Archive for June 2012

Italy to meet Spain in final

Friday, 29th June 2012 6:39am
Italy will meet defending champions Spain in the final of Euro 2012.

Italy beat Euro 2008 finalists Germany 2-1 in the semis to set a date against Group C rival Portugal.

Spain beat Portugal 4-2 after a goalless 120 minutes on penalties to reach the final.

The Euro 2012 semis produced 3 goals.

2 goals were scored in the first half whilst 1 were scored after half-time.

Here is the Euro 2012 summary so far:

Number%
Matches played30
Home wins1240.0
Away wins1136.7
Drawn723.3
Goalless draws26.7
Goals72
Goals/game2.4
First half goals3041.7
Second half goals4258.3
Home team goals 4055.6
Away team goals3244.4

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Italy advances after shoot-out

Monday, 25th June 2012 7:36am
The last match of the Euro 2012 was decided on penalties after England and Italy could not find the next after 120 minutes.

Italy won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 and will now face Germany in the semis.

The result means England leave the tournament without losing in open play.

The Euro 2012 quarter-finals produced 9 goals .

2 goals were scored in the first half whilst 7 were scored after half-time.

Here is the Euro 2012 summary so far:

Number%
Matches played28
Home wins1242.9
Away wins1035.7
Drawn621.4
Goalless draws13.6
Goals69
Goals/game2.5
First half goals2840.6
Second half goals4159.4
Home team goals 3956.5
Away team goals3043.5

* Home team refers to team named first.


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Defensive show: England vs Italy

Sunday, 24th June 2012 9:38pm
England and Italy will meet in the last quarter-final after showing good defensive capabilities and avoiding defeats in their group matches.

This is the only quarter-final matches that features both who go into the match undefeated.

England finished its group with two wins over Ukraine and Sweden and a draw against France.

Italy started with a draw against Spain which was followed by another draw against Croatia before a win over Ireland.

Italy hasn't conceded more than one goal in a match but England did that against Sweden.

Here is some stats for the two teams in the group stages:

StatStat
TeamEnglandItaly
Played33
Points75
Drawn12
Won21
Lost00
Goal difference22
Clean sheets11
Failed to score00
Goals scored54
Goals conceded32
Ave. goals scored1.71.3
Ave. goals conceded1.00.7
Biggest winSweden 2 - 3 England
England 1 - 0 Ukraine
Italy 2 - 0 Ireland
Biggest lossNo lossNo loss
Scored 3 or more10
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00

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Showdown: Spain vs France

Sunday, 24th June 2012 5:58am
Defending champions Spain meet France in a quarter-final match to decide who meets Portugal in the semis.

Spain have so far not lost a match but they only dropped points in a draw against Italy in their opening match.

France on other hand lost their last group match against Sweden but still managed to qualify second from the group after a draw against England and a win over Ukraine.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams going into this match.


CategoryStatStat
TeamSpainFrance
Played33
Points74
Drawn11
Won21
Lost01
Goal difference50
Clean sheets21
Failed to score01
Goals scored63
Goals conceded13
Ave. goals scored2.01.0
Ave. goals conceded0.31.0
Biggest winSpain 4 - 0 Ireland
Ukraine 0 - 2 France
Biggest lossNo lossSweden 2 - 0 France
Scored 3 or more10
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00

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Crunch time: Germany vs Greece

Friday, 22nd June 2012 10:42pm
Germany will face Greece in the second quarter-final of the Euro 2012 tournament.

Germany finished the group phase with nine points and finished with four.

Greece won one, drew one and lost one and finished second because of a better head-to-head record over Russia.

Germany lost in the Euro 2008 final and will be hoping to go one step further should they navigate past Greece.

The winner in this match will meet either England or Italy.

Here is some stats for the two teams so far:


CategoryStatStat
TeamGermanyGreece
Played33
Points94
Drawn01
Won31
Lost01
Goal difference30
Clean sheets11
Failed to score00
Goals scored53
Goals conceded23
Ave. goals scored1.71.0
Ave. goals conceded0.71.0
Biggest winGermany 1 - 0 Portugal
Netherlands 1 - 2 Germany
Denmark 1 - 2 Germany
Greece 1 - 0 Russia
Biggest lossNo lossGreece 1 - 2 Czech
Scored 3 or more00
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00

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Spain tops the scoring charts

Thursday, 21st June 2012 9:28pm
Sixty goals have been scored so far in the Euro 2012 tournament with defending champions Spain contributing a tenth of them.

