Terry Butcher on Cardiff City v Manchester City: Edin Dzeko will be the difference in Wales – Terry Butcher

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Cardiff Citybegin their crucial home Premier League ­campaign this afternoon with amouthwatering clash against my tip for the title, Manchester City.

Having already changed their club colours and badge to red and black, Malky Mackay’s men will not want to alter their dominance at the , where 51 of 87 pointsgained last year helped steer the Welshmen into the Premier League.

Conversely,new City boss , as points lost on their travels last ­season undoubtedly cost City dearly.

It was extremely ­comfortable on Monday night as Newcastle were easily dispatched with – the only blemish for the blue half of Manchester.

While Cardiff should not be judged on results against the top four, any kind of win would certainly kick-start their survival ­campaign.

Pellegrini will need all of his engineering skills to fix City’s fragility at the back.

But with from last season, it should be ­victory No.2 for Manchester City.

Ian Holloway on Andre-Villas Boas: 'He is handling the Gareth Bale saga brilliantly' – Ian Holloway

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You never make a club stronger when you sell your best player, but if anybody can survive losing somebody of the quality of , it will be Andre Villas-Boas.

I’ve got to be honest, I thought the former Chelsea manager was the luckiest bloke alive when he got the job at . In fact, I said so in this column.

But he’s done such a good job since then that I’ve ­completely revised my ­opinion and, after facing his Spurs side last week – and then – I admire him even more.

Now, he’s getting ready to face the challenge of being without the player who was his team’s talisman last ­season. AVB, though, is handling it superbly.

For a start, it was a brilliant bit of strategy for Tottenham to go out and spend the money they will be ­collecting from Real Madrid BEFORE the world-record sale was concluded.

If everybody knows you have buckets of money swilling around, then the asking prices go through the roof.

And have you looked at the quality Spurs have been bringing in?

Roberto ­Soldado, Etienne ­Capoue, Paulinho – these are top players who can have an impact in Premier League games, and that’s prior to tying up some ­others before the deadline.

Will any of them be another Gareth Bale? No.

I don’t think there is another Gareth Bale in the world, with his pace, his ability to run at people, the goals he scores, the dazzling swerving free kicks, the way he strikes the ball – and even the times he gets back and heads corners and free-kicks away to help out his defenders.

But, sometimes, when a ­player wants to move on – and I don’t know for sure, – you have to let him do so and then use the money to develop your team in a different way.

That’s something I’ve had to do all through my career. From selling Barry Hayles and Jason Roberts when I was first at Bristol Rovers, then Danny Shittu at QPR, and Charlie Adam at Blackpool, it’s a fact of life for most managers. It’s happened again to me with Wilfried Zaha moving on.

I suppose, if you are in charge of a really big club like Tottenham, you hope it’s a problem you won’t get, but it still happens. It seems to me that AVB has handled it with great calm and common sense. They moved the ball around so well and the movement of their players was just as ­bewitching.

I like their ethos. And I’ve got to say I like AVB too. I met him properly for the first time a couple of weeks ago and he’s an articulate, intelligent man, who thinks deeply about the game and understands it.

That was probably why I got so upset with some of the ­refereeing decisions. My team were so close to containing them and showing we belong on the same pitch.

If we gain the ­confidence to relax and trust ourselves in possession, then we don’t need to be frightened of even the best teams in this league.

And, believe me, Spurs will be one of the best – despite ­losing their brightest star.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them back among the Champions League places by the end of the campaign.

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Ever since I took the job at Selhurst Park, I’ve learned more and more about how brilliant Palace’s fans are – and they amazed me again.

I didn’t see it at the time because I was too locked into getting ready for the game, but a whole group of them organised a big flag with the jigsaw dummy emblem from the Saw horror films (below) and hung a giant banner saying: “Palace are here, let the games begin.”

I know there were a few that questioned whether it was in good taste – but I thought it summed up the excitement about being back in the Premier League and wanting to make our ground a tough place to come for visiting teams.

It’s ironic we were at Stoke yesterday because that’s one club who, after they came up, set an example of how loud fans can help your performances at home.

Our supporters didn’t stop singing and dancing right through 90 ­minutes – and I’m so thankful they are on our side.

Watford transfers: Gianfranco Zola can inspire Hornets to promotion this time around, Lewis McGugan believes

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Lewis McGugan believes Gianfranco Zola can inspire Watford into the Premier League.

Hornets boss Zola just .

But the Chelsea legend’s side are showing no signs of a hangover after a storming start aided by new signings including McGugan.

Watfordput their unbeaten record on the line tomorrow when they host leaders Nottingham Forest, who have won all of their first three matches.

McGugan,24, will be in the spotlight after swapping the City Ground for Vicarage Road on a Bosman this summer. But despite Forest being top, McGugan expects his decision to be vindicated as he thrives in a centralattacking midfield role.

“I just wanted a fresh start and a new way of thinking,” said the ex-Forest trainee.

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“Sometimesyou can be at a place a bit too long and become stale. It was a tough decision to uproot. I’d been there since I was 10.

