Archive for November 2009

Barca regain top spot after Real victory

Monday, 30th November 2009 11:51pm
Barcelona regained its top position in the Spanish Primera Division after beating arch-rivals Real Madrid 1-nil at the Nou Camp.

Barca were on top until the last round when a draw meant that Real overtook them but with the win over Real Barca now has a two point advantage.

With both Sevilla and Valencia drawing their matches Barca has now increased its lead its on the two teams to four and five points respectively.

Sevilla drew its home match against Malaga and it had to come from behind to snatch that point in a 2-all draw.

Also Valencia were held one all at home by Mallorca to record its fourth draw at home.

On the other end of the table, Xerez lost 5-1 away to Getafe to remain bottom of the table.

With Barca winning at home this week and maintaining its 100% home record, I will take a look at the home ladder which compares teams only on the matches played at home.

After the next round I will take a look at the La Liga away ladder

So here is the home ladder so far this season:

Barcelona 6 6 00 205 1518
Real Madrid 6 6 00 184 1418
Mallorca 6 6 00 162 1418
Sevilla 6 4 20 136 714
Sporting Gijon 6 4 20 82 614
Deportivo La Coruña 6 4 11 85 313
Getafe 6 4 02 127 512
Villarreal 6 3 21 137 611
Valencia 6 2 40 106 410
Zaragoza 6 3 12 96 310
Tenerife 6 3 12 76 110
Athletic Bilbao 6 3 12 79 -210
Atletico 6 2 31 128 49
Osasuna 6 2 22 77 08
Almeria 6 2 22 69 -38
Espanyol 6 2 22 58 -38
Valladolid 6 1 32 109 16
Xerez 6 1 23 38 -55
Málaga 6 1 14 68 -24
R Santander 6 0 15 313 -101

So Real Santander is the only team without a home win so far this season.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Mallorca, Sevilla, Sporting Gijon and Valencia are still to lose at home but Valencia has just had two wins at home and hence its lower down on this ladder.

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Chelsea cruise past Arsenal

Monday, 30th November 2009 9:58am
Chelsea extend its lead on the top of the ladder to five points after a 3-nil win over London rivals Arsenal.

That was the Gunners first loss at home this season and also for the first time this season the Gunners were kept goalless in front of their own supporters.

The Gunners slipped to fourth place on the ladder with Tottenham Hotspurs taking their place in third position following a one-all draw at Villa Park.

Defending champions Manchester United maintained second place after overcoming Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.

In the Merseyside derby, Liverpool got the bragging rights after downing Everton 2-nil at Goodison Park.

Also in another derby in the Midlands, Birmingham got the better of Wolverhampton Wanderers after an early goal was enough to take all three points.

Elsewhere Manchester City had their seventh draw in a row when they were held one-all at home by Hull City. Before this chain of draws started, Manchester City had not drawn a match in the league.

So this week I will take a look at the draws ladder as see how other teams trail Manchester City as they make draws their specialty:

TeamPlayedGoals ForPoints
Manchester City 13 107
Aston Villa 14 55
Stoke City 14 45
West Ham 14 95
Fulham 14 64
Hull City 15 54
Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 54
Birmingham City 14 23
Bolton 13 43
Everton 14 33
Blackburn 14 02
Burnley 14 42
Liverpool 14 42
Sunderland 14 42
Tottenham 14 32
Wigan 14 22
Arsenal 13 21
Manchester United 14 21
Portsmouth 14 01
Chelsea 14 00

So Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke City are a close second to Man City with five draws each and Chelsea remains the only team yet to draw a match.

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Adelaide drop to bottom

Monday, 30th November 2009 9:22am
Adelaide United dropped to the bottom of the ladder following their defeat at the hands of the North Queensland Fury in round 15.

The other teams in the the bottom three teams at the start of the round all won and this pushed Adelaide to the bottom of the ladder on goal difference.

Round 16 also saw a historic win for Newcastle Jets as they beat Sydney FC for the first time in the league in their own backyard. That win moved the Jets one place up the ladder.

That win for the Jets was also their first away win this season.

After losing their last home game 4-nil, Melbourne Victory this time turned the tables around winning 4-nil against the Gold Coast United.

The loss meant that the Gold Coast team dropped one place into fourth place and were replaced by the Central Coast Mariners despite the Mariners being held at home by Perth Glory.

The Mariners scored nine goals in their last two matches both away from home but they could not find the net in front of their own home supporters.

So after taking a look at the home ladder after the last round, this time I will take a look at the away ladder and here it is:

Melbourne Victory 7 6 01 136 718
Central Coast Mariners 9 4 14 156 913
Gold Coast 9 3 24 918 -911
NQ Fury 8 2 42 913 -410
Brisbane Roar 6 2 22 118 38
Perth Glory 9 2 25 1012 -28
Sydney 8 2 15 810 -27
Newcastle Jets 8 1 43 812 -47
Wellington Phoenix 9 1 44 815 -77
Adelaide Utd 7 1 24 58 -35

Not very surprising to see Victory of this ladder after an impressive away form but Adelaide also anchor this ladder.

