Premier League live

02 October 2010 04:19
As the Premier League enters its last weekend before the international break, follow Sportsmail's live coverage of the 3pm kick-offs. There's six fixtures in total including Birmingham v Everton, Stoke v Blackburn, Sunderland v Manchester United, Tottenham v Aston Villa, West Brom v Bolton and West Ham v Fulham. Email me all your thoughts on the day's events at

 Premier League (3pm)Birmingham 0-2 Everton

Stoke 1-0 Blackburn

Sunderland 0-0 Manchester United

Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

West Brom 1-1 Bolton

West Ham 1-1 Fulham

Wigan 2-0 Wolves (12.45pm)

17.15: The games were as tight as the fixtures on paper suggested but it's been an interesting afternoon of Premier League action.

Everton are finally off the mark, and with the table so bunched only the top two teams can boast of having larger than a point gap underneath them.

That's not all for this weekend though. We will be bringing you live coverage of tomorrow's Premier League action too, highlighted with the London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Thank you for following the coverage and that's all from me today.

17.13: The result sees United go two points behind Chelsea who play tomorrow against Arsenal while the Black Cats are slap bang in the middle in tenth place.

17.11: Full-time at Sunderland.

17.10: Late show from Sunderland who win successive corners but with Van der Sar's help United survive.

17.10: In to injury time at the Stadium of light.

17.09: Asamoah Gyan has looked lively since he came on, but is there a cruel twist in this game.

17.06: Stoke's win fires them up to a season high seventh and defeat for Blackburn leaves them in twelfth behind the Trotters.

17.04: Spurs climb to fifth, while Villa remain eighth. West Brom are just behind Tottenham on goal difference, while Bolton sit mid-table.

17.02: Delicately poised at Sunderland, no signs of shutting up shop from the home side. Steve Bruce is going for this.

17.00: Everton climb out the relegation zone after ending Birmingham's one year unbeaten home record, but they will fall straight back in to it should Liverpool get any positive result tomorrow.

16.58: Despite that draw for West Ham, they go bottom of the league but such is the beauty of the current table, they in theory could go tenth if they win their next match. Fulham of course remain unbeaten.albeit with six draws.

16.55: Berbatov links well with Hernandez, to just drag his shot wide of the post.

16.52: Full-time at Stoke too, that means all eyes on the the final 15 minutes at the Stadium of Light.

16.51: Full-times at everywhere except the Britannia and Stadium of Light.

Late show: Cahill's goal ensured Everton won their first game of the season

16.49: GOAL! Birmingham 0-2 Everton

Birmingham's unbeaten home record is over, Everton's winless run is over. Leigton Baines sends in a cross for Tim Cahill to head home what looks like the final touch of the game.

16.48: Darren Bent goes close for Sunderland but Nemanja Vidic is on hand to block and concede a corner.

16.46: Birmingham have brought on Nikola Zigic in a hope to grab an equaliser against Everton, visitors looking comfortable though.

16.45: It's Green again! This time it's an even smarter stop as he produces reflex actions to keep out Dickson Ethuhu's header.

16.44: Cracking save from Green. Simon Davies is invited to run at the West Ham defecne and he has a crack from 30 yards out, which has the Hammers stopper palming the ball out for a corner.

16.43: Bolton have certainly not folded. Matt Taylor hits a sweet free-kick which sails just off target.

16.41: No further action from Upton Park either. Much at stake there. West Ham could do with a morale boosting second win in a row but Fulham will want to cling on to their unbeaten record.

16.38: All gone fairly quiet at the Stadium of Light, I was certain that was not going to finish 0-0, I yet again could be eating my words.

Head for home: James Morrison equaliser looks set to maintain West Brom's unbeaten home record

16.35: GOAL! West Brom 1-1 Bolton

Petrov has certainly paid for his miss. James Morrison has forced the ball home to set up a grand stand final 10minutes.

Double Dutch: Van der Vaart scores his second to put Tottenham ahead

16.32: GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Guess who? Rafael van der Vaart who has been fairly anonymous this half crashes home his second goal of the game to give Spurs the lead.

16.29: It should be all over at the Hawthorns. Martin Petrov is clean through on goal only has Scott Carson to beat. But he unforgivably does not even hit the target as he fires wide.

16.28: Fantastic game at White Hart Lane, John Carew and Marc Albrighton have to score from six yards for Villa out but Peter Crouch is just as guilty moments later at the other end.

