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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

  • 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 0: A rare flourish of fine, if somewhat improvised, football at the Albion. Adnan Januzaj teased his way down the left flank and sent in a wonderful cross towards the far post where Rafael was arriving. The Brazilian defender did well to meet the delivery and head back across goal where Ben Foster was equally impressive in scrambling across his line to get his fingertips to the ball; an intervention that was enough to flick the ball on to the crossbar and away from the lurking Wayne Rooney.
    3/8/2014 1:18:24 PM
  • GOAL! Arsenal 1 Everton 1: He'll never score an easier goal, they often say without convincing, but Romelu Lukaku surely won't net too many more from a yard out in his career. Everton had started to threaten the Gunners on the counter attack with Ross Barkley particularly dangerous down the right, and the youngster was very much the catalyst for his side's equaliser. His surging run and cross was perfect at the far post for Kevin Mirallas and, although the Belgian miscued, the ball fell at the feet of his compatriot Lukuku, who took a touch to steady himself before tapping into the empty net.
    3/8/2014 1:18:35 PM
  • GOAL! West Brom 0 Manchester United 1: United have the lead at the Hawthorns! Robin van Persie whipped in a fierce free-kick from just outside the penalty on the right, and Phil Jones strained all his neck muscles to reach behind him to meet the ball and send a thumping header past Ben Foster into the corner of the net.
    3/8/2014 1:19:32 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 1: Step right up if you enjoy controversial moments! We have one at the Hawthorns! Maroaune Fellaini hopelessly overhit a through ball towards Robin van Persie from his own half which should have been comfortably dealt with by Ben Foster, but for some inexplicable reason the West Brom custodian decided to show off his fancy footwork outside the box. However, footwork is only fancy is you manage to make contact which Foster didn't, the ball instead ricocheting up to strike his arm inches outside the area. Manchester United players and fans scream for a handball, but Jonathan Moss is unmoved.
    3/8/2014 1:33:21 PM
  • Half-time - West Brom 0 Manchester United 1:
    3/8/2014 1:33:52 PM
  • Half-time - Arsenal 1 Everton 1:
    3/8/2014 1:34:05 PM
  • Phil Jones disappoints everybody by scoring without pulling a funny face.

    3/8/2014 1:39:23 PM
  • Joel Robles, preferred to Tim Howard in the Everton goal this afternoon, has come in for some half-time criticism for his unwillingness to catch the ball during the first half, opting to punch numerous crosses unnecessarily. However, this cannot be considered a new phenomenon as friend of the blog, Gareth Walker, points out...


    3/8/2014 1:50:33 PM
  • Premier League and FA Cup second halves are underway. Can Arsenal or Everton book their place in a Wembley semi-final? Can Manchester United cement the win that will take them up to sixth place while leaving West Brom deep in relegation trouble? Find out over the next three quarters of an hour plus stoppage time.
    3/8/2014 1:52:04 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 1: Zoltan Gera hasn't lost the ability to play football brilliantly while constantly looking at though he's about to fall flat on his face, and the Hungarian nearly brings his side level in typically awkward style. However, once he had darted through a myriad of Manchester United defenders, he could only fire tamely at David de Gea at the near post.
    3/8/2014 1:57:21 PM
  • Arsenal 1 Everton 1: A great chance for Ross Barkley goes begging at the Emirates! Keiran Gibbs was easily dispossessed on the left touchline, allowing Lukaku to burst towards goal and pull a cross back to his teammate 12 yards out. However, the Everton midfielder got underneath the ball and looped his effort over Lukasz Fabianski's crossbar.
    3/8/2014 2:01:01 PM
  • West Brom 0 Manchester United 1: Robin van Persie is back in his own box to help alleviate some pressure on the Manchester United defence, but whether the Dutchman should even be on the pitch is another matter. Having been booked at the start of the second half, the striker lunged in on Steven Reid, much to the home fans' displeasure, but escaped another caution and a red card from Jonathan Moss.
    3/8/2014 2:03:32 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
  • Attention now turns to the Premier League, and specifically the bottom of the table. Seventeenth placed West Bromwich Albion have already been beaten, but four of the rest of the bottom six take to the pitch this afternoon, hoping to ease their fears. They include Cardiff and Fulham, currently occupying the final two positions, who meet each other in South Wales; the visitors have given first starts to two strikers - record signing Kostas Mitroglou and 19-year-old Cauley Woodrow.
    3/8/2014 2:53:00 PM
  • Meanwhile, speaking for Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Paul Merson has offered his advice to those clubs battling the drop. "If you don't win, get a point."

