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Summary

  1. Premier League press conferences including Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City & Man Utd
  2. Champions League semi-finals: Liverpool v Roma, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
  3. Europa League semi-finals: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid, Marseille v RB Salzburg

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley and Andrew Mullen

All times stated are UK

That's all folks. It's been a busy day at home and abroad. Thanks for your company. Until next time.

Champions League semi-finals: Liverpool v Roma, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

Video assistant referee: Premier League clubs vote against VAR for 2018-19

Liverpool & Arsenal learn European fate

Liverpool v Roma & Arsenal v Atletico Madrid

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Liverpool will play Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, with Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid.

The Reds, who beat Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the last round, will host Roma on Tuesday, 24 April with the return leg on Wednesday, 2 May.

Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, while Red Bull Salzburg meet Marseille.

The Gunners will play the first leg at home on Thursday, 26 April, with the second leg a week later on 3 May.

The Europa League final will be in Lyon, France on Wednesday, 16 May, with the winner guaranteed a place in next season's Champions League.

The Champions League final will be held in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, 26 May.

Read the full story here.

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Barkley available for Chelsea

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Ross Barkley is available for Chelsea at Southampton after recovering from injury.

His availability means that David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu, owing to respective long-term knee and ankle injuries, are their only absentees.

Gary Cahill is also expected to retain his place, having come in for Andreas Christensen for last week's 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Cahill, Christensen, Rudiger, Emerson, Zappacosta, Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata.

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William Tomaney: The clubs voting against VAR means there can therefore be absolutely no complaining from any manager or player about any single refereeing decision next season. They have voted not to help the referees out, so should accept every decision they make.

De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah? BBC pundits' verdict

PFA Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah
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The six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award will be revealed on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday.

Voting is over, but who should be on the list, and who will follow Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante by taking the top prize?

It appears there are only two contenders...

Some 17 BBC football pundits - Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Rachel Brown-Finnis, Matthew Upson, Leon Osman, Mark Schwarzer, Mark Lawrenson, Danny Mills, Chris Sutton, Kevin Kilbane, Chris Waddle, Alex Scott, Pat Nevin, Dion Dublin and Joleon Lescott have chosen their six outstanding performers of 2017-18.

Read the verdict here.

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'It's great to have competition for places'

West Ham United v Stoke City (Saturday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

West Ham manager David Moyes on will Javier Hernandez start on Monday after his goal at Chelsea and partner Marko Arnautovic: "It's great to have competition for places, options and choices - which we haven't had - so we'll make a decision and decide if it's a game for one for both or just one of them."

On will Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and James Collins feature on Monday: "Andy's in training. He's not played for 11 weeks. We'll monitor him and see how he is.

"Manu Lanzini and James Collins have also been out, but getting Andy back will be a big plus for us because we all know what he can do. Is he going to be ready? I'm not sure.

"Manu and James have both done some training today. I'm hoping there is a good chance they'll be involved on Monday."

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'We need two more wins'

West Ham United v Stoke City (Saturday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

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West Ham manager David Moyes: "We want to get 10 wins. We've got eight, so we need two more.

"The magic number is 40 points. We don't have enough, but the performances we've put in the last two games have given everyone a real lift.

"If we can keep the form going. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't aim to go unbeaten until the end of the season. That should get us enough points to stay up.

"It's a similar game to Southampton in what it means to both clubs. If the crowd help us rise to the same level, hopefully we can get the win again."

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Thomas James: Jose Mourinho on West Brom saying its a 'big challenge'. Too many niceties in modern football. Be nice for managers to take a leaf from boxing and simply say it how it is. Say that we are overwhelming favourites and aim to win 5-0 or so.

'It is an important match and we need to find a good start'

Burnley v Leicester (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Leicester manger Claude Puel: “Vicente Iborra has a hamstring injury. I don’t think he will be available for the rest of the season.

“Burnley are team that improve a lot every year. They have found a good maturity in their play and a good consistency.

“It is an important match and we have to play with the right attitude. We need to find a good start in our game.”

Premier League clubs vote against VAR for 2018-19

Premier League clubs have voted not to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system for next season.

The clubs agreed that advanced testing on the use of the video technology will continue to the end of 2018-19.

Premier League officials want the system to be implemented for FA Cup and League Cup matches again next term.

There were some notable high-profile problems with the new technology when it was used for matches in this season's FA Cup.

