France vs Ireland LIVE: Six Nations score and latest updates from Championship decider in Paris

Follow the latest updates from the Six Nations clash between France and Ireland in the Championship decider at the Stade de France.

After 14 games, four rounds and the longest Six Nations championship in history, the final round is set to be completed in Paris as both France and Ireland go for the title. England will be watching on hopefully following their final match against Italy in Rome, with Eddie Jones’s side the other team with title hopes well and truly alive – though they depend on the result of this match.

Ireland will win the Championship by one one three ways: by claiming a bonus-point victory, by beating France by seven points or more, or by beating France by six points as long as they score a try. If Ireland beat France by six points without a try, the title will be shared with England, while a five-point win or worse will hand England the spoils. The Rugby World Cup finalists will also win the Six Nations if France win, unless Les Bleus can claim an unlikely 31-point win with a bonus point to boot. Follow the live updates below.


Well thankfully Super Saturday has finally come alive! France made a lightning start as Fickou set up Dupont for the opening score, but their disciplinary issues returned to haunt them as Bouthier made the mindless decision to slap the ball into touch and earn himself 10 minutes in the cooler. Ireland hit back and scored through Healy on his 100th appearance, before Sexton nudged them into the lead. However, the ill-discipline swung into France’s favour as Doris brought down Cros off the ball when he was destined to score, giving the home side a slender lead at the break.

Ireland are far from out of the picture though. They’re four points down, but a 10-point swing would be enough to clinch the title.

40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

France stem the maul attack, and Ireland resort to a bit of one-out driving that allows France to get over the ball and win the penalty with Ireland off their feet.. Should Ireland have taken the points? In hindsight – certainly.

And that’s half-time!

40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

Ireland have a scrum put-in as the clock ticks red, and despite their best efforts they can’t force a penalty. The balls taken out and Ireland attack, and they get the penalty they were looking for as Alldritt is penalised for a ruck indiscretion. As Doris returns, Ireland turn down the shot at goal and go for the corner.

38 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

Ntamack makes no mistake and restores the four-point lead. Interestingly, Healy returns after passing his HIA, with 1:30 still on the Doris sin-bin.

37 mins: France 14-13 Ireland

France immediately hit back with an emphatic scrum that shoves Ireland back, and when the attack comes to nothing Barnes comes back to give Ntamack a shot at goal from the edge of the 22.

33 mins: France 14-13 Ireland

Sexton takes up every second before converting his second penalty, cutting the gap to one. Cros is off with injury, meaning Dylan Cretin is on in the French back row.

32 mins: France 14-10 Ireland

Ireland rebound well and force France into conceding a penalty inside their own red zone, which Sexton will duly take to close the gap and – more importantly – use up the clock on the sin-bin. 

30 mins: France 14-10 Ireland

Disaster for Ireland! They knock the ball on again, and lock Bernard Le Roux hacks through and gives chase. He shows delightful footwork to dribble the ball on, and Irish flanker Caelan Doris hauls him down without the ball when a try was a certainty, conceding a penalty try and earning himself a yellow card in the process!

30 mins: France 12-10 Ireland


29 mins: France 7-10 Ireland

France show what they’re capable of with a lovely backs move that is eventually chipped deep, and the bounce does Stockdale as he knocks it on … he knocks it on, surely? It’s not given, and Ireland escape with one there.

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Burnley vs Chelsea – Premier League: live score, lineups and update

Burnley vs Chelsea LIVE: Timo Werner DROPPED as Frank Lampard’s men head to Turf Moor with Sean Dyche’s struggling side hoping for first win… follow all the action right here

  • Chelsea travel to Burnley and will aim to return to winning ways in the league 
  • Sean Dyche’s side are languishing in the bottom three and are without a win
  • Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill, Stephens, McNeil, Wood, Barnes
  • Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Mount, Kante, Havertz, Ziyech, Abraham, Pulisic
  • Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Chelsea make the trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley and will look to build on their European victory in mid-week.

The 4-0 thrashing of Krasnodar in Russia will inspire hope that Chelsea can return to winning ways in the league after consecutive draws with Manchester United and Southampton. 

