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By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. That's your lot

    So Mauricio Pochettino feels Spurs against Saints is a must-win game for both sides. And it's one of many big games tonight and tomorrow.

    Thanks for joining us as we looked ahead to the midweek action. Until then, here are some of our top football stories to whet the appetite...

  2. 'We both need to win'

    Tottenham v Southampton (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Kelvin Davis

    In the opposing dugout to Mauricio Pochettino tomorrow will be Kelvin Davies (above), who the Spurs boss named captain during his spell as Southampton manager.

    "It was my first club in England, the possibility to manage a club in the Premier League with not one word in English, because when I arrived six years ago I still needed to improve," said Pochettino.

    "It was a massive impact in my life as a manager and coach, and I am so grateful to Southampton.

    "Kelvin Davis was our player, my first captain. He was a great personality, a great character, a great man and it's so nice to face him, in a difficult situation for both, because we both need to win.

    "But in the same way I'm so happy to see him because I know his dream is to be a coach, to be a manager. For many reasons it's fantastic to face him tomorrow and to meet him, but for another thing it will be a very tough 90 minutes for both sides."

  3. Nuno's cool with tactical fouls

    Wolves v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves must serve a one-match ban after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season during the defeat at Cardiff. Wing-back Jonny Otto (knee) is their only other absentee.

    "If we analyse the bookings that he (Neves) has, some of them were useful for the team, so that is part of the task that he has, even if that causes problems so that he can't be on the pitch," said coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

    "What I say to the players is, if a foul can help the team then let's do it. Because it is important to the team. I will not accept yellow cards for insulting words to a referee or an opponent, but if it is a foul that helps the team, we must do it."

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    Julian Gold: Re Chris Sutton on JoMo. Clearly, David Moyes' players didn't want to play for him; and LvG's players didn't want to play for LvG either. Many of them are still in the squad. There is something deeper and uglier going on at Man Utd than Jose.

    Bungy Glubhands: Mourinho gets a lot of stick, he is definitely partly to blame. Saying this, no other part (bar the commercial side) is functioning properly. Woodward has no clue about football. Only 2/3 players actually playing to potential. Director of football desperately needed.

  5. 'I've not spoken to Dier'

    Tottenham v Southampton (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Eric Dier

    Eric Dier's goal celebration during Sunday's north London derby sparked the melee which has seen both clubs charged but Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has not spoken to his midfielder about the incident.

    "To be honest, I didn't talk with him," said Pochettino. "Because when you do something and then it's so evident what happened after, you can take it in one or two directions.

    "If you're a Tottenham fan, you take in one direction, if you're an Arsenal fan, you take in another direction. If you're the manager of Tottenham or Arsenal, or the Arsenal players doing the warm-up, you're going to back your players.

    "There's no sense now to talk too much, now it's just to accept the FA charge or not. It's under investigation. If we did something wrong, it's normal to pay."

  6. Silva backs Pickford

    Everton v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Jordan Pickford was at fault for Liverpool's dramatic Merseyside derby winner but Everton manager Marco Silva is pleased with his response before tomorrow's game against Newcastle.

    "He's been working normally," he said. "Jordan is a very good goalkeeper. He gave us many, many things in the past, and I'm sure in the future he'll keep giving us good things as well.

    "Now is the moment for him to feel the support of all of us. I already did, I keep doing. He's a professional. He knows how is football."

    Jordan Pickford
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    Martin: Mourinho about to be kicked out the back d'or?

    David Jennings, Crewe: I honestly think Arsenal will go to Old Trafford and put the ghost to bed regarding winning there. The Gunners have moved on, they won't hold back. Massive win incoming and potentially the nail in the coffin of Jose.

    Dean: It has a feeling that the board must know who they want next season. If there was a manager available now, Mourinho would have gone weeks ago. Ruling out the top 4, saying there are better sides in the Champions League...what else is there keeping Mourinho at the club? The danger is with the January transfer window. Do you give Mourinho money to improve the squad knowing he won't be here next season? Or give him nothing knowing how in need we are of strengthening? It is no wonder that the players are not motivated to perform well when it has a feeling of this season being a write off already after 14 games.

  8. 'It's not a lack of confidence'

    Wolves v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Wolves made a positive start to their return to the Premier League but welcome Chelsea tomorrow night having lost five of their last six games.

    "It is not a lack of confidence, no," said head coach Nuno Espirito Santo. "A team is like a player, it has ups and downs.

    "You have to find solutions to help them and give them good advice and work with them. It doesn't have to do with confidence, it has to do with so many aspects of the game - technical, tactical, mental - and we have to solve it.

    "You have to be cautious of the moment we are in and face it. We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing. When the results don't come, what is important is how you approach the situation."

  9. Silva - Klopp shouldn't be fined


    Marco Silva

    Everton boss Marco Silva believes Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp should not have been punished for running onto the pitch to celebrate Divock Origi's late winner in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

    Klopp described his actions as "not cool" after the match and today accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct.

    "In that moment I didn't see what Jurgen did," said Silva. "Now I saw and for me it's not a matter. It's the emotion of the game, it's a normal situation. He's celebrating.

    "It's not something he has planned for sure. I don't know if we had scored in that moment what would be my reaction. If you ask me, I think he shouldn't (have been fined) but the FA has to decide what the rules are."

