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  1. 18:51: 

    The agony, ecstasy and sheer unpredictability of the Premier League - it just sucks you in like nothing else doesn't it?

    We'll be back tomorrow with Arsenal v Newcastle. It looks a straightforward home win, but they all thought that about Liverpool v Chelsea.

    See you there.

  2. 18:51: 
    Player reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: "You'd be crazy to think that it's over. It's in our hands again but there's been so many swaps and changes, we have to stay calm.

    "By definition we're the team in the league that can't give up after how we won the title in 2012. It's ultimately about the last games and we have to pick it up again. We're ready for anything."

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    Kevin, Hornchurch: Mourinho the master tactician. Rodgers the raw apprentice. Liverpool never remotely looked like champions in their biggest game for years. They might not get another chance for some time!

    Jon, Sheffield: Say what you want about Mourinho, the man is brilliant. All these complaints about negativity - if it gets you results against your rival title contenders, it's perfectly valid. And for all the criticism that's been levelled at him, the mind games have certainly worked on us all this week.

    Gary, Southampton: If Gerrard doesn't slip, we're probably taking about a bore nil-nil draw and the title still in Liverpool's hands, but he did and it's not. Liverpool weren't naive or arrogant in my view.

  4. 18:44: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "Of course we talked with the players [about the Liverpool result] before the game but we could not play against Palace depending on Liverpool - we still had to win so we were very concentrated on our own game.

    "Yaya Toure has had a wonderful year. He has been recovering from an injury - that is why he played only 60 minutes but he is a top player. Today had a very important role to play with his goal and with his assist."

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    Ben: Jose played a blinder this week - wound up the FA, frustrated Anfield, Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers, and Chelsea never looked like losing.

    Dave: Alan Durban's quote comes to mind: "If you want entertainment go and watch clowns." Chelsea got three points today - that is what matters.

  6. 18:43: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a happy day and it was very important for us. Before today we were depending on other teams. Now we continue as we were two weeks ago, depending only on what we do.

    "It was important to get a good start but also not to let Crystal Palace score. It was a very professional performance. But it's not finished, we have to play three games more. We will see in the future who will be the best."

  7. 18:40: 
    Manager reaction- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
    Tony Pulis

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: "We could have done with the players being a bit more on edge but they've done fantastically well this season.

    "We have to prepare ourselves to get ready for Liverpool.

    "The Premier League is the most competitive in the world and, although we're safe, we have a responsibility to the rest of the league to put in a performance."

    I think that once you start talking about your responsibility to the rest of the league, it is a sure sign that minds are already wandering.

  8. 18:35: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea
    Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on the mistake made by captain Steven Gerrard in the build-up to Chelsea's opener: "I just said to Steven there he's been a wonderful player for this club and is a massive part of why we are where we are. There's no blame to attack to him. He'll be disappointed of course but he has been a monumental player and will continue to be."

  9. 18:19: 
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    Steve: 16 years Gerrard waited for a chance at the title and that slip might mean he never gets another one. Football is a cruel world.

    Gregory: Even with the loss, Palace still can finish in the top half of the table. That is why Pulis should be Manager of the Year.

    David: One defeat and it all changes. Welcome to the most competitive league in the world.

    If you are the Gerrard's family pet cat, I would keep away from the master of the house this evening.

  10. 18:18: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure: "To be honest, we were looking a little bit at the Liverpool-Chelsea game.

    "We played really well. Palace had won a few games recently. It was a tricky game but we did well.

    "We have just three games left and we want to focus on winning those. We have Everton next. They are a good team and it is tricky again but with our quality we can deal with that.

    "I never want to give up. Every game for me is crucial and today we played like it was a final. Between us, Liverpool and Chelsea, it is tight and we need to win all our games."

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    Colin: What a game. Chelsea were simply brilliant throughout. Liverpool looked like they had run out of answers.

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    Matt, Birmingham: If it wasn't for Gerrard's slip, it would've been 0-0. Frustrating that such a depressingly negative approach to football still works in the modern game, but you can't argue with the result.

    Shane, Hertfordshire: Mourinho was such a talent during his days at Porto, Chelsea and Inter. But since Madrid he has become such a negative manager. Football isn't always results, it is sportsmanship and entertainment. It's for the fans. Not just knowing how to suck the life out of a game.

    Liam, Stockport: Coming away from the result, what a player Chelsea have in Tomas Kalas! Coming up against the best attack in the league on his Premier League debut and was barely troubled. Superb.

  13. 18:16: 

    This win takes Manchester City level with their record Premier League tally of 93 goals - racked up when they won the title in 2011-12.

    Combining that attacking approach with a decent defence might be what wins them the title. Liverpool have scored more with 96, but have conceded 46 to City's 35 and goal difference could decide it.

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    Paul, Lancashire: Liverpool will never have a better chance of winning the league but the key game does not involve them. City away at bogey side Everton is the game where the season hinges.

    Calum, Aberdeen: Looks like the only team that can win the title now for Liverpool is Everton! How will the Everton team approach that game against City next week?

  15. 18:10: 
    Top of the table
    Top of the table

    Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets now. We have a humdinging, 24-carat, pure breed of a title race. Manchester City with a slight edge, Liverpool next favourites followed by Chelsea?

    That's probably the truth of it, but you would be a mug to assume any of the three are going to win every match from here on in.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "City were entertaining early on, resolute in the middle of the game and comfortable in the last 30 minutes. Although they lacked their schemer-in-chief David Silva, they were the better ream throughout. Palace's support was terrific but they never really looked capable of puncturing City, who just had that little bit more quality and pace."

  17. 18:03: 
    FULL-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    No mistake from Manchester City who take their place in driver's seat of this title race.

  18. 18:00: 
    Three minutes added on

    Fernandinho's attempted cross almost catches both him and Julian Speroni by surprise, almost sneaking in at the back post.

    Some of the Palace fans have been taken by surprise by the time added on. Only three minutes extra despite five second-half subs.

  19. 17:58: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    A late outing for Alvaro Negredo who is in the middle of a nasty goal drought. The Spaniard, who has not scored in his last 13 games, is on in place of Edin Dzeko.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "The support at Selhurst Park has been exceptional today and I think that reflects the pride they have in the players for maintaining their Premier League status this season. But next year will be much harder and Palace will have to add a little more extra quality to this group if they want to stay in this league."

  21. 17:56: 
    Five to go

    Five minutes to go. The Palace fans, as ever, are loud and boisterous, singing, clapping and bouncing to the end.

    A Crystal Palace fan wears an eagle mask
  22. 17:54: 
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    Seb: The difference between Liverpool and City is City can bring on internationals like Jovetic and Negredo to make an impact. Liverpool had to bring on Iago Aspas.

  23. 17:53: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Liverpool and Chelsea fans tuning in hoping that City might let the title race impetus slip are going to be disappointed.

    City have kept Crystal Palace at arm's length today like an older brother putting a sibling in their place.

    Edin Dzeko's trundling shot is gathered up by Julian Speroni as we close in on the 85th minute.

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    Franck, London: PFA Player of the Year has to be Yaya Toure. He carries City in their games, unlike Luis Suarez who fails to score against the big teams in the big games.

    James, Edinburgh: I think it's farcical that the awards night is tonight - the final two or three games are crucial and are the true tests of the character and ability of the players and managers.

  25. 17:50: 
    Ten minutes to go- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Thomas Ince does Vincent Kompany up like a kipper with a flashy, full-speed Cruyff-inspired bit of skill. Lovely stuff and the City skipper is lucky to get away without a yellow card as he blunders in. Ten to go.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "I don't know if Sergio Aguero is going to the big dinner tonight, the PFA awards dinner, but he deserves a rest. He has been excellent today."

  27. 17:48: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Manuel Pellegrini calls Sergio Aguero back to base. The Argentine takes his time as he trudges to the sidelines to be replaced by Stevan Jovetic.

  28. 17:46: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
    A Crystal Palace fan holds a message for manager Tony Pulis

    There is a lot of love for Tony Pulis swirling around Selhurst Park. Palace are just a place and a point behind his former club Stoke.

  29. 17:44: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    The third and final change for Crystal Palace with Thomas Ince replacing Yannick Bolassie, who has not been as influential as he can be.

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    Siyabonga: I hope this Yaya Toure turns up at Brazil 2014.

  31. 17:42: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Julian Speroni called into action again and the Palace goalkeeper saved well with his feet as Edin Dzeko's shot clips off Scott Dann and almost squirms past him.

  32. 17:41: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Sergio Aguero tries an outside of the foot special from a tight angle, but it would have needed to be something very special indeed. Julian Speroni saves with ease, but Joel Ward goes into the book for blocking off James Milner earlier in the move.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "Palace are playing a higher backline which is helping them in keeping the ball but we all know how good City are on the break and that could be dangerous. Every time Palace lose the ball and City do surge forward, Javi Garcia is just sitting back to cover the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov"

  34. 17:39: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    A double switch to try and inject a little life into the Palace front line. Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray are on in place of Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh.

  35. 17:37: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Joel Ward set his sights for the top corner, but the Palace full-back's effort is always rising and veering wide from 20 yards and a tight angle.

  36. 17:36: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Yaya Toure looks like his race is run for this afternoon. He shoots over the top from 20 yards, wincing with the remnants of that groin injury. Manuel Pellegrini has seen enough and whips him off in favour of Fernandinho.

    You have got to look after your Yaya if you want to be champions.

  37. 17:32: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    An hour on the clock and Manchester City look like they are going to coast this one home. The have been content to let Palace have the ball because the hosts don't look like they have the cunning to open them up.

    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis in action during the English Premier League football
  38. 17:29: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    A neat pass with the outside of the foot from Marouane Chamakh gets Cameron Jerome free in behind the City rearguard, but his first touch is a little heavy, giving the visitors time to get back and cut out his pull-back towards Jason Puncheon.

