Costa Rica vs Greece Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

Costa Rica vs Greece Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

On Sunday, Costa Rica face Greece in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fact that both of these teams have made it this far has surprised many, but that has been the nature of this World Cup. Costa Rica finished top of a group including England, Italy and Uruguay. They have performed extremely well in this tournament and have deserved their place in the last 16. Greece reached the last 16 in dramatic fashion. Georgios …
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 …
Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool turned the screw on their title rivals with a crucial three points against relegation-scrapping Cardiff City. It was a topsy-turvy encounter with some early scares for the Reds, and going behind twice eventually turned it into an out-scoring contest which Liverpool felt confident they could win. Cardiff shaped up with 3 at the back, and two wing backs in Declan John and Fabio Da Silva, with a view to sitting back and remaining compact. With a midfield 1-2 of …
Kenwyne Jones to Cardiff? Comparing him to their current forwards

Kenwyne Jones to Cardiff? Comparing him to their current forwards

Stoke City have confirmed that they and Cardiff City have agreed a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones going to Cardiff and Peter Odemwingie going to Stoke, subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed upon.  Jones has proved to not be a Mark Hughes player and has made only four Premier League starts this season.  The big question for Cardiff fans is, is he an improvement on the strikers they currently have, as well as Odemwingie?  In this article, I will …
Cardiff City Vs West Bromwich Albion | Facts, Key Men & Team News

Cardiff City Vs West Bromwich Albion | Facts, Key Men & Team News

Saturday sees The Red Dragons welcome Steve Clarke's stuttering West Brom side to The Cardiff City Stadium. This game has all the makings of a relegation six-pointer and with both teams in dire runs of form then it shouldn't be one for the purists. Cardiff go into the game without a win since November and have failed to score in 4 of the last 5 games. West Brom haven't fared much better, with their last win coming back in November, also on …
Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

On paper, Cardiff’s game plan against Fulham should have played into Fulham’s strengths: the towering duo of Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta. Cardiff City’s strengths can be categorised into four different elements of play: Set Plays Positional play when playing out from the back (in their own half) The defensive organisation of their medium and low blocks Wide play as an entry route into the opposition’s box It is by no coincidence that each of Cardiff’s strengths are that of …
Top 12th Man | QPR Opta Stats

Top 12th Man | QPR Opta Stats

At the end of January we asked our readers to cast their vote for the Top 12th Man in their side and in the English Premier League.  Nearly every side was represented in the nominations.  These articles, one for each current Premier League club, comprise the end result of countless hours of reviewing each teams statistics.  While the numbers were certainly important, we also examined the context in which those numbers were accumulated.  After the publication of the 20 individual team nominations, …
QPR | 'Dyer' wake up call

QPR | 'Dyer' wake up call

It takes a second in football for euphoria to suddenly become anguish and doubt. Well on Saturday 13 August 2011 after three minutes and one disallowed goal, QPR lost their most controversial 'free' signing of the summer to a suspected broken foot. After weeks of speculation as to whether Warnock had signed a 'Dyer' flop or had he pulled off bargain of the summer? Unfortunately, it was the former and QPR fans were forced to laugh rather than cry at …
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