Archive for January 2011

Osasuna stuns Real

Monday, 31st January 2011 8:57pm
Osasuna produced a shock result in La Liga's round 21 beating second placed Real Madrid with a second half goal.

Before this match Real had just lost once and that was away to Barcelona and a match against relegation threatened Osasuna looked it would produce all three points for Real.

That was not to be with Real failing to find the net only for the fourth time this season.

The loss means that Real now trail Barca by seven points whilst the lead ahead of Villarreal is now only six points.

Despite the loss Real remains one of only two teams still to lose at home and the other is Villarreal. The table below shows the home table so far in La Liga.

Villarreal 11 10 10 266 2031
Real Madrid 10 10 00 315 2630
Barcelona 11 9 11 317 2428
Athletic Bilbao 11 8 03 2010 1024
Espanyol 10 8 02 178 924
Valencia 11 7 31 2113 824
Atletico 11 6 23 198 1120
Mallorca 11 6 23 158 720
Osasuna 10 5 41 125 719
Sevilla 11 5 24 1916 317
Hercules 10 5 14 1915 416
Sociedad 10 5 14 1511 416
Getafe 11 5 15 1917 216
R Santander 9 4 32 96 315
Sporting Gijon 11 4 34 1312 115
Deportivo La Coruña 10 3 52 1312 114
Zaragoza 11 4 25 1420 -614
Levante 10 4 15 1313 013
Almeria 10 1 63 1221 -99
Málaga 10 2 17 1321 -87

There is still one more match to play in round 21 with Racing Santander hosting fourth placed Valencia.

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Victory seals finals place

Monday, 31st January 2011 1:23pm
Melbourne Victory sealed their place in the Finals after beating the Gold Coast 2-1.

The win means that the worst the Victory can finish on the table this season is sixth which is the last finals place.

The loss for Gold Coast means they will struggle in their quest to finish second.

In other results in round 25, the Central Coast Mariners beat Adelaide to cement their hold to second place.

Two more wins or one win and two draws will see the Mariners secure second place.

This week I will take a look at the first half performance in a league format as shown in the table below:

Brisbane Roar 28 11 134 2110 1146
Central Coast Mariners 27 13 77 1913 646
Adelaide Utd 27 10 125 2113 842
Sydney 27 9 126 1312 139
Melb Victory 28 9 118 1515 038
Perth Glory 28 9 811 1517 -235
6Gold Coast 26 6 164 1813 534
Wellington Phoenix 27 7 1010 1515 031
Newcastle Jets 26 6 128 912 -330
Melb Heart 28 4 1212 1121 -1024
NQ Fury 28 4 1113 1026 -1623

So Brisbane comes with the best first half performance.

So if we now take a closer look at the Roar here is the trend between first half and second half:

Brisbane Roar leading at half time, Brisbane Roar winning at full time 1058.8
Brisbane Roar leading at half time, Brisbane Roar losing at full time 00.0
Brisbane Roar trailing at half time, Brisbane Roar winning at full time 15.9
Brisbane Roar trailing at half time, Brisbane Roar losing at full time 00.0
Brisbane Roar drawing at half time, Brisbane Roar winning at full time 529.4
Brisbane Roar drawing at half time, Brisbane Roar losing at full time 15.9
Matches ending in result 1760.7

So in the 11 matches the Roar has been winning at half time, they have gone on to win ten of them and drew just one.

The drawing trend for the Roar is as shown below:

Brisbane Roar drawing at half time, Brisbane Roar drawing at full time 763.6
Brisbane Roar team leading at half time, Brisbane Roar drawing at full time 19.1
Brisbane Roar trailing at half time, Brisbane Roar drawing at full time 327.3
Drawn matches 1139.3

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Australia to host 2015 Asian Cup

Monday, 31st January 2011 7:39am
The 2011 Asian Cup runners up Australia will host the next edition of the competition.

The Asian Football Confederation announced the decision after the final between Australia and Japan.

Like the 2011 competition, the tournament will be held in January.

