Archive for September 2011

North London derby: Spurs vs Arsenal

Friday, 30th September 2011 1:49pm
Tottenham Hotspurs will face a tough challenge when they meet Arsenal in round 7 of the English Premiership.

Spurs are are on a run on three consecutive wins that have catapulted them to sixth on the table but in the Gunners they face a tough challenge.

The Gunners are also desperate for a league win as they currently lie 13th on the table.

A win could take them as high as sixth depending on other results whilst a loss could see them in the relegation zone.

A win for Spurs could see jump one place into fifth depending on other results.

This a crucial match as it a match between two teams trying to finish in the top four places come May next year.

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

Goal difference-50
Clean sheets32
Failed to score21
Goals scored99
Goals conceded149
Ave. goals scored1.51.8
Ave. goals conceded2.31.8
Biggest winArsenal 3 - 0 Bolton
Tottenham 4 - 0 Liverpool
Biggest lossMan United 8 - 2 Arsenal
Tottenham 1 - 5 Man City
Scored 3 or more21
Conceded 3 or more22
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more11
Home matches
Goal difference20
Goals scored45
Goals conceded25
Ave. goals scored1.32.5
Ave. goals conceded0.72.5
Away matches
Goal difference-70
Goals scored54
Goals conceded124
Ave. goals scored1.71.3
Ave. goals conceded4.01.3

Recent Matches

2007/8 6Tottenham1Arsenal3
2007/8 18Arsenal2Tottenham1
2008/9 10Arsenal4Tottenham4
2008/9 25Tottenham0Arsenal0
2009/10 11Arsenal3Tottenham0
2009/10 34Tottenham2Arsenal1
2010/11 14Arsenal2Tottenham3
2010/11 33Tottenham3Arsenal3

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0

Merseyside derby: Everton vs Liverpool

Friday, 30th September 2011 1:42pm
The first fixture of round 7 of the English Premier League will see Everton host Liverpool for the first Merseyside derby of the season.

The hosts are currently in eleventh place on the table whilst Liverpool are fifth.

In their last fixtures in the last round, Everton lost 2-nil to Manchester City whilst Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield.

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

Goal difference00
Clean sheets11
Failed to score22
Goals scored86
Goals conceded86
Ave. goals scored1.31.2
Ave. goals conceded1.31.2
Biggest winArsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool
Liverpool 3 - 1 Bolton
Everton 3 - 1 Wigan
Biggest lossTottenham 4 - 0 Liverpool
Man City 2 - 0 Everton
Scored 3 or more11
Conceded 3 or more10
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference31
Goals scored65
Goals conceded34
Ave. goals scored2.01.7
Ave. goals conceded1.01.3
Away matches
Goal difference-3-1
Goals scored21
Goals conceded52
Ave. goals scored0.70.5
Ave. goals conceded1.71.0

Recent Matches

2007/8 10Everton1Liverpool2
2007/8 32Liverpool1Everton0
2008/9 6Everton0Liverpool2
2008/9 22Liverpool1Everton1
2009/10 14Everton0Liverpool2
2009/10 25Liverpool1Everton0
2010/11 8Everton2Liverpool0
2010/11 23Liverpool2Everton2

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0

Barca in scoring spree against Borisov

Thursday, 29th September 2011 10:57pm
The defending champions Barcelona won by the highest margin so far in the Champions League as they beat BATE Borison 5-nil.

Barca were already 3-nil by half-time as they collected their first full points this season in the competition.

In the same group, AC Milan overcame Viktoria Plzen 2-nil at the San Siro to keep second place in the group.

The other notable results of the round was Real Madrid beating Ajax 3-nil at home.

Last season's runners up Manchester United had to contend with yet another draw as they drew Basel 3-3 in a high scoring draw.

Here are the winning margins for the 32 matches played so far:

Goal MarginFrequencyPercentage(%)
0 12 37.5
1 9 28.1
2 8 25.0
3 2 6.3
4 0 0
5 1 3.1

and here is a summary stats so far:

Matches played32
Home wins1340.6
Away wins721.9
Goalless draws26.3
First half goals3646.2
Second half goals4253.8
Home team goals 4557.7
Away team goals3342.3

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Category: Champions League | Comments : 0

South Africa to host 2013 Nations Cup

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 10:26pm
South Africa to host 2013 Nations Cup South Africa will host the 2013 Africa Nations Cup after swapping with Libya who were supposed to host the tournament.

The 2010 World Cup hosts were scheduled to host the 2017 edition of the tournament but problems in Libya have meant that they host the tournament earlier.

Morocco were alreadys scheduled to host the 2015 Nations Cup and nothing will change about that.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will co-host the next tournament in 2012, the last one in an even year.

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Category: Nations Cup | Comments : 0

Rangnick leaves Schalke

Saturday, 24th September 2011 7:54am
Ralf Rangnick has left his role as Schalke coach due to health reasons.

Rangnick took over the role at Schalke in March this year when he replaced Felix Magath.

Schalke has so far won three matches and lost three.

