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Premier League LIVE - Everton vs Chelsea followed by Saturday's 3pm kick-offs and Manchester United vs Liverpool

    9 mins - Watford 0 Swansea City 0: Odion Ighalo is proving to be the hosts' main source of danger as Watford look for a first win since returning to the Premier League. The high-flying Swans yet to find a way to stop the 26-year-old skipping inside their defence. 
    9/12/2015 2:13:18 PM

    14 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: It's been a fast start at Selhurst Park with both sides having chances to take the lead. Sergio Aguero is a threat - when is he not? - while strike partner Wilfried Bony is linking up well with Jesus Navas. Palace, meanwhile, are frightening on the break. 
    9/12/2015 2:16:41 PM
    16 mins - West Brom 0 Southampton 0: James McManaman goes down under a challenge by Matt Targett in the Southampton area but, despite fervent cries for a penalty, the referee relents and we play on. 
    9/12/2015 2:18:43 PM
    20 mins - Norwich 0 Bournemouth 0: In the battle of the newly-promoted sides, both teams appear willing to wait for their opponents to make the first mistake. Matt Jarvis seems most likely to open the scoring for the hosts while Eddie Howe's side are still settling down.
    9/12/2015 2:21:56 PM

    22 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: Sergio Aguero breaks into some space on the half way line.. until Scott Dann clatters into the Argentine and is given a deserved caution for his trouble. The duel between Eliaquim Mangala and Yannick Bolasie isn't bad either. 
    9/12/2015 2:24:21 PM

    24 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: Big news from Selhurst Park as Sergio Aguero fails to shrug off an injury sustained from that rough Scott Dann challenge. 

    Kevin De Bruyne is on the pitch for his Manchester City debut. Now without Raheem Sterling and David Silva, their star striker takes his place on the treatment table ahead of the Champions League clash with Juventus in midweek. 
    9/12/2015 2:27:21 PM

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    GOOAALL!! Arsenal 1 Stoke 0 - Theo Walcott.

    31 mins: Could Olivier Giroud score a goal like that? After a majestic pass from Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott surges through the Stoke defence, courtesy of a brilliant first touch, before firing it past Jack Butland and Stoke are finally behind. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's faith in the England man is justified, for now.

    9/12/2015 2:31:46 PM
    32 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: Excellent handbags between Manuel Pellegrini and Alan Pardew shortly distracts Selhurst Park regulars from the action on the pitch. They aren't exactly on each other's Christmas card list, these two. 
    9/12/2015 2:35:00 PM
    GOOAALL!! Norwich 1 Bournemouth 0 - Cameron Jerome. 

    35 mins: Wes Hoolahan, a menace throughout, finds an inch of space on the wing and crosses for Cameron Jerome who wasn't going to let an opportunity like that slip through his fingers. Advantage to Alex Neil as Eddie Howe wipes the sweat off his brow. 
    9/12/2015 2:36:24 PM
    39 mins - West Brom 0 Southampton 0: Dusan Tadic single-handedly drags the Saints forward, into the hosts half, and so nearly finds Jay Rodriguez in space in the Baggies' box. It has been slow so far with Ronald Koeman's men perhaps just pipping it. 

    9/12/2015 2:43:21 PM
    45 mins - Norwich 1 Bournemouth 0: Marvellous movement from Steve Cook and Callum Wilson for the Cherries dumbfounds the Norwich defenders as the latter has the woodwork rattling with a stinging header. 
    9/12/2015 2:49:08 PM
    45 mins + 2: Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: Bakary Sako has hearts in mouths for the visitors as the new Eagles signing volleys the ball over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time. End-to-end stuff at Selhurst Park. If Kevin De Bruyne had forgotten about the pace of the Premier League, this is a fine refreshers course. 

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    It's been quiet in the Premier League so far with Theo Walcott and Cameron Jerome being the only players to find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes. Arsenal lead Stoke at the Emirates  but will be disappointed to only be a solitary goal to the good while Norwich are edging out Bournemouth in East Anglia. 

