Saturday football as it happened

Text commentary as Southampton saw off Fulham after wins for Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.

26 October 2013 Last updated at 19:47

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  1. 1945: 

    Right then, that is everything from me. Thanks for your company - and input - throughout another action-packed day of Premier League business.

    But don't fear, we are going through the wringer again on Sunday. We had El Clasico in Spain earlier and tomorrow it will be El Cashico as mega-rich Chelsea host equally flush Manchester City.

    Not only that, we have the small matter of the Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle. Swansea v West Ham and Tottenham v Hull complete the programme. Remember to put your clocks back, otherwise you'll be early for the party hosted by my colleague Tom Rostance. See ya!

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    MOTD running order: Man Utd/Stoke, Liverpool/WBA, Crystal Palace/Arsenal, Aston Villa/Everton, Southampton/Fulham, Norwich/Cardiff. Excellent games, some unbelievably good goals. BBC1 10.20.

  3. 1936: 

    Manchester United produce a stirring comeback to beat plucky Stoke, Liverpool cruise past West Brom in a five-goal thriller, while Norwich and Cardiff share a goalless draw. Any ideas what the Match of the Day running order might be?


    I Dykes: Great performance by Lambert and Rodriguez. Potential strike partnership for England in June?

    Phil Smith: Southampton only had easy games? Four points taken from Anfield and Old Trafford, I think not!

  5. 1931: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Speaking of Strictly, Countdown numbers queen Rachel Riley is currently strutting her stuff on the dancefloor. In a rather tenuous link, here are the all-important numbers from the Premier League's late match.

    Match stats
  6. 1927: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Southampton's dominant display was very pleasing on the eye for their supporters. But Fulham's failure to put up a fight means the game lacked the excitement craved by the neutral, who was seeking for respite from Strictly Come Dancing or whatever else passes as Saturday primetime television these days.


    Dan Dyer: Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Everton. The top of the Premier League has a nice 80s look to it.

    Andy White: Nose bleed time.

    Like a Villas-Boas: Southampton fans in dreamland really, nine games gone, third in the league, 18 points, best defensive record in the country. Great stuff.

  8. 1921: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Read this and enjoy Southampton fans...

    Premier League table
  9. 1919: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    The Saints go marching on! Southampton move up to the heady heights of third place in the Premier League following this routine win. Impressive stuff from Mauricio Pochettino's troops.

  10. 1918: 
    INJURY TIME- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Two minutes of stoppage-time. Fulham mentally called this game over a long time ago. Southampton comfortably holding on to possession as they run down the clock.

  11. 1916: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    More brilliant play from Southampton skipper Adam Lallana who shows some nifty footwork to slice open the Fulham defence. He tries an audacious out-of-the-boot effort which is going miles wide but deflects off Fulham defender Aaron Hughes to loop over the Southampton bar.


    Shyamil Tanna: Teams like Southampton, a side with young English talent, is the only hope for the English national side.

  13. 1912: 
    FINAL FIVE- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    As the statistics show, this has been a stroll in the park for Southampton. Fulham have been completely outplayed and ragged at the back. There's no way back into this game and they know it. There is a quiet atmosphere around St Mary's as this comfortable home win peters out.

  14. 1908: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Can't quite offer you a breakdown of the past 20 minutes, Shane. But this graphic tells a pretty comprehensive story...


    Shane Lees: Let's see a possession stat for these last 20 minutes please, want to know just how much of the ball Saints saw.

  16. 1904: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino takes some mercy on hapless Fulham by withdrawing goalscorer Jay Rodriguez. He is replaced by Brazilian forward Guly Do Prado.

  17. 1901: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Fulham almost have a shot on goal - almost. Dimitar Berbatov nearly gets on the end of Darren Bent's cross but is denied by a marvellous defensive effort from Dejan Lovren. Bent, who has been very ineffective, is then replaced by Hugo Rodallega.


    Former Fulham striker Rodney Marsh: Think Berbatov will fight Fulham back into this.

    I'm assuming Rodders' tongue is planted firmly in his cheek...

  19. 1856: 
    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Jay Rodriguez - or J-Rod as he is known to everyone (well, me) - almost pulls one right out of the top drawer. J-Rod finds space in the Fulham box to meet a cross from James Ward-Prowse (JWP, obvs) to connect with a bold bicycle kick. But it flashes past the wrong side of the Fulham post.


    Richard Powell: Sinners versus Saints: Bent and Berbatov must be the moodiest forward partnership ever to grace the Premier League.

    David Ljunggren: Why is Darren Bent still on the pitch? Why are any of the Fulham players on the pitch? They are simply awful.

  21. 1851: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Oh, these Saints fans are lapping it up now! They are giving it the 'Ole' as the home side pass, pass and outpass poor Fulham. There is some famous footage of the Saints being on the receiving end of some cruel teasing by the great Leeds side of the 1970s - and there are shades of that here. Without the outrageous flicks and cheeky backheels of Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner and company of course. These Saints lads aren't that cocky - yet.

  22. 1847: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    The Saints march forward again as Steve Sidwell is called upon to stick his ginger head on a dangerous right-wing cross and clear. Rickie Lambert was lurking ominously behind Sidders, ready to pounce.

  23. 1844: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    But as much as Fulham have been poor, Southampton have been excellent. What a remarkable rise it has been by the Saints, who were scrapping around in the third tier not long ago. Gives even their longest suffering of suffering fans hope!

  24. 1839: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Watched another replay of Southampton's opener moments ago - and it makes terrible viewing for Dimitar Berbatov. The languid Bulgarian is instructed to mark Rickie Lambert by Scott Parker, who physically grabs hold of his team-mate and points him to the Saints striker. What happens next? Berbatov does not move an inch as Lambert peels off to score the opener. Stuff nightmares are made of for a coach.

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    Mashidur Miah: If Roy Hodgson is looking for a wildcard for the world cup, look no further than Adam Lallana. Deserves a go in the England XI.

  26. 1833: 

    A defensive reshuffle for Fulham at the break sees veteran Northern Ireland international Aaron Hughes take the place of Sascha Riether. That has no impact whatsoever on Fulham's best opening of the match. Fernando Amorebieta scoops a cross towards Dimitar Berbatov but is beaten to the ball by Dejan Lovren.

  27. 1831: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    The players remerge from the St Mary's tunnel, led by a beaming Saints striker Rickie Lambert. Martin Jol, on the other hand, has a face like thunder. We are off.

  28. 1827: 

    Missed any of today's action? Then have a gander at the pictorial guide to the Premier League proceedings on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  29. 1824: 
    FIRST HALF STATS- Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    I'm telling you, right, that Southampton have well and truly dominated this match. And the stats - as well as the all-important scoreline - prove that beyond any doubt....

    Match stats
  30. 1821: 
    Southampton 2-0 Fulham

    Shamefully I neglected to mention Southampton skipper Adam Lallana's contribution to that second goal. Brilliant, simply brilliant. Lallana, almost always the driving force behind the Saints pressing game, flighted a beautiful, inch-perfect cross-field pass on to the nugget of Rickie Lambert.

    I know Saints fans are already clamouring for this, but - Lallana for England? He might have to dig out his passport for a summer trip to Brazil if he keeps this up. And I don't mean to sit on Copacabana beach with a Pina Colada in his hand.

  31. 1818:  
    MOTD's Conor McNamara at St Mary'sSouthampton 2-0 Fulham

    "The intensity of Southampton's attacks have seen them build a commanding lead. The Saints have been sublime, and it is difficult to see how Fulham can get back into this now."

  32. 1816: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 2-0 Fulham
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    Elliott Fulton: Playing like this, Southampton could easily do what Newcastle did a couple of years ago.

    Andy Hall: Jay Rodriguez just summed up no pain, no gain.

  34. 1812: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-0 Fulham - Jay Rodriguez (43 mins)

    It has been coming - and unsurprisingly it has arrived. Equally unsurprisingly it is Rickie Lambert who turns provider. He is again allowed acres of space at the back post to head across the face of goal where Jay Rodriguez lies in wait to gleefully nod in. Simple stuff.

  35. 1809: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham are all over the place at the back as Rickie Lambert goes close again. The England man peels off Philippe Senderos to plant a firm downward header into the palms of Fulham stopper Maarten Stekelenburg. The away defence are treating Lambert like an escaped convict who the public are warned not to approach. They are refusing to go anywhere near him.

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    Andy White: I've never seen a Southampton team better than the one we have playing right now.

    Matthew Bugler: Saints look a far more enterprising and energetic (and English) side with Rodriguez and Ward-Prowse in for Davis and Osvaldo.

    Fahad Khan: Pochettino has done wonders with this team. Dare I say, this may be the last game of Martin Jol as Fulham manager?

  37. 1805: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 1-0 Fulham

    Ooof! Only a lick of paint prevents Southampton from deservedly doubling their advantage. Rickie Lambert is again given far too much time on the edge of the Fulham area, drilling a low effort on to the base of Fulham's left-hand post. Big let off for the Cottagers.

  38. 1801: 
    Southampton 1-0 Fulham

    Southampton go back on the attack after a rare Fulham foray forward ends rather quickly. Cottagers man Kieran Richardson powers down the left but sees his wayward cross being easily claimed by Artur Boruc. Martin Jol's men have not even managed a shot on target yet. They are more toothless than Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan.

  39. 1757: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "Credit to Cardiff. They came here and defended very well. On the balance of chances we had we should have won.

    "We haven't scored, although it's not down to the lack of endeavour or the way we played. It's frustrating because it's one that should have been three points. Their keeper has had a very good day.

    "As the game went on you thought the goal was going to come. Perhaps in the end you thought one of those goals would be an own goal or come via a deflection."

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    Rob Cross: Watching this Fulham team is like watching masters football. All playing on former glories.

  41. 1752: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-0 Fulham

    Southampton are smelling Fulham blood here. It's almost two goals in the space of 60 seconds as Jay Rodriguez skips through the fragile Fulham defence, only to be denied by the feet of Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. That would have had shades of Roberto Baggio at Italia 90 if he had dispatched that beauty.

  42. 1750: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Fulham - Rickie Lambert (20 mins)

    If there's one man who you don't leave lurking unmarked at the far post it is Rickie Lambert. Right? The England striker is a big unit, but he somehow manages to tip toe away from the Fulham defence to nod in a Saints corner.

  43. 1750:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreMan Utd 3-2 Stoke

    "There has been a huge upheaval at Old Trafford. They have lost the best manager of recent history.

