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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's all for now then. Thanks for joining me for reaction to the final Champions League group games and the latest from today's Premier League news conferences.

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on the final Europa League group games, with Arsenal and Celtic among the early kick-offs (17:55 GMT), followed by Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers (20:00 GMT).

    Until then, here's some of today's top stories:

  2. Rodgers wary of Canaries' threat

    Leicester City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Norwich come into the game second-bottom of the table, 16 games into their Premier League return.

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Of course, Norwich are sitting at the wrong end of the table and they don’t want to be there, but they’ve shown they can win, so we have to focus on the next game."

  3. Foxes fully-fit for Norwich clash

    Leicester City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

    “We had a few boys inside [not on the training pitch] but they’re all fit and fine for Saturday,” he said. “Everyone’s fine.”

  4. Rodgers 'won't look too far ahead'

    Leicester City v Norwich City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester claimed a club-record eighth straight Premier League win last Sunday at Aston Villa, which kept the Foxes second in the table, but manager Brendan Rodgers is not getting carried away.

    "Win our next game, that’s always been our mantra." he said. "We won’t look too far ahead. It’s hard to forecast in football and all you can do is bring you best game into the game, and we’ll need that against Norwich."

  5. Dyche hopeful over Barnes & Westwood

    Burnley v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Back to the Premier League now and Burnley boss Sean Dyche has said he is hopeful that Ashley Barnes and Ashley Westwood will be fit for the weekend's game.

    Phil Bardsley is expected to train on Friday and fellow full-back Charlie Taylor remains a doubt.

  6. Nuno set to ring the changes

    Wolves v Besiktas (20:00 GMT)


    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is expected to make plenty of changes for Thursday's Europa League game against Beskitas at Molineux.

    The hosts have already secured their place in the last 32 and with a tough game against Tottenham to come on Sunday, Nuno is likely to rest a number of his first-team players.

    Youngsters Taylor Perry, Luke Cundle and Chem Campbell could feature but striker Raul Jimenez is unavailable through suspension.

  7. Lingard doubtful for Man Utd

    Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar (20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United could be without Jesse Lingard for their final Europa League group game after the midfielder picked up a knock in Saturday's Manchester derby win.

    United are already without Paul Pogba (ankle), who has not played since September, but midfielder Nemanja Matic is fit again and defender Phil Jones is available.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have already progressed to the last 32 and need just a point to finish top of Group L.

  8. Who will win the Champions League?

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    SMS Message: Re Dave 12.22 with all due respect Liverpool had Napoli, Salzburg and Genk.....and lost a game. from Mark, Preston
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  9. British sides in Europa League

    Besides Celtic and Arsenal, another three British clubs play in the Europa League on Thursday.

    • Cluj v Celtic (17:55 GMT)
    • Standard Liege v Arsenal (17:55)
    • Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar (20:00)
    • Wolves v Besiktas (20:00)
    • Rangers v Young Boys (20:00)
  10. Lennon insists Celtic not taking game lightly

    Cluj v Celtic (17:55 GMT)

    In another of Thursday's early Europa League kick-offs, Celtic face Cluj having already qualified for the last 32 but it is no dead rubber as far as their hosts are concerned.

    Dan Petrescu's side sit second in Group E and need a point to secure progress from a European group stage for the first time. Lose and Lazio would pip the Romanian champions if the Italians also win away to Rennes.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon and his players insist they will not be treating the game lightly as they look to extend their winning run to 13 games in all competitions.

    But Lennon has left five key first-team regulars behind following the exertions involved in winning Sunday's Scottish League Cup against Rangers despite being down to 10 men.

  11. Ljungberg 'not had talks' over full-time job

    Standard Liege v Arsenal (17:55 GMT)


    Freddie Ljungberg is in interim charge at Arsenal and has said he's not held talks with senior figures about the full-time managerial vacancy.

    Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked by Napoli on Tuesday, has been strongly linked with the role along with Mikel Arteta.

    "It's not a conversation I've had with the bosses," said Ljungberg when asked if he believed he was in the running.

    "My job is to go from day to day, game to game, to try to help this fantastic club. That's what I try to do. All of those decisions are up to the top dogs. What the club decides to do, or who they choose, it is totally up to them but I stay totally out of it."

  12. Arteta wants Arsenal return?

    Also in today's gossip, Manchester City's assistant coach Mikel Arteta would reportedly relish a return to his former club Arsenal to become their new manager - but wants assurances from the club's hierarchy.

  13. Ferguson doesn't want Everton manager's job?

    Liverpool Echo

    However, another interim boss, Duncan Ferguson, does not want the Everton manager's job on a full-time basis. That's according to the Liverpool Echo anyway.

  14. Masters set to be given permanent Premier League role

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Premier League interim chief executive Richard Masters is set to be given the job on a permanent basis.

    It comes two weeks after media executive David Pemsel resigned before starting the role following newspaper allegations about his private life.

    Masters, formerly the organisation's managing director, was the fourth person to be offered the job.

    He has been in temporary charge since the departure of Richard Scudamore in November 2018.

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    Video caption: Racism and VAR. PL Interim CEO Richard Masters gives his insight
  15. 'I believe those goals will come'

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp have both scored two goals this season and only one Palace player has scored more - forward Jordan Ayew with four from 15 league starts.

    The Eagles have scored a total of 14 goals from 16 league games, with only bottom-club Watford having scored fewer (nine).

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: "I would like to see us score more goals. Our forwards are aware of that pressure but I believe those goals will come. If they don't, our defensive form still gives us a good base for a good season."

  16. No date for Van Aanholt return

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Patrick van Aanholt came off injured for match-winner Jeffrey Schlupp against Bournemouth and missed Saturday's 0-0 draw at Watford.

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: "I'm not able to give any update or a return date on Pat. He's very keen to get back as soon as possible. He’s working hard to that end but again, I'll have to wait and see how his rehab progresses."

  17. Hodgson hopes for crowd backing in grudge match

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Jeffrey Schlupp scored the only goal as 10-man Palace beat Bournemouth in their last home game.

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: "I have no worry that the players will know exactly what they're up against.

    "Also, you can't say often enough how well the crowd get behind the team on these occasions. Bournemouth was evidence of just how important they can be."

  18. Hodgson coy over injury doubts

    Crystal Palace v Brighton (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is now holding his news conference and began with some team news before Monday's clash with bitter rivals Brighton.

    "Jeff Schlupp will definitely be ruled out through injury, alongside Joel Ward," he said. "There might be more names added to that list unfortunately, but I'm not willing to divulge that currently.

    "Over the course of 40 games these injuries do pop up. We certainly still have 11 good players who will be available for Monday."

  19. Who will win the Champions League?

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    SMS Message: Poor though we've been in the league, I still think City can challenge for the Champions League if Laporte is fit in the new year. from Dan
  20. 'Results depend on individual performances'

    Southampton v West Ham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    West Ham United

    And finally from West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean was asked about the team's form improving and put much of the responsibility on his players.

    He said: "I always think as a manager that the results of the team depend on the individual performance of a player. After that you can work on tactical, physical and technical work but the performance of the players decide the games. We must try to work with the players and give them confidence.

    "We know a couple of wins can raise our team up the table. We are always talking in the way we must try to do it and not to change all that we are doing."