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Friday 03 May 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 race for European places and the battle to avoid the drop continue in earnest this weekend as the plot thickens in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Nine of the clubs in action on Saturday still aim to be clear of the drop zone including Norwich City, who will be leapfrogged by Aston Villa should Paul Lambert's men resume the impressive form after rattling off six goals against Sunderland on Monday.

Newcastle United were also hit for six at the weekend and defeat at West Ham United in another of six 3pm kick-offs will not augur well for their survival. At the other end of the table Tottenham Hotspur need a win at home to Southampton to overtake provisionally North London rivals Arsenal, who travel to relegated Queens Park Rangers in the evening match.

On Sunday, Chelsea travel to Manchester United in a bid to keep the North London pack at bay as the race for Europe intensifies. Before that, at 1.30pm there is the Merseyside derby, which finds Everton hoping to make inroads into the top four reckoning by putting one over on Liverpool at Anfield, where they have not won since 1999.

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 4 May

Kick-off 3pm unless stated.

Fulham v Reading  |  #FULRDG Matchday Live >>

Martin Jol (FUL) with the latest injury news including Mladen Petric, Mahamadou Diarra’s long-term hopes of staying with Fulham despite injury, Sascha Riether’s future, the side’s recent struggles and a desire to return to winning ways. Latest team news.

Nigel Adkins (RDG) with the latest injury news, his work with Pavel Pogrebnyak, planning for next season, the draw against QPR and the task against Fulham. Team news to follow.


Norwich City v Aston Villa  |  #NORAVL Matchday Live >>

Chris Hughton (NOR) on Kei Kamara’s future, the clustered group of clubs under threat of relegation, the home support at Carrow Road and the threat posed by Villa and Christian Benteke. Latest team news.

Paul Lambert (AVL) on Christian Benteke, on fielding such a young team, the “special” rapport with the crowd, the relegation fight and his return to Norwich. Latest team news.


Swansea City v Manchester City  |  #SWAMCI  |  Matchday Live >>

Michaal Laudrup (SWA) on the side’s poor form since winning the Capital One Cup triumph, what he can learn from it and the challenge Man City present. Latest team news.

Roberto Mancini (MCI) on Samir Nasri’s form, Scott Sinclair’s future, giving youth a chance and the threat posed by Swansea. Latest team news.


Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton   |  #TOTSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

Andre Villas-Boas  (TOT) with updates on Jake Livermore and Emmanuel Adebayor’s fitness, Mousa Dembele’s recovery, on Gareth Bale’s FWA Award, the race for the top four, the development of his team, the change at Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino. Team news.

Mauricio Pochettino (SOU) on Luke Shaw’s recovery, how he expects his team to react to the defeat by West Brom, on his admiration for Gareth Bale and the multiple threat that Spurs offer. and latest team news.


West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic   |  #WBAWIG  |  Matchday Live >>

Steve Clarke (WBA) on the defeat of Southampton, on the club’s targets and facing Wigan. Team news.

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on Maynor Figueroa’s injury but Antolin Alcaraz’s recovery, the injury problems he has faced, the fight to avoid the drop, how his team’s performances are not being rewarded with points, the effect of Aston Villa’s win over Sunderland, his respect for West Brom. Team news to follow.


West Ham United v Newcastle United   |  #WHUNEW  |  Matchday Live >>

Neil McDonald (WHU) on Winston Reid’s new deal, how he has improved in defence, Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan facing their former team, the way he expects Newcastle to play. Team news to follow.

Alan Pardew (NEW) on the possible return of Fabricio Coloccini, the need to avoid thinking in fighting terms, the defeat by Liverpool, the unity in the dressing room and his return to West Ham. Team news to follow.


5.30pm Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal  |  #QPRARS  |  Matchday Live >>

Harry Redknapp (QPR) on implementing squad changes for next season, the likelihood of Joey Barton returning and the reason for QPR’s relegation this season. Latest team news.

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on Wojciech Szczesny, his own future, the importance of his side maintaining their unbeaten run and why they have been better away from home this season. Latest team news.


Sunday 5 May

1.30pm Liverpool v Everton  |  #LIVEVE  |  Matchday Live >>

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on Steven Gerrard’s injury, the importance of finishing the season on a high, maintaining the high standard set against Newcastle last week and the thrill of his first Merseyside derby at Anfield. Latest team news.

David Moyes (EVE) press conference and latest team news.


4pm Manchester United v Chelsea  |  #MUNCHE  |  Matchday Live >>

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on Paul Scholes, the title celebrations on 12 May, fielding a strong team against Chelsea, the Blues’ form and the visitors’ good record against United. Latest team news.

Rafael Benitez (CHE) on Eden Hazard’s injury, on David Luiz’s goalscoring form, how Chelsea have performed since he became manager, on having to cope with two matches a week and the strengths of Manchester United. Latest team news.


Monday 6 May

8pm Sunderland v Stoke City  |  #SUNSTK |  Matchday Live >>

Paolo Di Canio (SUN) talks about how to score goals despite missing Stephane Sessegnon through suspension, the advantage of playing at home, the errors from 6-1 defeat by Aston Villa, the relegation battle and the challenge that Stoke present. Team news to follow.

Tony Pulis (STK) on the lessons of this season, the last three matches, tempering expectation and facing Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland. Latest team news.

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Key Points

  • There are seven Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, two on Sunday and another on Monday
  • Highlights are Norwich v Aston Villa, Liverpool v Everton and Man United v Chelsea
  • Follow team news, press conferences and head-to-head stats on Matchday Live