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Pass completion and possession

May 16, 2014
Pass completion and possession

Last week’s graph proved reasonably popular, so here’s another… This graph is much simpler. It shows the average possession along the bottom, and the pass completion rate along the left. These two metrics are generally considered to be, more or less, the same thing. They measure how well each side passes the ball. If your pass...
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Points per game record versus top half and bottom half shows why Chelsea lost the title, and why Sunderland survived

May 9, 2014
Points per game record versus top half and bottom half shows why Chelsea lost the title, and why Sunderland survived

If there’s one result that sums up the crazy, unpredictable end to this Premier League season, it’s Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland. That was Jose Mourinho’s first home league defeat as Chelsea manager, after 78 games, and proved crucial at both top and bottom. Chelsea’s chances of winning the league title took a...
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The relationship between possession and shots

May 4, 2012
The relationship between possession and shots

The graph below shows the relationship between average possession per game (along the bottom) and shots per game (along the side) for the 98 sides in the Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga and the Bundesliga.
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The brief decline of the Premier League hattrick

April 6, 2012
The brief decline of the Premier League hattrick

Last season, the number of Premier League hat-tricks was at its highest level since 1994, and this season looks like continuing the trend – with six games to go, the figure is one behind last season’s level.
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Where do Premier League sides attack from?

March 16, 2012
Where do Premier League sides attack from?

In an individual match, it’s easy to see that a side have a bias towards one particular flank. In Monday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle, Arsenal constantly attacked down the right, with Theo Walcott staying wide on that flank, and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain moving inside from the left.
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