Arsenal v Tottenham

7:26: That's it! The final whistle has been blown and Arsenal and Spurs share the points. Mauricio Pochettino will obviously be the happier of the two managers; his side coped admirably under mounting Arsenal pressure following their equaliser although he won't be pleased with the manner in which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored.

Arsenal move to fourth in the Premier League, six points behind league leaders and next week's opponents Chelsea while Tottenham sit in eighth.


Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

7:22: Spurs have a brilliant chance to break as Vertonghen confidently carries the ball upfield, relieving some of the pressure on his side. But with options either side of him the Belgian gets caught in two minds and loses possession and has to race back as Arsenal counter. Ozil lifts a ball into the box but Dier clears.

7:18: Five minutes of injury time added on.

7:16: Spurs don't look settled at all: Lloris calls for his defence to leave a misplaced Arsenal pass but Vertonghen trots over to hoof the ball clear. Arsenal continue to press.

7:14: Cazorla takes the free kick but it is cleared by Mason and Tottenham can briefly regroup.

7:13: Chambers wins a free kick for his side near the byline after winning the ball back from Lennon. The 19-year-old has had an excellent game today.

7:11: The versatile Eric Dier has also come on for Spurs to replace Rose. The departing full back is shown a yellow card before he goes. Just because.

7:09: Nabil Bentaleb has come onto replace goalscorer Nacer Chadli who looked like he was struggling. Spurs may have another problem however with Danny Rose now down after taking a knock.

7:06: Arsenal have stepped up a gear here causing untold problems down the left, drawing two excellent clearing headers out of Kaboul. Arsenal fail to work anything from the corners (taken by Ozil) but the ball breaks to Chambers out to right who is urged to shoot by the crowd. He obliges, but his effort is blocked.

7:03: Arsenal are level through one of the scrappiest goals they will score this season! Tottenham fail to clear initially through Lamela who slices the ball into the path of Sanchez near the byline. He holds before sliding across a ball back to Ozil whose shot is sliced into the path of Welbeck by Kaboul. Welbeck completely misses the ball but Oxlade-Chamberlain is poised behind him to slam home the equaliser

Goal! Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)

7:02: What an effort from Chambers! Ozil's effort on goal takes a huge deflection and bounces clear from goal, but the right back meets it with a vicious half volley that flies just over Lloris' crossbar.

7:00: And now Mason is booked following after a dangerous-looking challenge on Ozil who had slipped inside the Spurs midfielder.

6:56: Three bookings in quick succession for Spurs. Lennon is shown the first after catching Mertesacker while chasing down a ball. Adebayor joins him in the book for trying to haul down Ozil. Before all that Chadli was shown a yellow for cupping his ear at the crowd in celebration of his goal. Since when has that been an official offence?

6:52: Alexis Sanchez has been guilty of a couple of loose passes since he came on as he finds his feet in this game. Moments later he finds space inside the left of the box is unable to get the ball out of his feet quickly enough but wins the corner. Danny Rose meets it with a glancing header that, for now, clears the danger.

6:49: Pochettino makes his first change of the game, bringing Aaron Lennon on for Christian Eriksen. Alexis Sanchez is also coming on to replace Jack Wilshere

6:46: Fantastic save from Lloris! Lamela gives away a silly free kick in a dangerous position and is nearly made to pay for it as Mertesacker outjumps Adebayor to get his header on target, but the Frenchman leaps down to bat the ball away.

6:44: Against the run of play in this half, Tottenham lead! Arsenal try to play themselves out of trouble at the back but Flamini is dispossessed by Eiksen. Lamela takes over and slides neat ball through to Chadli just inside the right of the box. The Belgian lost his composure in a similar position in the first half; no worries of that this time around as he drills the ball across goal into the bottom corner.

Goal! Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham (Nacer Chadli)

6:41: Real pressure from Arsenal in the start to this half. Another corner almost finds Koscielny at the far post but Naughton does just enough to clear.

6:39: Good save from Lloris! Wilshere stabs a pass out to Ozil on the left but the German's placed effort on goal is kept out

6:36: A slick move involving Cazorla and Chamberlain forces a corner that Eriksen should deal with. The Dane lets it slip past him however and Gibbs picks it up in a decent position but fires a wild cross/shot into the stands.

6:33: And Tottenham get us back underway for the second half.


Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham

6:18: Spurs have the corner but Eriksen's ball is easily cleared by Gibbs. That's the last action of the half.

6:17: Adebayor allows the ball to drop over his shoulder and hits a half volley from just inside the right hand corner of the box. It's not the cleanest connection but his effort draws a save out of Szczesny.

6:15: Another Arsenal midfielder won't be finishing this half. Aaron Ramsey pulls up clutching his hamstring after stretching for the ball and immediately signals to the bench. Arsene Wenger is taking no chances with him and brings on Santi Cazorla to replace the Welshman.

6:14: Tottenham this time break and Chadli races into space inbetween Mertesacker and Koscielny before dragging a hilariously poor effort wide of the far post.

6:12: Lloris denies Oxlade-Chamberlain! Aaron Ramsey does brilliantly cutting in from the right, flicking the ball between two defenders before passing wide to Chamberlain. Ramsey wants a return but his teammate fancies the shot that Lloris reads all the way.

6:10: Better from Spurs who force the issue with a string of corners. The latest is floated dangerously into the box where Mertesacker nods the ball into his goalkeeper's arm. Bit risky, that.

6:07: Really poor few minutes from Adebayor, a sequence started with an abject attempt to spread the ball wide when absolutely no one is there. Moments later the striker has the chance to drive at Chambers down the inside left channel but is easily dispossessed by the teenager - who to his credit did excellently. The former Gunners striker tops it all of as it fails to bring the ball under control after it broke loose in the Arsenal box.

6:02: More trouble for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere goes down clutching his ankle. The England midfielder drives into the box and tries jink his way through two Spurs defenders but gets a kick on the ankle as he passes one of them. There was enough contact for Wilshere to go down in pain, but there hasn't been a single appeal for a penalty. Strange.

6:01: Chadli picks the ball up out on the left flank and slips a clever ball inside for Mason whose running into the box. He has Emmanuel Adebayor across to him in the box but Mason cannot get the right ball in anf Szczesny comes out to easily claim.

5:59: Arteta's game is over; he hands the armband to Mertesacker and is replaced by Flamini

5:58: Erik Lamela picks up the second yellow of the game for a foul on Gibbs. Arsenal have a problem however with Mikel Arteta who has gone down and looks unable to continue.

5:56: A slick move from Arsenal as they work the ball in field from the right. Danny Welbeck receives and lays the ball off to Wilshere with his back to goal, but his teammate's powerful shot is straight at Lloris.

5:54: Oxlade-Chamberlain again finds space down the right and lifts a deep cross into the box. It takes a deflection that has Lloris panicking and bounces off the top of the bar. Spurs manage to clear.

5:52: Jack Wilshere is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Ryan Mason. He can't really have any complaints. The resulting free kick is dangerously floated into the box and Adebayor is just inches away from getting on the end of it and Szczesny collects. Arsenal defenders sleeping there.

5:50: Arsenal are given Danny Rose at left back a lot of problems in these early stages. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this time beats the Spurs defender and slides an inviting ball across goal but there is no one there to tap it in. Welbeck eventually retrieves it and cuts back to the edge of the box to shoot, but Lloris reads it and makes a comfortable save.

5:47: Welbeck has been by far the brighest man on the pitch so far. He's already caused Kaboul a few problems.

5:46: Lamela picks up the ball in his own half and easily jinks ast Koscielny to drive down the left flank. He tries to find Eriksen's run with a curling through ball but it's brilliantly read by Gibbs who is across to calm the situation.

5:45: Spurs mount a counter of their own from that corner, with Eriksen leading the charge. His ball to Chadli is a little short, forcing the Belgian to come inside where a cluster of Arsenal shirts quickly crowd around him. He tries a backheel into the path of Lamela but it's a poor one that is easily cleared.

5:43: Welbeck drops deep and wonderfully beats Vetonghen, flicking the ball over the Belgian with his back to goal before driving towards goal. The former Manchester United races inside the box and from a tight angle shoots, but it's blocked by Kaboul. Spurs deal with the resulting corner.

5:40: Chambers does brilliantly down the right, chasing a ball down the right flank and winning a battle with Danny Rose in front of the corner flag to win a free kick for his side. It's swung in and Wishere has a split second to get a shot away, only to see it blocked by Lamela.

5:37: Bit of a scrappy start with plenty of crunching tackles being put in during the opening 10 minutes with Vertonghen and Welbeck enjoying a few early tussles.

5:34: It's been a slow start from Tottenham; they have looked uncomfortable on the ball with Arsenal quick to press them at any opportunity. Capoue is robbed of the ball just inside his own half by Jack Wilshere who drives through the middle towards goal. He slips a ball out to Ramsey on the right but from a tight angle his cross his driven into the arms of Lloris.

5:30: And Arsenal get us started at the Emirates Stadium. Mesut Ozil looks to have started out on the left, surely he won't stay out there?


Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor.

TEAM NEWS - Arsenal v Tottenham: Arsene Wenger has left £32m signing Alexis Sanchez on the bench while Mauricio Pochettino hands a Premier League debut to Ryan Mason after his impressive mid-week performance.

5:05: We have the small matter of the north London derby coming up in 20 minutes. Team news coming shortly.

4:55: Manchester United have clung on! You won't find a more contrasting start and finish to a football match this weekend. The scenes were quite extraordinary at Old Trafford as Sam Allardyce's West Ham assumed control of the game following Wayne Rooney's straight red card in the second half. Kevin Nolan saw a goal ruled out five minutes from full time for offside, one of the many occasions the Hammers tested United's defence but Louis van Gaal's side have done enough to secure three points. You feel a more inventive side would have punished United, but that's an argument for another day, or perhaps next weekend when they take on Everton.

Southampton's sublime start to the season continues after a 2-1 win over QPR with Graziano Pelle getting the winner with a quite superb overhead kick. Chelsea have eased to a win over Aston Villa in a game where Diego Costa scored his eighth goal in six Premier League appearances.


Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

Hull City 2-4 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

Southampton 2-1 QPR

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

4:49: United have one minute of injury time left to hang on. Tom Thorpe is coming on for his full debut replacing Luke Shaw as Louis van Gaal tries to run the clock down.

4:47: Man City seal three points through Frank Lampard who taps up from five yards out after a neat pull back from Pablo Zabaleta

4:44: Kevin Nolan thumps home Carl Jenkinson's cross from close range! But no, the offside flag is up!

Goal! Hull 2-4 Manchester United (Frank Lampard)

GOAL RULED OUT - Kevin Nolan (West Ham)

4:40: United are desperately clinging on here. McNair is the latest to make a vital clearance, swivelling in the air and brilliantly heading away a whipped in cross and away from danger.

4:37: Chelsea are cruising at Stamford Bridge. Fabregas feeds Costa who sees his shot but saved but the rebound comes of Cissokho into the path of Willian, who slides a third home.

Goal! Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa (Willian)

4:32: Manchester United's injury woes continue, Ander Herrera has come off injured, replaced by Antonio Valencia.

4:30: Pelle may have just outdone Austin! The Saints striker again pulls the ball out of the air but opts for a sensational bicycle kick! Saints lead again.

Goal! Southampton 2-1 QPR (Graziano Pelle)

4:28: Brilliant from Austin! The QPR striker pulls a cross out of the air, swivels and slams the volley past Forster to equalise.

Goal! Southampton 1-1 QPR (Charlie Austin)

4:26: Great work from David Silva who drives at Hull City, pulling defenders out of position before sliding across to Dzeko, who tucks away with composure.

Goal! Hull 2-3 Manchester City (Edin Dzeko)

4:22: Carlton Cole has been brought on for West Ham who smell blood now. Van Gaal has also introduced Darren Fletcher with Falcao making way.

4:20: Chelsea meanwhile have doubled their lead. Excellent interplay from Hazard and Azpilicueta sees a beautiful ball swung in from the right where Costa is on the spot to head home. At St Marys Ryan Bertrand has given Southampton the lead, sweeping home after a lovely backheeled pass from Mane.

Goal! Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa (Diego Costa)

Goal! Southampton 1-0 QPR (Ryan Bertrand)

4:16: United are down to 10 men! Straight red for captain Rooney. United lose possession allowing Downing to drive forward from his own half. Rooney cuts across and kicks out at the West Ham man, halting the counter attack. He's expecting a yellow, but is shown the red. It was a wild, cynical challenge that caught the Hammers midfielder half way up his leg.

RED CARD - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

4:13: Manchester United are all over the place at the minute. A cross field ball finds Sakho inside the right of the box having peeled off Luke Shaw and fires on goal, only for David de Gea to make a point blank save. The resulting corner causes more panic but they just about survive again.

