Friday, 18 May 2012

EPL In Numbers

Some more interesting statistics from the EPL this season.
  • Stoke City won every match where they held a half-time lead, which was only six, as Stoke are very much a second half team.
  • Bolton Wanderers lost every match where they trailed at half-time. All thirteen.
  • Manchester City scored 19 goals after the 80 minute mark.
  • Neither Manchester club conceded a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match.
  • Manchester City conceded just one goal in the first 30 minutes of a match.
  • 22.3% of goals in the EPL came after 75 minutes.
  • Only four home teams, losing at half-time, came back to win: Fulham(2), Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Sunderland.
  • Five away teams, losing at half-time, came back to win: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • Manchester City never went into half-time trailing when playing away, and only once at home.
  • Manchester United were ahead at half-time in 24 matches, and went on to win all but one of those.
  • More matches finished 1-2 than 2-1.
  • Manchester United scored the most penalties - 9.
  • Manchester City lost five matches, but not one was by more than a single goal.
  • Fulham opened the scoring in just 14 matches, and conceded the first goal in 21.
  • 116 Away Wins (30.5%) is the most in the 20 years of the Premier League.
  • Wigan Athletic remain the only team to have played in the English top division and not been relegated from it.
I thought they were interesting anyway. If anyone sees any errors in that list, let me know please.  If I don't receive at least five comments telling me how boring that was, I shall repeat for the other top leagues I follow in the next few days.

I'm sure most readers have already read my Champions League piece over at Betting Expert, (and 'Liked' it I hope) but one more coincidence to add to the "Consider This" section full of coincidences at the end is this:
In 2010, Blackpool won the Championship play-offs to reach the Premier League. 
Chelsea will be hoping for a Blackpool win almost as much as the Tottenham Hotspur family will be hoping for a Bayern Munich win on Saturday.

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