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  1. Man Utd v Man City in EFL Cup fourth round (20:00 BST)
  2. West Ham v Chelsea & Southampton v Sunderland (both 19:45)
  3. England's next manager will 'not just be a mercenary' - FA boss
  4. Get Involved: Loneliest jobs in sport - #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Donley, Gemma Collis and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot from us today, we hope you've enjoyed it, and thanks for getting involved with your suggestions for the loneliest job in sport. Without you, I'd have been putting myself forward.

Of course, we've got the small matter of that Manchester derby to bring you soon, as well as the night's other two EFL Cup fixtures. Our live text commentary gets rolling at 18:30 BST, and from there you'll be able to find radio commentary as well.

We'll be back at the same time tomorrow morning for more football gossip and breaking sporting news. 

See you then!

History to be made?

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United and Manchester City have met 172 times, but never before has a competitive game between the two sides gone to extra time or penalties. 

Why should Jose be happy?


He'll be hoping because of a derby victory in a few hours...

Youngsters could start for Chelsea

EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
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England under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice for Chelsea last season, once in the FA Cup and once in the League.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could give starts to his younger players during tonight's EFL fourth round cup tie against West Ham. 

The Blues have had three consecutive wins since changing to a 3-4-3 formation - including a 4-0 victory over Manchester United - but Conte is keen to try out different players.

Academy-graduates Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina have all been earning first-team minutes from the bench in recent weeks, but could start this evening. 

The Italian manager said: "In these last three games we did very well. It’s normal when you play with the same players. They take confidence in the role to play together."

"It’s important also for example in this game, the cup, to find a new solution. If you have during the season an injury, then it’s important to have a good solution ready."

Cresswell excited for London stadium debut

EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

Aaron Cresswell
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West Ham lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell was "gutted" to miss their first game at the Olympic Stadium due to injury, but is excited to make his London stadium debut tonight as they play Chelsea in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. 

The 26-year-old has had to sit on the sidelines for three months after injuring his knee during a pre-season friendly in July.

Cresswell made an impact on his return during West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, setting up Lanzini for the winner before later being sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.

“I’ve been waiting for this game for the past three months," Cresswell told the Evening Standard.

"To finally step across that white line and onto the London Stadium pitch will be fantastic."

"Chelsea were excellent against Manchester United on Sunday. We know we have a tough cup tie tonight but we’re all looking forward to it.” 

Ayew fit to play

EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

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West Ham co-chairman David Gold seems confident Ghanaian international Andre Ayew will be making a return for the club this evening in their EFL Cup fourth round tie against Chelsea.

The former Swansea forward hasn't featured for the Hammers since sustaining an injury on the opening day of the season, also against the Blues.

We thought it was a thigh injury though, David?

Bilic likes West Ham's chances if they beat Chelsea

EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45)

Big teams drawn together helps West Ham - Slaven Bilic

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says the fact that big teams such as Liverpool, Tottenham and the Manchester clubs have been drawn together gives him hope if the Hammers reach the last eight of the EFL Cup.  

The Croat's side face Chelsea tonight at home at 19:45 BST in the last 16.

West Ham have struggled since their move to the Olympic stadium, claiming only 10 points from their first nine games.

But Bilic says the team have started training at the stadium to try and make their new ground feel like home.

Can cup kick-start Sunderland's season?

EFL Cup fourth round, Southampton v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

Sunderland manager David Moyes believes progressing in the EFL Cup can help the Premier League's bottom club find form.

The Black Cats, who visit Southampton in the fourth round, have taken just two league points from the 27 available since Moyes took charge.

"I want to get through in the cup, I really do, but if possible I'd like to probably leave out John O'Shea, Jermain Defoe and Steven Pienaar," said Moyes.

Saints boss Claude Puel says record signing Sofiane Boufal will not start.

Puel's side have lost just once - to Inter Milan in the Europa League - in nine matches but will again be without the injured Shane Long, Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett and Cedric Soares.  

