Here is a good statistic article submitted by Lernerslostit, what a name; but anyway he looks at some statistics and compares it those teams that have been relegated a couple of seasons ago.
I like a good stat me. To me Goals, Assists, Passes, Tackles and Saves should define a footballer (As necessary per position). I don’t get stuff like “he tries hard” etc. not quantifiable in this brain of mine.
So I kept a pretty up to date stat collection until I forgot over December (some stupid Holiday thing happened and I spent a fair part drunk depressed with Villa’s results).
Today I updated the manager stats to find that Lambert’s league record is the worst stretching way back to before my birth…
Points per game = 0.89
To put that in context
Mcleish 1.00 ppg
Houllier 1.24 ppg
MON 1.49 ppg
As you can see the decline has been shocking. That only started what is the point of my article. It made me think;
“How many points per game did the relegated teams get last year?”
So I looked it up and the 4 seasons before that to make it thorough. What I found makes the current situation even scarier.
In 4 of the past 5 years our current form would have relegated us.
The Full tables can be seen at: http://www.tinyurl.com/avfcform
Now let’s look at it as an overall. With a current points per game at 0.89 and our current goal difference; these are the teams that would have stayed above us on form over a season:
Bolton 36pts 0.95ppg
Blackpool 39pts 1.03ppg
Small heath 39pts 1.03ppg
Newcastle 34pts 0.89ppg (Goal diff 7 better than ours)
Reading 36pts 0.95ppg
Small Heath 35pts 0.93ppg
If this form continues, the only thing I can see is Relegation.
And the scary thing is weird “faiths” have led us sleepwalking towards this.
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