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Summary

  1. Five Premier League managers set to face the media
  2. Among them are Burnley's Sean Dyche and Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson
  3. Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton), Chris Hughton (Brighton) and Mark Hughes (Stoke) are also on duty
  4. Have your say #bbcfootball or by text 81111

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

That's it for now. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back on Friday morning when the rest of the Premier League managers will be facing the media.

Enjoy your evening.

Stoke news conference

Stoke v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Losing to West Ham would mean the Hammers going above them in the Premier League table and Hughes knows the danger they present.

"They are getting people behind the ball at the moment and David Moyes has them organised at the back," says Hughes.

"He is a good manager as he has proven over the years."

Stoke news conference

Stoke v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

More from Mark Hughes: "We have been poor in terms of keeping the top teams out. The vast majority of the goals we have conceded have come against them. The scores haven't reflected our performances for the most part.

"The owners are fans, and they, like the rest of the supporters, want to see committed performances and players running as much as they can.

"If they can, then, like on Tuesday, they will be happy. They’ve been in the game a long time, they know it’s not always a smooth path.”

Stoke players
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Stoke news conference

Stoke v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Stoke were beaten 1-0 by Burnley on Tuesday night and Hughes has found that stats can be misleading.

"Of the 40 stats we have looked at from the game, we came out on top in almost everyone apart from the one that ultimately mattered," says the Welshman.

"We did enough to win the game on Tuesday and were the better team. Burnley had two shots on target all game and won it.

"I've said before that I don't think our performances have been too bad, apart from the second half last weekend."

Mark Hughes
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Stoke news conference

Stoke v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

It looks like we are about to finally hear from Stoke manager Mark Hughes...

📸 Mark Hughes has just arrived for his pre @WestHamUtd press conference. We'll get underway any second.

📸 Mark Hughes has just arrived for his pre @WestHamUtd press conference. We'll get underway any second.

Hayes set for addition to her squad

Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has announced she is expecting twins.

The 41-year-old whose team sit second in the Women's Super League and face Montpellier in the Champions League quarter-finals next March, recently ruled herself out of contention for the England vacancy.

"I'm massively excited to share the news that I am expecting twins in June," Hayes said. "I've got my biggest life challenge ahead of me and I'm very excited to fulfil a dream of mine in becoming a parent."

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Dyche is happy to chat

Brighton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Burnley boss Sean Dyche could never be accused of neglecting his media duties.

He spent over half an hour talking to journalists just then, after doing a 10-minute radio interview, and has a couple of other media engagements still to complete.

Dyche was calm and relaxed and always has an anecdote or two. Today's involved his early days at Nottingham Forest.

Sean Dyche
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Southampton news conference

Chelsea v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Pellegrino went on: "In the second half we tried to push but it was hard for us to bounce back but the main feeling watching the game was that we made mistakes with our lack of connection.

"Three days ago we showed a different face and now in two days time we have another chance to play well and we want to play this game as quick as possible.

"But I am concerned and I need to try to find a solution."

Southampton v Leicester
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Southampton news conference

Chelsea v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Wednesday night was a worrying one for Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino after his side lost 4-1 to Leicester - putting in a well below par performance.

But Pellegrino hopes that they can get back to the form they had been showing recently at the weekend when they travel to Chelsea.

"It's my responsibility to try to inspire my team," he says. "For the last week or so against Manchester City, Bournemouth and Arsenal we showed really good face but this game surprised everyone.

"It was a bad game from the beginning, but as we conceded they got better and our confidence was down."

Mauricio Pellegrino
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Stoke v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Mark Hughes is due to face the media shortly!

We’re waiting for the manager, who will be speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s game with @WestHamUtd #SCFC 🔴… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Ford apologises over 'English' comment

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) will not take action against chief executive Jonathan Ford for saying the next Wales manager could be "foreign", but "definitely not English".

A statement from the FAW said they will not "take the matter any further" after Ford apologised for the remarks.

