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Premier League Saturday including Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Sunderland v Southampton, Arsenal v Fulham, Crystal Palace v Stoke, Manchester City v Cardiff, Norwich v Hull, West Ham v Newcastle and Liverpool v Aston Villa.


Tony Pulis acknowledges fans as Crystal Palace defeat former club Stoke
by Sam Dymond

  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action, and it's another day in the top flight woven with intriguing storylines.

    It begins at the Stadium of Light this lunchtime where Southampton visit Sunderland equipped with a new chairman, but crucially the same manager. Then, at three o'clock, there are five fixtures relevant to matters at the bottom of the table, and they include two managers - Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce - welcoming old clubs to their current stomping ground, namely Crystal Palace versus Stoke and West Ham against Newcastle.

    At the Emirates Stadium, there's a London derby between league leaders Arsenal and relegation-threatened Fulham, while - and here's a sentence I'd never thought I'd be writing - at Carrow Road, the multi-million pounds strikeforce of Norwich entertain the multi-million pounds strikeforce of Hull.

    Elsewhere, the Manchester City juggernaut will be out and looking to extend their 100% home record when Cardiff make the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium, and the evening kick-off comes at Anfield with Liverpool hosting Aston Villa.

    Stay with us for all the latest news, goals and quips from around the grounds, and if you want to have you say whilst angrily pointing a finger, then tweet @sammydymond or send an email to sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    1/18/2014 12:20:31 PM
  • And so to Wearside for team news. Sunderland make two changes from the team that embarrassed Fulham at Craven Cottage with Senderos-slayer Jozy Altidore replacing Steven Fletcher in attacker while Sebastian Larsson is brought back into the midfield at the expense of Jack Colback. There's just a single switch for Southampton with one young, dynamic full-back Calum Chambers replacing another, Nathaniel Clyne.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Cattermole, O'Shea, Brown, Larsson, Ki, Altidore, Johnson, Borini

    Subs: Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Pickford, Colback, Giaccherini, Roberge

    Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Lovren, Lallana, Cork, Lambert, Davis, Rodriguez

    Subs: Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Hooiveld

    Referee: Chris Foy
    1/18/2014 12:29:56 PM
  • So it's just under ten minutes until kick-off at the Stadium of Light, and a first opportunity to see whether reports of Southampton's death have been greatly exaggerated. When Nicola Cortese resigned earlier this week, manager Mauricio Pochettino and the side's top talent were expected to follow him out of the exit door at St Mary's. Yet the Argentine coach has vowed to stay on until the season's end at least, and there are 13 days left in the transfer window to see if Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert et al do likewise.

    On the pitch, it could be a pivotal afternoon for the Saints. The side that captured the Premier League's imagination in the first half of the season are in danger of falling away in their pursuit of European football. Three points will put the pressure back on Newcastle and Manchester United above, but a defeat could see their cushion above the bottom half a lot less comfortable.
    1/18/2014 12:38:31 PM
  • As for Sunderland, they gave themselves a real shot in the arm with their thumping win at relegation rivals Fulham last Saturday, and another three points this lunchtime will move the Mackems out of the danger zone as they strive for Premier League survival. As The Independent's Sam Wallace found out earlier this week, completing that job would be manager Gus Poyet's greatest achievement...

    As for Poyet himself, he is focused on saving Sunderland from relegation. It would be, he says, “the greatest achievement of my career as a manager”. At 46 he has changed little from his days as a player. He is lean, intense and full of restless energy. He speaks in the idiom of the English footballer, albeit twice as fast.


    1/18/2014 12:46:56 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Southampton 0: And we're off...
    1/18/2014 12:47:18 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Southampton 1: Southampton have already stuck two fingers up at those forecasting their demise because Jay Rodriguez has scored a sublime opening goal inside four minutes. The visitors had enjoyed all the early possession, and after the ball had ricocheted around just outside the Sunderland 18-yard-box, the young forward took control, gave himself some space and, with minimal back-lift, fired a sublime effort low into the bottom left-hand corner of Vito Mannone's goal. 

    The Stadium of Light sounded flat enough as it was, but that strike will really suck any optimism out of the home support.
    1/18/2014 12:49:31 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Southampton 1: Who had ten minutes in the sweepstake? Sunderland's puffing yellow card midfield machine, Lee Cattermole, has kicked his way into Chris Foy's notebook already by cynically tripping the goalscorer Rodriguez as he escaped his man in the most innocuous area of the pitch.
    1/18/2014 12:58:38 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Southampton 1: "Sunderland look a completely different side to the one that won so convincingly at Fulham" exclaim the BT Sport commentators, failing to take into account the vast difference in ability between the two opponents.

    Southampton have shown no interest in sitting on their lead since the goal, and have been threatening to double the scoreline. Clever play from Lallana, Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin forced a couple of quick corners and, just now, Luke Shaw's effort deflected on to the outside of the near post.
    1/18/2014 1:05:34 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Southampton 1: There are a few Sunderland players who are having shockers, but it's nothing compared to the BT Sport employee who placed a camera and microphone near to the angriest home fan in the stadium. That said, at least the production team apologised for their blunder.

