There is NO benefit in playing the second fixture of a double-foot football game at home, study finds
- Myth says two-fold that the team that plays second at home has an advantage
- Researchers studied 320 two-legged competitions between 2010 and 2017 to test it
- Found teams that host second, were successful only 48.8 percent of the time
Double-legged fixtures in the football world can be controversial, and many think that the team that will play second at home has an advantage.
But research by scientists in Belgium has broken the numbers and found this myth unfounded.
A total of 320 two-legged matches were analyzed from the UEFA Europa League and Champions League between 2010 and 2017 and no evidence was found to support an advantage in either case.
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Double-legged fixtures in the football world can be controversial, and many think that the team that will play second at home has an advantage. The overwhelming victory of Derby County against Leeds United in the semifinals, and now a team of scientists in Belgium, have proven that this is not the case
WHAT IS THE SECOND-EMPTY MYTH?
The myth of the home advantage of the second leg is often related to the idea that every situation can still be resolved in the second leg of a football match.
That is why home advantage is crucial in that game.
The home advantage of this second leg should be present, especially when the confrontation is tied and extra time or decisive penalties are needed in the stadium of the team hosting the second game.
A random & # 39; Unsown & # 39; bipedal confrontation takes place before the head of Bournemouth and a random draw decides which team plays first at home and which team has the second leg.
Teams that played second went on to the next phase of the tournament 48.8 percent of the time, with those playing at home taking the lead first.
However, the small difference between both types of teams was not statistically significant and is based on coincidence, researchers explain.
& # 39; The benefit of this second leg, if it exists, seems to be offset by other dynamics & quot ;, said researcher Simon Amez from Ghent University.
& # 39; Probably a second home game that has overcome a bad result in the first stage can only do so by taking great tactical risks that can be linked to higher chances of awarded goals. & # 39;
It has long been thought that playing at home is preferable to the second, because it allows each situation to be corrected.
The home advantage, where the team conforms more and has the support of the crowd, is therefore a bonus in allowing successful management of the game.
It is considered most prominent if the first match was a tie or if it involves extra tie or penalty & # 39; s.
The myth seemed to work for Liverpool, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat in Spain, but when the home game was played at home, they won the victors 4-0 (photo). Scientists, however, noticed that teams that hosted second went on to the next stage of the tournament 48.8 percent of the time
The home game at home was good for Liverpool this year, as they had one of the most memorable Champions League comebacks of all time against Barcelona in the semi-final.
The men from Merseyside suffered a 3-0 defeat in Spain, but, when the return leg was played at home, triumphed with a 4-0 win.
They would later win the competition, the sixth in their history.
However, the home myth of the second stage, Leeds United failed in their push to promote the championship this year.
They played rivals Derby County and in the second leg on Elland Road, Derby prevailed in a 4-2 stunner that sent them to the playoff final in Wembley, at the expense of Leeds.
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