One of those quirky stats that gets tossed around from time to time is about how teams perform having faced a particular opponent the week before.
The rationale may be that certain teams tend to play more physical and hence are harder to back up from. Otherwise, there is a travel angle (long travel, time zones, biorhythms etc.), and there are probably other considerations also.
While it may be an interesting discussion point, we are working with tiny samples, and hence the information is probably of no value, but nonetheless, here are some findings from 2019 to date:
Best / worse teams to follow – match wins after playing them in the previous round
- Hawks: 12 wins, 4 losses
- Eagles: 11 wins, 5 losses
- Blues, Kangaroos: 4 wins, 12 losses
- Crows: 5 wins, 11 losses
Moving onto performance with the start, here are the best /worst teams to follow:
- Dockers: 11 wins, 5 losses
- Giants, Hawks, Tigers: 10 wins, 6 losses
- Cats: 4 wins, 12 losses
- Saints: 5 wins, 11 losses
Lastly, here are the match total related results:
- Blues, Cats, Kangaroos, Swans, Tigers: 9 overs, 7 unders
- Suns: 4 overs, 12 unders
- Hawks, Saints: 5 overs, 11 unders
Note that the first round is not considered in the data (as your last opponent was in the previous season) and obviously the bye weeks mean that all teams miss a week of data also.