GW31+ Stats – Number Crunching Time

Premier League GW31+ – Begins Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Just as soon as one gameweek ends (truth be told, this one hasn’t even ended and already I’m prepping for the next), another one begins and although the viewing spectacle is a little rough around the edges, aren’t you glad the Premier League is back?

Never had I thought it possible to watch 11 individual games of football over the space of five days (and one of them saw no football at all) – that equates to 2.2 matches per day and 3.25 if you remove the blank Thursday.

Quite simply the Premier League has filled the football shape void in our lives and although your last burst of stats was last week, it is now time to fill that void also, with another round of everyone’s favourite number crunching series.

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Jan Bednarek (Southampton) has made the most defensive clearances in the Premier League this season, with 161. Danny Ings’ goals arguably take most of the Saint’s praise, but the contribution of Bednarek certainly should be not be undervalued.

Speaking of Ings, his goal against Norwich on Friday takes him to 16 for the season and of the top ten scorers in the league, he makes the biggest individual contribution (16 from Southampton’s 38 in total – 42%)

Liverpool have won their last 22 home matches (Premier League). They may have been held against Everton on Sunday, but they should be well placed to extend that run to 23 and move a huge step closer to a first English league championship for 30 years.

West Ham have lost their last 6 away matches (Premier League). That doesn’t bode well for David Moyes on Tuesday night, then again if anyone is willing to give a helping hand, it usually turns out to be Tottenham.

Norwich have failed to win back to back matches in the Premier League this season. Failure to get any kind of run going, has been just one of their ultimate undoing’s during this ill-fated campaign.

In addition to that, Norwich have attempted the fewest crosses per game in the Premier League this season, with 12.87.

Arsenal have now moved top of the aggression league; they’ve now racked up 65 bookings and 4 red cards this season.

Richarlison (Everton) has had the most headed attempts in the Premier League this season, with 22. Unfortunately for the Toffees, he couldn’t use his head on Sunday night against Liverpool.

Talking of using your head – Chris Wood (Burnley) has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League this season, with 5.

Talking about not using your head – Aston Villa have conceded the most headed goals in the Premier League this season, with 11.

Brighton have drawn their last 3 away matches (Premier League) and after getting the better of Arsenal on Saturday, Graham Potter’s men will be confident of adding more vital points on the board against Leicester.

After scoring against Sheffield United on Sunday, Joelinton’s Premier League goals per minute average is down to 1158. Still some work to be done by the Brazilian forward.

Of the 11 games that have taken place since the restart (article created before Manchester City vs Burnley), 7 of those have been goalless at half-time. Seems as if teams are still working their way towards real sharpness.

To add some extra context to this, of the first 11 Premier League games to take place this season, 5 of those also failed to see a goal scored before the break. Once again, perhaps tying into a lack of sharpness.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Man Utd’s last 8 games (Premier League), if there was no hiatus then I would suggest more of the same in midweek. That said, Sheffield United’s performance against Newcastle, will be a defensive concern to Chris Wilder and they ship more at Old Trafford.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) has attempted the most passes in his own half in the Premier League this season, with 1524. I’d imagine somewhere close to 1500 have been completed (please don’t quote me on that)

Ben Foster (Watford) has made the most inaccurate long balls in the Premier League this season, with 540. 539 were after time wasting in his own penalty area.

Tottenham Fan. Football Writer, Podcaster and Statistician.

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