Jonathan Ford
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Dyche stays calm

Burnley v Brighton (Sat, 15:00GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manager Sean Dyche is not getting carried away by Burnley's success.

Burnley are sixth approaching the halfway point of the season, only out of the Champions League placed on goal difference.

But there will be no sense of superiority ahead of his side's visit to Brighton on Saturday.

He said: "We have not got to the level where we are swaggering into places. We are realistic. The fans are realistic. Football can be a fragile business. Five years ago we were having to sell players."

Dyche says it is possible he will bring in new players during the January transfer window.

Sean Dyche
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Brighton news conference

Brighton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)

Without a win in their last six games, Brighton are finding it tough in the top flight as some of the sides below them start to pick up precious points.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is realistic about his side's chances as they prepare to take on high-flying Burnley.

"We are one of a number of teams who are not in good form at the moment," admits Hughton

"We are conscious we need to pick up points and score goals and our next two games are two very big games for us."

Chris Hughton
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Burnley news conference

Brighton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)

Defenders Ben Mee and Matt Lowton could both return to the Burnley squad for the trip to Brighton after both recovered from injury.

Sean Dyche says an assessment on Stephen Ward's knee injury will be made on Friday.

Stephen Ward
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Crystal Palace news conference

Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Finally, Roy Hodgson has also given a few injury updates with bad news for Mamadou Sakho who faces a spell out with a calf injury.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah will have a scan on a hamstring injury sustained against Watford while Joel Ward remains out with a groin injury.

Defender Luka Milivojevic will miss the game through suspension

Mamadou Sakho
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Charlie Taylor's concern

Brighton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Defender Charlie Taylor has come in to speak to the media whilst we wait for Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

Taylor joined Burnley from Leeds in the summer but has had to wait a long time for a taste of Premier League action, making his debut when he came on as a substitute in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Stoke.

The 24-year-old admits there "were moments" during his exile when he wondered if he had done the right thing.

But, having had a taste of the top flight, he is determined to stay there.

Charlie Taylor
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Botham given Scunthorpe role

Away from the Premier League for a moment and news that Scunthorpe United have appointed former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham as their new club president.

Botham, 62, scored over 7,000 runs and took more than 500 wickets for England and also played professional football, making 11 appearances for Scunthorpe between 1980 and 1985.

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Crystal Palace news conference

Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

If it's December, it must be time for football managers, including Roy Hodgson, to have a go at the festive fixture schedule.

Although Palace do seem to have a hectic time, taking on Arsenal on the evening of 28 December and hosting Manchester City at lunchtime on 31 December before travelling to Southampton for an evening game on 2 January

"I think it's unfortunate if you are a team that gets moved for television and you only get one day rest," says the former England manager.

"We have two days between Arsenal and Man City. I find it harsh we only have one day between playing Southampton and Man City. We will find that very hard. Our squad isn't very big."

Roy Hodgson
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Crystal Palace news conference

Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Palace have enjoyed an upturn in form with nine points from their last five games but Hodgson knows they still have a long way to go.

"Nothing has changed for me or my staff. We have worked exactly the same way since we came in," he continues.

" We can only hope to continue with what we've achieved so far. We aren't the finished article."

"But if you ask am I pleased with what we have done in the last 10 games, the table does look better."

Crystal Palace celebrate
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Crystal Palace news conference

Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three on Tuesday night thanks to their last-gasp win over Watford but although they are back in there on goal difference after West Brom's draw against Liverpool on Wednesday, manager Roy Hodgson is full of confidence

"We are closer to the pack and that's the important thing," he says.

"There is going to be a pack of teams for a period of time going forward in and around that third spot. Now we have ourselves within 3-4 points of that pack, it's important we stay with them."

Roy Hodgson
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Champions League chasing Christmas tree

Brighton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Who would have thought a pre-Christmas press conference at Burnley would include questions about the top four.

Manager Sean Dyche has done an incredible job with the Clarets - the last time I was here he was being linked with the Leicester vacancy that Claude Puel eventually got.