  39. 17:27: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Scott Dann has his name taken, joining fellow Crystal Palace centre-back Damien Delaney in the book, for a heavy challenge on James Milner.

  40. 17:24: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Marouane Chamakh has Jason Puncheon steaming up outside him on the right, but opts instead to shift the ball left towards Yannick Bolassie. Probably the wrong option and definitely the wrong execution as the pass has too much weight on it and runs long. Wasteful.

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    Martin, Brussels: Oh Brendan sour grapes doesn't become you. Getting men behind the ball is a much more valid tactic than lack of a plan B and schoolboy defending.

    Josh, Leamington: Can't understand Rodgers' tactics at all - they only needed a draw. He knew what Mourinho's team would do. Should have played much more conservatively. A bit naive and possibly arrogant from Brendan today?

  42. 17:21: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Adrian Mariappa loses his footing, Steven Gerrard-style, around the halfway mark and City break at speed through Samir Nasri. The Palace man is immediately up and sprinting back to try and catch up play though and Nasri can't pick out a team-mate when confront with two defenders.

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    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Statisticians Opta on Twiter: "Yaya Toure has now scored six in his last six Premier League games for Manchester City."

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "Tony Pulis will have said at half time: 'Let's have a few more efforts on goal'. If you don't have a shot you don't score and Puncheon's effort was well struck but Hart got down low to his right to steer it away for a corner. Palace immediately on the front foot here."

    Crystal Palace's Welsh manager Tony Pulis
  45. 17:17: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Crystal Palace are straining at the leash. Jason Puncheon forces a good save out of Joe Hart in the City goal with a snap-shot from 20 yards that stays low and skiddy. The hosts need an early goal to get City's nerves jangling.

  46. 17:13: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    Back under way at Selhurst Park.

  47. 17:12: 
    Toure de Force
    yaya Toure

    He doesn't roam too far, but if you want someone to plant a flag in the middle of the pitch and claim it for your team, Yaya Toure is the man to call. His first half touches are shown above.

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    Gary, Belfast: This has 2012 written all over it. City seemingly shot to pieces, Yaya steps up and goal difference decides it on the last day.

    Jon, Brentwood: What a goal from Toure. 14 days to go in the best league in the world and the Champions League, Europa League and relegation spots are all to play for. Brilliant!

    Two best leagues in the world perhaps Jon. The La Liga shakedown is looking tasty with Atletico Madrid playing Barcelona on the final day.

  49. 17:10: 

    "We dust ourselves off" doesn't have the same ring as "we go again" does it?

  50. 17:09: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on his side's defeat to Chelsea: "Unless you can score that early goal you can't entice the opposition to come up.

    "It was clear that they had not come here to win the game with the time-wasting and what not. The players gave everything, we just couldn't get that wee bit of luck.

    "I don't think it's a tactic to get players behind the ball. You could get anyone to get everyone back and defend on the edge of the box.

    "We are still two points ahead of a team that has spent an absolute fortune. If we win our last two games we finish above them and then we'll see what happens with Manchester City.

    "The players have been brilliant, we dust ourselves off."

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "City are beginning to play like champions dare I say. The early goal gave them confidence and they then followed that with a splendid goal from Toure, who broke with speed at the perfect time - just before the end of the first half.

    "It will be difficult for Palace now. With Bolasie and Puncheon they look like they might beat the full back and get a ball into the box, but City are in the mood."

  52. 16:59: 
    HALF-TIME- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
  53. 16:59: 
    Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    City are finishing the half with a flourish. Sergio Aguero squeezes a shot through the legs of Scott Dann from 20 yards and an unsighted Julian Speroni drops on it gratefully as it suddenly looms in front of him.

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    Andy: Classic Yaya Toure - "I think I'll go and score now lads" and that is exactly what he does.

  55. 16:56: 
    CHESTERFIELD PROMOTED- Burton Albion 0-2 Chesterfield

    Chesterfield secure promotion from League Two as a win over Burton Albion means they are guaranteed a top-three place. James O'Shea got both their goals at the Pirelli Stadium to move the Spireites top by virtue of goal difference from Rochdale with one game left.

    Jay O'Shea celebrates scoring the first goal
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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-2 Man City

    "A wonderful effort. He came right from the halfway line and showed great speed - sometimes Toure just opens his legs and emerges as a real sprinter. He was going to shoot early but decided to hold on before curling a lovely effort. And to think he was a defensive midfielder when he started. Goodness me."

  57. 16:53: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City -Yaya Toure (43 mins)

    He's a beast of a player isn't he? Yaya Toure rampages down the Crystal Palace left, leaving red and blue shirts trailing in his wake, swaps passes with Samir Nasri, holds off Damien Delaney and curls a precise finish past Julian Speroni.

    Is there any way back for Palace now? City are making a supposedly tricky away trip look straightforward.

    Yaya Toure of Manchester City scores his team's second
  58. 16:53: 
    Five to go to the break- Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    The stoppages have taken rhythm out of the game. Five to go.

  59. 16:52: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Samir Nasri catches some of whatever was afflicting Sergio Aguero. The Frenchman goes down in a heap under a fairly innocuous looking challenge from Jason Puncheon. He gets treatment and comes back on dragging his hurt leg before recovering like Cesar Soze come the credits.

  60. 16:48: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Sergio Aguero crumples to the floor as if he has knees made of meringue to win a free-kick from Joe Ledley, 35 yards out from the Palace goal. Manchester City cannot make anything of it though and Palace barrel back up the other end on a counter full of pace, but lacking in execution.

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    Mark: If Palace don't get a result against City, Everton will. Still all to play for in the most exciting Premier League season ever!

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    "City have settled now after that early goal. There was a brief spell during which Palace came back with some verve but at the moment they are not being considerably troubled."

    Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero in action against
  63. 16:45: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Crystal Palace are given the advantage by Howard Webb after Pablo Zabaleta wallops into Marouane Chamakh. City briefly look a little short of numbers at the back, but Vincent Kompany is across to snuff out Cameron Jerome's threat.

    Once play comes to a halt, Webb is back to brandish the yellow card at Zabaleta.

  64. 16:42: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    The City fans are in full voice, belting out Blue Moon. Where, if anywhere, might they falter over the run-in? Would Everton dig deep to do a favour for their neighbours across Stanley Park?

  65. 16:37: 
    YELLOW CARD- Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Damien Delaney goes into the book as he lunges in after a loose ball that Edin Dzeko is always favourite for. City might target him, getting the likes of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri to take him on for the rest of the afternoon.

    Crystal Palace's Irish defender Damien Delaney fouls Manchester Cit's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko
  66. 16:34: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Vincent Kompany gets up highest at the near post but bullets his downward header just wide of the Palace goal.

  67. 16:33: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Edin Dzeko has a couple of inches in height advantage on Scott Dann and Damien Delaney and City are not afraid to use it. Dann does just enough to put off the Bosnian as another City cross is arrowed in towards his forehead.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    "City are very sharp in the last 20 yards with their little one-twos, but I have to say Palace have been impressive too, particularly with their attacking approach play down the right hand side."

  69. 16:27: 
    La Liga latest

    The Premier League title race is going down to the wire and so is the scramble to be crowned champions of Spain. La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have kicked off at Valencia and with 20 minutes gone it is goalless. Live text commentary of this match - as well as Barcelona's game at Villarreal (20:00 BST) - is up and running on the BBC Sport website.

  70. 16:26: 
    Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    Crystal Palace have reacted well to going behind, getting on the ball and pushing forward. Cameron Jerome is leading the hassling and the harrying when City do have possession.

    Cameron Jerome of Crystal Palace is tackled by Vincent Kompany
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    Belete: Man City players smelling another trophy!

    Luke: Eight months ago Liverpool and City wouldn't have thought much of their trips to Selhurst Park... turns out they're crunch matches!

  72. 16:24: 
    Manager reaction- Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea
    brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaking to Sky Sports: "Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it's Liverpool, we won both. If it's City, we won both.

    "With these three points we need one point to finish third. It was a good season for us and an evolution in many aspects of this team.

    "The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.

    "Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose 3-0 or 5-0 like others. Many people think it was impossible to get this result.

    "But the boys had an amazing performance so I'm so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea football club."

  73. 16:20: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    I think Jose Mourinho should have waited until the adrenaline cleared his system before coming out for his post-match chit-chat.

    The Chelsea manager has a sly dig at pundit Jamie Redknapp after the former Liverpool midfielder branded their protestations in defeat to Sunderland as 'embarrassing' and insists his side are still not in the title race.

  74. 16:19: 
    As it stands- Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City
    Top of the table

    The top of the table is squeezing up into a logjam around the 80-point mark.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat at Selhurst ParkCrystal Palace 0-1 Man City

    "Perfect header, seeking the space behind the last defender. Toure flicks it with his right foot towards the six yard box and there was Dzeko coming in, so good upstairs. The most wonderful start possible for City now means Palace have to come forward, but they don't appear defensive in their set-up."

    Edin Dzeko heads in the opening goal
  76. 16:14: 
    GOAL- Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City - Edin Dzeko (4 mins)

    Manchester City take immediate advantage of Liverpool's slip-up as Yaya Toure sweeps a cross to the far post and Edin Dzeko meets the ball with a firm downward header that gives Julian Speroni no chance.

    Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal with Samir Nasri
  77. 16:10: 
    KICK-OFF- Crystal Palace 0-0 Man City

    Can Crystal Palace throw a spanner in the title race works? We are under way at Selhurst Park.

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    Arshi: Apparently a parked bus can score two goals!

    Doug: Mark Schwarzer man of the match. Good handling, excellent distribution, calm and composed throughout.

