Match Preview: QPR v WBA

Match Preview: QPR v WBA

Queens Park Rangers host West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend, leaving them 3 points adrift from safety, having played a game more than Southampton. The mini revival under Harry Redknapp – in which QPR went 4 games unbeaten and picked up their first 3 points of the season – came to end at St. James’s Park, with the manager labeling his players “average” and “on far …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Liverpool defeated the newly promoted Southampton 1-nil, although their display was more convincing then the score-line suggested. The game wasn’t particularly difficult to understand, with Liverpool’s dominate display aided by the fact Southampton sat back and was sloppy. A headed goal by Daniel Agger just prior to half-time gave Liverpool the lead, although more should have followed. Line Ups The biggest inclusion to the Liverpool line-up was the return of Lucas Leiva. Lucas returned from a three month spell on …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal produced a fluid and dominant display as they dispatched a hapless, newly promoted, Southampton. The game ended 6-1 but was over when Podolski smashed home a 30th minute free-kick to make it 2-0. Line-Ups Arsenal set out a somewhat experimental front three, with Gervinho chosen to lead the line in the middle ahead of new signing Olivier Giroud. He was flanked by Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 and had a wealth of attacking talent, with …
What have Southampton learnt from Swansea? | City 3 Saints 2 | Opta Stats

What have Southampton learnt from Swansea? | City 3 Saints 2 | Opta Stats

Although very early days, there have been a lot of comparisons between Southampton and Swansea since the south coast side gained promotion from the Championship last season – with many tipping Southampton to ‘emulate’ Swansea’s achievements last year and finish the highest placed promoted team come the end of the season. Swansea began their first Premier League season last year by playing Manchester City away; the very same scenario Southampton faced upon their return to the top flight. Swansea lost …
Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

[caption id="attachment_16133" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Adam Lallana - future England International?"][/caption] The 2012/2013 English Premier League sees the return of Southampton FC to the Premier League. Despite (unbelievably!) never winning Manager of the Month in the Championship last season, Nigel Adkins' Southampton side now face life in the Premier League after finishing 2nd behind Reading (but achieving their second successive promotions in the process). Adkins has well and truly flipped the fortunes of Southampton Football Club with efficiency and style, whilst …
Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Rovers: A Recipe for Relegation | In-depth Stats Analysis of 11/12

Failure to beat Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park in the penultimate match of the season condemned Blackburn Rovers to relegation to the Championship. For only the second time in the Premier League era Rovers will endure life in the second tier of English football next season, but where did it all go wrong for Rovers? [caption id="attachment_15725" align="aligncenter" width="547" caption="Heading down: Antolin Alcaraz heads Wigan to safety and sends Rovers down in the process"][/caption] Victory against Sunderland in late March …
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