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Man City seeking a response

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

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BBC Sport

Pep Guardiola

He won his first 10 games as Manchester City manager but, since then, not too much has gone right for Pep Guardiola. 

If his side don’t beat neighbours Manchester United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening, it will be the first time he has gone six games without a win in his nine-year managerial career in Spain, Germany and England.

City have lost two and drawn three of their past five games – enough to equal Pep’s previous worst winless run, which came in February and March 2009 when he was Barcelona boss.

Perhaps we should expect a response from City at Old Trafford tonight, however. Guardiola’s Barca responded by winning their next seven games in a row and went on to win the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey that season.

'Next few weeks important for United'


Phil Neville

MOTD2 pundit and former Man Utd defender

Manchester United made a disastrous start against Chelsea on Sunday - and got worse as the game went on.

From what I saw from United in their 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, I don't think they are anywhere near the level that their manager Jose Mourinho wants them to be at, and it will probably take them a lot more time to get there.

But what I would add is that they have come out of a period of tough games, and they are going into a spell where their fixtures look a lot more winnable. Mourinho said so himself afterwards.

The next few weeks are an important time for them because you don't win the league by beating the clubs around you - you win it by beating everyone else.  

Read more of Phil's thoughts here.

'Zlatan & Pogba need to turn up tonight'

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Manchester United with big reputations and for big money, but it’s fair to say we have only seen flashes of what they are capable of so far. 

The Swedish striker hasn’t scored in the Premier League since the gift he was presented by Claudio Bravo in the derby six weeks ago, while Pogba has struggled for consistency since his £89m move this summer. 

Both need to turn up tonight if Jose Mourinho’s side are to avenge that defeat at the hands of City on the home turf.

Valencia fined for bottle thrown at players


FC Barcelona players are hit by objects thrown from the stands after Lionel Messi scores a last minute penalty.
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Valencia have been fined 1,500 euros (£1,340) after a water bottle was thrown from the stands at Barcelona's players during Saturday's La Liga game.

The Spanish Football Federation warned Valencia that it may close its Mestalla Stadium if similar incidents happen.

The plastic bottle was thrown into a huddle of celebrating Barca players after Lionel Messi's 94th-minute winning penalty secured a 3-2 victory.

Luis Suarez and Neymar both fell to the floor after the bottle landed.

Spain's football federation criticised the Barca players for their "exaggerated reaction" and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added "nothing justified" the reaction of the Valencia supporters.

It also praised Valencia for quickly identifying the fan who threw the bottle.

'Harrison likely to be first choice'

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Teimana Harrison
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England head coach Eddie Jones says Northampton's Teimana Harrison is the favourite to fill the troublesome open-side flanker spot against South Africa.

England have been hit by injuries in the back row, with James Haskell, Sam Jones and Mike Williams all ruled out, along with the versatile Maro Itoje.

Harrison, 24, lasted just half an hour in England's last Test match against Australia in Sydney.

"He's gone back and worked on his game very hard," Jones told BBC Sport.

"His last game against Castres was exceptional and he's probably our number one choice open-side flanker at the moment."

Klitschko eyes Joshua fight in spring


Wladimir Klitschko
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Wladimir Klitschko says he wants to fight British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in "March or April".

A planned December bout fell through because the fighters "ran out of time", said Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente.

"That'll be the biggest heavyweight fight for years," former world champion Klitschko, 40, told German newspaper Bild.

The WBA has yet to state whether its vacant title would be on the line.

Promotor Eddie Hearn initially blamed confusion over the titles on offer and a "minor injury" to Ukrainian Klitschko for the failure to arrange a 2016 date.

Kuznetsova a cut above in Singapore


Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova has won again at the WTA Finals - and she didn't even need to cut her hair this time. 

The Russian, who gave herself a mid-match trim in Monday's victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, beat Karolina Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-6) after both players served for the match in the third set.

