PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: All the action from around the grounds as it happens
16:06 GMT, 22 December 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Manchester City host Reading in one of six games kicking off at 3pm. Elsewhere it is Newcastle v QPR, Southampton v Sunderland, Tottenham v Stoke, West Brom v Norwich and West Ham v Everton. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
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Manchester City 0-0 Reading
Newcastle 0-0 QPR
Southampton 0-1 Sunderland
Tottenham 0-0 Stoke
West Brom 1-1 Norwich
West Ham 1-0 Everton
Wigan 0-1 Arsenal FT
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16.05: Everton nearly find an equaliser at Upton Park but Nikica Jelavic wastes a good chance by firing straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.
16.04: Just the one change at the break with West Brom sending Graham Dorrans on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
16.01: Just the four goals in the first half but games have a tendency to open up in the second period when it's like this, so expect much more in the next 45 minutes.
15.58: From InfostradaLive:
Zoltan Gera scored his fourth PL goal of the season. Only once has he scored more in a single season – six for West Brom in 2004-05.
15.55: Biggest surprise of the half has to be Reading keeping a clean sheet at the break against a Manchester City side that has scored in their last 40 home games.
Biggest confusion has to be Everton's disallowed goal. I'm still scratching my head at that.
West Ham have dropped deeper since scoring with Everton having the majority of the play.
15.52: From InfostradaLive:
In top 5 leagues (PL/Liga/Bundesliga/Serie A/Ligue 1), only Barcelona (16) are on longer unbeaten league run than Norwich (10).
15.49: It's half-time across the board in the Premier League.
15.46: Claims for a Southampton penalty as Emmanuel Mayuka is body-checked by Carlos Cuellar but nothing is awarded by the referee – I've seen those given.
15.45: GOAL! WEST BROM 1-1 Norwich
The Baggies have pressed for an equaliser and finally get one. Olsson's header is tipped on to the crossbar by Mark Bunn but Zoltan Gera converts the rebound.
Back on form: Steven Fletcher (right) pounced before the break to give Sunderland the lead
15.44: GOAL! Southampton 0-1 SUNDERLAND
James McClean plays through Sessegnon, but although the forward scuffs his shot, the ball falls for Steven Fletcher who makes no mistake from six yards out.
15.42: A disappointing spectacle at St James' Park. Newcastle are on top but Green has hardly been tested in the QPR goal as Demba Ba wastes successive free-kicks from promising positions.
15.40: Decent stop from Reading keeper Adam Federici, who manages to keep out Gareth Barry's header following a Carlos Tevez cross.
15.38: Nearly a trademark Spurs goal. Dembele releases Bale down the left wing but his cross for Emmanuel Adebayor is headed over by the striker. Best chance of the game.
15.35: Reading have impressed me in that they have held out for this long, but to their credit they have shown ambition going forward too.
Kolo Toure's clearance is brought down by Jobi McAnuff, who lays the ball off for Jem Karacan to shoot just over the crossbar from 25 yards.
15.32: Newcastle are on top against QPR but haven't found a breakthrough as yet as Robert Green punches clear a Vurnon Anita corner.
15.29: From OptaJoe:
5 – Robert Snodgrass has scored (3) and assisted (2) five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Norwich City. Form.
Set-piece special: Norwich celebrate after Robert Snodgrass's (second right) free-kick handed them the lead
15.26: GOAL! West Brom 0-1 NORWICH
Peter Odemwingie gives away a free-kick and from the set-piece, Robert Snodgrass fires into the top corner.
Ben Foster thinks he should have saved it but that doesn't change the fact that the Canaries are once again in front in the Premier League.
15.24: You sense Manchester City will score at any moment as they lay siege to the Reading goal. Javi Garcia sees a shot deflected over.
15.21: Maybe a bit too much scrutiny…
From Sportsmail's Laura Williamson at the Lane:
'Steven N'Zonzi and Mousa Dembele have clashed twice already. The Stoke man's very fortunate the ref didn't see his elbow in holding off Dembele earlier.'
15.19: Interesting scenes at Tottenham by the way. As Spurs go to take a long throw, the referee stops play to have a word with Ryan Shawcross about his shirt pulling. The defender looks to be under heavy scrutiny from referees now following that headbutt from Everton's Marouane Fellaini last week.
15.18: From Sportsmail's Laura Williamson at White Hart Lane:
At #THFC, feeling a bit sorry for Aaron Lennon whenever either side have a corner. Still 0-0. #landofthegiants
Taking advantage: Carlton Cole pounced to fire West Ham ahead against Everton
15.15: GOAL! WEST HAM 1-0 Everton
Well wouldn't you know it. Football can be a cruel game and here is proof as the Hammers go straight up the other end and take the lead through a neat Carlton Cole strike.
15.13: Everton are very unfortunate not to be in front. Leon Osman thinks he has converted a chance at the back post from a corner, but the goal has puzzlingly been ruled out – the midfielder (and David Moyes) look furious.
Moments earlier, Victor Anichebe headed a Leighton Baines free-kick off the ground and over the crossbar for the Toffees.
15.11: Back to St Mary's but this time it's a chance for the hosts as Rickie Lambert's free-kick is deflected just wide by Sunderland's Craig Gardner.
15.08: West Brom are another home team on the back foot. Jonas Olsson's headed clearance only falls as far as Robert Snodgrass, but the Norwich midfielder rifles straight at Ben Foster.
15.05: So much for that tense start on the south coast too. Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon lets fly from 30 yards out, with Southampton stopper Kelvin Davis tipping over the bar.
