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Premier League and FA Cup Saturday including Arsenal v Everton, Cardiff v Fulham and Chelsea v Tottenham - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's matches in the Premier League and FA Cup including Arsenal v Everton, West Brom v Manchester United, Cardiff v Fulham, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Norwich v Stoke and Chelsea v Tottenham.


Eden Hazard helped league leaders Chelsea to a thumping home win. 
by Sam Dymond

  • Saturday's results

    FA Cup 6th Round

    • Arsenal 4 (Ozil, Arteta, Giroud 2) Everton 1 (Lukaku) FT
    • Giroud bags a brace off the bench to see Gunners into semi-final draw

    Premier League

    • West Brom 0 Manchester United 3 (Jones, Rooney, Welbeck) FT
    • Only goal difference keeps Albion out of relegation zone after comfortable United win
    • Cardiff 3 (Caulker 2, Riether OG) Fulham 1 (Holtby) FT
    • Double from Caulker ensures Bluebirds win battle of the bottom two
    • Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1 (Rodriguez) FT
    • First half Rodriguez goal ends Saints' run of three straight defeats
    • Norwich 1 (Johnson) Stoke 1 (Walters) FT
    • Walters equalises from penalty spot but is then sent off as sides share the spoils
    • Chelsea 4 (Eto'o, Hazard, Ba 2) Tottenham 0 FT
    • Ten man Spurs ship four second half goals as Chelsea move seven points clear at the top of the league
    3/8/2014 11:44:00 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of a special day in English football - it's a Premier League and FA Cup double!

    At least a league and FA Cup double used to be considered special. For so long, it was the holy grail of the domestic game, something wonderful achieved by a select few. In the 20th century, there was Tottenham in 1961, Arsenal in 1971 and Liverpool in 1986. Before them, in the 1890s, Preston and Aston Villa donned baggy shorts and moustaches to win the lot. Then, one hundred years later, along came the Premier League, Manchester United began to dominate, something changed, and now every Tom, Chelsea and Harry have a crack at doing the double.

    The trophies may not be lifted today, but there are pivotal games in both competitions. This lunchtime, Arsenal face off against Everton in the the first FA Cup quarter-final of the weekend while, at the same time, West Bromwich Albion, hovering just above the bottom three, welcome Manchester United in the top flight.

    From there, the league takes centre stage. At three o'clock, Cardiff take on Fulham in the battle at the bottom, Norwich play Stoke in the battle at the bit just above the bottom and England's Southampton head to Crystal Palace, where relegation matters are also on the minds of the home side.

    Things are looking up come half past five this evening when the league leaders Chelsea have the opportunity to move seven points clear of their rivals; Jose Mourinho's side do battle with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

    Stay with us throughout the day for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores, and if you want to have your say on the FA Cup or simply concentrate on the league, then tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    3/8/2014 11:55:00 AM
  • The FA Cup and Premier League trophy, seen here with David Moyes' shadow.

    3/8/2014 11:57:18 AM
  • The teams are in for the two lunchtime kick-offs. In the Premier League, David Moyes names his 42nd Manchester United side of the season by making two changes to the team that won at Crystal Palace; Rio Ferdinand and Inter Milan-bound Nemanja Vidic are out and replaced by Rafael and Phil Jones. Meanwhile, Pepe Mel brings in four new faces to the team that drew at home with Fulham; Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera and Victor Anichebe come in for Billy Jones, James Morrison, Thievy and Saido Berahino.

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, McAuley, Olsson, Amalfitano, Yacob, Anichebe, Gera, Brunt

    Subs: Morrison, Myhill, Vydra, Dawson, Sessegnon, Berahino, Thievy

    Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Fellaini, Smalling, Jones, Mata, Carrick, Van Persie, Rooney, Januzaj

    Subs: Giggs, Lindegaard, Vidic, Young, Welbeck, Fletcher, Kagawa

    Referee: Jonathan Moss

    In the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates, Arsenal have a place in their side for Mesut Ozil, but there's no Olivier Giroud as Yaya Sanogo leads the line. Roberto Martinez makes a number of changes, the most notable being John Stones coming into the defence for Phil Jagielka.

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Gibbs, Arteta, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Sanogo, Özil, Cazorla

    Subs: Rosicky, Podolski, Giroud, Viviano, Jenkinson, Miyaichi, Gnabry

    Everton: Robles, Coleman, Baines, Barry, Stones, Distin, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barkley, Pienaar

    Subs: Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Howard, Browning

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    3/8/2014 12:10:40 PM
  • The sides are out at the Emirates Stadium and the Hawthorns...
    3/8/2014 12:44:10 PM
  • Two games at the same time? Surely us football fans will be pleased. Well, no...


