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Premier League Wednesday including Chelsea v West Ham and Tottenham v Manchester City - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from tonight's Premier League matches including Aston Villa v West Brom, Chelsea v West Ham, Sunderland v Stoke and Tottenham v Manchester City.


Manchester City hit Tottenham for five and go top of the Premier League
by Sam Dymond

  • Full time results

    • Aston Villa 4 (Weimann, Bacuna, Delph, Benteke) West Brom 3 (Brunt, Delph OG, Mulumbu) FT
    • Second half Benteke penalty wins blistering West Midlands derby for Villa
    • Chelsea 0 West Ham 0 FT
    • Battling Hammers display denies Blues the opportunity to move second
    • Sunderland 1 (Johnson) Stoke 0 FT
    • Johnson winner defeats ten-man Potters and moves Black Cats out of the dropzone.
    • Tottenham 1 (Capoue) Manchester City 5 (Aguero, Toure, Dzeko, Jovetic, Kompany) FT
    • City go top of the table after another thumping five past ten-man Tottenham
    1/29/2014 9:52:49 PM
  • Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Wednesday night's four fixtures in the Premier League...

    ...and it's over to you, Manchester City and Chelsea. After Arsenal stumbled on the south coast yesterday, either one of these sides could be topping the table come ten o'clock tonight. The smart money would be on Manuel Pellegrini's Citizens, up against a Tottenham side they tore apart back in November, but that was André Villas-Boas' team - this is Tim's Tottenham. There will be none of those fancy foreign high lines and sweeper keepers, no false nines and midfield triangles. This will be four-four-two and it will be about your Emmanuel Adebayors, your Michael Dawsons and your Christian Eriksens giving it 110% from the first minute. 

    If City do slip up, then Chelsea have the chance to race into pole position with a win against West Ham, but Sam Allardyce has been doing some shopping on the continent, bagging a couple of overseas stars (it says here) in Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello in a bid to stay up. Well, there was nothing controversial the last time the East London club tried that tactic...

    Elsewhere, derby week continues with an all West Midlands affair between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, which will mean a first taste of fiery Birmingham action for two of European football's most respected figures, new Baggies boss Pepe Mel and Villa loanee Grant Holt.

    Meanwhile, Sunderland are in action for the second successive Wednesday, but while there isn't the prize of a cup final at stake tonight, the Black Cats know that a point or three against Stoke City will take them out of the relegation zone.

    Stay with us for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores, and if you want to have your say on any of tonight's games, the transfer window or Andy Carroll's beard, then tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    1/29/2014 6:44:43 PM
  • While waiting for team news from the four 7:45 kick-offs, I've been thumbing through the football section of The Independent website, and my eye was caught by a pair of headlines featuring two of tonight's opponents; "City to narrowly pass Uefa's Financial Fair play test" and "Tottenham at centre of transfer scam"

    Modern football, hey? Don't you just love it...
    1/29/2014 6:52:23 PM
  • TEAM NEWS! First up, from Villa Park where Aston Villa welcome local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Paul Lambert makes one switch to the side that drew at Liverpool with Matthew Lowton coming in for the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor, while Pepe Mel brings in Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe to rough up the home defence; out goes Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Bacuna, Weimann, Benteke

    Subs: Steer, Baker, Sylla, Helenius, Albrighton, Holt, Tonev

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Anelka, Anichebe, Brunt

    Subs: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Dorrans, Vydra, Berahino, Amalfitano

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    1/29/2014 6:58:52 PM
  • The Chelsea and West Ham teams are in at Stamford Bridge. Andy Carroll makes his first Premier League start of the season for West Ham, but Italian loan signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello are only on the bench. For Chelsea, Jon Obi Mikel starts in place of David Luiz.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o

    Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Ba

    West Ham: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Taylor, Nolan, Downing, Diame, Carroll

    Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Jarvis, Nocerino, Morrison, C. Cole, Borriello

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick
    1/29/2014 7:00:18 PM
  • The Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City line-ups are in from White Hart Lane. The visitors make three changes from their last league encounter with Gael Clichy, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero coming in for Aleksander Kolarov, Javi Garcia and Alvaro Negredo out. For Spurs, Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Adebayo

    Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Capoue, Chadli, Holtby, Defoe, Soldado

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

    Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Kolarov, Rodwell, Negredo, Jovetic

    Referee: Andre Marriner
    1/29/2014 7:04:03 PM
  • And at the Stadium of Light, here's how Sunderland and Stoke have set up for tonight's clash. Gus Poyet makes a host of changes to the team that thrashed non-league Kidderminster 1-0 at the weekend, but only one to the team that last fared in the Premier League; out goes Lee Cattermole (not a suspension) and in comes Jack Colback. Meanwhile, Mark Hughes hands a debut to Peter Odemwingie after he ruined transfer deadline day for everybody by joining a new club a week early. Asmir Begovic also returns in goal.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Ki, Brown, O'Shea, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, Altidore, Borini

    Subs: Gardner, Fletcher, Wickham, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini, Ustari

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Assaidi, Crouch

    Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Arnautovic, Walters, Guidetti, Ireland

    Referee: Robert Madley
    1/29/2014 7:05:08 PM
  • The next time you're moaning about having to sit on a train home for an hour, having been out in the rain to see your side turned over at home, spare a thought for these two poor chaps...


