Scoring first and losing in six European league competitions 2017-2018: Update

There have been 21 games this season in six European leagues (EPL, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Bundesliga, Serie A, Primera) in which the team that scored first has lost (as of 18 September).

The games are:

  • Serie A (5)

Benevento Calcio v Sampdoria (Round 1)

Roma v Inter (Round 2)

Atalanta v Napoli (Round 2)

Genoa v Juventus (Round 2)

Sassuolo Calcio v Atalanta (Round 3)

  • Ligue 1 (4)

Toulouse v Monaco (Round 1)

Metz v Guingamp (Round 1)

Toulouse v PSG (Round 3)

Rennes v Toulouse (Round 4).

  • Eredivisie (4)

Alkmaar v Eindhoven (Round 1)

Ajax v Heracles Almelo (Round 1)

Roda JC Kerkrade v PEC Zwolle (Round 1)

SBV Excelsior v sc Heerenveen (Round 5)

  • Primera (3)

Celta Vigo v Real Sociadad (Round 1) 

Celta Vigo v Real Betis (Round 2)

Getafe CF v Barcelona (Round 4)

  • Bundesliga (3)

Freiburg v Leipzig (Round 2)

Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz (Round 3)

Werder Bremen v FC Schalke 04 (Round 4)

  • EPL (2)

Bournemouth v Manchester City (Round 3)

Brighton v Bournemouth (Round 5)

Photo Credit

FC Schalke 04 (Twitter)

Scoring first and losing in six European football leagues 2017-2018

A picture of sassuolo calcio's first goal against Atalanta in Serie A

At the end of league games on 11 September, 212 games had been played in six European football leagues: EPL (40), Ligue 1 (50), Bundesliga (27), Eredivisie (36), Primera (30); and Serie A (29).

In 17 of these games, the team that scored first lost. Their occurrences are:

  • Serie A (5)

Benevento Calcio v Sampdoria (Round 1)

Roma v Inter (Round 2)

Atalanta v Napoli (Round 2)

Genoa v Juventus (Round 2)

Sassuolo Calcio v Atalanta (Round 3)

  • Ligue 1 (4)

Toulouse v Monaco (Round 1)

Metz v Guingamp (Round 1)

Toulouse v PSG (Round 3)

Rennes v Toulouse (Round 4).

  • Eredivisie (3)

Alkmaar v Eindhoven (Round 1)

Ajax v Heracles Almelo (Round 1)

Roda JC Kerkrade v PEC Zwolle (Round 1)

  • Primera (2)

Celta Vigo v Real Sociadad (Round 1) 

Celta Vigo v Real Betis (Round 2)

  • Bundesliga (2)

Freiburg v Leipzig (Round 2)

Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz (Round 3)

  • EPL (1)

Bournemouth v Manchester City (Round 3)

My aim is to update this post throughout the season. I am fascinated by this group of games as the exceptions to the impact of scoring first and not losing. As of 11 September the median % of teams scoring first and not losing in six European leagues was 86%.

Photo Credit

Sassuolo Calcio v Atalanta (Frame grab)

101 Goals in the EPL 2017-2018 Season: End of Week 4

There have been four rounds of the 2017-2018 English Premier League football season. 101 goals have been scored in the games played.

The 100th goal of the season was scored by Pedro Obiang for West Ham United in the 72nd minute of the game against Huddersfield Town.

My record of when the 101 goals were scored in 15 minute intervals is:

Winners of games have scored 74 goals, losers 11 goals with 16 goals being scored in drawn games. There have been three 0v0 games.

After four rounds of games, the team that has scored first has not lost in 91% of games.

Photo Credit

View over Stamford Bridge (Ben Sutherland, CC BY 2.0)