    "There is a lot going on there. People cannot underestimate the importance of the relationship between a manager and his players.

    "He has to convince them that he wants the players. Do not think a relationship can be built in six months like the one Ferguson had."

    Watch the last 10 minutes of Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  44. 1749: 
    Southampton 0-0 Fulham

    Victor Wanyama has impressed quite a few since his summer move from Celtic and the Kenyan goes close(ish) to opening his Saints account. The midfielder pounces on another sloppy Fulham clearance, strolls forward without receiving much attention, and sends a whistling 20-yard shot past the away post.

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    Shane Lees: Southampton's start has been superb, but no less then this team is capable of. If anything there is a couple of gears to come.

  46. 1745: 
    Southampton 0-0 Fulham

    Other than that early chance for Adam Lallana, they have not looked like breaking the deadlock against Fulham. Even steven so far as Fulham striker Darren Bent fails to beat the home offside trap.

  47. 1742: 
    Southampton 0-0 Fulham
    Premier League table

    Just how good has Southampton's start been? Well let me enlighten you. They have taken 15 points from their opening eight games - their biggest haul in the top-flight since 1983-84. Another win now will lift them up to third. THIRD! Hope Mauricio Pochettino doesn't suffer from vertigo.


    Alex in Saint Neots: Liverpool now have 20 points from a possible 27, as opposed to last season's tally of 10 points at the same stage. You can't deny there's been a massive improvement this season, and that was shown today.

  49. 1739: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We were outstanding today. West Brom are a very good side, they went to Old Trafford and won, so for us to score four goals - and could have had a few more - it was an outstanding team performance. When you have the two boys up front, and that attacking threat, it's fantastic. We're disappointed with the penalty decision but other than that we're very pleased."

  50. 1736: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Fulham

    The key feature of Southampton's impressive form has been their high-tempo pressing - and it almost pays dividends again inside the opening few minutes. They win the ball back inside the Fulham area but Adam Lallana's sidefooted effort is cleared off the line by Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta.


    Clearly this quest for punter involvement is not limited to Fulham's older generation of supporters. So share your views through whatever means of communications you would like - text, twitter, Facebook, pigeon carrier.

    Saints fans - let's hear you (in a non-Delia Smith rallying cry)! Can you believe your superb start to the season? And will the Saints continue to march on until the end of the season? Sorry...


    I'll be mightily impressed if there are any Cottagers fans out there who can remember that 2-1 win in October 1935. Come on you octogenarians, don't be shy. Were you shivering on the Dell terraces with a Bovril in hand? Dig out your mobile phones and send us a text.

  53. 1730: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham's Pajtim Kasami takes a moment before the ball starts rolling with a pre-match prayer. Surely he can't be asking for another wonder goal after Monday's sensational effort at Crystal Palace?! We're off at a buoyant St Mary's Stadium.

  54. 1728: 
    Southampton v Fulham (1730 BST)

    Why on Earth have we travelled back in time to Georgian Britain? Because of this gem. Today marks 78 years to the day since Fulham last escaped Southampton with all three points. In fact, that win on 26 October 1935 is the only time the Londoners have won at either the Dell or St Mary's Stadium. Can they end that barren run now? Kick off is almost upon us.

  55. 1727: 
    Southampton v Fulham (1730 BST)

    Life was very different in Britain in October 1935. BBC television had not even started for goodness sake. How did people cope with everyday life before Bargain Hunters?

    Football was very different too. Sunderland were cruising towards being crowned that season's First Division. And Grimsby were mixing it up in the top flight, while Manchester United were scrabbling about in the Second Division. Yep, you read that correctly. Grimsby were above Manchester United in the league ladder.

  56. 1726: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie rejects reports which have suggested he is unhappy with the methods of new boss David Moyes.

    "I don't understand those stories - we are more than fine. I am really happy here and happy with the manager," insists the Dutchman.

    Manchester United defender Rio FerdinandMan Utd 3-2 Stoke

    "Wayne Rooney class, man of the match, Januzaj inspired substitution, David De Gea with a couple of great saves & Javier Hernandez did what he does best - scored!"

  58. 1725: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke: "It was a difficult afternoon. We set ourselves up to be open, but maybe we were a little bit too open. The first goal is disappointing to lose and the second goal is an unbelievable header from the edge of the box.

    "We kept going, you can't fault the effort, but we gave ourselves too big a mountain to climb. We created a number of chances, it was an open game, probably great for the Liverpool fans to watch. At the moment their two boys up front are in form and we suffered for that."

  59. 1724: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    More from relieved Manchester United boss David Moyes: "We had more than one or two defensive issues but our goalkeeper was fantastic. We didn't defend as well as what we would like. It may be a turning point - we know we have got to do it in style here at Old Trafford."

  60. 1722: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    Manchester United boss David Moyes: "It was a big challenge to make sure we win game but we did it. We showed great energy after the midweek game against Real Sociedad to go until the end.

    "Stoke have not scored many but they have not conceded many either, so we knew we would have to work hard after going behind.

    "I was worried it wouldn't come - especially when we were 2-1 down. But I think we deserved it in the end. We kept at it and deserved to score."

  61. 1719: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on goalscorer Romelu Lukaku. "He looked a real threat throughout the game. He didn't just contribute with the goal, his movement was terrific and his starting positions were always difficult to pick for the Villa back four. You are seeing a player that is enjoying his football and we want to see that continue."

  62. 1716: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on goalscorers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge: "They're very hard to contain. Both of them have different qualities and both are goalscorers. I thought our midfield three today were excellent. We're just looking to keep improving, not getting carried away, and the boys at the top end did their job and got the goals. It should be a brilliant game (against Arsenal) next week."

  63. 1715: 

    And in League Two, Oxford top the division after a 2-0 away win at Wimbledon. Fleetwood move into third with another 2-0 away victory at York, while Accrington record only their second win of the season - and a successive win - with three points away at Morecambe.

  64. 1713: 

    In League One, Peterborough's 1-0 defeat at Colchester and Wolves overcoming Bradford 2-1 means Kenny Jackett's boys jump up into the automatic promtion spots. Leyton Orient stay top after beating Rotherham, while Tranmere's hard-fought 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes Dons helps their survival bid.

  65. 1711: 

    So, what a result at the summit of the Championship. QPR midfielder Joey Barton concedes a penalty in the 88th minute, and prolific striker Danny Ings steps up to fire his second goal of the day and secure Burnley the win. That's QPR's first defeat of the season and the hosts' seventh consecutive win. The other big Championship result of the day? Yeovil upsetting the odds, and doubtless Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies, with a 3-1 win that lifts them off the foot of the table.

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    David Broome: In the 65 minutes preceding Januzaj's introduction Manchester United were 2-1 down, in the 25 minutes after 2-0 up - coincidence?

    Former Manchester United and Stoke striker Michael Owen

    "A Fergie-esque comeback from United today. Got to feel for Stoke. Huge results for both Merseyside clubs too."

  68. 1705: 
    FULHAM TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Fulham (1730 BST)

    Fulham make one change from the win over Crystal Palace as Fernando Amorebieta comes in for centre-back Brede Hangeland.

    Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Ruiz, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Berbatov; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes, Rodallega, Zverotic.

  69. 1704: 
    SAINTS TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Fulham (1730 BST)

    Southampton make two changes as England striker Rickie Lambert and young midfielder James Ward-Prowse start, with Italy forward Dani Osvaldo and Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis making way.

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: K Davis, Ramirez, Cork, Lee, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld.

  70. 1702: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    Manchester United match-winner Javier Hernandez: "We knew Stoke would be a difficult team to play against, but thankfully we kept going and managed to score the third goal to win this game.

    "When I came on, the manager told me to do the things I do on the training ground. Thankfully it was a wonderful cross from Patrice [Evra] and I found the space to score. The spirit at this club is always here - we fight until the last minute in every game."

  71. 1701: 
    EL CLASICO LIVE- Barcelona v Real Madrid

    The big match in Barcelona is under way. Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar all start. Catch all the action live here.

  72. 1657: 

    As well as Old Trafford, the full-time whistles have also been given hearty toots by the respective referees at Villa Park, Anfield and Carrow Road. Here's a handy at-a-glance guide to what has happened in the Premier League:

    Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

    Liverpool 4-1 West Brom

    Manchester United 3-2 Stoke

    Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

  73. 1655:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFULL-TIME- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    "Luis Suarez disappears down the tunnel to my left with the match ball after a stunning individual display. He was, quite simply unstoppable today and Anfield rises around me to acclaim the man the rest of football loves to hate. The uncertainty of the summer seems an age ago and the love affair between Anfield and their Uruguayan striker appears to be firmly back on track. Important victory for Liverpool, who go to Arsenal next with a striker they wouldn't swap for anyone."

  74. 1655: 

    A huge goal at Turf Moor! Danny Ings' second goal of the day, this time a penalty conceded by Joey Barton, surely condemns QPR to their first defeat of the season and keeps Burnley top of the Championship.

    Burton's Phil Edwards pounces with minutes to go at Exeter to give his side the advantage. Tranmere's James Rowe gives his side a precarious 3-2 lead over visitors Milton Keynes Dons, while 10-man Wycombe succumb to a William Edjenguele strike for Bury. And Wales U21 midfielder Michael Doughty makes all three points safe for Stevenage at home to Crawley. DJ Campbell of Blackburn is ordered off against local rivals Blackpool after a melee involving all 20 outfield players. Jack Robinson joins him in trudging down the tunnel, and then an extra-time Steven Davis own goal draws Rovers level at two goals apiece.

  75. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    Huge cheers greet the final whistle at Old Trafford. David Moyes looks defiant as he marches down the touchline with his hands clapping like the strongest of strong winds. He knows that is a big result. Very big.


    Shaun in Dronfield: To all the doubters out there you should always remember class is permanent. Keep faith with Moyes he is the right man.

    Paul in Dundee: Just before everyone jumps on the David Moyes bandwagon, remember it doesn't take a world class manager to know to bring on Hernandez if you need a goal.

    Jon in Manchester: If it was Alex Ferguson that was in charge and United just came from behind, everyone would praise him. But he's not and United's fickle 'fans' calling for a bigger manager to come in instead of Moyes are a joke to the fan base. No one is SAF and the fans need to realise that quickly.

  77. 1650: 
    INJURY TIME- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Almost a last-gasp winner at Carrow Road! Ex-Canaries keeper David Marshall denies his old club as he brilliantly stops a Leroy Fer effort to keep Cardiff level. How no-one has managed to score in this game is a mystery which Poirot would struggle to solve.

