Episodes
Alice Piper is joined by Sky Sports features editor Peter Smith and senior football journalist Gerard Brand to discuss the weekend's Premier League action. PART 1 | Where now for Manchester United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Will 'best player in thew world' Mo Salah stay at Liverpool? PART 2 | What does Everton's capitulation against Watford mean for Rafa Benitez's start on Merseyside? Has the Tinkerman given Watford new hope? And the changing of the guard as West Ham see off Spurs... ...
Published 10/25/21
Pete Smith is joined by Jamie Carragher, Michael Bridge and Oliver Yew to preview another bumper weekend of Premier League action. PART 1 | Jamie Carragher's big Manchester United vs Liverpool preview PART 2 | Michael Bridge on West Ham vs Spurs, and why Dele Alli my need a fresh start PART 3 | Arsenal vs Aston Villa on Friday Night Football and Brighton vs Man City on Saturday Night Football: City look devastating again, Cole Palmer focus
Published 10/22/21
Alice Piper is joined by Ben Ransom and Gerard Brand to discuss the weekend's Premier League action. PART 1 | Does Cristiano Ronaldo really improve Man Utd? Make or break few weeks for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after defeat at Leicester PART 2 | Liverpool back to their best, Chelsea grab lucky win, and what's behind Bernardo Silva's upturn in form at Man City? PART 3 | Spurs spoil Newcastle's party: did the new owners miss a trick by not sacking Steve Bruce?
Published 10/18/21
Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie, as well as assistant news editor Lyall Thomas and football journalist Ron Walker to look ahead to the Premier League weekend… PART 1 | Keith Downie answers the key questions about the Newcastle takeover, from transfer spending and how the new owners intend to take the club forwards to issues around human rights in Saudi Arabia. PART 2 | Lyall Thomas and Ron Walker lift the lid on the story behind Brentford’s impressive...
Published 10/14/21
As the Premier League pauses for the second international break of the season, Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright and football journalist Charlotte Marsh join Alice Piper to survey the scene in the top-flight after another fascinating round of fixtures… PART 1 | After the drama, goals, and controversy in Sunday’s breathless encounter between Liverpool and Man City, we’ll have all the fallout from Anfield and ask if there is a better player in world football currently than Mohamed Salah...
Published 10/04/21
As the Premier League pauses for the second international break of the season, Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright and football journalist Charlotte Marsh join Alice Piper to survey the scene in the top-flight after another fascinating round of fixtures… PART 1 | After the drama, goals, and controversy in Sunday’s breathless encounter between Liverpool and Man City, we’ll have all the fallout from Anfield and ask if there is a better player in world football currently than Mohamed Salah...
Published 10/04/21
Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, as well as football writers Gerard Brand and Simeon Gholam, to look ahead to the Premier League weekend… PART 1 | Jamie Redknapp explains why he thinks Liverpool will edge their big match-up with Man City at Anfield on Sunday. The Sky Sports pundit also discusses the rise of Curtis Jones and City’s threat in attack. PART 2 | We consider whether Arsenal are now in a position to build on their big derby day win over Tottenham when...
Published 09/30/21
Alice Piper is joined by Sky Sports features editor Peter Smith and football journalist Ron Walker to reflect on another enthralling round of Premier League action… PART 1 | As Manchester City, who were underdogs for the first time under Pep Guardiola, win at Chelsea, we assess whether the champions are still the team to beat and where Thomas Tuchel got it wrong. PART 2 | As Chelsea leave the door ajar, we assess a testing weekend for Manchester United and Liverpool as both title hopefuls...
Published 09/27/21
Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith, as well as football writers Ben Grounds and Adam Bate, to look ahead to the Premier League weekend’s standout fixtures… PART 1 | Will a north London derby win be a launchpad for Arsenal or Tottenham? Former Gunner Alan Smith gives his verdict on the two teams and where the match will be won or lost on Sunday. PART 2 | We preview Man City’s trip to Chelsea on Saturday, where two title favourites collide, and reflect on the start made...
Published 09/23/21
Alice Piper is joined by Sky Sports football features editor Peter Smith and writer Nick Wright to discuss the big talking points from the weekend's action as Chelsea and Liverpool move joint top of the Premier League with 3-0 wins. PART 1 | Did Chelsea show their title credentials with their second-half performance at Tottenham? How did Lukaku contribute despite not scoring? And what’s happening with Harry Kane? PART 2 | How much was Manchester United’s win at West Ham down to David De...
Published 09/20/21
Michael Dawson, Gerard Brand and Ben Ransom join Alice Piper and Kate Burlaga in the latest Premier League weekend preview. PART 1 | Michael Dawson previews Spurs vs Chelsea - how should Tottenham deal with Romelu Lukaku? PART 2 | West Ham vs Man Utd preview - why Solskjaer is always on the edge; what is success for the Man Utd manager this season? PART 3 | Weekend preview round-up: Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City in Saturday 3pm action
Published 09/17/21
Like all the best albums from the 1990s, they leave you wanting more and they have a bonus track. In this extra episode, we focus on #GameZero - the first ever elite-level net zero carbon football match which will be live on Sky between Tottenham and Chelsea on Sunday September 19. Sky Sports presenter David Garrido speaks to pundit Gary Neville who is a big advocate for climate action and has always had a strong environmental focus, as well as director of football Gary Hughes who explains...
Published 09/15/21
Time to be inspired. No doubt, Forest Green Rovers are THE greenest football club in the world. Endorsed as such by both FIFA and the United Nations, they are a true beacon for climate action. Sky Sports presenter David Garrido learns from chairman Dale Vince just how they got there, including only-vegan fare, electric charging points, solar panels, an organic pitch…and we find out what their latest 100% sustainable shirt is made out of. Vince also called out governing bodies to make a...
