Top Four Analysis: Who Has the Strongest 4231 Line-Up?

Top Four Analysis: Who Has the Strongest 4231 Line-Up?

In the modern game it's not often teams stick to formations, they're used as a template and a base to build from with so many interchangeable players that these clubs have at their disposal. Having said that, one of the most used formations in the Premier League is 4231. It's the sort of formation that gives you balance and a solid defensive base which are two of the things you need within the Premier League to challenge. With this in …
Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

This article will take a look at the “new” 3-4-1-2 of Liverpool FC when in-possession. It will then compare the 4-2-3-1 formation to the 3-4-1-2, using Crystal Palace (5th October 2013) and Norwich (19th January 2013) as precedents. This article considers the in-possession formation only. This isn’t the first time Liverpool have experimented with a back three under Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool used a 3-4-1-2 around this time last year for a short period of time. Chris Davies (Liverpool’s Head …
Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
Tactical Analysis: West Brom vs. Chelsea, 2-1

Tactical Analysis: West Brom vs. Chelsea, 2-1

Chelsea’s downturn of form continued at the Hawthorns, with a 2-1 loss to West Brom. It is now no wins in four league games (L, D, D, L) for the European Champions. On the other hand, West Brom under the tutelage of Steve Clarke, have continued their strong performances throughout the season so far – this win sees them go into 4th, 1 point behind Chelsea. Line Ups West Brom lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1, however, Gareth McAuley and …
Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

This was a surprisingly poor game between two of the biggest teams in the Premier League. There were few tactical battles of note and both goals – John Terry and Luis Suarez the scorers – came via set pieces. The only real point of interest was Brendan Rodgers’ decision to move to a back three and his subsequent change back to the favoured formation midway through the second half. Line Ups Roberto Di Matteo used the 4-2-3-1 formation, as he …
Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

A goal from substitute Sergio Agüero came in between two thumping free kicks as Manchester City recorded their first clean sheet of the season in a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland. Kolarov Goal (1-0) After 5 minutes Manchester City took the lead thanks to a brilliant Kolarov free kick. The free kick came from a crude challenge from Cuellar on Carlos Tevez after Manchester City had counter attacked with unstoppable pace. Adam Johnson had isolated Aleksandar Kolarov and tried to cut …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal produced a fluid and dominant display as they dispatched a hapless, newly promoted, Southampton. The game ended 6-1 but was over when Podolski smashed home a 30th minute free-kick to make it 2-0. Line-Ups Arsenal set out a somewhat experimental front three, with Gervinho chosen to lead the line in the middle ahead of new signing Olivier Giroud. He was flanked by Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 and had a wealth of attacking talent, with …
Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Chelsea is top of the table after a scrapping to a 1-0 win over a disciplined Stoke side. The 85th minute winner, courtesy of Ashley Cole perhaps papers over the cracks of what was a tactically poor display from Chelsea. Line Ups Chelsea’s two changes from the midweek draw against Juventus were to rest John Terry and Frank Lampard. In their place came Gary Cahill and Juan Mata. This was Roberto Di Matteo’s first chance to test out the young …
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