For many seasons the Premier League had four teams that fought it out for the title and the Champions League places – Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. But after Man City were taken over, Harry Redknapp took over at Spurs and Newcastle’s impressive form this season this has all changed. There are now a lot more teams fighting it out for the title, the Champions League places and even the Europa League places.
So, with the Premier League being more competitive than ever, it is even more important for each team to win their matches against the teams around them and gain that much-needed advantage. We have seen this season just how important it has been to beat your rivals, as City’s last gasp winner won them the title on goal difference and Arsenal pipped Spurs by one point to what turned out to be the final Champions League place.
Therefore, we have compared how these seven teams have fared when they have played against each other this season. We have done this by looking at how many points each team has taken, how many goals each team has scored and conceded as well as taking a look at which players have contributed the most in these twelve matches.
Man City have taken 28 out of the 36 points available against the other big teams this season, with their only defeats coming in away games against Arsenal and Chelsea. They have won all of 6 of their home games and taken 7 more points in these games than their fierce rivals Man United. Although, 6 of these 7 points were taken in the two Manchester derbies, as Man City won both games.
Man United took 21 out of the 36 points available against the other teams in this comparison, with 13 of the 21 points coming at home. United only picked up 1 point in their matches against Man City and Newcastle this season, with that point coming in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Old Trafford in November.
Arsenal took the third highest amount of points against the big teams this season, as they took 17 out of the possible 36 points that were available to them. Arsenal won 5 of the 12 matches that they played against the other big teams, winning 3 at home and 2 away.
Surprisingly, Liverpool took 15 points out of their games against the other big teams, taking 2 more points than Spurs, 3 more points than Newcastle and 5 more points than Chelsea.Liverpool lost 4 of their 6 away games though, and drew 3 out of their 6 home games.
Spurs had the worst away record as they failed to win away against any of the other big teams, losing 3 and drawing 3 in the process. Spurs did win 3 out of their 6 home games though, putting 5 past Newcastle, 4 past Liverpool and beating their North London rivals 2-1. Although, they took 4 fewer points in these 12 games than Arsenal who finished one point above them.
Newcastle took 12 points in their 12 games, winning 3 matches and drawing 3. They won 2 out of their 6 home games, beating Man United 3-0 and Liverpool 2-0 as well as getting a point against both North London clubs at St. James’ Park.Newcastleonly won one away game though, losing 4 out of the other 5.
Chelsea only took 10 points in their matches with the other big teams this season, which is the lowest points total out of all the teams in this comparison.Chelseaonly managed 2 wins in their 12 matches, beating champions Man City 2-1 at home and winning 3-0 at St. James’ Park in December.
In the 12 matches the home team won 50% of the matches, the away team won 26% of the games and 24% of the games finished in a draw.
Goals Scored/Goals Conceded
Man City scored 28 goals in their 12 matches against the teams around them at a rate of 2.3 goals per game. They also only conceded 10 goals, at a rate of 0.83 goals per game giving them a goal difference of +18.
Man United scored one fewer goal than Man City this season but conceded 11 more. They scored on average 2.25 goals per game, but conceded 1.75 goals per game, giving them a goal difference of +6.
Therefore, Man City were 12 goals better off than Man United in these 12 games – and what was the goal difference between the sides in their respective derbies? +6 to City and -6 to United giving it a 12 goal swing. Weird how these things work isn’t it?
Spurs scored the third highest amount of goals out of the seven teams in this comparison, as they found the net 20 times. This averages out at 1.67 goals per game this season. They also conceded 23 goals though, at a rate of 1.92 goals per game, giving them a goal difference of -3.
Arsenal scored one less goal than Spurs in the 12 matches, but also conceded one less goal giving them a goal difference of -3. Arsenal scored 1.58 goals per game and conceded 1.83 goals per game in their matches against the teams around them this season.
Therefore, Spurs and Arsenal both had the same goal difference in their 12 matches as well as finishing the Premier League season on the same goal difference.
Liverpool also came out with a goal difference of -3 after their 12 matches, as they scored 15 goals and conceded 18.Liverpoolscored 1.25 goals per match and conceded 1.5 goals per match.
Chelsea scored 16 goals in the 12 matches but conceded 22. They scored 1.3 goals per game and conceded 1.83 goals per game, giving them a goal difference of -6.