    Matt: This was supposed to be Liverpool's chance to prove they're worthy Champions. What does this all mean?

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    Steven, Manchester: This is what the real neutrals wanted to see. The title race go down to the last day with three teams still involved.

    Dan, Norwich: Credit to Torres, I think he could have easily taken that himself, but I don't think he wanted to do that to the Liverpool fans.

  80. 16:08: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    So many people had already hung gold around Liverpool's necks but, in the words of commentator Brian Moore back in 1989, it's up for grabs now. These are the games that the title will be fought over.

    Liverpool: Crystal Palace (a); Newcastle (h)

    Chelsea: Norwich (h); Cardiff (a)

    Man City: Crystal Palace (a); Everton (a); Aston Villa (h); West Ham (h)

  81. 16:04: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Very disappointing for Liverpool, it's a real hammer blow. But what a solid defensive display from Chelsea - a great day for them."

  82. 16:03: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea
    Top of their table

    Chelsea head over to celebrate with the away fans. The Liverpool players are down the tunnel sharpish. The title is no longer in their hands with City's healthy goal difference giving them the edge.

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    Jon, Eastleigh: Wow, I don't think I've ever seen Suarez have such a bad game, he's given it away pretty much every time he's touched it and he's offered no effort. Shrinking violet in the biggest club game of his career so far.

    Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho
  84. 16:01: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Credit where credit is due Chelsea have done fantastically well. Liverpool had to gamble like that at the end and take the punishment. Chelsea have been wonderful and it could not have gone any better for them. Liverpool just have not been able to get through Chelsea at all - they were wonderfully disciplined, very organised, very good defensively."

  85. 16:01: 
    FULL-TIME- Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    Over to you City.

  86. 16:00: 
    Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho greeted that goal by banging his fist against the badge on his gillet. Liverpool's fans drowned out the Chelsea celebrations with a chorus of You'll Never Walk Alone.

  87. 15:58: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea - Willian (90 mins)

    Liverpool finally floored by a sucker punch attack. Fernando Torres breaks through and slips the ball sideways for Willian to do the dirty work of putting the ball in the net as Simon Mignolet comes out.

    Chelsea's Fernando Torres passes to Willian to score his team's second goal
  88. 15:57: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Chance! Luis Suarez rattles a half volley hard but straight at Mark Schwarzer, who tips over. Iago Aspas then wastes the set-piece with a horrible shank straight to Willian.

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    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Liverpool normally get their full backs marauding forward but because Chelsea have been so deep they have not been able to get in behind them and Chelsea deserve credit for that.

    "There has been urgency but Liverpool have not been at their best today. Chelsea are a frustrating side to play against but Liverpool have not been anywhere near the level they have been playing at over recent weeks."

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    Tristan: Cole has had Johnson in his back pocket all day. If Johnson gets an England call up, Cole should too.

  91. 15:55: 
    Four minutes added time- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Four minutes added on and Liverpool are back in possession. There still have to find a path through the Blue wall though...

  92. 15:54: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea on the ball and playing up near the Liverpool corner flag as the clock ticks up into the 90th minute.

  93. 15:54: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    The Chelsea fans think this is won. They might be right. Philippe Coutinho's pass is too far in front of Glen Johnson and is out for a Chelsea throw.

  94. 15:52: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Daniel Sturridge dummies over the top of Steven Gerrard's pass, but Luis Suarez is not there in time to pick up possession. The ball runs out for a goal-kick. Tick-tock...

  95. 15:51: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Ba has worked his socks off - he has been excellent and caused problems with his presence up front today. Torres just gives extra legs in the last 10 minutes, he offers a bit more going in behind and on the counter."

    Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (left) and Chelsea's Demba Ba battle for the ball
  96. 15:51: 
    Five to go- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Five minutes to go. The Kop rouse themselves to try and lift the hosts for one last push.

  97. 15:50: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Demba Ba off and former Red Fernando Torres on in his place to jeers for Chelsea.

  98. 15:49: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Liverpool are packing the area with bodies, but their strength has been pace from deep and hitting on the break this season. Trying to unpick this defence is proving hard work.

  99.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "You feel Liverpool are getting closer and closer with corner after corner. Chelsea are holding on for their lives. Nemanja Matic and John Mikel Obi are sitting just in front of a back five now, with Cahill, Kalas and Ivanovic in central defence and Cole and Azpilicueta at full-back."

  100. 15:47: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Iago Aspas is brought on for John Flanagan. Liverpool are going all out now.

  101.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Liverpool do not look like scoring at the minute. They are getting half-chances but they are nowhere near peppering Mark Schwarzer's goal. With Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge on the field you would expect them to create a few more but Chelsea do appear to be doing a number on them this afternoon."

  102. 15:46: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Luis Suarez is a whisker away from a beautiful curling cross from Philippe Coutinho. The Uruguayan has his head in his hands.

    Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic challenges Liverpool's Luis Suarez
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    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: Daniel Sturridge has found the net in four of his five substitute league appearances for Liverpool, including both this season.

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    Oliver: When Chelsea play to defend they are quite possibly the most impregnable side in the world.

  105. 15:45: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Steven Gerrard strains his neck muscles to try and get power into a header as the ball loops up to him 12 yards out, but the ball drops tamely into Mark Schwarzer's gloves.

    Just over ten to go.

  106. 15:43: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea are pulling up the drawbridge. Gary Cahill is brought on for Andre Schurrle, but not until after the Germany international gets a bit of treatment for some suspiciously early cramp.

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    Jon, Brentwood: Liverpool need to get the ball wider. Stretch the width to make more room in the centre and break down Chelsea's spot on tactics and their blue wall.

  108. 15:42: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    With Chelsea sitting back and not pressing the ball, Steven Gerrard tries his luck from 35 yards. It comes off his instep with power, but it is straight at Mark Schwarzer. The Chelsea goalkeeper defuses the shot and grabs it at a second attempt.

  109. 15:39: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Luis Suarez turns Andre Schurrle with a fake to cross down by the byeline. He picks out Joe Allen in the box, but the Welshman cannot collect cleanly with his first touch and a mob of defenders descend to whisk the ball away.

  110. 15:37: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Willian dutifully tracks Raheem Sterling's run and cuts out Steven Gerrard's floated throughball.

    Twenty minutes to go.

  111. 15:36: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Liverpool are suffering the attacking equivalent of writer's block. So full of imagination all season, they are looking clumsy and a yard slower than usual in attack as they chase this game.

  112.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "With Willian coming on, I'm sure he will be up there to support Ba but with his energy levels he will also tuck in and make a five in midfield for Chelsea at this crucial stage in the game.

    "People talk about the injury to Petr Cech but I'm a big fan of Mark Schwarzer, I think he is more than capable of coming in and stepping up. That save he made earlier from Joe Allen was a fabulous dive low down to his left."

    Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willianvies for the ball with Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen
  113. 15:33: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Steven Gerrard neatly steps inside Frank Lampard around the edge of the area, but his curling shot is straight into the gloves of Mark Schwarzer. Gerrard has not caught one sweetly yet in the game.

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard rues a missed chance
  114. 15:31: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Liverpool are toiling hard but they are struggling to open up the massed Blue ranks. If anything Chelsea are looking more comfortable as the game goes on. Philippe Coutinho gives the ball away to the long legs of Nemanja Matic to groans from the crowd.

    Twenty-five minutes to go.

  115. 15:30:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    "There are more groans than songs from the Liverpool fans now, as they see another attack break down, but they still have time, and still have hope. Their team have had most of the ball and Chelsea have a different problem to deal with now Daniel Sturridge is on the field, joining Luis Suarez up front and acting as the focal point of their attack in a 4-3-3 formation.

    "Raheem Sterling has been roaming all game but he is on the left for now, with Suarez on the right and Sturridge in the centre. Chelsea are looking a lot more dangerous on the break of late, though, and the home fans behind me have noticed that too."

  116. 15:28: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea are still posing a threat at the other end as Liverpool start to commit more numbers forward. Andre Schurrle cuts inside Glen Johnson and lets fly with a low shot that Simon Mignolet has to get a strong palm to. John Flanagan is quickest to the loose ball to tidy up for Liverpool.

  117. 15:27: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Philippe Coutinho gets underneath a volley from 20 yards out and the ball floats harmlessly wide. A little under half an hour to go.

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    Brad: If ever there was ever a time to prove your championship credentials, this is it Liverpool.

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    Sam: Really hope Pellegrini is watching this. An ability to be compact and defend away from home in big games and we would have won the league by now. Far too naive away from home. Mourinho always has a plan and his players usually execute it well.

  120. 15:26: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    One former Liverpool transfer target replaces another for Chelsea as Willian comes on for Mohamed Salah.

  121.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case at Anfield for BBC Radio Merseyside: "Tremendous strike from the edge of the box from Joe Allen. He deserves something as he's played well and he's gone close so many times. That would have been a vital goal."

  122. 15:25: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Not bad for a 41-year-old. Mark Schwarzer flings himself to his left to push away Joe Allen's volley from the edge of the area. That was travelling as well.

  123. 15:23: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Mohamed Salah flicks a header behind for a Liverpool corner. Before it is taken though, Liverpool are going to make their change. Daniel Sturridge on for Lucas.

  124. 15:21: 
    Breaking Man City team news- Crystal Palace v Man City (16:10 BST)

    Manchester City are boosted by the return of Yaya Toure after the midfielder sat out the last two matches with injury. The Ivorian is one of three changes, along with Alexsandar Kolarov and James Milner.

    Manchester City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero

  125. 15:20: 
    Breaking Palace team news- Crystal Palace v Man City (16:10 BST)

    Marouane Chamakh returns to the Crystal Palace team for the visit of Manchester City as the Eagles look for a club-record sixth consecutive league victory.

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

  126. 15:19: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Daniel Sturridge is warming up down the line and Brendan Rodgers is talking to him now. Willian is also warming up for Chelsea - so we might well see a change or two soon."

  127. 15:19: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Steven Gerrard shanks a volley well wide from roughly the patch of turf where he had his Olympiakos moment in 2005.

    Ashley Cole has been a rock at the back so far for Chelsea by the way. A very impressive performance.

  128. 15:17: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case at Anfield for BBC Radio Merseyside: "The game is crying out for Daniel Sturridge. Maybe not yet, but it will come if Liverpool don't get any fruits for their labour soon."

    Daniel Sturridge is getting ready for action as I type.

  129. 15:16: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Liverpool have given Raheem Sterling licence to float around a little more to find work. He drives at Cesar Azpilicueta down the Liverpool left before popping up in a more central role. He can't get any change out of Tomas Kalas though who does well to get himself between Sterling and the ball.

  130. 15:13: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Philippe Coutinho does a little ball-boying, going to fetch the ball as Ashley Cole trudges across to take a throw-in.

  131. 15:12: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Branislav Ivanovic goes through the back of Luis Suarez as the Liverpool striker drops deep to pick up the ball. Liverpool cannot make anything of the free-kick though.

  132. 15:10: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    We are back under way with Liverpool kicking towards the Kop. They'll need their help.

    Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard  wait to restart the match after half time
  133. 15:09: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Liverpool are out first for the second half. Waiting on the pitch as Chelsea emerge. Are the Reds early and eager to get going? Or are Chelsea already dragging their feet? I know which I think is more likely.

    No changes for either side.

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    Prajjwal: Gerrard will be having nightmares for the rest of his life if Liverpool fail to win the league from here.

    Matt: Liverpool were never going to coast to this. They always make things interesting for themselves. Big second half.

  135. 15:07: 
    Manager reaction- Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "The effort and attitude was there for everyone to see. We go into the next two matches knowing we have to win those two.

    "It's a great challenge for everyone at the club. We need two strong performances. The most we can get is 36 points and, if we can get that, I think that will be enough to keep us up. We've given ourselves a mountain to climb and we need to start climbing."

  136. 15:06: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "I think Kalas and Ivanovic have been excellent and Matic outstanding. Yes Chelsea have been a little fortunate in that Gerrard slipped to allow Ba to score but Liverpool have not been as inventive as they have been in recent months here.

    "They have not tested Schwarzer, despite being at home, only Sakho has had a chance. They have been not at it today and have been second best in many areas. They have not been creative enough going forward and are maybe missing the movement and strength of Daniel Sturridge."

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    Vince: As brilliant as Gerrard is, he does have a habit of giving gifts at crucial times. Twice to Thierry Henry and once against Chelsea a couple of years back as well.

  138. 15:03: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
    Possession graphic

    All the ball, but none of the score. Might Brendan Rodgers sacrifice one of Joe Allen and Lucas, throw Daniel Sturridge into the mix and go two up top in the second half?

    He isn't shy of a swift change of personnel and formation.

  139.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Opta Joe on Twitter: Liverpool have won only two of their last 30 Premier League games when they've been trailing at half time. (W2 D7 L21). Slip.

  140. 15:01: 
    Top of the table- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
    Top of the table

    Get those calculators out. This is how the top of the table looks as it stands. Considering they would have been out of the race if they didn't win, Chelsea are turning this into a bona-fide three horse race.

  141. 14:57: 
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    If Chelsea were time-wasting and sitting deep in the first half, they are going to take both to world-class levels in the second half.

  142. 14:56: 
    HALF-TIME- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea
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    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Of all the people to make a mistake - your captain and inspirational leader Steven Gerrard. In all fairness he slips and Demba Ba still has a lot to do - he runs 40 yards and slides it under Mignolet's body. Chelsea go 1-0 up."

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard appears dejected
  144.  
    Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "When you play at the back like Liverpool do there's always a chance of a mistake and once Steven Gerrard slipped that was it. Demba Ba has got the legs and the pace and that was it."

  145. 14:52: 
    GOAL- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea - Demba Ba (45 mins)

    Jaws on the floor at Anfield. Liverpool survive the corner but then, under no pressure, Steven Gerrard hands Chelsea a gold plated chance. His slip gifts the ball to Demba Ba who races through on goal and slots the ball coolly under Simon Mignolet to the sound of silence apart from the small slice of Chelsea fans in the away end.

    Chelsea's Demba Ba scores his team"s opening goal
  146. 14:52:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    "It is fair to say the Liverpool fans are getting a bit frustrated - not with their team, who are still seeing most of the ball and spending a lot of time in the Chelsea half without creating a clear-cut chance, but because the Blues continue to take their time at dead-ball situations - something that started in the very first minute. The Liverpool fans sitting behind me wanted far more than three minutes of stoppage time to be added at the end of the first half."

  147. 14:52: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have a late corner after the ball bobbles off Mamadou Sakho in a tussle with Demba Ba.

  148. 14:51: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Chelsea are defending very well to get back in numbers. And when they have managed to break - which admittedly has been only rarely - players like Salah have been a handful but have lacked a bit of support up front."

  149. 14:51: 
    Three minutes added time- Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Here comes the board and there are three minutes added time. Branislav Ivanovic has spent at least that long tying his laces in the first half.

  150. 14:49: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Frank Lampard, never popular at Anfield since breaking Xabi Alonso's ankle in a game there, is public enemy number one as he goes in heavily on Raheem Stering. Out comes the yellow.

  151. 14:47: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea cough up the ball in midfield and Liverpool spring forward at warp speed. Raheem Sterling lays the ball off into Luis Suarez's path on the edge of the box, but the Uruguayan hammers his shot a foot or two over the top.

    We are heading into added time at the end of the first half.

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    Steve: There's nothing genius about Jose's tactics. He's doing exactly what most bottom-half teams do against the top four away. It's just he's got a team more capable of doing it and coming away with points - due to the fact they have spent hundreds of millions of pounds to assemble a team that is as dull as ditchwater.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gives instructions on the touchline
  153. 14:45: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have a case here. Mohamed Salah cuts in off the right flank and wallops a shot goalwards. He is attempting to curl it around John Flanagan, but it hits the left-back on the hand. Could he have got it out of the way? Was it hanging away from his body in an unnatural way? The referee decides not and waves play on.

  154. 14:42: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Luis Suarez has taken to sarcastically applauding Chelsea's time-wasting tactics. Mark Schwarzer is not going to be taunted into speeding up his play though.

  155. 14:41: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea force a corner as Mohamed Salah lures in John Flanagan, but they can't make anything of it.

    Chelsea's Mohamed Salah (right) and Liverpool's Jon Flanagan battle for the ball during
  156. 14:40: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson at Anfield: "Chelsea will be the happier of the two teams, Liverpool are probing and have had most of the possession but Chelsea are comfortable. Sakho had a good chance for Liverpool but the ball fell to the wrong player really - he blazed over when he should have done better. Salah just got a ticking off from Mourinho, who wants him to tuck in as Liverpool are getting too much of the ball in the middle."

  157. 14:40: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Martin Atkinson is going to need a rub-down at half-time he had been shrugging his shoulders so hard during this Chelsea time-wasting. He will be piling on the added time at the end of the half.

  158. 14:38: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Mamadou Sakho is straight on Demba Ba's case as the Chelsea striker gets a rare touch. Sakho slides in with a forceful, but legal, challenge as the Senegal international tries in vain to turn towards the Liverpool goal.

  159. 14:36: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Half an hour played. Liverpool have scored in 25 consecutive first halves coming into this one. Where is it going to come from today?

  160. 14:34: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Glen Johnson advances with the ball at his feet and options in front of him but Lucas has strayed offside when the pass comes his way.

    The Liverpool fans are settling in for a slog rather than the messy slaughter they have seen against Arsenal, Everton and the rest this season.

  161. 14:32:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    "Twenty-four of Liverpool's 96 Premier League goals this season have come in the opening 20 minutes of a game, but their trademark storming start has not happened today. Whenever Liverpool have the ball, Chelsea are defending deep and in numbers, with a row of five midfielders protecting their back-four, and sometimes joining it. Some way up the pitch, Demba Ba is leading the line on his own.

    "Liverpool have dominated possession, and are still being urged on by their vocal fans. The pressure is building too, but Jose Mourinho will be happy because Blues keeper Mark Schwarzer has had little to do so far."

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    Ryan: People can moan about Chelsea all they want but football is a game of many tactics and defending well is one of them!

    Apaka: Really fed up with this "genius tactics from Mourinho". Football is supposed to be entertainment as well. Come on Liverpool.

    Ismail: This is less Chelsea trying to waste time, more looking to disrupt the flow of the game. Atkinson needs to show a card or two.

  163. 14:32: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Ow! Luis Suarez kops an elbow in the jaw as he competes for the ball with Ashley Cole on the edge of the box. The Liverpool fans are incensed but Martin Atkinson decides to hold fire with the cards.

    Cole's claims that it was accidental contact appear to have convinced the official.

  164. 14:30: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are reverting back to a 6-3-1 when Liverpool have the ball with Frank Lampard and Nemanja Matic dropping back into the rearguard.

  165. 14:27: 
    YELLOW CARD- Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    What a foot race this is. The zippy Raheem Sterling takes on Mohamed Salah and outdoes the speedy Egyptian. Salah sticks his foot in, committing the foul and earning a yellow card.

  166. 14:25: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Liverpool have had 74% of possession so far. The only shot on target has come from Ashley Cole though.

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    Mark: That's got to be a record. Chelsea warned for time wasting after 90 seconds. Here comes the bus...

    Nikhil: Please Torres score the winner at Anfield today and end Liverpool's title dream!

