Step 1: Article Title: Home Team v Away Team – Preview Title. Example: “Aston Villa v Manchester United – title on the line”. Idea is to create the title to attract visitors from news syndication sites and to attract regular readers from SL itself.
Step 2: Article Categories: Both teams, league(s), match reports. If worthy of being featured, tag it in features.
Step 3: Article Image: Two team crests side-by-side (see http://sportslens.com/manchester-united-aston-villa/40477/ and http://sportslens.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/man-utd-aston-villa.jpg). This way the article image can be easily reused for future previews.
No section titles for the first two sections, for the rest, see their descriptions.
Step 1: Match Information:
Home Team v Away Team
Competition Name (e.g. English Premier League)
Stadium Name, City Name (e.g. Old Trafford, Manchester)
Match Date (e.g. Wednesday, 10 February 2010)
Kickoff Time (e.g. 19:45 GMT) (use whatever timezone is available (GMT, CET, etc))
Referee Name (if available)
Step 2: Match Introduction: A few lines on the stakes of the game, the big story (if any), link to the competition fixtures page (see http://sportslens.com/stats/ for the appropriate link). Update the Article Excerpt setting after this.
Step 3: Team 1 Preview: 200-300 words discussing the team’s preparation leading into the game, their chances and key stories. Mention injuries / suspensions where important. Title this section as ‘Team 1 Preview’. For injuries updates and suspensions, you can make sub-sections.
Step 4: Team 2 Preview: As above, but for Team 2.
Step 5: Team 1 v Team 2 Stats: This includes both head 2 head and recent form records.
Head 2 Head: For league matches, results from earlier in the season (if relevant) and the two results from last season will suffice. For club competitions, head 2 heads should be available from competition sites or Wikipedia. For the World Cup / international matches, here’s a very useful link.
You can also check the individual league stats pages through the Soccerlens Football Stats page for more info.
Step 7: Recent Form: You can get this from the competition / league pages on SL Football Stats or if not available there, from Wikipedia.
Title this section as ‘Team 1 v Team 2 Stats’.
Link to the stats page for the specific competition from this section (make the link contextual).
Step 8: Team 1 v Team 2 Prediction: Based on the head 2 head, recent form and match previews, make a prediction.
- Match Reports
- Opinion Pieces
- Debate Posts
- News Posts
- Video Content
- Shirt Posts
- Babe Posts
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