Archive for June 2013

Brazil to face Spain in final

Friday, 28th June 2013 8:40am
The host nation will play Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup after Spain edged out Italy on penalties.

Italy got its first clean sheet of the tournament but then failed at the shootout.

Brazil had accounted for Uruguay 2-1 a day earlier.

The losing semi-finalists will now play each other and so Uruguay will fight out Italy for the bronze medal.

Here is the Confederation Cup summary so far:

Matches played14
Home wins857.1
Away wins535.7
Goalless draws17.1
First half goals2541.0
Second half goals3659.0
Home team goals 3963.9
Away team goals2236.1

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Spain to face Italy in semis

Monday, 24th June 2013 7:08am
Spain beat Nigeria 3-nil to set up a semi-final clash against Italy in the 2013 Confederation Cup.

The two teams met in the in the Euro 2012 final and then the Italians were no match to the World champions.

In the other semi it will be a South American affair as hosts Brazil face Uruguay.

The FIFA Confederations Cup round 3 produced 20 goals with Tahiti conceding eight. This is turning out to be the Confederation Cup with the most goals scored.

6 goals were scored in the first half whilst 14 were scored after half-time.

Here is the Confederation Cup summary so far:

Matches played12
Home wins758.3
Away wins541.7
Goalless draws00.0
First half goals2441.4
Second half goals3458.6
Home team goals 3763.8
Away team goals2136.2

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Uruguay back in contention in Confed Cup

Friday, 21st June 2013 4:47pm
The FIFA Confederations Cup round 2 produced 22 goals with Tahiti conceding ten of those.

10 goals were scored in the first half whilst 12 were scored after half-time.

Uruguay beat Nigeria 2-1 and now have a real chance of progressing to the next round with their last match being against Tahiti.

Tahiti has now conceded 16 goals after Spain scored ten past them. They will be trying to limit the damage in their last match against Uruguay.

In Group A, Brazil and Italy have secured places in the semis and their match will just decided who tops the group.

Japan and Mexico remain winless but Japan lost probably the most entertaining match so far, losing 4-3 to Italy.

Here is the league summary so far this season:

Matches played8
Home wins562.5
Away wins337.5
Goalless draws00.0
First half goals1847.4
Second half goals2052.6
Home team goals 2463.2
Away team goals1436.8

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2013/14 EPL fixture list released

Thursday, 20th June 2013 7:39am
The 2013/14 English Premiership fixtures have been released.

The season will kickoff on August 11 and finish off on 11 May, 2014.

The FA Cup will be played on May 17, a week after season end which leads to the World Cup in Brazil.

Defending champions Manchester United will kickoff their campaign at Liberty Stadium against Swansea.

Of the newly promoted teams, only Crystal Palace will kickoff the season at home. Palace will play Tottenham Hotspurs.

Hull and Cardiff City are away to Chelsea and West Ham respectively.

The full fixture list will soon be on TipsChallenge for the 2013/14 tipping competition.

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Socceroos, Korea, Iran secure World Cup places

Thursday, 20th June 2013 7:37am
The Socceroos, South Korea and Iran have secured their places at the 2014 Brazil Cup.

The three countries join Japan who had already qualified after topping Asian qualifying Group B.

Iran topped Group A whilst South Korea came in second place.

Asian has four and half places and the the teams that finished third in the qualifying groups will play each other with the winner facing the fifth placed South American team.

So Jordan will meet Uzbekistan in the play-off to be played in September.

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Nigeria hits six past Tahiti

Tuesday, 18th June 2013 7:24am
Tahiti has so far suffered the biggest defeat in the 2013 Confederation Cup after losing 6-1 to Nigeria.

The Oceania representatives still have to play World Champions and world number one Spain and also Uruguay.

The only team to fail to score in the first round is Japan who lost 3-nil to the hosts Brazil.

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

Here is the league summary so far this season:

Matches played4
Home wins250.0
Away wins250.0
Goalless draws00.0
First half goals850.0
Second half goals850.0
Home team goals 743.8
Away team goals956.3

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Man City appoint Pellegrini

Saturday, 15th June 2013 10:12pm
Manchester City has appointed Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini who was sacked towards the end of last season.