    Arsenal 1 Stoke City 0
    Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 0
    Norwich City 1 Bournemouth 0
    Watford 0 Swansea City 0
    West Brom 0 Southampton 0
    9/12/2015 2:54:25 PM
    47 mins - Arsenal 1 Stoke 0: Xherdan Shaqiri very nearly produces a moment of magic to free Marko Arnautovic, but the former Inter Milan man slightly over hits his pass and a rare Stoke foray into the hosts' half comes to nothing. Mark Hughes will be expecting his star-studded side to put up more a fight.
    9/12/2015 3:05:58 PM
    GOOAALL!! Norwich 2 Bournemouth - Wes Hoolahan.

    52 mins: Norwich winger Wes Hoolahan picks up the ball just inside the Cherries' half and, after seeing hordes of defenders pull away, elects to fire it towards Artur Boruc's goal to great success. Are Norwich heading for their first home win of the season? 
    9/12/2015 3:09:28 PM
    52 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: Kevin De Bruyne gives City fans a glimpse of his pinpoint vision to find Jesus Navas in on goal but the Spaniard, who out-maneuvers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, shoots agonisingly wide.

    9/12/2015 3:14:29 PM

    GOOAALL!! Watford 1 Swansea 0 - Odion Ighalo.

    59 mins: After waiting oh so long for a first win back in the Premier League, Odion Ighalo finds himself in acres of room in the Swansea box to arrow Watford ahead. Vicarage Road erupts. Is this lift off for Quique Sanchez Flores's men?
    9/12/2015 3:16:05 PM
    64 mins - Watford 1 Swansea 0 - RED CARD

    Valon Behrami is given his marching orders at Vicarage Road after being spotted stamping on Andre Ayew. Could Watford have responded any worse to taking the lead? It was an awful challenge and now the hosts have to protect their slender lead with ten men.

    9/12/2015 3:23:16 PM

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    Pictured: Saido Berahino enters the fray at the Hawthorns just weeks after promising he would never play for West Brom again. The Tottenham Hotspur transfer target replaces Rickie Lambert. 

    9/12/2015 3:26:46 PM
    GOOAALL!! Norwich 3 Bournemouth 0 - Matt Jarvis.

    67 mins: This is going from bad to worse for Eddie Howe as Matt Jarvis gets in on the act to make it three for Norwich City. Cutting inside Simon Francis, the West Ham loanee struck the ball with his left foot and curled it in stylishly.

    9/12/2015 3:27:11 PM
    71 mins - Crystal Palace 0 Man City 0: What a save from Joe Hart! Pape Souare races down the wing and finds Jason Puncheon, of all people, eight yards out. The winger nods a lethal header toward goal but the City goalkeeper threw himself to his left before clearing it from danger. 
    9/12/2015 3:34:26 PM
    Pictured: Alan Pardew and Manuel Pellegrini have a bicker on the touchline during the clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester City, currently goalless. 

    9/12/2015 3:36:17 PM


    Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini. 

    Subs: Romero, McNair, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Valencia, Young, Martial.

    Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Ings, Benteke. 

    Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Origi, Rossiter, Ibe.
    9/12/2015 3:40:42 PM
    GOOAALL! Norwich 3 Bournemouth 1 - Steve Cook.

    81 mins: Eddie Howe at least has one positive to take from this match but you imagine Steve Cook's header, towering over every Norwich defender around him, will just be a consolation. 
    9/12/2015 3:41:36 PM
    GOOAALL!! Arsenal 2 Stoke 0 - Olivier Giroud.

    85 mins: Relief circles around the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal finally make their dominance show on the scoresheet. France striker Olivier Giroud flicks a header past Jack Butland to make the scoreline look a bit more attracting for Gunners supporters. How Arsene Wenger's men weren't four goals ahead in the first half, is anyone's guess. Jack Butland is a large factor.

    9/12/2015 3:43:02 PM

    GOOAALL! Crystal Palace 0 Man City 1 - Kelechi Iheanacho.

    90 mins: The goals are flying in late on in the Premier League! What a sickener for Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace. Kelechi Iheanacho had only been on the pitch for one minute, replacing Wilfried Bony, but the young Nigerian was alert enough to poke home past Alex McCarthy and the leaders march on!

