Europa League seedings do not separate best and worst

Due to basing the seedings for the Europa League draws on six matches within uneven groupings which were created by the UEFA coefficient systems, the seedings for today’s Europa League draw do not actually separate the best and worst remaining teams into two separate groups. Using a longer term rating system, the Euro Club Index, reveals that the seeded and unseeded groups both contain some of the best teams left in the competition and the absolute best trio left in the competition are all unseeded.

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ANALYSE THIS: Europa League more open than CL

FOOTBALL – As we discussed earlier this week, many of the Champions League teams are almost guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the competition with five having at least 90% chance of progress and eight at least 80%. The Europa League however looks a lot more open given that only Spurs, Sevilla, Fiorentina and Napoli have more than a four in five chance of progress to the last 32.

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ANALYSE THIS: Analysing the Europa League draw

FOOTBALL – The Euro Club Index (www.euroclubindex.com) rates all teams in top flight football in Europe and today has proved an invaluable guide to assess the 2014/2015 Europa League group stage draw. It points out the Group of Death, the teams facing strongest/weakest opposition and also the teams that were most fortunate/unfortunate in the draw.  

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ANALYSE THIS: Europa League second favourites in pot 3

FOOTBALL – The 48 clubs in today’s Europa League draw have been divided into four pots based on UEFA coefficients. As explained in yesterday’s article, this can lead to misclassifications and potential groups of death. In this case, a group containing Napoli, Wolfsburg, Everton and Dynamo Moscow is possible with only two going through.

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ANALYSE THIS: Euro Club Index – Bayer Leverkusen up six spots

FOOTBALL – Away wins at FC København and the Euro Club Index’s eighth best team, Borussia Dortmund, have pushed Bayer Leverkusen up six places to 18th in Europe since last Tuesday. Every week at this time we will look at the changes in Euro Club Index rankings over the last seven days.

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PREVIEW: Spain – Netherlands full size World Cup preview

MEDIA SERVICES – Infostrada Sports provides a 2014 World Cup media service for professionals. For all 64 World Cup matches in Brazil we produce full size match previews and reviews and a live feed with live facts & figures and an Q&A service.

Below you find the full size match preview for today’s Pool B match Spain – Netherlands, a replay of the 2010 World Cup final.

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