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Friday 23 November 2012

Matchweek 13: Premier League press conferences

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

Rafa Benitez meets the press on his first day as Chelsea manager

High-flying West Bromwich Albion visit Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime to kick-off Matchweek 13 of the Barclays Premier League, while Rafa Benitez's tenure as Chelsea manager begins with a baptism of fire against champions Manchester City on Sunday.

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 24 November 2012

3pm unless stated

12.45pm Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion | #SUNWBA | Matchday Live >>

Martin O'Neill (SUN) on Sunday's morale-boosting win at Fulham, Stephane Sessegnon's low scoring return and the excellent start West Brom have made to their season.

Steve Clarke (WBA) on Ben Foster’s injury woe, the excellence of Shane Long, the degree to which West Brom are enjoying their football and the strong competition for places at the club.


Everton v Norwich City | #EVENOR | Matchday Live >>

David Moyes (EVE) on getting the balance between defence and attack right, sharing the goals around the team and the latest on Darron Gibson's recovery.

Chris Hughton (NOR) on why he has such faith in his squad, why Goodison Park is an imposing venue and his respect for David Moyes.


Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers | #MUNQPR | Matchday Live >>

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on the importance of consistency, why Norwich deserved victory over his team last week and the reception former players receive at Old Trafford.


Stoke City v Fulham | #STKFUL | Matchday Live >>

Tony Pulis (STK) on injuries, Stoke's improving selection options, the Potters' 'bad luck' in front of goal and the fantastic form of Dimitar Berbatov.

Martin Jol (FUL) on Fulham’s injuries, whether to opt for Hugo Rodallega or Martin Petric alongside Dimitar Berbatov and Stoke's strong home form.


Wigan Athletic v Reading | #WIGRDG | Matchday Live >>

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on Ben Watson’s recovery, Wigan’s tactical flexibility, respect for Reading and the need to rediscover winning ways.

Brian McDermott (RDG) on the fitness of Alex McCarthy, Danny Guthrie, Jem Karacan and Jimmy Kebe; the togetherness of the forwards; how beating Everton did not change the mood at the club.


5.30pm Aston Villa v Arsenal | #RDGEVE | Matchday live >>

Paul Lambert (AVL) on the form of Enda Stevens, how his side performed in the recent matches against the Manchester clubs and the challenge of taking on Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on Jack Wilshere’s obsession for goals, Thierry Henry's possible return, the need to develop consistency and the competitiveness of the Barclays Premier League.


Sunday 25 November 2012


1.30pm Swansea City v Liverpool | #SWALIV | Matchday Live >>

Michael Laudrup (SWA) on the reaction Brendan Rodgers will receive at the Liberty Stadium and trying to contain Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on the latest injury news, including Andre Wisdom, the prospect of Lucas Leiva's return and his return to Swansea City.

3pm Southampton v Newcastle United | #SOUNEW | Matchday Live >>

Nigel Adkins (SOU) on building on the victory over Queens Park Rangers, the form of Jason Puncheon and the support he has received from the club.

Alan Pardew (NEW) on his side's extensive injury list, the need to pick up points and his feelings ahead of his return to Southampton.


4pm Chelsea v Manchester City | #CHEMCI | Matchday Live >>

In his first press conference Rafa Benitez (CHE) discusses the reason he took the Chelsea job, his rapport with the fans, the captaincy of John Terry and the attitude of Fernando Torres.

Roberto Mancini (MCI) on Manchester City's first-half travails, the strength of Chelsea, the difficulty of playing a team who has just changed manager and the form of Fernando Torres.


4pm Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United | #TOTWHU | Matchday Live >>

Sam Allardyce (WHU) on striving to improve, why the next set of matches will provide a benchmark for his side and looking forward to the London derby.

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Key Points

  • The Barclays Premier League has its 13th 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