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By Bulldog Drummond
Our referee is Antonio Mateu Lahoz, from Spain. And the website “NowArsenal” are running an article under the heading Arsenal appointed super strict referee for Sporting clash
In the table below he is compared with a couple of other referees from that league, and, in the final line, Craig Pawson of the Premier League… and I am not sure sure about this notion of him being “super strict”.
|Referee||Games||Fouls pg||Fouls/Tackles||Pen pg||Yel pg|
|Pablo González Fuertes||13||30.92||0.94||0.31||6.62|
|Mario Melero López||14||25.57||0.77||0.29||3.64|
The figures here show that Referee Lahoz is not especially far out in terms of activity on the pitch with other referees in the Spanish league or with Craig Pawson, taken as a representative of the Premier League. The two other Spanish league players are taken from either end of this season’s fouls perspective.
So the next thing we look at is a comparison of Mr Lahoz’ home and away record, and his comparison with Craig Pawson of the Premier League
|Referee||Games||Fouls per game||Fouls/Tackles||Pen pg||Yellow cards||YelLOW per game|
|A.M.M. Lahoz home||12||12.83||0.86||0.17||24||2.00|
|Craig Pawson home||17||11.76||0.65||0.18||38||2.24|
|A.M.M. Lahoz away||12||13.33||0.74||0.25||31||2.58|
|Craig Pawson away||17||12.18||0.73||0.18||31||1.82|
Mr Lahoz follows the general Premier League tendency of giving more fouls against the away team – a tendency that Mr Pawson doesn’t follow. But his numbers are not massively out of line with the norm that we find in league games.
But the main difference is between the top and the bottom of the league. The bottom three in Portugal have scored 52 goals in 72 games (0.72 goals a game). In the Premier League, the bottom three have scored 76 goals in 78 games (0.97 goals a game). What this suggests is that the clubs near the top of the Portuguese league are much more used to some games where they can simply go in and win the game, than in the Premier League.
However, if that is getting all a bit too technical for you here’s something a bit more fun courtesy of the BBC: “When failing to win a home first leg of a two-legged knockout tie in major European competition, Sporting have been eliminated in 21 of their previous 22 such ties.”
Although on a less than positive note, the last time Arsenal played in the Europa League it did not end well with just one win in the last five games from 18 March to 6 May 2021. That win was a 4-0 away win to Slavia Prague on 15 April. But then the two matches before that were a defeat and a draw, and the two matches after that were a defeat and a draw. Across those four games Arsenal scored two and conceded four. Not the most exciting of times.
There was a rather similar dismal end in the 2019/20 campaign in the Europa with Arsenal again losing two, drawing two and winning just one of their last five games. The win was 0-1 away to Olympiakos but that was followed by a home defeat 1-2.
|06 Nov 2019||Vitória Guimarães v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|28 Nov 2019||Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt||L||1-2|
|12 Dec 2019||Standard Liège v Arsenal||D||2-2|
|20 Feb 2020||Olympiakos v Arsenal||W||0-1|
|27 Feb 2020||Arsenal v Olympiakos||L||1-2|
So we can only hope that the hierarchy have some of their tricks up their collective sleeves to motivate the Arsenal players and get them out of this habit of a poor run once at the end of a Europa season.
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