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Premier League Saturday including Tottenham, Sunderland, Cardiff, Fulham and Manchester City - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including West Ham v Tottenham, Aston Villa v Hull, Manchester United v Sunderland, Newcastle v Cardiff, Stoke v Fulham, Swansea v Southampton and Everton v Manchester City.


Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City returned to the top of the table - on a day that saw both Cardiff and Fulham relegated from the Premier League. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League fixtures on this penultimate weekend of the season, and in the words of Brian Moore, it’s up for grabs now.

    Yes, with just two weekends of the season remaining, teams at the top and the bottom are discarding tactics for spirit as they scrap it out for the vital points that will push them towards their inevitable fortune. In the words of Mancunian post-punk popsters James, “Here we go, this is our destiny calling…”

    Among those enlightened lyrics, Tim Booth also sang “Don’t believe the experts,” and we’re certainly scratching our confused heads at those in charge of scheduling at BT Sport, who have selected West Ham versus Tottenham Hotspur as their live offering this lunchtime.

    That said, while there’s little to excite at Upton Park in terms of the league table, it remains a London derby and that means there’s pride on the line. And this time, that pride stretches beyond the stands and into the dugout as two managers, Sam Allardyce and Tim Sherwood, hope to sign off the season with victory, in the face of fierce adversity.

    And then matters get serious. At three o’clock, four of the bottom five are in action. Aston Villa are a win away from confirming their survival and will be praying they can get the job done when Hull visit the West Midlands this afternoon. The Villains are the only side . On their travels are bottom-of-the-table Cardiff, who go to hapless Newcastle, Fulham, who visit Stoke, and in-form Sunderland, who step out at Old Trafford to face Ryan Giggs' Manchester United. Another win for the Mackems, and it could well be the end of the road for the Bluebirds and Cottagers.

    From tears at the bottom to triumph at the top. A win for Manchester City at teatime will take them back to the summit of English football, and with only home games remaining against Sunderland and West Ham, they’d be fully expected to finish the campaign as Premier League champions for the second time.

    Standing in their way, however, are an Everton side who have won the last four meetings between the clubs at Goodison Park, an Everton side who have only been beaten by City once in 15 attempts on their own patch and an Everton side still harboring dreams of Champions League football. Perhaps most intriguingly though, is it also an Everton side who will do as little as possible to help out local rivals Liverpool in their pursuit of the title?

    We’ll find out all this and more throughout this thrilling day.

    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 or, indeed, the season as a whole, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com. 
    5/3/2014 9:30:05 AM
  • West Ham versus Tottenham is live from 12:45pm.

    West Ham fans will be hoping for more class and Moore class when they face Tottenham. 

    5/3/2014 10:32:30 AM
  • The teams are in at Upton Park, and both West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur make one change to the sides that started games last weekend. Sam Allardyce has swapped one Matty for another with Taylor replacing Jarvis in the Irons' midfield, while Tim Sherwood brings in the ice-cool Gylfi Sigurdsson for Nacer Chadli. 

    West Ham: Adrian, Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing

    Subs: Jarvis, Armero, Vaz Te, Collins, Jaaskelainen, C. Cole, Nocerino

    Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane

    Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Fryers, Bentaleb, Pritchard, Sandro, Soldado

    Referee: Phil Dowd
    5/3/2014 10:32:33 AM
  • Cockney menace Ray Winstone is commanding us to "'ave a bang on that!" which means we're just moments away from kick-off in East London...
    5/3/2014 11:44:10 AM
  • West Ham 0 Tottenham 0: The visitors get the action underway, and immediately Michael Dawson takes charge of affairs by punting a hefty clearance into touch. Sam Allardyce makes a mental note of the Tottenham captain. One for the future.

