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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That news from Arsenal, along with Jurgen Klopp saying that Liverpool would not contemplate playing different sides for the Carabao Cup and Club World Cup, were the best lines from today's news conferences.

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Saturday for live text commentary of Manchester United's game at Bournemouth (12:30 GMT) and the rest of the day's Premier League fixtures. Do join us.

    Until then, here's our top stories right now:

  2. Emery won't pick Xhaka

    Arsenal v Wolves (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Here's more on the news that Granit Xhaka will not be in the Arsenal squad for Saturday's game.

  3. Keeper Krul fit for the Canaries

    Brighton v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke said: "Tim Krul is ready to go, he has trained the last few days."

    "Todd Cantwell and Ibrahim Amadou are both doubts. The game comes too soon for Mario Vrancic. Onel Hernandez is in hospital with his partner, who is expecting the birth of their child. We will have to wait if he's available."

  4. Silva waiting on Mina

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)


    Everton boss Marco Silva has said that Yerry Mina's injury is 'nothing serious' and the Colombian defender will be assessed in training before Silva makes a decision on Sunday's game.

    "Yerry has been working with the team this morning. It's possible he can play," Silva said.

    There was no update regarding Bernard or Jean-Philippe Gbamin. The rest of Silva's squad is available.

  5. Sessegnon could make Spurs debut

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    With Danny Rose suspended, summer signing Ryan Sessegnon could make his Tottenham debut.

    "We're assessing all the players this weekend," said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. "We have a session tomorrow and then travel to Liverpool and we'll see if he can be involved.

    "I cannot say that he's complete in the way that we can say we trust him to play 90 minutes. We have a big squad, it's difficult to give the possibility, but he's still young.

    "He needs to work hard. He had a long period of injury, but for sure he is going to get an opportunity to play in the future.

    "He came from Fulham with a massive injury, we are working hard to try to give the level. Always when you have a squad like we have, a big squad, you need to wait for the opportunity and be ready."

  6. We cannot underestimate Watford - Lampard

    Watford v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Chelsea's seven-match winning run in all competitions was ended by Tuesday's 2-1 Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United and boss Frank Lampard is keen to bounce back against winless Watford.

    "We saw what they did last year, getting big results and regularly being a very strong team and making the FA Cup final," said the Chelsea boss.

    "We cannot underestimate the team that will be hurting because they haven't won for a while and will have every ambition to try and win this game, so I certainly have even more focus on what we need to do."

  7. 'Big ask for Hornets'

    Watford v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Watford have drawn a lot recently and are not conceding many goals at the moment, but it is a big ask for them to go from stopping teams playing to beating them, especially against a good side such as Chelsea.

    I am sure the Hornets will get their first win of the season soon, but I very much doubt they will get it this weekend.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-2. DMA'S prediction: 0-3.

  8. Selection dilemma for Lampard

    Watford v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said that he hopes Christian Pulisic can repeat performances like the one he produced at Burnley last week, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 win.

    That display has left him with a selection dilemma this week though.

    "It's a tough decision over who to select from Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro, but it's competition which means players know they have to perform," he said.

  9. Grealish back in Villa squad

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Captain Jack Grealish will be back in the Aston Villa squad for Saturday's game after suffering a calf injury in last week's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, which ruled him out of Wednesday's Carabao Cup win over Wolves.

    Villa boss Dean Smith said: "Jack has been out there training today. He's still a little bit sore but he is in contention to start and he wants to start.

    "I said earlier in the week that when there's contact injuries on soft tissues then you're going to get a small bleed in there, which he's got. But it's not going to do too much harm to him going out there, once adrenaline kicks in you feel very little anyway.

    "There's no long-term issue with that type of injury. The decision I have to make is whether he is fit enough to start."

  10. Rudiger remains out

    Watford v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Antonio Rudiger is not fit for Saturday's game. The German defender will see a consultant on Monday regarding a pelvic problem.

    N'Golo Kante may return for the Ajax game (in the Champions League, next Tuesday), while Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen are also close to a return from injury.

  11. Smith sympathetic to Liverpool fixture dilemma

    Aston Villa v Liverpool (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said that he is "expecting to play" their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Liverpool.

    "When we play it, I don't know," he said. "It's a great draw because of the history of the two clubs in the competition and they're the current champions of Europe.

    "We're not in discussions [with the EFL], I believe they've been liaising with Liverpool. I'm sympathetic and understanding to the reasons why it has to be changed."

