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Author Archives: Alex Fairchild

About Alex Fairchild

Alex is a student at Boston College, who has been covering soccer for multiple websites since the age of 16. In addition to writing about soccer around the web, he is the assistant sports editor for the school's independent student newspaper, The Heights. You can find him on Twitter@alexsfairchild and on Google+.

Read Our Progress Report on Southampton’s Performances for October-November

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The ball pops loose from a corner kick that Arsenal has managed to clear. It’s a typical clearance of a corner with a header, and the ball rolls to the feet of Nathaniel Clyne. The Gunner clear the box, but … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing The Manchester Derby

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Manchester United fans have hope. After a very rough start to the season, the Red Devils have picked up the pieces despite drawing with West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, before losing to Manchester City. It’s was a rough start for … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing Cesc Fabregas As A Defensive Asset For Chelsea

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It’s August 30, 2014 in the 69th minute of a match between Chelsea and Everton. Steven Naismith has halved the Blues’ lead with a goal and it is all Cesc Fabregas’ fault. But why is it his fault? Why do … Continue reading

Analyzing Manchester City vs Tottenham; Premier League Tactics Corner, Gameweek 8

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Sergio Aguero is fast off the ball and perhaps even quicker with it at his feet. He skips by defenders in and around the 18-yard box weekly and evades them to find the two inches of space he needs to … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner – Gameweek 7

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Two of fluid attacks were on in form in the Premier League at the weekend via Manchester City and Southampton. Manchester City The 4-4-2 has a lot of critics in the modern game. Some say it cannot be played because … Continue reading

Analyzing Liverpool’s Problems When Defending Against Set Pieces

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When Liverpool played AS Roma at Boston’s Fenway Park in a pre-season friendly over the summer, the weather could best be described as sultry. Boston is a workingman’s city, full of the blue collar and the white collar, and people … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 6

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Through wide areas, Hull City has found a lot of its success, and Steven Naismith has become the centerpiece of Everton’s alternative system of play. Hull Raids The Flanks When Ahmed Elmohamady went on trial with Steve Bruce’s Sunderland in … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 5

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Two of the Premier League’s most glamorous teams showed us how to, and how not to break down a defense this weekend. Schurrle’s Movement Unzips Manchester City Andre Schurrle got to hang out with Thomas Muller a lot this summer … Continue reading

Southampton’s August-September Progress Report

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Last season, we saw a lot of this from Southampton’s attack… And this… But once “this,” left for Champions League football, Southampton supporters were left asking themselves, now what? Who could possibly fulfill the rolls of Rickie Lambert and Adam … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4

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Liverpool has not learned the lesson that Jose Mourinho taught it, while Louis van Gaal ended his affair with the three-center back system. The Stagnant Reds Go Marching In Staring at screens around the world and sitting in the Kop, Liverpool … Continue reading

Chelsea vs. Swansea City Player Ratings; Battle For Top Of The League Ends 4-2

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Heading into today’s game at Stamford Bridge, neither team had dropped points thus far in Premier League play. Following the international break and transfer window both teams were looking to stretch their “legs” and earn their place at top of … Continue reading

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Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 3

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In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we analyze Diego Costa’s movement and pressing, as well as Stoke City’s defensive tactics against Manchester City. Chelsea’s Costa Costa does three things really well. He presses, he uses his speed, … Continue reading

Tactical Analysis Of Liverpool’s Aggressive Tackling And Pressing Mentality

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We can chalk that up with something not associated with a squad that scored 101 goals last season, along with something else that’s stuck in the back of the mainstream football brain – defense. Before we get into how the … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner: Aston Villa-Newcastle United & Tottenham Hotspur-QPR

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In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we dive into Newcastle’s use of Emmanuel Riviere and Queens Park Rangers’ three-back system. Holding It Up Aston Villa did not put a shot on target in Saturday’s early game against … Continue reading

How Mario Balotelli Will Fit Into Liverpool’s Attacking Lineup

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Mario Balotelli possesses so much talent, but the detriments he can bring on and off the pitch bring about an aura of fear. So how does Brendan Rodgers fit the bad boy who says he wants to become even badder, … Continue reading

Manchester City vs Liverpool Predicted Lineups

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Liverpool and Manchester City go again in Premier League play on Monday when the Reds travel to the Etihad to battle the Sky Blues. The two outfits played to a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium over the summer with the … Continue reading

Premier League Tactics Corner: Man Utd-Swansea, Liverpool-Southampton & Leicester-Everton

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Let’s talk about tactics. Each week, clubs vary their approaches and over the season we’ll be analyzing how teams leverage an advantage by best using the resources within their squad. Louis van Gaal’s Halftime Switch Twitter’s trolls were quick to … Continue reading

Liverpool vs. Southampton: Predicted Line-Ups and Preview

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Overachieving was a theme for both Liverpool and Southampton in their last campaigns, but each side has been active in this summer’s transfer market. While Southampton has off-loaded several players from last year’s extremely talented squad, Liverpool has sold Luis … Continue reading