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The 11v11 blog focuses on football statistics, records and football history.

  1. Progress versus tradition in football

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Without embracing change in the game, we wouldn’t have floodlights, improved medical care for players, all-seater modern stadiums and more recently, goal-line technology.

    But the question has to be are some things sacrosanct, and so should never change? Or put another way, what things can a club’s owner alter without alienating the fans and causing resentment?

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    The big story of the year so far on this subject has been the decision made by Cardiff City to revert back to their traditional blue shirts for home games following months of protests from disgruntled fans.

    The club changed their branding from blue to red in 2012 with owner Vincent Tan believing ...

    Updated Yesterday at 07:23 PM by Veritas

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    History
  2. Everton's struggles - what's going wrong?

    by illarterate
    At the halfway point of the Premier League season one statistic stands out more than most - Everton's 33 goals conceded. Despite coming close to knocking Arsenal out of the top four last season, and being tipped by experts, pundits and betting news sources, such as Blue Square, to finish high up the table again this year, Everton’s defence is causing Roberto
    Martinez some real headaches. Without significant improvement, they will struggle to make the top ten by May.

    Worst Ever Start
    To contextualise Everton's defensive woes, it is worth highlighting the fact that they currently have the joint second worst defence in the league (along with bottom club Leicester). Only Harry Redknapp's QPR have been more generous at the back. This time last season ...
  3. A FA Cup classic - Blues hold off brave Blyth

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    It must have been a half time team talk of Churchill like proportions delivered by Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett to his troops at Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

    With his side trailing 2-0 to FA Cup giant killers Blyth at the break, Rowett sent the Blues out inspired for the second period. Birmingham stormed back to progress through to the Fourth Round of the competition with a 3-2 victory over the plucky Spartans.

    In many ways, the turnaround mirrored Birmingham’s season. Back in October when the former Burton Albion boss was appointed at St Andrews, the West Midlands side were next to bottom of the table with just 11 points from their first 14 games.

    Rowett was given the opportunity at the Championship ...

    Updated 4th January 2015 at 02:44 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  4. Last chance saloon – treble zero needed

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Whilst looking at my ‘both teams to score’ coupon this week, I noticed there was also the option to predict that both team wouldn’t score.

    The perfect option for supporters of those teams firing blanks and shooting duds. Sounds like a tricky one to pull off, especially as clean sheets may be difficult to come by with so many games in quick succession over the festive period - and defenders full of turkey and Christmas pudding.

    With teams also suffering from injuries and suspensions at this time of year, landing any sort of bet is going to be tough this weekend but this is the last chance of the year to get one over your friendly bookie.

    So here’s my shout for those who can’t hit a barndoor....
    ...

    Updated 27th December 2014 at 04:55 PM by Veritas

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    Uncategorized
  5. Goal feast – six to check out

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    My mate Goal-den Jon swears by the ‘both teams to score’ betting market, so on the theory that if you can’t beat them join them, I’ve tried to identify six matches where there is a good chance of both keepers having to pick the ball out of the back of the net this weekend:

    Manchester City v Everton
    Reading v Bolton Wanderers
    Wigan Athletic v Norwich City
    Bury v Luton Town
    Wycombe Wanderers v AFC Wimbledon
    Colchester United v Peterborough United

    The evidence behind these selections – some of it scanty but some more convincing:-

    Manchester City – Sergio Aguero has 17 goals so far this season so if he’s fit and shows the form he did in scoring a hat-trick against ...

    Updated 5th December 2014 at 10:45 AM by Veritas

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    Betting , football league , premier league
  6. FA Cup – Giants against minnows; Scunthorpe United v Worcester City

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I decided to feature the Scunthorpe United v Worcester City FA Cup game as soon as the balls came out of the pot.

    I remember as a teenager regularly going across the newly opened Humber Bridge on a Friday night, astride my first motorbike, to travel the 23 miles down the A1077 to Scunthorpe’s Old Show Ground.

    This would be in the early 1980s when the likes of Steve Cammack, Chris Cowling and Neil Pointon were playing for the Iron in the old Fourth Division.

    I particularly remember one occasion coming back across the Bridge in the middle of the most stunning of electrical storms - memories indeed.

    And Worcester has always been one of my favourite places to visit, although more for the ...

    Updated 4th December 2014 at 07:59 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
  7. Title: 5 telling stats from the Premier League

    By Keith Hedden (11v11 guest contributor)

    With 13 match weeks now behind us, we're roughly one third of the way through the English Premier League season, and the league has begun to take shape. A lot can happen between now and spring 2015, but we still have some strong indications as to which players and which clubs are performing at a top-caliber level along with those who are in for disappointing campaigns. With that said, here are five of the most interesting and revealing statistics from the first 13 games of Premier League action.

    Sergio Aguero Leads Scoring

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    Diego Costa owns most of the scoring-related headlines this season due to his red hot start (more on that later), but Sergio Aguero currently ...

    Updated 1st December 2014 at 07:36 PM by Veritas

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    Football statistics , Betting , premier league
  8. Mine’s a treble – three to watch.

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    This week’s plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekend’s fixture list – three games that could make an interesting treble.

    As a caveat, it’s important you know that I’m not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.

    From the Premier League – Sunderland v Chelsea
    Alright I admit it, my first choice isn’t the most ambitious of selections, as the table topping Blues travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who seem to be heading for another battle against the drop.

    However, Saturday’s late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isn’t necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only have to think back ...

    Updated 27th November 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas

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    Football statistics , Betting
  9. My blogging journey to date

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    In celebration of ten weeks, 20 blogs and 25,000 page views, here is a quick recap and update on the topics I’ve covered.

    Blyth Spartans
    The road to Wembley continues with Blyth’s live televised trip to Hartlepool on Friday 5th December with a 7.55pm kick off. In the meantime the Spartans have league games against Kings Lynn Town, Ilkeston and Witton Albion to concentrate on before their big day.

    Booing
    The Spurs fans seem to have decided booing your own team can have a positive affect!
    However, Emmanuel Adebayor recently told the Guardian that Tottenham’s players are struggling with the pressure of a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane “Instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, ...

    Updated 21st November 2014 at 08:11 AM by Veritas

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    11v11
  10. This weekend's football fixtures - four to follow

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    A quartet of Saturday games to keep an eye on – all with the traditional 3pm kick-off, so if you have a punt you’ll know if you’ve been successful by 5pm on the day, rather than having that agonizing wait to see if the one Sunday game you’ve predicted busts your accumulator.

    From the Premier League – Stoke City v Burnley
    Fresh from their first Premier League win of the season against Hull City at Turf Moor last time out, the bottom of the table Clarets travel to the Britannia Stadium with renewed optimism. Sean Dyche's men had been the only team in the top four divisions of English football without a win prior to their victory over the Tigers.

    Burnley’s problem still looks to be a lack of goals, with only ...

    Updated 19th November 2014 at 08:54 PM by Veritas

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    Betting , football league , premier league
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