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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Harry Poole

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all we've got time for this afternoon.

    Tonight's Premier League live text will very shortly be up and running - you can join that over here.

    Thanks for joining us today.

  2. The most memorable guards of honour

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Tonight though, it will be all eyes on the Etihad where Manchester City will give Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour when the two teams meet later.

    "We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way," City boss Pep Guardiola said this week. "We are going to do it because they deserve it."

    That's very gracious of Pep. He didn't have to - there's nothing actually in the Premier League guidebook that officially obliges a club to give one. Think of it more like a gentleman's agreement.

    Click here to read about other memorable guards of honour, such as Chelsea clapping on the likes of Fangzhou Dong and Kieran Lee when they hosted champions Manchester United in 2006-07.

  3. Soucek pleased with first Hammers goal

    Chelsea v Watford (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Watford will be hoping to emulate West Ham's efforts last night, as the Hammers defeated Chelsea 3-2 to move away from trouble.

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  4. 'One result can change a season'

    Chelsea v Watford (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    We thought we might be hearing from Watford manager Nigel Pearson today - but instead it is his assistant Craig Shakespeare who has been taking care of press conference duties.

    Having cleared up the situation regarding Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina, Shakespeare has spoken about the football and Watford's urgent need to move clear of danger.

    “The results at the moment are the most important and we know that one result and your season can change very quickly.

    "Everyone knows the basics in football - about working hard, desire, tempo all those type of things. Were not saying that there’s no effort. I think sometimes when the tension's there our job as coaches is to make sure they’re relaxed, but they have a desire and tempo to play and that’s what we’ve been working on this week.”

    Craig Shakespeare
  5. The latest chapter in Klopp v Guardiola

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the only manager to win four top-flight fixtures against Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

    Will he add another victory later as the Reds chase that record points tally?

    Liverpool's only win in their past 10 league games at Etihad Stadium arrived in Klopp's first match in charge against City, back in November 2015.

    Graphic saying that Pep Guardiola has lost eight times as a manager against Jurgen Klopp
  6. Post update

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Before lockdown, Manchester City fans went head to head with Liverpool fans in a battle of dizzy penalties.

    Host Yung Filly has an embarrassing forfeit for the loser.

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    Video caption: Dizzy penalties: Man City fans v Liverpool fans
  7. Early team news

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Manchester City will be without the suspended Fernandinho tonight as the midfielder begins a two-match ban following his red card against Chelsea.

    Sergio Aguero is out for the season, while Eric Garcia could again be absent due to the head injury he suffered against Arsenal.

    For Liverpool, James Milner is back in training after a hamstring issue saw him miss the win over Crystal Palace. Defender Joel Matip will miss the rest of the campaign because of a foot injury.

    Fernandinho playing for Manchester City against Chelsea
  8. Battling for Europe at Bramall Lane

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (18:00 BST)

    The stage is set for the first of tonight's two Premier League fixtures.

    Who will come out of this one with their European aspirations very much intact?

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  9. Race for Europe & fight for survival

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    Michal Koziol: think when you look at the calendar remaining and the form of the teams, United will finish 3rd and Leicester will drop out of top 4. 4th between Chelsea and wolves

  10. 'They've made a mistake and want to make amends'

    Cheslea v Watford (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Watford

    More from Watford assistant Craig Shakespeare on Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina as the trio return to training after reportedly breaching social distancing guidlines.

    “When they apologised to us all, once we had welcomed them back in, we try and get on with it as normal," he said.

    "They’ve admitted they're wrong. They've settled back into it. They know they’ve made a mistake and they want to make up for it.

    "We’ve drawn a line under it. We move on. Can we rectify them? Yes we can. The next chance is against Chelsea. If they play their part then all well and good.”

  11. Hull pay undisclosed fee to sign Wilks from Barnsley

    Hull City have signed forward Mallik Wilks from Championship rivals Barnsley on a permanent basis.

    The 21-year-old moved to the Tigers on loan in January and has agreed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    Grant McCann's side have also signed centre-back Festus Arthur from Stockport County on a three-year contract.

