Stoke V Liverpool | Comparison Vs 10/11

Stoke V Liverpool | Comparison Vs 10/11

This will perhaps be one of my shortest posts, as it is clear that the stats from the game against Stoke have been widely reported.  If you wish to see a comparison of Liverpool's key stats compared to Stoke I would suggest you have a look at ICG90's Stoke V Liverpool article on the site. Unfortunately it was the Liverpool fans reaching for the Rennies to deal with the acid indigestion at the end of the game on Saturday (if …
A lucky point earned | QPR v Newcastle

A lucky point earned | QPR v Newcastle

City Defence: Attacking Full-Backs

City Defence: Attacking Full-Backs

One of the features of the systems that Roberto Mancini deploys - be it the 2010/11 possession control model or this years more expansive version is the responsibility he places on the full-backs in the side. With the partnership of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott as the central pairing  shielded by Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong (with Yaya Toure and James Milner able to fill in when required) both full-backs are expected to possess the attacking threat to combine  and create in …
Stoke vs Liverpool - I'm eating my words

Stoke vs Liverpool - I'm eating my words

A second one nil win of the season, and a fourth match unbeaten see’s Tony Pulis’ men rise to 4th in the Premier League table, one place above their opponents yesterday, Liverpool.  It was another dogged performance from Stoke, who saw two of their three big money signings make their debuts in Crouch and Palacios. But it was Walters who become the hero of the day, winning and scoring a penalty midway through the first half, and Begovic kept up …
4-4-2 or 4-5-1? WBA Formation

4-4-2 or 4-5-1? WBA Formation

[caption id="attachment_4249" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="WBA Formation vs Norwich"][/caption] This weekends game against Norwich saw West Brom make their first start of the season with a line up of 4-4-2 instead of 4-5-1. Yes the Baggies may have gotten that illusive win they have been craving since the start of the season, but what did they sacrifice by losing that extra midfield man? Well, simply put... Possession. In comparison to the 5 man midfield that faced Stoke a few weeks ago, …
Fulham V Blackburn Rovers | Preview

Fulham V Blackburn Rovers | Preview

After the tedium of an international break with the season being barely a month old, the proper football is back! Back! Back! And Sky have lined up possibly their lowest wattage Super Sunday line up in their history. If you manage to survive the excitement of Norwich versus West Brom they're serving up the highlight which is Fulham and Blackburn doing battle at Craven Cottage! Since all the buzz and, dare I say it, over inflated excitement of transfer deadline day …
We're singing give us a goal | Swansea

We're singing give us a goal | Swansea

Swansea City's start to the season reads as follows: Played four, Drawn two, Lost two Won none, Scored none. The last statistic is the one that is worrying football fans in South Wales the most, Swansea again had dominant periods in the game against Arsenal but failed to convert any of the opportunities they created into goals. The Swans had 12 shots over the 95 minutes played by Stuart Atwell but only managed to get 2 of these on target. …
Rovers’ deadline day Dann deal

Rovers’ deadline day Dann deal

The final day of the summer transfer window saw Blackburn Rovers conclude deals for three new signings, Scott Dann, Yakubu and Jordan Slew, as they became one of the most active Premier League sides on transfer deadline day. The arrival of Premier League experience in the form of Dann and Yakubu coupled with the retention of captain Chris Samba gives cause for optimism for Steve Kean after what has been a dismal start to the season. [caption id="attachment_4185" align="aligncenter" width="584" …
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