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Summary

  1. News conferences at Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City and Crystal Palace
  2. Watford v Fulham; Wolves v Man Utd (19:45 BST)
  3. Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday night
  4. Gunners now third after leapfrogging Tottenham and Man Utd
  5. Get Involved: Who will qualify for Champions League? #bbcfootball or 81111 (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's it from today's news conferences. The best lines from the managers have been added to these previews for Manchester City's home game against Cardiff and Tottenham's first game at their new stadium.

    But before that, join us later for live text commentary as Watford host Fulham and Wolves face Manchester United.

    Until then, thanks for joining us. I'll leave you with some of our other latest football stories:

  2. We will fight for Champions League spot - Pochettino

    Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham's second game at their new stadium is against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals but will Champions League football be played there next season?

    Arsenal leapfrogged Spurs into third place on Monday night but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "The best stadium in the world must play in the Champions League.

    "It will be a shame not to be in the next Champions League. We are going to fight. I have no doubt we will be in the Champions League next season.

    "It's a mini-league now. We have seven games left, five here, and that has to give us a boost."

    Mauricio Pochettino
  3. An exciting moment in Spurs' history

    Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    It's been a long time coming but Mauricio Pochettino can finally sit in the dugout at Tottenham's new stadium on Wednesday.

    "I think it is going to be very special," he said. "The new stadium is a reality. It's an exciting moment in the history of the club. Everyone is going to realise the magnitude of the project.

    "It is amazing, an exciting moment and a special moment for (chairman) Daniel Levy. He started the idea and delivered the project."

    Tottenham's new stadium
  4. Pochettino backs Lloris

    Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris was at fault for Liverpool's last-gasp winner on Sunday but manager Mauricio Pochettino has given his backing to the French World Cup winner.

    "He is my captain, he is one of the best keepers in the world," said Pochettino. "That is not in doubt.

    "Hugo is one of the best and he is going to be in goal tomorrow. It is a situation that is so painful because we deserved more.

    "We have to be strong and back our players. Hugo is going to be great for us and will be one of the most important players for the future of the club."

  5. BreakingBolton safety certificate withdrawn

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    The EFL has today been informed that the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), responsible for issuing the general safety certificate at Bolton Wanderers, has placed a prohibition notice on the club under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

    As a result, all supporters will be prevented from entering the University of Bolton Stadium until the club can demonstrate that the stadium can deliver the matchday operation to the standard required.

    Prior to the meeting, called by the SAG, the club confirmed it would be unable to commit to meet the obligations of its safety certificate until after a scheduled appearance at the High Court tomorrow (3 April).

    SAG members concluded this would be a challenging time frame to put an adequate plan in place to protect the safety of fans during upcoming home fixtures against Ipswich Town on Saturday, 6 April, and Middlesbrough on Tuesday, 9 April.

  6. Jesus ready to stand in

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    With Sergio Aguero ruled out for Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus is set to return up front.

    Asked if the Brazilian striker was ready, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "Of course. He makes a good season. Always it is not easy to play in this club, a striker in the same position as Sergio.

    "This season is the best Gabriel has played together with Sergio. He is a respectful guy. Tomorrow he is going to help us, to fight and score goals."

    Gabriel Jesus
  7. We knew it wouldn't be easy - Guardiola

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Manchester City

    Now back to Pep Guardiola, and after using the 's' word to describe his initial reaction to Liverpool's late winner on Sunday - naughty boy! - the Manchester City boss said: "No-one said it would be easy. We knew it, I knew it.

    "It is a better challenge. It is an incredible team to fight against them. Yesterday I saw how Arsenal play, they have an incredible manager Unai (Emery) and everybody is excited for the next few weeks.

    "It is amazing to live this opportunity. The main target (against Cardiff) is to come back to the top of the league with six games left.

    Then we go to Wembley (in the FA Cup) to achieve the one final I never played in my life and the oldest trophy. We pass tough moments to live that moment."

  8. In the future, we will fight for the top - Sarri

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    Given that Chelsea are six points better off than last season, have only lost once in seven games, can win the Europa League and are in the race for the top three, Maurizio Sarri was also asked if the fans' criticism was unfair.

    “I don't know," said the Chelsea boss. "Probably we started very well, and so our fans thought everything was really very easy for us.

    "But it's not true. We have to work, to improve. I think that, if you take a coach with my characteristics, you have to work, improve day by day and week by week. I think that, in the future, we will be able to fight for the top.”

  9. Sarri on fans' criticism

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    Manager Maurizio Sarri commented on the criticism he has faced from Chelsea fans.

