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Saturday football as it happened



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By Chris Bevan

1941: And that is about all from me today. Thanks for your company and be sure to come back tomorrow for the Manchester derby and Chelsea v Tottenham. Not forgetting Everton v Blackburn and Wolves v Fulham of course. Enjoy.

1937: Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez on his side's 3-2 win over West Ham: "We showed character and have confidence. It was an OK performance, it could have been better, especially when you talk about mistakes. It was a difficult game but we did enough to win. We are improving and you can see the players have belief that we can continue winning."

1934: Oh, and if you still need more of a football fix right now, Alan Green is taking your calls on BBC Radio 5 live's 606.

1930: You can catch all of today's Premier League action on Match of the Day at 2230 BST on BBC1 and see every goal from the Championship, League One and League Two in the Football League Show which is on straight afterwards at 2340 BST. That's a lot of goals.

From Bebbo from Winsford, via text on 81111: "Crisis? What crisis? Liverpool are now third in the table and Fernando Torres is scoring again."

1927: So, Liverpool do go third, and they will stay there if Chelsea and Manchester United beat Tottenham and Manchester City tomorrow. It wasn't easy for the Reds, and they were definitely second-best for a spell in the second-half when it was 2-2 - but West Ham didn't take their chances and Fernando Torres doesn't need asking twice if you keep giving him chances in front of goal.

Full time
1925: FULL-TIME West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

1923: A last attempt by West Ham sees Robert Green punt the ball into the Liverpool area. Carlton Cole and Jamie Carragher both go up for the ball... and referee Andre Marriner sees a foul by the Hammers striker.

1922: Albert Riera is coming on for Fernando Torres, as Liverpool look to eat up a few more seconds. Torres has shown again just how good he is tonight - scoring two goals and leading the line superbly. Time running out quickly for West Ham.

1920: Radoslav Kovac tries an over-ambitious through-ball and another Hammers attack breaks down. We've played 90 minutes now - there will be another three minutes added on.

1919: Hmmm, West Ham seem to have run out of ideas now. Their last few attacks down the right have been soaked up easily enough and Julien Faubert is not having any joy down that flank anymore.

From Ben Griffiths from London, via text on 81111: "When zonal marking goes wrong, the system is blamed. When man-to-man marking fails, an individual is blamed and the system goes uncriticised. It's very, very simple."

1915: Another change for Liverpool. Yossi Benayoun is off, another defender Fabio Aurelio is on. Five minutes to go.

1913: West Ham are camped in the Liverpool half now but the final ball is just not happening for them. The Hammers are leaving gaps at the back but they have to go for this - Kieron Dyer is their best hope of a leveller at the moment but he is running into dead ends now.

1910: Just over 10 minutes left for Liverpool to hold out. If they win by this scoreline, they will go third in the table. But don't count your chickens just yet Reds fans...

1908: Phew, this one ain't over yet. West Ham almost do equalise again. Immediately. Mark Noble hoists a ball into the box and Carlton Cole heads it back across goal for Radoslav Kovac to flick it goalwards... it is heading for the far corner until Pepe Reina sticks out a big hand to push it away.

Zavon Hines loses possession for West Ham and Ryan Babel takes full advantage, bursting down the right and into the box. He dinks over a perfect cross for Fernando Torres, who nods the ball past a helpless Robert Green from the edge of the six-yard box. Can the Hammers come back a third time?

1905: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-3 Liverpool (Torres)

1905: West Ham's attacks are getting as far as the edge of the Liverpool penalty area before fizzling out - their latest one ends when Carlton Cole cannot dig the ball out of his feet with Kieron Dyer waiting in space for a lay-off.

1903: There haven't been anywhere near as many chances in this half as we saw the break but both teams are still piling forward whenever possible and you get a feeling there is going to be at least one more goal in this one.

1901: A great run down the right by Kieron Dyer, who leaves two defenders in his wake as he turns on the gas. It seems a long time since I've seen him do that, I wish he would do it more often too. It comes to nothing, though, as Dyer feeds Carlton Cole after being held up by Javier Mascherano and the striker turns to play a wayward pass into touch. Shame.

1858: Ryan Babel has a pot-shot from 30 yards for Liverpool but makes a real mess of it - slicing it a mile wide and just as far over.

1856: West Ham make their third and final change - a very tired Alessandro Diamanti is hauled off, to be replaced by Kieron Dyer. A goal on his first start isn't a bad return but I think Diamanti needs to do a touch of work on his fitness - he has looked exhausted for the last 15 minutes.

From Ron Hope, a tired Plymouth fan travelling back from Newcastle, via text on 81111: "A 600-mile round-trip to Newcastle. Disappointing result but what a great ground and great fans Newcastle are."

1855: Well, that's better from Liverpool already. Yossi Benayoun embarks on a mazy dribble that takes him from the left flank into the area but, with Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard waiting to be teed up, he cannot find the right pass.

1852: Liverpool haven't had much of a look-in since the start of the second half so it's not surprising that Rafa Benitez has made a change. Dirk Kuyt is, reluctantly, brought off, with Ryan Babel coming on in his place.

1850: The home side threaten again, with Alessandro Diamanti's inswinging corner causing Pepe Reina all sorts of problems before he gets a hand on it to push it out of play.

1848: West Ham are working hard defensively too - Scott Parker had to work hard to stop Fernando Torres on the edge of the box while, off the ball, Radoslav Kovac seemed to take out Dirk Kuyt (accidentally I think).

1844: Carlton Cole's turn to run at the Liverpool defence. He makes room for a shot on the edge of the area but it rebounds off Martin Skrtel. Decent footwork by the big striker to make room for a shot though.

1842: Javier Mascherano becomes the second Liverpool player to be booked for fouling Zavon Hines, who continues to menace the Reds with his pace and enthusiasm. That was more mis-timed than cynical but they can't just keep fouling him, surely?

From anon, via text on 81111: "Really annoys me when all these 'experts' complain about zonal marking. It wasn't a problem when Liverpool were keeping all their clean sheets in previous seasons under Rafa Benitez. Its bad defending, not a problem with the system... "

1837: Liverpool are seeing most of the ball at the moment, with Glen Johnson getting forward to good effect down the right. No chances to shout about yet though...

1835: West Ham get the second half started. If it's half as good as the first half. I'll be happy.

From Aaron at Upton Park, via text on 81111: "Great match so far, hope it continues. Shame to see Valon Behrami go off after coming back from that injury. Come on you Irons."

1827: A win here by one goal would send Liverpool into third place in the table. If they win by two or more then they will go second, until tomorrow anyway. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though, because West Ham are right in this match and are deservedly level. Liverpool need to improve their defending, and quickly.

