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The 2 Robbies: Roberto Martinez’s Tactical Masterclass

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This World Cup has certainly lived up to the hype! In today’s pod, Earle and Mustoe preview the World Cup Semi-Finals of France-Belgium and Croatia-England. The guys also look back at the Quarter-Finals and highlight the impressive play of Lloris, Kante, Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Pickford & Trippier (among many others…)

Are you one of those who think Roberto Martinez is not a tactician, that he gets by on attacking talent?

Well, I’m not amongst your ranks right now, and the 2 Robbies are not either. Maybe there’s some pro-Rob love in there, but we digress…

Watch Live: Everton vs. Southampton

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Southampton looks to climb out of the drop zone, at least for a day, when it visits Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg enters the game for Southampton, while ex-Saints man Cuco Martina is on the bench for Everton.

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Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gana Gueye, Davies, Bolasie, Vlasic, Tosun. Subs: Robles, Martina, Niasse, Klaassen, Funes Mori, Kenny, Baningime.

Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Tadic, Austin. Subs: Forster, Stephens, McQueen, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Long, Gabbiadini.

Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

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Wilfried Zaha is back, but on the bench as Crystal Palace visits Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Benteke, Sorloth. Subs: Cavalieri, Sakho, Souare, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald, Lee, Zaha.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Ampadu, Bakayoko, Emerson, Moses, Pedro, Morata.

Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

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Florian Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles anchor Newcastle United’s effort to slow Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

The Magpies held the Reds 1-1 at St. James’ Park, but away is another story against Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Co.

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Dejan Lovren pairs with Virgil Van Dijk in the center of Liverpool’s back line as the Reds aim to go second.

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Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Gomez, Moreno, Lallana, Solanke, Matip

Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Murphy, Diame, Merino, Kenedy, Atsu, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden, Ritchie, Perez, Joselu

WATCH LIVE: Watford vs. Everton

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Everton looks to keep its Top Seven hopes alive with a visit to Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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The sides contested a 3-2 thriller at Goodison Park when David Unsworth was caretaker boss of the Toffees, and of course it’s now Sam Allardyce at the wheel.

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Watford: Karnezis; Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney. Subs: Gomes, Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.

Everton: Pickford, Martina, Keane, Williams, Kenny, Davies, Gana Gueye, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Niasse. Subs: Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt