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Premier League Saturday including Tottenham v Fulham, Cardiff v Stoke and Chelsea v Sunderland - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Tottenham v Fulham, Aston Villa v Southampton, Cardiff v Stoke, Newcastle v Swansea, West Ham v Crystal Palace and Chelsea v Sunderland.

Bottom of the table Sunderland ended Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record on Saturday. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Saturday’s results

    • Tottenham 3 (Paulinho 35', Kane 48', Kaboul 62') Fulham 1 (Sidwell 37') FT
    • Kane nets for third successive game and Lloris saves penalty as Fulham remain in the relegation zone
    • Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0 FT
    • Goalless draw moves Villa five points clear of the drop
    • Cardiff 1 (Whittingham 51') Stoke 1 (Arnautovic 45')
    • Both sides score from the spot as Bluebirds leapfrog Fulham in the table
    • Newcastle 1 (Sh. Ameobi 23') Swansea 2 (Bony 45', 90') FT
    • Bony's injury time penalty completes comeback and takes Swans six points clear of bottom three
    • West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Jedinak '59) FT
    • Jerdinak's second half spot-kick ensures Palace win fifth successive Premier League game
    • Chelsea 1 (Eto'o 12') Sunderland 2 (Wickham 18', Borini 82') FT
    • Late Borini penalty sees bottom of the table Black Cats end Mourinho's 77-game unbeaten home record as Chelsea manager
    4/19/2014 10:45:27 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Premier League action – and following a week where the clouds have begun to part at the top, will this be the weekend when matters at the bottom become that little bit clearer?

    It all starts this lunchtime at White Hart Lane where Fulham will hope to continue their crawl through the sewers beneath Shawshank on their way to an escape that nobody envisaged a few weeks ago. Standing in their way, arms folded, looking mean and moody, are Tim Sherwood and Tottenham Hotspur.

    Any unexpected points for the Cottagers in North London could trigger a three o’clock scramble with Aston Villa, Cardiff and Swansea all taking to the field with their top-flight futures far from certain. The free-falling Villains host Southampton in the West Midlands, the Bluebirds welcome Stoke City to South Wales while the Swans head to Newcastle.

    Elsewhere this afternoon, there’s a mid-table all-London affair between West Ham and Crystal Palace, and nobody – especially fans of the Hammers and Eagles – would have ever thought those words would be written in 2014 without being preceded by the word ‘Championship.’

    Finally, this teatime, it’s the turn of bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, but with their need the greatest so is their task. Gus Poyet returns to Stamford Bridge in charge of the Black Cats, but he can forget any favours from his friends in West London because the Blues have the Premier League title in their sights. A home win would take Chelsea back to the summit, for the night at least.

    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, then please tweet @sammydymond or email
    4/19/2014 10:42:34 AM
  • Gus Poyet isn’t the only man returning to an old stomping ground this weekend, and there will be wry smiles aplenty tomorrow afternoon when David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini walk back through the Goodison Park gates.

    Whether there will be redemption in their reunion remains to be seen but, in the meantime, we want to hear your favourite tales of players and managers coming up against their former clubs. Send your examples of returns that went either brilliantly well or hysterically wrong by emailing or tweeting @sammydymond.

    One of the happiest homecomings, of course, came in May 1995 when Kenny Dalglish returned to Anfield as manager of a Blackburn outfit on the brink of Premier League glory. Rovers needed a victory on the last day to ensure they were crowned champions, but ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat thanks to Jamie Redknapp's last minute free-kick. However, due to Manchester United's inability to win at West Ham (at a time when United would have been favourites, you'll have to believe me, kids), the former Liverpool legend was still able to lift the trophy in front of the fans who still adored him - thus starting a trend of Daglish losing games at Anfield and still gaining plaudits that would recommence in 2011.

    And Daglish's captain that day...

    Tim Sherwood lifts the Premier League trophy for the first - and probably last - time.

    4/19/2014 10:42:42 AM
  • Tim Sherwood won't be getting his hands on the Premier League trophy this year, or indeed any other if his current managerial CV is anything to go by, but the Tottenham boss is a proud man and, although he's a certainty to be holding the door open for an expensive continental coach on his way out this summer, he will be eager to sign off with a flourish. Spurs have won just two of their last six games, conceding 15 goals, losing a North London derby and being thrashed by Chelsea and Liverpool in the process.

