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Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

Weekend Live! (21 -23 March)

  • [manchesterunited]Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is happy to have drawn Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
    3/21/2014 3:23:57 PM
  • [football]Here's the second part of our Opta stats selection. For more info on the weekend's forthcoming fixtures, check out our full Premier League preview ahead of round 31 of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
    • Newcastle v Crystal Palace: Palace have failed to score in their last six meetings with Newcastle in all competitions.
    • Norwich v Sunderland: None of the last 12 league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland has ended as an away win (nine home wins and three draws).
    • West Ham v Manchester United: Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals and assisted three more in his last seven Premier League appearances against West Ham.
    • Tottenham v SouthamptonThe last four Premier League meetings between Spurs and Saints have been decided by a one-goal margin, the last three in Spurs’ favour.
    • Aston Villa v Stoke: Four of the five Premier League games between these two sides at Villa Park have ended as draws with one 1-0 win for the home side.
    3/21/2014 3:40:26 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Could Nani be involved when Manchester United take on West Ham in Saturday Night Football? The Portugal winger has not kicked a ball in anger since the home defeat by Newcastle on December 7, due to a bad hamstring injury. His return had been mooted in midweek, but now he is on the train south to London as an Instagram photo from Alex Buttner proves...
    With @shinji26k @luisnani good to see Nani back in the team 👍
    by alexanderbuttner via Instagram
    3/21/2014 3:49:02 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manuel Pellegrini says that Sergio Aguero is happy at Manchester City after reports linking the Argentina striker with Barcelona. Pellegrini has also ruled Aguero out of next Tuesday's derby clash away to United, due to his hamstring injury.
    3/21/2014 3:57:55 PM
  • [tottenham]Emmanuel Adebayor, Mousa Dembele and Younes Kaboul could all return for Tottenham's Premier League clash at home to Southampton on Super Sunday (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 12.30pm). The trio missed the 2-2 draw at Benfica through injury but are in with a chance of returning on Sunday, when Jan Vertonghen will again be available having been suspended for Thursday's Europa League tie. Spurs manager Tim Sherwood said he did not expect any further good news on the injury front at White Hart Lane, with Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Kyle Walker, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Hugo Lloris all having missed the trip to Portugal.
    3/21/2014 4:06:52 PM
  • [betting] Not sure who to put your money on in the Premier League this weekend? The Trading Views Podcast is on hand with views and tips from Sky Sports journalists and Sky Bet traders, while there's also a £25 free bet up for grabs. Listen here:

    Find Sky Bet's Premier League odds here.
    3/21/2014 4:12:19 PM
  • [tv]Don't forget to tune into Sky Sports 1HD at 6.30pm tonight (or set your Sky+ box to record!) as The Fantasy Football Club is back...

    3/21/2014 4:25:09 PM
  • [southampton]Morgan Schneiderlin and Guly Do Prado are rated as doubtful for Southampton when they travel to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Super Sunday (kick-off 1.30pm). Midfielder Schneiderlin has a muscle problem around his pelvis, leaving Saints short of options in midfield, with Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama still out. Kelvin Davis also faces a late fitness test.
    3/21/2014 4:34:55 PM
  • [fl72]Our weekend live TV coverage gets underway at lunchtime on Saturday with a big Sky Bet Championship tussle in the East Midlands. Third-placed Derby County host sixth-placed Nottingham Forest at the iPro Stadium (coverage underway from 12pm on Sky Sports 1HD), with just six points separating the two clubs at either end of the play-off zone. Billy Davies has not seen his Forest side win in their last seven games, but he has been given strong support by chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi ahead of the trip to face the Rams...
    Billy is doing the right job and when we lose, of course I am upset - but we have to get over it and we have to solve our problems for the next game.

