The spinning wheel of Super Sunday fate has been spun it has landed upon the names of QPR and Everton. David Moyes has got his team off to an uncharacteristically good start to the season, whilst Mark Hughes is under pressure after spending money like Monty Brewster and getting little by way of results.
I’ll be here to keep you up to date on all the latest important goings-on and quite possibly a few unimportant ones too. You can leave your own comments and jokes I can steal in the comments section below.
QPR 1 – 1 EVERTON (Pienaar sent off)
5.54pm: FULL TIME! It’s a point for either side as QPR fail to break the deadlock. Everton defended well, particularly after going down to ten men.
5.53pm: YELLOW CARD! Esteban Granero gets booked and doesn’t complain about it.
5.51pm: QPR press, but Jagielka stretches to clear the danger as the ball breaks about nine yards out from the Everton goal.
5.48pm: Cisse has a shot that never looks like it’s threatening the goal. The crowd give it an enthusiastic ‘ooohhhh’, but it was a bigger worry to the photographers behind the goal. There will be four minutes of injury time.
5.46pm: The referee indulges in a quality bit of time-wasting, running 50 odd yards to tell Julio Cesar to take a free kick about four yards back from the position he was originally in, just outside his own penalty area.
5.42pm: SUBS ALL ROUND! Anton Ferdinand replaces Ryan Nelsen for QPR and Johnny Heitinga comes on in place of Nikica Jelavic for the Toffees.
5.40pm: Howard makes another good save to deny Hoilett. This time it’s aimed for the top right hand corner. Gary Neville calls the Everton goalkeeper ‘theatrical’, a claim Howard lives up to by doing Hamlet’s famous soliloquy.
5.39pm: QPR have a strong shout for a penalty, but the referee says no. Seamus Coleman with a clumsy tackle on Hoilett.
5.35pm: Howard is called into action again. He’s quick off his line to beat Cisse to a through ball.
5.34pm: Good save low down to his right from Tim Howard. Junior Hoilett had the shot and it needed saving.
5.32pm: The Everton fans claim a passback. Bad as he is, the referee isn’t interested.
5.30pm: SUB! Zamora goes off and Djibril Cisse and his lovely hair come on. He’s followed soon after by Nedum Onouha who takes the place of Armand Traore.
5.28pm: Great save from Julio Cesar! He get blocks an effort by Jagielka from point blank range. I’m not sure how much he knew about it, but he got in the way of it.
5.27pm: Bobby Zamora shoots straight at Tim Howard after a nice first touch. He makes a ‘I shoulda done better’ face and he’s right.
5.26pm: YELLOW CARD! Samba Diakite experiences that familiar feeling of going into the referee’s notebook.
5.24pm: There’s 25 minutes to go and QPR have a great chance to claim their first league win of the season. They’re 7/4 to win, Everton are 7/2 and the draw is the favourite at EVENS.
5.20pm: RED CARD! Pienaar gets his marching orders for a second yellow card, only a minute or two after getting a reprieve for an earlier and probably more dangerous challenge. On this occasion, he made minimal and possibly no contact with Jose Bosingwa, but the pressure was on after the earlier robust tackle on Park.
5.18pm: Not a good few minutes for the ref. After not booking Phil Neville basically because he’s Phil Neville, QPR don’t get a corner, despite the fact the ball made obvious and substantial contact with Leon Osman’s head.
5.13pm: SUB! It’s the first change of the game. Steven Naismith comes on and Anichebe – who suffered that head injury in the first half – makes way.
5.09pm: Now it QPR’s turn to threaten. Diakite makes a strong run into the penalty area. Just as it looks like Park will put the hosts ahead, Jagielka makes a last block to keep it out.
5.06pm: Everton make a bright start to the half, but that’s ruined when Phil Jagielka shows us why he’s a cntre back by blasting a shot into the second tier of the stand behind Julio Cesar’s goal.
5.04pm: Everton start the second half and there were no changes at half-time.
4.49pm: HALF TIME! It’s all square and that’s about right. Both sides have plenty of attacking threat, but at the back, they look about as steady as Lindsay Lohan leaving a nightclub.