Burnley, meanwhile, are yet to pick up their first win of the season. Typically a certainty to avoid the drop, Sean Dyche’s men will be hoping to cause an upset and haul themselves back on track.

Sportsmail’s DANIEL DAVIS will provide live coverage of Burnley vs Chelsea including the score, lineups and updates. 

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Many thought Chelsea would be full of attacking quality after their £253million summer spree. But after two clean sheets in a row, it is their defensive additions making all the difference. 

Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have plugged holes in Frank Lampard’s shaky backline and now Chelsea will be on the hunt for their fourth straight clean sheet today.

My colleague SAM BLITZ took a look at the impact both players have made so far.

The pre-match signs don’t make for particularly good reading for the Burnley faithful.

It has been 47 years since they last recorded a home win over Chelsea, and that came in August 1973. 

Their only triumph against the Blues was in August 2017, a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge. 

But this season has already thrown up plenty of shocks and surprise results so far… will there be another one today?

We’ve just over 20 minutes away from kick off at Turf Moor, and both sets of players are being put through their paces.

Edouard Mendy and Willy Caballero have been snapped warming up, with the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga missing out today through injury.

It would be fair to say that Chelsea’s new No 1 has been superb since arriving in the summer from Rennes.

Earlier this week, Frank Lampard had backed Hakim Ziyech to be the man who makes his team tick, and hopes hoping the winger can prove a worthy successor to Eden Hazard.

Lampard wanted to sign someone who can unlock deep-lying defences. Ziyech started for the first time on Wednesday as Chelsea beat Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League and will make his league bow today.

Sean Dyche admits he has been kept out of the loop regarding a proposed £200million takeover, despite playing an instrumental role in shaping the club’s identity since joining eight years ago.

Chairman Mike Garlick’s preferred bid is from Mohamed El Kashashy, an Egyptian entrepreneur, and Chris Farnell, a Cheshire-based sports lawyer, who have promised to keep him on the board.

The Chelsea boss has well and truly reshuffled his ranks after the midweek action!

Thiago Silva, Ngolo Kante, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have all been handed recalls.

Out go Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic, Timo Werner and Jorginho.

Dale Stephens has come in for Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who misses out entirely this afternoon due to a calf injury. 

Apart from that it is the same starting XI which fell to a narrow defeat against Tottenham last weekend.

Starting XI: Mendy, James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Mount, Kante, Havertz, Ziyech, Abraham, Pulisic

Substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Giroud

Starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill, Stephens, McNeil, Wood, Barnes

Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Rodriguez, Dunne, Thompson, Richardson, Brady, Vydra

Hello, all! Welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of struggling Burnley’s home clash against Chelsea.

The hosts are without a win so far this season and talk of an imminent takeover has left even Sean Dyche in the dark. What an opportunity to lift the doom and gloom this is.

Chelsea, meanwhile, earned an emphatic Champions League win in Krasnodar in midweek and will be hoping to pick up another victory today.

We’ll bring you the team news very shortly…

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Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Winner goes joint-top of the league

Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Nuno Espirito Santo and Roy Hodgson’s sides battle to go joint-top of the Premier League table after promising starts to the campaign

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight 
  • The winner will go joint-top of the Premier League table this Friday evening  
  • Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Wolves host Crystal Palace in Friday night Premier League action at Molineux Stadium, with the winner going joint-top of England’s top-flight tonight.  

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion in their last match against Newcastle thanks to Jacob Murphy’s last-gasp free-kick. Wolves will be hoping to put the record straight following the dismal 1-1 draw on Friday night. 

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, are in good spirits after ending their three-match winless run with a 2-1  win away at Fulham last weekend. Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games and will be hoping for a third this evening. 

Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ will provide live EPL coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace including score, lineups and updates. 

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Five minutes to go until kick-off here at Molineux. Let’s have a reminder of the two teams…

WOLVES XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri; Podence, Jiménez, Neto

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Guaita; Clyne, Kouyaté, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Schlupp; Batshuayi, Zaha

It’s been a sad day for football today as England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has passed away at the age of 78.