The most popular number of goals scored at the group phase is five with five teams scoring five goals.

Of those five, Russia and Sweden could not qualify to the quarter-finals.

Interestingly Greece and France scored three goals only but had enough points and head to head advantage to reach the knockout stage.

Ireland could only muster one goal and below is the table showing all the goals by each team:



TeamGoals
Ireland1
Ukraine2
Poland2
Netherlands2
Greece3
France3
Italy4
Denmark4
Czech4
Croatia4
Sweden5
Russia5
Portugal5
Germany5
England5
Spain6

Total Goals Scored : 60

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Germany's perfect record

Thursday, 21st June 2012 9:22pm
At the ongoing Euro 2012 tournament, only Germany finished the group stages without dropping a point.

Spain and England each won two and drew the other one to finish with seven points.

On the other side of the table, Ireland and Netherlands finished their tournaments pointless.

Here is table that shows all the teams' points in one overall table and separates the teams using goal difference:


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Germany 3 3 00 52 39
Spain 3 2 10 61 57
England 3 2 10 53 27
Portugal 3 2 01 54 16
Czech 3 2 01 45 -16
Italy 3 1 20 42 25
Russia 3 1 11 53 24
Croatia 3 1 11 43 14
France 3 1 11 33 04
Greece 3 1 11 33 04
Sweden 3 1 02 55 03
Denmark 3 1 02 45 -13
Ukraine 3 1 02 24 -23
Poland 3 0 21 23 -12
Netherlands 3 0 03 25 -30
Ireland 3 0 03 19 -80

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England and France deny co-host Ukraine

Wednesday, 20th June 2012 6:42am
The Euro 2012 round 3 produced 14 goals with both co-hosts getting knocked out.

6 goals were scored in the first half whilst 8 were scored after half-time.

Both Poland and Ukraine did not qualify for the quarter-finals despite the home support.

England won Group D after beating Ukraine 1-nil whilst Sweden got their first victory beating France 2-nil.

England will now meet Italy whilst France will meet defending champions Spain.

Here is the Euro 2012 summary so far:

Number%
Matches played24
Home wins1041.7
Away wins937.5
Drawn520.8
Goalless draws00.0
Goals60
Goals/game2.5
First half goals2643.3
Second half goals3456.7
Home team goals 3355.0
Away team goals2745.0

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2012/13 A-League fixtures released

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 1:36pm
The 2012/13 A-League fixtures have been released three and half months before the league kicks off in early October.

The new team from Western Sydney has also been included in the fixture list and its venues are still to be announced.

The Melbourne derby will kick off the season with the match being played at the Etihad Stadium.

The defending champions Brisbane Roar will face Perth Glory away to start their defence.

The Western Sydney team will start at home as they face the Central Coast Mariners.

The full fixture list cab be found here

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Spain, Italy advance in Group C

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 1:28pm
Defending champions Spain advanced to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012 competition after beating Croatia 1-nil.

The defending champions left it late to score the goal that meant they finished top of Group C.

Italy also advanced after overcoming Ireland 2-nil. Ireland were already out of the competition for a quarter-final place after losing the first two matches.

Spain will meet the runners from Group D whilst Italy will face the winners of that group.

Here is a table showing the number of goals conceded by each team so far:


TeamGoals
Spain1
France1
Italy2
Germany2
Ukraine3
Russia3
Poland3
Greece3
England3
Croatia3
Portugal4
Sweden5
Netherlands5
Denmark5
Czech5
Ireland9

Total Goals Conceded : 57
So Ireland has had the worst defence conceding nine goals in three matches.


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2012/13 Premier League fixtures released

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 1:17pm
The 2012/13 English Premier League fixtures have been released and the new season will kick off on August 18.

The defending champions Manchester City will kick off by hosting the newly promoted Southampton.

Reading will start with at match against Stoke City whilst playoff winners West Ham United will mark their return by playing Aston Villa.

