Is parking the bus the best way to take on Liverpool?

This past weekend, Liverpool dominated Southampton. With 65% of the possession and 15 total shots, Liverpool pressed against Southampton in a way that lead former Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to declare that Liverpool was the best he has ever faced. And yet, despite all of that, the score ended 0-0 and the two teams […]

Is a win against Arsenal essential for Manchester United?

Manchester United’s fortunes have swung wildly this season. At the beginning of the season, it looked like they would be among those challenging for the title. That collapsed a bit after their form turned sour following their defeat to Manchester United. Then things began to stabilize before destabilizing once again. Now, they sit in 6th […]

Is this the start of a new era for England?

Today, England will take on Spain in World Cup Qualifying. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is expected to take the armband off of Wayne Rooney, who will be out due to injury. This move was anticipated, however, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that Rooney would have started from the bench even if he was fit. With […]

Is Swansea doomed to relegation?

It is fair to say that Swansea are on a really, really bad run of form right now. In several games, they’ve played fine, but ultimately capitulated in a painful display of bad luck and motivational issues. While they may not be playing as bad as Sunderland right now, they are tied on points and […]

What’s the deal with Chelsea’s run of form lately?

Chelsea have made an explosive return to form in recent weeks after an indifferent start to life under Antonio Conte. Since the beginning of October, Chelsea haven’t allowed a goal in the league, while scoring 16. What could possibly have turned them around so dramatically? Could it be the teams that they have played in this […]

Who needs to win the North London Derby more: Arsenal or Tottenham

The North London Derby is almost here, which will see old rivals Arsenal and Tottenham duke it out yet again. Going into the game, one team’s form, Arsenal, has been absolutely blistering, which sees them tied for the top of the table, while the other, Spurs, has been lethargic for a few weeks. While this game […]

Fear Factor: The importance of intimidation when playing against a big club

While tactics and playing styles are often discussed as important reasons for specific teams winning or not winning, one factor that has been pushed to the wayside of late is the concept of the fear factor. This is possibly because it is something of an intangible, the fear factor is nonetheless a very real, very […]

Do Spurs score enough goals to win the Premier League?

Currently, Tottenham sit in 5th place, a singular point off the top of the table. They were the first team to bloody the soccer gods that Manchester City seemed to be. That said, they have only scored 13 goals in 9 games. That’s just over a goal a game (1.4 gpg). While they have only […]

Can Manchester City’s defense unhinge their title challenge?

Once again, Manchester City’s defense has let them down through a silly mistake. This time it was John Stones, whose no look pass set up Nathan Redmond beautifully for an opening Southampton goal. This defender assist is almost as bad as the Lucas Leiva assist on Jamie Vardy in the Liverpool-Leicester game a few weeks […]

Are international breaks good for anyone?

We have finally moved past the international breaks for at least a few weeks. Let us rejoice for the time being. In all seriousness, with club soccer starting back up, we have to ask: Does the international break benefit anyone in club soccer? For teams doing well, you could argue that it gives them a […]

The key factors for victory in Liverpool-Manchester United

Today’s Liverpool-Manchester derby is not only a big game, in comparison to most games in the league. It is a huge game for two giants of English soccer. A win is vital for both team, especially in terms of the media narrative that will follow the game. Looking ahead to the derby, what are the […]

Liverpool vs. Manchester United: A narrative maker

The upcoming Liverpool-Manchester United derby match is big this year. Way bigger than previous years. Why is that? This match comes at the perfect time to create a narrative for both teams. We are seven games into the season now. After this match, we will be 21% of the way through the season. We’re right […]

Should Gareth Southgate get the England job?

Gareth Southgate has now equaled Sam Allardyce’s incredible record as England manager with a convincing win over Malta. With two solid goals, which could have been even more if not for Malta’s goalkeeper, and the lion’s share of the control of the game, the questions are starting early. Should Gareth Southgate take charge of England full-time? […]

Have Spurs found the blueprint to beat Manchester City?

The shock result of last weekend, for many, was Tottenham defeating Manchester City in a thrilling 2-0 win over the previously untouchable league-leaders. More importantly than just winning the game, though, was the style in which they did it. Manchester City had their periods of being threatening, but Spurs largely controlled the game. The question […]

Can, and should, Paul Pogba face a ban for violent conduct?

This weekend saw a 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Stoke City, after a late Joe Allen goal leveled the scoring. Shortly after that, Paul Pogba did this while attacking a late corner. At first, we are unable to make out exactly what happened, since the camera isn’t focused on the incident. All we see […]