Survival Sunday: Wigan, Wolves and Blackburn Survive, But It's Curtains For Blackpool & Birmingham - As It Happened

With just 90 minutes of the Premier League season remaining, two from Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Wolves and Blackburn had to join West Ham United in the Championship. Join us for live coverage of who's staying up, and who's on their way down.
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With just 90 minutes of the Premier League season remaining, two from Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Wolves and Blackburn had to join West Ham United in the Championship. Join us for live coverage of who's staying up, and who's on their way down.

With just 90 minutes of the Premier League season remaining, two from Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Wolves and Blackburn are about to join West Ham United in the Championship. Join us for live coverage of who's staying up, and who's on their way down.

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18:12 - I'm a shell of the man I was at the start at this. I need a priest. Good evening everyone, It's been emotional. Stay safe, whoever you support.

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18:08 - HOLY HELL! It's been confirmed (we think) that both Birmingham and Blackpool have made it into the Europa League for next season. Channel 5 executives being put on suicide watch as we speak...

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18:05 - I actually feel like I've ton four hours on the sack with a berserker today. I'm sore, tired and I've got not idea what I've just witnessed. But wait! Rumours are filtering through that because Fulham had a man sent off today, Blackpool might have snuck into Europe on the Fair Play table... watch this space!

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18:02 - Ha! Over at the Britannia, the Stoke fans are patiently awaiting their lap of honour but Wigan's players, staff and fans are still on the pitch carrying Martinez around on their shoulders. They may have to wait a while, although Kenwyne Jones will probably try and head him.

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18:00 - And what about Birmingham, Carling Cup winners will have European football next season, but be in the second teir. What a season. Speechless.

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17:59 - The final table. I can only speak for myself, but I'll sorely miss Blackpool, even the Man United fans are applauding them off the pitch. This is far too emotional for me. I need a sit down.

15 Blackburn 43pts -11GD
16 Wigan 42pts -21GD
17 Wolves 40pts -20GD
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18 Birmingham 39pts -21GD
19 Blackpool 39pts -23GD
20 West Ham 33pts -24GD

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17:56 - Well, that's that then. Wolves, 3-0 down at half time and Wigan, battered for the first 45, have saved themselves somehow. Blackburn were comfortable all day but it's heartbreak for Birmingham and Blackpool. Both losing after gallant efforts on their part.

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17:55 - Full time at Old Trafford. Blackpool are relegated. If any team have ever gone down fighting, it was Ian Holloways men, we salute you.

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17:54 - GOAL! And it's come at White Hart Lane... Birmingham are caught out overcommitted and Spurs make it 2-1. That's it for them now, surely. My sympathies you lot.

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17:53 - Ben Foster now up for the Birmingham corner, they seem to have gotten the message. Corner waisted but the Blues retain possession and try again. Stoke almost break Wigan hearts but Carew just can't apply the finish.

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17:52 - We're into stoppage time now... Birmingham and Blackpool are down as it stands, but one goal, anywhere, could change everything.

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17:51 - Birmingham clearly have no idea of what's happend in the other games, they look like they still think they're safe... someone needs to tell them. Meanwhile Wolves, still losing but on the offensive, are safe and have no idea weather to stick or twist... what drama. Just a few minutes yet. Blackpool come agonisingly close at Old Trafford... again.

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17:48 - GOAL! Wolves pull themselves out of the bottom three thanks to Ward! 3-2 and Birmingham now drop into trouble on virtue of goal difference.

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17:46 - There's still chances across the board. Blackpool, bless their little hearts, look shattered. They've battled, but the task looks just too big.

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17:45 - 10 minutes to go, and as it stands. Bottom two go down...

Blackburn: 43 pts, -11gd

Wigan: 42 pts, -21gd

Birmingham: 40 pts, -20gd

Wolves: 40 pts, -21gd

Blackpool: 39 pts, -23gd

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17:42 - I'll try and recap, Wolves stil 3-1 to Blackburn. Wigan have taken the lead against Stoke, 1-0.Birmingham have found a way through against Tottenham, 1-1. Finally, Blackpool trail 3-2 to Man Unit... scrath that, Michael Owen has just shattered tangerine hearts over there... 4-2.

