Premier League club styles revealed in advanced Opta stats

What’s your group’s playing style this season? Adam Smith tests under the hood using a brand new range of advanced stats…
Opta has generated a range of stats which go beyond goals, such as sequences, progress in ownership, pace in attack and pressing resistance.
Here, we pick a number of the main stats and compare all 20 clubs to show early indications of flaws and strengths, along with striking similarities between teams.
Firstly, let us rattle throughout the definitions, until we see the results…
As the picture below shows, Manchester City are excelling across almost all metrics that are complex.
The reigning champions lag behind for’direct rate’ and’direct attacks’, but that is a result of their domination in possession.
Pep Guardiola’s side simply do not need to bomb forward with the ball, because of their numbers for’pass sequences’ and’build-up attacks’. Off the ball, their runners certainly burst to create space, though.
Liverpool only path City by the smallest of margins round a raft of those metrics – but especially strike at rapid speeds with fewer passes. Chelsea are prolific although very similar to Liverpool .
Tottenham arsenal and Manchester United have fashions similar with emphasis on pressing at the attacking third, but with Liverpool party.
Arsenal and United focus on breaking at speed, while Spurs reach more individual pass sequences in a speed only bettered by Manchester City, and rivalled from Leicester.
Actually, West Ham and Crystal Palace have begun the year but with fewer passing combinations, and therefore attacks after exchanges – that verges towards the’Attack when you’re able to!’ Style below.
Everton and Leicester kicked off the season in very similar fashions, pressing against resistance often than any club.
The Toffees are slightly more capable of winning the ball back upfield, but Leicester achieve possession.
Both groups start looking for fast-breaking adjustments and begin passing sequences suggesting opposing sides sit slightly deeper.
Teams pushing towards this fashion: Bournemouth, Southampton and Watford
No fewer than seven groups fit into what might be called a’bottom-half’ design, with fewer buildup strikes strings, and a reliance on counter-attacks following winning ownership in the next.
Surprisingly, last seasons’best of the rest’fit into this category, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s negative have faced a difficult opening schedule, such as Leicester, Manchester United and Everton.
Teams that fit into this group contain Brighton, Aston Villa, Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich, while Sheffield United match those tropes but lack pace.

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