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Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

  • [audio] Alan Smith has been having his say on the Champions League draw. Hear his reaction on Sky Sports News Radio to the news that Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in the last four, and he’s predicting a fantastic tactical battle.
    4/11/2014 11:08:56 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has told Sky Sports News that he is anticipating a ‘couple of fantastic games’ against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, insisting there are no easy matches after it was suggested the semi-final draw had been kind on the Blues. He has also clarified that Chelsea are happy for Thibaut Courtois to play for Atletico after UEFA’s statement earlier today, and played down talk that their Premier League title bid could be derailed, even though the European fixtures come either side of a trip to Liverpool on 27 April.
    4/11/2014 11:17:25 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] Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is hoping to choose from a full-strength squad for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final clash with Hull City at Wembley. Defenders Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring), striker Jose Baxter (hip) and midfielder Stefan Scougall (thigh) have all shaken off their respective injuries in the last week and will be available for selection. Youngsters Connor Dimaio, Otis Khan and Louis Reed were handed starts in the midweek win against Rotherham, but are likely to make way on Sunday after Clough rested several of his senior players.
    4/11/2014 12:15:54 PM
  • [audio] Fulham are five points behind Norwich going into this weekend and Johnny Heitinga has told Sky Sports News Radio that they know they must win tomorrow’s game against the Canaries if they're to stay in the Premier League.
    4/11/2014 12:19:35 PM
  • [skysportsnews]Scunthorpe will attempt to go 26 games unbeaten in League Two when they play host to Bury on Saturday. The Iron are only being kept off the top of the table by Rochdale on goals scored. Sky Sports News reporter Bryn Law has caught up with their goalkeeper Sam Slocombe for Weekend Warm-Up tonight (6pm to 8pm) to find out the secret of Scunny's success...

    4/11/2014 12:26:45 PM
  • [jeffstelling]Have you entered Super 6 yet? This week's deadline is 3.07pm. Play for free!

    4/11/2014 12:28:32 PM
  • [tottenham]Also on the way on SSN is Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at West Brom. Will the Spurs boss be able to explain any more about his own future?

    4/11/2014 12:29:48 PM
  • [crystalpalace]Beating Chelsea at the end of March earned Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis a specially engraved crystal football from the League Managers Association - and now he's landed another for the Eagles' 3-0 win at Cardiff!
    Tony Pulis collects the LMA Performance of the Week for the second successive week after the victory last Saturday against Cardiff.
    by Crystal Palace Football Club via Instagram
    4/11/2014 12:33:10 PM
  • [scottishfootball]Rangers take on Dundee United on Saturday in the first of the two Scottish Cup semi-final ties at Ibrox (live on Sky Sports 2HD from 12.30pm). Gers boss Ally McCoist, whose team lost the Ramsdens Cup final to Raith last time out, has lost the services of goalkeeper Cammy Bell to an unusual injury...

    4/11/2014 12:36:58 PM
  • [socceram]Soccer AM returns to your screens at 10am on Saturday on Sky Sports 1HD and Sky 1HD. Former Chelsea and France defender Frank Leboeuf is among the studio guests. Also making an appearance ahead of their FA Cup semi-final are fans of Wigan, which is where that well-known nutty geezer Franky Fryer found himself this week...
    Soccer AM - Away Days Wigan - featuring Wigan Warriors and Neill Rimmer
    by Sky Sports via YouTube
    4/11/2014 12:43:23 PM
  • [stoke]Let's get to Stoke, who play host to Newcastle on Saturday looking to recapture their fine run of form which came to an end at Chelsea last weekend. Mark Hughes has been delivering some team news, starting off with Charlie Adam...

    4/11/2014 12:46:08 PM
  • [twitter]Time to get your thinking caps on and open the @SkyFootball Twitter page, where the regular Friday Premier League quiz has just begun. Here's question one...

    4/11/2014 12:48:13 PM
  • [wigan]Wigan folk have traditionally rubbed the foot of the 1910 statue of Sir Francis Sharp Powell in Mesnes Park for good luck. Latics boss Uwe Rosler has paid a visit to the former politician ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley to face Arsenal...

