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Live Reporting

By Andy Donley

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  1. Goodnight

    That's it from me for the day, so I'm afraid you'll have to entertain yourselves for an hour or so until our coverage of tonight's big matches get underway.

    Can Pep Guardiola avoid a second embarrassing defeat at the hands of his former employers in as many weeks? We'll find out soon enough.

    I'll be back at 08:00 GMT tomorrow morning. See you then!

  2. Premier League XI


    Alex Meyers: De Gea; Bellerin, Koscielny, Alderweireld, Monreal; Pogba, Ozil, De Bruyne; Hazard, Sanchez, Aguero 

    Fahad Khan: Heaton, Azpilicueta, Fonte, Luiz, Bellerin, Kante, Ozil, Hazard, De Bruyne, Sanchez, Aguero, Costa

    Addy Field: De Gea, Rose, Koscielny, Alderweireld, Bellerin, Lallana, Allen, Kante, Hazard, De Bruyne, Aguero

    Addy has included Joe Allen in his team. And he's not joking either I suspect. Oh, how fickle the world of football is.  

    Thanks for getting involved everyone. I'm not sure any of those teams would be balanced enough to beat an Italian outfit, and the lack of England players is depressing, but we all had fun nonetheless.

  3. Man City team news

    Man City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero is expected to start for Manchester City against Barcelona on Tuesday, and right-back Pablo Zabaleta could be available.  

    City lost the away leg 4-0 in Spain and are second in Group C, one point in front of Borussia Monchengladbach.  

    Barcelona are without injured captain Andres Iniesta and defenders Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu, who was sent off in their first meeting.

    Midfielder Arda Turan has recovered from injury and is fit to play. Brazil Under-21 defender Marlon had to get a later flight to Manchester after forgetting his passport.

  4. My time will come - Giroud

    Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Olivier Giroud

    France striker Giroud is available for Arsenal after being hampered by a toe injury and faces a battle to regain a regular starting place because of the form of Alexis Sanchez.

    However, the 30-year-old scored two goals at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and could make his first start this season for Arsenal on Tuesday.

    "I'm just concentrating on what I have to do on the pitch. My time will come," said Giroud, who was sent off in Arsenal's opening Champions League game against Paris St-Germain.

    "Obviously I'd prefer to be on the pitch, but I came back late from the Euros. I was not fit enough to play first and then, unfortunately, after I had an annoying injury I needed to take my time to come back as soon as possible."

  5. Arsenal team news

    Ludogorets Razgrad (19:45 GMT)


    Arsenal's Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin will miss tonight's game at Ludogorets Razgrad.

    Walcott, Cazorla and Monreal each missed the Premier League win at Sunderland on Saturday through injury but Bellerin played the full match.

    Striker Olivier Giroud and midfielder Aaron Ramsey came on as substitutes in that match and could start.

    Midfielder Granit Xhaka, who was banned domestically, is also available.

  6. Celtic team news

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Celtic (19:45 GMT)

    Celtic defenders Kolo Toure and Jozo Simunovic - and striker Leigh Griffiths - will miss Tuesday's Champions League game at Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Centre-backs Toure and Simunovic stayed in Glasgow to work on their fitness, while Griffiths is ill.

    Left-back Kieran Tierney had already been ruled out through injury.

    Striker Raffael and midfielder Thorgan Hazard, who both missed Gladbach's 2-0 win in Glasgow through injury, face fitness tests.

  7. Premier League XI


    Nathanael Knell: GK - Heaton DEF - Rose, Matip, Koscielny, Bellerin MID - Kante, Coutinho, Ozil, Sanchez ATT - Firmino, Aguero 4-1-3-2

    Viv: PLXI = De Gea, Azpilicueta, Koscielny, Kompany, Bellerin, Kante, Silva, KDB, Coutinho, Sanchez, Aguero

    Kris Jefferson: GK - De Gea; DEF - Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Koscielny; MID - Payet, De Bruyne, Ozil, Coutinho, Hazard; ATT - Aguero, Sanchez

    Kris Jefferson is straight from the Kevin Keegan school of football management - five attacking midfielders and three defenders!

  8. 'Guardiola lets me express myself'


    Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling has been praised for his improved performances under Pep Guardiola so far this season.

    And the 21-year-old has been telling Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker that he is enjoying playing the Spanish manager, who gives him the freedom to express himself.

    Watch the interview either below or by following this link. 