4.45pm: That’s a nasty head injury for Victor Anichebe. He’s receiving attention from the physio and Gary Neville takes the opportunity to tell us how much he knows about defending.
4.43pm: Phil Jagielka clears the ball after a nice passage of play from QPR. Tim Howard uses a break in play to have a bit of a hissy fit as his defenders.
4.40pm: A half chance comes the way of Junior Hoilett, but he gets under the ball and sends it in the direction of the Thames. It wasn’t the easiest of chances, but it was certainly easier than he made it look.
4.38pm: After the first half an hour, you might be wondering how QPR are propping up the table. Now it’s a bit more obvious. They’ve plenty of attacking threat, but the midfield doesn’t contribute much defensively. That and the defence move like a fleet of tugboats.
4.33pm: Everton have woken up. They’ve a really good penalty shout turned down and they rattle the crossbar from a follow-up corner. Take that Champions League!
4.32pm: GOAL! EVERTON! The Toffees equalise as the QPR defence play musical statues and Sylvain Distin takes advantage. His header hits the post, bounces back and goes in off the back of Julio Cesar. That will go down as an own goal against the goalie.
4.29pm: I know it looks like I’m being lazy, but there just isn’t that much happening. That’s a point reinforced by the fact Sky use this chance to advertise their Champions League coverage for the week ahead. ‘Remember, we have the Champions League – that’ll be better than this’ you can tell the commentator is trying to communicate.
4.24pm: Mark Hughes casually flicks a couple of Lucozade Sport bottles into his technical area. No-one has ever made that look so effortlessly cool. That was the football manager’s equivalent of striking a match by hitting it off a wall.
Yes, it hasn’t been the most exciting game so far.
4.20pm: The commentator talks about Granero’s ‘sweet delivery’. That’s a Jimmy Saville joke waiting to happen. The QPR midfielder does put a decent ball into the box from a free kick, but the attempt at goal goes harmlessly wide.
4.15pm: Julio Cesar makes an ok save from a fairly tame Jelavic free-kick. I’m not trying to take any credit away from him, but I’m also cautious about hyping him up too much. It was just an ok save. It wasn’t bad from Jelavic either, but I’d imagine Leighton Baines will shotgun all offensive free-kicks for the rest of Everton’s afternoon.
4.12pm: It’s still early on, but already Jelavic is looking as isolated as a middle class man in the suburbs advocating communism.
4.08pm: A Tim Howard slip gives QPR a great chance, but no-one gets on the end of dangerous ball rolled across the six yard box for the Rs.
‘The reason he slips is because he panics’ explains Gary Neville on co-commentary. No Gary, the reason he slips is a lack of friction between the sole of his boot and the surface of the grass.
4.06pm: As you might expect, that goal has turned the match odds on their head. Everton are suddenly 5/2 to win the game, with the surprisingly assured looking hosts avialable at evens.
4.02pm: GOAL! QPR! Early pressure from Everton yields a couple of corners. QPR deal with them and then break. Junior Hoilett runs about 60 yards, avoiding a couple of distinctly half-arsed tackles from Everton players before having a crappy shot that takes a deflection and loops over a helpless Tim Howard.
4pm: QPR kick off part two of Super Sunday.
3.50pm: Right, it’s odds time. Even without the brilliantly afroed one, Everton are still favourites to win in west London. The Toffees are 23/20 to win with the Rs 23/10 to claim all three points.
3.35pm: TEAM NEWS!
Mark Hughes is going with the familiar tactic of a lot of managers under pressure – stuffing the midfield and hoping to nab a goal from a physical striker. In fairness, he has named a midfield with some attacking threat, but it’s Zamora up front on his own.
Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore, Diakite, Park, Taarabt, Granero, Hoilett, Zamora
David Moyes has named a normal looking team, but he’s without Marouane Fellaini and the addition of Victor Anichebe is a bit of a surprise.
Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Neville, Mirallas, Anichebe, Pienaar, Jelavic
3.30pm: The North East derby served up a tasty game and now the ball of entertainment has been kicked towards Loftus Road. The teams are in and once I get somewhere to copy and paste them from, I’ll bring them to you.