Although not always definitive, shot on target statistics are a great indicator of how good/bad a team is performing at both ends of the pitch and ultimately team performance. We have taken a look at the average shot on target data for the Premier League to understand reasons for some teams successes and failures so far and see what teams may be in a false position.
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Manchester City have averaged 6.9 shots on target this season while opposition sides have averaged 2.3 shots on target against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. This gives Manchester City a shot on target supremacy of 4.6 over the first 12 matches, making them comfortably the best performing side so far in the Premier League in this respect.
Somewhat surprisingly Tottenham have been the 2nd best performing side overall. Spurs average 6.3 shots on target and concede an average of 3.4 per match, giving a supremacy of 2.9. Spurs have lost just once so far this season and are clearly going in the right direction under Mauricio Pochettino.
Leicester have had an incredible start to the season and although shot on target data suggest Leicester are one of the better sides in the league, Claudio Ranieri’s side are punching above their weight, although only slightly.
Manchester Utd’s numbers make interesting reading. United average 3.8 shots on target each game while conceding an average of 3, giving a supremacy of 0.8 which is the 6th best in the league. There are an average of 6.8 shots in Manchester United matches which is perhaps a strong indication of Louis Van Gaal’s strong emphasis on controlled, possession football but as has been evident, a lack of cutting edge.
Southampton’s shot on target numbers are very impressive. Only Manchester City average fewer shots on target against them than Southampton’s 2.8 while the Saints average a respectable 5 shots on target given a 4th best shot on target supremacy of 2.2.
Liverpool’s numbers show they are clearly underachieving this season. Liverpool currently sit in 10th place in the league but have the 5th best shot on target supremacy in the league. Its no coincidence The Reds have the worst chance conversion rate In the league.
But it’s Bournemouth who are perhaps the biggest underachievers. The Cherries have the 11th best supremacy but lie in 18th. Teams have been very clinical against Bournemouth and/or Bournemouth’s goalkeepers have been very poor. Newcastle scored from their only shot on target against Eddie Howe’s side, Southampton scored 2 from 2, Leicester scored 1 from 2 and so on. While at the other end Bournemouth have been the least efficient side in the league, averaging a goal every 3.6 shots. Compare that with fellow promoted sides Norwich and Watford who average a goal every 3.2 and 3.3 shots respectively.
Nobody would have predicted Chelsea lying in 16th position after 12 matches but numbers suggest The Blues are in the right position. Only Sunderland have conceded more shots on target than Chelsea this season, while Jose Mourinho’s side average just 4 shots on target each game, resulting in a -1.4 supremacy.
The shot on target numbers suggest Stoke may have been fortunate so far. Mark Hughes’s side concede an average of 5.3 shots on target each match while averaging just 3.1 shots on target. This gives a supremacy of -2.1, the 18th best yet Stoke sit in 12th position. Stoke have conceded just 12 goals from 63 shots on target against this season (1 goal every 5.3 shots) which show just how exceptional a season Stoke goalkeeper, Jack Butland has had so far.
Everton have been very clinical and that explains why The Toffees sit in 9th in the Premier League but are as low as 14th in the shot on target supremacy table. Lukaku and co average a goal every 2.6 shots on target which is extraordinary and comfortably the most efficient in the league.
Aston Villa may be bottom of the Premier League but shot on target numbers suggest Sunderland have been the worst performing side in the league. Sunderland have had 74 shots on target against them in 12 matches, something new manager, Sam Allardyce will be keen to address.