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The Essential Football Podcast is your one-stop shop for the best analysis and opinion from across the Premier League and beyond. Mark your cards for the weekend preview and review, plus special episodes with Sky Sports' pundits, reporters and writers.

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    Premier League Weekend Wrap: Hat-trick heroes Haaland and Foden stun Man Utd | Are Arsenal in the title race? | Liverpool start slow again

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 42:41

    Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight.PART ONE | There's only one place to start and that's Manchester City's 6-3 Manchester derby win over rivals Manchester United. We hear from Kevin De Bruyne, Pep Guardiol and Erik ten Hag before Gary Neville and Roy Keane have their say on events at the Etihad Stadium. Peter Smith, Nick Wright and Ben Ground, who covered the game for Sky Sports' digital platforms, dissect the game, from City's hat-trick heroes in Erling Haaland and Phil Foden to another slow United start and Cristiano Ronaldo's non-selection.PART TWO | Arsenal have the north London bragging rights after a 3-1 victory over rivals Spurs. Are Mikel Arteta's side in the title race? Sam Blitz and Nick Wright have their say. We then round up the rest of Saturday's action as Liverpool are held again this time by Brighton, Connor Gallagher returns to break Crystal Palace hearts and hand Graham Potter a first win a Chelsea boss, and there are wins fro Newcastle, Everton and West Ham.And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

    Derby Day weekend: Who will reign victorious in Manchester and North London? Plus: Graham Potter's league bow and managers under pressure

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 52:02

    In this week's Essential Football Premier League preview Ron Walker, Pete Smith and Joe Shread take an in-depth look at the first Manchester and North London derbies of the season.PART ONE | Both sides come into Sunday's Manchester derby in fine form - have we seen the best of Man City so far, and how has Erik Ten Hag turned Man Utd's fortunes around so quickly? There's some big claims over Erling Haaland's brilliance already - and that of unlikely hero Lisandro Martinez too.PART TWO | Who has the upper hand going into Saturday's North London derby? Arsenal's Thomas Partey stats lay bare how important his fitness will be to Mikel Arteta, while Heung-Min Son's sudden resurgence is also on the agenda. Despite only leading them for one game, there's some talking points from the type of Chelsea side we can expect to see - and the tough challenge facing them at Selhurst Park on Saturday.PART THREE | Some of the question marks hanging over Brendan Rodgers' Leicester future, and Steve Cooper's at Nottingham Forest, are answered ahead of the pair going head-to-head on Monday Night Football. Plus those around Steven Gerrard, whose Aston Villa side face a potential crunch clash at Leeds on Super Sunday.

    Gary Neville Q&A on those Super League plans, why it is time for change in English football and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 18:35

    In this in-depth interview with Sky Sports to coincide with the release of his new book The People's Game: A View from A Front Seat in Football, Gary Neville talks us through those Super League plans and why he believes it is time for English football to change...

    England 3-3 Germany: Rollercoaster draw assessed | What it means for the World Cup | Who boosted their chances of making the squad?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 24:52

    After England's rollercoaster 3-3 draw with Germany in their final game before the 2022 World Cup, Peter Smith is joined by Charlotte Marsh at Wembley to discuss where the game now leaves Gareth Southgate's side ahead of Qatar, who impressed for a place on the plane and who could potentially miss out... Plus we hear from the England manager himself as he assesses the Nations League fixture and how coming through a tough period could be a positive for his side going into the tournament.

    Essential Football: England's final World Cup warm-up, questions for Southgate, Nations League relegation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 60:12

    Ahead of England's final games ahead of November's World Cup opener, Essential Football looks forward to the Three Lions taking on Italy and Germany as they look to avoid relegation from the top tier of the Nations League.Ron Walker and Peter Smith are joined by Sky Sports News' Rob Dorsett to discuss how much the pressure has risen on Gareth Southgate in 14 short months since the Euro 2022 final, where his biggest squad headaches are and how he approaches the two Nations League matches, with a number of his first-choice players not featuring for their clubs.Sky Sports digital football writers Adam Bate and Sam Blitz then join the party with their England XIs as we debate who should be in Southgate's line-up to face Iran in two months time.

