Division 5 , the only way is up


Difficult to look past the super team of Torino, so who will finish second.

You could easily argue that D5 follows the pattern of D1,2,4 only broken by the free spirited thinkers of D3 , that there must be 2 teams much better than all the rest. Is this some kind of evolutionary state or just coincidence?

Torino have a side capable of winning D3 or 4 , and more than capable of surviving in D2 . Should be a walk in the park.  Celta Vigo are a very different team, they love their midfield and use it to gain plenty of possession, even in games they have lost, they get 50% more than their opponents . These two teams should top the division or at very least gain an easy promotion.

Twente are a similar team to Celta but with a more attacking flare, in may ways Celtic match them swapping a stronger keeper for a weaker defence.  The currently under performing Espanyol look to offer a more balanced approach, but that doesn’t seem to be working at the moment. You probably need 87.0 plus to survive D4, which would mean any team down to Cologne could look to a play off spot. Cologne could well be the big shock team , so long as they don’t get any injuries.

As there is no relegation, one looks at the likely teams for  the sack race. Brugge and Partizan lack depth, Brugge have a decent midfield and so should be able to grind out draws and wins , that Partizan won’t be able to convert long term. It will also be interesting to see how Bremen and Anderlecht cope long term minus an 87 keeper, there are alternatives at externals, so I would sacrifice a player to pick one up now , it could mean Bremen pushing for the playoffs and at worse Anderlecht being secure.

While I am at it there are some really odd teams in this division, Can’t understand why you would need 11 attacking midfielders in a squad of 50 but hey , who am I to know, I suppose that is the wild wild west of D5.

GK DEF MID ATT Top18 Average
1 Torino 89.0 88.0 88.5 90.0 87.0 88.5
2 Celta Vigo 88.0 89.0 89.5 87.5 86.0 88.0
3 FC Twente 87.0 87.5 88.5 88.5 86.0 87.5
4 RCD Espanyol 88.0 87.0 88.0 87.5 86.0 87.3
5 Celtic 88.0 86.0 87.5 88.5 86.0 87.2
6 H. Berlin 88.0 87.0 88.0 88.0 85.0 87.2
7 Levante UD 88.0 87.5 87.5 88.0 85.0 87.2
8 Dynamo Moskva 87.0 87.0 87.5 87.0 87.0 87.1
9 Cologne 88.0 87.0 88.0 88.5 84.0 87.1
10 Independiente 87.0 87.0 87.5 88.0 85.0 86.9
11 Santos FC 87.0 87.0 88.0 87.0 85.0 86.8
12 Málaga CF 87.0 87.0 87.0 87.0 86.0 86.8
13 Rubin Kazan 88.0 86.5 87.5 87.0 85.0 86.8
14 Bremen 86.0 87.0 88.5 87.0 85.0 86.7
15 Flamengo 87.0 87.0 87.5 87.0 85.0 86.7
16 Augsburg 88.0 86.5 86.5 87.0 85.0 86.6
17 RSC Anderlecht 86.0 86.5 87.5 87.0 85.0 86.4
18 West Bromwich Albion 87.0 86.5 86.0 87.5 85.0 86.4
19 Club Brugge KV 87.0 86.5 88.0 87.0 83.0 86.3
20 FK Partizan 87.0 86.5 87.0 87.5 83.0 86.2

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