Stiles was a crucial member of the Three Lions side who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.

Read MARTIN SAMUEL’s piece below about one of England’s greatest players…


There is quite a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s good run for Crystal Palace, but what about Raul Jimenez’s record for Wolves this season?

Like Zaha, the Mexican number nine has netted in each of his last two games, with Jimenez’s overall league tally standing at four goals in six matches. 

Cheick Kouyate and Scott Dann are in for a tricky night this evening…

Both these sides playing out entertaining fixtures last season, with Wolves edging Palace in the head-to-head contest across the previous campaign.

The sides drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the first encounter with Diogo Jota – now at Liverpool – cancelling out Leandro Dendoncker’s own goal with a 90th minute equaliser.

In the post-lockdown return fixture at Molineux, Daniel Podence and Jonny finished off attacks to give Wolves a 2-0 win.

The pre-match warm-ups have begun for the two sides with half an hour to go until kick-off.

The two managers are also doing their pitchside interviews at the moment. It’s a big evening for both sides, who can propel themselves right up the table with a win. 

It’s been a crazy few months for Crystal Palace Jairo Riedewald. The Dutch midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and looked set to be leaving the club this summer.

But an injury crisis gave Riedewald a second chance and his recent midfield displays mean he is one of the first names on the teamsheet?

The 24-year-old netted the opener against Fulham last weekend, will we see another star showing this evening?

Tonight’s match is available to watch via BT Sport’s Box Office channel as the Premier League continues its pay-per-view service during the coronavirus era. 

Nuno Espirito Santo has been very vocal in his opposition to the service which has divided opinion amongst fans…

Crystal Palace will have several attacking options this evening but Wolves will need to pay attention to one in particular.

Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games to take his goal tally to five in six games. The Ivorian is the Eagles’ man in form and tonight’s result will depend on whether he turns up at Molineux this evening. 

Roy Hodgson also makes one change from the side that won at Fulham last time out. Left-back Tyrick Mitchell misses out entirely, so Patrick van Aanholt comes into the back four.

Michy Batshuayi keeps his place up front despite Jordan Ayew returning to the bench after his coronavirus diagnosis during the October international break. 

Nuno Espirito Santo makes one change from the side that drew with Newcastle last weekend. There’s a Wolves debut for Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left-side of the midfield five, who starts in place of Roman Saiss. 

The 19-year-old is on loan from French side with Angers, though Wolves do have the option to buy him on a permanent deal. A chance to impress then.

Welcome to this evening’s coverage of the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.

Both sides have had identical starts to the league season, with three wins, a draw and two losses in their opening six matches.

But the winner of tonight’s match can go joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool and Everton on 13 points.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT so team news will be out in ten minutes or so…

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Liverpool vs West Ham preview, team news, kick-off, channel

Fabinho out for Liverpool with Thiago Alcantara to be assessed; West Ham will be missing Michail Antonio; Liverpool vs West Ham is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm on Saturday Night Football; kick-off at 5.30pm

Friday 30 October 2020 14:27, UK

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Liverpool vs West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday; Kick-off 5.30pm.

Team news

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Fabinho for the visit of West Ham.

The Brazil midfielder, who has been deputising in defence in place of Virgil van Dijk, pulled up with a hamstring injury during Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Midtjylland.

Reds boss Klopp said: “He will be out for the weekend and probably slightly longer.”

However, captain Jordan Henderson is ready to feature after his half-time substitution in midweek while Van Dijk has undergone “successful” knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament damage he sustained in the Merseyside derby. Thiago Alcantara is building up his fitness and will be assessed.


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In-form West Ham forward Michail Antonio has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, but David Moyes is hopeful he will not be missing for too long.

Antonio, who has scored three goals this season and 11 since the restart, limped off with a hamstring injury against Manchester City last weekend.

Sebastien Haller or Andriy Yarmolenko will replace Antonio in attack. Said Benrahma could also be added to the squad for the first time since his switch from Brentford.

