4) Will Watford opt to hold returning players back? With Manchester City not in league action this weekend this is an opportunity for Liverpool can open their lead at the top to a ludicrous 25 points – more than opponents Watford’s haul for the season so far. Nigel Pearson’s first game as Watford manager came at Anfield in December, an impressive performance that nevertheless ended in a 2-0 defeat and presaged their Yuletide mini-surge. “When they came here it was a tough game,” Trent Alexander-Arnold said this week. “With the new manager, it’s tough to break them down.” Well, not that tough – their past five opponents have managed it, and one of them was Tranmere. The Hornets have several players returning from injury, including Tom Cleverley and Ismaïla Sarr, who both came off the bench at Old Trafford last week, and the question is whether it is worth risking their recuperation in this game, which they are unlikely to win … [Read more...] about Premier League and Carabao Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend
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60 min: Zabaleta picks up the first booking of the afternoon after cynically checking McManaman on the halfway line as Wigan broke at pace from a City corner. He knew. "Jacob I am a Wigan supporter who foolishly booked a holiday before the end of the season," says Tom Coulton. "As such I am in Brittany, a land which appears to reject the notion of the FA Cup. You and the bbc website on my phone are my only hope. If City score, please omit to mention it if only to save the French from witnessing a grown Wiganer cry. (The same applies to the MBMer vs arsenal and villa!)." … [Read more...] about Manchester City v Wigan: FA Cup final – as it happened
Jesus may be slight, with an agreeably rat-packish air about him, a footballer who looks as though he might also have popped up playing backing clarinet on an early Chet Baker album. But besides that full range of attacking gears, he also has a harrying physical presence, an intensity that isn’t dissipated away from the comforts of the Etihad Stadium, and which speaks to how the Agüero-Jesus dynamic might work from here. … [Read more...] about Gabriel Jesus: relentless, tenacious, and now ahead of Agüero?