Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bournemouth: the predictions

In terms of home form Wolverhampton Wanderers are dead on mid-table

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 13 3 0 34 6 28 42
2 Manchester City 16 13 2 1 45 9 36 41
3 Tottenham Hotspur 16 12 0 4 30 16 14 36
4 Chelsea 16 10 4 2 33 13 20 34
5 Arsenal 16 10 4 2 35 20 15 34
6 Manchester United 16 7 5 4 28 26 2 26
7 Everton 16 6 6 4 23 19 4 24
8 AFC Bournemouth 16 7 2 7 25 26 -1 23
9 Leicester City 16 6 4 6 21 20 1 22
10 Wolverhampton W 16 6 4 6 17 19 -2 22

Away from home Bournemouth are in much the same position.  Here’s the table just showing away games…

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 8 0 2 19 10 9 24
2 Liverpool 9 7 2 0 19 5 14 23
3 Manchester City 8 5 2 1 15 4 11 17
4 Arsenal 7 4 2 1 18 12 6 14
5 Chelsea 7 4 1 2 14 6 8 13
6 Manchester United 8 3 2 3 14 15 -1 11
7 Leicester City 8 3 2 3 11 12 -1 11
8 Wolverhampton W 8 3 2 3 7 8 -1 11
9 AFC Bournemouth 7 3 0 4 11 12 -1 9

Interestingly Wolverhampton at home and Bournemouth away both have negative goal differences, and just one goal apart, Wolverhampton at home on -2 and Bournemouth away on -1.

But Bournemouth are scoring and conceding at a much lower rate away than Wolverhampton are achieving at home.

Here are Wolverhampton’s home games of late

29 Sep 2018 Wolverhampton W v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
20 Oct 2018 Wolverhampton W v Watford L 0-2 Premier League
03 Nov 2018 Wolverhampton W v Tottenham H L 2-3 Premier League
25 Nov 2018 Wolverhampton W v Huddersfield T L 0-2 Premier League
05 Dec 2018 Wolverhampton v Chelsea W 2-1 Premier League

Two wins and three defeats in the last five.

Bournemouth away also delivers three defeats and two wins.  It seems neither team wants to get away from the rut.

22 Sep 2018 Burnley v AFC Bournemouth L 4-0 Premier League
06 Oct 2018 Watford v AFC Bournemouth W 0-4 Premier League
27 Oct 2018 Fulham v AFC Bournemouth W 0-3 Premier League
10 Nov 2018 Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth L 2-1 Premier League
01 Dec 2018 Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth L 3-1 Premier League

Wolverhampton have the advantage in that they are at home and their last match was a stonking 2-1 victory over Chelsea.  With the scoring records overall of these two we might go for a goalless draw, but there have been 18 goals in these last five Bournemouth away games and 14 in the last five Wolverhampton home win.

This suggests goals; three a game in fact, possibly four.  One might even start looking at a 2-2 draw.  Otherwise we are thinking that the 2-1 win over Chelsea could give Wolverhampton confidence and they migh squeeze out the win – again 2-1, although 3-1 if Bournemouth lose heart near the end.

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: result predictions

Tottenham reached the knock out stages of the Champions League this week which is being celebrated as a great achievement by the club.   

That will undoubtedly cause a distraction in the New Year but for now this can be set aside as they return to league action with a home match against Burnley.

Here is their home form thus far.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 13 3 0 34 6 28 42
2 Manchester City 16 13 2 1 45 9 36 41
3 Tottenham Hotspur 16 12 0 4 30 16 14 36
4 Chelsea 16 10 4 2 33 13 20 34
5 Arsenal 16 10 4 2 35 20 15 34

Curiously Tottenham’s home form continues to be worse than their away form, and it is unusual indeed to see a team in the top four having lost 25% of their home matches.   Their goals conceded while not as many as Arsenal who are fifth in the home games table, is still high at one a game.

The cause of this is probably their uncertainty in terms of playing at Wembley because of the on-going delays to the completion of their new stadium, and the constant drip drip drip of stories about problems with sub-contractors employed directly by Tottenham themselves.  It is an approach that can save money but means when things go wrong there is no one to blame but themselves.

Burnley are of course a totally different case – having gained a position in the Europa League they then managed to let it slip through their fingers, and now instead of building on what was seen last season as an over achievement they are now sitting at the bottom end of the table.

