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Champions League ties – home or away first?

March 19, 2010
Champions League ties – home or away first?

There is a feeling amongst football fans that when it comes to Champions League knockout fixtures, your side is better off playing the first leg away from home, with the comfort of the second leg back at your own ground. Arsenal’s task against Barcelona is trickier, apparently, because they’ll have to go to the...
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Champions League pass completion statistics – Barca and Real dominate again

March 18, 2010
Champions League pass completion statistics – Barca and Real dominate again

As in the first leg, the pass completion percentages favours the big two Spanish clubs – Barcelona in first place, Real Madrid in second place. On the other end of the scale, the bottom two – Fiorentina and Lyon – are also the same as in the first leg. But again, the most noticeable thing here...
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Champions League pass completion statistics – Barcelona unsurprisingly come out on top

February 25, 2010
Champions League pass completion statistics – Barcelona unsurprisingly come out on top

These are the pass completion statistics from the Champions League second round, first leg, as detailed by UEFA. They show a large variation between the 16 sides, from Barcelona’s 84% completion rate, to Fiorentina’s 57%.
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Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

February 7, 2010
Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

It’s been the story of the last three or four seasons in Arsenal v Chelsea clashes – a difference in physique. Didier Drogba has long had the measure of the Arsenal defence, seemingly regardless of which centre-backs he’s up against, but all over the pitch Chelsea tower over Arsenal. Games between well-matched sides often comes...
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Should we all start following the Allsvenskan?

February 3, 2010
Should we all start following the Allsvenskan?

This graph shows the number of different clubs who won the top division in the last decade – the 1999/2000 champions, right through to the 2008/09 champions. You wouldn’t want to judge a league’s entertainment value solely based upon the number of sides who have won the league in the past ten seasons, but this...
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