  169. 14:23: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are still dawdling over every set-piece and Martin Atkinson is making a very obvious show of stopping his watch while he waits for them to get the action back underway.

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    Emmet: Sterling is an absolutely fantastic little player. So composed for such a young player.

  171. 14:21: 
    CLOSE!- Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    That is an even better chance for Liverpool. Mamadou Sakho is not the man the hosts would have wanted it to fall to though. Six yards out, the big centre-back swings his right foot at Luis Suarez's driven cross-cum-shot, but he is leaning back and blazes well over.

    Will Liverpool regret not making one of these stick?

  172. 14:18: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    That is a decent chance, but it is wasted by Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who side-foots a volley wide when picked out by a raking cross-field pass from Luis Suarez.

  173.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    "The biggest roars from the Anfield crowd so far - apart from when Chelsea are taking their time at free-kicks and throw-ins - have come when Raheem Sterling gets on the ball.

    "Sterling has operated at the top of a midfield diamond in the last couple of weeks but he is back on the right wing at the start of this game. His battle against Ashley Cole should be a fascinating one, but rookie centre-back Tomas Kalas has already come over to help his full-back with one perfectly-timed challenge."

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    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case on BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's very tense. Both sides are very disjointed. Chelsea have the long ball up to Demba Ba but Liverpool's rhythm is very stop start at the moment."

  175. 14:16: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Tomas Kalas has made an assured start on his Premier League debut, dispossessing Raheem Sterling with a good sliding challenge.

  176.  
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case reacts to Mourinhio's wrestle for the ball with Steven Gerrard on BBC Radio Merseyside: "He's being an idiot. He's got the hump with the FA, he's got the hump with everyone and probably got the hump because he's ill. He's just being an idiot."

    Jose Mourinho and Steven Gerrard tangle on the touchline
  177. 14:15: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    A bit of argy-bargy on the touchline as Steven Gerrard wrestles the ball out of Jose Mourinhho's grasp to take a Liverpool throw-in. The crowd enjoyed that. Fourth official Kevin Friend is left to listen to Jose's complaints.

  178. 14:13: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    The first effort on goal comes from Chelsea as Ashley Cole swings his left peg from 25 yards. He makes a decent connection and a sprawling Simon Mignolet has to get down sharply to save.

    Chelsea have done a good job off dampening the early Red momentum.

  179. 14:10: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Martin Atkinson is giving Glen Johnson a talking to after he barges into Andre Schurrle down the Liverpool right. No yellow card, but Chelsea stretch the stoppage further as they wait over the free-kick.

    The Blues are clearly trying to break up Liverpool's trademark fast start.

  180. 14:08: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Liverpool are already complaining about Chelsea time-wasting as Mark Schwarzer calls Branislav Ivanovic over to take the set-piece.

  181. 14:07: 
    Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

    Raheem Sterling picks up the ball in his own half and hares at Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole. Cole, using all his wiles, gets a free-kick as he shepherds the Liverpool teenager towards the byeline.

    Sterling looks like he is playing wider with Philippe Coutinho through the middle for the hosts.

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    Dan: Huge day of football! I think Liverpool will get the result against Chelsea and Man City will falter against Crystal Palace. Title will be Liverpool's as of 6pm today.

  183. 14:05: 
    KICK-OFF- Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    We are under way.

  184. 14:04: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Jose Mourinho, a little pale and unshaven on the Chelsea bench, looks on as the anthem dies away. His side will kick off.

  185.  
    Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland striker Connor Wickham after his brace against Cardiff: "I'm over the moon. I can't ask for much more. The manager has given me time on the pitch and I'm repaying him with my performances.

    "We've got fighters in the dressing room. We've got determination and grit and that's why we're doing well lately. Hopefully, this will give us a boost. We're out of the relegation zone and we'll keep fighting to stay there."

  186. 14:02: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    The Kop is a shimmering sea of red and white as You'll Never Walk Alone is pumped into the cauldron.

    It is a potent, heady mix.

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    Daniel: Genuinely think I'd cry if Liverpool win today, people will say it's not over, but with this current run, I can't see it ending.

    PD Smith: People getting carried away by the difference between 'weak' and 'weaker'. No, it's not weak but it's far from Mourinho's ideal starting eleven.

    Natasha: Calling it here first, Torres is gonna score the winner for Chelsea!

  188. 14:01: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Former defender Jamie Carragher is in the cheap, or at least cheaper, seats for this one, standing among the Liverpool fans. I wonder if he regrets calling time on his playing career at the end of last season.

    Liverpool fans are serenading their side. They are poetry in motion apparently and you can't really disagree with that this season. Seventeen league games at Anfield have brought 15 wins, one draw and a single defeat.

  189. 13:58:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "There is an incredible noise in Anfield with 10 minutes to go until kick-off. It's just got even louder with the introduction of former Reds star Luis Garcia, the man who scored the famous 'Ghost Goal' that decided Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea in 2005. Garcia is out on the pitch with his son with the fans bellowing "you won't take my Luis away" at him. I imagine Jose Mourinho is less pleased to see him again."

  190.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff

    BBC Radio Newcastle summariser Gary Bennett at Stadium of Light: "People might look back and talk about the sending off but I think Sunderland would have won the game comfortably anyway given the way they played. Cardiff were a shambles, you can't see them winning any more points for the rest of the season.

    "Everybody will be looking to the Man United game now and I wouldn't be surprised if Sunderland get something at Old Trafford next week. They then have two more home games and if they go about them in the same way as today then yes - they can get six points out of six."

  191. 13:57: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Time to switch sights sharpish.

    Kenny Dalglish has taken his seat and Anfield is awaiting the arrival of the teams and, for the first time in his second spell as Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho. There is some previous there...

  192. 13:55: 
    Bottom of the table
    Bottom of the table

    It is looking grim for Cardiff though.

  193. 13:53: 
    FULL-TIME- Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland are rising fast. That might be the last they see of the bottom three.

  194. 13:52: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged side for the eighth time this season, more than any other Premier League manager. Stable.

    Is that stability the cause of their success or a result of it though?

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    Zack: Why is a six-foot right back and not our centre-back and captain Caulker marking Connor Wickham?! We look like a League One side!

    Johnny: Connor Wickham has obviously just realised the World Cup is in Brazil this year and he'd quite like to go. Incredible run of form.

    Chris: Feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Cardiff are an absolute mess. Mackay lucky to get out when he did.

  196. 13:50: 
    Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff fans, facing a slog of a journey home, are standing and singing in support of their side. They might not have the trip to Sunderland to do again next season.

  197. 13:48:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "As well as Tomas Kalas on the pitch, there are a couple of other Chelsea youngsters on their bench worth keeping an eye out for later.

    "If he comes on, 19-year-old midfielder Lewis Baker would also be making his Premier League debut, having made his first-team bow as a substitute against Derby in January. The England youth international has been with the Blues since he was 10 and is seen as a complete midfielder with a big future.

    "Kalas got the nod to start at the back over another teenager, Nathan Ake, who is also 19 but has a little bit more experience. The Dutch defender has not played for the first team this season but started a league game against Everton at the end of last season and also featured in the Europa League."

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    Mike: Sunderland, Villa, West Brom all still with a game in hand against the bottom three. Can't see a way out, especially for Norwich!

    Ed: Cardiff under Solskjaer have been absolutely abysmal. Dread to think how Malky Mackay is feeling at the moment.

  199. 13:47: 
    Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff

    BBC Radio Newcastle summariser Gary Bennett at Stadium of Light: "Brave there from Connor Wickham, who had to stoop to get his head on that for a second goal of the game. It's been a comfortable but professional win by Sunderland.

    "This has dented Cardiff. You have to say they have been a shambles this afternoon. In terms of confidence and with the body language they are all over the place. It makes you wonder where they will pick up their next points from."

  200. 13:43: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff - Connor Wickham (86 mins)

    I'm just going to float this. Feel free to shoot it down. Is a ticket to Brazil out of the question?

    Connor Wickham muscles his way ahead of Kevin Theophile-Catherine at the near post and his header from Emanuele Giacherrini's corner skids in via the Cardiff defender's shoulder.

    I've come to my senses. It probably is out of the question. But not by much.

  201. 13:43: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 3-0 Cardiff

    Gus Poyet makes a double change to shore up his side and gobble up another few seconds. Adam Johnson and the excellent Jack Colback trot off to be replaced by Liam Bridcutt and Craig Gardner.

  202. 13:41: 
    Ten to go- Sunderland 3-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland are picking over the carcass of this Cardiff side for any scraps they might have missed.

    A man down and with the lactic acid starting to bite, the visitors are struggling to shut down the space.

  203. 13:38:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Fans inside Anfield

    "A huge roar welcomes the Liverpool players as they jog out to start their warm-up. Anfield filling up with less than 30 minutes until kick-off and it is getting very noisy in here now."

  204. 13:38:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 GMT)
    Liverpool and Chelsea supporting brothers outside Anfield

    "At last, a valid reason for buying a half-and-half scarf: Brothers Jarrod and Jesse have travelled all the way from New South Wales in Australia to be at Anfield today. Liverpool fan Jarrod (left) is predicting a 3-0 win for the Reds, while Chelsea supporter Jesse (right) is going for a 1-1 draw. One of them will be happy tonight. I guess the winner gets to keep the scarf."

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    Merlin, Kent: Sunderland have taken points off Chelsea and City for Liverpool, Liverpool have given Sunderland a win over Norwich and Fabio Borini. Great trades for both teams.

    Jack, Surrey: What with all the talk of players on loan and old clubs coming back to haunt them, odds on Sturridge to return from injury to score a last gasp winner? Assisted by Moses.

