Survival Sunday: All the final day Premier League action as it happened
24 May 2009 07:00
5.56pm: IT'S ALL OVER! Newcastle and Middlesbrough join West Brom in the Championship next season after both lost 1-0 against Aston Villa and West Ham respectively. There's jubilant scenes at the KC Stadium, despite losing to Manchester United, Newcastle's defeat at Villa Park secures Hull's Premier League status for another season. Sunderland also escape despite losing 3-2 at home to Chelsea. Fulham, who lost 2-0 at home to Everton, guarantee the final Europa League place after Liverpool beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield.
5.54pm: David Edgar has been sent off at Villa Park. Things are going from bad to worse for Newcastle.
5.49pm: GOAL! Kenwyne Jones heads Sunderland back into the game against Chelsea. 3-2. Leon Osman has doubled Everton's lead at Fulham.
5.47pm: Agonising moments for Newcastle as Jose Enrique's cross cum shot flashes just past Friedel's far post. The Magpies need a moment of inspiration for someone!
5.45pm: GOAL!: Ashley Cole scores for Chelsea to increase their lead at Sunderland. Game over at the Stadium of Light.
5.41pm: GOAL: Yossi Benayoun re-establishes Liverpool's two goal cushion against Spurs.
5.40pm: John Carew has just missed an absolute sitter! Time's running out for Newcastle!
5.39pm: GOAL! Robbie Keane scores on his return to Anfield - but Spurs still trail Liverpool 2-1.
5.34pm: GOAL! Chelsea take a 2-1 lead against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light through Solomon Kalou. Thankfully for Sbragia's side Hull, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are all losing which should guarantee their top-flight status.
5.30pm: Barry should have scored for Villa after sending a right-foot strike just wide. Newcastle are still breathing.just! Jason Roberts has been sent off for Blackburn in their clash against West Brom.
5.27pm: Owen replaces Kevin Nolan at Villa Park. Can he be the Magpies' saviour?
5.24pm: GOAL! Dirk Kuyt, via a Alan Hutton deflection, doubles Liverpool's lead against Spurs. Fulham look dead set for that last Europa League spot.
5.20pm: Micheal Owen is warming up at Villa Park. Alan Shearer needs to do something.and quick!
5.17pm: GOAL! Junior Stanislas has put West Ham back in front against Middlesbrough who now look doomed.
5.10pm: GOAL! Gary O'Neil equalises for Middlesbrough at West Ham to give Gareth Southgate's side a tiny glimmer of hope. Kieran Richardson pounces on a Petr Cech mistake to ease Sunderland away from their relegation fears against Chelsea.
5.06pm: GOAL! Nicolas Anelka scores his 25th goal of the season to keep Sunderland nerves on edge against Chelsea. That secures the Golden Boot for Anelka with Cristiano Ronaldo not playing today.
5.04pm: The teams are coming back out for the second half. This is it folks, the final 45 minutes of the 2008/09 Premier League season. Who will still be in the division for the 09/10 campaign?
4.52pm: OK, here's where we stand at half-time. Newcastle and Middlesbrough will drop down into the Championship next season, while Fulham will join Everton and Villa in the Europa League. Will there be a sting in the tail?
4.46pm: Martins misses another superb chance to score for Newcastle. Nerve-jangling stuff!
4.45pm: GOAL! Everton take the lead at Fulham thanks to Leon Osman. But the Cottagers still occupy that final Europa League place with Spurs losing at Anfield.
4.44pm: GOAL! Van Persie scores his second to give Arsenal a 4-1 lead over Stoke.
4.39pm GOAL! Aston Villa's Gareth Barry via a massive deflection off Damien Duff sends Newcastle back into the bottom three. As it stands Middlesbrough and the Magpies will be playing Championship football next season. Unbelievable stuff!
4.37pm: GOAL! Carlton Cole has scored for West Ham to send Middlesbrough a step closer to the Championship.
4.36pm: GOAL! Spurs' Europa League hopes look bleak now after Fernando Torres hands Liverpool the lead at Anfield. Stoke have pulled one back at the Emirates thanks to Ricardo Fuller's penalty.
4.29pm: GOAL! Hugo Rodallega puts Wigan ahead at home to Portsmouth.
4.26pm: GOAL! Darron Gibson gives United the lead at Hull. If things stay as they are Hull go down with Middlesbrough.
4.22pm: GOAL! Abou Diaby heads Arsenal into a three-goal lead against the Potters.
