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Premier League Sunday including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Tottenham v Manchester United, Hull v Liverpool, Chelsea v Southampton and Manchester City v Swansea.


by Sam Dymond

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of what is an action-packed Sunday in the Premier League. It all begins at White Hart Lane at noon when Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United before heading north to Hull, where Steve Bruce's side welcome Liverpool to the KC Stadium. Then, just after 4pm, Chelsea and Manchester City bring the weekend to a close by hosting Southampton and Swansea respectively. It's sure to be eventful - stay with us for all the important updates.
    12/1/2013 11:01:28 AM
  • When Tottenham went to Old Trafford 14 months ago and beat Manchester United for the first time in 27 attempts, it was supposed to herald an exciting new dawn; an era of trophies and title challenges for the club. Yet it hasn't quite materialised, and whatever is happening at White Hart Lane right now, it certainly isn't exciting.

    Andre Villas-Boas spent a fortune (of the Gareth Bale money, admittedly) on new players in the summer, but despite a steady start to this season, they have failed to impress. And now, after last weekend's 6-0 capitulation at Manchester City, the knives are being sharpened for AVB.

    Today, Spurs face Manchester United again and they need, if not a win, a performance to excite their supporters and restore faith in their young manager. United, however, are having a renaissance of their own under a new regime and are unbeaten in 11 fixtures. There's much to play for in North London and It's live from noon.
    12/1/2013 11:19:18 AM
  • While the fans at White Hart Lane seem split over the current manager, the players are united in their support for their boss. Julian Bennett spoke to Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby about this afternoon's fixture and Villas-Boas' future.

    If they do produce something then it could go a long way to keeping Villas-Boas in a job. The Portuguese has been under huge pressure since the loss at City, and his mood will not have been improved by a bizarre spat in which a Tromso fan accused the manager of having him thrown out of the ground for chanting: "You're getting sacked in the morning".

    12/1/2013 11:27:22 AM
  • Why does it always rain on him?

    12/1/2013 11:29:51 AM
  • Team news from White Hart Lane. Both sides were in European action in midweek, but they've made three and four changes respectively from the teams that started in the Premier League last weekend. Chiriches, Dembele and Chadli come in for Kaboul, Holtby and Lamela for the home side while Vidic, Jones, Kagawa and Welbeck are the newcomers to the Manchester United XI that drew at Cardiff.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dawson, Chiriches, Lennon, Sandro, Soldado, Dembélé, Chadli

    Subs: Kaboul, Holtby, Capoue, Townsend, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Friedel

    Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Evra, Cleverley, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Jones, Rooney, Kagawa, Welbeck

    Subs: Rafael, Anderson, Lindegaard, Hernández, Nani, Young, Fellaini
    12/1/2013 11:40:25 AM
  • If Tottenham are to defeat Manchester United at White Hart Lane for the first time since 2001, they are going to have to improve on this recent sharp-shooting...


    12/1/2013 11:43:34 AM
  • Ryan Giggs was a starter for the visitors in that fixture 12 years ago, but there's no place for the Welshman in today's matchday squad after he turned 40 years of age on Friday. Much to the disappointment of Joey Barton...
    12/1/2013 11:44:57 AM
  • It's a landmark fixture for a man who graduated from the John Terry school of sticking your head into ill-advised goalmouth scrambles and getting away with handballs inside the penalty area. Sometimes clumsy, sometimes sublime, always determined. Congratulations Michael Dawson.


    12/1/2013 11:53:47 AM
  • The teams are in the tunnel, separated by just inches and there's not much between them in the table either. Only one point divides ninth placed Tottenham and Manchester United in eighth, but both will know that defeat this afternoon will leave them a long way behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.
    12/1/2013 11:59:00 AM
  • Tottenham 0 Manchester United 0: Tottenham get matters underway, kicking from right to left. At least I think they do, the main camera is so high and far away at White Hart Lane that it's hard to tell.
    12/1/2013 12:01:47 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Manchester United 0: Mike Dean plays an excellent advantage after Patrice Evra clatters Aaron Lennon, but Tottenham fail to make the most of the break as Kyle Walker runs Paulinho's pass out of the play. If the referee had seen who was the likely beneficiary of the Brazilian's ball was, he may well have blown up instead.