4:11: And another for Palace! Jason Puncheon lifts a free kick into the box right onto the bonce of captain Jedinak, who heads home.

Goal! Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City (Mile Jedinak)

4;07: Palace lead! A corner is swung into the box that Scott Dann meets with a towering header, but it is Campbell who appeared to get the final touch to get it across the line.

Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City (Fraizer Campbell)

4:04: Ander Herrera has been shown a yellow card in these opening five minutes. The free kick is driven into the box and is allowed to travel some distance but United manage to clear.

4:00: And we are just about to get back underway in our 3pm games.


Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Hull City 2-2 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City

Southampton 0-0 QPR

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

3:45: Half time whistles are now beginning to be blown across the country.

3:41: Abel Hernandez close to putting Hull ahead! But his header from close range is just about kept out by Caballero

3:37: United's defensive woes continue. From a corner Winston Reid rises above his marker and hits the bar with a firm header after David de Gea failed to get to the ball. United have two men on the line but no one on Sakho, who nods the rebound home from two yards out.

Goal! Manchester United 2-1 West Ham (DiafraSakho)

3:35: Shouts for a West Ham penalty at Old Trafford. United fail to clear their lines from a corner and Amalfitano claims the ball struck the arm of Falcao.

3:33: The £10m signing from Palermo Hernandez converts the penalty, sending Caballero the wrong way. City's 2-0 lead has been wiped off the board.

Goal! Hull 2-2 Manchester City (Abel Hernandez)

3:31: Mangala's day goes from bad to worse. Abel Hernandez breaks into the box only to cut down by the high boot of the Frenchman. Referee points to the spot!

PENALTY (Hull City)

3:30: The scores half an hour into our 3pm kick offs:

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Hull City 2-2 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City

Southampton 0-0 QPR

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

3:25: Southampton have been fully in control against QPR and were so very close to opening the scoring moments ago as Dusan Tadic struck the post after chesting the ball down and taking on the volley. Graziano Pelle reacted first to get to the rebound but could only fire into the side netting

3:20: van Persie doubles United lead! Alex Song's poor start to the half continues. He is robbed of possession 35 yards out from his own goal by Herrera who finds Falcao on the edge of the box. He slides the ball out to the right for van Persie who ignored Rooney's run into the box to slam the ball across goal into the bottom corner.

3:18: Hull have one back. Liam Rosenior does well down the wing, skipping past Clichy and swings a cross in that Mangala meets with a bullet header, leaving his own goalkeeper with no chance!

Goal! Manchester United 2-0 West Ham (Robin van Persie)

Goal! Hull 1-2 Manchester City (Eliaquim Mangala OG)

3:15: Julian Speroni has produced an oustanding save to deny Jamie Vardy at Selhurst Park. The man who gave Manchester United so much trouble last week cuts inside from the left and collecting a long ball and shoots from 12 yards, only for the Palace 'keeper to make the important save.

3:10: Dzeko brilliantly doubles his side's lead! Silva jinks past his man before finding the Bosnian who cuts inside and curls a wonderful strike into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Goal! Hull 0-2 Manchester City (Edin Dzeko)

3:06: Early goals all round! Willian has his effort saved by Guzan but the Brazilian is first to the rebound and slides the ball across to Oscar to sweep home. At the KC Stadium, Hull have failed to clear their lines, allowing Pablo Zabaleta to head the ball down to Aguero who puts his side ahead from close range.

Goal! Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa (Oscar)

Goal! Hull 0-1 Manchester City (Segio Aguero)

3:05: And West Ham should have equalised immediately! Enner Valencia is on the end of a looping ball that dropped over the United back four but he wildly smashes his effort well over the bar

3:04: United lead! Rafael breaks down the right at pace and clips an excellent ball into the box where Rooney in well place to guide a sweet strike passed Adrian.

