Premier League: Liverpool v Everton, Man Utd v Cardiff - as it happened

Liverpool thrash Everton and Arsenal drop points on a busy night of Premier League action.

28 January 2014 Last updated at 17:54

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  1. 23:05: 
    Good night

    It's certainly been an entertaining night's football - let's hope for more of the same tomorrow. I'm sure Liverpool supporters are looking forward to work tomorrow. Result of the night? There's been a few contenders, but the Reds have certainly raised a few eyebrows with that result. Anyway, that's all from me. Good night!

    Luis Suarez
  2. 23:00: 
    Manager reaction- Swansea 2-0 Fulham

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen: "We really highlighted this game as an opportunity to get something and if you looked at the first half we should have been 1-0 up, if not 2-0.

    "The clear header that we missed and another one that was heading straight for the goal, but that first one was a big one. Let's get our noses in front for once."

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    John de Vliering: Saw the Arsenal game. Even though we weren't at our best, still got a point. Same as City at So'ton! One point off top at worst.

    ChelseaWarrior: Beginning of the Arsenal meltdown?

    Thomas Knights: Leicester winning a club record 8th game in a row, building a healthy gap to third, Pearson doing a great job.

    MOTD's John Roder at the LibertySwansea 2-0 Fulham

    "Second-half goals from Shelvey and Flores halted Swansea's run of eight Premier League matches without a win, although both Swansea's goals took deflections off Fulham players on the way in. A huge victory for Swansea."

  5. 22:54: 
    Manager reaction- Swansea 2-0 Fulham

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It's a massive win today. First of all winning after [eight] games in the league, secondly against a direct opponent - they had 19 points, we had 21.

    "Of course when we play those direct opponents now, which we have to in the next games as well, it's even more important to get the points."

  6. 22:53: 
    Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    Indeed, it's been a decent night for Manchester United. Can they land that all-important top-four place in May? I've no idea, but here's what the number crunchers made of tonight's match.

    Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
  7. 22:50: 
    Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "David Moyes said in his programme notes it was time to start rebuilding a strong Manchester United team and you can see where the foundations are. Juan Mata had an encouraging debut and linked well with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney is back from injury too. Add in Adnan Januzaj and in a month we could see a very exciting quartet terrorising Premier League defences."

  8. 22:45: 

    It's going to be a big night for Chelsea and Manchester City as they try and reel in Arsenal at the top of the pile...

  9. 22:45: 

    Shall we remind ourselves of what fixtures we've got coming up tomorrow evening?

    Aston Villa v West Brom

    Chelsea v West Ham

    Sunderland v Stoke

    Tottenham v Man City

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    Matthew Vins: Crystal Palace ahead of Stoke. Tony Pulis working his magic, I hope Stoke fans are feeling a bit silly!

    Matt Sentance: We can argue Arsenal were poor tonight but they still refuse to be beaten. Responded after City game and will come again.

    Christopher Newton: Since returning from injury Sturridge has scored 6 goals in 5 games. Not bad.

  11. 22:40: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "Newcastle were very good and better on the ball than us. We got to grips better in the second half."

  12. 22:40: 
    Cheeky Vlad

    Here's an interesting line from earlier - Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has told Vlad Chiriches to produce a strong performance against Manchester City to shrug off the gossip surrounding a video which apparently showed him drunk in Bucharest last weekend.

    "I did see that, yes," said Sherwood. "I've fallen over in the snow before and all.

    "He's had a weekend off and he's got to play well on Wednesday. No (he will not face a fine), he wasn't breaking any rules.

    "For his own sake you wish he didn't (do it). He was unsteady on his legs by the looks of it; it must have been windy over there."

  13. 22:38: 
    Euro update

    Real Madrid did the business against 10-man Espanyol, winning 1-0 to complete a 2-0 aggregate score and book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

    Jese Rodriguez scored in the seventh minute for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

  14. 22:37: 
    Manager reaction- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We were terrific tonight. Hatem [Ben Arfa] and Sammy [Ameobi] were terrific. We hit the woodwork three or four times. I can't remember the last time we created so many chances and did not score away from home. We defended well and I'm very proud of the performance."

  15. 22:33: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was a gamble to go with two strikers but that's the reason we took the risk. We got four goals and could've had six or seven. It was a brilliant demonstration of how to play under pressure."

    On Daniel Sturridge's angry reaction to being substituted, Rodgers added: "In fairness to Daniel, he was frustrated after not scoring the penalty. We are very much a team and if anyone is unhappy we say to just keep it to yourself and speak to me the next day, but there is no problem with Daniel. He was brilliant tonight."

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    Some Body: Sturridge's apology was worth more than his two goals: Continue to develop, be realistic, play for the team, key points.

    Rudy Kenobi: Jack Cork has been outstanding since he's returned to the Saints team. Set the pace tonight and held it till the end. Athlete.

    Alex Batt: I also guessed all 6 results right and won myself £435. [2224].

  17. 22:29: 
    Player reaction- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "Against Aston Villa we let the fans down and let ourselves down, it was our worst performance of the season. But every player was superb today."

    On his decision to let Daniel Sturridge take the penalty, which would have seen the striker complete his hat-trick if he had scored, Gerrard added: "I've scored a hat-trick against Everton and know what that feels like and I wanted Daniel to feel it. It was not to be, but it is my responsibility.

    "We have two world-class forwards and Daniel was magnificent. He destroyed them in the first half."

  18. 22:28: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "We are pleased. The resilience the players showed tonight was absolutely first class. We were together and showed a lot of spirit.

    "We have been really pleased with Puncheon because, since the penalty miss, he has picked himself up and the two games since he has been wonderful.

    "We are pleased but we have seen again today that we have played a team with a lot of quality. We have 23 points, we need another 17 and it is going to be difficult, we know that."

  19. 22:26: 
    Sturridge apologises- Liverpool 4-0 Everton
    Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge appeared to be unhappy with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for taking him off after he had scored twice, and the England striker said: "I apologise if anyone was offended.

    "I felt I had let myself and the fans down by missing the penalty. I didn't react to the manager, I was just disappointed with how I missed the penalty.

    "It's not about myself, it's about all the boys."

  20. 22:24: 

    Our very own Mark Lawrenson is hitting form at the right time of the season - he correctly predicted the result of all six Premier League matches tonight.

  21. 22:22: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Bad news for Everton there. Romelu Lukaku, with nine goals this season, has been the spearhead of their attack. Could that prompt a late raid into the transfer market?

  22. 22:21: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It does not look good for Romelu Lukaku, he picked up a bad injury. It was that type of night when everything went against us.

    "For different reasons we could not maintain the normal intensity, we became exposed and were naive. We gave the ball away far too easily.

    "We wanted to perform so well for the fans and we have been terrific all season. We need to bounce back straight away and perform in the manner we did before today."

  23. 22:19: 
    Manager reaction- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, on losing ground to Chelsea and Man City: "They have difficult games as well and we took at least a point. It's not enough but considering the situation at half-time, we have to be content with it."

    On Aaron Ramsey's injury: "He had a setback yesterday in training. I hope it's not for too long but certainly not for Sunday's game."

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    Andrew Harvey: How are people saying that was shocking from Arsenal? Remind me what Man City came away from St Mary's with?

    Jay: In all the euphoria surrounding Mata, no one seems to have noticed that the bottom placed team had more possession at OT.

    Nathan: Hull City looking more and more likely to fall into relegation, losing a must-win game against relegation rivals.

  25. 22:14: 
    Gerrard v Barkley- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Steven Gerrard set Liverpool on their way to a thumping derby victory tonight, but a certain stat caught my eye when I just compared both players. Gerrard's passing accuracy was 76.5% compared to Barkley's 90%.

    Stevie G won't mind though. He's got a win bonus, goal bonus and could be heading back into the Champions League. A good night's work.

  26. 22:11: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    And here's more from a clearly angry Hull manager Steve Bruce: "Referees are paid handsomely to make big calls and he [Roger East] hasn't done that today. To send the goalkeeper off, we are scratching our heads. It's a horrible challenge on him, yes he's reacted but if anything it's a yellow. He hasn't turned around and whacked him.

    "I go away and pay fines and I'll probably get another one but I only speak the truth. It's time for the referee to come out and face the cameras. When penalties are as blatant as that we have to be aggrieved."

  27. 22:09: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We're hugely disappointed. I got fined two weeks ago and I don't want to [be fined] again but we had two stonewall penalties in the first half and to send the goalkeeper off summed up the night. It was innocuous.

    "We played well, Palace didn't create a chance but we go home with nothing.

    "People will work it out, Jelavic is pulled down for one penalty and Long is clattered for the second. If they aren't penalties I don't know what are. These are big games and big decisions."

  28. 22:06: 
    Championship round-up

    Burnley were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton and consequently lost ground on the top two, Leicester and QPR, who overcame Birmingham (2-1) and Bolton (2-1) respectively. Fourth-placed Derby came from two goals down to secure a priceless 3-2 win against Yeovil and sixth-placed Reading kept themselves firmly in the promotion mix after hammering managerless Blackpool 5-1.

    At the bottom of the table, Doncaster moved up to 19th place in the table thanks to a 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Charlton while Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Barnsley managed to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Blackburn but a point doesn't do much for them in their fight against relegation.

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    Adil Ismail: Shocking from Arsenal! Can't stress enough how vital it was to get 3 points tonight! Man City and Chelsea must be laughing...

    Cliff B: Can't remember a thumping like this since the early 80s & crying in my dad's arms. Liverpool deserved it though. Clinical.

