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#Analysis

# analysis - Today’s News

5 talking points from this week’s Champions League action

Liverpool stumble once again, Messi and Ronaldo continue to thrill and other important issues.

# analysis - Monday 24 November, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Is Fine Gael facing an election bloodbath? Analysis

Is Fine Gael facing an election bloodbath?

After a historic victory in 2011, the largest party in the State is now facing the loss of over 20 seats at the next election on current poll numbers.

Analysis: Australia’s first-half width drags Ireland out of comfort zone

Ireland’s defensive concerns were alarming in the opening 40 minutes in Dublin on Saturday.

# analysis - Sunday 23 November, 2014

Analysis: Ireland’s first-quarter blitz lays foundation for win over Wallabies

We break down Ireland’s scintillating opening 16 minutes against Michael Cheika’s side last night.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool: Is Brendan Rodgers’ time nearly up?

With his team just four points above the relegation zone is Brendan Rodgers’ job at risk?

# analysis - Saturday 22 November, 2014

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United: 5 talking points

The Gunners failed to take their chances and Van Gaal’s gamble paid off – just about.

5 talking points from today’s Premier League action

A day of relief for Louis van Gaal, more joy for Newcastle and heartbreak for Ryan Taylor.

# analysis - Friday 21 November, 2014

Analysis: Australia’s defensive changes open opportunities for Ireland

We pick out some potential weaknesses for Joe Schmidt’s men to exploit tomorrow evening.

Where Arsenal v Manchester United will be won and lost

Louis van Gaal’s injury-ravaged side face a tough task against a Gunners outfit unbeaten at home in the league.

# analysis - Thursday 20 November, 2014

From TheJournal.ie How safe is the government after its water charges u-turn? Treading Water

How safe is the government after its water charges u-turn?

Analysis: Yesterday was all about providing “clarity and certainty”. But will it be enough to save the coalition?

# analysis - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Why last night’s Garda Station vigil was so startling … and why we can expect more like it Silent And Sombre

Why last night’s Garda Station vigil was so startling … and why we can expect more like it

The grassroots event was organised at short-notice via social media. After ‘Jobstown’, it’s a massive PR win for the Right2Water campaign, even though top organisers had nothing to do with it…

5 Ireland players who enhanced their first-team prospects in last night’s game

Robbie Brady and others gave the Irish management team plenty to contemplate ahead of next year’s vital qualifiers.

‘We’re not running a comedy show’ – Dunphy says Roy Keane ‘bad’ for Irish soccer

Fellow RTÉ pundit Richie Sadlier also criticised the Ireland assistant boss.

# analysis - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

Analysis: Schmidt’s players making life easier for their teammates

We break down the important supporting contributions for five of the Irish tries against Georgia.

# analysis - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Anatomy of a goal: Analysing Shaun Maloney’s winner

It was a terrific finish from the Scottish midfielder but Martin O’Neill will be livid with the Irish players’ role in it.

The Shane Long experiment didn’t work and 4 more talking points from last night

The Irish strategy ensured the striker was relatively anonymous while Scotland bossed things in central midfield.

# analysis - Friday 14 November, 2014

Analysis: How the Republic of Ireland can beat Scotland

Gordon Strachan’s side have defensive issues that can be exploited while their shape leads to opportunities.

# analysis - Thursday 13 November, 2014

5 talking points ahead of tomorrow’s all-important Scotland-Ireland game

‘How much will the Roy Keane incident impact on morale’ and more questions.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland: 3 key battles

Martin O’Neill’s side will need to monitor Steven Naismith closely while James McClean has a great opportunity to impress.

Analysis: Who did what for Ireland in the rucks against South Africa?

Paul O’Connell was a leader for Ireland last weekend in more ways than one.

# analysis - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

Analysis: Ruddock and Bowe tries typical of Schmidt-era Ireland

We use GIFs, videos and screenshots to break down the intricacies of Ireland’s tries on Saturday.

# analysis - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Analysis: Ireland’s intelligent maul defence frustrates the Boks

Simon Easterby and Paul O’Connell came up with a smart way to stop the South Africans.

# analysis - Sunday 9 November, 2014

‘Rattled by pure Irish passion’ – South African media’s reaction to the Boks defeat

‘One would have to say that Ireland were ordinary, and the Boks were just plain awful.’

# analysis - Saturday 8 November, 2014

5 talking points from today’s Premier League action

There was controversy at Anfield, Man City were held by QPR and United failed to inspire, again.

From TheJournal.ie Something in the (Irish) Water: 2,000 jobs but still a bad week for the #AllAboutJobs govt Water Mistake

5 talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action

Steven Gerrard returns to the scene of the crime while Manchester City will hope to avoid a European hangover.

# analysis - Thursday 6 November, 2014

Brutish Duane Vermeulen a major threat to Ireland’s hopes against the Boks

The South Africa No. 8 is in the best form of his international career.

# analysis - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

5 talking points from last night’s Champions League action

Rodgers’ bizarre team selection, Wenger’s misguided idealism and more noteworthy points.

# analysis - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

5 talking points ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League action

Liverpool’s take on Real Madrid, Arsenal face Anderlecht and more big games.

# analysis - Monday 3 November, 2014

Analysis: Where does Marcos Rojo’s injury leave Man United’s problematic defence

The Red Devils’ defence has received criticism following a series of inept results.

# analysis - Saturday 1 November, 2014

5 talking points from Saturday’s Premier League action

Mario Balotelli’s woe continues and more issues from this afternoon’s action.

# analysis - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Analysis: Breakdown battle can be won with supporting turnover ‘assists’

We take a look at three examples of how the second defensive player can make the difference post-tackle.

# analysis - Monday 27 October, 2014

From TheJournal.ie How much more damage can the Maíria Cahill controversy inflict on Sinn Féin? State Of The Parties

How much more damage can the Maíria Cahill controversy inflict on Sinn Féin?

Analysis: Two opinion polls over the weekend will not make great reading for Gerry Adams’s party.

# analysis - Sunday 26 October, 2014

Analysis: Lack of confidence in back four affecting entire Man United team

With United set to take on Chelsea this afternoon, we look back on the problems evident in their recent match with West Brom.

# analysis - Thursday 23 October, 2014

Opinion: In defence of the much-maligned Glenn Whelan

It was announced today that the Stoke midfielder would likely miss Ireland’s upcoming qualifier against Scotland.

How much longer can Arsenal tolerate treading water under Wenger’s management?

The late, late show in Brussels failed to mask another abject performance.

# analysis - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Check out Brian O’Driscoll’s brilliant analysis on BT Sport last night

Should Hooky and Popey be quaking in their boots?

# analysis - Monday 20 October, 2014

Analysis: Ulster’s backs show cutting edge with superb Tommy Bowe try

Neil Doak’s backline demonstrated what they can do when provided with a quality platform.

5 talking points from this weekend’s Premier League action

Will Liverpool’s defence ever improve and other pertinent questions.

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