15.03: Stoke nearly score within seconds of kick-off. Kyle Walker plays a disastrous ball across goal that is intercepted by Kenwyne Jones, but the Stoke striker fires off target. Huge let-off for Spurs and especially the full-back.
On the charge: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) battles with Reading's Mikele Leigertwood
15.01: Away we go then folks.
14.59: Finally as the teams make their way out, check out Martin Keown's preview of the weekend's action with his Boot Room.
14.56: And finally from the Hawthorns where West Brom will try and end Norwich's unbeaten league record that stretches back to the start of October:
West Brom v Norwich
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Long, Jara Reyes, Tamas, Fortune.
Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington, Morison. Subs: Steer, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Kane.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
14.53: Are we set for a nervy contest at St Mary's Both sides playing on the south coast today hover narrowly above the relegation zone:
Southampton v Sunderland
Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Mayuka, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Richardson, De Ridder.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Colback, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
14.50: Manchester City hand an unexpected Barclays Premier League debut to defender Karim Rekik as bottom side Reading visited the Etihad Stadium.
The 18-year-old Dutchman started in the absence of injured left-backs Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov while senior centre-halves Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott only make the bench.
Kolo Toure and Matija Nastasic are the centre-back pairing.
Reading make four changes following their 5-2 defeat by Arsenal earlier in the week with Jem Karacan returning from injury and Chris Gunter, Ian Harte and Alex Pearce also coming in.
Star showing: Adel Taarabt helped QPR on their way to their first Premier League win last weekend
14.48: Interesting fixture at St James' Park. Can the Hoops record back-to-back wins after picking up their first victory of the season last weekend Or can the Toon arrest an alarming slide down the table:
Newcastle v QPR
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Harper, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.
QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero, Faurlin, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Derry, Wright Phillips, Onuoha, Hoilett.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
14.45: Spurs have been one of those teams you just can't trust this season, but they have the chance to end the day in third with a win over Stoke at White Hart Lane:
Tottenham v Stoke
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Parker, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Shotton, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
14.42: QPR defender Jose Bosingwa is missing from the 18 at Newcastle today after being fined for refusing to sit on the bench last week.
It is understood the former Chelsea full-back, who was said to be injured yesterday, was punished for his reaction to being left out for the victory over Fulham, and he does not figure at St James' Park as Anton Ferdinand, Fabio da Silva and Esteban Granero are drafted into the starting line-up.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew names the same side which started against Manchester City on Saturday after James Perch recovers from a neck problem.
14.39: It's full-time at the DW Stadium, where Arsenal have managed to hold on and secure a 1-0 win at Wigan – the Gunners move into third in the table, the Latics remain 18th and in the relegation zone.
14.37: Full line-ups from Upton Park where Everton will hope to record an away win that could see them end the day in a Champions League spot:
West Ham v Everton
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Collison, Maiga, Diarra, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.
Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Left out: Gael Clichy (right) is replaced in the Manchester City starting line-up by 18-year-old, Karim Rekik
14.34: And here is the full team news from the Etihad Stadium:
Man City v Reading
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Rekik, Barry, Javi Garcia, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Wright, Kompany, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Sinclair, Razak.
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Le Fondre, Hunt, Gorkss, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
14.31: West Brom keeper Ben Foster returns after a seven-game absence with a groin injury in place of Boaz Myhill for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.
Albion boss Steve Clarke makes two other changes with midfielder Graham Dorrans and striker Romelu Lukaku replacing the suspended Youssouf Mulumbu and rested top scorer Shane Long respectively.
Norwich make one enforced change with striker Grant Holt ruled out with a hamstring injury and replaced by Steve Morison.
14.28: Some interesting team news coming from Manchester City as 18-year-old Karim Rekik makes his first start for the club at left-back in place of Gael Clichy.
14.27: Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka is handed his first Premier League start in this afternoon's clash with fellow strugglers Sunderland.
The Zambia international comes in for injured captain Adam Lallana and his inclusion is one of two changes to the side that beat Reading 1-0 last time out, with Gaston Ramirez replacing Jay Rodriguez.
Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Danny Rose all overcome knocks to start for Sunderland at St Mary's.
14.24: Everton captain Phil Neville makes a surprise return from knee surgery for today's Barclays Premier League game at West Ham.
Neville was ruled out for up to eight weeks just over a month ago but he is back in the side this afternoon, with David Moyes also handing a rare start to Victor Anichebe and recalling Johnny Heitinga.
West Ham draft in James Tomkins in the only change to their starting XI.
Attacking boost: Gareth Bale is a key player in Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham side
14.21: Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson return to Tottenham's starting XI as Andre Villas-Boas looks to move his team ahead of Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League with a win over Stoke at White Hart Lane.
Emmanuel Adebayor overcomes a hamstring problem to start up front while Scott Parker has to settle for a place on the bench.
Ryan Shotton comes in for Charlie Adam, who has been given compassionate leave due to the death of his father, while former Spurs striker Peter Crouch is named among the Stoke substitutes.
14.18: First up though we have one game already underway as Wigan and Arsenal are currently doing battle at the DW Stadium.
There is just over 15 minutes left and there has been one goal so far. Click here to see who has got it and to follow our live coverage with Martin Domin.
14.15: Yesterday may have been the start of the great Christmas get away for a well deserved break (or sadly not).
But it's business as usual if you happen to be a professional footballer (or not if you play in the Football League).
It's a full programme in the Premier League though, with the usual bunch of six afternoon games coming at you (seven if you if you include today's 5.30pm kick-off) and the team news for them is on the way.
Christmas crackers: Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham are in action from 3pm