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

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Manchester City v Southampton, Aston Villa v Fulham, Cardiff v Crystal Palace, Hull v Swansea, Newcastle v Manchester United, Norwich v West Brom and Chelsea v Stoke.


Title favourites Manchester City saw off Southampton at the Etihad Stadium at lunchtime. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of another weekend in a Premier League season that has jumped the last, navigated the elbow and is currently on the home straight, heading for the post.

    And it’s all set up for a photo-finish when the frontrunners finally cross the line. Odds on favourites, Manchester City, sit in third place, but are off the bridle with two games in hand and have first crack of the whip against Southampton this lunchtime. However, the Saints have impressed as two-year-old maidens and the long shots could be worth a nibble if the hosts are feeling the pressure.

    Then, at three o’clock, eyes will turn from the frontrunners to those struggling to keep their heads and hooves above the water jump. There’s a crunch clash in Cardiff where the Bluebirds meet the Eagles while Norwich and West Brom will be out to further distance themselves from the three plodding along at the back. They include Fulham in last place, whose 3000 backers are, at this very moment, tearing up betting slips and drinking in the last chance saloon, just outside of Villa Park.

    Elsewhere, there are those just looking to complete the circuit without falling. Newcastle and Manchester United, who meet at St James’ Park, may have clattered a few fences on the way round, but will be hoping to stay on for a strong finish, while Hull and Swansea will simply settle for another opportunity to run the same course and distance next year.

    The action ends this evening in London, where Jose Mourinho will be hoping to remount his thoroughbred Chelsea team after a difficult week to see off the attentions of Stoke. The Potters don’t always run the most attractive race, but have the attributes to pull off a Foinavon-style shock if the ground suits their style.
     
    Stay with us throughout the day for up-to-the-minute news and more laboured Grand National analogies, and if you want to join the fun, then please send in your views via Twitter to @sammydymond or by email to sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    4/5/2014 10:59:58 AM
  • Manchester City and Liverpool know all about late drama. Between them, they have seen English titles won and lost with virtually the last kicks of entire seasons, and both have celebrated stoppage time equalisers at Wembley and the Millennium Stadium while on their way to promotion and FA Cup success.

    Their fans never stop going on about it either, but now it's your turn. Whatever the level, whatever the occasion, tell us about your favourite ever moment of last-minute drama by tweeting @sammydymond or emailing sam.dymond@gmail.com.

    As a neutral, my favourite ever last-minute goal came courtesy of Jamie Hewitt's 119th minute stooping header for Chesterfield in their FA Cup semi-final with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford to bring the scores level at 3-3. The celebrations not only saw manager John Duncan have his glasses knocked off on the touchline, but also were enough to earn my Dad a punch in the face in our front room.

    AGUEROOOOOOOOO!!!!! - But what's your favourite last minute goal? 

    4/5/2014 11:00:18 AM
  • Of course, it could all go down to goal difference once again. As it stands, Manchester City are currently three strikes better off than their rivals from Merseyside on +52, but with Liverpool in such wonderful free-scoring form, City need to up the ante once again; they have an early opportunity to do just that this weekend. 

    Standing in their way, however, are one of the most improved and entertaining sides in the division. Indeed, Southampton have come so far since their first match back in the Premier League 20 months ago. Then, they pushed the reigning champions to the limit before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium and, just as City have been improved by one South American in Manuel Pellegrini, Southampton are now a much stronger outfit under another in Mauricio Pochettino. Don't rule out the St Mary's club giving the hosts another real close game this afternoon. 

    Pelle and the Poch. 

    4/5/2014 11:00:42 AM
  • Here's how the teams line-up this lunchtime at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini makes a single change to the Manchester City side that drew at Arsenal last weekend with Gael Clichy making way at left-back for Aleksandar Kolarov. Southampton, meanwhile, are forced into replacing their goalkeeper Artur Boruc with Paulo Gazzaniga because the Polish stopper is suffering with a back injury. Mauricio Pochettino has also recalled Morgan Schneiderlin to replace James Ward-Prowse.

