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Live Reporting

Michael Friis

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    And with that, our news conference coverage comes to an end. Thanks, as ever, for your company.

    Saj Chowdhury will be back at 18:00 GMT to take you through live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony. Goodbye for now.

    Ballon d'Or
  2. Hughes: 'Tottenham can be frustrated at Wembley'

    Stoke City

    "Tottenham haven't done too well at Wembley this season, although they did beat Real Madrid at the stadium. Teams have tended to frustrate them at Wembley this year.

    "We have a new group and a different make up to our squad so our previous record against Spurs shouldn't have any bearing."

    Hughes has also been asked whether he is planning to buy a striker in January.

    "Strikers that can guarantee you 20 to 25 goals a season are very expensive and we can't compete at that level. In terms of goalscoring though we haven't done too badly this season."

  3. Hughes gives squad update

    Tottenham v Stoke, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City

    "Bruno Martins Indi is likely to be out for the around eight weeks. Hopefully he'll be back sooner but he has done some damage to the groin area.

    "Jese won't be available this weekend because he has had to go back home due to the ongoing issue with his child's health.

    "Geoff Cameron has had a full week of training and is available. We have been cautious with him because you have to manage head injuries carefully."

  4. Coutinho: I was interested in Barca move

    In other football news, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has admitted that he was "interested" in a move to Barcelona over the summer.

    "Last summer there was a job offer and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.

    "Of course a lot happened in the summer but my will is always to play and do the best wherever I am - that has not changed.

    "What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer."

    You can read the full story here.

  5. FA Cup live fixtures announced


    In addition to the Merseyside derby, Leicester's trip to either Hereford or Fleetwood will be live on BBC One on Saturday, 6 January with kick-off at 12:45 GMT.

    West Ham will get their FA Cup campaign under way at 14:00 GMT away to Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, 7 January on the same channel.

    BBC One Wales, meanwhile, will show Newport County's home tie against Leeds on Sunday.

  6. Merseyside FA Cup tie live on BBC

    Perhaps more importantly, the BBC has announced the fixtures that will be on television.

    The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield will be live on BBC One on Friday, 5 January, with kick-off at 19:55 GMT.

    Should be a cracker.

  7. Man Utd not to be shown live in FA Cup

    Whilst we're on the subject of the FA Cup...

    For the first time since 2005, a Manchester United match in the FA Cup will not be shown live on television. United's home tie with Derby will kick off, as originally scheduled, at 15:00 on Saturday 6 January.

    The Red Devils were last passed over by broadcasters as one of the televised picks when they met Exeter at Old Trafford 12 years ago. A frustrating afternoon for United, if I recall correctly...

    Man U
  8. Get Involved


    Noel Fitzpatrick: Re VAR: Football fans 1-0 Luddites.

  9. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be trialed in FA Cup

    Brighton Palace

    Whilst we wait, a bit of news for you. Brighton's FA Cup third-round meeting with Crystal Palace will be the first competitive club match in England in which VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology is used.

    Tottenham's home tie against AFC Wimbledon is also being considered as a possible test of the system.

    VAR technology is used in three "game-changing" situations; goals, penalties and straight red cards, and can also flag up cases of mistaken identity by the referee.

    Too ambitious? Long overdue? Do let us know using #bbcfootball.

  10. Get Involved- Who is going down?


    Mark Cunningham: I think Palace will be safe. I think Swansea and West Ham will go down, and it will be a straight shoot-out between Huddersfield and Brighton to stay up.

    David Melton: West Ham are sure to go down. Moyes will then leave and join another Premier League club next season.

  11. Still waiting for Hughes...

    We were hoping to bring you some quotes from Mark Hughes but, as this picture from the Stoke Sentinel demonstrates, the Potters' boss appears to have been delayed...

    Where's Mark
  12. Dyche: No timescale on Brady return


    "He’s had an operation on Wednesday to repair a patella tendon. The surgeon was very happy.

    "It always amazes me. Nowadays, they get through these operations and straight away they’re wandering around the training ground.

    "Any timescale at the moment would be too general."

    Brady injury
  13. Pardew fears losing Evans

    West Bromwich Albion

    Alan Pardew has been asked about the January transfer window.

    "I’m never confident of keeping great players. Your best players are always vulnerable. Jonny Evans is one of those. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.

    "He's been terrific for me. I thought he was outstanding against Crystal Palace."

    Have you spoken to him about leaving?


    Will you?

    "No. Not unless he brings it up with me."

    Jonny Evans
  14. Post update

    Tottenham v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    They've got the decorations out at Stoke but Mark Hughes has not had much cheer recently. BBC Radio Stoke are waiting to hear from him ahead of the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham.

    BBC App users may need to click the link to view the full tweet.

    View more on twitter
  15. Get Involved


    Mike Durham: I'm really pleased no-one has tagged Brighton as relegation candidates. Would have been a different reply for many at the start of the season, I'm sure. Swansea, Palace and Newcastle are my guesses.

  16. Silva: 'Survival the only realistic aim'

    Burnley v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)


    “We have a lot of games to play. It’s important to start well, but this is a new game, a new fight.

    “The only realistic aim is to remain in the Premier League. That’s the goal. We know more or less how many points we need to achieve that.

    "Until you achieve those points, your goals don’t change.”

    Marco Silva
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    #bbcfootball or 81111 on text

    Paolo: Genuinely really hard for me to call this. I always have a good idea at this point in the season but not this time around.

  18. Mee in contention but no call on Brady

    Burnley v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)


    Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirms that Ben Mee has a "strong chance" of being fit for the weekend despite suffering a gash to the knee at Leicester but on the big question of how long Robbie Brady will be out for, no timescale has been given.

    Dyche simply states that Brady's surgery for a torn patellar tendon was successful.

  19. Puel: 'Vardy a complete player'

    Newcastle v Leicester (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester manager Claude Puel has been discussing his attacking players.

    “I think Jamie Vardy is the complete player. I would always prefer to have him in my team. He’s enjoying his football, it’s amazing to see. He works hard for the team and always has a positive attitude," said Puel.

    “It’s important to have different possibilities for players. Demarai Gray can play on the side, on the wing, behind Jamie and as a striker. He has all the quality.

    “Shinji Okazaki works very hard for the team, and it a pleasure to watch. Riyad Mahrez has the ability to play in this position too. He has a good understanding with Jamie. It’s important to see in different games, different possibilities”

  20. Get Involved


    Paul: West Ham will be going down. The owners' greed is sucking the life out of the club and the poison has spread to the pitch.