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Premier League Sunday, including Sunderland v Liverpool and Stoke v Norwich - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Stoke v Norwich and Sunderland v Liverpool.

By SAM DYMOND

by Sam Dymond on Sep 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's two fixtures in the Premier League.
  • Full Time results

    • Stoke 0 Norwich 1 (Howson) FT
    • Canaries up to 14th after first away win of the season
    • Sunderland 1 (Giaccherini) Liverpool 3 (Sturridge, Suarez 2) FT
    • Luis Suarez's brace proves decisive on his return to Premier League action
    • Liverpool up to second after battling away win
    9/29/2013 5:03:08 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's two fixtures in the Premier League. We'll be at the Stadium of Light later this afternoon to see Luis Suarez's return to league action for Liverpool against Sunderland, but first we'll be focusing on the game at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke are hosting Norwich.
    9/29/2013 11:47:33 AM
  • Team news from the Britannia Stadium. Mark Hughes sticks with the same team that performed admirably in defeat at Arsenal last Sunday, while Chris Hughton has rung the changes with four players coming in.  However, there's still no place in the starting line-up for Gary Hooper, who opened his account for Norwich in the Capital One Cup at Watford in midweek.

    Stoke: Begovic, Pieters, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Arnautovic, Wilson, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Jones

    Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Assaidi, Ireland, Crouch

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Olsson, R Bennett, Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Pilkington, Tettey, Van Wolfswinkel

    Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, Hoolahan, Jo Murphy, Hooper, Elmander
    9/29/2013 12:18:04 PM
  • It's fair to suggest that Stoke versus Norwich hasn't been one of the Premier League's most appealing fixtures in recent seasons. In fact, on finding out it was one of the Sunday live games, it would usually bring the heart-sinking disappointment reserved for misguided Christmas presents or phonecalls regarding PPI mis-selling.

    But both of these sides have reason for optimism, or dare it be said, expectation. The Canaries have spent considerably this summer which means there is pressure already on Chris Hughton after just a single win.

    Meanwhile, at Stoke, Peter Coates has entrusted Mark Hughes as the man to change the club's image after years of long ball trudgery. The early signs have been positive, but these are the games that he will not only be expected to win, but win them in a certain style too.
    9/29/2013 12:23:58 PM
  • There may be someone, somewhere - possibly in a remote part of the Highlands - that still thinks Tony Pulis was harshly done by in being sacked by Stoke this summer. He had, after all, guided the Potters to the Premier League and kept them there for five seasons.

    But as Steve Tongue explains in today's Independent, his departure couldn't come soon enough for some of his players...

    Under that "old regime" – he does not mention Pulis's name once – Jones felt: "It was more or less kick-and-hope. I think team-mates could testify it was very hard to come by chances. If you looked at Stoke's record for chances created in a game, goals scored and shots on goal, it was probably the lowest and that's because we weren't playing the type of football to create chances. We were just basically playing percentages.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE
    9/29/2013 12:30:07 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 0: The action is underway at the Britannia Stadium, but in the absence of any early goalmouth action, the first five minutes has been better spent practicing the spelling of Marko Arnautovic. Nailed it.
    9/29/2013 12:37:43 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 0: Norwich go close as Ryan Bennett clatters the crossbar after getting his foot to an inswinging corner at the far post. He gets a second opportunity from the rebound too, but Asmir Begovic is down quickly to smother the shot.
    9/29/2013 12:41:30 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 0: Kenwyne Jones looks dazed and is receiving treatment after taking a knock from Ryan Bennett. Much to the amusement of Tony Pulis we expect.
    9/29/2013 12:43:46 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 0: Good to see Marko Arnautovic (A-R-N-A-U-T-O-V-I-C) sporting a 1950s side parting similar to that of Scott Parker. What with that, and the revelation that Jonathan Walters listens to classical music in the dressing room, maybe this is the switch in style that Mark Hughes was aiming for all along.

    Meanwhile, Marc Wilson clatters into Ricky van Wolfswinkel and is booked by Anthony Taylor. Some things never change.
    9/29/2013 12:59:55 PM
  • GOAL! Stoke 0 Norwich 1: Seconds after Marko Arnautovic goes close from long range at one end, Norwich take the lead at the other. Jonny Howson receives the ball after some head tennis from a throw and drives in low from 20 yards. The strike is decent, but Huth and Begovic will both feel they could have done more to block the effort.
    9/29/2013 1:03:43 PM
  • Half Time - Stoke 0 Norwich 1: The whistle has been blown to signal the end of the opening 45 minutes and it's the visitors who go in a goal ahead - and it's probably just about deserved in what has been a tight encounter so far.

    Mark Hughes, meanwhile, spent the final few moments of the first half stood scowling in his technical area, his arms tightly crossed. It was very much the pose he perfected at Loftus Road last season.
    9/29/2013 1:20:03 PM
  • Jonny Howson's opener couldn't have come at a better time for Norwich...


    9/29/2013 1:24:18 PM
  • Meanwhile, has anybody got a ruler?




