An afternoon in League Two

Made of Stone by the Stone Roses greeted my arrival at Cambridge United for the final day of the Football League season. The 26 year old song, older than many of the players on show, seemed vaguely appropriate given the state of the stadium and, later that afternoon, the Cambridge United defence.


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Boring Premier League? That ship sailed long ago

An article appeared in the Daily Telegraph this week suggesting that the Premier League is at risk of being boring. The key quote was, “The point is this: the Premier League has become predictable. And that predictability is in danger of making it boring.”

With four champions in its last 20 seasons, and no team outside an elite group of five clubs finishing in the top three in the last 11 seasons, the Premier League has been predictable, and therefore boring, for some time.

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Challenging the narrative: Brendan Rodgers in court

Liverpool’s third successive Premier League away match without a win is their worst run since……well, since last season when manager Brendan Rodgers was perceived as a miracle worker in almost taking the club to the first league title since 1990. A year or so on from that four match run without an away win – yes, it was worse than this season’s – and Rodgers is now seen as a “dead man walking” in both the mainstream media and on Twitter. What will an examination of the evidence tell us though?

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Palace v Man City: An alternative Premier League preview

The final match of the 31st match round of the 2014/2015 Premier League takes place this evening between Manchester City, who went into the weekend in second place, and Crystal Palace from the bottom half of the Premier League table. Using the Euro Club Index to correct form for relative strength of the participating teams as well as home advantage during a sequence of results can help provide an alternative view of the match as can the Euro Club indices themselves. Add a simple measure like SCoRe (Seasonal Comparative Results) to the mix and a simple alternative view of the match can be produced without the need for any data more complicated than results.

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Prediction Analysis by Steve Lawrence

With 8 rounds to go in the Premiership and 6 rounds to go in the Eredivisie this is my penultimate blog for the Scoreboard Journalism Challenge.

Points and place predictions were invited from prominent media, stats modellers, fans and online publishers and the following blog entries have recorded the season’s progress so far:

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Are Liverpool really the Premier League’s most in-form team?

Liverpool lead the Premier League form table based on the last 10 matches with 24 points out of a possible 30 but does this really make the Reds the most in-form team? Scoreboard Journalism investigated….

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The Ageing Game

FOOTBALL – Manchester City opened its new £200 million academy in December 2014 but young talents have been given very little opportunity at City in recent seasons. A new piece of research looks at how the age structures of teams in the Premier League have changed and why Manchester City are probably on the verge of needing a serious change in order to sustain their success of recent years.     Continue reading

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