LiveFriday 4 March as it happened


  1. 15 Premier League news conferences
  2. Liverpool's Lucas out for up to six weeks
  3. Swansea boss Guidolin to miss Norwich visit
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Richard Winton

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman features a comprehensive preview of the weekend football in the company of former Tottenham boss David Pleat, former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown and Guardian writer Stuart James.

There is a review of the opening day of Great Britain's Davis Cup match with Japan and the latest from the Sport Relief 5-a-side challenge here at Media City.

Early team news

Southampton v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton's Charlie Austin will be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Fellow forward Shane Long misses out with a minor knee injury so Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane, who are both suffering goal droughts, could start.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole will be absent after suffering a head injury against Crystal Palace in midweek.

John O'Shea should overcome a calf problem but Jeremain Lens is still recovering from hernia surgery.

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North London derby preview

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

The key clash in the Premier League this weekend is undoubtedly at White Hart Lane where second-placed Spurs take on bitter rivals Arsenal, who are one place - and three points - behind them. He was on Question Time last night but former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has returned to his day job to preview the big match with BC Sport's Chris Bevan, and after that you watch our "Six of the Best from north London derbies" collection.

Early team news

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle are likely to be without injured defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba against Bournemouth.

Andros Townsend and Yoan Gouffran have knocks and will be assessed.

Bournemouth pair Harry Arter and Joshua King are doubts because of calf problems, while Junior Stanislas could again miss out with a hamstring injury.

Winger Max Gradel is again expected to be involved, having come through 85 minutes in midweek as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.


Manchester United news conference

West Brom v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal's first answer on the question of whether his 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, who has scored four goals in his first two appearances, should be picked for England at Euro 2016 was not encouraging.

"I think Mr Hodgson answered the question of the media," he said. But when pressed on whether it was too soon for Rashford he added: "It is never too early. I have said that also. Age is not so important."    

Record for British women

World Track Championship

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport

There's nothing quite like the roar of a home crowd.

A British record for the women's team pursuit! 

The quartet were disappointing in Thursday's qualifying, but were far more together on Friday and will now fight for bronze. They should really be battling for gold such is their class -  they lapped the Chinese team, who weren't in the same league - but it's ifs, buts and maybes.

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Alan Curtis with thoughts on the surprise midweek win at Arsenal and the team's next two matches after Norwich against fellow strugglers Bournemouth and Aston Villa. 

"We’ve got 30 points and survival will be perhaps another three wins," he says. "The way we played against Arsenal shows what we are capable of and we haven’t done that often enough."

Early team news

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 GMT)


Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a calf injury he suffered after going up for a corner against Swansea.

Cech will be replaced in goal by David Ospina. Laurent Koscielny has a damaged calf and has also been ruled out.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is available after missing the last two games with a groin injury.

Dele Alli could start after he was only used as a substitute against West Ham because of a minor ankle problem.

Swansea news conference

Swansea City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Swansea have confirmed that head coach Francesco Guidolin will remain in hospital over the weekend and so will miss Saturday’s game.

The Italian has been in hospital with a chest infection since Wednesday and was not in charge for the win over Arsenal. "He remains in a comfortable position and is making good progress, but doctors have advised that he misses this weekend’s game," said the club.

Burns set for title fight in Glasgow


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Former former WBO lightweight belt holder Ricky Burns will face Italian Michele Di Rocco for the WBA light welterweight title in Glasgow on 21 May.

Di Rocco, 33, has 40 wins, one loss and one draw from his 42 fights.

'This is much more like it'

Track World Championships

Matt Slater

BBC Sport

It was a very slow burn for the Brits in the first three sessions - the only real heat coming from disappointed athletes and flustered coaches - but they are cooking on gas now. 

Sprinters Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner, among the disgruntled on Wednesday, qualified second and fifth fastest for the last eight of the match sprint tomorrow, and Mark Cavendish made a solid start in the omnium. This is much more like it from British track cyclists.

Cavendish has Rio in sights

World Track Championships

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport

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It's a beautiful afternoon in London for the third day of the World Track Championships. Mark Cavendish was in Omnium action earlier on Friday and looked good in the scratch.

