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1 January 2013 Last updated at 19:46

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  1. 1940: 

    Well then, New Year's Day is done and dusted football wise.

    All that is left to do now is follow Stephan Shemilt's live text commentary of the PDC World Darts final and get ready to go back to work.

    Then come back and join us tomorrow night for more live footy - we've got Chelsea v QPR, Liverpool v Sunderland and Newcastle v Everton.

    Enough there for you? I thought so. See you there...

  2. 1939: 

    Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon after the victory against Stoke on Twitter: "Great way to start the new year by the boys. Buzzing so much. Keep White Hart Lane rocking for us, it helps so much!!!"

  3. 1939: 
    Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "It was a good performance. Arsenal have been scoring a shed load of goals and we nullified that threat and carried plenty of threat ourselves.

    "The own-goal was a spawny one that came off his toe but these things happen and we'll get rub of the green soon. They started brightly but we stuck out it, grew in confidence and played well.

    On good reception for Walcott and Chamberlain: "We've got a fantastic academy - these players have come through our system and they deserve that reception. The supporters are fantastic here."

  4. 1934:  
    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch on Twitter:

    "Southampton deserved that point for their huge endeavours. Again Arsenal play with a self entitlement not commensurate with their ability.

    "Manchester United work so hard for the right to play. It's not rocket science. It's called life in whatever capacity you live it."

  5. 1933: 

    Arsenal will have to play a lot, lot better than that to beat Swansea in the FA Cup next weekend. They then face Manchester City and Chelsea in their next two games - and don't forget that Bayern Munich are on the horizon in the Champions League...

  6. 1930:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "MOTD running order: Swa/AV, Wig/ManU, WBA/Ful, ManC/Sto, Tot/Rea, WHU/Nor, Sou/Ars. Average more than three goals a game."

    Watch the highlights from the New Year's Day action at 2225 GMT on BBC One.

  7. 1930: 
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    Shafzzz on Twitter: "RE 1925: Maxim: I think you forgot the Bradford game which was not 'so long ago'."

  8. 1929: 

    That is how erratic Arsenal can be. They have only won nine of their opening 20 games this season.

  9. 1925: 
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    Steven Marshall on Twitter: "Seven goals at Newcastle, one shot on target at Southampton. Which Arsenal to turn up next week?"

  10. 1925: 
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    Maxim on text via 81111: "Did Arsenal have a massive team NYE party last night or something? That was the worst performance I have seen from us in a long, long time."

  11. 1924: 

    Arsenal are now five points shy of rivals Tottenham with a game in hand. That race for the Champions League spots is going to go to the wire isn't it? Everton and West Brom remain in the hunt.

  12. 1922: 
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    Ruridh Allen on Twitter: "Gervinho is awful for Arsenal. Like school custard I dread the one day a week when he might appear."

  13. 1921:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Four straight wins and I thought Arsenal would come here and win. The draw was a fair result, and if anything, Southampton probably deserved the three points.

    "They have climbed out of the bottom three and the fans at St Mary's are absolutely delighted with that performance."

  14. 1920: 

    That is enough for Southampton to clamber out of the bottom three. A decent point for them, but a very shoddy display from Arsenal.

  15. 1919: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
  16. 1917: 
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    James Woodcock on Twitter: "I don't think I've seen Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould smile all season..."

  17. 1916: 
    CLOSE!

    Arsenal finally construct a move of note, with Mikel Arteta finding Kieran Gibbs screaming into the area. However, he tries to find Olivier Giroud in the middle instead of lacing a shot into the corner and Saints get it away.

  18. 1916: 
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    Jonah Berman on Twitter: "If Arsenal can't beat Southampton, how on earth are we going to have any chance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

  19. 1913: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    What a chance for the Saints. Jason Puncheon is allowed to beat Kieran Gibbs far too easily in the right channel, he works the ball on to his right foot but shoots straight at Wojciech Szczesny in the Gunners net.

  20. 1911: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Southampton substitute Steve De Ridder has only just come one but he earns a yellow card straight away for hauling down Bacary Sagna.

  21. 1911: 
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    David Ljunggren on Twitter: "Arsenal's passing has been appalling against Southampton. There is no other word to describe how bad it is."

  22. 1911: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last few minutes now...

  23. 1910:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I have seen Arsenal a lot over the last few years and this is the worst I have seen them play. Their passing has terrible, they have been shambolic today on the ball.

    "This is supposed to be a team that is competing to finish in the top four. I think Tottenham and Chelsea are stronger, Arsenal have left themselves too much to do.

    "There is no shape to the team or cohesion. They are over-hitting passes, under-hitting passes... Southampton will never have a better chance to beat Arsenal, they are there for the taking."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  24. 1909: 
    CLOSE!

    Gervinho is a frustrating player. When he is on it, he is on it, but this is more like his usual fare. He backs up his defender with a strong run down the left but then cuts inside and shoots into the side-netting. He needed to hit the target there.

  25. 1907: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes at St Mary's. Can either side find a breakthrough?

  26. 1907: 
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    RobPorter9 on Twitter: "Southampton are actually a pretty classy unit, potential worldbeater in Gaston Ramirez. Played Arsenal at their own game today & been better."

    Steven Levett on Twitter: "Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain off for Ramsey and Gervinho?!!! Arsenal manager Wenger almost WANTS to lose this game!"

    Victor Chatfield on Twitter: "Are Gervinho's Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations? If so, Arsenal could be the only Premier League team to BENEFIT from the tournament..."

  27. 1903: 
    CLOSE!

    It sums up how bad this game has been that this goes down as Arsenal's best moment of the half. Theo Walcott makes space with a neat dribble and when his cut-back is half cleared, Mikel Arteta sends a shot wide from 25 yards. Arsenal have still only had that one Theo Walcott effort on target.

  28. 1902: 

    I bow down to Mark Bright, it appears that goal was chalked off for a push by Gaston Ramirez. There wasn't a great deal of contact though.

  29. 1859: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Changes for both sides. Rickie Lambert comes off for Southampton, with Jay Rodriguez on. Arsenal replace Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho. There are just over 15 minutes left.

  30. 1858:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think it was a push from Gaston Ramirez for the disallowed goal for Southampton. He took a chance and pushed the Arsenal defender forward, but the assistant saw it and correctly waved his flag."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  31. 1857: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL

    Beautiful finish from Gaston Ramirez - but the flag is up. He takes the ball on his chest, swivels and buries the ball but Rickie Lambert had already been flagged. Ramirez is definitely onside when the ball was played. A controversial one that one.

  32. 1855: 

    Theo Walcott has found more space since Olivier Giroud came on, and he calls Artur Boruc into action for the first time with a stinging low drive after a neat pass from Santi Cazorla.

  33. 1855: 
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    Gary on text via 81111: "RE 1840 - Can I point out that Arsenal have not actually played four games during the Christmas period- only three - so this defence can not be used for such a dull display."

    Very good point Gary. Arsenal's game against West Ham on Boxing Day was postponed.

  34. 1853: 

    Bacary Sagna has been coming under fire from some of you lot today, and he wastes a good move there with a poor cross which Artur Boruc is able to claim easily. Southampton then counter well and threaten down the right. It's very even now, with both sides still struggling to find any quality in the final third.

  35. 1851:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It came over the top and Davis could not tee it up quickly enough for Puncheon. If Southampton are going to stay up, it will be on their home form and they are giving it a go today against Arsenal."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  36. 1850: 
    CLOSE!

    Another fine move from Southampton. Rickie Lambert finds a way through to Steven Davis with a lofted ball, he is then able to lay the ball off to Jason Puncheon and the winger thrashes a powerful shot into the side netting. Saints on top at the minute.

  37. 1849: 
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    Ryan Mould on Twitter: "Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is quickly becoming a liability, cost one goal then nearly went for the second!"

    Physio28 on Twitter: "If Sagna wants to go can't he do us all a favour and go now! Shocking display. Jenkinson on now please."

    Paul Agland on Twitter: "Sagna is having a terrible game, he looks lazy and unfit at the moment, possibly being moved on in January?"

  38. 1848: 
    CLOSE!

    Best moment of the half for the Saints. Morgan Schneiderlin breaks into the penalty area, he drives across a low ball which Wojciech Szczesny can only turn back into danger, but Rickie Lambert then slips as he tries to gather the rebound. ALmost a sight of goal for the home side as we enter the final half hour.

