BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60101

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Arsenal

  • Gervinho 42'

1 - 2

FT

Chelsea

  • Fernando Torres 20'
  • Juan Mata 53'
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    Jon Carter: Well, that's all from me. What a day. Keep it on ESPN FC for all the reaction and we'll be back again soon. Thanks for joining us.

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    Jon Carter: I wouldn't use this one as a blueprint...

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    [Comment from Derek ]
    AVB knows how to park a bus. Who knew?

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    Jon Carter: United certainly can feel a little upset, but the scoreline is the one that matters and they had their chances.

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    [Comment from dan ]
    I don't think I've ever seen such domination by a losing team for so long. I think a draw would have been fair

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    Jon Carter: Incredible stuff - it has been a fine day of football!

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    [Comment from David Dawes ]
    Certainly the records are being broken this year first the united win in anfield now spurs win in Old Trafford!!!

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    United didn't deserve a win. Their defense was terrible.

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    Jon Carter: Defending was hugely poor across the board... but there was a three minute spell where EVERYTHING happened

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    [Comment from 123 ]
    23 years and I have never seen a worse defensive effort from United. How pathetic.

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    [Comment from Justin ]
    Spurs park the bus for 40 minutes and get away with it.

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    Jon Carter: AVB was going mad on the sidelines. It's broken the jinx - the first time win for Spurs at Old Trafford since 1989

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    [Comment from David ]
    SPURS WIN!!!!!!

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    Jon Carter: FULL-TIME! MAN UTD 2-3 TOTTENHAM. It's over. What a game

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    [Comment from pam ]
    stop this fergie time

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    [Comment from Kim ]
    Spurs parking the bus for dear life!

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    Jon Carter: 90 +4 - It's cleared.. but he's stayed up

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    Jon Carter: 90 +4 - Corner and Lindegaard is coming up

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    Jon Carter: 90 +3 - Vertonghen has the ball in the United half and tries to run it down, but loses the ball. What is he doing there?

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    [Comment from Darren (Ireland) ]
    heart in mouth stuff here for Spurs

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    Jon Carter: 93 +1 - United still getting it out wide and trying to pump balls into the box

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    Jon Carter: SUB - Dawson comes on for Spurs

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    Jon Carter: SUB - Hernandez on, Rio off

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    Jon Carter: SUN - Hernandez on, Ferdinand off

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    Jon Carter: 90 +2 - Nani turns inside and hammers a shot which goes well over

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    [Comment from josh ]
    Four minutes!! Fergie time and a half!

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    Jon Carter: 90 +1 - Ferdinand gets it in, but it is cleared. And here it comes again

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    Jon Carter: 90 - FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

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    Jon Carter: 89 - Scholes gives the ball away, but United win it back as the attack fails to just take it into the corner

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    136 completed passes for Scholes. Wow.

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    Jon Carter: Stat: Scholes has had a 91% pass completion rate. Very impressive.

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    Jon Carter: 89 - Sigurdsson gets away and is just trying to keep hold of the ball. Rooney hacks him down

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    Jon Carter: 88 - Sandro hacks the ball clear, but is down injured now

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    [Comment from tristan ]
    spurs under the cosh, hope they hang on.

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    Jon Carter: 88 - Huddlestone chips it forward to Defoe who races away, but Rio comes back and helps out Evans.

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    [Comment from josh ]
    good Lord Evra went past two defenders to head that. What are we doing!!!

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    [Comment from KwV ]
    If Evra had gone to either side rather than straight down the middle...

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    Jon Carter: 87- What a chance for Evra,,, but he fluffs his lines as well

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    Jon Carter: 86 - Huddlestone clears with a header and gets his big frame in the way. But it comes right back again

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    [Comment from James ]
    I hope spurs know how to park the bus

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    [Comment from Darren (Ireland) ]
    Spurs have invited United in by sitting deep in the second half, and its not paid off....thier still on a knife edge here

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    Jon Carter: 84 - Carrick flicks the ball on from the corner and it hits the bar

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    Jon Carter: 84 - You know the score, Spurs sitting deep and United attacking. Ferdinand forced a corner off Sigurdsson.

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    Jon Carter: 83 - SUB - Dembele off, Huddlestone on

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Would have bet my house Scholes found the net with that.

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    What are Tottenham doing? Everyone and their mother knows to not give Scholes time and space.

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    Jon Carter: 82 - Scholes shoots, Friedel forced to block. You feel something is coming.

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    Jon Carter: Not quite.. Xavi's passes are usually short and simple. More like the English Pirlo.

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    [Comment from KwV ]
    Scoles. The English Xavi.

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    Jon Carter: 81 - Scholes is just flying it out to Nani each time. And the ball keeps coming in

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    Jon Carter: 80 - Scholes is pinging the ball around well. He finds Nani who escapes his man, chips in the ball and Gallas gets it away from under his own bar

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    Jon Carter: Apologies... crazy game, but he is there.

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    [Comment from KwV ]
    Jon, you didn't mention that Dempsey came off for Sigurdsson

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    Jon Carter: 78 - SUB - Kagawa coming off, Welbeck coming on

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    Jon Carter: 78 - Nani hits it, but Friedel is there. Spurs trying to play their way out of their own box and causing themselves issues

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    Jon Carter: 77 - Van Persie gets the ball across but no-one is there...

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    [Comment from David ]
    Spurs' game to lose, I think. And they're doing a fine job of trying to do so....

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    Jon Carter: 77 - Bale tries to get back, but Rafael was there to knock it back and keep it away

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    Jon Carter: 76 - It's all calmed down a bit... United passing the ball around and Spurs are chasing them

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    [Comment from kanna ]
    Edge of my seat... Come On Man United!!!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Van Persie is like Henry though. Rarely scores with his head.

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    Jon Carter: A few.. but I wouldn't give him many more chances

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    [Comment from benjamin ]
    how many times have van persie missed in this match

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    Jon Carter: 74 - The ball is chipped in and Van Persie is there. He arrives between defenders and gets his head on the ball, but it skids wide.

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    Jon Carter: 73 - Rafael charging down the right. Swings a cross in and Scholes gets his head on it - but it hits Sandro and is blocked

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    Jon Carter: They are desperate...

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Spurs time wasting. What happened to the free flowing attack 45 mins ago?

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    Jon Carter: It's already up there for entertainment value... although it has slightly dropped recently

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    [Comment from Richard ]
    Is this going to be another classic comeback game for united? Just like the old days where they beat spurs 5-3. I hope tonight is one of those games.

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    Jon Carter: Giroud would have scored that ;-)

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Wow Van Persie misses what you'd think would be an easy hit for him

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas ]
    RVP!!! How did you miss that???

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    Jon Carter: 69 - RVP fluffs his lines. Slotted in and he's through on goal, but he smashes it wide

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    Jon Carter: 68 - Lennon tries to use his speed against Rio, but Evra is covering well and gets his foot on the ball in the box

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    If the ball hits Spurs, it's a handball. These are the rules of the second half.

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    Jon Carter: 67 - Rafael hits the ball into Gallas and more shouts of handball!

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    Jon Carter: They have hardly been in it.. it's been all United.

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    [Comment from josh ]
    Spurs definitely took too much off the gas.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas ]
    Rooney is getting close. It's only a matter of time.

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    Jon Carter: 66 - Rooney takes the ball from Rafael on the edge of the box... he turns, swivels and hammers a shot past the post. That was close.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Hits his arm, he wasn't looking at the ball directly. The Nani incident definitely more of a pen

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    [Comment from Jay ]
    Is it all happening at old trafford... cant believe it.

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    Jon Carter: 65 - The ball bounces up and hits Sandro on the arm in the box. Not deliberate though, so can't really give it

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    Jon Carter: 64 - Walker heads it behind... poor really as there was noone around him

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    Jon Carter: 63 - Scholes slips the ball to RVP who slips it in the net. Offside flag is up though.

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    At least POST came to play some defense. No one else has made a quality block.

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    Jon Carter: What a great effort, Friedel was nowhere near it.

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    [Comment from rune16739 ]
    how unlucky...

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    Jon Carter: 61 - POST - Rooney curls it, and it hammers off the post

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    Jon Carter: 61 - Lennon clips Kagawa and Rooney and RVP are over it. Very good chance here as it is 25 yards out and central

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    Jon Carter: 60 - A huge kick downfield by Friedel keeps the ball away from the Spurs box for a while

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    Jon Carter: No, that's a fair point

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    [Comment from Jay ]
    "Not a day to be remembered for quality defending!"

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    Jon Carter: Yes it is! Anybody could score...

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    It really is anyones game at the moment, isn't it?

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    Jon Carter: 59 - Kagawa goes down in the box... Walker got his leg around JUST and took the ball

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    [Comment from Yembeh Marah ]
    United looking revived...tottenham needs to be careful----

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    Jon Carter: 56 - RVP steals the ball and eventually it's Rafael who loses it. United get the ball back though and OT is shaking..

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    Jon Carter: You picked a bad few minutes to miss Jan...

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Wow, I look away from this chat for two minutes and things have just gone crazy.

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    Jon Carter: 55 - Bale takes a short corner and then runs around for the shot. It's wide though

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    Jon Carter: Doesn't mean one isn't coming

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    Jon Carter: Err. phew. Well we've had a few seconds without a goal...

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    [Comment from Darren (Ireland) ]
    This is breathtaking stuff!!

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    [Comment from rune16739 ]
    what a pass from RVP

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    [Comment from floppingnani ]
    is this a fake match? i am like watching basketball

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    Jon Carter: What a pass through to him from RVP... slotted through, he turns and sneaks the ball into the bottom corner. 3-2.

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    Jon Carter: GOAL! Kagawa!!! And it's 3-2.... Three goals in three minutes

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    Jon Carter: Wow, very exciting few minutes... United looked like they had gone back into it, but Spurs hit right back

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    [Comment from Jay ]
    I don't think "sixes and sevens" is nearly enough to describe United at the back. Twelves and fourteens?

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    This game just got a whole lot more interesting. And wow, 3-1

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    Jon Carter: GOAL! Dempsey puts Spurs 3-1 up! Bale runs through and smashes a shot which Lindegaard blocks, but it comes out to Dempsey who slots into an empty net

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    Jon Carter: Rooney put that on a plate for him... great work from the super sub

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    [Comment from Stewie ]
    Nani. What else can be said. Worthless for most of the match then a great play.

