A bit of miscellaneous early weekend team news: Harry Maguire and James Maddison will be absent for Leicester, James Tarkowski is doubtful for Burnley, Jazz Richards (hamstring) and Kenneth Zohore (calf) are out for Cardiff, while Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are fit to return for Tottenham.
If you missed it last night, England’s women finished their World Cup qualifying campaign in fine style with a 3-0 win over Austria in Vienna:
John Brewin, Barry Glendenning and Paul Doyle are looking forward to the weekend: here are 10 things specifically that they’re looking out for:
Ahead of this evening’s FA Cup first-round opener, Nick Ames wandered along White Hart Lane to visit Haringey Borough, the club in the shadow of Spurs’ new stadium where season tickets are free:
And welcome to your weekly dose of weekend appetite-whetting. It’s a big weekend in the Premier League, with Sunday’s serving looking particularly tasty topped as it is by the Manchester derby. And it’s sure to be an emotional day at the King Power on Saturday, with Leicester playing at home for the first time since the helicopter crash that killed five people at the King Power Stadium on 27 October.
Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and a stack of other Premier League managers are all in front of the press today.
It’s also FA Cup first round weekend. Haringey Borough take on AFC Wimbledon on Friday evening to kick things off and the weekend is full of non-league minnows – your Bromleys, your Dovers, your Metropolitan Polices – looking to put one over on the (relatively) big boys.
And it’s also a gala day in the Steel City, with United and Wednesday meeting at Bramall Lane in the Sheffield derby on Friday evening, a fixture I’m totally relaxed about, honest.
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Saturday: Cardiff v Brighton (12.30pm), Crystal Palace v Tottenham (5.30pm) Huddersfield v West Ham, Leicester v Burnley, Newcastle v Bournemouth, Southampton v Watford
Sunday: Arsenal v Wolves (4.30pm), Chelsea v Everton (2.15pm), Liverpool v Fulham (12noon), Manchester City v Manchester United (4.30pm).