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Weekend Live! (March 14-16)

Weekend Live! (March 14-16)

  • SUNDAY LIVE! [supersunday]
    3/15/2014 7:56:43 PM
  • [recommend] Good morning and welcome to our Weekend blog as we build up to another crucial couple of days. Spring has been in the air this week but unfortunately that also means the end of the season is quickly approaching, with matches taking on added significance as teams battle for trophies, European spots or league survival. We’ll have all the build-up and team news today, as well as all the top lines coming out of the manager’s press conferences. 
    3/14/2014 8:34:31 AM
  • [fl72] Saturday’s action kicks off with Leyton Orient’s lunchtime clash against London rivals Brentford, which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD. Russell Slade’s Orient are currently second in the standings and pushing hard for promotion, but the Bees are just a point further back in third and have two games in hand.
    3/14/2014 8:47:45 AM
  • [soccersaturday] There is also a chance to catch newly-crowned Scottish League One champions Rangers tomorrow lunchtime against Dunfermline, live on Sky Sports 3HD, while over on Sky Sports News HD Jeff Stelling and the boys in the studio will be presiding over the afternoon’s football to bring all the goal updates and expert analysis.
    3/14/2014 8:54:48 AM
  • [football] Manchester City face Hull City at the KC Stadium in Saturday’s opening Premier League encounter as they bid to bounce back from Champions League elimination and claw their way up from fourth spot. The relegation battle will then take centre stage for the 3pm kick-offs, as bottom club  Fulham host Newcastle United, Cardiff City travel to Everton and Sunderland meet Crystal Palace in a real ‘six-pointer’. Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion battle it out in another vital clash, while Norwich City head to Southampton and Stoke City welcome West Ham United to the Britannia Stadium.
    3/14/2014 9:03:49 AM
  • [saturdaynightfootball] This week’s Saturday Night Football offering features Aston Villa’s game against Chelsea, which kicks off at 5.30 pm and is live on Sky Sports 1HD. Jose Mourinho may still maintain that his side are not title favourites but the Blues are currently seven points clear at the top and can strengthen their position with a win at Villa, who will be looking to follow up their 4-1 drubbing of Norwich a fortnight ago.
    3/14/2014 9:12:30 AM
  • [supersunday] There is a real treat in store on Super Sunday with two blockbuster clashes pitting fierce rivals head to head. Kicking off at 1.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1HD, Manchester United will be looking to dent the title hopes of Liverpool at Old Trafford. Then it is over to North London as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal lock horns after a disappointing week in Europe for both sides.
    3/14/2014 9:18:05 AM
  • [audio] FL72 Weekly on Sky Sports News Radio has been on the road this week seeing if Leicester are ready for the Premier League, plus you can hear from Kevin Phillips, Andy Hinchcliffe, Luke Steele, Neill Collins and Mark Warburton.
    3/14/2014 9:28:19 AM
  • [southampton] Mauricio Pochettino has a few fitness concerns ahead of Southampton's home game against Norwich.

    3/14/2014 9:36:02 AM
  • [southampton] Southampton have enjoyed a great season but Mauricio Pochettino has no intention of resting on his laurels and hopes they can finish with a flourish.

    3/14/2014 9:38:38 AM
  • [arsenal] Aaron Ramsey may not be ready to return to the Arsenal side for Sunday's showdown against Tottenham, and Mesut Ozil will also be sidelined for around a month, but Arsene Wenger is hopeful that a couple of players will be back for the game.

    3/14/2014 9:42:31 AM
  • [arsenal] Tottenham have faced a lot of criticism this season and are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, but Arsene Wenger is expecting a tough game.

    3/14/2014 9:45:41 AM
  • [norwich] Norwich have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at Southampton. On-loan winger Jonas Gutierrez (calf) and centre-back Michael Turner (hamstring) returned to first-team training this week and winger Elliott Bennett (knee) will join the group next week as the trio near on-field returns, but the St Mary's trip comes too soon. Holland midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring) is in light running, but is weeks away from a return.
    3/14/2014 9:47:54 AM
  • [audio] Jamie Redknapp has been talking to Sky Sports News Radio and defending Tim Sherwood, saying the Tottenham boss is not to blame when the players aren’t good enough
    3/14/2014 9:49:33 AM
  • [cardiff] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Cardiff City can build on last weekend's victory over fellow strugglers Fulham and further boost their survival hopes with a good performance at Everton tomorrow.

