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  1. League Cup build-up
  2. DEBATE: What's your team's Achilles heel? #bbcsportsday
  3. VOTE: How much longer will Mourinho be Chelsea manager?
  4. 37% say “let’s see where they are by 30 November”
  5. A further 27% opted for “As long as he wants, he’s Jose Mourinho”

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

Thank you and goodnight

That is all from us here at Sportsday. Over on our football desk, the boys are just getting started with their coverage of the Capital One Cup, which you can follow here.

Sportsday will return tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.

League Cup quarter-final draw


Don't forget, after tonight's Capital One Cup games the draw for the next round will be made. Here are the numbers you need to know...


Klopp gives kids opportunity

Liverpool v Bournemouth (19:45 GMT)

The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Jurgen Klopp will give debut starts to three youngsters against Bournemouth.

Right-back Connor Randall, 20, and midfielders Cameron Brannagan, 19, and Joao Carlos Teixeira, 22, are all expected to be in the XI at Anfield.

Happy memories

Manchester City v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

Emma Jones

BBC London

The last time Crystal Palace won away at Manchester City was 1990, when current Eagles manager Alan Pardew was a player at the club. 

But it took a late goal for City to win a closely-contested league meeting between the two teams this season at Selhurst Park. 

And while Palace go into this match following consecutive league defeats, they have been playing the kind of football this season that might make them believe they can win at the Etihad, especially with the hosts missing some big players. 

You can listen to commentary of the only capital club left in the competition on BBC Radio London 94.9 FM.

MacDonald takes control

Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

Mike Taylor


Kevin MacDonald
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With the club's hierarchy apparently preoccupied with sifting through CVs of French coaches, one of the Aston Villa's most dependable characters, Kevin MacDonald, takes the squad to Southampton later on Wednesday.

The Scot has been caretaker manager before, and there was a brief point in history when a number of Villa fans thought he was worthy of the job full-time. He can count on the enthusiastic backing of Villa supporters for as long as he is left minding the shop. 

Whether he will choose to rotate a team that seems to have been in rotation almost every week so far this season remains to be seen.

Renewed determination

Southampton v Aston Villa (19:45 GMT)

Adam Blackmore

BBC Radio Solent sports editor

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has stated he wants to repay the fans at a sold-out St Mary's by putting in a strong performance and by fielding a strong side against Villa. 

Last season they suffered the low-point of their campaign in this competition, when losing in the quarter-finals to Sheffield United. This time around the club have stated their aim is to do well in the domestic cups, and that desire has only been heightened by their disappointing exit from the Europa League. 

They head into the tie on a five-match unbeaten run, and they are starting to find some consistency in their performances after a difficult first month to the campaign.


Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

13 - Man Utd have won 13 of their last 14 home League Cup ties, though the 1 loss came v Championship opponents (C Palace, 11/12). Warning.

Heavy schedule

Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United named a full strength side for their win over Ipswich in the last round of the League Cup, but with Wednesday's tie with Middlesbrough the fourth of seven games in 22 days, Louis van Gaal may take the opportunity to give some key players a rest.

Right-back Antonio Valencia will miss the game with a foot injury, while Ashley Young and James Wilson will hope to feature after injury and illness respectively.

Middlesbrough will not fear the tie though - they won at Manchester City in the FA Cup last season.

Selection dilemma

Manchester United v Middlesbrough (20:00 GMT)

Paul Addison

BBC Radio Tees

Middlesbrough head to Old Trafford in good spirits and with nothing to lose.

There will be 10,000 fans cheering them on and it will be interesting to see Aitor Karanka’s team selection. He is without Cristhian Stuani and Albert Adomah through injury while Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter are both one booking away from a ban.

Karanka has used the League Cup run so far to rest some of his regulars. The priority is promotion to the Premier League and, with Championship home matches against Charlton Athletic and Rotherham United coming up, he needs to get the balance right.

Magnificent support

Man Utd v Middlesbrough (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

A very pertinent tweet from the Daily Telegraph football writer Mark Ogden.

Middlesbrough are taking 10,050 fans to Old Trafford tonight. An incredible turn-out considering recent job losses on Teesside.

Capital One Cup fixtures


Capital One Cup action


There is another night of League Cup action tonight, with both Liverpool and Manchester City involved. Here are a couple of stats from Opta to get you in the mood...

18 - Manchester City have scored 18 goals in their last four home League Cup games. Blitz.

29 - Liverpool have scored in 29 consecutive home League Cup ties, last failing to score in November 1995 v Newcastle. Routine.

Van Gaal wants pace in January


Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Louis van Gaal
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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's hinted he may return to the transfer market in January to add more pace and creativity to his squad.

