Essential Football

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. Subscribe today and make sure you don’t miss an episode of Essential Football.

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February 1, 2023 38 min
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 Bournem...
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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...
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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 Wr...
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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.
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It’s the final Sky Sports World Cup podcast! Lionel Messi has his hands on the trophy at long last. Joining Ron Walker to look back on a sensational five weeks of football is Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett.

Up for discussion are the final itself, where France got their second wind and how Messi shut down the GOAT debate once and for all, as well as what’s next for Didier Deschamps and how Kylian Mbappe still showed his ...
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On the latest episode of Sky Sports' World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by Gary Neville to discuss who he thinks has been the tournament's best player, best youngster, biggest flop and many more. Plus, he grades the overall performance of England and has his say on the future of manager Gareth Southgate.

Sky Sports News' Pete Graves also joins the podcast to run through the players whose stock has risen th...
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Following England's defeat in the World Cup quarter-finals, Ron Walker and Nick Wright are joined by Kaveh Solhekol to discuss Gareth Southgate's future, whether he will stay in post for the Euro 2024 campaign and the legacy he has created around the Three Lions.

Geraint Hughes also joins us to assess the semi-final line-up and ask whether Morocco can continue to make history, if France are better than they thought, how Croa...
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On the latest episode of the Sky Sports World Cup podcast, host Joe Thomlinson is joined by Jamie Redknapp to dissect England’s devastating 2-1 quarter-final defeat to holders France.

They discuss Harry Kane’s pivotal missed penalty, whether Bukayo Saka should have been substituted and if Gareth Southgate’s time in charge is coming to an end.

Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett then provides an insight into the England dressi...
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On the latest Sky Sports World Cup podcast, host Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports senior reporter Melissa Reddy and French football expert Jonathan Johnson to look ahead to England’s huge quarter-final clash with France on Saturday.

They discuss if England’s squad depth gives them the edge, whether Kyle Walker can limit Kylian Mbappe's influence and how Gareth Southgate’s tournament success could prove vital.

Sky Sports News r...
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On the latest episode of the Sky Sports World Cup podcast, host Ron Walker is joined by Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett to chew over the fat of England's 3-0 win over Senegal in the last-16 on Sunday night.

On the agenda are the big celebrations which marked the Three Lions' return to base camp, and why Gareth Southgate might not have enjoyed them too much, Jude Bellingham's sensational form and whether Engla...
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Joe Thomlinson is joined by Dharmesh Sheth and James Allcott to look ahead to Sunday's huge knockout game against Senegal. They discuss the selection conundrums facing Gareth Southgate, the threat posed by the Aliou Cisse's side and Harry Maguire's future after the tournament.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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 number...
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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 wit...
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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...
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