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    [Comment from stevie ]
    it was coming

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    BRILLIANT. There's one and that's a man who needed a goal

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    Jon Carter: GOAL! Nani gets one back for Man Utd. Great ball in from Rooney

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    Jon Carter: 50 - Scholes chips the ball over, but Rooney can't get on the end of it. A pretty poor touch actually from one of England's finest

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    Jon Carter: Me too, Spurs need the ball. Sandro appears to be man marking Rooney as well.

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    I really hope AVB didn't instruct his team to sit back and just rely on counter-attacking in this second half.

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    Jon Carter: 49 - Nani smashes a cross in but it's far too high for anyone...

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Tottenham starting very deep. AVB might know what he's doing but that is asking for trouble

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    Jon Carter: Fergie shaking his head in the dugout. Looks like he has a sore throat...

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    Jon Carter: 48 - Rooney slips it to Nani, but Bale races back and puts in the tackle.

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    Jon Carter: 47 - Spurs are sitting deep and United are attacking. This could be the way of things.

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    Jon Carter: Kagawa looks to be playing in the middle, behind a 2 man frontline of RVP and Rooney

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    Jon Carter: RVP and Rooney together might make a difference. It will have to.

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    Jon Carter: 46 - KICK-OFF - United get us underway

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    [Comment from rune16739 ]
    Rooney, finally on... THANK GOD!!

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    Jon Carter: SUB - Giggs comes off and Rooney comes on

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Jack, coming from a Chelsea supporter, don't put him on a pedestal just yet.. Trust me! Haha

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    Jon Carter: Or has he done that already? The opening few games looked worrying... but he turned it around

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    Jon Carter: Ha, it certainly wouldn't harm his chances of winning over the fans.

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    [Comment from Jack singapore ]
    AVB will be a legend if tottenham win the match tonight! He is already better than his past predecessors

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    [Comment from SPUUUURS ]
    Spurs defense have had a weird way of letting teams draw level towards the end of the match, they need to keep attacking.

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Spurs just too fast for United's shaky defense. Bale, Defoe and Lennon. United can't keep up

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    Jon Carter: Indeed, mentally they need to ignore the scoreline.Complacency is the only thing that will stop them winning this game

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    [Comment from Nathan ]
    Spurs were in a similar situation after going up 2-0 against Arsenal last season. They need to treat this game as if 0-0

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    Jon Carter: Spurs don't need to change anything at all. They are completely in control.

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    Jon Carter: Van Persie may well be struggling with his injury... so he could be one to be hooked just in case.

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    Jon Carter: He certainly has some options... that's the beauty of being Man Utd manager.

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    [Comment from Komenge ]
    Kagawa giving away the ball too much, taking him off for Rooney, keep Nani

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    [Comment from Witte ]
    Hernandez will only come on for RVP in my eyes. He needs to be up top. I don't think Fergie is going to experiment with RVP in the hole in a situation like this

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    Jon Carter: Well, would probably pull Nani off and shift Kagawa onto the wings. Rooney or Hernandez would be on.

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    [Comment from Willie ]
    What changes would you make at half time?

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    Jon Carter: A few boos ringing out... something will change. Fergie is sure to bring someone on.

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    [Comment from Stu ]
    Incredibly embarrassing as a united fam

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    Jon Carter: HALF-TIME. Man Utd 0-2 Toittenham. Fergie looks furious... Vertonghen and Bale have scored and Spurs are half way to winning for the first time at OT since 1989

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    Jon Carter: 45 +2 - Walker gets down the right and Scholes tracks him all the way. Another decent tackle... wow

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    Jon Carter: 45 +1 - Carrick and Rafael mess it up down the right. Really frustrating times...

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    Jon Carter: 45 - THREE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

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    Jon Carter: There is. That's what comes from seeing your team win the league every year no doubt... they won't give up until the final whistle. They never do.

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    [Comment from Yotam ]
    You can't not respect the United fans right now. Their team's 2-0 down and there's an amazing atmosphere.

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    [Comment from Darren (Ireland) ]
    Poor from Nani, he'l be switched at half time Id imagine

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    Jon Carter: 43 - Rafael and Giggs making efforts down the right, but Nani's shot eventually finds the arms of Friedel

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    Jon Carter: They do, but Nani has a shout for a penalty. Scholes knocks it over his head and Vertonghen was pulling his shirt in the box

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    Tottham looking pretty firm defensively

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    Jon Carter: 40 - Rafael doing his best to burst forward as Nani gets in a cross.

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    Jon Carter: 39 - The left side of the pitch is still very open for United and Spurs are attacking down that side constantly

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    [Comment from josh ]
    Manu fan, that's why us spurs fans aren't gloating just yet.

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    Jon Carter: Omens... another Spurs goal before half-time and perhaps I will start to believe you

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    [Comment from Man United Fan ]
    Hmm...isn't is a coincidence??? Saturday 29 September 2001 (Man united won 5-3)

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    Jon Carter: 38 - Friedel makes an easy catch from a cross that is far too close to him.

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    Jon Carter: 37 - Sandro bursts away, but Kagawa is the man to break up the play.

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    Jon Carter: 36 - Gallas has been down for a few minutes and Dawson is warming up...

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    Jon Carter: Ha, yes he has looked a little slow today

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    [Comment from allabout ]
    Ferdinand is so slow. England recall, indeed.

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    Jon Carter: 34 - Dembele keeping the ball well and United look so far off the pace

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas ]
    Is there a volcano setting on that hairdryer???

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    [Comment from josh ]
    Right footed too! That's two this year, who knew?

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno ]
    With Giggs and Scholes, they're too slow. That and Nani has no idea what defense is. Spurs are too fast.

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    Jon Carter: 32 - Lots of players backing off Bale there, and he punished them.

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    Jon Carter: 32 - Lindegaard should have done better with that as well. Bale was wide and could only have one option - to cut it back into the far corner, which he did.

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    Jon Carter: GOAL! Bale scores after bursting through the heart of the Man Utd defence. Rio could not keep up. 2-0!!

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    Jon Carter: 30 - Scholes very quiet, knocking the ball around, but hasn't done much

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    Jon Carter: They do need something, that's for sure. Lots of attacking options on the bench

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    [Comment from Andrew ]
    SAF has to make some changes, this lineup isn't working at all.

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    Jon Carter: 27 - Dembele skips away and is hacked at by Kagawa. The Belgian is controlling things at the moment

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    Jon Carter: Friedel has had little to do other than make a few clearances

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    [Comment from Darren ( Ireland) ]
    Hard to think with 25 minutes gone UNited havent had a shot on goal!

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    Jon Carter: 26 - Bale tricks Rafael when under pressure and Spurs look really confident going forward

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    Jon Carter: 25 - Spurs in control and doing very well to keep the ball. United aren't impressing

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    Jon Carter: Vertonghen again is in the final third and has a chance to slip the ball in to Defoe. Just fails to squeeze it through.

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    Jon Carter: Got another 20 minds to warm it up yet

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas ]
    I hope Fergie is warming up the hairdryer.

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    Jon Carter: 23 - Swings it in, but Bale gets his head in the way. It was too low and too flat to cause any damage

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    Jon Carter: 23 - United have a free-kick and this has RVP written all over it

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    Jon Carter: Not a lot he could do... he was wrong-footed by a HUGE deflection.

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    [Comment from Hansen ]
    So did Lindegaard screw up with the goal? :(

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    Jon Carter: 22 - Vertonghen has a free header, but his the ball over the bar when he really should have done better. Who was marking him from that ball in?

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    Jon Carter: Helps that the pitch is wet..

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    [Comment from Salvatore ]
    This game has been a slide tackle clinic so far. Some very nice ones being made

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    Jon Carter: 20 - Giggs is robbed by Dembele. Impressive tackle from the midfielder there... And he is good at building attacks as well

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    Jon Carter: The left-back is certainly getting forward with ease...

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    [Comment from Tim ]
    Somebody needs to tell Nani that Vertonghen is his man.

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    Jon Carter: 18 - Scholes with a tackle that actually takes the ball... just... ahead of Dempsey.

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    Jon Carter: 18 - Dembele and Bale are full of tricks - Giggs comes across and tries to make the tackle.

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    Jon Carter: 17 - Defoe gets it, turns and sends Vertonghen in but Rio comes across again and stops him

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    Jon Carter: 16 - Spurs have been in control since the injury delay. Lots of nice little passes and Man Utd are chasing shadows

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    Jon Carter: Yes he looks like he's running about a bit.. not very comfortable though

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    Is RVP playing on?

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    Jon Carter: He did get the ball though... just went in a little over the top trying to block the shot.

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    very very dangerous tackle

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    Jon Carter: 12 - RVP is down and looks hurt. Gallas' studs may well have ended up on his ankle there

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    Jon Carter: 10 - Long ball to Nani and he dances and gets the ball across. Gallas comes across and hammers RVP in the box... He is down and in slow-mo that looked back.

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    Jon Carter: They should - the target as it was last season, should be the title.

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    [Comment from dion orris ]
    shouldnt tottenham be able to play well all the time considering the squad they have?

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    [Comment from josh ]
    Giggs doesn't have the pace to track back on Bale and Vertonghan down the left. Spurs should have a filed day out there.

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    Jon Carter: 9 - Man Utd have struggled to assert themselves. Lennon picks it up and runs at the defence, he gets past a few but Rio tracks him all the way and blocks his shot in the box

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    Jon Carter: 7 - Lennon slips past Evra, and Dempsey gets on the ball. He has a shot, but it flies just wide.

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    [Comment from Stu ]
    am i the only one who thinks giggs shouldnt be starting today?

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    Jon Carter: 6 -  Defoe slipped Bale in, but came back from an offside position.

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    Jon Carter: 5 - Van Persie has a nice touch, but he's scored all of his goals in one game so far so will need to improve

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    Jon Carter: 4 - Ouch, Rafael jumps in on Bale from behind. That would have hurt.

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    Jon Carter: 4 - That's about as good as start as you could want given the history of Spurs at OT. Will settle the nerves.

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    [Comment from Jay ]
    The early goal will make for a cracker of a match!

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Someone needs to let the United defense know that the game has started

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    Jon Carter: 3 - Indeed, the Portuguese tracking back didn't do well there.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas ]
    Awful Defending!!!!! What were you doing Nani????

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    [Comment from Traps ]
    Wowowow

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    Jon Carter: GOAL! Vertonghen scores! He managed to get into the box and his deflected shot found the bottom corner.

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    Jon Carter: 2 - Lennon tries to get away from Evra, but can't quite beat his man. Those two have some history.

