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Weekend live! 9-11 May

Weekend live! 9-11 May

    A thrilling weekend of sporting action starts right here - with the curtain set to come down on the 2013/14 Premier League season. We've got team news, video, opinion and features aplenty heading your way over the course of the next few days, so let's get this ball rolling.
    5/9/2014 7:48:59 AM
    A veritable feast of football will be screened live on Sky Sports this weekend, with the second of the Championship play-off ties kicking things off on Friday evening as Wigan play host to Queens Park Rangers. On Saturday, Leagues One and Two take centre stage as Peterborough, Leyton Orient, Preston and Rotherham do battle in the third tier and York and Fleetwood lock horns in the fourth. Then, on Sunday, the battle for the Premier League title goes down to the wire and we'll have all of the action from Manchester City's home date with West Ham and Liverpool's meeting with Newcastle at Anfield - as well as the scrap for sixth as Tottenham entertain Aston Villa.
    5/9/2014 7:53:30 AM
  • It's an early start in Madrid as we hear Carlo Ancelotti's thoughts on the Spanish title race. Can his Real Madrid team recover from their late setback against Valladolid?

    5/9/2014 7:56:18 AM
  • [paulmerson]MERSON'S PREDICTIONS
    For the last time this season, Paul Merson has been addressing the Premier League fixture and attempting to pick out the winners from the losers. He sees Manchester City toasting title glory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and Tottenham securing a success they could do without.
    Click here to see who else Merse sees ending the campaign on a high.
    5/9/2014 7:57:03 AM
    It is fair to say that Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's proposal for Premier League and Championship 'B' teams to introduced in the lower levels of the Football League has not been well received. Here's what he has had to say about the FA's England Commission. And here's the reaction from the Football League.
    5/9/2014 8:00:48 AM
  • [everton]Everton boss Roberto Martinez is addressing the media ahead of a meeting with Hull City on Sunday and has been discussing state of his squad and a desire to end the season on a positive note.

    5/9/2014 8:04:14 AM
  • [ssnr]With all this talk of a League 3 what’s the reaction been outside the Football League? Conference champions Luton are fearing for their future according to Chief Exec Gary Sweet, he’s been telling Sky Sports News Radio the commission plans would “rip the heart out of English football”.
    5/9/2014 8:06:47 AM
  • [ssnr]Former FA Chief Exec Mark Palios is another who doesn’t think a League 3 would work, and he’s been telling Sky Sports News Radio the FA must listen to the clubs lower down the leagues.
    5/9/2014 8:07:28 AM
  • [fl72]An unfortunate own goal from Tomasz Kuszczak gave Derby a vital 2-1 win at Brighton in their Championship play-off semi-final first leg at the Amex Stadium.

    5/9/2014 8:12:50 AM
  • [arsenal]Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could feature at Norwich for Sunday's final Premier League fixture having recovered from a fractured foot suffered while on international duty with England. Aaron Ramsey (thigh) should also be in the squad, along with full-back Kieran Gibbs, out since the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) is still out, as are Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry (both knee).
    5/9/2014 8:19:59 AM
    The big one in Brazil is now just 34 days away. Out countdown to the big kick-off continues with a strikers special, with Argentina's enviable array of attacking options considered and former England frontman Teddy Sheringham telling Sky Sports why he loves the World Cup.
    Click here to check out Friday's offering.
    5/9/2014 8:25:36 AM
  • [hull]Steve Bruce will guide Hull City into combat against Everton on Sunday, before attention at the KC Stadium can finally turn towards another day out at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

    5/9/2014 8:27:37 AM
  • [cardiff]Cardiff are already resigned to the fact that their stay among the elite will last just one season, but Fabio is convinced that the Bluebirds will bounce back stronger.

    5/9/2014 8:30:14 AM
    A bit more on the Football Association's England Commission and plans to introduce Premier League and Championship 'B' teams. FA chairman Greg Dyke believes Football League clubs will not block any plans to tinker with the divisional structure.
    Here's what he has had to say.
    5/9/2014 8:40:10 AM
    Sepp Blatter has told Swiss publication Blick that he intends to run for a fifth term as FIFA president - having been at the helm since 1998. Elections are due to be held in 2015.
    I want to do this because things aren't over yet. My mandate is running out, but my mission is not finished.

    5/9/2014 8:42:48 AM
  • [southampton]LALLANA MASTERCLASS
    Sky Sports sources understand Liverpool are set to table a bid for Adam Lallana after his excellent season. Earlier in the campaign, the Southampton captain gave us an insight of his talent by explaining how he creates attacking space.
    5/9/2014 8:45:56 AM
  • [westham]Reports in the morning newspapers suggest that Sam Allardyce may be on borrowed time at West Ham, but he believes the club have hit their targets for the 2013/14 campaign.

    5/9/2014 8:47:19 AM
  • [westham]More from Sam Allardyce, this time in response to the reports about his future.

