Premier League xG league table: Man Utd behind Crystal Palace and Brighton, narrowly edge Brentford

What would the Premier League table look like based on expected goals?

Most Premier League clubs are already close to their final position by the halfway mark of a season. So far, 192 of 380 games have been played – by this stage last year, no side went up or down more than four places. Over half the league moved no more than one place.

A way of examining which teams are most likely to move is by creating a table using Opta’s expected goals model. Last season, this table suggested Southampton and Everton had overachieved most – both subsequently dropped down the table over the second half of the campaign, with Southampton taking fewer points than any side.


Chelsea ranked as one of the biggest underachievers, dominating matches enough to have secured far more points. Only Manchester City went on to take more points over the second half of the season.

Brighton and Sheffield United also had far better underlying numbers by the halfway stage. Though neither dramatically leapt up the table, both secured a healthier return of points over the following months.

So how does this season’s table look?

The ‘xG table of dominance’ rewards sides who dominate their games, by creating high-quality chances and limiting opportunities for their opponents.


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Title: Premier League xG league table: Man Utd behind Crystal Palace and Brighton, narrowly edge Brentford
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Published Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 GMT

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