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Weekend Live! (March 14-16)

  • [crystalpalace] Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says his side's good recent form must not distract his players from remembering they are in a battle for Premier League survival.
    3/14/2014 12:56:00 PM
  • [manchestercity] Manuel Pellegrini has a number of injury concerns ahead of tomorrow's journey to Hull City, with Sergio Aguero among those set to miss out for Manchester City.

    3/14/2014 1:01:27 PM
  • [manchestercity] Having bowed out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is now determined to overhaul the nine-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    3/14/2014 1:10:35 PM
  • [astonvilla] Aston Villa will be without on-loan left-back Ryan Bertrand when they face his parent club Chelsea tomorrow. The 24-year-old's ineligibility opens the door to Joe Bennett or Antonio Luna, who are competing for his spot in Paul Lambert's XI. Lambert otherwise has the same squad to pick from as he did last time out against Norwich, with the likes of Jores Okore and Charles N'Zogbia on the long-term injury list.
    3/14/2014 1:16:31 PM
  • [audio] As Tim Sherwood continues to makes headlines, former Tottenham boss Gerry Francis says a manager must be allowed to manage in his own style. Speaking on Sky Sports News Radio, he says results will dictate whether that style is successful.
    3/14/2014 1:18:22 PM
  • [cardiff] Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes their win over Fulham last week will give his players a boost, but insists the pressure is still on.

    3/14/2014 1:24:06 PM
  • [everton] Roberto Martinez insists Everton will emerge from their FA Cup loss to Arsenal a stronger team in the long run. Everton were defeated 4-1 in their quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium last weekend but Martinez is looking to finish the season strongly and hopes to pick up three points at home to Cardiff tomorrow.
    We have an incredible opportunity to be as good as we can for the fight of the final 11 games of the season and that is where everything gets decided.

    3/14/2014 1:34:26 PM
  • [betting]Sky Bet make Everton odds-on (4/11) for a home win tomorrow, with Cardiff a massive 15/2 to win at Goodison Park. As such, Everton players dominate the first goal market, wuth Romelu Lukaku the favourite. Bet here with Sky Bet.

    3/14/2014 1:37:47 PM
  • [newcastle] Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini insists manager Alan Pardew has the full support of his players as he prepares for his seven-game ban for headbutting David Meyler
    Of course we are behind him. He's the manager and he is like our team-mate. The players and the club support him.

    3/14/2014 1:45:25 PM
  • [chelsea] He arrived at Chelsea to murmurs of scepticism after spending two years in the backwaters of Dagestan, but the iconic striker is growing into his role and proving to be an effective acquisition. Adam Bate looks at the remarkably evergreen Samuel Eto'o.
    3/14/2014 1:50:05 PM
  • [liverpool]Memories of an impressive victory at Old Trafford for Liverpool five years ago today. Goals from Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard (penalty), Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena gave Rafael Benitez's men a 4-1 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. The Red Devils did end up as champions however, with a four-point lead over Liverpool.
    On this day in 2009, #LFC beat Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford #theKOP
    by Liverpool Football Club via Instagram
    3/14/2014 2:00:06 PM
  • [liverpool]Sticking with Liverpool, here's striker Daniel Sturridge with his Premier League Player of the Month award after scoring five goals for the Reds in February.
    3/14/2014 2:04:13 PM
  • [sunderland]Sunderland could climb above Crystal Palace in the Premier League table with victory over the Eagles at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. It's a vital game for the Black Cats, who have hit a poor run of form with five defeats in six games in league and cup since their derby-day victory at Newcastle. They need to take 16 points from their remaining 12 games to hit the 40-point mark set by boss Gus Poyet, who says:
    I cannot kill myself mentally to think if it's 40, 39, 38, 37 (points needed)...I don't know. Me, I always believe that the closer you get to 40, the more chance you have of staying up.

