Premier League: inc Spurs v Man City, Chelsea v West Ham - as it happened

Manchester City thrash Spurs and West Ham hold Chelsea on a dramatic night in the Premier League.

29 January 2014 Last updated at 18:26

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  1. 22:33: 

    And with that, another magnificent offering of midweek football comes to an end. I can't let you go without pointing you in the direction of Match of the Day, which begins shortly on BBC One and this very website. I'll be back on Friday morning to talk you through transfer deadline day. Until then, good night.

  2. 22:29: 
    Injury news- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    Joey O'Brien

    I'm hearing that West Ham defender Joey O'Brien will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks with the dislocated shoulder he sustained at Stamford Bridge tonight. That slightly takes the gloss of the result for Big Sam.

  3. 22:26: 
    Tottenham 1-5 Man City

    Best team on the planet? Manchester City are certainly contenders for that crown. Perhaps we'll find out for sure in the next few months when they are pitted against the best teams on the Continent.

  4. 22:24: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 1-5 Man City

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood: "Even before the red card it was very difficult, Manchester City are the best team on the planet, certainly the Premier League. It was difficult with level numbers but once we were down to 10 it was over as a spectacle."

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    Rob Kershaw: I find it ridiculous how Mourinho accuses Wenger of always complaining, and now he blames West Ham's style for dropping points.

    Andrew Douthwaite: Mourinho is the master of deflecting attention from his players. Referee was magnificent tonight despite the player pressure.

    Kanayo Umeogu: Mourinho needs to use exactly the same bus Big Sam used tonight when he faces Pellegrini at the Etihad.

  6. 22:20: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    West Brom boss Pepe Mel: "It was an incredible match. To score three goals away and no points is remarkable. We need to work on our defensive mistakes.

    "I'm very proud of the players, they tried very hard."

    On penalty decisions going against Diego Lugano at both ends: "It's football, only football. In the other box, it's the same [offence]. But the referee is the boss. We're only thinking about the next game now."

  7. 22:18: 
    Manager reaction- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "I thought the lads were absolutely magnificent today. Sunderland had 10 to 15 minutes in the first half when we conceded and they had a lot of possession, but I thought from that point onwards we were magnificent, and with 10 men.

    "The effort and desire to try to get back on level terms was outstanding.

    "Unfortunately at the moment we are getting decisions against us, and we are disappointed again by the referee's decision. We feel the lad went down too easily, it is difficult for referees, he has bought it. But it is very harsh on us."

  8. 22:16: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    What do you make of Jose Mourinho's quotes, West Ham fans? "Football from another century..."

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    Matt Williams: Thousands of years from now scientists will ponder this puzzling equation. 39 shots, 72% possession = CFC 0-0 WHU.

  10. 22:15: 
    Manager reaction- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his remonstrations with the fourth official: "I was frustrated since the first minute. I wanted to discuss decisions during the game.

    On West Ham: "They were trying to win time with everything. With their substitutions they were taking a long time. It was football from another century. The result is not a good result, I don't like to speak too much about the referee. I can speak about the yellow card which was not a yellow card [tackle on Willian). They defended with their hearts - I respect that and praise that. I don't think with matches like this we can sell Premier League across the world. My team did everything possible."

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    Rory in Bristol: Ron Vlaar was a man mountain in that second half for Aston Villa. Really led the defence and I couldn't be prouder of the effort of the team to come back from 2-0 down.

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    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Villa ParkAston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    "Aston Villa win a rollercoaster ride. West Brom led 2-0 within nine minutes but ultimately Villa won the day thanks to Christian Benteke's second-half penalty. A seven-goal thriller at the Villa."

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    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at White Hart LaneTottenham 1-5 Man City

    "For the second time in just over two months, Tottenham are on the end of a Manchester City mauling as Manuel Pellegrini's men storm their way to the top of the table. Different circumstances this time, and Spurs did rally briefly but they were no match, and not many teams are for magnificent Manchester City. What a prospect in store for when they play Chelsea next Monday."

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    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Stadium of LightSunderland 1-0 Stoke

    "Stoke tried really hard, boy did they push Sunderland all the way and but for a few saves from Mannone it would have been a very different story. Sunderland are out of the bottom three for the first time since August."

  15. 22:09: 

    There's plenty of reasons to tune into Match of the Day tonight (BBC One and this website from 2235 GMT). Here's what the MOTD commentators made of tonight's action...

  16. 22:05: 
    European football update

    Napoli are through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals after Gonzalo Higuain's late winner against Lazio. They face capital opposition again in the next stage, where they will play Roma.

    Barcelona are 6-2 ahead on aggregate against Levante at half-time in their Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg with Levante. Barca had fallen behind on the night thanks to Loukas Vyntra's header, before replying through Adriano and Carles Puyol.

  17. 22:04: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 1-5 Man City

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood on the penalty decision which led to Danny Rose's sending off: "Referee Andre Marriner got the decision right himself, he thought it was a corner and I think that was correct. It's a last-ditch tackle from Danny but he has to come in like that to reach the ball which he did, but it's gone against us today."

  18. 22:04: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom
    Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "It's not great for the heart, to go down 2-0 in a derby. All credit to the team, the response was fantastic.

    "With derby games, it doesn't matter where you are in the table, they're really unpredictable.

    "We've done so much in a short space of time. We have a young side and we are giving it a right good go."

    On Christian Benteke's return to form: "He did the same last season with the incredible scoring run. His general game is getting back to what it was."

  19. 22:02: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 1-5 Man City
    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Sergio Aguero's injury: "We will see tomorrow with the doctor what happened with him, maybe he has a problem with his hamstring, we will see how serious it is. Sergio is a top player but we don't depend on just one player so we hope it's the moment where Stevan Jovetic can play and hope that Sergio can join us again as soon as possible."

  20. 21:59: 
    Scottish Premiership review

    Celtic claimed their 13th domestic win in a row as they thrashed Kilmarnock 4-0. James Forrest was the inspiration behind the victory, creating Joe Ledley's opener then instigating Lee Ashcroft's own goal before Charlie Mulgrew and Amido Balde struck in the second half.

    Bottom-of-the-table Hearts came from behind to defeat 10-man St Mirren 2-1 and record consecutive wins for the first time this season. They had fallen behind in the first minute from a Steven Thompson header, but responded through Callum Paterson and a Jamie Hamill penalty.

  21. 21:58: 
    Manager reaction- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on Samuel Eto'o's disallowed goal: "[Keeper] Adrian said it was a free-kick. He put the ball down. None of the Chelsea players and Hammers players knew what the referee had said to the keeper."

    On the 0-0 draw: "If we deal with Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard then you've got a great chance. Our keeper didn't have many efforts to save in the 90 minutes. There was intimidation from the Chelsea players - they were crowding around the referee. The referee did well - he stood firm under that intimidation. [Chelsea manager] Jose [Mourinho] is going to say 'how you play like this?' We're in a relegation battle, we can't play like Man United and get beat 3-0."

  22. 21:57: 
    Full-time stats- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    39-1? Sounds like a decent start in the first hour of a Test Match - not the shots on goal tallies of a Premier League match. But how many of those shots were from long range?

    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
  23. 21:55: 
    Full-time stats- Tottenham 1-5 Man City

    The numbers are frightening - 66% possession, 24 shots on goal, five goals scored. Manchester City are a runaway train.

