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Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

  • [championsleague] There are only two teams left and Manchester United have been given the toughest possible draw, as they are paired with Bayern Munich. The first leg will be at Old Trafford.
    3/21/2014 11:16:06 AM
  • [championsleague] Here is confirmation of the Champions League quarter-final draw in full, and there are four mouth-watering ties to look forward to.
    • Barcelona v Atletico Madrid
    • Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
    • Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea
    • Manchester United v Bayern Munich
    First-leg ties to be played on April 1 and 2, with the second legs being played on April 8 and 9.

    3/21/2014 11:19:04 AM
  • 3/21/2014 11:21:50 AM
  • [championsleague] The draw for the semi-finals will not take place today. That will happen on 11 April, after the quarter-final ties have been completed. There is still the draw for the Europa League quarter-finals to come about 12pm, although there are no English sides remaining after Tottenham Hotspur's elimination.
    3/21/2014 11:24:53 AM
  • [betting] The bigs guns Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all shortened in the betting after the Champions League quarter-final draw. Check out the latest odds and match prices now.

    3/21/2014 11:30:43 AM
  • [manchesterunited] Manchester United will have to defy the form book if they are to overcome Bayern Munich in the last eight. They famously beat Bayern in the 1999 final but their record against the German side does not inspire confidence. 

    3/21/2014 11:31:08 AM
  • [jamieredknapp] Jamie Redknapp is in the Sky Sports News studio to give his thoughts on the draw, and says it is the ‘worst possible’ outcome for Manchester United after being paired with Bayern Munich. He says Arsenal have proved that teams can go to the Allianz Arena and get results, and believes United will have nothing to lose, but warns that Pep Guardiola has taken Bayern to another level this season.
    3/21/2014 11:35:04 AM
  • [betting] Favourites Bayern Munich are odds-on shots to win at Old Trafford in their Champions League quarter-final clash, while Chelsea are underdogs for their first leg tie at PSG. Bet on the Champions League here

    3/21/2014 11:39:35 AM
  • [jamieredknapp] Turning his attention to Chelsea’s tie against Paris Saint-Germain, Jamie Redknapp suggests that neither side will be too disappointed. He sees the clash as 50-50 and predicts a tight couple of games, although the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani will pose a major threat to the Blues.
    3/21/2014 11:41:29 AM
  • [jamieredknapp] Borussia Dortmund got the better of Real Madrid in last season’s competition but Jamie Redknapp doubts there will be a repeat this year, saying that the Bundesliga side are not quite the same force and Real have improved significantly. Barcelona’s tie against Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid also promises to be a thriller, but Redknapp is tipping Bayern Munich to go all the way and lift the trophy. 
    3/21/2014 11:44:46 AM
  • [chelsea] We’ll have plenty more Champions League reaction throughout the day, but there is also a vital weekend of Premier League action ahead and Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal could prove pivotal to the title race. Midfielders Ramires and Willian are suspended for the Blues following their dismissals in the controversial loss at Aston Villa. Ramires begins a three-match ban and Willian is unavailable for one game, missing only the Arsenal contest. Left-back Ashley Cole (knee) is missing against his former club, while Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are available after being ineligible in Europe in midweek.
    3/21/2014 11:49:03 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky faces a fitness test on an ankle problem ahead of tomorrow’s trip to leaders Chelsea. German international Mesut Ozil (hamstring) remains out, but Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom (back) could be in the squad for the first time. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness, while Jack Wilshere (foot), Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby (both knee) remain out.
    3/21/2014 11:51:37 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho described Arsene Wenger as a 'specialist in failure' earlier in the season but has praised Arsenal for keeping faith with the manager for 1,000 games as the Frenchman prepares to bring up his landmark in tomorrow's cash between the sides.
    I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it's not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.

    Jose Mourinho: Respects Arsenal for sticking with Arsene Wenger 


    3/21/2014 11:57:47 AM
  • [bayernmunich] Bayern Munich's players are expecting a tough tie against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals, but remain confident of success.

    3/21/2014 12:02:45 PM
  • [parissaintgermain] Paris Saint-Germain are relishing the challenge of facing Chelsea in the last eight of the Champions League.

