Sam Dean

Swansea 1 – 2 Tottenham | Tactical Review

Swansea 1 – 2 Tottenham | Tactical Review

After consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Fulham, Tottenham’s grip on fourth place was loosening. With Arsenal only four points behind having played a game less, a good result was vital for the North Londoners. Swansea, however, had little to play for. A place in the Europa League has already been confirmed thanks to their League Cup victory, and they are well clear of the relegation zone. With this in mind, Villas-Boas’ side went into the game as strong favourites. Spurs …
The Future is Bright & Red - but which shade? | U23 LFC Vs MUFC Squads

The Future is Bright & Red - but which shade? | U23 LFC Vs MUFC Squads

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have a history of producing players from their academies which are capable of reaching the top level. Both of them also frequently opt to scout and buy young talent from afar, with a view to developing them into future first-teamers. With this in mind, I compared Liverpool’s best Under-23 XI with Man United’s best Under-23 XI (from the current first team squads - using the EPLIndex Tactics Board (Free to use for all)... (NB: Buttner …
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Manchester City: Tactical Review

Aston Villa 0 – 1 Manchester City: Tactical Review

With their title hopes all but evaporated, Manchester City went into Tuesday’s game less concerned with catching Manchester United than holding off Tottenham in third, who were now only two points behind Mancini’s side following their victory in the North London derby. For Aston Villa, their battle against relegation continued and a point would have taken them ahead of Wigan and out of the relegation zone. Line-ups After Yaya Toure impressed in an advanced midfield role against Chelsea last week, …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 2 - 0 Everton

Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 2 - 0 Everton

Although this has traditionally been a fruitful fixture for Manchester United, recent results against Everton meant that there was heightened interest in Sunday’s clash. After a 4-4 draw at the back-end of last season and a 1-0 Everton victory at Goodison Park on the first day of this campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson would have been hoping to put those results behind him and, following Manchester City’s defeat to Southampton, open up a 12 point lead at the top of the …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking to build upon their good performance at Arsenal on Wednesday night, while Manchester City were hoping to close the gap at the top of the table after Manchester United’s win over Fulham on Saturday. Roberto Mancini was hoping that his side would be able to cope without key men Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure and Liverpool would have been trying to produce a similar showing to their first-half performance at the …
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

On Sunday, Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge searching for a repeat performance of this fixture last year. Although there have been some obvious changes for both of the London sides since then – not least the two managerial sackings at Chelsea and the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United – Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would have been hopeful that his side could exploit Chelsea’s indifferent home form and make up for their defeat to Manchester City last week, …