Alternative Premier League table after 30 games, based on expected goals
This season was always going to be dramatic and now in almost every area of the Premier League table there is a huge battle going on.
One of the biggest is for a spot in the top four with Tottenham losing to Southampton, Arsenal beating Manchester United, and Chelsea drawing with Wolves.
A vital win for Cardiff City sees their chances of surviving their first season back in the top-flight improve, while even Everton and Bournemouth, who are 11th and 12th respectively, might now be casting a glance over their shoulders as the climax to the campaign becomes tense.
Crystal Palace will be frustrated too, losing 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion despite having the best of the chances and will be left feeling they deserved a win.
Sadly in football deserving a win doesn’t always get you the three points, which is a damn shame.
But how would the Premier League table look if it was based on results calculated by ‘Expected Goals’?
Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on Understat.com to see how clubs are performing based on their xG stats.
Find out how the stats believe the Premier League SHOULD be shaping up below…
What is expected goals?
- Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.
- Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.
- The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.
- The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match.
20. Huddersfield – Real position = 20
Real points = 14 | Expected points = 24.27
19. Fulham – Real position = 19
Real points = 17 | Expected points = 27.12
18. Newcastle United – Real position = 14
Real points = 34 | Expected points = 29.74
17. Brighton & Hove Albion – Real position = 15
Real points = 33 | Expected points = 29.93
16. Cardiff City – Real position = 18
Real points = 28 | Expected points = 30.55
15. Burnley – Real position = 16
Real points = 30 | Expected points = 32.42
14. Southampton – Real position = 17
Real points = 30 | Expected points = 33.62
13. West Ham – Real position = 9
Real points = 39 | Expected points = 33.66
12. Everton – Real position = 10
Real points = 37 | Expected points = 37.16
11. Bournemouth – Real position = 12
Real points = 37 | Expected points = 38.95
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10. Watford – Real position = 8
Real points = 43 | Expected points = 40.04
9. Crystal Palace – Real position = 13
Real points = 33 | Expected points = 41.34
8. Leicester – Real position = 11
Real points = 38 | Expected points = 44.27
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers – Real position = 7
Real points = 44 | Expected points = 47.68
6. Arsenal – Real position = 5
Real points = 60 | Expected points = 48.33
5. Tottenham – Real position = 3
Real points = 61 | Expected points = 49.50
4. Manchester United – Real position = 4
Real points = 58 | Expected points = 49.76
3. Chelsea – Real position = 6
Real points = 57 | Expected points = 53.71
2. Liverpool – Real position = 2
Real points = 73 | Expected points = 66.61
1. Manchester City – Real position = 1
Real points = 74 | Expected points = 71.82