    3/21/2014 4:42:46 PM
  • [spanishfootball]We have five games from the Spanish Primera Division coming up across Sky Sports channels in the next three days, but the big one is undoubtedly El Clasico. We've rounded up some of the best moments from previous Real Madrid v Barcelona clashes as the La Liga big guns prepare to do battle once more at the Bernabeu on Sunday night (kick-off 8pm). Here's when and where to tune in...
    • SATURDAY (Sky Sports 2HD): Real Valladolid v Rayo Vallecano (7.30pm), Athletic Bilbao v Getafe (9pm).
    • SUNDAY (Sky Sports 1HD): Real Betis v Atletico Madrid (6.30pm), Real Madrid v Barcelona (7.30pm).
    • MONDAY (Sky Sports Xtra): Almeria v Real Sociedad (9pm).
    3/21/2014 4:50:20 PM
  • [astonvilla]Ryan Bertrand returns to the Aston Villa squad for Super Sunday's Premier League clash at home to Stoke (live coverage on Sky Sports 1HD from 3.30pm). Bertrand was forced to sit out last weekend's 1-0 victory over Chelsea due to the left-back being on loan for this season from the Blues, with Joe Bennett deputising. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is fit despite picking up a shin injury against Chelsea following a shocking tackle from Ramires that led to the Brazilian being given a straight red card.
    Ryan Bertrand: Back in Villa squad this weekend 
    3/21/2014 4:53:21 PM
  • [tottenham]Weekend Warm-Up will hit your screens at 6pm on Sky Sports News HD. In a sneak preview, here's Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul speaking to the programme about racism in football and Spurs' top-four chances.
    3/21/2014 4:56:43 PM
  • [jamiecarragher]Jamie Carragher has been taking a closer look at how Tim Sherwood has been getting on at Tottenham since taking the reins from Andre Villas-Boas a little over three months ago. Spurs may have tumbled out of the Europa League in midweek and suffered some disappointing Premier League results, but Carragher is impressed by the way 45-year-old Sherwood has gone about his business...
    I would like to see Tim get the job for the foreseeable future because he has got some good results this year - the wins at Man United and Newcastle spring to mind - and it is always hard to judge a manager when he comes in midseason and doesn't have his squad.

    3/21/2014 5:02:05 PM
  • [stoke]Winger Oussama Assaidi could make his return to action in Stoke's Premier League match at Aston Villa on Super Sunday (kick-off 4pm). Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, has been working his way back to fitness after a knee injury and will be checked ahead of the Villa Park contest along with defender Erik Pieters, who limped off in last weekend's 3-1 win over West Ham having taken a knock to the leg. Robert Huth (knee) is out for the rest of the season and both Charlie Adam and Jon Walters remain suspended, while Stephen Ireland will also have to miss the game under the terms of the contract he signed when his loan with the Potters from Villa was turned into a permanent deal in January.
    Oussama Assaidi: Could return to action at Villa Park 
    3/21/2014 5:07:51 PM
  • VLAAR ON VILLA [astonvilla]
    Aston Villa are up to 10th after back-to-back home wins - that shock victory against Chelsea last time described by Paul Lambert as the best of his career. Ron Vlaar reckons Lambert's youth policy is finally coming good. The stopper's on tonight's Weekend Warm-Up - on Sky Sports News from 6pm - but here's a snippet to whet your appetite:
    3/21/2014 5:17:23 PM
    Fancy your chances of becoming the third player this season to land the Super 6 £250,000 jackpot? Need a helping hand? Jeff Stelling is on hand with his Super 6 Stat Pack.
    Make your Super 6 predictions for free here.
    3/21/2014 5:23:24 PM
    Advice is also available for Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses, with tipster Tim Clement looking at who deserves the captain's armband with 10 Premier League sides involved in a double gameweek. Read the preview here.
    3/21/2014 5:27:25 PM
  • BRIGHT SPARK [stoke]
    Stoke, locked on points with Villa, have also got their sights on a once unlikely top-10 finish and we caught up with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to talk manager Mark Hughes's influence and his own future, amid growing transfer speculation.
    The main difference is what the manager does behind the scenes, with how he wants the club structured, and has made sure there is a philosophy in the club that everybody believes in. He has made a big difference, and people are pleased that he has come in.
    3/21/2014 5:28:22 PM
  • POCHETTINO FUTURE [southampton]
    Another man the subject of tittle-tattle is Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino. Ahead of his side's trip to Tottenham in the first part of our Super Sunday double-header, he insisted he would not be distracted by the rumour mill.
    3/21/2014 5:31:43 PM
    It's about that time so if you're clocking off - or sneaking a quick peek when you shouldn't be - here are tonight's biggest sports stories, neatly packaged into one three-minute clip. Bayern Munich? Bring 'em on, says a much perkier David Moyes...
    3/21/2014 5:34:12 PM
  • GOLDEN GUNNER [arsenal]
    Arsene Wenger's been taking up plenty of airtime today and ahead of his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal - a corker against Chelsea, no less -  he was presented with a golden cannon at training today. To celebrate, we sent our man Adam Craig to meet David Dein, the man who brought Wenger to Highbury. That interview - Arsene Who? - is on Sky Sports 1 tonight at 6pm and 10.15pm but you'll also be able to watch On Demand.
    3/21/2014 5:44:12 PM
  • THE PRIVILEGED ONE [arsenal]
    If you haven't seen it already, here's how Wenger reflected on the imminent milestone earlier today.
    3/21/2014 5:46:24 PM
    Some breaking news concerning Robin van Persie and it's most unwelcome. The Manchester United striker was stretchered off against Olympiakos after scoring a hat-trick and has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee. More on this as we have it.
    3/21/2014 5:47:48 PM
  • NO RVP AGAINST BAYERN [manchesterunited]
    Here's how Manchester United broke the news on Twitter. The prognosis means Van Persie will miss both legs of United's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich and may struggle to return to fitness before the end of the season.