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    Jon Carter: 2 - Bale gets his first chance to run at Rafael, but checks back inside

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    Jon Carter: 1 - KICK-OFF - Spurs get us underway

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    Jon Carter: For those asking about Valencia and Young - they are both injured. Hence the Nani inclusion, despite his recent form.

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    Jon Carter: Not really the defensive midfielder they need though, is he?

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    Carrick has prooven his worth n defence numerous times before, rooney can also play deep in midfield

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    Jon Carter: A sidenote: Jermain Defoe has 199 goals in his career. Would love to make it 200 here.

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    Jon Carter: Indeed, if they get an injury to Rio or Evans, there could be issues. Carrick would have to play there.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    That's a whole lot of attacking players on united's bench

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    Jon Carter: Players are coming out onto the pitch... Spurs won't be pleased to be on this pitch. Gary Lineker was the last player from their side to score a winning goal here.

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    Jon Carter: And Spurs: Lloris, Dawson, Mason, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend

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    Jon Carter: The United bench by the way: De Gea, Wootton, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck

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    Jon Carter: That feels like a long time ago now. I don't remember Bale playing as well since... he's not really lit up the league so far this season, has he?

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    [Comment from red_devil ]
    Hoping Bale doesn't tear Rafael apart like Maicon!

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    Jon Carter: 10 minutes until the start of the game...

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    Jon Carter: AVB is out to attack. ''We like to express ourselves'' says the man himself. So we can expect an open game.

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    Jon Carter: Spurs will feel good about United's defence. It's certainly not as strong as it could be and has been under pressure this season.

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    Jon Carter: I'm not sure he is... Dembele has been important, but they still play with width. Just with Defoe up front they can't play crosses in the air as much.

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    [Comment from kempy ]
    AVB is pushing more of a central style this year

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    Jon Carter: Indeed, Spurs always play wide. How could a team with Lennon and Bale do anything different.

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    [Comment from kenyap2 ]
    we need wingers in Nani & Giggs to help us out with Spurs' width.

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    Jon Carter: It's about balance. Rooney can play behind RVP, but then Kagawa needs to play on the wing which isn't his best position.

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    [Comment from Justin ]
    Is it better if Shinji, Rooney and RVP all start in the line-up ??

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    Jon Carter: Have a quick read of my preview for Man Utd v Tottenham as well. Spurs haven't won at Old Trafford since 1989.

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    Jon Carter: He's not been great, so yes it is a bit of a surprise. Young and Valencia are still around, but Nani seems to be first choice at the moment.

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    [Comment from Hassan ]
    Anybody else surprised to see Nani on the teamsheet again? I thought he surely went down the pecking order.

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    Jon Carter: If you missed any of the action today, then make sure you read this and, of course, you can watch all the goals on the ESPN GOALS app. If you live in the UK.

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    Jon Carter: Anderson and Cleverley both played in midweek, so need a bit of a rest. And Giggs is probably United's best midfielder... although he did have a poor game last weekend.

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    [Comment from Jack ]
    Giggs still plays? Why not Anderson or Cleverly? Even Powell?

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    Jon Carter: I'll be here throughout the Man Utd v Spurs game and then we'll sign off.

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    [Comment from Daniel ]
    how much longer does this live chat last?

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    Jon Carter: Yeah, Fergie seems to prefer one or the other at the moment doesn't he? Bit odd that, but Rooney has been injured so can't be rushed.

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    [Comment from Robbie ]
    Still no Rooney-RVP from the start. Disappointing to say the least for the neutrals.

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    Jon Carter: He is starting to creak a little, but has young Caulker alongside him to provide the pace... HIs experience is still key to keeping Tottenham together.

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    [Comment from Richo ]
    Gallas at CB again...he's a bit rickety

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    Jon Carter: You should have competition for places across the team, especially in goal. Not quite like Tottenham, but 2 should be fighting it out for the No. 1 spot.

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    [Comment from Witte ]
    In the league at least. I could see De Gea getting lots of time in Europe. His speed and agility will help there; plus, their competition in the group rounds SHOULD (and I emphasize the should) allow for some winnable matches

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    Jon Carter: Anders seems to think it's ok, but then I suppose he is the one who is getting the break

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    [Comment from ken ]
    seems like AF prefers to start lindergaard ahead of de gea...

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    Jon Carter: Man Utd: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, RvP.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Caulker, Walker, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Sandro, Defoe, Dembele.

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    Jon Carter: Should be cracker... what do we think is going to happen? I'll do the teams again, just in case you missed them before.

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    [Comment from RobSG ]
    The best game is yet to come

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    Jon Carter: City comeback was impressive, Dzeko seems to like scoring late goals. But that one could be important come the end of the season

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    [Comment from Ben ]
    Fulham-Man City

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    Jon Carter: Can't argue with 7 goals and, as I mentioned before, Suarez loves being in Norwich.

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    [Comment from george ]
    For us footballing purists it has to be liverpool v. norwich city. Liverpool were fantastic in possession AND showed a cutting edge.

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    Jon Carter: Reading was madness.. but of course Demba Ba's equaliser was probably handball so they got a little lucky.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Best game of the day probably Fulham-Man City. Best half of the day: 2nd half Reading-Newcastle.

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    Jon Carter: Best game of the day?

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    Jon Carter: Hi again, all. It's been a busy old today of Premier League action today hasn't it?

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    James Dall: I will now hand you over to Jon Carter ahead of Manchester United versus Tottenham. If Twitter is your thing, you can follow me here. Cheerio, and enjoy the match at Old Trafford.

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    James Dall: This is true, although a win is a win - and Rodgers needed that.

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    jack: the dick cant face his hater

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    [Comment from Joseph ]
    I thought you would say, its against Norwich, don't get overly excited.

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    James Dall: You will be blocked. Thanks.

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    James Dall: And what of Everton, eh - a marvellous run continues.

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    jack: then reply me next question not privately

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    [Comment from RedinSingapore ]
    YAY!!! REDS FINALLY WON!!!! YNWA!!!!

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    James Dall: No.

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    [Comment from Dica ]
    absolutely gutted for fulham. They worked their socks off

  •  

    James Dall: Vital return to winning ways for City, meanwhile.

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    [Comment from mark ]
    Liverpool seems to have found the net consistently for once

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    It only took him 6 matches.

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    James Dall: Huge first league win for Brendan Rodgers of course.

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    James Dall: So, then, ladies and gents, reflections on those results?

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    James Dall: It'll be the excellent Jon Carter.

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    [Comment from Andre ]
    Are you on that commentary, James?

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    James Dall: But be sure to stick around for live commentary of Manchester United v Tottenham.

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Sunderland 1-0 Wigan.

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    James Dall: Just waiting on full-time at Sunderland...

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Everton 3-1 Southampton.

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Reading 2-2 Newcastle.

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Stoke 2-0 Swansea.

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Norwich 2-5 Liverpool.

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    James Dall: FULL-TIME: Fulham 1-2 Manchester City.

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    James Dall: Erm, they should be fine. 5-2 up remember and only a few minutes left. A comprehensive win.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    so what are the odds that liverpool see this through

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    James Dall: you will be blocked shortly.

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    hans: yaa right bitch

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    James Dall: manners

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    James Dall: Five extra minutes at the Stadium of Light.

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    James Dall: Three minutes of injury time at Fulham, where City lead 2-1.

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    James Dall: Sunderland still winning 1-0 aganist ten-man Wigan. Fletcher with the goal.

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    [Comment from Tony Agu ]
    whats the score at sunderland?

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    [Comment from El1i0t ]
    Man City nearly get another good save by Schwachzer

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    James Dall: Very much in control. Crouch causing all sorts of problems.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    whats is the news at Stoke

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    [Comment from nick ]
    how many times has Dzeko saved city from the bench

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    [Comment from Andre ]
    Sick of these stupid clearances....just hoof it up to the Thames damn it!

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    James Dall: Cross came in from the left and was flicked on by Balo. Dzeko thundered a strike into the top corner.

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    [Comment from John ]
    DZEEEEKKKKKKKKOOOOOOOOOOO

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    [Comment from Garrett ]
    GOAL FOR CITY!

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    James Dall: GOAL! Fulham 1-2 Man City.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Norwich 2-5 Liverpool. Holt scores a consolation for the Canaries.

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    James Dall: City make a change as Dzeko comes on for Garcia.

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    James Dall: Southampton not giving up as Lambert forces Howard into a solid save.

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    [Comment from Chew ]
    Can't believe Nani is in the side after his poor display last week. Hope he proves me wrong!

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    [Comment from Joseph ]
    Nani is in the team despite what happen in training with Petrucci yesterday?

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    James Dall: GOAL! Reading 2-2 Newcastle - Ba levels for the Magpies. Cross from the left and the striker is there to convert. Question marks over whether it was handball by Ba?

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    Jon Carter: Man Utd: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, RvP.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Caulker, Walker, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Sandro, Defoe, Dembele.

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    James Dall: Team news on its way...

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    [Comment from Mort ]
    over the bar? it was 25 yards to the right.

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    Balotelli poor ....well over the bar, just sliced at it

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    James Dall: Balotelli turns and then bangs one from about 25 yards out, but he slices the effort well wide.

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    James Dall: Will bring them to you as soon as we have them.

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    [Comment from nick ]
    you got utd vs. tott lineups ?

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    James Dall: Penalty shout for Newcastle as Ba goes down, but the referee waves play on.

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    James Dall: Still 1-1, with City enjoying more of the ball but Fulham aiming to hit them on the counter.

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    [Comment from arizal ]
    any update on city's game?

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    James Dall: Stoke almost make it 3-0 as Crouch hits the bar following excellent work by Etherington.

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    [Comment from emmanuel ]
    no he probably has downing and enrique, maybe adam

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    Suarez himself

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    James Dall: Kenny Dalglish?

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Speaking of fantasy, guess who has suarez on theirs?

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    James Dall: Indeed, but some people join later, so I am keen to keep them up to date too.

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    JD, do you think half of the people here don't even read the chat? That's like the 10th time you mentioned Berba's injury.

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    James Dall: He's also in my fantasy team, so I wouldn't be adverse to a goal/assist.

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    [Comment from jeric ]
    everton game seems to be dead. i need some action here. baines is my captain!

  •  

    James Dall: Yer man is injured. Jol didn't want to risk him.

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    [Comment from Man ]
    why Berba not playing?

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    James Dall: Yeah ... I mean when they DO attack, it is effective. Certainly City are more in control.

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    [Comment from Kartavya ]
    Attacking well?! Thats the only time they attacked !

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    James Dall: The Cottagers could yet win this. They are attacking well when in possession. Missing Berba though for that final wave of class.

