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Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

  • [recommend] Good morning and welcome to our Weekend blog as we build up to another crucial couple of days. We'll have all the latest Premier League team news today, as well as the top stories coming out of the manager's press conferences, but this morning there is also the added treat of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw.
    3/21/2014 8:35:38 AM
  • [championsleague] All eyes will be on Nyon in Switzerland at 11am as UEFA's headquarters stages the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals. Chelsea and Manchester United booked their places in the last eight this week and the line-up is arguably the most exciting ever. Holders Bayern Munich are in there, along with fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Sky Sports News Radio will also be broadcasting the draw live with pundit reaction so be sure not to miss it. We'll have much more on this shortly, but it is an open draw so anyone can play anyone else.
    3/21/2014 8:47:52 AM
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    3/21/2014 8:49:48 AM
  • [fl72] The live football this weekend kicks off with Championship action tomorrow lunchtime, as Derby County take on East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at Pride Park, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 12.15pm. Both sides are pushing for promotion and currently occupy spots in the play-off zone, with Steve McClaren's Rams in third place and Forest six points further back in sixth.
    3/21/2014 8:55:00 AM
  • [soccersaturday] Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday gang will be on Sky Sports News HD to preside over all tomorrow afternoon's football and offer expert analysis. There will be goal updates from the big early game between title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, before attention turns to the 3pm kick-offs. Liverpool travel to Cardiff City and Manchester City host Fulham in a couple of top-versus-bottom clashes, while Everton meet Swansea City, Hull City face West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United take on Crystal Palace and Norwich City play Sunderland.
    3/21/2014 8:57:12 AM
  • [saturdaynightfootball] This week's edition of Saturday Night Football features West Ham United's encounter against Manchester United, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 5.30pm. Buoyed by their European success against Olympiakos on Wednesday, David Moyes' men will be hoping to kick on at Upton Park against a West Ham side looking to consolidate a position in mid-table.
    3/21/2014 8:59:19 AM
  • [audio] Manchester United and Chelsea could draw each other in the Champions League – but would they want that? Sky Sports News Radio are looking at the best – and worst – case scenarios for the quarter final draw. Listen here.
    3/21/2014 9:01:47 AM
  • [supersunday] Super Sunday sees another two live games on Sky Sports 1HD. First up at 1.30pm is a clash between two sides in the top half as Tottenham Hotspur entertain Southampton, and then it is over to Aston Villa at 4pm for their match against Stoke City, with both sides showing some good form in recent weeks.
    3/21/2014 9:04:23 AM
  • [spanishfootball] The weekend concludes on Sunday evening with what promises to be one of the matches of the season, as Real Madrid face Barcelona in El Clasico, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 8pm. There will be an array of superstars on show and any game between these two fierce rivals should not be missed, but the latest fixture has added spice as the Spanish title race seems set to go right down to the wire. Ahead of the game, we have been comparing the astonishing talents of big-money duo Gareth Bale and Neymar.
    3/21/2014 9:07:04 AM
  • [audio] Alan Smith has been telling Sky Sports News Radio Arsenal must win a trophy this season or risk damaging Arsene Wenger’s legacy at the Emirates.
    3/21/2014 9:12:05 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger will take charge of his 1000th game for Arsenal against Chelsea tomorrow and the praise has been flooding in for the Frenchman, with former Gunners striker Thierry Henry describing him as ‘one of the very best managers in modern football’.
    Thierry Henry: Regards Arsene Wenger as one of the very best 

    3/21/2014 9:13:41 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger’s landmark has given us an opportunity to pick an Arsenal XI from all the players to have been at the club during his reign, while Sky Sports News' Adam Craig has been to meet David Dein - the man who brought the Frenchman to Highbury.
    3/21/2014 9:21:04 AM
  • [audio] Talking of legacy, Brian Clough’s at Nottingham Forest is the big talking point on Sky Sports News Radio's latest FL72 Weekly which features an interview with son and Sheffield United boss Nigel and former Forest midfielder David Prutton.
    3/21/2014 9:23:33 AM
  • [southampton] Mauricio Pochettino has a number of injury concerns ahead of Southampton's showdown with Tottenham on Super Sunday.

