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Friday 26 April 2013

All the build-up to the weekend's matches

Follow the press conferences, team news and head-to-head stats ahead of the weekend's matches

The title-winners may have already been decided but Matchweek 35 provides a raft of crucial fixtures with relegation contests and the race for next year's UEFA Champions League places in the balance.

The weekend's action kicks off with West Ham United's trip to Manchester City, before four 3pm fixtures get under way with Stoke City and Norwich City meeting at the Britannia Stadium in a bid to distance themselves from the danger zone.

Wigan Athletic can help their survival fight cause with an away win at Tottenham Hotpsur, who are themselves attempting to return to the top four, while Newcastle United can also ease their relegation fears by overcoming Liverpool at St James' Park in the evening kick-off.

On Sunday at 4pm champions Manchester United travel south to take on an in-form Arsenal side also scrambling for a top-four place. By then Reading and Queens Park Rangers may both already be relegated.

The two sides propping up the Barclays Premier League table with 24 points each must win their 1.30pm clash at the Madejski Stadium in order to avoid returning to the Championship in what is the definitive relegation decider.

Should Aston Villa overcome Sunderland at Villa Park on Monday, however, the Royals and QPR will be relegated regardless of Saturday's outcome in Berkshire.

With our Matchday Live service you can watch the manager press conferences, catch all the latest team news and check out the head-to-head statistics ahead of the weekend's action.

After kick-off you can follow live in-running commentary, check out live phiotos from all the grounds and get the latest in-match stats. At the final whistle we provide match reports including manager reactions. For Matchday Live just click on the links below.

Saturday 20 April

Kick-off 3pm unless stated.

12.45 Manchester City v West Ham United  |  #MCIWHU Matchday Live >>

Roberto Mancini (MCI) on Manchester United's title win, where he thinks his side went wrong and the threat that West Ham pose on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce (WHU) on his side's relatively safe position in the table, the goals for the rest of the season, Man City’s campaign and how to combat them at the Etihad Stadium.


Everton v Fulham   |  #EVEFUL  |  Matchday Live >>

David Moyes (EVE) David Moyes (EVE) on his side’s injuries, the target of qualifying for Europe, the importance of the Fulham visit and the visitors’ improving away form.

Martin Jol (FUL) on the latest injuries in his squad, Urby Emanuelson's future, the prospect of getting Marcello Trotta back at the club from his loan spell at Brentford and why Everton are such a tough team to play.


Southampton v West Bromwich Albion  |  #SOUWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) on why Luke Shaw did not start against Swansea, his ambitions for the club and his hopes for the final matches of the season.

Steve Clarke (WBA) on the availability of Chris Brunt and Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley's future, his aims for the rest of the season and what he makes of Southampton.


Stoke City v Norwich City   |  #STKNOR  |  Matchday Live >>

Tony Pulis (STK) on Peter Crouch's form, his side's displays away from home, what the QPR result has done for his side and his admiration for Norwich.

Chris Hughton (NOR) on the points-target for the end of the season, where his side have struggled this season and what to expect from their trip to Stoke City.


Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur  |  #WIGTOT  |  Matchday Live >>

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on the injury to Antolin Alcaraz, his views on the relegation battle, returning to action at the DW Stadium and what he thinks of the Tottenham squad.

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the return of Aaron Lennon, the value of striker Jermain Defoe, the performance against Manchester City and the battle to get into the top four.


5.30pm Newcastle United v Liverpool  |  #NEWLIV  |  Matchday Live >>

Alan Pardew (NEW) on Papiss Cisse's availability, when Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa could be back in action, the performance against West Brom and securing safety in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, coping without the suspended Luis Suarez and the threat posed by a "quality" Newcastle side.


Sunday 28 April

1.30pm Reading v Queens Park Rangers  |  #RDGQPR  |  Matchday Live >>

Nigel Adkins (RDG) with the latest injury news on Hal Robson-Kanu, Jimmy Kebe, Hope Akpam, the changes taking place, the enthusiasm of the players.

Harry Redknapp (QPR) on Andros Townsend’s injury, the defeat to Stoke, the frustration of having an unsettled strike-force and the motivation for the rest of the season.


Chelsea v Swansea City  |  #CHESWA  |  Matchday Live >>

No Rafael Benitez (CHE) press conference.

Michael Laudrup (SWA) on what Michu has achieved this season, his side's record against the Blues this season, the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge and trying to claim another impressive away victory.


4pm Arsenal v Manchester United   |  #ARSMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on the loss of Olivier Giroud, Manchester United’s title win, respecting the traditional guard of honour and the Gunners’ prospects of finishing fourth.

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on staying focused for the rest of the season, Robin van Persie's first League title, the rivalry with the Gunners and what he thinks of Arsenal’s form.


Monday 29 April

8pm Aston Villa v Sunderland  |  #AVLSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

Paul Lambert (AVL) on the match against Manchester United on Monday, his view on the season run-in and the effect of the new manager at Sunderland.

Paolo Di Canio (SUN) on the return of Craig Gardner, the positive effects winning has, his belief in the squad, the problems at Aston Villa.

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Key Points

  • There are six Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, three on Sunday and another on Monday
  • Highlights are Stoke v Norwich, Wigan v Tottenham and Arsenal v Man United
  • Follow team news, press conferences and head-to-head stats on Matchday Live