But how much better can it get?

Dyche will be here soon.

Snow joke
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Premier League build-up

Sean Dyche, Roy Hodgson, Mauricio Pellegrino, Chris Hughton and Mark Hughes are all expected to face the media over the next hour or so.

Some (like Dyche) will be happier than others (Hughes) after the batch of midweek Premier League fixtures but all will be focussing on this weekend's games.

Premier League build-up

Hope you've had a nice break.

I'm back to guide you through the pearls of wisdom being uttered by five Premier League managers this afternoon.

Wednesday's football

You're up to date with all of last night's action.

Join me later as five Premier League managers face the media ahead of the weekend games, including Burnley boss and man of the moment Sean Dyche and Stoke's under-pressure Mark Hughes, who is currently the bookies favourite to be the next top-flight boss to lose his job.

Sean Dyche
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Wednesday's football

Spurs 2-0 Brighton

Tottenham dropped eight points in their four Premier League games in November

But after two wins in five days, the top four is definitely still on the radar of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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Spurs 2-0 Brighton

Last but by no means least and Spurs capitalised on Liverpool's wastefulness with a 2-0 win over Brighton to move back into the top four.

Goals from Serge Aurier and the in-form Son Heung-min helped them to victory over a stubborn Brighton at Wembley.

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West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Afterwards, Moyes says his side are becoming tougher to play against after accusations that they were "soft" in recent weeks.

However, the Hammers have still only won once in 10 league games and failed to have a single shot on target in a Premier League home match for the first time since August 2013.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal: David Moyes says Hammers have been soft but are becoming more tough

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West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

One happy Pardew then after West Brom's draw and also one happy David Moyes after West Ham's mini-revival continued with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

The Hammers remain in the relegation places but are level on points with Crystal Palace and West Brom, who are above the drop zone on goal difference.

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Eric Bailly surgery fear

Man Utd 1-0 Bournemouth

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

There was a worrying post-script to Manchester United's victory over Bournemouth at Old Traffiord.

Central defender Eric Bailly has missed eight games after picking up an ankle injury on international duty with the Ivory Coast last month.

Information on the former Villarreal player has been scarce but last night, United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Bailly may need surgery, which, if it happened, would rule the player out for months.

“We are trying conservative treatment but, if it does not get a result, we will have to have surgery," said Mourinho.

"I don’t want to speculate on what kind of injury it is because I am not a doctor.”

Eric Bailly
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Wednesday's football

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom

Not surprisngly, West Brom boss Alan Pardew was a happy man after holding on for a point against Liverpool.

He admitted afterwards that the one point feels like three.

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Alan Pardew very happy with the one point

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Liverpool 0-0 West Brom

It was a night of chances missed for Liverpool at Anfield and their report card at the moment reads 'Could do better' as manager Jurgen Klopp admitted afterwards.

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Liverpool 0-0 West Brom

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have opted to start his Fab Four - Salah, Firmino, Mane and Coutinho against West Brom at Anfield but the Reds were left frustrated after a 0-0 draw.

West Brom defended stubbornly and the point sees them move out of the relegation zone above Crystal Palace on goal difference.

Mohamed Salah
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Newcastle 0-1 Everton

Lady Luck was not on Newcastle's side against Everton. They hit the woodwork twice and had more possession, crosses and shots than the visitors.

To cap it all, Jonjo Shelvey was sent off late on.

This was a match that manager Rafa Benitez knows they could and possibly should have won.

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Newcastle 0-1 Everton

He's had a long career in football but Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits to having been "baffled".

And what could have put the 63-year-old in such a state? The Toffees' dodgy defending prior to his arrival at the club.

Everton secured a third clean sheet in four games at Newcastle on Wednesday with Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal of the game.

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Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth

Back to Wednesday night's action and Manchester United remain 11 points behind rivals City after a 1-0 win over Bournemouth with Romelu Lukaku on target with a first-half header.

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