This is the fourth and penultimate part in a series of short posts offering insights to different topics for the 19/20 Premier League season. Previously, I considered VAR, Expected Goals, and Possession (see posts below).
Here I consider team performances using Whoscored.com team ratings – I’m led to believe many of their statistics are derived from OPTA data. Whoscored claim that their ratings “are based on a unique, comprehensive statistical algorithm, calculated live during the game. There are over 200 raw statistics included in the calculation of a player'’s/team’'s rating, weighted according to their influence within the game. Every event of importance is taken into account, with a positive or negative effect on ratings weighted in relation to its area on the pitch and its outcome”
Which home team had the best performance this year in any given match? Whoscored rate Manchester City’s drubbing of Watford as the highest. The home team received a rating of 8.2. No surprises that the lowest rated home performance goes to Southampton for their showing against Leicester City (5.53). The opponents in each match received the highest/lowest away performance ratings.
Save Leicester’s amazing performance in Southampton (or Southampton’s shambolic collapse – whichever way you want to look at it), Manchester City put in the next five highest away team performances against West Ham, Brighton, Aston Villa, Watford and Crystal Palace. The stats suggest that City were very entertaining on the road.
Finally, what if we considered the aggregate of team performances? Maybe this gives an insight to ‘match quality’. Interestingly, the biggest clubs don’t come out on top – Burnley’s one nil win at West Ham on the 8th of July does. West Ham were also involved in the second-best match, going by team ratings. Unfortunately for the Hammers, they lost that match too – this time at Anfield. What about the lowest rated match? This was Bournemouth’s four one win against Leicester. There was plenty of goals but maybe not too much quality on show. Plenty of mistakes and misses actually if my memory serves me right.