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2010 World Cup draw nears

Monday, 30th November 2009 8:27am
The 2010 FIFA World Cup draw will be held in Cape Town, South Africa on December 4th.

This will be the first time that the World Cup has been held in Africa and also it will be the first time for the continent to have six representatives in the tournament.

After the World Cup draw has been conducted the fixture list for the group stages will be released and teams can start preparing their way out of the group stage.

TipsChallenge will have the fixtures on the site for the World Cup tipping competition.

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Grant takes over at Pompey

Friday, 27th November 2009 9:14am
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has taken over the top job at Portsmouth.

Grant takes over from Paul Hart who left the club early this week and he takes over a club currently rooted at the bottom of the ladder.

Pompey has only won two matches and drawn one and Grant's job immediate takes I assume would be to get the the team winning again and up the ladder.

Pompey's next three league matches are against champions Manchester United, Burnley and Sunderland. There is also a Carling Cup match against Aston Villa before the Burnley game.

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Real, Barca fight for top spot

Thursday, 26th November 2009 5:58pm
Real Madrid and Barcelona are separated by just one point going into the first league match this season between the two teams in round 12 of the Spanish Primera Division.

The La Liga positions are determined using the head-to-head considerations and so this match is very important for both teams as they will all be vying for a win in case points are tied at the end of the season.

Barca are still to lose a match in the league so far this season whilst Real has lost once but its the three draws that have made sure that Barca trail their major rivals by a point at this stage.

So here are a few of the stats for the two teams going into this clash of the giants match:

Real MadridBarcelona
Goal difference1921
Clean sheets75
Failed to score11
Goals scored2729
Goals conceded88
Ave. goals scored2.52.6
Ave. goals conceded0.70.7
Biggest winReal Madrid 5 - 0 Xerez
Barcelona 6 - 1 Zaragoza
Biggest lossSevilla 2 - 1 Real Madrid
No loss
Home matches
Goal difference1414
Goals scored1819
Goals conceded45
Ave. goals scored3.03.8
Ave. goals conceded0.71.0
Away matches
Goal difference57
Goals scored910
Goals conceded43
Ave. goals scored1.81.7
Ave. goals conceded0.80.5

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London derby : Arsenal vs Chelsea

Thursday, 26th November 2009 5:45pm
Arsenal failed to score for the first time this season when they lost to Sunderland 1-nil in round 13 of the English Premiership and will now meet Chelsea who have only conceded just one goal at home and seven away.

Arsenal has conceded four goals at home and like Chelsea are still to lose or draw at home.

The Blues have managed to score in every match so far and have scored 3 or more goals in seven matches.

Chelsea currently top the ladder and their London rivals dropped to third only after that loss to the Black Cats.

A win for Chelsea will extend its lead over the Gunners to 11 points whilst a win for the Gunners will help narrow that gap to five points.

Briefly here are the stats for the two teams so far in the league:

Goal difference2521
Clean sheets83
Failed to score01
Goals scored3336
Goals conceded815
Ave. goals scored2.53.0
Ave. goals conceded0.61.3
Biggest winChelsea 5 - 0 Blackburn
Everton 1 - 6 Arsenal
Biggest lossWigan 3 - 1 Chelsea
Man City 4 - 2 Arsenal
Home matches
Goal difference1916
Goals scored2020
Goals conceded14
Ave. goals scored2.94.0
Ave. goals conceded0.10.8
Away matches
Goal difference65
Goals scored1316
Goals conceded711
Ave. goals scored2.22.3
Ave. goals conceded1.21.6

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Bordeaux, Chelsea win groups

Thursday, 26th November 2009 5:24pm
In the Champions League match day 2, Bordeaux and Chelsea won their groups after wins over Juventus and Porto respectively.

In Chelsea's group D, Porto and Chelsea were already guaranteed of reaching the next stage before the match and so it was a matter of fighting to top the group and be seeded for the knockout phase.

Juventus will play Bayern in their last match needing to avoid defeat to proceed to the next stage. Bayern are currently third whilst Maccabi Haifa with no win yet are last.

In Group C three teams Real Madrid, AC Milan and Marseille can all reach the next round after Real won but the other two drew their match. Marseille hosts eal Real the last match whilst Milan will be away to Zurich.

No groups winners yet in Group B after Besiktas win over Manchester United. That was Besiktas first win of the competition this season.

The team to join Man United in the knockout will be decided in the last match after CSKA Moscow beat Wolfsburg at home 2-1.

So far 72.5% of the matches have ended in a result with the remainder finishing as draws and so this week I will take a look at both the winning and drawing trends.

