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Summary

  1. Eight Premier League news conferences
  2. Guardiola, Conte and Mourinho face the media
  3. Leicester, Palace and Newcastle also taking place
  4. Plus the highlights from this morning's news conferences at Stoke and Bournemouth
  5. Finalists announced for the Best Fifa Football Awards

Live Reporting

By Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

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So, who will be hitting the headlines this weekend?

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Sergio Aguero
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Another man with his eyes on the prize

Arsenal V West Brom (Mon, 20:00 BST)

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry says "the desire is still there" as he prepares to break Ryan Giggs' all-time Premier League appearances record.

Ex-Wales international Giggs played 632 Premier League games, all for Manchester United.

If 36-year-old Barry features for West Brom against Arsenal on Monday night it will be his 633rd top flight game, spread across four clubs.

Barry to play 'as long as possible'

Will he do it?

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero
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A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero against Crystal Palace tomorrow will break Man City's all-time goal scoring record, which is currently held by Eric Brook who netted 177 goals for City.

Aguero has his eyes on the prize - but is this the weekend he gets the record?

Pep addresses the Catalan question

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As one of the most high-profile Catalans in the world, Pep Guardiola's views on the potential for independence are of note.

A planned 1 October referendum on the matter has been banned by the Spanish government, leading to mass protests in Catalonia.

This is what Guardiola said when he was asked about the issue earlier.

"In the end the Catalans people want to exercise the right to vote.

"They want to exercise democracy. That is the most important thing.

"Obviously it is a really sensitive issue but we are in the 21st century and this is different.

"People change their minds. This is a new society.

"It is not about whether we will get independence or not. We just want to vote. Scotland did it here. That is what the Catalans people want right now."

I for one am not ashamed to admit that I can't wait for Bristol City's latest GIF offerings.

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Right everyone, the weekend is getting within touching distance now.

So, let's get serious for a minute.

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BreakingUefa make announcement on Arsenal v Cologne match after both clubs were charged

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Breaking: Uefa make announcement on Arsenal v Cologne match following charges against both clubs.

Breaking: Uefa make announcement on Arsenal v Cologne match following charges against both clubs.

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Your 3⃣ candidates for #TheBest FIFA Men's Award 2017 💪 #CristianoRonaldo #LionelMessi #Neymar Who will be crown… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Fifa Fan Award

  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Celtic FC
  • FC Copenhagen

Fifa Puskás Award

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana/Las Palmas/23.10.2016)
  • Alejandro Camargo (Argentina/Universidad de Conception/04.12.2016)
  • Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Venezuela U-17 Women national team/24.10.2016)
  • Moussa Dembele (France/Celtic FC/05.02.2017)
  • Olivier Giroud (France/Arsenal/01.01.2017)
  • Aviles Hurtado (Colombia/Tijuana Xolos/01.04.2017)
  • Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus/03.06.2017)
  • Oscarine Masuluke (South Africa/Baroka FC/30.11.2016)
  • Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Chelsea/23.04.2017)
  • Jordi Mboula (Spain/ FC Barcelona Youth/22.02.2017)

Best Fifa Goalkeeper nominees

  • Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
  • Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid CF)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern München)

Best Fifa Women's Player nominees

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FIFA "best" women's player of the year nominees: - Deyna Castellanos - Carli Lloyd - Lieke Martens

Best Fifa Men's Player nominees

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"Best" Fifa men's player nominees: - Ronaldo - Messi - Neymar

Best Fifa Women's Coach nominees

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"Best" Fifa women's coach nominees: - Nils Nielsen (Denmark) - Gerard Precheur (Lyon) - Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

Best Fifa Men's Coach nominees

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"Best" Fifa men's coach nominees: Allegri / Juventus, Conte / Chelsea, Zidane / R Madrid.

In other news...

Football

BBC Sport's Richard Conway is in The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London where FIFA will reveal the finalists for the Best FIFA Football Awards.

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Fifa "Best" football award nominees about to announced in London. Award ceremony Oct 23 also in London.

Pep's nightime warning

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 1500BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Top of the table v Bottom. 11 goals in 2 games against 0 in 5. Man City only have to turn up tomorrow to win?

Pep Guardiola found a very expressive way of saying his team cannot take anything for granted, which, at one point required consulation with his interpretor, who he rarely uses, to translate the phrase 'pulled by strings'.

He said: "My players are pulled by strings. You are OK, you are OK, you are OK, but then one little detail goes down and everything is down.

