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 …
Talismanic Terry Must Be Lured To Brazil

Talismanic Terry Must Be Lured To Brazil

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil rapidly approaching, managers of the national teams involved are getting increasingly closer to the date where they must submit the 23 players they have selected. There are numerous question marks still surrounding those who will go to the tournament for England. Players such as Cleverley and Smalling are being criticised for being included in previous squads, whilst there are huge calls for former captain John Terry to come out of international retirement to …
The Modern Day Use Of Full Backs | Evra, Baines, Enrique Stats 12/13

The Modern Day Use Of Full Backs | Evra, Baines, Enrique Stats 12/13

Football often develops additional roles for players through constant progression in methods of play, putting increased significance on certain tactical styles. New footballing philosophies are created and developed to improve performance levels, and bring fresh ideas into the game. The basis in which players are instructed to be responsible for various duties within any one position is rapidly increasing. This can be seen in every position from goalkeeper through to striker. The ways in which these tactics are instructed upon a …
Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Although conceding a late equaliser against your biggest rivals is a bitter pill to swallow, Evertonians couldn’t afford to be too downhearted at the conclusion of their enthralling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday because, nevertheless, they had just witnessed the greatest attacking performance in a Merseyside derby from the Toffees for several years. Martínez consistently signed off his programme notes at Wigan Athletic with the Spanish expression ‘sin miedo’ meaning ‘without fear’ and that was exactly how his side …
England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

After two defeats in the last week, England fans are again at their most pessimistic heading into a World Cup year. Being beaten by Germany is always tough for England fans, but a somewhat second string Germany side makes the defeat all the worst. Friday night’s loss against Chile was also a bad result, albeit with an experimental English side. What the two games showed is that England do not possess much depth. Injuries aside, the team against Germany was …
Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

With another mandatory international break now in full flow, every football fan across the country is enduring a painful couple of days without seeing their beloved side play regularly whilst the attention has been turned to England’s bid to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. During the agonising wait for league action to be resumed, supporters will spend this period thinking, analysing and discussing how the first two months and a bit have gone for their sides in …
Becca's PL Round Up | Negredo, Baines, Ozil & Creativity Stats

Becca's PL Round Up | Negredo, Baines, Ozil & Creativity Stats

At 5pm on Sunday, all of the top ten Twitter trends in the UK were football based; Arsenal, Manchester Derby, Van Persie, Rooney - the list goes on, even to the extent of #MoyesOut. A bit extreme after just a second loss, but nonetheless, it looks like football continues to dominate the country. And we were treated to another weekend of top Premier League action with some brilliant performances from the likes of Negredo, Baines & Mesut Ozil. Manchester Derby …
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 …
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