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Ready, Steady, Go

By Duncan Alexander Last updated: 4th August 2008

 

August invariably sees Premier League pitches in pristine condition but some teams have found it hard to adjust to the annual reintroduction of top-flight football, while others come roaring out of the blocks like a sprinter.

 

Opta have studied the ever-present sides in the top division over the last five years to find the best and worst starters.

 

As the table below shows, Chelsea have been, perhaps unsurprisingly, the best starters over the past five campaigns, winning 15 games in August and losing just once, to Middlesbrough in 2006.

 

Double figures

Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are the other sides who have reached double figures for August wins in recent times.

 

In fact, for Everton, August has been their strongest month over the past five seasons, as it has for Manchester City, so David Moyes and Mark Hughes can look forward to the big kick-off with some optimism.

 

Premier League teams in August since 2003

 

 

Team

W

D

L

Win %

Best or worst month?

 

Chelsea

15

2

1

83%

 

Arsenal

12

4

2

67%

 

Manchester United

11

3

3

65%

 

Everton

10

3

5

56%

Best

 

Manchester City

9

4

5

50%

Best

 

Liverpool

6

6

2

43%

 

Aston Villa

7

7

5

37%

 

Portsmouth

6

7

4

35%

 

Tottenham Hotspur

7

5

8

35%

 

Fulham

6

4

8

33%

 

Bolton

6

4

9

32%

 

Middlesbrough

5

5

9

26%

 

Blackburn

3

9

8

15%

Worst

 

Newcastle United

2

6

8

12%

 

At the other end of the scale, Newcastle and Blackburn have regularly struggled in the opening month in the last five seasons.

 

Newcastle have won only two of their 16 matches, while Blackburn are the only team in the table above who have seen August as their worst month since 2003.

 

Can Paul Ince confound recent history and get Rovers off to a good start?

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I keep forgetting the Premier League was started in 2003. :D

 

We are playing Manchester United, Bolton and Arsenal in our first three games. So at best we are looking at a 33.3%r success rate.

 

(and thats the most fixtures we can post I think, without the Prem breaking down our doors and breaking all our legs)

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(and thats the most fixtures we can post I think, without the Prem breaking down our doors and breaking all our legs)

 

:D

 

Sad but true.

 

However we are working on next years fixtures at the cost of £250 (IIRC) :D

 

Just make the forum members view only. That way they will never know.....unless theres a grass :razz:

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(and thats the most fixtures we can post I think, without the Prem breaking down our doors and breaking all our legs)

 

:D

 

Sad but true.

 

However we are working on next years fixtures at the cost of £250 (IIRC) :D

 

Just make the forum members view only. That way they will never know.....unless theres a grass :razz:

 

Forums that are Members View only suffer for it plus the authorities actively seek it out. It's not worth it.

 

Because you get This

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(and thats the most fixtures we can post I think, without the Prem breaking down our doors and breaking all our legs)

 

:D

 

Sad but true.

 

However we are working on next years fixtures at the cost of £250 (IIRC) :nah:

 

Just make the forum members view only. That way they will never know.....unless theres a grass :D

 

Forums that are Members View only suffer for it plus the authorities actively seek it out. It's not worth it.

 

Because you get This

 

:razz: funny that the filth got stitched

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(and thats the most fixtures we can post I think, without the Prem breaking down our doors and breaking all our legs)

 

:D

 

Sad but true.

 

However we are working on next years fixtures at the cost of £250 (IIRC) :nufc:

 

Just make the forum members view only. That way they will never know.....unless theres a grass :D

 

Forums that are Members View only suffer for it plus the authorities actively seek it out. It's not worth it.

 

Because you get This

 

:razz: funny that the filth got stitched

 

:nah:

 

I'm not sure if the site is still going to be honest.

 

It's a retarded rule and most football forums agree - however it's a rule worth adhering to.

 

www.nufc.co.uk or The BBC have them so if people want them they can go there.

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another obvious and idiotic wind up attempt, why is danny not banned yet?

 

I don't normally agree with banning people for most things, but he's becoming a fuckin nuisance and what the fuck he's doing here I don't know.

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another obvious and idiotic wind up attempt, why is danny not banned yet?

 

I don't normally agree with banning people for most things, but he's becoming a fuckin nuisance and what the fuck he's doing here I don't know.

 

I want him to stay, keep him on here, him and Torres give us all something to laugh at.

 

He is just a harmless mong. In a way, we are all doing our bit for care in the community by responding to his posts.

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