  206. 13:38: 
    Sunderland 3-0 Cardiff

    BBC Radio Newcastle summariser Gary Bennett at Stadium of Light: "What a good run by Giaccherini and what a good pass by Borini. That's the goal they needed.

    "I said this game suits Giaccherini, especially with 10 men as you will get space and time on the ball. Cardiff are all over the place now, yes they're trying to get back in the game but there have been some strange substitutions for me.

    "It's great that Sunderland are now rewarding the fans - how many times have they let them down here this season - but at least now there is hope and they deserve these three points."

  207. 13:34: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 3-0 Cardiff - Emanuele Giaccherini (76 mins)

    Done and dusted. Surely. Emanuele Giacherrini's diagonal run is picked out by a smart reverse ball from Fabio Borini and the Italy international finishes first time through the legs of the advancing David Marshall. Off comes the shirt in celebration, but the prospect of his side being out of the bottom three will take the sting out of the resulting booking.

    Sunderland celebrate their third goal
  208. 13:34: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throws another striker into the mix, calling on the old legs of Craig Bellamy. Frazier Campbell, once on loan at Sunderland, gets a good reception as he departs.

  209. 13:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland swap Sebastian Larsson for Emanuele Giaccherini.

  210. 13:31: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland are hunting that knockout goal. David Marshall doesn't know a lot about it, but he manages to put himself in the right place to block Fabio Borini's goal-bound effort from point-blank range. Just under 20 minutes to go.

  211.   
    John Murray, MOTD2 commentator at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "I have never seen an atmosphere quite like that at Anfield today. The idea is for the Liverpool fans, who are lining the approach to Anfield several deep, to welcome the team coach on its arrival at the ground. Already they're singing: 'We're going to win the league'. And those who have been to recent home matches have told me that this is something that has built up over recent weeks and peaked today."

    Fans outside Anfield

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    Fuad: If Liverpool carry on their demolition of teams in the first 20 minutes, I don't see Chelsea coming back like Manchester City did. The opening minutes are crucial for Chelsea.

    Sly, Kent: Mourinho being clever again. This team selection is not just about the Champions League. He knows if he puts out his strongest team they will still be beaten by a rampant Liverpool. Now he has a ready-made excuse for failing to win the league.

  213. 13:28: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Chelsea need big game from Nemanja Matic today. He is not going to get a lot of help tracking midfield runners from Frank Lampard or, to be honest, John Mikel Obi.

  214.   
    Chris Bevan at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "Tomas Kalas is going into uncharted territory today - assuming he lasts more than five minutes of the match.

    "The 20-year-old has made two substitute appearances this season for Chelsea, which are his only previous first-team experience for the Blues. They did not last long, though - he came on in the 89th minute in both matches - a 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Arsenal in October, and the Champions League game against Galatasaray that ended with the same scoreline."

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    Rian: Huge test for Kalas but Cahill needed a rest. Glad to see Ivanovic playing centre back and as thought, the team isn't too weak.

    Dom: And that's meant to be a weakened team? More mind games. Liverpool to sneak this, 3-2?

  216. 13:24: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pushing all his chips into the middle. Already down to ten men, he takes off defender Fabio and replaces him with Kenwyne Jones.

    Something has to give at one end or the other. Twenty-five minutes left to play.

  217. 13:23: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Vito Mannone adjusts his feet fast in the Sunderland goal, plunging down to his right to push away Peter Whittingham's deflected free-kick.

  218. 13:21:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at AnfieldLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "There has been much speculation about Chelsea fielding a weakened team but rookie Czech Republic defender Tomas Kalas is the only inexperienced face in their starting XI at Anfield. He partners Branislav Ivanovic in central defence, with Gary Cahill on the bench.

    "Kalas, 20, is making his first senior start and has only made two first-team appearances as a substitute before today, both this season - in the Capital One Cup and Champions League."

  219. 13:20: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    What do you make of that Chelsea team then? A right old mix of golden oldies, fresh-faced youngsters and those already out of the Champions League semi-final second leg. Does it hold together as a coherent whole?

  220. 13:18: 
    Breaking Chelsea team news- Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Czech 20-year-old defender Tomas Kalas makes his Premier League debut for Chelsea with Mohammad Salah and Nemanja Matic, both ineligible for the Champions League, also included.

    Chelsea starting XI: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole; Lampard (c), Mikel, Matic; Salah, Ba, Schurrle

  221. 13:15:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on MOTD2 ExtraGiggs or van Gaal at Man United?

    "I don't think emotion comes into it for the Glazers, although it's easy to see the lift Ryan Giggs has given the club. But Moyes could have won yesterday 4-0. United went to Newcastle and won 4-0 very recently. I think there is a danger that these last four games of the season give us a false impression of Giggs as a manager. Can he look his team-mates in the eye, many of whom he has played with for many years, and tell them they are not needed? I wonder if United need a strong-man to go in there and do that job."

  222. 13:14: 
    Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    BBC Radio Newcastle summariser Gary Bennett at Stadium of Light: "You cannot raise your hands like that. The ball had gone and Fabio ran behind Seb Larsson and pushed him in the back - he is lucky to get away with just a yellow."

  223. 13:14: 
    YELLOW CARDS- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Some frayed tempers out there with Premier League status on the line.

    Fabio shoves Sebastian Larsson to the ground as he attempts to recover the ball for a quick free-kick. He is lucky to escape with just a yellow. Larsson though seems very unlucky to get the same. He looked like he was minding his own business really.

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    Yozzer, Liverpool: All Liverpool fans are praying that Sunderland stay up. After what they've done for our title bid, can you imagine the reception the Black Cats will get at Anfield next season!?

    Rob, Newbury: There clearly is some problem with Wilfried Zaha - once Manchester United saw him close up they loaned him out, and now he can't get a place in the bottom club's team.

    Steve, Surbiton: The reason why Jose Mourinho is in a bad mood is nothing to do with losing to Sunderland. It's the fact that he's missed out on the United job he craved.

  225. 13:11: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Adam Johnson is appealing for a penalty, but I think the Sunderland winger is trying to distract from his own sloppy control. Sunderland were three on three against a stretched Cardiff defence when he received the ball. He never quite tamed it though and Kevin Theophile-Catherine levers him off the ball in the area.

  226. 13:10: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Liverpool are unchanged from the team that beat Norwich last weekend, meaning Daniel Sturridge has to make do with a place on the bench.

    Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Skrtel, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Lucas, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez

  227. 13:08: 
    Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff are almost in around the back as Mats Daehli skins Wes Brown for pace on a counter-attack, but Jack Colback has covered across and robs the pacy teenager with a great sliding tackle.

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    James: Ah, red for Cardiff. Vincent Tan will be delighted. Apparently seeing red is very lucky in Malaysia; if maybe not in South Wales...

    Daniel: Jose Mourinho playing his mind games about playing a weakened team. Liverpool to win the title, but Chelsea to win today.

  229. 13:05: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    And Cardiff have made a change with Don Cowie withdrawn in favour of the fitful talents of Wilfried Zaha. Gary Medel has slotted back into defence to fill in for the dismissed Juan Cala.

  230. 13:03: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Back under way at Sunderland.

  231. 13:01:  
    Chris Bevan at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Steve Gerrard

    Since Steven Gerrard screamed "We go again" at his team-mates after their vital win over Manchester City earlier this month, it has become the slogan of Liverpool's title bid. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers echoes his skipper in his programme notes for the visit of Chelsea, saying: "Today I will be telling the players just to keep doing what they have been doing."

    The Reds know seven points from their last three game will see them crowned champions but, interestingly, Rodgers does not mention the title, or the chance of winning it, once.

    Instead he congratulates his top-of-the-table side for securing a top-three finish, and guaranteed Champions League football next season, at Norwich last week and adds: "The time to reflect on what has been achieved is when the final whistle goes for the last game."

  232. 12:58:  
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on MOTD2 ExtraLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "The atmosphere around Anfield today must give the players an incredible lift. Liverpool seem to be embracing the pressure and thriving on it. They seem to be incredibly relaxed, you get that impression every time you go to the club.

    "I think Mourinho will have a plan, I expect Nemanja Matic and John Mikel Obi to drop in and fill that gap between defence and midfield where Luis Suarez likes to operate. But Liverpool have scored 15 goals in the first 15 minutes of matches this season and will look to have that early impact again."

  233. 12:57:  
    Guardian journalist Amy Lawrence on MOTD2 ExtraLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "I can't help but think Mourinho has been replaying the game against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium again and again in his mind and is plotting something similar again today.

    "But he seems to be in a strange place psychologically and I disagree that he has been trying to have an effect on the Liverpool players with his comments.

    "In his press conference he was in such a tense, volatile, strange mood, even responding to gentle questions he was argumentative with everybody.

    "I think a few weeks ago when Manchester City dropped those points against Sunderland Mourinho looked at his team and thought he could win this and maybe started plotting - but the home defeat against Sunderland knocked all his plans out of kilter and he is not happy."

  234. 12:57: 

    Confident talk there from Lawro.

  235. 12:57:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on MOTD2 ExtraLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "The way Liverpool are playing at the moment I don't think there will be any nerves whatsoever. People talk about teams getting tired but I can tell you - because they are playing so well, Liverpool would play every single day and be happy. I expect them to blow Chelsea away today."

  236. 12:55: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Liverpool fans greet their team

    The buses have arrived, the songs have been sung and we are a little over an hour away from kick-off at Anfield.

    Liverpool can put second-placed Chelsea out of the title race with victory this afternoon.

    The match has been occupying the minds of the MOTD2 Extra guests this lunchtime.

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    Mark: Good decision by Phil Dowd. Allowed play to continue but there was no real advantage. Awful defending though.

    Norman: What on earth? Foul outside the box and advantage played, then call play back and give penalty and red card? Ridiculous!

