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West Ham's stadium issues laid bare


Manchester derby: History of cup clashes

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West Ham's London Stadium issues laid bare after Chelsea trouble

Liam Twomey describes the scenes at London Stadium after violence escalated between West Ham and Chelsea supporters in the EFL Cup.

The London Stadium's first major test collapsed into near-chaos. West Ham's 2-1 win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night saw Slaven Bilic's team put in their best performance at their new home and yet the club was left defending a night of ugly crowd scenes -- with seven arrests made so far and a Football Association investigation launched.

Without the outbreak of violence that took place in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand as Chelsea fans made for the exit just before full-time, the evening...

Former title rivals Spurs, Leicester face off in clash of contrasting centre-backs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Steve Nicol say Spurs are struggling to score without Harry Kane in the lineup.

They meet as opposites and equivalents. When Tottenham host Leicester on Saturday, it is not merely a reunion of the 2015-16 Premier League title rivals. It's a clash of ideas about how to prevent goals from being scored. The match should offer an example of completely contrasting centre-backs, but with the caveat that last season showed that very different methods can both be successful.

Leicester's Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are the throwback duo, all brawn and bulk. Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld...

Manchester derby: Cup clashes since 2010 between United and City

The ESPN FC crew break down how important the EFL Round of 16 match is for both Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Manchester derby has seen some great games outside the Premier League in recent years. Here are five since 2010 when United and City went toe-to-toe.

Jan. 19, 2010 - League Cup semifinal, first leg: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United

Carlos Tevez tormented his old club (and former teammate Gary Neville in particular) as City looked to end their 34-year wait for silverware. Neville had criticised the Argentina forward in the build-up after he had moved across the city in the summer, saying...

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Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Derby day tale of the tape

The ESPN FC crew break down how important the EFL Round of 16 match is for both Manchester United and Manchester City.

Manchester's expected dominance of English football is not going to plan. United are licking their wounds after a 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea, while City's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday followed their own 4-0 humbling, suffered at Barcelona last Wednesday. Pep Guardiola's City have now gone five matches without a win, while Jose Mourinho's United have won just one of their last four.

At such a troubled time, perhaps the last thing either manager wants is to come up against their arch-rival, and...

 By Michael Cox

Why do stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo take the penalties?

Lionel Messi converted a crucial penalty at the weekend but hasn't had the best spot-kick record.

On Saturday, Lionel Messi buried a 94th-minute penalty past Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves at the Mestalla. It was a hugely significant goal that meant Barcelona travelled back up the coast with three points after a 3-2 victory. In a wider context, it might have a significant impact upon Messi's goal-scoring record at the end of his career.

For all Messi's superhuman talents -- there's an argument that the Argentine is or has been the world's best dribbler, creator and goal scorer during his...

Qatar-owned La Cultural's Real Madrid clash could lead to better things

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses how Cristiano Ronaldo can turn around his slowest ever La Liga start.

A staple of each Spanish season is when a small lower division club "wins the lottery" and draws one of the La Liga giants in the Copa del Rey.

This year the TV cameras were at the ground of Segunda B side La Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa to capture the screams and cheers as the part-timers learned they would face Real Madrid in the round of 32.

Madrid's opponents this year are no ordinary minnows however, even though their 93 years of history includes just one season in the Primera Division. La...