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Liverpool sit seventh in the Clinical Finishing Table

Manchester City are the most clinical team in the Premier League but Burnley aren’t far behind, according to xG Opta data.

 

Manchester City are the most clinical team in the Premier League but Burnley aren’t far behind, according to xG Opta data.

The xG model suggests City have scored six goals more than expected this season (numbers rounded), based on the quality of their chances in front of goal.

Expected goals (xG) key points

  • A shot from 8 yards has a higher xG value than a shot from 18 yards
  • A shot directly in front of goal has a higher xG value than a shot from a tight angle
  • A shot taken by the foot has a higher xG value than a header

Chelsea have netted five goals more than expected, while Manchester United are the third most clinical side with four additional four goals.

Burnley have only scored seven goals so far, but they are still the fourth most clinical team – scoring three more than expected.

 

Burnley have scored three goals more than expected, according to Opta xG data
Burnley have scored three goals more than expected, according to Opta xG data

 

 

Sean Dyche’s men beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last month – despite an xG scoreline that would have finished as a 2-0 defeat.

The Clarets completed a similar feat the following week, defying another 2-0 xG defeat with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

In contrast, rock bottom and goalless Crystal Palace should have scored eight goals by now – making the Eagles the least clinical team to date.

 

Crystal Palace have been the least clinical team this season and should have scored eight goals, according to Opta xG data
Crystal Palace have been the least clinical team this season and should have scored eight goals, according to Opta xG data

 

The xG model suggests winless Palace, who have lost every game this term, should have nine points on the table from victories against Swansea, Burnley and Southampton.

But Southampton have also been wasteful, scoring four fewer goals than expected, while struggling Everton have blown three.

Arsenal and Liverpool currently sit fifth and seventh in the table, respectively, and they may have improved their standings had they not recorded negative figures in front of goal.

Check out the graphic below to see how clinical your team has been this term…

Manchester City are the most clinical Premier League team this season, while Crystal Palace should have scored eight goals
Manchester City are the most clinical Premier League team this season, while Crystal Palace should have scored eight goals

 

Source: Premier League teams ranked for goalscoring efficiency, according to Opta xG data | Football News | Sky Sports

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