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Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

  • [audio] Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has been telling Sky Sports News Radio that Chelsea are the team to fear in this morning’s Champions League semi-final draw. But why does he think they could win this year’s competition?
    4/11/2014 8:41:20 AM
  • [southampton] The injury that has ruled Jay Rodriguez out for the rest of the season and World Cup has dealt a major blow to everyone at Southampton, but Mauricio Pochettino is determined to lift the mood with a win over Cardiff City tomorrow. 

    4/11/2014 8:49:13 AM
  • [astonvilla] Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has a trio of key players available again for tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Crystal Palace. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham either through illness or injury, but all have trained this week and should return to the starting line-up. Lambert remains without six long term-injured in Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner.
    4/11/2014 8:52:39 AM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully fit squad to choose from when his side host Aston Villa. Dwight Gayle returned from an ankle injury to score five goals in an Under-21s fixture against Brentford on Wednesday night but the young striker is not considered ready to start. The Eagles have no other major injury concerns ahead of the contest at Selhurst Park as Pulis' side look to take another step closer to Premier League survival.
    4/11/2014 8:54:40 AM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace beat Cardiff 3-0 in a relegation six-pointer last weekend, but have now been accused of spying. The Bluebirds believe their team was leaked to Palace before the match and have contacted the Premier League, although Palace's sporting director Iain Moody insists they have done nothing wrong. 
    That's the whole point of what we do as scouts. To a certain extent you can guess to within one or two players what the team is going to be - everyone can.
    Crystal Palace celebrate Joe Ledley's goal against Cardiff 

    4/11/2014 9:02:07 AM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff City's loss to Crystal Palace dented their already slim chances of survival, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since learnt that Craig Noone is set to miss the rest of the season.

    4/11/2014 9:08:03 AM
  • [liverpool] Liverpool have had a lot to celebrate in the last few weeks and their performances have now been recognised by the Barclays Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers named Manager of the Month for March and Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez sharing the player's prize.

    4/11/2014 9:10:29 AM
  • [championsleague] Let’s turn our focus now to the draw for the Champions League semi-finals, which is only about 45 minutes away. You can listen to the draw live on Sky Sports News Radio, as Chelsea wait to find out whether they will face Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Manchester United’s conquerors Bayern Munich in the last four.
    4/11/2014 9:14:53 AM
  • [audio] Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports News Radio that Atletico Madrid want to draw either Chelsea or Bayern Munich in this morning’s draw. Find out why he thinks they want to avoid a Madrid derby.
    4/11/2014 9:19:29 AM
  • [betting]No matter who they draw, Sky Bet make Atletico odds-on to go out at the semi-final stage, while they can be backed at 9/2 to go all the way. Bet on the Champions League here.

    4/11/2014 9:26:54 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea booked their place in the semi-finals as a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge made it 3-3 on aggregate and clinched victory on away goals. They could now face Jose Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, who they beat to win the 2012 title. Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid are also potential opponents for Chelsea, and in this scenario they would not come up against on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
    4/11/2014 9:28:40 AM
  • [championsleague] Who would be in your composite Champions League team from the latest round of matches? 

    4/11/2014 9:31:41 AM
  • [championsleague] It is safe to say at this stage of the competition there are no easy draws, and players from all the teams recognise they can't afford to tempt fate.

    4/11/2014 9:34:37 AM
  • [audio] Dale Tempest from Sky Bet can bring us the latest betting ahead of the draw which, just to remind you, can be followed live on Sky Sports News Radio.
    4/11/2014 9:43:37 AM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho remains confident that Chelsea can negotiate their way to the final regardless of who they are drawn against in the last four.