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17:40 - GO... ah, so close for Wolves but Ebanks-Blake just can't quite apply the finishing touch. GO... Agh! Blackpool's Ian Evatt so nearly makes amends for his own goal with a glancing header that goes agonisingly wide. GOAL! I can't take this anymore! It's 1-0 to Wigan with Rodaellga!

*phew*

GOAL! I've no idea what's going on anymore! Birmingham equalise against Spurs! 1-1.

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17:38 - There are so many reason to hope, and so many reasons to worry for every team in the mix today. Except for Blackburn, remember them?

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17:36 - For the first time today, and with no goals scored in their game, Wigan are now OUT of the relegation zone. 15 minutes left and I need a hug.

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17:35 - GOAL! Disaster for Blackpool! After having one near miss and one cleared off the line, Ian Evatt puts the ball into his own net. They're right back into the bottom three now. Horrible, horrible miskick from the captain. 3-2

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17:34 - GOAL! Wolves right back in it at 3-1. Jamie O'Hara's goal doesn't actually change anything though... yet.

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17:33 - Birmingham though appear to have stopped the bleeding. Two chances in quick succession from Craig Gardner, Spurs appear happy to let them come on to them.

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17:31 - Blackpool and Man United still going end to end at the moment, half-chances for both sides. There's almost definitely going to be another goal in this but your guess is as good as mine as to who's getting it.

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17:29 - Nearly a goal for Wigan there. Tom Cleverly curls one in but it's well saved.

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17:28 - Seriously, what on earth happens now?

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17:26 - Blackpool, Wolves, Wigan and Birmingham (in that order) now seperated by A SINGLE GOAL. Incredible.

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17:24 - GOAL! It was never going to last was it. Anderson waltzes through to make 2-2. Brilliant pull-back by Park and it's then smashed home. They're still safe as it stands but the Blackpool passports can go back in the drawer.

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17:23 - Hard to believe we're watching the same Wigan side who were out in the first half. Game now starting to stretch itself and almost feels end-to-end. No real chances for either side but you sense it's close.

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17:21 - There's simultaneous penalty shouts for Wigan, Blackburn and Stoke! All of which are (rightly) turned down.

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17:20 - Meanwhile, Blackburn nearly make it 4-0. Jason Roberts gets one-on-one against the goalie but it's saved. Whilst that might now sound much, another goal against for Wolves and their goal difference would drop them back into the relegation zone.

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17:18 - GOAL! You'll NEVER believe this, but Blackpool have made it 1-2 against Man United! Gary Taylor-Fletcher all but securing Champions League football now!

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17:17 -  Birmingham look rattled here. Spurs still coming forward in waves, McLeish's men seemingly with no idea how to get back into this game. Troubling times for the St Andrews' faithful as it doesn't look like other teams will do them a favour.

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17:15 - Wigan now seem to realise that a goal will al but keep them up. Unrecognisable from the side who got roundly frisked in the first-half. Game on at the Britannia now they've gone two up front and decided to take a gamble.

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17:13 - The news makes its way over the Molineux and causes an almighty roar to ring around the ground. Through no fault of their own, Wolves are currently safe. Blackpool, now 5th bottom, are practically pushing for Europe.

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17:11 - GOAL! Nightmare for Birmingham as Spurs finally wake up and drop them right into trouble. Pavluchenko cracks a fine effort past Ben Foster and lifts Wolves out of the drop-zone and plants Birmingham second from bottom.

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17:10 - Blackpool win a free-kick in an almost identical position to the goal, Vidic a tad lucky to be on the pitch after hauling down Campbell in full flight... GOA... on, no, Van Der Sar saves. Still 1-1.

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17:08 - SUB: Wolves making a sub at the start of the half, Manicenne off for Ebanks-Blake. Bold. Almost brings an instant result as well, a cross into the box just evades a few orange heads and trickles out. There's life in the old dog (family) yet.

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17:07 - And we're off... again.

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17:05 - Competition Time. With four teams on 40 points and being separated by goal difference alone, who's got the best term for how tight it is? "As a nuns muff", "as a camel's bum in a sandstorm" or "as Imogen Thomas' lips". If you think you can do better you might just win a prize. (You won't, but try anyway).