    And they'll probably have to leave early to beat the traffic.
    1/29/2014 7:15:17 PM
  • Surely some joker in the Chelsea ranks has got a marker pen handy to replace the word 'players' with 'Fernando Torres'.


    Where's Dennis Wise when you need him?
    1/29/2014 7:17:51 PM
  • The crowd builds up outside the Stadium of Light ahead of tonight's eagerly awaited Sunderland - Stoke City clash.

    1/29/2014 7:31:56 PM
  • Five minutes to kick-off on a night of Premier League football that will answer some important questions. Will Tottenham's defence keep Manchester City out for longer than 14 seconds? When will Andy Carroll breakdown with an injury recurrence? Does Pepe Mel know the words to The Lord Is My Shepherd?
    1/29/2014 7:41:14 PM
  • Mark Hughes has yet to ingrain his philosophy within his team...


    1/29/2014 7:44:46 PM
  • Game on at White Hart Lane. Game on at the Stadium of Light. Game on at Stamford Bridge. Game on at Villa Park.
    1/29/2014 7:46:13 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 0 West Brom 1: It's a dream start for Pepe Mel and his West Bromwich Albion side at Villa Park! Chris Brunt has given Albion the lead in typically sensational style. The midfielder picked up Liam Ridgewell's past and sent a left-footed thunderbolt on the half volley past Brad Guzan from 25 yards.
    1/29/2014 7:49:50 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 0 West Brom 2: Aston Villa had to recover from falling 2-0 down to Albion at the Hawthorns earlier in the season and they'll have to do it again if they are to get anything tonight. James Morrison got away from his man on the left side of the penalty area, and when he sent a low ball across the face of the goal, Fabian Delph could only divert it in at the near post for an own goalThe Baggies are boinging, Villa look shell-shocked.
    1/29/2014 7:54:37 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 1 West Brom 2: Has that comeback started? Brad Guzan punted a long ball forward, Christian Benteke misjudged his leap to flick the ball on which was just as well because Andreas Weimann had strayed a yard offside. When the ball ricocheted off the Albion defence it fell neatly into the path of the Austrian, who neatly lifted it over the stranded Ben Foster to halve the deficit.
    1/29/2014 7:57:30 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 0 Manchester City 1: Tim's Tottenham lasted longer than AVB's, but they've fallen behind now and it had been coming. Sergio Aguero had clattered the post after four minutes after dancing across the penalty area, but he's got himself on the scoresheet from a similar position. David Silva put a lovely pass through for the Argentine, who sent a low angled finish past Hugo Lloris.
    1/29/2014 8:01:02 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 1 Stoke 0: The goals are raining in during the first 20 minutes and it's now Adam Johnson's turn at the Stadium of Light. Fabio Borini fired an effort towards goal that Asmir Begovic could only spill, and the Sunderland winger reacted first to hammer the ball home from an acute angle for his eight goal of the season.
    1/29/2014 8:04:13 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Manchester City 1: Hugo Lloris has just produced a wonderful one-handed save to keep Manchester City's lead at one goal. Gael Clichy skinned Kyle Walker, and not for the first time, before sending a cross over for Aguero. His downward header looked perfect, but the French stopper showed brilliant agility to claw the ball away with his left palm. Nevertheless, Manchester City are rampant once again.
    1/29/2014 8:09:10 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 2 West Brom 2: What's the opposite of a goal of the season contender? Villa are level in the derby, but it's an equaliser that won't win anything for artistic merit. Christian Benteke again made a mess of setting up a teammate, but he needn't worry when Albion are intent on doing his job for him. This time they laid the ball on for Matthew Lowton whose low delivery was met at the back post by Leandro Bacuna, who made a complete mess of his finish. Thankfully for the midfielder, he sliced the ball straight into his own face and it looped up over Foster and across the line.
    1/29/2014 8:10:06 PM
  • Chelsea 0 West Ham 0: Stamford Bridge hasn't yet had the goals of the other three fixtures this evening, but there has been some drama. Not for the first time this month, a Premier League player has clattered over the advertising hoardings close to the pitch and ended up in the crowd. As funny as it is, once more it's ended in injury and a substitution; Mohamad Diame is off and Matt Jarvis is on.

