Sky Sports Today - August 22

Breaking news, views and debate from the world of sport.

  • 17:25

    West Brom boss Alan Irvine says he is not underestimating Southampton this weekend despite the fact they lost several key players this summer and lost their opening day fixture to Liverpool... 
    "Having been at Anfield last Sunday and watched how well they played and watched how many chances they were able to create at a really difficult place, I think they can more than survive - they could have a very good season. They have spent the money very wisely and replaced very good players with other very good players. They deserved something against Liverpool and I believe St Mary's will be a very tough place for teams to go this season."
  • 17:17

    Sky sources understand Mario Balotelli has now arrived at Liverpool's Melwood training complex to undergo a medical over a £16million move from Milan.
  • 17:16

    A huge clash takes place on Monday Night Football this week... champions Manchester City against one of the challengers Liverpool....already! We're only into the second round of fixtures! 

  • 17:15

    The bookmakers expect Liverpool to add Samuel Eto'o to their ranks ahead of their Champions League adventure, while Milan are eying up an Arsenal forward to replace Balotelli. All this and more in Sky Bet's daily transfer update.

    Keep up to date with all Sky Bet's transfer odds here.
  • 17:14

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists no players will be a problem to him, not even Mario Balotelli should the controversial Italian move to Anfield.... the Reds face Man City on Monday Night Football this weekend. 
    "I can categorically tell you that I can't speak about it until the player is signed. If we sign anyone, I will speak at length about them, but until then I can't say anything. We have quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff - there is no specific one for any one individual."
  • 17:06

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he cannot rule out even more signings, even if Mario Balotelli successfully joins the club....
  • 17:03

    United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted it is not easy to bring players in, even to one of the biggest clubs in the world...
    "It's not so easy to buy and sell in the football market. It shall be difficult in the first three months. I have said that to Ed Woodward and the Glazers. I am hired to build up a team and that is a process that needs time. You have to believe in the philosophy that we are making a big club again, but it needs time and it's not an overnight job."

  • 17:00

    Sole Power has won the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York thanks to a superb ride by Richard Hughes. The horse, trained by Eddie Lynam, had just a half length to spare from 20-1 shot Stepper Point at the post and this picture shows just how tight the finale was..
  • 16:57

    Manchester United's new boy Marcos Rojo has been speaking ahead of the club's second game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday, which is live on Sky Sports 1HD as part of Super Sunday, but which he unfortunately cannot be a part of as he awaits a work permit....
  • 16:35

    And that's all your
    Sky Bet Championship team news! Be sure to tune in to Sky Sports 1 on Saturday lunchtime to witness a feisty East Anglian derby as Ipswich and Norwich lock horns in what promises to be an entertaining clash.
  • 16:31

    Captain Sam Ricketts is likely to start on the Wolves bench again as he waits for his
    first league appearance of the season, with vice-skipper Danny Batth taking the armband in an unchanged squad.

    Kiko Macheda and Kagisho Dikgacoi are available and could make their Cardiff debuts - but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could stick with the same team that beat Wigan in midweek. Anthony Pilkington could start after impressing as a substitute on his debut in midweek.

  • 16:30

    Wigan's Shaun Maloney (pictured) could be missing through illness as they host the struggling Seasiders. Chris McCann (knee) is on the road to recovery, while Ben Watson (broken leg) remains on the long-term injury list.

    Blackpool players Jacob Mellis and Andrea Orlandi doubtful for the trip having missed the midweek game with Brentford. Jose Cubero has still not received international clearance to play, while knee injuries have ruled out Gary MacKenzie, Tom Barkhuizen and Bobby Grant.

  • 16:27

    Watford's Matej Vyrda (pictured) is a doubt for the game at Vicarage Road after suffering a dead leg against Rotherham on Tuesday. He could be replaced by Mathias Ranegie, who returns following an injury. Craig Cathcart is still out with a knee injury and Joel Ekstrand is serving the second game of a three-match ban.

    Leeds are waiting on international clearance for new signing Mirco Antenucci, but fellow striker Souleymane Doukara is out for definite after suffering ankle ligament damage, ruling him out for four weeks. Giuseppe Bellusci, who made his loan permanent this week, could make his debut in defence.

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