The revealing data of how the closed door influences the result

It is difficult to quantify the importance of the fact that soccer matches are currently played behind closed doors and not with stadiums overflowing, but there is no doubt that there is data that shows that, at least, emptiness influences.

Proof of this is what happened this Thursday when of the 16 first leg matches of the round of 32 of the Europa League there were only 3 local wins. A fact that is very striking considering that in the first leg matches of this same round in last season’s edition, just before the explosion of the damn coronavirus, there were up to 9. Triple, well.

It should be noted, however, that the data may have part of the simple configuration of the qualifying rounds when dealing with different teams, but the existing difference is evident enough to assert that playing behind closed doors and not with the public is noticeable.

The ‘field factor’ has been lost. Or the less the effect has been mitigated. Because it is clear that, although without their fans, the local can have a certain advantage by playing at home, if only by being used to it and by keeping the players in their routines without displacement. But the bonus that people do not have.

3 of 16 against 9 of 16 of a Europa League to another. And if we broaden our focus to Champions League, we see that of the 4 first leg matches of the round of 16 played this week there was only 1 local win. Last year, 4 of 8.

Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Bruges

Krasnodar 2-3 Dinamo Zagreb

Red Star 2-2 Milan

Olympiacos 4-2 PSV

R. Society 0-4 Manchester United

Slavia Prague 0-0 Leicester

Braga 0-2 Rome

Wolfsberger 1-4 Tottenham

Young boys 4-3 Bayer Leverkusen

grenade 2-0 Naples

Lille 1-2 Ajax

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Shakhtar

Mold 3-3 Hoffenheim

RB Salzburg 0-2 Villarreal

Antwerp 3-4 Rangers

Benfica 1-1 Arsenal

Cluj 1-1 Seville

Bruges 1-1 Manchester United

Frankfurt 4-1 RB Salzburg

Copenhagen 1-1 Celtic

Getafe 2-0 Ajax

Ludogorets 0-2 Inter

Shakhtar 2-1 Benfica

Sporting Portugal 3-1 Basaksehir

APOEL Nicosia 0-3 Basel

AZ 1-1 LASK Linz

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Porto

Olympiacos 0-1 Arsenal

Rangers 3-2 Briefs

Rome 1-0 Gent

Wolfsburg 2-1 Malmo

Wolverhampton 4-0 Espanyol