ANALYSE THIS: Premier League rich but performs below par

FOOTBALL – The Deloitte Money League has been released and unsurprisingly, the Euro Club Index ranking, which rates clubs based on performance, is highly correlated with this annual ranking of wealth. Four of the top-five clubs on the Deloitte list are also in the Euro Club Index top-10. Manchester United are the big exception at third in the Money League but ranked only 13th by the Euro Club Index. Another Premier League club, Liverpool, are the ninth richest in the world but are currently only just hanging onto a place in the Euro Club Index top-25. All nine Premier League clubs in Deloitte’s top-20 richest are ranked lower by the Euro Club Index.
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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 ( 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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REVIEW: Lazio record 3 successive home wins over Inter for the 1st time in Serie A

imageFOOTBALL – On Sunday, Lazio beat Internazionale 1-0. Lazio have now recorded three successive home wins over Inter for the first time in Serie A history. 

> Match winner Miroslav Klose scored his first goal in 5 matches against Internazionale. 

Match Date Competition Match Season Goal

15 Dec 2012 Serie A Lazio – Internazionale 1-0 2012/2013 1

22 Jan 2012 Serie A Internazionale-Lazio (2-1) 2011/2012 0

22 May 2010 CL Final Bayern München-Internazionale (0-2)  2009/2010 0

24 Nov 2004 CL Werder Bremen-Internazionale (1-1) 2004/2005 0

14 Sep 2004 CL Internazionale-Werder Bremen (2-0) 2004/2005 0

REVIEW: Ibrahimovic scores double milestone goal

FOOTBALL – On Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 250th and 251st goal in 511 official club matches, as PSG’s beat Troyes 4-0. It also marked Zlatan’s 200th and 201st goal in 373 career league matches.

> Zlatan scored his first league goal in professional football on 30 October 1999, with Swedish Malmö FF at home against Västra Frölunda from Gothenburg. The match ended in a 2-1 win.
> Zlatan’s 201 league goals are spread over five countries. Zlatan has 122 goals in Italy, 35 in Holland, 16 in Spain, 16 in Sweden and now 12 in France. 

> Ibrahimovic has been crowned league top scorer twice: in 2008/2009 with Inter (25 goals) and in 2011/2012 with AC Milan (28 goals).