First a look at the 58 matches that ended in a result in the Champions League so far this season:

Home team leading at half time, home team winning at full time 1627.6
Away team leading at half time, away team winning at full time 1424.1
Home team trailing at half time, home team winning at full time 23.4
Away team trailing at half time, away team winning at full time 46.9
Draw at half time, home team winning at full time 1424.1
Draw at half time, away team winning at full time 813.8
Matches ending in result 5872.5

and for the 22 matches that finished in a draw:

Draw at half time, draw at full time 1568.2
Home team leading at half time, draw at full time 313.6
Away team leading at half time, draw at full time 418.2
Drawn matches 2227.5

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Etihad clash : Victory vs Gold Coast

Thursday, 26th November 2009 5:06pm
Its going to be a clash between first and third when Melbourne Victory meets the Gold Coast at the Etihad Stadium in round 16 of the A-League.

This will be the first time for the two teams to meet at the stadium and in their first match at Skilled Stadium Victory came out tops.

In round 15 Victory won away at Brisbane Roar whilst Gold Coast were held by Adelaide United.

In its last home match Victory lost 4-nil to the Central Coast Mariners and so it will be interesting to see if Victory can tighten its defences this time around.

Here are the head to head starts for the two teams so far:

Melbourne VictoryGold Coast
Goal difference10
Clean sheets35
Failed to score35
Goals scored2321
Goals conceded2221
Ave. goals scored1.51.4
Ave. goals conceded1.51.4
Biggest winAdelaide Utd 0 - 2 Melbourne Victory
Newcastle Jets 1 - 3 Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory 3 - 1 Adelaide Utd
Gold Coast 5 - 0 NQ Fury
Biggest lossMelbourne Victory 0 - 4 Central Coast Mariners
Wellington Phoenix 6 - 0 Gold Coast
Home matches
Goal difference-65
Goals scored1012
Goals conceded167
Ave. goals scored1.31.7
Ave. goals conceded2.01.0
Away matches
Goal difference7-5
Goals scored139
Goals conceded614
Ave. goals scored1.91.1
Ave. goals conceded0.91.8

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Liverpool drop to Europa League

Wednesday, 25th November 2009 9:36am
Liverpool has has dropped down to the Uefa Europa League after crushing out of the Champions League.

Liverpool won its match 1-nil against Debrecen but it needed Fiorentina not to win against Lyon. Fiorentina won its match 1-nil.

The result means that Liverpool can only finish with ten points but even if Lyon were to lose their last match, the French team has a superior head to head record against Liverpool.

In other groups, Rangers are out Europe altogether after losing 2-nil at home to Stuttgart. The Scottish champions has only collected two points from five matches.

In Group H, Arsenal has progressed to the group stages of the competition after a 2-nil win over Standard Liege. Olympiacos will need at least a draw against Arsenal in match day 6 to reach the knockout phase.

The tightest group remains Group F and Barcelona has taken pole position after beating Inter Milan 2-nil.

The La Liga champions still needs a point to reach the knockout phase in its last match against Dynamo Kiev.

Inter will host Rubin Kazan in match day 6 and a draw in that match will see Rubin Kazan drop out of the Champions League.

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Hart, Pompey part company

Wednesday, 25th November 2009 9:07am
Portsmouth has parted with their manager Paul Hart after 13 games in the 2009/10 season.

Pompey has won just two matches and drawn one for its seven points and currently anchor the ladder.

In Hart's last match in charge, the team lost to 1-nil to Stoke and this was after a missed penalty in the first half.

Hart becomes the first Premiership manager to lose his job this season.

So here is some of the stats for Pompey after 13 round in the English Premiership:

Hart's Portsmouth
Goal difference-9
Clean sheets3
Failed to score7
Goals scored10
Goals conceded19
Ave. goals scored0.8
Ave. goals conceded1.5
Biggest winPortsmouth 4 - 0 Wigan
Biggest lossArsenal 4 - 1 Portsmouth
Home matches
Goal difference-1
Goals scored7
Goals conceded8
Ave. goals scored1.2
Ave. goals conceded1.3
Away matches
Goal difference-8
Goals scored3
Goals conceded11
Ave. goals scored0.4
Ave. goals conceded1.6

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Real reclaim top spot after Barca draw

Monday, 23rd November 2009 11:45pm
Real Madrid reclaimed top spot in the Spanish Primera Division after Barcelona were held to a one-all draw by Athletic Bilbao.

Real's 1-nil win over Real Santander was enough to secure top spot going into the top of the table clash at Nou Camp in round 12.

Sevilla and Valencia are not far off in third and fourth places respectively after wins in their respective matches.

Sevilla won 2-1 away to Tenerife whilst Valencia won 3-1 away to Osasuna in the last match of the round 11.

There has been 27 drawn matches after 11 rounds and so this week I will take a look at the draws table:

TeamPlayedGoals ForPoints
Sporting Gijon 11 45
Atletico Madrid 11 64
Espanyol 11 34
Racing Santander 11 64
Valladolid 11 14
Xerez 11 14
Almeria 11 43
Barcelona 11 23
Málaga 11 43
Osasuna 11 33
Real Zaragoza 11 43
Valencia 11 43
Villarreal 11 43
Athletic Bilbao 11 12
Mallorca 11 22
Deportivo La Coruña 11 11
Real Madrid 11 01
Sevilla 11 01
Tenerife 11 21
Getafe 11 00

So Sporting Gijon has had the highest number of draws with 5 and Getafe is still to have a drawn match.