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17:01 - Alright, hypothetical time. Let's imagine that *you* are Mick McCarthy, you're 3-0 down and you have to win to guarantee safety. How on earth do you fix that nose? Answers to the usual address gang.

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16:57 - As it stands right now.

Blackburn: 43 pts, -11gd

Birmingham: 40 pts, -20gd

Blackpool: 40 pts, -21gd

Wolves: 40 pts, -22gd

Wigan: 40 pts, -22gd

As they used to say on Stingray, anything can happen in the next half hour (and a bit). That was a great show wasn't it?

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16:53 - It's not all bad news for Wolves though. By my maths they'll get away with a hammering today if Man United can find at least one more goal against Blackpool. I defy any one of you to predict the next 45 minutes.

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16:50 - Half-time. I need to take up smoking so I can have a cigarette. What a half of football. Scores as thus. Wolves 0-3 Blackburn, Spurs 0-0 Birmingham, Man United 1-1 Blackpool, Stoke 0-0 Wigan.

As it stands Wolves and Wigan are in the brown stuff.

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16:48 - GOAL! Look away now Wolves fans. Junior Hoilett does his best to make you forget his name rhymes with toilet by putting Blackburn a staggering 0-3 up. Mick Mcarthy's men in serious trouble now.

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16:47 - Still absolutely nothing happening between Birmingham and Spurs. 0-0 there and no real chances for either side. Spurs asleep and Birmingham look scared of waking them.

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16:45 - I'm physically and emotionally drained here. Not even the mighty Newcastle being 2-0 is helping my nerves. Wolves seem to think Christopher Samba should be facing a red card but they're having to settle for a yellow in a dangerous position... which they waste.

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16:44 - Birmingham, Blackpool, Wolves and Wigan all level on 40 points now. The two W's going down as it stands by goal difference for Wigan and merealy *goals scored* for Wolves. What a day.

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16:43 - GOOOOOOALGOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!! Charlie Adam's just lifted Blackpool hearts! What a goal! A free-kick in off the post! 1-1 or !-! as I'll be calling it.

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16:41 - GOAL! Well, shut me up. No sooner am I praising Wolves do Blackburn hump a massive pass into their box that drops invitingly for Brett Emerton and he absolutely smashes it. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. 0-2.

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16:38 - Wolves starting to force the tempo now. They know they need to score now if they're going to have any chance of staying up. They look short of ideas of how to do it though but the desire is certainly there.

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16:37 - The result of that Nani penalty incident seems to be that it's what's known in the industry as an "absolute bleedin' stonewaller". Blackpool very lucky to get away with it but they're still looking very dangerous.

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16:34 - As it stands right now, it's still Blackpool and Wigan who are going down. Wolves staying up on goal difference.

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16:33 - I'll pay anyone of you a fiver to come round to Sabotage Towers and do me a cup of tea. I'm gasping here. Blackpool! Great save! No... wait! Penalty! No... wait, I've no idea what's just happened at Old Trafford. Nani gets into a tangle with the goalkeeper then smashes it against the bar. Nothing happens though. I guess. Still 1-0 Man united. Just.

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16:31 - How it's 0-0 between Stoke and Wigan is beyond me. Wigan can't get the ball, can't get out of their own half and look absolutely terrified. It's like a fox-hunt at the Britannia, only the foxes don't realise it's a fair fight.

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16:30 - It's all quietened down now. No score between Stoke and Wigan (somehow) or Spurs and Birmingham. Blackpool trail 1-0 to a Park Ji-Sung goal and it's Wolves 0-1 Blackburn.

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16:26 - Christ! Phil Thompson's just burst a blood vessel in his face reporting that last goal. Medics and blood all over the Soccer Saturday studio. Really graphic stuff. Don't turn over though, I'll keep you updated. Ouch.

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16:25 - GOAL! They're like buses... or something. Blackburn's Jason Roberts fires his side in front against Wolves. Slightly against the run of play as well. Squeaky bum time ladies and gentlemen. 0-1.

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16:24 - This will all be very familiar for Blackpool fans I'm afraid. They've played so well but some defensive cack-handidness lets Berbatov in. They're far from out of it though.

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16:22 - GOAL! - Disaster for Blackpool. After all their good chances United pop up to punish them. Park firing home to put the Champions 1-0 up. That goal difference scenario now looking all the more important.