Just five more events to go for the Manxman, who must finish in the top three to make the Olympic team.

Crystal Palace news conference

Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

Alan Pardew also confirmed that striker Connor Wickham is "touch-and-go" for Sunday after picking up a knock against Sunderland and said that goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also struggling. 

"That's something we'll have to look at in the 11th hour, but Pape Souare's back on that left side, which is important. He will start," said Pardew.

Crystal Palace news conference

Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

Crystal Palace are without a league victory since beating Stoke on 19 December, dropping from fifth to 14th place in that time.

Is Alan Pardew worried? "Until we get our first win we can't look up the table. We've got a really good side when we're all fit and we have a balance."

Might that win come against Liverpool on Sunday?

"Liverpool were terrific," Pardew said of their 3-0 win over Manchester City. "That high-pressing game is exciting to watch. It doesn't always work though and if we can find a way around that, we can cause Liverpool problems like we have done in the past." 

Leicester news conference

Watford v Leicester (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

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Right, so, journalists have presented Claudio Ranieri with a bell...

The reason? Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater said earlier in the week that the manager uses an imaginary bell to get their attention during sessions. Seriously. 

"From the beginning, when something was wrong, I said dilly ding, dilly dong, wake up during training sessions," Ranieri explained. "So for Christmas, for every player and every member of staff I bought a little bell as a joke."

Not the kind of levity you would expect from league leaders, is it?

Chelsea news conference

Chelsea v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Chelsea's turnaround since Guus Hiddink strolled back to the Bridge has been truly remarkable. The Blues have not lost any of their 12 Premier League matches under the Dutchman, moving up to 10th.

And, whisper it quietly, they're only eight points off the top four with 10 games to go.

"A top-four finish is possible but others are knocking on the door, other candidates, West Ham, Stoke are close."

Leicester news conference

Watford v Leicester (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

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Claudio Ranieri dismisses links with the Italy national team job and says: "It's only speculation. My focus is on Leicester."

Asked about his team's chances of landing the Premier League title - having gone three points ahead after the midweek games - he adds: "There are 10 matches left. It'll be a big battle. Every match will be battles. Nobody can enjoy. Everyone must win."

Interesting turn of phrase old Claudio, hasn't he?

Manchester City news conference

Manchester City v Aston Villa (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manuel Pellegrini confirms Samir Nasri, Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph are "out for a few weeks more."

Replay: Shearer exacts revenge

You don't nutmeg Big Al and get away with it...

West Ham news conference

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

Slaven Bilic says Victor Moses and Enner Valencia "should definitely be back" for the FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United on 13 March, while James Tomkins "will be fit for the Chelsea game" [at Stamford Bridge on 19 March].

West Ham news conference

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

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says his team must focus on Goodison and not the midweek victory over Spurs  that leaves them in sixth place in the Premier League, only one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

"It was a great win on Wednesday, but we can't enjoy it, not even for a few days, because we have a game tomorrow," he insists. "We've put that game to bed and we're concentrating on Everton. It will give us even more confidence of course."  

BreakingArsenal news conference

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

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Arsene Wenger reveals that goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for "three or four weeks" with a calf injury.

Steady start for McIlroy at Doral


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Rory McIlroy is five shots off the lead after the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at the Trump National Doral in Florida. McIlroy carded a one under 71, finishing with a double bogey at the par three ninth, his 18th.

American Scott Piercy shares the lead with Australia's Marcus Fraser, with five-time major winner Phil Mickelson one back, Englishman Danny Willett four under after four birdies in his first nine holes and world number one Jordan Spieth three under.

Sport Relief

Best goal contender: foot like a traction engine

When the final whistle sounds at the Battle of the Five-A-Sides at 6.14pm on Saturday, Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage will pick their favourite goal. Here is a reminder of a few of the contenders so far. 

First up is the Sun's Freddie Nathan, who scored this belter from inside his own half...


Hello and welcome to another Sportsday. We have no less than 15 Premier League news conferences to sift through today, but while we work out how we are going to cope with this, let's have a look at Friday's back pages in the British press.