    3/14/2014 2:14:52 PM
  • [fulham]Fulham boss Felix Magath has been holding his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's visit of Newcastle to Craven Cottage. Here's the team news:

    3/14/2014 2:19:58 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Meanwhile, up at Carrington, David Moyes is speaking to the media as he prepares for Manchester United's home game against Liverpool on Super Sunday (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 12.30pm).

    3/14/2014 2:21:52 PM
  • [stoke]Stoke have been without German centre-back Robert Huth since November when he suffered a serious knee injury. Potters boss Mark Hughes has now confirmed that the 29-year-old will miss the rest of the campaign.
    Robert had an operation last night and unfortunately he is going to miss the end of the season.

    3/14/2014 2:24:26 PM
  • [calendar]A couple of dates for your diary - the Arsenal v West Ham game will be live on Sky Sports HD.

    3/14/2014 2:28:06 PM
  • [manchesterunited]More now from David Moyes' Manchester United press conference ahead of the clash with Liverpool, the first of our Super Sunday double bill. He's been speaking about Robin van Persie's pledge of loyalty and what victory over Brendan Rodgers' Reds would mean...

    3/14/2014 2:31:14 PM
  • [manchestercity]Watch Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's press conference before the visit of Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday. The Chilean concedes Sergio Aguero will be out for a couple of weeks after limping off against Barcelona, but remains hopeful the striker will be back soon.
    3/14/2014 2:37:12 PM
  • [substitution]Don't forget you can catch up with all the latest ins and outs in our Transfer Centre live blog. Manuel Pellegrini's been talking about Jack Rodwell's future at Manchester City after the England midfielder was linked with a loan move to Wigan, while Millwall, MK Dons and Oldham have all made new signings today.
    3/14/2014 2:41:43 PM
  • [fulham]A four-point gap separates Fulham from 17th-placed West Brom in the Premier League table, and the Cottagers have only nine games left to save themselves from the dreaded drop. Felix Magath is trying to stay positive, however...

    3/14/2014 2:44:28 PM
  • [astonvilla]A great shot from Aston Villa's training session at Bodymoor Heath today as Joe Bennett leads a flock of purple Villans in an exercise. You can see Villa take on Premier League leaders Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1HD from 5pm tomorrow - it's our Saturday Night Football selection.
    3/14/2014 2:48:04 PM
  • [chelsea]Villa's opponents Chelsea have also been put through their paces today at Cobham. Branislav Ivanovic scored the winning goal when the Blues beat Villa 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in August. Could the Serbian repeat the feat in SNF?
    Hazard and Ivanovic during today's training session... #CFC
    by Chelsea FC via Instagram
    3/14/2014 2:54:02 PM
  • [fulham]Fulham manager Felix Magath believes Alan Pardew's stadium ban could give his side an advantage when they host Newcastle at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
    3/14/2014 2:56:35 PM
  • [westham]Liverpool and Chelsea lead the way in the Premier League form table, but in joint third are West Ham after taking 13 points from their last six games. Four wins came in February, earning Sam Allardyce the latest Premier League Manager of the Month award - and skipper Kevin Nolan says it is a "deserved honour".

    3/14/2014 3:01:15 PM
  • [fulham]Winger Ashkan Dejagah faces a fitness test to determine if he can play for Fulham in Saturday's Premier League home clash with Newcastle after picking up an injury in last week's loss at Cardiff. Midfielder Georgios Karagounis is out with a muscle strain suffered in south Wales, joining Scott Parker (knee) in the treatment room. Parker could be back next week, but Damien Duff (knee) is out for the rest of the season.
    3/14/2014 3:07:00 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Manchester United manager David Moyes says he was very pleased to hear recent comments by striker Robin van Persie, who said he wants to commit his long-term future to the club.
    3/14/2014 3:09:31 PM
  • [liverpool]Liverpool's super strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has contributed 42 goals to the Reds cause in the Premier League so far this season. They need 14 more to topple the Newcastle duo of Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley from the top of the all-time table...

