Archive for October 2009

Zaragoza hosts Almeria after mauling

Friday, 30th October 2009 10:45pm
Real Zaragoza will host Almeria in round 9 of the Spanish Primera League after losing 6-1 to Barcelona in the previous round.

I think this will be a match for Zaragoza to show that the Barca match was just a blip.

Almeria lost their last match at home 3-nil to Valencia and I think they also have a point to prove after losing by such a margin at home.

Almeria are currently 12th and Zaragoza are three places back in 15th.

This is the rests of the stats:


ZaragozaAlmeria
Rank1512
Played88
Points89
Drawn23
Won22
Lost43
Goal difference-6-3
Clean sheets22
Failed to score04
Goals scored117
Goals conceded1710
Ave. goals scored1.40.9
Ave. goals conceded2.11.3
Biggest winZaragoza 3 - 0 Getafe
Almeria 1 - 0 Getafe
Málaga 1 - 2 Almeria
Biggest lossBarcelona 6 - 1 Zaragoza
Almeria 0 - 3 Valencia
Home matches
Played44
Points75
Drawn12
Won21
Lost11
Goal difference3-2
Goals scored73
Goals conceded45
Ave. goals scored1.80.8
Ave. goals conceded1.01.3
Away matches
Played44
Points14
Drawn11
Won01
Lost32
Goal difference-9-1
Goals scored44
Goals conceded135
Ave. goals scored1.01.0
Ave. goals conceded3.31.3



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Gunners, Spurs tussle for third place

Thursday, 29th October 2009 10:32pm
One of the most interesting fixtures in round 11 of English Premiership will see Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspurs.

The two teams are currently tied on 19 but the Gunners have a superior goal difference and they also have a game in hand.

A loss in this match could see Gunners down to eighth place and Spurs to tenth.

A win for either will see the team go second depending on other results but third place would be the lowest position the team will get.

So here is the some of the stats so far this season for the two teams:


ArsenalTottenham
Position34
Played910
Points1919
Drawn11
Won66
Lost23
Goal difference167
Clean sheets21
Failed to score02
Goals scored2921
Goals conceded1314
Ave. goals scored3.22.1
Ave. goals conceded1.41.4
Biggest winEverton 1 - 6 Arsenal
Tottenham 5 - 0 Burnley
Biggest lossMan City 4 - 2 Arsenal
Chelsea 3 - 0 Tottenham
Home matches
Played45
Points129
Drawn00
Won43
Lost02
Goal difference134
Goals scored1710
Goals conceded46
Ave. goals scored4.32.0
Ave. goals conceded1.01.2
Away matches
Played55
Points710
Drawn11
Won23
Lost21
Goal difference33
Goals scored1211
Goals conceded98
Ave. goals scored2.42.2
Ave. goals conceded1.81.6



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Fury face Coast test

Wednesday, 28th October 2009 9:55pm
The North Queensland Fury will meet the Gold Coast coming off from a 6-nil drubbing by the Wellington Phoenix in the last round.

Interestingly the Fury lost 5-nil to Gold Coast in their first match but since then the Fury has tightened its defences and no team has been able to score more three goals against them.

So its going to be interesting to see what the Gold Coast reaction will be in front of their own fans.

So here are the figures so far this season:


Gold CoastNQ FuryStat
Position310
Played1212
Points2012
Drawn26
Won62
Lost44
Goal difference1-7
Clean sheets41
Failed to score43
Goals scored1913
Goals conceded1820
Ave. goals scored1.61.1
Ave. goals conceded1.51.7
Biggest winGold Coast 5 - 0 NQ Fury
Sydney 0 - 1 NQ Fury
NQ Fury 2 - 1 Perth Glory
Biggest lossWellington Phoenix 6 - 0 Gold Coast
Gold Coast 5 - 0 NQ Fury
Home matches
Played56
Points105
Drawn12
Won31
Lost13
Goal difference6-3
Goals scored116
Goals conceded59
Ave. goals scored2.21.0
Ave. goals conceded1.01.5
Away matches
Played76
Points107
Drawn14
Won31
Lost31
Goal difference-5-4
Goals scored87
Goals conceded1311
Ave. goals scored1.11.2
Ave. goals conceded1.91.8



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Ramos leaves CSKA Moscow

Monday, 26th October 2009 11:33pm
Former Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos has left CSKA Moscow after three champions league matches and six league matches.

Ramos was appointed coach just last month after leaving Real at the end of last season.

