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  1. Europa League round of 32 second legs
  2. Liverpool v Augsburg (18:00 GMT), Man Utd v FC Midtjylland, Tottenham v Fiorentina (both 20:05)
  3. Seven Premier League news conferences
  4. England, Scotland & Ireland name Six Nations teams
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Shamoon Hafez, Richard Winton and Maninder Prihar

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another edition of Sportsday, we will return at 08:00 GMT for another day filled with Premier League news conferences and the latest news.

Stay across the BBC Sport website for Thursday's Europa League matches.


Imbula can complete Stoke team - Afellay


Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, Ibrahim Afellay has been gushing with praise for club-record signing Giannelli Imbula:

"He's an incredible player. I'm very happy to play with this kind of player – he's the kind of player who makes your team," said Afellay.

"In football language you speak with your feet and your legs and he's already showing us he's a fantastic talent.

"It's a privilege to have players like that in your team because they make the difference."

Ibrahim Afellay and Giannelli Imbula
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'Crucial to get behind new Fifa boss'


Issa Hayatou
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Acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou believes this week’s presidential election and reform measures can “signal a new dawn” for the beleaguered organisation.

Speaking to representatives from 41 CONCACAF member countries at a Zurich hotel he said:

"The eyes of the world are on this week after some of the most challenging times in our shared history. 

"This is our opportunity to show that we are united in building a stronger Fifa.

“I urge each of you to support the reforms in full here this week, and then to implement them in their entirety at home. It is crucial that we all unite behind the successful candidate after the election." 

Team news

Liverpool v Augsburg (18:00 GMT)

Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge all start for Liverpool.

Confirmed #LFC team v @FCAugsburg: Mignolet, Clyne, Lucas, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge

Friday night lights?

Wales v France (Fri, 20:05 GMT)

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales

Wales v England
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The issue of Friday night rugby can be quite a thorny one in Wales, with all five of the Six Nations' matches played on a weekday evening featuring the Welsh. The visit of France will be the sixth.

A packed Principality Stadium under a closed roof makes for a crackling atmosphere but for supporters who live outside Cardiff, it makes getting to and from games difficult.

But according to Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde, the players simply have to "get on with it".

He added: "We thrive on the atmosphere but it's a double-edged sword because sometimes the opponents thrive as well," he said. "If you speak to any rugby player, everybody enjoys playing in the Principality Stadium and the atmosphere plays a huge part in that."

Brotherly love


Luuk de Jong has backed his brother Siem to “show his qualities” at Newcastle United:

“He’s (Siem’s) had some injuries and for him it’s not been so good at Newcastle but now he’s fit again,” De Jong told the BBC World Service.

“Siem wants to prove himself also for the team and to show his qualities.

“He’s always a professional guy who will always put the team and won’t think only about himself.

“If he gets the chance hopefully he can show the manager that he has to play more often, of course.” 

Siem de Jong
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Bad news for Man Utd

Man Utd v FC Midtjylland (20:05 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Chris Smalling has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Europa League last-32 second-leg tie with FC Midtjylland with a shoulder injury.

Smalling suffered the injury when he slid into an advertising hoarding at Shrewsbury on Monday.

The 26-year-old was one of the United players who did not train yesterday.

It means Daley Blind will probably be partnered by Paddy McNair in central defence as Louis van Gaal said yesterday that defender Marcos Rojo could only play for 20 minutes following his recovery from shoulder surgery.

United trail 2-1 from last week’s first leg.

Man Utd make bid for Bernardeschi


Federico Bernardeschi
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He'll need a decent haircut first

Manchester United have made a £22m bid for Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi.

Sir Alex Ferguson once labelled the 22-year-old as a "smart investment" and the Italian could finally be heading to Old Trafford, report Gazettta World.

Zarate vital against Spurs - Tello

Tottenham v Fiorentina (20:05 GMT)

On-loan Barcelona forward Cristian Tello believes the former West Ham player Mauro Zarate will be "vital" if Fiorentina are to progress in the Europa League this evening:

“Mauro Zarate is really fired up for this game and has already proved himself to be a very good player. He knows about English football – he will be vital.  

"It is a very complicated match, like the first leg. If we manage to score a goal, then we’ll have a very good chance of progress."   

