Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

The role of the central defensive midfielder is one of the most important for any team and it is also one which largely goes unnoticed during a game. They sit in the middle of the pitch, breaking up play at regular intervals and control the tempo of the game by dropping in deep to receive balls from their centre-backs, before going on to orchestrate play from well within their own half. A defensive midfielder has to be tactically astute besides …
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

On August 16th, Crystal Palace travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal to open up the Premier League season.  The new season is upon us and both squads will look to build on their successful 2013/2014 campaigns although Crystal Palace have been struck a major blow after losing Tony Pulis yesterday.  Arsenal finally ended their nine year trophy drought and this year will look to push for the Premier League title.  Palace stayed in the top division for …
Spain vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Spain vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Although both teams are already out of the World Cup, they will be keen to avoid losing all three of their group matches. Australia will be the ones who will take more positives from the tournament as they have shown they are a decent side, who can compete with the world's best. The squad is young and will certainly make an impact over the next few years both in the Asia Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile, …
Chile vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Chile vs Australia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Group B has provided some really tasty matches, but these two sides will have been disappointed with the draw. Although many still see Chile as a good bet to qualify for the second round, the South Americans would have wanted an easier group, while Australia have already been written off by the majority. This match is crucial for both sides as an early win for Chile will put a lot of pressure on the loser of the other match in …
Crystal Palace V Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Crystal Palace V Aston Villa Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

This season in the Barclays Premier League has arguably been the most unpredictable in recent times, with three teams in for the title while two others fight for that precious fourth Champions League spot. But the tightest and perhaps the most exciting race happens at the foot of the table where as many as eight teams are unsure of which division they will play in next season. This Saturday, Tony Pulis and Crystal Palace face Paul Lambert's Aston Villa at …
Crystal Palace Vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Crystal Palace Vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On March eighth, Crystal Palace will host Southampton at Selhurst Park.  With neither team having won since mid-February, this is a chance for each of them to stop the rot with a victory.  After starting the season really well Southampton's season has leveled off.  Palace have been very good since Tony Pulis took over and recently look like they have a good chance to stay up.  This is a big three points for each team with both sides needing to get back on the …
Crystal Palace: The Season So Far | Stats Analysis

Crystal Palace: The Season So Far | Stats Analysis

To say life for Crystal Palace on their return to the Premier League has been difficult would be an understatement. Currently sitting bottom of the Premier League with one win and no manager, the Eagles would have hoped for a much better start to the campaign. Ian Holloway brought in a raft of new players in the summer; something he later claimed had ruined the dynamics of the team. Many names have been linked with the vacant manager’s role, and …
Early 2013/14's Underrated Players | Schneiderlin, Gibbs, Ward & Noble

Early 2013/14's Underrated Players | Schneiderlin, Gibbs, Ward & Noble

With 8 games gone, players are already being applauded for their impressive performances. The list includes Daniel Sturridge and Aaron Ramsey, but what about those who have performed without getting the recognition they deserve? I look at 5 of the unsung heroes in the Premier League so far this season. Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton have made an exceptional start to the season and after their draw against Manchester United, they find themselves in 6th place. Lallana, Clyne, and Lovren have grabbed …