    4/11/2014 12:56:28 PM
  • [betting]Wigan are 8/1 to retain the FA Cup, with Arsenal the clear favourites at 4/9. The Latics are currently 6/1 to beat the Gunners in 90 minutes and 4/1 to find a way through to the final by any means. Bet on the FA Cup here.

    4/11/2014 1:01:43 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero could return for the Super Sunday trip to face Premier League title rivals Liverpool (live coverage from 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 3D). The Argentina striker has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury but has been back training with the squad for the past week. Defender Matija Nastasic (knee) is the only notable absentee with midfielder Yaya Toure having overcome a knock suffered in last week's win over Southampton.
    Sergio Aguero: Will Pellegrini play him at Liverpool? 
    4/11/2014 1:02:15 PM
  • [chelsea]Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay spoke to Sky Sports News earlier from Nyon, following the Champions League semi-final draw. The Blues will travel to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday 22 April, before hosting Diego Simeone's Rojiblancos at Stamford Bridge the following Wednesday. That second leg will be live only on Sky Sports 1HD.
    4/11/2014 1:11:09 PM
  • [arsenal]Aaron Ramsey was a second-half substitute on his Arsenal injury comeback in last weekend's disappointing 3-0 defeat at Everton. He's been in training with the rest of the Gunners squad today at London Colney. Might Arsene Wenger start with the Welshman in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash against Wigan at Wembley?
    Ramsey and Wenger; A quick handshake at training today 
    4/11/2014 1:16:37 PM
  • [sunderland]With Sunderland's Premier League status looking ever more precarious, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet - speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday's visit of Everton - has mentioned two first-team stars who appear to be set to move on from Wearside this summer. More on this in our Transfer Centre.

    4/11/2014 1:20:59 PM
  • [betting]It doesn't look too good for Sunderland, according to the bookmakers, with Sky Bet making the Black Cats 7/2 to stay up. Only Cardiff have a weaker chance of surviving at 6/1. Bet here.

    4/11/2014 1:30:50 PM
  • [stoke]Charlie Adam is hoping to play in Stoke's Premier League clash at home to Newcastle on Saturday despite needing an operation on a broken nose. The midfielder suffered the injury in training but the club are hopeful he will be able to play wearing a mask. Fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland has recovered from illness but Matthew Etherington (back) is expected to join winger Oussama Assaidi and centre-back Robert Huth (both knee) on the sidelines.
    Charlie Adam: Broke nose in training 
    4/11/2014 1:36:22 PM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will be making his Wembley bow on Saturday evening in the FA Cup semi-final clash against Wigan Athletic. Understandably the Germany international is very excited...
    Preparing for FA Cup! Looking forward to playing first time at Wembley..... #facup #wembley #afc #poldi #aha #redarmy
    by poldi_official via Instagram
    4/11/2014 1:49:07 PM
  • [tottenham]Tottenham will still be without six first-team regulars for their Premier League trip to West Brom on Saturday. Roberto Soldado has returned to training following a hamstring issue but will not be fit to travel while midfield pair Mousa Dembele (hip) and Etienne Capoue (foot) are also missing. Kyle Walker (pelvis) remains sidelined alongside Erik Lamela (back) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle).
    Roberto Soldado: Back in training but not fit to travel
    4/11/2014 1:58:03 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City's top-of-the-table clash at Liverpool on Super Sunday is just another game, and not a title decider.
    4/11/2014 2:07:14 PM
  • [football]A change to the fixture and TV schedules for next weekend, as a result of the dates of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final. The Blues' home game against Sunderland is now a Saturday Night Football clash, while Hull's encounter with Arsenal at the KC Stadium is the middle part of a Super Sunday triple bill.

    4/11/2014 2:10:03 PM
  • [mobile]Did you know you can now watch selected live streams to La Liga matches on Sky Bet's mobile app? Download the app here ahead of this weekend's games.

    4/11/2014 2:11:01 PM
  • [cardiff]Further developments on the story we brought you earlier from Cardiff City, who have made an official complaint to the Premier League over claims details of the Bluebirds' starting line-up last weekend was leaked to opponents Crystal Palace well in advance of kick-off. The Welsh club are now understood to have sacked a member of staff over the affair.
    Solskjaer and Bellamy: Left low by home defeat last weekend 
    4/11/2014 2:20:44 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
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