Mauro Zarate

Similarities with FC Midtjylland - Van Gaal

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland (20:05 GMT)

Van Gaal has commented on the similarities between FC Midtjylland and his own team, in the build up to the Europa League encounter at Old Trafford:

"I think Midtjylland has a very good organisation, very detailed and the players want to perform that organisation.

"They play with diagonal pressing. I do that also with my team.

"Not many teams are doing that. And when I see the data of Midtjylland they have always won against English opponents." 

Louis van Gaal
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No Kane for Spurs tonight

Tottenham v Fiorentina (20:05 GMT)

Harry Kane was injured in the FA Cup fifth-round loss to Crystal Palace.

"We expect and hope he will be available on Sunday [to face Swansea]," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Wednesday. "Today he wasn't here as he is seeing a specialist about his nose." 

Harry Kane
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Chelsea Gossip

How much will Antonio Conte earn if he becomes Chelsea boss? BBC Sport takes a look at the latest gossip surrounding the club.

Read more

Home form is a bonus for United

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland (20:05 GMT)

Manchester United are unbeaten in nine European home games (W7 D2) since a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2012-13 Champions League.

For more statistics and all of the team news, head to the match preview.

Old Trafford

Another draw on the cards?

Tottenham v Fiorentina (20:05 GMT)

Tottenham are unbeaten in eight European home games (W6 D2) while Fiorentina are unbeaten away from home in Europe this season (W2 D1).

Latest team news and more statistics in the match preview.

White Hart Lane
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Who's got the key, who's got the secret?


Stark's Park

It started with a statement from Livingston...

The Scottish Championship club claimed that the delay in starting the second half of their game with Raith Rovers on Saturday was because staff from the Fife club could not find the key to unlock their dressing room, leaving them outside for 10 minutes.

However, Raith have responded, telling Fife Today that "an unstripped member of the Livingston party seems to have snibbed both away dressing room doors five minutes before half-time so they couldn’t be opened from the outside".

Magnificently daft stuff.

Higuain will have plenty of offers


Gonzalo Higuain
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Gonzalo Higuain will have plenty of offers in the summer, says Napoli coach Mauricio Sarri.

The striker is the leading goalscorer in Serie A this season with 24 goals, and has been linked with a move to Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea.

Date confirmed for Hull v Arsenal replay

FA Cup

BBC Humberside Sport

Hull City's FA Cup replay with Arsenal at the KC Stadium will take place on Tuesday, 8 March at 19:00 GMT.

That means Hull's Championship game with Brentford, originally set for 8 March, will have to be rearranged.

Leicester City Gossip

Who's the toughest oppenent Jamie Vardy has faced? BBC Sport takes a look at the latest gossip surrounding the club.

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Taken with good Grace...


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Grace Jones
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This truly is an "extraordinary" Fifa congress. There's no musical act, just serious business. 

Nothing beats Grace Jones performing in 2011. Grace got, er, up close and personal with an elderly Fifa Exco member during her act. You can trace Fifa's troubles back to that point...  

'Playing Liverpool is Christmas come early'

Liverpool v Augsburg (18:00 GMT)

Augsburg boss Markus Weinzierl told his Europa League pre-match press conference: 

"For most of us, coming here is a brand new experience, and we want to pull off an upset.

"Tomorrow is like Christmas come early. Everyone is buzzing - nobody needs motivating. We'll do all we can to succeed.

"I expect a full-strength Liverpool, even if they have a final to play on Sunday.”

Markus Weinzierl

Klopp's struggles against Augsburg

Liverpool v FC Augsburg (18:00 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp faced Augsburg 10 times in Germany with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, with the record W2 D3 L5.

Read quotes from Klopp and more statistics in our match preview.

Jurgen Klopp

'We share passion'

Liverpool v Augsburg (18:00 GMT)

BBC Merseyside Sport have spotted Augsburg fans arriving in Liverpool.

A quick Google translate tells me that the chap in the offensive yellow's scarf reads 'we share passion.' Sounds more catchy in German...

FC Augsburg

Swansea news conference

Tottenham v Swansea (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is laid down with illness so assistant Alan Curtis has had to step in.

"He is ok, but I have not spoken to him," said Curtis. "The two best days we have had and he has picked up a bug and fever. He will be back in on Friday and back in the dugout for the match."