“But the whole point of the move and new surroundings is to kick on and give it my best shot.

“The manager here was a massive factor given the way they play football and the way he sets up what he wants.

“Youlook at what he has achieved in his career and to have the chance to play under someone like that, those opportunities don’t come around too often.

“You take every single thing he says on board and I am happy to learn every day from him. I don’t think I am anywhere near where I want to be yet as a player. In the latter stages of my Forest career I was more pushed out to the flanks.

“It didn’t really suit me. It is nice to get back into a familiar role and it givesme a chance to do what I know I am capable of.”

McGugan,who has already scored for the Hornets this season against ­Bournemouth(above), has been impressed by how Zola’s squad shrugged off the disappointment of play-off final defeat.

Headded: “The lads were going to feel a bit down after that – it’s human nature. But the ­transition period was only three or four weeks.

“When I came in pre-season they were all raring to go to do better than last time.

“Wehad a training camp in Italy which really helped me settle in. Now we have to keep at it because it’s a tough league and about 10 teams will think they can go up.”

Edgar Davids praises Liverpool stance over Luis Suarez transfer

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Champions League winner Edgar Davids says he understands why Liverpool are doing their utmost to retain the services of star-striker Luis Suarez.

The Dutch legend and Barnet player-manager is a former team-mate of Suarez, playing alongside the Uruguayan during his second spell at Ajax.

And Davids believes Liverpool are reluctant to part with their number seven simply because of the sheer quality he possesses.

“He is a good football player," said the former Juventus and Barcelona midfielder.

“I think everybody can say that Luis Suarez is a very good player. He s scored so many goals in the Premier League and he is definitely a quality player."

Suarez, who scored 23 Premier League goals for the Reds last season, had expressed a desire to leave Anfield earlier this summer amidst interest from Arsenal.

Liverpool rebuffed the Gunners  efforts to land the 26-year-old and recent reports indicate that Suarez has now accepted he will have to remain at the club.

Despite the Merseysiders maintaining the striker will not leave during the current transfer window, speculation persists that Spanish giants Real Madrid could still make a late move for Suarez.

Davids can understand why Liverpool are loath to lose one of their prized assets but believes the impact of Suarez potentially staying at the club remains to be seen.

“Of course (I can understand the club s reluctance to let the player go), he’s a player that kept Liverpool going last season" said the star who played for Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona.

"But the season is not even 10 matches old so we don’t know how this situation is going to affect the team or the player.

Cardiff City v Manchester City: Fraizer Campbell's shock winner as it happened

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3:05 pmEd Malyon

Hello dear friends and welcome.

What a day for Cardiff today, hosting its first Premier League football match ever and the city is brimming with excitement.

Unfortunately for our Cymraeg cousins it may not be the happiest of afternoons, with Manchester City big favourites and having impressed enormously on Monday night.

Manuel Pellegrini knows that he can get his side an early leg-up on Chelsea and/or Manchester United with a win, and won’t be tolerating any complacency – especially so early into his game.

So it’s an interesting clash, and one where we’ll bring you every kick (or at least most of them).

3:07 pmEd Malyon

So, we’ve got the team news for you.

First up, Cardiff City, who pick a defensive-looking side (probably fairly predictably.

The line-up is as follows:

Marshall; Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Turner; Whittingham, Medel; Campbell, Kim, Gunnarsson; Bellamy.3:23 pmEd Malyon

And hark! So did arrive the team of Manchester City.

So impressive going forward against Newcastle United, they’ve got arguably an even more attacking team for their trip to Cardiff.

Granted, it’s forced by injury, butJavi Garciawill play in the centre of defence where he has featured before but is not entirely natural.

Edin Dzekoretains his place in the starting XI despite

Hart, Zabaleta, Garcia, Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero3:35 pmEd Malyon

But alas, we have more than one game this afternoon and at 4pm Swansea’s trip to Tottenham will kick off as well.

Both sides played in the Europa League on Thursday, winning comfortably, but today will be an altogether more difficult test.

The Swansea City team has dropped, and Spurs should be with us shortly:

Vorm; Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies; Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey; Routledge, Hernandez, Michu.

A very tidy-looking team there, with pace and dynamism up front to catch the hosts on the counter.

3:38 pmEd Malyon

And here’s your Tottenham team if you’re that way inclined.

It’s a first-ever Spurs start in the Premier League for Andros Townsend, who has been at the club forever but endured many loan spells in the lower divisions.

, and both of these wingers like cutting inside so Walker and Rose will be required to provide the width:

Lloris; Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Dawson; Dembele, Capoue, Paulinho; Chadli, Townsend, Soldado.4:00 pmEd Malyon

A kind of purple background at the Cardiff City Stadium then, with the mottle of red and blue shirts mingling to produce a violetish hue.

Craig Bellamy the obvious choice as a dangerman for the hosts, but he doesn’t strike me as the sort of man who’ll trouble a not entirely natural centre-half like Javi Garcia.