Their next match will be against Freiburg and here is some of the stats for the two teams:

Schalke 04Freiburg
Goal difference1-8
Clean sheets11
Failed to score21
Goals scored1110
Goals conceded1018
Ave. goals scored1.81.7
Ave. goals conceded1.73.0
Biggest winSchalke 04 5 - 1 Cologne
Freiburg 3 - 0 Wolfsburg
Biggest lossStuttgart 3 - 0 Schalke 04
Bayern Munich 7 - 0 Freiburg
Scored 3 or more22
Conceded 3 or more12
Scored 5 or more10
Conceded 5 or more02
Home matches
Goal difference31
Goals scored65
Goals conceded34
Ave. goals scored2.01.7
Ave. goals conceded1.01.3
Away matches
Goal difference-2-9
Goals scored55
Goals conceded714
Ave. goals scored1.71.7
Ave. goals conceded2.34.7

Recent Matches

2010/11 5Freiburg1Schalke 042
2010/11 22Schalke 041Freiburg0

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Category: Bundesliga | Comments : 1

Ranieri takes over at Inter

Saturday, 24th September 2011 7:39am
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri will take over the reigns at Inter Milan.

Ranieri takes over from Gian Piero Gasperini who was sacked after three league matches and five overall.

Ranieri takes an Inter team still to win a match in Serie and his first match will be against Bologna away.

Here are some stats for the two teams :

Goal difference-3-4
Clean sheets10
Failed to score12
Goals scored41
Goals conceded75
Ave. goals scored1.30.3
Ave. goals conceded2.31.7
Biggest winNo winNo win
Biggest lossNovara 3 - 1 Inter Milan
Fiorentina 2 - 0 Bologna
Bologna 0 - 2 Lecce
Scored 3 or more10
Conceded 3 or more20
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference0-2
Goals scored00
Goals conceded02
Ave. goals scored0.00.0
Ave. goals conceded0.02.0
Away matches
Goal difference-3-2
Goals scored41
Goals conceded73
Ave. goals scored2.00.5
Ave. goals conceded3.51.5

Recent Matches

2010/11 1Bologna0Inter Milan0
2010/11 20Inter Milan4Bologna1

Hence Ranieri will face another team looking for its first win of the season.

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Category: Serie A | Comments : 2

Inter, Gasperini part ways

Thursday, 22nd September 2011 1:26pm
Inter Milan has sacked coach Gian Piero Gasperini after three league matches.

Gasperini replaced Leoarnado at the start of the season and his team has played five competitive matches so far, the other two being the Champions League match and the Italian Super Cup.

In the league Inter are currently lying in the relegation zone with just one point.

Gasperini's last match was the 3-1 loss to newly promoted Novara.

Here is some of the stats for Inter this season:

TeamInter Milan
Goal difference-3
Clean sheets1
Failed to score1
Goals scored4
Goals conceded7
Ave. goals scored1.3
Ave. goals conceded2.3
Biggest winNo win
Biggest lossNovara 3 - 1 Inter Milan
Scored 3 or more1
Conceded 3 or more2
Scored 5 or more0
Conceded 5 or more0
Home matches
Goal difference0
Goals scored0
Goals conceded0
Ave. goals scored0.0
Ave. goals conceded0.0
Away matches
Goal difference-3
Goals scored4
Goals conceded7
Ave. goals scored2.0
Ave. goals conceded3.5

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Category: Serie A | Comments : 0

Levante stuns Real Madrid

Tuesday, 20th September 2011 1:21pm
Real Madrid suffered its first loss of the season after a surprise 1-nil loss to Levante.

Ten-man Real lost to a second half goal to a team that is only in its second season in La Liga.

Earlier on Barcelona had won 8-nil at home against Osasuna.

Meanwhile Real Betis and Valencia remained unbeaten after away wins against Sporting Gijon and Athletic Bilbao respectively.

So here are the scores so far this season:

0 - 0 3 10.0
0 - 1 4 13.3
0 - 6 1 3.3
1 - 0 6 20.0
1 - 1 2 6.7
1 - 2 1 3.3
2 - 1 4 13.3
2 - 2 2 6.7
2 - 3 1 3.3
4 - 0 2 6.7
4 - 2 1 3.3
4 - 3 1 3.3
5 - 0 1 3.3
8 - 0 1 3.3

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Category: La Liga | Comments : 0

Man United marches on as City stumbles

Tuesday, 20th September 2011 1:16pm
Manchester United kept their place at the top of the English Premiership after beating third placed Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Second place neighbours Manchester City could only draw against Fulham and now lie on the table.

The defending were leading 3-nil by the half time break and despite Chelsea scoring early in the second half, the champions held on to their magnificent home record.

Elsewhere Tottenham Hostpurs pushed Liverpool aside after 4-nil win. This was Liverpool's second successive away loss having lost to Stoke in the last round.

Swansea finally found the back of the net after beating West Bromwich Albion 3-nil to leave the visitors in the relegation zone.

