PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Saturday's action from around the grounds as it happens
14:51 GMT, 31 March 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League with seven fixtures including the relegation battle between Wolves and Bolton kicking off at 3pm. Elsewhere it is Aston Villa v Chelsea, Everton v West Brom, Fulham v Norwich, Manchester City v Sunderland, QPR v Arsenal and Wigan v Stoke. Send your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.
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Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea
Everton 1-0 West Brom
Fulham 2-0 Norwich
Manchester City 1-2 Sunderland
QPR 1-1 Arsenal
Wigan 0-0 Stoke
Wolves 0-0 Bolton
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15.51: Half-time: Manchester City 1-2 Sunderland
15.50: GOAL! Manchester City 1-2 SUNDERLAND
Well I wasn't expecting this. Stephane Sessegnon flight in a lovely cross that is headed home by Nicklas Bendtner right on the cusp of half time.
15.49: David Luiz has gone off injured for Chelsea by the way, Gary Cahill has replaced him.
Half-time: Fulham 2-0 Norwich
Half-time: Wolves 0-0 Bolton
Half-time: Everton 1-0 West Brom
Half-time: Wigan 0-0 Stoke
15.48: Half-time: QPR 1-1 Arsenal
Half-time: Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea
15.47: From OptaJoe:
8 – Manchester City have been awarded more penalties at home than any other Premier League team this season. Useful
15.44: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 Sunderland
Controversial. Influenced by Patrick Vieira's words or not, City win a very fortunate penalty as Edin Dzeko goes down way too easily under pressure from Craig Gardner.
Mario Balotelli steps up to convert the spot-kick.
15.43: PENALTY (Manchester City)
15.41: Incredible miss from Wigan at the DW Stadium. Maloney's cross leaves Jean Beausejour with a simple finish, but he somehow doesn't even get his shot to go towards the target from four yards.
15.39: GOAL! QPR 1-1 ARSENAL
On the face of it this isn't a shock, but this goal has come completely against the run of play. Theo Walcott's first effort comes off the post but fortune favours the winger as the rebound falls kindly for him to tuck home.
15.36: But this is something Wolves don't need. Keeper Wayne Hennessey squares up to captain and defender Roger Johnson following what looks like a disagreement about defending. At least the passion is there I suppose.
15.34: Much, much better from Wolves this week. Just like Wednesday's game at Tottenham, Bolton are relying on keeper Adam Bogdan to keep them in this as the hosts have had much the better of the first half.
15.32: GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 SUNDERLAND
Talk about ripping up the form book. Sunderland, who have lost every Premier League game at Manchester City, take the lead after Seb Larsson crashes home an effort from 25 yards.
Why no City player is more alert to close him down I have no idea, but that is sure to have the red side of Manchester celebrating.
15.30: From OptaJoe:
22 per cent – Arsenal have won a lower percentage of games against QPR than versus any other opponent in PL history (22 per cent). Hooped.
15.28: Decent opportunity for Manchester City. From a corner Mario Balotelli heads over from a few yards, but had he left it Edin Dzeko would surely have tapped home.
15.25: GOAL! QPR 1-0 Arsenal
Adel Taarabt has done hardly anything all season but this could be a crucial goal for the Hoops. The ex-Spurs midfielder shows neat skill to beat Thomas Vermaelen before curling home to score his first Premier League goal.
15.23: Emotional scenes at Villa Park as the fans stood up to applaud in the 19th minute for captain Stiliyan Petrov. Both benches joined in too as fans chanted his name.
15.20: GOAL! EVERTON 1-0 West Brom
It looks like a cracking long distance strike from Leon Osman, but there is an element of fortune to it as it takes a deflection off Gareth McAuley. Either way the in-form Toffees are ahead.
15.17: Sunderland are making a game of it at Manchester City – in fact they are arguably the better side. Craig Gardner is on the end of a clever passing move but fails to trouble Joe Hart with his shot.