Published 09/14/21
Alice Piper is joined by Sky Sports football writers Charlotte Marsh and Ron Walker to discuss the big talking points from the weekend's action as Premier League football returns after the international break. PART 1 | Ronaldo's second debut assessed, what did he change? Can he lead Man Utd to the title? Will Newcastle fans' protest against Steve Bruce change anything? (0:48) PART 2 | Is Romelu Lukaku the 'complete striker'? Are Chelsea showing their title credentials, and what does a first...
Published 09/13/21
Football is vulnerable to climate change, just as much as it was to Covid-19 which caused seasons to be suspended with no matches played for months. The dangers are different, but just as stark if not more so. In this episode, Sky Sports presenter David Garrido talks to PSG’s Arianna Criscione and Juventus player Sofie Junge Pedersen about how extreme weather can have such a huge impact and, at worst, put lives at risk on the football pitch. Criscione and Pedersen also come up with some...
Published 09/13/21
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness joins the Essential Football Podcast as Alice Piper, Peter Smith and Richard Morgan discuss the big talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend. PART 1 | Souness’ verdict on Leeds vs Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk’s comeback, and Elland Road memories PART 2 | Chelsea’s title chances, what Saul Niguez brings to the team, and how international issues will affect Chelsea and Aston Villa PART 3 | What can we expect from Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to...
Published 09/10/21
After spending most of his career keeping strikers out, Carlo Cudicini is now reaching out to the planet’s two most talented footballers…and he’s after their kit! Sky Sports presenter David Garrido chats to the now-loan player technical coach at Chelsea who has his own organisation, Footballers4Change. Its objective is to collect the match-worn shirts and boots of players (and indeed their families’ clothes) to extend the lifecycle of those items and raise money for charity in the process. ...
Published 09/10/21
Going plant-based is one of the latest food revelations, and footballers in particular are discovering the benefits of cutting meat, dairy and fish from their diets. In this episode, Sky Sports presenter David Garrido speaks to 2 big advocates of veganism, AS Roma centre-back Chris Smalling and Arsenal defender Jen Beattie on how it has helped them improve as athletes, especially around injuries. It’s also informed their life viewpoint on sustainability and encouraged them to take up other...
Published 09/09/21
We start our series with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford – it’s the first time that he has spoken at length on the topic of climate change. In this exclusive chat with Sky Sports presenter David Garrido, Bamford explains what his motives are for fighting against the climate emergency, just how he came up with the “Bolt for Planet” celebration, despite what Aston Villa fans thought he was saying with the gesture! The 28-year-old talks openly about making changes to his life to reduce...
Published 09/08/21
Alice Piper is joined by Peter Smith and Gerard Brand to run through the weekend's Premier League action after a memorable week on and off the pitch. PART 1 | Will Cristiano Ronaldo play every game for Man Utd? Win at Wolves analysed, and is midfield still a problem for Solskjaer? (01:15) PART 2 | Arsenal's wretched defending at City analysed; who is to blame for the latest crisis? What does Arteta need to show to keep his job? Do City even need a striker? (25:23) PART 3 | Are Chelsea's...
Published 08/30/21
Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Anfield live on Sky Sports on Saturday night and Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith on the Essential Football Podcast to preview the big clash between two Premier League title hopefuls. PART 1: It’s Virgil Van Dijk vs Romelu Lukaku at Anfield this weekend – but who will come out on top? Jamie Redknapp gives his verdict. Plus, the Sky Sports pundit reflects on Harry Kane staying at Spurs – and reveals what the striker is like on the golf course! PART 2:...
Published 08/26/21
The second weekend of the 2021/22 Premier League season will forever be remembered for the second coming of Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea. Alice Piper is joined by Nick Wright, Ron Walker and Oliver Yew to reflect on Lukaku’s emphatic second Chelsea debut at the Emirates Stadium, and what the display means for Thomas Tuchel’s title challengers, as well as Mikel Arteta’s winless Gunners… PART 1: Chelsea smashed their transfer record to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan but it...
Published 08/23/21
After a blockbuster opening weekend of the Premier League we’re gearing up to go again, with Arsenal vs Chelsea a headline fixture and set to feature the Blues' new striker Romelu Lukaku. Peter Smith is joined by Gerard Brand, Adam Smith, Nick Wright, and Ron Walker to look ahead to another big round of games... PART 1: Will Romelu Lukaku fire Chelsea to a Premier League title challenge? And are Arsenal really in crisis? We assess both sides who go into a London derby in contrasting moods. ...
Published 08/19/21
The Premier League returned with a bang! Goals, standout scorelines, and, most importantly, fans packing out stadiums and creating incredible atmospheres across the country. Peter Smith is joined by Adam Bate and Charlotte Marsh to assess the opening weekend of the season. PART 1: Nuno’s Tottenham off to a flyer without Harry Kane – but what does defeat mean for Man City and their pursuit of the striker? PART 2: Three title hopefuls make a big statement. We analyse the impressive wins for...
Published 08/16/21
The Premier League is back! New signings, new teams, old rivalries resumed and fresh hope, all to the sweet sound of full stadiums. Kate Burlaga is joined by Nick Wright and Gerard Brand to preview another nine months of drama in the top flight. PART 1: (02:24) Are City still the side to beat? And who will challenge them? Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool assessed PART 2: (12:00) Will the north London gloom lift? Leicester in focus and surprise package: Leeds, Aston Villa and Everton tipped ...
Published 08/12/21