Daniele Cacia: On Fire Again.

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Daniele Cacia scored his eighth goal of the season for Bologna on Monday evening; and he’s got form for being a high roller in Serie B. This graph shows this rather well – his seasons in Verona, Lecce and Florence being the low points; but equally, he doesn’t score when he doesn’t play. I might have a look at some other Serie B top scorers and see if they’ve had similar problems making the step up; for Cacia, this is an ‘on’ season, it seems.

This graph shows his minutes played and his goals per 90 – there’s a definite trend that he succeeds in Serie B, but is either not good enough, or not granted the chance, in Serie A.

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Harry Redknapp’s Home Comforts

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I’m sure you’ve noticed QPR’s appalling away from – they’re guaranteed to be without a Premier League away win until 31st January, and will go into their next away game with a P10 W0 D0 L10 record. Woeful.

Yet experienced Harry Redknapp watches will find this abysmal difference as no surprise; he has a long history of performing fairly poorly away from home in whichever league he is in. Here’s a graph of his home vs. away Points Per Game over his spells in management.

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Now, that wasn’t such a problem in the 1980s, and even, to a point in the 90s, but nowadays, there is a definite trend going away from home teams having dominance in football. Well, there’s a definite trend unless you support a Harry Redknapp side, seemingly.

Here’s that particular rubric (home ppg – away ppg) for his career in management. One of the two ‘even’ seasons (the outliers at the bottom) was QPR’s rather abject relegation campaign that saw the Hoops 0.85 points per game at home and 0.83 away from home – neither particularly impressive.

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The other, and you have to credit where its due, is Portsmouth’s 8th placed finish in 2007/2008; their away record was a well-balance 9-1-9 that campaign, the 28 points being a solitary point fewer than they won at home.

In short, Harry Redknapp has always been a home bird, but as football has changed, he has not. It will be a long season for those at Loftus Road, but not at Loftus Road.

A Definition Of Irony?

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a1917021213_10This is a remix EP by a Mancunian folk(ish) band called the Memory Band called ‘Further Navigations’. I don’t expect people to be particularly familiar with it. I’m a big fan of the Memory Band – they’ve a slightly woozy sound that is generally what I look for. No punk rocker, I.

I bought the original album from which these remixes are taken a little while ago in physical form, but decided that I’d go digital for Further Navigations instead of shelling out twice as much for the 10 inch vinyl version.

So while I was doing the budgie-sitting shift after a night out, I went to Boomkat, where I do my electronic music purchasing, and paid out the £1.99 they were asking for the EP. Excellent stuff.

In the morning, thinking I’d like to listen to Further Navigations on my journey to work, I went to Boomkat, where I do my electronic music purchasing, and paid out the £1.99 they were asking for the EP.

Do you see the problem there?

I did not realise my error until this week, when I went to Boomkat to buy something else and my ‘Previously Purchased’ items had TWO copies of an EP by the Memor

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