The former Real Madrid manager was at Malaga and he managed to get Malaga to the quarter-finals of the the Champions League.

He now joins a City team that finished the seaason in second place having won the title the season before.

City were also runners up in the FA Cup.

Here is some stats for Pellegrini's Malaga:

Pellegrini's Malage
Goal difference3
Clean sheets13
Failed to score10
Goals scored53
Goals conceded50
Ave. goals scored1.4
Ave. goals conceded1.3
Biggest winMálaga 4 - 0 Real Betis
Málaga 4 - 0 Valencia
Málaga 4 - 0 Granada
Biggest lossValencia 5 - 1 Málaga
Real Madrid 6 - 2 Málaga
Scored 3 or more8
Conceded 3 or more6
Scored 5 or more0
Conceded 5 or more2
Home matches
Goal difference15
Goals scored33
Goals conceded18
Ave. goals scored1.7
Ave. goals conceded0.9
Away matches
Goal difference-12
Goals scored20
Goals conceded32
Ave. goals scored1.1
Ave. goals conceded1.7

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2012/13 season: EPL, La Liga, Serie A compared

Tuesday, 4th June 2013 3:37pm
Now that the 2012/13 is completed in Spain, England and Italy its time for a comparison.

The table below shows some stats comparison for the three leagues:

EPL La Liga Serie A
Matches played380380380
Home wins166189177
Home wins % 43.749.746.6
Away wins106107107
Away wins % 27.928.228.2
Drawn % 28.422.125.3
Goalless draws352534
Goalless draws %
Goals 106310911003
First half goals465516416
First half goals %43.747.341.5
Second half goals598575587
Second half goals %56.352.758.5
Home team goals 592641568
Home team goals % 55.758.856.6
Away team goals 471450435
Away team goals % 44.341.243.4

So the most number of goals were scored in La Liga with 1091 goals.

The Spanish top flight also had the highest percentage of home wins with almost 50 %. Also in that league Real Madrid did not lose a single home match.

Its also interesting to see that the number of away wins is almost the same across the three leagues. La Liga and Serie A have 107 away wins whilst the English Premier League stands at 106.

The goals per game ratio is lowest in Serie A at 2.6 compared to the highest value in La Liga at 2.9.

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Mourinho returns to Chelsea

Tuesday, 4th June 2013 3:23pm
Jose Mourinho is now back at Chelsea after signing a four year contract to be the new manager.

Mourinho replaces Rafael Benitez who is now at Napoli.

Mourinho leaves Real Madrid where he has been for the last three seasons and won the league in his second year.

This season Real failed to win a major trophy after coming as runners up in both the league and the Copa del Rey.

Here is some stats for Jose's Real:

Jose's Real
Goal difference61
Clean sheets11
Failed to score4
Goals scored103
Goals conceded42
Ave. goals scored2.7
Ave. goals conceded1.1
Biggest winMallorca 0 - 5 Real Madrid
Valencia 0 - 5 Real Madrid
Biggest lossGetafe 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Sevilla 1 - 0 Real Madrid
Real Betis 1 - 0 Real Madrid
Málaga 3 - 2 Real Madrid
Granada 1 - 0 Real Madrid
Scored 3 or more18
Conceded 3 or more4
Scored 5 or more7
Conceded 5 or more0
Home matches
Goal difference46
Goals scored67
Goals conceded21
Ave. goals scored3.5
Ave. goals conceded1.1
Away matches
Goal difference15
Goals scored36
Goals conceded21
Ave. goals scored1.9
Ave. goals conceded1.1

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La Liga round 38 goals review

Sunday, 2nd June 2013 7:43am
The La Liga round 38 produced 38 goals with home teams scoring 23 and the away teams scoring 15.

16 goals were scored in the first half whilst 22 were scored after half-time.

Here is the league summary so far this season:

Matches played380
Home wins18949.7
Away wins10728.2
Goalless draws256.6
First half goals51647.3
Second half goals57552.7
Home team goals 64158.8
Away team goals45041.2

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