Kuznetsova has now won both her matches in the white group in Singapore and will qualify for the semi-finals if Radwanska defeats Garbine Muguruza in the second match on Wednesday.

They are currently on serve at 6-5 to Radwanska in the first set.

Hirst criticism for FA's Clarke

Homophobia in sport

Britain’s first openly gay rugby league player Keegan Hirst says FA chairman Greg Clarke’s views on footballers coming out are “pretty negative and old-fashioned”. 

Clarke said he was “cautious” about encouraging players tocome out because they would “suffer significant abuse”. 

“What he said was that he didn’t think it was the right time for a footballer to come out, which begs the question, when is the right time?" Hirst said on a BBC Sport Facebook Live, which you can watch here. 

"Eventually someone is going to take the plunge and I think there are lots of things in place for footballers to get the support they need from the club, supporters’ bodies and social media. So what he is saying is pretty negative and a bit old fashioned. 

"Maybe if he got out on terraces a bit more and saw what was really going on, he wouldn‘t make comments like that."

'Significant security challenge' at West Ham-Chelsea'

EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45)

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Police at West Ham
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West Ham, Chelsea, stadium operators LS185 and the Metropolitan Police all hope this fixture concludes without any major incidents.

It will be a significant challenge for all concerned though.

Given previous violent episodes within the stadium this season LS185 has been accused of failing to hire stewards with sufficient experience of dealing with football crowds.

Critics point to the gulf in difference between marshalling June’s AC/DC concert and a potentially volatile London derby. 

Tonight, around 1,000 stewards will be on duty in a bid to prevent or deal with disorder.

Other problems exist, though. Radio communication technology needed by police will not be installed within the ground until February. 

But given concerns over this game the Metropolitan Police says it has a tactical “comprehensive plan” in place that will allow officers to operate within the stadium if called upon.

However, with 5,200 Chelsea fans and tens of thousands of home fans, the biggest task may come with dealing with security in the relatively open expanse of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before and after the match.

Get Involved - loneliest jobs in sport


Sam Daniels: Zlatan on Monday Night at Anfield, when United played 7 at the back.

Clearly not a fan of Mr Mourinho's tactics there Sam, I wonder whether Jose will be more gung-ho tonight, or whether you'll be left spluttering into your Horlicks? 

We still want to hear your suggestions for the loneliest jobs in sport. Send them in to #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

'Mourinho needs the win more'

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
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What a difference six weeks can make. When Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola met for the first time as the managers of Manchester United and Manchester City last month, both had made 100% starts to the season. 

Fast-forward 47 days and City are without a win in five as Guardiola suffers the worst run of his managerial career, while Mourinho finds himself under scrutiny with his side seventh in the table after suffering the worst Premier League defeat of his career - 4-0 at Chelsea. 

Both need a win tonight, but who needs it more? I’d say Mourinho, who for all the money spent in the summer is in danger of seeing a promising start evaporate and the team be no closer to the top of the table than under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before him.

If Man City win...

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

... the omens look good...

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What's been before

EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

1969 League Cup semi-final
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Denis Law takes a swipe at Manchester City's Tommy Booth in the second leg of the 1969-70 League Cup semi-final

Tonight's Manchester derby will be the fifth occasion United and City have been drawn together in this competition - and there have been some memorable encounters down the years.

The first was a two-legged semi-final in December 1969 with City going through 4-3 on aggregate.

In 1974-75 United were in the Second Division (yes, kids, this really did happen) but managed a 1-0 third-round win at Old Trafford through a Gerry Daly penalty.

A year later City got revenge in spectacular fashion in round four, winning 4-0 at Maine Road in November 1975.

The most recent encounter was another two-legged semi-final, Wayne Rooney's dramatic stoppage-time header securing a 4-3 aggregate win for the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Full the full story of all those games, read this excellent Guardian article here.

Wayne Rooney scores
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EFL Cup fourth round

Manchester Derby
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We've got just over four hours until tonight's EFL Cup fourth round action gets underway.