    The West Ham manager will be demanding to know why his goalkeeper Adrian didn't take similar action moments later. The Spanish stopper dallied with a back-pass, and when he eventually went to play the ball upfield, he only managed to clatter it straight into the body of the oncoming Harry Kane. Thankfully for the hosts, the ball ricocheted wide of the far post. An early let-off for the Hammers.
    5/3/2014 11:51:41 AM
  • West Ham 0 Tottenham 0: Hugo Lloris has spent the opening ten minutes leaping around with his arms outstretched like a toddler who has tired himself out. The Frenchman doesn't want a piggy-back from his parent, though, he's simply trying to deal with the West Ham aerial assault; he's managed to stave off a couple of corners but looked less assured when Guy Demel sliced a volley onto the top of the crossbar.

    There's been more panache to Tottenham's attacking, and a flowing move on the break ended when Emmanuel Adebayor side-footed a shot straight at Adrian from the edge of the area.
    5/3/2014 12:00:06 PM
  • West Ham 0 Tottenham 0: Kyle Naughton goes into Phil Dowd's book after clattering a slide tackle into Matt Taylor on the near touchline. The yellow card is all that comes from the incident though as Spurs hold firm after James Tomkins pumps a long free-kick into the box. 

    West Ham fans were complaining to BT Sport prior to kick-off about the style of football being dished up at Upton Park considering that their season tickets are the seventh most expensive in the country. It could be worse, however, there's worse value for money out there...


    5/3/2014 12:07:16 PM
  • RED CARD! West Ham 0 Tottenham 0: A block tackle from Kevin Nolan in the middle of the park loops high into the air and somehow sends Stewart Downing through on goal on the right. The West Ham winger does extremely well to bring the ball down at pace, and as soon as he cuts across a panicked Tottenham defence, the visitors were in trouble. There's only minor contact from Younes Kaboul's arm on Downing's shoulder, but it's enough to take the West Ham man to ground just outside the area. Phil Dowd takes plenty of time, possibly still playing advantage from last Sunday, but eventually issues a red card for the French centre-back, and Tottenham will play 65 minutes with ten men!

    Phil Dowd perfects his authoritative red card stance.

    5/3/2014 12:09:49 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 1 Tottenham 0: And now West Ham lead! From the resulting corner, Carroll gets up highest at the far post and thumps a header back across goal. Tottenham youngster Harry Kane tries to divert the ball away from danger, but the ball is travelling at such speed that the striker can only help it on its way towards the far corner and over the leg of Gylfi Sigurdsson on the line. Considering Carroll's initial header was travelling the wrong side of the post, it will go down as an unfortunate own goal for the 20-year-old.

    Tottenham show the benefit of the man on the line. 

    5/3/2014 12:12:19 PM
  • West Ham 1 Tottenham 0: The unfortunate Kane won't get a chance to make amends for his own goal because Tim Sherwood has sacrificed the young striker for a defender in Vlad Chiriches. The substitute and the rest of the Tottenham backline have had plenty to deal with since the sending off and opener, and Lloris has just pulled off a remarkable one-handed save to turn away Taylor's volley. George McCartney had also gone close to a second West Ham goal, but desperate defending managed to deny the full-back before he could put the finishing touches to a Downing cross at the far post.
    5/3/2014 12:26:28 PM
  • GOAL! West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Tottenham's defence has faced plenty of criticism this season, but they may have just reached their nadir! It's bad enough that they've allowed Stewart Downing to score his first West Ham goal, but the manner in which it has arrived will provoke many damning questions in the away dressing room. Michael Dawson became the latest Spurs player to go into Phil Dowd's book when he clipped Kevin Nolan 25 yards from goal, but there appeared little danger when the West Ham 23 hit the free-kick straight at the wall. However, it was a wall that disintegrated before Hugo Lloris' eyes, and the French goalkeeper had no time to react once the ball has crept through the alarming gap to beat him at the near post. West Ham have are two goals to the good, and are surely on course to beat Tottenham for the third time this season!
    5/3/2014 12:29:19 PM
  • Half-time - West Ham 2 Tottenham 0:
    5/3/2014 12:32:58 PM
  • West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: The second half begins with BT Sport's Ian Darke reminding us that no side has dropped more points from winning positions than West Ham, and no side has gained more points from losing positions than Tottenham. He didn't say how many of those latter points had come when Tottenham were down to ten men though. Still, if you want further hope, Spurs fan, have a reminder of this famous fixture when Paul Stalteri netted a last-gasp winner.


