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Internazionale v Milan: Serie A – live!

Updates from the Milan derby at the Stadio Giuseppe MeazzaLive scores: all the goals from the games around EuropeSend your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 1.41pm BST Hello there. Internazionale and AC Milan have had a disappointing time in recen…

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Derby County v Nottingham Forest: Championship – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the East Midlands derbyLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeSend your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 1.14pm BST The players are ready, the atmosphere is tremendous. Let’s do football! 12.24pm BST…

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Watford v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST game at Vicarage RoadIntroducing our new football notifications on the Guardian appAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 4.35pm BST Watford (4-2-3-1) Gomes; Femenia, Mariappa, Britos, Holebas; Douco…

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Liverpool v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League latest as Man Utd head to Anfield (12.30pm BST kick-off)Introducing our new football notifications on the Guardian appAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 11.24am BST Some pre-match reading Related: Jürgen Klopp: I’ll leave L…

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Ecuador v Argentina: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

12.25am BST

I’d like to apologise in advance for tonight’s coverage. Specifically:

all of it
I probably won’t have chance to check my emails that often, as I’m too old for this multi-game/permutations lark. It’s not you, it’s bloody well me!

12.23am BST

“The Universal is a great song,” says Simon McMahon. “Although when it comes to Scotland, it really really really couldn’t happen.”

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Belarus v Holland, Bulgaria v France: World Cup 2018 qualifiers – live!

8.26pm BST

41 min Bulgaria have been much better in the last 10 minutes. They haven’t created much, apart from that chance for Popov a few minutes ago, but the signs are much better.

8.25pm BST

37 min Hugo Lloris redeems his own error with a superb save. He fumbled a long-range shot which kicked up a little awkwardly off the pitch. When the loose ball was knocked back into the six-yard box by Delev, Popov twisted his body to head towards goal and Lloris reacted admirably to paw it away.

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Newcastle United v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

  • Latest updates from the 4.30pm game at St James’ Park
  • Benítez: ‘Create a good atmosphere and you can win trophies’
  • Email Rob on rob.smyth@theguardian.com

3.33pm BST

Newcastle (4-2-3-1) Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Manquillo; Shelvey, Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.
Substitutes: Darlow, Lejeune, Gamez, Hayden, Diame, Murphy, Gayle.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Sturridge, Mane.
Substitutes: Karius, Milner, Klavan, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Solanke.

3.16pm BST

Hello and welcome to coverage of Rafa Benitez Day, when the fans of Newcastle and Liverpool compete to demonstrate their love for a shy Spaniard. The background entertainment will be provided by 22 men attempting to win a football match.

Liverpool need the points more than Newcastle, who have done enough in the first few weeks to suggest this will be a season of relatively comfortable consolidation. Liverpool start this game eight points behind Manchester, so even a draw would be unsatisfactory.

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Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League – live!

12.39pm BST

38 min Duffy is booked for a naughty swish at Sanchez, who had turned him superbly.

12.38pm BST

37 min “There was a period when Swansea had both Angel Rangel and Jazz Richards on their books,” says Matt Dony. “Two of the finest names in the whole league, sharing one position. Brighton might just have them beat, though. Has there been a more satisfying back line than Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong?”

Good call. It sounds like a cryptic itinerary for a stag do.

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Leicester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

10.34am BST

Welcome to 27 Days Later, a divisive tale of expectation, premature denunciation and Dejan Lovren. It’s four weeks tomorrow since Liverpool dismantled Arsenal with an exhilarating performance, yet in that short time the mood around Anfield has changed considerably. Liverpool are on a despicable run of FOUR games without a win, and Klopp has become the topic du jour for many an entitled blowhard.

You don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve got rid of it. In years to come, Liverpool fans will rightly go a big, rubbery one as they recall the swaggering football played under Klopp. Yet a fair percentage of those same fans have recently boarded a bandwagon to have him sacked. He isn’t perfect, and it’s hard to understand his blind defensive eye, but the anti-Klopp grandstanding is little more than is reactionary nonsense in a sport that has long since lost all contact details for reality, logic and decency.

