England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

The news that Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater have been dropped tells us a lot about the possible tactical plans of Roy Hodgson. It is generally agreed that England will play a 4-3-3, or a 4-4-2 diamond, in France this summer. Both formations have been tested in the warm up games and the squad announcement suggests that Hodgson is leaning towards the 4-4-2 diamond. He has included five strikers, while the decision to drop Townsend is particularly interesting …
Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City are all set to face-off Manchester United at the Etihad stadium this Sunday. Two teams known to be stellar individually and intense rivals, meet yet again, but have their performances lived upto expectations this season? In all honesty, these are two teams that have been underwhelming-ly ordinary in the Premier League this season – it is nearly 25 years since a Manchester derby was played between two teams both outside the top three. The 170th derby in October …
Chelsea Vs Manchester City Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

Chelsea Vs Manchester City Preview | FA Cup 5th Round

On February 21st, Chelsea welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge for the fifth round of the FA Cup.  While this match up may not be what it would have been six months ago, it's still a huge tie.  The last two Premier League champions will face off will face off in an attempt to help rescue their disappointing seasons. Team News The majority of Chelsea's squad is fit, but they are injury riddled in one particular area.  The Blues will be …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
City Stutter to Win against Swansea

City Stutter to Win against Swansea

Swansea arrived at the Etihad managerless after the sacking of Garry Monk, and the interim manager Alan Curtis made numerous changes. City chose to rest De Bruyne pairing Silva Navas and Sterling ahead of Toure and Ferdandhino. Bony gave City the lead fed by Jesus Navas in the 23rd minute. Pellegrini restoring Silva knows Silva will be key to the run in and was very fortunate that Joe Hart was in top form. City have an abundance of talent but …
Why Man City's Loss Against Liverpool Can Be Good For Them

Why Man City's Loss Against Liverpool Can Be Good For Them

How can a loss be any good for a team that has well..lost? Let alone the fact that this is title-favorites Manchester City who are quite ominous when it comes to playing at home. On Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini resigned to his chair watching his side get torn apart by a new look, revived, scarily intense Liverpool, a result and more so the performance, arguably the most surprising element of the weekend. To start with, Manchester City did have a few …
Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview

Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview

On October 25th, Manchester United welcome their cross town rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford.  This is not just a Manchester derby, it's first verses third.  This is a battle of two teams looking to strengthen their title merits. City go into this top and will be looking to widen the gap to United and keep their two point lead over Arsenal.  City are current favorites for the title, but they'll need to put in some big performances over the coming …
Manchester City vs Sevilla | Champions League Preview

Manchester City vs Sevilla | Champions League Preview

Manchester City welcome Sevilla to the Etihad in round three of this season's UEFA Champions League. After losing their opening fixture to Juventus, City ignited their latest European campaign by coming from behind to claim a last-gasp victory at Borussia Monchengladbach last month. Former Sevilla man Jesus Navas, who now plays for City said,
"For me it will be a game of mixed feelings but I can only think of Manchester. We've got to go as far as we possibly can. …
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