How to follow

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    Jones Knows’ prediction

    Liverpool’s ‘injury crisis’ could lead a few predictor folk to put their faith in West Ham this Saturday evening. Do not go there.

    Virgil van Dijk’s long-term injury has given Jurgen Klopp plenty to ponder in terms of his selections at centre-back. He may have to turn to youth as it is unclear whether Joel Matip will have recovered from a muscle injury to play at Anfield.

    However, with Alisson back in goal, Liverpool surely will be sturdy enough to keep it tight enough at the back, especially with their front three looking red hot up the other end. The drop off from Alisson to Adrian is far greater than Van Dijk to Matip, according to my eye.

    It would not surprise me to see a Liverpool winning run take shape between now and Christmas.

    Liverpool’s potentially makeshift defence will be in for an easier night than if Michail Antonio was fit. His injury is a big blow for David Moyes, who has intelligently made the skillset of Antonio a key part of the way West Ham counter. Without him, West Ham will lose their out ball, especially away from home – he was the catalyst for their impressive win at Leicester. In two games where Antonio has been missing on the road under Moyes, West Ham lost both matches to an aggregate score of 5-1.

    If Liverpool score early, then the floodgates may open here.

    JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 3-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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    • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against West Ham (W6 D2), since losing both meetings with the Hammers in the 2015-16 campaign.
    • West Ham have won just one of their last 47 away league games against Liverpool (D12 L34), winning 3-0 in August 2015.
    • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 62 Premier League home games (W51 D11), winning 28 of their last 29 at Anfield. If they avoid defeat here, it will equal the Reds’ longest ever unbeaten home run in their league history (63 between February 1978-December 1980).
    • Liverpool have received more red cards on Halloween than any other side in the Premier League (3) – Jason McAteer v Leicester City in 1998, Jamie Carragher and Philipp Degen v Fulham in 2009.
    • Having lost their opening two Premier League games this season, West Ham are now unbeaten in their last four (W2 D2), with that four-game unbeaten run coming against sides who finished in the top seven places last season.
    • Both Sadio Mane (5 goals, 3 assists) and Mohamed Salah (6 goals, 2 assists) have been involved in eight goals in six Premier League appearances for Liverpool against West Ham, with Mane finding the net in each of his last four against the Hammers.
    • West Ham boss David Moyes has never won in 15 previous Premier League away games against Liverpool (D6 L9) – only Moyes himself (17 v Arsenal) has overseen more away games against a side without victory in the competition.
    • Diogo Jota has scored in both of his Premier League games for Liverpool at Anfield – the last player to score in each of their first three at home for the Reds in the competition was Luis García in October 2004.

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    Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor has the latest on Liverpool’s injury problems and discusses the young players who could cover at centre-back.

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    Arsenal vs Dundalk result: Nicolas Pepe brilliance inspires Gunners in Europa League

    Nketiah celebrates his goal vs Dundalk

    Dundalk still did themselves credit.

    There is a thin line for clubs like Dundalk in these games, which is why they tend to have to prioritise quite a thick line at the back.

    The resource and quality gaps mean they have little choice but to dig in and try to counter, but the problem is that it means there’s not much they can do at all once they go behind. So it was in this game.

    The greater frustration for Dundalk and manager Filippo Giovagnoli was that, collectively, their shape had been good. They were just let down by individual errors.

    Curious as it may seem after a final scoreline like that, there was a relatively long period when there was an angst to Arsenal’s play. They were forcing it, and couldn’t create proper chances as Dundalk stayed solid.

    The first proper breakthrough didn’t really come from any play, but from a block, as the ball bounced back across the box to sit up kindly for Nketiah just yards out. He somehow missed from inside the six-yard box.

    He didn’t have to dwell on it too long, or wait much longer for a better chance.

    That’s the other thing about games like this, though. Even if it is not the wealthier side’s first team, the opposition have to be first to everything, and 100% on it. That didn’t happen.

    Gary Rogers – who had been the penalty hero in the Europa League qualifier away to Sheriff Tiraspol to basically ensure Dundalk got this far – fumbled a corner, allowing Nketiah to quickly make amends by prodding in from even closer.