    3/8/2014 12:50:12 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 1 Everton 0: Rumours of Mesut Ozil's demise may have been greatly exaggerated because the German has given Arsenal a seventh minute lead in their FA Cup quarter-final with a composed finish past Joel Robles. Much of the credit must go to Santi Cazorla, who broke through the middle with intent and smartly played in Ozil on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Under pressure from four flying legs of two Everton defenders, the midfielder side-footed first time back across goal and into the bottom right-hand corner.
    3/8/2014 12:52:41 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 0: Manchester United boy wonder Adnan Januzaj is making friends and influencing people at the Hawthorns. The midfielder has just been booked for controlling Juan Mata's clever lofted pass with his hand and trying to take the ball past Ben Foster in one motion. However, before the youngster could get a shot away, referee Jonathan Moss was striding over, yellow card in hand and each of the Belgian's touches is now being booed by the home fans. Well, at least this time the disdain is not for diving.
    3/8/2014 1:01:28 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 0: Chris Brunt has got an extremely clever left foot, but his head's not so smart. The Northern Irish winger has Youssour Mulumbu to thank for clearing his misguided header from off his own goal line, after he had inadvertently steered Marouane Fellaini's flick from a corner away from Foster and towards the top corner.
    3/8/2014 1:05:03 PM
  • O-zil to the Arsenal!

    3/8/2014 1:07:24 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 1: Robin van Persie is off, but he's been substituted rather than dismissed as David Moyes takes action against his attacking liability. Danny Welbeck is on his place. More worrying, however, is the enforced change that Pepe Mel has had to make after Chris Brunt's knee buckled. The Albion midfielder left the pitch in agony, and has been replaced by Saido Berahino.
    3/8/2014 2:09:12 PM
  • GOAL! West Brom 0 Manchester United 2: Manchester United have some breathing space thanks to a wonderfully worked goal by Wayne Rooney! The England striker was at the heart of, and then finished a move that saw Juan Mata and Rafael heavily involved. A one-two with the Spanish playmaker saw the Brazilian right back burst down the flank and send in a pinpoint cross for the arriving Rooney to head in past the stranded Ben Foster at the far post.
    3/8/2014 2:09:21 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Arsenal 2 Everton 1: Arsenal are back in front, this time from the penalty spot and, then, only at the second attempt. Gareth Barry blundered in bringing down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the forward had evaded him in the box, offering Mikel Arteta to once again pick up spotkick duties. The Spanish midfielder planted the ball past Robles into the left corner from 12 yards, but referee Mart Clattenburg called celebrations shorts and demanded a retake following encroachment from substitute Olivier Giroud. Arteta opted for the opposite side, but with the same result and the Gunners are 22 minutes from an FA Cup semi-final.
    3/8/2014 2:13:15 PM
  • Here's the team news from the trio of games in the Premier League that kick-off at three o'clock.

    Cardiff: Marshall, John, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Kim, Mutch, Noone, Jones, Campbell

    Subs: Lewis, Eikrem, Cala, Theophile-Catherine, Daehli, Zaha, Bellamy

    Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Holtby, Richardson; Mitrolglou, Woodrow

    Subs: Kvist, Kaçaniklic, Stockdale, Karagounis, Zverotić, Burn, Bent

    Referee: Martin Atkinson


    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Bolasie, Murray

    Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Bannan, Thomas, Ince, Gayle, Jerome

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert

    Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Ramírez, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Chambers, Gallagher

    Referee: Howard Webb


    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Redmond, Hoolahan, Van Wolfswinkel

    Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington, Elmander, Becchio

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Odemwingie, Whelan, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Walters, Crouch

    Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Guidetti, Etherington, Wilkinson, Ireland

