There’s an old saying that the team that wins the League depends not only on goals from their strikers but also from their midfield and defenders. This article briefly analyses the number and proportion of goals by defenders, midfielders and forwards have scored in the Premier League for their teams.
[quote]In this season’s Premier League 47% of goals are scored by strikers, with 37% being scored by midfielders and 11% scored by defenders. The remaining 5% are own goals.
The column chart below shows that Manchester United have scored the most goals via their strikers – 41. Boosted by Robin van Persie and now an in-form Wayne Rooney – Manchester United’s strikers have scored 9 more than their rivals Manchester City. After analysing both charts below you can also see that Manchester United are the only team in the League to have more than ten goals scored by strikers, midfielders and defenders. No other side has achieved this although Chelsea’s defenders have managed ten goals so another from Luiz, Terry or Ivanovic and they’ll also join this group of strikers, midfielders and defenders scoring more than 10 goals this campaign.
The first chart below shows Arsenal’s midfielders are outscoring their strikers this season (with the lack of a prolific van Persie replacement being the talk of london bars at the start of the season) whilst Liverpool’s proportion is surprisingly close between their striker(s) and midfielders. Liverpool’s goals from their strikers were all via Luis Suarez until January and since then Sturridge has chipped in with four goals.
There was a surprise in the stats for Swansea with their midfield scoring so many goals. After analysing the data it seems that Opta have Michu down as a midfielder and all of his goals are attributed to midfielders in this analysis. We can only work with the data we have so Swansea are the top scorers from midfield in the Premier League so far this season with 33 goals.
Six teams in this second chart have scored more goals from their midfield. Swansea, West Ham, QPR, Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton have all scored more goals via their midfielders. Spurs benefiting from Gareth Bale’s 17 goals this season from midfield.
Aston Villa rely heavily on their strikers with them scoring 87.5% of their goals this season. If Aston Villa are to stay up they will be thanking Benteke’s excellent performances although you’d not bet on Benteke being at Villa Park next season.
The highest proportion of goals via defenders have come from Norwich City with their defenders scoring 28.57% of their goals this season. Fulham have benefitted from the most own goals with 9.3% of their goals coming via own goals although Liverpool and Manchester United have benefitted from the same amount they have scored many more goals than Fulham meaning the proportion is much lower.
Tomorrow we’ll be looking at first and second half goals in the Premier League so stay tuned for that!
The table below shows full details of proportion of goals via position for every team in the Premier League this season. If you do use the data below please do credit EPLIndex.com in your blogs and/or tweets.
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