    5/9/2014 8:48:50 AM
  • [wigan]Wigan play host to Queens Park Rangers on Friday in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final and you can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm. It remains to be seen whether top scorer Nick Powell, currently on loan from Manchester United, will feature after suffering from tonsillitis of late. Uwe Rosler has insisted that Powell was fit prior to the 4-3 defeat to Blackburn last weekend but the England Under-21 international was not included in the squad. Wigan are likely to make several changes from the XI which was beaten at Ewood Park with Ali Al Habsi likely to return in goal ahead of second-choice stopper Scott Carson. Ben Watson (broken leg) and fellow midfielder Chris McCann (knee) remain long-term absentees.
    5/9/2014 8:52:23 AM
  • [qpr]On the other side of that contest, QPR will be without Benoit Assou-Ekotto when they head to the DW Stadium. The on-loan defender has returned to Tottenham for treatment on a knee injury so Yun Suk-Young could continue at left-back. Long-term absentees Matty Phillips (ankle) and Ale Faurlin (cruciate) have returned to training but boss Harry Redknapp has ruled them out of featuring in the play-off campaign. Ravel Morrison, Joey Barton and Richard Dunne return after they were rested against Barnsley on Saturday.
    5/9/2014 8:53:31 AM
  • [cardiff]Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to steer Cardiff away from relegation trouble, but he remains upbeat ahead of a return to the second tier.

    5/9/2014 8:54:36 AM
  • Amid the current, epic title race, relive the classic 2011/12 battle between Manchester City and Manchester United.

    5/9/2014 8:57:11 AM
  • [stoke]Stoke boss Mark Hughes is proud of what his side have been able to achieve this season, regardless of what a trip to West Brom on the final day has in store.

    5/9/2014 9:01:45 AM
  • [manchesterunited]JONES UPDATE
    Good news for
    Manchester United and England, with Ryan Giggs having told MUTV that versatile defender Phil Jones 'should' be fit for World Cup duty after picking up a shoulder injury in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Hull City.

    5/9/2014 9:07:27 AM
  • [southampton]Southampton are guaranteed to finish the season in eighth place, and manager Mauricio Pochettino considers that to be a success as he readies his troops for a home date with Manchester United on Sunday.

    5/9/2014 9:13:57 AM
  • [hull]Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is in contention to start against Everton on Sunday after a six-week lay-off. The Scotland international appeared to be out for the season when he broke three ribs and damaged a kidney at the end of March but has been battling desperately to prove his fitness before the FA Cup final on May 17. Paul McShane (ankle) may also feature for the first time since February, with captain Curtis Davies due a rest alongside cup-tied duo Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, but Robbie Brady (groin) and James Chester (hamstring) are definitely out.
    5/9/2014 9:16:41 AM
  • [blackpool]CHANGE AT SEASIDERS
    Barry Ferguson
    has confirmed he is leaving Blackpool and has backed Jackie McNamara to succeed him at Bloomfield Road.
    Blackpool have been without a permanent manager since January when Paul Ince was axed with Ferguson taking interim charge until the end of the season.
    5/9/2014 9:24:39 AM
  • [arsenal]OX HOPE
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a vital few days in his bid to be fit for the World Cup, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The 20-year-old has not played since Arsenal's win over Hull City on 20 April and is set to miss his side's trip to Norwich City on Sunday, but Wenger feels that his player could still be selected providing the injury does not require surgery.
    He is desperate to go - who wouldn't be? But we are in a job where your body responds or it doesn't respond. In the end, you need your body to play football.
    5/9/2014 9:26:23 AM
  • [ssnr]Brighton have it all to do if they’re to make the Championship play off final, their striker Craig Mackail-Smith is a guest on the latest FL72 Weekly which has previews of all the play-off games across the divisions. Plus there’s an ace look back on the final day of the Championship season that Birmingham fans will love, Doncaster fans not so much.
    5/9/2014 9:30:58 AM
  • [fl72]The Sky Bet League One play-offs get underway this weekend, and Preston will be looking to secure a first-leg lead in their home date with Rotherham on Saturday. Defender Tom Clarke will be available after missing North End's last two fixtures due to a calf injury and a virus, giving the Lilywhites a full complement of players to choose from. Manager Simon Grayson said on Thursday that he knew 80 per cent of his team and the likes of midfielder Joel Byrom have returned from loan spells to swell his numbers. Full-back Scott Wiseman played 90 minutes in the defeat to Crewe last weekend and has shown no adverse reaction to his knee injury. You can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 5pm.
    5/9/2014 9:37:02 AM
  • [fl72]Rotherham are expected to recall Kieran Agard, Alex Revell and Nicky Adams to their starting XI at Deepdale. Agard and Revell dropped to the bench in last week's 2-1 win at Swindon in preparation for the play-off clash, while Adams had a bug and did not travel with the squad to Wiltshire. Wes Thomas, who scored both goals last week, Tom Hitchcock and Richard Brindley are likely to drop out. Richie Smallwood serves the final game of his three-match ban, but Mark Bradley (knee) will play no part in the push for promotion.
    5/9/2014 9:38:42 AM
  • [everton]Steven Pienaar looks set to return to action in Everton's season-concluding Premier League clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium, which could also see Lacina Traore make his comeback from injury. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is optimistic winger Pienaar, absent for 10 games because of a knee complaint, will be fit to feature but has stressed the need for caution with regard to on-loan striker Traore, who has had an even longer spell out due to a hamstring problem. It seems the match will come too soon for the recovering Darron Gibson (knee) to make his first appearance since October, while fellow midfielder Gareth Barry, having been unable to play against his parent club Manchester City last weekend, is eligible for selection again.
    5/9/2014 9:50:18 AM
  • Former England striker Teddy Sheringham tells Sky Sports why he loves the World Cup.