    Tottenham 1-5 Man City
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    Sadozaie: Manchester City scoring five away from home and Chelsea can't score at home against West Ham tells a lot.

  25. 21:53: 
    Player reaction- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan: "Taking the point was a fantastic achievement. Hopefully now we are getting players back, getting full fitness, and hopefully this is the start of what will be a fantastic run for us."

    West Ham's Mark Noble: "We have had some blows this season but tonight we showed we can come to places like this and get a result. I am sure that the manager will be happy."

  26. 21:51: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 1-5 Man City
    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany: "I don't want to talk about the title, I'm just so happy with the win and the way we played. It's a great time to be part of Manchester City. It's bad news of course [about Sergio Aguero's injury] but we will have to see. I don't know how bad it is but the good news is that Stevan Jovetic stepped up and showed the player he can be."

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    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "There is no way on earth a goalkeeper will put the ball down in the 94th minute without knowing he was safe to do so."

    Listen to reaction from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Former West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "For the whole of the second half, Samuel Eto'o kept running to get the ball to give it back to Adrian when it went into the crowd. I think he had enough by the end, and took a chance by kicking it into the goal."

    Listen to reaction from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  29. 21:48: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE TOP 10

    Here's the moment you've been waiting for Manchester City fans - you have finally replaced Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, going one point clear of the Gunners and three in front of Chelsea who visit the Etihad next Monday night. That should be a cracker.

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    Jamie Jennrich: This has to prove to Jose Mourinho that Chelsea just can not rely in the strikers on we have, there are a few day left of the transfer window, get one in.

  31. 21:45: 

    Four games, 14 goals, two red cards. What an amazing night of football.

    And I'm sure we've not heard the last of Samuel Eto'o's cheeky attempt to score right at the end for Chelsea.

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    JB: I think Manchester City's squad is probably the strongest ever seen in the Premier League. I think only Manchester United of 07-08 could give them a fight.

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    Former West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "It is a fantastic result for West Ham, who thoroughly deserved it because of their defending. They were organised, and lasted the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Joey O'Brien came off injured after they had used their substitutes."

    Listen to reaction from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  34. 21:42: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
  35. 21:41: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    It's all going off at the Bridge. First Adrian rolls the ball out in preparation to take a free-kick and Samuel Eto'o strokes into the empty net (no goal!) and then Frank Lampard's shot through a crowd of players is saved at the feet of the goalkeeper.

  36. 21:39: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Eden Hazard, still Eden Hazard, he takes a shot...the keeper fumbles but then gathers it. West Ham are almost there now.

  37. 21:38: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    It just won't go in for Chelsea! Demba Ba's angled shot from four yards out hits the post and then Eden Hazard blasts a shot into the side-netting.

  38. 21:37: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom
  39. 21:36: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 1-5 Man City
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    Anthony Starkey: Five! Manchester City could of easily had ten!

  41. 21:35: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke
  42. 21:35: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Jose Mourinho is going mad at the fourth official on the touchline. I don't know why - he's got his wish, Man City are winning and he's still in the top four [1914]. Some bad news for West Ham though as Joey O'Brien tangles with Gary Cahill and goes off with his arm in a makeshift sling.

  43. 21:32: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-5 Man City - Vincent Kompany (89 mins)

    It's happening again! Edin Dzeko's powerful shot hits Nabil Bentaleb and Vincent Kompany smashes in the rebound from six yards out. How can anybody stop City this season?

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    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "West Ham are defending heroically at the Bridge."

  45. 21:31: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 1-4 Man City

    Somehow, Tottenham keep their deficit at three goals. Jesus Navas gets in behind the defence but his drag-back is too far behind Steven Jovetic. Aleksandar Kolarov runs on to the loose ball but his shot is turned wide by Hugo Lloris's knee.

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    David Ljunggren: This has been a really good rearguard performance by West Ham. I was sure they'd get thumped.

  47. 21:29: 
    FINAL FIVE- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    A raft of substitutions seem to have affected the flow of this match as we head towards the final five minutes. West Brom are desperate to find another leveller but it looks beyond them at present.

  48. 21:26: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

    It's all huff and puff from Chelsea so far tonight - Gary Cahill the latest to ping in a long-range effort which is meat and drink for Adrian. Jose's getting a little animated on the touchline now.

  49. 21:25: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Almost an equaliser for Stoke - and one that you'd have to say would be deserved.

    Ryan Shawcross connects with a cross and his looping header is too good Vito Mannone but rebounds agonisingly off the crossbar.

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    Iwan Macrae: Cannot believe it's still a draw at Stamford Bridge and a seven-goal thriller at Villa Park!

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    Former West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "There was a moment there when everyone on the pitch was still, and that sums up the game thus far for Chelsea as they have been very static when they attack.

    "West Ham are defending with two banks of four, and everything is in front of them."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  52. 21:24: 
    A crucial 90 minutes?

    Shaping up to be a significant evening in the top half of the table - with rampant City heading back up to top spot while Chelsea, frustrated by West Ham so far, will be three points behind them.

    Roughly 10 minutes left.

  53. 21:24: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham send on new signing Antonio Nocerino in place of Kevin Nolan. I can see tomorrow's headlines now...

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    Dave in Bristol: Chelsea should bring on Juan Mata. Oh....

  55. 21:21: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-4 Man City - Stevan Jovetic (78 mins)

    Stevan Jovetic nets his first Premier League goal since a £22m move to Manchester City - checking inside and beating Hugo Lloris with a powerful shot following Fernandinho's driving run and pass.

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    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa 4-3 West Brom
    Christian Benteke (left) was on the scoresheet for Villa

    "I think Villa need another goal. The fans will start to get a bit edgy. They'd love a two-goal cushion."

  57. 21:20: 
    Tottenham 1-3 Man City

    England manager Roy Hodgson is watching on from the stands at White Hart Lane. Not sure what he will have learned today. He's enjoyed watching a good game though.

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    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Statisticians Opta: 5 - Frank Lampard has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against West Ham United.

  59. 21:19: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Charlie Adam free-kick 25 yards out. First effort into the wall, second drilled straight to Vito Mannone. Not good enough.

  60. 21:18: 
    Tottenham 1-3 Man City

    Manchester City are showing no remorse for their hosts as they pin Spurs back and scheme away looking for another opening. Bullies.

  61. 21:17: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Almost. A mazy run from Frank Lampard almost ends with his sixth goal in as many league games against West Ham but the midfielder is undone by a desperate, superb block from Matt Taylor. He then shoots over from long distance. Jose Mourinho looking somewhat frustrated.

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    Rabin Acharya: Thrilla in Villa.

  63. 21:16: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Peter Odemwingie spurns the chance to make himself a hero on his Stoke debut, directing a weak effort straight at Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal.

  64. 21:16: 
    Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    West Brom refuse to lie down as Victor Anichebe flashes a shot over the bar. A penny for Pepe Mel's thoughts?

  65. 21:15: 
    Tottenham 1-3 Man City

    Shoot on sight from Edin Dzeko now - the big striker taking aim from 25 yards out but it's easy for Hugo Lloris.

  66. 21:13: 

    We've got around 20 minutes left in our four matches. Enough time for three more goals at Villa Park.