Here is a quick snapshot at his CSKA Moscow record in the Champions League this season:


CSKA Moscow
Rank3rd
Played3
Points3
Won1
Drawn0
Lost2
Goal difference-2
Clean sheets0
Failed to score1
Goals scored3
Goals conceded5
Ave. goals scored1.0
Ave. goals conceded1.7
Biggest winCSKA Moscow 2 - 1 Besiktas
Biggest lossWolfsburg 3 - 1 CSKA Moscow
Home matches
Played2
Points3
Won1
Drawn0
Lost1
Goal difference0
Goals scored2
Goals conceded2
Ave. goals scored1.0
Ave. goals conceded1.0
Away matches
Played1
Points0
Won0
Drawn0
Lost1
Goal difference-2
Goals scored1
Goals conceded3
Ave. goals scored1.0
Ave. goals conceded3.0


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Sporting Gijon holds Real

Monday, 26th October 2009 11:20pm
Real Madrid failed to score in a league match for the first time this season after being held to a goalless draw by Sporting Gijon.

The draw means that Real stay in second place and now trail Barcelona by three points after eight rounds.

Barca had a goals fest beating Real Zaragoza 6-1 at home with three goals scored in each half.

This round also the saw the away teams score just seven goals which equal lowest with the goals scored by away teams in round 1.

Villareal won for the first time this season by beating Malaga 2-1. They were the only team without left without a win in La Liga.

So this week I will take a look at the second half ladder which considers only the result from the second half of the match.


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Real Madrid 8 4 40 133 1016
Barcelona 8 4 40 93 616
Mallorca 8 4 31 117 415
Sevilla 8 3 41 53 213
Deportivo La Coruña 8 3 41 65 113
Valencia 8 3 32 84 412
Villarreal 8 3 32 65 112
Getafe 8 4 04 77 012
Valladolid 8 2 51 75 211
R Santander 8 2 42 76 110
Zaragoza 8 3 14 59 -410
Sporting Gijon 8 2 33 75 29
Atletico 8 1 61 56 -19
Espanyol 8 2 33 56 -19
Tenerife 8 3 05 410 -69
Málaga 8 2 24 57 -28
Osasuna 8 1 43 57 -27
Almeria 8 1 43 37 -47
Xerez 8 1 34 210 -86
163Athletic Bilbao 8 1 25 38 -55


Interestingly Real and Barca are tied at the top on this with similar records but Real have a superior second half goal difference.

Mallorca is not far way back in third place.

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Liverpool ends losing streak

Monday, 26th October 2009 7:48am
Liverpool ended its four match losing streak by beating arch rivals Manchester United 2-nil at Anfield.

Before this match Liverpool had lost two consecutive league and Champions League matches and they ended this run after scoring two goals in the second half.

The win sees Liverpool move to fifth position on the table from eighth and United slip to second.

Manchester City drew with Fulham and slip out of the top five positions.

There was no change at the bottom in terms of position as all four teams at the bottom drew.

At the start of the season there were very few draws but the number of draws has now increased to 15 which is 15.6% of the matches.

So this week I will show you the draws ladder:

TeamPlayedGoals ForPoints
Manchester City 9 43
Stoke City 10 23
West Ham 9 43
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 33
Aston Villa 9 22
Bolton 9 32
Everton 9 22
Fulham 9 42
Hull City 10 12
Arsenal 9 21
Birmingham City 10 01
Blackburn 9 01
Manchester United 10 21
Portsmouth 10 01
Sunderland 10 21
Tottenham 10 21
Wigan 10 11
Burnley 10 00
Chelsea 10 00
Liverpool 10 00

So Chelsea, Burnley and Liverpool are now the only teams still to draw a match.


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Phoenix routs Gold Coast

Monday, 26th October 2009 7:29am
Without a doubt the standout result of round 11 of the A-League is Wellington Phoenix beating the Gold Coast United 6-nil.

The Phoenix went into this match after six consecutive draws and the Gold Coast were on top of the ladder.

The result wiped most of the Gold Coast goal difference and they now drop to third on the table.

The North Queensland Fury won at home for the first time in a round where for the first time all home teams won. There were no draws.

The Fury is also the first home team to be trailing at half time and winning at the end of the match. Perth Glory was leading 1-nil at half time.

Elsewhere there were wins for Sydney FC who now go top, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets.

This week I take a look at the form table. The form ladder shows the matches only from the last six matches and here it is:


TeamPWDLForAGDPtsStreak
Melbourne Victory 6 5 01 138 515WWWLWW
Sydney 6 4 02 95 412WLWWLW
Perth Glory 6 3 12 97 210WWDWLL
Wellington Phoenix 6 1 50 93 68DDDDDW
Central Coast Mariners 6 2 22 84 48WDLDWL
NQ Fury 6 1 41 67 -17DLDDDW
Adelaide Utd 6 2 13 68 -27LWDLWL
Gold Coast 6 2 13 513 -87LLDWWL
Newcastle Jets 6 1 14 511 -64LLLDLW
Brisbane Roar 6 1 05 512 -73LWLLLL


So the form team is Melbourne Victory and the Brisbane has the worst form at the moment.


