Swansea 1 – 2 Tottenham | Tactical Review

Swansea 1 – 2 Tottenham | Tactical Review

After consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Fulham, Tottenham’s grip on fourth place was loosening. With Arsenal only four points behind having played a game less, a good result was vital for the North Londoners. Swansea, however, had little to play for. A place in the Europa League has already been confirmed thanks to their League Cup victory, and they are well clear of the relegation zone. With this in mind, Villas-Boas’ side went into the game as strong favourites. Spurs …
West Ham United 3-1 West Bromwich Albion | Tactical Analysis & Match Report

West Ham United 3-1 West Bromwich Albion | Tactical Analysis & Match Report

Both sides went into this game with their managers targeting this fixture as one that would have been high on the priority list to get 3 points in. The Baggies arrived in East London having not scored in their last two away fixtures at Stoke and Chelsea, whilst West Ham went into the game with the Gareth Bale  inspired Tottenham being the only team to win at Upton Park in 2013 so far. Kevin Nolan returned for West Ham in …
Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

It's been a difficult season for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Actually, it's been eight difficult seasons for the Frenchman and the Gunners. High points this season? There have been a few. The return to first team action of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott signing a contract extension, maybe even the away win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League but that had a hollow feel to it. The damage was done in the first leg leaving a "too little, too late" …
What Formation Should Liverpool Use Going Forward? | Rafa, Dalglish & Rodgers Tactics

What Formation Should Liverpool Use Going Forward? | Rafa, Dalglish & Rodgers Tactics

The recent release of the EPL Index Tactics Board has kept me busy over the last few nights and judging by the reaction on Twitter, I haven’t been the only one. Playing with the tool (which can be found here: http://www.eplindex.com/tacticsboard/) prompted me to put this article together looking at different formations used by Liverpool in the recent history. I’ll start where most discussions today tend to start about Liverpool; with Rafa Benitez’s Premier League runners up of 2008/09. Having …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
The Future is Bright & Red - but which shade? | U23 LFC Vs MUFC Squads

The Future is Bright & Red - but which shade? | U23 LFC Vs MUFC Squads

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have a history of producing players from their academies which are capable of reaching the top level. Both of them also frequently opt to scout and buy young talent from afar, with a view to developing them into future first-teamers. With this in mind, I compared Liverpool’s best Under-23 XI with Man United’s best Under-23 XI (from the current first team squads - using the EPLIndex Tactics Board (Free to use for all)... (NB: Buttner …
The EPLIndex Tactics Board: Draw your own tactics - squads since 08/09!

The EPLIndex Tactics Board: Draw your own tactics - squads since 08/09!

The team at EPLIndex.com are proud to bring a brand new feature on the website: The Tactics Board. A totally FREE feature for all bloggers or tacticians that wish to share their tactics with an easy to use tactics board. The tactics board uses drag and drop functionality making it very easy to place players anywhere on the pitch. Here are a few of the features from the EPL Index Tactics Board followed by some screenshots of the web application. …