4.21pm: Craig Gardener forces Steve Harper into a super save at Villa Park to keep Newcastle on level terms
4.20pm: GOAL! Robin van Persie doubles Arsenal's lead against Stoke from the penalty spot.
4.16pm: Oh my word! Obafemi Martins misses a superb chance of Newcastle at Villa Park. Will the Magpies live to rue that missed opportunity?
4.14pm: GOAL! James Beattie's own goal gives Arsenal the lead at the Emirates against Stoke.
4.11pm: GOAL! Felipe Caicedo gives Manchester City the lead at home against Bolton.
4.10pm: Damien Duff nearly sends Newcastle delirious - but Brad Friedel tips the makeshift left-back's rasper just round the post.
4.10pm: Gary Neville nearly gifts Hull a dream start at the KC Stadium but Craig Fagan and Nick Barmby can't capitalise on the defender's mistake.
4.04pm: Gabby Agbonlahor has Magpies hearts pumping after sending a header just wide of Steve Harper's up right. Phew!
3.58pm: Right, here we go! Two hours away from ecstasy or despair for Hull, Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Who will be laughing come 6 o'clock?
3.53pm: Away from the relegation battle, Sami Hyypia is named on the bench at Anfield for the visit of Spurs in what will be his final game in Liverpool colours.
3.42pm: Dean Marney replaces the ineligible Manucho for Hull in their nerve-wracking clash against Manchester United.
3.37pm: Tony McMahon replaces the injured Stewart Downing as Gareth Southgate makes just one change for Middlesbrough's visit to West Ham.
3.34pm Steed Malbranque has passed a fitness test and starts for Sunderland as Ricky Sbragia names an unchanged side for the team that lost at Portsmouth.
3.29pm: Newcastle striker Michael Owen is named on the bench for Newcastle's trip to Villa Park. David Edgar and Fabricio Collocini replace the hamstrung Habib Beye and suspended Sebastien Bassong. Peter Lovenkrands comes in for Jonas Gutierrez.
3.26pm Craig Gardner comes comes in for Emile Heskey in Villa's only change for the vital clash against the Magpies.
3.24pm: Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has named the side which lost at Portsmouth at Monday night and left Djibril Cisse on the bench.
3.23pm: Frank Lampard is out of the Chelsea side to face Sunderland.
The England international has not travelled to Wearside and is believed to have suffered an injury. Lampard's place has gone to Juliano Belletti. Nicolas Anelka starts alongside Didier Drogba.
3.10pm: The Manchester United team to play Hull is in and it is very inexperienced. Richie De Laet is handed his United debut, Lee Martin will make his first League start while Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck are both named in the starting 11. Darren Fletcher and Gary Neville both start.
3.07pm: It looks as if Hull's player of the year Andy Turner will be off if the summer if the Tigers fail. I've just seen comments from him admitting playing top-flight football next season is his top priority. The plot thickens.
3.03pm: Just under an hour to go until Survival Sunday kicks-off. Oh the tension!
2.56pm: I'm just watching scenes of the League One play-off final. Scunthorpe are jubilant after their 3-2 win over Milwall. So, where will the bubbly be flowing later on this afternoon?
2.35pm: Newcastle have just arrived at Villa Park and Alan Shearer looks relaxed - but his stomach must be churning right now.
2.31pm: So who will join West Brom in the Championship next season? I just have a sneaky feeling that the Geordies will escape at the expense of Hull and Middlesbrough. Don't ask me why, I just do!
2.23pm: Relegation isn't the only issue to be resolved today. Spurs and Fulham are both fighting it out for the final Europa League place.
2.15pm: Word is that Michael Owen will only be good for a place on the bench at Aston Villa due to a groin problem - I'll let you know as soon as all the afternoon's team news is confirmed.
2.10pm: Well, here we are. The next few hours will make or break hundreds of supporters' summer holidays as Newcastle, Middlesbrough , Hull City and Sunderland enter a four-way battle for Premier League survival. You can follow all the ups, downs, highs and lows right here.
2pm: The waiting is nearly over but now is when the torture really begins.
There are four clubs vying to avoid the trapdoor that leads directly to the Championship.
Sunderland and Hull currently stand outside of the relegation zone but their places can be taken by Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Expect a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns throughout the afternoon as the country fixes its eyes on the four clubs from the north-east area.
And in all the madness at the bottom of the table, don't forget that London rivals Fulham and Tottenham will be battling it out for their final European spot.
We'll bring you all the action as it happens from all the games. Or if your focus is solely on one of the games, you can follow it a Sportsmail's team of reporters providing minute-by-minute commentary from every Barclays Premier League game today.