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By Alistair Magowan

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  1. Goodbye

    Ok, that's your lot for now. Thanks for joining us and contributing to the pirate XI on 'talk like a pirate day', especially Janne Jarvis who came up with Kylian Treasure-Mappe.

    Good afternoon.

  2. We want to keep Maddison - Rodgers

    Leicester v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was also asked about potential interest in James Maddison, who has been earning rave reviews this season and recently was called into the England squad.

    The Northern Irishman said selling the 22-year-old was "not something we are looking to entertain" but added: "We want to keep him but I'm a realist and know how the market works."

    James Maddison
  3. Bale's 'goal' that never was

    One of the big talking points from Real Madrid's 3-0 defeat by Paris St-Germain was Gareth Bale's disallowed goal which was chalked off at 2-0 because of handball via the VAR.

    Some said it was harsh, but it adds to a long list of famous goals that never were. We've taken a look at some of the most memorable of them stretching back down the years.

    Gareth Bale
  4. Rodgers praises Vardy 'appetite'

    Leicester v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the media ahead of their home game against Tottenham on Saturday and says his team were unfortunate to lose at Old Trafford last weekend.

    He has also backed striker Jamie Vardy, who he says is "up there with the very elite strikers." Vardy has three goals in five Premier League games this season.

    Rodgers said: "He has so much to his game. That hunger, appetite and ability to score. I’ve worked closely with Jamie for a while now and there aren’t many players I’d swap him for."

    Jamie Vardy
  5. Webber signs new Norwich deal

    Norwich City's highly-rated sporting director Stuart Webber has agreed a three-year contract extension.

    Webber, who was linked with Manchester United in the summer, joined Norwich from Huddersfield in 2017.

    Webber brought in manager Daniel Farke, who, along with the 35-year-old Welshman, is credited with steering the Canaries back to the top flight after a three-year absence.

  6. Dyche confirms Gudmundsson fitness

    Burnley v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche says that Johann Berg Gudmundsson is fit to face Norwich on Saturday but a late decision will be made on whether he's included in the squad.

    "We’re entering a group of games against teams outside the top six, but we know all about the realities of the Premier League," Dyche said. "The last result won’t owe (Norwich) anything.

    "Norwich are a decent side and they are learning all the time. But they are not about one man [Teemu Pukki] and our defensive unit have come up against some top strikers in their time.”

  7. New Blades

    Everton v Sheff Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Bramall Lane

    It has been an interesting few days at Sheffield United.

    The court case that went against former chairman Kevin McCabe on Monday means a new owner for the Blades, now Prince Abdullah has been given the green light to take full control.

    There are many questions for Prince Abdullah to answer, not least whether he intends to sell the club straight on given it is worth far more than the £10m he has to pay McCabe for his 50% stake.

    Prince Abdullah will be speaking to the media at 14:00 BST, along with chief executive Stephen Bettis and manager Chris Wilder.

    Sheffield United
  8. Iran must let women into football grounds, says Fifa

    Fifa president Gianni Infantino says Iran must start allowing women into football stadiums.

    Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men's teams have been playing since just after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

    But Infantino hopes to see a change in place for the country's World Cup qualifier with Cambodia next month.

    "Our position is firm and clear. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran," he said.

    You can read the full story here.

  9. Howe 'desperate' for Saints win

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his team is "desperate" to claim their first Premier League win at Southampton on Friday having never beaten their fellow south-coast club at St Mary's Stadium since gaining promotion to the top flight.

    "We haven't won one yet in the Premier League and we're desperate to do that as soon as we can," Howe said. "They've improved under their new manager, implemented his philosophy, certainly a very hard-working team. I think we're aware that this holds extra importance for our supporters and everybody locally so I think that has its own responsibility."

  10. Name your pirates XI


    We asked you to come up with a pirates XI in tribute to 'talk like a pirate day', which is actually a thing!

    Ignore the lack of width and marvel in the names involved!

    Shiver me timbers, it's a great side!

    Pirates XI
  11. Pochettino wants Spurs improvement

    Leicester v Tottenham (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media after his team's draw at Olympiakos last night.

    He says: "We need to improve in all aspects. After leading 2-0 against Arsenal and Olympiakos, we aren't talking about quality, just being better in this type of situation. It must be about your mentality and your will."