    Meanwhile, Michael Owen mentions his time at Real Madrid (with Roberto Soldado, no less) inside four minutes which isn't quite a personal best.
    12/1/2013 12:08:38 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Manchester United 0: Aaron Lennon registers the game's first shot on target after pivoting the United defence on the edge of the box with all the grace of a Volkswagen Golf making a three point turn. His scuffed shot is easily dealt with by David De Gea, diving low down to his right.
    12/1/2013 12:14:33 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Manchester United 0: Spurs have the lead at White Hart Lane! After fooling Jonny Evans with a delicate turn, Paulinho won a free-kick on the edge of the box which Kyle Walker lined up. The full-back's strike was powerful but low, yet the United wall failed to do their one job. To a man they leapt over the ball, unsighting their goalkeeper in the process, and the ball ended up in the centre of De Gea's net.
    12/1/2013 12:18:40 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Manchester United 0: The home side have their tails up, and have a flurry of penalty appeals within a couple of minutes after opening the scoring. First, Soldado goes down under pressure in the six yard box and then there's a handball claim against Antonio Valencia after he turns his back on Nacer Chadli's cross. Mike Dean, quite rightly, is unmoved.
    12/1/2013 12:28:40 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1: Tottenham had twice gone close to doubling their lead, but now United are level. Phil Jones burst down the right touchline and sent a cross into the area. It evaded Wayne Rooney, but Walker's poor touch sent the ball straight back towards the United striker, who made no mistake from close range, firing into the roof of the net.

    That equaliser came when Tottenham were enjoying their most dominant spell of the game. In quick succession, Paulinho had set up Soldado and Lennon, but both failed to make a good enough connection with the goal in sight.
    12/1/2013 12:31:56 PM
  • Roberto Soldado registers his best effort of the season.

    12/1/2013 12:40:35 PM
  • Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1: The visitors are finishing the first half in the ascendency, and Rooney goes close to diverting Phil Jones scuffed shot from distance towards goal, but fails to connect. There will be one minute of added time to play before half-time.
    12/1/2013 12:46:51 PM
  • Half-time - Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1:
    12/1/2013 12:47:05 PM
  • The greatest dismantling of a wall since Berlin, 1989.

    12/1/2013 12:49:55 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace is at White Hart Lane and fears for Tottenham's confidence, both on the pitch and in the stands...


    12/1/2013 12:55:07 PM
  • Meanwhile, there's some more slapstick on the White Hart Lane pitch, although this time it's consigned to the half-time break...



    12/1/2013 1:00:53 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 2 Manchester United 1: The second half had started slowly, but the White Hart Lane crowd have just been brought to their feet by a fantastic goal from Sandro. The Brazilian cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner from 25 yards.
    12/1/2013 1:10:27 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: Manchester United have an immediate chance to equalise because Mike Dean has awarded them a penalty after Hugo Lloris rushed out to divert the ball away from Danny Welbeck. The United striker just got to the ball first as the French keeper arrived to clip his feet.

    Wayne Rooney makes no mistake from 12 yards, thumping the ball straight down the middle of the goal as Lloris dives away to his left. 2-2!
    12/1/2013 1:16:28 PM
  • Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: The game has exploded into life again with those two quick goals, and Kyle Walker nearly replicates his first goal with a free-kick from 30 yards out, but his shot whistles past the right-hand post.

    Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon is substituted to a chorus of boos from the home fans. The winger had performed well against Patrice Evra, especially in the first half, but is replaced by Andros Townsend with 25 minutes to play.
    12/1/2013 1:23:57 PM
  • Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: There's a couple of striking substitutions as Jermain Defoe is on for the final 20 minutes, once again replacing the ineffective Soldado, while Javier Hernández comes on for Welbeck. Can either nick a winner for their sides?
    12/1/2013 1:31:12 PM
  • Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: Andros Townsend is inches away from giving Tottenham the lead for the third time. A brilliant counter attack starts when Mousa Dembele wins possession and finds Walker on the right flank. He delivers a wonderfully teasing cross beyond the United backline, but the oncoming Townsend fails to connect as he arrives late at the far post.
    12/1/2013 1:37:34 PM
  • Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: Spurs force a couple of corners as the game enters the final moments, but United have everybody back to defend and successfully deal with all that is thrown at them. There will be three minutes of added time to play, and both sides look to have settled for a point.
    12/1/2013 1:48:22 PM
  • Full-time - Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: An entertaining encounter - although probably not as good as BT Sport will have us believe - ends all square, and once again Manchester United are thankful to Wayne Rooney, after he twice equalised for the visitors. It's not an ideal result for either side in their pursuit of their rivals up the table, but it extends United's unbeaten run for David Moyes and should alleviate some pressure on Andre Villas-Boas.
    12/1/2013 1:50:09 PM
  • Team news from the KC Stadium.

    Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Meyler, Bruce, Davies, Koren. Livermore, Sagbo, Huddlestone, Brady

    Subs: Rosenior, Chester, Graham, Boyd, Nagy, Harper, Faye

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Lucas, Touré, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Suárez, Sterling, Moses

    Subs: Jones, Agger, Luis Alberto, Aspas, Coutinho, Sakho, Allen
    12/1/2013 1:57:57 PM
  • There's no rest as we head straight to East Yorkshire for Hull's home clash with Liverpool. The Tigers have fared relatively well on their return to the Premier League under Steve Bruce, but have yet to trouble any of the elite so far - they'll hope to change that this afternoon.

    For Liverpool, the onus will be on Luis Suarez after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out for six weeks this week, but the Uruguayan usually revels with such responsibility. He will be supported up front by Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling.
    12/1/2013 2:03:49 PM
  • Hull 0 Liverpool 0: Hull get the game underway with Alex Bruce punting the ball out of play in the opening seconds. It's unclear whether it was an overhit pass or the earliest known case of time-wasting, but it could well prove to be a long afternoon for the manager's son.
    12/1/2013 2:08:13 PM
  • Hull 0 Liverpool 0: As expected, the away side are bossing the early exchanges have forced three early corners, but Steven Gerrard has yet to find his range with the dead balls.
    12/1/2013 2:14:19 PM
  • Hull 0 Liverpool 0: A spell of really sloppy football is momentarily ended by Sterling, who turns Maynor Figueroa with ease on the right, but fails to deliver a worthy cross into the area and Hull are able to clear.
    12/1/2013 2:21:02 PM
  • Hull 0 Liverpool 0: The 19th minute brings Hull supporters' protests against owner Assem Allam, who has proposed that the club change their name to Hull City Tigers, and in this morning's papers said that any critics can 'die as soon as they want'. How to win friends and influence people.
    12/1/2013 2:25:10 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 1 Liverpool 0: Those protests are brought to an end by a Hull goal out of nowhere. Victor Moses is far too nonchalant in possession and is dispossessed, good work from Ahmed Elmohamady sets up Jake Livermore and the midfielder's strike takes a huge deflection off Martin Skrtel and loops over Simon Mignolet.
    12/1/2013 2:25:26 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 1 Liverpool 1: Hull's joy was short-lived because Steven Gerrard has just dispatched a fine free-kick beyond Alan McGregor. Curtis Davies was booked for flooring Jordan Henderson outside the box, and the Liverpool captain stepped up to curl the set-piece around the wall and into the right hand corner of the net.
    12/1/2013 2:31:52 PM
  • Hull owner Assem Allam indicates how many terrible ideas he's had since breakfast.

    12/1/2013 2:36:16 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: Hull have responded well after conceding, and are snapping away at heels whenever they don't have possession - which is a lot of the time. That said, Brendan Rodgers' team aren't helping themselves in what is far from a vintage Liverpool display.
    12/1/2013 2:46:05 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: Howard Webb gets his customary touch of the ball by inadvertently blocking a Liverpool counter attack in its early stages. I'm yet to see a game where the big arbiter hasn't been struck at some point including the 2010 World Cup final.
    12/1/2013 2:50:27 PM
  • Half-time - Hull 1 Liverpool 1:
    12/1/2013 2:51:51 PM
  • Steven Gerrard curls an equaliser around what - you'll have to believe me - is one of the better defensive walls seen today.

    12/1/2013 2:54:04 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: The action restarts at the KC Stadium, and if Liverpool are to close the gap on leaders Arsenal to four points, they are going to have up their game in the second half. With that in mind, will we see Philippe Coutinho introduced at some point?
    12/1/2013 3:09:43 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: Hull have continued the second half in the same resolute fashion as the first, and are closing down the opposition at every opportunity. They afford themselves a rare counter attack through Tom Huddlestone and Robert Koren, but Robbie Brady chooses to head Kolo Toure rather than the ball when the cross is sent into the area.
    12/1/2013 3:18:47 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: There's half hour to play at the KC Stadium, and Hull are still frustrating Liverpool. The home side force another half-chance when Curtis Davies gets his head on a free-kick and then, at the other end, Luis Suarez just fails to latch on to Glen Johnson's hefty punt down field.
    12/1/2013 3:27:40 PM
  • Hull 1 Liverpool 1: Coutinho is on for Liverpool, replacing Sterling, and all of sudden the visitors have renewed hope. Hull also make a substitution, but Liam Rosenior's introduction doesn't quite bring the same fear factor.
    12/1/2013 3:29:16 PM
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