You may have read my piece on a new project that I’m going to work in regards to shot efficiency. The first one to kick start this was La Liga after 10 weeks and now I’m going to offer up my findings from the Premier League at the same point in time. (Week 11 will have already started by the time you have read this but it is not complete).
So as in the other article the task is to see who needs the least shots to score once again thanks to whoscored.com for all the necessary data.
Here is the Premier League league table after 10 weeks while also working out the amount of total shots taken (again an easy thing to do after 10 weeks as it is a simple multiple)
|R||Team||Shots pg||Games Played||Total Shots|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||8.7||10||87|
And here is the ranking in terms of shots to goals ratio
|Team||GF||Total Shots||Shot Efficency|
|West Bromwich Albion||9||87||9.7|
But we don’t just want to look at lists of data we would like a visual aid to better represent it so here is the Premier League shot efficiency after 10 weeks in a tidy graph format.
So here it comes as no real surprise that the top two teams in the table (as of the end of Week 10) are the two most ruthless teams in the division. The first team to buck the trend and not follow the pattern of the table is Leicester as they only need 7.1 shots before the score while as per usual there is very little to split the North London clubs as they both require 9.4 shots before they find the net.
The least ruthless of the ‘big 6’ after 10 weeks is Liverpool they find themselves as just the 11th most efficient team in the Premier League at this point. They may create a whole host of chances but they need just under 11 of them to find their first goal.
Spare a thought for their Merseyside rivals who not only sit in the relegation zone but also the second most wasteful team in the division with 16.6 chances required but as bad as that may be it is dwarfed by Crystal Palace who after 10 weeks of the Premier League season need an average of 31.5 chances on goal before they find the net.
There are some interesting findings from this first sample and when I get round to doing Week 11 I will then add in a variance table comparing a clubs league position in relation to their efficiency ranking and the disparity or cohesion between the two.
I hope this was of interest to you and if you have any football data work available then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I am always looking to undertake additional projects to the ones I already have. Thanks, Dan.