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


David Moyes looks on as Manchester United are beaten again.
by Sam Dymond on Sep 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

  • Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of today’s Premier League action. We’ll be bringing you live updates from each of the five 3pm fixtures before heading to South Wales for Swansea’s evening encounter with Arsenal, but first there’s the small matter of a London derby at White Hart Lane in the day’s early kick-off.
    9/28/2013 10:43:35 AM
  • The Mentor takes on The Apprentice at White Hart Lane.

    9/28/2013 10:49:35 AM
  • There was a time when he ruled his profession. His name was respected and feared across the country. Together with a young, unknown assistant, he amassed a fortune as his legend grew. But now his empire lies in tatters and the loving relationship they once shared has been destroyed beyond repair. This weekend they will come face-to-face again.

    I really could discuss Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale all afternoon, but instead we must focus on Tottenham versus Chelsea and the reuniting of Jose Mourinho and his former scout, Andre Villas-Boas. It’s live from 12:45pm.
    9/28/2013 11:02:18 AM
  • All the focus in the build-up to this match has been on the fractured friendship of the two managers. They enjoyed a tremendous working relationship for seven years at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but their press conferences this week suggested those days have been long forgotten.

    In today's Independent, Sam Wallace wonders if AVB has got under the skin of the Chelsea manager...

    Whatever it is that Villas-Boas has done to upset Mourinho – won the treble at Porto, taken the Chelsea job, claimed Sir Bobby Robson as his mentor, worn better suits, grown better stubble – it has really got his old boss’s goat.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

    9/28/2013 11:11:24 AM
  • Away from the dugout, this match is of huge significance. For so long, Chelsea have had the upper hand over Tottenham with Spurs winning just three of their 42 Premier League meetings, leading Blues fans to dubbing the north London ground 'Three Points Lane'. But is the power shifting? Tottenham have lost only three of the last 11 league fixtures with Chelsea and have their rivals worried about their rise. And there is an added prize on offer today: the winners will go top - for a few hours at least.
    9/28/2013 11:18:06 AM
  • Team news from White Hart Lane. Tottenham stick with the team that won in stoppage time at Cardiff, but Chelsea have rung the changes with Fernando Torres replacing Samuel Eto'o and David Luiz in for Gary Cahill.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Dawson, Paulinho, Townsend, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Soldado

    Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Lamela, Holtby, Chadli, Sandro, Defoe

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry, Ramires, Lampard, Mikel, Torres, Oscar, Hazard

    Subs: Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Essien, Mata, Schurrle, Eto'o
    9/28/2013 11:24:13 AM
  • That, of course, means there is yet again no place in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up for Juan Mata. Glenn Moore spoke to the Spanish playmaker about his absence from the Chelsea side...

    Mata is buoyed, while he fights for Mourinho’s approval, by the support he receives from fans and team-mates. “The other day at Stamford Bridge I got emotional when I went to warm up [during the Basel game] and all the stands were cheering me up. That’s what I try to keep in my mind, this support. I like to do great things for the club for them.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
    9/28/2013 11:29:05 AM
  • As for Tottenham, many would have written them off after Gareth Bale's departure for Real Madrid, but they have made some eye-catching signings and Jose Mourinho this week insisted they were genuine title contenders. As the former Spurs goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt recently said...

    We sold Elvis, but signed the Beatles.

    As a note, there's a suggestion that this quote originally came from Garth Crooks, but we imagine Erik was a lot more succinct with his words.
    9/28/2013 11:36:57 AM
  • We can only imagine the dressing room disagreements at White Hart Lane about which of the new arrivals are Ringo Starr, but we're guessing it's Nacer Chadli.

    Meanwhile, the teams are in the tunnel awaiting referee Mike Dean.
    9/28/2013 11:41:12 AM
  • Handshake Watch. Mourinho and AVB shake hands with all the enthusiasm of two school children who have been told to do so by a teacher after a playground scrap.
    9/28/2013 11:46:14 AM
  • Tottenham 0 Chelsea 0: We're underway at White Hart Lane. Tottenham force the first corner of the game within three minutes and Michael Owen crowbars in a comment about his time at Real Madrid.
    9/28/2013 11:50:38 AM
  • Tottenham 0 Chelsea 0: Eden Hazard has gone down injured after an aerial challenge with Kyle Walker. The Belgian appears to have been caught by the full-back's boot, leaving a huge hole in his sock. His mother will be furious.
    9/28/2013 11:56:19 AM
  • Jose Mourinho is now friends with Andre Villas-Boas.