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko

    Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Negredo

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert

    Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher

    Referee: Chris Foy
    4/5/2014 11:00:45 AM
  • Manchester City 0 Southampton 0: Southampton get the game underway in their unnecessary change of black shirts and white shorts, and are immediately under pressure...
    4/5/2014 11:47:33 AM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Manchester City 1 Southampton 0: ... and Manchester City have a penalty within two minutes! It all started when Martin Demichelis won the ball inside his own area and fed Yaya Toure in midfield. From there, the City man exchanged passes with David Silva as the hosts broke forward at pace, eventually finding Edin Dzeko on the left. The Bosnian striker cut inside, turning Jose Fonte inside and out, only for the Southampton centre half to leave a leg trailing behind him as he lost his marker. There was a short pause once Dzeko hit the turf but eventually referee Chris Foy signalled for a spot-kick.

    There seemed to be no doubt as Toure stepped up, and confidently sent Paulo Gazzaniga the wrong way with the inside of his right-foot to give the title favourites an early lead.

    Chris Foy ignores Edin Dzeko's plea to help him to his feet and awards a penalty instead. 

    4/5/2014 11:48:08 AM
  • Manchester City 1 Southampton 0: Despite the early goal, it remains an incredibly subdued Etihad Stadium at the moment. Perhaps it's the lunchtime kick-off, or perhaps it's that Southampton have fought their way back after that setback. The visitors have forced a couple of corners in retaliation as they look to implement the high-pressing game that has become their shtick.
    4/5/2014 12:00:46 PM
  • Manchester City 1 Southampton 0: Mauricio Pochettino's team continue to dominate the possession with the twinkle-toes of Adam Lallana threatening to make Martin Demichelis look even more cumbersome than Martin Demichelis manages to make Martin Demichelis look.

    The playmaker picks out Jay Rodriguez with a lofted ball, but the in-form forward aggravates his knee as he brings the ball down from the air and looks in real discomfort. It's a terrible blow for J-Rod, Southampton and the watching England manager, Roy Hodgson, as the striker departs on a stretcher in real distress, and is replaced by James Ward-Prowse.

    Distressing scenes for Southampton and England supporters as J-Rod goes down injured. 

    4/5/2014 12:11:35 PM
  • The real reason why Manchester City and Liverpool are the favourites to win the Premier League...


    It's not that they're any good at football at all, it's just that they have the referees in their back pocket.
    4/5/2014 12:14:02 PM
  • Manchester City 1 Southampton 0: Edin Dzeko has just thumped a header against the bar and over when it looked much easier to score. It came from a free-kick on the right, awarded when Yaya Toure went to ground, that Samir Nasri sent over to the far post where the Bosnian forward was unmarked. However, from point blank range, Dzeko could only find the away supporters via the woodwork. Will that prove to be a costly miss?
    4/5/2014 12:20:58 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Manchester City 1 Southampton 1: Rickie Lambert never misses! Even in the face of Joe Hart's gamesmanship, Liverpool supporter Rickie Lambert never misses! The England striker has just confidently dispatched the second penalty of the game, planting the ball into the right-hand corner of the net, past the outstretched arm of his international teammate to bring the scores level.

    The spot-kick was awarded after Jack Cork had surged into the City area from the left flank, and was tripped by Pablo Zabaleta's flailing leg. It's no less than the visitors deserve, and you can be sure that it will be a goal dedicated to Lambert's injured strike partner, Jay Rodriguez.
    4/5/2014 12:21:15 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 2 Southampton 1: After 45 minutes of laboured football, Manchester City decide to stub out their cigarettes and get to it in first half injury time, and the result is a half-time lead. In their first real display of assertive play, Yaya Toure finds Dzeko, who flicks the ball wide to David Silva. The Spaniard was probably just offside (Five yards offside! - Editor's correction), but the flag stayed down and allowed the the playmaker the opportunity to square the ball across goal for Samir Nasri to convert from close range.
    4/5/2014 12:31:06 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 3 Southampton 1: And that half-time lead will be two goals! In the final seconds of the first half, and with City tails up, David Silva sends Aleksandar Kolarov down the left wing and his first time cross into the area is poorly dealt with by Paulo Gazzaniga as he comes off his line. In fact, it's not dealt with at all as the stand-in goalkeeper misses the ball completely and gives Edin Dzeko the simple opportunity - although not quite as simple as his earlier missed chance - to head the ball downwards into the empty net off the inside of the right post.

