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Premier League club styles revealed in advanced Opta stats

What is your group’s playing style this year? Adam Smith tests under the hood using a new assortment of advanced stats…
Opta has generated a range of innovative stats which go beyond anticipated goals, including sequences, advancement in ownership, pace in attack and pressing opposition.
We pick a number of the important stats and compare all of 20 clubs to reveal indications of strengths and weaknesses, in addition to striking similarities between groups.
Firstly, let’s rattle through the definitions, until we observe the results…
As the graphic below shows, Manchester City are currently excelling across all metrics that are advanced.
The champions just lag behind for’direct rate’ and’direct attacks’, but that is a result of their domination in ownership.
Pep Guardiola’s side just don’t have to bomb ahead together with the ball, because of their numbers for’pass sequences’ and’build-up strikes’. From the blocks, their runners certainly burst Down the ball to create space.
Liverpool only path City from the tiniest of margins throughout a raft of those metrics – but especially strike at speeds with passes. Chelsea are less prolific although very similar to Liverpool with the last product.
Tottenham, arsenal and Manchester United have fashions comparable with much less emphasis on pressing in the attacking third, but with Liverpool party.
United and arsenal focus on breaking in speed, while Spurs achieve pass sequences at a speed only bettered by Manchester City, and rivalled from Leicester.
In fact, West Ham and Crystal Palace have begun the year in similar style, but with strikes after individual exchanges, and so departure mixes – that verges towards the’Attack when you can!’ Style below.
Everton and Leicester kicked the season off in fashions, pressing resistance than every club.
The Toffees are slightly more effective at winning the ball back upfield, but Leicester achieve far more uninterrupted possession.
Both groups look for alterations that are fast-breaking and start passing sequences indicating opposing sides sit deeper.
Other teams pushing this design: Bournemouth, Southampton and Watford
No fewer than seven groups fit into what might be called a’bottom-half’ design, with passing sequencesstrikes, and a dependence on counter-attacks after possession in the middle third.
Surprisingly, the last seasons’best of the rest’, Wolves, fit in this category, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have confronted a tough opening program, such as Leicester, Manchester United and Everton.
Contain Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich, whereas Sheffield United match those tropes but lack speed.

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