Episodes
In episode seven of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by Jamie Redknapp to discuss a Marcus Rashford inspired England win over Wales and the threats that await Gareth Southgate's men in the next round. Sky Sports News' Geraint Hughes also joins the podcast from Doha to discuss where Wales go from here and what next for their ageing talisman Gareth Bale.
Published 11/29/22
In episode six of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast host Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports News reporters Kaveh Solhekol and Geraint Hughes. They debate whether England should be concerned by the USA performance and if Wales big players will peak on Tuesday night?
Published 11/28/22
In episode five of the Sky Sports World Cup podcast host Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports News' Rob Dorsett and Geraint Hughes to look back on a tough day for the home nations. They discuss if Harry Kane was injured and is Wales' World Cup adventure over already?
Published 11/25/22
In episode four of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by former England defender Jamie Carragher to discuss the USA game and whether we’ll see another thrilling performance. Plus Geraint Hughes talks about the crucial role Kieffer Moore could have for Wales.
Published 11/24/22
In episode three of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by former England international Jamie Redknapp to discuss the impressive result pioneered by Jude Bellingham that claimed England's first victory at the tournament. Sky Sports News' Geraint Hughes also joins the podcast from Doha to discuss the result from the Wales game against the USA.
Published 11/22/22
In episode two of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by former England international Karen Carney to discuss who they think will start for England in their opening Group B match against Iran. Sky Sports News' Geraint Hughes also joins the podcast from Doha to reveal how the Wales squad is settling into life in Qatar ahead of their first World Cup for 64 years!
Published 11/20/22
The Sky Sports World Cup podcast is here! In the first edition, host Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports News’ trio Rob Dorsett, Melissa Reddy and Geraint Hughes for all the latest on the build-up to the tournament, from inside the Wales and England camps and on the ground in Qatar. What is the minimum expectation for England, and could this be Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions swansong? Is it too superstitious to read into squad numbers? The back three vs back four debate returns, plus...
Published 11/15/22
Cristiano Ronaldo has gone public about his unhappiness at Manchester United – saying he feels ‘betrayed’ by the club and that Erik Ten Hag and other members of staff are trying to force him out. On a special edition of Essential Football, Ron Walker speaks to Sky Sports News reporters Kaveh Solhekol and Melissa Reddy to get the inside line on what’s going on in the minds of both the club and the player – and how they would deal with his departure. Why did he do the interview? Will he ever...
Published 11/14/22
Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's final Premier League matches before the World Cup, featuring reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight. PART ONE | There’s reaction from both camps as Ivan Toney hits back at his England snub with a double to earn Brentford a shock win at Man City, Lewis Jones gives his assessment as Spurs keep up their penchant for drama with a late win over Leeds and Graham Potter explains where it’s all gone...
Published 11/13/22
Essential Football is back ahead of the final weekend of Premier League football before the World Cup break! We hear from Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Wolves – can the Gunners grab the Christmas No1 spot? And what do they need to do on the pitch and in the transfer window to maintain their title challenge in the New Year? Peter Smith is then joined by Sky Sports journalists Nick Wright and Joe Shread to discuss what’s going right for Eddie Howe’s Newcastle – and...
Published 11/11/22
On a special snap Essential Football podcast in the wake of Gareth Southgate's England squad announcement, Ron Walker speaks to Alan Smith about the 26 men heading for Qatar - and a few of those who aren't. After James Maddison's surprise inclusion, the former Leicester striker assesses Gareth Southgate's decision to take him to the World Cup, discusses the blend of players in Qatar and Callum Wilson's inclusion - especially after Antonio Conte said England captain Harry Kane was suffering...
Published 11/10/22
Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring reaction, interviews and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight. PART ONE | Sam Blitz and Joe Shread look back on Arsenal's derby win over Chelsea to take them top of the table, before Erik Ten Hag fumes at Man Utd's performance in their loss to Aston Villa and Harry Kane explains why Spurs' defeat by Liverpool sums up their season. PART TWO | Ralph Hasenhuttl goes on the defensive...
Published 11/06/22
Essential Football is back with a dive into Super Sunday’s big showdown in north London between Tottenham and Liverpool. Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp to analyse the clash and discuss how the sides will match up and assess their respective campaigns so far. For Tottenham, third in the Premier League and winners of their Champions League group certainly looks good on paper – but are questions about their style of play becoming a problem? And what’s going wrong at...
Published 11/04/22
Essential Football is back with a round-up of all the weekend's Premier League matches, featuring pundit reaction and reporter analysis from up and down the top-flight. Nick Wright looks back at another defeat for Liverpool as Leeds ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side’s poor start to the season continued, while there is analysis of Graham Potter’s difficult afternoon back at Brighton and Tottenham’s dramatic comeback at Bournemouth. Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning free kick sent Man City to the top of...
Published 10/30/22
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 | Gary Neville and Roy Keane tussle over Cristiano Ronaldo while Ron Walker and Jack Wilkinson look back on a chess-like encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Adam Bate reflects on a superb Nottm Forest win over Liverpool, while Ben Grounds is impressed by the team...
Published 10/23/22
Essential Football is back hot on the heels of the news Steven Gerrard has been sacked as Aston Villa boss and with three big games for Ron Walker, Pete Smith, Declan Olley and Jack Wilkinson to preview in the shape of Chelsea vs Man Utd, Southampton vs Arsenal and Tottenham vs Newcastle. PART ONE | After we look back on Gerrard's dismissal, is this the end of the road for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford with the announcement he won't feature at Stamford Bridge? What's Erik Ten Hag been...
Published 10/21/22
On the latest episode of Essential Football, we take a closer look at the Midlands teams in the Premier League. Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett and Sky Sports football features writer Adam Bate join Danyal Khan to take a more in-depth look at Aston Villa, Leicester, Wolves and Nottingham Forest and their struggles so far this season. With all four currently in the bottom five of the Premier League, we ask what is going wrong at the Midlands clubs in the top-flight?
Published 10/19/22
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 | Pep Guardiola is left less than impressed by Anthony Taylor as Liverpool beat Man City 1-0 at Anfield, while Jamie Carragher highlights where the Reds had improved from their poor early-season form. Sam Blitz explains by Arsenal were fortunate to come away with three points from Leeds on Super Sunday,...
Published 10/16/22
On the latest Essential Football episode we take an in-depth look at Super Sunday’s huge clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester City. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher sits down with Peter Smith to assess the contest, Liverpool’s mixed form and the challenge the Reds face against their in-form rivals. We then hear an exclusive interview with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. He tells Jack Wilkinson about how their big win over Rangers transformed the mood in the camp, explains the...
Published 10/14/22
On the latest Essential Football episode we take a closer look at the problems at Liverpool, after their defeat at Arsenal left them already 14 points off top spot in the Premier League. Sky Sports News’ senior reporter Melissa Reddy and Sky Sports’ senior football journalist Richard Morgan join Peter Smith to assess the wider issues at the club – and the form and fitness worries compounding those problems. From mis-steps in the transfer window to the team’s tactical evolution under...
Published 10/11/22
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. Gary Neville delivers his verdict on the title chances of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal after they beat Liverpool in a 3-2 thriller at the Emirates to go back top of the Premier League table, while Jamie Redknapp analyses what’s going wrong for Jurgen Klopp’s side. We also hear from Newcastle boss Eddie Howe on a...
Published 10/09/22
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...
Published 10/02/22
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...
Published 10/02/22
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 |...
Published 09/29/22