    Edin Dzeko finally gets the point-blank, open goal header right. 

    4/5/2014 12:35:01 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester City 3 Southampton 1:
    4/5/2014 12:35:11 PM
  • Manchester City 3 Southampton 1: The game is back underway at the Etihad Stadium, and after some half-time reflection, it's clear that David Silva was a good five yards offside for Manchester City's second goal when Edin Dzeko flicked the ball in direction. It's another reason for the Saints to feel aggrieved with how their afternoon is panning out, but don't expect them to give up just yet.
    4/5/2014 12:55:36 PM
  • Manchester City 3 Southampton 1: With Sergio Aguero still out injured and Alvaro Negredo out of form, there is a certain pressure on Edin Dzeko to perform in front of goal, and the striker could arguably....sorry, could easily have had a hat-trick this afternoon. The City forward has just added to his one goal and one dreadful miss from the first half by slicing a rebound high and wide after an initial shot had left Paulo Gazzaniga stranded on the deck with his goal gaping.
    4/5/2014 1:09:03 PM
  • Manchester City 3 Southampton 1: It's all gone a little bit flat since Manchester City brought on Alvaro Negrado, Stevan Jovetic and Javi Garcia to replace Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Fernandinho, and Southampton have gone close to taking advantage. Rickie Lambert, now paired with young Sam Gallagher in attack, broke free on the right-hand side of the penalty area, and thumped a low shot just wide of Joe Hart's far post. There's just oven ten minutes remaining for Southampton to mount an unlikely comeback.
    4/5/2014 1:25:30 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 4 Southampton 1: There will no unlikely comeback now because Manchester City have a fourth goal! Vincent Kompany brought the ball out of defence and sent Jesus Navas scampering down the right wing. The Spaniard's low cross evaded the run of Negredo at the near post, but when defence and goalkeeper failed to cut the ball out, another substitute, Stevan Jovetic couldn't miss his tap into an empty net. It may be harsh on Saints but it's good for the goal difference of the title favourites.
    4/5/2014 1:26:49 PM
  • There are five games kicking-off in the Premier League at three o'clock this afternoon, and here's how each team lines-up.

    Aston Villa v Fulham

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Bennett, Bacuna, Albrighton, Weimann, Holt

    Subs: Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Clark, Robinson, Luna, Bowery

    Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Diarra, Sidwell, Kasami, Holtby, Richardson, Woodrow

    Subs: Stekelenburg, Riise, Kvist, Kačaniklić, Rodallega, Dejagah, Roberts

    Referee: Michael Oliver


    Cardiff v Crystal Palace

    Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Medel, Mutch, Daehli, Zaha, Campbell, Jones

    Subs: Lewis; Eikrem, Noone, Cowie, Mcnaughton, Cala, Bellamy

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Bolasie, Jerome

    Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Ince, Gayle, Murray, Chamakh

    Referee: Phil Dowd


    Hull v Swansea

    Hull: Harper, Rosenior, Figueora, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Livermore, Boyd, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

    Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, De Guzman, Routledge, Michu, Bony

    Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Amat, Canas, Hernandez, Dyer, Lita

    Referee: Howard Webb


    Newcastle v Manchester United

    Newcastle: Elliot, Santon, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Gosling, Tiote, Gouffran, De Jong, Cissé

    Subs: Alnwick, S. Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong

    Manchester United: Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Evra, Young, Mata, Fletcher, Fellaini, Kagawa, Hernandez

    Subs: De Gea, Büttner, Vidic, Cleverley, Januzaj, Nani, Wilson

    Referee: Kevin Friend


    Norwich v West Brom

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan, Elmander, Hooper

    Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, Van Wolfswinkel, Gutierrez, Becchio, Redmond