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16:21 - Karl Henry's been booked for Wolves though. He's not that type of player though, lovely lad, etc.

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16:20 - Still 0-0 in our four games today though. Blackpool have had chances, Wigan look rattled, Wolves and Blackburn are still locking horns and there's little to report for Birmingham fans.

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16:19 - GOAL! Not in the relegation scrap though, Steven Taylor makes it 1-0 to the greatest club in the land. I'll get back to the matter in hand now, sorry.

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16:18 - Wolves have a great chance as well. Matt Jarvis (I think) weaving his way between the defence before Chris Samba makes a clearance.

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16:16 - It's off the line at the Britannia! Kenwyne Jones lashes a shot in and Emerson Boyce somehow clears. Wigan look to be in big trouble here...

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16:15 - It has to be said, right now you'd never know who between Man United and Blackpool were the Champions League finalists and who were relegation fodder. Whatever Ian Holloway said to them this afternoon has worked wonders.

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16:14 - I've broken a sweat already here, but not as mush as Wigan fans should be. Stoke still applying the pressure and forcing a series of set-plays which Wigan simply can't deal with at the moment.

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16:13 - GOAL! Stoke City get the ball in the net against Wigan... but wait, it's flagged offside, and rightly so. A huge let off for Roberto Martinez, still 0-0.

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16:12 - Totally forgot about the Birmingham game for a moment there. Good chance for Peter Crouch but Foster saves easily.

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16:11 - Blackburn look to be getting a foot hold against Wolves and creating a few chances but ANOTHER huge chance at Old Trafford this time against Blackpool, Berbatov cuts inside and forces a wonderful save from Matt Jilkes. What a game there.

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16:09 - Another massive chance for Blackpool. Charlie Adam firing a ball into the corridor of uncertainty which Blackpool *just* can't get a touch on. Two HUUUGE chances for them already.

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16:07 - For all their good start though Blackpool just hand Berbatov a chance which he fails to take. Backs agains the wall already for the Tangerines.

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16:06 - But at Molineux (spelling?) it's all very even. Wolves and Blackburn both look like they fancy getting a result rather than hoping other slip up. Rightly so as well.

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16:05 - Nervous start from Wigan as well, failing to deal with a backpass and surrendering a set-piece opportunity to Stoke in the first few minutes. Don't do that!

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16:01 - I've not been this nervous in ages. I'm not worried about who's going down though, I'm just skeptical about my ability to channel hop between four separate games of football. First stop, Wolves vs Blackburn. Apparently Blackpool should be winning already though...

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16:00 - AAAAAAAAAAAND WE'RE OFF. No matter what happens today folks, keep the faith.

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15:58 - The teams are coming out of the tunnels. Hold me. One thing about getting relegated though is that you don't have to indulge in this ridiculous carry-on of holding hands with a toddler on the way to the pitch...

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15:55 - Incredible stat for you all. Out of the 81 possible results today Wigan get relegated in 53 of them, Blackpool 48, Birmingham 39, Wolves 14, Blackburn 8. NO IDEA what all that means but it's probably interesting. That's why you came to Sabotage Times and not Sky Sports News, right?

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15:53 - They didn't.

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15:52 - Incredible levels of sexual tension between Souness and Redknapp right now. Will they kiss... will they... go on...

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15:50 - Side note, I'm currently trying to get a sit-com comissioned that stars me and Blackpool goalie Richard Kingson as a pair of comically mis-matched room-mates. I'm a controlling, tidy, neat-freak and Richard is a clumsy goofball who keeps dropping all my valuables. If you work in TV leave a comment below. Cheers.

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15:48 - Here's all your team news, in full!

Manchester United vs Blackpool

Manchester United: Van der Sar; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher, Park; Berbatov. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Smalling, Gibson, Valencia, Owen, Rooney.
Blackpool: Gilks; Eardley, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey; Southern, Vaughan, Adam; Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell. Puncheon. Subs: Kingson, Cathcart, Phillips, Ormerod, Beattie, Varney, Marlon Harewood.

