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Saturday 17 November 2012

Matchweek 12: Premier League press conferences

Barclays Premier League managers meet the press ahead of of this weekend's encounters

Mousa Dembele has been ruled out of the north London derby against Arsenal

The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is the lunchtime clash on Saturday as Matchweek 12 of the Barclays Premier League gets under way.

You can catch up on all the latest news ahead of the weekend's matches on's Matchday Live. Only with Matchday Live can you see all the press conferences from the managers, where they provide the latest injury news, their insight on the weekend's match ahead and other topics.

Saturday 17 November 2012

3pm unless stated

12.45pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur | #ARSTOT | Matchday Live >>

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on the large number of players injured on international duty, making up lost ground, the spectacular nature of the north London derby and Tottenham's more physical threat.

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the race for fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League, regularly qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and the latest on his side's injury situation.


Liverpool v Wigan Athletic | #LIVWIG | Matchday Live >>

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) with the latest injury news, including good news on Lucas Leiva, Pepe Reina’s status at the club, transfer speculation about Luis Suarez and his respect for Roberto Martinez.

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on Franco Di Santo’s Argentina debut, Wigan’s need to develop a winning mentality, the ability of former protege Joe Allen and the difficulty of playing at Anfield.


Manchester City v Aston Villa | #MCIAVL | Matchday Live >>

Roberto Mancini (MCI) wears a David Platt mask, on why he dropped Mario Balotelli, Joe Hart's form; Edin Dzeko as substitute and comparisons with last year's form.

Paul Lambert (AVL) on Christian Benteke, the dramatic defeat by Manchester United and the mystery that are Manchester City


Newcastle United v Swansea City | #NEWSWA | Matchday Live >>

Alan Pardew (NEW) with the latest injury news including Cabaye’s injury, the burden of last season’s success, the defeat by West Ham and his respect for Swansea.

Michael Laudrup (SWA) on coping with the absence of injured players, the challenge of facing Newcastle and the importance of players not in the team keeping focused in training.


Queens Park Rangers v Southampton | #QPRSOU | Matchday Live >>

Mark Hughes (QPR) on the importance of closing matches out, handling the focus on his management and playing positively against Southampton.

Nigel Adkins (SOU) on injury news, Southampton’s sharp focus, the upbeat mood in the camp and the conviction that performances are improving.


Reading v Everton | #RDGEVE | Matchday live >>

Brian McDermott (RDG) on living in the moment, why he has so much respect for David Moyes and which Everton player he was interested in signing as a teenager.

David Moyes (EVE) on the club’s injuries, Leighton Baines’s strong form, Marouane Fellani staying put and the prospect of attaining UEFA Champions League football.


West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea | #WBACHE | Matchday Live >>

Steve Clarke (WBA) on keeping focused after his side's impressive start to the campaign and coming up against his former side Chelsea.

Roberto Di Matteo (CHE) on John Terry’s MCL strain, his time as manager at West Brom, last season’s loss at The Hawthorns and getting the sack.


5.30pm Norwich City v Manchester United | #NORMUN | Matchday Live >>

Chris Hughton (NOR) with the latest fitness injury news, the return of Steven Whittaker, the team’s solidity, how to beat Manchester United, and the anticipation of playing them.

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on doubts over Rooney and Evans, the strength of squad, Danny Welbeck’s form and United’s propensity togo behind.


Sunday 18 November 2012

4pm Fulham v Sunderland | #FULSUN | Matchday Live >>

Martin Jol (FUL) on his goalscoring targets for Dimitar Berbatov, being tougher at set pieces and why he is wary of Sunderland.

Martin O'Neill (SUN) on the injuries to Keiren Westwood and Steven Fletcher, the future of Connor Wickham and the threat posed by Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Monday 19 November 2012


8pm West Ham United v Stoke City | #WHUSTK | Matchday Live >>

Sam Allardyce (WHU) on recent good results, Andy Carroll’s goal anxiety, the key partnership between Carroll and Kevin Nolan and Stoke City's well-drilled side.

Tony Pulis (STK) on the evolution of the club and the huge sums spent on its infrastructure by the Coates family, Stoke’s unbeaten home form and '"fantastic" Sam Allardyce.

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Key Points

  • The Barclays Premier League has its 12th matchweek this weekend
  • Follow all the previews and pre-match press conferences here
  • Matchday Live offers insight to previous encounters and gives you the chance to predict the results