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Man City and Spurs to draw, Chelsea to ease past Hull, Stoke upset United?

The Exploding Heads preview the huge game between Man City and Tottenham, and the Dembele-go-around.

Another weekend of top Premier League action is upon us, and it's a big one for Pep Guardiola as his Manchester City side take on Tottenham. City have struggled in recent months, while Tottenham are on the rise, but who will come out on top at the Etihad?

Meanwhile, Chelsea have Diego Costa back in the squad but don't seem to need him that much as they take on lowly Hull City seven points clear at the top of the table.

Liverpool host Swansea, while Manchester United travel to Stoke and Arsenal will...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp presented with giant pasty at Plymouth

Plymouth is a long way from Liverpool, so Jurgen Klopp was presented with a gift thanking him for making the near-600-mile trip for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay.

Indeed, at the end of his news conference following the Reds' 1-0 win, Klopp was presented with a local delicacy in the south west of England for the lengthy journey home.

Ginsters gave Klopp a giant Cornish pasty to consume en route to Merseyside much to his surprise.

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Lucas ends goal drought as Liverpool survive pesky Plymouth Argyle

Lucas Leiva celebrates after scoring the opener for Liverpool against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.
Liverpool huffed and puffed, but Lucas' early goal was all the Reds could manage at Plymouth Argyle.

A rare goal from Lucas Leiva saw the Reds reach the fourth round of the FA Cup. There were a few chances to ease the pressure with more goals, but in the end, one was enough.

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There were some more signs of promise from youngsters and good experience for them too. Ultimately, winning the game is all that matters against lower league opposition when there is little to gain and a lot to lose should things go wrong.


Both strikers (Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge) suffered from...

With Liverpool in town, Plymouth show what they and the FA Cup can offer

The ESPN FC panel assess the performances of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in their FA Cup win over Plymouth.

PLYMOUTH, England -- It has become the easiest thing in the world to talk up the demise of the FA Cup and speak wistfully of the days when the competition was taken seriously by the big guns and relished by supporters.

In many people's eyes, the cup is dying, with the Premier League overshadowing everything in its wake. And yet, a raucous Home Park, in the footballing outpost of Plymouth, suggested the FA Cup is very much alive and kicking, with Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp able to act as...

Lucas Leiva shows worth with rare goal as Liverpool earn narrow win at Plymouth

The ESPN FC panel assess the performances of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in their FA Cup win over Plymouth.
Gab Marcotti addresses the situation between Liverpool, Cameroon, FIFA and defender Joel Matip.

PLYMOUTH, England -- Three thoughts from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round replay. 

1. Liverpool win, but the goals are drying up

It could have been a bad night for Liverpool, with the club facing their biggest FA Cup humiliation since losing to non-league Worcester City in 1959, but Lucas Leiva's first goal in six and a half years spared their blushes and secured a 1-0 third-round replay victory Wednesday at Home Park.

A win is a win, and the positives for...

Klopp's criticism of Mourinho, United inaccurate and completely off-base

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Jose Mourinho felt his Man United side should've come away with more in an entertaining but fundamentally unsound match.
As Man United's unbeaten streak continues with a draw vs. Liverpool, Paul Mariner thinks they will truly push for top four.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided a late equaliser for Man United to snatch a point against Liverpool.

Something strange happened on Sunday afternoon. Not only did Marouane Fellaini come inches away from scoring the all-important equaliser in Manchester United's game against Liverpool, only for the post to deny him, but Jurgen Klopp exposed a side of himself that maybe we haven't seen before.

It's understandable that Klopp will have be frustrated to see his team concede six minutes before the end of the match. On the back of losing to 13th-placed Southampton in the League Cup and drawing 0-0 at...