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Weekend Live! (May 2-4)

Weekend Live! (May 2-4)

  • Darren Anderton's not convinced Norwich will be able to haul themselves out of bother... [norwich]
    Chelsea's results against Sunderland and Atletico Madrid will give Norwich some hope but we've been saying for the last month or so that their run-in could give them a problem. I do think Norwich will go down, I think those fixtures will be too tough - Chelsea have still got the league to play for. I thought Sunderland were falling away but they've had an amazing recovery. Manchester United away will be tough but they've got two home games coming up. I think Fulham and Cardiff will go as well.
    5/2/2014 5:44:56 PM
  • Here's the state of play at the bottom...

    5/2/2014 5:45:34 PM
  • Whose fixtures would you rather have?

    5/2/2014 5:45:40 PM
  • [swansea]Swansea secured their place in the Premier League for another year with victory over Aston Villa last weekend. Let's have a chat with Wilfried Bony, who scored twice to take his tally to 15 for the season - more than any other striker in the bottom half.
    5/2/2014 5:48:55 PM
  • Plenty of praise for Wilfried Bony from our Weekend Warm-Up guest, Darren Anderton:
    Without his goals this season, Swansea would be in deep trouble. He's been an outstanding performer. He holds the line well, scores all types of goals, is strong and quick. Norwich's strikers haven't been able to buy a goal - that's the difference. 
    5/2/2014 5:53:43 PM
  • It's the final day of the season in Scotland as well as in the English Football League and Dundee are in pole position to make it back to the top flight at the first attempt. They face Dumbarton tomorrow knowing a draw would be enough for promotion and we caught up with Gavin Rae, who could retire after tomorrow's game: [scotland]
    5/2/2014 6:00:07 PM
  • Let's turn our focus to England because Roy Hodgson will name his provisional World Cup squad in just 10 days' time. Darren Anderton's talking widemen - who gets his vote? [england]
    It's disappointing for Andros Townsend but Raheem Sterling's on fire at the moment - he should play - and so should Adam Lallana. He's got something a bit different, he can link the play. James Milner gets up and down and is great for the team and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has to go. Danny Welbeck can also play out there if needed. 
    5/2/2014 6:08:04 PM
  • Fancy stepping into Roy's shoes? Well you can! Pick your 23 for Brazil using our squad selector - and then compare your choices with those of our experts...
    5/2/2014 6:10:12 PM
  • [crystalpalace]Let's focus on Crystal Palace now because Geoff Shreeves has been having a natter with Tony Pulis, who won the Manager of the Month award for April after four wins lifted the Eagles from relegation trouble to 11th place.
    It has been a team effort here at Palace since I’ve come in. Although I get the awards everyone at the football club deserves enormous credit. The players have really responded to what we were trying to do. We went in and looked at what was at the club and looked at the resources we were working with in respect of players. We then put a system in place that we thought would suit them and they have taken to it and they have really worked hard.
    5/2/2014 6:16:16 PM
  • Pulis has spoken candidly about his relationship with Palace chairman Steve Parrish - one that has reportedly come under strain at times this term: [crystalpalace]  
    We found a middle ground to work on and I think as it has gone on, I’ve understood and we’ve got closer together as a partnership. I think the most important relationship in a football club, especially if you’re going to be successful, is the manager-chairman relationship. That’s never changed in my life as a manager and I had a wonderful relationship with Peter Coates at Stoke. It took time for me and Steve to find a middle ground and we’ve done that now. 
    5/2/2014 6:19:28 PM
  • Who advised Tony Pulis to take the Palace job? A certain Sir Alex... [crystalpalace]
    I spoke to Sir Alex and Peter Coates and they both gave the reasons why I should take it. Sir Alex thought I was onto a no-lose situation; everybody expected the club to get relegated. He felt the academy and the set up at the club was good. He felt the support would be absolutely outstanding and if we could get a run of results then who knows? I like challenges. I’ve enjoyed challenges. I spoke to a few people and I thought, why not have a crack at it?

