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Sunday’s Premier League as it happened including Aston Villa 2 Hull 1, Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 and Leicester 1 Arsenal 1

Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at Tottenham in the Premier League. 
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was Sunday in the Premier League. Sam Dymond was on hand with all the action on a day that saw Liverpool claim a thumping 3-0 victory at Tottenham, newly-promoted Leicester hold Arsenal to a draw and Aston Villa sneak past Hull City.


    • Aston Villa 2 (Agbonlahor 14', Weimann 36') Hull 1 (Cissokho OG 74') FT
    • Villa remain unbeaten after impressive first half display
    • Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 (Sterling 8', Gerrard 49', Moreno 60') FT
    • Reds run riot at White Hart Lane as Balotelli makes debut
    • Leicester 1 (Ulloa 22') Arsenal 1 (Sanchez 20') FT
    • Sanchez scores first Gunners goal, but side are held by impressive Foxes
    8/31/2014 11:07:28 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's action in the Premier League.

    After a goal-frenzied day on Saturday, there are three further matches for us to get our teeth into thi...oh no, he's gone to Barcelona. Still, with Mario Balotelli back in the Premier League, who knows what could happen over the next six hours.

    The Italian could make his return this lunchtime when his new Liverpool side take on Mauricio Pochettino's new-look Tottenham; Spurs have won their first two games of the season. At the same time, 116 miles north, Aston Villa are also in action; Paul Lambert's team haven't conceded yet in the Premier League, and face a Hull side coming off the disappointment of an early Europa League exit on Thursday night.

    And then straight after Balotelli's meltdown, we'll be heading to the King Power Stadium as newly-promoted Leicester City, 
    Esteban Cambiasso et al, host Arsenal.

    I’m Sam Dymond, and I’ll be here to talk you through all three fixtures. If you want to have your say on any game or the weekend as a whole, then either 'make a comment' using the facility above, tweet @sammydymond or send an old fashioned email to
    8/31/2014 11:06:52 AM
  • Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool kicks-off at White Hart Lane at 1.30pm.

    8/31/2014 11:22:24 AM
  • Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut at Tottenham this afternoon, but, as Tim Rich briefly explains in his match preview, his new manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to get the best out of the Italian, even if it means not pampering to the temperamental striker.

    Balotelli has already asked if he can take Liverpool’s penalties – only to be reminded that Steven Gerrard has that job. Liverpool’s manager said he understood that indulging Balotelli, something Mancini was accused of, is the surest way for him to fail.
    8/31/2014 11:30:23 AM
  • The teams are in from Villa Park and White Hart Lane.

    Aston Villa v Hull

    Paul Lambert goes with the same side that were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle while Steve Bruce makes a single change. The Hull manager gives a debut to Michael Dawson at centre-half with James Chester suspended following his red card against Stoke.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Senderos, Hutton, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor

    Subs: Given, Baker, Bacuna, Cole, Bent, Sanchez, Grealish

    Hull: McGregor, McShane, Davies, Dawson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Quinn, Huddlestone, Robertson, Ince, Jelavic

    Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg

    Tottenham v Liverpool

    The big news from White Hart Lane is that Mario Balotelli starts for Liverpool in one of three changes that Brendan Rodgers makes to the side that lost at Manchester City. The Italian replaces Philippe Coutinho while Javi Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho come in for Glen Johnson and the injured Martin Skrtel. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino names an unchanged team after Spurs spanked Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor

    Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Townsend, Kane

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli

    Subs: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Can, Markovic, Lambert, Coutinho

    Referee: Phil Dowd
    8/31/2014 11:30:57 AM
  • Good news for Liverpool supporters!


    8/31/2014 11:38:25 AM
  • The focus may be on North London, and what Tottenham and Liverpool serve up, but there will be the odd eye - very odd, I suppose - on Villa Park. Aston Villa have have taken four points from their opening two games, and have yet to concede a goal. That defensive stability is in no part down to the displays of Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar, but as striker Andi Weimann tells Simon Hart, the imperious form of the centre-half is no surprise to his Villa teammates.

    The Dutchman’s displays in Brazil also underline just why the club’s fans will be relieved when the transfer window shuts tomorrow with Vlaar, now entering the final year of his deal, still at Villa. Their promising start to the season – four points and two clean sheets – hint at a new-found defensive resolve and Vlaar’s presence is crucial.
    8/31/2014 12:25:51 PM
  • The teams are out on the pitch, handshakes have been exchanged, Alan Parry is talking nonsense which can only mean one thing - adverts.

