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Friday 29 March 2013

Matchweek 31: 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

After the international week, the Barclays Premier League is back. Matchweek 31 brings us a full programme with eight fixtures on Saturday, Aston Villa hosting Liverpool on Sunday and a West London derby among on Monday evening.

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 30 March

Kick-off 3pm unless stated.

12.45pm Sunderland v Manchester United  |  #SUNMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

Martin O'Neill (SUN) on the injuries to Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher, the battle against relegation, focusing on their own matches, the need to create more, the strength of Manchester United. Team news to come.

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on the fitness of his returning international players, his plans for a busy week of matches, the impact of Steven Fletcher's season-ending injury on Sunderland and the battle at the bottom.

Go to Matchday Live for team news for both sides.

Arsenal v Reading  |  #ARSRDG  |  Matchday Live >>

Arsene Wenger (ARS)  says who is injured and fit, including Jack Wilshere’s ankle, their target of the top four, facing a relegation-threatened team and welcoming back Nigel Adkins.

Nigel Adkins (RDG) on his arrival at the club, what he is changing, the reaction from the players and on his differing encounters with Arsenal this season.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

Manchester City v Newcastle United  |  #MCINEW  |  Matchday Live >>

Roberto Mancini (MCI) with the latest on the comeback from injury of Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany playing for Belgium, the title race and Newcastle’s new arrivals. Team news to come.

Alan Pardew (NEW) on watching his French players against Spain, Yohan Cabaye's admission of depression, Tim Krul’s injury, Fabricio Coloccini's prospective return and the threat of relegation. Team news to come.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

Southampton v Chelsea  |  #SOUCHE  |  Matchday Live >>

Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) on his view of his side's performances since he has been in charge, Chelsea's busy schedule and what he thinks of Rafael Benitez. Team news to come.

Rafael Benitez (CHE) gives updates on the fitness of Gary Cahill, fighting for trophies, managing the squad with so many matches and the threat from Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

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

Michael Laudrup (SWA) on Chico Flores’s and Neil Taylor recoveries, the disruption from the international break, Spurs’ strengths and the tactical change to Gareth Bale’s play.

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the battle for the top four, his side's recent slip and the job that Michael Laudrup is doing at Swansea.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

West Ham United  v West Bromwich Albion |  #WHUWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

Sam Allardyce (WHU) with a positive injury update, Joe Cole’s return, his target of 38 points, his contract renewal, how a lack of goals has hindered his team.

Steve Clarke (WBA) has news on James Morrison’s injury, talks about his return to a former club, his respect for the job Sam Allardyce has done and his view on West Ham’s Joe Cole.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

Wigan Athletic v Norwich City  |  #WIGNOR  |  Matchday Live >>

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on Callum McManaman and Antolin Alcaraz’s injuries, Wigan’s hopes of survival, the side’s poor results after an international break, the competition in the side for places, his respect for Norwich.

Chris Hughton (NOR) on good news regarding Alex Tettey and John Ruddy, the excitement at signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the competition up front, his respect for Roberto Martinez.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

5.30pm Everton v Stoke City  |  #EVESTK  |  Matchday Live >>

David Moyes (EVE) on the possibility of having Phil Jagiełka and Tim Howard back in the match-day squad, the Premier League run-in and the challenge of taking on Stoke City.

Tony Pulis (STK) on his side's display against West Brom, the importance of home support, his side's performances this season and the job David Moyes has done at Everton.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

Sunday 31 March

1.30pm Aston Villa v Liverpool  |  #AVLLIV  |  Matchday Live >>

Paul Lambert (AVL) on Stiliyan Petrov, a year on from the diagnosis of leukaemia, Andreas Weimann’s contract renewal, on his club’s winning run, the challenge from Liverpool and the support from Villa’s fans. Go to Matchday Live for team news.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on the importance of finishing the season well, the Southampton result, what the loss to Aston Villa at Anfield did for his side and his respect for Paul Lambert. Team news to follow.

Monday 1 April

8pm Fulham v Queens Park Rangers  |  #FULQPR  | Matchday Live >>

Martin Jol (FUL) press conference to follow.

Harry Redknapp (QPR) on his January signings, Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas, Christopher Samba and Loic Remy, the important role for Adel Taarabt, the type of players needed, their chances of avoiding the drop.

Go to Matchday Live for team news.

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Key Points

  • There are eight Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, one on Sunday and another on Monday
  • Highlights are Sunderland v Man Utd, Southampton v Chelsea and Aston Villa v Liverpool
  • Follow team news, press conferences and head-to-head stats on Matchday Live