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Weekend Live! (28-30 March)

Weekend Live! (28-30 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, as the title race enters the final few furlongs and the battle to avoid relegation intensifies.
    3/28/2014 8:43:56 AM
  • [fl72] The live football this weekend kicks off with Championship action tomorrow lunchtime, as Burnley take on Leicester City in a top-of-the-table encounter at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 12.15pm. Both sides are in a rich vein of form and closing in on promotion, with leaders Leicester looking to extend their advantage to six points with an away win. Burnley, meanwhile, have a 10-point cushion over third-placed Queens Park Rangers and are unbeaten in 16 league games.
    3/28/2014 8:53:48 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 early game between Manchester United and Aston Villa, before attention turns to the 3pm kick-offs. Chelsea have a chance to strengthen their position at the top when they travel to Crystal Palace, while there are some vital matches in the scrap for survival as West Bromwich Albion meet Cardiff City and Swansea City host Norwich City. Elsewhere, Stoke City entertain Hull City and Newcastle United make the long trip to Southampton.
    3/28/2014 9:05:23 AM
  • [saturdaynightfootball] This week's edition of Saturday Night Football features Arsenal’s blockbuster showdown against Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the Manchester derby in midweek to keep the destination of the title in their own hands and another victory at Emirates Stadium would make them firm favourites to finish top. Arsenal now appear to be out of the running and their focus will be very much on trying to get back on track and secure a top-four finish following a miserable week.
    3/28/2014 9:15:40 AM
  • [supersunday] There are a couple of cracking games to look forward to on Super Sunday. First up at 1.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1HD, is bottom club Fulham against an Everton side on a four-match winning run and still very much in the hunt for a Champions League spot. Tottenham will also still believe they can gate-crash the top four, but they face a tough challenge away to title contenders Liverpool at Anfield, in a match that kicks off at 4pm.
    3/28/2014 9:18:56 AM
  • [audio] Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham on Super Sunday, former striker John Aldridge has been speaking on Sky Sports News Radio and is backing them to stay in the title race.
    3/28/2014 9:22:48 AM
  • [manchesterunited] Manchester United manager David Moyes will be facing the press this afternoon and, according to widespread reports in today’s newspapers, he will also have to face a protest from fans tomorrow lunchtime. A group of United supporters has reportedly paid for a plane to fly over Old Trafford on Saturday trailing an anti-Moyes message. The message will reportedly read 'Wrong One: Moyes Out' in answer to 'The Chosen One' banner which continues to fly inside the stadium.

    3/28/2014 9:26:51 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger has also come under pressure this week following a heavy loss to Chelsea and draw with Swansea, but he is in bullish mood ahead of Arsenal's clash with Manchester City as he becomes the first manager of the day to face the media.

    3/28/2014 9:32:04 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger will still be without a number of his key men against Manchester City but believes Arsenal can come out on top to rekindle their title hopes.

    3/28/2014 9:33:44 AM
  • [manchesterunited] With rumours suggesting Manchester United fans could launch a protest against manager David Moyes at the weekend, Tony Gale says the Glazers have a difficult decision to make in the summer.
    3/28/2014 9:39:09 AM
  • [everton] Everton have closed to within six points of fourth-placed Arsenal after a run of four straight wins. They have a game in hand and face the Gunners next weekend, but Roberto Martinez is staying focused on this Sunday's game against bottom club Fulham.

    3/28/2014 9:46:34 AM
  • [betting]Here's how Sky Bet rate each team's chances of a top four finish, with Everton given odds of 4/1. Bet on the Premier League here.

    3/28/2014 9:49:01 AM
  • [arsenal] Back quickly to Arsene Wenger, who says he does not hold a grudge towards Andre Marriner. The referee mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Arsenal made a disastrous start in losing 6-0 to Chelsea.

    3/28/2014 9:50:09 AM
  • [audio] After yesterday’s sacking of Richie Barker at Portsmouth, this week’s FL72 Weekly looks at whether they’ll survive another relegation. Plus, there’s a special feature on Leeds’ financial troubles with former manager Kevin Blackwell and administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, all on Sky Sports News Radio.
    3/28/2014 9:53:09 AM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left his pre-match press conference to his assistant ahead of a crucial clash with West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

