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By Mike Henson

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  1. Bye for now

    That is all for today.

    But we will have all the Europa League action tonight via the live text commentary on these very pages.

    Bye for now

  2. Maguire to be rested?

    Leicester v Huddersfield (15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Harry Maguire

    Leicester boss Claude Puel has admitted he is considering giving Harry Maguire a rest. The 25-year-old central defender has played 63 matches in all competitions since the beginning of last season, including seven at this summer's World Cup as England reached the semi-finals and finished fourth in the tournament.

    "Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it," said Puel.

    "To participate in a competition like the World Cup is tough to come back with good focus and freshness and concentration, this is a common thing."But if I rest him for this game and we lose, I know I will be criticised."

  3. Striker shortage at Saints

    Liverpool v Southampton (15:00 BST)


    Manolo Gabbiadini

    Southampton boss Mark Hughes might face a striker shortage for the trip to Liverpool on Saturday after Manolo Gabbiadini picked up a hamstring problem in training.

    On-loan Reds forward Danny Ings has scored twice in his last two appearances, but is ineligible for Saturday's game.

    "The main concern is Manolo Gabbiadini. He has got an issue in the lower hamstring, just behind the knee," said Hughes.

    "We think it might just be a neuro thing, but we will have to wait to see if it has settled down and he will be an option for us."

  4. Cairney for England?


    Tom Cairney

    Manager Slavisa Jokanovic insists Gareth Southgate has not contacted him over the possibility of attempting to select Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney for England.

    England manager Southgate has reportedly been tracking the progress of Cairney, who has won two caps for Scotland but only in friendly matches. England could still select Cairney given he has not featured in competitive action for Scotland, but Fulham boss Jokanovic explained Southgate has not been in touch with him over the matter.

    Asked if Southgate had contacted him, Jokanovic replied: "No, he hasn't."

    "It depends on him, on the coach, but he's really good and he'd be useful for any team or coach."

  5. Europa League team news

    Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava (20:00 BST)

    Bernd Leno

    Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno could make his Arsenal as the Gunners start their Europa League campaign against Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava.

    The 26-year-old has yet to play since joining for a reported 22m euros (£19.3m)from Bayer Leverkusen in June.

    Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 22, is in line for his first start since joining from Sampdoria for £26m in July.

    Mohamed Elneny, Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner are pushing for rare outings.

  6. Europa League team news

    Celtic v Rosenborg


    Kristoffer Ajer is "a big doubt" for Celtic's Europa League Group B opener against Rosenberg because of a virus, manager Brendan Rodgers says.

    Another centre-back, Jozo Simunovic, remains sidelined with a knee injury, so Jack Hendry could come back into the starting line-up.

    Hendry returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury picked up against Partick Thistle on 18 August.

    Rosenborg strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Pal Andre Helland are both out injured.

  7. Europa League team news

    Villarreal v Rangers (17:55 BST)

    Kyle Lafferty

    Kyle Lafferty has vowed to make up for the "big blow" of losing suspended striker Alfredo Morelos for Rangers meeting with Villarreal on Thursday.

    Defender Jon Flanagan is also banned after the pair were red carded in the play-off win over Ufa.

    Rangers remain without injured midfielders Ryan Jack and Ovie Ejaria as they make their Europa League group-stage debut.

    "It gives me the chance to show what I'm capable of doing," Lafferty said.

  8. Europa League team news

    PAOK Salonika v Chelsea (17:55 BST)

    Maurizio Sarri has left Eden Hazard out of Chelsea's travelling 21-man squad for their Europa League group-stage opener at PAOK Salonika.

    The Belgian forward, 27, scored a hat-trick against Cardiff at the weekend but has not made the trip to Greece.

    However, the likes of Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas and Ethan Ampadu should all come into consideration.

    Wales midfielder Ampadu, 18,signed a new five-year contractwith the Blues on Wednesday.

  9. Post update

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits that Harry Kane's recent decline in goals has hampered his team, but insists that the England striker will come good.

    "Harry Kane is one of the best players that we have. There is no doubt. He has not scored for three games – it is not too much. I think all strikers suffer some period when they do not score," he said.

