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Ben Collins and Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us today - another busy day of manager news conferences previewing another busy weekend of Premier League action. Here are some of the main headlines from today.

    You can also see how the BBC website has changed as it celebrates its 20th birthday by heading over here.

    Make sure you stick with the BBC for all the latest football action this weekend, including text commentary on the website and live coverage of Southampton v Manchester City on BBC One on Sunday evening.

    But, for now, it's goodbye.

  2. 'A clean sheet is the beginning of everything'

    Wolves v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    As well as securing three wins, Wolves also have three clean sheets since the restart, barely conceding a chance let alone a goal.

    Nuno Espirito Santo says defending from the front is the basis of the team's game plan.

    “All the games, since we started, our approach hasn’t changed. A clean sheet is the beginning of everything," he said. "Can you be organised in order to avoid a team hurting you? This is the start of everything.

    “We are doing things well. It’s a team effort, we start defending from the first player high up the pitch. He has tasks, so this is how we do it.

    "A clean sheet is due to the defensive work of the whole team.”

  3. Bolt, Brownlee & Ennis-Hill: Reflections on covering the Olympics

    BBC Sport website at 20

    Tom Fordyce

    BBC chief sports writer

    Usain Bolt wins the 100m final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

    Sometimes it's the big stuff you remember: the nights when everyone else was there, when all around was bedlam and joy and happy disbelief.

    Sometimes it's the small details. The things that you saw that maybe no-one else noticed, the expression on a face, a lifetime of dedication and dreaming reduced to one moment and a reaction to it. Sometimes it's the sudden hit: the realisation that you're watching something that you could never do, that the person in front of you is normal in many ways but extraordinary in a way the rest of us could never be.

    That's what it's like watching sport. And when you look back, when the chance comes in a world racing along on fast-forward, those are the tales that stay with you. Those are the ones that you'll tell again, that bring warmth on dark nights, that live on in the way we weave our own stories around them.

    An Olympic 100 metres final is always a big one... Click here to read more about Tom's Olympic memories of Usain Bolt, Alistair Brownlee and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

  4. Post update

    Wolves v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)



    Wolves have won all three games since the restart to put themselves right in contention for a Champions League place.

    Nuno Espirito Santo's side are sixth in the table and just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea going into tomorrow's game against Arsenal. It will also be the Portuguese's 150th game in charge of the Black Country side.

    “We are happy. It’s a good number. It reflects three hard years of work by a lot of people involved. We are proud of things and we want to compete tomorrow," said Nuno.

    “We had one clean week to work and it was good because of what happened before, three games in one week, after three months of pandemic.

    "This allowed us to recover the players better, with more time on the training ground, so it was good. At the same time, what’s in front of us is another tough cycle.”

  5. Maddison doubtful for Foxes

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    England midfielder James Maddison is a doubt for Leicester. After missing last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, Maddison made his comeback as a second-half substitute in the midweek defeat at Everton but aggravated a hip injury at Goodison Park.

    "We’ll just wait and see. He wasn't 100% the other night when he came on, but he still changed the game totally," said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

    "This is a player I have a great admiration for. He takes the game by the scruff of the neck and his contribution the other night was so important for us. It's just a shame if it keeps him out.

    "Hopefully, if it does, it isn't for too long. Of course you can miss a player like that, but for us, it will always be about the collective and we'll continue to work as a whole squad."

  6. 'If you work hard, you get the benefits from it'

    Southampton v Manchester City (Sunday, 19:00 BST)


    Danny Ings has carried on where he left off before the lockdown, scoring three goals in as many matches since the restart to take his tally for the season to 18 and move to second in the Premier League scoring charts, behind Jamie Vardy and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

    "He has not scored one penalty either, it's an incredible performance from Danny this year," said Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    "He wasn't even in the team at at the beginning of the season. But it shows how things can change and if you work hard, you get the benefits from it."

  7. Human table football anyone?

    How can you play football in a pandemic, while maintaining social distancing? These players in Argentina have come up with a solution.

