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A_New_Era Posted on 28/6 10:42
Is the Premier League a defensive league?

i know people say its got excitement and its fast paced etc, but is our leageu a defensive one?

I dont know the stats in how many goals were scored over the season in spain italy england etc, but the game over here now is more about keeping your opponent from scoring rather than out scoring them. SO many times you see teams (we do it alot) going looking for a 0-0 draw away from home and playign with 10 men behind the ball at all times. Theres always some games that are exceptions, but i mean overall

Has "the most exciting league in the world" now become abit of a bore with teams too scared too lose to concentrate on winning?

Sleaford_Socialite Posted on 28/6 10:54
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

Yes for 16 teams, no for 4.

A_New_Era Posted on 28/6 11:02
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

which 4 teams would you say? arsenal, tottenham, man utd and ?

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McCann_87 Posted on 28/6 11:09
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

Exciting teams to watch:

Man United...
erm...
Arsenal used to be..not so sure about now.
Spurs at a push..

Chelsea are boring as fook as are liverpool at times.

Tom_Fun Posted on 28/6 11:09
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

It never used to be, but it has gradually become that way because teams are scared to lose. It's all about the benjamins these days.

A_New_Era Posted on 28/6 11:12
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

As you said, its about having the balls to want to go on and win. Spurs did it last season with great effect, hurt them at the start of the season but look where they finished

Fatsuma Posted on 28/6 11:12
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

Did you see the FA Cup Final?

Chelsea vs Man U

"The final that everyone wanted!"

2 teams, with limitless resources, frit to death that the other team would win, so both played one striker!

Thank goodness for Reading (06/07) and Wigan (05/06) - two teams that were very attack minded and flooded players into the opposition box at every opportunity - even if 2-0 up in the 89th minute!

Lagerjord Posted on 28/6 11:57
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

heres last seasons league table for goals scored per game in the major european leagues -

1. Dutch - 1.495 goals per game
2. Bundesliga - 1.367 goals per game
3. Serie A - 1.255 goals per game
4. La Liga - 1.239 goals per game
5. Premiership - 1.225 goals per game
6. French - 1.125 goals per game

Germany has the lowest ticket prices as well so it seems that the premiership entertainment value hasnt benefited from the vast amounts of money it contains

This league shows the number of teams at the top of each league within 15 points of the champion -

La Liga - 5
Dutch - 4
Bundesliga - 4
Premiership - 1
Serie A - 0 ?!!!
French - 0?!!!

Shows a slight lack of competition in some leagues??????

BossHogg Posted on 28/6 12:04
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

Fear of being relegated, and losing millions, has made some managers defend first, attack later, causing a drop in the standard of entertainment on show to the fans IMO!

Money plays too bigger part in how a manager sends him team out!

PV86 Posted on 28/6 12:07
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

For me the PL is boring. The 16 play frightened football and the top 4 win/dive all the time. No surprises anymore.

It needs restructuring, with perhaps play offs for CL spots.

Lagerjord Posted on 28/6 12:29
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

Also from last year to present 84 million pounds plus signings were made in england costing 311,415,000 - a heck of a lot of money that only includes roughly less than half of transfer fees

And then there's the wages

A_New_Era Posted on 28/6 12:36
re: Is the Premier League a defensive league?

a premiership game averages around 20 for a season ticket holder. if it worked on averages, thats 20 for one goal a game, and not necessairly for boro