    That was probably that in any case, but Arsenal immediately made sure, courtesy of another individual error. A touch at the edge of the box put in Joe Willock, who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net.

    It looked like it could have been an avalanche as Arsenal claimed another just after half-time – and their third in four minutes of football.

    This was Pepe’s moment, and quite a goal.

    The ball had been bobbling along the edge of the box, only for the forward to control it with his studs in an unorthodox manner, before curling it into the net.

    It was a supreme, and almost a frustrating glimpse of what might be.

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    Wolves vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, kick-off

    Jonny remains out as Wolves monitor knocks; Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland all return for Crystal Palace; Follow Wolves vs Crystal Palace in our dedicated live blog with highlights published one hour after the final whistle

    Thursday 29 October 2020 16:21, UK

    Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Friday; Kick-off 8pm.

    Team news

    Wolves are likely to have an unchanged squad for Friday’s Premier League visit of Crystal Palace.

    Boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed a number of players need to be assessed for knocks but he is expected to have close to a fully fit squad to pick from.

    Jonny remains sidelined as he continues to recover from the serious knee injury he suffered at the end of last season.

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    Crystal Palace have been handed a number of fitness boosts ahead of their trip to Molineux. Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are fully fit after respective injuries while Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are both available following their periods of Covid-19 self-isolation.


    James McCarthy has returned to training this week after sustaining an injury on international duty and Tyrick Mitchell will be subject to a late fitness test after taking a knock in training yesterday. However, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham and Joel Ward remain out.

    How to follow

    Follow Wolves vs Crystal Palace in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel one hour after the final whistle.

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    Opta stats

    • Wolves have lost three of their last six league meetings with Crystal Palace (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 13 against the Eagles (W7 D3 L3).
    • Crystal Palace have won three of their last five away league games against Wolves (L2), though they did lose this exact fixture 0-2 in July last season.
    • Currently with 10 points this season courtesy of their three wins and one draw, Crystal Palace are looking to make it 13 points from their first seven games of a Premier League season for the first time ever.
    • Crystal Palace have won two of their last three away league games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 12 on the road. The Eagles have won 60% of their Premier League points this season in away games (6/10).
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers have picked up 10 points from their six Premier League games this season – their best total at this stage of the season in the competition and their highest such total in a top-flight campaign since 1979-80 (13 pts, assuming 3/pts for a win).
    • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their previous five Premier League games on Friday’s (D3 L2) – it’s the most a team has played on Friday without ever winning in the competition. Indeed, the Eagles have never won a top-flight game on Friday (D5 L6).
    • Since returning to the Premier League for the 2018-19 season, Wolves have failed to score a first half goal in 58 of their 82 matches, the most of any side in the competition over this period. Indeed, Wolves have failed to score a first half goal in each of their last five Premier League games.
    • Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has netted five goals in six Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in 38 in 2019-20. With five goals and one assist this term, the attacker is just one goal/assist off his total goal involvement tally from last season.
    • Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez has played 331 minutes against Crystal Palace without scoring in the Premier League – only versus Leicester City (360) and Manchester United (358) has he registered more minutes without a goal in the competition.

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    Royal Antwerp vs Tottenham prediction: How will Europa League fixture play out tonight?

    Jose Mourinho takes Tottenham back into Europe with a trip to Royal Antwerp on Thursday.

    Both sides won their Europa League match last week, with Spurs seeing off LASK and the Belgians beating Ludogorets.

    Tottenham have been free-scoring in recent weeks, netting 20 goals in their last five, though it was a narrow 1-0 win at the weekend which kept hte run going.

    Antwerp went top of the table in their own domestic league after beating Beerschot to leapfrog them in the Jupiler Pro.

    Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

    When is the match?

    The game kicks off at 5:55pm on Thursday 29 October.

    Where can I watch it?

    The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport website or app.

    What is the team news?

    Predicted line ups

    Antwerp: Butez, Seck, Gelin, De Laet, Buta, Haroun, Hongla, Juklerod, Gerkens, Mbokani, Refaelov.

