The land advantage appears to be back in the Premier League now that the return of the public will bring a sense of return to normalcy for the sport after a season that bucked the trends in the National Football League.
With most of last season being played in empty stadiums due to the restrictions of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the balance has shifted to such an extent that victories on the opposing field outnumbered victories at home, an unprecedented situation for the elite. English football.
Seven rounds into the new season, statistics compiled by Nielsen Gracenote show that teams playing in front of their own fans are more likely to win.
Of the 70 matches played so far, 40% have resulted in victories on home soil and 31% on the opposing field.
It is a noticeable difference from the same stage of the previous season, in which the visiting teams won 46% of matches (a pattern that remained until the end, where victories on the opposing field accounted for 40% of results and 38% of victories at home).
It was the first time in the four English divisions that a season had more wins at home than in the country.
The impact of leveling empty stadiums has been seen as a major factor, but now that England’s restrictions have been lifted, the mood for matches is back to normal.
“With the public returning, results are back to pre-Covid levels, at 40% [das partidas] “Local teams and 31% of visitors won,” Simon Gleave, head of sports analytics at Nielsen Gracenote, told Reuters on Tuesday (5).
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