The discovery that Leicester hadn’t scored an equaliser or winning goal in the second half of a Premier League game this season throw us entirely off kilter. It’s a very silly stat. And it inevitably set us down the road to finding one for the other 19 Premier League clubs.
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ARSENAL have the Premier League’s most error-prone defence
They may be five points clear at the top of the Premier League having won 21 of their 27 games thus far, but Arsenal are in their own way the most generous team in the division, having committed 16 errors leading directly to an opponent having a shot on goal (according to the excellent number wranglers at FBref.com).
No other team has more than 13 such errors, while all three of the worst individual offenders can be found in north London. Spurs and Arsenal goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Aaron Ramsdale have made four errors apiece leading directly to an opponent’s shot, a number matched by only one outfield player across the entire division, and it’s a surprising one. Clue: he is the proud owner of the season’s catchiest chant.
ASTON VILLA ‘lead’ the way for own goals
Four of the 39 Premier League goals Aston Vila have conceded this season have been own goals, most memorably Emi Martinez’s potentially season-defining one against Arsenal. Leicester and Southampton also have four own goals on their record this season, but they’ve conceded more goals altogether so clearly that makes Villa’s record in this regard better. Or worse.
Look, Villa are a resolutely mid-table team in a league that has precious few of those this season. They don’t have very interesting stats. The only other thing we could find is that they’ve weirdly drawn the second most fouls of anyone this season. Palace are first, which makes sense because Zaha. But Villa have no player inside the top 10 most fouled players, and the Villa player who’s been fouled the most is Ezri Konsa which only makes matters more confusing, so we left it.
BOURNEMOUTH are now the only Premier League team not to be awarded a penalty this season
Saturday’s clash between Bournemouth and Liverpool featured the only two teams in the Premier League who hadn’t had a penalty. Liverpool duly got one, Mo Salah duly missed it, meaning Liverpool remain alongside Bournemouth on zero penalty goals this season. That list also includes…
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