Premier League football as it happened

Live text commentary as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea comfortably defeat Hull City after Tottenham beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

18 August 2013 Last updated at 19:52

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  1. 1854: 

    That's a wrap from us for the evening though, get yourself over to the European live text where Barcelona have racked up six goals already. It's only half-time...

    Good evening and good night.

  2. 1847: 

    So Chelsea still want a striker then and will keep trying until the transfer window closes - this one's going to drag on...

  3. 1845: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on a possible bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "We will try until the last day to add a new player to the squad. A striker. But in this moment every striker has a club, every striker belongs to somebody so I won't name players who belong to other clubs.

    "But you know which players we can sniff a situation. If we have to make a bid we make it in an official way, we don't speak to players and try to influence them. We go direct to the club."

  4. 1840: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
    Kevin De Bruyne & Oscar

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It's a different profile of squad to the one I had from the past - we have the three [attacking-midfielders] who started the match and we have Schurrle, Mata and Moses, who was not even on the bench. We have six players for three positions. It's special because it gives me the opportunity as the manger to change from match to match, different opponents and different game-plans. The very base of these three players creates our football."

  5. 1839: 

    Rohit Dixit: Lampard doesn't need to learn much about penalties but the duty should be handed over to Hazard now

    James Watt: Tom, I bet one player you never want to see in the premier league is Jakub Blaszczykowski, I think many people know why.

    The Borussia Dortmund man has given me plenty of sleepless Champions League nights James...

  6. 1835: 

    Jose Mourinho tells the written press that he is very happy with his side's first-half display.

    "We can't play that way for 90 minutes," he says. "They don't have the mental or physical fitness."

  7. 1832: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "Maybe we couldn't do the same [in the second half] as the first. The first half was too intense, creative and dynamic for the first game of the season. We started in an amazing way and not even a missed penalty could break our intensity and quality. It was fantastic.

    "I've played so many games at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea and we didn't play many with the beautiful quality of the first half. The second was not a question of attitude or trying to control it, it was just a consequence of the half, pre-season and the week we had, especially for the three players behind the striker. Those three give dynamic movement and were involved in national team matches."

  8. 1829: 

    It's exhibition stuff early on from Barcelona, who have raced into a 4-0 lead at home to Levante inside the opening 30 minutes.

    Follow all the action from Europe in our separate live text.

  9. 1825: 

    You're never too old to learn is the saying, and maybe Frank Lampard needs to get out on the practice pitch and nail some penalties.

    Lampard has missed two of his last three penalties in competitive games after scoring the previous 10 in a row.

  10. 1824: 
    Tom Huddlestone

    Jez: Chelsea excellent but Hull got much better, promising second half performance. Glad we won't play them every week

    Allan Abbas: Hull performed well in the 2nd half, lots of positive to take from the match. Huddlestone very impressive

  11. 1821: 

    So we've seen Soldado, glimpsed Van Ginkel, watched Van Wolfswinkel and had a gander at Giaccherini.

    But the new signings keep coming. Not only have we got two weeks of the transfer window left, but we've still got tomorrow's game at the Etihad to come.

    Manchester City and Newcastle have plenty of new faces to get our heads around. Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic to name just three.

  12. 1818: 

    Steve Bruce tells the press that he asked Jose Mourinho if he could play with 13 players after the opening 10 minutes.

    Chelsea's opening spell was truly superb.

  13. 1818: 

    Sam in London on text: As a Gooner, irrespective of yesterday's performance, common sense says the league will go to one of City, United or Chelsea with Gooners/Spurs fighting it out for 4th. Tough today having to watch other London clubs play some good football. We peaked at about 6 mins yesterday.

  14. 1817: 

    Tor Nophorrat: Credit to Hull in that second half. Good running and rushing the ball but not enough quality in last 3rd

    Ashley Hall: That second half performance showed that Hull have the capabilities of surprising teams and staying up.

    Sajin: Great to see smiles back at the Bridge.Everybody having a good time.Even Torres,wearing the cloak of invisibility today

  15. 1814: 

    The La Liga season in 14 minutes old. Lionel Messi has scored.

  16. 1811: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "Chelsea were rampant for the first 30 minutes. When they play with that intensity, movement and fluidity they are a constant threat.

    "In the second half human nature sees them take their foot off the pedal but not many teams could live with them early on. I think Allan McGregor could have done better with the free-kick when he sees it again but the ball moves all over the place. It was a wonderful strike.

    "Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore will make a difference to us. We were certainly better when they come on. But our season won't be defined by games against the likes of Chelsea."

  17. 1807: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Any Hull fans out there? What did you take from that result, and more importantly performance?

  18. 1804: 

    If you want to follow Cesc Fabregas this season - you'd best get across to our European live text. Cesc is in the Barcelona side which has just kicked off against Levante. Neymar is on the bench.

    Follow all the action from La Liga, the Bundesliga and beyond in our European live text commentary.

  19. 1802: 

    Benji in London on text: I wouldn't be so confident about Chelsea's ability to win the league this season. This was certainly a convincing display, but I saw their first XI on their American tour this summer and they were only scraping victories against mediocre European sides such as Roma. They may have won easily today, though I reckon they will have a really tough ride upon facing Utd, City, or even Spurs and Liverpool.

    Bob on text: What's with the mass overreaction to Chelsea winning this game? One of the league favourites against one of the relegation favourites. Its a home game they should be winning with ease anyway.

  20. 1759:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Romelu Lukaku looked good, and he is the future of Chelsea Football Club although Fernando Torres will argue it's harder to play at the start than at the end. Chelsea fans will be shouting for Lukaku, they have seen that he can do it now for them."

  21. 1756: 

    Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea, West Ham - there's your top four after the first weekend of the season.

    Manchester City and Newcastle are still to come of course but what odds can I get on those four being in next season's Champions League.

    Likewise this three going down - Cardiff, Hull, Swansea...

  22. 1754: 

    Infostrada Sports: Jose Mourinho is still unbeaten in all 61 PL home matches as Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge (47 wins, 14 draws).

  23. 1752: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Jose Mourinho hugs Steve Bruce, applauds the fans and chucks his notes into the crowd behind the dugout. Frank Lampard and Allan McGregor share a joke about that missed penalty - it's all back to normal at the Bridge.

  24. 1751: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
  25. 1751: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    George Boyd's shot on the turn flies wide from 20 yards and that should be just about that...

  26. 1750:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Mourinho was very animated in the first half, pushing his team up, asking them to close down. In the second half, he has been very relaxed, with his hands in his pockets and very comfortable. These players are not at total mid-season fitness yet, but that intensity will come."

  27. 1744: 
    FINAL FIVE- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    We are into the last five minutes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea declared at 2-0.

  28. 1744: 

    Peterborough United official twitter account: Congratulations to George Boyd who comes on for his Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge.

    Boyd, of course, made more than 250 appearances for Posh between 2007 and 2013 before he left for the Tigers.

  29. 1743: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Another Chelsea debut as Marco van Ginkel comes on in place of Oscar. Van Ginkel is a 20-year-old midfielder signed from Vitesse in the summer.

  30. 1742:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Chelsea have been lifted, partly through Schurrle but mainly through Lukaku. He looks the business, and he makes things happen."

  31. 1740: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
    Hull boss Steve Bruce

    Frank Lampard. Free-kick. Range. Almost a carbon copy of Chelsea's second goal as Lampard bullets in a shot from wide on the left, cutting across it with the outside of his boot but sending the shot just beyond the far corner. Superb hit again.

    Into the final 10.

  32. 1738: 

    Steve Jeffery: Chelsea tactics: spring out the blocks and nick a few early goals, then sit and defend for the rest of the game.. Thrilling...

  33. 1737: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    A big moment for George Boyd. The scourge of lower league defences for years is finally getting his chance in the big time. This is a man who failed a medical at Nottingham Forest over his eyesight last year, then scored from the halfway line for Peterborough.

    He has his chance now, on in place of Sone Aluko.

  34. 1735: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    And Romelu Lukaku is straight into the action, holding it up before freeing fellow replacement Andre Schurrle on the right wing. Allan McGregor wanders off his line and Schurrle tries a first-time chip from wide, lofting it delightfully over the Hull keeper but just on to the roof of the net.