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    Ten-man Watford picked up their first win back in the Premier League courtesy of Odion Ighalo's second half strike as Arsenal saw off Stoke while Man City left it late to beat Crystal Palace.

    Kelechi Iheanacho, the 18-year-old Nigerian who had been on the pitch for just one minute, popped up with a late winner for the league leaders.

    Newly promoted duo Norwich and Bournemouth played out an entertaining clash at Carrow Road, which the hosts won comfortably, while the least said about the goalless draw between West Brom and Southampton, the better.

    Everton 3 Chelsea 1 (12.45 K/O)
    Arsenal 2 Stoke City 0
    Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 1
    Norwich City 3 Bournemouth 1
    Watford 1 Swansea City 1
    West Brom 0 Southampton 0
    9/12/2015 3:58:08 PM

    TEAM NEWS: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea starts for the first time since his prospective move to Real Madrid fell through.

    Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, misses out after Louis van Gaal adjudged him unfit for the visit of Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers starts with Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke in attacking positions

    Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini. 

    Subs: Romero, McNair, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Valencia, Young, Martial.

    Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Ings, Benteke. 

    Subs: Bogdan, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Origi, Rossiter, Ibe.
    9/12/2015 4:09:20 PM

    0 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Emre Can and Roberto Firmino get us under way at Old Trafford. 700 million people watched this clash the last time the two sides locked horns in March. Compare that with the 500 million viewers who tuned in to El Classico in the same month and you start to understand the scale of today's clash. Here we go!
    9/12/2015 4:30:58 PM
    4 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Brendan Rodgers' men have passed the ball around neatly in the opening stages but Marouane Fellaini nearly robs Martin Skrtel on the edge of Simon Mignolet's area. Both sides seem content with the slow start to proceedings. 
    9/12/2015 4:36:07 PM
    7 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Simon Mignolet very nearly gifts Manchester United with an early chance as his attempt to roll the ball out hits Juan Mata. It soon falls to Marouane Fellaini, on the edge of the box, but the Belgian cannot direct his effort on goal. A lucky escape for Liverpool.
    9/12/2015 4:39:18 PM
    Pictured: Meanwhile, in the stands...

    9/12/2015 4:41:35 PM
    12 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: The hosts are in charge so far, bragging 72% possession, but they are yet to enjoy a true opportunity on goal. Louis van Gaal has resisted the temptation to play a long-ball game to Marouane Fellaini up front but, should Liverpool go ahead, that may change quickly. 
    9/12/2015 4:44:44 PM

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    19 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Joe Gomez whips in a dreamy cross for Christian Benteke but Luke Shaw heads away excellently. It falls to Nathaniel Clyne and the former Southampton right-back drags his long-range effort wide. Better from Liverpool but still not piercing.
    9/12/2015 4:51:31 PM
    23 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: There are unconfirmed reports that Sir Alex Ferguson has just awoken from a brief nap in the directors' box at Old Trafford. 

    Dreaming of how David Moyes continued his success before lifting the 2014/15 Champions League, he awakens to see Marouane Fellaini playing up front - with only a 19-year-old Anthony Martial on the bench.

    Yeah, not much is happening on the pitch.

    9/12/2015 4:57:54 PM
    27 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool: Lucas Leiva gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position after a poor challenge on Ander Herrera. Juan Mata curls it in but Simon Mignolet collects easily. 
    9/12/2015 4:59:42 PM

    9/12/2015 5:00:38 PM
    32 mins - Manchester United 0 LIverpool 0: You have to occasionally remind yourself this is a Premier League match between the two most successful clubs in English football history. Very little quality on show so far which would suggest an error will decide this one - which would be a pity.
    9/12/2015 5:03:47 PM
    34 mins - Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Christian Benteke is adjudged to be offside after Emre Can's through ball releases the Belgian a second too soon. It was a decent break by Liverpool but, like the rest of us, they seemed amazed to be in the Manchester United half and fluffed their lines. 
    9/12/2015 5:07:22 PM
    Pictured: Away from the stodgy football on show, it is a glorious late summer evening in Manchester.. 

    9/12/2015 5:09:37 PM
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