From Medieval-Evil on 606: "Why do Liverpool persist with this zonal-marking nonsense? None of the other top English teams use it and, with the exception of Arsenal, are better defensively for it."

Half time
1821: HALF-TIME West Ham 2-2 Liverpool

1819: We're going to have three minutes of added time at the end of the first-half. But this is such a cracking game that I'd prefer it if they just carried on to be honest.

Alessandro Diamanti sees his free-kick deflected wide after Martin Skrtel sends Zavon Hines flying. From the resulting corner, Carlton Cole jumps to meet the ball at the near post and flicks his header into the net. West Ham are level again, and the home fans are singing again too.

1816: GOALFLASH West Ham 2-2 Liverpool (Cole)

1815: That goal has silenced the West Ham fans and Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is cutting quite a frustrated, not to mention animated, figure on the touchline.

Four minutes to go until half-time and Liverpool are back in front. Yossi Benayoun sends over a corner, Steven Gerrard rises to head it goalwards and Dirk Kuyt is in the right place to poke the ball over the line. It might have gone in anyway, but I'm sure Gerrard won't mind Kuyt making sure.

1813: GOALFLASH West Ham 1-2 Liverpool (Kuyt)

From anon, via text on 81111: "Re 1725. Don't know what Paul Hart means there, if Pompey ever shot at any part of their anatomy they'd almost certainly miss..."

1810: Zavon Hines is still causing Liverpool's defenders problems with his pace and willingness to chase the ball. He puts Martin Skrtel under pressure and should probably have a free-kick when the Slovak defender trips him after losing possession. Referee Andre Marriner thinks otherwise and waves play on.

From anon, via text on 81111: "Re:1750, Liverpool's goal was the perfect example of why the England no.1 goalkeeping spot is still unresolved!"

1805: West Ham have been forced to make two changes inside the first half-hour but it seems to have improved them more than anything else. Herita Llunga almost gives the home fans even more to shout about when he turns inside two Liverpool defenders on the left and heads for goal but his pull-back is hacked clear.

Jamie Carragher shoves over Zavon Hines after he runs past him inside the area. Penalty. No doubt about the decision but what about the spot-kick itself? Alessandro Diamanti takes it, but slips as he makes contact with the ball. It loops into the top corner and it's a goal... but Liverpool aren't happy - they think the Italian touched the ball twice. Replays are inconclusive... but I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.

GOALFLASH West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (Diamanti)

1759: PENALTY to West Ham

1759: Oh dear. More bad news for West Ham - another injury and this will be their second enforced substitution inside the first 30 minutes. Valon Behrami doesn't look happy as he limps off - Radoslav Kovac is on instead.

From RedandblackT1899™ on 606: "Great run and goal by Fernando Torres but surely Robert Green shouldn't have been beaten at his near post."

1755: An enforced change for the Hammers, because Matthew Upson is injured. He comes off in a straight swap for Danny Gabbidon who goes straight into the middle of the West Ham back-line.

Told you so. A West Ham counter-attack breaks down and Fernando Torres picks up the ball on the left-hand edge of the area before heading directly for goal, cruising past two Hammers defenders before prodding the ball home at the near post. A superb individual goal.

1750: GOALFLASH West Ham 0-1 Liverpool (Torres)

1749: The way this game has started I cannot believe it is still 0-0. Liverpool's turn to threaten again comes after Herita Llunga fails to clear and the ball comes in to Fernando Torres who turns to drill his shot just wide at the near post. You can't keep giving him chances like that though...

1747: It takes a timely interception by Glen Johnson to stop Zavon Hines from reaching Julien Faubert's cross from the right but West Ham continue to come forward. Carlton Cole is one-on-one with Jamie Carragher on the edge of the box before Alessandro Diamanti scuffs his shot wide. An encouraging start for the Hammers.

1744: Another chance for Liverpool, as Emiliano Insua powers forward unchallenged down the left before firing in a ever-so-slightly disappointing shot that rolls wide.

1742: A big shout for a Liverpool penalty after Fernando Torres wriggles free in the box and sees his shot hit Herita Llunga. Did it hit his arm? It's not clear, and referee Andre Marriner is having none of it.

1741: Hull City boss Phil Brown after his side's defeat by Birmingham sees them drop into the Premier League relegation zone: "It was a difficult day. We gave possession away too cheaply. They worked our keeper more then we did theirs. We've given someone a free header and that's not to my liking. We hit the crossbar late on and they rode their luck at times. There was glimpses of some decent football from us but we've lost the game on a set-piece."

1739: Liverpool's first chance, and they should really have scored. Fernando Torres collects the ball off Steven Gerrard about 25 yards out and feeds Yossi Benayoun, who is unmarked inside the area. Benayoun has time to pick his spot but shoots straight at Robert Green. Chance gone.

1737: Carlton Cole is putting himself about a lot as West Ham's lone striker and is proving to be a useful target when the Hammers need to clear their lines. He is happy to run at the visitors' defence too - straight at them, actually, and it takes a couple of Liverpool players to eventually stop him on the edge of the area.

1735: What the...!? An early chance for West Ham, after Jamie Carragher is caught in possession and Zavon Hines breaks into the area with only Pepe Reina to beat. The 20-year-old gets his shot away but slams it against the inside of the post and the ball is cleared. Carragher breathes a huge sigh of relief, probably.

1732: We're under way at Upton Park.

From Richard, just coming away from Villa Park, via text on 81111: "Re 1214. I swear I just saw Nigel Reo-Coker waiting for a bus in Brum."

From myerla on 606: "West Ham might be hard to break down, Liverpool won't score many today. It will a 1-0, or a low-score draw."

1727: The players emerge from the tunnel at Upton Park... the Hammers were enjoying a laugh and a joke before they came out - Liverpool were silent and stony faced.

1725: Portsmouth boss Paul Hart after seeing his side lose their sixth-straight Premier League game of the season, against Aston Villa: "I'm very disappointed with the result and by the manner we conceded the goals - they were schoolboy errors. We cannot continue to shoot ourselves in the foot. There are obviously concerns defensively. I continue to believe in the players and I continue to believe we'll turn it round."

Simon King on Twitter: "There is some good news for Portsmouth fans... They still have more points than Southampton!"

From Arron, via text on 81111: "You feel Liverpool's bench options are slowly improving over the weeks, could be a big factor in games like today."

1721: About 10 minutes to go until kick-off at Upton Park, where they are currently blasting the Kings of Leon out of the tannoy. West Ham haven't won since they beat Wolves on the opening day of the season - it's a year and four days since Gianfranco Zola took charge so he'd probably like to mark that anniversary with three points.