It's going to be a good one, three top fixtures - Sunderland v Southampton, West Ham v Chelsea, Manchester United v Manchester City - rich with sub-plots, intrigue and managerial pressure.

To catch all the action, follow 5 live Final Score from 19:00 BST, plus live text commentary on our website.

On this day...


In 2014, Andy Murray saved five match points before beating Spain's Tommy Robredo to lift the Valencia Open.

Andy Murray
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Toomua faces six-month setback

Rugby union

Matt Toomua

Leicester and Australia centre Matt Toomua faces six months out with a knee injury, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

The 26-year-old needs surgery after suffering posterior cruciate ligament damage during Sunday's 27-17 European Champions Cup win over Racing 92.

Tigers are already without Manu Tuilagi, although the England centre is near to a return after a groin injury.

"Not having Matt and Manu is clearly disappointing but we have good young players," said boss Richard Cockerill.

'Will I be old when I'm 105?'


A woman said to be the oldest living test cricketer says healthy eating and two glasses of red wine a day are her secret to a long life.

Eileen Ash, who lives in Norwich, celebrates her 105th birthday on Sunday and enjoys regular yoga sessions and getting behind the wheel of her yellow Mini car.

She played Test cricket for England women, making her debut at the crease in 1937.

She said: "I'd like to know when I'm going to be old. Do you think it will be when I'm 105?"

Four Nations quality impresses Woods

Rugby league

Aaron Woods
Anthony Au-Yeung

Australia prop Aaron Woods says the quality throughout the 2016 Four Nations squads is "world class", with key players fit in all four teams.

England have captain Sam Burgess and Woods' fellow front-rower James Graham, both stars of the southern hemisphere's National Rugby League, in their squad.

New Zealand possess James Taumalolo and Shaun Johnson, while Scotland feature their NRL stars such as Lachlan Coote.

"It's the best of the best this year," Woods told BBC Sport.

"Everyone's fit. In the past couple of years we've had players pull out through injury so it'll be good."

Dragons' Hill added to Wales rugby squad

Rugby union

Cory Hill
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Newport Gwent Dragons second row Cory Hill has been added to the Wales rugby squad for the autumn internationals.

Wales have concerns over lock Jake Ball who suffered a rib injury playing for Scarlets against Saracens.

Four players have been released to their regions for matches this weekend.

It means Ospreys forwards Dan Lydiate and Scott Baldwin are available to face Dragons on Saturday, while Rhys Gill and Lloyd Williams can play for Blues against Scarlets on Friday.

Derry boss 'only joking' about ROI & NI


Kenny Shiels made the comments after a League of Ireland match

The manager of Derry City Football Club says remarks he made criticising Irish international footballers were "jokes".

Kenny Shiels described Republic of Ireland players as "England reserves" and Northern Ireland players as "England's reserves' reserves."

The Candystripes boss maintained that he had made the remarks to journalists "in jest" after a football match.

Irish International James McClean denounced Mr Shiels' remarks as "ridiculous".

Kane 'not bothered' by Ballon D'or snub


Harry Kane
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Harry Kane is "not bothered" that he was not shortlisted for the Ballon D'Or award, according to team-mate Eric Dier.

Kane, 23, finished as the Premier League's top goalscorer last season, but was left off the 30-man strong shortlist, from which the three best players in the world will be named.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero both made the list, as did Kane's Tottenham team-mate, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

“He could have been on that list, though I am sure he is not too bothered about it," Dier told the Evening Standard.

“Leicester won the Premier League but that doesn’t mean to say Harry should miss out, to be top scorer in the league after the slow start he had was a brilliant achievement."


A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier, we asked who the six teams, other than Liverpool, to reach the League Cup final more than once since 2000 were.

The answers were Arsenal, Birmingham City, Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Tottenham Hotspur - Birmingham being one for the true connoisseurs out there.