    3/21/2014 12:05:07 PM
  • [newcastle] Hatem Ben Arfa will return to the Newcastle squad for tomorrow’s clash with Crystal Palace. The France international has missed the last three games through injury and personal concerns but will be available for the game at St James' Park, as will Sammy Ameobi, who has recovered from a knee problem. Manager Alan Pardew serves the second game of his stadium ban and he will be joined on the sidelines by full-back Davide Santon - suffering from tonsillitis after shaking off a knee injury - goalkeeper Rob Elliot (knee), defender Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and striker Loic Remy (calf). 
    Hatem Ben Arfa: Available again for Newcastle 

    3/21/2014 12:13:21 PM
  • [football] The draw for the quarter-finals of the Europa League has just taken place and there are four intriguing ties to look forward to.
    • AZ v Benfica
    • Lyon v Juventus
    • Basel v Valencia
    • FC Porto v Sevilla
    Ties to be played 3rd & 10th April
    3/21/2014 12:18:11 PM
  • [westbrom] Defender Jonas Olsson has joined West Brom's list of unavailable players for tomorrow’s trip to Hull City. With vice-captain Olsson beginning a two-game ban after reaching 10 yellow cards for the season and first-choice skipper Chris Brunt already out with a knee problem, Gareth McAuley is taking the armband this weekend. Diego Lugano (knee), Billy Jones and Claudio Yacob (both hamstring) and Morgan Amalfitano (knee) all remain sidelined.
    3/21/2014 12:29:25 PM
  • [swansea] Striker Michu is set to continue on the comeback trail for Swansea against Everton on Saturday. Michu returned off the bench after three months out with an ankle injury when Swansea lost at home to West Brom last weekend. Jonjo Shelvey, who has had hamstring trouble, looks poised to feature at Goodison Park, along with Nathan Dyer, who also missed the Albion clash as he rested a heel injury.
    Michu: On the comeback trail for Swansea 

    3/21/2014 12:34:37 PM
  • [chelsea] Ron Gourlay believes Chelsea are well equipped to mount a Champions League challenge but is respectful of Paris Saint-Germain's quality.

    3/21/2014 12:40:17 PM
  • [championsleague] After a Champions League quarter-final draw threw Manchester United the dreaded opposition of heavyweights Bayern Munich, while Chelsea are up against the mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain, what tests await the Premier League clubs? Peter Fraser looks at some of the potential battles in his Euro challenges feature.
    3/21/2014 12:43:51 PM
  • [championsleague] Barcelona and Atletico Madrid's directors have been giving their reaction to the Champions League draw after being put against each other in an all-Spanish quarter-final. 

    3/21/2014 12:48:48 PM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff will continue their fight against relegation from the Premier League when they host title-chasing Liverpool tomorrow. Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pretty much a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Cardiff encouraged by last weekend's performance at Everton, when they succumbed to an injury-time goal.
    3/21/2014 12:56:39 PM
  • [tottenham] Tim Sherwood believes other teams will be afraid to play Tottenham, after their display against Benfica in Lisbon last night.

    3/21/2014 1:03:56 PM
  • [jamieredknapp] More now from Jamie Redknapp, who believes it is a case of mixed fortunes for the two English sides in the Champions League quarter-finals. He thinks Chelsea have a chance to progress past Paris-Saint Germain, but Manchester United face a much tougher task against Bayern Munich.
    Bayern Munich are an incredible side and they now have that belief, after winning the Champions League last year, that they can go and beat anybody. When they beat Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate last year it was an incredible night of football and it just shows you the capability they have.

    3/21/2014 1:11:34 PM
  • [westham] Sam Allardyce is hoping West Ham's return to home comforts will help them back to winning ways against visiting Manchester United on Saturday evening, in a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD at 5.30pm.
    The focus is to maintain the home results and try our best to pull off a big win, but if we can't, come away with at least a point.

    3/21/2014 1:17:07 PM
  • [hull] Hull City boss Steve Bruce will be without winger George Boyd for tomorrow’s clash with West Brom at the KC Stadium. Boyd will begin his three-match suspension for spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart during last week's defeat after his appeal against an FA charge was dismissed this week. Bruce has no fresh injury concerns and will be banking on striker Shane Long to prove a point when he comes up against his old club for the first time.
    3/21/2014 1:21:09 PM
  • [hull] Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been asked for his opinion on George Boyd's punishment at his pre-match news conference.

    3/21/2014 1:23:26 PM
  • [audio] Danny Mills has delivered his Champions League draw verdict to Sky Sports News Radio, after Manchester United were paired with Bayern Munich and Chelsea were given a tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
    3/21/2014 1:25:51 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City are gearing up for a home game against Fulham tomorrow but they will be without Sergio Aguero, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has already ruled the top scorer out of next week's derby against Manchester United.
    We don't know yet, but maybe next week he will start working with the squad. I don't think the whole week, maybe at the end of the week he can be with the squad starting training. For United, no, no chance.

    3/21/2014 1:31:19 PM
  • [betting] Here's an early look at the betting ahead of Saturday's Premier League matches. See all Sky Bet's markets

    3/21/2014 1:37:57 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manchester City are without captain Vincent Kompany as well as top scorer Sergio Aguero for the visit of bottom side Fulham this weekend. Defender Kompany is serving a one-match ban after his sending-off at Hull City last Saturday while striker Aguero is still nursing the hamstring injury which forced him off in Barcelona last week. Centre-back Matija Nastasic (knee) is likely to be out at least another fortnight but striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) is back in contention.
    3/21/2014 1:42:06 PM
  • [liverpool]A dynamic infographic from Liverpool that demonstrates just how super a hero Luis Suarez really is...
    There's just no stopping Luis Suarez this season #justcantgetenough #LFC #theKOP
    by Liverpool Football Club via Instagram
    3/21/2014 1:46:23 PM
  • [stoke]Stoke travel to face a fellow mid-table side Aston Villa in the second part of our Super Sunday double header this weekend (Sky Sports 1HD, from 3.30pm). Potters boss Mark Hughes is expecting a tough encounter.

    3/21/2014 1:58:22 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Let's get to David Moyes' press conference ahead of Manchester United's Saturday Night Football clash at West Ham. First up, an injury blow - midweek Champions League hat-trick scorer Robin van Persie is out...

    3/21/2014 2:10:06 PM
  • [hull]More now from Hull manager Steve Bruce, whose Tigers side plays host to West Brom on Saturday. Bruce is without the banned George Boyd after the latter was found guilty of spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart last weekend. The boss has defended his midfielder...

    3/21/2014 2:21:56 PM
  • [socceram]West Ham will be trying to get the ball in the goal when they take on Manchester United in Saturday Night Football but for now, watch the squad try and land the ball on it instead in an extended Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge.
    Soccer AM Crossbar Challenge - West Ham
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    3/21/2014 2:25:07 PM
  • [football]Our full Premier League preview ahead of round 31 of the 2013/14 Premier League season summarises all the important issues. In part one of two, here's some key stats on the forthcoming fixtures:
    • Chelsea v Arsenal: The last Chelsea player to concede a Premier League penalty under Jose Mourinho was Khalid Boulahrouz, and it was against Arsenal (May 2007).
    • Cardiff v Liverpool: Cardiff have won their last five home league games against Liverpool, but the last of these was in August 1959.
    • Everton v Swansea: Everton have never lost in any competition to Swansea, and have already beaten them twice this season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup.
    • Hull v West Brom: None of the last six league meetings between Hull and West Brom have ended as a home win, the last two being draws and the previous four away wins.
    • Man City v FulhamFulham had one point fewer in 2007-08 (23) than they currently have (24) and still managed to survive, partly due to a 3-2 win away at Man City where current England boss Roy Hodgson triumphed over former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson.
    3/21/2014 2:35:49 PM
  • [chelsea]Jose Mourinho believes Paris Saint-Germain will be happy to have drawn Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, because he feels his Blues side are outsiders for the competition.
    3/21/2014 2:41:30 PM
  • [ssnr]Sky Sports News' Tom White speaks to SSN Radio about what's on tonight's Weekend Warm-Up, including a sneak preview of the big interview with Southampton's Adam Lallana.
    3/21/2014 2:48:17 PM
  • [jamieredknapp] Jamie Redknapp is tipping Manchester United to follow up their midweek victory by claiming three points at Upton Park.
    "This is always a tough fixture for United as there's a bit of animosity between the two clubs. However, I reckon United will win 2-1 and build on the positive mood created on Wednesday.

    Check out Sky Bet's match odds.
    3/21/2014 2:51:45 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Striker Robin van Persie will miss Manchester United's Saturday Night Football clash at West Ham (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 5pm) because of a knee injury. United will assess winger Antonio Valencia after he sustained a gruesome black eye against Olympiacos in midweek. Defenders Jonny Evans (calf) and Chris Smalling (hamstring) are doubtful, but Nemanja Vidic is definitely out through suspension.
    3/21/2014 3:01:46 PM
  • [arsenal]Instagram well-wishes for Arsene Wenger on the eve of his 1000th game as Arsenal manager, from one of his former charges - Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
    Congratulations boss. Hopefully many more to come. #wenger1000
    by Cesc Fàbregas via Instagram
    3/21/2014 3:06:21 PM
  • [arsenal]A specialist in failure - or success? Arsene Wenger may have failed to win a trophy at Arsenal since the 2005 FA Cup, but as he prepares to face old foe Jose Mourinho in his 1000th Gunners game, the Frenchman's record is defended by our man Adam Bate...
    Arsene Wenger: Presented at Highbury in September 1996 
    3/21/2014 3:15:23 PM
  • [ssnr]The latest edition of Sky Sports News Radio's Football Club is available to listen to right now. Danny Mills and the Racing Post's Mark Langdon join Mikey Burrows to look at the weekend's big talking points, such as why Arsene Wenger needs a trophy this season to save his Arsenal legacy, and why Manchester United have no chance of winning the Champions League.
    3/21/2014 3:18:15 PM
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