A schedule breakdown with such artistry to the science, I can’t help but love it.
Originally posted on The Shin Guardian:
Steve Fenn puts MLS’s 2013 schedule into the data blender
MLS has released the 2013 schedule, which is once again not balanced, and with further expansion coming soon probably never will be.
Every club will play each cross-conference opponent once. All Western clubs will play everyone else in their conference 3 times, and the East will play 2 intraconference opponents twice and face the rest 3 times.
Here’s a graphic layout of the entire schedule, with hosts on the left and visitors on top:
Strength of Schedule
Given these imbalances, it is only natural to ask which teams gain advantage.
By linking opponent 2012 goal differential to every fixture, we can approximate strength of schedule pretty well. Across professional soccer leagues, goal differential has been proven to be a somewhat reliable predictor of the next season’s success or failure. Each individual match’s difficulty…
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