16.25: The Bulgarian has made an impact already, Berbatov putting the ball in the net at the Stadium of Light but the home side are saved by the offside flag.

Bolt-on from the blue: Elmander scores his fourth goal of the season

16.23: GOAL! West Brom 0-1 Bolton

Three touches, two strikers and one goal. Kevin Davies cushions the ball for Johan Elmander who has a heavy first touch but a goal socring second, as he stretches to put the visitors ahead.

16.21: Back underway at the Stadium of Light. Looks like Sir Alex Ferguson is unleashing his secret weapon in Dimitar Berbatov.

16.17: Paul Robinson keeping Blackburn in this, he has produced a couple of top stops now as Stoke continue to dominate.

16.14: BIG penalty shout at St Andrews, Stephen Carr is certainly fouled by a clumsy outstretched leg from Leighton Baines but the referee is having none of it, much to the huge frustration of Carr.

16.12: Lively start to the second-half at the Hawthorns, Gary Cahill goes close for Bolton but James Morrison goes straight up the other end go near for the home side too.

Pink pressure: Roger Johnson pokes the ball past his own keeper

16.10: GOAL! Birmingham 0-1 Everton

It's scrappy very scrappy, but it looks like Roger Johnson gets the final touch to score an own goal. Birmingham's unbeaten home record is under threat.

16.09: What is it with this Dutchman?! Van der Vaart is once again villain at White Hart Lane after his mid-week show. He misses a glorious chance to simply finish from Peter Crouch's knock down.

Piq your spot: Piquionne scores in his second straight game

16.07: GOAL! West Ham 1-1 Fulham

Crikey, what a start to this half. Victor Obinna sends a lovely ball in the box and last week's hero Frederic Piquionne is on hand to go grab the equaliser.

Quick out the blocks: Jonathan Walters fires Stoke in front at the start of the second-half

16.06: GOAL! Stoke 1-0 Blackburn

As you can see we are back underway, and Jonathan Walters wastes no time in hitting a smart finish past Paul Robinson.

16.05: Half-time at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland will be ruing their missed chances if they do not win this.

16.00: Robert Green seems to be making an enemy in Clint Dempsey. The American has netted in his last three matches for Fulham and the USA against the Hammers stopper.

Thanks to our friends at InfoStradaLive for that stat.

15.57: End-to-end stuff! Titus Bramble gives away a silly free-kick just outside the box, and Nani steps up to fire his effort just wide of the post. This game cannot possibly end 0-0.

15.55: But it's Sunderland who go close! Bolo Zenden crashes his shot against the post, as the home side pile on the pressure once again.

Flying Dutchman: Van der Vaart scores on the stroke of half-time

15.51: Have the Black Cats missed their chance? United are starting to knock the ball around with confidence. No surprises they have been on the back foot, the Stadium of the Light is proven to be a very difficult ground to visit and grab three points.

15.49: Half-times all round in the Premier League, except the Stadium of Light who of course kicked off 20 minutes late.

15.46: GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Aston Villa

He is central to everything for this club right now. Rafael van der Vaart has equalised right on the stroke of half-time for the home side.

15.45: Sunderland well on top, you have to fear for them though. I point towards Valencia against United mid-week as a text book example of what can happen if you don't put your chances away against the Red Devils.

Denied: Malbranque is fumbled by Van der Sar

15.41: West Brom are the better side at the Hawthorns. Usual suspect Peter Odemwingie is orchestrating the game there but crucially still no goals.

15.40: The reborn again Heskey is sadly injured and has had to go off at White Hart Lane, John Carew is on in his place with Spurs looking more and more dangerous.

15.38: Big chance goes begging for Sunderland. Steed Malbranque finds himself one-on-one with Edwin van der Sar, but fluffs his lines as the Dutch stopper gets down low to keep the midfielder out. Should have scored in fairness.

15.36: Oh that's close from Matthew Etherington, his left-foot effort from 20 yards out crashes in to the side netting, with half the ground briefly celebrating.

American hero: Clint Dempsey fires Fulham ahead

15.33: GOAL! West Ham 0-1 Fulham

Clint Dempsey not the first time this year beats Robert Green. This one isn't the Hammers' stopper's fault though as the American hits a smart volley home. Sucker punch for the Hammers.

15.28: Approaching the half-hour mark and just the single goal. Do I need to do another rallying cry for goals.or even chances?

Keeping it on the ground: Nothing could separate Stoke and Blackburn early on

15.26: Fairly slow stuff at St Andrews. the only bright thing so far is Everton's pink shirts. Easy joke I know but also true.