    5/3/2014 12:54:50 PM
  • West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: West Ham nearly add a third goal in sensational style, but Mohamed Diame's acrobatic overhead kick was kept out on the line by Lloris. The Tottenham keeper then reacts quickly to whip the loose ball off the toe of Kevin Nolan, while Matt Taylor whipped the follow up inches wide of the left-hand post. More of this, and the Hammers won't be dropping any points from this winning position.
    5/3/2014 12:58:46 PM
  • West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: It's all gone a little quiet at Upton Park. At least, I think it has, but if I'm honest I was watching the final minutes of the Championship season unravel where injury time goals ensured Brighton made the play-offs and Birmingham stayed up at the expense of Reading and Doncaster Rovers respectively.

    Back in the Premier League, Andy Carroll has had a couple of half chances to put the game beyond doubt, but fluffed his lines at the vital moment.
    5/3/2014 1:15:18 PM
  • I'm not sure we can blame Tim Sherwood and this boneheaded backline for all of them...


    5/3/2014 1:16:52 PM
  • West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Into the last five minutes at Upton Park, and there are shouts from Tottenham players for a penalty as Sandro's cross connects with Taylor's arm. However, those appeals are in keeping with the game since the interval - half-hearted - and Phil Dowd is unmoved.
    5/3/2014 1:33:07 PM
  • West Ham 2 Tottenham 0: Adrian brings matters to a close with a fantastic one-handed tip over to deny Danny Rose goals in consecutive games. The Tottenham left-back wove his way to the edge of the area and let fly with a drilled right-footed effort that the Spanish keeper flung himself towards to keep out. There are just two minutes injury time between West Ham and a third victory of the season against their old foe, Tottenham Hotspur.
    5/3/2014 1:36:22 PM
  • FULL TIME  - West Ham 2 Tottenham 0:
    5/3/2014 1:36:34 PM
  • From the meaningless to the meaningful. Just five points separate the bottom five clubs in the Premier League, and four of them are in action this afternoon with their top-flight futures on the line. Most at risk are Cardiff City, bottom of the lot, and Fulham just above; defeat on the road for either of them, at Newcastle and Stoke respectively, could mean relegation with a week of the season still remaining.

    Failing to win would mean eyes on Old Trafford, where a shock result for Sunderland, who looked doomed just two weeks ago, would seal their fate. Unfortunately for the Bluebirds and Cottagers, the Black Cats have specialised in shock results of late. However, defeat to the reigning champions would ensure a nervous final eight days for the Wearsiders.

    Also in peril are Aston Villa. It hasn't been a good day so far for the Villains, who have already seen Championship rivals Birmingham City stay up against the odds. Defeat at home to Hull City would make it an absolute disaster of an afternoon, and with away trips at Manchester City and Tottenham to come, they could yet be meeting Blues in league competition next season.

    These crucial three o'clock kick-offs are just five minutes away. That's still enough time for prayers to the Football Gods.

    Praying for survival: Four of the bottom five are in three o'clock action. 

    5/3/2014 1:56:29 PM
  • Here's the team news from the five three o'clock kick-offs in the Premier League.

    Aston Villa v Hull

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Weimann

    Subs: Steer, Bacuna, Sylla, Holt, Robinson, Bowery, El Ahmadi

    Hull: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

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

    Referee: Mike Dean


    Manchester United v Sunderland

    Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Young, Mata, Hernandez

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

    Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham

    Subs: Bardsley, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari

    Referee: Howard Webb


    Newcastle v Cardiff

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi, Remy

    Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, S. Taylor, Gosling, Armstrong, De Jong

    Cardiff: Marshall, Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Kim, Mutch, Zaha, Campbell

    Subs: Lewis, Jones, Eikrem, Cowie, McNaughton, Berget, Bellamy

    Referee: Martin Atkinson


    Stoke v Fulham

    Stoke: Begovic, Pieters, Muniesa, Wilson, Cameron, Arnautovic, Nzonzi, Whelan, Assaidi, Ireland, Odemwingie

