Blackpool v Cheltenham: full-backs key

Gary Bowyer’s smart tactics helped Blackpool on their way to a 1-0 Easter Monday win at Doncaster. After Matty Blair was sent off for the hosts, he resisted assistant Richie Kyle’s suggestion of going from three to four at the back. Instead, he split the three centre-backs and replaced holding midfielder Jack Payne with the… Read more →

Port Vale v Bolton: the struggle for goals

Of the 12 League One games this weekend, only four can mathematically affect the division both teams will be in next season. One of those four sees relegation strugglers Port Vale take on promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers. They meet with neither side in the best of form, particularly in goalscoring terms, 2nd place Bolton netting just… Read more →

Why Zaha would be suited to Spurs

Wilfried Zaha has always been a player with plenty of pace and potential, but questions have lingered over his end product. This season, he has answered those questions more emphatically than ever before. Zaha has scored six goals and made nine assists for Crystal Palace this season. Whenever the Eagles win – they have done so five times in… Read more →

Why Bonucci would be perfect for City

Manchester City must eradicate their soft centre. They work hard to score patient, deftly-constructed goals, 60 of them in the Premier League, but their opponents rarely need to show the same creativity for the same outcome. Simple balls over the top and pace in forward areas has often been enough to unhinge City’s poor defence:… Read more →

Ashley must back Rafa over Shawcross deal

With Newcastle United set for a swift Premier League return, owner Mike Ashley must learn from his mistakes. He targeted young, overseas players with a high potential sell-on value, but the result was a team lacking experience and character, culminating in relegation. Rafa Benitez, among the highest-profile managers in Europe, will not tolerate the same… Read more →