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The Halfway Point in 2013/14: Time Spent Winning/Losing/Drawing

Again, this is pretty simple: Which teams have spent the highest average number of minutes per game in a winning, drawing or losing position?

The results aren't that surprising

Time

Sortable table.

Man City are really good: the highest average minutes per game spent leading and the fewest minutes per game spent losing. And it's worth noting just how low Man City's minutes spent losing actually is - 6.7 minutes per game or 120 minutes total.

Aston Villa are really struggling to take and maintain the lead in their games.

Palace, Sunderland, Fulham and Norwich have spent the highest average minutes in a losing position.

Win Draw Lose
Man City 48.8 39.6 6.7
Liverpool 47.7 31.9 15.4
Arsenal 43.2 40.5 11.3
Chelsea 36.2 45.9 12.9
Man United 33.6 40.8 20.6
Newcastle 33.2 42.8 19.1
Southampton 24.9 40.4 29.7
Hull 24.7 49.1 21.2
Everton 24.5 58.9 12.1
Tottenham 22.3 52.5 20.2
Sunderland 18.7 40.4 35.9
Stoke 17.8 54.7 23.1
Swansea 17.1 47.5 30.4
West Brom 15.4 48.4 31.2
Norwich 14.7 43.3 37
West Ham 14.7 55.2 25.1
Palace 13.7 43.3 37.9
Fulham 13.7 45.5 35.8
Cardiff 11.3 53.2 30.4
Aston Villa 10.8 53.3 30.8

It's worth noting that these numbers will tend to level out to what I will call 'more sensible' levels as the season progresses. An example of this is that Man City are unlikely to sustain such a high 'winning' minutes or such a low 'losing' minutes. It's unlikely.

The relationship between Time Spent Winning & Goal Difference is r2=0.842. That is a very strong correlation, but it's to be expected.

Here's how that correlation has changed over the first 19 games of the season Tsw_rel_19_medium
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The relationship between goal difference and time spent winning is getting stronger week-by-week, but again, this is pretty intuitive. Good teams spend more time winning because they tend to outscore teams who do not possess as much talent as they themselves do.


Time At Close Game States

This next table is minutes spent exclusively at Close Game States (~84% of all game time).

Posting a high number of minutes at Plus 1 will likely have a strong impact on a teams shots numbers. Score effects kick in and teams that spend a lot of time at plus 1 will likely be out-shot by their opponents but not outscored. It's complicated, but that hyperlink helps explain a few things.

Everton spend a lot of minutes drawing. A lot.

Minus 1 Tied Plus 1
Arsenal 161 729 562
Chelsea 182 826 506
Liverpool 244 574 493
Man City 117 712 455
Newcastle 182 770 448
Hull 213 883 402
Man United 322 734 346
Sunderland 543 728 336
Everton 198 1061 309
Tottenham 240 945 306
Norwich 489 780 264
Stoke 287 984 262
West Ham 270 994 224
Palace 422 780 214
West Brom 415 871 210
Aston Villa 339 960 190
Cardiff 353 958 186
Swansea 385 855 186
Southampton 530 727 168
Fulham 322 819 147

I'll return to this table in the next couple of articles in order to look at shots rates per minute at these close game states.