  78. 1649: 
    INJURY TIME- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    Hearts in the mouths moment for Moyes (or squeaky bum time for the onlooking Fergie?) as Wayne Rooney calmly heads back to his goalkeeper David De Gea under plenty of Stoke aerial pressure. Five minutes of added time to go. A huge groan erupts from the OT stands...

  79. 1647: 
    Man Utd 3-2 Stoke

    David Moyes's face holds a painful expression as he barks out orders from the Old Trafford touchline. That will change at the final whistle if his United charges hold out for a much-needed win. At the moment, and I stress that phrase, it looks as though they have enough in the tank to do that. But this Stoke lot are a plucky bunch...


    Thomas Stirk: Today shows why Liverpool were so reluctant to let Suarez leave, he is a unique talent and the Premier League is lucky to have him.

    TolandCFC: Surely Liverpool look like title contenders now. Another couple of buys and we will get Champions League football.

    Sandeep: What Man Utd are lacking are a player of Steven Gerrard's quality in the centre of midfield.

  81. 1644:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportLiverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    "There were some nerves beginning to cloud Anfield as West Brom began to find openings following that controversial penalty but Daniel Sturridge ended any thoughts of a comeback with that delightful chip. It won't be enough to steal the headlines, they will go to his strike partner, but the two of them are now responsible for 14 Premier League goals this season. Lots of very happy Liverpool fans around me."

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    Kenny Kong: What a change since Javier Hernandez came on & Manchester United played 4-3-3.

    Paul Moore: Normal service resumed then. Credit where its due, well done United!

    Ujjwal Ghimire: See Moyes, that's what Chica does. Hope you've realized it now.

  83. 1643: 

    In the table-topping clash at Turf Moor Burnley take the lead, Danny Ings holding off a challenge from QPR defender Danny Simpson and firing past Rob Green after good work from Dean Marney and Sam Vokes. Could this be Rangers' first defeat of the campaign?

    Coventry go ahead at Walsall, Franck Moussa celebrating in from of the Sky Blue support. James Tarkowski hangs his head at Boundary Park, as his own-goal makes it Oldham 1-1 Swindon. Back in the Championship, Mohamed Medo keeps Bolton's recent improvement in form on track with a delicious free-kick up and over the wall and in, only for Ipswich's David McGoldrick to level moments later. Jamie Vardy gives Leicester the lead once more over Bournemouth, while Rochdale's former Brighton midfielder Gary Dicker pulls on back at Dagenham & Redbridge. And it's now Tranmere 2-2 Milton Keynes Dons, thanks to a Ryan Lowe penalty.

  84. 1642: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    Luis Suarez is oh so close to netting his fourth goal with an overhead, but Boaz Myhill tips the Uruguayan's effort on to the crossbar.

  85. 1642:  
    Former Wales striker John Hartson on Final ScoreMan Utd 3-2 Stoke

    "Jonathan Walters should have worked harder to stop the cross. It is interesting, as Javier Hernandez committed a really bad foul on Robert Huth when he came on. I think Huth would have been sent off if he made a challenge like that at Old Trafford."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  86. 1641:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreLiverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

    "That is a goal from Daniel Sturridge that shows a player at the absolute top of his game. It could not have been anymore perfect."

    Watch Final Score now on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  87. 1639: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-2 Everton - Leon Osman (81 mins)

    Everton double their advantage and look to be coasting towards a rare away win. Ex-Villa man Gareth Barry picks out Leon Osman who smartly passes into the bottom corner of the Villa goal from the edge of the area.

  88. 1637: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 3-2 Stoke - Javier Hernandez (80 mins)

    Supersub Javier Hernandez does it yet again as Manchester United go ahead for the first time this afternoon. Patrice Evra curls in a delicious left-wing cross where the Little Pea is waiting to gleefully roll in a cushioned header. Manchester United erupt. Stoke wilter.

  89. 1636: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion - Daniel Sturridge (77 mins)

    Magnificent! Daniel Sturridge shrugs off a defender and, just when many thought he should pass to the surging Steven Gerrard, the striker looks up and chips Boaz Myhill.

  90. 1635: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-2 Stoke - Wayne Rooney (78 mins)

    Bang. That's the sound of Stoke's resistance snapping. And who else but Wayne Rooney? The England star peels off marker Stephen Ireland to flick a glancing header into the far corner of Asmir Begovic's goal. But United don't look like they want to stop there...

  91. 1634: 
    FINAL FIFTEEN- Man Utd 1-2 Stoke

    Stoke are very much on the back foot at Old Trafford now. Manchester United are cranking up the pressure as they set up camp inside the Potters half.

  92. 1632: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Are we gonna get a winner at Carrow Road? The home side are trying their very best. Ex-Canaries stopper David Marshall makes a good save at the near post to block substitute Nathan Redmond's stinging drive before Leroy Fer heads wide from close range from the resulting corner.

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    Joe Williams: All these 'fans' complaining about Moyes need to remember that it was Fergie who left this particularly abject squad behind at Manchester United.

  94. 1628: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 Everton - Romelu Lukaku (68 mins)

    The odds on a Belgian scoring at Villa Park would have been very short - and here's why! Everton's powerhouse striker Romelu Lukaku brings in a few coupons with the opener. He is found on edge of box by substitute Leon Osman and is allowed too much space to drill into the bottom corner from 16 yards.

  95. 1627: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Stoke

    Manchester United are starting to mount plenty of pressure on a Stoke side sitting deeper and deeper. Legs are starting to tire, minds are getting weary. You don't want to see Javier Hernandez warming up on the touchline that's for sure.

    Potters trio Stephen Ireland, Wilson Palcios and Marc Wilson go into the referee's notepad within a matter of seconds, as does Hernandez for a crude challenge moments after replacing Tom Cleverley.

  96. 1625: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-1 West Bromwich Albion - James Morrison (66 min)

    Billy Jones's weaving run into the box is stopped illegally, says the referee - although it's unclear who the offender is. Perhaps the sliding Lucas or his partner in crime Aly Cissokho. Anyway, James Morrison steps up and drills low beyond Simon Mignolet.

  97. 1624: 
    PENALTY FOR WEST BROM- Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

    Naomi Payton: Nani needs to go... What does he offer? Absolutely nothing.

  99. 1623:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "Liverpool are in total control now and West Brom look a side that is beginning to accept the inevitable. From the moment he first stepped onto the field today, Luis Suarez looked a player determined to run the visitors' ragged and he has done just that. Daniel Sturridge has just clattered the crossbar with a thunderous shot and Brendan Rodgers is already beginning to look at resting players."

  100. 1622: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

    Glen Johnson leaves the pitch and is replaced by Martin Kelly, who is making his first Premier League appearance of the season after returning from injury.

  101. 1622: 

    On the stroke of half-time a headed effort from Andrew Hughes caresses the inside of the post and creeps in to give Newport a 2-1 lead at home to Southend, then Ismail Yakubu makes it 3-1 after the break. Chris Robertson heads in captain Doug Loft's corner as Port Vale equalise versus Gillingham, while former Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scores two in two minutes to put Bristol City 2-1 ahead at Carlisle.

    Struggling Accrington's lead does not last - Jack Sampson blasts home amid a goalmouth scramble to level for Morecambe. Dagenham & Redbridge make it two goals to the good against visitors Rochdale, Medy Elito chipping the keeper. And as for Nigel Clough at Bramall Lane? Sheffield United 3-0 Crewe. Happy days for the Blades.

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    Sean Taylor: I think Nani's time has passed.

    Richard: RvP has been next to anonymous. He's half the player he was last year. What has happened?

    Koketso Khala: Nothing surprising. Took an Everton manager, inherited Everton backroom staff, took over an Everton position.

  103. 1620: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Norwich striker Gary Hooper, making his full debut at Carrow Road, is leading the Canaries line to decent effect against Cardiff, but snatches at a good chance for his first Premier League goal. The ex-Celtic man heads over when well placed inside the Cardiff danger zone.

  104. 1617: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

    Liverpool's players allowed the freedom to roam and Daniel Sturridge, running towards goal, unleashes a thunderous shot from distance which crashes onto the crossbar.

  105. 1618:  
    Former Wales striker John Hartson on Final ScoreMan Utd 1-2 Stoke

    "Adnan Januzaj is a very, very exciting player. You worry for Manchester United that they have to bring in an 18-year-old player to change the game. Stoke look pretty comfortable at the minute."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  106. 1617: 

    Lawro is well-known for his predictions - and he is spot on with another. Here is boy/man of the moment Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian/Kosovan/Albanian/Englishman jogs on to huge cheers from the Old Trafford faithful. Nani strolls off - to huge boos ringing his ears.

  107. 1615:  
    BBC Sport football analyst Mark Lawrenson at Old TraffordMan Utd 1-2 Stoke

    "Manchester United need to get the kid on. Adnan Januzaj will give everyone in Old Trafford a lift and would cause Stoke more problems than they are doing at the moment."

  108. 1615: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Everton have carved a few openings in the opening stages of the second half, Ross Barkley's wild effort the nearest either side has come to breaking the deadlock. Both teams aren't sitting back though, if I was a betting man I would chuck a quid on this not finishing goalless.

  109. 1614: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion - Luis Suarez (55 mins)

    A first hat-trick at Anfield for Luis Suarez. The striker is left all alone inside the box and he merely needs to leap to meet Steven Gerrard's perfectly-delivered free-kick, heading home for his sixth goal of the season.


    Luke in Leamington Spa: As an Arsenal fan I'm loving life right now, top of the league and watching Manchester United crumble. However, I'm not so naive as to think either of those things will stay like this...

  111. 1610: 

    I'm naturally going to assume that you are rather keen on a kick-by-kick account of the Premier League action - otherwise I might as well pack in and head home/the pub.

    But if you're more into your European futbal (you football hipsters, you) then we are also handily providing live updates from Barcelona v Real Madrid over in sunny-than-here Spain. El Clasico, El Blah-Blah-ico. Who needs that when you've got, er, El Stokico...

  112. 1608: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 1-2 Stoke

    Stoke goalscorer Marko Arnautovic looks disconsolate as he trudges off to be replaced by defender Marc Wilson. The Austrian forward picks up an injury somehow - the United defence will be happy to see the back of the Potters' number 10. He has been a nuisance.

    Listen to Arnautovic's goal from BBC Radio 5 live's commentary.

  113. 1606: 

    Did I neglect to tell you that the second halves have also begun at Anfield and Villa Park? No? Good.

