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Summary

  1. Dele Alli to start for Spurs in final Champions League group match
  2. Man Utd v CSKA Moscow (19:45 GMT)
  3. Celtic v Anderlecht (19:45 GMT)
  4. Chelsea v Atl Madrid (19:45 GMT)
  5. Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City news conferences
  6. 5 live commentary match: Man Utd v CSKA Moscow

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

Farewell

And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks for being with us. Enjoy the football tonight and I'd say the cricket is well worth tuning in for on 5 live sports extra at 03:15 GMT. Cheerio now.

5 live commentary

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow (19:45 GMT)

5 Live

A reminder that the Manchester United-CSKA Moscow match tonight at Old Trafford is the 5 live commentary match. Ian Dennis and Ally McCoist will describe the action and John Murray is at Stamford Bridge for updates from Chelsea against Atletico Madrid. Mark Pougatch presents the programme from 19:00 GMT.

Happy birthday

Manchester United's France international Anthony Martial celebrates his 22nd birthday today and his team have included him a special tweet, will there be a cake after tonight's match as well?

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Thursday night at the Emirates

Arsenal v BATE Borisov (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Arsenal

Teams finishing third in their groups will drop into the Europa League, speaking of which....

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Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs were only third in their Champions League group last season after losing three matches but are unbeaten this year, with that memorable win over Real Madrid - and the Lilywhites can make it three wins out of three at Wembley tomorrow night.

Spurs may have gone four league matches without a win but industrious midfielder Heung-min Son says there is plenty to play for as they seek a tally of 16 points from their Group H campaign.

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'Sooner or later we will lose'

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Pep is still refusing to consider going unbeaten through the season. City have scored 46 goals and are eight points clear of rivals Manchester United, but when asked about Sunday's eagerly-awaited derby at Old Trafford, Guardiola says: "We just play to win the game.

"I assure you, sooner or later we will lose, but the next day we will recover. I can promise you we are going to try to win the game."

One Silva in, one Silva out

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Injury news from the Manchester City camp now and Pep Guardiola reveals that playmaker David Silva had a problem "in the last minutes" of Sunday's win against West Ham and could be doubtful for the big Manchester derby this weekend, but despite repeated questioning from the press, Guardiola does not expatiate on the nature of Silva's injury.

However, the Spaniard does disclose that Portuguese midfielder Bernado Silva will start in Ukraine on Wednesday.

David Silva suffered an injury in Sunday's win against West Ham
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Pep celebrates Champions century

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will take charge of his 100th match in the Champions League on Wednesday night and the 46-year-old, whose team are seeking a 100% record in Group F of course, says: "It's a nice number, it's a lot of games in a marvellous competition. Hopefully I can enjoy this for even longer."

Pep Guardiola addresses the media in Ukraine
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'City playing the best football in Europe' - Toure

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Manchester City stalwart Yaya Toure is impressing the news conference in Ukraine by switching between English and Russian. The 34-year-old says of his side, unbeaten in both the Premier League and Champions League: "In my opinion we practise the best football in Europe at the moment.

"I think teams respect us. We are in a good moment. We are full of confidence. The way we control games is fantastic ."

Lallana not risked against Spartak

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp confirms Adam Lallana will not be involved at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The 29-year-old was absent for the away wins at Stoke and Brighton in the last week after making his first appearance of the season as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea last month.

"He is keen, how you can imagine, but meanwhile he is old enough to know there are a lot of important years to come for him, a lot of important games to come for him, and it's not about the next one - it's about being best prepared for all the rest," Klopp explains.

Lallana joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014
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Hughton clash 'a misunderstanding'

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Liverpool

Let's hear from Jurgen Klopp and he begins by explaining that there was nothing untoward in the somewhat uneasy exchange with Brighton boss Chris Hughton after the Reds romped to a 5-1 win at the Amex. "It was a misunderstanding," Klopp insists. "I have to apologise. It wasn't on purpose. I think and hope that everything is fine."

Jurgen Klopp and Chris Hughton were not exchanging Christmas cards
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Scan for Wanyama

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Maurico Pochettino got most animated when he was asked about reports that midfielder Victor Wanyama could be out for another 14 weeks.

The Kenyan has not played since August due to a knee injury.

Pochettino said it would be a few more weeks before Wanyama was fit again but, when asked specifically if it would be another three-and-a-half months, he said "14 weeks, no, that is not true.

"Victor will have a scan this week and then we will see but it won't be another 14 weeks."

Blues bid to top table

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid (19:45 GMT)

Chelsea

While two-time recent finalists Atletico are struggling somewhat, Chelsea can become the third English team to top their group if they beat the Spanish outfit tonight.

Clubs finishing first in their groups will be seeded and drawn against a second-placed team in the last 16 draw in Nyon on Monday.

There will be no all-English ties just yet, sides cannot face teams from the same country or from their group.

Champions League Group C table
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From the archives

Manchester City

We've seen Liverpool's look back in time with Steven Gerrard's first goal on this day in 1999, well eight years ago today Manchester City hit back to beat Chelsea.

BBC App users may need to click the link to see a tousle-haired former City favourite hit a dramatic winner.

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Don't think Prince Charles would be a fan of this architecture. It's the Metalist Stadium in Ukraine where Manchester City will attempt to make it a perfect six wins out of six in Group F tomorrow night. Pep's thoughts coming up.

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Manchester City

PA journalist Andy Hampson is in position to hear from Guardiola and Yaya Toure this afternoon.

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City seek to continue dominance

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Manchester City

The Guardiola effect is really beginning to kick in at the Etihad, eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and already through as Group F winners having won their first five matches.

