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 […]
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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 […]
Much noise was made last season about Paul Lambert’s tendency to adapt his tactics depending on the opposition. His modest Norwich side finished the season effectively tied 10th, with this ‘chameleon’ approach claiming wins over Tottenham, Villa, Swansea (twice) and Newcastle.
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.
THERE are generally two types of managers in football. You get those that like to use the same tactics and style of football at every club they manage, and those who will adjust their tactics to suit the players at their disposal. Brendan Rodgers is certainly one of the former. The minute Liverpool’s owners decided […]
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.
Branislav Ivanovic is a Chelsea cult hero. He’s also a world class defender. But is the Serbian defender a centre back who can reluctantly cover at right back, or a right back with the physical attributes to cover in central defence?
Key points from this weekend’s opening Premier League games
Alex Song’s move to Barcelona as Seydou Keita’s replacement has far greater ramifications than initially meets the eye. To look at this in the overall context, one has to first highlight the earlier bit of business the Spanish side completed this summer.
At this week’s interesting Q&A with Pardew and some fortunate NUFC fans, one of the topics raised was transfers. Pardew was quick to stress something that most, more educated, NUFC fans would know already – 90% of the names mentioned in the summer are not transfer targets. Of the alternative 10%, Ajax Amsterdam’s Vurnon Anita is one that […]
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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.