Southampton vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Southampton vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On November 19th, Southampton welcome Liverpool to St Mary's as the Premier League resumes after the final international break of the year.  Southampton welcomed the international break with open arms after consecutive losses to Chelsea and relegation favorites Hull City.  After a five game unbeaten run, the Saints started to fall off and will hope the break can help them refocus and get their form back. Liverpool on the other hand didn't want the games to stop with three wins …
Southampton vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Southampton vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Chelsea have put themselves in a good position in the table after a run of bad form. They will be travelling to face a dangerous Southampton side on Sunday and it will be a difficult test for Antonio Conte's side. It is important that they don't suffer from over-confidence after their convincing victory over Manchester United last weekend. This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting fixtures of gameweek ten and we will be able to learn a …
One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

One-Touch Passing - Is It Key for League Success?

“…Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.” – Johan Cruyff
Many football teams lay a great importance on quick passing and movement (one-touch passing), perhaps none more so than Barcelona, where the great Cruyff himself instilled this philosophy. In the Premier League, Arsenal are the biggest proponents of this philosophy but most others, including Liverpool – other than the six months under Hodgson, Manchester United, …
Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

Drop in Clean Sheets – Better Offence or Worse Defence?

“I told them, [get] the clean sheet, I buy everybody a pizza. I think they wait until I improve my offer, okay a pizza and a hot dog.” – Claudio Ranieri, Leicester Manager during their title-winning season Clean sheets are important. For Ranieri, they are important enough to throw in a hot dog along with his already generous offer of pizzas (which he actually treated his players to) as an incentive for his players to get one. For others such …
The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

And Lord Carragher said unto Lord Neville at MNF, "I look at fullbacks and think, there's only two things for a fullback- you're either a failed winger or a failed centre-back. No one wants to grow up and become a Gary Neville." Wonder what Gareth Bale or Paolo Maldini have to say about that. The job of a modern day full-back is unbelievably demanding, which also coincides with the dearth of world class fullbacks. The fullbacks are responsible for providing …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

The 2016-17 season is in full flow and already it's thrown up some astonishing results. Arsenal's 3-0 victory against Chelsea last weekend was unpredictable, whilst Liverpool's impressive start to the campaign continued with an emphatic 5-1 hammering of Hull City. Even Manchester United fans wouldn't have expected to beat the defending champions 4-1 and it was the eleventh time this season a Premier League team scored four or more goals past an opponent. The opening weekend alone saw 28 goals …
Arsenal vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal take on Southampton this Saturday at the Emirates stadium. The Gunners will be looking to pocket their first home win of this season. After a highly disappointing start, Arsenal won against Watford in their last game. Meanwhile Southampton are yet to win a game. They've drawn two matches and lost one against the Red Devils. The Saints are looking to seal three points, and stop playing matches resulting in draws. Team News Arsenal Shkodran Mustafi suffered a light blow …
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