"I have said that we need creative, speedy players in attack. You have seen which players I have bought; I like that profile, but we need more," he said.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also says United are still a big attraction to top talent.

"I think that all the players I want do want to come. It is not a question of the players, it is a question of the clubs who are stopping them."

Nice touch


Danny Rose, @trippier2 & @dele_alli36 opened our Poppy Wall at White Hart Lane this afternoon. #SpursRemembers
Danny Rose, @trippier2 & @dele_alli36 opened our Poppy Wall at White Hart Lane this afternoon. #SpursRemembers
Danny Rose, @trippier2 & @dele_alli36 opened our Poppy Wall at White Hart Lane this afternoon. #SpursRemembers
Danny Rose, @trippier2 & @dele_alli36 opened our Poppy Wall at White Hart Lane this afternoon. #SpursRemembers

Danny Rose, @trippier2 & @dele_alli36 opened our Poppy Wall at White Hart Lane this afternoon. #SpursRemembers

Terrific trio


How about this for an anniversary?

On this day in 1972, the United Trinity of Best, Law and Charlton played together for the final time. #mufc

On this day in 1972, the United Trinity of Best, Law and Charlton played together for the final time. #mufc

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Cellino appeal


Massimo Cellino

One addition to the news we brought you a little while ago regarding Leeds owner Massimo Cellino lodging an appeal against his Football League ban.

BBC Radio Leeds' Adam Pope has spoken to the League, who have informed him that Cellino has applied for ban to be stayed until end of appeal process, ie. a request to allow him to remain in charge until his appeal is decided upon.

What they have not confirmed yet is if that “stay” has been granted.

Cellino says he hopes he can stay in charge until the appeal for "the sake of the club".

Blues will stay focused - Kuszczak


Tomasz Kuszczak
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Birmingham City should not see the end of their winning run as too much of a setback as far as their Championship promotion ambitions are concerned, says goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Sixth-placed Blues had won four games in a row before losing 2-0 at Hull on Saturday, but are still only one point off second place. 

"We are still in good form and very focused," Kusczcak, 33, told BBC WM. 

"There are many games to go and if we keep working like we are we'll be in a very good position."

South Africa team

Rugby Union

South Africa have named their side for their third-place play-off against Argentina in the World Cup...

.@VictorMatfield captains #RSA for the final time against #ARG, one of two changes to their starting XV #RSAvARG

.@VictorMatfield captains #RSA for the final time against #ARG, one of two changes to their starting XV #RSAvARG

Cellino lodges appeal


Massimo Cellino

The Football League have confirmed that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has appealed against his recent disqualification under the League's Owners' and Directors' Test.

They say "the appeal will be heard in due course".

Italian Cellino was banned after being found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT in June.

Australia will be 'a headache'

Rugby Union

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New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu fears back-rowers David Pocock and Michael Hooper will give Australia the edge in the breakdown in the World Cup final.

Lomu believes the All Blacks' ability to nullify Australia's two breakdown specialists will determine the outcome.

"If there's any team who can give New Zealand a run for their money it's Australia because they're the only team to beat them this year," said Lomu.

"Australia's speed into the breakdown will give the All Blacks a headache."

Jones to retire at 28

Rugby Union

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Munster and Ireland full-back Felix Jones has been forced to retire aged just 28 after a neck injury.

Munster confirmed Jones was advised to retire from the sport after a neck problem suffered in the 23-21 Pro12 clash win over Glasgow Warriors on 2 October.

Jones made 90 Munster appearances and won 13 Ireland caps, missing the final selection cut ahead of the World Cup.

"It is still unthinkable to believe I will never play another game of rugby," said Jones.

Big blow for Quinn


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Stephen Quinn will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina on 13 and 16 November because of a knee injury.

The Reading midfielder was not included in Republic manager Martin O'Neill's provisional 39-man squad for the games.

The squad will be trimmed ahead of the group meeting on 9 November.

Uncapped trio Alan Judge, Eunan O'Kane and Adam Rooney are included, as is Stoke City striker Jon Walters, who is suspended for the first game.

Three weeks out for Arsenal pair


Theo Walcott (right)

On top of being knocked out of the Capital One Cup at Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal suffered a couple of unwanted injury blows at Hillsborough last night. An update to this is that forward Theo Walcott and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to miss the club’s next three games.

Early indications are that Walcott’s injury is slightly worse than Oxlade-Chamberlain’s, but both are set to miss Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Wednesday’s game at Bayern Munich and the visit of Tottenham on 8 November.

There is then an international break, when England play friendlies in Spain on 13 November and at home to France four days later.

Early request for cash

Formula 1

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The Force India team have requested an advance on their 2016 championship money to help tide them through the winter and pay suppliers.

