Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates scoring the team's sixth goal. © AFP Fernando Llorente scored a second-half hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 6-1 win over lowly Rochdale in a fifth-round replay at a snowy Wembley on Wednesday. The match had threatened to be overshadowed by fresh controversy involving the Video Assistant Referee, who was repeatedly called upon in a first half that ended level at 1-1. But Llorente's treble put the result beyond doubt with Son Heung-Min, who had opened the scoring on the night, making it 5-1 in the 65th minute.Spurs, eight-times FA Cup winners, will now be away to Premier League rivals Swansea -- Llorente's former club -- in the quarter-finals as they bid to win a first major trophy since lifting the 2008 English League Cup."I feel good," Llorente told BT Sport. "I'm happy because the team have won and it's important to be in the quarter-final. We know Swansea very well -- … [Read more...] about FA Cup: Fernando Llorente Treble Sees Six-Goal Tottenham Hotspur Into Quarter-Finals
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Arsenal will host Manchester United at the Wembley stadium in London. © AFP Arsenal will host Manchester United while Premier League holders Manchester City have been given a relatively easy draw as they face Burnley in the fourth round of FA Cup. According to a release by the FA Cup, former Wolves duo Robbie Keane and Carl Ikeme made the announcement for the draw which also saw Tottenham Hotspur setting up a London derby against Crystal Palace. While defending champions Chelsea will either host Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at the Stamford Bridge. All the fixtures will be played between January 25 and 28.The FA Cup in the release also mentioned that the winning clubs picking up 180,000 pounds after the FA doubled the prize fund for the 2018-19 campaign.Among other fixtures, Swansea will face Gillingham while West Ham United will head south-west to AFC Wimbledon.Newport, who had defeated former Premier League champions Leicester City in the previous round by a slender … [Read more...] about FA Cup: Arsenal Host Manchester United, Manchester City Play Burnley In Fourth Round
After an exciting (or for some, endless) international break, we return to domestic action this weekend refreshed and ready to head into the run-in with plenty still to play for. There’s a full fixture list on Saturday, the perfect opportunity to put together a winning accumulator picking out the teams that you think will finish the day with three points. Here’s some tips that The Pools have picked out to look out for this weekend. Our weekend Acca pays over 27/1! In the Premier League, Wolves – boosted by their stunning FA Cup victory over Manchester United – travel to Burnley who are without a win this month and have slipped back into relegation trouble, conceding 12 goals in their last 5 games. Ole’s United will hope to re-find their form and you’d expect them to beat Watford at Old Trafford. Outside of the top division, the race for promotion in the Championship continues to excite. Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United have moved ahead of … [Read more...] about Football betting odds and tips for the weekend including Liverpool v Spurs and Celtic v Rangers
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his current squad are incomparable with the team that lost to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final. Liverpool suffered heartbreak in Kiev as Real won 3-1 to secure their third consecutive European crown.The Reds regrouped to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season, while also reaching the Champions League final for the second consecutive year. Klopp's side will look to go one better when they face Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday and the German says his squad are continually spurred on by their painful loss at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium."It had a big influence on us," said Klopp. "I remember that situation when we were standing in the queue at the airport in Kiev on the way home."We were all in tracksuits, heads down and stuff like that. Everybody really frustrated and very disappointed about the situation. You could not really get it, you were not allowed to be angry - it was a lot of different emotions."The … [Read more...] about Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid made them stronger
"Manchester United's win at Newcastle last week was their 11th in a row in the league," notes Michael Strutter. "Is that a record for the top flight in England or even Europe?" The short and long answer is 'no', but they aren't far away from an English top-flight record. That belongs to Arsenal, who scorched to 14 consecutive Premiership wins in 2002, 13 of them to clinch the title at the back end of the 2001-02 season. That 13-match winning streak began and ended with victories over Everton; they then beat Birmingham in the first game of the 2002-03 season before drawing at West Ham. Three other English sides have won 14 in a row in what was then the Second Division: Manchester United (1904-05), Bristol City (1905-06) and Preston (1950-51). All of which is knocked into a cocked one by the achievements of Martin O'Neill's Celtic. After drawing the first game of the 2003-04 season at Dunfermine, they won the next 25 until they were held at home by Motherwell in the middle of March. Even … [Read more...] about Have Manchester United just set a record for consecutive league wins?