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West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

11.52am BST

This isn’t the only early kick-off today. The Old Firm derby is taking place at Ibrox, and you can follow that with Barry Glendenning.

Related: Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

11.34am BST

West Ham (3-4-3) Hart; Fonte, Reid, Ogbonna; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Cresswell; Antonio, Chicharito, Arnautovic.
Substitutes: Adrian, Masuaku, Byram, Rice, Ayew, Carroll, Sakho.

Spurs (3-4-2-1) Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
Substitutes: Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Winks, Nkoudou, Son, Llorente.

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England v West Indies: second one-day international – live!

12.02pm BST

That’s a straightforward decision given the weather forecast. England would have done the same.

11.59am BST

The weather forecast has improved in the last few hours, so there’s every chance we’ll start on time. The toss is imminent. Meantime, Australia have scrapped their way back into the game against India in Kolkata.

Related: India v Australia: second one-day international – live!

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Liverpool v Burnley, Watford v Man City, Getafe v Barcelona and more – live!

1.38pm BST

Bayern v Mainz 05 team news

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha; Vidal, Thiago; Robben, Müller, Coman; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Sule, Ribery, Martinez, James, Rudy, Tolisso.

10.24am BST

Hello. It’s Saturday! It’s the afternoon! It’s Clockwatch o’clock! Whether you prefer to watch the clock or clock the watch, this is the place for you. (This or one of the 427 other clockwatches available on the information superhighway, but let’s not dwell on that.) There are some cracking fixtures around Europe, the pick of which is in dear old Hertfordshire. Watford and Manchester City, two of the three remaining unbeaten sides in the Premier League, meet at Vicarage Road. If Watford win they will go top of the top division for only the second time in their history and the first since, of course, 1982.

What else? Principle Cole, I’ll show you what else. Liverpool may or may not take the frustration of a bad week out on Burnley, while Huddersfield can move back into the top four with a win over Leicester. Celtic, Barcelona, Bayern, Internazionale and Oldham Athletic are also in action.

Related: Crystal Palace v Southampton: Premier League – live!

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US Open: Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Carreño Busta and more – live!

4.52pm BST

Shapovalov breaks! Carreno Busta nets a backhand to give Shapovalov a 4-2 lead in the first set. It’s an excellent game, and Shapovalov’s energy is threatening to overwhelm Carreno Busta.

4.45pm BST

Shapovalov leads Carreno Busta 3-2 Shapovalov responds to a first break point against him with an ace. You can’t teach that sort of timing. He is already hitting some punishing forehands, and a couple more ensure another hold.

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Manchester United v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

4.34pm BST

While you wait…

Related: Newcastle v West Ham, Crystal Palace v Swansea and more – live!

4.34pm BST

Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Pogba, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku.
Substitutes: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Lingard, Herrera, Fellaini, Rashford

Leicester (4-2-3-1) Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Ndidi, James; Mahrez, Okazaki, Albrighton; Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Slimani, Iheanacho.

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Bournemouth v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

11.34am BST

Bournemouth (3-5-2) Begovic; S Cook, Ake, Mings; A Smith, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Daniels; King, Defoe.
Substitutes: Boruc, B Smith, Fraser, Ibe, L Cook, Mousset, Afobe.

Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Mendy; Fernandinho; De Bruyne, D Silva; B Silva, Jesus, Sterling.
Substitutes: Bravo, Stones, Mangala, Sane, Delph, Toure, Aguero.

10.43am BST

Morning. There are two ways to win a football match: you can score more goals than your opponent, or you can concede fewer. Eddie Howe and Pep Guardiola only have eyes for the first approach. There were 122 goals in Bournemouth’s 38 league games last season, the most in the league, and 119 in City’s. The attacking ability and defensive fragility of both is such that any minute now I’m going to make an inane gag about this match being a nailed-on 0-0.

Ordinarily Bournemouth could view this game as a free hit, with any points a bonus. But they have lost their first two games, and have an extremely hard start to the season. In their next eight games they play five of the Big Seven™, and things don’t really ease up until November.