Instead I’d be looking to the pace of Fraizer Campbell to get in there behind the defence.

4:02 pmEd Malyon

And we’re off!

Man City in their traditional sky blue, and Cardiff in their not-so-traditional red shirts and black shorts.

It’s the hosts who have the first attack, even daring to appeal for a penalty after 40-odd seconds, but Campbell’s somewhat hopeful fall is ignored.

The crowd is boisterous, and their team will need all the help they can get today.

4:04 pmJames Robertson

James Robertson is at White Hart Lane, and it’s not too busy apparently:

There were more people on the train than there are in the stadium!

I can see more blue seats than white shirts in honesty.

Did everyone Bale to Spain or something? You get the impression the B-word is somewhat off-limits here.

0-0 in North London

4:07 pm

Alec Shilton is also at the Lane for us:

We’re underway here at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale may be on his way to Real Madrid but with Spurs targeting Hulk and Erik Lamela and also set to announce the £8.5m of Romanian international defender Vlad Chiriches, today’s starters will be keen to prove to Andre Villas-Boas that they deserve their spots in his team.

4:08 pmEd Malyon

Chance for Tottenham early on.

Paulinho strides forward confidently from midfield, and when a defender throws his body in front of the Brazilian he cuts inside deftly before striking hard and low with his left foot.

It’s a sprawling save from Vorm, but Spurs look good and have started strongly.

4:12 pmEd Malyon

Cardiff are trying to build from the back, and that’s resulted in Craig Bellamy dropping well into his own half in an attempt to pick up the ball.

Campbell has started as the furthest player forward, but he’s not getting the ball in behind the defence which is probably where his pace could most exploit the visitors’ makeshift defence.

Set-piece opportunity coming up for Cardiff though….

…headed at goal! SAVED! Great save from Hart who gets down smartly but the flag was up regardless.

0-0 in Cardiff.

4:16 pmEd Malyon

Small Spanish lesson from now:

Swansea’s tidy little midfielder is Juan Jose Cañas, not Canas. A Cana is a single grey hair, whereas a Caña is a small beer (or alternatively a reed or cane).

You’d not mix them up in the pub, so try not to in football.

4:19 pm

Paulinho forces Michel Vorm into a save before Hugo Lloris parries straight to Michu who, embarrassingly, misses – writes Alec Shilton from White Hart Lane.

But his blushes are spared as the flag is up for offside.

Meanwhile the home fans seem keen to remind Roberto Soldado he “came from sunny Spain, to play at White Hart Lane.”

The weather’s not bad here, and the game is living up to it. Still 0-0 though.

4:23 pmEd Malyon

Nearly an own goal from the hosts in Cardiff as Man City begin to pile on some pressure.

It’s Taylor who steals in front of his own keeper to smash behind for a corner, and at the very same moment, Ashley William hammers it against his own crossbar at White Hart Lane.

Very curious goings-on, but we’re still goalless.

4:30 pmEd Malyon

Good save!

Wayne Routledge – a former Spur – played in Jonjo Shelvey, left side, and his low shot went through Michael Dawson’s legs, forcing Lloris into a smart reaction save at the near post.

The Swansea kit, by the way, is absolutely unspeakably hideous.

4:31 pmEd Malyon

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4:32 pm

Michel Vorm’s look of disbelief says it all, here at White Hart Lane writes Alec Shilton.

Kyle Walker’s cross from the right is headed against his own post by Ashley Williams and with the frame of the goal still rattling, Paulinho’s drive somehow stays out before the Dutch keeper drops on the loose ball.

What a let-off for the visitors who just haven’t got their passing game going yet.

4:36 pmEd Malyon

It’s quite the sight when Manchester City flood forward, with Silva, Aguero and Navas – all small, but exceptionally quick – zipping into the opposition half with verve before the more considered and loping strides of Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko begin to arrive.

When they keep possession though, it’s the massing hordes of red shirts that stand out, desperately flooding the box to try and keep the sky blue invasion out.

So far, it’s working.

4:38 pmJames Robertson

It looks like the ref has travelled down the M4 in the team bus, writes James Robertson.

It’s impossible to spot him against the Swansea players with their fluorescent yellow and navy kit.  

Meanwhile, a butterfly just flew and danced in front of the first row.

Someone pointed and said, "oh, look – a butterfly".  

There you go. Butterflies. At football. Whatever next?

4:43 pmEd Malyon

Nearly a great goal for City (Manchester) but it all went a bit wrong for wee Davy Silva.

A beautiful dinked pass completely took the Cardiff defence out of the equation, and Silva arrived at the near post unmarked.

Unfortunately, he managed to twist and face away from goal, and an attempted back-header actually just went away from goal.

Good chance, wasted.

4:45 pmEd Malyon

GREAT CHANCE CARDIFF! But Fraizer Campbell prods wide.

It’s just a hoof over the top really and Javi Garcia and Joleon Lescott are always struggling for pace against the Cardiff forward.

His first touch was a deft header, bouncing perfectly in his path, but the onrushing Joe Hart did enough to make his effort go wide.