"My players have to go to sleep tonight and know they can lose tomorrow."

'It's impressive that we are taking so many fans' - Benitez

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Newcastle United

Benitez on Chris Hughton: "All the staff tell me how good he is as a person. I have a good relationship with him."

On the support: "It's impressive that we are taking so many fans. Hopefully we get 3 points because it gives us even more responsibility."

'Those in the stands need to prove to me they can play' - Benitez

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Newcastle United

Benitez on Tim Krul: "He knew before that the club would allow him to go. He knew at the start of the season. We wish him all the best for the future."

On Jamaal Lascelles: "We have been talking about how players should react to being dropped. He is a great example. Those in the stands need to prove to me they can play."

'First we have to win before thinking about the table' - Benitez

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Newcastle United

Benitez on Newcastle's form: "It's not a surprise we are doing well when you see them training. It's more or less what I was expecting. It's important to see your team competing. You have to use the tools you have - we have a hard-working team with a good spirit."

On the prospect of going third: "First we have to win before thinking about the table. At the moment I am only thinking about getting three points at Brighton and that's it. It is important to have confidence but approach the game the same way as the last three games.

"The confidence is high but we can't be over-confident. The mentality is the same as it always is for every game."

And last, but by no means least...

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Our very own Simon Stone has given me this update from Guardiola's news conference.

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Pep on De Boer sacking: "As a friend of FDB I am upset for him. You need time. But this is what happens."

'Catalonia's independence is a sensitive issue' - Guardiola

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Guardiola on what Barcelona would do if Catalonia became independent: "In the end the Catalan people only want to vote, it is less important what will happen next. They will find a solution. It is a sensitive issue. Catalan people only want to vote, like Scotland did."

'League Cup wastes a lot of energy'- Guardiola

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Guardiola on whether he shares Jose Mourinho's opinion about League Cup: "I think quite similar to him. You waste a lot of energy. Three days later Palace, then Shakhtar, then Chelsea. It is a lot of energy. We knew it before we came. If you have to play, you have to play.

"Business is business. It’s good for people who don’t get used a lot, but it’s a title when if you win. It’s okay but you don’t get a lot of credit for it."

'Barry's achievement is amazing - I love that' - Guardiola

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep on being in the dugout at 70 years old, like Roy Hodgson: "Definitely not. I promise you. I love golf! But I admire him, a long career always deserves respect."

On Gareth Barry: "I congratulate Gareth Barry [on his appearances], that is amazing. I love that."

On 10 men behind the ball: "I struggle with that all my career. I was in teams where they defended 10 players in the box, and attacked on the counter. It has always been like this for nine years as a manager."

'My players need to know they can lose tomorrow' - Guardiola

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Guardiola on Crystal Palace: "It is the Premier League. I knew from hearing about the Premier League that every single team can beat the other one. What I saw from Palace against Southampton and Burnley, I showed to my players the chances they created in two games. They have quality now. They are quite similar to West Brom. My players need to know they can lose tomorrow."

On Gabriel Jesus: "Gabriel has helped us a lot. He is a top striker - there are a lot of things he can improve. I am excited to help him."

On Sergio Aguero: "It is fantastic for Sergio to be here so long and break the club goal scoring record. It is going to happen. He will get the record."

'I think I'm a good manager' - Guardiola

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Guardiola on a two-team race to the title: "There are six [teams], we are just a few points ahead. When we finish our weekend we analyse what is going to happen in the future but nobody knows."

On City's form: "Last season we started well, similar to this season. We have less points but I think it was a good season last season for many things. I think I am a good manager. We fight like a normal team. I believe in the quality of the way we play."

City team news

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester City

Pep confirmed Vincent Kompany is back in training.

The City manager said: "Injury situation is okay. Vinny has come back. Gundogan we will see."

'Saints are very stable' - Mourinho

Southampton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Mourinho on Southampton: “They are very stable in the way they play and in the way they see football, the qualities of their players.”

On executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's comments about 'exciting times' – did that start with win over Southampton at Wembley in League Cup?

"I think that is unfair. A few months before that Mr van Gaal and the players won the FA cup so if the cup is the start of the exciting times, it’s not my League Cup final, it's not about a specific moment of winning a competition.

"It’s something more global where the club financially looks really strong, better than ever according to the numbers, where the football team is improving not just in results but in a certain style of play, where the connection between the players and the fans looks stronger and stronger, where the Man Utd fan around the world have more reasons to smile than in the past, so I think it’s about globality.”

