With eight Premier League games on the board, we have compiled some of the vital statistics so far this season, ranking the top five teams in each category.
Sporting Life stat-attack accumulators
We've compiled two stats-based accumulators this week, which have been given a price boost by Sky Bet.
Manchester City: 21
The reigning Premier League champions have been free-scoring and up until their blockbuster clash with Liverpool, the Citizens had averaged three goals per game from their opening seven. Arsenal and Bournemouth’s emphatic victories in their last outing (scoring five and four respectively) saw them both move into the top six.
Manchester United 14
Unsurprisingly, four teams from this list are currently sitting in the bottom five spots in the Premier League, while struggling to muster goals at the other end. Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham all conceded three or more last time out, while Manchester United’s defensive woes continue as they leaked two to Newcastle and have not yet found their preferred backline.
Manchester City: 65.3%
Manchester United: 56.3%
Five of the ‘big six’ make up the average possession charts, with Chelsea and Manchester City the only teams to make it over the 60 per cent mark, leaving little wonder why they are both on the same points at the top of the table. The two highest scoring teams in the league share the ability to turn possession into chances, and chances into goals.
Average shots per match
Manchester City: 21.8
Shots on target per match
Manchester City: 8.1
Manchester United: 6.1
Manchester United registered 10 shots on target in their comeback against Newcastle, while Chelsea managed six and Arsenal mustered seven in their wins over Southampton and Fulham respectively. This may be set to decline slightly as Maurizio Sarri and Jose Mourinho face off after the international break, with Arsenal’s fixture list set to toughen up in future games too.
Manchester City: 67
Manchester United: 49
West Ham United: 22
Crystal Palace: 16
The Saints collected six yellow cards in their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out, which moved them into second position on overall cautions. West Ham’s results have picked up, but Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to improve their discipline. Watford received five cards against Bournemouth including Christian Kabasele’s two which saw him dismissed at Vicarage Road.
Manchester United: 2
The Foxes’ disciplinary record worsened as Wes Morgan became their third player to receive a red card in just eight matches. Wes Morgan is in fact level with the collective counts for Manchester United and Everton, having been sent for an early bath against Bournemouth and Everton. Jamie Vardy saw red in their match against Wolves in August.