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Summary

  1. Premier League news conferences
  2. Puel rules Mahrez out of Manchester City game
  3. Wenger to make decision on Cech fitness on Friday
  4. Jimmy Armfield funeral takes place

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    That's it from the Football latest for Thursday.

    Friday will see more Premier League news conferences and we will bring you all the latest from those.

    Until then, have a good evening.

  2. Mangala's debut performance

    Everton v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Everton

    Finally, Allardyce has some sympathy for Eliaquim Mangala after the former Manchester City man endured a difficult debut against Arsenal.

    "You can only make an impact if other players are playing to their capabilities and they weren’t," he says.

    "There wasn’t anything wrong with his performance in the second half. Only I would know that because it’s my job to study the game. It’s a very hard result to accept but the whole performance wasn’t what we were looking for. It’s a blip that we have to get over quickly.

    "We’ve gained more points from behind than most teams in the Premier League. We usually get a goal and come back and we’re not going to forget that on one isolated incident."

    Eliaquim Mangala
  3. Allardyce news conference

    Everton v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Everton

    Allardyce on Crystal Palace: "They won't make it easy for us. It is more or less the same players I had when I was there.

    "They have some good strengths in the side but at Goodison it is about us playing to our best and we did that against Leicester. Yes, we have to be concerned about Palace's front three but you have to play your best.

    "They have been good and resilient and hats off to Roy [Hodgson] for what he has done."

  4. Allardyce news conference

    Everton v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Finally, Everton manager Sam Allardyce and it is good news on the injury front.

    "The injury situation is definitely the best since I've been here. Leighton Baines is running and we would expect by Watford he will be clear of the injuries. James McCarthy is out long term but there are less than a handfu of others out."

    Allardyce's side were beaten heavily last time out against Arsenal and he knows they have to recover from that.

    "The lads have accepted we were not able to compete but in reality an Arsenal team as good as that punishes a lot of team on their own soil and we found that difficult to cope with in the first half.

    "There was a spirited recovery in the second half but it was one we have to react to in the right way. Our away form has to improve - that's not just since I've arrived."

  5. Chelsea player Miazga fined by Vitesse Arnhem

    Chelsea's Matt Miazga has been fined by Vitesse Arnhem, where he plays on loan, for squeezing the private parts of Heerenveen's Denzel Dumfries.

    The 22-year-old centre-back committed the act during January's 1-1 draw.

    Matt Miazga
  6. Carvalhal news conference

    Swansea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Swansea City

    Carvalhal is asked whether he is bringing the fun back to the club.

    "I don't work in the circus. I am not a clown," he laughs. "But you must show your personality to adapt to the situation.

    "The manager must have different faces for different situations."

    Carlos Carvalhal
  7. Carvalhal in a happy mood

    Swansea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    It is a buoyant Carlos Carvalhal who faces the media after his side's 8-1 FA Cup win over Notts County on Tuesday.

    "The most important thing was to reach the next round - the eight goals was a bonus," he says. "The things we have been working on appeared in that game

    "We are making less mistakes than three weeks ago so we are progressing."

  8. Carvalhal keeps journalists fed

    Swansea v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal knows that a sure-fire way of keeping journalists happy is to keep them fed!

    Some users may need to click the tweet to read it in full.

  9. More on Mahrez

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

    Leicester City

    More from Puel on Mahrez: "I think Riyad is not available for Saturday's game. I hope Riyad can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is for him to come back and enjoy his football.

    "He is a magnificent player and he enjoys his football. He loves his team-mates, and that's important. He loves to touch the football but he needs to come back right. I hope he can come back with a good attitude and prepared to work, but he will need time, and time to be match-fit.

    "It's important this remains inside the club and private, not in the public. The most important thing for me is to keep Riyad and the club and the fans united and in a good way about this. It is important to keep a good feeling together through these difficulties."

  10. Mahrez latest

    The latest on the Riyad Mahrez situation from BBC Leicester Sport.

    Users may need to click on the tweet to read more.

  11. Chris Hughton news conference

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Finally for now from Hughton: "I knew I wanted to bring in further options in the attacking areas and I knew it would give me a selection headache. It's a nice problem for me to have now.

    "Stoke will still be a threat from set-plays - they're still a big side. We've improved our record at defending set-pieces recently and we hope that continues."

  12. Chris Hughton news conference

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Hughton adds that Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak are both out for Saturday's game but he hopes his side can still carry on their recent good run of form.