  67. 21:12: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Chelsea's Eden Hazard, who has not been much of a goal threat against West Ham, strikes a 20-yard shot that flashes a foot wide of Adrian's left-hand upright.

  68. 21:12: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Seb Larsson charges forward from midfield, the Stoke defence parts and Asmir Begovic is left to beat a powerful 20-yard shot clear.

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    Paul in London: Spurs might not be a better team under Tim Sherwood, but in the last 10 minutes we have at least shown some spirit... Was conspicuously absent in the 6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium.

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    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneTottenham 1-3 Man City
    Yaya Toure scores for Manchester City

    "Spurs feeling a real sense of injustice here after the penalty and Danny Rose's red card. They are showing commendable fight but Manchester City's quality is set up to punish the 10 men. Suspect City manager Manuel Pellegrini's decision to remove Yaya Toure is to protect him from the dangers of a red card with Chelsea coming to the Etihad next Monday."

  71. 21:09: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Sunderland remain on top, with Stoke going flat since going down to 10 men. Gus Poyet is a magician, in the same mould as Tony Pulis it seems.

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    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    "That's the goal we needed to keep the tempo of the game going. The onus is now on West Brom. It's going to be a real battle of the titans in the West Midlands."

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    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    "As an Aston Villa player, I would say it was a stonewall penalty. In reality, it was a little bit harsh."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  74. 21:08: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom

    Interesting move from Villa boss Paul Lambert as, soon after going 4-3 up, he sends on striker Grant Holt for defender Matt Lowton. I'm sure he knows what he's doing.

  75. 21:08: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    A couple of notable changes to tell you about - former Hammer Frank Lampard comes off the bench for Chelsea, while current West Ham striker Andy Carroll makes way for fellow striker Carlton Cole.

  76. 21:07: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 4-3 West Brom - Christian Benteke (64 mins)

    Cool as you like, Christian Benteke slots home. My typing fingers can't keep up with all this.

  77. 21:06: 
    PENALTY FOR ASTON VILLA- Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    I spoke too soon! Diego Lugano pulls down Christian Benteke by his head in the area. Penalty.

  78. 21:06: 
    Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    What a boring game at Villa Park. We've not had a goal for 20 minutes.

  79. 21:05: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Was this the moment? Was it? West Ham break down the left and Stewart Downing surges into the box before floating a cross that Petr Cech palms into the path of Andy Carroll. The ball drops invitingly, the striker is eight yards out. Not the time for an air-kick.

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    Alan in Manchester: Please don't make the Danny Rose decision detract from just how magnificent Manchester City have been. Just awesome.

  81. 21:03: 
    Tottenham 1-3 Man City

    Just a thought...10-man Manchester City came back from 3-0 down to beat Spurs 4-3 in an FA Cup game at WHL a few years ago. Could we be in for a repeat? I doubt it, but football's a 'funny old game'...

  82. 21:02: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-3 Man City - Etienne Capoue (59 mins)

    Slack from Manchester City as a corner is put into the mixer and Etienne Capoue capitalises on some poor defensive play to stab home from 12 yards.

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    Former Tottenham winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "Chelsea have dominated this game without scoring. West Ham have dug in and are defending very well.

    "Jose Mourinho has Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba on the bench, and I think he needs to go with two strikers to force a breakthrough."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  84. 21:01: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    West Ham's Andy Carroll

    Chelsea continue to have plenty of the ball, but they're struggling to find a way around West Ham's parked bus. When the Blues do get into good areas, they seem to lack a killer instinct.

  85. 21:01: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Adam Johnson goes close to making it 2-0, rolling a shot across the face of goal and just wide after he was picked out by Fabio Borini.

    Sunderland on top, no question.

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    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerTottenham 0-3 Man City

    "Appalling decision against Danny Rose. Terrifically timed tackle given as a penalty and red card."

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    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-3 Man City

    "It is a sad evening for Tottenham, as the 10 men and second goal has killed the goal.

    "It was a lovely finish from Edin Dzeko for the third after some more excellent play from David Silva."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  88. 20:59: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke are hanging on by the skin of their teeth after being reduced to 10 men. Asmir Begovic keeps the score at 1-0 to Sunderland, making an excellent save with his right leg to thwart Jozy Altidore.

  89. 20:59: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    How has Diego Lugano not put West Brom 4-3 up there? Chris Brunt whips in a fantastic left-wing cross and Lugano, totally unmarked, heads it wide from six yards out. Huge chance for the Baggies.

  90. 20:57: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    After a quiet opening 10 minutes of the second half, West Brom substitute Morgan Amalfitano takes a shot from distance which Brad Guzan almost fumbles into his own net.

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    Former Tottenham winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-2 Man City

    "When you look at the replay, it was a perfectly-timed tackle from Danny Rose. The penalty has killed the game for Tottenham now."

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  92. 20:56: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-3 Man City - Edin Dzeko (53 mins)

    Manchester City look rampant once again as Edin Dzeko nets his sixth goal in as many games against Spurs. Pablo Zabaleta gets in behind the hosts' defence and pulls the ball back, David Silva's shot is beaten onto the post by Hugo Lloris and Edin Dzeko strokes away the rebound.

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    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    "The longer it goes on at 3-3, neither team will want to lose this game so it might become a bit of a dull affair."

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    Jack: Poor decision for me. Danny Rose wins the ball with a great challenge and yet it costs his team the game.

  95. 20:54: 
    European football update

    Bayern Munich have underwhelmed against Stuttgart, but they have snatched a 2-1 win thanks to a stunning injury-time volley from Thiago. Pep Guardiola's side had been behind until the 76th minute.

  96. 20:54: 
    RED CARD- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke - Steven N'Zonzi

    Steven N'Zonzi is sent off for a second yellow card. He brought down Jozy Altidore as the Sunderland striker bore down on the penalty area, and referee Roberty Madley brandished yellow, and then red. Stoke manager Mark Hughes and his players are united in their fury at the decision.

  97. 20:53: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-2 Man City - Yaya Toure penalty (51 mins)

    Cool as you like, up steps Yaya Toure and calmly strike the ball into the corner, sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way in the process.

  98. 20:53: 
    RED CARD- Tottenham 0-1 Man City - Danny Rose

    And the Spurs full-back is given his marching orders, despite seeming to get to the ball. The hosts are furious.

  99. 20:52: 
    PENALTY FOR MAN CITY- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    Edin Dzeko races through on goal, Danny Rose makes a sliding tackle and brings down the striker. Penalty.

  100. 20:52: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Chelsea have more urgency about them now - Ramires trying to get a shot away inside the area but James Collins gets in the way. Bodies on the line time, Hammers. From the resulting corner, Gary Cahill heads well over the bar.

  101. 20:50: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    Nervous moments for Manchester City, who lost Sergio Aguero to injury in the first half, as David Silva comes off second best in a challenge with Etienne Capoue. The Spaniard should be OK to continue though.

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    Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    Statisticians Opta: 6 - Aston Villa v West Brom is only the sixth game in PL history to see both teams score 3+ goals before half-time.

  103. 20:49: 
    European football update

    Bayern Munich's 42-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga appears to be safe thanks to Claudio Pizarro's late leveller against Stuttgart.

