Fulham vs Manchester United

Fulham vs Manchester United Preview: Can we get an Olé for Ole?

As much as it hurts me as a Liverpool fan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves a tip of the hat for all he’s done in little over two months at Manchester United.

The Norwegian has dramatically turned the tables around at Old Trafford. Not only has Ole improved the results but he also picked up the pieces of United’s wrecked confidence and rebuilt the atmosphere, team spirit and the overall attitude within the squad.

Feel free to call me out for stating the obvious but I find it rather appropriate to focus my first-ever post about Manchester United on Twelve’s blog on the effect United’s former striker has had in such a short time since replacing the obsolete, antediluvian, vieux jeu, ________ (choose your own attribute) Portuguese back in December. Read More

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: Injury woes to hobble the Reds?

Four points clear at the top of the Premier League but as many defenders short would be the easiest way to describe the conundrum Liverpool find themselves in at the moment.

Bad news arrived from Melwood this week as Trent Alexander-Arnold became the latest injury setback to add to Jürgen Klopp’s defensive headache.

The 20-year-old right-back played through the full 90 minutes against Brighton but the extent of the knee injury he picked up during the warm-up revealed itself fully after the match. At the moment it is extremely difficult to put a definite timescale on TAA’s return but it’s certain he will be out of contention for Crystal Palace.

The England international has been one of the outstanding performers for Reds this season and will be greatly missed against the Eagles. The Twelve algorithm rates him as the seventh most valuable Liverpool player after 22 league matches, which can be considered quite an impressive feat given the attack-oriented nature of Klopp’s side. Read More

Liverpool vs Everton Mohamed Salah

Liverpool vs Everton Preview: A Different Cup of Tea or a Boiling Kettle?

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp issued a warning ahead of the 232nd Merseyside derby by branding Everton “a different cup of tea” this season. It’s a statement that could easily become a boiling kettle for the Reds after an utterly disappointing Champions League midweek.

March On!

The Reds succumbed to a third consecutive away defeat in Champions League Group C with Paris Saint-Germain putting on a stylish – and some would say over-theatrical (but hush, it wasn’t me) – display to put Liverpool in a tight spot.

James Milner’s goal produced a slight scent of hope but the inability to overturn the deficit completely was stifling. And so were the Twelve numbers which show that Liverpool’s key men were nowhere near to being their usual selves against the Parisians. Read More

Watford vs Liverpool Premier League Preview

Watford vs Liverpool Preview: Should Klopp sacrifice Shaqiri?

Liverpool return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Watford. It is sure to be a stark contrast to the Reds’ routine 2-0 home victory over Fulham last time out.

It certainly was a game – and result – Liverpool needed to boost their morale ahead of the two-week break and a timely return to the trademark Reds way. Or at least it was according to the numbers. Liverpool dominated the ball to the tune of 75 percent, and restored a high level of shot quality which put them firmly in control against the Cottagers.

Watford vs Liverpool

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Crvena Zvezda vs Liverpool Champions League preview

Crvena Zvezda vs Liverpool: Close the gates and catch that Liverbird

It’s been more than a year since the Serbian giants lost a home game.

A deep look into the club statistics across all possible competitions would reveal a remarkable piece of information: the Belgrade behemoths last suffered a home defeat at the hands of Arsenal (1-0) on 19th October 2017.

Since that moment, Crvena Zvezda have embarked on an astonishing stretch which currently stands at 23 matches at Stadion Rajko Mitic without a single defeat.

It was in no small part that Crvena Zvezda goalkeeper Milan Borjan stands as the one player responsible for such an amazing feat. The Canadian international has been one of the most notable Crvena Zvezda players this season in the Champions League and Twelve’s numbers are there to support such a claim. Read More

Napoli vs Roma Serie A Preview

Napoli vs Roma Preview: Dzeko-in-the-Box to pop a surprise

The Serie A highlight fixture this weekend is Sunday night’s Derby del Sole.

Also known as the Derby of the Sun, Napoli vs Roma is traditionally a highly competitive event. A fierce football show is expected at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday as well, as both teams prepare to go head to head on the back of successful midweek outings.

Midweek Warmup

The hosts put in a brave performance to put an end to PSG’s six-match winning run with the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, whereas Roma eased to a 3-0 home triumph against Russian heavyweights CSKA Moscow.

As the only unbeaten side in Champions League Group C, Napoli switch their focus back to Serie A. The Partenopei have been challenging Juventus for the coveted Scudetto title for years now. With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm this season they are aiming for the very top and it is Roma who stand as a real test to their title credentials. Read More

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda Preview: Time to hit top gear

Mohamed Salah’s 50th goal in English football and the Reds’ 200th victory on the road in the Premier League era were a perfect introduction for the Champions League clash against the Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp might be pleased to be “winning average games” for the first time in his career following his team’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Huddersfield but the Reds will need to up their game in order to remain in the running for major honours this season.

Klopp’s men need to be winning average games with more ease in order to gain mental strength and boost optimism both within the squad and around it.

With another potentially ‘average’ match on the horizon, Liverpool have a chance to hit top gear again, following a string of low key performances and results which have not been up to the standards Jürgen Klopp has introduced at Anfield. Read More

Napoli vs Liverpool Champions League Preview

Napoli vs Liverpool Preview: Resolving Klopp’s Selection Dilemma

Caught in the middle of an extremely difficult run, Liverpool head over to Serie A hotshots Napoli looking to get back to winning ways and restore the momentum after a win-less double against Chelsea.

The 2-1 Carabao Cup elimination at Anfield was followed by a nervy 1-1 draw. Daniel Sturridge neutralized Eden Hazard’s opener with his 50th Premier League goal in a Liverpool shirt, as the Reds failed to record their fourth away win on the bounce.

Stamford Bridge is one of the most difficult grounds to play at in the division, and with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea looking like one of the strongest sides in the Premier League, Liverpool should be applauded for the way they replied after going down.

Saturday’s trip to west London was an overall positive affair for Liverpool supporters who saw a team never ready to give up. Twelve’s effective time possession chart tells us that the Reds finished the game with 55% possession to their name as opposed to Chelsea’s 42% which is a fine indicator of Liverpool’s desire and drive. Read More

Roma vs Lazio Serie A Preview

Roma vs Lazio Preview: Get set for a cracking Derby della Capitale

As rivalries go, there are few bigger ones than the Derby della Capitale.

Arguably the fiercest city derby in the country, the Rome derby is also one of the most hotly contested matches in Europe.

Until a couple of days ago it seemed the first meeting between Rome’s greatest sides – Roma and Lazio – would be a one-sided affair with Roma struggling to hit top gear and Lazio going on a full-throttle stretch, but the midweek Serie A round set the tone right for Saturday’s encounter.

Win-less since the opening day of the season and their 1-0 victory at Torino, Giallorossi lost three matches – including the Champions League opener at Santiago Bernabeu – and were held to a frustrating 2-2 stalemate against Chievo. With an axe hanging over manager Eusebio Di Francesco’s neck, Roma needed an instant response and that’s exactly what their fans got. Read More