    Apparently, kick-off is only moments away.
    8/31/2014 12:29:49 PM
  • KICK-OFF: We're underway at White Hart Lane and at Villa Park. Both London and Birmingham appear awash with sunny, new-season weather. Enjoy it while you can, it will be September tomorrow and bucketing down. 
    8/31/2014 12:30:35 PM
  • 3 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 0:

    Oh Mario! He could have - almost certainly should have - helped himself to the dream start on his Liverpool debut! Daniel Sturridge found space on the left flank to curl over a cross to his new strike partner at the far post, and the Italian got up highest to meet the ball, but his firm header was palmed away by the scampering Hugo Lloris.
    8/31/2014 12:34:36 PM

    Liverpool lead! And it looked so easy! Yet so brilliant! Daniel Sturridge opened up the Tottenham defence with a curling low pass, played with the outside of his left foot from the right flank, towards Jordan Henderson moving into the penalty area. The Liverpool midfielder, for the second time this season, needed just one touch to pick out Raheem Sterling, and sent a perfect pass between Kaboul and Lloris toward the youngster at the far post. All that was needed from the youngster was a simple finish, and he duly obliged for his second goal of the season.

    Raheem Sterling celebrates giving Liverpool the lead. 
    8/31/2014 12:38:03 PM
  • 9 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    Spurs goes close to hitting back straight away as Emmanuel Adebayor races onto a long ball over the top, but the striker manages to lob the ball over the crossbar as well as Simon Mignolet.
    8/31/2014 12:43:46 PM
  • 14 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    It's another headed chance for Balotelli at the far post, and again the new Liverpool striker gets it all wrong! This time the opportunity arose from a Steven Gerrard free-kick, whipped in from the left, and the striker found himself unmarked, but his effort was poor and off target.
    8/31/2014 12:44:33 PM
  • 14 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1 HULL 0:

    Hull's bad week has got even worse at Villa Park, and the Tigers are a goal behind in the first quarter of an hour! Steve Bruce's team had tried to play the ball out from the back, but when the move broke down, Andreas Weimann was on to it in a flash. The Austrian combined well with a teammate before setting up Gabriel Agbonlahor just inside the penalty area, and the forward turned sharply to fire a low shot past Allan McGregor and into the bottom corner.

    8/31/2014 12:44:57 PM
  • 23 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    Mamadou Sakho should give Dejan Lovren the window seat on the coach back to Merseyside this evening because his defensive partner has just helped the Frenchman out of a big hole he dug himself by needlessly giving the ball away. It looked as though Adebayor was about to take full advantage by cutting inside and have free reign on Mignolet's goal, but from nowhere, Lovren appeared with an excellent saving tackle.
    8/31/2014 12:55:33 PM
  • 27 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    Tottenham's best spell of the game ends with Danny Rose having sight of goal 20 yards out, but the defender sliced his effort well wide and into the crowd. Nevertheless, the home fans are on their feet and buoyant, and it's all stemmed from a crunching Eric Dier tackle on Balotelli minutes ago. Hard but fair, it left the Italian on the floor in a heap, and sparked Spurs players and fans into action; Joe Allen tried to reciprocated the physicality of Dier, but the midfielder was booked for his challenge on Erik Lamela.
    8/31/2014 1:00:52 PM
  • 32 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    The best and worst of Mario Balotelli in one move! The striker shows great strength to wrestle his marker out of the game and send Sterling on the chase with a through ball. Lloris was out of his box and first to it, but the goalkeeper could only scuff his clearance straight back to the Italian. Taking one touch to steady himself, Balotelli then thumped a horrible follow-up shot high and wide of the Tottenham goal before holding his hamstring as if it were somehow to blame. That's the kind of thing I do when I run for a bus and miss it.

    8/31/2014 1:03:36 PM
  • 36 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2 HULL 0:

    Hull are hitting the self-destruct button! Once more, Villa have scored as a result of the Tigers giving the ball away in defence, but that doesn't do justice to the lovely flowing move that followed the error. Fabian Delph, Agbonlahor and Kieran Richardson were all involved before the latter squared a low cross into the box for Andreas Weimann. The Austrian took one touch to control before turning and firing low past McGregor.