  35. 1734: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Here's a change we may see often this season. Fernando Torres is replaced by Romelu Lukaku, plunderer of 17 goals for West Brom last term.

  36. 1733:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "We've got a game now, which we did not for the vast majority of the first half. There was an arrogance and urgency about Chelsea that was not there for a lot of the second half. Bruce will be saying, 'come on, we are still in it.'"

  37. 1733: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Hull continue to improve, and Petr Cech is called into action again. Ahmed Elmohamady swings over the cross from the right and Curtis Davies gets there first, powering a header which is easy enough for the Czech. Chelsea seem happy enough to let Hull have it now though.

  38. 1730: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Eden Hazard wins a free-kick out wide with a nice change of feet, but Frank Lampard's delivery is headed over by Branislav Ivanovic. We approach the final 20 minutes and my evaluation of Chelsea's display is fading with every one of them. Professional, but lacking the early sparkle now.

  39. 1727:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "I saw a bit of him in pre-season, and Andre Schurrle looks like he will fit in just fine, he will bring decent pace up the wing. Thinking of these attacking midfielders that teams like these days, Chelsea have masses of them at the moment.

    "I'm surprised it's taken Mourinho so long to make a change. It needed livening up, it had gone a little bit dull."

  40. 1726: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    First change for Chelsea sees Germany international Andre Schurrle on in place of Kevin De Bruyne - who faded as the game wore on but who was superb in that opening half hour. Let's see what Schurrle has got in the tank.

  41. 1725: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Hull win their first corner of the day and it creates a good chance, with the Chelsea defence making a meal of clearing the ball and there's a spate of penalty area pinball. A hand goes up for handball but Yannick Sagbo's shot struck Frank Lampard on the chest.

  42. 1724: 

    Liam in Stockport via mobile on 81111: "This Chelsea team seems bristling with confidence! Add to that the strength in depth the team now has, hard to look past Chelsea for the title."

  43. 1723: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Is this a penalty? It falls into the 'seen 'em given' pile as Branislav Ivanovic bursts into the box, Robbie Brady has a hand in his back and seems to push the full-back to the deck. There aren't too many protestations to be honest.

  44. 1722: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Tom Huddlestone slips in to that familiar deep-lying quarterback role he occupied at Tottenham and starts a move that ends with a rare shot from the Tigers, Robert Koren sending in a drive from 25 yards which has Petr Cech fumbling.

  45. 1718: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Into the last half hour then, and this second half has been a bit of a non-event. I'm with you Pat Nevin, let's have some more goals. Or a Hull fightback. Just keep the action coming...

  46. 1718:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Hull are really well organised, as soon as they lose the ball it's basically nine in a row. The problem is it's harder to do that as the game goes on. All it takes is a yard of space, and if there is a space Oscar and De Bruyne will find it. This is going to be a tight league, goal difference will matter and Chelsea should get all the goals they can."

  47. 1718: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Former Spurs duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are on for their Hull debuts - booed all round by the Chelsea fans. David Meyler and Danny Graham are off.

  48. 1716: 

    Arsenal stepped up their challenge for a third successive Women's Super League title with a 3-1 win at Birmingham City on Sunday.

    Victory lifted the Gunners to within five points of leaders Liverpool, and with two games in hand, as they hit the half-way point of their season.

    A first half show set them up for victory, their goals coming from Steph Houghton, Ellen White and Gemma Davison in the opening 39 minutes.

    Jo Potter pulled a goal back for Blues as the home side improved after the break, but the visitors nevertheless ran out comfortable winners.

  49. 1714: 

    David Ljunggren: Hull haven't got a chance of staying up unless they learn how to pass and control the ball. Their incompetence is striking

    What do you think of Chelsea and Hull's performances so far? Let us know at #bbcfootball.

  50. 1713: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Just as I was about to say that Chelsea had gone into a bit of a lull Ramires wakes the place up. He cuts out a pass in the centre circle, beats a man and finds Frank Lampard 30 yards from goal. He thinks about the shot but instead picks out a disguised pass to Ramires - he would be in but can't gather the ball up.

    Kevin De Bruyne then hammers a shot over when given the chance.

  51. 1711: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Some of the Chelsea stars on the bench are out and warming up, which brings a quiet Stamford Bridge to its feet. Roman Abramovich then gets a spell on the big screen and the Chelsea owner is handed warm applause. He'll presumably be pleased with what he's seen so far today.

  52. 1709:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Straight away in this half Chelsea are getting ball forward to Fernando Torres much quicker than at start of the game, they are trying to bring him into the game a lot more."

  53. 1708: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Kevin De Bruyne's cross from the right is not dealt with and Eden Hazard nearly picks out Fernando Torres in space, but he fluffs his lines this time. How many goals will Fernando bag this year? And will it be enough to keep him in the side?

  54. 1704: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    No changes then and Danny Graham gets us back under way with what is possibly his second touch of the game.

  55. 1703: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Here they all come. Jose Mourinho looks understandably delighted. Bordering on smug.

  56. 1700:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City
    Kevin De Bruyne

    "I think it was a good place to have a season ticket last season, there was a bad feeling about Rafael Benitez but I thought that was a very entertaining team last season. But if you bring Kevin De Bruyne into that team, and you have got Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle to add to it, you are really going to enjoy this.

    "It's going to be entertaining, I'm not saying they are going to win the league, but you will not get bored down here. Frank Lampard could easily have had a hat-trick, and that is supposedly the sitting midfielder. There are three other players who will score as well. Steve Bruce must be wondering which Chelsea player is not playing well. I hope they don't bring on Romelu Lukaku, he'll be desperate to score."

  57. 1657: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Steve Bruce can make changes at the break, he has Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and George Boyd who could all make an impact.

    Jose Mourinho can bring on Juan Mata, Michael Essien, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba or new boys Marco Van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle. A wealth of options.

  58. 1653:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Stamford BridgeChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Allan McGregor has made a few good saves in the first half but he's also been beaten twice. He denied Frank Lampard a couple of times, including a penalty. But there was nothing he could do to deny that ripper of a free-kick from the same man and nothing he could do to deny Oscar."

  59. 1651: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
    Ian Holloway

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway: "I've got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down, and ran off with the ball.

    "If the referee didn't see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he's good enough if he didn't see that. I don't see how he can miss that.

    "A minute and a half later, we're arguing over whether it was deliberate handball.

    "I don't understand how it was a penalty, or how Dean Moxey could have got out of the way of it. I had three players right behind him.

    "It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don't. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United.

    "Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don't. I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one.

    "I've got a horrible taste in my mouth after that."

    He added: "We need to be more adventurous. We haven't had a good pre-season. Half of them aren't fit, which is why Marouane Chamakh wasn't picked.

    "We had a great chance at the end with Kagisho Dikgacoi and didn't take it. We've got to learn very quickly."

  60. 1651: 

    Stand by for your first Ian Holloway rant of the season...

  61. 1650:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "How much of a world class save was that from Allan McGregor? That was absolutely astonishing. He is brilliant, but other keepers come and take that cross."

  62. 1649: 
    CATCH UP- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Chelsea could be out of sight, but there have been some fine highlights already. Have a listen to these bad boys.

    Listen to Frank Lampard's penalty miss on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Listen to Oscar's goal on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Listen to Frank Lampard's goal on BBC Radio 5 live.

  63. 1649: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
  64. 1649: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    GDS in play! Goal Decision System is called into action as Branislav Ivanovic's bullet header is wonderfully saved by Allan McGregor, the Scotsman scooping the ball out from under the crossbar. Play goes on with replays showing that the ball was not quite over the line.

  65. 1647:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "If it gets dull in the first 15 minutes of the second half, Mourinho will change it because he has a bench full of people who want to give it a go."

  66. 1645: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Lampard v McGregor III.

    Frank Lampard gets in behind and cracks in a rising drive which Allan McGregor does well to shovel clear of the onrushing Fernando Torres.

