Win, Lose or Draw: Liverpool’s Woes Continue

Win: Arsenal The Gunners bounced back from last weekend’s self-inflicted loss to Chelsea with a 3-1 away win against West Ham to carry them into the international break. A 21st minute goal from West Ham’s Mohamed Diame had Arsenal fans wary of a Chelsea hangover, but Olivier Giroud answered decisively with his first Premier League goal of the season in the 41st minute. Theo Walcott came on in the second half with something to prove to his manager and did just that, firing the game winner in the 77th. Santi Cazorla capped things off with a left-footed strike from outside the box in the 83rd minute, after which West Ham could only manage a couple of chances. Despite claims early in the week that they would press Arsenal, West Ham seemed happy to concede possession, 69% of it in fact. The away side also dominated shots (21 to nine) and […]

Win, Lose or Draw: League table takes shape

After a busy weekend of Premier League soccer, most clubs have four games under their belts and an early picture of the league table has begun to emerge. Who put their mark on this season’s campaign and who lost ground? Tottenham: Win It took four games, but Spurs finally have their first win under new manager Andres Villas-Boas. After a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United, Tottenham faced successive 1-1 draws in which they were denied the full three points, first by a 91st minute goal from West Brom and then by an 85th minute goal from Norwich. There were no such dramatics against Reading this Sunday. Spurs dominated the newly-promoted Royals in almost every conceivable way, opening the scoring after 18 minutes of play and adding two more for comfort in the 71st and 74th minutes. The visitors were rarely in the game, their best opportunity coming from a denied […]

Euro 2012 Analysis – Quarterfinals – England vs Italy

This is the twenty-first piece in our Euro 2012 Analysis series, during which we’ll analyze all of the Euro 2012 matches based on our FootballrRating score. Italy (0) vs England (0) – (Italy wins on penalties, 4-2) The Italians, who dominated England for two hours, never were able to find the back of the net with any of their 35 shots, 20 of which were on target, until the penalty shootout. England’s defense never let the Italians break through with a goal during regulation or extra time. England had its share of opportunities, though they came less frequently than their Italian opponents chances. England finished with 9 total shots, 4 of which were on goal. Mario Balotelli, who pestered the England back line all match, put home the first of four made penalty kicks for Italy. England’s Steven Gerrard answered for England to tie the shootout at 1-1. Riccardo Montolivo […]

Euro 2012 Analysis – Day 3, Group D – England vs Ukraine

This is the sixteenth piece in our Euro 2012 Analysis series, during which we’ll analyze all of the Euro 2012 matches based on our FootballrRating score. affordable dissertation writing help & services England (1) vs Ukraine (0) With the chaos surrounding this England squad entering the tournament, plotting a successful course through Euro 2012’s group stage may well be mission accomplished for Roy Hodgson.  In a largely dull match against Ukraine, England looked to be heading towards a suitable 0-0 draw against remaining host Ukraine.  Wayne Rooney had other plans, though, heading home the winner off a Gerrard cross three minutes into the second half.  The goal loudly announced the English star’s return after a two-match ban and reminded anyone who forgot just what he brings to the side, aside from red cards.  Ukraine will be disappointed not to have taken something from the game, putting the English on the […]

Euro 2012 Analysis – Day 2, Group D – Sweden vs England

This is the ninth piece in our Euro 2012 Analysis series, during which we’ll analyze all the matches based on our FootballrRating score. Match 2 – Sweden (2) vs England (3) A thrilling match between Sweden and England ended with English manager Roy Hodgson looking like a genius for bringing in Theo Walcott, who was named ESPN.com’s ‘Man of the Match’ and was the highest rated English player based on our FR rating, while Sweden was left disappointed knowing they will not be advancing to the quarterfinal stage. England struck first, with Andrew Carroll scoring off a header between two defenders in the 23rd minute. The two squads would enter the half with England leading 1-0, but more scoring was to come. The dramatics were left for the second half, with Glen Johnson scoring on his own goal to tie the match at 1 apiece in the 49th minute. Ten […]