EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

EPL's Under-rated Midfields | Tactical & Stats Comparison to Europe's elite

Both West Brom and Southampton possess teams that are full of underrated or unheralded players. I have identified both as teams with criminally underrated players in the central midfield areas: Yacob and Mulumbu for West Brom; Cork and defensive stalwart Morgan Schneiderlin for Southampton. Within football circles all four players have impressed and we could well be seeing any one of these four make a transfer to big club this summer. But which of the two teams boasts the ‘best underrated …
Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Are Referees biased towards the Home Team? | EPL Stats Analysis

Research has been conducted looking into whether referee's are biased towards certain teams or individuals. Manchester United tend to have a reputation from rival supporters for 'Fergie time', gaining more penalties than other teams at home, especially with Howard Webb. Marouane Fellaini even stated that referee's were biased towards English players following his head butt on Ryan Shawcross. For this article I am going to focus on comparisons between home and away games in relation to the number of fouls …
Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 | Liverpool's Stylistic Regression

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 | Liverpool's Stylistic Regression

A rain-soaked St Mary’s was the venue as Liverpool’s superb recent form was placed into some perspective by a vibrant and energetic Southampton side. The south coast club matched Brendan Rodgers’ Reds across the park and deserved a victory that propels them out of the relegation battle and into the relative safety of the lower-mid table. For Liverpool, it was a game that raised questions regarding Rodgers’ team selection. Crucially, Lucas was dropped for Joe Allen – a move that …
Morgan Schneiderlin - The 'Unsung Hero'

Morgan Schneiderlin - The 'Unsung Hero'

Newcastle 4 Southampton 2 | Tactical Analysis

Newcastle 4 Southampton 2 | Tactical Analysis

Newcastle Utd held their inaugural French Day on Sunday in celebration of the increasing number of French players within their ranks. If things did not start as smoothly as they hoped, they would at least finish well with Newcastle running out comfortable 4-2 winners over Southampton even if the scoreline was perhaps a little flattering on the hosts. Line Ups With Tim Krul sustaining an injury during Newcastle ’s away trip to Kharkiv in the Europa League, Rob Elliot made …
Mauricio Pochettino - Pressing Ahead at Southampton | Tactics & Philosophy

Mauricio Pochettino - Pressing Ahead at Southampton | Tactics & Philosophy

Mauricio Pochettino has been manager of Southampton now for 32 days during which time his new side have played four games resulting in one win, two draws and one defeat whilst earning plaudits for their style of play:- [quote] "But in the second half Southampton put in the best performance anyone has here this season." Sir Alex Ferguson [/quote] With an impressive start offering optimism for the future, what should Southampton fans expect from the side under their new coach? …
Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | Match & Stats Report

Southampton 3 Manchester City 1 | Match & Stats Report

Southampton played a tireless pressing game successfully in a 3-1 win against Manchester City at St. Mary's. Two of The Saints goals were attributable to errors by Manchester City, but the overall performance from Pochettino's side was fantastic. Overview Mancini looked apoplectic at the end of this match. Manchester City fell victim to some truly cringe-worthy mistakes. Hart and Barry both had egregious errors that swayed the outcome of the match in Southampton's favor. Javi Garcia had to be deployed, in an unfavourable position, in defence as …
Southampton 0 Everton 0 | Tactical Analysis - Pochettino's first game

Southampton 0 Everton 0 | Tactical Analysis - Pochettino's first game

A game which had it's moments but ultimately failed to deliver sees Southampton and Everton share the spoils. All of the pre-match discussion focused around Southampton and their decision to replace Nigel Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino meant the game itself went largely under the radar. And with both teams serving up a goalless draw, post match, the focus again switched to Pochettino. Line Ups For his first game in charge, Pochettino lined his new players up in their usual 4-2-3-1 …
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