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    C'MON Fulham!!!!!!

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    James Dall: You sure?

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    [Comment from Alay ]
    you did not update Sunderland goal, James

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Right on cue, suarez almost nabs another! Great run

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    James Dall: Many players on five, including Fletcher, Van Persie, Suarez and Ba.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Is there a live table of top goal scorers?

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    James Dall: Argh, Southampton almost pull a goal back against Everton as Lambert's dink is just off target.

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    [Comment from Chen ]
    Its just Norwich

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    as a poolian, i started to feel bad for ruddy none of the goals conceded is his fault.

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    James Dall: Calm down.

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    [Comment from simon ]
    james.. any chances of liverpool being title contenders after this game?

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    James Dall: Gerrard with the fifth goal. Sterling is sharp, and pulls a cross back. Gerrard hits it and the ball catches a deflection on its route to goal.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Norwich 1-5 Liverpool.

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    James Dall: Corker of a match now at Reading, following a rubbish first half.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    0%

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    James Dall: I would't put money on it. Be my guest though.

  •  

    [Comment from Tom Kerins LFC ]
    Chances of Suarez for golden boot?

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    James Dall: Performed very well in La Liga last season, scoring into double figures, so I am sure he has quality.

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    [Comment from Nik ]
    Was Michu just a flash in the pan, or the real deal?

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    James Dall:

    Zabaleta turns and attempts a curling effort, but the strike lacks dip and floats over.

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    [Comment from John Jenkins ]
    Every time there is a pass back to Reina, I cringe.

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    James Dall: Buzz of a new boss, maybe. They now look defensively awful. Not helped by the injury to Taylor.

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    [Comment from Andre ]
    What happened to Swansea? They're flying up high and all of sudden they're hitting the ground HARD.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    No way, we have been controlling the game quite well; just need to shut down the attacks

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    [Comment from Mort ]
    Being Liverpool

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    James Dall: Alarming number of you think Liverpool will indeed mess this up now...

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    [Comment from John Jenkins ]
    Still 30m to go James; given the record this year, don't bet against a massive screw-up by #LFC.

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    [Comment from Howie ]
    4-4 ?

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    [Comment from John ]
    Don't reina on my parade, Pepe

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    James Dall: GOAL! Reading 2-1 Newcastle - cross from the left and Hunt nods in coolly.

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    James Dall: Another Reina error. The keeper spills a shot and Morrison is quickest to react to tap in. No more than a consolation, yeah? 

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    James Dall: GOAL! Norwich 1-4 Liverpool.

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    James Dall: Oooof. Aguero wins a header and flicks it to the far post. It drops just wide.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    unBAlievable

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    Unbelievable!!! BA

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    [Comment from rockwood ]
    goals galore!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Wow

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    James Dall: Stunning volley from Ba. Real corker.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Reading 1-1 Newcastle - Ba levels almost instantly.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Reading 1-0 Newcastle - Kebe with the breakthrough.

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    James Dall: Norwich 0-4 Liverpool - Suarez bends it round the defender to slot home into the bottom corner. Lovely finish.

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    [Comment from USA-Red ]
    Bam Hat trick!

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    [Comment from LFC ]
    THERE IT IS SUAREZZZZ

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    James Dall: GOAL! SUAREZ HAT-TRICK

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    James Dall: I don't know if that is true, but I like it.

  •  

    [Comment from Loong ]
    Fun Fact: Grant Holt used to play for Sengkang Marine in the S-League (Singapore)

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    James Dall: Sunderland now attacking at will following Wigan's red card to Jordi Gomez and Fletcher's goal.

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    [Comment from USA-Red ]
    Sahin said it could be possible... Just saying..

  •  

    James Dall: I am not sure if there is - think Arsenal wanted this as part of the loan deal but Real wouldn't agree to it.

  •  

    [Comment from Ogre ]
    Any chance of signing Sahin permanently?

  •  

    James Dall: McClean drags a shot-cross and Fletcher reacts sharply to thump past the goalkeeper.

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    [Comment from Roker Roar ]
    15m? bargain price!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    STEVEN FLETCHER SCORES FOR SUNDERLAND!

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    James Dall: GOAL! Sunderland 1-0 Wigan.

  •  

    [Comment from LFC ]
    Liverpool are finally punishing teams for mistakes they make, something they have not done in years

  •  

    James Dall: Liam Ridgewell is a contender for worst haircut this season.

  •  

    [Comment from Steve ]
    Suso looks bright but needs to do something about that hair...

  •  

    [Comment from Craig ]
    Clearly off Kompany's head does he close his eyes and make calls and just hope hes right

  •  

    [Comment from Micah ]
    I predicted a 4-1 win for Everton today...

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    James Dall: Fulham go close as Hangeland almost heads in from a free-kick. Just wide.

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    James Dall: Very quiet, really. Will keep you posted.

  •  

    [Comment from JP Rotten ]
    How does Adam Johnson look in that Sunderland game, James?

  •  

    James Dall: I predicted 3-1 to Liverpool. Thought I'd remind you of that.

  •  

    James Dall: RED CARD! Jordi Gomez is off for a challenge whereby he had both feet off the ground. He won the ball, but Webb did not like it.

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    James Dall: Suarez with the assist as he breaks clear, has a shot saved, but then picks up the pieces to square it for Sahin, who nestled in.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Norwich 0-3 Liverpool.

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    James Dall: Early chance for Norwich after Surman smashes at goal but his effort hits team-mate Snodgrass and bounces clear.

  •  

    James Dall: Anyway, we are about to get back under way.

  •  

    [Comment from Farooq ]
    or a poll for young

  •  

    James Dall: Touche. He's been guilty of it too lately. Naughty boy.

  •  

    [Comment from donuts ]
    How about a poll for Welbeck?

  •  

    James Dall: Fair point. Stigma though, and all that.

  •  

    [Comment from james ]
    suarez has stayed on his feet today, gotta give him some credit

  •  

    [Comment from Alex ]
    Cmon James a poll isnt needed - only those who are biased say he is NOT a diver!

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    James Dall: It is topical.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    What kind of poll question was that?

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    James Dall: Outlandish. Have you been drinking?

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    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    James: Rodgers a future replacement for Wenger?

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    James Dall: Second halves are about five minutes away. Let's muse on matters in the meantime.

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    James Dall: A good range of reaction there. Pleasing.

  •  

    [Comment from John ]
    meh

  •  

    [Comment from Chen ]
    BOO?

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    [Comment from stephen ]
    CHEER!

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    James Dall: And I'm back. Don't all cheer at once.

  •  

    Jon Carter: I'll be back for Man Utd v Tottenham by the way, so make sure you are here at 17.30 BST for the big one. It's also on ESPN UK if you are so lucky...

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    Jon Carter: Showed signs of promise didn't they? But they still need to work hard and they might have relaxed a little after such a good start.

  •  

    [Comment from Pistolero Pete ]
    Lets talk about Swansea.. Sure, they lost Allen. But Michu, Ki, and De Guzman came in. Along with Pablito Hernandez. This would make it 3 league losses in a row after such a promising start to the campaign.

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    [Comment from james ]
    Many of the young liverpool players werent even training with the first team last season! make u wonder what dalglish was doing signing all his expensive flops..

  •  

    Jon Carter: Sterling has been tipped to be one of the best players at the club, so Suso must be special. All young players have their desire questioned at some point, don't they?

  •  

    [Comment from Riley ]
    Suso has more talent then sterling. It's his desire that is questioned

  •  

    Jon Carter: Interesting that Rodgers is giving young players a chance. Obviously they are earning their chance.

  •  

    [Comment from Carlos ]
    LFC finally clicking. Suso is class. Wisdom looks reliable. Would love to see Assaidi come in!

  •  

    Jon Carter: Am pretty sure it's not about the name of the stadium. Lovely air in Norwich, bit cold, but nice and clear. A lovely city, I can speak on it as I lived there for three years.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    Can Anfield just change its name to Norwich? Liverpool would never lose with Suarez scoring 3 goals a game

  •  

    Jon Carter: If only they had some squad depth, then they might be able to be consistent.

  •  

    [Comment from Dude ]
    Everton are looking like a top 6 side for sure. Would be great to see them in Europe.

  •  

    Jon Carter: Certainly some interesting games today, Everton v Southampton is the one catching my eye. Luis Suarez certainly loves being in Norwich.

  •  

    James Dall: Concerning. Their goals only seem to come through Fletcher. If he's not firing, they have an issue.

  •  

    [Comment from Chen ]
    What do you think of Sunderland? Potentially 5 draws this season now

  •  

    James Dall: Half-time: Sunderland 0-0 Wigan.

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    James Dall: Half-time: Everton 3-1 Southampton.

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    James Dall: Half-time: Fulham 1-1 Man City.

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    James Dall: Half-time: Norwich 0-2 Liverpool.

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    James Dall: Half-time: Reading 0-0 Newcastle.

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    James Dall: Half-time: Stoke 2-0 Swansea.

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    James Dall: Southampton are being carved open by Everton. Could be embarassing this.

  •  

    James Dall: City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal.

  •  

    [Comment from Vinnyp ]
    Mr.James , Who your top 4 for this season ...and please dont give me a ...lets wait for 12 games

  •  

    James Dall: You'd get slim odds on it, for sure.

  •  

    [Comment from USA-Red ]
    Suarez to get another hat trick again?

  •  

    James Dall: Yes. An utterly ridiculous comment.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam ]
    Is it an overreaction say that Wenger has ruined Arsenal?

  •  

    [Comment from Oliver ]
    No shock there, Fulham were looking more fragile by the minute.

  •  

    James Dall: Fulham 1-1 Man City - Schwarzer makes a swift block to deny Silva, but Aguero is there on the follow up to tap in from an acute angle.

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    James Dall: GOAL! Aguero scores for City!

  •  

    James Dall: Not a great first 45 minutes at Reading so far, with little to report, despite Newcastle enjoying more of the ball.

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    James Dall: Could happen.

  •  

    [Comment from Darren (Cork, Ireland) ]
    Everton to finish above Arsenal this year

  •  

    James Dall: Very much down to injuries. They have a strong crop of about 15 or so, but if a number of injuries are suffered they could be in bother.

  •  

    [Comment from United Fan from Texas ]
    James -- I've been impressed with Everton this year. Do you think they can keep this up all year?

  •  

    James Dall: Yep, the pressure it mounting. City enjoying plenty of the ball now.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog ]
    City is starting to break down the Fulham defense with regularity now. Several good chances in the last few minutes.

