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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

  • 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
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: In the absence of Eden Hazard, there is renewed expectancy on the shoulders of Oscar this evening, but the Brazilian has yet to make a real impression on the match. He has a chance to change that with a free-kick 25-yards from goal, but he curls the set-piece straight into the grateful arms of Mannone. Moments later, John Terry goes better by smartly volleying the ball into the back of the net, but the whistle had already gone for a foul after Mohamed Salah had used his arms to climb over Jack Colback and nod down.

    Meanwhile, we've had another email regarding managers revisiting their old clubs, and Chris Wilde has got in contact to tell us his favourite anecdote: "Ron Atkinson returned to Sheffield Wednesday as Aston Villa manager on the opening day of the 1991/92 season, only to find himself 2-0 down at half-time and being abused by the home fans. However, Big Ron's team talk did the trick and we ended up winning 3-2 thanks to Steve Staunton's late goal. If I wasn't so drunk I could think of more, but it remains one of the best away games I've attended." It's a sad sign that things have got so bad at Villa Park ever since that Chris is still celebrating a win from 23 years ago.
    4/19/2014 5:07:27 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: The old-Willian-corner-from-the-left-routine nearly bears fruit once again! The Brazilian midfielder's delivery into the middle is met by Branislav Ivanovic, but the Serbian's downward header was expertly tipped onto the crossbar and away by the rooted Mannone.

    Moments later, the Sunderland goalkeeper impresses once again by pulling off a fine double stop to deny, first, Nemanja Matic, and then Salah. That attack ends with Fabio Borini heading on to the arm of teammate Alonso in the area which sparks delirious appeals from the Chelsea players, including theatrical screaming, jumping and arm-waving from Ivanovic, more befitting that of a hysterical The Price Is Right contestant.
    4/19/2014 5:17:33 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: Oh Ramires! The Chelsea number seven is the latest player to pass up an opportunity in front of goal, and frustrations have clearly got the better of him because in the next attack, the midfielder swings a deliberate arm into the face of the pursuing Sebastian Larsson. Luckily for the Chelsea man, referee Mike Dean isn't interested despite the incident taking place right under his nose. The FA, retrospectively, may not be so lenient.
    4/19/2014 5:17:45 PM
  • Half-time - Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1:
    4/19/2014 5:17:56 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: The visitors have made a bright start to the second half, putting Chelsea on the back foot and earning an early corner - and it nearly led to a goal. Albeit one at the other end. Once Schwarzer had punched out, Ivanovic wriggled clear and sent Willian away on the break. With Salah and Eto'o either side of the Brazilian as he bore down on goal, the midfielder seemed in three minds, but eventually fed the ball left to the Cameroonian striker. Eto'o put plenty of curl on his first time shot, but there wasn't quite enough to take it into the bottom right-hand corner and the scores remain level at the Bridge.
    4/19/2014 5:39:05 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: File. Open Recent. Copy 'Lee Cattermole has been booked'. Paste. Oscar is this week's victim, tugged back by the gnarly midfielder as he broke through the centre of the pitch. It's all too much for the Brazilian and he is soon replaced by Demba Ba as Chelsea chase the winning goal that would take them momentarily back to the top of the league.
    4/19/2014 5:48:20 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: The substitute has a great opportunity to restore Chelsea's lead, but his striking instincts - not to mention, his legs - evade him at the vital moment. Eto'o sneaked the ball behind the Sunderland defence to Willian, and when he squared the ball back across the goalmouth, Ba slipped and skewered the ball horribly wide into the Matthew Harding Stand.
    4/19/2014 5:54:58 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: Vito Mannone is down and receiving treatment after taking a heavy, awkward fall in heading the ball away from danger just outside his penalty area. Mark Schwarzer had unleashed a hefty punt downfield for Demba Ba to chase, and with Wes Brown dawdling, the Sunderland goalkeeper took it upon himself to rush out and clear - but at a cost to his well-being. Thankfully, the Italian custodian is back on his feet and in his goal.
    4/19/2014 6:00:04 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 1: Jose Mourinho makes his third and final change with Fernando Torres on in place of goalscorer Samuel Eto'o. The Spaniard nearly makes an instant impact with a spectacular overhead kick in a crowded area, but the ball whistled over the bar. If he is going to finally put a smile on his manager's face, then perhaps this will be the day...