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Vydra

    Subs: Myhill, Thievy, Berahino, Dawson, O’Neil, Gera, Anichebe

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    4/5/2014 1:32:29 PM
  • Manchester City 4 Southampton 1: Yaya Toure, fresh from his booking for one of the worst dives of the season, nearly adds the gloss of a fifth goal, but his scuffed shot from the edge of the box is flicked on to the base of the post by the finger tips of Gazzaniga. For as well as Southampton have played, especially in the first half, if Dzeko, Negredo and Toure had taken their chances, they could have been contemplating an even heavier defeat.
    4/5/2014 1:36:33 PM
  • FULL TIME - Manchester City 4 Southampton 1:
    4/5/2014 1:39:18 PM
  • Attention now turns from the title challengers at the top of the table to those fighting for their lives at the bottom. There are two huge relegation six-pointers  - at the Cardiff City Stadium and at Carrow Road - while bottom-of-the-table Fulham must come away from Villa Park with a win if they are to replicate their great escape of 2008. We're five minutes away from finding out what those sides have left in their lockers.
    4/5/2014 1:56:11 PM
  • Aston Villa 0 Fulham 0: Fulham have made a decent start in the West Midlands with young Cauley Woodrow heading Pajtim Kasami's left wing cross just over the crossbar in the opening couple of minutes. The Cottagers haven't won at Villa Park in the league in 14 attempts, but were victorious there in the FA Cup in 1999 despite being a lower division team - so some hope for the Londoners today.
    4/5/2014 2:06:11 PM
  • West Brom 0 Norwich 0: There's a glimpse of goal for Morgan Amalfitano after neat play from Stephane Sessegnon in the box, but the Frenchman is unable to replicate his early goal of last week and thumps the ball into the side netting. Still, it makes a nice change that West Brom players are thumping something other than each other.
    4/5/2014 2:10:13 PM
  • Hull 0 Swansea 0: Despite what the Sky Sports' vidiprinter is telling us, the game remains goalless at the KC Stadium, although Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has just done extremely well to keep out Shane Long's volley at the far post after Maynor Figueora had found him him with a superb cross. It's such a bright start that there's no need to fabricate goals.
    4/5/2014 2:14:22 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Manchester United 0: There's been a lot of talk about title challengers this afternoon, and were this the mid to late 1990s, that chat may well have included Newcastle and Manchester United. Unfortunately for those two clubs, and much like Britpop, This Life and the Labour Party, they're no longer relevant to important matters. On the pitch, Phil Jones has the ball in the net, but the goal is ruled out for an infringement.
    4/5/2014 2:17:23 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 0 West Brom 1: This time Morgan Amalfitano finds the right side of the goalpost, and West Brom lead in East Anglia! The winger took advantage of an unfortunate slip by Martin Olsson to dance around the defender and latch on to the end of Youssouf Mulumbu's pass before firing low past John Ruddy and into the bottom corner. For the second consecutive Saturday, Amalfitano nets the Premier League afternoon's opening goal.

    Morgan Amalfitano gives West Brom players a reason to kiss and make up. 

    4/5/2014 2:17:31 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 0: Julian Speroni has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, and he's just made another to maintain that the scores stay level. Frazier Campbell got up with his marker to reach Jordan Mutch's cross, and when the ball glanced towards the bottom right-hand corner, the Argentine changed stopper changed directed and sprawled across his line to turn it behind.
    4/5/2014 2:28:17 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 1: Crystal Palace don't score many away from home, but their seventh on the road could be one of the season's most crucial! The home side failed to deal with Speroni's long punt downfield, and when Adrian Mariappa and Joe Ledley combined to keep the pressure on, Jason Puncheon took over and thumped a low left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area that left David Marshall wrong-footed. The Eagles are soaring above the  Bluebirds!

    Cardiff City are hit by a sucker Puncheon. 

    4/5/2014 2:32:04 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 0 Manchester United 1: Juan Mata has his second Manchester United goal in many games in typical style. Dan Gosling is penalised for a challenge on Darren Fletcher just outside the penalty area, and the Spaniard stepped up to curl a splendid free-kick beyond Rob Eliot in the Newcastle goal. The home side were chasing a first double over United since 1931, but it's a hard task now considering the 426 injuries they're currently dealing with.
    4/5/2014 2:38:56 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 1 Swansea 0: Back from a three-match suspension for directing his head at one goalkeeper, George Boyd has just given Hull City the lead by doing the same to another. Wing-back Liam Rosenior raced down the flank and sent in a teasing cross and the Tigers midfielder rose to loop a header past Michel Vorm to break the deadlock five minutes before the break.