    Keval Shah: Pulis has turned Palace into masters of the 1-0 home win. He's done wonders for the defence. Up to 14th now. Fantastic.

  30. 22:02: 
    Manager reaction- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
    David Moyes

    Manchester United boss David Moyes told BBC Sport: "We kept a clean sheet, scored a couple of goals, got a couple of players back from injury and gave Juan Mata his debut.

    "He gave us a bit more craft. He did well. We know how much of a good player he is. Getting Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney back made a big difference."

  31. 22:00: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    It's not just the result which could derail Everton's momentum, but the fact Romelu Lukaku went off with a first-half injury.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "This could be a huge blow for Everton, who could not cope with Liverpool. They fell apart."

  33. 21:56: 
    Manager reaction- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Sport: "It's hard when you concede a goal within six minutes. We contained them and played better but didn't have the urgency or threat to create big chances. We did cause them some problems but didn't have enough.

    "These lads never capitulate. The workrate is fantastic. Next month is going to be a great month for us hopefully. We probably need another 18 points - we have to target the home games to get points. There is a great set of players here. We never bottled it.

    "You feel honoured and humbled that the supporters still appreciate you but I'm working for Cardiff - that's my job now."

  34. 21:55: 
    The Mata report- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
    Juan Mata

    Juan Mata was central to Manchester United's play this evening, playing right across that attacking third. He faded off the pace after the break but was everywhere early on in a promising debut.

  35. 21:54: 
    How it stands- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Arsenal draw, Liverpool win, Everton lose - here's how all that affects the top half of the Premier League table. A good night for Manchester City and Chelsea too, who play tomorrow.

    Liverpool 4-0 Everton
  36. 21:53: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull
    Former Liverpool midfielderDietmar HamannLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "Terrific game and result for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard outstanding."

  38. 21:52: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Steven Quinn wide! Hull almost snatch it but his low drive is past the post...

  39. 21:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Derby delight for the Reds. Look away now, Everton.

  40. 21:51: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
    Juan Mata

    Manchester United debutant Juan Mata told BBC Sport: "We had chances to score more than two. The win was very important for the team. It was very exciting for me. The fans are unbelievable. The lads welcomed me very well. I think it was a good game, I'm looking forward to improve. We will try until the end [to finish in the Champions League places]. We will never give up."

  41. 21:51: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Palace on the counter, can they seal it... No! Slack pass and the move breaks down.

  42. 21:49: 
    RED CARD- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull - Allan McGregor

    Crazy scenes! Stuart O'Keefe is late on Hull keeper Allan McGregor - who kicked off with Cameron Jerome a few minutes ago - and the Scot is sent-off for his reaction!

    Hull have used all their subs so Tom Huddlestone is in goal.

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    RRM: Crystal Palace looked sure downers before Tony Pulis took over... Credit where it's due. He's brought some organisation and fight.

  44. 21:47: 
    League One round-up

    The top three have all won tonight. Late goals from Michael Jacobs and James Henry wrapped up all three points for third-placed Wolves away at Oldham while Brentford and Leyton Orient overcame Bristol City (3-1) and Coventry (2-0) respectively. Fourth-placed Preston were held to a 0-0 draw away at Bradford allowing Rotherham, 2-1 winners away at Tranmere, to move within a point of them.

    Sixth-placed Walsall drew 1-1 with eighth-placed Swindon to keep the gap between the two sides at five points. Carlisle were convincing 3-0 winners against MK Dons to ease fears of them being dragged into trouble.

  45. 21:47: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    It's a strange sort of game at Anfield now. Rather like waiting to take the final wicket in a Test match, it's a case of when Liverpool are officially given the three points which will take them four points clear of their rivals from the other side of the park.

  46. 21:45: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    No fifth for Liverpool just yet as Victor Moses smashes an angled shot into the red side-netting. Luis Suarez was in a good position there...

  47. 21:43: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    The Everton fans still left inside Anfield are slowly filing out of the ground now. The Liverpool supporters are going nowhere - they are going to milk this into the night.

  48. 21:42: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Shane Long balloons a header over the top as Hull continue to search for a leveller at a wet and wild Selhurst Park. Can Palace hang on for three massive points?

    MOTD presenter and former England striker Gary LinekerLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "Really like the fact that Daniel Sturridge won't be bullied into passing when he's in a good position himself. Top strikers don't pass the buck."

  50. 21:41: 
    At the bottom
    Premier League

    We are still playing at Crystal Palace and Liverpool, but as it stands Palace are charging up the table. Fulham's defeat leaves them in the mire.

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    Niall the Maverick: It's OK, Newcastle, still have Shola!

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "Philippe Coutinho has been brilliant, he got a standing ovation as he came off and it was fully deserved. Brendan Rodgers has the luxury of taking some of his key players off, apart from Luis Suarez, he plays every minute of every game."

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  53. 21:39: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

    A real ding-dong at St Mary's comes to an end.

  54. 21:39: 
    FULL-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
  55. 21:37: 
    INJURY TIME- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    But Newcastle survive. Stoppage-time now.

  56. 21:37: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Norwich win a corner...

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    Paul: If Sturridge wanted his hat trick so much he shouldn't have fluffed the penalty and the one on one. Only himself to blame.

  58. 21:36: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-0 Fulham

    Massive three points for the Swans.

  59. 21:36: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
  60. 21:36: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    It's just not Everton's day at all - James McCarthy showing nifty footwork to beat his man and send in a low cross which Steven Naismith is inches away from converting.

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    Tom, a Newcastle fan: Already without Yohan Cabaye for the weekend derby with Sunderland, now without our top goalscorer!

  62. 21:33: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Incidentally, Daniel Sturridge was not too impressed to be hauled off when on a hat-trick. After leaving the field, he went over to Brendan Rodgers and asked for an explanation, but was told to go and sit down by the Reds boss. Or something to that effect.

  63. 21:33: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Robert Snodgrass, surely! No! The Scot meets a cross from the left with a low header but Tim Krul somehow shuts it out...

  64. 21:32: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 2-0 Fulham

    Is there any hope for Fulham? It appears not tonight, with Darren Bent dragging a low shot wide.

  65. 21:31: 

    Into the last five minutes at Old Trafford, Carrow Road, St Mary's and the Liberty...

  66. 21:31: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

    Wojciech Szczesny makes a double save at St Mary's to keep out efforts from Luke Shaw and Jose Fonte as Arsenal cling on.

  67. 21:31: 
    League Two latest

    Luke Norris has equalised for Dagenham & Redbridge against Southend to add to his late leveller against league leaders Scunthorpe at the weekend. Meanwhile, AFC Wimbledon have turned their game against Hartlepool on its head. Goals from Will Antwi and Danny Hylton have brought the hosts from a goal behind.

  68. 21:30: 
    League One latest

    Leyton Orient are on course for a fourth straight league win with David Mooney putting them two goals to the good against Coventry. Elsewhere, Alex Revell has bagged himself a brace for the first time this season to double Rotherham's advantage away at Tranmere and Swindon are back on level terms against Walsall thanks to striker Michael Smith's 13th goal of the season.

  69. 21:30: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 4-0 Everton
    Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge spurns another glorious chance to get his hat-trick - being forced wide by John Stones. And that's the Liverpool striker's last act as he is replaced by Victor Moses. No matchball today.

  70. 21:30: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Nikica Jelavic fluffs a shot from close range - it's not been his or Hull's day.

  71. 21:28: 
    Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

    Southampton have 10-man Arsenal penned back into their own half now - the Saints really have been impressive tonight, with their slick passing and superb wing-play.

  72. 21:27: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
    Juan Mata in action for Manchester United

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Standing ovation for Juan Mata as he departs the field to be replaced by Adnan Januzaj. A confident debut and with a chance to build his fitness before Manchester United face Arsenal on 12 February, you would expect there is much more to come."

  73. 21:26: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    There are about eight minutes left at Carrow Road now. Can either side of 10 men find a goal?

  74. 21:26: 
    Championship latest

    Some potentially big goals at the bottom of the Championship. Chris O'Grady has made it 2-2 for Barnsley against Blackburn - although that would not be enough to take them off the foot of the table.

    Sheffield Wednesday, in 19th, went 1-0 up against 21st-placed Millwall 1-0, Giles Coke the scorer, but DJ Campbelll has just levelled it up on his Lions debut.

    Reading lead Blackpool 3-1, Doncaster are hammering relegation rivals Charlton 3-0 and Bournemouth are 2-1 ahead against Huddersfield.

  75. 21:26: 
    Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Ross Barkley is going to go down fighting at least - the young Everton midfielder rifling in a shot which Simon Mignolet beats clear.

  76. 21:24: 
    RED CARD- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle - Bradley Johnson

    Three red cards in a minute then! Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson have a flare-up, they both push each other and then Remy goes in with his head. Johnson goes down theatrically, but referee Chris Foy decides to send them both off.

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    Dave in Windsor: With Liverpool having already played the rest of the top six away from home this season, their run in surely has to be one of the most favourable in the league. If they can keep up this form, especially at home, who knows what could happen!!

  78. 21:23: 
    RED CARD- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal - Mathieu Flamini

    Mathieu Flamini. Two-footed lunge on Morgan Schneiderlin. Red card. No complaints.

  79. 21:23: 
    RED CARD- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle - Loic Remy

    Plenty, and I mean plenty of discussions here...

  80. 21:19: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    And now a great chance for Norwich as Gary Hooper swivels to thump a shot against the top of the crossbar!

    Into the last 15 minutes of our four 19:45 kick-offs...