  39. 1844: 

    Theo Walcott has been moved over to a position on the right, and his first touch sees him sky a cross miles into the stands. Some of the build-up play between Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla was terrific though.

  40. 1844: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after the 4-0 win against Wigan on Twitter: "Great win today, another clean sheet (which was needed)!!! Our fans were brilliant today... Loud as!!! Great songs!!!"

  41. 1843: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Lukas Podolski never seems to play a full 90 minutes, and he is coming off now. It's Olivier Giroud on in his place, and he could be the physical presence Arsenal are lacking up top.

  42. 1841: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    This is more like it though. Guly do Prado goes for the top corner from 25 yards and Wojciech Szczesny has to make a flying save. From the following corner Bacary Sagna almost puts through his own goal but Szczesny is alive to the danger and keeps it out.

  43. 1840: 

    This has been a poor start to the second half. It's all gone very flat. Maybe the effects of four games in 10 days are telling on the players' legs. Time to shake things up from the bench?

  44. 1840:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is only 17-years-old but he is so comfortable on the ball. He looks so assured, which is fantastic for someone so young.

    "The only problem at Southampton is that as soon as a youngster shows promise, it seems they are linked with a big money move away."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  45. 1837: 
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    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "These are the kind of games Arsenal have to learn to grind out."

  46. 1836: 

    Poor old Jack Wilshere is having a bruising birthday. He takes a boot to the face now as he wins a header in midfield and Gaston Ramirez catches him.

  47. 1833: 

    Rickie Lambert almost gets clear down the left for Southampton but his pass is poor, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces as bad a cross from Arsenal's right. High in tempo, low in quality so far.

  48. 1831: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

    We are back in play.

  49. 1828: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "17 - Only Reading (20) have dropped more points from winning positions than Southampton this season in the top flight. Gifts."

  50. 1828: 

    If it stays like this Southampton will climb out of the bottom three. That will be a psychological boost for the Saints.

  51. 1824: 
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    Shan2812 on Twitter: "4-4-2 is only way Arsenal can have Walcott as striker away from home, Cazorla on left, another striker instead of Podolski."

  52. 1820: 
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    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "11 - Arsenal have scored more goals in the 15 minutes before half-time than any other Premier League side. Common."

  53. 1817: 

    Southampton have now scored three own goals for Arsenal this season.

    Jos Hooiveld and Nathaniel Clyne put the ball in their own net in the Gunners' 6-1 win in September, and this is the first time in Premier League history that a team have benefitted from three own goals by the same opponent in one season.

  54. 1816: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
  55. 1816: 
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    MarkMcCartney59 on Twitter: "More bad defending."

    Daniel Hesse on Twitter: "Game's got Giroud written all over it: AFC can't put two passes together to Walcott's feet, so put it on the big man's head."

    James Addis on Twitter: "Both teams have now exchanged late Christmas presents..."

  56. 1815: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL

    That is how you get Theo Walcott into the game. He is released by a neat pass on the edge of the area and puts it away in style, but the flag is up and had strayed offside.

  57. 1812: 

    That goal has perked Arsenal up. Jack Wilshere lunges into a challenge on the edge of the area which referee Lee Probert takes exception to. There's no card but a stern word for the England midfielder. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then overhits his cross after a good surge down the right.

  58. 1812:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I do not understand why Southampton did not have someone in that area. Do Prado was at full stretch and Boruc had come out to get the ball.

    "There is not much Do Prado can do about that, but as a team, Southampton should have had a defender in that space to cut it out easily."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  59. 1810: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Arsenal - Guly do Prado OG (41 mins)

    But out of nothing, Arsenal level. Theo Walcott whips in a dangerous ball to the near post, and Guly do Prado stretches to divert the ball past his own keeper. Right off the studs that one.

  60. 1809: 

    Jack Wilshere sends Theo Walcott away down the left channel with a neat pass but the England man gives it away instantly. He has struggled up there on his own so far.

  61. 1808: 

    What can Arsenal do to respond then? For all the sloppy start from Southampton keeper Artur Boruc, the Pole has not had anything to do since.

  62. 1806:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Southampton took full advantage of several defensive mistakes from Arsenal. Right-back Bacary Sagna does not clear the ball but plays it into the danger area.

    "He used his left foot and did not clear it outside the penalty area. It was a great low drive from Ramirez for the goal."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  63. 1806: 
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    Kenneth Gyangs on Twitter: "Shambolic defending... a player of Sagna's standing should know better."

  64. 1804: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal - Gaston Ramirez (34 mins)

    A comedy of errors! Lukas Podolski gives the ball away with a real hospital pass across his own penalty area, Morgan Schneiderlin grasps it and looks to play Rickie Lambert in. Lambert hesitates though and Bacary Sagna gets back to make the tackle. He plays it straight to Jason Puncheon though, and he then finds Gaston Ramirez to fire in powerfully from 15 yards.

  65. 1803:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This game has been end-to-end without any form of end product from either Southampton or Arsenal."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  66. 1801: 

    Jack Wilshere is beginning to run the show in midfield as Southampton struggle to create in the final third. Rickie Lambert is having a hard time holding the ball up in the opening half hour.

  67. 1801: 
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    Jim in Bramhall on text via 81111: "Aguero injury for Manchester City: time to give John Guidetti a chance? Scored 20 in 23 games for Feyenoord last season."

  68. 1757: 

    Arsenal keep it and keep it this time in a patient passing move, it is much better. But Southampton are well organised and keep their shape, clearing a cross from Bacary Sagna and eventually catching the Frenchman offside.

    If Theo Walcott is auditioning for the role of sole striker he so craves, he is not getting my vote at the moment. Away from home, he has hardly touched the ball.

  69. 1754: 

    Arsenal's passing has been wayward at best in the opening stages. Santi Cazorla spreads a pass straight to the Southampton defence before Thomas Vermaelen pumps a long bal to nobody in particular. Arsene Wenger looks unhappy on the touchlines but at least Jack Wilshere is back in action.

  70. 1752:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Theo Walcott has not had a kick yet against Southampton but he has shown his intent by making some good runs. His Arsenal team-mates, however, have not been able to pick him out."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  71. 1751: 

    It's not such a great birthday for Jack Wilshere at the moment. It could be 21 and out for the lad as he charges a shot down in the unmentionables. Ouch doesn't really cover it. We need a new graphic...

  72. 1747:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:Man City 3-0 Stoke

    "Stoke boss Tony Pulis refused to criticise his players after their one-sided defeat by Manchester City, and feels it is difficult to compete with the champions' spending power.

    "I've got no complaints they were the better team. Someone has just asked me what the difference was and I said about £220m,"Pulis said. "For us to come here and get anything we have to bring our A game and City have to be off it, and that wasn't the case today. But sometimes you have to look at the reality of everything and they have got a bit of a headstart on clubs like us."

    On his plans for the January transfer window: "We'd like to do some business. The important thing is we have to wheel and deal as well. We have to move a few out. The squad needs fresh blood, but we have to generate funds. We have to move people on first."

  73. 1745: 

    Jack Wilshere seems to have been earmarked as the saviour of English football for so long now that is hard to believe that today is his 21st birthday. He has been involved in all of Arsenal's best moves so far.

  74. 1743: 
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    Paul Iummis on Twitter: "Southampton keeper Boruc looking very uncertain early on; also looks like he had too much turkey a week ago!"

    Tony Brown on Twitter: "Boruc looks like he had a late one last night."

    Adam McCulloch on Twitter: "As an ex-goalie and with money to spend, how come Southampton boss Nigel Adkins couldn't buy a decent goalie?"

  75. 1742: 

    Arsenal could do worse than put the ball in and around Artur Boruc at will here - of course that is not their style. They instead craf a nice one-touch passing move which ends with Lukas Podoslki seeing his shot blocked.

  76. 1740: 

    This is a very lively start from both sides. We are back up to 90mph territory. Gaston Ramirez almost has a two-on-two breakaway for Southampton but he can't get his pass away. We've seen nothing of Theo Walcott against his former club.

  77. 1739:  
    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright at St Mary's on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That is Sunday morning goalkeeping from Boruc. It is basic goalkeeping to come out and catch that, you hold the ball there tight to your chest and not drop it.

    "It is nerve-wracking watching him at the moment. He then should have just put his foot through that ball."

