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EPL preview download, the best set plays from the World Cup, why Lauren James is a talent and how Australia have coped without Kerr…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Wednesday newsletter – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. Fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page and be part of the squad that want more than just a match report.

If you missed it yesterday, we launched our TFA Tactical Preview Magazine for the English Premier League 2023/24. All 20 teams tactically broken down looking at how they play, who’ve they recruited so far and what it all might look like this coming season. You can download your copy now as part of your monthly or annual membership.

Today’s content is 100% focused on the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

South Africa face Italy today and Jack Manship has previewed the game, looking at how South Africa might be able to overwhelm a dispirited Italian side.

New Zealand have exited in the group stages, but one area in which they excelled was set plays. Karim ES analyses what made them stand out.

Sweden are also dominating their opponents’ box from corners – so our Head of Set Piece Analysis Marcel Seifeddine has taken a closer look at what they are doing.

Australia have been dealt a cruel hand in losing their star player Sam Kerr to injury so far – but, as David Astill explains, you have to play with what you have so he looks at how the joint-hosts have adapted as a result.

Chelsea’s Lauren James is currently second in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, having scored three and assisted three in England’s trio of group stage wins. We analysed her game ahead of a tremendous 2022/23 season last summer.

The Netherlands’ Jill Roord is also on three World Cup goals, with the Dutch midfielder netting twice in her side’s 7-0 thumping of Vietnam yesterday — confirming their top-of-the-table finish in Group E above defending champions the USA. We broke down the 26-year-old’s game ahead of the ongoing summer spectacle with an in-depth scout report from our World Cup tactical preview magazine.

Then, away from the World Cup the legendary Gianluigi Buffon is supposedly set to announce his retirement. Back in 2019, at the ripe footballing age of 41, he showed up as Europe’s top goalkeeper according to our metrics in a data analysis of the continent’s top stoppers. Check out that piece and see who else stood out in our analysis.

Inter are reportedly eyeing up West Ham United’s Gianluca Scamacca, having been put off by Arsenal’s asking price for Folarin Balogun. We previewed the striker’s move to East London last summer; while it may not have worked out as well as we anticipated, could a Serie A return reignite the Scamacca hype?

That’s it for today – we are back at the same time tomorrow. Spread the word!

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