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Summary

  1. Eight Premier League games: Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)
  2. Also: M'boro v Liverpool (19:45), Man City v Watford (20:00) Palace v Man Utd (20:00)
  3. Birmingham City sack manager Rowett
  4. Rugby union: England captain Hartley set to learn Six Nations fate
  5. Get Involved: Which of the 'big four bosses' will go first? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cheerio

    Thanks for keeping us company today. We've got an exciting evening to look forward to with eight Premier League games and our live text service will keep you updated with everything that happens. All the build-up starts at 18:30 GMT and don't forget there's Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:45.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the reaction to tonight's games and - it's breathless stuff - the first of the news conferences previewing this weekend's matches. It never ends.

    For now, though, goodbye. 

  2. Watch: Messi and the boy with a homemade shirt

    Football

    Video content

    Video caption: Lionel Messi meets Afghan boy who became viral star

    Do you remember the Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi's famous number 10?

    Well, six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi has got to meet his hero - Messi held his hand as they walked on to the pitch in Doha before a friendly between Qatar and Barcelona.

    Murtaza clearly loved the whole experience.   

  3. Adcocks make winning start

    Badminton

    Chris and Gabby Adcock made a winning start to the defence of their BWF World Superseries Finals title with victory over Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara.

    The Adcocks, ranked eighth in the world, needed just 34 minutes to beat the Japanese pair 21-15 21-9 in their Group B opener in Dubai.

    They will now face Chinese duo Siwei Zheng and Qingchen Chen in their second match at the season-ending showpiece.

    Chris and Gabby Adcock
  4. Suspended Dawson misses out

    West Brom v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

    West Brom defender Craig Dawson (below, left) will end a run of 53 successive league appearances for the Baggies as he is suspended.

    Swansea have no new injury worries after their victory over Sunderland at the weekend.

    Ki Sung-Yueng and Federico Fernandez are still out as both players continue their recoveries from toe injuries.

    West Brom are 10th in the Premier League with Swansea third-bottom. 

    Craig Dawson
  5. Shawcross and Walters could return for Stoke

    Stoke v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes to have Ryan Shawcross and Jon Walters available after injury for his 400th Premier League match as a manager.

    Marc Muniesa is a doubt with a knee problem and Glen Johnson has an eye infection.

    Southampton have no fresh injury concerns and Jay Rodriguez could again start up front in the absence of Charlie Austin.

    Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy remain unavailable with hamstring problems.

    The Saints are 11th in the table with Stoke 12th.

    Jonathan Walters and Ryan Shawcross
  6. 'I can't think of anyone who deserves it more'

    #BBCUnsungHero

    "She came to us and said to us 'If I buy a table would you like to have it for the village hall?'," says one of the Sancton Smashers table tennis club members. 

    "Then she pointed out that she was a coach and we said 'Yes, Yes, Yes!'"

    Sylvia Worth has transformed the lives of some people in the East Riding of Yorkshire and has been named the 2016 Unsung Hero for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: 'I can't think of anyone who deserves it more'

    Find out more about your local Unsung Hero on the Get Inspired index.  

  7. Zola favourite for Birmingham job

    Football

    Gianfranco Zola

    He may have spent more time on the golf course than the training ground recently but it looks like Gianfranco Zola's appointment as Birmingham manager is imminent.

    The Birmingham Mail report that the Italian, who was previously in charge at West Ham and Watford, will take over from Gary Rowett.

    Rowett was sacked by the Championship club earlier today despite the Blues sitting seventh in the table, just three points off third place.

  8. Otamendi and Kaboul may return

    Man City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could recall defender Nicolas Otamendi (below), who served a one game-ban at Leicester.

    However, top scorer Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are still suspended, while Vincent Kompany remains injured.

    Watford defender Younes Kaboul could be involved after returning to training following a calf injury.

    Midfielder Roberto Pereyra is available again following his one-match ban. However, Valon Behrami is doubtful because of illness.

    Nicolas Otamendi
  9. Expect the unpredictable

    Man City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

    Steve Wilson

    Match of the Day commentator

    Pep Guardiola

    When Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side had won their first 10 matches of the season, it was as if the rest of the Premier League might as well pack up - here was a genius reinventing the art of winning and rendering the presence of the other 19 clubs pointless.

    Now that City have won only four of the 15 games that followed, Guardiola is being presented as a naive tourist - happy with tiki-taka and tapas, but ignorant of great old English traditions like physicality and putting curry sauce on chips. 'City win the league...? They can't even win a tackle.'

    The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in between.

    Watford will tackle all right. But which Watford will turn up? The team good enough to sit seventh having beaten Everton, or the one thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool?

    Again - the truth lies somewhere in between.

  10. Cabaye could return for Palace

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Jason Puncheon misses out for Crystal Palace as he is serving a one-match suspension, meaning Yohan Cabaye (below) could earn a recall.

    Defender James Tomkins and midfielder Bakary Sako will both be sidelined for a month after suffering muscle strains.

    Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be out until Boxing Day with an ankle injury.

    Full-back Antonio Valencia is suspended after picking up his fifth domestic booking of the season.

    Yohan Cabaye
  11. 'Pressure has eased on Pardew'

    Crystal Palace v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

    Simon Brotherton

    Match of the Day commentator

    Manchester United travel south on the back of a big win over Tottenham, knowing they need to keep winning to stay in touch with those above in the fight for a top-four place.

    United seem to be moving in the right direction at the moment and now trail Spurs by just three points and neighbours Manchester City by six.

    They're unbeaten in the past 14 league meetings with Crystal Palace too, a run stretching back 25 years.

