The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

The Overachievers: Crystal Palace

It’s a strange situation Crystal Palace fans find themselves in nowadays. In January it will be five years since the club were placed in administration after the ineptitude of Simon Jordan’s stewardship. Since then, the club has survived and thrived by the slimmest of margins; first, a 2-2 draw in a relegation showdown with Sheffield Wednesday to survive the drop in the Championship. Second, a near-literal last minute buyout by the club’s current owners CPFC2010, saving their club from liquidation. …
Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Louis van Gaal tinkered with formations quite frequently last year, confusing even the most loyal Manchester United supporters. His determination to use different setups and play stars out of position (see: Rooney, Wayne) rubbed many up the wrong way, but some of it stemmed from lacking the right personnel. With a second transfer window under his belt, Van Gaal seems to have acquired the right players to fit his possession-dominant, high line system. How will that translate tactically? Here are the …
How will Bastian Schweinsteiger fit in at Manchester United?

How will Bastian Schweinsteiger fit in at Manchester United?

Bastian Schweinsteiger is all set to join the Red Devils this season in the EPL. The 30-year-old is believed to have told Bayern he does not want to extend his contract, which runs to 2016. Bayern's Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rumenigge said: "We have reached an agreement with Manchester United over a transfer." Schweinsteiger has made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002. Rummenigge added: "It's regrettable because Bastian meant a great deal to the club.” It is delightful news …
Sherwood Vs Rodgers: Timmy Tactically Outclasses Brendan

Sherwood Vs Rodgers: Timmy Tactically Outclasses Brendan

He did it. Tim Sherwood improved his ratio of season to cup final appearances by defeating Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool in what was a comfortable win for Villa in the FA Cup Semi final. Taking nothing away from Sherwood, he just followed what the likes of Swansea, Arsenal and Manchester United have done in the previous month to trouble Liverpool and yet again Brendan Rodgers had no answer for it. The concerning part for Liverpool fans is the fact Rodgers if …
New Formation & Tactical Ideas for Struggling Everton

New Formation & Tactical Ideas for Struggling Everton

The season so far as been long, boring and painful and the Everton fans have been constantly seeing the same style of play, the same boring formation and often come out with the same result. The 4-2-3-1 formation is statically the most used formation in the Premier League and it has been used by Everton even before Roberto Martinez walked into Goodison Park. Although he has actually started to use the 4-3-3 formation (which is frustrating me even more), it …
Manchester United draw at stubborn Tottenham and fantastic Lloris

Manchester United draw at stubborn Tottenham and fantastic Lloris

Tottenham shared the points with Manchester United in a goalless draw after an eventful encounter at White Hart Lane. Heroics from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris were enough to keep the United shooters at bay and earn his team an important result in a quest for a Top 4 finish. The Red Devils will be kicking themselves for not scoring a single goal in the opening 45 minutes after creating more than five clear-cut chances for a breakthrough. The one time …
How Arsenal Won, Lampard's role & Man United's Tactical Tweaks

How Arsenal Won, Lampard's role & Man United's Tactical Tweaks

Sports.Winner.co.uk's Alex Keble (@alexkeble) tactically analyses some of the key moments from the weekend's action.  Arsenal's shift in style and Newcastle's high pressing Inspired by a dramatic stylistic shift in central midfield, Arsenal scored four goals for the first time in the league this season, and, with the introduction of Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlian in a deep midfield position, overcame the lack of charisma and dynamism that has so often held them back. Responding to the incessant complaints of fans and media …
Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 2-1 Everton

Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 2-1 Everton

It was 'Déjà vu' at the Lane as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Everton at home again on Sunday evening. Both sides came into the game having played Europa League matches in midweek, and were also level on points in the Barclays Premier League table. Everton scored the first with a cracking goal from range, but Christian Eriksen scored just six minutes after the opener. The winner came from Roberto Soldado, scoring his first goal in the league this season. The first …
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