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Anglo-Italian Cup does count!! Swindon town beat Juventus home and away! 4-0 and 0-1.
Earlier, I may have accidentally – and unfairly – casually dismissed the merits of the Anglo-Italian Cup…
See the entry from 18:40…
Problem is, Spurs have been dropping points too.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost three of their past five matches, although all of these defeats have been on the road.
At their brand-spanking, pitch-sliding, hands-free beer pouring, new gaff, things have been going swimmingly.
Two league games, two wins, six goals scored, none conceded. Where dreams come home, eh?
Tonight, Brighton are the latest Premier League rival to pop round and have a look…
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It is the race that no-one seems to want to win…
Manchester United have lost three of their past five matches and Ole has lost control of the wheel.
Arsenal’s form – two defeats in three – is as choppy as their all-at-sea defence.
Chelsea lost their tempers as Burnley earned a draw last night to mean they’ve taken just a point from their past two games…
With just three points separating the four teams chasing the final two Champions League spots, nothing can be decided tonight or tomorrow (when Arsenal and Manchester United play).
But Spurs – who can also qualify by winning this year’s Champions League, of course – will open up a bit of space if they can win tonight…
Nick Mulliss: for my team it would be Yazz – the only way is up! #COYH #lutontown
Joe Underwood: #bbcfootball The sound of silence @LUFC
Matthew Scott: Prince – Joy in Repetition. Literally, in Newcastle’s case.
Wow – a real deep cut from Prince’s overlooked 1990 “Graffiti Bridge” album there…
Following McNeill’s death, there will be another chance to listen to a special BBC Radio 5 live programme which documents one of his finest moments.
‘Glasgow 1967 – The Lisbon Lions’ will be aired again at 22:00 BST.
Fifty years after Celtic became the first British team to lift the European Cup, Hazel Irvine heard the stories of the men who won it in a programme, first broadcast in May 2017.
You can also listen by clicking below.
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We heard some sad news earlier today…
Legendary former Celtic captain Billy McNeill – the first Briton to lift the European Cup – has died aged 79.
McNeill led Celtic when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in 1967 and captained the club to nine successive titles, seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups.
He had been suffering from dementia since 2010.
Celtic say he died on Monday night “surrounded by his family and loved ones”.
Current Bhoys manager Neil Lennon said McNeill was ‘a giant of the game”, while Sir Alex Ferguson – who succeeded McNeill as Aberdeen manager – said he was “a man with an incredible presence”.
BBC Radio 5 Live
…and don’t cop out.
Tune into tonight’s BBC Radio 5 live coverage by tweaking the tuner to 909 or, more aptly in this digital age, clicking on the tab on this page.
Mark Chapman is joined by Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Andy Townsend for the Tuesday Night Club.
And, of course, there will also be regular updates from our two Premier League games.
Odds on Fernando Llorente for first scorer?
Hugo Lloris returns in goal for Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino makes five changes to the side that lost to Manchester City at the weekend.
Lloris has recovered from a muscle injury to take his place in goal as Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Fernando Llorente come in.
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son, Llorente. Subs: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Skipp, Janssen.
There’s also plenty of changes for Brighton with six players coming into Chris Hughton’s first XI.
Martin Montoya, Bernardo, Jahanbakhsh, Yves Bissouma, Jurgen Locadia and Florin Andone all come in.
Brighton XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Bissouma, Gross, Locadia; Andone. Subs: Button, Burn, Bong, Balogun, Kayal, March, Murray.
Watford show three changes from the weekend’s win at Huddersfield, with Daryl Janmaat, Christian Kabasele and Roberto Pereya coming for Kiko Femenia, Adrian Mariappa and Ken Sema.
Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereya, Deulofeu, Gray.
Substitutes: Gomes, Britos, Mariappa, Sema, Chalobah, Femenia, Success.
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Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long are the two alterations for Southampton, with Josh Sims and Danny Ings making way from the defeat at Newcastle.
Southampton XI: Gunn, Stephens, Yoshida, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Armstrong, Redmond, Long.
Substitutes:Forster, Ramsey, Valery, Lemina, Sims, Austin, Ings
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Back to tonight’s team news. And there are a few tweaks for both Javi Gracia and Ralph Hasenhuttl…
As Watford are demonstrating tonight, nothing beats a good sing-song at the football.
So, it’s got us thinking. If you had to choose one tune to belt out which summed up your team’s season then what would it be?
Mine, following a disastrous Easter for a not-to-be-revealed team, would be Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’…
Let’s get those creative minds going. Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111. Three, two, one…
Forget the 50/50 draw, or that game where someone is blindfolded and spun around before they take a peno… this is proper half-time entertainment.
Hope Watford fans are up for a spot of karaoke…
Hugo Lloris, after missing the trip to Manchester City with a muscle injury, is back between the sticks for Spurs…
Full team news to come.
And the bonus midweek fixtures also mean there is plenty at stake in the fantasy football leagues…
Are your key players in their side’s starting XI? Let’s find out. Team news incoming…
Tottenham have the chance to push on in the race for Champions League qualification.
Watford are aiming for seventh and a first European jaunt since 1983-1984. No, the Anglo-Italian Cup* doesn’t count…
Brighton and Southampton need wins to push Cardiff towards the Premier League trapdoor.
* A defunct European competition between second-tier English and Italian clubs, featuring the likes of Notts County, Ascoli, Port Vale and Cremonese…
If someone is going to go berserk in the race for Champions League qualification then now would be the time to do it.
Manchester United have been meek.
Arsenal have been placid.
Chelsea have been passive.
Tottenham have been tame. But tonight is the time for Spurs to to run amok and make a dash for the line…
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