Premier League as it happened: Saturday 22 February

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Hull and West Ham all win in the Premier League.

22 February 2014 Last updated at 11:27

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  1. 19:50: 

    Nice graphic that, isn't it? It is also my cue card to close down the live text machine for the evening. But fear not, we'll be back bright and early in the morning (10:00 GMT) for the Euro 2016 qualifying draw. Start dreaming of who you want, Gibraltar fans. Good night.

  2. 19:50: 
    MOTD running order
  3. 19:50: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Here's Manchester United manager David Moyes on Wayne Rooney: "Wayne Rooney is a top player, right at the top of the tree.

    "It is great news (Rooney's new deal). It is a great signing for us. To try and buy a player like Rooney is going to cost you a lot of player or they are not available.

    "We never had any intention of letting him go. Wayne has been great since day one."

  4. 19:49: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
    David Moyes

    Manchester United's manager David Moyes on BBC Sport: "Palace have been very strong. It was not easy for us but we thoroughly deserved the victory.

    "Our play was really good throughout. We just need to keep at it and make more chances to score. Fellaini had a good chance, he played well.

    "I never had any fears that Robin would not score his penalty. That is why they are the top players, they can hold their nerve."

  5. 19:44: 

    Also on Match of the Day, you'll be able to hear what all the managers thought about today's action.

    One man who got a little hot under the collar at lunchtime is Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who said Chelsea's ability to "use every trick in the book" contributed to his side's 1-0 defeat by the league leaders.

    Martinez felt the injury-time free-kick that led to John Terry's winning goal at Stamford Bridge was "very soft".

    The Spaniard added: "If you watch the replay, it's not a free-kick at all. That happened with other incidents.

    "I don't blame the referee at all. It's an incredible knowhow, using every trick in the book."

  6. 19:41: 

    What are you doing at 2230 GMT this evening? Watching Match of the Day, of course. There's 19 goals to admire this evening, with Tomas Rosicky's strike for Arsenal my personal favourite. Check it out later, you won't be disappointed.

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    Alex: Michael Carrick, as solid as ever for United. He gives the other players a licence to attack. Integral to our team.

    Chris: With no chance of fourth, United need to make sure they finish outside the top six. As proved by others, Europa League would be an unwanted distraction.

  8. 19:35: 
    Player reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney: "We moved the ball well, maybe could have created more chances. But we controlled the game and knew once we scored the goal we could see the game out. It was a great three points.

    "Whether I signed a new deal or not, I always give 100%.

    "The deal was important. It has more or less been agreed for a month just the fine details needed finishing off. Thankfully it is done.

    "I have let my football do the talking. I am happy and settled."

  9. 19:34: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
    Wayne Rooney

    That's a nice little milestone for Wayne. Who's the other player to have scored 10 or more goals in 10 consecutive Premier League seasons, I hear you ask. Frank Lampard...

  10. 19:31: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    So what did Manchester United get for £300,000 tonight? Well, Wayne Rooney made 72 passes (85% of them finding their target), he won four tackles and lost eight. Going forward, he scored with one of his two shots on target and he had one shot blocked.

  11. 19:27: 
    BBC London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    "Palace frustrated Manchester United for an hour and gave nothing away. But as soon as Robin van Persie stuck the penalty away it was comfortable for United. Under Tony Pulis Palace have become difficult opponents for teams like United, but in the end the visitors quality shone through on this occasion and they deserved the three points."

  12. 19:27: 
    Full-time stats- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Every shot, foul and corner at Selhurst Park has been fed into a computer, and this is what it's spewed out...

    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
    Martin Keown on Final Score

    "It will be interesting to see how Liverpool respond tomorrow - Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all won today so there is a bit of extra pressure on them to keep pace."

  14. 19:25: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    All in all, it's been a pretty good day for those clubs in the top half and a lousy afternoon for the ones below them. Here's what the Premier League table looks like this evening.

    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
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    Tony Burns: 23 days of Rooney's salary would have bought you Cantona 20 years ago.

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    "A good win for Manchester United, a good week for Wayne Rooney and a very good goal from him. Decent game, good win for United."

  17. 19:21: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Two goals, three points, job done. Manchester United weren't vintage, but they're heading back up north with a victory in their back pocket.

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    Kev in Oxford: They might have been lacking in ideas going forward yet again, but Manchester United have bossed this game.

    Ashlee in Luton: United fans need to calm down - you're playing Crystal Palace and you probably won't finish any higher than sixth.

  19. 19:17: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    A late flurry from Crystal Palace as Scott Dann heads Mile Jedinak's superb set-piece just wide. Too little, too late though.

  20. 19:16: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Darren Fletcher is given a late cameo by David Moyes, the Scot replacing Marouane Fellaini in midfield. I bet Fletcher will have one eye on the Euro 2016 qualifying draw tomorrow, which will be covered by myself in a live text tomorrow morning. See what I did there? Seamless.

  21. 19:14: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Happy with tonight's performance, Manchester United fans? Who is your man of the match? Let me know. Usual drill.

  22. 19:11: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Tony Pulis enthusiastically claps Tom Ince as he hooks the winger off and sends on Dwight Gayle in his place. The game's up now.

  23. 19:09: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Manchester United are closing up shop now - shooing the stragglers out and putting the shutters to halfway. Pass, pass, pass, pass...

  24. 19:07: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    We're into the final 10 minutes now and David Moyes gives a run-out to Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia in place of Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie.

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    Narek in London: Marouane Fellaini has been solid and attack minded today for United. Much much better than Tom Cleverley.

  26. 19:05: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    To Palace's credit, they have continually tested out David De Gea with shots on target and substitute Yannick Bolasie, on for Marouane Chamakh, cuts inside and tries his luck from range but the Manchester United goalkeeper is once again up to the challenge.

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    Sattar Pirzada: Now that's what £300,000 a week gets you. Pure class from Wayne Rooney.

    Brad Arnett: What a finish by Rooney. Give that man a pay rise!

    Chris Harvey: Fellaini/Van Persie back, a future of Rooney, Mata and Januzaj and mega-money to spend. Big reasons for be optimistic for United.

  28. 19:01: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Palace winger Tom Ince has been well shackled by Patrice Evra this evening and when the loanee does work some room on the right, he smashes his shot into the stand. Not a night to remember for Paul's lad.

  29. 18:59: 
    As it stands- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Manchester United will move up to sixth in the Premier League if it remains this way....

    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
  30. 18:58: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    Manchester United dominant now - Robin van Persie going close with an angled drive. The confidence is flowing again.

  31. 18:57: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

    "Wow. A fantastic strike by Wayne Rooney and absolutely no chance for Julian Speroni in the Palace goal."

  32. 18:55: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United - Wayne Rooney (68 mins)

    Is there a goal bonus in Wayne Rooney's contract? The £300,000-a-week man laces into the top corner from 12 yards out after being expertly picked out by Patrice Evra, who skinned the full-back down the left. A quality finish.

  33. 18:54: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United

    Cameron Jerome is brought on in place of Glenn Murray, and the big man almost has an instant impact when he tenaciously outmuscles Nemanja Vidic on the edge of the area and his low shot is turned around the post by David De Gea.

  34. 18:53: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United

    "The move of the game," purrs Match of the Day's Steve Wilson as Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata link up on the edge of the area and lay the ball off for Marouane Fellaini to bring a low save out of Julian Speroni.

  35. 18:51: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United

    "Michael Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. My first instinct was that it was inside the box but it's a tough one for the referee to call having seen the replay. It's definitely a foul though."

  36. 18:51: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United

    That goal has flattened Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis looks dejected on the touchline. Still around 30 minutes to go, TP.

  37. 18:48: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United - Robin van Persie penalty (62 mins)

    Robin van Persie takes an angled run-up and sends the keeper the wrong way with the perfect penalty. Relief for Manchester United.

    Van Persie
  38. 18:47: 

    Adnan Januzaj to Patrice Evra, who is barged over just inside the box by Marouane Chamakh. A striker's challenge and a penalty for Manchester United.

  39. 18:46: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Nemanja Vidic goes into the book after bringing down Glenn Murray 40 yards from goal. Palace pump the subsequent free-kick towards Murray on the edge of the box and the striker's hooked effort gives David De Gea a slight alarm before being gobbled up.

  40. 18:45: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "The game is very even and open the moment. Although I'm sure Tony Pulis is concerned about Manchester United's potential to punish Palace on the break."

  41. 18:44: 
    Rooney analysis- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United
    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney is dropping deeper and deeper as he tries to get hold of the ball and influence the match. He's touched the ball just once inside the penalty area so far tonight....

  42. 18:42: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Crystal Palace fans sing relentlessly, believing they can get something out of this game the longer it wears on. Still Manchester United pass the ball about without looking like they have an extra gear.

  43. 18:40: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Finally some urgency from Manchester United as the ball is worked across the face of the penalty area and lands at the feet of Robin van Persie who lifts his effort wide.

  44. 18:37: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Another chance for the Eagles as Jason Puncheon drives in a daisy-cutter which David De Gea gets fully behind.

  45. 18:35: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Some decent early pressure in this second half sees Crystal Palace win successive corners - the second of which almost dips under the bar and David De Gea tips it over. Corner number three fails to beat the first man and when it is worked back into the box, Tom Ince blasts a shot into Row Z.

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    Ryan Luke Day: Manchester United need to inject some pace down the right. Juan Mata is not best suited there and Chris Smalling as right-back doesn't help.

    Chris Reed: United are looking a bit weak up top and we need to up the tempo. Valencia on for Smalling and Kagawa on for Fellaini.

    Rabin Acharya: If United do not win tonight the climb for a top four spot would be as impossible a task as climbing Mount Everest without a Sherpa.

  47. 18:32: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    We've got just 45 minutes of Premier League action left on this fine Saturday evening. Game back on at Selhurst.

  48. 18:31: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    The players are back out on the pitch, and Wayne Rooney takes the opportunity to dish out some tactical advice to Adnan Januzaj.

