Norwich City 2012-13 | Season Preview: Possession style football?

Norwich City 2012-13 | Season Preview: Possession style football?

Norwich City surprised many people last season by finishing in 12th position. Even the most optimistic fans wouldn't have expected that. However, life wasn't all rosy at Carrow Road after the season ended. Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa and Grant Holt handed in a transfer request. Two of the clubs' biggest assets rocked a boat that looked for all the world like it might start sinking. Fortunately, the doom and gloom lifted when Chris Hughton joined from Birmingham. Soon …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Arsenal vs Norwich: can Norwich exploit Arsenal's weaknesses?

Norwich make their first trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, aiming to spring a surprise against an Arsenal team looking to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Arsenal had a very inconsistent start to their season, with the humiliating 8-2 reverse against Manchester United being the low point. However, they have recovered really well from an uncharacteristic number of defeats, and this resurgence in form has left the Gunners sitting 3rd in the Premier League with just two …
United vs Norwich Preview

United vs Norwich Preview

Following their blistering start to the season Manchester United's recent games have begun to highlight their defensive problems. Whilst bedding in a new goal-keeper makes any team somewhat vulnerable defensively, David De Gea has not been helped by the ease at which teams have breached the defensive lines in front of him. Currently, he has made the highest number of saves (32) in the league, giving him a saves/shots ratio of 86%. Against Stoke and Basel, United should have lost …
Stoke City | Halting the Devils

Stoke City | Halting the Devils

A brilliant draw. Best Stoke game ever. We belong here. All quotes from Stoke fans on this game, but surely a 1-1 win against a, by all accounts, somewhat subpar Manchester United team, shouldn’t rank higher than beating Liverpool, or your first European game in years, or an FA cup final appearance. But I digress, a draw with the champions is a brilliant result for Mr Pulis’ men, and they managed it with a touch more style and panache than …
Spurs vs Wolves- A preview

Spurs vs Wolves- A preview

Undefeated Wolves welcome bottom placed Spurs to Molineux this weekend. Wolves’ excellent start is similar to last season when they were undefeated after three matches however, it didn’t last and they went on to gain only one point in their following six games. Spurs will be desperate to get their season going after consecutive heavy defeats against both City and United. It remains to be seen whether those results indicate more about Spurs or the Manchester clubs. In the same …
Stoke vs Norwich | Error, no stats available

Stoke vs Norwich | Error, no stats available

There are no stats for Norwich, up until last weekend. It’s been that long since they graced the EPL, yet it doesn’t feel like yesterday I was enjoying some Darren Huckerby on Match of the Day. After an opening weekend draw at Wigan, and some exceptional performances in the Championship last season, Norwich look to be more the capable of mounting a challenge to stay up this season. Stoke continue their season after two good results this past week, a …
Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Fulham 11/12 Fantasy Preview | Defenders

Heading into the final weeks of the summer, many a fantasy football manager begin to prepare their teams for the upcoming season. Over the next few weeks, I'll be creating a guide for managers to use when making decisions regarding Fulham players. This will be a three-segment guide, with a section dedicated to defenders, midfielders and attackers. For analysis regarding FFC goalkeepers, refer to my previous article. Before we look at who some of the better options may be, let's look at what …
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