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Spurs 1-1 Liverpool: Five Lilywhite Musings

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I suppose in theory one could quite rightly point to a win and two draws as a solid, meat-and-two-veg sort of return on the opening few weeks, the sort of thing upon which vast and dashed successful empires were built in the days of yore.

Nevertheless, at the final whistle yesterday it felt not so much like we had purred through the gears so much as just about got the thing back into the garage in one piece, and with some pretty dubious coughing and spluttering sounds emanating from the engine.

Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

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Goals:
Milner 43' [pen]
Rose 72'

There's surprisingly not a whole lot to take from that. We didn't learn much we didn't already know, and we'll all end up picking our favorite narrative.

- Two teams that usually cancel each other out ended up canceling each other out, for the third consecutive draw between Klopp and Pochettino's sides.

Liverpool at Tottenham 08.27.16

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7:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 04.02.16
0-0 (a) 10.17.15
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.10.15
3-0 Liverpool (a) 08.31.14

Last matches:
Liverpool: 5-0 Burton Albion (a); 0-2 Burnley (a); 4-3 Arsenal (a)
Tottenham: 1-0 Palace (h); 1-1 Everton (a)

Referee: Bobby Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Matip Lovren Milner
Lallana Henderson Wijnaldum
Mané Sturridge Firmino

Let's assume the three players struggling with minor injuries – Coutinho, Can, and Origi – won't start.

Liverpool 0-2 Burnley

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Goals:
Vokes 2'
Gray 37'

One step forward, two steps back. The more things change...

This is where everything's gone wrong. This is where Liverpool have failed. Not away against good opposition, where Liverpool have space, where Liverpool over-perform. Not in the marquee matches.

Liverpool at Burnley 08.20.16

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (h) 03.04.15
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14
4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10
4-0 Liverpool (h) 10.12.09

Last match:
Liverpool: 4-3 Arsenal (a)
Burnley: 0-1 Swansea (h)

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Klavan Milner
Can Wijnaldum
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Sturridge

With Sadio Mané almost certainly out due to a slight shoulder injury, Liverpool have two options: either the same formation as at Arsenal, with Can coming into midfield and Lallana shifting into attack, or a switch to 4-2-3-1 with either Sturridge or Origi up front, Lallana-Firmino-Coutinho in the line of three, and two from Wijnaldum, Henderson, and Can in midfield.

Liverpool 4-3 Arsenal

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Goals:
Walcott 31'
Coutinho 45+1' 56'
Lallana 49'
Mané 63'
Oxlade-Chamberlain 64'
Chambers 76'

If we're in for 38 matches like there, I'm not gonna make it. None of us will. No one gets out of here alive.

That was bananas. And wholly unexpected after a tire fire of a first half.

Liverpool at Arsenal 08.14.16

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-3 (h) 01.13.16
0-0 (a) 08.24.15
1-4 Arsenal (a) 04.04.15
2-2 (h) 12.21.14

Last three preseason matches:
Liverpool: 0-4 Mainz (a); 4-0 Barcelona (n); 1-2 Roma (n)
Arsenal: 3-2 City (n); 8-0 Viking FK (a); 3-1 Chivas (n)

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Klavan Moreno
Henderson Can Wijnaldum
Mané Firmino Coutinho

We're here.

Liverpool 1-1 West Brom

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Goals:
Rondon 13'
Ibe 23'

That was a game of football. Two teams, 22 starters and six substitute, played some sport for 90 minutes. There were two goals. A couple of other things happened. And that's pretty much all there is to say about that.

It's the last game of the league campaign where neither side had much to play to for.

Liverpool at West Brom 05.15.16

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (h) 12.13.15
0-0 (a) 04.25.15
2-1 Liverpool (h) 10.04.14
1-1 (a) 02.02.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Chelsea (h); 2-0 Watford (h); 3-0 Villarreal (h)
West Brom: 1-1 Bournemouth (a); 0-3 West Ham (h); 1-1 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke, Firmino 10; Coutinho, Sturridge 8; Milner, Origi 5; Lallana 4; Allen, Henderson, Ings 2; Can, Clyne, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure 1
West Brom: Rondon 8; Berahino, Dawson 4; Gardner, Morrison 3; McClean, Sessegnon 2; Evans, Fletcher, Lambert, McAuley, Olsson 1

Referee: Bobby Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Bogdan
Randall Skrtel Lucas Smith
Ojo Stewart Allen Ibe
Benteke Ings

I wouldn't start a single player you'd expect to start on Wednesday.