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Morocco to host 2015 Nations Cup

Monday, 31st January 2011 7:36am
The Confederation of African Football(CAF) has announced that Morocco will host the 2015 Africa Nations Cup.

The 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa will host the next one in 2017.

The 2015 Nations Cup will be the second to held in a odd year with the first odd year being the 2013 edition which Libya is hosting.

The last even year one will be held next when Equatorial Guinea and Gabon co-host.

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Japan wins fourth Asian Cup final

Sunday, 30th January 2011 9:13am
Japan won the Asian Cup for the fourth time after beating Australia 1-nil after extra time in the 2011 Qatar Asian Cup.

Japan also maintained its unbeaten run in the final having so far reached four finals and winning all.

It was a debut final for Australia who went into the match having conceded just one goal but the second goal they conceded was going to be the most critical.

With the match tied goalless at the end of normal time Japan went on to score in the second half of extra-time.

Japan has now won four of the last six editions of this tournament with the other winners in this time being Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Below is table that summarises performances by all the teams in a league table. The table uses goal difference:

Japan 6 4 20 146 814
Korea 6 4 20 137 614
Australia 6 4 11 132 1113
Uzbekistan 6 3 12 1013 -310
Iran 4 3 01 62 49
Jordan 4 2 11 54 17
Qatar 4 2 02 75 26
Iraq 4 2 02 33 06
China 3 1 11 44 04
Bahrain 3 1 02 65 13
Syria 3 1 02 45 -13
Korea DPR 3 0 12 02 -21
UAE 3 0 12 04 -41
Kuwait 3 0 03 17 -60
Saudi Arabia 3 0 03 18 -70
India 3 0 03 313 -100

The table does not include the results from a penalty shootout and hence the match between Japan and South Korea is considered to be a 2-all draw in this table.

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Socceroos face Japanese challenge

Saturday, 29th January 2011 8:37am
The Socceroos good defensive record at this year's Asian Cup tournament will be tested by the Japanese side who have failed to score more than one goal just once.

The Socceroos have only conceded one goal and that was against South Korea in one-all draw.

For the Japanese they have scored two or more goals in every match apart from the one-all draw against Jordan in the group stages.

This will be the first time the two teams meet in an Asian Cup final but the teams met in the group stages of the 2007 tournament where the match finished one-all.

Japan has been involved in three Asian Cup finals and won in every instance and now they face a tough challenge against the Socceroos who would like to win on their first attempt.

Meanwhile South Korea finished third after beating Uzbekistan 3-2 in the third playoff match.

Its the second consecutive tournament that the South Koreans have won the bronze medal.

Here is some of the stats for Australia and Japan so far:

Clean sheets41
Failed to score00
Goals scored1313
Goals conceded16
1st half goals scored66
2nd half goals scored77
1st half goals conceded13
2nd half goals conceded03
Biggest winUzbekistan 0 - 6 Australia
Saudi Arabia 0 - 5 Japan
Biggest lossNo lossNo loss
Scored 3 or more22
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more11
Conceded 5 or more00
Asian Cup Finals

Previous Matches

2007/8 4Japan1Australia1

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La Liga round 21 : Hercules vs Barcelona

Saturday, 29th January 2011 8:02am
In round 21 of the Spanish Primera Division, defending champions Barcelona will face Hercules,the only the team to defeat them so far.

Hercules pulled out a stunning victory at Nou Camp when they beat Barca 2-nil.

That was a contest between a newly promoted side against the defending champions and Hercules tore the form book to record a memorable win.

In this round the two meet again and a lot has changed since the round 2.

Barca has two and a half times the points that their hosts have and have a four point lead at the top.

Hercules has gone on to win five more fixtures since then but none of them away. So the Nou Camp victory remains their sole away win this season.

On the other hand Barca hasn't dropped a single point away from home getting all 27 of them.