    Premier League weekend wrap: Son sizzles, will Rodgers go? Arsenal return to the top, Everton earn big three points

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 19:36

    Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight.PART ONE | Can Brendan Rodgers keep his job after a second big defeat in a row? Heung-Min Son provided the perfect reaction to being dropped with a 13-minute hat-trick in a 6-2 Spurs win over Leicester on Saturday Night Football, with Jack Wilkinson there to give us his view on the North London goal-fest. Rivals Arsenal weren't to be outdone and romped to a 3-0 win at Brentford on Super Sunday - leading to some high praise from opposition boss Thomas Frank, and Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright.PART TWO | At the seventh time of asking, Everton finally earned their first win of the season by beating David Moyes' beleaguered West Ham 1-0. Hear from Moyes on their struggles, as well as guest Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's views on the Toffees' upturn in form. Elsewhere, Adam Bate was our man at Molineux as Erling Haaland scored (again) in Man City's 3-0 win at Wolves. Plus, Steve Cooper explained why his Nottm Forest side would need time after a fourth defeat in a row to Fulham on Friday Night.PART 3 | The Eddie Howe derby between Newcastle and Bournemouth ended level at St James' Park - but Cherries caretaker boss Gary O'Neil wasn't totally satisfied about taking a point from the Magpies fortress. Plus, Adam Bate explains why Aston Villa vs Southampton was an especially tough watch.And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

    WSL season preview: The WSL is back! Will Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City dominate again or could someone break the top three stranglehold?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 44:03

    With the WSL returning this weekend, Charlotte Marsh is joined by Caroline Barker and Anton Toloui to preview the upcoming season.PART 1 | Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City's differing summer business analysed as the Blues prepare to defend another WSL title. Charlotte, Caroline and Anton discuss how Chelsea have strengthened again as Arsenal take a more measured approached. Meanwhile, it's been all change at Man City.PART 2 | With Tottenham and Man Utd starting the season on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, the podcast discusses how their summers will help improve the squads. Liverpool also return to the WSL and Everton start life under Brian Sorensen. Plus, who could potentially struggle this season?

    Premier League Weekend Wrap: VAR takes centre stage | Liverpool and City drop more points | Resurgent Man Utd end Arsenal's winning start

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 28:53

    Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight.PART ONE | Liverpool drop more points after they were held to a frantic 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. Ben Grounds reflects on the game, which Conor Cody denied a fairytale winner against his former club after a lengthy VAR check. That wasn't the only VAR check of the day! VAR took centre stage on Saturday, and not in a good way! We reflect on a series of decisions that infuriated managers, players, pundits and fans alike. We hear from Sam Blitz and Zinny Boswell on the VAR controversy at Stamford Bridge, plus West Ham boss David Moyes and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel give their verdicts. Finally, Nick Wright reviews Spurs' win against Fulham.PART TWO | Super Sunday saw Brighton hammer Leicester to increase the pressure on Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers insists he will fight on despite a fifth straight defeat, while Lewis Jones gives his match verdict from the Amex Stadium. Then we move to Old Trafford where Manchester United's resurgence continued at the expense of league leaders Arsenal. Christian Eriksen reveals what's behind the change at united before former Arsenal star Paul Merson offers up some positives for the Gunners, despite their perfect start to the season ending. Last but not least, the Super Sunday panel discuss who will finish the season higher, Manchester United or Arsenal…And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

    20 years of Transfer Deadline Day: How has it changed English football? | A Deadline Day in the life on Sky Sports News

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 45:19

    With another Transfer Deadline Day upon us we look back on 20 years of the transfer window in the Premier League and how it has changed English football - and continues to evolve from year to year at the end of the top-flight's most expensive ever summer.PART 1 | Sky Sports News transfer gurus Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol join Peter Smith to discuss whether the transfer window has ever been as big as it is now, what sparks so much interest in transfers, how the window has changed the way clubs operate and whether there may ever be a return to season-round signings.PART 2 | Reporter Paul Gilmour tells Ron Walker about the inner workings of a Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports News, how to cut out the noise on the big breaking stories as the transfer window draws to a close, the life of a Training Ground reporter in the final hours of the window - his favourite memories of Deadline Days gone by.