    You can listen to commentary of Southampton v Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  78. 1738: 
    DODGY KEEPER

    Artur Boruc has had a remarkable first eight minutes here. His latest gaff sees him shank a clearance nervously into the stands.

  79. 1737: 
    Wigan 0-4 Man Utd

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Wigan are a difficult team to play against, particularly at their own ground so 4-0 is a good result for us. The game started slowly but once we got the first goal we were away and we were happy to go in a half-time 2-0 up.

    "Javier Hernandez is a goal-scorer, a real penalty box player. Van Persie's ability to play is exceptional and his first goal was magnificent. We expected him to be a major player and add something to us and that is exactly what he has done. "

  80. 1736: 
    CLOSE!

    Good grief. Artur Boruc drops another cross from the right! Southampton just about get away with it again but he is not exactly safe hands...

  81. 1734: 
    CLOSE!

    Arsenal have had all the ball since kick-off and Santi Cazorla almost has them ahead with a speculative effort from 30 yards. It takes a huge deflection off a defender and spins a foot or so wide of the far corner. Artur Boruc then shells the ball from the corner - it was a routine catch and went straight through his his hands. Nerves. So many nerves.

  82. 1733: 
    Tottenham 3-1 Reading

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It was frustrating to concede an equaliser straight after scoring and if we could have had it at 1-0 at half-time then it would've been a really good game.

    "This is a really good Tottenham side that Andre has built here and not many people will come away from here taking points."

  83. 1732: 

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was given a great ovation by the Southampton fans as he warmed up and the Arsenal winger has the first moment of danger, getting on the end of a neat move on the right but losing out to a defender.

  84. 1730: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Copland on Twitter: "Not sure what everyone's concern with Southampton keeper Boruc is. He's a Polish international keeper and easily the best at St. Marys."

  85. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Arsenal

    Game on at Southampton.

  86. 1730:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:Man City 3-0 Stoke

    "Manchester City assistant manager David Platt says the hamstring injury to Sergio Aguero will definitely rule City's 10-goal joint top scorer out of Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Watford and possibly the Premier League game against Arsenal on 13 Jan too.

    "It's difficult to assess an injury like that and how long it is going to be. Certainly on Saturday he will be out and my experience would say he will be doubtful for Arsenal," Platt said.

    "But it is far too early to tell. There will be a lot of swelling in there and a bit of bleeding and, to be honest, we won't know for 48 hours how quickly it is going to settle down."

  87. 1728: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "8 - Lukas Podolski has scored (4) or assisted (4) eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances. Form."

  88. 1725: 
    Southampton v Arsenal (1730 GMT)

    Here come the players out on to the pitch. Kick-off in the day's final game is a few minutes away.

  89. 1724: 
    Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "We could have been 4-0 up after 12 minutes. Incredible.

    "The only negative part was conceding a goal in the end of the first half and not scoring a second one. Aston Villa really fought after three losses. They wanted to do everything to get a point and got close to getting three points. We could have lost but should have won."

  90. 1724: 
    Tottenham 3-1 Reading

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "We did well to close out the festive period with 10 points from four games and hopefully we will continue this form to put ourselves in the position we want to be.

    "Aaron Lennon is such a magnificent player and sometimes he does not get the recognition he deserves but his form has been extraordinary. He has been magnificent for us, scoring goals, like last week, and is such a good player."

  91. 1721: 

    A presentation is taking place out on the pitch in Southampton, where Terry Paine is collecting a certificate after being made honorary president. Paine was a member of the World Cup winning squad of 1966 and is the Saints' record appearance-maker.

  92. 1720: 

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Southampton in all competitions, since a 3-2 defeat at St. Mary's in November 2002."

  93. 1720: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Janniky on Twitter: "Southampton boss Adkins doesn't have a clue who his best keeper is does he?"

    Lewis Callen on Twitter: "Just pick a keeper and stick with it! Why Boruc against Arsenal?"

    Asif Tufals on Twitter: "Adkins unsure which of his Christmas presents to play in goal. In fairness, like most toys, by the New Year they're all duds."

  94. 1715: 

    I've just seen some replays from the Swansea game again. The touch Michu takes when he shoots against the post in the first half is simply sensational. What a buy he has been.

  95. 1712: 
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    Chris in Durham on text via 81111: "Swansea might have drawn, but they're a shining example of how football should be played. Puts teams like Stoke to shame."

  96. 1712: 
    Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "With 30 seconds to go you expect to see it through. First half Swansea were right on top but second half we were very good.

    "The goal before half time did change it. We have a lot of injuries so you have to give credit to the players. It is a big point for us.

    "I've got a lot of faith in what we're doing and we won't deviate from it. Even after the heavy defeats we were keeping spirits up.

    "It will be a bit happier on the trip home considering what has happened. We took a lot of knocks and kickings today but deserved something from the game."

  97. 1709: 

    Are we thinking goals, goals, goals at St Mary's then? Arsenal delivered the goods in a major way at the weekend...

  98. 1709: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Wilf Ward on Twitter: "What is Boruc doing in goal for Southampton against Arsenal!?!"

  99. 1705: 

    No more "Jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" moments for us then.

  100. 1704: 

    Sunderland on Twitter: "Striker Ji Dong-won has joined German side Augsburg on loan until the end of the season."

  101. 1704: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Arsenal (1730 GMT)

    Southampton: Boruc, Cork, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Steven Davis, Schneiderlin, Ramirez, Lambert, Do Prado. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka, De Ridder.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Rosicky, Giroud, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gervinho.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  102. 1702: 
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    Donal Murphy on Twitter: "Despite the late equalizer good to see Villa scoring and not losing. Cup games to restore some confidence."

  103. 1701: 
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    Lee in Newcastle on text via 81111: I'm going for a 5-3 Arsenal win against Southampton, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla to fill their boots!"

  104. 1659: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

    Spurs have moved into third place after that win at home to Reading, although Chelsea can displace them with a win against QPR tomorrow.

    At the top, Manchester United stay seven points clear of Manchester City.

    At the bottom, the situation remains the same, though Southampton can climb out of the drop zone with a point against Arsenal.

  105. 1656: 
    Southampton v Arsenal (1730 GMT)

    Southampton boss Nigel Adkins believes his team have become a much tougher proposition than the one swept aside 6-1 by Arsenal in September. "We have improved and grown in maturity all the way through," Adkins said. "Obviously we had a baptism of fire coming into the Premier League when you look at the fixtures we had at the start of the campaign. But we have only lost two of the last nine games, which is important and both of them were narrow 1-0 defeats."

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking for more consistency from his team as they chase a Champions League qualifying place. "That is what is at stake for us - to show we can be consistent from game to game," he said. "We have another opportunity against Southampton, and it is important we take it."

  106. 1655: 
    Southampton v Arsenal (1730 GMT)

    Despite the busy fixture list, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opted for no changes from his side's dramatic 7-3 win over Newcastle as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott face their former team.

    There are three changes for Southampton from their 3-3 draw with Stoke on Saturday as Artur Boruc replaces Kelvin Davis in goal, Gaston Ramirez comes in for Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis comes in for Jos Hooiveld.

  107. 1655: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Four goals is great but two games, two wins, two clean sheets. Desperately needed with United's shaky defending so far this season."

    Paulj86 on Twitter: "I'm not sure if I prefer AVB's celebrations for Spurs or assistant Steffen Freund's! It's a close call!"

    Mark Chmarny on Twitter: "Nope, 2013 changed nothing for Villa I'm afraid."

  108. 1654: 

    What a finish at the Liberty Stadium. A point was the very least that Swansea deserved to be honest and they ground it out in the end.

  109. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa
  110. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 3-0 Stoke
  111. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-1 Reading
  112. 1650: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa - Danny Graham (90 mins)

    Incredible. Swansea were putting the Villa goal under a constant wave of attacks, and they finally find a way through. A cross from the right sees a shot blocked, the ball runs out to Danny Graham, and while Chris Herd makes a brave block to stop his first shot, Graham is able to blast the loose ball in from 12 yards via a deflection. Paul Lambert has his head in his hands.

  113. 1650: 
    Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa

    Swansea are camped in the Aston Villa half as the clock runs down. They can't believe they are losing this one.

  114. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 0-4 Man Utd
  115. 1647: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Caretaker manager Gary Bowyer is on course to guide Blackburn to a second win with the Lancashire side winning 3-0 at home to Nottingham Forest. All three goals have come in the second half, with Ruben Rochina, Jordan Rhodes and Colin Kazim-Richards all on the scoresheet.