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    Paul: Hull brought two strikers who aren't known for scoring a lot. Long and Jelavic aren't exactly prolific.

  82. 21:19: 
    SITTER!- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    And there is the chance for Hull! It falls to right-back Liam Rosenior though, and he stabs it wide from three yards, under pressure, after great work from Jake Livermore.

    Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    Press Association Sport chief football writer Simon Stone: "We are staying up" sing the Manchester United fans. Win here to reach that magic 40-point mark.

  84. 21:18: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
    Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United and Norwich's Leroy Fer

    Newcastle are still on top at Carrow Road but it's a familiar tale of wasted chances, the momentum has slowed down some what in the last few minutes. Big Shola Ameobi is on.

  85. 21:17: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Fulham - Chico Flores (75 mins)

    It's Chico time. Jonathan De Guzman whips in a free-kick with real pace and Chico Flores gets a header in on goal which beats Maarten Stekelenburg via a deflection off Dimitar Berbatov.

  86. 21:16: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    Antonio Valencia almost makes it three! Initially he wasted the chance, bringing the ball inside when a shot was on, but he eventually gets an effort away and it kisses the base of the post.

  87. 21:16: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

    Mikel Arteta slides a lovely ball through to Nacho Monreal, but the full-back looks in unfamiliar territory in the penalty area as he drives an angled shot into the side-netting.

  88. 21:15: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Hull have had the better of the second half but they still can't find any cutting edge. Maybe the Tigers will need another £7m striker before 23:00 GMT on Friday...

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "The ball was running away from goal and it should have been a yellow card for Tim Howard but the referee did not even give that.

    "I understand the decision for Sturridge to take the penalty as he is on a hat-trick in a Merseyside derby, but what a poor penalty."

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    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    Everton's little surge at the start of the second half is ended by a moment that summed up their night so far. The normally reliable Phil Jagielka has had an unhappy evening. Nothing left for Everton other than damage limitation - and rather a lot of damage has been inflicted already.

  91. 21:14: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff
    Ashley Youngs (second left) scores for Manchester United

    That second Manchester United goal has really put this one to bed. Cardiff were having a really good spell before Ashley Young's goal too. Ryan Giggs is replaced by Tom Cleverley as the hosts tick the clock down. Into the last 20.

  92. 21:12: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    For his hat-trick...and Daniel Sturridge blazes it over the bar. England's World Cup penalty-takers continue to impress, I see.

  93. 21:12: 
    PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL- Liverpool 4-0 Everton

    Raheem Sterling charges into the box and is taken out in full flow by the onrushing Tim Howard. Penalty.

  94. 21:11: 
    League Two latest

    A successfully converted penalty from Ryan Taylor has put Portsmouth 1-0 ahead away at fellow strugglers Wycombe. Elsewhere, Kevan Hurst has given Southend the lead away at Dagenham & Redbridge to put the Shrimpers on the brink of the automatic promotion spots as things stand.

  95. 21:11: 
    League One latest

    Third-placed Wolves have grabbed the initiative away at Oldham. Kevin McDonald slotted the ball home to put them 1-0 up. Second-placed Leyton Orient have also gone in front through Dean Cox as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders Brentford. Carlisle look set to end a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions. Midfielder David Amoo has made it 3-0 against MK Dons.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 4-0 Everton

    "Luis Suarez ran the length of the pitch after that mistake from Phil Jagielka, but what a calm finish. It was a brilliant goal.

    "Suarez's level of performance shows he is the best out-and-out striker in the world. He needs to be in the Champions League and Liverpool have to provide that."

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  97. 21:11: 
    Championship latest

    Ross McCormack has just equalised for Leeds United after David McGoldrick had given Ipswich the lead. Second-placed QPR are now 2-0 against Bolton, but leaders Leicester are still ahead 1-0 at Birmingham City.

    Patrick Bamford has given promotion-chasing Derby hope against second-from-bottom Yeovil - but the Rams still trail 2-1.

    Huddersfield and Bournemouth are drawing 1-1.

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    Miracle Roch: Jagielka's lack of pace exposed there.

  99. 21:11: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-0 Fulham

    Superb from Jonathan de Guzman, the midfielder charging forward and unleashing a thunderbolt which is well saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.

  100. 21:08: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 4-0 Everton - Luis Suarez (50 mins)

    It gets worse, Everton fans. Phil Jagielka's mistake lets in Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan charges forward from the halfway line before sliding past Tim Howard. What a result this is for the Reds.

  101. 21:08: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal
    Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal

    And now it's Arsenal's turn to pour forward, with Mesut Ozil picking the ball up in his own half, driving across the pitch and into the penalty area where his low shot takes a deflection off Jose Fonte and hits the bar with Artur Boruc beaten.

  102. 21:07: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Hull's new strikeforce combine as Shane Long crosses for Nikica Jelavic, but he mistimes his effort and the ball comes off his shoulder. It's not happening for the former Everton man in front of goal.

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    Alastair: As a Fulham fan, I'm surprised it took Swansea that long to score.

  104. 21:06: 
    Southampton 2-2 Arsenal

    It's not really died down at St Mary's, with Southampton now flying forward at every opportunity. That old one-two from the Gunners has been tempered by Adam Lallana's sucker-punch.

  105. 21:05: 
    Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Ashley Young has not been prolific this season, that is his third goal, but when they have gone in, they have been special. United fans instantly urging their team to 'attack, attack, attack,' with Wayne Rooney's name reverberating around the ground."

  106. 21:04: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    Juan Mata has his first effort of the night, attempting to mimic Ashley Young by driving in from the left and shooting but he can't get enough purchase on it.

    Wayne Rooney then replaces Robin van Persie. Options again at Old Trafford.

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    Usama Zafar: Young looks determined to save his Manchester United career.

  108. 21:03: 

    We are back under way at Selhurst Park and Anfield.

  109. 21:03: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Woodwork again! Loic Remy thrashes a dipping free-kick against the crossbar from 20 yards. Newcastle just cannot score!

  110. 21:02: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Fulham - Jonjo Shelvey (61 mins)

    A big goal down at the bottom end of the table as Nathan Dyer lays the ball off to Jonjo Shelvey whose powerful shot takes wicked deflections off Bony and then Brede Hangeland to send Maarten Stekelenburg the wrong way.

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio WalesMan Utd 2-0 Cardiff

    "Manchester United have that quality that can kill you off. Cardiff do not have that in their locker.

    "Wayne Rooney, you would imagine, will be on in the next five minutes."

  112. 21:01: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Michael Laudrup obviously had a word with his boys at half-time - the Swans are much better in the second half as Jonjo Shelvey curls one wide from just outside the area.

  113. 21:00: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff - Ashley Young (59 mins)

    Wow! Manchester United been under the cosh for 10 minutes but Ashley Young finds his old form to absolutely torch a shot into the corner! What a goal this is, cutting in from the left, beating two men and then arrowing a shot into the corner from 22 yards. Brilliant, brilliant strike!

  114. 20:59: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff really hammering on the door now! Craig Noone beats Patrice Evra easily down the right to put over a cross but again the Bluebirds can't connect in the middle. Nervous atmosphere at Old Trafford now.

  115. 20:59: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    You would not call Jonathan De Guzman shot-shy so far. Moments after missing the target with one long-range effort, he goes once step further with a dipping 25-yard effort that draws a low save. Nathan Dyer comes off the bench as he makes his return from injury. Darren Bent is also on for Fulham.

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    Brett Flanders: What is going on at Southampton v Arsenal? 2-2? Three chances in the second half and three goals, WHAT A GAME!!!

  117. 20:58: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff's best chance. Sweeping counter-attack down the left ends with full-back Declan John cutting the ball back, Fraizer Campbell has a tap-in but he can't adjust his feet and the ball runs beyond him. The visitors continue to have more than their fair share of the play though.

  118. 20:56: 
    GOAL- Southampton 2-2 Arsenal - Adam Lallana (54 mins)

    Pandemonium at St Mary's. Luke Shaw pumps the ball forward down the flanks, Bacary Sagna is guilty of ball-watching and Jay Rodriguez takes full advantage to slide across to Adam Lallana who buries past Wojciech Szczesny from six yards out.

  119. 20:55: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-2 Arsenal - Santi Cazorla (52 mins)

    That's why they are top of the league! Mesut Ozil drives forward, pokes through to Santi Cazorla and the Spanish striker fires in a low shot which beats Artur Boruc.

  120. 20:55: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Well well well! Hatem Ben Arfa goes down under a sliding challenge from Ryan Bennett - referee Chris Foy thinks about givign the penalty but then decides there was no contact...

  121. 20:55: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham have Maarten Stekelenburg to thank for still being on level terms - the big keeper getting across goal well to get a firm hand on Chico Flores's goalbound header from six yards out.

  122. 20:54: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Norwich have made a far brighter start to the second half. Robert Snodgrass - who was getting plenty of stick from the home fans in the first half - has redoubled his efforts.

  123. 20:54: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    Another impressive showing from Jordon Mutch comes to an end as Kim Bo-Kyung - who scored against United earlier this season - comes on. Slow start to the second half.

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    CaptainShahidul: Looks like Wenger's firm words worked. Wow.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Everton

    "The front three for Liverpool - Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge - have been excellent and Liverpool have been totally dominant.

    "They started brightly with strong challenges before the goal from Steven Gerrard and then two wonderful finishes from Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool fully deserve their 3-0 lead and Everton certainly need an early goal at the start of the second half."

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    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra

    "It's incredible - that was Arsenal's first real attack. It was terrible defending from Jay Rodriguez and a wonderful finish from Giroud."