    4/11/2014 9:44:49 AM
  • [newcastle] Newcastle keeper Tim Krul could return for Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke. The Holland international has missed the last two games with a knee injury, but is back in training and could replace under-study Rob Elliot at the Britannia Stadium. Striker Loic Remy has also returned to training after his calf problem, but will not be risked at Stoke, while full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and midfielder Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) are still out.
    Tim Krul: Could return for Newcastle against Stoke 
    4/11/2014 11:22:50 AM
  • [southampton] Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez will miss the next six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and could be joined on the sidelines for Cardiff's visit this weekend by several other first-team players. The England international suffered the injury during last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City - a match which Gaston Ramirez (ankle) and Artur Boruc (back) missed through injury. The pair will be assessed before Saturday's match, which back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is likely to sit out due to a hip problem. Maya Yoshida (knee) is a long-term absentee.
    4/11/2014 11:26:59 AM
  • [southampton] Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed rumours surrounding his future as Southampton manager.
    4/11/2014 11:31:01 AM
  • [norwich] Neil Adams says he will select characters ready for a relegation scrap when Norwich travel to Fulham for tomorrow’s crucial Premier League clash. Defender Michael Turner and Leroy Fer could be in contention to return after recovering from hamstring injuries and Wes Hoolahan is expected to be included in Adams' first starting XI since he succeeded the sacked Chris Hughton last Sunday. Defender Sebastien Bassong should be fit following a knock, but Elliott Bennett (knee) is again involved with the under-21s.
    4/11/2014 11:36:07 AM
  • [audio] It could be a huge afternoon at the bottom of the table tomorrow and Fulham against Norwich looks to be the game of the day. Tony Gale has told Sky Sports News Radio he thinks Norwich made a mistake in sacking Chris Hughton. Check out his preview of all Saturday’s games.
    4/11/2014 11:39:46 AM
  • [championsleague] While Chelsea can look forward to locking horns with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, the other semi-final features a real heavyweight showdown between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and anticipation is already building ahead of what promises to be a special tie.

    4/11/2014 11:44:06 AM
  • [championsleague] Alan Smith says Chelsea face a tough test in the semi finals of the Champions League, after drawing Atletico Madrid, but will be pleased to have avoided Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
    4/11/2014 11:48:47 AM
  • [paulmerson] Paul Merson has been casting his eye over the weekend games to make his predictions, and says Chelsea will beat Swansea, while Manchester City will draw at Liverpool to keep the title race going. Find out what he thinks will happen in all the Premier League fixtures and see if you can do better.

    4/11/2014 11:57:25 AM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City face Liverpool on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1HD, and Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to have Sergio Aguero at his disposal following injury ahead of their potential title decider. 

    4/11/2014 12:02:48 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manuel Pellegrini is not sure the winner of Sunday's game against Liverpool will necessarily go on to win the title, but appreciates that Manchester City can put themselves in a great position by picking up three points at Anfield.

    4/11/2014 12:07:49 PM
  • [hull] Hull City boss Steve Bruce has some difficult selection decisions to make for the FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United at Wembley on Sunday. Bruce is without ineligible strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long so must now decide who to start in attack, with Sone Aluko, Matty Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo all vying for a place. Tom Huddlestone is set to be fine to play after missing last weekend's win over Swansea with a back problem. Steve Harper will start in goal.
    4/11/2014 12:13:22 PM
  • [football]With our full Premier League preview now available for your perusal ahead of what promises to be a thrilling and potentially decisive weekend, let's kick off our look at some of the key Opta stats ahead of the weekend...
    • Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: Villa have only won one of their last eight Premier League meetings with the Eagles, drawing four and losing three.
    • Fulham v Norwich: Norwich have lost all three Premier League games at Craven Cottage so far, conceding a total of 13 goals in the process.
    • Southampton v Cardiff: Cardiff City didn’t manage a single shot on target against Southampton in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.
    • Stoke v Newcastle: Each of the last seven Premier League meetings between Stoke and Newcastle have seen at least three goals scored. 
    4/11/2014 2:29:26 PM
  • [stats]Sorted your Sky Sports Fantasy Football for this weekend yet? If not, have a read of our tipster's column. Here's last week's team of the week, with Juan Mata producing the biggest individual points haul thanks to two goals, an assist and a man of the match award. Play now!

