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

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Chelsea v Everton, Arsenal v Sunderland, Cardiff v Hull, Manchester City v Stoke, West Brom v Fulham, West Ham v Southampton and Crystal Palace v Manchester United.


League leaders Chelsea celebrate their late victory over Everton. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League matches, and let's face facts it's been a while. Indeed for some teams, since they last kicked a ball in anger in the league, there has been a break for scintillating European action, insipid FA Cup action and wild wind action.

    One of those clubs is Everton, who kick matters off at league leaders Chelsea this lunchtime in their first Premier League outing for a fortnight. Jose Mourinho's side are the first of the top three to take to the field this Saturday, and have the opportunity to move four points clear before Arsenal host Sunderland and Manchester City welcome Stoke at three o'clock.

    Elsewhere later today, rock bottom Fulham run to West Bromwich Albion under their new Corporal Punishment, Felix Magath, while another side rooted in the relegation zone, Cardiff, take on Hull City at home. Meanwhile, in the month's most surprising statement, mid-table West Ham United take on mid-table Southampton in a mid-table clash at mid-table Upton Park. The day's action finishes at Selhurst Park this evening, where Manchester United visit Crystal Palace under the weight of pressure, expectation and Wayne Rooney's record contract deal.

    Stay with us for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores from around the grounds, and if you want to have your say on any of the day's events, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    2/22/2014 12:05:00 PM
  • The teams are in at Stamford Bridge, here's how Chelsea and Everton line up this afternoon. Jose Mourinho makes two changes to the side that was last in Premier League action; in come the old guard - John Terry and Frank Lampard - for Brazilians David Luiz and Ramires, while for Everton, Lacina Traoré makes his first start in the league after netting on his debut in the FA Cup against Swansea, replacing Steven Naismith.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Matic, Cahill, Terry, Willian, Lampard, Eto'o, Oscar, Hazard

    Subs: Cole, Ramires, Torres, Schürrle, Salah, Ba, Schwarzer

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Barry, Jagielka, Distin, Mirallas, McCarthy, Traore, Osman, Pienaar

    Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Naismith, Barkley, Stones

    Referee: Lee Probert
    2/22/2014 12:12:47 PM
  • In the build-up to this lunchtime's game at Stamford Bridge, former Premier League wing wizard David Ginola interviewed current Premier League wing wizard Eden Hazard for BT Sport. Unfortunately it was conducted purely in French and as I refuse to read any subtitles that aren't for Scandinavian crime drama, I'm unable to inform you of what was being said. Let's just pretend it was along the lines of "Great bunch of lads. Doing it for the fans. All credit to the gaffer."
    2/22/2014 12:40:09 PM
  • LATE TEAM NEWS! Everton debutant Lacina Traoré is no longer Everton debutant Lacina Traoré. The Ivorian went down holding one of his long legs in the warm up and will no longer start up front for the visitors. Instead, Steven Naismith, who was dropped to make way for the newcomer, is restored to the starting XI. The Scot was the 45th minute match-winner when the sides met at Goodison Park last September.
    2/22/2014 12:43:37 PM
  • On display outside Stamford Bridge, the sequel to Avatar looks even more disappointing than the first.

    2/22/2014 12:45:31 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Chelsea have made some poor starts at Stamford Bridge this season - namely against Southampton and Liverpool - and today is no exception. This time, however, the confusion in their ranks occur before kick-off as a planned minute's silence in memory of the late, great, Sir Tom Finney breaks into a minute's applause halfway through.

    On the pitch, Frank Lampard sends in a couple of corners in the opening minutes but neither test Tim Howard and his Everton defence.
    2/22/2014 12:50:42 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: A half chance for the visitors as a clever pass in behind Branislav Ivanovic sees Leighton Baines burst into the box on the left-hand side. As he reaches the six yard line, he fires in a low centre towards Everton's further forward player, their other full back Seamus Coleman, but it's intercepted and cleared by Gary Cahill. It's the Toffees in a nutshell (Hmmm, decent idea for a chocolate bar).