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SJ McNab: Loneliest job in sport? Cycling domestique. Dropped by team lead at the foot of an alp heavily fatigued, 2000m to climb solo.

Send your suggestions for the loneliest jobs in sport to #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Jenkinson pushing for first team place


Carl Jenkinson
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Carl Jenkinson is hoping to force his way into the Arsenal team, after making his first appearance of the season against Reading in the EFL Cup last night.

Jenkinson, 24, has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Ham, but has missed the start of this campaign through injury,

However, after impressing in the 2-0 win, the England international is now hoping to press first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin for his place in the starting XI.

“I hope I still have a role to play, we will see won't we?" Jenkinson said.

“Hector has been fantastic so far and he rightly deserves to be playing regularly, he has been brilliant so it is up to me when I get chances to play as well as I can and push him as well as I can.”  

Who's got more skills?


Humble yet so talented 🙏🏿 hopefully link up again soon brother @neymarjr

Humble yet so talented 🙏🏿 hopefully link up again soon brother @neymarjr

The club who have had eight keepers this season


Sam Beasant
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If you were predicting the starting line-up of the club you support, the position you would most likely be able to predict would be the goalkeeper - unless you are a Braintree Town fan.

The National League club have had eight goalkeepers since the start of the season, with six of them - and an outfield player - featuring between the posts.

It means predicting who will don the gloves at the Essex part-timers is a bit of a lottery.

"I've never seen anything like it in my time in the game, but we're getting to speak to a lot of goalkeepers," Braintree chairman Lee Harding told BBC Sport.

The numbers are drawn...


DRAW NUMBERS: Here are the all-important numbers ahead of tonight's #EFLCup Quarter-Final draw. 🔢🏆

DRAW NUMBERS: Here are the all-important numbers ahead of tonight's #EFLCup Quarter-Final draw. 🔢🏆

We'll be previewing tonight's EFL Cup fixtures - Sunderland v Southampton, West Ham v Chelsea and Manchester City v Manchester United - shortly, with live text and radio coverage of the matches and the quarter-final draw to follow tonight.

Rotherham move no-brainer - Odemwingie


Peter Odemwingie
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Striker Peter Odemwingie has called his move to Rotherham a "no-brainer".

The 35-year-old Nigerian joined the Championship strugglers on a short-term deal on Monday.

The former West Brom and Cardiff frontman was a free agent after leaving Stoke City in the summer.

"I was close to signing for Bolton but the Championship is a higher league and it's a good league for me. I didn't need to think for long about the move," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Keegan Hirst answers your questions

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats rugby league player Keegan Hirst is talking about homophobia in sport in a Facebook Live now.

Click on the link below to send in your questions.

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Mathieu injured for Barcelona


Jeremy Mathieu
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Jeremy Mathieu will miss three weeks for Barcelona, after picking up a foot injury during Tuesday night's 1-0 loss against Espanyol.

The French defender joins Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba on the sidelines.

Barcelona travel to England to face Manchester City on 1 November, after beating them 4-0 in Spain, although Mathieu was already ruled out of that match after being sent-off in the Nou Camp fixture. 

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Marcus Copsey: Wicketkeeper when the skipper decides to get rid of all the slips. No one left to banter and sledge with!

Nott A Problem: Playing in goal in a qualifier against San Marino. Desolation.

Murray in action in Vienna


Andy Murray
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If Murray wins in Vienna he will match Djokovic's current total of seven 2016 titles heading into the Paris Masters and World Tour Finals

World number two Andy Murray is in action at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna today.

Britain's Wimbledon and Olympic champion will play the world number 35, Slovakian Martin Klizan, some time after 15:30 BST.

Murray, 29, admitted earlier this year after winning his second Wimbledon title that he "would love to get to world number one".

With 2,415 points - more than is on offer for winning a Grand Slam - still separating him from top dog Novak Djokovic in the current rankings, it seems improbable that Murray will be top of the pops come 7 November.

But it is possible - click here to find out how...