FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Serie A this weekend. The matches we have looked into are Catania - AC Milan, Juventus - Torino and Internazionale - Palermo.
FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the La Liga this weekend. The matches we have looked into are FC Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid.
FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Bundesliga this weekend. The matches we have looked into are Schalke 04 - Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen - 1. FC Nürnberg and Bayern München - Borussia Dortmund.
FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Premier League this weekend. The matches we have looked into are West Ham United - Chelsea, Arsenal - Swansea City, Manchester City - Everton and Reading - Manchester United.
FOOTBALL - Today’s question: QUIZ - Only one person has featured in more than 100 international matches for his country as a player and a coach. Which country?
Today’s answer: Denmark (Morten Olsen)
Association quiz answer: Michael Laudrup, born in 1964 in Denmark, was one of the revelations of the 1986 World Cup. His career as a player included playing for Juventus and one of his coaching jobs was at Spartak Moskva.
Points earned in today’s quiz:
5 - @G_o_s_h_a
4 - @Yusuf_Official
3 - @therealkimblim
2 - @evadl
1 - @cathvijju
Weekly final standings:
@Yusuf_Official wins the tiebreaker for having provided the faster association quiz answer than @G_o_s_h_a
22 - @Yusuf_Official (8 bonus points from association quiz)
22 - @G_o_s_h_a (6 bonus points from association quiz)
13 - @evadl (4 bonus points from association quiz)
8 - @___10___
6 - @OfficialMick (6 bonus points from association quiz)
4 - @Jasper_
4 - @thiagoalvescar
3 - @sportzeloot
3 - @omobobo
3 - @therealkimblim
3 - @catchvijju
2 - @shivamLM
2 - @Erwingol
2 - @BasVGN (2 bonus points from association quiz)
2 - @CoquelinFrancis (2 bonus points from association quiz)
1 - @JoostNederpelt
1 - @William_Mochel
1 - @MSDsDAD
1 - @Gurpal_1
FOOTBALL - West Bromwich Albion lost 3-1 at Swansea City on Wednesday night, a result which has led to much speculation about why the performance level of the Baggies suddenly declined against an opponent they supposedly should have competed better against. Mark Lawrenson, for example, remarked that West Brom’s players were “believing their own publicity a bit”. Simon Gleave took a look at the ISG coefficients which compare a team’s results this season with those in the same matches last season, and found little difference between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.
FOOTBALL - Ajax host PSV this Saturday in the Dutch top flight’s marquee match this weekend and the defending champions must prepare for an avalanche of shots from the visitors, who are the most active in front of the opponents’ goal among teams playing in one of Europe’s top domestic leagues this season.
HOCKEY - On Saturday, 1 December, Australia’s men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, will embark on a mission to win their fifth successive trophy. One of the players involved in winning their last four campaigns is star player Jamie Dwyer, who is attempting to win the competition for the sixth time in his career. That would mean Dwyer would join a club of record holders.
ALPINE SKIING – Lindsey Vonn can set another record and keep climbing the all-time lists if she repeats last year’s performance at Lake Louise, beginning with the first downhill race on Friday. We take a look at some key statistics ahead of this weekend’s races.
FOOTBALL - Robin van Persie scored the fastest goal of the 2012/2013 Premier League season, his strike after 33 seconds erasing the mark of 52 seconds established by Arsenal’s Theo Walcott some 15 minutes earlier. It was the fastest Premier League goal at Old Trafford in nearly 11 years.
FOOTBALL - Bayern are assured of being crowned ‘Herbstmeister’, the honour bestowed on the team that leads the table at the midway point. With three matches to go until that halfway marker, Bayern have opened up a 10-point lead. In 49 previous Bundesliga season, the halfway leaders converted their Herbstmeisterschaft into a league title on 32 occasions (65%). Bayern’s conversion rate is 82% (14 out of 17).
FOOTBALL - QPR travel to Sunderland this evening with new manager Harry Redknapp in charge of the club for the first time. The Euro Club Index gives QPR 4% chance of avoiding relegation this season which means that they would be relegated in 24 out of every 25 seasons in which they found themselves in this position after 13 matches. In order to see what Redknapp’s QPR actually have to do to survive, our Head of Analysis Simon Gleave contacted analytical blogger James Grayson* to help out.
FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Premier League this week. The matches we have looked into are Chelsea - Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool, Everton - Arsenal and Manchester United - West Ham United.
FOOTBALL - The following are some key facts and figures on a selected assortment of matches in the Bundesliga this midweek. The matches we have looked into are Hamburger SV - Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund - Fortuna Düsseldorf and SC Freiburg - Bayern München.
FOOTBALL - Feyenoord’s second place in last season’s Eredivisie was their best league performance for 11 years whilst the six point deficit between them and champions Ajax was the closest that the Rotterdammers had come to winning the title since 2002/2003 when they finished third, four points behind champions PSV. Their fifth place in the current league table might therefore be seen as a disappointment but the league table is not telling the whole story.
FOOTBALL - Our daily quiz returns to Twitter at 14:00 CET and the answers to the five daily questions this week are clues that lead to the association. You can only submit one association per week. We will give you this for this week: we are looking for a person. Click Read More for tips on the right strategy!