    Fulham, on the other hand, are in their best form of the season. Two victories on the bounce, and three in five may not be much, but it has been enough to bring the Cottagers back from the brink of away days at Middlesbrough and Doncaster. Another three points on a ground where they were successful last season will take them out of the relegation zone for the first time since January.

    Tottenham versus Fulham is live from White Hart Lane at 12:45.

    SW6 travel to N17 this lunchtime. 

    4/19/2014 10:42:49 AM
  • The teams are in from White Hart Lane, and Erik Lamela and Kostas Mitroglou both start fo...just kidding, football fans. Tottenham make a single change to the side that clawed their way back to draw at West Brom with Zeki Fryers replacing Vlad Chiriches in central defence; Moussa Dembele is back on the bench after his return from injury and could feature against his former club. Felix Magath makes a whopping five changes as Fulham chase a third straight win; Lewis Holtby is ineligible against his parent club and he joins Sascha Riether, Kieran Richardson, Mahamadou Diarra and Pajtim Kasami on the sidelines. John Arne Riise, William Kvist, Scott Parker, Alex Kacaniklic and Ashkan Dejagah plod their way into the Cottagers starting XI.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Fryers, Rose, Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane

    Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado

    Fulham: Stockdale, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riise, Kvist, Sidwell, Parker, Dejagah, Rodallega, Kacaniklic

    Subs: Stekelenburg, Karagounis, Kasami, Zverotić, Roberts, Woodrow, Bent

    Referee: Lee Probert
    4/19/2014 10:42:52 AM
  • Half-time - Tottenham 1 Fulham 1:
    4/19/2014 12:32:29 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Fulham 1: The second half is underway, and the hosts will be hoping that their side show more steel in midfield for the remainder of the game. It's an area that Fulham dominated in the opening 45 minutes, and if there are any Tottenham supporters wondering whether Sandro could have been the man to make a difference this afternoon, then BT Sport's very own Sherlock Holmes, Jake Humphrey, may have uncovered some intriguing news...

    4/19/2014 12:49:48 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 2 Fulham 1: Maybe Tottenham don't need midfield steel when they have Aaron Lennon delivering crosses like that! The winger turned back on to his left foot after breaking down the right flank, and sent an excellent inswinging delivering into the box that Harry Kane just had to get his head to, and get his head to it he did. The cultured flick was enough cushion the ball past David Stockdale and restore the home side's lead.

    Fulham get the Kane. 

    4/19/2014 12:49:58 PM
  • Tottenham 2 Fulham 1: Hugo Lloris has denied Fulham another instant equaliser with a fantastic save! The goalkeeper flung himself high into the air to tip over Rodellega's bullet header after Ashkan Dejagah had sprinted down the left and sent over a pinpoint cross. Felix Magath's men haven't given up yet, and, once again, Tottenham are thankful to their French stopper.
    4/19/2014 12:59:55 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 3 Fulham 1: They may start to give up now though because more of the same has brought a third Tottenham goal! No side has conceded more goals from set-pieces than Fulham this season, and they have just let in a second in the past 45 minutes. Once again it was Christian Eriksen who sent the testing free-kick into the box, this time thumping the ball over from the left-hand side for Younes Kaboul to knee over the line from close range.

    The ball is in the net, but Kaboul isn't. 

    4/19/2014 1:03:46 PM
  • West Ham 0 Crystal Palace: It's a sombre day at Upton Park following the tragic and untimely death of West Ham's 20-year-old striker Dylan Tombides yesterday following a battle with cancer, and both sets of supporters showed their respect with a minute's applause prior to kick-off.