  49. 18:29: 

    I dread to think of how many tea bags you can buy with £300,000, Scott.

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    Scott in Leeds: Re Wayne Rooney's first pay packet, I would do a big shop. Imagine how many buy-one-get-one-free offers you could get for £300,000!!!

    Jason in Bristol: I'd buy 30 million penny sweets, then fill a swimming pool with them.

    Stephen in Hawkshead: What would I do with £300,000? I'd send Marouane Fellaini on a one way ticket to Mars!

  51. 18:27: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    John Salako, remember him? That was a decent Palace team - along with Ian Wright, the Eagles also had players like Nigel Martyn, Geoff Thomas, Mark Bright and Stan Collymore in the ranks.

  52. 18:25: 
    How's stat?- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Here are some stats to get you through the rest of the half-time break:

    • Palace have not beaten United in the league since a 3-0 Division One win in May 1991, when Ian Wright and two goals from John Salako secured victory.
    • Mile Jedinak is one of only three outfield players to have played every Premier League minute for their club this season, along with Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) and Steven Caulker (Cardiff).
    • No team has lost as many points from goals conceded in the final 10 minutes this season than Manchester United (7).
  53. 18:24: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United
    Palace v Man Utd

    Plenty for David Moyes to ponder at half-time then. Tony Pulis is probably just doffing his cap to his players and asking for more of the same.

  54. 18:20: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "Palace have answered everything United have asked of them. But the longer the game goes on the bigger the gaps will become and the more the Palace players will have to concentrate."

  55. 18:17:  
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Selhurst ParkHALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "Marouane Fellaini had the best chance of the half, which he put wide. United had the better chances but they were few and far between before half time."

  56. 18:16: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "I think if that chance [1815] had fallen to Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie or Juan Mata instead of Marouane Fellaini then Palace would be 1-0 down."

  57. 18:16: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Manchester United are subtly going through the gears as the first half draws to a close, with Wayne Rooney curling a free-kick from just outside the box narrowly wide. Close, but no cigar.

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    Dan in Cambridge: Re Rooney's pay packet - I'd buy 300,000 scratchcards.

    Matt in London: I'd invest in 100 Arsenal season tickets on today's performance.

    Albert: I'd buy 300,000 things from the pound shop!

  59. 18:15: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Oh dear! Marouane Fellaini blazes over the bar from 12 yards out after being teed up by Juan Mata's neat flick. That was United's best chance of the game so far and the big Belgian fluffed his lines.

  60. 18:12: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Wayne Rooney is certainly trying hard to raise the tempo and he tries his luck from 25 yards out but his dipping shot is straight into the midriff of Julian Speroni.

  61. 18:11: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    I'm looking at the Manchester United bench and struggling to see where that injection of pace and explosiveness will come from. Unless Ryan Giggs slept in a time machine last night.

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    Parmjit Bilkhu: Juan Mata looks uncomfortable when he's on the right for United. He should be given the freedom to roam, he needs to play in the middle.

    Colin Reardon: United are too pedestrian and predictable going forward.

    Gareth Soye: David Moyes deserves a medal for how he can get a quartet of Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj to look so toothless.

  63. 18:08: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Neither goalkeeper is having to do too much work, so let's have a bit of fun. If you earned £300,000 a week, what would you buy with your first pay packet at the end of the week? You can tweet us on #bbcfootball or send a text to 81111.

  64. 18:05: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    The Eagles are having the odd chance themselves and they should really do better when Tom Ince puts in a decent delivery from the left but an unmarked Marouane Chamakh heads into the ground and the ball is safely gobbled up by David De Gea.

  65. 18:03: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    A bit more urgency from Manchester United as Wayne Rooney drives at the Crystal Palace defence and release Robin van Persie, who is flagged offside in the process of taking a shot which is well saved by Julian Speroni. That was a tight call by the linesman.

  66. 18:01: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "United have had all the possession but Julian Speroni has not really had a save to make. Palace look very dangerous at every set-piece. The ball is hardly never played short, they get it into the box and right under the goalkeeper's nose."

  67. 17:59: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    After that close shave, Crystal Palace storm up the other end and Jonathan Parr's header is beaten away at his near post by David De Gea.

  68. 17:58: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Wayne Rooney is getting some frightful stick as he prepares to take a corner, also appearing to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd. Not nice.

    However, it only serves to fire up the England striker who, after seeing his initial corner cleared, whips in another dangerous ball which is cleared off the line by Damien Delaney before Nemanja Vidic heads over the rebound from four yards out.

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    Thomas Fiorilli: In 20 minutes Adnan Januzaj has looked more dangerous than Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia combined.

    Conor Matchett: I really like the way United are set up. Michael Carrick feeding it to a roaming Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney with Marouane Fellaini given a free role too.

  70. 17:53: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    It's all very measured and controlled from Manchester United, but you just get the feeling they need that burst of pace which has been the hallmark of their successful teams of yesteryear to truly put Palace under the pump.

  71. 17:50: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Robin van Persie is playing quite deep tonight, sitting in the hole and spraying passes through for players like Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj to run on to. He tries to release Marouane Fellaini, but the big man is not on the same wavelength this time.

  72. 17:48: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Brief cheers in the away end as Robin van Persie picks out Adnan Januzaj who rifles home clinically from the edge of the area. However, the goal is chalked off because the youngster appeared to control RVP's pass with his arm. A let-off for the Eagles.

  73. 17:47: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "The combination of Arsenal playing well and us being poor on the ball made it difficult for us.

    "We needed to be organised and see the danger but they punished us. Then we made a mistake for the second goal, which we never make, and that made it tough.

    "Then we had to make sure we didn't concede another three or four in the second half because that would have been embarrassing.

    "Sometimes you need to accept that we were second best. Credit to Arsenal.

    "Wembley could have been on the players' minds but this was a very good wake up call. If we play like this against Manchester City we could be embarrassed."

  74. 17:45: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    It's all very pedestrian at the moment as Manchester United stroke the ball about without being too probing. Crystal Palace are sitting in, knowing players like Tom Ince can catch the visitors on the break.

  75. 17:42: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "Palace are getting men behind the ball as United start to dominate. They're trying to stifle the influence of their creative players from wide areas in particular."

  76. 17:42: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Manchester United supporters are chanting Eric Cantona's name. It's 19 years since the Frenchman's infamous kung-fu kick on Palace supporter Matthew Simmons. Apparently, Palace have banned United fans from wearing Cantona masks at today's game. Good job, or the away end would look like a scene from Looking for Eric.

  77. 17:40: 
    Manager reaction- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are disappointed because we put in a huge effort. We were excellent in the first half.

    "We came here with a gameplan and we executed it really well.

    "I thought we were a threat on the break when we regained possession and out of possession we were organised. They found us really hard to break down.

    "In the end, we have just made a couple of errors which led to the goal and they were grateful to get the goal and the three points.

    "In terms of performance we have to be happy but it was not the result we wanted."

  78. 17:39: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Adnan Januzaj, who has ditched the sixth-form curtains haircut for a neater short, back and sides look, tries a one-two with Robin van Persie, but the Dutch striker drags his left-footed shot wide.

  79. 17:39: 
    Manager reaction- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke
    Stevan Jovetic

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "They were defending with 10 players in their box. It was very important to be concentrated for counter-attacks and set pieces. Both things were important, to keep a clean sheet and to be patient.

    "I thought we controlled the game and it was a matter of time before we scored.

    "Stevan Jovetic felt his hamstring so we will see what the doctor says.

    "We will see about Sergio Aguero. He will start working with the team on Tuesday. We will see during the team if he is fit to play in the Capital one Cup final."

  80. 17:37: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    There's a few Manchester United players who could do with a big game tonight - Rio Ferdinand and Marouane Fellaini to name but two. One man with plenty of credit in the bank is Robin van Persie, who goes for a spectacular overhead kick in the area but fails to connect.

  81. 17:36: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "After playing for so long with 10 men in a difficult game in midweek against Bayern Munich it was good to win today. The three points are welcome.

    "Tomas Rosicky's goal was one of the best [we have scored] and one of the two Olivier Giroud goals is a great goal. That is the way we want to play and when we score it makes you happy because it enforces the way you want to play.

    "Tomas' goal was a great strike. I am so pleased for him because he is a fantastic football player and we love him here. To get on the end of a good move was great for him.

    "I have always said Giroud is a strong character and he showed that today.

    "We are still there in the table. It is down to consistency and our performances. It was important to win the game. We lost to Liverpool and drew with Manchester United. We needed to win this game."

  82. 17:34: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    This is a bright start for Crystal Palace, with Joel Ward slaloming into the area and almost shaping to shoot before being blocked off by the sizeable presence of Marouane Fellaini.

  83. 17:33: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    But the corner, taken by Tom Ince, comes to nothing - the wind getting hold of the ball and sucking it over the box and behind for a goal-kick.

  84. 17:32: 
    Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    Manchester United, in their all-white strip, try and get their passing game going early on but Chris Smalling gives possession away cheaply and it's Crystal Palace who are doing most of the early running - Glenn Murray winning a corner.

  85. 17:31: 
    BBC Radio London summariser James ScowcroftCrystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    "Because of the results elsewhere today this game is a bonus for Crystal Palace. And if they can win here it will give them a huge buffer of five points on the relegation zone."

  86. 17:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

    I bet Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is feeling pretty good right about now - his first start in nine months is against Manchester United at HQ. He got 30 goals before he suffered a serious injury at the back end of last season. It's like having a new signing for the Eagles! We're under way.

  87. 17:26: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    It's rocking inside Selhurst Park as the two teams make their way to the field of play to be greeted by a gigantic banner depicting the entire Crystal Palace team standing shoulder to shoulder. The Eagles will need to stick together tonight, that's for sure.

  88. 17:25: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 1-1 Fulham
    Pepe Mel

    West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

    "One point is one point but I think today we were too open in the first half and the second half was good. We needed two points more.

    "We need to win for our mentality. The players need to win.

