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No evidence for second leg home advantage in recent seasons of European soccer cups

Simon Amez, Stijn Baert (), Brecht Neyt () and Maarten Vandemaele

Applied Economics Letters, 2020, vol. 27, issue 2, 156-160

Abstract: Previous research on the advantage experienced by soccer teams playing the second leg of a knock-out confrontation at home yielded ambiguous evidence. Some studies confirmed the well-established soccer myth that this advantage is substantial while others did not find any significant evidence. We contribute to this literature by analysing all ‘non-seeded’ two-leg confrontations in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League between 2010 and 2017. We find that playing the second leg of a knock-out confrontation at home is not associated with a substantially higher chance of proceeding to the next stage of the tournament.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2019.1630704

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