Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool made it four wins in a row with a 3-1 victory to go temporarily top of the league until the resolution of  Arsenal and Chelsea's meeting on Monday night. A high tempo first half performance which gradually picked up intensity as it went on, saw Liverpool put the game out of sight early. It proved difficult to match the fluidity and co-ordination in the pressing shown against Spurs last Sunday. However despite not quite reaching those peaks without the …
EPL Manager Index Week 12 | Rodgers' Party, Wenger and Pellegrini Top

EPL Manager Index Week 12 | Rodgers' Party, Wenger and Pellegrini Top

He's only gone and done it! After 11 weeks of trying (or not, depending on your viewpoint), Brendan Rodgers has finally managed to record an impact from a substitute.  And what an impact it was, Sturridge coming off the bench to snatch a point in the 3-3 draw with Everton.  Without that impact, Rodgers would have recorded his second lowest Impact score to date of 5 points, with it he scored 12 points which was the average score for the …
Norwich City Vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Norwich City Vs Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Norwich will be hoping to avoid a third successive league defeat when they take on Malky Mackay’s Cardiff side at Carrow Road on Saturday. The Canaries come into this game on the back of defeats against Chelsea and league leaders Arsenal. While this may have been the realistic expectation for Norwich fans, the fact that they have only won twice in the league so far this season will be a worrying statistic. Cardiff have lost their last two games as …
Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Another week of big points and low points (see what I did?) in the Manager Impact Index.  We had another entry into The 30 Club, and because we now have 2 managers who have earned minus points in a week, we can start up The Negative Collective.  And here they are: That's right, Moyes becomes only the 2nd manager to score minus points in a week.  Big Sam is the man though, collecting minus points in 2 separate weeks.  Moyes' …
Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

Strengths and Weaknesses of Mackay's Cardiff City | Tactical Analysis

On paper, Cardiff’s game plan against Fulham should have played into Fulham’s strengths: the towering duo of Brede Hangeland and Fernando Amorebieta. Cardiff City’s strengths can be categorised into four different elements of play: Set Plays Positional play when playing out from the back (in their own half) The defensive organisation of their medium and low blocks Wide play as an entry route into the opposition’s box It is by no coincidence that each of Cardiff’s strengths are that of …