Everton v Swansea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Everton v Swansea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Roberto Martinez leads his troops out at Goodison Park against a team he knows all about, having played for and managed the Swans in a successful career. With only a solitary win at home, the Spaniard will be fully aware of the tension on the terraces but will hope that his players can put it to the backs of their minds and play something close to their form against a stubborn Burnley side last time out. Swansea arrive in the …
Swansea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Swansea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

These two teams head into this 3 o’clock kick off looking for three big points as the festive period starts to really kick into high gear. This is the start of what will prove a busy few weeks for these players and both teams will have clear objectives heading into the congestion. Swansea will be looking to consolidate their mid-table standing as they sit happily in tenth position with twenty points already on record. Swansea have often struggled after their …
Swansea Vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Key Man and Stats

Swansea Vs Hull City Preview | Team News, Key Man and Stats

Swansea head into this game in defiant mood after recording their strongest result of the season with a very convincing win over Newcastle United in midweek. The Swans ran out 3-0 winners against Alan Pardew’s high-flying Magpies - a result made even more impressive after Newcastle’s midday victory over Manchester United this Saturday. Swansea’s home form has not been as impressive as it once was - the Welsh side have won just two games at home in the league but …
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 …
Swansea's Spending Has Put Them in Good Stead for Euro Journey

Swansea's Spending Has Put Them in Good Stead for Euro Journey

It was a euphoric and momentous day in the month of February this year that saw Swansea City fans take over England’s national stadium in their numbers, waving their flags and bellowing out ‘Hymns and Arias’ as their club stood on the precipice of winning their first ever major trophy after 101-years of existence. Having got the better of recent torments that seemed to shower over any ray of hope in lower divisions, for those noble supporters that stood on …
What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

At the beginning of this season, it appeared that a shallow Liverpool side was only truly secure in one area: midfield. The signings of Joe Allen and the now departed Nuri Sahin added depth to an area of the squad already containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Certainly on paper, Liverpool’s midfield looked formidable, but the problem all season has seemingly been that no group of players have been on form together. For example, when Lucas was …
Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
Liverpool's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Liverpool's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Marco Van Basten often spoke about an invisible cord that connected players within a formation, that one player's movements would directly affect another. The possession-based philosophical approach to football thinks about football in terms of space; how can a team control the game both with or without the ball? What was particularly interesting about the Anji match was that Rodgers’ Liverpool tactical approach moved away from the 1-4-3-3 that Rodgers has relied on since becoming the Liverpool manager. The Europa …
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