Sunderland 1 Manchester United 2 | Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Manchester United 2 | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United started in their usual 4-4-2 formation. Carrick and Cleverley played in midfield, Nani and Januzaj on the wings and Rooney and Van Persie up front. Sunderland played a 4-3-3 system, headed by Jozy Altidore who was supported by Giaccherini and Johnson in the wide areas. Gardner and Ki were the two highest midfielders, with Cattermole as the single pivot behind them. Sunderland's game plan disrupts United's in the first half Sunderland's plan was clear right from the start. …
West Brom 1-1 Arsenal | Post Match Tactical Analysis

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorn's on Sunday, giving them the point they needed to get back to the top of the table going into the international break. West Brom came full of confidence off the back of their victory at Old Trafford, and a strong attacking line-up with the intent of going on the offensive against Arsenal. This created a fantastically open game with plenty of chances at both ends, and a good mix of …
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool moved back up to 2nd in the table with a tight victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in which the 1-3 scoreline did not reflect the fine balance between the two sides on the day. Luis Suarez made his Premier League return after completing his suspension, a much needed creative addition since the loss of Philippe Coutinho. Sunderland fielded a fired up starting XI hoping to start their clean slate with a home win to lift them …
Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Southampton came away from Anfield with a well-deserved 3 points after a fantastic team performance which saw Liverpool end their 12-game Premier League unbeaten run stretching back 6 months to March 16th, when Liverpool lost 3-1 to - you guessed it - Southampton. The surprise in the starting line-up was the inclusion of all four senior centre-backs, with Kolo Toure at right back over Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly, while Sakho got the nod ahead of Jose Enrique, who had …
Swansea 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Swansea and Liverpool fought out a hotly contested but well played-out 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night to take Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League with what goalkeeper Simon Mignolet referred to as 'a point gained' for the Reds. They made several changes to the side due to injury and some new faces in the squad, which led to debuts for Mamadou Sakho in place of Daniel Agger, and Victor Moses started on the …
England WC Qualifiers: Tactical Analysis | Gerrard as DM & Barkley Introduced

England WC Qualifiers: Tactical Analysis | Gerrard as DM & Barkley Introduced

England made it 8 games unbeaten under Roy Hodgson against Moldova and Ukraine in a routine 4-0 win at Wembley in which 3 points were crucial, and a bland 0-0 draw on Tuesday night, keeping up the pressure on Ukraine and Montenegro at the top of group H. Although it is too easy to keep with the modern trend and moan about the state of the national team, it must be admitted there will be a few areas of concern …
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Liverpool made an impressive start to their 2013/14 season with three priceless 1-0 victories, eclipsing any of their previous opening three results in the last 19 years. Looking at the improvements to the side Brendan Rodgers has made since the January transfer window, there were many speaking of the idea that Liverpool could come into the season quietly confident, and surprise a few people as the year progressed with a much stronger presence in the top 6. However this element …
Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis

Opening day of the season has been a consistent problem for Arsenal in recent years with three draws in the last three seasons prior to this weekend, while Aston Villa have experienced mixed results with a win, loss and a draw since 2010/11. Villa will have been optimistic going into the fixture with two wins at the Emirates from their last five attempts, a new contract for Christian Benteke, a group of young players now a season further in their …
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