Here is the foot of the table with both home and away games included

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
15 Newcastle United 16 3 4 9 13 22 -9 13
16 Crystal Palace 16 3 3 10 13 23 -10 12
17 Burnley 16 3 3 10 15 32 -17 12
18 Huddersfield Town 16 2 4 10 10 27 -17 10
19 Southampton 16 1 6 9 13 30 -17 9
20 Fulham 16 2 3 11 16 40 -24 9

This puts Burnley in the position of welcoming every point they can pick up.

In terms of away games only here is how it looks

16 Huddersfield Town 8 1 2 5 7 17 -10 5
17 Burnley 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 5
18 Southampton 9 1 1 7 7 20 -13 4
19 Cardiff City 7 0 1 6 3 15 -12 1
20 Fulham 9 0 1 8 6 24 -18 1

Tottenham’s average home score is 2-1.  Burnley’s average away score is 1-2, which is a perfect match and suggests it will indeed be 2-1 to Tottenham.

Part of the impact on away teams of course is the fact that they are playing at Wembley – and for many players in lower ranked teams this will be their only time of playing at Wembley, so their managers have an easy job of motivating them – “it’s Wembley lads, go out and make your mark”.

That could be a motivating factor against Tottenham.   And there could be the Champions League.   Their draw with Barcelona meant that not only did they play a game mid-week which Burnley (not being in the Europa any more as noted) did not, but also they put everything possible into getting that unlikely draw.  

To come back to earth and play a team as near the bottom of the table as Burnley, at a ground where they have already lost four times, might just be the problem.

2-1 remains the obvious result but there is that caveat.

Coming back from a Champions League match Tottenham have had mixed results

18 Sep Internazionale v Tottenham H L 2-1 Champions League
22 Sep Brighton and Hove  v Tottenham H W 1-2 Premier League
03 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona L 2-4 Champions League
06 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City W 1-0 Premier League
24 Oct PSV Eindhoven v Tottenham H D 2-2 Champions League
29 Oct Tottenham Hotspur v Man City L 0-1 Premier League
06 Nov Tottenham Hotspur v PSV W 2-1 Champions League
10 Nov Crystal Palace v Tottenham H W 0-1 Premier League
28 Nov Tottenham H v Internazionale W 1-0 Champions League
02 Dec Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 4-2 Premier League
11 Dec Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Champions League

In the first two matches they won their league game after a Champs result.  The third game they drew and then lost.  In the fourth they won both in the Champs and the Premier League.  Then they won in the Champions League and lost to Arsenal in the Premier League.    Three wins two defeats.

If Burnley have a chance of doing better than a 2-1 defeat it will be because of Tottenham’s reaction to the draw with Barcelona and their celebrations at getting through to the knock out stage.

 

Barcelona v Tottenham Predictions

To get through to the next round of the Champions League, Tottenham have to beat Barcelona away.

Now we know from our analyses of domestic matches that Tottenham have been superb away from home in the League, at least up until the match against Arsenal which they lost 4-2,  but what about in the Champions League?

Away they have lost 2-1 to Inter, drawn 2-2 with PSV and now face Barcelona. They also lost at home to Barcelona 4-2.

Barcelona won last weeked 4-0 away to local rivals Espanyol, while in the League at the start of this month they beat Villarreal 2-0 at home.

Man City v Everton: predictions

Here are the analyses for the Manchester City v Everton game

Man City at home

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 8 8 0 0 30 5 25 24
2 Chelsea 9 6 3 0 19 7 12 21
3 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 17 8 9 20
4 Liverpool 7 6 1 0 15 1 14 19
5 Everton 8 5 2 1 14 7 7 17

And for Everton away

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 10 8 0 2 19 10 9 24
2 Liverpool 9 7 2 0 19 5 14 23
3 Manchester City 8 5 2 1 15 4 11 17
4 Arsenal 7 4 2 1 18 12 6 14
5 Chelsea 7 4 1 2 14 6 8 13
6 Manchester United 8 3 2 3 14 15 -1 11
7 Leicester City 8 3 2 3 11 12 -1 11
8 Wolverhampton W 8 3 2 3 7 8 -1 11
9 AFC Bournemouth 7 3 0 4 11 12 -1 9
10 Watford 7 2 2 3 7 8 -1 8
11 West Ham United 7 2 2 3 9 11 -2 8
12 Newcastle United 7 1 4 2 6 7 -1 7
13 Crystal Palace 9 2 1 6 9 15 -6 7
14 Brighton and Hove 9 2 1 6 7 14 -7 7
15 Everton 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6

Clearly Everton have a really poor away form – worse in fact than Arsenal had last season when it managed only four away wins in the whole campaign.