    Premier League weekend wrap: Liverpool equal historic win | Man City's dramatic comeback | Arsenal stay perfect

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 21:49

    Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top flight.PART ONE | Liverpool crisis? What crisis. Jurgen Klopp's side made history with a record-equalling 9-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, leaving Cherries boss Scott Parker pleading for new signings. There was a tougher afternoon for Man City who came back from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace, but boss Patrick Vieira still left the Etihad proud of his side. Plus, Nick Wright and Dan Sansom reflect on victories for Arsenal and Manchester United on Saturday. PART TWO | Chelsea's season improved with a 2-1 win over Leicester, with Joe Shread impressed with the early signs of a Sterling-James combination, while Brighton's continued bright start had Lewis Jones wide-eyed about Pascal Gross. Harry Kane spoke to Sky Sports after netting his 200th Premier League goal in Spurs' 2-0 win at Nottm Forest, and Bruno Lage and Eddie Howe both felt they should have won as Wolves and Newcastle drew 1-1 at Molineux.PART THREE | What's going wrong for Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa? He told Sky Sports the responsibility for their poor form lay on his shoulders after a 1-0 reverse at home to West Ham, while Thomas Frank didn't hold back on his assessment of Brentford's 1-1 draw with Everton.And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

    Can Nottingham Forest cause an upset against Spurs? Michael Dawson's Super Sunday preview | Exclusive interview with Antonio Conte

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 27:22

    In the latest episode of Essential Football, we preview the Super Sunday clash between Nottingham Forest and Tottenham.PART ONE | Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports pundit Michael Dawson, who is no stranger to Nottingham Forest or Tottenham, having played for both clubs during his career. The defender discusses Forest's huge summer overhaul and their solid start to life back in the Premier League before giving his thoughts on what Tottenham should be aiming for under Antonio Conte this season.PART TWO | Jack Wilkinson sits down with Spurs boss Conte, who talks about his side's development, closing the gap to the sides at the top of the Premier League, facing newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, and his Champions League record following the group stage draw on Thursday.

    Chelsea in transition: The Blues' overhaul examined | Havertz on slip-ups and slang

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 56:50

    Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour and football journalist Joe Shread to analyse a summer of change at Chelsea on and off the pitch and what they can achieve this season after a mixed start to the campaign. We discuss the transfer business that has been done and the potential moves which could come before Deadline Day. Plus we hear from inside the camp, with an exclusive interview with Chelsea forward Kai Havertz, who lifts the lid on the mood in the camp after defeat at Leeds, his preferred role in the front three, and learning the local lingo in west London.

    Premier League Weekend Wrap: Saint-Maximin terrorises City | Leeds stun Chelsea | Arsenal's perfect start

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 24:32

    Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top flight.PART ONE | Newcastle once again displayed their impressive credentials under Eddie Howe with a 3-3 draw against champions Man City at St James' Park. Pep Guardiola and Micah Richards heap praise on Allain Saint-Maximin's part in the result, while we're also at Elland Road and the London Stadium, where Adam Bate and Zinny Boswell watched impressive afternoons for Leeds and Brighton - but less-so for Chelsea and West Ham.PART TWO | On Saturday in the Premier League, Harry Kane became a history maker with his 250th Tottenham goal against Wolves. Lewis Jones talks us through the lunch-time kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while we also look back at Arsenal's 3-0 win over Bournemouth, with Mikel Arteta's assessment of the afternoon and Jamie Redknapp's views on how the Gunners have improved.PART THREE | There was another first on Saturday afternoon as Fulham hosted Brentford in the top flight for the first time, while we also hear the fall-out from a another tough day's work for Everton which left Frank Lampard frustrated with his side's finishing. He's not the only manager under pressure - hear from Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard on his problem with penalties and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers' concerns over the Foxes squad after disappointing results against Crystal Palace and Southampton.And that's your Premier League weekend wrap!

    Man Utd vs Liverpool special: Jamie Carragher's big-game preview | Exclusive interview with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 26:43

    In the latest episode of Essential Football, we take an in-depth look at the Monday Night Football clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.PART ONE | Oliver Yew is joined by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who discusses how both Manchester United and Liverpool will set up at Old Trafford, Casemiro's imminent arrival and Cristiano Ronaldo's future and Liverpool's slow start. The former Liverpool defender analyses where the game Monday's huge showdown could be won or lost and gives his big-game prediction.PART TWO | Peter Smith sits down with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who discusses Roberto Firmino's return, Liverpool fans' new place on the club's board and his preparations for Monday's big showdown and how United will set up under Erik ten Hag.

