Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Spanish League Post-Clasico Update

Barcelona went back on top by virtue of their 1-0 win over Real Madrid. To be honest, Madrid far exceeded my expectations in the match. They actually outplayed Barcelona for long stretches, especially in the first half and Barça were fortunate in that Zlatan put away their only clear chance of the match. I expected it to be like last year when Barça played Real Madrid off the park both times. Elsewhere, Sevilla got a disappointing result with a draw versus their Andalusia rival Malaga. The result didn't feel particularly fair as Sevilla dominated, including the first half even though the score didn't indicate that; they went into the break down 0-2. Valencia also failed to win at home, picking up just a draw against fellow Catalan speakers Mallorca. Atletico de Madrid perhaps are getting it back as they crushed Espanyol 4-0.

Here are the rankings:

The last column is the expected goal differential if the teams played a new season at the level the results so far indicate. O and D are offensive and defensive ranks which are based on how many goals scored and conceded as well as the opponent strength.

Barcelona remain best at both ends of the pitch. Sevilla slipped a bit due to giving up two goals at home to Malaga, who are pretty weak when it comes to scoring.

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