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Summary

  1. 11 Premier League managers to face the media on Friday afternoon
  2. Manchester United's Bailly set to miss three months with ankle injury
  3. Mignolet and Lallana in contention to return for Liverpool - Klopp
  4. 'I wouldn't be able to get into this team' - Guardiola
  5. Wilshere contract talks to begin at end of month - Wenger

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    That is that for the Premier League pre-match news conferences.

    It wasn't box office to be fair - maybe we it needed a quieter week following the fallout of 'Milkgate'.

    Join us for Premier League live text coverage on Saturday - it promises to be yet another fascinating weekend.

  2. 'The players have started to gain belief'

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

    West Ham United

    West Ham manager David Moyes

    Hammers boss David Moyes is in a more buoyant mood after his side's draw and win the last two games.

    Here's the Scot looking ahead to Saturday's match at the Potters:

    "I've definitely felt an uplift around the place. We've still got to win a lot more games and climb the table. We can pat ourselves on the back, but we've got a long way to go.

    "The players have started to gain belief and have started to do good things. We want to play much better, but we are taking small steps."

    On team news: "We've got a couple of doubts and a couple coming back."

    On possible activity during the January window: "I hope the January window is busy. It's not the easiest month but I'd like to add to the squad if I can. I would like people who could go straight into the team, if possible."

    On Stoke: "Stoke has always been a tough place to play. Mark has done a great job over many years. They've got some really good senior players. We also know they have ability in attacking areas."

  3. 'We need to start winning games'

    West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    West Bromwich Albion

    More from Alan Pardew: “Before the game would I take a point against Manchester United? I probably would, but it all depends on the context of the game.

    "There’s a pressure for us to start winning games and it if that comes on Sunday against Manchester United, then all well and good."

  4. 'We've shown ambition'

    West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom manager Alan Pardew wants his side to build on their midweek draw against Liverpool when they host Manchester United.

    “It was a great point at Anfield," he says. "We had two or three chances to win it too. Not many teams will keep a clean sheet against Liverpool.”

    “We’ve shown ambition. It’s not like we’ve parked the bus. We’ve tried to get at teams and I think we did a good job of that at Liverpool.

    We can take encouragement from that going into Sunday's game.”

    Alan Pardew
  5. 'Palace have improved'

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

    Leicester City

    Claude Puel

    Foxes boss Claude Puel has seen his side win their last four matches. Here, the Frenchman looks ahead to the home match against struggling Palace.

    "We must not be too satisfied about this game [against Southampton]. A good result, good play, but important to continue this work.

    "We started a busy period. It was a good challenge to see the possibilities and performance of other players. We cannot play every game with the same players.

    "I think this team [Crystal Palace] have come back with quality and good results. They’ve improved, and have good players in all positions."

  6. Jose knew it would be tough

    West Brom v Man Utd (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    After the Football Association asked Jose Mourinho for clarification on some comments he made in last week's press conference, he made doubly sure he avoided any external controversy today.

    His major theme was the tough task he was inheriting when he succeeded Louis van Gaal as manager.

    He likened it to Real Madrid in the sense of taking over a club that had a great history but not won a great deal recently.

    "Had that experience before. Go to clubs with huge history, where people look to this history and not the moment."

    One for United to ponder in their present position of second, 11 points behind Manchester City.

  7. The best team in Europe

    Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium and the runaway Premier League leaders: We are going to play the best team in Europe who are in the best form. it is a massive challenge and you want this sort of challenge

    "We are going to play in the way we believe we are going to win."

    Pochettino
  8. 'I don't like January market just to buy'

    West Brom v Man Utd (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho

    Mourinho on Marouane Fellaini's contract - the Belgian's deal expires in the summer:

    "Nothing to say in relation to that."

    On the January window:

    "Not a big defender of the January market. There are players and situations you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose them. I don't like January market just to buy."

    On continuing reports linking Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann with a move to Old Trafford:

    "I don't speak about players, especially players from other clubs."

  9. 'This job is difficult'

    West Brom v Man Utd (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    And here's more from Mourinho.

    You would have been top with this points tally in four of last 10 seasons?

    "We are second. Could be first in other seasons with these points, yes. But we are second. That is where we are. One match at a time. Let's see how many points and where we are at the end of the season."

    You signed a three year contract. Did you think it would take that long to do what you wanted?

    "No. Signed three year contract because it was the time we decided with the owner and the board. I knew it was not going to be an easy job. Had that experience before. Go to clubs with huge history, where people look to this history and not the moment. Lot of expectation. The job is difficult. I have had that experience before. Nothing new for me."

    Is it like your time at Real Madrid?

    "I went to Real Madrid. We were in a difficult moment. We had not had title for many years, no cup for many years, not even a Champions League quarter-final for many years. It was hard but was good for my development as a manager."