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    Video caption: Man City's Raheem Sterling 'enjoying' freedom under Guardiola
  9. 'Unfair' to compare Aguero and Suarez

    Man City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it would be "unfair" to compare his striker Sergio Aguero with Luis Suarez of Barcelona before the two sides meet at Etihad Stadium tonight.  

    And he's absolutely right. 

    So, Aguero has 13 goals in 13 games so far this season, while Suarez has 10 in 14. 

  10. Can City stop Barcelona?

    Man City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Focus Forum

    So, can Manchester City stop Barcelona? Pundits Martin Keown and John Hartson attempt to answer that very question on the Focus Forum. 

    They also preview the rest of this week's Champions League fixtures, including Celtic travelling to Borussia Monchengladbach and Leicester visiting FC Copenhagen.

  11. Barca quiz

    Man City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Barca v British clubs

    Barcelona have played 31 matches against English sides in European competition, dating back to a European Cup tie with Wolves in 1960.

    But how much do you know about the games they have played since that 9-2 aggregate victory?

    You can put yourself to the test with our 5 live quiz.

  12. Who needs a towel?


    What do you do if you have been subbed off and are in the shower when your team score? If you are Guildford captain Darryl Siaw you join in the celebrations anyway.

    View more on twitter
  13. Graham to miss Scotland game

    Rugby League

    James Graham

    England will be without vice-captain James Graham for Saturday's Ladbrokes Four Nations match against Scotland but coach Wayne Bennett is confident he will be back for the crunch clash with Australia.

    The Canterbury Bulldogs prop will miss the game at the Ricoh Arena with a knee injury.

    "He's got a small medial tear. It's not serious, he should be right next week," said Bennett. 

    Bennett will restrict his changes to a minimum, bringing in Wigan duo George Williams and Liam Farrell after leaving them out of his initial 19-man squad for the game against the Kiwis in Huddersfield. 

  14. Premier League XI


    Luka Foley: GK- Courtois DEF- Azpilicueta, Matip, Vertonghen, Bellerin MID- Matic, Ozil, Coutinho OFF- Hazard, Costa, Sanchez

    Yan Kasianczuk: GK: De Gea. DEF: Bellerin, Vertonghen, Alderweireld MID: Payet, Eriksen, Ozil, De Bruyne ATT: Coutinho, Costa, Sanchez

    Charlie Jenner: GK - Lloris DEF - Kompany, Koscielny, Alderweireld, MID - Ozil, De Bruyne, Coutinho, Hazard, Sanchez ATT - Costa, Aguero 

    Rohit: GK: De Gea Def: Kyle Walker, Koscielny, Alderweireld, Shaw MID: De Bruyne, Pogba, Hazard CF: Sanchez ST: Aguero

    Rohit is so confident with his team he's only chosen 10 players...

  15. Scottish champions require 'A-game' in Germany

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Celtic (19:45 GMT)

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Image caption: Celtic will be missing defenders Kieran Tierney, Kolo Toure and Jozo Simunovic against Borussia Monchengladbach

    Brendan Rodgers' task as Celtic manager on Tuesday evening is as difficult as any he has encountered in his time in Glasgow so far.

    Faced with opposition who were, by his own admission, superior to his team as they won at Celtic Park, he must find a way to reverse that result on Borussia Monchengladbach's home territory.

    But not only that. He must do it with three key defenders absent through injury, meaning whatever defensive strategy he uses, it will be an unfamiliar combination.

    And while trying to ensure the new-look back-line stands firm, can Celtic produce the sort of scintillating attacking display that has blown domestic opposition away?

    Read more of Alasdair's thoughts here.

  16. 'A German team'

    A German team v Celtic (19:45 GMT)

    Gladbach Twitter

    You may have seen the image on the right on social media recently. A Twitter post showing a sign outside the Scottish bar went viral after the author seemingly gave up attempting to spell "Monchengladbach" - instead opting for "A German Team".

    Gladbach saw the funny side, changing their own English account's Twitter handle to "A German Team" and using it on their team-sheet on social media when they faced Celtic in the Champions League.  

    Moenchengladbach’s Head of Corporate Communications, Markus Aretz, says the club ordered 2000 “A German Team” scarves and they sold out pretty quickly so they’ve ordered 2000 more for tonight's game.

  17. Just four hours to kick-off...


    And so to tonight. Eight Champions League matches, three British teams involved.

    Arsenal travel to Ludogorets Razgrad, Celtic travel to Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City host Barcelona. Mouth-watering. 

    Who's excited?