  67. 1643: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Hold the phone - Oscar has made a mistake! The normally immaculate Brazilian takes a heavy touch and Hull are able to nip the ball away. They keep the ball better but can make no inroads at all into the Chelsea defence as we enter three minutes of added time.

  68. 1641: 

    Andy, via mobile on 81111: "Cue the yearly hysterical over reaction to how good Chelsea are. Hull look serious relegated by Xmas candidates."

  69. 1640: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Chelsea's opening flurry was as explosive as Drago v Creed in Las Vegas, 1985, But unlike Apollo Creed, Hull have at least survived 40 minutes and if anything are enjoying their best spell as we approach half-time.

  70. 1639:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "Fernando Torres is the question as he often was last season. He was lively for the first five minutes, but we have basically not seen him for 15 to 20 minutes. As an addendum, when he is quiet, sometimes that's when he nips away and scores."

  71. 1635: 

    Thomas Knights: Great hit from Lampard, but won with a pathetic dive from Torres, no contact at all.

    Frank Lampard

    Jayonlines: And Chelsea almost let Lampard leave last season...

    Hashim Albahbahani: Missed from 12 yards? No problem, he'll score from 30! Incredible player!

    Let us know what you think via the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  72. 1634: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Where's Geovanni when you need him? Hull win a free-kick 25 yards out after a strong run from Robbie Brady but the set-piece is tame and hits the wall.

  73. 1633:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "I think Jose Mourinho's changed because of his experiences with Real Madrid. Roman Abramovich has spent a lot of money and expects to be entertained.

    "Chelsea are trying to squeeze them really hard up the pitch. They're not allowing Hull to play out from the back."

  74. 1633: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Hull's midfield can breathe for the first time all game as the pace drops down below break-neck. Oscar, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have been terrific. And with Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Victor Moses and Michael Essien still to come into that midfield Jose Mourinho has some superb options.

  75. 1628: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    Having seen that free-kick again, I'm not so sure that it was actually a foul on Fernando Torres in the build-up. But it was given.

    And it was also clever from Chelsea, who had two men in the wall which split as Frank Lampard let fly. This could be a cricket score if Chelsea continue at this pace.

  76. 1628:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 2-0 Hull City

    "What a hit! Some will say McGregor should have got to it, but there was huge amount of movement, it was a magnificent hit, it had velocity and ferocity."

  77. 1626: 
    Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

    As the ground still get their heads around that blockbuster from Frank Lampard, we have an injury worry. Ramires and Yannick Sagbo both slide in to a committed challenge and need treatment. After a few moments they are both fine to continue.

  78. 1624: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 Hull City - Frank Lampard (25 mins)

    My word! Frank Lampard couldn't beat Allan McGregor from 12 yards, but he beats him from 30 easily enough. Lampard lines up a free-kick from long range and just hammers it over the wall. He gets plenty of swerve and McGregor is bamboozled.

    Brilliant goal.

  79. 1623: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace's Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak: "We were all anticipating a tough game. It was good to get the season under way but we gave a good account of ourselves.

    "We made them work for it. We are a little disappointed the way we lost the game but can take a lot of positives.

    "We're frustrated that we conceded a penalty.

    "Sometimes we needed to be a little more composed but we got the first one out of the way and the boys know they can do it at this level."

  80. 1622: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Hull City

    Hull are chasing shadows here. Kevin De Bruyne fires a shot over the top from 20 yards after Curtis Davies just hacked a clearance right to his feet.

    Another one could force down the floodgates.

  81. 1621: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Hull City

    Eden Hazard is also having a stormer. Belgians running the show everywhere you look. His backheel sends Ashley Cole tearing in on goal but he runs out of steam and his shot is blocked.

  82. 1619:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 1-0 Hull City

    "It's clear Jose Mourinho's trying to get an extremely high tempo from the start. Last season they jogged into games, but he is not allowing that to happen.

    "If Chelsea had a problem 12 months ago, it was that some players expected to cruise. That will not happen this season, if they cruise this season they will be on the bench."

  83. 1618: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
    Joel Ward

    Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward: "It was a great opening day. We played well and were unlucky not to make more of our chances.

    "The gameplan was working and we maybe could have had a free-kick in the build-up to their penalty.

    "We've got all the ability to give this season a really good go. We've got a fantastic bond and can cause a few upsets."

  84. 1618: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Hull City

    Just what was in the water in Belgium in about 1989-91? The Premier League is chock-a-block full of talented young Belgians, with Kevin De Bruyne the latest to shine.

    He's had an immensely impressive opening 15 minutes. Belgium - the home of football for the next 15 years. Believe it.

  85. 1615:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 1-0 Hull City

    "It was a matter of time, the real skill was from De Bruyne and there was a lovely flick through the legs from Oscar, that's a great start for Chelsea."

  86. 1614: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 1-0 Hull City

    This is superb football. Down the right this time, but again Eden Hazard is in space, he tees up Frank Lampard this time but the England man is again foiled by a flying Allan McGregor, who turns his shot over the top. Jose Mourinho was celebrating that one before Lampard hit it. McGregor had other ideas.

  87. 1612: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Hull City - Oscar (13 mins)

    So quick, so sharp, so clinical - Chelsea lead. Eden Hazard drifts inside from the left, finds Kevin De Bruyne in a pocket of space on the edge of the box, he pokes a pass through the legs of James Chester, and Oscar pokes his shot under the body of Allan McGregor.

    Chelsea on a different planet.

  88. 1612: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Hull last won a competitive fixture against Chelsea in October 1988 and they are hanging on in the early stages here. Former Sunderland full-back Ahmed Elmohamady does get some space but swings his cross out of play. He must do better there or it will be a long old afternoon for Danny Graham.

  89. 1609: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Good pace down the right from Sone Aluko, he skips away from Ashley Cole to ping in an early cross but Petr Cech commands his area to come and take the ball. Kevin De Bruyne then shows another neat touch to nutmeg a defender and find Eden Hazard, whose shot is blocked.

    Oscar then hits one wide after another sharp passing move. Chelsea are pulling the Hull defence all over the shop.

  90. 1608:  
    Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Allan McGregor has shown Hull fans what to expect this season as a shot stopper, but when he comes out he has a weakness. As a shot stopper, he's world class."

  91. 1607: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    That was a turn-up for the books! Frank Lampard is normally Mr. Reliable in that situation but got that all wrong. Good save though, and Jose Mourinho just looks at the floor. Can Hull weather the storm?

  92. 1606: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Hmm, who saw that coming. Up stepped Frank Lampard, all ready to seal a dream start for Jose back at the Bridge, but Allan McGregor dives superbly and lowish to his right to pull off a superb save.

  93. 1605: 
    PENALTY TO CHELSEA- Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Brainless goalkeeping from Allan McGregor! Fernando Torres chases a ball forward but is running away from goal, McGregor charges off his line, doesn't get there and punches Torres in the head. As clear a penalty as you can get.

  94. 1605: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Precise work from Chelsea sees Eden Hazard shooting from six yards. His effort is smothered.

  95. 1603:  
    Pat Nevin, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Hull City

    "Jose Mourinho tried to be cool, he gave a wee wave but it looked like the emotion overcame him.

    "Mourinho has stayed very much to the system and style of the previous manager, it's a very similar 4-2-3-1."

  96. 1602: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    An early sighter for Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne, who shoots over from 20 yards. No real alarms for Allan McGregor in the Hull goal.

  97. 1602: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    Jose looks like he is having a swell time, sat down, basking in the sun, making a few early notes. Wonder what they say?

  98. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Hull City

    And we are rocking.

  99. 1559: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Jose Mourinho enters Stamford Bridge, I was about to say modestly as he waved twice before sitting down. But he then thinks better of it, standing back up and waving to each corner of the stadium. He's well up for this,

  100. 1556: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Here they come then, Chelsea and Hull enter the arena. Will Chelsea be any different to watch this season?

  101. 1555: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It's very important to open with a win. Ian Holloway really put his team together very well. They were very narrow and there was some unpredictability.

    "They are a team we don't have so much information about and there is always a surprise factor. It was a tough game but in 90 minutes, we deserved to win.

    "The team dropped a bit after the goal and they had some chances on the counter but we always had that edge.