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

Goal difference53-9
Clean sheets104
Failed to score110
Goals scored6422
Goals conceded1131
Ave. goals scored3.21.1
Ave. goals conceded0.61.6
Biggest winAlmeria 0 - 8 Barcelona
Hercules 4 - 1 Málaga
Hercules 4 - 1 Atletico
Biggest lossBarcelona 0 - 2 Hercules
Getafe 3 - 0 Hercules
Osasuna 3 - 0 Hercules
Espanyol 3 - 0 Hercules
Mallorca 3 - 0 Hercules
Athletic Bilbao 3 - 0 Hercules
Scored 3 or more133
Conceded 3 or more06
Scored 5 or more50
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference247
Goals scored3119
Goals conceded712
Ave. goals scored2.82.1
Ave. goals conceded0.61.3
Away matches
Goal difference29-16
Goals scored333
Goals conceded419
Ave. goals scored3.70.3
Ave. goals conceded0.41.7

Previous Matches

2010/11 2Barcelona0Hércules2

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Socceroos rout ten-men Uzbekistan

Wednesday, 26th January 2011 8:56am
The Socceroos registered their biggest winning margin in the Asian Cup when they beat ten-men Uzbekistan 6-nil.

The Socceroos were already 3-nil up by the time the Uzbeks were reduced to ten men.

The Socceroos will now play their maiden Asian Cup final against Japan who overcame South Korea in a penalty shootout.

After ninety minutes the match was tied one-all and at the end of extra time it was 2-all.

Three time champions Japan went on to win the penalty shootout 3-nil.

Here are the winning margin of the 30 matches played so far at the Qatar 2011 Asian Cup:

Goal MarginFrequency
0 5
1 15
2 3
3 4
4 1
5 1
6 1

So 15 matches were won by a one-goal margin by far the most popular winning margin whilst the five and six goal margins were contributed by the finalists Japan and Australia respectively.

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East Asia clash: Japan v South Korea

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 9:00pm
Japan will meet South Korea in the 2011 Asian Cup semi-finals in Qatar in clash of the giants from East Asia.

The two teams last met in an Asian Cup third place playoff at the last tournament. South Korea won the penalty shoot-out after the match had finished goalless.

Japan goes into the match knowing that every that every time they have reached the final they have never lost.

The three time champions will play a team that won the Cup twice and lost the final thrice.

Both teams are unbeaten so far but Japan won its group and South Korea finished second in Group C.

The winner will meet either Australia or Uzbekistan.

Here is some stats for the two so far in Qatar:

JapanSouth Korea
Goal difference64
Clean sheets12
Failed to score00
Goals scored118
Goals conceded43
Ave. goals scored2.72.3
Ave. goals conceded0.71.0
Biggest winSaudi Arabia 0 - 5 Japan
Korea 4 - 1 India
Biggest lossNo lossNo loss
Scored 3 or more21
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more10
Conceded 5 or more00
Asian Cup semis

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History beckons: Australia vs Uzbekistan

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 2:04pm
Australia and Uzbekistan meet in the 2011 Qatar Asian semi-finals with both countries going their debut Asian Cup final.

For both teams its the first time to reach the semis of the tournament and now history beckons as they vie for a place in the final.

To reach the final the Socceroos beat the defending champions Iraq in extra-time.

The other semi features Japan against South Korea.

Here is table showing some of the stats for the two teams so far at this year's tournament:

Goal difference53
Clean sheets41
Failed to score00
Goals scored78
Goals conceded14
Ave. goals scored2.02.0
Ave. goals conceded0.31.0
Biggest winIndia 0 - 4 Australia
Qatar 0 - 2 Uzbekistan
Biggest lossNo lossNo loss
Scored 3 or more10
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00

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Bolton suffer rare home loss against Chelsea

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 1:58pm
Bolton Wanderers lost at home for only the second time this season when the team lost to Chelse in round 24 of the English Premiership.

Before this match Bolton had only lost once at home and this was the loss to Liverpool who themselves were having their first away win.

