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Essential Football

Podcast Series Essential Football

Every Sunday night, get yourself clued up on the weekend’s games with the Sunday Wrap, 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.

Missing your Premier League fix during the week? Across the season we’ll bring you a Wednesday feature podcast on everything from going behind the scenes on Transfer Deadline Day to One2Eleven with players past and present.

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Premier League Weekend Wrap: Record-breaking Kane downs Man City | Arsenal slip up at Everton | Wolves thump Liverpool

Premier League Weekend Wrap: Record-breaking Kane downs Man City | Arsenal slip up at Everton | Wolves thump Liverpool

Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring reporter analysis from up and down the top flight. Ron Walker and Zinny Boswell reflect on Harry Kane breaking Tottenham’s all-time scoring record as Spurs beat Manchester City, who missed the chance to close the gap on Arsenal, with Oliver Yew looking at their surprise defeat at Everton in Sean Dyche’s first game as Toffees manager. Ron Walker was also at Old Trafford as 10-man Manchester United saw off Crystal Palace, while Adam Bate witnessed Wolves thump a sorry Liverpool at Molineux. Peter Smith and Nick Wright watched Enzo Fernandez – the Premier League’s most expensive ever signing – make his debut as Chelsea were held by neighbours Fulham, while Sam Blitz saw Southampton slump at Brentford and Lewis Jones followed Brighton’s late win over Bournemouth. We also have analysis and reaction as West Ham claimed a draw at Newcastle, Nottingham Forest handed Leeds another defeat and Leicester won a thriller at Aston Villa. And that's your Premier League Weekend Wrap!

23 mins

5 February Finished

The making of Eddie Howe: From the bottom of League Two to the Carabao Cup final

The making of Eddie Howe: From the bottom of League Two to the Carabao Cup final

On the latest Essential Football episode we take a closer look at the rise of Eddie Howe. The Newcastle boss will celebrate 600 games as a manager when he takes charge of the Magpies at home to West Ham on Saturday – live on Sky Sports – as they continue their pursuit of Champions League football. Howe has also led Newcastle to their first cup final for 24 years – some rise for a manager that began his career in charge of a Bournemouth side that were bottom of the Football League and in danger of going out of business 15 years ago. Sky Sports reporters Mark McAdam – who worked with Howe at Bournemouth - and Keith Downie join Peter Smith to discuss the standout moments in the manager’s career, what he’s like away from the dugout, and what the future holds.

38 mins

1 February Finished

Premier League Weekend Wrap: Arsenal edge United in thriller | Haaland on course for 50 goals | Pressure builds on Lampard at Everton

Premier League Weekend Wrap: Arsenal edge United in thriller | Haaland on course for 50 goals | Pressure builds on Lampard at Everton

Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight. Richard Morgan looks back at a thrilling contest between Arsenal and Manchester United, which saw the Gunners maintain their five-point lead to Man City at the top of the Premier League with a 3-2 victory. Can Arsenal be stopped in their quest to bring the title back to north London? Erling Haaland and Man City will be doing their utmost to stop Mikel Arteta’s side. They beat Wolves 3-0 as Haaland scored yet another hat-trick and Adam Bate gives his reaction to the Norwegian’s scoring exploits. There’s analysis from the 0-0 draws between Liverpool and Chelsea and Crystal Palace, while Lewis Jones reacts to what could prove to be a crucial win for West Ham and David Moyes against Everton. Defeat leaves the Toffees deep in the relegation mire and Frank Lampard under huge pressure. We also hear about wins for Aston Villa and draws between Leicester and Brighton, Leeds and Brentford, and Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. And that's your Premier League Weekend Wrap!

15 mins

22 January Finished

Premier League Weekend Wrap: Derby bragging rights for Man Utd and Arsenal | Problems continue for Everton and Liverpool

Premier League Weekend Wrap: Derby bragging rights for Man Utd and Arsenal | Problems continue for Everton and Liverpool

Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring reporter analysis and manager reaction from up and down the top-flight Peter Smith looks back at Manchester United’s derby win over Man City. Are United now in the title race? Arsenal extended their lead at the top of a table with a derby win of their own. Mikel Arteta’s side beat Tottenham 2-0 to open up an eight-point gap. Nick Wright gives his verdict on a pulsating North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium. There’s reaction from Newcastle’s late win against Fulham and Chelsea’s much-needed victory against Crystal Palace, while there is analysis of the continued problems on Merseyside as Liverpool lost to Brighton and Everton were defeated by Southampton. We also hear about wins for Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Brentford. And that's your Premier League Weekend Wrap!

18 mins

15 January Finished

Premier League return: Why it won't just be a 'World Cup hangover' affecting Qatar returnees

Premier League return: Why it won't just be a 'World Cup hangover' affecting Qatar returnees

Essential Football is back - and so is the Premier League after the World Cup break. Looking ahead to the resumption of the top flight, Ron Walker is joined by mental performance consultant Mark Bowden to analyse why such a short turnaround may affect players over the next few games - without them even realising it.

18 mins

23 December 2022 Finished

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