Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Aston Villa vs Stoke Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Two of the Midland based teams clash on Sunday with Stoke City travelling to Birmingham to face Aston Villa. Both teams come into the game in form and on the back of morale boosting home wins last weekend. Recent results have meant both teams have clawed away from the relegation dogfight, for now. However, Villa nor Stoke will want to rest on their laurels and a win here will give either team more comfort going into the part of the …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
Kenwyne Jones to Cardiff? Comparing him to their current forwards

Kenwyne Jones to Cardiff? Comparing him to their current forwards

Stoke City have confirmed that they and Cardiff City have agreed a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones going to Cardiff and Peter Odemwingie going to Stoke, subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed upon.  Jones has proved to not be a Mark Hughes player and has made only four Premier League starts this season.  The big question for Cardiff fans is, is he an improvement on the strikers they currently have, as well as Odemwingie?  In this article, I will …
Amalfitano compared to West Brom wingers from last season | Stats

Amalfitano compared to West Brom wingers from last season | Stats

On transfer deadline day, West Brom had only one point and were yet to score a league goal three games into the season.  With the team struggling, Steve Clarke made a flurry of new signings on deadline day, one of those being French wide man Morgan Amalfitano.  Amalfitano has made a huge impact and has helped solved the lack of goals scoring two and assisting two in only four league games.  How much can the French winger help West Brom …
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 …
Hull City Eye A New Striker | Stats Comparison of Three of Their Targets

Hull City Eye A New Striker | Stats Comparison of Three of Their Targets

Hull City are preparing for life back in the Premier League after a three-year absence was ended on the final day of the Championship last season, pipping Watford to the second automatic promotion spot in the table. The Tigers had Leeds United to thank, who beat Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets 2-1 as the curtains were drawn on another entertaining season in the second-tier of English football. But amongst the joy and ecstasy of sealing promotion, a couple of months on in …
Albion interest for Anelka | Anelka Stats

Albion interest for Anelka | Anelka Stats

Recent reports have linked West Brom with a move for former France international Nicolas Anelka. Just take a second to for that thought to digest. Anelka, a man who has racked up an aggregate transfer fee of over £90 million in his career with various moves around European and World football. This isn’t just another transfer season rumour either, there is seemingly a confirmed interest in Anelka from West Brom, with two bookmakers even going as far as to make …
Creativity Stats | Premier League's Top Clear Cut Chance Creators

Creativity Stats | Premier League's Top Clear Cut Chance Creators

So what is a clear cut chance? [quote]A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.[/quote] I'd like to call them "sitters" because it's an easier way of describing it to the football fan out there. A free header, a one-on-one, a penalty - basically any free shot on goal for a player who is un-marked and only has the keeper to beat. We will also be looking …
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