Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Brendan Rodgers return to his former club ended in a balanced 0-0 draw. Both teams played similarly controlled passing styles. Both also created a fair number of scoring chances, but neither displayed the ability to finish them. Liverpool will feel they were closest to three points at the end of the day. Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork and Jose Enrique had a goal narrowly called offside. Ultimately, a draw is hardly an unfair result. The match was shockingly balanced, even …
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 …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

*Part 5 now unavailable
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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
Swansea City - A lovely, lovely team | Stats comparison to EPL Top 6

Swansea City - A lovely, lovely team | Stats comparison to EPL Top 6

“Everyone knows the style of football Swansea play and it suits my way of thinking" Michael Laudrup
Much has been written recently about Michael Laudrup and Swansea City since his appointment as manager of the Welsh side. Perhaps amidst the media bubble that has developed following Laudrup’s appointment, there should be closer scrutiny of how Swansea will perform this year. How can the side develop the short passing game that has been their trademark for a number of …
Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Introduction: the foundations (part 3/5) – Defence
This is a five-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity.
Part three of this series promised an illustrative insight into the defensive components that make up a successful systems football approach. In truth, each part of this series of articles are overlapping and …
Redknapp for England!

Redknapp for England!

“We want you to stay, we want you to stay - Harry Redknapp, we want you to stay”. It seems like a long time ago that song echoed round White Hart Lane. Redknapp had just got off his tax evasion charge, Spurs were flying high and Redknapp had been installed as the firm favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, as the Italian resigned from the post. Fast forward 10 weeks and when Spurs play Blackburn on Sunday, the …
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