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#Analysis

# analysis - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

THAT Ireland handball and why Thierry Henry isn’t loved in his home country

The Gunners legend scored 51 goals in 123 appearances at international level for France.

# analysis - Monday 15 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Why this TD WAS elected to break the law Analysis This post contains videos

Why this TD WAS elected to break the law

Analysis: Paul Murphy has always been upfront about his intention to boycott water charges… and has encouraged others to follow suit.

# analysis - Sunday 14 December, 2014

5 talking points as Man United overcome Liverpool

De Gea Schmeichel-esque, Balotelli’s misery continues and more.

Analysis: What Munster must do to take a win away from Clermont

JJ Hanrahan, attacking variety, winning the gainline, line-out platform and Nigel Owens will all be key.

# analysis - Saturday 13 December, 2014

5 Premier League talking points ahead of another crunch weekend

Arsenal’s latest injury crisis, bragging rights are on the line in the Midlands and Hull could be in for a Stamford Bridge hiding.

# analysis - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Analysis: Leinster up the ambition but error count remains restrictive

Analysis: Leinster up the ambition but error count remains restrictive

Jimmy Gopperth improved at out-half for Matt O’Connor’s side in Sunday’s clash with Harlequins.

Analysis: Munster’s failure in green zone costs them dearly against Clermont

Paul O’Connell and his pack were outsmarted at the line-out and maul in Thomond Park.

Gary Neville compares Man Utd to a pub team but LVG fails to see the funny side

Neville needs to be more careful with is words says Van Gaal.

3 talking points from Man United’s fortuitous win over Southampton

Can the Red Devils ‘do a Liverpool’ and more questions arising from the Monday evening kick-off.

# analysis - Monday 8 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie How Labour is (subtly) plotting its strategy to exit government Analysis

How Labour is (subtly) plotting its strategy to exit government

Analysis: With the poll numbers plummeting the party is looking to put distance between itself and Fine Gael.

# analysis - Sunday 7 December, 2014

5 talking points after Leinster suffer disappointing loss to Harlequins

Forcing passes, a poor performance overall, Harlequins backing themselves and Madigan’s kicking.

# analysis - Saturday 6 December, 2014

5 talking points from today’s Premier League action

Chelsea’s unbeaten record went down the drain, there was another feeble display by Arsenal and Sergio Aguero could be set for a lengthy lay-off.

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

Why Jose Mourinho is easily irritated by a trip to Newcastle and reasons for Liverpool to be wary.

# analysis - Friday 5 December, 2014

Referees in focus for Munster as fullback Jones keeps up with trends

Kicking is an important part of Munster’s gameplan, and Jones says it’s generally ‘massive within Ireland.’

# analysis - Thursday 4 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie How safe is Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader? Analysis

How safe is Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader?

The latest poll puts Kenny as the most unpopular of the four main party leaders. So is his position safe?

# analysis - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

5 talking points from the midweek Premier League action

Mata shines, Sanchez rescues Arsenal and more.

# analysis - Tuesday 2 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael wants to set the election agenda by hammering Sinn Féin… and ignoring Fianna Fáil Analysis

Fine Gael wants to set the election agenda by hammering Sinn Féin… and ignoring Fianna Fáil

Analysis: Both parties are looking to sideline Fianna Fáil as the battlelines are set for the next general election,

# analysis - Saturday 29 November, 2014

5 talking points from Saturday’s Premier League action

United on the march, Gerrard benched and Newcastle’s winning run halted.

# analysis - Thursday 27 November, 2014

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.

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