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Summary

  1. Premier League managers speak to media before weekend's matches
  2. Get involved at #bbcfootball or text 81111

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Well that's all from us today.

    It has been a busy one.

    Here are the headlines from today's news conferences:

    Make sure you follow the weekend's football with us. Goodbye!

  2. Fantasy football tips

    So, now you're all up to date on the team news ahead of the weekend, it only feels right to share BBC Sport's top tips for your fantasy football team.

    Transfers at the ready,..

    Liverpool
  3. Tis the season to take a quiz!

    Christmas party season is upon us, which inevitably means dressing up in festive outfits.

    Well, or so we thought.

    Some brave footballers decided to don their best Ninja Turtle and Power Range costumes.

    As you do.

    Take the quiz to see if you can guess the faces behind the masks.

    BBC Three quiz
  4. Nuno warns against complacency

    Wolves v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Nuno Espirito Santo has told his Wolves players they cannot become careless as they go for three consecutive top-flight wins for the first time in nearly 40 years.

    Victory over Bournemouth on Saturday would be the first time since March 1980 Wolves have won three consecutive top-flight matches.

    "We know how hard it is to get back-to-back wins and we want to continue. We have to be ready for it," said Nuno, with Wolves 10th in the Premier League after wins over Chelsea and Newcastle.

    "It's a tough challenge we face, what is important is that we are ready for tomorrow."

  5. Fernandez & Shelvey out for Newcastle

    Huddersfield v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle will be without Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey against Huddersfield.

    Centre-back Fernandez has a knock in his calf. Shelvey's thigh injury will be assessed in 10 days.

    Florian Lejeune and Karl Darlow are both still out but are nearly returns. Darlow could be fit next week. Lejeune recently made a comeback for the Under-23 side.

  6. Lawro v Ginola in this week's Premier League predictions

    It's that time of the week again: Lawro is back with his Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend's fixtures.

    This week's guest is David Ginola, who worked under Lawro when he was a coach at Newcastle United in the 1990s.

    Check out their predictions here.

    David Ginola
    Image caption: Ginola hosted this year's Ballon D'Or awards earlier this month, where Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named world player of the year
  7. Saints team news

    Southampton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Strikers Danny Ings and Shane Long are both in contention to play Arsenal on Sunday after recovering from hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

    Full-back Ryan Bertrand had a minor operation on a back problem and will be out for another 10 to 14 days,

  8. 'Sport is a party for all nationalities and cultures'

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    And finally, Marco Silva responded to the recent events regarding Raheem Sterling.

    “I don’t read what the media is talking or not about in this situation. I am not the right person to judge the media.

    “We have to look to us as a sport, as a party for all the nationalities and cultures as well, and for me you have to be all involved and respect the opponents and ourselves.

    “You have to enjoy football and look to it like a party. It’s a fantastic sport. We all love this sport and it is important to respect all people, not just on the pitch but around the pitch as well."

  9. Everton team news

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton boss Marco Silva also had some team news.

    Idrissa Gueye picked up a "small problem" in the draw with Watford and will be assessed.

    There are no other fitness issues for Everton.

  10. 'We are playing against potentially the best Premier League team'

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    Marco Silva Chelsea's win against City: “I watched the game. City deserved a different result in the first-half."

    On City: “Of course we have our plan for the match as well. We know how City is a very good team with a very, very good manager as well.

    “We are playing against potentially the best Premier League team. It will be tough for us but it is a good game for us to enjoy.

    They have a lot of quality in the attack-line. David Silva, Bernard Silva, what is the big difference?

    “This season, De Bruyne has played twice, maybe three games and I didn’t see a big difference in City [without him].

    "We are talking about two fantastic players [Silva and De Bruyne].

    “It is possible they don’t play, Fernandinho and Aguero, but I think they will be available and it will be a strong team we face.”

  11. Pep's a fan of Richarlison

    Man City v Everton (12:30GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Everton's £50m Brazilian striker Richarlison is the clear threat to Manchester City tomorrow.

    The 21-year-old has already scored eight times since his summer move from Watford and Pep Guardiola is clearly a fan.

    "Richarlison did so well with Watford, then when Marco Silva went to Everton, he brought him with him.

