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Sky Sports alternative Premier League table has Newcastle United bottom with 10 defeats

4 years ago

Sky Sports have published an ‘alternative’ Premier League table.

This particular table is based on Opta’s expected goals (xG), a metric which measures the true value of chances in front of goal.

The expected goals metric is widely accepted as the best guide to how two teams have played in any match, measuring the number of and how good the chances were that each side created.

As we all know in football, the best team doesn’t always win, which as a football fan is one of the very best AND worst about the sport we all love.

So which clubs have got lucky and unlucky so far?

The Sky Sports Premier League table based on Expected Goals:

As you can see, the luck has very much favoured Liverpool and not Man City at the very top. Man City six points clear of Liverpool rather than the other way round as the PL table currently shows.

Whilst Solskjaer has taken plenty stick, the expected goals metric points to he and his team also being out of luck, their superiority in terms of chances not showing in points.

Southampton and Watford are both in the relegation zone but their true underlying form according to the Sky Sports table is far better and puts them eighth and eleventh.

As for the very luckiest team?

That would be Newcastle United, with the Expected Goals metric showing that in all 10 Premier League games the opposition have had a better level of chances overall.

That luck surely can’t continue and Steve Bruce needs to come up with the will and the plan to have his team play far more threatening football, as creating so few decent chances will prove fatal if it continues this season.


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