Manchester United 2 Fulham 2 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 2 Fulham 2 | Tactical Analysis

Both Manchester United and Fulham had bad results coming into this game. Man Utd lost 2-1 last week at Stoke and Fulham had only managed 1 win in their last 8 matches, including an embarrassing extra time defeat to Sheffield Utd in the FA Cup, so both teams were looking to bounce back and get something from this match. Manchester United were clear favourites but there was extra incentive for Rene Muelensteen to get something from his first trip back …
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool made a crucial slip in the race for fourth by failing to clinch all three points on the road at West Brom. It was an opportunity for Brendan Rodgers' men to go 9 points clear of Manchester United in 7th and four points clear of Merseyside rivals Everton. West Brom were coming fresh from a grudge match of their own, losing 4-3 at Villa Park on Wednesday, while the Reds needed to pick themselves up from their deadline day …
Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5 | Tactical Analysis

Tottenham 1 Manchester City 5 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester City went into last night’s game on a great run of, not only winning matches, but scoring a lot goals so most teams facing them would be fearful. Spurs had reason to be hopeful though, despite the brutal 6-0 defeat earlier this season, they had picked up 5 wins from 6 EPL matches and went into this game undefeated in the league under Tim Sherwood. Les Ferdinand made some comments in the media regarding defensive midfielders and how they …
Liverpool 4-0 Everton | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4-0 Everton | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a thrilling counter-attacking display on home turf to crush an Everton side who retained possession well, threatened throughout, and didn't actually do too much wrong. The three first half goals effectively won Liverpool the game, while Suarez clinching the fourth completely killed off any hope for the Toffees - however it was still a hotly disputed contest until the final whistle. Liverpool Despite Liverpool's star-studded attacking set-up, the defensive line-up will not have filled the fans with optimism …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa came to Anfield and put in a strong performance right from the off, however only doing enough to earn a draw when they may have been four or five up by half-time. Liverpool's abysmal first half added further misery to their recent outings in this fixture. At Anfield last season Aston Villa sat back in a 3-5-1-1 formation, with Andi Weimann slightly behind Benteke. They invited Liverpool into their trap and proved to be explosive on the counter-attack, …
Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke and Liverpool played out an incredible thriller, full of goals, end to end action and some controversial decisions. After being 2-0 up, Liverpool failed to kill the intensity and fire of the game - eventually turning it into a scoring contest and having to out-fire Stoke in order to get a rare win at the Britannia. Stoke Mark Hughes used Charlie Adam as an unorthodox number 10 against his old club, and he actually played higher up the field …
Liverpool 2-0 Hull City | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 2-0 Hull City | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Liverpool moved back into the top four with another routine home win, making it 7 home wins in a row. Hull were exceeding expectations sitting at 10th in the league table, and came to Anfield with nothing to lose having beaten the Reds 3-1 at home a month earlier. Hull City Steve Bruce kept a similar team to the one that faced the Reds in December, going with a 3-5-1-1 (a good counter-attacking system which helped Aston Villa to a …
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea jumped to 3rd in the table and sent Liverpool crashing from 1st to 5th in the space of three days, highlighting just how tight things currently are in the top eight at this midway point in the season. Mourinho lined Chelsea up in their usual 4-2-3-1, but interestingly he went with David Luiz alongside Lampard in midfield and dropped Jon Obi Mikel to the bench. Samuel Eto'o started as the lone striker, while the attacking midfield three of Hazard, …
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