The Simple Weekend (Big corners this weekend?)

The Simple Weekend (Big corners this weekend?)

Bit of a corner theme of late and sticking on that this weekend. Decided to check out which teams that play each other have the highest corner averages. The table below looks at the average home team corners when playing at home plus average away corners playing away. So for Bradford v Sheffield Utd it’s the 8.1 corner average that Bradford have at home + the 6.6 corner average that Sheffield Utd have when playing away.

22ndEng Lge 1BradfordSheffield Utd8.16.614.71
22ndEng Lge 2Newport CountyPlymouth8.85.714.42
22ndEng PremBournemouthTottenham6814
22ndEng Lge 2BlackpoolDoncaster76.813.83
22ndEng Lge 2WycombeBarnet5.28.613.77
23rdIta Serie AAtalantaInter Milan5.5813.5
23rdFra Lig 1Paris Saint GermainMarseille8.84.813.5
23rdSpa PrimeraReal MadridAthletic Bilbao9.3413.25
22ndSwe AllsvenMalmo FFOstersunds7.16.113.16
23rdNL EridvisGroningenAZ Alkmaar7.45.813.15
23rdRus PremLokomotiv MoscowCSKA Moscow7.85.313.04
23rdSpa PrimeraSevillaAtletico Madrid8.34.813
23rdIta Serie ARomaPalermo8.84.313
22ndEng Lge 1ChesterfieldScunthorpe7.15.712.86
22ndEng Lge 2PortsmouthNotts County7.8512.83
23rdNL EridvisFeyenoordAjax8.8412.75
22ndEng Lge 2LutonMansfield75.712.67
22ndBrasileiroSao PauloAA Ponte Preta8.34.312.6
23rdDen SuperligaBrondbyAarhus7.45.112.57
22ndEng ChampRotherhamReading7.25.212.33


Looking again but this time seeing who has the highest total. So the total for Rotherham v Reading is the total corners when Rotherham play at home (16) plus the total corners when Reading play away (11.5)

22ndEng ChampRotherhamReading1611.513.75
22ndEng Lge 1ShrewsburyNorthampton12.114.113.14
22ndEng Lge 2Newport CountyPlymouth13.512.713.08
23rdIta Serie ARomaPalermo15.510.513
22ndEng Lge 2LutonMansfield14.211.312.75
22ndEng Lge 2Crawley TownAccrington12.811.712.25
23rdScot PremSt. JohnstoneDundee10.813.812.25
22ndEng Lge 2WycombeBarnet1014.412.2
22ndSpa PrimeraReal SociedadDeportivo Alaves1014.312.13
23rdSwe AllsvenIFK NorrkopingFalkenbergs11.512.511.98
22ndEng Lge 2BlackpoolDoncaster12.511.311.92
22ndEng Lge 2GrimsbyCheltenham11.312.511.92
22ndIta Serie AAC MilanJuventus149.511.75
22ndEng ChampNottingham ForestCardiff1112.511.75
22ndEng Lge 2StevenageCarlisle10.712.711.67
22ndEng Lge 2Exeter CityCambridge11.31211.67
22ndEng PremBournemouthTottenham9.513.811.63
23rdIta Serie ATorinoLazio149.311.63
23rdIta Serie ABolognaSassuolo9.31411.63
22ndEng Lge 1OldhamBristol Rovers11.911.111.5


Newport vs Plymouth features very highly in both tables. Out of interest if we take the average from both approaches the top 10 matches are:

DateLeagueHomeAwayAv 1Av 2Av
22ndEng Lge 2Newport CountyPlymouth14.4213.0813.75
22ndEng ChampRotherhamReading12.3313.7513.04
23rdIta Serie ARomaPalermo131313
22ndEng Lge 2WycombeBarnet13.7712.212.985
22ndEng Lge 2BlackpoolDoncaster13.8311.9212.875
22ndEng PremBournemouthTottenham1411.6312.815
22ndEng Lge 2LutonMansfield12.6712.7512.71
22ndEng Lge 1BradfordSheffield Utd14.7110.0712.39
23rdIta Serie AAtalantaInter Milan13.511.2512.375
23rdSpa PrimeraReal MadridAthletic Bilbao13.2511.512.375


The Simple Weekend (Team Corners)

We like corners at Simple Soccer Stats, which is why we have the corner console. If you put in the hard work there is definitely money to made on the corners. A couple of weeks back we pasted in a grid showing total corners counts for Premier League teams over the past 6 seasons and this week we’ll do them on a team by team basis.