    "I believe in the next match against Manchester United we can win. There is a nervousness in the changing room."

  89. 17:25: 
    Rooney stats- Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Wayne Rooney has gone five successive Premier League appearances without scoring or assisting a goal for Man Utd - his longest-such run since December 2011 (seven games).

    Wayne Rooney is set to play his 300th Premier League match for Manchester United. He has scored 150 goals.

  90. 17:24: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    We've had the cheerleaders, we've seen the Palace eagle, now it's time for the two teams to show their faces. The players are heading down the 'cosy' Selhurst Park tunnel as I type.

  91. 17:22: 
    When Diego met David- Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)
    Diego Maradona

    It seems as if the entire Premier League has been in Dubai this last week and, while they were in the Middle East, Manchester United bumped into Diego Maradona.

    The World Cup winner happily posed for pictures with the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand among others. But nobody was as pleased to see the Argentine than Reds boss David Moyes.

    "It was great to see him," joked Moyes. "If you are a Scot like me, he is one of our idols!"

  92. 17:14: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Many people are calling for Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis to be named manager of the year if he keeps the Eagles in the top-flight this season. One man who is pleased to see his old mate back in the Premier League is David Moyes, who reckons the Eagles boss is proving his critics wrong.

    "He has showed all his experience," said Moyes. "A lot of people were writing Tony off during his time at Stoke but he hasn't half gone in there and made a few people eat their words."

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    Ben: This could be a rare occasion when it's difficult to find fault with David Moyes' team selection for Manchester United.

    Dale: Good to see Marouane Fellaini starting for United but he really isn't a holding midfielder. He seems to have conceded more fouls than completed tackles this season.

    James: Surprisingly, I'm very happy with that line up, I hope Fellaini can prove his worth it and we close the gap.

  94. 17:13: 
    Manager reaction- West Brom 1-1 Fulham
    Felix Magath

    Fulham manager Felix Magath:

    "We were so near to a victory, we are disappointed but in the whole game, 1-1 was correct. It was a fair result.

    "We have had only a few days together. You cannot change many things.

    "I crossed the fingers but that is not enough. We have to play 90 minutes and try to make no faults. We made too many faults in the second half.

    "We lost the ball too early and came under pressure. If you get under pressure, one mistake will cost you a goal.

    "We were away and I think it was not very good but a point is good."

  95. 17:11: 
    League Two round-up

    League Two leaders Chesterfield suffer a surprise 1-0 defeat at struggling Wycombe, who win for the first time in 10 matches. That results blows open the title race with second-placed Scunthorpe, who thumped 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth in a 5-1 home win, now only behind on goal difference. Third-placed Rochdale are a point further back, while rock-bottom Northampton beat Hartlepool to move level with nearest rivals Torquay, five points adrift of safety.

  96. 17:11: 
    Premier League photos

    For a selection of images from today's matches go to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  97. 17:11: 
    League One round-up

    Leyton Orient return to the League One summit after a 2-0 win against Swindon at Brisbane Road. That was made possible by previous leaders Brentford's 3-0 home defeat by Wolves, who also leapfrog the Bees into the automatic promotion spots. Play-off hopefuls Preston and Rotherham each clinch 2-1 away wins, while Bristol City drop four places into the relegation zone after a 3-0 drubbing at Sheffield United. Second-bottom Shrewsbury fight back from 2-0 down at Notts County to win 3-2 and climb above their hosts.

  98. 17:10: 
    Championship round-up

    Championship leaders Leicester City maintain their eight-point advantage at the top with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Ipswich. Nearest challengers Burnley chalk up their 20th league game at Turf Moor without defeat after a 3-1 success against promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.

    Third-placed Derby County, the second-tier's leading scorers, find a late breakthrough against Bournemouth - Chris Martin's free-kick giving the Rams a 1-0 win. QPR fall further adrift of the top three after Charlton snatch a last-gasp 1-0 triumph, while Barnsley and Yeovil earn priceless wins over relegation rivals Millwall and Doncaster.

  99. 17:09: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    So how did David Moyes persuade Wayne Rooney to sign on the dotted line? Nobody knows for sure, but the Manchester United manager did get stuck into his star man's ribs at the start of the season.

    "I remember when he came to see me," Moyes said. "I said to him: 'If you ask me what's missing - I think you've gone a bit soft'.

    "I thought he hadn't been the hard-working, aggressive player he was. But now in games people are saying: 'Look at the effort he is putting in.' It's his work-rate, not just for himself but for the team. He's become an all-round team player who is also a technically gifted footballer."

    Gone a bit soft, eh?

  100. 17:06: 
    Good value?- Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)
    Wayne Rooney

    Is Wayne Rooney's mega-contract a good move for Manchester United though?

    Obviously keeping hold of one of your best players is always advantageous, but it's a lot of money for a man who could be past his peak.

    Sports editor David Bond has had his say:

    "United knew they faced the possibility of Rooney leaving for nothing. By signing him up for five and-a-half years, they have protected the value of arguably their most valuable and recognisable playing asset.

    "So while the £85m agreement up to 2019 looks exorbitant, it's probably cheaper than United having to find a replacement in the transfer market and pay his wages. The total cost would have probably been much higher.

    "It leaves United free to spend their money elsewhere - with midfield and defence arguably a greater priority."

  101. 17:04:  
    Football FocusCrystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    John Hartson on Wayne Rooney's mega new deal at Manchester United: "He is a wonderful player and Manchester United could not afford to lose him. They have shown their ambition by keeping Wayne. I believe now they can go out and attract some top players.

    "They need to do this because I don't think they will finish in the top four and it can be hard to attract player to a club that will play Europa League football."

  102. 17:02: 
    Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Rio Ferdinand, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj return for Manchester United as David Moyes makes three changes from the side who drew 0-0 at Arsenal last time out.

    Glenn Murray and Jonathan Parr come in for Crystal Palace as boss Tony Pulis makes two changes from the side who beat West Brom 3-1. Forward Jerome Thomas misses out with a back injury.

  103. 16:59:  
    Football FocusCrystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Robbie Savage on the fact Crystal Palace and Manchester have almost identical home records: "It tells you how bad a season Manchester United are having. Under Tony Pulis, Palace have done exceptionally well. They will stay up under Pulis. But Manchester United need to win this game."

    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    "Tony Pulis managed previous club Stoke in 10 Premier League games against Manchester United, achieving just a solitary point in a draw at the Britannia Stadium three years ago.

    "However, Pulis must approach this latest meeting in his new role with real hope. This season so many teams have ended sorry sequences of failure against Manchester United (including Stoke) that Pulis is entitled to think that his own personal record might be next.

    "David Moyes' most realistic hope of salvaging something from the season is to finish in a Champions League position, but even that seems to be a dot on a gloomy horizon. It seems a forlorn hope. To put it in context, United have taken fewer points in 2014 than Palace despite playing one more match."

  105. 16:57: 
    Full-time stats- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Did Manchester City deserve three points today? Just about, but they made hard work of it...

    Manchester City 1-0 Stoke
  106. 16:57: 
    Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
    Tomas Rosicky

    Tomas Rosicky on his superb goal: "It was a great goal. I think that is what the supporters want to see. It was a typical Arsenal goal - the pass and move football we all enjoy."

  107. 16:55: 
    At the top...- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    There's a massive sense of relief around the Etihad as the players make their way down into the tunnel. Like Chelsea before them, Manchester City have ground it out today. That gap at the top between City and Chelsea is still three points. As for Arsenal, they remain one point adrift of Jose Mourinho's men.

    Premier League
  108. 16:54: 
    At the bottom...
    Premier League

    That last-gasp goal for West Brom means that Fulham end the day at the bottom, four points behind the Albion and safety. At least Felix Magath's men did pick up a point though, big defeats for Cardiff and Sunderland leave them in the mire.

  109. 16:53: 
    European latest

    When you splash a world record £85m fee on a player, you expect big things from them - and Gareth Bale has just produced for Real Madrid. The Wales star smashes in an absolute rocket to put Los Blancos 2-0 ahead against Elche, before Isco adds a third moments later.

    Carlo Ancelotti's team will move three points ahead of rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the race for La Liga title. Barca travel to Real Sociedad at 19:00 GMT today, while Atletico visit Osasuna on Sunday (20:00). You can read continental-themed text commentaries on both games on our European football page.

  110. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Fulham
  111. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke
  112. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Cardiff 0-4 Hull
  113. 16:51: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    That would have been some ending! A deep cross from the left reaches ex-Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland but the Stoke man finds the side-netting with his angled drive.

  114. 16:50: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 3-1 Southampton
  115. 16:50: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 1-1 Fulham

    Maarten Stekelenburg back to his best, palming out Chris Brunt's smash...

  116. 16:49: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
  117. 16:49: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Chances at both ends, but fine defending from Erik Pieters denies Yaya Toure before Martin Demichelis produces a fine block to keep out Stoke.

  118. 16:48: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 1-1 Fulham

    FOUR MINUTES added on at the Hawthorns. Can West Brom go on and win this?

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom 1-1 Fulham

    "The Hawthorns is bouncing now after that Matej Vydra equaliser, awarded thanks to the Goal Decision System. Half the ground celebrated and the other half looked at the linesman as Maarten Stekelenburg tried to scoop the ball to safety - and some Fulham players played on - but it was referee Mike Dean who gave the goal almost instantly, as soon as his watch buzzed to show the ball had crossed the line."

    Garth Crooks on Final ScoreWest Brom 1-1 Fulham

    "Maarten Stekelenburg should really have held on to that shot from Matej Vydra. He'd played well before that as well. To be honest. I'm not a fan of goal-line technology. We never used to have it and I think the game was fine without it. Football shouldn't be all about science!"

  121. 16:46: 
    West Brom 1-1 Fulham

    That goal had been coming and it means that Fulham will remain at the bottom of the table. To clarify - the ball was definitely over the line. Those watches don't lie...