Manchester City have a perfect home record – eight out of eight.

In terms of goals Manchester City have scored 30 at home and conceded 5.  4-0 or 4-1 is their average score.

Everton have scored 7 away and conceded 10. 1-2 is there most likely away score.

Everton will come to defend, defend and defend, while Manchester City will want to show off their attack.

The result should be 4-0 at least – perhaps more.

Burnley v Brighton: the predictions

Burnley enter their home match with Brighton with the worst home record in the league:

17 Southampton 7 0 5 2 6 10 -4 5
18 Crystal Palace 7 1 2 4 4 8 -4 5
19 Huddersfield Town 8 1 2 5 3 10 -7 5
20 Burnley 7 1 1 5 8 15 -7 4

Just one win and one draw in seven games, scoring eight (one a game) and conceding 15 (two a game).  Effectively 1-2

Now Brighton does not have a much better away record

13 Crystal Palace 8 2 1 5 7 12 -5 7
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 8 2 1 5 7 13 -6 7
15 Everton 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6
16 Huddersfield Town 7 1 2 4 7 16 -9 5
17 Burnley 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 5
18 Southampton 8 1 1 6 7 19 -12 4
19 Cardiff City 7 0 1 6 3 15 -12 1
20 Fulham 8 0 1 7 5 20 -15 1

Brighton have two wins one draw and five defeats with seven goals scored and 13 conceded away from home.  Effectively 1-2.    Both have negative goal differences: Brighton -6 to Burnley -7.

So on this basis both teams look as if they are going to be beaten 1-2.  But of course they can’t be.

Certainly it would be surprising if either team managed to score more than one goal in this game, so I would be looking for a 1-1 draw.

Whichever you look at it, Burnley’s recent record is awful…

20 Oct 2018 Manchester City v Burnley L 5-0
28 Oct 2018 Burnley v Chelsea L 0-4
03 Nov 2018 West Ham United v Burnley L 4-2
10 Nov 2018 Leicester City v Burnley D 0-0
26 Nov 2018 Burnley v Newcastle United L 1-2
01 Dec 2018 Crystal Palace v Burnley L 2-0
05 Dec 2018 Burnley v Liverpool L 1-3

Bur recently Brighton have been picking up…

03 Nov 2018 Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion L 3-1
10 Nov 2018 Cardiff City v Brighton and Hove Albion L 2-1
24 Nov 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Leicester City D 1-1
01 Dec 2018 Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove W 1-2
04 Dec 2018 Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace W 3-1

On this basis, if there is to be a winner it is likely to be Brighton, by 2-1.  Otherwise it looks like a 1-1 draw.

Coming this weekend: a preview of Arsenal, Man U and Burnley

By Osakpamwan Osadolor

In this article I’m going to look at the home and away analysis.   But it can also be important to look at who is officiating the game because very poor officiating cost us a win at the Old Trafford, so with this in mind let’s delve in a bit.

  • Arsenal vs Huddersfield
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Numbers of matches officiated: 10 matches

Given that he officiated the Arsenal match vs Fulham in which we hit five past their keeper something I noticed  is that seven of Paul’s  game all ended in favour of the away team and no draw so the other three are obviously home wins.

In his matches the home team has not score more than three goals with four games ending with a clean sheet for the winner. In games involving the top six the cards are always over 3 with Man City game versus Watford  the only game to produce 1 card.

Home and away

Arsenal played 8 home matches losing one and winning five drawing two

Huddersfield  played 7 away losing 4 winning one drawing  2.

Possible outcome:  Arsenal to win 3:0 or 3:1

With the remaining matches I’ll restrict myself just to the games.