  •  

    [Comment from Micah ]
    Mirallas with another assist for everton, great buy in my opinion

  •  

    [Comment from replacementref ]
    1st 3 pts of the season for rodgers & co. and more to come surely

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Man City almost score. Schwarzer dives to keep the ball from going over the line.

  •  

    James Dall: Indeed, City thought they had levelled, only for Schwarzer to thwart them with a save that just stopped the ball from going over the line.

  •  

    [Comment from mikeg28 ]
    Schwarzer, Fulham just keep that one out!

  •  

    James Dall: At Everton, meanwhile, Jelavic has his second of the game. Southampton in all sorts of bother after having been in front.

  •  

    [Comment from replacementref ]
    suarez what can you say about? second ago missed and sitter, but made up with a goal with his outside of his foot

  •  

    James Dall: Yep, it's that man again. After he missed a sitter, the Uruguayan redeemed himself to double Liverpool's lead.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Suarez with another!

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    James Dall: GOAL! Norwich 0-2 Liverpool

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    James Dall: GOAL! Everton 3-1 Southampton

  •  

    [Comment from replacementref ]
    laudraup's honeymoon period is indeed short

  •  

    James Dall: GOAL! Stoke 2-0 Swansea

  •  

    James Dall: He is indeed so vital. His power and ability to drag the team forward are a key part of City's play.

  •  

    [Comment from Jared ]
    James, how much will City struggle when Toure leaves for the African Cup of Nations? Seems to be the only player holding that team together at the moment

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    James Dall: blocked

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    James Dall: Feels odd, as they are the habitual late starters.

  •  

    [Comment from Micah ]
    Its nice watching everton play so well thee days

  •  

    James Dall: Decent shout.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    So'Ton this year's Blackpool: exciting to watch, and relegation to come.

  •  

    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Excellent play from LFC, with a flip over the top from suarez to gerrard's head who nearly put its past Ruddy who came out

  •  

    [Comment from zaphod ]
    GERRARD so close!!

  •  

    James Dall: Reina makes a decent save from Jackson. Prior to that, Gerrard tested Ruddy. End-to-end match.

  •  

    James Dall: Everton 2-1 Southampton - Mirallas involved, before playing it to Jelavic, who tucks away smartly. 

  •  

    James Dall: ANOTHER GOAL AT EVERTON

  •  

    [Comment from darren ]
    tevez chancing his arm really

  •  

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    James Dall: Tevez, there, trying to buy a penalty. Possible shirt pull.

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    James Dall: Not a bad shout, maybe.

  •  

    [Comment from mikeyck ]
    how bout craig gordon? free agent.. is he better?

  •  

    James Dall: Aguero hits the side-netting, then Riise hits a free-kick into the hands of Hart.

  •  

    James Dall:

    Chance for Sunderland as O'Shea fails to make contact with a whipped in free-kick.

  •  

    James Dall: Not sure about that. Jones is hardly decent.

  •  

    [Comment from lpfan ]
    Reina should be sold, Jones as #1 please

  •  

    James Dall: Has been for a long while now.

  •  

    [Comment from kharon ]
    reina still unconvincing

  •  

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    [Comment from Jones ]
    Can update me on the scores?

  •  

    James Dall: No.

  •  

    [Comment from Dica ]
    Mark halsey gonna get more abuse

  •  

    [Comment from stephen ]
    GOALS GOALS GOALS! Keep em' coming!

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Norwich just went close as well. Lashed volley after a nod down goes a bit high and wide.

  •  

    James Dall: Sitter missed by Norwich. Jackson is presented with a golden chance near the penalty spot but he blasts it over.

  •  

    James Dall: Everton 1-1 Southampton - Osman with it, after Jelavic's effort was only half-cleared. Game on.

  •  

    James Dall: GOAL AT EVERTON

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    James Dall: Fair point.

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    [Comment from stephen ]
    his reputation shouldn't matter... the refs are completely mishandling it

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    James Dall: His reputation is hindering him.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    So suarez does not get the penalty for SECOND game in a row. This time clearly ran over from behind like a train

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    James Dall: 'Stonewall penalty' says the man on the TV.

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    [Comment from lfc ]
    Liverpool denied a clear pen again..

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    James Dall: Right on cue, penalty shout for Liverpool. Suarez was clattered. SEEN 'EM GIVEN

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    James Dall: Are we still talking about diving?

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    there needs to be a flopping committee

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    James Dall:

    Yep, very creaky in defence this season. Of course, that penalty was not their fault, I would suggest.

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    [Comment from Clement ]
    and yet again there is no clean sheet for man city

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    James Dall: Quite possibly. There was so little contact. Riise went down like Suarez.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Diving on that penalty in west london, James?

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    James Dall: Indeed.

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    [Comment from eiji ]
    untenable is becoming a popular word for excuses eh.

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    [Comment from Jake LFC ]
    It's always been "nightshade, white, and orange."

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    James Dall: Just seen a replay of the Zabaleta 'foul'. Looked very, very soft. Not a pen, for me.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Anyone know the story of the orange on the LFC kit? I thought the last time I saw these it was a red accent not orange. Or perhaps my stream was just not quality..

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    James Dall: Because his position became "untenable".

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Why did he resign?

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    James Dall: Fulham are causing Man City problems with their speedy football.

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    James Dall: In the Championship, Blackburn are winning - this after Kean resigned last night.

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    James Dall: STAT

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Wigan with 68% of the possession thus far. Wow.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    8 years to make that break through

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    James Dall: Newcastle are dominating possession, but no breakthrough yet.

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    [Comment from Don ]
    How's the reading newcastle match going ?

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    James Dall: Couldn't have put it better myself.

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    [Comment from Pog ]
    Petric and Rodallega slickly work the ball back and forth downfield, but Petric puts the shot over.

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    [Comment from stevie ]
    no Jon Carter is an Arsenal fan.

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    James Dall: Wigan should be in front. Mignolet has made another super save, denying the opposition from just a few yards out.

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    [Comment from Riley ]
    Liverpool are playing some great football

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    James Dall: Trust me: no.

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    [Comment from Ming Bridges ]
    James, you friend Jon is a Chelsea fanboy is it??

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    James Dall: Everton have responded well to going a goal down. Southampton still 1-0 up though.

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    James Dall: I could murder a mince pie.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    he's had too many mince pies has tevez

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    James Dall: Tevez has a pop at goal but it is somewhat tame.

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    James Dall: Expect plenty more.

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    [Comment from stevie ]
    sarcasm i see.

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    James Dall: That it was a header.

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    [Comment from Gerald ]
    shock?

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    James Dall:

    Stoke 1-0 Swansea - Crouch with a header (shock) via Whelan's assist.

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    James Dall: GOAL FOR STOKE

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    James Dall:

    Petric sent Hart the wrong way. Cool spot-kick.

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    [Comment from stevie ]
    PETRIC!!

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    James Dall: GOAL! Fulham 1-0 Man City - Petric slots the penalty home.

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    James Dall: Zabaleta with the foul on Riise.

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    James Dall: PENALTY FOR FULHAM AGAINST CITY

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    James Dall: FYI, Lallana assisted Ramirez's goal.

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    James Dall: Out-of-favour it seems. His form dipped last season.

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    [Comment from EW ]
    Does anyone know where's Enrique?

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Link for live table please!

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    James Dall: 1-0 to the Saints as Ramirez heads them in front versus in-form Everton.

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    James Dall: Southampton take the lead!

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    James Dall: Goal at Everton...

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    James Dall: Must be a brilliant feeling. Genuinely.

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    Can anyone imagine how amazing it would be to play as a 18 in the EPL playing against legends you idolized?

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    [Comment from zaphod ]
    I must say I love suso. He is fantastic.

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    James Dall: Yaya Toure has the first shot of the match at Fulahm as he drags an effort wide.

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    James Dall: Indeed. Hat-trick there last season.

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    [Comment from Jon ]
    Suarez loves norwich

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    James Dall: Wigan threaten to go 1-0 up at Sunderland but Mignolet makes a fine save to deny the Latics.

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    James Dall: Ha, now, now. Let's not get carried away!

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    [Comment from Jake LFC ]
    Who doesn't have a clear finisher?!

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    [Comment from darren ]
    james....your prediction may well hold true!! good call!!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Wow, what a start for Pool

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    James Dall: Suarez pounces on a loose ball. Smart finish. Liverpool 1-0 up at Norwich.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    suarezzz

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    James Dall: GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL

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    James Dall: Committed to the cause, which is admirable. Put the coffee on.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Still only 6 AM where I'm at, and I'm still watching football!

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    James Dall: Non-football related plug. Do you like golf? You do! Well great, because our friends over at ESPN.co.uk are live chatting the Ryder Cup, right here: http://es.pn/rydercuplive

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    James Dall: Because he is injured.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    If Gervinho and Torres can score in the same game, why not Carroll?

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    James Dall: I like your enthusiasm. I need kicking into gear after a heavy lunch. WAKE ME UP, FOOTBALL.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    lets get going!!

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    James Dall: This is money down the drain, for one key reason.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Andy Carroll to score.

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    James Dall: Yet more drinks!

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    [Comment from mikeyck ]
    Norwich to win 1-0. Fancy that? Outrageous decision i know.. Lol

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    James Dall: If you really have done this, then, if it happens, the drinks are well and truly on you.

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    [Comment from ET ]
    Norwich 50 quid

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    James Dall: To improve his condition, I guess. Anyway, five minutes until the kick-offs. Have any of you got any outlandish bets on today's games? If so, do share.

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    [Comment from Dica ]
    So why start TEVEZ?

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    [Comment from darren ]
    undeniable class, but a egocentric attitude. pity he believes hes bigger than the club, indirect disrespect to s team mates really

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    [Comment from Mort ]
    I think Tevez is focused on the Ryder Cup.

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    [Comment from ET ]
    He's just whining

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    James Dall: Tevez starts for City today. Mancini has said he is not happy with the striker's condition. Thoughts?

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    James Dall: Predictions are notoriously iffy in football. You likely have egg on your face come the final whistle.

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    [Comment from Nickolai ]
    I think Lambert is going to smash your Everton v Saints prediction Mr Dall!

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    James Dall: Was a second yellow, so one game ban, which was served for the League Cup match.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    nathan dyer not suspended?

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    James Dall: Talk about youth for Liverpool: Raheem Sterling - 17 years old, Suso - 18 years old, Andre Wisdom - 19 years old.

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    James Dall: Not helped by Carroll leaving and no replacement brought in.

