My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

My Full Back's More Useful Than Yours | Johnson, Walker & Evra Vs Gunter, Debuchy & Cameron

The Full Back position is one that has evolved rapidly since the inception of the EPL, and so has the importance that this role plays in a team. It is no longer about being a solid defender with the ability to "stick it in the mixer", but a position that can involve being a key attacking wide player who’s team relies on them to provide the width for an otherwise narrow attacking threat. It says it all that Leighton Baines …
EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

Week 3 of the Premier League has been and gone, the Manager Impact Index has been updated and, as with the first 2 weeks, there were some big winners and some poor losers.  The leader is a bit of a surprise, whereas the bottom 3 probably won't surprise anyone.  Still, we're only 3 games in.... If you're new to the EPL Manager Impact Index it may be worth having a read of the explanation before you dive in, it can …
Mark Hughes: Creating a New Stoke City | Stats Analysis

Mark Hughes: Creating a New Stoke City | Stats Analysis

In a summer filled with managerial switches at big clubs, Stoke City's decision to replace Tony Pulis with Mark Hughes offered arguably the most dramatic change in any one team's playing style.  Upon his hire, Hughes remarked, "It's not a case of wiping away all the hard work that's been put in place over previous seasons.  That would be crazy.  But I would like to think I can make them a bit more offensive and maybe that's where the club …
West Ham United v Stoke City Preview | Odds, Stats & Team News

West Ham United v Stoke City Preview | Odds, Stats & Team News

West Ham United welcome Stoke City to Upton Park this weekend, as both teams look for their second win of the season. The Hammers defeated newcomers Cardiff City on the opening day of the season but could only manage a draw against Newcastle United last week. Home form has always been a strong point for Sam Allardyce’s side and they will be hoping to benefit from that on Saturday. Stoke are heading to London on the back of a win …
Stoke City v Crystal Palace Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Stoke City v Crystal Palace Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Crystal Palace travel to Stoke this week after both teams suffered an opening weekend 1-0 defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool respectively and hope to overcome penalty kick heartache. The departure of Tony Pulis during the summer caused many to believe a change of playing style would occur at Stoke this season, and whilst there were signs of keeping the possession better, the adaptation of style is set to be a patient one as Mark Hughes is wary of the damage …
Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool 1 Stoke City 0 | Match Stats & Tactics Report

Liverpool narrowly avoided throwing away 2 points with a fantastic double save from Mignolet. New outfield players Aspas and Toure looked solid on their debuts. For Stoke, the largest talking point heading into the game was whether or Mark Hughes’s tactical alterations would be apparent from the outset of the season. That remains to be seen. Stoke still failed to create many chances from open play: only 4, which was equal to the amount of chances they created from set …
EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

EPL Preview: The La Liga Influx - Navas, Soldado, Aspas & Medel et al

The current financial mess that clubs in La Liga find themselves in means there is little transfer spending in evidence in the domestic game. Aside from Barcelona and Real Madrid, only Villarreal, Granada, Valladolid and Elche have a net spend in transfer dealings. Cumulatively, the four clubs have a net spend of approximately £12m, enough to buy you half of Roberto Soldado. Spanish clubs have had to improve their scouting network and youth development to secure players for their squads. …
Liverpool Vs Stoke Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players: Coutinho & Shawcross!

Liverpool Vs Stoke Preview | Stats, Odds & Key Players: Coutinho & Shawcross!

The first game of the 2013/2014 Premier League season sees a new look Stoke City head to Anfield to take on Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool in Saturdays early kick off. Liverpool will be looking to push on under Brendan Rodgers this season and challenge for a Champions League place after finishing 7th in their last campaign. The former Swansea manager has boosted his squad with the signings of  Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet, while Andy Carroll, Jonjo …
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