Newcastle scored the fewest amount of goals in the 12 matches as they only managed to hit the back of the net 13 times. They also conceded 22 goals in the 12 matches, giving them a goal difference of -9. They scored 1.08 goals per game and conceded 1.83 goals per game.
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Wayne Rooney has scored more goals than any other player in the matches featuring these seven teams. He has netted 10 goals in the 12 matches, which is a goal every 100 minutes. This is closely followed by Robin Van Persie who has scored 9 goals at a rate of a goal every 119 minutes.
Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have both scored 6 goals in the 12 games, but Dzeko has the best mins per goals ratio out of all the strikers in this comparison. Dzeko has scored a goal every 68 minutes, while Aguero has scored a goal every 163 minutes.
Mario Balotelli and Emmanuel Adebayor have both scored 5 goals, but Balotelli has a better mins per goal ratio, as he has scored a goal every 96 minutes, while Adebayor has scored a goal every 157 minutes.
Jermain Defoe, Papiss Cisse, Theo Walcott and Ashley Young have all scored 4 goals in the 12 matches this season. Cisse and Defoe have the best minutes per goal ratio out of the four players though as Defoe has scored a goal every 112 minutes, while Cisse has scored a goal every 81 minutes. Young has scored a goal every 165 minutes, while Walcott has scored a goal every 225 minutes.
Demba Ba, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Yaya Toure have all scored 3 goals in their matches against the other teams around them. Hernandez does have the best minutes per goal ratio though, as he has scored every 110 minutes, while Ba has the worst minutes per goal ratio out of all the players in this comparison, as he has scored a goal every 334 minutes.
Percentage of goals scored in the big matches
Young has scored 67% of his goals this season in matches against the other top teams in this comparison, while Yaya Toure and Walcott have both scored 50% of their goals against the big teams.
Dzeko has scored 43% of his goals in these 12 matches, while his Man City teammate Balotelli has scored 38% of his goals in these 12 matches. Rooney has scored 37% of his goals in these matches, while Defoe has scored 36% of his goals in these matches.
Welbeck has scored 33% of his goals in these 12 matches, while Cisse has scored 31% of his goals in these matches. Van Persie and Hernandez have both scored 30% of their goals against the six other teams in this comparison while Adebayor has scored 29% of his goals in these matches.
Sturridge has scored 27% of his goals in these 12 matches, while Aguero has scored 26% of his goals in these 12 matches. Demba Ba has the scored the fewest percentage of his goals against the big teams, as he has only scored 19% of his goals against them.
Adebayor has assisted 7 goals against the big teams, which is more than any other player in this comparison. His two nearest rivals are Silva who has assisted 6 and Young who has assisted 5 goals in these 12 matches.
Giggs and Song have both assisted 4 goals in these 12 matches, while Mata has assisted 3 goals.
12 players have also assisted 2 goals in these 12 matches, they are Milner,Aguero,Valencia, Welbeck, Van Persie, Sagna, Arteta, Van Der Vaart, Ameobi, Torres, Malouda and Meireles.
Clear Cut Chances Created
Silva has created more clear-cut chances than anyone else in this comparison, as he has created 8, while Walcott has created 7 and Bale and Giggs have created 5.
Rosicky, Van Persie, Adebayor and Nasri have all created 4 clear-cut chances against the other big teams this season, while Mata, Toure, Welbeck and Valencia all created 3.
There are also 12 players that have created 2 clear-cut chances in these matches and they are Dzeko, Nani, Rooney, Sagna, Song, Arteta, Modric, Sturridge, Downing, Henderson, Carroll and Kuyt.
- Man City have only dropped 8 points against the other top teams this season.
- The home team has won 50% of the time in games involving these 7 teams.
- Man City have scored more and conceded fewer goals than any of the other 6 teams in matches against the teams around them.
- Chelsea only took 10 out of a possible 36 points against the teams around them this season.
- Ashley Young has scored 67% of his goals against the top teams this season.
- Wayne Rooney has scored 7% more of his goals against the top teams than Robin Van Persie has this season.
- Edin Dzeko has scored a goal every 68 minutes against the top teams this season.
- David Silva has created 8 clear-cut chances and made 6 assists against the top teams this season.
- Robin Van Perise played in 1074 out of the 1080 minutes in the 12 matches this season.
- Theo Walcott created 7 clear-cut chances but only got one assist in the 12 matches.
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