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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that is the end of this live page. Thanks for joining us. There will be a live page for tonight's football at about 18:45 GMT.

    Until next time, bye for now.

  2. BBC coverage

    Bristol City v Manchester United (20:00 GMT)

    A reminder, there will be live commentary of the Bristol City v Manchester United match on BBC Radio 5 live, with kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

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  3. Match stats

    Bristol City v Manchester United (20:00 GMT)

    And some stats before Bristol City play Manchester United.

    • This will be the first meeting between these sides in the competition, and first since a top-flight clash in February 1980, which Manchester United won 4-0.
    • Bristol City are the first side from a lower division to eliminate three top-flight clubs in a single EFL Cup campaign since Bradford City in 2012-13.
    • The Robins have won both of their previous EFL Cup quarter-final ties.
    • The Red Devils have reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup in seven of the last 10 campaigns.
    • Manchester United have been knocked out in three of their last six EFL Cup ties against sides from a lower division.
    • Bristol City are the highest scoring team in this season's EFL Cup, with 14 goals in four games.
    • No manager has won the EFL Cup more often than Jose Mourinho (four).
    • Marcus Rashford (two goals, two assists) and Jesse Lingard (three goals, one assist) have each been involved in 67% of Man Utd's six EFL Cup goals this season.
    Manchester United
  4. Match stats

    Chelsea v Bournemouth (19:45 GMT)

    Some stats for you before Chelsea play Bournemouth tonight.

    • This will be only the second meeting between these sides in the League Cup.
    • Bournemouth have only won one of their last nine meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (lost eight).
    • The Blues have won seven of their last eight home League Cup games, netting 24 goals.
    • Chelsea have been eliminated from three of their previous five League Cup quarter-final ties.
    • The Cherries have not won in 15 away League Cup games against top-flight opponents (drew three, lost 12).
    • This is only Bournemouth's second appearance in the quarter-final of this competition.
    • Michy Batshuayi has scored five goals in his five appearances in the League Cup.
    • Callum Wilson has scored in three of his last four League Cup matches for Bournemouth.
    Chelsea v Bournemouth
  5. Leipzig's Compper completes Celtic switch

    RB Leipzig central defender Marvin Compper at Glasgow Airport

    Celtic have completed the signing of German defender Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    The 32-year-old flew into Scotland on Tuesday and will officially join his new team-mates on 1 January. Compper began his career with Borussia Monchengladbach before five years with 1899 Hoffenheim.

    He joined Leipzig after leaving Fiorentina in 2014 and helped them to promotion two years later. He has made only one start and one substitute appearance for the German Bundesliga outfit this season.

  6. The costly business of watching football

    Football fans will spend an average of £171.37 to watch their team this Christmas, according to a study carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Virgin Media.

    The study took into account ticket, travel and food costs between 26 December and 4 January. The FSF also estimates that the away supporters will travel 360 miles to see their team play in that period.

    "Away fans shouldn't be taken for granted," said Kevin Miles, the FSF'S Chief Executive. "Clubs and sponsors can and should do more to make football as affordable as possible."

    The FSF's findings follow the BBC's Price of Football study, which revealed that 82% of 18- to 24-year-olds (from 1000 respondents) see the cost of tickets as an obstacle to them going to more football matches.

  7. 'Top player and incredible person'

    Tomas Rosicky retires from football

    Yet another tribute to the retiring Tomas Rosicky, this time from Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla.

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  8. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Nick Turner: Not a massive fan basically because Premier League sides don't tend to take it seriously. I'm an Arsenal fan, I see it as a trophy, but being realistic the prize of a Europa League place is somewhere I think we should get from the league anyway. The FA Cup should be a Champions League spot too instead of fourth. Soon we will see everyone playing their strongest sides. I don't see a League Two side beating a premier league side as an upset when it's the under 18's they are playing these days.

    Clem Crozier: It is what it is. It's silverware, and winning silverware of any kind is good. But it's not a very prestigious or highly regarded competition, hence why so many teams put out greatly weakened sides. Not worth much more than a respectable league finish.

  9. 'I looked up to you as a player and a person'

    Tomas Rosicky retires from football

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has filmed a video tribute to former Gunners team-mate Tomas Rosicky, who retired from football earlier today

    Wilshere said: "Good luck in your retirement mate, it was an absolute pleasure to play with you, I looked up to you as a player and a person. You will probably go on to become a manager."

    You can watch the full video below. BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the tweet.

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  10. Hooligan jailed for Sterling race attack

    Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling

    A convicted football hooligan has been jailed for a racist and "unprovoked" attack on Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling.

    Karl Anderson, 29, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated common assault after Sterling was attacked outside City's training ground on Saturday. The court heard Anderson already has 25 convictions for 37 offences, including football-related violence. He has been jailed for 16 weeks and must pay £100 in compensation.