    It's spitting goals at the KC Stadium. 

    4/5/2014 2:40:13 PM
  • Half-time - Aston Villa 0 Fulham 0:
    4/5/2014 2:47:51 PM
  • Half-time - Hull 1 Swansea 0:
    4/5/2014 2:48:13 PM
  • Half-time - Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 1:
    4/5/2014 2:48:24 PM
  • Half-time - Newcastle 0 Manchester United 1:
    4/5/2014 2:48:41 PM
  • Half-time - Norwich 0 West Brom 1:
    4/5/2014 2:49:08 PM
  • Nobody likes change, especially the football fan. Because if this was the Good Old Days, we would currently be sat on terraces, transistor radio in one hand, cup of Bovril and a Wagon Wheel in the other, listening to commentary from a Grand National due to start just as half-time whistles were being blown. Then Charles and Camilla got involved with the scheduling in 2005, and the off was moved to after 4pm and it's never gone back, meaning that there's not even one April reprieve from tedious half-time entertainment for supporters up and down the country. Oh, and Wagon Wheels have got smaller too.
    4/5/2014 2:58:48 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 0 Manchester United 2: Juan Mata is on fire! The Spaniard has his third goal in two games now, and it's another lovely finish. Javier Hernandez took advantage of an error from Fabricio Coloccini, and slipped in the Spaniard, who dummied Eliot before firing past the Newcastle goalkeeper. Maybe David Moyes has found the right place in his Manchester United team for Mata, and it only needed injuries to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to make it happen.

    Juan Mata celebrates his first Manchester United double. 

    4/5/2014 3:07:46 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 1: Nobody turns down penalty appeals with more disgust than Phil Dowd, and the referee is currently sporting a face of pure annoyance as Cardiff players surround him. The home team want a spot-kick after Mats Moller Daehli went down under pressure as he went to shoot in the 18-yard box, but there's nothing doing and Palace still lead.
    4/5/2014 3:16:08 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1: Don't stop believing, Fulham fans! Kieran Richardson has thumped the Cottagers into a vital lead at Villa Park! It was always going to take a special goal to revive the hopes of the bottom of the table club, and their winger has provided it, receiving Ashkan Dejagah's square pass and hammering a wonderful left-footed strike into the top right-hand corner. Can the Whites hang on?
    4/5/2014 3:17:58 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 0 Manchester United 3: With the pressure off, Manchester United have started to play the kind of football that's expected of them and their reward is a well-worked third goal. Shinji Kagawa showed his worth to the side by breaking away down the left and when he pulled the ball back from the byline, Javier Hernandez was there to steer it beyond Rob Eliot for 3-0.

    Manchester United are now taking the Little Pea out of Newcastle. 

    4/5/2014 3:23:37 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1: Seventy percent of the goals that Fulham have conceded this season have come in the second half, and that figure is on the rise again - which is more than you can say for Brede Hangeland's defending at corners. The once-dependable defender was flat-footed from Marc Albrighton's corner and allowed Grant Holt - in front of the Holte - to plant a header into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
    4/5/2014 3:27:13 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 2: The former Cardiff City youngster Joe Ledley has just put the latest nail in the Bluebirds' coffin despite the best efforts of David Marshall. The home goalkeeper did brilliantly to deny Marouane Chamakh's header from a left wing free-kick, but Ledley was first to react to turn the loose ball over the line and double Palace's lead. He didn't look very happy about it though.

    Joe Ledley waves Cardiff goodbye on their way back to the Championship. 

    4/5/2014 3:30:15 PM
  • Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1: They say your luck's out when you're at the bottom, and Fulham are certainly proof of that. How the Cottagers aren't back in the lead is anybody's guess, but it's a question best answered by wonderful reactions from Matthew Lowton on the line and goalline technology.  The visitors broke into the Villa box and, when Dejagah stepped over the a square pass, Lewis Holtby latched on to the ball, skipped past Brad Guzan and rolled a shot towards the empty net. However, out of nowhere, appeared Lowton to clear the 5mm of football that wasn't over the line away to safety.
    4/5/2014 3:38:21 PM
  • Their play may not be as unattractive as it once was, but the spelling of their own goalkeeper certainly is...


    4/5/2014 3:40:04 PM
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