Spurs’ Problem? Shot Placement

I don’t write about other teams too often, but Spurs’ lack of goals this season fascinates me. I have looked into shot placement data many times in the past, and a look at Spurs’ stats (via Squawka) suggests this could be a significant part of their problem.

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Liverpool, Spurs, and The Value Of Balanced Scoring

Ahead of their match this weekend, I’ve been taking a look at Liverpool and Tottenham’s goal scoring stats in the Premier League this season. Frustratingly from a Red point of view, they’re remarkably similar.

Liverpool: Scored 53, conceded 34 with eleven clean sheets, 42 points.

Tottenham Hotspur. Scored 49, conceded 33 with seven clean sheets, 54 points.

Doesn’t seem fair, does it?! Needless to say, it is the balance of the scoring and conceding that has tipped the balance in Spurs’ favour. Continue reading

Spurs vs Liverpool: Statistical Preview

Tonight’s fixture provides an interesting match up between two teams with fairly similar records this season. Sadly for Liverpool, based on the statistics it would seem that Spurs will probably win a tight contest.

The Reds have the better defensive record in the league this season (with 4 cleans sheets and 16 goals against, compared to 1 clean sheet and 22 conceded), but Tottenham currently have the better offensive record (having scored 23 goals to Liverpool’s 17). However, breaking these numbers down further will show why I think the home side will triumph.

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