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Atletico axe Resino

Friday, 23rd October 2009 11:51pm
Atletico Madrid has sacked their coach Abel Resino after an indifferent start to the season.

The team finished last season on a high and hence the Champions League placing but after seven matches the team has just won one match in the league.

In the Champions League Atletico is also struggling with only a draw to its name after three matches.

So here is the summary of Atletico's run so far:


Atletico Madrid
Rank15
Played7
Points6
Won1
Drawn3
Lost3
Goal difference-8
Clean sheets0
Failed to score2
Goals scored9
Goals conceded17
Ave. goals scored1.3
Ave. goals conceded2.4
Biggest winAtletico 2 - 1 Zaragoza
Biggest lossMálaga 3 - 0 Atletico
Barcelona 5 - 2 Atletico
Osasuna 3 - 0 Atletico
Home matches
Played3
Points5
Won1
Drawn2
Lost0
Goal difference1
Goals scored5
Goals conceded4
Ave. goals scored1.7
Ave. goals conceded1.3
Away matches
Played4
Points1
Won0
Drawn1
Lost3
Goal difference-9
Goals scored4
Goals conceded13
Ave. goals scored1.0
Ave. goals conceded3.3


Of the matches Atletico has lost, it has lost all of them with a three goal margin.


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Liverpool face Man U test

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 10:30pm
Liverpool will face Manchester United after at Anfield after losing four consecutive matches.

The Anfield outfit currently lies in eighth position on the ladder whilst the defending champions current sit on the summit.

The two teams are also coming from contrasting European fortunes with United having won away and Liverpool losing at home.

So here are some of the facts so far this season:


LiverpoolMan United
Rank81
Played99
Points1522
Drawn01
Won57
Lost41
Goal difference912
Clean sheets23
Failed to score21
Goals scored2221
Goals conceded139
Ave. goals scored2.42.3
Ave. goals conceded1.41.0
Biggest winLiverpool 6 - 1 Hull
Wigan 0 - 5 Man United
Biggest lossLiverpool 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Chelsea 2 - 0 Liverpool
Burnley 1 - 0 Man United
Home matches
Played45
Points913
Drawn01
Won34
Lost10
Goal difference114
Goals scored1511
Goals conceded47
Ave. goals scored3.82.2
Ave. goals conceded1.01.4
Away matches
Played54
Points69
Drawn00
Won23
Lost31
Goal difference-28
Goals scored710
Goals conceded92
Ave. goals scored1.42.5
Ave. goals conceded1.80.5



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Promoted sides battle: Tenerife vs Xerez

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 10:26pm
It will be a battle of the promoted sides as Tenerife host Xerez in round 8 of the Spanish Primera division.

The two teams are separated by just one point with Tenerife having won two matches at home Xerez has won one and drawn two.

In round 7 Xerez won its first match in a home match against bottom placed Villareal.

So here are some of the stats so far:


TenerifeXerez
Position1618
Played77
Points65
Drawn02
Won21
Lost54
Goal difference-8-10
Clean sheets11
Failed to score45
Goals scored43
Goals conceded1213
Ave. goals scored0.60.4
Ave. goals conceded1.71.9
Biggest winTenerife 2 - 1 Osasuna
Tenerife 1 - 0 Athletic Bilbao
Xerez 2 - 1 Villarreal
Biggest lossMallorca 4 - 0 Tenerife
Real Madrid 5 - 0 Xerez
Home matches
Played34
Points64
Drawn01
Won21
Lost12
Goal difference1-3
Goals scored33
Goals conceded26
Ave. goals scored1.00.8
Ave. goals conceded0.71.5
Away matches
Played43
Points01
Drawn01
Won00
Lost42
Goal difference-9-7
Goals scored10
Goals conceded107
Ave. goals scored0.30.0
Ave. goals conceded2.52.3



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Milan shocks Real to go top

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 9:55pm
AC Milan came from behind to beat the highly fancied Real Madrid at their own turf and leap to the top of Group C.

This was Real's first defeat in the competition this season and they now move to second on head to head.

Elsewhere, there were home wins for Chelsea, Bordeaux, Porto and Juventus.

Manchester United and Marseille recorded away wins and it was the 14th consecutive away match for Manchester without a loss.

The last away loss for the Old Trafford outfit was a 3-nil loss to AC Milan at the San Siro in May 2007.

This week I take a look at the winning margins so far in the competition:


Goal MarginFrequency
0 11
1 22
2 8
3 5
4 2


So the most popular winning margin so far is by one goals and no team has so far won by a winning margin of more than 4 goals.

It would be interesting to check at the end of round 6.

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Jets face Mariners test

Thursday, 22nd October 2009 1:38pm
In round 12, the Newcastle will host the near neighbours Central Coast Mariners as they bid to climb up the ladder.

