Liverpool Finally Beat a Tony Pulis Side

Liverpool Finally Beat a Tony Pulis Side

Tony Pulis, the name itself evokes a sense of tedium and a bit of apprehension among Liverpool supporters. He, of the long ball game, of the extremely physical style of play and of gritty determination, brought his West Bromwich Albion side to Anfield this weekend, and the media – mainstream as well as social – was abuzz with stats about Pulis’ great record against the Reds. Pulis’ sides had not lost a league game against Liverpool since the February of …
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, …
Liverpool vs West Brom Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs West Brom Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After a rather tedious display of football against their arch rivals Manchester United, Liverpool will be hoping for better returns when they host West Bromwich Albion on matchday nine of the Premier League on Saturday. The Jurgen Klopp led side have been in good form coming into the game, barring the draw against Manchester United and will be keen to consolidate their position in the top 4 with a positive result against West Brom. Despite West Brom’s troubles over the …
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 …
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On October 15th, Tottenham travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion.  After their huge victory against Manchester City, Spurs will try to keep their unbeaten start to the season going as they travel north to take on Tony Pulis' side. The Baggies are off to a pretty decent start to the season, with only two losses in their first seven matches.  No team has drawn more games than the Baggies so far, although three other teams have …
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 …
Scouting Report: The Baggies' Sam Field

Scouting Report: The Baggies' Sam Field

West Bromwich Albion have hardly ever been a side known to be a hub of upcoming youngsters, who are ready to take the world by storm. And Tony Pulis has always been a manager who prefers to make maximum utilisation of bruisers in whichever side he manages, be it his famous Stoke City outfit, his Crystal Palace side or his current West Brom side. The presence of youngsters under Tony Pulis is slightly rare, as compared to managers like Sam …
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