10 26
No movement 16 Sunderland 26 -14 25
No movement 17 QPR 26 -18 22
No movement 18 Burnley 26 -19 22
No movement 19 Aston Villa 26 -23 22
No movement 20 Leicester 26 -18 18