The two teams enter into this fixture from two different round 11 matches were the Mariners won away 3-nil against Brisbane Roar and Jets lost 3-1 to Melbourne Victory.

If the Jets lose they could possibly end the weekend anchoring the ladder if the North Queensland Fury earn at least a point from their match.


Central Coast MarinersNewcastle Jets
Position59
Played1110
Points169
Drawn43
Won42
Lost35
Goal difference6-7
Clean sheets51
Failed to score53
Goals scored129
Goals conceded616
Ave. goals scored1.10.9
Ave. goals conceded0.51.6
Biggest winCentral Coast Mariners 3 - 0 Gold Coast
Brisbane Roar 0 - 3 Central Coast Mariners
Newcastle Jets 3 - 2 Wellington Phoenix
Newcastle Jets 1 - 0 Gold Coast
Biggest lossBrisbane Roar 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide Utd 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Sydney 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Newcastle Jets 0 - 3 Brisbane Roar
Home matches
Played55
Points96
Drawn30
Won22
Lost03
Goal difference4-4
Goals scored75
Goals conceded39
Ave. goals scored1.41.0
Ave. goals conceded0.61.8
Away matches
Played65
Points73
Drawn13
Won20
Lost32
Goal difference2-3
Goals scored54
Goals conceded37
Ave. goals scored0.80.8
Ave. goals conceded0.51.4



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Kazan stuns Barca

Wednesday, 21st October 2009 1:33pm
Rubin Kazan stunned after beating the defending champions Barcelona 2-1 at Nou camp.

Kazan went to half-time leading 1-nil and even though Barca was able to level soon after the interval, it was Kazan who had the last say as they went on to score the winner.

In a night where only one home team won, Olympiakos over Standard Liege, former champions Liverpool also lost 2-1 to Lyon.

Inter Milan were held to draw and so were Arsenal.

Unirea Urziceni were the biggest wiinners on the night winning 4-1 over Rangers.

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Bottom four all lose

Tuesday, 20th October 2009 1:49pm
The bottom four teams in the English Premiership all lost their matches in round 8.

There were joined in the losers' list by Chelsea and Liverpool who lost away to Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively.

Liverpool's loss was its fourth of the season and the team now sits in eighth place whilst slipped to second after its second loss of the season.

Only Fulham and Blackburn won of the teams in the bottom half of the table.

There have been 25 different scorelines so far this season and here they are:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 2
0 - 1 9
0 - 2 5
0 - 5 1
1 - 0 9
1 - 1 6
1 - 2 4
1 - 3 3
1 - 5 1
1 - 6 1
2 - 0 5
2 - 1 14
2 - 2 3
2 - 3 3
3 - 0 3
3 - 1 5
3 - 2 1
4 - 0 3
4 - 1 2
4 - 2 1
4 - 3 1
5 - 0 1
5 - 2 1
6 - 1 1
6 - 2 1


2-1 is by far the most popular scoreline followed by 1-0 and 0-1.


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Barca draws blank against Valencia

Tuesday, 20th October 2009 1:48pm
One of the most interesting results from La Liga after round 6 was without a doubt Valencia managing to stop Barcelona from scoring in a match for the first time this season.

It was also the first time this season that Barca had dropped points after winning the first six matches.

Real Madrid went back to winning ways after beating Valladolid 4-2.

Another big news was Xerez winning its first match of the season.

The losers in that match, Villareal are now the only team without a win in Spanish Primera division.

This week I will take a look at the first half ladder. This would be how the ladder would look if we consider just the first 45 minutes and after round 8 I will take a look at the second half ladder:


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Barcelona 7 5 20 111 1017
Sevilla 7 5 11 92 716
Real Madrid 7 5 11 83 516
Mallorca 7 4 21 42 214
Deportivo La Coruña 7 3 22 54 111
Osasuna 7 2 41 52 310
Valencia 7 2 41 75 210
Athletic Bilbao 7 2 41 33 010
Almeria 7 2 32 43 19
Getafe 7 2 32 55 09
Espanyol 7 2 32 44 09
Sporting Gijon 7 2 32 34 -19
Zaragoza 7 2 23 65 18
Málaga 7 2 23 24 -28
Tenerife 7 0 61 12 -16
Atletico 7 1 24 512 -75
R Santander 7 1 24 310 -75
Xerez 7 0 43 14 -34
Villarreal 7 0 34 27 -53
Valladolid 7 0 34 39 -63



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Adelaide stun Sydney in round 11

Monday, 19th October 2009 1:23pm
Ten-men Adelaide United beat Sydney FC 2-1 and with that loss Sydney ended in second spot as the Gold Coast overcame an in-form Perth Glory side to reclaim top spot.