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    [Comment from james ]
    same problems as the last few years for pool, no finisher

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    James Dall: Poor finishing is their fault though, no?

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    [Comment from syauqee ]
    I think actually Liverpool have been unfortunate in their last and other matches. Their play is actually good, just no clear finishers

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    [Comment from rockwood ]
    If liverpool can't even win this time then i'm speechless

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    James Dall: Shock!

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    [Comment from kj ]
    disagree with ur predictions

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    James Dall: No, sir.

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    [Comment from Dave ]
    Are you a Liverpool fan?!!

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    [Comment from darren ]
    nor 1 - 3 pool !!!!!???? wow

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    James Dall: Fulham 2-3 Manchester City

    Reading 0-2 Newcastle United

    Sunderland 1-1 Wigan Athletic

    Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

    Norwich City 1-3 Liverpool

    Everton 3-0 Southampton

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    James Dall: Predictions forthcoming...

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    James Dall: Very much looking forward to Fulham v Man City - although Berba's injury is a big loss.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Hi James, what's you pick on the 3pm matches?

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    James Dall: I will bring you any news on this as soon as we get it. Word is it is a hip problem.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    Is dby looking like he'l be sidelined or a prolonged time?

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    James Dall: You bet your bottom dollar we are.

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    [Comment from james ]
    welcome james will u be covering all 3pm matches?

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    James Dall: Few are.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Giroud's miss wasn't as bad as Torres at Man U last year.

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    James Dall: Perhaps. He's a vital member of Arsenal's midfield balance. Ramsey is hit and miss.

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    [Comment from Joseph ]
    Is the game is lost with Diaby's injury?

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    James Dall: If you are seeking team news for the 3pm kick-offs, then do a little scroll up. It's all there, people.

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    James Dall: Hell, yes. His movement off the ball is excellent, but his finishing is rank - thus far.

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    [Comment from Lauren ]
    What a miss by Giroud. He had an open goal. I appreciate nobody does it on purpose but that is a very bad miss.

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    James Dall: Good afternoon.

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    Jon Carter: Right then, onto the other games where James Dall will be your guide... and then back to me again for Man Utd v Tottenham live on ESPN UK at 17.30 BST

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    Jon Carter: Chelsea skipper John Terry just gave his boots to two kids in the crowd. Nice gesture.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    dishearteng for the gunners, they still have outstanding potential

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    [Comment from Andy ]
    Reports of Arsenal's top class nature were exaggerated

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    Jon Carter: FULL-TIME. ARSENAL 1-2 CHELSEA. The Gunners had chances to get back into it, but set-pieces put paid to their 100% record. Chelsea deserved winners at the Emirates and big win for the Blues.

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    Jon Carter: 90 +5 - Clock still ticking, but surely this is it for the Gunners?

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    Jon Carter: 90 +4 - Hazard with a short corner and the Blues are playing the clock down now

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    [Comment from Lauren ]
    Arsenal still miss someone with Fabregas's vision and range. How many times will a player make a run and the player on the halfway line not play him in?"

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    Jon Carter: I don't think so. Chelsea have been the better side.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    would you say its the least they deserve - arsenal for a draw?

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    Jon Carter: 90 +3 - Mannone with a long free-kick, but hardly reaches the area. Now Chelsea break and Hazard is away

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    Jon Carter: 90 +2 - YELLOW CARD - Ramires in the book for a bad tackle on Cazorla

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    Jon Carter: Hardly.. was a tough chance from a tough angle. But a player who cost £15 million should do a lot better

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    [Comment from rockwood ]
    miss of the season!

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    [Comment from Mort ]
    arsenal need to have some shooting practice once in a while. they spray it all over the place.

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    Jon Carter: The angle was just too much.. but that was the chance. He just didn't wrap his foot all the way round it.

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    [Comment from stevie ]
    giroud....omg..

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    Jon Carter: 90 +1 - Giroud is in! He's stepped past the goalkeeper, but he hits the side netting!!!

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    Jon Carter: 90 +1 - Ramires patrolling well, he's done a good job

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    Jon Carter: 90 - FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME...

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    Jon Carter: 89 - Terry tries to get away from Giroud and almost gets in trouble, but the ball breaks his way again.

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    [Comment from Fama ]
    Really not ready for the big test the gunners.

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    [Comment from simon ]
    the same case for arsenal over and over again.. they need more time

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    Jon Carter: 89 - That may have been the last chance.. he just leaned back a little too much

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    Jon Carter: 88 - Cazorla is buzzing about and Gervinho cuts inside. He slips it sideways to Cazorla, but the ball goes over

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    Jon Carter: 87 - Arsenal running out of time...

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    Jon Carter: Would be a BIG win for Chelsea though...

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    [Comment from fans ]
    Arsenal disappointed us again in BIG match :(

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    [Comment from darren ]
    gervinho has been very frustrating today, and in the last feames hes played. they need to work on more direct and decisive play amongst the strikers and attcking midfield at aresnal

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    Jon Carter: 86 - Terry and Cole get in each other's way, but the ball breaks for them and the chance is over.

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    Jon Carter: 86 - Torres in the box flicks the ball over his head to Moses who volleys it, but it flies well over.

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    Jon Carter: 85 - Gervinho offside again, and he really shouldn't have been. That has happened a lot.

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    James Dall: Injured.

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    [Comment from Mark ]
    what happened to berbatov?

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    James Dall: Sunderland XI to face Wigan: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea ©, Bramble, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

    Wigan XI to face Sunderland: Al-Habsi, Boyce, Figueroa, Caldwell ©, Ramis, Beausejour, Maloney, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez, Kone.

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    Jon Carter: 84 - SUB - Mata comes off and Bertrand comes on

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    Jon Carter: 83 - Arteta gets the cross in, and it flies off Giroud's head and off the post. Gervinho was offside though, so it wouldn't have counted.

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    James Dall:

    Stoke XI to face Swansea: Swansea: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly; Crouch
    Swansea XI to face Stoke: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, Ki, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu, Graham.

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    Jon Carter: 83 - Jenkinson does well and gets the ball in, but no-one is there. Where were the Arsenal strikers?

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    Jon Carter: 82 - Arsenal just trying to cobble together some attacks. Walcott has done nothing so far...

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    James Dall:

    Everton XI to face Southampton: Howard; Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines; Mirallas, Osman, Neville, Pienaaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

    Southampton XI to face Everton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Clyne, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Ramírez, Rodriguez, Lambert. 

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    Jon Carter: So far it has been, yes. And that (coupled with the set-piece woe) is why they are winning.

  •  

    [Comment from Lauren ]
    Chelsea's attacking threat is far greater than Arsenal!

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    James Dall:

    Reading XI to face Newcastle: McCarthy, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
     
    Newcastle XI to face Reading: Harper, Perch, Williamson, S.Taylor, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse.

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    Jon Carter: Mata curls it over, but it hits Koscielny in the wall and he's down hurt. Actually it was Giroud's head that hit his, and not the ball.

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    fantastic football from chelsea. Love the way they're keeping the ball !

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    Jon Carter: 80 - Very close, so will be hard to get it up and down quickly.

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    James Dall:

    Fulham XI to face Manchester City: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Rodallega; Ruiz, Petric.

    Manchester City XI to face Fulham: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Toure, Garcia; Silva, Aguero, Tevez. 

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    Jon Carter: 79 - Mata gets away and into the box. Very clumsy tackle from Gibbs just outside and it's a free-kick

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    James Dall:

    Norwich XI to face Liverpool: Ruddy, R. Martin, Barnett, Turner, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Surman, Morison, Jackson.

    Liverpool XI to face Norwich: Reina, Johnson, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Sahin, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Suso, Suarez.

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    Jon Carter: Joining us for the 3pm matches is James Dall, who will give you all the team news...

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    Jon Carter: 78 - Gibbs has a go from a way out... it does not go in.

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    Jon Carter: Jenkinson and Ox are trying hard down the right, but the ball across isn't great

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    Jon Carter: 77 - The game is stretched now. Lots of space, but Arsenal are the ones that need to attack

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    Jon Carter: 75 - Chelsea are piling the pressure on and the Gunners can't seem to get on the ball

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    Jon Carter: Moses slots in on the left hand side... fresh legs against Jenkinson

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    Jon Carter: 74 - SUB - Oscar off and Victor Moses on

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    Jon Carter: That was very close...

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    what a save by cech! lucky :P

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    Jon Carter: 73 - SAVE - Giroud steadies himself and has a shot, it is deflected and Cech pulls off another great save when he was diving the other way. It dropped just past the post.

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    Jon Carter: 72 - Arteta drives the ball across, Giroud makes space, but there was no-one arriving behind him. It's end to end stuff now.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    i must have to say mata is the MotM. he just made sure everything is done the way it should

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    Jon Carter: 71 - Walcott breaks and Jenkinson gets lucky to keep the ball in. Cazorla gets it and runs round his man trying to get the shot in, but it is well blocked.

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    Jon Carter: It's Arteta holding, Ox and Cazorla in the middle, Walcott right, Gervinho left, and Giroud up front for the Gunners by the way.

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    [Comment from darren ]
    chelsea have played an excellent tactical game today...they've kept the playmaker carzola at bay

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    Jon Carter: 70 - Chelsea are on the attack and Arsenal are sitting deeper. The Blues look comfortable at the moment.

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    Jon Carter: 69 - Cazorla has struggled today, he's not seen much of the ball and Mikel is holding him off well.

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    Jon Carter: 68 - Jenkinson gets the ball away under danger and Chelsea are attacking with Torres, Gibbs gets a foot in and keeps them at bay.

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    Jon Carter: Gervinho stays on the pitch, but not sure how.

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    Jon Carter: 66 - SUB - Podolski off, Giroud on

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    Jon Carter: 66 - SUB - Ramsey off, Walcott on.

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    Jon Carter: 66 - Gibbs gets round his man, but Luiz is there at the near post to clear.

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    Jon Carter: 65 - Real chance for the Blues there, they had men over. But wasted.

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    Jon Carter: 64 - Gervinho dwells on the ball and loses it completely. Horrible play from the winger when there was an easy ball on. Chelsea break and Arsenal get lucky that the ball breaks their way.

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    Jon Carter: 64 - Mata pulling the strings more than the other Chelsea midfielders. He's a real threat.

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    Jon Carter: 63 - Gervinho caught offside when he should really have been looking along the line. Very poor when there was a chance to break.

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    Jon Carter: 62 - Jenkinson with a horrible dive to win a free-kick. That was awful!