    3/14/2014 3:16:08 PM
  • [stoke]Jon Walters is sidelined along with Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam for Saturday's Premier League home clash with West Ham due to suspension. Both forward Walters and midfielder Adam are serving three-match bans, with the former's beginning this weekend after an appeal against his red card in last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Norwich failed. Manager Mark Hughes, who is thinking of using a different formation, will make a late call on whether on-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi (knee) is ready to return to action, and has confirmed defender Robert Huth (knee) will miss the rest of the season.
    3/14/2014 3:17:40 PM
  • Have you amended your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team yet? If not, allow our tipster column to help you decide on potential transfers, while above is last week's team of the week. Play now!

    3/14/2014 3:22:56 PM
  • [football]Our full Premier League preview will give you all the essential lowdown on this weekend's 10 fixtures in the top-flight as we reach round 30 in the 2013/14 campaign. In part one of two, here's some key stats courtesy of Opta:
    • Hull v Man City (Sat, 12.45pm): Man City haven’t won away at Hull in the league since their first ever meeting in October 1909.
    • Everton v Cardiff: The last time Cardiff played Everton at Goodison Park in the league was in April 1962 and the Toffees won 8-3.
    • Fulham v Newcastle: Fulham have won the last four Premier League home games against Newcastle, but the Magpies have triumphed on four of their last five league trips to London.
    • Southampton v Norwich: These two sides have let the most points slip from winning positions this season (15 each).
    • Stoke v West Ham: The Hammers didn’t manage a single shot on target against Stoke in their meeting at Upton Park earlier in the season.
    3/14/2014 3:37:13 PM
  • [fl72]Our Saturday lunchtime FL72 Live offering comes from League One, and it's a top-of-the-table encounter between Leyton Orient and Brentford at Brisbane Road (coverage underway on Sky Sports 1HD from 12pm). The Bees are already celebrating today after being granted permission to build a new 20,000-seater stadium at Lionel Road, while Orient boss Russell Slade says:
    It's going to be a tough game because Brentford are a very good side. Their record stands up over the last 23 games. It's phenomenal.

    3/14/2014 3:46:06 PM
  • [manchestercity]Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero at Hull on Saturday (kick-off 12.45pm) after he suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in midweek against Barcelona. In the absence of Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo are expected to lead the attack. Martin Demichelis is available again after being suspended for the Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp and he could replace Joleon Lescott in defence. Matija Nastasic (knee) and Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) are both still missing for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
    3/14/2014 3:50:52 PM
  • [football]Part two of two in our Opta stats rundown ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures...
    • Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Sunderland are the joint-lowest home scorers (13) while Palace are the lowest away scorers (6) in the Premier League this season.
    • Swansea v West Brom: If the Premier League season had started on December 1, West Brom would be bottom of the table.
    • Aston Villa v Chelsea (Sat, 5.30pm): Since August 2007, there have been more penalties in Aston Villa v Chelsea games than in any other fixture (nine) - but they have all come at Stamford Bridge.
    • Man Utd v Liverpool (Sun, 1.30pm): Only Everton v Liverpool (20) has seen more red cards than the Liverpool v Manchester United fixture in the Premier League (14).
    • Tottenham v Arsenal (Sun, 4pm): Only Liverpool v Newcastle (126) has seen more goals than Arsenal v Tottenham (125) in Premier League history.
    3/14/2014 3:56:48 PM
  • [betting]Have you made your Super 6 entry yet this week? It's a full house of Premier League action for Round 35, with all six 3pm kick-offs on the bill. Need some advice? Check out Jeff's Stat Pack and get your entries in before 3pm tomorrrow. Remember, it's free to play. Play now!