    It is goalless at half-time in the Coppa Italia quarter-final tie between Napoli and Lazio, while strikes from Diego Costa and Raul Garcia appear to have secured Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey semi-final spot ahead of Athletic Bilbao.

  104. 20:49: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    A half-time switch for Spurs as Etienne Capoue replaces Mousa Dembele.

  105. 20:48: 
    KICK-OFF

    And it's also game back on at the Lane, Stamford Bridge and Villa Park. Same again please.

  106. 20:46: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    While Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher enjoys the half-time entertainment at White Hart Lane, we are back under way at the Stadium of Light.

  107. 20:43: 
    Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    Six goals, 12 shots - an absolute belter at Villa Park. A proper derby.

    Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom
  108. 20:41: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Man City
    Spurs v Man City stats

    There might have just been one goal so far at White Hart Lane but the half-time stats comfortably show who has possessed the greater goal threat - with Man City winning the shot count 13-2.

  109. 20:38: 
    AS IT STANDS

    How does all that affect the Premier League table? Well, Manchester City are currently top of the league and Sunderland are out of the bottom three. But that could change quicker than you can say Youssouf Mulumbu.

    Premier League
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    James Dileva: Cue a goalless second half at Villa Park.

  111. 20:34: 

    What a superb opening 45 minutes. It's raining goals at Villa Park, Manchester City were all over Spurs but have since seen the hosts have a goal disallowed and Sergio Aguero limp off injured, while Sunderland are on their way to a vital three points. Can West Ham continue to hold Chelsea?

  112. 20:34:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford BridgeHALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "West Ham have defended stoutly. Oscar struck the bar and Adrian saved from John Terry and Samuel Eto'o. Hammers striker Andy Carroll hasn't had much time in the Chelsea area, but has defended well in his own box."

  113. 20:33:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneHALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    "Manchester City were magnificent for the first 30 minutes but Spurs hung on and showed signs of life in the final phase of the first half. Sergio Aguero's injury will be a concern for City but a relief for Michael Dawson, who was being tormented by the world-class striker."

  114. 20:33:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Villa ParkHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom

    "What a first half. A rollercoaster ride for the two managers. Albion racing into a two-goal lead, Villa roaring back and asserting control but then West Brom drawing level. All to play for in the second half."

  115. 20:33: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Chelsea turning the screw now - Oscar's attempted shot finding its way to Samuel Eto'o and the striker brings a top save from Adrian.

  116. 20:32:  
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Stadium of LightHALF-TIME- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    "Sunderland were magnificent for the opening first section, Adam Johnson's goal little more than they deserved, but since then Stoke have had their moments and Ryan Shawcross should definitely have scored, Vito Mannone making an important save."

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    Christian Cordina: Why am I not watching the Aston Villa game? Goalfest.

    Wale Ibraheem: What's going on at Villa Park???

  118. 20:31: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    Hammer blow for Manchester City as Sergio Aguero pulls up with what looks like a hamstring strain after running for the ball with Michael Dawson in hot pursuit. Stevan Jovetic is on in the Argentine's place.

  119. 20:30: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Adrian makes a great save with his legs to prevent John Terry from giving Chelsea the lead with a header from a right-wing corner.

    Chelsea on top now. You're more likely to see Andy Carroll in his own area right now.

  120. 20:28: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 3-3 West Brom - Youssouf Mulumbu (43 mins)
    Youssouf Mulumbu on the ball for West Brom

    Are we not bothering with defending at Villa Park tonight, lads? Victor Anichebe and James Morrison link up well to play in Youssouf Mulumbu and the midfielder nips away from his marker before rifling home. First on Match of the Day, Gary?

  121. 20:27: 
    Aston Villa 3-2 West Brom

    Christian Benteke...4-2...no! Ben Foster stretches out his leg and diverts a low shot away from goal.

  122. 20:25: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    It's getting a bit tasty at the Lane, with both sides getting very niggly - Sergio Aguero clashing with Michael Dawson while Martin Demichelis is booked for a challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor.

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    Dennis Ethan: Michael Dawson offside? Not for me. Ridiculous decision!

  124. 20:24: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke close to levelling when Charlie Adam's mis-hit shot is headed goalbound by Ryan Shawcross, but Vito Mannone makes a magnificent save at point-blank range.

  125. 20:22: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    Tottenham momentarily believe they have drawn level when Christian Eriksen, out on the left, powers in a free-kick to the back post and Michael Dawson sidefoots into the back of the net via the underside of the bar. But both the defender and Emmanuel Adebayor were ruled offside.

  126. 20:22: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 3-2 West Brom - Fabian Delph (37 mins)

    What a cracking finish - and what a match. We're not even at the break and 2-0 down has become 3-2 up for Villa. A long ball is flicked on by Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph collects it on the left and skins Steven Reid before drilling a thunderous strike into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

  127. 20:19: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham are doing a decent job on Chelsea so far - restricting Chelsea to long-range efforts. There's a long way to go yet though.

  128.   
    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It has been great to get playing again while on loan from Aston Villa at Middlesbrough.

    "We are climbing up the table, and the fans have been excellent with me which was something I was worried about with my Newcastle and Sunderland ties."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  129. 20:18: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    With Manchester City overwhelming Tottenham all over the pitch, I'm just wondering what Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood think about employing a holding midfielder now [1935]?

  130. 20:17: 
    CLOSE!- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

    A let-off for Vito Mannone, who drops a cross after colliding with John O'Shea, but Stoke striker Peter Crouch twice fires his shot straight at the Italian.

  131.   
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-1 Man City
    Sergio Aguero in action against Spurs

    "The White Hart Lane press box is situated low down near pitch level. It is offering the perfect view of the pace, control and quality of players such as David Silva and Sergio Aguero. It is a ringside seat at a masterclass from Manchester City so far."

  132. 20:15: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham's Mohamed Diame stumbles over the advertising hoardings as he tries to keep the ball in at the Chelsea end. The Senegalese midfielder appears to be struggling and he ends up being replaced by Matt Jarvis.

  133. 20:14: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Stoke
    Adam Johnson

    Adam Johnson has now scored six goals in the Premier League for Sunderland this season - the club's top scorer. Next comes Steven Fletcher, with three.

    Stoke have shown a bit more of late, but Charlie Adam's shot wide was their only chance of note so far and Sunderland look comfortable for a side in the bottom three.

  134.   
    Former Tottenham winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-1 Man City

    "It has been so easy for Manchester City. Tottenham press very high in midfield, but their defence sits deep.

    "That has left a huge hole in the team between defence and midfield, where players like David Silva operate."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  135. 20:14: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    In amongst all that action, I should point out that Sergio Aguero has now become the fifth fastest man to 50 Premier League goals, behind Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Fernando Torres. Aguero's half-century has come in 81 games.

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    Chris Baldwin: Spurs hanging on here. Is there a better team in Europe than Manchester City at the moment?

    Dax Fullbrook: I like the tactics of Sherwood. Let City keep coming at you until they get tired. then hit them in the 89th minute.

    Vinny Person: It could be four or five inside half an hour for City at The Lane. I haven't seen a side so rampant and fluid in a long time.

  137. 20:13: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 2-2 West Brom

    To make matters worse for West Brom, Nicolas Anelka has had to go off injured and the Frenchman is replaced by his compatriot Morgan Amalfitano.