Goal! Manchester United 1-0 West Ham (Wayne Rooney)

3:02: Alex Song has been shown an early yellow card at Old Trafford following a challenge on Angel di Maria. Falcao was inches away from getting on the end of the resulting freekick delivered by Wayne Rooney

Manchester United 2-0 West Ham

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Hull City 1-2 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City

Southampton 0-0 QPR

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea

3:00: And we are off underway across the country


Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Dawson, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Diame, Elmohamady, Jelavic, Hernandez

Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Kelly, Jedinak, Ledley, McArthur, Bolasie, Puncheon, Campbell.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Hammond, Cambiasso, Nugent, Drinkwater, Vardy, Ulloa.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas. Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Cissokho, Baker, Senderos, Westwood, Delph, Richardson, Cleverley, Weimann, Agbonlahor

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Rooney, Van Persie, Falcao.

West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Tomkins, Downing, Sakho, Demel, Amalfitano, Poyet, Song, E Valencia.

TEAM NEWS: Louis van Gaal has selected 19-year-old Paddy McNair at centre haf this afternoon amid the injury crisis engulfing Old Trafford. He and Luke Shaw make their full debuts for the club. Manuel Pellegrini has dropped Joe Hart in favour of Willy Caballero, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva also returning to the starting line up.

2:40: Wow. A phenomenal strike from Phil Jagielka out of absolutely nowhere has given Everton a point here. Liverpool can't believe it.

Phil Jagielka


Liverpool 1-1 Everton

2:36: Now Everton have a chance to win it! Everton have a free kick from a tight angle out on the right that Baines clips towards the near post. Barry almost manages to flick it goalbound but Liverpool just about survive.

2:35: What a strike from Jagielka! Naismith keeps a move alive as he chases a ball towards the byline and clips the ball back into the box. Liverpool clear, but only as far as Jagielka who connects with a sublime half volley from 25 yards out and finds the top corner! An astonishing strike!

Goal! Liverpool 1-1 Everton (Phil Jagielka, 90)

2:33: Leighton Baines is penalised for a foul throw. Really not happening for them today. Three minutes of added time to go.

2:31: Eto'o gets on the ball and tries to force the issue, finding McCarthy who sends Naismith scampering towards the byline to retrieve the ball. He gets there and wins the corner, but the delivery is absolutelt abject.

2:30: Mario Balotelli's afternoon is over, Rickie Lambert comes onto replade him.

2:28: The Toffees continue to probe in front of the Liverpool defence but are struggling for inspiration. Aiden McGeady scored two sublime goals for Republic of Ireland against Georgia in a European qualifier a few weeks ago but his effort from range just now was downright awful.

2:26: Everton now have the ball in the Liverpool half but they look woefully short of ideas. Samuel Eto;o has also been sent on by Roberto Martinez.

2:24: Sterling tries play a one two with Manquillo but is hacked down by Baines for his trouble. Everton getting a bit frustrated here. Liverpool free kick out on the right flank, but it comes to nothing.

2:21: Balotelli's shooting from range has been frustratingly bad this afternoon, but his workrate has been top notch. Moments ago he raced back into his own half to nick possession away from Besic and win the free kick for himself after being clipped by the Bosnian. He's on the end of the free kick too, letting fly with a decent effort from range after the ball sat up nicely for him, but it is always drifting wide of Mignolet's post.

2:19: Balotelli goes down clutching his face after leaping for a ball with Jagielka. Not quite sure what that was all about, there was clearly nothing to indicate the Italian had been hit in the face.

2:18: A sub for Everton a few months ago, Tony Hibbert replaced by youngster Tyias Browning

2:17: What a terrible cross from Lukaku that was just now. The Belgian has been drifting out to the right in this half. On this occasion he cuts back inside and tries to lift an inswinger into the box but it's woefully overhit and bypasses everyone.

2:14: Liverpool pressing for a second here. Coutinho has the ball inside the congested area just inside the box, but can't work the space to shoot. He instead lays the ball off to Henderson who thumps one on target from the edge of the area but Howard is firmly behind it to make the save.

2:11: Replays show Howard actually got something on Balotelli's effort to force it onto the bar. It's a stunning save that has kept his side in this game.

2:10: Balotelli hits the bar! Sterling scampers down the left, easily beating Hibbert before sending his cross in but the Italian lashes is effort off the woodwork!

2:09: Lukaku immediately has the chance to level the game! A long ball over the top finds the Belgian but he can't take the ball under his control and the chance is gone.

2:07: Balotelli is brought down 25 yards out from goal following a challenge from Baines. Was there much contact? No, but perhaps enough for the striker to go down. Gerrard steps up after Balotelli had his turn earlier and curls it into the back of the net! On a first look, Howard should have done better there.

Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Steven Gerrard, 64)

2:04: Everton's tactics this afternoon has frequently seen Baines switch the ball from left to right, again the full back's ball is excellent, finding Besic who slides the ball inside to Naismith. The Scot suddenly has space in front of him and hammers a wicked effort on goal from 20 yards, but it curls directly into Mignolet's arms.

2:02: It hasn't really happened for Lazar Markovic today. Philippe Coutinho has come onto to replace him.

2:01: Another long range attempt from Balotelli. Don't really need to tell you what happened.

1:58: Balotelli and Lallana combine but McCarthy and John Stones pair up to dispossess the Italian. The pace may have dropped off slightly in this half, but the physical battles have shown no signs of fading.

1:55: Liverpool opt to take a short corner that results in Sterling floating an excellent ball over the the back post. Dejan Lovren is perfectly placed to leap onto it but Balotelli cuts across him in his own attempt to meet the ball, and the two inevitably get in each other's way. The Italian looks the more miffed of the two, when in reality he would have been better off just staying out of the way.

1:47: And we are back underway for the second half.


Liverpool 0-0 Everton

1:30: Another Liverpool attack breaks down. This time it's Moreno who bursts past blue shirts, cutting inside before finding Sterling in space on the left. The England youngster has effortlessly taken up good positions out there all game but his ball into the box cannot find Balotelli yet again and the chance is gone.

1:28: Howard denies Sterling! Barry loses possession and Henderson is on it immediately, bringing the ball forward before stringing an excellent pass through to Sterling who is rushing through from the left. The teen gets there before Tony Hibbert but Howard reads excellently and is out to block. Liverpool have the corner but it comes to nothing.

1:26: Liverpool, via Lallana, Moreno and Henderson, carefully probe in front of the Everton defence, patiently waiting for an opening. Bored of that, Balotelli gets the ball and lets fly with his 347th effort from range 25 yards out from goal. It's another poor one.

1:24: Balotelli receives the ball a good 25 yards out from goal and lashes a right effort towards goal but it takes a deflection and bounces out for a corner. Baines clears but only as far as Lallana, who finds Markovic in a pocket of space in on the left hand side of the box. The Serbian's shot has too much on it however and it sails harmlessly over the bar.

1:22: Liverpool again try to pick their way through the Everton defence but at the moment they are lacking the cohesion and final ball when they are at their most menacing. Martin Skrtel seems to be struggling with an ankle problem. Koko Toure is warming up.

1:20: Henderson slides another excellent pass down the right channel for Manquillo to run onto but again Liverpool waste the chance, this time due to a combination of a poor pass from the Spaniard and a lack of movement in the box from Balotelli.

1:17: McGeady comes on for Mirallas who has left the pitch on a stretcher. The Irishman tries to make an immediate impact, picking the ball up out on the left and tries to pick out a teammate with a clever cross but is foiled by Skrtel. Prior to that Moreno got down the left and lifted an excellent ball into the box that just drifted over the bonce of Balotelli in the box.

1:15: Everton have a real problem here. Following that last Liverpool chance Everton launched a counter of their own. Mirallas leads it but as he chases the ball down he immediately pulls up and goes down clutching his hamstring. He will have to come off.

1:13: Raheem Sterling is picked out on the left and has no hesitation in taking on Hibbert. Rather than heading inside, he slides the ball back to Henderson on the edge of the box but his powerful effort is palmed away by Howard.

1:11: Almost a chance for Everton! Lovren and then Gerrard fail to clear Everton's attempts to find an opening, with the ball eventually floated over to the left of the box. Baines races onto it past his man and scampers past a challenge as he reaches the byline. He looks up and tries to place a cross over to Lukaku but Lovren is back to hoof the ball to safety.

1:09: Balotelli picks up the ball on the edge of the box on the left, cuts inside and shoots, but his effort cannons off Moreno who was in an offside position.

1:07: Moreno receives the ball on the left and opts to cut inside and let fly with an ambitious effort from 40 odd yards out. It's not a very good effort, and Sterling gives his teammate an earful for ignoring his run.

1:06: Straight off that Liverpool chance Lukaku bursts down the right and slams a powerful effort on goal but it's straight down the throat of Mignolet.