    5/2/2014 6:22:44 PM
  • What does Darren Anderton make of Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis's stewardship?
    Is he manager of the season? He's got to have a great chance. When he went there I think everyone thought they were down. What a turnaround. If Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool don't win the league, Tony Pulis could win it.
    5/2/2014 6:26:31 PM
  • Let's grab a final chat with Graham Dorrans, who reckons West Brom need another point to breathe easy: [westbrom]
    5/2/2014 6:45:27 PM
  • [fl72]So, we're gearing up for decisive day of football. Reading are in prime position to clin the final play-off place in the Championship but should they fail to beat already-promoted Burnley, Brighton or Blackburn could take advantage. At the other end, Birmingham currently occupy the last relegation spot but if they can win at Bolton, Doncaster and Millwall could be in danger. 
    • Soccer AM (10am, SS1)
    • Gillette Soccer Saturday (11am, SSN)
    • Reading v Burnley (12pm, SS1)
    • Nottm Forest v Brighton (12pm, SS2)
    • Saturday Team Talk (2.30pm, SS1)
    • Saturday Night Football: Everton v Man City (5pm, SS1)
    • Barcelona v Getafe (8pm, SS3)
    • SNF: Game Of The Day (8pm, SS2)
    • SNF: Match Choice (10pm, SS2)
    • FL72: Championship Final Day (10.15pm, SS1)
    You might want to tackle these Football League permutations in the morning with a large mug of coffee, but if you're feeling brave, here's all you need to know about potential ups and down in the Championship, League One and League Two
    5/2/2014 6:52:03 PM
    You'll be able to see Reading and Brighton battle for that play-off spot live on Sky Sports. As well as this little lot... 
    • Soccer AM (10am, SS1)
    • Gillette Soccer Saturday (11am, SSN)
    • Reading v Burnley (12pm, SS1)
    • Nottm Forest v Brighton (12pm, SS2)
    • Saturday Team Talk (2.30pm, SS1)
    • Saturday Night Football: Everton v Man City (5pm, SS1)
    • Barcelona v Getafe (8pm, SS3)
    • SNF: Game Of The Day (8pm, SS2)
    • SNF: Match Choice (10pm, SS2)
    • FL72: Championship Final Day (10.15pm, SS1)
    5/2/2014 6:55:45 PM
    That's all from us - but we'll be back bright and early to rustle through the morning papers, before guiding you though the day, from team news to live match updates and the best manager reaction.  Thanks for reading and see you then.
    5/2/2014 6:58:14 PM
    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the penultimate day of the Premier League season and the final round of Football League action in the 2013/14 campaign.
    5/3/2014 9:37:51 AM
    Manchester City could take a huge step towards winning the Premier League title today by beating Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday Night Football later - but first, Football League sides will see their fate sealed on the final day of their season.
    5/3/2014 9:47:12 AM
    Leicester have sealed the title and Burnley have confirmed second. Derby, QPR and Wigan have also booked their place in the play-offs. 

    However, Reading (70pts), Brighton (69pts) and Blackburn (67pts) can still snatch sixth (although Rovers' must win, turn around a seven goal deficit on the other two and hope both Reading and Brighton lose).

    You can see Reading's home match with Burnley and Brighton's trip to Forest live on Sky Sports 1 and 2 respectively. Coverage starts at  Midday. 

    5/3/2014 9:51:16 AM
    At the other end of the table, Birmingham (43) are currently third from bottom, and, due to goal difference, will realistically need to win at Bolton to stand any chance of survival. 

    They'll also need Doncaster (44) to lose at Leicester, while Millwall (45) know victory at home to Bournemouth will seal their Championship status. 

    Those games kick off at 12.15pm. 

    Yeovil and Barnsley have already been relegated. 
    5/3/2014 9:54:27 AM
    It's an early start for Jeff and the team this week. [jeffstelling]

    They're on Sky Sports News NOW, looking ahead to the crunch fixtures. 

    5/3/2014 10:04:14 AM
  • SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS [betting]Here's a quick look at the odds for the final round of matches in the Sky Bet Championship with Reading, Brighton and Blackburn bidding to clinch a play-off spot and Birmingham, Millwall and Doncaster fighting to avoid the drop. Remember if you are a new customer we're offering a free matched bet of up to £30. Find out more

    5/3/2014 10:14:34 AM
    Forest team: De Vries, Peltier, Collins(C), Harding, Vaughan, Osborn, Majewski, McLaughlin, Mackie, Derbyshire, Tudgay. Subs: Evtimov, Fox, Greening, Rees, Blake, Cox, Henderson

    Brighton team: Kuszczak; Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward; Andrews, Orlandi, Forster-Caskey; Lingard, Buckley, Ulloa. Subs: Ankergren, Dunk, Chicksen, Ince, March, LuaLua, Mackail-Smith.

    5/3/2014 10:24:02 AM
    Reading team: McCarthy, Gunter, Obita, Pearce, Morrison, Leigertwood, Akpan, McAnuff (C), McCleary, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak

    Burnley team: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Kightly, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Barnes, Ings. Subs: Cisak, Wallace, Stanislas, Edgar, Baird, Treacy, Long
    5/3/2014 10:25:29 AM
    Millwall team: Forde; Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone; Bailey, Williams; Morison, Garvan, Woolford; Maierhofer. Subs: Bywater, Robinson, Fredericks, Abdou, Easter, Jackson, McDonald.

