We’ve managed to find something every Premier League club is best at.
Arsenal: Total counter-attacking goals – 5
Another reason Mikel Arteta should test his Gabriel Martinelli theory ahead of the summer.
Aston Villa: Total dead-ball passes leading to a goal – 7
And more to come, one would expect, given their January signings. Lucas Digne’s already got one.
Brentford: Tackles in attacking third – 3.04
Not necessarily successful tackles, by the way, but they’re trying.
Brighton: Cross stop percentage – 13.3%
Well done, Robert Sanchez, this honour is almost entirely yours.
Burnley: Completed crosses into area – 2.72
Do you hear those rumbles getting closer? Here comes Wout Weghorst, who has both the name and stature of a giant, to get his noggin on those crosses.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 31, 2022
Chelsea: Percentage of dribbles completed successfully – 59.8%
Mateo Kovacic’s 23 successes from 28 dribbles does a lot of the heavy lifting here. Callum Hudson-Odoi really should be doing more of it.
Crystal Palace: Percentage of dribblers tackled – 44.9%
This may well have something to do with coming up against Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze in training.
Everton: Blocked passes – 13.3
Not the most positive of positives. Andros Townsend is the surprise leader of the Everton blockers, snuffing out 2.38 of those pesky passes per game.
Leeds: Successful pressures – 50.2
Marcelo Bielsa’s side also attempt the most pressures at 165.9 per game, but have the seventh best success rate at 30.3%.
Leicester: Shots on target percentage – 38.5%
If only they shot more often. They sit 12th in the division for shots per game on 11.95.
Liverpool: Goals scored – 2.64
On course to reach three figures this season.
Manchester City: Goals conceded – 14
Twelve clean sheets in the Premier League. They’ve conceded more than one goal in just three of 32 games in all competitions.
Manchester United: Throughball key passes – 0.9
They also lead the way in throughball passes with seven in total. Bruno Fernandes has all of them.
Newcastle: Passes blocked vs – 8.52
OK, it’s definitely not really a positive as they also attempt the fewest passes at 350.5 – less than half that of Manchester City.
Norwich: Pressures in defensive third – 58.9
Also a bit of a negative positive as they wouldn’t need to pressure quite so much in the defensive third if they weren’t defending all the time.
Southampton: Defensive actions leading to a shot – 0.77
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are third for number of pressures in the final third behind Liverpool and Brighton, and they turn that pressure into chances better than anyone.
Tottenham: Total shots with ‘other’ body part – 4
‘Other’ means anything other than left foot, right foot or head. Remember when Harry Kane had a go with his testicles? Nope, us neither.
Watford: Total nutmegs – 36
Miles ahead of second-placed Wolves (24). Emmanuel Dennis has more or the same number of nutmegs as eight teams do as a whole.
West Ham: Non-penalty goals minus non-penalty expected goals – +6.0
They’ve got one striker who’s not really a striker; it’s their biggest squad weakness. Yet they’re scoring more goals than they should.
Wolves: Tackles won – 12.5
Not necessarily a good thing. Manchester City winning the fewest (8.78) is telling.