Then Cardiff force an almost replica chance which Hart saves with his body.

4:49 pmEd Malyon

Half-time at Tottenham and Swansea will be wiping their brow to be going in level.

Ashley Williams nailed a header against the post, but more controversially, Jonjo Shelvey tripped Andros Townsend just inside the area moments before the break only for it to be given as a free kick.

The home bench was furious, but nothing came from it and it’s 0-0 after the first period at White Hart Lane.

4:54 pmEd Malyon

It’s a Blank Holiday Sunday as Cardiff City’s game with their Manchester namesakes is also goalless at the break.

The visitors had most of the ball, but Fraizer Campbell’s two breakaway chances were the best and clearest of the game.

Interestingly poised.

5:01 pmEd Malyon

Here’s the best chance of the game in Cardiff, withJoe Hartspreading himself well.

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5:07 pmEd Malyon

Back underway in both games.

Craig Bellamy came out of the tunnel having a strong word with the referee, which was probably related to his little pre-break spat where he poured water on the whistleman’s head.

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5:12 pmEd Malyon

GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! IT’S EDIN DZEKO!

What a beauty that is from the visitors.

Yaya Toure with the original pass, which Sergio Aguero lays off deftly for Dzeko to thunder home from distance.

A right-footed swirler that leaves Marshall helpless, and they’ve made their possession count.

0-1.

5:17 pmEd Malyon

PENALTY TOTTENHAM!

He got away with one first half, but not this time.

It’s Andros Townsend again who has run at him and drawn the foul, but this time he is awarded the penalty he deserves.

Roberto Soldado steps up and nets his second goal in two games to put Spurs in front.

1-0.

5:21 pmEd Malyon

GOAL CARDIFF! AND IT’S ARON GUNNARSSON!

The first ever Premier League goal scored by Cardiff City will forever be in the name of Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

It’s Kim who should be credited most with the goal, driving to the byline and fizzing the ball into the six-yard box.

Campbell is in there and Joe Hart parries, but the arriving Gunnarsson slams home to equalise for the hosts.

5:24 pm

Alec Shilton is still at the Lane:

After a dangerous first-half challenge on Soldado before being fortunate to not concede a penalty at the end of that half, Jonjo Shelvey runs out of luck as he challenges Townsend inside the box.

The first shout was a better one but this one is given and Soldado scores his first goal at home in the opposite corner to his spot-kick against Palace last Sunday.

5:27 pmEd Malyon

Moussa Dembele OFF, Gylfi Sigurddson ON:

Spurs make a change to try and keep things ticking over at their end.

Edin Dzeko OFF, Alvaro Negredo ON:

And City replace their big man up top with a slightly-smaller-but-still-biggish-man up top.

5:29 pmEd Malyon

Spurs take the lead:

Having not got a penalty all of last season, they’ve got two in two games at the beginning of the current campaign.

Roberto Soldado has nailed both, and they still lead Swansea 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.

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5:30 pm

Gylfi Sigurdsson comes on against his former club to replace Dembélé after 63 minutes here, writes Alec Shilton.

Andros Townsend wouldn’t have deserved to have been subbed but the 22-year-old can consider it a feather in his cap that Belgian international Dembélé was the man to make way.

Swansea need some inspiration here and call upon club-record £million signing Wilfried Bony to try and provide it.

5:36 pmEd Malyon

Cardiff City’s early aggression and ambition has somewhat diminished, and you get the impression they’d now be delighted with a point.

Manchester City, meanwhile, keep flowing forward, and with no pressure on their backline they are coming forward more and more… and more.

James Milner is being prepared as a substitute, perhaps not the obvious change but he’s receiving very detailed instruction from his manager.

He replaces Fernandinho.

5:37 pm

It’s Chico time, Alec Shilton informs us from White Hart Lane.

Chico Flores evades the attentions of the Spurs defence to lash a first-time volley towards the top corner which Hugo Lloris superbly palms over.

The ball is then back in the Spurs box and Chico unfurls his array of step-overs but ends up getting crowded out near the corner flag.

The visitors finally look threatening.

5:37 pm GOAL CARDIFF CITY! THEY LEAD MANCHESTER CITY 2-1!5:39 pm

MY GOODNESS ME!

What a stunning goal in every sense of the word.

A brilliant corner from Peter Whittingham, whose in-swinging ball teases the defence and lures Joe Hart into a flap.

Stealing in behind the England keeper is Fraizer Campbell, who chest/shoulders it home from inches and sends the Cardiff City Stadium absolutely wild.

2-1!

5:45 pm

Who could have seen that coming?!

Well I did kind of predict it way back thatCampbellwould be decisive but there’s no need to dwell on that, nor send me gifts as congratulations.

Vincent Tan has been chasing the Premier League dream and now he is delighted.

Just look at him:

 

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FRAIZER CAMPBELL MAKES IT 3!

And the former Manchester United man has surely secured a memorable win against Manchester City.

Another corner, and one of the shortest men on the field is allowed to steal in, leap high, and thunder a header home.