1720: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side's 4-0 win over Wigan that moves the Gunners into sixth place in the table: "We could have scored more, we had many chances and we were faithful to the way we want to play. Everybody worked hard for the team."

From Jonas (Liverpool fan), via text on 81111: "Why on earth does Rafa Benitez need two left-backs and two left-wingers on the bench?"

1714: Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish on his side's 1-0 win at Hull: "It's an enormous win. We know that away points are precious in this league. You aim to win your home games and those points keep you in the league and away points help you climb the table. I think it was a well deserved victory. We had plenty of chances and looked dangerous when we went forward. This does wonders for our confidence levels. They stood up to the plate and I thought the performance level was excellent."

From Toby (Chelsea fan), via text on 81111: "Roberto di Matteo as next Chelsea manager? I would love him paired up with Gianfranco Zola. Oooo what a combo."

1708: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez after his side's 4-0 defeat at Arsenal: "Arsenal were the better side. It was disappointing from our point of view, especially as the first goal was a set piece. We made it too easy for Arsenal. We'll learn from it. We know the quality Arsenal has got and we allowed them to dictate things. We kept trying and had a couple of half chances but overall the biggest point is that we couldn't be ourselves today."

1705: I don't want to make any of you Portsmouth fans feel any worse but no team has ever lost all of their first six Premier League games before. Things will get better, eventually. How many of you are making the long trip up to Carlisle for your Carling Cup tie on Tuesday?

From K-Dog, via text on 81111: "He can tackle, he can leap like a salmon and he almost got a hat-trick. Is there anything Thomas Vermaelen can't do? Best £10m we've spent in a long time."

1703: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "Tony Pulis will be fuming. Stoke City looked to be heading towards their first away win of the season until that rush of blood from Danny Collins. Relief for Bolton, but many of their fans still not happy at the final whistle. Plenty of endeavour but not much class on show here at The Reebok."

1701: TEAMS West Ham v Liverpool
West Ham:
Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Diamanti, Cole, Hines. Subs: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Dyer, Kovac, Spector, Nouble, Payne.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Riera, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Degen, Dossena.

1659: Easy wins for Arsenal and Aston Villa, while Birmingham snatch victory at Hull and a late penalty gives Bolton a point against Stoke, which lifts them above the Tigers and out of the relegation zone. Poor old Portsmouth are still pointless at the bottom after six defeats in six games.

1657: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Liverpool
West Ham welcome back Valon Behrami who played his first game last week after a long-term injury, while left-back Herita Ilunga has overcome his cheekbone injury. Liverpool recall Javier Mascherano, who comes in for Albert Riera and will face his former club after recovering from a back problem. Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun have also come late fitness scares.

1656: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-1 Stoke

1655: FULL-TIME Hull City 0-1 Birmingham

1654: FULL-TIME Arsenal 4-0 Wigan

Someone has struck the woodwork
1654: Hull are pushing for an equaliser against Birmingham - and they have just gone very close. Ibrahima Sonko's header hits the crossbar following Bernard Mendy's near-post flick-on.

1653: Football League Danny: "A real ding-dong dust-up at Doncaster. Quinton Fortune has made it Doncaster 3-3 Ipswich. Looks like the Tractor Boys are still hunting for a first win. Meanwhile, George Boyd has scored in the 90th minute to make it Peterborough 3-2 Reading. And West Brom are a credibility 5-0 up at Boro, after Jerome Thomas's goal."

1652: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth

Cesc Fabregas can hardly walk at the moment, and is only still on the pitch because Arsenal have used all their subs. That doesn't stop him from rounding off the Gunners' win, though, as he meets Nicklas Bendtners' cross at the near post to turn the ball home.

1650: GOALFLASH Arsenal 4-0 Wigan (Fabregas)

Danny Collins hauls Sam Ricketts down with a clumsy challenge inside the area and it's another sure-fire penalty. No debatable ones today... Matthew Taylor takes it, and hauls Wanderers level with a low finish into the bottom right corner - Thomas Sorensen dived the other way.

GOALFLASH Bolton 1-1 Stoke

1646: PENALTY to Bolton

1644: Football League Danny: "Roman Bednar has made it Middlesbrough 0-4 West Brom. What a day for the Baggies' travelling fans, who could probably boing all the way back to the West Midlands after this."

1643: You know when you get the feeling it just isn't going to be your day? Wigan fans will know exactly what I'm talking about... Jason Scotland turns and shoots in the area but Vito Mannone turns the ball onto a post. Paul Scharner is first to the rebound and slots home, only to be flagged for offside. The harshest thing is that one his team-mates, who was onside, would have reached the ball before any Arsenal player had the Austrian left it. Oh dear.

1641: Football League Danny: "Watford are favourites to win my all-new 'Danny's comeback of the day' award. Fellow Danny Danny Graham and two from Heidar Helguson have overturned a 0-2 deficit and the Hornets now lead Leicester 3-2. Just over 10 minutes to go."

1640: Robin van Persie needs some treatment after a late challenge by Paul Scharner. The Wigan man has already been booked but this tackle looked more careless than reckless and he escapes a second yellow. Van Persie is back on the field now too.

From jashana on 606: "More goals would be nice for Arsenal, butI'd rather they kept a clean sheet."

1637: Stoke goalscorer Dave Kitson is coming off, to be replaced by Danny Pugh. The Potters have got about 10 minutes to hang on for the three points.

He's had a great game but Boaz Myhill is beaten at last. Keith Fahey bends in a corner from the right and Garry O'Connor rises at the near post to nod the Blues into the lead.

1635: GOALFLASH Hull City 0-1 Birmingham

From a Pompey fan sitting at home with man-flu, via text on 81111: "Pompey's performance isn't doing much to make me feel better! Is it too soon to think about the transfer window opening yet?"

1631: It's non-stop goalmouth action at the Reebok Stadium. Or maybe not. Still, Bolton have carved out a couple of chances - Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has made an excellent one-handed save to deny Ivan Klasnic, on as a substitute for Fabrice Muamba, from 10 yards. The resulting corner sees Zat Knight blaze miles over the bar from three yards out, a howler of the highest order from the centre-back.

1629: Ah. Until you give this page a manual refresh it will appear that Boaz Myhill is so good, he's stopping shots from his own team-mates too (see 1623). I've changed that now, it was actually Joe Hart making the stop...

1626: Arsenal are still hungry for more goals at the Emirates and Alex Song goes close to making it 4-0, slamming a low shot against the outside of the post.

