Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham will be full of confidence after their historic mid-week win over Real Madrid in the Champions League and they will want to build further momentum with a win over Crystal Palace. Although the Eagles are at the bottom of the Premier League, they are starting to show improvement under Roy Hodgson after taking four points from the last three matches. In the two meetings between the clubs last season, Spurs took maximum points, but it wasn't easy for them …
What is Going Wrong for Crystal Palace?

What is Going Wrong for Crystal Palace?

Currently sitting in 20th place, both winless, goalless, and pointless, is Crystal Palace. This position would not have been anticipated by most Palace fans and football pundits, after a decent summer transfer window bringing in the permanent transfer of Mamadou Sakho, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Jairo Riedewald. However, despite these additions, the Eagles have looked extremely poor under both Frank de Boer and new manager Roy Hodgson, collecting a series of unwanted records and not managing to score a …
Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Can the influx of 'supercoaches' finally remove anti-intellectualism from English football?

Anti-intellectualism is embedded in the psyche of football fans in this country and it is a huge reason why our success on the international scene has been limited. The problem is showed best by the reaction to Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager. He is by no means a bad manager, but his reputation as an innovative one is over the top. Allardyce did embrace new technologies over a decade ago during his successful spell at Bolton, but the game has …
Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Wayne Rooney must play in midfield

Jose Mourinho surprised many with comments this week stating he plans to play Wayne Rooney as a striker and not in midfield as many predicted. The England and Manchester United captain has been playing in centre midfield for Roy Hodgson's side at the European Championships and ended the season with his domestic side as a midfielder - performing well in their final games. However, Mourinho made it clear the captain would be used as a goal threat despite most people …
England are still England

England are still England

After attention was inevitably drawn to the disgusting scenes on the streets of Marseille, it did eventually switch to events on the pitch at Stade Velodrome, where England were very….. well, England. After using the pre-tournament friendlies to unsuccessfully try out Wayne Rooney behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in a 4-4-2 diamond, Roy Hodgson opted for, what on paper, was a 4-3-3. However, as it turned out, it was too often more like a 4-5-1 for England that left …
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 …
Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

The bookies currently have England as fourth favourites for winning this summer’s European Championships, a price no doubt influenced by people using their hard earned cash to back Roy Hodgson’s side for victory in France. Two clichés spring to mind for me: “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “you never see a poor bookmaker”. Despite the best efforts of the ITV commentary team to build this England side up as the second coming of the Brazil 1970 …
2015-16 Premier League Season Review: Part Two

2015-16 Premier League Season Review: Part Two

Read Part One here... European success On the whole, it’s been disappointing for English clubs competing in Europe in the last five years but this year brought a little bit more success. Last season, not a single English club made it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League – although Sergio Aguero finished 9th in the top goal scorers list for the competition with 6 goals. In 2013-14, Manchester United were knocked out by Bayern Munich in the …
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