Long way from 12 to 20

Might as well be 120 as 12.

The match was a non-contest - which is what you are wanting to avoid.

edit: Looking back (had time when computer was running stuff - even though I was telling myself to wise up after thinking about doing it

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Between 2001 and 2018, there were 5 semi-finals separated by double figures (largest = 15 pts - twice).

Between 1983 and 2000, there were 4 semi-finals separated by double figures (largest = 20 pts).

Between 2001 and 2018, there were 5 semi-final draws.

Between 1983 and 2000, there were also 5 semi-final draws.

Between 2001 and 2018, the average winning margin was 4.7 points.

Between 1983 and 2000, the average winning margin was 5.1 points.

If we used 6 points as a demarkation point for a one-sided affair; then in both time gaps, there were the exact same number of matches that had a 6 point or greater margin; 14.

The stats really don't back up the idea that straight knockout would lead to more mismatches at the AI semi-final stage.

[numbers based on first fixture; excludes replays. If you want to include them - be my guest!]