Stoke City 2 Manchester United 1 | Analysis

Stoke City 2 Manchester United 1 | Analysis

Stoke City were looking to avoid losing four Premier League games in a row for the first time since February 2012. Manchester United have won 10 and lost none of the 11 Premier League meetings with the Potters. Manchester United have earned 20 points away from home this season, only Arsenal (26) and Tottenham (25) have more. Robin van Persie has scored a goal in five of his last six Premier League appearances (five goals in total). On a day …
Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 | Post Match Analysis

Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 | Post Match Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

In the absence of Andy Carroll through long term injury, West Ham again opted to pack the midfield in a 4-6-0, with Kevin Nolan, who occasionally ventured forward providing the Hammers’ biggest goal threat on the night, alongside emerging star Ravel Morrison, who accompanied him in a more attack minded four, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole making up foursome on either side. And yet packing the midfield didn’t pay dividends for Sam Allardyce’s side, having only 45% of the possession …
Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0 | Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0 | Tactical Analysis

Sunderland lined up in a 4141, Ki holding in front of Wes Brown and John O’Shea, having a player in this position allowed Sunderland not only to track the forward runs of Yaya Toure, often a contingency plan for Manchester City when they happen to be a goal behind, a situation Manuel Pellegrini will think he finds himself in too often, especially away from the Etihad. The other purpose was to divert Manchester City’s attack to the flanks, and encouraging …
Manchester City 7 Norwich City 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 7 Norwich City 0 | Tactical Analysis

The major talking point for the home side is obviously the replacement of Joe Hart with Costel Pantilimon. The 6”8 stopper provided a solid display in the 0-2 win at Newcastle in the Capital One Cup, and kept another clean sheet in the game at the Etihad, albeit with little to do in the game. Alvaro Negredo came into the side, ready to continue his scintillating partnership with diminutive Argentine, Sergio Aguero. Changes were made in both goals, with Norwich …
Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Brom 1 | Tactical Analysis

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez both retained their spots in the starting lineup, the latter scoring 13 goals in as many league games. On loan Chelsea man Victor Moses dropped to the bench to accommodate Lucas Leiva, with Gerrard filling into the hole created in the Nigerian’s absence. Berahino was replaced by Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman has yet to register for the Baggies this season. Boaz Myhill continued to deputise in the place of the injured Ben Foster. As was …
Arsenal 4 Norwich 1 | Match Report and Stats Analysis

Arsenal 4 Norwich 1 | Match Report and Stats Analysis

Santi Cazorla recovered from an ankle injury to slot into the Arsenal starting XI for their clash against Norwich on the weekend. Bacary Sagna replaced Carl Jenkinson, after picking up a knock and star man Mesut Özil also recovered from a minor knock to feature against the Canaries. Olivier Giroud continued to lead the line. The only change for Norwich came in the form of £5m summer signing Gary Hooper, making his first full start for Norwich, replacing Ricky Van …
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