Stat Standouts – Gameweek 3

In this series, I will highlight specific players and teams from the gameweek just gone who either posted extremely promising or poor statistics. A lot of the focus will be directed towards players and teams who under/over performed on a weekly basis when comparing output against stats.

The xG Delta stat is the difference between actual goals and expected goals (xG). A high minus figure indicates underachievement and a high plus figure indicates overachievement.

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xG Delta Underachievers

Marcus Rashford (-0.97)

Chris Wood (-0.92)

Will Hughes (-0.80)

xG Delta Overachievers

Tammy Abraham (+1.78)

Harvey Barnes (+0.96)

Patrick Van Aanholt + Ollie McBurnie (+0.93)

Team Under/Overachievement

Manchester United (Underachievement) 1-2 Crystal Palace (Overachievement) – United had an xG of 2.24 compared to Palace’s 0.68 yet scored 1 less goal as a result of not being clinical enough.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton (Underachievement) – Everton recorded an xG of 1.26 but still failed to add to their poor return of 1 goal from 3 games. They had the chances in this game, but simply wasted them.

Total Goal Attempts

Defenders – Alexander-Arnold, Robertson (3)

Midfielders – Son (6), Salah, Mount, Moura, Neves, Barkley (5)

Forwards – Deulofeu (7), Firmino (6), A.Gray (5)

Chances Created

Defenders – Alexander-Arnold (6), Zinchenko, Young (5)

Midfielders – Trossard (7), Lanzini (6)

Forwards – Aguero, A.Gray, Ings (3)

Average Positions

  • Richarlison the most advanced Everton player.
  • Aarons very narrow, occupying an ‘inverted full-back’ position.
  • Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool and Spurs all had 8 players in the opposition half!
  • Dan James drifted very centrally, with Rashford slightly further forward than Martial.
  • Baldock very advanced in the RWB position for Sheffield United.
  • Luke Freeman the most advanced Sheffield United player.
  • Maddison positioned right next to Vardy.
  • Alexander-Arnold and Robertson very similar positions on respective sides of pitch.
  • Willock more advanced than Ceballos.
  • Pepe the most advanced Arsenal player.
  • Wilson and King far more advanced than Fraser.
  • Sterling and Aguero equally advanced.
  • Son the most advanced Spurs player.

Other Standout Stats

  • Most Shots: Liverpool (25), Chelsea and Watford (23), Man United (22).
  • Most Crosses: Alexander-Arnold and Holebas (13), McNeil (9).
  • Most touches in final third amongst defenders: Alexander-Arnold (59).
  • Most touches in opposition penalty area amongst defenders: Robertson (6).
  • Haller had the highest xG out of all players (1.97)
  • Dan James matched Salah for shots in the box (4).
  • Felipe Anderson matched Salah for opposition penalty area touches (11).

Written by Nick Pasquet

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