    3/21/2014 5:57:25 PM
  • HERO SIDELINED [manchesterunited]
    From joy to agony. It was Van Persie's treble at Old Trafford on Wednesday that ensured United overcame a 2-0 deficit to reach the last eight. Before that double-header, he'll miss Tuesday's Manchester derby. 
    3/21/2014 6:01:32 PM
  • Tom White's in the chair for Weekend Warm-Up. We'll hear from Adam Lallana, Ron Vlaar and Younes Kaboul over the next couple of hours...

    3/21/2014 6:03:44 PM

  • 3/21/2014 6:10:54 PM
  • CHELSEA V ARSENAL [jamieredknapp]
    Will it be lucky 1,000th game for Arsene Wenger at Stamford Bridge tomorrow? Here's how Jamie Redknapp sees the game going...
    3/21/2014 6:14:34 PM
  • Weekend Warm-Up asked Younes Kaboul if he thought Tottenham could still make the top four...

    3/21/2014 6:18:09 PM
    Younes Kaboul missed the 2-2 draw at Benfica that saw Tottenham exit the Europa League 5-3 on aggregate. Spurs are seven points behind Manchester City, having played three games more, and nine behind Arsenal, having played two more, but the defender won't give up.
    It's going to be tough but we've been in this position before. We're going to work hard to try and get there. The ability is there, the quality is there but sometimes we are being too nice to each other. We can't have any more mistakes until the end of the season, we have to avoid that.
    3/21/2014 6:23:16 PM
  • SHERWOOD BULLISH [tottenham]
    Tim Sherwood was similarly bullish after a fine second-half performance from his side in Lisbon. Plenty of positives to take from that game, he reckoned, starting against Southampton on Sunday.
    3/21/2014 6:29:41 PM
  • TETTEY'S RALLY [norwich]
    Norwich host Sunderland in a crunch battle at the bottom tomorrow and defender Alex Tettey reckons it's a must-win game. Speaking to Weekend Warm-Up, he also gave his backing to boss Chris Hughton and reckons the points tally for survival might be a little lower this term:
    All we are doing is supporting the manager. We're trying to perform because we know as a group we have good players. I believe in getting the 40 points but it might be 37, 38, 39 points. It's huge for the people in Norfolk that we stay in the Premier League and the players also know how important it is. We have to be one in this. I personally think Saturday is a must-win game but I hope we won't feel nervous. We have to play normally.

    3/21/2014 6:39:01 PM
  • Here's a reminder of how the bottom of the table looks...

    3/21/2014 6:40:05 PM
  • It's on ominous-looking final few fixtures for Norwich...

    3/21/2014 6:40:14 PM
  • NORWICH V SUNDERLAND [edchamberlain]
    Ed Chamberlain gave us his verdict on tomorrow's basement battle at Carrow Road:
    3/21/2014 6:42:00 PM
  • TONIGHT'S FOOTBALL [football]
    A trio of games tonight, in case you were wondering. Bristol Rovers host Southend and Oxford United welcome Hartlepool in League Two, while there's a lone Scottish Premiership clash between Hearts and Dundee United. If you fancy perusing the fixtures further afield, you can do exactly that right here.

