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Will Spurs land a rare win at Chelsea? Jamie Redknapp’s big match preview | Exclusive interview with Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta

In this week’s Essential Football episode we take an in-depth look at the blockbuster London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday. PART ONE | Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who explains how Antonio Conte has turned Tottenham into a ‘real force’, the three transfers which will guarantee Chelsea a top-four finish and analyses where Sunday’s clash will be won and lost. PART TWO | Sam Blitz sits down with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta to hear about his contract negotiations this summer, how Conte changed his position when he was in charge in west London, and how the Blues' backline can stop Tottenham’s formidable attack.

Aug 12
Man Utd special: What’s going on at Old Trafford?

Sky Sports News’ senior reporter Melissa Reddy joins Sky Sports football journalist Jack Wilkinson to dissect Erik ten Hag’s tumultuous start to life at Manchester United, what Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and the club’s erratic transfer policy says about the recruitment strategy at Old Trafford, and how the parasitic Glazer family ownership is hindering true progress.

Aug 10
Premier League Weekend Wrap: Haaland's scintillating debut | Ten Hag's disastrous start | Liverpool's stuttering opening

Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, player interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top flight. PART ONE | Arsenal faced Crystal Palace in the season curtain raiser and Mikel Arteta's side produced a resilient performance, securing a 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park. We hear from Gunners defender William Saliba, who finally made his long-awaited competitive debut for the club, and Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville analyse the Frenchman's man of the match display. PART TWO | On Saturday in the Premier League, Liverpool stuttered to a 2-2 draw at Fulham. Ben Grounds gives his final whistle verdict from Craven Cottage. We hear from Laura Hunter on Bournemouth's 2-0 win over Aston Villa, while Declan Olley reviews Spurs' emphatic 4-1 win over Southampton. Finally, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Everton manager Frank Lampard react to the Blues' 1-0 win at Goodison Park. PART 3 | Super Sunday was all about the Manchester clubs, who had differing success on the opening weekend. Manchester United were stunned by By a 2-1 defeat to Brighton. We hear from former United captain Roy Keane, new United boss Erik ten Hag, Brighton boss Graham Potter and Sky Sports features writer Adam Bate on United's disastrous start at Old Trafford. Attention then turns to Manchester City's 2-0 win at West Ham. All eyes were on new striker Erling Haaland, and he didn't disappoint. We hear from the Norwegian striker, City boss Pep Guardiola, the Super Sunday panel of Roy Keane, Karen Carney and Micah Richards and Sky Sports' Nick Wright on Haaland's scintillating debut. And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

Aug 07
Haaland bags brace for City | Defeat for Ten Hag on debut | Keane 'Haaland like Ronaldo'

David Jones is joined by Gary Neville, Micah Richards, Roy Keane and Karen Carney to look back on a busy day of Premier League action - including Erling Haaland's goal-scoring debut for Manchester City.

Aug 07
SNF | Jorginho secures Chelsea win | Tuchel: We need to get better | Lampard: We were unlucky

Kelly Cates is joined in the SNF studio by Jamie Redknapp and Duncan Ferguson to reflect on a rare victory for Chelsea as a Jorginho penalty earns Blues first win at Goodison Park since 2017.

Aug 06
FNF | Arsenal too strong for Palace in opening night win | Saliba’s debut impresses Carra

Kelly Cates presents the first Friday Night Football of the 2022/23 Premier League season and is joined by both Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher as they analyse Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace. Carragher was particularly impressed with William Saliba’s debut as the youngster was named man of the match. There is also reaction from Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira.

Aug 05
Premier League 2022/23 season preview: Can anyone stop City & Liverpool? | Surprise teams & potential strugglers | Behind the scenes at Sky

The Premier League is back – with a World Cup twist in the middle of it – and in this special preview podcast we take a look at how the 20 teams are shaping up for a mammoth campaign. Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports senior football journalists Peter Smith and Oliver Yew as well as football writer and EFL expert Dan Long to run the rule over new signings, familiar faces and their battles set to play out at both ends of the table. Plus we sit down with Sky Sports presenter David Jones to find out what life is like on set with the game’s biggest names in punditry. Part One | The Big Six have been busy this summer with significant changes taking place at all of the top sides. Champions Man City and their nearest rivals last season, Liverpool, have both signed superstar strikers, while Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are optimistic about their chances – but is there trouble ahead for Chelsea? Part Two | We get the lowdown on the three new arrivals in the Premier League, Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest and try to work out which teams will emerge from the pack to spring a surprise. Part Three | We go behind the scenes with Sky Sports presenter David Jones to hear his stories from the studio ahead of another blockbuster season on screen.

1h 26m
Aug 04
Women’s Euros preview: Conundrums for Wiegman and England | NI set to make history | The view from the Netherlands, Spain and beyond

With the Women’s Euros fast approaching, Sky Sports’ senior football journalist Charlotte Marsh and Sky Sports News’ England reporter Anton Toloui bring you a bumper tournament preview. PART 1 | Charlotte and Anton chat all things England, but did the three friendlies post more questions than they answered? Plus the pair make their predictions for the tournament. PART 2 | Sky Sports News’ Paul Gilmour brings us the latest from the Northern Ireland camp ahead of their first major international tournament, including insight on Marissa Callaghan’s injury and how Kenny Shiels is preparing his side. PART 3 | Taking in the view from around Europe, with journalists Alex Ibaceta and Jess Parker Humphreys discussing some of the tournament favourites, including Spain, Germany and France. Plus, NOS presenter Suse Van Kleef brings us the latest on reigning European champions, the Netherlands.

1h 29m
Jul 01
Women’s Euros Podcast: England media day – Fran Kirby selection | Jill Scott, the north east’s fastest paper girl | Downtime with Lionesses

In the first episode of the Sky Sports Women’s Euros podcast, Sky Sports’ senior football journalist Charlotte Marsh and Sky Sports News’ England reporter Anton Toloui look back on a busy England Women media day at St George’s Park. Fran Kirby discussed her return to the Lionesses set-up, with goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and Nikita Parris also revealing how they reacted to the news that they will be going to Euro 2022. Plus, after Ellen White said Steph Houghton will be cheering the squad on from home, Charlotte and Anton chat how the Lionesses might fare without their former captain. Jill Scott also reveals how she earned the title of ‘fastest paper girl in the north east’ and the England players chat about how they use their downtime while in camp.

Jun 22
My Greatest Goal | Paolo di Canio's sublime volley

Paolo di Canio, Harry Redknapp and Neil Sullivan recall the Italian's sublime volley for West Ham against Wimbledon in 2000.

Jun 11
My Greatest Goal | Troy Deeney's play-off winner

Troy Deeney, Manuel Almunia and Andy King discuss Watford's dramatic winner against Leicester in the 2013 Championship playoff semi-final.

Jun 10
My Greatest Goal | Patjim Kasami's stunning finish

Patjim Kasami, Darren Bent and Damien Delaney look back at the Swiss striker's incredible goal for Fulham against Crystal Palace from 2013.

Jun 09
My Greatest Goal | Jermain Defoe's derby delight

Jermain Defoe, Ryan Taylor and Martin Tyler look back to the 2015 Tyne-Wear derby and Defoe's stunning winner for Sunderland against Newcastle.

Jun 08
My Greatest Goal | Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick

Olivier Giroud, Martin Tyler and Wayne Hennessey look back at the former Arsenal striker's stunning 'scorpion kick' finish from 2017.

Jun 07
Champions League final reaction: Real complete incredible run | Liverpool denied by Courtois | Pre-match chaos

On the Essential Football podcast we react to Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool, which came courtesy of Vinicius Jnr’s second half goal. But that’s only part of the story on a dramatic night. Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports’ Nick Wright and Adam Bate from inside the Stade de France to dissect the big talking points. The panel reflect on the twists and turns on the pitch, picking out the standout performers and fine margins which swung it the Spanish side’s way, and also discuss the off-field issues, which saw Liverpool supporters struggle to get into the stadium and the match delayed by 37 minutes. We also analyse what this result means for how Liverpool’s season as a whole will be assessed – and how they bounce back from this disappointment in 2022/23.

