Thursday, 28 January 2016

A blindspot in Cherries' goal scoring chart

It will not have escaped the stat keepers that the Cherries have a bit of a blindspot when it comes to scoring goals between the 29th and 51st minutes of games this season. While it may just be one of those things, you wonder whether the fast starts that the team so often make in scoring nine goals in the first 15 minutes is something that contributes to a slowdown in chances being taken in the latter parts of the first half.

Is it down to the way the team comes out an attacks teams early on? I find that a bit strange considering that when the team has had a break at half time and comes out to play the second half you might expect them to have the same problem. But that's simply not the case, with the Cherries netting late second half goals against Chelsea, Everton and West Ham to name a few.
Finding the net is proving a problem late on in the first half.
Analysing the recent match against Sunderland is an example of when the Cherries took their foot off the pedal to some extent and the Black Cats had a stronger end to the first half. It was similar in the match against West Ham at Dean Court. It is probable that other teams have difficulty in matching the Cherries' attacking zeal in the first 20 minutes of games and perhaps start to find a way to better cope with the passing game that AFCB play after this initial period.

AFCB have always looked to put crosses into the box though as much in the latter part of first halves as they have in other periods of the game. Not scoring the second goal has become a big deal for the team though and a cause of frustration for Howe. If he can work out if the team can play with more energy in the last part of the first half then maybe the good starts will start to be backed up with more wins.

Score Predictions
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