Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking to build upon their good performance at Arsenal on Wednesday night, while Manchester City were hoping to close the gap at the top of the table after Manchester United’s win over Fulham on Saturday. Roberto Mancini was hoping that his side would be able to cope without key men Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure and Liverpool would have been trying to produce a similar showing to their first-half performance at the …
Liverpool 5 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: A Curious Case of Déjà vu

Liverpool 5 Norwich 0 | Tactical Analysis: A Curious Case of Déjà vu

After the disappointing result at Old Trafford where Liverpool’s timid first-half tactics and cautious team selection cost them the match, Brendan Rodgers and his side made amends in spectacular fashion at Anfield. Liverpool outclassed Norwich City in a performance that was worthy of the club’s stature, thereby completing an emphatic double over the hapless Canaries who have now conceded 10 (25%) of the Reds’ 40 league goals this season. The circumstances leading up to the match, for both Liverpool (suffering …
Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge has brought about tactical changes at Anfield that possibly offer a resounding solution to Liverpool’s defining tactical inefficiency that we have seen so much of this season. For the last two seasons (and more) at Anfield, Liverpool have consistently created chance after chance, only to leave fans frustrated and little to offer on the score sheet. Most people will tell you that the reason behind this was the inability of Liverpool’s players to finish and …
England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

With the Goalkeeper, Defence and Midfield already chosen for England’s best XI (England's Best XI Part I: Defence & England's Best XI Part II: Midifled) we will now look at who should lead the line for England this summer. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used …
Premier League Strikers Comparison

Premier League Strikers Comparison

Almost half of the Premier League season has been played. There have been some very good goals, some very lucky goals, some consistent play and some flashes of brilliance from Premier League strikers. How do we separate them? With statistics of course. Here I take a look at the strikers for the current top 7 clubs, their importance to their respective teams and whether they are actually performing to their expected level. [caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="580" caption="Click to enlarge image"][/caption] …
Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back … Jermain Defoe He may have looked like an extra from a Sisko music video with his new haircut but there is no doubt Jermain Defoe has defences dancing to his beat this season. The diminutive striker, 30 this year, has often been seen as one of the country’s most natural goalscorers. This reputation was forged in the youth academies of Charlton and West Ham and only enhanced when he went on loan to Bournemouth in the 2000/2001 …
Newcastle v Chelsea | Match Stats Report

Newcastle v Chelsea | Match Stats Report

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea | Crisis? What crisis?

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea | Crisis? What crisis?

After Chelsea’s comfortable victory at Newcastle many Chelsea fans were wondering what crisis they were supposed to be in. In all seriousness, whether Chelsea can be judged to be in a crisis or not is dependant on where they are after next Monday, games against Valencia in the Champions League and Man City in the Premier League, at home, are both must win. However, first, to focus on the positives of a competent, assured performance in the most part. Chelsea …
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