    Baidu: Fair play to Wickham. Didn't make a meal of it. Saw a goal scoring opportunity rather than a chance to get someone sent off.

  238.   
    Alistair Mann at the Stadium of Light, BBC Match of the Day commentatorHALF-TIME- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    "Sunderland have a firm grip on three points. The Stadium of Light is bouncing and believing that the great escape is on. Cardiff are two goals and a man down and it is not looking good for them."

  239. 12:50: 
    HALF-TIME- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    Phew. What an ending. Wearside believes.

  240.   
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on MOTD2 ExtraSunderland 2-0 Cardiff

    "Absolute madness from the defender - he should at least give somebody the chance to get back and save the shot. He had to be sent off. Really good refereeing - it's as if he said to the player, go on then score, and if you don't it's a penalty."

    Juan Cala pulls back Connor Wickham
  241. 12:46: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff - Fabio Borini pen (45 mins)

    Fabio Borini steps up and slots coolly into the bottom right past David Marshall. But we haven't heard the last of this incident.

    Referee Phil Dowd played advantage after Juan Cala's tug on Connor Wickham's sleeve for a good five seconds before deciding that Sunderland were not going to have a clear chance to score.

    Replays then show that Cala's foul actually started outside the box though. It should have been a free-kick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is incredulous on the sideline.

    Fabio Borini scores
  242. 12:46: 
    RED CARD- Cardiff's Juan Cala (45 mins)

    And it is a red for Juan Cala as well. The pendulum swings in the Black Cats' favour...

  243. 12:44: 
    PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    Juan Cala gives the ball away and tugs back Connor Wickham as he tries to make amends...

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    We've been asking for your favourite examples of a manager's bold team selection going brilliantly well or horribly wrong.

    Sam, Bury: Got to be David James up front for Manchester City against Boro! Didn't really work out though...

    Ben, Brighton: After firing blanks in our previous games against Sunderland and Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp made the bold decision to drop David Bentley in favour of 19-year-old debutant Danny Rose for the game against Arsenal. One thumping 30-yard volley and three points later, it's safe to say the gamble paid off!

    Harry, Surrey: Best bold decision of all time has to be Fernando Torres's mum, who banned him from playing in goal.

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    Will: Appropriate that an ex-Ipswich player gets the goal that could send Norwich down.

    Mitch: Fraizer Campbell has worked tirelessly so far, good to see some true fighting spirit.

  246. 12:42: 
    Five minutes to the break- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    Five minutes left in an absorbing first half. The hosts will be pleased with how it has gone so far. Cardiff have had plenty of the ball, but have not looked like doing anything very exciting with it.

  247. 12:40: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    And another.

    Gary 'Pitbull' Medel clatters into Jack Colback to become the third player booked in as many minutes.

  248. 12:39: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    It is getting a little feisty out there. Lee Cattermole is, as ever, at the centre of it. His on-going barney with Jordon Mutch sees the Cardiff man booked as he knees his opponent in the back.

    Santiago Vergini also has his name taken after swiping Mutch's feet from under him.

  249. 12:36: 
    As it stands- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff
    Bottom of the table

    Sunderland almost break through again, only Steven Caulker's desperate lunging block preventing Connor Wickham getting an effort in on goal from inside the area. Jack Colback fires just wide shortly after.

    The home side are out of the bottom three as it stands.

  250. 12:33:  
    Guardian journalist Amy Lawrence on MOTD2 ExtraSunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    "Connor Wickham was so highly rated as a youngster, a lot of people watched him coming through and there was almost a race amongst Premier League clubs to get this kid. His progress since has been stop start, but Sunderland have struggled for goals and have had to try something different, it is amazing how confident he is."

  251. 12:33: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland's fans are urging their team forward after that opener. You can see where they are coming from. The Black Cats have kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 top-flight fixtures.

  252. 12:31: 
    Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    This is some purple patch. Connor Wickham scored just one goal in his first 37 Premier League games. He has four in his last two and a bit.

  253.  
    Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff

    Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett on BBC Radio Newcastle: "The ball has come a long way and Connor Wickham has watched it all the way before putting it in the top corner. Sunderland have to build on it now and try to get the cushion of a second goal. The thing about Wickham is that he now has the belief that he is going to score."

  254. 12:26: 
    GOAL- Sunderland 1-0 Cardiff - Connor Wickham (26 mins)

    Bang in form, right when it matters. Connor Wickham makes it four goals in three games to get the Stadium of Light jumping. Sebastian Larsson's corner came skidding through the six-yard box and it needed a delicate cushioned header at the far post to keep the ball from flying over the bar. Wickham provided it, sending the ball looping over Fabio on the post.

    Connor Wickham celebrates
  255. 12:23: 
    PENALTY NON- APPEAL- Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Too honest for his own good. Fraizer Campbell controls Kevin Theophile-Catherine's cross with a magnetic touch but any hopes he has of getting a shot in are thwarted as Wes Brown falls into him, bringing him down in the box.

    The Cardiff striker is too busy getting after the loose ball to appeal for a penalty though and Phil Dowd keeps quiet. A strange one...

  256.   
    Chris Bevan at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Anfield

    "Things are a lot quieter inside Anfield. At the moment, anyway. Referee Martin Atkinson has just carried out his pitch inspection - no problems there: the surface looks perfect and is glistening in the sunshine."

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    Will: No chance for Sunderland today. They have been the giant-slayers this year but can't seem to transfer that form to games they should be winning.

    Ali, Oxford: Mourinho's tactical genius on show again this weekend; travelling separately to his team means he now has two vehicles to park in front of goal.

    Pete: I know it's a massive long shot, but if Palace can pull off a win today they'll move up to ninth. Who could've dreamt that six months ago. Shame Tony Pulis still won't win manager of the season.

  258. 12:18: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Jack Colback's limp clearing header drops invitingly for Don Cowie on the edge of the box. The Cardiff midfielder can't resist taking on the volley, but his effort skids sideways off his boot and into the stands.

    Cardiff seem to have weathered the early Sunderland storm though and the atmosphere has come off the boil after a bubbly start.

  259. 12:15: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Adam Johnson and Fabio are already getting tangled up down Sunderland's right flank, the pair kicking lumps out of each other as they squabble over a loose ball. That battle could be a biggie when it comes to deciding this one.

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    We've been asking for your favourite examples of a manager's bold team selection going brilliantly well or horribly wrong.

    Johnny: Ji Sung Park dominating Andrea Pirlo in Man United's 4-0 Champions League win over AC Milan in 2010.

    Sam: Lawrie Sanchez using teletext-super-sub Roy Essandoh in the 2001 FA cup quarter-finals against Leicester.

    Gully: Avram Grant playing Michael Essien at right back in 2008 Champions League final. He was dominated by Ronaldo.

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    Aman: Daehli, Wickham, Johnson and Marshall are the key players in this game. Relegation dogfight. Winner takes all, loser goes down.

    Steven: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the difference here - very under-estimated tactician who will eventually get a much bigger club.

  262. 12:12:  
    MOTD2 Extra MOTD2 Extra, MOTD2 ExtraMOTD2 Extra

    MOTD2 Extra is about to go live on BBC One and, fortunately for you, online at the top of this page.

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, BBC football reporter Ben Smith and the Guardian's Amy Lawrence will be chewing the fat.

  263. 12:10: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff almost play themselves into trouble as David Marshall's pass out from the back is pounced on by Connor Wickham.

    The Bluebirds get away with that one as Sebastian Larsson dives full-length but cannot get enough on his header to trouble the Cardiff goalkeeper.

  264. 12:08: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff finally get a bit of the ball. They look like they are playing Jordon Mutch up front in a pairing with Fraizer Campbell.

  265. 12:06: 
    Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Sunderland are pressing bodies forward with Fabio Borini, Connor Wickham, Jack Colback and Sebastian Larsson all in the box, waiting for a cross that never arrives from Adam Johnson.

  266. 12:04: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    Cardiff, playing in their traditional blue, are put under early pressure as Fabio gives away a free-kick. The hosts pump it into the mixer and are appealing for a penalty as John O'Shea's header rebounds off Kevin Theophile-Catherine's arm at point-blank range.

    Nothing doing from the referee, but the visitors are under the cosh with a corner to come.

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    Michael: There is something wrong with the Mackems. Look at the quality from goalkeeper to defence to midfield. How can they be bottom?

  268. 12:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Sunderland 0-0 Cardiff

    We are up and running. Phil Dowd is the man in charge.

  269. 12:00: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Connor Wickham has emerged as a potentially decisive figure at both ends of the table with three goals in his last two games. Can the Sunderland striker keep that hot run going?

  270. 11:58:  
    Chris Bevan at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Liverpool fans outside Anfield

    Here are the Liverpool fans waiting for the team bus, or some of them. They are massed outside the Shankly Gates and packed down the back of the Main Stand. The volume of their slow chant of 'Liverpool, Liverpool' is getting louder and louder and Reds legend Kenny Dalglish has just been driven through in a people carrier to loud cheers and shouts of 'King Kenny'.

  271. 11:58: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    The teams are in the tunnel at the Stadium of Light.

    Captains John O'Shea and Steven Caulker are at the head of the queues, flexing and fidgeting ahead of battle.

    Sunderland have taken only eight points from 15 games against teams currently in the bottom half of the table, 10 fewer than any other side.

    They need to do the business here to make those results at Manchester City and Chelsea really count.

  272. 11:53: 
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    Noel: I can see Chelsea winning this the way things are going this season but I don't think it will matter. Liverpool will still get the title. Man City won't win all their remaining games.

    Miracle: The pressure would have been on Chelsea, but as it stands now the pressure is on Liverpool because they are the home team and they are close to winning the league.

