Southampton 2 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Southampton 2 Everton 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a fairly entertaining match between two sides who press and pass well, value possession and play in a proactive, eye-pleasing style, two moments of individual mistakes handed Southampton three points and likely ended Everton's dream of a top four finish and Champions League football. The Saints came into this home tie having picked up just four points from their last five matches but did lose out to Cardiff and Spurs by just one goal and despite having nothing to …
Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City lined up in their usual 4-4-2 shape, led by Dzeko and Aguero. Fernandinho and Javi Garcia occupied the central midfield spots in the absence of Toure, flanked by the usual Nasri and Silva, who roamed from their positions constantly behind WBA’s midfield. Hart in goal, supported by a defence of Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis and Gael Clichy. Coming to the Etihad, WBA set up in a similar 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 system. Another English ‘keeper, Ben Foster started in goal behind Jones, …
Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool took a bold step closer to the Premier League title with another arse-clenching, scrappy yet stylish victory. Norwich welcomed them with the very real possibility of relegation hanging over their heads, and three points the desperate objective. Liverpool came without the luxury of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson in the starting line-up, forcing Brendan Rodgers to adapt. Norwich Neil Adams went with his diamond formation to combat Liverpool's threat of midfield dominance and particularly to shut out the early …
Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

David Moyes' return to Goodison Park for the first time as manager of Manchester United ended up being the match in which his side was officially eliminated from the possibility of a top four finish and Champions League football next season. There was practically no hope that a top four finish could be achieved anyway, but it is ironic it became official against his old side, Everton. An Everton team that stepped onto the pitch knowing they needed three points …
Swansea 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a match with three distinct phases, Chelsea were able to put their recent away troubles behind them and pick up three very important points against a Swansea side forced to play the bulk of the match with ten men after the interesting sending of Chico Flores after only sixteen minutes. The loss leaves Swansea on 33 points, just three points off the drop zone, while Chelsea is in a much more comfortable second place in the table and only …
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Incredible. Perhaps the game of this Premier League season, an unbelievable day at Anfield which drew out a dizzying blend of raw emotion, massive goals, controversy, bravery and stupidity, all hinging on  three points and a potential league title for the victors. It was the men in red who made it ten successive league wins, after blitzing City for the first half hour, threatening to do what they did to Everton, Arsenal and Spurs before them. However as pointed out …
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Sunderland 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Sunderland 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Sunderland and Tottenahm came into this Monday night match with just two wins between them across both teams' last five league fixtures. The poor run of form left Sunderland bottom of the Premier League and Spurs sitting just outside a Europa League spot in seventh position, one point behind Manchester United. Tottenham still had an ever so slight chance of catching both Everton and Arsenal to grab a Champions League spot this season but needed this home match to go …
West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

West Ham United 1 Liverpool 2 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

With West Ham finally free from the pressure cooker that is the relegation battle, Liverpool's trip to Upton Park posed a major threat to their ever-increasing title aspirations. The lazy journalists were having a field day, with Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll supposedly the 'Kop flops looking for revenge'. I even saw a very entertaining quote from John Hartson about West Ham 'knocking a few early balls up to him' and 'showing Liverpool what they've been missing out on from …
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