Fifa presidential election - Tokyo Sexwale


Tokyo Sexwale

De Gea misses out again

Manchester United v FC Midtjylland (20:05 GMT)

Manchester United keeper David de Gea will miss his third straight game after suffering a knee injury during the warm-up before last week's first leg in Denmark.

"He shall not be involved, that is already certain," said United boss Louis van Gaal on Wednesday.

David de Gea

Sunderland news conference

West Ham Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

West ham
BBC Sport

Following Sunderland’s warm weather break in Dubai, Sam Allardyce had some good news to impart with Jan Kirchoff, Younes Kaboul and Seb Larsson all being available to him again following injuries.

Test of knowledge


A Question of Sport Teaser

A little earlier, we asked you to name the five fighters who have beaten Muhammad Ali as a professional?

The answer? Trevor Berbick, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton and Leon Spinks.

Sunderland news conference

West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Sunderland celebrate
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Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 last time out and are just one point away from Premier League safety.

"West Ham have not lost at home since August," said boss Sam Allardyce. "It shows the difficult task we've got and one we have to meet head on with confidence we have gained. We will try and cause them a few problems."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

Ronald Koeman
BBC Sport

And finally, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says it's too early to talk about his future, saying "it's not the most important thing at the moment".

He also said that he is not surprised by Chelsea's revival under Guus Hiddink. "He's always defending his players, that was good for Chelsea at the moment."

Sunderland news conference

West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce begins by giving an update on the injury situation at the club.

The Black Cats will be without midfielder Jeremain Lens who has had a hernia operation, while Duncan Watmore is out for "several weeks" with ankle ligament damage.

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Fraser Forster
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Southampton have not conceded in around over nine-and-a-quarter hours of football in the Premier League, a run of six games.

"We know we can have a good organisation and everybody puts a little bit more attention on the return of Fraser Forster," said boss Ronald Koeman. "That has given us a big boost but the whole team is working well to get clean sheets.

"We are trying to play and create too but it is good support when it is difficult to score against us."

'This is my arena'


WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg:

"I am the home fighter, I get the home dressing room. Carl said he is not bothered so that is sorted.

"This is my arena. I am the home fighter.

"Everybody tune in. I am confident I am going to win. Training has gone perfect and I am going to prove I am the best super-bantamweight."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton are currently sixth in the Premier League, one point off a Europa League place and seven points back on fourth.

"No [we haven't mentioned the Champions League], but we have to achieve our objectives," said boss Ronald Koeman. 

"We played in Europe last season and that is our ambition. It is not about needing to finish fifth. Football is difficult and we enjoy the moment of the season but after a good run it is difficult to continue and we have a tough one this Saturday."

'Scott has a weakness'


IBF world super -bantamweight champion Carl Frampton:

"Because of the magnitude of the fight, everything needed to be differently. I needed everything to be perfect. We have done it right because I had to and it is a fight I don't want to lose.

"It is a laughing matter, there is a dispute about the dressing room. Scott wants the dressing room with the star on it, he is very superstitious and that is a weakness.

"It will be a great fight and one I fully believe I will win."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says defender Florin Gardos and striker Jay Rodriguez are back in training after long-term injuries but not fit enough to play against Chelsea.

"It is difficult to put a date on Jay's return," said the Dutchman. "He needs one or two weeks more to compete the training sessions then play 45-60 minutes in the U21s."

'Ability and brains will win me the fight'


Scott Quigg

WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg: "I believe I am better in every department. Nobody does what I do, I have dedicated myself to this since school. I am better than him in every department.

"I make the weight always. I am dedicated and disciplined. I believe I will be the bigger man in the ring but it will be my ability and boxing brains that will win me the fight on the night.

'I am a better fighter'


Carl Frampton

IBF world super -bantamweight champion Carl Frampton: "I believe I am a better fighter, plain and simple in every department. Scott is a good fighter but no disrespect to him. Ever since I called him out five years ago, I believed that."

Fifa presidential election - Jerome Champagne


Jerome Champagne

Frampton v Quigg news conference


Boxers Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg have been having their press conference ahead of their fight in Manchester on Saturday.

The best quotes from that are to come, including a petty issue about which boxer goes in which dressing room.