Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

Lambert Signs for West Brom: Rickie the Risk?

‘Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.’
Wise words indeed from Homer Simpson, and particularly relevant to West Bromwich Albion’s newest signing, Rickie Lambert. 119 players scored more goals in the Premier League last season than the England international. That said, he’d scored a brace for the Baggies within three hours of putting pen to paper on a two-year deal. Make of those facts what you will. The big question is …
Southampton: A Season Review

Southampton: A Season Review

After earning promotion into the Premier League in 2011-2012, Southampton were able to stay in the Premier League in 2012-2013.  They were hoping to push on in 2013-2014 and help re-establish themselves as a Premier League club.  The Saints were able to exceed all expectations this season with their eighth place finish. Stand out players and results Southampton had a laundry list of stand-out players this season, including two players - who both came through their academy - named to …
Fullback Stats Comparison | Ben Davies Vs Shaw Vs Rose Vs Gibbs

Fullback Stats Comparison | Ben Davies Vs Shaw Vs Rose Vs Gibbs

This Premier League has been the year of the full-back, with many managers using full-backs to create width on the pitch, namely Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Kyle Walker, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta. In this article I will look at a permanent fixture in Swansea City's defence so far this season and while it hasn't been a totally successful campaign for them in the Premier League this season, one defender, Ben Davies, has looked impressive. I will examine …
Manchester United 2 Southampton 1 | In-depth Match Stats

Manchester United 2 Southampton 1 | In-depth Match Stats

Manchester United held on to grab three vital points in the race for the title. United now find themselves seven points clear at the top as Manchester City drew a blank at Loftus Road on Tuesday night. However this wasn't a run of the mill night at Old Trafford. Southampton provided a stiff test for Manchester United with Alex Ferguson acknowledging their efforts after the game: [quote]...in the second half Southampton have been the best team to play here this …
Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | In-depth Match Stats Summary

Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | In-depth Match Stats Summary

Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton stunned the Champions of England with the unlikely victory of the day. There was no doubt at full-time that Southampton deserved all three points - out playing the Champions at times. St Mary's was at its loudest in the first twenty-three minutes when Southampton found themselves two goals to the good. Two mistakes led to goals - the first, from Gareth Barry, allowed Jason Puncheon to run at the City defence and play Rodriguez through who scuffed his shot …
Southampton: Team Observations | Tactical Analysis & Stats

Southampton: Team Observations | Tactical Analysis & Stats

This week Martin Lewis covers the Saints in his Tactical Analysis and team observations. Below you'll find an in-depth look at how Southampton set up tactically and some of their season's stats so far. It's a long read so grab a hot drink! Please note that the writing style in this article is that of a scouting report. Southampton Team Dynamics Southampton Offensive organisation On a decent run of results, but with a new manager appointed and this being his …