With the season nearly upon us and with poor old David Stride of Bashley FC being sacked for a particularly bad pre-season, bwin have done some in-depth research on how pre-season schedules can shape a season. Is a good pre-season a precursor to a good season? Does distance covered have an impact on results?
Looking at the pre-season schedules of the upper crust of the Premier League, the key findings are;
- Chelsea's title winning 2014/15 pre-season saw them travel 4,367 miles – significantly less than their top six rivals, (Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham) who averaged around 10,000 miles apiece.
- This season, Chelsea have less air miles once more, perhaps indicative of another title winning pre-season.
- However, results are more significant than air miles when it comes to influencing seasons – reassuring news for the money spinning board members!
- Manchester United's 2013/14 pre-season in '8 points from 7 games' after travelling 23,289 miles…they then finished seventh.
- Liverpool's seventh placed finish in 2012/13 followed a terrible pre-season in which they won '5 points from 4 games'.
- In the same pre-season, United went unbeaten and won the league.
Here's an infographic form courtesy of bwin to help you visualise the true impact of pre-seasons...