In Manchester United's victory at Huddersfield in the last 16 of the FA Cup, for example, on-screen lines used to adjudicate on an offside decision were curved and distorted.

Clubs also want improvement to communication inside the stadium and for TV viewers.

Read the full report here.

Mata's goal is ruled out via VAR at Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round

'I have confidence that we can beat them'

Newcastle United v Arsenal (Sunday 13:30 BST)

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “The reality is that Arsenal is one of the top sides in English football. Very good players, very good manager with great experience. If I say they are favourites, I am not playing games. I have confidence that we can beat them.

“We have to approach the game in the same way as we have the last games. The same intensity - from the first minute to the last minute.

“Everybody has been training, so it’s good news. It’s always important to have competition, but then you have to leave some players out of the squad.

“I don’t want the fans to relax. I want them to keep pushing and supporting like they have all season and enjoy it. The relationship between players and fans has been key. The team is stronger. They can play better.”

“We are winning, everyone is fit and sometimes you don’t need to change. The players are working hard. At the moment, they are fine. It was a really good training session today. I’m really pleased with the players.

“Forty points is the mark. We are closer than before, but still, two points will be the key and the mark we are aiming for. If any players has any doubt, I will put another player on the pitch.”

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Huddersfield's Hogg fit to face Watford

Huddersfield Town v Watford (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield midfielder Jonathan Hogg is available for Saturday's home game against former club Watford.

Hogg limped out of last week's draw at the Amex Stadium after Davy Propper's tackle, which earned the Brighton midfielder a straight red card, but returned to full training on Wednesday.

Boss David Wagner has no new injury or suspension worries as the Terriers chase their first win in six, while Elias Kachunga, Danny Williams (both ankle) and Michael Hefele (knee) are still out.

Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Van La Parra, Quaner, Pritchard, Ince, Depoitre, Mounie, Coleman, Smith, Malone, Lowe.

'I don't feel they need the points more than us'

Huddersfield Town v Watford (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Watford

Watford manager Javi Gracia: "The next game against Huddersfield is a very important match for us - and for them. I don't feel they need the points more than us.

"Never mind the situations they are in, I prefer to prepare the next game as I usually do, and do it always in the best way we can.

"I am confident we will be able to score and get points in the next game.

"The situation would be more difficult if we don't create chances, but my feeling is that we create - even in away games - and we must try to score and do better each time.

"I prefer to think positively because we create chances to score."

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Palace waiting on Benteke and Sorloth

Crystal Palace v Brighton (Saturday 15:00)

Crystal Palace

Strikers Christian Benteke and Alexander Sorloth face late fitness tests before Crystal Palace host Brighton.

They have returned to contention following respective groin and hamstring injuries, but while Jeffrey Schlupp is nearing a first-team return following an ankle injury, the Brighton fixture will come too soon.

Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako and Connor Wickham remain long-term absentees.

Provisional squad: Hennessey, Cavalieri, Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Sakho, Kelly, Delaney, Jach, Riedewald, Van Aanholt, Souare, Townsend, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Loftus-Cheek, McArthur, Rakip, Lee, Zaha, Benteke, Sorloth.

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If Liverpool concentrate on the Champions League and slip up in the Premier League allowing Chelsea to nick fourth, then Liverpool win the Champions League and Arsenal win the Europa League does that mean we have six teams in the Champions League next year?

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Mourinho surprised by West Brom's predicament

Manchester United v West Brom (Sunday 16:00 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on being surprised West Brom are in the relegation zone: "I am surprised, the quality the experience of many of the players, the stability of past years is a surprise for me they find themselves I this position.

On the challenge facing West Brom: "Big challenge because they know in football anything is possible until mathematically is possible. They still smell a chance but every match if they don’t get points are closer to relegation, but in our case we come from a big result and during the week was trying to fight that result by working hard and trying to make players understand not enough to deserve to finish second, need the points to finish second – need four points for fourth, for second more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do these three."

Mourinho happy with attacking options

Manchester United v West Brom (Sunday 16:00 BST)

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he does not need another striker to offer more competition to 26-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku up front next season.

Also when asked about Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, the Reds manager says there is nothing he can do to keep players happy, and someone has to miss out starting every week.

Everyone other than goalkeeper Sergio Romero is fit for this weekend's game.

Sturridge ‘could return for Moore's Baggies

Manchester United v West Brom (Sunday 16:00 BST)

West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom temporary boss Darren Moore has said striker Daniel Sturridge ‘could’ be in his squad for Sunday’s game at Manchester United.

