Aston Villa Season Preview

The Football Lab spoke to Aston Villa fan @The_W_Address ahead of the new season. You can order his excellent book The Way Forward, which offers ideas on how we can improve the standard of youth development in England. Here, he discusses a change in Villa’s transfer policy, the need for a more natural holding midfielder, and the arrival of a… Read more →

Arsenal Season Preview

The Football Lab spoke to Arsenal fan @DezilDez ahead of the new season. Here, he gives his expert tactical views on new signings Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, and Sami Khedira in prospect. I don’t know many managers who polarize opinion more than Arsene Wenger. After Arsenal won that elusive trophy, are more supporters now backing him?… Read more →

Weekend Predictions: 9th August

Here are my thoughts ahead of the football season’s first round of matches, in the Championship, League One, League Two, plus the Community Shield. To see all my match predictions, go to the table at the bottom. The Championship Cardiff and Blackburn are two clubs who have had a contrasting last few months. Cardiff are in a… Read more →

Wigan Athletic Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Wigan Athletic fan Jay, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @JWGaming10. Here, he discusses last season’s vast improvement in form under Uwe Rosler, the signing of striker Oriol Riera, and the challenge to replace two of Wigan’s most talented attacking players. Under Uwe Rosler last season,… Read more →

Watford Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Watford fan Mattie Rance, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @mattierance. Here, he discusses the factors behind an unproductive season for the Hornets last time out, the importance of keeping Gabrielle Angella, and an exciting partnership in prospect, between Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney. We saw… Read more →

Sheffield Wednesday Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Sheffield Wednesday fan Malcolm Fox, ahead of the new season. You can follow him on Twitter @malcolm_fox2. Here, he discusses the difference made by boss Stuart Gray, the need for improvements at centre-back, and the signing of goalkeeper Kieran Westwood. Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov has completed a takeover of the club.… Read more →