  12. 'I love Pukki!' NFL superstar JJ Watt on his Premier League passion

    Across town this weekend, the NFL stages the final game of this year's London series at Wembley on Sunday.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars play the Houston Texans, whose defensive star JJ Watt is a huge Premier League fan. Who knew?!

    Video content

    Video caption: NFL superstar JJ Watt on who's better Messi or Ronaldo and his love for Teemu Pukki
  13. Xhaka 'not in Emery's mind'

    Arsenal v Wolves (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Unai Emery was asked outright if Granit Xhaka is still the Arsenal captain.

    The Gunners boss said he was thinking only about Saturday's game and that Xhaka was not "in his mind" for selection.

  14. Where does it leave Toffees boss Silva?

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Tottenham did not do very much wrong when I saw them lose 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday.

    If Son Heung-min had scored instead of hitting the bar as Spurs led 1-0 at the start of the second half, the outcome could have been different - but you have to remember the number of saves Paulo Gazzaniga had made to deny the Reds by that point.

    Keeping Everton out is not such a difficult task and although Spurs have not been at their best recently, I still think they should have too much for the Toffees.

    Where does that leave under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva? I don't know.

    His immediate future depends on the outlook of the club's owners, but if Everton don't win this game, I would say that Silva definitely cannot afford to lose his next one, which is away at Southampton.

    Lawro's prediction: 0-2. DMA'S prediction: 3-1.

  15. Lawro's predictions

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    In this week's Premier League predictions, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson is up against Tommy O'Dell from Australian rock band DMA'S.

    Tommy is from Sydney but his dad is an Everton fan from Liverpool - and he says he had no choice on who to support.

    He is keen to see a Toffees game when the band are touring the UK later this month supporting Liam Gallagher, and hopes they can find their form before then.

    "We won in the League Cup this week but, no, things are not going too well for us right now," Tommy told BBC Sport.

    "The last few weeks have been a bit brutal, and the amount of goals we concede from set-pieces is pretty harrowing, but I don't think sacking the manager is the answer. I hope Silva can turn things around.

    "The team is too good to be down where we are in the table but we have bought a lot of new players, and I think they are still getting used to playing with each other.

    "We played really well against Manchester City a few weeks ago but since then we have been very inconsistent and the Premier League is so tough, there is no hiding place."

  16. We need to back Alli - Pochettino

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Dele Alli's dip in form: "We need to remember that he's so young and the pressure is massive. He's English and everybody expects big things from him but he's still 23 years old.

    "He was fantastic then he dropped a bit in his performance but we must back him. We have to pay attention, to focus and try to improve in the way that everyone expects."

  17. Pochettino not happy about Lo Celso call-up

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Giovani Lo Celso has been called up to Argentina's latest squad but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is not happy. The midfielder picked up a hip injury while on international duty in September and has only made two substitute appearances for Spurs since.

    Pochettino said: "Being honest, I am not happy, but I accept because I defend the national team. I always back the decision of the national team because I was a player and I know what it means when you play for your flag."

  18. Spurs team news

    Everton v Tottenham (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) will be assessed before Sunday’s game but Erik Lamela (hamstring) is undergoing treatment and is unavailable.

    Hugo Lloris (elbow) remains out and Danny Rose (suspended) must serve a one-match ban.

  19. I agree, there's too many games - Guardiola

    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is also speaking to the media now and was asked about Jurgen Klopp's earlier comments that there are too many games for top-flight players.

    "I agree," he said. "If we have bigger squads, how do we pay them? We need less fixtures, less competitions, more recovery.

    "But I have been in meetings and it's always the same. We just talk about it.

    "I'm completely with Jurgen when he makes these statements, It's too much. I had to prioritise Ilkay Gundogan for the last game - no Kevin [de Bruyne], no Silva. Other clubs do the same."

  20. 'Do we go to the football ground to actually abuse our players?'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen spoke earlier on Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast about fans' attitude towards footballers.

    “I think this is a bigger problem," he said. "This is not right. Do we go to the football ground to actually abuse our players? When they’re driving the car and stop at lights, their own people [harass them]. Imagine if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hadn’t scored a goal? He’s their star player and he’s getting abused!

    "Yes, there’s a reaction from Xhaka. Yes, he shouldn’t do it. But there's a bigger picture to all this and I think some people’s attitudes towards footballers and feeling they can abuse whoever they like doesn’t sit well with me."