Liverpool Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Liverpool Vs Stoke City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Two teams with three games remaining go head to head in this weekend’s first Premier League fixture and both the teams can aspire to be third – one from the top and the other from the bottom. Liverpool host Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, in a fixture that is equally important for both the teams though the Reds’ fans might feel differently. After that amazing Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma, Liverpool fans can be forgiven if they …
Liverpool vs Wolves Preview | FA Cup 4th Round

Liverpool vs Wolves Preview | FA Cup 4th Round

Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final when they return to FA Cup action on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's men have been pretty poor so far this year after taking the Premier League by storm in the opening months of the season. The manager is under some pressure and some (ludicrous) fans went as far as suggesting he was due the sack! It's extremely unlikely that will happen any time …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …

The £4m Premier League Team

Transfer spending makes or breaks any club. The demise of all the following "once great" clubs can be attributed to transfer spending, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Coventry City, Glasgow Rangers and a host more. Bolton with a £140m debt, rock bottom of the Championship and Leeds (who have sold both their Stadium and their training ground) probably fared the worst. In light of this it is astonishing the following Premier League 11 cost a mere £3,940,000.00. …
Watford v West Brom Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Watford v West Brom Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Watford will resume their Premier League campaign at their fabled Vicarage Road after a satisfying start, performance wise, to their season last week at Everton. The Hornets, on the back of a high-octane 2-2 draw in what is usually a tough place to go and get a result at, certainly showed that they firmly belonged in the top division of English football and will look forward to getting their first win on board when they face Pulis' West Bromwich Albion …
WBA vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

WBA vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

In the first Monday night fixture of the season, West Brom host Manchester City at the Hawthorns. The Citizens will be hoping to improve upon the defensive frailties they displayed recently, when they conceded four goals apiece against Real Madrid and then Stuttgart. Last season's runner-ups have a few players lacking match fitness following their late return from international duty at the Copa America and it could prevent them from fielding a full-strength starting XI. City asked the Premier League for …
Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

‘Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.’
Wise words indeed from Homer Simpson, and particularly relevant to West Bromwich Albion’s newest signing, Rickie Lambert. 119 players scored more goals in the Premier League last season than the England international. That said, he’d scored a brace for the Baggies within three hours of putting pen to paper on a two-year deal. Make of those facts what you will. The big question is …
Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

Quality versus Quantity | Clubs Should Be Wiser With Their Money

‘If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.’ Sorry about this Brendan, I know you’ve got enough on your plate at the moment, but you can’t expect to get away with comments like that with Liverpool finishing 25 points off the pace. Since 2012, Rodgers has bought 24 players, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho the only confirmed hits. This year’s crop of Lambert, Lallana, Can, Lovren, Markovic, Manquillo, Moreno and, the crowning …
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