    "He is a top player, very fast and goes right and left, that's why they paid a lot of money for him."

  12. 'No news on transfers'

    Huddersfield v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has refused to be drawn on January transfer targets or talk of the club being takeover.

    "We don't talk about players or the takeover because we have no news," Benitez said.

    "I have seen the names out there, but we have no news.

    "We have identified a lot of names, but we have to decide who to go for. We will go for the first, then work down the list"

  13. 'Next two games will be massive'

    Huddersfield v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle lost last weekend in a controversial defeat to Wolves with manager Rafael Benitez complaining after the match about refereeing decisions.

    Their next two games are against Huddersfield and Fulham, two teams also in the bottom half of the table.

    “For us, every game is like a final," Benitez said.

    "We have to approach every game thinking that one point can make a massive difference at the end of the season – that’s why I was upset the other day.

    "Obviously, I was not happy – VAR is something we need sooner rather than later.

    "The next two games will be massive."

    Rafa Benitez
  14. 'Everything we can do to improve the squad we will do'

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    On January transfer window: “My job is to work with the players and give them conditions to grow as a squad.

    “What we can do or not during the next market, let’s see. Everything we can do to improve the squad we will do.”

    On midfielder Andre Gomes being linked with other clubs: “Why does that affect us? Nothing changes in our way. When you have good players that means other clubs are looking to them as well.

    “That’s a normal situation in football. Let’s see what we can do to keep him or not.”

    Andre Gomes
  15. 'We should do better when conceding goals at certain moments'

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    More from Marco Silva on Everton's 2-2 draw with Watford.

    “We have to analyse what we are doing.

    “In some moments you are more happy with our performances. We don’t play alone. The opponents begin to understand how we are playing and we have to create other opportunities.

    “In the last two games at home we conceded goals that we hadn’t before. Clubs come here at Goodison playing more solid.

    “The biggest difference against Newcastle and Watford is we should do better when conceding goals at certain moments.”

    Marco Silva
  16. 'We are waiting for something to happen during the game'

    Manchester City v Everton (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

    Everton

    Marco Silva on Everton's 2-2 draw with Watford on Monday: "What we did, we do always. We analyse the match as a technical staff and tell the players what they must improve.

    “It is something we do always. We had two games close [together]. 25 minutes to the second-half was one of our worst performances.

    “We have to try and score the second goal. Instead we are waiting for something to happen during the game. We lost focus in that three or four minutes and conceded two goals.

    “We score an own goal and miss a penalty. It looks like that night we didn’t have the luck but it is part of the game. We have to find ways to score more and don’t concede goals like we did.”

  17. 'We don't need signings'

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

    Crystal Palace

    Roy Hodgson on the January transfer window: "We don't necessarily need reinforcements next month.

    "We'll have Benteke back soon, Wickham recovering from a two-year absence, Sørloth, Ayew.

    "We believe we have players within our ranks who can score goals. "

  18. Hodgson on Zaha absence

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

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace play Leicester on Saturday and will be without key forward Wilfried Zaha who is suspended.

    Here are manager Roy Hodgson's thoughts: "I'll keep getting asked about our record without Wilf until we win. Tomorrow is an opportunity to do that."

    Striker Christian Benteke is also still out due to injury.

    "It's too soon for Benteke, he's out there training away, making good progress but more likely the end of the month."

  19. Hasenhuttl will 'keep eyes open in January'

    Southampton v Arsenal (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    On the transfer window: "We have to keep our eyes open in January. There can be a few changes in the squad but first I want to have a good overview of what I have in my squad."

    On Saints' training: "I'm looking forward to the guys showing they have learned a few things this week. When we feel like we lose a little bit of power or sprinting abilities, then we will work together as a team and set a good core that is very difficult for the other team to create chances."

  20. 'Everyone's responsibility to deal with racism'

    Wolves v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Wolves manager Nuno, speaking about the incidents of racism in football in recent weeks: "It is everyone's responsibility. As individuals and members of society, we should treat everyone the same.

    "Being a society problem, not only the media, I insist individually, members of society, there is no difference between us.

    "It is everyone responsibility to eradicate it not only in sport but in society."