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Fulham 2-2 Everton (FT)

Norwich 1-0 Stoke City (FT)

Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa (FT)

Swansea 1-1 Chelsea (FT)

Tottenham 0-1 Wigan (FT)

Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

We’ve already had one Premier League game – the details of which can be found here.

Here are all the teams:

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu, Mikel, Moses, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand, Piazon.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett, Ryan Bennett.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O’Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, Johnson, Fletcher, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Rose, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Weimann, Ireland, Westwood, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Stevens, Lichaj.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Diarra, Baird, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Sidwell, Petric, Karagounis, Rodallega, Dejagah.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Anichebe.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Dempsey, Lennon, Defoe, Bale. Subs: Lloris, Adebayor, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falque, Carroll.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Lopez.

We’ll be focusing mainly on the Tottenham match, while keeping you up to date with all the other Premier League scores.

We’re underway…

Setanta’s Brian Little has said that both Spurs and Wigan have had a “disastrous week”.

A little hyperbolic if you ask me. It’s only the League up, after all.

A sloppy pass from Watson allows Dempsey to run through on goal, but the attacker’s shot is relatively comfortably saved from a tight angle.

Meanwhile, Boyce has cynically clattered into Tottenham’s star man at the moment – Gareth Bale.

Fulham have gone a goal up through Bryan Ruiz, or a Tim Howard own goal (judge for yourself).

Meanwhile, Chelsea have started well against Swansea, with Hazard and Oscar both looking lively.

On a sidenote, some less than encouraging news for Ireland, as James McClean only makes the bench for Sunderland.

Save that Dempsey half-chance, Wigan have kept Spurs fairly quiet so far.

They’ve shown good discipline in containing their opponents, and the home fans are consequently beginning to get frustrated.

Tottenham continue to press with Wigan defending deep, but there’s been no real incision as of yet from AVB’s side.

They need to pick up the tempo if they have any real hopes of breaking down this impressively organised-looking Wigan defence.

There’s been some nice passing from Tottenham in the build-up, if not in key areas, with Tom Huddlestone in particular controlling the play.

As I type, a corner is only half-cleared and Al Habsi does well to hold onto Vertonghen’s powerful volley from the edge of the box.

In addition, there’s been an enforced change for Spurs, as AVB adventurously opts to bring Sigurdsson on for Sandro.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the week we’ve had, there’s still only been one goal scored in the Premier League so far today.

The best chance of the game falls to Wigan, as a clever one-two opens up the Tottenham defence, but Friedel gets down well to stop Kone’s disappointing finish.

The hosts need to be careful that, in their desperation to find a goal, they don’t leave themselves overly exposed at the back, as was the case in that instance.

Shaun Maloney misses another gilt-edged chance for Wigan, hammering it straight at Friedel after being played through on goal.

Wigan have been the superior team by far over the past few minutes.

Defoe has gone down and looks in some discomfort.

He eventually gets up and looks set to play on, much to my relief (he’s my Fantasy Football captain this week).

With half-time approaching, it’s been a hugely frustrating game from a Tottenham fan’s perspective, with a conspicuous lack of urgency in the team that’s been highlighted by numerous misplaced passes and a failure to cultivate any real clear-cut chances.

And as I type, Watson side-foots it over from the edge of the box, following a fine, flowing Wigan move.

And elsewhere, there’s finally been a goal, with Johnson scoring for Norwich against Stoke.

HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-0 WIGAN

It’s now half-time in all the other games, with just the two goals to speak of so far.

Where are that leaky Reading defence when you need them?

So at half-time, it’s been a somewhat disappointing game in terms of entertainment.

From a Wigan supporter’s view however, it’s been great.

Not only have they managed to keep a quality Spurs attack relatively quiet, they’ve even outpassed them at times.

You get the sense that Villas-Boas needs to make a bold move to turn this game around, as his side have been decidedly lacklustre by their standards so far.

A reminder from last week, if you need any, that football isn’t always this dull and incident-free.

YouTube credit: The High Rollers

All the games are underway again…

It’s been a low-key start to the second half, with a harmless Dempsey shot the only attempt on goal thus far.

GOAL FOR WIGAN!

Friedel parries a dangerous corner into the path of an unmarked Watson, who taps home, despite the best efforts of the defender on the line.

Straight away, Adebayor comes on for Defoe, much to the home crowd’s evident annoyance.

They were clearly hoping for a more positive change.

Meanwhile, the goals have been flying in elsewhere.

Victor Moses’ header from a corner has given Chelsea the lead, while Agbonlahor has put Villa in front against Sunderland.

In addition, Everton have equalised through Fellaini.

Tottenham are belatedly beginning to increase the temp at which they’re playing, and Vertonghen has won a free kick on the edge of the area.

Their passing and build-up play still looks a little laboured though.

James McCarthy heads Caulker’s header off the line from a corner.

Tottenham are really piling on the pressure now, begging the question as to why they couldn’t adopt such a positive attitude from the outset.

A second goal from Fellaini has put Everton in front against Fulham.

The Belgian international is turning into somewhat of a talisman for his side.

Carroll replaces Walker, as Tottenham belatedly adopt a more attacking formation.

Yet it’s Wigan who attack again, as a last-ditch tackle from Huddlestone prevents them from getting a shot on goal.

The Wigan defence have been terrific today.

Tottenham simply look incapable of breaking them down, much to the home crowd’s audible frustration.

Pablo Hernandez looks to have earned Swansea a point, while Steve Sidwell has grabbed a late equaliser for Fulham.

Bale shoots frustratingly wide, as Spurs are on the brink of defeat.

FULL-TIME: SWANSEA 1-1 CHELSEA

FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-1 WIGAN

It’s now full-time everywhere, with a few surprise results, as you’ll notice above.

So in summary, Wigan earn a well-deserved win.

They executed their gameplan to perfection, restricting Tottenham to the occasional half-chance, and even spurning one or two other golden opportunities before they scored.

Roberto Martinez’s side will be encouraged that they can easily avoid relegation should they maintain this level of discipline and intelligence in their performance.

Tottenham, in contrast, if they continue to perform in this manner, will struggle to get a Europa League spot, let alone repeat their top four finish of last year.

AVB will be worried both by their conspicuous lack of creativity in the middle of the field, and by the manner in which captain William Gallas fell asleep during the corner for Wigan’s goal.

Right, that’s all folks.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and take note that we’ll be back very shortly to liveblog City v West Ham.

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