Very few of us have got time to watch every Premier League game, but a lot of us want to keep up with what’s going on. (Every Team Needs A) Ron’s round-up will take you through every game, giving you everything you need to know quicker than the time it would take to watch a highlight reel of all these games.
Key: ‘Final 1/3’ = Completed passes into the final third; ‘Set-ups’ = shot assists completed into the final third in the direction of the Danger Zone (central strip of the box); ‘Shot line’ = total shots/shots on target/optimal shots*; 1H/2H = first half/second half
*[a concept developed by Julien Assuncao here, counting open play, footed shots inside the box]
- The stats add up to look even, which may be a fair reflection, although a clear split develops before and after the goals
- 0-57 mins: Arsenal 81 final third passes; United 38
- 58-90 mins: Arsenal 33 final third passes; United 53
- Liverpool utter dominance, but didn’t convert it to good chances
- …or convert their penalty
- City utter dominance. *Did* convert to good the possession to good chances.
- West Ham efficient with their possession
- Similar shot lines, West Ham may have won on a coin flip
- Everton had territory, but didn’t create.
- Abject shot line for their possession share
- Hull look unlucky, to be honest. Decent creation and shot line
- Why ‘optimal shots’ is a useful concept, Watford’s shot line looks good up until then
- Watford having a lot of possession outside of the final third – where it matters
- Burnley having 55% possession is… weird.
- Not much final third action or super shot lines, 4 goals unexpected
- Both struggled to get shots on target
- Pattern of passing similar (each team with around 25% of their completed passes in final third), Stoke perhaps more efficient with it
- An own goal for each game is fun in its own weird way