By Tony Attwood
As we’ve been investigating during the interlull, the chances of us getting into the top six to get a place in Europe next year don’t look too good. However we have noted that because of the curious European rules lurking around it is possible that cup winners’ places might not be taken up if the club has already qualified through another route – and they can go to a team further down the charts.
But those rules are strangely written, and I wouldn’t like to rely on them, so let’s see if we can’t find another way in. Here we are at the moment…
|5||West Ham United||29||14||7||8||45||35||10||49|
In effect we need three out of West Ham, Tottenham Hots, Liverpool and Everton to go for a meander while Arsenal keep up the pressure.
Now if I told you at this moment that a supercomputer had been brought in to work out what will happen if current form continues exactly as now, that might make it sound what follows a lot more impressive. Of course we know that football doesn’t use supercomputers – they are used for working out what is happening inside black holes, what happens to the economy if corporation tax is cut and whether time can run backwards as well as forwards.
No, in this case it is me working it out with a calculator.
But if it makes you feel better to be told a super computer did all this, please do believe that.
So, here we go. In my previous piece on Untold I noted that in recent games we had been doing a lot better of late than in the earlier part of the season. I took the last 15 games and compared with the start of the season and saw this…
|Games up to Xmas Day||14||4||2||8||12||18||-6||14|
|Games since Xmas Day||15||8||4||3||28||14||+14||28|
Although that looks like a journey that is moving in the right direction, it doesn’t help us too much if all the clubs around us have also improved. So I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the last 12 games of the Premier League. (I know I counted 15 games in my previous table, but working all this data out is quite hard going, and I found a “last 12” table on line (very much appreciated soccerstats) so here we are. How are we performing in the last 12.
In fact we are sixth in the League over the last 12 games – not as high as I had hoped before finding the details, but still better than an earlier part of the season. Except we are actually doing better than Tottenham Hots, Everton and Liverpool – exactly as we need.
|14 Jan 2021||Arsenal v Crystal Palace||D||0-0||Premier League|
|18 Jan 2021||Arsenal v Newcastle United||W||3-0||Premier League|
|26 Jan 2021||Southampton v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|30 Jan 2021||Arsenal v Manchester United||D||0-0||Premier League|
|2 Feb 2021||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|6 Feb 2021||Aston Villa v Arsenal||L||1-0||Premier League|
|14 Feb 2021||Arsenal v Leeds United||W||4-2||Premier League|
|21 Feb 2021||Arsenal v Manchester City||L||0-1||Premier League|
|28 Feb 2021||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|6 Mar 2021||Burnley v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|14 Mar 2021||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||2-1||Premier League|
|21 Mar 2021||West Ham United v Arsenal||D||3-3||Premier League|
However 42% of those games were against clubs in the mix for a place in the top six: Man U, Man C, Leicester, Tottenham, West Ham. If all things were worked out equal that should be 32%. So yes, we’ve been having a tough run – which means our run to the end of the season will be easier.
So how have we done in the last 12, despite having a tough run of games?
|4||West Ham Utd||12||7||2||3||21||14||+7||23|
What that shows is that in the last 12 games we have gained one point on Tottenham, two on Everton and six on Liverpool. We have in fact got nine games left to go – see what happens if this form continues…
The “extra” column reflects the points that current form suggests might be got from the remaining games and the “final” column obviously tells us the points total.
That makes Tottenham 6th, Everton 7th, Arsenal 8th and Liverpool 9th. So we go up one place, but no more. But we are only two points behind Everton and three behind Tottenham, so one extra slip on their part or one extra win from the expected could swing it for us. But it still looks tough.
However as we have noted we have been overdosing on games against clubs above us, and this will change. The games we have and the possible points, worked out match by match are shown below.
We need 17 points from the remaining nine games – 1.88 points a game. 0.3 points more per game than in the last 12 matches. Can we do it? Here are the predictions: 5 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat.
|3 April||Arsenal v Liverpool||Draw||1 point|
|11 April||Sheffield United v Arsenal||Away win||3 points|
|17 April||Arsenal v Fulham||Home win||3 points|
|24 April||Arsenal v Everton||Draw||1 point|
|1 May||Newcastle v Arsenal||Away win||3 points|
|1 May||Arsenal v WBA||Home win||3 points|
|12 May||Chelsea v Arsenal||Home win||0 points|
|15 May||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||Draw||1 point|
|23 May||Arsenal v Brighton and Hove||Home win||3 points|
So yes we might still make it, but in truth we have left our revival a little bit late. But that is what our Prime Minister would call a road map worked out by the Untold Supercomputer (ie Tony & calculator).
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