Premier League season in stats

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What do the Premier League numbers tell us so far this season?

With the Premier League season now 10 games old, Sky Sports, in partnership with HPE, takes a look at some key stats so far and how they compare to last season.

Goals and shots

Liverpool and Manchester City have scored more goals than any other team with 24 each, but the Reds have conceded 13 compared to City’s nine.

Despite conceding the tenth-highest number of goals, Jurgen Klopp’s men have faced a league-low 78 shots, making three errors leading to goals and only keeping one clean sheet.

Fewest shots faced (inc. blocks)

Team Shots faced
Liverpool 78
Man City 88
Chelsea 90
Tottenham 97
Arsenal 101

However, champions Leicester had an even worse record after 10 games last season, conceding 17 goals, scoring 20 and also keeping one clean sheet.

In contrast, Tottenham have conceded a league-low five goals this season and kept five clean sheets but have struggled to convert their league-high 185 shots into goals without the injured Harry Kane, only finding the net 14 times.

Hugo Lloris and the Tottenham defence have conceded a miserly five goals in the current Premier League campaign
Hugo Lloris and the Tottenham defence have conceded a miserly five goals in the current Premier League campaign

Manchester United are currently eighth in the league behind Watford and have only managed nine goals from 182 shots, of which only 59 have been on target.

After a promising start to life back in the Premier League, Hull have suffered six consecutive defeats, including a 6-1 thrashing against Bournemouth and have now conceded 23 goals in total, ahead of Sunderland (20), West Ham (19) and Stoke (17).

Chances created

Spurs have created 136 chances, behind Liverpool’s 148, but only eight chances were defined as ‘big’ chances by Opta – suggesting Mauricio Pochettino’s men are also missing provision up front.

Sunderland have recorded the worst start in top-flight history this season, failing to win any of their opening 10 games. The Black Cats have created a league-low 59 chances this season, a figure matched only by fellow strugglers Hull.

Hull City claimed seven points from their first four Premier League games of the season - but have lost their last six
Hull City claimed seven points from their first four Premier League games of the season – but have lost their last six

Manchester City and Arsenal appear to be playing the most intricate attacking football, taking considerably more touches in the opposition’s box than any other team with 405 and 345 touches, respectively.

These touches appear to be winning penalties, with City winning five penalties this season, while Arsenal and Liverpool have been awarded four each.

Most touches in opposition box & penalties won

Team Touches in opp box Penalties won
Man City 405 5
Arsenal 345 4
Chelsea 328 1
Liverpool 300 4
Man Utd 284 1

Passing and possession

Pep Guardiola’s ball-playing style of play also means City rank highest for average possession with 65 per cent, ahead of Liverpool (61.4 per cent), Tottenham (59.5 per cent), Arsenal (58.8 per cent) and Manchester United (55.4 per cent).

But Liverpool’s fluid play has notched the highest number of passes so far this season with 6,027, ahead of Arsenal (5,998) and Manchester City (5,913).

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry give their opinion on Liverpool's Premier League form
Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry give their opinion on Liverpool’s Premier League form

Conversely, West Brom have a league-low average of 35.4 per cent possession, behind Burnley (35.7 per cent) and Sunderland (37.7 per cent). The Baggies have also made the fewest passes with just 2,882 this season.

Champions Leicester have maintained their counter-attacking style this season with less impact, currently sitting 11th in the league and averaging 43.2 per cent possession. Last season, the Foxes averaged 42 per cent possession and were sat fifth in the league.

Champions Leicester are averaging more possession but are in the bottom half of the table after 10 games
Champions Leicester are averaging more possession but are in the bottom half of the table after 10 games

Work rate

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp both demand high-tempo pressing and work rates and those philosophies translate in the teams’ running stats.

Both teams lead for work rate, with Liverpool edging City for kilometres covered so far this season (1,162 to 1,153) and sprints (5,873 to 5,775).

Players

Goals and assists

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has rediscovered his form this term under new boss Antonio Conte with eight goals and two assists.

Premier League top goalscorers

Player Team League goals
Diego Costa Chelsea 8
Sergio Aguero Man City 7
Romelu Lukaku Everton 6
Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 5
Eden Hazard Chelsea 5
Theo Walcott Arsenal 5
Jermain Defoe Sunderland 5
Michail Antonio West Ham 5

Romelu Lukaku has helped Everton start the season promisingly under new manager Ronald Koeman, scoring seven goals – including the league’s only hat-trick during the Toffees’ 3-0 over Sunderland in September.

Team-mate Eden Hazard has also chipped in with five goals and one assist, lifting the Blues to fourth in the league – just one point behind leaders Manchester City.

Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have scored a combined total of 13 Premier League goals for Chelsea so far this season
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have scored a combined total of 13 Premier League goals for Chelsea so far this season

Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals for City, including three braces between a two-match suspension, despite going three league games without scoring during the club’s winless streak.

Alexis Sanchez has thrived in his new centre forward position for Arsenal, scoring six and registering three assists, while Theo Walcott has equalled his goal tally from last season with five goals and two assists.

Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe has scored five of his team’s seven goals, while Michail Antonio’s five headers have helped balance West Ham’s lacklustre record at the other end.

Sunderland may be struggling, but only four players have scored more league goals than Jermain Defoe in 2016/17
Sunderland may be struggling, but only four players have scored more league goals than Jermain Defoe in 2016/17

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and James Milner have all found the net on four occasions, with the latter hitting all of his strikes from the penalty spot.

Misses

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic started the season in prolific form, scoring a long-range strike on his debut against Bournemouth, scoring two more the following week against Southampton and then netting in the Manchester derby too.

But since then the goals have dried up for the 35-year-old, missing eight big chances and taking 57 shots – more than any other Premier League player this season.

Big chances missed

Player Team Big chances missed
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United 8
Theo Walcott Arsenal 6
Jermain Defoe Sunderland 5
Romelu Lukaku Everton 4

Daniel Sturridge was among the goals during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the EFL Cup, but the England forward has failed to find the net in the league this season, missing two big chances and taking 14 shots.

However, that ratio is dwarfed by Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, who has taken 33 shots without scoring one goal.

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Passing

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has made considerably more passes than any other player this season with 830, followed by Manchester City’s Fernandinho (733), Leicester’s Daniel Drinkwater (673), Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (630) and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye (604).

Jordan Henderson's passing prowess has been integral to the success of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side
Jordan Henderson’s passing prowess has been integral to the success of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side

Saves

Tom Heaton has shone in goal for Burnley this season, helping his team to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. The 30-year-old has made a league-high 52 saves this term, followed by fellow England and Sunderland ‘keeper Jordan Pickford with 36.

Highest total saves this season

Goalkeeper Team Saves
Tom Heaton Burnley 57
Jordan Pickford Sunderland 36
Kasper Schmeichel Leicester 35
Ben Foster West Brom 35
Adrian West Ham 34

Of the goalkeepers who have played the full 90 minutes in all 10 league games, Southampton’s Fraser Forster has made just 15 saves – fewer than any other goalkeeper.

It’s still early days in this Premier League season, but the success stories – and the disappointments – are already starting to emerge when examining the numbers.