Sturridge joined West Brom on loan from Liverpool in January.

However, the England forward has made just three appearances totalling 80 minutes since he moved to the Hawthorns.

His last appearance came against Chelsea on 12 February when he suffered a hamstring injury after four minutes.

Moore said Sturridge returned to training this week.

"Nacer Chadli and Sam Field are back in training. Sturridge is back in training too which is excellent for us. All three are quality players. They could all be part of the squad," said Moore.

West Brom are bottom of the table, 10 points adrift of safety.

They will be relegated this weekend if they lose and Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Swansea all win.

City's Aguero out of Spurs trip

Tottenham v Man City (Saturday 19:45 BST)

Sergio Aguero
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Pep Guardiola has confirmed striker Sergio Aguero will miss tomorrow's trip to Tottenham.

The Manchester City manager said: "After action from Ashley Young (last Saturday) he could not train.

"After Tuesday's game said he couldn't run.

"Hopefully he will be ready for last games and World Cup."

The City boss also confirmed defender John Stones is still injured.

Midfielder Fernandinho is suspended.

Conte has faith in Drinkwater

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, but has made only 12 league appearances to date this term.

Conte says the 28-year-old is having an unlucky season due to injuries, but he is "a good midfielder" who he fully trusts.

'I don't want to close the door on Lallana'

Liverpool v Bournemouth (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Liverpool

Emre Can
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Jurgen Klopp has also not given up on Adam Lallana this season.

The 29-year-old has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since the end of March.

"Adam Lallana is the same (as Can). I don't want to close the door for the season on him. Joel Matip is out for sure but for the other two there is a little bit of hope," said Klopp.

Emre can still return - Klopp

Liverpool v Bournemouth (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Liverpool

More from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who says suggestions of Emre Can not playing again this season may be premature.

"He is in good hands at the moment. He's not overly happy with the situation but is positive. I

"I'm not sure if it's true he won't be out for the season now. He's definitely out for Bournemouth."

Emre Can
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'You cannot win against teams if you are not at your best'

Liverpool v Bournemouth (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Liverpool

We have more from Jurgen Klopp who was finding it hard to speak about anything other than Roma in his press conference, but he has managed...

On this weekend's team selection: "We need rhythm, we need shape, we need momentum to be in the best shape. You cannot win against teams if you are not at your best. That's how it is. I respect that."

On the fixture list: "We need to be focused on Bournemouth, on West Brom, on Stoke, Chelsea and Brighton. But in the moments we do face Roma, we will be ready for that."

No news is good news?

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 BST)

Chelsea

Chelsea are a distant 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and Antonio Conte is facing the media this afternoon.

The Italian, whose team have lost three of their last five league games, says there is no fresh news regarding player availability for tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off at Southampton.

'Any game against Manchester United is difficult'

Manchester United v West Brom (Sunday 16:00 BST)

West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom caretaker manager Darren Moore: "Any game against Manchester United is difficult. It was a great result for them last week against Manchester City. I've met Jose Mourinho before and he's a lovely, respectful man.

"Old Trafford is a wonderful arena and we are looking forward to playing there. Manchester United have threats all over the pitch. They are top quality players and we know all about them.

"It's been a positive week in training. We could've got the three points last weekend. The main purpose for us is to stay professional and keep the focus - that's every department at this football club. There are still games to be played.

"The supporters would expect us to keep fighting and that's what we are going to do.

"Our fans are a credit to the football club. It's their Club. They are doing their bit to stay with the club no matter what we are going through. They all know the relationship I have with them is excellent. I am saying thank you very much to them."

Four in a row

Tottenham v Manchester City (Saturday 19:45 BST)

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Manchester City are looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat when they play Tottenham at Wembley tomorrow.

The last time that happened was 2006.

For Pep Guardiola, four straight defeats is something he has experienced as a manager only once.

That was in 2015 when he was at Bayern Munich.

A German Cup semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund on penalties was followed by a couple of losses in the Bundesliga - which had already been won - and in between those a first leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

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No problem with Rooney, says Allardyce

Swansea v Everton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Everton

Everton manager Sam Allardyce insists there is no problem between himself and Wayne Rooney following the former England captain's reaction to being substituted during the Merseyside derby.

Rooney was replaced with more than half an hour still remaining at Goodison Park last weekend and his unhappiness with the decision was obvious.

