Saturday, February 05, 2011
The Table Never Lies
With most teams having played between 11 and 13 games in the Indonesia Super League time to look at some uniquely local quirks.
Both first and second placed Persipura and Semen Padang have played 12 games but both have only played three away games so far. Persipura have two away while Semen Padang have drawn two and yet to win away.
4th placed Persiwa are famous for their meanness at home. They have only lost once at their Pendidikan Stadium in the last two or three years and that was last year against champions Arema who went massively public about their concerns playing there. In their eight home games they have netted 16 while and conceded three. OK, good attack, strong defence you might think. But away they have only one point and four defeats, scoring just three and conceding 15!
The we have Deltras and we now really enter the Twilight Zone. They're in 8th place and have played 13 games, six home and seven away. At home they're vitually unplayable with 16 points and 17 goals from playing in front of their home fans. Away? Nothing. Not a goal or a point have they managed thus far.
Sriwijaya were one of the pre season favourites but now sit 9th in the 15 team league. But despair not 'cos from their 11 games only three have been at home.
Persijap? Unbeaten at home, pointless away. Odd, innit, how this keeps cropping up. You'd almost think...nah, that couldn't happen, could it?
We end with Persib, second bottom. Remember how the top two had played most of their openeing games at home? Well, Persib have played just two out of 11 in front of their own fans where they remain unbeaten. Contrast that with their away form which has seen seven defeats and just a single victory.
So that league table? Never lies, eh?