    Bournemouth team: Camp, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Fraser, Kermorgant, Rantie. Subs: Allsop, Francis, Harte, MacDonald, Coulibaly, Pugh, Pitman.
    5/3/2014 10:27:03 AM
    Blackburn team: Robinson; Keane, Hanley (c), Kilgallon, Olsson; King, Evans, Cairney, Conway; Gestede, Rhodes.Subs: Eastwood, Lowe, Dunn, Varney, Williamson, Taylor, Feeney

    Wigan team: Carson, Crainey, McEachran, Caldwell, McClean, Espinoza, Ramis, Kiernan, Maynard, Collison, Waghorn. Subs: Al Habsi, Holgersson, Maloney, McManaman, Beausejour, Barnett, Fortune
    5/3/2014 10:30:59 AM
    Bolton team: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Threlkeld, Wheater, Spearing, Trotter, Hall, Danns, Lee, Beckford. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Knight, Jutkiewicz, Kellett, Robinson, Youngs, Iliev

    Birmingham team: Randolph; Spector, Mullins, Robinson, Reilly; Huws, Adeyemi, Caddis; Burke, Zigic, Novak. Subs: Doyle, Martin, Hancox, Shinnie, Ibe, Macheda, Lovenkrands
    5/3/2014 10:32:36 AM
    [betting]Fancy an Acca on the Sky Bet Championship matches? We've a host of trebles, fourfolds and fivefolds for today's action including Leicester, Brighton and Derby all to win at 11/2. Check out all our specials now
    5/3/2014 10:38:12 AM
    Leicester team: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Mahrez, King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent, Phillips. Subs: Hammond, Schlupp, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Knockaert, Logan, Wood

    Doncaster team: Johnstone, Quinn, Husband, Furman, Brown, Cotterill, Tamas, Keegan, Meite, Coppinger, Neill. Subs: Turnbull, Sharp, McCombe, De Val, Robinson, Forrester, Stevens

    5/3/2014 10:41:27 AM
    The clock is ticking and the crucial final day fixtures in the Championship are just over half an hour away! 

    Below is all your team news for the big games at both ends of the table. 

    Remember, you can see Forest v Brighton on Sky Sports 2 and Reading v Burnley on Sky Sports 1 - both from midday. 
    5/3/2014 10:43:30 AM
  • SUPER KEV STARTS [kevinphillips]
    Championship winners Leicester could pass the 100 point mark today - but it's an important day in more ways than one for former England and Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips.

    The frontman will hang up his boots after today's game - and boss Nigel Pearson has rewarded him with a starting spot. 

    Super Kev announced his retirement plans via his blog earlier this week. Read it here. 
    5/3/2014 10:45:39 AM
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    5/3/2014 10:46:19 AM
  • TOTTENHAM V WEST HAM [tottenham]
    Spurs team: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane. Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Fryers, Bentaleb, Pritchard, Sandro, Soldado.
    5/3/2014 10:52:17 AM
  • TOTTENHAM V WEST HAM [westham]
    West Ham team: Adrian, Reid, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins, Carroll, Taylor, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing. Subs:  Jarvis, Armero, Vaz Te, Collins, Jaaskelainen, C Cole, Nocerino.
    5/3/2014 10:54:33 AM
  • [twitter] The sun is shining on Reading right now - but will they be celebrating come full-time? Tune in to Sky Sports 1 NOW to see if they can clinch a play-off spot by seeing off Burnley
    5/3/2014 11:02:02 AM
  • SKY BET ODDS [betting]Check out our Price Boosts for Reading's clash with promoted Burnley, live on Sky Sports HD1. We're also betting in-running the play-off and relegation battles!

    5/3/2014 11:02:08 AM
  • On the final day of last season Millwall lost but stayed up thanks to other results going their way - boss Holloway wants to win this time around. [millwall]

    5/3/2014 11:04:58 AM
    Brighton may be a point behind Reading but Peter Beagrie tells Sky Sports they could leapfrog Reading, who face a tough Burnley side. 

    There's an argument to say Brighton are favourites. When you factor in Reading's home form and the fact they're playing against Sean Dyche's well-oiled machine, who ended Ipswich's play-off hopes last week. 
    5/3/2014 11:08:47 AM
    Former Brighton forward Nicky Forster says his former side mustn't be distracted by scores elsewhere today. [brighton]

    They have to approach it like they approach any other game. They can't let their concentration fail. They can't let the information from the crowd filter down and affect the way they play. 

    5/3/2014 11:11:13 AM
    Blackburn may be outsiders to get a play-off place but Beags says they have done well this season, regardless. [peterbeagrie]

    They have done magnificently well. Bowyer has brought stability. There's been massive progression this season. 

    5/3/2014 11:13:11 AM
  • They're running out at Forest....

    5/3/2014 11:14:36 AM
  • And getting ready for kick-off at Reading...

    5/3/2014 11:14:44 AM
    [kick-off]It's a beautiful spring day and the final round of Championship matches are underway around the country. Let's do this!
    5/3/2014 11:16:48 AM
  • READING 0-0 BURNLEY [reading]
    NO PENALTY!!!! Reading are livid that the ref has waved away their penalty appeals - Pogrebnyak hammered in a low shot and Shackell on the floor seems to handle the ball - looked a certain penalty from here
    5/3/2014 11:18:55 AM
  • Here's that penalty shout - the ball clearly hitting defender Shackell's arm

    5/3/2014 11:19:08 AM
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