May 29
Champions League final special: Alexander-Arnold vs Vinicius, records on the line, the view from Madrid and the latest from Paris

In a Champions League final preview special of the Essential Football Podcast, host Ron Walker is joined by a trio of guests to look ahead to the European club showpiece of the season as Liverpool take on 13-time winners Real Madrid in Paris. Sky Sports digital football journalists Richard Morgan and Nick Wright talk us through where the game will be won and lost for Liverpool, whether their Premier League title battle will put them at a disadvantage and how Trent Alexander-Arnold and Vinicius Junior will be a key battle at the Stade de France. Spanish football expert Ben Hayward also joins us to give us the mood from Madrid, where Carlo Ancelotti has been able to rest a number of his key players ahead of the final, and could make his own history if he becomes the first manager to lift the European Cup four times. Ben also explains why Real Madrid have become so synonymous with Champions League success – and what has driven their sensational never-say-die attitude this season. Finally, Sky Sports features writer Adam Bate dials in from the French capital to update us on the latest on the atmosphere in Paris as well as explaining how the temperature could play its part, and give his prediction for Saturday’s spectacle.

May 27
Final day special: Man City’s dramatic title win | Tottenham’s top-four place | Leeds’ survival as Burnley drop

On the Essential Football podcast we look back on an incredible climax to the Premier League season. We hear reports from every game up and down the country before Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football journalists Sam Blitz and Joe Shread to dissect the big talking points. In Part One, after hearing the final-whistle verdict from around the grounds, we discuss Manchester City’s dramatic title win and Liverpool’s near miss and how those two teams have pushed each other to such high levels. And in Part Two, Tottenham’s turnaround under Antonio Conte is in the spotlight, while we ask what Arsenal need to do to maintain their upward curve. We also reflect on a bad day for Burnley, following their relegation to the Championship, as Leeds salvage their top-flight status. Plus, we share our moments of the season.

May 23
City crowned Premier League Champions | Keane, Neville, Richards and Redknapp react to incredible end of season

David Jones is joined by Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp at the Etihad stadium as they look back on how the Premier League title was won in dramatic fashion as Manchester City came from two down to win late on against Aston Villa.

1h 33m
May 22
Commentators' special: Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne and Bill Leslie reveal all about commentary and look back at the Premier League season

In the latest episode of the Essential Football podcast, Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports football commentators Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne and Bill Leslie ahead of the final weekend of the Premier League season. In Part One, the trio reveal all about commentary, talking the ins and outs of the day job, how they got started and the challenges they face on the gantry! And in Part Two, Tyler, Hawthorne and Leslie look back at the 2021/22 Premier League season as they discuss their best moments, best goals and favourite lines of the campaign.

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May 20
Burnley take vital point from Villa Park as Everton secure safety in the Premier League

Dave Jones is joined by Stephen Ward and Dion Dublin for what was an exciting evening of football for the bottom half of the table. Everton secured a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace to secure their place in the Premier League next season, whilst Burnley took what could be a valuable point from Villa park in a thrilling 1-1 draw.

May 19
Liverpool complete comeback to take Premier League title race to final day | Carra: Salah should sign new contract!

Kelly Cates is joined by Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp to reflect on Liverpool's 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's. The result leaves Liverpool one point behind Man City going into the final day of the season.

May 17
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers: Europa League final special with Kris Boyd, James Tavernier, John Lundstram & Graeme Souness

Ahead of Rangers’ Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt, Sky Sports reporter Luke Shanley exclusively speaks to former Rangers striker Kris Boyd in Seville before hearing from captain James Tavernier, midfielder John Lundstram and ex-manager and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.

