Revealed: The A-League team with the best bench

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The substitutes bench. It’s the last resort, a desperate attempt to change the game. The weapon in a manager’s arsenal. So which A-League team has the best bench?

For this article, we are using the NHL system. How does this work? Every time a team scores a goal, they get +1 to their score for every substitute on the pitch.

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So if you score a goal with two subs on the pitch you will get a +2 to your score. It also works vice-versa; a goal conceded with two subs on the pitch results in a -2 to the score.

Why are we using this weird system? Data. There have not been many goals scored by subs this season. Data can also be deceiving as the Central Coast Mariners lead that category with three goals from the bench, but two of those were penalties in the same game.

Without further ado let’s get down to business!

This article only includes matches between rounds one and 16 of the 2019/20 A-League season.

Brisbane Roar are in first followed by Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC. Perth Glory, Adelaide United and Western United are the only other teams with a positive sub difference.

The results does have shocks and their names are the Roar and Melbourne City. However, these shocks do make sense. Brisbane love scoring late goals when the subs are on.

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Melbourne City are the opposite as they do conceed their fair share of late goals, not to mention a reliance on their starting XI.

For the rest of the teams, their positions on the ladder are similar to their A-League ones. It does all make sense.

So which A-League team has the best bench? Brisbane does.

Below is the full table for sub difference, as well as a comparison to the actual A-League table.

PositionClubSub differencePosition change
1stBrisbane Roar+17+6
2ndWellington Phoenix+10+2
3rdSydney+9-2
4thAdelaide United+5+1
5th=Perth Glory+4-2
5th=Western United+4+1
7th=CCM-4+3
7th=Melbourne Victory-4+1
9thWSW-70
10thMelbourne City-10-8
11thNewcastle Jets-140

The idea for this story came from twitter user RyansRovers.

Featured image credit: Jamie Castaneda

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Dan Moskovitz
Dan Moskovitz
The Football Sack's resident teen kiwi football nut. Loves everything football except defeats.

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