1625: Another great stop by Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who is a big reason why his side's game with Birmingham is still goalless. This time Welshman pulls off a fine point-blank save from Lee Bowyer's half-volley following Roger Johnson's initial header into his path. At Villa Park, Emile Heskey is on for John Carew at Villa Park... some of you thought I was having a go at the much-maligned England striker earlier - I wasn't, honest!

1624: Football League Danny: "Well, apologies to you 800-mile-round-trip-making Plymouth fans. My 1613 BST comment has, predictably, put the mockers on that Magpies wobble. Kevin Nolan makes it 2-1 to Newcastle. Elsewhere, two quickfire goals for Preston have put them 2-1 ahead against Coventry, while a similar situation at Watford has brought them level, 2-2 with Leicester."

1623: A bit of news from the KC Stadium for you. Keith Fahey heads Garry McSheffrey's cross past the post from 12-yards out as Birmingham go in search of the opener. And at the other end Geovanni's low drive is well held by Joe Hart.

From a seriously depressed Pompey fan, via text on 81111: "Cant quite believe how badly things have gone downhill since the FA cup and Europe... Feel resigned to the Championship there any hope?!"

That should wrap things up for Arsenal. Eduardo hits the post and the ball flies out to Abou Diaby before the Croatian slams it back towards goal. The ball takes a wicked deflection off Emmanuel Eboue on its way into the net, and he has been credited with the goal.

1619: GOALFLASH Arsenal 3-0 Wigan

1618: Football League Danny: "The Posh boys are fighting back against the Royals. Aaron McLean's goal makes it Peterborough 2-2 Reading. Reading led 2-0 in that one at half time. Struggling for form, the Berkshire club."

1617: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "Great finish by Dave Kitson to give Stoke the lead at Bolton. If ever a game needed a goal it was this one, but it actually came after Bolton had at least shown signs of breaking out of their lethargy at the start of the second half. The mood of the Bolton fans, which has not been charitable, will be tested now."

1616: No signs of life from Portsmouth at Villa Park. Stiliyan Petrov has tested Pompey goalkeeper David James again but the visitors are still not offering much at the other end. They could probably do with somebody like David Nugent, given his current form... ?

From gunner-zp - Rosický Returns! Believe in Bendtner on 606: "That Vermaelen goal was a finish that Robin van Persie would have been proud of."

1613: Football League Danny: "My tape measure tells me it's a shade over 400 miles from Plymouth to Newcastle, and the hardy souls who have made that trip have at had something to celebrate. Karl Duguid has netted an equaliser for the Pilgrims and it's Newcastle 1-1 Plymouth. Is that the sound of a slight Magpies wobble?"

Ricardo Fuller flicks on a long ball out of the Stoke half and it is picked up by Dave Kitson, who turns his man before picking his spot in the far corner. A nice finish, and that's Stoke's first away goal of the season to boot.

1611: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Stoke

Thomas Vermaelen is a centre-back right? Yep. Well, he can play anywhere he likes on this evidence... the Belgian strides forward to the edge of the Wigan area, exchanges passes with Emmanuel Eboue and curls a fierce shot past Chris Kirkland. Super stuff.

1609: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-0 Wigan (Vermaelen)

1607: It won't surprise you to hear that Arsenal are on the attack again against Wigan. The Gunners are camped in the visitors half but have not been able to work an opening.

From Neil (Bolton fan), via text on 81111: "Three defensive midfielders and a full back on the right wing. One man up front on his own trying to win long balls against three MASSIVE centre backs. All this at home to Stoke and people wonder why Megson isn't liked here!"

1605: And at Hull and Arsenal too. More goals this half please. From everybody.

1603: We're back under way at Bolton and Aston Villa.

1600: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "To say that the first 45 minutes were not well received by the Bolton fans is quite a large understatement. Loud boos as the whistle sounds. Poor game but Stoke have at least twitched into life occasionally, which is more than can be said for Bolton. It can only get better. Or can it?"

From a despondent Pompey fan, via text on 81111: "I'm trying to remember the current lowest points tally for a Premier League season. I think it will be under threat this season!!"

It's Derby County in 2007/08. They got 11 points from 38 games, winning just the once. Even after today, Portsmouth will have 96 points to play for... September is too early to talk about relegation! (or maybe not... )

1555: Bit of a mixed bag in the four Premier League games then - chances galore for Arsenal and Aston Villa in their matches, but not a lot of goalmouth action in the games at Hull and Bolton. Tigers goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has made a couple of decent saves though.

From yaronian on 606: "(Bolton fans) complaining about a lack of action when you have Gary Megson as your manager is well... words fail me. It's Gary Megson..."

1551: Football League Danny: "Crikey. It's a bit early, but this is turning into a statement of Premier League intent from West Brom. Youssouf Mulumbu makes it Middlesbrough 0-3 West Brom and this first-half couldn't have gone any better for the Baggies. Good day for the League One leaders, by the way, as Charlton and Leeds are both ahead, against Norwich and Gillingham respectively."

1549: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Wigan

1549: HALF-TIME Hull City 0-0 Birmingham

1549: Arsenal are lining up to take pot-shots at Wigan before the break. Cesc Fabregas chips a superb pass over the visitors defence to find Robin van Persie in the clear but with his back to goal. The Dutchman swivels to shoot but fails to connect and it skews harmlessly wide.

1548: Christian Benitez is back on the pitch for Birmingham, and comes close to breaking the deadlock - his fierce drive is tipped over by Boaz Myhill.

1547: HALF-TIME Bolton 0-0 Stoke

1547: HALF-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth

1545: Once again, Arsenal see a great chance come and go. Eduardo bears down on goal from the left before crossing for Robin van Persie, but Chris Kirkland challenges well and then parries the follow-up from Abou Diaby. The Gunners still only lead 1-0 - they could have had five or six.

A superb finish by Gabriel Agbonlahor, who turns Tal Ben Haim on the edge of the area and smashes an unstoppable shot past David James. Portsmouth had lost five out of five before today - it's now looking like it is going to be six out of six.

1544: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth (Agbonlahor)

1543: Birmingham have temporarily been reduced to 10 men at the KC Stadium with striker Christian Benitez forced to go off for some stitches following a clash of heads.

1542: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "Bolton fans are getting restless at the lack of action from their team - in fact goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskalainen has just gesticulated to the home fans to get behind their team, so subdued is the atmosphere. In their defence they have not had a lot to cheer so far - the game just hasn't taken off sadly."

1541: Football League Danny: "Great day for West Brom, great day for Chris Brunt. He's scored his second and the Baggies are 2-0 up at Boro and are heading to the top of the table. Elsewhere in the Championship, QPR, Blackpool Reading, Coventry and Leicester are all leading away from home."