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Spurs on the rampage against Wigan

Monday, 23rd November 2009 12:15pm
Tottenham Hotspurs went on a scoring spree to beat Wigan Athletic 9-1 at White Hart Lane in the English Premiership.

This is Spurs biggest victory in the English Premiership and its only the second time that a team has scored nine goals in an English Premiership match.

The only other team to have scored nine goals is Manchester United in a 9-nil victory over Ipswich in 1995.

The result means that the Spurs has now scored 32 goals this season and are now in third place in terms of goal scoring behind London rivals Arsenal with 36 and Chelsea with 33 goals.

Elsewhere Liverpool and Manchester City drew resulting in Liverpool having the second consecutive 2-all draw at home.

It was also City's sixth successive draw and City becomes the first team to have drawn six matches in a row this season.

Chelsea maintained its first position on the ladder whilst Arsenal's loss to Sunderland meant that the Gunners slip down to third.

Sunderland are now in eighth place on the table with the same points as Liverpool but have an inferior goal difference.

So this week I will take a look at the away ladder and see which teams have the best away performance:

Chelsea 6 4 02 137 612
Arsenal 7 3 13 1611 510
Man City 7 2 41 108 210
Tottenham 6 3 12 1111 010
Man United 6 3 03 105 59
Aston Villa 7 2 32 98 19
West Ham 7 1 33 911 -26
Fulham 7 1 33 710 -36
Liverpool 6 2 04 812 -46
Bolton 5 2 03 711 -46
Everton 6 2 04 610 -46
Stoke 6 1 32 48 -46
Wigan 7 2 05 822 -146
Wolves 7 1 24 716 -95
Bham City 6 1 14 610 -44
Sunderland 6 1 14 510 -54
Portsmouth 7 1 15 311 -84
Blackburn 6 1 05 518 -133
Hull 6 0 15 417 -131
Burnley 6 0 15 520 -151

So Burnley has the worst away record having collected only one point in a match against Man City.

Chelsea still maintain the best away form despite both their losses coming away from home.

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Mariners march continues

Monday, 23rd November 2009 11:56am
The Central Coast Mariners won the second away match in a row by a four goal margin after beating the North Queensland Fury 5-1 in round 15.

In the last round the Mariners beat champions Melbourne Victory 4-nil and so they have now scored a total of nine goals and conceding just one in the process.

Victory secured a narrow 1-nil win over Brisbane Roar to secure top spot on the table after Sydney FC went down 2-nil away to Perth Glory.

Wellington won for the first time this season after beating Newcastle Jets 1-nil. It means that the Jets are now the only team without an away win so far this season.

So in this week's post I will take a look at the home ladder for the A-League so far and next week I will take a look at the away one.

Sydney 7 6 01 114 718
Perth Glory 7 4 21 116 514
Wellington Phoenix 7 3 40 144 1013
Gold Coast 7 4 12 127 513
Newcastle Jets 8 4 04 911 -212
Adelaide Utd 9 3 33 912 -312
Central Coast Mariners 6 2 40 73 410
Melbourne Victory 8 2 33 1016 -69
Brisbane Roar 9 2 25 714 -78
NQ Fury 7 1 24 714 -75

So Sydney FC has the best home form with 18 points picked up from home.

On the other hand the Fury has only picked up five points at home - one win and two draws.

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Ghana paired with Ivory Coast

Monday, 23rd November 2009 11:48am
In the 2010 Africa Nations Cup to be hosted by Angola, World Cup bound Ghana and Ivory Coast have been drawn in the same group.

The other two teams in the same group are Togo and Burkina Faso. This group B is the only group with two 2010 World Cup bound teams.

Group A will comprise of hosts Angola plus Mali, Algeria and Malawi.

Nigeria has been drawn in Group C alongside Egypt, Benin and Mozambique. Egypt are the defending champions.

The last group comprises Cameroon, Tunisia, Zambia and Gabon.

The group A match between Angola and Mali will kickoff the tournament in Luanda.

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The 2010 World Cup teams

Friday, 20th November 2009 6:37am
Following the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches all the 32 teams to grace the tournament have been decided.

For the first time Africa will have six teams in the tournament because South Africa is hosting.

The 32 teams are listed below classified in their regions:

Africa: South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

Asia: Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea

Europe: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

North, Central America : Honduras, Mexico, United States

Oceania: New Zealand

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

TipsChallenge will be running a 2010 World Cup Tipping competition and the fixtures will be available on the site once the drawn has been made in December.

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Africa Nations cup teams decided

Friday, 20th November 2009 6:26am
The sixteen teams to play in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations were decided over the weekend after the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches which also served as qualifiers for the continental cup.

Angola will host the tournament in January 2010.

The remaining fifteen teams who qualified are Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia.

