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Thursday 14 March 2013

Matchweek 30: 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

  • Click on NEW-WIG Matchday Live link below for Hatem Ben Arfa's injury news and more

Matchweek 30 brings us a full programme of Barclays Premier League matches with six fixtures on Saturday, including Aston Villa's fascinating encounter with Queens Park Rangers, and two London derbies among the four Sunday matches.

The weekend's action gets under way at Goodison Park at 12.45pm when Everton host Manchester City before four 3pm kick-offs include Harry Redknapp's ongoing bid to achieve the great escape at the helm of QPR at Villa Park. In the evening fixture top meets second-from-bottom as Manchester United host Reading at Old Trafford.

Among Sunday's match-ups Chelsea host West Ham United and Fulham go to a Tottenham Hotspur side looking to bounce back from their recent reverse at Liverpool.

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 16 March

Kick-off 3pm unless stated.

12.45pm Everton v Manchester City  |  #EVEMCI  |  Matchday Live >>

David Moyes (EVE) on Tim Howard’s injury, on his being at Everton for 11 years, his aim to reach European football, similarities between Everton and City and his respect for Roberto Mancini.

Roberto Mancini (MCI) with the latest on Sergio Aguero’s and Vincent Kompany’s recoveries, on trying to catch Manchester United, on facing Everton and his respect with Everton.

Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers  |  #AVLQPR  |  Matchday Live >>

Paul Lambert (AVL) on his selection for the match, winning ugly, the prospect of QPR and the importance of the crowd’s support..

Harry Redknapp (QPR) on his side’s injuries, last week’s comeback win, his side’s run of good form and how the pressure is all on Aston Villa on Saturday.

Southampton v Liverpool  |  #SOULIV  |  Matchday Live >>

Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) on his post-match reaction against Norwich, on Luis Suarez, the potential of Gaston Ramirez and having a compatriot as Pope.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on Joe Allen’s shoulder injury, Pepe Reina’s recovery, his reluctance to loan out Raheem Sterling and Suso, the win over Spurs, not thinking about the top four, his respect for Southampton and their new style under Mauricio Pochettino.

Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion  |  #STKWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

Tony Pulis (STK) with the latest injury news on Cameron Jones, the side’s poor luck away from home, the need for vocal support from Stoke fans and his respect for Steve Clarke.

Steve Clarke (WBA) on Romelu Lukaku and his loan, on Ben Foster’s fitness and return to the England squad, his target of 50 points, his hopes to qualify for the UEFA Europa League, his respect for Tony Pulis.

Swansea City v Arsenal  |  #SWAARS  |  Matchday Live >>

Michael Laudrup (SWA) gives injury updates on Chico Flores and Leon Britton, Neil Taylor’s recovery, the impact of Arsenal’s victory in Munich, their chances of reaching the top four and his respect for their players.

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on his side’s injuries, Thomas Vermaelen’s “rotation”, the Gunners’ target for the season and the difficulty of facing a consistent Swansea side.

5.30pm Manchester United v Reading  |  #MUNRDG  |  Matchday Live >>

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on his side’s injuries, this week’s “strange” dismissal of manager Brian McDermott and why hopes he doesn’t win any awards this month.

Eamonn Dolan (RDG) on a difficult week, the departure of Brian McDermott, the harmony in the Reading "group" and the plan to shock Manchester United on Saturday.

Sunday 17 March

1.30pm Sunderland v Norwich City  |  #SUNNOR  |  Matchday Live >>

Martin O'Neill (SUN) on how confidence can be affected, Connor Wickham’s return from loan, his concern over the club’s status, his respect for Norwich.

Chris Hughton (NOR) on Anthony Pilkington’s injury, Alex Tettey’s projected return, Grant Holt’s penalty miss, his defence’s strengths but lack of goals up front, the pressure at Sunderland..

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham  |  #TOTFUL  |  Matchday Live >>

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) - no press conference this week.

Martin Jol (FUL) updates the injury situation, the team’s progress over the past five years, the threat of relegation, Spurs’ improvement and how he got Gareth Bale to come to Spurs.

4pm Chelsea v West Ham United  | #CHEWHU  |  Matchday Live >>

Rafa Benitez (CHE) on the form of Fernando Torres, the importance of Demba Ba to the team, the confidence drawn from recent second-half displays and the necessity of winning on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce (WHU) with the latest injury news on Kevin Nolan and Joe Cole, having a two-week break, how to deal with Europa League, the pressures on managers at Chelsea and how spending lots of money may not bring that much improvement.

4pm Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United  |  #WIGNEW  | Matchday Live >>

Roberto Martinez (WIG) gives bad news on Ryo Miyaichi’s injury, the latest on Callum McManaman, the reason for his team’s struggles, the advantages of playing at home, the relegation battle, facing an in-form Newcastle.

Alan Pardew (NEW) on Hatem Ben Arfa’s injury blow, the curious case of Wigan's inconsistency and why Newcastle will be seeking to reap their revenge on Sunday.

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