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Live Reporting

Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's it from the football live page today - it was a busy one!

    Before you go may I point you in the direction of some of the stories that have emerged over the last few hours:

    But, for now, farewell!

  2. Foxes focused on season run-in

    Leicester v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Although Aston Villa are second-bottom in the Premier League table, Brendan Rodgers says that third-placed Leicester won't take them lightly on Monday.

    “They have their strengths, and we have to prepare for those," said the Foxes' boss. "But it’s about us and how we can hurt Aston Villa – that’s our focus.

    “We’re into the last 10 games of the season now, so we want to give everything and bring our best into each and every game.”

  3. Chelsea return will be 'emotional' - Ancelotti

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says his return to Chelsea will be "an emotional moment for me" after he spent two seasons there and won the double in 2009-10.

    "I have fantastic memories from the period I was there, I had two unbelievable seasons, and I’m really excited to go back."

    Chelsea manager and former midfielder Frank Lampard played under Ancelotti while the Italian was at Stamford Bridge and has been impressed with his graduation to management.

    Ancelotti said: "I thought he could be a manager, he did well last year, he's doing really well this season, it’s not been an easy season for Chelsea. I’m really pleased to meet him after a long time. I don't know if I can shake his hand, but to meet him will be nice for me."

  4. 'I got a much better feel from the team on Wednesday'

    Leicester v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    The absence of midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been seen as a big reason for Leicester's dip in form but boss Brendan Rodgers was asked if the return of Ndidi and Jamie Vardy can help spur the Foxes on to a strong finish having slipped seven points off second-placed Manchester City.

    "They’re two fantastic players, but our focus is very much on moving forward," said Rodgers. "We’re sat in a fantastic position at this stage of the season.

    "Because of the consistency and the level to which the players have worked, we’ve had a little blip, but I got a much better feel from the team on Wednesday.

    "They were back to the commitment and the pressure that we’ve had in games.

    "We’re always honest enough to go away and assess how we can be better and that actually gives us confidence going forward. We’ll always appraise what we can do better and that will be the process for us."

  5. Foxes to assess Chilwell

    Leicester v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell will be assessed after he 'twinged his hamstring' during Wednesday's FA Cup win over Birmingham.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers said: "Most are back fine. We might have to have a look at Chilwell, but we’ll see how he is over the next few days."

  6. Lampard on Gilmour

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is trying to keep Billy Gilmour's feet on the ground after the young Scottish midfielder came in to produce an impressive performance in Tuesday's FA Cup win over Liverpool.

    "He enjoyed it," said Lampard. "But he is a determined lad, smart and understands that the hard work starts now."

  7. New Calvert-Lewin deal 'very close' - Ancelotti

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is "very close" to signing a new deal with the club after scoring eight goals in his last 10 Premier League games.

    He also said the club were talking to left-back Leighton Baines about a new deal. Ancelotti said: "There is a possibility, we are going to talk with him to see what he's going to do. It's important to have him the next season, he shows fantastic attitude in training and games."

  8. McGinn close to return

    Leicester v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says John McGinn is edging closer to a return. The Scotland international has been sidelined since December with a fractured ankle but Smith believes he could be in contention for the game against Chelsea on 14 March.

    "He’s nearer, he’s trained with us," said Smith. "We’ve not had him in contact as yet but he has been involved in possession sessions and some shape work as well.

    "He has had a CT scan today to ensure there is a full union on the fracture. He’s certainly getting to where we want him to be.

    "But he feels really good which is the important thing. He will be pushing me for Chelsea that’s for sure.

    "Once he gets on that training ground he will move quickly."

  9. 'He was a great player for me'

    Arsenal v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United


    Here's more from West Ham boss David Moyes, whose opposite number at Emirates Stadium on Saturday will be Mikel Arteta, who he signed as a player during his time at Everton.

    "He was a great player for me. He helped change Everton, the team and the way we played. we had so many good players at the time, and it changed what we had and improved us greatly."He was always a really good football player first and foremost. It took him a little time to settle in, but once he got used to the physical elements of the Premier League, he developed into a really good captain. His professionalism rubbed off on a lot of people around him at the time."He gave us something different, and probably the biggest disappointment was when I had to sell him to Arsenal. We missed him because he was an exceptional player."I know him and Steve Round very well. I think Mikel's started well, he's learned from one of the best coaches in the world [Pep Guardiola], and he'll go on to a very good and successful career as a manager. Hopefully i'll see him after the game."

  10. Ancelotti says playing behind doors is difficult

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was asked about coronavirus potentially affecting football and said that the club would follow government advice and it had not changed how they train.

    But he did say that playing games behind closed doors was "really difficult" without fans. He added: "Nobody is used to it. Supporters are really important and are part of the game but I think this is a moment and I hope in April, things are going to be normal."

    The former AC Milan boss also said that he had been in touch with friends based in Italy. He said: "The situation is not good, it's really difficult because everything is closed. I think the situation is under control. Italy of course is more involved than other countries, but I think the ministers took the right decision."

  11. Vardy should feature against Villa

    Leicester v Aston Villa (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that his side's top scorer Jamie Vardy, 33, should feature after a 'low-grade calf strain'.

