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By Andy Donley, Gemma Collis and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's your lot from us today, we hope you've enjoyed it, and thanks for getting involved with your suggestions for the loneliest job in sport. Without you, I'd have been putting myself forward.

    Of course, we've got the small matter of that Manchester derby to bring you soon, as well as the night's other two EFL Cup fixtures. Our live text commentary gets rolling at 18:30 BST, and from there you'll be able to find radio commentary as well.

    We'll be back at the same time tomorrow morning for more football gossip and breaking sporting news. 

    See you then!

  2. History to be made?

    EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United and Manchester City have met 172 times, but never before has a competitive game between the two sides gone to extra time or penalties. 

  3. Why should Jose be happy?


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    Video caption: Man Utd: Why should Jose Mourinho still be cheerful?

    He'll be hoping because of a derby victory in a few hours...

  4. Youngsters could start for Chelsea

    EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    Image caption: England under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice for Chelsea last season, once in the FA Cup and once in the League.

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could give starts to his younger players during tonight's EFL fourth round cup tie against West Ham. 

    The Blues have had three consecutive wins since changing to a 3-4-3 formation - including a 4-0 victory over Manchester United - but Conte is keen to try out different players.

    Academy-graduates Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina have all been earning first-team minutes from the bench in recent weeks, but could start this evening. 

    The Italian manager said: "In these last three games we did very well. It’s normal when you play with the same players. They take confidence in the role to play together."

    "It’s important also for example in this game, the cup, to find a new solution. If you have during the season an injury, then it’s important to have a good solution ready."

  5. Cresswell excited for London stadium debut

    EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

    Aaron Cresswell
    Image caption: West Ham lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season

    West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell was "gutted" to miss their first game at the Olympic Stadium due to injury, but is excited to make his London stadium debut tonight as they play Chelsea in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. 

    The 26-year-old has had to sit on the sidelines for three months after injuring his knee during a pre-season friendly in July.

    Cresswell made an impact on his return during West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, setting up Lanzini for the winner before later being sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a minute.

    “I’ve been waiting for this game for the past three months," Cresswell told the Evening Standard.

    "To finally step across that white line and onto the London Stadium pitch will be fantastic."

    "Chelsea were excellent against Manchester United on Sunday. We know we have a tough cup tie tonight but we’re all looking forward to it.” 

  6. Ayew fit to play

    EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45 BST)

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    West Ham co-chairman David Gold seems confident Ghanaian international Andre Ayew will be making a return for the club this evening in their EFL Cup fourth round tie against Chelsea.

    The former Swansea forward hasn't featured for the Hammers since sustaining an injury on the opening day of the season, also against the Blues.

    We thought it was a thigh injury though, David?

  7. Bilic likes West Ham's chances if they beat Chelsea

    EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45)

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    Video caption: Big teams drawn together helps West Ham - Slaven Bilic

    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says the fact that big teams such as Liverpool, Tottenham and the Manchester clubs have been drawn together gives him hope if the Hammers reach the last eight of the EFL Cup.  

    The Croat's side face Chelsea tonight at home at 19:45 BST in the last 16.

    West Ham have struggled since their move to the Olympic stadium, claiming only 10 points from their first nine games.

    But Bilic says the team have started training at the stadium to try and make their new ground feel like home.

  8. Can cup kick-start Sunderland's season?

    EFL Cup fourth round, Southampton v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Sunderland manager David Moyes believes progressing in the EFL Cup can help the Premier League's bottom club find form.

    The Black Cats, who visit Southampton in the fourth round, have taken just two league points from the 27 available since Moyes took charge.

    "I want to get through in the cup, I really do, but if possible I'd like to probably leave out John O'Shea, Jermain Defoe and Steven Pienaar," said Moyes.

    Saints boss Claude Puel says record signing Sofiane Boufal will not start.

    Puel's side have lost just once - to Inter Milan in the Europa League - in nine matches but will again be without the injured Shane Long, Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett and Cedric Soares.  

    David Moyes
  9. Man City seeking a response

    EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola

    He won his first 10 games as Manchester City manager but, since then, not too much has gone right for Pep Guardiola. 

    If his side don’t beat neighbours Manchester United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening, it will be the first time he has gone six games without a win in his nine-year managerial career in Spain, Germany and England.

    City have lost two and drawn three of their past five games – enough to equal Pep’s previous worst winless run, which came in February and March 2009 when he was Barcelona boss.

    Perhaps we should expect a response from City at Old Trafford tonight, however. Guardiola’s Barca responded by winning their next seven games in a row and went on to win the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey that season.

  10. 'Next few weeks important for United'


    Phil Neville

    MOTD2 pundit and former Man Utd defender

    Manchester United made a disastrous start against Chelsea on Sunday - and got worse as the game went on.

    From what I saw from United in their 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, I don't think they are anywhere near the level that their manager Jose Mourinho wants them to be at, and it will probably take them a lot more time to get there.

    But what I would add is that they have come out of a period of tough games, and they are going into a spell where their fixtures look a lot more winnable. Mourinho said so himself afterwards.

    The next few weeks are an important time for them because you don't win the league by beating the clubs around you - you win it by beating everyone else.  

    Read more of Phil's thoughts here.

  11. 'Zlatan & Pogba need to turn up tonight'

    EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba

    Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Manchester United with big reputations and for big money, but it’s fair to say we have only seen flashes of what they are capable of so far. 

    The Swedish striker hasn’t scored in the Premier League since the gift he was presented by Claudio Bravo in the derby six weeks ago, while Pogba has struggled for consistency since his £89m move this summer. 