With that win Adelaide moved into sixth position and this was aided by Brisbane Roar losing 3-nil to the Central Coast Mariners who maintained their fifth position.

The Glory slipped to fourth position.

Things stayed the same at the bottom with North Queensland Fury getting yet another draw against Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets losing.

The draw for Wellington Phoenix means that the Phoenix becomes the first team in the A-League to have six consecutive draws and this week I will show the updated recent form. Next week I will show the full form table.


TeamRecent Form
Adelaide United FCWLWDLW
Brisbane RoarWLWLLL
Central Coast MarinersLWDLDW
Gold Coast UnitedDLLDWW
Melbourne VictoryDWWWLW
Newcastle JetsDLLLDL
North Queensland Fury FCWDLDDD
Perth GloryDWWDWL
Sydney FCLWLWWL
Wellington PhoenixDDDDDD

Also Victory was 1-nil down at half time but went to on to win the match in the second half. This is first time this season that a team trailing at half time has been able to emerge victorious at the end of the match. The table below just shows the trends:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Home team leading at half time, home team winning at full time 1232.4
Away team leading at half time, away team winning at full time 1129.7
Home team trailing at half time, home team winning at full time 00.0
Away team trailing at half time, away team winning at full time 12.7
Draw at half time, home team winning at full time 924.3
Draw at half time, away team winning at full time 410.8
Matches ending in result 3768.5


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Roar turns to Postecoglou

Friday, 16th October 2009 8:03pm
Brisbane Roar has replaced Frank Farina with former Young Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou's first match will be the round 11 home match against the Central Coast Mariners.

This will be the first time for Postecoglou to coach in the A-League and he takes the team currently lying sixth in the league.

Here is the current state of affairs for the Roar after 10 rounds:


CategoryBrisbane Roar
Position6th
Played10
Points12
Won3
Drawn3
Lost4
Last six matchesDWLWLL
Goal difference-1
Clean sheets3
Failed to score1
Goals scored14
Goals conceded15
Ave. goals scored1.4
Ave. goals conceded1.5
Biggest winNewcastle Jets 0 - 3 Brisbane Roar
Biggest lossBrisbane Roar 1 - 3 Gold Coast
Brisbane Roar 2 - 4 Perth Glory
Home matches
Played6
Points7
Won2
Drawn1
Lost3
Goal difference-3
Goals scored6
Goals conceded9
Ave. goals scored1.0
Ave. goals conceded1.5
Away matches
Played4
Points5
Won1
Drawn2
Lost1
Goal difference2
Goals scored8
Goals conceded6
Ave. goals scored2.0
Ave. goals conceded1.5



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Farina, Roar part ways

Thursday, 15th October 2009 9:46pm
Brisbane Roar parted ways with coach Frank Farina after he was charged with drink driving for the second time.

Farina joined the Roar in November 2006 and under him the team played 67 A-League matches winning 28 of them.

The Roar will be the first team this season to sack its coach.

So here is the record for Farina's 67 matches(that includes the match in round 10):


Number
Matches 67
Won 28
Drawn 18
Lost 21
Away wins 14
Home wins 14
Goals scored 98
Goals conceded 81
Home goals scored 51
Away goals scored 47


So it was a fairly successful stint with the team winning more matches than it lost.

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La Liga: Barca face Valencia test

Thursday, 15th October 2009 8:02pm
Table topping Barcelona will face fifth placed Valencia in round 6 of La Liga and a real test for the defending champions.

Barcelona is the only team in the Spanish Primera League not to lose a match so far and meet a Valencia team that has lost once and drawn twice.

The highest Valencia can get after a win will be fourth.

Here is the rest of the stats for the two teams so far this season:


BarcelonaValencia
Ladder1st5th
Played66
Points1811
Drawn02
Won63
Lost01
Goal difference143
Clean sheets42
Failed to score00
Goals scored1712
Goals conceded39
Ave. goals scored2.82.0
Ave. goals conceded0.51.5
Biggest winBarcelona 3 - 0 Sporting Gijon
Barcelona 5 - 2 Atletico
R Santander 1 - 4 Barcelona
Valencia 2 - 0 Sevilla
Valladolid 2 - 4 Valencia
Biggest lossNo lossGetafe 3 - 1 Valencia
Home matches
Played33
Points95
Drawn02
Won31
Lost00
Goal difference72
Goals scored96
Goals conceded24
Ave. goals scored3.02.0
Ave. goals conceded0.71.3
Away matches
Played33
Points96
Drawn00
Won32
Lost01
Goal difference71
Goals scored86
Goals conceded15
Ave. goals scored2.72.0
Ave. goals conceded0.31.7



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Gunners go for the Blues

Thursday, 15th October 2009 1:29pm
Arsenal will face Birmingham City in the English Premier League in a match between the league top goal scorers against the team on the lower rungs in scoring terms.