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    Modric wins Ballon d'Or

    Callum, London: Re Don @ 13:53. As you rightly say, it's about the last year. So how can Messi lead every stat in the league over the course of the year and then lose to 3 players from that league based off of cup runs. Utter debacle.

    Bungy Glubhands: I know it’s not all about stats - it’s also about all round performance and what you’ve won but... Griezmann got more goals and assists than Modric in La Liga last season and more of both at the World Cup. And he won the thing. And he’s pretty good.

    Inge: Griezmann is 6 years younger than Modric, he still have time, maybe this was one of the reasons.

  11. Defour a doubt for Burnley

    Burnley v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed Belgian midfielder Steven Defour is a doubt for tomorrow's home game with Liverpool.

    Defour has been struggling with a knee injury. Dyche says he is 'touch and go'.

  12. 'Business as usual'

    Everton v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Rafael Benitez

    Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been asked about owner Mike Ashley's admission that he is in talks with prospective buyers.

    Ashley revealed the news in a television interview on Monday evening.

    Benitez said: "I was talking today with (managing director) Lee Charnley and the message is very clear: business as usual, so that means I have nothing to say."

    Asked if he was expecting Monday's news, Benitez replied: "No. But we have been in this situation in the past, we have to carry on. We have an important game to play and we have to concentrate on that."

  13. Run like David Pleat

    Burnley v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been looking ahead to tomorrow night's game against Liverpool at Turf Moor.

    Naturally enough, he was asked about Jurgen Klopp's celebration at the Reds' injury-time Merseyside derby winner on Sunday.

    Dyche said he wouldn't celebrate like that but, if he did, David Pleat's arm-waving jig onto the pitch after Luton survived relegation in 1983 was the way to go.

    "That would be my style," said Dyche. "If you are going to run on the pitch, run like David Pleat."

  14. Blues team news

    Wolves v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Marcos Alonso

    Midfielder Mateo Kovacic (ankle) and left-back Marcos Alonso (back) are doubts for Chelsea's trip to Molineux, but boss Maurizio Sarri does not believe Alonso can use his injury as an excuse for a below-par performance against Fulham.

    "Maybe during the match the back worsened," he said. "This is possible, I don't know.

    "I want to speak to him. He didn't play very well. I know very well this, but I think Alonso knows very well this. It can happen. Today we will see the reaction."

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    Modric wins Ballon d'Or

    Don: I think winning the Champions League and being the best player in the World Cup means he should get it. Don't forget it relates to the last year only. Messi and Ronaldo better over last 10 years but that's not the criteria.

    Joseph: Can't complain about the Ballon D'or not being about the best footballer and site Messi and Ronaldo as examples. Between them they have won the previous 10. Modric is a worthy winner.

    Manzi Vampire: Just wondering why Wesley Sneijder didn't win the Ballon d'Or in 2010 and Luka Modric won it now. They are at the same level.

  16. Hart's staying positive

    Burnley v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Joe Hart

    Keeper Joe Hart has been talking about the position Burnley find themselves in.

    Saturday's defeat at Crystal Palace dumped the Clarets in the bottom three ahead of a month that includes games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

    "Nothing worked for us at Palace," said Hart. "We didn’t move as a group and were hanging on the whole game.

    "Talk is cheap but we have to be there for each other. We must stay behind the manager. We need each other’s backs on the pitch."

  17. Sarri wants Luiz and Fabregas to stay

    Wolves v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Maurizio Sarri

    Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri welcomed Cesar Azpilicueta's new four-year contract and was asked about the future of David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas, who are both out of contract at the end of the season.

    "David and Cesc are leaders, and so I think it's very important for me, for the staff, also for their team-mates, if they stay with us," said Sarri.

    Both Luiz and Fabregas are aged over 30 and Chelsea's normal policy is to offer just one-year extensions for such players. That is the sticking point, according to Sarri.

    He added: "The club want a short contract and the players want a long contract. And so it's difficult for this reason. I think at the end we can find a solution."

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    Mike Sizzy: Every day I wonder why on earth Manchester United appointed Jose Mourinho, he almost ruined Chelsea, and United appointed him? I'm still shocked. Jose out!

    Chris, Manchester: I really do think United fans need to be careful what they wish for with Mourinho. It is such a limited playing squad and the supposed "best" players are in reality over-hyped. He over-achieved last season and the re-build required is not a quick process.

    Andi, Harrogate: I'll dampen the fire a little and say that Man Utd will get a result against Arsenal as they always tend to. It makes no difference in the long run though... we will finish above them in the top 4. COYG!

  19. Hart has Pickford sympathy

    Burnley v Liverpool (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Burnley's Joe Hart has also been speaking about Jordan Pickford's mistake at the end of Sunday's Merseyside derby.

    He has sympathy with his fellow England keeper.

    "Jordan is a top keeper at the top end of the game but that is the life of a goalkeeper," he said.

    "I appreciate what he is doing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."

  20. RLC going nowhere


    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Manager Maurizio Sarri says there is no chance Ruben Loftus-Cheek will leave Chelsea in January's transfer window.

    The England midfielder has been linked with numerous clubs but scored in Sunday's win over Fulham to show his value to Sarri, who dismissed the idea of a move.

    "No. I want him to stay with me, to stay with us, I think there is no chance," said Sarri.