TipsChallenge will once again be running a tipping competition for the Nations Cup and the fixtures will be available once the draw has been made.

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La Liga round 11 : Villarreal vs Valladolid

Friday, 20th November 2009 6:09am
In round 11 of the Spanish Primera division, Villareal will host Valladolid and the teams are separated by just one point.

Currently the two teams lie in the bottom half of the ladder with Valladolid in 14th place and Villareal two positions further down.

Villareal is coming off a loss after the team lost to high flying Sevilla.

Valladolid on the other hand is coming off a draw against Xerez.

So below is some of the stats going into this crucial La Liga match.

Position16 14
Goal difference0-3
Clean sheets14
Failed to score24
Goals scored1612
Goals conceded1615
Ave. goals scored1.61.2
Ave. goals conceded1.61.5
Biggest winVillarreal 5 - 0 Tenerife
Valladolid 4 - 0 Deportivo La Coruña
Biggest lossVillarreal 0 - 2 Real Madrid
Mallorca 3 - 0 Valladolid
Home matches
Goal difference41
Goals scored107
Goals conceded66
Ave. goals scored2.01.4
Ave. goals conceded1.21.2
Away matches
Goal difference-4-4
Goals scored65
Goals conceded109
Ave. goals scored1.21.0
Ave. goals conceded2.01.8

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Liverpool face Man City challenge

Friday, 20th November 2009 5:56am
In round 13 of the English Premier League, Liverpool will face one of its main challengers for the Champions League placings Manchester City.

Both teams are coming off draws at home and if the match is a draw then it will be City's sixth draw in a row.

Man City hasn't lost in the last six matches in the league but it has only won once.

On the other hand the Anfield based outfit has lost three matches in the last six and won just two.

I think whichever team loses this fixture it will be a very significant loss.

Here is the rest of the stats after 12 rounds:

LiverpoolMan City
Goal difference97
Clean sheets34
Failed to score21
Goals scored2721
Goals conceded1814
Ave. goals scored2.31.9
Ave. goals conceded1.51.3
Biggest winLiverpool 6 - 1 Hull
Blackburn 0 - 2 Man City
Man City 4 - 2 Arsenal
Man City 3 - 1 West Ham
Biggest lossLiverpool 1 - 3 Aston Villa
Chelsea 2 - 0 Liverpool
Fulham 3 - 1 Liverpool
Man United 4 - 3 Man City
Home matches
Goal difference135
Goals scored1913
Goals conceded68
Ave. goals scored3.22.6
Ave. goals conceded1.01.6
Away matches
Goal difference-42
Goals scored88
Goals conceded126
Ave. goals scored1.31.3
Ave. goals conceded2.01.0

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Fury face buoyant Mariners

Friday, 20th November 2009 5:42am
In round 15 of the A-League, the North Queensland Fury will face the buoyant Central Coast Mariners coming from beating Melbourne Victory 4-nil away from home.

The win over Victory was their biggest win so far this season and they face a Fury side coming from a defeat against Newcastle Jets.

After that defeat the Fury went back to the bottom of the table whilst Mariners currently sit in fourth.

Below is the rest of the stats so far this season:

Central Coast MarinersNQ Fury
Goal difference9-7
Clean sheets72
Failed to score64
Goals scored1715
Goals conceded822
Ave. goals scored1.21.1
Ave. goals conceded0.61.6
Biggest winMelbourne Victory 0 - 4 Central Coast Mariners
Gold Coast 0 - 2 NQ Fury
Biggest lossBrisbane Roar 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide Utd 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Sydney 1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Newcastle Jets 2 - 1 Central Coast Mariners
Gold Coast 5 - 0 NQ Fury
Home matches
Goal difference4-3
Goals scored76
Goals conceded39
Ave. goals scored1.21.0
Ave. goals conceded0.51.5
Away matches
Goal difference5-4
Goals scored109
Goals conceded513
Ave. goals scored1.31.1
Ave. goals conceded0.61.6

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Heart goes for Olsen, Milicic

Friday, 20th November 2009 5:28am
Melbourne Heart has signed Jesper Olsen and Ante Milicic as assistant coaches for its inaugural season in the A-League.

The pair will assist John van't Schip who was appointed earlier this year.

All the three coaches have some experience in the Dutch League but Milicic also has the experience of playing in the A-League having played for Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.

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Liverpool snatch draw against Brum

Tuesday, 10th November 2009 1:41pm
Liverpool got its first draw of the season after drawing Birmingham City 2-2 at Anfield in the last match of round 12 of the English Premiership.

Liverpool had gone into half-time trailing the visitors 1-2 but a second half penalty ensured the sided shared the spoils.

The draw means that the Anfield outfit stays in seventh position on the ladder whilst Birmingham is just three places above the relegation places.

Also in round 12, league leaders Chelsea extended their lead at the top to five points after beating Manchester United by 1-nil.

That loss for Manchester United coupled by Arsenal's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers means that the Gunners leapfrogged them into second position with the defending champions in third place on goal difference.

