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Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Festive XI

    ...I'll leave you with the Festive XI we selected from your suggestions, plus some of today's top stories:

    Now I'm off to finish my Christmas shopping. Ho ho ho!

    Festive XI
  2. Post update

    That's all from today's news conferences, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having faced the media for the first time as Manchester United's caretaker manager.

    Thanks for joining us, we'll be back later with live text commentary on Liverpool's game at Wolves. Until then...

  3. Post update

    So, the latest round of Premier League fixtures gets under way tonight as leaders Liverpool visit a back-in-form Wolves (20:00 GMT).

    And here are the rest of the weekend's fixtures...

    Premier League fixtures for matchday 18
  4. Everton duo cleared to play

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:00 GMT)


    Forward Richarlison and midfielder Andre Gomes are both fit for Everton despite being forced to miss training sessions this week due to illness.

    Midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye missed last week's defeat at Manchester City with a groin injury and faces a late fitness test.

  5. Eagles wait on Kouyate

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    As for Palace, midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is a doubt owing to a knock.

    Defender Martin Kelly is expected to miss out due to an adductor muscle strain while keeper Wayne Hennessey has not recovered from a back spasm.

  6. Kompany out, Danilo doubtful

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City

    City manager Pep Guardiola said earlier that although David Silva (hamstring) has returned to training, the Spanish midfielder remains out.

    Captain Vincent Kompany is also out with a knock and defender Danilo remains a doubt while left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) and keeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

  7. Clark out for Magpies

    Newcastle v Fulham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Ciaran Clark is out for Newcastle after damaging an ankle during last weekend's 1-0 win at Huddersfield, although fellow defender Federico Fernandez (calf) is fit, but midfielder Jonjo Shelvey continues to fight his way back from a thigh problem.

    Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng could make his final appearance before meeting up with the South Korea squad for the Asian Cup and full-back DeAndre Yedlin returns from suspension.

    Florian Lejeune is available after recovering from a serious knee injury, leaving keeper Karl Darlow (elbow) as the only other name on the casualty list.

  8. Christmas XI


    They're still coming...

    Ben Hyde: Edin Dzekorations.

    Aaron: Fabinho-ho-ho

    Nick: Jermaine Present.

    Harry Brooks tweet
  9. 'Of course we have weaknesses' - Guardiola

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Manchester City don't have any weaknesses while Burnley's Sean Dyche today said "if everyone thinks that every team in the Premier League is going to play the beautiful game, at the moment there's only one winner and that's Manchester City".

    However, City boss Pep Guardiola has responded by saying "of course any team has strong points and weak points. Of course we have weaknesses and we are working on it.

    "That is normal. These kind of comments I put into the perspective they must be."

  10. 'We have to get the reward' - Dyche

    Arsenal v Burnley (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Tottenham's Christian Eriksen struck late on to give Spurs a 1-0 win last weekend, which kept Burnley in the Premier League's bottom three.

    "We've been close and we've delivered good performances," said Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

    "Performances are coming back to what we think. We can still do better for sure, but they have to get the reward of points because that's the industry we're in."

  11. Dyche happy to be pragmatic

    Arsenal v Burnley (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Arsenal can expect to face a defensive Burnley side as manager Sean Dyche is unrepentant about the mindset the Clarets adopted at Tottenham last week, labelling the approach "reality tactics".

    "When you're playing these big clubs it's very, very difficult. It's more reality tactics rather than negative tactics for me," said Dyche, who may once again field a back three.

    "We've got to find a way and we've done that consistently over the six years that I've been here. We've found a way of being successful.

    "We've had to fight, we've had to work, we've played some good stuff at times, we've played some productive stuff, we've played some hard stuff, but we've found a way and I think that doesn't change."

  12. Christmas XI


    Tom Gosling: Sleighton Baines.

    Connor Jarmson: Fabian Elf.

    Andrew Celotto: Santa Clausorla - Arsenal could do with him turning up at Xmas.

    But this could be my favourite so far...

    Andrew Parsons: Pepe Reindeer.

    Will it make the cut? We'll be selecting our favourite Christmas XI shortly so it's not too late to get your suggestions in via #bbcfootball

  13. Eight could be out for Gunners

    Arsenal v Burnley (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Arsenal could be without up to eight players so Unai Emery may shake things up after two defeats in a row, including Wednesday's Carabao Cup quarter-final loss to Tottenham.

    Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Emile Smith Rowe (hip), Hector Bellerin (calf) and Shkodran Mustafi will all be missing.

    The Gunners will also assess the fitness of Sead Kolasinac (thigh) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (ankle) ahead of the lunchtime kick-off.

  14. Foxes trio could return

    Chelsea v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester are at Chelsea tomorrow and Jamie Vardy should return while Ben Chilwell could also be fit.

    Striker Vardy sat out Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City as boss Claude Puel eases him back from a groin injury.

    Chilwell has missed the last two games with a knee injury but is back in training although Wilfred Ndidi (knee) is a doubt and Daniel Amartey (broken ankle) is out.

    Jonny Evans is back from suspension after missing Tuesday's game.

  15. 'That's tough - I didn't think it was a foul!'


    So that's what Man City are doing to be ready for their Boxing Day game at Leicester

    Sian Massey-Ellis will be officiating at Tottenham's home game against Bournemouth that day and she gave BBC Get Inspired and an aspiring referee an insight into what the Select Group One officials will be doing to prepare for the festive action.

    Video content

    Video caption: Can an aspiring referee keep up with Premier League's Massey-Ellis?
  16. An extra hour off

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola has decided to give his Manchester City players an extra hour off on Christmas Day.

    City play at Leicester on Boxing Day, so they have to train and travel the day before.

    However, Guardiola has said his players will not train until 17:00 GMT on Christmas Day to give them a bit more time at home.

    "We have to adapt to the calendar," he said. "We'll train at around five rather than three or four so the players have a bit longer with their family, but the players in England know that.

    "If we played on the 27th then the 26th would have been the day off. That's normal."

  17. David Silva back in training

    Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    From one Silva top another...and Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City midfielder David Silva has returned to training after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.

    However, Guardiola says he is unsure whether Silva will be fit for any of City's games over the festive period.

    He definitely will not be involved against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

  18. 'Football is for everyone to enjoy' - Silva

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:00 GMT)


    Everton manager Marco Silva has responded to the news the club are working with anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out to investigate allegedly racist content in a song about Colombian defender Yerry Mina.

    "To be honest, I didn't see it," said Silva. "We, as a club, and myself, it's something we must put out of our lives.

    "Football is for everyone to enjoy so we want every type of racism out of our club.

    "I didn't speak to Yerry about the situation but it doesn't change anything for him. He's a happy boy and loves to be at our club."

  19. 'Drinkwater's future is up to him' - Sarri

    Chelsea v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    I do hope Danny Drinkwater isn't in anyone's Fantasy Football team. After all, he hasn't played a single minute since the Community Shield.

    Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has therefore said the former Leicester midfielder is free to leave the club.

    Maurizio Sarri and Danny Drinkwater
  20. Christmas XI

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    And once you've sorted your Fantasy Football team, do send us your Christmas XI suggestions. Here's more of the best so far...

    Gregory Skulnick: Giggs in Blankets, Christmas Angel Di Maria, Mistletony Adams.

    Matthew Birch: Ryan Bauble.

    Margo: Tom Ince pie.