    3/14/2014 9:56:29 AM
  • [sunderland] Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has a virtually full-strength squad from which to select for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace. Central defender Wes Brown and midfielder Craig Gardner both missed the 3-0 FA Cup sixth-round defeat at Hull with knocks, but have since returned to training and are in contention. Striker Jozy Altidore, defender Valentin Roberge and midfielder El-Hadji Ba sat out at the KC Stadium through illness, but all three have recovered, leaving only goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) on the sidelines.
    Wes Brown: Back in contention for Sunderland 

    3/14/2014 10:00:48 AM
  • [newcastle] Absent Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday's trip to Fulham. Pardew has a stadium ban after headbutting David Meyler and will set his team out in advance. Leading scorer Loic Remy is likely to miss the next three games with a calf problem, and he will be joined on the sidelines by full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has a groin problem and will sit out at least the same period. Central defender Fabricio Coloccini returns after a family bereavement, but keeper Rob Elliot and full-back Davide Santon (both knee) remain doubts and midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will not be included because of a family illness.
    Loic Remy: Set to miss three games with calf problem 

    3/14/2014 10:05:43 AM
  • [audio] Tony Gale says Fulham against Newcastle is a “must, must win” for Felix Magath otherwise he fears his old club are going down without a fight, via Sky Sports News Radio
    3/14/2014 10:06:44 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsene Wenger has admitted it is a blow for Arsenal to lose Mesut Ozil to a hamstring injury for the next few weeks, but is confident they have the players to cope in his absence.
    When the minimum is three, (then) the maximum is six. I am not specialist enough to know, it is a grade two hamstring (tear), so let's say four weeks.

    3/14/2014 10:11:04 AM
  • [westham] Sam Allardyce has been named the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for February after guiding West Ham United to four wins out of four. It is the fifth such accolade of his career after a remarkable turnaround which has lifted the Hammers clear of the relegation fight. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, has won the Player of the Month prize, having scored five goals in as many appearances.
    Sam Allardyce: Manager of the month for February 

    3/14/2014 10:20:24 AM
  • [audio] So Sam Allardyce is the Barclays Manager of the Month and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady’s been telling Sky Sports News Radio they never considered sacking him during their bad run over Christmas.
    3/14/2014 10:23:48 AM
  • [westham] West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns as he prepares his side to face Stoke. Andy Carroll is in line to return to the starting line-up for the first time since his sending-off in the 2-0 win over Swansea although fellow forward Marco Borriello remains sidelined with a calf injury. Joey O'Brien (shoulder) is a long-term absentee while Antonio Nocerino is still looking to make his first Hammers start with full-back Pablo Armero yet to feature since joining in January.
    3/14/2014 10:26:55 AM
  • [manchestercity]Yaya Toure insists winning just one trophy this season would not be a failure for Manchester City and concedes Chelsea are favourites in the title race. City have seen their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple ended by defeats to Wigan in the FA Cup and Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League in the last week, and they find themselves nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.
    Football is a competition and only one team can win each of them. So don't say we would be failures because we have won something already, but now we want to win more.

    3/14/2014 10:33:05 AM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho may have a nine-point lead over Manchester City and a seven-point to nearest rivals Liverpool, but they have played more games than their title rivals and Jose Mourinho still insists the race is wide open ahead of his side's trip to Aston Villa.

    3/14/2014 10:41:32 AM
  • [davidjones] Chelsea's success this season has been built on a solid defence and it is this quality which will help them become champions, according to David Jones. He does not believe Jose Mourinho's mind games are fooling anyone and says it is their title to lose.
    3/14/2014 10:46:27 AM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho will be without a couple of defenders for tomorrow's teatime trip to Aston Villa, but Fernando Torres may be available.

    3/14/2014 10:48:21 AM
  • [swansea] Striker Michu could make his comeback from a three-month ankle injury lay-off in Swansea's game against West Brom tomorrow. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and defender Kyle Bartley (both hamstring) are out but goalkeeper Michel Vorm has been cleared to play after overcoming illness. The Swans will test midfielder Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) on Friday.
    Michu: Could return from lengthy injury lay-off 

    3/14/2014 10:53:42 AM
  • [westbrom] West Brom will be without several players against Swansea due to injuries.
    Steven Reid (knee), Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and captain Chris Brunt (knee) will all be absent after coming off in last weekend's 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United, with the latter subsequently being ruled out of action for five to six weeks having sustained medial ligament damage. Diego Lugano was already sidelined with a similar problem - he faces three to four weeks out - and Billy Jones (hamstring) is not yet ready to return. Striker Nicolas Anelka will begin his five-match suspension after both he and the Football Association declined to appeal against the sanction imposed over his 'quenelle' goal celebration against West Ham.

    3/14/2014 11:00:41 AM
  • [hull]Hull City manager Steve Bruce has accepted a written apology from Alan Pardew for the headbutting incident which marred Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium two weeks ago. Pardew was given a seven-match ban and £160,000 total fine after admitting an FA misconduct charge relating to his touchline clash with Tigers midfielder David Meyler. 
    As far as we're concerned we accept his apology - all of us in the heat of the moment could look back at times and think, 'what the hell have I done that for?
    Steve Bruce: Keen to draw a line under headbutting incident 

    3/14/2014 11:07:14 AM
  • [hull] Strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long will both be pushing for recalls as Hull City prepare to face Manchester City at the KC Stadium tomorrow. Jelavic and Long were both cup-tied for the Tigers' FA Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland last week, in which Matty Fryatt and Sone Aluko led the line. Boss Steve Bruce has no new injury concerns as his side go in search of the first of the two victories he believes will seal their place in the top flight for at least another season.
    3/14/2014 11:09:28 AM
  • [arsenal] Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mesut Ozil's hamstring injury will keep him out for around three to six weeks.
    3/14/2014 11:16:14 AM
  • [everton] Everton captain Phil Jagielka faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury to see whether or not he can return from a fortnight's absence to face Cardiff at home. Midfielder Steven Pienaar has also to be assessed after coming off with a knock in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Arsenal. Goalkeeper Tim Howard returns after being rested last week.
    Phil Jagielka: Facing a late fitness test 