First the home team corners so for Arsenal this shows the number of corners they have when they are at home.

Home Team101111121213131414151516
Crystal Palace0005.16.16.6
Man City7.
Man United6.68.966.35.76.2
West Brom5.
West Ham5.


Now the same for away so for Arsenal it shows the number of corners Arsenal have when they play away.

Away Team101111121213131414151516
Crystal Palace00044.94.9
Man City4.
Man United6.
West Brom4.
West Ham4.604.


Interesting the contrast between the bigger clubs and the smaller ones and how consistent some clubs can be with corners, such as Chelsea at home. The Man United numbers are lower than you might expect for those seasons and they often had high lines in the past.

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The Simple Weekend (Corners)

In the heatmap                 you can see stats for the current season but an idea might be to show stats for season using the same grids to see how they have changed. For example the table below shows the number of corners each team has had at home in the Premier League since 2010-11

Crystal Palace00010.710.911.7
Man City1212.111.312.412.811.9
Man United9.812.310.
West Brom10.
West Ham11.8011.611.112.310.5


Only teams currently in the Premier League are included and it’s hard to get a decent read on the table and that is why the heatmap is so useful. Manchester City look to be a team with high counts and Manchester United one with low.

The Simple Weekend (London Clubs)

The big match this weekend in the Premier League is the Saturday tea time clash between Arsenal and Chelsea. Whoever loses will feel the pressure as Liverpool have beaten both of these teams away so the loser will look like they can’t compete with the big boys.

The big 3 in London are Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal and they are building up a big rivalry as was seen in the game last season when Chelsea beat Spurs and presented the title to Leicester. These teams have all been there or thereabouts in the last 5 seasons aside from the Chelsea implosion last season as shown in the table below.

Season Arsenal Chelsea Spurs
2011-12 2 10 3
2012-13 3 1 5
2013-14 3 4 6
2014-15 4 3 5
2015-16 3 6 4

Finishing position of Arsenal Chelsea and Spurs in the last 5 seasons

There are have been 30 London derbies between these 3 teams in the last 5 seasons and there may be some patterns amongst the results.


The average (mean) corners is 10.7, the median is 11 and so is the mode. The full list of total corners is 16, 5, 11, 12, 11, 14, 11, 11, 12, 12, 10, 11, 7, 8, 9, 14, 9, 9, 8, 13, 8, 7, 4, 20, 15, 11, 13, 8, 13, 10.

Yellow Cards

The average (mean) yellow cars is 4.9 with the mode and median being 4. That crazy end of season game at Stamford Bridge had 12 yellows and the second highest total in these 5 seasons was 9 in Spurs other away game at Arsenal last season.


The full list of goals is 3, 8, 2, 7, 0, 0, 3, 6, 7, 3, 3, 4, 1, 6, 4, 0, 2, 1, 0, 3, 8, 3, 2, 2, 4, 4, 1, 0, 2, 2 and here the median and mode are both 3 with the mean average 3.0. 12 of the matches have been draws, 13 home wins and just 5 away wins, an average of 1 per season.


So 3 goals, 11 corners and 4-5 yellow cards sounds pretty much bang on what the lines will be so nothing too far from the norm.

There are lots of great offers around this weekend such as Sky Sports Betting so make sure you check the options. You can see the full stats in the main or corner consoles.

The Simple Midweek (Atletico v Barca)

Slipping this one in as did some research on Barcelona hosting Atletico Madrid in the late evening partidazo. Can’t beat a game of football that starts at 10pm local time on a Wednesday night.

2011-12 was the last time that the top 3 places in Spain weren’t filled by Atleti, Real Madrid and Barcelona and it’s likely this dominance will continue this season as it is hard to see any team that can build a sustained challenge. Sevilla and Villarreal have both changed coaches and time will tell if they are both downgrades.

In the last 4 seasons there have been 6 matches each season between these big 3 which gives us 24 matches and worth seeing if any patterns have emerged in those games.


Looking at the number of corners in these 24 matches the values are 9, 7, 14, 5, 4, 5, 12, 6, 10, 13, 7, 9, 11, 17, 5, 4, 12, 8, 7, 7, 14, 14, 6, 11

The average (mean) corners is 9.0, the median is 8.5 and the mode is 7.

