With the premier league season now finished, it’s time for the data lovers amongst us to unpack what the strengths and weaknesses of each team was, with a view to using this to inform our player selections for Fantasy Premier League season 2016/17. In this article we’re going to be focusing on attack, answering questions like; which teams scored the most goals? Which was the most attacking team? Which teams had the most shot on goal? Who scored the most goals per shots on target? Having goal scorers in your squads is essential for scoring points in Fantasy Football.
Goals Scored 2015-2016
First lets have a look at the total goals scored by premier league club. Manchester City led the way offensively this season, scoring 71 league goals in total from their 38 matches, averaging 1.87 goals per game. Sergio Aguero was their chief scorer, with 24 league goals for the season. Tottenham continued their evolution into a Premier League force finishing as second top scorers, scoring only two goals few that Manchester City. The combination play of Harry Kane & Christian Eriksen was almost as cutting edge as a Aguero Silva/DeBruyne. Rounding out the top 5 top scoring teams was West Ham United, who’s owners are renowned for wanting attacking football played. Certainly the creativity that summer signing Dimitri Payet’s has brought to West Ham as improved their attacking fortunes.
|Team||Matches||Goals Scored||Goals Per Game (Ave)|
|West Ham United||38||65||1.71|
Home Goals Scored 2015-2016
We all know that home ground advantage is a massive factor in the EPL, of the 1,022 goals this season 55% were scored at home. So how does this impact the goals scored table when we just look at the 19 home matches each team played? It was Manchester City who had the largest difference between their goals scored at home vs away, scoring 46 goals from 19 at at home, but only 24 goals from 19 matches away. That away goal scoring record is something they are going to need to work on for next season. Southampton and Everton placed second and third for goals scored at home behind Manchester City. 66% of Southampton’s goals came at home last season, something to note for Fantasy Premier League managers looking to use rotating pairs next season. Southampton at home are dangerous!
|Team||Home Matches||Home Goals|
Away Goals Scored 2015-2016
Away from home, Tottenham and Arsenal both scored 34 away goals to top the charts. Arsenal actually scored more goals away than at home at the Emirates last season. Leicester City, West Ham and Liverpool round out the top 5 for goals scored away from home.
|Team||Away Matches||Away Goals|
|West Ham United||19||31|
Goals per Game by Location 2015-2016
Lets have a better overall view of which teams have the highest chance of a goal, when playing home or away? When looking to maximize points from goals next season, here are the average points per game rates for teams based on home vs away.
|Team||Goals Per Game|
|Manchester City (home)||2.47|
|Tottenham Hotspur (home)||1.84|
|Leicester City (home)||1.84|
|Tottenham Hotspur (away)||1.79|
|West Ham United (home)||1.79|
|Leicester City (away)||1.74|
|Newcastle United (home)||1.68|
|West Ham United (away)||1.63|
|Norwich City (home)||1.37|
|Manchester City (away)||1.26|
|Manchester United (home)||1.26|
|Swansea City (away)||1.16|
|Manchester United (away)||1.16|
|Stoke City (home)||1.16|
|Crystal Palace (away)||1.05|
|Swansea City (home)||1.05|
|West Bromwich Albion (home)||1.05|
|Stoke City (away)||1.00|
|Crystal Palace (home)||1.00|
|West Bromwich Albion (away)||0.74|
|Aston Villa (home)||0.74|
|Aston Villa (away)||0.68|
|Norwich City (away)||0.68|
|Newcastle United (away)||0.63|
Shots Taken 2015-2016
While scoring goals brings your fantasy EPL team valuable points, logic would dictate that the teams who takes the most shots score the most goals. Is that true? Lets have a look at the number of shots on goal.
Tottenham has both the most shots and the most shots on target in the league last season, and by a 30+ shot margin too. Creating shooting chances is essential for scoring goals, and shows why they scored the second most goals in the league last season. The surprise pack is Liverpool, who had the second most shots of any team in the league last season. This means they have great attacking play & chance creation, but really lack the composure and finishing in front of goal. Leicester City were the most clinical in front of goal with the best goals per shot and goals per shot of target rates in the league.
|Team||Shots||Shots On Target||Shots on Target %||Goals Per Shot||Goals per shot on target||Goals|
Hopefully this is helpful for your FPL teams next season.