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England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day two – live!

2.21pm BST

95th over: England 359-3 (Cook 158, Malan 34) A wide half-volley from Roach is driven emphatically for four by Malan, down on one knee. That was a beautiful stroke. Cook then feels for a good awayswinger, aborting his stroke just before it whistles through to the keeper.

“Someone elsewhere has mentioned that the reason why there were fewer people in the ground last night is that train timetables haven’t been changed,” says Richard O’Hagan, “so for some people the only option was to leave at 8 or they wouldn’t have made it home.”

2.16pm BST

94th over: England 354-3 (Cook 158, Malan 29) Cook inside-edges Holder into the leg side for the first run of the day, and then gets a thick edge along the ground for the first boundary of the day.

“After yesterday’s OBO and the comments from colour-blind people, like me, I was keen to see the Channel 5 highlights (memo to your sports desk, the highlights are at midnight, not 7pm – someone forgot to tell the people who do the Big Paper layout),” begins John Starbuck. “There were times when I could infer where the ball was but not actually see it, especially when it went out to the deep, where a fielder picked it up and threw it back. All very like the tennis game towards the end of Blow Up. Maybe it heralds a new kind of Virtual Cricket?”

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Celtic v Astana: Champions League play-off first leg – live!

6.49pm BST

Celtic (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths.
Substitutes: Armstrong, de Vries, Benyu, Ajer, McGregor, Ralston, Miller.

Astana team to follow

12.36am BST

Good evening. With the possible exception of u, nothing compares to European nights in Scotland. The atmospheres are like something from the 1980s, cacophonous and entitlement-free. It’ll certainly be an ear-splitter at Celtic Park tonight, as Celtic try to take out the Kazakhstan champions Astana for the second year running.

Celtic needed an injury-time penalty to win the third qualifying round match between the sides a year ago, and that was with home advantage in the second leg. Astana, in the best traditions of crack eastern European teams (sic), are formidable at home and a bit useless away, so Celtic will want a decent win tonight: 4-2, 3-1, 2-0 and 1-0 would all be acceptable.

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Celtic v Astana: Champions League play-off first leg – live!

6.49pm BST

Celtic (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths.
Substitutes: Armstrong, de Vries, Benyu, Ajer, McGregor, Ralston, Miller.

Astana team to follow

12.36am BST

Good evening. With the possible exception of u, nothing compares to European nights in Scotland. The atmospheres are like something from the 1980s, cacophonous and entitlement-free. It’ll certainly be an ear-splitter at Celtic Park tonight, as Celtic try to take out the Kazakhstan champions Astana for the second year running.

Celtic needed an injury-time penalty to win the third qualifying round match between the sides a year ago, and that was with home advantage in the second leg. Astana, in the best traditions of crack eastern European teams (sic), are formidable at home and a bit useless away, so Celtic will want a decent win tonight: 4-2, 3-1, 2-0 and 1-0 would all be acceptable.

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A youth spent star??ing at the ZX Spectrum 128k | The Fiver

In today’s Fiver: Celtic begin their Big Cup campaign, Nigel Clough summons the spirit of Brian and Jesé Rodríguez raps

Big Cup’s back then. After three qualifying rounds that were largely ignored by those who shape the narrative, things went up a notch last night with the start of the play-offs. What a season it’s going to be: MORE British clubs, MORE noise, MORE stories that are described as “narratives” to make them sound grander than they actually are, MORE of Jake Humphrey’s smart-casual banter, just … MORE. There could be as many as six British teams in the draw for the group stages, and the good news is that all six of them are going to win it! Let’s all have a disco!

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: Spanish Super Cup, first leg – live!

9.35pm BST

33 min A classic through pass from Iniesta finds Alba, who crosses low first time towards Messi at the near post. The alert Kovacic slides in to concede a corner.

9.33pm BST

32 min Suarez tries to run the last man Varane, who deals smoothly and calmly with the danger. France have a disgusting amount of young talent, don’t they.

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