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Live Reporting

Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all from today's live page, here is a reminder of some of our top stories:

    Don't forget there will be live text commentary of tonight's game between Everton and Southampton on the BBC Sport website, you can check that out by heading over here.

    We will then be back here tomorrow for all the reaction and a look ahead to the other midweek Premier League matches.

    Goodbye!

  2. Calvert-Lewin and Allan fit for Toffees

    Everton v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

    Everton

    Everton pair Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are both in contention to start against Southampton on Monday, having been named as substitutes for the Merseyside derby last time out on their return from injury.

    Yerry Mina and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are the only absentees.

    Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle sustained against Leeds.

    Takumi Minamino is out with a hamstring strain but could be fit within a week.

    They join Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi on the sidelines.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan at Everton training
  3. Can Everton end home hoodoo?

    Everton v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Results were largely favourable for the blue half of Merseyside over the weekend, with four teams above Everton - Manchester United, Leicester, West Ham and Chelsea - all failing to win.

    Carlo Ancelotti's side are seventh in the table and have two games in hand on all the sides above them, including the match against Southampton tonight. A win won't improve their position, but it will be welcome. Everton haven't won a league game at home since 19 December, a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

  4. Maddison to resume training this week

    Burnley v Leicester (Wed, 18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    There was mixed news elsewhere on Leicester's injury list. Jonny Evans will have a scan on his calf later today, but James Maddison is feeling “better” and will be back out in training later on the week.

    “We’ve had injuries, but we’ve also had European football," said Brendan Rodgers.

    "The players have been absolutely brilliant. But we haven’t done anything yet. We’re not in the top four until we see where we’re at the end of the season”false

    James Maddison
  5. Vardy one of the best strikers in the league - Rodgers

    Burnley v Leicester (Wed, 18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    There was better news about Jamie Vardy, who has been passed fit for Wednesday's trip to Turf Moor.

    “He’s had a reaction, but nothing more than that," said Rodgers. "Like all players, he was a bit stiff. And the second day you’re in that recovery stage but it’s nothing serious.

    “You have to remember he is 34. He’s a fighter, his mentality is very strong, and he’s done amazing for us after his hernia. He’s one of the best strikers in this league”

    Jamie Vardy
  6. Barnes set for surgery

    Burnley v Leicester (Wed, 18:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Injuries were top of the agenda for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers at his news conference.

    First up, an update on Harvey Barnes, who was forced off with a knee injury against Arsenal on Sunday.

    "We're hopeful he'll go into surgery tomorrow," said Rodgers. "Part of his patella has come away, so it's a repair job there. Hopefully he will be back in six weeks."

  7. McEachran joins MK Dons

    Chelsea academy graduate Josh McEachran has joined League One side MK Dons on a short-term deal.

    The 28-year-old was a free agent after leaving Birmingham in January.

    View more on twitter
  8. No fresh injury concerns for City

    Man City v Wolves (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola is usually asked an injury question by the same journalist in his pre-match question.

    Very often, the reply is rather short.

    Today was one of those days.

    "Everything is fine except Nathan (Ake)."

  9. Keep going - Pep

    Man City v Wolves (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    I know Pep Guardiola doesn't find it difficult to ignore the outside noise around his Manchester City team but I wonder about his players.

    It was another of those weekends when City were alone in the top four when it came to winning a game.

    They are now 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

    How does he stop his squad from taking their foot off the pedal?

    "There are still 36 points to play for and in England, every team can lose and lose and lose games in a row in one week," he said.

    "As a team we have to play well and run a lot without the ball to get the points to be close to the champions at the end.

    "Tomorrow we have a tough opponent in Wolves (did the double over City last season), then (Manchester) United, after Southampton, then Fulham, who are playing very well.

    "When you have 10 points left or 12 or 15 it is another issue but 36 is a lot."

  10. Bayern are the best - Pep

    Man City v Wolves (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola was back repeating his theme that he is delighted with Manchester City's 20-match winning run but they have achieved nothing yet.

    It is not entirely true of course - they have broken the record for most consecutive victories by an English top-flight club for a start.

    But he emphasised his point just to make sure everyone gets the message.

    "The best team in Europe is Bayern Munich because they won everything," he said.

    "In England the champions are Liverpool, they are the best.

    "If you want to take the crown, you have to win. No-one is champion in March."

  11. Cotterill readmitted to hospital

    Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill has been readmitted to hospital as he is suffering from Covid-pneumonia.