Unbelievable.

3-1.

5:52 pmEd Malyon

GOAL MANCHESTER CITY!

A simple goal at that, and could they snatch a draw?

In the first of six added-on minutes, David Silva’s simple far-post cross is nodded home by Alvaro Negredo and we have a finale on our hands.

3-2!

5:54 pmEd Malyon

FT: SPURS 1-0 SWANSEA.

Two penalties, two goals, two wins.

Tottenham are enjoying life without Gareth Bale, for now…

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6:00 pmEd Malyon

IT’S ALL OVER!

FT: Cardiff City 3-1 Manchester City.

Wow.

Um, erm… match report to follow shortly, as well as some words from Chief Sports Writer Oliver Holt who was there today.

6:07 pm

Final word from the Lane:

And that’s that.

Another Soldado penalty gives Spurs a second successive 1-0 victory and they deserved the points.

Paulinho and Townsend shone for the home side with the latter staking his claim for a more regular midfield spot with Gareth Bale on his way out.

Swansea might have called upon Wilfried Bony earlier and didn’t create enough to take much away from this.

I’ve been Alec Shilton, thanks for joining Ed and myself this afternoon!

6:15 pm

Match report: 

6:28 pm

Match report:

Thanks for joining me/us today for what turned out to be a rather interesting afternoon of football.

Tottenham go level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top, while Swansea are now bottom after losing their second game.

Cardiff are comfortable mid-table but will be overjoyed to have beaten a title candidate,and all in the first-ever Premier League match.

Phew.

See you all next week? Yeah, thought so. Goodbye!

 

Swansea City v Tottenham: Live updates, goals and reaction from the Premier League

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3:05 pmEd Malyon

Hello dear friends and welcome.

What a day for Cardiff today, hosting its first Premier League football match ever and the city is brimming with excitement.

Unfortunately for our Cymraeg cousins it may not be the happiest of afternoons, with Manchester City big favourites and having impressed enormously on Monday night.

Manuel Pellegrini knows that he can get his side an early leg-up on Chelsea and/or Manchester United with a win, and won’t be tolerating any complacency – especially so early into his game.

So it’s an interesting clash, and one where we’ll bring you every kick (or at least most of them).

3:07 pmEd Malyon

So, we’ve got the team news for you.

First up, Cardiff City, who pick a defensive-looking side (probably fairly predictably.

The line-up is as follows:

Marshall; Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Turner; Whittingham, Medel; Campbell, Kim, Gunnarsson; Bellamy.3:23 pmEd Malyon

And hark! So did arrive the team of Manchester City.

So impressive going forward against Newcastle United, they’ve got arguably an even more attacking team for their trip to Cardiff.

Granted, it’s forced by injury, butJavi Garciawill play in the centre of defence where he has featured before but is not entirely natural.

Edin Dzekoretains his place in the starting XI despite

Hart, Zabaleta, Garcia, Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero3:35 pmEd Malyon

But alas, we have more than one game this afternoon and at 4pm Swansea’s trip to Tottenham will kick off as well.

Both sides played in the Europa League on Thursday, winning comfortably, but today will be an altogether more difficult test.

The Swansea City team has dropped, and Spurs should be with us shortly:

Vorm; Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies; Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey; Routledge, Hernandez, Michu.

A very tidy-looking team there, with pace and dynamism up front to catch the hosts on the counter.

3:38 pmEd Malyon

And here’s your Tottenham team if you’re that way inclined.

It’s a first-ever Spurs start in the Premier League for Andros Townsend, who has been at the club forever but endured many loan spells in the lower divisions.

, and both of these wingers like cutting inside so Walker and Rose will be required to provide the width:

Lloris; Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Dawson; Dembele, Capoue, Paulinho; Chadli, Townsend, Soldado.4:00 pmEd Malyon

A kind of purple background at the Cardiff City Stadium then, with the mottle of red and blue shirts mingling to produce a violetish hue.

Craig Bellamy the obvious choice as a dangerman for the hosts, but he doesn’t strike me as the sort of man who’ll trouble a not entirely natural centre-half like Javi Garcia.

Instead I’d be looking to the pace of Fraizer Campbell to get in there behind the defence.

4:02 pmEd Malyon

And we’re off!

Man City in their traditional sky blue, and Cardiff in their not-so-traditional red shirts and black shorts.

It’s the hosts who have the first attack, even daring to appeal for a penalty after 40-odd seconds, but Campbell’s somewhat hopeful fall is ignored.

The crowd is boisterous, and their team will need all the help they can get today.

4:04 pmJames Robertson

James Robertson is at White Hart Lane, and it’s not too busy apparently:

There were more people on the train than there are in the stadium!

I can see more blue seats than white shirts in honesty.

Did everyone Bale to Spain or something? You get the impression the B-word is somewhat off-limits here.

0-0 in North London

4:07 pm

Alec Shilton is also at the Lane for us:

We’re underway here at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale may be on his way to Real Madrid but with Spurs targeting Hulk and Erik Lamela and also set to announce the £8.5m of Romanian international defender Vlad Chiriches, today’s starters will be keen to prove to Andre Villas-Boas that they deserve their spots in his team.