  114. 1604: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff boss Malky Mackay makes two half-time substitutions with Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson coming on for Peter Odemwingie and Kim Bo-Kyung. Not sure if they are enforced or tactical - think it is the latter. We're off in East Anglia too.

  115. 1602: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 1-2 Stoke

    When it rains in Manchester it pours. And there is a big black cloud hovering over Old Trafford at the moment. It looks like the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson to me.

    Moyes's mob trot out at OT as they look to avoid a third home Premier League match without a win. And we're back under way.

    Old Trafford
  116. 1558: 

    A brace for 20-year-old centre-back Harry Maguire has the Sheffield United support, and new boss Nigel Clough, in dreamland at home to misfiring Crewe. Two too for Yeovil's Ed Upson - Nathaniel Chalobah then claws one back for Nottingham Forest before Byron Webster makes it 3-1 to the hosts.

    Loanee James Henry equalises for Wolves at Bradford after Italian midfielder Raffaele De Vita's opener, then Richard Stearman makes it two for the visitors minutes later. "Super Kevin Lisbie!" rings round Matchroom Stadium as the Leyton Orient's veteran striker puts the League One table-toppers in the lead against Rotherham. And Dan Gosling's 25-yard drive has Blackpool ahead 2-1 in the Lancashire derby against Blackburn.

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    Louise Engelbertsen: Get Cleverley off and move Kagawa behind the strikers with Januzaj coming on. Get Valencia on for Nani as well.

    Matthew Sigsworth: Think Manchester United needed to go in behind at half-time. Moyes get up to Fergie's box and take a lend of his hairdryer!!

    Bobo Delaney: Possibly the most uninspiring first half performance from a Manchester United team i've ever seen... Heart breaking!

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old TraffordMan Utd 1-2 Stoke

    "It has been an incredible half of football with a scoreline that will upset Manchester United boss David Moyes. Stoke lead but I think there is plenty more to come in this game."

    David Moyes
  119. 1556: 

    We have a candidate for strangest red card of the season, as Burnley mascot Bertie Bee is sent off for handing the linesman his glasses during the top-of-the-table Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers.


    Kevin in Oakham: Why all this Moyes bashing? Everton always start slow and then finish around sixth, hold on a minute.

    Jon Stevenson: Please Sir Alex, lend David your hair dryer at half-time!

    David in Leyland: Please put Moyes and the rest of us out of our misery. A big club needs a big manager and Moyes never will be.

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    Simon Bidwell: Delph is at the heart of everything good for Villa once again. Hope Hodgson is watching. Amazed it's still 0-0.

  122. 1552:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Villa ParkHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    "That's the end of a frantic and dramatic first half that somehow finishes goalless. Christian Benteke had a penalty saved by Tim Howard and the goalkeeper denied him in a one-on-one situation before Romelu Lukaku had a header superbly stopped by Brad Guzan."

  123. 1551: 
    Man Utd 1-2 Stoke

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Tempers flare at Old Trafford as Robin van Persie and Ryan Shawcross have to be separated like naughty schoolboys scuffling in the local park. Shawcross looks to be the aggressor as he attempts to wind up the Dutchman. And he succeeds. Van Persie loses the plot as he squares up to the Stoke man. The referee scarpers down the tunnel for his half-time cuppa without a backward glance.

  124. 1549:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "That half belonged to one man - Luis Suarez. Liverpool lead and deservedly so thanks to two moments of magic from the Uruguayan and Anfield stands and applauds him off the field at half-time. There were a few nervy moments for Liverpool just before half-time but Brendan Rodgers's side are firmly in charge, although it would be foolish to write West Brom off just yet."

  125. 1548: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    Martin Skrtel allows Youssouf Mulumbu's long ball to bounce, which gives Nicolas Anelka the chance to nip behind the defender. Simon Mignolet rushes from his line, he's a tad hasty - but Skrtel recovers to prevent the ball from going into the goal.

  126. 1548:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreMan Utd 1-2 Stoke

    "Manchester United have not been able to handle Marko Arnautovic, he has been outstanding."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  127. 1546:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Carrow RoadHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    It's 0-0 at half-time but Norwich have by far been the better team. Cardiff keeper David Marshall has been superb on his return to Carrow Road.

  128. 1544: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-2 Stoke - Marko Arnautovic

    Ah. That relief has swiftly disappeared. Amazing. Manchester United are not level for long. Phil Jones gives away a needless free-kick by jumping into Marko Arnautovic on the edge of the area and the Austrian steps up to bend a superb curling shot into the top corner. David de Gea gets a hand to it, but cannot keep it out. That's Arnautovic's first goal for the Potters and it spells more trouble for David Moyes.

  129. 1542: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-1 Stoke - Robin van Persie (43 mins)

    Relief around Old Trafford! In fact the feeling of relief is almost palpable in our BBC Sport office across the Manchester Ship Canal. Robin van Persie smashes in from close range after Asmir Begovic parries Wayne Rooney's header.

  130. 1542: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    Confident and incisive play from Liverpool as they ease from defence to attack, probing on the edge of the box before Steven Gerrard releases Jordan Henderson and the midfielder's curling 20-yard effort is only marginally wide.

    Former Manchester United captain Gary NevilleMan Utd 0-1 Stoke

    "On a train to London and it seems United haven't started well! Still think (hope) they will win."

  132. 1542: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Stoke

    Erik Pieters is enjoying the freedom of Old Trafford as Stoke continue to press. The Dutch destroyer squats away Nani's feeble challenge to power into the United half. He sends a teasing throughball towards Peter Crouch before Jonny Evans storms across to clear in the nick of time.

  133. 1539:  
    BBC Sport football analyst Mark Lawrenson at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-1 Stoke

    "We keep seeing the same thing from Manchester United. They are cutting inside from the left and trying to get a cross in from there, and it is not working - Stoke are dealing with it comfortably. Wayne Rooney's shot from outside the area is United's only shot on target so far and Asmir Begovic stopped it comfortably."

  134. 1538: 

    Blackpool's Tom Ince is fouled in the Blackburn box and steps up to successfully convert his own penalty - but minutes later, Rovers' Jordan Rhodes finishes his own spot kick to draw his side level. Nigel Clough's spell in charge of Sheffield United gets off to an excellent start as Crewe's Kelvin Mellor concedes a free-kick, which centre-back Harry Maguire meets with his forehead and powers home. Accrington look to make it successive wins as much-travelled forward Danny Webber finishes from the spot away at Morecambe, while Leicester frontman David Nugent gives promotion-chasing Foxes the edge over Bournemouth with his seventh goal in 13 games.

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    Ed Gutteridge: Moyes's progression seems to be a shuffle forward one game followed by two giant leaps backward the next. So frustrating.

    Kinnear for England: Old Trafford- Theatre of Dreams- for the other 19 clubs in the Premier League.

    Jake Perry: How does Moyes think Zaha is not good enough for this United team? I am good enough for this United team...

  136. 1537: 
    Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Norwich are knocking very firmly on the Cardiff door now. Netherlands international Leroy Fer feeds in Martin Olsson, whose cross eventually arrives at the feet of midfielder Robert Snodgrass - the Scotland player firing wide eight yards from goal.

    Then Jonny Howson is denied, before Fer's sidefoot volley from a corner is blocked on the line by Cardiff's Peter Whittingham. Oh, and in between all that action, Cardiff's Jordon Mutch is denied by the face of John Ruddy. Ouch.

  137. 1534:  
    BBC Sport football analyst Mark Lawrenson at Old TraffordMan Utd 0-1 Stoke

    "Manchester United used to make this pitch as wide as possible. At the moment they are very, very narrow. It is easy to defend against them."

  138. 1533: 
    Manchester United 0-1 Stoke

    We have just seen a glimpse of Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford stands - as Stoke fans joyfully sing 'You're getting sacked in the morning' to his replacement Mr Moyes. Then, United almost fashion an equaliser. Wayne Rooney has their first on-target attempt as Asmir Begovic is finally called into action. Fergie is chomping furiously on his chewing gum by the way.

  139. 1531: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    As the game opens up, Everton have their best chance of the game. Seamus Coleman's cross from the right finds Romelu Lukaku but the Belgian's close-range header is tipped over superbly by Brad Guzan in the Villa goal. The Toffees crank up the pressure as Ross Barkley then clips the Villa woodwork.

  140. 1529: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester United 0-1 Stoke

    We have heard shed loads about Old Trafford losing its 'fear factor' - and Stoke are certainly playing with a swagger. Only the instincts of United keeper David De Gea stops the Potters adding a second as Jonathan Walters who belts a half volley goalwards. United smack another long range effort into the Stretford End - cue groans from the home crowd.

  141. 1528: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    A canny free-kick by Liverpool. Luis Suarez finds Steven Gerrard who pulls back for Martin Skrtel but the defender, even though he's merely a few yards from goal, fails to make true contact and a glorious opportunity is wasted.

  142. 1527: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Everton's trip to Aston Villa has been billed as the 'Battle of the Belgians' with Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku going head-to-head. But it is Benteke who is taking centre stage. He might have missed an earlier penalty, but has a chance to make amends as he races clean through. Again he is denied by Toffees keeper Tim Howard. Howard 2 Benteke 0.

    Then Howard has to be alert again seconds later. He denies Andreas Weimann with a sweeping tackle on the edge of the box. Top stuff.

    Ben Smith, BBC SportLiverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "Luis Suarez looks like a player absolutely at the peak of his powers at Anfield today. He is trying tricks, flicks, feints and spurts and they are all coming off. When he is in this mood he is very hard to handle, as West Brom are finding out. And he wants more, even now as I type he is demanding the ball and chasing lost causes. It is hard to believe that before this game he had never scored against West Brom. He is putting that record right in style this afternoon."

  144. 1523: 

    Lowly Championship side Yeovil lead at home to play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest as Ed Upson collects from a throw-in and volleys home via a deflection. The first goal of the day actually comes in League Two, as Jordan Chappell fires Torquay United ahead in the south coast clash against Portsmouth. Oxford striker James Constable heads in from close range away at Wimbledon, while Peter Hartley flicks his header past Crawley keeper Paul Jones to give struggling Stevenage the advantage in League One. And Reading central defender Sean Morrison rises above his Millwall counterparts to give his side the advantage at the Madejski.

  145. 1521: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff defender Steven Caulker heads wide from six yards from a left-wing corner as the Welshmen look to pounce on the counter attack at Carrow Road. Norwich shading possession at the mo, but still pretty even in this game. Remember these two sides are currently separated by the great divide that is known as the 'Line Indicating the Relegation Zone'. Fourth bottom v third bottom in other words.