1539: Forget 1536, Wigan have just forced Vito Mannone into action for the first time. He comes out for a corner before retreating to his line and is in the right place to parry Emerson Boyce's header before clawing away the loose ball.

1537: Blimey, we've just had an opening at the Reebok Stadium too. And it's only taken 37 minutes. Glenn Whelan's right-foot free-kick from 25 yards curls around the Bolton wall but not beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen, who makes a good save diving low to his left. Still 0-0 there.

1536: Arsenal continue to carve out chances at the Emirates, most of them coming down the right. Emmanuel Eboue is released by Robin Van Persie but his shot flashes across goal. Wigan are yet to manage a shot in reply.

Nadir Belhadj sends Stiliyan Petrov tumbling in the box - another definite penalty - and James Milner steps up to fire into the top left-hand corner. No chance for David James, and Villa lead 1-0.

GOAL FLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Portsmouth (Milner)

1534: PENALTY to Aston Villa

1531: I'm told film director Spike Lee is at the Emirates Stadium today. As an Arsenal fan and a fan of fair play, I'm sure he will be hoping the Gunners do the right thing against Wigan (sorry).

1527: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "Latest news from Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City. No news."

1526: Football League Danny: "Massive goal. West Brom lead at Middlesbrough as Chris Brunt's deflected shot finds its way into the net. As it stands, West Brom will lead the Championship, followed by Newcastle, then Boro. Meanwhile, Roy Keane's Ipswich - without a win this season - trail 1-0 at Doncaster after Waide Fairhurst's goal."

It had been coming, as they say. Robin van Persie sends across the corner from the right and Thomas Vermaelen rises at the near post to power home a header. As simple as that, and Arsenal lead 1-0.

1526: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-0 Wigan (Vermaelen)

1525: There have been chances at Villa Park too, and only the age-defying reflexes of David James stand between Aston Villa, who have begun in lively fashion against struggling Portsmouth, and the opening goal. In the most notable moment of the opening quarter, an Ashley Young cross was deflected off the head of Pompey midfielder Aaron Mokoena, forcing James to tip over for a corner.

Yellow card
1522: Another update from the Emirates for you - sorry for neglecting this game... Emmanuel Eboue looks like he is about to put Arsenal ahead, but instead he is in referee Mike Jones' book. Eboue stretched, unsuccessfully, to head in a cross at the far post but the ball hit his hand instead. Not sure he actually meant that but he is still shown a yellow card.

1521: Hmmm, this commentary is fast becoming a list of missed Arsenal chances. It is Robin van Persie who goes close again, meeting Emmanuel Eboue's cross from the right, but he cannot find the target.

1519: Robin van Persie sees his fierce free-kick fly inches wide of Chris Kirkland's post as Arsenal press again. Emmanuel Eboue has also had a go at goal, drilling his shot from 25 yards over the bar. Wigan are holding out at the moment though, but cannot get out of their own half right now.

1517: Still no goals in any of the four Premier League games, although it is fair to say Arsenal are turning the screw. Birmingham have just gone close too, with Lee Bowyer forcing Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill into a wonderful finger tip save after curling a 20-yard shot towards the top corner of the net.

1515: A sniff of a chance for Arsenal following an almighty scramble from a corner. Chris Kirkland fumbles the cross and is beaten by a looping header from William Gallas but Titus Bramble is on hand to boot the ball clear from underneath his own crossbar.

1512: Football League Danny: "Newcastle suffered a midweek blip, slumping to their first Championship defeat at Blackpool. They seem eager to get back to winning ways, Steven Taylor notching after just six minutes to make it Newcastle 1-0 Plymouth. Is that the longest away journey of the season?"

1511: Wigan's first attack sees a bit of panic in the Arsenal defence as Vito Mannone comes out of his goal but fails to collect the ball, and William Gallas seems to injure himself as he tries to mop up. It comes to nothing but not the most convincing start by Mannone.

1509: Birmingham goalkeeper Joe Hart is called into action twice in quick succession, saving from Kamil Zayatte and Stephen Hunt. It remains goalless at the KC Stadium.

Yellow card
1508: No chances of note elsewhere but another booking to tell you about, this time at the Reebok Stadium. Ricardo Fuller goes down in the box after a challenge by Gavin McCann - but referee Mark Clattenburg books the striker for diving. Replays show McCann made no contact.

1506: Arsenal are getting some early joy down the left flank against the Latics - lots of space there for Gael Clichy to exploit but nothing has come of it yet. The home side definitely on top though. So far, anyway.

Yellow card
1505: Birmingham's Stephen Carr goes in the book very early at the KC for a reckless challenge on Stephen Hunt.

From Save_the_gooners on 606: "Looking at the Wigan team today, I can see them being relegated"

1502: Not any more we're not - all the top-flight games have now begun. At the Emirates, Robin van Persie tees up Cesc Fabregas to have a pop from a free-kick but the Wigan wall is quickly out to block.

1500: Arsenal are under way against Wigan. We're still waiting for the other three Premier League games to start..

From Sheikh_Mahand on 606: "Looking at the Arsenal line-up, I can genuinely see Wigan getting something out of the game today."

1456: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce after his side's defeat by Burnley: "We looked a very good team in the first half and maybe should have been ahead then. We are a bit disappointed and I didn't feel that we hit the heights in the second half after being very good in the first half. We must improve and compete for the entire 90 minutes."

1455: Football League Danny: "It's not all about the Premier League today, footy fans. There's a whopper of a contest in the Championship, where second-placed Middlesbrough host table toppers West Brom. Not to mention another 34 matches in the Championship, League One and League Two. I pledge to do my level best to keep you across anything of note."

1454: If you give this page a manual refresh, you will not only be able to watch Score but you can also listen to commentary of Wigan v Arsenal and/or Middlesbrough v West Brom. Do all three if you like, but only if you live in the UK I'm afraid.

1452: A bit of chat from the KC Stadium, where Birmingham hand a first start to Christian Benitez - known by his nickname which is 'Chucho' (it means small pesky dog) - but are so short of players they only have six substitutions. Hull, meanwhile, hand a first start to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - I just hope he doesn't score because by the time I've written his name, it will be next week.

1450: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill on his training ground bust-up with Nigel Reo-Coker, who has been left out of his squad for today's game with Portsmouth: "I think these sort of things are commonplace, there are things that happen over the course of the season and you deal with it accordingly. I've dealt with it now and we'll see what happens next week. Is it unsettling for the rest of the team? I don't know. But it's in the nature of the job."