    "Overall, our football was excellent. Our new signings did well. They were surprised at the intensity of the Premier League.

    "Roberto Soldado's a real out and out striker. He's not played a lot because of the Confederations Cup but he'll get fitter and sharper and will be even better.

    "We should have put the game to bed but I'm generally very pleased to come to a difficult ground and get the three points."

  102. 1550: 

    Alan Shearer thinks the return of Jose Mourinho will herald the return of the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge, but what do you think? Send your title predictions to #plpredictions.

    Rodney Dullaghan: Chelsea will win league. They have the right man in charge and have a great squad. City 2nd and United 3rd

    Δidan Smith: Prem predictions for this year 1. Chelsea 2. City 3. United 4. Tottenham

    Darren Roche: Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool in that order

  103. 1546: 
    KEVIN DE BRUYNE- Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    So who is Chelsea debutant Kevin De Bruyne when he's at home then?

    The 22-year-old was signed from Genk for a fee believed to be £6.7m in January 2012 but spent last season on loan with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. He's yet another Belgian international, but his mother was born in Ealing.

  104. 1545: 
    Palace v Spurs

    BBC Sport's Facebook page has a gallery of images from today's Premier League action already on the go, with more to come from Stamford Bridge. Take a look and leave a comment.

  105. 1544: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Ramires, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Essien, Mata, Schurrle, van Ginkel , Lukaku, Ba, Schwarzer.

    Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Brady, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Graham, Aluko. Subs: Rosenior, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Boyd, Harper.

    Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

  106. 1542: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Two ladies hold up another banner welcoming Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge but then frankly let themselves down with poor grammar, proclaiming that they are "the happy one's". Poor, poor form.

  107. 1541: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    "Welcome home boss," reads one placard at Stamford Bridge. I cannot imagine who they are talking about.

  108. 1540: 

    It is not just about the Premier League today, oh no. Super Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund are in Bundesliga action before Barcelona and Real Madrid open their La Liga campaigns in Spain.

    Follow all the action on our European live text.

  109. 1538:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's my dugout, my stadium, my people. I will feel something different for sure, for a couple of minutes, then focus on the game.

    "Before the game the fans will focus on me and Roman [Abramovich who is celebrating 10 years as Chelsea owner], but after two minutes they have to forget us and focus on the game and supporting the team, try to make Stamford Bridge a tough place for everybody to play and make my people feel at home.

    "I'm more mature and have a different way of prioritising things in life and football. I feel very confident, very stable, with great maturity. But my DNA is the same and my nature doesn't change. The Premier League is stronger because there are a bigger number of teams that can fight for the title, but it's probable stronger because there is more balance [not quality]. A few years ago, the better teams were better."

  110. 1535: 
    STRENGTH IN DEPTH- Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    "In their faces early doors" says John Terry to his team-mates in a wonderful blitz of football cliche. No doubt he'll be sick as a parrot if they lose today.

    With a bench of Mark Schwarzer, Michael Essien, Marco Van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku today that squad will take some stopping...

  111. 1533: 

    Russell Reynolds: That's why you need a great goalkeeper. Great saves by #Lloris today.

    Dan Haye: Spurs minus Bale are decidedly average.

    Tomer Tsur: The dictionary definition of "grinding out a result" but I won't complain with 3 points, welcome to the Premier League Soldado!

  112. 1532: 

    Jose Mourinho will be the reason Chelsea win back the Premier League title this season, according to Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer.

    The former England striker believes Mourinho's experience of the top flight will give Chelsea the edge over their rivals this season.

    "Mourinho is box office," Shearer said.

    "He knows what the Premier League is all about, he knows how to win it, he knows what it takes and that is why I would go for Chelsea right now."

    What do you reckon? Use the hashtag #plpredictions

  113. 1527:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    "Palace conceded, then Ian Holloway had to go for it. After their substitutions, they had better balance, more threat and they stretched Tottenham. They will stay in games but it will be about whether or not they have that quality in the final third to make the difference.

    "For Tottenham, Hugo Lloris was magnificent, he was right on his game and snuffed out any problems."

  114. 1527: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    BBC sport's David Ornstein reports: "In the first Premier League match of his second reign as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho hands Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne his debut as Fernando Torres is preferred to Romelu Lukaku in the lone-striker role. Torres will be supported by Oscar, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard, who along with John Terry and Petr Cech was also named in Mourinho's first line-up when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004.

    "Six summer acquisitions are included in Hull's starting line-up - on-loan striker Danny Graham the most notable - but Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are forced to settle for a place among the substitutes."

  115. 1525: 

    Spurs fans, Palace fans, lend me your ears. And your keyboards.

    What did you think of that as an opener then? Who impressed? What was missing?

    Let me know on text (81111 UK ONLY) or twitter #bbcfootball.

  116. 1523:  
    Pat Nevin on Chelsea's line-up, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    "No big surprises. Romelu Lukaku's looked brilliant in pre-season, he's a Mourinho player but he's stuck with Torres as a big-game player. The system looks exactly the same as last season. I suspect it's going to be evolution, not revolution."

  117. 1522: 

    So Roberto Soldado does what he's paid for, getting three points on the board for Tottenham in a satisfactory start for Andre Villas-Boas's side. Crystal Palace showed heart, but they looked short of Premier League quality.

  118. 1522: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
  119. 1519:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    "There's been a positive reaction from the substitutions for Palace, but you get the feeling Spurs have ridden the storm. That said, Defoe missed a gilt-edged chance to put the game beyond Palace's reach."

  120. 1518: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    So nearly an equaliser! Kagisho Dikgacoi latches on to a knock back from Kevin Phillips to smash in a shot which Hugo Lloris does well to parry away. Palace nearly sneak it right at the death!

  121. 1517: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    And that's lovely again from Jermain Defoe, a backheel into the path of Nacer Chadli who crosses low for Gylfi Sigurdsson, but his shot is blocked.

    And Defoe again! Does everything right, carving through a tired challenge to power into the area - but drags his shot past the post. He should have bagged.

  122. 1514: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Excellent play from Jermain Defoe, running from deep and holding off three challenges before winning a corner. Spurs make their final change as Younes Kaboul returns from injury in place of Danny Rose.

  123. 1513: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Steve Bruce hands debuts to keeper Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa, Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo. Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are on the bench.

  124. 1511: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Kevin Phillips drags a shot wide as Roberto Soldado is replaced by Jermain Defoe.

  125. 1511: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Kevin De Bruyne makes his debut for Chelsea in an otherwise very settled side. Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and John Terry all start.

  126. 1509: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Marouane Chamakh is knocked off the ball to the delight of the Spurs fans, and the away side counter at speed. Roberto Soldado holds it up well to free Nacer Chadli on his left and the Belgian whistles a low drive past he near post from 20 yards. Almost a second, which with 10 minutes to go, would do it.

  127. 1508: 

    Anthony Rayment: Only Palace player I worry about has just come on the pitch. Phillips knows where the goal is

  128. 1506:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    "We've got a game now. There's a threat in behind, it was a containment game for Palace until Spurs scored. They need two to win but it's looking more likely than before they made those changes."

  129. 1506: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Robert Soldado down the right for Spurs, in space. Dean Moxey - everywhere that man - puts it out for a corner. The ball drops to Paulinho but his 20-yard strike comes to nothing.

  130. 1505: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Just watched a replay of another handball from Dean Moxey, this time he is out wide and not in the penalty area. Wrong sport, Dean.

  131. 1504: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Palace look to break again, with substitute Kevin Phillips at the fore once more. The move is smothered out and terminated after a needless foul from Kagisho Dikgacoi.

  132. 1502: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Expect team news fairly shortly from Stamford Bridge.

  133. 1501: 

    Marco Silva: Take note Wenger: £26m for a striker and he's scored on his debut

    Folu Runsewe: You've gotta love Ian Holloway, never backs down from a fight and always ready to give it a go

    Johnny Magrinho: Wondering where all the goals are? Don't worry they're being saved for the Chelsea Hull game. It's going to be a cricket score

    Send your thoughts on the Palace v Spurs match to #bbcfootball.

  134. 1500: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)
    Branislav Ivanovic

    Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic: "The first game is very important, very emotional for every supporter and the team. We're so excited.

