Saturday, May 15, 2010
Yesterday we gave you a breakdown of the Crew's tactics, today we give you a quick statistical comparison of the two clubs.
This game is not a sure 3 PTS for C-Bus, but it is 3 PTS the Crew certainly should earn. Last year Chivas USA had only 6 draws, lowest among the 8 playoff teams. This year they have 3 wins and 4 losses and only 1 draw. But they've scored 5 goals at home and 5 goals on the road. In short, Chivas is a club that so far has been inconsistent--but they are dangerous depending on which club shows up for that particular match.
Notice that Chivas allows fewer SHTAs and SOGAs per game than does the Crew. As we said earlier in the season, the Crew's defense gives us cause for concern, and last week did nothing to alleviate those anxieties. However, the rest of the numbers tell us that the Crew enjoy a substantial advantage including GF/GM, GA/GM and PTS/GM. Most importantly, in the LM Power Rankings, the Crew enjoys a considerable advantage of over 1.5 STDDEVs.
Here's hoping that Hesmer has his head screwed on straight, that the Crew's attack gets more efficient (several players last week failed to finish exceptionally good chances) and that during the defensive phase the Crew begins to show signs of being able to completely shut down lesser teams . Columbus 'til I die.