    Arsenal on the rise: How Mikel Arteta's overhaul of the Gunners is beginning to pay off

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 32:48

    Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports football journalists Sam Blitz and Joe Shread to analyse Arsenal's promising start to the season and just where it could take them this term. The panel reflect on Gabriel Jesus' big impact, Mikel Arteta's tactical and personnel changes, and the team's connection with a fanbase which is optimistic again. Plus, we discuss where else Arsenal will look to strengthen in the final weeks of the transfer window as they look to mount a charge for a top-four finish.

    Premier League Weekend Wrap: Man Utd's melancholic malaise | Chaos at Chelsea-Spurs | Jesus rises Arsenal | Gerrard 1-0 Lampard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 18:19

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 35:24

    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.

    Man Utd special: What's going on at Old Trafford?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 37:40

    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 Glazer family ownership is hindering true progress.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 24:49

    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 THREE | 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!

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 86:42

    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.

    England beat Germany to win Euro 2022 | How the Lionesses were crowned champions | What does it mean for women's football in the UK?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 60:50

    Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui are back for the final Sky Sports Women's Euros podcast of the series as they reflect on England's Euro 2022 final victory. The pair analyse the game itself and the key players – including Player of the Match Keira Walsh - plus the impact it will have on women's football in the UK. Plus, we hear from Euro 2022 winners Jill Scott, Leah Williamson, Hannah Hampton and head coach, Sarina Wiegman.

    England vs Germany preview: Heavyweights meet in Euro 2022 final | Where the game could be won and lost | Can the Lionesses win the Euros?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 46:24

    Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui are back with the penultimate Sky Sports Women's Euros podcast as they look ahead to a massive final as England take on Germany at Wembley on Sunday.The pair look at where the game could be won and lost both on and off the field, and make their predictions, asking the question: Can England win Euro 2022?Plus, we hear from Jill Scott and Keira Walsh ahead of the final, plus messages of support from Jurgen Klopp and former Lionesses manager Phil Neville.

    England reach Euro 2022 final | Russo's audacious brilliance | How the Lionesses saw off Sweden challenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 50:45

    Charlotte and Anton are back after another huge night for England who beat Sweden 4-0 to reach the Euro 2022 final at Wembley.The pair take a look back at just how England recovered from a nervous start to sweep Sweden aside, including THAT goal from Alessia Russo. Plus, they look at where it went wrong for the Swedes.Anton also chats to Russo, Beth Mead, Ellen White and Sweden's Magdalena Eriksson to get their reaction on Tuesday night's dramatic semi.

    Semi-final preview: What can England expect from Sweden? | Will the QFs have an impact? | Plus pragmatic Germany face free-flowing France

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 48:39

    As the 2022 Euros reach the semi-final stages, Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui are back to have a look at the two enticing games coming up this week.Firstly, hosts England take on Sweden on Tuesday, but what can the Lionesses expect from the No 2-ranked side in the world?Germany then face France on Wednesday, with two differing styles – one of pragmatism and efficiency and the other of free-flowing and sometimes chaotic play – clashing at the Stadium MK. Plus, Charlotte and Anton discuss a tight quarter-final stage and whether they will have an impact on the final four.

    Reaction from Brighton as Stanway's screamer sends England through | Did streetwise Spain show how to beat the hosts?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 39:24

    Charlotte and Anton are joined by Ron Walker in Brighton to dissect and discuss England's incredible quarter-final victory over Spain.The team run through the positives and negatives from the game and take a quick look ahead to who might await the hosts in the semi-finals.We also hear from England goalscorers Georgia Stanway and Ella Toone who stopped by for a chat with Anton.

    Sky Sports Women's Euros podcast: Who impressed in the group stages? | Can England cope with Spain? | The remaining quarter-finals analysed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 44:29

    With the group stages done and the quarter-finals almost upon us, Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui are joined by The Telegraph's Tom Garry for the latest Sky Sports Women's Euros podcast.The trio look back on an exciting group stage, and pick their standout player, best game and the team that impressed the most.Plus with England set to face pre-tournament favourites Spain on Wednesday, they discuss how the Lionesses might tackle the task and whether they can beat Jorge Vilda's side.There are some tasty quarter-final fixtures for the remainder of the week too as Charlotte, Anton and Tom discusses the ins and outs of the remaining knockout fixtures.

