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Power Rankings For Norway’s Tippeligaen After Week 5

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on April 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Week 5 finished about 90 minutes again, so without further ado here are the updated rankings.

Next round of games starts on May 6th as next weekend features cup games.

1. Strømsgodset IF (no change)

A late goal at Viking from Fredrik Nordkvelle and Strømsgodset are a point clear at the top.

2. Tromsø IL (up two places)

Conceded their first goal at home this season, but still beat Odd Grenland.

3. Stabæk (up two places)

There’s a trend emerging at the Telenor Arena: goals. Twelve in three games.

4. Molde (up two places)

Won at SK Brann, their first away win under Ole Gunnar Solskjær

5. Lillestrøm (up two places)

Another five goal game at  Åråsen stadium and Anthony Ujah scored twice. Will he finish the season in Norway?

6. Start (down four places)

Beaten without scoring at Sogndal.

7. Brann (down four places)

Lost at home to Molde, their second home defeat this season. The win over Rosenborg at the Brann Stadion in Week 1 might look like a massive aberration in the weeks to come.

8. Aalesund (up two places)

Second consecutive single goal victory at the Color Line Stadium. Goals may be at a premium in Aalesund’s games in 2011.

9. Vålerenga (down one place)

Lost at Rosenborg in the last game of Week 5

10. Viking (down one place)

Last week I wrote ‘doesn’t look as if they’ll score goals, which is odd considering their record last season and could be worth monitoring.’ Failed to score at home on Monday, which means they’ve not hit the target in three of their five games this season.

11. Haugesund (no change)

Battered 5-0 at Lillestrøm and now have the worst defensive record in the Tippeligaen.

12. Odd Grenland (no change)

Scored a goal at Tromsø (only seven clubs managed that in 2010) but still lost. One win in five games is not a good start.

13. Rosenborg (no change)

Finally won a game with a 2-0 victory against Vålerenga and are now ‘only’ eight points behind Strømsgodset.

Of the promoted clubs, Sarpsborg won at home without conceding a goal for the third time this season and although Fredrikstad lost at Stabæk it’s only their second defeat of the season. However, Sogndal lost again and have now failed to score in three consecutive games.

Still only one goalless draw this season, average goals per game 3.23. That’s a lot and will probably calm down over the next few weeks.

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Power Rankings For Croatia 1.HNL After Week 26

In Croatian 1.HNL on April 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Changes at the bottom end of this table – Istra‘s 2-0 defeat at Rijeka means they drop two places: Karlovac and Lokomotiva move up a place after they both won today. If Hrvatski Dragoljovac don’t win next weekend they’ll be relegated.

1. Inter Zaprešić

2. Dinamo Zagreb

3. Varaždin

4. Zagreb

5. Rijeka

6. Hajduk Split

7. Zadar

8. Slaven Koprivnica

9. Osijek

10. Karlovac

11. Lokomotiva

12. Istra 1961

13. Šibenik

14. Cibalia

Power Rankings For The Allsvenskan After Week 4

In Swedish Allsvenskan on April 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm

A very quick round up as Week 5 starts on Sunday – I’ve left Syrianska and Norrköping out as they’ve just been promoted. These rankings are not based on the league table, but on improvement from last season then on a percentage rating that measures rewards avoiding defeat – basically (wins + draws/matches played)

1. GAIS

Conceded less than one goal per game, currently the most improved team since last season. Both home games so far have been over 2.5 goals

2. AIK

Unbeaten and haven’t conceded at home yet. Have drawn both away games so far.

3. Gefle

4. Helsingborg

Unbeaten, conceded less that one goal per game – haven’t conceded at home yet.

5. Malmö

Unbeaten, conceded less than one goal per game. Defending champions have got off to a perfect start.

6. Örebro

Have won both away games

7. Kalmar

Both home games so far have been over 2.5 goals, haven’t scored on the road yet

8. Häcken

All four games so far have been over 2.5 goals

9. Elfsborg

Both home games so far have been over 2.5 goals, have lost both away games

10. Trelleborg

Both home games so far have been over 2.5 goals

11. Mjällby

Have lost both away games without scoring a goal

12. Halmstad

Haven’t won yet, have lost both away games.