  127. 20:50: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-1 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (48 mins)

    The Gunners back in the game. A deep cross is fielded by Bacary Sagna out on the right, the full-back drills a low shot towards goal and Olivier Giroud expertly swivels and backheels past Artur Boruc. Class.

  128. 20:49: 
    MOTD's Tony Husband at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    "It is Jason Puncheon's goal which separates the two teams. Danny Gabbidon was involved in the most contentious moment of the first half, a tangling a legs with Shane Long and Hull manager Steve Bruce furious when the referee waved away appeals. Half time, 1-0 to Crystal Palace."

  129. 20:48:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldHALF-TIME- Liverpool 3-0 Everton

    "Liverpool rampant and Everton probably glad to get off at half-time to clear their heads after that mauling. The injury to Romelu Lukaku only makes matters worse and there will be no first win at Anfield since 1999 for Everton."

  130. 20:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Julian Speroni turns away a dipping free-kick from Tom Huddlestone as the first half comes to a close at Selhurst Park.

  131. 20:47: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 3-0 Everton

    Gareth Barry into the book for a bodycheck on Raheem Sterling, moments after Ross Barkley's low shot is blocked by his own player, Steven Naismith. Sums up the Toffees' day.

  132. 20:47: 

    Back under way at Old Trafford as the second half of our 19:45 kick-offs start up...

  133. 20:46: 
    Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    If it stays this way, Manchester City and Chelsea will be rubbing their hands. Manuel Pellegrini's men visit Tottenham tomorrow night, with Chelsea hosting West Ham.

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    Chad from Old Trafford: It's great seeing Mata behind RvP, not so great seeing a central defender and a 40-year-old desperately trying to plug the gaps behind them. Sign a proper midfielder before Friday, David Moyes!!!

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Everton

    "Everton need to keep their heads. If they go down to 10 men it will be game over for them."

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  136. 20:42: 
    Liverpool 3-0 Everton

    There are some glum faces in the Everton end. Turn your phones off lads, and see if you can work from home tomorrow.

  137. 20:41: 
    League One latest

    Promotion-chasers Rotherham are winning 1-0 at Tranmere and will move to within a point of fourth-placed Preston as results stand. Alex Revell has notched his sixth goal of the campaign.

  138. 20:41: 
    Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull

    Still playing at Selhurst Park, where Eagles captain Mile Jedinak slams in a free-kick which Allan McGregor turns over the bar.

    Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring for Crystal Palace
  139. 20:41: 

    That is my favourite Tweet of the night so far, Russell. Possibly the season.

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    Russell Pope: Is Sturridge the first man to escape Alcaraz twice?

  141. 20:38:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraHALF-TIME STATS- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    "I did not see one Arsenal fan clap after that first-half performance. They have been so far off the pace, it has beggared belief. Arsene Wenger has to make a change at half-time. In Adam Lallana, Southampton have one of the outstanding talents in the division. He has to go to the World Cup - 100%."

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  142. 20:38: 
    League One latest

    Brentford lead Bristol City 3-1 with Alan Judge and Marcello Trotta getting their names on the scoresheet. Lee Miller and Brad Potts have put Carlisle 2-0 in front against MK Dons while sixth-placed Walsall are 1-0 ahead against eighth-placed Swindon thanks to Romaine Sawyers. Bradford's Kyle Bennett and Preston's Neil Kilkenny have both been sent off for violent conduct after an altercation between the two players.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Everton

    "It was a long ball from defence, but great technique from Daniel Sturridge with the ball coming over his shoulder and he lofted the ball over Tim Howard. It has been a disastrous start for Everton."

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    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 3-0 Everton

    "As much as this has been a bad half for Everton, it has been a glorious one for Liverpool. Everton have been cut apart by Liverpool's attacks and there can surely be no way back for Roberto Martinez's team. Liverpool have looked faster and sharper in every department."

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    Marc Lightfoot: Sturridge you beauty!!!

  146. 20:34: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 3-0 Everton - Daniel Sturridge (35 mins)

    Everton are melting away in the Anfield rain faster than a snowman. Kolo Toure pings a simple ball over the top, Daniel Sturridge latches on to it and lofts an exquisite goal over the onrushing Tim Howard. Route one, but very special all the same.

  147. 20:34: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
    Newcastle at Norwich

    Newcastle have peppered the Norwich goal all half - a ridiculous 14 shots on goal at Carrow Road! They haven't found the net though and that may cost them.

  148. 20:34: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal
  149. 20:33: 
    Championship latest

    Lloyd Dyer has put Championship leaders Leicester City ahead at Birmingham City but second-placed QPR also lead, 1-0 against Bolton with Charlie Austin scoring. Bottom side Barnsley were leading Blackburn but that's 2-1 to Rovers now and the team directly above them, Yeovil, are 2-0 up at fourth-placed Derby.

    Doncaster are 2-0 up against relegation rivals Charlton, who are down to 10 men. And Adam Le Fondre has scored twice as Reading lead Blackpool 2-0.

  150. 20:32: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 2-0 Everton - Daniel Sturridge (33 mins)
    Liverpool celebrate scoring

    It gets better, Liverpool fans. Philippe Coutinho slides a perfect ball through for Daniel Sturridge and the England number nine clips it past Tim Howard. Everton's Anfield drought looks like continuing.

  151. 20:32: 
    MOTD's Dan O'Hagan at Selhurst ParkHALF-TIME- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    "Loic Remy hit the post and was Newcastle's most dangerous player - Hatem Ben Arfa has been a menace too. Here in Norfolk, the natives are restless."

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    James in London: Any other Stoke fans wondering whether they might have been better off keeping Tony Pulis?

  153. 20:31: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "A dream start for Manchester United but although Juan Mata has had a confident Manchester United debut so far, Cardiff are showing where David Moyes needs to improve his team in the longer term. In the hosts central midfield, you have Phil Jones - a central defender - and a 40-year-old Ryan Giggs."

  154. 20:31:  
    MOTD's John Roder at the LibertyHALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    "An interesting first half at the Liberty. Fulham started brightly but Swansea had the best goal-scoring opportunity with Jonjo Shelvey striking the bar. There's everything to play for in the second period."

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Everton

    "Liverpool have started so well and since the goal they have been on top. They have been quicker in the tackle, their defence is pushing up on a high line and that has caused Everton problems."

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  156. 20:30: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    They don't deserve it, but Arsenal are almost level when Mesut Ozil put a corner into the box and Laurent Koscielny fires in a shot which Artur Boruc does superbly well to save.

  157. 20:29: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Still Fulham batter away at the Swansea door - Clint Dempsey's shot being saved by Gerhard Tremmel.

  158. 20:27: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Another chance for Newcastle! Alan Shearer would have had six or seven in this half. Hatem Ben Arfa is the latest culprit, shovelling over the bar after neat work from Sammy Ameobi.

    Norwich then have a rare chance of their own as Gary Hooper fires in a low 22-yarder which forces Tim Krul into action.

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    Adam Momoniat: Gareth Barry's marking of Steven Gerrard was appalling and he's taken out Romelu Lukaku to compound Everton's problems.

    Mohammad Bilal: Double trouble for Everton! First conceding the goal and now losing their main goal scorer.

    William Taylor: Forget Gerrard's goal, what about that celebration? Nearly took Luis Suarez of his feet! Captain FANTASTIC!

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Everton

    "As if conceding a goal was not bad enough for Everton, the sight of Romelu Lukaku being taken away on a stretcher completes a nightmare few moments for manager Roberto Martinez. His team have been second best so far tonight."

  161. 20:26: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 1-0 Everton

    That would have been special. Daniel Sturridge picks the ball up on the edge of the area, looks up and curls a shot just over the bar. Vision.

  162. 20:26: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    So, so close to a goal in south Wales - and despite a poor miss earlier Jonjo Shelvey can consider himself unfortunate with an effort from the long side of 20 yards that smashes the crossbar and rebounds to safety.

  163. 20:26: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Cardiff are being roared on by their vocal supporters and they have reason to keep singing as their team is causing plenty of problems for the hosts with Craig Noone at the heart of some enterprising counter attacks. Phil Jones ,in the centre of the Manchester United midfield, will need to be disciplined."

  164. 20:25: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    Sam Gallagher, the 18-year-old striker making his first start, misses a sitter for Southampton. A horrible clearance from Nacho Monreal rebounds off Steven Davis into his path six yards out, but Gallagher snatches at the chance and ends up shinning it wide.

  165. 20:25: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    It's still all Newcastle at Carrow Road - quite how the Magpies are not ahead is a mystery. Norwich can barely clear their own 18-yard box.

  166. 20:25: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 1-0 Everton

    Worse news still for Everton fans, with Romelu Lukaku colliding with Gareth Barry at the corner which led to the goal and being replaced by Steven Naismith.

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    Nick: If Crystal Palace stay up, they should rename the club Crystal Pulis!

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    Zack Hall: Steviiiiieeeeee!!!!!!

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 1-0 Everton

    "It was a great ball in from Luis Suarez but the Everton defence has to be questioned as there were two or three players at the near post. Steven Gerrard made the run across them, but there were enough Everton players in the vicinity to stop him."

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  170. 20:21: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 1-0 Everton - Steven Gerrard (21 mins)

    Liverpool are in front and it's that man Steven Gerrard, so often the scourge of Everton down the years, who does the damage. Luis Suarez whips a corner into the mixer and the England captain gets the run on Antolin Alcaraz and powers a header past Tim Howard. Anfield rocking.