The table below shows the table for the home matches for each team:

Man United 12 11 10 347 2734
Chelsea 11 8 21 247 1726
Man City 12 7 32 1810 824
Tottenham 12 6 51 179 823
Sunderland 12 6 51 158 723
Arsenal 11 7 13 2511 1422
Liverpool 11 6 32 1910 921
Blackburn 12 6 33 1710 721
Bolton 12 5 52 2217 520
Stoke 12 6 24 1612 420
Aston Villa 12 5 43 1613 319
Fulham 12 4 53 1614 217
W Brom 11 5 24 1617 -117
Wolves 12 5 25 1518 -317
Newcastle 12 4 44 2615 1116
Bham City 11 3 62 1011 -115
Everton 11 3 53 1415 -114
West Ham 12 3 45 1419 -513
Wigan 12 2 64 1121 -1012
Blackpool 9 3 24 1516 -111

Manchester United has the best home record as they are still to lose a match in the league.

Blackpool are bottom but they have also played the least number of matches due to a number of matches postponed.

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2007 rematch - Socceroos vs Iraq

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 8:14pm
The Socceroos will meet Iraq in the 2011 Qatar Asian Cup with the teams having met at the tournament in the group stages of the 2007 edition.

Then in 2007, Iraq won the match and went on to win the tournament and the Socceroos went out at the group stage level.

This time the Socceroos have gone one step further compared to four years ago and their defence has been tight conceding one goal so far.

Iraq started the tournament with a loss against Iran but subsequent one-nil wins have seen them reach the knockout phase.

The winner of this match will meet Uzbekistan who beat Jordan 2-1.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams so far:

Goal difference51
Clean sheets22
Failed to score00
Goals scored63
Goals conceded12
Ave. goals scored2.01.0
Ave. goals conceded0.30.7
Biggest winIndia 0 - 4 Australia
UAE 0 - 1 Iraq
Iraq 1 - 0 Korea DPR
Biggest lossNo lossIraq 1 - 2 Iran
Scored 3 or more10
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference10
Goals scored22
Goals conceded12
Ave. goals scored1.01.0
Ave. goals conceded0.51.0
Away matches
Goal difference41
Goals scored41
Goals conceded00
Ave. goals scored4.01.0
Ave. goals conceded0.00.0

Previous Matches

2007/8 2Iraq3Australia1

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Finals challenge in derby: Victory vs Heart

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 6:37pm
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart will play the last Melbourne derby of the season knowing that a win will a go a long in securing a finals place.

The two Melbourne rivals go in the match separated by a single point.

A win for Victory will see them go four points above their city rivals whilst a win for Heart will give them a two point advantage.

The two teams have won one match each so far and both the matches were played at AAMI Park and this is the first one to be played at Etihad Stadium.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams so far:

Melb VictoryMelb Heart
Goal difference0-9
Clean sheets77
Failed to score710
Goals scored3526
Goals conceded3535
Ave. goals scored1.41.0
Ave. goals conceded1.41.3
Biggest winMelb Victory 3 - 0 Brisbane Roar
Melb Victory 3 - 0 Sydney
Newcastle Jets 0 - 2 Melb Heart
Melb Heart 2 - 0 NQ Fury
Biggest lossMelb Victory 1 - 4 Adelaide Utd
Brisbane Roar 4 - 0 Melb Heart
Scored 3 or more51
Conceded 3 or more44
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference4-3
Goals scored2012
Goals conceded1615
Ave. goals scored1.70.9
Ave. goals conceded1.31.2
Away matches
Goal difference-4-6
Goals scored1514
Goals conceded1920
Ave. goals scored1.21.1
Ave. goals conceded1.51.5

Previous Matches

2010/11 9Melbourne Heart2Melbourne Victory1
2010/11 18Melbourne Heart1Melbourne Victory3

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UAE, DPR Korea exit goalless

Friday, 21st January 2011 7:12am
The United Arab Emirates and the North Korea left the 2011 Asian Cup having failed to score a single goal.

The match between the two matches which was their opening match finished goalless and the teams got their single points from there.

