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Power Rankings For The Allsvenskan Going Into Round 11

In Swedish Allsvenskan on June 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

It’s been a month since I last looked at the Allsvenskan, which makes the latest rankings more interesting from a long tem point of view. In that period, the biggest improvers have been GAIS; AIK and Häcken have dropped off the pace a little.

One thing I’m going to clarify straight away is that I’m discounting the games that were abandoned due to crowd disturbances, so the list below is based on matches that have actually taken place.

1. Gefle

Have continued their impressive start to the season, although they’d be doing even better if they could convert draws into wins: looks as if teams who park the bus at Strömvallen can nick a point. Still, this is an impressive turnround from a team that only stayed in the Allsvenskan after beating GIF Sundsvall in the relegation playoff.

2. GAIS

3. Kalmar

4. AIK

5. Elfsborg

Current top scorers in Sweden – have scored in all their home games this season and have only failed to score twice on the road.

6. Helsingborg

Haven’t won the title since 1999 but are on course to win it this season – the only team to average over two points a game and the only team from last season’s top three to be performing at even remotely at the same level in 2011.

7. IFK Göteborg

Tobias Hysen has taken over as top scorer in the competition, but Göteborg are the model of consistency – a mid table team that seems to be stuck in a rut.

8. Trelleborg

The team to watch if you like goals – an average of three goals per game.

9. Häcken

10. Örebro

11. Malmö

It’s looking increasingly likely that they won’t repeat last season’s success, especially as their hooligan element basically handed Helsingborg three points when their game was abandoned at the end of last month. In case you’d forgotten, Malmö only won last year’s title by two points.

12. Mjällby

One for the punters: in only one of their ten games this season have both teams scored.

13. Halmstad

Worst defence in the division so it should hardly be surprising that they also have the worst goal difference. Four of their eleven points have come when they’ve kept clean sheets. Already looking up against it.

14. Djurgården

Biggest regression since 2010; appeared to have a mini revival in mid May, but it didn’t last long and they’re bottom for a reason.

The promoted sides have had changes in fortune over the last month – Norköpping have lost four of their last five games but Syrianska seem to have worked out how to win in the Allsvenskan after a poor start.

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Power Rankings For The Veikkausliiga For Week 8

In Finnish Veikkausliiga on June 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

I’ve had to make various adjustments for Finland this season due to the various shennanigans that took place during the close season and the reorganisation of the Veikkausliiga that took place after them. But without further ado, here are the rankings going into today’s games.

1. JJK

Most improved club so far this season, although their five game winning streak was comprehensively snapped by HJK a couple of weeks ago. Almost a complete turnaround from last season.

2. Inter Turku

Current leaders on goal difference and defensive improvement has been a factor.

3. Mariehamn

Only won seven games in 2010; have already won three this season.

4. HJK

The bad news for everyone else is that the reigning champions seem to be better than they were last year. Haka were the last team to complete a hat trick of title wins, but HJK could repeat that this summer.

5. Honka

6. TPS

7. Haka

8. VPS

9. Jaro

10. KuPS

11. MyPa

Only one win so far this season – need to improve quickly or the 2005 Champions face a long season as only one club will be relegated this summer.

RoPS not ranked due to promotion.