Everton 1 Chelsea 2 | Tactical Analysis

Everton 1 Chelsea 2 | Tactical Analysis

On Rafa Benitez's first return to Merseyside as Chelsea manager, a Frank Lampard double secured the three points for Chelsea. After a Steven Pienaar goal allowed Everton to take the lead in a closely fought match, Chelsea showed their big match experience, taking all three points despite not playing as well as their opponents. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_24129" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Everton vs Chelsea Line-Up's[/caption] Everton lined up in a 4-4-2 with Victor Anichebe and Johnny Heitinga getting starts due to injuries …
Tactical Analysis: Swansea 1 Manchester United 1

Tactical Analysis: Swansea 1 Manchester United 1

Manchester United thoroughly dominated this fixture vs Swansea, and but for some very poor finishing and lack of a good quality final pass/cross, would have won by a few goals. However, Swansea defended very stoutly and did very well to win a point against the league leaders. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_23856" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Line-Up's[/caption] Swansea lined up in a 4-2-3-1, with Michu leading the line for Swansea, which added both speed and height, up against the central defensive pairing of Vidic …
Tactical Analysis: Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3 | Rafa gets his 1st win

Tactical Analysis: Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3 | Rafa gets his 1st win

In a fairly comprehensive winning display by Chelsea, their main marksman, Fernando Torres was able to continue his goalscoring exploits from midweek, with another 2 goals and an assist in this match as Rafa Benitez claimed his first Premier League win for Chelsea. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_23229" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Sunderland vs Chelsea Line-Up's[/caption] Sunderland played a 4-4-1-1 formation in this fixture with Connor Wickham playing as the lone striker, with Sessegnon playing in behind to assist him. Sunderland set up with …
Everton 1 Arsenal 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 1 Arsenal 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a match where Everton had the better of play, a draw was a good, if not lucky, result for Arsenal. Everton played very tenaciously and used smart tactics to thwart Arsenal in their attempts to create goalscoring chances. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_22472" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Line-Up's[/caption] Everton lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Fellaini occupying his normal position between the midfield and defensive line of the opposition. This meant that Arteta was more withdrawn in his role as he was …
Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0 | Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0 | Tactical Analysis

In a match which ended in a stalemate, Aston Villa put in a very good performance, to get the point which moved them out of the relegation zone. The Arsenal display generated severe disapproval and disappointment from the fans at the ground, after a sub-par performance from the team. Team Line-Ups [caption id="attachment_22364" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Aston Villa vs Arsenal Line-Up's[/caption] Arsenal lined up in their usual formation, 4-2-3-1, but Arsene Wenger decided to rest some usual starting players, in Bacary Sagna, Thomas …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 5 Aston Villa 0

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 5 Aston Villa 0

In a match which Manchester City dominated from start to finish, they rightly were with victors with a 5-0 scoreline, which could have been even more. City enjoyed 67% possession throughout the game and had many attacking opportunities, with 26 shots in total. Formation As per usual with the City team, there was a lot of fluid movement of the players. Often Nasri would come inside, Aguero push to the left and Tevez go to the central point of the …
Arsenal Statistical Comparison: Kieran Gibbs vs Andre Santos

Arsenal Statistical Comparison: Kieran Gibbs vs Andre Santos

As Arsenal fans know the player that the club has missed the most recently has been Kieran Gibbs. With Gibbs having been out injured, Andre Santos has come in but has come under a lot of scrutiny with some of his performances. This piece will look at a number of statistics comparing the two left backs, and leave it up to the reader to decide how much Arsenal have missed Kieran Gibbs. The stats have come from the 7 league …
Arsenal 3 Fulham 3 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Fulham 3 | Tactical Analysis

In a match where both sides had their chances to win, these sides deservedly drew in this fixture. Arsenal started this match brightly with two goals inside the first 23 minutes, before Fulham scored two goals before the half time break. Despite the match ending 3-3, the action didn't stop until the last whistle, with Mikel Arteta having a 95th minute penalty saved by Mark Schwarzer, the Fulham keeper. Line-ups Arsenal lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, while Fulham lined …