Burnley drew with Manchester City and following Liverpool's draw, Chelsea is the only team in the league not to have drawn at this stage of the season.

This week I will take a look at the home ladder and in the next post on the English premiership I will take a look at the away ladder.

Chelsea 6 6 00 161 1518
Man United 6 5 10 137 616
Arsenal 5 5 00 204 1615
Burnley 6 5 01 105 515
Liverpool 6 4 11 196 1313
Aston Villa 6 4 11 125 713
Sunderland 6 4 11 159 613
Blackburn 6 4 11 117 413
Tottenham 6 4 02 126 612
Man City 5 3 20 138 511
Stoke 6 3 12 87 110
Hull 6 3 12 68 -210
Fulham 5 3 02 75 29
Everton 6 2 31 910 -19
Bham City 6 2 22 44 08
Wigan 6 2 22 69 -38
West Ham 6 1 23 1012 -25
Bolton 6 1 23 813 -55
Wolves 6 1 23 510 -55
Portsmouth 6 1 05 78 -13

So not surprising Chelsea top the home ladder with a perfect record and only one goal conceded.

Portsmouth anchor the ladder after their poor start to the season.

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Real edge out Atletico

Monday, 9th November 2009 1:53pm
Real Madrid won the Madrid derby overcoming city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-2.

At one time Real were three goals up but Atletico scored two late goals to bring upon some decency on the scoreline in front of their home fans.

Barcelona were the only team to score more than three goals in this round winning 4-2 against Mallorca.

Sevilla and Valencia also scored three goals in their matches to win against Villareal and Real Zaragoza respectively.

I think its a good time now to look at the La Liga form ladder and see which teams are hot and which ones are not.

Below is the Spanish Primera division form ladder based on the results of the last six matches:

Barcelona 6 4 20 144 1014WWDWDW
Valencia 6 4 20 103 714DWDWWW
Real Madrid 6 4 11 136 713WLWDWW
Sevilla 6 4 11 114 713WWLDWW
Deportivo La Coruña 6 4 11 65 113WWWLDW
Sporting Gijon 6 3 21 84 411LWWDDW
Mallorca 6 3 12 1110 110WLWDWL
Osasuna 6 2 22 76 18WLWDDL
Villarreal 6 2 13 129 37LDLWWL
Espanyol 6 1 41 55 07DDWDDL
Almeria 6 2 13 79 -27DLWLLW
Zaragoza 6 2 13 1014 -47WLDLWL
Athletic Bilbao 6 2 13 48 -47LDLLWW
Valladolid 6 1 32 78 -16LDLWDD
Xerez 6 1 32 35 -26DDWLLD
Getafe 6 2 04 511 -66LWLWLL
Atletico 6 1 23 711 -45DWLDLL
Tenerife 6 1 14 413 -94LLLWLD
R Santander 6 0 33 59 -43DLDDLL
Málaga 6 0 24 510 -52LDLLLD

So Barca and Valencia are tied on 14 points whilst Malaga is at the bottom having collected just two points from the last six matches.

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Mariners humble Victory

Monday, 9th November 2009 6:53am
The standout result of round 14 of the A-League was probably the Central Coast Mariners' mauling of Melbourne Victory 4-nil at home.

This is Victory's worst home defeat and it comes soon after another big defeat at home when the Victory 3-nil at home to Sydney FC.

Another team to lose at home was Adelaide United who lost to Brisbane Roar 2-nil.

Gold Coast went back to winning ways overcoming league leader Sydney FC with a lone strike in the first half.

Elsewhere there was a draw for the Wellington Phoenix against Perth Glory whilst Newcastle Jets won against the North Queensland Fury.

This week I will take a look at the second half ladder which only considers results from the second half of a match.

Melbourne Victory 14 7 43 116 525
NQ Fury 14 7 34 1212 024
Wellington Phoenix 14 5 54 116 520
Central Coast Mariners 14 3 101 83 519
Sydney 14 4 73 97 219
Gold Coast 14 4 64 1113 -218
Perth Glory 14 4 64 1012 -218
Brisbane Roar 14 4 46 811 -316
Newcastle Jets 14 3 47 511 -613
Adelaide Utd 14 2 57 610 -411

So Melbourne Victory leads this table having won 7 second halves whilst Adelaide anchor it with only two wins.

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Atletico face Real in Madrid derby

Thursday, 5th November 2009 9:52pm
Round 10 of Spanish Primera Division will see Atletico Madrid face city rivals Real Madrid in the Madrid derby.

Atletico finished last season in the Champions League places but this season has started badly and the team is in the relegation zone with just seven points to its name.

On the other hand Real is in second position trailing leaders Barcelona by just one point.

So the match would look like a no contest but this is a derby match and it could be a very interesting result.

