Jets, Heart kickoff 2011/12 A-League season
Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Heart will kickoff the new 2011/12 season, the seventh season of Australia's top flight.
Jets who sacked their coach Branco Culina will be starting their season against a team that also failed to reach the finals last season.
Three matches are going to be played on the first day of the season.
The second match will see Melbourne Victory host arch-rivals Sydney FC whilst the third match will be the 2010/11 grand final replay between Brisbane Roar and the Central Coast Mariners.
On Sunday the Gold Coast United will host Wellington Phoenix whilst Perth Glory will entertain Adelaide United in the last match of the round.
Last season a total of 452 goals were scored in 172 matches as shown in the table below:
|First half goals||183||40.5|
|Second half goals||269||59.5|
|Home team goals||266||58.8|
|Away team goals||186||41.2|
But the 2011/12 season will be similar to the 2009/10 season when there were ten teams in the league.
In that season a total of 369 goals were scored in 142 matches as shown in the table below:
|First half goals||172||46.6|
|Second half goals||197||53.4|
|Home team goals||216||58.5|
|Away team goals||153||41.5|
Interestingly, the goals per match ratio is exactly the same.
For both seasons the goals per match ratio was 2.6.