    Liverpool owner John W. HenryLiverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "Luis. Magician."

  147. 1519:  
    Former Arsenal striker John Hartson on Final ScoreLiverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "Luis Suarez is a world-class player. When he is in this kind off form, Liverpool are well in the mix for a top-four place. He is an incredible footballer."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  148. 1517: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 West Bromwich Albion - Luis Suarez (17 mins)

    The ball finds its way into the box more through fortune than design by the onrushing Luis Suarez bullets home a header, leaving Boaz Myhill with little chance in the West Brom goal.

    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerLiverpool 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

    "Two minutes that sum up perfectly Luis Suarez . A blatant dive followed by a moment of utter brilliance to give Liverpool the lead."

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    Momodu Abdulahi: Stoke's goal tells it all. Sloppy Man United.

    Ubaidullah Budye: Old Trafford has been Theatre of Nightmares so far this season. Shocked.

  151. 1515: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester United 0-1 Stoke

    Oooh, almost 2-0 to Stoke! Mark Hughes said his troops would attack - and they are doing just that. It comes down the Potters left again as Marko Arnautovic's deep cross is headed back across goal by Jonathan Walters to that man Peter Crouch. Only this time Two-Metre Peter scoops his effort over the United crossbar.

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary of Crouch's early goal.

  152. 1513: 
    Norwich 0-0 Cardiff

    Norwich on top as Martin Olsson fires in a shot from 25 yards that clears the Cardiff bar by two feet. Plenty of former Canaries now in the Cardiff nest - Craig Bellamy, David Marshall and boss Malky Mackay - how they would love an away win today.

  153. 1511: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 West Bromwich Albion - Luis Suarez (12 mins)

    Luis Suarez beats one defender, nutmegs another before drilling the ball low beyond Boaz Myhill. A super solo strike.

  154. 1510:  
    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks on Final ScoreAston Villa 0-0 Everton

    "You do not expect Christian Benteke to miss those. Aston Villa must make sure that does not affect them, they have to respond to the disappointment."

    Watch Final Score now on the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

  155. 1508: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Aston Villa 0-0 Everton - Christian Benteke (8 mins)

    Tim Howard has some mightily impressive facial fuzz - and he has just produced a mightily impressive penalty save. How the two are related I do not know. Anyway, the Everton keeper flings himself high to his right to push Christian Benteke's spot-kick over the crossbar.

  156. 1508: 
    PENALTY TO VILLA- Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

    Villa win a penalty after big burly Belgian striker Christian Benteke is sent tumbling by Everton defender Seamus Coleman.

  157. 1507:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson at Old TraffordManchester United 0-1 Stoke

    "I believe the fear factor has gone at Old Trafford. For many years, you got a lap of honour if you won a corner.

    "For me, that comes from the failure to bring in better players during the summer. You have to strengthen even when you win the Premier League title."

    Listen to commentary of Manchester United v Stoke on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Tokunbo: Stoke, who couldn't score to save their life, just scored.

  159. 1503: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 0-1 Stoke - Peter Crouch (4 mins)

    Well, would you Adam and Eve it? After a promising start, it all goes horribly wrong for David Moyes and his United team. Stoke left-back Erik Pieters scampers down the left to drill in a teasing cross which Jonny Evans thwacks against Peter Crouch - and the ball goes into the home net. That is Crouch's first Premier League goal at Old Trafford, where he has netted eight times for England. Unfortunately the 'Robot' was not busted out...

  160. 1503: 
    Manchester United 0-0 Stoke

    Manchester United start with plenty of attacking verve as Robin van Persie sees a low cross hacked clear by Stoke defender Geoff Cameron before Nani smashes over the bar.

  161. 1500: 

    And we are under way in each of those great British cities that are Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Norwich.

  162. 1459: 

    Thousands of red and white scarves are being held aloft in the Kop as they blast out You'll Never Walk Alone. We're seconds away from kick off.

  163. 1457: 
    Manchester United v Stoke (1500)

    Home matches can't be easy for David Moyes. He will drive his luxury motor down Sir Alex Ferguson Way, turn into Sir Matt Busby Way, and then steadily cruise past gleaming bronze statues of these two managerial giants. It would make weaker men crumble.

    His Manchester United team are aiming to avoid a third straight loss at the place they used to call the 'Theatre of Dreams'. We're moments away from kick-off as Stoke boss Mark Hughes strides out with a sense of purpose at his old stomping ground.

  164. 1455: 

    I must admit I'm more of a Beatles man myself. Albion boss Steve Clarke will be hoping to be a happy 'Day Tripper' on his return to Anfield, where he spent time as Kenny Dalglish's number two. His side did the double over the Reds last term - what are the chances of a third straight win?

  165. 1454:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at AnfieldLiverpool v West Bromwich Albion (1500)

    "Good afternoon from a murky Anfield, where there is a slight sense of trepidation among the home support about this afternoon's game. West Brom have won their past three league games against Liverpool, without conceding a goal. In his programme notes, Brendan Rodgers describes it as a stern test before going on to heap praise on Steven Gerrard, criticised in Sir Alex Ferguson's book of course.

    "With a trip to Arsenal up next for Liverpool, there is a real sense that the hosts must win today. One other thing to note, it is 50 years since the release of Gerry & the Pacemakers' version of You'll Never Walk Alone. Expect a spine-tingling rendition before kick-off."


    Jeff from Norwich: Great to see Wenger smiling for once! Top dog now Ferguson's gone.

  167. 1451: 

    Chesterfield are only two points adrift of top side Rochdale, despite not tasting victory in the league in five attempts. The Spireites face Bristol Rovers, who are on a miserable run having not won in eight league games. The Dale, meanwhile, are at mid-table Dagenham & Redbridge, with only four points separating second from 13th in League Two. The early kick-off sees struggling Northampton play Cheltenham, and Morecambe entertain rock-bottom Accrington Stanley - James Beattie's men finally picked up their first win of the season against Rovers on Tuesday.

  168. 1450: 

    Nigel Clough begins his tenure in charge at Sheffield United with a home game against fellow strugglers Crewe, who sit just three points above them in the table. "Crewe are very comfortable on the ball," warns Clough. "They're capable of beating you 3-0."

    League leaders Leyton Orient were beaten by Coventry in midweek, so will look to get back to winning ways at home to Rotherham. Peterborough have won five of their six away games in the division and today travel to Colchester, while Wolves face fifth-placed Bradford and fourth-placed Preston head to Notts County.

  169. 1449: 

    Of the seven 15:00 kick-offs, all eyes are on Turf Moor as table-topping hosts Burnley take on second-placed QPR. The Clarets are pursuing a seventh consecutive league win, but Rangers remain the only side in all four divisions to enjoy an unbeaten record. Under-pressure Birmingham boss Lee Clark sees his side travel to Steve McClaren's Derby, who enjoyed a pulsating 3-2 win against Watford last weekend. And Leicester and Nottingham Forest will be hoping to mount a challenge on the top two places - the Midlands pair face Bournemouth and Yeovil respectively.

  170. 1448: 

    But we are not elitist here at BBC Sport. Oh no. Not only are we keeping abreast of all the Premier League shenanigans, we are also all over the Football League drama.

  171. 1446: 

    So the Arsenal renaissance continues. After the Gunners extend their lead at the top of the Premier League with that win at Crystal Palace, we switch our attentions to the four matches kicking off in less than half an hour. Here's what tantalising treats we have ready for your delectation…

    Aston Villa v Everton (1500)

    Liverpool v West Brom (1500)

    Manchester United v Stoke (1500)

    Norwich v Cardiff (1500)

    Plus, we have the added bonus of this little gem later...

    Southampton v Fulham (1730)

  172. 1444: 

    Afternoon y'all! Jonathan Jurejko at the helm here. Many thanks to Miss Aimee Lewis for her words of wisdom over the past few hours. Now it is my turn to talk you through five more Premier League matches.

    What do want? Goals! When do we want them? Between 1500 (BST, naturally) and 1930ish! OK, OK, I know that's not the snappiest war-cry. But I'm sure you agree with the sentiment. Ready? Let's roll.

  173. 1442: 

    Much like Ian Holloway, I suppose, my time in charge is up and I must now pass on the live text baton to someone younger, someone with fresh ideas, someone who will bring added impetus to the afternoon's coverage.

  174. 1440: 

    Olivier Giroud falls to his knees, sucks in the oxygen. The sight of the tired-looking striker suggests the Arsenal players needed to tap into their energy reserves for that victory. The Gunners extend their lead at the top to five points and it's now over to the rest to keep up.

  175. 1439: 
    CARDIFF TEAM NEWS- Norwich v Cardiff (1500 BST)

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay makes two changes on his return to former club Norwich. Midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung and forward Fraizer Campbell come in for Aron Gunnarsson and Don Cowie.

    Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Medel, Odemwingie, Kim, Mutch, Whittingham, Campbell. Subs: Hudson, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Mason, Maynard, Lewis, Bellamy.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal have had a fantastic start to the season. Today was a tired, laboured performance.

    "Against a Newcastle, Southampton or Swansea, they would not have gotten away with it. Crystal Palace never offered a consistent goal threat."

  177. 1437: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
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    Pasa Mustafa: Games like this can win you titles. Great win today for the Arsenal!

  179. 1432: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace have given it a go; they've battled, they've attempted to beat the odds, they've hit the woodwork and they've forced Wojciech Szczesny into a fabulous save - but it wasn't enough, though they could score twice in the four minutes of stoppage time, I suppose.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

    "You have to remember Aaron Ramsey is still very young. It would have been an undisrupted pre-season for him this summer, as you get many injuries after suffering a serious one.

    "The fact he is so much fitter and stronger will have given him so much inner belief."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  181. 1429: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (87 mins)

    So focused are Crystal Palace on attempting to score the equaliser they neglect their defensive duties, allowing Aaron Ramsey to skip down the left and find Olivier Giroud, who heads home six yards or so from goal.

  182. 1429: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Keith Millen is captured on camera gesticulating on the sidelines, pointing this way and that as the game enters the final five minutes. His team have a man advantage but Arsenal seem to have negotiated their way through the storm that followed Mikel Arteta's sending off.

  183. 1427:  
    BBC Final Score

    Jason Mohammed is joined by Garth Crooks and John Hartson in the Final Score studio from 1430 BST. The trio will keep you up-to-date with the afternoon's football action across the divisions.