  171. 20:20: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    It's been a quiet few minutes at Old Trafford but a short-corner routine almost brings the hosts a second goal, Robin van Persie taking the ball off the toes of Ryan Giggs to steer wide from a tight angle.

    Moments later Cardiff flash a fine cross in from the right but Jordon Mutch can't steer it in at the back post.

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    Luke: Arsenal cannot feel aggrieved at being a goal down. They can be aggrieved at the manner in which Southampton were given it.

    Scotty: Arsenal have no creative centre-midfielder to break out like Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey. Two holding midfielders, struggling to move.

    Sebastian Martinez: Morgan Schneiderlin's comeback has been so important for Southampton. Defensively solid.

  173. 20:18: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Everton

    If Raheem Sterling was more clinical, Liverpool would have a hell of a player on their hands. Daniel Sturridge shows great vision to slide the winger through on goal but the youngster's low shot is straight at Tim Howard. Big chance.

  174. 20:18: 
    As it stands
    Premier LEague

    In this bonkers table, Crystal Palace are practically in Europe after that Jason Puncheon goal, rocketing all the way up to 13th place...

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldAnfield analysis- Liverpool 0-0 Everton

    "Liverpool are testing Everton keeper Tim Howard from distance but he is equal to the task so far. The returning Ross Barkley has been prominent for Everton but Roberto Martinez's side are struggling to get Romelu Lukaku into the game as yet."

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Everton

    "With John Stones playing at right-back, it is a real miss for Everton to not have Seamus Coleman. Stones is an excellent defender, but does not look as confident going forward. It will be difficult for Stones to beat Aly Cissokho in a one-on-one situation."

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  177. 20:16: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham are actually the better team here, and Ashkan Dejagah should do better when he heads straight at Gerhard Tremmel from eight yards out. Moments later Clint Dempsey plays a one-two with Dimitar Berbatov but the American sees his shot blocked.

  178. 20:15: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull - Jason Puncheon (16 mins)

    Jason Puncheon is doing his best to erase memories of that horrible, horrible penalty at White Hart Lane...

    He scores another one at Selhurst Park, absolutely leathering the ball home form eight yards after his initial header hit team-mate Marouane Chamakh on the back. Unstoppable!

  179. 20:15: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Crystal Palace 0-0 Hull

    Hull want a penalty at Selhurst Park! Shane Long in a nutshell, gamely chasing a lost cause, and getting there too, before he goes down under a clumsy challenge from Danny Gabbidon. Oooh, that's a close call. Steve Bruce is livid as referee Roger East says no...

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    Alex Malcolm: It looks strange seeing Juan Mata at Manchester United, I'll get over it in a few years.

  181. 20:14: 
    Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

    Every time I look at this game, Southampton are pouring forward. Arsenal are just wandering around seemingly dazed and confused. Has that traffic hold-up - they arrived 45 minutes later than they would normally do - affected their preparation?

  182. 20:13: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle could be out of sight at Carrow Road!

    First, Loic Remy delivers from the left but the ball is pushed away by keeper John Ruddy, only as far as his own defender Bradley Johnson, who has no time to prevent the ball from striking the post. Moments later, Remy's curling shot from 20 yards hits the other post before Hatem Ben Arfa forces Ruddy into making a great save with a fierce drive. Siege time for the Canaries.

  183. 20:13: 
    Copa del Rey- Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol (2-0 agg)

    Over in Spain there is Copa del Rey action this evening as Real Madrid host Espanyol in their quarter-final second leg match. Real won the first leg 1-0 and have taken just three minutes to score at the Bernabeu, Jese Rodriguez with a clinical finish. One foot firmly in the semis for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

  184. 20:12: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham are beginning to grow into this game, with Kieran Richardson again causing problems with his delivery from a set-piece out on the right but Steve Sidwell is crowded out at the far post and the ball runs safely out of play.

  185. 20:11: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Hull

    Nikica Jelavic almost gets on the end of a low cross but the Croatian is a tad rusty, he can't quite stretch to steer the ball home. Lively start from both sides at Selhurst Park.

  186. 20:10: 
    Championship latest

    Reading striker Adam Le Fondre scores the first goal of the day in the Championship. The play-off chasers are leading 1-0 against Barry Ferguson's Blackpool.

    And moments later John Lundstram puts second-from-bottom Yeovil ahead at fourth-placed Derby.

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    Ryan Cowie: Bright start from Liverpool, cracking atmosphere... You know this is going to be good!

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Everton

    "Phil Jagielka was just dwelling on the ball [2008], but he should've just cleared it. It was a good chance for Luis Suarez."

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    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraSouthampton 1-0 Arsenal

    "Arsene Wenger will be furious because the goal came from a free-kick that should never have been awarded. Per Mertesacker won the ball cleanly from Lallana but Lee Mason made a ridiculous decision."

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  190. 20:09: 
    League Two latest

    Irishman Eoin Doyle has given Chesterfield the lead away at York as they look to go top of the table with a win. That's the striker's first goal in 19 outings.

  191. 20:08: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-0 Everton
    James McCarthy (left) pursues Liverpool's Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez is slowly coming to life in this derby, being given enough room to get a low shot away but Tim Howard turns around the post. Frenetic so far at Anfield.

  192. 20:07: 
    League One latest

    Table toppers Brentford were briefly in front against Bristol City thanks to a calamitous own goal from Aden Flint but their former defender Karleigh Osborne has brought City back onto level terms. Not all great for him though, because Osborne was replaced by Brendan Moloney just minutes after scoring the equaliser through injury.

  193. 20:07: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff
    Robin van Persie (right) scores for Manchester United

    Juan Mata's fine debut continues for Manchester United. The Spaniard finds a yard of space to pick out Ashley Young at the far post but he can't quite connect. Mata is now taking all the free-kicks and corners already. The main man.

  194. 20:06: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    A worrying moment for Swansea when Fulham win a free-kick, on the angle just outside the penalty area. Kieran Richardson whips it in, Brede Hangeland gets the run on his marker but heads the ball over from six yards.

  195. 20:05: 
    GOAL- Southampton 1-0 Arsenal - Jose Fonte (21 mins)

    It's been coming. From a free-kick, Luke Shaw, who has been playing in the left-wing position so far this evening, gets the better off Serge Gnabry and curls in a delightful cross to the far post where Jose Fonte is on hand to head home. Leaders on the ropes.

  196. 20:05: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle continue to look dangerous at Carrow Road, and they should probably be ahead. A flowing move down the right ends with Moussa Sissoko pulling it back into the path of Loic Remy, he gets a low shot away which John Ruddy saves at his near post.

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    Akarim: When a top team like Manchester United are down you need to kick them, not give them a helping hand. Exactly what Chelsea have done.

  198. 20:03: 
    CLOSE!- Crystal Palace 0-0 Hull

    Palace come out of the blocks at a right pace. They win a corner inside a minute and Joel Ward's delivery fizzes across the face of goal, any sort of touch would have put the Eagles ahead.

    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraSouthampton 0-0 Arsenal

    "Arsenal are just meandering around letting Southampton have the ball. It is almost as if they have been told they are not allowed to tackle them."

  200. 20:03: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Swansea enjoying a decent spell of pressure here. A free-kick is put into the box from out wide on the right and Ashley Williams is not far away from making a crucial connection with his attempted header.

  201. 20:03: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Everton

    You get the impression this is going to be exciting - Jordan Henderson trying his luck with a 25-yard volley which Tim Howard beats clear. 100mph start. Probably quicker.

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    Will J: Old Trafford is absolutely bouncing. What a difference Mata and RVP make.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Everton

    "It's an incredible game. The build-up gathers momentum from weeks in advance. Derbies are special at any club but this one is right up there with the very best. The atmosphere builds even more for night games here."

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  204. 20:01: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Everton

    Ross Barkley is on it straight away. Fed by Kevin Mirallas, he gallops forward in acres of space and rasps a shot narrowly over the bar from 30 yards out.

  205. 20:00: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "When Juan Mata received the ball off the Manchester United centre-backs before the goal, you were wondering what he was doing there. But one raking ball later, we know the answer. Good to have you back in the Premier League Juan."

  206. 20:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 0-0 Everton

    We're under way in the Merseyside derby, and also at Selhurst Park. Game on.

  207. 20:00: 
    Mata watch- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    Juan Mata is playing much more centrally than we have seen him for Chelsea at times. Right in the middle of the pitch, operating behind Robin van Persie. The £37.1m man has been heavily involved in the opening 15 minutes.

  208. 19:59: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Hmm, Jonjo Shelvey should do better here but after collecting a precise pull-back he shoots over the crossbar from 16 yards. Shelvey had time to steady himself. Disappointing.

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    Statisticians Opta: 30 - Robin van Persie has now scored against 30 different different clubs in the Premier League.

  210. 19:58: 
    Southampton 0-0 Arsenal
    Southampton take on Arsenal

    Southampton are dominating Arsenal in every area at the moment. The leaders need to turn this around quickly if they want to be going four points clear by the end of the evening.

  211. 19:57: 
    Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff have a good spell after falling behind, keeping the ball neatly and Fraizer Campbell looking a nuisance in behinds Chris Smalling. With Manchester United's home record this season the Bluebirds will fancy their chances.

  212. 19:57: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge, out on the left, swings one in and Wilfried Bony heads onto the roof of the net. Michael Laudrup will be pleased with the slick start his side have made to this crucial clash.

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    Dilan: Ladies and gentleman. Robin van Persie is back.

  214. 19:54: 
    Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle win a free-kick in Yohan Cabaye range, just outside the box, but Davide Santon slaps it into the wall.