    On the pitch, there's been little goalmouth action so far, but Andy Carroll has been busy proving his presence all over the pitch; he went close with a header from Kevin Nolan's cross at one end, before keeping out Kagisho Dikgacoi's effort with his legs at the other.
    4/19/2014 2:24:52 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Swansea 0: You know you're in trouble when you've won one game in nine, Swansea City! You know you're in trouble when there are reports of in-fighting at the club, Swansea City! And you know you're in trouble when you let Shola Ameobi net against you, Swansea City! Goalscoring has never been one of the Newcastle striker's greatest attributes, but using his strength to cause problems for defences has been, and he's done just that at St James' Park. The Nigerian got up well to win a header, and when his strike partner, Luke de Jong, held the ball up, Ameobi bundled his way into the box, found a yard of space, and fired low past Michel Vorm to give Newcastle the lead.

    Do not adjust your sets. 

    4/19/2014 2:25:02 PM
  • The greatest Easter resurrection since you know who.

    4/19/2014 2:31:36 PM
  • Newcastle 1 Swansea 0: An early enforced change at St James' Park, but it's for neither Newcastle or Swansea. Chris Foy has been unable to recover having taken an early ball in the face, and he departs with a suspected broken nose. Anthony Taylor is the new man in charge and makes an immediate impression by booking Dan Gosling for a foul.

    Back on the subject of players coming back to haunt their former clubs and Pete Maitland has written in to say: "Clive Allen was signed by Arsenal and never played a game. Once sold he couldn't stop scoring against them, be it for Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers or Tottenham Hotspur." I'm unable to confirm the exact facts and figures of Allen's goalscoring against the Gunners, but I did give him as a correct answer in the final round of yesterday's Pointless. However, I didn't get the recognition I deserved, which makes me the Yaya Toure of daytime quiz shows.
    4/19/2014 2:39:10 PM
  • The Independent's Martin Hardy is beginning to wonder whether there's something in the water in the north-east...

    ...and where can he get some.
    4/19/2014 2:40:43 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Stoke 0: Are these the fine margins that will be the difference between relegation and survival? Asmir Begovic has just pulled off an incredible stop to deny Cardiff a first half lead, tipping Peter Whittingham's 25-yard humdinger of a free-kick on to the post and away for a corner.
    4/19/2014 2:47:11 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Swansea 1: A huge goal for Swansea City! It appeared that they would be going into the break a goal behind, but Wilfried Bony has come to their rescue yet again in first half stoppage time. The Swans won a corner on the right, and when Ben Davies sent it into the box, the Ivorian arrived at the near post to glance the ball past a static home defence and into the far corner to equalise.
    4/19/2014 2:47:21 PM
  • Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0: Little to report from Villa Park in the second half, but that may suit the home side if it ends their run of defeats and inches them closer to safety. They'll want to see out the final quarter of an hour without living dangerously, but Ryan Bertrand didn't receive that memo. The on-loan left-back thrusts an arm out in the box to block Nathaniel Clyne's cross, but Lee Mason says no to Southampton's penalty appeals.

    It doesn’t happen often in British football, but there are those times when players make the move to a hated rival. We’ve had an email to remind us of one particularly infamous occasion involving a player with the initials M.J. - Henry Milward takes up the story: “Cambridge United fans still fondly talk about the time Marc Joseph returned to the Abbey Stadium with Peterborough, and wildly celebrated scoring by goading the home fans only to belatedly see his goal disallowed for offside.” Lovely stuff. What? Who’s Mo Johnston?
    4/19/2014 3:37:36 PM
  • Cardiff 1 Stoke 1: That disallowed goal earlier in the half seems to have knocked the stuffing out of Cardiff, and with just a few minutes remaining there appears to be nothing left for the home side to give. The pressure all seems to be too much for Jordan Mutch, who attempts to hurl a long throw into the box with both feet off the floor, and gives Howard Webb little option that to make the lesser-seen signal for a foul throw.
    4/19/2014 3:50:38 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Newcastle 1 Swansea 2: If there's something strange at your football club, who you gonna call!? Newcastle United seems to be the sensible answer to that question these days. The Toon Army have gone a long way to preserving Swansea's Premier League status by gifting them a penalty kick in injury time. The Swans broke at a pace not befitting the previous 91 gruelling minutes of football, and when Marvin Emnes teased his way left and right inside the box, Cheick Tiote stuck out a clumsy leg to bring the forward crashed to the ground. Wilfried Bony took responsibility, and fired the winning goal past Tim Krul to send the travelling Swans fans in the St James' Park heavens wild.