4:08 pmEd Malyon

Chance for Tottenham early on.

Paulinho strides forward confidently from midfield, and when a defender throws his body in front of the Brazilian he cuts inside deftly before striking hard and low with his left foot.

It’s a sprawling save from Vorm, but Spurs look good and have started strongly.

4:12 pmEd Malyon

Cardiff are trying to build from the back, and that’s resulted in Craig Bellamy dropping well into his own half in an attempt to pick up the ball.

Campbell has started as the furthest player forward, but he’s not getting the ball in behind the defence which is probably where his pace could most exploit the visitors’ makeshift defence.

Set-piece opportunity coming up for Cardiff though….

…headed at goal! SAVED! Great save from Hart who gets down smartly but the flag was up regardless.

0-0 in Cardiff.

4:16 pmEd Malyon

Small Spanish lesson from now:

Swansea’s tidy little midfielder is Juan Jose Cañas, not Canas. A Cana is a single grey hair, whereas a Caña is a small beer (or alternatively a reed or cane).

You’d not mix them up in the pub, so try not to in football.

4:19 pm

Paulinho forces Michel Vorm into a save before Hugo Lloris parries straight to Michu who, embarrassingly, misses – writes Alec Shilton from White Hart Lane.

But his blushes are spared as the flag is up for offside.

Meanwhile the home fans seem keen to remind Roberto Soldado he “came from sunny Spain, to play at White Hart Lane.”

The weather’s not bad here, and the game is living up to it. Still 0-0 though.

4:23 pmEd Malyon

Nearly an own goal from the hosts in Cardiff as Man City begin to pile on some pressure.

It’s Taylor who steals in front of his own keeper to smash behind for a corner, and at the very same moment, Ashley William hammers it against his own crossbar at White Hart Lane.

Very curious goings-on, but we’re still goalless.

4:30 pmEd Malyon

Good save!

Wayne Routledge – a former Spur – played in Jonjo Shelvey, left side, and his low shot went through Michael Dawson’s legs, forcing Lloris into a smart reaction save at the near post.

The Swansea kit, by the way, is absolutely unspeakably hideous.

4:31 pmEd Malyon

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4:32 pm

Michel Vorm’s look of disbelief says it all, here at White Hart Lane writes Alec Shilton.

Kyle Walker’s cross from the right is headed against his own post by Ashley Williams and with the frame of the goal still rattling, Paulinho’s drive somehow stays out before the Dutch keeper drops on the loose ball.

What a let-off for the visitors who just haven’t got their passing game going yet.

4:36 pmEd Malyon

It’s quite the sight when Manchester City flood forward, with Silva, Aguero and Navas – all small, but exceptionally quick – zipping into the opposition half with verve before the more considered and loping strides of Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko begin to arrive.

When they keep possession though, it’s the massing hordes of red shirts that stand out, desperately flooding the box to try and keep the sky blue invasion out.

So far, it’s working.

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It looks like the ref has travelled down the M4 in the team bus, writes James Robertson.

It’s impossible to spot him against the Swansea players with their fluorescent yellow and navy kit.  

Meanwhile, a butterfly just flew and danced in front of the first row.

Someone pointed and said, "oh, look – a butterfly".  

There you go. Butterflies. At football. Whatever next?

4:43 pmEd Malyon

Nearly a great goal for City (Manchester) but it all went a bit wrong for wee Davy Silva.

A beautiful dinked pass completely took the Cardiff defence out of the equation, and Silva arrived at the near post unmarked.

Unfortunately, he managed to twist and face away from goal, and an attempted back-header actually just went away from goal.

Good chance, wasted.

4:45 pmEd Malyon

GREAT CHANCE CARDIFF! But Fraizer Campbell prods wide.

It’s just a hoof over the top really and Javi Garcia and Joleon Lescott are always struggling for pace against the Cardiff forward.

His first touch was a deft header, bouncing perfectly in his path, but the onrushing Joe Hart did enough to make his effort go wide.

Then Cardiff force an almost replica chance which Hart saves with his body.

4:49 pmEd Malyon

Half-time at Tottenham and Swansea will be wiping their brow to be going in level.

Ashley Williams nailed a header against the post, but more controversially, Jonjo Shelvey tripped Andros Townsend just inside the area moments before the break only for it to be given as a free kick.

The home bench was furious, but nothing came from it and it’s 0-0 after the first period at White Hart Lane.

4:54 pmEd Malyon

It’s a Blank Holiday Sunday as Cardiff City’s game with their Manchester namesakes is also goalless at the break.

The visitors had most of the ball, but Fraizer Campbell’s two breakaway chances were the best and clearest of the game.

Interestingly poised.

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Here’s the best chance of the game in Cardiff, withJoe Hartspreading himself well.

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5:07 pmEd Malyon

Back underway in both games.