    It is a day to forget for Huddersfield, who are losing 6-1 at Leicester. Chris Wood and Anthony Knockaert both scoring twice. Meanwhile, Tommy Rowe has given Peterborough a crucial 2-1 lead in the bottom-of-the-table clash with Barnsley.

  116. 1646: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-1 Norwich - Russell Martin (90 mins)

    A defender with a festive eye for goal as Russell Martin adds to his brace against Manchester City with a clinical low volley into the corner from Elliott Bennett's cross. Fabulous hit.

  117. 1644: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Bentekkkkeeerrrssss! New Year new start for Villa."

  118. 1644: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-4 Man Utd - Robin van Persie (88 mins)

    Robin van Persie is good enough without giving him gifts. Wigan's defence have a collective nightmare, Jean Beausejour running into Emmerson Boyce and falling over. That leaves Danny Welbeck with the simplest of tasks to square to Van Persie for a tap-in. Game, set and match.

  119. 1643: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man City 3-0 Stoke

    What a hit this is. Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan thumps a shot against the post from a full 30 yards, fine effort. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart just got a touch on that in fact.

  120. 1643: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last few minutes we go. Any more late drama?

  121. 1642:  
    Former Wales and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa

    "In the first 10 minutes Swansea could have been five-up. But, I think playing away has suited the young Villa players and what a win this would be for them.

    "They have shown courage on the ball and in the tackle today."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  122. 1642: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Zabrocky on Twitter: "Not sure who is running Blackburn Rovers at the moment (giant chicken maybe?) but they can stay."

    Amussard on Twitter: "As much as I enjoy the Spurs goals, I think I enjoy manager AVB's air punches just as much."

  123. 1642:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "Sergio Aguero has gone off with an injury - a late twist in the tale that Manchester City did not want in what has turned into a straightforward win at the Etihad Stadium. The Argentine pulled up as he was running towards the Stoke goal and he limped off to a deserved standing ovation after what was an impressive and industrious display. He deserved his goal too, even if it was never a penalty. Carlos Tevez replaces him."

  124. 1640: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (84 mins)

    Big goal. Big, big goal. Christian Benteke takes the penalty and is ice cool to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and find the corner. Aston Villa looked dreadful in the first half an hour. But now they are within a few minutes of a huge win.

  125. 1639: 
    PENALTY TO ASTON VILLA- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Nathan Dyer tangles legs with Andreas Weimann. And that is a penalty.

  126. 1638: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes here. Can Swansea or Villa find a winner?

  127. 1637: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "22 - Since August 2010, Manchester City have been awarded 22 Premier League penalties, with 21 of them coming at home. Spot."

  128. 1636: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ross Gilman on Twitter: "Every week there are two or three awful referees decisions and yet we are still meant to respect them!!!"

  129. 1635: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 Reading - Clint Dempsey (79 mins)

    Brian McDermott, you have my sympathies. Reading have had a really good spell, created a few excellent chances, but they have been punished by a very unfortunate goal. Clint Dempsey takes aim from 30 yards, it takes a massive deflection off the heel of Mikele Leigertwood and drifts over Adam Federici and into the net. Cruel.

  130. 1634: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa did go close to a second goal as Andreas Weimann hooked a shot across the face of goal. But no joy.

  131. 1634: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Bloomfield on Twitter: "Villa could win this game, Swansea are playing like they are 'expecting to win' - that's the problem with over confidence."

  132. 1633: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-1 Reading

    Reading are giving it a real go. First, Jimmy Kebe is in on goal and he is only denied by a superb last-ditch tackle. From the following corner, Alex Pearce's header is cleared off the line by Michael Dawson. So close!

  133. 1632: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Karl Adams on Twitter: "Reading can't handle Aaron Lennon. What a season he's having."

    Dan Gould on Twitter: "Wigan playing three at the back against a United squad with this much firepower was asking for trouble."

  134. 1632:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I think the referee at the Manchester City game has gambled there on that penalty decision. He didn't know exactly where the foul occurred, which for me, was clearly outside the box."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  135. 1631: 
    GOAL- Man City 3-0 Stoke - Sergio Aguero (74 mins)

    The penalty is given though, and Sergio Aguero slots home into the corner.

  136. 1629: 
    PENALTY TO MAN CITY- Man City 2-0 Stoke

    Now then - this is a foul, no doubt, as Steven Nzonzi clips the heels of David Silva - but it is a yard outside of the penalty area for me.

  137. 1628: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 2-1 Reading

    Reading keep plugging away and Pavel Pogrebnyak almost has them level. He does it all on his own as well, surging through down the right and firing in a low shot which Hugo Lloris saves.

  138. 1628: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "31 - All 31 of Javier Hernandez's Premier League goals have come from inside the area. Update."

  139. 1626: 
    Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    If Aston Villa come away with a point here after that opening half hour or so, they should be delighted. They may yet do even better as this one has opened up a bit.

  140. 1626: 
    LEAGUE TWO LATEST

    Northampton's last two games were postponed due to the weather and the break from action seems to have done the Cobblers the world of good as they lead Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0. An Abu Ogogo own goal gave Northampton the lead, before they added further goals through Chris Hackett and Kelvin Langmead.

    Elsewhere, York are 2-0 up at home to Burton while Mat Mitchel-King has regained the lead for AFC Wimbledon at Torquay. They are winning 2-1.

  141. 1624: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alistair McGeorge on Twitter: "Finally Manchester United are starting to kill a team off. Another couple of goals and it'd be great. Keep pushing up the goal difference."

  142. 1624: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Theo in London on text via 81111: "This Reading side are making Tottenham look like Barcelona. Robson-Kanu has absolutely no end product."

  143. 1623: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-3 Man Utd

    Almost another superb goal to add to his collection as Robin van Persie skips past a couple of defenders before lifting a shot on the rise just over the top. He left them trailing in his wake there. Brilliant play from the Dutchman.

  144. 1623: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Reading

    The hosts are pushing for a third but Sandro goes close with an effort and Aaron Lennon then has a shot saved by the busy Adam Federici.

    Tottenham, who have won six of their last eight Premier League matches, look in complete control, with Reading creating little since taking the lead in the fourth minute.

    But Spurs, who have dropped points at home against West Brom, Norwich, Wigan and Stoke already this season, will be eager to stay in the lead.

  145. 1621: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 2-0 Norwich

    Ricardo Vaz Te almost wraps this one up, climbing high above Russell Martin to flick a header back across goal and against the far post. Norwich survive.

  146. 1619: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Stivylad on Twitter: "Can't see Mario Balotelli getting back into this MCFC side when Dzeko is playing like this."

  147. 1619: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-3 Man Utd - Javier Hernandez (63 mins)

    This man can smell danger. Robin van Persie hits a free-kick into the box, it comes off a defender and spins out to Javier Hernandez, who has found a pocket of space 15 yards out and fires in low into the corner of the net. Deadly finishing.

  148. 1618: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man City 2-0 Stoke

    Edin Dzeko was booked for taking his shirt off after his goal - but since then Stoke have had a good spell. Jon Walters pokes over the top from a corner.

  149. 1618:  
    Former Wales and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "That handball was inside the penalty box and it should have been a penalty for Swansea against Villa. I would put my house on that!"

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  150. 1617: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    Ashley Young crosses from the right and Javier Hernandez shovels the ball over the top with the goal gaping. Wigan's decision to continue to play three at the back against this Manchester United side looks odd.

  151. 1616: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Swansea want a penalty as Angel Rangel flicks the ball on to Joe Bennett's hand, the officials give a free-kick right on the edge of the area - but should it have been a spot-kick? Again, it is very tight indeed. The free-kick is cleared and Villa breathe again.

  152. 1614: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    Oooh then, Wigan think they have a goal back as Arouna Kone taps in Franco Di Santo's cross-shot but the flag is raised. It is very tight.

  153. 1612: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-0 Stoke - Edin Dzeko (56 mins)

    Sergio Aguero has been brilliant today, and he creates a potentially key second goal. Aguero wriggles away from his marker, shoots low with a toe-poke and while Asmir Begovic makes the save, Edin Dzeko is there to smash in from a yard out. He takes his top off to reveal a T-shirt syaing 'Happy New Year.' And to you...