1448: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at The Reebok Stadium: "Stoke City's progress under manager Tony Pulis can be illustrated by two of the names on the substitutes' bench today - James Beattie and the excellent Tuncay. Not a packed house at The Reebok but Bolton and their fans will be in better heart after the crucial win at Portsmouth last week."

1443: TEAM NEWS Hull City v Birmingham
Hull's Dean Marney has recovered from a knee injury to return for his first game since the opening day of the season but Anthony Gardner is absent. Birmingham duo Lee Carsley (back) and Damien Johnson (strain) have failed fitness tests and miss out, but Scott Dann returns.

1441: So, super-sub David Nugent's double-strike means Burnley have won three out of three at Turf Moor in the Premier League. Sunderland bossed the game for long periods but didn't take their chances, especially in the first half, and the Clarets, and their noisy fans, get their reward for their spirited approach.

1439: TEAM NEWS Bolton v Stoke
Bolton manager Gary Megson makes just one change to the side that beat Portsmouth last week, with Gavin McCann returning to centre midfield in place of Mark Davies. Stoke boss Tony Pulis opts to use Ricardo Fuller as Dave Kitson's strike partner up front, as James Beattie is struggling with a foot injury. One other change for the Potters sees Matthew Etherington returning to the starting XI instead of Andy Wilkinson.

Full time
1438: FULL-TIME Burnley 3-1 Sunderland

1437: Ha, some Burnley fans have already rustled up a 'Nugent for England' flag. He's got a decent record for his country - one game, one goal... which compares well to Emile Heskey doesn't it?

1435: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Wigan
Robin van Persie returns for Arsenal having missed their Champions League victory at Standard Liege on Wednesday. He is partnered up front by Eduardo, who scored the winner in Belgium. Vito Mannone continues in goal in the continued absence of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. Wigan have no new injury or suspension worries and name the same side that beat West Ham last Saturday. Olivier Kapo made his comeback in the reserves midweek but does not make the bench.

1434: We're into injury time at Turf Moor. Time for David Nugent to complete his hat-trick?

1433: TEAMS Hull City v Birmingham
Hull: Myhill, Dawson, Zayatte, Sonko, McShane, Hunt, Marney, Olofinjana, Geovanni, Altidore, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Subs: Warner, Barmby, Mendy, Halmosi, Kilbane, Boateng, Ghilas.
Birmingham: Hart, Parnaby, Dann, Roger Johnson, Carr, McSheffrey, Bowyer, Tainio, Ferguson, Fahey, Benitez. Subs: Maik Taylor, O'Connor, Phillips, Espinoza, O'Shea, Sammons.

I told you David Nugent likes Lancashire. Wade Elliott runs from his own half to the edge of the Sunderland area and Tyrone Mears feeds the former Preston striker, who swivels and fires a brilliant left-foot shot into the top corner. Nugent for the 2010 Golden Shoe anyone?

1431: GOALFLASH Burnley 3-1 Sunderland

1430: TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Aston Villa make just one change to the side that won the second city derby last time out, with John Carew restored to the starting XI following Nigel Reo-Coker's high-profile bust-up with manager Martin O'Neill. Portsmouth boss Paul Hart names an unchanged line-up as his side go in search of their first win, or point, of the season.

1429: Andy Reid has been Sunderland's best player today and he has almost fashioned an equaliser for the visitors. The Republic of Ireland international pops up on the right flank and crosses for Lorik Cana at the back post, but the Albanian cannot keep his header down.

1428: TEAMS Arsenal v Wigan
Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Eboue, Song Billong, Fabregas, Diaby, Eduardo, van Persie. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Gibbs, Bendtner.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia, Gomez, Koumas, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Edman, Cho, Scharner, Scotland, Sinclair, King.

1426: I've just been told former England defender Sol Campbell will make his long-awaited Notts County debut today in the Magpies' game at Morecambe. I don't know much about Christie Park, but apparently they have very good pies there.

1425: Not much of a response from Sunderland so far. Lorik Cana has just hoisted a cross into the Burnley area but it was easy for Brian Jensen to deal with.

From Black Cat Stuie in Corby, via text on 81111: "Re 1408. You just had to start talking about winners didn't ya?"

1422: TEAMS Bolton v Stoke
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Steinsson, McCann, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, Kevin Davies. Subs: Al Habsi, Elmander, Gardner, Klasnic, Davis, Lee, Andrew O'Brien.
Stoke: Sorensen, Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Huth, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson. Subs: Simonsen, Higginbotham, Cort, Lawrence, Beattie, Pugh, Sanli.

1420: A final change for Sunderland - Jordan Henderson is on for Fraizer Campbell. They have got 15 minutes to find an equaliser.

1419: TV replays from that last spell of Burnley pressure seem to show Anton Ferdinand using his arm as he shepherds the ball to safety, under pressure from David Nugent. Giving away one silly penalty is clearly not enough for one match.

1418: Burnley are full of confidence now and it takes a good header from Michael Turner at the far post to deny Clark Carlisle, who was waiting to pounce from a corner.

1416: TEAMS Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Petrov, Milner, Sidwell, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Guzan, Delfouneso, Delph, Heskey, Shorey, Beye, Gardner.
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Ben-Haim, Belhadj, Mokoena, Smith, Brown, Boateng, O'Hara, Piquionne. Subs: Begovic, Mullins, Williamson, Utaka, Webber, Kanu, Yebda.

1414: Darren Bent has scored five goals in six games for Sunderland - David Nugent managed six in two years at Portsmouth before joining Burnley on loan on transfer deadline day. The former Preston striker seems to like playing in Lancashire a lot doesn't he?

Burnley haven't created much this half but it doesn't matter - they are ahead. A lovely move down the right flank ends when Tyrone Mears curls in an inviting cross and David Nugent is in the right place to power home a peach of a header. That's his first goal for the Clarets.

1411: GOALFLASH Burnley 2-1 Sunderland (Nugent)

1408: Chris Eagles is on for Burnley too, replacing Steven Fletcher. We've got 25 minutes left at Turf Moor - plenty of time for either side to find a winner.

1407: Yep, here comes Kenwyne, replacing... Steed Malbranque. I called that one right didn't I? Fraizer Campbell will move to the right of midfield and Jones joins Bent up front. They could still go 4-3-3 of course...

1405: It looks like Kenwyne Jones is coming on for Sunderland. Darren Bent or Fraizer Campbell to come off? They've both had decent games.

1404: Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand has already helped Burnley out once today, and he almost does so again - he woefully under-hits a backpass but it just about reaches his goalkeeper Craig Gordon with David Nugent in hot pursuit. Ferdinand was a bit lucky there.