    The 56-year-old spent 33 days in hospital after being admitted with Covid-19 symptoms on 15 January.

    He has since been working from home, managing the club by phone and Zoom calls after being released from Bristol Royal Infirmary earlier this month.

    Click here for more details on this breaking story.

  12. City charge on

    Man City v Wolves (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City aim for victory number 21 on Tuesday.

    They still have a bit to do to match Ajax's 26-match winning streak in 1972, which is the best in a major European league - The New Saints did eclipse that mark in Wales.

    As that Ajax team included Johann Cruyff, the inspiration behind Pep Guardiola's coaching philosophy, it is something for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss to aim for.

  13. No new concerns for Wolves

    Man City v Wolves (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves have no fresh injury concerns, meaning Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Fernando Marcal are likely to miss out.

    Raul Jimenez continues his recovery from a fractured skull by taking part in light training with the rest of the team.

    "We are starting to integrate him in some parts of the training sessions," said Nuno. "He is avoiding contact but soon he will integrate 100% hopefully. There's no timeframe of recovery. All based on his progression and protocols."

  14. 'It’s very hard to stop Adama'

    Man City v Wolves (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Nuno was also asked about Adama Traore's tactic of putting baby oil on his arms and shoulders to make it difficult for defenders to grab hold of him.

    "It's not my idea but it is a good idea," he said.

    "It’s very hard to stop Adama, his arms become more slippery so he can make the most of his speed and talent. It can be useful.

    "It was a fantastic idea by the medical department who suggested it because it came from an injury to his shoulder that was caused by defenders holding his arm. It was to avoid that and he has kept doing it."

    Adama Traore rubbing baby oil into his arms
  15. Nuno taking things game-by-game

    Man City v Wolves (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    After a rocky spell over the Christmas and New Year period Wolves have won three and drawn two of their last five games to move within five points of Tottenham in eighth.

    So has that run revived hopes of a late charge for the European places?

    "We have a very difficult game tomorrow. The way we approach is game by game so nothing has changed," said boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

    "[We are] not looking at the overall classification, we are trying to the best we can game by game."

  16. Nuno wants VAR improvement

    Man City v Wolves (Tue, 20:00 GMT)

    Wolves

    First up for Nuno Espirito Santo was a question about some of the controversial refereeing incidents at the weekend, including Brighton's disallowed goal at West Brom and Man Utd's non-penalty award at Chelsea.

    "Referees and VAR have to try and improve," said Nuno.

    "Let’s see if they do and work on better ways to judge controversial decisions that we have been having. I have my doubts on handball like everyone else."

    On quick free-kicks, he added: "It's up to the referee to decide quick free-kicks. You are asking about the referee. I expect them to judge and decide what is for always for the best."

  17. Police make arrests after search of Barca offices

    Catalan police say they have made several arrests after searching the offices of Spanish side Barcelona.

    The number of arrests made and the identity of those involved have not yet been confirmed.

    The police operation was conducted on Monday after an investigation into financial issues at Barcelona.

    The club's presidential elections take place on Sunday after their previous president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced his resignation in October.

  18. Nuno's new challenge

    Man City v Wolves (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Wolves are the next club to try and stop the Manchester City juggernaut when they travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.

    On the face of it, Nuno Espirito Santo's 12th-placed team have little chance of preventing City making it 21 successive victories in all competitions.

    However, Wolves fans do have a couple of reasons to hope.

    Firstly, they did the double over Pep Guardiola's side last season, two late goals from Adama Traore earning them their first away win against City since 1999.

    Secondly, when they were still in the Championship and City were on the run that would lead them to becoming the first side to reach 100 points in a top flight season, Wolves took them to extra-time in an EFL Cup tie. only to lose on penalties.

    They can't, can they?

    Adama Traore celebrating his goal against Man City last season
  19. PL fixtures this week

    Here is a reminder of the Premier League matches taking place this midweek (all times GMT):

    Monday:

    • Everton v Southampton (20:00)

    Tuesday:

    • Manchester City v Wolves (20:00)

    Wednesday:

    • Burnley v Leicester (18:00)
    • Sheffield United v Aston Villa (18:00)
    • Crystal Palace v Manchester United (20:15)

    Thursday

    • Fulham v Tottenham (18:00)
    • West Brom v Everton (18:00)
    • Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15)
  20. Coming up

    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is due to speak to the media very shortly to preview Wednesday's trip to Sheffield United.

    Then from 1330 we should hear from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers.

    We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.