    4/19/2014 6:07:27 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Well, well, well. Is this the day that Jose Mourinho loses his unbeaten home record as manager of Chelsea?! And that might not be all he loses, will this end their hopes of wining the Premier League title?! There had been a number of players slipping on the pitch in the past 20 minutes, and Cesar Azpilicueta may have made the most vital slip of all. The full-back lost his footing on the left and allowed substitute Jozy Altidore to gallop into the area. In a desperate bid to get back, Azpilicueta flung out a leg out that brought the striker crashing to the floor and Mike Dean's assistant signalled for a spotkick. Once discarded by the Blues, and a current Liverpool playerFabio Borini stepped up and placed the ball down the middle to give the bottom of the table club a shock lead! Sunderland have eight minutes to hold out!

    The challenge that could end one season and spark another into life. 

    4/19/2014 6:08:14 PM
  • Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: There will be five minutes of added time for Sunderland to keep Chelsea at bay if they are to claim a famous win! And it wouldn't be just a win that would end Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record, it wouldn't just be a win that derails Chelsea's title bid, but, most importantly, it would be a win that fires life right back into their bid for survival. The Mackems would move a point behind Fulham and Cardiff, and three points away from Norwich in 17th.
    4/19/2014 6:19:38 PM
  • FULL TIME - Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Sensational.

    4/19/2014 6:23:44 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
  • Meanwhile, the councils of Wandworth and Hammersmith & Fulham may have gone a little early in sending out these notices...

    4/19/2014 7:21:48 PM
  • 4/19/2014 7:23:37 PM
  • Liverpool strikers have been making headlines all season, but a single kick from one this evening may just prove to be the campaign’s most pivotal in terms of matters at the top and bottom of the Premier League – and all on a night when the Reds weren’t even playing.

    Fabio Borini, the Italian forward on loan at Sunderland from Anfield, showed nerves of steel to score an 82nd minute penalty at Stamford Bridge that not only ended Jose Mouinho’s incredible run of 77 home games unbeaten as Chelsea boss, but also left a large dent in the Blues’ title hopes. It was a goal celebrated as wildly on Merseyside as it was on Wearside.

    And for all its effects on the top of the table, it’s blown the battle at the bottom wide open and there are now just four points separating the five clubs between 16th and 20th. Who pays the penalty at the season’s end may just depend on how well each side takes their spot-kicks in the run-in, and there was evidence aplenty on a day that saw six awarded.

    Along with Borini, Wilfried Bony of Swansea and Peter Whittingham of Cardiff both converted crucial penalties this afternoon to give their respective Welsh clubs vital points in the fight for survival, while Fulham’s Steve Sidwell missed from 12 yards as the Cottagers fell to defeat at Tottenham.

    And while one run ended dramatically at Stamford Bridge, another run continued at Upton Park where Crystal Palace were victorious for the fifth consecutive top-flight match for the first time since 1992. Elsewhere, little happened, as Aston Villa and Southampton drew 0-0.

    So attention now turns to East Anglia tomorrow afternoon, where eyes will once more be on Luis Suarez, who over half of you voted as the Premier League’s player of the season in our weekend poll. He loves shooting down the Canaries, but after the events of today, you write off Norwich at your own yellow peril.  

    There are two other games on Sunday too, and we’ll be on hand to cover the lot including David Moyes return to Goodison Park as Manchester United manager, while there’s also a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final as Hull City take on Arsenal at the KC Stadium. We’ll be back from 11:30am with all the coverage, but until then, thanks for reading and goodnight.
    4/19/2014 7:44:24 PM
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