When it comes to Premier League clubs leading in matches this season, you would think that it would pretty much exactly mirror the actual league table.
However, that isn’t necessarily the case.
Below are the stats for how many minutes each Premier League club has led in games so far this season.
With no surprise to see Manchester City come out top, having led for a total of 1424 minutes this season.
However, despite being 18 points behind them in the table, Liverpool have led in matches for only 156 minutes less. This no doubt sums up their style of attacking teams from the start, often scoring early and going on to win many of those games.
Manchester United though, despite currently being second in the table, are only a distant fourth when it comes to minutes leading, their 1038 minutes a massive 386 less than Man City and 230 less than Liverpool.
Current Premier League table:
As for lower down the Premier League, there are some very big variations.
The one that really stands out must surely be West Brom.
Rock bottom with only 20 points and three wins, yet the Baggies are 12th highest (546 minutes) when it comes to leading in games.
This appears to point to a team without backbone or leadership, often leading but then failing to see games out, a prime example when they went 2-0 up against Newcastle and drew 2-2. A similar case with third bottom Southampton who are 10th highest in terms of minutes leading (557).
Newcastle are 13th in the league table and 14th highest (524 minutes) when it comes to leading in matches.
Interestingly, if you take away the last game against Southampton where NUFC led from the 2nd minute, then Newcastle would be third bottom in terms of minutes leading. Which suggests they are the direct opposite of West Brom, generally making the most of games where they do lead.
Number of minutes each Premier League club has led in matches so far this (2017/18) season – figures compiled by Talksport:
1424 Man City
1038 Man Utd
546 West Brom
524 Newcastle United
462 West Ham
386 Crystal Palace