    Still, here's a clip of it happening the other way round...

    Eddie Bishop falling down the stairs
    by cestrian81 via YouTube

    1/29/2014 8:17:45 PM
  • DISALLOWED GOAL! Tottenham 0 Manchester City 1: Spurs thought they had brought themselves level, but the linesman's flag has brought their joy to a premature end. Emmanuel Adebayor won a free-kick just outside the left-hand side of the box which Christian Eriksen drilled towards the far post for Michael Dawson to thump in. It was marginal.
    1/29/2014 8:23:42 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 3 West Brom 2: What a turnaround! Aston Villa are in front and it's Fabian Delph who has now scored at both ends. If Villa's equaliser was rubbish, this goal was quite brilliant. The midfielder superbly controlled a ball down the left, turned his man inside out and thumped a unstoppable shot past Foster that flew in off the crossbar at the near post. What a first half at Villa Park!
    1/29/2014 8:23:53 PM
  • Aston Villa 3 West Brom 2: It should have been four for Villa! The Albion defence is at sixes, sevens, eights and nines as the Villa number 20, Bacuna, dances his way through on goal, but his shot is deflected just the wrong side of the post by Foster's foot.
    1/29/2014 8:28:19 PM
  • GOAL! Aston Villa 3 West Brom 3: Oh for crying out loud! It's 3-3 at Villa Park! Football is such a simple game at times, and West Brom have just shown that with some slick passing that ended with James Morrison putting a delightful ball through for Youssouf Mulumbu. The midfielder was calmness personified as he side footed past Guzan to equalise. Astonishing, ridiculous stuff in the West Midlands.
    1/29/2014 8:28:51 PM
  • Chelsea 0 West Ham 0: The hosts nearly take the lead as the first half approaches its end, but John Terry's downward header from a corner was kept out by the feet of Adrian. Moments later, the West Ham keeper needed to be alert once more to deny Samuel Eto'o's turn and shot at the near post.
    1/29/2014 8:34:00 PM
  • Half-time - Tottenham 0 Manchester City 1:
    1/29/2014 8:34:11 PM
  • Half-time - Aston Villa 3 West Brom 3:
    1/29/2014 8:34:20 PM
  • Half-time - Chelsea 0 West Ham 0:
    1/29/2014 8:34:30 PM
  • Half-time - Sunderland 1 Stoke 0:
    1/29/2014 8:35:11 PM
  • Leandro Bacuna, winner of the most ridiculous goal of the season award.

    1/29/2014 8:39:46 PM
  • Some season ticket holders don't see this many goals all campaign...


    1/29/2014 8:45:45 PM
  • Sunderland's Adam Johnson embraces an attractive Italian after scoring his side's opening goal this evening.

    1/29/2014 8:47:48 PM
  • The second halves are underway...
    1/29/2014 8:49:32 PM
  • Tottenham 0 Manchester City 0: Spurs have made an enforced change at the start of the second half with Etienne Capoue replacing the injured Mousa Dembele, and the French midfielder is immediately lucky to escape a card of some colour after clawing his foot down David Silva.

    Manchester City, meanwhile, had to make a switch of their own at the end of the first 45 minutes when goalscorer Sergio Aguero picked up a knock. The lesser seen Stevan Jovetic is on in his place.
    1/29/2014 8:52:54 PM
  • PENALTY! RED CARD! GOAL! Tottenham 0 Manchester City 2: Manchester City have a great chance at the start of the second half. Edin Dzeko escaped through on goal, only for Danny Rose to lunge in from behind. Andre Marriner wasn't interested initially, but the linesman signalled for a spot-kick, and after protestations all round, the referee produced a red card for the professional foul.

    Yaya Toure makes no mistake from 12 yards, placing the ball low to Lloris' left. That should be that for City.
    1/29/2014 8:53:15 PM
  • RED CARD! Sunderland 1 Stoke 0: Stoke are targetting Lee Cattermole this window, but there's no need when they have a walking yellow card of their own in Steven N'Zonzi. The midfielder has just picked up his second of the night, but in fairness there appeared little contact with Jozy Altidore as he bore down on goal. Nevertheless, Stoke will have to complete this game with ten men.
    1/29/2014 8:57:58 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 0 Manchester City 3: Another six goals anyone? City have a second in three minutes and their third of the night. The visitors broke on Tottenham, immediately using the extra man to their advantage, and after David Silva's shot had been cleared off the line, Edin Dzeko was in the right place to sweep the ball into the net.
    1/29/2014 8:58:09 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Manchester City 3: Consolation or lifeline? Spurs have a goal back after City failed to deal with Eriksen's corner from the right. Dawson couldn't connect as the ball fell loose, but substitute Etienne Capoue could, and the midfielder lashed his effort past Joe Hart via the hand of Pablo Zabaleta on the line.
    1/29/2014 9:03:51 PM
  • Chelsea haven't come any closer to breaking West Ham down so they've sent on Nemanja Matić and Frank Lampard to get the job done. One of those certainly has the sign over his old mates at Upton Park...