    You can watch the show on the BBC Sport website, Red Button and BBC One (from 1630 BST).

  184. 1427: 
    FULL-TIME- Huddersfield 3-2 Leeds

    Huddersfield hang on for all three points against West Yorkshire rivals Leeds after a thrilling derby. Leeds led, then Huddersfield swung the game in their favour, before Leeds levelled, only for hometown hero Jon Stead to grab the winner. They will dancing in the streets of Huddersfield tonight...

  185. 1426: 
    NORWICH TEAM NEWS- Norwich v Cardiff (1500 BST)

    Norwich's Netherlands striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel starts on the bench having recovered from a foot injury that forced him to miss the 4-1 defeat against Arsenal.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Pilkington, Hooper. Subs: Whittaker, Johnson, van Wolfswinkel, Elmander, Nash, Redmond, Ryan Bennett.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    "I have been disappointed with Mesut Ozil. You expect brilliance from him every time you see him, and he has not done it today."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  187. 1423: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Substitute Nacho Monreal was brought on to create another barrier, to help his team to victory as they batten down the hatches against but the defender has a sniff at goal - dropping his shoulder, beating a defender before a fortunate ricochet allows him to at least test Julian Speroni.

  188. 1424:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at AnfieldWEST BROM TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v West Brom (1500 BST)

    Former Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka returns to the West Brom starting XI on his return to Anfield as manager Steve Clarke picks an attacking line-up. The Frenchman is expected to play just behind former Everton striker Victor Anichebe, with the exciting Saido Berahino, who scored the winner at Old Trafford, on the bench.

    West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Anelka, Sessegnon, Anichebe. Subs: Daniels, Long, Brunt, Morrison, Lugano, Vydra, Berahino.

  189. 1423:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at AnfieldLIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v West Brom (1500 BST)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers makes just one change from last Saturday's 2-2 draw at St James' Park, with Lucas Leiva, who missed that game to attend the birth of his second child, restored to the side in place of Victor Moses, who drops to the bench. It means Liverpool keep faith with their three-man defence, which has not kept a clean sheet since 1 September.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Kelly, Agger, Allen, Sterling, Moses, Alberto.

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    Joe Foley: If that's not denying a clear goalscoring opportunity I don't know what is! The closest player was the other Palace attacker!

    Nathan Smilie: So Arteta gets barged to the ground and is sent off?

    Jonny Philpott: Tangle of legs 45 yards out is a red card? Terrible decision by Foy.


    Richard: Not a sending off. 45 yards from goal and the ball's not heading towards goal. I also think Chamakh clipped Arteta. Apart from that, correct decision.

    Ruairi in Putney: It may have been a goal scoring opportunity but let's be honest, would Chamakh really have scored that?

    Charlie in Pompey: I'm not even sure it was a foul by Arteta, Chamakh's arm went a across and pushed Arteta off balance causing the collision!

  192. 1420: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    We're approaching the final 10 minutes and Palace have been monopolising possession of late, forcing the visitors to chase for a change. Drums are beaten beaten... Palace fans shouting themselves hoarse... Forward the home team goes...

  193. 1421: 
    EVERTON TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Everton (1500 BST)

    South African midfielder Steven Pienaar returns for his first Everton start since 31 August following a hamstring injury. Pienaar replaces Leon Osman from the XI which began last Saturday's win over Hull.

    Everton starting XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka (c), Mirallas, Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman.

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    Jonathan Guckian: Zaha watch update: Still no sign. Why didn't Manchester United send him out on loan?

    Kelechi Chris: Glad to see Kagawa start... The maestro fights on for his place among the greats.

    Karl Bristow: Glad to see Cleverley and Kagawa in the team today, should be more pace and energy in midfield.

  195. 1419: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace have upped the ante and Keith Millen decides to bring on another attacking player in the form of Dwight Gayle, who replaces Barry Bannan.

  196. 1417: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Kerpow! Joel Ward's venomous long-range strike rattles the cross bar and seconds later Mile Jedinak's volley forces Wojciech Szczesny into a fabulous save.

  197. 1418: 
    STOKE TEAM NEWS- Manchester United v Stoke (1500)

    Peter Crouch leads the Stoke attack at Old Trafford, and makes his first Premier League start since 24 August. Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron have recovered from illness and a calf injury, and also start.

    Stoke starting XI: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Crouch.

  198. 1417: 
    ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Everton (1500 BST)

    Belgium striker Christian Benteke starts for Aston Villa after fully recovering from a hip injury which restricted him to a substitute appearance against Tottenham last weekend. Bulgarian winger Alexander Tonev also gets the nod as Paul Lambert makes two changes to his starting XI.

    Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Westwood, Weimann, Luna, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Tonev.

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    Statisticians Opta: 2 - Mikel Arteta is the second player (after Mark Noble) to score and be sent off in the same Premier League game this season. Swing.

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    Saikat Nandy: Bolasie has upped the tempo of Palace in just few minutes.

  201. 1415: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    A change of personnel to tell you about. Jack Wilshere replaces Serge Gnabry while defender Nacho Monreal has been brought on for Santi Cazorla.

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    Jamie Atkins: Shocker. Chamakh was taking the ball away from goal. Miles from goal. Extremely harsh.

    Alex Barton: That was never a sending off, he was miles away from goal and there were other defenders in the middle. Shocking.

  203. 1412: 
    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS- Manchester United v Stoke (1500)

    Robin van Persie returns to the Manchester United attack after missing their midweek Champions League win over Real Sociedad with toe and groin injuries. Wayne Rooney, Nani and Shinji Kagawa also start. Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are on the bench.

    Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Rooney, Van Persie.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    "Referee Chris Foy took his time, looked at the assistant, waited a few seconds and then pulled out a red card. The rules talk about denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, and I am not sure.

    "I do not think in any shape or form that it was deliberate from Mikel Arteta. It was also 45 yards from goal."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  205. 1408: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Marouane Chamakh was some distance from the box when he was stopped in his tracks. The striker was perhaps 40 yards or so from goal, but he would have been clear had the Arsenal midfielder, who significantly was the last man, not tackled him. Would Chamakh have scored? Who knows. Would he even have created a chance? Who knows. But one thing is certain, Mikel Arteta was the last man.

  206. 1408: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 3-2 Leeds - Jon Stead (77 mins)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "The drama continues as no sooner had Leeds levelled, Huddersfield regained the lead. This time Jon Stead, who had missed a one-on-one earlier., sweeps a shot home from inside the area."

  207. 1406: 
    RED CARD FOR ARSENAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal - Mikel Arteta

    The home team concede a corner but Marouane Chamakh clears the danger. A bit of ping-pong ensues before Palace, sensing an opportunity, counter attack and the Moroccan sprints towards the other end before being felled by Mikel Arteta.

  208. 1404: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Palace may be without a manager, they may have only managed one victory in the Premier League this season and they may have conceded a sloppy penalty to the Premier League leaders but they are proving this afternoon that they have grit for guts. The home team fighting on, sowing seeds of doubt...

  209. 1405: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 2-2 Leeds - Dexter Blackstock (73 mins)

    First game, first touch, first goal. Dexter Blackstock, who joined Leeds on loan from Nottingham Forest earlier this week, makes an instant impact by heading in an Alex Mowatt corner - just seconds after entering the action as a substitute.


    Patrick in Surrey: How many penalties do Palace want to give away this season? Carelessness means they're digging their own grave!

  211. 1401: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Yannick Bolasie makes an immediate impact, weaving his way down the left wing and a wall of noise reverberates around Selhurst Park as the home fans are encouraged by the sight of Bolasie in full flight. Moments later the substitute launches a cross towards the box but unfortunately for him there is no Palace player ready to pounce.

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    Flemming Jensen: What was Guedioura doing? That was just a ridiculous, unprofessional and brain dead tackle.

  213. 1359: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Keith Millen decides to change his pack. Jerome Thomas's day is done and the former Arsenal and Charlton winger is replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

  214. 1356: 
    WHAT A MISS- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Oliver Giroud, standing about three yards from goal, is surely going to direct Bacary Sagna's cross towards goal. Surely? Surely? Surely? He will at least test Julian Speroni? Nah. The Frenchman's head fails to connect with the ball. Instead he shoulders the ball wide.

  215. 1356: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Danny Gabbidon shows his team-mates how to defend. The Welshman directs Aaron Ramsey towards the by-line, standing tall, keeping his composure before stealing the ball from his compatriot.

  216. 1355: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 2-1 Leeds - Tom Lees OG (63 mins)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "After a brief period of calm this game has exploded into life once again as Huddersfield take the lead for the first time. Leeds defender Tom Lees gets an unfortunate touch off Adam Hammill's ball into the box to divert it into his own net. That goal came just after Luke Murphy had missed a sitter for Leeds, side-footing wide from inside the area when unmarked. How much will they come to rue that?"

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    "What a needless challenge. He came steaming in to try and stop a cross.

    "There was not one complaint from a Crystal Palace player. They battled well in the first half."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Robert Larkin: Brilliant start to the second half for Palace...

  219. 1352: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal

    Damien Delaney panics inside his own box, slides in an attempt to win the ball and the Crystal Palace defender is fortunate he doesn't poke the ball into his own net.

  220. 1349: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal - Mikel Arteta (47 mins, pen)

    Mikel Arteta is the man charged with taking the spot-kick and the Spaniard thunders the ball beyond Julian Speroni. That strike is enough to get Arsene Wenger off his seat and pumping his fists.

  221. 1348: 
    PENALTY TO ARSENAL- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Oh boy. What a start. Adlene Guedioura takes aim at Serge Gnabry's legs and there's only one outcome. Penalty to Arsenal.

  222. 1346: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "Make some noise for the boys," demands the stadium announcer as Keith Millen and Arsene Wenger emerge from their respective dressing rooms. Twenty-two players on the pitch. A short, sharp shrill of the referee's whistle and the second half is up and running.

    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at Old TraffordManchester United v Stoke (1500)

    "Manchester United's win against Real Sociedad was hugely important for manager David Moyes. After another stutter against Southampton, Moyes just needed a win - ANY win, and in a way the more low-key the better. I get the feeling he'll be quite content with all the talk about Sir Alex Ferguson's book, enabling him to get on with the here and now.

    "Stoke boss Mark Hughes says his old club are 'a little bit vulnerable at the moment' and has pledged to be 'positive and have a go'. But United surely won't go a third home league game without a win, will they?"

