The mad world of Division 3, stats and facts season 6.
Will PSV live up to expectations this season ?
PSV and argueably Sevilla can put out the strongest starting 11, with Olympic Lyon not far behind. Again looking up 1 division PSV would be challenging for a play off space , so this should be a relative doddle for them.
Lyon and Sevilla have the most attacking options, but Sevilla have a weakness between the sticks, which never helps long term.
Injury free Celtic could also challenge for the top spot. With a wild variation in performance vs stats in D3 you could look down as far as St Etienne or even Marseille for the eventual winners or even to Besitkas or Villa for a playoff spot.
The experimental ranking system indeed shows that Marseille or Villa could be dark horses for a play off run.
To survive in D2 you need around 88.10 which would put the cut off between Newcastle and Celtic , lower than that and you will be rejoining your long lost friends.
At the relegation end Chievo , Galatasary and Cruziero look set for the drop. Galatasary and Cruziero have a weak keeper, lack depth, Chievo are desperately weak up top and could find reinforcements in the open market.
While the regular stats put Spatak in the 4th drop spot, the adjusted stats show that Swansea may be more likely to drop, which is backed up by the first couple of games.
I fancy Besitkas for a good cup run, if that is what takes their fancy.