TipsChallenge will once again have a tipping competition for the Premier League and the competition will be open soon.


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Portugal knocks out the Dutch

Monday, 18th June 2012 6:46pm
Portugal knocked out pre-tournament favourites the Netherlands after beating them 2-1.

The Netherlands needed to win by at least a two goal margin but in the end the 2010 World Cup have left the tournament winless.

The Germans top Group B and will play Greece in the quarter finals whilst the Czech Republic will play Portugal.

Here is a table showing the goal margins at full time so far:


Goal MarginFrequencyPercentage(%)
0 5 25.0
1 11 55.0
2 2 10.0
3 1 5.0
4 1 5.0


The table below shows the goal margins at half-time:


Goal MarginFrequencyPercentage(%)
0 8 40.0
1 9 45.0
2 3 15.0


So no team has led by more than two goals going into the half time break.


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Ireland, Sweden exit Euro 2012

Saturday, 16th June 2012 6:53am
The Euro 2012 round 2 produced 26 goals but Ireland and Sweden go into the last round knowing they can't reach the quarter finals.

Both Ireland and Sweden are winless in groups where the currently in second have four points.

11 goals were scored in the first half whilst 15 were scored after half-time.

Here is the Euro 2012 goals summary so far :

Number%
Matches played16
Home wins425.0
Away wins743.8
Drawn531.3
Goalless draws00.0
Goals46
Goals/game2.9
First half goals2043.5
Second half goals2656.5
Home team goals 2350.0
Away team goals2350.0

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Euro 2012 round 1 goals review

Tuesday, 12th June 2012 6:41am
The Euro 2012 round 1 produced 20 goals.

9 goals were scored in the first half whilst 11 were scored after half-time.

The first match of the second round of group games will see Greece play the Czech Republic in a match the Czech cannot afford to lose.

Here is the summary after eight matches:

Number%
Matches played8
Home wins337.5
Away wins225.0
Drawn337.5
Goalless draws00.0
Goals20
Goals/game2.5
First half goals945.0
Second half goals1155.0
Home team goals 1155.0
Away team goals945.0

Home teams refers to the first named teams.


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Baggies appoint Clarke to replace Hodgson

Friday, 8th June 2012 10:52pm
West Bromwich Albion has appointed former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke to replace Roy Hodgson who left to manage England.

This role will be Clarke's first role as head coach after having been an assistant at Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham among other teams.

Here is some of the stats for the Baggies in the 2011/12 season:


WBA 2011/12
Position10
Played38
Points47
Won13
Drawn8
Lost17
Goal difference-7
Clean sheets10
Failed to score12
Goals scored45
Goals conceded52
Ave. goals scored1.2
Ave. goals conceded1.4
Biggest winWolves 1 - 5 W Brom
W Brom 4 - 0 Sunderland
Biggest lossMan City 4 - 0 W Brom
Scored 3 or more4
Conceded 3 or more6
Scored 5 or more1
Conceded 5 or more0
Home matches
Played19
Points21
Won6
Drawn3
Lost10
Goal difference-1
Goals scored21
Goals conceded22
Ave. goals scored1.1
Ave. goals conceded1.2
Away matches
Played19
Points26
Won7
Drawn5
Lost7
Goal difference-6
Goals scored24
Goals conceded30
Ave. goals scored1.3
Ave. goals conceded1.6


Here is the winning trend for the Baggies in the 2011/12 season:


TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
West Bromwich Albion leading at half time, West Bromwich Albion winning at full time 723.3
West Bromwich Albion leading at half time, West Bromwich Albion losing at full time 13.3
West Bromwich Albion trailing at half time, West Bromwich Albion winning at full time 00.0
West Bromwich Albion trailing at half time, West Bromwich Albion losing at full time 723.3
West Bromwich Albion drawing at half time, West Bromwich Albion winning at full time 620.0
West Bromwich Albion drawing at half time, West Bromwich Albion losing at full time 930.0
Matches ending in result 3078.9

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Hughton takes over at Norwich

Friday, 8th June 2012 1:28pm
Chris Hughton has taken over the reigns at Norwich as he replaced Paul Lambert who left for Villa Park.