  154. 1612: 
    LEAGUE ONE LATEST

    Perfect start to 2013 for Paolo Di Canio and Swindon. The Robins have beaten Portsmouth 5-0 at the County Ground with James Collins scoring four goals in 30 minutes. They move up to fifth in the table as it stands.

  155. 1611: 
    Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Michu flicks a header toward the corner at the end of a flowing Swans move, but Brad Guzan is right behind it. Swansea still look the more likely to find a goal as we approach the hour mark.

  156. 1611:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "Spurs winger Aaron Lennon is capable of great moments and he put in an exquisite chip to the back post and Adebayor did the rest. The power he got from his neck muscles was fantastic.

    "Les Ferdinand told me the coaches at Spurs have worked and worked and worked on Lennon's final ball and all that time on the training ground seems to be paying off."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  157. 1610: 
    CLOSE!- Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    United almost extend their lead shortly after the restart as Robin van Persie plays Javier Hernandez into space but the Mexican striker fires wastefully wide.

  158. 1610: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Bradstreet on Twitter: "Spurs much more resilient now than earlier in the campaign. No such thing as tempting fate: they'll win this one against Reading."

  159. 1610: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamesmaurice89 on Twitter: "Coincidence that once you leave Gary O'Neil out of the West Ham line up you start producing decent football? I think not!"

  160. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- Man City 1-0 Stoke

    Edin Dzeko with an absolute thunderbolt, hitting a rising volley on the run which fizzes over the bar. Brilliant technique from the City man.

  161. 1608: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Ham 2-0 Norwich

    More woe for Norwich as they see a decent penalty shout turned away. James Tomkins and Harry Kane come together, Kane goes down but the referee waves it on. It is filed under the 'seen them given' category.

  162. 1607: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Reading - Emmanuel Adebayor (51 mins)

    What a header! Some serious hang time from Emmanuel Adebayor as he gets up and stays up, hanging in the air to get on the end of an Aaron Lennon cross and flicking the ball into the corner. Fabulous play from the big man.

  163. 1605: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Pablo Hernandez almost has Swansea back ahead, capitalising on more chaos at the back for Villa but screws wide at the far post.

  164. 1605: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John in Manchester on text via 81111: "RVP is the 3rd best player in the world - not only does he score almost every game, but he scores world class goals half the time."

  165. 1605: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Cardiff are currently on target to extend their lead at the top of the Championship. Joe Mason capitalised on an error by Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland to give the Welsh side a 1-0 lead. As it stands, they are seven points clear of Hull, who are drawing 0-0 at Blackpool.

    Meanwhile, Chris Wood has marked his Leicester debut with two goals against Huddersfield. Ritchie De Laet scored a third for Leicester just before half time to effectively end the game as a contest. In other games, Crystal Palace are 2-0 up against Wolves, Brighton are beating Ipswich by the same scoreline, while at the bottom of the table, Peterborough are winning 1-0 at home to Barnsley.

  166. 1604: 
    Man City 1-0 Stoke

    This is a bit naughty from Robert Huth. The Stoke man is beaten by Sergio Aguero and clobbers the Argentine with an agricultural mow down his calf. City need a second goal to relax in this one.

  167. 1603: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Reading

    Jermain Defoe has the first shot of the half, testing Adam Federici from the edge of the box, Could be a long half for Reading.

  168. 1601: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are back under way across the country. Let's have plenty more goals please...

  169. 1601: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael Graham on Twitter: "People need to lay off Stoke, they do what they can to pick up points and they played some nice stuff to spank Liverpool."

  170. 1559:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "2013 appears to have started as well as 2012 ended, football wise anyway. Terrific games with goals all over the shop."

    Watch the highlights of the New Year's Day action at 2225 GMT on BBC One.

  171. 1558: 

    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville on Twitter: "Comfortable for United at present. RVP goal excellent!"

  172. 1557: 
    Robin van Persie

    Nobody scored more Premier League goals in 2012 than Robin van Persie - the Dutchman hit 27 for Arsenal and Manchester United - and he is up and running for the new year with that belter at Wigan.

  173. 1556:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at St Mary's:Southampton v Arsenal (1730 GMT)

    "Theo Walcott's current form, and that of his team-mates, could make this a difficult afternoon for his former club. Arsenal put six past Southampton at The Emirates earlier this season and hit Newcastle for seven on Saturday to make it 15 goals in their run of four wins from their last four matches. Southampton were about to move out of the bottom three on Saturday until Cameron Jerome sent a thunderbolt into the top corner in the last minute at The Britannia to earn Stoke a share of the points. It continued a regular theme for Saints, who've dropped 17 points from winning positions this season."

  174. 1555: 

    There's a late game to look forward to as well of course...

  175. 1553: 
    Man City 1-0 Stoke

    Cameron Jerome was rightly applauded for his stunning goal the other day, but the Stoke striker should be taken to task for some woeful defending in the build-up to that City goal. He just turned off completely as both James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta ran past him following a throw-in. Very shoddy.

  176. 1553: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gary Barnes on Twitter: "Hate Stoke, so boring to watch and time wasting in the fist half is a shocking tactic."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "How are Villa level????"

    Ian Snowsill on Twitter: "Norwich need to step up their performance if they want anything from this game. They cannot use the refereeing as an excuse."

  177. 1551:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumHALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Stoke

    "Until Pablo Zabaleta broke the deadlock, frustration had ruled among the home fans at the Etihad Stadium as their side tried and failed to find a way through Stoke's 4-5-1 line-up featuring two lines of determined defenders, but a more open second-half beckons now the Potters are behind."

  178. 1551:  
    BBC Sport pundit and former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin on Twitter:

    "RVP what a finish young man, that's what the money was for, just pure quality finishing."

  179. 1550: 

    How on earth are Swansea not winning? Incredible. Some very good goals around already though. Looking forward to some more after the break...

  180. 1550: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Narek in London on text via 81111: "Must admit I still can't believe RvP plays for United! What a gem!"

  181. 1548:  
    Former Wales and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:Man City 1-0 Stoke

    "For me, Pablo Zabaleta has turned into such an important player for Manchester City and is one of the most improved players around this season. He is just ahead of Manchester United's Rafael as the best right-back in the league."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  182. 1548: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Danny Culley on Twitter: "Robin van Persie is an absolutely magnificent footballer."

    Himal Makwana on Twitter: "Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was right about RVP. Absolutely devastating goal."

  183. 1547:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    "Manchester United striker Robin van Persie reminds me so much of his countryman Dennis Bergkamp. He moves towards the ball in a decoy manoeuvre that defenders always fall for and then just curls it into the back of the net, a sensational goal."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  184. 1547:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Upton Park:HALF-TIME- West Ham 2-0 Norwich

    "West Ham are cruising this now but the visitors will feel they have every reason to complain about referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to award an early penalty which Mark Noble scored. Joey O'Brien made it 2-0 after Robert Snodgrass had hit the post with a free-kick, but Norwich boss Chris Hughton was sufficiently annoyed by the penalty to wait for the referee in the tunnel at the half-time whistle."

  185. 1547:  
    BBC 5 live's Pat Nevin at the DW Stadium:Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    "His first touch when he took control of that ball there was world-class and I don't use that term lightly. There were two mistakes in the build-up but there was also a bit of magic from Robin van Persie."

    You can listen to live commentary of Wigan v Manchester United on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  186. 1547:  
    MOTD's John Roder at the Liberty Stadium:HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa

    "Swansea completely dominated the opening 43 minutes of this match. Wayne Routledge's early goal should have been added to by the Swans but Andreas Weimann got Aston Villa level just before half time to set up a fascinating second period."

  187. 1546:  
    MOTD's John Motson at White Hart Lane:HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Reading

    "It was a bright opening with Pogrebnyak scoring for Reading after a rebound off the crossbar from Ian Harte's free-kick. But Michael Dawson scored the equaliser soon afterwards.

    "But Reading are still in the game because of the performance of goalkeeper Adam Federici, who has made a number of saves to frustrate Spurs."

  188. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Man City 1-0 Stoke
  189. 1546:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at the DW Stadium:HALF-TIME- Wigan 0-2 Man Utd

    "So far so good for Manchester United with both of their strikers on the scoresheet. The first half-hour was fairly even, the last quarter was not."

  190. 1543: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa - Andreas Weimann (44 mins)

    Aston Villa equalise against the run of play at the Liberty Stadium as Christian Benteke plays in Andreas Weimann and the Austrian puts it away superbly with his first touch. A really fine finish, hard and low across the goalkeeper and into the corner.

