PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Boxing Day”s action from around the grounds as it happens
Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City and Manchester United featuring inside five 3pm kick-offs. Roberto Mancini”s side travel to West Brom while the Red Devils host Wigan. Elsewhere it”s Liverpool v Blackburn, Bolton v Newcastle and Sunderland v Everton. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
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Bolton 0-0 Newcastle
Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn
Manchester United 2-0 Wigan
Sunderland 1-1 Everton
West Brom 0-0 Manchester City
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16.12: GOAL! LIVERPOOL 1-1 Blackburn
16.10: GOAL! Sunderland 1-1 EVERTON
16.09: PENALTY (Everton)
16.06: As the games get back underway, United should be 3-0 up. Javier Hernandez forcing a half-decent save from Ali Al Habsi before Park fires the rebound off target.
16.03: From OptaJoe:
26 – Jack Colback scored the earliest Premier League goal by a substitute since Dwight Yorke (23 mins) v Newcastle in October 2004. Warmed.
16.00: Manchester United two goals up and a man up then – and it looks plain sailing from here.
On the subject of that red card for Sammon, anyone remember Wayne Rooney getting away with an elbow on James McCarthy earlier this year when theses sides clashed
It only helps back up the theory that referees favour the bigger teams.
15.55: What a scoreline at Anfield then. Blackburn defending very well so far but I expect Steven Gerrad to come on sooner rather than later for the hosts.
While we are at it, credit where it”s due – Steve Kean”s selection and tactics is paying dividends so far.
15.50: Half-time: Bolton 0-0 Newcastle
Half-time: Sunderland 1-0 Everton
15.49: Half-time: Manchester United 2-0 Wigan
Half-time: Liverpool 0-1 Blackburn
15.48: Half-time: West Brom 0-0 Manchester City
15.47: GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 BLACKBURN
Rovers have looked very organised but what a shock this is. Morten Gamst Pedersen”s corner is diverted into his own goal by Charlie Adam right on the stroke of half-time.
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15.44: GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 Wigan
Darron Gibson”s cross is flicked on by Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov doesn”t miss those as he converts from close range. Game over.
15.42: Controversial this one. While Sammon”s hand is near Michael Carrick”s face, there seems to be no malicious intent from the striker or any over-reaction whatsoever from the United midfielder. Seems very harsh to me on first viewing.
Caught red handed: Conor Sammon was controversially sent off after a tangle with Michael Carrick
15.41: RED CARD (Conor Sammon, Wigan)
15.40: Those assistant referees really are feeling Scrooge-like, as now Mario Balotelli has a goal (correctly) ruled out for offside.
Naturally, the Italian looks far from happy with that – more than usual.
15.37: And now they have a penalty shout after Maxi Rodriguez is brought down by keeper Mark Bunn in the box.
It looks a certain penalty and a red card for the Blackburn keeper until the assistant”s flag is seen raised on the touchline. Offside keeps this level in scores* and players.
*I would back Liverpool to score from the spot.
15.34: Liverpool are getting closer. Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez combine before the latter lays the ball off for Andy Carroll to fire home.
The Uruguayan though is correctly flagged for offside.
Jack the lad: Colback came off the bench to fire Sunderland ahead against Everton
15.31: GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1-0 Everton
Wow what an impact! After a reshuffle in the formation the substitute, Jack Colback opens the scoring.
It comes with a little bit of fortune though as his shot takes a deflection off Sylvain Distin and loops over a helpless Tim Howard.
15.29: Concerns for Sunderland by the way who have had to bring on Jack Colback for Titus Bramble.
15.26: What a chance for Manchester City! Vincent Kompany plays through Sergio Aguero down the flank but his low cross for David Silva is fired over by the Spaniard.
15.23: Bolton are the home side but you wouldn”t have thought it the way Newcastle are dictating play. Owen Coyle”s side need to get a grip here.
No way through: West Brom”s Jonas Olsson (right) tries to prevent David Silva from winning the ball
15.20: West Brom force Joe Hart into a decent save with Paul Scharner testing the England stopper.
While for Everton Louis Saha fails to get a header on target from the back post following a corner from Roystine Drenthe.
15.17: Newcastle”s Yohan Cabaye is brought down 30 yards out but Ryan Taylor”s free-kick, that bends around the wall, is parried away by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
15.14: Action has died down a bit at the Hawthorns since West Brom”s fast paced start. Little action in that game and that pretty much sums up everywhere else too so far.
Give it time though, that is usually an indicator for loads of goals to fly in at once later on.
15.11: After Kieran Westwood nearly lets a Phil Neville throw-in fly over his head, he comes to Sunderland”s rescue by foiling a decent effort from Tim Cahill a few moments later.
