Do appreciate your stats compilations for the league, Martin. But I have a funny feeling stats are gonna go out the window this season. The top end of the league looks much more competitive than has been for some years. Will be very impressed if a player nails a 100% score this season.
I presume you mean team? Only Jeremy I can remember ever doing 11/11.
100% is still huge for a team of course – it was a major achievement for us last season, and I’m far from expecting us to do it this year. I’d be very happy with 10/11 and a big game points total.
It’ll be entirely astonishing if Huddersfield get 11/11
I don’t think the league has moved much on paper? Its been a couple of seasons since anyone sane expected a match vs either Huddersfield or Calderdale would be at all comfortable!
Leeds are obviously up, and Bradford down a bit but Sheffield/York look overall pretty similar to last season.
If we’re talking paper stats then York’s ‘paper squad’ is quite terrifying – we’re up to 5(?!!?) players over 215 ECF. A 177 grade on board 16.
Thankfully leagues aren’t played on paper
(And several of those top players aren’t ever going to play much.).
We’re modest favourites I guess – a little more so now than at the start – and it does seem odds on that we’ll be top at Xmas. February onwards could be very tough indeed.
I actually did mean player. Whilst York are overwhelming favourites the chance of one of your players getting say 8/8 or even 9/10, I think is that much more difficult (same goes for Sheffield). Probably be proven wrong on this.
I wouldn’t call us overwhelming favourites Sheffield/Leeds/Bradford are all very capable of beating us 1 on 1, less sure if Leeds/Bradford will be consistent enough to sustain a challenge.
As for players, well Chessnuts only easily does the past three years. Those years we’ve had two players manage 8/9 and two more 7/8.
9/10 isn’t that likely, someone going 8/8 on the lower boards is relatively plausible – don’t forget that its tough getting into the team for the really big matches!
A bit like when I got 10/11 in 11/12 – a fine performance, but I played 6 players <160, and of those above it 3 of them really did play uncharacteristically badly.
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