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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


  • Saturday's results

    • Chelsea 1 (Terry) Everton 0 FT
    • Injury time Terry winner ensures Blues stay top of the table
    • Arsenal 4 (Giroud 2, Rosicky, Koscielny) Sunderland 1 (Giaccherini) FT
    • Gunners remain second after comfortable home win against Black Cats
    • Cardiff 0 Hull 4 (Huddlestone, Jelavic 2, Livermore) FT
    • Tigers net four for the first time in a Premier League away game to move 11th
    • Manchester City 1 (Toure) Stoke 0 FT
    • Second half Toure goal finally breaks down resilient Potters
    • West Brom 1 (Vydra) Fulham 1 (Dejagah) FT
    • Late Vydra strike denies Magath victory in his first game as Cottagers boss
    • West Ham 3 (Jarvis, C. Cole, Nolan) Southampton 1 (Yoshida) FT
    • Hammers come from behind to win and head into the top half
    • Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2 (Van Persie, Rooney) FT
    • Van Persie penalty and Rooney volley in the second half lift United to sixth
    2/22/2014 12:14:22 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Half-time - Cardiff 0 Hull 2:
    2/22/2014 3:49:39 PM
  • Carlton Cole celebrates his goal in front of some strange hybrid of West Ham substitutes.

    2/22/2014 3:52:34 PM
  • GOAL! West Brom 1 Fulham 1: At Craven Cottage earlier in the season, Fulham led West Brom for a long period and were pegged back at the death and it looks to be a similar story this afternoon. Albion are level with five minutes remaining after Matej Vydra connected first time to Victor Anichebe's cross. Maarten Stekelenburg made the save, but the ball creeped under his body and, although the Dutch stopper leapt back to claw the ball away, the Goal Decision System signalled the ball was over the line to referee Mike Dean and it's all square.
    2/22/2014 4:44:33 PM
  • FULL TIME - Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1:
    2/22/2014 4:50:08 PM
  • FULL TIME - West Ham 3 Southampton 1:
    2/22/2014 4:51:14 PM
  • Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0: The Eagles flew out of the traps (actually, that's greyhounds, what do Eagles fly out of?) and forced United into some early rearguard action, but the visitors have started to stamp their mark on proceedings ever since. Moments ago, Wayne Rooney headed down - and probably earnt in excess of £40 for doing so - for Robin van Persie, but the Dutch striker was only able to kick air with an acrobatic attempt before the ball was cleared from danger.
    2/22/2014 5:42:56 PM
  • In a break from this blog's smartarse remarks and cynicism, here's Sam Wallace at Selhurst Park with some genuine tactical insight...


    2/22/2014 5:45:45 PM
  • Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0: Adnan Januzaj has the ball in the back of the Crystal Palace net but Michael Oliver had already whistled for a handball against the youngster. The Belgian/Albanian/Kosovan/Englishman used his arm to bring a crisp pass under control in the box before unleashing a thumping finish past Julian Speroni.
    2/22/2014 5:50:44 PM
  • Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0: Crystal Palace have started the second half just as they did the first; with an early corner that failed to beat the first man. However, another one prompts panic in the box and ends with De Gea having to palm the ball over the bar under pressure from Glenn Murray and Mile Jerdinak.

    Moments later, Jason Puncheon picks up the ball from Murray's perfect nod down but can only scuff a shot from the edge of the box straight at the United keeper.
    2/22/2014 6:36:16 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 1: Manchester United have a great opportunity to take the lead from 12 yards at Selhurst Park because Michael Oliver has awarded the visitors a penalty after Marouane Chamakh clipped Patrice Evra as the left back surged towards the box. Replays indicate that the foul was on the line, but as commentators never tire of telling us, if it's on the line, it's in in the box. Although technically it isn't.

    Semantics aside, Robin Van Persie takes the perfect spot-kick, sending Julian Speroni the wrong way, by thumping the ball left-footed into the right hand corner to give United the lead.
    2/22/2014 6:47:38 PM
  • Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2: Four minutes of injury time are being played, and it's the away fans who are ones in full voice now. "Stand up if you love Man U..." they sing, as if they haven't been standing the whole game anyway.
    2/22/2014 7:21:20 PM
  • FULL TIME - Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2:
    2/22/2014 7:21:34 PM
  • Michael Carrick: Much like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the comedy of Stewart Lee, you either get it or you don't...



    For the record, I don't get The Great Gatsby.
    2/22/2014 7:34:03 PM
  • If extra points were awarded for artistic impression, Arsenal would be sitting top of the Premier League tonight. Unfortunately for the Gunners, there are not. Because while Chelsea were huffing their way past Everton and Manchester City were puffing their way past Stoke, Arsene Wenger’s men were indulging in some delightful, quick, one touch passing to unlock an admittedly accommodating Sunderland defence.

    However, goal difference aside, no win brings greater reward than another which means John Terry’s late and delicate intervention past Tim Howard keeps Jose Mourinho’s team top of the pile this evening. Yaya Toure’s strike wasn’t as dramatic, but it could be just as crucial at the season’s end for Manuel Pellegrini and co. after it broke down a stubborn Potters resistance.

    Felix Magath is Fulham’s third manager of the season, but his new side showed the same old problems in the important relegation scrap with West Brom at the Hawthorns. The Cottagers were yet again solid, dare I say it, impressive in the first half, but faded after the break and West Brom’s late equaliser was the least they deserved. There’s still hope for the West London outfit, but they need a run of positive results and they’re running out of time.

    West Ham are showing just where a run of positive results can take you. The Hammers may have lost their run of clean sheets at home to Southampton, but their recovery after falling a goal behind was impressive as they clocked up a fourth straight win to move into the top half, having been rooted in the bottom three just weeks ago.

    Another side on the rise are Hull City, whose new strikeforce of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are showing real signs of flourish. The pair were instrumental in helping the Tigers to their biggest ever away win in the top-flight as they took apart a Cardiff side who stay second from bottom. The hard work starts now for Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    At least there was some light relief for Solskjaer’s former club, Manchester United, who saw off Crystal Palace this teatime. Wayne Rooney, fresh from signing his lucrative new deal, scored an exquisite second goal as the Red Devils crept into sixth; just five wins off the top. Stranger thing ha…nah. 

    We’ll be back tomorrow to bring you all the drama and monotony from Swansea’s visit to Liverpool, Newcastle’s match with Aston Villa and Norwich against Tottenham. Until then, thanks for reading and have a wonderful Saturday evening watching True Detective. Goodnight.
    2/22/2014 7:57:31 PM
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