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Premier League club styles revealed in advanced Opta stats

What is your team’s playing style this season? Adam Smith tests under the hood working with a brand new selection of advanced stats…
Opta has produced a range of stats which go beyond anticipated goals, including sequences that were departure, advancement in possession, rate in pressing and attack opposition.
We compare all of 20 clubs to reveal indications of weaknesses and strengths, along with striking similarities between teams and select some of the stats.
Firstly, let us rattle through the definitions, until we observe the results…
As the picture below shows, Manchester City are currently excelling across all complex metrics.
The reigning champions merely lag behind for’rate’ and’direct attacks’, but that is a result of their domination in possession.
Pep Guardiola’s side simply do not have to bomb forwards with all the ball, on account of their amounts for’pass sequences’ and’build-up attacks’. From the blocks, their runners burst off the ball to make distance, though.
Liverpool only trail City by the tiniest of margins across a raft of these metrics – but notably strike at fast speeds with fewer moves. Chelsea are less successful although extremely similar to Liverpool .
Tottenham, arsenal and Manchester United have styles similar with Liverpool, but with emphasis on pressing at the attacking thirdparty.
While Spurs achieve pass sequences that are more individual at a speed rivalled from Leicester, and bettered by Manchester City, arsenal and United focus on dividing at speed.
Actually, Crystal Palace and West Ham have begun the season but using attacks after exchanges, and therefore fewer combinations – that verges towards the’Attack once you can!’ Design below.
Leicester and everton kicked off the season in fashions that were very similar, pressing against opposition more often than every other club.
Far more uninterrupted possession is achieved by Leicester, although the Toffees are more effective at winning back the ball upfield.
Both groups look for alterations that are fast-breaking and begin passing sequences higher up the pitch, and indicating opposing sides sit deeper.
Teams pushing towards this fashion: Southampton Watford and Bournemouth
No more than seven groups inserted into what might be described as a’bottom-half’ fashion, with sequences , fewer build-up attacks, along with a dependence on counter-attacks following ownership in the third.
Surprisingly, last seasons’best of the rest’, Wolves, fit in to this category, however, the unwanted of Nuno Espirito Santo have confronted a difficult opening program, including Leicester, Manchester United and Everton.
Contain Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley, Aston Villa and Norwich, while Sheffield United match those tropes but lack direct pace.

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