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    Jon Carter: A goalkeeper can win, and lose, you matches. In my view, Mannone may not be up to standard.

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    [Comment from lala1234 ]
    arsenal haven't had a goalkeeper who makes saves like those in awhile

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    Jon Carter: 61 - Another free-kick from Chelsea comes in and this time it is cleared without a goal resulting.

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    Jon Carter: Indeed it was. Hasn't had much to do, but did so when it mattered.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Wondrous save from Peter Cech from Podolski's looping header.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    great save by cech

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    [Comment from Jon Snow ]
    brilliant save

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    Jon Carter: 59 - SAVE - Great tip away from Cech as Podolski somehow got his head onto a cross that was flying into the top corner.

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    [Comment from dave ]
    torres is working hard this afternoon

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    Jon Carter: 59 - Arsenal are having all of the ball, but are making little inroads into the Chelsea defence.

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    Jon Carter: 58 - Gibbs goes in on Torres and comes away with the ball. The striker is left in a heap.

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    [Comment from simon ]
    same old arsenal.... season after season their defence have let them down

  •  

    Jon Carter: No guarantee he would have fixed it, but probably yes!

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    do you think wenger is sry he didnt played mertesacker?

  •  

    Jon Carter: 56 - Arsenal back in possession now, but they can't quite get free. Gervinho runs at his man again, but ties himself into knots.

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    Jon Carter: Fair to say that Koscielny has not covered himself in glory on his return to the side.

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    [Comment from Lionel ]
    set pieces.......

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    Jon Carter: 55 - Arsenal need to sort out their defending. Right now, they just need to get back into the game again.

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    Jon Carter: 54 - Great from Mata though. The perfect ball, low and skidding, and landed right where he wanted it to.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Reports of Steve Bould sorting out the Arsenal defence were greatly exaggerated. Two set-piece horror shows.

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    Jon Carter: 53 - Koscielny was running back to try and get in the way, he might just have got a touch. But that was poor again from a dead ball from Arsenal.

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    Jon Carter: 53 - GOAL - Mata curls the free-kick and it doesn't touch anyone and beats Mannone.

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    Jon Carter: 53 - YELLOW CARD - Torres was getting away and Vermaelen comes across and takes him out.

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    Jon Carter: 52 - And indeed, it is taken short and passed around. Podolski and Cazorla trying to open up the defence, but Chelsea stand firm and break

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    Jon Carter: 52 - Arsenal with a chance to deliver it. Not known for their set-pieces.

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    Jon Carter: He's ok actually. Seems to have just been a minor knock.

  •  

    [Comment from darren ]
    big loss for chealsea, there looking a bit more urgent now

  •  

    Jon Carter: 50 - Podolski gets into the box and smashes it across. Luiz clears, but the ball rebounds to Cazorla and he hammers it over the bar.

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    Jon Carter: Arsenal not going to give him any chance to recover and the ball has not gone out of play yet. He's shaking his leg and might need treatment

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    Jon Carter: 49 - Cech clears badly and is now hobbling. Could he be taken off?

  •  

    Jon Carter: It's a fine line. He was still looking for a penalty there.

  •  

    [Comment from James ]
    He genuinely lossed his balance

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    Jon Carter: 48 - YELLOW CARD - David Luiz is tackled in the box by Gervinho but is booked for diving. And he is furious with the ref.

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    Jon Carter: 47 - Chelsea have a chance from a corner, but Arsenal manage to clear

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    Jon Carter: 47 - Gibbs slips in Podolski, but he just overruns it and can't get past Luiz.

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    Jon Carter: He has a history of injuries, so we'll have to see how he copes. Or how serious it is.

  •  

    [Comment from Goonerman ]
    You've got to feel for Diaby

  •  

    Jon Carter: 46 - KICK-OFF - Second half starts with Arsenal on the ball

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    Jon Carter: He probably would be, but there wouldn't be much steel in the midfield. Will have to see what the score is by the time that Wenger thinks about subs.

  •  

    [Comment from Girish Gopi ]
    Wonder if Walcott comes on for Ramsey with the Ox moved to the middle...

  •  

    Jon Carter: Still needs consistency doesn't he? But he has the chance this season to prove that he deserves more chances.

  •  

    [Comment from Lucas ]
    Great to see torres back in some form. Do you ever think he will reach the heights he achieved with liverpool? YNWA :)

  •  

    Jon Carter: Nobody around Gervinho for the goal. He was only about 6 yards out!

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  •  

    Jon Carter: If you want some more sport, we have some golf action LIVE on ESPN.co.uk right now. Click here and enjoy with the USA leading over Europe.

  •  

    Jon Carter: They are - bombing on and making lots of trouble down the wings.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex Morgan ]
    Kieran Gibbs and Carl jenkinson are playing like midfielder cum wingers!

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    [Comment from MacaoScott ]
    Given the competition, that's the best half I've seen Arsenal play in a real while.

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    [Comment from Nnamdi ]
    This is a very good game indeed....GO CHELSEA!

  •  

    Jon Carter: HT - ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA. Probably deserved draw at the half. Chelsea had the best of the opening and scored from Torres, but the Gunners came back into it well.

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    Jon Carter: 45 +3 - Chelsea still attacking and in the box Torres turns and shoots into the side netting

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    Jon Carter: 45 +3 - Oxlade tackles Mata right on the edge of the box. Risky that, but he got the ball.

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    Jon Carter: 45 +2 - Cole robs Gervinho after quick thinking from the Ox... should have done better with that

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    Jon Carter: 45 +1 - Oscar takes the ball off Arteta and runs at the defence. An early shot comes, but it flies wide. Not far off though.

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    Jon Carter: 45 - THREE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME

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    Jon Carter: 45 - They don't want half-time now, as Arsenal are piling on the pressure

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    Jon Carter: 44 - Jenkinson now gets the ball in and Arsenal are finding joy down the right

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    Jon Carter: 44 - Loud chants from the Gunners and it's a foul on Terry from Ramsey

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    Jon Carter: 43 - That will do wonders for confidence. Oxlade gets it again and fires it in, but Chelsea defend better this time and clear.

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    Jon Carter: Great work from Jenkinson and Oxlade, who worked an opening. Gervinho trapped the cross, turned, then smashed it into the roof of the net.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Less Gervinho than Gerd Muller. Great goal.

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    Jon Carter: 42 - GOAL - Gervinho finishes as a great move down the right is finished

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    Jon Carter: The Gunners can't really afford another injury in central midfield.

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    Jon Carter: 41 - Ramsey is hurt. He got a kick on the ankle and is hobbling around.

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    Jon Carter: He is having some issues, and if they continue then he may well find himself subbed

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    [Comment from Alex ]
    Whats wrong with Oscar today? He's misplacing passes and he plays like he hasn't got a clue about the game

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    Jon Carter: 40 - Cazorla's shot is blocked and Oxlade's cross flies well over with no-one able to get anywhere near it.

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    Jon Carter: He's not managed to do much in the attacking third either. But neither has Cazorla.

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    Jon Carter: 39 - YELLOW CARD - Oscar kicks into the back of Arteta.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Oscar: Likes a niggle, the lad.

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    Jon Carter: Plays more attacking for Nigeria, but not a natural finisher that is for sure

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    I can see why Mikel has never scored!

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Let us recall that John Obi Mikel was once regarded as an attacking player. Strange, but true.

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    Jon Carter: Really good little player Hazard - in reference to an earlier point, yes he is worth £32m

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    Jon Carter: 37 - Hazard bringing out the tricks as he stops the ball on a sixpence after Gibbs' error. Mikel has a shot, but it's high and wide.

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    Jon Carter: He might have been able to do something about the goal, but if you want to miss someone then I'm afraid it's the cutting edge of RVP up front at the moment.

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    [Comment from fad ]
    now i'm starting to miss mertesacker in the back

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    Jon Carter: 36 - Arsenal break up the play but then pass it too many times and lose it.

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    Jon Carter: 35 - YELLOW CARD - Ramsey loses the ball and then dives in on Oscar.

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    Jon Carter: 35 - Ox swings it in from a wide area, but there is no-one attacking it and Cech claims well.

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    Jon Carter: 34 - Taken quickly and Gervinho has a chance to get it in, but overruns it and takes too long. Corner.

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    Jon Carter: 34 - Gibbs gets the ball away from Oscar, who eventually hacks him down. Ref keeps his card in his pocket again.

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    Jon Carter: 33 - Chelsea in control now. Happy to keep the ball and their lead...

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    Jon Carter: They haven't really tested Cech yet. Lots of long shots and Chelsea's defence are doing well.

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    [Comment from Olu ]
    Arsenal aren't looking too threatening up front are they Jon?

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    Jon Carter: 32 - Jenkinson does well against Cole, but the ball comes back to Vermaelen and he hammers it well over the bar.

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    Jon Carter: 31 - Ramsey has to track back and help out when Gibbs is caught up the pitch. Chelsea still look dangerous.

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    Jon Carter: Just in Chelsea's favour... but not by much

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    [Comment from gitonga ]
    whats's the ball possession

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    Jon Carter: 29 - Torres is caught offside and hammers the ball at Mannone. Worryingly, the goalkeeper tries to block it but lets it through his hands and into the net. No goal, but not great goalkeeping.

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    Jon Carter: Next goal is crucial, if it's Arsenal then they can get back. But if it's Chelsea it could be over

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    [Comment from Henry ]
    Any chance of a comeback here?

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    Jon Carter: 29 - Gervinho appears at the back post and heads across goal, but Terry stops it and calmly chests it back to Cech

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    Jon Carter: More commanding than the Gunners in defence - Chelsea have the edge there

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    Jon Carter: 28 - Arteta clips it in, but Luiz comes to meet it and gets it clear

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    Jon Carter: 27 - Luiz pulls back Gervinho and is told that he will be booked the next foul he makes

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    Jon Carter: 27 - Luiz appears on the left wing after being treated. Came out of nowhere and almost stole the ball.

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    Jon Carter: 26 - Podolski cuts inside; he's not seen much of the ball so far this game. Needs to get more involved

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    Jon Carter: 25 - David Luiz may be injured now... he's stretching himself out

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    Jon Carter: For falling over? He's already red with embarrassment...

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    shouldnt torres get a yellow card for that?

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    Jon Carter: 24 - Vermaelen shoots a volley as the ball drops, then Cazorla gets a corner after trying a near-post cross.

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    Jon Carter: Two penalty shouts in 30 seconds there. Neither were. Cazorla just fell over and Torres missed the ball completely.