Also Blackburn recorded their first win of the season after coming from behind to beat Arsenal 4-3 at Ewood Park.

Lets take a look at the goal margins so far this season:

Goal MarginFrequencyPercentage(%)
0 14 28.6
1 15 30.6
2 9 18.4
3 4 8.2
4 5 10.2
5 1 2.0
6 1 2.0

The majority of matches so far have been won by a single goal margin.

The 5 and 6 goal winning margins were both wins by Manchester United against Bolton(5) and Arsenal(6)

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0

First vs third: Man Utd vs Chelsea

Saturday, 17th September 2011 8:28am
League leaders and champions Manchester United meet Chelsea in the fifth round of the English Premiership.

Both teams are unbeaten but Chelsea dropped points against Stoke City in a goalless draw at Britannia Stadium.

One of the most telling statistic between the two teams is the goal difference.

The league leaders have a goal difference of 15 compared to a modest 4 for the visitors.

United previous home fixtures this season have been against London teams and none of them have managed to get away with any points.

Arsenal lost 8 - 2 whilst Spurs lost 3-nil already this season at Old Trafford.

Here is some of the stats for the two teams:

ChelseaMan United
Goal difference415
Clean sheets12
Failed to score10
Goals scored718
Goals conceded33
Ave. goals scored1.84.5
Ave. goals conceded0.80.8
Biggest winChelsea 3 - 1 Norwich
Man United 8 - 2 Arsenal
Biggest lossNo lossNo loss
Scored 3 or more13
Conceded 3 or more00
Scored 5 or more02
Conceded 5 or more00
Home matches
Goal difference39
Goals scored511
Goals conceded22
Ave. goals scored2.55.5
Ave. goals conceded1.01.0
Away matches
Goal difference16
Goals scored27
Goals conceded11
Ave. goals scored1.03.5
Ave. goals conceded0.50.5

Recent Matches

2007/8 7Manchester United2Chelsea0
2007/8 36Chelsea2Manchester United1
2008/9 5Chelsea1Manchester United1
2008/9 21Manchester United3Chelsea0
2009/10 12Chelsea1Manchester United0
2009/10 33Manchester United1Chelsea2
2010/11 28Chelsea2Manchester United1
2010/11 11Chelsea0Manchester United1
2010/11 36Manchester United2Chelsea1

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0

Low scoring start for Champions League

Thursday, 15th September 2011 9:33pm
The 2011/12 UEFA Champions League started with a low scoring first round with no team scoring more than two goals.

The first round featured eight draws of which two were goalless.

The 2-all draw between defending champions Barcelona and AC Milan saw the highest number of goals scored in a match in the round whilst league high scoring teams like Real Madrid and Manchester could only manage one strike.

Below is a table showing a summary for the round:

Matches played16
Home wins425.0
Away wins425.0
Goalless draws212.5
First half goals1134.4
Second half goals2165.6
Home team goals 1650.0
Away team goals1650.0

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Category: Champions League | Comments : 1

Win search: Arsenal vs Swansea

Friday, 9th September 2011 11:23pm
In the fourth round of the English Premiership, Arsenal and Swansea meet with both teams searching for their first win.

The Gunners are still to win this season having drawn one of their first three matches and losing two and one losses was the 8-2 loss to Manchester United.

On the other newly promoted lost their first match but has since drawn the next two albeit goalless draws.

So Swansea are looking for both a win and their first as they go the Emirates.

Here is some stats from the teams' first three matches:

Goal difference-8-4
Clean sheets12
Failed to score23
Goals scored20
Goals conceded104
Ave. goals scored0.70.0
Ave. goals conceded3.31.3
Biggest winNo winNo win
Biggest lossMan United 8 - 2 Arsenal
Man City 4 - 0 Swansea
Scored 3 or more00
Conceded 3 or more11
Scored 5 or more00
Conceded 5 or more10
Home matches
Goal difference-20
Goals scored00
Goals conceded20
Ave. goals scored0.00.0
Ave. goals conceded2.00.0
Away matches
Goal difference-6-4
Goals scored20
Goals conceded84
Ave. goals scored1.00.0
Ave. goals conceded4.04.0

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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 0

Germany, Italy, Spain reach Euro 2012

Wednesday, 7th September 2011 1:16pm
Germany, Italy and Spain have qualified for the Euro 2012 tournament after the latest round of qualifying matches.

Germany were the first team to qualify when they beat Austria 6-2 last Friday.

Italy and current champions Spain have now sealed their places at the tournament after wins against Slovenia and Liechtenstein respectively.

Poland and Ukraine are joint hosts of the 2012 edition of the tournament.

Just like Euro 2008, TipsChallenge will run a tipping competition for the tournament.

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Serie A back strike called off

Wednesday, 7th September 2011 1:05pm
Serie A matches are to be played in the next round at the weekend after the players called off their strike.

The first match of the season will therefore be between the defending champions AC Milan against Lazio.

Last seasons's runners up Inter Milan will play Palermo away whilst Juventus will host Parma.

The first round of the season was cancelled after the players called for strike action.

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