    Subs: Sorensen; Palacios, Adam, Walters, Crouch, Etherington, Wilkinson

    Fulham: Stockdale, Heitinga, Hangeland, Burn, Riise, Holtby, Parker, Sidwell, Diarra, Richardson, Bent

    Subs: Joronen, Kasami, Mitroglou, Dejagah, Woodrow, Riether, Amorebieta

    Referee: Chris Foy


    Swansea v Southampton

    Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Amat, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, De Guzman, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony

    Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Bartley, Fulton, Dyer, Emnes, Vazquez

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana, Gallagher

    Subs: Gazzaniga, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld, Reed

    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    5/3/2014 2:00:16 PM
  • And here we go!
    5/3/2014 2:01:26 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 1 Hull 0: That will calm the nerves at Villa Park! Gabriel Agbonlahor stormed his way down the left flank from kick-off, and when the Hull defence failed to cut out his hopeful cross, there was Ashley Westwood to finish accurately past Steve Harper from the edge of the area with just 54 seconds on the clock. What a start for Aston Villa!

    This is not Aston Villa celebrating a particularly good pre-match warm-up. 

    5/3/2014 2:02:47 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Cardiff 0: A huge chance has gone begging for Fraizer Campbell and Cardiff City! Tim Krul failed to deal cleanly with Peter Whittingham's overhit cross into the box, but when the ball fell loose to the visiting striker on the edge of the area with the Dutch keeper stranded, Campbell hit the ball into the ground and agonisingly the wrong side of the post. How big a moment will that be in the battle for survival come five o'clock?
    5/3/2014 2:09:57 PM
  • The Independent's Kevin Garside has gone all Alanis Morissette at Old Trafford...


    5/3/2014 2:16:05 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Cardiff 0: I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but if you're allowing Shola Ameobi to score at will, you don't deserve to stay in the Premier League. The Newcastle striker has his second goal in consecutive home games, but he couldn't miss given the space the Cardiff defence gave him. Moussa Sissoko tricked his way down the right wing, and when he sent a fierce cross past David Marshall, Ameobi was in absolutely acres of space at the far post to nod into the empty net. The Bluebirds are nosediving towards the Championship.

    Goal-a Ameobi. 

    5/3/2014 2:18:06 PM
  • Manchester United 0 Sunderland 0: If Sunderland are to stay up this season, they've certainly done it the hard way - or possibly the wrong way. Their league worst total of six own goals nearly became seven at Old Trafford, but John O'Shea's slice from Michael Carrick's cross was just the wrong side of the post. Moments later, Patrice Evra nearly gives Manchester United the lead, but his header was well kept out by Vito Mannone.
    5/3/2014 2:27:22 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 1 Hull 1: Panic on the streets of Birmingham! For the second successive week, a Hull City equaliser on the road has put the fear of God into home supporters. There's more than a hit of controversy about the goal, however, with Liam Rosenoir clearly offside as he received Tom Huddlestone's pass. The flag stayed down, and the full-back fizzed the ball across the box towards Jordan Bowery, on a substitute for the injured Agbonlahor, and the youngster was unable to do anything than put it past his own goalkeeper for an own goal.
    5/3/2014 2:27:54 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1: Here we go again! Sunderland lead against the odds! Connor Wickham has been the goalscoring hero this past fortnight, but the young striker has turned provider at Old Trafford, brilliantly digging out a cross from the corner flag. If the cross was good, the finish from Sebastian Larsson was even better. The Swedish midfielder met the ball on the volley 15 yards out, and sent a fine shot past David De Gea and into the bottom left-hand corner. As it stands, Cardiff are definitely down and Fulham all but.

    "Who wants to play football?" 