Early opening: Ji-sung Park (centre) opened the scoring for Manchester United
15.09: GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 Wigan
That unorthodox team is working to great effect so far. Patrice Evra delivers a cross and Ji-sung Park is on hand to convert from inside the box.
15.07: All Liverpool at Anfield too as Luis Suarez fires a free-kick over. The hosts dominate the early stages.
15.04: No early goals to speak of but West Brom, who have flown early out of the blocks many times this season, go close when Chris Brunt fires over.
Red alert: Liverpool”s Andy Carroll (left) slides in on Blackburn”s David Dunn
15.01: Away we go then.
14.59: Teams are out on what is a mild afternoon for this time of year. Probably too warm for a shirt if you are a Newcastle fan.
14.56: From InfostradaLive:
The last time #MCFC were top of the table on Christmas Day they went on to finish third in the division (1929-30 season.)
I understand the team may have changed a few times since then.
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14.49: As they line-up at Old Trafford it”s worth pointing out that United have won all 13 matches that have ever taken place between the two sides.
Man Utd v Wigan
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Evans, Carrick, Evra, Park, Gibson, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Rooney, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda, Diouf, Fryers.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Gomez, Moses, Sammon. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, Watson, Di Santo, McArthur, Rodallega.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Super Mario: Balotelli (right) comes into the attack for Manchester City
14.46: Striker Mario Balotelli returns as Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City make four changes at West Brom this afternoon.
Balotelli, who scored twice and was sent off at the Hawthorns last season, comes in along with Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner as Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson make way.
West Brom, again without midfielder James Morrison, make one enforced change as Billy Jones replaces the injured Steven Reid.
14.43: And also from the Reebok Stadium:
Bolton v Newcastle
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Eagles, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Pratley, Wheater.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Best. Subs: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Perch, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
14.40: Full team news from the Hawthorns:
West Brom v Man City
West Brom: Foster, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Shorey, Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas, Long, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, Dawson, Thorne, Cox, Fortune.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Milner, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Dzeko, Johnson, Savic, Barry, De Jong.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Heads up: Tim Cahill (right) will hope to end his long goal drought for Everton
14.37: Sunderland boss Martin O”Neill keeps faith with the men who secured a second victory in three games at QPR for this afternoon”s home clash with Everton.
Toffees counterpart David Moyes makes two changes as he looks to build upon the 1-0 win over Swansea.
Sylvain Distin and Tim Cahill, without a goal for the club in more than a year, replace the injured Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini.
14.34: Bolton boss Owen Coyle changes both his full-backs for today”s clash against Newcastle as the struggling Trotters look to make it two victories in a row.
Marcos Alonso aggravated a foot problem in the midweek victory over Blackburn and is replaced by Paul Robinson while Dedryck Boyata comes in for Gretar Steinsson.
There is some defensive cheer for Newcastle with Mike Williamson making his first appearance since August while Ryan Taylor replaces the injured Davide Santon and Yohan Cabaye returns after suspension.
14.31: Full team news from the Stadium of Light:
Sunderland v Everton
Sunderland: Westwood, O”Shea, Bramble, Brown, Bardsley, Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Richardson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, Ji, McClean, Elmohamady.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Drenthe, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
14.28: Full-lineups from Anfield, Rovers have on their last five visits to Merseyside:
Liverpool v Blackburn
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Maxi, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Kuyt, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly, Bellamy.
Blackburn: Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Pedersen, Henley, Dunn, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Petrovic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Morris.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Handy Andy: Liverpool start Carroll (right) up front with Luis Suarez
14.25: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard returns from a two-month absence with an ankle infection to take his place on the substitutes” bench for the visit of Blackburn to Anfield.
Manager Kenny Dalglish makes just one change from Wednesday”s goalless draw at Wigan, with striker Andy Carroll given his first start in four matches as he replaces Dirk Kuyt.
Blackburn will put out a patched-up defence, with 17-year-old Adam Henley making his first-team debut at left-back and Mark Bunn replacing goalkeeper Paul Robinson who has a calf injury.
14.22: A retweet from my old favourite from InfostradaLive, yet another record broken by Ryan Giggs this afternoon:
756: Today, Ryan Giggs equals Bobby Charlton”s record number of starts for #ManUtd.
14.21: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson springs a major surprise by naming midfielders Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia in his defence to face Wigan at Old Trafford this afternoon.
With injuries biting deep into his squad, Ferguson goes for an unorthodox starting line-up, which also includes Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez, in addition to Darron Gibson and Anders Lindegaard, who keeps his place in goal.
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Super Sergio: Aguero is likely to be the focal point of Manchester City”s attack