    "We worked extremely hard during pre-season and can't wait to start and show how good we are. This is a real example of how one man - Jose Mourinho - can change a lot and do a lot of big things. But it's not enough to just speak; we have to show it on pitch."

  135. 1459: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Kevin Phillips beats the offside trap but is well tackled by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris as he tried to go round him 30 yards from goal. A but maverick from the Frenchman but it was effective! With just under 20 minutes remaining Spurs need a second goal.

  136. 1457: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Should be 2-0. Roberto Soldado gets clear of the Palace defence, unselfishly squares the ball for Gylfi Sigurdsson, and he side-foots a shot inches wide of the far corner. Julian Speroni was a spectator.

  137. 1457: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "I feel good, I want to play, I've been waiting for this since the beginning of pre-season. Nobody likes pre-season, friendlies, everyone likes competition - and so here we are.

    "When I go and sit down there will be 30 seconds of emotion, for sure. After that, I have to forget and focus on the game. Before the match there is this empty space when I have nothing to do, the players are preparing. I do not enjoy this so much. But when the referee comes and says 'let's go', we go."

  138. 1456: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    "Super, Super Kev" rings out from the stands as Kevin Phillips takes his station up front. Jonathan Williams had a good game for Wales in midweek as well and the young midfielder could come up trumps this season.

  139. 1454: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    A triple change for Palace, as Jonathan Williams, Marouane Chamakh and Kevin Phillips come on for Aaron Wilbraham, Owen Garvan and Stephen Dobbie.

  140. 1453: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Looks like Ian Holloway has got my memo - Kevin Phillips is warming up. He'll have 25 minutes or so to create something. But here we go, Dwight Gayle has his first run at the Spurs' backline, cracking a shot over the top from 20 yards.

  141. 1451: 

    Dan, Kent, via mobile on 81111 (UK only): The one thing I don't like about AVB is his persistent subbing of Dembele. Head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch today and taken off after 55 mins?!

  142. 1450: 

    Here's our first glimpse of Etienne Capoue - which I'm told is pronounced 'capu' - and he has a mare. He collects the ball 30 yards from goal, rolls it on to his right foot and puts a shot in orbit. It nearly clears the stand behind the goal. Head in hands moment.

  143. 1449: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    When is it Kevin Phillips o'clock? I make it 10 past. Get him on, he scores goals. Always has, always will.

    The home fans are doing their best to rouse Palace as they try and be more attacking, but the more they come out the more they leave gaps at the back. Could be more goals in this one.

  144. 1447: 

    Thom Vickers: Finally, a Spurs goal, now Palace must attack and we'll actually get a real football match

    Roberto SOldado

    Paul Wilkinson: There's no way Soldado will fit in at Spurs - we don't do decent penalty takers

    Paul Moore: Spurs could be a dark horse for the title. Good footballing team and get the job done! Worried City fan here

  145. 1445: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    And it's Mousa Dembele who comes off for Spurs, Etienne Capoue is on for his Tottenham debut.

  146. 1444: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Spirited stuff from Palace as they force Danny Rose into conceding a corner. Damien Delaney wins a towering header but it's just about cleared away, before Kyle Walker thumps the loose ball downfield, rugby style. A kick for touch.

    There's some activity on the Spurs bench, not sure who it was though. Changes may be imminent.

  147. 1442:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    "Dean Moxey flung himself to try to block, and naturally you put the arm up for balance. It's not deliberate, but is it hand ball? Yes. But, boy, is that hard luck on the Palace player."

  148. 1441: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    I've just seen Jose Mourinho at the Bridge - he's beaming, absolutely beaming. A totally different man to the pallid figure in the Real Madrid dugout for the last six months or so.

  149. 1440: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

    Spurs had started the half well, with Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon both offering plenty of width in a high tempo opening. Can Crystal Palace respond at all?

  150. 1438: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham - Roberto Soldado (Pen 50 mins)

    Record signing Roberto Soldado steps up to take it, and cool as you like slots it into the right-hand corner. Lovely penalty, and the £26m man is off and running.

  151. 1437: 
    PENALTY TO SPURS- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Paulinho has a penalty appeal waved away as he goes down, but moments later referee Mark Clattenburg does give them a penalty as Aaron Lennon's cross clearly hits Dean Moxey's hand.

  152. 1436: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Palace left-back Dean Moxey sends in a cross from the left which is easy for Hugo Lloris to intercept. No changes at the break so it's more of the same.

  153. 1434: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    And we are back in play...

  154. 1434: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Andre Villas-Boas shares a laugh and a joke with Kevin Phillips as the teams emerge back from the second half.

  155. 1430: 

    Jason R. Vowles: My microwave curry is more exciting that Crystal Palace's PL debut.

    Gareth George: What price right now would Spurs fans pay to get Modric back?

    Sean Whittall: So, same as last season then? Spurs are still mediocre without Gareth Bale. Deja vu.

    As well as thoughts on Palace v Spurs, send your photos from Stamford Bridge in the run-up to Chelsea v Hull to #bbcfootball.

  156. 1427: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    I wonder if Andre Villas-Boas may turn to Jermain Defoe from the bench soon? I'm not sure you need a five-man midfield against the Eagles, and Defoe would give Roberto Soldado some help up top.

  157. 1426: 

    Premier League: Chelsea have won 44 points on the opening day fixtures in the Premier League era; more than any other side.

  158. 1425:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    "Palace will take this all day long, they have set their stall out to be difficult to play against. Tottenham have run out of ideas, they've cancelled each other out. They've not had Gareth Bale, shall we say, to open the opposition up, they have lacked a little bit of invention."

  159. 1424: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    Hull City fans need not despair though ahead of their trip to Chelsea. While the Championship winners have been relegated 43% of times the following season, the second-placed team have only been relegated 30% of times (14 of the 20 teams have stayed up). In contrast, 57% of teams promoted via the play-offs are relegated.

  160. 1423:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    "A special day as Stamford Bridge welcomes the 'Special One' home. A month short of six years after leaving, Jose Mourinho is back in the home dugout of the club that he's loved (and been loved by) the most.

    "For Hull it's an exciting start to their second top-flight adventure, but not a game Steve Bruce will be just glad to get out of the way. After all, he led Sunderland to a 3-0 win the last time he visited the Bridge as a boss."

  161. 1422: 

    Jose Mourinho's second coming is just 90 minutes away or so now - what do we expect from the new/old Chelsea gaffer?

  162. 1420: 
    Kayla the Eagle

    That was not a vintage half of Premier League action. Let's raise it lads!

    Interestingly, Since 1 January 2013, Spurs have only won once when Gareth Bale hasn't scored - against Stoke on 12 May. That has to be rectified this season...

  163. 1419:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Selhurst ParkHALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    "Ian Holloway's team have worked really hard in the first half. Andre Villas-Boas needs to find a way for his team to pick the lock at the back but Palace will be happy with their efforts so far, going into half-time at 0-0."

  164. 1418: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    The build-up play is so slow from Crystal Palace. They keep the ball well enough but with zero penetration, and it is instead Spurs who go close on the counter-attack. Kyle Walker hurls in a deep cross from the right, Nacer Chadli loses his man at the back post but heads over the top.

  165. 1413: 
    Soldado v Jedinak

    James Cowe: Think Palace have done well to nullify this Spurs attack early on. Cutting off the supply lines to the front men

    Gavin Scott: Palace look like a plucky League 1 side enjoying a day out in the FA Cup. Only a matter of time before Spurs take the lead.

    Thomas: Can't break down Palace. Exactly the same as last year. We need that creative midfielder to control the game

    Let us know your thoughts on Palace v Spurs to #bbcfootball.

  166. 1412: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Ian Holloway rages away at Damien Delaney during a stoppage in play, as an altogether calmer looking Andre Villas-Boas imparts some wisdom to Mousa Dembele. Both managers will have plenty to add to their sides at the break I'm sure.

  167. 1410: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    The Kyle Walker - Aaron Lennon double act on the right wing creates another opening as Lennon this time gets away from Dean Moxey and delivers an early cross.Roberto Soldado darts to the near post but doesn't get a telling connection as Julian Speroni smothers it.