    It's a wonder his managerial career didn't take off after Walsall.
    3/8/2014 2:56:43 PM
  • Floodlights! Sky cameras! Premier League action!
    3/8/2014 3:00:37 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Fulham 0: It's hardly a surprise considering what's at stake for both clubs, but it's been a incredibly nervy start to proceedings at the Cardiff City Stadium. England youth international, Cauley Woodrow, has had one kick on his debut so far, but that was only to launch Steven Caulker up in the air.
    3/8/2014 3:09:59 PM
  • Norwich 0 Stoke: The first real chance of the afternoon has come for Peter Crouch at Carrow Road, but the gangly striker was unable to beat John Ruddy once Glenn Whelan had sent him through on goal.
    3/8/2014 3:11:51 PM
  • Hope for Fulham? Their strikeforce today is made up of six foot two Kostas Mitroglou and six foot one Cauley Woodrow.


    3/8/2014 3:13:31 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Fulham 0: Ambitious efforts at either end without reward. First, Frazier Campbell makes some space for himself on the left before curling a ball towards the top corner that Maarten Stekelburg is able to palm away, and then Mitroglou takes aim from long range, but his fierce drive is low and straight at David Marshall.
    3/8/2014 3:19:53 PM
  • Life is very lonely at the bottom...


    3/8/2014 3:21:25 PM
  • Not just that game, Steve...


    3/8/2014 3:27:11 PM
  • Cardiff 0 Fulham 0: Craig Noone is attempting to take on the Fulham defence single handedly, and he's coming out on top, at the moment. The Cardiff midfielder tricked his way past Steve Sidwell and Brede Hangeland in the middle of a surging run, but he could only pull his shot wide from the edge of the box. He took aim again, moments later, but his effort flew over the bar. High Noone.
    3/8/2014 3:30:25 PM
  • Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 0: Southampton have been the better side at Selhurst Park in the opening 35 minutes, showing more intent but, in truth, neither team have done enough to warrant breaking the deadlock.

    Meanwhile, the undervalued Jack Cork has taken a heavy kick on the ankle and will need to be replaced by Victor Wanyama. It's not all bad news for Cork though; he does get a hug from Morgan Schneiderlin as he departs the field.
    3/8/2014 3:36:24 PM
  • GOAL! Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1: GLOL for Southampton! Sorry, goal for Southampton! The visitors have the lead in unorthodox manner through Jay Rodriguez! The Saints striker beat Dean Moxey for pace in chasing a ball over the top and met the onrushing Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni with a block tackle 20 yards from goal. Rodriguez fared better in the challenge and reacted quickest to roll the ball into the empty net while sitting on his backside. More trouble at the bottom for the Eagles.
    3/8/2014 3:37:36 PM
  • Think how prolific he'd be in Brazil! Rio is miles away from the south coast...


    3/8/2014 3:44:02 PM
  • GOAL! Cardiff 1 Fulham 0: It's a big goal at the foot of the table! Steven Caulker opened the scoring when the sides met at Craven Cottage earlier this season, and he's done similar this afternoon. Fulham thought they had done the hard work by clearing a corner, but the hosts kept the ball alive and when Noone drove the ball back into the middle, the unmarked Cardiff captain was there to convert from close range. A crucial breakthrough on the stroke of half-time.
    3/8/2014 3:46:16 PM
  • Half-time - Cardiff 1 Fulham 0:
    3/8/2014 3:48:47 PM
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