Craig Bellamy came out of the tunnel having a strong word with the referee, which was probably related to his little pre-break spat where he poured water on the whistleman’s head.

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5:12 pmEd Malyon

GOAL MANCHESTER CITY! IT’S EDIN DZEKO!

What a beauty that is from the visitors.

Yaya Toure with the original pass, which Sergio Aguero lays off deftly for Dzeko to thunder home from distance.

A right-footed swirler that leaves Marshall helpless, and they’ve made their possession count.

0-1.

5:17 pmEd Malyon

PENALTY TOTTENHAM!

He got away with one first half, but not this time.

It’s Andros Townsend again who has run at him and drawn the foul, but this time he is awarded the penalty he deserves.

Roberto Soldado steps up and nets his second goal in two games to put Spurs in front.

1-0.

5:21 pmEd Malyon

GOAL CARDIFF! AND IT’S ARON GUNNARSSON!

The first ever Premier League goal scored by Cardiff City will forever be in the name of Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

It’s Kim who should be credited most with the goal, driving to the byline and fizzing the ball into the six-yard box.

Campbell is in there and Joe Hart parries, but the arriving Gunnarsson slams home to equalise for the hosts.

5:24 pm

Alec Shilton is still at the Lane:

After a dangerous first-half challenge on Soldado before being fortunate to not concede a penalty at the end of that half, Jonjo Shelvey runs out of luck as he challenges Townsend inside the box.

The first shout was a better one but this one is given and Soldado scores his first goal at home in the opposite corner to his spot-kick against Palace last Sunday.

5:27 pmEd Malyon

Moussa Dembele OFF, Gylfi Sigurddson ON:

Spurs make a change to try and keep things ticking over at their end.

Edin Dzeko OFF, Alvaro Negredo ON:

And City replace their big man up top with a slightly-smaller-but-still-biggish-man up top.

5:29 pmEd Malyon

Spurs take the lead:

Having not got a penalty all of last season, they’ve got two in two games at the beginning of the current campaign.

Roberto Soldado has nailed both, and they still lead Swansea 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.

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5:30 pm

Gylfi Sigurdsson comes on against his former club to replace Dembélé after 63 minutes here, writes Alec Shilton.

Andros Townsend wouldn’t have deserved to have been subbed but the 22-year-old can consider it a feather in his cap that Belgian international Dembélé was the man to make way.

Swansea need some inspiration here and call upon club-record £million signing Wilfried Bony to try and provide it.

5:36 pmEd Malyon

Cardiff City’s early aggression and ambition has somewhat diminished, and you get the impression they’d now be delighted with a point.

Manchester City, meanwhile, keep flowing forward, and with no pressure on their backline they are coming forward more and more… and more.

James Milner is being prepared as a substitute, perhaps not the obvious change but he’s receiving very detailed instruction from his manager.

He replaces Fernandinho.

5:37 pm

It’s Chico time, Alec Shilton informs us from White Hart Lane.

Chico Flores evades the attentions of the Spurs defence to lash a first-time volley towards the top corner which Hugo Lloris superbly palms over.

The ball is then back in the Spurs box and Chico unfurls his array of step-overs but ends up getting crowded out near the corner flag.

The visitors finally look threatening.

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MY GOODNESS ME!

What a stunning goal in every sense of the word.

A brilliant corner from Peter Whittingham, whose in-swinging ball teases the defence and lures Joe Hart into a flap.

Stealing in behind the England keeper is Fraizer Campbell, who chest/shoulders it home from inches and sends the Cardiff City Stadium absolutely wild.

2-1!

5:45 pm

Who could have seen that coming?!

Well I did kind of predict it way back thatCampbellwould be decisive but there’s no need to dwell on that, nor send me gifts as congratulations.

Vincent Tan has been chasing the Premier League dream and now he is delighted.

Just look at him:

 

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FRAIZER CAMPBELL MAKES IT 3!

And the former Manchester United man has surely secured a memorable win against Manchester City.

Another corner, and one of the shortest men on the field is allowed to steal in, leap high, and thunder a header home.

Unbelievable.

3-1.

5:52 pmEd Malyon

GOAL MANCHESTER CITY!

A simple goal at that, and could they snatch a draw?

In the first of six added-on minutes, David Silva’s simple far-post cross is nodded home by Alvaro Negredo and we have a finale on our hands.

3-2!

5:54 pmEd Malyon

FT: SPURS 1-0 SWANSEA.

Two penalties, two goals, two wins.

Tottenham are enjoying life without Gareth Bale, for now…

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6:00 pmEd Malyon

IT’S ALL OVER!

FT: Cardiff City 3-1 Manchester City.

Wow.

Um, erm… match report to follow shortly, as well as some words from Chief Sports Writer Oliver Holt who was there today.

6:07 pm

Final word from the Lane:

And that’s that.

Another Soldado penalty gives Spurs a second successive 1-0 victory and they deserved the points.

Paulinho and Townsend shone for the home side with the latter staking his claim for a more regular midfield spot with Gareth Bale on his way out.

Swansea might have called upon Wilfried Bony earlier and didn’t create enough to take much away from this.

I’ve been Alec Shilton, thanks for joining Ed and myself this afternoon!

6:15 pm

Match report: 

6:28 pm

Match report:

Thanks for joining me/us today for what turned out to be a rather interesting afternoon of football.

Tottenham go level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top, while Swansea are now bottom after losing their second game.

Cardiff are comfortable mid-table but will be overjoyed to have beaten a title candidate,and all in the first-ever Premier League match.

Phew.

See you all next week? Yeah, thought so. Goodbye!

 

Cardiff 3-2 Man City: Fraizer Campbell revels in 'special' victory over Manchester City

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Cardiff’s two-goal hero Fraizer Campbell hailed their shock 3-2 victory over Barclays Premier League title contenders Manchester City as "special".

After falling behind to Edin Dzeko’s opener, Aron Gunnarsson levelled proceedings on the hour before Campbell bagged a brace to the delight of the home fans in the Cardiff City Stadium.

Alvaro Negredo halved the deficit to set up a thrilling finale, but the Bluebirds held on for a famous victory – their first in the Premier League.

Campbell said: "The most special thing was getting the three points. When you’re a promoted side, you don’t want to wait too long to get any points on the board so today was a massive bonus for us.

"We knew it was going to be difficult but we knew we’d get our chances. (There were) some great deliveries into the box and it was a great all-round team performance.

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"The manager’s been saying to us we deserve to be in this league on our merit. We did very well last season (to get promoted from) the Championship and we’ve got to go out there and show everyone what we’re about.

"We’ll be the underdogs for a lot of the games this season but, as we showed, we’ve got great determination and hopefully that’ll see us through."

Cardiff captain Craig Bellamy believes the crowd played a key part in Sunday’s success against his former side.

"We can hold them responsible for the three points, they were incredible," he added on Sky Sports 1.

"This Premier League’s so tough and not every week we’re going to have Man City but one or two teams, we’re going to need them to be as positive as that if we’re going to try and stay in this league."

Manuel Pellegrini rues set-piece weakness as Man City stumble to Cardiff defeat

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was left frustrated at his side’s inability to break down the Cardiff City defence and hinted at his dissatisfaction with his own backline after Fraizer Campbell scored from two corners.

"We played against a very difficult team. They were with 10 players in their own box and it was very difficult for us to try to score," said the Chilean.

"When we scored the first goal I thought we played a bit better after that.

"But their set-pieces decided the match. It was just two corners that decided the game."

Cardiff City forward Campbell as the Welsh notched their first-ever Premier League victory.

Sergio Aguero then took to Twitter to express his disappointment at the result:

 

Mike Tyson claims he is on the brink of dying from drink and drug abuse

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Mike Tyson has claimed he is on the brink of dying from drink and drug abuse.

The ex-heavyweight champion boxer said he is still a “vicious” alcoholic and lied for years that he was sober.

Tyson, 47, said: “I’m a bad guy. I did a lot of bad things and I want to be forgiven. I want to change my life. I want to live my life sober.

“I don’t want to die. I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic.”

Tyson said he had not had drink or drugs in six days, and added: “I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not.

“This is my sixth day. I’m never going to use again.”

He has been in rehab three times and in 2012 said he had been sober for three years.

Tyson, speaking in New York, said he thought of killing himself five years ago. But the 2009 death of his daughter Exodus, four, who was strangled by a cord while playing on a treadmill, made him realise he must change.

Newcastle United transfers: Joe Kinnear insists he isn't after Alan Pardew's job at Newcastle

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Joe Kinnear came out fighting last night and insisted he was NOT a threat to Alan Pardew’s job security as Newcastle manager.

Former Toon boss Kinnear, 66, returnedto the fold at two months ago to between Pardew and owner Mike Ashley.

ButKinnear has been shocked by the fans’ hostile reaction, culminating in one banner – later removed by stewards – branding him a laughing stock as “clown of the comedy club” at Saturday’s grim 0-0 draw with West Ham.

Asked if he was a stalking horse who covets Pardew’s job, Kinnear’s response was defiant and unequivocal.

He said: “There’s no chance of that ever happening – I’m here to work with Alan Pardew, not against him.

“Ifsomething bad does happen, and Mike Ashley decides on changing (managers), my job would be to go out and find a replacement and be involved in the interview process.

“Butwe’re not thinking in those terms. It’s miles too early to talk about that because we’re trying to build a good, solid side here who can compete in the top half of the Premier League.

“AlanPardew is a decent guy and a decent coach who has taken this club into Europe once already and it’s my job to help him succeed.

“Idon’t pick the team, I don’t coach the players, I don’t deal with them on a day-to-day basis. If I am asked, I might suggest how we can tweak things a bit here or tweak things a bit there.

“IfAlan wants a striker, I might suggest one or two names, but I don’t do things behind his back. I’ve never been to a meeting where he hasn’t been present.”

Newcastle arestill waiting for their first goal of the new campaign ahead of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup booby-trap at Morecambe.