     

    9/29/2013 1:28:02 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 1: Mark Hughes has made two changes at the start of the second half. Jermaine Pennant, the match winner at West Ham last month, and Stephen Ireland are on for Jonathan Walters and Charlie Adam as the hosts look to get back into the match.
    9/29/2013 1:35:38 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 1: Some nice play from both sides ultimately comes to nothing. First, a series of quick and precise Stoke passes get the crowd - and the linesman's flag - up, and then Anthony Pilkington tricks his way in from the Norwich left wing, but fires wide from outside the box.
    9/29/2013 1:51:24 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 1: Stoke make their final change with the introduction of Peter Crouch. He replaces fellow striker Kenwyne Jones and has 25 minutes to find his side an equaliser.
    9/29/2013 1:53:57 PM
  • Stoke 0 Norwich 1: The home side are being frustrated here by a disciplined Norwich display, and time is running out on them. Stoke have yet to register a shot on target and an equaliser doesn't look likely.
    9/29/2013 2:02:28 PM
  • Team news from the Stadium of Light. Luis Suarez starts his first Premier League game for Liverpool after serving a 10-match suspension for biting, and plays alongside Daniel Sturridge. Sunderland are without their striker Steven Fletcher, who is injured, and is replaced by Jozy Altidore; one of four changes made by caretaker boss Kevin Ball to the team that lost at West Brom.

    Sunderland: Westwood, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Cuellar, Ki Sung-Yeung, Larsson, Johnson, Cattermole, Altidore, Giaccherini

    Subs: Mannone, Celustka, Valentin, El-Hadji Ba, Mavrias, Wickham, Ji Dong-Won

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Jose Enrique, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Suarez, Gerrard, Moses, Henderson, Lucas, Sturridge

    Subs: Jones, Agger, Ilori, Wisdom, Sterling, Ibe, Aspas
    9/29/2013 2:09:00 PM
  • Full Time - Stoke 0 Norwich 1: The full time whistle is blown by Anthony Taylor and Norwich have won by a single goal. Chris Hughton will be feeling pretty pleased with himself right now. Not only has he seen his side earn a deserved three points that moves Norwich up to 14th, but he also receives the rarest of treats - a handshake and back slap from his Stoke counterpart Mark Hughes.
    9/29/2013 2:14:49 PM
  • For the first time this season, Liverpool forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will start a Premier League game together this afternoon.

    Their manager, Brendan Rodgers, is convinced the partnership can work. He spoke to The Independent's Carl Markham on Friday...

    Rodgers insists both can play alongside each other - despite starting only eight times together since Sturridge's arrival from Chelsea last January - and the Englishman will not be intimidated by the return of arguably Liverpool's star man who scored 30 times last season.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE
    9/29/2013 2:29:57 PM
  • Sunderland have made headlines themselves this week - the sacking of Paolo Di Canio after last Saturday's 3-0 defeat at West Brom was the first managerial exit of the Premier League season, and saw the Italian depart the Stadium of Light after less than six months in charge.

    Martin Hardy ponders what's next for the troubled Wearside club...

    Now Di Canio has gone the club must find a way to stop the whirr of the Stadium of Light revolving door that spits out managers and players with alarming regularity. It seems unlikely to happen soon.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE

    9/29/2013 2:39:48 PM
  • It means Kevin Ball is in temporary charge of Sunderland for today's visit of Liverpool. A long-term servant to the club, he may be exactly what they need to move away from the bottom of the league.

    Ball's playing career should be remembered for two things. Firstly, being part of a four-man Burnley midfield that wonderfully read 'Cooke, Little, Mellon, Ball', and secondly, this crunching tackle in a Tyne-Wear derby that was so crunchy, the ball ended up hitting his own crossbar from 35 yards.
    9/29/2013 2:46:18 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 0: Sunderland get us going at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said this week that Luis Suarez was 'champing at the bit' to return in what was probably the most poorly chosen phrase available. We'll soon see if he was right.
    9/29/2013 3:04:23 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 0: Liverpool score, but Darren Cann's flag is up. Daniel Sturridge went down easily under pressure from Lee Cattermole just outside the box, and when Steven Gerrard's resulting free-kick was parried away, Martin Skrtel was on hand to net the rebound. It was close, but the Slovak defender was marginally offside and it was a good decision from the best linesman in England.
    9/29/2013 3:12:40 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 0: He's back! Luis Suarez is rolling around on the turf, screaming in agony and holding his leg after an innocuous tussle. In fairness, the Uruguayan lost his footing and took a knock off his marker on his way to ground, but haven't we missed this?