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    Adam in Darlington: Sad to say this as an Arsenal fan but Manchester City are going to walk this Premier League. The quality they possess is just unbelievable, and especially where it counts most.

  139. 20:11: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 2-2 West Brom

    More bad news for West Brom, as striker Nicolas Anelka - a man who has been in the news lately - limps off to be replaced by Morgan Amalfitano.

    It is all happening.

  140. 20:10: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    Sergio Aguero is on fire here as his header from David Silva's corner is cleared off the line by Danny Rose before the Argentine striker then fires another shot just over the bar. The Manchester City forward is almost unplayable.

  141. 20:09: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-2 West Brom - Leandro Bacuna (25 mins)

    They've done it again. West Brom must be sick of these Aston Villa comebacks. After taking a two-goal lead inside nine minutes, the Baggies have been pegged back. Matthew Lowton puts in a low cross which Leandro Bacuna, from six yards out, loops towards goal and over the line just before Christian Benteke arrives to make sure.

  142. 20:09: 
    Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom

    Aston Villa have raised themselves from the canvas now and are slugging it out with the buoyant Baggies - Ben Foster making a good save from Andreas Weimann's shot.

  143.   
    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa 1-2 West Brom

    "Villa are playing the ball down the sides now. They're getting joy down the wings. Before they were belting it down the centre to Benteke."

  144.   
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerTottenham 0-1 Man City

    "Hard to see Spurs competing against a top team without a holding midfield player. We'll certainly find out tonight."

  145. 20:06: 
    Carroll update- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham
    Chelsea v West Brom

    Andy Carroll's fitness does not seem to be a problem tonight - the big man is tracking back and getting stuck into the tackle. Big Sam loves that from his targetman.

  146. 20:05: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-1 Man City

    End to end at White Hart Lane. First Vincent Kompany almost pokes past his own keeper from a corner before Sergio Ageuro takes aim with a header but Hugo Lloris makes a superb one-handed save to beat the ball clear. Top-drawer.

  147. 20:04: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom

    Aston Villa have a chance to level as Andreas Weimann charges down the right and squares it to Leandro Bacuna, whose shot from the edge of the box goes just wide.

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    Tom Gilthorpe: How many times am I going to say sweeper-keeper is overrated?

    Sham Gallagher: Tottenham back to their old tricks. It had to be Aguero. Spurs will find it tough to recover. Manchester City are all over them.

    Tokunbo: Mr Sherwood and Mr Ferdinand, you know why a holder is important? Look at the space David Silva has got.

  149.   
    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham 0-1 Man City

    "Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but sometimes he can be his own worst enemy as he loves coming out. Maybe he would have made it harder for Sergio Aguero if he had stayed near his goal."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  150. 20:03:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-1 Man City

    "This has been a devastating opening passage of play by Manchester City. They have one goal and could have had three. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is a picture of anxiety and frustration in his technical area - and I can't say I blame him."

  151. 20:01: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Superb crossfield pass from Branislav Ivanovic knocked into the path of Samuel Eto'o from Eden Hazard. All good so far for Chelsea fans, alas the striker's shot from the edge of the area is well wide.

    Pretty even so far in the pouring London rain.

  152. 20:01: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Stoke - Adam Johnson (17 mins)

    A blistering start to the night's action continues - and it's Sunderland's turn to join the party. Fabio Borini takes a shot, Asmir Begovic fumbles it and Adam Johnson mops up from the rebound. A big, big goal at the bottom.

  153.   
    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-1 Man City

    "It was an excellent move that started from the back. Sergio Aguero took his chance with such aplomb, as he teased it into the goal."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  154. 19:59: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Man City - Sergio Aguero (15 mins)

    Are Manchester City heading for the top of the table? Sergio Aguero certainly hopes so as he scores for the eighth successive game - sliding past Hugo Lloris after a glorious throughball from David Silva.

  155. 19:59: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

    It's all Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, without the Black Cats creating too many chances. Stoke just can't get out of their own half.

  156.   
    Former West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green at Stamford BridgeChelsea 0-0 West Ham

    "Chelsea are struggling at times with the physicality of West Ham's forward players. Andy Carroll and Mo Diame are holding the ball up well, and that is creating some opportunities for them."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  157.   
    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-0 Man City

    "Ideally, Tottenham would have Jan Vertonghen playing in defence as he has leadership qualities and he can bring the ball forward. It is not easy for Vlad Chiriches, as he does not speak the language."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  158. 19:57: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom - Andreas Weimann (12 mins)

    What an amazing game. Brad Guzan lumps it forward, the ball is flicked on and Andreas Weimann is on hand to smash home from 12 yards out. Route one, but Villa don't care - they're back in it.

  159.   
    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa 0-2 West Brom

    "The punters will want Villa to go at it but they need to get some pattern or shape. They are pumping the ball forward. Albion are sticking to their shape. Villa have to come to the party."

  160. 19:56: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Man City

    Edin Dzeko plays a neat one-two with Sergio Aguero but, after cutting into the box, he lofts his effort over the bar. Ominous for Spurs.

  161. 19:55: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    Oscar goes agonisingly close to giving Chelsea the lead with a curling shot from just inside the area that is tipped on to the bar by West Ham keeper Adrian.

  162.   
    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 0-2 West Brom

    "To go two goals down in the first few minutes is a disaster. Aston Villa have a mountain to climb now."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  163. 19:53: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-2 West Brom - Fabian Delph own goal (9 mins)

    Rather like Liverpool in their derby match last night, everything West Brom have touched so far has turned to gold. James Morrison gets free down the left and sends in a low cross which is diverted past his own keeper by Fabian Delph. Unlucky for Villa, but they did come back from 2-0 down in the reverse fixture...

  164.   
    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerAston Villa 0-1 West Brom

    "First goal of the evening is an absolute corker. The Baggies' Chris Brunt with the goal."

  165. 19:52: 
    Sunderland v Stoke (19:45 GMT)

    The Black Cats have been camped out in the Stoke half for most of the opening few minutes, with Adam Johnson posing a danger down the right for the hosts and Sebastian Larsson forcing a save from Asmir Begovic with a low shot from long range.

  166. 19:52: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham appeal for a penalty when Stewart Downing whips in a cross from the left and Andy Carroll, at the far post, goes down after tangling with Cesar Azpilicueta. The referee is having none of it.

  167. 19:52: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Tottenham 0-0 Man City

    Fine build up play by Manchester City, and Sergio Aguero is inches from grabbing his 26th of the season, but his shot cannons back off the post from an angle.

  168.   
    Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, on BBC Radio 5 liveAston Villa 0-1 West Brom

    "What an unbelievable strike from Chris Brunt. Brad Guzan had absolutely no chance with that, as the shot was moving away from him all the time."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  169. 19:48: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom - Chris Brunt (4 mins)

    Cometh the derby, cometh the man. West Brom leave Aston Villa chasing shadows with some slick passing play before the ball finds Chris Brunt 35 yards from goal and the midfielder takes one look up before lacing a shot straight into the top corner. Class.

  170. 19:47: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City scored after 14 seconds in the reverse fixture, which suggests Tottenham are already doing better. Nothing to separate either side at the moment.

  171. 19:47: 
    Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

    An early corner for Chelsea - Willian steps up, but it's straight to Andy Carroll at the near post and the big striker clears at the second attempt.