    Alan Pardew's team have taken four points from the last couple of games. It's helped ease the pressure on the manager, but they've been leaking like a sieve at the back recently and that needs to change if they are to get anything here.

    Alan Pardew
    Image caption: Are things looking up for Alan Pardew?
  12. Liverpool's defence 'a cause for concern'

    Middlesbrough v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Jonathan Pearce

    Match of the Day commentator

    The Premier League's lowest scorers against its highest. On paper it looks like an away win. Many pundits tip Boro for relegation because they can't score.

    But any side that can draw at Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester deserves respect. They'll make it just as tough for Liverpool, who'll need to be at their best.

    Jurgen Klopp may have attacked critics of his defence but they've only kept one clean sheet in their eight league away games this season and under him have kept just four clean sheets in 23 Premier League away games, conceding 38 goals.

    That's cause for concern.

    Middlesbrough celebrate draw at Arsenal
  13. Liverpool's Riverside aversion

    Middlesbrough v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    With a nod to the Kop Magazine for highlighting the stats, Liverpool's record at the Riverside does not make pleasant reading for the visitors.

    Since they first met at the ground in November 1995, the Merseysiders have managed just two wins from 15 matches with only one goal in the past seven encounters on Teesside.

    The last meeting was in February 2009 and ended in a 2-0 win for a Middlesbrough side managed by Gareth Southgate. It featured a Xabi Alonso own goal (below) and a strike from Tuncay.  

    Liverpool went on to finish second with Middlesbrough eventually relegated.

    Middlesbrough-Liverpool, February 2009
  14. Everton contact Man Utd over Schneiderlin

    Football

    Phil McNulty and Simon Stone

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Everton are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

    Contact has been made between the two clubs, although there is no agreement over a deal as yet.

    Schneiderlin has made only three substitute appearances totalling 11 minutes in the Premier League this season and was not included by manager Jose Mourinho in the United squad for tonight's game at Crystal Palace.

    Mourinho will sanction any deal for the 27-year-old France international, who is not part of his long-term plans.

    United paid £25m to sign Schneiderlin from Southampton in July 2015 when Koeman was in the charge of the south coast club.

    It is also understood Koeman is keen on 22-year-old United forward Memphis Depay, who like Schneiderlin has no United future.

  15. Form book suggests few goals

    West Ham v Burnley (19:45 GMT)

    Mark Noble
    Image caption: Mark Noble's penalty settled the last West Ham-Burnley fixture in May 2015

    West Ham are only one place and one point off the relegation zone ahead of tonight's match with Burnley, who are four points and four places better off.

    The Hammers have won three of the four Premier League meetings between the teams but are on a six-match winless league run and only Middlesbrough (six) have scored fewer home league goals than West Ham's seven at the London Stadium this season.

    But just one of Burnley's 17 Premier League points this season has come away from home and they have only scored one goal in their six away games, the fewest by any club in Europe's five biggest leagues.

  16. FA chairman meets Fifa chief Infantino

    Football

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    FA chairman Greg Clarke is in Zurich today to meet Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

    This is the first formal meeting between the two men and a range of issues are believed to be under discussion.

    It’s understood that the meeting has been scheduled for a while but it comes at a time of increased tensions between the two organisations over the poppy row.

    A decision on any punishment for The FA (and the FAW, SFA and IFA) concerning displaying poppies before and during Armistice weekend matches will be announced next week.

  17. Oscar set for Shanghai switch

    Football

    Oscar could soon be saying goodbye to Stamford Bridge. It is understood that Chelsea have accepted an offer of £60m from Shanghai SIPG for the Brazilian midfielder, 25.

    The deal is likely to go ahead but is not yet 100% certain.

    Oscar
  18. 'I will help Anthony to come back'

    Joshua-Klitschko

    Wladimir Klitschko is asked about the consequences of his eagerly awaited bout with Britain's Anthony Joshua in April. "If Anthony wins I will congratulate him, WHEN I win this fight, I will help him to come back."

  19. Former Spurs hope to halt Hull slide

    Tottenham v Hull (20:00 GMT)

    Harry Kane

    It's fifth against 19th at White Hart Lane tonight as Spurs host Hull, who have won only one of the 11 league meetings at Tottenham. 

    That 1-0 victory came in the first ever Premier League fixture between these sides in October 2008 but Spurs have won five of the seven Premier League meetings since that defeat.

    After beginning the season with 12 games unbeaten, Tottenham have now lost two of their last three league matches and had only two shots on target at Manchester United last weekend.

    Hull, who could equal their top-flight record of six consecutive away defeats, set from January to April 2010, could have four former Spurs players in their starting line-up at the Lane; skipper Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Ryan Mason and Jake Livermore. 

    What do you think the outcome will be at White Hart Lane and in tonight's other games? Our new Predictor game - available for both the Premier League and Scottish Premiership - gives you the chance to compete in personalised leagues, scoring points for predicting the results of top-flight games.

    Head here to get involved.

    Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose
    Image caption: Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose were the Spurs scorers when they play Hull at home in May 2015
  20. Sunderland aiming for three home wins in a row

    Sunderland v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Jermain Defoe

    It's bottom against top at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland host Chelsea tonight, hoping for a repeat of their 3-2 win over the Blues in May, which went a long, long way to keeping them in the Premier League.

    Sunderland are unbeaten in three home matches against Chelsea in all competitions and seeking to win three Premier League games in a row at the Stadium of Light for the first time since February 2012.

    But Chelsea have won their past six matches and can go six points clear at the top of the table with victory tonight, while the Black Cats go into it bottom of the table. 

    Jermain Defoe