The ten big stats from the Premier League season so far

Chelsea are the set-piece kings, Leicester have made many pay the penalty and Roberto Firmino struggles to see a final whistle… here are the KEY stats from a thrilling Premier League season so far

  • Nearly half of Chelsea’s Premier League goals have come from set-pieces
  • Harry Kane is proving just as influential to Tottenham Hotspur than ever
  • But Spurs, along with Liverpool, have spurned the most chances this season
  • Sportsmail looks at some of the key stats from the Premier League season so far 

The Premier League table is taking shape so what better time is there to start crunching some of the early season numbers than during another international break?

With eight games having now been played by the majority of the teams, patterns are starting to develop which are showing certain teams strengths and weaknesses.

Some you can’t see just by looking at a league table though, so we have picked out 10 statistics from this season that might take you by surprise…

Chelsea have scored more goals from set-pieces than any other Premier League side this term

Goals from set-pieces. Only works for the small clubs looking to level the playing field, right?

Well one of the most surprising stats of the season to emerge so far is that it is potential title challengers Chelsea who lead the way with nearly half of their 20 goals (more than any other side) coming from the dead-ball. Frank Lampard appears to be getting plenty of work done on the training ground.

At the other end of the spectrum though early season strugglers such as Burnley, who perhaps are best suited to exploiting a free-kick or two pumped into the box, are toiling this term.

SET-PIECE GOALS

Chelsea 9

Everton 7

Leicester City 7

Aston Villa 6

Liverpool 6

Crystal Palace 5

Southampton 5

Leeds United 4

Manchester United 4

Newcastle United 4

Tottenham Hotspur 4

West Ham United 4

Manchester City 3

Sheffield United 3

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3

Arsenal 2

Brighton and Hove Albion 2

Burnley 2

West Bromwich Albion 2

Fulham 1

*Source, Opta

Most shots on goal (including blocked)

There were a few questions earlier in the year over whether Harry Kane would be able to score goals in a Jose Mourinho team. Not only is the Tottenham Hotspur striker finding the net with regularity, he is getting plenty of opportunities to do so as well.

Likewise Mohamed Salah is featuring prominently for Liverpool this term as is his team-mate Sadio Mane. Manchester United curiously have midfielder Bruno Fernandes putting in a striker’s shift while Timo Werner appears to be getting up to speed at Chelsea.

MOST SHOTS ON GOAL

Harry Kane 38

Mohamed Salah 34

Aleksandar Mitrovic 29

Patrick Bamford 29

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 26

Jack Grealish 22

Raul Jimenez 22

Sadio Mane 21

Neal Maupay 21

Bruno Fernandes 20

Timo Werner 20

*Source, Opta 

 

Harry Kane has been busy in the Tottenham Hotspur attack with the most shots this season

Most penalties taken

It’s Manchester United isn’t it, surely it has to be them. Well, they may feature in the top four but nobody has a record quite like Leicester City this term when it comes to opportunities from 12 yards.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have already been awarded eight penalties already which is on average a penalty every game and double more than anyone else, with Liverpool and Chelsea the next biggest beneficiaries. 

They have successfully converted seven of those, with five from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans grabbing the other two. 

MOST PENALTIES TAKEN 

Leicester City 8

Liverpool 4

Chelsea 4

Fulham 3

Manchester United 3

Newcastle United 3

Sheffield United 3

Manchester City 2

Brighton and Hove Albion 2

Tottenham Hotspur 2 

Crystal Palace 2

Leeds United 1

Southampton 1

Everton 1

Arsenal 1

Aston Villa 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Burnley 0

West Bromwich Albion 0

West Ham United 0

*Source, Opta

Leicester City have been awarded more penalties than any other team with eight

Save percentage

Chelsea’s big weakness at the start of the season appeared to be Kepa Arrizabalaga (who incidentally has made the most errors leading to goals with three), forcing Frank Lampard into the transfer market to buy a new goalkeeper.

It’s an investment that is so far paying off with the newly arrived Edouard Mendy saving over 85 per cent of the shots he has faced among keepers who have made a minimum of two appearances.

Meanwhile Bernd Leno features inside the top 10 for Arsenal, but it makes awkward reading for Arsenal supporters to see his former back-up at the Emirates Stadium in Emiliano Martinez outperforming him at Aston Villa.

SAVE PERCENTAGE

Player (saves) Save percentage 

Edouard Mendy (6) 85.7

Karl Darlow (39) 74.0

Emiliano Martínez (22) 71.0

Kasper Schmeichel (22) 71.0

Alphonse Areola (29) 70.7

Aaron Ramsdale (34) 70.2

Rui Patrício (20) 69.0

Bernd Leno (21) 65.5

Hugo Lloris (17) 65.4

Nick Pope (22) 64.7

*Source, Opta 

Edouard Mendy has settled well for Chelsea since arriving in the summer transfer window

Big chances missed 

Let’s address the elephant in the room, what is a ‘big chance’? Such matter are subjective and debatable but the boffins at the Premier League have crunched the numbers and found that Leeds, Liverpool and Tottenham are the most wasteful in front of goal.

Potential despair for those teams at what might have been, yet encouragement knowing in attack they are creatively on the right path. 

It might be a list you preferred to be bottom of but when you are a West Bromwich Albion fan and find out your team has only missed one big chance to add to a poor seven goals this term, you might actually be a little bit worried. 