So here are some of the stats for the two teams so far in the league:

Real MadridAtletico Madrid
Goal difference17-9
Clean sheets60
Failed to score13
Goals scored2310
Goals conceded619
Ave. goals scored2.61.1
Ave. goals conceded0.72.1
Biggest winReal Madrid 5 - 0 Xerez
Atletico 2 - 1 Zaragoza
Biggest lossSevilla 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Málaga 3 - 0 Atletico
Barcelona 5 - 2 Atletico
Osasuna 3 - 0 Atletico
Home matches
Goal difference131
Goals scored176
Goals conceded45
Ave. goals scored3.41.5
Ave. goals conceded0.81.3
Away matches
Goal difference4-10
Goals scored64
Goals conceded214
Ave. goals scored1.50.8
Ave. goals conceded0.52.8

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Chelsea face Man Utd challenge

Thursday, 5th November 2009 9:41pm
Chelsea has won its last two league matches 4-nil and 5-nil and will now face defending champions Manchester United in round 12 of the English Premiership.

Man Utd lost its last away match 2-nil to title challengers Liverpool and will now face another title challenge away from home.

The two teams are separated by just two points and a win for the home team would open that gap to five points.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams after 11 matches in the league:

ChelseaMan United
Goal difference2012
Clean sheets64
Failed to score02
Goals scored2823
Goals conceded811
Ave. goals scored2.52.1
Ave. goals conceded0.71.0
Biggest winChelsea 5 - 0 Blackburn
Wigan 0 - 5 Man United
Biggest lossWigan 3 - 1 Chelsea
Liverpool 2 - 0 Man United
Home matches
Goal difference146
Goals scored1513
Goals conceded17
Ave. goals scored3.02.2
Ave. goals conceded0.21.2
Away matches
Goal difference66
Goals scored1310
Goals conceded74
Ave. goals scored2.22.0
Ave. goals conceded1.20.8

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Glory to test Phoenix

Thursday, 5th November 2009 9:32pm
In round 14 of the A-League Wellington Phoenix will host Perth Glory with the Phoenix having scored nine goals in their last two home matches conceding none.

Phoenix beat Gold Coast 6-nil and then in their next home match beat Newcastle Jets 3-nil and therefore I think the Glory must be hoping to stop that trend and at least score against them.

The Glory has lost the last the three matches and are beginning to slide down the ladder and are currently in fifth place.

Here is the rest of the stats so far:

Perth GloryWellington Phoenix
Goal difference15
Clean sheets34
Failed to score13
Goals scored1819
Goals conceded1714
Ave. goals scored1.41.5
Ave. goals conceded1.31.1
Biggest winPerth Glory 2 - 0 Newcastle Jets
Brisbane Roar 2 - 4 Perth Glory
Wellington Phoenix 6 - 0 Gold Coast
Biggest lossAdelaide Utd 1 - 0 Perth Glory
Wellington Phoenix 2 - 1 Perth Glory
Central Coast Mariners 2 - 1 Perth Glory
Gold Coast 2 - 1 Perth Glory
NQ Fury 2 - 1 Perth Glory
Perth Glory 1 - 2 Melbourne Victory
Sydney 2 - 0 Wellington Phoenix
Sydney 3 - 1 Wellington Phoenix
Home matches
Goal difference310
Goals scored913
Goals conceded63
Ave. goals scored1.52.2
Ave. goals conceded1.00.5
Away matches
Goal difference-2-5
Goals scored96
Goals conceded1111
Ave. goals scored1.30.9
Ave. goals conceded1.61.6

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Sevilla, Lyon go through

Thursday, 5th November 2009 9:20pm
Sevilla and Lyon have reached the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League after both were held at home by Stuttgart and Liverpool respectively.

They were the only two teams to seal their places in the last sixteen from match day two of round four and will now play to top their groups in the remaining two fixtures.

Fiorentina were the highest scorers of the day winning 5-2 against Debrecen and team is now very near to getting into the last sixteen.

In Group F Rubin Kazan held defending champions Barcelona to a goalless draw and the next match for Barca will be against Inter Milan. Inter Milan edged out Dynamo Kiev to top the group.

Maybe this is the right time to look at the scorelines after four round of matches as shown below:

0 - 0 5
0 - 1 7
0 - 2 1
0 - 3 2
0 - 4 1
1 - 0 6
1 - 1 10
1 - 2 4
1 - 3 1
1 - 4 2
2 - 0 6
2 - 1 5
2 - 2 2
2 - 3 2
2 - 5 1
3 - 0 1
3 - 1 2
3 - 3 1
3 - 4 1
4 - 0 1
4 - 1 1
5 - 2 1
6 - 1 1

The most popular scoreline at this stage is the 1-all draw with 10 occurrences.

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Marseille humble FC Zurich

Wednesday, 4th November 2009 2:56pm
The biggest win for the match day 1 of the fourth round of the Group matches belonged to Marseille who beat FC Zurich 6-1 at home.

This is the first time in the competition this year that a team has won with a 5 goal margin and also the first time that a team has scored six goals in a match.

The result also means that FC Zurich has conceded the most goals with 12 conceded so far after also losing 5-2 to Real Madrid in round 1.

