Blockbuster weekend of football on Sky Sports

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What is the perfect way to spend the weekend? Watching the football of course!

 

Well, to open the first week of February in style, Sky have you covered with a blockbuster weekend on offer and it all starts Friday night at 19.00, on Sky Sports football.

 

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Preston play hosts to play-off chasing Derby County, who will be looking to put pressure on their top six rivals with a win at the Deepdale.

 

Frank Lampard’s Rams have been on a good run of late, beating Southampton and Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup, the former via penalties and with a 2-1 home victory against Reading sandwiched in between the cup ties.

 

After a poor December and early January, the Lillywhites have been better at the back end of the month with 2 wins and one draw in their last three games.

 

They look certain to be safe this season and a play-off place looks out of reach, so it might be a struggle to keep motivation high amongst the players. 

 

Saturday double bill

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Tottenham, who have crashed out of two domestic cups in as many games, take on a buoyant Newcastle on Sky Sports Premier League, coverage starting at 11.30.

 

Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear his priority is finishing in the top four and he strengthened his team’s chances of doing just that with a 2-1 midweek win against Watford at Wembley.

 

Chelsea dropping points, in a disappointing 4-0 collapse at Bournemouth, and Liverpool’s draw with Leicester has left them seven points behind top spot.

 

A win here could see them within touching distance of the Reds.

 

The Magpies have just beaten the Premier League champions, Manchester City and will be looking for another scalp to take back to the North-East.

 

Despite the doom and gloom around St. James’ park, that win seemed to dissipate the black clouds and a win here would see Rafa Benitez’s side even further away from the relegation fight.

 

The Saturday evening fixture sees us take a trip to Yorkshire, a top of the table clash between Leeds United and Norwich City.

 

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Both sides are looking for automatic promotion to the Premier League and despite sitting 1st and 2nd respectively, neither side has been in blistering form in the last six fixtures.

 

Consistent inconsistency has been the order of the day, the Elland Road club has won two of the last six games, losing four.

 

While the Canaries have been similarly unsteady, one win, three draws and two losses.

 

This could be a spectacle for the neutral fan, you can expect goals because in the last six games of both clubs combined there have been 32 goals.

 

Watch Leeds United v Norwich on Sky Sports football from 17.15.

 

Super Sunday triple-header

 

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Starting with title chasing Celtic travelling to St. Johnstone, just a couple of days after defeating their opponents 2-0 at home.

 

Brendan Rodgers’ men have lost just once in their last 6 games, against their Glasgow rivals Rangers, and hold a six-point lead at the top of the SPL.

 

When they played Tommy Wright’s side at home earlier in the season, it finished 6-0 to the club from Celtic Park and they will be hoping for a similar result Sunday afternoon.

 

Next, we head South of the boarder, across to the East Midlands where Leicester will take on Manchester United.

 

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The Red Devils had a scare in their midweek fixture against Burnley, going 2-0 down before eventually rescuing a draw with a late, late showing.

 

Almost Sir Alex Ferguson-esque.

 

The Foxes had a more significant result in their last game against Liverpool, holding the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw, keeping the title race alive.

 

It will be a clash of styles, Claude Puel has been criticised by his own fans for not playing entertaining football, whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got his side playing exciting, attacking football, something that the United fans have been asking for ever since Sir Alex left the club.

 

United are still chasing, what seemed earlier in the season to be an unlikely top-four spot. A win here will put pressure on their rivals.

 

Follow all the build-up for Leicester City v Manchester United on Sky Sports Premier League from 13.00.


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Finally, the Etihad plays host to Manchester City v Arsenal and there is a lot on the line in this fixture.

 

A win for Blue side of Manchester will keep their dreams of retaining the title alive and a win for the Gunners could see them keep hold the top four spot they took from Chelsea - following the Blue’s defeat to Bournemouth.

 

They usually say form goes out of the window for the biggest of games, however, both teams had differing fortunes in their midweek fixtures.

 

City were shocked against Newcastle, for the time being, halting their charge to stop Liverpool taking the title. Whereas, Arsenal managed to negate a tricky fixture against Cardiff by winning 2-1.

 

You can see Guardiola take on Emery from 16.00 on Sky Sports Premier League.



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Scott Francis
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