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Mid-Season Review of Pre-Season Premier League Predictions

Mid-Season Review of Pre-Season Premier League Predictions

I made a few predictions at the start of the season. Yes, yes, I know. Only a fool would make predictions. To be honest, I’d be quite happy to be considered a fool by some people but that’s another matter entirely. With the season progressing and moving towards the business end when the prizes are handed out, it would seem like a good idea to reflect upon my predictions and where I went wrong. Or right as the case may …
Everton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Tactical Analysis

Everton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Tactical Analysis

The meeting of Everton and Spurs at Goodison Park promised much but delivered relatively little only coming to life in the later stages of the game. It’s fair to say the game won’t feature on any list of the season’s most entertaining games. Line Ups Martinez made one change to the side following the away win against Aston Villa. With Osman making a significant impact from the bench in that game, his reward was a starting position in midfield with …
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 | Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 | Tactical Analysis

The meeting of the bookmakers two favourites for the Premiership title produced an excellent game that was ultimately decided by a clear goalkeeping error and not by any tactical decisions made by either of the two managers. Line Ups Mourinho brought back the fit again Ashley Cole into the team replacing Azpilicueta. Gary Cahill was favoured over David Luiz and Fernando Torres retained his position as the central striker with Samuel Eto'o on the bench. The attacking trio of Hazard, …
Scotland 2 Croatia 0 | Tactical Analysis - Snodgrass & Naismith Star

Scotland 2 Croatia 0 | Tactical Analysis - Snodgrass & Naismith Star

Swagger Verb.
“Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: "he swaggered along the corridor".
It’s been a long time since Scotland displayed any confidence or arrogance in their play yet there were fleeting moments of such quality last night. Brief glimpses that under Gordon Strachan there is belief in both the system and the players themselves. Scotland claimed one piece of unwelcome history during the course of this qualifying campaign - they lost more than …
Man City 3 Everton 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Man City 3 Everton 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

A very open game at the Etihad saw the fall of the last unbeaten record in the Premiership. Everton held the lead briefly and created a number of clear opportunities in the first half before fading badly in the second half as City took control and the full points. Line Ups Pellegrini made six changes to the side that lost at home midweek against Bayern Munich. Alvaro Negredo made his first Premier League start whilst David Silva had recovered completely …
Aston Villa 3 Man City 2 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa 3 Man City 2 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

"The way we lost this game was incredible. We led twice, and we had control of the game" The words of Manuel Pellegrini after the game and an entirely appropriate description of events. Man City twice led in this game yet somehow conspired to lose all three points despite controlling the game throughout and creating a number of good scoring opportunities. This was a game which could have provided a far more interesting tactical battle than that which actually emerged. Line Ups …
Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

A scoreless draw was played out at the Britannia stadium between Stoke and Man City. Despite the lack of quality in the final third  both managers will be able to draw positives from this encounter which had contained nothing major from a tactical perspective but did show the continuation fo tactical trends that are underway. Line Ups Stoke began with a 4-2-3-1 formation under new manager Mark Hughes. Adams and Jones passed late fitness tests to take their place in …
Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

The transfer window has not even closed yet here was the first North London Derby of the season arriving earlier than normal. With Arsenal being fairly inactive in the transfer market leading up to this game whilst Spurs had set about significantly enhancing their squad, many will have viewed this game as potentially being more than just three points. This represented the opportunity to deliver a major psychological blow for Spurs if they won or for more of the same …
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