    5/9/2014 9:54:50 AM
  • [manchesterunited]JONES BOOST
    Here's the full story on Manchester United defender Phil Jones and the positive news reported by Ryan Giggs regarding his possible involvement at this summer's World Cup with England.
    He won't be available for Sunday against Southampton, but should be okay for the World Cup.
    5/9/2014 10:04:25 AM
  • [ssnr]The final weekend of the Premier League season won’t be a happy one for Norwich fans as they face up to relegation, former winger Paul McVeigh has been speaking to Sky Sports News Radio with a list of reasons why he thinks they’re going down.
    5/9/2014 10:10:10 AM
  • [manchesterunited]Defender Phil Jones (shoulder) and striker Wayne Rooney (groin) are out of Manchester United's final game of the season at Southampton. Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (illness) and defender Rafael (thigh) are doubts. Centre-back Jonny Evans (ankle) is unavailable but 18-year-old striker James Wilson should be fit despite suffering a knock on his goalscoring debut against Hull City on Tuesday.
    5/9/2014 10:15:30 AM
  • [betting]Sky Bet make Phil Jones 2/1 to start England's first World Cup game, with Phil Jagielka given a better chance at 2/5. Gary Cahill, meanwhile, seems assured of a place at 1/4. Bet on England's starting XI here.

    5/9/2014 10:17:18 AM
  • This is where England will be calling home in Brazil this summer - not too shabby!

    5/9/2014 10:19:24 AM
  • [chelsea]Chelsea have nothing to play for on the final day, as they prepare to travel to Cardiff, but Eden Hazard is looking for Jose Mourinho's side to bow out on a high.

    5/9/2014 10:23:17 AM
  • [stoke]Oussama Assaidi may have played his last game for Stoke, with the on-loan winger struggling to make a trip to West Brom on Sunday.

    5/9/2014 10:25:55 AM
  • Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson is hoping to spoil the party when the Hoops lift the trophy at home to Dundee United this weekend.

    5/9/2014 10:29:24 AM
  • [jamieredknapp]JAMIE'S VERDICT
    Jamie Redknapp sees Manchester City lifting the Premier League title on Sunday, leaving Liverpool empty-handed. He concedes that those at Anfield will be left disappointed, but is looking for Brendan Rodgers to ensure that a season which promised so much is built upon so success can be delivered in the future.
    Here's what he has had to say.
    5/9/2014 10:34:35 AM
  • [fl72]Fancy a bit of Sky Bet League Two play-off action this weekend? Well, York will be playing host to Fleetwood on Saturday evening as the race to reach the third tier begins. York manager Nigel Worthington is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up, with the Minstermen reporting no new injury or suspension worries after fighting back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at promoted Scunthorpe on the final day of the regular season. Worthington has stuck with the same players for the last two matches as his side have extended their unbeaten run to 17 games. Strikers Ryan Bowman and Ryan Jarvis, plus winger Will Hayhurst are among those pushing for recalls. York have lost only twice this year and are unbeaten at Bootham Crescent since January 28 when they lost 2-0 to Chesterfield. You can see how they get on in their latest outing live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.15pm.
    5/9/2014 10:45:54 AM
  • [fl72]Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander will run the rule over Jamille Matt and Conor McLaughlin ahead of a trip to Bootham Crescent. The Cod Army boss made several changes for the game at Chesterfield and revealed some were enforced with striker Matt and full-back McLaughlin still doubtful for the first leg of the play-off semi-final due to knocks. Midfielder Jeff Hughes will definitely miss out with a leg injury, and is unlikely to feature in the second leg either, but he is close to a return. Iain Hume has been granted an extension on his loan deal from Preston to allow the Canadian striker to feature in the play-offs.
    5/9/2014 10:47:23 AM
  • [republicofireland]REPUBLIC RANKS
    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named a provisional 32-man squad for four end-of-season friendlies over the next few weeks. Ireland take on Turkey at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on May 25 followed six days later by a showdown against Italy at Fulham's Craven Cottage. Costa Rica are next up in the in PPL Stadium, Philadelphia on June 6 before O'Neill brings the curtain down on Ireland's season with a game against Portugal at the Metlife Stadium, New Jersey on June 10.
    5/9/2014 10:50:15 AM
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