    Meanwhille, Oscar is booked at the other end for thundering into Naismith.
    2/22/2014 12:58:17 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Eye-catching football all round as Steven Pienaar lays a pass into the path of Leon Osman, which the Everton midfielder catches beautifully as it bounces up for him to hammer towards goal. Petr Cech, however, is equal to it and soars to his left to tip the effort one-handed over the crossbar.
    2/22/2014 1:02:28 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Cahill to the rescue once again! Kevin Mirallas and Naismith play a convoluted one-two in the penalty area, and when the ball is returned to the Belgian, he thumps a shot into the ground and goalwards which the Chelsea centre-half has to deflect behind with his knee to stop the Merseysiders taking the lead. Quarter of an hour in and it's Everton who are making the running at a mute Stamford Bridge.
    2/22/2014 1:06:05 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: There's been little in the way of goalmouth incident these past few minutes, but Everton are certainly dominating the play in midfield. Their performance has been encapsulated by Gareth Barry who is making an afternoon of winning block tackles, playing pinpoint cross-field passes and looking rightly smug with himself.  However, with half hour gone in West London, it remains goalless.
    2/22/2014 1:17:17 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: A first sight of goal for Samuel Eto'o as he manages to wriggle free of two Everton defenders in the penalty area, but his shot was thumped straight at Howard, who was able to block with his legs. Minutes earlier, Phil Jagielka arrived late in the Chelsea 18-yard box but his glancing header from Baines' cross was too fine to trouble either Cech or the ballboys.
    2/22/2014 1:27:30 PM
  • Jose Mourinho scuttles away after whispering something about Arsenal's trophy cabinet into the ear of Roberto Martinez.

    2/22/2014 1:30:20 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Further opportunities for Everton as the game enters stoppage time at the end of the first half. First, a classic, free-flowing counter attack ends with James McCarthy having a shot blocked on the edge of the box and then, moments later, the ball falls to Mirallas in an almost identical position. The Belgian's scuffed shot when in acres of space is so bad that it falls to Naismith inside the area, but it's just behind the Scot, and he's unable to get an effort away.
    2/22/2014 1:35:02 PM
  • Half-time - Chelsea 0 Everton 0:
    2/22/2014 1:35:11 PM
  • It's goalless at half-time at Stamford Bridge, and it has been Roberto Martinez's Toffees who have looked the most likely side to break the deadlock. The last time Everton did prevail on this ground in the league, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was still Bobby Robson's interpreter at Porto. Then, it was a 1-0 win in November 1994 (probably scored by Paul Rideout, most of Everton's one goal wins in the nineties were decided by Paul Rideout). Don't rule out a similar outcome this afternoon.
    2/22/2014 1:45:10 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton: The second half begins with a substitution from Jose Mourinho; on has come Ramires and off has gone Oscar. The Brazilian midfielder is straight into the thick of it, planting a number of boots into the prone Pienaar as he curiously attempts to shield the ball. The substitute avoids the early booking that cast a shadow in the first half over the player he replaced.
    2/22/2014 1:54:24 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: A double chance for Frank Lampard goes begging! The Chelsea midfielder peeled away from his marker in the area to latch onto Hazard's through ball. His initial shot was kept out by Howard while the rebound was blocked by a lunging Jagielka. What follows is a barrage of corners for the home side and a free-kick in a promising position that Willian sends high over the bar.

    Nevertheless, the Blues have begun the second half with much more purpose than they showed in the entirety of the opening 45 minutes.
    2/22/2014 1:58:31 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: A wonderful double save from Tim Howard! The American keeper gets down low to his left to keep out Hazard's shot at the near post with one hand, and the reacts quickly to block Ivanovic's volley with his chest. Chelsea are threatening a goal and, on that note, here comes Fernando Torres to replace Willian.
    2/22/2014 2:08:43 PM
  • The teams are in for the five three o'clock kick-offs.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Sanogo, Bendtner

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Ki, Johnson, Colback, O'Shea, Altidore, Bridcutt, Vergini, Alonso, Borini

    Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Cuellar, Scocco, Ustari

    Referee: Andre Marriner


    Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Cala, Fabio, Zaha, Cowie, Eikrem, Noone, Campbell, Jones

    Subs: Lewis, Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Berget, John

    Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

    Subs: Harper, Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

    Referee: Howard Webb


    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompan, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo

    Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Milner, Navas, Jovetic

    Stoke: Begovic, Pieters, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron, Arnautovic, Whelan, Adam, Odemwingie, Walters, Crouch.

    Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Wilkinson, Nzonzi, Etherington, Ireland

    Referee: Chris Foy


    West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt, Amalfitano, Berahino, Thievy

    Subs: Myhill, Dawson, Anichebe, Dorrans, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson, Holtby, Rodallega

    Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kvist, Kasami, Mitroglou, Burn, Tanković

    Referee: Mike Dean


    West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, Taylor, Downing, C. Cole, Jarvis

    Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Armero, Collison, Diame, J. Cole, Nocerino

    Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert

    Subs: K. Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Gallagher

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    2/22/2014 2:17:15 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Fifteen minutes to go at Stamford Bridge, and still no break in the deadlock. Both managers are showing their intent to win the game though with their changes with Andre Schurrle, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley all having been introduced for the closing stages. It's Fernando Torres who has had the latest effort, but his strike from 20 yards out just flashed the wrong side of the post.
    2/22/2014 2:23:38 PM
  • The afternoon's best/chest moment as Tim Howard denies Branislav Ivanovic from close range.

    2/22/2014 2:31:18 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Oooof! Ramires nearly won it right at the death as he side stepped an opponent and let fly with a drilled effort from 25 yards out, but the ball just whistled past the left-hand post.

    The league leaders have five minutes of stoppage time to find the goal that will take them momentarily four points clear at the top.
    2/22/2014 2:35:59 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Everton 0: And they have found that goal! There's a sense of déjà vu as Ramires storms down the left and goes down under minimal pressure. Unlike West Brom at home, it's 30 yards from goal rather than inside the penalty area, but it's in the perfect position for Frank Lampard to swing a teasing delivery in. He does exactly that and there, arriving at the far post, is his old pal John Terry. The Chelsea captain was onside and managed to get the slightest touch on the ball to steer it past the sprawling Tim Howard from close range to spark wild celebrations inside Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have won it, but it's so cruel on Everton.
    2/22/2014 2:38:10 PM
  • FULL TIME - Chelsea 1 Everton 0:
    2/22/2014 2:42:01 PM
  • There may be ongoing debate over who actually scored it, but Chelsea's injury time goal could be crucial in this season's title race. It was the 93rd minute when Frank Lampard's free-kick/John Terry's faint touch/Tim Howard's own goal won it for the Blues, but it was all the mattered in helping Jose Mourinho's men move four points clear at the top of the table before their rivals take centre stage this afternoon.

    Arsenal and Manchester City, it's over to you...
    2/22/2014 2:48:38 PM
  • Pictured: 66% of the people credited with Chelsea's winning goal.

    2/22/2014 2:57:12 PM
  • And we're off...
    2/22/2014 3:00:32 PM
  • West Brom 0 Fulham 0: Felix Magath's dictatorsh...sorry, management of Fulham nearly got off to their best possible start at the Hawthorns. Lewis Holtby had a second opportunity to test the Albion defence after his corner was cleared and his ball back in was perfect for Johnny Heitinga to meet, but the Dutchman's header's from close range was too high to trouble Ben Foster.
    2/22/2014 3:05:08 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 1 Sunderland 0: Olivier Giroud is back in the Arsenal side after...erm...recent indiscretions and he's wasted no time in firing the Gunners into the lead. The French striker latched on to a pass from Jack Wilshere after the midfielder's driving run, and made no mistake in firing past Vito Mannone from close range.
    2/22/2014 3:05:16 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 0 Southampton 1: The Hammers have kept four clean sheets in a row, but it's taken Southampton just eight minutes to breach the home defence. Steven Davis is always a threat from dead balls, and the Northern Irishman's early free-kick was inch perfect at Upton Park for Maya Yoshida to head home his first Premier League goal past Adrian.
    2/22/2014 3:08:45 PM
  • It's a rare bright start from the Gunners at the Emirates...