  168. 1409: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham quicker to every second ball now, Palace looking tired already. Dean Moxey's heavy touch is pounced upon by Paulinho, who flicks it out wide to Roberto Soldado. His cross is cut out but again a Spurs shirt is there first, as Danny Rose wins it back. Soldado is almost in on the ball but it hits his shins and runs away.

    The Eagles just hanging on for half-time now, which is five minutes or so away.

  169. 1405: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Julian Speroni has to work now though! Crystal Palace give the ball away cheaply in midfield, Aaron Lennon this time finds a pass to pick out Gylfi Sigurdsson lurking on the edge of the area, he swivels and fires in a rising drive which forces Speroni into a one-handed save.

    Almost the opener at Selhurst Park.

  170. 1402: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has a wonderful knack of reading the game - that's the third time already he's been perfectly placed to cut out a cross from Aaron Lennon. Spurs continue to look the more likely side but they haven't caused Eagles keeper Julian Speroni too many issues.

  171. 1401: 
    Palace v Spurs

    Adam Geoffrey Bull: If Spurs lose, would it convince them that £100 million for Bale would be great to strengthen, or convince them they need him?

    Shohidur Rahman: Spurs without Bale = no cutting edge

    Anthony Rayment: Good thing about this spurs team is that even on paper can see how balanced it is compared to last yr Need an early goal though

    What do you make of Palace v Spurs so far? #bbcfootball.

  172. 1358: 

    Dan Clare, Reading via mobile on 81111: Very excited about the first Eagles Prem match, but can't believe he's left the Chamakh-attack on the bench... Arsenal could have done with him yesterday!

  173. 1357: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Dwight Gayle shows his pace for the first time, running away from Michael Dawson and winning a free-kick from Danny Rose. Chance to load it up - Owen Garvan's delivery is decent and Aaron Wilbraham manages to crane his neck and get a header in on goal, which Hugo Lloris pouches easily.

    First effort on target though...

  174. 1355: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs' new boy Nacer Chadli is all right foot, despite playing on the left and he starts a good attack for the visitors. Kyle Walker feeds Aaron Lennon with a lovely weight of pass, Lennon should flash it in first-time but delays and Dean Moxey is able to make the sliding tackle.

    It's a very obvious statement, but I'll make it. Spurs are missing Gareth Bale.

  175. 1351: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    It's been a decent opening for Spurs' record signing Roberto Soldado, he looks mobile and a threat. He tries an outlandish flick from Gylfi Sigurdsson's near-post free-kick which flies over the top as Andre Villas-Boas looks on.

  176. 1349: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Joel Ward is able to continue so Palace are back to full strength. Ian Holloway is at the edge of his technical area driving his players on - and it almost pays off instantly as they mount their best attack so far.

    Aaron Wilbraham does well to pull wide out left and cut the ball back, but Stephen Dobbie can't quite gather it in and his pass to Ward is eventually over-hit, bringing the move to an end.

  177. 1347: 

    Seb Lock: Don't like writing off teams this early, but Palace's team looks so poor! Wilbraham up front just not gonna cut it in the Prem

    Akude Emek: Spurs look decent, the ever impressive Dembele looks to continue from where he left off last season

    James Fletcher: Heard good things about Jedinak over the summer, he seems to be a very good player

    Send in your thoughts on the action so far at Selhurst Park to #bbcfootball.

  178. 1347: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Neither goalkeeper has had to make a save in the opening quarter of an hour, which will please Ian Holloway no doubt. There's a break in play now as Palace right-back Joel Ward has some treatment on his ankle after a heavy landing.

  179. 1344: 

    If you're on the way to the day's other Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, or if you're already at the ground, send us your photos of your journey or your arrival for Chelsea v Hull City. #bbcfootball.

  180. 1343: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Wow! Roberto Soldado does some due diligence out on the right wing, putting a shift in to win the ball and find Aaron Lennon. He tees up Mousa Dembele 25 yards from goal, who fizzes in a swerving strike which has Julian Speroni worried, skimming the top of the net on its way over. Superb hit from the former Fulham midfielder.

  181. 1342: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Even without Gareth Bale, there is so much pace in this Spurs XI. Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker are a frightening combo down the right and they link up well again, but Mile Jedinak reads the game well to cut out the low cross at source.

    Paulinho then almost gets in at the back four of Palace but referee Mark Clattenburg blows up for a foul. Palace then get their fans on their feet for the first time as Dwight Gayle and Stephen Dobbie combine, Dobbie delays pulling the trigger though and Spurs get it blocked.

  182. 1339: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Rose whips in a cross from the left which Roberto Soldado heads over the top, his first sight of goal in a Tottenham shirt. Palace record signing Dwight Gayle has not had a chance to get on the ball yet.

  183. 1335: 

    Antony Ford: Watching #bbcfootball from a very choppy North Sea ferry between Sweden and Denmark. Nervy.

    Ian Sherriffs: Following #bbcfootball from my Sri Lankan beach cabana overlooking the Indian Ocean

    CaptainEO: At home in warm windy South Africa. waiting for the second coming of Mourinho.

    Let us know where in the world you are keeping in touch from to the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  184. 1335: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Lovely feet from Kyle Walker as the Spurs full-back dances inside a man but he can't pick out a team-mate in the middle. Crystal Palace then launch a counter through skipper Mile Jedinak but that breaks down too. A typically frenetic opening five minutes in the Premier League.

  185. 1333: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Paulinho and Mousa Dembele form the shield in midfield for Spurs, with Gylfi Sigurdsson closest to Roberto Soldado. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose should offer plenty of support from full-back as well.

  186. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Tottenham

    Roberto Soldado's first touch in the Premier League gets us up and running...

  187. 1327: 

    Who should Arsene Wenger sign for Arsenal? have your say using the hashtag #wengersignings.

    Micky Pixie: Might sound stupid to some, but he should move in for Joey Barton. Add some steel to midfield.

    Louis Baker-Stroud: Bring Begovic in. Sakho wants to leave PSG. Pay the money for Fellaini/Bender and Rooney/Suarez. Splash the cash.

    Andrew Neill: Willian, Gaitan, Begovic (really should have signed Mignolet), Lewandowski and Richards. 8 years of no spending = big budget

  188. 1326: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    'Glad All Over' rings out as the players emerge from the tunnel. Both these sides finished fifth last season on 72 points. Just the division apart, that's all. Can the underdogs Palace pull off the first big shock of the season?

  189. 1326: 

    Jonny, via mobile on 81111 - Man City for the title. Hull, Sunderland and Stoke for the drop. Di Canio the first manager to be sacked this year.

    Tom W, Newcastle, via mobile on 81111: False dawn yesterday for Villa, who will go down with Palace and West Brom.

  190. 1324: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Crystal Palace fans are currently holding up a banner of the villain from the 'Saw' films with the motto: "Palace are here: Let the games begin."

    An interesting motivational tactic. Here come the players out on to the Selhurst Park pitch...

  191. 1321: 

    Burkowski: On holiday in Przeciszow in Krakow, out on the balcony enjoying the updates - currently it's 32 degrees

    Send us your photos of where you are tuning in from around the world to #bbcfootball.

  192. 1321: 

    Ian Holloway falling off a mountain, a genuine, live eagle perched on the crossbar, and glamorous cheerleaders. Selhurst Park has got the lot.

    We are 10 minutes away from kick-off...

  193. 1319: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)
    Ian Holloway

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway: "There's speculation about one of Tottenham's players going for £90-odd million. We're fully aware of the challenge ahead of us but you talk of a mountain to climb. If you're too afraid to go higher, then you'll fall off.

    "We've got a great bunch of lads. I thought I'd have a different team but we've had one or two illnesses and injuries. I've gone with almost what we had at Wembley, without Wilf (Wilfried Zaha, who joined Manchester United).

    "We'll keep trying and life likes a trier. It's a wonderful feeling to be back in the Premier League. All the Palace supporters have had to put up with all sorts of things. Let's get going and hope we have a decent marriage with me and the players."

