Division 4 the key stats.
When we look at this division we can see immediately that there is much less difference from the division above. The average rating is 86.4 compared to 86.7 in D3. If we use a rule of thumb that you would need a rating of just above 86 to survive in D3 you can see that the vast majority of clubs down to SC Internacional have the potential to gain promotion.
This makes this the most open division so far.
The current position is shown to the right of the table. It is probably no surprise that 6/7 of the highest rated teams occupy the automatic promotion and play off spots , even early doors.
They have to a large extent chosen to sacrifice quantity for quality, probably a good idea in this division. West Ham and Dynamo Moscow are an exception to that and if they can keep up early in the season they will be in a position to challenge the out and out favourites Southamton.
It is no surprise to find teams of a similar build Udinese and Montpellier also begining the season well . There is such a similarity from then on down to even Levante that it is hard to say how a particular team will do statistically , which means that manager skill and the vagueness of injuries will have more effect.
It has to be a concern for Espanyol, Chievo , Levante that they are already struggling and have little in the wasy of back up to push into the front line.
Hellas Verona though are rather a sad sight and I can’t see them surviving ,