UCL - Feb 24 - SCA Matrix
The SCA (Shot Creating Actions) Metric – It is one of the best determinants of how a team operates and succeeds. This metric allows you to identify the potential attacking opportunities of an individual team against their direct opponent. In other words, it signals which team will have the greater advantage on the field.
It is fascinating to see this metric in play. The knockout stages are a different animal than the group stages. This is where you see the strength of these teams in action. By the chart, you can clearly see that the group stage allowed these teams to have high SCA metrics and now that they are up against the best of the best, their SCA metrics all drop. Therefore, don’t expect the same offensive production in these games as you may have seen in the group phases.
Regardless, Manchester City is the one team in which their SCA metric wasn’t affected so much. They have a resounding edge over M’Gladbach with almost a ten point SCA point difference. That should spell it out right there – City is the popular stack of this two-game slate. Outside of that, you have an interesting game on the other side. Two teams that have a great attack but that can falter defensively. Home advantage doesn’t even matter as this game is being played in a neutral location so travel for both teams is hampered.
The way I see it is to take advantage of the City domination as expected from the shot-creating action metric and fill in the gaps with players from the secondary game on the slate.