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Premier League Tables: SoT +/- GD +/- And Points

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I sincerely wish I had time to write a 10 Points article. Alas, I don't have the necessary time. Instead I will try and post up some small articles on certain topics that have piqued my interest. Firstly the Premier League Table with a twist.

'Come and meet your future Man City team-mates'
'Come and meet your future Man City team-mates'
Shaun Botterill

In this article I want to show the home and away Premier League tables, but with a slight twist. namely I want to show each teams home/away points with goal difference and shots on target difference.

It's pretty well understood that shots on target may be the most important non-goal stat in football. Possession?meh, Total shots? almost. Shots on target is the crucial non-mainstream stat. So let's show it then!

I will quickly say that this exercise is showing off a little, for the following tables are sortable. SORTABLE!

Click on the heading and you are able to sort the data in ascending or descending form. I like it, it's cool and it helps us to easily identify which team is the best in each category.

HOME

Shots on target +/-, Goal Difference +/- and Points

Pos Team ST +/- GD +/- H PTS
3 Arsenal 42 21 34
17 Aston Villa -10 -9 17
4 Chelsea 47 22 34
6 Everton 38 13 36
11 Fulham -11 2 24
7 Liverpool 61 16 29
2 Man City 57 25 39
1 Man Utd 51 23 42
16 Newcastle 21 0 28
13 Norwich 0 2 28
19 Qpr -4 -13 14
20 Reading -36 -8 19
12 Southampton 26 5 24
15 Stoke -12 -1 25
14 Sunderland -16 1 21
9 Swansea 3 5 25
5 Tottenham 42 9 32
8 West Brom 13 8 30
10 West Ham 2 10 29
18 Wigan -6 -12 -12

This is pretty easy to understand, I think. Colour denotes top 4, relegation etc. Pos=position in the league.

This table only really comes alive once you play around with the columns.

Quick Thoughts: City and United are pretty similar teams at home this year. So are Arsenal and Chelsea. Reading are fucking terrible by the SoT +/- but somehow have managed to record 19 points at home.

AWAY

Shots on target +/-, Goal Difference +/- and Points

Num Team ST +/- GD +/- A PTS
3 Arsenal 6 9 29
17 Aston Villa -30 -15 17
4 Chelsea -7 9 28
6 Everton 8 0 20
11 Fulham -23 -10 16
7 Liverpool 11 3 22
2 Man City 52 4 29
1 Man Utd 11 17 39
16 Newcastle -26 -17 9
13 Norwich -46 -22 10
19 Qpr -31 -14 10
20 Reading -69 -20 5
12 Southampto -23 -12 15
15 Stoke -25 -10 12
14 Sunderland -23 -8 16
9 Swansea -24 -4 17
5 Tottenham 43 8 29
8 West Brom -36 -9 15
10 West Ham -53 -17 13
18 Wigan -3 -11 15

Man United have out-of-this-world away points tally.

We can get a glimpse of just how difficult it is for teams to maintain a positive away goal difference: only the top 7 positioned teams actually do so.

Maintaining a positive shots on target differential is an even more difficult task: Man City and Tottenham lead the league in this category by a country mile. Of the top 7 only Chelsea record a negative shots on target differential.

West Ham, relatively strong at home are being butchered away in the shots on target differential with only Reading posting a worse number. Wigan with the relatively strong away shots number.

Anyway, have a play around with it!