    8/31/2014 1:06:35 PM
  • 40 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 0:

    It was nearly three! Hull were again slack and the back, and the game's opening goalscorer, Agbonlahor, nipped in to take possession inside the penalty area and shoot. However, McGregor was this time equal to the effort, saving well low down at his near post.
    8/31/2014 1:13:00 PM
  • 42 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 1:

    Brilliant reaction save by Simon Mignolet! Sakho, Lovren and Adebayor all rose to meet a lofted ball towards the edge of the Liverpool penalty area, and when all three missed it, Nacer Chadli found himself through on goal. The ball didn't sit up conveniently for the Belgian, but he still managed to postition himself to hammer a volley towards his compatriot between the Liverpool posts. It may have been straight at Mignolet, but the power alone meant the Liverpool goalkeeper had to be at his best to turn the shot over the bar.
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  • 44 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 0:

    Ashley Westwood his the crossbar with a brilliant free-kick! The former Crewe midfielder lined up a set-piece 25 yards out, but his sumptuous curling effort had just too much spin on it and rocketed it away off the upright. A three-goal lead at half-time would have been the least that Aston Villa - and more pertinently Hull - would have deserved.

    8/31/2014 1:17:36 PM
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  • What this statistic doesn't mention is that 80% of them were awful...

    8/31/2014 1:23:17 PM
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF: They're back underway in North London and the West Midlands, and the only change of note at the half-time break is that Mario Balotelli has swapped a pink boot for a yellow one. Hull's Liam Rosenior is also on for Curtis Davies but that's not of nearly as much interest to Sky and Twitter.
    8/31/2014 1:32:39 PM

    Whatever Mauricio Pochettino said to his Tottenham players at half-time, you can bet it wasn't needlessly put your arms all over their players while they're surging into the penalty area. Unfortunately for the London side, that's exactly what Eric Dier has done to Joe Allen two minutes after the break, and although it was only a slight pull, there was enough contact to warrant Phil Dowd into giving the penalty.

    Balotelli may have wanted the spotkick, but with Steven Gerrard on the pitch, it was never going to happen. The Liverpool captain showed why he's still the club's main man from 12 yards, dispatching the his left and Hugo Lloris' right with such intent that not even the fingertips of the French keeper could keep it out. The Reds are in full control at White Hart Lane!

    Steven Gerrard nets Liverpool's second from the penalty spot. 
    8/31/2014 1:35:03 PM
  • That second goal has pleased at least one Liverpool playing/supporting family...

    I could certainly go three burgers at the moment.
    8/31/2014 1:45:42 PM

    What a brilliant goal by Alberto Moreno! Andros Townsend had only just been brought on to install some new attacking intent in Tottenham, but his first action was to be dispossessed by the Spanish left-back on the touchline just inside the Liverpool half. Still, there would have been no reason to panic with the ball some 65 yards from goal, but Moreno ran and ran and ran, making his way inside, and as he broke into the area, he unleashed a fierce low drive across Lloris that swerved into the far corner. Superb! After beating Tottenham 5-0 and 4-0 last season, Liverpool are now three up on Spurs.

    Liverpool's Alberto Moreno celebrates his wonder strike.
    8/31/2014 1:46:57 PM
  • 62 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    Mario Balotelli's Liverpool debut is over, and while the Italian's finishing would be best described as rusty, there will have been plenty to please the striker and his manager Brendan Rodgers. 
    Lazar Markovic is on his place, and with the visitors' tails up, this is a great opportunity for the Serbian to make his mark on the Premier League.
    8/31/2014 1:54:33 PM
  • 70 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    Raheem Sterling has only spent a week with Mario Balotelli, but he must have picked something up from his new teammate already because he's just combined the beautifully sublime with the ridiculously awful in the one move. The teenager showed incredible control to dribble past four dozing Tottenham defenders, but when confronted with Hugo Lloris six yards out, he flopped a feeble shot straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

    8/31/2014 1:59:14 PM
  • 74 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2 HULL 1:

    It's set up for a grandstand finish at Villa Park! Aston Villa have been in complete control of this match, but they'll have a nervous final 16 minutes to play out now. Robbie Brady swung over a free-kick from the left-hand side which Nikica Jelavic got to first. Braz Guan looked to have the Croatian's header covered, but, in an attempt to help his goalkeeper out, Aly Cissokho diverted the ball past the American with his own head for an own-goal. It's the first goal Aston Villa have conceded this season and it could prove costly.