"We're all right, no problem," said Allardyce. "Like there's no problem with Yannick Bolasie and there's no problem with Tom Davies. All three of those players I substituted last week.

"You're asking players to be angels. Stop it. We live in a politically correct world as it is, if somebody stamps their feet we'll be saying you can't do that. A reaction from a player when he comes off of disappointment is to be expected.

"One would ask him not to do it in the public eye but sometimes that can't be helped. A man as proud of being an Everton fan as him and playing for Everton, that's where the reaction came from."

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PFA award nominations to be revealed at the weekend

The BBC will reveal the nominations for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s men’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and PFA Young Player of the Year, tomorrow during Football Focus on BBC One from 12pm.

The women’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year nominations, alongside the PFA Young Player of the Year, will also be revealed during half time of the women’s FA Cup semi-final on Sunday between Chelsea and Manchester City on BBC Two from 3.15pm.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the PFA Awards and the ceremony will be held on 22 April in London, where the PFA Divisional Teams of the Years and the PFA Merit Award will also be announced.

'Sigurdsson touch and go'

Swansea v Everton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Everton

Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirms Wayne Rooney is avaliable after his substitution in Merseyside derby.

But the news is not so positive for Gylfi Sigurdsson...

"It'll be touch and go whether or not Gylfi Sigurdsson gets a game before the end of the season," said Allardyce.

Idrissa Gana Gueye and Phil Jagielka are both fit to face Swansea.

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'We don't consider ourselves safe'

Liverpool v Bournemouth (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Bournemouth

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We don't consider ourselves safe. There is work to do and we've got two tough games this week which we're looking forward to.

"Liverpool caused us problems in December, I've watched them a lot and been really impressed. They're formidable and on the right path.

"With five games to go we want to maintain our form. The players' attitude to their training and work ethic is excellent.

"We want everyone to look back on this season as a huge success and that will be defined in these final five games."

"I believe in the players and their personalities. Hopefully we can improve on last season's finish."

"We have to make sure we're right ourselves and the players are focused on giving their best performances."

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Steve Tiu: I can feel it. It is time. Liverpool to win sixth European Cup this year. In dramatic fashion, no less.

Reg Regler: Best possible outcome for Liverpool - Salah to make his old team weep! Hopefully a Liverpool v Real Madrid final.

Dyche wins March manager of the month award

Burnley

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Burnley's Sean Dyche has been crowned as the Barclays Premier League manager of the month for March.

The Burnley boss has won the award for the first time in the top flight thanks to a perfect month for the Clarets.

Dyche’s side boasted a 100% record, with three successive victories as they ended their 11-match winless run in style.

“I am really pleased, on behalf of myself and staff, but particularly the players," said Dyche.

“I think they are having an outstanding season, with hopefully more to come, but in this period they have been very strong mentally.

“A lot of questions were being asked after a tough run and to come out of that with four straight victories – three in March – was very satisfying.

“I mentioned during that tough run that we were still performing – despite some injuries - and to see through all that and put it all back together in this good run, shows great belief and resilience."

Salah wins March player of the month award

Liverpool

Mohamed Salah's six goals in March have earned the Liverpool forward the Premier League player of the month award for the third time this season - a new record for the competition.

The Egyptian retained the honour after half-a-dozen strikes in four appearances increased his overall league tally to 29 as he chases the golden boot in his debut Reds campaign.

Salah opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, bagged four of Liverpool’s five – and set up the other – as Watford were thrashed at Anfield, and hit the winner against Crystal Palace on the final day of the month.

He claimed the accolade ahead of Romelu Lukaku, David Silva, Son Heung-min, Cenk Tosun and Chris Wood.

It is the first time a player has ever won the award three times in the same season.

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'Anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person'

Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “Because I knew I’d have to say something after it, I tried to think about what I feel, but it was not that I thought ‘Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma’ or the other way around.

“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition. Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football – so there is a chance against Roma.

“But if anybody think this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person; they obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, the 4-1, it was not like the game was – it was Lionel Messi genius against a good side of Roma. The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did. They should have probably won four or five-nil – I was really impressed.

“It is work and no problem with that and now we are looking forward of course to the first game.”

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Former Liverpool and Roma defender John Arne Riise is in a win-win situation after the teams were paired together in the Champions League semi-finals.

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We will keep an eye on reactions to the European draws, but our main focus this afternoon will be closer to home.

Right, the European draws are well and truly over. Time for my colleague Andrew Mullen to start looking at the weekend's Premier League games...

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