Analytics in Football - Official Thread

Some takeaways from this

  • The bottom three are the bottom three
  • West Ham's gate-crashing of the top 6 may not be sustained
  • Chelsea's underlying numbers indicate that they should have been in the running for the final CL spot
  • Man Utd are lucky to be in the top half

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Yeah, I'd be very reluctant to laugh at Chelsea, as some were last night in the Utd thread. Things are heading in the right direction for them, even if results aren't...yet.

Spurs and United have been terrible defensively, with the big caveat that both defences have been ravaged by injury.
 
Yeah, I'd be very reluctant to laugh at Chelsea, as some were last night in the Utd thread. Things are heading in the right direction for them, even if results aren't...yet.

Yep, even from the first game of the season it was clear that there's a lot of quality in that squad.

Perhaps the bigger question is whether the ownership have the patience to let the talent hoarding gamble play out or whether they panic and pin it on Poch, which IMHO would be a mistake.

Spurs and United have been terrible defensively, with the big caveat that both defences have been ravaged by injury.

Fair. Also Newcastle, who have had plenty of injuries and may have their average skewed a bit by the monster xG differential away to Liverpool.
 
This is a fierce long-winded way of saying that Wolves underperformed by 27.5% on the attacking end last season, and that couldn't last...


UTW...
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Interesting to see who comes to the top of this list.

Lots of short guys whose free-kicks are very much around placement (over power) and many are very good at wrong-footing the keeper.

The only two who have scored more than JWP are these two guys who, combined, aren't far off being half as lethal from free-kicks are JWP.

Messi 8.99%
Ronaldo 6.3%

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