The best defensive teams in the Premier League this season, according to stats

first_img 5 Everton have quite drastically underperformed in relation to their xG huge blow Though City, Chelsea and Liverpool are building their title challenges on positive, attacking football, the three sides have also been defensively solid throughout 2018/19 so far.They’ve conceded 11 goals between them in a combined 24 matches, but have City, Chelsea and Liverpool actually been the best defensive teams in the Premier League this season?The statistic expected goals (xG) has grown in prominence in football circles over the past few years, and is now used widely to determine if a team is getting results at the level at which they are actually performing.The basic usage of expected goals is that every shot taken in a match is given an xG value based on the difficulty of the shot. Jurgen Klopp is hoping to guide Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 5 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings David de Gea’s brilliance comes from his consistent ability to overperform xG tense You can use a team’s xG numbers over an entire season to determine both attacking and defensive strength, with expected goals against (xGA) revealing how many goals a specific team should have conceded.So, which teams have been the best defenders in the Premier League so far this season? We reveal the top 10 sides based on xGA, below, using data from Understat…10. Manchester United – 10.98 expected goals against9. Arsenal – 10.95 expected goals against8. Everton – 9.76 expected goals against The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 5 whoops 7. Tottenham – 9.66 expected goals against6. Bournemouth – 9.25 expected goals against5. Chelsea – 8.59 expected goals against 5 SORRY Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG.Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 5 changes Most read in Premier League revealed 5. Leicester – 8.58 expected goals against3. Wolves – 6.15 expected goals against2. Liverpool – 5.90 expected goals against1. Manchester City – 4.00 expected goals against The Premier League season is eight matches old and the table is starting to shape up quite nicely.We look to be in for a real treat of a title challenge, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all flying high, unbeaten at the top of the league, while three teams remain without a win in the lower reaches of the table. Kepa is so far proving to be worth a world-record fee by helping Chelsea overperform xG Pep Guardiola’s side might be all about attacking football, but Man City’s defence isn’t half bad eitherlast_img

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