    Asked about the performance of Christian Eriksen, who was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, he added: "I'm happy with his performance, maybe yesterday wasn't his best, like the team, but I'm happy with his commitment, he ran a lot and provided effort."

    Christian Eriksen
  12. Hate crime at football matches rises by 47%

    Incidents of hate crime at football matches in England and Wales rose by 47% last season, according to new Home Office figures.

    In the 2018-19 season there were hate crime incidents - 79% of which related to race - at 193 matches, up from 131.

    Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among Premier League players targeted.

    But football-related arrests dropped overall by 10% to 1,381 in 2018-19.

    The Home Office report said the rise in hate crime is likely to be partially down to improvements in recording incidents at matches.

    You can read the full story here.

  13. Holtby signs for Blackburn Rovers

    Blackburn Rovers have announced the signing of former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby.

    The 29-year-old German international was a free agent and has signed a two-year deal.

    Lewis Holtby
  14. Wilder backs 'invaluable' Jagielka

    Everton v Sheffield Utd (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Phil Jagielka has a crucial role to play for the club, despite limited game time following his return to Bramall Lane.

    The 37-year-old has made only one brief cameo appearance in the Premier League since leaving Everton in the summer and is unlikely to start on Saturday at Goodison Park.

    But Wilder said: "Not just for this game, Phil's been a really important part of the group. Obviously he's not had a lot of football this year but it was always going to be the case that if Jags wasn't playing his input would be invaluable.

    "He's filled us with confidence at times in terms of what to expect in the Premier League and the self-belief in the team. He's been absolutely first class. He's trained as if he was an 18-year-old."

    Phil Jagielka
  15. Name your pirates XI


    Janne Jarvis: Kylian Treasure-Mappé

    So good it deserves an entry on its own.

  16. Ballon d'Or to hand out best goalkeeper award

    Speaking of the Ballon d'Or, the best goalkeeper in the world will be awarded the 'Yachine' trophy, named after former Soviet keeper Lev Yashin, during the ceremony in December, organisers have said.

    Yashin, who played for the Soviet Union from 1954-67, is the only keeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award, in 1963.

    The Ballon d’Or was originally given to Europe's best player and voted for by journalists. It is now a global award with coaches and captains of national teams allowed to vote as well. France Football said the list of 10 nominees for the keeper award would be unveiled on 21 October.

    Liverpool's Alisson Becker
  17. Eto'o should have won Ballon d'Or - Mourinho

    Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o should've been crowned the world's best player at least once.

    The 38-year-old former Barcelona and Mallorca star recently retired from football.

    Mourinho, who was Eto'os coach at Inter Milan and Chelsea, told Cameroon Radio: "It's difficult to understand how Samuel Eto'o never won the Ballon d'Or with the impressive career he had.

    "He played three champions league finals, winning two with Barcelona and scoring in both finals. He also won one champions league at Inter and won many league titles.

    "He was the best striker in the world for several years and I think he deserved a Ballon d'Or but these are things out of our control."

    Eto'o and Mourinho at Inter Milan
  18. Name your pirates XI


    Rob Methley: Jolly Roger Milla.

    Chris: Peg-Leg Arphexad in goal for the pirates XI?

    John Patton: David Treasure-guet

    Sam Jones: Surely you can’t have a pirate XI without a (Troy) Parrott?! (He plays for Spurs)

    Shiver me timbers, well done...

  19. Ozil 'rested' for Europa League game

    Eintracht Frankfurt v Arsenal (17:55 BST)

    Talking of fatigue Mesut Ozil has been "rested" for Arsenal's Europa League group game at Eintracht Frankfurt this evening. That is despite playing only 71 minutes this season.

    The 30-year-old missed the start of the season after being targeted by carjackers and because of illness.

    "I decide which players can be best and also the players not and that is Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mesut," boss Unai Emery said.

    Mesut Ozil
  20. Fatigue is not an issue - Neves

    Wolves v Sporting Braga (20:00 BST)

    Wolves are making their main draw debut in the Europa League this evening as they face Sporting Braga at home. It's their 12th games of the season, but they are one of two teams yet to win in the Premier League.

    But Ruben Neves says European games have nothing to do with their poor Premier League form, having finished last season in seventh.

    He said: "Fatigue doesn't have anything to do with it, we're all top players and are used to it.

    "The Europa League doesn't have anything to do with our position."

    Ruben Neves