13. Djurgården

Haven’t won yet, have lost both away games so far. Look as if they might be defensively frail on the road.

14. IFK Göteborg

Haven’t won yet – a very poor start. Not as bad as Rosenborg’s decline in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, but both of these clubs are currently shadows of their former selves.

Of the promoted teams, Norrköping are off to a good start but there are signs that Syrianska may be out of their depth.

Power Rankings For Norway’s Tippeligaen After Round 4

In Norwegian Tippeligaen on April 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Only four games gone and the table looks upside down.

It’s worth remembering that there’s nearly 90% of the season left – but where Rosenborg end up is anyone’s guess.

1. Strømsgodset IF

Have had the advantage of having three home games in the first four matches, but they’ve won all of them. Could still be polarised between wins and losses (1-5 defeat at Start could be evidence of that), but it’s a good start for the team from Drammen who haven’t wont the title since 1970.

2. Start

Good start defensively with two clean sheets; two big home wins suggest more to come at the Sør Arena.

3. Brann

4. Tromsø IL

Ominous start from the team that finished third last season: unbeaten with three clean sheets. Have never won the title, but there’s always a first time.

5. Stabæk

6. Molde

7. Lillestrøm

There’ll always be goals at Lillestrøm’s Åråsen stadium – five in the only one so far this season, 3.27  per game last season. Anthony Ujah will score a lot of them.

8. Vålerenga

Good start defensively – the only club not to be involved in a game with over 3.5 goals yet.

9. Viking

Doesn’t look as if they’ll score goals, which is odd considering their record last season and could be worth monitoring

10. Aalesund

11. Haugesund

12. Odd Grenland

13. Rosenborg

Only other team without a win is Sogndal. Changes in playing staff and management have had an impact, but this is a very dramatic, sudden and unexpected decline.

Other things to watch out for: only one goalless draw in 32 games (3%), 3.34 goals per game.

Power Rankings For Croatia 1.HNL

In Croatian 1.HNL on April 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is the first time that I’ve published these rankings, which are based on a combination of the percentage rates that American sports use, the difference in performance from last season and a ranking that expresses wins and draws as a percentage of games played. If I think of a better way to describe it I will.

So here are my ratings following yesterday’s games: Split and Hrvatski Dragovoljac aren’t included as they were promoted last season, the teams in green are in the European qualification places next season, teams in red are in danger of being relegated. The links need some formatting but I’ll sort that out when I post the ratings for Norway and Hungary tomorrow.

1. Inter Zaprešić

The most improved overall team this season, on target for their best finish at this level since finishing runners up in 2004/05. Next game at Zadar.

2. Dinamo Zagreb

Champions elect – were beaten yesterday (first defeat in 20+ games) but should wrap up the title in the next couple of games. At home to Osijek next weekend.

3. Varteks Varaždin

4. Zagreb

Only escaped relegation in 2009/10 due to only two clubs (Split and Hrvatski Dragovoljac) being awarded licenses to play in 1.HNL but despite a big improvement away from home, form at Kranjčevićeva hasn’t been good enough. Could still avoid the drop this year. Next game: at Karlovac.

5. Rijeka

6. Hajduk Split

Performing more at more or less the same level as they were last season, but when Dinamo are that much better unfortunately that’s not good enough. Next game at Slaven Koprivnica.

7. Zadar

Have gained just three points away from home this season; next game at home to Inter Zapresic.

8. Slaven

9. Osijek

10. Istra 1961

Beat champions elect Dinamo Zagreb yesterday, but a general failure to find the back of the net this season could cost them a place in next season’s contracted Prva Liga; haven’t scored more than two goals in a game in 2010/11. Next game: at Rijeka

11. Karlovac

12. Lokomotiva

Currently averaging less than one goal per game, next game at Varteks Varaždin.

13. Šibenik

14. Cibalia

The Sky Blues have gone backwards this season – despite still being formidable at home (although they lost yesterday), their away record is dreadful. Could be the start of regression back to mid table status next season.