    3/21/2014 9:27:10 AM
  • [fulham] Winger Ashkan Dejagah has been ruled out of Fulham's Premier League trip to Manchester City tomorrow with a muscle problem. Striker Kostas Mitroglou is missing with a knee problem sustained last week, but is expected to return against Everton on March 30. Midfielder Scott Parker remains in the treatment room with his knee injury, while winger Damien Duff is out for the rest of the season, also because of a knee issue.
    3/21/2014 9:30:47 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger has been expressing his pride as he prepares to bring up 1000 matches as Arsenal manager, having been given the reins in 1996.

    3/21/2014 9:34:49 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger's immediate focus is on tomorrow's clash with title rivals Chelsea, and he has only one fresh injury worry as Arsenal look to boost their hopes of becoming champions.

    3/21/2014 9:36:48 AM
  • [audio] Arsene Wenger may be the Premier League’s longest serving manager, but the game’s longest serving player stole the headlines in the Champions League this week. Here’s David May telling Sky Sports News Radio why Ryan Giggs can save David Moyes' season.
    3/21/2014 9:39:13 AM
  • [westham] West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will still be without defender Joey O'Brien and forward Marco Borriello when reigning Premier League champions Manchester United visit Upton Park tomorrow in Saturday Night Football. O'Brien has not featured since a 0-0 draw at Chelsea in January, due to a dislocated shoulder, and on-loan AC Milan striker Borriello remains sidelined with a calf injury. Midfielder Joe Cole came off the bench in last weekend's defeat at Stoke for only his second league appearance of the year and will be pushing for a start against the Red Devils.
    3/21/2014 9:43:01 AM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff City suffered an agonising late defeat against Everton last weekend and life does not get any easier tomorrow as they host Liverpool, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still confident of staying up.

    3/21/2014 9:46:02 AM
  • [norwich] Norwich are unlikely to throw fit-again defender Michael Turner straight back into action against his old club Sunderland on Saturday having just recovered from a hamstring injury. On-loan Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez also played for Norwich Under-21s in midweek after his calf problem, but he is another who is not expected to be in the Canaries' match-day squad. Midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring) remains out, while winger Elliott Bennett has this week finally returned to training following seven months of rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.
    3/21/2014 9:48:41 AM
  • [sunderland] For Sunderland, striker Steven Fletcher will miss the crucial trip to Norwich through injury. The Scotland international damaged an ankle during the first half of last Saturday's goalless draw with Crystal Palace and will sit out the game at Carrow Road as he waits to discover the extent of the damage. However, manager Gus Poyet has a near-full-strength squad from which to select with only keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) otherwise on the casualty list.
    3/21/2014 9:50:51 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa last weekend but they are still top of the table ahead of tomorrow's clash with Arsenal and Jose Mourinho is determined to get back to winning ways, although he will be without some of his key players.

    3/21/2014 9:55:27 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea will find out in just over an hour who they will face in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and Jose Mourinho accepts there are no easy draws at this stage.

    3/21/2014 9:57:11 AM
  • [audio] Guillem Balague has been telling Sky Sports News Radio Chelsea and Manchester United should beware the big two from Spain in this morning's draw.
    3/21/2014 9:59:24 AM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace will be without forwards Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) and Dwight Gayle (ankle) for Saturday's Premier League visit to Newcastle. Midfielder Barry Bannan could be included in the squad again following illness. Defender Danny Gabbidon is another hoping to be involved after working on match fitness.
    3/21/2014 10:04:21 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to contest the improper conduct charge delivered by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal in last Saturday's controversial loss at Aston VillaMourinho was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy after going on to the pitch following a red card being shown to his player Ramires and on Wednesday became subject to further disciplinary action from the FA.