  10. 'The match against West Brom will be difficult'

    West Brom v Man Utd (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Here's Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looking ahead to Sunday's clash at Alan Pardew's Baggies.

    Are West Brom better now?

    "So many points with Tony Pulis in the big matches. They have a very good squad. They have experienced, physical players that have adapted to the Premier League, with know how. Squad good. Stadium enthusiastic. Match is difficult.

    Should they have sacked Pulis?

    "Ask the owners. They decided."

  11. 'We have to stay united'

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    More from Rafa Benitez: "We have to stay united. I use those words all the time and so do our fans. We have to be united if we want to go through this and start winning games.

    "With the players we have, the people we have, we stay calm and keep working harder and better. That is the only way.

    "I’m not happy with the run we are on at the moment. We are still talking about a long race. We have to go back to the pace that we had before. We don’t give up, we carry on."

    Rafa Benitez
  12. 'Renato's confidence is low'

    Everton v Swansea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Swansea City

    Renato Sanches

    Paul Clement has been speaking about midfielder Renato Sanches - on loan from Bayern Munich - who has not been in the last two matchday squads. It has been reported he is set to leave his loan spell at Swansea early.

    "I haven't had any communication with Bayern Munich regarding Renato Sanches' current situation," said Clement.

    "Contractually I believe he has signed for the rest of the season.

    "Renato is a very good player and I believe he can make a contribution for us but he needs to play up to his potential.

    "Renato's confidence was low when he came here and it still is."

  13. Puzzling times for Benitez

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on his side's bad run of form including narrow losses to Leicester and Everton: “These last two games, you have to be disappointed when you are so close, doing things right and have 52,000 fans behind you.

    The main things is to analyse what is going on and find solutions.”

    “It’s very clear that when you are in a bad run, you doubt what you are doing. We change approach but sometimes it isn’t enough.

    "You have to be sure that you take your chances, get a bit of luck and improve what you haven’t been doing well.”

    rafa Benitez
  14. Guardiola looks to bolster defence

    Man City v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

    The smallest of suggestions from Guardiola that City might to add to their backline soon - admittedly, he wanted to do that in the summer.

    "We speak about (January signings) with the club and Txiki Begiristain (the club's director of football)," he said. "We have just three guys in central defence. We don’t want to sign someone for a few months. We want to sign them for years and we have to make sure it’s the right guy."

  15. Bad news for Bailly

    West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 14:15 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho on MUTV on Eric Bailly's injury: “He goes to surgery, the decision is made. I don’t say [he’s out] for the rest of the season but it’s for the next two or three months.”

  16. Guardiola: 'I wouldn't be able to get into this team'

    Man City v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    City boss Pep Guardiola on opponents Spurs:

    "Spurs are a top team. It doesn’t matter where they are now, for me they are still a top team. The results are the results. I see what they do - not their position. I have a lot of respect for Tottenham and what they do. The basis on the England team is from Tottenham.

    "They are a very, very good team. I like to watch them play."

    On Vincent Kompany and John Stones' fitness:

    "He is much better. He has a little problem. I don’t know if tomorrow he will be fit but hopefully in the next days he will be ready. I think he’s at week four and the doctor said between four and six. He will be ready in one or two weeks."

    Would you be able to get into this team?

    "No. Fernandinho is much better."

  17. The club has the last word on transfers - Conte

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Antonio Conte on the January transfer window: "It is right to have a meeting with the club about the transfer market in general, but as you know I stay here to work.

    "I am a coach and for the transfer market there is the club and you need to ask the club. I can give my opinion but the last word is of the club and I need to respect every decision of the club."

  18. 'We are not going to win the Premier League tomorrow'

    Man City v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola

    Here's Man City boss Pep Guardiola - no talk about milk today.

    "Tomorrow is an important game. Spurs are to tough. Last season and this season. Nothing is going to change - we are not going to win the Premier League tomorrow, we are not going to lose it either.

    "It's important to play better, that is the most important thing. The record will always stay there until one day it is broken. I am happy not with the results but the way we play Statistics are good but i have the feeling we can be much, much better."

  19. We need the right solution - Conte

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Antonio Conte: "We need to show respect and find the right solution to contend for the title and to try and fight Manchester City - not only us but Manchester United, Liverpool as well.

    "Time is moving on. It won't be easy tomorrow playing a side after a bad defeat."

  20. Three in a row for Pep

    Manchester City v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola has become the second person, after Antonio Conte, to win the Premier League manager of the month prize three months in a row.

    It is a recognition of Manchester City's incredible run that has seen them win a record 15 league games in a row.

    Tottenham are the next team to try and stop them. Mauricio Pochettino's men have a win and a draw from their last two visits to the Etihad Stadium.

    Spurs did get hammered 4-1 and 6-0 on their previous two visits.