Elsewhere Manchester United, Chelsea, Bordeaux and FC Porto booked their places in the last 16 with two matches to spare.

For Bordeaux its the first time the team has qualified for the knockout stages and that will mean that either Bayern Munich or Juventus will miss out.

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Villareal tame Tenerife

Monday, 2nd November 2009 7:42pm
Villareal had a massive win over Tenerife after beating the promoted side 5-nil at home in round 8 of La Liga.

This is Villareal's second win of the season after winning its first match in the last round. Villareal had failed to register a win in the first seven rounds of the season.

Barcelona drew away and its lead at the top has now been reduced to just one point.

Barca looked set to grab all three points but Osasuna scored in the last minute of the match.

Real Madrid has now closed the gap at the top to just one point after winning its match against Getafe 2-nil.

Mallorca continues to impress with another win and this time a 1-nil win over Racing Santander to keep fifth place.

After taking a look at the first half table last week, this week lets take a look at the second half table. This just considers the result for the last 45 minutes of the match and here it is:

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForA gainstGDPts
Real Madrid 9 5 40 153 1219
Barcelona 9 4 50 104 617
Mallorca 9 4 41 117 4
Sevilla 9 4 41 63 316
Villarreal 9 4 32 105 515
Valencia 9 4 32 94 515
Deportivo La Coruña 9 3 42 66 013
Sporting Gijon 9 3 33 85 312
Valladolid 9 2 61 86 212
Getafe 9 4 05 79 - 212
R Santander 9 2 52 76 111
Zaragoza 9 3 24 59 -411
Espanyol 9 2 43 67 -110
Atletico 9 1 71 56 -110
Tenerife 9 3 06 414 -109
Osasuna 9 1 53 68 - 28
Málaga 9 2 25 58 - 38
Almeria 9 1 53 37 - 48
Athletic Bilbao 9 1 35 38 -56
Xerez 9 1 35 211 - 96

So here Real Madrid leads and in third place not surprising is Mallorca.

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Big win for Pompey

Monday, 2nd November 2009 3:18pm
Portsmouth had their biggest win of the season so far after beating Wigan 4-nil at home in round 11 of the English Premiership.

This is hardly surprising to be their biggest win as this was only the team's second win so far and suddenly things are beginning to look up at Fratton Park.

However, this win was not enough to lift the team from the bottom of the table but they are tied on points with West Ham and poor goal difference sees them anchor the table.

After beating Manchester United in the previous round at home, Liverpool lost its third consecutive away match after losing 1-3 to Fulham.

The top three teams all won and there is so after round 11 there is no change at the top.

So this week I take a look at the form table looking at the last six matches only:

Arsenal 6 5 10 195 1416WWWWDW
Man United 6 4 11 128 413WWDWLW
Chelsea 6 4 02 165 1112WLWLWW
Liverpool 6 3 03 129 39WWLLWL
Everton 6 2 31 96 39WWDDLD
Aston Villa 6 2 31 86 29WLDWDD
Stoke 6 2 31 77 09DLDWWD
Burnley 6 3 03 1013 -39WLWLLW
Fulham 6 2 22 108 28LLDWDW
Sunderland 6 2 22 1211 18LWDWLD
Bolton 6 2 22 912 -38DWDLWL
Man City 6 1 41 109 17LWDDDD
Portsmouth 6 2 13 65 17LLWLDW
Tottenham 6 2 13 910 -17LWDWLL
Bham City 6 2 13 68 -27WLLLWD
Wigan 6 2 13 813 -57LWLDWL
Wolves 6 1 32 811 -36WLLDDD
Blackburn 6 2 04 719 -126LWLWLL
Hull 6 1 14 312 -94LLWLDL
West Ham 6 0 33 1014 -43LLDLDD

Its not surprising Arsenal are the form team having not lost in their last six matches.

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Fury in back to back wins

Monday, 2nd November 2009 3:03pm
The North Queensland Fury got its first back to back wins after beating the Gold Coast United 2-nil.

The win lifted Fury from the bottom of the ladder three steps up to seventh position.

They were replaced at the bottom by Newcastle Jets who managed a draw away to Brisbane Roar. However, the Jets have a game in hand to be played during the week.

Sydney maintained its top position after beating the Wellington Phoenix 3-1. All three Sydney goals came in the first half and the Phoenix scored towards the end of the match.

So this week I will take a look at the first half ladder. In next week's post on the A-League I will take a look at the second half ladder.

Gold Coast 13 6 34 87 121
Sydney 13 4 72 104 619
Central Coast Mariners 13 5 44 85 319
Perth Glory 13 4 63 96 318
Newcastle Jets 12 4 53 99 017
Adelaide Utd 13 4 54 66 017
Melbourne Victory 13 4 54 1115 -417
Brisbane Roar 13 4 45 910 -116
Wellington Phoenix 12 3 72 89 -116
NQ Fury 13 1 48 310 -77

So the Gold Coast is the team that has gone into half time leading more than any other team in the league so far.

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