Liverpool v Chelsea 05.11.16

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-1 Liverpool (a) 10.31.15
1-1 (a) 05.10.15
0-1 Chelsea (a; League Cup) 01.27.15
1-1 (h; League Cup) 11.08.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 Watford (h); 3-0 Villarreal (h); 1-3 Swansea (a)
Chelsea: 2-3 Sunderland (a); 2-2 Tottenham (h); 4-1 Bournemouth (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 10; Benteke, Coutinho, Sturridge 8; Milner, Origi 5; Lallana 4; Allen, Henderson, Ings 2; Can, Clyne, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure 1
Chelsea: Costa 12; Pedro 7; Willian 5; Fabregas 4; Hazard, Oscar 3; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Ramires, Traore 2; Falcao, Kennedy, Loftus-Cheek, Pato, Remy, Terry, Zouma 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Toure Moreno
Milner Can
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Sturridge

It's awfully handy that the schedule worked out where the mid-week "first-team" gets Chelsea, and the shadow-side gets Watford then West Brom before the first-team comes back in for the Europa League final.

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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Goals:
Allen 35'
Firmino 76'

Hey, Liverpool actually held onto a 2-0 lead at Anfield!

It wasn't great, but it was fairly comfortable. It was an end-of-season match between a mid-table away side safe from relegation and a much-changed home side focused on their upcoming European final.

Liverpool v Watford 05.08.16

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
0-3 Watford (a) 12.20.15
3-0 Liverpool (a) 01.13.07
2-0 Liverpool (h) 12.23.06
1-0 Liverpool (a, League Cup) 01.25.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Villarreal (h); 1-3 Swansea (a); 0-1 Villarreal (a)
Watford: 3-2 Villa (h); 1-2 Palace (n); 1-3 West Ham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 9; Benteke, Coutinho, Sturridge 8; Milner, Origi 5; Lallana 4; Henderson, Ings 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure 1
Watford: Ighalo 14; Deeney 11; Abdi, Watson 2; Ake, Cathcart, Holebas, Layun, Prodl 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Ward
Randall Skrtel Lucas Clyne
Stewart Allen
Ojo Firmino Ibe
Benteke

*finally stops watching highlights of the Villarreal game*

Oh, right.

Liverpool at Swansea 05.01.16

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7am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h) 11.29.15
1-0 Liverpool (a) 03.16.15
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.29.14
2-1 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 10.28.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Villarreal (a); 2-2 Newcastle (h); 4-0 Everton (h)
Swansea: 0-4 Leicester (a); 0-3 Newcastle (a); 1-0 Chelsea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 9; Coutinho, Sturridge 8; Benteke 7; Milner, Origi 5; Lallana 4; Henderson, Ings 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure 1
Swansea: Sigurðsson 11; A Ayew 8; Gomis 5; Paloschi, Williams 2; Barrow, Fernandez, Ki SY, Routledge, Shelvey 1

Referee: Roger East

Guess at a line-up:
Ward
Flanagan Skrtel Lovren Smith
Milner Stewart
Ojo Lallana Ibe
Sturridge

Another league match sandwiched between vastly more important European contests, another match where we'll see heavy rotation but little clue exactly who will be playing in what formation.

Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle

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Goals:
Sturridge 2'
Lallana 29'
Cisse 48'
Colback 66'

Remember all the good results over the last month?

No, me neither. Games like this have a habit of bringing out all the pessimism. All I can remember is Sunderland and Southampton, not Dortmund, Stoke, or Everton.

Liverpool v Newcastle 04.23.16

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-2 Newcastle (a) 12.06.15
2-0 Liverpool (h) 04.13.15
0-1 Newcastle (a) 11.01.14
2-1 Liverpool (h) 05.11.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 4-0 Everton (h); 2-1 Bournemouth (a); 4-3 Dortmund (h)
Newcastle: 1-1 City (h); 3-0 Swansea (h); 1-3 Southampton (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 9; Coutinho 8; Benteke, Sturridge 7; Origi 5; Lallana 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure 1
Newcastle: Wijnaldum 9; Mitrovic 8; Ayoze 6; Townsend 3; Cisse, Lascelles 2; Anita, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Milner Stewart
Ojo Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Even though Liverpool again had a midweek match – albeit one with fewer exertions than recent Europa League fixtures – I doubt we'll see the same highly-rotated side that featured against Stoke and Bournemouth.

