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Friday 19 October 2012

Matchweek 8: Premier League press conferences

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

Wigan and Swansea are looking for their first League win since the end of August

The London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea is the opening match of Matchweek 8 as the Barclays Premier League returns to action following the international break.

You can catch up on all the latest team news ahead of the weekend's matches on premierleague.com. See below for all the previews for this weekend's encounters including videos of manager press conferences.

Matchday Live also offers background on previous meetings between the two sides and you can test your skills by predicting the score in the Barclays Fanzone.

Saturday 20th October 2012

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (12.45pm) #TOTCHE

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the motivation for Tottenham to beat his former team, Chelsea's great start to the season and his team's ambitions.

Roberto Di Matteo (CHE) on Chelsea's poor record at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham's winning run and "revenge".

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Fulham v Aston Villa (3pm) #FULAVL

Martin Jol (FUL) on the possibility Dimitar Berbatov playing on Saturday, Steve Sidwell's value to the team and the threat posed by Aston Villa.

Paul Lambert (AVL) on Darren Bent, the mood in the camp and his team's need to find their cutting edge.

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Liverpool v Reading (3pm) #LIVRDG

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on Fabio Borini’s injury and on facing his former side Reading.

Brian McDermott (RDG) on being positive at Anfield, coming up against Brendan Rodgers again and returning to action after the international break.

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Manchester United v Stoke City (3pm) #MUNSTK

Sir Alex Ferguson (MUN) on United's improving fitness situation, the benefits of the diamond formation and the perils of facing Stoke.

Tony Pulis (STK) on Stoke's tough run of matches and their good record against the big sides this season.

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Swansea City v Wigan Athletic (3pm) #SWAWIG

Brian Laudrup (SWA) on trying to restore his side to winning ways, the challenge of facing a predecessor and Wigan's different tactics

Roberto Martinez (WIG) on the challenge of the international break, going back to Swansea and why the match is so important to both teams.

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West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (3pm) #WBAMCI

Steve Clarke (WBA) on injury concerns over Youssouf Mulumbu, looking forward to taking on the champions and the importance of a strong defence.

Roberto Mancini (MCI) on injuries to key players, West Brom's attractive football and how City must give it their all on Saturday.

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West Ham United v Southampton (3pm) #WHUSOU

Sam Allardyce (WHU) on his frustration at West Ham’s international players going away, how his team’s confidence and experience in the top flight is greater than Southampton’s.

Nigel Adkins (SOU) on getting his side to defend leads better and the blow of losing Gaston Ramirez to injury.

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Norwich City v Arsenal (5.30pm) #NORARS

Chris Hughton (NOR) on his players’ fitness, turning good performances into points and conceding too many goals.

Arsene Wenger (ARS) on more injuries after the international break, especially among his goalkeepers, on Jack Wilshere’s returnand adapting to life without Robin van Persie.

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Sunderland v Newcastle United (1.30pm) #SUNNEW

Martin O'Neill (SUN) on the intensity of the Tyne-Wear derby and the importance of keeping cool heads under pressure.

Alan Pardew (NEW) on the electric atmosphere of the Tyne-Wear derby and the big-name players who could make a difference.

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Queens Park Rangers v Everton (4pm) #QPREVE

Mark Hughes (QPR) on his side's improving injury list, the support he has received from the club and being confident about the future.

David Moyes (EVE) on the signing of German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger and not taking Queens Park Rangers lightly.

Watch here >>

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