In the same group D, Iran finished with nine points and is the only team to finish with all points.

In doing so Iran only conceded a single which was conceded against Iraq in their first match.

Iraq finished runners up in Group D and will now face off against the Socceroos. Iraq beat the Socceroos 3-1 in the previous edition of the tournament on their way to the title.

Below is a table using goal difference which puts all the 16 teams into one league type ladder:

Iran 3 3 00 61 59
Japan 3 2 10 82 67
Australia 3 2 10 61 57
Korea 3 2 10 73 47
Uzbekistan 3 2 10 63 37
Jordan 3 2 10 42 27
Qatar 3 2 01 52 36
Iraq 3 2 01 32 16
China 3 1 11 44 04
Bahrain 3 1 02 65 13
Syria 3 1 02 45 -13
Korea DPR 3 0 12 02 -21
UAE 3 0 12 04 -41
Kuwait 3 0 03 17 -60
Saudi Arabia 3 0 03 18 -70
India 3 0 03 313 -100

Not surprisingly Iran heads this table with their perfect score and India having conceded the most goals and with the lowest goal difference in the group stages anchor it.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia also left pointless but scored a single goal each.

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Socceroos beats Bahrain to top group

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 1:57pm
The Socceroos beat Bahrain 1-nil in the final Group C match after South Korea could only beat India 4-1.

South Korea and the Socceroos finished the group stage on seven points with the Socceroos topping the group on goal difference.

The Socceroos will now meet the runner-up from Group D whilst South Korea will meet Group D winners Iran.

After three matches the Socceroos have only conceded a single goal and the table below shows the number of goals each team has conceded so far:

Korea DPR1
Saudi Arabia8

Total Goals Conceded : 60

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Japan to meet Qatar in quarters

Tuesday, 18th January 2011 9:26pm
Japan will meet the 2011 Asian Cup hosts Qatar after topping group B.

The 2022 World Cup hosts came second in Group A and will now meet one of the tournament favourites.

Japan beat Saudi Arabia 5-nil to create the biggest winning margin of five goals so far in the tournament.

The second quarter final will feature Group A leaders Uzbekistan who will play Jordan.

Uzbekistan were denied a clean sweep in their group after a draw in their last group match against China.

There are four more group matches to be played from groups C and D.

The table below shows the total number of goals scored by each team so far:

Korea DPR0
Saudi Arabia1

Total Goals Scored : 54

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Asian Cup: Iran reach quarters

Sunday, 16th January 2011 5:51pm
Iran reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 Qatar Asian Cup after beating North Korea 1-nil.

The win left the Iranians with six points and they are the first team to reach the quarters in this year's tournament.

In the other Group D match, defending champions Iraq needed a late own goal against the United Arab Emirates to secure their first points in Qatar and now only need a draw to reach the quarters.

Group D has seen the lowest number of goals with only three goals scored so far.

UAE and North Korea are still to score goal and they will need to do so and win their final matches if they are to reach the quarters.

All the other teams in the competition have all scored at least a goal apart from these two Group D teams.

Here is a table showing the winning margins for the 16 matches played so far:

Goal MarginFrequency
0 3
1 8
2 3
3 1
4 1

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Merseyside derby: Liverpool vs Everton

Sunday, 16th January 2011 5:39pm
Liverpool and Everton enter into the Merseyside derby in round 23 of the English Premiership with the two teams tied on the same points.

The two teams are separated by goal difference with the hosts having a poorer goal difference by just two goals.

In their earlier match this season, Liverpool lost 2-nil at Goodison Park and may find this a time to even things up and go above their rivals.

A win for either team could see them go as high as ninth on the table depending on other results and the number of goals scored.

