The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The two top form sides Watford and Leicester are both deploying 4-4-2, with the four attacking individuals Igahlo, Deeney, Mahrez and Vardy scoring 48 goals between them. The modus operandi is "attack is the best form of defence" and it is proving very fruitful for two sides who were relegation favourites before the season started. When defending the 2nd attacker Deeney for Watford and Mahrez for Leicester, drops into midfield making it 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1 in defending situations. There are …
Premier League Unsung XI

Premier League Unsung XI

Traditionally forwards grab the headlines, and combustible suave midfielders in the vein of Gerrard or Scholes or Giggs are the second tier of popularity amongst fans. However there has been a huge wave of "Unsung Heroes" contributing to their teams Premier League success this year. I've made an XI with a player from all 20 clubs (with an extended Subs bench of 9 players). Manager wise I have opted for Mauricio Pochettino, pretty unsung, under the radar for his 18 …
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On October 17th, Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.  Chelsea's struggles this season have been well documented and they are only above 17th place on goals scored after eight games, which is their worst start to a season in the history of the Premier League.  For all the documented struggles of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, Tim Sherwood is arguably under more pressure.  His Villa side are sitting in the bottom three with a mere …
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Crystal Palace host Aston Villa on match day 3 of the Barclays Premier League on 22nd, the Saturday of August. With a win in the first game followed by a loss in the next for both the teams, none can be confirmed as a favourite for this game. While Villa have been mediocre to say the least over the two seasons, Crystal Palace are on a rise under Alan Pardew. Having made buys like Yohan Cabaye, “Pardiola”’s stock has risen …
Aston Villa vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Aston Villa vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester United began their season on a positive note, churning out a morale boosting win over Tottenham. Hoping to ensure that they do not get lost in the obscurity of English football, the club is hoping they can capitalise on the Champions League spot this season. The club managed some smart business in the form of Memphis Depay, Sergio Romero and Darmian. The club travels to the Villa Park on Friday night for their next game. Their hosts for the …
FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

FA Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers

After recording a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League, Liverpool turn their attentions to the FA Cup where they host Blackburn Rovers in the quarter-finals with a trip to Wembley the reward. Having won eight of their last ten games in all competitions, Brendan Rodgers' side will be confident of stretching their winning run of four straight wins at the expense of the Championship side who have the same number of league wins since December. Liverpool have seen off Wimbledon, Bolton and Crystal …
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City | FA Cup Preview

Blackburn Rovers host Stoke City in the 5th round of the FA Cup at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon. Rovers overcame Swansea City 3-1 in the previous round but they were aided by two red cards to the visitors. Stoke meanwhile won 3-1 away at Rochdale to reach this stage. Blackburn have a very busy fixture list this month and they have rotated a fair bit for their FA Cup matches this season. The prices for season-ticket holders have been …