  • Man Utd versus Fulham

 Home and away

Man U: played seven home matches lose one, win 3, draw 3

Fulham: played 8 away games lose 7 win nil draw 1

Possible outcome:  Man u win 2:0 or 3:0

  • Burnley versus Brighton

Home and away
Burnley: played 6 home games lose 4 win 1 draw 1

Brighton: played 8 away games lose 5 win 2 draw one

Potential outcome: Score draw 1:1 or 2:2

Bournemouth v Liverpool 8 December: the predictions

By Tony Attwood

Bournemouth’s Home Form

Bournemouth have a home form that they should be very proud of – and it is possibly helped by the smallness and tightness of the ground.

As a result they are high up in the home league table, and have scored 14 goals – that is almost two a game, with just over one conceded a game, giving us a 2-1 prediction.  But they have already lost twice at home.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 8 8 0 0 30 5 25 24
2 Liverpool 7 6 1 0 15 1 14 19
3 Chelsea 8 5 3 0 17 7 10 18
4 Arsenal 8 5 2 1 16 8 8 17
5 Everton 8 5 2 1 14 7 7 17
6 AFC Bournemouth 8 4 2 2 14 10 4 14

Liverpool’s away form

But Bournemouth are playing Liverpool who are second in the league overall.  Here is there away record where they are also second.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 9 7 0 2 17 10 7 21
2 Liverpool 8 6 2 0 15 5 10 20
3 Manchester City 7 5 2 0 15 2 13 17

Liverpool are unbeaten away and are scoring 2 goals a game against zero or one goal conceded.

The goals compared

Each side has drawn two matches in the respective venues and that is relevant here.

If we turn to the goals we will see that Liverpool’s goals away from home are 15 scored and 5 against, while Bournemouth’s are 14 for and ten against at home.  These figures against eight games played in each case are

The runs…

Liverpool’s last five away games are

Date Game Res Score Competition
03 Nov Arsenal v Liverpool D 1-1 Premier League
06 Nov Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool L 2-0 Champions League
24 Nov Watford v Liverpool W 0-3 Premier League
28 Nov Paris St Germain v Liverpool L 2-1 Champions League
05 Dec Burnley v Liverpool W 1-3 Premier League

Bournemouth’s last five home games…

Date Game Res Score Competition
20 Oct Bournemouth v Southampton D 0-0 Premier League
30 Oct Bournemouth v Norwich City W 2-1 League Cup
03 Nov Bournemouth v Manchester Utd L 1-2 Premier League
25 Nov Bournemouth v Arsenal L 1-2 Premier League
04 Dec Bournemouth v Huddersfield T W 2-1 Premier League

So although Liverpool have a solid away record they have had some slips in the Champions League.  Bournemouth however have lost against two of the clubs that ended up in the top six last season.

Overall we see that 

The record of recent results favours Liverpool but they can slip up on occasion.

  • Bournemouth have recently lost against two superior clubs in the league.
  • Bournemouth’s home record predicts a 2-1 win against all comers, while Liverpool’s away record predicts a 0-2 win against all comers.

Add it all together and I suspect we shall see a 1-2 win for Liverpool.

The Relationship Between Football and Betting: A Brief History

The Relationship Between Football and Betting: A Brief History

When it comes to the relationship between sports in general and gambling, it’s common knowledge that despite the negative stigma of the latter, it’s difficult for one to survive without the other. It’s something that existed long before the crowds over at Arsenal began betting that their sports club would triumph over their opponents. From gambling on which team would win all the way to bets about when a specific team would score, there’s no denying the fact that sports betting shares football’s illustrious history.

While some might argue that sports betting sullies the honour of the game and devalues it, gambling has not once slowed in pace. There was a time when it was completely illegal to make bets on football matches, but it wasn’t long before efforts were made to circumvent it. In the case of Arsenal, it was the founding of Littlewoods Football Pools back in 1923. Before the pools, a crowd would merely gather and make bets about which team would win. However, it didn’t stop the law from cracking down.

Games of skill

While regular betting had no defence against the law, the pools utilised another tactic to get past the police. It involved making claims that sports betting was more a game of skill than a game of chance. Being able to make bets about which team would score in which half of the game involved intimate knowledge of the team’s members, as well as being knowledgeable enough to make an intelligent guess when two teams duked it out. At the time, only the horse track had a legal pool, and with the notion that sports betting took skill, Littlewoods Football Pools circumvented the law and became more popular than ever.

