Strip the leagues back to best xi's and weak benches, how does the table look?

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  1. Nov 3, 2018
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    Fortitude TV/Monitor Expert Scout

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    Old school - no absurdly strong benches; a few middling players on the bench and a couple of academy products and one player good enough to be in the first xi outright.

    Take what you believe to be each side's strongest xi, follow the above. Factor in injury records of those starting players and also their consistency in terms of consecutive games, additionally, factor in accumulated fatigue.

    How does the table look? Who benefits the most under these conditions? For example, are Leicester City, Spurs and Wolves bumped up considerably? Do City continue unabated?
  2. Nov 3, 2018
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    Gopher Brown Full Member

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    If you’re going to float this is a thread idea, surely you need to provide some data about goals/assists of players off the bench or something.

    I’d say the teams with the best players are in about the right positions in the league.
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    RedTillI'mDead A Key Tool

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    I have to agree with this. Obviously there could be a position or two difference as City have so much talent on the bench, but they still probably have the best first Xi and that's really what this thread comes down to.

    Ok injury and fitness comes in the mix, but stats would be needed to assess this element.
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    Fortitude TV/Monitor Expert Scout

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    So, Wolves would be challenging for the title, right?
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    Scroto Baggins Full Member

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    City's bench cost more to assemble than a lot of teams id imagine.

    But looking at the league positioning and assuming teams had no injuries and at full fitness would it look much different? Man City and Liverpool out in front, maybe Spurs would be a bit closer to them but im happy to put them in third overall. Then Chelsea, Arsenal and us all very close.

    The only team with an absolutely crazy bench is City, look at Liverpool from the Cardiff game, Fabinho, Milner, Gomez, Mignolet, Origi, Shaqiri, Sturridge. Sure a little quality there but not in the same league as City. But otoh not the trainwreck of hot garbage that is Spurs' subs bench.
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    Bwuk Full Member

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    City are still top with Liverpool in second.