Andddd breathe!

'I'm very pleased with his attitude' - Mourinho

Southampton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Mourinho on Anthony Martial: “I see a great improvement in the person, in the moods, in the face and body language. If we want a word: happiness. He is a happy guy. He is working extremely well, he starts matches and tries to do well.

"He goes from the bench even if for ten minutes like in the last match at home, he tries to enjoy and to give something in the extra minutes. I am very pleased with his attitude overall, and then it is easier to play well.”

'I am never too worried' - Mourinho

Southampton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Mourinho on when Paul Pogba will be back: “No idea. But again, it’s a great opportunity for other players to play and I trust them all so I am not going to cry and count the days for Paul to be back.”

On away fixtures: “It is very difficult but it means it will be easier later. If we play now CSKA in Moscow and Benfica in Lisbon then later we will play at Old Trafford. If we have consecutive matches away, it means later we will play them at Old Trafford so I am never too worried.

"The number of matches in the league is going to be the same. If we cannot win we try to get points and then try to compensate with good form at home.”

Mourinho calls for fans to support the club and players

Southampton v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho spoke about the chant about striker Romelu Lukaku which was criticised as being “offensive and discriminatory” this week.

The striker issued a statement yesterday thanking the fans but asking them to “move on”.

When asked about the chant, Mourinho simply said: "Don’t ask me these questions. That’s what I want the fans to support the football club and support the players.”

'We're aware of their offensive strengths' - Shakespeare

Leicester City v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Leicester City

Shakespeare on Tuesday night's result against Liverpool: "It’s pleasing that everyone got game time but also there were good performances. We had to ride our luck in the first half but in the second half, the players responded and that can give us confidence going forward."

On Liverpool: "We’re aware of their offensive strengths, but it’s important we concentrate on our strengths, which is sometimes taking them to the opposition early doors instead of waiting for it to happen."

Foxes team news

Leicester City v Liverpool (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Leicester City

Firstly, I have some team news from Craig Shakespeare...

Matty James will be out for four to six weeks with an Achilles strain. Jamie Vardy should be fit to face Liverpool. Robert Huth is out. Christian Fuchs fit after freak eye injury.

There is no update on Adrien Silva. Shakespeare invited him into the dressing room on Tuesday night. He's training outside, but not with the squad.

'Every competition is important' - Conte

Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Chelsea

On whether Champions League teams should play in the League Cup: "We must know to play four competitions is not easy. Then sometimes when you ask if the players are happy if they don’t play? You have to find the right balance to give the right opportunity and balance in every competition, when this happens the most important thing is the answer from the players must be positive.

"It is normal in the first round to have the rotation. It is not easy and you have to give an opportunity to some players to play. Every competition is important, I don’t think one team thinks it is better to lose one game. We want to win and go through in this competition. It is normal sometimes you pay something in this competition when you have big rotation."

'The Champions League will be a big challenge for us' - Conte

Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Chelsea

On the Champions League: "This season it will be a big challenge for us, to face each competition with our squad and play every three days. We have Stoke and two important games with Atletico and City. This type of situation will be very important for us to face in the right way. It won’t be easy to have these games very close."

On whether Costa will be a distraction: "We always though to work and be focused on the pitch and work. This is very important and we have to continue this. We were very focused and this is the right way if you want to build something important."

'Stoke will be a good test and challenge' - Conte

Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Chelsea

On Stoke: "For sure it will be a really tough game. As you said before they beat Arsenal and drew against United, it means they are a very good team. We must pay great attention tomorrow. This is the first of three tough games in seven games. A good test and challenge for us."

On upcoming games: "The most important thing is to go game by game. Tomorrow it will be a really tough game and we have to be prepared for the physical and tactical aspect and be disciplined. I am pleased for the commitment of my players. Sometimes it can happen a red card."

'Hazard played with a good intensity' - Conte

Chelsea

On Eden Hazard: "I am pleased for Eden, because in the last game he played he played very well. He played with a good intensity. Now his injury is overcome and now we have to play three games. There is the possibility now to try to pick him for these games."

On Bakayoko: "He is fit, it was a minor accident yesterday and is available for Stoke. He is one of the players in our squad. Last season he didn’t play a lot. After one year I think he has worked very hard last season to be able to face this league and work with Chelsea. He will have the right chance."