Yellow Cards

Average (mean) of 6.75 yellows with the mode and median being 7 cards. The full numbers were 6, 6, 2, 10, 8, 3, 9, 7, 5, 5, 7, 8, 8, 11, 7, 9, 6, 11, 5, 7, 3, 5, 10, 4


3 goals is the mean, mode and median average for all these games. 15/24 matches have had 3 or 4 goals. Total numbers were 4, 2, 5, 3, 3, 3, 2, 7, 4, 0, 3, 1, 1, 3, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3, 1, 3, 4, 2, 3.

You can see the full stats in the main or corner consoles.

The Simple Weekend (Who scores first in the Bundesliga)

The weekend kicked off with a bang with the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea lost 2-1 to Liverpool and it’s tough getting used to it all starting so early.

Last week we looked at how the outcome of a match is affected by which team scores first in the Premier League. This weekend we have some stats for the Bundesliga for the last 3 seasons.

One thing I noticed was that in the season 2013-14 there were just 13 0-0 draws in the Bundesliga which is so low. It doubled the season after and last season was at 24 in 306 games.

Which team scores first

SeasonMatchesHome 1st0-0Away 1st

The home team scored first in 56% of games in 2014-15 and this dropped to 50% last season. There was a big difference in the away teams with them scoring first in 35% of the games in 2014-15 and this increasing to 42% in 2015-16

What happens when the home team scores first

SeasonMatchesHome WinDrawAway Win

When the home team scores first they go on to win over 70% of the matches and the away team comes back to win in around 10% (8% in 2014-15 and 12% in 2015-16). Around 17% of the games end up draws.

What happens when the away team scores first

SeasonMatchesHome WinDrawAway Win

When the away team scores first we have big changes over the two seasons. The home team came back in 16% of matches in 2014-15 and 22% last season. In seasons the away team went on to win in over 60% of the matches.

What all this does not take into account is when the goal is scored in the game which could be worth looking into in more depth.

The Simple Weekend (Who scores first)

Good to see the full programme back this weekend and big start to Saturday with the Manchester derby which has had a serious upgrade this season and Pep v Ibra is a good matchup.

Got an email recently that said

I wonder if you have any stats on first goal scored in a game:


Anything thing relating to who scored the 1st goal ? AND HOW IT EFFECTS THE FINAL OUTCOME / RESULT

Not something we have looked at before and should have some data for this from the top leagues in Europe but this week we’ll just look at the Premier League.  First step is to see which team scores first in the Premier League.

SeasonMatchesHome 1st0-0Away 1st

As you can see the home team scores first in around half the matches and the away team in about 4/10 and a little less than 1/10 matches ends 0-0.

What happens when the home team scores first

SeasonMatchesHome WinDrawAway Win

When the home team scores first in the past 4 seasons they have on average won 72% of the matches. What is interesting is that they have only drawn 18% of those matches and then lost 10% which is quite high based on the draw figure.

What happens when the away team scores first

SeasonMatchesHome WinDrawAway Win

When the away team scores first the home team only comes back to win the game 16% of the time. 20% of the matches end in a draw and the home team goes on to win the game around 2/3 of the time.

The Simple Weekend (Lge 1 & 2 and Conference Home Wins)

It’s the international break this weekend, which is always odd coming so quickly in the season. Some decent friendlies, such as Belgium v Spain and Italy v France yesterday.

Today there are plenty of matches being played even if the top tiers aren’t in action. The main console page has full stats for League One and League Two, who both have full programs, as well as the Conference. Some cracking goals get scored in those leagues such as this one last weekend by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Time to take a look at a few stats for those leagues and see if the number of home wins has changed over time and that’s shown in the table below

  Home Wins  Draws  Away Wins 

Table showing % of home and away wins for League 1, League 2 and the Conference for the seasons 08/09 to 15/16

Looking at home wins these are pretty random with a range of 40.2% to 47.3% for League 1, 37.5% to 44.6% for League 2 and 41.5% to 48.4% for the conference. Home Advantage clearly still exists as has been proved by numerous studies over time. The draws seem to have a similar pattern as well.

The away wins is the one that looks like it could have a pattern with there being more away wins. If you look at the average value then in League One, League Two and the Conference 3 of the last 4 seasons have seen a bigger than average number of away wins.

Good luck for the weekend.

The Simple Weekend (Time off)

The Simple Weekend will be a regular feature but there are no stats to add today as we are in holiday mode at the moment. People away and a long bank holiday ahead.

Last weekend there were 3 away wins on the opening day in Spain with Leganes winning at 4.89 and Las Palmas at 4.84. Overall a loss of -0.53 backing them all but if we ignored the 2 Madrid teams and Barcelona then it would have been a solid 1.73 profit on the 3 matches.

Good luck this weekend.