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    Jon Carter: 23 - Torres gets the ball off Koscielny and is through on goal. He tries to run past Mannone and is nudged off the ball. No foul

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    Jon Carter: 22- Gibbs with a very lazy ball which it eventually swung in. Cazorla ran in, and Mikel may have pushed him. No foul

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Poor defending by Koscielny to get rolled by Torres and to thus allow him to score. Torres can now play with confidence and that's dangerous

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    Jon Carter: 22 - Hazard swings in a corner and Arsenal manage to defend that one. Steve Bould looks very unhappy on the sidelines.

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    Jon Carter: Yes, the zonal marking of the Gunners was exposed badly there

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    [Comment from Exa ]
    horrible defending...

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    Jon Carter: Not quite, but it is 1-0 to Chelsea

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    [Comment from ChillinLikeaV ]
    TORRES = DROGBA

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    Jon Carter: Terrible, terrible defending there. Luiz was left completely free, but it was Torres who hooked it in with Koscielny standing and looking almost the other way

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    Jon Carter: 20 - GOAL - The free kick comes in and it's Torres at the back post to score

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    Jon Carter: 20 - Vermaelen commits himself and brings down Hazard. Lucky to escape without a yellow card

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    Jon Carter: 19 - Podolski, Gervinho and Ox combine, but Ox just gets the ball stuck under his foot and can't get a shot away

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    Jon Carter: 18 - Gervinho skips away and is blocked off on the edge of the box. No foul though, and the ref could have blown up

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Abou Diaby injured you say? Nah...oh.

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    Jon Carter: Oxlade-Chamberlain will play on the right and Ramsey moves into the middle

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    Jon Carter: 17 - Great work from Ramsey to get the ball away and break, but Cole does well to chase him down again and hold up the play

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    Jon Carter: He's limping around, so it looks likely

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    [Comment from Farooq ]
    is diaby injured

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    Jon Carter: 16 - SUB - Diaby looks injured and Oxlade-Chamberlain is the man to replace him

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    Jon Carter: 15 - Diaby and Ramsey combine well down the right, but the cross is poor and Terry knocks it clear without breaking stride

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    Jon Carter: He will need to be patient, but he will get a chance.

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    [Comment from Jim ]
    Walcott should've been given a chance ahead of Gervinho upfront

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    Jon Carter: Stat: Arsenal have made the 2nd most tackles in the Premier League this season. New energy from Wenger's men.

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    Jon Carter: 14 - Arteta bundles Mata over. He's toughened up a little this season as he is playing deeper.

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    Jon Carter: 13 - Cazorla finds Podolski, but the cross is cleared and the midfield are caught up the pitch. Lucky for Arsenal, Chelsea can't break quickly enough.

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    Jon Carter: He certainly looked value for money at the start of the season, but has trailed off a little.

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    [Comment from Mitch ]
    Do you think Hazard was worth the money?

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    Jon Carter: 12 - Diaby does well and hits the ball from about 25 yards out. Easy save for Cech though.

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    Jon Carter: They will surely... but once the Chelsea legs are tired.

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    [Comment from james ]
    not sure why ramsey starts up front.. surely even arteta would be better there. im sure ox or theo will be coming on today

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    Jon Carter: 11 - Just got underneath the ball then when he should have placed it on goal. Cole stood up well to stop Gervinho running past him.

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    Jon Carter: 10 - Gervinho skips away down the right now and takes on Cole. He cuts the ball back and Cazorla blazes it over.

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    Jon Carter: 10 - Ivanovic clears when Gervinho was lurking in behind.

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    Jon Carter: 9 - Chelsea have started better for sure. They are knocking the ball around a lot, but haven't quite got behind in the final third.

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    Jon Carter: He is drifting wider and wider, and looks like Podolski is the man in the middle

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    [Comment from Hassan ]
    What do you make of Gervinho's performance as central striker early on in the game?

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    Jon Carter: 8 - Oscar and Hazard slipping the ball about, it flies out to Cole and he puts the ball in. However, nobody is following up

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    Jon Carter: 7 - Ramsey shows some strength, but bundles Hazard over in the middle.

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    Jon Carter: Confidence is key isn't it? He's got talent, but may need to step back when Sagna is fit again

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    jenkinson seems to grow in confidence even after the horrid problems he had last season and learned from his mistakes. if only he can actually learn to consistently cross he might be a sleeper hit.

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    Jon Carter: 6 - Chelsea confident in possession, but aren't going too far over the halfway line so far

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    Jon Carter: Slightly odd choice in him playing on the right wing, but he brings more defensive solidity and has done well in his last few games.

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    Jon Carter: 5 - Ramsey gets space to shoot and hammers it well over the bar.

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    Jon Carter: 4 - Gibbs does very well to get in and tackle Mata. He has impressed this season

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    Jon Carter: They've done well so far this season, so we'll see how it pans out

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Well yes, Arsenal's bench may look strong, but their starting XI is hardly awe-inspiring. Gervinho and Ramsey in the front three, Diaby in the middle and Jenkinson, Gibbs and Mannone in the back five is hardly amazing...

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    Jon Carter: 3 - Gervinho looks like he is starting on the left and runs at Ivanovic but loses the ball. Torres swings a ball in, but it doesn't reach Mata.

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    Jon Carter: 3 - Free-kick for Chelsea about 30 yards out. Luiz and Mata over it. Luiz hammers it but Mannone catches the bouncing ball.

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    Jon Carter: Oscar is the man to watch isn't he? But Hazard's skill is in no doubt and he should have an impact.

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    [Comment from Mitch ]
    Who your pick for best player?

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    Jon Carter: 2 - John Terry and Ashley Cole being booed. Whenever Chelsea pass it across their backline it is interesting

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    Jon Carter: 1- Ramires kicked the ball straight out of play there, so that was a good start

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    Jon Carter: 1 - KICK-OFF

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    Jon Carter: 0!time-KICK-OFF imminient....

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    Jon Carter: For the first time, it also looks like a strong Arsenal bench with the likes of Giroud, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    Jon Carter: So it looks like a 4-3-3 from each team today... Should be well balanced.

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    Jon Carter: The teams are out on the pitch...

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    Jon Carter: I'm not sure either team are favourites today... both have their issues. Home advantage is the only thing I can think of that divides them right now.

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    [Comment from Deadstrength ]
    From my point of view, Arsenal right now is still shakey in terms of their key players, yet they still remains as favourites compared to the more prepared Chelsea. Why is this so? Your take, Jon?

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    Jon Carter: If you fancy following me, then go to @joncarterespn

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    Jon Carter: John Brewin is our man at the Emirates, so you'll see some tweets appearing periodically and you can read his report on the game later.

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    Jon Carter: Well, yes, both of these teams are from London so it is.

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    [Comment from James ]
    is this a derby match?..

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    Jon Carter: He did play in midweek, so perhaps needs a break. The Arsenal style is working at the moment, so I can see why Wenger is not going to change it.

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    [Comment from ngolden ]
    i know girourd's goalscoring has been questioned by arsene, but putting a big man up against chelsea's d cause some problems, especially on set pieces?

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    Jon Carter: Kick-off just 10 minutes away, and there is plenty of water on the Emirates turf. Should be skidding about...

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    Jon Carter: He's not first-choice, so he wouldn't expect to start. But he's a great sub to come on and make trouble with his pace.

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    [Comment from NarLoki ]
    why walcott not in the first team ? Super sub maybe ?

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    Jon Carter: It will take a few more months I think before any title talk can begin. They need to show they can keep it together against the big sides and also through a run of tough games

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    [Comment from john ]
    i think arsenal has a good chance of winning the title this year. your take, jon?

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    Jon Carter: Diaby and Arteta will play a big role here as well, they need to protect the back four by dropping deeper and can't get too far up the pitch.

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    [Comment from zombie91 ]
    can,t wait to see..how vermaelen and koscielny will handle chelsea's trio..hazard, mata and oscar...

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    Jon Carter: I would suggest mobility - Chelsea have no big bruisers up front, so speed is needed and Koscielny is the man for that.

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    [Comment from radits ]
    Is there any particular reason Per has been dropped to the bench because hes been solid last few games...

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    Jon Carter: Carl Jenkinson has been incredible so far - he's come a long way since the 8-2 drubbing at Man United last year.

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    Jon Carter: Let's have a quick chat about Arsenal. They have exceeded expectations with the defence...

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    Jon Carter: Should be a nice attacking lineup from Chelsea - really only Cech, Mikel and Terry are charged with defending!

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    Jon Carter: An excellent signing, I thought, and one who will eventually take over from Terry. He's played well, but Terry is still ahead of him in the pecking order and Luiz adds the X Factor.

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    [Comment from zombie91 ]
    cahill is looking good at the moment..he deserves a chance to play..

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    Jon Carter: He has done in the past... after the last personal issue for him I remember he scored against Burnley.

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    [Comment from zombie91 ]
    a big game for JT..can he perform well in this game?

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    Jon Carter: Of course, all the pre-match talk is about John Terry and his start. The reason he is able to start is that his four-match ban has been suspended until the outcome of his appeal.

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    Jon Carter: It's probably Oscar who is preferred over him. Mikel and Ramires may be needed to provide some strength in the central areas.

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    [Comment from Sean ]
    Surprising that Mikel is preferred over Lamps?

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    Jon Carter: Oscar's star is rising and gets a start, Lampard of course misses out.

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    Jon Carter: Interesting from Arsene, as Mertesacker drops to the bench and Gervinho continues his role as a central striker

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    Jon Carter: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Terry, Luiz, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Torres.

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    Jon Carter: Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski.

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    Jon Carter: First up, the teams:

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    Jon Carter: Hi all, and welcome to our coverage for this afternoon. Starting with Arsenal v Chelsea, I'll be doing a commentary style effort and taking some questions as well.

 
COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Arsenal

  • 16(4)

  • 30

  • 14

  • 51%

    49%

  • Chelsea

  • 10(3)

  • 26

  • 14

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

4 David Luiz
D
24 Gary Cahill

D

26 John Terry

M

7 Ramires

M

10 Juan Mata
D
34 Ryan Bertrand

M

12 John Obi Mikel

M

17 Eden Hazard

F

9 Fernando Torres

F

11 Oscar
M
13 Victor Moses
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 24 Gary Cahill
D 28 César Azpilicueta
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 6 Oriol Romeu
M 8 Frank Lampard
M 13 Victor Moses

Match Stats

  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
16(4) Shots (on goal) 10(3)
14 Fouls 14
6 Corner kicks 5
4 Offsides 3
51% Time of Possession 49%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 3
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