  191. 1543: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-2 Man Utd - Robin van Persie (43 mins)

    Class. Sheer class. Robin van Persie turns Ivan Ramis inside out before curling into the top corner with his supposedly weaker right foot. A beauty.

  192. 1543: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-0 Stoke - Pablo Zabaleta (43 mins)

    The Stoke wall is finally breached. James Milner does all the donkey work, twisting and turning into space on the right of the area and when his low cross is kicked out by Asmir Begovic, Pablo Zabaleta is in the right place to slot home left-footed.

  193. 1541: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Reading

    It is all Spurs now. Mousa Dembele is the latest to threaten, as his low shot is spilled by Adam Federici in the Reading goal but the Australian hangs on.

  194. 1541: 
    Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa have recovered a bit and are hanging on in there, but they just cannot deal with Swansea's front three. There are more goals in this one, for sure...

  195. 1540: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom in Worcester on text via 81111: "Manchester City are playing at a higher tempo for once this season. Controlling the play, however finishing has been woeful.

  196. 1539:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "I have to say, for me, Manchester United's best player apart from Robin van Persie is Patrice Evra. He is getting into the box and finding space so often this season."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  197. 1539: 
    SITTER!- West Ham 2-0 Norwich

    Oh my word what a miss! One of the worst you will see. Guy Demel crosses from the right, Carlton Cole has an empty net from two yards out, but somehow shins the ball high and wide. Huge miss.

  198. 1537: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-1 Reading

    The visitors are having to defend in numbers as Tottenham dominate possession. Mousa Dembele, who is dictating play in the heart of the hosts' midfield, shoots narrowly wide from 25 yards.

    A lovely passing move involving almost all of the Tottenham team ends with Jermain Defoe being crowded out as his shot is deflected and Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici stops a corner. Defoe then shoots narrowly wide.

  199. 1537: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Pitts in Leicester on text via 81111: "Chris Wood having a great debut for Leicester City - two goals in 30 mins."

  200. 1535: 
    GOAL- Wigan 0-1 Man Utd - Javier Hernandez (35 mins)

    To say it has been coming is an understatement. Jonny Evans finds Patrice Evra inside the area, the prolific Frenchman shoots, and while Ali Al Habsi palms it out, it is straight to Javier Hernandez, who buries it.

  201. 1534:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumMan City 0-0 Stoke

    "So far, so familiar for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who is watching calmly from his technical area as his side continuously try and fail to break down a massed Stoke defence. Plenty of variety in the home side's attacks so far, through the middle and down the flanks, but the visitors' backline is holding out and, when he has been called upon, Potters keeper Asmir Begovic has made two smart saves to deny Sergio Aguero. The home fans are patient, if a little subdued, at the moment and they are most vocal with their frustration over what they perceive as Stoke's time-wasting tactics. They have a point too. Put it this way, Begovic is in no hurry to take his goal-kicks.

  202. 1533: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gudboi5 on Twitter: "Is this the same 35-year-old Ian Harte for Reading? Wow! He doesn't look his age at all."

  203. 1533: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man City 0-0 Stoke

    This is a siege on the Stoke goal. Gareth Barry crosses from the left and Sergio Aguero thumps a header against the near post.

  204. 1532: 
    LEAGUE ONE LATEST

    Doncaster draw first blood in the top of the table clash against Sheffield United as former Leeds striker Billy Paynter scores from the spot after 18 minutes. As things stand, that puts Doncaster top of the table.

    Two goals for James Collins and a Danny Hollands strike has Swindon firmly on course for victory against Portsmouth. Paolo Di Canio's side are winning 3-0 at the County Ground with around 20 minutes left. Elsewhere, MK Dons are 2-0 up at Notts County, while Scunthorpe are beating Oldham by the same scoreline.

  205. 1532: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Wigan 0-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United so close to a breakthrough. That man Robin van Persie is the danger, whipping in a free-kick to the near post which Ali Al Habsi just about scrambles clear. The ball falls for Ryan Giggs to poke wide.

  206. 1532: 

    And following that 2-1 defeat for Plymouth, manager Carl Fletcher has been sacked by the south west club. The Pilgrims are currently just two points above the relegation zone in League Two.

  207. 1529: 
    LEAGUE TWO LATEST

    Gillingham reclaim first place in League Two after Chris Whelpdale's third minute goal gave them a 1-0 win at Southend. The Kent club's stay at the top could be brief, however, if Port Vale avoid defeat at home to Fleetwood. It is currently goalless at Vale Park.

    Elsewhere, second-bottom Bristol Rovers secured a much-needed 2-1 win at home to Plymouth. AFC Wimbledon, who are bottom of the standings, are drawing 1-1 at Torquay.

  208. 1529: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tristan Stark on Twitter: "Manchester United not getting out of second gear. Front two not seeing much of it. Wigan doing as they please in midfield."

  209. 1529:  
    Former Wales and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "I think the law states if it is not a head injury then you play on and West Ham did that for their second goal. Norwich should have had a penalty earlier though as West Ham's Winston Reid handled the ball for me.

    "Reid did not look at the ball but it hit his hand. After referee Mark Clattenburg that soft penalty earlier, he should have given it."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  210. 1528: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Michu is some player, he really is. He spins the Villa defence with a gem of a first touch, but he then sees his shot turned onto the post by Brad Guzan and Pablo Hernandez's follow-up is cleared off the line. That was a touch Dennis Bergkamp would be proud of.

  211. 1525: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-0 Norwich - Joey O'Brien (26 mins)

    That save from Mark Bunn is forgotten though, as West Ham go two up. A fine run from Mark Noble into the area ends when his cross is cut out, but Joey O'Brien is on hand to steer in the rebound. Norwich are unhappy that Alex Tettey was hurt in the build-up by Carlton Cole.

  212. 1524: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Ham 1-0 Norwich

    Now this is a brilliant save from Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn, getting down low to somehow keep out Jack Collison's volley from close range. Fine save. How did he keep that out?

  213. 1524: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Walker in Merseyside on text via 81111: "Yaya Toure already dictating play in midfield for Man City. No doubt he'll be missed in the coming weeks when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations."

  214. 1523: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man City 0-0 Stoke

    Sergio Aguero is looking very, very lively for Manchester City and after gliding away from a defender he fires in low but Asmir Begovic turns it away. City must score soon - surely?

  215. 1522: 
    Wigan 0-0 Man Utd

    Ashley Young hits the deck under a challenge from Jean Beausejour - it is on the edge of the area, referee Andre Marriner thinks about giving it but eventually waves play on.

  216. 1522: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Reading

    Two goals already and there could have been more as Tottenham's Jermain Defoe heads over the bar, before an effort from ex-Reading man Gylfi Sigurdsson is deflected over for the hosts. The last time these two sides met in a Premier League game at White Hart Lane, it ended 6-4 to Spurs.

  217. 1521: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "5 - Wayne Routledge has now scored five goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season, after one in 127 in previous campaigns. Upturn."

  218. 1521: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Ludeman on Twitter: "Man City's Yaya Toure has now tested the goalkeeping skills of Row YY twice. Pass the ball, lad."

  219. 1520: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 1-0 Norwich

    Oh so close to a leveller for Norwich! Robert Snodgrass flights in a trademark free-kick but it kisses the post and comes away.

  220. 1519: 
    Man City 0-0 Stoke

    David Silva is the unlikely man winning a header for Manchester City - but the Spaniard is off target.

  221. 1518: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa may resemble a child playing a computer game on too difficult a setting at the back, but in Christian Benteke they do possess a goal threat of their own. The big Belgian cuts in from the left to hit a low shot which Michel Vorm holds well.

  222. 1518:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium for Manchester City's game against Stoke on Twitter:

    "NYD Deja Vu for Roberto Mancini: MCFC dominating possession but, at the moment, no way through a packed Stoke defence."

  223. 1517: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Charlton have come out on top of a seven-goal thriller at Watford, beating the in-form Hornets 4-3. Johnnie Jackson scored the winner 12 minutes from time.

    In the Championship's 1500 kick offs, debutant Chris Wood has given Leicester the lead at home to Huddersfield while Ipswich are losing 1-0 at home to Brighton, Dean Hammond with the goal after 15 minutes.

