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Live Reporting

Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Here is a recap of some of today's breaking stories.

    A reminder to stick with the BBC Sport website for live minute-by-minute text coverage of tonight's Premier League games.

    There is also live coverage of both matches on BBC Radio 5 Live from 17:45 GMT.

    You can access both by heading over here.

  2. I wouldn't swap Schmeichel for anyone - Rodgers

    Leicester v Everton (18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers has also been full of praise for goalkeeper and captain Kasper Schmeichel.

    "You wouldn’t swap him for any other goalkeeper," he said.

    "Watching him daily, you see the hunger he has to succeed, the work he puts in. He’s up for every single game, no matter what the circumstances are."

    "He makes a huge contribution. You have Vardy scoring goals, who is brilliant. But you need someone brilliant at the other end too.

    "Off the pitch he’s there to encourage the younger guys, and he’s at the level you need to be successful."

    Rodgers didn't stop there, he turned his attention to striker Jamie Vardy.

    "He's a sensational striker whose numbers, since he's been in the Premier League, have been absolutely incredible," he said.

    "He's up there with the best strikers in the world."

  3. 'The players have responded brilliantly'

    Leicester v Everton (18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers then moves on to talk about the fixture schedule, with his side facing four Premier League games in the next 12 days.

    He says his coaching team identified there would be "challenges" with the fixture schedule, "before a ball was kicked".

    "We knew we needed to adapt, and trust everyone in the squad," he said.

    "The players have responded brilliantly. That’s a testament to the environment we have here.

    "I told the players in pre-season, that this is what being at the top of the table gives you. It gives you challenges, but it can improve you.

    "Your preparation comes in to focus, as does your recovery. You have to make sure your mentality and concentration is right."

  4. Mitrovic back for Cottagers

    Fulham v Brighton (Wed, 20:00 BST)


    Fulham boss Scott Parker has been boosted by the return of Aleksandar Mitrovic for tomorrow's game against Brighton. There were also no injuries picked up during Sunday's draw against Liverpool.

    Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo are edging close to a return but are expected to play for the U23s first to build up their match fitness.

    "Mitrovic is back into the squad, he’s fit and training the last few days. Everyone else is fully fit," said Parker.

    "Kenny is ahead of where Terence is but it's a matter of performance."

  5. 'We're trying to find a solution'

    Leicester v Everton (Wed 18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Next Brendan Rodgers provides an injury update on defender Caylar Soyuncu.

    The Foxes are without Jonny Evans for Wednesday's home game against Everton after he picked up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend against Brighton.

    That led to speculation that Soyuncu may be rushed back, but Rodgers has said that won't be the case.

    "We don’t want to force it," he said. "Hopefully in the next few weeks he'll be back.

    "We’re trying to find a solution that will get us through, much like a lot of the season."

    Rodgers added that full-back Timothy Castagne is also unavailable for the Toffees' visit.

  6. David Moyes on Gerard Houllier

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 20:00GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    West Ham manager David Moyes has been paying tribute to Gerard Houllier, who died yesterday.

    Houllier was Liverpool boss when Moyes got the Everton job in March 2002 and never forgot the way he was treated by someone who was supposed to be a major rival.

    "I have great memories of Gerard, and he was a great man," said Moyes.

    "He was very helpful to me at moments when I was young and said some really nice things that gave me great confidence.

    "When I got the Everton job, the League Managers' Association rang and said Gerard wanted to meet me privately. We just sat and talked about football.

    "He knew the rivalry was big so it was a great thing he did. I thought the meeting was a tradition so when Gerard left, I got in touch with all the managers after to make the same offer. They all said no, which says a lot about what Gerard had done.

    "He was a classy man. He gave everyone attention. It was a real shock."

  7. 'Houllier was a great football man'

    Leicester v Everton (Wed 18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers starts his news conference by paying his respects to former Liverpool and Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier.

    "It was an awfully sad day for everyone connected with football," he said.

    "I met Gerard a few times when I was manager of Liverpool, and he was such a lovely man and a great football man."

  8. Michail Antonio nearly there but not quite for West Ham

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 20:00GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    The good news for West Ham is that striker Michail Antonio is back training.

    The bad news is manager David Moyes doesn't expect an immediate return.

    "Tomorrow might come too early for him," said Moyes. "He is coming on and we are getting him closer. We are missing him but we want to get him right."

    Antonio has featured for just 45 minutes in six games since injuring his hamstring against Manchester City on 24 October.

    The Hammers have won four games without him.

  9. 'West Ham are extremely solid in every area'

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Roy Hodgson finishes his news conference by talking about Wednesday's opponents West Ham.

    David Moyes has led the Hammers to sixth in the Premier League, after four wins in their last five games.

    "In the penalty box, they’re very good at creating and taking chances and have been exceptionally good at set plays," said Hodgson.

    "They are extremely solid in every area of the game and at the moment they’re one of the form teams in the league."

  10. Schlupp is in a good place - Hodgson

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Eberechi Eze and Jeffrey Schlupp - who scored the equaliser - were both impressive as Palace came from behind to earn a point against Spurs on Sunday.

    Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has been complimenting both men.

    “Of course Eze has started the season very well and he’s brought his skills from QPR. I’m pleased to hear that Wilf is enjoying him in the side," Hodgson said.

    He added: “We’ve never thought of Jeffrey long-term as a defender, we regard him as an attacking player. He seems to be in a good place. He’s not injured, he’s certainly in good form and all the skill of Jeffrey Schlupp is still there.”

  11. Happy Hammers

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed, 20:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    These are strange times in the roller-coaster world of West Ham.

    From being a by-word for under-achievement and internal dissent, manager David Moyes has turned the club's fortunes around.

    It is a long shot - but not completely out of the question that victory over Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Wednesday will take the Hammers into the top four, which was an admittedly hugely ambitious aim when the club left Upton Park in 2016.

    This being West Ham, you almost expect some kind of self-inflicted wound to be imminent that will derail them. But for the moment, Moyes deserves massive credit for transforming the club.

  12. Sakho a doubt for Palace

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Roy Hodgson then went onto provide an injury update ahead of the Eagles trip to West Ham on Wednesday night.

    “The only player missing from training this morning was Mamadou Sakho. He will need to be assessed," he said.

    "Other than concern for Sakho, only the long-term absentees remain unavailable.”

    The former England boss has been short of centre backs this season, meaning midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has been forced to fill in at times, but Hodgson is happy with how the former West Ham man has performed.

    “Cahill and Cheikhou have been very good when called upon," he said.

    "Fortunately we have great depth in this area and whilst everyone if fit, it gives me a selection headache.”

  13. 'Football has lost a key figure'

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson starts his news conference by paying respect to Gerard Houllier, who passed away at the age of 73 on Monday.

    “Gerard was a man of great quality, great social skills, great grace." said Hodgson.

    "Football has lost a key figure and a great man.”

  14. Post update

    That's all from Jose Mourinho.

    Next up we have Brendan Rodgers, Roy Hodgson, David Moyes and Scott Parker.

  15. Mourinho 'confused' by coronavirus restrictions on fans

    Liverpool v Tottenham (Wed, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham's trip to Liverpool will be played in front of 2,000 fans at Anfield, but their next home game against Leicester will be behind closed doors because London is being put into tier 3 of the government's coronavirus restrictions.

    "I'm so confused with all of that, not only at a football level but also and especially a social level. I'm so confused with contradictions," said Jose Mourinho.

    "Of course I'm a football man not a politician or scientist. But I'm too confused to make any comment."

  16. Gbamin set for training return

    Leicester v Everton (Wed, 18:00 GMT)


    Finally, Carlo Ancelotti says Jean-Philippe Gbamin is due to return to training this week.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder has made just two appearances for the Toffees since signing from Mainz in the summer of 2019, having been out for over a year with thigh and Achilles injuries.

    "I'm waiting too, honestly. The player is desperate to come. Today, I think, he is coming," said Ancelotti.

    "We will speak with the doctor and can start to look for him for the next year. He suffered a lot and we all hope 2021 will be fantastic for him."

  17. Mourinho questions Liverpool's injury impact

    Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho has also downplayed Liverpool's injury list, suggesting it not having quite the impact as is being portrayed.

    "Allison is not injured. Alexander-Arnold is not injured, Matip, I believe that he's going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Robertson is not injured. Henderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured. Firmino is not injured. Mane is not injured.

    "Van Dijk is injured and he is a very good player of course, but give me Liverpool's list of injuries and compare with a list of Liverpool's best team.

    "I can give you a list of 10 injuries at Tottenham.

    "It's normal, injuries are normal. Every club has injuries now and then. Liverpool have a big injury which is Van Dijk."

    Shots fired.

  18. A privilege to spend time with Houllier - Mourinho

    Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Mourinho also paid his tribute to former Liverpool and Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier.

    "Gerard was an amazing guy. I had the privilege to share many meetings in Uefa and FIFA.

    "Such a nice guy, And tomorrow, at Anfield, we have the possibility to pay homage.

    "It's just a pity the stadium is not full so the Liverpool fans could express their feelings to such a great guy."

  19. Bale set to miss Liverpool trip

    Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Wed 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho begins with some team news, revealing that Gareth Bale is unlikely to be fit at Anfield.

    "We still have a training session this afternoon, yesterday he trained inside, not even outside. At this moment I would say no," said the Spurs boss.

  20. Premier League could see a surprise winner - Ancelotti

    Leicester v Everton (Wed, 18:00 GMT)


    Carlo Ancelotti was also asked about Leicester's shock title win in 2016 and believes the unpredictable nature of this year's competition means there could be another surprise winner this time around.

    "It is the beauty of this sport. It is unpredictable, so things like Leicester winning the title can happen," said the Italian.

    "It's more difficult than 20 years ago because the financial impact affects this, but sometimes it's good to see a small team win the Premier League.

    "I am sure it will be an unpredictable season. Every game is really difficult, really complicated, there's lots of surprises.

    "It is difficult to say who is going to win. The table is really compact and fortunately, Everton is there. It is good for us."