Incredible effort by Rafa’s Newcastle but fair play to Chelsea and Tottenham as they top these stats
Always difficult to compare achievements of clubs across the four divisions, does Chelsea topping the Premier League show them as more successful than say Doncaster currently at the summit of League Two?
Obviously winning the Premier League is always going to be the most noteworthy trophy for the media but all clubs find themselves in the division they deserve to be in any particular season.
So you can only measure them in terms of how they do throughout that year, not on the name of the club or past titles/trophies.
So of the 92 clubs this season, who is the most successful so far?
I looked at the top teams in each of the four divisions and how many points per game on average they had won so far.
Some very interesting results…
Chelsea not only are top of the Premier League, they are also way ahead of all the other 91 clubs when it comes to raking in points.
Antonio Conte has done a remarkable job at Stamford Bridge and they average 2.40 points from their 30 matches so far, what is more is that second placed Tottenham are second of the 92 clubs as well as in the top tier, their 2.16 points per game average is particularly impressive when you consider having to come back from fading late on last season.
In third place in this points average per game is Rafa Benitez and Newcastle with 2.10, closely following by Brighton in fourth with 2.07 points per match.
These are also brilliant achievements for the two managers/clubs, not quite at Chelsea/Tottenham levels but not far behind, considering they have bettered all the clubs in Leagues One and Two so far.
Comparing this season to last is also worth looking at – the current top two in the Premier are Chelsea (2.40 points) and Tottenham (2.16), this compares to 2015/16 final standing s of Leicester (2.13) and Arsenal (1.86).
As for the Championship, Newcastle (2.10) and Brighton (2.07) compares to 2015/16 top three of Burnley (2.02) and Middlesbrough & Brighton (both 1.93)
Top three in each of the four leagues current average points per game as at 6 April 2017:
2.40 Chelsea (72 points from 30 games)
2.16 Tottenham (65 points, 30 games)
2.10 Newcastle (84 points, 40 games)
2.075 Brighton (83 points, 40 games)
2.073 Sheffield United (85 points, 41 games)
2.02 Doncaster (81 points, 40 games)
1.93 Liverpool (60 points, 31 games)
1.92 Bolton (79 points, 41 games)
1.89 Huddersfield (74 points, 39 games)
1.87 Plymouth (75 points, 40 games)
1.77 Portsmouth (71 points, 40 games)
1.75 Fleetwood (72 points, 41 games)
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