Watford vs West Ham Match Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Watford vs West Ham Match Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Watford have been in fairly good form over the last few match days. The club has notched a healthy 10 points out of a possible 18 in the last 6  with wins over teams like Swansea, Newcastle and Stoke City. On Saturday, they host high flying West Ham United, a side that has taken a cumulative of 14 points in the last 6 games. Team News Watford Spanish midfielder Jurado, who has featured 7 times for Watford this season, could …
What is Happening at West Ham?

What is Happening at West Ham?

About a year ago, the chants across the terraces at the Boleyn Ground were “8 months till Millwall!” as West Ham United were stranded bottom of the table with little reason to be optimistic. The fans were making their discontent towards manager ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce abundantly clear, they didn’t want the former Bolton and Newcastle man at the helm at Upton park. Even after a remarkable resurgence in the New Year that threw the Hammers into a 13th place finish …
Cameroon Vs Croatia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group A

Cameroon Vs Croatia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group A

Croatia and Cameroon meet in the second round of Group A fixtures with both teams needing a result to keep their World Cup hopes alive after losing their first games to Brazil and Mexico respectively. A win for either team will give them a great chance to make it to the last 16, with the losing team knocked out of the tournament, making it a huge game in its importance. Croatia Croatia will count themselves very unlucky to come away …
Why is the Defensive Midfielder Role so Important in a 4-3-3?

Why is the Defensive Midfielder Role so Important in a 4-3-3?

Here is a diagram of the 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) and its passing options. There are many teams that use this formation across the world: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal just to name a few. Each team has a Defensive Midfielder which is vital for the team to function. In this case the Defensive Midfielder is the number 6. The Role of the Defensive midfielder in a 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3) is vital. They are the catalyst of the speed of the play either slow …
Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Giroud Signs for Arsenal | Joins van Persie & Podolski | Stats

Olivier Giroud's capture has been confirmed by Arsenal - joining Lukas Podolski as fresh attacking options for Arsene Wenger in the 2012-13 season.  The arrival of another striker could have signalled the exit of Robin van Persie, but given the relative youth of Giroud (25) and the immense positional flexibility of Podolski (winger, attacking midfielder, centre forward) we expect that this will simply add another petal to the flourishing rotation policy at The Emirates. Giroud enjoyed a strong season in …
Arsenal's Midfield Diamond Broken | QPR 2 Arsenal 1 Stats

Arsenal's Midfield Diamond Broken | QPR 2 Arsenal 1 Stats

In-form Arsenal’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in disappointing fashion, with a 2-1 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday. The first Premier League goals from Adel Taarabt and Diakate for QPR ended the Gunners winning run - whose strike came from Theo Walcott. With seven straight Premier League victories behind them, the visitors bossed the early stages but found their relegation-threatened London rivals in determined mood. Although Arsenal dominated possession by 68% to 32%, they failed …
Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2 | Efficient Gunners Victorious | Stats Report

Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2 | Efficient Gunners Victorious | Stats Report

Arsenal walked away from Anfield with 3 points after a real smash and grab performance courtesy of 2 goals from Robin Van Persie, gaining control of the race for 4thplace and going 10 points ahead of Liverpool who will be cursing their wastefulness in front of goal. The home side hit the post twice and missed a penalty in the first half, taking advantage of Arsenal’s appalling defending. They went ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal before Van Persie …
Arsenal FC | Are Midfield Problems Exaggerated?

Arsenal FC | Are Midfield Problems Exaggerated?

Arsene Wenger, as expected, decided to not delve into the transfer market and replenish a squad that has appeared fatigued and out of sorts in recent weeks. The 0-0 draw with Bolton mid-week highlighted the areas of the squad that many fans have been calling for Wenger to strengthen. Lack of depth in the wings and up front has become very noticeable as the first team have struggled to break down teams and there is no one on the bench …
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