    "But Harry Kane is so important for us and if he does not score we struggle a little bit to win. I have no doubts that he is going to perform and score goals in the future."

  10. Post update

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    No simile in the class of his one about a cow and the value of experience from earlier in the week.

    But Mauricio Pochettino has some life advice for us all.

    "Football is like life, it is is impossible to keep 70 years happiness. There are always periods up and down and football is the same," he said.

    "You have to learn from the period and keep calm."

  11. 'I am so calm'

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says that he is keeping questions over the club's direction in perspective after three straight defeats.

    "I am so relaxed and so calm because I know football very well," he said.

    "I know that when you win you get a lot of praise, some which you do not deserve. When you lose you need to accept the criticism, that people think different and keep the balance. You have to find the reason why we lose.

    "The balance is the most important thing."

  12. Post update

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says that he was encouraged by his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Inter Milan despite the result.

    "For 85 minutes we were happy because the performance was good. The team played so well and deserved to win. But the line is so thin," he said.

    "We were disappointed with the result but happy because the team improved a lot."

  13. Uefa 'unlikely' to extend Ronaldo ban

    Valencia 0-2 Juventus


    A Uefa disciplinary panel will investigate Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia in the Champions League on 27 September.

    He has received an automatic one-match ban which cannot be appealed and could be banned for an additional two.

    However Press Association Sport understands Uefa is unlikely to extend the ban with Ronaldo showing no serious dissent to the referee and voluntarily and promptly leaving the field.

  14. Pochettino on set-piece 'trauma'

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has compared his side's vulnerability from set pieces to "trauma".

    Five of the six goals Spurs have conceded in their current run of three successive defeats came from dead balls.

    ESPN's Ben Pearce is there...

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  15. Do City lack on-pitch tactical brains?

    Man City 1-2 Lyon

    The Guardian

    Pep Guardiola

    Did Manchester City's defeat by Lyon last night show a deficiency in leadership and an inability to adapt on the fly?

    The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson thinks that might be one of City's few weaknesses.

    "Guardiola is one of the more active managers on the touchline, forever standing at the edge of his technical area pointing and cajoling, constantly tweaking and adjusting," he writes.

    "He remains the tactical brain of the side, even from off the pitch. He does not have at City a player to do for him what he did for Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, or what Xavi did for him."

  16. Alli and Sissoko back for Spurs

    Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham have confirmed that Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko are back in training after minor injuries.

    Hugo Lloris - who remains club captain despite pleading guilty to drink driving last week - is still out.

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  17. West Ham will be confident - Pellegrini

    West Ham v Chelsea (Sun, 13:30 BST)

    Mauricio Sarri

    Manuel Pellegrini insists that his West Ham side will not be intimidated by Chelsea's 1000% record from their opening five Premier League games.

    "It's impossible to start better than Chelsea have, but every game is different," he said.

    "We must be confident at home. We will try to do the same as the last game. We have to concentrate defensively, but I am confident."

  18. Yarmolenko ready for Premier League - Pellegrini

    West Ham United

    Andriy Yarmolenko

    Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice on his first Premier League start last weekend as the Hammers overcame Everton at Goodison Park.

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini says it comes as no surprise to him that the Ukrainian - signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer - has hit form.

    "I said before that it would take Yarmolenko a few weeks to get used to the Premier League. He has a lot of quality and he demonstrated that. This performance showed he is a top player," said Pellegrini.

  19. Arnautovic a doubt for Chelsea clash

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has arrived for his media conference previewing Sunday's meeting with Chelsea.

    He starts with some team news.

    "Marko Arnautovic finished the match against Everton with a problem behind his knee. We will see if he is fit for Sunday. He played well and we hope he will recover," said the Chilean.

    Striker Javier Hernandez is sick while Jack Wilshere is still working back from an ankle problem.

  20. Ronaldo's sister has her say

    Valencia 0-2 Juventus

    Crisitiano Ronaldo's sister knows what she thinks about the Portuguese striker's red card on his first Champions League appearance for Juventus.

    "A football disgrace...justice will be done...they want to destroy my brother, but God never sleeps...disgraceful," Katia Aveiro wrote on Instagram.

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