All posts tagged with: Joe Garner

Ipswich August Review: out of the blue

During this two-week break from the Championship for internationals, we review how all 24 teams have looked in their first five league games. Here’s our assessment of Cardiff City. What we said in pre-season “Emyr Huws looks a good addition for Ipswich Town while Bersant Celina may have the creative spark to replace Tom Lawrence. Boardroom frugality… Read more →

Why speedy Robinson is key for Preston

Seven different forwards have started matches for Preston since their promotion to the Championship in 2015. The fact that none of them have scored more than six goals would suggest that the issue is related to the system, rather than attacking personnel. Simon Grayson likes his midfielders to be disciplined and while this has helped the Whites… Read more →

Reading v Preston: Dutch courage

Preston and Reading might both use a three-at-the-back system at the Madejski stadium, but their respective implementations of it will be very different. While Simon Grayson seeks a third centre-back for defensive comfort, Jaap Stam hopes the avante-garde nature of his tactics will lend his team unpredictability in the final third. Pre-season suggests Reading will operate with… Read more →

Championship preview: Gameweek 7

Here are The Football Lab’s predictions for all 11 of Tuesday and Wednesday’s Championship games. It’s top against bottom at the AMEX as Brighton take on Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Brentford meet for the first time since their play-off clash in May, while 2nd place Cardiff look to build on an excellent start when they host… Read more →

Championship Preview: Gameweek 4

Here are The Football Lab’s predictions for 2 of the weekend’s games in the Championship. Charlton Athletic, Hull City, Preston North End and Ipswich Town have all avoided defeat in their first 4 games, and will hope that continues at the weekend. Charlton and Hull face each other at the Valley, while Preston and Ipswich… Read more →

Preston North End Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Preston North End fan James Haken, ahead of the new season. You can follow his Twitter account @TownEndTalk and blog. Preston secured promotion from League One last season. Having thrown away the chance to go up automatically in the latter stages of last season, with many leads dropped, were you somewhat relieved… Read more →