    N Ireland 0-5 England: Lionesses shine without Sarina | Should Russo start? | Where do Northern Ireland go from here?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 38:37

    The Sky Sports Women's Euros podcast is back after the completion of Group A, with Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui joined by Sky Sports News' Paul Gilmour to discuss England's win over Northern Ireland.The trio take a look at how the Lionesses fared without Sarina Wiegman, after the coach was left out due to Covid, and how it might impact quarter-final preparations. We also hear from captain Leah Williamson on how the squad have adapted.Plus, a look at some of the players who starred for both sides at St Mary's and Paul discusses where Northern Ireland go from here after their first major tournament.

    England 8-0 Norway: What just happened?! England turn it on against Norway | NI exit Euros after Austria defeat | Fab France

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 36:36

    Charlotte and Anton try to digest just how England beat Norway 8-0 in what was the biggest ever win for a single team at any European Championships.Plus, we hear from player of the match, Beth Mead, Jill Scott and Ellen White, who spoke to Anton after the game.Northern Ireland exited the Euros after their 2-0 defeat to Austria, we take a look at how it might impact Friday's British showdown against England.With France and Germany also impressing in the group stages, Charlotte and Anton also discuss their upcoming fixtures and how they might fare later in the tournament.

    England 1-0 Austria: Takeaways from Lionesses opener | How will Northern Ireland fare against Norway? | Alexia Putellas out for Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 27:30

    After England began their Euro 2022 campaign with a 1-0 win against Austria, Charlotte and Anton dissect the game and run through the positives and negatives.Plus, we hear from England striker Ellen White, who spoke to Anton in the mixed zone after the match.Next up in Group A, Northern Ireland take on Norway so we take a look at how they might fare in their first ever major tournament outing.The absence of Alexia Putellas has also sent shockwaves through the tournament, we predict how it might affect Spain.

    Women's Euros preview: Conundrums for Wiegman and England | NI set to make history | The view from the Netherlands, Spain and beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 89:23

    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.

    Women's Euros Podcast: England media day – Fran Kirby selection | Jill Scott, the north east's fastest paper girl | Downtime with Lionesses

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 42:59

    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.

    The Sky Sports Women's Euros Podcast is here! Here's what to expect

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 1:34

    With Euro 2022 fast approaching, here's what you can expect from the podcast.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 19:26

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 57:04

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 43:43

    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.

    Commentators' special: Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne and Bill Leslie reveal all about commentary and look back at the Premier League season

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 60:20

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 34:34

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 16:36

    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.

    North London derby special: Antonio Conte exclusive & Alan Smith's preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 29:44

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 51:52

    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!

    Will Liverpool & Man City's Champions League results impact the title race? | The relegation battle continues | Fulham, Bournemouth assessed

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 42:41

    In the latest episode of the Essential Football Podcast, Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright, Sky Sports News reporter Ben Ransom and Sky Sports EFL expert Dan Long to discuss all the talking points ahead of another busy weekend of Premier League football.PART ONE | The panel reflect on differing Champions League fortunes for Liverpool and Manchester City in midweek. Liverpool overcame a bit of a scare to power past Villarreal, while Real Madrid produced an epic comeback to knock out Pep Guardiola's side. Will those results have any impact on the Premier League title race as Jurgen Klopp's side prepare to face Tottenham and City hist Newcastle?PART TWO | Burnley's turnaround, Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible goal scoring form, Everton's poor away record, Arsenal's chase for the Champions League and Leeds' relegation concerns are also up for discussion as continue to look ahead at the weekend's action in the top-flight.PART THREE | Finally, the guys by Dan Long to look at what Fulham and Bournemouth can bring to the Premier League after winning promotion back to the top-flight. With the final day of the regular Championship season this weekend, who will join Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield in the play-offs and who will eventually seal promotion at Wembley?All that, and much, much more! 

    Mikel Arteta special: Arsenal's transfer plans, why they can't copy Liverpool's route to the top and how his project is shaping up

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 30:05

    In the latest episode of the Essential Football Podcast, Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright sits down with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for an exclusive interview at the club's training centre at London Colney.Ahead the Gunners' crucial Premier League clash with West Ham - which is live on Sky Sports on Sunday - the Arsenal boss discusses how his side have adapted after injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, the club's summer transfer plans, why they cannot copy Liverpool's route to the top and how his Arsenal project is developing. Are they ahead of schedule?Arteta also talks the recent return of club legends Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry to the Emirates Stadium and the race for the top four.In Part 2, Nick is then joined by Sky Sports senior football journalist Oliver Yew to discuss the interview and all things Arsenal ahead of a crucial few weeks for the club as they bid to return to the Champions League.

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