    3/14/2014 3:58:11 PM
  • [liverpool]Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the club are where they deserve to be in the league and insists he is focused on his own side, not Sunday's opponents Manchester United.
    3/14/2014 3:58:37 PM
  • [liverpool]Midfielder Lucas Leiva and defender Mamadou Sakho both return to Liverpool's squad for Sunday's trip to Manchester United (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 12.30pm). The pair, sidelined for some time with knee and hamstring injuries respectively, both came through an under-21s game unscathed on Friday and have rejoined the first team. Forward Raheem Sterling could push for a recall after scoring almost immediately having come off the bench in their last victory at Southampton on March 1.

    3/14/2014 4:04:25 PM
  • [ssnr]The Weekend Warm-Up is back on Sky Sports News tonight. Check out what's on the show courtesy of SSN Radio, plus there's a sneak preview clip from the big interview with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech...
    3/14/2014 4:08:39 PM
  • [manchesterunited]Winger Nani has recovered from a long-term hamstring injury and is available for Manchester United's home game against Liverpool on Sunday. Defender Jonny Evans (calf) and striker Javier Hernandez (knee) are making encouraging progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes and could also feature. Manager David Moyes must decide whether to stick with Robin van Persie or to recall Danny Welbeck, who scored a fine goal against West Brom last weekend.
    3/14/2014 4:10:00 PM
  • [fulham]An item of Fulham memorabilia from 80 years ago. How the Cottagers could do with a similar scoreline against the Magpies on Saturday...
    The official #ffc matchday programme from 1934 as we took on #nufc. Fulham won the match 3-2.
    by Fulham Football Club via Instagram
    3/14/2014 4:23:15 PM
  • [tottenham]Tottenham will be without captain Michael Dawson for the north London derby with Arsenal (live on Sky Sports 1HD from 3.30pm), while Kyle Walker is a major doubt. A hamstring injury suffered in last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea will keep centre-back Dawson out of Sunday's match, while a pelvic complaint may well sideline right-back Walker. Danny Rose (knee) could return to the starting line-up having featured from the bench in Thursday's Europa League loss to Benfica, while Tim Sherwood will be hoping Mousa Dembele is also in contention. Etienne Capoue (ankle), Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches (both back) all remain sidelined.
    3/14/2014 4:31:50 PM
  • [play]In Sky Sports Vault this week, we go back through eight of the most memorable moments from previous North London derby encounters between Arsenal and Tottenham in the Premier League. Our accompanying feature article contains all the important info on the incidents we've selected.
    3/14/2014 4:38:23 PM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal will be without midfielder Mesut Ozil for at least three weeks because of a hamstring tear as the Gunners prepare for Sunday's north London derby at Tottenham (kick-off 4pm). Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will return from a midweek European suspension while full-back Nacho Monreal and striker Yaya Sanogo have recovered from foot injuries. Midfielder Kim Kallstrom (back) could be in the squad for the first time. However, defender Kieran Gibbs (calf) remains a doubt, 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.
    3/14/2014 4:40:48 PM
  • [tottenham]The quality feature content just keeps coming ahead of the north London derby on Sunday. Peter Fraser asked those in the know for their derby memories ahead of Tottenham versus Arsenal - read on for the views of Gunners legends Ray Parlour, Nigel Winterburn, Alan Smith and Perry Groves, and also those of former Spurs stars Gary Mabbutt, Darren Anderton and Jamie Redknapp.
    Classic photo: Mark Falco takes on Paul Davis in the North London derby at the Lane on April 4, 1983. Falco struck twice as we toppled the Gunners 5-0. Chris Hughton (2) and Alan Brazil were also on target. #COYS
    by Tottenham Hotspur via Instagram
    3/14/2014 4:49:05 PM
  • [ssnr]Why Daniel Sturridge will never be loved at Liverpool, and Tim Sherwood's crazy week... it's all on the latest Sky Sports Football Club. Danny Mills, Jamie Redknapp and Tony Gale join Mikey Burrows to preview the weekend's action including the huge double bill on Super Sunday plus we hear from Sturridge, Petr Cech and Karren Brady.
    3/14/2014 4:57:43 PM
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