    Rodgers said: "He looked very good in training this morning, the idea is that he’ll be available for Monday. We’re still on track for that.

    "We’re hoping that the measures we take behind the scenes – from medical science – can help him. He’s a very important player for us and has been for a number of years.

    "He’s at the age where you’re looking after your body and hopefully you get that little bit of luck.

    "Hopefully he’s clear now because him being available for us in this last section of the league is very important for us."

  12. 'Anfield a big influence'

    Liverpool v Bournemouth (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    One record Liverpool can continue this weekend is fortress Anfield.

    The Reds can go 22 games unbeaten at home if they manage another three points against Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Jurgen Klopp is asked how big a part the supporters have played in the team’s dominance at home.

    “I realised a while ago how big the influence and impact the support is at Anfield.

    "We never really thought about statistics but in this moment it doesn’t really feel like we won the last 22 and that’s how defeats change things.

    "We would never ignore the things that have happened to us, results wise or injury wise.

    "We have to create an atmosphere again, use that atmosphere and then have the right mind set – our people as well, because it’s not only is that we lost as a team but our supporters lost them as well.

    "It’s about a reaction and fighting back with an atmosphere that’s really exceptional.

    It's not about records, it's about creating the biggest possibility of winning the next football match."

  13. Lampard gives fitness update

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)


    Frank Lampard said that he "hopes" Tammy Abraham will be available, although the Chelsea striker has not started training with the first team again yet.

    But winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has suffered a setback.

    "He had a re-injury and is having a scan later today," said Lampard. "It’s tough for him.

    "He wasn’t rushed back. He did it training back with us. It’s another injury for us. We have had the worst injury list but we are working."

    The Chelsea boss added: "We had an in-house game which Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek played. I just watched it and they are trying to find match fitness.

    "Mateo Kovacic is not fit and we will assess Willian. He is a question mark for the weekend."

  14. 'Trust what the Premier League tells us'

    Liverpool v Bournemouth (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    The Premier League and EFL have said pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus this weekend.

    Jurgen Klopp is clear his stance on the subject hasn't changed from the midweek press conference he gave after being beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup.

    "My answer will not change. Of course we get information every day and we trust the things the Premier League tell us.

    "So, that’s what we need to do – handshakes or no handshakes. Mascots or no mascots, to decrease the probability of infection.

    "As I said after the Chelsea game, people with more knowledge than me will make decisions and we hope and trust that they make the right ones."

  15. 'We have to force a way through'

    Liverpool v Bournemouth (Sat, 12:30 GMT)


    Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are down in the relegation fight in the Premier League table.

    The Cherries are in the drop zone in 18th place on goal difference but Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by the way Howe's side can take advantage of a set play.

    "Bournemouth are especially dangerous at set-pieces," Klopp said.

    "I think they have scored 50% of their goals like this from set-pieces, which is impressive, so we have to respond there, play football and force a way through.

    "We have to be perfectly protected because of the threat of a counter-attack through Josh King and Ryan Fraser.

    "That's what we have to do and it wouldn't have been different if we had won. We want to fight and that's what we have to do."

  16. Lampard coy on Giroud future

    Chelsea v Everton (Sun, 14:00 GMT)


    Olivier Giroud has come back into the starting line-up in recent weeks but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard didn't give anything away on whether the French striker wants to stay with the Blues next season.

    "I’m not jumping ahead to the summer." he said. "We have a big job to do now."

  17. 'Derbies are special'

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Here is more from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby:

    "I love it. Derbies are special," he said. "The situation this season is a little bit different because we are playing to improve and finish second, not to win the title. For them it is so important to qualify for the Champions League. It is important to improve what we want to do.

    "It was a good month for us after the little break that we had. We had West Ham at home, Leicester away, Real and then the final of the Carabao Cup. We know how difficult these games are. I think we did well. There are a lot of games still to play."

  18. Tettey and Pukki back for Norwich

    Sheffield Utd v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich have Alex Tettey and Teemu Pukki available again after injury for Saturday's match against Sheffield United. Christoph Zimmermann is also in full training and could return after three games out with a thigh problem.

    Timm Klose has also resumed training but is not yet ready for first-team return.

  19. De Bruyne in contention

    Man Utd v Man City (Sun, 16:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Kevin de Bruyne is in contention for return for Manchester City against rivals Manchester United. The Belgium international is back in training after missing the club's last two matches with a shoulder problem.

    Leroy Sane is making progress on his recovery from a knee injury but is not yet ready to make his comeback.

  20. Soucek could return for West Ham

    Arsenal v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    David Moyes had some good news on the injury front for West Ham, with Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko both returning to full training.

    Soucek, who joined West Ham from Slavia Prague in January, could feature against Arsenal on Saturday.

    "We're getting much closer to a full squad," said Moyes. "Tomas Soucek's doing very well and he's just about match-fit, very close to it now, so he's recovered very quickly. Yarmolenko's back training, so we're very close to getting everybody back fit."Andriy's not available this weekend, he's only just started training, but Tomas has got a very good chance [of featuring]."