    2/22/2014 3:13:32 PM
  • New manager Felix Magath and the Fulham away support*.

    *Disclaimer: They've actually taken 2,000 to the Hawthorns this afternoon.

    2/22/2014 3:14:23 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Stoke 0: There have been chances at both ends in the opening quarter of an hour at the Etihad Stadium. Fernandinho, whose shot was tipped over by Asmir Begovic, and Pablo Zabaleta, who had an effort blocked by the Stoke defence, have gone close for the home side, while Ryan Shawcross' header from an inswinging free-kick was off target for the Potters.
    2/22/2014 3:18:39 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 0 Hull 1: The home side may have made the early running in this encounter, but they've fallen behind to Tom Huddlestone's deflected straight. Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long combined well to set up the former for a chance which David Marshall did well to save, but when Jake Livermore fed the ball to Huddlestone, the former Tottenham midfielder's strike cannoned off Andrew Taylor to give the visitors the lead.
    2/22/2014 3:18:49 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 1 Southampton 1: West Ham are level courtesy of Matt Jarvis! The winger did well to control Stewart Downing's cross before slotting past the outrushing Artur Boruc. Southampton's lead lasted just 12 minutes and...
    2/22/2014 3:20:16 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 2 Southampton 1: ...now they're behind! This time it's Carlton Cole, who saw his initial header from Downing's corner crash against the post, but the big West Ham striker showed lightning reactions to quickly hammer home the loose ball. Two goals in three minutes at Upton Park and an impressive turnaround!
    2/22/2014 3:23:20 PM
  • GOAL! West Brom 0 Fulham 1: Fulham have lift off under Felix Magath! Keiran Richardson was sent scampering away down the left wing, and when his pull back was missed by Hugo Rodellega and Holtby, Ashkan Dejagah was on hand on the edge of the box. The Iranian winger, who revelled under Magath at Wolfsburg, took one touch to steady himself, before firing right-footed, low past Foster to give the Cottagers the lead.
    2/22/2014 3:29:09 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0: Sunderland are shooting themselves in the foot at the Emirates! Santiago Vergini's awful backpass towards his own goalkeeper was intercepted by Arsenal goalscorer Olivier Giroud, and the Frenchman didn't need a second invitation to double his own tally for the afternoon to put his side 2-0 ahead.
    2/22/2014 3:32:37 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Stoke 0: Believe it or not but Mark Hughes is up in arms on the touchline at the Etihad Stadium. The Stoke manager is incensed after Peter Odemwingie turns Fernandinho on the edge of the Manchester City box, and is brought crashing to the ground. It's hard to tell whether the fiery Welshman wants a penalty or a red card for the Brazilian, but he's getting neither off Chris Foy. He'll be even angrier after the free-kick came to nothing.
    2/22/2014 3:39:18 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 0 Hull 2: Eyebrows were raised when Steve Bruce splashed out serious money on Shane Long and Nikica Jelavić during the transfer window, but the strikers are showing signs of an extremely fruitful partnership. They've caused problems for Cardiff on the break this afternoon, despite the home side bossing the game, and now they've combined to put the visitors two ahead; the Croatian finishing neatly under Marshall after being set up by his strike partner.
    2/22/2014 3:40:00 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0: Wonderful football! Wonderful goal! When Arsenal turn it on, it really is glorious to watch. Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud are all involved in some crisp one-touch passing before the ball is presented to Tomas Rosicky, who dinks the ball over Mannone for a third Gunners goal inside the first 45 minutes.
    2/22/2014 3:43:34 PM
  • Half-time - Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0:
    2/22/2014 3:47:12 PM
  • Half-time - West Ham 2 Southampton 1:
    2/22/2014 3:47:53 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester City 0 Stoke 0:
    2/22/2014 3:48:07 PM
  • Half-time - West Brom 0 Fulham 1:
    2/22/2014 3:48:17 PM
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