With 24 goals so far, the Gunners have scored more goals than any other team and with just five goals, the Blues have the second worst goal scoring record.

Only bottom placed Portsmouth have scored less that the Blues with just four goals.

So here is the rest of the stats so far:


ArsenalBirmingham City
Position512
Played78
Points157
Drawn01
Won52
Lost25
Goal difference14-3
Clean sheets23
Failed to score03
Goals scored245
Goals conceded108
Ave. goals scored3.40.6
Ave. goals conceded1.41.0
Biggest winEverton 1 - 6 Arsenal
Bham City 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Hull 0 - 1 Bham City
Biggest lossMan City 4 - 2 Arsenal
Man United 1 - 0 Bham City
Tottenham 2 - 1 Bham City
Bham City 0 - 1 Aston Villa
Bham City 1 - 2 Bolton
Burnley 2 - 1 Bham City
Home matches
Played34
Points94
Drawn01
Won31
Lost02
Goal difference11-1
Goals scored142
Goals conceded33
Ave. goals scored4.70.5
Ave. goals conceded1.00.8
Away matches
Played44
Points63
Drawn00
Won21
Lost23
Goal difference3-2
Goals scored103
Goals conceded75
Ave. goals scored2.50.8
Ave. goals conceded1.81.3



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Roar to battle out Mariners

Wednesday, 14th October 2009 1:30pm
Brisbane Roar and the Central Coast Mariners currently sit in the last two finals places and in round 11 the two battle it out to maintain those positions.

A win can take the Mariners to fourth place provided Melbourne Victory does not get a result against Newcastle Jets.

A win for the Roar will take them above the Mariners and possibly fourth if the Victory lose or draw against the Jets.

Below is the rest of the stats so far this season for the two teams:



Central Coast MarinersBrisbane Roar
Position56
Played1010
Points1312
Drawn43
Won33
Lost34
Goal difference3-1
Clean sheets43
Failed to score51
Goals scored914
Goals conceded615
Ave. goals scored0.91.4
Ave. goals conceded0.61.5
Biggest winCentral Coast Mariners 3 - 0 Gold Coast
Newcastle Jets 0 - 3 Brisbane Roar
Biggest lossBrisbane Roar 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide Utd 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Sydney 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Brisbane Roar 1 - 3 Gold Coast
Brisbane Roar 2 - 4 Perth Glory
Home matches
Played56
Points97
Drawn31
Won22
Lost03
Goal difference4-3
Goals scored76
Goals conceded39
Ave. goals scored1.41.0
Ave. goals conceded0.61.5
Away matches
Played54
Points45
Drawn12
Won11
Lost31
Goal difference-12
Goals scored28
Goals conceded36
Ave. goals scored0.42.0
Ave. goals conceded0.61.5


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Heart appoint van't Schip

Monday, 12th October 2009 1:57pm
Melbourne Heart has appointed John van't Schip to be its coach as it enters the A-League next season.

The number of teams in the A-League will be increased from ten to eleven in the 2010/11 season with the twelfth team expected to join in the 2011/12 season.

With the appointment of the coach now done, the second Melbnourne based team can start assembling a squad for its inaugral season.


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Gold Coast back to winning ways

Monday, 12th October 2009 1:57pm
Gold Coast United went back to winning ways after beating Brisbase 1-nil at the Suncorp Stadium in round 10.

Round 10 of the A-League had four matches after the Wellington Phoenix/Newcastle Jets match was postponed because of New Zealand playing Bahrain in 2010 World Cup qualifying match.

The other winners in this round were Sydney FC who beat Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory who beat Adelaide United.

Sydney FC scored three goals in five minutes in the first half to secure its top position on the ladder.

Glory's win pushed the team to second with Gold Coast securing second position on goal difference.

The only draw of the round saw North Queensland Fury saw a late goal to level scores against Central Coast Mariners who had scored in the first minute of the match.

This week I take a look at the recent form for the A-League teams.

TeamRecent Form
Adelaide United FCDWLWDL
Brisbane RoarDWLWLL
Central Coast MarinersWLWDLD
Gold Coast UnitedWDLLDW
Melbourne VictoryDDWWWL
Newcastle JetsWDLLLD
North Queensland Fury FCDWDLDD
Perth GloryLDWWDW
Sydney FCLLWLWW
Wellington PhoenixLDDDDD


The table above shows that no team has been consistent in winningin the last six matches.

The Phoenix have had five draws in a row.


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Melbourne v Sydney - top of the table clash

Wednesday, 7th October 2009 1:27pm
Top of the table clash for Melbourne and Sydney Melbourne Victory will host Sydney FC for a top of the table clash in round 10 of the A-League.

Sydney will retain top position with a win or a draw whilst Victory needs all three points to go top.