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio WalesMan Utd 1-0 Cardiff

    "Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall did so well with the first effort to keep it out. Robin van Persie has been missing, but he has come back with impact.

    "You fear for Cardiff now."

  216. 19:53: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Arsenal

    It's all Saints at the moment. Sam Gallagher, the 18-year-old Southampton striker, almost turns in Luke Shaw's left-wing cross before he laces another shot from just inside the area and Wojciech Szczesny makes a quality save. Another teenage talent on our hands?

  217. 19:51: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-0 Cardiff - Robin van Persie (6 mins)

    Back from injury, back on the scoresheet! Juan Mata starts it with a gem of a crossfield pass, Antonio Valencia heads Patrice Evra's cross against the crossbar, David Marshall saves Robin van Persie's follow-up but cannot stop the second attempt, as the Dutchman heads in from close range. What a start for the hosts!

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    Jack Santer in London: Biggest Merseyside derby in years without doubt! Which defence performs on the night will win.

  219. 19:49: 
    Southampton 0-0 Arsenal

    Southampton continue to make most of the early running - Adam Lallana left unmarked to steer a header towards goal which is cleared just in front of the line.

  220. 19:49: 
    CLOSE!- Norwich 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle make a bright start at Carrow Road, with Loic Remy spinning away from his man to curl wide from 20 yards. Hatem Ben Arfa is playing in a more central role tonight, the Yohan Cabaye role if you like.

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    Joe Godding: I feel sorry for Newcastle fans, consistently finding talent in their squad and selling them as soon as they hit top form.

  222. 19:48: 
    Swansea 0-0 Fulham

    Nice start for Swansea too, who are trying to get at Fulham down the flanks. I worry for the Cottagers tonight.

  223. 19:47: 
    Southampton 0-0 Arsenal

    Southampton are passing the ball about nicely, without actually passing the halfway line. Pretty to watch though.

  224. 19:46: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Cardiff
    T-shirts for sale outside Old Trafford

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Huge cheers for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he emerges from tunnel and again for Juan Mata when his name is read out. He's wearing gloves, can someone tell him he plays for a northern team now?!"

  225. 19:46: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Cardiff

    Juan Mata has touched it...

  226. 19:45: 

    Handshakes done, tracksuit tops discarded and ends chosen. We're up and running in our four 7.45pm kick-offs.

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    Lewis Howard: All of a sudden with Mata and RvP, Manchester United look strong. But take them out and it's a top-eight side. Not title winning material.

    Jack Turner: Having Ryan Giggs in midfield is like having one leg shorter than the other, slow and disjointed movement.

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    "I do not see Steven Gerrard becoming a centre-back as Brendan Rodgers has mentioned, because he is a front-foot player. For me, he will become a key player over the years in his new defensive midfield role."

    Listen to commentary of Liverpool v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live at 20:00 GMT.

  229. 19:40: 

    Players filing out across the country as we approach kick-off in our first batch of matches at Old Trafford, Carrow Road, St Mary's and the Liberty Stadium.

  230. 19:39: 
    Eagles set to swoop?- Crystal Palace v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Are Crystal Palace going to dip their toe into the transfer market before the window closes? Probably, knowing Tony Pulis's track record of working the market well, but the Eagles boss seemed surprised when he was told his side are being linked with FC Twente's Danish defender Andreas Bjelland and Brondby striker Simon Makienok.

    "I don't even know them," Pulis said. "If you said there's £1m if you knew what position they played in, I wouldn't have a clue."

    Me too, Tony. But I'd have a good stab at it if there was £1m riding on it - one in four chance and all that.

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    Olie Adams: I am a nervous but excited Liverpool fan tonight, defence has been shaky for a while and injuries are not making it easier.

  232. 19:37: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    'Sammy Ameobi' is trending on Twitter. Let's all just savour that moment...

    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraSouthampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    "We are fully expecting this to be a very fluent, efficient game. Both like to get the ball down and play. Pochettino likes a high intensity game and Arsenal certainly won't park the bus."

  234. 19:35: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    I imagine there's a few Newcastle supporters feeling sorry for themselves tonight. They've made the six-hour trip (probably longer) to East Anglia and pitched up to find out that Yohan Cabaye's off to Paris St-Germain. And Magpies manager Alan Pardew says such moves are indicative of his club's standing.

    "We are a club that unfortunately at the minute, is not in a Champions League position, so therefore players can turn around to us and say they want Champions League, as Luis Suarez did with Liverpool," said Pardew.

    "That's the position we really need to get ourselves into this year, or definitely next year or the year beyond."

    Big ambitions.

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    Jonathan in Farnham: Manchester United may have Juan Mata but their problems are certainly not over yet. Look at their midfield, a defender and a 40-year-old in centre midfield. Nowhere near good enough. They still have massive problems and are certainly not cured by just the one signing.

    Sam: Cannot see what Moyes sees in Ashley Young. Though on a more positive note its good to see Mata starting and RvP back finally.

  236. 19:31: 
    Will he stay or will he go?- Swansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Would Fulham be better off without Dimitar Berbatov in their battle to stay in the Premier League? Heading into one of his team's most important games of the season, Cottagers manager Rene Meulensteen was left deflecting questions on the future of the Bulgarian striker.

    "We will wait and see," he said. "People always say the transfer market is a month but it's not a month, it's a week and then 24 hours.

    "That's what it comes down to."

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    Rob Turner: Mignolet and Cissokho have been poor recently for Liverpool. Big test for them tonight, I hope they can both perform!

  238. 19:28: 
    LINE-UPS- Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Toure, Skrtel, Cissokho, Sterling, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Ibe, Kelly, Smith.

    Everton: Howard, Stones, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Naismith, Gueye, Osman, Garbutt.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  239. 19:28: 
    Massive game at the bottom- Swansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Big, big game in south Wales tonight. Swansea, who are three points above the drop zone, host fourth-from-bottom Fulham. I'm not going to say it's a six-pointer, but winning would feel like two victories...

    "We cannot afford to lose these next four (Swansea also play West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke)," said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup. "I cannot tell you how many points we need, but the most important thing is to win.

    "To have a win is crucial and that's why this is so important as it is a home game. It's very simple."

  240. 19:27:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    "Everton manager Roberto Martinez's pessimism about the fitness of some of his squad may just have been a smokescreen as Ross Barkey returns after breaking his toe in the FA Cup win against QPR while captain Phil Jagielka has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up at Stevenage on Saturday. Antolin Alcaraz has recovered from "muscle fatigue" and plays in place of injured Sylvain Distin.

    "Liverpool are without long-term injury absentees Lucas and Glen Johnson."

  241. 19:25: 
    Pre-match chat- Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We always aim to attack and be aggressive. We're playing a very good opponent and just have to ensure our discipline is correct, but we play one way and that's to score goals.

    "Martin Skrtel has been outstanding this season and between him and the doctors they have done a great job so he can play tonight. He is a tough cookie.

    "Our record here over the last year has been exceptional and we will look to impose our style on the game. Everton are a good side, but we only worry about ourselves."

  242. 19:23: 
    Stat attack- Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    Here's a decent little stat for you: victory would make Manchester United the first club to earn 1,000 points at home in the Premier League - they currently stand on 998.

    Want another? Well, the Bluebirds have the best disciplinary record in the top flight this season with just 27 yellow cards and no reds.

    You're welcome.

  243. 19:21: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
    Juan Mata

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "We just want to get back to winning ways tonight. Juan Mata is in, there's not too much pressure on him but the way it panned out I felt we could start him.

    "I don't expect too much too soon, and we don't expect him or Robin van Persie to last the full 90 minutes."

  244. 19:20: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    So how does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feel about the warmth of feeling which will be coming his way tonight?

    "There has been loads of ex-players who have gone back there (as managers) and had a good reception, before and after the game," said Solskjaer. "The United fans are the best in the world when it comes to recognising their former players.

    "They have been coming up to me but, hopefully, in 15 years' time, the Cardiff fans will be doing the same."

  245. 19:17: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "Juan Mata emerges from the tunnel to cheers and politely waves and claps to the crowd as he begins his warm-up. The 25-year-old Spaniard has not played since New Year's Day so you wouldn't expect him to last the full 90 minutes, but with Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj waiting on the bench, all of a sudden Manchester United look a completely different team."

  246. 19:17: 
    Everyone's having a Luke at Shaw- Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    I reckon there's more chance of Arsene inviting Jose round for a brew [1911] than us getting though our transfer deadline day live text* without the smallest mention of Southampton's Luke Shaw. With top left-backs harder to come by than Kevin Campbell goals, the youngster is quickly becoming hot property in the Premier League.

    However, Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino says: "Southampton have no interest in selling Luke Shaw.

    "Not in the summer, either. Southampton have got a lot of expectation put in Luke's future. Southampton believe in these players, want these players, and we have no intention of selling them."

    * See what I did there?

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  248. 19:14: 
    TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Hull (2000 GMT)

    Hull City's £14m strike partnership of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long start together for the first time at Selhurst Park.

    Defender Paul McShane returns to the side after recovering from an ankle injury as Steve Bruce's side search for a first league win since 28 December.

    On-loan striker Cameron Jerome returns to the Crystal Palace side having sat out the win over parent club Stoke. Full back Dean Moxey also comes in.

    Hull City starting XI: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, McShane, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long.

    Crystal Palace starting XI: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Puncheon, Ward, Jedinak, Bolasie, Chamakh, Jerome.

  249. 19:13: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    I've seen managers get a good reception at their old ground before but this is ridiculous. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer stands outside the home dressing room at Old Trafford with Rio Ferdinand, slapping every United player on the back as they come out. Hugs all round.

