Michael Thot

Raised in Seattle WA. Sounders FC, United States, and Liverpool supporter.

Norwich 1 Southampton 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Report

Norwich 1 Southampton 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Report

Southampton fans will surely disagree, but it was a pleasure to see Chris Hughton attempt to stifle the grin that spread across his face after Redmond’s splendid goal. Redmond would give a sign of things to come in just the 4th minute when he dashed inward from the wing to barely miss the target. But it wasn’t until the 2nd half when the 19-year-old gave Norwich what would ultimately be the decisive goal of the match. Given that the goal …
Fulham 1 Arsenal 3 | Match & Tactics Report

Fulham 1 Arsenal 3 | Match & Tactics Report

Craven Cottage was soaked to the bone on Saturday in a match that saw fantastic performances from both Podolski and Cazorla. Arsenal won the match by a comfortable margin. For his part, Giroud also conjured up his third goal in as many matches with smooth finish. Whether or not Arsenal bring in another striker remains to be seen, but Giroud seems to be offering up his best efforts to remain in contention for a starting position. Fulham seemed to take …
Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool narrowly avoided throwing away 2 points with a fantastic double save from Mignolet. New outfield players Aspas and Toure looked solid on their debuts. For Stoke, the largest talking point heading into the game was whether or Mark Hughes’s tactical alterations would be apparent from the outset of the season. That remains to be seen. Stoke still failed to create many chances from open play: only 4, which was equal to the amount of chances they created from set …
Fulham 1 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Match Report

Fulham 1 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Match Report

On Sunday West Londoners Fulham hosted Liverpool at Craven Cottage in match of two halves - yup, that old cliche. Liverpool went down in the 33rd minute, but they wasted no time in equalizing through their superb January signing, Daniel Sturridge. Half-time tactical changes by Brendan Rodgers shored up Liverpool's defense, and they began to catch Fulham again and again on the counter. Sturridge in particular thrived in this match, earning his first premier league hat trick. With his 10th goal …
Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Merseyside Derby Stats & Analysis

Liverpool 0 Everton 0 | Merseyside Derby Stats & Analysis

On a gloriously warm spring day there were no goals but plenty of excitement on display at Anfield. It was an odd match, defined by a typically frenetic derby pace, but the occasion didn't get the best of anyone and both sides were disciplined. In total only 3 yellow cards were shown. The match was defined by width, specifically both teams focused their attacks down the left flank. Everton had a goal disallowed that was arguably harsh, but aside from that, neither team looked …
Fulham 0 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Match Report

Fulham 0 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Match Report

Arsenal ground out a 0-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage through a Per Mertesacker header. Arsenal dominated the game throughout, mostly due to Steve Sidwell's 12th minute ejection for a bad tackle on Mikel Arteta. Despite this, Arsenal struggled to create chances, and Fulham looked capable of stealing a goal at times. Line ups Sidwell returned for The Cottagers for about 12 minutes. He had just missed 3 matches after a dismissal against QPR, and he'll have another suspension …
Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool created a staggering amount of chances, but Reading managed to keep the game scoreless through a fantastic breakout performance by their goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy. Liverpool dominated every metric of this match. It’s a wonder that Reading managed to keep them out, but then again, it’s also a wonder that no one in a Liverpool jersey managed to put a chance away. The Reds had 19 chances at goal, the most of any team this weekend. They also possessed 60% …
Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1 | Tactics & Stats Report

Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1 | Tactics & Stats Report

Poor Sunderland. They deserved more from  a reinvigorated performance that contrasted with the majority for their season. 2 scrappy goals sunk Sunderland's 1 goal lead against Chelsea. This puts a larger ding in their hopes of avoiding the drop. It will sting, because Sunderland actually played pretty well, and the match could have easily gone either way. Paolo di Canio seems to have made an instant tactical impact and will take heart from what was a strong showing despite the scoreline. Lineups …
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