Tottenham v Birmingham:

Tottenham: Cudicini; Kaboul, Dawson, King, Rose; Lennon, Huddlestone, Sandro, Modric; Crouch, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Corluka, Kranjcar, Jenas, Palacios, Pavlyuchenko.
Birmingham: Foster, Carr (C), Johnson, Davies, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Fahey, Gardner, Beausejour, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Derbyshire, Asante, Redmond, Mutch, Murphy, Valles.

Wolves v Blackburn:

Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Berra, Milijaš, Guedioura, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes.
Blackburn: Robinson, J. Jones, Olsson., Samba, Givet, Emerton, N'Zonzi, Hoillet, Salgado, P Jones, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Pedersen, Dunn, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Benjani, Diouf.

Stoke v Wigan:

Stoke: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Collins, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Jones, Walters. Subs: Nash, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Carew, Tonge, Shotton.
Wigan: Al-Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell G, Alcaraz, Figueroa; McCarthy, Watson, N'Zogbia, DIame; Rodallega, Sammon. Subs: Kirkland, Di Santo, Moses, Gomez, Cleverley, McArthur, Lopez.

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15:43 - I'm impartial of course, but my predictions for the day are thus: Wolves hump Blackburn but it's Blackpool and Birmingham who go down. Wigan surviving by virtue of a draw at Spurs...

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15:41 - I normally despise Sky's attempts to build these things up but I have to admit, I'm nervous for every one of the teams involved today. Having been there myself two seasons ago I can remember the stomach turning feeling that accompanies every single kick of the ball. AND OTHER SUCH CLICHES.

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15:35 - Blackpool Team: Gilks; Crainey, Southern, Eardley, Evatt, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher, Baptiste, Adam, Campbell, Puncheon. Let's face it, ability to one side, Puncheon is an absolutely brilliant name isn't it?

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15:32 - I'm duty bound to tell you that there *are* other Premier League fixtures on today. Not that you, or I, or anybody else really cares. If you're a fan of one of the 5 clubs in trouble today, do tweet in and let us know precisely how nervous/hopeful you. Any weird rituals? Please, we're so desperately lonely.

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15:30 - More team news for you all, this time Stoke and Wigan. Thanks to @CaulkinTheTimes for this.

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15:27 - I do a great impression of Phil Brown during his Hull City days. Just give me a couple of drinks, a bottle of Tango, a plastic straw and smug, hollow sense of superiority.

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15:25 - Nice of Sky to parade a load of managers who've survived on the last day before us all. That's right fans, a win today could guarantee your club the future security previously enjoyed by Hull and... ur... West Ham

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15:22 - Rio Ferdinand AND Michael Owen on the bench for Man United today. Can we expect some sort of mass-tweeting between the two? No, probably not.

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15:19 - Here's the Wolves team as well Hennesey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Ward, Fletcher. Is that any good? Do Wolves need Doyle to guarantee safety?

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15:15 - Teams starting to filter through to us. Good news for Blackpool is that Man United have named a virtual reserve side in Van Der Sas; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher; Park, Berbatov and Nani. Oh dear...

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15:10 - Get your predictions tweeted in to us @sabotagetimes. The best ones will, of course, get a mention here.

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15:06 - It's all pretty confusing though, so if you're scratching your head as much as I am then read this. The wonderful Rob Clyne walks us through all the possibilities.

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15:03 - The table's one thing though, but the fixtures might play just as big a part today. You don't envy Blackpool having to go to Old Trafford, Birmingham having to take on Spurs or even Wigan having to play Stoke. The game of the day though is definitely in the midlands where Wolves and Blackburn can guarantee their own safety by picking up three points.

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15:00 - *Yawn* Good morning football fans, I've just woken up from a deep sleep in which I dreamed that my beloved Newcastle had nothing to worry about today. Oh wait, I can! Wonderful.

Well, Karen Brady's claret and blue army resigned themselves to a season in the second tier the other week. Dropping lower in the table than Avram Grant's jowls. There are two spaces left in the drop zone and it's going to be two teams from West Ham, Blackpool, Birmingham, Wigan and Blackburn who are going to fill it. Here's where they are at the start of play today.

Blackburn: 40 pts, -14gd

Wolves: 40 pts, -19gd

Birmingham: 39 pts, -20gd

Blackpool: 39 pts, -21gd

Wigan: 39 pts, -22gd

Tighter than Swiss watch. As they say.

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