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    Andy: I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Cardiff City fans, but not an ounce of sympathy for Vincent Tan. I doubt anyone in world football would have any form of sympathy for him. He's made his bed, he now has to lie in it.

  123. 16:44: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Fulham - Matej Vydra (86 mins)

    West Brom do it again! they keep coming from behind and have grabbed an equaliser once more. Matej Vydra fires in a shot, Maarten Stekelenburg sees the ball squirm through his grasp, it trickles toward the net at a snail's pace, he backtracks and gets a hand on the ball and scrambles it out - but the goal is given! Goal-line technology at its best. Inches over the line...

  124. 16:44: 

    Five minutes to go...

  125. 16:43: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 3-1 Southampton

    Saints a whisker away as the tenacious Jay Rodriguez wins the ball on the edge of the area and pings a shot just wide of the post.

  126. 16:41: 
    West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    James Morrison is the latest West Brom man to go close, turning to fire wide under pressure. Can Magath's men see this out?

  127. 16:41: 
    LINE-UPS- Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince, Murray, Chamakh. Subs: Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Gayle, Gabbidon, Hennessey, Jerome, Bannan.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Januzaj, van Persie. Subs: Giggs, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young, Fletcher, Valencia, Kagawa.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  128. 16:40: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1730 GMT)

    Rio Ferdinand and Marouane Fellaini start for Manchester United, with Adnan Januzaj also making the starting XI.

  129. 16:39: 
    Hanging on...- West Brom 0-1 Fulham
    West Brom

    West Brom are really gong for it now, Dan Burn makes a flying header to turn away a cross with Victor Anichebe waiting behind him. Tense stuff at The Hawthorns...

  130. 16:39: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke's final throw of the dice sees Matthew Etherington replace Glenn Whelan.

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    Adrian in Surbiton: Justice done! West Ham heading for maximum points from the three games for which Andy Carroll was banned.

  132. 16:37: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland - Emanuele Giaccherini (81 mins)

    Sunderland do have that consolation goal. Wojciech Szczesny comes to punch clear a free-kick, the ball drops at the feet of Italian winger Emanuele Giachherini, who returns it with interest, right into the bottom corner. Cracker of a strike, but worthless.

  133. 16:36: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 3-1 Southampton

    That would have been some goal - Mo Diame having a pop from 25 yards out and his dipping effort rattles the bar. The Hammers are full of confidence now, but Adrian is called into action at the other end to turn Adam Lallana's low shot around the post.

  134. 16:35: 
    Football League update

    Championship goals are starting to trickle in again, with Yeovil's James Hayter bagging the opener in the relegation battle against his former club Doncaster Rovers. Birmingham City, following a recent shake-up of their backroom staff, equalise at Blackpool. Top two Leicester and Burnley still hold comfortable home leads.

    At the bottom of League One, Shrewsbury fightback from a 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2 at 10-man Notts County. Wolves move 2-0 ahead at leaders Brentford in a top-of-the table clash, while Sheffield United and Crewe both lead 3-0 against Bristol City and Port Vale respectively. No more goals to report from League Two as leaders Chesterfield still trail at lowly Wycombe.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Fulham

    "Fulham boss Felix Magath has now made all three of his substitutions, including the introduction of £12m striker Konstantinos Mitroglou for his debut on the hour mark, but the other two players to come off the bench - defenders John Arne-Riise and Dan Burn - reflect the way this game has turned.

    "The Greek striker has not had much chance to impress because the second half at The Hawthorns remains a backs-against-the-walls job for the Cottagers and the question is - can they hold out? The home fans hope not and are chanting Victor Anichebe's name as their potential saviour - he is on a hat-trick of equalisers after netting two in his previous two home games."

  136. 16:34: 
    Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Manchester City are feeding off the freedom their opening goal has given them and Javi Garcia's low shot is beaten clear by Asmir Begovic.

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    Ashley David Marks: Cardiff waited so long for their chance in the Premier League... and this is the outcome? Pathetic, we deserve relegation.

    Ed Woodhouse: Not completely Ole Gunnar's fault but they are going down. No need to get rid of Mackay. Well done Vincent Tan

  138. 16:34: 

    Into the last 15 MINUTES...

  139. 16:33: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 4-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland go close to a consolation as Seb Larsson curls a free-kick wide from 20 yards.

  140. 16:32: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    West Brom continue to push on for a leveller and they go close when Gareth McAuley floats a header wide from a corner. Good defending in the end by John Arne Riise.

    Martin Keown on Final ScoreCardiff 0-4 Hull

    "The owners at Cardiff got what they wanted by getting rid of Malky Mackay, but you have to say they look rudderless at the moment. This a home match for Cardiff, and one they should be doing better but it's been comprehensive for Hull."

  142. 16:32: 
    SITTER!- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    City should double their lead as Jesus Navas squares a tap-in for Edin Dzeko - but he fluffs his kick altogether. The Bosnian then takes his frustration out on the post.

  143. 16:30: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke

    Just before that goal, Manchester City made a bizarre substitution. Manuel Pellegrini had just brought on Stevan Jovetic but decided to take him off and bring on Javi Garcia.

    We were scratching our heads at that move but it pushed Yaya Toure further up the field and seconds later he scored...

  144. 16:29: 
    GOAL- West Ham 3-1 Southampton - Kevin Nolan (71 mins)

    Moments after Southampton's Adam Lallana spurns a chance to level, West Ham go up the other end and put the match to bed. Stewart Downing's cross is headed on by Carlton Cole and it finds Kevin Nolan in the six-yard box who volleys home.

  145. 16:28: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 0-4 Hull - Jake Livermore (67 mins)

    Cardiff have been seriously poor this afternoon. This time they give the ball away in Hull's half, the Tigers drive forward 50 yards and Ahmed Elmohamady lays the ball on a plate for Jake Livermore to slide home.

    Martin Keown on Final ScoreManchester City 1-0 Stoke

    "That is where patience is key for Manchester City, as Chelsea showed against Everton earlier in the day. City moved up through the gears and you have to find a way not to panic and the crowd have to stay with you."

  147. 16:27: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 1-0 Stoke - Yaya Toure (70 mins)

    The frustration comes to an end for Manchester City! Yaya Toure is the man in the right place at the right time, sweeping in Aleksandar Kolarov's cracking cutback from the left wing. You can sense the relief...

    Man City
  148. 16:25: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Konstantinos Mitroglou fails to link up with a team-mate and then just waves an arm at him lazily. Shades of Dimitar Berbatov there.

    West Brom counter up the other end with Saido Berahino flashing a drive wide from 20 yards.

  149. 16:24: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Groans of frustration growing inside the Etihad as Stevan Jovetic puts his foot through one outside the area and Asmir Begovic spills it but there is nobody on hand to put the rebound in.

  150. 16:23: 
    SHOWBOAT- West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    Megs! Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez, back after a five-week injury lay-off, plays the ball through James Collins' legs but blasts his subsequent shot over the bar. Quality skill though.

  151. 16:23: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Fulham are into dig-in mode now as West Brom surge forward. James Morrison loses his man on the edge of the area with a fine turn, he drives in a shot which takes a nick off the heels of Brede Hangeland and forces Maarten Stekelenburg into another good save. Can Felix's lads weather the Albion storm?

  152. 16:21: 
    CLOSE!- West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    A decent chance for Saints to grab a leveller when Luke Shaw goes through the gears and races behind the West Ham defence before pulling a ball back for Adam Lallana but the skipper can't quite get there in time and the chance goes begging.

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    Richard Morris: Alvaro Negredo off, Edin Dezeko still on. Don't understand Manuel Pellegrini's thinking as the latter has been dire.

    Charlie Clemmow: I've admired Dzeko ever since he's joined the club. Although he scores he wastes so many opportunities.

  154. 16:20: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Another attacking change for Manchester City with Fernandinho being replaced by Jesus Navas. I bet Stoke left-back Erik Pieters is chuffed with that.

  155. 16:19: 
    Football League update

    Only one second-half goal in the Championship - and it goes to Wigan. Chris McCann puts them 2-0 ahead at Brighton, with both sides jostling for a play-off slot. Leyton Orient are set to climb to the League One summit as they lead 2-0 against Swindon, while previous leaders Brentford trail 1-0 to Wolves.

    League Two promotion chasers Scunthorpe are coasting against struggling Portsmouth - moving into a 5-0 lead against the 2008 FA Cup winners. Pompey are sliding ominously close to the Football League trapdoor, just six points and four places above the drop-zone. Rock-bottom Northampton boost their survival hopes by moving into a 2-0 advantage against visitors Hartlepool.

  156. 16:18: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Here's Fulham's new £12m man - Konstantinos Mitroglou comes on to replace Hugo Rodallega for the last half hour.

    He's got a very strong look. Slick back hair, fine pointy beard, big tats. Strong.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Fulham
    Pepe Mel

    "Much better by the Baggies since the start of the second half and the two changes that Pepe Mel has made have had the desired effect. They are pegging Fulham back and the home fans are starting to believe again, upping the volume as their side pile on the pressure.

    "Fulham lost leads in their last two matches under Rene Meulensteen - will things be any different under Felix Magath?"

    Martin Keown on Final ScoreArsenal 4-0 Sunderland

    "Arsenal have been extremely professional. It could come down to goal difference at the end of the season so they will keep pushing forward trying to make that up. They have the worst goal difference of the top four and are trying to do something about it."

  159. 16:15: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    West Brom scent a way back into this one as Chris Brunt hits a cracking drive on the angle, really clean hit, and Maarten Stekelenburg pushes it away.

  160. 16:15: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 0-3 Hull - Nikica Jelavic (57 mins)

    Easy as you like for Nikica Jelavic who, with four defenders stood stationary around him, is left unmarked to head home Liam Rosenior's simple left-wing cross. Game over.

  161. 16:14: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Manuel Pellegrini has seen enough, sending on Stevan Jovetic for Alvaro Negredo. Can the Montenegrin turn it around?

