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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1: Both Cardiff and Fulham need Manchester United to launch a late comeback, a late comeback so typical of Manchester United sides over the years. Sadly, this Manchester United aren't one of those Manchester United sides.

    A chance has come at Old Trafford, but it fell to the visitors; Fabio Borini curling an effort on the break on to the crossbar.
    5/3/2014 3:45:39 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 2 Cardiff 0: The few home fans left inside St James' Park are on their feet and celebrating a second goal that will confirm Cardiff's relegation back to the Championship after a single season in the Premier League. Loic Remy is the man back among the goals after a through ball had deflected into his path. The Frenchman took one touch to control the ball, and a second to fire it past David Marshall.
    5/3/2014 3:48:12 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0: By nodding the ball over the line, Steven Taylor has added the final touches to what has been a strange afternoon inside St James Park. The away fans continue to sing as their side sink back towards the Championship, while there's been nothing but anger and protest from the home fans, many of whom weren't around to see Newcastle end a run of six consecutive defeats.
    5/3/2014 3:49:09 PM
  • GOAL! Swansea 0 Southampton 1: And the big news! A comical end to a nothing game. The ball span off the unfortunate Ashley Williams, and Rickie Lambert was in the right place to bundle the ball over the line and guarantee Southampton an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.
    5/3/2014 3:49:34 PM

    You'd cry if you had to go to Middlesbrough. 

    5/3/2014 3:49:58 PM
  • FULL TIME - Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0: CARDIFF ARE RELEGATED

    Cardiff players contemplate what Malky Mackay is up to this afternoon.

    5/3/2014 3:51:21 PM
  • FULL TIME - Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1:
    5/3/2014 3:51:50 PM
  • Everton 1 Manchester City 1: Sergio Aguero hasn't been able to shake off his muscle concerns and, after going down for lengthy treatment, has been replaced by Fernandinho. Despite those early impressive goals, the game continues to be played in the most low-key atmosphere, having the feel of an end-of-season celebrity testimonial rather than a fixture with the title and fourth spot on the line. Honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised if Shaun Goater or Ricky Hatton had come on for the injured goalscorer.
    5/3/2014 5:02:57 PM
  • Everton 1 Manchester City 1: According to a Sky Sports graphic, zero percent of the last ten minutes has been played out in the third of the pitch encompassing the Manchester City penalty area which means one of two things. Either Everton's players aren't that intent on attacking and doing their neighbours a favour, or the person in charge of logging the game's statistics has fallen asleep on the wrong button.
    5/3/2014 5:07:04 PM
  • GOAL! Everton 1 Manchester City 2: If the muscles in Sergio Aguero's legs are weak, the same cannot be said about those in Edin Dzeko's neck! The Bosnian has just powered a header into the back of the Everton net to give Manchester City a vital lead as the game approaches the half-time break. James Milner, out on the right wing, lifted a cross into the box, and Dzeko, denied by Howard with his feet seconds earlier, hung in the air above Jagielka, and planted his header into the bottom right-hand corner.

    Edin Dzeko heads Manchester City into the lead. 

    5/3/2014 5:13:23 PM
  • Everton 1 Manchester City 2: There's a sight of goal for Romelu Lukaku with the game in first half injury time, but the burly Belgian striker blazed over the crossbar following some intricate Everton passing and a low John Stones cross from the right wing.
    5/3/2014 5:19:00 PM
  • Half-time - Everton 1 Manchester City 2:
    5/3/2014 5:19:09 PM
  • 5/3/2014 5:20:09 PM
  • Everton 2 Manchester City 3: Ten minutes to go, and the game is livened up by some wonderful pantomime theatrics between Edin Dzeko and Lee Probert. The Manchester City striker goes to ground unchallenged and remains there. The referee is unimpressed, however, and, as a result, refuses to allow the Manchester City physio on to give treatment. The only problem there is Dzeko complains that he's too injured to continue, and a hilarious stand-off commences. Eventually, the St John's Ambulance take it upon themselves to bring a stretcher on to the pitch and the Bosnian is led off clutching his arm. Five minutes later, the striker is booked for his part in proceedings and the action continues.
    5/3/2014 6:13:50 PM
  • Everton 2 Manchester City 3: As expected, that lengthy stoppage has resulted in six minutes of injury time, and it's the hosts who are doing the semi-urgent pressing. Barkley and Deulofeu look the most likely to make something dramatic happen, but City are defending stoically in numbers.
    5/3/2014 6:20:15 PM
  • Here's what The Independent's Kevin Garside thinks of Aston Villa and West Ham...

    Oh, c'mon, we're all thinking it.
    5/3/2014 6:22:27 PM
  • Everton 2 Manchester City 3: Manchester City have the ball in the Everton half, and are approaching throw-ins and corners with all the urgency of those ahead of me in the queue for the cash point. One last throw of the dice for the Toffees...
    5/3/2014 6:24:45 PM
  • Everton 2 Manchester City 3: ...and Antolin Alcaraz has thrown the dice off the table for a goal-kick.
    5/3/2014 6:25:57 PM
  • FULL TIME - Everton 2 Manchester City 3:
    5/3/2014 6:26:12 PM
  • Here's how it stands at the top of the Premier League...

    Manchester City host Aston Villa and West Ham in their final two games.
    Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Monday before welcoming Newcastle on the last day.
    Chelsea welcome Norwich tomorrow before travelling to Cardiff next Sunday.
    5/3/2014 6:35:58 PM
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