15.14: GOAL! FULHAM 2-0 Norwich
Incredible stuff, Norwich have had all the ball but have conceded both times Fulham have gone forward. Damien Duff applying the finishing touches to double the hosts lead. I can't see the scoring ending there.
15.11: GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 CHELSEA
Torres is involved here though. His shot is blocked by Stephen Warnock but Daniel Sturridge is on hand to to tap home.
15.09: Chelsea's Fernando Torres looks a lot brighter recently and nearly ends his league goal drought that stretches back to September.
The Spaniard latches on to a great pass from David Luiz but Shay Given is equal to his effort.
15.06: From InfostradaLive:
#norwich have conceded in their last 30 #EPL away matches – a new #PL record #fulham
Early bird: Clint Dempsey (right) pounced to hand Fulham the lead
15.03: GOAL! FULHAM 1-0 Norwich
That was quick. Bryan Ruiz's shot is parried by keeper John Ruddy, but only into the path of Clint Dempsey who doesn't need a second invitation to hand the hosts the lead.
15.01: Away we go then.
14.58: And as ever check out Andy Townsend's preview on all the weekend's action with his Boot Room.
14.56: Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny recovers from a knee problem to return to the starting line-up at QPR as the Gunners go in search of an eighth straight Barclays Premier League win.
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey comes into midfield, with Gervinho dropping to the bench.
QPR skipper Joey Barton is recalled to the XI as Rangers aim to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
Striker Djibril Cisse begins a four-match ban after his second sending-off in four league games at Sunderland last weekend, so Bobby Zamora leads the attack.
14.54: Fulham captain Danny Murphy returns to the starting line-up for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.
The 35-year-old started on the bench in recent games against Swansea and Manchester United but is recalled today by Whites boss Martin Jol, who also drafts in Bryan Ruiz.
Norwich hand a debut to January signing Ryan Bennett as manager Paul Lambert makes four alterations to the side that defeated Wolves last weekend.
Fan support: An Aston Villa supporter pays tribute to Stiliyan Petrov
14.51: Craig Gardner replaces Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov in midfield for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.
Villa boss Alex McLeish hands a first start to striker Andreas Weimann who scored the winner in the last home game against Fulham.
Winger Jack Grealish, 16, is named amongst the substitutes.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo recalls fit again full-back Branislav Ivanovic, plus midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Daniel Sturridge in making three changes from the side which won away to Benfica in the Champions League.
14.48: Manchester City welcome back influential captain Vincent Kompany as they look to reclaim top spot in the Barclays Premier League this afternoon.
Kompany returns to face Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium after four games out but there is no place in the squad for Samir Nasri.
Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli continue up front in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero while Carlos Tevez is again on the bench.
Sunderland make two changes with Wayne Bridge not permitted to play against his parent club and Sotirios Kyrgiakos drops to the bench. Matthew Kilgallon and Jack Colback came in.
14.45: On-loan Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar returns to the side as manager David Moyes makes three changes for the visit of West Brom.
The South Africa international was ineligible for the midweek FA Cup victory at Sunderland but is brought back along with Tony Hibbert and Phil Jagielka, with Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin and Magaye Gueye dropping to the bench.
West Brom make four changes from last weekend's 3-1 defeat at home to Newcastle with Somen Tchoyi, Paul Scharner, Chris Brunt and Shane Long all named in the starting line-up.
Tribute: Aston Villa (above) and Chelsea players warmed up with messages of support for Stiliyan Petrov
14.42: Wigan winger Victor Moses recovers from a facial injury in time to take his place in an unchanged line-up for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke.
Moses was forced off in the first half of last weekend's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield after being kicked by Martin Skrtel, an incident that earned Wigan a penalty, but scans showed there was no break and he was passed fit to play.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes only one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Manchester City last Saturday, winger Jermaine Pennant coming in for Cameron Jerome, while Ricardo Fuller is on the bench following his three-match suspension.