A loss for Liverpool means they will remain 13th while a loss for Everton will see them drop also to 13th.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams so far:

Goal difference-4-2
Clean sheets65
Failed to score56
Goals scored2523
Goals conceded2925
Ave. goals scored1.21.1
Ave. goals conceded1.41.2
Biggest winLiverpool 3 - 0 West Ham
Liverpool 3 - 0 Aston Villa
Bham City 0 - 2 Everton
Everton 2 - 0 Liverpool
Biggest lossMan City 3 - 0 Liverpool
Everton 1 - 4 W Brom
Scored 3 or more21
Conceded 3 or more42
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference9-1
Goals scored1712
Goals conceded813
Ave. goals scored1.71.2
Ave. goals conceded0.81.3
Away matches
Goal difference-13-1
Goals scored811
Goals conceded2112
Ave. goals scored0.71.0
Ave. goals conceded1.91.1

Recent results

2007/8 10Everton1Liverpool2
2007/8 32Liverpool1Everton0
2008/9 6Everton0Liverpool2
2008/9 22Liverpool1Everton1
2009/10 14Everton0Liverpool2
2009/10 25Liverpool1Everton0
2010/11 8Everton2Liverpool0

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India, Saudi Arabia exit Asian Cup

Saturday, 15th January 2011 6:24pm
With only Group D to still play the second round of matches in the group stage, India and Saudi Arabia are already having lost their first two matches.

In Group all teams can still reach the quarter-final but Uzbekistan with six points already is in pole position.

In Group B, Saudi Arabia made a surprising early exit after losing their second match 1-nil to Jordan.

In Group C, India who have conceded the most number of goals so far are also out of the tournament after losing 5-2 to Bahrain.

Australia and South Korea are both on four points but with South Korea playing India last they look like certainties to be in the quarters.

Defending champions Iraq started with a 2-1 loss to Iran and they next meet United Arab Emirates who played out the only goalless draw of the tournament so far.

Here are all the scorelines for the 2011 Qatar Asian Cup so far:

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

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Blackpool completes double over Liverpool

Thursday, 13th January 2011 11:43pm
Blackpool completed a double over Liverpool after winning 2-1 at Bloomfield Lane.

Blackpool won by a similar scoreline way back in October when Liverpool was managed by Roy Hodgson.

Under Kenny Dalglish the scoreline was the same and the team has failed to win away from home in the league since end of October when Liverpool won 1-nil at the Reebok.

Liverpool next match is the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

Below is the away form ladder showing just the away matches for all teams:

Man City 11 6 32 199 1021
Arsenal 11 6 32 2011 921
Blackpool 12 5 25 1519 -417
Tottenham 10 4 24 1416 -214
Man United 9 2 70 1412 213
Newcastle 10 4 15 917 -813
Chelsea 11 3 35 1412 212
Everton 11 2 63 1112 -112
Sunderland 11 2 54 1115 -411
Stoke 10 3 16 1214 -210
Bolton 11 2 45 1216 -410
Wigan 10 2 44 813 -510
Blackburn 11 3 17 1425 -1110
Fulham 10 1 54 810 -28
Bham City 10 1 54 1115 -48
W Brom 11 2 27 1324 -118
West Ham 11 1 46 822 -147
Liverpool 11 1 28 821 -135
Aston Villa 10 1 27 825 -175
Wolves 10 1 18 619 -134

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Liverpool starts new era with Dalglish

Thursday, 13th January 2011 7:03am
Liverpool will start a new era with Kenny Dalglish when they play the postpones match against Blackpool.

Liverpool parted ways with manager Roy Hodgson after the the loss to Blackburn.

The team were left in 12th place.

Here is some of the stats for Hodgson's Liverpool:

Hodgson's Liverpool
Goal difference-3
Clean sheets6
Failed to score5
Goals scored24
Goals conceded27
Ave. goals scored1.2
Ave. goals conceded1.4
Biggest winLiverpool 3 - 0 West Ham
Liverpool 3 - 0 Aston Villa
Biggest lossMan City 3 - 0 Liverpool
Scored 3 or more2
Conceded 3 or more4
Scored 5 or more0
Conceded 5 or more0
Home matches
Goal difference9
Goals scored17
Goals conceded8
Ave. goals scored1.7
Ave. goals conceded0.8
Away matches
Goal difference-12
Goals scored7
Goals conceded19
Ave. goals scored0.7
Ave. goals conceded1.9

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Second vs first: Adelaide vs Brisbane Roar

Saturday, 1st January 2011 10:17am
In round 21 of the A-League Adelaide United will face top of the table Brisbane Roar in a clash where the minor premiership could be decided.