    3/28/2014 9:58:18 AM
  • [southampton] Southampton have a lengthy injury list heading into Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle. Jay Rodriguez (knee), Morgan Schneiderlin (hip muscles), Victor Wanyama (leg) and Steven Davis (groin) are all doubts for the encounter at St Mary's. Nathaniel Clyne (groin), Kelvin Davis (hip) and Maya Yoshida (knee) are definitely absent, with the latter facing six weeks out.
    3/28/2014 10:05:19 AM
  • [newcastle] Goalkeeper Tim Krul is out of Newcastle's trip to Southampton and facing several weeks on the sidelines. The Holland international suffered a knee injury in Tuesday night's 3-0 home defeat by Everton and will sit out up to three games with Rob Elliot taking his place. Full-back Davide Santon could return after recovering from tonsillitis, but full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin), midfielder Sammy Ameobi (ankle) and striker Loic Remy (calf), remain on the sidelines, although leading scorer Remy is due to resume full training on Monday.
    Tim Krul: Sidelined with a knee injury 

    3/28/2014 10:08:25 AM
  • [arsenal] More now on the news that Arsene Wenger still believes Arsenal can win the Premier League, and he has insisted that their performance against Manchester City will show they have not given up on bridging a six-point gap.
    There is no other priority other than coming first - that is still our target.

    3/28/2014 10:17:47 AM
  • [hull] Allan McGregor remains in hospital with a damaged kidney and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Hull City goalkeeper was hurt in a collision with Mohamed Diame as he conceded a penalty during Wednesday night's defeat at West Ham, and boss Steve Bruce has this morning delivered an update on his condition.
    I went to see Allan yesterday and the kid is still in a lot of pain. Overnight the observations have been better but it certainly looks like he is going to miss the rest of the season.

    3/28/2014 10:24:12 AM
  • [hull] Steve Bruce does not expect any other new injury concerns for Hull City after losing Allan McGregor. Former Newcastle veteran Steve Harper is set to deputise for the injured goalkeeper, while Eldin Jakupovic has been recalled from his loan spell at Leyton Orient to provide cover.
    Allan McGregor: In a High Dependency Unit in hospital with damaged kidney

    3/28/2014 10:29:34 AM
  • [audio] Nottingham Forest are still looking for a new manager, and Andy Hinchcliffe has been telling Sky Sports News Radio that Malky Mackay is the man for the City Ground.
    3/28/2014 10:38:20 AM
  • [manchesterunited] Manchester United will be boosted by the return of Nemanja Vidic for tomorrow's lunchtime clash with Aston Villa.

    3/28/2014 10:42:54 AM
  • [manchesterunited] It is a big game for Manchester United against Aston Villa and particularly so for Juan Mata, who is still struggling to find his best form at Old Trafford following a January move from Chelsea. Daniel Storey says the Spaniard is in need of a decent display as he picks out some of the main taking points ahead of the weekend’s action.
    3/28/2014 10:50:26 AM
  • David Moyes under pressure, how Arsenal can’t win the league and why Cardiff are doomed on Tony Gale’s Weekend Preview from Sky Sports News Radio
    3/28/2014 10:53:54 AM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will once again be relying on Glenn Murray or Cameron Jerome to lead the line for the Eagles when they welcome leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park. With Maraoune Chamakh (hamstring) and Dwight Gayle (ankle) both still missing, Pulis has only two fit strikers as his side look to improve on a run of just one goal in their last five fixtures. Midfielder Barry Bannan will be pushing for a start having returned to the bench in last weekend's defeat at Newcastle following a spell on the sidelines through illness.
    3/28/2014 11:00:07 AM
  • [betting]Chelsea are the only Premier League team who are odds-on to keep a clean sheet this weekend, with the Blues well backed to win without conceding as the division's strongest defence meets the weakest attack. Bet here.

    3/28/2014 11:03:26 AM
  • [norwich] Norwich will have centre-half Michael Turner back in contention for the first time since New Year's Day following a hamstring injury for the trip to Swansea. On-loan Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez (calf) is also fit again and pressing for a starting place. Winger Elliott Bennett continues his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury, while midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring) is also still recovering. 
    Michael Turner: Back in contention for Norwich 

    3/28/2014 11:09:30 AM
  • [audio] Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood could do with a result against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, but he has received backing from former Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt on Sky Sports News Radio.
    3/28/2014 11:17:27 AM
  • [jamieredknapp] If Manchester City win at Arsenal the Premier League title will be as good as theirs, says Jamie Redknapp. City are currently third in the table but trail leaders Chelsea by just three points and have two games in hand, while Arsenal appear too open and lack the ability to win ugly, according to Redknapp.