14.39: Wolves boss Terry Connor makes two changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League relegation clash against Bolton at Molineux.
The adjustments from last Saturday's 2-1 league defeat at Norwich saw Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and David Davis replace Kevin Doyle and Eggert Jonsson, while Ronald Zubar – back available after suspension – and the fit-again Karl Henry are named among the substitutes.
The visitors' first XI shows four alterations to the side that had been beaten 3-1 at Tottenham on Tuesday in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with David Ngog, Martin Petrov, David Wheater and Tim Ream the men coming in.
14.36: Finally the line-ups from Loftus Road, where relegation threatened QPR will hope to break Arsenal's seven league-game winning streak.
QPR v Arsenal
QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Barton, Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Young, Wright-Phillips.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Walcott, Rosicky, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Gervinho, Chamakh, Benayoun.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
14.33: Full line-ups from Craven Cottage where the hosts will hope to end a run of three consecutive defeats. Their promising performance in the 1-0 loss at Manchester United last Monday should lay some foundations:
Fulham v Norwich
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Dembele, Ruiz, Dempsey, Duff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Diarra, Etuhu, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.
Norwich: Ruddy, Ward, Whitbread, Ryan Bennett, Martin, Naughton, Fox, Surman, Howson, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Steer, Drury, Johnson, Crofts, Jackson, Elliott Bennett, Wilbraham.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Deadly duo: Salomon Kalou (right) and Fernando Torres will look to build on their promising partnership for Chelsea which helped defeat Benfica mid-week
14.30: Full line-ups from Villa Park where both sets of players are warming up in 'Support Stan' T-shirts as a tribute to Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov. The midfielder has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.
Petrov is at Villa Park for today's game before starting treatment on Monday. Best wishes to the Bulgarian:
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Aston Villa: Given, Lichaj, Collins, Baker, Warnock, Gardner, Herd, Agbonlahor, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann. Subs: Guzan, Albrighton, Heskey, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers, Grealish.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Sturridge, Mata, Kalou, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Meireles, Malouda, Bosingwa, Cahill, Bertrand.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
14.27: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City aim to retake top spot in the Premier League:
Man City v Sunderland
Man City: Hart, Richards, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Pizarro, Barry, Johnson, Tevez, Zabaleta.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon, Colback, Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Richardson, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
14.25: From Sportsmail's man on Merseyside, Dominic King:
Unexpected face in Goodison Park foyer ahead of #EFC v #WBA: former Blue and current Croatia manager Slaven Bilic, receiving a warm welcome.
Making an impression: Wigan's Shaun Maloney (right) retains his starting place
14.23: Consistently inconsistent, what Everton side will turn up against a slightly struggling West Brom at Goodison Park following the Toffees magnificent 2-0 win at Sunderland mid-week
Everton v West Brom
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Distin, Neville, Gueye, Anichebe.
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Andrews, Scharner, Tchoyi, Long, Odemwingie. Subs: Daniels, Dorrans, Shorey, Mulumbu, Dawson, Cox, Fortune.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
14.20: Can Wigan repeat their heroics from the win at Liverpool Consecutive wins and the Latics don't go hand-in-hand. Line-ups from the DW Stadium:
Wigan v Stoke
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Stam.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Shotton, Jerome, Palacios.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
14.18: Full line-ups from that pivotal clash at the bottom of the table:
Wolverhampton v Bolton
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Davis, Edwards, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher. Subs:
De Vries, Henry, Hunt, Berra, Milijas, Zubar, Doyle.
Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Ream, Wheater, Alonso, Miyaichi, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Boyata, Sordell, Vela.
Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
14.15: When was the last time we had a day like this Seven Premier League fixtures on a Saturday and they all kick off at 3pm.
Naturally with a large selection of games, we have issues concerning the top and bottom of the table to get through so let's gets some team news from the games.
Going gr-eight guns: Robin van Persie will hope to fire Arsenal to an eighth consecutive league win