Just the four 3pm starts in England’s top tier this Saturday afternoon.
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- Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland
- Chelsea 4-1 Norwich
- Swansea 2-2 Reading
- West Brom 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
- Wigan 2-2 Everton
- West Ham v Arsenal (5.30pm)
14.30 – Right, I’d love nothing more than to promise you no talk of Ashley Cole, John Terry and #twatgate. Sadly, I can’t.
We’ve got four games to bring you updates from over the next two hours and, with Premier League leaders taking on 18th-placed Norwich, the English pair have been named in Roberto Di Matteo’s starting XI – meaning they will no doubt be featuring fairly prominently throughout.
All the team news will be along shortly.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Michu, Ki, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Hernandez, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.
Reading: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Cummings, McAnuff, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Hunt. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Le Fondre, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Roberts.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Gueye, Anichebe, Duffy.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Ramires, Moses, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.
Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson, Tettey, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Turner, Snodgrass, Jackson, Pilkington, Morison, Ryan Bennett.
West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Daniels, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, Lukaku, Dawson, Fortune.
QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Granero, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Park, Zamora. Subs: Green, Traore, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Hoilett, Faurlin.
14.49 – Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner have given Man City a deserved win over Sunderland at the Etihad. Those three points puts the Citizens into second place – a point behind Chelsea with one game more played.
14.57 – That’s the teams. Irish involvement looks like this:
Starting: Shane Long (West Brom), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), James McCarthy (Wigan), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Noel Hunt and Jay Tabb (Reading), McClean and O’Shea (Sunderland, already played).
On the bench: Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), Shane Duffy (Everton)
15.02 – Sides are out at the Bridge. Frank Lampard comes in for Ramires in the only change from the win over Arsenal. Chris Hughton’s side sees five changes from last weekend’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. It’s going to be another difficult day for the Canaries.
15.05 – Fernando Torres, hold your head in shame. The Spaniard beats the offside trap to collect a super pass from Lampard, but hesitates and cut backs inside – allowing Leon Barnett to get a toe in.
15.07 – GOAL! West Brom 1-0 QPR (James Morrison)
The Baggies are ahead with the first goal of the afternoon. Shane Long gets down the right-hand side, beating Clint Hill before crossing for Morrison to head past Julio Cesar.
15.10 – Who else wants to see Long start alongside Jon Walters against Germany on Friday?
15.12 – GOAL! Wigan 1-0 Everton (Arouna Kone)
Shaun Maloney delivers for the Ivorian, whose headed goal is his third for the Latics.
15.15 – GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Norwich (Grant Holt)
The visitors take a lead against the run of play and it’s their No.1 striker Holt, who smashes a knock-down into the bottom corner after Hoolahan’s cross to the back post.
15.16 – GOAL! Wigan 1-1 Everton (Nikica Jelavic)
Two minutes haven’t passed and Everton are level. Steven Pienaar tries his luck from distance and his effort is redirected on target by the head of Croatian international Nikica Jelavic.
15.18 – GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (Fernando Torres)
The visitors are ahead for just four minutes as Chelsea equalise through El Nino. Lampard chips to Juan Mata, who tees up Branislav Ivanovic with a back-heel. His cross finds Torres and the Spaniard glances a head beyond John Ruddy.
15.21 – Ghanaian midfielder Alex Terry gets Hoolahan’s pass all wrong and heads towards the corner flag. It’s recycled but Petr Cech eventually collects after initially flapping at a high ball.
15.23 – GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Norwich (Frank Lampard)
And they’re in front. Torres attempts an overhead kick which is blocked. When the ball falls to the edge of the box, Lampard arrives right on time to drill into the bottom corner. Third Premier League goal of the season for the 34-year-old.
15.26 – GOAL! West Brom 2-0 QPR (Zoltan Gera)
Morrison looks to cross for Long but Anton Ferdinand clears… only as far as Hungarian international Gera, who doubles the home side’s lead at The Hawthorns.
Gera shoots past Cesar. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images
15.28 – GOAL! Wigan 2-1 Everton (Franco Di Santo)
Kone pulls back for this strike partner and Di Santo plants the ball into the roof of the net as Wigan go ahead for a second time.
Ashley Cole has missed a good header for Chelsea, meanwhile.
15.30 – The only 3 o’clock game without a goal is at the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea are edging it against Reading.
15.32 – GOAL! Chelsea 3-1 Norwich (Eden Hazard)
Norwich completely pulled apart just there. Mata wins possession, advances forward under no pressure and slides through an exquisite pass to Hazard, who won’t miss from 10 yards out.
15.35 – GOAL! Swansea 0-1 Reading (Pavel Pogrebnyak)
The Russian striker with his fourth goal for the Royals against the run of play. It’s Reading’s 100th goal in the Premier League.
15.40 – GOAL! West Brom 2-1 QPR (Abel Taarabt)
Esteban Granero chips into Taarabt and the Moroccan takes the pass on the chest, then scores a brilliant volley.
15.45 – Here’s where Mata squeezed a pass through the Norwich backline for Hazard’s goal…
Since then, Oscar has his strike from the edge of the box saved by Ruddy and Holt heads wide. We’re a minute from half-time.
15.46 – GOAL! Swansea 0-2 Reading (Noel Hunt)
Our first Irish scorer of the day. A shot is deflected into the air and Hunt keep his eye on the ball to volley past Vorm. The Swans don’t deserve to be 2-0 down but that’s football.
15.48 – Half-time scores:
- Chelsea 3-1 Norwich
- Swansea 0-2 Reading
- West Brom 2-1 QPR
- Wigan 2-1 Everton
15.58 – Watch Chelsea’s first and third goals:
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16.03 – The second half has started. Huge ask for Norwich but they did show they can create against this Chelsea team and will need to score the next goal if they’re to leave London with anything other than defeat.
16.05 – As I type, the Canaries find joy again from wide. Bradley Johnson sends the ball in and Holt rises highest but heads wide. Promising start though.
16.11 – Big penalty shout for Chelsea. Leon Barnett attempts to usher the ball back to Ruddy but Hazard has other ideas. The former Lille star is then brought down when Barnett sticks out a leg but referee Anthony Taylor doesn’t give it.
16.15 – Chelsea probing for a fourth. Oscar has another shot saved by Ruddy, then Hazard feeds Mata but the Norwich stopper blocks his toe-poke.
16.16 – Alex McCarthy with an excellent save from Luke Moore at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea still trail by two in that one.
16.22 – Chances at both end at the DW Stadium. Kevin Miralles for Everton then Wigan’s Kone comes close.
16.24 – Applause rings around Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard leaves the field to be replaced by Ramires. 22 minutes left to play.
Anthony Pilkington on for Johnson.
16.30 – More fine goalkeeping from Reading’s Alex McCarthy. Keeps Swansea midfielder Ki at bay.
16.32 – GOAL! Swansea 1-2 Reading (Michu)
Diving header from Swansea’s top scorer pulls one back. The home team all over Reading in the second half.
16.36 – GOAL! Chelsea 4-1 Norwich (Branislav Ivanovic)
Three points wrapped up for the Pensioner and it’s Serbian defender Ivanovic with the fourth. Mata flicks a cross back towards the six-yard box and the Serbian defender smashes the ball into the net.
Chris Hughton gives Ryan Bennett and Steve Morrison 12 minutes of game time, while Di Matteo hands Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta his Premier League debut.
16.39 – GOAL! Swansea 2-2 Reading (Wayne Routledge)
Two nil down at half-time but Michael Laudrup’s men have pulled level through Wayne Routledge. The winger plays a one-two with Moore then thumps a shot with the outside of his boot.
16.42 – All four of Chelsea’s Spanish contingent on the pitch now. Oriol Romeu joins the action with Jon Obi Mikel going off. The result has been assured but Chelsa want another goal.
16.45 – GOAL! West Brom 3-1 QPR (Youssouf Mulumbu)
Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu with goal No.3, which means the Rs will be rooted to the bottom of the table tonight.
16.46 – PENALTY TO EVERTON
16.48 – GOAL! Wigan 2-2 Everton (Leighton Baines)
Against his former club, Toffees full-back smashes the spot-kick into the roof of the net. That’s likely to earn Everton a share of the spoils.
16.49 – Full-time: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich
16.51 – GOAL! West Brom 3-2 QPR (Esteban Granero)
Real Madrid’s onloan midfielder pulls one back for the Londoners, but it’s seems too little, too late.
16.54 – Full-time: Wigan 2-2 Everton
16.56 – Full-time: West Brom 3-2 QPR
16.57 – Full-time: Swansea 2-2 Reading
17.04 – So Chelsea have no trouble seeing off Norwich and stay top of the table – four points ahead of second-placed Man City, who won 3-0 at home to Sunderland earlier today.
Everton come back twice to claim a point at the DW and stay third, while West Brom continue their terrific form under Steve Clarke and leapfrog Man United (who meet Newcastle United tomorrow) into fourth.
Swansea, meanwhile, end a three-game winless run by clawing back two goals against Reading.
I’m wrapping this liveblog up but don’t worry as West Ham host Arsenal in about 25 minutes and we’ll be bringing you all the action from Upton Park shortly.