    5/3/2014 2:30:49 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 1 Fulham 0: And that all but down has become definitely down as things stand! Stoke have broken the deadlock, and it's as a result of the typically slack/slapstick defending that has haunted Fulham's season. John Arne Riise allowed Marko Arnautovic to turn him in the box, and when Steven Ireland's shot deflected up on to the crossbar, Dan Burn tripped over his own goalkeeper David Stockdale and allowed Peter Odemwingie the simplest of finishes from a yard out. 


    5/3/2014 2:38:51 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 2 Hull 1: Paul Lambert's Aston Villa are inching their way to safety! Nathan Baker had two headed attempts at restoring the home side's lead, but after they were both somehow kept out, Andreas Weimann showed him how to do it by nodding calmly past Steve Harper.
    5/3/2014 2:44:33 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1:
    5/3/2014 2:47:56 PM
  • Half-time - Stoke 1 Fulham 0:
    5/3/2014 2:48:11 PM
  • Half-time - Newcastle 1 Cardiff 0:
    5/3/2014 2:48:33 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 3 Hull 1: Aston Villa started the half with a goal, and they've ended it with one, and that should - should - be enough to see them safe in the Premier League for another season. Jordan Bowery made up for his earlier error by making space on the left and chipping a cross over for Andreas Weimann to glance home his second in four minutes.
    5/3/2014 2:48:49 PM
  • Half-time - Aston Villa 3 Hull 1:
    5/3/2014 2:50:28 PM
  • Half-time - Swansea 0 Southampton 0:
    5/3/2014 2:50:38 PM
  • The second halves are underway, and, remember, as things stand, both Cardiff and Fulham will be relegated to Championship. Can either side save themselves in the following 45 minutes?
    5/3/2014 3:03:07 PM
  • Swansea 0 Southampton 0: Nothing has happened and, other than Swansea fans, Southampton fans and those who backed the Saints to win the Premier League on the handicap, nobody cares.
    5/3/2014 3:04:27 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 2 Fulham 0: Fulham now need a miracle, or at least a couple of Manchester United goals. Like I said, Fulham need a miracle! Marko Arnautovic has netted a brilliant second Stoke goal, and it has left the visitors on the brink of relegation. Odemwingie galloped down the left and his first time pass across the edge of the box was met first time by the Austrian, whose shot flew past Stockdale into the back of the net.

    The Cottagers may not get a miracle, but they have got a £12 million striker. Kostas Mitroglou is on for Dan Burn as they attempt to save themselves
    5/3/2014 3:10:47 PM
  • Newcastle 2 Cardiff 0: Tempers are flaring in the stands at St James' Park, but it's not among the fans who are half hour from relegation. Newcastle supporters have taken unkindly to stewards attempting to remove banners protesting against Alan Pardew and the board, and their planned 69th minute walkout of the ground could yet be on.

    On the pitch, Cardiff are battling to get themselves back into the game, but seem unable to break the home side down.
    5/3/2014 3:19:41 PM
  • Newcastle 2 Cardiff 0: The 69th minute has come and gone, and so have thousands of Newcastle fans. 
    5/3/2014 3:29:40 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 3 Fulham 0: After 13 years in the Premier League, Fulham are going down with a whimper! Scorer of a fabulous second goal, Marko Arnautovic has turned creator, breaking away from a Fulham corner and squaring a ball across the goalmouth for Oussama Assaidi to knock into an empty net. Mark Hughes is close to leading Stoke to a record-high finish while sending Fulham, the club he left as manager because they lacked ambition, down to the Championship.
    5/3/2014 3:29:50 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 3 Fulham 1: It's too little too late at the Britannia Stadium, but Fulham have got on the scoresheet. Ashkan Dejagah sent a cross over from the right, Darren Bent nodded down and Kieran Richardson thumped the ball past Asmir Begovic to scant cheers from the large travelling support.

    Six years ago, the Cottagers launched a remarkable late recovery at Manchester City when all but down, but that was a side with an astute manager and players with ability and belief. There will be no repeat in 2014.
    5/3/2014 3:36:49 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 4 Fulham 1: More of the same. Charlie Adam through to Jonathan Walters. Goal.
    5/3/2014 3:39:46 PM
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