  172.   
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneTottenham 0-0 Man City

    "Rain has been falling steadily on the White Hart Lane surface for several hours now and groundstaff have been out working on the pitch but the greasy pitch will allow Spurs and Manchester City - two fine passing sides - to zip the ball around. Can Tim Sherwood succeed against Manchester City after the dismal 6-0 loss at the Etihad earlier this season?"

  173. 19:45: 
    KICK-OFF

    The rain pours at White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge as we get under way in our four 7.45pm kick-offs. Let's go.

  174. 19:44: 
    Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    'One life, one love, one club,' reads a giant banner making its way around Stamford Bridge as supporters gear up for the big London derby. Almost ready now.

  175.   
    Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen on BBC Radio 5 liveTottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    "It is a big test for Manchester City against Tottenham. They have won their last three away games, but they have not been convincing in those matches.

    "They were hanging on a times against the likes of Fulham and Newcastle. They are a cavalier side, but at the same time, their defence is virtually non-existent on the left-hand side."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live.

  176. 19:41: 

    Right then, all set? Time for one last brew before we get cracking on what's sure to be some cracking midweek fayre.

  177. 19:40: 
    Gus gets wound up- Sunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    There could be a little bit of needle between the two managers at the Stadium of Light this evening, with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet criticising Stoke over their courtship of Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher.

    "No-one from Stoke, directors or anyone from them, has made any formal approach or any offer, so for them to be linked with two very important players for us before the game is a little bit disappointing," said Poyet.

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    James Chapman: No worries for Aston Villa this season - Bakuna Matata, The Weimann King!

  179. 19:39: 
    Sunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Peter Odemwingie's first start: "It's important to get him up to speed, it's important we get Peter integrated into the group, and he's only had a couple of sessions with us but he looks pretty sharp."

  180. 19:38: 
    A confident chap- Sunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    You probably don't need me to tell you that Peter Odemwingie is a pretty confident chap, but the striker was making all the right noises when he completed his move to Stoke earlier this week.

    "One of my strongest qualities is being able to put the ball into the back of the net, with either my right foot or my left foot, and I intend on doing that regularly here," said Odemwingie.

    That's a decent appraisal of one's talents, Peter.

  181. 19:37: 
    Tim speaks- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood on BT Sport: "We have brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson for Nacer Chadli. Nacer didn't do anything wrong but with the threat of Pablo Zabaleta bombing on, we thought we might need to be more diligent and Gylfi can score a goal too.

    "We left the [6-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium] alone, the boys have personal pride and it's an opportunity for them. They don't need me to remind them that the capitulation wasn't great and now we have an opportunity to change that."

  182. 19:36: 
    European football update

    Bayern Munich's 42-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga seems under threat as an underwhelming first-half performance is punished when poacher Vedad Ibisevic strikes from close range to give Stuttgart a 1-0 lead.

  183. 19:36: 
    Jose speaks- Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We play with a strong team tonight. The opponent is struggling for points and position. It's a match that's really dangerous for us."

    On the transfer window: "We didn't expect anybody else apart from Nemanja Matic. We brought in Mohamed Salah to keep balance to the squad [after losing Juan Mata to Manchester United]. Salah will be training tomorrow."

  184. 19:35: 
    Poor Makelele- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    On the subject of Les Ferdinand [1929], the Spurs coach caught my eye with some interesting comments this week which suggested that Claude Makelele 'was the worst thing to happen to the Premier League.'

    "I was saying to William Gallas when he was here, the worst thing that happened in this league was Claude Makelele," said Ferdinand.

    "When Makelele came into this country he wasn't a holding midfield player. He was a player who had the intelligence to say 'Frank [Lampard], you can score more goals than me so if you go I'm going to tuck in here for you, and I'll hold. You keep going forward'.

    "Then everyone went 'right, we've got to have a holding midfield player' - and what we've done is produce a crop of players who don't want to go over the halfway line, who don't want to pass over the halfway line and are happy to just sit in front of the back four."

    Thoughts?

  185.   
    Ex-Aston Villa and West Brom keeper Nigel Spink on BBC WMAston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    "I think the key for Villa is playing a pressing game up the pitch, getting the ball to Benteke as soon as possible and getting people up to support him.

    "He's definitely looking like the confidence has flooded back to him. "

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    Alex in Bristol: Chelsea and Manchester City's benches have so much quality in them. That's what sets them apart from the rest.

  187. 19:29: 
    Ade in the goals- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)
    Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    I wonder what Emmanuel Adebayor will do if he finds the back of the net tonight? Race the length of the pitch and celebrate in front of the Manchester City fans? Don't rule it out.

    The Togo striker is enjoying life under Tim Sherwood, scoring six times in his last eight matches, and Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand reckons Adebayor is capable of showing City what they are missing.

    "We are really pleased with the way he has been playing and what he has been doing," said Ferdinand. "He is dragging some of the boys along with him and that is great. The question that people throw at him is, 'how long will he do it for?' But we will keep playing him as long as he is doing what he does."

    Will it last, Spurs fans?

  188. 19:27: 
    Pepe speaks- Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    West Brom boss Pepe Mel on Nicolas Anelka starting: "It's OK. He is only thinking about playing football."

    On tonight's game: "It's a derby, a big league match. I think this is very good for the Premier League. Mulumbu is in because we need strength in the middle."

  189.   
    Former West Brom midfielder Richard Sneekes on BBC WMAston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    "I thought West Brom would pick another head coach, who would work along the lines of Steve Clarke.

    "But Pepe Mel wants to change things mid-season, it's going to be difficult. He's changed the formation. We won't see the best of what he wants to do until next season."

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    Dave Sansom: Chelsea spend £21m on re-signing a player in Nemanja Matic, only to start John Mikel Obi ahead of him. Make sense of that.

  191. 19:26: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso, Larsson, Colback, Ki, Johnson, Altidore, Borini. Subs: Ustari, Vergini, Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Giaccherini, Wickham.

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Odemwingie, Adam, Assaidi, Crouch. Subs: Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Walters, Guidetti, Sorensen, Ireland.

    Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

  192. 19:24: 
    Benteke's admirer- Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)
    Christian Benteke

    Pepe Mel might be new to English football, but he doesn't need any introduction to Aston Villa's dangerman Christian Benteke - because he tried to sign him last summer while still in charge of Real Betis.

    "I actually asked Betis to buy Benteke last year in the summer, but he was very expensive," the Spaniard said.

    "We played in a system with wingers and needed someone in the middle to put the ball in the back of the net. I think Benteke plays this role very well.

    "But at Betis, as here at West Brom, on the one hand we have the head coach and on the other hand we have people doing negotiations. As the head coach, I wasn't involved in the negotiations."

  193.   
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart LaneTottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    "Manchester City have the chance to hit the top of the Premier League with victory at Tottenham tonight - but there is plenty at stake for Tim Sherwood's side.

    "Spurs are only three points off the Champions League places after a good run of form under new boss Sherwood, while there is also the opportunity to avenge the humiliating 6-0 defeat under Andre Villas-Boas at the Etihad in November.

    "City have been tipped as title favourites on the basis of their magnificent home form but a win here at White Hart Lane tonight will sound an increasingly ominous note for their title rivals."

