Liverpool vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Everton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On April 20th, Everton make the journey to Anfield to take on rivals Liverpool.  The 226th edition of the Merseyside Derby will take place between two teams that have underachieved in the league, but have done well in other competitions.  Everton are sitting 11th in the league with just 41 points from 33 games, but they'll be at Wembley on Saturday for a semi final match up with Manchester United in the FA Cup.  Liverpool are sitting 8th with 51 …
Roberto Martinez must tinker his football philosophy

Roberto Martinez must tinker his football philosophy

Roberto Martinez's first year in-charge of Everton was full of pleasant surprises. The former Wigan boss did a wonderful job as his side finished in fifth place and gave Arsenal a scare for the last Champions League spot. In hindsight, the 2013-14 season was one of overachievement for the Merseyside managers. Brendan Rodgers took Liverpool to almost win the title, eventually finishing in the second place and his counterpart at Everton ensured Everton finished with the European spot. In striking …
Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Two out of the EPL’s top three in-form sides face each other on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be looking for a remarkable “double” over United – something that hasn't happened since the 1989-1990 season – after their gritty 3-2 win back in September at Old Trafford. Sitting in 4th place and an overwhelming 15 points behind Sunday’s opponents, Manchester United, a title challenge is all but over for Spurs. But with …
Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

So, it's World Cup year. The Premier League is filled with the extra inspiration for players that they have to catch the eye of their national team managers. For England, there have been quite a few names that have come out of the woodwork, and so Roy Hodgson has been given the cliched 'selection headache' that graces every England manager before a big competition. The main area where some of the most expected big names are in danger of facing …
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Crystal Palace | Team News and Key Player Stats

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Crystal Palace | Team News and Key Player Stats

Tottenham take on Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on Saturday in the reverse fixture from the Opening. On that occasion, Spurs grabbed a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a Soldado penalty after a contentious handball incident. It was a winning start for Andre Villas Boas and they went onto win their next two games, but since then things have changed dramatically. With Tim Sherwood now in charge, they are now unbeaten in their last four games in the league, …
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur | Stats, Key Men and Team News

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur | Stats, Key Men and Team News

Both sides have overcome the sticky patches they were going through, but their Champions League hopes will be severely hit if they lose this match. Manchester United have been worse at Old Trafford than they have been on the road, however they did win their last home match against West Ham. After losing against West Brom, Everton and Newcastle at home, a loss against Spurs could plunge them back into disarray. Spurs have been poor in games against fellow Champions …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

In the final segment of the series looking at Andre Villas-Boas’ revolutionary tactics at Tottenham Hotspur, we acquaint you with the changes surrounding the club’s strike-force and Gareth Bale. You can find the previous parts here: Parts 1 &  Part 2 Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs usually played with Emmanuel Adebayor upfront, while Rafael van der Vaart operated as the second-striker. AVB, however, has preferred either Jermain Defoe or Adebayor as the sole poacher, assisted by Bale in a No 10-esque role. …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

In my second part of how Andre Villas-Boas has rebuilt and reshaped Tottenham Hotspur, we look into the new defensive set-up of the team. Part 1 can be found here: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB Part 1 Since taking over the managerial helms at the White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas has inherited a new set of defensive resources. Ledley King bid adieu to domestic football, whilst Jan Vertonghen was brought from Ajax and Steven Caulker returned after an impressive loan-stint …
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