  194. 1314: 

    As for Spurs' new signings, Paulinho impressed me both in the friendly for Brazil against England and during the Confederations Cup and should settle in to the Premier League, you would imagine. Roberto Soldado has started a lot of games for Spain in the last few years - so gets the vote - but Nacer Chadli is a bit of an unknown.

    He is a Belgian international - who also played for Morocco - but has huge, massive boots to fill today, taking the place of Gareth Bale on the left flank.

  195. 1311: 

    How will this season's three promoted sides fare in the Premier League? Who will be relegated? Who's heading for the title? Have your say at the hashtag #plpredictions or via mobile on 81111 (UK only).

    Steven Jerjian: Think at least 2 of 3 promoted sides will go down unless they spend more money, all look short on quality at the moment

    Mabz Ali: Hull, Palace and Newcastle to get relegated. In that order

    Adil Majid: Palace will find it tough, not sure Ian is PL quality manager, Hull and Cardiff have decent teams and could stay up

  196. 1308: 

    Without wanting to put the boot in on Aaron Wilbraham, he's yet to score a league goal for Crystal Palace in 21 appearances. Your time is now Aaron...

  197. 1308: 

    Some Arsenal fans gave Arsene Wenger a hard time for not making any signings of note this summer, during their side's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Who do you think the Gunners should sign? Let us know using the hashtag #wengersignings.

    Master of Coin: Quite simple: Fellaini, Lars Bender, Julio Cesar, Ashley Williams, Jackson Martinez...and Rooney. That'll do it!

    Buddy: Dzeko, Rooney, Cesar, Ashley Williams and a decent midfielder

    Gooner Ash: Begovic, Sakho, Fernando, Ljajic, Jackson Martinez

  198. 1307: 

    A screenshot within a screenshot. This is like Inception...

  199. 1307: 
    Calum Mills

    Calum Mills: From my office in #Dubai

    Where in the world are you following the action from? Let us know at #bbcfootball.

  200. 1303: 

    A penny for Marouane Chamakh's thoughts this afternoon - do you reckon he expected to be on the bench today, with Aaron Wilbraham leading the line?

  201. 1303: 
    LINE-UPS- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Dobbie, Garvan, Wilbraham, Gayle. Subs: Marange, Alexander, Campana, Phillips, O'Keefe, Williams, Chamakh.

    Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Dembele, Lennon, Soldado, Chadli. Subs: Kaboul, Capoue, Naughton, Townsend, Defoe, Friedel, Carroll.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  202. 1302: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    BBC Sport's Kerry Wilkinson reports: "Crystal Palace's first match in the top-flight since 2005 sees them keep the same back five that started their play-off final victory in May.

    "Dwight Gayle makes his debut up front, with Stephen Dobbie also playing his first match since making his move permanent.

    "All four of Spurs' new signings are involved, with £26m record signing Roberto Soldado starting up front, plus Paulinho and Nacer Chadli in midfield. Etienne Capoue is on the bench, with Real Madrid target and double player of the year, Gareth Bale, out injured."

  203. 1300: 

    This year the BBC will be providing more ways than ever to follow the action, commentary, news, highlights, interviews, analysis and debate.

    The BBC Sport website continues to be the essential resource for football fans, with more match reports, news, interviews and analysis than ever before, plus live text commentaries of every Premier League game and other major matches.

    Radio 5 live will bring you 128 Premier League commentaries this season, as well as Dan Walker's new Friday night preview show and 606.

    And on TV Football Focus, Final Score, MOTD, MOTD2 and the Football League show ensure that you won't miss a kick.

    Check out how you can stay up to date with this season's Premier League across the BBC.

    Read more from MOTD presenter Gary Lineker in his pre-season article on the BBC Sport website.

  204. 1258: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Both sides are out warming up in the south London sun, with Spurs wearing some very natty neon shirts.

    The cameras are currently heavily focussing on Roberto Soldado and Dwight Gayle, as you'd expect. It will be interesting to see if Danny Rose is now first-choice left-back at Tottenham as well. He played there in pre-season and gets the nod today.

    The omens of a Crystal Palace victory are much stronger than a win for fellow new boys Hull City today - if you believe in stats, anyway.

    The team promoted by the play-offs to the Premier League has won 28.6% of its opening day matches in Premier League history. In contrast, the team that has been promoted in second place has won only 10% of its opening day Premier League matches.

    In addition, Palace have scored more Premier League goals against Spurs (10) then any other team, and they have only lost one of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham.

  205. 1256: 

    So, where are you reading from? Antonio Scibelli is in Christchurch, New Zealand, tuning in to today's action during the wee small hours. Send us your photos of where you're keeping tabs on the Premier League from to #bbcfootball.

    Antonio Scibelli's view

    It truly is a global game these days...

  206. 1254: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We wanted to strengthen the team and make it more competitive. We've made some great signings. This will be their first taste of Premier League football.

    "It will be a big challenge today. We don't know the teams that come up as well as the others, so there is a surprise factor there."

  207. 1253: 

    How will the promoted teams fare, and who will win the title this season? Let us know using the hashtag #plpredictions.

    Ben Pugh: I can see Crystal Palace, Stoke and Sunderland getting relegated

    David Martin: Tigers fan here and think we have spent wisely. Huddlestone and Livermore give us quality in midfield. 17th

    Martin Jones: What are people talking about saying Stoke will get relegated? Decent squad and Hughes will get the job done!

  208. 1253: 
    GAYLE-FORCE- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)
    Dwight Gayle

    Dwight Gayle is handed an instant Premier League chance this afternoon after his summer move from Peterborough. It caps a remarkable year or so for the 23-year-old.

    He was playing for Stansted just two years ago, and made his debut as a professional just 12 months ago for Dagenham & Redbridge. After banging in seven goals in League Two before Christmas he was off to Peterborough for £500k or so in January.

    He bagged 13 goals in 29 league games for the Posh, enough to convince Ian Holloway to part with a fee in the region of £6m this summer. If his career follows the same trajectory he'll be at Real Madrid in January.

  209. 1248: 

    I think any chance of bringing Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to England are pie in the sky - the Pole is going to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer next summer, with reports today that he has been handed a pay rise from £20k a week to £60k a week to keep him at Dortmund for another 12 months.

  210. 1246: 

    Who do you think Arsene Wenger should sign for Arsenal? Let us know using the hashtag #wengersignings.

    Ollie Bradbury: Willian (pictured), Fellaini & Micah Richards would guarantee top 4, to challenge he needs another top striker - Lewandowski?

    Robinson Max: Mamadou Sakho seems obvious, he wants to leave PSG, is young and has great skill, so splash the cash Wenger!

    Kevin Wilson‏: Wenger should forget about Suarez & Rooney, he should definitely go for Fabregas, Lewandowski & Willian, all pure class!

  211. 1244:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    "In many respects it's been a good summer for Tottenham, with Andre Villas-Boas turning down the chance to head for Paris St-Germain and the signing of some real quality in the transfer market as they look to break into the top four, but it's all overshadowed at the moment by someone who won't even be at Selhurst Park for this one: Gareth Bale.

    "As a neutral observer, it'll be a shame not to see him out there against newly-promoted Crystal Palace because of injury, but I'm sure he won't be missed too much by the home crowd as they hope for a positive start to the new season.

    "Each of the Eagles' four previous campaigns in the Premier League have ended with a fall through the trap door, but Ian Holloway's team will relish the chance to have a go against the best at Selhurst Park and maybe cause an upset or two on the road."

  212. 1242: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    New signing Dwight Gayle starts for Crystal Palace alongside Aaron Wilbraham up front. The starting XI has one Premier League goal between them. Kevin Phillips and Marouane Chamakh are on the bench.

  213. 1241: 
    Selhurst Park

    BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball has sent in the view from inside Selhurst Park as the countdown to kick-off ticks away.

    Send your photos of your journey to the ground, your arrival and the view from your seat to the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  214. 1238: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Spurs hand debuts to winger Nacer Chadli, midfielder Paulinho and record signing Roberto Soldado. There's no Gareth Bale - as expected.

    Etienne Capoue is on the bench.

  215. 1234: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson should not be sacked if his team fail to make the 2014 World Cup finals, ex-Football Association chairman David Bernstein has told BBC Radio 5 live this morning.