    9/28/2013 12:04:05 PM
  • GOAL! - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Tottenham have the lead at White Hart Lane. Great work on the left from Christian Eriksen finds Roberto Soldado in the penalty area, and Gylfi Sigurdsson just beats John Terry to his lay-off to steer the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
    9/28/2013 12:05:00 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Chelsea take a much-needed breather with Mousa Dembele receiving treatment. The Blues are looking rattled with the home side eagerly searching for a second goal. Oscar has hardly been involved in an attacking sense. You wonder what Juan Mata makes of it all.
    9/28/2013 12:17:32 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: A special word for Tottenham goalscorer's Gylfi Sigurdsson. Many thought that with all the attacking arrivals at White Hart Lane, the Icelandic international would have been playing the Pete Best role in Thorstvedt's Beatles analogy (not anthology, although we're sure he has one of those too). Yet again though, he's proved himself so effective when he gets a chance.

    Meanwhile, Juan Mata is warming up.
    9/28/2013 12:22:48 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: There have been signs of ill-discipline in the Chelsea ranks during the first half. Fernando Torres sarcastically clapped Mike Dean after a decision went against him while Ramires lashed the ball away in frustration after he had been called offside. I can't think where they get it from.
    9/28/2013 12:26:31 PM
  • Iceland's Pete Best celebrates Tottenham's opener.

    9/28/2013 12:29:17 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Paulinho goes so close to making it 2-0 on the stroke of 45 minutes. Andros Townsend attacks down the right and plays in the Brazilian, but his shot hits the outside of the post and goes out for a goal kick.
    9/28/2013 12:33:22 PM
  • HALF TIME - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: John Terry wastes a headed opportunity - Chelsea's best of the game - from Ramires' deep cross before Mike Dean brings the first half to a close. An equaliser there would have been harsh on Tottenham who have dominated the opening 45 minutes.
    9/28/2013 12:35:47 PM
  • Tottenham have the best defence in any of Europe's top five leagues this season, having conceded just one goal (albeit an important one). If that wasn't bad enough news for Chelsea's hopes of getting back into the game in the second half...

    9/28/2013 12:45:18 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Spurs get the second half going at White Hart Lane, but the big news is the introduction of Juan Mata. The Spaniard is on for John Obi Mikel as Chelsea search for an equaliser. Can the diminutive number ten prove a point to his manager?
    9/28/2013 12:51:21 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: And the visitors nearly find that response! Fernando Torres finds space in the area and drills the ball across the face of the goal, but Oscar can't quite get enough on the ball to steer it at the far post. Echoes of Gascoigne against Germany at Euro '96.
    9/28/2013 12:53:51 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Fernando Torres' shaved head look hasn't done him any favours there. He's just been booked for needlessly clipping Jan Vertonghen before squaring up to the Belgian defender, and putting his hand in his face.

    He joins Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen on a yellow card, but the punishment could have been more severe.
    9/28/2013 12:56:03 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: Juan Mata has the ball in the net, but the flag had long been raised after the ball fell to the Spaniard in an offside position once Fernando Torres had chested down a searching pass. A left off for Spurs but Chelsea are growing in confidence.
    9/28/2013 1:02:33 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0: It's all getting a bit fraught out on the pitch and Fernando Torres is treading a fine line. He's clashed again with Vertonghen, and Mike Dean has appealed to John Terry to calm his Chelsea teammates down. Who better to appease the situation?
    9/28/2013 1:08:07 PM
  • GOAL! - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Terry has done anything but calm matters down because he's just netted an equaliser! It's Mata with the delivery from a free-kick just inside the Tottenham half and the Chelsea captain arrives in the area to deftly nod past Hugo Lloris. Game on.
    9/28/2013 1:09:36 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Chelsea are pushing for a second goal, and they so nearly get it. Torres, who has combined brilliance with idiocy, puts Andre Schurrle through on goal but Lloris is out quickly to block his effort.

    The introduction of Mata really has turned this game on its head.
    9/28/2013 1:23:55 PM
  • RED CARD! - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: And there's the idiotic side. Fernando Torres clatters into Vertonghen yet again and, after a short delay while the players are treated, the Spanish striker is shown a second yellow card by Mike Dean.