1402: Another change for Burnley - David Nugent is on for his home debut, replacing Martin Paterson.

From Ben, who hasn't seen Nigel Reo-Coker anywhere today, via text on 81111: "Re 1345. Well it won't matter to Emile Heskey whether it's a boot or a shoe. He wears concrete blocks on his feet."

1400: Steven Fletcher lets fly from 40 yards for the home side but the ball barely dribbles out for a goalkick. Owen Coyle is trying to get Burnley going but, just like at the start of the first half, they are on the back-foot at the moment. Still, we know what happened next...

1358: A great move by Sunderland sees a deep cross by Andy Reid played back across goal. Darren Bent leaves it for Fraizer Campbell, who gets plenty of power behind his shot but hits it straight at Brian Jensen, who is able to beat the ball away. If Campbell had placed that, rather than just whacked it, Jensen would have had no chance.

1355: Burnley's best hope seems to be on the break at the moment, they are sitting far too deep otherwise. Still, they still look dangerous when they do rush forward - but a poor final ball from Stephen Jordan has let them down on a couple of occasions.

From Brendan in Crawley, via text on 81111: "Scrap the Defoe/Bent argument. Why on earth is it called the Golden Shoe?! Surely football players wear football BOOTS? 'Check out my new football shoes' - not quite the same ring to it... "

1352: Sunderland are the first to threaten, when Lorik Cana prods a shot goalwards following a scramble from a corner. Burnley clear their lines easily enough.

1349: Burnley get the second half under way.

Iain Wright on Twitter: "Just seen Nigel Reo-Coker on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square."

1345: Apparently Rob in London is right and it is the Golden Shoe that is awarded to the highest goalscorer at World Cups. Not Boot. Whatever it's called, I still don't see Darren Bent getting his hands on it next summer.

From Stephen005 on 606: "Re 1340. Because Defoe is the better player."

From LichfieldVillan, via text on 81111: "Still wondering why we have Emile Heskey instead of Darren Bent... "

1340: So, it's honours even at Turf Moor at the break, which is probably fair from what we've seen so far. Sunderland have played the neater stuff but Burnley's gung-ho approach means they are always a threat. All to play for in the second half...

From Silence on 606: "Why are people talking about Jermain Defoe so much when Darren Bent has scored just as many goals in arguably a weaker side..."

Half time
1335: HALF-TIME Burnley 1-1 Sunderland

1334: Another decent set-piece from Burnley right at the end of the half. Robbie Blake whips it in from the left and the ball just evades Andre Bikey. It would have been interesting if Bikey had made contact but in the end it is an easy catch for Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

From Rob in London, via text on 81111: "Darren Bent for the golden shoe in South Africa... "

I think you mean 'boot' Rob but, even then...

1330: Chances aplenty at both ends now. Darren Bent gets another sight of goal, a lot further out, and lets fly - his shot fizzes over Brian Jensen's crossbar. We're into the final minute of the first half.

1328: Burnley are inches away from going back in front. Robbie Blake whips in a corner from the left and Joey Gudjonsson flicks a near-post header goalwards but sees it bounce wide of the far upright.

Andy Reid is able to drift in from the left flank and he dinks a pass through to Darren Bent, who is in acres of space on the edge of the area. He takes a touch and confidently slots home the equaliser, for his fifth goal in six games. Burnley think he was offside but replays show Clarke Carlisle played the Sunderland striker onside.

1325: GOALFLASH Burnley 1-1 Sunderland (Bent)

1324: Hmmm, everyone seems to have started falling over now. Which is great entertainment in 'It's a Knockout' but not so good in a Premier League football match. Less than 10 minutes to go until the break.

From Alan in Derry, via text on 81111: "Re 1309. Or Franz Ferdinand?"

1322: That's better from Sunderland - some neat passing inside the Burnley half. They need to get Andy Reid and Steed Malbranque on the ball more and find a way to break down the home defence - that Darren Bent shot is their best effort so far.

1320: This game is being played at a very high tempo but, sadly, at the moment that is leading to a lot of poor passing and wild challenges rather than any openings at either end. A bit of composure on the ball would help both teams.

From Chopper-Villan (I'll admit it, I'm an optimist.. or Delusional) on 606: "Re 1214. Anyone think that maybe Nigel Reo-Coker is simply back in London as he's catching up with mates/family? I mean, if I had a massive bust-up at work I'd probably want to speak to my mates about it. Given Martin O'Neill has said there wont be any transfer as a result of this (and he pretty much speaks his mind) would that not be an option?"

1315: Ah, Chris McCann McCannot carry on - so Joey Gudjonsson is on for the Clarets.

1312: A bit of a delay at Turf Moor while Chris McCann gets treatment - no foul play, he just came out worst out of a 50-50 tackle. Although, having said that, Clarets boss Owen Coyle doesn't look happy.

From Luke in Cardiff, via text on 81111: "Re 1258. We definitely signed the wrong Ferdinand. We could have had Les or Rio. And we got Anton. Pah!"

1309: Burnley's turn to be sloppy at the back. Andre Bikey fails to deal with a bouncing ball on the edge of his own area and it falls for the in-form Darren Bent inside the box. Bent gets a first-time shot away but it flies straight at Brian Jensen. A lucky escape for the home side.

1306: A quickly-taken Burnley free-kick almost catches Sunderland out. With the visitors napping (a Black Cat-nap?) Martin Paterson meets the ball at the near post but skews his volley wide.

From Fulham Fred, via text on 81111: "Re 1214. Just seen Nigel Reo-Coker in Asda in Clapham Junction. He is definitely in London!"

1303: Sunderland's good start seems a long time ago now - they seem to have lost a bit of confidence and are giving the ball away rather a lot in the middle of the park. Burnley definitely have the upper hand, and not just because they are ahead.

Burnley took 10 minutes to have a shot on goal, with a Steven Fletcher effort flashing over, but seconds later, the home side are ahead. Anton Ferdinand makes a right hash of his attempts to stop Wade Elliott on the edge of the area, and sends the Clarets man tumbling. It's a dead-on penalty and Graham Alexander makes no mistake from the spot, stepping up to smash it into the middle of the net.

GOALFLASH Burnley 1-0 Sunderland (Alexander)

1258: PENALTY to Burnley

From anon, via text on 81111: "Lee Cattermole is a big miss for Sunderland today. He's a top player and was a major coup for us. I fancy us today 3-1. I think Burnley will stay up, I hope so, but they will be no match for the Black Cats on such a Super Saturday."

