April, 2012

  1. Can Villa save themselves from relegation?


    April 30, 2012 by David Bolt

    Every season there seems to be one team who manages to hit a terrible patch of form at exactly the wrong time and finds themselves dragged into the relegation battle. Sadly, that team this season seems to be Aston Villa. Villa have been mired in a dreadful run of form in the past few months and Tuesday night’s defeat to Bolton and yesterday’s draw at West Brom sees them only 3 points above Bolton, who occupy the last place in the relegation zone, but Bolton have a game in hand.

  2. Tottenham’s Fall From Grace: Where Harry Went Wrong


    April 28, 2012 by Jake Nuttie

    After a poor start to the season, losses to both Manchester teams in the first two games, Tottenham were able to get their season back on track, and up until the end of February it looked like a very promising season for Tottenham, despite elimination from the Europa league. After thumping Newcastle 5-0 at home, it has been very much downhill from there. At the Christmas stage of the season most people had predicted that Tottenham had that third premier league place nailed on and would surely remain in the top four come the end of the season. But how does a team go from looking certain to achieving a third place finish and a genuine chance at an F.A. Cup final to finishing the season with only a Europa League place. Winning the F.A. Cup along with a champions league finish would be an ideal season for Redknapp and Tottenham and would be the perfect reward for all of Redknapp’s hard work since arriving at White Hart Lane. Here is a look at some of the things that has hindered Tottenham’s performance of late. 

  3. MLS and Supporters Groups: Is This Even a Good Thing?


    April 28, 2012 by Sam Elling

    No other  league in the world, in any sport, seems to trumpet its cliques of super fans as much as MLS.  Why is this phenomenon such a part of MLS’ marketing, and is this relationship good for the league?

    Almost all football clubs in the modern world have a somewhat tense relationship between their most ardent supporters and the front office. Whether you look at the Barras Brava of Argentina, the firms of England or the Ultras throughout Europe, there is a fine line between being the apex of support and… problems.

  4. Boardroom incompetence throws Wanderers to the Wolves


    April 27, 2012 by Adam Gray

    As slapstick relegations go, Wolves’ departure to the Championship after a three-year stint in the top-tier was relatively inevitable. On the pitch anyway, after the 5-0 mauling at Fulham on the 2nd of March, and falling ultimately 7 points adrift as they met their end at home to Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers were long since resigned to the trips to Burnley and Charlton that await them in the next season.

    One win in the past 21 matches drew the air of gloom that filled over Molineux during City’s win, as the torrid weather provided the pathetic fallacy for the day. However, it was one particular defeat in this wretched run that opened the door for the West-Midland brand of lunacy that drove Wolves to a speedier fate.

  5. Ben Arfa Compilation


    April 26, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    One of the most in form players in the EPL right now. A compilation of Ben Arfa’s season so far.

  6. Width, Manchester City’s biggest problem this season.


    April 26, 2012 by Joshua Broomfield

    Despite looking at one point like they would run away with the league title, Manchester City are currently in a position where their only hope of finishing above Manchester United looks like goal difference. Notwithstanding Lee Dixon’s exceptionally perceptive insight that football results are down to a combination of form, fitness and the teams on the pitch. What has been the reason for Manchester City seemingly throwing the title away? One of the most significant reasons is that they have often lacked width, and have consequently been, at times, easy to frustrate. City’s default formation this season has been a 4-2-3-1/4-2-2-2: a back 4, two holding midfielders, two nominal wide players who drift inside and two strikers, one of which often will often drop deep to help in build up play. City’s rough first choice 11:

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