Hughton took his Birmingham City side to the Championship's playoff but could not reach the final after being knocked out by Blackpool.

This will be the second time that Hughton is in charge of a Premiership side having taken Newcastle to the Premier League two seasons ago.

Here is some of the stats for Norwich in the 2011/12 season:


Nowrich 2011/12
Position11
Played38
Points47
Won12
Drawn11
Lost15
Goal difference-14
Clean sheets3
Failed to score9
Goals scored52
Goals conceded66
Ave. goals scored1.4
Ave. goals conceded1.7
Biggest winNorwich 3 - 1 Swansea
Norwich 4 - 2 Newcastle
Norwich 2 - 0 Bolton
Norwich 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Biggest lossNorwich 1 - 6 Man City
Scored 3 or more5
Conceded 3 or more8
Scored 5 or more0
Conceded 5 or more2
Home matches
Played19
Points27
Won7
Drawn6
Lost6
Goal difference-2
Goals scored28
Goals conceded30
Ave. goals scored1.5
Ave. goals conceded1.6
Away matches
Played19
Points20
Won5
Drawn5
Lost9
Goal difference-12
Goals scored24
Goals conceded36
Ave. goals scored1.3
Ave. goals conceded1.9

Here is the trend in the matches that Norwich won last season:

TrendFrequencyPercentage(%)
Norwich City leading at half time, Norwich City winning at full time 725.9
Norwich City leading at half time, Norwich City losing at full time 00.0
Norwich City trailing at half time, Norwich City winning at full time 13.7
Norwich City trailing at half time, Norwich City losing at full time 1037.0
Norwich City drawing at half time, Norwich City winning at full time 414.8
Norwich City drawing at half time, Norwich City losing at full time 518.5
Matches ending in result 2771.1

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Euro 2012 kicks off

Friday, 8th June 2012 1:25pm
The Euro 2012 championship kicks off today with co-hosts Poland taking on former champions Greece in Group A.

The second match of the tournament will see Russia play the Czech Republic.

This is the last Euro tournament that will feature 16 teams with the next edition in France going to feature 24 teams.

The Netherlands will kick off Group B with its match against Denmark and the second match in that group will feature Germany against Portugal.

Group C will start with a blockbuster match with the last two champions clashing as Spain take on Italy.

The Republic mark their return to the tournament when they play Croatia.

In Group D, France will face England before co-hosts Ukraine meet Sweden.


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Lambert replaces McLeish at Villa Park

Monday, 4th June 2012 1:02pm
Paul Lambert has replaced Alex McLeish at Aston Villa.

McLeish was sacked at the end of last season and Lambert is coming from the team that beat Aston Villa in McLeish's last match for Villa.

Lambert managed two successive promotions at Norwich and his team finished four places above Villa on the table.

He takes over a team that flirted with relegation for the later part of the season and ensured survival with just one match to go.

Here is some stats for the two teams:


Aston VillaNorwich
Position16a12
Played3838
Points3847
Drawn1711
Won712
Lost1415
Goal difference-16-14
Clean sheets93
Failed to score159
Goals scored3752
Goals conceded5366
Ave. goals scored1.01.4
Ave. goals conceded1.41.7
Biggest winAston Villa 3 - 1 Blackburn
Aston Villa 2 - 0 Wigan
Chelsea 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Norwich 3 - 1 Swansea
Norwich 4 - 2 Newcastle
Norwich 2 - 0 Bolton
Norwich 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Biggest lossMan United 4 - 0 Aston Villa
Norwich 1 - 6 Man City
Scored 3 or more45
Conceded 3 or more48
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more02
Home matches
Played1919
Points1927
Drawn76
Won47
Lost86
Goal difference-5-2
Goals scored2028
Goals conceded2530
Ave. goals scored1.11.5
Ave. goals conceded1.31.6
Away matches
Played1919
Points1920
Drawn105
Won35
Lost69
Goal difference-11-12
Goals scored1724
Goals conceded2836
Ave. goals scored0.91.3
Ave. goals conceded1.51.9
Recent Matches
SeasonRoundTeamGoalsTeamGoals
2011/12 11Aston Villa3Norwich City2
2011/12 38Norwich City2Aston Villa0

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