A question of culture

It would be a valid question to ask whether or not the pools would have been as popular as it is if it hadn’t been able to convince the law that it was more about skill than chance. It’s likely that it would have been even more popular, as gambling, in general, has a habit of becoming stronger the more resistance it faces. In some ways, betting is a part of world culture, and Arsenal is certainly no exception. Whether you’re the type that enjoys other forms of gambling such as live blackjack at Bingo.com or sports betting, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to do so.

To conclude, it’s likely that gambling will never be universally accepted, despite the fact that it’s been a part of human culture for a very long time. However, it would be remiss to simply discount sports betting without acknowledging how much it has accomplished. Whether in football or almost every other sport, sports betting, in general, has brought its own share of universal appeal, and much of its popularity can be attributed to all of those people who take pleasure from taking chances and winning big. It might not be for everyone, but it has certainly made its impact and will likely continue to do so in the future.

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Predicting tonight’s result: Everton v Newcastle

By Tony Attwood

This game which will take place today, on 5 December 2018, is selected as a way of exploring how our system of predictions works.  The game is only a few hours away, so there will be an immediate chance to see how well or badly the process works.

A quick look at the league table suggests this should be a straightforward Everton victory:

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 15 13 2 0 45 7 38 41
2 Liverpool 14 11 3 0 27 5 22 36
3 Chelsea 14 9 4 1 30 11 19 31
4 Arsenal 14 9 3 2 32 18 14 30
5 Tottenham H 14 10 0 4 25 15 10 30
6 Bournemouth 15 7 2 6 25 22 3 23
7 Everton 14 6 4 4 20 16 4 22
8 Manchester Utd 14 6 4 4 22 23 -1 22
9 Leicester City 14 6 3 5 20 17 3 21
10 Brighton 15 6 3 6 19 21 -2 21
11 Watford 15 6 2 7 18 21 -3 20
12 West Ham Utd 15 5 3 7 20 23 -3 18
13 Wolverhampton 14 4 4 6 13 17 -4 16
14 Newcastle Utd 14 3 3 8 11 19 -8 12

Everton have ten more points than Newcastle.  But let’s check on the home and away form.  Here is Everton at home

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Man City 8 8 0 0 30 5 25 24
2 Liverpool 7 6 1 0 15 1 14 19
3 Chelsea 8 5 3 0 17 7 10 18
4 Arsenal 8 5 2 1 16 8 8 17
5 Everton 7 5 1 1 13 6 7 16

As we might expect a solid home performance, scoring almost two goals a game, and conceding just under one.

In terms of away form we need to look at the lower reaches of the table for Newcastle

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
14 Newcastle Utd 6 1 3 2 5 6 -1 6
15 Everton 7 1 3 3 7 10 -3 6
16 Huddersfield T 7 1 2 4 7 16 -9 5
17 Burnley 8 1 2 5 6 17 -11 5
18 Southampton 7 1 1 5 6 16 -10 4
19 Cardiff City 7 0 1 6 3 15 -12 1
20 Fulham 8 0 1 7 5 20 -15 1

Interestingly Everton are actually worse away from home than Newcastle – but there is one pointer here that suggests that this might not be quite as easy a game as we have imagined.  Everton are winning 2-1 at home on average.  But Newcastle are averaging around 1-1 away from home.  That still edges the prediction towards Everton, but not by as much as we might have thought.

To give a final insight we might consider recent results:

Everton’s last home defeat was against West Ham – not a team renowned for ripping their way through defences away from home

16 Sep 2018 Everton v West Ham United L 1-3 Premier League
29 Sep 2018 Everton v Fulham W 3-0 Premier League
02 Oct 2018 Everton v Southampton L 3-4 League Cup
21 Oct 2018 Everton v Crystal Palace W 2-0 Premier League
03 Nov 2018 Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion W 3-1 Premier League
24 Nov 2018 Everton v Cardiff City W 1-0 Premier League

And if we look at the last couple of away games (to Chelsea and Liverpool) we find a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 defeat – that in a game in which they conceded a goal in about the 7th minute of added on time.   At home however a very solid performance of late.

Is there anything in Newcastle’s record to convince us of an upset?

22 Sep 2018 Crystal Palace v Newcastle U D 0-0 Premier League
29 Sep 2018 Newcastle U v Leicester City L 0-2 Premier League
06 Oct 2018 Manchester United v Newcastle L 3-2 Premier League
20 Oct 2018 Newcastle United v Brighton L 0-1 Premier League
27 Oct 2018 Southampton v Newcastle U D 0-0 Premier League
03 Nov 2018 Newcastle United v Watford W 1-0 Premier League
10 Nov 2018 Newcastle U v Bournemouth W 2-1 Premier League
26 Nov 2018 Burnley v Newcastle United W 1-2 Premier League
01 Dec 2018 Newcastle United v West Ham L 0-3 Premier League

Newcastle did have three successive wins against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley, but only one was away from home – the only away success on this list, and the final game was the 0-3 home defeat to West Ham.  To bet on Newcastle you’d have to be banking on a bounce back to that home defeat.  I suspect we are safe with the 2-1 prediction.

Going to the 4th tier can get you better odds

The fourth tier can be interesting simply because far fewer people place bets on results in the lower divisions.

Here is the league table for home matches only – but don’t start assuming that this is how the away table will also look…

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 10 7 3 0 15 4 11 24
2 Newport County 10 7 2 1 20 16 4 23
3 Colchester United 10 7 1 2 22 7 15 22
4 Bury 10 6 3 1 24 8 16 21
5 Tranmere Rovers 10 6 3 1 13 4 9 21
6 Lincoln City 10 6 3 1 18 10 8 21
7 Crewe Alexandra 10 6 2 2 18 7 11 20
8 Crawley Town 10 6 2 2 21 14 7 20
9 Stevenage 10 6 2 2 14 9 5 20
10 Mansfield Town 9 5 3 1 14 5 9 18
11 Exeter City 10 5 2 3 18 12 6 17
12 Oldham Athletic 10 4 2 4 16 14 2 14
13 Northampton Town 10 3 5 2 12 11 1 14
14 Port Vale 10 4 2 4 13 14 -1 14
15 Grimsby Town 10 4 2 4 12 13 -1 14
16 Swindon Town 10 3 4 3 12 16 -4 13
17 Forest Green Rovers 10 2 6 2 9 8 1 12
18 Cambridge United 10 3 2 5 10 14 -4 11
19 Carlisle United 10 3 1 6 9 14 -5 10
20 Morecambe 10 3 1 6 9 14 -5 10
21 Notts County 10 2 4 4 11 18 -7 10
22 Yeovil Town 9 1 6 2 8 12 -4 9
23 Macclesfield Town 10 2 3 5 8 18 -10 9
24 Cheltenham Town 9 1 3 5 7 14 -7 6

And now for away games – you’ll notice a huge difference – Forest Green are 17th in home form but number 1 in away form!   This shows you just how valuable this sort of simple analysis can be.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Forest Green Rovers 10 5 3 2 19 12 7 18
2 Lincoln City 9 5 2 2 16 7 9 17
3 Carlisle United 10 5 2 3 16 11 5 17
4 Milton Keynes Dons 10 4 4 2 15 9 6 16
5 Mansfield Town 10 2 8 0 13 9 4 14
6 Exeter City 10 3 5 2 11 9 2 14
7 Swindon Town 10 4 2 4 11 12 -1 14
8 Colchester United 10 3 4 3 11 12 -1 13
9 Yeovil Town 9 4 0 5 15 10 5 12
10 Oldham Athletic 10 2 6 2 10 7 3 12
11 Bury 10 3 3 4 14 13 1 12
12 Newport County 10 3 3 4 11 16 -5 12
13 Port Vale 10 3 2 5 7 9 -2 11
14 Stevenage 10 3 2 5 12 16 -4 11
15 Cheltenham Town 10 3 2 5 11 16 -5 11
16 Morecambe 10 3 2 5 10 18 -8 11
17 Tranmere Rovers 10 2 4 4 17 21 -4 10
18 Northampton Town 10 2 3 5 13 17 -4 9
19 Grimsby Town 10 2 2 6 7 14 -7 8
20 Cambridge United 10 2 2 6 9 20 -11 8
21 Crawley Town 9 2 0 7 6 16 -10 6
22 Notts County 10 1 3 6 11 23 -12 6
23 Crewe Alexandra 10 1 2 7 3 17 -14 5
24 Macclesfield Town 10 1 1 8 8 19 -11 4
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