Football Statistics Project
I have chosen to base my project on football statistics because they
are both readily available and interesting enough for deep analysis.
As a starting point I decided to look at the generally accepted theory
of ‘Home Advantage’.
Home advantage, or the tendency for the home team to do better than
they would away, could have several causes. It could be partly
psychological – the home team would almost always have the majority of
the crowd behind them, cheering them on. It could also be to do with
the condition of the pitch – Premiership teams sometimes find it hard
to play on muddy, waterlogged pitches of some lower-division teams.
Another factor is the attitudes of referees and officials. Because
they are intimidated by the home crowd they often give decisions in
favour of the home team, meaning teams may also have a worse
disciplinary record when playing away.
1. Teams have a worse disciplinary record away than at home
2. Better attended teams have a greater home advantage
3. More successful teams have a better disciplinary record
I found that statistics were easy to find on the internet.
obtained mine from two main sites:
There is a very small risk that some of the data I collected could be
However, I have found alternate sites for the Premiership
statistics (such as www.4thegame.com) which gave the same results. I
also think that a betting site must give accurate statistics because
they are such an of gambling
I chose to input my data into because it makes it much
quicker and easier to manipulate the data.
Hypothesis 1 – Teams have a worse disciplinary record away than at
Discipline ‘points’ system
On the internet I was able to find out the numbers of red and yellow