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  8. Hasenhuttl hopeful of top-half finish

    Southampton v Manchester City (Sunday, 19:00 BST)


    Southampton have taken six points from nine since the restart to keep up with a clutch of sides just outside the European places. So is a top-half finish a realistic target?

    "It's realistic to take few more points, we have six more chances, the fixtures are tough like always in the Premier League," said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    "But yes, we want to climb [the table]. It's very close from position seven to 14, there's only five points or so in it.

    "So it's possible to climb. But to do that, you have to win matches and that's our focus in these final six matches."

  9. Your questions answered

    BBC Sport website at 20

    Question mark graphic

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the BBC Sport website, we asked our readers to send in their questions and said we would do our best to answer a selection of them.

    There were no rules or out-of-bounds subjects. In some cases, where multiple submissions were asking similar things, we have grouped them together into a single question.

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a question. We had nearly 400 submissions. And here are our answers to questions such as: Why has the BBC Sport website become political? And how has sports reporting changed over the past 20 years?

  10. Hasenhuttl ready to learn from 'possession guru' Guardiola

    Southampton v Manchester City (Sun, 19:00 BST)


    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Pep Guardiola is the "guru" of possession football and managers should be looking to learn from the Manchester City boss.

    "Every coach who wants to develop his game must be influenced by him," said Hasenhuttl.

    "He is the guru of in-possession. But it isn't just in possession, his counter-pressing is well known.

    "He is one of the best managers in the world and his teams plays the most exciting football. The way they play is unbelievable."

  11. Djenepo and Stephens return for Southampton

    Southampton v Manchester City (Sunday, 19:00 BST)


    A mixed bag of team news for Southampton as they prepare for Sunday's game against Manchester City - a game you can see live on the BBC.

    Jannik Vestergaard is definitely ruled out with a muscle problem. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Sofiane Boufal, who both missed last weekend's win at Watford, are also set to miss out again through injury.

    However, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is able to welcome back Moussa Djenepo and Jack Stephens to his squad after suspension.

  12. How the site has changed over the past two decades

    BBC Sport website at 20

    Iain Hepburn

    BBC Sport

    Screengrab of an archive image of the BBC Sport website in 2000

    When the BBC Sport website was launched on Monday, 3 July 2000, it was the morning after France had beaten Italy with a golden goal to win Euro 2000.

    The internet was a different place. Most homes still had slow dial-up access - if they could get online at all. Mobile phones were for calls and texting only. And the first major social network - Friends Reunited - was just days old.

    In the two decades since, we've gone from watching sport on clunky big televisions to live 4K action on our phones, and from waiting on Ceefax for football scores, to having goal news sent straight to our watches.

    To mark the 20th anniversary of its website, BBC Sport looks back at the evolution of the site and how the changing needs of sports fans has helped shape its history.

  13. Player used to dealing with pressure - Rodgers

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester have spent just one September weekend outside the top four since the end of August. But a run of just 13 points from 36 available since January has seen their Champions League ambitions come under serious threat.

    Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United are all within touching distance of the third-placed Foxes, who host Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    "It’s one where we accept, collectively, that we’re in a little period where it’s an adverse moment and we haven’t had the results that we would want," said manager Brendan Rodgers.

    "The challenge for us as a team is to come through that. We can only work on us.

    "Football players live and play with this pressure all the time. It’s a different pressure when you’re not quite finding the consistency, but it’s what this group needs.

    "You need these moments where it doesn’t go right for you, and it’s how you react to that period."

  14. 'We have four games in 10 days where we have to be at it'

    Newcastle United v West Ham (Sun, 14:15 BST)

    West Ham United

    West Ham head to the north east this weekend looking to make it successive league wins for the first time since August.

    "I've always thought winning back-to-back wins in the Premier League has always been tough," said boss David Moyes.

    "We realise the importance of the game at Newcastle and we have four games in 10 days where we have to be good, have to be at it, and have more wins and positive performances.

    "I think Newcastle have some really exciting players and Steve [Bruce] has done a very good job. It's always been a difficult game to play, Newcastle, and I thought they played very well in the last game [4-1 win at Bournemouth]."

