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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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! Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 3: Six goals in 15 away games before today, Crystal Palace have netted three goals on the road in one afternoon - and this one is the pick of the bunch! The home side had committed men forward in an attempt to rescue the game, and it gave Jason Puncheon all the time in the world to run at a stretched Cardiff defence and fire a wonderful left-footed shot into the top left-hand corner of David Marshall's net. It's capped a wonderful afternoon for the South Londoners.

    Jason Puncheon goes to extreme lengths to avoid hearing jibes about THAT penalty. 

    4/5/2014 3:46:49 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 0 Manchester United 4: Newcastle have done what they currently do best, and that's capitulate. That's not to take anything away from Manchester United, and another very good goal that saw man of the moment Juan Mata back-heel the ball into the path of Adnan Januzaj, and the young Belgian steered it comfortably past Eliot.


    4/5/2014 3:51:50 PM
  • FULL TIME - Aston Villa 1 Fulham 2:
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  • FULL TIME - Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 3:
    4/5/2014 3:52:40 PM
  • FULL TIME - Newcastle 0 Manchester United 4:
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  • FULL TIME - Norwich 0 West Brom 1:
    4/5/2014 3:54:18 PM
  • FULL TIME - Hull 1 Swansea 0:
    4/5/2014 3:54:37 PM
  • It was the last chance for Fulham this afternoon, and the Cottagers duly delivered to prolong their survival hopes, and now it's the turn of their West London neighbours, Chelsea, who are in similar desperate need of a win if they are to stay in the title hunt.

    Preparation for this fixture hasn't been ideal for Jose Mourinho's team following embarrassment at Selhurst Park last weekend and then defeat in Paris in the Champions League, and the manager has been to quick to put the boot into his attackers since, blaming them for the Blues' recent shortcomings.

    Fernando Torres gets the nod up front today, and will hope his manager's words back down his throat, but standing in his and Chelsea's way are a Stoke City side who have won three games in a row and are chasing a record high finish int he Premier League. It kicks-off at Stamford Bridge in five minutes.

    Fernando Torres will be out to prove his biggest critic - Jose Mourinho - wrong. 

    4/5/2014 4:25:35 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Stoke 0: It's the visitors that get matters underway on what is a bright April evening in London, and it's not too long before Fernando Torres has half a sight of goal after Willian attempts a pass through the middle of the Stoke defence but Asmir Begovic is quickly off his line to intercept before the Chelsea striker has the chance to make a fudge of it.
    4/5/2014 4:36:36 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Stoke 0: Two chances in as many minutes for the hosts, but the score remains level at Stamford Bridge. First, Torres flashed a shot wide from the edge of the box after Cesar Azpilicueta and Frank Lampard had done well to win the ball back, and, then, Mohamed Salah found himself in space on the right-hand side of the box but his low drive was straight into the chest of Begovic. Nevertheless, it's a show of intent from the Blues after their recent troubles.
    4/5/2014 4:42:32 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Stoke 0: There may be no goals, but there's still a reason to cheer at Stamford Bridge as a temporary glitch momentarily puts an end to Niall Quinn's co-commentary for Sky Sports. Chelsea, meanwhile, continue to press and Willian calls Begovic into action with a long range effort before Branislav Ivanovic calls the ballboys into action with a long range effort.
    4/5/2014 4:51:17 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Stoke 0: Convinced that Chelsea's midfield isn't offering Fernando Torres much in the way of service, Stoke's Erik Pieters takes it upon himself to set up the Spanish striker with a lazy chest back towards his own goalkeeper. Fortunately for the Potters, Asmir Begovic is alert to his defender's moment of madness and manages to get out quickly to block Torres' close range shot - much to the bemusement of the watching Jose Mourinho.
    4/5/2014 5:00:31 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Stoke 0: Finally! Chelsea have the lead a third of the way through the game, and it's the man brought into the team - Mohamed Salah - who has got the goal. Nemanja Matic managed to get round the back of Geoff Cameron inside the box, and his cutback was slammed into the roof of the net by the Egyptian from 15 yards via the outstretched foot of Asmir Begovic, much to the delight of a raucous home support.

    Indeed, the noise of the celebrating Chelsea fans are only broken by my 68-year-old mother putting her head round the door to say, "Was that Saleh? I had £3 on him to score the first goal." She clearly has as much faith in Fernando Torres as Jose Mourinho.

    Apparently you do win friends with Salah. 

    4/5/2014 5:01:41 PM
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