    Tottenham: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Lo Celso, Bale, Vinicius.


    Antwerp – 5/1

    Draw – 7/2

    Tottenham – 4/7

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    Krasnodar vs Chelsea – Champions League: live score and updates

    LIVE: Krasnodar vs Chelsea… Frank Lampard brings Antonio Rudiger back in from the cold in Russia as Hakim Ziyech makes his first start with Blues looking for maiden win of European campaign

    • Chelsea starting XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Rudiger, Zouma, Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Werner.
    • Krasnodar host Chelsea in Russia this evening at 5:55pm GMT 
    • Latest Champions League news, live action and results can be found here
    • Champions League group table – as it stands 

    Chelsea have made the long trip to Russia to take on Krasnodar in the Champions League as Frank Lampard’s men look for their first win of the group stage.

    The Blues took positives from a clean sheet in their opening match draw against Sevilla at Stamford Bridge but head into the game with just one win in their last six matches in regulation time. Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain will also be in action from 5.55pm when they visit Istanbul Basaksehir.

    Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY who will provide live UCL coverage of Krasnodar vs Chelsea including score, lineups and updates. 

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    EXCLUSIVE: Frank Lampard backs Chelsea to grow into contenders this season with ‘relationships forming’ in his new-look attack after admitting his revamped team don’t have as much ‘energy’ as last season

    Lampard splashed out more than £200million on new recruits this summer, including £53m on striker Werner and £89m on playmaker Havertz.

    All the focus had been on the Blues’ leaky defence prior to the goals drying up but Lampard has plenty of faith in his attacking stars.

    Of course PSG are also back in action this evening as they too look for their first win when they visit relative group minnows Istanbul Basaksehir:

    Istanbul Basaksehir: Gunok, Da Silva, Skrtel, Epureanu, Bolingoli Mbombo, Ozcan, Topal, Kahveci, Visca, Crivelli, Turuc.
    Subs: Babacan, Kaldirim, Aleksic, Kivanc, Ba, Giuliano, Gulbrandsen, Ponck, Kaplan, Karakus.

    PSG: Navas, Florenzi, Danilo Pereira, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Marquinhos, Neymar, Kean, Mbappe.
    Subs: Randriamamy, Kehrer, Rafinha, Sergio Rico, Sarabia, Diallo, Bakker, Gueye, Dagba, Pembele, Fadiga, Ruiz-Atil.

    Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

    Hakim Ziyech makes his full Chelsea debut in the Blues’ Champions League trip to Krasnodar.

    The Morocco forward slots into a starting XI also comprising England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. Antonio Rudiger makes his first appearance of the season having been brought back into the fold by boss Frank Lampard.

    If watching Mike Bassett:England Manager has taught me anything over the years, it is that any team with a ‘Ramirez’ in must be feared.

    Krasnodar: Safonov, Smolnikov, Kaio, Martynovich, Chernov, Utkin, Vilhena, Olsson, Gazinsky, Ramirez, Berg.
    Subs: Gorodov, Kutovoi, Spertsyan, Sabua, Sinitsyn, Suleymanov, Litvinov.

    Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Werner.
    Subs: Christensen, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Caballero, Tomori, Giroud, Mount, James, Emerson Palmieri, Ziger.

    Referee: Ali Palabiyik (Turkey)

    Nope, still can’t get used to it and that’s without looking at the fading stripes on the front. What were they thinking at Nike, honestly?

    Mendy, Azpilicueta, Chilwell, Rudiger, Zouma, Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Werner.

    That’s a first appearance for Antonio Rudiger since the FA Cup final defeat at the start of August.

    The Blues are back in action following five draws from their last six games (not including penalty kicks) so good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Blues trip to Krasnodar in the Champions League.

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    Juventus vs Barcelona predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

    Two huge sides with two new managers meet on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

    Juventus, under the direction of former midfielder Andrea Pirlo, have been hit-and-miss so far this term despite signing the likes of Federico Chiesa, Dejan Kulusevski and Arthur.

