Southampton vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Southampton vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

On the back of their biggest win in the Premier League, Southampton look to continue their incredible start to the Premier League as they host Stoke City on Saturday with the two teams set to meet again on Wednesday night at the Britannia Stadium for their 4th round clash in the Capital One Cup. The visitors also come into this match after a solid 2-1 win over Swansea which lifted them up in the top half of the table though …
Sunderland v Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Sunderland v Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Sunderland welcome Stoke City to the Stadium of Light in a repeat of last week’s League Cup fixture. Sunderland have had an indifferent start after their great escape at the end of last season. Despite only suffering 1 defeat in 6 matches in the league, Sunderland have yet to win a game having drawn the other 5. Their inability to turn draws into victories sees the North East club sit in 17th place. Stoke City have equalled their club-record away …
Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

This article will take a look at the “new” 3-4-1-2 of Liverpool FC when in-possession. It will then compare the 4-2-3-1 formation to the 3-4-1-2, using Crystal Palace (5th October 2013) and Norwich (19th January 2013) as precedents. This article considers the in-possession formation only. This isn’t the first time Liverpool have experimented with a back three under Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool used a 3-4-1-2 around this time last year for a short period of time. Chris Davies (Liverpool’s Head …
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool moved back up to 2nd in the table with a tight victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in which the 1-3 scoreline did not reflect the fine balance between the two sides on the day. Luis Suarez made his Premier League return after completing his suspension, a much needed creative addition since the loss of Philippe Coutinho. Sunderland fielded a fired up starting XI hoping to start their clean slate with a home win to lift them …
Who triumphed in the transfer window? Spurs, Liverpool or Chelsea?

Who triumphed in the transfer window? Spurs, Liverpool or Chelsea?

As Jim White and Bryan Swanson are locked away until another transfer window in January, we can finally now sit back and look at who has triumphed in this Summer's transfer window. Since the window officially closed on Monday, deadline day didn't provide as much drama as some previous, but there were some tactical acquisitions from numerous clubs, as I also look at those who benefited the most since it's opening in July. Tottenham Hotspur Big spenders Spurs were the …
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Liverpool made an impressive start to their 2013/14 season with three priceless 1-0 victories, eclipsing any of their previous opening three results in the last 19 years. Looking at the improvements to the side Brendan Rodgers has made since the January transfer window, there were many speaking of the idea that Liverpool could come into the season quietly confident, and surprise a few people as the year progressed with a much stronger presence in the top 6. However this element …
Mourinho:

Mourinho: "22 is a perfect number - if somebody comes, somebody leaves"

Usually when a transfer is either confirmed or officially completed, it means the end of a particular “saga”, as these stories are frequently labelled, and a return to more reliable news that is grounded less on rumours and educated guesswork. Given this, it is very unusual that the Willian saga has created more than it has ended in terms of transfer speculation at Chelsea. An official statement by Chelsea FC recently read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has …
Didier Drog-Ba? Demba Ba v Romelu Lukaku v Didier Drogba

Didier Drog-Ba? Demba Ba v Romelu Lukaku v Didier Drogba

To the relief of Rafa Benitez, the imminent signing of in-form striker, Demba Ba (27), has just about done enough to overshadow Chelsea’s poor showing in the 1-0 defeat to QPR on Wednesday night. Chelsea remain 14 points adrift of league leaders, Manchester United, and despite having played one game less, their title aspirations look all but over. However, as a club in transition, Chelsea fans can be optimistic for the future. This season has seen the likes of Oscar …