    Referee: Andre Marriner
    3/8/2014 2:26:00 PM
  • GOAL! West Brom 0 Manchester United 3: A confident Manchester United are now running riot through the West Bromwich Albion midfield and defence. Short passes are the order of the day as Fellaini, Mata and Rooney all interchange play before the latter sends Danny Welbeck scampering into the area. As Foster rushes out, the substitute sweeps the ball over the goalkeeper and into the far right corner.
    3/8/2014 2:26:10 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 3 Everton 1: And there's another substitute on the scoresheet. This time it's Olivier Giroud, who has surely sealed Arsenal's place in the FA Cup semi-final. Bacary Sagna did the hard work, bursting down the right wing, cutting inside and playing a square ball across the six-yard box for the Frenchman to rifle home from close range.
    3/8/2014 2:26:50 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 4 Everton 1: Two in two minutes for Olivier Giroud! Everton had decided to throw bodies forward in the hope of an unlikely comeback, and that's when Arsenal can prove so dangerous. Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Ozil all combined to set up Giroud in acres of space, and the striker had no trouble in bagging his second, sweeping the ball past Robles.
    3/8/2014 2:29:56 PM
  • FULL TIME - West Brom 0 Manchester United 3:
    3/8/2014 2:37:05 PM
  • FULL TIME - Arsenal 4 Everton 1:
    3/8/2014 2:37:18 PM
  • Half-time - Cardiff 1 Fulham 0:
    3/8/2014 3:48:47 PM
  • Half-time - Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1:
    3/8/2014 3:49:46 PM
  • Half-time - Norwich 0 Stoke 0:
    3/8/2014 3:50:16 PM
  • Jay Rodriguez's Southampton teammates don't allow their goalscorer the time to get up after his unorthodox strike at Selhurst Park.

    3/8/2014 3:56:48 PM
  • Seconds out, second halves.
    3/8/2014 4:06:53 PM
  • Cardiff 1 Fulham 0: Felix Magath hasn't given up hope at the Cardiff City Stadium despite his side's meagre first half display, and has made two changes at the start of the second 45 minutes. Giorgos Karagounis and Alex Kacaniklic are on in place of Ashkan Dejagah and John Arne Riise in pursuit of an equaliser that may keep their season alive.
    3/8/2014 4:11:09 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 1 Stoke 0: The deadlock has been broken at Carrow Road ten minutes into the second half! Robert Snodgrass, so often the Canaries' inspiration in recent weeks, sent over a testing free-kick and midfielder Bradley Johnson rose highest to head the hosts into a vital lead from six yards out.
    3/8/2014 4:11:24 PM
  • Spot the difference.

    3/8/2014 6:05:33 PM
  • The similarity is neither opportunity led to a Chelsea goal.

    3/8/2014 6:05:42 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0: It's all gone a bit flat at the first half enters its final stages so Frank Lampard decides to liven matters up by sliding through Sandro to win the ball back from a Tottenham break. Michael Oliver isn't as impressed though and flashes a yellow card at the Chelsea veteran, who joins Bentaleb in the referee's notebook.
    3/8/2014 6:12:50 PM
  • Half-time - Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0:
    3/8/2014 6:17:59 PM
  • Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0: There's a change for Chelsea at the start of the second half with Oscar replacing Frank Lampard. After the silent treatment did the trick during the interval at Craven Cottage last weekend, Jose Mourinho will be hoping that this manoeuvre can make the difference tonight. Either way, let's hope for a more intriguing encounter because  the most exciting incident of the first half was when I tripped all the light switches.
    3/8/2014 6:35:27 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Tottenham 0: Oh Jan Vertonghen! The Belgian defender has had a nightmare and it's gifted Chelsea the lead. There was no danger when the centre back received the ball, but a slip put him under immediate pressure. Determined to prove that his loss of footing wasn't that big of a mistake, he swung a foot at the ball and steered it straight across goal and into the path of Samuel Eto'o. Now THAT really was a mistake. The Cameroonian striker made no mistake, nutmegging Hugo Lloris to score.
    3/8/2014 6:43:13 PM
  • RED CARD! PENALTY! GOAL! Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0: If you think Jan Vertonghen has blundered, it's nothing to the mistake that Michael Oliver has just made which has undoubtedly sealed the game in Chelsea's favour. The hosts broke down the left through Eden Hazard, who fired a ball low into the area towards goalscorer, Samuel Eto'o. The striker, under minimal pressure from Younes Kaboul, went to ground and the decision from the referee was a penalty and a red card to the French defender for a professional foul. The penalty decision was harsh, the sending off was ludicrous.

    Hazard showed no mercy, however, and stepped up to slot the ball past Lloris and down the middle of the goal to double Chelsea's lead.
    3/8/2014 6:47:13 PM
  • Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0: Here's another defensive dilemma for Tim Sherwood. His captain, Michael Dawson, has gone down clutching his hamstring and indicated to the bench that he will be unable to continue. Zeki Fryers is on his place which will see Vertonghen move back into the middle, but it doesn't really matter anymore. The Tottenham players look like they just want to pack up and go home. 
    3/8/2014 7:00:11 PM
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