  162. 16:13: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 4-0 Sunderland - Laurent Koscielny (57 mins)

    Completely free header, nobody within yards of Laurent Koscielny as he powers in a header from a corner. Dismal, dire, dreadful defending.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraArsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    "In the first half Arsenal ran the show all the way through. They went 3-0 up with no problems whatsoever. In the opening stages of the second half Sunderland are making more of a go of it but Arsenal are still in total control. I don't see a comeback."

  164. 16:13: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    Drama at Upton Park as referee Mark Clattenburg turns down Southampton's claim for a penalty when James Collins handles a high ball into the box. The referee, who has history with the Saints, turns down the appeals and Mauricio Pochettino is livid - counting on his hands the number of decisions he feels have gone against his side today.

  165. 16:12: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Santiago Vergini's day almost goes from bad to worse, as he hooks a clearance just past his own post. Almost a Kolo Toure-style OG...

  166. 16:10: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Felix Magath's first change as a Fulham boss sees Fernando Amorebieta replaced by John Arne Riise. Tactical switch - is that a big red bus being parked.

  167. 16:09: 
    As it stands- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    How Manchester City could do with finding a goal. After John Terry's late intervention at Stamford Bridge, Manuel Pellegrini's side are now five points off the Premier League summit.

    Premier League
  168. 16:08: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Much better from Sunderland, who are passing the ball with much more precision now.

  169. 16:07: 
    Cardiff 0-2 Hull

    Despite a half-time pep talk from Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Cardiff still look second-best here and Nikica Jelavic whistles a close-range shot just wide of the post for the rampant Tigers.

    Garth Crooks on Final ScoreManchester City 0-0 Stoke

    "Man City are pressing and getting more into the Stoke box this half as you would expect. But in front of goal they look laboured - it's hardly inspiring much confidence in City fans with a cup final next weekend."

  171. 16:06: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Good play from David Silva sees the Spaniard pull the ball back for Edin Dzeko, but the Manchester City striker spurns another chance when he smashes over the bar, Silva is furious and puts a flea into the ear of the Bosnian.

  172. 16:05: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Maybe Sunderland can rescue this - Fabio Borini is played in on goal at the start of the half and he tests Wojciech Szczesny with a cracking drive on the angle.

  173. 16:05: 
    West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Fulham have conceded a shed-load of goals this season, so Felix Magath will know they need more if they are going to win this. They start very quickly again, Lewis Holtby leading the charge and there are five men in the middle for his cross, but Kieran Richardson makes a hash of it.

  174. 16:04: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet makes two changes in a bid to turn this game around, with Seb Larsson on for Jozy Altidore and Ignacio Scocco replacing Adam Johnson.

    Damage limitation now?

  175. 16:02: 

    We're getting under way again up and down the country. A big 45 minutes for many...

  176. 16:00: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland
    Dennis Bergkamp

    Dennis Bergkamp has a quick interview on the pitch, he is asked if he fancies a return at some point and says: "Arsenal are always on my mind, I had a fantastic time here and I still have an ambition to be part of this club."

  177. 15:59: 
    League One and League Two updates

    Wolves make a late breakthrough in their top-of-the-table League One clash at leaders Brentford. James Henry nets the opener just seconds before half-time. And that is good news for Leyton Orient, who were sandwiched in-between the pair ahead of kick-off. The O's go ahead from the spot against Swindon just before the break - putting them top as things stand. Notts County are 2-1 up against Shrewsbury, with both sides currently rooted in the relegation zone.

    Surprisingly, League Two leaders Chesterfield are 1-0 down at Wycombe, who have recently endured a miserable run of form. Second-placed Scunthorpe could take advantage and it is going to plan for the Iron as they are beating visitors Portsmouth. Rock-bottom Northampton grab an injury-time goal to lead 1-0 against Hartlepool.

  178. 15:59: 
    HALF-TIME- Real Madrid 1-0 Elche

    Real Madrid look set to be heading to the top of La Liga - at least for a few hours before Barcelona play - after going 1-0 up against Elche.

    Defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored 11 minutes before half-time to give Los Blancos the advantage. It was the Spaniard's first league goal for Real and his first in 72 games.

    Real Madrid v Elche

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    Tim in Marlow: Regarding Pythagoras and passing triangles (1541). I thought it was Socrates who used to play for Brazil?

  180. 15:54: 
    Championship update

    Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley are running riot against a Nottingham Forest side with Premier League ambitions of their own. The Clarets, who have not lost in the league at Turf Moor this season, hold a comfortable 3-0 advantage through Sam Vokes (2) and Scott Arfield. But it has also been a good afternoon for leaders Leicester, who are 2-0 to the good against visitors Ipswich.

    At the bottom, Barnsley are 1-0 ahead against fellow strugglers Millwall, while Blackpool, Bolton, Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn all hold valuable leads at the break.

  181. 15:54: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal have Bayern-ed Sunderland so far. All the ball, all the passes, all the goals.

  182. 15:52: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is on the pitch at the Emirates, soaking up the acclaim. He had a statue of him unveiled before the game and there is a brilliant banner in the stands reading 'why fly when you can walk on water?'

    Bergkamp is probably still brilliant. Get him out there in the second half.

  183. 15:53: 
    Half-time stats- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Manchester City are treading water at the Etihad, registering four shots on target but I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of them were from outside the box. The Engineer has plenty to think about.

    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke
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    Miracle Roch: Not surprising Arsenal are this good without Mesut Ozil. Everyone feeling important.

    Callum Hodge: Why doesn't Tomas Rosicky start every match? Arsenal look so much more dangerous with him.

    Saikat Nandy: Watching poetry on the Emirates pitch.

  185. 15:49: 
    HALF-TIME- Cardiff 0-2 Hull

    BBC Sport's Rob Westall at Cardiff City Stadium: "Boos from the home fans as Howard Webb blows the half-time whistle.

    "Cardiff started brightly with Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones forcing saves from Allan McGregor. Hull took the lead against the run of play as Tom Huddlestone's shot from outside the box, deflected in off Andrew Taylor, after Nikica Jelavic's close range effort rebounded off goalkeeper David Marshall into the midfielder's path.

    "As the half wore on and despite Cardiff dominating the Tigers doubled their lead with Jelavic converting Shane Long's low cross into the bottom corner of the net."

  186. 15:48: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Cardiff 0-2 Hull

    Oooh, should Cardiff City have been awarded a penalty? Nikica Jelavic is all over Kenwyne Jones in the penalty area and appears to bring the big striker down. Plenty would have given it, but Howard Webb is not interested.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    "Groans of frustration from the home fans as another attack breaks down but all is far from lost - all three draws that West Brom have earned since Pepe Mel took over have come after they had fallen behind. And super-sub Victor Anichebe, scorer of two of those equalisers, is on.

    "Fulham boss Felix Magath, meanwhile, is still yelling at Lewis Holtby - apparently Magath ignores players he doesn't like, so he must love Holtby right now."

  188. 15:47:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at The HawthornsHALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    "Recalled by Felix Magath, his previous manager at Wolfsburg, Ashkan Dejagah has given the bottom club the lead here at The Hawthorns."

  189. 15:47:  
    MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Etihad StadiumHALF-TIME- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    "A good first half if you are a Stoke fan but not a Man City one. We've had the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thriller in Manilla but this has been the pretty bad of the Etihad."

  190. 15:47:  
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Upton ParkHALF-TIME- West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    "The game plan from West Ham will be pretty clear now. They'll get men behind the ball and try and play on the break and they will always be dangerous at set-pieces. It's been an entertaining game at Upton Park."

  191. 15:46: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland
  192. 15:45: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    West Brom defender Billy Jones picks up a knock and he is replaced by striker Victor Anichebe. That tells you how it's going for the Baggies...

  193. 15:45: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Edin Dzeko always looks like he has a goal in him, and the Manchester City striker curls just wide from the edge of the area after a one-two with Alvaro Negredo.

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    Jenni in Newtownards: Where are all of the Big Sam haters now? Where are all the fans who were calling for his head a few weeks ago? What a turnaround he has masterminded. He's finally got the balance of the team right and he has Kevin Nolan back to top form. Effective management.

    Garth Crooks on Final ScoreCardiff 0-2 Hull

    "Steve Bruce's Hull side are 2-0 up and he's up in the technical area barking out instructions and getting into the ears of his players. On the other hand, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sat on the bench and looks lonely, lost and out of ideas. Players notice that."

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraArsenal 3-0 Sunderland

    "It is very difficult for any team to defend against moves that led to that Arsenal goal. It's 3-0 to Arsenal now and I wonder what scoreline is this going to finish at."

  197. 15:43: 
    West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    Southampton are seeing plenty of the ball as they strive for a leveller, but that famed West Ham defence is looking a lot more resolute since being caught out for the visitors' first.

  198. 15:41: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland - Tomas Rosicky (42 mins)

    When they put it together like this, Arsenal are untouchable. What a sensational team goal this is, like Jack Wilshere's against Norwich earlier in the season.

    Wilshere is involved in this one too, starting the move down the right as he, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giround and Tomas Rosicky combine with some triangles of passing Pythagoras would approve of, before Rosicky runs on and clips over Vito Mannone.

    Brilliant, brilliant goal.

  199. 15:40: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-1 Fulham

    Fulham aren't afraid to go direct, picking out lone ranger Hugo Rodallega with a clip down the middle and he turns to fire in a dipping strike from 20 yards which Ben Foster has to push clear.

  200. 15:38: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 0-2 Hull - Nikica Jelavic (38 mins)

    Forget the SAS, it's all about L&J for Hull City fans. The strike partnership of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic continues to look money well spent as they double the Tigers' lead in south Wales. First Jelavic plays a sliderule pass through to Long, who bides his time before passing sideways to his strike partner and the Croatian rifles home from just inside the area. Class.

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    Ethan Friskney-Adams: The only game without a goal so far is Manchester City - at home. And this from the champions elect? Not quite good enough.

    Chris Mooney: City haven't got anyone willing to go beyond the Stoke defence. It's like they're afraid of space.

