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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. See you later

    That's all for now then. Thanks for joining us for reaction to Tuesday's Premier League games and the latest from Wednesday's news conferences.

    Here are some of today's top stories:

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on four Premier League games. Three of them kick off at 18:00 BST so coverage begins at 16:30.

    Or you can click here for live text commentary right now on today's six Championship games, beginning with relegation-threatened Middlesbrough's trip to face play-off hopefuls Millwall (15:00).

  2. 'The plan for the future is quite clear'

    Everton v Southampton (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Everton

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says the players have nothing to prove to him between now and the end of the season. He also says the club's summer plans will not change if they fail to qualify for Europe.

    "I know them really well, we have spent six months together. I know their limits and their qualities," said Ancelotti.

    "They don't have to prove me nothing; they have to prove something for themselves, the club and the supporters.

    "To play in the Europa League will be really important for next season but if that doesn't happen, nothing changes. The plan for the future is quite clear."

  3. The Race for Survival

    As for the bottom of the table, there's an opportunity for West Ham to go seven points clear of the relegation zone as they host Burnley later.

    Aston Villa and Bournemouth are both in action on Thursday, at home to Manchester United and Tottenham, respectively.

    Premier League table from 15th to 20th place after games on 7 July 2020
  4. The Race for Europe

    Here's how the race for European qualification looks before Wednesday's games.

    It's worth noting that Sheffield United are below Tottenham on goal difference, with Burnley two points further back in 10th place.

    Premier League table from third to eighth place after results on 7 July 2020
  5. 'We can’t rely on help from anyone else'

    Aston Villa v Man Utd (Thur, 20:15 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said earlier that his side have to win all of their remaining five Premier League games to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

    The Red Devils, who travel to Aston Villa on Thursday, are currently fifth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Leicester.

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    Video caption: We can’t rely on help from anyone else - Solskjaer on qualifying for Champions League
  6. No positive coronavirus tests for second week running in EFL

    The latest round of coronavirus testing in the English Football League has again returned no positive results.

    A total of 3,498 players and club staff from the Championship and League One were tested over the past week. No League Two tests were carried out as the 2019-20 season has now concluded.

  7. Wigan hire QC to lead points deduction appeal

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Wigan Athletic have hired a QC to lead their appeal against a 12-point deduction for going into administration.

    The Latics will be deducted the points this season if they avoid finishing in the Championship's bottom three.

    Wigan are arguing that the situation they have found themselves in classes as ‘force-majeure’ because it was completely unexpected and out of their hands.

    Whilst insiders have accepted overturning such a decision would be unprecedented, they feel the manner of their administration – triggered within weeks of an ownership change – has never happened before.

    The appointment of a QC underlines the determination of those now running the club to challenge EFL regulations.

  8. Iwobi fit for Saints clash

    Everton v Southampton (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Some more team news now from Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti. Alex Iwobi has been passed fit for Thursday's game, despite being forced off at half-time against Tottenham on Monday.

    Djibril Sidibe will also be in the squad but Ancelotti says the full-back "is not 100% fit" having only returned to training last week.

    Alex Iwobi
  9. Ancelotti still holds European hopes

    Everton v Southampton (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Everton

    Everton's chances of qualifying for Europe were dealt a blow by their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham on Monday, but manager Carlo Ancelotti is remaining optimistic.

    The Toffees are currently 11th in the table, six points behind seventh-placed Arsenal.

    “We still have a chance," said the Italian. "It will be really important to win the three home games we have."

    Carlo Ancelotti
  10. Holgate ruled out for Toffees

    Everton v Southampton (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Everton

    Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says defender Mason Holgate will miss the Toffees' game against Southampton on Thursday. The 23-year-old was forced off during the first half of Monday's defeat at Tottenham with what looked like a shin injury.

    Fabian Delph is also still sidelined but Theo Walcott is available for the first time since the restart after recovering from abdominal surgery.

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  11. Knockaert completes permanent Fulham move

    Fulham

    Fulham have signed winger Anthony Knockaert on a permanent deal from Brighton following his recent loan spell.

    Knockaert joined the Championship club on a season-long loan last summer with the option to make the move permanent, which has now been exercised by the Cottagers.

    The 28-year-old has made 39 appearances for Fulham this season, scoring four goals.

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  12. 'I don't think we'd stop him leaving, in search of happiness'

    Bournemouth v Tottenham (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Kyle Walker-Peters playing for Southampton

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was also asked about full-back Kyle Walker-Peters. The 23-year-old has made five appearances for Southampton since joining them on loan in January, including Sunday's win over Manchester City.

    "He's a kid that everyone loves here and Daniel Levy has a special feeling for," said Mourinho. "He came here so young, so is a kid who has been here for years and years. He's playing well.

    "We let him go because we think he has the right to be happy," added the Spurs boss. "He's happy now I think.

    "I'm not in control of the transfer decisions but the general feeling is there's a place for him here. But if his desire is to leave the club in search of happiness I don't think we'd stop him. He's a player with a good value in the market but I don't think we'd stop him doing it."

  13. Alli remains out for Spurs

    Bournemouth v Tottenham (Thur, 18:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was then asked if Dele Alli will be fit enough to return for Thursday's game with Bournemouth.

    "It's a small injury but he's not ready for tomorrow," Mourinho said. "He has that history with hamstring injuries."

  14. 'We all know how it works at these FA decisions'

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is now speaking to the media and was immediately asked for his reaction to Eric Dier's ban.

    “No reaction," he said. “If I answer I'm going to be in trouble and I don’t want to be, so I have no comments about that.”

    Asked if Spurs will appeal, Mourinho added: "I don't think so," he said. "If you appeal, you have other risks. At least let's start next season without a suspension. We all know how it works at these FA decisions."

  15. Kalou bids farewell to Hertha Berlin

    Salomon Kalou at Hertha Berlin

    Salomon Kalou, another ex-Chelsea player, is on the move having bid farewell to Hertha Berlin after six years with the German club.

    The former Ivory Coast forward had been suspended since the start of May for filming himself breaking social-distancing regulations in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 34-year-old announced the end of his time at Hertha on social media.

    "Dear Hertha Fans thank u so much. Hertha Bsc organization thank u. So Many good memories shared. God willing, i will see u guys soon." he wrote.

    The club acknowledged his post on its website and wished him good look for his future.

  16. MOTD Top 10 podcast is back

    Match of the Day's Top 10 podcast has returned for a second season, but this time there's a twist.

    The last series saw Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer debate a range of topics, but this time a Premier League legend will join Lineker and Jermaine Jenas to reflect on the moments and people that shaped their career.

    They begin with ex-Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Click here to find out more.

    A split picture of Cesc Fabregas playing for Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea
  17. Dier gets four-match ban

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    Lone25Wolf: This couldn’t of come at a better time for ⁦Spurs. They’ve got two solid defenders in Alderweireld and Vertonghen waiting in the wings that have been alienated for no reason.

  18. From being a World Cup tourist to Arsene Wenger's sofa

    Everton winger Theo Walcott was the guest on this week's That Peter Crouch Podcast, discussing a variety of topics including his World Cup experience as a 17-year-old, the horrendous shirt he wore when signing for Arsenal and his regret at not appearing in the Harry Potter films.

    You can find out more by heading over here.

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