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By Tom Rostance

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  1. 'A rare moment of Arsenal joy'

    Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

    Simon Brotherton

    Match of the Day commentator

    Arsene Wenger

     I love that picture of Arsene Wenger celebrating at the weekend as his team beat Manchester City at Wembley - an intense release of joy and relief and a rare moment for him to truly enjoy in a turbulent campaign.

    Wenger's reorganised defensive strategy seems to be working and a rejuvenated Arsenal will be put to the test both here and in the North London derby at the weekend.

    Leicester haven't won any of the last 20 league meetings against the Gunners but have won five of the last seven league matches under Craig Shakespeare, and are more than capable of making a game of this encounter.

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    So much to talk about in the world of football tonight, and here's the place to do it.

    Can Spurs still win the league? Can Arsenal still finish in a Champions League berth?

    Will either of Middlesbrough or Sunderland stay up? Are they both goners? Who will manage them both next season?

    Are we at all surprised to see Sam Allardyce up to his old tricks with Palace?


    Whatever's on your chest, you can unburden yourselves to us.

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  3. Tribute to Ehiogu

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    The Middlesbrough programme this evening stars Ugo Ehiogu on the cover.

    The former Boro centre-half died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre last Thursday.  

    View more on twitter

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    Video caption: Ugo Ehiogu: Football world remembers 'inspirational' player
  4. BreakingTeam news

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Middlesbrough need goals and so recall Cristhian Stuani, while Adam Forshaw also starts.

    It it is broke, don't fix it. David Moyes names an unchanged Sunderland XI. 

  5. Today's big news

    Barton banned for betting

    Joey Barton

    I'm sure you haven't missed it, but if you have, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been banned from football for 18 months after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting.

    The 34-year-old has been fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct after being charged with breaking FA rules for placing 1,260 bets on matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

    Barton said he is addicted to gambling.

    He plans to appeal against the length of the suspension, calling it "excessive".

    "I have provided the FA with a medical report about my problem - I'm disappointed it wasn't taken into proper consideration," he said.

  6. BreakingTeam news

    Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

    There are four changes for Arsenal as Kieran Gibbs, Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott all return. It remains 3-4-3.

    Leicester are without Wes Morgan but do have Robert Huth back.

  7. Elsewhere in Europe...

    Barcelona 1-0 Osasuna

    If a midweek jaunt over to Europe is more your thing then we've got just the ticket.

    Barcelona! Real Madrid! Bayern Munich! Borussia Dortmund! Paris St-Germain! Monaco!

    All going off.

    It is a busy night on the continent with key games and the big names in the Spanish title race, German Cup and French Cup.

    Follow all the action here. Messi has already scored...

    European football
    Image caption: (We can't promise it will be as exciting as El Clasico...)
  8. Bad day for Moyes (already)

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)


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    Video caption: David Moyes 'deeply regrets' slap remark comments

    Sunderland manager David Moyes has been charged by the Football Association after telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks she might "get a slap".

    Moyes was caught on camera making the remarks after his team's draw against Burnley in the Premier League in March.

    The 54-year-old has expressed "deep regret" for his response.

    It came after an interview in which he was asked by Sparks if the presence of Sunderland's owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

    He said "no" but, after the interview, added that Sparks "might get a slap even though you're a woman" and that she should be "careful" next time she visited.

  9. 'A massive disappointment'

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

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    Video caption: Tees-Wear derby win 'can be start' of survival

    Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew feels his side's recent form has been a "massive disappointment" while Sunderland manager David Moyes believes a win would be the "first part" of survival in the Premier League.  

  10. Tonight's action

    The top and bottom of it

    Spurs have to win to stay in the title race, Sunderland and Boro both have to win (impossible of course) and Arsenal need the points to try and forlornly stay in the hunt for the top four.

    Arsenal v Leicester (19:45 BST)

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham (20:00 BST)

  11. It can be done...

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Two years ago Leicester were in the relegation zone after 32 games - the same amount that Sunderland have played now - but stayed up, won the league and then reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

    NIgel Pearson

    I'm not suggesting that David Moyes will be a title-winner this time next year, but, you know, stranger things have happened.


    David MOyes
  12. The end of the road?

    Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Neither Middlesbrough or Sunderland can quite be relegated tonight - but whoever loses will have one foot in the trapdoor.

    It's been a dire season for both clubs.

    Adam Clayton

    Boro have scored just 23 goals all season; Sunderland 26.

    Boro have played out seven goalless draws while Sunderland have been losing for nearly 19 hours in games.

    It looks like they are both going down.

    But you never know...

    Darron Gibson