BIG CHANCES MISSED 

1. Leeds United 11 

= Liverpool 11

= Tottenham Hotspur 11

4. Aston Villa 10 

5. Manchester City 9 

6. Brighton & Hove Albion 8

= Sheffield United 8

8. Fulham 7

9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 7

10. Arsenal 6 

= Burnley 6

= Crystal Palace 6

= Everton 6

= West Ham United 6

15. Chelsea 5

= Leicester City 5

= Newcastle United 5

= Southampton 5

19. Manchester United 4

20. West Bromwich Albion 1 

*Source, Premier League

Along with Liverpool and Tottenham, Leeds United have missed 11 ‘big chances’ this season

Most substituted off player

There are many reasons to be substituted including being rested for an upcoming game, injured or just being damn useless on the day.

It is perhaps still surprising though to see one of Liverpool’s key attacking trio in Roberto Firmino top of the list. Only on the opening day has he seen the full 90 minutes against Leeds United.

In a campaign that has seen him score just once and an in-form Diogo Jota looking to steal a spot in attack, this stat should at least raise a few alarm bells. 

MOST SUBSTITUED OFF PLAYER 

1. Roberto Firmino 7

= Jarrod Bowen 7

= Dennis Praet 7

4. Che Adams 6

= Willian 6

= Daniel Podence 6

= Pedro Neto 6

= Tanguy Ndombele 6 

 9. Ashley Barnes 5

= Trezeguet 5

= Alexandre Lacazette 5

= James Rodgriguez 5

= Allan Saint-Maximin

= Jeffrey Schlupp

= Son Heung-min

*Source, Premier League 

Roberto Firmino has only completed 90 minutes once in eight starts for Liverpool

Set-piece goals conceded

If ever there was a statistic to lay open a weakness ready to be exploited. Upcoming opponents for Brighton and Leeds better get ready for free-kick, corner kick or even throw in practice in the next few weeks on the training ground, as it appears they are most vulnerable to the dead balls.

Mind you, potential title contenders Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also showing a soft side. If you fancy stealing a win against Arsenal through a cheeky free-kick, forget it. They might be struggling to score goals right now but Mikel Arteta’s side have been on high alert defending set-pieces. 

SET-PIECE GOALS CONCEDED

Brighton & Hove Albion 8

Leeds United 8

Manchester City 6

Tottenham Hotspur 6

Fulham 5

Manchester United 5

West Bromwich Albion 5

Wolverhampton Wanderers 5

Crystal Palace 4

Leicester City 4

Liverpool 4

Newcastle United 4

Sheffield United 4

Aston Villa 3

Burnley 3

Chelsea 3

Everton 3

Southampton 2

West Ham United 1

Arsenal 0

*Source, Opta

Brigton have proven a soft sport against set-pieces, with Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin (left) scoring a header following a corner earlier on in the season

Most successful passes

An often criticised statistic given a successful pass can warrant anything from a wonder through ball from Kevin de Bruyne to a time wasting back pass to a goalkeeper.

Yet either way, you would rather they find a team-mate than not and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg appears to be settling in well to Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield having completed the most this term, one more than Everton defender Michael Keane.

MOST SUCCESSFUL PASSES 

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 585

Michael Keane 584

Gabriel Magalhaes 533

Rodrigo 512

Joe Gomez 499

Tom Cairney 480

Robin Koch 479

Andrew Robertson 469

Adam Webster 465

N’Golo Kante 465

*Source, Opta

No player has completed more passes than Tottenham’s summer signing Pierre-Emile Hjojberg

Most possession

It’s the statistic that arguably gets the most criticism as it tells you little about a game but the numbers on average for the season thus far produce some telling numbers.

The favourites for the title this term in Manchester City and Liverpool boss the ball the most but Premier League new boys Leeds United are not far behind in third.

Having the ball helps when it comes to scoring but it’s being clinical with it that counts and it appears Roy Hodgson has Crystal Palace well drilled in eighth place despite his side seeing less of the ball than any other top flight team.

MOST POSSESSION 

Manchester City 62.1

Liverpool 60.9

Leeds United 59.7

Chelsea 58.3

Brighton & Hove Albion 55.6

Tottenham Hotspur 55.4

Southampton 54.4

Fulham 53.4

Everton 53.3

Manchester United 52.9

Arsenal 52.0

Leicester City 50.7

Wolverhampton Wanderers 48.1

Aston Villa 45.7

Burnley 42.3

West Bromwich Albion 40.4

Newcastle United 39.8

West Ham United 39.7

Sheffield United 37.3

Crystal Palace 35.9

*Source, Opta 

Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated possession

Most tackles

Everton have gone off the boil in recent weeks following their stunning start to the Premier League season but at least their summer signings are looking good value.

Allan’s 32 tackles show he isn’t having problems adapting to the so-called physical demands of the Premier League.

But in a list you where you expect defenders who can only sleep once they know they’ve let a striker ‘know they are there’, it is a shock to see the third best tackler this season is Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend. Maybe an England recall into the back-four is in order? 

MOST TACKLES 

Allan 32

Oriol Romeu 31

Andros Townsend 27

Luke Ayling 26

Stuart Dallas 26 

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 24

Tyrick Mitchell 24

Enda Stevens 23

Matthew Cash 23

Chris Basham 22

*Source, Opta

Andros Townsend (left) has turned into a midfield enforcer with the third most tackles




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