Now that it’s the European summer time and the Premier League is in it’s off season, we have review the performance EPL players and teams to have the best information come August. In this article we’re going to be focusing on defenses, answering questions like; which teams conceded the fewest goals? Which teams kept the most clean sheets? Which defenders had the most assists last season? You have to play at least 3 defenders in your team on a regular gameweek, so maximizing points at the back is essential!
Best Defenses 2015-2016
First lets have a look at goals conceded by club. It was Manchester United who had the best defensive in the league, in terms of fewest goals conceded. United only conceded 34 goals for the whole season, with Louis van Gaal choosing to play a more conservative form of football. I’m sure this stat will delight new manager Jose Mourinho who also likes to keep things tight at the back. North London duo Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal placed second and third respectively. There is a 5 goals jump between Leicester and Arsenal with 36 goals conceded and then Manchester City and Southampton with 41. Interestingly Bournemouth had a worse defensive record than relegated Newcastle United, which is something they’ll need to work on next season.
|West Bromwich Albion||38||48|
|West Ham United||38||51|
Home Goals Conceded 2015-2016
As you know, home ground advantage is a massive factor in the EPL. In season 2015-16 of the 1,022 goals scored 55% were scored against away defenses. So lets have a look at goals conceded at home, to see which teams were capitalizing on that home ground advantage the most.
There is not much change in the top 4 standings in terms of goals conceded at home, vs total goals conceded. Tottenham Hotspur dropped down to 3rd, conceded an additional 4 goals at home compared to Arsenal. In 5th placed is perhaps the big surprise, with Watford (who finished in 13th place on the table) conceded the 5th fewest goals at home for the season. Even 17th placed Sunderland placing as the 6th best home defense in terms of goals conceded is quite astonishing. To finish so low in the table their away defense must have been horrible.
|Team||Home Matches||Home Goals Conceded|
|West Bromwich Albion||19||26|
|West Ham United||19||26|
Away Goals Scored 2015-2016
Away from home, both Manchester United and Arsenal fell down the table quite considerably. Away it was Leicester City who performed best, conceded less than a goal per game. This fantastic away defense was surely a factor it their winning of the league last season. Southampton came in second place at 19 goals conceded, closely followed by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur one goal back. It was indeed Sunderland who had the worst away defense in the league, yet somehow managed to avoid relegation on the back of their strong home record.
|Team||Away Matches||Away Goals Conceded|
|West Bromwich Albion||19||22|
|West Ham United||19||25|
Clean Sheets 2015-2016
While conceding few goals is important for your Fantasy Premier League team to not lose points, what you really what to do is see all six’s right across your line of defenders. To do that, you’re going to need clean sheets. So which teams kept the most clean sheets this season? Manchester United and Arsenal equally topped the table with 18 clean sheets a piece. Manchester City & Leicester City were 2 and 3 clean sheets back respectively, then Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton. It’s quite surprising to see Tottenham there in 5th, they conceded equally the fewest goals this season (with Manchester United) but only managed to convert that into 13 clean sheets, as opposed to Manchester United’s 18.
|West Bromwich Albion||11|
|West Ham United||11|
Lastly, goals and assists from defenders are invaluable points for your fantasy EPL teams. So lets have a look at which defenders had the most assists last season?
Hopefully this is helpful for your FPL teams next season. For more defensive stats, do visit https://www.whoscored.com, http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/, http://www.espnfc.com.au/ or http://www.statto.com/.