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UPS AND DOWNS

This table might infuriate you, but the newest addition to football statistics is probably here for the long haul.

The ‘Expected Goal’ statistic is all the rage at the moment.

And by that we mean, it’s causing a lot of people to rage at the moment.

Whether you like it or not, the latest metric in football analysis is probably going to be sticking around for a while, so we may as well get used it.


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But what does expected goals (xG) actually mean and why has it become so important in your life?

Well, by all accounts expected goals is the statistic of the future.

Expected goals – too much for Sean Dyche to handle

Based on a long recipe of football-related ingredients they are formulated by football stat-gods who compute all the information available on the pitch (imagine Google + the NASA database) and decree whether a chance was good enough to have been scored or not.

Put simply, it is the statistic of how many goals a particular team should score in a game.

Ze stats do not lie, my Arsenal are in ze top four

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Ze stats do not lie, my Arsenal are in ze top four

Are we clear? Good.

So we got thinking – who in the Premier League have got the highest amount of Expected Goals (xG) so far this season, and who is languishing down the bottom?

After 13 games of the season, Man City are romping away…



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