    Anderson, who kicked Sterling four times during the assault, said he "lost his temper" and was sorry for his actions. He abused the City player using racist language, as well as telling Sterling he wanted his mother and child to die.

    In a victim impact statement read out to the court, Sterling, 23, said he "did not think this kind of behaviour happened in this country in this day and age".

    Anderson, of Woodward Street in Manchester, smiled as he was taken from the dock.

  11. 'We go there to perform'

    Arsenal v Liverpool (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


    Liverpool have only conceded four goals in their past nine Premier League games, but Jurgen Klopp still wants his defence to improve.

    He says: "We knew we could do better, we haven't changed a lot but the boys are now much more aware of diagonal protection. We are a team who is very offensive-orientated but that does not mean we have to give any space away.

    "The boys have done well in different systems, but even against Bournemouth when Jermain Defoe hit the post it was not good defending. So there are always things to work on, the numbers are important, four in the last nine is good, but we have to be prepared for a different challenge against Arsenal.

    "Arsenal can create chances and they have a strong side and a lot of good, good footballers on the pitch. We have to defend them in the best way we can. If there are any gaps we have to use them. I don't know if there will be a lot of goals, but we go there to perform."

    Image caption: Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield back in August
  12. 'Very good news that he is back'

    Arsenal v Liverpool (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


    Another England midfielder, Adam Lallana, made only his second substitute appearance of the season when he came on in the second half of the 4-0 win versus Bournemouth on Sunday.

    "He needs to collect minutes, he is not ready for three games, 90 minutes in a row, but hopefully we can build up his match fitness step by step," said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

    "Even in a few minutes of him being on the pitch, everyone could see what a good player he is. It is very good news for us that he is back."

    Adam Lallana
  13. Klopp wants more goals from Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Arsenal v Liverpool (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp is asked about England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could play against his former side Arsenal on Friday.

    Klopp says: "If you are a big signing, everyone expects you on the pitch immediately and you have to perform immediately, but it is difficult. I was happy with him from the first day about his involvement, and attitude and since then he has become more and more a Liverpool player.

    "He is really fit and looks in really good shape. He has played in different positions, the biggest potential he has is to being involved in goalscoring situations more, he has it in himself, but he was not asked too much of this in the past (at Arsenal).

    "Here, if he is on the pitch he needs to be involved in those situations. It is good, but I see a lot of space for improvement. He is a good lad, I'm really happy to have him around."

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  14. Post update

    Arsenal v Liverpool (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp says that Joel Matip is back in training, but won't play against Arsenal while Daniel Sturridge has "been a little bit ill, but even he could be back".

  15. Get Involved

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Cynical Author: For all those people saying that the big clubs don't take the EFL cup seriously. The last 4 winners. Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United. So, yeah, there's that.

    jawnofthedead: I just think the league cup or #CarabaoCup should be made into a British cup rather than just England to make it a bit more interesting.

    Manchester City
  16. Post update

    A news conference on a Wednesday?

    That's because Arsenal take on Liverpool on Friday night. As a result we will get to hear from Jurgen Klopp sometime in the next half hour (hopefully).

  17. Happy birthday, Everton FC

    On this day, 138 years ago, Everton Football Club played their first ever game.

    It was a good start as well, a 6-0 win over St Peter's in fact, as the Everton players had to adopt a Sunday League-approach of carrying the goalposts, and marking out the lines.

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  18. Oldham's trip to Plymouth 'ridiculous'

    Richie Wellens has won nine of his 17 games in charge of Oldham Athletic

    No-one likes having to go on a long journey just before Christmas. So, it is no wonder that Oldham boss Richie Wellens is not too impressed at the 600-mile round trip they face when they play away at Plymouth two days before Christmas.

    "We're away from home and we want as many of our fans there as possible," Wellens told BBC Radio Manchester. "Unfortunately some won't make it because of the time of year, the cost and the distance they have to travel."

    "It's ridiculous, at Christmas people will be having to finish work on Friday and they want to go and watch their local football team play."

    Wellens says his side will train on Saturday morning before taking a short flight to Exeter from Manchester Airport.

    "It is a 40-minute journey, which is obviously nowhere near as bad as what it would have been if we had to drive down the day before," he added. "We'll drive back after the game because there's no flights home and then we'll just try and prepare after that as best as we can for Fleetwood."

  19. New look for Mbappe

    Over on Instagram, Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe has revealed a new look.

    Kylian Mbappe
  20. 'A fantastic and caring team-mate'

    Tomas Rosicky retires from football

    Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker has become the latest player to pay his tribute to former Gunner Tomas Rosicky, who announced his retirement from football earlier today.

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