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The gulf in Manchester and Liverpool without Europe?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kevin De Bruyne are on the pod ahead Sunday's Manchester derby, and whilst the title is almost certainly on its way to the Etihad could a new number 9 see United really close the gap next season? Glenn Murray and Sami Mokbel also discuss Jurgen Klopp's bullish comments about Liverpool's future even if they miss out on Champions League qualification, and whether the opportunity for a big move may have passed for Wilfried Zaha. Our feature interview this week is with Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga who tells a great story about his debut.....
5:50 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on United’s approach in big games.
8:10 – Has United’s form against top sides cost them any chance of competing for the title? And will a summer move for a prolific finisher bring them into contention?
15:00 - Kevin De Bruyne on the Manchester derby.
20:00 – Jurgen Klopp on players not deserting Liverpool if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.
30:00 - Japhet Tanganga feature interview.
38:30 – Is Eberechi Eze someone who will continue to help Palace get the most out of Wilfried Zaha or is he his long-term replacement?
Bruce bites back and golf with Gareth Bale
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social. They preview the Manchester derby at the weekend and talk about why Liverpool can’t find their form.
They’re joined by Nigel Pearson ahead of his 500th game as a manager and he gives his views on Steve Bruce and the issues at Newcastle.
Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson joins the pod after his commentary debut to talk about Spurs’ current form and the influence of Gareth Bale. Plus, what’s Bale like off the field?
00:53 – JJ’s Comic Relief Challenge
04:06 – Changes to the Handball rule
05:56 – Why can’t Liverpool find their form?
06:24 – Jurgen Klopp
12:07 – Nigel Pearson joins the pod
19:01 – The problems at Newcastle
19:20 – Steve Bruce
24:08 – Pearson’s 500th game
25:50 – Michael Dawson on Forest and commentating
31:10 – Manchester derby chat and Ruben Dias‘ impact at Manchester City
37:54 – Spurs and the impact of Gareth Bale
47:42 – Golf with Gareth Bale
72+: From Championship to Champions League?
Aaron Paul is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor & Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe to discuss the latest news from the football league.
It's all change at Ipswich after they replace Paul Lambert with Paul Cook. The League One side could also be on the verge of a takeover from American investors - we speak to The Athletic's Matt Slater who has an exclusive story on the potential board room change at Portman Road.
We take a close look at the Reading full-back who appears destined for Champions League football with Bayern Munich. As Omar Richards looks set for a sensational move to the Bundesliga champions this summer, we speak to former Royals defender and now BBC Radio Berkshire pundit Aidy Willams who has been following the story closely. What is it about the 23-year old that's attracted the European giants?
Norwich have taken a huge step towards the Premier League this week as they opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the Championship. Where managerial comings and goings are a regular occurrence these days, Aaron, Lyle and Ryan discuss why sticking with Daniel Farke has worked wonders for the Canaries.
01:38: Ryan and Lyle discuss the issue of fines in the dressing room.
07:15: Championship review + Norwich are heading back to the top flight, but can EFL owners learn from them sticking with their manager?
21:40: Matt Slater from the Athletic discusses the changes at Ipswich as Paul Cook is appointed manager and the club looks set for a takeover.
33:14: BBC Radio Berkshire's Aidy Williams gives us the latest on the remarkable story of Reading defender Omar Richards, who is on the verge joining Bayern Munich.
The Anfield Misery Mounts
John Murray and Chris Sutton join Mark Chapman to react to an historic fifth consecutive home defeat for Liverpool that leaves the Champions on the outside looking in for a top 4 spot. Is there anything to suggest their alarming slide can be halted and why was leading scorer Mo Salah subbed? We hear from Jurgen Klopp and opposite number Thomas Tuchel who praises his Chelsea match-winner Mason Mount. Scott Parker's also on the pod as Fulham become the latest side to suffer a nonsensical handball decision.
Euro Leagues: 100 days until the Euros
Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, Raphael Honigstein and Mina Rzouki to look ahead to the postponed European Championships. 100 days out, they ask what will it look like and crucially where will it be held. The team also decide which nations will flop and who their breakout stars will be. North Macedonian sports journalist Igor Aleksandrovic drops by to talk about Goran Pandev’s team qualifying for their first major championships before the inevitable question… who will lift the trophy on 11th July.
United & Leicester draw to open up top four
Steve Crossman is joined by the 5 Live commentary team to reflect on a hat-trick of Premier League games which have put an emphasis on the race for the Champions League places.
Seb Hutchinson and Pat Nevin were at Selhurst Park as Manchester United again failed to find the back of the net as they laboured to a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
Ian Dennis and Jermaine Beckford watched Leicester fail to capitalise on United's dropped points as they played out a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
And Aston Villa's hopes of European qualification were dealt a blow as they lost 1-0 to bottom of the table Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, Vicki Sparks and Alan Hutton reflect on just a 4th Premier League win for Chris Wilder's side.
Steve is also joined by John Acres after a busy night in the Championship that saw Norwich move ten points clear at the top with a 1-0 win over second placed Brentford.
We also take at the pick of Thursday's matches as Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield.
00:51: Seb Hutchinson and Pat Nevin reflect on Man United's draw with Crystal Palace, plus interviews with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Roy Hodgson.
16:29: A look ahead to Liverpool against Chelsea.
22:45: Championship round-up with John Acres as Norwich take a big step towards promotion.
25:28: Vicki Sparks and Alan Hutton on Sheffield United's win over Aston Villa, plus interviews with Chris Wilder and Dean Smith.
35:40: Ian Dennis and Jermaine Beckford look at Burnley's 1-1 draw with Leciester, plus interviews with Brendan Rodgers and Sean Dyche.
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Good for sleeping
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Someone teach Chris Sutton what a straw man is
I have enjoyed this podcast for a long time, and I have for the most part enjoyed Chris Sutton's contribution, but recently he has resorted to straw man (most recently when arguing about West Ham's midfield with Paul Ince) and it's starting to feel like a podcast about below the line. Stop it Chris. You're better than that.