Cheer offsides not corners

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 “Treat offsides as more encouraging than corners.”

This surprising conclusion of “The Fink Tank” from The Times goes against every football fan’s desire to cheer a corner and groan an offside. Daniel Finkelstein writes that, “…the teams that get the most corners only won 40.5% of the time. While there is a 42% chance of winning the match if you have been caught offside the most.”

The best indicator is shots on target. Teams that got more shots on target won 66% of the time.

Next time you’re watching your team at the stadium or on Sky, count shots on target and cheer offsides.

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