Below is a list of five different A-League tables that have been developed with the following in mind: home points, away points, first half points, second half points and goals only.

Measuring the A-League table using an unusual set of parameters is a wacky endeavour, but it can tell us a lot about the teams in the competition and their tendencies (as of round 22).

 

This is what the table would look like if we only counted home games. Nothing too shocking here. The most surprising thing is probably Melbourne City’s spot in third.

Melbourne City are notably poor at home, and the away table certainly reflects that. The rest of the teams in the A-League are relatively consistent and have similar home and away from.

This is where things get wacky. This is what the A-League table would look like if games ended and points were awarded after 45 minutes. The Mariners would be third. THIRD!!! If that doesn’t give you an indication of the amount of games the Coast have thrown this year, I don’t know what will.

It’s also interesting to note how much Melbourne Victory rely on their second half performances, given their low position on this table.

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Here we see the opposite – if the A-League only cared about the goals scored in the second half. Shockingly, the Mariners have failed to score more goals than their opposition in the second half all season.

Unsurprisingly the Jets are much better in the second half, as we’ve seen them put together a number of comebacks this season. Adelaide are also surprisingly poor in the second half.

What if only thing that mattered was the amount of goals a team scored in a season?

The Wanderers have no problem with scoring goals and it’s clear to see that their defending has let them down. We have a similar story with Brisbane Roar. Newcastle’s issues in front of goal are also reflected on this table.

Featured Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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