    They have drawn four of their last five games in all competitions, with that victory coming in the Group G opener last week against Dynamo Kyiv.

    Barcelona, now led by Ronald Koeman, lost against arch-rivals Real Madrid at the weekend but similarly took three points in Europe last week, hammering Ferencvaros 5-1.

    Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off.

    When is the game?

    The match is set to kick-off at 8pm GMT on Wedneday, 28 October at the Allianz Stadium.

    Where can I watch it?

    The game will be shown live on BT Sport 3. Subscribers can stream the game via the BT Sport app or website.

    What is the team news?

    Three Juventus defenders will miss the match, with Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro both extremely unlikely to play and Matthijs de Ligt still recovering from surgery.

    Weston McKennie is available after testing positive for Covid-19 last week and having now recovered, but Cristiano Ronaldo will not be able to play for the same reason, as it stands. Arthur could start again in midfield against the team he left this summer.

    Barcelona are without Philippe Coutinho, who  has a hamstring strain, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has yet to play this term. Gerard Pique is also suspended. Koeman must choose between Sergi Roberto and Serginio Dest at right-back, while Antoine Griezmann will hope for a recall. Miralem Pjanic left Juve for Barca in the swap deal with Arthur, but might not start here.

    Predicted line-ups

    JUV: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Demiral, Cuadrado; Rabiot, Arthur, Ramsey; Kulusevksi, Morata, Chiesa.

    FCB: Neto; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets; Griezmann, Pedri, Fati; Messi


    Juventus – 24/13

    Draw – 5/2

    Barcelona – 8/5

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    Burnley vs Tottenham – Premier League: live score and updates

    LIVE: Burnley vs Tottenham – Gareth Bale on the bench as Jose Mourinho’s men look to bounce back from their three-goal collapse against West Ham with winless Clarets aiming for an upset

    • Burnley host Tottenham at Turf Moor this evening at 8pm BST
    • UK viewers can watch Monday night football clash live on Sky Sports Main/PL
    • Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
    • Premier League table – as it stands 

    Tottenham make the trip to Burnley for Premier League action tonight as Jose Mourinho’s men look to avoid another collapse which saw West Ham make a three-goal comeback against them.

    Spurs hope to climb to fifth with a win but will do so without Dele Alli, who has reportedly been left out of the 18-man squad that made the trip up north. The home side are languishing in 18th with just one point and will be desperate to spring a shock victory.

    Sportsmail’s CIAN CHEESBROUGH will provide live coverage of Burnley vs Tottenham including score, lineups and updates.

    Host commentator

    West Brom’s 1-1 draw with Brighton tonight means Burnley have a chance to climb out of the relegation zone with a surprise win at Turf Moor.

    Burnley have the unenviable task tonight of trying to prevent a side who has scored 31 goals in their first 10 games of the season. 

    Such form has led Jose Mourinho to once again dismiss the ‘unadventurous football’ tag he is often labelled with.

    Burnley’s man in charge has a bit of a hard-man reputation but his trusted number two has suggested otherwise.

    Ian Woan lifts the lid to Sportsmail’s JOE BERNSTEIN on what life is like working with Sean Dyche…

    Spurs will welcome fans into their £1billion stadium for the first time since March tonight. 200 fans will watch the Turf Moor clash in their stadium’s hospitality area.

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    Jose Mourinho has rung the changes since Spurs’ draw with West Ham as he continues to manage their fixture pile-up.

    Sergio Reguilon surprisingly drops to the bench with Ben Davies stepping up, while Matt Doherty, Eric Dier and Lucas Moura also come in.

    As was widely reported, there is no place for Dele Alli in the 18-man squad, but new arrivals Gareth Bale, Joe Rodon and Carlos Vincius all make the bench.

    Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Burnley vs Tottenham in the Premier League.

    Spurs have made an encouraging start to the season but will be hoping to bounce back from their three-goal collapse against West Ham last time out. Burnley are still on the hunt for their first win of their campaign but can climb out of the drop zone if they can spring a shock upset.

    Team news coming shortly…

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