    8/31/2014 2:02:15 PM
  • 80 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 1:

    And now Hull are having a real go at their hosts! Jake Livermore thought he had done enough to bring his side level with a lovely curling effort from outside the box, but Guzan flung himself to his left to tip the shot over the crossbar. That's what the American is capable of when Aly Cissokho isn't getting in the way of things.
    8/31/2014 2:09:07 PM
  • 83 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    This has been an absolute masterclass of a performance from Liverpool, and it's real poke in the eye for those who thought the Reds wouldn't be a player in the title race this season (and that includes this idiot blogger). A lovely crisp move involving Henderson, Sterling, Gerrard and Emre Can ends with Daniel Sturridge curling a shot wide of goal. It's the visitors 17th attempt on goal, eight of which have been on target; in reply, Spurs have had just seven with only one troubling Simon Mignolet.
    8/31/2014 2:12:57 PM
  • 90 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 1:

    Aston Villa have thrown on exciting youngster Jack Grealish for the final quarter of an hour to trouble a tiring Hull defence, and the flying winger has certainly done that. Jelavic, Stephen Quinn and Ahmed Elmohamady have all been booked for fouls on the 18-year-old. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of added time for Grealish and the rest of his team to hold out for the win.
    8/31/2014 2:19:24 PM
  • 90+1 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    The Tottenham supporters will go home absolutely furious! Not only have they seen their team given the runaround this afternoon, but their lasting memory will be of Phil Dowd refusing to give them a stonewall penalty in injury time. Dejan Lovren has enjoyed his battle with Adebayor this afternoon, and the Croatian helped himself to the striker's shirt two minutes early when Dier played a long ball into the box. The tug back of the striker was obvious to all inside the ground, but the referee - situation less than ten foot away - was unmoved.
    8/31/2014 2:20:04 PM
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  • Team news from the King Power Stadium. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson names the same team that were so admirable in defeat at Stamford Bridge last time out in the Premier League, but eye-catching new signing Esteban Cambiasso is on the bench after gaining international clearance. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger makes three changes to the side that clawed their way back at Everton; Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo come in for Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, King, Hammond, Schlupp, Nugent, Ulloa

    Subs: Hamer, Drinkwater, Vardy, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Wasilewski, Wood

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Sanogo

    Subs: Martinez, Chambers, Rosicky, Campbell, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski

    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    8/31/2014 2:43:13 PM
  • Leicester versus Arsenal kicks-off at the King Power Stadium at 4pm.

    8/31/2014 2:46:41 PM
  • Some out of tune trumpeting welcomes the Leicester and Arsenal teams to the field in front of a packed King Power Stadium. The Foxes gave Everton a frantically tough afternoon in their home game back in the top-flight a fortnight ago, what have they got in store for the Gunners?
    8/31/2014 2:58:33 PM
  • KICK-OFF: Arsenal get the final Premier League game of the weekend going, dressed inexplicably in their away strip of yellow and blue; a kit that is deemed to clash less with Leicester's blue than red does. Within seconds, Mathieu Debuchy is on the deck following a robust challenge - it's going to be one of those afternoons for the visitors.
    8/31/2014 3:00:53 PM
  • Fed up of the heavy sarcasm on this page? Here's some bonafide tactical discussion from JPB...

    8/31/2014 3:05:17 PM
  • 6 mins: It's been an open start to proceedings in East Midlands with both sides making headway down the right flanks without forcing any clearcut chances. Ritchie De Laet, in particular, has bombed up and down his wing, and will look to test Nacho Monreal's resolve throughout the afternoon.
    8/31/2014 3:08:27 PM
  • 11 mins: Aaron Ramsey, who looks as out of place with a beard as Paul Konchesky does with hair,  tries to bring an end to the tippy-tappy affair the game has manifested into, and lines up a long range effort that clatters into the intimidating frame of Wes Morgan. The deflection had back-pedalling Kasper Schmeichel momentarily worried, but the ball screwed wide for the game's first corner.
    8/31/2014 3:13:46 PM
  • 17 mins: A burst of excitement sees both sets of fans oooohing within seconds of each other. First, Mesut Ozil tries a cheeky chip over the Leicester backline, but the long, gangly legs of Yaya Sanogo aren't quite long or gangly enough to reach the ball before Schmeichel takes it under control, and then at the other end, Algerian World Cup star, Riyad Mahrez, cut inside and fired a low drive just wide of Szczesny's right-hand post. Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has taken a whack on the head, and after some treatment off the pitch, has returned to action wearing a suspect shower cap.
    8/31/2014 3:19:33 PM
  • 20 mins: GOAL! LEICESTER 0 ARSENAL 1:

    Arsenal are in front, and it's come courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's first goal in English football! If at first you don't succeed, try again, and that was exactly what Arsenal's playmakers did with a similar chip over the top of the home defence for Sanogo. This time the striker did connect with the ball, but he needn't have bothered such was the poor execution of the shot. However, anticipating a stronger strike, Schmeichel had leapt to out to save, and instead deflected the ball into the path of Sanchez, who kept his cool to drill past the myriad of defenders on the line.

    8/31/2014 3:20:19 PM
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