    3/21/2014 10:06:50 AM
  • [everton] Everton captain Phil Jagielka is rated at 50-50 to make his return for the visit of Swansea. The centre-back has missed three matches with a hamstring injury and if he is not considered fit enough John Stones will continue to deputise. Midfielder Steven Pienaar, who missed last week's win over Cardiff with a knee cartilage problem, is expected to be out for a further two to three weeks.
    Phil Jagielka: Doubtful ahead of Everton's clash with Swansea 
    3/21/2014 10:13:09 AM
  • [liverpool] Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to struggling Cardiff. He will select from the same squad which defeated Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford last weekend and there are likely to be few changes to the starting line-up. Midfielder Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho both returned to the bench for that game after long lay-offs and will be included again in south Wales.
    3/21/2014 10:16:24 AM
  • [championsleague] The Champions League quarter-final draw is coming up from UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, and it the first time in history that all eight group winners have progressed to this stage. There are no restrictions in the draw so Chelsea and Manchester United could be pitted together after their midweek wins.
    3/21/2014 10:21:47 AM
  • [betting] Chelsea and Manchester United carry the flag for Britain into the last eight of the Champions League but can they lift the trophy? Chelsea are 12/1 shots while United are the biggest price of all the challengers at 20/1. Check out Sky Bet's latest Champions League odds.

    3/21/2014 10:24:42 AM
  • [championsleague] Chelsea booked their place in the last eight with a 3-1 aggregate success against Galatasaray following a 2-0 home victory on Tuesday. Manchester United did it the hard way a day later, coming back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Olympiakos 3-0 at Old Trafford and provide David Moyes’ side with a welcome boost.
    3/21/2014 10:26:13 AM
  • [alansmith] No English teams reached the last eight 12 months ago and Alan Smith can’t see Chelsea or Manchester United going on to win the Champions League this season. The Sky Sports pundit was at Old Trafford on Wednesday to see United progress, but he believes the other sides are just too strong and is backing Real Madrid to lift the trophy.
    3/21/2014 10:30:40 AM
  • [championsleague] Chelsea and Manchester United both have good records in quarter-finals, but have looked vulnerable at times in this season's competition.

    3/21/2014 10:34:11 AM
  • [betting] How far can Chelsea go? We make them 2/1 shots to go as far as the semis. You can even bet on who Chelsea will draw in the quarter-finals. It's 11/2 they will face United. Check out all our Champions League odds

    3/21/2014 10:42:42 AM
  • [garyneville] Danny Welbeck impressed in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Olympiakos, and Gary Neville believes he provides the team with the ‘different edge’ they need. 
    The whole way Antonio Valencia on the right and Welbeck on the left played enabled Robin van Persie to get more into the game, we saw more of those Van Persie type runs and also Ryan Giggs connecting with him.

    3/21/2014 10:43:47 AM
  • [championsleague] Benfica's Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will stage the final on 24 May, and all eight teams will fancy their chances of going all the way. The Spanish Primera Liga is represented by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will be hoping for a repeat of last-season’s all-Bundesliga final and Paris Saint-Germain carry the flag for France.
    3/21/2014 10:47:21 AM
  • [skysportsnews] Just a reminder that Sky Sports News HD will be covering the Champions League draw from 11am, and you can also follow the draw live on Sky Sports News Radio, with live pundit reaction. 
    3/21/2014 10:51:14 AM
  • [parissaintgermain] Yohan Cabaye is confident that Paris Saint Germain can compete for European glory, but admits that it will be difficult whoever they face.

    3/21/2014 10:53:21 AM
  • [championsleague] We are moments away from the draw taking place and anticipation is building as the assembled delegates in Nyon are briefed on how the draw will work.
    3/21/2014 11:02:24 AM
  • [audio] Listen to the Champions League draw LIVE on Sky Sports News Radio here with immediate reaction from Danny Mills
    Danny Mills; Ready to provide reaction on Sky Sports News Radio 

    3/21/2014 11:07:12 AM
  • [championsleague] Luis Figo is on stage to help with the draw and says it will be very difficult for Bayern Munich to make history and become the first team to defend the trophy. 
    3/21/2014 11:09:21 AM
  • [championsleague] Manchester City's conquerors Barcelona are the first team to be drawn and they will face Atletico Madrid in all-Spanish affair.
    3/21/2014 11:12:26 AM
  • [championsleague] Free-scoring Real Madrid are drawn against last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the second quarter-final.
    3/21/2014 11:13:37 AM
  • [championsleague] Chelsea learn their fate in the third quarter-final as they are drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain away from home in the first leg.
    3/21/2014 11:14:56 AM
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