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  1. Goodbye!

    Peeep peeep peeeeep! That's the final whistle bringing this live text to an end.

    Thanks for sticking with us. Because you know you should never ever leave the game early (unless you've got a family function to go to and need to catch a train)...

    Make sure you come back tonight for another slice of Premier League sweetness when Southampton host West Ham at 19:45 GMT. Cheerio!

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  2. Spurs to assess Alli

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Earlier we told you Dele Alli is edging close to fitness. The England midfielder thinks he is ready, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino isn't sure...

    "Dele yesterday was involved in the squad but after was out of the 18. But this morning he said to me, ‘Gaffer I’m going to be ready.’

    "I said, ‘Relax, you need to train this morning and then we’ll see tomorrow and assess you’."

  3. Still a question mark over us - Poch

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Poch: "Manchester City have shown in the past they are a real contender because they won the last Premier League and Liverpool have made good investment and are top of the league.

    "These two teams are more realistic to be contenders.

    "We need to show ourselves and everyone else we can be contenders by being consistent. There is still a question mark.

    "If we can play well and be consistent then we can talk that we can fight for big things."

  4. 'We are not a real contender... yet'

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    ...and still thinks that.

    "Now I'm more relaxed, I think the same," Pochettino says.

    "We are in a very good position, a position that the team deserves to be.

    "But another thing is being a real contender at the end of the season, we have to show we are consistent in the whole season."

  5. Post update

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted last night that Liverpool and Manchester City are the "real contenders" for the Premier League title.

    Well, he's slept on it...

  6. 'I hope the apology is the end of the matter'


    Unai Emery hopes he does not receive a ban from the FA.

    "I hope not. It's not to do with the action but the circumstance. i hope the apology is the end to the matter," says the Arsenal manager.

  7. Emery reiterates apology for kicking water bottle


    Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reiterated his apology for kicking a water bottle into the crowd during last night's 1-1 draw at Brighton.

    Emery immediately apologised to the Seagulls supporter which it hit and shook hands.

    The Football Association is looking into the incident and considering whether to punish the Spaniard.

    "I kicked it for me and it went near the supporters. I said my apologies. I repeat my apologies again," he says.

    "I kicked the ball because it is near me and not because of this intention."

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    Meanwhile, across north London...

  9. Alderweireld has £25m price tag

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Basically, someone has got to move quickly and then he'll be off. Sounds like a bargain to me. Manchester United wanted him in the summer remember...

  10. Spurs to trigger new Alderweireld contract*

    * But he could still leave in January

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will trigger an extension clause in centre-back Toby Alderweireld's contract.

    The Belgium international, who looked set to leave the club in the summer, is due to run out of contract at the end of the season but has a year's option to run until 2020.

    However.... the new deal has a £25m release clause that runs up to the last two weeks of the summer transfer window.

    Toby Alderweireld
    Image caption: Will Alderweireld be waving goodbye to Spurs in January?
  11. Post update

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    The Poch has spoken! First up some interesting news about a new contract for one of his players....

  12. View from the gantry

    Southampton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    John Murray

    BBC football correspondent

    This is the fixture that rounds off the first half of this Premier League season.

    For most of it for Southampton it's been an arduous struggle that has suddenly burst into life under what Nathan Redmond described on Saturday as the "new ethos" of the recently appointed Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    And this has also been a transformative month for West Ham. Their four wins in December mean if they can double their current tally of 24 points they would surely finish comfortably within the top half of the table.

  13. Early team news

    Southampton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

    Southampton are without suspended midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who picked up a fifth booking of the season in the win over Huddersfield.

    Teenage forward Michael Obafemi is set to make just a second Premier League start after scoring last weekend.

    West Ham have several injury doubts, with Fabian Balbuena and Javier Hernandez facing fitness tests.

    Marko Arnautovic remains out with a muscular injury, but Andy Carroll could make a first start in nearly a year.

  14. Post update

    Southampton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    And the Saints could really really do with another win today.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl has hist first taste of Christmas football in England when his team host West Ham tonight,

    Three points in the final game of this round of Premier League fixtures will move them six points clear of the bottom three.

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    Fulham v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)


    Claudio Ranieri's old club Leicester could do a favour for Fulham on Saturday when they host fourth-bottom Cardiff.

    But the Italian says the Cottagers can't rely on the help of others.

    "We have to think of ourselves," he says.

    "It is a very crucial match but I'm positive because the players follow me.

    "And the fans have been behind us and I hope to give them a present on Saturday."

  16. We need to win - Ranieri

    Fulham v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)


    The importance of Fulham's home match against Huddersfield - the only side below the Cottagers in the Premier League table - has not been played down by Claudio Ranieri.

    "It is a crucial game, we need to win, we need to make three points," says the Fulham boss.

    "We are playing well but without achieving the three points. We need to be positive and make sure we can achieve something good."

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    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Or maybe Poch finally managed to get his hands on a 26th wedding anniversary present for his wife...

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    Video caption: Everton 2-6 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino sees cosmic connection in scoreline
  18. Post update

    Tottenham v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Anybody getting worried about Mauricio Pochettino yet? Still no sign of the Tottenham manager...

    Maybe he nipped to Westfield Stratford for something he spotted in the Boxing Day sales.