15.22: Spurs respond, Gareth Bale's ball to the far post finds Pavlyuchenko. The Russians touch comes off Richard Dunne with the ball trickling across the goal just too quickly for Alan Hutton, who runs out of angle hitting the side netting with his strike.

15.21: After that delay we are under way at the Stadium of Light.

15.20: Speaking of sides bouncing back, West Ham applying the pressure on Fulham. The Cottagers are really struggling to get in to the game and the Hammers looking the more likely to score.

15.19: In fairness, how good do Villa look under Gerard Houllier now? A win today will make it three out of three.

15.18: If this is what Champions League football does to Spurs then clubs will be queuing up to play them on following Saturdays!

Al-bright start: Youngster Marc Albrighton puts Aston Villa 1-0 up at Tottenham

15.16: GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Aston Villa

Great work from Emile Heskey, he muscles his way past the Spurs defence and on the by-line sends the ball across for Marc Albrighton to fire home and get us going this afternoon.

15.15: Fairly uneventful start from the five (soon to be six games). I'm sure the goals are out there somewhere. Wigan v Wolves earlier a prime example.

15.14: Carnage at the Britannia. Rory Delap's throw evades everyone and hits the post before falling for Jonathan Walters who just can't get a clean strike away.

15.11: Everton, the only side without a win in England, have started well at St Andrews. Seamus Coleman should have done better than his weak header, foundations put down however.

15.09: Heurelho Gomes in injury shock! Marc Albrighton goes sliding in and collides with the Spurs keeper. It's fairly innocent though and any Tottenham fan will tell you Gomes does like a drama. He is up and running again.

15.07: Necks cranked in the air at the Britannia. The predictable long ball exchange is how it has opened. I have faith that will change though.

15.05: Bright start from Spurs. Roman Pavlyuchenko heads over the bar, no signs of a Champions League hangover so far.

15.01: Stadium of Light aside, we are off.

14.59: A burst pipe in the Manchester United dressing room means that their game at Sunderland has been delayed by 20 minutes. So don't start messaging me about Fergie time etc!

14.57: Not happy with my predictions? Any things you may think I have overlooked? Or are you just desperate to praise/slate your team> Let me know on the above address.

14.54: I failed so spectacularly at predictions last week.that I have decided to have another go!

Birmingham 1-0 EvertonStoke 1-0 BlackburnSunderland 1-1 Manchester UnitedTottenham 1-2 Aston VillaWest Brom 2-0 BoltonWest Ham 1-0 Fulham

14.51: One of the team's at the moment is West Brom, their good start highlighted by their astonishing 3-2 win at Arsenal last weekend.

One of the stars of the team is Peter Odemwingie. Click here to read Neil Moxey's piece on the Nigerian and how he felt about the racism during his time in Russia.

14.48: Team news from all six Premier League games:

Tottenham v Aston VillaTottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Huddlestone, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Jenas, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar, Corluka, Sandro.Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Ashley Young, Albrighton, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Downing, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Ireland, Carew, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan.Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)Birmingham v EvertonBirmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome. Subs: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Derbyshire, Michel, Zigic, Jiranek.Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Yakubu. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Gueye, Barkley.Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)Stoke v BlackburnStoke: Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Pennant,Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones. Subs: Begovic, Higginbotham, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Wilson, Sanli.Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Nzonzi, Jones, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Mame Diouf. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Kalinic, Andrews, Mwaruwari, Hoilett, Chimbonda.Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)Sunderland v Man UtdSunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Malbranque, Cattermole, Henderson, Zenden, Bent, Elmohamady. Subs: Gordon, Mensah, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid, Ferdinand, Gyan.Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Anderson, Macheda, Owen. Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Berbatov, Smalling, Hernandez, Gibson, Bebe.Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)West Ham v FulhamWest Ham: Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon, Barrera, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Stech, Tomkins, Cole, Kovac, McCarthy, Ilunga, Stanislas.Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Eddie Johnson, Dempsey. Subs: Etheridge, Pantsil, Gera, Kamara, Riise, Greening, Halliche.Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)West Brom v BoltonWest Brom: Carson, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Pablo, Barnes, Reid, Fortune, Cox.Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Ricketts, Moreno, Blake.Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

14.45: I don't think I have ever seen a Premier League Saturday where it's pretty much hard to pick a certain winner in any of the fixtures.

Good afternoon and Welcome to coverage of the 3pm kick-offs. Team news on the way.

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