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    We've been asking for your favourite examples of a manager's bold team selection going either brilliantly well or horribly wrong.

    Jason: Sir Alex Ferguson deploying Phil Neville at CM against Arsenal. Played a blinder and took Patrick Vieira out of the game if I remember!

    John: Liverpool 3-0 down to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final and Rafael Benitez bringing Dietmar Hamann on at half-time to completely snuff out Kaka and turn the tables.

    Rich: One of the worst has to be Kenny Dalglish picking Jay Spearing to deal with Ramires and Frank Lampard in the 2012 FA Cup final. Two-goal gift!

  274. 11:52: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)
    Liverpool fans before the Manchester City game

    There have been some medieval scenes to greet the team buses at recent Anfield games. The flares and flags will be out once again...

  275. 11:49:  
    Chris Bevan at Anfield, BBC SportLiverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    "It's a glorious sunny day at Anfield and there is already a real buzz outside the ground more than two hours before kick off. A huge crowd is in place waiting for the Liverpool team bus to arrive - due about 12:30 BST apparently - and I think they might give the Chelsea players a different sort of welcome too."

  276. 11:49: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Meanwhile, over on Merseyside, the welcome committee are massing....

  277.  
    Text us on 81111

    Andrew: Sunderland were the big winners yesterday in the battle for survival, even without kicking a ball. Norwich's heavy defeat and Fulham's collapse have really given the Black Cats a chance of staying up. The great escape could actually be on!

    Joe, Isle of Wight: Just my humble opinion surrounding Aston Villa and Paul Lambert - I think he has to go! It's got to the point where a successful season for Villa is simply staying in the league. Villa should be trying to get top half, not stuck in a relegation quagmire!

    Phil: Chelsea's pace in Salah and Schurrle will rip Liverpool's championship standard defence to shreds. Liverpool's incredible luck to run out today…

  278. 11:48: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "You normally look at other results but the main idea is to win ourselves.

    "We have got a great chance of winning and getting out of the bottom three. We have got confidence in our camp and we have to try to use that.

    "We need to try to put pressure on them from the beginning and the fans will help."

  279. 11:47: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking to Sky Sports: "Hull gave us a boost with the 2-2 at Fulham on Saturday and it gives us the chance to go above Fulham and Norwich with a win today.

    "We have found form, shape and fresh legs at the right moment and let's see if it pays off today.

    "We come here to win because it is a great chance for both teams to get out of the relegation zone. We've got three games left and need six points to probably stay up, so why not start with the first one."

  280. 11:45: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Although they come into the game a place and a point better off, this afternoon's clash might be slightly more crucial for Cardiff.

    Sunderland have three more games remaining - Manchester United (away), West Brom (home) and Swansea (home) - while Cardiff travel away to Newcastle before finishing at home to Chelsea.

    There are a few more twists and turns in that run-in.

  281. 11:41: 
    LINE-UPS- Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Wickham, Borini. Subs: Bardsley, Gardner, Altidore, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari.

    Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Cala, Da Silva, Medel, Cowie, Mutch, Whittingham, Daehli, Campbell. Subs: Turner, Jones, Eikrem, Lewis, Zaha, Bellamy, John.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  282. 11:40: 
    TEAM NEWS- Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Sunderland stunned Chelsea last time out as they won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and it is no surprise that Black Cats boss Gus Poyet decides to stick with the same starting XI for this game.

    Cardiff drew 1-1 with Stoke in their most recent game and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes one change as midfielder Don Cowie replaces Kim Bo-kyung.

  283.   
    Alistair Mann at the Stadium of Light, BBC Match of the Day commentatorSunderland v Cardiff

    "As the bums start to reach their squeakiest, so the significance of the fixtures intensifies, and while the result of the meeting between Sunderland and Cardiff City won't finally settle which of them gets relegated, the loser will surely feel doomed.

    "Three of Sunderland's remaining four games are at home to fellow strugglers Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea. They may be bottom but there's a real sense that they could complete a miraculous escape.

    "But just like their hosts, the Bluebirds have picked up four points in two games to revive their flagging fortunes and will come to the Stadium of Light with equally positive energy."

  284. 11:34: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)
    Bottom of the table

    This is how we stand at the ugly end of the table at the start of the day.

    Sunderland's relatively healthy goal difference means that victory for the Black Cats would take them clear of the relegation zone for the first time in a long time.

    The same is true for Cardiff.

    A draw suits only Fulham and Norwich.

    It all adds up to goals.

  285.  
    Get involved on the BBC Sport Google+ page

    Mike: I expect Chelsea to park the bus as usual and grind out an unfair win or draw.

    Matt: If they do then Liverpool will definitely win as they have a few good goalscorers.

  286.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ahmer: Regardless of the team Chelsea field, if Liverpool play as positively as they have recently they'll score a few.

    Matt: As a Fulham fan, I am really hoping that Sunderland v Cardiff is a drab affair that ends in a dire 0-0.

  287. 11:26: 
    Get Involved
    Ronaldo

    As well as your predictions, witticisms and observations, let's hear your favourite example of a manager's bold team selection going either brilliantly well or horribly wrong.

    For instance, Brazil coach Mario Zagallo's initial decision to drop Ronaldo for the 1998 World Cup final, before changing his mind and reinstating him half an hour later. The big man duly had a stinker as France triumphed 3-0.

    Or, one from the archives this, Sheffield Wednesday deploying Peter Atherton to man-mark a rampant Steve McManaman out of a match against Liverpool in the mid-nineties.

    Then-Southampton manager Graeme Souness picking Ali Dia - supposedly George Weah's cousin and a future star but actually a chancer with no professional experience - would be a good one.

    I'll leave you with it.

  288. 11:24: 
    Get Involved

    "I wanna see those fingers, I really wanna see those fingers," as said Vic and Bob in the perplexing nineties quizshow phenomenon Shooting Stars.

    Use them to get in touch via 81111 on texts, #bbcfootball on Twitter, on the BBC Sport Facebook page and, a new one for me this, the BBC Sport Google+ page.

    Exciting times.

  289. 11:20:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveComing up on BBC TV and radio

    Tune in to BBC One for MOTD2 Extra at 12:15 BST for a look back on Saturday's action and a look ahead to Sunday's matches. Alternatively you can watch via the link at the top of this page, via the BBC Sport app or listen on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Watch highlights of today's games and a round-up of all the weekend's action on MOTD2 from 22:25 on BBC One.

    BBC Radio 5 live has full coverage of Crystal Palace v Manchester City, which kicks off at 16:10.

    And for discussion and debate around all the big football stories be sure to catch 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:06 this evening.

    Got all that? Good.

  290. 11:18: 
    Crystal Palace v Man City (16:10 BST)
    Tony Pulis

    Completing a trio of Premier League games today is Manchester City's visit to Crystal Palace. By the time they get going at 16:10 BST, the title's destiny could be back in City's hands.

    Selhurst Park has been the hottest footballing ticket in London town this season though and the hosts will relish adding another high-profile scalp to the stadium gates.

  291. 11:14: 
    Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)
    Sunderland fans

    Before the top two get stuck into each other though, the bottom two are going to get down and dirty in a real mongrel of a relegation dogfight.

    Sunderland looked as if they had been cut loose at the bottom, but after taking four points from visits to Manchester City and Chelsea, they are back in the survival game.

    Gus believes in miracles. We all might if they beat Cardiff at the Stadium of Light. Kick off is high noon.

  292. 11:09: 
    Liverpool v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

    Eleven starters, seven subs and a little description of what kit you will be wearing.

    It doesn't sound like much, but when Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hands in his teamsheet at Anfield around 13:00 BST, he will be sending messages to Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

    First v second with three matches of the season to go, Premier League games shouldn't get much bigger than Chelsea's trip to leaders Liverpool later this afternoon.

    Yet the Special One might be sending out a less than special starting XI.

    Even the paperwork around this one is intriguing.

    Kick off is at 14:05 BST on Merseyside.

  293. 11:09: 
    Breaking Cardiff City team news- Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Cardiff make one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke last time out with Don Cowie coming in for Kim Bo-Kyung in midfield.

    Cardiff starting XI: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker (C), Cala, Fabio; Cowie, Medel, Whittingham, Dæhli; Mutch, Campbell

  294. 11:06: 
    Breaking Sunderland team news- Sunderland v Cardiff (12:00 BST)

    Sunderland are unchanged from the team that beat Chelsea last time out, with Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini up front.

    Sunderland starting XI: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, O'Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.

  295. 11:00: 
    Off games
    Jose Mourinho

    Dear Mr Rodgers,

    Please excuse some of my Chelsea first-teamers from the game today for the following reasons:

    i - illness and injury, in the case of John Terry and Petr Cech

    ii - detention, in the case of Ramires

    iii - revision ahead of a big test on Wednesday, in the case of most of the rest

    I know it has been some time since Liverpool were in the Champions League, but I ask for your understanding in this matter.

    Best wishes,

    Mr Mourinho

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 27 Apr 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 Liverpool 36 50 80
No movement 2 Chelsea 36 43 78
No movement 3 Man City 35 58 77
No movement 4 Arsenal 35 21 70
No movement 5 Everton 36 21 69
No movement 6 Tottenham 36 3 66
No movement 7 Man Utd 35 20 60
No movement 8 Southampton 36 7 52
No movement 9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
No movement 10 Stoke 36 -11 44
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 36 -15 43
No movement 12 Swansea 36 -1 39
No movement 13 Hull 35 -9 37
No movement 14 West Ham 36 -11 37
No movement 15 West Brom 35 -12 36
No movement 16 Aston Villa 35 -17 35
Moving up 17 Sunderland 35 -20 32
Moving down 18 Norwich 36 -32 32
Moving down 19 Fulham 36 -42 31
Moving down 20 Cardiff 36 -38 30

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