Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Cardiff City 3 Liverpool 6 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool turned the screw on their title rivals with a crucial three points against relegation-scrapping Cardiff City. It was a topsy-turvy encounter with some early scares for the Reds, and going behind twice eventually turned it into an out-scoring contest which Liverpool felt confident they could win. Cardiff shaped up with 3 at the back, and two wing backs in Declan John and Fabio Da Silva, with a view to sitting back and remaining compact. With a midfield 1-2 of …
Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea capitalised on an inexplicably poor Arsenal strategy, with apparently the completely wrong personnel, formation, and instructions. Similarly to Anfield last month, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down in under 20 minutes, crucified by high pressing Chelsea, who robbed them on the half-way line and broke quickly on several occasions. Starting with Chelsea's set up, things were very straight forward for them, despite the lack of Ramires (with him in the middle I think the damage could have doubled). Mourinho sensibly …
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool delivered another crushing blow to the wilting reputation of their fierce north-west rivals, making an emphatic statement of intent along the way in an incredibly closely run title race. A tactical contest comfortably won by Brendan Rodgers saw his side awarded three penalties, in a game which could have seen five or six in total. Manchester United David Moyes went with a 4-2-3-1 and arguably his strongest line-up, a dangerous front four of Mata, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie …
Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 7 points with a crucial victory over Spurs at Stamford Bridge. The pre-match team sheets came with a few interesting selections, and Tim Sherwood talked of springing a few surprises of his own for Chelsea. Chelsea Chelsea's line-up had the cliche characteristics of a Mourinho side, prioritising a strong and reliable defence, with a robust and powerful midfield. David Luiz was left out and Nemanja Matic continued …
Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool put yet another jinxed fixture to bed in the late kick off on Saturday, as they eventually swept aside their bogey side Southampton. Brendan Rodgers has now banished a number of demons, including Arsenal at Anfield, Spurs and Stoke away, and now avenging the problematic Saints - the only team to beat the Reds twice in the last 12 months. Southampton Maurico Pochettino deployed his usual 4-3-3 with Jack Cork starting in central midfield, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Steven …
Liverpool 4 Swansea 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 Swansea 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool pulled off another rollercoaster, heart-stopping victory, with their scintillating attack eventually sparing the blushes of the calamitous defence. There were many reunions and familiar faces for both clubs in this game, and the hunger for victory was very much alive. Liverpool couldn't exercise their control after taking a 2-0 lead and Swansea persisted and took the game to them. It took a stand-out performance from Jordan Henderson to rescue the points for the Reds, while the introduction of Joe …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Steven Gerrard came up with the goods with a last gasp penalty winner for Liverpool at Craven Cottage, keeping their title or top four (depending on your persuasion) aspirations alive and kicking, and taking them to within four points of the summit. Fulham Fulham sat rock bottom of the league, however, they have shown recent faint glimpses of hope under Rene Meulensteen. They have reinforced, and attempted to reinvigorate, bringing in Lewis Holtby on loan from Spurs and Ryan Tunnicliffe …
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