Liverpool v Everton 04.20.16

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (a) 10.04.15
0-0 (a) 02.07.15
1-1 (h) 09.27.14
4-0 Liverpool (h) 01.28.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Bournemouth (a); 4-3 Dortmund (h); 4-1 Stoke (h)
Everton: 1-1 Southampton (h); 0-0 Palace (a); 1-1 Watford (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 9; Benteke, Coutinho 7; Sturridge 6; Origi 4; Lallana 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Skrtel, Toure 1
Everton: Lukaku 18; Barkley 8; Kone, Lennon 5; Funes Mori 4; Naismith 3; Deulofeu, Mirallas 2; Cleverley, Coleman, McCarthy 1

Referee: Bobby Madley

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Milner Stewart Allen
Coutinho
Sturridge Origi

There will be no resting of players in this league match.

Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth

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Goals:
Firmino 41'
Sturridge 45+2'
King 90+3'

Liverpool can't go one game without giving me a heart attack, but other than a marginally frightening last half-an-hour, culminating in King's extra-time consolation, a radically different XI performed more than adequately.

Liverpool at Bournemouth 04.17.16

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8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 10.28.15
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.17.15
3-1 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 12.17.14
2-0 Liverpool (a; FA Cup) 01.25.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 4-3 Dortmund (h); 4-1 Stoke (h); 1-1 Dortmund (a)
Bournemouth: 2-1 Villa (a); 0-4 City (h); 0-3 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 8; Benteke, Coutinho 7; Sturridge 5; Origi 4; Lallana 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Moreno, Skrtel, Toure 1
Bournemouth: King, Wilson 5; Afobe, Cook 4; Daniels, Gosling, Murray, Ritchie, Stanislas 3; Pugh, Smith 2; Arter, Gradel 1

Referee: Mike Jones

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Flanagan Lovren Sakho Smith
Milner Stewart Allen
Ojo Firmino
Sturridge

It seems way too soon for a Liverpool match; I'm still living off the fumes of Thursday.

Liverpool 4-1 Stoke

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Goals:
Moreno 8'
Bojan 22'
Sturridge 33'
Origi 50' 65'

That was unexpected.

An even more makeshift XI than we'd guessed. Sheyi Ojo's first Liverpool start, Kevin Stewart's first start in the league. Either a 4-2-3-1 with Allen tucking in on the left or a very, very lopsided 4-3-3 formation.

Liverpool v Stoke 04.10.16

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 Stoke aet (h; League Cup) 01.26.16
1-0 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 01.05.16
1-0 Liverpool (a) 08.09.15
1-6 Stoke (a) 05.24.15

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Dortmund (a); 1-1 Tottenham (h); 2-3 Southampton (a)
Stoke: 2-2 Swansea (h); 2-1 Watford (a); 1-2 Southampton (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 8; Benteke, Coutinho 7; Milner 5; Sturridge 4; Lallana 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana, Origi 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Skrtel, Toure 1
Stoke: Arnautovic 10; Bojan 6; Walters 5; Diouf, Joselu 4; Shaqiri 3; Afellay 2; Imbula 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Flanagan Lovren Sakho Smith
Stewart Allen
Ibe Firmino Milner
Sturridge

How much does this match matter?

Liverpool 1-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Oberservations

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1. Non-Stop

I'm not sure I've ever witnessed a game played in such a rush throughout. Every man and his dog on show charged around like they were late for their own wedding, and as a result not one chappie on either team had time to draw breath, let alone pause in possession and take a second touch.

Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

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Goals:
Coutinho 51'
Kane 63'

That was a surprisingly decent game of football.

Usually when you see two Premier League sides cancel each other out, it's high on energy but low on quality. The Allardyce vs Pulis matches, the 0-0 when Sunderland and West Brom earlier today.