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley told Reuters the request was for a payment similar to the one Force India received from  Bernie Ecclestone before the start of this season

"The only difference between what we did at the beginning of this year and what we are planning for 2016 is just bringing it forward a month or so earlier to cash-flow it better," Fernley said.

Happy birthday

Formula 1

Happy Birthday Bernie Ecclestone! We caught up with the #F1 boss to mark the occasion >>

Happy Birthday Bernie Ecclestone! We caught up with the #F1 boss to mark the occasion >>

He's doing well for 85...

Strictly for fun...


Richard Winton

BBC Sport

Safe to say that several members of the British rowing team are taking pelters from the rest after this...

George Nash, Will Satch, Paul Bennett, Tom Ransley, Matt Langridge, Oli Cook, Scott Durant and Matt Gotrel took a break from training to have a bit of fun with a Strictly Come Dancing-inspired routine.

Have a look at the results here...

BBC Sport

Nakhid missing one nomination


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

David Nakhid
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David Nakhid’s candidacy for the Fifa presidency has been invalidated due to the fact he only received four valid football association nominations. Candidates require five.

It is understood that one national association nominated both Nakhid and another candidate. Under the election rules that would invalidate the nomination.

Nakhid’s camp are believed to be writing to Domenico Scala today to demand an explanation and receive further clarity as to how and why he has been barred from running.

How do you forget you have already nominated someone?

Get Involved


What is your team's Achilles heel?

Milly Bailey: Our manager's outspokenness. Three points for the first person to guess who he is...

Stefan Glosby: Liverpool's biggest Achilles heel is their history. It's been weighing them down for 25 years as they continue to fail in their pursuit of the title.

Craig Murney: As a Celtic fan our achilles heal is playing Efe Ambrose.

Injury prone


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Want to discover who are the 20 most injured players in the Premier League?

Thanks to the Daily Telegraph you can.

The paper has compiled which players have had the most knocks since 2010. Top of the list is a Manchester United player. 

BreakingClean sweep for Britain

IPC Athletics World Championships

Elizabeth Hudson

BBC Sport at IPC Athletics Championships, Doha

Hannah Cockroft
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Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft led home a British 1-2-3 to win gold in the T34 800m in Doha.

Cockroft, 23, beat team-mate Mel Nicholls into second with 14-year-old debutant Kare Adenegan third.

It was the first clean sweep of the championships and gives Britain a ninth gold of the meeting.

Earlier, Richard Whitehead equalled the 24.10 world record he set in the heats to retain his T42 200m crown.

Test of knowledge


Earlier on, we asked you...

Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Chelsea have lost all 5 of their penalty shootouts under Mourinho, which 5 teams have beaten them?

The answer? Charlton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Stoke.

Poyet to complete AEK move?

Football gossip

Gus Poyet
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The Chronicle are reporting that former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has arrived in Greece to finalise a deal to take over at AEK Athens.

Rush extends Derby stay


BREAKING: #DCFC's President & CEO has penned a new five-year deal to remain with the Rams:

BREAKING: #DCFC's President & CEO has penned a new five-year deal to remain with the Rams:

Just to confirm, this is not a footballer...

Paying the price


BBC Surrey

National League club Woking have made their entire playing squad available for loan.

Manager Garry Hill informed his players of the decision following Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying-round 3-0 defeat by Maidenhead United.

"Garry addressed all of the players and told them exactly where they stand," chairman Mike Smith told BBC Surrey. 

How long will Mourinho be Chelsea manager?


Jose Mourinho
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As you can see, the vote is now closed, with a 37% of you choosing “Let’s see where they are by 30 November.”

A further 27% opted for “As long as he wants, he’s Jose Mourinho”, 18% went for “He’s got one more game”, 12% picked “Days, the man’s lost it” and 5% selected “Until his next post-match rant.”

Higgins cruises to victory


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John Higgins has reached the quarter-finals of the International Championship with a one-sided 6-0 win over Shaun Murphy in Daqing.

Murphy, seeded sixth, failed to get a point on the board in three frames, with 10th seed Higgins putting together a stylish break of 138 to take the fifth.

Fifth seed Neil Robertson was almost as convincing in his victory over Graeme Dott, easing to a 6-1 success. 

Get Involved


What is your team's Achilles heel?

Sheik Omar Wonder: Nigeria always losing to Argentina by a margin of one goal at World Cups, senior and underage competitions. 

Ian Danton: As a Villa fan, Randy Lerner.

Beth: Bournemouth playing a system which doesn't seem to work in the Premier League.

Pothas nets new role


Former Hampshire wicket keeper Nic Pothas has been named Leicestershire's new Academy Director