    After March's 1-1 draw in Montenegro, England are second in qualifying group H, two points behind the Montenegrins.

    England play Moldova at Wembley on 6 September, followed by a tough trip to Ukraine four days later.

    "I want Roy to develop players and get continuity over at least a four-year period," Bernstein said. "It's really important that we have continuity and stability with the manager's position."

  216. 1232: 

    Will the three promoted teams - Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Hull City - be heading back to the Championship at the end of the season? Who will win the title? Have your say using the hashtag #plpredictions.

    Adam Stoker: Think Cardiff will survive, sceptical about the other two though

    Scott Tonson: Cardiff and Palace will survive but Hull, Stoke and Sunderland are my tips to drop

    Tmc: Hull and Palace are straight back down. Cardiff to survive because Stoke will join them

  217. 1229: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Crystal Palace's Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak on playing in the Premier League:

    "It's very exciting times for myself and my family. I'm really looking forward to the challenge ahead today and for the season. There will be top-quality players and internationals, so you have to try to match them.

    "We had a great run here at Selhurst Park last year. The fans are our 12th man. Hopefully we can put in some strong performances for them."

  218. 1227: 

    We should have team news from Selhurst Park in the next few minutes. How many debutants will we see?

  219. 1225: 

    You can of course continue to send us your thoughts, musings, rants and gags on any manner of topics relating to the beautiful game throughout the day.

    We're particularly keen to see your pictures of your journey to the game; or pics of any unusual locations you're following the action from.

    Ideally, I'd like Table Mountain, maybe the Grand Canyon? Realistically, I'll settle for Rivington Pike.

    As ever, you can text us on 81111 (UK Only) - with your name on it, or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Fire away!

  220. 1225: 
    Andre Villas-Boas, Gareth Bale

    Tottenham's season last year was punctuated by the emergence of Gareth Bale as a very, very special talent indeed. The Welshman went on a crazy run of goalscoring, netting 21 times after Christmas for club and country, with 90% of them being stunning, solo goals as well.

    Bale has been ruled out of the first few weeks of the season with injury, but he may be ruled out of Premier League action forever should Real Madrid get their way and land him before the transfer window shuts.

    Can Spurs keep their man? Or is Bale on his way to sunny Spain?

  221. 1222:  
    Football FocusCrystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)
    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway speaking on Football Focus on Saturday:

    "I cannot go into the media and be as free as I was before. People exploited that. I am not a comedian, I am a football manager and I want to get some credibility for that this year."

    "Everyone knows how much the Championship play-off final was worth but they never tell you how much of that money you will get to spend. My owner really wants to have a go. The club is galloping forward. You only have to look at what it means to people in the area. It is special."

  222. 1221: 
    Micah Richards

    Who do you think Arsene Wenger should sign? Let us know using the hashtag #wengersignings.

    Fadzily: No more youngsters! The squad need senior players to lead

    George Nixon: Begovic, Micah Richards, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jackson Martinez

    Dan Popple: Begovic, Williams, Bender, Willian, Rooney. Now only to convince them to sign...

  223. 1217: 

    The Premier League kicked off in style yesterday, and can perhaps be summed up as business as usual for Manchester United, no business (as usual) for Arsenal.

    David Moyes got off to a dream start in charge of United as his side crushed Swansea 4-1, while Arsene Wenger had to make a very early season apology to his supporters after a meek 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

    Wenger was barracked by some supporters for not making any significant signings this summer. But what signing(s) should Arsenal make in order to be in with a chance of winning the Premier League?

    Let us know on twitter using the hashtag #wengersignings.

  224. 1215:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveRADIO, RADIO

    If you're out and about this afternoon, maybe minding the kids, heading to the DIY store or taking part in the brutal Salford Triathlon which is playing out outside our office windows as I type, you can still keep up to speed with the day's play on BBC Radio 5 live.

    5 live sport got under way at 1200 BST and comes from Moscow, where Mark Pougatch brings you all the big news on the last day of the World Athletics Championships. The men's triple jump, women's 800m and the sprint relays are on the agenda.

    Then from 1600 BST, 5 live bring you full commentary of Chelsea v Hull, with Ian Payne, Mike Ingham and Pat Nevin, before our new 606 team kick into action.

    Ex-Crystal Palace man Ian Wright and Kelly Cates guide you through all the weekend's talking points - so far.

  225. 1212: 
    Steve Bruce

    Straight in with the big question then - can new boys Crystal Palace or Hull City survive this season? Or of course, both? How about Cardiff?

    At the top, will Jose steer Chelsea back to the title?

    Send me your predicted top four and bottom three on twitter, using the hashtag #plpredictions.

  226. 1211: 
    Chelsea v Hull City (1600 BST)

    After the showdown at Selhurst, it's time to head across London for the return of the 'Special One.'

    Jose Mourinho may have been a bit subdued since coming back to Chelsea during the summer but he has certainly captured the imagination of many, with the Blues favourites to reclaim the title at the bookies this year.

    The expectation is of a routine home win today - a Mourinho speciality - but Steve Bruce has signed well this summer and will be looking for a solid start from the Tigers.

  227. 1209: 
    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    It's at Selhurst Park where we start today then, with Andre Villas-Boas only adding to Ian Holloway's frustration as he brings his lavishly-assembled Spurs squad across London.

    Most of the column inches about Tottenham this summer have of course been reserved for the future of Gareth Bale - but AVB has been a busy boy with Daniel Levy's platinum card.

    In have come midfielder Etienne Capoue from Toulouse for about £9m, winger Nacer Chadli from FC Twente for £7m, impressive Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians for £17m, and club-record signing Roberto Soldado from Valencia for a trouser-melting £26m.

    Happy shopping? I should say so...

  228. 1207: 
    OLLIE'S FRUSTRATIONS- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (1330 BST)

    Crystal Palace missed out on signing Darren Bent on Friday when the Aston Villa striker elected to join Fulham on loan instead, but boss Ian Holloway has seen a fair few targets go by the wayside this summer. He says the market has changed noticeably even since the last time he was in the top flight with Blackpool.

    "If you ring up a club in France, before you know it that club will then have had five or six agents come on to them saying they could get you a deal with Crystal Palace for that player," he said.

    "'Give me the mandate, give me the mandate'. Then they'll ring me up. Every time that's happened I've said: 'No, I don't want that player'. I don't know if I can trust that player if he's got all these people around him. There are loopholes in life and clever people exploit them. At the end of the day it's about the player and what he wants.''

  229. 1200: 
    Crystal Palace fans

    When Kevin Phillips buried a penalty to win the Championship play-off final for Crystal Palace 83 days ago, manager Ian Holloway was overjoyed at the thought of returning to the Premier League.

    But the former Blackpool manager has endured a frustrating summer. His hopes of rebuilding the Eagles' squad have not quite come off, leaving him with - in his own words - a £6m gamble on an untested striker from Peterborough, a handful of free transfers from the continent, and, erm, Marouane Chamakh.

    But that frustration must be forgotten today, as Holloway lines up his ragtag bunch of Championship players, promising youngsters and unknown quantities and tries to see off the might of Tottenham. Can he do it?

    Course he can...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 19 Aug 2013 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
Moving up 1 Man City 1 4 3
Moving down 2 Man Utd 1 3 3
Moving down 3 Aston Villa 1 2 3
Moving down 4 Chelsea 1 2 3
Moving down 5 West Ham 1 2 3
Moving down 6 Fulham 1 1 3
Moving down 7 Liverpool 1 1 3
Moving down 8 Southampton 1 1 3
Moving down 9 Tottenham 1 1 3
Moving down 10 Everton 1 0 1
Moving down 11 Norwich 1 0 1
Moving up 12 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
Moving up 13 Stoke 1 -1 0
Moving up 14 Sunderland 1 -1 0
Moving up 15 West Brom 1 -1 0
Moving up 16 Arsenal 1 -2 0
Moving up 17 Cardiff 1 -2 0
Moving up 18 Hull 1 -2 0
Moving up 19 Swansea 1 -3 0
Moving down 20 Newcastle 1 -4 0

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