Liverpool v Tottenham 04.02.16

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on NBC

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (a) 10.17.15
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.10.15
3-0 Liverpool (a) 08.31.14
4-0 Liverpool (h) 03.30.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-3 Southampton (a); 1-1 United (a); 2-0 United (h)
Tottenham: 3-0 Bournemouth (h); 1-2 Dortmund (h); 2-0 Villa (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 8; Benteke 7; Coutinho 6; Milner 5; Sturridge 4; Lallana 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana, Origi 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Skrtel, Toure 1
Tottenham: Kane 21; Alli 7; Eriksen 6; Alderweireld, Chadli, Dembele, Dier, Lamela 3; Son 2; Carroll, Mason, Rose, Trippier, Walker 1

Referee: Jon Moss

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Henderson Can
Milner Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Maybe the international break will have been good for Liverpool.

Liverpool 2-3 Southampton

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Goals:
Coutinho 17'
Sturridge 22'
Mane 64' 86'
Pelle 83'

Liverpool had no right losing that match, and there are multiple scapegoats for it. But there's one very, very, very big scapegoat.

Does it make it better than Liverpool should have conceded a penalty and had Lovren sent off in the eighth minute?

Liverpool at Southampton 03.20.16

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9:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
6-1 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 12.02.15
1-1 (h) 10.25.15
2-0 Liverpool (a) 02.22.15
2-1 Liverpool (h) 08.17.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 United (a); 2-0 United (h); 2-1 Palace (a)
Southampton: 2-1 Stoke (a); 1-1 Sunderland (h); 0-2 Bournemouth (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 8; Benteke 7; Coutinho, Milner 5; Lallana, Sturridge 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana, Origi 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Skrtel, Toure 1
Southampton: Pelle 8; Long 7; Tadic 5; Mane, van Dijk 3; S Davis, Fonte, Ward-Prose 2; Austin, Martina, Romeu, Yoshida 1

Referee: Roger East

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Flanagan Lovren Sakho Clyne
Henderson Can
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Sturridge

Moreno's injured and Milner suspended after his red card against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace

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Goals:
Ledley 48'
Firmino 72'
Benteke 90+6' [pen]

That was unexpected.

After 71 minutes, it was all set up for another Liverpool v Palace match perfectly in line with recent meetings, and perfectly in line with what we've seen from Liverpool in matches such as these.

Liverpool at Crystal Palace 03.06.16

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8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 Palace (h) 11.08.15
1-3 Palace (h) 05.16.15
2-1 Liverpool (a; FA Cup) 02.14.15
1-3 Palace (a) 11.23.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 City (h); 1-1 City aet [1-3 pens] (n); 1-0 Augsburg (h)
Palace: 2-2 Sunderland (a); 2-3 West Brom (a); 1-0 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Firmino 7; Benteke 6; Coutinho, Milner 5; Lallana, Sturridge 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana, Origi 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Skrtel, Toure 1
Palace: Cabaye, Dann, Wickham 5; Bolasie 4; McArthur, Sako, Ward, Zaha 2; Adebayor, Delaney, CY Lee 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Flanagan Toure Lovren Moreno
Henderson Can
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Sturridge

It seems the best possible time for Liverpool to face Crystal Palace.

Liverpool v Manchester City 03.02.16

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 City aet [1-3 pens] (n; League Cup) 02.28.15
4-1 Liverpool (a) 11.21.15
2-1 Liverpool (h) 03.01.15
1-3 City (a) 08.25.14

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 City aet [1-3 pens] (n); 1-0 Augsburg (h); 0-0 Augsburg (a)
City: 1-1 Liverpool aet [3-1 pens] (n); 3-1 Dynamo Kiev (a); 1-5 Chelsea (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Benteke, Firmino 6; Coutinho 5; Milner 4; Sturridge 3; Henderson, Ings, Lallana, Origi 2; Allen, Can, Clyne, Skrtel, Toure 1
City: Agüero 14; de Bruyne, Sterling, Y Toure 5; Bony 4; Iheanacho 3; Delph, Fernandinho, Kolarov, Kompany, Silva 2; Nasri, Otamendi 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Flanagan Skrtel Lovren Smith
Can Allen
Lallana Firmino Coutinho
Origi

The fixture calendar loves to mess with Liverpool.

Moussa Dembele

Spurs 1-0 Palace: Four Lilywhite Musings

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A new season, and to all intents and purposes the same serving of near-incessant pressure against a well-drilled defensive mob – but we at AANP Towers are nothing if not eagle-eyed, and the subtle differences being paraded to the masses yesterday did not escape detection.

