Division 3 Season 3 Stats and facts


Stuck in the middle with you !

The league where there has to be a price to pay.

 Almost half of the managers in Division 3 have decided to sacrifice depth of squad for a strong starting team.

You would expect those managers to have made a good start and to a large extent they have.
However as the season progresses 1 or 2 injuries, rating changes or suspensions will start to hit home meaning blips along the road.

Monaco and Marseille have the strongest overall squads if not the best starting teams, they haven’t had the greatest starts but are still within distance of the top contenders.  Bilbao , Besitkas and current leaders Aston Villa also have strong balanced teams with a good depth to the squad. Ready reckoning suggest you need an average rating of 87 to gain promotion. This gives over half the teams a fighting chance.  Of the teams who don’t have a great deal of depth Genoa or Stoke look best placed to gain an automatic spot if all goes well.

Then we have the enigma of Leicester. Never has it been so easy to sit on a team of players and wait for them to rise. They will do as well as their team does in real life at the start of the next premier league season , they could well gain automatic promotion or quickly fall by the wayside. 
Of the relegation candidates there is little to choose between them , although Bordeaux have the better keeper , which could be crucial. 

Division 3 soon becomes a division to pass through on the way up or down and naturally has the biggest through put of teams. What has occured already is that with 6 better teams coming down from above and 6 improving teams coming up from below there are a dozen or so teams more than able to fight out for the elusive promotion spot, this makes it increasingly tough for the lesser lights to pick up the scraps and avoid relegation.

Gk Def Mid Att Top15 Top21 Average
AS Monaco 88 89 89 90 87 86 88.17
Olympique Marseille 91 88 89 89 86 85 88.00
Athletic Club 90 88 88 88 87 86 87.83
Besiktas JK 88 87 88 89 87 87 87.67
Aston Villa 88 88 87 88 87 86 87.33
Genoa CFC 89 88 89 90 86 82 87.33
Stoke City 89 88 88 89 87 82 87.17
Hoffenheim 88 87 87 88 86 86 87.00
AS Saint-Etienne 89 87 88 87 86 85 87.00
SC Internacional 88 87 88 88 86 85 87.00
Swansea City 88 87 88 89 86 83 86.83
Udinese Calcio 87 87 87 88 87 85 86.83
Sunderland 87 87 87 87 86 86 86.67
Leicester City 89 88 88 90 84 80 86.50
PSV 87 88 87 88 85 84 86.50
Southampton 89 89 87 89 85 80 86.50
Cruzeiro 87 87 87 87 86 85 86.50
Crystal Palace 87 87 88 87 85 82 86.00
Girondins Bordeaux 88 87 88 88 85 80 86.00
Galatasaray SK 87 88 88 88 84 80 85.83

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