Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Republic of Ireland have a daunting task at their hands if they are to qualify to the round of 16. The 1-1 Draw against Sweden and a 3-0 thrashing means that not only should Republic of Ireland beat Italy, Sweden must drop points against Belgium in order for them to have a realistic chance at qualification. However,  manager Martin O'Neil is unperturbed and believes that his side has all it takes to qualify for the next round. Team News Italy …
West Ham vs Sunderland Match Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Sam Allardyce's future is unknown as he is entering the last few months of his contract at West Ham without looking like renewing his contract with the East London side. However he could be managing in this fixture next campaign as many believe he will be a front runner for the Sunderland job in the summer after Gus Poyet was relieved of his duties this week. The experienced Dick Advocaat was appointed as his replacement, but he isn't expected to …
What Has Gone Wrong At Sunderland?

What Has Gone Wrong At Sunderland?

Sunderland entered the season with so much promise after surviving the drop last campaign. The club had brought in several highly rated players to join their squad and in Paulo di Canio, they had a manager who they thought could lead the club forwards. They soon found out the latter wasn't true and quickly replaced the Italian before too much damage was done, but they have continued to underwhelm in the league. The North East side are now sitting at …
Stoke City Vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Key Players & Stats

Stoke City Vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Key Players & Stats

The two teams with the longest winless runs this season face each other on Saturday as an invigorated Sunderland visit a Stoke side who are currently similar to a stone dropping into deep pond. Stoke travelled to Swansea before the international break and a controversial penalty in the 94th minute saw the Potters leave Wales with a point despite leading 2-0 and looking in control of half time. Now 8 games without a win, Mark Hughes will be hoping Stoke …
Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …