Everton 0 Swansea 0 | Tactical Analysis - Defensive visitors ride their luck

Everton 0 Swansea 0 | Tactical Analysis - Defensive visitors ride their luck

Before this league game, Everton had become the first team in Premier League history to both score and concede in 16 consecutive league matches. So, a goalless draw against such a team tells you that Swansea’s newly developed pragmatism is effective in stopping the opposition from scoring but is also compromising on their ability to attack with spite. [pullquote_right]“It could quite easily cost us if we don't turn these into wins”[/pullquote_right]Everton have suffered only 3 defeats this season, which is …
Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Everton, smarting from their controversial draw with Newcastle, travel to Swansea on Saturday for a lunchtime kick off. With both sides winless in their last two league games, each team is chasing a much-needed three points. Recent Form After convincing wins over QPR and West Ham, Swansea has stalled of late. A draw with Sunderland followed, although Swansea played a chunk of the game with 10 men. A trip to the Midlands proved even less rewarding as struggling Aston Villa …
Joe Allen vs Leon Britton - Did LFC get the right man? | Stats Comparison

Joe Allen vs Leon Britton - Did LFC get the right man? | Stats Comparison

Joe Allen and Leon Britton were the key men for Brendan Rogers ‘Tiki Taka’ football at Swansea and it was no surprise that Joe Allen joined the former Swansea manager when Rogers took over at Anfield. Both players are known for their impressive passing statistics from last season, but which player has more to their game than just passing? And did Liverpool make the right decision to sign Allen over Britton? These are the two questions that we look at …
Robin van Persie in Explosive Start - 50.5 mins per goal | Stats

Robin van Persie in Explosive Start - 50.5 mins per goal | Stats

Robin va Persie has made an explosive start to his career at Manchester United. After starting on the bench against Everton and not managing a shot in his cameo off of the bench he has now smashed four goals in 202 minutes averaging a goal every 50.5 minutes. If you look at the time played when starting he's averaging a goal every 45 minutes - a goal per half! His remarkable statistics began with his first start - the first …
Does Andy Carroll fit the Brendan Rodgers philosophy?

Does Andy Carroll fit the Brendan Rodgers philosophy?

Since Brendan Rodgers took over at Liverpool, there's been a lot of speculation about Andy Carroll's future, with Rodgers himself saying he'd have to "look at" the possibility of loaning out the striker. Could Andy Carroll fit into the Rodgers style? Swansea's passing game last season was well documented, so that's where I started - with a comparison of passing quantity and quality for Liverpool's and Swansea's 2011/2012 line-ups. We're interested in how Carroll might fit in, when set against …
Swansea City v Newcastle United | Two different approaches to football

Swansea City v Newcastle United | Two different approaches to football

The underlying fact about football is that there are many ways of playing to achieve success, and nobody can really prove which is right or wrong. Look at Stoke City. They are the embodiment of footballing Marmite, you either love them or hate them and there never appears to be any middle ground when it comes to appraising their particular capabilities. If you are a bit of a football purist, you might be alarmed by the fact that this season, …
Routledge Continuing To Make The Most Of His Opportunities

Routledge Continuing To Make The Most Of His Opportunities

Since Jordi Gomez took a monumental tumble at the DW Stadium when Nathan Dyer faintly caught him with a high challenge that saw referee Andre Marriner waving the red card at him, Dyer’s misfortune has turned into Wayne Routledge’s good luck. In the four games that have followed Dyer’s sending off, Routledge has been given the run in the side he has long yearned for since Brendan Rodgers signed the much travelled winger from Newcastle, whilst Dyer has had no …
Swansea's Optimism Frustrated By Moyes' Cunning Plan

Swansea's Optimism Frustrated By Moyes' Cunning Plan

Optimism and hope. The great words of torture for any football fan. After the clinical demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage in what was, by common consent, Swansea City’s best performance in a generation, Swans supporters turned up in their thousands at the Liberty Stadium yesterday, confidently expecting to put the mighty Everton to the sword. Sadly, as they exited the stadium 90 minutes later, the optimism and hope they had arrived with had turned into gloomy disappointment and frustration. …