Division 2 stats and figures


Division 2 stats and figures.

After a tiring night with her abacus,  Professor Algie Bra turned her attention to Division 2.

 

GK
def
mid
Att
top15
top21
average
Dortmund
89
91
93
90
90
88
90.17
PSG
91
91
92
95
87
84
90.00
Napoli
90
90
91
92
88
87
89.67
Schalke
88
91
90
92
88
87
89.33
Tottenham
92
90
91
89
87
86
89.17
AS Roma
89
92
91
91
88
84
89.17
Wolfsburg
89
90
91
90
88
85
88.83
Zenit
88
90
88
89
88
87
88.33
Galatasaray
90
88
90
90
87
85
88.33
Borussia Moenchengladbach
90
89
90
89
87
83
88.00
Newcastle
89
88
89
88
87
86
87.83
Everton
90
88
89
88
87
85
87.83
Sporting
90
87
89
88
86
85
87.50
Spartak
86
88
89
88
87
86
87.33
Athletic Bilbao
86
88
89
90
86
84
87.17
Lokomtiv Moscow
87
89
88
89
87
83
87.17
Sunderland
87
87
88
89
86
85
87.00
Boca Juniors
87
87
87
88
86
86
86.83
Benfica
88
87
88
89
85
83
86.67
St Etienne
89
88
88
88
85
82
86.67

Again there is no managerial bias. Lokomtiv Moscow have an unusually small squad so the top 21 figure has been increased to stop it skewing the mean.
Firstly it is worth noting that Division 2 has an overall average of 88.23 compared to Division 1 of 89.7. Less difference than one might think. 
To survive in division 1 , you are likely to need a rating above 88, this in reality rules out all teams below Borussia M  for promotion, as things stand.
The 2 star sides are Dortmund and PSG. PSG have an attack better than any defence , whereas Dortmund should have more possesion than any other team in the league. PSG perhaps lack depth but should still gain automatic promotion.
There is then a group of closely matched teams, often the way in division 2 , all of whom could win the league, get automatic promotion or a playoff spot.  Napoli and Schalke use a potent attack. Tottenham will be tough at the back, with Roma being a good all round team.. Roma have good depth but poor deep strength which is an interesting condundrum for their boss.
Hanging on their coat tales, the remaining playoff contenders, Wolfsburg, Zenit ,  Galatasaray, Borussia M. 

Wolfsburg and Zenit are defensively strong, probably a good idea against the stronger attacking opponents already mentioned

Then we have the twilight zone teams, not good enough for promotion, but too good for releagation. Mostly they lack the depth of a division 1 squad, while still having quality. One or two of these squads could well challenge early on but will drop back as the season progresses.  Athletic Bilbao could well be that team. 

There do seem to be 3 firm favourites for relegation with Sunderland just sitting above them.  Boca do have depth and they would be my favourites to surprise.  St Etienne and Benfica will struggle all season and it is doubtful that they will have the where with all to drag themselves out of a relegation scrap.

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