There was the giant hole in the stadium for a start, which those with less keen powers of observation might simply have overlooked, or dismissed as one of those things that happens during the summer months.

Spurs 3-0 Man Utd: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. Familiar Beginnings

I don't mind admitting that when the opening toot sounded and the assembled cast got stuck in, I started to get the sense that I had seen this thing before. Déj vu all over again, as the chap put it. The sight of our heroes being harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball took me right back to the sepia-tinted era that was last weekend, when our heroes were harried to within an inch of their lives every time they tried to put a foot on the ball.

Spurs 3-0 Bournemouth: Six Lilywhite Observations

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1. Fast Start

No time to bed in and have a few early sighters, not with our lot. The opening toot of the whistle was the signal for the hounds to be released, and before one even had time to pour a stiff something into a tumbler and give it a swirl, young Kane was already racing away to dish out back-slaps and "What hos".

Spurs 2-2 Arsenal: Five Dashed Frustrated Lilywhite Observations

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1. A Dampish Squib

I suspect I was not the only one who, as matters progressed yesterday, found myself murmuring "Not so good, not so good." The opening salvos were dished out well enough, and the ten-minute spell after the red card obviously had us all leaping from our seats like men possessed.

Spurs 2-1 Swansea: Four Lilywhite Observations

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1. "It Absolutely Will Not Stop..."

By golly that was relentless stuff, what? Sends you out with a song on your lips, to see a Tottenham team spend around 89 of their allotted 90 hammering away at the door. Having had two weeks off to sun themselves and whatnot, one would think the Swansea mob will need another fairly lengthy lie-down, not to mention a bracing snifter or two, because they were subjected to an absolute non-stop barrage today, the poor mites.

English Premier League

Are you ready for the 25th edition of the Premier League?

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Looking ahead to our 25th season in the Premier League I'm filled with both anticipation and apprehension of what lies ahead for our team. In just a short few days our players will step on the field at the Emirates to play our 925th game in the PL to date our record is won 502, drawn 241 and lost 181 which is the 2nd best all time PL record, shown below.

George's Premiership Predictions April 16 2016

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Leicester City and Tottenham are the only two teams left with a realistic chance of winning the 2015-2016 Premier Peague title.

Leicester duly beat Sunderland 0-2 away last weekend, while Tottenham overcame Manchester United 3-0 thanks to a three goal blitz midway through the second half.

George's Premiership Predictions April 9 2016

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With half a dozen games to go Leicester City remain firmly in charge of the Premier League and it is increasingly looking like their title to lose.

We correctly predicted the 1-0 scoreline last time out as Leicester beat Southampton at home, this time out they travel to the north east to take on a Sunderland team fighting for their survival.

Rangers

Teams won’t fear Rangers in Scottish Cup draw, says Warburton

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he and his players will keep their feet on the ground after booking their place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals for the second time in three years with a 4-0 demolition of Dundee.

The Championship leaders, who are 14 points ahead of Hibernian in their bid to gain promotion back to the Premiership, eased to victory over their top-flight opponents whose eight-match unbeaten run came crashing to an end.

Teams won’t fear Rangers in Scottish Cup draw, says Warburton

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he and his players will keep their feet on the ground after booking their place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals for the second time in three years with a 4-0 demolition of Dundee.

The Championship leaders, who are 14 points ahead of Hibernian in their bid to gain promotion back to the Premiership, eased to victory over their top-flight opponents whose eight-match unbeaten run came crashing to an end.

The Rest

Everton 1-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Conclusions

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1. Slow Start

Cantering past Inter in a pre-season jaunt is one thing, but the whole purpose of those warm-up jamborees was to ensure that our entire mob snapped into the agenda as soon as the referee tooted his whistle to begin 2015/16. Alas, our heroes took to the first half with all the dash and verve of a languid cat casually settling in for forty afternoon winks.

Juan Iturbe declares international allegiance to Paraguay

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Exciting young forward Juan Manuel Iturbe has pledged his international allegiance to Paraguay via social media today. The Roma star, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, was born in Argentina but was raised in Paraguay. He represented Paraguay at U17 and U20 levels and even had a cap for the senior team back in [.