  202. 15:37: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

    Santiago Vergini is having a nightmare out there. Out of position again, the Sunderland defender has to chop down Olivier Giroud and give away a dangerous free-kick. Lukas Podolski takes it and can only find the tail-end of a long wall, but Arsenal are cruising now.

  203. 15:36: 
    Football League update

    Championship leaders Leicester respond to nearest rivals Burnley's opener by moving ahead in their home game against play-off chasing Ipswich. Jamie Vardy does the damage with his 12th goal of the season before David Nugent adds a second for the Foxes. Between those Leicester goals, Burnley also double their advantage against Nottingham Forest through Sam Vokes. Wigan midfielder James McArthur caps a perfect week - his wife gave birth to their child in midweek - by putting his team in front at fellow top-six hopefuls Brighton.

    In League One, it is still goalless in the big clash between leaders Brentford and pre-season title favourites Wolves at Griffin Park. Preston and Rotherham, both in the top six, hold 1-0 away leads, while League Two high-flyers Scunthorpe are winning by the same scoreline against Portsmouth.

  204. 15:36: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Manchester City are resorting to long-range efforts now - Samir Nasri's deflected shot sailing over the bar and, from the resulting short corner, Alvaro Negredo curls wide.

    Martin Keown on Final ScoreArsenal 2-0 Sunderland

    "That's an absolute gift of a goal given away by Sunderland. Santiago Vergini should have just sent the ball into the stands."

  206. 15:34: 
    At the bottom
    Premier League table

    That goal for Fulham has them off the bottom, as Cardiff and Sunderland continue to struggle...

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Fulham

    "Quite telling to see new Fulham boss Felix Magath all but ignore goalscorer Ashkan Dejagah after he sped towards the Cottagers dug-out to celebrate his goal, giving him only a cursory back-slap, and instead making a bee-line for Lewis Holtby who had come over to join his team-mates as they jumped on top of each other. Holtby has been Fulham's main attacking force so far and Magath was keen to give him words of encouragement - and probably ask for more of the same."

    Garth Crooks on Final ScoreWest Brom 0-1 Fulham

    "Fulham have got themselves in front and deservedly so based on how they've started the game. The players all ran over and celebrated with Felix Magath so his impact has already been felt."

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraArsenal 2-0 Sunderland

    "If you see this goal, you will wonder what the defender is doing. He never had a look. He just carelessly passed it back in the direction of the keeper. It was a shocking piece of defending."

  210. 15:32: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- West Ham 2-1 Southampton

    It's been a barnstorming first half at Upton Park, and the Saints almost draw level when Jack Cork whips in a deep cross from the right and Rickie Lambert heads against the base of the post. Nearly! In other news, Saints chairman Katharina Liebherr is attending her first away game this afternoon.

  211. 15:30: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland - Olivier Giroud (31 mins)

    A gift, an absolute gift. Dear oh dear oh dear. Alan Hansen is doing MOTD tonight and brace yourself for a masterclass in exasperation.

    Sunderland have the ball in their goalkeeper's arms and manage to concede within three seconds. Vito Mannone rolls it out, the defence play a risky pass and then Santiago Vergini's backpass is horrible, allowing Olivier Giroud in for a simple second. A gimme.

  212. 15:31: 
    Cardiff 0-1 Hull

    Cardiff are doing their level best to get back into this, Magnus Wolff Eikrem looking lively and Fraizer Campbell heading over from six yards out. However, for all their possession, they are often running into brick walls against a well-organised Tigers side.

    Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live Sports ExtraArsenal 1-0 Sunderland

    "Sunderland are not pressing Arsenal up front at all. That might seem all right but Arsenal will get through them and I'm a little bit surprised they are not prepared to press Arsenal."

  214. 15:27: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Fulham - Ashkan Dejagah (28 mins)

    Fulham continue to get the ball wide, and it pays off. Kieran Richardson whips it in on the run down the left, Lewis Holtby totally misses his kick which turns into an assist as the ball runs on for Ashkan Dejagah - who played under Felix Magath in Germany - buries a low shot from the edge of the box.

    Dejagah sprints to the dugout and there's a pile-on. Team spirit? You bet.

  215. 15:27: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Manchester City are huffing and puffing against Stoke without ever looking like blowing the well-organised Stoke backline down. Still plenty of time for that to change though.

  216. 15:26:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the HawthornsWest Brom 0-0 Fulham
    Felix Magath

    "Some neat stuff being played by Fulham so far but they are also not afraid to hit it long to find their widemen when they have to. Felix Magath definitely seems to appreciate the value of crosses judging from the number that his side have attempted in the first 20 minutes or so, with Hugo Rodallega a willing target in the middle.

    "Meanwhile, Baggies boss Pepe Mel is cutting an animated figure in his technical area but his side have shown little invention when they have come forward, and their set-pieces have also been poor. You can see why the goals have not been flowing for them recently."

  217. 15:25: 
    Football League update

    Goals have not been flying in throughout the Football League so far, but some of those which have gone in could prove vital. Second-placed Burnley take the lead against Championship promotion rivals Nottingham Forest through midfielder Scott Arfield. At the other end of the table, Jim O'Brien's early goal helps second-bottom Barnsley snatch an early lead against fourth-bottom Millwall.

    And in League One, Notts County race 2-0 ahead against Shrewsbury, with both sides scrapping around in the relegation zone, inside the opening 13 minutes.

  218. 15:24: 
    Cardiff 0-1 Hull

    BBC Sport's Rob Westall at Cardiff City Stadium: "Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall and his Hull City counterpart Allan McGregor are both vying to be Scotland's number one for next month friendly against Poland.

    "Allan McGregor staked an early claim with two saves from Wilfired Zaha and Kenwyne Jones before Marshall's point-blank save from Nikica Jelavic. He could do nothing about Tom Huddlestone's deflected shot however, 1-0 to Hull."

  219. 15:24: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-0 Fulham

    Another good opening for Fulham, who have started very well. Ashkan Dejagah does all the work down the right, his cross is a teaser and Steve Sidwell arrives on it like a train, firing over the top.

    West Brom then break away and Thievy Bifouma is in, he delays though and Maarten Stekelenburg spreads himself to keep it out. End-to-end.

  220. 15:22: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-1 Southampton - Carlton Cole (23 mins)

    What a turnaround at Upton Park! Stewart Downing puts in a quality corner which Carlton Cole heads against the post, but the striker makes no mistake from the rebound as he smashes gleefully home. Cue bubbles everywhere.

    Martin Keown on Final ScoreCardiff 0-1 Hull

    "Cardiff need to get something out of their game against Hull. If they are going to have any chance of staying up they need to beat the likes of Hull at home."

  222. 15:21: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland

    And a decent save at Arsenal too, as former Gunner Vito Mannone tips over a pile-driver from Lukas Podolski. All sorts of movement on that shot, Mannone watched it all the way and pushed it well clear.

  223. 15:21: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Chance for Stoke at the Etihad as Charlie Adam - who scored a belter against Manchester United recently - goes for the far corner from 20 yards and Joe Hart has to make a fine one-handed stop.

  224. 15:20: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Southampton - Matt Jarvis (20 mins)

    The Hammers are level. Kevin Nolan has the ball at his feet in the centre of the pitch, he waits and waits before lifting the ball over the top of the static Southampton defence and releasing Matt Jarvis who controls and steers the leveller past Artur Boruc. But was it offside? I think it might just have been. A quality pass though.

  225. 15:18: 
    GOAL- Cardiff 0-1 Hull - Tom Huddlestone (18 mins)

    A top quality strike for Hull as Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic link up, with the latter bringing a top save out of David Marshall. The ball is beaten out towards Jake Livermore, who lays it off to Tom Huddlestone and the ex-Spurs midfielder drives a deflected shot into the back of the Cardiff net.

  226. 15:17: 
    West Brom 0-0 Fulham

    So far, so good for Felix Magath, Fulham looking lively and confident in the opening stages. Hugo Rodallega almost heads in at the back post but Gareth McAuley does just enough to see it out.

  227. 15:17: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Stoke's first real chance of the afternoon, when a free-kick is pumped into the box and Ryan Shawcross glances just wide.

  228. 15:15: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland

    It's role reversal time at the Emirates from midweek, as Arsenal have had 80% of possession so far. They know what it felt like for Bayern at the moment.

    Wojciech Szczesny does have to make a save though, as Sunderland's first break ends with a Marcos Alonso cross deflected into the path of the Pole.

  229. 15:13: 
    Cardiff 0-0 Hull

    Superb wing play from Cardiff's Wilfried Zaha as he skips through three challenges and fires a shot at goal but Allan McGregor makes a decent save, the Hull man following up with another low stop to Kenwyne Jones's shot moments later. Bluebirds very much on top.

  230. 15:12: 
    Terry's gold- Chelsea 1-0 Everton

    Chelsea's match-winner has been credited to three different people but we have a consensus - for now at least - it's a John Terry goal...

  231. 15:11:  
    Garth Crooks on Final ScoreWest Ham 0-1 Southampton

    "I've been singing the praises of James Collins and James Tomkins the past few days and then they concede a goal like that!"

  232. 15:11: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    I'm tempted to say Manchester City have Stoke City penned back at the Etihad, but Mark Hughes's side seem happy to play a deep line this afternoon. A good idea? Only time will tell...

    Martin Keown, BBC SportArsenal 1-0 Sunderland

    "Gus Poyet will be disappointed with his Sunderland players who have just stood off Arsenal in the first few minutes, hardly touched the ball and now they've been punished by Olivier Giroud."

  234. 15:08: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-1 Southampton - Maya Yoshida (8 mins)

    West Ham won't be adding to their 13 clean sheets this afternoon - slack marking allowing Maya Yoshida to rise highest and power home Steve Davis's free-kick, awarded after James Tomkins brought down Adam Lallana in full flight.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the HawthornsWest Brom 0-0 Fulham

    "It's been an enthusiastic start to the Felix Magath era at Fulham, best demonstrated by Scott Parker scrapping for the ball while on the floor and winning a free-kick which led to some decent early pressure and that Johnny Heitinga chance. The travelling Cottagers fans are making a lot of noise too, currently directing their chants at their new hero Lewis Holtby. Rousing stuff, but not for Magath, who is still sitting in his seat."

