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Maddoggydog asked for a revised Strength of Schedule given that we are now 9 rounds into Season 2019 and there have been a few surprises since initial forecasts were done. I have trawled Twitter the last few days looking at various analyses from the likes of The Arc, MatterofStats and LysticsAFL (who provided SCT with a few awesome Club podcasts last year) and have come up with a combined version that should/could help when looking at our potential trade targets.
What I have done is aggregated and averaged all the data openly available to us and come up with a ranking of clubs as at the completion of Round 9, 2019. These rankings are based on performance to date (taking into account the quality of opposition) and likelihood of making finals (given upcoming fixtures) and then weighted them by the odds of finishing top4 and top8 respectively (SportsBet – probably should have used someone else in hindsight, given their early payout on a Labour win last weekend). I digress.
Given all that data, the chart below ranks each club, 1-18, based on their ease of fixture from hereon in. I clustered the teams into 6 groups of 3 teams (18 clubs), with red being the hardest, pink, orange, pale green, SuperCoach green and finally dark green (being the easiest). Teams in BOLD are at home.
To rank them, I then scored each team based on their relative fixture and volume by degree of difficulty. For example, STK have the second easiest fixture with a difficulty score of 122123. That number denotes the number of games by each degree of difficulty starting with the hardest, ie STK play just 1 of the top three, 2 of the next three, 2 of the next three … and finally 3 of the easiest. GEE don’t play any of the hardest (well, you can’t play yourselves can you?) while SYD and GCS have brutal fixtures.
Hope this helps. Happy planning all!
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