  194. 19:20: 
    Watch out Baggies- Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Sorry West Brom fans, but I fear for your lot tonight - but only because Lawro has tipped the Villans to win. The big man has been in pretty inspired form recently, and correctly called the right result in all six of last night's matches. Tonight, he's fancying Paul Lambert's side to win 2-0. But all good runs have to come to an end, right Baggies fans?

  195.   
    QPR and former West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green at Stamford BridgeChelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    "It is going to be a big ask for West Ham. You have a tale from both ends of the Premier League.

    "West Ham will have one eye on the weekend's game with Swansea, where they will have a better chance of getting a win. The first 20 minutes are key, as an early goal for Chelsea could equal a long night for the visitors."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live.

  196. 19:16: 
    Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea will look to extend a 71-game unbeaten home record in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho against West Ham this evening, but Sam Allardyce sees such statistics as extra motivation.

    "We can't go to Chelsea and lie down," said Big Sam. "West Bromwich Albion should have beaten Chelsea this season.

    "In a one-off game, if you play to your best and Chelsea aren't functioning at their best, then you can get to the end result like West Brom did. It can be achieved at any one time in any one game and we've got to believe that it can be achieved."

  197.   
    Former Tottenham manager David Pleat at White Hart LaneTottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    "The most important thing for Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is that Manchester City are so good on the break. As the home side, Spurs will have a lot of possession so they will have to be so careful of City's threat when they lose it.

    "He has to fill the midfield, especially with Sandro out injured."

    Listen to updates from Wednesday's Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live.

  198. 19:14: 
    Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has avoided tinkering with his team during their recent run of 16 points from their last 18. Tonight he makes once change to the side which beat Swansea 10 days ago as Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

    Manuel Pellegrini said he would have made 11 changes at half-time during the FA Cup tie with Watford as his side trailed 2-0. The Manchester City boss has opted for six alterations tonight with David Silva, Fernandinho, Gael Clichy, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart all back in.

  199. 19:14: 
    All about the top four?- Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Like all top teams, Chelsea are just beginning to go through the gears too. They have won their last seven matches in all competitions, and you can almost set your watch by manager Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues boss has been lobbing mind-game grenades at Arsene Wenger this week, and spent his pre-match news conference for the visit of West Ham explaining why he's desperate to see title rivals Manchester City win at White Hart Lane tonight.

    "I prefer them to win, because if they win and if we win, we open a gap to Tottenham," Mourinho said. "The top four, if possible the top three, is the big, big, big objective and it's a difficult objective."

    I love Jose, but who is he trying to kid? He's not in town to finish fourth.

  200. 19:12: 
    Scottish Premiership preview

    Celtic are aiming to extend their unbeaten Premiership run to 23 games when Kilmarnock travel to Glasgow. Wednesday's other top-flight fixture sees bottom-placed Hearts looking for their second successive win when they host St Mirren.

    Read live text commentary of Wednesday's Scottish football now.

  201. 19:11: 
    Come out swinging- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City are unbeaten in 19 matches, in which time they have banged in 64 goals. Pretty formidable, but how can Tottenham get anything against them tonight?

    BBC Sport's Robbie Savage believes he has the answer: fight fire with fire.

    "Spurs should go for it because look where that approach got Watford, who were 2-0 up against City at half-time in the FA Cup at the weekend," said Savage. "It took two defensive substitutions for Manuel Pellegrini to rescue that game.

    "Tottenham obviously have better players than Watford, so Tim Sherwood should stick with his attacking outlook and set up a team to put City on the back foot and pressure their defence."

  202. 19:08: 
    City's revenge- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    As Watford found out at the weekend, and Tottenham did to their cost in November, Manchester City are in pretty unforgiving mood this season. They are greedy - for goals, points and, above all else, silverware. And Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini says that's all to do with his side's desire to atone for last season's poor return.

    "This season maybe they were hurt for what happened last season," said the Chilean. "They needed to demonstrate again what kind of players they are.

    "It is very important in that sense to win things and the only way to win is with a high performance from all of them, but with style to do it. Maybe, of course, I think they want revenge."

  203.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Paul Moore: I fancy Spurs tonight. Manchester City great going forward but very vulnerable at the back. Emmanuel Adebayor brace in a 3-1 win!

  204. 19:05: 
    How it stands- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    So can Manuel's lads dish out another drubbing to Tottenham tonight? I'd be surprised, because Spurs seem a much more solid outfit under Tim Sherwood. However, the boys in blue can have no bigger incentive than knowing they can finally replace Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table. However, Tottenham will also realise they can draw level with Liverpool in the top four. When did that happen?

    Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)
  205. 19:03: 
    Sunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    Sunderland make 11 changes to the one that faced Kidderminster in the FA Cup, and there are two from the line-up that started at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, with Stephen Fletcher replaced by Sebastian Larsson and Jozy Altidore in for Lee Cattermole.

    Peter Odemwingie starts for Stoke a couple of days after his move from Cardiff, one of two changes from the defeat to Palace last time out in the league. Jon Walters drops to the bench for Odemwingie, while Asmir Begovic replaces Jack Butland in goal.

  206. 19:02: 
    Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea make one change from the starting XI that defeated Manchester United in their last league outing, with John Obi Mikel replacing David Luiz in midfield.

    West Ham makes five changes from the starting line-up that lost 3-1 to Newcastle with Guy Demel, Joey O'Brien, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins all starting.

  207.   
    BBC Final Score

    Keep up to date with all the scores and headlines from the day's football fixtures, alongside BBC Radio 5 live commentary, on midweek Final Score.

    Watch the programme now on the BBC Sport website.

  208.   
    MOTD's Alistair Mann at the Stadium of LightSunderland v Stoke City (19:45 GMT)

    "Rejuvenated under Gus Poyet, the Black Cats' form has been impressive and with just one defeat in their last seven Premier League games, confidence and self-belief has returned in equal measure.

    "This is in marked contrast to the Potters, who haven't won a league game since before Christmas. The visitors' away form is the worst in the division, with just two points gathered from a possible 27 on their travels.

  209.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Villa ParkAston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    "These two West Midlands rivals have been locking horns on a regular basis for 129 years now and recent games between them have been among the most closely contested in the whole of the Premier League.

    "When you look at the league table and current form of the two sides there's every reason to think there won't be much in it this time either.

    "Every one of the last 15 encounters has ended either as a draw or with a 2-1 scoreline."

  210.   
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at White Hart LaneTottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    "I've heard it said that Spurs have had it relatively easy since Tim Sherwood took charge. Sixteen points from a possible 18 has been a superb start for him, and has included wins at Manchester United and Southampton. Easy? Really? We know that this one won't be, with Manchester City playing so well that they're giving teams two goal starts and still winning as they did in the FA Cup against Watford last Saturday."

  211.   
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford BridgeChelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    "Chelsea are on the march and even West Ham die-hards must fear the worst going to Stamford Bridge, where they haven't won since September 2002. The Blues have won their last seven matches in all competitions, keeping five clean sheets in that run. The Hammers have lost five of their last six, conceding 19 and scoring just four."

  212. 18:59: 

    Here's what the Match of the Day lads think about tonight's fixtures. Incidentally, catch all the goals on BBC One tonight at 22:35 GMT. You can also tune in on this website...