    You can be too friendly you know...

  250. 19:11: 
    Wenger hits back- Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    It's a measure of Arsenal's title credentials that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thrown a few barbs in the direction of North London.

    Chelsea boss Mourinho said last week that the Gunners get a certain "influence" when it came to their schedule, something Wenger was keen to address as he prepared for the trip to Southampton.

    "In the last five years all the objective studies that have been made show Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top four," he said. "That is fact."

    The very fact that Wenger felt inclined to respond suggests the Jose's mind-games are beginning to work?

  251. 19:08: 
    Gerrard v Barkley- Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    So what are the big battles to keep an eye on at Anfield? In his weekly column, BBC Sport's Robbie Savage is looking forward to seeing the current England captain clash with (possibly) the future England captain.

    "Ross Barkley is a local lad, so he understands what this game means - but he is also fearless, which he showed with his brilliant performance in that 3-3 draw in November," said Savage.

    "If he is fit, he will play in the space between Liverpool's defence and midfield and it will be a great to see Steven Gerrard try to stop him. If Barkley is not playing, then the Liverpool captain's life will be a lot easier."

  252. 19:07: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    'Welcome to Manchester Juan - our saviour' reads a banner held up by one fan at Old Trafford. That just about sums up the mood amongst the home fans I think...

    Daily Mirror journalist John CrossSouthampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    "Traffic so bad heading to St Mary's it's even held up the Arsenal team bus."

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at AnfieldLiverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    "Everton manager Roberto Martinez performed a feat that evaded predecessor David Moyes in 11 years in charge by winning at Manchester United this season - can he now end a winless Anfield sequence stretching back to 1999 for the Toffees in tonight's Merseyside derby?

    "Liverpool will be looking to maintain that superb record against the neighbours as a win will stretch their advantage over Everton to four points in the battle for fourth place in the Premier League.

    "The game at Goodison Park earlier this season was a 3-3 classic. Can tonight be a repeat of that wonderful feast of attacking football?"

  255. 19:04: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Old Trafford: "So the question of where Juan Mata will play appears to have been solved with the return of the previously injured Robin van Persie. The Spaniard makes his debut and is likely to play behind the Dutch striker. Wayne Rooney returns from a groin problem to sit on the bench.

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes seven changes to the team which beat Bolton in the FA Cup, as his strongest players return. In come the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Craig Noone, Craig Bellamy and Fraizer Campbell, who, like Solskjaer, is returning to his former employers."

  256. 19:03: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers has all his big guns out tonight - Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge all start, as does Raheem Sterling who replaces Victor Moses in the starting line-up. Ross Barkley starts for Everton.

  257. 19:02: 
    Swansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup makes six changes from the FA Cup win over Birmingham and two from their loss to Tottenham last time out in the league. Jonathan de Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey are fit to start, while Nathan Dyer is named on the bench after being out since 15 December.

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen makes 11 changes from the side that drew with Sheffield United in the FA Cup, fielding the same side that lost to Arsenal in their previous Premier League match. However, defenders Fernando Amorebieta and John Arne Riise have failed to recover from knocks in time for tonight's trip to the Liberty Stadium.

  258. 19:01: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    Norwich make one change with winger Anthony Pilkington in for the ineligible Jonas Gutierrez, who is on loan from the Magpies.

    Newcastle make three changes with full-back Mathieu Debuchy back from suspension, while midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi are also in the starting XI. Yoan Gouffran, who is injured, Yohan Cabaye, who is set to join Paris St-Germain, and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are the players who have been replaced.

  259. 19:01: 
    Where's the Mata?- Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
    Man Utd XI

    There has been much speculation and debate over where Juan Mata will fit into the Manchester United side after his big-money move from Chelsea - and we shall find out soon enough. Statisticians Opta have plumped for a role in the hole behind the returning Robin van Persie.

  260. 18:58: 
    Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    The result of tonight's match could be significant when, as they like to do, Premier League managers get together in May and tot up the points and formulate the final league table. Both clubs fancy Champions League football next term but, with plenty of others in the mix, it might be that there is only room for one representative from Merseyside.

    "It is a very important game as a victory puts us four points clear," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "Our home form over the course of the season has been brilliant.

    "I have great confidence in the team of players and for us the key is Champions League qualification."

    The key to riches, Brendan. Or so I hear.

  261. 18:56: 
    Swansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Jonjo Shelvey and Jonathan de Guzman return for Swansea, while Dan Burn starts in defence for Fulham.

    Swansea XI: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Shelvey, Routledge, Hernandez, Bony.

    Fulham XI: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Dempsey; Berbatov

  262. 18:54: 
    Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Teenage striker Sam Gallagher starts for Southampton after he scored against Yeovil in the FA Cup at the weekend.

    There's no Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal.

    Saints XI: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Gallagher.

    Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Ozil, Cazorla, Gnabry, Giroud

  263. 18:54: 
    League Two preview

    Oxford start life without manager Chris Wilder, who resigned after more than five years in charge at the weekend, when they visit Exeter. Chesterfield will go top of the table if they win their match at York City.

    Wycombe v Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers v Accrington are both clashes towards the bottom of the table. Dagenham & Redbridge are at home to Southend, who occupy the final play-off spot, in the day's other match.

  264. 18:53: 
    League One preview

    League One leaders Brentford are at home to second from bottom Bristol City. If they fail to win, London rivals Leyton Orient will go top if they beat Coventry. Third-placed Wolves are away to Oldham, and Preston, in fourth, visit Bradford.

    Fifth-placed Rotherham are at Tranmere and Walsall, who are in sixth, are at home to Swindon in eighth.

    The division's other game sees MK Dons visit Carlisle.

  265. 18:52: 
    Championship preview

    Clear Championship leaders Leicester are away to Birmingham, while QPR, who sit eight points below the Foxes in second, host Bolton.

    Burnley v Brighton has a lot riding on it - with the hosts potentially moving into the top two with a victory, while an away win could see the Seagulls move into the play-off places.

    There are two big games towards the bottom of the table tonight. Doncaster, in 20th, host 22nd-placed Charlton and Millwall, in 21st, are at home to Sheffield Wednesday, who sit two places higher.

    Reading, in sixth, host Blackpool, bottom club Barnsley are at home to Blackburn, while second-from-bottom Yeovil are at fourth-placed Derby.

    The other games in the division see Bournemouth host Huddersfield, Ipswich visit Leeds and Middlesbrough welcome Wigan.

  266. 18:50: 
    Norwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    As expected, there is no Yohan Cabaye in the Newcastle XI.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Pilkington; van Wolfswinkel, Hooper.

    Newcastle XI: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Tiote, Sissoko, Anita; Ben Arfa, Remy, Sammy Ameobi.

  267. 18:48: 
    Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    New signing Juan Mata and Robin van Persie start for Manchester United. Wayne Rooney is on the bench.

    Man Utd XI: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Giggs, Young; Mata, van Persie

    Cardiff XI: Marshall, Caulker, Hudson, John, McNaughton, Medel, Whittingham, Noone, Mutch, Bellamy, Campbell.

    MOTD's John Roder at the LibertySwansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    "Swansea and Fulham find themselves just above the relegation zone coming into this match, which perhaps surprisingly comes just two days after Fulham's FA Cup fourth round draw at Sheffield United. Indeed, Rene Meulensteen is far from happy at having to play this fixture so soon after their trip to Bramall Lane.

    "Swansea also progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup at the weekend with victory at Birmingham, but the overwhelming priority for both clubs is Premier League survival."

    MOTD's Steve Bower at Old TraffordMan Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    "The capture of Juan Mata couldn't be more timely for Manchester United, who go into this game having lost three of their last five league matches at home and having suffered seven defeats already this season.

    "Of course the Spaniard doesn't solve all of United's problems, but the arrival of a player of proven quality instantly gives the whole squad a lift."

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at St Mary'sSouthampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    "Kicking-off 24 hours before their title rivals represents another chance for Arsenal to stretch their lead at the top of the table to four points and exert more pressure on Manchester City and Chelsea. When Southampton went to the Emirates in November they were in third place.

    "Defeat that afternoon was the start of a slide that's brought just two wins from 11 games. Off the field Nicola Cortese has gone while the Italian international Dani Osvaldo has surely played his last game for the club after allegedly head-butting team-mate Jose Fonte."

    MOTD's Dan O'Hagan at St James' ParkNorwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    "Such is the M25-at-rush-hour log-jam in the Premier League, a Norwich win could see them finish Tuesday night inside the top half of the table.

    "However, goalscoring remains Norwich's Achilles heel. Ricky van Wolfswinkel still hasn't scored since the opening day; indeed Newcastle's Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye's combined tally is equal to that of the entire City squad.

    "Spare a thought for Newcastle, with the wonderful Cabaye moving to Paris St-Germain.

    "Whether that has been a factor in the club's dismal post-Christmas run is hard to gauge, but the bottom line is that, for now, the Magpies have slipped off the pace in the race for the dubious prize that is a Europa League place."

    MOTD's Tony Husband at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Hull (2000 GMT)

    "As Tony Pulis took his seat at the KC Stadium in November many felt he'd taken on an impossible task in accepting the job of rescuing Crystal Palace's season. They started that day bottom of the table, but an impressive revival means victory over Steve Bruce's men in this return fixture would see the Eagles draw level on points with 11th-placed Hull.

    "Five clean sheets since Pulis's arrival highlight how tough Palace have become. With Hull not having travelled well this season I'm expecting a tight game which the Eagles may just edge."

