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Thursday 07 March 2013

Matchweek 29: All the build-up to the weekend's matches

All the team news and watch the press conferences from this weekend's Premier League matches

  • Chrisitan Benteke rises highest for Aston Villa's winner against Reading in November

Matchweek 29 is almost upon us with Saturday's four matches placing the onus on those clubs aiming to begin the 10-match end-of-season run-in with a victory to boost their prospects of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Arguably the pick of Saturday's matches pits two clubs in the bottom three, Reading and Aston Villa, against each other at the Madejski Stadium.

That said, bottom club Queens Park Rangers will also be hoping to build on last weekend's away win over Southampton with a another victory at Loftus Road at the expense of a Sunderland side not yet out of the woods.

Also on Saturday Norwich City and Southampton lock horns at Carrow Road while on Sunday Newcastle United host Stoke City, with all four clubs desperate not to be sucked back into a survival scrap.

Also on Mothers' Day Tottenham Hotspur, fresh from their north London derby victory over Arsenal, travel to an in-form Liverpool hoping to strengthen their prospects of finishing in the top four.

With our Matchday Live service you can get all the build-up with videos of the manager press conferences, catch the latest team news and view head-to-head statistics. At kick-off follow the action as the matches unfold, with minute-by-minute updates, photostreams and match statistics. Afterwards you can read our match reports including manager reactions. Just click on the links below.

Saturday 9 March

Kick-off 3pm unless stated. Team news to follow.

Norwich v Southampton   |  #NORSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

Chris Hughton (NOR) on Alex Tettey, John Rudd and Andrew Surman's injuries, the defeat by Manchester United, the club’s good home record and the danger posed by Southampton.

Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) on the fitness of Adam Lallana, finding consistency in performance and the direction the club is going in.

Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland  |  #QPRSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

Harry Redknapp (QPR) with the latest injury situation regarding Bobby Zamora and Julio Cesar, the battle for the goalkeeper’s jersey, his side's form of late and what he thinks his side will need to beat the drop.

Martin O’Neill (SUN) on Danny Rose’s recovery, the importance of getting a win, trying to avoid going behind, facing a confident QPR, the positives of the draw against Fulham

Reading v Aston Villa  |  #RDGAVL |  Matchday Live >>

Brian McDermott (RDG) on the end-of-season run-in, his confidence in his side mounting a strong finish like last season and the importance of Saturday's match.

Paul Lambert (AVL) on what he made of his side's display against Manchester City, how he is approaching the important match against Reading and the job Brian McDermott has done at the Madejski Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City  |  #WBASWA  |  Matchday Live >>

Michael Laudrup (SWA) on his side's performance against Newcastle United, how West Brom and Swansea have performed this season and what his side have to be careful of on Saturday.

Steve Clarke (WBA) on his side's injuries, the target for the remainder of the season and why Albion have unfinished business against a "fantastic" Swansea side.

Sunday 10 March

3pm Newcastle United  v Stoke City  | #NEWSTK  | Matchday Live >>

Alan Pardew (NEW) press conference to follow on Saturday.

Tony Pulis (STK) on his side’s disappointing run, the desperation for a win, his relationship with his chairman and why Newcastle have struggled this season.

4pm Liverpool  v Tottenham Hotspur  | #LIVTOT  | Matchday Live >>

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the win over Inter in the UEFA Europa League, the emergence of Gylfi Siggurdsson, on catching Manchester City and travelling to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on the work the owners have done at the club, his side's improving fortunes, the attitude of his players, the performance against Wigan and why there is more to his squad than Luis Suarez.

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Key Points

  • There are six Barclays Premier League matches taking place this weekend
  • Highlights are Reading v Aston Villa and QPR v Sunderand
  • Follow team news, press conferences and head-to-head stats on Matchday Live