1255: Burnley still haven't woken up. Darren Bent makes headway for Sunderland down the right and sends over a useful cross for Fraizer Campbell. The ball is just too close to Brian Jensen, though, and he comes out to collect it.

1253: Another half-chance for Sunderland. The ball pings around the Burnley area and it needs a timely challenge by Wade Elliott to stop Frasier Campbell in front of goal.

From London Hammer, via text on 81111: "Re 1214. I'm in London for the West Ham-Liverpool game and have seen Nigel Reo-Coker pulling into their ground on my way to the pub. Loan deal anyone?!"

1250: We didn't have to wait long for our first chance though. Fraizer Campbell cuts in from the right for the Black Cats but Brian Jensen plucks his cross-shot out of the air with Darren Bent lurking dangerously behind him.

1248: A decent start by Sunderland who seem to be happy to come and attack today, judging from the first couple of minutes. No real chances yet, but Steed Malbranque has just fired over a teasing cross from the left that none of his team-mates could reach.

1246: Sunderland get us started at Turf Moor.

From Anna Mayne, via text on 81111: "I think its going to be another big home win for the claret and blue army!"

Erm, is that Burnley, Aston Villa or West Ham?

1243: The players are out on the pitch at Turf Moor. Not long to go now...the home fans are very lively, as you might expect.

Samuel King on Twitter: "Chance for Liverpool to move up to third today, with all of the top four playing tomorrow. COME ON POOL!"

1236: Turf Moor is filling up nicely from what I can see. About 10 minutes to go until kick off - Burnley's mascot Bertie Bee has just danced on to the pitch to the sound of The Monkees' 'I'm a Believer'.

From Exiled Forest fan in London, via text on 81111: "Bored, stuck on a delayed train to Nottingham to watch the mighty Reds take on Blackpool. It promises to be a good game but three points are needed for us today to make up for two home league defeats. Good luck to all who are watching their respective teams today."

1230: Burnley have not conceded a goal in any of their last seven games at Turf Moor but Sunderland go there knowing a win (quite a big win to be fair) could catapult them into the top four. Liverpool and Villa could also be in the top four tonight if they win, Stoke and Arsenal are the other teams in the top half playing today.

From Sid in Sheffield, via text on 81111: "Still not recovered from the tension of last nights Steel City derby! What a cracker, just relieved the red half of the city are top dogs again!"

1226: TEAM NEWS Burnley v Sunderland
Burnley are unchanged from the team that lost 4-0 to Liverpool last time out, with loan signing David Nugent again amongst the substitutes and captain Steven Caldwell still not recovered from a groin problem.
Fraizer Campbell starts up front for Sunderland alongside in-form Darren Bent but midfielder Lee Cattermole, an ever-present in the league for the Black Cats so far this season, is out with a heel injury. George McCartney comes in.

1224: You've probably seen and heard that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester City manager Mark Hughes have had a bit of a war of words ahead of tomorrow's clash at Old Trafford. But what have the players been saying? You can find out here.

From palacefc8 on 606: "I had a dream I was at Arsenal v Wigan and it finished 3-3, I didn't even know these two teams were playing each other today and don't support either of them. hmmm, weird... so I'm predicting 3-3 today."

1219: TEAMS Burnley v Sunderland
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Elliott, Alexander, McCann, Blake, Steven Fletcher, Paterson. Subs: Penny, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Nugent, Thompson, Guerrero, Eagles.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Turner, McCartney, Malbranque, Cana, Reid, Richardson, Campbell, Bent. Subs: Carson, Nosworthy, Mensah, Henderson, Jones, Da Silva, Healy.

From Big Tony, via text on 81111: "Can you please give a mention to the Buckinghamshire derby between MK Dons and Wycombe. Thanks."

1214: Speaking of Villa, I wonder what their midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is doing today? A nice walk on an autumn afternoon perhaps, or even a spot of shopping? He might even be reading this... He certainly won't be at Villa Park for his side's game with rock-bottom Portsmouth after being sent home from training yesterday following a bust-up with manager Martin O'Neill. If you spot Nige anywhere, do let me know.

From ConorLeedsFan on 606: "If Villa win today then its five wins out of six, which surely shows that they have not got that much weaker since Gareth Barry's departure. And with Stewart Downing and Richard Dunne to come in and the return of Wilfred Bouma, they will only get better..."

1212: I need you to get involved today too, of course. You can use 606, text via 81111 or even Twitter.

1209: As far as the top flight goes, Burnley host Sunderland in today's early kick-off at Fortress Turf Moor (which is what their ground is called I think?), followed by four 1500 BST matches (including Arsenal v Wigan). Our late game is West Ham v Liverpool, who could field three former Hammers - Yossi Benayoun, Glen Johnson and Javier Mascherano - and so should have no problems finding their way to Upton Park.

1206: There are other derby matches going on this weekend too, not just United v City... In London, Chelsea host Tottenham on Sunday. Sheffield had their dust-up last night and it was a bit of a cracker too. United beat Wednesday 3-2, to move into fourth place in the Championship. That's your lot, though, because Crystal Palace v Derby doesn't count.

1203: With the top four all playing each other tomorrow, this is a big day for Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both lost two league games already this season and can't afford many more slip-ups if they are going to remain title contenders. Confident? Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is - he feels the way his side came back from 2-0 down to beat Standard Liege in midweek has "strengthened the belief" in their camp. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is also looking more cheerful than he has for a while, saying: "Our players are starting to find their form, Dirk Kuyt is scoring, Yossi Benayoun is scoring, and we have started well in Europe."

1201 BST: Hello. After reading this morning's newspapers (which are mostly about tomorrow's Manchester derby) it comes as a bit of a surprise to be told there are 44 other Premier League and Football League matches also taking place this weekend. I'm sure you lot already knew that though?

Championship table

Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Championship table
1 Burnley 14 17 33
2 Leicester 14 11 32
3 QPR 14 9 31
4 Blackpool 14 6 27
5 Reading 14 5 23
6 Nott'm Forest 14 5 23
7 Watford 14 7 22
8 Leeds 14 2 20
9 Blackburn 14 4 19
10 Wigan 13 4 19
11 Derby 14 3 19
12 Brighton 14 1 18
13 Ipswich 14 2 17
14 Huddersfield 14 2 17
15 Bournemouth 14 -9 17
16 Middlesbrough 14 1 15
17 Charlton 13 -4 14
18 Millwall 14 -11 14
19 Bolton 14 -7 13
20 Doncaster 13 -11 12
21 Sheffield Wed 13 -3 11
22 Birmingham 14 -7 11
23 Barnsley 14 -15 10
24 Yeovil 14 -12 9

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