Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

A scoreless draw was played out at the Britannia stadium between Stoke and Man City. Despite the lack of quality in the final third  both managers will be able to draw positives from this encounter which had contained nothing major from a tactical perspective but did show the continuation fo tactical trends that are underway. Line Ups Stoke began with a 4-2-3-1 formation under new manager Mark Hughes. Adams and Jones passed late fitness tests to take their place in …
The tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

The tactics of the long ball game | Case Study Stoke v Man City

[quote]“The most important thing in football is to have a style of play, a set of principles that offer organisation to the team.” Jose Mourinho[/quote] Many of the readers on EPLindex and ThePathisMadeByWalking may well have got to know me as a football writer with a bias towards ‘Systems Football’ such as the tiki-taka philosophy and you would be correct in thinking so. However, you would be wrong to believe that the long-ball tactic is one that doesn’t fall within ‘Systems …
Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

Points & Goals analysis | Does Sacking Your Manager Improve Results?

It is a common belief with Premier League owners that sacking your manager will improve their clubs results, but is this really that case? We look at whether teams sacking their manager has a short-term or a long-term impact on their side and whether it was better off sticking with the manager they had in the first place. We have looked at all the managers that have been sacked by Premier League clubs in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. Short …
QPR and The Mark Hughes Effect

QPR and The Mark Hughes Effect

Three games into the Mark Hughes era at Queens Park Rangers and life at Loftus Road seems far more cheerful. Extortionate ticket prices for the FA Cup, disappointing tweets from our 'leader' aimed at the man who got us back into the Premier League and little transfer activity aside, QPR have clawed themselves back out of the drop zone. After an unlucky loss at Newcastle, an important victory at home to bottom side Wigan and a third round replay win …
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