Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5 | Tactical Analysis

Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City went into last night’s game on a great run of, not only winning matches, but scoring a lot goals so most teams facing them would be fearful. Spurs had reason to be hopeful though, despite the brutal 6-0 defeat earlier this season, they had picked up 5 wins from 6 EPL matches and went into this game undefeated in the league under Tim Sherwood. Les Ferdinand made some comments in the media regarding defensive midfielders and how they …
Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 2 Fulham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

With a mere point separating each of the top three teams in the table, the pressure was on Arsenal for yet another win to retain the top spot. With this pressure looming, Arsenal were expected to be as organized and tactically smart as they have been so far, and they didn't disappoint. Hosting Fulham over the weekend, Arsenal had an interesting attacking shape as usual, with lots of fluid movement between zones, lines and positional rotations. One part of the …
Aston Villa 0 Everton 2 | Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa 0 Everton 2 | Tactical Analysis

An even game which could have gone either way ended in a 0-2 win to Everton thanks to second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman. Aston Villa started in a 4-4-2 shape with Weimann and Tonev playing wide and Agbonlahor and Benteke up front. Everton continued playing 4-2-3-1 with Lukaku the main man up front, with Barkley behind, Mirallas and Pienaar wide and Barry and McCarthy in midfield. The Dynamic Of The Game The early stages of the …
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 …
Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Southampton came away from Anfield with a well-deserved 3 points after a fantastic team performance which saw Liverpool end their 12-game Premier League unbeaten run stretching back 6 months to March 16th, when Liverpool lost 3-1 to - you guessed it - Southampton. The surprise in the starting line-up was the inclusion of all four senior centre-backs, with Kolo Toure at right back over Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly, while Sakho got the nod ahead of Jose Enrique, who had …
Swansea 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea and Liverpool fought out a hotly contested but well played-out 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night to take Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League with what goalkeeper Simon Mignolet referred to as 'a point gained' for the Reds. They made several changes to the side due to injury and some new faces in the squad, which led to debuts for Mamadou Sakho in place of Daniel Agger, and Victor Moses started on the …
Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 | Tactical Analysis

Ian Holloway’s men took on the Champions at Old Trafford hoping for a positive result. If not daunting enough a task, the game was made even harder for them as central midfield player Dikgacoi received a red card after a very dubious penalty decision on the 45th minute from Jonathon Moss. Up to that point Manchester United failed to create any quality chances and instead seemed to keep possession ticking over at a very slow tempo. Although completing more than …
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 …
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