Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

In what seems a blast of Déjà vu for their fans, Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal will meet again at the Falmer Stadium in the fourth round of FA Cup as they did in January 2013, although this time the home side will be looking for a different result. The current cup holders Arsenal head into this tie off the back of one of their biggest league victories in recent time after they beat current league champions Manchester City at …
Everton vs West Bromwich Albion Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

On Monday night, Goodison Park will play host to Tony Pulis and his new side West Bromwich Albion. Roberto Martinez and his side desperately need to start putting wins back on the board and would’ve been looking at the visit of West Brom as a prime opportunity to start doing so. However, Tony Pulis was appointed the new Baggies manager on New Year's Day, and the former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager's track record speaks for itself. In his first …
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

On Saturday the Etihad will play host to Manchester City versus Crystal Palace. One team with title aspirations and another trying to distance itself from a relegation dogfight. The home side go into the tie as the form team in the league beside their red brothers from Manchester. A run of form that has seen City keep within touching distance of champions elect Chelsea. Pellegrini's men will see a visit from Neil Warnock's side as an opportunity to put further …
Mourinho's Everton Game Plan Revealed | Chelsea Tactical Analysis

Mourinho's Everton Game Plan Revealed | Chelsea Tactical Analysis

Sometimes in football it is individual players or those unique unplanned moments, rather than the collective strategy that a team has been working on all week in preparation for a football match, that wins football matches. Chelsea, statistically speaking, (bar the scoreline statistic) should have walked out of Goodison Park victorious. Chelsea created more clear cut chances than Everton, they had twice (16 to 8) as many shots from within the 18-yard box and accumulated a total of 31 penalty …
Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …