BBC News: England v Ukraine - The science of home advantage

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Jun. 19, 2012 08:57
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Ukraine’s Yevhen Seleznyov, left, Andriy Shevchenko, center, and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk exercise during the training on the eve of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and England in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, June 18, 2012.
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England's crunch Euro 2012 group game will see a stadium in Donetsk packed with as many as 48,000 Ukrainians. Sadly for England, home advantage is real, writes psychologist Ian Robertson.

Ukraine are playing at home and we all know that teams are more likely to win at home than away.

English league teams win roughly 60% of their home games versus 40% of away games, on average. There are several reasons for this - crowd support, local playing conditions and the effects of travel, among them.

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