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Carrow RoadNorwich v Cardiff (1500)

    "Only one point separates these two sides in the Premier League but it's an important one, with Cardiff just above the dotted line that signifies the relegation zone and Norwich just below it.

    "Victory for either at Carrow Road will see them shoot up the table but wins have been in short supply for both sides in recent weeks. Instead, losing has become an unwelcome shared habit and both suffered heavily at the hands of Arsenal and Chelsea, respectively, a week ago."

    MOTD's Conor McNamara at St Mary's StadiumSouthampton v Fulham (1730)

    "Overall, it's not been a bad week to be a supporter of either of these clubs. Southampton won a point at Old Trafford with the kind of resilient performance that Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of.

    "Fulham scored four times against Palace and anyone who was at Selhurst Park on Monday will be telling their grandkids they were present when Pasami Kasami conjured up his wonder volley. Even in the cut-throat world of the modern game, a week like Southampton and Fulham have enjoyed reminds us where the sport's true excitement comes from."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Villa ParkAston Villa v Everton (1500)

    "On the weekend when the Football Association celebrates its 150th anniversary, Aston Villa and Everton meet in a fixture that has taken place more often than any other. In Villa's case, the aim is a return to winning ways after defeat by Spurs and a chance to try and improve their home form. They have taken just 14 points from the last 48 at Villa Park. Everton beat Hull for their fourth win in five games but their away form will offer Villa encouragement. The 3-2 win at West Ham earlier in the season is their only success in 12 away trips."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at AnfieldLiverpool v West Bromwich Albion (1500)

    "Last season, Albion rushed like a giddy teenager into the arms of the top six and stayed there until Christmas. This term it's been steady rather than giddy with the exception of the stand-out win at Old Trafford.

    "Liverpool have lost just one of their last 16 league games and carry a real punch in attack. At the other end, the verdict is out on a defence looking a bit creaky since the switch to a 3-5-2 formation which is designed to accommodate Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as a pair. I'm expecting goals at both ends."

  228. 1339: 

    Half-time at Selhurst Park is a perfect opportunity for us to crane our necks (or something like that) to find out what is going on elsewhere in the Premier League. Stand by!

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    Andrew Wright: The handbrake on that Crystal Palace team bus must have had a new cable fitted yesterday! Nothing getting through!

    Brilliant Stephen: Arsenal have started the league as lions and they will finish as hyenas.

    Hary Manoharan: Palace will tire, it's a fact. Arsenal will win. Keep calm fans.

  230. 1339: 
    Match stats

    Arsenal dominant in possession. At first they toyed with their opponents, a jab here, a jab there, but no real damage was done before the spirited underdogs decided they were going to be bullied no more. The Gunners need to find that killer blow.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal started quite brightly, with loads of possession. Then, they stopped.

    "They found it a bit too easy so they did not go for the killer blow. In the final third, Arsenal have been sloppy."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  232. 1333: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 1-1 Sheff Wed - Matty Fryatt (59 mins)

    A packed away end goes ballistic at Oakwell as Sheffield Wednesday peg back their South Yorkshire rivals. On-loan Hull striker Matty Fryatt smashes a volley past Barnsley keeper Jack Butland to leave this derby delicately poised heading into the final half hour.

  233. 1332: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Selhurst Park: "A highly encouraging open 45 minutes for Palace in first match after Ian Holloway's exit. A frustrating opening half for league leaders Arsenal. All to play for in the second half."

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    Arif Holmes: Arsenal need to bring Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud more into the game. One killer ball from Ozil, and Giroud will finish it.

  235. 1331: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger has remained seated for the majority of the half but is now prowling the touchline and if the Frenchman is concerned the it's understandable. Half-time approaching and although Arsenal have dominated possession they have not caused any damage in the final third.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "For me, that foul on Serge Gnabry was inside the penalty box. Damien Delaney's tackling leg was inside the area.

    "It was a very difficult one to see. But it should have been a penalty for Arsenal."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  237. 1328: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Marouane Chamakh is unmarked in the box. Mile Jedinak with the cross... but the ball evades the Moroccan and that could have been a chance.

  238. 1326: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Penalty? Serge Gnabry tumbles inside the box after Damien Delaney makes contact with the teenager's legs. The referee waves play on - contact was possibly made outside the box - but there are plenty who feel it should have been given.

  239. 1324: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    End-to-end stuff, as they say. Kagisho Dikgacoi has a sniff at one end before the men in yellow sprint towards Julian Speroni and the Palace goalkeeper is called to action to tip away an acute Aaron Ramsey shot.

  240. 1320: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    After a fairly chance-free opening 30 minutes, Arsenal counter-attack at breakneck speed with Mikel Arteta doing well to create a chance for Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard is set free in the box, but his low shot whizzes across the face of the goal.

  241. 1321: 
    HALF-TIME- Huddersfield 1-1 Leeds

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "Hugely entertaining first half of football in what has been a fiercely contested, but good spirited, West Yorkshire derby. Leeds started with aplomb, taking an early lead through Matt Smith's head but Danny Ward levelled soon after with a stinging strike.

    "Huddersfield perhaps shaded things after that, with Adam Hammill and Ward going close, but Leeds have looked threatening when attacking. Can't help but feel there are more goals to come in this encounter."

  242. 1318: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Marouane Chamakh wins a free-kick inside the Arsenal half and once again the visiting defence looks nervy. A chance for Adlene Guedioura. His ricocheted shot finds its way to Barry Bannan whose effort curls a whisker wide of the far post. Oof!

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    Niall McCavitt: I wonder if anyone's ever gone to the barbers and asked for a Chamakh?

  244. 1315: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Palace posing more of a threat in the final third these days as Marouane Chamakh releases Adlene Guedioura who sends a low, driving shot Wojciech Szczesny's way. There's a touch more zip to the home team's play.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsene Wenger will want the tempo to be raised by Arsenal. We have not yet seen any of those incisive passes around the penalty box."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  246. 1313: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Palace fans continuing to serenade their team and there's hope for the home team as Aaron Ramsey concedes a free-kick, which leads to slight hesitancy in the Arsenal defence and the ball falls to Marouane Chamakh who attempts to outfox Wojciech Szczesny with a first-time hit. The Pole is alert to the danger though.

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    John de Vliering: Arsenal just toying with Crystal Palace at the moment, but they need to score a few before HT!

    Sir Sharky: This is passing and possession like Barcelona. Oh how I've missed this Arsenal!

    Jono: I bet Ozil would still rather be playing in a game against Crystal Palace than sitting on the bench for El Clasico!

  248. 1309: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Marouane Chamakh is needlessly caught offside which merely allows the Gunners to once again build another attack. Aaron Ramsey attempts to find Mesut Ozil with a chipped pass into the box, but there's a tad too much omph on the Welshman's pass and he looks skywards, wincing as he thinks of what could have been.

  249. 1307: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have completed over 200 passes so far in this match, while Palace have yet to surpass the 40-pass mark, but the scoreline is level and the visitors have yet to really create a clear opening.

  250. 1306:  
    Football Focus
    BBC Sport Instagram

    That's it for this week's Football Focus, but if you want to see some exclusive photographs from today's show, head over to the BBC Sport Instagram Page.

  251. 1305: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Palace, if not playing with swagger then at least a touch more confidence as we approach the 20th minute, but some trickery from Mesut Ozil on the edge of the box serves as a warning to those Palace players.

  252. 1304: 
    HALF-TIME- Barnsley 1-0 Sheff Wed

    Marcus Pedersen's stunning strike separates the two sides at Oakwell, but Sheffield Wednesday have slowly got back into the game. A concern for the visitors at the internal as Chris Kirkland lay in agony on the pitch being attended to by the physio after a coming-together with Pedersen, while the rest of the players went in for their half-time oranges.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal's only worry is complacency. Jerome Thomas has a bit of pace, but Bacary Sagna should have done better than that."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  254. 1301: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    From one end to another. Palace survive the penalty appeal, former Arsenal man Jerome Thomas adds some thrust to the home side's attack and the ball eventually finds its way to Barry Bannan who heads the ball over. A first sniff for the home team.

  255. 1259: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    The visitors spraying the ball around, patiently making their way towards the Palace goal. Laurent Koscielny even steps into the middle of the field to get a touch. Forward go Arsenal. Bacary Sagna places the ball across goal... Arsenal fans call for a penalty... Did Damien Delaney handle the ball while on the floor? Looks like the ball touched his hand but a spot kick would have perhaps been harsh.

  256. 1259:  
    Football Focus

    Greg Dyke, FA chairman: "With the BBC now showing women's internationals live, a million people watch the games. That's a big audience. I think the time has come for women's football - it's going to be a big success in the next few years."

    England Women v Wales women is live on the BBC at 19:00 BST today.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "Mathieu Flamini is holding his groin, he looks like he has tweaked it. It is a blow, but I do not think he will be missed too much in this game.

    "Aaron Ramsey has dropped back. There is no pressure on Arsenal at the moment, they are passing it around in the middle third.

    "If this continues, Arsenal will start to create chances as Palace get tired mentally and physically."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Conor Hession: Shame Flamini has to go off, good chance for Gnabry to prove himself though.

  259. 1255: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    The opening 10 minutes of this match suggest teenager Serge Gnabry should have a comfortable afternoon in the Arsenal midfield as his team continue to monopolise possession despite the departure of Mathieu Flamini.

  260. 1254:  
    Football Focus

    FA director of elite development, Dan Ashworth, at St George's Park: "This is the home of coach education and England teams. We've invested heavily in facilities and infrastructure. All those little things can add to the performance of the players. There's a misnomer that we don't qualify as many coaches as other countries, but it's very important to get the quality of our coaching courses right. We work very closely with the Premier League and the Football League working on the needs of the modern-day coach."

    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    Statisticians Opta: 13 - Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 competitive away games, winning 11 and drawing twice. Travel.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    "It is too easy for Arsenal at the moment. Crystal Palace have had the ball three times, and given it away every time."

    Listen to commentary of Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  263. 1254: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Mathieu Flamini limps off with what looks like a groin injury (he's lifted his shorts and is massaging that region anyway). The midfielder is replaced by 18-year-old Serge Gnabry.

  264. 1251: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Crystal Palace have yet to enjoy any sustained period of possession as Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla control matters from the middle of the pitch. Although, a setback for the Gunners as Mathieu Flamini looks to be struggling.

  265. 1252:  
    Football Focus

    FA chairman Greg Dyke on England at next year's World Cup: "I thought England qualified well, playing with some really good style in the last few games. We're not one of the seeded team at the World Cup and we're not one of the favourites, but that might be an advantage. Let's see how we do."