    Both need to turn up tonight if Jose Mourinho’s side are to avenge that defeat at the hands of City on the home turf.

  12. Valencia fined for bottle thrown at players


    FC Barcelona players are hit by objects thrown from the stands after Lionel Messi scores a last minute penalty.

    Valencia have been fined 1,500 euros (£1,340) after a water bottle was thrown from the stands at Barcelona's players during Saturday's La Liga game.

    The Spanish Football Federation warned Valencia that it may close its Mestalla Stadium if similar incidents happen.

    The plastic bottle was thrown into a huddle of celebrating Barca players after Lionel Messi's 94th-minute winning penalty secured a 3-2 victory.

    Luis Suarez and Neymar both fell to the floor after the bottle landed.

    Spain's football federation criticised the Barca players for their "exaggerated reaction" and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added "nothing justified" the reaction of the Valencia supporters.

    It also praised Valencia for quickly identifying the fan who threw the bottle.

  13. 'Harrison likely to be first choice'

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    Teimana Harrison

    England head coach Eddie Jones says Northampton's Teimana Harrison is the favourite to fill the troublesome open-side flanker spot against South Africa.

    England have been hit by injuries in the back row, with James Haskell, Sam Jones and Mike Williams all ruled out, along with the versatile Maro Itoje.

    Harrison, 24, lasted just half an hour in England's last Test match against Australia in Sydney.

    "He's gone back and worked on his game very hard," Jones told BBC Sport.

    "His last game against Castres was exceptional and he's probably our number one choice open-side flanker at the moment."

  14. Klitschko eyes Joshua fight in spring


    Wladimir Klitschko

    Wladimir Klitschko says he wants to fight British heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua in "March or April".

    A planned December bout fell through because the fighters "ran out of time", said Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente.

    "That'll be the biggest heavyweight fight for years," former world champion Klitschko, 40, told German newspaper Bild.

    The WBA has yet to state whether its vacant title would be on the line.

    Promotor Eddie Hearn initially blamed confusion over the titles on offer and a "minor injury" to Ukrainian Klitschko for the failure to arrange a 2016 date.

  15. Kuznetsova a cut above in Singapore


    Svetlana Kuznetsova

    Svetlana Kuznetsova has won again at the WTA Finals - and she didn't even need to cut her hair this time. 

    The Russian, who gave herself a mid-match trim in Monday's victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, beat Karolina Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-6) after both players served for the match in the third set.

    Kuznetsova has now won both her matches in the white group in Singapore and will qualify for the semi-finals if Radwanska defeats Garbine Muguruza in the second match on Wednesday.

    They are currently on serve at 6-5 to Radwanska in the first set.

  16. Hirst criticism for FA's Clarke

    Homophobia in sport

    Britain’s first openly gay rugby league player Keegan Hirst says FA chairman Greg Clarke’s views on footballers coming out are “pretty negative and old-fashioned”. 

    Clarke said he was “cautious” about encouraging players tocome out because they would “suffer significant abuse”. 

    “What he said was that he didn’t think it was the right time for a footballer to come out, which begs the question, when is the right time?" Hirst said on a BBC Sport Facebook Live, which you can watch here. 

    "Eventually someone is going to take the plunge and I think there are lots of things in place for footballers to get the support they need from the club, supporters’ bodies and social media. So what he is saying is pretty negative and a bit old fashioned. 

    "Maybe if he got out on terraces a bit more and saw what was really going on, he wouldn‘t make comments like that."

  17. 'Significant security challenge' at West Ham-Chelsea'

    EFL Cup fourth round, West Ham v Chelsea (19:45)

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Police at West Ham

    West Ham, Chelsea, stadium operators LS185 and the Metropolitan Police all hope this fixture concludes without any major incidents.

    It will be a significant challenge for all concerned though.

    Given previous violent episodes within the stadium this season LS185 has been accused of failing to hire stewards with sufficient experience of dealing with football crowds.

    Critics point to the gulf in difference between marshalling June’s AC/DC concert and a potentially volatile London derby. 

    Tonight, around 1,000 stewards will be on duty in a bid to prevent or deal with disorder.

    Other problems exist, though. Radio communication technology needed by police will not be installed within the ground until February. 

    But given concerns over this game the Metropolitan Police says it has a tactical “comprehensive plan” in place that will allow officers to operate within the stadium if called upon.

    However, with 5,200 Chelsea fans and tens of thousands of home fans, the biggest task may come with dealing with security in the relatively open expanse of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before and after the match.

  18. Get Involved - loneliest jobs in sport


    Sam Daniels: Zlatan on Monday Night at Anfield, when United played 7 at the back.

    Clearly not a fan of Mr Mourinho's tactics there Sam, I wonder whether Jose will be more gung-ho tonight, or whether you'll be left spluttering into your Horlicks? 

    We still want to hear your suggestions for the loneliest jobs in sport. Send them in to #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  19. 'Mourinho needs the win more'

    EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

    What a difference six weeks can make. When Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola met for the first time as the managers of Manchester United and Manchester City last month, both had made 100% starts to the season. 

    Fast-forward 47 days and City are without a win in five as Guardiola suffers the worst run of his managerial career, while Mourinho finds himself under scrutiny with his side seventh in the table after suffering the worst Premier League defeat of his career - 4-0 at Chelsea. 

    Both need a win tonight, but who needs it more? I’d say Mourinho, who for all the money spent in the summer is in danger of seeing a promising start evaporate and the team be no closer to the top of the table than under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before him.

  20. If Man City win...

    EFL Cup fourth round, Man Utd v Man City (20:00 BST)

    ... the omens look good...

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