    3/14/2014 11:24:19 AM
  • [paulmerson] Paul Merson has been casting his eye over the weekend’s games to make his latest predictions, and he is tipping wins for Liverpool and Arsenal away from home on Super Sunday, as well as Manchester City and Chelsea on Saturday. Check out what he reckons will happen and see if you have more success.
    3/14/2014 11:30:57 AM
  • [westham] Sam Allardyce has expressed his pride at being named Manager of the Month, after four wins out of four for West Ham United in February.
    3/14/2014 11:33:41 AM
  • [chelsea] Fernando Torres could be included in Chelsea's squad for Saturday's match at Aston Villa as his groin injury was not as bad as was first feared. The striker withdrew from the starting XI following the warm-up prior to the 4-0 defeat of Tottenham, but could play at Villa Park or be saved for next Tuesday's Champions League contest with Galatasaray. Defenders David Luiz (groin) and Ashley Cole (knee) remain out.
    3/14/2014 11:41:34 AM
  • [jamieredknapp]Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp expects Chelsea to beat Villa but doesn't think they'll have it all their own way, as they did last time out against Tottenham. Follow all his tips with Sky Bet here.

    3/14/2014 11:48:28 AM
  • [football] With the traditional favourites either out of sorts or in tough clashes,could Romelu Lukaku be the man to turn to in Sky Sports Fantasy Football this weekend. Tim Clement offers up his advice and picks out the Everton man as his one to watch.

    3/14/2014 11:52:30 AM
  • [hull] Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he and David Meyler have already forgiven Alan Pardew for the headbutting incident that saw the Newcastle United boss earn a seven-match ban.
    3/14/2014 11:57:12 AM
  • [cardiff] Centre-back Ben Turner could be doubtful for relegation-threatened Cardiff's trip to Everton. The 25-year-old suffered a knock late in the Bluebirds' vital win over Fulham last weekend. Spanish defender Juan Cala is back in contention after recovering from a stomach bug.
    Ben Turner: Picked up a knock in Cardiff's win over Fulham 

    3/14/2014 12:02:11 PM
  • [chelsea] Jose Mourinho has hit back at Yaya Toure's accusation that the Chelsea boss showed a lack of respect to other English teams by talking openly about their chances in the Champions League in the last week.
    I tried on both occasions to be respectful of the two English teams and I want to say the same about Manchester United. I think they are a better team than Olympiakos and I think United can do it. I hope they do it.

    3/14/2014 12:07:54 PM
  • [chelsea] Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Premier League table isn't a true reflection of the situation, claiming Manchester City are still favourites for the title.
    3/14/2014 12:12:04 PM
  • [jeffstelling] Manchester City may be Jose Mourinho’s title favourites, but Jeff Stelling says their players must prove they are superstars after a Champions League defeat by Barcelona which highlighted how far short they still are of challenging for European football’s top prize. Soccer Saturday’s anchorman has also been providing his predictions on each featured Super 6 game this week in Jeff’s stat pack.
    3/14/2014 12:19:15 PM
  • [southampton] Jack Cork will miss Southampton's Premier League clash with Norwich and the next few weeks with an ankle complaint. The midfielder sustained the injury during last weekend's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace and Victor Wanyama, his replacement at Selhurst Park, is a doubt for Saturday's match. The Kenyan midfielder suffered a blow to the leg he fractured earlier in the campaign and will be assessed on Saturday, while back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is out after also taking a knock in training.
    Victor Wanyama: A doubt for Southampton's clash with Norwich 

    3/14/2014 12:25:12 PM
  • [southampton] Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is looking forward to meeting new chairman Ralph Krueger, while admitting there is no certainty over his future.
    3/14/2014 12:32:31 PM
  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will be without Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh for tomorrow’s match at Sunderland. The 30-year-old, who is the Eagles' top scorer with five league goals, is sidelined with a hamstring strain that already saw him sit out last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Southampton. English forward Glenn Murray is set to replace Chamakh up front and lead Palace's attack at Sunderland. Pulis will have the rest of his players available for the encounter at the Stadium of Light.
    3/14/2014 12:41:46 PM
  • [scottishfootball] Rangers are in action against Dunfermline tomorrow, live on Sky Sports 3HD at 12.45pm, having secured the Scottish League One title this week. However, boss Ally McCoist is unsure if David Templeton and Andy Little will play any further part this season after limping off against Airdrie on Tuesday with groin and thigh issues respectively. They join midfielder Lewis Macleod (knee) and defender Ross Perry (ankle) on the list of absentees. Meanwhile, McCoist is praying Dave King can strike a peace deal with the Rangers board and end the Ibrox off-field saga once and for all.
    3/14/2014 12:50:53 PM
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