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    Josh: Ozil could have been playing in El Clasico tonight, instead he's facing Crystal Palace on a Saturday afternoon...

    UnSimple Simon: Six changes for Palace. Do they really have that deep a squad? Or, is that a courageous move by Keith? We'll know in an hour.

    Timothy Uloko: Fear Arsenal, fear. Bottom teams know how to spoil the party. Come on you Gunners.

    Football Focus

    FA chairman Greg Dyke on a possible winter break in the top flight: "There's an awful lot of club managers who are in favour of winter break. I've talked to them. But if you ever did have a break, there's no point if they fly off to get a few more millions somewhere else. It then doesn't achieve what you want it to achieve."

  268. 1249: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    First chance of the match falls to Oliver Giroud. Bacary Sagna finds his team-mate with a fine cross from the right, but the Frenchman guides his header fractionally wide.

  269. 1247: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    A cacophonous atmosphere inside Selhurst Park, with the home fans creating a real din. By the sounds of some of them haven't taken a breath inside the opening couple of minutes, much like their team's midfield who have so far been chasing yellow shirts around the pitch.

  270. 1246: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

    Keith Millen has taken his place in the dugout and for some reason or other is giggling like a naughty schoolboy. The referee blows his whistle and we're off! Let's go.

    Martin Keown, Former England central defender on Football Focus

    "Ian Holloway was almost being too honest and I think he'll regret that decision, almost certainly. To see him throw the towel in this early... he's worked all his career to get into the Premier League and I think he'll regret quitting so soon."

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    Andrew Robson: Leeds, I don't know what's happened to you, but I like it I really like it. Premier League here we come, finally.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    "Arsenal will have to dig in. Crystal Palace will come out hard and strong.

    "Arsenal have an abundance of talent in midfield and once the game calms down they will take control of it. If I was Palace, I would defend deep and let them have the ball in their half."

    Listen to build-up to Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  274. 1244: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 1-1 Leeds - Danny Ward (10 mins)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "Well what a game we have in prospect here! Leeds battered the Huddersfield defence in the opening minutes but the hosts level courtesy of a thumping strike by Danny Ward. Adam Hammill smartly chips a corner to the onrushing and unmarked Ward on the edge of the area and the former Bolton winger cracks a shot through a crowded area and into the net. Game on!"

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    Rian Hoskins: Risk leaving Campana out. Palace don't have a striker who can guarantee at least 10 goals a season, while the defence is leaky.


    Jamie in London: Disappointed in Wenger today. This was the game to rest key players with a hard run of matches coming up. Monreal, Vermaelen, Gnabry and Bendtner could all handle Palace just fine.

  277. 1242: 
    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, chewing on some gum, seems in a jovial mood as the players form an orderly queue before emerging onto the pitch through the side door. The Pole perhaps anticipating a trouble-free day between the sticks.

  278. 1238:  
    Football Focus

    Greg Dyke, FA chairman, on the Yaya Toure race row: "The referee didn't follow the procedure. If a player is complaining of racist chants, he can stop the game and put out a warning and after three warnings he can call off the game. He didn't follow it, but we'll wait and see what the Fifa investigation says. But there's no doubt that it looks a pretty unfavourable occurrence."

  279. 1236:  
    Football Focus

    More from Greg Dyke on his new commission: "People's views and solutions aren't all the same. There's no point doing the work and coming up with an idea you can't deliver. We will do a lot of research into what happens in other countries - Spain, Belgium and so on - and we'll look for the barriers. Some say English kids aren't good enough, but youth coaches don't believe that and think there are barriers. We must get kids out of youth team football and into the first teams.

    "The Premier League didn't want to be on the commission but said they wanted to help wherever they can. Their nervousness was that this would end up being a negotiation, and I understood that. But they are willing to be very helpful and will give us all the facts and figures we want. and I've talked to a lot of people at the league already."

  280. 1236: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 0-1 Leeds - Matt Smith (2 mins)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "Unbelievable start to this West Yorkshire derby as Leeds take the lead with 95 seconds on the clock. The visitors attack straight from kick off and Matt Smith earns a corner when his header is pushed behind by Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies. However, Smithies can do nothing when 6ft 6in striker Smith rises to plant a header into the net from the set piece. Leeds fans were deafening before kick off and they just got even louder."

  281. 1234:  
    Football Focus

    More Greg Dyke on the new FA commission: "The FA board have approved it and the council have approved it, and I got rather annoyed by some of the suggestions. I once accused the BBC of being hideously white. The idea that I'm disadvantaging people from ethnic backgrounds... it just happened as it did. We were talking to Rio Ferdinand at the time and it got done. The commission will meet and we'll discuss whether we're missing some skills, so more people could be added but maybe not."

  282. 1232: 
    GOAL- Barnsley 1-0 Sheff Wed - Marcus Pedersen (16 mins)

    A wonderful goal from Marcus Pedersen to give his team the lead. The Norwegian striker controls the ball with his chest before volleying beyond Chris Kirkland.

    BBC commentator Conor McNamaraSouthampton v Fulham (1500)
    Southampton v Fulham

    "Homework. Commentary notes ahead of Southampton v Fulham for Match of the Day."

  284. 1230:  
    Football Focus

    FA Chairman Greg Dyke on his new commission: "This is paper talk. What are we trying to do? There are two problems. Only 30% of Premier League players qualify for England - while should every kid with real talent have an opportunity to play at the top level? What do we have to change to give those kids a better chance that in turn gives England a better chance?"

  285. 1228: 
    Huddersfield v Leeds (1230 BST)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "Leeds boss Brian McDermott has kept faith with the same XI that emphatically beat Birmingham last time out. Striker Dexter Blackstock, who signed on loan from Nottingham Forest during the week, is on the bench.

    "For Huddersfield, in-form striker James Vaughan is suspended, so Jon Stead - who began his career at the Terriers - starts in his place. A surprise in their team is the absence of defender Anthony Gerrard and former Leeds midfielder Adam Clayton. Both have been first-team regulars this season but both are nowhere to be seen in the matchday squad."

  286. 1226:  
    Football Focus

    FA Chairman Greg Dyke on the new home of English football: "St George's Park is a brilliant for the whole of English football, a brilliant facility. Look at all that's going on, and this is just this morning. Everything is normally stuck in London but this isn't - it didn't need to be stuck in London. After just a year it's a big success."

  287. 1225: 
    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen on BT Sport: "We need to pick a team that will block Arsenal and stop them playing but we also want to hurt them. It is about picking a team with a balance of being able to win the ball back and then doing something with it when we're in possession. It will be a cracking atmosphere. I'm looking for a reaction from the lads."

  288. 1222: 
    Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    Arsenal and Palace players are on the pitch, getting into all sorts of positions in the name of warming up those expensive limbs. Away from the pitch, a Palace fan is holding an eagle and a few short steps away from him the cheerleaders are shaking their pom-poms and gambolling on the sidelines. Just an average day in south London.

    An eagle
    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen on BBC Radio 5 liveCrystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    "Ian Holloway's strength is his enthusiasm and encouragement. When he is up, he is really up.

    "When he is down, it is very difficult for him to go in there. The players have not performed to the best of their ability so they have to take some responsibility.

    "I have told them they are the group for the next 12 games, at least until the January transfer window opens."

    Listen to build-up to Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Former England defender Danny Mills at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Arsenal (1245)

    "If I am being honest, Crystal Palace are a Championship side.

    "The difference to the Championship comes when you are dealing with players' attitudes, egos and entourages. There is so much more going on with players at the high end, and maybe that got to Ian Holloway.

    "Tony Pulis is the early favourite to replace hm. But if I was a manager, I would think it is the impossible task to keep Palace up."

    Listen to build-up to Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  291. 1216: 

    "This club needs an impetus of energy - but I just feel tired to be honest. I'm worn out," said Holloway of his departure from Palace after less than a year in charge at Selhurst Park.

    Ivica Kostelic

    Perhaps Holloway got out at the right time because, as has already been mentioned, Palace have a tough task ahead of them this afternoon. In fact, they have not beaten Arsenal at home in any competition since November 1979.

    Ah, yes, 1979... the year the first British nudist beach was established in Brighton (no pictures allowed) and the year Ivica Kostelic (Croatian alpine skier - picture allowed) and Kelly Brook (picture unnecessary) were born.

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    Mike Curry: Re 1146 - Well, it may pre-date the Premier League by a few years, but the great Keith Burkinshaw took Spurs to cup glory several times.

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Happy Birthday FA. 150 years of football. Sometimes groundbreaking, often plodding, occasionally infuriating, always important."

  294. 1212:  
    Football Focus
    Greg Dyke and Dan Walker

    Have you got any burning questions? Perhaps I should rephrase that. Does anyone have a burning question they would like to ask FA Chairman Greg Dyke?

    Football Focus will be broadcast live from St George's Park today (England's state-of-the-art home) and I have been told to encourage/urge/demand that you to send your questions our way.

    You can tweet using #FootballFocus or post your question on our Facebook page. Dan Walker will be asking the best ones during the show.

    Watch the programme now on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  295. 1205:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    There are many ways to keep updated with the afternoon's action and BBC Radio 5 live is one such outlet.

    From 1200 BST, you can listen to Jonathan Overend at Old Trafford as he previews the day's action before the focus switches to London as Palace host Arsenal with Alistair Bruce-Ball and Danny Mills holding the mics.

    At 1500 BST (wait for it), Ian Dennis and Mark Lawrenson will provide commentary as David Moyes attempts to get Manchester United's season on track against Stoke. There will also be updates from reporters around the grounds.

  296. 1202: 
    Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday (1215 BST)

    This bottom-of-the-table South Yorkshire derby sees two sides desperately in need of points, and fast. Barnsley have won just twice this season, while Wednesday are still awaiting their first three points from 11 attempts. Victory for either side will see them move out of the relegation mire.

  297. 1201: 
    Huddersfield v Leeds (1230 BST)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at the John Smith's Stadium: "Losing your leading striker at any point in the season is never ideal, let alone right before a major derby fixture. James Vaughan, responsible for nine of Huddersfield's 14 goals this season, starts a three-match suspension today - a massive boost for a Leeds side winless in their last three away games.

    "Last season, this fixture saw the visitors come out on top of a six-goal thriller - winning 4-2 - but given their patchy away form, and the fact Huddersfield are without a win in five, either side will surely take a nervy 1-0 win this time."

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