Last week Victory got its first home win and are playing a Sydney team that has tasted victory away from home just once.

Below is the rest of the stats so far this season for the two teams:


CategoryMelbourne VictorySydney
Position21
Played99
Points1516
Drawn31
Won45
Lost23
Goal difference23
Clean sheets24
Failed to score13
Goals scored1410
Goals conceded127
Ave. goals scored1.61.1
Ave. goals conceded1.30.8
Biggest winAdelaide Utd 0 - 2 Melbourne Victory
Sydney 2 - 0 Wellington Phoenix
Biggest lossMelbourne Victory 0 - 2 Central Coast Mariners
Gold Coast 2 - 1 Sydney
Sydney 0 - 1 NQ Fury
Brisbane Roar 1 - 0 Sydney
Home matches
Played55
Points612
Drawn30
Won14
Lost11
Goal difference-14
Goals scored76
Goals conceded82
Ave. goals scored1.41.2
Ave. goals conceded1.60.4
Away matches
Played44
Points94
Drawn01
Won31
Lost12
Goal difference3-1
Goals scored74
Goals conceded45
Ave. goals scored1.81.0
Ave. goals conceded1.01.3


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Pompey gets first win

Tuesday, 6th October 2009 1:19pm
A lot happened in round 8 of the English Premier League but one of the key results was Portsmouth winning its first match for the 2009/10 season.

Pompey had gone 8 without getting a single point and the three points against Wolves means the team is just two points away from West Ham and four points behind Birmingham, Fulham, Blackburn and Wolves.

In theory two consecutive wins could see Pompey go as high as 13th. Pompey next four fixtures are against Tottenham, Hull, Stoke and Wigan.

Looking at the top of the ladder, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-nil to inflict Liverpool's third defeat of the season. Last season Liverpool lost just two matches - both away - and had 11 draws.

To put the current state into that same context it will be like two losses and three draws so far.

Looking back below is the final table for for the 2008/9 season for the top four teams.


P W D L F A GD P
1 Man United 38 28 6 4 68 24 44 90
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 31 72


So Liverpool lost the fewest matches of the top four teams and Arsenal had the most draws with 12 although Liverpool were a close 11.

Manchester United drew the least with just six draws and none so far this season.


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Sydney shoots to the top

Tuesday, 6th October 2009 1:13pm
Sydney FC shot to the top of the A-League ladder after beating the Central Coast Mariners 1-nil at home in round 9.

With Gold Coast United only managing a goalless draw in its match against Wellington Phoenix, Sydney took advantage of that to take pole position.

The next match for Sydney FC will be away to Melbourne Victory who got their first home win against Brisbane Roar.

There were no changes in the bottom six places with none of the teams occupying those places managing a win.

The North Queensland Fury still anchor the ladder after a draw against high flying Perth Glory.

After looking at the home ladder last week, this week I take a look at the away ladder:


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Melbourne Victory 4 3 01 74 39
Gold Coast 5 2 12 77 07
Perth Glory 5 2 03 77 06
NQ Fury 5 1 31 610 -46
Brisbane Roar 4 1 21 86 25
Adelaide Utd 3 1 11 32 14
Sydney 4 1 12 45 -14
Central Coast Mariners 5 1 13 23 -14
Newcastle Jets 5 0 32 47 -33
Wellington Phoenix 5 0 32 47 -33


So the Victory the away ladder after three victories away from home and just one loss.

At this stage of the season the Phoenix and the Jets are the poorest travellers with no wins but just three draws.



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Sevilla ends Real's unbeaten run

Monday, 5th October 2009 1:24pm
Real Madrid's unbeaten run in the Spanish Primera came to an end after the team lost 2-1 away to Sevilla.

Real's defeat means that only Barcelona remain undefeated in La Liga at this stage after Barcelona got a narrow victory over Almeria.

Looking at teams towards the bottom of the ladder, Atletico Madrid got its first win of the season after beating Real Zaragoza 2-1.

The only teams without a win now are Villareal and Xerex.

With Barcelona scoring just one goal and Real Madrid losing, its not surprising to see that round 6 saw the lowest goal tally so far. Only 23 goals were scored and so far round 3 has the highest number with 39 scored.

This week I will take a week at the trends for the 47 matches so far that have ended with a winner.


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Home team leading at half time, home team winning at full time 1736.2
Away team leading at half time, away team winning at full time 1327.7
Home team trailing at half time, home team winning at full time 24.3
Away team trailing at half time, away team winning at full time 00.0
Draw at half time, home team winning at full time 1123.4
Draw at half time, away team winning at full time 48.5
Matches ending in result 4778.3


So basically no away team losing at half time has managed to come back and win the match.


