What's everyone's favourite winning scoreline? Yes people will say they will take a 1-0 win, some will even state they would be happy with 38 of them in a given season. But would you really? Here's a few other suggestions.
1-0: 1-0 or any one goal win, can be anything from last minute winners in key games, to very competitive games where the heart beats too fast for your liking, to poor performances in boring games decided by a moment of quality or a mistake.
2-0: 2-0 or two goal wins, are generally more comfortable, but not all the time. We're often told in a game that we need a second goal, or alternatively that it's the most dangerous lead in football. 2 goal wins are rarely thrillers, and many teams who go 2 goals up prefer to manage the rest of the game rather than seek more goals. But at least it's more comfortable on the heart rate.
3-0: 3-0 or three goal wins, tend to be a mixed bag of periods of great play followed by other periods of game management. Most commonly seen when a team is 3-0 up at half time, when they shut the game down after the break and kill it off, rather than rack up another few goals and entertain their fans. They're also the kind of games where the crowd starts to head off 10 minutes before the end, or if they're losing by the scoreline, before half time.
4-0: 4-0 or 4 goal wins, can be a mixed bag where a team hits the accelerator in the first half then the brakes after the break, or very enjoyable if the goals are scored in both halves. Such a game was the 4-0 win v Spurs, or the 5-1 win v Arsenal in 2014, with most of the fun in the first 20 minutes. 4-0 wins are usually very comfortable, and while you're sometimes told that it flatters the winners, you're rarely told that that the best team lost.
5-0: 5-0 or 5 goal wins, are usually wonderful days out with no complaints, at least from our side. With us winning 5-0 on my last 2 games at home, the games were completely one sided where you could relax knowing that we would win the easy way. Though I felt also they were just a fair reflection of the games themselves, and we could maybe should, have scored even more.
6-0: 6-0 or at least a 6 goal winning margin, is usually a totally comprehensive selection box of fabulous football, thrilling entertainment from beginning to end. Apart from those who take into account the standard of opposition on the receiving end, everyone else should head home happy.
So if you had the choice, what would it be?