Belgium vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group H

Belgium vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group H

The opening match of Group H sees Algeria come up against a Belgium side that are many peoples dark horses to lift the World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th. Belgium cruised through their qualifying group, finishing  top of a group that included Croatia, Serbia, Wales, Scotland and Macedonia, with the Red Devils only conceding 4 goals in their 10 matches. They failed to lose a single game during qualifying (Won 8, Drawn 2), with only Germany …
Ross Barkley Vs Man City | Player Performance Analysis

Ross Barkley Vs Man City | Player Performance Analysis

With control of the title on the line for Manchester City, City came out and grabbed the win in a 3-2 thriller.  Everton failed to do their neighbours Liverpool a favour and were eliminated from the race for a Champions League spot.  Despite his team's loss, Ross Barkley put in a top draw performance.  With Roy Hodgson in the stands, Barkley put in a display that showed he should not only be on the plane to Brazil, but maybe he …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

The victims of the Hillsborough tragedy will be remembered over the weekend by all teams in the Football league, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the disaster. All matches will kick off seven minutes later than usual, followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the victims. Liverpool also take part in what is their biggest game of the season so far with a huge clash at home to Man City, a game which could have huge implications on where the …
Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs Analysis | Skrtel Vs Mertesacker Vs Terry Vs Kompany

Centre-Backs. The brick walls of defence. For aspirations of winning the Premier League, it is imperative to have a strong back line. With Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City set to fight it out in the next few months for the title, this following piece will look at the main centre-back for each team and how they have fared so far this season. Looking at stats such a tackling, duels, errors, clearances etc as well as my own opinion on …
Manchester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News & Stats

Manchester City Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News & Stats

On September 22, Manchester United cross into the blue half of Manchester to take on Manchester City in the first edition of the Manchester derby this season.  This match-up will feature the champions of the last two seasons with City winning it in 2012 and United in 2013.  Both teams are under new management with Manuel Pellegrini taking over for City after Roberto Mancini got the sack last season and David Moyes is the new manager in the red half taking over …
How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

How valuable is David Luiz to Chelsea? Compared to Kompany, Ferdinand & Vermaelen

In the wake of a rejected £35 million bid from Barcelona for Chelsea defender David Luiz, quite a debate has erupted over the former Benfica man’s actual worth to the team. Luiz, whilst a first-team stalwart and a fan favourite, has nevertheless been derided in the past by fans and pundits alike for his erratic defending, none more famously than Gary Neville. The former England right-back’s comments that Luiz defended like he was being controlled by a “10 year old …
What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

What will Mark Hughes bring to Stoke City? | Stats Analysis

Mark Hughes was officially appointed as the new Stoke City manager on 30th May 2013 following the sacking of Tony Pulis and I must admit my first thoughts were “thank God”. I’d like to make it quite clear that this was in no way a slur against Stoke, their chairman Peter Coates, their fans or Hughes himself; this was because of who they had been linked with. For a long time the man Stoke were rumoured to be close to …
Should Rodgers build Liverpool's defence around Agger? | Stats Analysis

Should Rodgers build Liverpool's defence around Agger? | Stats Analysis

Liverpool's 2012-13 season was definitely one full of mixed feelings. The team played their first campaign under a new manager, who was trying to implement his footballing philosophy. A mixture of questionable transfers and confusion on the last day of the transfer window forced Rodgers, in his first season at Liverpool, to give the youngsters a chance, and although most of them (especially Raheem Sterling) were highly impressive, the lack of experience backfired as the Reds couldn't find consistency through …
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