    The good news for all of us is he's recovered and is back on the pitch.
    9/29/2013 3:19:03 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 0: Sebastian Larsson curls a thunderous free-kick against the crossbar from 25 yards out! It had his former teammate Simon Mignolet beaten in the Liverpool goal. That's got the home crowd going, and seconds later they are screaming for a penalty when Emanuele Giaccherini went down under Kolo Toure's challenge. Howard Webb wasn't interested though.
    9/29/2013 3:27:49 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1: All eyes have been on Luis Suarez, but it's Daniel Sturridge who has given Liverpool the lead and there's more than a slice of good fortune about it. The forward appeared to direct Steven Gerrard's corner in to the goal with his arm. That doesn't excuse the appalling defending from Larsson on the line though.

    Will Liverpool win a Premier League match 1-0 with a goal from Daniel Sturridge for a fourth time this season?
    9/29/2013 3:28:21 PM
  • Who needs Luis Suarez?

    9/29/2013 3:34:43 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2: Liverpool need him! Luis Suarez has netted on his return to action, but it was all down to his strike partner. Daniel Sturridge had too much pace and trickery for Carlos Cuellar on the right side of the penalty area, and when his crossed was drilled across the face of goal, Suarez was on hand to steer the ball in at the far post in typically predatory fashion.
    9/29/2013 3:36:19 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2: Simon Mignolet has looked increasingly nervous on his return to the Stadium of Light. The former Sunderland goalkeeper has misjudged three successive corners from the home side in what is a stark contrast to the assured displays he has produced since arriving at Anfield. Liverpool are well on top, but the Belgian stopper is in danger of letting Sunderland back into the game.
    9/29/2013 3:44:47 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2: Mignolet has made up for it there though by brilliantly keeping out Craig Gardner's effort. The midfielder was released by Lee Cattermole's lofted pass into the area, but the goalkeeper saved well with his foot. Moments later, Adam Johnson curls over following a mistake from Suarez.
    9/29/2013 3:48:05 PM
  • Half Time - Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2:
    9/29/2013 3:48:41 PM
  • Kevin Ball refused to reveal what areas he had been working on with his team in training this week, but you can only hope that he makes shooting practice a priority in the coming weeks...


    9/29/2013 3:54:45 PM
  • Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2:  The second half has begun with Lee Cattermole urging his teammates to show more. The Sunderland midfielder looks pumped up which means a yellow card is imminent.
    9/29/2013 4:09:26 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 1 Liverpool 2: Cattermole's words of inspiration have worked. Sunderland finally land a shot on target when Ki Sung-Yeung's low drive from 20 yards is palmed out by Mignolet straight to Giaccherini. The Italian can't miss the follow up and pulls one back for his side.
    9/29/2013 4:10:11 PM
  • He's been waiting five months to show off his new t-shirt.

    9/29/2013 4:21:16 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Liverpool 2: The action is pouring from one end to the other, and if there is to be another goal, it will surely prove crucial. Victor Moses tests Keiren Westwood with a stinging shot after Suarez makes a mess of a free-kick, but Sunderland won't give up and are pressing again.
    9/29/2013 4:28:24 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Liverpool 2: Luis Suarez has had a couple of half chances to put the result beyond doubt, but failed to take them. First he couldn't get enough on Jose Enrique's perfect curving cross from the left, and then he flashed a shot wide from the edge of the area after his initial effort had been blocked. 

    Sunderland are still in this as Lee Cattermole departs without a booking to his name, and is replaced by Ondrej Celustka.
    9/29/2013 4:36:01 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Liverpool 2: Never mind Lee Cattermole, let's have a moment of appreciation for Lucas, who has managed to get to five yellow cards and a one-match suspension after the first six games of the season. It means that Crystal Palace's forwards will avoid having their ankles tapped by the Brazilian next Saturday.
    9/29/2013 4:43:11 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3: Who else, but Luis Suarez? There was always a danger of Sunderland being hit on the break as they searched for an equaliser, and it came from their own corner. Mignolet took his first clean catch of the afternoon and sent Sturridge away. Again he was too good and too quick for the hosts, and his pull back across goal gave Suarez the simplest of opportunities to bag his second. What a return for the Uruguayan.
    9/29/2013 4:47:13 PM
  • Full Time - Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3: It was always going to be this way, but Luis Suarez has proved himself invaluable to Liverpool with a match-winning double on his return to the Premier League. However, much of the credit must go to his fellow forward Daniel Sturridge, who scored one and set-up the other two. The result takes Liverpool up to second in the table.

    As for Sunderland, Kevin Ball should feel proud of the team he has taken temporary charge of. They showed the determination and belief that had been missing in recent weeks; the very characteristics that defined the playing career of their former-midfielder. More displays like that will surely lift Sunderland off the bottom of the table and enhance the chances the caretaker has of taking the manager's job on a full-time basis.
    9/29/2013 4:52:46 PM
  • Liverpool's victory brings an exhausting two days of Premier League football to a close, and yet there's still another fixture to come tomorrow night when Newcastle head to Goodison Park.

    We'll be back next weekend when Charles Reynolds will be on hand to talk you through all the top-flight action which includes Sunderland v Manchester United, Tottenham v West Ham and West Brom v Arsenal.

    In the meantime, thanks for reading. Goodnight.
    9/29/2013 5:18:06 PM
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