May 17
Arsenal’s top four hopes in tatters after defeat to Newcastle | Nev: Gunners can have no excuses | Carra & Nev’s MNF awards

Dave Jones is joined by both Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville for the final Monday Night Football of the 2021/22 Premier League season. During the pre-match build-up both Carragher and Neville review the weekend’s action with the focus particularly on both the title race as Manchester City dropped points at West Ham in the 2-2 draw and the relegation battle which saw Leeds snatch a point late on against Brighton whilst Everton lost 3-2 at home to Brentford. Attention then turns to the analysis of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to an Newcastle which now leaves the Gunners’ top four hopes in tatters. Neville feels they will not have a better opportunity to qualify for Champions League football and there can be no excuses from Mikel Arteta or his players. Carragher says the Magpies can push for a top four finish next season after they produced a inspired performance, he also expects them to invest during the summer transfer window. There is also reaction from Eddie Howe, Granit Xhaka and a deflated Mikel Arteta. In the final part of the show the duo pick their individual MNF awards for the best player, best young player, best new player, best coaching performance, best goal as well as their picks for the team of the season.

1h 34m
May 16
Everton stung by Brentford and Hammers hold City | Richards: Early red card cost Toffees, Souness: City and Liverpool best of any era

Micah Richards, Graeme Souness and Phil Jagielka discuss Everton's 3-2 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League as the Toffees miss the chance to ensure survival despite taking the lead against the Bees. Plus, Manchester City fight back to draw 2-2 with West Ham after being 2-0 down at half-time at the London Stadium

May 15
FA Cup special: Liverpool win more silverware | Shoot-out heartbreak again for Chelsea | Salah & VVD injuries

Following Liverpool’s epic penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final, football journalists Peter Smith, Lewis Jones and Nick Wright, who were covering the game for Sky Sports, discuss the major talking points from what was another tantalising and tremendously dramatic final.

May 14
Kane & Son punish calamitous Arsenal in NLD win

David Jones is joined by Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Keane and Theo Walcott as they discuss Tottenham's vital North London derby win over Arsenal as the race for Champions League football between the two clubs is narrowed down to a points difference.

May 12
Richards and Carney react to De Bruyne masterclass as City go three clear at the top

David Jones is joined by Micah Richards and Karen Carney to reflect on a magnificent performance by Kevin De Bruyne who scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win over Wolves which sees them only needing four more points to retain Premier League title.

May 11
North London derby special: Antonio Conte exclusive & Alan Smith’s preview

Ahead of Thursday’s season-defining North London derby, Sky Sports digital football journalist Jack Wilkinson heads to the Tottenham training ground to speak with boss Antonio Conte, before senior football journalist Oliver Yew sits down with former Gunners striker Alan Smith for the view from the red half of north London.

May 11
Liverpool keep on City's tail with 2-1 victory over Villa | Carra, Redknapp and Dublin on arrival of Haaland to the Premier League

Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Dion Dublin dissect a vital 2-1 win for Liverpool at Villa Park to keep their title hopes alive. They also cover the breaking news that Erling Haaland has secured a move to Man City and discuss what this will mean for the Premier League.

May 10
Is the Premier League title race over? Can Spurs catch Arsenal? Plus Man Utd woes, the relegation fight and WSL final-day drama

On the latest Essential Football Podcast, host Ron Walker is joined by Sam Blitz and Zinny Boswell to talk the Premier League title race as Man City took advantage of Liverpool’s slip-up to widen the gap at the top of the table, plus the race for Europe, survival and a dramatic final WSL weekend. PART 1 | Is there still hope for Liverpool, with Manchester City moving three points clear in the title race? Why have Chelsea collapsed, are Arsenal home and dry in the race for Europe or can Spurs get a result in the North London derby to cause a late upset? PART 2 | Advantage Everton in the Premier League survival race. What’s changed for Frank Lampard? Who should be more worried out of Burnley or Leeds? And we put Sam and Zinny’s knowledge of Man Utd’s woes to the test in a special game of ‘higher or lower’. PART 3 | After a dramatic final weekend in the WSL, how did Chelsea retain the title and where did it not quite happen for Arsenal? What are the takeaways from the rest of the league table and what can we expect to happen this summer? All that, and much, much more!

May 09