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  1. Watch Football Focus from 12:00 GMT on BBC One & online
  2. Listen to Bournemouth v Liverpool on 5 live & online
  3. Liverpool can go top with a win – Man City at Chelsea at 17:30 GMT
  4. James Milner set to make 500th Premier League appearance
  5. Bournemouth won at Huddersfield on Tuesday to end four-game losing run
  6. Get involved using #bbcfootball

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  1. ‘How quickly Emery has made his mark’

    Arsenal v Huddersfield (15:00 GMT)

    Simon Brotherton

    Match of the Day commentator

    Unai Emery

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    Arsenal’s last meeting with Huddersfield was a notable one, being Arsene Wenger’s 1,235th and final game in charge.

    I covered that game and remember thinking prior to interviewing him for the last time that it seemed odd to think of someone else coming into that role, as during my 20 years on Match of the Day it had always been him.

    Yet how quickly Unai Emery has made his mark on the club. It’s 20 matches unbeaten now and I think there’s a competitive bite to Arsenal that had been missing previously.

    Huddersfield lost this fixture 5-0 last season and have their hands full once again. David Wagner’s side enjoyed an excellent 2-0 win at Wolves last month, but it remains their only away success so far this season.

  2. Early team news

    Arsenal v Huddersfield (15:00 GMT)

    Arsenal defender Rob Holding faces nine months out with a ruptured cruciate ligament, while Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts.

    Granit Xhaka is available after suspension and Laurent Koscielny could be involved for the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon in May.

    Huddersfield’s Abdelhamid Sabiri is out with a broken collarbone, while Phil Billing and Steve Mounie are banned.

    Chris Lowe should feature after recovering from a shoulder injury.

  3. Post update

    We’ll have full team news from Bournemouth at 11:30 GMT. Let’s have a look ahead to some of the other games to come later…

  4. ‘Dramatic week in latest test of endurance’

    Bournemouth v Liverpool (12:30 GMT)

    Steve Bower

    Match of the Day commentator

    The fact that Liverpool have their best ever points tally after 15 games and still aren’t top of the table shows just how high their standards must continue to be.

    They head to Dorset after a productive and dramatic week in their latest test of endurance, which will continue after this match with the huge Champions League meeting against Napoli on Tuesday.

    It was important for Bournemouth to end a run of four straight defeats against Huddersfield before they test themselves against one of the big boys again.

    They still remember their only win against Liverpool in December 2016, a dramatic 4-3 victory, but Jurgen Klopp’s team these days are a far more stubborn proposition.

  5. Early team news

    Bournemouth v Liverpool (12:30 GMT)

    Sadio Mane

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    Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook faces up to nine months out after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday’s win over Huddersfield.

    Dan Gosling remains absent with a knee injury, while there are fitness concerns over several unnamed players.

    Liverpool are without defenders Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez, with the latter ruled out for up to six weeks with a lower leg fracture.

    Sadio Mane is a major doubt because of a cut foot but Andy Robertson returns.

  6. Your Milner memories

    #bbcfootball or text 81111

    So in tribute to the Liverpool midfielder I want to collate a James Milner Greatest Hits. It’s sure to be a big seller at Christmas.

    What are Milner’s top 10 moments on and off the pitch? This can include your favourite tweets, goals, tackles, post-match comments or the time you met him in your local supermarket.

    Send your thoughts to #bbcfootball or text 81111.

    James Milner

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  7. Milner set for landmark appearance

    Liverpool’s James Milner will make his 500th Premier League appearance today at Bournemouth.

    The midfielder has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup in a fine career so far.

    He’s also something of a social media sensation. To celebrate his landmark we’ve collated some of his best tweets which you can read here.

    My personal favourite…

    James Milner tweet

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  8. Post update

    Premier League top six

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    With Man City travelling to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea later, this could be a big day in the title race.

    Liverpool have the chance to move back to the top of the pile with a win at Bournemouth and put the pressure back on their title rivals.

    A point will take Bournemouth sixth for now at least.

  9. Today’s running order

    This is what is coming up today. We start with a tricky test for unbeaten Liverpool on the south coast before five 3 o’clockers. Then we have a big clash between Chelsea and Man City before some Saturday night fun between Leicester and Tottenham.

    • Bournemouth v Liverpool (12:30 GMT)
    • Arsenal v Huddersfield
    • Burnley v Brighton
    • Cardiff v Southampton
    • Man Utd v Fulham
    • West Ham v Crystal Palace
    • Chelsea v Man City (17:30 GMT)
    • Leicester v Tottenham (19:30 GMT)
    Mauricio Sarri

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  10. Post update

    Premier League fans dressed as Santa

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    Just two and a bit days on from a bumper programme of midweek football, the Premier League is back!

    It’s that time of the season when the football just keeps on coming.

    We’ve got another thrilling Saturday in store. There are no more than eight top-flight matches today, beginning at 12:30 and ending at 21:30.

    Whether you’re sat on the sofa or out Christmas shopping, you’ll want to stay across this.

  11. Post update

    Unai Emery, Mauricio Pchenttino, Pep Guardiola, Eddie Howe, Jurgen Klopp

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    “It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeaaaarrrrrr…”

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