    3/28/2014 11:30:13 AM
  • [manchestercity] David Silva was in sparkling form in midweek as Manchester City swept aside Manchester United at Old Trafford, and he is convinced they can also get the better of Arsenal to take a big step towards securing the Premier League crown.
    I think another win would make us favourites. There will still be a long way to go but we'll be in a great position going into the final few weeks.

    3/28/2014 11:38:53 AM
  • [football] Arsene Wenger has insisted that referees need additional help to make the correct calls in testing circumstances, but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore does not want technology to have a dominant influence on football.
    I think there is a discussion to be had about where you can use it for purely factual matters. If there are other purely factual situations there might be some room in terms of the use of technology, but you don't really want to change the essence of the game.

    3/28/2014 11:51:52 AM
  • [paulmerson] Paul Merson has been making his predictions ahead of the weekend and is tipping the top three to win, plus Sunderland, West Brom and Swansea to get vital points. Check out what he reckons will happen in the latest round of Premier League games and see if you can do better.

    3/28/2014 11:58:42 AM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to put the pressure on Manchester City by beating Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon, although he still has a couple of injury problems.

    3/28/2014 12:06:41 PM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea may be the current Premier League leaders but Jose Mourinho believes their title rivals are at an advantage because they are not playing in the UEFA Champions League.

    3/28/2014 12:14:01 PM
  • [swansea] Swansea head coach Garry Monk has no fresh injury concerns to trouble him following the midweek draw against Arsenal for Saturday's Premier League appointment with Norwich. The Swans are currently five points above the relegation zone, and victory at the Liberty Stadium this weekend would provide a degree of breathing space for Monk's men. Monk looks set to field fit-again Michu and Wilfried Bony up front as Swansea look to take a considerable stride away from trouble.
    3/28/2014 12:22:19 PM
  • [betting]Have you made your Super 6 entry yet? Make sure you enter the free-to-play football prediction game before 3pm tomorrow for you chance to win the £250,000 jackpot, while £5,000 is up for grabs for the best attempt if no one takes the grand prize. Play here!

    3/28/2014 12:24:46 PM
  • [chelsea] Back to Jose Mourinho, who is anticipating a tough game at Selhurst Park after Chelsea laboured to a 2-1 win in December's reverse fixture.

    3/28/2014 12:27:36 PM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff hope winger Craig Noone could be available for tomorrow’s game against fellow strugglers West Brom. Noone failed a fitness test ahead of last weekend's 6-3 home defeat against Liverpool, and assistant manager Mark Dempsey says he will be "looked at" on Saturday morning. City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide to retain the team that started the Liverpool game, especially after an outstanding first-half display when they twice led the title-chasers through goals from Jordon Mutch (two) and Fraizer Campbell.
    Craig Noone: Could be available for Cardiff against West Brom 

    3/28/2014 12:36:19 PM
  • [everton] Everton captain Phil Jagielka will travel with the squad to face Fulham on Sunday The centre-back has missed five matches with a hamstring injury and, although he was fit earlier in the week, manager Roberto Martinez chose to leave him out for the 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem. 
    Phil Jagielka: Could return for Everton against Fulham 

    3/28/2014 12:45:48 PM
  • [everton] Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels the success of his team this season will be measured by their qualification for European competition.
    3/28/2014 12:51:13 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester City's game at Arsenal, but Sergio Aguero is expected to be out for another week.

    3/28/2014 12:55:16 PM
  • [manchestercity] Arsenal's title dreams might be fading but Manuel Pellegrini still respects Arsene Wenger's side and is ready for a tough game, as Manchester City bid to follow up their victory in Tuesday's derby.

    3/28/2014 12:57:49 PM
  • [fulham]The games are running out for Fulham as they sit bottom of the table with just seven matches remaining, starting against Everton at Craven Cottage, live on Sky Sports 1HD, but manager Felix Magath remains positive.

    3/28/2014 1:08:15 PM
  • [fulham]Felix Magath has also been giving an update on his squad ahead of Fulham's Super Sunday meeting with Everton.

    3/28/2014 1:12:11 PM
  • [ssnr]Danny Mills is so convinced Liverpool won’t win the title he’s gone the extra mile to prove his case on the latest Sky Sports Football Club from Sky Sports News Radio. There’s also Daniel Sturridge on his partnership with Luis Suarez, Robert Pires says Arsenal are still in the title race and mixed views on David Moyes from Eric Cantona, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
    3/28/2014 1:21:23 PM
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