1:05: Another great opening from Liverpool! Adam Lallana cleverly clips the ball back into Henderson who sweeps an excellent ball out to the left for Sterling, who jinks his way past his man and slides the ball across goal but Balotelli can't get his shot away.

1:01: That blistering start to the game has dropped down a notch, but there is still an excellent pace to this game. Everton have calmed down a bit and have ventured into the opposition's half to win a corner. Lukaku heads it onto Besic whose half volley is clipped away by Skrtel.

1:00: Howard comes out to claim Liverpool's latest corner and attempts to free Lukaku down the left. The Belgian is fouled and there is a brief pause in his frenetic opening 15 minutes.

12:58: Liverpool have started the much better in this game. Adam Lallana drives upfield before leaving the ball for Balotelli, who brilliantly spreads the ball wide to the right where Manquillo retrieves. The Spaniard's cross is an inviting one, but Everton just about to manage to deal with it.

12:57: Off the line! From that corner Lallana finds space and directs an effort on target but Howard reacts brilliantly and makes the save! Breathless start to this game.

12:55: Balotelli close! The striker shrugs Barry off the ball 30 yards out from goal and gets his ankles clipped for his trouble. Barry is living rather dangerously here, having already been booked. The former Man City striker takes the free kick and sends a dipping, bouncing effort over the wall that has Howard scrambling across goal to palm away. Corner.

12:54: Big shout for a Liverpool penalty! The ball breaks to Raheem Sterling on the edge of the box who lashes an effort towards goal but Barry leaps across to make the block with his arms raised. The shot inevitably cannons off the midfielder's forearm. Everyone in red at Anfield shouts for a penalty, but the referee waves it away.

12:51: Jordan Henderson clips an excellent ball over the top into the path of Mario Balotelli and the Italian is one on one with Tim Howard! The striker is forced wide however and from a tight angle his tame shot is blocked. None of that really mattered, anyway, the offside was (rightly) raised from the start anyway.

12:49: Romelu Lukaku picks up the ball down the inside right channel and suddenly turns on the pace, looking to twist and turn his way past Alberto Moreno. The Belgian hits the deck in the box, and replays suggest the young Spaniard may have had a hold of the striker's arm as he fought his way into the box. The referee isn't interested, anyway.

12:47: Balotelli takes the free kick and tries to bend a left-footed effort over but the Blue wall does its job and Everton clear.

12:45: Winning the ball froma throw in, Adam Lallana scampers in from the right heading across the edge of the box at pace before he is cut down by a late challenge from Gareth Barry. A minute in, the former Man City midfielder is booked and Liverpool have an excellent chance 20 yards out from goal.

12:44: And Liverpool get us underway at Anfield.

12:26: After back to back defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham United, Liverpool are already seven points off league leaders Chelsea. Skipper Steven Gerrard is demanding his side embrace the occasion this afternoon and begin to rectify that poor start.

We need a reaction. The start of the season has not been good enough and we need to get that intensity back when we don't have the ball and try to score early and get the crowd behind us. If you can't get yourself up for a derby game at Anfield, you're in the wrong game so I hope the lads don't need much rallying."

12:22: Hibbert is making his first appearance for the Toffees since December 2012. The 33-year-old still has not scored in his 320 appearances for the club. Wouldn't be a bad afternoon to end that wait.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Markovic, Lallana, Sterling, Balotelli

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku

TEAM NEWS - Everton: Roberto Martinez is still without Seamus Coleman so Roberto Martinez has turned to Tony Hibbert to fill in at right back. Mohamed Besic gets his first taste of the Merseyside derby.

TEAM NEWS - Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge has not made the squad, leaving Brendan Rodgers to turn to the attacking options of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli to help fill the void left by the England international.

12:10: Both Liverpool and Everton start this afternoon in the bottom half of the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers' side are coming off the back of two straight defeats while Everton will be looking to quell persistent problems at the back which has seen them concede 13 goals this season in five games - the worst tally in the league. That's not including the three they shipped against Swansea in the League Cup, either.

12:00: The afternoon begins with the small matter of the first Merseyside derby of the season as Everton travel to Liverpool in hope of ending their 15 year wait for a win at Anfield. 3pm (BST) kick offs aren't too bad either. After their humiliation at the hands of Leicester City last week, Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in a game where you really have no idea what could happen. Chelsea host high flyers Aston Villa before we end the day as is started with a heated local derby as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur. Saturday, you are alright.