    The 20-year-old - born in Hamburg and of Ghanaian descent - joins immediately for an undisclosed fee after making 31 National League appearances this term.

  12. Reading release trio including Mannone

    To the Championship now and Reading have released striker Danny Loader, winger Adrian Popa and goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

    Loader made 12 appearances in 2019-20, while Popa has been on loan with Steaua Bucharest. Ex-Arsenal and Sunderland keeper Mannone, 32, was loaned to Minnesota United and Esbjerg.

    Short-term extensions have been agreed with six permanent first-team members. Chris Gunter, Charlie Adam, Tyler Blackett, Garath McCleary, Gabriel Osho and Jordan Obita were previously out of contract on 30 June.

  13. Real wish Hakimi well after agreeing Inter deal

    A little bit more now on Achraf Hakimi, who is joining Inter Milan from Real Madrid after spending the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

    The Morocco international, 21, joins Antonio Conte's side on a five-year deal. Real have wished the left-back well for the next stage of his career.

    “The club wants to thank Achraf for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behaviour since he came to our academy in 2006," read a club statement.

  14. Lundstram doubtful, O'Connell nears return

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (18:00 BST)

    John Lundstram

    Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram is a doubt due to the shoulder injury that forced him off against Arsenal on Sunday.

    Defender Jack O'Connell is nearing a return after sitting out all four of their matches since the restart with a knee issue.

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has no new injury concerns, but defenders Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth remain sidelined.

  15. Race for Europe & fight for survival

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    SMS Message: As a massive Watford fan, I really hope that they find their form now as we now need to start picking up points more than ever. We also have top class players like: Doucoure, Deulofeu and Sarr. They deserve to be in the Premier League and will thrive under the right manager from Gavriel
    Gavriel
  16. Gray, Chalobah & Quina available for Hornets

    Chelsea v Watford (Sat, 20:00 BST)

    Andre Gray

    Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina will be available for Watford after being left out of Sunday's defeat by Southampton after Gray reportedly breached social distancing guidelines by hosting a party at his home on Friday.

    Speaking on the players, Watford assistant boss Craig Shakespeare said: “We have got to the bottom of it and they have apologised to staff and players individually and collectively.

    “It was a club decision. For the health and safety of all our players and everybody else, we thought it was the right decision to make at the time.

    “They have apologised and they are back in training with us and they are fit for selection.”

  17. Race for Europe & fight for survival

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    SMS Message: A LOT of Man Utd and Chelsea fans not even thinking about Wolves. Sheer arrogance, "big club" blindness. Here's hoping Wolves teach them a lesson. from Sam
    Sam
  18. 'This could go so many ways'

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Big Zuu's prediction: This could go so many ways. City could just be so angry that they absolutely dominate us. We could be a bit hung-over, or we could turn up and say 'we are Premier League champions, let's go and show it'.

    I think it will be tight, but there will be some goals because of the quality of both attacks - there is going to be lot of really intricate passes played to try and open each other up - and both teams will go as hard as they can. 2-2.

  19. 'I just don't expect it to be a classic'

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Football Expert

    City have had to watch Liverpool wrap up the title but Pep Guardiola's side are trying to win every other trophy this season, and they are going well.

    Last season, this fixture was a thriller - with City winning 2-1 and John Stones making a brilliant goal-line clearance to help them secure victory at an electric Etihad Stadium with everyone in the ground knowing the title was on the line.

    This scenario is clearly very different. Both teams will have something to prove, of course, but the main thing driving both of them this time will probably be that they don't want to lose. Quite often in games like that, nothing really happens.

    There is no way Guardiola will field a weakened team this time, or Jurgen Klopp for that matter, but I just don't expect it to be a classic for some reason. It doesn't help that there won't be any fans there.

    Prediction: 1-1.

  20. Everybody should be speaking out about racism - Hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi spoke to BBC Sport's Alex Howell earlier this week, saying it's important for everybody to speak about racism, not just footballers.

    While he was still playing at Borussia Dortmund, Hakimi and his team-mates showed support for the late George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement during Bundesliga matches.

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    Video caption: Everybody should be speaking out about racism - Hakimi