Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

This was a surprisingly poor game between two of the biggest teams in the Premier League. There were few tactical battles of note and both goals – John Terry and Luis Suarez the scorers – came via set pieces. The only real point of interest was Brendan Rodgers’ decision to move to a back three and his subsequent change back to the favoured formation midway through the second half. Line Ups Roberto Di Matteo used the 4-2-3-1 formation, as he …
Premier League Players of the week for Match Day 9 | Player Stats

Premier League Players of the week for Match Day 9 | Player Stats

Welcome to EPLIndex's weekly article for players of the week. Each week we will be looking at every match in the Premier League and picking a Man of the Match from each of the games. You can use the quick links below to navigate through the matches of your choice. We're going to start with Arsenal's win over QPR. Arsenal 1 QPR 0 This was a high tempo London derby as QPR came to Emirates looking for their first win …
Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

The 219th Merseyside Derby finished all square after Everton fought back from a two goal deficit the level the game. Luis Suarez, Leighton Baines (own goal), Leon Osman and Steven Naismith scored the goals in a game which wasn’t short of controversy. But let’s focus on the football … First Half The game started with a frantic tempo and that continued throughout the match. Everton imposed their style on Liverpool, who was forced to play mainly on the counter attack. The …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Liverpool registered their first home win of the season at the fifth attempt, defeating Reading 1-0. The goal came in the 29th minute from 17-year-old Raheem Sterling. Whilst the score line seemed close, Liverpool had the majority of possession (56.8% vs. Reading’s 43.2%) and created four times as many chances as Reading (20 to 5). It was another case of Liverpool failing to score when they dominated a team, which might have allowed the opposition back into the match. Liverpool’s …
Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Both sides went into this fixture without a league win this season, what resulted was a convincing performance and victory for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat trick. Line Ups Norwich made wholesale changes to their team that beat Doncaster 1-0 in the League Cup. Grant Holt was again left out of the starting team, with Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison preferred. Liverpool also made nine changes from the midweek win at West Brom. Nuri Şahin’s double meant he …
Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

A goal from substitute Sergio Agüero came in between two thumping free kicks as Manchester City recorded their first clean sheet of the season in a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland. Kolarov Goal (1-0) After 5 minutes Manchester City took the lead thanks to a brilliant Kolarov free kick. The free kick came from a crude challenge from Cuellar on Carlos Tevez after Manchester City had counter attacked with unstoppable pace. Adam Johnson had isolated Aleksandar Kolarov and tried to cut …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal produced a fluid and dominant display as they dispatched a hapless, newly promoted, Southampton. The game ended 6-1 but was over when Podolski smashed home a 30th minute free-kick to make it 2-0. Line-Ups Arsenal set out a somewhat experimental front three, with Gervinho chosen to lead the line in the middle ahead of new signing Olivier Giroud. He was flanked by Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 and had a wealth of attacking talent, with …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

In what was very much a game of two halves, Manchester United recorded a narrow win over Fulham where both Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa got off the mark on their home début. Line-Ups Alex Ferguson made four changes to his Manchester United team which lost away to Everton last week – the most notable of which was the inclusion of Robin Van Persie, who was handed his starting début in place of Wayne Rooney. Manchester United played with …
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