    3/21/2014 6:48:44 PM
  • Adam Lallana told Weekend Warm-Up he was not taking for granted a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

    3/21/2014 7:03:02 PM
  • LALLANA AIMING HIGH [southampton]
    Adam Lallana is hoping for a big few month for club and country. The midfielder told Weekend Warm-Up he's desperate to help Southampton into Europe - and seal his spot on the plane to Brazil in the process.
    In the long term I would love to feature and play in Champions League football, but I'm sure everyone in our team will tell you that. For the moment I'm just really focused on the remaining part of the season. It's going to be a tough eight to nine weeks and hopefully fingers crossed a busy summer. I need to keep working hard, concentrate on my fitness and on my form. I'm fully focused on trying to get the club into the Europa League.
    3/21/2014 7:05:06 PM
  • LALLANA ON ENGLAND [southampton]
    People might say it's a given (making the squad) but I can't think like that; the moment you do it starts slipping through your grasp. When I've played for England and trained with them it's great. You get that taste for what it's like playing with the world's best players and on the best stage in the world. I've enjoyed every moment of it and I want to keep progressing and hopefully get as many more caps as possible. Of course I'd love to go to the World Cup, but I just want to make sure I keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard and hopefully that formula will make me get into the final squad.
    3/21/2014 7:07:24 PM
  • SPURS V SOUTHAMPTON [jamieredknapp]
    How will Lallana and Co get on at White Hart Lane? Jamie Redknapp's back to give you his verdict:
    3/21/2014 7:29:09 PM
  • EL CLASICO [realmadrid]
    Let's turn our attentions to Sunday's latest humdinger between Real Madrid and Barcelona - live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm. Our Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has been running the rule over this one and reckons there's been a little momentum shift:
    I think if you'd asked the Spanish football team here at Sky Sports what we thought about this game a few weeks ago, we'd have categorically said a Real Madrid win - quicker, more team harmony. But things have changed. There've been the tiniest signs that the style of football Carlo Ancelotti has got them playing so successfully has come at a minor cost. There have been concentration lapses and some players, by Ancelotti's own admission, look a little fatigued. Barcelona hit the lowest point in the last 10 years at Valladolid a couple of weeks ago and that was exactly the pinch to their pride that they needed to lift their energy. They've finally got all their key players fit at the same time. I don't see Barcelona coming away with anything worse than a draw.

    3/21/2014 7:37:16 PM
  • FIRST BLOOD BARCA [barcelona]
    To get you in the mood, here are the highlights from October's meeting between the two La Liga heavyweights at the Nou Camp.
    3/21/2014 7:39:47 PM
  • DERBY DAY [derby]
    There's a big game in the Championship tomorrow in front of the Sky cameras (coverage starts at midday), between third-placed Derby and rivals Nottingham Forest, currently in that final play-off spot. Rams keeper Lee Grant knows what it's like to be a winner and a loser in this one:
    This year it's probably got added importance because both clubs are doing well. It's nice for the area. Those guys down the A52 will want to peg us back a bit and for us it's nice to be involved at the right end of the table. It's a really good fixture to play in. It always seems to throw up red, yellow cards; there always seems to be some drama at the end or afterwards. 
    3/21/2014 7:53:33 PM
  • ALUKO BACK [hull]
    How about some chat from Sone Aluko? The Hull forward is back for a pretty exciting run-in with the FA Cup semi-finalists after recovering from an Achilles injury that kept him out for three months:
    I played the first eight games, started quite well and was unfortunate to get the injury but now I'm back in the swing of things and feeling fitter and stronger. I'm happy that new players have come in; playing with better players like Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic will only benefit me. I just want to enjoy being out there again. I feel confident; I respect my opponents but I don't fear anyone.

    3/21/2014 8:01:08 PM
    We're closing in on another football-packed Saturday and Johnny Phillips has been previewing tomorrow's Soccer Saturday for Sky Sports News Radio. Unbelievable, Jeff.
    3/21/2014 8:03:21 PM
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