    “I am not happy, of course, but I am not concerned," he said. "It can happen. I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. But in the end we are not doing so badly.

    "During this season, we have won 33 matches. I think that, in England, only Manchester City did better than us. Of course, we know very well we need to improve our performances.”

    BBC's John Southall then asked if he was still enjoying his time at Stamford Bridge?

    "As I said before, I am not happy, but I can understand. It can happen. It's normal, I think. We need to improve. We need to play better. We want to try to change their opinion.

    “I think that they have to help the players during the match," Sarri added. "After the match they can say anything, but during the match I hope they will be able to help my players.

    “I think we are a group. At the moment, we are a very good group. So I think it's not helpful for my players. For me, it's not a big problem. I'm not happy, but it's not a big problem. I am 60, so I can understand. But when I was 25, probably it was different.”

    Maurizio Sarri
  10. Now Callum is ready to play - Sarri

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    On Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri added: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.

    "In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn't ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he's ready to play. But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad.

    "So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future."

  11. Pep sympathises with Warnock

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola says he sympathises with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock over his outburst after Sunday's defeat by Chelsea, but thinks it would have been better if he had kept his mouth shut.

    "Is there someone who cannot understand his reaction?" said Guardiola.

    "He is on 28 points. If he wins it is up to 31, two points behind the relegation zone. In that moment, it is tougher.

    "For the clubs, the managers and players, to stay in the Premier League is a big issue.

    "We have the empathy so in his position you can understand completely but you know my opinion. When you say good comments about referees you can be suspended so it is better not to say anything."

  12. We need to consider Kante and Hazard - Sarri

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was asked if N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard will start against Brighton.

    “I don't know for the moment, but I think so," he said. "They were rested in the last match - all the match with N'Golo and for 55 minutes for Eden.

    "But we need to consider that N'Golo, this season, has played 50 matches, and Hazard 48.

    "In the last two weeks they played with their national teams for two matches, so sometimes they need to rest. But now they are okay, I think.”

  13. Bravo is back - kind of

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City keeper Claudio Bravo is back in training after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in August - but Pep Guardiola does not know when the Chilean will be fit to play.

    "It was a long, long injury and he had a little bit of an infection, so it has taken more time to recover," said the City boss.

    "He is optimistic that he will recover well but I don’t know when he is going to be fit again."

  14. Alonso doubtful for Blues

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    Left-back Marcos Alonso is doubtful for Chelsea.

    Boss Maurizio Sarri said: “We have a little problem with Alonso. Last night he had a little problem with his hamstring so I think that he has to rest for three or four days.”

  15. Hudson-Odoi 'may' start

    Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea

    Maurizio Sarri still hasn't confirmed when Callum Hudson-Odoi will make his first Premier League start but the Chelsea boss has just said: “Now he's ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match.”

    Callum Hudson-Odoi
  16. Palace aim to be party poopers

    Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Roy Hodgson's Palace side will be the first visitors to Tottenham's new stadium and the Eagles aim to ruin Spurs' party.

    "It will be an extremely good occasion," he said. "The stadium being so well received by everybody does add pressure.

    "I'd be surprised if Mauricio Pochettino is not saying the same as any manager, all games bring pressure. We're looking to make a mark ourselves."

  17. Sakho Eagles' only absentee

    Tottenham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    An injury update from Palace boss Roy Hodgson now ahead of the first Premier League game at Tottenham's new stadium.

    "Mamadou Sakho is the only one I can't select," said Hodgson. "We're blessed at the moment."

  18. Who will qualify for the Champions League?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: Arsenal to come 4th, Chelsea to win Europa and come 6th, Spurs to win Champions League and come 5th. Arsenal drop into Europa. No idea if that's what would happen, but would be funny if it did! from Adam, Kingswood
    Adam, Kingswood
  19. Pep's profanity

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    My colleague Phil McNulty wrote a piece for the BBC Sport website on Monday wondering if fate was steering this season's Premier League title towards Liverpool.

    I have just asked Pep Guardiola what he thought about the concept of luck and what he felt when Hugo Lloris made the last-minute mistake that gave Liverpool victory against Tottenham on Sunday.

    The City boss said his immediate response was "s**t", but that five minutes later he was looking forward again.

    Pep Guardiola
  20. Aguero and Delph out

    Man City v Cardiff (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola has just confirmed striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Fabian Delph will miss Manchester City's Premier League game against Cardiff on Wednesday.

    Guardiola said Aguero has not trained in the last two days.