Saturday, November 20, 2010


We are roughly a third of the way through most of the major leagues and I thought about time for a "stat update". Going to look at the Bundesliga and SPL here and
might cover some other leagues in the next couple of days.

SPL : Motherwell are the strongest first half team, with an 8-3-2 record in the opening 45 minutes, incredibly Rangers are 5-3-5 at the break, meaning that they have been losing in as many games as they have led, unsurprisingly they have managed to turn most of those around, with five wins from losing positions, but there is a clear case for waiting for the game to unfold a little before jumping on the league leaders. Celtic have won the most games in the second period (ten) and are a perfect six from six going in level at the break. Inverness CT are another side strong after their cuppa and are 5-0-0 when ahead at half time, better than both the big two in that regard and this is not a side you want to chase the game against.

BUNDESLIGA: Some stunners here worthy of note. Frankfurt are 6-6-0 at half time and yet to go into the break trailing, unlike Hamburg, who have yet to lead with a 0-9-3 record. Fairly incredibly given how well they have started their season, Mainz have only led at the half in one of their 12 starts, you might think that would make them the strongest in the second period, but that honour goes to leaders Dortmund who have won nine second period's. Borussia are a bit of a machine once they hit their stride and are a perfect 10-0-0 when either drawing or leading at the break, so, if you want to beat them, best to get in front early.

BMG supporters have seen most second half goals, 34 in total, Bremen fans the most early doors, with 21 in the opening 45 minutes. Beware backing Kaiserslautern when leading, the Bundesliga newcomers have lost a massive 14 points from winning positions and need to learn how to close out matches fast. Now this is a very odd one, Bayern, Schalke and Bremen three of the big 4-5 clubs in Germany have each gone in level at the break in five matches, that's 15 games and have gone on to win .......... precisely none between them ! Bayern only scoring one goal in their five games.

Good Luck.

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