    4/11/2014 2:33:11 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manchester City's number one Joe Hart is set for a busy Super Sunday in goal at Anfield as he tries to help keep Liverpool's deadly duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay. Ahead of the big game, our man Adam Bate caught up with the England international to talk about the title race, Manuel Pellegrini, City strikers Dzeko and Aguero and more...
    Joe Hart: Exclusive interview with Man City goalkeeper 
    4/11/2014 2:39:00 PM
  • [jamieredknapp]Jamie Redknapp has taken advantage of a weekend off from Saturday Night Football duties to take a flight to Augusta to watch the Masters. However, he's been on the phone to give us his thoughts ahead of Liverpool's Premier League showdown with Man City on Sunday - and he's backing his old club to take all three points...
    4/11/2014 2:42:28 PM
  • [ssnr]Host Tom White is here to tell SSN Radio what's coming up on the Weekend Warm-Up today (6pm to 8pm on Sky Sports News HD), including exclusive interviews with players from Liverpool, Chelsea, West Brom and Norwich.
    4/11/2014 2:44:30 PM
  • [scottishfootball]Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen will make his second appearance for Rangers in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United (live from Ibrox on Sky Sports 2HD from 12.30pm) after Cammy Bell was ruled out with concussion following a training-ground knock. Manager Ally McCoist said Lee Wallace (hip flexor) "would need a miracle" to make the game, while David Templeton (groin), Andy Little (thigh) and Lewis Macleod (illness) are definitely out. McCoist reported one or two players had aches and pains but should be okay, while Nicky Law, Ian Black, Jon Daly and Nicky Clark came through Sunday's Ramsdens Cup final unscathed despite pre-match injury concerns.
    Steve Simonsen: Will be in goal for Rangers 
    4/11/2014 2:49:53 PM
  • [manchestercity]Looks suspiciously like fit-again Sergio Aguero is trying to steal Daniel Sturridge's goal celebration ahead of Manchester City's Super Sunday trip to Liverpool...
    #MCFC Instagram of the Day 67: Walk like an Egyptian.
    by mcfcofficial via Instagram
    4/11/2014 2:56:30 PM
  • [swansea]Swansea head coach Garry Monk has reported no new injury worries ahead of Super Sunday's Liberty Stadium clash against Premier League title-chasers Chelsea (live coverage from 3.30pm on Sky Sports 1HD). The Swans are looking to bounce back from last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Hull. That result means they are still not guaranteed safety from relegation, and they now face a Chelsea side fresh from booking their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
    Swansea: Beat Norwich 3-0 in last Liberty Stadium outing 
    4/11/2014 3:04:40 PM
  • Your sporting weekend starts here with Weekend Warm-Up. Tom White is joined in the studio by former Charlton manager Chris Powell. We also have exclusive interviews with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar, Norwich's Robert Snodgrass and former Liverpool star Ronnie Whelan.
    4/11/2014 5:04:52 PM
  • [norwich] Robert Snodgrass on Chris Hughton's departure.

    He's a great man. Everyone in the game respects him as a gentleman. He's been involved in football for 30 or 40 years.

    4/11/2014 5:21:36 PM
  • [norwich] Fulham against Norwich is Neil Adams' first match as Norwich City manager. He takes the Norfolk side to London for a crunch relegation encounter at Craven Cottage as the Canaries go in search of their first victory over Fulham in 28 years.

    4/11/2014 5:26:41 PM
  • [norwich] Robert Snodgrass says Saturday's game at Fulham is going to be a question of desire.
    It's the biggest game of our season. It's going to be blood, sweat and tears and who wants it most.

    4/11/2014 5:30:04 PM
  • I've played 11 years in the Premier League. If it was be the end of Premier League football in the summer then to finish it with relegation would be disastrous

    [westbrom] Steven Reid tells Weekend Warm-Up he is desperate to play his part in keeping West Brom up this season.  

    4/11/2014 5:38:43 PM
  • [burnley] Former Stoke midfielder Michael Kightly believes he has grown as an individual since joining Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley.
    I've probably developed as a person as a character. Coming down back into the Championship has helped me that way. I just want to keep on improving and hopefully carry on doing well.

    4/11/2014 5:46:32 PM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea midfielder Oscar admits a draw between Liverpool and Manchester City in this weekend's huge Super Sunday game live on Sky Sports is the result that will suit Chelsea best as they attempt to win the Premier League this season. But the diminutive midfielder says Chelsea must win their match at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea regardless of the outcome at Anfield. 
    4/11/2014 6:07:23 PM
  • [chelsea] Oscar's partner is expecting the couple's first child but the Brazilian, who is in the hunt for the Premier League and the Champions League with his club, as well as the World Cup later this year in his native Brazil, is refusing to get ahead of himself.
    I really hope it will be an incredible year for me the only thing for definite is that I will be a father for the first time

    4/11/2014 6:12:55 PM
  • Studio guest Chris Powell says a draw between Liverpool and Manchester City will not only suit Chelsea but also Manuel Pellegrini as City's fate would then be in their own hands with the two games in hand they have over their rivals. The former Charlton manager also believes one of the most exciting title races in recent memory will go right down to the wire.
    4/11/2014 6:17:20 PM
  • SUNDERLAND v EVERTON [everton]
    Roberto Martinez shares his thoughts ahead of today's game
    4/12/2014 1:46:35 PM
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