How Have Sides Fared Against Top and Bottom Half Teams So Far?

How Have Sides Fared Against Top and Bottom Half Teams So Far?

This article looks at how well each Premier League team has fared against the teams in the top half and the bottom half of the league this season. We take a look at which teams have taken the most points against the teams in the top half, as well as which teams have scored and conceded the most goals against the teams from the top half of the table and against the teams in the bottom half of the table.

Goals Scored against Top 10 Teams

First of all we take a look at which Premier League teams have scored the most goals against teams in the top half of the table this season.
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Manchester United have scored 2 goals per game against the teams in the top half of the league this season, which is more than any other Premier League team. Chelsea have scored 1.8 goals per game, Manchester City have scored 1.5 goals per game and Tottenham and Newcastle have scored 1.4 goals per game against the teams in the top half of the table this season.

At the other end of the table QPR have only scored 0.6 goals per game against teams in the top half of the table this season, while Wigan (0.7 goals per game) and Liverpool, Sunderland and Stoke (0.8 goals per game) have all struggled to score goals against teams in the top half.

Next we take a look at which teams have scored the most goals against the teams in the bottom half of the table this season.

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Not surprisingly top of the table Manchester United have scored the most goals against the teams from the bottom half of the table this season, as they have averaged 2.9 goals per game. Arsenal have averaged 2.7 goals per game, Liverpool have averaged 2.6 goals per game while Chelsea and Manchester City have both averaged 2.3 goals per game against the teams in the bottom half this season.

Aston Villa have scored the fewest goals against the teams in the bottom half this season, as they have only averaged 0.6 goals per game.  Norwich (0.7 goals per game), QPR (1 goal per game), Newcastle (1 goal per game), Reading (1.1 goals per game) and Stoke (1.1 goals per game) have all struggled to score goals against the teams in the bottom half of the table this season.

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Norwich have actually scored 0.6 more goals per game against the teams in the top half of the table than they have against the teams in the bottom half of the table this season, while Newcastle (0.4), Aston Villa (0.4) and Reading (0.2) have all scored more goals per game against the teams in the top half than they have against the teams in the bottom half of the table this season.

Liverpool have the biggest difference in terms of how many goals they have scored against the top and bottom half teams, as they have scored 1.8 more goals per game against the teams in the bottom half than they have against the teams in the top half. Arsenal have scored 1.5 more goals per game against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams, while West Ham have scored 1.4 more goals against the bottom half teams.

percentage goals top 10

Although Aston Villa have scored the fewest goals per game against the teams in the bottom half, 68.4% of their goals have come against the top half teams this season. A high percentage of Norwich’s goals (66.7%), Reading’s goals (60.7%) and Newcastle’s goals (60.7%) have come against the teams in the top half of the table this season.

At the other end of the scale only 22.5% of Liverpool’s goals have come against the top half teams this season, while Swansea (29.4%), West Brom (30.3%) and Arsenal (30.4%) have only scored a small percentage of their goals against teams from the top half.

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Goals Conceded against the Top and Bottom half sides

Next we take a look at which teams have conceded the most goals against the teams from the top and the bottom half of the table this season.

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Newcastle have conceded the most goals per game against teams from the top half of the table this season as they have conceded 2.5 goals per game. Aston Villa have conceded the second most goals per game against teams in the top half, as they have conceded 2.4 goals per game, while Southampton (2.3), Reading, Norwich and Wigan (2.2) and West Ham (2) have all conceded 2 or more goals per game against the teams in the top half.

Manchester City have conceded the fewest goals per game against the top half teams, as they have only conceded 0.9 goals per game. Swansea (1), Everton (1), Chelsea (1.1), Arsenal (1.3) and West Brom (1.3) have all conceded few goals per game against the top half teams.

Goals conceded bottom 10

Against the teams from the bottom half Fulham, Reading and Wigan have all conceded 1.5 goals per game which is the most in the Premier League. West Brom have conceded 1.4 goals per game against the bottom half teams, while Aston Villa, Manchester United, Swansea and QPR have all conceded 1.3 goals per game against the bottom half teams.

Sunderland have conceded the fewest goals per game against the bottom half teams, as they have only conceded 0.7 goals per game. Chelsea (0.8), Tottenham (0.8), Liverpool (0.8), Manchester City (0.8), West Ham (0.9) and Stoke (0.9) all have good defensive records against teams from the bottom half.

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Swansea have actually conceded 0.3 more goals per game against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams this season, while Everton (0.2) and West Brom (0.1) have both conceded more goals per game against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams.

Newcastle have the biggest difference in terms of how many goals they have conceded against the top and bottom half teams, as they have conceded 1.5 more goals per game against the top half teams than they have against the bottom half teams. Aston Villa (1.1), Southampton (1.1), West Ham (1.1) and Norwich (1) have all conceded quite a high amount more goals per game against the top half teams.

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Sunderland have conceded a whopping 74% of their goals against teams from the top half of the table this season, while Newcastle (73%), Aston Villa (70%), Liverpool (68%) and Southampton (68%) have all conceded a high proportion of their goals to teams in the top half this season.

West Brom and Everton have conceded the lowest percentage of their goals against the top half teams this season, as only 38% of the goals they have conceded have come at the hands of the top half teams. Swansea (41%) and Manchester United (50%) are the only other teams to conceded 50% or less of their goals against the top half teams this season.

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Points Won against teams in the top and bottom half of the table

Finally we take a look at which teams have taken the most points per game against the teams from the top and bottom halves of the table.

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Manchester United have taken the most points per match against the top half teams this season (2.09), while Chelsea (1.91), Manchester City (1.82), Everton (1.4) and Tottenham (1.2) have all taken a high amount of points per game against the top half teams.

Wigan and Southampton (0.42) have taken the fewest points per game against the top half teams this season, while Liverpool (0.45), QPR (0.46) and West Ham (0.55) have all struggled to pick up points against the top half teams this season.

Next we take a look at which teams have taken the most points against the bottom half teams this season.

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Manchester United have picked up the most points per game against the bottom half teams this season, as they have picked up 2.75 points per game. Manchester City have taken 2.58 points, Liverpool have taken 2.42 points, Tottenham have taken 2.23 points and Arsenal have taken 2.08 points per game against the bottom half teams this season.

Aston Villa and QPR have taken the fewest points per game against the bottom half teams this season, as they have only picked up 0.9 points per game. Reading (1), Norwich (1.09), Newcastle (1.18) and Wigan (1.27) have all struggled to pick up points against the bottom half teams this season.

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Norwich are the only team to take more points per game against the top half teams than they have against the bottom half teams this season, as they have taken 0.08 points per game more.

Liverpool have taken a staggering 1.97 points per game more against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams this season, while Arsenal have taken 0.99 more points per game against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams this season. Sunderland (1.33), West Ham (1.2) and Southampton (1.2) have also taken a lot more points per game against the bottom half teams than they have against the top half teams this season.

point percentage top teams

Aston Villa have taken 55% of their points against the top half teams this season, while Norwich (54%), Stoke (48%), Chelsea (47%) and Reading (47%) have all taken a high percentage of their points against the top half teams this season.

However, Liverpool have only taken 15% of their points against top half teams this season, while West Ham (22%), Southampton (22%) and Sunderland (25%) have all taken a small percentage of their points from the top half teams this season.

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