It’s the first day of Europe’s Champions League football tournament but if you can’t wait for the results, no worries as Eurofootsie probably knows them all already thanks to it’s whizz-bang computer modelling.
Its computer system analyses every top-league team* in Europe’s last 50 games to come up with what it hopes is the definitive guide to which teams are the best in Europe. At present it believes the top 5 European club sides with their rating (the top team is always 100) are:
Real Madrid – 100
Manchester United – 92.97
Real Sociedad – 90.92
Juventus – 89.36
Barcelona – 89.29
Well no great surprises there, though some eyebrows may be raised at Barcelona in fifth. See here for a more detailed explanation of how it came to this conclusion and loads of football trivia (debunking popular myths such as teams are most vulnerable to conceding a goal just after they have scored one).
Before any readers rush out to punt lots of money in online betting I should point out that its forecasting power probably still needs a little tweaking. A similar system used by The Times newspaper to predict the English premier league over the weekend forecast Arsenal, Liverpool, Bolton, Man U, Chelsea, Newcastle, Southampton, Man City, Fulham and Leeds would all win. Only six out of the ten did.
* Newly promoted teams (e.g. Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English league) don’t get a rating until they have played 25 games in the top division. In Wolves case we should probably add, ‘if they last that long’.