West Ham vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

After coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Hull City, West Ham United welcome Liverpool to Upton Park in the Saturday tea-time encounter. The Hammers go into the game in 13th place after picking up four points from their first four games whilst Gerrard and co have lost two of their four matches to sit eighth going into the weekend. The Reds go into the game on the back of a shock defeat at home to Aston Villa after a …
Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool paid the price for a lack of cutting edge against a hungry, high flying Aston Villa team now firmly finding their feet under Paul Lambert and Roy Keane with a near-flawless start to the season. Aston Villa coming to Anfield remains one of Brendan Rodgers few tactical jigsaw puzzles he is yet to figure out. The Birmingham side have flourished at Liverpool for the last few seasons now with the same mindset and strategy on each visit. It has …
Balotelli vs Tottenham | Player Performance Analysis

Balotelli vs Tottenham | Player Performance Analysis

On Sunday 31st of August, "Super" Mario Balotelli made his long awaited return the the Premier League as a Liverpool player in their game against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane. His previous time in the league had been showered with controversy on and off the pitch. Whether it be getting red cards, stamping on Scott Parker or setting off fireworks through his bathroom window, many pundits, fans and players wondered if anything would change, would he still be lazy …
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Spurs looked to take revenge on Liverpool for their 5-0 and 4-0 routs last season, and this was the new look starting line up that Mauricio Pochettino went with, who had a fantastic run-out the week before against QPR: Rodgers had already found the recipe for defeating Pochettino by going with the diamond away from home against Southampton last season. In that game Coutinho through the middle hadn't worked, and Sterling was brought on at the tip of the diamond …
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Spurs are hoping to maintain their unbeaten run under Mauricio Pochettino's reign when Liverpool arrive at White Hart Lane on Sunday lunch-time, but Spurs fans are hoping for revenge after Brendan Rodgers' men humiliated Spurs both home and away last season, registering a 9-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane and Anfield. It's a role reversal for both clubs throughout the summer, Liverpool have lost their star man to La Liga for an astronomical fee, much like Spurs' main man the …
Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

On Thursday, Italy take on Costa Rica, a match between the two teams that won their opening games in Group D. Before the tournament, some would have believed that Italy would go into the game with three points under their belt, but few would have believed that the Costa Ricans would go into the game top of the group. Italy showed their experience and quality to beat England in their opening game. A win in this fixture will almost certainly …
Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Over-rated, over-valued or magnified, no matter how you rate this English team they have gone into this tournament with no expectations at all from inside, or from outside their country. Before his opening match with England, Pirlo exclaimed that the English are over-rated as always. In a view that has also been expressed by the current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, English players have always been under scrutiny in big tournaments. As the current English side draws no comparison with …
England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

Group D is seen as one of the tougher groups in this year’s World Cup, and it is hard to know for certain who will progress. England take on Italy in Manaus on Saturday as both teams kick off their World Cup campaigns. The two teams will be looking to get off to the best start possible as they find themselves in a tough group. England won only one of their three warm up games for the tournament, but friendly …
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