Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Why the Watford defeat has come at the right time for Man United

Three defeats in a row can not be justified at any club, let alone Manchester United. But with some perspective and plain logic, these defeats can actually be revealing something about the side that Mourinho has in his hands to mould into one of 'his' typically successful squads. There's a strikingly common theme in all the three defeats - an abysmal first half. United's first half in these three defeats have have been progressively getting from bad to worse and …
Why Hakim Ziyech is perfect for Leicester City

Why Hakim Ziyech is perfect for Leicester City

The enviable look of reverence and the admiration that Leicester City are associated with these days wasn't at all easy to garner for the Foxes. The amount of hard-work, grafting, sweat and tears that have gone into it were the reason why Leicester's title winning triumph was often dubbed as the 'greatest achievement in sporting history'. Not just this, but a large amount of credit also goes to the players, who worked their socks off, day in and day out …
Netherlands vs Argentina Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi Finals

Netherlands vs Argentina Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi Finals

The World Cup is coming to a close as we reach the semi final stage and four of the biggest names of international football are set to battle it out for the prize as Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Brazil will contest the semi finals. Although some consider them as having been the best side at this World Cup, Netherlands are the only side of the four not to have won the World Cup before, but they are still considered one …
Netherlands v Costa Rica Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

Netherlands v Costa Rica Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter-Finals

It's quarter-final time and if the quality continues to increase then we are all in for a treat. Every match in the first knockout round was close with five of the eight matches going to extra-time, which is a new record for the competition, showing that the teams aren't separated by much, as favourites Germany, Brazil and Argentina were all taken past 90 minutes. It is also the first time in history that all eight of the group winners have …
Australia Vs Holland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Australia Vs Holland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

This match offers a different proposition for both sides, with a win all but securing Holland a place in the last 16, while Australia need points to keep their slim qualification chances alive. Holland will face a different style of football against Australia, who will be direct and try and utilise Tim Cahill's aerial ability, which caused Chile a lot of problems in their opening match. Although Australia are trying to improve their style of play under Postecoglou, their group …
One Dimensional Netherlands Lose Again | Euro 2012 stats

One Dimensional Netherlands Lose Again | Euro 2012 stats

The Netherlands now need a miracle to qualify from Group B after losing 2-1 to fierce rivals Germany. Bert van Marwijk made one change from the 1-0 defeat to Denmark, with Joris Mathijsen coming in to replace Ron Vlaar in central defence. Bert van Marwijk also kept faith with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, which meant Klass-Jan Huntelaar had to again settle for a place on the bench. The Dutch team started well and had their first real chance on 6 …
Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

If you watched their opening Group B game with Germany there is a simple answer - No. A 1-0 defeat to a German side, widely tipped to become the next European Champions, is no embarrassment. However, their performance was one to forget if you can recall Portugal's run to the final back in 2004, where the hosts were ultimately beaten by Greece in the final. The Portugal side is known for attacking flair and style, especially from a midfield that …
Krohn-Dehli stuns Holland  - Analysis of Holland

Krohn-Dehli stuns Holland - Analysis of Holland

Holland have now got it all to do to in Group B after Michael Krohn-Dehli gave Denmark their first victory over the Dutch since 1967. Holland stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation which helped them reach the World Cup Final, with Van Persie getting the nod over Huntelaar up front, Willems getting his chance at left back and Vlaar being chosen to partner Heitinga in defence. Both teams started the game slowly with Holland looking content to pass the ball around …