  236. 15:06: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham - in red today - have started very well, Lewis Holtby is the key man in the hole and links up well with Hugo Rodallega before drilling wide from 20 yards.

  237. 15:05: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Stoke

    Manchester City look like a wounded animal this afternoon - piling forward against Stoke at every opportunity with Aleksandar Kolarov putting the burners on and rinsing the Stoke full-back but his cross evades everyone in the box. Moments later Fernandinho's swerving shot is parried over by Asmir Begovic.

  238. 15:04: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland - Olivier Giroud (5 mins)

    Lovely, lovely goal from the Arsenal! Jack Wilshere starts the move deep in the Sunderland half, Tomas Rosicky is involved before Wilshere works his way into the box, he is tackled by Phil Bardsley but the ball drops kindly for Olivier Giroud, and he steers in clinically from eight yards.

  239. 15:04: 
    Cardiff 0-0 Hull

    Cardiff and Hull supporters have plenty in common off the pitch - they are both campaigning against their respective owners - but all that has been put to one side for the next 90 minutes. Not much has happened in south Wales but the hosts are enjoying some nice, early possession.

  240. 15:02: 
    CLOSE!- West Brom 0-0 Fulham

    Felix Magath and Pepe Mel shared a warm embrace before kick-off, and it's Fulham who make a bright start. Lewis Holtby's cross from the left is a peach and Jonny Heitinga should really score, he rises unmarked six yards out but can't keep his header down.

    Extra laps around the training pitch for the big man after that one...

  241. 15:02: 
    West Ham 0-0 Southampton

    Adam Lallana played a glorious pass through to Jay Rodriguez, but the Southampton forward's first touch is poor and Guy Demel gets back to snuff out the opportunity. Bright start from the visitors.

  242. 15:00: 

    We're under way in all five of our 3pm kick-offs. Let's have a goal flurry, lads...

  243. 14:59: 
    Cardiff v Hull (1500 GMT)

    A warm embrace between the two managers, Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. We're just trying to work out if they played together at Manchester United. Our sketchy calculations reckon they just missed each other - one leaving and the other joining in 1996. We're happy to be corrected.

  244. 14:58: 
    Manchester City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    We've heard lots about it, but are Stoke actually passing the ball more under Mark Hughes? The answer to that is a resounding 'yes', judging by stats knocking around today. The Potters have averaged 385 passes per game in the PL this season; at least 62 more per game than in any season under Tony Pulis. They have also completed a higher proportion of their passes (76.3%). The Sparky revolution is well and truly taking shape.

  245. 14:55: 

    Everywhere I look, players are popping out of Premier League tunnels into spring sunshine. It's a new day, a new dawn, a new season - we just want some more goals please...

  246. 14:53: 
    Manchester City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Chips and gravy? Tick. Pre-rich owners tracksuit top? Tick. Tattoos? Tick.

    This Manchester City fan is pumped for the big game against Stoke...

    Manchester City supporter
  247. 14:51: 
    Lawro v Katy B
    Katy B

    Continuing today's musical theme, Lawro has a singer in the opponent's corner today as he takes on Katy B, who is top of the UK album charts with her second offering, Little Red in his predictions.

    Katy grew up in south London in a family of Arsenal fans but chose to support her local team Crystal Palace.

    "When I was younger I used to get sent to play football with my brother every Tuesday and I played for one of the 'Palace in the Community' teams," she told BBC Sport.

    "Because my brother was a really wicked player he would always be captain, and would pick me first even though I was probably the worst player there.

    "These days I go to watch Palace with one of my best friends. Are we staying up? Definitely, 100%!"

    Who else did Katy B back to win? Check our her full predictions.

  248. 14:51: 
    Stormer from Bastille- Dag & Red v Plymouth (15:00 GMT)

    Who says there's no glamour in the lower leagues?

    Bastille - you know, Bastille? 'Pompeii' and all that - drummer Chris "Woody" Wood will make his commentary debut today when he gives BBC Radio Devon listeners his verdict on his beloved Plymouth Argyle's League Two clash with Dagenham & Redbridge.

    The lifelong Pilgrims fan will act as summariser alongside long-serving BBC commentator Gordon Sparks at Victoria Road.

    Wood - who played at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, where his band won best British breakthrough act - will replace the usual local newspaper journalists, injured players and managers who are called on to give their expert opinion on the game.

    "Having grown up going to Argyle with my family since I was a young boy, I jumped at the chance to get involved with the team and the broadcasting legend that is Gordon Sparks," said Wood.

    "This will be a dream come true."

  249. 14:51: 
    West Ham v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Now sitting pretty in 11th, West Ham's owners must be feeling vindicated they did not sack Sam Allardyce earlier in the season. So did they make the right decision?

    "We are not out of the woods yet but we have made great strides, all of us," said Big Sam. "Everyone has played a part to alleviate the situation we were in and it's my job to make sure that pays off.

    "At the moment it's going well but Southampton are back in good form again so it will be a difficult game. But hopefully with the form we are in we will be big enough and strong enough to conquer them."

    Let me know your thoughts, Hammers fans...

  250. 14:49: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Everton

    Confirmation that Chelsea's winner has now been credited as a Tim Howard own goal. Confusion.

    Chelsea v Everton
  251. 14:49: 
    Real Madrid v Elche (1500 GMT)
    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid can take the outright lead at the top of La Liga with victory at home to 13th-placed Elche.

    A win would put them on 63 points - three clear of Barcelona, who play Real Sociedad at 19:00 GMT, and Atletico Madrid, who face Osasuna on Sunday.

    World-record signing Gareth Bale starts in attack, but Real will have to make do without Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The club failed to reduce his three-match league ban in order for him to play against the south-east Spain club.

    Follow live text coverage of the match on the BBC's European football page from 15:00 GMT.

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    Mohit Pasricha: That Chelsea goal has all the hallmarks of potential champions!

    Sam Burnett: You have got to feel for Everton, can't remember the last time a team went to Stamford Bridge and played so well.

    George Powell: Possession is pointless if you don't score. Europe looking more difficult now for Everton.

  253. 14:47: 
    Arsenal v Sunderland (1500 GMT)
    Dennis Bergkamp statue

    As we mentioned earlier, Arsenal unveiled a statute in honour of Dennis Bergkamp this morning An honour indeed, so how does it feel to be immortalised? Quite good, according to the man himself.

    "All this makes you realise how many good years we had here and how big this club has become over the last 20 years," the striker said. "I was just happy to play a role in that.

    "You all see me as a team player, and there is only one statue of me, but I believe it is part of a whole team that I was involved in which made me shine.

    "When you think of that team, it is not only the quality players around you, it is the fantastic manager, the staff around the club."

  254. 14:46: 
    Arsenal v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has explained his decision to go back to the players who lost 2-0 to Hull instead of sticking with the men who beat Southampton in the FA Cup: "We have been quite consistent with this line-up. We have played well.

    "We had a difficult game against Hull but overall the team were performing well, so they deserved to be here."

    Poyet has challenged his players to prove they should be in the team for next Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.

    "The players have to fight really hard for the opportunity for next week," he added. "But I hope we don't think too much about the final because we need three points."

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom v Fulham (1500 GMT)
    Cyrille Regis

    "There is a superb photo on display by the press room at The Hawthorns, showing former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis at the peak of his powers, wearing an England shirt after an international call-up and in a pose that always reminds me a bit of the Birmingham City badge.

    "How Baggies boss Pepe Mel must wish he had Big Cyrille to pick up front right now because goals are his big problem. Sixteen of his players have found the net in the Premier League this season, more than any other club, but their top scorer is Saido Berahino with just four. With Nicolas Anelka still not fit, and super-sub Victor Anichebe again on the bench, it is Berahino and January signing Thievy Bifouma who lead their line against Fulham."

  256. 14:45: 

    Shall we press ahead with the 3pm kick-offs? Marc Higginson is here to help out with the five Premier League games which kick off in 15 minutes.

  257. 14:45: 
    League Two preview

    League Two pacesetters Chesterfield look to continue their promotion bid at an out-of-form Wycombe side, who have not won in nine games. The Spireites, unbeaten in six matches, are three points clear of second-placed Scunthorpe, who welcome Portsmouth to Glanford Park. 2008 FA Cup winners Pompey are just seven points clear of the drop zone. The two sides currently occupying the relegation spots - Torquay and Northampton - face home matches against Accrington and Hartlepool respectively as they look to kickstart their escapes.

  258. 14:44: 
    League One preview

    Only one place to start in League One - and that is Griffin Park. Leaders Brentford entertain pre-season title favourites Wolves, who are two points behind the Bees in third. Leyton Orient, who are sandwiched in-between the pair, face play-off chasing Swindon in east London. There is a 'six pointer' at the bottom as Notts County and Shrewsbury - both rooted in the relegation zone - go head to head at Meadow Lane. But the Shrews could be dangerous as new boss Michael Jackson takes charge for the first time since being permanently appointed as Graham Turner's successor.

  259. 14:43: 
    Championship preview

    Leaders Leicester hold a whopping eight-point advantage in their bid for a Premier League return and aim to further extend that lead when they host play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town. Much of the Foxes' success this season has been down to their imperious home form, which has seen only East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest win at the King Power Stadium.

    Today fifth-placed Forest travel to Burnley, who are Leicester's nearest challengers, with the intention of also becoming the only Championship team to beat the Clarets at Turf Moor this season. At the other end, there are two potentially-decisive relegation scraps with Barnsley hosting Millwall and Yeovil welcoming Doncaster Rovers. Elsewhere, local pride is at stake as Huddersfield Town face Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby.

  260. 14:42: 

    Some of the Everton players cannot believe that. A cruel late blow, the sort delivered by champions you could say...

  261. 14:41: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 1-0 Everton

    A big win is greeted by big celebrations in the Chelsea goalmouth. Chelsea four points clear.

  262. 14:40: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Everton

    Everton have a corner - Tim Howard is up there...

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 1-0 Everton

    "Huge pain for the Everton fans and for all that great defending throughout the game they've given away a free-kick in dangerous position, late in the game and been punished. What a big moment in their season."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  264. 14:37: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Everton - John Terry (90 mins)

    Chelsea do sneak the win! Frank Lampard delivers the ball from deep, John Terry wants it and challenges Tim Howard, the ball goes in off the arm of Howard and into the net!

    The tantrum is replaced by joy for Chelsea's captain...

  265. 14:37: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Phil Jagielka booked, free-kick in a decent spot. This could be the last chance for Chelsea...

  266. 14:35: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    FIVE MINUTES added on...

  267. 14:34: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Ramires scorches one in from 30 yards - just wide! The best effort in a long while. Into the last minute of normal time.

  268. 14:32: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Steven Naismith goes down with a twisted ankle, causing referee Lee Probert to stop the game. That angers John Terry who throws a tantrum in the manner of a small child who has been told that he can't go into Toys R Us. A full 360-degree spin and a double foot stamp from the Chelsea captain. Dummy well and truly out.

    Naismith is able to carry on as we reach the last few minutes.

  269. 14:30: 

    Euro scapegoat watch: Ozil out, Demichelis in.

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    Rob in Sheffield: What is Manuel Pellegrini's obsession with Martin Demichelis about? He's not really better than Joleon Lescott is he? And they've both got an error in them. Demichelis gets his spot because he's Pellegrini's man.

  271. 14:29: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    SIX MINUTES on the clock. Gareth Barry goes into the book for another foul in midfield, that's his job, slowing down the play.

    Alan Shearer Q+A

    Alan Shearer answered some of your questions on the Match of the Day Facebook page earlier. A selection of his responses are below.

    Which of today's Premier League strikers would you most like to play with?

    "I would have liked to have played with Wayne Rooney. He can play as the main striker or just off the striker and he can be equally effective. He is a great player and it is great news he has signed a new contract for Manchester United."

    Can Manchester United finish in the top four?

    "I would be very surprised. I think they have given themselves too much to do."

    What do you make of Chelsea's title chances?

    "I think they are excellent. I tipped them before a ball was kicked and I haven't changed my mind since. I think their result at Manchester City suggested that they have a great chance to win the Premier League this year, despite their manager saying others are favourites, which nobody believes."

    What three teams do you think will go down this season?

    "I think Cardiff will go down. I think Fulham will struggle and I think Norwich will also get relegated."

    Alan Shearer
  273. 14:26: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Aiden McGeady replaces Steven Pienaar wide on the left for Everton. Now would be a good time for the Republic of Ireland international to find his first goal for the club.

    Will we ever see a goal again?

  274. 14:24: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Into the last 15 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea going two points clear at the top as it stands.

  275. 14:23:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at The HawthornsWest Brom v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    "After a week which saw him criticise his predecessor Rene Meulensteen for destabilising Fulham by restructuring their defence, Felix Magath's first act as Fulham boss is to... restructure their defence. Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta come into their back-line at The Hawthorns, as Magath looks to improve the worst defensive record in the top flight.

    "Ashkan Dejagah and Scott Parker must have impressed with the stamina they showed during those extra training sessions Magath put on because they are in midfield, and ditto for Hugo Rodallega, who is recalled up front. The Cottagers' new £12m striker Konstantinos Mitroglou might get to use the toiletries in his travel bag if he comes off the bench, but what does this selection tell us about Magath's view of Darren Bent, who is not even in the squad?"

  276. 14:22: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gnabry.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Vergini, O'Shea, Alonso, Bridcutt, Ki, Colback, Johnson, Altidore, Borini. Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Cuellar, Scocco, Ustari.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  277. 14:22:  
    Football FocusWest Brom v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    John Hartson on the importance of West Brom getting a result for manager Pepe Mel in the clash with Fulham: "Pepe is desperate for a win at home to Fulham. It is a huge game for Pepe Mel. They have not won in his five games so it is massive for him."

  278. 14:22: 
    Arsenal v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger leaves out his record £42.5m buy Mesut Ozil in the wake of growing criticism of his recent performances. The German midfielder missed a penalty in Wednesday night's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and that appears to have been the final straw. French striker Olivier Giroud earns a recall after sitting out that Champions League defeat and the FA Cup win over Liverpool. Lukas Podolski also returns in an attacking looking team, while at the back Nacho Monreal is in for the injured Kieran Gibbs.

    Santiago Vergini stands in for the suspended Wes Brown in Sunderland's only change from their last Premier League game when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Hull.

  279. 14:21: 
    LINE-UPS- Cardiff v Hull (1500 GMT)

    Cardiff: Marshall, Da Silva, Caulker, Cala, Taylor, Zaha, Cowie, Eikrem, Noone, Campbell, Jones. Subs: Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Lewis, Berget, John.

    Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Jelavic, Long. Subs: Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko, Quinn.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

  280. 14:20: 
    Cardiff v Hull (1500 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Rob Westall at Cardiff City Stadium: "Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made four changes from the side that lost to Wigan in the FA Cup last time out.

    "There's a home Premier League debut for Spanish defender Juan Cala signed from Sevilla in January, with call ups for Fabio Da Silva, Don Cowie, Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones.

    "Hull boss Steve Bruce also rings the changes from the Tigers' FA Cup exploits at Brighton, reverting to the same team that won at Sunderland in their last Premier League outing, with defender Liam Rosenior returning from a groin injury."

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Rob Hammett: Gareth Barry has to go to the World Cup. Excellent in front of the Everton back four and a brilliant passer of the ball.

    Peter Wood: Everton have been immense defensively today. Just miss having a proper striker to link up play.

    Chris White: There might not be goals, but there is a lot of passion and desire in this game.

  282. 14:19: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    An air of frustration is lingering around Stamford Bridge. This looks more and more like a 0-0 draw, all the play is in and around a congested middle third.

    Maybe this is the answer though - Everton send on Gerard Deulofeu for Kevin Mirallas.

  283. 14:16: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Silva, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Negredo. Subs: Lescott, Milner, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Clichy, Pantilimon, Jovetic.

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

    Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Everton

    "A couple of times Fernando Torres has tried to beat Sylvain Distin for pace and not got there - he's certainly not as quick as he once was."

    Listen to commentary of Chelsea v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  285. 14:15: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Andre Schurrle comes on in place of Samuel Eto'o. We have 20 minutes left.

  286. 14:15: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Sunderland (1500 GMT)

    Big news coming out of the Emirates, with Mesut Ozil not involved in the matchday squad for Arsenal. Olivier Giroud starts up front.

  287. 14:13: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Taylor, Downing, Nolan, Jarvis, Carlton Cole. Subs: Reid, Armero, Collison, Diame, Jaaskelainen, Joe Cole, Nocerino.

    Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Gallagher.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

  288. 14:13: 
    West Ham v Southampton (1500 GMT)

    Southampton make six changes from the team that lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup last week. Artur Boruc returns in goal with Jose Fonte restored to the heart of the defence. Jay Rodriguez is back to add some firepower with Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin recalled in central midfield.

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce sticks with team that beat Norwich 2-0 on 11 February with Carlton Cole leading the line and Adrian aiming for a fifth clean sheet in a row.

  289. 14:12: 
    Manchester City v Stoke (1500 GMT)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini makes two changes from the midweek Champions League defeat by Barcelona but centre-back Martin Demichelis is not one of them. Midfielder Samir Nasri and striker Edin Dzeko come in as Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas make way.

    Stoke are unchanged from the 1-1 draw with Swansea, which was their last game and was 10 days ago.

  290. 14:11: 
    LINE-UPS- West Brom v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    West Brom: Foster, Billy Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Berahino, Thievy. Subs: Sinclair, Myhill, Anichebe, Dorrans, Vydra, Gera, Dawson.

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson, Holtby, Rodallega. Subs: Riise, Kvist Jorgensen, Kasami, Stockdale, Mitroglou, Burn, Tankovic.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

    Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at Stamford Bridge: "Suddenly it's getting lively. A breathtaking save from Tim Howard denies Branislav Ivanovic on the follow-up after an even better reaction stop from Petr Cech at the other end and both sides show their eagerness to secure the win with attacking substitutions. Fernando Torres, who got the winner against Everton here last season, comes on for the hosts and Ross Barkley is on for the Toffees."

  292. 14:09: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- West Brom v Fulham (1500 GMT)

    Konstantinos Mitroglou is on the bench for Fulham this afternoon, with Hugo Rodallega leading the line for the Cottagers. Still no Nicolas Anelka for the Baggies.

  293. 14:09: 
    FULL-TIME- Middlesbrough 0-0 Leeds

    Game over at the Riverside. We are into stalemate season.

  294. 14:08: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Everton

    Ross Barkley, with the longest hair I've seen from him, comes on in place of Leon Osman.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 22 Feb 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 Chelsea 27 28 60
No movement 2 Arsenal 27 25 59
No movement 3 Man City 26 42 57
No movement 4 Liverpool 26 34 53
No movement 5 Tottenham 26 4 50
Moving up 6 Man Utd 27 12 45
Moving down 7 Everton 26 10 45
No movement 8 Southampton 27 6 39
No movement 9 Newcastle 26 -6 37
Moving up 10 West Ham 27 -3 31
Moving up 11 Hull 27 -2 30
Moving down 12 Swansea 26 -3 28
Moving down 13 Aston Villa 26 -9 28
No movement 14 Stoke 27 -15 27
No movement 15 Crystal Palace 26 -18 26
Moving up 16 West Brom 27 -8 25
Moving down 17 Norwich 26 -20 25
No movement 18 Sunderland 26 -16 24
No movement 19 Cardiff 27 -29 22
No movement 20 Fulham 27 -32 21

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