We'll hear later from Pep, whose team's last three league victories have been courtesy of goals within the final 10 minutes.

Only Arsenal, Everton and the 1997-98 Leeds side have won as many Premier League matches in a row thanks to goals scored in the final 10 minutes of the match.

Manchester City have a 100% record in Group F
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Liverpool

Here's some news from off the field at Anfield...

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Klopp coming up

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Liverpool

We'll hear from Jurgen Klopp later, joined by one of his galaxy of attacking players, Sadio Mane, on the very day 18 years ago when a Liverpool favourite scored his first goal for the club.

BBC App users may need to click the link to see just how young Steven Gerrard looks

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Liverpool duo face suspension threat

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Liverpool

Liverpool duo Emre Can and Alberto Moreno will miss the club's next European encounter if they are booked against the Russian side at Anfield. Bookings are only removed when a club reaches the semi-final stage.

Liverpool target top spot

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Liverpool

Liverpool will be another English team to go through as group winners if they beat Spartak Moscow at Anfield in their final game tomorrow night. A draw will be enough to take the Reds through to the last 16.

Liverpool are one point ahead in Group E going into the final match
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Youngsters set to feature for Tottenham

Tottenham v Apoel (Wed, 19:45GMT)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is well-known for putting his faith in young players and 18-year-old Kazaiah Sterling and 20-year-old Luke Amos are set to feature at Wembley tomorrow night.

Striker Sterling scored for Spurs in another victory over Real Madrid, this time at U-19 level, last month.

BBC App users may need to click the link to see the two players.

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No comment from Poch over Clattenburg

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Sure enough Pochettino is quizzed about those controversial Clattenburg comments regarding the Chelsea game in May 2016 but the journalists have not been able to get much out of him on the subject.

"No comment," he says. "Two years ago. I am not going to say anything."

Alli to start for Spurs against Apoel

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

The Spurs boss duly confirms that Dele Alli WILL start at Wembley tomorrow night.

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Waiting for Mauricio

Tottenham v Apoel (Wed, 19:45GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Maurico Pochettino is due to begin his press conference shortly ahead of Tottenham's final Champions League group game.

With qualification as group winners assured, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld were all missing from training.

However, that may not be the most pressing issue for Pochettino to address.

For it is the first time he has spoken since Mark Clattenburg's controversial comments about letting Tottenham self destruct in that infamous game against Chelsea two seasons ago.

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Mourinho set to make changes

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow (19:45 GMT)

Manchester United

The fans from all corners of the globe will be wandering along the Chester Road even now, almost seven hours before kick-off and Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News has some hints about the team Jose Mourinho might send out tonight.

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Live tonight

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow (19:45 GMT)

5 Live

That match is tonight's 5 live commentary, with Ian Dennis joined in the com box at Old Trafford by former Rangers manager and Question of Sport team captain Ally McCoist. Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport from Stamford Bridge, where there will be updates from John Murray on Chelsea's game against 2014 and 2016 finalists Atletico Madrid.

The Daily Star

And in the Daily Star, he may be missing for the big Manchester derby at the weekend through suspension but Paul Pogba is set to start for United in the Champions League tonight.

Daily Star
Daily Star

Daily Mirror

In the Daily Mirror, concern for Manchester City fans, with suggestion that Raheem Sterling delaying contract talks could alert Real Madrid to make a move for the England international.

Raheem Sterling features on the back page of the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror

They might be lining the dog's basket by now but let's take a look at some of Tuesday's back pages, starting with concerns for Joe Hart's World Cup hopes in The Sun. There is also that remarkable interview with referee Mark Clattenburg, who said he let Tottenham "self destruct" in that explosive match at Chelsea a couple of seasons ago that handed Leicester the title.

Ex-official Dermot Gallagher has branded Clattenburg a "maverick" who took "a gamble too far". More on that shortly.

An aggrieved Joe Hart features on The Sun back page on Wednesday
The Sun

Alli expected to start

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

Dele Alli's form has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, here's the BBC's Nick Godwin with suggestion that the midfielder will not be rested tomorrow night as had been expected.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Hold on, word is that's Dele Alli, although it doesn't mean he is going to start tomorrow evening, particularly as Spurs have already won their group and have slipped to sixth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-place Liverpool. But we hope to learn more from Mr Pochettino shortly.

BBC App users may need to click the link to see if they can work out the identity of the Spurs player in training.

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Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

PA journalist Tom Allnutt has negotiated the M25 to get to Tottenham's state of the art training complex at Bull's Cross in Enfield and reports that Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris is working indoors.

Maybe a clue to tomorrow night's selection with the additional information that big-hitters Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are not out with the rest of the squad. The BBC's Simon Stone is in place and we'll get some team news from the Group H-winning Lilywhites ahead of Wednesday's night's final Champions League group match with Apoel Nicosia at Wembley.

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The qualifying game

Three English teams are safely into the hat for the last 16 in Monday's draw in Switzerland. Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City have already progressed with a game to spare and Liverpool and Manchester United can make it five by securing their places over the next couple of days.

United are all but guaranteed to reach the next stage, as long as Basel fail to beat Benfica - and even then Jose Mourinho's side would have to lose at home to CSKA Moscow by more than six goals at Old Trafford. I know it's a funny old game but that would be something else - especially for a Mourinho defence.

Welcome

Hello and welcome along to another Football Special as we look forward to the final week of Champions League group matches. Over the next couple of hours we'll hear from Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola and we'll look ahead to tonight's matches, so stay tuned.