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Liverpool v City: best 1-1 draw? | Where was Haaland? | Are Ange’s Spurs still a shot at the title?! | McGinn’s strength also his weakness

Season 5, Ep. 38

While Mark Schwarzer is granted a hall pass for the week, Phil Kitromilides takes the driver’s wheel and is joined by Michael Bridges and Julien Laurens as they rip apart the title chases in the Premier League and LALIGA:


  • Liverpool v Manchester City: is it one of the great 1-1 draws? We were exhausted!
  • Disagreement over whose title it is going be! (from Bridgey - with himself - that is... we think he nominated all three at various stages!)
  • Was it a penalty late in the game to Liverpool... an error that could prove costly for the Reds?
  • Where on earth was Erling Haaland?
  • HOW, with so many players out, are Liverpool competing at such a high level?
  • Arsenal still well & truly in the picture - this is why.
  • WILD predictions that Spurs could still run at the title... or at least cause some trouble at the pointy end!
  • John McGinn MUST get his head right in the game.
  • LALIGA's young gun brigade: THIS is why you need to keep watching this great competition.


See every match of the Premier League, LALIGA, UEFA EURO 2024 and WSL live and on-demand on Optus Sport.


Listen to Ange Postecoglou on Optus Sport's award-winning limited series: Football Belongs, charting the cultural threads of Australian society through the lens of nine football matches:


Acast: https://play.acast.com/s/football-belongs

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