    "It's been a good week between the cup win and Saturday's victory," he says. "We're on the back of a second half that was one of our best attacking periods so far this season.

    "It's such a tight and competitive league and the sides who hold their nerve will be the ones who win games and do enough - we have to keep doing that and we know we have to keep winning."

  13. Chris Hughton news conference

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Next up, Brighton manager Chris Hughton who confirms that frontman Jurgen Locadia will be in the squad for this weekend's game with Stoke.

    "He's had a good week and a half of training," says Hughton. "Some players can fit straight back into a side after being out and some can't - the most important thing for us is he's now fit and available.

    "It's great to have him in the squad. We accepted we took him injured but we brought him in because he'll give us an offensive threat and he has a good record of scoring goals."

    Chris Hughton
  14. Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    And finally, Pochettino on Saturday's opponents, who have won their last nine matches at Wembley, but may be without goalkeeper Petr Cech this time.

    "Arsenal will be tough to play, they have good quality, talented players and are one of the best teams in the league,” he says.

    "I cannot say if they look stronger or not than they were since their new signings.

    "We are focused on us. I don’t care. They play with 11 we play with 11. The derby is special for everyone and Wembley is starting to feel good."

    Mauricio Pochettino
  15. Pochettino worried about Spotland pitch

    Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    But Pochettino is more concerned about the pitch at Spotland which will host their fifth round FA Cup tie against Rochdale.

    “We are going to struggle. Not only us but them too," he says. "The FA need to assess the pitch and make a decision if its good for the FA Cup. It’s not a pitch in a condition to play football.

    "It’s about to providing a safe place to play for the player. It’s a big risk to play on a pitch like this.

    "If its like the picture I have seen then we cannot play football. That is my point of view. Not because we are Tottenham, Rochdale cannot play too. The FA Cup need to go in and make a decision for football.”

    Spotland
  16. Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    After Arsene Wenger claimed English players are becoming "masters" of diving, Tottanham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has had his say in his briefing ahead of the north London derby.

    When asked if English fans are sensitive to diving, he responded: "I am honest always. In 2002 my vision about English football. I didn’t touch Michael Owen and he dived.

    "Today we are so sensitive. I like to treat the sense of football. Football for me is being creative. To try to not cheat but trick the opponent in a good way.

    "Let's not be focused on one country. I love the diversity. you can find it in England or Spain a different type of player."

    Mauricio Pochettino
  17. Lambert impressed with Badou Ndiaye debut

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    And finally from Lambert, praise for one of his new recruits: "Badou Ndiaye was excellent on his debut last weekend. For a lad who had only come in on the Friday and not really knowing his teammates, he was first class.

    "There are a really good group to work with and they perhaps just needed something different. I'm pretty sure that they are up for the fight and I think our performances have shown that."

    Badou Ndiaye
  18. Paul Lambert news conference

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    With Stoke in the relegation zone, Lambert knows it is going to be a tough couple of months for his side.

    "I said when I arrived we had 15 cup finals and Saturday is no different. We know it will be a difficult against Brighton who have a good manager, but if we can reproduce what we have recently then it will stand us in good stead to pick up a positive result.

    "Since I arrived the supporters have been fantastic and really been behind us. Hopefully on Saturday we will give them something to cheer about."

  19. Paul Lambert news conference

    Stoke v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    Next up, Paul Lambert has been speaking to the media ahead of Stoke's Premier League clash against Brighton on Saturday.

    "We don't seem too bad at the minute in terms of injuries. Jese will be back in the squad. He played in the U23s match on Monday and will come back into contention," he says.

    "We are in a good place at the minute in terms of how we are playing. We just need to go out and pick up some wins.

    "I have no problem with the way we play the game and last weekend we produced some of the best stuff since I came in. We need to reproduce that and results will follow."

    Paul Lambert
  20. Hodgson news conference

    Everton v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    More from Hodgson: "The ability to win two games in a row is vital. Wins are hard to find if you're not one of the top teams and finding them back to back is even harder. Two wins can lift you considerably.

    "To pick up 27 points from those 19 games is a testament to how hard we've worked. We need to keep up that points tally in the final 12 games."

    And on Saturday's opponents who were beaten by Arsenal last time out: "When Arsenal play their best football, they take a bit of stopping. We were recipients of a 4-1 defeat there ourselves. Saturday will be a tighter game between two teams closer together.

    "I can't remember a Premier League relegation battle like this. This year there doesn't seem to be a real middle of the table."

    That's it from Hodgson.