  15. Moyes encouraged by Yarmolenko & Wilshere return

    Newcastle United v West Ham (Sun, 14:15 BST)

    West Ham United

    West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko came off the bench to score a late winner in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Chelsea, ending a run of three straight league defeats.

    "It was a magnificent performance from the players in terms of efforts," said manager David Moyes. "They kept going until the last minute and the players deserve a lot of credit.

    "I think the rewards we got for keeping at it and sticking at it were shown. I have to give our players a lot of credit for how they played against Chelsea.

    "I think for us to get people coming off the bench to help us and score is good. I haven't really had the chance to work with Andriy and Jack [Wilshere] but to work with them both is encouraging and hopefully they can continue to add to the squad."

  16. Moyes hopeful on Hammers trio

    Newcastle United v West Ham (Sun, 14:15 BST)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes is uncertain as to the availability of captain Mark Noble, Sebastien Haller and Arthur Masuaku but hopes to call on at least one of them.

    The trio were unable to feature in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Chelsea, but all have trained this week.

    “They’re all on the grass and they’ve all done a bit of training,” said Moyes. “I’m hoping to have some of them back, but we’ll know better tomorrow. Obviously, we could do with getting them back.

    “We’ve also got a slight injury to Felipe Anderson, who hurt his hamstring in the warm-up the other night.”

  17. We have to show a reaction - Klopp

    Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sun, 16:30 BST)


    After Liverpool's 4-0 defeat at Manchester City, manager Jurgen Klopp added: "We don't think about next season, we have a lot to go for. We have six games and we felt last night how difficult it is. It's incredible how we are in this position. We had the desire and greed and we won't stop.

    "If want to reach something special, you have to be 100% in all these situations. We don't like to lose 4-0 but we try to use the information from last night.

    "This season is a very special one for us," he continued. "From a challenging point of view, not only did we have a three-month break, in the last three weeks we've had six games. It's demanding. We have to dig in. Our attitude was brilliant last night, just not focused in four moments.

    "We didn't lose a lot of games in the last two years but we have lost some and they always feel like defeats do. We always used that for the next games. If you think what we didn't do well, we have to show a reaction - that doesn't mean change everything."

  18. 'We can have a big party when it is safe to do so'

    Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    Liverpool's news conference began with a message from the city's director of public health Matt Ashton.

    "This Sunday and the rest of the season I am asking everyone to stay at home," he said. "We can have a big party when it is safe to do so.

    "Now is not the time for anyone of us to be complacent. I want to thank the overwhelming majority who have listened to the messages.

    "I want to thank Jurgen [Klopp] for the great leadership he's shown off the pitch. The city is lucky to have him."

  19. 'We have to make sure the best XI on that day is on the pitch'

    Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sun, 16:30 BST)


    While Liverpool have secured the Premier League title, manager Jurgen Klopp stressed the new champions must respect the integrity of the competition during their last six games.

    "We are really in the competition, and it's not just about the other teams like Aston Villa fighting to stay in the league, Brighton fighting to stay in the league," he said. "It's not about respect, we just want to do it because that's the case.

    "The boys are really good, but it's not like giving Premier League appearances away like sweets. We have to make sure that the best XI on that day is on the pitch and the other guys who fit best in the formation will then come on.

    "We make that decision for one game, and then another one. The youngsters are really close, but we won't give them Premier League matches just for fun."

    Jurgen Klopp
  20. 'We don't give league games as Christmas presents - we cannot do that'

    Liverpool v Aston Villa (Sun, 16:30 BST)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was also asked about the possibility of bringing through their home-grown players, with the Premier League title now secured.

    "This is the next thing we have to learn," he said. "I don't think these kind of questions will be asked to Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and stuff like this.

    "We are champions now and should bring the young boys in, give them a chance. So then we lose the games and everybody is going at us 'you have lost focus, you aren't doing this, you aren't doing that'.

    "We want to win games and to win, the best players have to be on the pitch. If the young boys are part of these best players then they will be on the pitch. They are so close, they are really good, and they are our future, 100%.

    "But they will not play now because I want to see them in a Premier League game. We don't give Premier League games as Christmas presents. We cannot do that."