Recently, I did a second Aston Villa Tactical Analysis discussing how Dean Smith's side went from narrowly escaping relegation in 2019-20 to now being genuine contenders for the Europa League in time for next season. The same could be said of West Ham United. Although David Moyes' side escaped relegation by a greater margin, they've also been better than Villa by a narrow margin again this season, just in a much different place in the table for both. Like Aston Villa, West Ham United are also contenders for a place in next season's Europa League with their performances in the league in 2020-21. With Villa being one of their top challengers for a top six finish, doing the double over the Lions has also boasted well for the Hammers as they go into the final third of the season. Here is a tactical analysis of West Ham United since they shifted from a 5-4-1/3-4-3 formation to a 4-2-3-1.
World Cup 2018 is still months away. A lot can change in five months, but Gareth Southgate has to start looking now at who he should take to Russia in June. The 2017-18 Premier League season has seen the rise of players like Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire and even the resurgence of Ashley Young, but … Continue reading Who England Should Take To World Cup 2018
Although it was only Malta, England's national football team had one of their best performances of recent years as they kept 80% of the possession, were firing on all cylinders and eased past the Southern European nation to a 2-0 win in World Cup 2018 qualifying. I've hardly ever seen any team keep 80% of … Continue reading England 2-0 Malta: Henderson and Rooney Star
The FA Community Shield was an entertaining encounter that saw FA Cup winners Manchester United come away as 2-1 victors over Premier League title winners Leicester City. Neither team was at their best on the day and in fact both teams were very poor for large sections of the game. However Manchester United's ability to win in … Continue reading FA Community Shield Report: Leicester 1-2 Manchester United, Don’t Act Like Mourinho Did Anything