Episodes
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
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...
Published 09/27/22
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.
Published 09/26/22
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,...
Published 09/21/22
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 | 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...
Published 09/18/22
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...
Published 09/06/22
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 | 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...
Published 09/04/22
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...
Published 08/31/22
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 | 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...
Published 08/28/22
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...
Published 08/26/22
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 after defeat at...
Published 08/24/22
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 | 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...
Published 08/21/22
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...
Published 08/19/22
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.
Published 08/17/22
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.
Published 08/15/22