    Who knows how furious that supporter would have been had Lambert's recent volley fallen just inside the post rather that outside. The striker had, once again, cleverly combined with Schneiderlin as Saints danced their way through a static Sunderland defence.
    1/18/2014 1:11:17 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Southampton 2: It should have been two, it should have been two, it should have been two, it is two! Southampton have finally made their dominance pay with a second goal that was simultaneously simple and clever. Steven Davis sends over an outswinging corner from the right and centre-back Dejan Lovren gets in front of Wes Brown to hook a volley into the far corner. A man on the post would have kept it out, but there was no man on the post.
    1/18/2014 1:15:42 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 1 Southampton 2: I did not see that coming, and not just because I was writing the update for the Southampton goal. One minute and 28 seconds after Southampton had put the game to bed, Sunderland have woken it up. With their first real attack of the half, Adam Johnson sent a deep inswinging cross into the area, Fabio Borini chested down and hooked an effort past Artur Boruc.
    1/18/2014 1:17:29 PM
  • To paraphrase the brilliant Barry Davies, "Lovren goal!"

    1/18/2014 1:26:57 PM
  • Half-time - Sunderland 1 Southampton 2: Chris Foy calls time on the first half of a game that has been so one-sided, it's incredible to think that it is still in the balance. In truth, Sunderland did improve momentarily after their goal, but Southampton have been so impressively dominant that they should already be on their way down the M1 with another three points to their name. Crisis at St Mary's? What crisis?
    1/18/2014 1:34:29 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Southampton 2: The hosts have begun the second half with more determination and confidence than they displayed in the whole of the first. Johnson puts a couple of dangerous balls into the Southampton area, one via a set-piece, but no Sunderland head could force Boruc into a save.
    1/18/2014 1:53:49 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Southampton 2: There's a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals from the hosts, but Chris Foy isn't interested. However, he was interested when Larsson's quick free-kick sent Phil Bardsley in on goal, but the referee had already called play back for a retake by the time the full-back had drilled the ball wide of the goal.
    1/18/2014 1:56:28 PM
  • "Dad, look! Adam Johnson has fallen over again."

    1/18/2014 1:59:41 PM
  • The good news for Sunderland is that they've faced Southampton twice this season, in the Premier League and Capital One Cup, and are unbeaten. The bad news...


    1/18/2014 2:06:11 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Southampton 2: Fabio Borini is celebrating again, but it's short-lived. The Italian was sent through on goal by substitute Craig Gardner's clever flick, and finished neatly past Boruc, but the linesman's flag had gone up straight away. Replays proved Borini was ever so slightly offside and that the official had made an excellent decision. Credit where it's due.
    1/18/2014 2:11:02 PM
  • The team news is filtering through for the five 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League. Here's how they line up at Selhurst Park.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Ward, Jedinak, Puncheon, Guedioura, Chamakh

    Subs: Price, Moxey, O'Keefe, Williams, Bannan, Wilbraham, Gayle

    Stoke: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Assaidi, Crouch

    Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Guidetti, Shotton, Ireland

    Referee: Lee Mason
    1/18/2014 2:12:58 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 2 Southampton 2: Sunderland are on level terms! The home side broke on Saints down the left and switched play to the opposite flank with a couple of square passes. There was the incoming Adam Johnson, who teased his marker before firing a right-footed shot hard at Boruc. The Polish stopper got a hand to it, but couldn't stop the powerful effort from soaring into the roof of the net. 

    There's just under 20 minutes to play for either side to find a winner.
    1/18/2014 2:14:13 PM
  • Over at the Emirates, the teams are in.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson, Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey, Berbatov

    Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kasami, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes, Bent

    Referee: Lee Probert
    1/18/2014 2:21:04 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 1 Fulham 0: Arsenal had been knocking at the door, and now the door has caved in as if it were part of the scenery on Crossroads. Santi Cazorla picked up the ball out wide on the left, started a neat move that featured Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere, and eventually found himself back with the ball ten yards out inside the area. His curled finish was too good for Stekelenburg and the league leaders are in front.
    1/18/2014 4:14:15 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 2 Fulham 0: Same player, same corner, same result. Santi Cazorla has his second goal of the afternoon five minutes after the first. The Fulham defence looked to have dealt with a cross into the box, but the Spaniard midfielder composed himself 20 yards out and struck his shot low and hard past the Cottagers' Dutch keeper.
    1/18/2014 4:18:59 PM
  • West Ham 1 Newcastle 2: The West Ham fans are on their feet for the introduction of Andy Carroll as a substitute for Mohamaed Diame. The returning striker will play up top with Carlton Cole and has 25 minutes to help his side find an equaliser against his former team Newcastle.
    1/18/2014 4:24:16 PM
  • Manchester City 2 Cardiff 1: Andy Carroll isn't the only striker making a second half appearance against a former club though because Craig Bellamy has just been introduced for Cardiff at the Etihad Stadium to a terrific reception from all quarters. That must be the first time the Welshman has been applauded by every supporter inside one ground.
    1/18/2014 4:27:36 PM
  • Santi Cazorla is coming to town...

    1/18/2014 4:28:55 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 3 Cardiff 1: That should be the ball game for Manchester City! Yaya Toure makes football look such a simple game to play, and this goal was no exception. The Ivorian ran effortlessly at the Cardiff defence, exchanged passes with substitute Sergio Aguero and slotted past Marshall.
    1/18/2014 4:33:56 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 4 Cardiff 1: And now Toure returns the favour for Sergio Aguero! The Argentine received his teammate's pass, skipped inside Steven Caulker and fired past Marshall. Fourth of many?
    1/18/2014 4:37:02 PM
  • Norwich 0 Hull 0: Earlier today, I referred to Norwich and Hull's multi-million pound strikeforces while the Tigers' official Twitter feed labelled this encounter pulsating. In hindsight, both comments seem foolish because it's really, really dull with minimal goalmouth action.
    1/18/2014 4:42:51 PM
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