The Premier League season has come to an end and Tottenham fans will no doubt be delighted with the fact that their beloved club have secured a third top three finish and with that a return to the Champions League, a point made all the more satisfying by the fact that they will be returning to their new home next season. Last season saw the club score a total of 74 goals but now I am going to dig a little deeper by offering up the split of the goals as well.
Thanks to whoscored.com once more for offering up the data which made the article possible, so brace yourself it is time to crunch some numbers
First up how the 74 total goals were split
The most popular 15 minute split for Tottenham to score their goals last season was between minutes 46 to 60, of the 74 goals that were scored last season, 20 of those were scored in this particular quarter hour marker. While there was late drama on four occasions.
Tottenham got out of the blocks on seven occasions in the season just passed, making up just under 10% of all the total goals that they scored in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, while there was little love for the first half injury time split with just two goals being scored just before the break.
What is interesting is that 47 of their 74 Premier League goals came after the break, this equates to 63% of all their goals from last season.
That covers the goals that Tottenham scored but if we now split all the Premier League goals that they conceded
36 goals were shipped by Tottenham this season, so for every two goals they scored they just about shipped one and of those that breached their defences the majority came in the first 15 minutes, this gives a lot of credence to the fact that the club started slowly.
You could also make a case for the defence (or lack there of) as they conceded seven goals in the last 15 minutes while another three came just before the final whistle. This means that a total of 10 goals would have been shipped after the 76th minute, just over a quarter of all goals that Tottenham conceded last season.
How did they fare at Wembley in terms of goals scored – here is the goal split
40 of the 74 goals they scored in the Premier League last season came at Wembley, and again the most popular 15 minute segment was just after the restart. No fewer than 40% of all Tottenham’s home goals came after their half time oranges.
While of those 40, 26 of them were scored in the second half. This equates to 65% of all of Tottenham’s home goals being scored after the break, while 35% of the were scored in the first half.
That covers the goals they scored but what about the goals they conceded at Wembley
They conceded 16 goals at home while playing at England’s national stadium, the worst time in a game for Tottenham seemed to be the minutes 16 to 30. Here they conceded five of those 16, equating to 31.25% of all home goals that they offered up to the opposition.
They were however switched on after that as no goals were conceded between minutes 31 to 45 (including injury time). Of those 16 goals, seven were shipped in the first half, while nine were shipped in the second.
That covers the numbers at home but what about on the road? Here is the split of goals that Tottenham scored away from home
The remaining 34 goals not yet accounted for were scored away from Wembley, with the largest amount being scored between minutes 61 to 75, here Tottenham scored seven. Resulting in one goal of every five being scored in this particular split.
Of those 34 goals, 21 were scored after the break while 13 were scored in the first half. Not only that but four were scored in second half injury time, this shows that they have the ability to kick on in the final few minutes. Not only that but 10 goals were scored after the 76th minute – just shy of one goal in three.
On the other side of the coin, lets take a look at when the goals were conceded when away from home
This data split tells a very interesting story, of the 20 goals that Tottenham conceded away from home last season, six of those were in the first 15 minutes. Again this adds extra credence to the fact the club were particularly slow out of the blocks.
However there is no discernible split between the first and second halves, with 10 goals being conceded in total either side of the restart. So although they conceded a fair few early on they then seemed to wake up in the remaining 30 minutes until half time. While there was a more even spread of away goals conceded after the break
That takes a look at the goal splits, but what about if we look at how minutes Tottenham spent in each of the three match outcomes. A total of 3420 Premier League minutes were played and this is how it was divided out in terms of winning, losing or drawing.
|Minutes Leading||Minutes Drawing||Minutes Losing||Total||% Leading||% Drawing||% Losing|
As you can see the majority of that time was spent in the drawing position, although it must be said that the figure of 1582 minutes also includes any 0-0’s. Of those 1582 drawn minutes, 1181 were spent at 0-0. Therefore 401 were spent in the status of a score draw, this equates to 11.7%
It is interesting to see what just more than a third of Tottenham’s Premier League minutes were spent in a winning position, while the equivalent of six whole matches and an additional 63 minutes were spent trying to get back in the game after going behind.
So there you have it, plenty of numbers for you to digest and for you to also no doubt draw your own conclusions from, feel free to leave some feedback on the article below and also feel free to comment on Tottenham’s season, do the numbers tell the full story. I will leave that up to you to decide.
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