  273. 18:47: 
    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Old TraffordMan Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)

    "At the start of the season, no-one could have predicted that this fixture would have so much riding on it, which is perhaps why it is not on TV. Previous Cardiff manager Malky Mackay had earned promotion to the Premier League and Juan Mata was set for another spellbinding season at Chelsea. But such is the evolving nature of the top-flight that the Spaniard is now United's record signing and current Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back at his former club for the first time. Both sets of supporters will hope the pair can make it a night to remember at the Theatre of Dreams."

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at AnfieldLiverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    "Neither side held back when they met at Anfield, and with the firepower on display tonight, I would expect goals.

    "Both teams have a realistic chance of winning, which is unusual for recent derbies at Anfield. Everton outplayed Arsenal at Emirates Stadium earlier this season, and that is how Roberto Martinez will set out his team.

    "Everton right-back Seamus Coleman will be a big miss, while Liverpool have had injury problems themselves. Players for both teams have filled in very well when needed this season, as they are so well drilled on the training pitch by both managers."

    Listen to build-up to Tuesday's Premier League action on BBC Radio 5 live at 19:00 GMT.

    BBC Radio 5 liveLiverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Everton can definitely push for a place in the top four. We've shown season on season that we're a consistent team.

    "I think we've got the strongest squad we've had in many years. I think the squad is more than capable of coping with injuries and suspensions so it's really exciting times for Everton. They're fantastic to watch, they look like they're really together as a group. Hopefully they can keep it going.

    "It's about time that we won at Anfield and I'm sure it's due. We've always done well there in the past, we just couldn't push the team over the line so I'm hoping that tonight's a little bit different."

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    Andrew Johnston: As good as it is having Mata, Van Persie and Rooney in the Manchester United squad, I wish Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still putting his number 20 shirt on for us.

  277. 18:37: 
    Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Speaking of Leighton Baines, what better way for Toffees supporters to celebrate nailing down their leading man for the next four years than by beating Liverpool at Anfield?

    And, like a boxer trying to psyche out his opponent before the big dust-up, Toffees midfielder Leon Osman has stoked the fires in the build-up by suggesting the Blues are the leading team on Merseyside these days.

    "It is hard to live in their shadow when we've finished above them the last two seasons," said Osman.

    The stats don't lie, Leon.

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    Matt in Newcastle: Yohan Cabaye was the best midfielder I've seen for Newcastle. Will be a huge miss. But I also think Manchester United missed out massively by not signing him!

    Ned, a Cardiff fan: A few years ago we were being threatened with a winding up order. Tonight I'm watching us at Old Trafford. Dreams do come true.

    Ben Ballard: Fulham are such a poor side this season. We need to start splashing the cash this month or else we will go down!

  279. 18:31: 
    The bad boy derby?- Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    This fixture has seen more red cards - 20 in the Premier League era alone - than a Vinnie Jones tribute video. And while the red cards served up in this one haven't quite made Hollywood stars of the villans, it's all part of the make-up of this wonderful fixture.

    However, a quick look through the stats show Liverpool have had the better of recent match-ups - Everton's last away win came courtesy of a Kevin Campbell goal in 1999. Back then, a 14-year-old Leighton Baines was probably collecting football stickers.

    "Steve Bould? I've not got him - swap you Matt Elliott, Steve Lomas and Lucas Radebe for him."

  280. 18:26: 
    Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    While Mata's arrival at Old Trafford and the Merseyside derby gobble up newsprint like Pac-Man, Arsenal can slyly open up a four-point lead at the top of the table with a win at Southampton tonight.

    Arsenal's title challenge has not been taken enormously seriously all season but as we move toward the home straight they are still up there...

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    Jonathan Guckian: Tonight is all about the Chosen Juan.

    Joe Scott: Really hoping the Juan Mata puns aren't out in full force tonight, I'm not sure I could stand to see another Juan. I'm so sorry.

  282. 18:21: 
    Transfer round-up

    You don't see many swap deals in football these days but Cardiff and Stoke have broken the mould, with Peter Odemwingie & Kenwyne Jones switching from Cardiff to Stoke. Or Stoke to Cardiff, if you prefer.

    Everyone's after a striker and Swansea have somewhat bizarrely decided that Bolton striker David Ngog is the answer to their problems. Bolton have replaced him with Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

    The good news for Newcastle is that Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong is travelling to the North East for a medical and is expected to join the club on an initial loan deal, but the absolutely dire news is that Paris St-Germain have agreed a fee of around £20m for France midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Oh dear.

    Keep across all the confirmed deals on our transfers page.

  283. 18:20: 
    Transfer round-up

    Not everyone can sign Juan Mata, but as we close in on the end of the transfer window it's predictably busy. Shops have sold out of fax machine toner as the Premier League big boys warm up, while Harry Redknapp's mobile phone network are already spending their monthly bonus.

    Here's a few of the moves which have been done in the last few days, and a few which will be completed in the next few days...

    BBC commentator Conor McNamara at Old TraffordMan Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
    Juan Mata

    "The scarf sellers at Old Trafford are quick off the mark."

  285. 18:16: 
    The heart of the Mata...- Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
    David Moyes & Juan Mata

    Hands up who predicted in the summer that Juan Mata - Chelsea's player of the season for the past two years - would be a Manchester United player before the end of January? Liars.

    You could hardly have made it up back then, but six months is a long time in football and the darling of Stamford Bridge is now a Red Devil after a four-day chopper ride up north at the back end of last week.

    £37.1m well spent? We shall see. But almost certainly yes. Where will he play? Will he play tonight?

    We shall find out soon enough.

  286. 18:13: 
    Games OFF

    That dratted winter rain has caused postponements across the country tonight.

    A fair few have gone, including Chris Wilder's first match as Northampton Town manager, against Rochdale at Sixfields.

    Here's the rest:

    League One

    Colchester v Shrewsbury, Port Vale v Crawley, Stevenage v Crewe

    League Two

    Mansfield v Bury, Newport v Plymouth, Northampton v Rochdale, Torquay v Burton

    Conference Premier

    Braintree v Macclesfield

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Hear how Premier League table toppers Arsenal get on when they travel to Southampton on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Ian Brown and ex-Leicester striker Steve Claridge will provide live commentary from 1945 GMT at St Mary's Stadium.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On a packed night of Premier League and Football League fixtures, BBC Radio 5 live is the place to keep up-to-date with the action.

    The live commentary game comes from Anfield at 2000 GMT as Everton make the short journey across Stanley Park for the Merseyside derby with Liverpool. Mike Ingham, Alan Green and former Toffees winger Kevin Kilbane are the men behind the microphones.

    At the same time, reporters from across the grounds will be filing updates as the goals fly in across the divisions.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Be honest. You're going to spend a large part of your evening hooked up to the web, trawling social media. So while you're at it, make sure you join in the debate throughout tonight's football.

    Whether you want to to talk me through the best Merseyside derby of all time (4-4 has to be up there) or wax lyrical about the job Tony Pulis is doing at Selhurst Park (they can draw level on points with 11th-placed Hull tonight), I'm all ears. Tweet us using #bbcfootball, or send a text to 81111. Superb.

  290. 18:08: 
    Coming up

    In total, we've got six Premier League fixtures to tuck into tonight, with implications at the top and bottom. Here's what we have got coming your way:

    Man Utd v Cardiff (19:45 GMT)

    Norwich v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Swansea v Fulham (19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace v Hull (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool v Everton (20:00 GMT)

    Throw in a full programme of fixtures in the Championship, and you quickly realise why tonight's action is well worth keeping an eye on.

  291. 18:04: 
    Ole's back in town- Man Utd v Cardiff (1945 GMT)
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

    Tonight, however, is not all about Merseyside because there are other pretty significant offerings being served up by the midweek football gods.

    One of which is the return of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to Old Trafford as Cardiff City manager. Possibly the best £1.5m signing Sir Alex Ferguson ever made, the Baby-faced Assassin will be best remembered for scoring that dramatic 93rd-minute winner in the final of the Champions League in 1999. But that was just one of 126 goals he scored in 366 matches for the club. He's a legend in the eyes of the Stretford End, but his loyalties have switched to south Wales these days.

  292. 18:00: 
    Derby day on Merseyside
    Merseyside derby

    Blue against red, neighbour against neighbour, fourth against sixth, a repeat of one of the games of the season so far.

    Whichever way you look at it, tonight's Merseyside derby looks spicier than a Friday night vindaloo, hotter than the inside of an apple pie at a fast-food restaurant and tastier than your mum's cooking.

    When Liverpool and Everton collide, we're generally guaranteed goals, red cards and even the odd swallow dive.

    Strap yourselves in for one of the most hotly-contested derbies in English football.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 28 Jan 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 23 24 52
No movement 2 Man City 22 38 50
No movement 3 Chelsea 22 23 49
No movement 4 Liverpool 23 29 46
No movement 5 Tottenham 22 3 43
No movement 6 Everton 23 11 42
No movement 7 Man Utd 23 11 40
No movement 8 Newcastle 23 4 37
No movement 9 Southampton 23 4 32
Moving up 10 Swansea 23 -4 24
Moving down 11 Aston Villa 22 -7 24
No movement 12 Norwich 23 -17 24
Moving down 13 Hull 23 -7 23
Moving up 14 Crystal Palace 23 -16 23
Moving down 15 West Brom 22 -5 22
Moving down 16 Stoke 22 -14 22
No movement 17 Fulham 23 -28 19
No movement 18 West Ham 22 -11 18
No movement 19 Sunderland 22 -15 18
No movement 20 Cardiff 23 -23 18

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