Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Manchester United (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has essentially been playing down the importance of the FA Cup, but it has a lot more significance than he publicly acknowledges. For all four teams involved in the semi-finals, it’s the only chance to win a trophy this season. For Spurs, it would end their decade long trophy drought.

While Tottenham has certainly made tremendous strides under Pochettino, especially so in regards to European football, the north London side still hasn’t attained any silverware under his tenure. They will playing Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Man United at Wembley Stadium, Tottenham’s temporary home for the season.

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United vs Tottenham: FA Cup Semifinal Preview, Prediction, Team News

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Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, their temporary home for the season, in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims that being in Wembley will not be a home field advantage, but I guess we’ll just have to see if he’s right about that or not.

Both teams come into this match looking to get to the final and then secure their first trophy of the season. For all four semifinalists, it is the last remaining opportunity for a trophy this season.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham (FA Cup Semifinal)

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Heading into last night’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the midweek league clash would be an open tryout of sorts for the FA Cup semifinal versus Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

Don’t buy it; Mourinho will select his best team possible this weekend. He was always going to pick the best XI, regardless of who did what versus the Cherries. While there is reason to doubt the veracity of that Mourinho commentary, what he said after the match was definitely honest and spot on.

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Arsene Wenger Doesn’t See Problems with Attendance, Empty Seats

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Once again the prevalence of empty seats at Arsenal home games is a hot topic, and again Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is in denial about the problem. Attendance has been decreasing as the Gunners have long been out of the race for a top four finish, and we really didn’t have a league title race this season as Manchester City took off right out of the gate and never looked back.

Arsenal are currently in sixth place, and still in danger of losing their position to Burnley and finding themselves, potentially, out of Europe all together next season. Almost one third of seats at the Emirates have been in empty for recent league games, but the last time Wenger discussed dwindling attendance, he blamed it on Easter Sunday.

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Liverpool FC Reveal New 2018-19 Home Kit (Photos)

It’s that time of year again- when clubs reveal their new home kits for the next season (available for purchase of course). Late April to early May is also a great time for supporters to go online and get the current kit at a greatly reduced rate.

However, today is all about “out with the old, in with the new” at Liverpool FC, and just a few hours ago, their shirt manufacturer partner New Balance unveiled these sharp beauties.  The new kit comes with a smaller collar, and a nice clean, basic red and white combination throughout.

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Antonio Conte Says Chelsea So Much Harder to Manage than Burnley

When Burnley upset Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on opening day it was sign of bad things to come for the Blues this season. For Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, it’s been a year of much strife, both public and private. There’s been a ton of speculation, over the course of this season, about his potential sacking.

Expectations are higher at Chelsea than at most clubs, and if you don’t produce, then you are out. Chelsea will have their rematch with Burnley tomorrow night at the Turf Moor, and ahead of this clash, Conte described the vast difference between managing at a club like Chelsea and managing at a club like Burnley.

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Jose Mourinho Defends Paul Pogba From Paul Scholes’ Criticism

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Paul Pogba has certainly had an up and down couple of weeks recently. In the 3-2 Manchester derby win at the Etihad, he was arguably the most dominant player in the Premier League that week. In the 1-0 West Bromwich Albion loss this past weekend, the Frenchman was totally abominable. Tonight, in the 2-0 win at Bournemouth, he was again elite.

After the match, United manager Jose Mourinho had a lot of praise for Pogba, and he also defended his midfielder against the criticisms made by club legend Paul Scholes.

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Notre Dame Football: Five Biggest Storylines to Watch in Blue-Gold Game

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The Notre Dame football program concludes their spring session of 15 practices on Saturday with the 2018 Blue-Gold intrasquad game. One thing’s for sure this weekend, the Notre Dame football team will pick up another “win.”

But seriously folks…this spring session is one that’s been filled with optimism, as the Fighting Irish have a lot of positive momentum to build upon. The program broke their New Year’s Day bowl game drought, a losing streak that had reached seven games, and extended all the way back to the 1994 Cotton Bowl. That’s history now, as the Irish handled a very good LSU team, with back-up quarterback Ian Book becoming one of the game’s heroes.

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Eight Manchester United Players Who Could Leave this Summer

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All signs point to a massive overhaul at Old Trafford this summer, as there could be as many as ten player arrivals and departures combined. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the team will not spend “crazy” money to try and catch up to rivals Manchester City, but clearly some change is coming, and it is certainly needed.

United will definitely need to buy a midfielder, as Michael Carrick will retire and join the Red Devils coaching staff. So while the Captain is the only player 100% certain not to be on the roster next year, let’s look at who else could leave, and we ranked them in descending order from most likely to leave Manchester United to least.

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Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah Leads PFA Team of the year

Liverpool Winger Mohamed Salah is the favorite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and later this month the winner will be announced. The Egyptian magician on the pitch did win one honor today however, as he was named to the PFA Team of the Year.

Joining him on the team today are four of the other five players named to the PFA POY short list: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, and Manchester City duo- Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

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Marouane Fellaini Reportedly Headed for Old Trafford Exit this Summer

As they said during the Watergate scandal “follow the money.” Or to be more contemporary, as he heard rapped in Hamilton, “follow the money and see where it goes,” and that’s apparently what Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini intends to do this summer.

The polarizing player, looking for a substantial wage hike above his current salary of £120,000 per week, has reportedly turned down two contract extension offers from Old Trafford.

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Anthony Martial Drawing Interest From Juventus, Bayern and Barcelona

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Manchester United have two stellar young forwards who just can’t seem to find regular, consistent first team football in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Given how both players have loads of potential, but too often find themselves on the bench, the transfer rumors have been flying fast and furious.

Earlier this month, there were plenty of reports about a potential Rashford exit. Not the transfer rumors are shifting more towards Martial. Multiple reports have suggested that Martial rejected a new contract offer over concerns about his lack of playing time. He’s only started only four games, and has not scored a single goal since Alexis Sanchez arrived from Arsenal in January.

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