Ever wondered why most big derbies in England have early kick-offs? Despite it being dressed in other disguises, it is mainly to prevent fans spending the entire day pre-game at the local pub, thus arriving at an intense, passion-filled derby game ready to go to war. Instead, with an early kick off, the time between […]
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A post-international Premier League weekend delivered a fairly tepid round of fixtures. Until Monday night that is, where Everton vs. Newcastle produced the most thrilling game of this season so far. All 10 grounds played You’ll Never Walk Alone, we had another ridiculous handshake-gate, and there were more calls for goal-line technology. All in a […]
It’s been an incredibly busy summer for QPR. 10 major signings have come in, whilst 6 regulars from last season have left the club. Going back further, since Neil Warnock was sacked and Mark Hughes came in, a mammoth 15 major players have been added to the squad, and to the wage bill. Just how […]
So, the transfer window is firmly shut, and all the squads are finalised. This weekend saw debuts galore, 28 goals scored, penalties, a Panenka and some interesting tactical matchups.
This was another fascinating weekend in the self acclaimed, “Best League in the World”. This article looks at 3 selected matches, with observations on tactics, team selections, and talking points going forward. And it’s LIVE.
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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.
Ebrahim Sadien is an Italian football writer who also covers Bafana Bafana and local South African football.
Andy Forrester is a professional football match and opposition analyst based in Qatar. All views are his own.