  213. 18:58: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Bentaleb, Dembele, Lennon, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Adebayor. Subs: Soldado, Holtby, Capoue, Naughton, Defoe, Chadli, Friedel.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Jesus Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Lescott, Negredo, Kolarov, Rodwell, Pantilimon, Nastasic, Jovetic.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  214.  
    Get involved- #bbcfootball

    Here's a few of your suggestions for movies with a Premier League theme...

    Steve Jones: Given the state of West Midlands football, perhaps Badlands is appropriate tonight.

    Fahad Khan: Spurs should take lesson from Rocky 3. Beaten brutally, new coach, now raring to go again. Imagine Negredo saying 'I pity the fool'.

    Lewis Tizard: When ever Liverpool target someone, they're always 'Gone in Sixty Seconds' to another club.

  215. 18:56: 
    European football preview

    Several of the Continent's biggest clubs are in action tonight.

    Stuttgart are the latest side to stand in the way of all-conquering Bayern Munich (19:00 GMT). Victory for Pep Guardiola's men will see them take a 13-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga, and make it 43 matches without defeat.

    Barcelona look certainties to follow Real Madrid into the Copa del Rey semi-finals, as they hold a 4-1 first-leg lead against Levante heading into the second leg at Camp Nou (21:00 GMT). It is still all to play for in the night's standout tie, however, as Athletic Bilbao will be looking to recover from a 1-0 away loss to high-flying Atletico Madrid when the sides meet at San Mames (19:00 GMT).

    The last quarter-final match is being played in the Coppa Italia, with Rafael Benitez's Napoli hosting an improving Lazio (19:45 GMT). Victory for the Biancocelesti will secure a mouthwatering semi-final, a two-legged derby with Roma.

  216. 18:55: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o. Subs: Cole, Luiz, Lampard, Schurrle, Ba, Matic, Schwarzer.

    West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O'Brien, Diame, Noble, Downing, Nolan, Taylor, Carroll. Subs: Borriello, Nocerino, McCartney, Jarvis, Morrison, Jaaskelainen, Carlton Cole.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  217. 18:52: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan start for West Ham while, for Chelsea, John Obi Mikel comes in for David Luiz in the only change to their team from their last Premier League outing.

  218. 18:54: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Bacuna, Weimann, Benteke. Subs: Baker, Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Holt.

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anichebe, Anelka. Subs: Myhill, Dorrans, Amalfitano, Vydra, McAuley, Billy Jones, Berahino.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  219. 18:53: 
    Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Aston Villa, as feared, are without striker Gabriel Agbonlahor for the derby against West Brom. Matthew Lowton replaces him in a tactical reshuffle - Villa's only change from the 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

    West Brom make two changes following their 1-1 draw against Everton. Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe come in for Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra. Nicolas Anelka keeps his place up front.

  220. 18:52: 
    Transfer window update
    Yohan Cabaye

    Before we strap our seatbelts on and hurtle full throttle into the evening's action, let's recap on what's been happening in the transfer market.

    Well, I can tell you that Newcastle have bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier as they attempt to replace the departing Yohan Cabaye, who has completed a £19m move to Paris St-Germain. The Magpies have also completed the loan signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong.

    Fulham are in talks to sign Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, while Liverpool are hoping to tie up a £15m deal for Dnipro's Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

    Elsehwere, Blackpool winger Thomas Ince was due to hold talks with Hull and Sunderland today. We'll do our best to keep you updated on any breaking transfer news throughout the evening.

  221. 18:50: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero start up top for Manchester City this evening and David Silva is also back in the starting XI. Spurs make one change as Gylfi Sigurdsson comes in for Nacer Chadli.

  222.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live to hear updates from the four Premier League games being played on Wednesday.

    Ex-Tottenham boss David Pleat joins Jonathan Overend at White Hart Lane to take in Spurs's clash with a Manchester City team that will go top of the Premier League with a win.

    There is also a reunion at Stamford Bridge, where QPR goalkeeper Robert Green will see his former West Ham team-mates take on Chelsea alongside John Southall. With the Hammers struggling in the relegation zone, Green's successor, be it Adrian or Jussi Jaaskelainen, can expect to be busy.

  223. 18:45: 
    Match off

    There is one game which didn't make it tonight, with Sheffield United's home clash with Peterborough in League One being called off because of a waterlogged pitch. If you saw any of Sunday's FA Cup game at Bramall Lane, such news will be of no surprise. Night off, feet up for the Blades and Posh.

  224.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    I'm hoping it's the Premier League, and not Midsomer Murders on the television, which is the focus of your attention this evening. Let's start the night by having a bit of fun. Picking up on the film theme in our opening entry, let me know your suggestions for movies with a football twist. Usual drill - #bbcfootball on Twitter or send a text, with your name on, to 81111. You can also join in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  225. 18:40: 
    Midlands derby

    We've also got a Midlands derby to tickle our tastebuds, with West Brom making the short trip across to Villa Park. To complete tonight's awesome foursome, Sunderland host Stoke at the Stadium of Light hoping to transfer their cup form into the Premier League. All to play for.

  226. 18:36: 
    Chelsea v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    On the very same weekend that Manchester City were pushing Andre Villas-Boas ever nearer to the jobs queue, Chelsea were also beginning to hit their stride - putting three past West Ham at Upton Park. The two teams meet again at Stamford Bridge tonight, needing points for much different reasons. Third-placed Chelsea can draw level with leaders Arsenal at the top, while the Hammers need only a point to drag themselves out of the bottom three. Get that bus parked, Big Sam.

  227. 18:34: 
    Tottenham v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    24 November 2013. Manchester City 6 (Six) Tottenham 0.

    A dark day in the history of one of England's biggest football clubs. For Tottenham, there must surely be the temptation to re-run it all and try and right the many wrongs? Not a chance, says Tim Sherwood.

    "You might scare them, when you want to motivate them," said the new Spurs boss, ahead of another dust-up with Manuel Pellegrini's men.

    Sometimes, it's better to keep the horror movie in its box.

  228. 18:30: 
    Tottenham's horror movie
    Paulinho & Lewis Holtby

    It was the footballing equivalent of a horror movie. It was so gruesome, in fact, that grown men have been banned from ever watching it again.

    Basically, eleven blokes from north London were ambushed by a remorseless, ravenous bunch from Manchester who were led from the front by a man they call The Beast.

    Only 14 seconds had passed before the first shot was fired and, over the course of 90 minutes, it only got worse. It was an absolute mauling. One fella - AVB - never recovered from it, the rest still wake up in hot sweats just dreaming about it.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 29 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
Moving up 1 Man City 23 42 53
Moving down 2 Arsenal 23 24 52
No movement 3 Chelsea 23 23 50
No movement 4 Liverpool 23 29 46
No movement 5 Tottenham 23 -1 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 Aston Villa 23 -6 27
Moving down 11 Swansea 23 -4 24
No movement 12 Norwich 23 -17 24
No movement 13 Hull 23 -7 23
No movement 14 Crystal Palace 23 -16 23
No movement 15 West Brom 23 -6 22
No movement 16 Stoke 23 -15 22
Moving up 17 Sunderland 23 -14 21
No movement 18 West Ham 23 -11 19
Moving down 19 Fulham 23 -28 19
No movement 20 Cardiff 23 -23 18

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