    In fairness to Torres, that was a 50-50 challenge that didn't warrant a booking, but a dismissal was always a possibility ever since his name was taken at the start of the second half.
    9/28/2013 1:24:45 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: The home side are chasing a winner since the sending off and Sigurdsson nearly finds it with just a couple of minutes remaining. His volley from distance just drops the wrong side of Petr Cech's post and goes agonisingly wide.
    9/28/2013 1:33:17 PM
  • FULL TIME - Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Mike Dean calls time on affairs in north London, and shares are spoiled. All in all, it's a fair result in the circumstances - Tottenham dominated the first half, but, after Juan Mata was introduced as a substitute at the start of the second,  it was all Chelsea until Fernando Torres' late sending off.
    9/28/2013 1:38:32 PM
  • Team news from Villa Park.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Baker, Vlaar, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Luna, Delph, Sylla, Weimann, Kozak

    Subs: Steer, Bennett, Lowton, Albrighton, Tonev, Helenius, Bowery

    Manchester City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Nastasic, Milner, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Negredo, Dzeko

    Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Navas, Jovetic
    9/28/2013 1:46:36 PM
  • Team news from Craven Cottage.

    Fulham: Stockdale, Hangeland, Richardson, Riether, Amorebieta, Sidwell, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Parker, Berbatov, Bent

    Subs: Etheridge. Senderos, Zverotic, Karagounis, Taarabt, Ruiz, Rodallega

    Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine, Whittingham, Medel, Kim Bo-Kyung. Gunnarsson, Campbell, Odemwingie

    Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Noone, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Bellamy
    9/28/2013 1:48:09 PM
  • Meanwhile, there was huge transfer news emanating from Craven Cottage this week. Fulham's Communications Director Sarah Brookes takes up the story...

    There will be Fulham fans thinking that it should have been a different MJ on his way out of the club. Martin Jol needs a win to avoid following Jacko down the river.
    9/28/2013 1:51:45 PM
  • Team news from the KC Stadium.

    Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Faye, Huddlestone, Brady, Livermore, Elmohamady, Graham, Aluko

    Subs: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Meyler, Boyd, Quinn, Sagbo

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, Rat, O'Brien, Nolan, Jarvis, Morrison, Noble, Diame, Maiga

    Subs: Adrian, Collins, Demel, Taylor, Downing, Vaz Te, Petric
    9/28/2013 1:55:42 PM
  • Team news from Old Trafford.

    Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Anderson, Rooney, Carrick, Nani, Kagawa, Hernandez

    Subs: Amos, Evra, Valencia, Fellaini, Januzaj, Welbeck, Van Persie

    West Brom: Myhill, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones, Yacob, Sinclair, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Anichebe

    Subs: Daniels, Popov, Lugano, Dawson, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Berahino
    9/28/2013 1:57:25 PM
  • Fernando Torres is given his marching orders after picking up his second yellow

    9/28/2013 2:00:03 PM
  • Team news from St Mary's.

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Wanyama, Osvaldo, Lallana, Lambert

    Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chambers, Rodriguez

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan, Gayle, Kebe, Chamakh

    Subs: Price, Parr, Campana, O'Keefe, Thomas, Phillips, Jerome
    9/28/2013 2:00:58 PM
  • The five 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League are underway...
    9/28/2013 2:05:00 PM
  • Fulham 0 Cardiff 0: No goals at Craven Cottage, but there's an early blow for Fulham after their summer signing Scott Parker is forced off injured with a calf problem. The former England midfielder has impressed since arriving in west London, but has been replaced by Giorgos Karagounis.
    9/28/2013 2:12:19 PM
  • GOAL! Fulham 0 Cardiff 1: And it's just got worse for Martin Jol and his Fulham side. The Cottagers have had trouble defending set-pieces all season, and they're at it again. Steven Caulker rises to powerfully head home Peter Whittingham's corner. It's his first goal for the Bluebirds.
    9/28/2013 2:12:57 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 1 West Ham 0: Hull have the lead, and it's come from the penalty spot. The award was dubious after Joey O'Brien was penalised for a challenge on Robbie Brady, but the winger doesn't care about that. He steps up and confidently fires home from 12 yards.
    9/28/2013 2:13:13 PM
  • Manchester United 0 West Brom 0: It's a disappointing return to Manchester for Scott Sinclair. The forward, on loan from Manchester City, has been forced off after picking up a knock. On has come Saido Berahino in his place.
    9/28/2013 2:19:58 PM
  • Robbie Brady gives Hull the lead from the penalty spot.

    9/28/2013 2:23:28 PM
  • Hull 1 West Ham 0: Goal-line technology in use at the KC Stadium! West Ham are denied an equaliser by Ahmed Elmohamady's last-gasp defending and then by new-fangled machinery. All those millions of pounds spent finally prove worthwhile.
    9/28/2013 2:27:44 PM
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