Although this is a first vs second fixture, it doesn't look like one because the Roar are eight points clear of the Reds.

As things stand now, Adelaide can finish the season with a maximum 58 points but should Adelaide lose this match then their maximum points haul becomes 55 points.

This means therefore that the Roar can finish above Adelaide with two more wins after a win at Hindmarsh whilst a draw means the Roar needs eight more points to finish ahead of the Reds.

Adelaide won their last match against cellar dwellers Sydney FC whilst the Roar managed a draw in their M1 derby against Gold Coast United.

In their previous two meetings this season, the first match ended in a one-all draw whilst in the second the Roar won 4-nil. Both matches were played at Suncorp Stadium.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams so far:

AdelaideBrisbane Roar
Goal difference723
Clean sheets89
Failed to score43
Goals scored3643
Goals conceded2920
Ave. goals scored1.61.9
Ave. goals conceded1.30.9
Biggest winAdelaide Utd 3 - 0 Wellington Phoenix
Brisbane Roar 4 - 0 Melb Heart
Brisbane Roar 4 - 0 Adelaide Utd
Central Coast Mariners 1 - 5 Brisbane Roar
Biggest lossBrisbane Roar 4 - 0 Adelaide Utd
Melb Victory 3 - 0 Brisbane Roar
Scored 3 or more46
Conceded 3 or more32
Scored 5 or more01
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference1314
Goals scored1922
Goals conceded68
Ave. goals scored1.92.0
Ave. goals conceded0.60.7
Away matches
Goal difference-69
Goals scored1721
Goals conceded2312
Ave. goals scored1.31.8
Ave. goals conceded1.81.0

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Relegation fight: West Ham vs Wolves

Saturday, 1st January 2011 9:55am
One of the key fixtures of round 21 of the English Premiership will see bottom placed West Ham face second from bottom Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves had a shock victory over Liverpool that meant they moved one place up from bottom but in doing so they pushed the Hammers to finish the year in bottom place.

The Hammers have had a good run during the festive season and in the last three matches they have accumulated five points while Wolves two wins in the last three saw them get six crucial points.

The Midlands side must fancy themselves after their first away win of the season at Anfield and therefore they must be thinking they can do the same at Upton Park.

Depending on other results a win for either team could see them leave the relegation zone whilst a loss means the losing side will anchor the table.

A draw will leave the two teams in their current positions and so that may not be an interesting prospect for either team.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams so far:

Goal difference-13-12
Clean sheets22
Failed to score64
Goals scored2020
Goals conceded3332
Ave. goals scored1.01.1
Ave. goals conceded1.71.7
Biggest winWest Ham 3 - 1 Wigan
Fulham 1 - 3 West Ham
Wolves 2 - 1 Stoke
Wolves 2 - 1 Man City
Wolves 3 - 2 Sunderland
Wolves 1 - 0 Bham City
Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolves
Biggest lossAston Villa 3 - 0 West Ham
Man United 3 - 0 West Ham
Liverpool 3 - 0 West Ham
Blackburn 3 - 0 Wolves
Scored 3 or more21
Conceded 3 or more63
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference-4-1
Goals scored1214
Goals conceded1615
Ave. goals scored1.21.4
Ave. goals conceded1.61.5
Away matches
Goal difference-9-11
Goals scored86
Goals conceded1717
Ave. goals scored0.80.7
Ave. goals conceded1.71.9

Recent Results Matches

2009/10 1Wolverhampton Wanderers0West Ham2
2009/10 31West Ham1Wolverhampton Wanderers3
2010/11 8Wolverhampton Wanderers1West Ham1

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