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

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


by Sam Dymond


  • Everton 1 Fulham 0: Tim Howard keeps Everton in front by tipping away Scott Parker's half-volley. The Fulham captain latched on to Dimitar Berbatov's flick-on, and burst into the box, but his effort with the outside of his foot was saved.

    Moments later, the Cottagers should have scored again. Howard could only direct a long-distance effort straight to Alexander Kacaniklic eight yards from goal, but the young Swedish winger blasted the ball high over the bar. He may look like David Platt (the Coronation Street version), but he can't finish like David Platt (the former England midfielder version).
    12/14/2013 4:10:26 PM
  • Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1: Chelsea may lead, but they're living dangerously. Jason Puncheon just worked a chance for himself in the box, but Cech was equal to the shot of the Southampton loanee and palmed it away to safety.
    12/14/2013 4:13:55 PM
  • Cardiff 0 West Brom 0: A chance! And it came for West Brom. Morgan Amalfitano dug out a cross for Gareth McAuley, but the centre-back's effort was cleared off the line by Gary Medel.
    12/14/2013 4:15:56 PM
  • Tony Pulis has made his mark at Crystal Palace already. Tony Palace. Crystal Pulis. Whatever.


    Actually, Tony Palace sounds like a character from Lovejoy or Boon.
    12/14/2013 4:21:14 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 1 West Brom 0: The deadlock has been broken in Wales, and it's the former Aston Villa man Peter Whittingham who has done for West Brom. The midfielder rose well to head in Craig Noone's cross at the near post.
    12/14/2013 4:22:28 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Southampton 1: Moments after Steven Davis had clattered the post, Southampton have scored a lovely equaliser. Jay Rodriguez picked the ball up, played a neat one-two with the Northern Irish midfielder, and cooly slotted past Tim Krul.
    12/14/2013 4:22:41 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Everton 1 Fulham 1: Is Fulham's awayday hoodoo at Goodison coming to an end? Kacaniklic goes down in the box under pressure from Gareth Barry, and the linesman flags for a penalty. Dimitar Berbatov does what only Dimitar Berbatov can, and looks bored while effortlessly rolling the result spot-kick past Howard.
    12/14/2013 4:28:30 PM
  • Full-time - Everton 4 Fulham 1:
    12/14/2013 4:53:30 PM
  • Newcastle 1 Southampton 1: It's deep into injury time at St James' Park, and it resembles chucking out time in a city centre on the touchline. There's a huge scuffle between the two benches with Alan Pardew the surprising peacemaker. Nobody seems sure what triggered it, but you wouldn't bet against John Carver being at the root.
    12/14/2013 4:56:46 PM
  • Full-time - Newcastle 1 Southampton 1:
    12/14/2013 4:57:05 PM
  • There we go. Chelsea move back into second spot but only just, after they were given a real scare by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. They're joined in the top four by Everton, who were flattered by a 4-1 home victory against Fulham, but did enough to register a 21st straight victory against the Londoners at Goodison Park (Imagine if you had been to many of those as away fan - I don't have to). Elsewhere, Newcastle and Southampton contributed to a thrilling yet feisty 1-1 draw while Cardiff edged past West Bromwich Albion thanks to Peter Whittingham's winner. West Ham and Sunderland, typically, played out a miserable goalless draw.

    Now it's over to the KC Stadium...
    12/14/2013 5:06:05 PM
  • Team news from the KC Stadium.

    Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Davies, Bruce, Chester, Livermore, Meyler, Graham, Sagbo, Huddlestone

    Subs: Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Harper, Faye

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Muniesa, N'Zonzi, Shawcross, Wilson, Arnautovic, Whelan, Crouch, Ireland, Assaidi

    Subs: Pieters, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Wilkinson, Sorensen

    Referee: Mike Dean
    12/14/2013 5:07:30 PM
  • Here's one in the eye for all those hipsters  who think German football is more exciting than the Premier League...


    12/14/2013 5:09:19 PM
  • Some reaction to this afternoon's games...


    I think the fact that only six of them were on target, and half of those were by defensive midfielders probably has something to do with it.


    12/14/2013 5:22:46 PM
  • I'm pretty sure that Southampton player is stifling his laughter after referee Mike Jones had his nose bloodied.

    12/14/2013 5:23:56 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0: You know when the linesmen feebly check the goal nets before each game, and nothing ever comes of it. Well, something has come of it at the KC Stadium, and it's given one man with a small set of steps the chance to shine. Our hero is busy attaching the net to the crossbar at one end of the ground before the kick-off. An early - and possibly only - contender for Man of the Match.

    We are now underway...
    12/14/2013 5:32:14 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0: Stoke have the ball in the net, but the flag is up for offside! McGregor did well to get down low to keep out Crouch's downward header, and when the ball fell to the unmarked Stephen Ireland, the midfielder rolled the ball into the unguarded net. However, celebrations were short lived as the linesman immediately indicated for the infringement.
    12/14/2013 7:02:22 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0: It's been an unfortunate few minutes for the visitors who have now hit the crossbar. Ryan Shawcross rose above two Hull defenders to meet a corner from the right, but his looping header rebounded to safety off the woodwork. There's quarter of an hour left for either side to find a winning goal.
    12/14/2013 7:04:55 PM
  • Hull 0 Stoke 0: Yannick Sagbo - already on a yellow card - volleys Geoff Cameron up in the air over on the far touchline, just seconds after completely missing a similar opportunity when well placed in the area. Having made no contact with the ball, the Ivorian made a lot of contact with the Stoke defender and was lucky to escape a second booking.

    There will be three minutes injury time until we are all put out of our misery.
    12/14/2013 7:18:28 PM
  • Full-time - Hull 0 Stoke 0:
    12/14/2013 7:21:00 PM
  • As good as it got - which was no good.

    12/14/2013 7:21:59 PM
  • It started in style and finished with fatigue. Today's Premier League action peaked early with Manchester City's tremendous 6-3 victory over leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this lunchtime. Manuel Pellegrini's men are simply goal crazy on home soil at the moment, and their half dozen today took their total to 35 for the season. More importantly, however, it moved them just three points behind their beaten opponents as the title race took a new turn.

    Arsenal, themselves, played a huge part in an extraordinary encounter, and they can take solace in knowing that their tally was three better than Tottenham's at the same venue last month. However, they will be fully aware that they are three games without a win in all competitions, and they are now likely to be without Laurent Koscielny for a packed festive period, after the defender was carried off during proceedings.

    Chelsea are also hot on their heels of Arsenal after doing just enough to edge past Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, while Everton are up to fourth after doing what they do best - beating Fulham at Goodison Park; it was the 21st time in a row. There was a touchline brawl, a referee with a bloodied nose and a wonderful goal as Newcastle drew at home with Southampton, while Peter Whittingham was once again the scourge of West Bromwich Albion, scoring Cardiff's winner against the West Midlands outfit. Meanwhile, the less said about the goalless clashes between West Ham and Sunderland, and Hull and Stoke, the better.

    We'll be back to do it all again tomorrow, when there are three fixtures to feast on. It begins at Villa Park where Manchester United are the visitors, and there's also Norwich versus Cardiff before Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Liverpool completes the weekend. Until then, thanks for reading, and enjoy your evening. Goodnight.
    12/14/2013 7:49:02 PM
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