    4/19/2014 3:50:51 PM
  • FULL TIME - Aston Villa 0 Southampton 0:
    4/19/2014 3:51:28 PM
  • FULL TIME - West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 1:

    4/19/2014 3:52:48 PM
  • FULL TIME - Newcastle 1 Swansea 2:
    4/19/2014 3:52:56 PM
  • FULL TIME - Cardiff 1 Stoke 1
    4/19/2014 3:54:04 PM
  • Felix Magath couldn't lead Fulham to victory earlier today, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn't lead Cardiff to victory this afternoon, now it's the turn of Gus Poyet as the third of the relegation zone trilogy head to Chelsea this evening. His Sunderland side have already derailed one title bid this week when Connor Wickham's late double took two points off Manchester City, but draws aren't much use to the Black Cats at the moment; six points from safety, they have five games to save themselves and they need wins. Quick.

    Unfortunately, Jose Mourinho doesn't lose Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. In two spells at Chelsea boss, the Portuguese coach has remained undefeated in all 77 home games. It would be the shock of all shocks if Sunderland can make it 78th time lucky. It kicks-off in ten minutes.

    The impenetrable fortress that is Stamford Bridge; defended by plastic flags. 

    4/19/2014 4:20:42 PM
  • Here's a reminder of how Chelsea and Sunderland line up at Stamford Bridge this evening. Jose Mourinho makes three changes ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final in Madrid; Mark Schwarzer is handed his Premier League debut for the Blues with Petr Cech suffering with illness while Oscar and Samuel Eto'o replace Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba. Sunderland, meanwhile, are unchanged from the team that drew at Manchester City in midweek.

    Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Salah, Eto’o

    Subs: Hilario, Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Torres, Schurrle, Ba

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

    Subs: Celustka, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Scocco, Mavrias, Ustari

    Referee: Mike Dean
    4/19/2014 4:26:15 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Sunderland 0: We're off and running in West London and, as expected, it's the hosts who have done all the pressing in the opening exchanges. After his late error cost Sunderland a famous win in Manchester on Wednesday night, goalkeeper Vito Mannone is keen to get an early assured touch of the ball, but his punch from Willian's left-wing corner doesn't quite do the job. He'll no doubt get another chance imminently.
    4/19/2014 4:37:28 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0: Ah. Maybe Vito Mannone should have stuck with the nervy punch routine because Chelsea have just taken the lead from a Willian corner from the left-wing. This time the Sunderland stopper stayed rooted to his line, and the ball fell kindly to Samuel Eto'o, six yards from goal, to side-foot a volley into the rood of the net. The Blues have the lead and a Premier League/Champions League double is on!
    4/19/2014 4:42:21 PM
  • If only Jose Mourinho could find an away striking specialist too...

    4/19/2014 4:47:16 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: Oooooh, Connor Wickham's on fire! It's a ditty that could soon be sung by hen parties marauding through Wearside if this form continues.  Fresh from his double at the Etihad, the young striker is at it again in the capital. It all stemmed from another corner on the left that was lofted towards the unmarked Marcos Alonso 25 yards from goal. The Spaniard took one touch to chest the ball down before unleashing a volley towards Mark Schwarzer that the 41-year-old was unable to handle. Quickest to the loose ball was Wickham, who showed great composure to chip in an equaliser.

    Connor Wickham continues to pursue a move to Liverpool. 

    4/19/2014 4:48:15 PM
  • The Sunderland travelling support are a loyal, passionate and vocal bunch.

    Spelling isn't their forte though.

    4/19/2014 4:59:09 PM
  • JOSE MOURINHO MELTDOWN ALERT. In a typically terse post-match interview with Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho has stated that he wants to pass on his congratulations to four sets of people. To his players for their performance, to Sunderland for their victory, to Mike Dean for how he officiated this evening's game and to Mike Riley, the former referee who now heads the Professional Game Match Officials Board for ensuring an exciting Premier League title race this season. He certainly hasn't got any better in dealing with defeat since he was last here.
    4/19/2014 6:39:27 PM
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