  224. 1517: 
    West Brom 1-2 Fulham

    West Brom manager Steve Clarke: "I don't think we played as we can do. First half we were way off the mark. I'm not sure if it was the consequence of four games in 10 days or not.

    "In the second half it was better, we done the hard work to get back into it but then we gave it away. We could not quite get the second equaliser.

    "Nobody can question the character of the team. Right at the death, with a bit of luck, we would have got the goal that our second-half performance deserved."

    On Romelu Lukaku and the possibility of going back to Chelsea:

    "He is not our player, he belongs to another club but hopefully we will keep hold of him."

  225. 1515: 
    West Ham 1-0 Norwich

    Carlton Cole has shot wide on the turn for West Ham, who look comfortable after that very early penalty. Norwich have been resilient this season though.

  226. 1515: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Benjamin Downey on Twitter: "Offside, but what a ball by Giggs and control by Chica."

  227. 1514: 
    Man City 0-0 Stoke

    Yaya Toure shoots over from range as champions Manchester City remain well on top. Sergio Aguero has also hit over the bar in a strong opening spell.

  228. 1514: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Wigan 0-0 Man Utd

    Javier Hernandez controls Ryan Giggs's pass and drills past Ali Al Habsi but Manchester United are correctly denied the opening goal by the linesman's flag. It's been a decent start from the leaders, but Wigan are doing alright.

  229. 1513: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tommy Fidler on Twitter: "If West Ham v Norwich ref Clattenburg is consistent with decisions there could be 10 penalties in this match."

  230. 1513:  
    Former Wales and Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage on Final Score:

    "Reading boss Brian McDermott would have told his team all week where they should be when defending a corner. He would have told Pogrebnyak to keep a close eye on Spurs defender Dawson on the near post but he has let him ghost past him for the goal."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  231. 1512: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are all over the place and look every inch the side thrashed at Chelsea the other week. Michu is the latest to go clean through but the usually reliable Spaniard shoots against the post. Danny Graham then fires wide after Villa were carved open again.

  232. 1509: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Reading - Michael Dawson (9 mins)

    Spurs level in routine fashion, as Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner is met at the near post by Michael Dawson, who flicks in a diving header in style.

  233. 1508: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa - Wayne Routledge (9 mins)

    A carbon copy of the earlier chance as Pablo Hernandez plays the ball through a huge gap in the Aston Villa defence. you could drive a bus between Ciaran Clark and Chris Herd, so Wayne Routledge has no issues in running in, going round Brad Guzan and firing in from an acute angle.

  234. 1508: 
    Man City 0-0 Stoke

    It's been all City in the opening exchanges, with Sergio Aguero looking particularly dangerous. No chances as yet though.

  235. 1507:  
    BBC 5 live's Pat Nevin at the DW Stadium:Wigan 0-0 Man Utd

    "It's very intriguing the way the teams have been set up. United are playing a 4-4-1-1 with Robin van Persie in the number 10 position behind Hernandez and Giggs as an old-fashioned left-winger. Wigan are playing 3-4-3 so United will be looking to get their wingers in behind the wing-backs."

    You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  236. 1506: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

    Swansea almost add an early goal to Aston Villa's misery as Wayne Routledge breaks a fragile offside trap to run clear, but Brad Guzan makes himself big to keep out his shot.

  237. 1504: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Reading - Pavel Pogrebnyak (4 mins)

    And an even better start for Reading! Ian Harte remains one of the deadliest left foots in the west, and when he hits the underside of the crossbar with a free-kick from 20 yards, Pavel Pogrebnyak reacts well to steer a header into the empty net.

  238. 1502: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-0 Norwich - Mark Noble (3 mins)

    Great start for the Hammers as Mark Noble sends Mark Bunn the wrong way to smash the spot-kick into the net.

  239. 1501: 
    PENALTY TO WEST HAM

    Ryan Bennett wins a header against Winston Reid, but the referee gives a penalty for 'holding down.' That looks a routine header to me...

  240. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF

    We are under way in the five 1500 Premier League games...

  241. 1459: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Raj Sirha on Twitter: "If Michu has his way, this could be very ugly for Aston Villa."

  242. 1456: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Farrell, a delighted Fulham fan, on text via 81111: "Get in! Finally a result that befits the performance! Excellent!"

  243. 1456: 
    Swansea v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    As Garth says, it's an incredibly young side out for Villa today. It's their youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League: an average of 23 years and 119 days.

  244. 1455:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final Score:

    "There is a lack of a stoic, solid figure for Villa, such as injured centre-back Richard Dunne. The young lads need someone to keep them together when things get frayed as there is no-one with any experience to do that in the current line-up."

    Watch the show on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  245. 1455: 
    LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW

    Big game at the top of League One, with second-place Sheffield United at third-place Doncaster. A win for either side would see them go top of the standings, if Tranmere fail to win at Bury.

    Elsewhere, bottom-club Hartlepool have the chance to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season at home to Preston.One game is already under way in League One, with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon drawing 0-0 at home to Portsmouth at half time.

  246. 1452: 

    The stadiums are filling up, the mascots are out - it's almost kick-off time. Get ready for a manic few hours in the Premier League.

  247. 1452: 

    Statisticians Infostrada on Twitter: "Villa last completed the league double over Swansea in 1971-72, in the old Division Three, winning 2-0 at home, and 2-1 away."

  248. 1452: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam in Manchester on text via 81111: "Defender Lescott to have a brilliant game today and show his worth to manager Roberto Mancini."

  249. 1452: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dillon Naidoo on Twitter: "I wonder if Stoke are going to start kicking for touch against Man City from the first whistle."

  250. 1451: 
    Tottenham v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Reading are the only side in the bottom three in action this afternoon, with Southampton playing later on. A win at White Hart Lane would see the Royals move to within a point of the Saints. They all need wins, and need them fast.

  251. 1447: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ciaran Corbett on Twitter: "The oldest player in Villa's starting outfield players today is 23, I am lost for words."

  252. 1445: 
    Man City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    A big day for Joleon Lescott in that Manchester City defence then. There has been some chat that Lescott is on his way out at City, which I find odd, but he has been down the pecking order. He is probably City's best header of the ball though, and he'll need to be today. Stoke will give him plenty of work.

  253. 1444: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "4 - Peter Crouch has netted in four of his last six Premier League games against Man City (three at the right end & one own goal). Leggy."

  254. 1444: 

    Wigan may have beaten Manchester United at home last season, but in 16 games between the sides, Wigan have scored five and Manchester United have scored 50 (Fifty). FIFTY.

    Remarkable.

  255. 1443:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium for Manchester City's game against Stoke on Twitter:

    "Entire Manchester City squad warming up with game of one-touch keep-ball. Stoke defence have been practising defensive headers and long balls."

  256. 1442: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rodgers Omondi on Twitter: "Massive result for Fulham. Happy for them, after a recent dip in form. Now, come on Manchester United!"

  257. 1442: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Parker, Falque, Livermore, Caulker.

    Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Le Fondre, Hunt, Morrison, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  258. 1441: 
    Swansea v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Swansea are boosted by the return of 14-goal top scorer Michu after he missed the Swans' 2-1 win against Fulham on Saturday with an ankle injury.

    Michu replaces Nathan Dyer, while Michel Vorm is back in goal in place of Gerhard Tremmel. Michael Laudrup makes three further changes with Chico Flores, Ben Davies and Leon Britton coming in.

    Aston Villa have conceded 15 goals in three games and in come Fabian Delph, Enda Stevens, Ashley Westwood and Marc Albrighton.

  259. 1440: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Well 2013 has certainly got off to an entertaining start at Vicarage Road, where Watford and Charlton are currently drawing 3-3. Charlton were 2-1 up at half time but Almen Abdi's penalty soon after the restart levelled matters.

    Watford then went ahead in the 68th minute with a fine finish from Alexandre Geijo but minutes later Charlton scored again through Yann Kermorgant. Plenty of time still for a winner.

  260. 1437: 

    Great scenes at the back for Fulham, as Brede Hangeland grabs hold of David Stockdale in a huge embrace. A big win for Fulham, who climb all the way to 12th.

  261. 1437: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-2 Fulham
  262. 1437: 

    And West Brom do have one last sight of goal. Peter Odemwingie crosses low, Shane Long helps it on at the near post and it just hits Fulham keeper David Stockdale. Important save.