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EPL: Chelsea-Liverpool in crunch game

Thursday, 1st October 2009 11:18pm
Chelsea will face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge after suffering their first league defeat of the season in the last round.

On the other hand, Liverpool had their biggest win of the season after beating Hull City 6-1 at home.

However, in midweek Chelsea won its UEFA Champions League match whilst Liverpool lost.

Below is the EPL stats for the two teams so far this season:


CategoryChelseaLiverpool
Position2 nd3 rd
Played77
Points1815
Drawn00
Won65
Lost12
Goal difference1012
Clean sheets32
Failed to score00
Goals scored1622
Goals conceded610
Ave. goals scored2.33.1
Ave. goals conceded0.91.4
Biggest winChelsea 3 - 0 Burnley
Chelsea 3 - 0 Tottenham
Liverpool 6 - 1 Hull
Biggest lossWigan 3 - 1 Chelsea
Liverpool 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Home matches
Played34
Points99
Drawn00
Won33
Lost01
Goal difference711
Goals scored815
Goals conceded14
Ave. goals scored2.73.8
Ave. goals conceded0.31.0
Away matches
Played43
Points96
Drawn00
Won32
Lost11
Goal difference31
Goals scored87
Goals conceded56
Ave. goals scored2.02.3
Ave. goals conceded1.32.0

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La Liga: Sevilla face Real Madrid

Thursday, 1st October 2009 9:57pm
Coming off from an impressive Champions League win over Rangers, Sevilla will face current La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Real are unbeaten in the league after five matches whilst Sevilla has lost one match.

Here is the rest of the stats so far:


CategoryReal MadridSevilla
Position1 st3 rd
Played55
Points1512
Drawn00
Won54
Lost01
Goal difference149
Clean sheets43
Blanks01
Goals scored1612
Goals conceded23
Ave. goals scored3.22.4
Ave. goals conceded0.40.6
Biggest winReal Madrid 5 - 0 Xerez
Athletic Bilbao 0 - 4 Sevilla
Biggest lossNo lossValencia 2 - 0 Sevilla
Home matches
Played32
Points96
Drawn00
Won32
Lost00
Goal difference95
Goals scored116
Goals conceded21
Ave. goals scored3.73.0
Ave. goals conceded0.70.5
Away matches
Played23
Points66
Drawn00
Won22
Lost01
Goal difference54
Goals scored56
Goals conceded02
Ave. goals scored2.52.0
Ave. goals conceded0.00.7



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Adelaide-Newcastle face-off in round 9

Thursday, 1st October 2009 8:43pm
This week's I take a look at the stats so far between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.

Adelaide will take on the Jets after seeing off North Queensland Fury in their last match in round 8.

On the other hand, Newcastle lost at home in their last match against Perth Glory.

And so here is the story for the teams so far:



CategoryAdelaideNewcastle Jets
Position79
Played88
Points118
Drawn22
Won32
Lost34
Goal difference-1-5
Clean sheets31
Failed to score33
Goals scored87
Goals conceded912
Ave. goals scored1.00.9
Ave. goals conceded1.11.5
Biggest winNQ Fury 0 - 2 Adelaide Utd
Newcastle Jets 3 - 2 Wellington Phoenix
Newcastle Jets 1 - 0 Gold Coast
Biggest lossAdelaide Utd 0 - 2 Gold Coast
Adelaide Utd 0 - 2 Melbourne Victory
Newcastle Jets 0 - 3 Brisbane Roar
Home matches
Played54
Points76
Drawn10
Won22
Lost22
Goal difference-2-2
Goals scored54
Goals conceded76
Ave. goals scored1.01.0
Ave. goals conceded1.41.5
Away matches
Played34
Points42
Drawn12
Won10
Lost12
Goal difference1-3
Goals scored33
Goals conceded26
Ave. goals scored1.00.8
Ave. goals conceded0.71.5


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FC Zurich stun AC Milan

Thursday, 1st October 2009 1:47pm
FC Zurich got an unlikely away win after beating former champions AC Milan 1-nil at the San Siro in the UEFA Champions League.

FC Zurich was one of only two away teams to win on the second day of match day 2.

Chelsea was the other one with a similar scoreline against Apoel Nicosia.

Less goals were scored in this round compared to the first one with a total of 35 but the pattern of more goals in the second half continued.

12 goals were scored in the first half compared to 23 in the second. Infact in todays matches only three first half goals were scored.

This week we take a look at the scorelines in the Champions League so far in the table below:


ScorelineFrequency
0 - 0 3
0 - 1 3
0 - 3 1
0 - 4 1
1 - 0 5
1 - 1 5
1 - 2 1
1 - 4 1
2 - 0 5
2 - 1 2
2 - 3 1
2 - 5 1
3 - 0 1
3 - 1 2


So from the table 1-0, 1-1 and 2-0 are the most popular score lines so far.


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