Brendan Rodgers’ passing brand of football created more chances than other side in the league…
Fanatix takes a look at which sides created the most chances in last season’s Premier League, and some surprising results have emerged…
The Premier League table 2012/13 based on chances created:
1) Liverpool – 546
2) Tottenham – 511
3) Man City – 485
4) Everton – 479
5) Arsenal – 459
6) Chelsea – 440
7) Man United – 438
8) Newcastle – 383
9) Wigan – 382
10) Swansea – 378
11) West Ham – 371
12) West Brom – 368
13) QPR – 367
14) Southampton – 363
15) Aston Villa – 334
16) Fulham – 324
17) Norwich – 292
18) Reading – 281
19) Stoke – 280
20) Sunderland – 278
-Amazingly, seventh placed Liverpool created more chances than any other club last season, and over 100 more than league champions Man United. The Reds actually created more chances than any club in Europe, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
-This perhaps explains the positivity of Liverpool fans and their support for Brendan Rodgers ahead of the new season despite a relatively poor league position.
-Man United were extremely clinical in front of goal, thanks largely to the league’s top-scorer Robin Van Persie. Six clubs created more chances than United, but they still strolled to a league title.
-As expected, the seven clubs that created the most chances finished in the top seven positions in the league.
– Wigan could have badly done with a goalscoring striker to aid Arouna Kone. The Latics created more chances than half the clubs in the Premier League, and still managed to get relegated.
– Stoke and Sunderland grew tired of the brand of football that respective managers Tony Pulis and Martin O’Neil were playing. Despite avoiding relegation, they created less chances last year than any other side in the league, and have hired more attacking managers Mark Hughes and Paulo Di Canio to rectify this.
– Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew are correct in their assessment that Newcastle desperately need a striker. The Magpies created more chances than any club outside the top seven, but only narrowly avoided relegation after selling Demba Ba in January.