  263. 1436: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Dimitar Berbatov is handed a slightly early bath as he comes off in stoppage-time. Philippe Senderos is on in his place. Not exactly like for like...

  264. 1435: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tinashe M. Shoko on Twitter: "Why didn't any top Champions League chasing teams sign Berbatov?"

  265. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Noble, Collison, Taylor, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Maiga, Diarra, Spence, O'Neil, Lletget, Lee.

    Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Kane. Subs: Rudd, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Tierney, Smith.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  266. 1433: 
    CLOSE!

    Brilliant from Billy Jones as West Brom go so close to a leveller. He has one assist to his name and the right-back almost creates another, wriggling past two defenders to put the ball across the goalmouth, but Aaron Hughes is perfectly stationed to knee the ball to safety.

  267. 1432: 
    Tottenham v Reading (1500 GMT)

    Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson, who began his career at Reading, plays against his former club as he comes in for Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in his side's 2-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday. Spurs make one additional change as defender Jan Vertonghen replaces Steven Caulker, who drops to the bench.

    Reading have kept two successive clean sheets and name an unchanged line-up for the third game in a row.

  268. 1431: 
    Wigan v Man Utd (1500 GMT)

    Robin van Persie returns to the Manchester United line-up for the trip to Wigan. The prolific Dutch striker's recall is one of five changes for the league leaders, with right-back Rafael coming back from a four-match absence with a hamstring injury along with Javier Hernandez, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand.

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes just one alteration to the side that beat Aston Villa 3-0, with Scotland midfielder James McArthur recalled for former United man David Jones.

  269. 1430: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Thomas on Twitter: "As a MUFC fan, I know he never lived up to his expectations for us but I do love Berbatov! Sheer quality, class above, genius!"

  270. 1430:  
    BBC Final Score

    Mark Chapman is joined in the Final Score studio by Robbie Savage and Garth Crooks as the trio take you through the packed New Year's Day Football League and Premier League programme.

    The show starts at 1430 GMT on the BBC HD Channel, Red Button & BBC Sport website. You can also catch the guys at 1630 on BBC Two.

  271. 1430: 

    Romelu Lukaku has been impressive among a fairly shoddy display for Albion today - and he heads a corner wide.

  272. 1429: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Man Utd (1500 GMT)

    Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo, Maloney, Kone. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Golobart.

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

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  273. 1428: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last five minutes at the Hawthorns, where Shane Long runs the ball out wide on the right. Are Fulham going to hang on to this?

  274. 1428: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Toure, Barry, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Toure, Tevez, Nastasic, Razak.

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Walters, Adam, Nzonzi, Whelan, Jerome, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Wilson, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Crouch, Etherington.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  275. 1427: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Lawrence Houldsworth on Twitter: "Lukaka should be starting every match for Chelsea, let alone West Brom - so dangerous."

  276. 1426: 
    CLOSE!

    End-to-end stuff now. First West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie fires in a cross which is hacked away, before Dimitar Berbatov gets on the end of another well constructed move for Fulham but his shot from 25 yards is deflected away.

  277. 1425: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu, Graham. Substitutes: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Monk, Agustien, Ki, Dyer, Shechter.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Bennett, Herd, Weimann, Delph, Stevens, Westwood, Benteke, Albrighton. Substitutes: Given, Ireland, Holman, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj, Carruthers.

    Referee: Mark Halsey.

  278. 1425:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:Man City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    "Manchester City make two changes from the side that clinched a dramatic win over Norwich on Saturday, with Joleon Lescott replacing Matija Nastasic in defence and James Milner comes into their midfield for the suspended Samir Nasri, who begins a three-match ban for his red card against the Canaries.

    "Stoke defenders Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron return from suspension and midfielder Charlie Adam makes his first start since the death of his father a fortnight ago. Cameron Jerome is rewarded for his stunning late equaliser against Southampton with a recall, with Matthew Upson, Ryan Shotton, Michael Kightly and Matthew Etherington the players making way."

  279. 1424:  
    Former West Brom winger Kevin Kilbane at The Hawthorns on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "West Brom were getting really close to the Fulham players and making challenges in their positive start to the second half, but since the second goal, that has not happened. Fulham are now playing the game at their pace.

    "So many managers look at players and their high intensity work, and Dimitar Berbatov has strolled round the pitch today at his leisure but he has had a major influence in this game."

    You can listen to commentary of West Brom v Fulham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  280. 1423: 
    West Ham v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hands Ricardo Vaz Te his first start since early October. Jack Collison and Guy Demel both also come in to the side that were beaten by Reading last time out, with James Collins and Kevin Nolan missing out through suspension and Gary O'Neill dropping to the bench.

    Norwich, who also make three changes from their last game, are without strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison so on-loan Tottenham teenager Harry Kane makes his first Premier League start. Jonny Howson replaces Bradley Johnson in midfield and defender Ryan Bennett also starts.

  281. 1422: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    Watford are back on level terms against Charlton, Almen Abdi scoring from the penalty spot to make it 2-2 after Fernando Forestieri was brought down inside the area by Leon Cort. End-to-end stuff at Vicarage Road and this could go either way.

  282. 1422:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium:Man City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    "It's a bright and breezy New Year's Day at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City will be glad to be back on home territory after a difficult Christmas on the road that saw them beaten at Sunderland and survive to win a thriller at Norwich. Stoke had a rather happier festive period, but their long unbeaten run faces its toughest test today - they have lost all four of their trips here in the Premier League, without scoring a goal. Their last league victory over City in Manchester came at Maine Road in October 1997 - the season both teams dropped into what is now League One. Those bleak days seem a long time ago for both clubs now."

  283. 1421: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Raj Kotecha on Twitter: "Dimitar Berbatov is the Premier League's answer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Imagine those two playing with or against each other..."

  284. 1420: 

    Fulham substitute Hugo Rodallega thrashes a shot over the top from range after a long spell of play. Fulham looking to close this game down now and Dimitar Berbatov is in his element, conducting play from deep.

  285. 1420: 
    CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

    Championship leaders Cardiff head to Birmingham looking to record a fourth successive victory and further extend their lead at the top of the table. Cardiff have lost just once since mid-November while in contrast Birmingham have managed just two wins during the same period. Lee Clark's side are teetering just two places above the relegation zone and will be desperate to pick three points to move away from danger.

    Elsewhere, bottom club Barnsley begin life after Keith Hill with a trip to fellow strugglers Peterborough while Blackburn, who could announce Henning Berg's successor today, host Nottingham Forest.

  286. 1418: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jethro Colmer on Twitter: "Michu will get bags of goals today as he returns for Swansea."

  287. 1417: 
    CLOSE!

    West Brom are close to a leveller. James Morrison runs clear into the area and fires in a cross which Romelu Lukaku can't quite reach. Shane Long retrieves the loose ball and crosses in for Lukaku to head wide. What a handful Lukaku is.

  288. 1415:  
    BBC Radio 5 live reporter Juliette Ferrington at Ewood Park as managerless Blackburn play Nottingham Forest on Twitter:

    "Owners message in the Blackburn programme: "Everything possible is being done to ensure that far better & much happier times lie ahead"."

  289. 1415: 

    We are into the last 20 minutes at the Hawthorns. This would be a big win for Fulham if they can hang on.

  290. 1413: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Isaac Wolofar on Twitter: "The "reason" why WBA keeper Foster came running off his goal for Fulham's second goal must be the same reason why he's not a Man Utd keeper anymore."

  291. 1413: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Aston Villa (1500 GMT)

    Top news for Swansea, as Michu is back fit among seven changes, while Aston Villa make four changes.

  292. 1411: 

    Steve Sidwell plays in Dimitar Berbatov - but the Bulgarian is offside. He turns around and gives Sidwell a volley of grief for delaying the pass. That was the most animated he's been all game.

  293. 1409: 

    Match of the Day on Twitter: "Actor David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff has just arrived at Man City to watch them play Stoke."

  294. 1409: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Ham v Norwich (1500 GMT)

    Ricardo Vaz Te makes his first start since October for West Ham, while Harry Kane leads the line for Norwich. There is no Grant Holt or Steve Morison.

  295. 1408: 

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "6 - Bryan Ruiz now has six PL assists this season, only Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney (both 7) have more. Provider."

  296. 1407: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    West Brom need to change it, and change it they do. Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie are on in place of Marc-Antoine Fortune and Zoltan Gera.

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