    1/29/2014 9:08:13 PM
  • Roses are red.

    1/29/2014 9:15:57 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Stoke 0: A great chance goes begging for Sky Sports News' Peter Odemwingie on his debut. The forward gets in behind the Sunderland defence after nutmegging his man, but his tame effort was easily dealt with by Vito Mannone. The ten men of Stoke may not get a better chance to grab a point.
    1/29/2014 9:19:58 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Manchester City 4: Steven Jovetic has his first Premier League goal for Manchester City and it's turning into another thumping win for Manuel Pellegrini's mob. Fernandinho powered his way through the midfield and laid the ball on to the Montenegrin on the left corner of the penalty area. Jovetic cut inside and fired a deflected shot past Lloris and into the far corner.
    1/29/2014 9:21:32 PM
  • Who had 64 minutes in the sweepstake?

    1/29/2014 9:24:41 PM
  • Sunderland 1 Stoke 0: Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors have their tails up at the Stadium of Light and now they've hit the crossbar. Geoff Cameron's cross was met by the looping header of Ryan Shawcross, but the ball bounced off the woodwork and John O'Shea was able to clear for the hosts.
    1/29/2014 9:26:55 PM
  • Christian Benteke's penalty means Aston Villa lead the West Midlands derby with five minutes to play.

    1/29/2014 9:30:50 PM
  • GOAL! Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5: City have notched their 11th goal against Tottenham this season, and it's probably the scrappiest of the lot. Edin Dzeko's thumping shot from the edge of the box clatters into Capoue and falls kindly for Vincent Kompany just a few yards out. The Manchester City captain couldn't miss and gratefully stabbed the ball into the empty net. The stands have emptied at White Hart Lane.
    1/29/2014 9:32:35 PM
  • FULL TIME - Sunderland 1 Stoke 0:
    1/29/2014 9:36:42 PM
  • FULL TIME - Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5:
    1/29/2014 9:37:01 PM
  • Chelsea 0 West Ham 0: Jose Mourinho is kicking off on the side of the pitch, and I'm not sure why. Not that the Chelsea boss needs a reason for a touchline tantrum. West Ham are one minute of injury time away from an excellent point at Stamford Bridge.
    1/29/2014 9:38:09 PM
  • FULL TIME - Aston Villa 4 West Brom 3:
    1/29/2014 9:38:26 PM
  • FULL TIME - Chelsea 0 West Ham 0: Ridiculous scenes in the final seconds at Stamford Bridge! First, Samuel Eto'o shows he has no understanding of the rules by putting a West Ham free-kick into the empty net and celebrating. And then, with the final piece of action of the game, Adrian denied Lampard from point blank range with his legs, only for Ramires to head the rebound wide. The full time whistle goes and it means...


    1/29/2014 9:41:16 PM
  • Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Mourinho?


    1/29/2014 9:55:07 PM
  • Phew! What a night! For the second time this season, Manchester City shared six goals with Tottenham. The problem for Spurs is that City have been somewhat on the greedy side, accounting for 11 of them. Their five tonight blew one North London club away and took the Manchester club above another to top the table. Still, the good news for Tim Sherwood is that his side’s one goal in reply is further proof of his managerial superiority when compared to his predecessor.

    An excellent couple of days for Manuel Pellegrini and co was capped by Chelsea’s inability to beat lowly West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The Blues may have managed 39 attempts on goal, but none of them were good enough to beat Adrian as Jose Mourinho’s men blew their chance to move up to second.

    In a pulsating West Midlands derby, Aston Villa fell two goals behind within nine minutes, led 3-2 half hour later and eventually needed Christian Benteke’s second half penalty to shake off West Bromwich Albion. Welcome to the Premier League, Pepe Mel.

    Sunderland are enjoying their Wednesday evenings in 2014. This time last week, they were laughing their way to Wembley from 12 yards out at Old Trafford, and tonight they have moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win. Adam Johnson’s first half goal was enough to see off Stoke, who had Steven N’Zonzi dismissed for, well, not much. 

    And don’t think that’s the end of the action for this week. With just two days left of the transfer window, expect a Friday full of medicals, helicopters, reporters freezing their balls off outside deserted training grounds and desperate loan signings. We’ll be on hand to bring you news of all the wheeling and dealing that day and then, come the weekend, Charles Reynolds will be here to cover another dramatic round of fixtures in the top flight. Until then, thanks for joining me these past two evenings and goodnight.
    1/29/2014 10:14:46 PM
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